Ed Williams III

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Staying under the cap

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Now that all of your fantasy football drafts are likely in the books, you can do more than just sit back and see what happens the rest of the season. Snapdraft is back! Snapdraft is a weekly game in which you select a team that fits under a $27 million salary cap. There’s a wide variety of league sizes, and while each league costs at least $1, there are cash prizes as well. Each week I’ll take a look at the matchups and the salaries and put together a winning combination. Since there’s a salary cap, you can’t just stack your team with a bunch of studs, so finding some bargains will be key. Here’s the Week 1 squad.


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Quarterback
Matthew Stafford
, Lions, $3,740,000, at Bucs

The big question that usually surrounds Stafford is whether he can stay healthy, so what better time to use him than in Week 1? The only person to fear in the secondary is Aquib Talib, but even if he does a nice job on Calvin Johnson, Stafford can still put up some great numbers. At $3.74 mil, he’s a nice value pick to allow you to go with some studs at other positions.

Other value picks
Rex Grossman, Redskins, $2,060,000, vs. Giants – The Giants’ defense is practically a M.A.S.H. unit right now, so Grossman could put up some nice numbers at a bargain basement price.

Mark Sanchez, Jets, 3,200,000, vs. Cowboys – The Jets like to pound the ball, but the Cowboys’ secondary is a glaring weakness for Big D.

Running back
Frank Gore
, 49ers, $3,930,000, vs. Seahawks

Much like with Stafford, most of the concerns surrounding Frank Gore is about durability, and that won’t be an issue in Week 1. He has a juicy matchup against a Seattle team that seems to be a mess in all facets of the game. If the 49ers can get a lead early, San Francisco may rely even more heavily on the run.

Brandon Jacobs, Giants, $2,670,000, at Redskins Here’s another great value pick. There is always some risk involved with taking part of an RB committee, but all reports out of camp had Jacobs showing signs of his formally dominant self. Combine that with the fact he’ll get most of the goal line opportunities, and he could be in line for a couple of TDs.

Other value picks
Reggie Bush, Dolphins, $2,860,000, vs. Patriots – Even if the Dolphins get down big against the Pats, Bush will likely be a big part of the passing game as well.

Jahvid Best, Lions, $3,520,000, at Bucs – With so much attention going to Calvin Johnson, things could open up in the running game for Best.

Wide receiver
Vincent Jackson
, Chargers, $3,710,000, vs. Vikings

With Philip Rivers now one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, Vincent Jackson should be in line for a monster season. The Chargers love to sling the ball around, and Jackson, along with TE Antonio Gates, will be the main beneficiaries. The Vikings defense is another year older and doesn’t have the same reputation it used to. You take the value picks when you can, so you can lock up a sure thing like VJax.

Santonio Holmes, Jets, $2,890,000, vs. Cowboys The Jets might not have the most explosive offense in the NFL, but the Cowboys’ have a pretty poor secondary. With a full year under their belts together, the Sanchez-to-Holmes combination could be a fairly prolific one this season. In the right matchups, this offense can put up some serious numbers, and this is that matchup.

Other value picks
Kenny Britt, Titans, $2,880,000, at Jacksonville – Britt may be a headcase, and he is coming off a hamstring injury, but his talent is undeniable and he’s in a decent matchup here. He could easily outproduce his salary.

Nate Burleson, Lions, $1,970,000, at Bucs – Most of the attention on defense should be going to Calvin Johnson, which could open up plenty of opportunities for Burleson.


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