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I swear, players with names like this were made for Razzball.  Do you know how many puns I’m gonna squeeze out of this down the stretch with him?  Trust me, you don’t even know.  But more to the point, we here have been all over this guy this week.  This isn’t an ‘I toldja so’ but I do hope you all listened to the Razzball Podcast on Tuesday when I said you should pick up Chris Rainey.  Then I hope you read the first comment on the Podcast post where I clarified who I was talking about. Anyone out there picking up the 5th string RB for the Steelers…mea culpa.  Hopefully you read my BUY column on the following day and made sure it was Bobby Rainey.  Sure, I didn’t tell you to start him but Tampa Bay said Leonard was starting.  And clearly Tampa Bay never lies…wait, what?  Neverthewho!  Finally, as if we didn’t treat you like a baby seal enough, we clubbed you over the head on Friday with J-FOH making Rainey the lead in The Handcuff Report.  All this to say, unless you were in a coma for the last week, we got you in early on this gem.  And if you’re reading us first after coming out of a coma, thank you!  Now you should really put life in perspective if we’re the first thing you think of upon waking from something like that.  But now that we’re done slapping each other on the ass for the good call over here, let’s get to the numbers: Rainey carried the load in Tampa with 30 carries for 163 yards and 2 TDs on the ground while chipping in 2 for 4 through the air and another score.  Yes, that’s three TDs from a guy who’s 23% owned as of mid-day Sunday which probably means he was owned under 10% prior to games starting.  Seriously guys, put it at automatic waivers when Sundays start.  Cheaters!  But more about Bobby: that boy ain’t right…to opposing defenses.  There was a lot of concern about his size holding him back from being a lead RB but all I have to say to that is Warrick Dunn.  Bobby (5-8, 212) and Warrick (5-9, 180) have a little in common in that area.  Everyone wants to pick on the little guy back there but little doesn’t mean these guys can’t carry the load when presented.  Looking forward, Rainey had a nice matchup against a Falcons team that has given up plenty on the ground to fantasy backs on the year so I’m not going to anoint him straight away.  I’d like to see a little adversity before I do that but I do think if you nabbed him, you’ve got a mid-tier RB2 right now with explosive upside and the potential to make up for all the RB heartache you’ve no doubt suffered to date.  Here’s to Rainey making you into the Reigning champion this year.  See?  We got this for days, people.  In other news from Sunday of week 11 for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Calvin Johnson – Don’t hold me to this but I swear Calvin ended the first half with the same line he ended the game with: 6/179/2 on 13 targets.  I don’t know who switched Madden from Rookie to All-Pro at the half but as a Megatron owner, I’m angry.

Josh Gordon – We need a term for guys like this.  As frequent commenter Wilsonian would say ‘I swear, only when I bench him’.  And yup, he benched him: 5/125/1 on 15 targets.  Of course, most of the damage came on a 74 yarder in a game where Campbell reverted to check down king form – Whittaker/Obgonnaya/McGahee combined for 13 receptions – so to say it was an anomaly is just a fancy way of saying ‘it was hard to predict and didn’t fit into the gameflow at all’.  I’m gonna start calling these GOOMBAs: Goes Off On My Bench Always.  Now please remind me that I said that next week or I’ll forget.

Nick Foles – Yeah, I feel your dirty looks.  But I’ll put it to you this way: 1 yard and 1 inch.  That’s the difference between a 2 TD passing game with a rushing touchdown and a zero TD passing game.  Celek got dropped right at the one as he stretched for the endzone and Cooper caught the ball on the goal line but the ball never passed the plane.  Oh and did I mention Cooper dropped a 60 yard for sure TD pass after he got behind his defender on a drive that ended with a punt?  Mmmm-hmmm.  I can deliver you to the goods but I can’t predict shizz like that.  I’m sure you’re not complaining about 17/26 for 298 and 47 rushing yards with a rushing TD but I’m sure you wanted more.  Believe me, we all did.

Ben Roethlisberger – Clearly should’ve put him as the #1 QB on the board instead of Foles.  Clearly.  Honey, have we switched from electric to gas yet?  I have something I need to put in the oven later…

Rashad Jennings – Oh, hai Roughshod Jennings.  Went for 22/150/1.  You know, no biggie.

LeSean McCoy – The real slim shady finally got a couple of scores as noted in the Foles blurb.  Of course, he did plenty outside of that: 150 total yards and 4 receptions.  Probably would’ve had more if the game weren’t being wound down for most of the 4th quarter.  The only shares I have of this guy is in a second half total points league.  Yes, I’m an Oregon Ducks alum and Chip Kelly believer.  No, I don’t know how this happened.

Michael Floyd – Well then.  I had him as WR30 for the week in standard.  That was +9 over most of the industry.  That’s all I got cuz I really didn’t see this coming.  Finished with 6/193/1 on 11 targets as Carson Palmer was another surprise top 10 QB – well surprise to me, ok – and was even able to get Larry Fitzgerald involved (6/61/1 on 9 targets).  This is still an offense that I don’t want to own many parts of for the playoffs (vs STL, @TEN, @SEA).

Matthew McGloin – Most likely will end the day with top 10 QB stats for fantasy.  I didn’t have this one on the TV today so I’ll have to let you know what McGloin does to my loins another day.  If the stat-carpet matches the game reel-drapes, I’m sure I’ll use the word ‘frothy’ in my analysis.

Matt Ryan – I said to sell him what feels like a million years ago at this point and yet I’m still getting ‘Ryan’s killing me, what should I do’ questions.  I’m simply here telling you now that you can’t sell him to drop him if there’s streamable QBs in your league.  Look 1/4th and inch above to find out who might fit that bill.

Reggie Bush – Got benched today.  Of course, not by his fantasy owners.  No, they trotted him out there for a fumble and 54 total yards while Joique Bell stepped in and performed exactly like he was doing last year before they spent a ridiculous amount of money to replace his production…yeah, I’m railing against the Lions on this signing again.  But in all seriousness, it will be interesting to see how this pans out over the course of the week.  Personally, I think this should be a bit more of a timeshare but I didn’t sign the RB formerly known as Kim K’s ass-caddy to a huge deal so it probably won’t come to fruition.  For Reggie owners, I hope he comes out a fiery Bush next week.

Case Keenum – It went from ‘making a Case’ to ‘Case closed’ in a hurry in Houston.  Kubiak brought in Schaub about mid-way through the 3rd quarter only to still lose as Matt led two FG scoring drives and botched the leading score at the end and went off the field fighting with Andre Johnson.  I’d say ‘Houston, we have a problem’ to wear out the meme here but instead I’ll just roll with JayWrong and say Hand Schaub instead.

Antonio Brown – Did his best Megatron impression today: 7/147/2 on 13 targets.  So good, in fact, I think most of his stats came in the first half too.  Seriously, the fantasy awesome took a big poo in the second half in that game.

Vincent Jackson – I think Napoleon Dynamite could throw to this guy and be successful: 10/165/1 on 12 targets.  And what do you know, he does and he is!  Vote for Pedro indeed.

Harry Douglas – I don’t get it but it just keeps happening.  Apparently we’re gonna get a heavy does of Harry D the rest of the way and I’m here to tell you it’s gross.

Garrett Graham – Through all the turmoil in Houston with a 2-headed QB attack, Graham was the lone bright spot in the lone star state: 7/136/1 on 13 targets.  Now you’re gonna ask ‘should I pick him up?!?’ and I’ll say ‘you should’ve picked up and dropped about 5 TEs between now and the last time Garrett was relevant.  Ya missed the boat’.

Ray Rice – You’re gonna ask me if he’s back, I can just feel it.  I didn’t see the game but I did see what the Bears have done against opposing RBs heading into today.  They’re ranked 31st against the rush all year.  Add in the crazy bad weather conditions and you have a recipe for some piping hot Ray Rice.  Throw in a little sweetener and serve on the side of a nice trade if your league still has that option open to you after today.

Antone Smith – Had 2 carries for 88 yards and a TD.  Don’t know who he is?  Yeah, I don’t either but he’s the guy the Falcons brought in when the game got out of hand and let him run wild on TB’s backup squad.  Considering this is not a playoff team and the components they have – Tony Gonzalez/Steven Jackson/Roddy White – aren’t exactly getting any younger, this team might start looking to see what they have for the future of the squad starting now after a loss to a 1-8 team.  Not a guy to waste a waiver on but you got a bench spot that’s being warmed by Mike Brown?  Yeah, pick him up.

Matt Forte – One of the more consistent RB1s this year, Forte chipped in 125 total yards on 23 touches (5 recs) and a TD.  Not much else to say, really.  Just thought I’d point it out.  No reason to get mad.  Calm down before I call blog security!

New York Jets – They got the D today.  Not that D silly!  Though it was in the BUF.  Geno has been a TO machine this year and lived up to it in this game, good for 3 INT and a lost fumble on a day where the Bills completely manhandled them.  It was such a good match up for Buffalo, I ranked them as the 4th best defense this week.  Let’s not talk about the Lions in the top ten, please…

Marshawn Lynch – Not his best game but I’m sure no owner will complain.  Despite only having 63 total yards and chucking in a fumble, having 3 touchdowns kinda makes up for it.  Forget the skittles, someone sent him motivational bongos before the game.

Charles Clay – This was the guy you were gonna ask if you should drop for Garrett Graham in the scenario up above because his game didn’t start until 4 pm EST, BTW.  It was a weak week for TEs heading into Sunday Night as names such as Noble and Mychal Rivera are floating around in the top 10.  They say a rising tide lifts all boats so what does a sinking TE production line do?  It makes Delanie Walker look like a primo pickup for week 12.  Must…resist…turnstyling…TE…

Knowshon Moreno – Gained 79 yards on 27 carries…what, you wanted more?  Were you not entertained?  Well, Ball went for 2 TDs.  Yeah, he just went Full Montee on ya.  Waaaaaay back at the beginning of this article I linked to the buy column.  Well it’s also the sell column.  That’s where you can find Moreno in said column.  Yup.

Dwayne Bowe – Apparently not dead…well maybe now more Deadhead though most people listen to Phish nowadays or maybe Widespread Panic?  Wait, where was I?  I’m hungry.  Anyone got any chips?  Wanna order a pizza?  Have you ever thought about how Scooby Doo had a talking dog?  That’s some crazy ‘ish, brah…

From Around The Web

  1. Chicken Dinner says:
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    So, has Cambell lowered Cameron’s value enough to kick the tires on Housler?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Or perhaps D.Walker?

      • SMLV1 says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: If those are your other best options hold cameron.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        That’s pretty low. I think it was a bad matchup in Cincy. I have a hard time believing Campbell is that bad. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t great but Cincy defense is pretty dang good. I’d hold for now.

  2. SMLV1 says:
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    My Team..

    Rg3, R. Wilson
    Aj Green, T. Smith, K. Allen and Amendola
    A. Morris, Z. Stacy, Andre Brown, MJD and Spiller
    J. Graham and J. Reed
    K – stream
    Def – stream

    Drop anyone ROS for…

    Ivory
    Rainey
    D. Brown
    M. Wallace
    J. Jones
    H. Douglas
    Boykin
    D. Bowe

    Y! 10 team standard league.

    Also, you worried about Allen or Reeds injuries?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m a little worried about both. Their injury history were what made their draft stock drop low.

      As crazy as it sounds, I’d drop Spiller for Rainey at this point. He’s not healing fast enough and the Bills are too stubborn to let him. Plus he’s in a timeshare. Too hard to know when to start/sit him. At least Rainey has a starting job. I’d wait to see what Amendola does tonight. If he isn’t involved, I’d look to pick up Boykin just in case Allen’s knee issue is serious.

  3. Rodney says:
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    Russell Wilson and Chris Ivory OR Luck and Rainey? And how close?

    Peyton Manning is my primary QB.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rainey side. Not close because he has a defined role in his offense at this point. Ivory does not.

  4. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks for the shout out! I guess you have been getting my calls, text messages, emails, letters with magazine letters cut out so they look like ransom notes…

    But seriously, check Gordon ‘s big weeks the last 4 or 5 weeks, that’s when he’s on my bench. Those 3 point weeks… Yup, in the starting lineup. I’d be in the money if I played him this week. Now I’m up 38 with having Carolina tonight. While that sounds good, he’s got Gronk, Dola, and Kuechly.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, I got them all…and so do the police now for evidence! I hear ya. I’m looking forward to some consistency out of the QB play in Cleveland. That would help tremendously. Three different QBs all year. He’s great but he’s not Megatron. Only so much you can make up for.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky: eh, I’m a defense attorney, I cover my tracks. Leave no paper trail. And definitely don’t leave any living witnesses. The mob sure got that one right…

        Yeah, I was all set when Hoyer was in there and was playing really well. Then he got hurt and the carousel from hell took over and it’s tough to trust Gordon. He’s got all the talent in the world, but QBs who should be in the Arena league aren’t going to cut it or give him any consistency. I already want to put him in for Week 12 with my Cincinnati and Seattle BYEs, but I think he’s going to have find the pine once again and I’ll just leave it at that. Rainey and Ridley might have to take his spot.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, ok there Saul!

          Will be interesting to see how Ridley is used tonight with Vereen expected back. It’s a tough matchup. I’m thinking this is the night he disappears because of the matchup unless they get him involved in the passing game.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Sky: yeah, my options for my two flex spots next week will be Gordon, Reed, Rainey, Ridley, D.Brown, or Vereen (if I can find someone to drop for him). I think Rainey has to have one locked up, just on the premise that he’s going to be their #1 RB. So then it falls to those other guys for one spot.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, on the surface I’d say Gordon but haven’t looked at matchups. And of course, saying Gordon we know he’s gonna go GOOMBA on ya.

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Sky: yeah, I’m really waiting to see how tonight’s matchup goes. I need to see how Ridley and Vereen are being used. I still think Ridley will be the workhorse in the backfield with Vereen just coming in on passing downs. I don’t really see either one screwing with either’s value. I see both of them as having great value down the stretch. At least Week 12 is the end of friggin’ BYE weeks!

                • Sky

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                  I don’t know, the way they used Ridley when they only had Blount and Bolden makes me question pretty heavily how this plays out the rest of the way. Don’t get me wrong, Ridley’s good but there shouldn’t have been this much choppiness in his value heading into week 11 with Vereen out this long.

                  • Wilsonian says:
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                    @Sky: True, you never know with Bill behind the wheel. You can’t deny he’s been great the past few weeks. We’ll see. Man I hope Sweet Carolina can somehow shut these guys down. I need a win to stay in 1st! Technically, I’ll still be in 1st because of point totals, but it’s nice to have a one game cushion.

                    • Sky

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                      Completely agree, Ridley’s been on. Tonight will be a weird matchup for him. Tough defensive front, will be hard to run on it. Here’s to the Pats getting him out in open space a few times to keep the defenses back on their heels when he’s in there.

    • TheTinDoor says:
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      @Wilsonian:
      Benching Gordon? He’s a GOOMBA?!?

      Missed the first two games; since then, averaging 12.9 ppg over 8 games played (in my league, non-PPR, slight bonus for long TDs; your stats may differ slightly). That’s 7th-best ppg amongst ALL WRs.

      You know who averages less? Wes Welker. TY Hilton. Antonio Brown. Pierre Garcon. Victor Cruz. Andre Johnson. DEZ BRYANT averages less per game than Josh Gordon. Every WR in the league other than Megatron is hit-or-miss week to week. Stop benching Gordon, you don’t have 2 WRs better than him.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @TheTinDoor: started Reed over him in the flex. And started Garcon, Green, and Decker in my WR slots. Sure looks bad on paper now. But Gordon has a revolving door at QB throwing to him and last time I started him he scored me a whopping 6.9. So there’s justifiable apprehension there.

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          @Wilsonian: also he was playing at CIN, vs Reed’s @ PHI. Reed’s been more heavily used lately as well. Don’t sweat good decisions that turned out bad, unless you really somehow were on the fence (in that case you wouldn’t be really considering either choice as “good” due to them being so close); like my floyd bench to put dola back in due to apprehension about floyd’s shoulder (I considered that one close as I made it, a few times). I would need CAR def to score more than 1 to win had I put in Floyd.

          • TheTinDoor says:
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            @goodfold2:
            You’re right, process over results. I’m questioning the PROCESS here though. In the games he’s played, Josh Gordon is a TOP 10 receiver this year. Period. Revolving QBs, matchups, whatever – he gets a ton of targets and produces.

            For whatever reason, people don’t see him that way, as demonstrated here…that’s what I’m questioning. Just about every other top-10 WR would never see a bench, but Sky is calling Gordon a GOOMBA and commenters are questioning whether it’s worth starting him?? I don’t get it.

            • Sky

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              But he has scored 2/19/5/18 in standard for his last 4 games…that’s the very definition of a boom/bust receiver. Football isn’t roto baseball. You can’t tally the points and call someone a ‘12.9 PPG scorer’ and be done with the conversation. Week to week matters as does consistency and unless you play in a league where targets get you points, they don’t help especially when those targets are coming from inconsistent QBs. In many leagues, Gordon could’ve been someone’s 4th receiver drafted. By that process, he could be someones 4th best WR – which he is for the circumstance I’m describing – and I’m fairly certain I’ve never ranked him outside the top 25 for WRs except when he initially came back. In either case, don’t get me wrong, I love the guy and was touting him to be a WR1 in disguise in the draft along with Blackmon because of the suspensions and have drafted him anywhere and everywhere I can get my hands on him because of it.

  5. Missed the Rainey boat because I got guys like Bush and L Bell, who combine for less than 20 points. Got Gordon rotting the bench because of Sky’s rankings. Now I need the Panthers D to score NOT 6 tonight in order to win.

    • supra says:
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      @James R: Why would you sit Josh Gordon? He’s ranked top 15 everywhere. Is this a 6 team league, who could you possibly have?

      • @supra: Started Jordy Nelson, Pierre Garcon and Jimmy Graham at the WR/TE flex slot.

        • @James R: But, to be fair, I went against Sky’s rankings and playing Manning over RGIII. Damn, me.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            RG3 really pulled his fantasy owners out of the muck in the 4th. Just like Foles’ day, Peyton could’ve easily ended with 3TDs and instead we saw 2 Montee Ball plunges.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Sky: or moreno.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ouch

  6. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatBalls says:
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    I’ve been referring to him as Bobby Chocolate Rainey, and suggest that everyone dust off their Tay Zonday impressions and follow suit.

  7. Grant says:
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    So I picked up Leonard and Rainey just to see what happens because I had the space. Last second I pulled S-Jax from starter and put in Leonard, boo. Here is the question. Is Lamar Miller even worth starting anymore, the dolphins clearly don’t know anything about football. Would Rainey be a better RB2 going forward over him. I have Murray as my main man.

    PS the Detroit defense sure bit me in the ass, ended up losing by 8 points this week. with the Browns D, Rainey, and Gordon all on my bench.

    • Grant says:
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      @Grant: Just in case someone like supra wants to know why I have Gordon on my bench. Megatron, D Thomas, and Garcon are my starters.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grant: Haha, I benched him for Reed in my flex. I hope that means I’m ok with him, too.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Damn man, sorry to hear that on both counts.

      I love Miller but hate the coaching staff. I don’t know what they’re doing and neither do they. Are you asking to drop him? I guess the only question is who for.

  8. Derrick says:
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    Moreno and Cruz for Megatron in a PPR.

    Which side?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take Megatron

  9. Ron says:
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    Hi! After losing this week, I am the 8-3 “genius” that traded away Kaep to get Rodegrs thinking that my backup Keenum could take advantage of the Raiders and Jaguars while Rodgers gets healthy for my playoff run…….#uh-oh.

    Should I drop Keenum for one of these guys till Rodgers returns – McGloin, Manuel, Glennon, McCown, Campbell, Tolzien…..Schaub?

    Is this really as bad as I think it is? I’m trying not to panic here.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      With all those arms out there, you don’t need to pick one up and sit on them. Play matchups. I haven’t looked at week 12 yet so I’d say McCown off the top of my head because he’s the best of the bunch.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Ron: manuel’s on a bye, not him. my list in my better league (also 8-3, or will be unless CAR def and Dola both go nuts) is the same as yours except mccown is gone but eli is on it. I used keenum in one spot and tolzien in another.

  10. Cram It says:
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    I did watch the Bears game…gaping holes for Rice all day. The Bears are a shell up front. I said I would’ve started him because of that potential. But with you in that another performance like that is not in the near future.

    Go Bears!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I would’ve liked to have seen it but the Bears are just so gashable at this point. Man, Ray Ray has just fallen off the map this year.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: Yup. Zac Stacy next week…put him down for 150 yards rushing

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Oh I can and I will. Maybe even 175 total.

  11. Doug says:
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    In my standard 12-team league, the trade deadline is about a week away. I have some assets on the block such as Bernard, Vereen, T-Rich, B. Rainey, and Fitzgerald but my only other WR besides the untouchable Dez is Gordon. Out of the players I listed, which one gives me the best prospect of landing a TE of similar value and who should I target at TE in a trade? I’ve got my eyes on Gates, Cameron, Clay, and Gonzo…

    Thanks Sky, much appreciated!

    • Sky

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      A little confused by your statement. You only have 3 WRs but you have to start 3, right? Standard starts 3. I think I need to know who else you have to back those three up before I can make any suggestions. I’d be looking to move Fitz if I could.

      • Doug says:
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        @Sky: I have to start 2 RBs, 2 WRs, a TE, and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). I have no other WRs on my roster besides those 3 guys.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I don’t know if I’d call it similar value but Fitz or Gordon for Gates is reasonable. Both are hit/miss most weeks. If those are your only RBs I wouldn’t be trading any of them unless you can steal away a decent TE for T-Rich

          • Doug says:
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            Well I still have Reggae Bush, but he is rather untouchable trade-wise. I wish someone would take T-Rich off my hands, as you know many of us have been burned by him this year since he’s probably the biggest non-injury fantasy bust (couldn’t even get Ray Rice for him last week). Fitz for a TE could be good because his playoff schedule is awful.

            Thank you sir, I just may have to buy you a mojito!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, no prob and thanks for trying to keep me inebriated. It’s the only way I can survive my regular job!

              T-Rich has been a pain for sure. Dude is officially lost. He needs an off-season away to get himself right. I see zero confidence out there.

              • Doug says:
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                I was just offered M. Ryan, D-Jax, Donald Brown, and G. Graham for Stafford and Dez. Instant decline, right? Stafford is my only QB.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Yeah, you don’t want any part of Matt Ryan at this point.

  12. Harris says:
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    I picked up Rainey and started him with Jennings. Those two and Calvin Johnson were enough to beat the top team in my league , and I still have Cam and the Panther D tonight. I wasn’t gonna let Steven Jackson destroy my season. I really do rely on your advice when it comes to playing in Daily leagues. Great job with your rankings on RGIII (although at the half I was a little nervous) McCoy and Vincent Jax. Those three really helped me. You guys do a great job on here.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That rocks, glad you won and thank you for the kind words! Glad to hear we can help out in some way, shape or form.

  13. Mdaddy says:
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    In case Reed doesn’t go who would you rather start?
    Charles Clay or Coby Fleener?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s matchup dependent and I haven’t reviewed for that yet. I’ll have a better idea when I do rankings but my first thought is Fleener

  14. Jagan says:
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    Sky,

    You really suprise me with the way you rank players when compared to all other Fantasy gurus .This is the first year I am following your blog and for most part every week you have quite a few suprise gems and you are spot on your analysis.I cant thank you more for all the think outside the box stuff I get from you.Hats off to your team and especially you.

    In my dialy leagues I used Bills defense this week over Houston (I was thinking to start Houston) and that fetched me in a big way.

    Keep up all the god work .Also is there a way I can support the blog?

    Jagan

    • Jagan says:
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      I also have to add that I have to appreciate your patience to respond to each and every question we ask how stpid or good they are.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Hey thanks again. I do my best. 98% of you make it easy so it’s not that bad :)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wow man thanks for the kind words! Other than just being a constant reader/commenter, there’s a donation button you can see if you go to the main site. It says to buy me a mojito.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Jagan: good job not trusting espn’s b.s. ranking of HOU to be top or 2nd top this week. they had bills like 16 or something retarded.

  15. Dave says:
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    Should I be concerned about AP and Keenans injuries right now?

    Also is it too crazy to bench Antonio Brown next week even after this week’s explosion because of his matchup with Joe Haden?

    • Sky

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      I’d be a little concerned at this time. Keenan because injuries are a big part of why he dropped in the NFL draft and AP because Minny isn’t going anywhere this year and might be ‘used sparingly’ so they can keep him fresh as a trade chip. Unlikely but still, possible.

      It really depends who you’re starting over him. I wouldn’t normally condone sitting a top 10 WR. Green’s issue last week had a lot to do w/Dalton throwing to him. Big Ben is a better real life QB, I can see him getting Brown involved still. Just wouldn’t expect big numbers.

      • Dave says:
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        @Sky: Thanks sky, should I try and sell AP before it’s too late for another elite RB like a Lynch type of guy?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That’s actually not a bad idea. Just don’t undercut yourself too much. Charles? Lynch? McCoy? Ok. Stacy? Morris? No sir.

          • David says:
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            @Sky: Gotcha, where does Reggie Bush together with Joquie Bell fall on that list. I’m looking at the teams in my league who would do it and Bush might be best I can get. I’ll probably get a little more in like a 2 for 2 with receivers but is AP for Bush too low in the RB department?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Eh, he just got benched for fumbling the ball. I wouldnt’ be trading AP for two RBs whom you don’t know which one to start. Bush falls into the Morris category. Don’t trust him enough to go that route.

              • David says:
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                @Sky: Alright so I guess I have to just keep AP and hope. I still have Lacy, Gio, Donald Brown, Vereen on my team so I probably can overcome it.

                P.S. – Ridley please overcook Belicheck’s eggs or chew gum while he’s talking so Vereen takes your job, Thanks.

                • Sky

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                  Haha, I’ll wish you luck! Ridley seems to find his way into the dog house for no reason over and over. That MIA vs NE game where he wasn’t used in the first quarter? Yeah, outta nowhere.

                  • David says:
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                    @Sky: Haha I know I had him at the time! And good luck to you too thanks for your help.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @David: Haha, no problem and you too!

  16. Zandy says:
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    With Keenan’s injury still an unknown who is the better pick up for my last bench spot in a standard league
    Rishard, Greg Jennings, santonio, Aldrick, burleson
    Thanks buddy

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Probably more of a matchups call and I haven’t looked at them this week but on the surface, I’m leaning Rishard

  17. J-FOH says:
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    Thanks for the shout out. It’s been Rainyball up in here this week

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I do my best to note for all our writers if/when I remember their calls for the week. Easy to remember when they’re the lead. Even easier when I liked the call and it was on my brain anyway.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I like being on your brain…uh that sounds wrong, but as i say, once I type it I can’t hit delete.

        I’m really glad some of the baseball honks ain’t up in here. They would of chastised me for using ain’t right now. It’s all hard hats and lunch boxes in here….for the most part

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @J-FOH: We are the laymen of fantasy sports

          • David A says:
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            @Sky: I shudder at the thought of how fantasy cricket or croquet enthusiasts would react…

            Hemsley Forthwright III says: Egad my good sir, you are a nothing but a rube for employing such contractions. Henceforth I am unsuscribing from your blog you cad. Good day sir.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @David A: Well, I’m just happy we don’t do fantasy nascar. I told Grey – fantasy baseball top dog – that if this site starts doing that, we’ve officially jumped the shark and I will have to reevaluate my loyalty. There are certain levels even I feel I’m above. Now where’s my monocle?

              • David A says:
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                @Sky: The fact that fantasy nascar even exits saddens me a little. How does that even wor…never mind, better not to know.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha! I think there’s fantasy soccer too which just confuses the heck outta me. That and hockey. In a game where it ends 1-0, I don’t know how I feel about scoring for TOI (Time On Ice). Just feels like such a reach. At least a 1-0 baseball game can have a save, some stolen bases, a HR, strikeouts and a healthy average.

                  • David A says:
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                    @Sky: Even hockey and soccer I can see, you have steals, tackles, and even shootouts sometimes. What do you have for nascar, finishing position? Thats a step below horse racing.

                    Oh, and J-FOH was that an Arthur reference?

                    • Sky

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                      Ok, fair to that. I think it’s more of a bias of mine. Just never been a huge fan of either sport. It’s not the speed of the game, just the lack of HR factor. Baseball you can go from down 4-0 to tied 4-4 on one swing of the bat. Can’t say the same for those sports.

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @David A: hockey’s got lots of stuff: steals,giveaways, hits,blocks,faceoffs,shots, other than the assists and goals.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: “Oh Muffy, where is my good monocle”

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  If there is a reference in it, you have gone over my head, Mr. Scumbag.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: If you own a monocle you are either some very strange hipster or you come from some elite class of money and therefore you know someone with the nickname muffy….or a person, not a dog, named Waldo.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Frickin rich people and their poor nicknames. Well, except for my dear, sweet brother Numsie!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: at Yale they called me Scooter

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Weird. They called me Vespa at Harvard.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: after meeting you I would of sworn it was chubbs

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I was called half-chubs by the girls. I don’t wanna talk about it.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: maybe it was the lack of variety in Eastern Washington

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Just country girls and cows…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I thought they were one in the same

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Corn fed both

  18. David A says:
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    Just discovered this blog last week, and unfortunately I’m one of those poor souls who still have Matt Ryan and my back-up for him (Pryor) seems to be down for the count, so off to the waivers we go. Unfortunately, the best QB’s available are Glennon, Palmer, Manuel and Eli Manning. Palmer had a strong performance this week, but that was likely due to the match-up (@Jax) than anything.

    I’m leaning towards Eli on this one. Granted, Eli is Eli (I know, I drafted him high last year…), but he also Pulled down a damn good game against the Cowboys (who he is facing this week) in Week 1. Do you think he can have a repeat performance (or at least a decent one) this time around, or am I better off getting one of the others/rolling with Matt?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @David A: Eli is not a bad play, the Cowboys are giving up the most fantasy points to QB’s on the season and that Eli has better WR’s to throw to than Ryan.

      Welcome to the site, never hesitate to ask anything football or non-football related. If you play fantasy baseball this is the best fantasy baseball site on the net.

      Not to not be a scumbag but my articles come out every friday and I’m always trying to up my readership. Hope to see you then

      • David A says:
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        @J-FOH: How does that make you a scumbag? You’re a blogger, getting readers is the name of the game, and its not like you write for a different site.

        I’m afraid I don’t play fantasy baseball. I used to be into fantasy basketball quite a bit, but I was an Orlando Magic fan who got WAY too invested in Dwight Howard and have had a bad taste in my mouth from anything basketball since. I’m only now watching Magic games again.

        Thanks for the advice man!

  19. cheerio says:
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    Received a strange offer. 12 team, non-ppr.

    Give – Ellington, Don Brown, SJax
    Get – V.Jackson, J.Graham

    Already have Gronk. It would leave my rbs as – Charles, Andre brown, r.jennings, bell, rainey. Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @cheerio: you go hit accept now and play Graham in the flex

  20. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Who you like better, Sky: Donald Brown or Chris Rainey?

  21. Big League Choo says:
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    What are the chances gronk, being the no.1 ranked TE this week goes for 99 yds + or 39 yds and a td tonight?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big League Choo: Above average, 75%, 3/4, 2x + 7r(y)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Both are doable but it will be tough sledding; probably 39 and a TD most likely scenario. Gonna have to be a Pats game plan incentive to feed him that much. Panthers defense is legit.

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @Sky: well i hope he scores….riley cooper getting tackled right before the stripe and mccoy jamming it in cost me a 12 pt swing and im losing by less than 10

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Trust me when I say I feel your pain. As a Cooper owner, that was a tough day to take. 3 would be TDs…it stings.

  22. Oppo Taco says:
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    Baltimore at home vs NYJ a good stream for week 12? I know it’s early but it’s a competitive league and a must win for me. Also have buffalo and cincy but they’re both on bye week 12. Also heard any news on Jordan reed? Didn’t seem like he took a big hit, rg3 was terrible yesterday until garbage time…..

    • Sky

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      Yeah, they’re definitely a great stream. Geno is just a TO machine and they’re a DEF at home. Always love those odds.

      Well, no one got it going until late for the ‘skins. Pretty sure that’s a team that wants its head coach dead at this point. RG3 even boldly called out the playcalling as easy to read and said Philly knew exactly what they were doing before they even did it. Not a good sign. Hopefully Reed’s healthy enough to go this week but I’m skeptical of it. He seems very injury prone and a concussion could knock him out for this week.

  23. David says:
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    Is NO at Atlanta a good stream? They’re playing great defense and Ryan’s been bad.

    Also Big Ben is playing Cleveland next week is it worth benching him for waiver options of Tolzien vs Min, Clemens vs Chicago or Henne vs Houston? (its 2QB league thats why the options are bad)

    • Sky

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      They’re a reasonable gamble. I haven’t gotten to ranking yet this week, though, so I don’t know how I’d view them yet, per se. Same w/the QBs but my first response off the top would be to hold.

  24. bob says:
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    Ive got Gio B , Woodhead and AP as my backs, Jimmy G as TE i want to try and get Lacy , is AP or Jimmy G too much to give up for Lacy great playoff sked?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s way too much.

  25. The One in the middle of the pack says:
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    I’m 5-5 in a 12-team PPR, up 90-88 with NE K for me, Amendola and Panthers D for the other team. Not looking good.

    I started Sproles and Ellington and sat Rice and Vereen. I picked up the Jets D, who scored -1 and Reed got 2 before exiting with a concussion.

    Romo/Foles, Rice/Sproles/Ellington/ Vereen and ABrown, Gordon, Dobson, Rishard, Julius, Reed. We start 2 RBs (max 4) and 1 WR and 2 WR/TE flexes.

    I dropped M Floyd last week for Rishard – may reverse that if I can.
    Would you drop Ellington for Rainey? No one trades in this league, so I can’t trade Rice, Sproles or anyone and get any value even in a package deal. I’ve tried – believe me. I feel like trading Sproles, too – but not sure I could even get Spiller for either or both.

    Drop any RB for Rainey, or Joique Bell or Daniel Thomas?
    Drop Rishard for Floyd, Crabtree, V Brown?
    I have Broncos and Jets D – plan to drop Jets for Rams D or Colts D.

    Thanks very much, Sky – great stuff as always….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks!

      I would. Love Ellington but he’s never gonna get used right. I’d drop either him or Sproles; I just trust Arians less and his use of Ellington. I’d keep your ears peeled about Reggie, see if the benching has more bite to it than expected but I’d hold until then on the rest.

      I’d hold Rishard for now.

      Defenses depend on matchups. Hard to say on the ones you’re noting without it. I’ll be doing rankings on Thursday morning, though, so I’ll have more info in and around that time.

  26. tyrannical t-baggers says:
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    Quickie: between da 2, who ya rather german su-flex ROS, rainey or andre brown? Or rather play da matchup

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You don’t set your lineup week 11 for ROS. You play matchups every week.

      • Tyrannical T-baggers says:
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        @Sky: I should of phrased it better my bad..was racing against my phones dying battery..basically, who wud u rather roster between da 2?

        • Sky

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          I’d prefer Rainey. Higher upside.

  27. Big League Choo says:
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    a brown or eric decker ROS? just got a trade offer for decker, its a standard league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Brown

  28. goodfold2 says:
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    in case reed misses this week who to pick up, likely between these 2 (14 team league)
    housler (getting used more fairly consistently) vs IND
    carlson @ GB
    roster is
    keenum (started over luck, that lost 8 pts)/luck
    peterson/stacy/woodhead/ivory/MJD/
    allen/jeffery/dola/crabtree/wright
    reed
    KC/BUF defenses. picked up BUF due to KC having bad matchups for awhile (but will have to use KC this week with BUF on bye). luck has shitty matchups for a while as well (@ARI,vs TEN,@CIN).
    1. so pick one of those TE’s and one to drop (guessing I stick with luck and both defenses and drop keenum in case reed’s out).could also drop BUF defense (for TE backup) and drop keenum for one of tolzien/fitz/mccown and play him over luck.

    • Sky

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      Haven’t reviewed matchups yet so my initial reaction is just to start Luck. Carlson is getting used, I’d lean his way. You can drop BUF because they’re on bye.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: just looking at those matchups
        fitz @OAK
        mccown @STL (this def playing better and controling clock with running)
        tolzien vs MIN
        keenum or shitbag QB (be nice if AJ held more sway over this team) vs JAX
        luck @ARI
        with that luck matchup and keenum possibly even playing in the best matchup of all of them, i’m thinking it’s not even a bad idea to just hold keenum till we find out if he starts or not. i’m sure at least 2 of those others will be out there on sunday.

        • Sky

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          I’d just roll with Luck. I don’t want a Keenum benching repeat.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: that would SUCK. might have to move to HOU and, along with AJ get a violence vigil outside kubiak’s house.

            • Sky

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              Ha!

  29. goodfold2 says:
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    oh shit, in my best league where I benched floyd for dola, am only down 7.9 with CAR def and dola left. Not dead yet. Dola TD, 3 more sacks, 1 more turnover and no other NE offense except a bunch of short dola catches (or even just half of all that) and i almost mathematically lock up the shittier of the 2 conferences (i’m 8-2 next closest is 5-5)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: not as easy as i thought, back to 9.9 down.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: never mind all of that, now down around 15, but only one team gained a game on me in conference, i’ll be up 8-3 to 6-5 with 3 different 5-6’s in this conference too.

        • Sky

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          Damn. If it makes you feel any better, I had Rainey on my bench over SJax/MJD and Reed in flex and lost by 5. Life decisions

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: i picked up rainey for my dad’s team and he tied, but tiebreaker is bench pts, and we all know how many rainey and floyd got. if rodgers is back even close to as soon as some reports have it (and either I put vereen in in place of bush, or bush gets his shit together again) i’ll be fine and will win at least one more season game (locking up conference) and will have very good shot at super bowl. rodger’s injury looks to have knocked me out of running for total season pts anyway.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Well at least you got a solid bench moving into playoffs. More than more can say.

  30. the imp says:
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    TOUCHDOWN CAROLINA!! Opponents DST down 6 pts to give me the 5pt lead…..Phew.

    • the imp says:
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      @the imp: Wow. That safety puts me at a 3 pt lead, I hope there isn’t a stat correction to bring the total yards back under 300 yards. That would lead to a tie. My apologies to all of you who don’t care….

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Apology accepted! Haha, did you win?

        • the imp says:
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          @Sky: With the “safety” being ruled a touchback in the end, I should make it.
          All thanks to RG3 garbage time, Buffalo DST (32 pts in our scoring), Gordon (a guy I can’t bench on my team so I never miss his big games like those above), and Matt Forte. Had to fend off the Ray Rice and CJnoK explosions too. 7-4 with a decent shot at playoffs if I can eke out one more win in two.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Best of luck my man.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @the imp: good for you, i care. do hope long term that their end isn’t too hurt. that def looks like it could win me super bowl like last year’s SEA, or 2 years ago’s SF.

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          @goodfold2: Word. Hope the end recovers for you.

  31. Zandy says:
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    Started Ellington over Lamar at the last second and lost by 1.4 on the Carolina unnecessary int while Gronk got bear hugged in the end zone… Fantasy 1 – Me 0

    • the imp says:
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      @Zandy: That sucks. Ellington nearly cost me this week too. I had MJD and Ivory on the bench. Both would have led to a less stressful victory….Arians and/or Mendenhall have to go away.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Fantasy life can be a B sometimes…

      • Zandy says:
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        @Sky: thanks to your crafty pickups sky I had Rainey and ogre on my bench each with more points than Ellington and ty Hilton and Jordan reed combined hahaha
        Guess I’m in solid shape for week 12!

        • Sky

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          Nice, glass half full! Take’um out in week 12 then.

  32. the imp says:
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    Enough celebrating….on to week 12:

    In our shallow 12 team PPR league I’m a Jordan Reed owner who should at least contemplate putting in a claim for Fleener who is a free agent in advance of his psuedo breakout this week. Who would would be your drop from this team (3WR, 2RB, no flex)?
    WRs: Gordon….Amendola/Smith/Boykin/Nicks
    RBs: Forte….MJD/Ivory/Ellington

    • the imp says:
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      @the imp: 1. Sorry, above “Smith” is “Put ice on it, Stevie.” I can also drop my kicker for Fleener until TH, but have to have a kicker by TH kickoff to be legal.

      2. In a futile attempt to claim Rainey (4RB limit), is Ellington the RB you’d drop from my team?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @the imp: 1. So you have both Stevie and Smith, correct? If so, drop Stevie. If not, Smith

        2. Yes

        • the imp says:
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          @Sky: Love how my attempt at Razzball humor confuses my question.

          Restated without color:
          I have Gordon/Amendola/Boykin/SteveSmith/Nicks, play 3, PPR
          I also have Forte/MJD/Ivory/Ellington

          If I need to drop for a backup TE (Reed owner), who are you inclined to drop. For me it is probably Nicks, but I’m asking since I’m pretty unsure.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, hadn’t seen the whole ice up, son thing with Steve yet. My bad!

            Still Smith. Not doing enough to warrant keeping around.

            • the imp says:
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              @Sky: Hah…yeah I love that trash talk moment. It is that sort of colorful fun that makes me want to keep Smith over other players….totally irrational, I know…I don’t want to admit the even more irrational reason I picked Nicks to be on the squad in the first place….the hint is that it has to do with the icon of my team and Douglas Adams….

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ha, admittedly haven’t read enough Adams to pick up your hint. Though now I’m intrigued. Summer reading project!

  33. Mark says:
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    Week 12 QB play in place of Foles:

    McCown @ STL
    Tolzien vs MIN
    Eli vs DAL
    Big Ben @ CLE

    And do you like any of them enough over the others to waste a high waiver claim on?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mark: Haven’t done rankings yet but Eli has best matchup. If they’re out there, I don’t see why you need to waste a waiver. They were out there for the week prior as well, no doubt.

  34. Jiggy Nits says:
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    My knowshon his aaron rodgers? as you know… former matt ryan owner. He cant afford to lose any more weeks so I think he may deal him

    other rbs: gio bernard, stacy, demarco, t rich, bernard pierce

    • Sky

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      It’s a pretty big gamble but it’s worth it for your scenario. Boom or bust play.

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