The message board isn't a chatroom; you can't expect instant answers. Personally, if I see that someone like Solarflux, with a good grasp of the game, has posted an answer, I skip answering unless I have something more to add, or actully disagree. For example, I started writing this reply over an hour ago, but a friend dropped in and I postponed my writing.
My own pet peeve is EVALUATE MY TEAM! Um ... why? Once it's drafted, there isn't much I can do but give you a virtual
or just sit back and laff my @$$ off. In a few cases, the overall selections are very good and you can just point out one or two weaknesses.
Even worse is COMPARE THIS MATCHUP! It's enough work to evaluate a team's overall chances (especially without seeing how the other people in the league drafted). An off the top of my head kind of answer won't do the question justice, and I'm not going to be inclined to look at all of the relevant NFL matchups to see how some stranger's team is going to perform.
I can offer some tips for anyone seeking replies to their post:
A. Put the Major Question in the Title of the post. "Which WR Should I Start?" is not a good subject, althought it does beat "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD HELP ME!" which did make me smile. "Patten or Walker?" will suffice in most instances, because if someone doesn't know who they are, they probably can't offer good advice.
B. Don't answer your own question. If you start off with, "I'm 99.9 percent sure I should start Faulk but ..." I don't need to read further, much less answer a question you've all ready answered.
C. Use the Preview key. It's easier to pick out your spelling and grammar errors when you see the post in "finished" form.
D. Don't type in all caps LIKE THIS OR YOU WILL LOOK LIKE A RETARD WHO JUST BOUGHT HIS FIRST COMMODORE 64. If it's unavoidable because of the machine you're using, you would be wise to say so at the beginning of your post
E. People like to pontificate and speculate ... the more intriguing your question, the likelier you will get a good answer. For example, the title: "Should I start McAllister or George?" will suffice to get your post read, but the inside question will have more appeal if it's something like, "Should I start a slightly injured Eddie George at home vs Cleveland OR Deuce McAllister against a tough Chicago Bears defense?"
The first question will mainly get you biased answers from people with a clear-cut every-week bias for George or McAllister. The second question will often get responses which comment on George's injury, detail the Bear's defense, etc.
F. You definitely get an "F" grade if you leave out pertinent information. My answer about which WR to start may be different based on the rest of your team's makeup, and I might advise startign someone who is sitting on your bench. A good idea is to list your team, any good free agents who are available in your league, and then ask your lineup question. One strategy is generally not much worse than another in roster management, but mixing strategies can be devastating. If you're going to start your best athletes, start your best athletes. If you're going to play the favorable matchups, play the favorable matchups. Too much mixing and matching of your general strategy will likely work against you, because some athletes will fail against tough D's and some mediocre players will fail vs easy matchups. Lean more in one direction than the other.