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You start the year trying to predict what a team will look like not just to start the year but over the course of  it.  You go off of hunches, intuition, previous year’s stats…you comb through a lot of data to try and assess just what a particular team will be able to do heading into the year.  It’s never an exact science, of course, and so many factors can shape or hide a poor player or offense into something palatable.  Entering into 2013, a major source of concern for the Chargers was an offensive line that was deemed one of – if not the – worst line for pass blocking and heading into 2013, there wasn’t much optimism surrounding it getting any better.  Enter, stage left, Philip Rivers.  A slow, pure pocket passer who had a hard time throwing the ball last year in no small part because he had a hard time staying on his feet long enough to do so.  But the Chargers have made some adjustments to Rivers and his game this year and it’s allowing for some success.  After his second 400 yard passing game of the year  – he finished 35/42 for 402, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception – it’s clear that some of the passing game has changed for the better in San Diego.  They’re using quick routes a lot more as well as dumping off to their backs in space more as well.  He’s allowing his skill players to be the play makers and not relying on the deep outs as much.  The VJax and DX deep route is nice but it’s not sustainable if you don’t have time to throw.  After today’s game, Rivers is on pace for 4,796 passing yards and a 44:8 touchdown to interception ratio and the second most passing attempts (568) of his career.  Given how erratic Mathews has played to date, I don’t see this passing trend going away.  You always wonder ‘who’s going to be that near QB1 that goes undrafted or goes late a la Josh Freeman or Andy Dalton from 2012′ and you just might be seeing it.  Given the schedule through week 9 (@Oak, Indy, @Jax, Bye, @Was), there’s no reason to think these Rivers can keep rolling.  In other 2013 Fantasy Football news…

Jamaal Charles – Yet another ‘doesn’t wow you but produces’ week from JC with 127 total yards on 23 touches (5 were recs) and a TD.  Most of JC’s stats have come in the second half of games so far and today was no exception.  Something to monitor if the Chiefs face stiffer opponents moving forward.  Hehe…stiff…

Matt Cassel – Must really like spotted dick!  That’s a British food, don’t leave!  Should I have said he wanted a hot banger in the mouth instead?  Either way, Cassel played well in foggy London town, going 16/25 for 248 and 2 TDs and was able to throw the ball to receivers.  That’s a major step up from Ponder.  Pretty sure he just won the job until he performs too poorly to keep it.  I’m kinda interested in 2 QB leagues but I’m more interested in the value he brings to the rest of the offense as Greg Jennings (3/92/2) and Jerome Simpson (7/124) can apparently play football.  Who knew?  Not Ponder, that’s who.

Reggie Bush – Guess he wasn’t kidding about last week when he said he could’ve played but didn’t need to because his team was gonna win.  After 173 total yards and a touchdown, the bigger story in all of this is the Bears defense.  After only giving up 30 or more points just once last year, they’ve done it twice in the first 4 games.  So far, the sacks and the pick-6′s have negated these losses but it’s something to be weary of moving forward.  Colbert warned us, we were just too blind to see it.

Le’Veon Bell – The stats were good – 67 yards and 2 touchdowns – but I’m here to tell you…he’s just ok.  We know guys like AP can outperform their team but this is not a running back who can.  To put it in other words, this is not for whom the Bell tolls.  After today’s performance, I’d gladly move him if people price him as a mid-range RB2.

Ben Roethlisberger – I think JayWrong summed it up nicely.  Next year, Browns travel to Stonehenge and we get to compare it to Greg Little’s hands.

Torrey Smith – Finally scored a touchdown this year and the numbers have been much better than anticipated by me.  After today’s 5/166/1, he’s on pace for 84/1740/4.  Given that no one else seems to be able to catch the ball in Baltimore (Flacco finished today with 5 INT), the Torreys beat the Whigs by default.

Victor Cruz – Pretty much the only Giant to own at this point after his 164 yards was over half of the entire New York offense’s output (298).  Who could’ve predicted the Giants and the Yankees season would end on the same day?

Arian Foster – Had some really nice runs today and I was thoroughly impressed by the performance (27/102 ground, 6/69/1 via the air) against a very tough defensive opponent.  Apparently Fosters is still Texan for ‘RB’.

Jordan Cameron – Might be the last time I talk about him because he’s starting to slip into the ‘ya start him every day’ category.  Finished with 10/91/1.  So if you drafted Gronk and Cam as his backup, I think you can safely shop Gronk now.

CJ Spiller – Left the game with an ankle sprain while FJax left with an MCL sprain.  The Bills almost lost the game on a sprained thought by EJ late.  The Bills play on Thursday which is already a disappointing proposition since TNF is where fantasy points go to die.  I might end up having to rank Tashard Choice this week.  I might also have to tell you on the podcast to pick him up.  Believe me when I say I don’t really want to do either but the chances we take are the Choices we make.

Coby Fleener – Had a touchdown to go with 5 for 77 and was targeted in the red zone at least twice.  There are a lot of hands to fill in Indy this year but Fleener finished 3rd behind Hilton and Wayne today for targets so he could be a nice low end top 15 guy for the rest of the year.  He could also Fleener the scene next week and be forgotten.  TBD.

Danny Woodhead – Formerly known as the OTHER, other white meat in New England behind Welker and Edelman, Danny is finally porking out on being the only small white guy that his QB has, going for 2 TDs and 86 total yards.  Even Rivers doesn’t know who he’s throwing to.  I thought we signed Welker, said Rivers after the game.  They all look the same to me.

Dwayne Bowe – Goes for 4/58/1 after everyone got tired of him and sat him in all leagues.  He just ‘frog in a box’ed‘ everyone.  Leave him in there.

Alshon Jeffery – After plenty of targets that lead to nothing, Alshon put up the big game owners drafted him for: 5 receptions on 11 targets to go with 107 receiving yards and a 27 yard rush along with a 2-point conversion.  If he keeps this up, we’ll have to call him Alshine.

Garrett Graham – True story, picked him up and started him in a league last week as the Texans faced one of the teams that was the worst against opposing TEs, statistically.  Instead of being rewarded with the statline he gave today – 5/69/1 – I got what I was going to get from Zach Sudfeld.  Yeah, that team’s not doing well.

Matt Schaub – Easily had one of the most boring 355 yard passing days of all time.  It was between him and Andy Dalton on which ‘boring QB for a Super Bowl contending team’ would end up in the top 10 for QBs.  Clearly I chose wrong.  I’ll consult the oracle again and rake over the tea leaves to find out what went wrong later.

Alfred Morris – At first the worry was broken ribs.  Now they’re saying it’s just bruised ribs.  Maybe later this week they’ll be broiled ribs with a honey-mustard glaze.  Either way, there’s no reason to worry as a Butler owner as of right now but if you are, Masta Wayne, you better go say Helu to Roy.

Jake Locker – Was starting to look fantasy-relevant with a 3 TD pass first half.  Fantasy Gods were having none of that.  Went down with what looked to be a serious hip injury early in the second half.  Hurt Locker.  There I did it.

Sean McGrath – Mark McGrath’s not so identical twin keeps getting targeted in the passing game in KC.  After 4/31 last week, he put up 5/64/1 this week.  I’m not saying to be intrigued.  I’m using these as my TE notes.  See Graham, Garrett for details.

Nate Washington – Had another 100 yard receiving game, going 4/105/2 with one of the TDs with the guy who’s probably starting next week in Fitzpatrick.  It’s so hard to get behind the Titans passing game.  If it weren’t for a 77 yard completion, we’re talking about 3/28/1.  Sure, it’s useful but if you don’t like picking up Eddie Royal, you can’t think Nate’s that great.  It’s a low ceiling offense where your best plays from week to week are gonna be PPR types like Kendall Wright.

Darren McFadden – Whoever had week 4 as the Limp DMC call date is in the money.  Left the game with a strained hammy.  Then Marcel Reece left with a knee injury so we all got to see why Jacksonville didn’t keep Rashad Jennings.  I’ve heard of swapping spit, Oak and Jax, but swapping loogies?  Gross.  Jennings finished with a PPR dream game (8 receptions for 71 yards) and 116 total yards.  Nothing official, of course, but if you need a running back – and who doesn’t – you’re probably picking up Jennings this week.

Alex Smith – His longest completed pass on the day was for 31 to Charles and I’d guess 34 of those yards were after the catch (see what I did there?).  Watching Alex Smith be fantasy relevant is like being constipated and finally reaching bowel nirvana.  It takes forever, leaves you red in the face and frustrated a lot and what you produce is still crap.

169 Responses

  1. Fuck You says:
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    “Jake Locker – Was starting to look fantasy-relevant with a 3 TD pass first half. Fantasy Gods were having none of that. Went down with what looked to be a serious hip injury early in the second half. Hurt Locker. There I did it.”
    Fuck you for making light of a serious injury to a genuinely good player. Your blog and your advice sucks anyways…

    • Brent says:
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      @Fuck You:

      Agreed. I mean, he’s hospitalized…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Considering this is the same IP address as Brent, I’d kindly ask either of your split personalities to just cuss at me under one username. Would be appreciated.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Sky: It’s hard to find multiple Titan fans, so he has that going for him.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Hey, I like Tennessee…wait, I meant the song by Arrested Development. The hip hop group, not the show. But I like the show too…wait, what were we talking about?

      • I like turtles says:
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        @Sky:

        The real question is how he spent the 9 minutes in between posts. Probably reading your blog

    • Jim says:
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      @Fuck You:

      and yet you read this blog….

      yeah, makes sense…

  2. Brent says:
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    I guess you took down the other comment that I was replying to. Your little part about Jake Locker is unprofessional and makes you look like an amateur running a sub-par blog.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No, system assumes spam from first-time commenters. I didn’t put you or FU in the trash. You can insult me all you want, never meant anything bad towards Locker. I know the injury was serious, think you need to consider the site as a whole. No malicious intent meant towards Jake meant at all.

      • Grant says:
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        @Brent: @Sky: Brent must be one of those ESPN readers that was google searching injury status on Jake Locker and stumbled upon this website. Luckily I guess he won’t be back to ruin good fun for everyone.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Considering that was the first comments from the two different personalities, I’m guessing you’re right.

          • willy says:
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            @Sky: Holy, you’d think Locker is his twin brother or something! I’ve never seen anyone write stuff like that here before. Sky, we all appreciate the blogs and advice you give… Great stuff as always!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, no worries Willy. Lot of fly-by insulters hit the site all the time. It’s Monday and all of his teams are probably 1-3. He’s got Daniel Powter on his iPod no doubt.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: I wonder when his girl personality comes in. I hope she’s Puerto Rican

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              With an onion booty.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: *waving finger* jhewh dant knowz whoz youz messin wit!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  HA! Rosie Perez was so hot until she talked…forget water torture, shoulda just stuck terrorists in a room with Rosie and Fran Drescher talking to each other for longer than a minute. We’d get all the intel we needed.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: make them talk about James Cammerons Titanic and they will be draw maps to every covert spot ever

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @J-FOH: The subject alone should scare up information. Seriously, what an overrated film.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I won’t be sleeping well tonight after looking at that

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m sure Carrot Top would cuddle with you.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Brent: strong take bro.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Brent: Tool. Go make angry, irrelevant posts on a yahoo article.

    • Scott says:
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      @Brent:

      Welcome to fantasy buddy. The articles here are top notch. Here’s to Locker getting better, but as a Titans fan Fritz gives us a better chance as he can utilize our weapons better.

      Good day, sir

  3. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Is Blackmon worth having with Gabbert at the helm?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I still think so. I also don’t think Gabbert stays at the helm much longer but overall, the entirety of yesterday wasn’t all him. Cecil could account for at least 2 of those INTs by muffing catches and tipping them to the guy who got it. Trust me, not defending Gabbert but his receivers can have success.

  4. WakeNbake says:
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    What’s your feeling on TRich longterm for dynasty’s.. def top 10 RB? Top 5?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s in the right offense to achieve but I’d like to see him acclimate. Right now he doesn’t really look all that good but it’s hard learning a new offense after only about 10 days. The fact that Ahmad was ‘out’ this week makes me think they really wanted to see him work knowing they could beat the Jaguars with the lowly Donald Brown if they needed to. I’ll say top 10 for now.

  5. Nightpandas says:
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    Thoughts on dropping Wilson to pick up Rivers? (Wilson is my backup to Rg3, 10 teams, .5ppr)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      In a 10 team where you only start 1 QB, makes sense. Go for it.

  6. BobSacamano says:
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    Was offered..

    His Le’Veon Bell & Ray Rice

    for My Doug Martin..

    Its a 3 man keeper league.. I currently don’t really have a locked in 3rd keeper.. Just JC & Doug at the moment..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take the Rice side there.

    • Psychedelic says:
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      @BobSacamano: Nooo way I’d definitely keep Dougie fresh there, Bell doesn’t look all that special and Ray rice looks pretty terrible and of course the coaches hate to run the ball. Don’t do it!! Especially in a keeper league. It’s an obvious buy low and there’s no way Dougie doesn’t start getting some TDs

  7. I just pooed says:
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    Sky – (10 man league PPR)

    My RB’s are Doug Mart, Reggie Bush and Gio Bernard. Was offerted Chris Johnson for Gio, take it? Also, should I dangle DMart on the trade block, see what I can get? If so, generally speaking, what’s he worth right now? Thanks man

    • @I just pooed: After underachieving by last year’s standards, it’s NOT the best time to trade the Hamster. I would probably take the CJ1K trade, but double-check the bye-weeks first.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Agree w/James

      • I just pooed says:
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        Thanks. Actually 4 of those guys have different bye weeks.

  8. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Any hope left for MJD? I know it’s early, but that offense is awful and MJD hasn’t looked great anyways. The one week he did well (against Seattle of all teams) I had him on my bench. Fudge.

    Thoughts on Hoyer? He’s looking serviceable right now. With no run game to speak of in Cleveland, I could see him chucking it ’til the cows come home.

    I didn’t watch the Oakland game, but RG3′s stats weren’t impressive. Did you get a chance to watch any of it, and if so, did RG3 look as bad as his fantasy stats?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      MJD is a low-end RB2 at this point; I’d put him on par with Ridley with less upside. Jags are just a mess, no two ways about it.

      I didn’t catch Hoyer but plan on watching the replay. Watched him vs Minnesota but it’s not that impressive to beat up on that mess of a secondary. Saw a lot of short passes from him most of the day as I casually boxscore watched. I’ll have a better/broader opinion later this week but for now I’ll say he’s a low-range QB2.

      Didn’t get to catch this one either but from what I’ve heard, there were some positives to pull from it. He was stepping up in the pocket more – he’s been throwing off his back foot a lot, favoring the knee – but he’s still dealing with timing/sync issues. All the small things he did wrong last year are magnified because the run game has been non-existent from him. That needs to improve or he’s just a mid-range QB2.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: Thanks for the reply Sky.

        Yeah I’m really down on MJD right now. So down, I’d rather start Andre Ellington than him next week. Unfortch I have to start both because AP has a bye. Ugh.

        I’m intrigued by Hoyer, but yeah he did a lot against a bad Vikings secondary. I don’t know anything about Cinci’s secondary, so hard to really analyze that game (for me).

        I really have no choice but to stick with RG3. I have Rivers as my backup in the RCL league I’m in. He may turn into my starter even after Washington’s bye next week.

        Would you drop Michael Bush for Rashad Jennings or Roy Helu? Bush hasn’t done much at all this year.

        • Sky

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          It’s a sick, sad world and I’m living in it with you. One of my leagues I drafted SJax and MJD as my lead backs. Yeah, team isn’t doing so well.

          Cincy was missing one of their main guys which loosened the reigns a bit. I know that much. Still, I have to see some more before I comment/feel confident in having any sense of who he is.

          Yup, I hear that, RE: RG3. I said to sell him a week or two ago. Just worried me how little he trusted his body and he wasn’t running. Never know how long those affects hang around.

          Bush isn’t even good when he’s the bell cow. I’d drop for Jennings if more news about DMC/Reece comes out of the woodwork that they’re in bad shape. No on Helu, think he goes back to irrelevant quickly. They haven’t worked him into the offense like I expected.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Sky: Ha, yeah it’s no fun when your RB’s get hurt or just plain suck. With how thin RB is this year, there aren’t a lot of backup options.

            So you’re not thinking the Butler misses much (if any) time with his injury?

            It’s pretty sad when my only RB hopes on the waiver wire are Helu and Jennings. Next week is going to be rough for me. Snelling, Ellington, Bolden, and MJD to choose from. I feel like I have to start MJD.

            In that same league, would you trade Demaryius Thomas for Marshawn Lynch? I have some WR depth (Jordy, Colston, Hartline, Alshon)

            • Sky

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              From what I’m hearing, nothing’s broken so I can’t think it to be something that’s gonna threaten his PT in two weeks time.

              Gonna be an angry Rams team. Will be interesting to see how well he performs. I haven’t looked at matchups yet but I understand where you’re coming from.

              I’d take Lynch there. Was oddly underrated in rankings coming into this season.

  9. Frank White says:
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    Whatup Sky… My Rb situation is Doug M, Sproles, MJD, Darl Richardson and Pierre T.and Ellington, Do you think I should Use my #1 waiver on Rashad Jennings or Helu?? My WR situation Is Demarious T, Bowe, Nicks, Royal, Chris Givens. Nate Washington isn’t a factor right?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wouldn’t pick any of them up, personally

      • Frank White says:
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        Personally I don’t know what to do now. My top 2 RB’s aren’t putting up jack and my only receiver is DT.. If Jennings or Helu aren’t going to be starters for long then I’m not gonna waste that good waiver spot like you said. The only way to survive is I have to make a trade and the only way I can trade is to let go of Martin or something. Nobody wants MJD or Bowe unless I add them with a sweet deal. What would you do at this point if this were your team??? I’m about to be 2-2 so I’m not sunk but I will be

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          If you’re not getting enough value in the trade, there’s not much you can do other than weather the storm and make some weekly play pickups here and there. Waivers you spend on a big name going down for ROS and getting his talented backup. At least for me. Just have to play matchups until your guys improve. It’s tough to wait it out but getting nothing in return for nothing won’t help you long term.

          • Frank White says:
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            I know your telling me to stick it out which I will but what stinks is that I can never use the waiver wire, Unless free agent time, cause I have the #1 spot.. Are you saying to hold on to that until I strike gold??

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Plenty of guys are worth picking up after waivers in many leagues. Told everyone to pick up Bolden after the fact during week 2 and he was still only 1% owned heading into week 3 when he went for 100 total yards. Terrence Williams was a late pickup last week for many teams when we found out Miles Austin was out. Just have to keep your eyes peeled for plays like that.

              It’s a 16 week season. Spending your #1 waiver on a guy you may only start once isn’t usually the wise way to go. You want to be the guy that picks up DeMarco Murray, not the guy who picks up Matt Flynn.

              • Frank White says:
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                I hear ya

  10. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Think Colston is good for 1 point tonight – it’s all I need to win.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha lets hope so! Hasn’t scored too much so far this season but he’s scored more than 1 each week.

    • @Mr. Rickey: I think you’re in pretty good shape. In my league, I’m up by 7 and have Graham and Garrett Hartley tonight VS Mike Wallace. I’m STILL worried.

  11. Captain Kirk says:
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    @sky,

    I have Gronk in 0.5 ppr. Just picked up Fleener. I don’t think Rudolph has much trade value, however, i’m sure somebody will scoop him up off waivers if i drop him.

    My question basically is rudolph droppable in a 14 team 0.5 ppr league with the opitions i’ve listed above?

    Or should i hold and try to trade him to somebody on a bye week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      In a 14 teamer, it’s more of a question of who you’d be dropping him for. I’d say no on principle of league size

  12. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Knowshon Moreno or Dwayne Bowe

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Two different positions, needs play a part in valuation. I’ll say Moreno with no other data

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Sky: RB: DeMarco Murray, T Rich, Gio Bernard, Bernard Pierce, Knowshon, DeAngelo Will

        WR: Colston, Marshall, Josh Gordon, DeAndre Hopkins, Chris Givens.

        Sending knowshon for a buy low on Bowe… Good/ Bad idea?

        Thanks for the article and advice.

        • Sky

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          I think you can do better. If Alex Smith doesn’t throw a late 24 yard TD pass to him, we’re not talking about Bowe. Smith’s arm is pretty bad and I don’t trust they’ve figured out how to get Bowe involved. Would rather keep my RB depth there.

  13. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Who would you rather roster in an IR spot at this point for a PPR league: Vereen or Harvin?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Harvin, more time to recover.

  14. cheerio says:
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    12 team. Bowe was dropped just before the games this week. Is he worth a #1 waiver claim? Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t.

  15. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Everyone laughed at me drafting Rivers in all my RCL leagues. The lesson here is that homerism pays off. Except when it doesn’t.

    • Jiggy Nits says:
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      @jaywrong: Love it!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m still laughing. Didn’t you draft Le’Ron McClain?

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Sky: Fozzy Whitaker. Shhhhhhhh.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Didn’t you draft Michael Wacha on the baseball side of this universe as well? Think you just got a thing for muppets at this point.

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Sky: Fozzy is worth owning on name value alone.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Chicken Dinner: Seeing him as ‘F. Whitaker’ takes me straight to Forrest.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jaywrong: tough year for jacksonville and minnie haha homerists

  16. Snake Hips says:
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    Traded TRich for Arian Foster last week and then Arian gets almost all the work on Sunday and posts 23 pts! Damn. I hope that move doesn’t screw me …

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d love to be wrong about him. This weekend was a good sign I was.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: there is a lot of season left for him to look bad, he has been pretty blah so far

    • the imp says:
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      @Snake Hips: I think the long run move still could have legs. Ben Tate’s fatal flaw is that he fumbles too much. The game started as more of a 60-40 or 70-30 timeshare until Tate fumbled and disappeared. Tate will be allowed back in time and as a Foster owner, I am still worried about his workload…unless Tate keeps fumbling.

  17. exactly says:
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    Doug Martin and MJD killed me this week not to mention going up against Tony Gonzalez when I thought I had the win in the bag…

    With the mess that is the Bucs and Jags are you looking to sell or holding?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re getting peanuts in return at this point. Unless you’re wowed by an offer, it’s probably best to stand pat, as tough as that is.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Sky: I was looking to trade for Martin. Checked his remaining schedule…….not interested. I’d see if you can hook someone looking to scam you and end up the scammer yourself. JMO

  18. Principle Blackman says:
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    It was a rough week for both of my squads.

    I traded Hartline for Witten in my RCL since I had been starting hot garbage in my TE timeshare, so for the time being, Sanders, Royal, and Kendall Wright are going to be splitting duties at WR3. Would you pick up one of these guys to round that group out (I will probably be dropping Bradshaw or Ivory): Andre Roberts, Nate Wash, Dobson, Moss, LaFell, Gibson, Avant, or Robert Woods?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ouch…For a weekly play, I’d pick up Robert Woods. Like his set up this week.

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Sky: Thanks. I was kind of leaning Woods, but FML I hate TNF.

        • Sky

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          I do too. Not expecting a huge night but Haden on Stevie should allow for him to produce, I think.

  19. HansC says:
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    So now theres couple of injuries, is there any value in Rashard Jennings or Roy Helu Jr?
    Should I pick them up?

    12 team ppr, I got Ray Rice & Lynch as my RB1, 2 but have not much depth besides mendenhall

    Thanks for the post!

    • Sky

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      No prob!

      Can pick up Jennings, don’t think Morris’ injury is serious enough to warrant picking up Helu. Would wait to hear what’s going on with DMC/Reece, though, before I spend too hard there.

  20. Dave says:
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    Going to need some help at RB with AP on a bye week 5. My other RB’s are Lacy, Ridley, Daryl Rich, Helu. I could drop Helu for like Bolden or Woodhead to plug in at the flex for week 5 its .5 PPR.

    Wanted to go for Woodhead he’s been pretty productive the last 3 weeks what you think stick with what I have and go with some combination of Lacy, Ridley, Daryl Rich or a receiver (like Tavon or Kenbrell) in the flex or go for Woodhead? To clarify there’s 2 RB spots and 1 flex for a RB/WR.

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Had Woodhead in my top 40~45 backs on the year for his PPR abilities. Looks like Rivers has finally noticed him too. I’d pick him up if he’s out there.

  21. Psychedelic says:
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    So unfortunately my “risk” drafting this year for my RBs has turned to shit, with Dougie Fresh, MJD, Matthews, and Bradshaw… My WRs are solid with Julio Jones, Decker, and Josh Gordon. Would you look to trade maybe Julio or one the WRs for a RB? I scooped Andre Ellington and J Franklin off waivers. My QB is luck and TE is Cameron. It’s a RB/WR flex standard league so I’m pretty much solid everywhere but RB.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah as long as you get like for like – Julio has been a stud so far this year – I’d do that.

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @Sky: ya the only way I’d trade Julio was if I was getting a top end RB, since pretty much everyone on my team is producing except for my RBs, I’ve been able to be competitive. I’m just thinking if I can even get a decent RB2 for a WR or something that could push me to the top of the standings. Thx for the help sky, hoping your Tannehill call will come through for me in another league haha!

        • Scott says:
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          @Psychedelic: Feel your pain buddy. Dougie and Ray Rice not producing in my nonppr league.

          Good news is that I’m still 3-1 and just chugging along. Hopefully they’ll have better days moving forward.

          • Psychedelic says:
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            @Scott: haha wow I’m 3-1 as well which is surprising considering the madness of my RBs. It seems I always pick the guy who puts up a dud and then the other guy gets like 10-15 pts. So I’m like ok maybe he will produce for me, no another 2 pts and the guy on my bench gets another 10 pts. So frustrating haha

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, I think he’s gonna determine a week for me as well tonight so I’ll double down on that.

  22. timmy riggins says:
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    why the hate on LBell? He looked shifty and solid for his first game and is the workhorse. Especially, with shallow RB pool he should be a diamond in the rough. He had to be picked later than the 7th rd. i recently traded abrown and lbell for trich and djax in .5ppr and am kinda having buyers remorse already. TRich is a big name with little production and has bradshaw there. bell has no one

    • Sky

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      Wouldn’t call telling you to sell high on him hate, just a reality. Even if he’s good, this isn’t the offensive line to play behind if he’s gonna get to prove it. That’s all I’m saying. Could be his season high. Good reason to cash in. See him as a low-end RB2/flex moving forward.

    • @timmy riggins: Agree. He’s far and away the best option in that backfield, and actually played on 76% of the team’s offensive plays.

      • @James R: The offensive line is bad, yes. Yet, as far as run-blocking, they’ve upgraded when they signed Fernando Velasco. He’s been a surprise. Even that aside, the number of carries and check-down receptions Le’Veon will see will make him solid RB2 ROS.

  23. Scott says:
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    Trade any of these RBs for “Reginal” Bush: Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Giovani?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: Non-PPR :)

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott:

      Another trade idea.

      Give: Garcon + Ray Rice
      Take: Dez Bryant + D. Wilson

      • @Scott: I’d say yes in a standard league, not PPR.

        • @James R: On second thought, I’m not sure I’d even do that in standard. David Wilson has been worthless. I’d ask for a better RB compliment.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: Ray ray

  24. the imp says:
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    Keep thinking about it, so may as well get some advice so I can be more confused and eventually act illogically…

    1. To pick up a bench RB for PPR to hold until at least week 8 (4th RB behind 2 starters with week 8 byes) I rank my choices. Do you agree?
    a. DRich (still a starter)
    b. Ellington (enough passing work for bye week desperation…more coming soon?)
    c. Pierce (below Ellington due to week 8 bye…some workload even with Rice back)
    d. RJennings (may not be useful by week 8…but worth a look just in case?)
    e. lottery ticket backs (BBrown, Helu, etc.)

    2. Who do you like ROS Olsen or Fleener? I’m leaning Olsen due to bye week having passed and slightly higher in his team’s target food chain.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @the imp: Ellington, Fleener

      • the imp says:
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        @J-FOH: I like the RB call, Jack. Ellington is trending up and DRich is flat or heading down. Ellington has a better week 8 matchup too (ATL vs SEA), though Sky will reprimand me for worrying about byes and one week matchups with bench RBs.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @the imp: we have to do some of this on our own and like college, i had lot’s of different dealers

          • the imp says:
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            @J-FOH: Hah…FF is addictive like that.
            So why are you selling the “Fleener” over the “Olsen” brand on your corner?

  25. tyrannical t-baggers says:
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    Sup sky! Tempted to try n get garcon or torrey smith for gio..garcon wud b my flex..ppr..thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tyrannical t-baggers: Sky and many might disagree with me, but i would rather have Gio over both those guys in my flex

      • tyrannical t-baggers says:
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        @J-FOH: thanx for da feedback

  26. the man says:
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    12 tm .5 ppr

    dez, douglas, ivory, rainy, for pead, Desean Jackson, Fred Jackson

    who gets better of deal?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @the man: what side are you

      • the man says:
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        @J-FOH: trading away dez… tavon auston was flex, now fred will take over that role

        • J-FOH says:
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          @the man: I don’t love the deal, I would try to jockey for a less impactful deal that gives you more flex options on a week to week basis. Some weeks fred would be good but some weeks Tavon will be good.

  27. SMLV1 says:
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    Pick a side

    MJD,R. Mathews and M.Austin for Gore and R.White

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SMLV1: Gore side

  28. fitz says:
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    How would you rank Cook, Bennett, Fleener for ROS?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @fitz: I would hate to be down on cook this early, so I say Cook, Fleener and Bennett are a toss up

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @J-FOH: Bennett has been a consistent producer, and seems to be gaining the trust of Cutler and is a good part of that offense. I’d rate him 1st, followed by Fleener and Cook. That rams offense has so many weapons but they can’t utilize them efficiently. Bradford is the king of garbage time but ever since that first week he hasn’t been looking his way much at all. He has alot of upside but well see I guess. Fleener is just a solid receiving TE so he should produce solid numbers each week.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Psychedelic: Bennett’s twwo best games have been against the worst passing D in the league and the 10th worst passing D in the league. Chicago has other weapons beside him and I’m not sure I’m ready to crown someone that tore up the Vikings. I think he is a toss up with Fleener only because Fleener is the Tight End option, remember Dwayne Allen is out for the year, in Indy and besides Wayne, i haven’t seen too much from Hilton to get excited about with them going forward. I think each one will have solid games and it’s really a match up thing. Cook has some serious skills and yes the Rams have issues to work out, but I find Cook to be a hell of a pass catcher and being we are only 4 weeks in i would want to see what the Rams are going to do going forward before giving up on him for bennett

  29. Dave says:
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    Best D to stream out of Cle (vs Buffalo) or vice versa with Buffalo vs Cle, Carolina vs Ari, Atlanta vs Jets, and finally Eagles (EWWWW) vs Giants or vice versa there too.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dave: I haven’t ranked for the week but I’d lean Carolina there. Cle would be the runner up.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: i’ll be going that route too, as DAL was lit up by Rivers passing, and next gets DEN, which is worse.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, not gonna hold that Dallas Def after that one either. It started off so well too…

  30. HansC says:
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    Below trade

    RG3 + Ray Rice + Lynch vs AP + S-Jax + Gronk

    I’m giving RG3 side and my backup QB is R Wilson.
    My TE is cook & H Miller.

    I’m trying to offer this to a desperate last place guy.
    Would you do this?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t call that desperate. I like the talent on the Gronk side most moving forward. I’m still an SJax believer.

  31. Ryan says:
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    Someone dropped Miles Austin in our league. I know that he is a bit banged up, but is he an upgrade over Kendall Wright if I can get him as a FA to use in my bye weeks?

    Currently have D. Thomas, V. Jackson, TY Hilton, J Blackmon and K. Wright.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: yes

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      PPR, I’d be hesitant to give up on Wright. Standard, have at it.

  32. jon says:
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    Sky is a piece of dog shit who doesn’t let truthful historical teachings go on his message board. you should just volunteer yourself to slavery right now

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jon: take the meds bro

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: what the fuck are these “truthful historical teachings?” Sounds interesting.

  33. Jay says:
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    So I made a trade today. My Doug Martin, Vick and T.Y. for his Cam, Julio and Bowe.

    I now have a gaping hole at RB, but was hoping to try and trade for another lower profile RB. how did I do?

    My team now:

    Vick
    AJ
    Gordon
    Martin
    Ridley
    Cameron
    T.Y.
    Novak
    SEA
    bn – Tavon
    bn – RG3
    bn – Ben Tate
    bn – Gronk
    bn – Franklin

    after trade:
    Cam
    AJ
    Julio
    Ridley
    Franklin/Tate
    Gronk
    Cameron
    Novak
    SEA
    bn – Bowe
    bn – Tavon
    bn – RG

    Should I try and land Moreno? I know that a lot of owners need WR.

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: Gordon also. I could try and trade Cameron high and or Bowe along with Gordon.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I think Cameron is here to stay. I’d actually look to move Gronk. More trust in the name there anyways. Could get a better target, most likely.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re gonna have to at this point. No RB depth to really work from there. Moreno’s a resonable target.

      • Jay says:
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        @Sky: Any other RB’s you like at this point forward that I could get for a Gordon/Bowe type? Wilson anyone else?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Bowe for Wilson is fair. Gordon for Wilson is overkill. He’s started strong (WR1 type numbers for two weeks. Depends on how much risk you want to take on Alfred Morris has quietly performed well. You’re not gonna get the big names that are performing like AP/JC/Shady for Gordon but you can always try. Think I’d rather try the Gronk route given your team.

          • Jay says:
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            @Sky: Gronk for Morris?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              More than fair. I’d make that trade, personally

              • Jay says:
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                @Sky: Do you think that I should shop a TE or roll with both?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Shop Gronk. You don’t need him

  34. Derrick says:
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    Victor Cruz for Gio in a PPR, 3 year keeper.

    Which side?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ooph, WRs careers are usually pretty long and Cruz is only 26…think I’d take the known production there and take Cruz.

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Derrick: Cruz. Already MVP-caliber player in PPR leagues.

  35. exactly says:
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    Hey Sky, which side do you prefer:

    D Martin and James jones or spiller and aj green?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Spiller side by a landslide for me

  36. Big League Choo says:
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    10 tm standard league, i just offered my a brown and mjd for morris and randle… have spiller and t-rich, spiller wont play or be effective this week. i have decent wr depth with cobb, colston, decker in a league with 2 wrs starting. I know i’m giving more, but im sick of having the worst rb numbers in the league…do i cqncel the trade or go for it?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t make that trade without a better WR in there as a return.

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @Sky: what about givens, m brown or m floyd…….black mon is on the wire, i could pick him up if the trade goes through with 2nd waiver priority

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d be intrigued by Floyd in a PPR league. Especially if you can back it up w/Blackmon. Fair at that point

  37. Big League Choo says:
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    it might be the booze talking, but i have a man crush on graham…..i might draft him every yr. hes almost as uncoverable as calvin johnson and he plays TE. am i crazy or in auction leagues would u rather spend more on him than take a top 10 wr for the same price?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      My lone concern about Graham was health coming into this year. Physical position. But the man has proven that moot. He’s on par with being a top 5 WR. So much mismatch going on there, it’s not funny. Payton helps too of course

  38. EK says:
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    Pls rank for D:
    PHI @ NYG
    CAR @ ARI
    BAL @ MIA

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      CAR

  39. Big League Choo says:
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    reverse order of yours……bal, car and id rather pick up any other def than philly even though theyre playing the o-line less giants

  40. Ian says:
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    Who do you like more, ROS (non-PPR): Gio or Spiller?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still Spiller for me

  41. frankgrimes says:
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    it’s a fucking shame they way they refuse to give Miller more touches. If you run the ball control the clock maybe just maybe Brees won’t kill you over and over. he could have easily went for 100 tonight and had five six grabs but shit wipe Tannehill seems to prefer to be sacked and throw picks instead.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You can blame Miami from the top down for tonight. Why run to the outside on 3rd and inches on your opening drive? Tannehill sneak or straight up the middle; better chance at being 7-7 than 7-3 that way. Why give Daniel Thomas the ball ever? It wasn’t all Tannehill but he made some key mistakes that are gonna get blown out of proportion. Dolphins were not in their element tonight. Tannehill’s good but not keep up with Brees good.

      • Scott says:
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        @Sky: The Dolphuns did well for sure on opening night. But when Brees is having his way like he did tonight one early interception from Tannehill puts them in the hole when another TD is out up by Brees. The issue gets exacerbated when your trying to play from behind and continue with the turnovers.

        As a Ray Rice owner, at the very least Lamar put up his points. Here’s hoping the Ravens can create a run game and not have to depend on Flaccos arm to try to pull a victory. Or in the 4th when the game is vlose st hand, not abandon the run game entirely :(

        Go Flacco! Love Harbarughs pst interview ripping into the OL for the lack of run game and ripping into his TE for his only drop, catching 2 of the 3 balls thrown his way. How about we throw less once the game is close at hand?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Tannehill will never be a 400 yard passing QB without a lot of factors to make it happen. His early TOs were definitely a factor in where the team ended up but the playcalling is partially to blame. It’s tough enough playing on the road but when you’re down 7-0 and running it outside on 3rd and inches in the red zone? you’re just asking to lose.

          Ha, never heard the post game interview. Sounds like a Harbaugh special. What exactly did Flacco do to deserve no wrath for 5 INT, exactly?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: remember, his agent and him told the world he was “elite”. So clearly he must be.

  42. jamie says:
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    Trade Cj Spiller for R White and Woodhead… is this over reacting? my other rb’s are Lacy and sproles and I’m 3-1.

    • jamie says:
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      ppr

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t like what that does to your RBs. Don’t trust Lacy long term enough to make him a must start like that.

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