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Week 7 in the NFL was like the first five minutes of Saving Private Ryan – carnage. It was one rough week with big-name players left battered, broken, concussed and crying . Sing it, Bono: Sunday, bloody Sunday. The Bucs’ Doug Martin is out for the year with a torn labrum. So much for that number one pick. The Colts’ Reggie Wayne suffered a season-ending torn ACL. The Rams’ Sam Bradford is gone for the year with the same injury. In the Fantasy Football world, ACL stands for: All Championships Lost. Jay Cutler broke his groin and no amount of Kristin Cavallari massaging is going to fix it; he’s out 6 weeks. Philly’s new favorite son Nick Foles appears done and is sitting in a dark room with his drool cup after suffering the dreaded “C” word the NFL hates to hear – concussion. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley went down with his second serious head injury this season and spent the night in the ICU thinking he was at Disney World. Arian Foster was lost to a hammy, Brian Cushing broke his leg, Lance Briggs is out with a fractured shoulder, Champ Bailey hurt his foot and Peyton Manning’s forehead is still the color of a baboon’s ass. Oh, its always like that. Good news for Peyton owners. With so many roster shattering  injuries and six teams on byes this week, it’s time to do some deep digging into the waiver wire medical bag. Get me a morphine drip and let’s jam it or cram it.

Jam or Cram: Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Availability: 95% Yahoo, 97% ESPN

Stat Me Up: Glennon went 26-for-44 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and 17.54 fantasy points.

$$$ Value: $3. It could be the best $3 you ever spent. Except for the time you bought these. Delicious!

The Gist: Glennon has nearly 40 points in his last two games. Tom Brady has 23. I hate you Tom Brady. Glennon may not have Brady’s hair or a super model honey, but he certainly has talent and a wide receiver that can actually catch the ball in Vincent Jackson. Glennon targeted Jackson 22 times on Sunday. Think Brady would trade Giselle for Jackson about now?

The X-File: Glennon faces the same Carolina defense that left Sam Bradford’s knee looking like an open face pastrami sandwich.

Jam it or Cram it: Glennon outscored Tony Romo, Cam Newton and Philip Rivers this week. The fantasy world has officially gone bizarro. With Bradford and Cutler in the nurses office and Rivers, Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck on byes, Glennon is a fine, one week wonder filinski. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins

Availability: 80% Yahoo, 64% ESPN

Stat Me Up: Helu gained 46 yards, scored three touchdowns and totaled 22.60 fantasy points.

$$$ Value: $5. I’m willing to drop an Abe on a running back that scores.

The Gist: While Alfred Morris is still the number one back, Helu is getting touches in passing downs and in the hurry up offense. He’s averaging over 12 touches the last three weeks. With the ‘Skins traveling to Denver this week, expect Helu to get some work as they will be down early.

The X-File: Has more fantasy points (44)  in his last three games than Ray Rice, Trent Richardson, Steven Ridley and Lamar Miller.

Jam it or Cram it: Even with Morris the starter, Helu is getting work and scoring touchdowns. However, he’s yet to total 90 yards in a game and his coach is Mike Shanahan. Shanahan spoons with Alfred Morris after every game. If you owned Helu last week, I hope you used protection. It was a one night stand. CRAM 

 

Jam or Cram: Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Availability: 51% Yahoo, 63% ESPN

Stat Me Up: Douglas caught seven passes for 149 yards, one touchdown and 20.9 fantasy points against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

$$$ Value: $10. Hey big spender, spend a little time with me.

The Gist: With Julio Jones in a full body cast and Roddy White in a gimp mask, Douglas stepped up and took on Darrelle Revis. If that matchup scared you away, you lost your week by starting Mike Wallace, Stevie Johnson or Dwayne Bowe over him.

The X-File: Douglas may see a lot of  Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson this week,

Jam it or Cram it: Depending on the status of Roddy White, this could be tough week for Douglas. The Cardinals defense has given up the third fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. With that said, I’m starting him everywhere as my WR3. If he’s still out there, grab him, light some candles and slow dance to some Journey. JAM 

 

Jam or Cram: Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

Availability: 75% Yahoo, 96% ESPN

Stat Me Up: Reed caught nine passes for 134 yards, one touchdown and totaled 19.40 fantasy points.

$$$ Value: $2. Tight ends have been killing me this year. Glad Gronk is back. Reed is no Gronk.

The Gist: While Reed may not be Gronk-like, he is also not Fred Davis. Reed led all tight ends last week in fantasy points and had more than Vernon Davis and Julius Thomas combined. Is he a one week wonder? Start him this week and find out.

The X-File: Reed suffered a hip pointer Sunday, but his ACL is fine. He’ll be good to go.

Jam it or Cram it: With Jermichael Finley being fitted for a fresh catheter, Antonio Gates on a bye and Jared Cook dead to me, Reed looks like a solid play against the Broncos on Sunday. Washington is going to have to throw the ball in this one, RGIII looks back on track and Reed could be headed towards TE1 status. Denver allowed Coby Fleener to score over nine points against them. If someone named Coby can do that, certainly a Jordan can too. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Carolina Panthers, Defense/Special teams

Availability: 66% Yahoo, 75% ESPN

Stat Me Up: The Panthers D is averaging over 15 fantasy points the last 2 weeks.

$$$ Value: $1. Stream away my fantasy friends.

The Gist: The past few weeks I’ve streamed whoever the Jaguars are playing. The Jags get San Francisco this week and the 49ers are 98% owned. So much for that idea. The Panthers are the benefit of my stream this week as they face a battered, broken and infected Buccaneers team.

The X-File: Carolina has the NFLs No.3 ranked defense in total yardage allowed.

Jam it or Cram it: The Panthers are tied for fourth in fantasy defense/special teams points scored this season. They also have number of solid IDPers in Luke Kuechly, Greg Hardy and Mike Mitchell. The Carolina D is a must JAM. Enjoy.

 

Good luck in Week 8 and thanks for hanging in the Razzball MASH Unit. Hit the Guru up below with your fantasy queries or follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS  for the daily jam or cram, fantasy roster 411’s and other gooey shenanigans.

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  1. the imp says:
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    Oh great guru….okay I’ll get to my question….
    My 12 team PPR league has a 4RB roster limit and we only start 2. Thus only 40 RBs are owned right now!
    I have Foster and Forte on bye and need to figure out if I should drop MJD or Ellington to pickup Tate since Foster’s hammy could linger. Annoyingly, Tate is on bye (duh) and injured with broken ribs, so a pickup would lead to a zero in week 8 and Shiva knows what in week 9 and beyond.
    Jam or Cram Tate for MJD in my situation?

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold. Ellington will get better. MJD may bounce back, but I’d keep over Tate on bye with busted ribs. Mike James of the Bucs is a guy I might consider over Ellington this week.

      • the imp says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks for confirming my feeling on Tate and for the James suggestion.
        Ivory, Helu, PTCruiser, McGahee, and Bolden are all out there too, so lots of reasonable timeshare possibilities in the mold of Ellington in our shallow league. I know James is unique in having a ROS 3-down role….so I’ll take a hard look at him for this week and beyond.

        • The Guru

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          No prob, thanks for Razzballin’ and good luck.

  2. Frank White says:
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    Sup Bro… I lost D Martin and all I have left is Sprolles, MJD, Pierre, n Ellington. So basically I have Sprolles left. I’m good on Receivers so I was wondering would you trade Nicks for Zac Stacy and Emanuel Sanders??

    • The Guru

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      Damn injuries devastating rosters all over. Seems fair enough, you might be able to get more. But, when desperate, sometimes you lose a trade on paper to improve your team.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks!! Do you think Brandon Gibson or Marvin Jones are worth pickups for a waiver?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Depends on who you own, your record, your league etc. I’d rather have Boykin or Heyward-Bay actually.

  3. mike says:
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    heath miller (on roster) or Reed (Waivers) for TE this week? TY

    • The Guru

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      Reed looks like the real deal and Wash is going to have to throw a lot this week. Jam Reed, cram Miller.

  4. Andre 5 touches Ellington says:
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    Would you give up Josh Gordon for Le’ Veon Bell in a Standard League?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Without seeing your roster I’d say yes in a standard league.

  5. Aj says:
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    What side you like best? Brees/Demaryious Thomas/ Alfred Morris or Reggie Bush/Kaepernik/Hakeem Nicks? Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Brees side.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aj: this isn’t close as brees and thomas are a LOT better than kap and nicks, regardless which side of bush vs butler is better.

  6. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    So, I’ve got the Panther D/ST going Thursday night but currently have Henne slated for the weekend but Glennon’s on the wire. Dare I swap QB’s and kick myself in the groin with the ensuing duel of fantasy points that could arise Thursday night or stay the course with Chadwick?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Stay with Chad. Panthers are one of the top defenses in the league right now.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d hang with Henne. Can’t believe I typed that.

  7. Pete says:
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    I have Gronk and Reed in a 12 team PPR league and could use an RB. Who would you give and who would you target?

    • Pete says:
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      @Pete: Worth noting that our 3rd WR slot can also have a TE played in addition to being able to play a TE in the flex slot.

    • The Guru

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      Gronk for Forte, McCoy or Lynch would be nice. Not sure what Reed could get you. Maybe a Ridley type. I’d try to move Gronk for a top back.

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Roddy owner. Due to a bye week crunch, if Roddy’s out again I have to pick up a WR for one week only. Given Douglas’s matchup concern, would you take Boykin over him? I so, does that change if James Jones plays?

    • The Guru

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      Going with Boykin here.

  9. mcgirt says:
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    I’m confused with Glennon/ CAR def, seems conflicting…?
    I was looking for a bye week fill in. What about Thad Lewis? (Henne’s matchup looks tougher.)
    Orrrr Geno? (my inner-anxious-Jets-fan sometimes wrestles for control)

    • The Guru

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      The Panthers D is damn good, but they have given up about 12 points to starting QBs the last 3 weeks. I thin Glennon will put up about that, maybe more if Carolina has a big lead. Garbage time points count, too.

  10. Carman Sandiego says:
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    Wow, I was in these leagues. Glennon’s the only guy on that list that’s available in my league, helu, reed, Carolina D (my defense), harry douglas, and many others are rostered….

    Also I would consider Glennon but Martin’s injury has to hur his stock ROS….

    • The Guru

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      Nice competitive league you’re in. I am thinking Glennon will have to throw a lot with the Bucs down. I see 12-15 points a real possibility as he gets garbage time points.

  11. Mdaddy says:
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    Start Ellington or Reed in my flex this week?

  12. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Leaning Reed here as RGIII will have to throw.

  13. Moose Out Front says:
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    Burn #1 waiver on Mike James? I’ve been sitting on it.

    • The Guru

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      Tough decision and I don’t know what your roster looks like. However, even the Bucs suck, James will be getting 15-18 touches a game and that’s tough to find this time of year. I’d do it.

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks, yeah I didn’t give much details, but it’s a 12 teamer where any RB that touches the ball is seemingly owned.

        I feel like you, it’s a tough call because he’s no game changer, but what are the odds of a completely unowned guy taking over feature back duties from here on in? I’m 4-3.

        Then again I do have Gore, LBell, Ivory, TRich and Bolden at RB…

        • The Guru

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          Add him to your stable of backs and maybe you can swing a trade down the road.

  14. KCC26 says:
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    Better pick up, ivory or Andre brown?

    • The Guru

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      I was high on Ivory coming into the season, then nothin’ until last week. Hope there’s more to come. I’d take him over Brown.

  15. Juice_0321 says:
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    Oh wise Guru. I made a trade today and wanted to see your opinion on it. My Cameron and Mike James for his Gio and Ivory. I have Gronk and Reed at TE so felt the inclination to deal a TE to cover my behind after losing Martin.

    Thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      I’m a big Gio believer and Ivory looks to be coming to life at the right time. You’re set at tight end, so me likey. Good work.

  16. Ciwa says:
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    Hi Guru. I’m in a 14 team PPR league. Next week is a nightmare for me. Murray will be likely out and Richardson has the bye week as Marshall and Tucker. The hardest question is about RBs. I have Ellington in my bench and i think he could be my RB1,but then? I’m 11th in the waiver list so i think i don’t use it but i pick the players immediately after. At the moment i can choose between Mike James-Tolbert-Ivory and Helu. My ranking is James-Helu-Ivory-Tolbert. What’s your? WR time: I have stevie johnson and ginn jr. for replacing Marshall,or i’m thinking about Marvin Jones and Drew Davis from free agents. We count return yards,so Ginn could be the right choice? Feely-Suisham-Henery-Folk. Who could be the best Tucker replacement?
    And,I swear,the last request:my TE is Heat Miller. I think he could do a good job against Oakland but i a intrigued by Pettigrew and Zach Miller(the Seattle one). What about it?

    I thank you and i apologize for my not perfect english,I’m Italian!

  17. The Guru

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    James, Ivory, Helu, Tolbert.

    Jones.

    Henery

    Stick with Miller

    Thanks for reading.

  18. Gbbb says:
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    Alshon Jeffrey or Harry Douglas .5ppr rest of the year?

    • The Guru

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      I would have said Jeffrey, but its a tough one now with the Cutler situation. I’ll stick with Jeffrey, but I’m still high on Douglas.

  19. Gbbb says:
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    I was just offered Stacy, dez, and kenbrel Tompkins for my trich, colston, and TY. Thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      T-Rich looks terrible. It’s worth doing depending on your roster.

    • Gbbb says:
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      @Gbbb:

      Btw my remaining wrs are Cruz and Reuben randle

      • The Guru

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        I say go for it.

  20. Arbinator says:
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    Percy Harvin, Blackmon, J Gordon
    Pick 2 ROS PPR

  21. The Guru

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    Blackmon, Gordon.

  22. Captain K says:
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    @the guru… Trade either Levon bell or sjax for victor Cruz. Which would you do?

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Not liking what I am hearing about S-Jax and not practicing etc. I’d offer him for Cruz and see what happens

  23. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My RBs: Forte, Miller, Ellington, Vereen
    WRs: Dez, Gordon, Keenan, T. Will, Tate

    Trade Gordon for Spiller?

    • The Guru

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      Spiller’s ankle really concerns me. Word is he may not play this week. I’d stay away. Maybe you can get Moreno for Gordon.

  24. Dave says:
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    Edelman or Robert Woods vs Saints (like the matchup) in a .5PPR?

    • Dave says:
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      @Dave: Edelman plays Miami

      • The Guru

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        With Amendola out Edelman should be busy if Brady can stop looking at Gronk.

        • Dave says:
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          @The Guru: Haha I have Gronk too so he can look wherever he wants!

          • The Guru

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            Nice!

  25. miguel Dominguez says:
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    10team ppr

    HELP!!!!!!! I have arian foster, demarco murray, brandon jacobs, and darren McFadden. I plan on dropping Jacobs and making claims on ryan Matthews and Ben Tate. Problem is…… im 6-1 in first place and last on the waiver…… Lamar miller and daniel thomas out there, as well as chris ivory and bilial Powell. Who should I fall back on if my claims go unsuccessful!?

    • miguel Dominguez says:
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      @miguel Dominguez: OR SHOULD I JUST RELY ON DARREN MCFADDEN?

      Qb:peyton
      Rb:mcfadden
      Wr: d. Thomas a. Boldin
      Te: j. Thomas
      Flex: harry douglas
      K: prater
      Def: Cincinnati

      Thats what my lineup for week 8 looks like currently.

      • The Guru

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        Mathews or Ivory are worth a shot.

  26. Benny says:
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    Please rank the following receivers ROS in a half point PPR: Colston, Marshall, Antonio Brown, James Jones, Vincent Jackson. Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Marshall, Jackson, Brown, Jones, Colston

  27. Bob says:
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    Reggie’s out for the year. Who should I jam in there, T.Williams, H.Douglas or Boykin?

    • The Guru

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      Boykin this week.

  28. isaacvandamme says:
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    I only just finished the first paragraph but gawdamn was it good haha. Good stuff.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for Razzballin’.

  29. Percy Whipped says:
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    Probably splitting hairs here, but who do you prefer ROS

    Standard league, 14 team

    Bowe or Nicks?

    • The Guru

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      Nicks. Eli can actually throw it further than 5 yards downfield. Unfortunately he’s throwing it to the other team.

      • Percy Whipped says:
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        @The Guru:

        That’s what I figured. Thanks

        And yea, Eli has never met an interception he couldn’t make.

      • Percy Whipped says:
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        With Jay Cutler out for at least 4 weeks and Glennon chucking the ball for the Bucs,

        Who do you like ROS:

        B. Marshall or V. Jackson?

        Love the article, by the way.

        • The Guru

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          Cross my fingers and sticking with Marshall.

  30. RJ says:
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    In a 2 tight end (12 team) league, would you go J. Cook or T. Wright (other TE is Julius Thomas)? Thanks!

    • RJ says:
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      @RJ:

      PPR btw

      • The Guru

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        Can I say Jeff Cumberland?

        • RJ says:
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          @The Guru: he’s taken… Pretty deep at tight end. Other options are fasano, fauria, and Rivera…

  31. Ditka vs God says:
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    Excellent Kobe – Michael joke there at the end

    • The Guru

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      DITKA!!

  32. Matt P says:
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    Gah so I lost Martin this week, Murray last week, and Spiller two weeks ago basically.

    I did pick up Boykin and Douglas though, so I can flip some WRs, I’ve got an offer of Le’Veon Bell and Mike Williams for Antonio Brown and Anquan Boldin. My other WRs are Kris Durham, Kendall Wright. I’m leaning towards taking it, no idea when Murray will be back or Spiller for that matter.

    It’s a 12 team, 2 keeper, 0.5 ppr league, Brown is a beast, but I’m thinking of keeping Bell and Martin too which makes the trade a bit more attractive to me, with a better OL next year hopefully, I think Bell will beast it.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Yes, looks like the best deal you can get. Injuries are killing a lot of team fake and real. Good luck.

  33. Di Ro says:
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    Would you rather pick up Mike James or Jarrett Boykin if you were looking for long term help at the flex spot for a standard ESPN league?

    • The Guru

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      In a standard league I’d go James. He’s going to get work.

  34. WhoDatNation says:
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    Hey Guru, it was a very Bloody Sunday, Bree’s was on a bye and I picked up Cutler! Really bad decision. Still managed to pull the W, by the grace of God, 6-1!

    Who should I start at my RB2 and Flex this week? Standard League.

    RB2: Z. Stacy, D. Williams, C. Ivory
    Flex: Z. Stacy D. Williams, C. Ivory, S. Smith, J. Witten

    Also, would you recommend dropping S. Smith for T. Williams?

    And as always thanks for the help!

    • The Guru

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      Keep Smith.

      RB2: Williams

      Flex: Stacy

  35. Will says:
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    So Vereen is on waivers in a 10 person standard league.

    My current roster is:
    QB: Vick and Foles (dropping Foles for Cecil Shorts)
    RB: McCoy, Reggie Bush, Leveon Bell, Eddie Lacy, and McFadden.
    WR: Antonio Brown, Hakeem Nicks, James Jones, and sadly lost Julio Jones.
    TE: Jason Witten
    D/ST: 49ers
    K: Matt Bryant

    Max RBs allowed on team is 5 so I have to drop a RB if I want to grab Vereen. I think my running back situation is strong enough that I can risk grabbing him even though he isn’t able to play until week 11. I know Vereen is especially productive in PPR leagues…but I still think he will outperform McFadden. Another option is attempting to make a trade offer (giving McFadden for a WR) but I don’t think I can get a good deal for him since my league isn’t very trade friendly, he’s injury prone, and hasn’t been performing nearly as well as expected. Let me know your thoughts. Any advice or ideas would be awesome!! On a side note, Jordan Reed (TE) and DHB (decent option with Reggie Wayne out but he sucks at catching) are available. Guess I could grab one of them as well.

    • The Guru

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      Your team looks pretty stacked. I’d try to flip McFaddon for a WR. See what happens. But, for now I’d hold on any drops for Vereen.

  36. TJ says:
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    I’m in a PPR league and looking to make a trade. I’ve been offered two trades and I was wondering which RB you prefer and if the trade is worth it.

    I get Marshawn Lynch. I give up Jordy Nelson and Steven Ridley.
    or
    I get Matt Forte. I give up Victor Cruz and Eddie Lacy.

    • The Guru

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      I’d go Lynch here.

  37. Kzing says:
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    For depth going in to later weeks…
    H. Douglas
    Edelman
    N. Washington

    Thanks a bunch!

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