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  • Brandon 3:01 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink

    Marshawn Lynch traded to Seahawks 

    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 16:  Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Buffalo Bills poses for a portrait on May 16, 2007 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)The Seattle Seahawks have worked out a trade with Buffalo for Marshawn Lynch. Per Adam Schefter, “For Marshawn Lynch, Seattle surrendered a 4th-round pick this year and conditional pick in 2012.” Seattle also cut backup running back Julius Jones to make room for Lynch.

    This is good news for Lynch, Fred Jackson, and C.J. Spiller, but is a bit of a hit to Justin Forsett’s fantasy value and Julius Jones has even less value (if he had any before.)

    • TJ 3:56 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So is Lynch worth picking up? (vs Torain, Bush….)

      • Brandon 4:25 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I like Bush the most as a one-week play, then Torain the most long term. Lynch is my least favorite of the three, since Seattle forgot how to run the ball once Shaun Alexander left town 🙂

        • Sloth 10:50 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Correction, Seattle forgot how to run the ball when Steve Hutchinson went to the Twin Cities. Alexander sucked in his final year in Seattle. Look at Adrian Peterson now.

          • Nostradamus 3:13 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Its real bad news for Lynch who has no shot of being a productive back behind that O-line in Seattle. While it looks bad for Lynch, C.J. spiller’s stock just skyrocketed. Look for Spiller to breakout now that hes going to get more touches he is more likely to find a rhythm and help out his Harvard QB.

      • Tommy 5:25 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Guys,

        I have a pretty crappy WR tandem (Randy Moss/Fitzgerald/Colston, good on paper, but bad so far for me even though I’m 3-1), ad was offered a trade of:

        me giving colston and vernon davis
        me getting hakeem nicks

        i have dustin keller too so i can easily start him over davis (did last week anyway)

        • Sloth 10:52 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Nicks is better than Colston but the real target in this trade is Vernon. he has more value than just nicks. you should counter offer for a better receiver.

          • Nostradamus 3:25 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Terrible Trade! dont give up Vernon and Colston for Nicks. Nicks is better than Colston but Brees is better than Eli Manning and the Giants passing game is awful, they’ve become a run heavy team.
            The Saints throw the ball far more than the Giants. This trade is already not that even with Colston for Nicks, but when you throw Vernon Davis in the mix someone is taking trying to take advatage of you. Davis will continue to increase his productivity as he and Alex Smith have found good chemistry. Hes a top 10 TE.

        • Brandon 2:51 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Like Slot says, Nicks is an upgrade over Colston, but not worth it at the expense of Vernon Davis. Just because you have depth at a position doesn’t mean you should give it away for free! 🙂

          Look for a better receiver to get for the two.

    • TJ 8:50 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rumor of Patriots trading Moss to Vikings – sounds like a win for everone

      • Brandon 9:19 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Shhhhhhh…just pick up Brandon Tate if he’s available in your league and don’t tell anyone 🙂

        By the way, as a Patriots fan, strangely I’m not even against this idea…

        • TJ 12:38 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Would you rate Tate above Brandon Lloyd for a depth/bench spot? Lloyd seems pretty consistent week to week right now, Tate would be a totally speculative hold, but either would be behind White, Collie, Floyd & Clayton right now (start 2)

          • Brandon 12:12 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Stick with Lloyd. Only one to consider would probably be Mark Clayton, but make sure Tate starts doing well first.

    • Jeff 12:22 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in a 30 move max league that starts 1QB, 2RBs, 2WR, 1TE, and a WR/TE flex spot, plus 6 IDP slots, and kicker, we get fractional points for rushing attempts, completions, PPR, pts for return yards, and IDP points
      Roster is as follows:
      QB-Schaub, E Manning
      RB-Mendenhall, Rice, Moreno, Lynch, Fred Jackson, McGahee- added Lynch 2 wks ago and dropped Forsett after the trade
      WR-Boldin, Maclin, Walter, Jacoby Jones, Lance Moore
      TE-Witten, Olsen
      IDP- Freeney, Chung, Antrel Rolle, Posluszny, Ellis Hobbs, DeAngelo Hall
      first, how does my roster look? I’m thinking of putting some RBs up for trade to bolster my subpar WR’s, i was just offered Braylon Edwards for Moreno…..he lost Portis, and only other RBs are Ronnie Brown and Benson, Forsett is the best RB in FA pool, he also has Brees, Vick, Collie, Desean Jackson, Crabtree, Santana Moss, Zach Miller, Vernon Davis, what you think? The return of Santonio Holmes kills Edwards value in my opinion, or should I counter for someone else? Also, I like Tony Moeaki’s upcoming schedule, should I consider him over Olsen or Witten? Any help would be sweet, thx!

      • Brandon 3:01 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You could wait a week and see how Edwards does with Holmes back in the line-up if you’re not in a rush. Either way, I don’t really see that trade helping out your team all that much. I’d look for a better receiver, possibly packaging Kevin Walter and Moreno or something.

    • Jeff 12:23 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      10 team league

    • andy 11:09 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I picked up BenJarvus off the wire last week. Looking back, I should have picked up Hillis… too late now. But Ryan Torain and Lynch are both available on the wire right now. Would it be worth picking either of them up and dropping BenJarvus or back? I’ve got Moreno, and Ronnie Brown as well.

      Also, I’ve got Donald Driver and Hines Ward. Both Decent player who will put up good points occasionally. But with brandon tate stepping up, and davone bess being more of a target(both being on the waiver wire), would they be worth a pickup in exchange for either of Driver or Ward?

      One last question: I’ve got Orton and Flacco. Bradford is only getting better. I know it’s a risk but, should I pick up Bradford off the wire in exchange for flacco? He’s playing DET this week, which could mean tasty numbers for Bradford.
      Thanks for your advice!

      • andy 11:19 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Also, throw Michael Bush into that first question. He’s on the wire as well.

      • Brandon 2:55 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I actually vote that you make zero moves 🙂

        The Patriots could work in the run game more with Randy Moss gone, so BJGE could be in for an increase in carries. If you need a running back for one week, I guess you could go with Michael Bush, but he’ll probably move back to a reserve role when Darren McFadden returns. At receiver, Driver should be solid and Hines Ward will put up much better numbers with Roethlisberger returning this week. At quarterback, I like Orton and Flacco more than Bradford this season. Even if Bradford has a good match-up this week, he’ll go through some growing pains over the course of the year and won’t end up being as valuable as the other two.

      • Brandon 3:05 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Update: I already changed my mind. Feel free to pick up Ryan Torain and drop BJGE. Apparently Clinton Portis is out for 4-6 weeks with a “separation in his groin”?

    • Jeff 4:43 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I need some IDP help, I have limited moves in my league, 30 to be exact, i am at 12 because of a variety of injuries to my drafted team, so i can’t go picking up the latest flash in the pan IDP stud each week, i need some advice on some reliable options going forward for the rest of the season, guys like Posluszny who i have. any thoughts?

  • Brandon 2:47 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: auction league rules, auction leagues,   

    Recently, reader Chris sent us an e-mail asking why we never talked about auction leagues on the blog. My honest answer was because I had never even been in an auction league before. Matt has been in a couple of auction-style fantasy baseball leagues and admitted that while fun, the length of time to do the draft is what had prevented him from doing it for football. The managers in our leagues are spread out all over the country (and St. Martin!) and getting everyone together for what we assume would be a half-day endeavor just hasn’t seemed reasonable. This is not to say that we’ll never do one, because believe me, I think the draft would be a lot of fun, but up to this point it just hasn’t happened.

    Anyways, I did a quick search on the web for a set of basic auction league rules that we could provide our readers and below is my own personal twist on said rules. Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions and I’ll make sure to update the list if necessary.
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    • Mikey 9:58 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I did my first auction draft this year and it rocked!

      It was a lot of fun, more equitable than the traditional snake draft (i.e. you can get virtually any player you want, as long as you’re willing to pay the price), and didn’t take any longer than previous drafts. My other league (I’m the Commish) has already enthusiastically agreed to give it a shot next season, and I doubt we’ll ever look back. Highly recommended, especially if you’ve been doing this for a while and are looking to mix things up a bit.

      • Brandon 3:03 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d definitely love to give an auction league a chance one of these years. It seems like the draft would be crazy, especially with the fear of an injury wiping out a guy you just paid over half your salary cap for in the first round or something!

        How did you draft? Do you like to spend a lot on top players? Or get a bunch of mid-tier players?

        • Mikey 3:21 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          We had guys drafting both strategies: studs n’ scrubs – where you blow most of your budget on a few elite players and fill out the rest of your roster with whatever is available; or a value approach where you sit back and let everyone blow their wads, and pick up comparable players with a slight drop-off for a fraction of the cost.

          What makes it fun is the strategy involved. For instance, when it would come to our turn to nominate a player, we would throw a high-profile name out there knowing we had no interest in him, just to get others to bid him up and blow their budget, leaving us in a better position to bid up the players we had targeted.

          It should be noted, that we didn’t employ many of the rules cited above (e.g. mandatory to fill out your entire roster, only being able to bid on a player if you bid the previous round, etc.).

          It’s cool because you end up with a team that feels more like “yours,” as opposed to the snake draft where you’re a victim of circumstance (i.e. draft order)…

    • Chris 7:57 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      gotta say this is why you try to maintain the salary cap through the year. A guy who loses Chris Johnson for the year essentially gets dibs on his backup because he can drop the CJ and have the most money to spend. Never understood waiver wires rewarding the worst teams, and punishing the best.

  • Brandon 11:33 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 5 pick-ups: Another crop of back-up running backs 

    Here are your potential waiver wire pick-ups for week 5. If you’re a Tom Brady owner, I seriously recommend that you consider Sam Bradford as your quarterback this week, as he has a great match-up with the Lions. Other players of intrigue this week include Ryan Torain, Mike Tolbert, Davone Bess, and Brandon Pettigrew, so take a look and see if any of these guys can help your squad overcome some injuries and bye weeks…

    • Nero 12:36 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, I’m absolutely devastated with my second WR (14-team league) – anyways, I currently have Steve Johnson starting, but I’m doubting that. I got Murphy on the bench (not sure if he’ll play against SD) …. so on the waiver wire, we’ve got Naanee (umm I dropped him, so no way), Mike Thomas, or Danny Amendola …

      I think Thomas and Amendola have great matchups, but should I drop Steve Johnson for one of them, and which one?

      • Brandon 4:35 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, not sure those guys are all that much of upgrades over Johnson. They’re all guys who will catch 3-6 passes, but Johnson apparently knows how to find the endzone. Don’t bother with Naanee though…that guys a fluke until he has another big game!

    • Matt 3:01 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Time to add Lynch! 🙂

      • Nero 3:51 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yup … someone dropped him in my league the other night and I immediately picked him up. It’s a league where there is no waiver wire, so that was a good move. I also got Spiller on my bench, so maybe he will see some upside as well …

        By the way, as per my previous question above, Mike Thomas just got picked up by someone, but the person who picked him up dropped MSW … both Jags receivers (funny) … so who should I pick up now?

        • Brandon 4:36 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Not sure I’d bother with Sims-Walker either. Stick with Steve Johnson for now…even if he is a Buffalo Bill.

          • Nero 4:44 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Cool, that is what I was thinking. Oh, but one more thing – I just noticed that Laurent Robinson might be ready to return for the Rams; should I pick him up?

      • Brandon 4:31 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        He’s already there! Time to update his Notes though. However, I’m not sure I’m diggin’ his new digs. The Seahawks offense is pathetic for the most part.

    • Dan 9:52 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you had the opportunity to drop either Dwayne Bowe or Kevin Walter for Brandon Tate, would you do it? Which one would you drop (and why)?

      • Brandon 3:29 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Was just looking at Dwayne Bowe’s stats and was surprised at how terrible he was doing this year. I’d almost say to drop Bowe for Tate, but given that Bowe is the first option in an offense that doesn’t have many other options in the passing game, you might hang on to him for another week or so and see if he gets more involved.

  • Brandon 10:19 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink
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    Teams on a bye during week 5: Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle. Adjust your rosters accordingly!

    • JMac 10:31 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Which defense is the best moving forward – KC, Titans, San Fran or Minn? Someone dropped Minn. in my league but the schedule looks tough.

      • Brandon 4:28 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I actually like Kansas City…but AFTER they play against Indy this week. Tennessee has been the best so far out of the group though.

        • JMac 10:48 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          The Saints D was let go. What do u think of them?
          And I just picked up Torain and someone in my league offered me Sims-Walker for him. Good move? My WR are A.Johnson, J. Maclin, S. Holmes, D. Thomas and Crabtree. RBs are Bradshaw, Tolbert, Mathews, Caddy and now Torain.

          • Brandon 3:32 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Keep Torain. MSW hasn’t done much of anything this year and it seems that Clinton Portis will be out for 4-6 weeks, meaning Torain should see plenty of carries.

  • Brandon 9:25 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink
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    Here's a quick glimpse at the week 5 waiver wire post, before I get the officia… 

    Here’s a quick glimpse at the week 5 waiver wire post, before I get the official version up later this afternoon.

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