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All Hallow’s Eve is nearly upon us, and I hope you have your costume picked out. I’ve got a few late nights ahead of me to finish mine, but I expect to be ready in time. Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year. What’s better than drunk adults wearing costumes acting like children? Honestly, not much. One year I saw a guy dressed as Daniel LaRusso in the shower get punched in the face by a dude wearing a Cobra Kai jersey while he was smoking a cigarette outside a bar. Another time I saw a dude dressed up as the Teen Wolf crushing beer cans with his teeth as he spun a basketball on his fingertips. But I’m not sure anything can top seeing the Ultimate Warrior in a speedo running down the middle of a main street in freezing weather in typical Warrior-like fashion.

How about a few NFL players last week that put on their uniforms and masqueraded about as fantasy studs?

The following list of guys probably wouldn’t even have gotten invited to the Halloween party, but would likely have ended up winning the best costume contest. Combining for 172.92 points these studs for a week would likely have won any head-to-head match-ups in half point Yahoo! leagues.

QB: Kyle Orton (26.12)
RB: Lorenzo Taliaferro (19.90)
RB: Denard Robinson (12.30)
WR: Martavis Bryant (22.80)
WR: Donte Moncrief (20.80)
TE: Heath Miller (20.70)
FL: Andrew Hawkins (18.30)
K: Billy Cundiff (13)
DST: Minnesota Vikings (19)

But how many of these players are worth rostering after Halloween is over?

I’ve been telling readers since week 2 to grab Andrew Hawkins. He has scored double digit points in 5 of his 7 games and had his best game of the season last week with 7 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. Ignoring week 6’s game against Pittsburgh, Hawkins has had at least 3 catches in each game and is averaging over 5 per game on the season. If Andrew Hawkins is available in your league, he shouldn’t be in about 3 minutes.

While I have a hard time trusting anyone on the Jaguars offense, Denard Robinson now has two consecutive 100+ rushing games in his first 2 starts. Gerhart is horrible and unfortunately Storm Johnson didn’t seem to get off the ground. That makes Denard the starting running back in Jacksonville and a viable fantasy starter in most leagues. I would definitely own Robinson.

While Heath Miller probably benefited from the Steelers’ huge offensive day, he is still someone I’d consider picking up as a bye week replacement. And while in Pittsburgh, move over Markus Wheaton, make room for Martavis Bryant. In the games he has played he has combined for 7 receptions, 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. That’s a 24-touchdown pace! I’m not suggesting you drop a guy like Mohamed Sanu or Terrence Williams, but if you’ve got a guy like Dwayne Bowe or Harry Douglas, I’d consider making the switch.

Taliaferro now has 4 touchdowns in 6 games. He also has two games in which he has scored less than 2 points. Justin Forsett is the running back to own in Baltimore, but if you’re desperate, you could do worse than Lorenzo. You could also do better.

Who needs studs? Not me! I’ll be back next week with a new list of Halloweeners that will be sure to dress up your roster.

  1. CRice says:
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    Robinson has been nice!

    Choose two to start:

    D Robinson @Cinci
    B Cooks @ Carolina
    Beckham Jr. vs. Indy

    • malamoney says:
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      @CRice: Wow, that’s a close one. Pretty much impossible to predict this one. I would likely start Denard and Cooks, but would consider switching Cooks for Beckham if Jimmy Graham doesn’t play.

      For what it’s worth my points predictor says the following (PPR formats):

      Denard 12-16 points
      Cooks 11-16 points
      Beckham 11-15 points

  2. Scott says:
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    I’m in a Yahoo league so can use D Rob as a WR. Who do you like better, him or the 4th Baldwin brother (Doug)?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Scott: I think Alec’s mystery brother Doug. Oakland has given up touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in all but 2 games this season including 5 in the last 4 games. But I couldn’t fault you for going with Denard.

  3. TJ says:
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    Cut bait on Doug Martin for either Sims or Jeremy Hill (no practice for Gio today)?

    • malamoney says:
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      @TJ: Not yet. But soon.

  4. Dom B says:
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    Better Team 1 or 2

    Team 1

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    Team 2

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – A.J. Green – Bengals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Team 1. It comes down to LeSean over Lacy.

  5. Dom B says:
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    Good trade me send Aj greeb and Eddie Lacy for lesean McCoy and odell jr

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Who is AJ Greeb? Ha, just kidding. You sure do make a lot of trades. I’d take Green and Lacy if Greeb (I mean Green) is healthy.

  6. Dom B says:
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    Dang is my team a lot worse I did that trade now I have McCoy but think he is better

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Your team is fine

  7. Lopes says:
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    For my Flex in my half-PPR do I go Heath Miller (VS Bal) or Donte Moncrief (@NYG).

    In true Taco from the League fashion I really like Moncrief’s name and chance for a potential big game…

    • malamoney says:
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      @Lopes: I’d go Moncrief over Miller, but I wouldn’t bet the EBDB on it.

  8. Dom B says:
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    Also ROS mccoy or Lacy

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: McCoy

  9. Get says:
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    Bryant or moncrief for bye week replacement? Who do you prefer for ROS?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Get: I assume you are talking about Montavis? If so, I choose him for both questions.

  10. rainking99 says:
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    Andrew Hawkins is available as FA in my standard scoring 10 team league. We play 2wr, 2rb and a flex

    My 4 WR are Cobb, Keenan Allen, Roddy White, Doug Baldwin and Rueben Randle

    My RB are Hillman, Miller, Lacy, McKinnon, Ivory, Bryce Brown, and Sims

    Who (if any) should I drop to pick up Hawkins?
    Thanks!

    • rainking99 says:
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      @rainking99:
      I actually have 5 WR on my roster

    • malamoney says:
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      @rainking99: @rainking99: I don’t think you need him with the receivers you have.

  11. Dom B says:
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    Given my roster can you name each position QB 1 or 2 RB 1 or 2 so on and so forth. Thx

    Starters:

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Dom B: other than beckham over crabtree i think you’ve already done this. maybe sims over f-jax.

  12. Ron says:
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    In a .5PPR do I drop Wheaton for a DEF? I have the Cowboys up against the Cardinals.

    Best DEF available are MIN and NO.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Ron: Depends on the rest of your receivers. I’d also consider just dumping Dallas for Minnesota and streaming someone else next week.

      • Ron says:
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        @malamoney: DAL plays JAX next week so I was trying to hold them for that matchup. Here is my team:

        WR are Calvin, Cooks, Colston, Crabtree, Wheaton
        RB are Charles, Miller, Hyde, Stacy, Mason, Sims, K. Davis

        Would you advise dropping Wheaton for a better DEF this week or just stay put with DAL?

        • Mark says:
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          @Ron: How large is your league? I wouldn’t mind dropping Stacy either assuming 10-14 team league.

  13. Dom B says:
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    Hey if you didnt understand my question I meant just put like Aaron Rodgers QB 1 like that thx

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dom B:

      QB1: Rodgers
      QB2: Big Ben
      RB1: McCoy
      RB2: Ellington
      RB3: Jackson
      RB4: Sims
      WR1: Hilton
      WR2: Benjamin
      WR3: Crabtree
      WR4: Harvin
      WR5: Beckham
      TE1: Walker
      TE2: Donnell

      • Dom B says:
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        @malamoney: Thank You

  14. Frank White says:
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    Wusup Money… Who would u go with, Cam or Palmer?? I know Cam is projected more but I can never trust him plus Palmer is heathy coming off an over 300 yard game. Cam hasn’t even hit 300 this season.. IDK.. Lol

    • malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Wusup Frank! I’d go with Cam.

      • Frank White says:
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        Reeeeeaaaaaaly!!! Ahh I was hoping you wouldn’t say that.. LOL.. Can you please sell me on why?? Lol

        • malamoney says:
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          @Frank White: Opposing quarterbacks are having slightly better success against New Orleans than Dallas. It’s really damn close. I wouldn’t fault you for taking a shot with Palmer, but I’d be starting Cam.

          • Frank White says:
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            Thanks my Man..

  15. friar says:
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    My team is a robust 6-2, having lucked into an especially strong set of running backs (Charles, Le’Veon, Gio). Through well-timed pickups and trades, my team is pretty solid everywhere, but I would obviously love to improve more if given the opportunity.

    Another guy in my league is struggling with injuries and byes, and has put out the call for a RB via trade. I have a few RBs on my bench and, since I’m unlikely to ever play them over my three studs, figured I might try to do a RB+WR=WR upgrade.

    My potential trade partner has a stable of nice WRs (Green, DeSean, Julio, Hilton). Looking over my bench below, is there a trade combo that you think makes sense as an opening offer?

    12-team league, non-ppr:
    Bench RB: Mathews, Rainey, J. Gray
    Bench WR: Hopkins, T. Smith

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