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End gaming: Planning for the Playoffs

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Hey folks,

We are coming into the home stretch and for some of us this is the last week we can trade before playoffs begin, so I wanted to start a conversation about both teams who have playoffs fairly locked up, players who are fighting for that last spot, and teams who's season didn't go as expected.

Main Discussion Points:

- Stud Benching: who of the top players will be benched as a result of keeping said players fresh for playoffs and avoiding injury?

- Strength of Schedule: Now that we have a pretty good idea on defensive prowess, is it worth trading for a lesser guy with a better schedule? Who in the middle tier of players looks to have the best schedule?

- Buying Long-Term: For those in dynasty leagues, is there value in selling a top performer for guys who might make a serious impact next year, or picks in next year's stacked draft?

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My team just locked up a playoff spot after this week in one of my many leagues! It's a 20 team, 4 division league 1 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 WR/TE/RB flex spot, 2 WR/TE/RB/QB flex spot... I am now 9-1 and after this week I will be 10-1, the only thing I am fighting for is the number one or number two seed "only 6 teams make the main playoffs!" Right now I am now in 1st place and have been for the last 7 weeks. I played the 2nd place team this week and whipped his team back into shape, I beat him 200 to 130, his team is 8-2 & now 8-3 and he will be tied with 4 other teams at 8-3 with 3 weeks to go.. I already have a win penciled in for week 14.. So I believe I got the number seed locked up but you can never be so sure! So the worst I can finish is 11-3 tied with those other 3 teams. The funny part is half my team is from the WW! ;~D The trade deadline already passed last Friday so, there is no need for that.

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I can't think of any team that is going to stud bench in week 16. Broncos/Chiefs are both going to be fighting for the division lead.

Maybe the Seahawks (4 games up in the W column)

Colts ( 3 games up in the W Column)

Cinci (3 games up in the W Column)

Pats (possibly 3 games up if they win tonight)

As for dynasty leagues - if you're making the playoffs with a solid team, I'd go for gold this year. Obviously if you're not making playoffs, dump someone for a high round pick in prep for next year.

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- Buying Long-Term: For those in dynasty leagues, is there value in selling a top performer for guys who might make a serious impact next year, or picks in next year's stacked draft?

I'm only going to touch on point 3 since I think the first two points vary so much from owner to owner. I don't think this draft is as stacked as many people are making it out to be. It's very quarterback heavy which is great for the NFL but doesn't mean much for fantasy as QB is already a stacked position when it comes to FF.\

Like last year, there really aren't many over the top skill position players coming out. Most of the first round(as of now) will be taken up by offensive linemen and defensive players. So now your looking at Sammy Watkins, Marquise Lee, and Mike Evans as probably the only non QB offensive players in the first round(maybe a TE sneaks in)

I don't even think you will see many non defense/OL player go in the second round. This is a very weak class IMO outside of QB.

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Maybe the Seahawks (4 games up in the W column)

They only have a 1.5 game lead on the Saints so their week 12 matchup is huge. If Seattle wins, they could working in other guys to keep their studs like Lynch fresh.

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Load up your benches with backup RB from good running teams

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Maybe the Seahawks (4 games up in the W column)

They only have a 1.5 game lead on the Saints so their week 13 matchup is huge. If Seattle wins, they could working in other guys to keep their studs like Lynch fresh.

FTFY

seachickens are on bye next week

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I can't think of any team that is going to stud bench in week 16. Broncos/Chiefs are both going to be fighting for the division lead.

Maybe the Seahawks (4 games up in the W column)

Colts ( 3 games up in the W Column)

Cinci (3 games up in the W Column)

Pats (possibly 3 games up if they win tonight)

As for dynasty leagues - if you're making the playoffs with a solid team, I'd go for gold this year. Obviously if you're not making playoffs, dump someone for a high round pick in prep for next year.

Indy, Cinci and the Pats will be fighting for the #2 seed behind Den/KC.

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I think you should definitely look to consolidate 2 very good players for 1 stud whenever possible, even if it means "losing the deal" because you end up "overpaying."

I hate having a really deep squad but no sure-fire studs in my lineup in the playoffs. It just leads to me second-guessing every roster spot and ultimately you always leave some points on the bench.

I want as many top 10 options as possible locked and loaded in my lineup when the chips are down.

As far as looking at matchups vs. looking at the best player, I lean towards best player, but if you're looking at the #6 overall RB vs. the #8 overall RB and the #8 overall has a cake matchup while the #6 has some tougher games, I'll take the guy with the better schedule. Better schedule doesn't always translate to better points but it works as a tiebreaker.

Here's the guys I've been targeting for the fantasy playoffs all season based on their schedules:

QBs: Cutler/McCown, RG3, Rodgers, Foles, Romo, Rivers

WRs: DeSean, Calvin, Torrey, Dez, Marshall/Jeffery, Garcon, Jordy

RBs: Lacy, Spiller (ugh), Forte, Morris, Murray, McCoy, Gio, Moreno, Rice?

TEs: Gronk, Witten, Gates, Julius Thomas...

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Pick up your playoff defense(s) now. I like New Orleans personally and they are available in most leagues. They have a pretty easy schedule in weeks 14-16 (StL, Car, TB.) They've also been super hot on defense so I'd make N.O. my priority.

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My Fantasy playoffs are from week 14-17, I am horrified that Brees could potentially take the last game of the season off, Carolina's win last night could help, but its anything but certain that they will be fighting for anything in 17...

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The Packers have a great schedule for their offense. And with Rodgers out right now, you might be able to buy low on some of their weapons, especially from teams that have like 5 or 6 wins and need to win now to make the playoffs and will give up players like Jordy, Rodgers, Jones, Boykin, maybe even Lacy, who's seeing 8-man fronts and is getting crushed.

Even if Rodgers comes back a week late (14 instead of 13), you'll be fine. And when he comes back, they will be full throttle to make the (real) playoffs.

The other thing I'd say is make sure you have the handcuffs for all your stud RBs, even if you have to trade a WR3/RB3-with-upside for them.

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I think you should definitely look to consolidate 2 very good players for 1 stud whenever possible, even if it means "losing the deal" because you end up "overpaying."

I hate having a really deep squad but no sure-fire studs in my lineup in the playoffs. It just leads to me second-guessing every roster spot and ultimately you always leave some points on the bench.

I want as many top 10 options as possible locked and loaded in my lineup when the chips are down.

As far as looking at matchups vs. looking at the best player, I lean towards best player, but if you're looking at the #6 overall RB vs. the #8 overall RB and the #8 overall has a cake matchup while the #6 has some tougher games, I'll take the guy with the better schedule. Better schedule doesn't always translate to better points but it works as a tiebreaker.

Here's the guys I've been targeting for the fantasy playoffs all season based on their schedules:

QBs: Cutler/McCown, RG3, Rodgers, Foles, Romo, Rivers

WRs: DeSean, Calvin, Torrey, Dez, Marshall/Jeffery, Garcon, Jordy

RBs: Lacy, Spiller (ugh), Forte, Morris, Murray, McCoy, Gio, Moreno, Rice?

TEs: Gronk, Witten, Gates, Julius Thomas...

Just did this and pushed my chips all-in during the last week. May end up regretting it, but have never won the championship in my league.

Moved Torrey Smith, Jason Witten and Stevan Ridley (who were on my bench) for Welker, and then turned around this week and dealt Andre Brown, Shane Vereen (on my bench) and Welker for Brandon Marshall and McFadden. Essentially moved Torrey, Ridley, Brown, Vereen and Witten for Marshall and McFadden. Not a deal I would have made even two weeks ago, but things change.

Leaves my RBs susceptible to an injury in the playoffs... but in the same vein, guys playing on the bench won't win me a championship. I feel comfortable relying on the guys I have to close it out with Forte, Lacy and a desperation play with McFadden if one of those guys is hurt.

Our trade deadline is this Wednesday; I feel like if you work all year to build depth on your bench, now is the time to take advantage of teams who haven't and may be desperate for some wins in W13 and 14.

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My team just locked up a playoff spot after this week in one of my many leagues! It's a 20 team, 4 division league 1 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 WR/TE/RB flex spot, 2 WR/TE/RB/QB flex spot... I am now 9-1 and after this week I will be 10-1, the only thing I am fighting for is the number one or number two seed "only 6 teams make the main playoffs!" Right now I am now in 1st place and have been for the last 7 weeks. I played the 2nd place team this week and whipped his team back into shape, I beat him 200 to 130, his team is 8-2 & now 8-3 and he will be tied with 4 other teams at 8-3 with 3 weeks to go.. I already have a win penciled in for week 14.. So I believe I got the number seed locked up but you can never be so sure! So the worst I can finish is 11-3 tied with those other 3 teams. The funny part is half my team is from the WW! ;~D The trade deadline already passed last Friday so, there is no need for that.

This may be the highest word count I have ever seen that does absolutely nothing to help this thread.

I'm sure he meant to post it in the CSB thread but botched the execution. Accidents happen

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Just started streaming kickers 2 weeks ago, and plan on doing so through playoffs. It's a pretty entertaining gamble week to week.

I mean, are there actually any reliable kickers out there that you can just set and forget for playoffs?

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Does anyone know if a trade deadline is the deadline to start a trade or complete a trade?

My NFL league has a 2-day waiver review period, so does that mean the review period has to be over before the deadline? Thanks.

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Does anyone know if a trade deadline is the deadline to start a trade or complete a trade?

My NFL league has a 2-day waiver review period, so does that mean the review period has to be over before the deadline? Thanks.

It's the deadline for the trade to be accepted. It can process after the deadline if there's a waiting period. I had one do that in yahoo

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TB def. could be a sneaky play during the playoffs. They have BUF, SF and @ STL for weeks 14, 15 & 16 respectively.

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So is the smart strategy for playoffs is to get rid of your depth and go YOLO and go all in and go with studs in your lineup?'

I went from a stacked team to NO bench lol ...not sure how I feel now

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Just started streaming kickers 2 weeks ago, and plan on doing so through playoffs. It's a pretty entertaining gamble week to week.

I mean, are there actually any reliable kickers out there that you can just set and forget for playoffs?

For me, Hauschka and Gostkowski are the only kickers I'd carry through a bye week or play no matter what. If I don't have one of those two guys I'm playing the matchups for sure (as much as you can play matchups with kickers anyway).

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