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Tonight’s game was straight out of the archives.  It was smash mouth football, through and through, and nary a fantasy fan had too much to cheer about.  There was one touchdown scored and it was by Delanie Walker.  If you know who that is, you either play in a really deep league or are a true fan of football and either way…NERDS!  If you came for an offensive outburst, I apologize.  However, you could’ve solved all your problems by doing what I did: go down to your local bar with multiple televisions.  On one, you could watch a 13-6 defensive battle and on the other you could watch the Oregon Ducks dismantle the Arizona State Sun Devils 43-7 by the half. Tonight proved a few things, some of them I’ll brake down as we go but the lede of this article can be spelled with the letter ‘D’ and a guy who should be wearing a shirt but isn’t heaving a white picket thingy over his head over and over, thus jiggling that which you didn’t want to see without said missing shirt.  Tonight solidified why both the Seahawks and 49ers defense were in my top 5 defenses coming into the season.  You have to scratch and claw for every yard and there are no plays you can relax on.  You either show up or you get buried at the line of scrimmage.  Takes me back to the days of Trent Dilfer the Ravens defense winning a Super Bowl for Baltimore.  I’m sure this game was boring for some but let’s not forget the all important words of Nikka Costa when she sang, ‘my soul wants to go one way, but my heart and mind are playing a tug of war with me, baby’.  Without defenses like this, we might as well stop pretending that we’re any better than arena football, people.  This was a great game and still had some good fantasy implications to it even though the numbers won’t show it.  And before I move on, I just need to state you need to pick up the album Everybody Got Their Something by Nikka and this is coming from a fan of bands like Mastodon.  Album rocks, people.  And with that, on with more fantasy football goodness.

Frank Gore – Have you ever watched a boa constrictor slowly kill its prey?  Frank looked Gore-geous out there as the game wound down and it was clear which side of the tug of war was going to win.  It started off with some powerful runs that didn’t go for much in the beginning of the game but as it carried on, it was clear that Gore wore them down.  San Fran has realized quite well how to utilize Gore by getting Kendall Hunter touches to balance out his workload this season and it’s clearly paying dividends.  My initial concern with him coming into the season was staying healthy and SF has managed to find a way to not make it a concern for me.  So here’s me not being concerned and trusting Frank to Gore his opponents from here on out.  In 12 team leagues, you’ve got a low end RB1/high end RB2 right there.  Congrats!  Now don’t mind me, I’m going to go cry into my Peyton Hillis pillow cover.

Marshawn Lynch – Second verse, same as the first.  Both RBs were impressive tonight.  Gore’s end line could’ve easily been Lynch’s if Seattle had gone into the 4th with a lead.  No touchdown, no problem.  He still provided way more to his fantasy owners than they most likely expected given the matchup.  And trust me when I say, there were plenty of Beast Mode moments.  If someone out there is worried about Lynch’s future schedule, scam yourself a little Lynch for your playoff push.

Russell Wilson – The numbers don’t tell the story here tonight.  There were multiple dropped passes that make his night look much worse than it really was.  However, two QB leagues take notice: this is a buying opportunity.  Considering the matchup and the bad plays by his receivers on the night, Wilson proved enough to me.  Now that I’ve mentioned him here tonight, I can’t mention him next week for Wednesday’s buy column.  It’s an in-house rule…that I made up…that I only adhere to myself.  Yeah, I don’t know why either.  Whatever, in the end he looked poised and handled himself well under pressure for most of the night.  Dynasty leagues take note.

Golden Tate/Robert Turbin – Tate was looking a lot like a player I was going to be interested in deeper leagues if he panned out tonight.  He’s clearly developing a good chemistry with Wilson given him being targeted on two important plays.  Unfortch, he dropped both and had 0 catches on 3 targets.  Tough defense?  Yes.  But did Ben Obomanu out-catch you on the night?  Affirmative.  I’d still keep my eye on Tate for some late season magic but for right now I see a good 2014 target and not much else.  I’m lumping them because Turbin, too, had a large drop as what turned into a Hauschka 52 yard field goal could’ve been a 15 yard one…or a Seahawk touchdown, depending on how full/empty that half of glass is to you.  He dropped a near perfect rainbow pass down the sidelines on the 5 from Wilson in the 1st quarter.  Again, featuring these two as lowlights on a night that was really a highlight for Russell. A little more on Turbin, he looked good…minus the missed pass.  Lynch & Turbin look like they’re forming a little thunder and lightening.  Something to keep in mind looking forward in PPR leagues as he was put out wide a few times when he was on the field.

San Fransisco Offense – Does not look anywhere near what it looked like the first three weeks of the season.  I don’t know if it’s all Alex Smith but they blamed him in SF for years, why not start it again?  I keed.  It doesn’t look like a team that is working together well right now when it comes to the passing game.  Not that I saw them as a juggernaut but how does Vernon Davis drop a goose egg in both receptions and targets on the night?  If he’s being taken away, why didn’t Michael Crabtree have a bigger night?  And if a tree falls in a forest and kills a mime, does anyone care?  The 49ers have a bye in week 9 and they look like they need it to regroup.

  1. Ray says:
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    Got an offer of Trent Richardson and Stevie Johnson for my Ridley, Felix Jones and Milea Austin. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oooh, interesting one. Since we don’t know how long Felix is starting in Dallas, I think I’d actually make that trade to get the overall better player in T-Rich. One side or the other is going to look silly when it’s all said and done. Hopefully it’s the other guy. I’d make it.

  2. Ryan says:
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    Gore screwed me. Was really hoping he’d (and Mendenhall, on Sunday) have a lousy game to counteract the fact that my opponent has Aaron Rodgers, Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant, and Brandon Marshall all starting against. Meanwhile I’m on vacation in bye-week city. Here’s to Colston catching 3 TD passes again. Maybe RGIII will break off another 76 yard TD run again too. A boy can dream.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey, I own RGIII and Colston in one league too. Let’s dream together!

  3. HotRod says:
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    My league is bitching about this trade I just made…should it be veoted? The worst part is we have a 2 day voting period in which nobody voted, but then after it goes through, everyone is crying to the commish.

    PPR league – Brady & BJGE for Freeman & Forte

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Brady & Forte are top 15 picks. BJGE is better than Freeman but doesn’t really matter. It’s a fair trade. Which side did you get?

      • HotRod says:
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        @Sky,

        Also, it s a a 2 QB league, so Freeman has decent value.

        Brady side…get this, the league solution is that I have to give BJGE back…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That’s just silly. That fact that it’s a 2QB league and they’re not allowing it boggles my mind.

  4. Chris says:
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    What about Jimmy Graham this week? Should I add his backup? Any other TE options week 7?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t add his back up. Hard to answer your other question since I don’t know what is on waivers for you.

      • Chris says:
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        Dustin Keller, Fleener or Mercedes Lewis are the top three… Thank you for your help

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Hrm, probably Keller but I don’t have any sky high hopes for any of them.

  5. Paulie Walnuts says:
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    Which one would you start this week:

    SJax vs GB
    Leshourse vs CHI
    Ballard vs CLE

    Thanks brah

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Give Ballard a go

  6. Tecmo Scott says:
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    If you don’t mind giving me your opinion. I’m actively shopping Foster and looking for an upgrade at QB (I’ve had it with Newton), downgrade at RB, and a solid WR2. 3 offers are solid. 1) Brees, Harvin, Alex Green. 2) Peyton Manning, Trent Richardson, Vincent Jackson. 3) Roethslisberger, Ryan Matthews, Demaryious Thomas.

    Current roster is Newton, Foster, Lynch, AJ Green, Torrey, Lloyd, Gates, Witten, Leshoure, Tate, Tampa M Williams. I’m 2-4 and have the most points, but I’ve been scored on the 2nd most. (my WR2 hasn’t really been consistent to go along with Gates not producing early). I think the Brees deal sticks out the most. What say you? And thanks for your opinion.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s hard to identify what trade is best for you seeing as you’re not telling me which players you’re trading away. I’m assuming you’re not getting all of them for Foster.

      Side note: if you have the most points but have been scored on the second most, doesn’t that mean your team is fine and you shouldn’t be worried about making such a drastic trade?

      • Tecmo Scott says:
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        @Sky, I’d be giving up Foster, Newton and Witten.

        I had three losses by 4 pts or less. Bad performances by Gates and Newton helped get me the L. I like Arian as much as anyone, but I’m thinking about trying to change my luck. I can’t get a better QB (it’s a 6pt td league) unless I unload Foster. I initiated trade talks with 3 owners to get them to bid each other because no one wants the other to get him. I know I don’t have to deal, but if something really stands out, then it’s worth considering.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Honestly, I’d much rather just hold. I don’t believe Cam is that bad based on his pace and his ups and downs last year. If you’re itching, I personally like #2 given you don’t really need Vincent Jackson to perform on a weekly basis.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Tecmo Scott, Brees and Harvin are the best QB and WR you’ve been offered, both top 3 guys at their positions, but I don’t think I like that deal for you. I don’t think your WR situation is as bad as you think, and it leaves you in a tough spot at RB. I actually kind of like the 3rd deal for you, if you’re itching to move. Mathews could be a top 5 back if Norv uses him correctly (in this scenario, you kind of have to trust in Norv, which is of course unpleasant), and thus not much of a dropoff from Foster, and Thomas is solid. Roethlisberger isn’t a sexy name, but look at his schedule. He already had it easy, and then his two BAL games just turned into plus QB matchups. I think he’s going to throw a ton in good matchups for the rest of the year.

      Still, I’d be tempted to wait out Cam and pummel teams with him, Foster, Lynch and AJ Green for the rest of the season. What else does the Roethlisberger owner have at QB? If you could pry Ben away without giving up Foster, Lynch or Green, that might be a way to go. Or make a play for Dalton or another less-heralded QB1/2 to caddy for Cam.

  7. Zeke says:
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    Hey Sky.

    I’m trying to add some backfield depth and have an extra bench spot. I don’t really need them right away, so just wondering who you think the best long-term insurance add would be between Draughn, Battle, Dwyer, B Batch and Gerhart. The only reason I even bring up Toby, is that AP is nursing a bad ankle. 12 team points league. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, could none be an answer? I don’t think any of those guys are really worth picking up. Maybe Toby for a flier for next Thursday as AP is nursing that ankle this week in the hopes he’ll be ready for Thursday’s game.

      • Zeke says:
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        @Sky, Yeah, “none” is definitely a good answer. Choosing between poop, crap and doodoo when somebody gets hurt is definitely one of the many joys of being in a deep league.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya. I’m in a league where I got excited that Jerome Simpson was still on waivers. Gotta love deep leagues and bye weeks!

          • Zeke says:
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            @Sky, Haha. I feel ya. Don’t even get me started on receivers. I will just say that Simpson is not available.

  8. Paulie Walnuts says:
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    Thanks on Ballard. Now onto TE’s, need a replacement for Tony G:

    Keller, Olsen, Gresham, Davis, Cook, Bettigrew,

    I am pretty much in between Olsen and Gresham, but what do you suggest?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d give Fred Davis a go, personally but it’s close between him and Olsen for me.

  9. Schizer says:
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    Which 3 are more worthy of roster spots? 12 team PPR

    Titus young
    Meachem
    Heyward-Bey
    Andre Roberts

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      DHB…Andre Roberts…….Meachem……………..Young.

  10. HotRod says:
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    Does Hillis move ahead of Draughn when healthy as JC handcuff? THinking it is time to grab him off the wire with him sounding like he is getting healthy and they are on the bye.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He might, he has the talent to do that. I could see him taking back over RB2 there, I just don’t know how much good that will do fantasy-wise given his production in the first two games of the season.

  11. HotRod says:
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    With Mendy & Redman out…

    (PPR) Do you like Dwyer over Michael Bush as a RB2 play this week?

  12. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    do you still like Blount over D Richardson this week? mendo is killing me

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not much of a difference, really. I think there’s a larger chance for Blount to have a touchdown than Richardson but may only get 10 or 15 yards. Pretty but I’d still lean Blount.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, I hat when my bye week backup is out the only week I need him

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          There needs to be a razzball term for that…heck there needs to be a razzball glossary for the football side of things and that one needs a good one.

  13. Lopes says:
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    Do i stick with kyle rudolph in my flex position or do i put mike williams in?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Kyle has proven to be a large part of the Viking offense. I’d stick with him.

  14. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Wife turned me on to Nikka Costa. Took wifey to see her live at a small club in NYC 3 years ago and I can honestly say it was one of my top 5 concerts. Blown away. The pipes on that chick are just ridiculous. Funky shit.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I stumbled across her while teaching English in South Korea. It was funny when I came back and visited my dad a few years later – he and I have very similar musical tastes but Nikka seemed like someone that wouldn’t normally be a part of his – and found out he’d bought all her albums at that time. So maddening she never got bigger than she did. Great soul singer and the musicianship behind her has always beeen great.

  15. Murph says:
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    Mendenhall and Redman have both been ruled out…is dwyer worth a pick up? I think the steelers are just going to throw throw throw. I would be dropping either Johnathan stewart or Nate Washington. Thank you Sir Sky

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Murph, no problem. He’s a weekly pickup that I don’t think is worth it, I’d just hold.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Agreed, he has been less than impressive up to this point and has 2 RBs ahead of him just needed some reassurance. Do you think Miles Austin is a stronger or weaker start if Bryant is ruled out for Sunday? Im really leaning Ballard as a Flex over Austin kind of crazy I know

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He’d be a good start ahead of Ballard if Dez is out. I’d be more likely start Ballard if not.

  16. swingkungfu says:
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    have an trade offer proposed to me; send mcfadden, gronk and philip rivers and get richardson, pitta and peyton in return. currently i’m riding with andy dalton as my starter. my other backs are alfred morris and michael bush, so i’m spread a bit thin there. i’m stacked at receiver with jordy and cruz as my starters and hixon and nate washington as flex plays. i’ve got heath miller on my bench to slot in for gronk, though he obviously doesn’t have the same kind of upside.

    fair deal?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s ok. It really depends if you believe Rivers & DMC won’t bounce back and play at a higher level this year. I don’t mind it, just realize you are probably selling those two short.

  17. Chris says:
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    Got offered Forte for Miles Austin & Felix Jones. I would still have Cruz & Nelson at wr. What do you think? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Considering we don’t know if Felix will keep a starting role or for how long, it’s a reasonable trade. I’m assuming this person has DeMarco Murray.

  18. iMP says:
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    Hey Sky,
    I’m 2-4 and looking to week 8 with my RBs (Foster, FJax, Jones, Murray). Assuming Murray will still be out week 8, I have to drop or trade FJax to avoid a zero, which is trouble if I’m sitting 2-5. My ideas for PPR trades are:

    1. FJax and DMoore for Leshoure and Stevie J (helps him with WR bye week).
    2. FJax for CJ0K straight up (the CJ owner has Spiller and Sprolesand might be tired of CJ or want insurance).
    3. FJax and DMoore for Martin and JJones (I have Jennings to make this a little better…but definitely taking a risk with this one).

    My other WRs are Nicks, Bowe, Jennings, and LMoore (who is replacement value in my league). Which of these trades would you pursue? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Probably #2. Has the highest upside of any of them. Don’t trust James Jones ROS or else I’d really like #3.

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