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 four questions stuffed into the mailbox this morning, so here are your answers.
Question 1: I’m 8-1 and I like my team, how can I still work to improve each week?
Unless you are like the leader in my league and have an incredible amount of luck all season you don’t get to be 8-1 or 9-0 without solid bench depth. If you are in a good place to make the playoffs it is time to start preparing your team for those games. You bench is not going to matter as much in the fantasy playoffs. Typically your starters are your starters and you aren’t worrying about bye weeks. So starters are where you can try and upgrade. Two for one trades are a great way to turn bench players you will never start for a stud every week starter. You may have a solid roster but feel a little week and RB. Get rid of those extra WRs you don’t think you’ll start, maybe package whoever you fill in a RB, and upgrade the position. If you end up with an extra loss, that won’t make a huge difference. Having a weak spot in the playoffs can end your season short.
Question 2: I’m 4-5 and I’m fighting for a playoff spot, what do I do?
The answer to this will also be trade related, but quite the opposite. Right now wins are the most important thing to you. If you hit on a sleeper or have a few studs left on your roster now is the time to move them. You may love having Tom Brady on your roster but maybe the rest of your roster is a bit deflated. It’s time to trade Tom Brady and fill up your RB slots or other weak spots. You can replace him with Derek Carr or Blake Bortles and get plenty of production from them. The guys (yes, shoot for multiple players) you get in return will help you fill out your roster to start winning games.
Question 3: I’m not sure I’m getting full value on my minivan trade in at the dealer. How to I make sure I’m not getting ripped off?
I get this is a trade heavy mailbox, but come on guys. I am busy writing killer fantasy advice for the world. I don’t have the time or the interest in answering this ridiculous question.
You will never get your value for a minivan in a trade in because minivans are just the coolest. They have infinite value. I’m joking. Be happy someone will take it. Buy a crossover they are all the rage.
Question 4: My player’s playoff match-ups don’t look good do I need to trade him away?
Uh no. Well assuming we are talking about studs. The whole point of a stud is that they are match-up proof. They have the ability to go off against anyone. Yes they may be limited by a team but they have a high floor. Julio Jones faces Josh Norman twice in the fantasy playoffs. Do not trade him away for some unsalted peanuts because of that matchup. Maybe Jones won’t score 50 points that week, but he is a stud and you will get points from him. The only way I would trade a stud because of a match-up is if the trade would had been fair anyway. Maybe you think Julio and Brown (with Big Ben) are valued the same to you but you like Brown’s match-ups. A straight up trade wouldn’t be terrible in that scenario because you may have done that anyway. Julio for T.Y. Hilton and a Texas Roadhouse gift card (peanuts) is a terrible idea.
I feel differently about players who were borderline starting anyway. If you stream QBs and like Bortles match-ups for the playoffs then by all means go get him for a fair value.
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.