Strategy session: Six-pack of fantasy insight from Standig, De Lima, Murphy
4) Regardless of circumstance, who are you taking as your starting QB: Eli Manning, Andy Dalton or Michael Vick?
Matt De Lima: Manning is the safest choice and has the best weapons around him. And after watching Hard Knocks, Andy Dalton is the squarest dude I've ever seen in my life. I loathe him utterly and completely.
Brian Murphy: Ideally I wouldn't consider any of these three to be my QB1, but if we're talking 14-team or greater leagues - and thinking upside - then it's Vick by a mile. He has seamlessly acclimated to Chip Kelly's offense. He is going to keep running and has been a force in August. Just make sure to grab a backup to the guy who in most leagues should be a backup.
Ben Standig: When Eli Manning is good, we're talking top-8 production. When he's bad, we're talking waiver wire level. Yet his highs surpass Dalton's peak and we avoid the Vick injury fears with the durable Giants passer. Take Vick and you must immediately draft another QB for insurance. With Manning there is potential for a QBBC, but one deeper options can fill - and hopefully do on those bad Eli weeks.
5) In the year of the sleeper TE, your preferred option is…?
Standig: As a potential weekly starter, let me join in the chorus of those touting Cleveland's Jordan Cameron due to a combination of his athletic gifts and history showing tight ends thrive under schemes designed by head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner. As part of a committee, Washington's Fred Davis looks more and more like the Redskins' No. 2 target after Pierre Garcon.
De Lima: Brandon Myers looks like a great TE2 to me. Eli Manning has made decent TEs out of Martellus Bennett, Jake Ballard and Kevin Boss back in the day. Myers was pretty good with the Raiders last year, so now in a better offense with a better QB, Myers feels like an underappreciated sleeper.
Murphy: Only one? There are a couple of obvious options for me, but I will select Jared Cook, whom I've been talking up all spring and summer. He and Bradford already have a great relationship, and he's going to be a monster in the red zone.
6) Player who has piqued your interest more and more since start of training camp.
Murphy: T.Y. Hilton. I know preseason numbers are largely irrelevant, but his play-making ability and connection with Luck is clear. I don't care if he's not starting; that kid looks awesome.
Standig: Jermichael Finley: Just when I thought I no longer heard the sirens song about the Packers tight end, Finley delivers a heavily praised training camp performance. He's now a top-8 TE on my board. Factor in he's playing in a contract year and, well, I'm back on the bandwagon even though my general TE plan is go early or go late.
De Lima: Kenbrell Thompkins. Added him in a dynasty league a few months ago AFTER our rookie draft and look at him now. He's a sleeper and going around the ninth round. Crazy.