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Although not universally true for all disappointing fantasy players, week 4 does feature a lot of interesting names in good matchups that should finally deliver.  If they don’t, there’s probably going to be some interesting moves in your league’s trade market.

Aaron Rodgers is a prime example.  Somewhat struggling against three heavy pass-rush defenses through the first three weeks, Rodgers has a great matchup against the slumping Saints to finally cash in on his first-round value.  Marques Colston, Michael Vick, and Tom Brady also have more favorable matchups, and owners are desperately hoping for big fantasy days.

Even players in bad matchups need to show something before their values plummet into un-startable territory.  Nick and I on the Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast have decided to just stop talking about Chris Johnson, but even a guy like Cam Newton on the road against the Falcons needs to show he can still put up fantasy points.

With the conclusion of this week it will mark a quarter of the way through the season.  Don’t be afraid to cut loose if some of you guys don’t show you what they got.

Looking at last week’s picks, Mohamed Massaquoi got hurt early, and Jason Avant and Anquan Boldin (last Sunday) had pretty slow games.  At least Dennis Pitta delivered, and if you put in Mikel Leshoure, you better be thanking me.

The benchers all had slow games, with Aaron Rodgers (thanks Sky!) and Greg Jennings both slumping against the tough Seahawks-D, Steven Jackson hurting and collapsing, and Marques Colston still struggling.  Adrian Peterson had an OK game, but it was still pretty slow.  Great week for those picks!

Here’s five guys not started in enough leagues and five guys started in too many leagues that should be benched, along with their % started in ESPN leagues and Yahoo leagues, respectively.  And remember, these picks are not always suggestions for direct 1-for-1 swaps if you own players in both sections, but merely picks for guys not started enough and started too often.

Possible Starters:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo (8.6%, 14%) I was actually pretty surprised at how low Fitzpatrick’s percent-started numbers are, especially given that he’s shown he’s a solid fantasy-QB.  Sure last year was somewhat of a disappointment, but he still had usable games and looks closer to 2010’s breakout year than 2011.  With multiple TDs in each of the first three weeks, a running back core rife with injuries (both Spiller and Jackson are questionable), I see Fitzpatrick lighting up the box score trying to keep the Bills in the game against the Patriots.  As I said on the podcast (and I face the same quandary in one of my leagues), I am starting Fitzpatrick over Tony Romo this week.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit (25.6%, 39%) After a breakout game last week, owners are a little slow on the upkeep putting Leshoure in the lineups.  Sure the questionable tag is a little disconcerting, but I think he’s going to be fine and have a great encore today versus the Vikings.  With Kevin Smith not even touching the ball last week, this is Leshoure’s backfield.  A RB2 for me until further notice.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota (5.4%, 10%) On the flip side of the ball in the same game, I really like Christian Ponder this week.  Even though it’s on the road, it’s still a dome environment where I see Ponder thriving.  The Lions defense has shown some holes in that secondary, and Ponder’s speed should allow him to find his targets even if the Lions front four get into the pocket.  Started in very few leagues, I think he could have a sneaky good fantasy day this week.

Ramses Barden, WR, New York Giants (6.3%, 13%) With Hakeem Nicks officially ruled out, I love Barden to have another big game Sunday Night against the Eagles.  As I’ve said before, his size and reach reminds me a lot of the Eli Manning – Plaxico Burress connection.  Insert Burress joke here.  Both a downfield threat and an endzone target, I think he has a solid game for the second straight week filling in.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans (22.4%, 47%) As said above, Marques Colston is in show-me-what-ya-got territory, and even though I know he’s ailing with a foot injury, he needs a big week to stay fantasy relevant.  I’m not 100% convinced he does, but either way the Saints are going to need their downfield weapons in what should be a shootout versus the Packers.  I really like Lance Moore to be the primary downfield option and he’s shown he’s the Saints receiver to own thus far.  Should be a great play this week.

Son Of A Bench:

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina (70.7%, 74%) As a North Carolinian and die-hard Panthers fan, this is a tough one.  Cam looked absolutely atrocious last week against the Giants, and on the road in Atlanta, I think it’s going to be another tough week for me and fellow Panther fans.  The Falcons defense has looked monstrous, holding the Chargers to only three points last week, and with what was supposed to be a contending division opponent coming into town, I expect them to swarm Cam and the Panthers offense.  I know it’s tough benching a QB of his caliber, but I would go with another option.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas (59.5%, 55%) Same goes for Romo, who is a tough asset to bench, but against a tough Bears defense, I think today’s game is going to be a grinder.  Romo hasn’t shown much since week 1, and he’s another guy that I want to see what he’s got before fully trusting him again.  As said above, I’m going with Fitzpatrick this week.

Michael Bush/Matt Forte, RBs, Chicago (50.7%/39.6%, 48%/32%) I lumped the Bears backs together as a lot of owners have both, or are still keeping one or the other in their line-up despite a very hazy outlook for Monday Night Football.  With the late kickoff, there’s obviously no other solid options if Forte is out, and even if it is just Bush, I’m not sold he has a good game anyway.  The Cowboys have a pretty solid run-D and I’m not a big Bush believer as the feature back.  And if you’re leaving him in, there’s a shot Forte plays and saps his value anyway.  I’m benching both and going with clearer options in the Sunday games.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas (83.0%, 76%) As I keep saying ad-nauseum, this is a big week for Bryant to show fantasy owners something.  It’s been a slow start for the talented wideout, and I think it continues through this week.  The Bears give up the 11th least fantasy points to wideouts, and as stated above, I think this game is somewhat of a grinder and we don’t see many shots downfield.  I’d bench Bryant for other options.

Reggie Bush, RB, Miami (59.5%, 56%) Building upon a great season, Bush hurt his knee early last week, and while it looked like he was going to play all week, he is now reportedly a game-time decision.  With a 4:05 kickoff and facing a very tough Cardinals defense, I think you have to go with other options.  And it’s not like you can throw in his backup, because I see Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller splitting carries right down the middle if Bush is out.  Go with a different option today.

If you have any last second decisions, shoot some comments below or tweet me @jbgilpin. Good luck to everyone today in the show-me-what-ya-got week!

From Around The Web

  1. Jayrock says:
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    Start Denarius Moore, Leshoure or Turner? Also pick one: Stewart. Meacham, D Brown, C Johnson, T Young?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Jayrock, Turner. He’s burned the Panthers D before and with the Falcons probably up big early, I think he gets a lot of work. Ugh, your second one sucks. Probably Stewart with Brown on bye and Chris Johnson so bad.

  2. Alex p says:
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    Who to start today Steve Johnson (bills) or Ramses Barden (eagles ) ?!?!?!?!?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Alex p, Stickin with Stevie. Like them both though.

      • Alex p says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin, what about Vincent Jackson or Ramses Barden.?!?! Also Antonio gates or Finley

        • JB Gilpin

          Jonathan Gilpin says:
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          @Alex p, Sticking with V Jax, Redskins pass D league worst in a few categories. Probably Finley for TE, like Packers O for shootout numbers.

  3. mike says:
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    would u start andy dalton over romo.i picked dalton up for bye week next week vs mia but maybe he’s a better start today

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @mike, Ya know, I think I would. I think the Bengals run all day on the Jags, but still think Dalton has the better matchup and upside than Romo.

  4. g says:
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    Need one more wr and a flex, non-ppr
    Lance Moore (who I see you’re high on)
    J Simpson
    Andre brown
    Amendola
    Andre roberts

    I’m leaning moore and amendola

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @g, Was going to say the same exact thing. Only guy who is even close is Andre Brown, but with Bradshaw back in a game I think the Giants will need to throw, I like Amendola and Moore, well, more.

  5. Jmat says:
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    Pick 1 ppr RB. bradshaw, bush, fjax or J. Rodgers?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Jmat, Ugh, that’s a tough one, I don’t like any of those first three, and while I do like Jacquizz, it’s more of a deep or fill-in play. Gun to my head I think I’m going Bush, then if he’s out, Bradshaw. That’d be my plan.

  6. supra says:
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    Need 1 WR, 1 Flex: Forte, M.Bush, Hankerson, N.Washington, Ogletree. Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @supra, Obviously as written above, I don’t like the Bears backs. So this is a tough one. What I would probably do is play Forte if he’s in and Ogletree, and if Forte is out play Bush and Ogletree. Gives you some flexibility to play one of those guys since you have Ogletree. Don’t like those other two WRs.

  7. DW says:
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    Cam Newton or Andy Dalton?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @DW, Stickin with the Cam juice on this one. I like Cam a little bit over Romo, and think the Panthers will obviously have to throw for some junk yards. Bengals should route the Jags.

  8. Purewater says:
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    Who do you like for a flex spot…B Marshall or Ryan Williams?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Purewater, Marshall and not too close. I know Williams is now the “feature back” but I’m not convinced it yields fantasy points. I like Marshall for a big game Monday Night.

  9. Dave the Barber says:
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    What’s good?

    Help me out right quick slick,

    Vick or Palmer? AND THEN …
    Pick one for flex, S.Jax, Spiller, A. Hawkins, M.Bush?

    Preciate ya

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Dave the Barber, Yo man! I like Vick to bounce back a little this week. That is if JPP doesn’t murder him. For your flex, right now it’s Spiller until he’s ruled out… If he is I would go with Michael Bush. Thanks for reading!

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin, I hope Vick bounces back … for my real and fake teams. Tonight they retire Dawk’s jersey and we can’t lose to the G Spots. Thanks for the help.

        • JB Gilpin

          Jonathan Gilpin says:
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          @Dave the Barber, Yup its a big game… Have a lot more Eagles players than Giants so Fly Eagles Fly!

          • Dave the Barber says:
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            @Jonathan Gilpin, My Eagles won but I definitely should have sat Spiller … tough call though I he wouldn’t have fumbled on the GL I may have won. Oh well … at least my Birds won!!!

            • JB Gilpin

              Jonathan Gilpin says:
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              @Dave the Barber, Yup at least Vick outdid Palmer in a big way! Spiller I think retweaked his shoulder as well. Plus the Bills got pounded in the second half barely possessing the ball. I was cheering for the Birds, glad they won! Don’t like Eli plus was going against Lawrence Tynes haha.

  10. Ryan says:
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    In a PPR league, start A. Hawkins or R. Barden?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan, Def like Barden more. I like Hawkins fine, but think Barden has the opportunity and better matchup for a big game.

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    I can play 4 out of these guys (0.5 ppr), who am I starting:
    LeShoure
    A.Morris
    Forte
    M.Bush
    Bradshaw
    A.Brown
    Witten
    Or I can cut Witten for Ramses (Graham is my starting TE, but we have a W/R/TE flex)

    2 bonus points at 85 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian, Leshoure and Morris for sure. While I don’t like Witten, he just doesn’t seem right, I don’t think you can drop him just yet. I like Barden a lot, but not quite at that cost. Then I guess I’d go Bradshaw and Forte and just hope… If Forte is out, swap in Bush. Don’t love it, but you don’t have better options.

  12. need a flex with britt out: locker, tate or randall cobb…leaning towards locker bc he’ll have to throw a ton in this one and who knows if tate will get garbage time touches or not.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @exactly, Yea I definitely like to play QBs in flex positions over other guys. Would go with Locker.

      • @Jonathan Gilpin, Great minds think alike…

  13. FilthyRich says:
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    Non-PPR league which WR:
    – Barden
    – Denarius Moore
    – Garcon

    COncered obviously with Garcon’s injury

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @FilthyRich, I’m concerned as well, I think it’s Barden.

  14. BennyB says:
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    Romo or Dalton?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @BennyB, Read above. Dalton.

  15. TheMizer says:
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    Standard points 10 team with flex tight end option. Who to flex for the week? S. Chandler, J. Rodgers or Lance Moore just heard C.J. Spiller active Current backs starting D. Martin, J Charles current Wr starting D. Moore and B. Marshall.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @TheMizer, Wait so you have Spiller too? If so, then Spiller, if not Lance Moore. Like him in the shootout.

      • TheMizer says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin, i know but Spiller injury is a shoulder worried about point of attack aggravation. Appreciate the tip on Moore. Your right a shoot out is a brewing.

  16. The Vaporizers says:
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    Who you like best for my flex play?

    Spiller, Daryl Richardson, Garcon, or Cobb?

    I’ve been pondering this one all morning…

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @The Vaporizers, Spiller. Big play ability sets him apart and he’s active. Plus his injury is the shoulder and nothing with his legs, so won’t lose a step.

  17. dp says:
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    I need two out of Ridley, Martin and Morris. Leaning Martin and Ridley despite Belichekplaying with my emotions last week.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @dp, Well Shanahan can do the same black magic! Haha. Yea I’d stick with those two, don’t love Morris against the Bucs, Bucs have shown much improved run D from last year. I have Ridley in multiple leagues, need a big game!

  18. Chris says:
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    Chris Johnson or Ben Tate?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Chris, Tate. Texans should roll and I’d bench CJ for virtually anyone right now.

  19. CL says:
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    Yo, yo, yo… Celek or Witten? PPR.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @CL, Yo, Celek, fa sho.

  20. Rick Grimes says:
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    Ive got 2 last second WR decisions!

    League 1
    Lafell, Hankerson, Hawkins, Hartline

    League 2
    Hawkins, Hankerson, Simpson

    I think Hankerson is my best player but I dont like starting the same player in both leagues…

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Rick Grimes, sorry the site is glitchin like crazy. You guys like us too much, apparently!

      Just go Hankerson on both. Don’t believe Pierre is heavily involved today.

  21. bobbo says:
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    Two different PPR leagues:

    1.) Flex play: Fred Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, or Pierre Thomas
    2.) Flex play: McGahee, SJax, or CJ Spiller

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @bobbo, Bradshaw in 1, Spiller in 2

  22. Chris says:
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    Hi Folks –

    In a 1pt PPR, do you start Leshoure over Colston or Amendola? Right now he’s on my bench.

    Thanks everyone. Good luck this week.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Chris, Yea I think I’d go Leshoure. If Amendola and the Rams weren’t against that tough Seahawks D I might’ve said him, but it’s Leshoure for me.

      • Chris says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin, thanks! So your preferred flex order would be Colston, Leshoure, Amendola?

  23. drew says:
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    ppr flex: fjax, alfred morris, or andre brown?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @drew, Morris. More assured work.

  24. Justin says:
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    Ive got 2 last second WR decisions!

    League 1
    Lafell, Hankerson, Hawkins, Hartline

    League 2
    Hawkins, Hankerson, Simpson

    I think Hankerson is my best player but I dont like starting the same player in both leagues…

    Thanks!

  25. craintrain says:
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    PPR Flex: Bowe, Desean or Stevie Johnson? Leaning towards Stevie. Thanks a lot.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @craintrain, Yup, I was gonna say the same. Like Stevie vs. shakey Pats secondary.

  26. Tom says:
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    So Ramses over Dez? Tate over M. Bush, i have Foster too?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Tom, Ah my bad man, been crazy… Naw I’d stick with Dez. I like dual Houston backs though.

  27. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    non ppr h2h….R. Moss,Hester,Manningham or Hartline(return yds count)?

    h2h ppr:need 2 Rb and 1 W/R….Ridley,Bradshaw,Sproles,Benson,Morris,Lance Moore or Ogletree?

    also,should I risk going w/ Forte or start Andre Brown?

    thnks.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Oilcan Giuseppe, Ugh, Hartline would be my shot in the dark there… 2 – I like Ridley, Sproles and Morris. I think you have to start Andre Brown. Too worried.

  28. Nick Hind says:
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    PPR League

    need a flex:

    -Martin
    -Finley
    -Rudolph

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Nick Hind, Doug Martin? Definitely him.

      • Nick Hind says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin,

        yup…he’s in the slot now….i just hate leaving points on the bench and i can see finley having a monster in a shootout

        thanks

  29. Chillmodious says:
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    Good morning… Planning to deploy the following lineup, but would you make any changes with the available bench options?:

    RB – DeMarco Murray
    RB – Doug Martin
    Flex – Ryan Williams
    WR – Percy Harvin
    WR – Malcom Floyd

    Bench – Fred Jackson
    Bench – Pierre Garçon
    Bench – Jacquizz Rodgers
    Bench – Titus Young

    ————————-

    I’m thinking my lineup is set and FJax would be the only moving piece giving me pause, but your opinion/help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Chillmodious, Nah, I think you’re set. I expect Spiller to get a lot of work. Thanks for reading!

  30. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    non ppr w/ rtn yds….Colston,J. Rodgers or R. Cobb?

    thnks.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Oilcan Giuseppe, Cobb. Return yards the kicker.

  31. Mr2Bits says:
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    Bradshaw, Maclin or Crabtree for my PPR flex spot today?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Maclin.

  32. Charles says:
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    Leshoure or Denarius Moore at Flex? No PPR.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Charles, Leshoure, not too close. Don’t like Moore too much.

  33. Charles says:
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    Romo or Ponder?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Charles, Man, I really, REALLY want to say Ponder… So close but easily could be a bad call, but I might roll the dice on Ponder. So unhappy with Romo.

  34. Jon says:
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    Would you start Gronk, Gates and Rudolph over Dez Bryant this week? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Jon, Think I got your question on Twitter :) Site is a little slow right now, but yea Gronk>Bryant.

  35. Charles says:
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    Tate or a Bush/Miller 4pm decision?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Charles, Tate, I like Houston to win big. Wouldn’t want to start Miller if Bush is out.

  36. Martin says:
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    Hankerson, Lafell, or Hawkins

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Martin, It pains me bc I don’t like him too much, but I’d go LaFell

  37. Tom says:
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    You skipped me bro, need help

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Tom, Sorry again man, hope I got your help to ya in time!

  38. Chillmodious says:
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    Would you drop Titus Young for one of Jerome Simpson / Laurent Robinson / David Wilson as a stash? Or hold?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Chillmodious, You can add Evan Royster and Ryan Grant to that list also.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Chillmodious, Eh, I think I hold onto Young. If Simpson goes off, then you can pull the trigger next week.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin, Yeah, the thinking was going in on Simpson before games lock, so that if he does go off I’ll already have him stashed and can avoid using my waiver claim. I have Percy Harvin, which is the source of my hesitation (2 Vikings scares me!). I’m fading quickly on Titus.

        • JB Gilpin

          Jonathan Gilpin says:
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          @Chillmodious, Yea as you should… Titans look bad. Having Simpson will give you a great play should Harvin go down with anything…

  39. J Money says:
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    Ryan williams or Willis McGhee in a .5 ppr league?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      with PPR, I could see going Williams.

  40. Derrick says:
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    In a 12-man, PPR, 3 year keeper league (can keep past the 3rd round and can only keep 3 total players) and here is my team….

    QB – Ryan, RGIII (can keep both)
    RB – Sproles, Martin, LeShoure, Morris and Gerhart (can keep all but Sproles)
    WR – Megatron, V. Cruz, A. Brown and Crabtree (can keep all but Megatron)
    TE – Graham (can’t keep)

    As you can see, this is a pretty good team. I am thinking about dealing a combo of LeShoure (might even do Martin) and RGII for McCoy. I think I can get this deal done. Do you like it?

    I posted this the other day and as I expected, he countered with Doug Martin and RGIII for McCoy.

    Should I do it?

    • Derrick says:
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      @Derrick, lol…now its A. Morris instead of Martin…..so mccoy for RG3 and Martin.

      Thoughts?

      Thanks.

      • JB Gilpin

        Jonathan Gilpin says:
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        @Derrick, Yea I think I’d pull the trigger on that. You get the best player in the deal and don’t lose much if anything starting Ryan every week instead of RGIII. I like Morris fine, but McCoy is elite and I expect the Eagles to start hitting their stride on offense pretty soon. I like the deal great negotiating!

  41. Alex p says:
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    Would u trade I have – Calvin Johnson Michael Vick Maurice jones drew and Vincent Jackson for multiple teams Matt Ryan Roddy white Michael turner damarius Thomas

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