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Over my days that have turned to months and then into years that have then accumulated to become me and my history, I’ve built up a strong tolerance to things; Alcohol, Kathy Griffin on New Years, Jehovah Witnesses at my doorstep and violence in American films are just some of the atrocities I’ve come to accept and am able to let slide down my gullet with nary a cough nor a whimper.  But tonight’s game…oh, tonight’s game was intolerable.  At first I thought it was the weather.  You know, a rainy night making it hard for the David vs Goliath matchup that was the Steelers versus the Chiefs to unfold the way everyone expected it to.  But then Ben Roethlisberger went down with a separated shoulder in the 3rd quarter and the good that had turned to bad just got uglier than that girl you woke up next to after your all night bender.  My friends, the first half was nasty and I was glad I was at a bar because I had to drink my sorrows away just having to watch it but I held in the recesses of my blackened heart a hope that the second half would bring fireworks as big as Katy Perry’s…ahem, I was referring to the song, thank you very much.  Ya pervs.  Nevertheless, the glory never came to pass and I was stuck crawling out of the bar in the wee hours of the Monday night but only because I said something that was misinterpreted by the waitress and was thrown down there.  I said I hoped she liked her big TIPS for the night.  Yeah, I know I said it with air quotes but come on, it wasn’t worth the rage people.  Nevertheless, this morning’s post is going to be short on fantasy pertinence and more so based on the flatulence of reality.  I hope you all understand.  In more fantasy football that makes me wanna cry news…

Jamaal Charles - He is really, truly the only fantasy relevant player from the night.  I almost led with him but felt like I’d be leading you on doing that.  There were no fantasies satiated tonight and I don’t like to be a tease.  Though he wasn’t as involved in the passing game as he usually is, he still turned in 100 yards on the ground with 23 carries while chipping in the lone touchdown for the Chiefs.  I did say to buy him last week but in all honesty, I didn’t see it as a great buy for this week but beyond.  I will say the weather probably put the ball in Jamaal’s hands more so than the playbook would’ve normally dictated as the Chiefs rushed the ball 35 times as a whole.  If you were worried about Peyton Hillis before the season as a Charles owner, I think tonight could and should dissuade you.  Though he got 11 touches, he turned them into a mere 32 yards.  I’m completely over the Hillis at this point in my crotchety and grizzled fantasy career.

Mike Wallace - Three catches for 14 yards and the lone Steelers touchdown.  BTW, his touchdown catch was for 7 yards.  So after the first half, he caught 2 balls for 7 yards…horrid.  If you own any part of the Steelers offense that you spent big bucks on , I’d be officially worried with the Big Ben injury.  This is the type of stuff that can ruin fantasy seasons.

Heath Miller - See the Wallace blurb above.  Started the game strong with 4 receptions for 47 yards.  Closed out the game with Byron Leftwich and finished with 4 receptions for 47 yards.  No that wasn’t a typo.  I repeated myself on purpose.  Your sneaky TE value that I‘ve loved along with you since week 1 might be dead.

Matt Cassel - A QB rating of 46 while completing less than 50% of his passes with no touchdowns and the INT that sealed the game for Pittsburgh in overtime.  If I’m a Chiefs fan, I’m not booing Cassel nor cheering when he gets hurt.  I’m booing management for putting him in the starting lineup and leaving him there for 4 years.  Then I’m driving over all of their knee caps and cheering.

Tony Moeaki - I said a couple of weeks ago I liked him and he makes for a great deep sleeper at the TE position.  He then followed that up with a goose egg in every viable column: 0 targets, 0 touches, 0 yards.  So of course tonight he has 3 receptions for 68 yards.  This is what happens when your QB is Cassel.  Namely something and then a whole lotta nothing.

Dwayne Bowe - Same old Bowe; good WR on a bad offense.  Had 55 yards on 4 receptions and a touchdown that got called back due to a holding penalty.  When I hear that song ‘Nobody knows The Trouble I’ve Seen’ song, I reminisce on Dwayne and say to myself ‘Bowe Knows’.

Jonathan Dwyer/Isaac Redman – Isaac started the night with the first three carries for a mere 6 yards and then fumbled.  Dwyer then followed with 3 carries for 6 yards but got to keep carrying it because he didn’t fumble.  Dwyer finished with 56 yards on 19 carries while Redman finished with 21 on 8.  And of course Rashard Mendenhall might even be back this week to further muddle that which was already a mess.  The Steelers backfield: where fantasy hopes have come to be dashed since 2012.

Emmanuel Sanders - Lotta ‘ifs’ here.  If the weather had been better, if Big Ben had stayed healthy and if this game hadn’t been the worst game ever, Sanders might have down something worthy of fantasy ownership.  I should know, I nabbed him for this week with that purpose in mind.  Instead, 2 catches for 30 yards and a carry for another 4.  Just take this as a firm reminder the only Emmanuel for fantasy was made back in 1974.  It’s French so it’s art, people.

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  1. mH says:
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    Turned on the game in the second half to see Byron Leftwich in at QB, which shouldn’t be that bad seeing a backup QB in that offense…except that it’s Byron Leftwich, how is he still in the NFL?? If he’s still playing, what happened to Batch? Anyway, Mike Wallace is looking useless ROS now.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah the value of all the Steelers is in serious doubt right now. Batch was inactive, I think. Might see him next week but even so…blech

      • mH says:
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        @Sky, Wow, Batch really is still on the Steelers roster, that is hilarious

  2. BH says:
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    Deep PPR league – Laurent Robinson or Josh Morgan ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Morgan is still a top target for his team and I trust the arm in Cleveland more than I do in Jacksonville. For that reason, Morgan get the edge for me.

      • BH says:
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        @Sky, I assume you mean “the arm in Washington”? Also, would you rather have Morgan or D. Alexander (SD)?

        Thanks.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          My bad…somehow I read that as Gordon. I’d want Robinson in both situations

          • BH says:
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            @Sky, No worries. Thanks man!

  3. Adam says:
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    With Big Ben getting knocked out of the game early for my opponent, I would’ve won my matchup if I just went with F-Jax instead of Britt as I had most of the week (besides 5 mins before kickoff…sigh).

    Anyway….14 team league, and I need a BYE week QB. 1 pt per 20 yds, 6 pts per TD, no “X” yardage bonuses.

    Currently have Bradford rostered vs NYJ, but could drop him for Skelton @ ATL, Tannehill @ BUF, or possibly Kaepernick vs CHI if Smith is out.

    What do you think? Don’t know if I should trust Bradford, even with Amendola back.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Man that sucks. That TEN vs MIA game was weird though. Britt led the team in receiving yards with 36 and the game was basically over and very little passing needed to happen by the second quarter for the Titans. Fluky loss.

      Tannehill by a hair. Better matchup…of course he had the better matchup last week and crapped the bed so keep that in mind but I would give Ryan a shot.

      • Adam says:
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        @Sky,

        Yeah, I’m kinda thinking that too. Could see that game turning into a 28-24 sort of pass fest.

        Thanks for the advice.

  4. Murph says:
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    Best flyer RB this week for a flex option non PPR? Like the matchup for both teams and have extra motivation as I will be attending my first NFL game of the season in Oakland…yeah that’s what happens when you live in San Diego you have to fly a couple hundred miles to watch the raiders just to avoid watching the chargers and Phillip Rivers cry the whole game. Do you like Olsen to keep rolling with the high volume targets ROS?

    Ivory/Ingram/Reece

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I still view Olsen as matchups play. Last week was a good matchup. Overall, he’s a top 12-15 TE but we both know that doesn’t really mean much.

      I’d want the all but guaranteed touches of Reece

  5. Captain Kirk says:
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    @sky

    So my fantasy luck continues to trend downward. However, I’ve managed to stay afloat with possibility of playoffs. I had mike vick… but now need a QB this weekend….

    who do you roll with

    Nick Foles
    Sam Bradford
    Ryan Tannehill

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s close but Tannehill has a great matchup…slight edge over Foles

  6. Crowe says:
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    Goo article Sky. Got a FLEX question for you this week. In a standard scoring league would you play: Heyward-Bey, Felix Jones, or Daniel Thomas?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I know, it was quite a gooey one! JK

      I’d rank that Jones/DHB/Thomas

      • Crowe says:
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        @Sky, Thanks as always. On a related note, I just got offered a trade. I would be giving up Steven Jackson and Heyward-Bey for Alfred Morris. I have WR depth (Welker, Harvin, and James Jones), so Heyward-Bey isn’t a big loss. What do you think about this trade?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          How many WRs do you start? I don’t like counting on James Jones, personally. Would he take S-Jax and him? I think you’ll get more value out of DHB ROS than James Jones.

          • Crowe says:
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            @Sky, Only have to start 2 wide receivers. Then one flex spot that I would have James Jones or Daniel Thomas for

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ah ok, that trade would make sense then. Still would rather have DHB over James Jones ROS but it’s a fair trade.

  7. Ryan says:
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    What side would you rather have on Chris Johnson and Colston (or Decker) for Calvin Johnson and C.J. Spiller?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want the Johnson side. Spiller is still a top end back even with F-Jax as a part of the mix.

      • Ryan says:
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        Yeah, I figured. For whatever reason the Spiller owner has been down on him and is pretty stacked at WR. Had talked to him briefly about a trade, I’ll see if I can make it happen.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, you’d come out the winner there. CJ may be less than CJ2K ROS but not enough to make it a bad trade for you. Spiller is an underrated stud by far.

  8. Rick Grimes says:
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    Can you rank these Wrs ROS for me in a non ppr.

    Mike Wallace, Denarius Moore, Danny Amendola, James Jones, Michael Crabtree.

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Amendola/Moore/Wallace/Crabtree/Jones

  9. Murph says:
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    Trade offer Seahawks D/ST for Jason Witten. I know its an easy call because there is no reason to value D/ST but it would leave me with Austin Murray and now Witten on one team….what do you think? make the trade or ride the free agent pool for TEs?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not really a big ‘I have too many guys from one team’ type of person. Not something that I worry about, personally. I’d take Witten, the consistency is there.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Yeah I hear ya just like to spread it out a little but maybe I can move Austin…any chance you like any of these guys better ROS? Bonus is I get to keep the consistent Seahawks D

        Olsen, Celek, Finley, Myers, Cook, Pettigrew

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Man didn’t know that was your FA. Yeah, just keep SEA. Myers, Pettigrew, and Olsen as basically your bench. I’d roll with that

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Also can I drop Big Ben and roll Matt Ryan ROS and would you drop Titus for Maclin ROS. Thanks again for the help working my waiver options tonight.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Def about Big Ben. Ryan will be fine. I’m a little worried about Maclin and how he and Foles do together. I’d stay Titus but I won’t lie; I’d be tempted

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Oh and no problem! Glad I was still up to help :)

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            Haha Thanks

            last one…Ivory or Daniel Thomas ROS

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Oooh, toughie. Close but I gotta go DT

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                That’s what I was thinking less crowded backfield and he might be able to steal the majority of carries with Bush’s free agency coming up and Philbins crazy high school style of disciplining players. Worth a start over JStew this week?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Exactly. Annoying how MIA Bush has been in MIA of late.

                  Yeah, I like the Dolphins this week vs the Bills. I’d do that.

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