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Out here on the fields.  He fights for his meals.  He puts his back into his living.  And then he gets wasted!  And says something really dumb that you probably shouldn’t click on while at work.  Deadspin, ya couldn’t censor the word in your title?  What the Eff…see?  You can get the point across without actually saying it.  Neverthewho!  It seems that our media darling Riley Cooper has torn the fantasyniks asunder.  One side of the camp will tell you he’s been extremely lucky with the production he’s had since week 6.  I mean, he’s only averaging 6 targets per game during that span.  Want a little perspective on how low that is?  Well, over the last 4 weeks, he’s outscored Demaryius Thomas (10.75 TPG), Pierre Garcon (10.5 TPG) and AJ Green (11.5 TPG).  So somehow, he’s squeezing similar or better production from 40%-45% less targets.  REGRESSION ALERT!  Right?  Well, maybe not so fast.  You see, chemistry is a crazy thing between QB and receiver.  This Foles to Cooper love affair could be spotted last year as the season wound down and has carried into this year.  It’s not just that Foles likes throwing to Cooper because he’s a great receiver – I don’t think he is – or because he’s especially fast – he’s not – but because he trusts him.  Trust goes a long way in those relationships.  I have no doubt Foles and Cooper would excel at a marriage retreat with trust exercises.  Catch me Coop I’m falling into your loving arms!  That’s Foles.  He calls him Coop, trust me.  All this to say, Foles is willing to throw dangerous passes Riley’s way because he knows he’ll fight for them.  Plus Cooper has this going for him: he’s not the best receiver on his own team.  But, but Sky…you said to buy him…why would I not want the best receiver on the team?  That’s the great thing about Riley and his situation.  He doesn’t have to be to get results.  DeSean pulls the toughest corner more often than not, the ground game threat usually keeps the safety playing up tight and Cooper is left by his lonesome to do some damage against the second best coverage player on the team.  And because this topic is getting ridiculously long, I’d like to finish with a few notes.  Consider this the lightening round portion of your reading info-tainment.  Since becoming a starter, Foles is averaging 26.4 attempts per game.  Remember when we all said ‘these stats can’t be sustained because of low target totals’?  Well, Cooper has been 22.7% of Foles’ targets during that span.  Perspective?  Aforementioned DT has been 22.7% of Peyton’s all year.  Yup, for as explosive as the Eagles offense has been for the year, many forget they’re a run-first team and Foles hasn’t had to attempt many passes to garner the success he’s had.  Oh and Cooper’s last game was regression?  FUGGEDABAHDIT.  Dropped a would be 40+ yard bomb of a touchdown and got dropped at the one inch line for another TD opportunity.  Cooper is as real as he needs to be, just had a ‘bad’ game and is on bye.  BuyBuy O’Riley indeed.  In other buy/sell news for 2013 Fantasy Football…

BUY

Russell Wilson – Yeah, I’m heavy on the bye buys this week but it’s that perfect time of year.  So many teams fighting and clawing to make the playoffs, ya need to find the edge somewhere.  I’m not saying you’re gonna get Wilson cheap, per se, but he’s been the 4th best QB on the year as of now (5th best last 4 weeks) and with Harvin in town, I’m expecting another great stretch run from RW3.  Not the easiest stretch of the season for Wilson so this call is strictly based on talent of both the QB and the team surrounding him.  If they’re selling for 75 cents on the dollar because they need someone now and you need a QB to help you in your playoff push, get a little DangeRuss.

Nick Foles – See 1/4th inch above.  Nope, you went 1/2 inch, that’s too high for RW3.  Yup, short joke.  I see a top 5 QB down the stretch or at the very least top 7.  Oh and BTW, guess who is tied for 4th in rushing yards among QBs in the last 4 weeks?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Yup, Foles tied with Smith with 99.  I sometimes use stats when I talk about stuff.  It makes me look more smarter.

Rashad Jennings – I keep hearing ‘should I drop McFadden?’ from the readership.  I feel bad for y’all, I really do.  Now I’m not saying to drop Limp DMC for just anything but if Roughshod stays healthy, I’m having a hard time believing Darren regains his role on a team looking to possibly move on from him this off-season.  Though his playoff schedule is less than appealing, the offense is minimal enough to keep Rashad involved in the passing game moving forward.  Fringe RB1?  Maybe.  More likely just a solid RB2 to finish your ride into fantasy glory out on.  For some reason I’m picturing you riding in on a chariot in flaming suits a la the Hunger Games.  It just seems like you so much.

Alfred Morris – I hate repeating myself.  Andy by repeating myself with Morris, I’m repeating myself.  One of the better RB setups down the stretch and he’s in no danger of losing his job.  His worst game over the last 4 was 93 total yards and he’s been the 5th best back during that stretch according to yahoo rankings.  Remember when I said he’d finish as a top 6 or 7 RB?  YUP.  The Butler did it with a few touchdowns in Dallas for a Fantasy Football Championship in week 15.  Tim Curry would be proud.

Torrey Smith – I’ve admitted my hatred for Torrey heading into the year.  But that was then and this is now.  You wanna win your last few weeks?  Well how about MIN, DET, and NE?  Sound nummy?  Yup, Smith’s fantasy line during the playoffs will be like children’s chrewables: easily digested and probably shaped like Fred Flinstone.  Yabba dabba do.

SELL

Drew Brees – Did you just feel that?  What was that?  It felt like the Earth shifted beneath me.  Was it an Earthquake?  An atomic bomb?  Did Oprah Winfrey just sneeze?  That wasn’t a fat joke, BTW.  It was a God joke.  MUCH less offensive.  But I digress, I know what that rumbling was.  It was all of you.  Standing up, leaving your computer and moving on.  EFF this guy you’re saying.  He doesn’t know what’s up!  He doesn’t know how this game is played!  Yeah, yeah, I get it, this is an unpopular sell call.  But let me be clear here.  Carolina twice and the Rams nestled in the middle.  That’s your playoff matchups.  Are you really comfortable with this?  The Panthers have played on a high level most of the year.  Now I’m not saying Brees won’t get his points but there’s something that we haven’t talked about enough around Drew and we need to: the offensive line.  Not as protective as it has been in the past.  He’s taken some shots that I don’t remember seeing prior to this year.  And that Panther front?  Yeah, it’d deadly.  Illegal in 49 states and maybe even a few territories.  I’m not expecting him to fall off the map but maybe you get an upgrade where you need it somewhere for him and either play matchups down the stretch with guys like McCown and Fitzpatrick – yes, I’m suggesting it and yes it’s a viable option – or you undersell yourself and take on a guy like RG3 or Foles plus a little bit more because it’s Brees and NO ONE sells Brees, right?  Anyways, it’s that time of year.  You have to start weighing playoff options vs name brand options.  Do they match or can you do better?  I think if you’re wanting Mardi Gras victory beads, Brees ain’t gonna help ya.

From Around The Web

  1. Matthew says:
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    I have Wilson in just about every league. I own Foles in one of the leagues where I own Wilson, bummer. Haha.

    So couples q’s

    1) I am streaming Rothlesberger in like 3 leagues where I own Wilson. The others I have Luck as backup, Ryan but I am going w Keenum, and I own Stafford and Bree’s in the others. Stick w Big Ben?

    2) any WR sleepers you have the rest of the season? Maybe Goodwin?

    3) I know ATL is awful, but Ryan is a good QB. No way he turns it around at all? If so, will Keenum win me a chip? I’m in first at 9-2 in the league and I’ve already lost Foster Julio and Ryan technically .

    I traded Andre Johnson for Stacy cause I needed a RB and you pretty much agreed
    My roster in that league by position includes
    QB – Ryan, Keenum
    WR – Green, Nelson, Amendola, Shorts
    RB – Stacy, Rice, Andre Brown, Pierre Thomas, Rainey
    TE – Gronk, Caneron
    K – Prater
    DEF – Denver

    I’m pretty much set on the Playoffs but am
    Hoping for a huge roll since it’s only two rounds. Now that I’m getting there I just need to win the last two weeks. Would you suggest just streaming the best available WR’s at this point and QB’s and dropping Cameron?

    Thank Sky!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Matthew: Nice!

      1) I don’t know who else is available to you if you’re not using Big Ben.

      2) Da’Rick Rodgers? Hard to call. Too many factors and rarely does it have to do with ability.

      3) Offensive line is terrible, offense around him got old in a hurry, Julio Jones is out for the year and he hasn’t put up much of anything the last few weeks. Trend has been in for a while, I don’t want him on my team.

      4) Sure, you can drop Cameron. I don’t think you have to though. You can drop Ryan. He’s playing at stream level for QBs. Would hate to see Cameron go off on a team roster who needs a TE.

  2. SMLV1 says:
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    Scored Boykin and Rainey for Dola and Spiller off waivers…I believe you are correct for ROS.

    Need help on DEF…

    Houston vs Jax or
    Cleveland vs Pit

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @SMLV1: Nice. I’d go with the Browns.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: this must have to do with how PIT must be HUGELY turnover prone on road (or how much better CLE must be at home), since we know PIT will actually score pts and yards, none of which are by any means guaranteed for JAX.

        • Sky

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          @goodfold2: Houston just let a rookie QB toss for 3 TDs on them and Rashad Jennings rush for 150 yards. Matchup isn’t the end of the equation when picking a defense. Plus CLE has been lights out at home.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: that’s good then, cause that’s who i got after NO was waivered ahead of me, even though i’m in 10th (but really 5th best team in PTS); this is in RCL.

  3. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Knowshon for Rodgers rejected. Would you rather handcuff knowshon with ball or drop benard pierce for ball?

    othe rb: t rich, demaro murray, zac stacy, gio bernard

    • Jiggy Nits says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: its early, I mean ball or pierce.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Jiggy Nits: Ball

      • Keep Ball.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @James R: this would be better even without being moreno owner.

            • Jiggy Nits says:
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              @James R: cool! thanks guys. I pulled the trigger.

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    crosby/novak/bailey, which one ROS? guessing it’s not novak as he’s the only one without a great ROS schedule, and also likely isn’t playing for playoffs, unlike the other 2.

    • Cram It says:
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      @goodfold2: I’m going to pretend you didn’t just ask a kicker ROS question…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @goodfold2: Yeah you don’t play DEF or K ROS, you play matchups.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky: or just Ron Popeil the kicker. I’ve had Prater all year (dropped him for Bailey when he was on BYE and then picked him back up). He doesn’t win you weeks, he doesn’t lose you weeks. I just don’t worry about it. It’s like catchers in baseball.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Oh sure. But the big thing is getting that kicker. DEN/NE kickers, hold on for as long as ya can. I don’t think there are many of those.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Sky: yeah, but most leagues have at least 10-12 kickers that you could Popeil and not worry about. Not like (generally speaking) a difference of 3-5 points from a kicker will make or break your week.

            • Sky

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              Sure but kickers are even lower than catchers and football isn’t roto. That’s all I’m saying. matchups matter a lot more week to week playin da foosball.

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Sky: I don’t play roto baseball, too boring. But I gotcha on the matchups. Unless someone is just guaranteed to get you a butt-ton of points, it’s not even worth streaming them, in my opinion. I have more things to worry about like: should I play Josh Gordon this week, or let him GOOMBA me again? Haha.

                • Sky

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                  Ha, I hear ya. But really, I picked up Foles a couple of weeks ago. It’s fine to get 7-9 points but it’s nice when you get 20+. Matchups+gameflow so important. Not kicking FGs playing from behind but if your team starts sitting on the other team? FGs for days. Always like to be on the right end of a blowout.

            • Aero says:
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              @Wilsonian: Heh, this week I was the exception to that line of thinking. Nick Folk got me 1 point. I lost by 1 point. Doh!

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Aero: in the matchup framework it certainly looks like dumping novak across 3 leagues this week (and at least most of ROS, bad matchups abound with SD) makes sense for one of crosby/bailey. yes, there is less actual predictive value in kickers than catchers.

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          @Wilsonian: unless you wait too long for somebody like avila in a 16 teamer and miss out on castro.

  5. 12-team PPR

    My RBs:
    R Bush, R Mathews, L Bell, J Bell, L Miller

    Are any of the following available RBs on the waiver worth droping Miller for?
    Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Mike Tolbert, Marcel Reece, Daryl Richardson, Fozzy Whitaker, Brandon Jacobs

    • Well, I just dropped Miller for Ivory – didn’t realize I was doing that, but I’m confident enough it’s not a mistake, I suppose.

      • Sky

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        @James R: I love both in different ways. They’re both hit and miss. Ivory only gains a lot of yards if his team is leading or else he’s in split carries hell w/Powell. Last week’s stats were saved by a 4th quarter run against the backups. You know the warts associated with Miller and the dumb coaching staff by now.

  6. CL says:
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    Wow… we’re going to have to agree to disagree on selling Brees. My trade deadline is over and I took a quick look-see at the QB wire… barf. There’s no way Brees get sold from Dumpster Fire, 10-1.

    Anyway, different PPR league… this may be moot, but I dumped Wallace for Cotchery this morning. I’m done with Wallace. Also, do you like Miles Austin ROS?

    • @CL: You don’t think Cotch would be a riskier play than Wallace?

      • CL says:
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        @James R: I do, but he’s got 5 TDs in last 3 games. Wallace has 1 all season, and can’t seem to do more. He’s just bitching. Then there’s whole scandal down there, that for some reason, I think impacts this all in a way. I’m gambling that Wallace is useless down the stretch and his spot on my team could be better used.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @CL: Oh yeah? Wanna fight me bro? Haha

      Not really big on the Austin narrative. Might have a good game or two. Think he will improve Dez’ recent stretch of bad games, though. Own a bit more of the middle to keep defenses honest along with Witten. That wasn’t Terrance’s game.

      Cotchery could be a nice weekly play. I understand about Wallace. He’s in the WR3/WR4 limbo right now with a buncha guys.

  7. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Crunch time! 5-6 and must win, how do you like Ogbonnaya’s chances this week?

    Rolling with this lineup, nothing better in waiver pool.

    RG3
    Demaryius
    TY Hilton-queasy about Patrick Peterson matchup but didn’t trust Boldin enough to pick up
    CJ1k
    Rainey
    Vernon Davis
    Ogbonnaya-spent my last $33 on him
    Jay Feely
    Texans D vs. Jags-got me 1 point against McGloin last week, but nothing better in waiver pool. More tape available on Henne than McGloin I guess, I keep telling myself. :)

    Bench-TRich, Donald Brown, Desean and Gio on byes :(, Mendenhall, Dennis Johnson

    Any changes you’d make or possibly pick up Big Ben/Glennon/Palmer/Fitzpatrick to start instead of RGMe vs. Niners in this crucial week depending on how much damage my opponent’s Brees and Colston do on Thursday?

    • @Operation Mindcrime: RE: RGME FWIW I Read a stat saying that he’s avg 22 ppg in 3 games against the 9ers.

    • Sky

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      @Operation Mindcrime: I will be doing rankings tonight. I won’t have RG3 way up the charts but I can’t see the others that far ahead of him if at all. Think you’re good to roll with RG3 over those guys.

      I like Ogre as a flex, especially in PPR leagues. Think he and Fozzy will get a shot this week to prove themselves and the matchup isn’t bad at all to do it. After last week’s trainwreck from Campbell, I think they’ll establish the run game pretty heavy. Think you’re in good shape.

  8. Comatose says:
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    Ok I know you don’t like ranking shit wayyy ahead of time but I’m trying to look ahead to next week’s defensive matchup.

    Any preference of these?
    MIA @ NYJ
    DAL v. OAK
    PHI v. ARI
    BUF v. ATL
    DET v. GB (presume Aaron Rodgers is out for this)

    Thanks for the help as always.

  9. Andy says:
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    Would you rather have B. Rainey or S. Vereen for the rest of the season?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Andy: Rainey. 25-30 touches > 15-20

  10. E says:
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    Early WR rank for non-ppr:

    R. Randle vs DAL
    M. Austin @ NYG
    K. Wright @ OAK
    M. Floyd vs IND
    T. Williams @ NYG
    J. Jones vs MIN

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wright for floor, Randle for upside

  11. ashtray says:
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    I have AJ Green and Stevie Johnson on a bye this week. As of right now I have Keenan Allen, Fitzgerald and Rishard Matthews as my 3 WR. Would any of these guys be upgrades at my 3rd WR spot (over Rishard):

    Hopkins vs JAX
    Durham vs TB
    Washington @ OAK
    Ginn @ MIA
    Patterson @ GB
    Aldrick Robinson v SF
    Mike Brown @ HOU
    Jarius Wright @ GB

    Standard scoring

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t started rankings yet. Right now I’d say no.

  12. Matt says:
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    I need a WR1 or pretty close headed into the playoffs. Bigger impact on the fantasy playoffs?

    Crabtree or Cobb?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Maybe Cobb? Not really buying the story for either, actually.

  13. Topsy says:
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    Kaepernick or McCown this week?

    Also, Fleener or Cameron (ppr) for this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t started rankings and without matchups, these questions aren’t gonna get very good responses. I’ll say McCown/Cameron for now.

  14. Jagan says:
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    Sky,

    Week 12 defense : Houston / Baltimore/Cleveland.In some leagues Clevelans is not available then is it Baltimore?

    Jagan

    • Jagan says:
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      I am in multiple leagues

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Question isn’t really easy to answer without matchups/homevsroad…I’ll say Baltimore

  15. Zandy says:
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    Send Brees Ryan Mathews and Ellington for Russell Wilson and forte?
    Trade would clear Friday so I wouldn’t miss using Brees
    Lineup would be
    Wilson
    Forte and Stacy
    Calvin and Hilton
    Either Keenan or Rainey
    Bn Lamar and ogre

    This is a standard league where I’m in first but would like to strengthen up if possible…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like that lineup. Go for it.

  16. Big League Choo says:
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    offered my luck/ivory for foles and andre brown…..u like my side?

    Hoping maybe foles owner gets nervous with vick coming back healthy

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I do like it. Brown should be a low end RB2 at worst the rest of the way so long as he stays healthy.

  17. Zandy says:
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    Safe to assume you’re going to prefer CLE vs Pit over Hou vs Jax?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Zandy: other than having read the earlier post (which it sounds like you didn’t) how did you know he’d say this, as i’d think playing against JAX is much better than playing against PIT. One team can move the ball and get a lot of yards, the other often does not.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: don’t worry about responding to this CLE vs HOU thing again, i saw above. Am interested in how Zandy knew this in advance though.

  18. Ron says:
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    In .5PPR which 2 out of the 3 would you trust to perform best ROS?

    Garcon – SF, NYG, KC, @ATL, DAL
    Gordon – PIT, JAC, @NE, CHI, @NYJ
    Jordy – MIN, @DET,ATL, @DAL, PIT

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gordon/Jordy but we’re splitting hairs here. All three are great to have.

  19. Ralph Lifshitz

    Dad Boner says:
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    Would you offer Romo and Floyd for Wilson and Rainey…. Is that not enough? I thought about replacing Floyd with Garçon but that seems like too much…..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hard to say on these. I wouldn’t give up Garcon there. Rainey still needs to prove he can do it again. Try the first one.

  20. J-FOH says:
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    Isn’t that standard default trade deadline over?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yup. Doesn’t mean we can’t talk shop for a few others out there whose deadline isn’t.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Dad Boner says:
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        @Sky: yeah we’re like the NHL in my league the deadline ends a week before the playoffs

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          As it should be!

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: why not the DAY before playoffs (in fantasy)? I don’t see how the “standard” varied from that.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I missed it some of mine, Ours is the 22nd

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, I didn’t even realize it had passed on me in a couple of leagues either. That said, football trades are so rare/hard to pull off anyways. I usually don’t start thinking hard about them until week 8 or 9 after I’ve seen enough games to know/feel confident in thinking ROS with a trade.

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Sky: Got home from a trip at 3AM last Saturday. Sat down at the computer. Opened up my fantasy team page to see a trade offer……My Vereen and Le’Veon for Charles. ACCEPT ACCEPT ACCEPT!

            Sorry your trade deadline has passed. .Friday.

            May need to reconsider my anti-cell phone stance. At least when I’m away during football season.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha! At least you still have RB depth!

  21. Blow Schaubs says:
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    Have SEA D on bye this week. Slim pickin’s at FA…

    – I’m starting Eli (no, he’s not my QB, Foles on bye), A. Brown, & Cruz.

    – Do I start Dallas D (ugh!) to balance the lineup, or go with Pitt D against Cleveland?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Are those really your only two options for defense?

      • Blow Schaubs says:
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        @Sky:
        Nope…. Atlanta, Washington, Miami, and Detroit are also available. For some reason, managers in this 12-teamer keep two or three D’s. Not sure why. Works out great except for this week for me.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Blech…Pitt I guess. Don’t really like that call, though.

          • Blow Schaubs says:
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            @Sky:
            I don’t either. I’m favored heavily (knock on wood), so hopefully it won’t matter. Even thought about grabbing Wash in hopes that I wouldn’t even need them Mon. Night. But D’s usually score 10-20 in this league. A negative outing is extremely rare.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah cool…good luck! And tell your leaguemates and their 3 DEF per team that I say they’re weird for me.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: Don’t like Dallas much? I love them going against Eli. Pick city.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Eli’s only thrown 2 picks in the last 4 games. Plus with Sean Lee out for another couple of weeks, that Dallas D is gonna get roughed up on the ground and it already couldn’t stop the air game. Giants look oddly back on track of late. I don’t wanna go against that trend.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Sky: anybody remember how DAL looked against NO a couple of weeks ago. It looked worse than WAS’s def.

  22. Colin says:
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    Hi Sky,

    I am intrigued by Austin’s return and him taking first team reps.

    Which 3 WR would you start this week?

    Austin
    Randle
    Wright
    Decker

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t done rankings yet but I wouldn’t be starting Austin if those are my options.

  23. Jagan says:
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    Sky,
    week 12 – who should start Carlson Palmer or Case Keenum?

    I have Rodgers on my bench and hoping he is back next week.

    Jagan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t started rankings yet. Initial reaction is Keenum

  24. Jagan says:
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    Hi,
    10 team std league:

    I would like to pick Miles Austin and also Defense.Who should I drop from Below.

    Cecil Shorts / Amendola / Harvin / Ellington / Ridley?

    Jagan

  25. Jiggy Nits says:
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    IMMMM BACCKKK. Should I offer knowshon for russell wilson?

    t rich, demarco, stacy, gio bernard, ball

    marshall, gordon, colston, boykin, terr williams

    witten

    thanks again sky
    glennon

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Who is your starting QB right now?

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Sky: glennon

  26. Jagan says:
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    Week 12 : Who should I play at TE

    Delanie Walker vs OAK
    Rob Housler vs Indianapolis
    Coby Fleener vs Arizona

    10 team std league.

    I know ur rankings will com tomm but they might be picked by then.

    Jagan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Fleener

  27. E says:
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    Burleson vs TB or K. Wright @ OAK for non-ppr?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wright

  28. Shadow says:
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    Have the following RB’s on my 8 team league: J. Charles, Z. Stacey, Morris & D. Murray. Murray is unpredictable with his use since Dallas seems to want to throw the ball more even if the matchup is good for Murray. So, since Vereen is available, and the matchups going forward look good(starting week 12: Den, Hou, Cle, Mia, Bal) would it be a good thing to drop Murray and pick up Vereen for ROS? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t see how you’re starting Vereen or Murray over the three you already have. Think that move is moot.

      • Shadow says:
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        @Sky: You’re right, not even thinking about starting either of them this week. I’m just trying to plan for down the road and the playoffs and wanted to get a jump on the competition.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think in an 8 team league, having the starting RB for the Dallas Cowboys is a jump on the competition. There’s gonna be a lot of talent on waivers for your league every week because it’s very small. You drop Murray, someone can pick him up. You leave Vereen out there, someone can pick him up. Your league either needs more flex spots or more members if you don’t think either guy should be found in the FA pool.

          • Shadow says:
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            @Sky: I couldn’t agree with you more, being so small leaves lot’s of choices on the wire and there’s nothing I can do about that. I’m just trying to set myself up for success by picking up the players that have the best chance of producing points and winning games for me. I’m pretty sure I’ll reach the playoffs and want my best options available.

  29. chadillac says:
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    Hey I’m in desperation mode here for a TE. Jordan Reed went down on me last week and it wasn’t satisfying.. He’s listed as questionable but I can’t see him being very valuable this week. Who should I add?

    Jared Cook vs. Chicago
    Jeff Cumberland vs. @Baltimore
    John Carlson @Green Bay
    Brandon Myers @ Dallas
    H. Miller, D. Clark, M Rivera, A. Fasano, A. Quarless

    Other option would be trading Moreno, Steven Jackson, or Rashard Jennings for a serviceable TE

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t done rankings yet for the week. On the surface I’d say Carlson

  30. Jay says:
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    My Leveon Bell for his Torrey Smith?

    RB: Stacy, Rainey, Ivory, Bell, Ryan Matthews, and Miller
    WR: Megatron, Hilton, Cecil Shorts, Douglas, and Rishard Matthews

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: forgot to mention, we start 3 WRs and a FLEX spot. On top of that it’s a 0.5 ppr league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Would be nice to have Smith as your WR3 down the stretch. Go for it.

    • @Jay: @Sky: Bell is a bonafide RB2 and your clear-cut 2nd-best RB. With the WRs you have, what do you want with Torrey?

      • Sky

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        @James R: I’d rather start Smith every week down the stretch than a combo of Shorts/Douglas/Rishard, personally. Bell is a lead back so he’s a great volume play but I don’t agree that he’s the best RB2 on that squad. He can play matchups. Mathews is surging, Rainey has proven he can play and maybe Ivory/Miller can get used here and there while Stacy is an RB1. Torrey’s matchups down the stretch are pretty good, too.

  31. The Dude says:
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    Trent Richardson and Lamar Miller were both dropped during waivers this week. Which is a better pickup? I’d be dropping Bernard Pierce. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Miller

  32. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Rank these tight ends ROS in a PPR league. If possible, taking match ups into consideration.

    Delanie Walker, Rob Housler, Heath Miller, Garrett Graham and Dennis Pitta

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Graham/Walker/Miller/Housler/Pitta

      Can’t rank Pitta higher until we know he’s actually returning/healthy enough to play.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Sky: Does Owen Daniels potential return affect Graham’s ROS value?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I haven’t heard much about his return time; I’m hearing week 14. Given that the Texans aren’t making the playoffs, they might consider it prudent for him not to play at all.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: what’s the news on pitta returning, he was quite useful last year at the end.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Haven’t heard much. Original rumors were Thanksgiving but he just started practice today. Might be a playoff guy to grab but I wouldn’t put too much weight into it.

  33. Colin says:
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    Hi Sky,

    thanks for the advice on Austin.

    I have Stacy…a must start against the Bears. I need to start 2 others…I love all 3 of their matchups but which 2 would you start?

    Ogbonnaya
    Tate
    Vereen

    Btw I’m in 0.5 PPR. Thank you!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tough, like all 3. I’ll have to say Ogre and Vereen. Just haven’t seen enough out of Tate to get that excited.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: plus wouldn’t his ribs (can’t imagine those are healing properly while playing every week) hold upside pretty far down in tate’s case?

  34. mike says:
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    i have bush, morris and moreno. thinking about a trade deadline deal.

    I’d move Moreno and T. Williams for Foles and James Jones.

    My hope is Rodgers is back soon for Jones and Foles since i have Kaep currently who I hate. I also have Bush and Morris’ backups. My other WRs aren’t great, Green and Gordon, and we start 3.

    Is this a smart move?

  35. fitz says:
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    Flex: Ivory @ Baltimore or Colston @ Atl?

    Thanks Sky.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Colston. But put him in a WR spot because he plays Thursday. Never know when injury might strike.

      • fitz says:
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        @Sky: Good call, thanks

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob

          • fitz says:
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            @Sky: Also, was planning to start Vereen over Ivory for RB2 in a PPR. I’ll check back tomorrow for the rankings to see if you agree.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I’ll tell you right now: I do :)

              • fitz says:
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                @Sky: woohoo

  36. Chicken Dinner says:
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    In defense of the kicker question above, my league is $10 an add/drop. I know of a league that it’s $40. Streaming isn’t exactly ALWAY the best course of action. I have no idea what his situation is but you’ve got to keep in mind there are MILLIONS of different league settings out there. Some league only allow a certain amount of moves. But you guys know this, sometimes we just need to be reminded. Please have some patients with us.

    That being said, if he’s in a standard league……..he should know better.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Sky: Thanks for that. I loves me some love ballads.

        Knile or Toby?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Knile in a better system to be good. Since we’re talking major lottery tickets, its gotta be him.

  37. Dead Heads says:
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    Actually if you look at Cooper’s measurables, he’s an incredible athlete. 6’3 220lbs and his lateral agility drill times are ridiculous, good short burst and he’s a big target that can get downfield. Just because he’s white doesn’t mean he’s not a good athlete guys! He was a straight up beast in College so I don’t see where this “Cooper’s not a great receiver” stuff comes from. Foles trusts him for a reason, and it’s not just because their both white in a sport with not many white left at the position, it’s because he’s a great athlete and can make plays when thrown to and he expects him to beat the coverage the majority of the time.

    • Sky

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      I’ll say that if DeSean went down, we don’t get to see these numbers because he’d draw a tougher matchup than he is right now. Saying he’s ‘not a great receiver’ doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s good and I never said anything about his race nor Foles’ race as a factor so I don’t know why that’s getting brought up. I’m the guy that said Foles fit the Eagles offensive scheme better than Vick did, despite everyone saying it needed a ‘running QB’. Cooper fits the team’s needs. He’s a good receiver but there are better receivers out there who could do as good or better given his setup. He just has a good connection with Foles among other factors involved.

      And BTW, I made him the lead to a buy column and said to buy him…not sure why you’re trying to argue for him in this circumstance.

    • Prez says:
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      @Dead Heads: did you go to clan meetings with him too?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dead Heads: What…the hell…are you talking about?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Cram It: yeah, it’s weird when people troll without a rational, huh? athlete or not, it certainly appears any “rapport” (which does seem to be there with foles) wasn’t happening with other QB’s who are more likely to be upset with a white dude who is dumb enough to have his friends tape him throwing around racial slurs and also post that tape.

  38. Steve Stevenson says:
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    This week only, need a QB for Wilson’s bye, bonus at 300 yds: Glennon @ Det or McCown @ STL? Both domes, Glennon a better matchup but McCown the better weapons.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      VJax is a pretty good weapon, actually. Toss up for me but I’d lean McCown

  39. Aero says:
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    Do we have a term for working a trade up against the deadline and getting details worked out just as the deadline expires? If not, maybe Congressed or Fiscal Cliffed?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, we don’t have a term but I’ll have to keep these in mind. Need a Razzball Football glossary and need it bad.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: true, good work on GOOMBA.

  40. Shadow says:
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    Hey Sky, just wondering on your take of the below copied news clip. Wonder if Philly is into winning games or protecting ego’s.

    Michael Vick expects to be completely healthy after bye

    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

    (11/19/2013) Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, said he didn’t run through all drills during practice Tuesday, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. However, he expects to be completely healthy after the Eagles return from their bye in Week 13 against the Cardinals.
    Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn’t yet named a starting quarterback for Week 13, but Nick Foles has led Philadelphia on a three-game winning streak in Vick’s absence.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Shadow: I don’t think Kelly cares about the dog killer’s ego. Foles has to be the starter.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think all you need to know comes after ‘but’ in the last sentence.

  41. W1LDFiRE says:
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    Hey Sky,

    So I’m sitting at (9-2) with two weeks to go until playoffs. I’m in a 12 team PPR ESPN league that consists of 3 divisions of 4. Six teams make playoffs (3 division winners+3 best records) so obviously 2 teams get 1st round bye and each play-off match up is only 1 week long, Final game is week 16. My division is super close; I’m 1st, 2nd is(8-3), 3rd is(7-4) and I play each of them the last two weeks. I need 1 more win to guarantee bye..

    Anyways I was wondering if you have any advice on who I should look to target in a trade before our deadline next week OR if you think my team looks strong enough, barring injury, to win a championship? Obviously you don’t know what the other teams look like but I’d appreciate any advice, help or just initial opinion after seeing my squad.

    QB- Matthew Stafford
    RB- Matt Forte
    RB- Shane Vereen
    WR- Dez Bryant
    WR- Victor Cruz
    WR- Larry Fitzgerald
    TE- Heath Miller
    RB/WR/TE- Golden Tate
    Def- Cincinnati Bengals
    K- Garrett Hartley

    BENCH: Ben Roethlisberger, Percy Harvin, Chris Ivory, Lamar Miller, Andre Ellington, Delanie Walker, New England Patriots

    Sorry so long but I’d greatly appreciate any help or opinion you might have…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re in first for a reason my man. Not seeing a reason to mess with what you have. If you don’t have roster restrictions, drop Big Ben for a lottery ticket RB. Once Harvin is playing at a full level, you’re gonna be in good shape.

      • W1LDFiRE says:
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        @Sky: Thanks for the response, I’ve been pretty consistent all year except for my TE spot and sometime RB2.

        I’m excited to see what Harvin and Vereen will add over the next few games, hopefully enough that I feel confident starting both. I’ve had Vereen stashed away since week 1 and Harvin since week 4 or so. Sure hope they reward my patience..

        Last week I traded away Terrance Williams for Delanie Walker since I have quite a few receivers..thoughts on the trade and/or what you expect from him ROS?

        • Sky

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          Yeah, every team has question marks. Vereen and Harvin are good gambles but don’t kill your team if they aren’t amazing down the stretch.

          Not really high on either. Walker is a matchup play but Terrance doesn’t quite fit with Dallas. It was fine, just nothing earth-shattering for either side.

  42. The Flayed Man says:
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    Trade offer:

    My Stacy for his Trent Richardson/Roddy White.

    12 team dynasty. Full IDP roster

    My RB are McCoy/D. Murry/C. Michael/Franklin/Pead/Andre Brown/Z. Stacy
    My WR are: J. Gordon/D. Thomas/ K. Allen/ C. Patterson/ M. Wheaton

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s a terrible trade…

  43. Megan says:
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    I’ve been much trouble with WRs this season. I’m in a Yahoo, 10 team, standard points league. I have the following options for my 2 WRs this week:
    Already on roster – Amendola, Welker, T. Williams, Boldin, & K. Wright
    Free Agent – Stills
    Who should I start? Should I drop one of them to stream Stills this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Welker/Amendola. Ten team and only 2 WRs leaves way too much up to chance. Better if there were 3

  44. Doug says:
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    Based on your opening, I should accept Fitz and Rainey for Cooper and Vernon Davis right? My other RBs are Bush, Vereen, Bernard, T-Rich, and Dennis Johnson, while my only TE is Heath Miller. I’m solid at WR with Dez and J. Gordon.

    • Sky

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      It’s a reasonable trade, especially in needing a TE upgrade.

  45. J-FOH says:
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    My buddy pointed out to me how you came to my rescue in baseball when i got attacked by the grammar hammer the other day. Wow, I didn’t even see it that way, i look at it as you mess with one bean you get the whole burrito…uh maybe I should say you mess with one razz, you get the whole ball? Regardless, the analogy doesn’t matter. I very much wanted to write that who he needed to take it up with was Grey because all I did was cut and paste what has been in place for a long time. But no, they don’t do that. I like football where we like to light our farts on fire and don’t judge each other for our beer preferences, were just glad you’re drinking beer and not wine.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a sports blog. None of us do this full time and even the ones who come close to it like Grey make blunders from time to time. To expect perfection from rapid reaction writing from the general folk is just silly. And I couldn’t stand the tone ‘the content has gone down hill because someone used went over go’ or whatever it was. That’s absurd. Like saying putting the wrong garnish on a plate somehow ruined the meal. Ya don’t eat the fucking garnish, asshat, ya eat the steak. If the writing is really, really bad, I could understand but it’s not. It’s just someone being a pissy pants. Seriously, not even commenting on the actual content, just commenting about 1 grammatical error. I’ll be sure to double check ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ the next time someone puts up a strength of schedule post. Because, ya know, it really affects the content.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: that was beautiful, I think I’m going to give my daughter the content and have her write the sentences for my next article. I’ll show them

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Perfect. She can even do it in crayon.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: does wordpress have a crayon font?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Maybe. I’m pretty sure it has a wing dings font.

  46. great whites says:
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    Need 2 in a standard league torrey, jordy, or t.y, also mjd or t.rich, thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @great whites: jordy, Ty and MJD, I have a hunch that TY scores a TD and Ed reed welcomes Torrey to his new team

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not with JFOH on this one. I’d want Torrey/Jordy. Jets have been torched by the long ball all year and that’s a Torrey specialty. THink you’re gonna have a hard time going wrong with either of the three, though. Still MJD for me too.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I told these guys to drop T-Rich for Rainey last week, Why do people still own him. My buddy said he grabbed T-Rich in our league to play keep away, i say from what. Let them add him, play him and get nothing. Brown is the own there and T-Rich is just B-Shit!

        • Sky

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          I see zero confidence in that kid at this point. Colts are partially to blame but he still hasn’t done his job effectively when the opp arose. He’s either Cedric Benson or someone who’s gonna come on strong next year after getting his head on straight. Only time will tell.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: I see him bouncing back but for this year I really only see him as someone to not own and to leave for others to play the hope game with.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @J-FOH: I can see that. But I’ll say he’ll keep getting chances. Irsay doesn’t want to look like an idiot even though it’s clear the trade’s not working.

  47. Zandy says:
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    Assume you wouldn’t trade Hilton for ray rice correct? Just got the offer

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Zandy: no (trust me when I say i’m speaking for a few hundred people here)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: zandy, meant to ask, how did you know sky would pick this week’s CLE vs PIT over HOU vs JAX?

        • Zandy says:
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          @goodfold2: becuz I know sky hated on my choice of hou over Oakland last week… Figured a poor Houston showing wouldn’t have made him like them anymore this week haha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Zandy: makes sense, too bad you couldn’t have grabbed BUF. weird thing was i was able to get BUF in a 14 teamer even with an average team having 1.5 defenses.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Definitely not

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