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Was there a Fantasy team out there not affected by Snow-pocalypse 2013? No? I didn’t think so. The frozen tundra’s of Green Bay, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh may have decided whether your playoff dreams were realized or simply melted away like Frosty the Snowman in a greenhouse full of poinsettias. Damn you, Professor Hinkle! We well-informed, stat studying, borderline genius, Fantasy loving Razzballers left standing are headed for the playoffs. Some of us, however, are also carrying a roster that may look like a MASH unit. There was a blizzard of injuries Sunday that left Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski and Reggie Bush owners cracking open the cheap scotch and drowning their sorrows before it was 5 o’clock anywhere. Now that you have pulled your sorry self up off the cool bathroom floor, let’s run down the players that may lead you to Fantasy Football glory and all the accolades that come with it. Namely rubbing it in your league-mates faces for the next 52 weeks. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or Cram: Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 50% ESPN

Stat Me Up: Cutler has not thrown a pass in  month.

$$$ Value: $15. Have some FAAB cash hanging around? Need a QB? Spend away.

The Gist: Cutler has been out since Week 10 with a bum ankle. He’s been miraculously healed after 2464 “massages” from Kristin Cavallari that had nothing to do his ankle. Cutler will likely get the start Sunday and faces a beatable Browns.

The X-File: Adult roster supervision is required. Make sure Cutler is the starter Sunday.

Jam it or Cram it: Thanks for all your hard work Josh McCown, now sit on the bench, Big Jay is coming back. Cutler is likely to start Sunday against the Browns and then will get the porous Philly pass defense Championship week. This could be the sneaky play that snags you the Shiva. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Availability: 92% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 12.90 Fantasy points. Filling in for the gimpy Adrian Peterson, Gerhart rushed 15 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.

$$$ Value: $100. Push all-in if AP is all-out.

The Gist: Adrian Peterson owners are lighting candles across the Fantasy world after the No. 1 Fantasy pick went down with a foot sprain Sunday. X-rays were negative, the MRI was clean, but reports Monday morning said AP’s season was O-V-E-R. If that’s the case, run to wire and grab Gerhart N-O-W.

The X-File: Gerhart did tweak his hammy Sunday, but will be a go on Sunday.

Jam it or Cram it: 8% ownership in Yahoo and 1% in ESPN leagues is about to change quickly. Gerhart will be the add of the week for any Fantasy owner still in the hunt. He faces a tough Eagles run D, but he’ll get the rock 15-20 times and his 9.2 YPC make him a must add, must start player in the Fantasy playoffs. JAM 

 

Jam or Cram: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99.9 % ESPN

Stat Me Up: 22.70 Fantasy points. Da’Rick snagged six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.

$$$ Value: $1. Got a buck left? Spend wisely.

The Gist: It’s the new best name in Fantasy ballin’. Da’Rick is worth da look. Sorry Barkevious Mingo. With Darrius Heyward-Bey finally demoted and T.Y. Hilton under performing, Rogers made the most of the opportunity with a couple TDs. If you were one of the three people in the world to start him I tip my turban in your general direction. Is there anyone left in the NFL with a normal name?

The X-File: Rogers was a highly talented prospect out of Tennessee Tech before the draft last April, but plummeted down draft boards because of major “character” concerns. The “character” concerns were three failed drug tests. Hey, Da’Rick, ever hear of  Goldenseal?

Jam it or Cram it: Great game Da’Rick, congrats. It does look he’ll get more playing time along with LaVon Brazill. C’mon, what’s with the names?! Deep leaguers and Dynasty players feel free to grab him, but for the rest of us trying to win now, Da’Rick is not worth da chance. Da’Cram

 

Jam or Cram: Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

Availability: 89% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 10.80 Fantasy points. Pitta caught six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in his 2013 debut Sunday.

$$$ Value: $30. Going to have to pony up the cash if you want the Pitta.

The Gist: Pitta returned from what was thought to be a season ending hip injury and had himself a game. Pitta was top 10 among scoring TEs last Sunday and led the Ravens in targets. Despite facing a Detroit D this week that has given up the 4th fewest fantasy points to tight ends, I still smell a touchdown.

The X-File: Flacco has completed 75 percent of his red-zone passes to Pitta the past two seasons.

Jam it or Cram it: If you’re a Gronk owner, let me say it’s been a fun season and I’ve enjoyed our chats. Welcome to my world of tight end roulette. I’ve been playing it all season with limited success. If Pitta is out there, he’s the bullet to slide into the chamber. Good luck. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Tennessee Titans, DEF/ST

Availability: 55% Yahoo, 64% ESPN

Stat Me Up: -4.00 Fantasy Points. Tough day against Peyton Manning as the Titans gave up 51 points, had no sacks or turnovers.

$$$ Value: $0. Pick them up, they’re free.

The Gist: If you are one of the few that has been riding the Seattle or Carolina D, good for you and welcome to the playoffs. The rest of us have to stream every week. The next few weeks are shaping up as a good run for the Titans. They get Arizona, Jacksonville and Houston through the playoff season.

The X-File: Tennessee has averaged about eight Fantasy points this season.

Jam it or Cram it: Want to stream a D that faces Carson Palmer, Chad Henne and Matt Schaub? To paraphrase Bob Marley, hope you like jamming. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers

Availability: 66% Yahoo, 88% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 14.00 Fantasy points. Novak hit field goals of  36, 27 and 43-yards Sunday.

$$$ Value: $0. We are not still spending on kickers are we?

The Gist: Novak has been averaging double-digit Fantasy numbers three out the last four weeks.

The X-File: Has 11 field goals in the last five games.

Jam it or Cram it: Novak and the Chargers travel to thin aired Denver where he could kick a 70-yarder. Or it could snow 40 inches and he gives you nothing. I don’t know, I’m not a meteorologist. JAM

 

 *BONUS TRACKS: WEEK 15*

Alex Smith, QB, KC: Believe it or not, but Mr. Smith has been a Top 10 QB for the year. He’ll get a Raiders team Sunday that just made Geno Smith look like, I dunno, Alex Smith. JAM

Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA: Thomas will get the call against a banged up Pats run D on Sunday if  the concussed Lamar Miller can’t go. Thomas is for the truly desperate. CRAM

Rod Streater, WR, OAK: Streater’s averaging over 10 Fantasy points a game the last four weeks and is about 20% owned. Come on everybody, we are going Streating! JAM

Andrew Quarless, TE, GB: Quarless scored over 12 Fantasy points Sunday. He had 6 catches for 66 yards. Wait… that’s the number of the beast. Cue Iron Maiden. CRAM

Jacksonville Jaguars, DEF/ST: The Jags faces the Bills on Sunday and Buffalo let the Bucs drop 24 points on them last week. The Jags D has actually been playing tough lately. Wait, don’t laugh… JAM

 

Good luck in the playoffs. Leave a question below, tell me your favorite Maiden tune or hit me up on Twitter @TheGuruGS

 

From Around The Web

  1. Dave says:
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    I’ve lost Gronk, AP (I managed to pickup Gerhart and have Vereen in my flex though, .5PPR) and have Lacy and Keenan Allen banged up all this happened while I was relaxing away on my bye week, tell me I still have a chance guru.

    Anyways I’ll go down fighting should I drop Dan Bailey for Vinateiri? And I currently have Buffalo defense vs JAX, I could drop them for JAX as you said, or Indy (vs HOU), NE (@Mia), or CHI (@CLE).

    Sorry for so many questions but lastly if Cutler returns start him this week or Rivers @ Denver? I know that game has shootout potential but last time these two teams met the Chargers wanted to run the ball all game and Rivers had a bad fantasy day.

    Thanks, a injury riddled owner.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Tough week for Fantasy owners. Stay strong and start drinkings.

      Go with Bailey, stick with Buffalo, ride Rivers.

      Good luck.

  2. South of Every Border says:
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    Hey man, ya know I root for you to be right and all that but I also root for my Cardinals, so I hope they make your Titans D/ST Jam call look like a Cram call!! Go Cards!!

    • The Guru

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      The Cards look legit, but I like the Titans chances of getting some fantasy points on D with Carson Palmer throwing it.

  3. Hingle McCringleberry says:
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    I don’t get it. What’s wrong with Da’Rick Rogers’ name?

        • week14hurtisaac says:
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          @CL:
          I think he has a nickname: Da’rickulous Rogers

          • The Guru

            The Guru says:
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            From now on I am simply known as “Da’Guru”

  4. CL says:
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    Woodhead has been a stalwart for me… (and Vereen too for several weeks since I grabbed him). PPR. Would you start Gerhart over Woodhead? Not Vereen with Gronk out though, right?

    Talk to me about Delanie Walker vs. Garret Graham… PPR. I got Gronked. JAM Walker?

    As soon as I mess with my kicker, I get effed. But Dan Bailey… Dan Bailey at home in the dome. Leave him be?

    • The Guru

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      Leave Bailey be.

      As far as Woody goes, I think he and Gerhart will finish close in points. But Woody got you there, stick with him. Vereen will be a beast Sunday. Don’t mess with him.

      Walker would be a nice pick up, if healthy. As a fellow Gronk owner, I picked him up and I’ll risk it.

      • CL says:
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        @The Guru: Word. Stop looking at Tamme on the wire then?

      • Dave says:
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        @The Guru: Like Walker or Clay better this week?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Clay has been very productive and that Pats D gives it up to TEs. Go Clay.

  5. week14hurtisaac says:
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    Lost AP and Bush but squeaked out a 2 point victory. I’ve got Andre Brown vs Seattle. Do I pick up Gerhart and play him over Andre or Bush? help help help

    Side question: Do I start TY or Stevie Johnson in my flex? PPR league

      • week14hurtisaac says:
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        @CL:
        It’s a deep league, only guys really worth adding are Todman(spelled wrong?), Starks, and Gerhart. Yes, it’s PPR.

    • The Guru

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      Roll with Brown, at least he’ll get the touches and chance for score. Have to monitor Bush’s progress this week. Doesnt hurt to pick up Gerhart.

      Johnson or TY? Blah. Stevie I guess. Is Julian Edelman available?

      • week14hurtisaac says:
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        @The Guru:
        No Edelman
        Nicks, Holmes, Hopkins, and Burleson are about the only names worth mentioning.
        I was down 57 and came back to win Monday night with McCown and Marshall going so I’ve just about used up all my luck. May end up flipping a coin between Stevie and TY.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Good luck!

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Rank the TE claims: Walker, Pitta, Clay, Tamme.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Clay, Pitta, Walker, Tamme

  7. the imp says:
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    Hey Guru,

    My PPR playoff team needs lots of work thanks to the fantasy gods. A little too much Vishnu without enough Shiva (or vice versa…I forget).

    This is my PPR 1Q/2R/3W/1TE/no flex starting lineup. The stars are the players I’m worried about due to injury or depth chart issues.
    RG3*/Forte,MJD*/Gordon,Hartline,Amendola/Reed*
    My current bench is: Ellington, LMiller*/Boykin*/LGreen*

    Two questions:
    1) I’d love to get Pitta (or Tamme if Pitta gone), Gerhart, and Cutler off the wire. If by some miracle I can make all three moves, who would be your choice for the third drop to go with LMiller and LGreen? I am hesitant to drop Boykin if Rodgers comes back this week.
    2) Do you see Todman (vBUF) as a better start than Ellington (atTEN) if MJD can’t go?

    One thousand thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d drop Boykin if you want Pitta. Your only real option. Think Ellington will have a better day, but lets hope MJD is good to go.

      • the imp says:
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        @The Guru: I agree that my team will look a lot better with MJD in the lineup. Thanks.

  8. Piotr says:
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    Ok so I have two issues….

    1) My running backs are Lacy, Leeeevon Bell, and Gio, pick 2 to start

    2) I lost Gronk (still crying myself to sleep) and my option is Tamme, Delanie, or Miller. Thoughts on who to start?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The Gronk injury hurts. Him and more importantly our fantasy hops and dreams. Go with Walker.

      Lacy and Bell.

      • Piotr says:
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        @The Guru:

        No worries about Walker’s injury? And you don’t think Tamme can have a big upside in Peyton’s offense?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I do like Tamme and Walker needs to watched, but it appears he’ll play. Think they end up with roughly the same amount of points.

  9. Justin says:
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    Oh wise guru you helped me get the W in week one of the playoffs and ive climbed the mountain of knowledge to seek yet more advice. Pick 2, 1 pt ppr league. Rice Rainey Ellington. Looking to start one alongside Gio and possibly one at flex. Also have Ammendola or Randle as possible flex plays. Thank you in advance for the help. Your articles have some of the best humor on site!! Keep up the great work

    • The Guru

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      Congrats, Justin. Tough one. I’m leaning Rainey right now. Good luck. Give me a follow on Twitter, I may change my mind. Ha!

  10. james says:
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    Hi Guru,

    12 team ppr.

    Im in first so I had a bye, scored 190 points though.
    Im playing Dalton right now because I have Rodgers. Not sure if I should claim Mccown or not?
    My opponent has AP so Im thinking that I can block him from Gehart but then I prob dont get Mccown.
    Do you think Mccown is going to play (not cutler) and is a much better play then Dalton or Arod if healthy? Or should I claim Gehart or someone else?
    I only have 3 moves left so I need to save atleast one for next week if there is an injury.

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Rodgers looking doubtful, seems Bears are leaning Cutler but its not 100% he plays yet and we may not know until Friday. Grab Gerhart.

  11. nomaspantalones says:
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    Thanks for your help so far this season, very much appreciated. And yes, Im asking for more help…
    Im in a .5 ppr
    I have decker and demaryius in wr spots and Thomas at Te, with Charles and Bernard at RB but need to fill my flex (unless you disagree with what I have so far)
    I have johnson, floyd allen and wright; pitta edelman gerhart are available – was thinking allen but unsure…Thanks again for any help you can provide.

    • The Guru

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      Yeah, I like the way you’re thinking with Allen. Good luck!

  12. George says:
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    Hey Guru, thanks for the articles, I made it to the Semi’s!

    I have a dilema, I have Martellius bennet at TE, and either Ben tate, MJD, or colsten at Flex. Should I use my waiver priority on Pitta or Gerhart? If I choose Pitta who of the three would you flex?

    Thanks alot man!

    • George says:
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      @George: G Graham is also available if that makes a difference.

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Thinking grab Pitta and flex Colston in a ppr league, Tate in standard.

  13. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I have Wilson and RGIII. Should I put a waiver claim in on Cousins? Looking ahead to week 16, Russell and Robert may sit and the ‘Skins are playing the ‘Boys. Great matchup.

    • The Guru

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      If you have the room sure. I’d prefer Dalton or Cutler week 16, but they may be gone in your league.

  14. Paininthebutt says:
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    Well, squeeked into the playoffs with 6-6 record.. (Tied for best in my division)… Now am playing in championship vs #1 team in league. Ppr leagues. This is what I’ve got going for me:
    Qb- Newton
    Rb- woodhead, le’veon bell, Ellington, sjax (start 2)
    Wr: decker, s Johnson, Hilton, Matthews (start 2)
    TE- graham, wright
    Flex: currently have sjax here
    D- Carolina, STL
    K- bailey

    I’ve got waiver claims for Gerhart dropping STL; Jennings dropping Matthews; and pitta dropping either graham or wright.

    Assuming I get these claims: do I start gerhart over the other rbs? Which WR? I’m leaning towards a Decker and Jennings, but I know hilton can have a good game. Pitta will start at te over the other two.

    Thanks for the advice throughout the season..

    • The Guru

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      No prob and good luck. Start Bell, S-Jax, Gerhart if AP is a no go, Decker, Pitta, Jennings. Think I just agreed with you. Ha.

  15. Gbbb says:
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    Shorts, streeter, wright, or Donald brown in my flex for 1pt ppr league? Thanks in advance

    • Gbbb says:
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      @Gbbb: I also have Cruz as my wr2 and could bench him for another one of those guys as well but afraid he will have a huge game.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I’d be disinclined to start Cruz at this point personally. For now, Shorts. Rankings tomorrow

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      For now, Brown

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m going Shorts here. Tough matchup for Cruz.

  16. BBFB says:
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    TE Roulette help please!

    Pitta, Reed, Myers, Tamme, or G. Graham???

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pitta

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sorry for the late reply, but agree with Sky here. Pitta will score.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        You get caught in a lobster pot…again?

  17. Comatose says:
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    So I have RGIII and McCown. Looks like they both might not start. Drop one for Alex Smith or Joe Flacco?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Drop RG3 for Smith for now

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Apologies on the late reply. RG3 is dead to me. I like Smith’s matchup this week and he has quietly snuck into the top 10 for fantasy QBs this year.

  18. Mike says:
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    Hey guru, I made it to the semi-finals in my league, now need to decide if I want to continue to roll with pats D who can’t seem to stop anyone- vs Houston just 1 fantasy pt, vs Cleveland negative 4 fantasy points. With it being in Miami I can see a trap game, but given how bad the Miami O line is that’s why I’m kinda considering keeping pats d for this crucial week.

    Here are other options I’m targeting (no particular order)

    Lions D home vs Ravens- I know that d has been up/down but they seem better as of late.

    Eagles D at Minnesota- I like this D even more so if Vikings are w/o AP, and philly’s d has been playing better.

    Jaguars D home vs Buffalo- not an ideal D, but I kinda like the matchup, look what Tampa bay did this past week.

    Saints D at St Louis- everyone is talking about the saints but I don’t like them as much as others this week, yes they are playing the rams, the saints D isn’t that good on the road.

    Also, kicker. Keep or drop graham Gano? I was also looking into David Akers, Mike Nugent, Ryan Succop, and Zuerlein.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sorry for the late reply. Like the Saints or Eagles this week. Prob leaning Saints.

      Go with Succop.

      Good luck!

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    i may have won due to opp’s kicker having a -1 score when I won by less than 6.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Nice work. Kicker position is important at this time of year where team rosters are prob pretty even.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Guru: oh hells to the no, my roster was projected about 18 or more higher, just floyd got no targets till end of game, by which point he had some sort of ankle issue that I sure hope doesn’t affect him much this week. fitzgerald had about 18 less than his projection (QB), but opp had DAL defense, who I called would lose to my DAL kicker. I was right 4-1.

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    vereen @MIA or the one who plays out of bush/j.bell vs BAL?
    v. davis @TB (who is good at TE’s, 7th best) or
    clay vs NE (19th vs TE’s)?
    opponent picked up my castoff amendola thinking he’ll get more targets with gronk out. Vereen of course would sort of be a hedge against dola points.

    • The Guru

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      I want Vereen and Clay in ppr. Vereen and Davis in standard leagues.

  21. Ron says:
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    .5PPR Vereen or Garcon at Flex?

    • The Guru

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      Vereen all day.

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