Last Week’s Question: Is anyone still afraid to stream
The short answer to this question is yes. I heard from several
folks who report that pickings at QB are ridiculously slim even
in their single-QB leagues. As John wrote:
In my main league, there were only 2 of those 9 QBs you mentioned
who would be available for week 3: Falk and Bridgewater (Eli Manning
and Fitzpatrick/Rosen were the only week 2 starting QBs not rostered).
And, Bridgewater was obtained via the WW this week. Backup QBs
aren't rostered, but just about every starter is. Streaming QBs
isn't a viable option in that league, no matter how many articles/podcasts
say it should be.
Not all situations are as dire as John’s, but Stefan’s
14-team league (with 2 QBs on every roster) does not leave attractive
options on the waiver wire with any consistency:
I am not afraid of streaming. On the contrary: I have embraced
the idea for DEF and K. But there is no way you can apply the
same strategy to TE and QB in our league! We are a 14-team Gold
Yahoo League where all managers - without exception - carry 2
QBs (and TEs) in their teams. QBs get drafted early – even
though all experts preach each year that the position is as deep
as never before. I am glad I backed up Carson Wentz with Dak Prescott!
We allow 6 pts per Passing TD and the Free Agent pool is so shallow
that you better make sure you have drafted two good ones. You
then try to plug-and-play them based on the weekly match-ups.
Currently, the options on the FA pool are: Bridgewater, Flacco,
Allen, Falk, Rosen and Hill – good luck with those fellas!
Congrats on your QBs, Stefan, but I think Prescott may have earned
the starting job at this point. In any case, it is easy to see
how being in a league in which 28 QBs will always be drafted makes
it imperative to secure solid talent at the position fairly early
in the draft. I assume that the Allen available in your league
is Kyle (since Josh would presumably have been drafted), and even
though the Panther understudy was great in Week 3, I wouldn’t
have felt comfortable starting him in any leagues.
I also heard from Ted, who regrets his assumption that plentiful
QB talent would be available on waivers:
I’m in a 1QB league with 6 points per passing TD. With
only four bench spots, I figured waiting would be a good idea.
I was stuck with Winston as some teams started snagging their
second QBs before I picked my first. The only viable options are
Brissett and Josh Allen. I have an opportunity to trade for Lamar
Jackson or run with Winston this week and then see what happens
or begin streaming. Jackson would cost me Theilen most likely.
Other WR are Cooks, OBJ, Jeffrey and Hardman. Thoughts?
If you’re astonished that anyone is willing to deal Jackson
after his hot start, you’re not alone. Another commenter
asked about it, and Ted replied that Jackson is the backup QB
for the Mahomes owner in that league, so the willingness to part
with Jackson makes sense. I replied that I thought Jackson would
probably be worth giving up Thielen, especially since the Vikings
are so focused on the Dalvin Cook and the running game in 2019.
But I’m not down on Brissett or Josh Allen. Brissett has
been doing well so far, and there’s no reason to think he
won’t put up solid numbers against KC in Week 5 (if only
to keep pace with the Chiefs), Denver in Week 8, and Miami in
Week 10. As for Allen, he gets to play the Dolphins in Weeks 7
and 11 and the Redskins in Week 9. That duo therefore seems like
the textbook definition of streamable for the foreseeable future
I also heard from Wayne, whose perspective will resonate with
the QB streaming crowd:
In my 6 points per passing TD league, everyone seems to take
two QBs, but there's still value to be had on the waiver wire.
I drafted QB last after kicker and wound up with Cousins with
the intent of streaming QBs. Realized right away he was a bust.
No problem, enter Josh Allen from the waiver wire. Come Allen's
bye in week 6 whichever Washington QB is throwing against Miami
will probably be available on waivers and a bad QB against Miami
is still better than most of the QBs in the league on that week.
Streaming makes people nervous because they can't imagine winning
with the likes of Josh Allen and Case Keenum and Matt Stafford
in real football. But all we need are fantasy points.
Well put, Wayne. And what you said about Washington’s QBs
vs. Miami in Week 6 applies to them against the Giants in Week
4. Gimme Keenum if he starts or Dwayne Haskins in his NFL debut
if Keenum’s foot injury keeps him from playing.
My thanks to everyone for their feedback.
This Week’s Question: What do you do when an owner leaves
midseason...in a money league...with an unpaid balance?
For the purposes of this question, suppose the following:
1) Your redraft league has a $100 entry fee.
2) Owner #12 in your league has always paid his fee in years past,
so the commish let it slide when he said he had forgotten his
checkbook at this year’s draft party.
3) 3 weeks into the 2019 season, Owner #12 is 0-3.
4) Commish reminds Owner #12 of his $100 fee.
5) Owner #12 reflects on his record and his roster. He is at the
bottom of the standings. His top pick, Saquon Barkley, is out
of commission. His second pick, Antonio Brown, is out of the NFL.
He texts the commish, “You know what? I’m out,”
refuses to pay, & is banned from the league.
6) Commish gets abuse from other owners for letting owner #12
draft without paying in advance (as everyone else did). Commish
tries to salvage the situation by searching frantically for someone
willing to pay $100 for an 0-3 team with gaping holes at RB and
WR. Unsurprisingly, there are no takers.
7) Week 4 is fast approaching. The league needs to move forward
without Owner #12. What should the league do? (Hint: Making an
official rule that requires all fees to be collected in advance
will not solve this league’s current problem, so please
focus on what the commish can do now, not what he should have
done differently in the past.)
I have heard from readers in leagues with waiting lists. In many
cases, the people on these lists would gladly overpay for Owner
#12’s team just to get into the league for next year. That’s
a great situation to be in, but it isn’t the situation here.
Please let me know how your league would solve this problem in
the comments section below or by emailing
Survivor Pool Picks (Courtesy of Matthew Schiff whose record
is perfect so far in 2019)
#3: Rams over Buccaneers (3-0; PHI, BAL, SF)
The reigning NFC Champions are 9.5 point home favorites over the
struggling Buccaneers for good reason. The Rams’ three-headed
monster of Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods should tear
apart their former division rivals with ease, especially if Sean
McVay can remember how effective Todd Gurley is as the fourth head
on that monster when allowed to operate as a receiving threat out
of the backfield. That said, this game feels like it might be a
trap because the Bucs have a chip on their shoulders after losing
to Daniel Jones and the Giants on a missed field goal. This one
will be closer than everyone thinks. Take this game with caution.
#2: Colts over Raiders (3-0; HOU, BAL, NE)
The 2-1 Colts have already proven that they can beat a team with
a good offense (Atlanta) or a team with a good defense (Tennessee).
Oakland has neither. We’ll never know how good the Raiders
might have been with Antonio Brown, but we can see that they aren’t
very good without him; they are scoring 16 points per game on average
& rank 28th in total offense. I would feel even better about
this one if not for T.Y. Hilton’s injury status (doubtful--quadricep),
but Indy’s offense has shown nothing but resilience since
the unexpected retirement of Andrew Luck, and I expect that to continue
(especially against an opponent as weak as Oakland).
#1 Chargers over Dolphins (3-0; NE, SEA, DAL)
Last week, I wrote that you should pick whoever is playing against
Miami until further notice. I’m not giving notice yet.
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