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If you haven’t yet, you better listen to the Duke and get on the “A” train, Andre that is. Andre Ellington has a “defined” role my fellow Razzballers. Bruce Arians says he’s a 30 play a game player because he doesn’t have the body type to handle being a “lead dog runner”. Can we pray for 20+ touches out of those 30 plays? I know this isn’t the best news, but what he does with those touches can be kinda magical. He’s averaging 6.7 YPC and 11.1 YPR (Yards Per Reception). Some might call him the change of pace back in Arizona, I call him the pace they should be at back. As of right now, he’s a PPR flex in the bye week and a possible starter based on match ups. Last week in a 1 point PPR league he scored 12.30 points. Not bad in my book. It’s a situation you need to keep tabs on. The kid has skills and who knows what Bruce’s game plan will be by week 10. This might be the guy that wins you a playoff match up when Mendenhall is on IR down the road. In Yahoo he’s 22% owned right now, I just picked him up for my friend in her league and that was confounding to me considering that Daryl Richardson hadn’t been dropped yet….yeah I don’t like Richardson.

FUZZY HANDCUFFS - They’re fun, sexy, and when someone breaks them out it’s good times ahead

1) CJ Spiller (Fred Jackson +5, Tashard Choice) Fred might not be the “starter” but he sure is playing like it. I would continue to start him ahead of RB3′s and some RB2′s until further notice.

2) Reggie Bush (Joique Bell) 9 touches last week and slipping in the handcuff ranks. I still like him enough to roll him out there as a bye week stand in but the days of a must start flex are so two weeks ago.

3) Darren Sproles (Pierre Thomas +8, Khiry Robinson) PT went off last week and looked like the bigger Sproles out there. He’s caught 28 passes on 30 attempts for the season, PPRers take notice if you haven’t already. He’s on pace for 154 carries and 90 receptions which would be career highs….cust kayin’

4) Ryan Matthews (Danny Woodhead +5, Ronnie Brown) Matthews has a concussion and Danny boy is the “starter”. As some of you saw on Sunday night, Monday morning on the east coast, he’s not an every down back, but his receptions, 31, make him PPR gold.

5) Rashard Mendenhall (Andre Ellington +5, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor) see above

6) Arian Foster (Ben Tate) Foster looks like his old self and is going to get run into the ground. I’d hold Tate but don’t play him.

STANDARD ISSUE POLICE CUFFS – Ever sat on a curb while your car was searched? Been in the back of a cruiser piss drunk after running into a tree before a big home game against the Colts?…too soon? Get caught by Five-O while taking a leak behind a dumpster and were worried you would have to register as a sex offender for indecent exposure? Like the strength of those cuffs, these cuffs are worth owning or being heavily watched in 10 team and up leagues. These backs are in split situations, have fuzzy cuff potential, and are solid fill ins when the starter is out.

7) Giovanni Bernard (BenJarvus Green-Ellis +3) the Law Firm got pay back against his old team last week. I don’t see why Bernard would have less touches going forward. Bernard is the feature back!…or is it BJGE? Officially it’s BJGE but for fantasy purposes it GOB….I’m confused and Marvin likes playing head games with FFB’s.

8) Steven Jackson (Jaquizz Rodgers +5, Jason Snelling +3) It’s a bye for the Falcons this week. Continue to hold Snelling and Rodgers til next weeks news on S-Jax.

9)  Steven Ridley (Brandon Bolden, LaGarrette Blount) Ridley should be back this week, he has been limited in practice and has been limited in helping your fantasy team this year. Bolden is still an upside hold and Bullichit confuses the hell out of me.

10) David Wilson (Brandon Jacobs +5, Da’Rell Scott) What a TNF game for Jacobs and the people who had the balls to stream him tonight. It’s better to be lucky than good my friends….and in the bye weeks. With 106 yards and 2 TD’s I could see the headline tomorrow, “Jacobs retires on high note…Coughlin poops himself at the press conference”.

11) Eddie Lacy (Johnathan Franklin, James Starks) Lacy shined and Franklin fumbled. Starks is still out with a knee injury. Franklin is the hold at this point, but only if Lacy gets hurt.

12) Ray Rice (Bernard Pierce, Shaun Draughn) Rice looked solid last week and Pierce looks like a blah back up. I think the best thing about the Baltimore backfield is Flacco has more INT’s than TD’s.

13) Zac Stacy (Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham) Stacy is the new starter and had a solid rushing game vs. the worst rushing D in the league. The Rams get the 27th ranked rushing D this week. Looks like a split carries situation for the moment. I would hold on Richardson in 12 team leagues. In shallow you can drop him.

14) Knowshon Moreno (Ronnie Hillman,  Montee Ball) Moreno is holding tight but the real back up is still undecided. I like Montee if something happens to Moreno but Hillman to get some garbage time. Yeah it makes no sense to me too.

15) Alfred Morris (Roy Helu, Evan Royster) with Morris scheduled to play with his bruised ribs feeling better, the Helu grab was for not. Keep an eye on this weeks game, a re-injury could lead to Helu getting a start at some point.

16) Chris Johnson (Shonn Greene, Jackie Battle) CJnegativeK has been as disappointing as MJD. When Greene returns he could take a bite out of his playing time. Keep a close eye on this one. Our resident man in black and white told you this too. 12 teamers it’s time to stash.

17) Darren McFadden (Rashad Jennings, Marcel Reece) All three Raiders RB’s are LP this week, which means “limited practice”. I say limit them all to your bench this week, unless your in a bind, then throw Jennings out there and see if he brings anything back.

18) LeSean McCoy (Bryce Brown, Chris Polk) Injury = RB2

DUCT TAPE - Handcuffs of the homemade variety? Hey, you might be in a pinch and looking around your garage and you find man’s 2nd best tool, don’t make me explain our 1st. In the right instance they can be as secure as Tehol at a Victoria’s Secret model party or as volatile as Jaywrong trying to navigate the dating scene in the D.C. area. The thing with duct tape is you never know how it’s going to hold up, I’ve seen it last anywhere from a day to 10 years, you never know. These backs may be sexy but we’ll never know, back up studs, or are left for dead on really bad teams.  Add at your own risk of never playing them.

19) Lamar Miller (Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, Marcus Thigpen)

20) Marshawn Lynch (Robert Turbin, Christine Michael)

21) Frank Gore (Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James)

22) Bilal Powell (Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson)

23)  Trent Richardson (Donald Brown, Daniel Herron)

24) Willis McGahee (Bobby Rainey, Chris Ogbonnaya)

25) Matt Forte (Michael Bush, Michael Ford)

26) DeAngelo Williams (Mike Tolbert, Kenjon Barner)

27) DeMarco Murray (Lance Dunbar,Phillip Tanner, Joseph Randle)

28) Maurice Jones Drew (Jordan Todman, Justin Forsett)

29) Jamaal Charles (Knile Davis, Cyrus Grey)

30) Le’Veon Bell (Felix Jones, Issac Redman, Johnathan Dwyer)

31) Adrian Peterson (Toby Gerhart)

32) Doug Martin (Brian Leonard, Mike James)

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  1. Imran Faridi says:
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    Hey bud, start 2 RBs and no flex, have AP, Gio B, Lamar Miller and J Bell. I am so disappointed in Lamr Miller, he has talent but Miami does not use him well. Andre Ellington looks sick. I am considering dropping Lamar and picking up Ellington. Zac Stacy is available on the wires as well. Any thoughts on this? Thank you.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Imran Faridi: I like taking chances and Miami is making him a dead weight. I would hate to see you drop him and then they decide to switch gears and run the ball. He does have a 4.2 YPC average. I say hold for now, he might payoff later.

  2. attgig says:
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    I had drafted Mendenhall, and picked up Ellington last week….. which one should I start? it’s a ppr league.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @attgig: tough call this week, Niners have a solid pass D and have a so so run D that has given up 6 TD’s on the ground this year. It’s really toss up

  3. jeff g says:
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    Drop bell for ellington or pierre. Thomas? If I am trading for a back of these 3 which one do I want bush, gore or CJ. Giving up cj2k and a decent wr (gordon j or garcon or djax? Which one would u pair. Cj2k

    Amd if. Its bush keep bell as handcuff (we only carry 3 backs -have vareen on IR) have mcCoy as $my #1. Need to upgrade cj2k.

    Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jeff g: I would want Bush by far. Gore would be OK, but not great. CJ is a no. I would try Gordon first, has a lot of buzz and I trust the others more. I would not get rid of DeSean. I would hold onto Bell.

      • jeff g says:
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        @J-FOH: start 3 this week ppr no te specific position djax,josh gordon, cobb, garcon and gronk. Gronk is out sit djax or someone else?

        Keep bell over elllington, pierre thomas. Then do u start the pickup over cj2k?

        Thanks

        • J-FOH says:
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          @jeff g: Garcon, Gordon, Cobb

          Keep bell, yes

  4. isaacvandamme says:
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    Hey man, do you think it’s safe to give up on Run-DMC? I’m being offered RGIII for him. I’ve got plenty of depth at RB. I’m sure DMC will end up hurt again later on anyways, right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @isaacvandamme: I’d take the deal, move on and be free

  5. Birdmann says:
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    Any chance Jacobs holds any value past this week, I lucked out and played him in my flex this week.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: nice play then. I think his value exists until Andre Brown returns, then he looks like a 7-8 touches guy. If you get a good trade offer take it and run. People like when guys of yesteryear show a pulse

  6. Mark says:
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    Drop Ellington, Stacy, or Stevie Johnson? None of them start for me on a regular basis. Ellington and Stacy are my RB4/RB5 and Stevie is a WR4/WR5 on my team.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mark: drop johnson, Bills passing looks terrible and
      Woods is looking like the number 1 in Buffalo. Who is your other 4/5 WR?

      • Mark says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks. That’s what I was thinking, but seems like a lot of talent to drop. I have Reuben Randle as my WR4 now. It is a keeper league, which gives Randle some added value.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mark: keeper makes it a tougher call. Randle makes sense. How many do you keep?

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    sky likes PT over F-Jax this week, by a lot. Does this hold true to you if Ingrown toe plays?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @goodfold2: I assume you mean PPR, I like Jackson better

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: this is even if Ingram does play?

  8. guidedbyvoices says:
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    trying to determine just how agressive I should be pursuing RB help.

    10 team non ppr,I drafted Murray,Spiller and Wilson.Figured i was set to cruise to a championship thanks to my deep,unstoppable stable of backs.

    anyway….

    QB-Brees
    WR-Andre Johnson
    WR-Jordy Nelson
    RB-Murray
    RB-Spiller
    TE-Julius Thomas
    W/R-Jeffery
    BN-Hilton
    BN-Wilson
    BN-Le-Veon Bell
    BN-E. Sanders
    BN-Hopkins
    BN-Greg Olsen

    I’d feel more comfortable trading Nelson if you told me you believe Spiller will at least start playing like a legit RB2 or that Bell will be a strong option in the 2nd 1/2.

    also,ROS….I know that 200yds/wk is a tad unreasonable to expect from Jeffery but I should expect better than what i got vs NYG on thurs right?

    thnks.

    • guidedbyvoices says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: for example….give up Thomas for L. Miller?

      • frankgrimes says:
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        I wouldn’t give up Thomas. Since its a ten teamer I would drop sanders Olsen or Hopkins and replace with potential RB help. GBV!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: Looks solid, I wouldn’t change anything except Wilson, it looks like his season may be done. If there is a good FA option hanging out there I think you could move on. I like Hilton better than Jeffery

  9. Frank White says:
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    Hey Man… Who should I trade off if you had a choice, Pierre Thomas or Sproles??

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Frank White: Sproles, higher return

  10. Steve says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the season – Andre Johnson or Josh Gordon?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Steve: PPR?

      • Steve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        .5 PPR

        • frankgrimes says:
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          Gordon. Andre just can’t stay healthy and Schaub doesn’t give him the ball in the zone enough.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Steve: I prefer Johnson for two reasons
          1) Gordon may get moved and that could kill his value
          2) I think week in and week out Johnson should give you more catches and yards. With Hoyer out it hurts Gordon. Johnson is the dafer play to get consistent numbers

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Steve: *safer

  11. NPI says:
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    Who should I put as my flex? Spiller, F Jackson, or TY Hilton?

    My QB is Wilson, RB Moreno and C Johnson, WRs Cobb, Gordon, A Brown, TE Miller (since Gronk is not back yet), K Novak, Def Bears

    I also have Bolden and Terrance Williams on my bench

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @NPI: If spiller is good to go sunday. Id start him.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @NPI: Is this PPR? I like Jackson for standard and Hilton in a PPR

  12. frankgrimes says:
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    Cook or Rudolph? just barfed a lil in my mouth…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: swallow and Cook

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: I Reed available or Graham?

  13. Tim says:
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    Need flex advice… Need two wr and two flex in standard scoring league… Amendola, Blackmon, Hilton, Lacy, Pierre Thomas, Fred Jackson, McGehee. Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tim: Amendola, Blackmon, Jackson, McGehee, if PPR I go Hilton over McGehee

  14. David says:
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    In a 10-team 1-ppr league.

    Would you trade Vjax for woodhead?

    My RB situation is dire.

    lineup:
    QB Rodgers
    RB Powell
    RB DMC
    WR DThomas
    WR Cobb
    WR Torrey
    TE Graham
    WR/RB VJax
    WR/TE Shorts
    Bench: wilson, tate, blount, brown, ivory, clay, wright

    • J-FOH says:
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      @David: I like him better than Torey, is that Antonio Brown on your bench. I would find a way to get Woodhead

  15. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    sky has m.williams a lot higher than d.moore or g.jennings this week in PPR. What’s your rank for those 3?
    2. also with those 3, where would f-jax rank this week amongst them?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: scrap those 2 questions, also noticing huge differences between where differing sources have c.johnson (TEN) this week. I need 1 WR, 1 RB and 1 flex out of these: c.johnson/m.williams/d.moore/g.jennings/p.thomas/f-jax. I see earlier you had f-jax ahead of p.thomas and I think that was without ingram (who may play, i’m guessing if he plays thomas falls to 3rd of those RB’s, and out of flex spot). I would need 2 of those WR’s minimum if A.johnson doesn’t play as well so it’s probably just easier to deal with if they were all ranked, or at least the top 4. thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Wi;;iams is going against the worst pass D in the NFL that has given up the most TD’s to WR’s.

  16. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    damn, in one of the RCL’s i’ll probably go 1-5 against a 0-5 team due to picking celek to sub for t-gonz instead of rudolph (2 instead of 24.7 pts). yipes. last week i had 2 decent TE in daniels/t-gonz and was 0-4 with them. how bad will it get with only tony?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: now with amendola getting barely used, and then badly concussed, i am only up 50 on romo/t.rich/fleener. I’ll get either first or 2nd in pts for the week very likely, and might lose. opp has blackmon, and there is no flex in this league, so my moreno gets wasted since i started charles and bush.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: you made the right call, The Panthers are the second best teams against TE’s. Who would of thunk Rudolph would put in his best performance of the year.

      You might be good with Tony, should see double digit targets the rest of the way every week

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @J-FOH: did lose in that league, but it actually had more to do with luck only getting just under 9 pts than celek getting 2. I lost by 4, since opp’s team sucked too, it would’ve been an ugly win though, as had i gotten 4 more pts it would’ve only beaten 3 teams in entire league this week. so 1-5 in RCL now.

  17. Anthony says:
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    @J-FOH: My team is in shambles and I need lineup help for rest of season ( record now 2-4 )

    Wilson
    Calvin Johnson
    Cruz
    Sproles
    Laveon Bell
    Witten
    Flex ?
    PierreThomas? Steve Smith? Boldin? or Denarious Moore? Who would you go with ?? Again this is rest of season I don’t like playing matchups I like consistency and rolling same lineup out there each week I don’t like 2nd guessing my team but yeah let me know

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Anthony: Moore at flex.

      Unfortunately plaing the matchups is how to be successful at this. That’s what you have this for. Always feel free to just ask us, it’s not a big deal.

  18. Anthony says:
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    @J-FOH: Who would you put at FLEX for week 7

    Steve Smith vs STL
    Boldin @ Ten

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