Welcome back to the 2012 Fantasy War Room sponsored by Sprint, where we'll be answering your fantasy football questions from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET!
Tonight marks the final night of preseason play, which I know leaves you all so sad and depressed. How do we not have a full 16-game slate of meaningless games featuring third and fourth string players? If you require that, I have good news: the new USFL is right around the corner!
Today has been quiet for individual player news, but the big news is the NFL's decision to change the rules surrounding injured reserved and the trade deadline. The new IR rule allows one player to be brought back during the season. Previously, players placed on injured reserve were ineligible to return that same season (regular season or playoffs).
The biggest impact for fantasy football owners could be San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown. He fractured his ankle, which in years past meant placement on IR. This year, a potential post-Halloween return could mean he has some value deep in drafts, or on the waiver wire. If you have space on your roster, why not stash him there and see what happens? If you need waiver wire fodder in a month, so be it. But if not, he could be a significant steal.
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As you're getting ready for your drafts. SB Nation Fantasy will have plenty of resources to help you in your drafts. The War Room is a resource in and of itself, but we'll also be updating our positional rankings throughout the coming week. For now, you can check out our latest quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end rankings. And don't forget our Top 100 Cheat Sheets for PPR leagues and standard leagues.
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If you have a question, go down in the comments below and post the question in the subject line. In the message portion, include a quick rundown of pertinent facts about your league. Fantasy football has evolved to a point where most leagues differ on numerous issues. In order to best assist you on draft night, we will need to know some of the basics of your league.
You don't need to spell out every single point category, but things like where you have points per reception (PPR) and whether you have passing touchdowns equal to rushing touchdowns are incredibly important in determining drafting strategy. PPR vs. non-PPR is generally the most important distinction, but if you have any other rule tweaks that impact decisions, let us know so we can provide as much help as possible.
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