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Coming into the season, Calvin Johnson was the consensus first wide receiver off the board.  Most pundits – including myself though I don’t like calling myself a pundit…feels like I’m calling myself a dirty word – had Calvin in their top 5 overall and coming into tonight, there was still good reason for that type of stature despite the missing touchdowns.  And even after tonight’s bad performance in which he only nabbed 3 receptions for 34 yards – albeit on 11 targets – Calvin is still on pace for another 100 reception campaign and 1575 yards receiving.  Of course, for the owners who were looking at his past seasons of 12 and 16 touchdowns from 2010 thru 2011 are surely wondering if the Madden Curse is real.  Well it is but doesn’t really apply to your season CJ owners as I’m sure Peyton Hillis drafters circa 2011 can attest to.  Calvin’s lack of touchdowns has less to do with him and more to do with a team in the Detroit Lions just not playing to their level of ability.  It’s hard to say if/when a team might get their mojo back – well, unless you’re the Jaguars…looks like it’ll be awhile – but if the Calvin owner is a seller, I’m still a buyer.  Touchdowns are like teenagers.  They smell bad and don’t come out of their room for days while playing Halo 3? No, random person I made up to make a joke, they’re like teenagers because they’re fickle.  Coming into tonight, the leading touchdown receiver in the NFL was James Jones.  Now if you had the odds on that in Vegas, I’d say you cheated and that your name was Marty McFly.  In truth, I can’t promise you 10 touchdowns from Calvin the rest of the way but I can say he’s been better than many people want to believe.  And with that, we must go back to the future!  Er, I mean we must go back to other fantasy football news…

Matthew Stafford – Hi everyone, my name is Matthew and I have chronic disappointment syndrome.  Sure, he’s still getting the yardage at a decent clip as he’s on pace for nearly 4700 on the year.  Sure part two, the revenge of the deodorant, he’s also on pace for only 16 interceptions like last year.  However, he’s also on pace for a ghastly 13 touchdown passes which is just a few short of his 41 from last year.  Some of the blame of this year does rest on his shoulders but he’s also had multiple dropped passes and the defense/special teams have forced the Lions to be more one-dimensional than they’d probably like to be.  Overall, his schedule moving forward is going to do him no favors.  If he’s going to turn around his season, he’s going to have to do it on his own.

Mikel LeShoure – Looked good running the ball and probably would’ve settled into a much better night if the Lions didn’t have to go to the air for most of the second half.  Though he was one of the three Detroit players to lose a fumble on the night, people in PPR leagues would find it hard to hate a 63 yard performance that came with 20 yards on 6 receptions as your flex play for the night.  Wait, he was your flex play and not your RB1, right?  I’m still not so sure about LeShoure but I’m sure he’s LeStarter which is more than I can say for Kevin Smith.  Seriously, if I were him on the sidelines, all I’d do is eat cans of refried beans before the game and stand next to Schwartz the whole time.

Jay Cutler – This pretty much sums up Jay and why the Bears struggled.  Yes, you just heard he thought the Bears were playing well on offense when he came out.  Look, I know he was hurt but he wasn’t setting the world on fire before going down.  Truthfully, Detroit had no business being that close at the end of the game let alone at the half.  No, this has nothing to do with fantasy sports, per se, but the score was 13-7 and one of the touchdowns was scored by a guy named Ryan Broyles.  No, I’m not going to talk about him any more than here.  Overall, I’m glad Cutler wasn’t seriously hurt on the Suh-mo slam but I think it hurt his head more than his rib if he thought the Bears were rolling.

Matt Forte – Did exactly what his owners (should’ve) expected: 22 carries for 96 yards to go with 3 receptions and 0 touchdowns to go with 0 touchdown opportunities.  The Bears were down on the 5 and threw the ball three times.  Apparently the Bears don’t even want to give Michael Bush a shot either.  I was surprised they didn’t call a flea flicker down there on that drive.  But more on Forte, he’s looking good for a guy coming off an ankle injury.  Here’s to continued health to his owners and continued scotch for my liver.

Chicago Bears D/ST – This is the second time I’ve covered a game in which the Bears defensively dominated the night.  Six fumbles, three of which were recovered, many near interceptions and one real one.  If the Bears offense had put a bit more pressure on Detroit’s offense, we might’ve seen even more of a lop-sided game.  Even though the end line was 13-7, the game felt like it was out of reach by the end of the first half.  If I were a Bears fan, I’d be ecstatic.  Instead, I’m a fantasy writer and looking for bread crumbs.  Thanks Bears defense!

Titus Young – He didn’t get the touchdown but was about 50 yards of the drive that scored it as he finished the night with 81 yards on 6 receptions.  He seemed to step up after Nate Burleson went down with a broken right leg.  I liked Titus coming into the season and he disappointed and fell down the WR chart.  With this performance and Nate’s situation, Young looks like a good WR pick up if you’re in need.  You can read that last sentence as ‘if you’re one of those people who still own Andrew Hawkins, now would be a good time not to own Andrew Hawkins’.

Joique BellIs only here for ridicule.  Internet friends, here’s what needs to happen.  Let the video run normal up until he gets his hands on the ball.  Then put it in slow motion and set it to R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ song.  I’ve checked, www.joiquebellflies.com is not taken.  I won’t ask for royalties but a mention would be nice.

  1. RiffRaff says:
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    I’m in a 12 team PPR league and a newbie dropped Jeremy Maclin. I still have all $100 of my FAAB budget (and this is what I’ve been saving it for). Should I break the bank and bid all of it for him? R. Jennings is also available on the wire. Either one would probably be an upgrade at my FLEX position (over S. Greene). Which one do you think is more valuable, and is it worth going all-in for him? I should add: people have been bidding higher and higher each week for the top waiver adds – last week someone bid $46 for Felix Jones. I don’t want to miss out on a roster upgrade. How much would you bid?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rashad is a hard call. One, we don’t know how long MJD is out and two, I don’t know if he’s a game changer in terms of talent. Oakland shut him down on 21 carries last week. Maclin isn’t exactly setting the world on fire either and I wasn’t a huge fan of him coming in. With all their warts, at least we know Maclin is a starter for ROS barring injury. Money-wise, though, I’d only be throwing down about $30 because he is – again – not a game changer.

  2. Ryan says:
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    This one hurt. Lose when scoring 147 points because the Lions can’t manage to kick a single field goal. Awful, awful game.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Ryan, I lost scoring the third most in the league because Forte didn’t get over 100 yards or score a TD. A win and I’m in third. The loss knocked me down to 6th.

      • Ryan says:
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        Rough. I’m sitting at 2-5 now with the 3rd highest scoring team in the league (averaging about 120 points per week). I’m second in most points against. Seems every team has their best weeks against me.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Ryan, yep. Same boat. I have the most points scored against me and 4th most points scored in the league. I sometimes hate this game…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, I have a deep league in which 140 is considered a good week. I’ve scored 160 twice and lost and am now 3-4 with MJD down. Not a happy camper.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The only thing the Lions kicked were the nuts of the fantasy hopeful and their fans.

  3. Plainview says:
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    Leshoure or Rashard Jennings ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gotta be LeShoure

  4. schlitzy says:
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    Doug Martin for Jordy Nelson – fair if I need a WR (I only have Maclin and Denarius plus bench garbage)? Would leave me with Mathews, Spiller, Jennings, Leshour. We start 2 RB and 2 WR – no flex.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Would prefer to make a smaller deal with a lesser back but it’s fair.

  5. Muskegee says:
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    Good article Sky…although I lost to the bears def by 2 points, so not the best of fantasy weekends.

    I’m also a MJD owner, now pretty desperate and need advice. Making a move to get a RB, my receivers are Wallace, Vjax, Fitz, and Britt. I am trading for a RB between CJ spiller, Fred Jackson, and Doug Martin.

    It seems he will trade Fred Jackson for Wallace…thoughts on this? Should I push harder for spiller? Is Vjax more valuable than wallace?

    Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ouch…can’t believe DET is this bad this year.

      Wallace can’t seem to catch the ball…considering your predicament, you’re selling low but Buffalo looks comfortable with the two backs being a major part of the offense ROS. I’d check for CJ first for sure but would be ok with F-Jax.

      Of course, I would flat out love Martin but I doubt that comes to fruition.

      • Muskegee says:
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        @Sky, I tried hard for Martin but no luck, and it seems spiller is off the block too. Maybe I pushed too hard.

        With only Fjax to trade for, who has more value in the future– wallace or vincent jackson? He is willing to do either.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Still like Wallace over V-Jax ROS.

  6. Mike says:
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    torrey smith was just dropped…..would u dump Hixon and pick him up?
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yup

  7. Plainview says:
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    Is Freeman + DMC a good offer for McCoy or Adrian Peterson? Would you make either of those offers? I have been suffering through DMC and am considering making that offer to a QB challenged team that has McCoy and AP. I have Ryan so I could lose Freeman now that the bye is over.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re most likely not getting either with that trade in a 1QB league

  8. Ryan says:
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    trying to upgrade bench…would u drop alex green for Jennings?
    Or would u pick up Andre brown instead just in case bradshaw gets hurt again
    stanard league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s a tough call. Don’t know how long MJD is out. It’s a risk but I probably would

  9. iMP says:
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    Love how you put Titus in perspective by comparing him to Hawkins. I spent a 9th rounder on him thinking he could be Jordy Nelson part II. Broyles was a nifty receiver in college and it will be interesting to see how he does in the lineup.

    Stafford has played so poorly that he was dropped in my 12 team PPR league. I hesitate to pick up Stafford just in time to play the SeaHawks, but I’m sitting at 2-5 with an even greater underachiever (Romo) starting at QB. My other waiver wire option is to go after RJennings. Problem is that without a trade or good news on the Murray front I’d have to drop FJax or Murray to roster him by the end of the week (Foster and Felix Jones are my other RBs).

    1. IF MJD is diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury, would Jennings be better ROS than FJax and/or Murray?
    2. Would you drop Romo for either Stafford or Palmer ROS? Conceivably I could carry two QBs too, though probably only for a couple of weeks and at the cost of dropping LMoore in a 3WR league.

    Thanks for all the help and the analysis in your articles!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, Titus still has a shot but he – like many Lions – is a headcase. This is his final shot this year, IMHO.

      Ugh RE: Stafford/Jennings situation. I’d pick up Stafford…higher upside in terms of production.

      1) I don’t think so. Jags are bad

      2) I’d drop for Stafford but not Palmer. Wouldn’t drop Moore. If you need Palmer, he’ll be out there or some over variation of him in a 1QB league.

      No prob, glad you like it!

      • iMP says:
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        @Sky, Okay one more nugget.
        Rotoworld points out JStew got 58 snaps last week. Though it didn’t show in the box score, would this workload give him FJax like potential ROS? He is unowned, so that would be another risky way to avoid a zero this week (Murray, Foster, FJax no go with 4RB roster limit) without totally tanking the rest of the season. Thoughts?

        • Murph says:
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          @iMP,

          Can’t speak for Sky here but in my opinion Stewart has the “lead back” status in Carolina and fits the offense better than anyone there. The problem with that is that lead back in Carolina doesnt mean much when you spread carries around to Cam, Williams and Tolbert, even if each back gets 5-7 carries each you are cutting into 20 carries for stewart. He also was given 3 chances to score on the goal line (2 carries and 1 pass) and he did not convert, tolbert was given the goal line carry in the second half and he did convert. without scoring a TD Stewart will be in the 4-7 point range most weeks. I think Carolina is having an identity crisis with coach rivera and it is hurting all fantasy players value. They also have a pretty tough schedule coming up so I would look to waivers before putting your trust in any Panthers running back.

          @Chi @Wash Den TB @Phi

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          What Murph said!

          The FJax comparison would be valid if Carolina viewed its RBs the same. Buffalo leans heavy on CJ & Fred in both the running and the passing game. Can’t say the same of the Carolina attack.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            That backfield is a mess no identity three running backs of similar talent and running style…why not give Steve smith and cam newton the help they so desperately needs? Vincent Jackson Brandon Marshall Brandon Lloyd Pierre garçon all were available in the free agent market this year. Big fail by the GM and coaching staff. And let’s not get started in the o line and defense….turrible

            • Sky

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              Oh yeah for sure. Didn’t understand the Tolbert signing to begin with. Not really sure how they came out of the off season without some upgrades all around. Lot of people want to blame Cam but there’s plenty of fault to go around and it does start in MGMT.

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                Maybe they were taking the Saints approach that any player that leaves San Diego and signs with another team turns into a superstar….still doesn’t make any sense that team needs major help.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha, you still have to give them the ball to make it true! Seriously, Panthers are nutters; more firings to come no doubt.

                  • iMP says:
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                    @Sky and Murph,
                    Thanks fellows for the great discussion. Unfortunately I am stilled screwed, but at least it won’t be a CAR back doing the honors. Cheers!

                    • Murph says:
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                      @iMP,

                      If have a little depth to carry you to the later weeks the schedule gets easier and maybe Carolina will have things figured out offensively by then its worth the risk but if you need immediate help waiver wire or trade is your best option. Good luck

  10. Mike says:
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    Torrey smith or desean Jackson ROS?
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      DeSean

  11. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Morning Sky!

    Im in a 12 team Non PPR and I’m looking at trading Jordy Nelson high before Jennings comes back and destroys his value.

    My #1 target would be AJ Green who had a bad game for his standards and is on his BYE Week. His owner has Bye Week problems as well. My only concern with Green is his playoff matchups in week 15 @Phi and week 16 @Pit. (Yes it is ridiculous to think of playoffs at this point but I am 5-2 and feel like I can)

    Otherwise I would be looking at Roddy White (NYG, @Det in 15,16)

    So the question is, Should I get the superior WR in AJ Green regardless of his Playoff Matchups or target somebody more consistent with good matchups.

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go AJ if I can but wouldn’t cry if I got Roddy.

  12. Murph says:
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    Big Ben or Matt Ryan this week? It’s a case of matchup vs skill. Ben Raper not being the skilled one of course.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d still lean towards Ryan.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        I feel the same Big Ben only becomes a weekly starter in PPR leauges (point per rape)

        Oh and be sure to have Julio Jones ranked higher than Roddy White this week the Falcons are playing away #FalconsConspiracyTheory

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Big Ben is leading three of my teams right now. That must be how I’m winning. I had no idea that was a stat!

          Ha, if it happens this week, I’ll put my tinfoil hat on with you. I’m not saying Aliens, but…

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            Haha thanks Sky and good luck this week.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, no prob you too!

        • Prezii says:
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          @Murph, point per rape… Man im usin that one!! Thanx murph durph!

          • Murph says:
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            @Prezii,

            I know classic right? Had to do it and feel free to use it as freely as needed Prez….Just realized my team could cast in the longest yard. Big Ben Vick Turner Lynch Marshall Bryant….just a bunch of criminals

  13. iMP says:
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    Another question if you have time:

    The MJD, RG3 owner needs RB help bad (and is leading the league in points so won’t get Rashad). My WRs are Jennings/Nicks/Bowe/LMoore/DMoore and Romo is my QB. Is it worth it to package FJax with a WR to get RG3? If so, which one? I’d be left with only Foster, Jones/Murray unless I get RJennings off waivers. We play 2RB with no flex.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re going to have to spend big to get RGIII and I’d be surprised if he bites. Can try Bowe or Nicks but I don’t think he’ll bite.

      • iMP says:
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        @Sky, Thanks for the reply. He has Brees, so that is the basis for some hope. He was in position to win the league and the only has 2 healthy RBs on his roster (Morris, BJGE) so he should be feeling a little desperate to make a move….just not sure I want to help him LOL.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No problem. I wish you luck in helping him which in turn would hopefully help you!

  14. Wilsonian says:
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    Back to my QB question from yesterday. This may be on the table, so what do you think of this trade in a 0.5 PPR?

    I get – M.Ryan and Sproles
    I give – Cam and Forte

    Bonus points: 3 at 100 yards rushing, 85 yards receiving, 250 yards passing; 6 at 150 yards rushing, 135 yards receiving, 350 yards passing.

    My team:

    QB: Cam
    WR: Nicks
    WR: Dez
    WR: DJax
    RB: Bradshaw
    RB: Morris
    TE: Witten
    W/R: Forte
    W/R/T: Cobb
    BN: Graham
    BN: Jennings
    BN: J.Gordon
    BN: LeShoure
    BN: Mendenhall
    BN: Freeman

    It’s also a 2-player keeper league.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, well that deal fell through. Is there any one back of Forte/Bradshaw/Morris that you’d deal for Matty Ice?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Bradshaw.

  15. Prezii says:
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    Me… 168
    Opponent.. 170.. haha i actually lost a point last night! Urlacher didnt force that fumble and he lost a tackle.. not to mention, losin to the top scorer in the league (werent we JUST talking about this?). Damnit! Oh well, bye weeks for me are in the past and im loaded up with talent.. all my pieces are in place for a big second half i feel.. and with razzball up my sleeve, the Sky is the limit! Sea what i did there?

    P.s. Gruden is ALWAYS right! Hahaha

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I see it and give you 1 pun point! Good luck ROS, I’m in the same boat with most teams concerning bye weeks. Gonna need some luck from here on out to make it in every league but I’ll say I have the chance which is more than most can say week 8.

      It’s hard not to be right when you’re so general! ‘See this guy here and that guy there…’

  16. Murph says:
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    The Titans receivers have a nice schedule end of season (critical ff playoff time) who is the receiver to have ROS? Britt Washington or Wright? I liked what I saw from Washington week 7

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Like them all, actually. I know you wanted a better answer but in truth, Tennessee has 3 capable WRs this year and they’re going to need to keep throwing it to stay afloat. Over the last three weeks, I think each one has had at least 1 10+ target game. If I had to pick one ROS, it would still be Britt but admittedly he’s a boom or bust pick of the three.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Almost the same situation in Dallas sometimes the most skilled receiver is not the most valuable looks like Hasselbeck is starting to trust Washington the same way Romo trusts Austin.

  17. PPR – I’m 5-2 currently in Third

    Through trades and waiver wires I have been working since WK1 to get my lineup set for the remainder of the season barring injuries of course.

    I feel like I have a very good/solid team to see me through the end but not really sure if Josh Freeman is the guy I can count on as my QB1

    I had Rivers but due to his wk6 melt down I kicked him to the curb (Waivers) here is the list of QB’s on waivers, in your opinion is Freeman a QB1 ROS or do you see one who I should add as either a QB1 or playing the matchups? – Fitzpatrick, Weeden, Bradford, Rivers, Sanchez, R Wilson, Tannehill, Locker

    QB – Freeman
    WR- Calvin Johnson
    WR – Percy Harvin,
    RB)- Lynch
    RB – Ryan Matthews,
    Flex W/R/T – McGahee
    TE – Hernandez –
    BN – Josh Gordon
    BN – Jeremy Kerley
    BN – Dustin Keller –
    BN – LeShoure

    • Sky

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      I don’t think Freeman is a QB1 ROS but he’s a great play when the matchup is right. With that being your FA, just play matchups as you need. I haven’t done a weekly rankings evaluation yet but Wilson might be a nice play this week.

  18. barker says:
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    8 team league .5 ppr

    i give t gonz i get demaryius thomas

    other te v davis
    other wr dez fitz colston desean jackson

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t know if that is a vast improvement for your team but I’ll take WR depth over TE depth.

  19. Ian says:
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    I’m looking to utilize my depth to upgrade at WR and buy low on a (temporarily?) injured Richardson from a guy desperate for a RB this week (12-team, no PPR; 2 RB, 2 WR, flex).

    Me
    RB: Forte, Bradshaw, Mathews
    WR: S. Smith, Austin, Cobb, S. Moss, Jennings

    Him
    RB: Richardson, Law Firm, M. Bush
    WR: Nicks, Maclin, A. Johnson, Hartline

    I was planning to offer Bradshaw and Austin for Richardson and Nicks, but I’d love to get your thoughts on the situation. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The Nicks part of it makes me leery. I’d prefer not to take on more injury risk.

      • Ian says:
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        @Sky,

        Is there another combo that you think I should pursue instead, or do the pieces just not align for this one?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think with Richardson sounding like he’s out until week 10 and Nicks’ on again off again health, you’re just paying too much. I don’t know you’ll get the results of a buy low like you’re looking for is my issue.

          • Ian says:
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            @Sky,
            Thanks, as always, for the great advice!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob, glad to help!

  20. george says:
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    Would you pick up titus young, or kerley? Kerley seems a little more consistant. Thanks Sky.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Kerley is the more consistent. If we’re talking fill-in, he’s the better one. Upside, you go Titus.

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