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Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag: What do you do with Christian McCaffrey?

Plus which quarterbacks can you add off the waiver wire to “replace” Aaron Rodgers.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Fake Teams’ fantasy football mailbag. Sorry I missed last week, I was on vacation and completely spaced that this is a thing I do. Oh well, I’m here now.

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Onto the mailbag:

Q (from last week): McCaffery isn't giving me the production I would like so what should I do with him?
— Wyatt M.

The Panthers clearly want to get McCaffrey the football and that’ll mean he always has fantasy value. It may not be big flashy games but he’s going to be consistently productive especially in PPR leagues. I would hold onto him, especially (as I and everyone who reads this column will find out later) as you have a loaded running back room.

Think of him as a WR.

Q: Standard League. I traded Drew Brees and Devin Funchess for Julio Jones. I still have Carson Wentz and added Trevor Siemian as a backup. How would you grade this move? Also, who would you start in RB2 and flex between Alvin Kamara, Jerick McKinnon, Orleans Darkwa and Christian McCaffrey?

My team now is:
QB: wentz and Siemian
RB: Fournette, Orleans Darkwa, McCaffery, Kamara, McKinnon
TE: Charles Clay, Evan Engram
WR: Michael Thomas, Julio, Marvin Jones, Mike Williams
K:Robbie Gould
D/ST: Vikings.
— Wyatt M.

Like I said, loaded at the running back position.

First question: Brees and Funchess for Quintorris Lopez Jones (this is actually his real name. Sidenote: if I ever was blessed with an awesome name like Quintorris I would never go by anything other than that. Like, I would make t-shirts saying “Ask what my name is” and wear them 24/7 just so I can tell everyone and anyone that my name is QUINTORRIS! Man, major points to Julio’s parents for that excellent name.)

A. That’s my grade.

Carson Wentz has been a fantasy monster and has shown no signs of stopping while Trevor Siemian, despite having a couple of rough weeks is at least a serviceable backup. I think it was clear you needed WR help and getting Julio Jones right before he goes up against the Patriots defense which is, say it with me, AWFUL. Good move.

Second question. Start Jerick McKinnon right off the bat. I had reservations earlier in the year and I’ve been stubborn to admit that he’s worth your fantasy efforts but he clearly is. He’s gone above 20 points in the last two games and clearly the Vikings favor him over Latavius Murray (who wouldn’t at this point). Bonus, the Vikings are going up against the Ravens who, despite what I said two weeks into this NFL season, can not defend the run have simply love giving away points to opposing running backs.

Now, who should you flex. That is a very good question. I have a hard time picking against Orleans Darkwa as I a) wrote an article all about why you should be getting him, b) added him in every league I’m in and c) starting him in a few of said leagues. I think he’s going to put in work this week against the Seahawks. So yea, I’m going with Darkwa. Gotta stay on #brand.

Q: Who’s the best option on the waiver wire if you lost Rodgers last week?
— @PaddiCooper

I better not be giving you advice about the team that you have in the league we’re in together Paddi. That would seemingly go against my future success as I’m so good at giving advice in this mailbag that clearly whatever quarterback I pick for you will lead you to the championship.

Now, I can’t say for sure who’s available on your waiver wire but here are a few names that are owned in 50% or less (Yahoo and ESPN) that could be interesting:

  • Andy Dalton (53% Yahoo, 32% ESPN)
  • Jared Goff (50% Yahoo, 26% ESPN)
  • Case Keenum (9% Yahoo, 12% ESPN)
  • Jacoby Brissett (14% Yahoo, 16% ESPN)
  • and you could take a flier on Brett Hundley

It’s a weird list that’s for sure. Dalton would of course be the guy to get but I also really like Goff. I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of him and he has a nice stretch of schedule coming up. Also, if you want to be real real sneaky and crossing your fingers to hope for the best, Teddy Bridgewater. He’s coming back from injury and if/when Keenum returns to this beautiful planet we call Earth, I would assume the Vikings will be quick to throw him back into the fray.

Until next week, I leave you with this. Good luck looking away.

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