I'm 7-3 in a 14-team league with two 7-team divisions where each division winner gets a Wk.14 bye as 4 other wild cards (6 playoff teams total) play to reach the Wk. 15 semis. My division has one other 7-3 team that has the head-to-head tiebreaker over me, but has a tougher remaining schedule, and the next best team in our division is 5-5.
In short, I feel like my chances of going 3-0 and ending up with a Wk. 14 bye are good, and even if I did fail to take my division, with a good record I'd still end up in a Wk. 14 playoff game against a (relatively) weaker opponent that I'd feel confident winning.
So, I have two questions...
1. Is it too soon to be looking at setting up Wk. 15 as well as possible? (I'm assuming that if I get to that week as expected, it'll be against tougher competition: either the other 7-3 team from my division or one of the top two teams from the other division, who are 8-2 and 7-3.)
2. If so, would you use a waiver claim on anyone based on their Wk. 15 matchup, or is it sufficient to just pick from the group below once they become free agents again on Wednesday?
QB A. Rodgers, (M. Schaub), (R. Tannehill)
RB D. Martin, S. Jackson, (J. Dwyer), (P. Thomas)
WR L. Fitzgerald, J. Jones, M. Crabtree, (S. Rice), (K. Wright)
TE D. Pitta*
K G. Hartley
*Pitta is v.DEN Wk. 15
CONSIDERING DROPPING Tannehill, Thomas and/or Pitta FOR... (Wk. 15 matchup)
RB M. Reece (v. KC)
RB M. Goodson (v. KC)
RB B. Wells (v. DET)
RB C. Ivory (v. TB)
RB M. Bush (v. GB)
TE B. Celek (v. CIN)
DEF San Diego (v. CAR)
DEF Miami (v. JAX)
DEF Washington (@CLE)
DEF Oakland (v. KC)
BOLD PICKS FOR 2013
A. Rodgers outscores D. Brees in ESPN standard scoring by 40+.
D. McFadden plays 16 games (but ineffectively for someone whose only problem we always assumed was health).
M. Lynch=not a Top 10 RB.
V. Cruz=Top 7 WR.
G. Tate=Top 36 WR.