MFL10 Strategy: An Introduction to Tandeming
August 1, 2016 | Doug Shain
MFL10 Strategy: An Introduction to Tandeming
* All ADP data is from July 15, 2016 until July 31, 2016 in 12 team MFL10 PPR leagues
Handcuffing is not a foreign concept for most people. You grab a stud RB, you grab his backup. It’s a smart way to make sure that you’re covered if one of your top guys goes down. At least, that used to be the best approach to handcuffing. I’m here to say that I no longer really want to handcuff my studs unless there are circumstances that warrant it (I’m ‘cuffing AP, Charles, and Bell but I see no need to do so with Gurley, Zeke, and Ingram). What I want to do this year is grab two cheap RB from the same team that can combine to put up the same stats as a stud. I call that tandeming (as in, I want to use the RB tandem from the Browns to make me a lot of money).
What really makes a stud RB a stud anyway? Is it his high score or is it that consistent week to week production; the high floor? I honestly think it’s the latter. We want a guy that we know we can plug into our lineup and get a bare minimum of “x” points every week. There’s a comfort in that, even in best ball leagues. I want my top picks to be rock solid. It allows us to take bigger gambles later on in the draft. As long as we know we’ve got those stud RB points in the bank, we can take our shots.
I know that ZeroRB is a very popular strategy right now, but this is NOT a ZeroRB strategy. As a matter of fact, this is quite the opposite. We are still looking to get that consistent flow of points from our RB position, I just don’t think we need to pay for it. We can do that by tandeming RB on the cheap (5th round or later for both players).
I’m not sure I want to pay 1st round value for a guy like Jamaal Charles when I can spend a 5th round pick and an 10th round pick to lock up all the RB points from the Titans all year with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. I want my first four or five rounds clear to grab all the WR/TE upside I can get my hands on. I would love to start my draft with Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Golden Tate, Jordan Reed, and Tyler Lockett and then grab the likes of Murray/Henry and Abdullah/Riddick or Ivory/Yeldon later on to get those all-important RB points.
This is not to say that I don’t advocate taking RB early because I do when the situation warrants it. I have no problem grabbing a workhorse back in the 1st or 2nd round, but I still think you should grab a tandem later on to give yourself a good shot at getting top 10 production out of two of your RB spots; one of which will be on the cheap.
If you took this strategy last year, and I’m only look at guys drafted in the 5th round or later, you would have profited big time if you hit on the right RB tandem.
If you only took the best score from each of these tandems each week and used that as your RB score, 3 of these tandems would have outscored the #2 RB last year (Adrian Peterson – 246.9 points). The other two would have solidly been in the top 10 for RB scores. The best part is that there were a number of weeks where both of the RB in the tandem would have had their points count for you.
Here are some of my favorite mid-level RB tandems (round 6 or later) that I think can combine to give you top 10 RB production (with ADP):
*Just missing the cut were the duos from OAK, CLE, and SD due to the 5th round value of Latavius Murray, Duke Johnson, and Danny Woodhead.
There are many ways that I’m using this strategy depending on where I draft:
– If I’m picking in the top 2 of the draft I’m going to grab Antonio Brown or OBJ with my 1st pick and then probably go with WR/TE for my first 5 picks.
– If I’m picking after #2 then I really want to grab Gurley in the 1st and then go with 4 WR/TE before I go with another RB in the 6th. If Gurley is gone then I’ve been going with Gronk quite often and then a bunch of WR before tandeming in the 5th round and later.
– At the end of the 1st round I will probably go back to my 5 WR/TE strategy if I can grab a Dez, Jordy, Allen Robinson type. Of course, if I can then go and get AP, Lamar Miller, or Zeke in round 2 I’m all about that and will still look to start tandeming in the 6th round or so.
– You really have to take what the draft gives you, but unlike some of my other strategies, you can definitely plan to tandem before you start your draft. You just have to make sure that you’re not so focused on a specific tandem that you miss an opportunity when a value falls to you.
What this article is really for, in fact what all my articles are for, is to give you as many different tools as possible in your arsenal to help you attack the drafts. You want to adapt your strategy as the picks come your way. I’ve learned that the best skill you can have when drafting is flexibility; take advantage of what the draft gives you. The more you’re able to adapt, the more you’re going to put yourself in a position to win.
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