somehow i want to avoid getting flamed and accused of posting up a "rate my team" in Fantasy Football Talk, but im not sure its possible.
however, i assure you my intentions are not of getting a meaningless rating, because of course i think i did well in my draft. i want to get some feedback of small-league strategy that i could use not only in this league, but in a few other ones.
roster (starters bolded)
QB:McNabb, Brooks, Gannon
RB:A. Green, Lewis, Staley
WR:D. Hall, M. Lewis, J. McCareins, A. Boldin
WR/RB:Westbrook TE:Gonzalez K:J. Brown D:Brooking, A. Wilson, J. Farrior
anyways, if you've made it to here im assuming you arent about to unleash any rage on me so my quesiton is this:
my league has only three bench spots per team. does this make holding onto boldin pointless? to which position should i allot my valuable bench space to (if not QB, RB, WR)?
i obviously need somewhere along the lines of QB, RB, WR/RB, D at the minimum for backups, so how would you guys deal with this.
As for the small bench, it really depends on whose available. I would venture to say that Boldin is probably pointless in your league, but considering I don't know the waiver wire material it is hard to say.
Take a close look at your byes real soon. Looks like you're going to run into problems by week 5 (Phi/KC). I'd say your intuition about Boldin is correct. He's much harder to hold on to with small benches. You're going to have other injuries to worry about real soon. I'd say your safe to drop him for now. The trick is going back for him at the latest possible day before he returns without losing him to someone else.
“The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.” Vince Lombardi
im afraid to venture into naming names, but the waiver wire is very plentiful. probably due to being a small league (eight), some teams taking only two! or three RB's and some taking only two QBs.
anyway, the RB's available are in the J Jones, W. Dunn tier, the QB's available are basically boller, bledsoe and testeverde, and the WR's avilable include drummond (return yards are worth same as receiving and rushing), Booker, Driver and comparable talent. IDP are basically a crapshoot, all of them worht about hte same i.e. thornton, fujita, r. barber etc.
the question though: how do i manage my team? have one or two rotating spots where i constantly pick up backups to fill in for bye-week players? that would almost totally reject the idea of having a true backup, or even a handcuff should i be worried about A. Green. thoughts?
IMO you should be holding at least one backup (Davenport) of your RBs. For the other spots, as others have said it totally depends on who is available but with such a small bench I would probably employ the best-available-player strategy.
ouch, yeah i guess week five ill need to drop boldin and STILL be one starter short. oh well, no TE that week. thanks guys. i think i've convinced myself that ill just rotate all of my bench players out, as the talent on the WW isnt much worse. boldin will get the boot as soon as its not convenient to keep him, i think ill just go with returners this year and see how it goes. thanks for the responses
I would never punt a position even if it is the TE. You might be throwing away a couple of points and lose by one. That would suck. You have four weeks to work out a trade or figure something out so that you can field a full team.
I play in a short bench league also. I played in it last year and learned one thing from my mistakes. You can't let yourself fall in love with your backups. If you need a starter kick the backup to the curb. This affects the entire league and other teams are bound to get into the same binds. You may be able to make up for your losses then.