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Welcome back to the infirmary as good old Sawbones is back for another season of bringing all of the injury news to you.
Hopefully, you’re not suffering from a case of getting Peyton Manning rammed down your throat from last night. That was an insane game with seven touchdown passes and 46 points in most standard formats.

Just remember, it’s only one week and a lot could happen before you play the team with Peyton…again.

This week’s injury list is a little shorter than usual since there aren’t a whole pile of players who are hurt. Let’s grab the charts and see who’s already visiting the infirmary.

Arian Foster of the Texans has battled calf and back injuries since OTAs and through training camp. He’s expected to go against San Diego in Monday’s late game. The thing to watch for is the distribution between Foster and Ben Tate in the backfield. Houston is going to limit Foster’s touches early this season. Tate makes a nice flex play if you can pull it off.

Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots are both in the rounds this week. Gronkowski (arm, back) is at least a week away from suiting up. Hopefully you have a plan B in place. And, no, Julius Thomas of the Broncos is not a viable option for this week.

Amendola is suffering from a groin injury that might slow him down this week against Buffalo. We haven’t taken a snap and Amendola is already hurt. Great. That makes Kenbrell Thompkins the potential best receiving threat on the Patriots. Everyone else from last year’s team is either hurt, off the team or rotting in prison. Keep an eye on this as we get closer to kick-off on Sunday and be ready with a replacement.

Mike Tolbert of Carolina is looking to get back on the field after missing nearly all of training camp with a hamstring issue. He looks to be a sneaky stash on your roster as Jonathan Stewart is out for the season (ankles) and rookie Kenjon Barner (foot) is not expected to play. Tolbert could be the only running back with DeAngelo Williams so he’ll get a few carries.

Carolina hosts Seattle. So he might not make a lot of progress this week but it’s worth noting what his health situation looks like. Tolbert led all running backs with seven touchdowns last season. Just keep it in mind for later.

Sebastian Janikowski of the Raiders is battling a calf injury and has missed practice. Justin Medlock has been brought on as a temporary kicker. Like you were really thinking about using Medlock? Really?

Janikowski is expected to play against Indianapolis. He might be the only weapon the Raiders have and his effectiveness may be slightly limited on longer field goals.

Ahmad Bradshaw of the Colts (leg) has been dealing with leg injuries seemingly every season. For now, he’s healthy. But be aware that his legs give him problems running on turf. The Colts play on turf. Put it together and Vick Ballard looks to be a sneaky handcuff. It’s more of a question of when Bradshaw gets hurt and you’ll want to have Ballard ready to go. A healthy Bradshaw looks like a solid RB2 against a miserable Oakland defense.

Blaine Gabbert of Jacksonville is dealing with a right thumb injury. Blaine Gabbert shouldn’t be on a starting lineup in nearly any format and is barely worth having on a roster in anything but the deepest of dynasty leagues.

Roddy White of the Falcons has been limited in practice the last two days with a thigh injury. Roddy has not missed a single game in his career. He’s also coping with a sprained ankle but is expected to play this week. And you can’t afford to sit him against a leaky New Orleans defense.

Tight end Rob Housler of the Cardinals (high ankle sprain) is questionable for the Cardinals’ opener against the Rams. Housler won’t be rostered in standard formats but has limited value in PPR leagues. For now, bench him since the matchup is tough and quarterback Carson Palmer is going to be under duress.

Rashard Mendenhall of the Cardinals is another player to leave on the bench unless absolutely necessary. He’s been battling knee injuries over his career and this time the right one is giving him issues. It’s the same one he had surgery on about 18 months ago after tearing the ACL in that knee. Mendenhall sits on the bench for your fantasy team because of the knee and the matchup.

Key Players on DTR-IR: Dennis Pitta TE Baltimore, Andrew Hawkins WR Cincinnati, Andre Brown RB NY Giants. None are eligible to come back before Week 8.

See a full list of players who are on the PUP list or IR here.

Good luck to everyone on Week 1. If last night’s game was any indication, we’re all going to need it.

69 Responses

  1. Colin says:
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    Andrew….burn my number 1 waiver on Julius Thomas? I have Cook and Cameron at TE…I like them both…..but they don’t have Manning throwing to them. Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Colin: I would say yes (as of now) but hold off until after the rest of the week’s games in case something else bigger happens. You might have a bigger need come up during the rest of the opening week.

      Since Thomas has asserted himself as the #1 TE in Denver he should be owned in all leagues. Don’t expect 110 and 2 each week but he should be a solid producer.

      • Colin says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: I’m going to see how Cameron, maybe trade him if he does well and claim Thomas. With Gordon due back in week 3 that could hurt Cameron’s value.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Colin: There you go. You can file the waiver claim on Thomas anyways. It’s not like it’s going to be processed right this second.

  2. Zeke says:
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    Is Jonathan Stewart really out for the season? I can’t find any info other than that he was put on the PUP list and eligible to return in six weeks. I own DeAngelo and Tolbert, so this would be fairly significant. Not to wish injuries on anyone, but…….

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Zeke: J-Stew shows to be on PUP. But here’s the deeper issue. He missed the final seven games last year with injuries. He reportedly grimaces in pain at even the slightest exertion, according to the Charlotte Observer.

      Remember that J-Stew had surgery on BOTH ankles. It makes the recovery that much tougher when you need two things to heal and not one (like a knee injury). Think about how much harder it’s been for Gronk to come back from both back and arm issues.

      I’d be surprised to see J-Stew play this season.

  3. Psychedelic says:
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    So do you know anything about how many touches Bradshaw would get if be plays this week? I’ve heard them say they haven’t decided the workload for the RBs yet so is he worth putting in the Roster over guys like Ryan Mathews and Chris Givens this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d keep him on the bench this week if I can. He didn’t get any preseason snaps, I want to see how he looks.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Oops sorry for stealing your commenters Andrew!

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Sky: No worries, Sky. That’ll be 28 lashes with cooked fettuccine, per usual.

          Bradshaw looks to be in a potential timeshare with Ballard this week from what I read in the Indianapolis Star. Mathews will have a tougher opponent but that game against Houston seems like a run fest.

          Givens might be able to take advantage of a questionable Arizona secondary that looks weak after you get past Patrick Peterson.

          I’d take Mathews since he gets the workload, followed by Bradshaw because of the matchup and then Givens.

  4. mcBlunty says:
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    wr3 is hurting until justin blackmon is back, pick 1 of these 4 to fill in this week

    DeAndre Hopkins
    Jeremy Kerley
    Rod Streater
    Quinton Patton

    love the site, great work and thanks

    • mcBlunty says:
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      @mcBlunty: forgot to mention its a full ppr league

    • Random response, I’d have to go Kerley. Damn, your league is deep. No one better on the waivers?

      • What about Santonio?

        • mcBlunty says:
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          @James R: yeah it is a deep league, santonio is available actualy, he seems like a risk, may not even play, oer roto world “Santonio Holmes (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 1 after a limited practice Friday.Coach Rex Ryan said after the workout he is “hopeful” Holmes will play against the Buccaneers. Holmes is unlikely to play a full complement of snaps and will likely be covered by Darrelle Revis whenever he’s on the field, making Holmes an obvious fantasy player to avoid even in deeper leagues”

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @James R: Kerley? One of my leagues is so deep that Ryan Spadola is on a roster.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks for that! I’ll say Hopkins there.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @mcBlunty: I’d go Hopkins.

      Kerley might visit Revis Island. Oakland looks like it will be a hot mess and I’d want to see how Patton actually gets used in a game situation.

      Hopkins is going to line up opposite Andre Johnson. The chances are there that he should find single coverage.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: you forgot to tell us to stop laughing on this comment, unlike last time.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @goodfold2: Sorry about that. My giggle-meter is out of order until week 2.

  5. Grant says:
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    Yeah I got burned by Manning…But luckily I had the double trouble Thomas’ on my team as well. He happened to have Welker, so basically he is up 11 not terrible.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Grant: Glad to hear you’re not totally hosed by him. That’s one of those freak games that you can never prepare for. Like Schaub throwing for 500 yards against Washington a a couple years ago.

      At least you’re still in it. There are quite a few people who played against teams with Manning and are already looking ahead to the waiver wire.

  6. Bostonfan says:
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    Playing ffootball for the first time ever, need some help evaluating this team and potential waiver wire adds/trades:

    Starting:
    QB – Drew Brees
    RB – Ray Rice
    RB – Damien Sproles
    WR – Demaryius Thomas
    WR – Randall Cobb
    TE – Kyle Rudolph
    Flex – Steve Smith
    D/ST – Bengals
    K – Randy Bullock

    Bench:
    Montee Ball
    Steve Johnson
    Sidney Rice
    Isaiah Pead
    LeVeon Ball
    Rueben Randall
    Kenny Britt

    Who should I drop and look to trade? And for who?

    • mcBlunty says:
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      @Bostonfan: is it a ppr league? if not i would look for another RB to replace sproles, if it is ppr then your team is more than fine

    • Colin says:
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      @Bostonfan: nice job drafting if this is your first time. You’re fine for now. Sproles is a solid rb2 especially if its a ppr until Bell comes back.

      If Britt or Johsnon goes off, see if you can deal one for solid RB. See if you can get Ingram now.

      • Bostonfan says:
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        Hey guys, thanks for the tips.
        First of all, i didn’t even draft, i was autopicked (was at work) lol. I did pick up britt.
        Second, i don’t watch much football, just got into last year and hoping that fantasy will teach me more. I am a big bball fan actually, you’ll see me on the bball boards. Love razzball.

        Let me give you more stats about the league:
        H2H Points
        PPR
        What exactly is the issue with sproles? As i understand he’s owned in 100% of leagues and I don’t want to drop someone whos owned across the board unless I’m getting guarenteed talent.
        If i should lose him, who should i look to trade, are the RB’s on my bench not cutting it?
        Thanks!

        • mcBlunty says:
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          @Bostonfan: sproles gets the ball thrown to him a lot, 75 catches 667 yards and 7 tds last year so in a ppr league that is a ton of points, as opposed to him running the ball as a running back he only got 48 hand offs for 244 yards and only 1 td, so the catches are huge, the catching td’s still count as well as the yards, but if you add 75 points from catches thats huge, non ppr he is a lower tier player, compared to ray rice who had 257 carries, 257 gives you many more opportunities to gain yardage and score tds, he should be able to hold you over till leveon bell gets back though, there probably isnt much on the waiver wire right now, but keep your eyes on it, as guys get hurt new guys step up and thats your chance to grab some1

          • Andrew Nordmeier

            Andrew Nordmeier says:
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            @mcBlunty: Be ready to move Britt. He has talent but finds ways to either get hurt or screw up off the field.

            Hard to say right now who to make a move for since we’ve seen just one game this week. Watch Sunday and the answer should be more obvious.

        • Principle Blackman says:
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          @Bostonfan:

          If it is non-ppr, I think I would look to move a WR like Smith, Britt or Johnson for a young RB with a ton of upside like David Wilson (a reach I think), Lamar Miller, Edie Lacy, Giovani Bernard, or Daryl Richardson.

          If it is PPR then I think there is less urgency to make a move like this.

          Just my 2c

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Principle Blackman: if that is PPR somebody F’ed up good, as Sproles should not be allowed to be got in the 4th. you obv got him in the 4th (brees/d.thomas/cobb clearly go earlier), or one of those guys got dropped to you. either way, good stuff.

  7. Bostonfan says:
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    Actually, I don’t believe its a PPR league, just looked it up,
    Its a point for every ten yards recieved
    and six for TD. I’m guessing thats standard.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @mcBlunty: and if Holmes is out, Kerl@Bostonfan: That’s about as standard as the sun rising in the East.

  8. Bill says:
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    Been bamboozled with this decision all week. Start Hakeem Nicks or Lamar Miller at flex this week? 1/2 PPR.

    • Giant Gigantes says:
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      @Bill: I like Nicks in what should be a shootout

      • James says:
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        Agree on Nicks, especially since Sparano might not be talking through his ass about Thomas splitting carries. Thomas is a proverbial square peg by comparison. But if Sparano is dumb enough to insert him that much, he could vulch TD’s at the least.

        • mcBlunty says:
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          @James: Sparano is an Oakland Raiders assistant, are you still under the assumption hes with the phins? he hasnt ben with them for 2 years now

          • James says:
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            Lol, i meant Philbin. T’was a Freudian slip, of sorts.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bill: I’m going Miller.

      Nicks had two games last season with more than 5 receptions so you might only get 2-3 extra points in 0.5 PPR.

      Miller should be the lead back in Miami and I would think there would be several checkdowns heading his way. Tannehill had days in camp where he couldn’t hit much of anything so some short passes might be what the doctor orders to get him some confidence. He doesn’t have anything deep past Mike Wallace. (Brian Hartline just doesn’t cut it.) Without Dustin Keller, the Fins don’t have a whole lot at tight end either.

      Now that I think about it, this setup reminds me of something. Average quarterback with one receiver and a running back. Sounds a lot like Baltimore or Houston in terms of that setup. And how much do those teams throw it to their running backs?

      Miami takes on Cleveland and Ray Horton is the DC in Cleveland. Last season with Arizona, the Cardinals got torn up by the run. And there’s no Barkevious Mingo for Cleveland this week (lung).

  9. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    Thanks for this. Injuries will either win it or lose it.
    I’m in a league with settings I’ve never played. Please tell me what yo.u think of this team.

    10 team. More or less standard scoring. Deep benches.
    QB Ryan
    QB Stafford
    RB TRich
    RB D.Wilson
    WR Antonio Brown
    WR Torrey Smith
    WR C.Shorts
    WR/RB I.Redman
    WR.RB M.Austin
    TE J.Graham
    K Walsh
    Def TB
    IDP Bowman
    IDP Tillman
    BN Bryce Brown
    BN C.Michael
    BN J.Bell
    BN C.Givens
    BN Denarious Moore
    BN J.Cook
    BN Pryor

    Best available…
    Gabbert, Geno. Only available starting QBs left.
    Pead, Helu, Tolbert, Denard, R.Jennings, Stepfan, Reese, K.Davis
    K.Wright, LaFell, Little, Stills, Edelman, Woods
    IDP, L.Davis, D.Johnson, C.Matthews, Mayo, D’Qwell Jackson

    Thanks so much for the help.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I like the QBs. Ryan has a ton of weapons and Stafford has a ton…of pass attempts.

      RB:TRich and Wilson both look solid for the first half of the season. We’ll have to see how Andre Brown heals up for the Giants.

      WR: Little thin there. Brown is good but not great. Torrey Smith will probably see a lot of coverage since the Ravens don’t have much else in the passing game. Shorts is a boom-or-bust player for me. He could get 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns. Shorts hopefully is able to capitalize when Justin Blackmon is serving his suspension. But anyone trying to catch passes from Blaine Gabbert scares me a little.

      TE: Love Graham. One of the best in a great offense and a contract year.

      FLEX: Austin I like, Redman I don’t because the Pittsburgh running game is going to be a mess. Until Le’Veon Bell comes back.

      Keep your IDPs as is and Tampa’s DST should be better this season with Revis.

      Overall, pretty good team for a 2QB league. Look to upgrade your wide outs a little bit and the team should be contending for a playoff spot.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I like the QBs. Ryan has a ton of weapons and Stafford has a ton…of pass attempts.

      RB:TRich and Wilson both look solid for the first half of the season. We’ll have to see how Andre Brown heals up for the Giants and his impact.

      WR: Little thin there. Brown is good but not great. Torrey Smith will probably see a lot of coverage since the Ravens don’t have much else in the passing game. Shorts is a boom-or-bust player for me. He could get 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns. Shorts hopefully is able to capitalize when Justin Blackmon is serving his suspension. But anyone trying to catch passes from Blaine Gabbert scares me a little.

      TE: Love Graham. One of the best in a great offense and a contract year.

      FLEX: Austin I like, Redman I don’t because the Pittsburgh running game is going to be a mess. Until Le’Veon Bell comes back.

      Keep your IDPs as is and Tampa’s DST should be better this season with Revis.

      Overall, pretty good team for a 2QB league. Look to upgrade your wide outs a little bit and the team should be contending for a playoff spot.

      • Slim

        Buddah Lovaz says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: Thanks. The only trade I’ve been looking at is a downgrade at QB. Like maybe Freeman/Roethlisberger and try to get another solid starting RB. It’s really tough to get a starting RB though. It seems like no one has as many as they want.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Buddah Lovaz: That’s always the case. And be ready with some solid backups. You already have Bryce Brown who will get some good usage in Philly.

          Look for guys like Ben Tate in your deals. Guys who can produce and have value while being just one incident away from being a team’s RB1.

  10. fitz says:
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    first time doing fantasy and I was attempting to add M. Brown but I see that he is locked in my ESPN league. Do players become locked until the final game of the week? The league settings don’t seem to make it clear.

    thanks, sorry for the dumb question.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @fitz: players should be locked after their teams play. You likely can get him again on the first day after the week is over (likely very early tue morning like 3:30 Central or so, if it’s standard). That way everyone has the right to use the waiver system (or whatever your league uses) to pickup guys who just went nuts in a game.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @goodfold2: Exactly. All players in Thursday games lock into waivers until your league’s claim deadline passes.

  11. Louie says:
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    Horrible RB matchups this week. Which 3 would you start from:

    Chris Johnson, Lacy, Matthews, Ingram, Ivory?

    First three? Should I consider using Mike Wallace at the flex over any of the (above) top three?

    Thanks for your help!

    • James says:
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      Non-website-affiliate disclaimer, sign here: ________________

      Wow you’re up shit’s creek this week. Definitely start Mathews. You gotta play him as much as you can until that clavy snaps again.
      CJ2K doesn’t typically do dick vs PIttsburgh, but at the same token, Wallace doesn’t do dick Vs. Joe Haden of the Browns.

      I’d probably go Mathews, Lacy, CJ2k. When in doubt, gotta go with the iffy RB over the iffy WR as his reps are more guaranteed. Wally is your atheist, he doesn’t conform. Lacy is your Catholic, better chance for touches.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @James: it’s easy for me to say this as i’ve never owned C.Johnson (RB) but i would not bench him for matthews almost ever, unless he’s half injured. My father’s team had Matthews and that dude’s line is seriously shit. Plus there are a LOT of other body parts for him to break/damage. I do own Johnson in 1 league this year though.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Louie: Take the first three and say a few Hail Marys. Wallace I’m not terribly big on unless you’re trying to decide between wide outs.

  12. Principle Blackman says:
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    I need help picking a flex play this week. 1PPR. My options are Bradshaw (vOak), Hartline (@Cle), Kendall Wright (@Pit), Ivory (vTB), and Markus Wheaton (vTen)

    I’m leaning towards Bradshaw because of the matchup, but Hartline is intriguing as well especially since Tannehill and Wallace haven’t really been on the same page yet.

    • James says:
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      Bradshaw. Bruce Arians, the pass-happy freak, has moved on. Colts could be more balanced this year. Great matchup for him. The Raiders are starting Terrelle Pryor, rofl. Colts will be milking a lead and RUNNING the clock out. Ahmad is just the bruiser to do it.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @James: you know damn well the more they use him the faster one of his feet break down yet again. Although as I own Luck in 2/4 of my leagues as starter this is not good news about this balanced offense thing. Good news is their def is supposed to still be terrible, he may have to throw 45 times around half of the time, if i’m lucky.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: even with the supposed workload being diminished for bradshaw early on, james is probably right about this week. At least the 1 league i’m playing Peyton is one of the Luck one’s, and not one of the Rodgers’ ones, as i’m certainly going to lose in it this week.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Bradshaw is the right pick. He might get a little bit of a limited workload, especially if this one goes the way we all think it will.

  13. Jet says:
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    Is that a Grand Rapids Rampage logo? Long live Clint Dolezel.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Jet: Yes sir it is.

      While i have never been there, I have been around the AFL, even doing some play by play a couple years ago for Arizona. I thought it was a pretty sharp logo and since the team is defunct no one could really say anything about me using it.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: Also, all of my fantasy teams are called the Rampage for that reason. Interesting facts about rhinos: They get to be 15 feet long, weigh 4 tons and have a top speed of 32 MPH.

        It’s like how I play fantasy football; charge hard and don’t be in my way or I’m going to kick your ass.

  14. Hans says:
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    Is there reason to panic about Decker? He had some opportunities but blew them.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Hans: Not at all Hans. Decker had a case of the drops and it’s only the first week. Look for it to even it out a little more next week…and get ready for a ton of points from Denver in Week 3 against Oakland.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Hans: @Hans: Not at all Hans. Decker had a case of the drops and it’s only the first week. Look for it to even it out a little more next week…and get ready for a ton of points from Denver in Week 3 against Oakland.

    • Harris says:
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      @Hans: full blown panic mode time for anyone who owns Erick Decker.

  15. The Thumb says:
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    Celek or Cook until the Gronk gets back? Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @The Thumb: Cook. He has a good matchup this week against Arizona (as they are without Pro Bowl LB Daryl Washington). Next week, it’s Rams at Atlanta and they should be throwing a ton.

      As for Celek, if he’s dumb enough to eat cheesecake that sat out in a car all day on a hot summer day, I can’t trust him. Seriously. Here’s the link:

      http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2010/8/11/1618399/brent-celeks-cautionary-tale-about

      And I don’t know what the Kelly offense will look like in Philly. Celek plays Monday night so you’d have to be real darn sure about him. I’m darn sure I’m not playing him.

      • James says:
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        Good call on Cook. He was fkn boss today!

  16. Harris says:
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    Brandon Gibson or Santana Moss?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Harris: Moss. I think the Eagles’s defense will yield a bunch of points and Moss should get a few.

  17. jordan73 says:
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    Need to bench one of these four today, which one is the odd man out?

    L. Fitgerald
    V. Cruz
    R. Bush
    D. Wilson

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @jordan73: FIrst reaction says Fitz. I think the St. Louis defensive line is going to make things tough as hell on Carson Palmer.

      Levi Brown looks awful at LT, their LG is the guy who was playing RG, C is ineffective, RG is making his first NFL start in his fifth year in the league and RT is good. Watch for the Rams to stunt and twist and raise hell.

      Bush looks solid, especially in a PPR format. Wilson should be alone in the backfield and doesn’t have Andre Brown standing ready to vulture. Cruz always has the capability to break off the long TD play at anytime.

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