[12 team league, 25 man rosters, 5 taxi spots, start 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 2Flex, 1DST, 1K]
“We play to win the game.” (Herm Edwards) If your team is regularly in the final four most wouldn’t be upset because you’re right on the cusp of playing for the championship, but at some point the frustration has to build up being unable to break through, and that’s where teh McCaffinator1 is.
After getting Christian McCaffrey in an early rookie draft this team hasn’t looked back on being competitive, but hasn’t broken through quite yet. In the rookie draft he added Jerry Jeudy, Joshua Kelley, Devin Asiasi and did draft Tee Higgins but flipped him in a trade for Tarik Cohen and Duke Johnson.
This team sports a strong starting lineup but the bench lags way behind. With McCaffrey, as long as he’s healthy, this team will have a stud that can almost win him weeks on his own. However, behind him at RB it’s Cohen, Johnson, Tevin Coleman and Brian Hill. There’s no depth and one injury could really put this position in a bad spot.
Much like most of the teams in this league the WR position is in much better shape. Adam Thielen, D.J. Moore, Odell Beckham, Sammy Watkins, Golden Tate, Jerry Jeudy and Cole Beasley. There are a few minor bench pieces but every one of those WR besides Beasley and Jeudy is starting and so the lack of bench depth could make some bye weeks rough and there will always be injuries in Fantasy Football.
The reason this team finds itself on the short end of depth is because he loaded up on quaterbacks. Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill, Jimmy Garoppolo, Teddy Bridgewater, Phillip Rivers and Gardner Minshew. He traded for Jimmy G, Rivers, Bridgewater and Minshew from last season in to the off season and picked up Newton. The depth at the position in fantasy football is at its highest and has really devalued the non-studs. Keeping that many was a mistake and it’s now biting him because of the lack of depth on the rest of the roster.
Tannehill and Jimmy G are quite limited for their fantasy ceilings and Newton and Rivers are old. Minshew provides some youth but all the speculation is Jacksonville will be tanking for Trevor Lawrence so the roster is really bogged down with no real long term solutions for the roster.
Jack Doyle is the starting TE with Greg Olsen and Cameron Brate behind him. Doyle should bounce back for the Colts as the man and Olsen is definitely worth owning now that he’s in the Seattle offense, but unless Asiasi turns in to something there isn’t really a long term solution at this position either.
Pretty much every QB has been put on the trade block and this is a given. You don’t want to cut a player for nothing, but there just isn’t a ton of value for players that aren’t studs at the position. I could understand riding Minshew out for the season but any QB I could get anything for I would, easier said than done.
For the take over this team is buying. If the starting lineup is healthy it is formidable and should be a playoff team BUT still not a championship one. At least one RB is desperately needed and I’d also be scowering the TE market for at least an interesting young back up. However, this team has already traded their 2nd and 3rd rounder for 2021.
There is no reason to sell but unless this team makes a big move it will likely be a top four finish at best and no threat to the championship round. If the owner doesn’t feel like being that aggressive they could flip Tate, Watkins, Olsen, maybe OBJ (his value has taken a hit in Cleveland) and any of the QBs to get some ammunition without hurting the core and go hard after RBs.