Listen, let me be frank with you for a minute. I think I may have failed my fantasy draft.
Look, I know it’s still early and you don’t win your league on draft day, but my starting running backs are Tarik Cohen and David Johnson. Yes yes, I know it’s bad, but I have to tell you, it’s not my fault at all. See, they kept trying to rush me while I was making all my picks, don't they know genius takes time? It was really hard to concentrate with the league carrying on the way they did. On the plus side, my draft grade was a D+ which is absolutely not the worst I could have done. If it weren't for my league always roasting me while I was on the clock, that grade could have been so much better. I mean, I got straight C's in college.
Besides, at this point, it’s neither here nor there that my wife woke up on the wrong side of the bed on the morning of the draft and had me spending most of the day on my honey-do list rather than cramming for my draft that evening as I had intended. Not only that, but it was a long week at work too and I didn’t get much sleep the night before, which all alone probably explains my poor draft.
But I'm here to tell you that it’s all going to be okay because I have a plan to save my fantasy season.
Hit The Waivers Immediately
First off, nobody told me that Jason Witten retired. Besides, I’d had so many Claws by that point in the draft that I barely remember making that pick in the first place. Thanks for the use of your couch by the way, and I’m sure that will come right out of the carpet. Apologies for that, by the way, I’ve always had a bit of a weak tummy.
And don't you worry, I have no problem dropping guys I won't need off my roster, which will allow me to grab some of those lesser-known guys who went undrafted last week.
Come to think of it, I can drop my kicker too. It’s not like I’ve got Justin Tucker or Younghoe Koo. I mean, after the first handful of kickers off the board, they're all pretty interchangeable. I can just add another kicker just before game time on Sunday.
In the meantime, perhaps I can swing a trade where I send two players for a single more productive player. That way I can keep one extra waiver pickup and inject a little more talent onto my roster by “borrowing” that roster spot by keeping an empty kicker and/or DST slot in the week before kickoff.
I’m looking for RBs like:
Ty Johnson – NYJ
Tony Jones Jr. – NO
Devontae Booker – NYG
Kylin Hill – GB
Ty’Son Williams – BAL
Damien Williams - CHI
All of those guys look as though they could play a role that will provide a consistent floor in terms of fantasy production, or at the very least are excellent handcuff options. Given the degree of attrition at the RB position, you can expect that one or more of those guys will be a relevant fantasy producer this season.
I might also consider WRs such as:
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – GB
Tre’Quan Smith – NO
Trent Sherfield – SF
Gabriel Davis – BUF
Randall Cobb – GB
Parris Campbell - IND
KJ Hamler - DEN
The depth at the WR position is better than any other position and I should be able to snag a player with a realistic chance of production, even after the draft. Green Bay stands to have a very prolific offense and after Davante Adams there is a fair degree of ambiguity about where the targets are going to go. Randall Cobb could very well return to fantasy prominence in this offense, as could MVS who is going undrafted in shallower formats after having burned fantasy managers in 2020. Marquez Callaway may have beat out Smith for the starting role in New Orleans, but until Michael Thomas returns to the field for the Saints (if he ever does) there are going to be targets to be had in NO. With new clarity at starting QB for the Saints, the stock is rising on all NO pass catchers. Buy-in before week one. There is still a route for fantasy relevance for Davis, Campbell, and Hamler all of whom have the talent to produce if given the opportunity.
It also makes sense to focus on rookies, with Terrace Marshall Jr. (TEN), Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE), Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET), and Josh Palmer (LAC) all expected to receive regular playing time.
I can always stream the TE position if George Everett (SEA), Tyler Kroft (NYJ), Hayden Hurst (ATL), or Austin Hooper (ATL) aren’t available on the waiver wire.
Make A Trade
Yes, I know I drafted two quarterbacks, Justin Herbert and Dak Prescott are some of my best players. I just forgot about that first one at the time I made the second pick is all. I guarantee that smoke I shared outside with Neal & Steve in the garage during the draft intermission had nothing to do with that short-term memory lapse. I have to admit though, adding Cousins at the end of the draft might not have been the wisest move.
Oh, that’s why you guys were all laughing?
And all of my quarterbacks have the same bye week you say?
Well, I'm glad you think my draft is so humorous. But you know what, that's…that’s fine. I guess now that I’m thinking a little more clearly, I don’t really need to roster that many quarterbacks in the first place. I’ll just make a trade to acquire an impact player at another position. I can shop both my QBs and see if anybody is willing to pay over-market value for those guys. It’s worth a shot, right? More than one QB definitely isn't helping me win anything other than Superflex, so Cousins would be a fine player to drop if I could get a chance at an impact player on the waiver. I can probably just grab a QB off waivers for my bye week.
Load Up The IR Slot
If there’s one thing I know, it’s that my being late for the draft had very little to do with the poor prospects for the upcoming fantasy season. It wasn’t even my fault that I was late either; first I had to stop for gas (and I needed the new Lindy's Football). Then there was traffic, not to mention that it was hard to find a parking spot close to your house. Plus, and I'm not trying to lay the blame on anyone, but somebody could have mentioned that you have a cat. Don't you guys know I'm allergic?
It's fine though, I’m gonna go ahead and grab Rashad Bateman with one of my waiver additions. It doesn’t matter that he’s injured now, I can just slide him into my IR slot. Bada-bing! Then I can go add another guy in the second run through the waiver process. Bada-boom! I can do the same if any of my guys are put into the COVID protocol.
Watch The Damn Games
It doesn’t matter to me that it’s a glorious 72 degrees outside and a bluebird sky with white clouds floating at the heights of the atmosphere. It doesn’t matter that the lawn needs to be mowed, nor that dog needs a walk. I’m gonna be on my couch all damn Sunday and I’m gonna soak in the football regardless. You’d be surprised how many gems are still waiting out there on the waiver wire, most of whom simply aren’t yet household names.
I know you probably aren’t super interested in watching Philadelphia at Atlanta, but I’m very curious to see how the targets shake out for the receivers on both teams. Will it be Quez Watkins or Olamide Zaccheaus who is the waiver wire darling for week 2? It will be interesting to see how the looks are divvied up in the NYJ, ATL, and SF backfields as well, perhaps there will be a value play to be had. If I can watch those games I should be able to see something that will help me determine which of those players I might want to add.
As predictable as death and taxes are, so is over-reaction Monday. Despite being on tilt most of the draft starting in the first round right after stupid Neal sniped me on Travis Kelce at the 11th position, I’m not going to panic…but I expect some of those other managers in the league definitely will.
Maybe somebody will drop Justin Fields or Trey Lance if they’re not starting right away. It’s likely the Joe Mixon manager may be willing to make a trade if he struggles out of the gate against MN, CHI, PIT, three defenses who should be capable of shutting down a rushing attack. Perhaps Diontae Johnson struggles out of the gate against a very capable Buffalo defense? Maybe I could acquire him at a discount? I expect that he’ll feast on a schedule that otherwise looks relatively soft.
See? I’m fine...I mean, I'll be fine.
I may have been struggling with a fever on draft day. Oh, I didn’t mention that? Oh yeah, uhhh…headache too. I was probably just dehydrated. It’d have been easier to draft if my dog hadn’t eaten my notes just before I was set to leave for the draft. I also regret spilling the salt that morning at breakfast, but surely nobody could blame me for walking under the ladder at the gas station, it was the most direct path.
But my team is going to be fine. Just fine I tell ya.
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