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Sunday’s finally here! To start things off we have our “Matchup Savers,” players that you can start today if you’re in a pinch due to the bye week, injuries, etc. I do all of this within the context of 12 team leagues that are competitive. Often there will be more talented/valuable players than these available- take them unless you are really enamored with a certain matchup.

Quarterbacks

Mark Sanchez: At home against a poor Jags secondary with Cotchery and Marshall healthy.  He’s worth a start over Alex Smith, oh wait, he already sucked all your potential fantasy points out of your team.

Vince Young: This recommendation comes to you via the ground instead of the air.  Young can run and the Bisons cannot tackle people who run.  Just hope he doesn’t try to throw too often.

Josh Freeman: Miami is not good at stopping the pass.  Freeman showed some brass ones against the packers last Sunday.  Miami should be able to control the clock and keep Freeman off the field, but I could see him throwing a strike to Winslow and Stroughter.

Running Backs

Rock Cartwright: The forgotten Cartwright brother should get some looks with Ladell Betts’ foot hurting. Denver is tough, but maybe you have Jacobs, Bradshaw, Slaton, Portis and a possible non-starting Deangelo Williams on your team.  Oh hell, just give up.

Kevin Faulk: You never know when he’ll grab a TD.  The heroes from this Pats/Colts game will probably be the ones you least expect.

Kolby Smith: He could get goal line carries if the Chiefs get any.

Wide Receivers

Robert Meachem: With Lance Moore out and the Saints facing the Rams he is a good play.  He’s owned in 23% of yahoo leagues which means he’s owned in about half of active leagues.

Davone Bess: He’s getting the targets as of late and gets a bad Tampa Bay defense to help him out.

Sammie Stroughter: He has a lot of speed and Freeman likes him. He’s worth a flier if you need another S.S. to compliment the Steve Smiths on your team.

Tight Ends

Brandon Pettigrew: There’s a chance he’s not a free agent, but if he is and you’re wavering about your TE, you can’t go wrong with whoever is going againt the Vikings. They are giving up the most fantasy points per game to tight ends.

Gary Barnidge: He plays for Carolina if you are wondering.  And he’s better than Dante Rosario who is in the process of getting Wally Pipped.  Add to that the Falcons have given up the most yards to tight ends in the league.

Bo Scaife: He’s not great by any means, but the Bills are tough against wide receivers.  I expect Young to hand it off often, run it often, and check it down often.  Scaife should get some looks.

Defenses

Tennessee: They have been looking better as of late and with CJ running all over Buffalo the defense should have time to rest up for the QB stylings of Trent Edwards.

Atlanta: Carolina has Jake Delhomme, that always helps, but if Deangelo Williams is out that really boosts Atlanta’s D and they will be a sneaky play.

Oakland: Greg Ellis should be back which will help a little. KC will be passing and I could see some picks in this game, on both sides! Oakland has played much better at home and if you are desperate you can throw them out there and hope they stay upright.

Buy and Sell

If your trade deadline hasn’t already passed it probably will this coming week. I am going to lay out the prime targets you should be buying or selling. There are going to be some obvious ones on here.

Buy High

Andre Johnson/Fitzgerald/Wayne: These are the three receivers I’m laying out there as the best of the best going forward. Nothing mind blowing here. Johnson and Fitzgerald, in particular, have RIDICULOUS playoff schedules.

MJD/AP/Ronnie Brown/Ray Rice/Chris Johnson/DeAngelo Williams: This opens up a can of worms about other guys I left out/dudes that arguably shouldn’t be in this group. Nabbing any of these uber-elite players should certainly help your chances of going deep in the playoffs.

Peyton Manning/Philip Rivers/Drew Brees: This is the same grouping except for quarterbacks. It’ll probably be difficult to pry them away from their owners unless they have a really good secondary quarterback.

Vincent Jackson: Speaking of sweet playoff schedules….. Jackson started off the season hot and hasn’t slowed down since. The playoff schedule is right in your wheelhouse. I’m buying all day on him.

Sell High

Marion Barber: The whole world’s convinced that Barber’s multiple injuries are behind him. Sweet. Now you can unload him in case the masses are wrong (which happens OFTEN). I really am just not a big believer in messing around with injured players. This is an ideal situation because his value has recovered so you can get enough for him.

Miles Austin: Why you hatin’ on the Cowboys, yo? Here’s a great rule of thumb for you- whatever ESPN Analcysts profess, expect the opposite. The Cowboys are the greatest team ever- allegedly. Look they implode every year. Zero leadership, zero discipline. I’ll go out on that ledge right now. Even if you don’t agree with me you should be selling Miles Austin for the right price.

DeSean Jackson: He just isn’t getting enough catches. It’s tough to recommend selling him because he’s such a game breaker but the Eagles are too keen on spreading the wealth. Their Marxist-Lenninist philosophy leaves too many questions unanswered going in to the fantasy playoffs for me.

Ricky Williams: I’ve seen him dealt at a very high value in a lot of trades. There’s no reason to dislike what he’s done so far but the touches aren’t where you’d like them. If it weren’t for some longish touchdown runs in some games his production would be a lot lower than it is right now. If you can get value I’d feel very good about dealing him.

Hines Ward: He can’t possibly be this productive all season. I’m just saying…

Mario Manningham: Not that you’re going to get a ton for him or anything but unless you’re in a keeper league I’d look to deal him as part of a multi-player deal. The later in the year it gets in Giants stadium the harder it gets to throw the football. Add to that Steve Smith is clearly the #1 and Hakeem Nicks is getting more and more targets since getting healthy.

Buy Low

Brandon Jacobs: I hate Brandon Jacobs, the New York Giants, and everything that either one of them love. But the reality is that Jacobs has to be better going forward than he has been to this point. Bradshaw won’t usurp him as the #1 guy (a broken foot tends to make it harder to play football) and the Giants offense should be able to score points consistently.

Anquan Boldin: It’s time for Boldin to stud it up. I’m not going to go on a long diatribe and repeat myself from previous weeks. If you’re going to place a wager throw it down on this guy.

Beanie Wells: I’m buying Cardinals whenever I get a chance. The schedule is too good.  Wells has been a tough trade target because of his potential, but Hightower keeps doing his thing and holding Beanie at bay.  I can’t guarantee Wells will blow up in the second half, but I think he’s worth the risk for anybody who needs to make a push to get in the playoffs.

Dwayne Bowe: Hey this is Doc speaking, Drew hates Dwayne Bowe, so he would never say to buy him; I’m going rogue here! The Chiefs are a horrible, horrible team, but with LJ gone and my man Lance Long in the slot and Chris Chambers giving some name recognition to the #2 position I see ex-Pat Haley going for a pass heavy offense.  Does Bowe live up to his potential? No, but he shows flashes and with more opportunities even a blind squirrel can find a nut. His schedule isn’t great, but I think he can be had for cheap and Asomugha may make him even cheaper.  If you are looking to shake things up, take a flier on him.

Sell Low

LaDanian Tomlinson: His value has recovered somewhat; take what you can get now and run with it. He just doesn’t look strong running the football. It’s sad to see such a great player on the decline but its happening. Oh well, Hall of Fame shouldn’t be that bad.

Steve Smith (CAR): You might be able to trick someone into thinking that he isn’t bad anymore. Hopefully he’ll score a couple touchdowns today and boost his value up.

Greg Jennings: Deep threat receiver with a quarterback who might get sacked a record number of times. I tried to come up with something to like about his situation but I got nuttin.

Matt Ryan: He’s going to be great quarterback. In long term keeper leagues it’s legitimate to want to hang on to him. Otherwise his schedule the rest of the way is horrible and you should move him if the value’s there.

Roddy White: High up on the list of dudes you don’t want heading in to the playoffs in fantasy football, particularly as a high round pick. If you can get something decent in return I’d feel pretty good about it.

From Around The Web

  1. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    which side you like better?
    -Pierre Thomas
    -Brandon Jacobs
    -Andre Caldwell

    or

    -Marion Barber
    -Ahmad Bradshaw
    -Devin Hester

  2. Nick says:
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    Going into tomorrow do you start Berrian, Housh or Wallace….pick 2. lets say Berrian starts… cause if hes out it makes my decision easy.

  3. Brent says:
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    I hate to brag but I have to after reading this post. In my first year of playing FF I’m lucky enough to have Rivers, Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Ray Rice, and Ronnie Brown. My TE is Gonzalez (who has been fine) and my flex is currently Hightower (with Mike Wallace and Moreno waiting in the wings). I’ve been rotating between Baltimore/Seattle/Green Bay for my defenses. Of course, I’m also 5 and 4 (with the most points scored in my league). Anyways, I should make the playoffs and it looks like I’ll be set up well.

  4. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Just nit picking here, but you mention that those are 4 receivers you love? You only listed 3, so did you mean to say 3, or is there a 4th you forgot to throw in there?

  5. matthole says:
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    wouldve been savvy of you to list Austin and Jackson after their monster games; not immediately after their shitty ones. And a month late on manningham. However, your “buy high” list is refreshing and made me re-think strategy heading into the trade deadline. For that, I thank you!

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Brent: good looking team,looks like you have had a little tough luck

  7. Ben says:
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    I see that Roddy White is on the list for Sell Low guys… would you rather have him or underproducing Calvin Johnson for the rest of the year in a PPR as your #2 WR?

  8. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Asdrubal Bastardo: PT side

    @Nick: Berrian Wallace

    @Ben: White is your safer bet. If you need to make a move CJ.

  9. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @matthole: Drew had DJax and Austin as sell highs last week as well

  10. Doc

    Doc says:
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    DeAngelo Williams looks like he’ll go

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Betts and Roddy White will play

  12. Joe B says:
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    I need 3 of these WR this week… 1/2 PPR: Santonio Homes, Mike Sims-Walker, Derrick Mason, or Steve Breaston. Who should I sit??? Also, in a PPR would you sit Miles Austin and play Pierre Thomas vs St. Louis???

  13. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Joe B: I’d sit MSW and play PT

  14. Bofum says:
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    who do i play today? non ppr
    D Bowe or Percy Harvin

  15. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Bofum: Harvin

  16. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Deangelo is officially active

  17. Josh says:
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    I asked a variant of this question earlier in the week, but I’m still agonizing and wondering if opinions have changed. Pick one for flex: Sims-Walker (NYJ), Mike Bell (STL), Bob Meacham (STL), LeSean McCoy (SD), Beanie Wells (Sea).

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Berrian active

  19. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Josh: Tough, I could see going with any except MSW. McCoy

  20. Josh says:
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    @Doc: thanks man. the advice is always appreciated.

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Josh: No problem

    T.O. starting

  22. Bofum says:
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    would you trade D Bowe for Boldin?

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: t.o over sims walker?

  24. Calogero says:
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    Pick 1 WR – Breaston or Santonio?

    Pick 2 RB – Knowshon, J. Charles, Fargas, or McCoy?

    Then – whoever you didn’t like from WR or whoever you didn’t like from the RB for a flex play?

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Bofum: @Bofum: @Bofum: asap,yes i would

  26. Josh says:
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    hmm, I just remembered my opponent has Drew Brees. maybe I’ll go Meacham and hope they hook up – six points for me and only four for her (yes, I’m playing against the first girl we’ve ever had in our league, and she’s actually doing quite well at 5-4).

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Bofum: Yes

    @Calogero: Holmes, McCoy, Charles

    @Josh: Worth a shot!

  28. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: do you like T.O OVER sims walker?

  29. Calogero says:
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    @Doc: All signs out of KC have Kolby Smith getting the start for KC and probably any goal line carries (if they ever exist for KC) – do you still like Charles over Fargas or Knowshon?

  30. Doc

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Hmm, close. I think I’d go with Walker.

    @Calogero: Ugh, yeah. I think I’d go with Fargas. I hate Haley.

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: thanks,i have kolby on my bench and im starting grant also,i think i have to stick with the better players

  32. Sos says:
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    Charles or lendale today in a ppr? Ugh

  33. Sos says:
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    Actually, charles, lendale, or fargas in a ppr? Double ugh.

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Sos: ppr, gotta go Charles

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: westbrook , maroney,betts or charles,6 point td,.5 ppr

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Maroney, Westy should be limited

  37. Jo says:
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    I need a few words of wisdom… should I start westbrook over jamaal charles or ryan grant?? and would miles austin for anquan boldin be a legit trade?

  38. Jo says:
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    oh, it’s a PPR league.

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jo: Grant and yes

  40. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    sims walker,continues to impress,

  41. Josh says:
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    blargh, MSW with the TD. I guess the lesson here is don’t get too cute.

  42. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Sidney Rice is the man

  43. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Josh: Yeah, Jets D is sucking. Garrard with his first TD on the road. Revis wasn’t on MSW on that TD, but yeah, cuteness doesn’t become me!

  44. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Players over 100 yds before half: Marshall, Rice, SJax, R Brown, Turner, AP, MJD, and Chris Johnson

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    orton hurt,c simms qb in denver

  46. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    benson has a hip strain,tried coming back for 1 play now doubtfull return

  47. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    If Orton’s injury is anything serious, then I have some serious luck. Just dished him for Hasselsack and JStew last week

  48. Doc

    Doc says:
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    S. Rice over 200 yds!

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    woulda,coulda,shoulda?was going to play brett over big ben but with brett hurting a bit i was scared AP would run crazy and pull brett early with a big lead and minimal passing

  50. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: yeah brett looked hurt

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: is jones hurt?forsett is getting all the carries after jones had 2 early

  52. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, Jones hurt his chest.

  53. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: now mccoy gets a few touches,whats going on with the rb merry go round,green bay has the ball 1st and goal on the 1,wont give it to grant,damn

  54. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Westbrook out with concussion. Doubt he’ll play again this season.

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: i had him in the keeper league with brandon jacobs and chris johnson with forsett,scott,maroney and charles so the by weeks are over and ill probably end my 4 or 5 year ownership of king GTD(game time decision)thanks for the heads up,BTW dallas green bay game was the sloppiest penalty ridden game ive ever watched

  56. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I would wait on more news, but all signs point to a long rest.

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: him,benson turner and jones,tough week for rb

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: oh,and what was up with mccoy not getting used?

  59. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Add Ronnie Brown to that. Mcnabb threw for 450 yards, that’s why.

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: regaurless of my loss,that was a few nice calls you made this week,meachum for 1,

  61. Sos says:
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    Great call on charles this week!

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