By: Kyle Richardson (Twitter: @krich1532)
Mailbag: August 2017
Just a few days ago, we had the opportunity to announce an event we will be putting on this season to give back to a good cause. FFDynasty260 will be partnering up with Sunday Swim to give back to our community. Until kickoff of Week 1, you can visit The FFD260 Charity Fundraiser League and learn how you can help support the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and have a chance to win a signed Odell Beckham Jr. jersey from Pristine Auction!
When I started writing the proposal for this event, I was excited to know that I was able to use my platform to make a difference and that is what matters more than anything. So if you have a chance to read my articles, $5 is all that it takes to help us make a difference and have a shot at some sweet gear. It doesn’t get any easier than this. For now, we have some pressing issues that need answered before the season kicks off. On to the questions!
“Between these 8 WRs, which 4 would you pick for fantasy? Cobb, M. Jones, C. Davis, Snead, Pryor, R. Mathews, Z. Jones, C. Coleman.” – @Beetlebush
There are two answers to this question because to answer this correctly, I need to talk in redraft and dynasty. For Dynasty purposes, I want Corey Davis, Terrelle Pryor, Zay Jones, and Corey Coleman. I believe those are the 4 who have the most to offer over the next several years. Pryor will make an impact in 2017, but the others will probably become more impact players after this current year. For redraft purposes, give me Randall Cobb, Marvin Jones, Willie Snead and Terrelle Pryor. These guys are in for a stellar 2017 campaign. You can get great deals on both Marvin Jones and Cobb right now after down years in 2016. While Davis is a great talent, he will still be behind Eric Decker in targets and the Titans will still focus on the run.
“So when do you shut down waivers and open up trading? Do you have a cutoff for when you can grab players? 1st year dynasty commish here.” – @beardedM00se
I love the change of pace with a fantasy commish question. In my home leagues, we close waivers at the beginning of week 17 and leave them closed during the offseason. We hold free agent auctions in July, and when that is complete, waivers open back up until week 17 again. As for trading, our deadline is kickoff of Thanksgiving Day games. Trades are closed then until the completion of week 17, when they are opened up to begin trading during the offseason again. Of course, every league is different, so feel free to move those dates around to what best fits your needs.
“How will the Jets divide the workload in the backfield between Forte and Powell? Projections on both backs?” -@zaragozaAnthony
In all honesty, I am steering clear of this dumpster fire all together. I was really high on Quincy Enunwa to begin the year, and he was the only one. The Jets are going to be really bad, maybe the worst team in the NFL and that typically doesn’t work well for running backs. They have almost no consistent weapons to help keep men out of the box and they will be throwing the ball a ton. With that being said, Powell is the lead back year and will get the most opportunities. I don’t foresee Forte staying healthy enough to make a big impact. Powell will sneak into the top 20 RBs this year in PPR formats, but I wouldn’t argue him being much higher than that. If you own Powell though, you really need Forte as well in case of an injury or ineffectiveness. I don’t think there will be to many championship fantasy football teams with these guys on the roster at the end of 2017 though.
“Thoughts on Paul Richardson, and narratives that would lead to significant FF value; obligatory, “he needs to stay healthy” notwithstanding.” – @stevearzberger
I actually included Richardson in a piece I wrote a couple months back, so I’m glad to see he is still trending up. Here is what I had to say then: “This will take a couple of factors happening first before he truly becomes a breakout candidate. Jermaine Kearse is a candidate to be cut, and although I don’t think it will happen, Kearse will need to see a reduced role at least for Richardson to see more time. Tyler Lockett is working his way back from injury as well. All signs point to him being ready for the start of the season but being ready and being back to the same player are two different things. Richardson is the perfect, field stretching option, to go with Doug Baldwin. He finished the year strong with a brilliant performance in the playoffs and even Pete Carroll has said Richardson should see an increased role. Richardson is a guy that you stash now with hopes of him reaching flex status at some point this season.”
I don’t think anything happens that makes Richardson a significant FF value, however, I do see him as a depth option that you can start during bye weeks and in the flex. Baldwin is still the main player in Seattle and Jimmy Graham has been getting more comfortable with the offense and Russell Wilson. They will also be pounding the ball with a committee of backs. I like Richardson and think he has the ability to be a WR3 with the perfect storm.