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LaGarrette Blount broke out in a big way with 120 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.  The guy can’t be stopped around the goal line.  Yeah, he cold cocked a guy, but all is forgiven when you score 2 touchdowns in a game.  If he’s still available, grab him.

Ryan Torain: I was hoping he could get through this game so you could sell high on him, but of course he couldn’t.  He has a hamstring injury and a bye coming up.  He could heal enough to play week 10, but I wouldn’t put a lot of faith in that happening.  We’ll probably get to see what Keiland Williams can do and maybe James Davis as well.

Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis: He totaled 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His 112 yards rushing is his career high. The Law Firm is a nice flex player, but you can’t count on the yardage.  The TDs are pretty consistent at least, but Belichick is too inconsistent in his game plans.

David Garrard: 4 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown makes for a whole bunch of fantasy points.  Garrard has the ability to be a QB1, but he is just too inconsistent to throw out there every week.

Matthew Stafford: His 4 touchdowns were due in large part to Calvin Johnson’s awesomeness, but I’ll take it.  He gets a tough Jet’s pass defense next week, but then some nice matchups he should be able to maximize his stride.

Jamaal Charles: JC Superstar was nearly unstoppable while accumulating 238 total yards.  Tom Jones continues to see plenty of work, but JC has proven he needs his touches.  The Chiefs are running the ball a ton and should be able to give both backs enough looks to be fantasy relevant, but with JCS even more relevant.

Dez Bryant: He had 7 receptions for 84 yards and has passed Roy Williams.  There really is no reason to keep Roy hanging around your team.  He’s kind of like that guy who graduated and works at the Kum and Go and wants to know where the party is going to be.  Dez Bryant is where the party’s at Roy.

Dan Carpenter: I think this is the first time I’ve spotlighted a Kicker without ripping him a new one.  Good lord man! That’s 10 field goals in 2 games.  Ryan Succop can only fantasize.

Troy Smith: He wasn’t great, but he did lead the Niners to a win and threw for one touchdown and ran for another.  He’s worth keeping an eye on since his rushing ability boosts his value and it looks like he will get a shot even when Alex Smith comes back.

Steve Breaston: He racked up 147 yards receiving and is back to being the clear #2 receiver.  With the Max Hall experiment stalling over and over it’s hard to get too excited for the Cardinals #2 receiver, especially when Fitzgerald is the main end zone target.

Tim Hightower: He was barely used and only when Beanie was out for a series with a sore back.  He didn’t even get work on third downs.  It looks like Stephens-Howling will be the backup for the most part.  Time to dump Hightower from, um, a fairly tall observation deck or something.

Jon Kitna: I expected some interceptions from Kitna since that’s what he do, but 3 of his 4 interceptions weren’t his fault.  He actually didn’t look half bad and will continue to put up decent numbers, especially since the Cowboy’s defense should keep them throwing.

Miles Austin: 7 receptions for 117 yards shows us that Austin isn’t done. The Jaguars aren’t much of a test, but Kitna will target Austin enough to keep him worthwhile.

Jahvid Best: He totaled 79 yards, but still didn’t look 100%.  Add to that Kevin Smith looks like he is finally back from his surgery.  Best still has a ton of upside, but it’s hard to put him in the start column for now.

Jonathan Stewart: Wow, that game was a big turd in the punch bowl.  This offense is not your 2009 offense and it looks like The Daily Show is more like a commercial for the 700 Club.

Mike Sims-Walker: MSW broke out for 153 yards and a touchdown from the depths of many fantasy benches.  This could possibly, just maybe be a beginning of some sort of a turnaround, but then again, maybe not.  If he has been dropped he needs to be owned at the very least.

Felix Jones: I figured Kitna would need to check down to Jones more, but he looked poised in the pocket and targeted his receivers and tight end down the field.  Jones is going to continue to be inconsistent as long as he’s not getting touches.  And we should also see more Tashard Choice as they look toward the future and away from Barber.

Randy Moss: I didn’t expect Belichick to let his old receiver destroy them, but I figured he’d get a little more than 8 yards.  He then had a little nutty in his post game press conference and only took questions from himself.

Ryan Matthews: They tried to get him going, but he was outplayed by Mike Tolbert.  This is just getting stupid.  Tolbert is the guy to own.  He gets the goal line looks and is splitting carries with Mathews.  Just yesterday I wrote about going after Mathews because his schedule was so good, but Tolbert can be had cheap, and if he craps out you haven’t given up much for him.

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  1. Rookie Season says:
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    Don’t laugh when you pick one:
    Matt Moore v.NO, Derek Anderson @Min, or pray for an unlikely Gradkowski v.KC

    I know it’s kind of early to pick Week 9 Defenses, but now’s the time to hit the WW: Minn v.AZ, Atl v.TB, Buffv.Chi, NO @Car, Indy@Phi, Cincy v.Pit, Car v.NO, Hou v.SD, TB @Atl, Cle v NE.

    I currently have Moore and Minn Def. Thanks!

  2. Gambler says:
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    Uh oh.. Need 17 points from Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels combined.. Started Felix, J-Stew, and Cowboys D.. thank goodness for Blount!

  3. Wilsonian says:
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    Thinking of trying to spin Marshall and Best for some better option…what do you think of these offers (too much or not enough?):

    Marshall and Best for Mega?

    Marshall and Best for Bradshaw?

    Marshall and Best for McCoy (the real one)?

    Marshall and Best for Mendy?

    Marshall and Best for Nicks?

    Marshall and Best for MJD?

    Thanks Doc.

  4. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    any word on what happened to zach miller?

  5. Joel says:
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    hey Doc, thanks for the great advice on playing TB Mike W and Legarrette. obviously worked out well. Q: I have Keller. celek was just dropped. I’m thinking maybe I’d rather have celek. what do you think for ROS?

  6. Alex says:
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    Fitzpatrick or cutler for the rest of the year? 4 pt passing tds and 6pt rushing tds. despite jays favorable playoff sked I think fitz is matchup proof thanks to the scrambling ability.

  7. Nick says:
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    Defense next week,

    Atl v. TB
    NO v. Car

    Not many matchup plays for week 9, even in 10 team league. In fact Buffalo comes up as highest projected pts but I’ll pass on them…

  8. Nick says:
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    …or Dallas vs. GB

  9. Mark says:
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    I have CJ2k, mjd, and Arian foster all starting for me. I also picked up Blount last week and with his big breakout game, I’m thinking about trading him. I have s moss, megatron, branch, Wes welker as my wr and we start 3. Thinking about packaging Blount with one of the non-megatron wr for an upgrade. Sound like a wise idea? Or keep Blount incase one of my guys go down? Throw out a couple names if you think a trade would be smart for me. Thanks a ton!

  10. uncdrew says:
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    With multiple sites making predictions each week, does anyone audit their predictions? I think I heard of some sites tabulating the “expert” picks and how they do, but when one expert said Fitzpatrick would do better than Brees yesterday, I had to laugh and keep my money on Brees. I was right.

    I’m curious to see how well the predictions do.

  11. Joel says:
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    @uncdrew: fantasypros.com does rankings

  12. amscalone says:
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    was just offered his johnson for my johnson. I give calvin to get andre. Gotta do this, right?

  13. amscalone says:
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    wait, there’s more to that. I wouldn’t be able to keep Calvin, but would be able to keep Andre for 3 years. He’s in the same boat, he wouldn’t be able to keep Andre, but could keep Calvin.

  14. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Rookie Season: Yeah, that’s painful. I’d probably go with your first thought there. There are some decent matchups D wise there, but I like Minny at home.

    @Gambler: It’s possible. Hoping for a shootout tonight.

    @Wilsonian: You might have a little trouble getting those accepted, but they are fair. I’d feel pretty good about any of the RB trades.

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Just a run heavy game. Got lost in the shuffle. He should be ok.

    @Joel: With Vick coming back I’d rather have Keller. Glad it worked out.

    @Nick: I’d lean NO.

    @Mark: I could see trying Blount/Moss for someone like Nicks.

    @uncdrew: Yeah, Fantasy Pros ranks the predictions. We submit ours to them.

    @amscalone: I see. Yeah, go for it.

  15. herschel says:
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    @Doc: i know its early, but which def/st do you like heading into next week? min vs ari, nyg @ sea, atl vs tb, buff vs chi?

    thanks.

  16. Derrick says:
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    I just I just picked up Stafford on the wire. I have Schaub and I’m thinking about moving him. Do you think Schaub and Best is a fair deal for Steven Jackson?

  17. G.O.B. says:
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    Non-PPR, Do you like Breaston or Sims-Walker as the better WR pickup? I would probably drop Matt Ryan or Zach Miller for him because I have Brees/Witten.

  18. herschel says:
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    “Randy Moss has been waived by the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports. ” – NFL.Com

  19. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: thanks Doc. I have a really stacked lineup and Marshall and Best just aren’t producing for me, but I was hoping someone on the lower end of our standings might take a chance on them. With the likes of Wayne, White, Boldin, Colston and CJ, Hillis, DMC, Blount, Moreno on my team, it seems like Marshall and Best have become expendable.

  20. Doc

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    @herschel: I’d go with the Giants since they could be a longer term hold.

    @G.O.B.: I like Walker a little more.

    @herschel: Nutso

    @Wilsonian: Agreed

    So who do you all think will grab Moss? The front runner as far as speculation goes are the Redskins. I would think the Chargers would be a good fit.

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: just because I’m a Rivers owner, I’m hoping for the Chargers…although that would be a lotta diva come Week 12 when VJax comes back.

    So would you rather have MJD or Bradshaw along with either MSW or one of the Williams Mikes instead of Marshall and Best, for the rest of the year?

  22. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Rivers Moss Vjax Gates would be crazy

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: or I guess you could include me acquiring VJax, as well, instead of one of the three Mikes.

  24. herschel says:
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    @Doc: my crabtree for j-stew? is the daily show worth buying low on?

  25. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    12 team NonPPR 2WR/2RB/Flex

    Someone dropped P.Thomas this week. Not sure who I could drop.

    Ben – Cutler
    AJ – Colston – Garcon – VJax
    SJax – Hillis – Charles – Torain – Lynch
    Hernandez

    I could drop Cutler or Lynch for Thomas. Maybe try to package Torain & Lynch for an RB. Not sure if that would get me anything good though.

  26. Doc

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    @Wilsonian: Tough. I love Bradshaw, but Jacobs is getting TDs. I’d lean MJD and VJax.

    @herschel: I’m not loving JStew. Smith did find Crabs for a TD.

    @MJD Took A Knee: I’d hold for now. PT is out indefinitely.

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: thanks Doc. I’m working on the MJD owner now. Offered him Marshall and either Best or Moreno for him. He said he’d think about it. Do you like McCoy better than MJD for the rest of the year? I could always work on his owner, too.

  28. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Wilsonian: I’d rather deal Best. I like Moreno’s playoff schedule. I like McCoy about the same, a little more in PPR.

  29. Steve Mc says:
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    Season is basically over in a dynasty league. I will be losing Bradshaw and will likely trade him before the deadline. What QB or WR would you try to acquire for next year in a deal for Bradshaw?

  30. Damion says:
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    Dude you’re a genius. Picked up blount and almost took me to victory….lynch totally screwed me….up by 20 going into Monday night and my opponent has wayne, walter, and vinateri. what are my chances?

    Heres my roster…who should I start??

    QB-Ryan, Freeman or Vick??
    RB-pick 2: Blount, Rice, Lynch, or McCoy?
    WR-Bowe, Floyd, Austin, or Mike Williams from Tampa?
    TE-kELLAR
    DEF-KC
    K-Bryant

    Also…I was thinking about scooping up Owens…..should I??? And if I do , who do I drop?

  31. friar says:
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    Doc, I need some help on an unusual trade proposal. My team is pretty solid at WR with AJ, Austin, Smith (CAR), Bowe, and Britt (though is he droppable now? maybe for V-Jax?), but I feel like I could use another stud RB (I have McCoy, Torain, DeAngelo, Law Firm, and Donald Brown). I’m contemplating making a proposal with a TON of uncertainty involved.

    I’d offer DeAngelo and Austin for Rice and R. Moss.

    Obviously, the fairness of this deal depends on what happens to Moss now, but my question is (1) with the current uncertainty, is this a good offer for me to make, and (2) is there a development that could happen with Moss that would make me instantly regret offering the trade?

  32. Nick says:
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    @doc: last minute change, hart is getting the start over brown. I got wayne/brown goin tonight and I’m down 40. Still go w/ brown? Or is hart not getting more touches. HELP! 30 min till kickoff

  33. Neck Beard says:
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    See me making up up 29.3 points with my (R. Wayne, A. Johnson, and A. Foster) and holding off his (Tamme) —

    And would you drop Lynch trying to claim S. Greene who was just dropped?

  34. Max says:
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    Need to pick up a DEF for Week 9 — which WR to drop?

    B Edwards, R Meachem, P Crayton?

  35. Max says:
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    ^^ +1 PPR

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Nick: I think since you are down by so much you should stick with Brown. I like his upside even with hart getting the start.

  37. Damion says:
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    @Doc, Dude you’re a genius. Picked up blount and almost took me to victory….lynch totally screwed me….up by 20 going into Monday night and my opponent has wayne, walter, and vinateri. what are my chances?

    Heres my roster…who should I start??

    QB-Ryan, Freeman or Vick??
    RB-pick 2: Blount, Rice, Lynch, or McCoy?
    WR-Bowe, Floyd, Austin, or Mike Williams from Tampa?
    TE-kELLAR
    DEF-KC
    K-Bryant

    Also…I was thinking about scooping up Owens…..should I??? And if I do , who do I drop?

  38. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Max: Edwards

    @Neck Beard: Greene pretty much needs LT to get injured at this point. I’d give Lynch some more time. As long as Tamme doesn’t grab a couple TDs I think you have a good chance.

    @friar: It’s a little risky, but I would make it right now. Moss will play with somebody.

    @Damion: I need a little more time with next week’s schedule. I’d see how OD looks tonight before deciding.

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Damion: You’ve got a decent shot. I don’t see Walter having a big game.

  40. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Tamme Daniels or Hernandez rest of year?

  41. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @MJD Took A Knee: It may be a bit of a knee jerk reaction, but Tamme.

  42. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I have Hernandez and the no TD is annoying.

  43. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I thought the Chicago OLine was on bye

  44. Wilsonian says:
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    Keller or Tamme? .5 PPR

    I like Keller’s upcoming schedule, but Tamme could be Clark Jr.

  45. Shippity says:
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    LB cold cocked a documented two guys at least.

  46. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Doc good call on blount.. picked him up this week for a fill in for turner burner. worked out well to say the least :)

  47. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Tamme has too good of a game already goodbye Hernandez I hope

  48. Nick says:
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    @doc: sounds crazy but drop h miller for tamme? And hold d brown going forward or does Hart move up after today

  49. mike says:
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    Tamme or Owen Daniels for the rest of the year?

  50. Damion says:
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    keller or owen daniels for the rest of the year??

  51. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Damion: Keller

    @mike: Tamme

    @Nick: I’d go for it. Hart moves up. Both were injured during the game though. Need to see about that.

    @MJD Took A Knee: Yeah, AHer just isn’t getting the red zone looks.

  52. bfeels says:
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    Doc, I got the #1 waiver claim this week and both Blount and Tamme are available. I will be droping a second defense to pick one up, so which one would you pick up? My current RB-WR-TE include:

    RB: A Peterson, B Wells, F Jones, B Jacob
    WR: H Ward, P Garcon, S Smith (car), M William (tb)
    TE: Hernandez

    Thanks!

  53. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bfeels: Blount

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