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The possibilities are nearly endless with the Bobby Rainey references. Who knew Bobby Rainey would go off for nearly 35 fantasy points and start trending on Twitter? Some of my faves include #ItsRaineyMen, #NovemberRainey, #ChocolateRainey and #SomewhereOverTheRaineyBow. Personally, I went the Milli Vanilli route because I see Bobby Rainey more fraud than Grammy winner. Now and then something comes along that is just too good to be true. Ask Sky about his investment in Planet Hollywood. One of those things was the “band” Milli Vanilli. Back in late 80’s, early 90’s, your-humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru was trapped in Top 40 radio Hell and forced to spin tunes by MC Hammer, Wilson Phillips and Roxette. I refer to those four years as my “lost weekend.” Personally, I believe we all need a few lost years or decades in our lives. It’s hard to respect someone that didn’t completely piss away their life for at least a year or two doing something crazy like follow the Grateful Dead, travel with the carnival or marry a Russian bride. Unfortunately, I wasted my time playing the lip-sync hits from Milli Vanilli. Blame it on the rain. And the free cocaine. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or Cram: Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders

Availability: 99% Yahoo, 99.9% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 19.58 fantasy points. McGloin went 18-of-32 passes for 197 yards with three touchdowns and no interception.

$$$ Value: $0. A free quarterback? I’m a sucker for those “free for the taking” signs. Look what I found over the weekend.

The Gist: Out of the 421 million fake footballer’s out there in fantasy land, I can only find two verified rosters that started McGloin. One currently resides at McLean Psychiatric Hospital and the other was his brother Pat McGloin. You knew that was coming. McGloin actually looked like a legitimate NFL starter last week, unlike Geno Smith.

The X-File: McGloin completed 18 passes Sunday, 11 of which went to Rod Streater and Mychal Rivera. Who?

Jam it or Cram it: Finally something for all those insufferable Penn State fans to be proud of. One of their own did something good. The former Nittany Lion should start for the Raiders again this week against the Titans. He should not get the start for your team against anyone. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Availability: 74% Yahoo, 96% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 34.70 fantasy points. Rainey rolled for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries and caught two passes for four yards and a third TD.

$$$ Value: $70. Yes, 70 big ones. That’s what it’ll take. Time to spend like a drunken Tehol at a Chippendale’s show.

The Gist: The Razzballers were in on Rainey early with J-FOH and Sky showing the love last week. Buy them a drink. The cards came up aces and eights for Rainey and any Razzballer that started him Sunday. The numbers were impressive: 167 total yards. Three TDs. 5.7 YPC. Nearly 35 points in standard leagues and 40 in ppr.

The X-File: Rainey is clearly getting the touches over Brian Leonard. Rainey had 32, Leonard had only eight.

Jam it or Cram it: Rainey is the must add of the week and there’s a lot love, ahem, raining down on him lately. Sorry. However, I do have a funny feeling here. Perhaps it’s just gas or my fears that any running back in Tampa goes the way of Spinal Tap drummers, but Rainey has gone against two bad rush defenses and the Bucs were somehow playing with a lead in both games. They get the Lions this week and won’t have the lead once. Follow the waiver lemmings if you must, just lower the expectations. Don’t get Milli Vanilli’ed and don’t pick up Chris Rainey in a drunken stupor by mistake. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo Bills

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 15.80 fantasy points. Goodwin had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown and added 17 yards on one carry.

$$$ Value: $1. Look, I got you a dollar.

The Gist: Coming into Sunday’s game Goodwin had just eight catches on the year. Now he has 14. What’s the difference? Obviously, the answer is six. Also, the fact the Bills were without their top two wideouts – Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods- helped Mr. Goodwin’s stat line.

The X-File: Goodwin is averaging over 30 yards per catch.

Jam it or Cram it: If Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods remain out, EJ Manuel has to throw to someone. That someone is the Marquise de Goodwin. Add him. It won’t hurt. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Mychal Rivera, TE, Oakland Raiders

Availability: 100% Yahoo, 99.5% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 11.40 fantasy points. Rivera caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.

$$$ Value: $0. Bargain basement shopping at the Tight End’s Warehouse.

The Gist: We mentioned Magic Mych earlier in that blurb about Pat McGloin’s brother Matt. If McGloin is still starting on Sunday, Rivera could be worth a look. At this point in the season finding a tight end worth starting is fantasy roulette, but there’s not a lot of options in that Raiders passing game.

The X-File: Rivera’s touchdown on Sunday was the first of his NFL career. His touchdown celebration needs some work.

Jam it or Cram it: You’ll have to look past your dislike for people that spell boring names in a weird way here if you want to add him to your roster. Ok, I’ll be honest, I only included Mychal in this blog to show this pic of his sister. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: New Orleans Saints, DEF/SP

Availability: 59% Yahoo, 61% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 6 fantasy points. New Orleans held San Francisco to under 200 yards, had three sacks, an interception and recovered  fumble.

$$$ Value: $0. Stream away.

The Gist: The Saints held The 49ers to a total of 196 yards and just 81 rushing yards Sunday.

The X-File: The Saints rank fourth in the league in yards allowed this year (305.4 per game).

Jam it or Cram it: Rob Ryan has coached up this Saints D from last in the league a season ago to top five this season. As long as Rob doesn’t follow his brother to Dave & Buster’s for air hockey and Big Buck Hunter fun, the Saints defense will feast on Falcons this week. What does a falcon taste like? Kind of like bald eagle. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Ryan Succop, K, Kansas City Chiefs

Availability: 69% Yahoo, 71% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 5 fantasy points. One field goal, two PATs.

$$$ Value: $0. Don’t spend on kickers, Taco.

The Gist: Once again, someone tweeted at me that I need to include kickers in the jam or cram. Ryan Succop is a kicker.

The X-File: Succop has eight field goals in his last four games.

Jam it or Cram it: There is one modern era kicker in the Hall of Fame. Who is he? It’s not Ryan Succop. JAM

 

*Week 12 Bonus Tracks*

Scott Tolzien, QB, Green Bay Packers: Tolzien has 73 attempts in less than two games. He gets a Vikings pass defense this week that has given up more than two passing touchdowns in 9 of 10 games. JAM

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Og Bon has been getting targets, 12 last week, and has surpassed Willis McGahee as the Browns lead dawg. Desperate in a ppr league? JAM. Everyone else? CRAM

Ace Sanders, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Ace Sanders sounds like some sort of villain on Archer. Sanders caught eight passes for 61 yards last week and had 10 targets. But we are talking about the Jaguars here. CRAM

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: I will keep talking up Delanie until Chuck Norris buys my pilot for Walker, Tennessee Titan. JAM

Baltimore Ravens, DEF/SP: If the Ravens are out there go get them. They play the Jets. JAM

 

How did our Razzballin’ jams do last week? Donald Brown had 21 points, Delanie Walker gave us 15,  the Bills D put up 19 and John Carslon added 7. The Case Keenum head scratching benching cost us and Nick Folk only had a point because Rex Ryan forgot him at Dave & Buster’s.

Good luck in Week 12. Leave a question below or let’s talk kickers on Twitter @TheGuruGS

 

  1. Dave says:
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    Hey guru, Is Dan Bailey a good kicker JAM with Succop not available?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Bailey will be a top 3 kicker this week against the Giants.

    • CL says:
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      @Dave: I own Bailey on all 3 of my teams and held him through the bye week. 6th highest kicker by fantasy points for season and over last month.

      • The Guru

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        He’s getting it done.

  2. CL says:
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    I have #2 claim this week… you don’t seem to be JAMMIN on my Rainey and St Louis DEF claims??

    I mean, it’s probably a must win week for me at 6-5, 6th place. This league is weird… those DEF will get claimed, and BALTIMORE is not available. St. Louis, Dallas, Tennessee?

    • The Guru

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      Rainey faces some tough D’s down the stretch. Great game last week, I’m just not buying it with the Bucs playing from behind for the next three weeks.

      I’m jamming on the Dallas D against the Giants. Eli is a turnover machine and the G-Men have given up the most points to fantasy defenses this year.

      • CL says:
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        @The Guru: mmmhhhmmmm. So, I hate to claim on a DEF, but is your opinion that since a DEF is my most important need this week, claim Dallas?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I’d hold the claim and see who’s available.

          • CL says:
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            @The Guru: Don’t know if you’ll get back to this… I now have the #1 waiver claim. I grabbed NO DEF off the free agents this morning.

            I also dumped Mike Wallace for Cotchery. Thoughts? I’m done with Wallace. Also, picked up Miles Austin. You like him at all moving forward? PPR.

            • The Guru

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              Like the NO D this week, Wallace has been a disappointment for sure, Cotchery might do something, if Austin is healthy he’ll be a solid WR3.

  3. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Who’s the drop, Lamar Miller Lite or 1 Karat Tate? Both #5 on my depth chart, both have tough matchup ROS.

    • The Guru

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      I’d rather have Tate at this point.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @The Guru: Who’s my add, Knile or Tobe?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Chris Ogbonnaya.
          Who’s Tobe?

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @The Guru: Og’s been gone awhile. 14 teamer. Toby Gerhart. Looking the the possible homerun rather than the marginal at best that Miller and Tate have been giving.

            • The Guru

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              I don’t see it. But, I suppose its the time for taking chances if you’re a gambling man.

              • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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                @The Guru: I’m in a 16 teamer and just added Antone Smith (fingers crossed I strike gold like I did with Rainey last week and Donald Brown 3 weeks ago).

                • Heluhelu says:
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                  @The Guru: @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: thanks. I meant Decker is the 4th option in the Denver offense,. I just kinda thought liked White’s upcoming schedule, NO( have to throw), Buf, GB.
                  Decker is safer. Thanks

                  • Heluhelu says:
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                    @Dave:@Heluhelu: sorry wrong link. Stupid phone

  4. J-FOH says:
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    who the hell is tweeting you a jam or cram kicker? Damn tweeters! I’ve followed some of those guys out there and the amount of heads in the asses equals the heads up asses on E$PN. Thats a lot of heads.

    I’m glad you are still reading my handcuff drivel. I thought of you when I did my Who reference title. I try to keep it fresh for the over 40 crowd in here

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Kickers are the catcher questions of the FFB world.

      You mention the Who, I reference Milli Vanilli. I hand my turban over to you, sir.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: dude, when was the last time you washed this….does Hindi not have a word for smelly?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No likey the curry?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @The Guru: more like Eddy Curry’s drawers

  5. Dave says:
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    Need to pick 2 out of these WR’s in a .5PPR – Antonio Brown vs CLE (Joe Haden), Keenan Allen vs KC, Jarrett Boykin vs MIN?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Haden is one tough corner, but tough to sit Brown.

      • Dave says:
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        @The Guru: Yea I know its a tough decision for me, so which of the 3 you think I should bench need to start 2 of those.

        • The Guru

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          Leaning Boykin. Safer bet to go with the QBs you know.

          • Dave says:
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            @The Guru: Yes thought so too.. Especially since I have both of those QB’s starting in this 2 QB league lol, my QB’s are Rivers and Big ass Ben.

            • The Guru

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              Good luck. You like those 2 Qb leagues?

              • Dave says:
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                @The Guru: Thanks, Its a little different I got surprised in the draft when there was SO many QB’s being taken early. Like Lesean Mccoy was taken mid 2nd round! But I do like it, and I like how my entire league plays and drafts like QB’s are way more important than an RB. So I was able to have a nice amount of good RB’s and WR’s.

                • The Guru

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                  Yes, I joined a 2 QB league. Not a fan, my team’s in 9th. Ha!

                  • Dave says:
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                    @The Guru: Ha that sucks man, its only my 2nd year in one of these and I’ll be in the playoffs both years so thats probably why I like it lol

  6. Egon says:
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    I know Sky thinks knowshon is a sell…and after montee vultured his goal line carries last week, I’m officially nervous about leaning on him in the playoffs.

    So do I send knowshon and Keenan Allen to get Zack Stacy and Julius Thomas?

    Currently have J Reed at TE and Allen is my 4th best WR, squarely on my bench.

    Thanks!

    • CL says:
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      @Egon: I sold NoShow for Gronk last week and don’t regret it. Look for clarity… Ball got 2 TDs this weekend… That ain’t clarity in my book. Plus he’s an injury liability.

    • CL says:
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      @Egon: Oh, I’d do that trade in a second. PPR?

    • The Guru

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      Trust level in Moreno is low. Trade makes sense for you. The injury to Thomas is the thing that concerns me. Looks like he’s ok, though.

  7. Kyle says:
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    Its funny I started Brian Leonard thinking he would get more touches on the ball. Thank you for talking about Delanie Walker. Ive been telling others about him and they all seem not interested in him however I believe he is only going to get hotter in that offense.

    • The Guru

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      Walker looks solid to me, he’s getting targets.

      Rainey, Leonard, any back in TB seems cursed to me. Ha.

  8. Mike says:
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    I somehow arrived at an embarrassment of riches at RB via early waiver wire speculating in a 12 team PPR league… I have Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Zac Stacy, Knowshon Moreno, Rashad Jennings, and MJD. Two starting RBs and a flex, so I would like to move somebody, and I could use a little help at WR.

    Of that group, who would you move, and what WR would you target? I’m guessing Knowshon might be on your list, based on some of the above posts. I’m pretty solidly locked into a playoff spot, so the goal is definitely to build for a playoff run. Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Yes, Moreno could be bring you something tasty. Maybe Antonio Brown, DeSean Jackson, Cruz. Depends.

  9. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I’ve got another one for you. Sky is still behind Cameron but I’m still not convinced. Cambell is killing his value. Take a shot at Walker?

    • The Guru

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      I have them about even ROS. Liking the targets Walker is getting. Coin flip really.

  10. MattTruss223 says:
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    Hey Razzballers – If I wanted to find out which teams have given up the most pass yards the past 4 weeks, where do you suppose I could find that info easily? The Google machine is failing me and when that happens, we turn to the Razzball machine. Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Not sure about last 4 weeks with byes and stuff, but on the year it’s DAL, DET, PHI, MIN

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @goodfold2: Thanks guys, I can find YTD info pretty easily, but I’m more curious to look at recent trends. Like, say, sure PHI may be bad on the season against the pass, but over the past 4 weeks, they’ve locked teams down, that kind of thing, just as an example.

  11. DP says:
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    Drop Terrence Williams for Burleson or Cotchery with Austin coming back?

    • The Guru

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      Depends on your team and your record. Not sure about Burleson this week. I usually like to see a week before giving a guy a start coming off injury. I might hold for now.

      • DP says:
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        @The Guru: 7-3, Tied for first. Have AJ Green, Shorts and Kendall Wright as my top 3. Don’t need anybody for this week as opponent has no running backs who are active this week and Mendenhall is the top option on waivers for them.

        • The Guru

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          Hold for now and see if Austin is effective this week. If he is then Williams will be expendable. Burleson will likely still be there next week.

  12. Benny says:
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    Who’d you rather have ROS? Dez or Antonio Brown? Brown has some tough matchups the rest of the year. This is a half point PPR.

    • The Guru

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      Dez, Dez and more Dez.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @The Guru: Come on Benny.

        • The Guru

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          Be nice to Benny. He’s asking for a friend.

  13. Helu helu says:
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    In a 10 man distance scoring,1.5 ppr, wr/TE are the same: would you drop Jordan reed for Roddy white , Boykin or decker? Don’t know how to value Roddy now that he is off revis/ Sherman island. Atlanta will trail the rest of the year.

    • The Guru

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      Going Decker here. Seems more of a sure thing.

      • Helu helu says:
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        @The Guru: just seems decker is the 4th/ 5th option. White and Boykin are 1st/2nd.

        • The Guru

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          I don’t trust Whites health or team and I don’t trust Boykin’s QB.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @The Guru: in standard PPR decker is 17th overall even though he only has 3 TD’s. white hasn’t been healthy or useful the entire season. boykin is a solid play of course. don’t know how anybody could possibly have decker as their 4th, unless they already had calvin/dez/v-jax or somesuch.

            • The Guru

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              Aubrey’s got my back on this one.

              • Heluhelu says:
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                @The Guru: thanks. I meant Decker is the 4th option in the Denver offense,. I just kinda thought liked White’s upcoming schedule, NO( have to throw), Buf, GB.
                Decker is safer. Thanks

  14. Joe G says:
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    Gurú who would you start this week? brandon marshall Against st louis defense or TY Hilton vs Arizona defense or Eric decker or keenen allen? André johnson has the first spot against the raiders

    • The Guru

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      Can’t sit Marshall. Nice group of receivers you have.

  15. Joe G says:
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    Who you start Eric decker TY Hilton or keenen allen in the third spot?

    • The Guru

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      Nice problem to have. If Welker were to sit Sunday, I’d go Decker. But we won’t know until game time probably and they play late. With that said, go with Hilton.

      • Joe G says:
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        @The Guru: would you trade darren sproles and keenen allen for shane vereen?

        • The Guru

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          No

  16. Aero says:
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    Jam’s and Cram’s rock. Thanks, Guru! On the other hand, coach Ryan sucks, his usage of the kicker getting 1 point lost me the matchup by one point. Grrr!

    • The Guru

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      Ouch. I’d rather lose by 20. Ryan is gone next year.

  17. Megan says:
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    I’ve been much trouble with WRs this season. I’m in a Yahoo, 10 team, standard points league. I have the following options for my 2 WRs this week:
    Already on roster – Amendola, Welker, T. Williams, Boldin, & K. Wright
    Free Agent – Stills
    Who should I start? Should I drop one of them to stream Stills this week?

    • The Guru

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      If Welker is healthy its Welker and Amendola. Points will be scored. If Welker is out go Amendola and Wright.

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