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Amazing, isn’t it, my Razzballers? The Fantasy Football playoffs are on the immediate horizon. Seems like only yesterday we were doing mock drafts and arguing about whether to take Adrian Peterson or Doug Martin with the first pick. Hope you went AP. We were all so young, bright-eyed and hopeful then. Sing it: We are the world, we are the children. Three months later, we are a disgruntled bunch of misanthropes throwing back cheap scotch at 8 am, licking our nicotine patches and staring into the dark abyss of Week 11. If you drafted Arian Foster or Aaron Rodgers, it may be time to take up Fantasy Curling. It’s HUGE in Canada. Ask our touque wearing podcast host Nick. He bailed on his team three weeks ago to concentrate on Canada’s national pastime. For the rest of us more “serious” fantasy ballers, it’s time to start thinking a step ahead of the competition and improve our playoff seeds. There is no loyalty when it comes to this silly little game. It’s time to bail on players dragging you down. So long Trent Richardson, your dead to me. Bye, bye, Stevie Johnson, your mom’s here. Colin Kaepernick? Meet me down by the stream so I can tell you about the rabbits. We’re looking for men not mice. It’s time to make the playoff push. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or Cram: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 23.86 fantasy points. Look at the  brain arm on the Harvard boy Fitzpatrick. He completed 22-of-33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Fitzy also ran for a score then he “Fitzpatricked.” This is “‘Fitzpatricking.” Not very exciting.

$$$ Value: $0. Hey, that’s what I have in my checking account!

The Gist: With Jake Locker hanging out in the nurses station again this week with a Lisfranc injury, Fitzpatrick will get the start against the Colts. Strange coincidence, the nurse’s name is Liz Frank. Small world. Indianapolis has been largely stingy in pass defense this year, but has given up the 3rd most FPPG to QBs the last six weeks including letting Kellen Clemens throw for 247 yards and two TDs last week.

The X-File: Last weeks top 4 Fantasy QBs were named Brees, Manning, RGIII and Fitzpatrick. We live in a Bizarro World. *downs scotch*

Jam it or Cram it: If you are in a league that gives extra points to bearded, Harvard grad quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick is your man. He can throw 6-yard screen passes and find the length of the hypotenuse with the best of them. Fitzpatrick can also turn the ball over. In the two games he filled in for the hurt Locker earlier this season, Fitzy threw four picks and had three fumbles. In a 2QB League, he might be worth a jam, but for the rest of us non-Ivy leaguers it’s a CRAM. 

 

Jam or Cram: Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Availability: 84% Yahoo, 83% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 12.30 fantasy points. Brown rushed two times for -1 yards. BOO! Brown did have five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. YAY! Fantasy Football is an emotional roller coaster. Where’s my Xanax?

$$$ Value: $10. Have some fresh free agent cash left laying around? Start using it.

The Gist: Andre Brown is the back you want this week. We jammed on him last week when he was free for the taking. He put up 18 points. Good luck snagging him now. The other Brown guy is Donald. That just sounds wrong. I’m unintentionally racist. With Trent Richardson running straight into the line then curling up in the fecal position – not a typo- Brown is the Indy back to scoop up.

The X-File: Brown is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. T-Rich is averaging 14 inches per carry. It’s true. Ryan Fitzpatrick did the math.

Jam it or Cram it: The Colts face the Tennessee Titans twice in the next three weeks. The Titans give up 19 points per game to running backs. Are you an Arian Foster owner, need a flex, missed out on Andre Brown? JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams

Availability: 57% Yahoo, 18% ESPN. Weird difference in ownership % between the two leagues. Why? I don’t know. Email Matthew Berry. He blocked me on Twitter.

Stat Me Up: 32.20 fantasy points. Austin caught two passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns and added 98-yard punt return for a TD.

$$$ Value: $1. A buck for a guy that went off for 32 fantasy points, Guru?!  Well, disembodied voice of the Razzball chorus, the line for Austin will be long and not worth the wait. Now sing us some “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Gist: It was Austin’s coming out party on Sunday. Now that he’s out, it’s right back in the closet of irrelevancy. Expectations were high coming into the draft, but it’s been a disappointing season. Despite the huge game, Austin was still only targeted three times and is only averaging about five targets a game.

The X-File: Austin played just 15 of the Rams 60 offensive snaps last week.

Jam it or Cram it: It’s easy to get fooled by a week full of flash, don’t be one of those guys. In a Dynasty league, I’ll take some shares. However, as we head into the playoff stretch run, Austin can’t be trusted. He’s also on a bye this week. CRAM with extreme prejudice.

 

Jam or Cram: John Carlson, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99.5 % ESPN

Stat Me Up: 15.80 fantasy points. Did everyone forget Carlson caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown last Thursday?

$$$ Value: $3. Carlson is worth a gamble, but don’t spend anymore than this.

The Gist: With Kyle Rudolph curled up on the couch in his Snuggie, Carlson will get play. The problem with Carlson is at quarterback. Who’s throwing him the ball? Is it Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Fran Tarkenton?

The X-File: Before last Thursday’s game, Carlson had just 11 receptions for 61 yards.

Jam it or Cram it: Carlson and the Minnesota Adrian Petersons get the Seahawks on Sunday. That’s going to be ugly. Let’s play some fantasy roulette and lay our chips on Carlson. Damn, double-zeroes! Let’s try again. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Buffalo Bills, Defense/Special Teams

Availability: 79% Yahoo, 82% ESPN

Stat Me Up: 6.00 fantasy points. The Bills D had four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery in a loss to the Steelers Sunday.

$$$ Value: $0. Grab them off the wire, they’re free.

The Gist: The Buffalo defense wasn’t bad against the Steelers, they spent too much time on the field due to an inept Bills offense and were nickled and dimed all day. The Bills are currently second in the league in sacks and tied for first with 13 interceptions.

The X-File: If the Jets want to go ground and pound, it’ll be tough sledding. In Week 8 against the Saints and the Chiefs in Week 9, Buffalo held both teams to less than 100 yards rushing.

Jam it or Cram it: Good matchup for the Bills as they face the Jets and Geno Smith. Geno likes to throw it to the wrong team. By “like” I mean he does it a lot. The last four defenses that played the Jets averaged 14 points. JAM

 

*Week 11 Bonus Tracks*

Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans: Ok, I said cram last week. I was wrong. I’m keen on Case, now. 6 TDs and no picks in two starts will do that. JAM

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram had 145 yards and TD on Sunday. This week he’ll have 7 yards and a fumble. CRAM

Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle Seahawks:  Kearse caught three passes for 75 yards with a touchdown last week. Like what I see. Next year. CRAM 

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans:  Walker had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown Sunday. You could do worse. Walker will see targets with Fitzy throwing him the ball. JAM

Detroit Lions, Defense/Special Teams: Hard to get excited about the Lions D. So, I won’t. CRAM

Nick Folk, K, NY Jets: Someone tweeted at me that I ignore kickers. Nick Folk is a kicker. He is averaging double digit points the last three games. Can I go back to ignoring kickers now?  JAM

 

Good luck in Week 11. Leave a question below or let’s talk kickers on Twitter @TheGuruGS

  1. David says:
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    Is Jarrett Boykin a nice JAM this week? He put good numbers with Tolzien I need a bye week replacement for Dez for this week my choices are Boykin (vs Giants), Mike Brown (vs ARI), or Denarius Moore (vs HOU) its .5PPR. If there’s any other sleeper WR you think I should pick up and plug in for this week please do tell lol

    Thanks Guru

    • The Guru

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      Boykin had a good game, but I don’t trust it with JRR Tolzien at QB. If Riley Cooper, Aaron Dobson or Brandon LaFell are out there that’s where I’d look. Even Rishard Mathews is better play than Boykin this week.

      • David says:
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        @The Guru: None of those guys are available which sucks Tolzien has a crappy arm which is actually good for Boykin I think because he runs routes closer to the line of scrimmage. But anyways my choices are the 3 guys I listed or like Marvin Jones, Tim Wright, Marlon Brown, Kenny Stills, Santonio Holmes, Donnie Avery on the waiver wire those seem to be the best options out there.

        • The Guru

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          ouch. Boykin it is out of that bunch. They’re all kind of close, though.

          • David says:
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            @The Guru: Yea my league annoyingly picks up everyone, Thanks again

            • The Guru

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              Competitive leagues are better than the quitter leagues, though.

  2. Frank White says:
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    Wutup guru… what order would you rather give away in a trade, sproles, Ellington and Pierre

    • The Guru

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      Hey Frank, how goes the season? Try and trade Sproles. He has some tough matchups coming up and could get you something useful.

  3. Eddie says:
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    Dude, Guru. WTH is the deal with the Arizona RB platoon?? Why is Mendenhall getting more than 5 touches a game?!?!

    • The Guru

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      Bruce Arians needs to be fired. One week he says Ellington needs 20 touches a game, then he gives him 13. No idea what the hell is going on there. I think Arians found some blue meth there in Arizona. Blame Heisenberg.

      • Eddie says:
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        @The Guru: Or at least arrested for wanton crimes against Fantasy. That’s a thing right?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          It should be! Ellington is clearly the back, give HIM THE ROCK!

  4. J Money says:
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    Carlson is on the Vikings, but you have it listed as the Seahwaks (just do not want others to be confused as I was when reading that).

    That being said, start Carlson v SEA or D Walker v IND over Tim Wright v ATL at TE this week?

    Bills v NYJ or HOU v OAK

    • The Guru

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      Oops. Thanks for catching that, J $. I must have been too excited to write about the Vikings! HA. Still, I’d roll out Carlson against the Seahawks this week.

      Leaning HOU vs. Oak. Close though.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        It’s fixed. Now prepare for your lashings!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Hope it’s of the tongue variety.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Well now you’ve ruined the surprise.

      • J Money says:
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        @The Guru:
        Happy to help Guru. Really like that abbreviation of my name.

        Would ROS make a difference on whether to grab the BUF over HOU then? (also holding onto the Chiefs)

        HOU: OAK, JAX, NE, @ JAX, @ IND, DEN
        BUF: NYJ, bye week, ATL, @ TB, @ JAX, MIA
        KC: @ DEN, SD, DEN, @ WAS, @ OAK, IND

        Besides the two JAX games, I do not like HOU’s schedule. BUF seems like their schedule is easier down the stretch playing ATL week 13 instead of NE, the only other week I plan on sitting the Chiefs. Any insight you have on this subject would be great.

        • The Guru

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          If I own the Chiefs I’m probably running them out there every week.

          • J Money says:
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            @The Guru: You are wise beyond your years. Do you have the same sentiment if you owned the Panthers D?

            • The Guru

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              Yes, that Panthers D is legit. Averaging 13 fantasy points a game. Only the Chiefs are better at 17.

              • CL says:
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                @The Guru: In two of my leagues I was stuck planning to stream DEF. In both leagues I picked up Carolina and never dropped them. I’m 10-0 (1st) and 7-3 (2nd). I’d say they have been a Key To Success.

                • The Guru

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                  There seems to be a D each season that you can pick up at some point and ride the rest of the way. Chicago and Seattle last year, KC and CAR this year. Nice pick up!

  5. Robert says:
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    You like the Bills D more than the Jets D? I could see that game being 14-10…

    • The Guru

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      The J-E-T-S have given up the 4th most fantasy points to team defenses this year. If the game was in Jersey, I’d prob take NY, but in Buffalo I like the Bills slightly more. It might snow 10 feet there.

  6. Heatcheck3 says:
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    Please rank for this week: Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson, Joique Bell, Andre Brown and Shane Vereen in a .5 ppr league.

    • The Guru

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      Brown, Johnson, Ellington, Vereen, Bell.

  7. CL says:
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    I’m planning to use my #2 claim to pick up Tavon Austin because I can dump Garret “Not Gronk” Graham, well, because I have Gronk. Not worth it in a 10 team PPR?

    I’m going to need a kicker this week anyway because I won’t dump Bailey. Sorry.

    • The Guru

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      Austin is on a bye this week and I just don’t see the production going forward. Despite the game last week, it was more style than substance. He only had 3 targets and his QB sucks. Use that waiver on Andre Brown even if you don’t need a RB.

      Kicker question? Nick Foles.

      • CL says:
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        @The Guru: Austin or maybe Rishard Matthews are the only ones maybe worth using a claim on… I have Hilton, Roddy, Colston, and Mike Wallace as my WR corp.

        Folk is available, and if he’s there in the morning I’ll grab him, but I don’t think using the claim is smart. I’m also going to dump NYG DEF for Buffalo if they are still there in the morning.

        • The Guru

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          Colston is coming around, Wallace has a nice match up this week and here’s hoping Roddy gets healthy.

          • CL says:
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            @The Guru: Right. Not a good week to burn a claim. I mentioned my 10-0 and 7-3 team above re: Carolina DEF… those teams practically mange themselves (maybe Sky has had some key input there?!). This 10 team league team is 6-4, 5th place and is really “work.” The red-headed stepchild team, so to speak.

            • The Guru

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              Not sure what you’re asking here. Personally I wouldn’t burn my claim on Austin or Mathews.

              • CL says:
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                @The Guru: Does everything have to be a question?!

                • The Guru

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                  Can we be blood brothers?

  8. Mike says:
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    I’ve somehow managed a 1st place team even though I’ve been trotting out Rice every week. I’d love to get rid of him in a trade. Whaddya think of this:

    Rice/J. Cameron or Rice/J. Reed for Danny Woodhead. (ppr lg). Or would you hold onto Rice in hopes of a turnaround? My team would still be pretty solid if I just benched Rice(Thank you, Vereen)

    QB – Brees
    WR – Garcon, A. Johnson, Shorts
    RB – Lynch, Vereen
    TE – Graham
    FLEX – J. Reed
    FLEX – J. Cameron

    Bench – Rice, D. Williams, S. Greene, Boldin, L. Moore

    Stand pat, or try and get Woodhead in my flex and then Reed/Cameron in the other?

    • The Guru

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      Rice has been a disappointment for sure. Still dealing with an injury, hard to quit on him. I’m giving him this week against a Bears team that can be run on before I quit him. Understand the offer is tempting, though.

  9. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hey Guru nice read, which Tampa Bay rb is the one to try and pick up this week? Also would you grab Cordarelle Patterson or Tavon Austin off waivers? 16 team deep league. Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      In PPR I’d go Leonard over Rainey. Neither one worth more than a deep flex. As for the WR, I prefer Patterson. Austin just doesn’t get the touches.

  10. Eds says:
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    Need to fill 1 Flex spot and 2 WR spots (PPR):

    Ben Tate vs Oak
    CJ Spiller vs NYJ
    Hakeem Nicks vs GB
    Josh Gordon @ Cin
    Riley Cooper vs Was
    Denarius Moore @ Hou
    Aaron Dobson @ Car

    Leaning Tate, Nicks, Gordon.

    • The Guru

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      I concur.

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        But check Tate’s status during the week.

  11. Pete says:
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    Was a Foster owner that has Ben Tate and also grabbed Dennis Johnson. Other RB’s include Stacy, Chris Johnson, Lamar Miller, Vereen. Would you lose Dennis Johnson to grab Donald Brown? It’s a PPR league.

    • The Guru

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      Yes, think Brown will get touches this week, especially in ppr leagues.

  12. Robert says:
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    Whadya think about this trade – PPR league – I give Woodhead, Morris and Fitz for Lynch and Dez. I know it’s a lot, but we play 2 RBs, 2 WRs and a flex, and every week I’m stuck between these three guys for 2 slots.

    It has worked out recently because I’ve been sitting Fitz. If I did this deal, I’d be starting McCoy and Lynch at RB, Andre Johnson, Antonio Brown and Dez at WR/flex.

    I think this would make my starting group pretty dominating…

    • The Guru

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      Go for it and hope Dez’s back injury holds the rest of the year.

  13. Robert says:
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    If it matters, my TE is Jordan Reed and my QB is Russell Wilson

  14. Oppo Taco says:
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    Josh Gordon (@CIN) or shorts (vsARI) this week in a.5 ppr. What about ROS value, these two wr close? Also Brady or rivers ROS? Thanks

  15. The Guru

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    It’s close between Gordon and Shorts, but I am leaning Gordon.

    Favoring Rivers ROS. As a Pats fan, that was hard to type.

  16. Ferris says:
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    Its crunch time.

    I picked up Stephen jackson for nothing. I have Vareen about to come off IR.
    I need to upgrade on Jordy Nelson since Rodgers went down.
    Feel I’m covered for RB.

    Q: would u give up Matthews, Mcfadden, nelson for dez bryant?

    I will need to drop one anyways, when mcfadden healthy.

    Cheers!
    Gotta win it all this year!!!

    • The Guru

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      Go for it man and pray Dez’s back holds up.

  17. 504moneyteam says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Standard League
    Who would you start at running back this week?
    Chris Johnson or Chris Ivory?

    Also I have too many receivers and need more dept at RB who do you think would be a good pickup and which receiver do you recommend I drop?

    Waiver: Shane Vereen, Bobby Rainey, Bilal Powell. Donald Brown, Chris Ogbonnaya, Joique Bell, Shonn Greene, Jacquizz Rodgers, Brian Leonard, Carolina’s 3 Headed Monster???

    Receivers to Drop: Steve Smith, Cecil Shorts, Keenan Allen, Terrance Williams

    • The Guru

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      Start Johnson

      Tough to drop any of those WRs for what’s on the wire. Can you make a trade? If you are going to drop one, it’s Williams for Vereen.

      • 504moneyteam says:
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        @The Guru:

        I’ve been making trade offers all season but no ones willing to make any trades.

        I have 7 WR’s and 4 RB’s I don’t necessarily have to get rid of anyone but I just feel like I have as much debt at running back as I do receivers and i’m also worried about injuries.

        RB’s WR’s
        Frank Gore Brandon Marshall
        Zac Stacy Victor Cruz
        CJ2K Josh Gordon
        Chris Ivory K. Allen, T. Williams, S. Smith, & C. Shorts

        Given my situation what’s your honest recommendation?

        • The Guru

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          I’d hold. And pray for health. Such a bad year for injuries.

          • 504moneyteam says:
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            @The Guru:

            Roger that thanks.

            One more question Guru, Who do you recommend as my flex C. Ivory, K. Allen, or C. Shorts.

            I know your motto is always RB, but just thought i’d ask?

            • The Guru

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              I’d roll with Allen. My confidence in Ivory is low. At least the Chargers will be throwing the ball.

  18. Principle Blackman says:
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    With an empty spot on my roster, and a loud sucking sound doing nothing productive at RB2, who is my pickup in PPR? Needless to say, pickings are slim on the wire, so the Browns are not available, nor Vereen:

    Mark Ingram
    Brian Leonard
    Bobby Rainey

    Thanks

  19. Principle Blackman says:
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    Follow-up question: in the same league, do you like Carlson better than Wright this week? I have Witten on a bye.

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Prob leaning Leonard in ppr. Carlson over Wright. If Bennent, Fleener or Miller are avail, I like them first in ppr.

  20. imran Faridi says:
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    Hey man, I start 1qb and have kaepernick and rivers. Rivers has cooled off and kaepernick is a disappointment. Would you drop kaepernick for keenum? Keenum has a good upcoming schedule and don’t want to drop any other players on my bench – josh Gordon, percy harvin, Jordan Cameron, ellington, andre brown .

    Usually start rivers, ap, Gio, Dez, b marsh, Julius Thomas and stream def/kickers. Would u try to add keenum for upside and drop kaepernick? Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      No, I wouldn’t drop him. I’d look to make a trade for him for value. Who lost Rodgers in your league? Why have to TE’S? Trade Cameron too. Ha.

  21. GR says:
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    Hey Guys! Hoping you can help me with some trade advice. In an 18 Team league,,,I have Foles and Dalton (both on a bye in week) and need a TE to make a Playoff push. Would you trade Dalton for Tony Gozalez? I will figure out a Week 12 QB next week…
    We are custom scoring IDP’s and he tossing in Mason Foster. Thanks in advance for taking a look!!!

    • The Guru

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      Sure, sounds like a good plan. Hopefully T-Gonz’s toe injury is nothing that lingers.

  22. Johnny says:
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    Hey Guru, I just had a trade proposed to me. This guy wants Brandon Marshall and Zac Stacy and in return he’s giving me Adrian Peterson. Based on how my team looks, do you think I should take the trade or hold off?

    The rest of my team looks like this: 10 team PPR league
    QB Stafford
    WRs: Marshall, Decker, Colston, Harry Douglas, Emmanuel Sanders, Greg Jennings
    RBs: Reggie Bush, Zac Stacy, CJ Spiller, Andre Ellington
    TE: Jordan Reed
    K: Hartley, DEF: New England and Arizona

    • The Guru

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      Nice trade offer. If your record is good I would hold. Marshall is a ppr beast. Tough to pass on AP.

  23. Dead Heads says:
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    would you go with the Bills D/ST or the Giants D/ST against the packers this week? I scooped up the Bills last week and was considering dropping them for the Giants this week. Just scares me a bit that they had the worst performance of the year against the Jets at the beginning of the year, and the Giants have been playing well. they’re “FA” so it wont cost me a waiver add.

    • Sky

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      Bills at home makes a lot of sense to me.

      • Dead Heads says:
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        @Sky: ok gracias senor sky

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          De nada Cabeza muertos

    • The Guru

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      Sorry I missed this, but yes, the Bills.

  24. Frank White says:
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    Sup guru.. Who would you rather have on your fantasy team, sproles or Pierre??

    • The Guru

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      Sproles in PPR, Pierre in standard.

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