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It started off so well.  On two straight plays, Stevan Ridley ripped the Bills defense for a couple of nice runs.  First one up the middle.  Eleven yards.  Next one off right tackle.  Five yards.  This last carry took him to 52 yards on the day on just 8 carries.  Things were looking good, the Pats were driving and that sweet end zone love was surely gonna go into Stevan’s hands.  Only he came up empty.  Wait, let me restate that.  He came up BIG empty, fumbling the ball on the very next play for a Bills defensive touchdown.  Like what we all hope will happen to Miley Cyrus after the VMAs, Ridley wasn’t to be seen nor heard from again for the rest of the game.  That’s how Belichick rolls.  Y’all got Hoodie Winked!  Ridley had 4 fumbles last year, only losing 2 but the one thing that Bill won’t tolerate is fumbles from his RBs.  Now I don’t think Ridley’s lost his starting job.  Not by a long shot.  But I do think he’s opened that door wider then Miley Cyrus…ok, enough about Hannah Montana analogies.  I don’t see Ridley losing his job any time soon.  That said, for other reasons, we may see a reduced workload moving forward.  Remember when I ranked him 20th among RBs and you were all like ‘nuh-uh’ and I was like ‘uh-huh?’.  This would be a good reason why.  I don’t trust Bill to trust any player week to week unless he has a beautiful butt-chin.  In other 2013 Fantasy Football news from week 1…

Reggie Bush – When I heard LeShoure was out for the week, I wiggled Bush up to 11 in standard and 7 in PPR and Joique Bell up to…well, I can’t remember where but it was into flex-worthy territory.  I’m thankful both Reggie (21/90 and 4/101/1) and Bell (6/25/2 and 5/67) made me look smart for doing so.  When Broyles returns, we can expect a few of those tosses going to him but for now, they’re shooting BBs from Lions backfield.

Danny Amendola – The guy pulled a Willis Reed…hrm, you’re all probably too young to get that reference.  Fine, he pulled a Paul Pierce.  Left in the 2nd with a ‘questionable’ tag due to his groin.  Well he must’ve rubbed it out – ew! – because he finished the game with 10 catches for 104 yards.  Wes who?

Adrian Peterson – First carry of the game goes for 78 and a TD.  WOO-HOO!  Next 15 go for only 17.  OHHHH…but he did still score 2 more TDs later.  WOO-HOO!  But his QB is still Christian Ponder.  OHHHHH…

Calvin Johnson – Had not one but TWO TDs returned for various reasons on great catches.  Ended the day with only 37 yards on 4 catches.  Meanwhile, somehow Jerome Simpson goes off for 140 on 7 receptions.  There are times that the world is not fair.  There are other times when the World should be thrown into the Sun for its insolence.  This is one of those latter days.

Julian Edelman – I will say this: continuity is important.  For a guy who was supposed to be on the 53 man roster bubble, I’d say 7 for 79 and 2 TDs isn’t bad when everyone thought he’d be on the practice squad.  I won’t know what to make of this until Gronk is back but until then, he gets the Jets next and that gets a yuck sticker from me.

Shane Vereen – I promise I’ll talk about other teams more later but lets cover why it was so easy to keep Ridley on the sidelines.  Hint, it wasn’t Blount.  Shane went off, gaining 101 on 14 carries and added the PPR beautiful 58 on 7 receptions.  When I wrote about Ridley being ranked so low in my Top 20 Running Backs post, I stated ‘Given the two tiers above him, there’s either more stability or more sexy and I don’t think he provides either this season due to how New England might utilize Vereen.’  Mmm-hmmm…

Zach Sudfeld – Well he had a target so there’s that…ugh.  He put up a goose egg.  No wait, he put up an Alien egg for his owners, releasing a face-hugger and implanting them with that sick feeling of not taking Julius Thomas as their upside TE late…

C.J. Spiller – Had a fumble and split carries with FJax 17 to 13…ruh-roh.  The game stayed close and it was clear the Pats weren’t going to let Spiller do anything today.  I’m not in freakout mode yet.  That only happens after my Seahawks lose or when I decide its Nic Cage night in Sky’s house.  NOT THE BEES!

Giovani Bernard – I’m simply highlighting that the numbers won’t say it, but Gio had a good day.  Had about 20 to 25 yards on a couple of touches taken back due to penalty.  Those worrying about BJGE for GL/short yardage…well, I don’t think that goes away but a little buy low after a quiet Sunday from Gio-B would be advised.

Roddy White – Played with an ankle sprain which would explain the bad numbers but someone else also said he was possibly high…not cool Roddy Roddy Piper!  Oh, they said he had a possible high ankle sprain.  Maybe I should lay off the herb myself on Sundays…Roddy’s a gamer but if this is a lingering issue, you’re gonna have to find someone else to play WR1 for you…sorry, already checked your FA pool, you’re screwed.  Hopefully he rests and is ready next week.

Jordan Cameron – Well, we can’t all be Dudfelds around here.  Went for 9/108/1 saving Weeden’s horrible day from being downright tragic.  I reserve judgement on this Browns offense until Gordon’s back in the fold.  Still think there’s gold here for those looking for it and that doesn’t just apply to Air Cameron.

Andrew Luck – Yeah, he’s good.  Wish the numbers were even better given the opponent but it’s hard to turn down a three touchdown (2 air, 1 ground) day.  A lot of people are expecting a leap forward this year but for his draft price and what you got today, you’ll take it, Oliver Twist, and not ask for more.

Jamaal Charles – Not the big day I had him down for but the game was decided by halftime and JC barely played in the second half.  I’ll take 99 and a TD from that; always hard to predict just how bad Blaine is gonna be.  Today he was Superbad as he full on period’ed all over the Jags blue jeans.  Deep 2QB leagues take note: that’s not an anime tentacle creeping up your school girl dress, it’s Henne.  I streamed KC’s defense in multiple leagues where I couldn’t get the Colts but even I’m not crazy enough to stream the Raiders against them.

Ryan Tannehill – Hrm…I’m not jumping out of my seat about this one but I’m not writing it off as a bad call yet either.  I liked Tannehill coming into the season for his scrambling abilities and an improved surrounding at the skill positions.  Wallace had 15 yards receiving and Ryan only had 3 yards rushing…hrm…that’s really all I can say right now.

AJ Green – Dalton is lucky to have this guy.  We’ve come to expect these types of numbers from AJ in the past – 9 for 162 and 2 touchdowns – but against the Bears?  This isn’t ridiculous.  It’s not even ridic.  It’s the chronicles of ridic.  He’s a challenger to Megatron’s top honors for sure.  The defenses don’t get any easier next week against the Steelers but c’mon, you’re never sitting this guy.

Terrelle Pryor – If you watched this game with your eyes closed, you’d think Pryor was a great QB.  For those rushing out to get Terrelle this week, keep a few things in mind.  One, the Colts defense was pretty dinged up heading into this game.  Two, the Colts defense wasn’t all that good to begin with.  You’ve been warned.  If I own him, I’m trying to sell him after next week against the Jags or heading into it if the price is right.  The box score says he’s Kaep, the eye test says he’s Tim Tebow.

Lamar Miller – Ten carries for 3 yards.  No, that’s not a typo.  Oh and Daniel Thomas got the goal line TD.  You know, just in case you weren’t sure if you should stick your head in the oven.  Though I’m a little worried, admittedly, the team as a whole only rushed for 20 yards total on 23 carries so at least Miller’s in good bad company.  You’re not selling him for much of anything now so don’t ask.  Just wait and see how he does against the Colts and then make a decision.

Steven Jackson – Not bad, not bad.  Had 11 for 77 on the ground and 5 for 45 through the air.  Admittedly, I wanted more then this and almost got it if he’d caught that 6th pass in the end zone at the end of the game.  The fact that he got a chance for a 6th catch makes me kinda giddy, though.  Might still get a shot at a 40 catch season, though I won’t bank on it.  He gets a tough assignment next week on many levels when he faces his former team but today’s game solidifies in my mind that I can trust him rolling forward.  SJax ain’t old yet, people!  Though I concede Frank Gore might be…

Bilal Powell – Split carries this week with Ivory with the team stating they’re ‘…to try to get them through this game as fresh as possible…because we have a Thursday night game’.  Um, ok.  They both looked terrible against a very tough run defense.  Probably because they couldn’t gain any rhythm.  And that’s why Rex Ryan is a defensive coaching genius.  Wait, what?  Next week is a Pats defense that should give them a shot to show who/what these two are as runners.  I still have faith in Ivory and think you should too.

Brian Hartline – Went for 114 yards on 9 receptions and a touchdown.  Hrm, just for S’s & G’s, I went to look and see what I had to say about him in my Top 40 Wide Receivers.  To quote, ‘Remember when I said I could find you a cheaper Wes Welker replacement?  You don’t?  What’s wrong with you, I’m only two spots away from talking about Wes at 31!  Brian will be more Welker-y than Wes will be this year, cross my Hartline and hope to die.’  And you thought all you got was WR bench depth…

Russell Wilson – Passed for 320 and a TD and…not much else.  The Seahawks offense looked pretty messy to me.  That’s either a compliment to JB’s Panthers or a detriment to my ‘hawks Superbowl aspirations.  Though it’s hard to give JB’s team any credit, I think I’m gonna have to here.  They get the Bills next and just might be stream-worthy.

Vernon Davis – VD with the TD!  Yeah, you’ve heard that a few times already.  Well get ready to hear it a lot more.  The connection between Kaep and Davis is looking good (6/98/2) though the 49ers in general looked good when Kaep was throwing and moving the pocket against the Packers.  I’ll be excited to see how this all pans out.  Well, except for the fact the only 49ers I own this year are Patton and/or Gore…FML…

Emmanuel Sanders – I’m pulling the one player that I think is noteworthy from this game (57 yards on 7 receptions) to just point out how Gawdawful these two teams looked…ok, ok, Tennessee’s discipline and commitment to the run was admirable but really…woof.  With Pouncey out for the year, this Pittsburgh team is looking more and more like just the Pitts.  They’re on Monday Night Football next week against the Bengals so you get to smell them for yourself.

Anquan Boldin – Put up 13/208/1 and said to Fantasy drafters, ‘you took Megatron in the first?  Idiots!’.  I stick by what I say, though.  Moving forward, I see better ball distribution and one of their younger receivers stepping up.  Sadly, if Sunday was any indication, that won’t be Patton.  Sadly further, I’ll admit that it might take a bit longer than I anticipated.  Sadlier furtherier, I own zero Anquan shares so am nowhere near em-Boldin’ed.

James Jones – Here’s a philosophical question for you.  If a wide receiver plays for a team that has Aaron Rodgers at the helm and while Rodgers goes for 333 yards he doesn’t catch a pass, is he really a wide receiver?  The guy who said there’d be 3 1,000 yard catchers in GB this year did his best to make sure Finley would have a shot at being the third.  Eh, if you didn’t expect games like this from JJ, you haven’t been paying very much attention.  He’s still fine.  Well, fine in terms of being James Jones.

Colin Kaepernick – Yeah, I faced this guy in way too many leagues yesterday.  Was worried about the legs, so of course he brings the arm for 412 and three touchdowns.  Oh and no TOs in case you were wondering.  Remember the QB controversy in SF?  Hope you thought it was as funny as I did.

Jared Cook – All I heard over the pre-season was ‘Should I drop Cook for’ insert high upside tight end here.  And all I said was ‘yo B@#$ you cray-cray? Imaboudda smack some muthafunkin sense into yo head!’  Ok, that’s what I wanted to say but what I really said was ‘nah, hold; Cook has just as much upside and should be fine’.  Well, the scariest thing about his 7 reception, 141 yard, 2 touchdown day was that his fumble was another possible touchdown.  I said he had upside.  Never thought he’d go upside ya head week 1, though.  If he keeps this up, I’m gonna call him Jesse Pinkman cuz this dude’s Captain Cook to me.  Just add chili powder, yo!

And that’s it!  If you’re wondering about Sunday Night Football…well, you’ll just have to wait until 10 am PST as @Jaywrong covers it in both .doc, .gif, .jpg and .jwoww format while he watches #footballonyourphone.  No, that’s not the wrong possessive pronoun.  Look behind you.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I hear a scantily-clad Carrie Underwood siren’s call, beckoning me to the couch, promising me beer, pizza and some good football…

From Around The Web

  1. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Drop Patton or Wheaton for Ed’lilman?

  2. Nightpandas says:
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    Drop Patton for Roberts or Hartline?

  3. theevilempire says:
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    Suddenly my Dynasty RB depth which includes Miller and Wilson looks as deep as a puddle.

    • AP says:
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      @theevilempire: Not in a dynasty, but I am in the same situation with Miller and Wilson, and DW was one of my keepers this year. Decker+Wilson+Miller got me a total of zero combined points! Oh well, the good news is I had Hartline and Vereen on my bench! I remember about 18 hours ago how I missed fantasy football. That is no longer the case…..

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @AP: HA!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @theevilempire: And it’s a muddy puddle right now too! (I’m not helping).

  4. chunk says:
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    hartline or edelman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I trust Hartline more

  5. Mike says:
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    My fantasy team is a disaster. My only names are Cam, Trent, and Dez should I unload any of them to improve my team?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s been one week. Hold.

  6. Loving the captain cook, Yo !! haha. I tried to grab Cook or Cameron in every league this year and so far its looking pretty good for both guys.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, nice!

  7. Mark says:
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    I’m in a bit of a jam at TE. Drafted Sudfeld and no backup. Best TEs on the waiver wire are Winslow, Housler, Clark, Clay, and H Miller (once he gets back). League is 0.5 ppr and has a 25 move limit/season. Drop Sudfeld for Winslow or one of the others? Try to trade Hartlines big week 1 for a TE like Finley, Gates, Eifert, Myers, or Fred Davis (2nd TEs on teams in my league). Or trade Decker for Julius, Cook, or Tony Gonzalez? None of these options are appealing.

    Also, drop Thompkins or Ivory for Edelman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Maybe Davis. Depends on how he looks tonight. If not, I’d hold. Can drop Thompkins for Edelman

  8. RG3 Needs a Knee says:
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    Would you roster Powell as an Ivory owner? This first week really makes me sick watching the likes of Bradshaw/ Ivory do nothing, Cecil Shorts being thrown a gazillion passes none of which he can catch and my WR1 White hopping around playing dummy only to find out he needs a few more weeks.

    • RG3 Needs a Knee says:
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      @RG3 Needs a Knee: Also, would you lsoe BigBen as a backup for Sam Bradford? The loss of Pouncey and their horrific O-Line is going to be bad news for BigBen this year I fear.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yup

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d do that if I have the roster room for Powell. Depends who I’m dropping.

      • RG3 Needs a Knee says:
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        @Sky:

        Right now my waiver claim 1 is to get Fred Jackson back who I dropped for Redmen (cough cough Sky’s advice). I can then either lose Patton for Powell or Britt for Powell. I also have a claim to drop Pattton for Edelmen but Im likely to lose that as I sit #8 in my 10 team PPR league

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, I think the FJax sitch will be forgotten before long. NE keyed in on CJ, not gonna happen every game. Can lose Patton, just keep him flagged for the rest of the season. Don’t think that story is over yet in SF.

          • RG3 Needs a Knee says:
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            @Sky:
            Well the good news is I can get a beat on the Powell/Ivory situation Thursday and then immediately make a roster move for Powell if he prevails…..then I can sulk in taking Ivory over Sproles the rest of the season and fuel my hatred for the Jets even more.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Seriously, I don’t get the Jets call on that one. Thursday should tell us a lot about that sitch, though.

  9. The mizer says:
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    The You Should Be Scared List for week 1:
    Doug Wilson (Boy that escalated quickly)
    Stevan Ridley (See above)
    James Jones (Stonehands returns)
    Roddy White ( Did he have a cane in the huddle?)
    CJ Spiller ( a lot of Fred Jackson yesterday more than any if us thought)
    Zach Sudfeld (All you caught me, I’m not really Gronkowski)
    Cecil Shorts(Hay the quarterback is Enrique Pollazo!!!)
    Mike Wallace (Razzball told you so, but NO YOU PICKED HIM ANYWAY)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha…who’s Doug Wilson?

    • stumanji says:
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      @The mizer: LOLOLOL re: the Cecil Shorts blurb

  10. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Was offered MJD for Vereen in a PPR. I have to take that, right?

    • The mizer says:
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      Did you see the Jags yesterday? The answer is a resounding NO

      • Public Enemy#1 says:
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        @The mizer: That’s what I’m afraid of, Mizer. What do you think, Sky?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      MJD has been a top back before even when that offense was terrible. I’d take MJD there, though Vereen’s floor will always be higher due to his offense.

  11. Sniff Test says:
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    Any speculation as to what the Giants will do at RB? Beenie Wells might add some veteran presence.

    • The mizer says:
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      I hear Tiki Barber is on the waiver.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ve heard a million rumors at this point. Wouldn’t be surprised if they do nothing. First Wilson fumble wasn’t really all that bad, the defense was ripping and they got one. Think it’s too early for them to make a move. We’ll see what they do after week 2.

  12. Touchdown says:
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    Hey Sky, I know he doesn’t have much upside but should I be concerned about Frank Gore going forward as my RB2? He looked kinda slow against Green Bay yesterday but still had a decent amount of touches.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I might be a little concerned. Though he’s still more dynamic, you might be strapped to a Michael Turner 2012.

  13. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Only league I own Kaep in my opponent had freakin Boldin and Davis. Aside from the Manning owner appears that I faced the only other team that could have beat me in a 14 team league. Ah, gotta love fantasy football!

    • The mizer says:
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      I feel you pain. Dude I played this week had Cap, Davis and Boldin. 200 points plus on the board. WORST LOSS EVER!! I love Cecil Shorts but Blain Gabbert is the worst QB I have ever seen and I’m I’ve been an Eagles fan for 30 years.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, thought I had won my week when his Brees threw to my Colston/Graham for TDs…then Kaep went off in his QB flex…jeez.

  14. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Sky, Im skeptical about Roddy White moving forward. Luckily hes a WR2 for my team but I’m considering trying to trade him. I got an offer of James Jones/David Wilson for my Roddy White/Chris Ivory. I know youre preaching patience with Ivory but what side would you prefer on this deal? thanks
    QB- Brady
    WR – Megatron
    WR – White
    RB- Forte
    RB – Ivory
    TE – Cook
    FLEX – Rueben Randle
    Bench – Lev’eon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Christine Michael, Zach Sudfeld, Bryce Brown

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That one depends on how much you believe in Wilson. I’d want a better throw in WR, personally but the trade isn’t unreasonable.

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Sky: sky do you like ivory or lev’eon bell more moving forward in a ppr? And is it close?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Tough, they both have team issues. I see them bordering on the same at this point with Ivory having a better chance at production down the road.

          • Matthew says:
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            @Sky: @Sky: HA, S Jax

  15. bb says:
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    didn’t draft a tight end in my 16 team league and picked up julius and started him. now i’m thinking bout selling high – what do you think of packaging julius with rueben randle for gronk? and if the owner didn’t accept that i was thinking offering julius + mike wallace. we only start two receivers and don’t have a flex. i have andre johnson, wallace josh gordon, jeffrey, randle so maybe could afford to lose wallace.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Either trade is reasonable. Go for it.

  16. Nick says:
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    Kenny Britt or Denarius Moore moving forward?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Britt. Don’t think Pryor has it in him to be that good on Sundays going forward in the passing game.

      • Nick says:
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        @Sky:

        Fair enough. How about Alshon Jeffery?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Alshon

  17. Wilsonian says:
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    With Dez, Decker, Gore, and D.Wilson all putting up pathetic displays of football-itude yesterday, I’m in freak out mode. Pissed I took R.Wilson over Kaep, but Wilson can still be a beast, just looked a bit rough yesterday.

    With the glut of TEs this season, would you parlay Graham and a Giovanni into a Cook and a better back? Or Graham for a RB and pick up Cameron?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think it’s too early to write your team off. If you could trade Graham for an RB and pick up Cameron, I’d have no problem with that. Just depends who you’re getting.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky: I was going to make a play for JC. He’s starting Olsen. I would offer him Graham and Moreno for JC and pick up Cameron.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d take JC if Cam was out there.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Sky: made the offer. Doubt he takes it, but it’s worth a shot. Thanks man. Hope this week was the aberration and not the norm for my squad.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, I’m with you. Have a few squads like that this week. Started Pryor as my QB2 in one league and was pretty happy about it. But it went against Cook and Kaep soooo…yeah.

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Sky: It’s the first week! One of my teams played against Cruz AP Peyton and Cook. Don’t panic.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Sure, it happens. No panic here.

  18. frankgrimes says:
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    Thought the last line of the SJax blurb was going to be “Though I concede Frank Grimes might be right…”

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Is this coming from the same guy advising taking David Wilson over him? Had 7.0 YPC and 5 catches on the day and just missed a TD. I still like him, not much to concede to there…GRIMEY!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Sky: Haha Coughlin says “we need him” if he had put Wilson back out there for 4th quarter Giants prolly win that game.
        Take away a NO Defense missed assignment where SJax barley got that 50 yard run thru a huge whole. He would have been more like 11 for 30. He should have scored on that play. He got stuffed at goal line multiple times (like always) and he cost them the game by dropping the game winning catch.
        It’s only first week it’s too soon but you’re right you got some points outta him so that’s something.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I still like D-Wil but you have to admit: my road to SJax being a producer is much smoother then yours moving forward. I dont’ have to worry about whether or not to bench him any week. And we can’t woulda/coulda/shoulda him out of the building if our comparison points are guys you were higher on which included – if I’m not mistaken – Lamar/D-Wil/Ridley. I don’t hate those guys but I’ll take the back who’s the bona fide starter any day over that mess, headache-wise.

  19. Derrick says:
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    Hartline for Gio in a PPR.

    Which side?

    Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Derrick: I’ll take Gio

  20. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    The David Wilson doghouse came early. I love being right.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nice! Yeah, had him at 21 for RBs all off-season until Andre Brown went and broke himself. Then he wiggled up to 15. I do give the Cowboys some credit last night, though. The first fumble really was a good rip.

  21. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    In the midst of drowning my pathetic opening week loss to a guy who took Boldin in the FIRST ROUND (yes, read that again Sky), started a defensive player who was out for week 1 (yes, you read THAT right too), and whose “top” RB’s were Shonne Green and BGE (yes, you read THAT correctly, keep laughing to a minimum), I have to stop my swearing of the ‘Niner offense that carried him to a victory and me to that loss (He had Kap, VD, and Boldin) to say I should have listened to you to start Vereen in place of Cutler even though it wouldn’t have given me a win. CJ1K being forgotten despite Green’s early exit, Megatron’s beating at the hands of the zebraed autobots, Charles leaving early, and the Packer D/ST being so “blah” basically cost me the opening win that looked easy on paper. It’s amazing how a good draft can get thrown out the window when the games actually start.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s times like these you repeat the mantra ‘it’s only week 1’…and drink heavily.

  22. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Was offered his Doug Martin and James jones for my Cobb and vereen. He also said he’d do it for mjd instead of vereen. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I want the best player in any deal. I’ll take the first trade.

      • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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        Thanks!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob

  23. btd says:
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    Thoughts on Winslow? I’m in a 14 teamer with the option to play a second TE (WR/TE) and given the thin waivers… I thought he was done and here he puts up a usable stat line.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’ll be a part of the passing game for NYJ…but seeing that in type, does it really sound all that appealing? He could be picked up in a deep 14 teamer but nothing to get excited about.

  24. kidbr9 says:
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    Non PPR, who do you start tonight: Mathews or Tate?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Mathews.

  25. Psychedelic says:
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    Is Kenny Britt useless in all leagues? Or pretty much any titans WR? It’s a very deep dynasty so I can’t drop him but he was only targeted twice, I know it’s early but they only threw the ball 20 times.

    • They didn’t need to throw. Pittsburgh’s offense sucked THAT bad. Hold.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pittsburgh is looking like one of the really bad teams this year and the Titans game managed once they noticed it. Locker will be let loose a bit in the future, don’t hinge everything on one game. I’m not huge on them as a passing team but I’m not gonna call it worthless yet either.

  26. Wilson Fumbled My Balls says:
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    .5 PPR, 12 team. Have Cameron or Kenbrell for flex. Dropping Redman. Is Edelman worth my #1 waiver priority?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t think so. Gronk’s gonna make him disappear. ‘dola was only in on one of Edelman’s TDs, too. Week 1 is gonna look like a mirage in a couple of weeks, IMHO.

    • btd says:
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      @Wilson Fumbled My Balls: Agreed, don’t burn the #1 on Edelman (unless it resets weekly, in which case, who cares). But I think Edelman could have some value but the situation with Kenbrell will have to play out first. Then Gronk’s impact…

  27. L-Boogie says:
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    Disgruntled owner already looking to peddle Eli (his backup). Is he any upgrade over my Bradford if I can get him cheap?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Eh, if you have Bradford you don’t need Eli.

  28. Matthew says:
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    Soooooo:

    My offer for accepted and I didn’t realize what I offered til it was accepted. I actually do like the trade for me but you be the one to let me know if I f’ed up.

    I trade RG3, Cobb, Jackson, Ivory, Hartline

    I get Bree’s, Bowe, Spiller, Michael Floyd

    Team
    QB – Bree’s
    WR – Bowe
    WR – Colston
    WE – Decker
    RB – Charles
    RB – Spiller
    TE – Witten
    B – Bradshaw, Givens, Floyd, Bradford, Bryce Brown
    K Josh Brown
    DEF – St Louis

    This is my least fav team of all my teams and if Bowe and Decker don’t pan out I took a huge hit on WR. I still think my team is kinda solid and that’s post trade btw.

    Thanks.

    • Your team has just improved. Decker will be fine and the upgrade at QB and RB will more than make up for the downgrade at WR. Plus, Bowe’s targets could go up depending on how injured Charles is. :)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Which Jackson was that?

      • Good question. I read it as Fred Jackson for some reason. Good trade if so. Trade much closer to even if you mean SJax.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          or VJax for that matter…

          • btd says:
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            @Sky: Or D-Jax… As long as it’s not Tito.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              HA! Well it literally could be the Jackson Five there (S/V/D/F/T).

              • For all we’ve gathered, it could be Alan Jackson.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Or Action Jackson

                  • btd says:
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                    @Sky: Samuel L. Jackson. Watch your mouth!

                    • Matthew says:
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                      @btd: HA, S Jax, my bad.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Matthew: Luckily saw your response way up top to another topic that it was Sjax. I’d hold, personally.

      • Matthew says:
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        @Sky: Yeah, I am writing from my iPhone at work and it’s weird when you write in the comment section. Ah, I’d figured. But is it that bad? I mean technically Ivory and Hartline would be on my bench anyways and if I decide to trade Spiller, I could package for an even better RB.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Matthew: RG3 to Brees looks like an upgrade right now but might just be flat. Cobb to Bowe is a downgrade and I’m pretty flat on the Spiller vs SJax call. I don’t have CJ as a top 5 back this year so I don’t see the upside in the trade is all. Just depends on how you view the guys involved and for that reason the trade doesn’t work for me.

          • Matthew says:
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            @Sky: Yeah, after it was accepted after a couple of days I kinda regret it, YET, I don’t hate it so its not awful, but I def go by your rankings and am not as on on Spiller as others, this was actually my least fav team I have anyways but we will see.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Cool man, understand. Good luck!

    • Don Majkowski says:
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      WHo is Bree’s? Is there multiple QB’s with the last name Bree on your team?@Matthew:

      • Matthew says:
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        @Don Majkowski: You seem to have a boatload of time on your hands bud. iPhone autocorrects punctiations BREES************** better?

  29. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Man the Pittsburgh offense looked turrrrible!

    The Terrible Towels have a new meaning this year.

    So looks like starting Redman in my flex kind of backfired on me. Safe to say he’s droppable? Hartline will be sliding into my flex next week.

    I tried trading Jordy for Ryan Mathews last week, but to no avail. I hate using a WR in my flex, but Hartline isn’t the worst option (with D-Thomas, Colston and Jordy as my WR1-3).

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      Would you rather stash Wheaton or Patton after what you saw week 1? I didn’t watch much of the Steelers game (for obvious reasons) but what I saw was kind of scary and Cotchery looked to be WR3 for the Steelers.

      The SF offense looks to be really potent this year. I think Patton eventually gets in there and “gets his”. I’m leaning towards holding onto Patton and dropping Wheaton for a RB stash.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Tough, I get what you’re saying but I could also see Steelers going full deconstruct mode and getting Wheaton in because they won’t be pushign for the playoffs. I like both as deep bench plays. I guess SF’s explosiveness wins out, though. Go Patton.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @Sky: Yeah, after looking at the RB’s on the waiver wire, I’m not sure I really like any of them more than Wheaton or Patton. It all comes down to injuries I suppose.

          It makes sense that the Steelers would go with Wheaton once they throw up the white flag.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Exactly.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, pretty much the whole Pitt offense is looking like a bust. The worst part is their defense will keep them in it enough most weeks that we won’t get many come from behind WR love for the most part. Atrocious…

      Yeah, Hartline it is. He’s a solid WR3 though I’m like you: wish it were an RB.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: Yeah. This is the first year in long time that didn’t have a RB in my flex spot every week. I should call my team “The Great White Hope” since I’m hoping that Jordy and Hartline can carry my team.

        Do you have many concerns regarding MJD? If the KC defense can shut him down, I’m thinking most other teams will too. I have him on all my teams as my RB2. I’m scurrrrred

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Great White Hope…HA!

          I’m not concerned about MJD. Jags will get the ship right and make him useful, just a question of when not if. If Gabbert’s healthy, you don’t see that type of show. Not that he’s a stud but that game was an anomaly.

  30. Dave says:
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    Hey sky,

    What do you think Boldin’s value is now? I barely started him over Kenbrell (still will probably lose unless Vick goes crazy – played against Peyton/Demaryius) and wasn’t going to start him against Seattle next week before yesterday. Is he a must start WR3 from here on or even WR2?

    Also don’t know what Ridley’s value is anymore pretty concerned about Vereen.

    • Bellicheat’s wishy-washy-ness with his RB decisions could drive you as mad as his coyness about injuries.

      That said, Both RB’s will have value in an offense that potent. Ridley moreso in standard and Vereen moreso in PPR.

      If you’re in a PPR, be very afraid. Try to move Ridley for Sproles, if you can.

      • Dave says:
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        @James R: I have him in a 10 team .5 PPR, my other RB’s are AP, Ridley, Lacy, and Daryl Richardson so he was my RB2 and don’t know if I’d get any fair value for him right now (Although I don’t know what fair value is for him now). I hate that I just won’t know what his role will be in the coming weeks because of Belicheat like you said. Maybe I’ll just start Lacy and D-Rich in week 2 over him as my RB2/flex options.

        • Definitely start Lacy over him next week because you won’t get the slightest key-hole peak at Bellicheat’s game plans beforehand.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll mark him as a solid WR3 moving forward but I wouldn’t put him in must start territory. Just depends who else I have on the team.

      Ridley’s value is still there. You’re just gonna have to wait it out. Not like selling him now will do you any good.

      • Dave says:
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        @Sky: Uh wow, news just came out Vereen will be out a few weeks might not have to wait it out and I think I can stop drinking for today…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Never stop drinking, Dave…

  31. Brendan says:
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    Drop Kenny Britt or Chris Givens for Julian Edelman or just hold?

    • btd says:
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      @Brendan: Hold.

  32. Jagan says:
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    Sky,

    Trade advice.

    My team is

    Russel Wilson – QB
    Demaryius Thomas Den – WR
    Eric Decker Den – WR
    Jordy Nelson GB – WR
    Larry Fitzgerald Ari – WR
    Wes Welker Den – WR
    David Wilson NYG – RB
    Frank Gore SF – RB
    Reggie Bush Det – RB
    Ryan Mathews SD – RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw Ind – RB
    Jason Witten Dal – TE
    Jordan Cameron Cle – TE

    I would like to propose a trade

    Receive Lesean mccoy and Andrew Luck for Wes Welker and David Wilson.is it fair trade?

    Andrew Luck is his backup QB and his Receivers are not that great.

    • Jagan says:
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      @Jagan: Frustating part is I lost this week with this team.Maty be I am overreacting.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Jagan:I doubt he accepts that

    • btd says:
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      @Jagan: Agree with Mr. Grimes. I doubt he accepts that. And wow, you cornered the Denver WRs market!

      • Jagan says:
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        @btd: Thanks.Do you think I am weak at RB or QB?Who in WR should I trade as he need WR for sure.

  33. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    So should I bid on Julius Thomas? I have Bennett…16 team league ( as a note we start 8 IDP’s ), and with a $100 FAAB budget how much should I drop on him? I’m skeptical to break the bank on him, especially with all the weapons DEN has…but he did look good. I guess my other question is do you see him as that much of an upgrade over Bennett aka Black Unicorn? Thanks man.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s an upgrade in terms of having these types of explosive games in him but overall, I wouldn’t break the bank. They’ll both be inconsistent, IMHO, for various reasons. You just have the lesser of the two in Bennett.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Sky: Sounds good…my thoughts too. I may bid 20 or so…maybe. Doubt that will get him anyways.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cool man, good luck!

  34. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Holy shit..Vareen wrist surgery..he is my flex in a rather deep league…ahhhhh crap!!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      What a kick in the nuts…

      • Dave says:
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        @Sky: What a uh arousal of the nuts for Ridley owners!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I don’t own Stevan anywhere so my nuts are feeling no love. I’m gonna go see what Bolden does for my nuts, though…

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Sky: Yep, and my team
        kicked ass this week…$150 buy in for this league too. I guess good thing is at least I won week 1…but damn what a blow..especially on a league this size.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @frankgrimes: nah don’t own him..it’s
        0.5 ppr so Ridley wasn’t really on my radar. Got Spiller and Bush as my other starting RB.

  35. Jagan says:
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    My RBs are

    David Wilson / MJD / Frank Gore /Shane Verren.

    With Vereen injured and David Wilson mess do u think i should pick Joique Bell or Mcgahee (assuming giants pick him ) or Fred Jackson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jagan: Depends who you’re dropping but I’ll take J. Bell there.

  36. Mark says:
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    Try to hold in your regurgitation, but Sudfeld or Winslow?

    • the imp says:
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      @Mark: Sudfeld reportedly has a pulled hammy. Sky can differ, but I’d pull the plug on him for just about anyone.

    • Gronk’s on the cusp of returning. Take Kellen (Michael) Winslow and make some noise(s).

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mark: Yeah, I’m with this rowdy crowd. He needed to prove himself before Gronk came back. He hasn’t. Go with Winslow.

      • Mark says:
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        @Sky:

        Now Celek or Winslow? This PHI offense is looking great. I have #2 waiver priority. I should not use it and just hope one/both clear waivers, correct? I think there’s only 2 other teams that would even consider picking up a TE

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Depends on needs. I put Celek at 12 ranking for the week but that was purely a matchup call. Celek for upside, Winslow for steady volume. I would probably go cheap and just wait until waivers and pick whoever is left.

  37. Brad Childress says:
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    Vereen out 2-3 weeks fractured wrist. You can safely bump Ridley back up.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Brad Childress: Or we could bump Bolden up. To Be Continued…

  38. the imp says:
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    What do you all think about JBell keeping the goaline looks? Leshoure was a healthy scratch, but maybe Reggie’s hand injury played a role in the playcalling on Sunday. Would you rather have Bradshaw or JBell on the bench for now?

    • the imp says:
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      @the imp: Sorry…should mention I’m thinking PPR.

    • Tough call. They’re close. I’d probably just start based on match-up, and if it’s close, I’d lean Bradshaw.

      • Unless, of course, Bush loses snaps or games cuzza thumb thing.

    • Sky

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      @the imp: I’d stay Bradshaw as well. Clearer path to being the RB1 for his team. Ballard is a good but underwhelming player; Colts will have Bradshaw back in the drivers seat before long.

  39. Kyle says:
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    I know you’re not the dynasty guy but was wondering your opinion. I stacked my receivers heavy with green dez and jordy Nelson….. Would it be a good idea to trade for David Wilson for a jordy Nelson at this point? My starting Rbs are Miller and Daryl Richardson with Gio and Tate on my bench… Bench wr would be V. brown. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Are you saying Jordy is a bench WR or do you need him each week?

      • Kyle says:
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        @Sky: sorry, we start 3 wr. Jordy is my 3rd starter with V. Brown on my bench

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d hold, especially if Dez’ foot is worse then they are letting on

  40. Matthew says:
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    In a league in which I own Rudolph I don’t own a backup TE. I have a claim in for Julius Thomas because I’m affraid of his sporadic productivity. Good idea? I’d be dropping Pierre Thomas (I won’t drop Jocquie bell)

    Thank you.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, not a bad idea. They’ll both struggle with consistency for different reasons but JT has the HR capability over Kyle at this point.

  41. sange_da_man says:
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    The good….my team killed it week 1….even with TRich and CJ2K not doing too much, Kaepernick, Fitz and Cook stepped it up. Now here’s the bad of course. Vereen, the best flex in the league, is out for a few weeks with a broken wrist. What’s my best course of action?

    My next two best RB’s are Montee Ball and Zac Stacey…roll with them? (Meh…)

    The best free agent RB’s in my league are Jackie Battle and Ronnie Hillman….(yup, true story)

    Wait and see who the Giants or Pats pick up off the street and try to beat the league to MCGahee, Jacobs, Hightower and guys as such….don’t the first waiver claim though so there’s that…

    Offer Greg “He-Man” Olsen up in a trade to a TE weak team for say, Lamar Miller or Ryan Mathews and hope they bite…

    Throw Stevie Johnson (sigh) in the flex spot as a 3rd WR to Fitz and Bowe….

    Just went from having one of the top backfields in the league to painfully thin in one small flick of the wrist. I hate fantasy football.

    Thanks!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Start Stevie. Those trades won’t happen unless you’re playing against mouthbreathers. Bolden not put there?

      • sange-da-man says:
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        @Sky:

        Good call on Bolden, I forgot about him….figure I start Stevie for a while and drop Stacey for either Bolden or Pead off the suspension….thanks brother!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob!

  42. jamie says:
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    RB thirsty teams want moreno off me, I have offers of Edelman or Tony Gonzo, Rudolf is my TE currently.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll take Gonzo for consistency though it might be boring. Especially if you have a solid set of RBs to rely on week to week and won’t start Moreno

  43. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league, would you dump Rudolph for J. Thomas? Graham is my starter, so I don’t need immediate production. Same league, dump Roethlisberger at backup QB (behind Ryan)? With as bad as PIT looked and the injuries they sustained, I’m not seeing much value this year. Could grab Bradford, Palmer, Geno or Pryor.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You can get Bradford or Geno/Pryor in a dynasty? yeah, do that. Go Bradford. Pretty eh about Rudolph to JT. Still think he’s the 4th option there for a couple of years. Hit and miss just like Rudolph will be but all the Vikings need is a new QB to fix that problem.

  44. Aero says:
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    Draft went not as planned and only ended up with 3 starting RB’s (Murray, Forte, Martin) and Helu on the bench. Worth waiver to add Joiquel Bell and drop Helu?

    In a 2 QB league, I have Eli and Big Ben, with Josh Freeman on the bench. The Steelers offense looks shaky behind that O-line. Have EJ Manuel, Pryor, and Geno on the wire. Think it’s worth a drop/add for any of those to replace Ben?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Watch how Helu is used tonight and then make that decision.

      Grab Manuel or Pryor over Big Ben. Not looking like a good year developing in Pit with the O-line injuries.

      • Aero says:
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        @Sky: hey Sky,I wasn’t able to catch the early game to see Helu. Was he as uninvolved as the box score indicates?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Pretty much but Redskins in general looked bad to start. Not indicative. Helu looked good on the touches he got.

          • Aero says:
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            @Sky: thanks brother, I guess I’ll be patient another week to see how it goes on the rb. 45 minutes until week 1 is in the books!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha indeed. Interesting night in SD so far

  45. Thom says:
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    For week 2, with Vereen down, do I go with B. Tate, Bernard, Powell, T. Austin, Hartline or Decker?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t put out weekly rankings nor reviewed yet. Without that, Decker

      • Thom says:
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        Thanks! I’m a tad over anxious. You gave me a great recommend with Vereen and now this…. Aaargh.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob. I’m still digesting week 1 :). I’ll review for week 2 shortly

  46. Bill says:
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    Accept this trade in a nonppr league? Give Demaryius Thomas and Miles Austin. Recieve Fritz and Decker?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Eh, I’d hold there.

  47. Scott says:
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    Offered RG3 for Cameron and Miles Austin (Owner has Kaepernick). I can most likely up the bid to maybe RG3 + Hartline for my two players. The guy doesn’t won’t to part ways with Kaepernick for good reason.

    Should I accept the offer in a non ppr league? I don’t really need a QB but I feel that RG3 will be easier to trade down the line in a 14 man league than packaging Miles Austin and Cameron.

    Here’s my current QB/WR roster:

    Stafford (Only QB, Phillip Rivers/Tannehill on Waivers)
    D. Thomas, Garcon, Miles Austin, Michael Floyd, DeAndre Hopkins, Kendall Wright (Will drop to waivers this week).

    Anyhow, your thoughts would be great. Keep in mind there is two teams with Eli and Alex Smith as their only starter in our league. So being able to fleece RG3 for a QB and trade down the road is promising. Plus I have Cook as my TE.

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