Fantasy Files: Un-IR

The first task I have every year in my dynasty league is making sure that owners are returning. We had to switch over four franchises last year and while it wasn’t fun at the time, the new owners added a lot of new voices an interest in the league.

In our Zealots 34 league, you are allowed to put up to four players on Injured Reserve. It’s a nice way to “stash” players long-term, even though the second ACL tear for Ryan Broyles really put a damper on my WR corps.

I used all four IR slots on Broyles, Jacoby Ford (probably a brown banana at this point), Fred Davis and Sean Spence. It’s usually a good idea to IR offensive guys as defensive players are available on the wire. Spence seemed like a good possibility to take one of those Steeler OLB spots in the near future.

I had an open roster spot so I only had to release three players. The kickers were the easy starting point. I’ve had Rob Bironas on my roster for at least four years. Unless you have an elite kicker on an elite offense, or a Janikowski who might make a 50-yarder any week, he’s not worth it. I dropped Shayne Graham as well since rookie Randy Bullock was put on IR and probably will win the job in 2013.

That left one roster spot to vacate. I couldn’t pick one out of my endless selection of linebackers (I have 12 rostered), so I dumped Stevie Brown. I always end up with one fill-in defensive back and Brown’s probably not a 2013 starter for the Giants. My waiver-wire pick of Cortland Finnegan was much better than my third-round rookie pick of Mark Barron, although Barron should take my Charles Tillman stud DB roster spot for years.

Now that I’m down to 53 players, I can think about free agency. I have to put 13 players “on the block” the week after the Super Bowl. Fantasy leagues can be a year-round endeavor.

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