Ian Allan's Mailbag
Posted Sep. 05 at 03:54 AM
Publisher Ian Allan fields your questions on strategy, how to run your league, player ratings -- and whatever else you think of. Updated every Friday during the season; Tuesdays and Fridays during the last two months of the preseason. You must be registered and signed-in to submit a mailbag question. After you sign in at the top of the page, the link to submit a mailbag question will become visible.
I'm looking to upgrade my whole team, I currently have westbrook and bush as my rb w/ a.peterson(min) as my backup. i have houshmenzada, s.holmes and c.johnson as my wr. Im lookin to package peterson and housh for a top rb and then trade bush for 2 higher end wr's do you have any suggestions?
Brian Smith [OAK LAWN, IL]
I'd be careful about trading away Adrian Peterson. So many young running backs come in and make a huge impact right away -- putting up huge numbers literally from day one. LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin, Edgerrin James, Marshall Faulk and others. Peterson might -- might -- be one of those kind of guys. A week from today, it's possible that essentially everyone will consider him a top-5 back in a keeper format.
Our league, which allows you to use a 2nd QB as a flex player, just completed our auction. Despite my plans to get two Top-8 QB's, I ended up with Tony Romo and Tarvaris Jackson after the QB prices were much higher than I projected. The rest of my roster is solid, but what backup QB's should I target to add to my roster in hopes a starter gets benched or hurt? I already snagged Frerotte, and Quinn and Griese are already gone.
Ed Weiss [PARSIPPANY, NJ]
I'm sure some quarterbacks will emerge before long because of benchings and injuries. It happens every year. In how many leagues, for example, was Tony Romo even selected last year? The question, then, becomes which opening-day starters will be the first to be replaced? Most likely to get hurt: Jon Kitna, Steve McNair, Daunte Culpepper, Marc Bulger. Most likely to get pulled: Charlie Frye, Chad Pennington, Trent Green, Jake Delhomme, Rex Grossman. Backup quarterback I find most intriguing: Kellen Clemens of the Jets.
I'm new to your mag so this is probably a stupid question. Here goes. Referring to your cheat sheet, is your overall top 35 based on the player ratings of your panel? I was expecting to see the players in the order of their projected points.
roger welch [jackson, NJ]
If you want to see projected points for each guy, you can get those numbers in the STAT DOWNLOAD file available at the website. In that Excel-format file, we've got exact itemized stat forecasts for every significant player -- interceptions, TD passes, TD runs, TD recs, TD ret, total TDs, passing yards, rushing yards, receiving yards and catches. And you can see those numbers either per-game, for the season, or for what we would expect the guy to do if he were to be a starter for all 16 games of the season (eliminating the injury/benching component and putting everyone on a level playing field). Some of those numbers are printed on the cheat sheet pages that appear on the pdf files of the product. As for the "overall" list, that's the order we'd use for the first few rounds of a draft.
Question 1: I'm looking to upgrade my...
Posted by CHRIS BIELIK | Sep. 05 at 11:07 AM
What I don't get from this email is how much room does he think he has to upgrade? If he's in a PPR format, he's got two top 5 backs in Bush and Westbrook, and two top 10 WR, though the only downside I see is having both Housh and Chad from the Bengals. I might consider moving one for a comparable guy from another team just to spread things out for bye week purposes, but other than that he's overthinking it.
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