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  • Brandon 10:36 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks Open Forum – Preseason 

    Going along with my previous post, I figured it would still be nice to give our readers a sounding board for their preseason questions/comments/concerns going into their league drafts and such. One of the ideas that Matt and I had discussed previously was to make the Ask the Geeks feature a more integral part of the site. In that spirit, here’s an open forum for you to add comments with any questions you may have for the Geeks (or any other reader who wants to share their insight.) Hopefully this will allow us to quickly respond to specific questions, while continuing to work on the blog’s future. So anyways, consider the forum open…

    • Amir Learner 11:30 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Keeper Question:
      How keepers work in this league – In one of my leagues we are allowed 3 keepers and you would lose draft pick 2 rounds higher and can keep players a max of 3 years

      I’m debating between a few players (I already have Ray Rice, Shonn Greene- we start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2WR, 1RB/WR/TE, K, DST)

      – Hakeem Nicks (originally drafted in round 18 so I would give up a 16th round pick for someone who seems to max out around a top 20 WR)
      – Mike Sims-Walker (Went undrafted so I would give up a 12th rounder – Looks like a 5th/6th round pick but I don’t really see a huge upside with him)
      – Justin Forsett – (Also went undrafted so 12th rounder – he has HUGE upside but its tough to tell in Seattle – also I worry about really skewing my draft board if i keep 3 RBs)


      • Brandon 2:04 pm on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m leaning towards Hakeem Nicks, based solely on his potential. You’re stacked at RB, so all you’re looking for at that position is a backup or flex player. You could probably even draft Forsett if you wanted to in the middle rounds if you really want him, but I don’t expect any kind of spectacular numbers for him as he’ll still split some carries with Julius Jones. Sims-Walker is solid, but Nicks (even with the recent knee injury scare) has more potential and is in a more potent passing offense. Keep Rice, Greene and Nicks, then grab a top tier QB and WR (or another awesome RB if you have an early pick) with your first two picks to automatically make your team a force to be reckoned with.

        • Amir 4:06 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah – I think I’m gonna go with Nicks and hope Forsett doesn’t freak out πŸ™‚


    • John 10:57 am on August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      nice to see you guys again,
      im in a league with 12 people with standard scoring (no PPR).
      our lineup is QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, DEF

      what type of draft strategy should i go with. draft RBs in the first two rounds? I figured I would draft a QB in a later round since it is deep. or should i be drafting WRs in the first few rounds, is RBs as deep as WRs now since more teams are going by committee?


      • Brandon 11:13 am on August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It all depends on your draft position and what players are left at that point. Looking at the top players this year though, you’re most likely going to want to pick up a top tier running back with your top pick. After that, if another top tier running back is available, you might consider them, but otherwise grabbing a top flight receiver and QB in rounds 2 and 3 could work out for you.

        I can’t tell you that there is a specific strategy that is going to be the best, as over the past few years the RB-RB-rest of draft strategy has been eroded due to running back by committee situations. Good luck though!

    • Marco 4:48 pm on August 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      DeSean Jackson or Calvin Johnson or Reggie Wayne? non PPR

      • Brandon 9:09 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s hard to vote against Reggie Wayne, even if he’s the old man out of the group. He’s the safest pick, having Peyton Manning throwing him the ball instead of Kolb or Stafford and he’s coming off a solid season. The other two are probably higher risk/reward players though. Don’t be too disappointed if any of them fall into your lap during the draft.

        • Amir 4:06 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’d have to agree and say Wayne is probably the best of the bunch – he’s definitely the safest. While DeSean Jackson might put up some monster numbers he depends on the big play too much – if that gets taken away he’s basically useless (check the distances of his touchdowns they are all monsters and thats where he gets all his points) – I’m also kind of high on the Lions this year (yes the Lions)

          so – Wayne > Calvin Johnson > DJax

        • Matt 7:49 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, Wayne’s probably the safe pick, but if Jackson’s healthy, he’s got the highest ceiling of the bunch. I’ve always loved Calvin Johnson’s potential but he hasn’t lived up to it yet, which means he could be a bargain this year in some drafts if he falls further than he should.

        • Lep 6:11 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Jackson prob also has the lowest ceiling, and i highly doubt he’ll repeat his 8t’d of 50yds or more preformance…

          IMO, Jackson is the risky pick and Wayne is the safest, but I’d probably go with Calvin, a little risk, while still being pretty safe. Wayne is getting older and has 3 young talented recievers around him now, but has been consistent throughout his career. Detroit can only get better with Stafford having another year under his belt, and adding Best won’t hurt their running game. Burleson should also help CJ with a few less double teams. I think at the end of the year, Calvin will be at the top of that list.

    • Jimmy 12:35 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      RB Position – we have 2 RB and a WR/RB position
      I have Chris Johnson, Ryan Grant, Marion Barber, and Jahvid Best.
      Besides CJ, who should I start at RB and WR/RB?
      Should I pick up Tim Hightower and drop Barber?

      • Brandon 1:18 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        As your starters, I like the upside of Grant and Best a bit more than Barber. However, I’ve heard (specifically on Maurice Jones-Drew’s fantasy football radio show) that Marion has put in extra work in the off season to return to his “Barbarian” status and could be a sleeper as long as he can fend off Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Hightower still has Beanie Wells to compete with and is in a worse offense, so he’s by no means a better choice than Barber at this point. To your original question though, start CJ, Grant and Best (as long as he’s deemed the starter to begin the season.)

    • Jimmy 12:55 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am stuck in an 8-man league without a stud QB.
      I have E Manning, K Kolb, and M Stafford.
      Who do normally go with? Or do I try to pick up someone else?

      • Brandon 1:38 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a bit early to tell at this point, but you should be fine with those guys. Manning will be solid and a good fall back, while Kolb and Stafford show you what their made of in the preseason and first few weeks of the regular season. What quarterbacks are on the free agency list though?

        • Jimmy 2:08 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Available QBs – B Favre, B Roethlisberger, K Orton, J Campbell, D Garrard, V Young, M Hasselbeck, M Cassel, C Henne, and M Sanchez.

        • Brandon 2:25 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Given those options, I’d stick with who you have for now, although Brett Favre is an interesting option depending on whether you think he’ll play this year or not πŸ™‚

    • Matt 5:19 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      New here, have a keeper question. In a 14 team league, standard scoring, where we play QB RB RB WR WR W/R/T TE K DEF. I’m drafting 11th. We can keep one player from the final roster by giving up a pick two rounds before they were drafted (no keeping 1st or 2nd rounders). So my best options are Vernon Davis for a 13th round pick or Michael Crabtree for an 11th round pick. Which would you choose?

      • Brandon 9:10 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, it’s almost a toss up here. I say go with Vernon Davis though, to ensure that you lock down the TE position with WR-caliber guy. It’s a bit risky, as you’re asking him to put up similar numbers to last year (doubtful he’ll have 13 TD again), but with only two WR slots, I’m sure you will be able to fill those with other guys earlier in the draft that would equal the numbers Crabtree will put up.

    • e-roc 5:21 pm on August 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Booyah for football season… I’m getting sick of seeing baseball highlights on Sportscenter…

      Draft question (picking from the 3rd position)… Just like the previous two seasons, I’m in a high-scoring, very-QB and WR-friendly league…. That being said, with the 3rd pick this year (2nd pick last year), I’ll probably have a shot at either Chris Johnson or Drew Brees… My question today is, do you believe in the Madden curse? I just got my copy of Madden as a happy reminder of the Curse….

      What do you guys think? Alternatively, I may go out on a HUGE limb and grab Andre Johnson (big plays = big points)… I really like guys like Ryan Mathews, Beanie Wells, and Tony Romo as my 2nd & 3rd picks…

      • Squish 3:25 am on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Unless it’s a two QB league I’d think that Brees would be around by your pick in the second round. I think you’ll probably end up with MJD or AP. I think grabbing AJ is a bit premature at pick 3. Let’s remember that WRs are the least consistent group from year to year. Instead, something like 1.AP 2. Brees 3. Colston, Steve Smith (either) or Welker is far better in my opinion.

        • e-roc 8:04 am on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Squish. I did some analysis based on last year’s scoring system and I definitely agree with you on going with a RB… I think AP is a “no-brainer” if he’s there at 3, but then the question of MJD or Ray Rice becomes an issue. We’ve altered scoring to give RB’s 0.5 pts PPR (1 PPR for WR & TE). I think they’re both good options. What do you think?

          Thoughts on the Madden curse??

        • Brandon 11:27 am on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If the decision is between Ray Rice and MJD, I think I’m leaning towards Rice slightly. Especially if the team trades Willis McGahee! But yeah, at the 3 spot you have to go with a top tier RB that you can plug in all season long and not worry about him.

        • Squish 5:37 pm on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’ve never paid much attention to the Madden curse. Player’s regularly get injured multiple times a season so it’s easy to prove it is true. I think Brees will be just fine but I just don’t see him matching his numbers from the last two years.

    • Brian 9:55 am on August 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Love to hear your thoughts on my draft if you have a minute. It’s a 10 man league using pretty standard format (non-ppr, only wrinkle is 6pts for passing TD). I had the 8th pick.

      1st (8) Andre Johnson WR (all previous 7 picks were backs)
      2nd (13) Aaron Rogers QB
      3rd Mendenhall RB
      4th Jennings WR
      5th Moreno RB
      6th Finely TE (was the 7th TE taken, happy to land him given Rogers as QB)
      7th H. Nicks WR (had MSW and Jahvid Best targeted here with Nicks, but they went with the two picks before me)
      8th CJ Spiller RB
      9th Johnny Knox WR
      10th Ricky Williams RB
      11th Roethlisberger QB
      12th Kaeding K
      13th Thomas Jones RB
      14th Bengals

      Overall once the first 7 picks were RB’s I decided to try to get good QB-WR strategy and then stockpile backs that I felt had potential to be RB1 type. Figuring if I have 5 in the barn, I hope 2 will shake out as clear RB1’s. Is that sound?

      I am already regretting my Roethlisberger pick. I should have just went without a backup QB for the beginning of the season since Rogers wont have a bye till Week 10. I think it was a bit of a knee jerk reaction. I had targeted Eli Manning as a backup in the 10th round, but he was taken the pick before me, so i went with Ricky figuring Ronnie has a good chance of getting injured again. Immediately after there was a run on 5-6 QB’s so I took Ben. Probably a waste of a pick and could have gotten more value here with high ceiling type RB or WR, right?

      • Brandon 10:12 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This team seems pretty solid actually, with my only worry being Knowshon Moreno with your 5th pick. If the team actually commits to a workhorse running back AND he’s healthy to start the year though, it could work out for you. You’re heavily invested in the success of the Packers passing game, but I guess there are worse teams out there πŸ™‚

        Roethlisberger might be a solid backup actually, considering he’ll already have been back for a few weeks by the time you need him. However, keep your fingers crossed that Aaron Rodgers stays healthy for the first half of the year!

        • Brian 1:28 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hey man thanks for taking the time to check it out. Love the site and as a new guy to FF appreciate the feedback.

          Moreno: Yeah I think it was a bit of a panic pick. Backs were being taken like crazy even past the first round so I decided to try to get high ceiling guys even if they had questionable situations. Moreno I had on my team last year and was aware of the frustrations, but I saw glimpses of a fanstasy workhouse so I figured he was worth a shot. Technically he was probably a bad value at 5, but he was the 20th back picked so considering that i guess I am ok with it. Like I mentioned I went with the hope that if I have 5 question mark backs, I can gamble that 2 backs will turn into RB1’s. The tough part will be knowing who they will be week-to-week, haha.

          Packers: Yes I am aware that I am married to them this year. It become a running joke whenever anyone drafted a packer player, they politely asked me if I wanted to trade for them immediately afterwards, haha. I have been thinking about picking up Owen Daniels who’s still out there to give me some balance when GB plays a tough D, but not sure I want to carry two TE’s at the start of the season.

          Big Ben: I like having Ben, as I think once he’s back I got great value for him, I just am not sure if it would have served my team better to add another back to the stable and then pick up someone like Alex Smith later. This is all assuming that A Rogers as an ironman, but lets face it, if Rogers goes down in the first half my season is basically done for, haha.

          Thanks again, love the site.

        • Brian 1:31 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          What do you think of Knox? I got a lot of bad feedback with that pick.

          I like him in the Martz offense and you know Cutler is gonna let it fly. I was rather surprised nobody was as high on him as I was.

      • Brandon 1:57 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I like Johnny Knox this year, especially as your 4th receiver in the 9th round! Don’t give a second thought to the haters πŸ™‚

  • Brandon 9:31 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink

    O Fantasy Football Geeks, where art thou? 

    As the 2010-11 football season quickly approaches, I’m sure many of you have noticed that the FFGeeks have been disappointingly quiet. We regret not having been able to share our preseason rankings or team previews for the upcoming fantasy football season, but it’s not due to our lack of interest in fantasy football. Over the past year or so, both of us have had some major, life-changing experiences, including a new baby for Matt (recently celebrated his first birthday) and myself getting married just about two weeks ago! I’ve also moved into a new house a few months ago that demanded a lot of work, in case those excuses weren’t enough πŸ™‚

    Anyways, Matt and I have been in discussion about possible changes to the site, but we’re still trying to work out the details. At my wedding we discussed a few of these ideas briefly (I wonder if Matt remembers?) and need to put some more thought into them before deciding the direction we’ll go in for the upcoming season, as well as in the future.

    In the meantime, please checkout the websites of a few of our fantasy football friends to get your information, but keep an eye out on our RSS/Twitter/Facebook streams so that you can be first to see any changes we make to the site!

    Go Patriots!

    • Shirley 9:49 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to Matt on the new baby and to Brandon on getting married. Looking forward to the new posts! Love this blog.

    • Jacob @ Fantasy Football Fools 3:29 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the plug, Brandon. It’s good to see life coming back to the fantasy football blogs again, and I’ll keep an eye out for when you guys start running at full steam.

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