For me, there's nothing like landing a top-tier QB/WR combo to kick-off a new fantasy season. I still remember in '09 when the Broncos fan in my main league huffed after I snagged Welker in the second, checked him off of his list, looked up at the draft board, realized that I had taken Brady in the first and snapped his head back around at me with an open mouth as if I had just cheated. Smugness emanated from every pore of my being. Last year I paired the mighty Andre Johnson with a sneaky high-upside pick in Matt Schaub. So it goes.
Grabbing an elite pair is something not easily done. It takes planning, back-up planning and backing-up your back-up plan planning. It also takes an acute knowledge of the other owners in your league so that you can gauge what is realistic and what is merely fantasy ( ).
I want to know if there are any owners in the Tank that attempt this. If there are, I want to hear your thoughts on what tandem you're going after and how you're planning on acquiring them. Here are my top 5 (PPR, 6pt PassTD, Serpentine Draft):
1) Calvin Johnson (1.6-1.8 ) and Matt Stafford (2.4-2.6). I predict that Calvin will go around 1.6 and I know that Stafford wouldn't last another twelve picks, so I'd have to get a later pick before I even thought about attempting this one. Really, just wishful thinking.
2) Tom Brady (1.7-1.10) and Wes Welker (2.2-2.5). I know that a lot of people would say that 2.2 is too high for Welker. I don't disagree, especially with Welker's normally low TD numbers and Gronkowski (whom I'll get to later), Hernandez and Lloyd getting their share of looks. But the floor on this combo is still extremely high in PPR and actually getting this combo is realistic.
3) Drew Brees (1.10-2.2) and Jimmy Graham (1.10-2.2). While I'm not overly excited about a new play-caller in NO, this combo is lethal and attainable with a late round position. A small regression is almost inevitable, but even a mild regression would result in a massive combo.
4) Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (2.2-2.5). Hernandez may be getting all the hype, but I still see Gronk as an absolute nightmare for small DB's. 75 rec., 2000 yds. and 20+ TD's (combined) is entirely realistic.
5) Aaron Rodgers (1.1) and Jordy Nelson (2.10-2.12). Tons of TD's, high-volume offense and a few rushing TD's? Count me in. The only problem is getting that first overall spot...
Sleeper) Jay Cutler (7.0-8.12) and Brandon Marshall (2.8-3.8 ). Though Jay Cutler has a much lower floor than any of the big four QB's, his upside this season is at its highest since he's been in Chicago. Marshall is a big red-zone target and can shed tacklers with the best of 'em.