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After a short hiatus, the doctor is back. I’ve spent a bunch of time cuddling and loving with my new little boy. He’s 2 1/2 weeks old and all kinds of adorable. But enough about him.

Let’s talk about Quintorris. Who the heck is that? Quintorris? And why does he have a screw loose?

Quintorris is the legal first name of someone we’re all sad to see go down hurt for the season. He was injured on Monday Night Football and injured his foot. That is the real name of Julio Jones of the Falcons. The NFL’s leader in receptions and yards broke a screw in his foot and has to have surgery to fix it. He didn’t break a bone…he broke a screw!

Add to that the high ankle sprain Roddy White is limping through and it makes Matt Ryan’s value take a serious hit. Factor in Steven Jackson being out with a leg injury and this looks like a perfect week for the Falcons to be on their bye.

Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals is dealing with a hamstring injury that leaves his questionable against the 49ers. With a late game and a tough opponent, he’s a FLEX option at best this week.

CJ Spiller is questionable to play this week against Cincinnati. Fred Jackson looked awfully good last week with two touchdowns so I wonder how the carries will be split. Spiller should play but be a little wary of the split.

Miles Austin (hamstring) is probable for this week against Washington. He makes a good play against a crummy Washington defense. Terrence Williams sees his value take a  little hit if Austin plays. Both of those guys are in the WR3 neighborhood.

Calvin Johnson of the Lions is questionable again with his knee injury. It forced him to miss last week and he is true game-time decision. Matthew Stafford will have another poor performance without him. It would be like Ray Charles without a piano. All you can do with Megatron is wait…and wait…and wait…and see.

Arian Foster (thumb, chest) and Andre Johnson (shin) are both questionable for the Texans-Rams game. Foster is expected to play but Johnson is a game-time decision. If he can’t go look for DeAndre Hopkins to take advantage against a pillowy Rams secondary. Ben Tate should also see a good chunk of carries if this becomes a blowout.

Ahmad Bradshaw of the Colts is done for the year with a neck injury. He elected to have surgery so Trent Richardson is going to shoulder the load. Donald Brown makes for a sneaky pick up as a backup and Kerwynn Williams is a sleeper at that position for the Colts.

Jamaal Charles (toes) is questionable but expected to play this week against a weak Oakland defense.

The Vikings quarterback will be…heck we don’t know. Christian Ponder (rib) has been cleared to play. Matt Cassel looked good against Pittsburgh and they brought in Josh Freeman. At this point the only Vikings I trust are Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh. And Walsh is listed as limited with a left leg injury. **Sigh**

Rob Gronkowski is expected to make his season debut for the Patriots this week. But is it too little, too late for the Patriots and Tom Brady’s fantasy value? Danny Amendola is questionable (groin) and is another game-time decision. Ugh. Stevan Ridley is in the same boat as Amendola. Double ugh.

David Wilson of the Giants is going to see a specialist next week in Los Angeles for his neck issues. Brandon Jacobs filled in nicely for him last night and Andre Brown is still four weeks away from returning. Looks like it could be Jacobs’ show for the forseeable future on a putrid Giants team.

Darren McFadden is practicing and looks like another potential game-time decision. I still would be leery of putting him out there against a tough KC defense. FLEX at best because of the matchup.

The Mike Vick-Nick Foles quarterback situation will come down to almost kickoff so be ready with Plan B if Chip Kelly decides to play games and screw with us.

Ryan Mathews (concussion) has been held out of practice this week. Danny Woodhead has been taking the snaps and looks to be a solid play this week. Given Mathews injury history, it’s real hard to predict how long he will be out for.

The list of players who are banged up gets longer every week. I can only dread how big it will look on Week 10.

 

  1. CL says:
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    Tough week… PPR… Looks like I’m going to possibly have to dump Quizz Rodgers if Gronk isn’t playing… come on GRONK!

    Anyway, since I have no other option to drop, would you rather rock Joique Bell at RB2 or drop him and pick up Bolden?

    Ellington is my flex. Yee-haw!

    • CL says:
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      @CL: Or, slide Ellington into RB2, drop both J.Bell and Quizz, try to claim Emmanual Sanders for flex and Clay or Cook for TE?

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @CL: Don’t drop Joquie!

    • CL says:
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      @CL: welp, looks like my only move is to drop Quizz and pick up a TE.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @CL: Keep Joique Bell. Reggie Bush has already missed time with injury and always has that risk of missing more. And if the Lions are without Megatron, they have to rely heavily on the run game.

      The Pats’ backfield (Ridley, Blount, Bolden and Vereen (DTR-IR)) is a heap of players.

      • CL says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: 10-4. I dropped Quizz for Fleener.

  2. Bryan says:
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    Is Gerhart worth playing after the Peterson tragedy?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bryan: It certainly is tragic and our thoughts and prayers go out to AP and his family. I have a 2-year-old and even though I get upset with him at times and frustrated too, I would NEVER do anything like that to my boy.

      I’d still hold off on Gerhart just like if it were a game-time decision. We don’t know for sure how Peterson will perform this week. He could be an emotional mess. Or he could go ape and run for 250 yards and two scores.

  3. Justin says:
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    Tough call for me this week. Just lost Julio for the year in my 12 team keeper opening up a huge hole at flex. . Currently have K. Allen at flex this week. Would you start either of kerley ellington M.Austin Ridley. 1 pt ppr league. .Thabk you for the hreat work eveeu week.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Justin: Ellington. I think it’s just a matter of time before he passes Mendenhall as the lead back in Arizona. Ellington has a better yards per carry average and he contributes in the passing game. Mendy doesn’t.

      Ridley is still a question mark this week. Austin has a great matchup but his hamstring is balky. He is also a Sunday Night Football guy so he won’t leave options if he doesn’t play.

  4. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    McGahee or Ridley for flex?

    • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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      Congrats on the son by the way.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bitchesbeshoppach: McGahee as of now. Ridley is still up in the air and hasn’t even hit the end zone yet. McGahee has despite being signed off the street after the T-Rich trade.

      And thanks.

  5. Scott says:
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    Out of the following RBs, which three would you start in a non-ppr league: C.J. Spiller, G. Bernard, S. Ridley, and D. Sproles. I’m leaning towards sitting Ridley, but am still not sure.

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Scott: Spiller, Sproles, Bernard. Ridley gets cut since he hasn’t found the end zone this year–the others have.

      Even if Ridley plays, the Pats should still distribute carries which dampens his value.

  6. Steve says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the season – Andre Johnson or Josh Gordon?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Steve: Andre Johnson does it for me since we know what we’re going to get in Matt Schaub and they have a legitimate play-action threat.

      Gordon’s good but he doesn’t have enough weapons around him to draw some of the defense away from him.

  7. Velocity_X says:
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    Congrats on your new son! Looking for some help on tight bye-week decisions.

    Schaub or Alex Smith? (Bonuses for higher passing yards)

    Celek or Reed in a PPR?

    Sit one of V-Jax, Nelson, Decker, and Megatron (assuming he plays).

    1/2 PPR James Jones or Hilton?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Velocity_X:

      Schaub against a week STL defense.

      Reed. The Tampa defense has been pretty tough.

      Do I have to sit one of those guys? V-Jax because of the rookie quarterback and we’re not sure what we’re going to get out of them. Obvisouly Megatron if he’s out but trends are GTD+ on the big man.

      Fractional PPR: Jones

  8. J-FOH says:
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    This is more of a support group exercise at this point, “I’M GOING TO DROP DAVID WILSON, THAT BITCH TOOK ALL MY MONEY FOR THE LAST FIVE WEEKS AND ALL I GOT WAS A HANDY!”

    • J-FOH says:
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      @J-FOH: Oh and Congrats.. new baby smell!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @J-FOH: Wilson. Ugh. The Giants. Ugh.

      And not even the new baby smell can mask the stench coming off of the Giants now.

  9. drew says:
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    PPR: jerome simpson, kenbrell T, davone bess, or hankerson this week?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @drew: Simpson or Thompkins

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @drew: Hankerson. It should be a wide-open game against Dallas this week for the Skins.

      Simpson looks tasty against a medicore Carolina defense. Then Kenbrell since Brady hasn’t looked like himself and Bess is the lowest option.

  10. Luis says:
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    Is it crazy to consider benching Rodgers this week for Luck, because of the matchups?

    Plus, I need to bench two in a standard 10 team league:

    F. Jax, Ridley, McGehee and Gio. Two slots for one of my RB slots (Gore has the other) and my Flex. I also have Bowe who has thoroughly screwed me over, or should I saw Alex Smith?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Luis: Not terribly crazy since the San Diego defense has looked bad this season. I’d stick with Rodgers since he has the better weapons than Rivers does.

      Bench….Ridley (ineffective all season) and FJax since Spiller is expected to play. If Spiller doesn’t go, send Gio to the pine.

      Leave Bowe on the bench. He had a good eight game run three years ago and really hasn’t done much since.

  11. JoeBoo says:
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    Currently have Lawfirm and Pierre as my RBs 3 and 4. Zac Stacy is on the wire in my redraft league. Any reason to drop either of those two to go with Stacy?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @JoeBoo: Not really. Stacy is still going to be part of an RBBC situation which looks like a mess in St. Louis.

      Pierre had a nice game last week and his potential to have another one or two during the season outpoints Stacy here.

  12. goodfold2 says:
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    mathews is back.
    do you know anything about whether the ingrown toe infection is gonna sap any value from PT crusier? I’ve heard ingram might be back this week.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @goodfold2: Ewww. It’s not a pleasant thing to deal with but the only Saints running back I really go with is Sproles.

      It might take a little luster off of him but as much as a potential return from Ingram would. Ingram would just eat carries but hasn’t been productive as he averages less than two yards a carry.

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