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Fantasy Football stats, news, and opinions heading into NFL Week 8.

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Bye: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, NY Jets, Tampa Bay

Arizona at Baltimore

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. One quick glance at Kevin Kolb’s numbers, and it’s not ugly. But it’s nothing to get jazzed up about considering he’s thrown interceptions in five consecutive games and he hasn’t topped 272 yards. He needs touchdowns or else his value is shot, and they won’t come this week.
  • RB Beanie Wells, injury number two on the season. RB LaRod Stephens-Howling is the better back this week, but look past the Ravens. The Cardinals play the sieve-like Rams and Eagles run defense in Weeks 8 and 9. If Beanie misses more than one week, rookie RB Alfonso Smith will be a force.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Ravens have moved from 11th to 20th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Early Doucet, Targets per game: 3, 6, 6, 6, 16, 5. Take out the high and low, and it’s six a game. He’s a useful fantasy player on most weeks, but not this week.
  • LB Daryl Washington, past three games: 17 Solos, 1 Assist, 1 Sack. That’s not dominating, but he’s a steady LB2.
  • Rookie CB A.J. Jefferson has at least 5 Solos+PD’s in each of his past five games.
  • Week 7 photo of QB Joe Flacco.
  • RB Ray Rice owners, keep your chin up. Of course he didn’t cost me a victory so I can stomach his lackluster Week 7.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Don’t get excited about WR Anquan Boldin facing his former team; the game is inBaltimore. You should be excited about the great fantasy match-up, and that he’s been putting up good fantasy numbers despite inconsistent QB play.
  • TE Ed Dickson has gone from consistent-with-potential to consistently mediocre.
  • CB Lardarius Webb had his first bad game of the year. If someone cuts him, pick him up.
  • DB Bernard Pollard just knocked another ball loose.
  • The statistician took a forced fumble away from DB Ed Reed Tuesday morning. He’s useless for fantasy if he doesn’t get turnovers or sacks.

Minnesota at Carolina

  • Rookie QB Christian Ponder was 13 for 32, but the team scored 27 points. Points are good for fantasy players.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Panthers give up the most fantasy points to running backs. Stock up Adrian Peterson.
  • WR Michael Jenkins, Week 7: 3 Receptions, 8 Targets, 111 Receiving Yards, 1 TD. Maybe your opponent shouldn’t giggle when he’s in your starting lineup.
  • Who is the Vikings WR3 now that Bernard Berrian is cut? Doesn’t really matter.
  • DE Jared Allen is playing at an insane level. He’s comfortably at the top of the DL rankings.
  • LB Chad Greenway, past three games: 21 Solos, 7 Assists, 1 PD.
  • I miss CB Antoine Winfield badly. He is so steady.
  • Rookie QB Cam Newton is a Top 3 Fantasy QB. Just think, he was QB3 on your 12-team league roster entering the season.
  • I can hear RB Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams owners scream every time Newton waltzes into the end zone.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Vikings have moved from 20th to 8th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. You can’t complain about WR Steve Smith for the rest of the 2011 season. He’s already been a steal for you and everything you getting out of him is gravy.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Panthers have moved from 28th to 11th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock up Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Vikings have moved from 10th to 22nd in fantasy points given up to linebackers. James Anderson’s total tackles in Week 7 were basically the same as Week 5 and 6. The difference was the statistician gave him 10 Solos vs the ‘Skins. He’s been a tackling monster most weeks this season, and he’s still fine to use in this unfavorable match-up.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Vikings give up the third fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Sherrod Martin and Charles Godfrey, who both had disappointing Week 7 games despite the juicy Redskins’ match-up.

Jacksonville at Houston

  • RB Maurice Jones-Drew hasn’t had a monster game all season. And don’t give me his 167 total yards in Week 3 ‘cause he didn’t find the end zone. Good thing his draft value was low due to injury concerns. You’re getting what you paid for.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Texans give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to tight ends. I warned you about TE Marcedes Lewis last week. His bye is Week 9, so chances are he’s just eating roster space in your shallow league.
  • WR Jason Hill, past three games: 11 Receptions, 19 Targets, 209 Receiving Yards, 1 TD. Nice, but he’s only good for emergencies. It’s not because of WR Mike Sims-Walker. It because of Jason Hill (and rookie QB Blaine Gabbert).
  • DE Jeremy Mincey has at least 3 Solos in each of his past five games. That’s outstanding consistency for a lineman.
  • LB Daryl Smith has at least 5 Solos in each of his past five games, and at least 7 Solos+PD’s in three of those games.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Jaguars have moved from 16th to 25th in fantasy points given up to quarterbacks. Stock down Matt Schaub.
  • If you listen closely, you can hear Titans’ fans yelling to pick up RB Arian Foster out of the backfield. Once the ball is in his hands, it’s pure speed. And he was nice enough to make it a blowout so RB Ben Tate could get some PT.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jaguars give up the third most fantasy points to tight ends. The Jags held Dickson in check last week despite their generous offerings to tight ends on the season. Owen Daniels is way better. Consider using Joel Dreessen as well.
  • LB DeMeco Ryans has 2 Solos, 6 Assists in his past three games, and zero Solos in consecutive games. That’s not a typo… ZERO Solos. If you own him in Dynasty leagues, pray for the LB Jonathan Vilma treatment (trade to a 4-3 team).
  • DB Danieal Manning’s last play for at least a month will be an interception. DB is always deep, so you’ll be fine.

Miami at NY Giants

  • J.P Losman will start at quarterback if Matt Moore can’t play.
  • WR Brandon Marshall has played very well the last two games despite facing tough opponents. I trust him, even with Losman, provided he continues his off-field treatment plan.
  • WR Davone Bess’ Week 7 performance (7 Receptions, 12 Targets, 52 Receiving Yards) makes me feel better about using him this week, as long as it’s not Losman.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Giants give up the second fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett. The Giants have given up 14 sacks, so Cameron Wake isn’t terrible.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Giants have moved from 24th to 11th in fantasy points given up to cornerbacks. Sean Smith and Vontae Davis are options in very deep leagues.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Giants have moved from 28th to 16th in fantasy points given up to safeties. Yeremiah Bell has been a Top DB over his past three games and he’s bound for another huge day.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Dolphins give up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock up Eli Manning.
  • Don’t assume RB Ahmad Bradshaw would be a Top RB if given the chance solely based on Week 6. The Giants are built to be a running-back-by-committee team.
  • WR Mario Manningham has exactly 56 Receiving Yards in three games this season, but that’s his single game high. I still say buy low.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Dolphins give up the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends. Jake Ballard, past three games: 11 Receptions, 12 Targets, 186 Receiving Yards, 2 TD’s. Start him.
  • StartDEJustin Tuck despite him not being on the field since Week 3. He’s too good to keep on the bench.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Dolphins have moved from 20th to 4th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock way up Michael Boley. I don’t recommend Jacquian Williams. His snap count could be reduced based on the Dolphins’ game plan.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Dolphins give up the most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Stock up Aaron Ross and Corey Webster. Also note that Antrel Rolle has been covering the slot receiver in nickel and dime packages.

New Orleans at St. Louis

  • QB Drew Brees is your hero.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs. The site of rookie Mark Ingram hobbling through the tunnel is good news for Pierre Thomas owners.
  • WR Marques Colston doesn’t have to be such a hog – his receiver teammates are getting jealous.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Let’s see if Jimmy Graham can withstand the poor match-up.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Will Smith and rookie Cameron Jordan.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the second most fantasy points to linebackers. Jonathan Vilma needs all the help he can get to finally have a dominating week.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Rams have moved from 30th to 20th in fantasy points given up to cornerbacks. Stock up Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson.
  • RB Steven Jackson, it’s not a crime to rush for over 100 yards.
  • WR Brandon Lloyd had a good first week in St. Louis despite catching passes from QB A.J. Feeley. He may have to do it again.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Saints have moved from 11th to 21st in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock down James Laurinaitis.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Saints give up the second most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Justin King has sucked the past two games. Use him cautiously. Keep an eye on Al Harris.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Saints give up the fifth most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Quintin Mikell.

Indianapolis at Tennessee

  • Week 7 photo of QB Curtis Painter.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the fourth most fantasy points to running backs. A healthy Joseph Addai might intrigue you, but he’s banged up. Delone Carter is the better play, with some deep league thought to Donald Brown.
  • WR Pierre Garcon has managed to keep his value high despite his quarterback. We can’t say the same for WR Reggie Wayne, who’s teetering between WR2 and WR3 status.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Titans have moved from 22nd to 5th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock up Dallas Clark.
  • LB Pat Angerer had his first poor game of the season last week, which was odd considering he was on the field often.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the second fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Antoine Bethea.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Colts have moved from 18th to 7th in fantasy points given up to quarterbacks. Start Matt Hasselbeck, despite two consecutive underwhelming games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the second most fantasy points to running backs. Chris Johnson has a decent chance to crack the Top 20 fantasy running backs after this game.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Colts have moved from 19th to 3rd in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Stock up Nate Washington. Start Damian Williams if you’re desperate.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Barrett Ruud and Will Witherspoon.
  • Jason McCourty is still a top fantasy CB after six games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the fewest fantasy points to safeties. Bench Jordan Babineaux and Michael Griffin.
  • Please take a moment to reflect on the Chris Johnson innuendo – his overall ranking is OUTSIDE the Top 20 RB’s.

Detroit at Denver

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Signs point to Matt Stafford starting, but I’m sure nervous owners acquired Shaun Hill on Tuesday waivers.
  • What’s that saying… turning lemons into lemonade? Problem is RB’s Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams aren’t good Javid Best replacements, and all you get are pits.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock up Calvin Johnson. Consider Nate Burleson. What’s taking rookie Titus Young so long to contribute?
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Broncos have moved from 28th to 19th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock up Stephen Tulloch, DeAndre Levy, and Justin Durant.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Broncos have moved from 15th to 25th in fantasy points given up to safeties. Bench Amari Spievey and Louis Delmas.
  • QB Tim Tebow was brutal for 3+ quarters, and somehow he ends up as the fifth best quarterback in Week 7. That’s what happens when you add rushing yards and no turnovers to the equation.
  • RB Knowshon Moreno has a window that could define his career. If he doesn’t capitalize, it increases the odds no team will trust him as a featured back.
  • Good looking play-call on the game-tying TD from TE Daniel Fells. Ideally it should have been rookie TE Julius Thomas, but he’s way far from meaningful contributions.
  • Touchdown for WR Demaryius Thomas in his first game action.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Lions have moved from 25th to 15th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock up Von Miller, DJ Williams, and Joe Mays. Speaking of Miller, IDP fans, you paying attention yet? The rookie has sacks in five straight games. There’s a reason he was drafted second overall. You still think it was a good decision to draft Mason Foster and Casey Matthews ahead of him?
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Lions have moved from 14th to 29th in fantasy points given up to safeties. IDP see-saw – linebackers moving up, so DB’s moving down. Stock down Brian Dawkins.

Washington at Buffalo (Toronto)

  • No WR Santana Moss for many weeks, and RB Tim Hightower is done for the year. RB Ryan Torain is a solid replacement prior to his next injury, so make sure you’ve added rookie RB Roy Helu. WR2 is a mess without Moss.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Bills have moved from 16th to 6th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers.
  • Want to win easy money on a bar bet? Ask someone who leads the Redskins in offensive fantasy points. It’s TE Fred Davis, and it’s by a mile.
  • Rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan, past two games: 3 Solos, 4 Assists.
  • Still waiting for LB Roger McIntosh to have a bad week? He’s already been picked up a started against you.
  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t had more touchdowns than interceptions since Week 2. Memo to ownership: careful with that contract extension.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Redskins give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to running backs. Fred Jackson can’t be contained. I’d like to think that ‘cause I own him.
  • RB C.J. Spiller, Week 6: zero Rushes, 5 Receptions, 5 Targets, 39 Receiving Yards, 2 Punt Returns, 11 Punt Return Yards. Any chance we can give him receiver status?
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Redskins give up the fifth most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Nick Barnett, and… nobody. Weird. I figure a 3-4 team would have a least two viable linebackers.
  • If Shawne Merriman falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does he make a sound?
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Redskins give up the third most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up George Wilson, Jairus Byrd, and Bryan Scott. Scott plays more like a LB, but so what, it’s still a great match-up.
  • CB Terrence McGee took a time machine back to 2007 in Week 6 (11 Solos, 2 PD).

Cincinnati at Seattle

  • Rookie QB Andy Dalton has alternated between -180 Passing Yards and +260 Passing Yards every week. If it continues in Week 8, his scheduled to have a poor game. Don’t assume the Seahawks will break this streak, as they’re in the middle of the pack for points given up to quarterbacks.
  • RB Bernard Scott will start for the suspended RB Cedric Benson. Even if Scott explodes, Benson’s getting his job back. Management likes Benson’s sluggish running style.
  • Rookie WR A.J. Green hasn’t had more than five receptions in four consecutive weeks. Yet he was fantasy relevant in three of those games. Comments like that are typically reserved for veterans.
  • Rock, paper, scissors – WR Jerome Simpson has two strong games, two average games, and two clunkers on the season. Throw paper.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Seahawks give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Stock down Nate Clements and Leon Hall.
  • Week 7 photo of QB Charlie Whitehurst.
  • I doubt you get a solid answer on RB Marshawn Lynch’s Week 8 injury status. RB Leon Washington would fill in again, while RB Justin Forsett serves snacks and beverages to the front row.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bengals give up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock down Sidney Rice. Bench Doug Baldwin and Mike Williams.
  • TE Zach Miller, we miss you.
  • Being a ‘Hawks fan, a saw a lot of this game on the internet. LB David Hawthone and DB Kam Chancellor were making plays all over the field.
  • LB Leroy Hill, past four games: 25 Solos, 11 Assists, 1 Sack, 1 FF.

Cleveland at San Francisco

  • QB Colt McCoy has 215 or more passing yards just once this season. It’s not a West Coast thing. It’s a McCoy thing.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the second fewest fantasy points to running backs. Even if Peyton Hillis plays, he belongs on your bench. Also bench Montario Hardesty.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: 49ers have moved from 17th to 8th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock up Ben Watson and Evan Moore.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the second most fantasy points to defensive tackles. Start Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor in deep leagues.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Bench Joe Haden.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Bench Alex Smith.
  • RB Frank Gore is no longer a “workhorse” back, as evidenced by his 18 rushing attempts per game. That’s part of the reason why he’s hanging around RB2 territory. Trade him in Dynasty leagues, but he’s still solid for Re-Draft leagues.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Bench Michael Crabtree, despite his strong Week 6 (9 Receptions, 15 Targets, 77 Receiving Yards). And avoid Braylon Edwards.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Browns have moved from 20th to 10th in fantasy points given up to kick/punt returners. Stock up Ted Ginn Jr., but see above.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the third fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
  • Rookie LB Aldon Smith, Week 6: 4 Solos, 2 Sacks, 1 Safety, 1 FF, 1 PD. Three straight awesome games for the kid, and he’s not even an every down player.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Browns have moved from 11th to 26th in fantasy points given up to cornerbacks. Stock down Carlos Rogers.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the fourth most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Dashon Goldson.

New England at Pittsburgh

  • Check out this article from Boston.com. I doubt the bye week aided WR Chad Ochocinco in learning the offense.
  • The Patriots backfield is still lead by RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But if you own him, you better have roster room to add his handcuffs. You don’t want to be burned in the fantasy playoffs.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Steelers have moved from 14th to 26th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock down Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
  • LB Jerod Mayo’s return is near, so cut ties with LB Gary Guton.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Steelers have moved from 17th to 8th in fantasy points given up to cornerbacks. Stock up Kyle Arrington and Devin McCourty, who happen to be the top two Patriots in IDP fantasy points.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Steelers have moved from 12th to 23rd in fantasy points given up to safeties. Stock down Patrick Chung.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock way up Ben Roethlisberger.
  • The roller coaster continues for RB Rashard Mendenhall and his fantasy owners. Could be worse – you could own Chris Johnson.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Mike Wallace’s speed will be on display often. Also start Antonio Brown, who had his best game of the season last week (7 Receptions, 9 Targets, 102 Receiving Yards, 3 Kickoff Returns, 66 Kickoff Return Yards, 2 Punt Returns, 47 Punt Return Yards). Monitor Hines Ward’s injury status Sunday morning.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Patriots have moved from 29th to 11th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock up LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Larry Foote, and the ultra-disappointing Lawrence Timmons.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the second most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark.

Dallas at Philadelphia

  • Reminder: QB Tony Romo sucks in primetime games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the third most fantasy points to running backs. One game doesn’t make rookie DeMarco Murray proven, but he’s exciting. Felix Jones ain’t getting his job back.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the most fantasy points to safeties.
  • Look for WR Miles Austin to get back on track after getting last week’s game under his feet.
  • In my mind, I see QB Michael Vick being engulfed by LB Demarcus Ware.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs. Stock down LeSean McCoy.
  • If you told me on September 1 that WR Jeremy Maclin (37 Receptions, 489 Receiving Yards, 3 TD) would have more fantasy points than WR DeSean Jackson (24 Receptions, 456 Receiving Yards, 2 TD’s) after six games, I would have told you to seek therapy.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Brent Celek made a fantasy appearance last game (4 Receptions, 9 Targets, 42 Receiving Yards, 1 TD), so give him some thought.
  • DE Trent Cole should play, so get him active.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the third most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Jamar Chaney. Brian Rolle might be worth a look in deep leagues.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the fourth most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Despite the match-up, Eagles’ corners just aren’t fantasy options.
  • Looks like DB Kurt Coleman got his job back.

San Diego at Kansas City

  • Norv Turner strikes again! He did QB Philip Rivers no favors in last week’s disastrous two minute drill.
  • The Chargers constant mid-game running back shuffling due to injury is maddening.
  • WR Vincent Jackson had the same opponents as WR Brandon Marshall the past two games. Marshall was serviceable vs CB’s Darrelle Revis and Champ Bailey. V-Jax stunk.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Chiefs have moved from 5th to 23rd in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock down Antonio Gates.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chiefs give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Donald Butler. Bench Shaun Phillips. Cut Takeo Spikes.
  • Stupid Todd Haley. He’s going out of his way to try and tell others just how smart he is (rather, thinks he is). His red zone play calling, specifically inside the 10-yard line, was ridiculous. It belonged under a big tent with some clowns and elephants.
  • If you’re starting RB Jackie Battle, at least you can root for someone Monday night. I don’t expect much.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the third fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock down Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the sixth most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali. Consider Jovan Belcher.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the third most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Stock up Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.

Vegas, NFL Spreads Week 8, Season Record 17-11-1

  • Carolina (-3) vs Minnesota
  • New England (-2.5) at Pittsburgh
  • Dallas (+3.5) at Philadelphia
  • Kansas City (+4) vs San Diego

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From Around The Web

  1. Lubey says:
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    Hey great write up! Do you mean Juilo or Felix in Dallas? Im hoping Felix will win it back but it is not looking good for me.

  2. huckleberry says:
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    i think danny thomas is a great back, i think hammy concerned thomas is a middle of the roader and with tuck back in blue and bush and the apocalypse, is he better this week than battle? not convinced by chargers runD.

    and i need creative way to offload cj”noway”k. him, hillis and fred davis to a team that has turner burner, freddie jackson, and ahmed bradshaw and the giving davis would replace tony gonzalez. A 3 for 1 should work for bradshaw, maybe turner. thoughts?

  3. timmy riggins says:
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    10-team .5ppr w/flex: Is trading B.Wells and S.Greene fair or too much for an elite RB like Forte, McCoy, or even AP? Which elite RB would you target or expect to get if youre packagine greene/wells. Any luck w/phish nye tix? Thanks

  4. Ser Mirwyn says:
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    K Walter or E Sanders in a ppr league? Thanks Razzball team!

  5. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Lubey: thanks; corrected.

    @huckleberry: healthy thomas > battle

    @timmy riggins: greene/wells will get you a bag of balls and a kicking tee. No way you’re getting a premier back for those 2 especially in a 10-team league. No more concerts for me; i don’t have the stamina

    @Ser Mirwyn: walter

  6. timmy riggins says:
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    @Joseph Buccellato: so youd trade greene+wells for an elite RB if you could

  7. Mikey says:
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    Awesome column.
    Tough lineup decision made harder by the above.
    Two of: Antonio Brown, Fred Davis, Aaron Hernandez.

  8. microwave donut says:
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    good work, I really enjoy these

  9. keld says:
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    start 2: Maclin, Austin, Lloyd, A. Brown

    Leaning towards Maclin, Lloyd… only because Austin’s in a slump and Romo doesn’t show up at prime time games.

  10. Chibbs says:
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    Greg Little or Jabar Gaffney?

  11. Alex says:
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    Hey guys, I have several matchup questions so bear with me!

    Phillip Rivers or Tim Tebow?
    Mario Manningham or Antonio Brown?
    Jackie Battle or Ryan Torain?
    Aaron Hernandez or Fred Davis?
    And do I pick up Buffalo or Tennessee D?

    Standard scoring.

    Bonus question, you don’t have to answer if you don’t want. But I’ll need to drop one of these to pick up a D… Tebow, Battle, Torain, Brown, Davis. Who would you drop? Depth is not really an issue at any position.

    Whew… sorry for all that work, thanks!

  12. Sawx10 says:
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    Gore or Sproles… Non ppr

  13. hideousmutants says:
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    Gotta decide between Jon Stewart and Manningham for FLEX. I have it as a toss up. I also have two good TEs (Fred Davis and Aaron Hernandez) and could slot one in there.

    What’s your pick of those choices?

    thanks!

  14. Robert says:
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    Hey Joseph…awesome article…need your advice on a couple of things…

    Gotta pick two: Gates, Gronk, Boldin, or Fred Davis (would have to drop Gronk or Boldin)

    Pick one: Pierre Thomas, Knowshon, D. Carter

    Thanks!

  15. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    degenerate gamblers

    I took down the Seattle (+3) vs Cincinnati pick

    I was hoping Tavaris would play – no way I’m taking Seattle with Whitehurst

  16. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Robert: all good, prob boldin gates; pierre

  17. brobocop says:
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    ok my team (ppr)
    rb
    Starks
    Murray
    D. Thomas
    Battle
    Torain

    wr
    Jennings
    V jax
    DHB
    J simpson
    G Little

    got offered E. Decker for Torain, take deal and run away from wash rb headache or ask for more. Me thinks more? Thanks for second op.

  18. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @brobocop: Bad deal because you are getting killed on “value”. Decker is WR on his way down, and Torain is RB (better position) on his way up.

  19. FoReal says:
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    For the record

    Maclin had more fantasy points than Jackson last year. You guys who are in love with Jackson forget that.

  20. ringo says:
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    steve breaston or kevin walter?

  21. eltoo says:
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    need to pick 2 out of the 4 for flex spots in a PPR league:

    Antonio Brown
    Torain
    Lance Moore
    Demaryius Thomas

    I have Brown and Thomas plugged in right now, grown tired of the Shanahan RB guessing game and Moore doesn’t seem to get more than 3 catches per game. Thoughts?

  22. Quiet Desperator says:
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    Hey, I keep hearing this “Tony Romo stinks in primetime” meme, but I can’t find much support for it. What’s your evidence, Joseph?

  23. Megatoad says:
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    Non ppr standard scoring. I need to pick up a TE this week because Finley has a bye. Do I drop Greg little Brandon Jacobs or Delone Carter (One of them has to start at RB this week)?

  24. blunty mcbluntsky says:
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    trade question, keeper league with draft picks tradable, i have been offered deangelo willaims and a 3rd round pick next year and i would be giving back james starks and a 13 round pick

    my starting running backs are a foster, c jonhson and l blount so this would be for depth and a upgrade draft pick, i wonder though how good starks upside is as a potential keeper?

  25. Robert says:
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    DEF question…need to pick between ARI and TEN. I know that TEN has the better straight up matchup, but…I’m in a return yards league that counts them as 1pt/10yds and 6pts/TD, and my opponent has Stephens-Howling. Had another guy play Hester against my CHI defense a couple of weeks ago, and it really minimized my DEF scoring. Thoughts?

  26. Joseph Buccellato

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    @blunty mcbluntsky: If you’re getting deangelo willaims and a 3rd round pick, i love it! Rodgers is TD hog, and Starks isn’t anything special.

    @Robert: Play IDP next season. As for question, it’s hard for me to give you answer, so here are stats:
    http://football33.myfantasyleague.com/2011/options?LEAGUE_ID=26650&OPTION=81&SORT=AVGDef&START_WEEK=1&END_WEEK=7

    Ravens ranked 10th in pts given up to DST
    Colts ranked 5th in pts given up to DST

  27. Robert says:
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    PPR League

    With Daniel Thomas out and Reggie Bush starting, use Reggie Bush or Maurice Morris at Flex?

    Thanks

  28. AB says:
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    Flex Play (10 man PPR league)?…..Fred Davis, Moreno or Reggie (D. Thomas out). Thanks

  29. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Robert: you shouldnt be using morris anyway – start bush

    @AB: hmmm, reggie just barely over davis

  30. Brody says:
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    A+ analysis – as always

  31. AB says:
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    @Brody:

    Agreed. I always check this site first and last

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