Originally Posted by Josey Wales
I really want to figure out Ladanian Tomlinson and the role he will play this year.
He's getting up there but I'm trying to figure out if he has any value left as a #3 or flex. Rex Ryan says he's still worthy of starting- which leads me to believe the Jets may treat him like last year: Say Greene is the starter but then give LT the bulk of the carries for the first half of the season. I can already tell he's going to be a PITA on my team.
I'd be interested in this as well. I have an auction keeper league ($300 soft cap) where you can keep 7 players, escalating salaries based on how long they've been on your team (1st year free, 2nd year +$5, 3rd and more +$10 per year). I can keep LT for $11 or DeAngelo Williams for $23.
So with a $300 soft cap (can go over, but it costs you real $... $50 entry fee and $1 for $1 when you're over the cap) which 7 do you keep? 10 team league: 2x QB, 2x RB, 3x WR, 1x TE, 1x WR/RB, 1x WR/TE.
Initial thoughts are:
Mike Williams $10
Peyton Manning $71
Reggie Wayne $48
Colt McCoy $1
Kevin Kolb $34
DeAngelo Williams $23
Pierre Garcon $10
Ladanian Tomlinson $11
It gets really interesting in this format because of inflation. For those of you not familiar with the term, quick example: 10 teams, $300/team, $3000 of money out there to be spent on $3000 worth of talent. Say Vick would normally go for $70. I keep him at $9. $9 comes out of the money pool, but $70 comes out of the talent pool. Let's say everyone protects $200 worth of talent for $100 in salary cap. There's only $1000 left of startable talent out there, but there's $2000 left of salary cap. So when you have a guy like Jahvid Best who maybe should go for $25, his INFLATED value would actually be $25 * ($2000/$1000) = $50.
In actuality, last year's draft started off with around a 23% inflation factor but by the time people caught on to what was happening (no talent and lots of money) it ended near a 200% inflation factor.
Edit: some of the highway robbery that affects inflation. CJ drafted as a rookie for $5. Kept at $5, then $10, now it will cost him $20. Aaron Rodgers drafted when he was a back up at $2. Now he'll cost $27 to keep. Miles Austin for $6. Jamaal Charles for $9. Joe Flacco for $11. Mike Sims-Walker for $9. Austin Collie for $6. Sidney Rice for $6.