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Were still in preseason mode so the main news we should be covering is who got hurt and who is seizing control of a position battle.  Let’s start with the boo boos, shall we?  Matthew Stafford injured his non-throwing hand against Oakland when he hit it on an opposing player’s helmet.  Though the injury is deemed not serious at this juncture, it’s a good reminder that Stafford has had issues staying healthy in the past.  While his 2011 season was an extremely successful one, it was also his first year in which he didn’t miss a game.  Yahoo currently has him ranked 16th and as the 5th quarterback overall to be taken.  Now I don’t disagree with them as he is still relatively young and his first couple of years in the league the Lions offensive line was a mess so I don’t want to call him injury prone just yet.  Heck, I have him higher in my own rankings so I might just be a hypocrite.  However, I do think it’s important we note Michael Vick going 50th overall because of his injury history.  I’m not saying Apples to Apples here – even though I really like that game – but ask any 2011 Vick owner how their season went and you might need to slap an R-rating on that conversation.  In other fantasy football news…

Kevin Smith - Had himself his own scare Saturday with what at first was rumored to be a high ankle sprain.  Thankfully, the results came back negative but lets all hope this is a motivator for him to lose some weight.  Or at the very least apologize for Jersey Girl.

Jonathan Stewart - Speaking of ankle sprains, Stewart did his own tweakage Sunday night versus the Jets but got the same negative results that Smith did, which is a positive.  What, you want me to put in a Jon Stewart joke here?  Is it that painfully obvious I want to?  Must…resist…

Doug Martin - Has all but locked up the starting gig in Tampa Bay over incumbent stone-handed LeGarrette Blount.  I still think Blount will get his touches to keep the rookie fresh, but overall Martin becomes more and more intriguing to me, especially for PPR leagues.  I know it took me a while but Martin’s finally teaching me how to Dougie.

Peyton Manning – Tossed two touchdowns while going 10/12 for 122 yards.  He’s just angry at me for ranking him  behind Ben Roethlisberger in my quarterback rankings.  Yes, I’m 100% certain I am his motivation for excelling this year.  PS, still not buying.  PPS, I really mean it.  PPPS, my wife calls me bullheaded.  Don’t know why.

Terrell Owens- According to TO’s twitter account, he is ‘no longer a Seahawk’.  I’m shocked.  That last sentence was supposed to be in sarcastic font but I didn’t have that option.  Now this entire TO blurb is in Comic Sans.

Russell Wilson – Keeping in the Northwest, the little quarterback that could is making QB controversy up in Seattle, going 13/19 for 185, two touchdown passes while rushing for 58 yards on 2 carries.  Now I think it’s a great story and I actually do like Wilson a little bit but are we really drafting him this year?  Yes, he won the starting job and yes he’s been a great story.  All this to say, it’s the preseason; let’s not get carried away.  Save that for the first week when Andrew Luck throws for 400 yards and we all declare him the next John Elway.

Tavaris Jackson – Going from the Northwest to the Northeast is Tavaris as Seattle sends him to play back up in Buffalo.  Truth be told, he may have a shot there to get a starting gig depending on what Ryan Fitzpatrick shows up this season.  The reason they traded for him is Vince Young has yet to show up for the Bills this preseason.  I don’t mean that in a Maurice Jones-Drew way.  I mean that in a ‘he’s been terrible and shouldn’t be on a team right now’ way.

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  1. Danny Y says:
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    I’ve been offered a trade, I send Brees/AJ Green/A Bradshaw and receive Vick/McCoy/Andre Johnson. 12 team league, heavily favors QB’s with extra bonus’s depending the length of the TD they throw but the same applies for TEs WRs and RBs, and it’s a PP reception league. My other RB’s are J Charles/J Stewart/and Gerhardt. My Wideouts are White/Lloyd/Bess/L Robinson and backup QB is Flacco. Does this trade seem like a good one for me?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Brees to Vick is a downgrade, Bradshaw to McCoy is an upgrade and Green to Johnson depends on what you believe. I don’t trust Andre to stay healthy. It’s tempting but I’d probably stand pat.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Danny Y, Don’t do it. Keep Brees

      Sky- would it be okay for me to advertise a startup dynasty league in the forum or is that considered a no-no here?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Nah, it’s cool assuming advertise means ‘hit me up, I have a dynasty league starting up’.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Sky, Yes, that is what I meant.

  2. Chris says:
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    Sky – I’m in a PPR league with 2 keepers. I’m keeping Forte, but since my other RBs are Bradshaw, Gore and Helu, my second keeper as of now is Andre Johnson.

    SO! – considering the depth of WR, the shallowness of RB, Andre’s health, and the fact that this is PPR, would it be crazy for me to (try to) trade Andre straight-up for Sproles, and make Forte and Sproles my keepers?

    Gracias!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not a huge Andre fan due to that injury history so I might be bias. In a vacuum, I would say yes. That said, it really depends what RBs are being kept whether or not that’s a good trade.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Or you could just keep Bradshaw and let Andre go back into the draft. Forgot to mention that.

      • Chris says:
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        @Sky, Thanks! SO are you suggesting – and maybe it kinda sounds like it – that you’d rather have Bradshaw than Sproles in a PPR? Because that strikes me as… madness!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Want some interesting stats? Prorated 2011 for Ahmad gives him 234 total points in a league that doesn’t count return yards and awards 0.5 PPR. Sproles had 228. They’re a lot closer in actual stats than some believe, but I understand that Sproles is the safer way to go. My question would be is the other guy going to keep Sproles? That’s where I was coming from in that I would target Sproles in the draft. Again, not a bad trade just something to keep in mind when you’re considering just the stats.

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league, holding S-Jax as my RB3, so I’m targeting Pead at pick 9 of my rookie/FA draft. Any sense as to where he’s being drafted in rookie drafts, and how aggressively should I be looking to secure him? I could trade up to the 5-6 range, but it’ll cost a good WR (someone like Bowe, who’s fortunately my WR5 this year). Make the deal, or hope Pead falls to me at 9? If Pead gets scooped before me, I’d probably use the pick on someone like R. Jennings or J. Rodgers.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Having Bowe as your WR5 is a good problem to have and I’d keep it that way. Just let your draft happen and take what falls to you.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Sky, Thanks, I was thinking the same. Same league, I have a slight need at QB (Roethlisberger, Schaub) and an abundance at TE (Graham, Hernandez). Was just offered Eli and V Davis for Graham and Schaub, which I’m going to reject because Graham has insane value in a dynasty. That said, would you counter with Hernandez in Graham’s place, and include a draft pick swap (my 9 for his 7)?

        I’d still be giving up the guy with the most dynasty value (and Hernandez is only 22!), but would get a QB upgrade without losing a starter, and that may be enough to push my team over the top, as I lost by 2 in the championship last year. It would also increase the chance of getting a future impact RB in the draft (Pead or D. Wilson probably), though that’s secondary.

        My only other realistic shot at trading my WR or TE depth for an impact QB would be to hope the teams with Brady or Vick stumble and want to make a midseason rebuilding trade.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Could try but I’d be surprised if he bites. Something tells me he’s overvaluing Eli there.

  4. Tim says:
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    Ryan Williams,turbin,or rashad Jennings as bench rb
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ryan Williams

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