Andrew and Eric fight over the rights to hump female hippos QB rankings
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Beef the Series is back and we're kicking off the season with a battle of the Quarterbacks. Episode one: Ben Roethlisberger versus Matt Ryan. What's beef you may ask? Well in the immortal words of the Notorious B.I.G., "Beef is when I see you. Guaranteed to be in I.C.U.". The Sons of Roto composite QB rankings are out and there is some beef brewing between Eric Yeomans and Andrew in regards to the rankings of Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan. There is only one way to settle this: Beef the Series. Both Eric and Andrew will present their cases and a reader's poll will decided the outcome. Things get heated after the break.no comments
Everything becomes blurry when Vick is moving on the field, including our rankings
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Four fantasy football gurus, one set of rankings. Each of us were asked to submit their Top 32 Quarterbacks and that's exactly what we did (except for Justin, he sumbitted 31 and Tim Tebow). If there are any significant differences in our rankings we'll settle the beef in a public forum for all to see. To the jump.no comments
This Collie won't be saving Timmy (or your team) from any wells in 2011
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With draft season well underway, it’s time for your favorite physical therapist to chime in about which guys I’m leery of drafting due to injury risk and which guys should be fine going into this season. That’s right kids, it’s the official Don’s Do Not Trust List ®: Fantasy Football Draft Edition (DDNTL). I have a number of players to discuss, some of whom I will endorse and some of whom will get a spot on this dreaded list. God has granted me a wonderful combination of medical expertise and fantasy prowess, and if baseball season was any indication you should pay close attention to my words here. There are far too many injuries and players to address everyone, so I’m sticking with players found in the majority of leagues. If there’s a player in particular I didn’t address for which you’d like some advice, or if you just want to thank me profusely for being your fantasy draft guardian angel, please feel free to drop me a line in the comments section or send me an email. I’ll help a brother (or sister) out.
This edition will focus on Wide Receivers, the TE edition will follow in the coming weeks (QB can be found here, RB found here, TE here). I’ll preface this piece by saying that ALL WR are at great risk for injury. Down after down these guys explode with bursts of speed, tight cuts and leaping grabs, going from zero to full acceleration in a matter of moments. These quick bursts of activity coupled with the danger of getting jacked up going over the middle leads to a high propensity for injury. So while I endorse a number of players here, don’t blame me when your favorite WR Diva gets his bell rung by a James Harrison headshot. It happens. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Let’s get after it!
Hide ya bid buttons, hide ya auction dollars and hide ya co-managers...
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In the beginning stages of an auction draft I tend to nominate players who I do not want and will cost a pretty penny. Obviously the goal is to reduce the purchasing power of my opponents while filling their roster with suspect players. Sometimes I will nominate a player that I want if I'm one of the very first people to step the podium as most managers tend to hesitate in the very early bidding process. When I show up to the online auction draft I fill my queue with players with those I do not want. After the jump I'll share my predraft queue.no comments
My reaction to being told I’ve just signed up for a snake draft.
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They’re about as cool as pajama jeans, as outdated as Jnco jeans, and as lame as Bugle Boy jeans. They are snake drafts, and they just won’t die.
The biggest reason everyone hasn’t converted yet to auctions, in my all-knowing and humble opinion, is fear. People are scared of the unknown and the comfort of snake drafts is too strong for some to make the switch. Since we did an auction strategy piece, we’re sort of required to present some sort of snake draft strategy post to help you. Well, let me “help” you understand why snake drafts are awful.
There’s one chief flaw with snake drafts: they’re too random. As if fantasy football wasn’t full of enough bullshit-ass strokes of luck (good and bad) in-season, you have snake drafts randomizing the shit out of things before the games even start. Even if you pre-set a draft order, one thing is for sure: draft position dictates who you end up with. If you take a fantasy owner and give him two drafts with the same group of people in two different draft positions, that owner will create two entirely different teams. Maybe a couple of sleepers will wind up being the same, but that’s about it. In auctions, everyone starts off on even ground and the situations you are in later in the auction are the direct result of the moves you make (not the order in which you select players).
Hopefully, you’ll take these pearls of wisdom and upgrade your league. If not... well, you suck.
No caption necessary. The clothes, mustaches and posters say it all
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Every auction is unique, no two drafts are alike. That is what makes them so fun. With each manager comes differing opinions and strategy. While snake draft strategies are all the same, auction draft strategies come in all shapes and sizes (like Furbonell's choice in women). Because so many auction draft blueprints are personal expressions, Starbonell and MDS both chimed in here. Starbs will hit the larger ideas and I will highlight a few of the finer details that have helped me make my way to the top of fantasy football's Wall Street. To the jump.no comments
Will MJD be as bad as MGD?
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With draft season well underway, I think it’s time your favorite physical therapist chimes in on which guys I’m leery of drafting due to injury risk, and which guys should be fine going into this season. That’s right kids, it’s the official Don’s Do Not Trust List ®: Fantasy Football Draft Edition. I’ve got a number of players to discuss, some of whom I will endorse and some of whom will get a spot on the dreaded list. God has granted me a wonderful combination of medical expertise and fantasy prowess, and if baseball season was any indication you should pay close attention to my words here. There are far too many injuries and players to address everyone, so I’m sticking with players found in the majority of leagues. If there’s a player in particular I didn’t address and you’d like some advice on, or if you just want to thank me profusely for being your fantasy draft guardian angel, please feel free to drop me a line in the comments section or send me an email, I’ll help a brother (or sister) out.
This edition will focus on Running Backs. WR and TE editions will follow in the coming weeks (QB can be found here, WR here, TE here). I’ll preface this piece by saying that ALL RBs are at great risk for injury. These guys take a beating all game long and perform lots of explosive running, cutting and jumping. So while I endorse a couple guys here, don’t blame me when your workhorse runner shreds his ankle after getting horse-collared. It happens. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Let’s get after it.
This is either balance gone wrong or the guy on the left is a star
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Auction drafting allows managers freedom to draft teams however they wish. Every player in the pool is available to every manager in the league. Auction drafts are more fun, challenging and fair for all. They're slightly addictive. If you're a snake drafter looking to compete in his or her first auction draft I must warn you: you'll be chasing the high from your first draft for the rest of your fantasy life.
With the ability to choose who you want when you want, two strategies often emerge. You can go Stars and Scrubs by spending the majority of your budget on top-tier talent only to fill out the rest of your roster with cheap commodities. Or you can draft for balance, filling your entire starting roster with mid-tier talent. Both plans of action work, but each strategy works better within specific environments. After the jump we'll figure out when it's best to use each tactic.no comments