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You ever have that one friend who you try and get out to do stuff but when you call he’s always got a cold or not feeling well or just not up to it?  You know the one.  You spend all this time with them in a bunch of different settings but they’re always ‘sick’ or ‘hurt’ when you try to get them out.  ‘Are they a hypochondriac?’, you ask yourself.  ‘Do they need more vitamin C in their diet?’, you muse.  ‘Are they just feeling embarrassed after a BBC porn marathon?’, you giggle to yourself.  You just don’t know but you don’t trust it’s really a health issue.  So you start asking them to go do things less and less and eventually…well it’s not that you hate the guy/girl but you’re not really friends with them anymore either.  So you start hanging out with other people in those social settings and slowly move away from spending time with them.  I bring this awkward analogy to the table to talk with you about Hakeem Nicks.  Per my private sources (i.e. the search function on twitter), the wideout coach Kevin Gilbride – and honestly most of the staff/ownership – are getting a bit fed up with the always nicked up Nicks.  Per this twitter guy, Gilbride’s quoted as saying ‘I think he needs to… practice. He knows it. He and I talk about it all the time and he knows it’.  Now Nicks is no Allen Iverson, but with another DTD next to his name as he recovers from a groin injury, I’m feeling more and more confident in my Hakeem Nicks Overrated post earlier this summer.  Practice is there for continuity, it’s there to make for a solid understanding of how to approach the season as a team.  Anyone who doesn’t think in some part not having Nicks ready to go on time last year didn’t throw things off is lying to themselves.  But as I hate to be a downer for everyone, I’m gonna find the silver lining and guide you in that direction…in the next player blurb!  But before I do that, I want to remind you to kiss your mother, tell her that you love her and to join/create an RCL.  Don’t know how?  Well here’s a guide to all that is our Razzball Commenter Leagues that you’ve always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.  But enough shameless promotion, on with the show.  Firstly, I’m gonna miss the opening preseason game so you won’t get notes on that.  By the time I reach my grandma’s house, I’ll have been on the road close to 10 hours so mea culpa if I’m not up for watching/get access.  Only so much a man can do.  Secondly, let’s continue on with our training camp notes for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Rueben Randle – Words out of training camp have been pretty glowing about Randle so far.  I’ve heard quite a few ‘the’s’ as well as ‘and’s’ and the occasional ‘he’.  Of course, the more important headlines about him have been he’s ‘posterizing the NYG secondary’ which – if history holds true – doesn’t mean THAT much but the reality is I’m avoiding Nicks in drafts and getting plenty of Randle shares this year.

Michael Vick – Looking more and more like the frontrunner for the job as he starts taking the majority of 1st team reps.  Tune in next week when I say the exact opposite in favor of Foles!  I’m kidding, of course…at least I think I am.

Kevin Kolb – Slipped on some wet rubber mats, hurting his knee and is listed as DTD which stands for ‘Destined To Disappoint’.  I’ve been behind Kolb getting the starting job but if you’re getting hurt on stuff we wear for protection, there’s no helping this man.

Stevie Johnson – Out with a strained hammy.  Said Johnson, ‘Every training camp I’ve had, I’ve had an injury. But when the season starts I’ll be ready to go’.  In other words, he doesn’t like participating in training camps…reality is, he’ll be fine come draft day.  Any man who still plays through a fractured vertebrae gets a pass in my book.  Plus he plans to be a dirty little slot for those Bills so count me as on board.

DeAndre Hopkins – Getting plenty of praise so far in Texas with Kubiak throwing out words like ‘tremendous’ and ‘exceptional’.  Throw in ‘exciting’ and ‘new’ and you’ll sound like every new Apple product unveiling ever there, Gary.  In truth, though I worry a bit about ball distribution with Foster in the backfield and Schaub the one check pony under center, Hopkins is sounding like a bench/WR3 draftee that should be on many teams this year.

Rashard Mendenhall – Resting up as he battles knee tendinitis.  Yes, the surgically repaired knee.  Yes, that’s a bad sign.  Hopefully it’s just as they say it is and he’ll be back in on Monday which to you is today but to me is two days away.  As I’ve already drafted him earlier in July, I hope I’m right about Monday.  Hey, maybe I can change the future by typing it?  Rashard will be good to go and rush for 2K yards this year.  Never hurts to try…here’s where I’d tell you about Ryan Williams and his injury if he were relevant.  Trust me, he’s not.  Rashard barely is.

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  1. Wilsonian says:
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    Yo Sky/JB/Anyone who wants to chime in:

    In a shallow 8 Team League (0.5 PPR). I’m going to lay it all on the line so you know what the deal is. We have some random bonuses and whatnot, so it kinda needs to be spelled out.

    Stats:

    25 yards passing per point; 3 bonus points at 250 yards passing; 6 bonus points at 335 yards passing; 4 points per passing TD; INTs are -1 point and sacks are -0.5 points

    10 yards rushing per point; 3 bonus points at 100 yards rushing; 6 bonus points at 150 yards rushing; 6 points per rushing TD

    10 yards receiving per point; 3 bonus points at 85 yards receiving; 6 bonus points at 135 yards receiving; 6 points per receiving TD

    Fumbles lost are -2 points; 35 return yards per point; 6 points per return TD

    Positions (that matter for the question here):

    QB, WR, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE, W/R, W/R/T

    We keep 2 players, they have to be of different positions. Of these guys, who are you keeping for this year?

    Matt Ryan
    Dez
    Cobb
    Welker
    Morris
    Forte
    Graham

    Thanks, and sorry for the long post, but figured it all needed to be laid out there. I’m leaning Dez for one of them, but don’t know who the other is. For what it’s worth, I’m picking 6th out of 8.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Dez and Morris. Nice keepers to choose from, BTW

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky: Haha, thanks. It’s a shallow league (8 teams), but I have the best overall options. One guy has Trent and Martin, so I’ve debated on trying to get one of those guys from him since we can’t keep two guys from the same position.

    • Murph says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’d keep Dez and Graham but I’m low on Morris

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Murph: yeah, I’ve thought about that. I know Sky is higher than some on Morris. I don’t know how much I trust him. Graham could regain that above everyone else status at TE this year. I think he was sorta kinda hurt all season last year. It’s a tough call. I’m looking to see if I can get Martin or Richardson from a guy right now. That would completely change everything for me.

        • Murph says:
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          @Wilsonian: It certainly would. With the news of Gronk possibility sitting out half the year, I can’t pass up the opportunity to have what should be the best fantasy TE by far which makes Graham more valuable due to position point differntial, in my opinion. And welcome back Wilsonian, it’s finally football season!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Interesting, different philosophies. Big fish/small pond argument from me, especially at a talent laden position like TE. Just harder to cobble together a good RB duo then it is to get a solid TE.

            • Murph says:
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              @Sky: I’m just not a believer that Morris finishes as a solid RB1 this year, Graham is just a safer option and I wouldn’t mind having Dez/Graham where I could focus on locking up 2/3 RBs in the early round of my draft. Different phylosiphies but if it was a better RB I would agree to pass on Graham. Maybe my dynasty tendancies getting the best of me

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Sky: @Murph: yeah, I like the different philosophies. Here’s something else to think about: I’m picking 6th. There’s a great shot that Graham would be gone by the time the picks got to me, but a better shot that Morris would be there for me if I wanted. Would that change some minds? Also, with the bonuses that our league has, WRs are nearly as valuable as RBs. The top 5 RBs still outscore the top 5 WRs, but it’s pretty close. Case in point: Dez had 301.59 points last season; Martin had 309.10.

                • Sky

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                  Reasonable approach. I’m just looking at how dinged up Graham has been here and there the last couple of years. Think people don’t see it as a physical position like RB and feel its ‘safer’ to keep from. That said, if Morris could fall to you, Id have no problem with keeping Graham.

                  • Murph says:
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                    @Sky: Sorry for crashing your post, great article by the way

                    • Sky

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                      Ha yeah get outta here! No prob it’s a good debate. Wish I hadn’t missed first pre-season game. What’s up wih Gronk? I was on the road for 9 hours yesterday, completely out of the loop

                    • Wilsonian says:
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                      @Sky: @Murph: I like the debate. I’m trying to see where Morris may fall. It’s possible he would get to me. What do you guys think of trading Dez for Trent? Worth it? I could keep then Trent and Graham. It’s a tough call because I think Dez is only going to be behind Calvin this year on the WR scoring.

                      P.S. I asked for Martin, he said Trent is the only option.

                    • Sky

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                      I’m with Murph when it comes to keepers/health. I’ll take the beast at WR over a good RB for keepers. Longer shelf life. Of course, now Murph will disagree here. Ya know cuz he’s such a disagreeable fellow. Ha!

                  • Wilsonian says:
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                    @Sky: so you guys think keep Dez over dealing him for Richardson?

  2. stoopid says:
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    Had my first draft of the year. Super early, but only day we could all get together.

    Went into it keeping Lynch for a 13th rounder & Alexander for a 15th. 12 team .5 PPR, 6pt TD’s for all, plus individual Punt/Kick return TDs.

    QB – Romo
    RB – McCoy, Lynch
    WR – Fitzgerald, Nelson, Alexander
    Flx – Vereen
    K – Dawson
    DST – Rams
    BN – L.Moore, K.Wright, P.Thomas, M.Bush, Dalton

    I think it’s far from flashy, but should be a solid contender.

    • stoopid says:
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      @stoopid: Forgot about my TE: Vernon Davis.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Team doesn’t look bad. I probably would’ve waited on my WR3 in that scenario and taken another RB. That’s the only area of concern with me for that team but I’m fairly high on DX this year.

      • stoopid says:
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        @Sky: So my draft went McCoy, Fitzgerald, Nelson. You’re saying i should’ve grabbed another RB over Nelson in the 3rd round?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I would’ve taken one in either round. You’ll see my WR strategy tomorrow

  3. Wilsonian says:
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    Back to my keeper issue above. I think we talked so much we ran out of replies. Anyway, have an offer of Richardson for Dez. You guys think keep Dez over dealing him for Richardson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I said Dez for me earlier. Not sure of Murphs take

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Murph: @Sky: ah, my bad Sky. Murph, I would be keeping Richardson and Graham as we can’t keep two players from the same position. For WRs left available that would be possible are:

        Cobb, Welker, Demaryius, Decker, Austin, Floyd, Mike Williams (TB), Amendola, Roddy, Hilton, VJax, Denario, Jordy, Colston, Cruz, Wayne

        *Those are the best available that I’m sure of.

        • Murph says:
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          @Wilsonian: If you think you can still otain a decent WR1 I say keep Richardson over Dez. The .5 PPR does drop the WR value down slightly as compared to PPR. Both great options, wish I had these kinds of keeper problems!

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Murph: that’s the problem, I could probably find another WR that would be comparable to Dez. Maybe not up to his level, but maybe a combo of guys like Cobb and Colston, or something like that. The big name RBs are going to mostly be gone, and if I keep Dez the best available will be guys like Morris, Forte, MAYBE Spiller, FJax, etc. That tier of back. There definitely are better options available at WR.

            • Murph says:
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              @Wilsonian: TRich should be more consistent I would go that route personally

    • Murph says:
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      @Sky: @Wilsonian: I think it’s essential to keep a top tier WR but Richardson is tempting. So you would be keeping Richardson and Graham or Morris? What kind of WR talent could be left after keepers?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Murph: let me know what you think. I’m debating hard on this one.

  4. Frank White says:
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    Hey I’m in a 10 keeper PPR Leauge and I know I wanna keep Cam Newton but who would you rather keep, Cruz or Brandon Marshall?? Also I got #1 pick… Def going with a back, Peterson right??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go Marshall and AP

  5. Colin says:
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    Sky your thoughts on Danario Alexander? I hear Rivers will be running for his life. Is DX worth keeping over Britt who is in a contract year? I can keep either at $1 in a $260 league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      And Locker can’t throw an accurate pass to save his life. I’ll go with the one who showed a good stretch to end the season and go DX

      • Colin says:
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        @Sky: you man. Keep writing great articles. Hope you get remunerated for them!

  6. Mike says:
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    Hey Man just realized that there is a razzball for Football as well as Baseball! I have a pretty big keeper question for you regarding my Dynasty league squad. I need to pick 10 keepers and Im having a difficult time narrowing down my 10. I have alot of good options so maybe you can help me see the light… ha.

    I play in a 2QB/2RB/3WR/1TE/1Flex/1K/1DEF/ Half PPR League with 10 bench spots.
    Here are my options with round values attached to each player…
    A * notes a player that Im 100% certain on keeping for this yr… if you disagree please tell me.

    Cam Newton (Rnd 1) *
    Colin Kaepernick (Rnd 18)*
    Trent Richardson (Rnd 2)*
    Jamaal Charles (Rnd 4)*
    David Wilson (Rnd 6)*
    Lamar Miller (Rnd 17)*
    Randall Cobb (Rnd 11)*
    Hakeem Nicks (Rnd 3)
    Dwayne Bowe (Rnd 7)
    Josh Gordon (Rnd 16)
    Antonio Brown (Rnd 6)

    Basically Im sure on my QB and RB keepers but unsure how to approach keeping certain WR’s on my roster. Im a Nicks fan but I just cant see keeping him at a round 3 price tag with his injury issues… so Im thinking throw Nicks back to open up my 3rd rounder which would be the 2nd or 3rd overall pick in the draft. If I do that Ill keep Brown/Bowe/Gordon with my last 3 open keeper spots. What do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go with the cheap option in Gordon

  7. KING TROUT says:
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    In a 16 team, 3 keeper league:

    A: Foster, vereen, 33rd pick,
    B: 7th pick, ridley, vereen,

    A or B

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Without knowing what’s available to you that early it’s hard to rate. I’ll say B

  8. Bill says:
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    14 man, standard pts, keeper league (up to four players kept accounting for 1-4 round picks).

    I have Ray Rice as one of my keeper, put also the last pick in the league having placed first last season. Come the 5th round (after the 1-4 keeper rounds), the draft order goes back into “Snake” draft mode. Essentially, I have the 5th/6th round pick back to back or the 70-71th player drafted. After that 7th/8th round will equate to the 98-99 player drafted.

    Is an early 6th round handcuff pick of Bernard Pierce much too early? Or should I wait to the 7-8th round (Drafted Player # 98-99), and have a decent chance losing him?

    I feeling that an gamble of waiting in for the last 7th round pick could pay off since I’m confident heading into the draft with Ray Rice, D. Martin, and D Thomas accounting for 1-3 rounds. Depending on what’s left in the 4th, I’m leaning toward a low Tier 1 QB or a bargain RB that shouldn’t have slipped that far in the draft and heading with a very flexible draft plan; and nothing set in mind.

    Of course losing Pierce to someone else, means these RBs could be avaiable in the 5th/6th/7th rounds:

    Ryan Mathews
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    Eddie Lacy
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Giovani Bernard
    Shane Vereen
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Andre Brown
    DeAngelo Williams
    Mark Ingram
    Jonathan Stewart
    Daryl Richardson
    Fred Jackson
    Bryce Brown

    Still would like to try to handcuff my RB and still get another good RB/WR/TE in the 5th/6th round. Not too try to sound to greedy :)

    You thoughts on this would be helpful. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not a guy who handcuffs, especially if a starter is on the board or someone who looks to be heavily involved with their respective offense. You listed a lot of players there and I’d take a lot of them over a handcuff

  9. Mike says:
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    12 TEAM PPR picking 12th what is your strategy

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gonna be honest, there’s no such thing as strategy based on a draft pick. Take best available, try and leave the first three rounds with 2 running backs, 3 in 6

  10. Richy says:
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    Yo Sky-

    2 QB Leage, 10 teams, we start 3 RBs and 3 WRs. I can keep two of the following:

    Peyton Manning (third round)
    Russel Wilson (9th round)
    Roddy White (4th round)
    Frank Gore (4th round)

    I am leaning towards keeping the 2 QBs, what do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go for it

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