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The Ravens stats in this loss weren’t so bad if you converted them to metric…

I’ve never quite seen politics be so invasive in our everyday lives, and to see it finally hemorrhage into a “football” Sunday and essentially infiltrate America’s favorite escapist sport is just a shame. While my years don’t represent a robust breadth of experience to draw from, as any middling in-their-thirties Xennial would say, it’s easy to state that beyond the labor disputes and other benign conflicts that arise when large private businesses and governments interact (i.e. stadium issues), recently there have been only two resounding issues where national politics has bled into the world of sports and vica versa: Steroids and Concussions. Remember the good old days?

To be clear, this conversation actually started last season when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem starting in the 2016 preseason to advocate equality and to raise awareness of Police violence against the Black community. At the time, I voiced the same opinion I hold today: It was a flawed message, not that it wasn’t a good one, or one that I didn’t support, only that powerful and effective activism requires a knowledge of the issues, something that Kaepernick clearly didn’t have a grasp of, especially and specifically when he recited long-debunked right-wing talking points in terms of Hillary Clinton’s public record and relied on the lazy “they’re both the same” arguments. And while his “kneeling” protest was provocative and an overall positive (how can practicing your constitutional right to free speech ever be a negative?), my opinion and his actions probably matters less when you realize that this conversation started long, long ago, during one of the darkest poxes in the history of not just America, but the world: the enslavement of men by other men. And this conversation has never really reached a satisfactory conclusion. Hell, I would say this conversation has never really reached a satisfactory state of debate…

Top Plays in GIFs: Tony Romo calls out the blitz Andy Dalton doesn’t see coming right before it happens.

In retrospect, I don’t get all the goodwill for the Steelers not showing up for the National Anthem… the Bengals Offense hasn’t shown up for the first three games and they’re getting nothing but lambasted for it.

But because of the timing, remember, the country was watching an abhorrent amount of nationally-focused Police shootings against the Black community (which continues to this day, including the continued and dangerous erosion of civil rights and government ethics with the current Justice Department and the administration as a whole), the national emergence of the Black Lives Matter protest movement, all in the heated election cycle of 2016… (where Bernie Sander’s “race” solution as a debate answer was essentially “more jobs”… how populist of him!) Now, it’d be easy to rehash most of that (not just in small and jagged increments like I just did), and despite this site and myself dabbling in political theatre during this past offseason when it was topically relevant (there was nothing else to talk about during the dystopian wasteland of what is the NFL offseason besides the election until Game of Thrones started, when we could start discussing “Syrio is Alive!” and Cleganebowl conspiracies), so let me be clear: when there are games to be played, I respect what I referred to above: the escapism that football, and in terms of this site, fantasy football provides to our readers.

Top Plays in GIFs: Rasul Douglas picks off New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the red zone off a deep ball.

Have we arrived at Peak-Eli yet? I’ve learned not to watch such a spectacle with the naked eye.

And sure, we can all try to make fun of the situation, because if you’re not laughing, you certainly should be crying, so yes, you’ll find some of that in my content, past, present, and future… but beyond some light-hearted references and some of that sweet-sweet political innuendo, when serious issues need to be discussed, I’d just personally prefer to keep Razzball Football out of it during the season and let that discussion happen between communities more focused on those issues. It’s just not our purview. We’re sport nerds! (*Quickly grabs my Chargers pocket protector.) You need me to advocate a liberal agenda and rail against the current administration on Razzball as much as you need me to convince you to start Mike Glennon on your fantasy team. And let me tell you this: I would take current Rich Gannon over current Mike Glennon.

Top Plays in GIFs: Jacoby Brissett makes a spin move for the ages for his second touchdown run of the day.

“That Brissett fella… every time I hear his name, for some reason I get hungry.” -Andy Reid.

But like I said, I’ve never quite seen politics be so invasive in our everyday lives. And now, because of President Donald Trump’s temperament, his remarks (a hot take if there ever was one!) on NFL players kneeling this past Friday at an Alabama rally (in which case, these rallies are being used to raise campaign money to fund his personal legal defense against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation), well, that discussion Colin Kaepernick wanted us to have…? Donald Trump just put it front and center… 18-D Super Jenga Chess!

Top Plays in GIFs: Marcedes Lewis scores a 17-yard touchdown after a play-action fake by Blake Bortles.

I think I get why the Jaguars want to move to England…

And because he brought it front and center (maybe because he’s about to grab it?), basked with his usual overt racism and overwhelming lack of knowledge, everyone from all sides in America were all but forced to address it in some manner or form. Trust me, I’d like nothing more than to make d*ck jokes about your mom (who wouldn’t?), and I, myself spent way too much time this past weekend reading through idiotic think pieces and the hottest of hottest takes (but remember, we still have the hottest!), but you just can’t not comment on it. It’s omnipresent… just like your mom’s d*ck.

Top Plays in GIFs: Sterling Shepard goes untouched up the middle for a 77-yard touchdown.

The Sterling is my Shepherd. I shall not want. Amen.

While it’s easy to see where I stand on the issue, and it’s fairly easy to make the argument for what is a constitutionally protected right: free speech, it’s just as easy to be a contrarian (and admittedly, Republicans have always been so much better with spin than their Democratic counterparts)… there is literally nothing more American than it’s flag and National Anthem. Apple Pie, Baseball, and Pamela Anderson in the early 90’s come close, but the flag and National Anthem have always been the de facto vehicle to show off publicly that you, were in fact, a patriot. America, f*ck yeah! Did you take your hat off? Do you “woooooooo!” during the anthem’s crescendo? Do you know the words by heart? Do you pledge allegiance to the flag before brunch with a couple of cold Coors Light? (Just kidding, people who drink Coors Light don’t do brunches.) I get that people love the flag and our anthem. I love this country too (the greatest of all experiments in human-governance and freedom), so by some weird coincidence, I also love the flag and the anthem. But why is there a hard line of insistence that defending the symbol and anthem of our country doesn’t include defending the ideals of that country? Why is that such a hard sale to half the country? And why is it always tinged with racial undertones if you try?

The simple answer probably is: Education, or the lack thereof.

#Takeaknee Hot Take Break! With More, But Shorter Hot Takes!

  • Can we fast forward to Thanksgiving? I’m hungry.
  • What exactly would the life-expectancy be for a country with an economy based largely if not entirely on the exchange of terrible light beer?
  • Do the Giants actually have running backs on their roster? Or do they have a different definition of a running back? Like when my car ran out of gas, I ended up “running back” home?
  • I don’t want to live in a world where Josh McCown is a reasonable option.
  • Jay cutler is reliably unreliable.
  • Blake Bortles and Jared Goff’s teams combined for 85 points this week. Just saying.
  • Actually, I’m not sure I can handle this much Jacksonville competence.
  • Does Hue Jackson get fired if he loses all 16 games by a field goal?
  • Was signing Terrell Pryor and getting me to draft him on my fantasy team all an elaborate con by Dan Snyder? I mean, they apparently have no plays that involve throwing to him…. I feel like I should’ve had Pryor knowledge of that.
  • Do you think Trump will insist on playing in the President’s Cup, because it’s golf and his title?

We’re jumping topics here in a non-tangential fashion, but education probably is the silver bullet, the master key, the [insert mediocre attempt at a metaphor here] to the problems we face as a nation and the world as a whole. It is the paramount issue of the time, linking almost every single issue into one. And there’s an established past precedent of how historically susceptible Americans, not other nations mind you, but how the United States has especially shown a great affection for getting duped. Salem Witch Trials anyone? I mean, we’re even debating what history actually is. And it’s hard to pin down the solution here, but I can tell you that it doesn’t even matter, we’ve already gone “all-in” with the problem. Could the issue be that self-identified Republican voters now believe higher education is bad for America? Or maybe it’s the continued federal funding cuts to the public education system, with more to come. Or maybe it’s the Conservative creation of “school choice”, essentially funneling tax dollars to schools with less-oversight and a for-profit agenda, schools that will have the opportunity to discriminate with zero repercussions? Heck, even Fox News and it’s goal of becoming the best news outlet for the ill-informed has played a major part… I’d love to blame Donald Trump for the dumbing down of America (actually, for a lot of things), but he’s a symptom. We the people are the disease.

Top Plays in GIFs: Kendall Fuller picks off Derek Carr’s pass intended for Seth Roberts.

We’re sure David Carr wasn’t starting for Oakland, right?

Well, not necessarily “we the people”. More like a majority of Republican voters. After all, this voting block consistently believes fake news, thinks they’re more persecuted than Muslims, and quite frankly are the biggest snowflakes themselves. (Who else would feel so threatened at peaceful kneeling?) Gaslighting-Obstruction-Projection are the three foundations of the modern day Republican party. If you didn’t know, just watch CNN prime time before you have to soak your ears and eyes in acid. So I guess it makes sense that we now find ourselves where we are… those who would peacefully protest are “sons of b*tches” and violent Neo-Nazi filth with tiki torches and anti-semitic chants?… Well, “some are just good guys“. Call me crazy, but when was waving a Confederate flag showing respect for the American flag? (Lest we forget that the Confederate flag represents two things: slavery, and losing a war.) So even in the matters of education, I’m not delusional enough to think that this issue can be solved overnight. We have states like Kansas, which was created to be the Conservative Utopia, fail miserably in spectacular fashion, and yet there are still Republican’s running the state. Are we so entrenched in our views and beliefs that even just basic fact-checking, basic critical thinking, or just the basic idea of: don’t reward a sh*tty job are failed exercises?

THE Top Play in Week 3: Odell Beckham hauls in a one-handed grab for a touchdown.

Odell Beckham Jr. can only complete circus catches it appears.

Yes, yes we are.

And unfortunately Sunday’s exercise in free speech is merely another event for Americans to divide ourselves over. And while there’s plenty of anger, hate, frustration… basically every emotion possible on both sides (we all do that part great!), one resounding theme that I believe we’re missing is the fact that if we simply understood what America stands for, what the flag and anthem truly means, we’d all agree that the expression of free speech is a celebration of the best of what is the United States. Not the worst. And it’s sad that only half the country knows and understands this. Rather, it’s sad that the other half of the country doesn’t want to understand this, instead aligning themselves with some of the most dangerous enemies of democracy; Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kid Rock, etc., so no, I don’t think this issue will be resolved overnight. I’m beginning to think that it’ll never be resolved. So what do we do? How do we enact change? We drag America into the future, kicking and screaming. Progress is slow. Incremental to a fault. Pragmatism is in a death spiral, and we can only move forward if the people who are activated and informed take us there. Everyone, even those who don’t want to.

And this past Sunday is an important piece of that puzzle. None of us really know what the puzzle actually is or what it will be, but for all the amazingly mediocre metaphors to use, I’d hope when the puzzle is finished, it’ll be a country that not only believes in itself, but also knows itself.

Regardless, look on the bright side: We saw Donald Trump able to align the NFL owners, the Player’s Association, the players, AND Roger Goodell on a single issue for the first time EVER… say what you want about his Presidency, but he has certainly played his part in making the NFL great again…

 

 

My views are just that, my own, and do not represent Razzball as a whole. Feel free to comment below or if it’s really hateful, to send it to [email protected]!

  1. knucks says:
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    Save our bolts

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @knucks: LOL, save the bolts from themselves!

      • knucks says:
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        @Jay: Evergreen AF!

  2. Fizz says:
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    How high are you on watkins this yr and how does this trade sound? I have a deep rb depth and got offered watkins for miller.

    rb roster if i pull the trigger: howard, cohen, stewart, abdullah, carson, henry

    wr: AB, k. allen, d. jax

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fizz: I’m iffy on his future, but I kinda like him as a buy-low guy. I think Watkins for Miller is fair, and you seem to have the depth to warrant it… but what are their other WRs? Could be a better deal out there.

      • Fizz says:
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        @Jay

        His other wr’s are C. Hogan and TY.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Fizz: He needs WR help, not RB help. Yeah, I think it’s a fair deal.

  3. Maver1ck says:
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    Julio Jones a buy-low guy? No TD’s yet – looks like his fantasy playoffs matchups are v. NO, @TB, and @NO… tasty.

    Is CJA/Amari Cooper for Julio fair?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Maver1ck: Not sure if he’s buy-low yet, but I think that’s a fair deal and it’ll come down to how much that owner values CJA… I’d try for Julio for sure.

  4. Laura Holt

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    Great article, Jay; IMHO any story this big warrants discussion no matter where you stand (and no matter how much easier it would be for those who don’t want to go out on a limb with their own take to just ignore it). I want to take the opportunity to thank Doug Baldwin for both miraculously saving my ass when I thought I was dead in the water in one of my fantasy matchups yesterday, and (slightly more importantly?) for writing what I think was hands down the best protest-related response that came out of the NFL. (Easily google-able and worth the 20-second read, and the general consensus seems to be that he wrote it himself — evidently he actually attended classes when he was at Stanford and is quite the smartypants).

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Laura Holt: Thanks, and great point on Baldwin… actually both points! (Since he’s been someone I still believe in a lot this season.)

    • knucks says:
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      @Laura Holt: I stand with Laura Holt.

      Seriously though, great article Jay. And great point Laura. I’m glad to see this is your Week 3 recap. We are at the point where this shiz cannot be ignored or brushed off as “politics”. I appreciate you taking on a difficult task.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @knucks: Thanks! I would have rather not, and I hope this is just a one time thing, but I’d feel that if I didn’t address it, there’d be a weird air about the post…

  5. Jake says:
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    How do you go about judging trades as the commish couple guys are making it difficult one was accepted last night was Gilisee and Witten for Sproles and Amedola I had no choice but to veto my phone was blowing up from everyone else in the league rightfully so. I hate vetoing any trade so I am asking you how you decide on these things ? Thanks man

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jake: Interesting… I think it’s close enough to where I’d let it stand… it’s basically Gilisee for Sproles, which the advantage goes to Gilisee, but let’s be honest, we still have no idea what to expect from the Patriots running back tandem, and I think we never will for the rest of time. And Witten, while doing well, was waiver fodder just last week.

      I know it’s not balanced, but it doesn’t seem gross to me. But if there’s so much drama in the league, I would wash my hands of it and tell the owners the truth= the league did this to them, not you.

    • knucks says:
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      @Jake: Sproles broke is wrist and tore his ACL on the same play yesterday. Isn’t that why it should be vetoed?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @knucks: Ah, good point! To be fair, the trade might have been offered before the injury… but even then, that veto seems good.

        • Jake says:
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          @Jay: It was accepted late evening after injury news broke I think the one guy trading Gilesee is a first year player I sense someone trying to take advantage of this. I vetoed it and dont feel bad and plan on having conversation with both owners to stop this kind of behavior before it becomes out of control. Thanks guys

  6. Roger klutz says:
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    Howdy jay! What a week, I dont think my team did horrible my opponent just went off he scored 169.5 pts to my 123 pts, however I still have Jaron brown & chris Johnson left , I need 47 or 48 points combined but Id be surprised if I get 10 points combined lol!

    .5 PPR league one good week 3 move I made was dropping hunter Henry Sunday AM to add Vernon Davis

    Looking at week 4 & beyond would you deal Parker to acquire Diggs? Or do you like Parker more ROS?

    Here are parkers upcoming opponents:
    Home vs saints, home vs Titans, at ATL, home vs jets, week 8 at Baltimore, week 9 home vs Oakland. Already had his bye week 1

    Now here’s Diggs upcoming opponents:
    Home vs lions, at Chicago, home vs packers, home vs Ravens , at Cleveland, week 9 bye then week 10 @
    Washington

    —————-

    Next would you deal martavis Bryant or hogan for Baldwin straight up? I’m just worried about Baldwin leaving yesterday’s game with a groin injury . If I do this would you add Lockett or Paul Richardson if Baldwin misses time?

    My RBs Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, Abdullah, carson, cj2k, chark west.

    My WRs Keenan, alshon, hogan, snead, Golladay, Parker, martavis Bryant & Jaron brown.

    Since I’ll be top 3 or 4 for the waiver order should I target Smallwood, Robby Anderson, Lockett, Richardson or Jags D first priority?

    Thanks jay

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Roger klutz: I’d want Diggs over Parker.

      And yeah, I’d do Bryant for Baldwin, I think he’s a big buy-low right now. And if that’s the case, probably Richardson. And I’d say Jags D if you don’t like your own D or are streaming, otherwise, Smallwood if you need some depth with Gordon.

      • Roger klutz says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks man! Reading your posts I take it you are a chargers fan. Have you been to a game at the LA stadium? What’s up with this that the commish potentially wants the chargers to go back to SD- would it be this season? What a mess if so! Woukd they be like the angels & have a long team name “San Diego chargers of LA” I’d like to see the chargers wear their powder blue ones permanently or even the dark blue junior seau era

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Roger klutz: Yeah, unfortunately. I actually haven’t been to a Chargers game for a while, I think last time was when they visited here in DC. Total mess though, for sure.

  7. Son

    Son says:
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    Well done Jay

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Son: Thanks brotha! Same to you this morning!

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Jay: Appreciate that but you addressed the real shot that needed to be addressed. And did it well.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Son: That means a lot man!

  8. Nat says:
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    Great post, Jay. I’ve been reading this site for yearsssss (before Razzball even covered football, I think) and this one of my unexpected favorites. Heck (and don’t take this as a suggestion) I’d take a think-piece like this with intermittent football gifs every Monday if I could. Should be a thing!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nat: Appreciated! Hopefully I’ll never have to address something like this again, honestly…

  9. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    that 20 teamer where i need a minimum amount of WAS players. rushing yards worth 50% more than receiving, full PPR
    QB (1) cousins/goff
    RB (1) thompson/kelley/perine/blount/d.will (MIA, drake also out there, i dropped m.jones when i saw ajayi is/was hurt)
    WR (2) benjamin/pryor (man i’m betting this guy was a better QB or basketball player than WR)/doctson (THAT was a nice thing to see)/treadwell/jj nelson
    TE (1) v.davis/brate/reed (forgot to put in VD as i had a hockey draft and got confused thinking WAS was MON not last night, still likely to win though, just need fitzy to not have a really big game, still giving away 15.87 points not good)
    1 flex
    IR m.williams
    got a trade offer of m.williams for kamara, i’ll counter with treadwell + draft pick upgrade, as the prospect grades went williams/doctson/treadwell (all were close though). it would be smart to move ONE of the prospect WR for RB value though. can’t move doctson obviously needing WAS long term guys.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oh yeah, also
      2. drop d.will for drake or m.brown WAS in case perine/kelley remain hurt?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Probably Brown, you know me, I like Drake, but I don’t think he’ll have much to offer at the moment.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Eh, I like Williams longer term for Kamara and I think Thompson will be golden for ya (unrelated, but one of the high points of that offense right now.) And draft pick upgrade is okay with Treadwell since you have the other two.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Jay: wait, do you mean
        “i like williams longer term THAN kamara”?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Longer is always better! Or is it wider?

          I’m just saying that I like Mike Williams a lot and really want to see him on the field at some point this year. I wonder if Rivers would have had a different start with him.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Jay: yeah me too, got confused with the “for kamara” part. seems “than” would’ve been the wording.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              Me using correct English? Keep dreaming brotha! Haha.

  10. Frieddie says:
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    Hey man great stuff! QB question, who would you rather have for the foreseeable future?

    Winston or cousins?

    Winston’s next few matchups: Giants, Pats, @ Arizona, @ buff, Carolina, @ NO, jets week 10

    Cousins: @ KC, bye, SF, @ Philly, Dallas, @ Seattle, Minnesota week 10

    I have Winston but I was thinking of sending Abdullah to get cousins that owner will never start cousins he has TB12 & also tyrod Taylor. It’s only a 1 QB league but he has 3 lol!! Then if I did that of course hold onto Winston since cousins has week 5 bye

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frieddie: For me? Winston, but if you can afford to hold both, it’s not a crazy idea.

  11. Big League Choo says:
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    12 team ppr

    My moncrief for his amendola

    My WRs are Hopkins, Watkins, Adams, Mathews, golladay, moncrief

    I do have luck too

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Big League Choo: I’m okay with it, but seems lateral to me. I’d just hold and hope you can pair him up with Luck at some point.

  12. Phil B.

    Phil B. says:
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    That was great! Thank you for saying it, education is key. I’ve never met a little kid that doesn’t love learning and it’s crap we beat that out of so many.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Phil B.: Thanks Phil, means a lot!

  13. Lt says:
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    I love this site it has helped me so insanely much with fantasy baseball the last 8-9 years I think at this point. Just started reading football, only positive things to say. Just wanted to say this was such a good read, positive this was one of the better things I’ve read in some time.
    Thanks for that, good work.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Lt: Great to read and thanks for the kind words!

  14. Clyde Prompto says:
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    This was great, Jay. Purveyor of dick jokes, fantasy advice, AND thoughtful and even-handed social commentary? You’re a true Renaissance man.

  15. lackeydrinksonme says:
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    Nice work, Jay.

    I would trade Sanu, and receive Pryor. .5 PPR.

    Worth it? What’s going on with Pryor?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @lackeydrinksonme: Thanks! Yeah, I think you do it without thinking.

      • lackeydrinksonme says:
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        @Jay:

        Done, but Pryor is awfully slow out of the gates.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @lackeydrinksonme: Ugh, I know, still, I love the buy low value of it.

  16. ashtray says:
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    How shitty is the current political climate when even Dan fucking Snyder is out there standing against the administration. I hate that he almost makes me come close to maybe thinking something halfway decent about him.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ashtray: I know! Dan Snyder is the worst and I agree with him? The darkest of timelines…

  17. Toby says:
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    Great piece, Jay. Very well written and insightful.

  18. fredtbn1gs says:
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    Hey Jay-

    Two questions:
    1) Start Watson over Tyrod?
    2) Start Lions D/ST over Rams D/ST?

    Thanks

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @fredtbn1gs:

      2. DET ranked slightly higher than LAR at FP if we index it by only top 30 types for this year in DEF rankings. neither are ranked very high though.

      1. rodfather over watson, but it’s closer than DET over LAR, using same thing for QB rankers top 30 or better.

  19. Noam says:
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    Really well written. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Thanks man!

  20. swaggerjackers says:
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    @Jay: Would you deal Melvin Gordon and The Quiz Show / Jamaal for LeVeon?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, I would.

  21. G-man says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS Fitzgerald or D-jax?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Fitz, but it’s a hard decision.

  22. TriggaMike says:
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    What’s good Jay!

    Hey man I’m in a ppr league and have two offers on the table..
    A) Hyde and Lamar miller for my Snead and Thompson
    Or
    B) Dez Bryant for my Thompson and Lee

    Which offer would you prefer??
    Thanks !!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’d want Dez there.

  23. Jagan says:
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    Should I trade Joe Mucin for Watkins PPR.

    I have James Howard ,Javorious Allen and Powell

    I have ODBJ as WR

    • Jagan says:
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      @Jagan:

      Joe Mixon

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jagan: I would hold there, I’d like that depth kept at RB.

  24. the imp says:
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    I’m trying to upgrade on Allen and Powell as my RB2 and 3 right now. I can dump my extra TE who I played instead of Graham (oops). Please rank for ROS PPR for the guy to sit as RB4.

    Kamara/Smallwood/Charles

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @the imp: Tough, but I think I’d have it in that order.

  25. Jagan says:
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    I have 2 QBs Matt Ryan and Brady.is it a fair trade to get Pryor and give Matt Ryan. I have asked diggs.i only have ODBJ as a premier WR

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jagan: Yeah, it is fair. And I’d rather have Diggs too. But buying Pryor here is okay, you certainly need another WR.

  26. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    14 team PPR. not much possible guys to add, at least there’s less decisions every week now
    QB (1) RW3, semien
    RB (2) hunt, both wests, j.allen, stewart
    WR(3) a.brown, fitz, parker, beasley (have few WR from having to grab a (hopefully) on week replacement at LB for kwon A and j.davis (DET))
    TE (1) z.miller
    1 flex
    IR fuller/olsen (was dropped, he’s a better stash than fiedor i’d think)
    1. drop c.west for smallwood (have no clue how he wasn’t owned yet here). but he’ll be expensive, i have 79/100 left on year, you agree with the post that he’s a $19 player?
    2. what about kelley over c.west as 2nd best add to smallwood? others out there are prosise, ervin, oliver, breida if these are better stashes than c.west being a handcuff
    3. best order of WR to add: britt, t.will (DAL), allison, butler

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: 1 – yeah, I’d do it. 19? At this point, I’m okay with that, sure. 2. Yeah, I like that ticket. Thompson will always be a catch first guy. They’ll still need Kelley. 3 – I like that order.

  27. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    watch this one, i gave away 64.4 or so points on getting cute (had decent reasons maybe) trusting that i was a big dog in yahoo projections to opponent and benched BOTH of howard (for vereen) and fitz (for lockett, admittedly we have 10 yards returning per point, and SEA’s D has been bad, but i didn’t check in advance how good the kicker is at touchbacks, that part i usually do and i didn’t). this is my biggest money league too AND we pay for top points, which i’d be back in 1st had i not benched both, would’ve won had i not benched just one
    QB (1) winston/bradford
    RB (2) hunt/howard (never benching him again, he was hurt and destroyed humans on the other side)/vereen/t.west/c.johnson/forte
    WR (2) green/DT/fitz/lockett/t.will (LAC)

    1. who’s my smallwood drop (doesn’t seem like even one other RB is better out there). i won’t get him anyway though probably
    2. guess keep t.will over allison/j.brown (the good one, the hurt one), or just grab m.williams now to stash?

  28. fudgemybudge says:
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    10t standard
    Was offered Ajayi & McCaffrey for AB

    My team Inc:
    RB: D Cook, Mixon, Abdullah, D Henry
    WR: AB, Baldwin, TY, D Parker

    Thoughts?

  29. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Jay. Moncrief or Shepard in a full point ppr league? Also, Brate or Ebron ros? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jerry: I say Moncrief still. Brste.

  30. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    20 team PPR. have these at WR spots:
    crabtree/hill/beasley/kerley/d.thompson/treadwell (start 3 with 1 flex). drop treadwell certainly but maybe both him and d.thompson for this order (or different): humphries, butler, a.wilson

    2. clearly drop j.will GB for smallwood (waiver won’t get there though), but for all of these as well?
    oliver, clement, grant (JAX), m.brown (WAS) (in i’d guess that order)

  31. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    12 team PPR. if melgor owner this best order for dropping at least j.williams GB if not him and richard: smallwood/oliver/a.collins/darkwa?

    start only 2 and i have gordon/hyde/breida/j.will/richard/kamara

  32. The Harrow says:
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    2 QB dynasty. got a guy who’ll take mccown for thielen. half PPR. but now that there’s news of luck coming back supposedly i’d rather move brissett it seems (otherwise when AAron and rodfather are on bye i won’t have a 2nd QB starter)

    QB (2) rodgers, rodfather, brissett, mccown, mahomes
    RB (2) ingram/kamara/forte/charles/t.west
    WR (3) allen/d-jax/jordy/kearse/lee/treadwell
    TE (1) ertz
    2 flexes
    IR woodhead/edleman

    2. same league, if i own DEN D, and SEA/JAX are out there start streaming this spot (SEA/JAX have been this week matchups for sure, SEA has been terrible thus far, JAX best of the 3)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: Yes on that, and I think hold as much as you can.

  33. nightpandas says:
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    12 team std:

    Got offered Zeke and M Wallace for my Evans and Blount…which side you like?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @nightpandas: wow that’s close, gotta be what at least a 14 teamer to even have wallace rostered i’d assume. might come down to team needs (i.e. how strong are your WR and RB currently)

      • nightpandas says:
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        @The Harrow: oops yeah 16team

        my wr are: Diggs, Evans, J Matthews, Geronimo (start 3)
        my rb are: Gurley, Blount, Smallwood, Kelley, Darkwa, Procise (start 2 + flex)

        • The Harrow says:
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          @nightpandas: nope, hold. your WR depth isn’t all that, esp when your 4th won’t have much value when cobb is back. meanwhile prosise in a standard is very junky, i’d grab another WR over him immediately. name some guys to see what jaywrong and others (me at least) would say on which others. i’m in 16-20’s myself (mostly PPR’s but standard too)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @nightpandas: I like your combo. Tough decision.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Jay: just grabbed T Benjamin as well

  34. Justin says:
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    In a half ppr league, how would u rank these guys: Smallwood, kearse, Terrence west, Tevin Coleman, Marqise lee.

    Rest of my squad is: WR: Baldwin, Antonio Brown, Sammy Watkins
    RB: Kareem hunt, DeMarco Murray, Mixon, Ingram.

    I

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Justin: Probably Coleman, West, Kearse, Lee, Smallwood.

  35. fudgemybudge says:
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    10t standard
    Offered Ajayi & McCaffrey for AB

    My team Inc:
    RB: D Cook, Mixon, Abdullah, D Henry
    WR: AB, Baldwin, TY, D Parker

    Do it?
    Thx

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @fudgemybudge: Yeah, that’s fine. I love AB.

  36. Mike says:
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    My RBs are Cook, Abdullah, Carson, Doug Martin, AP, Rex Burkhead, and Jamaal Charles.
    My WRs are AB, Dez, Cobb and Tyrell Williams. Cleary, I have WR depth issues.

    This guy offered me Emmanuel Sanders for Chris Carson. Don’t think I’m willing to give up Carson so should I counter with Abdullah for Sanders/Thielen or stand pat?

    Thanks!

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: 12-team standard by the way.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: Yeah, counter. I love Carson right now.

  37. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Who would you rather have on your bench (pick top 4, thanks!) *Need a lottery ticket since I lost David Johnson and I am starting Dalvin Cook and Frank Gore – 12 tm, Standard:

    Kerwynn Williams
    Wendell Smallwood
    Orleans Darkwa
    Damien Williams
    Branden Oliver
    Alex Collins
    Elijah McGuire
    Andre Ellington
    Marlon Mack
    Matt Jones
    C.J. Prosise
    Mike Tolbert
    Kenyan Drake
    Matt Breida
    Gio Bernard
    Chris Ivory
    Rex Burkhead
    Corey Clement
    Petyon Barber

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Jay: Thanks!

        I already have Darkwa, so I’ll drop Kerwynn for Smallwood. I have like $42 free agent bucks left….how high should I go on Smallwood?

        thanks

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: Yeah, I think that’s good. And probably 15-20 sounds right.

          • Brent

            The Fantasy Dick says:
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            @Jay: I didn’t get smallwood, but I now have Darkwa and Breida on my bench. I’m really tempted by Alex Collins….Think dropping Darkwa for Collins is smart? I have been burned by Darkwa so many times….

  38. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    12 team half PPR. i just missed fuller by about an hour. dropped forte for blount off waivers yesterday.

    QB (1) winston
    RB (2) hunt, melgor, blount, white, gore
    WR (2) hill/hilton/higgins/goolladay/cooks/m.williams
    TE (1) rudolph
    1 flex
    drop higgins or goollday for oliver or is he so bad as to not really have handcuff value in a 12’er anyway? or john brown

  39. The Harrow says:
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    same QB dynasty. half PPR. i dropped kearse for smallwood (being much weaker in RB than WR and i am about to trade one QB for a WR anyway)
    QB (2) rodgers, rodfather, brissett, mccown, mahomes
    RB (2) ingram/kamara/forte/charles/t.west/smallwood
    WR (3) allen/d-jax/jordy/lee/treadwell
    TE (1) ertz
    2 flexes
    IR woodhead/edleman

    i got the
    1. thielen for mccown (but him i know starts probably for a while till injured, and petty isn’t owned)
    or
    2. ris matthews for brissett. owner appears to understand the value difference as luck might be back soonish.
    is thielen long term really that much better than ris matt anyway to even 2nd guess this?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: that’s 2 QB dynasty.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: Man, I replied to this last night but the site must have eaten it. Yeah, I dig Thielen here, and I would grab Brissett there though, even with the Luck enigma. Really like what I’ve seen from him.

  40. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    12 team .2 PPR somehow i got smallwood (man people don’t read this site when i’ve gotten that guy in even maybe 30% of my leagues with either somewhat little FAAB budget use or crappy waiver spot, but it’s starting to look like just weak leagues in these spots as FP and others highlighted him as top guy this week too). 6 max RB and WR, start 3 of each and 2 flexes (could be TE’s). keep 6 and i had to drop a-rob (a keeper i kept over k.allen, THAT’s hurting now, a-rob was ranked higher by pretty much every dynasty ranker) earlier as we do have 2 IR’s BUT anybody in those IR’s counts against the max 6.
    QB (start 1, max 3): dak/bradford/flacco
    RB: smallwood/mccoy/howard/montgomery/darkwa/t.west
    WR: jordy/julio/jeffery/hurns/fuller/higgins
    TE: ertz/cook/watson
    IR: fiedor
    drop higgins for any of these (somehow not waivered just now)
    britt/funchess/benjamin (LAC)?

    2. drop flacco for any of brissett/cutler?

  41. Deck says:
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    Jay,

    You might ignore this, but its bothered me since i read this post.

    Pretty disappointed in the weekly review. I’ve followed and truly enjoyed this blog for years. I’ll admit I don’t agree with players not showing up for the anthem, but kneeling doesnt bother me. I hated Clinton, but hated Trump more and helped campaign for the Libertarian party (first time). You opined about people I don’t think you understand even a little bit and those are people I understand well, living here in Houston. It sucks you had to insult in a forum I have visited and enjoyed for a long time due to an “escape” from politics. Don’t assume I agree with the people you obviously dislike in order to let yourself off the hook. I feel the people you reference are no more clueless than your generalized rant. The players can kneel. Trump sucks (really bad and a massive amount of Reps agree). But you took a forum I enjoyed and insulted a group who was just as helpless in this last election as you and you judge them on a small minority of the group. In turn you insulted many good people, who would have more class than to write the way you did. Travel more, quit reading the news and talk to Republicans and you might understand how wrong you are. I’ve enjoyed this blog from baseball first to football but I’m going to pass from here on out. If you ever want to chat politics feel free to message me.

    Thanks for your advice over the past my few seasons.

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