|Yes, it's that time of year again finally|
DON’T BUY FANTASY FOOTBALL MAGAZINES. I can’t stress this enough. All of that information is outdated by the time it hits the shelves of supermarkets and gas stations and is just a waste of money. Be a normal person and print off a rankings list from the internet. If you know anything about football, you just need a list of names in front of you anyway. You shouldn’t need to plunk down $7 to find out that ESPN rates Chris Johnson ahead of Tim Hightower. So there, I just saved you some money. Feel free to pay it forward the next time that you see me.
Back to keeper leagues though; I play in the illustrious and historic (Henry County based) GFL. The league has been in existence since—wait for it—1991! This is my 7th year in and I’m coming off a Super Bowl championship (thank you David Akers) with ideas of repeating. Since those last few sentences wouldn’t make any sense without this being true, the GFL is a keeper league. You can keep two players from the prior year. You can only keep a guy for one year. He costs the same as he did the year before ($200 salary cap auction league). You can’t keep two guys from the same position (not two RBS or WR/TEs). So you have to pick between keeping a QB, a RB, or a WR/TE (well, two of those three options).
When it comes to keepers, I’m usually of the mind that I like to hold onto cheap labor. For instance, someone like Santana Moss for $2 is more attractive to me than LarryFitz at $45. I like to have as much money available on Draft Day as possible because being involved in every auction is better than having salary cap issues before the first name is even brought up. Anyway, coming off of my title, my early keeper options were Antonio Brown for a buck and Maurice Jones-Drew for $40. Since MoJo appears to be on his way to a holdout, this isn’t looking like a very realistic option at the moment (and even so, I could probably get him for around the same price anyway). So I was stuck…until Monday afternoon.
One of the guys in the league is keeping Fat Stafford and wanted to double down with Megatron (who I rode to glory last year). Tron was never a keeper option for me because he was $57 and he is not 57 times better than Antonio Brown. So I humored him and asked what he was going to offer in return. He gave me a list that started off with dull names like Andy Dalton and Roy Helu Jr, but the last two names gave me a bone: AJ Green and Jimmy Graham. I asked what their price tag was. Three bucks each. Whoa, now we’re talking. I got greedy (sensing his burning lust for Tron) and asked if I could have them both even though I can only keep one. We settled on a trade where I gave up Colt McCoy, Dez Bryant, and Calvin Johnson for Andy Dalton ($1), AJ Green ($3), and Jimmy Graham ($3). That’s a hell of a haul considering that I wasn’t even considering Calvin as a holdover but now comes the hard part…
Who the fuck do I keep? I have to choose between Green and Graham for one spot. These guys are about the most equal fantasy value players that I can think of. Is Dalton for a buck worth my other keeper simply for a cheap back-up? How awesome is it to be able to keep double digit touchdown machines for 1.5% of your budget. I AM ELITE AT FANTASY FOOTBALL, PEOPLE, WHY AREN’T YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS!!!
Obviously, I can still turn around and flip one of these guys. Looking at the other rosters, I’ll probably make a run at Cam “Ace Boogie” Newton for $2 but I am quite certain that he’s staying put (as he should). Another intriguing name is Ryan Mathews who is getting a ton of love this off-season and carries a $14 price tag (even if you don’t buy him
Feel free to ask any fantasy questions in the comments and I will consult my own brilliance to give you top notch answers. You wanted the best? YOU GOT THE BEST. Goddamn I love this time of year. Nothing beats lying in bed wide awake thinking about fantasy football scenarios.