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There’s something about slow starts that unnerves fantasy owners, especially when it comes from a fantasy asset with a bad year under their belt.  Obviously we all want our players to get off to starts like Robert Griffin, III or Matt Ryan.  You know, those guys you picked up late you just knew were going to be amazing for your team.  Well, there are still some guys that will be amazing for you and you might even have them on your team right now  One of their names is Philip Rivers.  Philip is putting together a so-so year to date, on pace for just under 3600 passing yards, 24 TD passes and 16 INT.  Under the hood, though, we can see he’s really only had 1 bad game and that was versus an underrated Atlanta Falcons team.  Now that we’re out from under the hood, let’s look into the future and see who Rivers gets to face: @NO, DEN, @CLE, KC, and @TB.  Three of those five teams are in the bottom ten in passing yards allowed and one of them, Kansas City, Rivers just went for 209 and two TDs against along with an INT.  Looking even further down the road, his playoff slate – @PIT, CAR, @NYJ – isn’t looking overly intimidating either.  When you put it all together, he should be well on his way to another 30+ TD season but is currently ranked behind Matt Cassel in terms of QB rankings.  So go ask one of your league mates if they’ve been driven to tears by Philip.  In other buy low, sell high fantasy football news for 2012…

Buy

Steve Smith – No, not the one in STL.  Do we even need to discuss him anymore?  Touchdowns are fickle.  They also jade people into thinking such and such player is worthless while another one is a superstar.  There’s no better example of this than little old Smith.  Did you know he’s 8th in receiving yards this year?  I know, it’s hard to care about that when he’s given you the goose egg in the 6 point category but he’s still present and still the with a capital T-H-E target for Cam Newton.  Don’t let the TDs scare you away.  If he repeats his 7 from 2011 in 12 games after not getting them in the first 4, just think how happy you are that you traded for him.

Ryan Mathews – This is a tentative buy.  I originally had him in my top 10 but he was the start of the slippery slope tier.  See how much I can contradict myself in one sentence?  Mathews has the talent to be a top 5 back.  He also must moonlight as an ‘Oil Applicant Specialist’ on adult film sets because he just can’t hang onto the ball.  Couple that with a career laced with injury issues and a current one with his clavicle and I’m questioning why I even have him here.  Oh wait, I know why.  I’m sure the guy who drafted Ryan expected more than he’s gotten so far and he could go for cheaper than he should.  Check in with them, ask how their mother is doing and tell them she has nice hair to start the conversation off right.

Darren McFadden – So he’s been healthy and yet has been outscored so far this season by Andre Brown.  Yes the Andre Brown who hasn’t even played in 2 full games as the main back.  Buy calls are made on players where we fear to tread like my Chris Johnson call.  McFadden – health permitting – is a top 10 back.  His health permit could be revoked at any time, though, so keep that in mind when Mackin on McFadden.

Tony Romo – Talked about him a bit yesterday.  Bad game wasn’t all his fault.  Lot of owners probably had this face after the game with regards to Tony.  If you are in need of a solid QB and can deal with a bye week, you’re probably not getting Romo any cheaper than you can right now.

Sell

Willis McGehee – This isn’t about whether or not McGehee is good or not.  He’s a decent, low-end RB2 option.  However, he’s currently ranked in the top 20 and as the 11th best RB in yahoo leagues.  I know Peyton Manning is a boon to his value but you have to question whether or not he keeps performing at a 300 touch, 1450 total yard pace, not to mention the 12 TDs.  If you are a believer, I have the right to ask w’hatchoo talkin ’bout, Willis owners’?  He is not a key enough part of his offense to keep those numbers up, in my opinion.  As the Cheesy Skillets guy would say, strike while the iron is hot.  Then forge it with liquid gooooooooooooooooooooold!

Matt Forte – Your Forte’s back and they’re gonna be in trouble.  Hey now, hey now, your Forte’s back!  He’s also not fully healthy and may not ever get that way this season.  When you couple that with a lack of touchdowns likely to come his way, you could be sorry you held on.  Try talking up his first game back with the other owner.  He did pretty good with limited carries.  See if the other owner thinks Matt learned the Nintendo code for unlimited carries from here on out.  Bonus points for reading that and telling me in the comments what code that would be.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – Yes, obvious sell is obvious.  You drafted him as your backup QB.  He’s now ranked 16th according to yahoo.  That’s nuts with a side of Planters and Paydays.  Some stats to note here: he’s on pace to set two career highs.  One of them is his touchdown total of 24 from last year as he’s currently on pace for doubling that number.  The second one is his interception high from last year of 23 as he’ll hit 28 by season’s end at this clip.  I really think only one of those numbers is within reach.  I’ll leave it up to you to guess which one.  To put things full circle, let’s just say the Romo owner needs a QB for this week and you’re already set and ‘ole Fitzy was riding the pine anyway…well there ya go.

  1. Eric says:
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    Trying to do a trade with the Romo owner in a 2 QB league:

    I give:
    1) Aaron Rogers
    2) Demarco Murray
    3) Willis Mcghee
    4) Pierre Garcon

    I get:
    1) Tony Romo
    2) Ray Rice
    3) Ryan Matthews
    4) Julio Jones

    • Eric says:
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      haha what do you think about this?

      • Eric says:
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        @Eric, Preferably Garcon but I might have to put in Colston instead

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Trade should work well for you. Obviously prefer to keep Colston if possible.

  2. Dirtyd says:
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    Got offered Peyton Manning for Donald Brown. Seems like no brainer but I think im over thinking DBrowns upside. Take the deal to get Peyton?

    Other rbs:
    Adrian Peterson
    Alfred Morris
    Chris Johnson
    Ryan Williams
    Andre Brown
    Start 2 with a flex .5 ppr

    • Dirtyd says:
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      @Dirtyd, qbs are bigben and cutler

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I could see doing that assuming it’s a one QB league and you’re dropping Cutler.

  3. Tim says:
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    Need a RB…….looking to trade Harvin to get one…
    Please rank Murray,forte,Richardson ROS?
    Could I get one of these guys for Harvin?
    Standard league

    • Cheese says:
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      I’d look to keep harvin. The dude is a beast. Can’t you trade anyone else?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Richardson/Murray/Forte

      It’s possible, would want only Richardson from the bunch.

  4. Tim says:
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    Would u try to trade jimmy graham for a rb ?
    I have witten for backup
    Graham for Murray or Richardson or forte?
    Is that too much
    Desperate for rb
    Have harvin Cruz maclin at wr
    Rb is McFadden Martin
    Ry Williams Andre brown

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t call that being desperate for RB. Graham for Richardson isn’t too much, though.

  5. Cheese says:
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    I’ve been offered Vick and Mathews for Matt Ryan and Cobb.

    16 team league, no ppr, start 2 QB, 20 return yards per point

    My current roster:

    QB Matt Ryan
    QB Ryan Tannehill
    WR Percy Harvin
    WR Mike Wallace
    WR Randall Cobb
    RB Doug Martin
    RB Cedric Benson
    TE Fred Davis
    W/R Greg Little
    BEN Mikel LeShoure
    BEN Jonathan Grimes
    BEN Bilal Powell

    Right now in our format, Cobb is the 13th highest scoring WR, which makes me lean towards not making the deal. Any input?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re taking on too much risk with that trade in a 16 team league. FA is thin in that way. Vick or Mathews go down, that trade is really going to hurt. I wouldn’t do it.

      • Cheese says:
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        @Sky, what if it was leshoure instead of Cobb?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Cheese, Doesn’t change the risk you’re taking on. Not seeing the upside to trading Matt Ryan – whom I feel finishes in the top 10 this year – away for that package.

  6. Jermo says:
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    I give cruz and cj2k i get run dmc and demaryius thomas, decline.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I prefer the Cruz side.

  7. CL says:
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    Ryan Williams at STL tonight, or CJ1K at MIN Sunday?

    Grazie.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d lean CJ

  8. mCBluntsky says:
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    i have been offered a trade of p rivers and miles austin for andrew luck, normally i would do this in a heart beat however this is a keeper league and i had aspirations of keeping luck long term, i currently have vick as my qb but i was thinking of running with luck as vick has struggled, miles austin would become my best wr, what do you think, is luck worth holding on to?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      In a forever keeper, I’m not trading Andrew Luck.

  9. RedHot says:
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    I’ve been offered to give up Spiller and R. Bush for MJD. My only other back is Jamaal Charles. Thoughts? The only reason I consider it is if Spiller is a time share ROS

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not a bad trade, necessarily, but Bush and MJD are closer in value to eachother than most think. He should be giving a part back. Your fear regarding CJ is appropriate but I still think him and FJax will be of value to their owners, just more of a flex variety.

  10. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Morning Sky

    What is your opinion on trading Hartline. Is he an ultra sell high? Or A legit WR3 with maybe a sprinkle of WR2 potential sprinkled in?

    I ask because If I traded him I could pull off

    Larry FItz/Donald Brown/Kyle Rudolph/Brian Hartline for Gronk/Wallace.

    I would obviously get the best players in the deal but Hartline is my 3rd WR and I would have to start either Hankerson or Roberts every week.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated good sir.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Morning!

      He’s a WR3. Like him don’t love him given his team; they’re a ground team. That said, I’d still make that trade.

  11. Rick Grimes says:
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    Drew Brees/Julio/Demarco

    for

    RG3/McCoy/Antonio Brown

    Which side would you rather have?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      RGIII

  12. i was probably one of the few people who started chris johnson last week and expected him to have a good game (too much hate)…and now i want to trade him, which of these trades would you do? All of them?

    1. chris johnson, britt, shaun hill to the guy who has stafford for jamaal charles hillis shaun draughn (basically it’s johnson/britt for charles)
    2. johnson britt tate to the guy who has foster for welker mike turner fleener
    3. johnson britt for julio jones doug martin

    thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @exactly,

      1) No

      2) No

      3) Could see it, but I don’t really like it either.

  13. Murph says:
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    Phillip Rivers hit waivers can I drop Rothlesiberger for him? Also who do you like better for week 5? and who will be better ROS? Thanks Sky and great writing as usual (annoying as ever)

    Big Benvs Philly
    Vick vs Pitt
    Rivers vs NO

    • Murph says:
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      @Sky,

      A couple more interesting players hit the waivers, due to the scare amount of RBs this year what do you think about Ben Tate and Johnathan Stewart ROS?

  14. Rags says:
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    My team is

    Eli
    Doug Martin, Frank Gore, Donald Brown, Mendenhall, Daryl Richardson
    Megatron, Austin, Britt, DHB, James Jones, Hartline, Hawkins (and Vincent Brown on my IR)
    Tony Gonzalez

    We start 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, and a RB/WR/TE flex.

    Would you trade away everyone but Megatron? Seriously, I hate my team (despite being 3-1).

    I don’t like any of my RBs, but I’m not sure how to go about upgrading, I don’t feel particularly strong anywhere else. :(

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Rags, Gore is a sell high candidate but any others you’re selling too low on. You don’t really have an RB1. If you could get an RB1 for him, I’d take it.

      I understand your unease. Other than Megatron, it’s hard to tell who you drafted in the first 4 rounds. Hopefully Mendy & Britt come through for you.

      • Rags says:
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        @Sky, Would you do Britt and Gore for Ryan Mathews and AJ Green? The guy also has White and Marshall, so he could take a risk at WR. Should I ask for Marshall instead?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d take the Green side of that. Personally if I had Mathews and any of those three WR, I wouldn’t accept that deal. Feels like a steal for you no matter what WR you get.

  15. Macgregor says:
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    Had a trade offer sitting around for the past ten days in a ten-team PPR league:

    I give: Jimmy Graham and Andre Brown
    I get: Harvin and Dennis Pitta

    My team:
    WR – Roddy White, Reggie Wayne, Amendola, Hartline, Andre Roberts and Kenny Britt
    TE – Graham and Pettigrew
    RB – MJD, Michael Turner, Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris, Mendenhall and Andre Brown

    Slots are 2 WR, 2 RB, W/T, W/RB and W/T/RB, so I can probably swallow the loss of Graham and Brown… but…. I’ve been thinking I want to stand pat.

    Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, if you only need to start 2 WR, I don’t think I’d want to lose Graham even though you are getting the better end of the deal. I’d hold, personally.

  16. Prospects Anonymous says:
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    ROS: S. Hill or A. Hawkins?

    • Prospects Anonymous says:
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      @Prospects Anonymous, actually let’s go ahead and make it S. Hill, A. Hawkins, Bess, Stokely, T.J. Graham?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Bess/Hill/Hawkins/Stokely/Graham

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      With Holmes likely out for the season, I’d lean Hill.

  17. Zeke says:
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    Hey Sky. What are your thoughts on Jeremy Maclin for the ROS? Is he still going to be a legit WR2? I know he was probably still hurting a bit last weekend, but he was on the field for all but a few snaps, so I am a bit concerned going forward. I’ve got FJax sliding a bit too, so my WR2/RB2 combo is looking a bit iffy. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      DeSean is the primary target there. If that O-Line can’t find a way for Vick to look at his secondary options, Maclin might have a hard time being a WR2. On paper he is but that offense is doing him no favors. I’d treat him as a high end WR3 at this time.

      • Zeke says:
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        @Sky, That’s what I was afraid of. Generally speaking, would you start any of these WR3-ish guys ahead of him at this point?
        D. Moore, A. Boldin, N.Washington? Hopefully ha hasn’t slipped that far yet. 12 team, standard scoring. Thanks.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Depending on matchups, Moore & Boldin are viable WR3 options. Moore should see more looks while DHB is out. Washington will depend on Britt’s health all season.

          Wouldn’t say Maclin has slipped down there but I had him closer to the 25th WR off the board than most did coming into the season. Moore’s probably the closest, though.

          • Zeke says:
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            @Sky, Thanks for the help. I’m going to have to hope one of those guys overachieves a bit.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Not a problem. Good luck!

  18. Prospects Anonymous says:
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    I know this is hard to predict but do you see as the least valuable backup stash? L. Miller or R. Hillman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not really much value there, honestly. Hillman.

  19. mapwheel says:
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    I think it’s a little too early to sell on Forte. He’s got a pretty easy five weeks coming up, and he’s the only guy on the team Cutler has shown consistent chemistry with over the years (huge in PPR). It’s easy to look at the numbers and be mislead (the injury and the abnormally brutal game at GB), but Forte always seems to end up getting his, even with TD vultures present.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Could be, I just don’t know if I see him as the RB1 people drafted him as ROS. Wouldn’t sell him for peanuts, just if someone sees him as a viable RB1 going forward and traded for that price, I’d be a seller right now.

  20. zutroy says:
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    giving lloyd getting bradshaw?

    0-4 team in a .5 ppr keeper league (keep 3 players at drafted round). Lloyd is 14th rd, bradshaw 2nd rd. have ‘depth’ at wr (fitz, floyd(sd), simpson, rice, roberts), but not at rb (foster, bag of peanuts)

  21. Eddie says:
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    In a weird situation Sky and your help would be much appreciated. I am in a 10 Team Non PPR leauge where I can get Matt Ryan from an RGIII owner for an DUI Turner which would leave me only with Lynch, Rice and Brown but I also have Vick and another Owner has shown interest and he has Murray, Forte, DMAC, Ridley and Matthews. What should I do here?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Just to clarify: You’d get Matt Ryan for Michael Turner & possibly 5 other useful RBs for Vick? I’d do that hands down.

      • Eddie says:
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        @Sky,

        Yes I agree 100% Turner for Ryan is a steal, Turner is so overrated but it worries me that if the other deal doesnt go through im left with only 3 RBs and 3 QBs. Im thinking about targeting Murray or Matthews in the Vick trade any thoughts? I think I can get it done becasue his current QB is Romo and he is desperate with the Forte DMAC Murray and Matthews issues.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, from your wording I thought the other guy had indicated a big enough interest you’d know who you could reasonably get. I’d rank them DMC/Mathews/Murray/Forte/Ridley at this point. My interests of those guys would be DMC/Mathews. Obviously both being health risks.

          • Eddie says:
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            @Sky,

            Yeah sorry for the poor wording. I could push for DMC or Forte or Matthews but I think Murray is more realistic. Do you think that this is an awful deal? The way I see it Ryan is an upgrade for Vick and Murray and Turner “ROS” are about even so its win win for me. Lets just hope that the falcons dont stop throwing it and go back to featuring Turner the Burner show…..

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Murray as an upgrade over Turner, and Ryan as an upgrade over Vick. Trade still makes sense to me. Trust me, with the level of success the Falcons have had, the running game will stay a decoy. Too many good hands in that line up for it not to stay successful, barring injury.

  22. Schizer says:
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    Who out of Kendall Hunter, Daniel Thomas, and Robert Meachem should I drop for Andre Roberts? 12 team ppr.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Can drop Daniel Thomas

  23. Dan says:
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    My league is a 12 team standard scoring league
    Starting lineup is QB 2rb 2wr 1flex te def k
    My team
    QB Brady Ponder Locker
    RB Foster Matthews McFadden Powell
    WR Garçon Jennings Bowe R.Moss Gordon Baldwin
    TE Tony Gonzalez
    DEF Arizona
    K Hanson

    Been offered Cruz and TRich for DMC and Jennings

    Pull the trigger?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want the T-Rich side.

  24. Eddie says:
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    Sorry if this reposts not seeing my comment up.

    *In a weird situation Sky and your help would be much appreciated. I am in a 10 Team Non PPR leauge where I can get Matt Ryan from an RGIII owner for an DUI Turner which would leave me only with Lynch, Rice and Brown but I also have Vick and another Owner has shown interest and he has Murray, Forte, DMAC, Ridley and Matthews. What should I do here?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No problem, your original post didn’t automatically go through. Sorry about that.

  25. Mike says:
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    Need to start a RB on bench during bye week
    Would u start D williams(car)
    Bolden(ne)
    Mendenhall Pitt)
    Standard league
    A mess

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s tough. Bolden probably has the highest TD opportunity of that bunch, IMHO, but I’d rank them DeAngelo/Mendy/Bolden.

  26. Nico says:
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    Speaking of fast starts like Ryan and RG3, one owner that has both QBs is looking for a WR and wants to move a QB. I have Romo and Dalton, along with Mike Wallace, Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant, Danny Amendola, and Michael Crabtree (start 3 WR and 1 flex).

    Would you trade Romo and Wallace or Fitz for Ryan or RG3? He already turned down Dez and Romo for Ryan and countered with Wallace and Romo for RG3.

    • Nico says:
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      @Nico, He offered Ryan for Fitz and Romo. Too much?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Maybe, but your team can afford it. I really like Ryan – think he stays top 10 this year – so I’d pull the trigger.

  27. Bean says:
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    Give up Reggie Bush and Crabtree for Demaryius Thomas and A. Bolden?

    QBs – Brady/Schaub
    WRs – Harvin, Crabtree, A Hawkins
    RBs – Bush, Lynch, MJD, Ridley, Alfred Morris, McGahee, LeShoure, Andre Brown
    TEs – Chandler, Miller, Hernandez

    Was able to acquire good RBs so I think Reggie Bush can be used to get some WR depth.

    Can start QB, 2 x RBs, TE, 2 x WR, 2 x W/R, W/T and a W/R/T in a PPR league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Even though you’re improving your WR2, I don’t think that improves your depth by moving Crabtree. Prefer Bush this season over D.T. anyway. I think you should look for a 1 for 1 with one of your RBs to make Crabtree your WR3.

      • Bean says:
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        @Sky, Who do you think is the most expendable at this point among my RBs? Would like to keep a good core but still offer something attractive for a WR2.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          In order of guys I’d be willing to move: Morris/LeShoure/McGehee/Ridley. The Ridley is just me not trusting Crazy Hoodie Bill. Honestly, moving any of those guys wouldn’t hurt your core. You’re not getting anything for Andre Brown unless the Ahmad owner wants a handcuff.

  28. Eric says:
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    I feel like I may be overvaluing my players (haha I guess everyone is bias towards their team) and I was wondering what round and/or pick value these players are to you personally?

    1) Adrian Peterson
    2) Torrey Smith
    3) Pierre Garcon
    4) Reggie Bush

    I just can’t seem to grasp the solid/fair value point for these 4? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      AP & Bush are currently low end RB1s. Makes them 2nd round/3rd round guys in my book.

      Torrey is a solid WR2 at this stage. Think 4th or 5th round.

      Pierre has been too injured to evaluate. His value is probably in the 8th round or 9th round.

      Can’t really give you pick value, that would require a lot more research but the rounds should give you a good idea.

  29. Scott says:
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    Sky

    Need advice on a trade. I’m 4-0 to start the season but looking to improve…

    My backs are Rice,Gore, T-Rich, and Tate.
    My receivers are D-Jax, V-Jax, Lance Moore, Cobb.

    Have a Gore & V-Jax for Roddy White & Pierre Thomas trade on the table. Do I take it?!?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott, 2 RB 2 WR, and flex (WR/RB/TE) .5 ppr league

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I always want more from my RB than my WR. I’d hold, but Roddy is tempting.

        • Scott says:
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          @Sky, thanks. I’m very tempted. He also has Alfred Morris, Ridley, and Mendy. Do I try to get one him to add them instead of Thomas? Or push for Gore-White straight up. And use v-Jax in another trade down the road?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Gore for Roddy would be ideal. Ridley in the mix would be nice. Mendy might be the most reasonable.

  30. Mr.Coop says:
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    Non PPR ROS

    Trade Turner receive Murray?

    Currently a Miles Austin owner. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I’d do that.

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