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As I am writing this post (10:18 p.m. CST), the NFL and NFLPA are making gigantic strides toward the resolution of the current lockout. A rookie wage scale has been agreed upon and the salary cap set for 2011.

Looks like there will be football after all!

Good thing we started ramping up our fantasy football coverage when we did. Busy week this week, too. Some of the highlights:

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Fielded a few questions from our Facebook and Twitter followers yesterday:

@Mike_Jones1003
@TheHazean
when should you draft a defense?

In my opinion, you should draft a defense with your second-to-last pick. Kicker should be your last pick. There will be people in your league who reach for defenses in the mid-rounds, don’t be one of them. Hardest position to predict in fantasy but the easiest to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. If the defense you draft does not work out, play the matchups with waiver wire Ds.

@bryan_CTP
@TheHazean
If your league has a flex position, do you recommending always filling it with a RB?

Absolutely not, but this is highly dependent on your roster and depth at RB and WR. Nine times out of 10 I probably start a RB at flex, but there will be some situations (read: matchups) where you might want to roll the dice and start a receiver.

Evan Buck Who’s a good buy low candidate this year @ QB?

I have been singing Matthew Stafford’s praises now for the better part of two years, so he is my top buy-low candidate at quarterback. There is a lot of buzz about him, but most fantasy owners still are wary of the injury concerns. I think he gets past it this year.

Jake Bauer Will Peyton Hillis be a top 10 fantasy back this year?

I do not think he will finish top-10 among running backs again. The Browns had planned to use a lot of Montario Hardesty last season before he got injured in preseason, and I think he will be a factor this year. Plus he seemed to have injury concerns almost every week — hard to imagine he will be able to hold up for a full season in that division if he has to shoulder the majority of the load again. I would not hate him as a low-end RB2, but he is being drafted as a RB1 and I want no part of that.

Dylan Reynolds Would you trade Adrian Peterson for Arian Foster?

These two players are neck-and-neck in terms of rankings in just about any format, so it’s really a coin-flip. I would lean yes in a dynasty format for the simple fact that Foster may have more of his career ahead of him than Peterson at this point. But really, you are splitting hairs making this decision.

Thanks for the great questions this week!

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