Drafting Teammates

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

For years, many fantasy owners have tried to pair their starting quarterback with his favorite receiver, hoping to capitalize on the touchdown connections for doubled points. The strategy makes sense, but can be a dangerous plan.

First of all, people following this plan will often value receivers on their QB’s team higher than they should. Overpaying is overpaying regardless of the team. Some wise member of your league might even use this as an argument as to why you should take his offer. “Look, he’s on your guy’s team. That’s double the points.” False. Greg Jennings’ 10-point week is worth the same on every team in your league. To keep using the Packers example, sure, if Aaron Rodgers has a big day, that probably bodes well for his receivers and they might benefit, but when he has an off day, that also has an effect on them. If Rodgers doesn’t play well, he won’t get the ball to his receivers as often. So don’t let other owners dupe you. However, feel free to dupe them. Any owner who hasn’t read this, might be taken by that argument. Feel free to offer a somewhat lopsided trade to someone who would love to pair Peyton Manning and Pierre Garcon. Garcon might be worth more to them than you, so capitalize on that.

The second problem with this strategy is the outcome of your entire week could end up relying on two players. Sure, if Rodgers uses Jennings to dominate one week, you might just win your matchup with that. But if Rodgers is off, now your quarterback AND top receiver are both out of commission. You can usually absorb one unproductive position in a week and still have a shot. But two key spots is quite a hole to put yourself in.

Now, sometimes it will just work out this way. I certainly don’t want you to take this article and intentionally avoid taking someone who would be a steal or someone you really want just because they are teammates. Rodgers and Jennings are both top options and I wouldn’t mind having both, as long as I got them at reasonable positions in the draft. As you will see in a future post, I actually ended up with two sets of teammates on my fantasy team this season. But I don’t feel like I reached for any of them, so don’t make the opposite mistake and avoid them at all costs.

The key in fantasy football drafting is moderation. You don’t want to reach, but don’t be afraid to take a guy a little early if you feel good about him outperforming that slot. As I’ve said before, you want to draft a team you like. So if you feel good about a player, draft him, even if its a round early.

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