I would pick Jackson if Ekeler is out, Jones if not
At WR, Hill if he's healthy of course, if not then Robinson and I would say Moore, some teams it's okay to start two WRs from the same team but the Panthers aren't one of them, Cam it looks like he is hurting and the team is in a nose dive, I would avoid playing their WRs if I could
People have a peculiar definition of luck imo. It's not luck if Barkley falls to you in the second or if you get Hunt in the second or if Mahomes is playing Baltimore in the playoffs or if you got Aaron Jones off the WW.
I don't think you can point to RB/RB drafts as a reason for being good either. Sure Elliott and Hunt were a great foundation, but what about the guy that went Fournette/Cook?
There's so much that goes into building a good FF squad. It starts with your predraft preparation, evaluating the talent pool and where there is a surplus or deficit, or a sharp dropoff in either talent or reliability.
This research allows you to develop a plan, and from that plan you go into your draft which is the next important stage b/c your pre draft plan probably isn't going to work out the way you had hoped. And you need to be flexible enough in your plan to adapt to the actual situation.
The first couple of weeks you evaluate the undrafted players and see who's got a chance to do things you didn't expect before the season started (I'm looking at you Philip Lindsay). You're trying not to chase the guy who had 2 TDs last week, you want to find the guy that will have 2 TDs THIS week.
After four weeks or so you have a reasonable idea of your teams strengths/weaknesses and the strengths/weaknesses of the other teams in your league. Maybe you make a trade to shore up a position or some bye week issues, maybe you buy low or sell high, but somewhere in there there's a chance to improve your team.
Halfway through the season you have a solid grasp on your team and league and you can turn an eye to playoff matchups. Maybe someone has a super awesome playoff schedule and it's worth it to try and acquire them (looking at you Cam).
And then at the end of the year you're trying to make the right start/sit decisions to push you over the edge and lamenting the fact that your star got hurt now of all times.
There's so much more than luck that goes into a team's success, I think it's extremely lazy to blame things on luck (good or bad). If you do that you're not going to look at things critically and learn from your mistakes for next year.
Great post, very nice.
But you forgot one thing, after one does all that stuff you pray that you get lucky and those players perform the way you think they will.
I think it’s a shocking move to see a player of Hunt caliber get released, but then again someone some team had to send a message that we won’t take it from you for acting like a fool and kicking a woman.
If he pushed her away and walked on, then find he took the high road, but to turn around a kick her when she is on the ground is just awful.
No matter what she said or what she did, no man hits a woman.