Brain and Braun is an article written by two self-proclaimed experts on fast food, Techmo Bowl, and Fantasy Football; Tom Braun (the Braun) and Chris Dolfi (the Brain). This is normally the part where we share with you the magazines, radio stations, and expert leagues we’ve played in…we won’t waste your time. Bottom line, when it comes to Fantasy Football, let us share the idiot mistakes we’ve witnessed (and made) in the past, and throw in some of the info that has worked for us.
The following is a conversation that actually took place at 9:14 PM, this past Tuesday, documented for you. (None of the names have been changed to protect anyone…like any good Hollywood tramp, they figure any publicity is good publicity.)
Braun: So Dolfi, by now people have drafted their teams, and they’re either happy as a clam or looking some damage control. Let’s say you’re one of those who need damage control. What do you do next? Seek trades? Free Agents?
Dolfi: Ummm…it depends what side of the week 1 fence, you’re on…if you’re on the side of the fence where have some injuries, or made some bad draft decisions, then you just gotta to be looking for a way to improve your team..
Braun: Give me an example.
Dolfi: I’m saying anyone who drafted a guy like Dominic Davis certainly has at least one big hole to fill. The important thing is to look for a guy that might be able to fill that hole, and continue to produce given the right situation.
Braun: All right…..now tell me that again in English?
Dolfi: (laughter) All I’m saying is you don’t want to grab the first bum off the waiver wire, who managed to luck into a touchdown in week one. You have to be looking for someone who can have good weeks in the future, too. THAT is the right situation.
Braun: No offense, but that’s easy to say…if you’re in a 12 team league, just how many guys like that you figure are out there?
Dolfi: You’re absolutely right….this isn’t easy, and that is what is going to separate the champs from the chumps come playoff time. Quality running backs in most leagues are ridiculous difficult to come by, but you can still look for people in the waiver wire in the right spot. For example, Anthony Thomas in Buffalo looked real good this weekend. 3 attempts, but got a TD and looked good at those 3 for a total of 29 yards…and chipped in with a couple of catches there too. Numbers like that wont win you the championship, but if McGahee goes down he looked capable in the Bills offense and will get the starting nod for sure.
Braun: Alright, now that’s starting to make some sense. Anybody at QB or Receiver in that same sort of situation?
Dolfi: A WR that stood out in my mind, and he’s probably not on many teams is Jerricho Cotchery. Not to dip into the stat bag, but he’s one of those guys in his third year (the breakout year) for the jets. He snagged 6 passes for 65 yards and a TD. But more importantly, he looks to be the clear choice for Chad Pennington as the #2 wide-out.
Braun: Yea, but that was against Tennessee…who are you kidding?
Dolfi: True, and let’s be clear, your not going to pick up a guy off the waiver wire who will end up in the top 10 for the year at his position. Cotchery however, is going to get looks week in and week out, which is better than no look at all….like, for example, the Eagles’ Hank Basket who was pushed aside faster than a one legged tap dancer.
Braun: Fair enough, now give me a QB….my gut tells me you’re going to tell me Charlie Batch.
Dolfi: He did look good filling in for Roethlisberger, but when ‘Big Ben’ gets back, Batch is yesterday’s news. I know in a lot of leagues, Pennington slipped off the draft boards because of concern for his injuries. While he’s not going to throw for 300 yards every week…he’s a guy who does have talent and could start for your team during the season.
Braun: So the bottom line in all of this is, be proactive, don’t sit and wait another week before making hard decisions.
Dolfi: Let me start by saying I’m surprised you even know a word like ‘proactive’. And even more surprised you didn’t say protractor…
Braun: (laughter) Hey, I did go to college you know.
Dolfi: Just busting you. But that’s right – be proactive scanning the waiver wire. But just because you drafted well and are looking good after a week 1 win doesn’t mean it’s time to kick back on the recliner and eat pork rinds until this week’s games.
Braun: Just stick with Buffalo wings?
Dolfi: (laughter) No I just mean that if you are the guy who did do a good job drafting, and your starters and backups look like stars, it’s STILL not time to sit back and take it easy. This is the perfect time to look for trades with people desperate to fill holes, and prey on their vulnerability.
Braun: But why the heck would I trade someone on my team who might be good. At least I could keep him out of someone else’s hands, right?
Dolfi: Yes, but I’ll bet it’s hard to find a roster that doesn’t have a weak spot somewhere. So your job now is to fill that weak spot, and do it with a team so desperate for a player that it works out in your favor. I don’t care whether if it’s a draft pick for next year…anything that makes your team better is a good thing. Remember, you aren’t looking to trade great guys, you’re looking to trade guys who had a great week 1 – big difference.
Braun: So who are these guys I’m going to be get rid of because they appear so valuable? I’m assuming you’re saying that their value won’t increase any more for me than they are right now.
Dolfi: Exactly. So take a guy like Laveranues Coles…
Braun: Geez, I almost swear you’re a Jets fan.
Dolfi: (laughter) Heck no – I bleed Eagles’ green… it’s just that Coles raked up 153 yards this weekend, he didn’t do that all of last year and most of the year before. So don’t expect him to produce at the level he did in week one…but you probably could convince someone with a hole at WR that he’s a stud.
Braun: I know what you’re saying, not everyone has the luck Santana Moss had last year.
Dolfi: Just so everyone doesn’t think I had a Pennington fat-head on my wall, let me throw out some non-Jets names. For example, Eric Moulds has the potential to get something for him in a trade right now… but he’s just not going to keep up his week 1 pace. He’s got that recognizable name though, and people will tend to think they’re getting more for him in a trade than they really are.
Braun: Sure… unless you actually watched the Eagles game last week
Dolfi: Exactly, he scored like a #1 WR this week, but he’s probably no better than a #3 on most rosters. But that same guy who didn’t watch the Eagles game, will think he’s a #2 WR on his roster or better.
Braun: So, in a nutshell, if you’re in damage control mode, scan the waiver wire, don’t wait…..if you’re on top looking down, seek out ways to make trades and make yourself even better – hopefully at the expense of others.
Dolfi: Now you got it, pally. You see, even the Braun has the brains to figure this one out.
Dolfi: Just remember to be the predator out there… either by hunting though the waiver wire, or pouncing on an unsuspecting opponent for that trade, because it’s ALWAYS better to be on the top of the food chain… and you can take that to the bank.