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  1. Isn't this a little late in the game for beta testing?
  2. Was looking for a recent Phish show on archive.org tonight and ran across this.
  3. Were Kelly to land in Cleveland, Josh Brown might find himself on a better team. Somewhere else.
  4. I've done FAAB in the past, coupled with FCFS $0 pickups afterward. That's the only way I'd do it again. Straight up FAAB seems like it would significantly restrict movement. More movement is good, IMO. It is not only the way teams can acquire players, but also the means by which players become available.
  5. I tried that last week. Coulda benched either for Latavius Murray. Couldn't decide which one. Started both based on the matchup and a gut feeling. Woulda won if I'd started Latavius Murry over either of them. Disclaimer: My anecdote does not have any bearing on any possible futures.
  6. Stat corrections for Sunday.
  7. I think the game has changed over time. Fifteen years ago or more, a great part of the "skill" part was just knowing football. Having Sunday Ticket, watching football, reading about football, having an eye for patterns and trends. Knowing the URL for the best newspaper beat in certain NFL cities. A lot of that "skill" has been mitigated by the fantasy community and the fantasy industry scooping and aggregating so much of that information. This part of skill has somewhat leveled the playing field. League Management software used to just tell you past stats. Now, most league software offers pretty sound consensus advice, helping your league's former doormats to the middle of the pack. Still, I think the experts often get things wrong and are subject to groupthink. If I read a column from some local fantasy expert in Duluth, I usually come away thinking that guy read the same article or heard the same podcast that I did. I do think a casual fantasy player can 'win' by identifying breakout talent before the experts. Basically, that's the game we all play anymore: identifying the guy or the trend first. All that said, an argument could be made that it is all still the same game as it ever was. There is just too much information now. An owner can find a writer who backs up his every whim. Do you want to believe that Ameer Abdullah is still the next Barry Sanders. Google it and you'll find somebody to support that very notion. (Screw you, Ameer Abdullah. Screw you all to Hell!) So, in some way, the skill is still in sorting the information, and deciding where to stray from consensus reality. To non-fantasy players who ask about luck and skill, I often break it down like this: I'm in a 12-team league. If it were all random, I'd have an 8⅓% chance to win the title. I make the playoffs almost every year. I spend a lot of time keeping on top of the game. I honestly believe that doing so increases my chances of winning a title each year to about 18%. That 18% may seem high to some. It may seem low to others. I do believe that's about where I'm at. That's pretty much the percentage of times I have won the championship in this league I am discussing. For all the effort and "skill" I am still up against luck. I am also up against the other owners in my league. Each of those owners invest their time into the game. Each of those owners has a bit of luck to contend with, as well. When I don't win the league, somebody else does. The circle of life continues. (Except for Ameer Abdullah. He's dead to me.)
  8. Offensive Fumble Recovery TD. In most league software, that is the category. In most cases, it is scored (if it is configured) the same as a rushing or receiving TD. Yards don't count. Those are not yards from scrimmage. On many fantasy hosting sites (IIRC, currently on CBS Commissioner and NFL.com), this scoring often doesn't take place immediately in live scoring. It can take a day or more.
  9. 12 team keeper league (keep 5) 18-man rosters, which require each teem roster a minimum of 2 players at every position (QB,RB,WR,TE,PK,DST) David Cobb There's one more week of waivers. If he doesn't show me something this week, I'll be cutting him for potential playoff depth or keeper value for next year.
  10. It is not yards from scrimmage.
  11. The content in Random Shots emails proved problematic for me eons ago. Too much active content just crashed my browser. I just don't open them anymore.
  12. Inactive. http://subscribers.footballguys.com/m/news.php?team=tam
  13. Eric "Sleeping With" Bieniemy was pure genius. If Berman had applied his talents to the study of cold fusion, we'd probably be 85% divested of fossil fuels by now. But would it be worth living?