Fantasy files: 2012 Free Agency in Z34

Free agency is over in my dynasty league. I bid up players in the early going and lost steam at the end, when the savvy owners pick up their favorite players for the minimum.  In our six-week free agency period, 156 players were put up for bidding and 114 were taken. A few of those were free agents staying on the same team. Here’s what I did.

I added Tyrod Taylor at QB. After trading Tony Romo in part to get a functional tight end, I had Cam Newton, John Skelton and Mike Vick. Taylor’s a projection QB who looks to be the backup in Baltimore. The Ravens must like him since they let the sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech be Joe Flacco’s only roster competition. If they really like him, he’ll stay the only backup and earn some free agent interest in a couple of years. He’ll stay on my roster for a bit. Keiland Williams and Darren Evans are two running backs I picked up. Williams is my own free agent I signed mainly because I was trying to bump the bidding and up his price. Williams didn’t take advantage of Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure injuries last year so it’s unlikely that he sticks around much longer. Evans is the third-stringer in Indy, and Donald Brown/Delone Carter aren’t blowing things up. I re-signed Kregg Lumpkin, newly signed by the Seahawks and Danny Ware, who has been the RB3 for the Giants forever. The Giants are drafting a running back.

I outbid an owner to retain Josh Cribbs. When I initially picked up Cribbs, it was out of desperation as I was starting some real scrubs. I have ten WRs on my roster and he’s probably ranked number nine. Number ten is Chastin West, of no interest to my leaguemates.

My tight end position was where I had the most fun. I traded for Fred Davis and Heath Miller and added Zach Miller. Looking back, I missed out on guys like Jacob Tamme and Robert Housler.

Rob Bironas stays on the team for another season. I’ll pick up my backup kicker for a bye week much later.

My defensive line got deeper as Mario Williams came back from an abridged season as a spot-starting linebacker. I usually picked the wrong spot. Dwight Freeney came on board on the cheap. I now have five defensive linemen in a league where two start. Probably don’t need to go there in the rookie draft.

I added a pile of second-year guys at linebacker. Kelvin Sheppard came in a trade. I picked up Brooks Reed and Justin Houston. If you count Donald Butler, who missed his rookie year with an injury, I have six second-year linebackers on the roster. I held onto Will Witherspoon, although he’s probably not making the opening day roster.

I stood pat at defensive back.

Likely Week 1 starting group:

QB: Cam Newton

RB: Matt Forte (please sign), DeMarco Murray, Ray Rice

WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Chastin West (kidding), Marques Colston

TE: Fred Davis

K: Who Cares

DL: Jason Babin, Mario Williams

LB: Colin McCarthy, David Harris, Donald Butler

DB: Charles Tillman, Dashon Goldson, Charlie Peprah

I don’t have third- and fourth-round rookie picks.  Even though I have 13 running backs, by far my fullest position, I see my 1.08 going that way. I hate to miss out on the deep WR class with those mid-round picks.

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