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24 Oct 2007

Scramble for the Ball: Buy Low, Sell High

by Bill Barnwell

In my Rotoworld column a couple of weeks ago, I suggested Lee Evans as an excellent Buy Low, Sell High candidate. For those of you unfamiliar, Buy Low, Sell High is a simple rule of fantasy football -- aim to buy (or trade for) players when their value is lowest, while selling (or trading away) players when their value is highest.

At the time, Evans had a total of five catches in three weeks -- anyone could recognize that Evans wasn't likely to put up such middling numbers for the rest of the campaign, but owners were still aggravated by his mediocrity. I received plenty of e-mails asking whether Evans should be cut, or traded away for pennies on the dollar. I noted that Evans' schedule was pretty weak following those three games, and he's picked it up some in the three games since then; while he did have a one-catch game against the Cowboys, that was sandwiched between games of five and six catches, his first signs of life this season.

I also mentioned in the same article that Kevin Curtis was about to become a Sell High candidate because of a supposed big performance against the Giants defense -- Winston Justice took care of that. I also ignored a game against the diabolical secondary of the Jets following his bye, where he put up a huge day (121 yards and a touchdown), thanks mostly to a slant where two Jets comically avoided tackling Curtis and he ran 70 yards for a score.

With one hit and one miss, let's try and aim for a slightly better ratio and focus on those Buy Low, Sell High candidates who can offer excellent arbitrage opportunities for astute fantasy owners. To identify the players, we'll look both at their performance to date, the situation they're in, and their schedule over the next six weeks (at which time most leagues will complete their regular season) according to their opposition's passing DVOA (for quarterbacks and receivers) or rushing DVOA (for running backs).

Buy Low

Pittsburgh's passing attack -- That means Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, and Santonio Holmes are all good candidates. Pittsburgh's offense has the easiest pass defense schedule over the rest of the regular season in football, and that's even including a matchup against Baltimore! Outside of the Ravens, they play Cincinnati (22nd) twice, Cleveland (29th in pass defense DVOA), the Jets (31st), and Miami (32nd). Both Ward and Holmes have missed time with injury, but both are doing better and will add copious yards to their receiving totals over the next six weeks.

Torry Holt -- Actually ... recommending a Rams player? To do anything besides get hurt? It seems strange, but the Rams also face a weak lineup of passing defenses and are likely to be behind in most games. Holt's struggling with a knee complaint, but he's still produced to the tune of 40 catches and 466 yards in seven games -- that's a pace above 1,000 yards. Holt has a bye in Week 9, but he's still worth acquiring in what should be an easy trade in most leagues.

D.J. Hackett -- Remember him? Don't lynch KUBIAK, please. Hackett's been hurt all year and although he was expected to return last week, he was a late scratch. He's expected to return alongside Deion Branch after the bye week. Hackett's probably a free agent in most leagues, and with the Seahawks facing the Browns, 49ers, Bears, Rams, and Eagles in consecutive weeks, Hackett's got an opportunity to make some big plays as the Seahawks No.2 receiver.

Darrell Jackson -- Jackson's been no great shakes in his first year as the 49ers' No. 1, failing to develop a rhythm with either Alex Smith or Trent Dilfer. For the rest of the fantasy season, though, Jackson has the dual benefit of being on a struggling team that needs to throw with a weak schedule -- the porous secondaries of the Saints, Falcons, Seahawks, Rams, and Panthers show up in the next six weeks. Jackson's likely to be good for 400-plus yards over the timespan.

LenDale White -- The round mound of ... well, the rotund guy who ... OK, we can probably give up on the fat nicknames for White. He's the Titans starter at this point, and if Vince Young returns shortly, he's likely to take the leap forward from borderline starter to must-play fantasy starter. The Titans play the Raiders and their dreadful rushing defense next week, and the below-average Broncos in Week 11, with the average defenses of the Panthers, Jaguars, Bengals, and Texans alongside them. White doesn't have anything resembling a bad matchup for six weeks, which gives him the easiest rushing schedule of any team over that time.

Cedric Benson -- Yes, it's becoming harder and harder to recommend the incredibly disappointing Benson. The main logic behind this one? He gets to play the Raiders and Broncos rush defenses, although he also has to play the more difficult fronts of the Seahawks and Giants, which makes him a less attractive bet than White.

Larry Johnson -- He's not the old Larry Johnson, and he would have been a much better Buy Low candidate two weeks ago, but he also gets to play the Raiders and Broncos; unfortunately, the Packers, Colts, and Chargers are all tougher matchups.

Marshawn Lynch -- The rookie gets to play the Jets, Dolphins, and Bengals, but he has the Pats and Redskins waiting for him as well.

Sell High

Chad Johnson -- Cincinnati has their scapegoat, and it's Ocho Cinco. With trade winds beginning to swirl around the seemingly disgruntled wideout, Johnson will be up against several strong secondaries in Pittsburgh (twice) and Tennessee. Chris McAlister should also return by the time the Bengals play Baltimore, which also could slow Johnson. While Johnson might pull through and play excellent ball, there's also the possibility that a few difficult games could cause the whole ball of yarn to unravel. Trade Johnson before that happens and his value dissipates altogether.

Brandon Stokley/Brandon Marshall -- The latter's got a DUI, and the former is a mid-30s No. 1 receiver who missed all of last year with an injury. Neither of these things bode well for continued success without Javon Walker. In addition, the Broncos go up against Green Bay, Kansas City, Tennessee, and Oakland in the next six weeks. That's a group of poor matchups for the Broncos.

Dwayne Bowe/Jeff Webb -- The young Kansas City receiver tandem has a bye this upcoming week, and then play Green Bay, Indy, and Oakland over the course of five weeks. Kansas City's best bet in those games is the run, and God knows Herm needs no more of a reason to grind the ball 35 times.

Rudi Johnson/Kenny Watson -- It's not a good year for Bengals players. Johnson's struggled with injury, and the upcoming six weeks bring the Steelers, Ravens, and Titans run defenses to town. Including both Steelers games, that's a lot of opportunities for 16-carry, 45-yard games.

Patriots running backs -- The Patriots have the second-worst schedule for the passing game over the next six weeks, but if you think I'm telling you to sell high on them, well, I don't have those guts. The running game, I can sell a little on. They have to play Washington, Indy, and Baltimore, with Buffalo and Philadelphia also representing average run defenses. While it's hard to identify which player is overvalued, just err on the side of caution and figure they all are.

Giants running backs -- Well, after next week. Playing the Dolphins is the last easy game for the Giants rushers, who follow that with games against Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, and Chicago. Those are teams you throw on, not run against.

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Loser League

QB: I really do feel for Marc Bulger. I mean, I'm happy the guy got his long-term contract before the Rams fell apart, but does he really deserve this? 225 yards, two fumbles, and three interceptions made him the worst quarterback of the week with 1 point. Number two was Jason Campbell, who only mustered 95 yards to go with his interception. David Garrard was third by virtue of 72 unadorned yards before he got hurt.

RB: Warrick Dunn repeated his streak of showing up in this column by putting up 28 rushing yards against the Saints' front seven, and his one receiving yard wasn't enough to bump him up past a 2. Dominic Rhodes, shockingly irrelevant after going from the best team in football to the worst, picked up a 3 with 21 rushing yards and ten receiving yards. He will still collect the same paycheck. Brian Leonard got a 4, while a whole bunch of starting running backs got 5s.

WR: The zero-point line from a wideout is always pretty, and this week, both James Jones and Santana Moss managed to pull it off. They combined for 17 yards receiving, which is exactly what No. 3 wideout Shaun McDonald put up. He was joined at 1 point by Jason Avant and a rare visitor to this section of Scramble, Marvin Harrison.

K: Normally, wide receivers putting up donuts is enough to win Losingest Loser of the Week -- but not Week 7 of 2007. Ladies and gentlemen, our early favorite for game of the year is Neil Rackers' performance in Arizona this week. One extra point, one missed field goal and one missed extra point means ... wait for it ... -6. Negative freaking six. Our old heroes never die. This is our coun ... oh.

Keep Choppin' Wood

This week, wood was chopped most by Ken Whisenhunt for two ugly calls. On fourth-and-1 from midfield in the middle of the game, Whisenhunt decided to go for it (right move) by throwing a motion screen to Anquan Boldin against a team with very solid tackling in the secondary (wrong move). When Boldin wasn't able to get outside and froze, the play was blown up.

His two-point conversion call was talked about more -- down two with 21 seconds left, he decided to have Anquan Boldin throwing the ball in the most important play of the game. This creates two problems: One, he's putting the ball in the hands of an inexperienced quarterback who's not as good as Tim Rattay; two, Anquan Boldin's not there for the quarterback to throw to. It's an awful use of resources for the sole purpose of being unexpected and tricky.

Best Bets

1-2 last week, 8-9-1 overall

It's not a good year.

CHICAGO (-5) over Detroit

Detroit's still an overrated team. Brian Griese's not great, and the secondary's taken a step back this year, but the Bears at home are still going to beat the Lions by more than a touchdown.

NEW ENGLAND (-17) over Washington

I want to look back and tell my grandkids one day that I took New England and gave 17 points at least once in the 2007 season.

Pittsburgh (-4) over CINCINNATI

Might as well continue to back Tomlin's boys. Cincinnati's imploding and their secondary won't be able to do anything about the Steelers.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 24 Oct 2007

41 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2007, 11:16am by Fargo

Comments

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by Joseph (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 7:29pm

W. Dunn is my LL MVP (or is it LVP?)
and finally, first?

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by LnGrrrR (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 7:41pm

Man... I would be rocking LL this week if it wasn't for David Givens, who is ruining my team... sigh.

On another note... should I just dump Bulger or what? Maybe I can get a 2nd rate running back. I've destroyed every other one on my team.. (RBs I've had on my team... Jackson, Maroney, Cadillac Williams, Pittman, Sammy Morris...)

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by Nathan (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 7:52pm

I'm about to enter last in both leagues. Not exactly thrilled.

At this point I'm just going to start every Colt I have, even Kenton Keith (who will split carries now)

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by jtp (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 8:31pm

Hey-
I could use a little help figuring out what the heck to do with my fantasy football team. I'm playing in a 12 team Yahoo league (top 4 make the playoffs) and I'm currently in 6th place. As presently constructed, my team is:

QB: T Romo, B Favre
RB: J Addai, L Jordan, C Portis, E James, J Chatman, E Graham
WR: R Curry, R Moss, R White
K: M Stover
D: Baltimore

This week I have a ton of guys on bye, meaning I have empty spots at WR, K, and D. I've been trying to trade away some of my RBs but my trade offers keep getting turned down.

I have 2 questions:
1. Do I just concede this week or do I drop 3 guys to pick up a WR, K, and D for this week? It's a 12 team league so anybody I drop will get snapped up.

2. Long-term, what do I do with this team? WR is a definite weak spot. Which RBs would you trade (or drop) to fix the hole at WR and who are some good targets right now?

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by Yaguar (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 8:46pm

Just give up Stover for another kicker. I know you want to think "Yay, I have a good kicker that everyone wants." But the truth is that kickers are meaningless in fantasy football. Nobody will pick up Stover during his bye, so you could always just try to make the switch back immediately after your new kicker plays.

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by Carlos (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 9:08pm

Best Bets
...
NEW ENGLAND (-17) over Washington

I hope you're not actually putting money on your "Best Bets."

17 points vs. Gibbs?

Gibbs 2.0 (the lousy version) has lost by >17 points 3 times in 56 games.

Gibbs 1.0 (the 2d greatest coach of his generation) lost > 17 points 11 times in 205 games.

14 / 261 = 5.4%

I don't care how historically great the Pats look. And I'm not saying it's impossible for the Pats to cover. What I am saying is that's a terrible call for a "best bet."

I'd be happy to take the other side of your best bet, Bill. You up for it?

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by BlyMlvy (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 9:31pm

The "trade winds" around Ocho have blown away -- Mortenson basically admitted today that he made the whole thing up.

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by Marko (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 9:31pm

"Giants running backs — Well, after next week. Playing the Dolphins is the last easy game for the Giants rushers, who follow that with games against Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, and Chicago. Those are teams you throw on, not run against."

I wish the Vikings and Adrian Peterson had followed your advice when the Vikings played the Bears two weeks ago, when Peterson ran for 224 yards (most against the Bears in their 88 year history) and the Vikings ran for 311 yards (third most against the Bears in history).

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by Bruce Coslet (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 9:35pm

Interesting that you say the Bengals are imploding a week after their 2nd win. I'd hold off on any "imploding" talk until we see if this talk about potentially trading Chad Johnson will affect his play.

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by John Kim (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 9:38pm

Bill,

I would rather recommend Chris Henry or Chris Brown over Lendale White. Even against crap defenses and the Tennessee O-Line creating huge holes, the guy just can't hit them hard or fast enough. I would not be surprised if Brown or Henry start seeing some more carries, or even win the starting job.

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by resident jenius (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 9:47pm

Re: Anquan Boldin's Pass

I was actually at the WAS/ARI game this weekend and had a fairly good view of the pass in question. I thought the call was good and was fairly disappointed the play didn't work. First, it was the fabled NFL option play, and it started with decent blocking. Second, while Boldin's pass was horrible, he was throwing to Larry Fitzgerald so it's not like he was tossing it up for some 'Terrelle Smith' scrub like the KCW alluded.

Anyway, my two cents.

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by Athelas (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 10:51pm

Aaron at Hannah Montana--ROTFL!
Loved the cartoon, but who is the final head? (My laptop has been through a lot and doesn't have great resolution)

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by Jason (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 11:30pm

The Best Bets was quite shocking. Taking the Pats and -17 against the Best Defense that they have played by far seems like quite a stretch. After their win vs Wash, everyone on GB said that they were they best team they had played so far.

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by World's Sexiest Cartoonist (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 11:31pm

That final head would be one Orenthal James Simpson. Cuz, you know...this is a comic about football.

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by Kuato (not verified) :: Wed, 10/24/2007 - 11:55pm

*I have 2 questions:
1. Do I just concede this week or do I drop 3 guys to pick up a WR, K, and D for this week? It’s a 12 team league so anybody I drop will get snapped up.

2. Long-term, what do I do with this team? WR is a definite weak spot. Which RBs would you trade (or drop) to fix the hole at WR and who are some good targets right now?*

Agreed about the kicker and also say drop the D. The Raven are good, but you can usually get equal production by just looking at which teams are playing the worst Offensives and spot playing them. Also, with you small roster size, other people might be forced to drop a good D here and there too, and you can pick them up.

Who are some of the WR in your league that are available on the FA wire? You might be able to find someone as good as the guys you have. White and Curry aren't exactly barn burners.

Finally, I suggest trading Favre or Romo for a WR. You might be able to get a top 5 WR for Romo because he is having a great year so far, and you should be able to get a top 15-20 WR for Favre or a top 5 for Favre+a mediocre RB. Then grab the best QB on the Waiver Wire for your backup.

You have terrific RB depth, so try to transform some of the depth into superstar players. There is always somebody with one Great RB and then nothing, so offer him two slightly above average RB for his Stud.

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by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:10am

"Sell High...Patriots running backs"

Is there really a market for them?

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by Jimbohead (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 2:33am

I'm suprised Crayton didn't make the LL - WR list. 19 yds and a lost fumble gave me -1 points... against the freaking Minnesota secondary!

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by TheDudeAbides (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 2:51am

Bill what are you doing to us? There's a reason your best bets are below .500. DVOA practically screams out against all three of these bets. The Steelers have the most variance of any team in the NFL, which is not something you want to bet on against a top 5 offense on the road. The Redskins are #1 in defensive DVOA, which is not something you want to give 17 points to. And the Bears are simply a horrible team by DVOA standards, much worse than Detroit. For them to be favored, even at home, is silly (they're also 1-2 at home and failed to cover the week they won).

These could all be seen as best bets the opposite direction.

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by Athelas (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 9:03am

Thanks World's Sexiest Cartoonist, now that you say that, I can make him out. Love the tux.

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by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 9:12am

Re: 4

Agree with the advice in #5 and #15. I doubt anybody picks up Stover on his bye week. I'm guessing somebody will have the roster flexibility to pick up (on a week they can't play) but maybe they'll end up dropping someone that can help you. You can always throw them in to sweeten a trade too.

Speaking of trades, I suspect #15 may be a bit optimistic in terms of what you might receive for Favre. Unless somebody really whiffed on QBs in your draft, I doubt that he would start for most teams and he's not a clear upgrade for any of them. You can get a lot of value for Romo, but you'll be weakening your own QB production considerably. I wouldn't trade him unless the deal was an offer you couldn't refuse.

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by B (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 10:20am

So the guy causing all the troubles in Cincinnati is the one Bengal who hasn't been arrested? Makes sense to me.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 11:37am

"Bill what are you doing to us? There’s a reason your best bets are below .500. DVOA practically screams out against all three of these bets."

DVOA says to take NE and lay the points. Its a 67% difference. DVOA says that Washington at NE is exactly the same game as NE at Miami (71%)

Washington also has had a TON of injuries the last couple weeks.

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by DJH (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 11:39am

No offense...but this has been the first year that I have heavily used FO.com, PFP and the Kubiak projections as the foundational basis for my FF picks and I am last, 2nd from last and last in my 3 leagues...with the 2nd from last performance due to the "unlimited waiver wire" rules and my "calculated luck" of picking up a few WW gems.

I love the site, the writer commentary and the posts that aren't about evil empire teams #1 and #2...but for FF...I think "go back to the drawing board" is the most gracious thing I can say at this point.

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by SuperBears (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:02pm

#23 My leagues are big money very competitive leagues and I am in first in one of them and middle of the pack in another (but those were hurt by a rash of minor injuries).

I just traded for Fitzgerald in my middle of the pack league. We play with 2 QBs and 12 teams, so QBs have more value. I trade Hassleback for him. Fitzgerald only has one TD and I find it hard to believe he will finish the season with such a pathetic number. Plus, they play a number of weak passing defenses and Hassleback really hasn't been as good as his numbers have shown.

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by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:32pm

Re: 23

It's a bad year for KUBIAK.

KUBIAK was much better last year.

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by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:33pm

I mean an off year.

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by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:35pm

Triple post.

#24,

You just sold Hass low. He's about to get Hackett and Branch back (when they all come back after the bye). His numbers will be better for the remainder of the season (at least that's what I keep telling myself).

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by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:36pm

Re: 23/24

I'm rethinking my approach to fantasy drafting. Running backs seem really hit and miss from year to year (with a few exceptions) due to injury/performance decline. My top two picks this year were Stephen Jackson and Rudi Johnson. Yikes! It just seems like there's much less likelihood of a bust/injury in the first few rounds with an above average QB. Obviously Bulger would be an exception this year, but otherwise the top QBs are doing as well as expected (or better).

Wondering if other folks share this thinking or consider it foolish.

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by SuperBears (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 12:51pm

25/26/27

Hass is a top 5 scoring QB with a horrible running game. At some point teams are going to figure this out and force them to run. I also have Hackett and Burleson so if the passing game improves I am still covered.

I have been impressed with Kubiak so far, sure I picked McNabb but I was able to grab Favre as his back-up. It told me to stay away from LJ and Alexander. I picked Addai which should still be a good pick. They are still a lot of games left to play and two weeks ago MJD looked like a complete and total bust and now he is back to being a cock stud. At some point Petrino will realize that Dunn needs to be taken out back and shot and Norwood should start seeing the ball more.

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by James G (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 1:21pm

While Kubiak has been off, the correct comparison is it vs. other projections, not just certain busts. Kubiak told me to stay away from Steven Jackson and Shaun Alexander. I also ended up with Wes Welker and Washington D because of Kubiak, who have been great plays that I wouldn't have made otherwise. Yes, I did end up with a way too early pick of Ladell Betts, and Stallworth has been frustrating although definitely worth his slot the last 3 games. I have two teams - one in second & one in last. Different scoring systems, but I used Kubiak for both. One problem is, of course, TDs are the hardest thing to predict while simultaneously being the most important element of fantasy football (and in the league I'm in last place in, the only element).

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by scurvy (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 3:16pm

I think if you're using any projection system to try and have a perfect draft, you're just gonna end up beating your head against the wall. There's an aspect of randomness to FF, but then again, there's an aspect of randomness to most games,that's part of what makes them fun; even card counters don't win every hand.

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by footballprofessor (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 5:26pm

At last! Everlasting Loser League glory! "Don't Forget To Wipe" is victorious!

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by BD (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 5:53pm

When evaluating KUBIAK, as others have pointed out, you need to compare it to other sources (who have almost all the same guys in the same order).

My big money team is in 1st place, thanks in part to KUBIAK. Major hits so far:

Tom Brady- fell ridiculously low in my draft. Way undervalued by most places.

Antonio Gates- one advantage of KUBIAK is to customize based on league rules. My league uses WR/TE, most magazines split the positions. Thus Gates fell into my lap.

Reggie Wayne

Greg Jennings

Gostkowski

Steelers D

Misses:
Maroney, Ladell Betts, Jones-Drew (all due to usage which is hard to predict)
Mushin Muhamad (I was warned in PFP. I took him anyway)

Overall, I would say it has been successful this year.

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by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 6:35pm

I'd like to thank Shaun Alexander for his efforts in raising my LL team to second place this week.

I'm in three FF leagues: last in one, first in one, middle of the pack in one. KUBIAK and an injury list were the only tools I used.

No FF tool can guarantee you success. They just suggest which dice you should roll: they don't control the numbers that come up.

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by Bobman (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 7:13pm

Aaron's 2 year-old has a favorite TV show? A bit early, no? He looks a lot younger in person than in cartoon....

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by EagleFanDown (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 7:25pm

Re: 4

Given your place in the standings, you can't afford to give away a game this week. I agree that you can rotate K & D. As for WR, if at all possible, try to make a trade. And I wouldn't be afraid to offer up my best RB for the right price with that depth. You'll only get good for good. Find someone with some good WR's and ask them to pick who they want. If you can get comparable WR in return, you'll be alright. Obviously don't give away Addai for Darrell Jackson. You'll still have up to 5 RB's to play matchups with and that's what it's all about - look at Kenny Watson and Earnest Graham this past week. If you can't trade, I think you have to bite the bullet and drop a guy. I'd probably go with Jordan because of the platoon or Chatman, because I believe I read in EPC that the Dolphins line doesn't block particularly well, it's that Brown was doing super human things - not the kind of situation where a backup steps right in ane repeats. I'm not crazy about that, but if you can't trade you're kind of stuck.

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by cat rodriguez (not verified) :: Thu, 10/25/2007 - 10:05pm

How can you buy low on guys like Santonio Holmes and LenDale White when they're coming off several solid games in a row? How low could the price really be? In my leagues, it's not - so this truly is fantasy advice.

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by Macfresh (not verified) :: Fri, 10/26/2007 - 2:27pm

As far as finishing the "round mound" nickname for Lendale White, I would suggest "round mound of ground pound". Has a ring to it...

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by John Kim (not verified) :: Fri, 10/26/2007 - 4:01pm

36.

He doesn't exactly do a lot of "Ground Pounding"

How about...
Round Mound of Easily Downed?

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by j brown (not verified) :: Fri, 10/26/2007 - 7:01pm

Which two backs should I start this week: Adrian Peterson, Brian Westbrook, or Brandon Jacobs?

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by Fargo (not verified) :: Sun, 10/28/2007 - 11:16am

#40 - I'd go with Jacobs and the Purple Jesus. It doesn't take much to persuade Andy Reid not to use Westy, and I think that the Vikings punishing run D is more than enough. AP can shred the Eagles though, and the Raiders proved that you don't need to pass to beat the Dolphins. Jacobs looked really good against the 9ers last week, so he should keep most of the carries.

My dilemma involves much lower level backs. My starting two are McGahee and Henry, but McGahee is on a bye and Henry is questionable. If Henry goes, then he's obviously a no-brainer, but does anyone wish to nominate the best two of Kenton Keith, Chester Taylor, Kenny Watson and DeShawn Wynn (yes, my roster is now 60% RBs)?