Craig’s Weekly Mailbox Run – Wk 1!


Welcome to Craig’s Weekly Mailbox Run, where I answer your fantasy football questions and give you the exact advice you need to destroy your opponent, embarrass them for all eternity, and maybe live better in the process.

There were five questions stuffed into the mailbox this morning, so here are your answers.

“What are your thoughts on making trades before Week 1 of the season?” – Chris F.

I would not recommend making any trades before the season starts with two exceptions.

#1 – If there is a player you really wanted on your roster this year and you can get that player for a good value, then go for it. Let’s say you’re on the Ameer Abdullah hype train (like 90% of the football watching world), but someone took him in the 5th round right before you. If you can swap RB2s without losing overall value, go for it. Just be sure you’re not giving up more value than you would have used to draft him. That’s what I call Fantasy Fever. You make bad decisions because of your heart’s attachment to a player and over pay.

#2 – The only other time I would trade before Week 1 would be an obvious upgrade, which usually only happens when another owner has Fantasy Fever. If someone’s got the fever for Ameer and offers you Frank Gore for him, you make that trade. Generally speaking though, you drafted players because you have faith in them, so at least let them play a few snaps for you before getting transaction happy.

“What’s the best snack for watching football games?” – Stacey K.

This is possibly the most important decision of your football week, other than whether or not to put on deodorant before going to that outdoor picnic. My three criteria:

1. It needs to be a food you can munch on for a while and won’t cause you to leave your seat.

2. It needs to last for most of the game, or at least until half-time so you can refuel during a long break.

3. It needs to be a food that won’t cause your tongue to feel like it was dipped in acid after ten minutes of eating. (I’m looking at you, sour patch kids.)

Most importantly, be prepared. Do you want to eat wings? Bring extra napkins so you won’t need to leave with 5:34 left in the third quarter of the Jets-Browns thriller and miss Duke Johnson rack up 2 yards for your fantasy team.

At the end of the day you can’t go wrong with chips and dip, just chips, just dip, or nachos.

“Can you give me an underrated flex play for Week 1?” – Ryan S.

I am a huge fan of Eddie Royal of the Bears this season, who caught 91 balls from Jay Cutler in 2008 on the Broncos. His full stat line that year? 91 catches, 980 yards, 5 touchdowns. Thank you sir, my I have another.

The last two years with San Diego he caught 8 and 7 touchdowns. There is a chance that Alshon Jeffery misses this Sunday’s game with a calf injury which means more targets for Royal and The Bears are already down a huge target with Kevin White out for the foreseeable future!

I’m in on Royal for the whole season, but if Jeffery is out, he could be a great Week 1 play, especially in a PPR league.

“How do I check the air pressure in my tires?” – Bryan A.

I’m pretty sure you just put the tires on a bathroom scale, one at a time, but don’t quote me on that.

“Which hype train should I get on, and which one should I bail from before it crashes and burns?” – Brian J.

Inevitably, at least one hype train every year will derail in an incredibly violent fashion, whether by injury, benching, or a pure lack of talent.

The one I’m avoiding is the train titled “Dallas Cowboy’s Offensive Line” traveling to the town of “Any RB Will Succeed Here.” I want NO part of that backfield this year. People are talking up Randle, but he’s average. People are falling for Darren Mcfadden for some ridiculous reason, forgetting the fact that his ligaments and tendons may be made out of wet newspaper. As for Christine Michael, what about the fact that he’s been hiding seven spots behind Marshawn Lynch on the Seattle depth chart for two years? The Dallas backfield is one big question mark, and I don’t want to deal with that stress every week.

One train I have bought a ticket for is the Frank Gore Express in Indy. Many have forgotten his pass catching ability from earlier in his career. From 2006 through 2010 he averaged 51 receptions a year, then Harbaugh showed up and tried to suffocate him with his pleated khakis. Even better? Defenses CANNOT load the box against him with Andrew Luck behind center. Yes, I know the Colts have said he’s on a pitch count, but that’s fine with me. Even more room on the train to put my legs up and rack up the points.

I assume this is the best fantasy information you will read all week, so you’re welcome. Come back next week for more dominance-inducing wisdom, and if you’d like your question answered, send it to with “Mailbox Run” in the subject line.

Craig Scott is a contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @CScott14. He has two first names.

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