Fantrax: Salary cap football fever

Fantasy football salary cap games date back almost as far as traditional drafts and auction leagues. Cap games served as the inspiration for DFS and are essentially the season-long version of daily fantasy. Veteran fantasy games provider Fantrax has been running their salary cap points challenge for almost a decade. Their popular budget option is the Bronze Points game, which costs just under 30 dollars to enter and offers league prizes (first place nets $100) in addition to an overall prize of $2,000.

The premise of Fantrax Bronze Points is simple: select a team of 34 players (22 starters, 12 bench players) and accumulate points from your starters each week all while staying under a $60,000 salary cap. That averages out to $2,700 per starting roster spot where the game’s most expensive player this year (Aaron Rodgers) is listed at $5,710 and the base price for players in this format comes in at $1,500. Salaries are preset and do not change week to week like in DFS. The goal is to identify and roster the best values at each position, building a roster that blends surefire fantasy studs with cheaper breakout players with upside.

Training Camp News: Romo recovering

After taking a vicious hit in Thursday’s preseason game, Tony Romo suffered a pair of broken bones in his back and is likely to miss anywhere from 6-to-10 weeks. Before the injury, his ADP was at 129, though that should plummet immediately. Fantasy owners should consider avoiding him unless they have enough bench space to handle such an extended absence.

Training Camp Notes: Waiting for Eifert

Harsh reality set in for folks who drafted Bengals’ tight end Tyler Eifert as a top 10 TE over the last couple of months. Last year’s touchdown leader among tight ends (13) has been on the mend since suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss most of the playoffs last season. Eifert had surgery in the offseason and only recently began jogging. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the Bengals and Eifert are targeting a Week 4 return, though the delay could last until Week 6 or perhaps longer. Eifert’s ADP has ranged between the seventh and tenth rounds in most 12-team formats – an ADP that will will immediately take a deep dive into the late teen rounds.

ADP Trends: Running Back

The first thing that jumped out when looking at the latest ADP is how many running backs are losing ground compared to the number who are climbing. It’s such a fickle position that, as noted in the preseason Top-50, has already been emphatically overtaken by wide receivers as the top priority for fantasy drafters.

Somehow running backs are being valued even less than they were a month ago, when they were at an all-time low. We know the fantasy community loves to take trends to the extreme. So, is this the year of the running back over-correction? Or is this the new norm?