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Proactive Pickups

In the land of dynasty, much of our time is being spent tinkering with our rosters a few final times before the draft comes in April.  We provided you with a “buy” and “sell” list earlier in the week, but there are two other intriguing names not mentioned that we wanted to talk about in more detail.

Marc Bulger and Josh Johnson are two quarterbacks who are available in virtually every league out there.  With free agency around the corner, many coaches are ready to pounce when a free agent signs or a player is traded.  This type of reactive behavior is rewarded many times.  Dynasty league veterans know that being proactive is much, much, more prudent.

Before you just dismiss this article in its entirety, consider these players a little more closely.

Marc Bulger, QB, FA

Bulger is a veteran quarterback who spent the entire season helping Joe Flacco in Baltimore. While it may seem like he’s been around forever, he’s still only 33 years of age. While he was content being with the Ravens as a backup last year, word is he’s ready to battle for a starting job again, and there should be no shortage of suitors looking for a veteran signal caller.

Bulger’s career numbers are very good.  He’s thrown for almost 23,000 yards and has a touchdown to interception ratio of 122/93. Considering some of those numbers were posted with some very bad teams in St. Louis, that’s nothing to dismiss.

He’ll likely cost you nothing but a roster spot at this point in time. If a team like Arizona comes calling for Bulger, he could be a very valuable No. 2 quarterback in a deep dynasty league, capable of very good numbers with the weapons he’d have at his disposal.

I know I’d much rather just add him now instead of using a pick in the next rookie or free agent draft on him. If he doesn’t get a starting job, simply cut bait.

Josh Johnson, QB, TB

Savvy dynasty league owners already know where we’re going on this one.

If Johnson stays in Tampa Bay, his value is minimal behind Josh Freeman. However, there’s a certain former collegiate coach who has a vested interested in him. His name: Jim Harbaugh.

Johnson was a star at the University of San Diego under Harbaugh. In 2007, he posted a ridiculous 2,976 passing yards, 674 rushing yards, and a combined 44 touchdowns with just one, ONE, interception for the Toreros.  Think that’s a fluke?  He had 81 touchdowns and 13 interceptions the two years prior.

The 49ers are in need of a young quarterback to mold and Harbaugh is said to be smitten with Johnson. Now, it’s quite possible that Kevin Kolb or Marc Bulger could end up in San Francisco, but Johnson is still very intriguing, not to mention available in most leagues.

Harbaugh’s offense is likely to be built on precision, accuracy and intelligence. These were all traits that made Johnson a very good college player. While his competition was certainly not up to par, it’s hard to argue with the numbers he’s put up. He’s also looked more than capable in Tampa Bay when given a chance to play.

Bulger and Johnson are two very cheap (if not free) pickups in virtually any league.  I’d want to be the one to pluck them now, then say, “I told you so” later if things work out. If they don’t you’ve likely wasted nothing, but taken your first step into proactive dynasty league roster building behavior.

NOW you belong at DLF!

Ken Kelly
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11 years ago

My first year dynasty league’s ability to pick up players is over, but I had Bulger on my radar for the possibility of him ending up with the Cards. We only have twenty roster spots as of now in a 12 team league, but are expanding to 25 next year with a five round draft (no drops). I would have picked him up but didn’t have room with the current roster size. His upside could possibly be Kurt Warner type numbers in AZ with his downside being in the Hasselbeck area. Josh Johnson is very intriguing, given the possible situation, although I couldn’t see the Niners giving up more than a 4th for him. It seems Bulger’s landing with the Cards is slightly more of a possibility than Johnson’s landing with the 49ers. Good read.

11 years ago

Wow, i thought Bulger would’ve been a retired old man by now…I had know idea he was only 33…it seems like forever ago that he was chosen the starter over Warner…great read, thanks for the heads up on these guys.

11 years ago

Ah, now we’re getting into the deep end. Question: I’ve got a roster spot for one (maybe as many as two) of these. How would you rank the following in terms of stash-worthiness (1 pt for every 35 passing, 15 rushing, 15 receiving, or three catches)

Marc Bulger
Josh Johnson
Charlie Whitehurst
James Davis
Tyrell Sutton
Kareem Huggins

Reply to  Camperhead
11 years ago

What are your team goals for the short term? Are you a competitor or a builder? What do your QBs and RBs look like now?

Reply to  DLF Ken K
11 years ago

Just completed the second season of this league, and missed the playoffs by one game for the second straight year (again will be drafting fifth among ten teams).

Currently rostered at those positions:
QB – Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Chad Henne
RB – Rashard Mendenhall, LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Torain, Mike Tolbert, Marion Barber, Donald Brown, Bernard Scott, Brandon Jackson, Rashad Jennings, Ben Tate, James Davis.

Davis strikes me as the most immediately expendable right now. Just wondering if one of those others I listed might be more worthy of the roster spot (or perhaps I should be looking at one of the others as more droppable … Tate? Jackson? Brown?).

One factor is that waiver moves are closed starting Feb. 1, keeper declarations and rookie/free agent draft won’t come until August.

Reply to  Camperhead
11 years ago

I’d rather have Johnson than Davis right now, even if it’s just temporary. I’d also look to find a taker for Henne if you can.

Rick V
11 years ago

I think another stash player is Billy Volek. He is a free agent, former starter who has said he would like to get a starting job again. Carolina needs help and the HC and OC are both coming from the Chargers staff so they are familiar with him.

11 years ago

Jerome Simpson…

Reply to  Chad
11 years ago

If Simpson is still available in your league, that’s amazing! I think that’s a no brainer.

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