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So I have to apologize to everyone for my Aaron Rodgers call this week.  I said he’d be the 11th best QB this week and called it not once but TWICE.  Boy is there egg on my face…seeing as he only finished 25th according to yahoo.  This is the point where I’d gloat if I hadn’t called Cam the #1 starting quarterback this week.  Can we call a truce?  In the end, tonight’s game proved three things.  One, the Seahawks defense is for real – and yes, I had them as a top 5 defense this year – and the offenses in the NFC West should scare no one so that defensive goodness should carry forward.  Secondly, Rodgers is still good, even though the end line wasn’t what people wanted.  Look at the beginning of the year for this guy:  He’s now faced San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle and he isn’t destroying your fantasy team.  Be thankful, young man or woman or whatever you are.  I’m not going to put him in my buy column tomorrow because if you don’t know to buy him if someone’s selling, I don’t know if 500 words or less will teach you any better.  The third lesson?  The NFL is terrible for subjecting us to these refs.  Even Samuel L. Jackson says they’re terrible.  Don’t think I have to tell you when it’s Sam L. but the language in that tweet is NSFW.  Even he’s sick and tired of these mother @#$#ing refs on our mother @$#%ing football field.  I don’t have the words to describe it.  Someone tell me the antonym for supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and that would be what I have to say about this situation.  I won’t type anymore on the subject other than the NFL is hurting themselves the longer this carries on.  In other fantasy football news…

Russell Wilson – The gloves have not come off yet for Wilson and it shows.  If there’s anything that might have an effect on the Seahawks defense this season, it would be how conservative play-calling will put them in jeopardy of wearing down over the course of the game.  Since I’m not going to give them their own blurb, let’s just look at what the defense did by half for Seattle: 8 sacks in the first, 1 in the second.  Meanwhile, the Russell line at half: 5/10.  For the game?  Only 10/21 with a touchdown which happened with zero seconds remaining and made me have to rewrite part of my lede AND could’ve just as easily been an INT.  Re-read the lede for what I think of the replacement refs on that call.  But in the end that’s not what we’re here to talk about.  The Seahawks will have to open up the playbook just a little bit more if they want this team to succeed.  For fantasy owners in two QB leagues who own Wilson, it might be good to check in with someone and see if they want this stinking Badger.  He’s better in real life than in fantasy, much like Alex Smith was last year.

Marshawn Lynch – Didn’t score but was in full on Beast Mode for most of the night, cramming his way forward for 98 yards on 25 carries.  For those of you worried about his back still, I hope this game proved his backside is fine.  BTW, googling ‘backside’ even with moderate filter on gives some interesting image results.  I suggest you try, just not at work.

Cedric Benson – Mr. Benson scored the lone Green Bay touchdown on the night, though the remainder of his line on the night; 17 for 45 on the ground to go with 4 for 19 through the air.  In the end, since my buy call week 1, he now has gone for 125 yards on the ground and 54 yards on 8 receptions through the air and a touchdown.  That’s about 14 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks in PPR leagues.  Take that, Mr. Belvedere fans!

Golden Tate – He was the only other guy who scored tonight besides the Benson and the kickers and he did it twice.  Ok, really only once but the box score says twice.  I have to talk about him.  And I’m done.  Some dude on your waivers just scored two touchdowns and you like a dummy started Victor Cruz.  When will you ever learn?  Tate is a Golden God among fantasy players.  No drugs nor jumping off of roofs reported after the game.

  1. mH says:
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    Watching Benson run is almost as bad as witnessing Tebow throw, seems as though he’ll be pushed out of the GB offense quickly with Starks returning soon.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Most running backs run poorly vs a stout defense. Aaron Rodgers didn’t get sacked 9 times for no good reason. Benson had 80+ yards on 20 carries the week prior. Not saying Starks doesn’t have a shot but Benson did not perform poorly last night.

  2. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    I have McCoy, Trent Richardson, Donald Brown, and LeShoure in a 2RB, no Flex league.

    I’m badly lacking at WR.

    Which RB(s) would you trade for a top tier WR?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The only running backs from that group you can trade for a top tier WR would be your top tier RB: McCoy or Richardson. You can try Richardson.

  3. Plainview says:
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    Would you offer LeShoure and Martin for Marshawn Lynch or is it too much? Not sure about LeShoure and Martin has disappointed so far – I also have McCoy and DMC but am looking at a logjam with next week’s bye (DMC, Martin and Leshoure).

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Too much. I’d hold.

  4. JP says:
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    Hey everyone,

    What are your thoughts on giving up Rodgers & Don Brown for P. Rivers & D. Murray?

    I’m hesitant due to the downgrade at QB but I’m 0-3 and need to shake things up. I’m willing to stream QBs (ponder, locker, etc).

    Crazy?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Being 0-3 doesn’t mean you should trade away a top 5 player. That trade won’t help you.

  5. Murph says:
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    Any thoughts on Jermicheal Finley last night? 60 yards isnt bad for a TE but he was open in the redzone on several occasions but Rogers didn’ t give him the time of day. It looked like he also only played about 60% of the snaps, while DJ williams was in for the rest. was that due to the Seahawks strong pass rush? Is D.J. Williams the better blocking TE and Finley just comes in for paasing situations? Just wondering if I need to take a look at the waiver TE (rudolf or cook) or just stay strong and hope the packers passing attack gets going again soon.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Seattle’s defense is awesome, especially at Qwest Field. Packers have had a rough three game start to the year in terms of defenses faced. They’ll turn it around. That said, if Kyle Rudolph is out on waivers and I can get full price for Finley via trade, I’d do that. Tight End is so deep this year.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Due to the TE Depth its hard to get any value out of him, I wish I could drop a player to pick up Rudolph but the leauge im in only allows 5 bench players so its hard to justify carrying 2 TE when I have Big Ben, Garcon, Andre Brown, Turner, and Miles Austin on my bench. I think Ill hold even though he has several very tough match ups in the next few weeks.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, yeah I understand.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            Hey Sky what about Marshawn Lynch lining up in the spread at receiver!!!! Whats up with that? As I Lynch owner all of the offensive snaps he gets are good but seriously what kind of play calling is that? He can’t go beast mode spread as WR!!!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, that team offensively is a work in progress to say the least. They are playing with a rookie QB whom they’re slowly working into being a starter. It’s why I don’t want any SEA WR on my team. Unless, of course, Lynch gains eligibility #daydreaming.

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                Yea maybe if Russell Wilson starts throwing Skittles. Keep him in the back field Pete Carroll im suprised the replacement refs didn’t flag him for illegal use of a Marshawn. hahaha #worstofficiatingofalltime

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Man, don’t I know it. I’m NW grown and was happy to see Seattle represent but they shouldn’t have won the game. Downright travesty. Even Sam L. agrees!

                  • Murph says:
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                    @Sky,

                    Sam L. should join Ed Hochuli and Mike Carey to make the ultimate officating crew. I would like to see coaches an players try to intimidate “Jules Winnfield ” and “Hoculese” into changing the calls on the field. Hochuli has probably been hitting the gym so hard during the lockout that I doubt his Zebra shirt still fits.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha! That’s worth the game ticket in and of itself.

                    • Murph says:
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                      @Sky,

                      I have to ask why Louden is allowed to continually post his nonsense on “Weekly Defensive Matchups” The information is all bad
                      Sorry to offend anyone I just think a lot of people are getting misguided.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      We can’t always be right. I picked Cam Newton as the #1 QB last week in my weekly rankings. I don’t see him telling people to start the Saints Defense so I can’t really tell him he’s doing anything wrong.

                    • Murph says:
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                      @Sky,

                      True it is imposible to predict the future and easy to point figures when things dont go your way, it just looks like he either takes a long shot and hopes that he’s right “Eagles will have a field day against the cards week 3” or just states the obvious for easy credit “Green bay will suceed against the Sains D week 4”. Enough said though I’ll keep my coments to myself and stick to your posts. Just dont want writers compromising the integrity of this site like the integrity of the NFL has been comprimised by the replacment refs. haha (Thanks Flacco)

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha! Well and again, I did have Vick in my top 10 for QBs on the week. I honestly wasn’t that impressed with the Cards defense up until that game. Seahawks are no offensive juggernaut (well, without ref help and even then…14 points?) and New England has not looked sharp to start the year but thank you for sharing your concerns. I will keep my eyes peeled.

  6. Rick Grimes says:
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    In a 12 team 2 player keeper league.
    Jordy Nelson owner is frustrated at his lack of production and also has Bye Week Rb Problems. He just picked up M Bennet and looks at Aaron Hernandez as expendable.

    I have McCoy, AP, Dougie Martin and Andre Brown at RB

    Thoughts on a trade involving me trading Dez Bryant and Andre Brown for his Jordy Nelson and Aaron Hernandez?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Considering Andre Brown might be irrelevant in two weeks time, I’d make that trade.

  7. kaiser soze says:
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    Nice roundup!

    Can you rank Jacquizz, R. Williams, Pitta, Rudolph RoS for TE & Flex spots in 1PPR league ? Will need to keep at least one TE.

    Thanks man

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey thanks!

      Williams over jacquizz/Rudolph over Pitta.

      • kaiser soze says:
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        @Sky, would Pitta be the drop over Jacquizz?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          So you own all four and are looking to drop one? Sorry, I’m trying to figure out what you’re trying to do and it’s not clear. Let me know when you can and I’ll be able to have a better response.

          • kaiser soze says:
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            @Sky, Sorry, yeah I realize I wasn’t very clear….

            I own Jacquizz, Pitta, Rudolph. Looking to pick up Williams so I will definitely drop one. Would keep Jacquizz for long term upside – looks like he has an increased role after week 3. Advantage to keeping Pitta would be alternating with Rudolph based on matchups. Both Pitta/Jacquizz are on my bench right now. Who would you say is the drop?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              That’s tough. No one in need of a TE? Would try and make a trade if I could but I want RBs on my bench, not TEs. If you have to drop, I think Rudolph will be a bigger part of his respective offense over the course of the season so Pitta would be the drop for me.

  8. Dan says:
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    Morning Sky

    Which side would you rather have

    Aaron Rodgers/Larry Fitz for Arian Foster, AJ Green, Big Ben

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Honestly, Foster/Rodgers top 5 players Fitz/Green top 20 players. Big Ben looking like a top 7 or 8 QB in that offense. I’d probably want the Big Ben side.

  9. Dan says:
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    Thats the side I want too…

    I just wanted to ask a professional before I did something stupid.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No prob!

  10. Prezii says:
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    I played tramon williams (1.5) over earl thomas (5.0) and lost by 1.5…. To stop my 3-0 in the money league… Ughhh i want to hang myself with a fruit-by-the-foot this morning….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That would be a tasty way to die. My mantra has always been ‘I just have to make the playoffs’. I never care about my record. I’m usually the New York Giants of my league because I don’t give a rip about bye weeks and enter the playoffs 8-5 or 7-6. Now of course, I don’t want to be 0-3 to start the year. That’s an entirely different subject.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, im giving 50 of the prize money to best record so thats why i want to stay undefeated.. not much, but man i SHOULD have won but im just a dummy..

        Yahoo’s little “packers offense has given up the least amount of points to opposing safties” scared me off, so i picked up tramon thinking he would be a stable play against the rookie qb.. guy had marshawn and finley and won by one! Heart breaker… My neck is awfully sticky right now!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ugh…I still think you made the right pick. Only problem was Seattle kept it on the ground too much to make Tramon play out well. What flavor did you go with?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Sky, i know, i still feel like i was the right move even tho it didnt pan out… Oh, and im using cher……

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha! Well, hopefully this week plays out better for you. Maybe you’ll do the same thing but for enjoyment after you go 3-1. You know, like David Carradine.

              • Prezii says:
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                @Sky, yea, i almost died but decided to eat instead… On a serious not tho… I got a tough week ahead as well so ill be need to pick that brain of yours!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Alright my man, pick away. I’ll be here.

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Sky, heres an early brain pick… Dude just accepted my donald brown/vjax for cruz! How you feel about that in a vacumn?

                    Juilo, antonio brown, cruz my 3 wideouts.. got martin, magahee and morris as my backs. We start 4 WR, 2 RB, Flex..

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’d feel great about that no matter what household cleaning tool you put me in.

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Sky, i feel good enuff about that trade to ride a vacumn!

                      Now… A tough one… Trade away morris and magahee to get CJ2K? or should i just stop thinking about CJ? Haha

                      Im sure he’ll get stuffed next week too and maybe drop it to morris and PT(at that point the owner will want to take anything.) Im sure i can get great value for him is it really worth it? I mean, morris isn’t much but damn johnson isnt even startable right now. I could pick up justin forsett and get more points next week..

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I think one of those guys would suffice. I wouldn’t pay two for the price of one right now. Owner knows he has nothing from CJ, you shouldn’t help him out. I’d give either 1 on 1, though, and be willing to wait it out on my bench.

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Sky, that sounds good! Thanks for your input sky..

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Not a problem

  11. Tim says:
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    i have both Dallas ad Chicago defense…..they play each other this week..
    who you got?
    standard league
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Dallas

  12. Mike says:
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    would u drop Lafeil to pick up Britt?was dropped on waivers..not sure if healthy..upside?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Britt has the higher upside. I wouldn’t mind him on my bench.

  13. Chuck says:
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    Trade assesment 10 Team Non PPR
    Was offered Ryan Matthews for my Steve Smith and Donald Brown
    Thanks

    Current RBs
    Rice, Lynch, Turner, D. Brown
    Current WRs
    Marshall, Fitzgerald, Garcon, Austin, Smith

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re getting the better player in the deal. I’d take it.

  14. iMP says:
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    How much is Flacco worth compared to an Andy Dalton as a QB2 behind Romo? If the wire had the likes of Ponder and Locker still free, how much WR (say D Moore for example) is a good QB2 worth?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d put them in the same boat, personally. Don’t see them staying in the top 12 for the year but are good bench QBs/QB2s. If I’m picking up a QB2, I’d drop a WR3 if I have plenty on the bench. D. Moore is an example of a WR3.

  15. Kyle says:
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    Hi Sky

    I won last week in a deep 12 team league and am am now 1-2 but i’m a bit frustrated with my team. Im also desperate for a RB2 with Donald Brown on a Bye Week and was impressed that hotshot Detroit RB.

    Im thinking of trading my Gronk and Amendola for Bennett /Leshoure.

    What do you think of this trade?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think you should get a more established running back in return for Gronk than that.

  16. Lubey says:
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    Rivers, SJax, and Mike Williams for ARodger???

    • Lubey says:
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      @Lubey, which side do u like better?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Without team info, I like the Rodgers side.

  17. nick m. says:
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    Romo is my starting QB in a 12 team PPR league. I have been holding the #1 waiver priority which does not reset each week…Dalton was dropped last week, is he worth my top waiver priority? Outside of Barden there are no other “hot picks” this week and the backup RBs are mostly only people’s rosters so it is looking more and more like it will be slim pickens all year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If you have Romo, I don’t think Dalton is necessarily an upgrade but I’ll tell you this: I hold onto my #1 waiver until a starting RB comes about usually so I’m loathe to spend it on bench depth.

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