Fantasy Football Mailbag: Golden Tate Is In A Position To Thrive

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I am in a 12-team league that has a super flex spot that can be any position, including quarterback. Should I keep Golden Tate in 10th round or Matt Flynn or Ryan Broyles in the 11th round?

For any flex that involves a quarterback, most of the time unless the scoring is unique, utilizing a quarterback in the flex spot is the best strategy since quarterbacks usually score the most points. In this case, Flynn is not worth keeping. Flynn has looked awful in the preseason, isn’t that good and plays behind a bad offensive line. He has potentially played himself out of the starting job after another brutal performance on Friday night. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the Raiders have opened their starting quarterback job to a competition and Terrelle Pryormight overtake Flynn. The player to keep is Tate. He received a boost with the injury to Percy Harvin because it means Tate’s role will expand and he will get more targets. Tate has improved each season and this will be his best yet. Tate has been one of the best players in Seahawks camp by most reports. Tate has good hands and speed to break the big play. Despite limited opportunities last season, he scored seven TDs. He needs more opportunities to take that next step and it will happen in 2013.

I am in a 10-team league with 2 RB, 2 WR and a flex as starters. I have Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Justin Blackmon, Kenbrell Thompkins, Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Shane Vereen, Andre Brown, Rashard Mendenhall, Antonio Gates and Brandon Myers. Should I drop anyone for Felix Jones since I have Bell and Pittsburgh just traded for him? Who would I drop?

People make this mistake all the time. Just because the Steelers acquired Jones in a trade does not mean he is going to play a significant role. The Bell injury makes the Steelers backfield murky. The Bell injury did not lead directly to the acquisition of Jones. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are ahead of Jones right now. The move of getting Jones might also had to do with the injury to LaRod Stephens-Howling, who is dealing with an MCL sprain. Jones is really a body to provide depth at this point. He doesn’t have Fantasy value in a 10-team league.

In a 12-team PPR league and I have draft pick No. 8. C.J. Spiller and Alfred Morris are my keepers. I can either keep David Wilson for a sixth round pick or James Jones for a 10th round pick. I start 2 RBs, 2 WRs and a flex. Which guy should I keep?

Even though there are two good running backs on the roster and Jones is the better value since there’s a four round difference, Wilson is the guy to keep. There are some questions about Wilson since his pass protection has been shaky and Andre Brown is in the mix and could get most of the goal-line carries. Still, Wilson is a dynamic back that can score on any play. Just because a guy is not getting the majority of the touches in a backfield doesn’t mean he can’t have a significant Fantasy impact. Spiller showed that last season with just 207 carries and 43 catches. Brown has a long history of injuries and is not a good bet to stay healthy for the entire season. Wilson is also you’re third running back and a flex play with immense upside. There is enough depth at wide receiver to find two good ones to fill out the starting lineup. Go for the upside of Wilson.

In a .5 point PPR league, are Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles still worth a high pick?

The lower amount of points for receptions hurts Sproles a little more than Bush since Sproles is heavily reliant on receptions and the carries are few. Still, both are running backs to take in the first three rounds. I might lower Sproles from the second round to third round in this scoring system and ideally he would be a better fit as a flex. In a PPR league over the last two seasons, Sproles has been a RB1 because of the number of receptions and TDs he gets. He was fifth among RBs in a PPR two years ago, and 12th last season despite missing three games due to a hand injury. Sproles had 86 receptions two years ago and 75 last season. Bush will get more rushing yards and carries than Sproles. Bush had 216 carries and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 2011 and had 227 carries and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 2012 with the Dolphins. The receptions weren’t too high for Bush in Miami as he didn’t top 43 catches in each of the last two seasons. That will change in Detroit this season. He will get more targets and the Lions will get him the ball in space and use him in better fashion than the Dolphins did. Bush had 88 receptions and 73 catches with the Saints in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Bush can certainly reach those numbers again in a pass-heavy Lions offense that throws the ball to the running backs often. Bush is still a second-round pick in a .5 PPR scoring system.

Someone just dropped Michael Bush and I have the first waiver claim for the next period. I have Matt Forte with Stevan Ridley, Eddie Lacy, DeMarco Murray, and Zac Stacy. Would it be a wise investment to pick up Bush and drop Stacy and handcuff Forte just in case?

It definitely makes sense to make the move. If Forte gets injured, Bush will step in and be an every week Fantasy starter. Running backs will get a lot of targets in the Marc Trestman offense. Bush has shown he can be relevant when getting touches. Last season was a disappointment because Bush played through injury. It also appears Bush will still be in the mix for goal-line touches as well. He scored two TDs in the preseason game Friday night. Stacy has talent, but hasn’t been able to do much in the preseason because of injury and is No. 3 on the depth chart at this time. There’s a chance he gets a bigger role at some point in the season. At this time, Bush is more valuable to this team, especially as a Forte owner and it is a wise move.

All statistics entering August 24.

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