Fantasy Mailbag - Week 12
by Jeff Tefertiller
November 20th, 2012

This is your chance to get questions answered. It does not matter if you play in redraft or dynasty, IDP or offense-only, or any other type of league, this weekly article will address all. For this column, we are seeking strategy-oriented questions, including trades, waiver strategy, roster management, etc.. Those questions looking for guidance on lineup decisions are best seeking guidance from the weekly projections. Please include all of your pertinent league variables in your question and get those to me by the end of the Monday Night Football game. Let's get started.

Question 1

12 team league with starting lineup of QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1 Flex (RB/WR), 1 TE, 1K, 1D.

Offensive Players

  • All touchdowns are worth 7 points
  • 5 point bonus for over 100 yards rushing and receiving
  • 5 point bonus for over 200 yards rushing and receiving
  • 5 point bonus for over 300 yards passing
  • 5 point bonus for over 400 yards passing
  • Receptions are worth 1.3 points
  • Carries are worth .3 points
  • Defenses

  • Get high points for low points allowed
  • 2 points per sack
  • 2 points per interception
  • 2 points per fumble
  • Individuals and S/T

  • 2 points for every 25 kick return yard
  • 2 points for every 20 punt return yards
  • My team is as follows:

  • QB: Robert Griffin III, Tim Tebow
  • RB1: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown
  • RB2: Rashad Jennings, Maurice Jones-Drew (IR)
  • Flex: Chris Johnson, Jamie Harper
  • WR1: Larry Fitzgerald, Josh Gordon
  • WR2: Duane Bowe
  • TE: Antonio Gates
  • D: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers
  • K: Stephen Gostkowski
  • I really feel comfortable with my team,but am always looking to improve...would any of the following trades be worth it, or should I just stay with what I have?

  • Trade RGIII and Fitzgerald for Cam Newton and A.J. Green
  • Trade RGIII and Fitzgerald for Romo and Marshall
  • Trade RGIII and Rashad Jennings and MJD for Fitzpatrick and Doug Martin
  • The only one I would consider is the first one, but would not accept any of three. Griffin is an important player for you down the stretch. Since he is playing well, I would not risk the quarterback downgrade especially with your league scoring for the running back or wide receiver upgrades. If you like your team, do not take on the unnecessary risk, even with Fitzgerald underperforming with the poor Arizona quarterback play.

    Question 2

    I have a question about positioning my team for the playoffs. I would like to get some more (quality) RB depth and give up some of my WR depth. I want to trade Brian Hartline for Daniel Thomas, Marcel Reese or Ben Tate. Since I have Arian Foster, is Ben Tate more valuable to me than a RB like Daniel Thomas?

    I would definitely make the move for Tate, just for the purpose of a strategic handcuff. Tate has shown the ability to produce fantasy points when given the opportunity. The other two are marginal starters and you need a back that will score well if you are forced into starting him.

    Question 3

    I was really hoping to trade Gates with one of my RBs or WRs to get an upgrade at the RB position, but because of Aaron Hernandez's uncertainty, I can't do that. I don't like the inconsistency of Vincent Jackson, so I also thinking of trying to trade him for a RB (Chris Johnson, MJD) and ride with Denarius Moore and Reggie Wayne for the playoffs. I'm just not sure that Chris Johnson or MJD would be an upgrade in my flex spot over Denarius Moore. What do you think?

    12 Team standard scoring non-PPR, 4 points for QB passing TD
    Start: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1Flex(RB/WR/TE), 1 TE

    My team (6-4):

  • QB: Romo, Luck
  • RB: Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, Joique Bell, Mike Goodson, Robert Turbin, Peyton Hillis
  • WR: Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne, Denarius Moore, Kenny Britt, Brian Hartline
  • TE: Antonio Gates, Aaron Hernandez
  • I would ride Vincent Jackson until the wheels fall off. While wildly inconsistent, he has some great games while will help you win your fantasy game almost on his own. I do not think your backs are in bad shape and would look to hold tight at the position. Hernandez will be money after the Gronkowski broken forearm.

    Question 4

    I've done all the analysis, but I need an outsider's opinion.

    Redraft league, 14 teams, Standard Scoring (TD and yardage).

    I'm loaded at WR: A. J. Green, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Reggie Wayne, Demaryius Thomas.

    Starters: QB-WR-WR-RB-RB-TE-FL-FL-K-D

  • QB: Joe Flacco, Nick Foles
  • RB: Stevan Ridley, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, David Wilson, Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Chris Wells
  • WR: Danario Alexander, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, A.J. Green, Reggie Wayne, Torrey Smith
  • Would you trade Bradshaw, Wayne, Smith, and Wells for Arian Foster and Ben Tate?

    I am in first place and trying to position my team for the playoffs.

    We keep four players.

    I like the deal, especially in keeper league. I do not know if any of the players you are selling would be keeper worthy anyway so getting the star running back is a great move. It helps your keepers and your starting lineup. You are not giving up essential players in the deal, but your lineup will benefit from the solid points Foster puts up weekly. I would not hesitate before hitting the "accept" button.

    Question 5

    Would you trade Le Sean McCoy, and Owen Daniels for C. J. Spiller and Rob Gronkowski?

    With the Gronkowski injury, I would not be trading for him. While McCoy has been underutilized and the Eagles offense has been a mess, I would hold McCoy. He should respond and play well soon. I like the Philadelphia running back even more if/when Michael Vick returns to the lineup.

    Question 6

    What is Greg Jennings worth in a PPR Dynasty league? I have been offered the Packers receiver for Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, and what looks like a late 2013 1st round rookie pick.

    While many like the pair of rookie tailbacks in St. Louis, it is always best to stockpile proven (yet, not old) receivers just for the sake of "value". I like the Rams running backs, and who knows what will happen with Steven Jackson, but acquiring a Top 20 receiver (and possibly Top 10) is the way to go. Jennings is a free agent after the season and should command money similar to what Vincent Jackson garnered a year ago. Investing in the St. Louis backfield could pay off, but is risky considering Steven Jackson could re-sign with the team in the offseason, even though he is slated to be a free agent. In most PPR dynasty leagues, star receivers are worth a mint so it is best to collect as many as you can.

    Thanks for all of the questions.

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