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Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag: Start Courtland Sutton or Robert Foster?

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Plus a little baseball talk.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to this week’s Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag! If you want to send in your questions for next week’s mailbag, here are the ways to join:

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Onto the mailbag:

Q: Have to use Courtland Sutton vs Browns or Robert Foster vs Lions. Which one would you choose?

— @LionLenny

Honestly, I’m riding and dying with Robert Foster. Until he lets me down—which I bet is just around the corner0—I’m going with the guy who’s balling out and seems to be becoming a more integral part of the Bills’ surprisingly mildly decently sorta possibly hesitantly exciting offense.

Meanwhile my love and appreciation for Sutton has drastically diminished or the last few weeks. He’s been good and is just a week removed from an 85 yard and one touchdown performance but part of me is worried that Daesean Hamilton is going to emerge as the rookie to own down the stretch in Denver, especially with Sutton nursing a quad injury.

I don’t hate either of these guys but picking between them, I’m going with Foster.

Q: Does Trea Turner lose significant value when Bryce Harper leaves the Nationals lineup?

— @gtkaiser

So when I posted this out to twitter, asking people to submit their mailbag questions, I realized I never mentioned fantasy football anywhere so I have no one but myself to blame for receiving a fantasy baseball question. I can’t say I’m the most qualified person to answer this question, but hell, I’ll give it my best shot.

From what I’ve gathered and can piece together, it seems one of Turner’s biggest assets his is base running and his steal numbers. I wouldn’t think that would go away with Harper leaving the lineup. Maybe his average dips a bit—I’ve heard it’s always nice to have an elite guy in the lineup to make pitchers fret and worry about him rather then other batters—but I don’t know if he’d lose “significant” value on a Harper-less Nationals team.

Side note: It’s crazy writing about baseball for me since it’s such a single person sport mostly. I kept wanting to be like “Oh Turner might actually be MORE valuable without Harper because he’ll be one of the leaders on the team” acting like football where there’s only so many plays and balls to go around. Like if Odell Beckham left the Giants, Sterling Shepard’s stock would shoot up because now suddenly there’s a huge part of their passing game missing. But that’s not the case with baseball. Turner’s still going to get the same number of at-bats with or without Harper in the lineup. Just a funny thing I noticed. Thanks for sticking with me through it.

tl;dr — my inexpert opinion says that his value wouldn’t lose significant value. (I bet this will get the baseball guys on the site to give their thoughts in the comments. I’d pay attention to that more than what I said.)


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