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RINGER TIME: JJ ZACHARIASON
Draft your quarterback late this year? The editor-in-chief of numberFire (http://bit.ly/q5G1Tj) thinks you can expand that philosophy to other positions, namely defenses and tight ends. Maybe even kickers, just any position where you start only one player.
"We’ve dubbed them the onesie positions," says J.J. Zachariason, who published "The Late Round Quarterback" as an e-book the summer before the 2012 season, when four quarterbacks went on average in the first round of fantasy drafts.
Zachariason said if there’s one thing fantasy owners could grasp to improve their play, it’s understanding that fantasy football is a weekly game — meaning it’s not necessarily about how players perform over an entire season if you figure out how to single out players who can perform well just for one day.
Doing that means the free agent pool can act as your extended bench, he said.
During the 2012 season, Zachariason says, 38 different quarterbacks performed well enough in a single game to be ranked within the top 12 among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring for that week. He says 25 quarterbacks did it at least four times.
Peyton Manning may be having a historic year, but if you didn’t bet on him and you’re disappointed with Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick or others, you can still play matchups and be OK.
"You can still form this quarterback Frankenstein in a way and still get QB1 numbers, and top QB1 numbers," Zachariason said.
Streaming the "onesies" lets player put more focus on running backs and wide receivers, positions where top players were perform well more consistently than quarterbacks, he said. One key, he said, is that quarterback and defensive matchups for single weeks are more predictable than other positions.
"Quarterbacks are always free ... they kind of create their own destiny," Zachariason said.
In the league where I traded for Jones, I’m 1-4 after losing to a buddy (fantasy nemesis, really) who started Peyton Manning and Tony Romo at quarterback — yes, those starting quarterbacks in a game that saw 99 total points scored.
Went 2-3 overall for the week, separating from the pack in the leagues where I’m doing well and sinking further in the leagues where I’m not, though I’m not fully out of contention yet.
That’s what I tell myself, at least.
Oskar Garcia is a news editor in Honolulu who spends way too much time on fantasy sports with too little to show for it. He can be reached at ogarcia(at)ap.org or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
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