What FF tools do you use that other players
and commissioners might not know about?
I received an excellent answer from Joe on this question that
involves visiting two websites:
I use the myfantasyleague.com
"points allowed - by position" feature. Then I break
down each position and include their upcoming week's opponent.
I make the post available to all to see:
Shameless plug, but it's a great tool that
your readers might enjoy.
Readers who are in a hurry
may not take the time to think through the uses of these links
from Joe, so I want to illustrate one way to put these tools to
Imagine that you went into the season using Kevin Kolb as your
starting QB. Before the Week 1 games were over, you suspected
that you would need a different quarterback for Week 2 (and likely
beyond), but there were probably very few starting QBs available
because the tendency in most leagues is for players to draft too
many quarterbacks and to cut their backups loose as the season
With all of the most desirable quarterbacks already taken, who
did you snap up to fill in for Kolb in Week 2? You knew that you
probably wouldn’t find the long-term solution to your quarterback
problem until you could negotiate a trade or until the bye week
schedule forced one of your opponents to cut a desirable backup
QB to make room for a receiver or tight end.
Put simply, most owners of Kevin Kolb didn’t need a great
quarterback in Week 2. They just needed an adequate QB who would
be facing a soft defense. To find that player, owners don’t
need a list that sorts QBs based on their own productivity and
availability; they need a list that sorts defenses based on how
opposing quarterbacks have fared against them.
That is why Joe starts with the myfantasyleague.com page that
he linked for us. Readers who are unfamiliar with the myfantasyleague.com
website may have trouble navigating their way to the page. I recommend
a Google search with the following three terms in the search bar:
- points allowed”
- by position”
If you enter those 3 search terms into your Google search bar
with spaces between them and no punctuation other than the quotation
marks where I have used them, Joe’s first tool should appear
at the top of the list generated by Google. You will be able to
sort and re-sort the table based on whatever position you are
most interested in by playing with the bars at the top of the
But you do not have to play with that table or even visit the
myfantasyleague.com website because Joe has already done all the
work for you here:
I had to scroll about one-fifth of the way down the page to get
to Joe’s listings about quarterbacks, and I have pasted
the top 10 choices here:
| Points Allowed
to: QB Week 2 Opponent
|Team / FPts
|1. Texans 34
|2. Lions 26
|3. Patriots 25
|4. Bengals 25
|5. Packers 24
|6. Chiefs 23
|7. Panthers 22
|8. 49ers 22
|9. Broncos 22
|10. Browns 20
Joe’s list would have been a very quick way to see just
how attractive such QBs as Josh Freeman and Seneca Wallace (available
in most leagues) were for FFers who needed a QB in Week 2.
Thanks to Joe for sharing his research with the rest of us. I
have bookmarked his page and expect to be a frequent visitor.
Most of the other responses that I received were about the strengths
and weaknesses of various league-hosting websites, a subject that
already received attention in Week
11 of 2004 and Weeks 6 &
16 of 2009. I have filed these responses for a more comprehensive
discussion of league-hosting services when the time is right.
This Week’s Question:
Should Fantasy Leagues Adjust Point Values
Based on NFL Trends?
Dan wants to know if we in the fantasy community will “ever
come up with some point standards.”
Can we not examine the NFL, come up with a value
for each skill position as well as defense and special teams and
have a general outline of what positions and areas warrant the
ability fantasy wise to be able to score fantasy points? It just
seems every couple of years leagues should analyze the NFL trends,
and adjust the percentages on what all these fantasy positions
should be able to produce.
When rule changes result in productivity spikes for quarterbacks
and receivers, does your fantasy league scale back the value of
receiving yardage or increase the value of rushing yardage to
get RBs back in the mix?
Years ago, I belonged to a league whose commissioner adjusted
the scoring every off-season. He wanted the average score to be
100 points per game per team, and he also tried to adjust the
scoring system so that the curve generated by the top 10 QBs was
as similar as possible to the curves generated by the top 10 RBs,
WRs, and defenses. He didn’t worry about tight ends or kickers,
and I never asked him why he did things that way.
If you adjust the scoring in your league in response to new scoring
trends in the NFL, I would
like to know what your approach is and why.
Last Man Standing Picks (Courtesy of
Mark Den Adel)
Last week I got the upset pick right concerning Miami over Minnesota.
I was 2 out of 3 thanks to the Bears beating the Cowboys. The
Chicago offense surprises me, and I don't know if it is a product
of facing bad defenses or if the Martz/Cutler combination is for
real...? This week the three games I’ve picked seem obvious...
1) New England over Buffalo –
Tom Brady excels against Buffalo after a loss. Buffalo is changing
QBs, and their offense has been non-existent. New England wins
by double digits.
2) Minnesota over Detroit –
Minnesota needs a win and can’t afford to go 0-3 and be
three games behind the Green Bay/Chicago winner. Due to the offense’s
woes, the Viking defenders will play like they have to win the
game. Minnesota’s run defense will tame Jahvid Best, and
the pass defense will eat up Shaun Hill. The Detroit pass defense
is weak, so expect a big game from Shiancoe.
3) Baltimore over Cleveland –
The Ravens have won the last four meetings and need a division
win after losing to Cincinnati last week. That was to be expected
coming off an emotional win over the Jets on Monday night the
Upset Alert – Dallas over
Houston – Dallas is a desperate team at 0-2. The Texans
are 2-0 coming off two tough games; they won’t have the
energy to win their third straight. Dallas will right the ship,
establish a running game and come out with a win. Andre Johnson
is nicked up, hurting Houston offense.
For responses to this week's fantasy
question please email me.