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.
Question 1: What do I do to replace “insert starting receiver here” this week?
This week the Bengals, Broncos, Bears, and Packers are all on bye. This means that there plenty of WR 1 quality receivers out this week along with quality backups. Here is a list of some WR plays that may be on your waiver wire to help fill the void.
Reuben Randle (NYG) vs Dallas
Kamar Aiken (BAL) vs Arizona (not a great matchup, but 2 scores in the last 3 weeks)
Malcom Floyd (SD) vs Oakland
Brandon Lafell (NE) vs NYJ (may still be available, possible to return from PUP this week)
Question 2: My fantasy player is up against my favorite NFL team, who do I root for?
I started to write “there are really two sides to this” and then realized there could not possibly be a more obvious statement. So now that we are past my incompetent train of thought let me answer your question.
Players can have good fantasy games and bad real life games. If you have Antonio Brown against the Ravens he could catch 9 balls for 130 yards and a TD but still lose the game by 30 points. This is not always a likely scenario but it is one you could root for. This is what I usually do when I want one player to do well but the other team to win. Unless my favorite team is involved. In that case my fantasy team takes a back seat. I have been a football fan longer than I have been a fantasy football fan and I would much rather see my favorite NFL team win a game than my FFB team win. Yes, I would go winless if FFB if it meant my NFL team went 16-0. I will root for my favorite NFL team over everything else and hope that the rest of my fantasy team can pick up the slack. I don’t consider anything else a viable option.
Question 3: My players are straight garbage homie, how do I upgrade my team during the season?
This is where championships are won and lost. You can draft a bomb squad before the season but we all know how “Dream Teams” turn out. The two biggest options are obviously trades and waiver pickups. When it comes to trades there are two ways to go about it.
If you absolutely need a win this week because of your record then you make a trade to get that win. An owner in one of my leagues made a trade that really was not the best of trades in most scenarios but he need the win that week. He got the win and is now much closer to competing for a playoff spot. Obviously don’t trade away all your talent but do what you need to to get a win.
If you have a decent record but have holes you want to fill then go with my standard strategy for trades that I have mentioned before. “Does this trade make my TEAM better?” If you need a TE and don’t want to stream them anymore, don’t trade away your solid starting QB for a middle of the road starting TE. Yes you filled your hole at one position but you created a bigger hole at a more important position. Before you do a trade step back and look at your team as a whole before and after the trade.
Similar strategy with waivers. Don’t drop a player to get this week’s hot pick up if it is going to hurt bench depth you need. Take a look at players on teams coming off a bye. A lot of times people drop them or forget about them since they didn’t play for a week. Also, do your reading, don’t just go with the box score.
Question 4: I can’t stop referencing Back to the Future please help!
I have seen many struggle with this problem recently mainly due to the date in the movie coinciding with the Cubs in the NLCS. Here is what you do. Close your laptop. Put your phone down. Go take a nap and when you wake up do anything but get back on the internet. Trust me, we want you to stop as much as you do. Possibly more.
If that doesn’t work then I’d go with electro-shock therapy or buying yourself something distracting like a movie. May I recommend the Back to the Future series? No reason. Oh hey did you know that the date in the movie just so happens to…………………….
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 ProFootballBeast@gmail.com with “Mailbox Run” in the subject line.
Craig Scott is a ProFootballBeast.com contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @CScott14. He has two first names.