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31 Oct 2009

Week 8 QB's and WR's

I'm in a league that starts 2 QB's. My normal starters are Schaub and Palmer, but Palmer is on a bye, so I need another starter. Unfortunately, my backup was Shaun Hill, so I need to pick up somebody else for this week. Which of these options seems like the least bad?

Delhomme(ARI)
Stafford/Culpepper(STL)
Bulger(@DET)
Henne(NYJ)
Anderson(CHI)
Fitzpatrick(HOU)
Russell(@SD)

I was kind of leaning towards Stafford, assuming he's healthy, or Bulger, but I'm welcome to other opinions.

As for WR, I need to start 3 of Roddy White, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Nate Burleson, and Kevin Walter. White and Wayne are no-brainers, of course, although I'm a little leery of Wayne's injury situation. I'm guessing Burleson would be the best choice for the third WR, but it seems like the Seahawks have been unreliable starters this year, because of all the injuries.

Posted by: Calig23 on 31 Oct 2009

6 replies , Last at 01 Nov 2009, 7:47pm by Fontes of Wayne

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2 QBs? Are you sure?
by Snowglare :: Sat, 10/31/2009 - 4:11pm

Is this an 8 team league? How are there so many starting QBs available? Not that any of them are great options...

Probably too much to hope that Henne has the Jets' number and he'll torch them again. I'd go with him or Stafford, depending on whether Calvin Johnson plays. Hard to find upside in anyone else, even in a choice matchup. I wonder if the Rams and Lions will just run all game; the Rams have one of the worst run Ds, and it's not like Detroit can stop Jackson.

I have no idea what to expect from Burleson, but I like Collie as a WR3. If you're superstitious, you could say Burleson's due for a good game since he's had a dud every other game this year. The pattern says he'll go over 100 yards or catch 1-2 TDs this week. Would that predictions were that easy...

Walter hasn't been close to dependable this year. I'd leave him on the bench until he has another decent to good game. If you want to gamble on someone who could easily be held to 4 points, go with Burleson.

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Re: 2 QBs? Are you sure?
by Calig23 :: Sat, 10/31/2009 - 6:50pm

Yeah, it is an 8 team league. I did think about Henne, considering he played well against the Jets the first time, but I figured that wasn't likely to happen again.

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Re: Week 8 QB's and WR's
by Zheng :: Sat, 10/31/2009 - 10:00pm

I'm playing Stafford this week in a similar situation. Fitzpatrick is an interesting option, though... if the weather cooperates, the Bills will be down by 35 points at the end of the 1st quarter, and Fitz will be flinging it all day to Evans and whats-his-name.

White and Wayne for certain at WR, though I understand White actually has a tough matchup. For #3, you might as well go Burleson... his team might implode, but I don't think there's any guarantee Collie won't go catchless either. Walter is just forgotten this season, it's sad.

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Re: Week 8 QB's and WR's
by Fontes of Wayne :: Sun, 11/01/2009 - 11:00am

Given that he's playing, and up against the Rams, Stafford.
And even though this is an 8-team league, I see no reason why any of these QBs would actually be on rosters in a redraft league. Maybe Henne, but every one of these guys is available in my 14-team league (which only has 4 bench spots per team, admittedly).

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Double your quarters back
by Snowglare :: Sun, 11/01/2009 - 6:52pm

In 2QB leagues, QBs are far more valuable. With 8 teams, you have 16 QBs starting - half as many as the NFL in a week with no byes - and it makes sense to carry at least one backup, bumping the total to 24. If this were a 10 team league, you'd expect 20/30 QBs to be starting/owned, with 24/36 in a 12 team league, and so on.

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Re: Week 8 QB's and WR's
by Fontes of Wayne :: Sun, 11/01/2009 - 7:47pm

Ah. Completely missed the "2QBs" part of the setup. Yeah, that's a lot of guys to be available, particularly in a heavy bye week.

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