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  1. I wouldn't say the only way or the best way is FAAB. I'd say the fairest way is FAAB. The easiest way is FCFS. The best way depends on what you value. What's more important to your league? Being as fair as possible or being as easy as possible? And yes, there is additional complexity and strategy with FAAB. If your league enjoys the strategic layers of roster management, they will be open to FAAB. If they feel FCFS works for their interest level, then they won't be open to FAAB.
  2. Questionable trade?

    I agree with Opie. As soon as a team is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, they are not allowed to trade players. Our regular season is the first 13 weeks, so we generally use 7 losses as the threshold. The only time we wouldn't would be if the 7 loss team is near the top of the league in points scored and, thus, has a theoretical chance of winning a tie break if the last seeded team also ends up 6-7. But generally, it's that 7th loss the removes a team from trade talks. Nothing you can do about it this season. I encourage you to not try to veto - generally let teams manage the way they want. You can shore up league integrity by putting in the aforementioned rule. Earlier this year, we saw McCaffrey for Calvin Ridley happen. We all shook our heads, but we didn't cry foul. Instead, we cried to ourselves that we wished we would have been the ones who exploited that owner's low opinion about McCaffrey (this was maybe 3 weeks into the season). The Ridley owner did a masterful job of selling high to a team with an RB overspill but desperate at WR.
  3. It doesn't imply laziness to me. It implies status quo bias / resistance to any change. Granted I don't know these situations in detail, but I'd guess that you guys are just not selling the benefits well enough to get it implemented. When I pitched this change to my main local, I did a few things: Make it seem like a small change: "Guys, you can pretty much keep doing things the way you always have been. The system works the same - you pick who you want and who you would want to drop to get that player. There is only one small thing that changes..." Bring up the pain points of a "same as last year" mentality: "Remember how James Conner was on the waiver wire to start the year? Well, you fluked your way to being a top scoring team in week one. Why should you be punished by not having any chance in hell of picking up Conner? Or do you remember OBJ's rookie year when he blew up when he came back from injury mid-season? Because the bottom feeders were pretty much out of the playoffs, they didn't bother to put in requests so X team picked him up when they were a fringe playoff team and ended up riding him to the championship game. How is that fair when you had the same record but had scored a measly 20 points more on the season, meaning you lost your waiver bid on a crummy tiebreak?" Ask questions to get them to come to the right conclusion on their own: "Do you think the team that scores lowest in the first week or two always has the weakest roster? Do you ever wish that you had a legit chance to get any player on waivers that you wanted, regardless of your team's record?" Let them know we could just try it for this year to see how it goes: "If you really end up thinking it sucks, we can just go back to the way we've always done it. Is there really any serious harm in giving it a shot to see if we like it?" It also can help to show them how it would work if possible. That allows them to see just how easy it really is. And it is easy - there is literally one additional field to complete when putting in a request. For what it's worth, there was a definite learning curve as people adapted to this last year. Some people were blowing through their budget in the first month of the season, and some people spent almost nothing all year. But EVERYONE wanted to keep it in place, and I've noticed that people have shown improvement in how they manage their FAAB this year.
  4. How have you kept your team afloat?

    Yeah, as long as you have enough depth to absorb losing Howard, that move is a no-brainer. News on AJ Green hasn't been great, but all you really need is a 100% healthy return by Week 14. The one problem I could see is the Bengals rushing him back while they are still fighting for a playoff spot, then he aggravates his injury and eventually gets shut down for the year. Still, you're only losing Jordan Howard here...
  5. How have you kept your team afloat?

    I did this very thing with the Dalvin Cook owner in my league. I had Latavius, so I was in a unique situation. I am 6-4 now and in decent shape to make the playoffs, but I started 1-2 before rattling off 4 straight wins. I made the below trade, and the guy I traded with was winless at the time. I traded Lamar Miller / Jordan Reed / Dede Westbrook for Dalvin Cook and Josh Gordon (did this in week 4). I also was aggressive in grabbing guys off the wire that should have never been dropped in the first place. For instance, the O.J. Howard owner dropped him after his MCL injury. I spent the FAAB I needed to spend to get him. I also got Ryan Fitzpatrick after his owner dropped him for Jameis when he cam back from suspension. I drafted Rivers, so having a boom or bust backup is nice - I can decide to play Fitz when I know I need a shot at a 400-4 type game, as Rivers is a steady Eddie but doesn't have the volume opportunity to ever blow up. The terrible Bucs' D always keeps the passing game at the forefront there. Those two moves won me 2 games over the middle weeks. I have also stayed patient with Aaron Jones and Corey Davis on my bench, and I got aggressive this past week to land Rashaad Penny who has league winner potential at the end of the year. I'm also patiently sitting on Kenyan Drake. To me, some of what keeps you afloat is also making sure you don't mortgage your future completely to win now unless you absolutely have to win out to get in. I also think it's important during the middle weeks to make sure you have good bye week plans - don't wait until your heavy bye weeks hit to decide how to manage. Make some moves in advance because the best streaming options aren't guaranteed to be there when you pick (or the FAAB cost becomes much higher if you wait).
  6. FAAB is a good answer for that problem. Otherwise, if you stick with first come, first served, I think a smart draft strategy can be to draft some guys who might start slow or are suspended for the first 1-3 games. You end up starting slow, but you get the best on the wire, then your team is built to win starting in week 3 or 4. Think Edelman and Ingram this season.
  7. How many carries will Christian McCaffrey get?

    This was an interesting thread before the season started. For what it's worth, Christian McCaffrey is currently averaging 19.9 touches per game. He is on pace for 315 total touches this year. It seems like a really distant memory worrying about C.J. Anderson having a role. McCaffrey is a first rounder next year, hands down.
  8. I'm done with FF Fellas

    For me, the fun is derived from the process, not the results. Sure, it sucks to lose. But the way I look at it, it's like poker... You make the best decisions at the time, but ultimately you can't control the outcome. You can't do anything about the guys you have on your team once Sunday afternoon rolls around. But you can make decisions about who to acquire and put a plan together to get the team you want. It doesn't always work out, but I have found enjoyment in the process of taking a drafted team and molding it into a contender. Some years it works out, some years it doesn't. At the end of the year, I usually look back at the difference between what I drafted and what I ended up with, and the net is usually quite positive. I distinctly remember certain seasons where I drafted a dud of a team and had to scratch and claw my way through savvy FAAB bidding and trades to get into the playoffs. And someone earlier in this thread mentioned the dumb luck people who ended up with Cheifs and/or Rams. We had a year like that in 2007 when Romo/Owens and Brady/Moss were both carrying teams to championships. And I remember winning the SB that year with Sage Rosenfels as my starting QB in the playoffs because I had built a solid team everywhere else. Those Rams/Chiefs heavy teams can be one and done with just a mediocre week. If you aren't enjoying fantasy football, then walking away makes sense. I took a year off in 2015, and it was a great idea at the time. I needed the break. I was in too many leagues, and I would take it too seriously. Now, I am in one league (main local), and I have more fun just putting my effort into improving that team to give myself a shot at the title. Maybe a year off to recalibrate is the answer. And if you don't miss it, so be it.
  9. Keke Coutee

    Thinking of dropping Chris Hogan for him, and I'll probably spend around 15% of my budget. Someone else will almost certainly outbid me. People tend to overreact to one game.
  10. ANYONE ELSE FED UP WITH KENYAN DRAKE

    I went WR heavy early, so loaded up on RBs in the mid and late rounds. Glad I don't have to depend on Drake anymore. He's not a bad player, but with how the Dolphins are running their offense, he's completely unusable for fantasy. I'm just holding on in hope that he breaks out in the 2nd half similar to last year.
  11. Delanie Walker taken off on cart....

    Per Ian Rapoport, Walker’s season looks over:
  12. Falcons / Eagles

    It's like Doug Peterson doesn't want the same RB on the field for more than 2 plays...
  13. Player who fell the furthest in your draft?

    Notes from a 12-team 1/2 point PPR league: Tyreek Hill fell to the 3-4 turn Alshon Jeffery fell to the 7th round Rex Burkhead fell to the mid 9th Delanie Walker fell to the 10th round Aaron Jones fell to the end of the 13th round Ronald Jones went in the 15th round
  14. first year in 23 years not playing FF

    I did this back in 2015. I was in a bunch of leagues, and it started feeling like an obligation instead of a hobby. Especially Tuesday nights getting waiver requests in. I took the year off and really enjoyed the freedom. It also worked out well, as I had just started a new job and would have never been able to keep up with my leagues if I hadn't stepped away. I got back into fantasy football in 2016, but only in my main local (who thankfully had an opening). I'm still only in that one league, and I don't plan to get into others. Enjoy the year off - I actually didn't even watch much football the year I took off. I actually think it takes fantasy football for me to have interest in the NFL these days which is sad. But the game is becoming hard and harder to watch with all of the replays and rules changes.
  15. LeVeon Bell

    Bell started slow after last year's holdout, so I'd at least temper expectations with Bell's productivity in September. But the Steelers know that Bell won't be with the team next year, so they are going to grind him into the ground this year. He will likely lead the league in touches, and removing pass-happy Todd Haley from the equation will likely help him. I can't see how anyone would draft Zeke or DJ over Bell. Zeke is going to get 8 in the box half the time this year, and he doesn't catch passes like Bell. And the Cardinals are terrible, so DJ isn't going to come even close to the 20 TDs he scored in 2016.