Where Do I Go From Here...Week One

Joe WillettSenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2008

As you may or may not know, I have recently taken up the sport of Fantasy Football.

Because of this, I am going to be working hard  on making my team dominant for the upcoming fantasy season.

We had our draft just last night. I know I know, the first game had already been played, but there wasn't that much fantasy value in that game anyway unless you had the Giants' defense.

Anyway, I have decided to use this medium as a little crutch for my limited fantasy knowledge, so each week I will post key position battles for which players should start on my team or questions I have about what I should do with certain players.

Here we go; I hope you can help.


Peyton Manning vs. Donovan McNabb

Usually, it goes Peyton first, anybody else you have second, but Peyton has the knee problems, which means that if they pull away early, he could see some serious bench time.

Also, McNabb is playing the extremely futile Rams defense, so he should be able to put up decent numbers. Here is my gut decision, let me know if I'm wrong.

My Gut: McNabb


My Steven Jackson Dilemma

Jackson is one of the top running backs in the NFL, and he was my second-round pick in the draft, but I look and ESPN projects just eight measly points. However, he is a talented receiver out of the backfield as well, so I think he could be most valuable at the flex (I believe that's what it's called) position, where both stats count.

The problem is that I currently have Hines Ward at the flex position, as he is the main target for Big Ben and should put up stellar numbers.

I have Selvin Young and Thomas Jones at my main running back spots so Jackson could find space there, but both are projected over 14 points for the week.

Ward sits behind Braylon Edwards and Plaxico Burress, who I feel are both going to have great years.

My Gut: Start Jackson at the flex and sit Ward


Early Trade Idea

I have Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, and Philip Rivers at the quarterback position, and all are Pro-Bowl-potential quarterbacks at least.

I am thinking of trying to trade McNabb or Rivers for a star running back who can get me big points each week.

However, I'm not sure what the running back to quarterback conversion rate is in fantasy football, so what should I expect in return if I decide to trade either McNabb or Rivers?

That's all for the first week, hopefully you can help my team go on to victory!

I'm Joe W.

Joe also writes for Hoops4Life.com, a basketball fan's site.