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Before we get on with this post, I’m gonna set something straight: I never have and probably never will play Pokemon.  I’m merely familiar with the theme song and I like puns so bingo, bango, bongo, I have a title.  What I’m saying is, if you have Pokemon jokes you’d like to share, feel free to but most likely my comment will be ‘…haha?’.  Good, now that we’ve got that settled, let’s move on to our feature back presentation in Jamaal Charles.  Now why would I suggest Charles?  Isn’t he currently ranked in the top 50 in PPR leagues this year according to yahoo?  Why yes he is.  Thanks me for pointing that out!  But now I’d like to point out another thing.  His ranking over the last 4 weeks of play is 1687 behind such amazing guys as Montario Hardesty and Cedric Peerman.  During that span, Jamaal has only mustererd up 123 total yards of offense and 1 concussion that the Chiefs are claiming was just ‘a neck injury’.  Needless to say, Charles has not been in charge in KC and the offense as a whole has been A-hole in terms of fantasy goodness for most of the year.  Alright, with all the negative out of the way, let’s get to the positives: he’s still Jamaal Charles.  Do you really need more info than that?  Overall, I can’t make any promise he returns to the RB1 glory he started the year off at but who you sitting on at RB2 right now? Mikel LeShoure?  You sure that’s gonna get the job done when playoffs come?  Yeah, didn’t think so.  As always, it’s about what you have to spend to get a guy and Charles should come at a premium with his recent rough stretch and how KC has played.  If you want to be the very best, like no one ever was, to catch them is the real test, to train them is your cause.  Hrm, I think only the first two sentences fit but you get the idea.  Gotta catch Jamaal.  In other fantasy football news…

Buy

Jordy Nelson - I’ve called Jordy a buy quite a few times this season.  I wouldn’t say it’s because I love him, namely because I don’t, but he keeps ending up in buy low situations.  After healing up from a hamstring issue and playing last week, his lone attempt at a catch saw him turn his ankle and exit the game early.  With a bye week on the horizon and his recent injury woes, good lordy ‘ole Jordy is looking like a good nab if his owner is feeling worried.

Darren Sproles – Not sure if you can get him but if you can get him, get him…get it?  The initial concerns of 4-6 weeks out turned into 1-2 weeks.  Willis McGehee had a similar injury last year and played 15 games.  You get the picture.  Sproles is an underrated stud in return yardage and PPR leagues and given the fumble by the kick returner from Monday’s game, I can’t see how he doesn’t regain his status there.

Eli Manning -This is more about whether or not you need him.  In most standard leagues, the bye weeks have passed and you don’t need to worry about subbing QBs in and out for each other for the most part.  He’s still averaging about 270 passing yards a game and has gone through a rough patch of late that’s pushed his TD:INT ratios down to 12:9.  Overall, it’s still a passing team and he’ll have plenty of opportunities to turn his season around.

Hakeem Nicks - Yeah, I said to buy him once before but you didn’t listen.  Good for you!  But you should listen now.  He’s not sitting on 1 TD for the year.  Just like Manning’s current pace, there’s huge upside the rest of the way.  Eventually, Nicks is going to have that big game and you’ll wish you had him.  Might as well have him now.

Sell

Chicago Bears D/ST - What an amazing run to start the year but seriously, they’re ranked 13th overall according to yahoo.  Would you spend a second round pick on a defense?  Because that’s their value right now.  This is more about trading for a skill position if someone is nutty enough to do it.

Andrew Luck - Love the kid long term but do you truly believe he’s going to throw for his 4800 yard pace the rest of the way?  The touchdowns have been inconsistent and he’s only on pace for 20 passing – though 6 for rushing – to go with 16 intereceptions.  Having written that, I’m still curious how he’s the 7th ranked QB for the season when Big Ben has 16 TD passes compared to only 4 INT and nearly the same passing yardage?  I know the fantasy points don’t say it, but I’d rather have Big Ben and you probably would too, right?  And plus, is it just me or does Andrew have a bit of crazy eye in his profile picture?  If I can’t set you straight, I’ll scare you straight.

Randall Cobb - Don’t look now but Cobb is ranked as the 6th best WR in PPR leagues according to yahoo.  The question you have to ask yourself is ‘how did we get here?’.  You can thank injuries for most of Cobb’s value with the afore mentioned Jordy and Greg Jennings missing a lot of time this year.  You can also thank Jermichael Finley being worthless.  I still think he’s a decent WR2 play but I worry he begins to let you down when it most counts: the playoffs.  If you can get WR1 value back for him, take it and run.

51 Responses

  1. Plainview says:
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    I have injury problems:

    RB Lynch
    RB DMC
    RB Goodson
    RB Turbin
    RB Leshoure
    WR Cruz
    WR Harvin
    WR Torrey Smith
    WR Malcolm Floyd
    WR DHB

    Need to start 2RB, 2WR and 1 WR/RB Flex. I’m thinking Lynch, Leshoure, Cruz, Smith and Floyd. But, I could pick up: Pierre Thomas, Ivory, Ingram, Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones or Felix Jones. If I do pick one up, I would have to drop one of the above. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    • Plainview says:
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      @Plainview, or Mendenhall . . .

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not really big on keeping back ups like in the case of Turbin. I’d want Felix Jones at least until Murray comes back so I have a starting option on my bench. Then PT. Mendenhall is not worth the headache.

      • Plainview says:
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        @Sky, Who would you drop? Turbin and Goodson?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          If it’s not a keeper, I’d drop either. I don’t believe in keeping backups for backups sake.

  2. Guru from Kzoo says:
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    Great article, I always enjoy this.

    What arey your thoughts on this trade basesd on my team? 6points TD, PPR. Record 4-5 7th place current one spot out of playoffs.

    QB – P.Manning
    RB – T.Richardson
    RB – D.McFadden
    WR – H.Nicks
    WR – L.Fitz
    TE – A.Hernandez
    Flex – T.Romo

    Bench – CJ Spiller, S.Smith, J. Gresham

    I have been offered V.Jackson for Nicks and Gresham or Andre Johnson for Nicks and Gresham. What are your thoughts? My thoughts are Nicks will have big games in the future but I can’t keep waiting around based on my record. Gresham is irrelevant in this trade to me because of Hernandez and D.Keller is in the FA pool.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey thanks, I’m glad you like the read. Due to Nicks’ injury history, I had him ranked right around V-Jax. Considering I’m not all that high on Gresham, I’d do it. V-Jax has a nice looking schedule ROS.

      • Guru from Kzoo says:
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        @Sky, Thanks for the advice. I could possibly get Andre Johnson for Nicks and Gresham. Do you think that is a better option?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I have been against Andre all season so I wouldn’t trade for him.

  3. Captain Kirk says:
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    @sky

    Need some advice. So my team has been hit big by the injury bug.

    I have Redman, Heath Miller on my team right now. I also need a WR for this weekend.

    Do you start 3 PIT steelers…. as in go get Emmanuel Sanders?

    Or do you like T.Y. Hilton or Donnie Avery better this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Avery might be hurt. If he’s out this week, I’d want T.Y. but if not, I’m fine with going with 3 PIT guys. KC is a pushover for a team right now.

  4. smegma says:
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    Spiller/Gordon for Fitz/J.Stew? I only have White/S.Smith/Gordon (Washington/Garcon) in 3 WR league. TRich/CJ (Jennings/Spiller/law firm/D.Brown) as RBs.

    • smegma says:
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      @sky,

      In addition, how much would you give for Charles? Other league is ppr and Charles owner doesn’t have much for backup at RB position. Would Stevie Johnson and Pierre Thomas or Vick Ballard be a decent trade? Due to Sproles getting injured and Fred Jackson sharing time, I don’t have much going for RB’s in that league. I do have lots of WR though with Julio/Colston/VJax/Stevie/D.Moore/Crabs.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah if he needs WR, try Stevie & PT and see if he bites. I’m liking Ballard more and more, probably wouldn’t want to trade him; might be a sneaky RB2 ROS.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a fair trade. You’re not losing RB depth so go for it.

      • smegma says:
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        @Sky,

        Sorry for throwing 2 trades at you – which one do you like or both? Thanks!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No worries, looks like different trades for different teams, no?

          • smegma says:
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            @Sky,

            That’s correct, the first is my non-ppr team, the 2nd is ppr team.

            • smegma says:
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              @sky,

              1st offer was refused, so please let me know about the proposed trade for Charles. Thanks!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @smegma, Yeah, I like that trade for you. Sorry, I answered the first one and the second one initially but looks like only my second response took! PT+Stevie makes sense but I like Ballard. Maybe I’m missing something…

  5. Principle Blackman says:
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    Great writeup, as usual, Sky.
    If Anthony Brown cannot go that gives a huge boost to Sanders in my PPR/Ret. Yardage league. Should I drop DHB for Sanders if Brown is down? My other WRs are Megatron, Harvin, BLloyd, and Denarius Moore. Harvin is obviously doubtful to go, so I would be starting Calvin, Brandon and either Denarius, DHB, or Sanders. What do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks, PB!

      I like DHB ROS more than I like Sanders. I’d hold.

  6. Murph says:
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    Tried to come up with a good Pokemon/Fantasty Football refrence but im lost for words Sky….haha

    Flex Question: NON PPR

    Stewart/Titus Young/Nate Washington

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, exactly. Never played that as a kid and didn’t understand the attraction to it.

      I’d go Stewie.

  7. Murph says:
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    What the deuce?!?! Yeah always running backs I know, the time share and the broncos D scares the hell out of me…might take a risk on Nate just because of the matchup.

    Any thoughts on thursdays WRs for a deep league flyer?

    Hilton/Avery/Blackmon/Shorts

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m all about trusted touches. Stew is still part of the passing game there. Nate has a great matchup…then again so does Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt as well but you gotta go with your gut 9/10. I still say go Stewie…or perish!

      If Avery isn’t good to go, I’d go Hilton. If not, they both kinda wash eachother out. Not seeing a repeat 400 yard performance from Luck that allows for two 100 yard guys. Shorts would be my man there if both those two are healthy. Too hard to figure which one will be the second most awesome guy to Wayne on the night.

  8. CDogg says:
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    Throw ya hands to the Sky,

    I’ve got injury probs at RB …
    Demarco Murray (who knows when he’s coming back)
    and
    Darren McFadden (looks like the same shituation)

    I’m somewhat deep at WR … Julio Jones, Cobb, T. Smith, B. Llyod, Hartline

    I’ve been offered Jamaal Charles and Vick Ballard for Julio Jones. Do I do it? Can I survive the rest of the season with my other WR’s? I NEED to win 4 straight weeks to make the playoffs…

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No, you deserve more for Julio than that. Charles is a buy low, not a sell high right now. I don’t think your WRs are deep enough to make that move. I’d offer Smith/Ballard but wouldn’t go any higher than that. Ballard actually is actually looking like a decent RB2 option ROS.

  9. Tim says:
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    i have second priority on the waiver wire and lost Run DMC. Who do I shoot for first, Reece or Jones? And do you think either will be more productive than my backup of Steven Jackson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tough call as I see a timeshare in OAK. Reece hasn’t really rushed the ball much to evaluate him by and neither has Taiwan. Could see Reece this week outperforming S-Jax since he’s established himself as a passing back and I see Oakland playing from behind.

  10. Adam says:
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    Redman or Reece for this week?
    Need a RB to fill in
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Even if Redman/Dwyer split carries this week, Redman has the higher chance at a score, IMHO.

  11. farcus says:
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    My CJ?K for Jordy Nelson in a PPR league?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not a trade I would do; CJ2K is a solid RB2.

  12. the hungary hippo says:
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    Rank pettigrew, rudolph, dreessen for this week and the rest of the way pleesse

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take them in the order you listed them.

  13. Art Vandelay says:
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    Richardson/T. Smith for J. Charles and Demariyus Thomas? Which side would you want in a 12 team non-PPR?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Non-PPR, I wouldn’t want to make that trade.

  14. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I lost Harvin and A. Brown in my PPR league, I need a WR3, WHO DO YOU LIKE ?

    Titus Young
    Nate Washington
    Malcolm Floyd
    Cecil shorts
    Kenny Britt
    Torrey Smith
    Heyward-Bey
    T.Y. Hilton
    Ryan Broyles
    Hartline
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Kendall Wright

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Man, nice pack to choose from there…I like Floyd/Shorts/Britt the most outta that crew, actually. I’d give Britt a go but man…what a good problem to have if that’s your FA pool.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, Its my IDP/PPR league, we were suppose to have ten teams and two people bailed out last second. I forgot to expand the benches to offset the loss of two teams. On the bright side you should have no excuse in finding a replacement and no one has quit on the season yet.

        my problem with Britt is he has only had one double digit scoring week. I thought hartline, Smith and Hilton matchups are sexy. If I was to go with any of the three I just mentioned, which one do you like. all three had great target numbers the previous week.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, gotcha. Hartline would probably be the safest play. Like Hilton, just worry that he and Avery seem to trade off good games prior to last week. Only reason I didn’t like Torrey was the PPR factor and I’m pretty sure Baltimore is going to ground that win out after seeing the destruction Doug Martin did to OAK.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky, I hear that on smith, he is one of those wishful thinking players anyways. Hartline is like a poor mans amendola, but I will wait till late saturday to make my call. he should still be available.

  15. The Fridge says:
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    Just got offered Nicks + Ryan Matthews for Reggie Wayne. Start 2 RBs and 3 WRs. Here’s my lineup:

    QB – Peyton
    WR – Colston
    WR – Wayne
    WR – Shorts
    WR – Britt
    WR – Jennings
    RB – McCoy
    RB – Bradshaw
    RB – Sproles
    RB – Alex Green
    TE – Graham

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a tad risky but I’d take it

  16. Ian says:
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    Hey Sky,

    At 7-2, I’m looking to set myself up for the playoffs, and your warning about Cobb got me thinking it’d be a good time to move him for someone more secure. I was thinking of offering Cobb and Bradshaw for Peterson, but wanted to see if this seemed (a) reasonable and (b) decent value. I’d be trading away two guys who scare the bejeezus out of me when I think about the playoffs, but I want to make sure I still approach this rationally.

    I currently start 2 RB, 2WR, and a flex (12 team, no PPR) out of:
    RB: Forte, Mathews, Bradshaw, A Brown
    WR: S. Smith, Austin, Cobb, Manningham, Jennings

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Getting AP for that package would be great.

      • Ian says:
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        @Sky, Thanks!

        Does the offer seem reasonable/realistic? His RB depth is minimal, so I could sweeten the deal if needed by also including Brown (possibly asking him to throw in Amendola), but I’d be a little nervous about dropping down to just 3 RBs.

        Ultimately, I want to make sure my offer is reasonable; when you’re the first place team, people tend to be inherently suspicious of trade offers and less willing to negotiate, so I want to offset that as much as possible by making a reasonable first offer.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Depends on his opinion of Bradshaw. If I had AP I wouldn’t take it, but it’s reasonable to at least start a conversation

  17. Emily says:
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    Can’t figure out who to start in my flex spot and keep going back and forth for my two wide receivers in a non ppr league. Ray Rice is already lock for my RB slot:
    This is what I’m thinking:

    Brian Hartline
    Vincent Jackson
    Victor Cruz

    But I also have Amendola, vick ballard, rashad jennings, and kerley . It feels wrong to bench cruz for amendola..or ballard.. AH!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      WR V-Jax/Cruz and I’d want Rashad in at my flex

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