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11 September 2008 @ 10:36 am
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So what do you do when you used your first-round draft pick on Tom Brady, putting all your fantasy football hopes on one star quarterback, and then he gets hurt in the first game and can't play the rest of the season?

Well, I'll tell you what you don't do. You don't use Jeff Garcia, your only backup, as your starter for the rest of the season.

Finding myself in this particular situation, I had to make a trade. I looked through the rosters of my opponents to see who had a quality backup quarterback they might be willing to trade me. The best I could find was Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, sitting on the bench of a guy who I thought might cut be a break. He said he likes Rivers a lot as his backup, and I'd have to blow him away with a trade. So I did. I gave him Reggie Bush, an above average running back, and also Jeff Garcia, so he'd still have a backup quarterback after I took Rivers.

Perhaps I was giving him a lot, because Reggie Bush was pretty stellar last year, and he had an awesome first week this year. But honestly, he was on my bench. My two starting running backs were both ranked higher than Reggie Bush. Without Tom Brady, I needed a starting quarterback more than I needed Reggie Bush on my bench.

My co-worker Jeremy seems to think that I didn't make a good trade, but I think we'll see in a couple weeks if it was worth it. I still maintain that Rivers will have a great year and Bush will not be as valuable as he was last year.
 
 
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Justinlloyd_xmas on September 11th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
I did a mock draft last week or so and it auto picked Brady and Peyton Manning. I was thinking, ugh, what a waste. Turns out that would be been brilliant, now.
Laurahestergray on September 12th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Haha! It would have made good trading bait, at the very least.
Justinlloyd_xmas on September 11th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
p.s. you should get Matt Cassel off the free agent wire if he isn't taken yet.
Laurahestergray on September 12th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
He's already taken. :(
la fille heuruse.: cook:: touchthestarsmodmerseygirl on September 11th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
It's cute to read about your fantasy football picks! My parents and I are involved with fantasy racing groups. It's a lot of fun. :-)

Poor little Jeff Garcia! Gotta show Tampa Bay some love, now! ;-)
Laurahestergray on September 12th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, well... he's no replacement for Tom Brady. :)

I thought he'd be good enough as a backup, so I could start him on Brady's bye week, but I didn't want to use him permanently.

He used to be a Brown too, but I don't think he got much love in Cleveland.
la fille heuruse.: dancing queen::  thud_iconsmodmerseygirl on September 13th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
No kidding! :-) Jeff Garcia is actually going to be benched this weekend, and Brian Griese will start. Interesting. Looks like you dropped him just in time. ;-)

I can't believe that Tom Brady is out for the whole season! I think Randy Moss is hurt, too, but I don't know how long he'll be out. The Patriots seem to be struggling right now!
Laurahestergray on September 13th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
I have Philip Rivers now. I like him a lot. :)