The long-awaited return to football is right around the corner and the next few days will be critical in putting together that perfect Fantasy Football team. With most drafts taking place over the next seven days, we made sure to get the best fantasy expert in the biz to help us draft that unstoppable team. From Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, Brad Evans, The Greatest of all time (GOAT), made his long awaited return to the MSP to key us in on some expert fantasy info.The GOAT began with the most critical question of all: Do you draft a running back or a quarterback with that first round pick? Evans insists that it sort of depends on your league rules and how many members you have. If your league rewards six points per throwing TD versus the standard four points, he would encourage taking a QB. The reason for this: in leagues that offer so much for throwing TDs, average QBs are putting up stats that rival elite rushers.
If your league offers the standard four points per TD, taking a running back would probably be the smartest pick because there are so few elite rushers out there. However, if you have to choose between Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady versus Arian Foster or Ray Rice, there isn’t really a right choice. You just have to go with your gut instinct and hope it works out for you.
When addressing players, teams and coaches to avoid, Evans implies that going with a running back for the Saints or Redskins may not be a great move. Those two teams have such a revolving door of running backs that it’s unlikely for any one of the backs to put up great statistics.
And when it comes to guys that we need to just completely pass on, the GOAT maintains that he wouldn’t touch either Michael Turner for the Falcons or Frank Gore for the 49ers. They are both a year older and at least a step slower than they were last year. Turner plays in an offense predicated on speed, which he does not fit with. And Gore has three guys who will compete for snaps from day one.
If you’re getting ready to make those fantasy cuts, you’re
going to want to listen to the GOAT's expert analysis first. If you’ve already had your fantasy draft, it’s
never too late to take a look at the waiver wire.