4for4 Mailbag Week 8
Welcome to the weekly 4for4 Mailbag, where I answer your questions about all aspects of fantasy football including redraft leagues, DFS strategy, advice on handling angry football widows, and even some pop culture. Since it will be published on Thursdays throughout the season, I won’t be tackling waiver wire advice, so be sure to check out 4for4’s valuable articles on streaming and the like, to aid with your weekly roster decisions.
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@grizzlyadams21: Is Jacquizz Rodgers here to stay or should I start shopping for a more long-term RB?
JE: With Doug Martin currently sidelined due to a pesky hamstring injury and Chris Sims out for the season, Rodgers has been a pleasant surprise for those who were quick enough to snag him off the waiver wire or had the foresight to actually draft him. The Bucs have shown that they have confidence in the former Falcon/Bear running back, as he has a combined 62 touches in his two weeks as the go-to guy in the backfield.
We’d like to think that Martin will make his way back into the starting role eventually this season, but Tampa Bay staff is taking it slow after he suffered a setback a few weeks ago. Peyton Barber had 12 touches last week, which resulted in 14.4 PPR points, so it appears they are not trying to kill Rodgers like we all thought after Week 5’s matchup.
For now, it appears that Rodgers will be a legit RB1 and the Bucs schedule is a favorable one when it comes to the RB position moving forward, as all of their opponents with the exception of three (SEA, DAL& CAR) are weak or moderately weak versus RBs. I’d sit tight with Rodgers, and may even use him once Martin is back, as they most likely will spread out the carries to ease him back in. It never hurts, of course, to shop around and see if you can find another RB once Martin is back to 100%.
@MooseOnaHill: PPR Flex: A Robinson, Crowder, Tyrell Williams, Golden Tate or Latavius Murray?
JE: Since I‘m not sure if you are only choosing one for the flex or more than one, I’ll rank these guys in order of how I think you should start them. Based on 4for4’s resident guru ranker, John Paulson, along with our schedule adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) metric, this is what I have come with.
Even though ARob has been inconsistent, I think he’s your highest scorer this week due to Tennessee’s weak defense versus the WR position. Next, I’d go Murray, then Tate. Crowder and Williams are pretty much even, although Williams showed up with a mysterious knee injury and faces a tough Broncos secondary who gives up the least amount of points to WRs this season.
@BPazoles: What’s your take on playing two WRs from the same team? I own Cooks & Fitzgerald and can pair them with M Thomas, D Adams or Ty Williams. Looking at rest of the season.
JE: I think starting two WRs on the same team can definitely work to your advantage depending on matchup and QB. In your case, Drew Brees is currently sitting as the QB3 overall with 141 PPR fantasy points. Both Cooks and Thomas are in the top 20 when it comes to WR points, and are within 10 total points of each other for the season. As far as ROS goes, the Saints schedule is favorable for WRs with the exception of this week versus Seattle, and Week 10 against the Broncos.
When it comes to Adams, Aaron Rodgers has been up and down this season, and so has his target distribution. It seems that a different WR steps up from week to week, so it’s been tough to pick which one gets the nod, and the fantasy points. Tyrell Williams has been a pleasant surprise and a solid fill-in for Kennan Allen and Stevie Johnson, who are both out with torn ACLs.
I don’t know if I actually answered your question but then again, I’m not sure what it was beyond the two WRs on the same team. Feel free to tweet me some clarification if you want/need it.
@4for4_Josh: How do you feel about the 72 Dolphins champagne drinking tradition?
JE: As I mentioned last week, I grew up in a very Miami Dolphins-centric household. I was born somewhere around that perfect season and my father is an original franchise season ticket holder. In fact, the Shulas lived in my neighborhood and myself and a friend had enormous crushes on Mike Shula, and would follow him around the neighborhood on our bikes like the little school girls we were.
That being said, I have mixed feelings about the whole perfect season-yearly-champagne-toast. Regardless of era, it is not easy to go undefeated in the NFL. I understand that the amount of games was different in the 70’s and so was the actual game of football. I try to never compare teams of different eras because you just can’t. Of course, people always do and try to belittle the fact that the 1972 Dolphins ran the table, including the post season and Super Bowl in what was a different time in football.
Yes, I agree that the official toasting is a bit obnoxious. However, these guys achieved something that no other team has been able to do, period. New England came ridiculously close, but thanks to David Tyree’s incredible helmet catch, it didn’t happen.
People love to bag on the 1972 Dolphins and their yearly tradition. I say, to hell with the haters, until another team can win every regular season game, tear though the post season and win the Super Bowl, let these men enjoy their accomplishment. Besides, sadly there aren’t that many of them left and soon they will all be gone. Let them relive their incredible past while they still can.
As always thanks so much for all your submissions this week. See you all next Thursday for the 4for4 Mailbag!