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First off, the start to this post isn’t an anti-Drew Brees campaign.  Nope, not even close.  Drew played well tonight as he completed nearly 78% of his passes for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns with his lone gaff being a fumble that the Eagles recovered.  Well ok, he had two fumbles but he’s still Drew Brees, ok?  Anyways, I gave that vague title to let you know something’s afoot in New Orleans.  Usually, something has a foot but isn’t a foot, Sky.  Thanks, obtuse italics.  What I’m trying to say is the Saints are finally getting back to some of what made them a successful team in past years: Rushing the ball.  Yep, under the facade of being an all-pass, all the time team, the Saints have actually had a formidable rushing attack during the last three years and they used to put it to work a lot.  Let’s do a quick snapshot comparison.  From 2009~2011, the Saints averaged 426 rushing attempts a year, good for a 26.6 carries per game average.  Now to put things in further perspective, they finished 6th in the NFL twice in that span in terms of rushing yards.  Prior to tonights game, the Saints were on pace for 317 carries total on the year which obviously put them at the bottom of the league in terms of rushing yards.  So of course, on a night that they win, the Saints rush the ball 25 times…ok, we won’t count the Brees kneel down as a rush.  Overall, if you’re a Brees owner, you should not be worried about this situation.  In fact, you should embrace it seeing as the last three years for Brees owners has been amazing.  The establishment of the running game bodes well for Drew owners as well as the guys he throws to.  Plus, it keeps all those guys in playoff contention which keeps everyone interested when the fake playoffs start for us.  In other fantasy football news…

DeSean Jackson - Only 3 receptions but gained 100 yards and a touchdown.  Of course, 77 yards came on the touchdown catch so before you go crazy about it, realize you got the good side of being Mr. Miyagi’ed: D-Jax was on but you could’ve gotten D-Jax off.

LeSean McCoy - Had a great first quarter in which he had about 50 yards on only about 5 or 6 carries.  Actually, the Eagles started the night off with well over 100 rushing yards in the first quarter with Bryce Brown chipping in 50+ of his own.  So it goes without saying, if that’s how the night started and the Eagles had 4 redzone opportunities with a QB struggling with TOs all year…eh, how did they not run it more when it was whatever and goal and end up with more than 2 FGs there?  I’m not asking this as a fantasy guy, I’m asking this as someone whose trying to understand what you’re doing, Andy Reid…no, Andy, I’m simply asking you a question, you can’t call a timeout…no, no challenge flags either.  In all, McCoy’s night was good – 133 total yards – but really should’ve been better.

Marques Colston - Ho-hum, another week, another touchdown to go with 46 yards on 4 receptions.  I put him as a top 10 wide receiver to start the year for which I got guff.  Guff I tell ya!  Well now I can tell them all to guff off because that’s exactly where he’s been hovering for most of the year. Sorry if you are smelling a strong sense of righteous indignation, it’s just me;  I just smugged.

Pierre Thomas - Was supposed to be THE guy in the backfield when Sproles went down.  Somehow he finished the night with less touches than he did in his last three games.  The PT Bruiser only touched the ball 8 times for 67 total yards and no score though he did take it down to the one before Colston’s touchdown.  In the end, he was barely owned before the game in most leagues and surely this one won’t change anyone’s minds.  The fact of the matter is the Saints are an RBBC to the extreme and Pierre is an au pair for New Orleans and that RB crew.

Mark Ingram- Mark tallied 9 touches – 2 as receptions – for same amount of yards as Pierre got which means he was almost fantasy relevant for the first time in forever.  Seriously, where has this guy been all year?  Is he just getting over mono?  Is he really Justin Blackmon in disguise?  Well, it’s a good thing for Ingram owners that he showed up – if there are any left – because he has even more competition in the backfield now…

Chris Ivory - See how I elipses’ed right into Ingram’s nemesis?  Though Ivory had the least amount of yardage between the three with 49, he was the only running back to touch paydirt and did lead the team in touches on the night with 12.  Not bad for a guy that hasn’t seen the field at all this season.  Wonder if anyone talked about him before the season sta…ah…AH-CHOOOOO!  Sorry, it’s flu-RL season.  The only thing holding Ivory back from more carries ROS is Ingram’s blood transfusion from Charlie Sheen.  As an Ivory owner in two leagues, I really hope Ingram just falls back asleep, Tiger Blood be damned.

Michael Vick- The end line wasn’t bad – 272 passing, 53 rushing to go with 1 TD and 1 INT – but his stat line did not represent how good or bad he played.  His lone turnover was a soul-crushing pick in the redzone returned for an INT for the NO defense.  And while we’re talking about the NO defense, let’s note that the Eagles only put up 13 points on THE worst defense in the league so far this year.  Overall, this was the second worst output in terms of QB fantasy scoring against the Saints this season.  The first worst?  Matt Cassel.  You get what I’m saying?  Side bar: watched plenty of the start of the game and I don’t know how many times they flashed to the Eagles sidelines and caught a heated exchange here or an angry face there.  This team looks bad in reality which could be disastrous for fantasy.  Don’t think Vick necessarily deserves to lose his job but if it’s either him or Reid, I’m pretty sure Michael will be riding the pine.  On the plus side, he can’t turn the ball over from there.

Jimmy Graham - He gave his owners a scare a few weeks back with an ankle injury and then missed a game that no one thought he’d miss after his team’s bye.  Now has two straight games with touchdowns and finished the night as his team’s leader in targets (11), receptions (8) and receiving yards with 72.  Though he had his writing teacher worried for a while, it looks like Jimmy is back to using good Graham’er for his owners.  Is it irony to use improper grammar to make a pun on grammar or merely coincidence?  And before you answer, watch out: your dangling participle is showing!

37 Responses

  1. Mr2Bits says:
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    12 points down last night in a PPR league with Hartley and Maclin….flop. Has anyone seen Maclin because he surely wasn’t at the game last night?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ouch. Eagles offense is just a mess period. With a complete blown coverage on D-Jax, he finishes the night with 2 Recs for 23 yards. It’s really not sunny in Philadelphia right now.

  2. JP says:
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    Hi,

    Would you trade Brandon Lloyd to receive M Jones Drew? I will likely make the playoffs and I think MJD might be back in a couple of weeks. Thoughts?

    0.5pt PPR (either would be my flex).

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yep

  3. Wilsonian says:
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    Got Cobb and Morris on BYE, so I need a Flex play. 0.5 PPR, 3 point bonus at 85 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing, 6 point bonus at 135 yards receiving and 150 yards rushing. These are my options, who you playing:

    Andre Brown
    Titus Young, Sr.
    Broyles
    F. Jones
    J. Bell
    K. Britt
    E. Sanders
    DHB
    Reece

    Thanks man.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lotta good choices there. Like Britt’s matchup. Give him a shot.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky, thanks! Any chance you can rank those guys for the week?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Havne’t really looked too hard at matchups for the week so my rough sketch would look like this: Britt/Reece/Jones/Bell/DHB/Young/Sanders/Brown/Broyles

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Sky, thanks! I have Jones and Titus. Could drop one for Britt and plug him in.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Between Jones & Titus, I like Titus ROS but I’m decidedly untrusting of James overall.

  4. microwave donut says:
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    Good thing I didn’t care what Vick did since my opponent destroyed me with Martin/LeShoure/Decker.

    But the real reason I’m here in the comments is to let you know the mobile site isn’t working. The baseball and basketball arms of the site the site don’t have mobile versions –don’t know about the hockey arm, sounds like a wrestling move– and the regular site works fine on the small screen. But, if you wanted a mobile version, you don’t have it. Its a bunch of links and no articles.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hopefully the fix for this comes through when we upgrade the site in December; thanks for the heads up, though!

  5. Joe F says:
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    Hey Sky,

    As a Mccoy owner should I be worried about these kinda games the rest of the way I need him to be better, Reid and Vick are killing him. I have Doug Martin too so maybe I’ll be ok.

    Also, for week 10 who’s best for my WR3 slot Titus Young SR. or Lloyd .5 PPR? (Other 2 WR’s are Julio and Steve Smith)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t think you can be worried and do much about it. He’s still a top 10 RB but maybe not what you drafted him for. You’re fine if those two are your main RBs.

  6. Matt says:
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    In my PPR league, I’m looking at trading for Brandon Marshall and possibly A. Bolden in exchange for Nicks and either A. Morris or F Gore. Which is the better back to include and is this a good trade?

    My current WR other than Nicks are: Wallace, Bowe, and Floyd
    My RB include those 2, Turner, MJD, Mendenhall and Wells

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Personally, I’d rather keep your RB depth. Don’t trust you get much from Mendy or Wells ROS and MJD has mostly been ruled out not only for this week but next week as well and is still moving around on the cart at practice.

  7. Tim says:
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    Have Rodgers on bye..
    My choices for fill in this week
    Fitzpatrick at NE
    Tannehill vs Tenn
    Alex Smith vs Rams
    Cutler vs Hou
    Help!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d give the edge to Fitz.

  8. Mike says:
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    Need a flex play on a bye week…
    Titus young vs MIN
    Ty Hilton @ Jax. If Avery is out
    Emmanuel sanders vs KC. If Brown is out…
    Standard league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d rank Hilton/Sanders/Titus if those guys are out. Strike that, reverse it if they’re not.

  9. Art Vandelay says:
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    Do you like JC Superstar as a buy low? Or are you too concerned with his potential injury and lack of productivity? What would you offer for him?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As long as he comes as cheap as he’s played of late (120+ total yards over his last 4 games), I’m buying. A guy that’s barely RB2 worthy and maybe a flex play: Bradshaw/R. Bush/LeShoure come to mind as guys I’d move for him.

  10. quimmy says:
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    2 offers to consider in a PPR:

    My VCruz ans CJ2K for Arian Foster and J.Rodgers

    or

    My Andre Johnson and CJ2K for Shady McCoy?

    I have a ton of WR depth (Cruz, Harvin, Welker, A.Johnson, Amendola). Every week I have a good wr and good rb sitting on my bench wasting away. I want to gear up for the playoffs. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      LeSean is ranked 27th while CJ2K is ranked 34th according to yahoo…you could almost swap them straight across if the other owner is reasonable. You’re overspending for Foster there, too. Not sure who your RBs are so it’s hard to say whether or not you have enough depth to make a move. Most people who say that have two really good ones and then a lot of backups. I always prefer depth, especially at skill positions. All it takes is a couple of injuries and your depth is no longer.

      • quimmy says:
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        @Sky, My rbs right now are CJ2K, Ridley and Sproles (when he gets back). I would hopefully go to the playoffs with the following roster:

        Romo
        Foster
        Sproles
        Harvin
        Welker
        Andre
        Amendola/Ridley
        Miller
        Seabass
        49ers

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha…the AJ+CJ2K is an overspend for LeSean but it’s worth it for your team.

  11. Margarita Mama says:
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    Hey! Would you trade Spiller & Reggie Bush in return for Lesean McCoy and Greg Jennings?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey back! Oh and definitely.

      What’s the margarita of choice and does it have an umbrella?

      • Margarita Mama says:
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        @Sky, Best-in-Class Margarita. You must make:
        - 1 can frozen limeade
        - 1 can tequila (silver is best for this recipe)
        - 1/4 can Brandy
        - 1/8 can Triple Sec
        - 1 Lime’s worth of zest
        - 1 cup Orange Juice
        *1-2 jalapenos finely chopped, depending if you like it hot!
        - ICE (eyeball it, depending on how frozen/slushy you want it to be)
        Instructions:
        Dump all ingredients into blender, blend on high until smooth. Salud & Buenos Suertes!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sweet, gonna have to try this. Surprise my wife with it, she loves a good margarita :)

  12. ant says:
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    I was just offered this trade Aaron rodgers, martellus bennet, and jonathan stewart for cj spiller andrew luck, and kyle rudolph. If DMC didnt just get hurt I wouldnt even have to ask. Heres my team, what do you think?
    qb; Luck/romo
    rb: forte
    rb2: Mcfadden
    wr: Cruz
    wr: J. Jones
    te: Aaron Hernandez
    flex: Cobb
    Bench: Spiller, T. Smith, m. Bush. R. Jennings

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take that trade

  13. FilthyRich says:
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    Non-PPR league, need a flex. I have McCoy/McGahee at RB, Austin/Marshall at WR. Options for flex are:
    J Charles, Torrey Smith, T Young or E Sanders.
    Would you roll dice on Charles finally producing (if he plays)? If not, which of the other four do you like?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Jamaal has a tough matchup in the Steelers this week so I wouldn’t start him in a non-PPR; plus his ‘neck injury’. Haven’t reviewed the weekly rankings yet this week so right now I’d say Titus

  14. Eng says:
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    G’day Doc. Who is better/less bad injury stash between TJ Yates and Byron Leftwich?

  15. Eng says:
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    Oh boy my bad, I meant Sky. Sorry sir, I blame an early start combined with lifelong stupidity.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, no problem! Hrm, a QB injury stash? Probably minimal chance period but I guess Yates.

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