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It’s Friday the 13th (of September) and the doctor is in. Good thing I am since there are plenty of patients filling the hallways of the Fantasy Football Clinic. That said, let’s get going on this week’s rounds. Patients will know who I am right away as I’ll be the doctor wearing a Burger King crown on my head. Only because it’s my birthday today.

The Patriots are banged up. Horribly. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, arm) might be back next week but it’s not confirmed at this point. Fantasy owners rejoice! So shall Tom Brady! The Patriots looked really pathetic offensively last night against the Jets. Brady threw for 185 yards with one touchdown. Yeah, that’s it.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola missed the game with a groin injury and his status is up in the air beyond this week. He’s week-to-week at best so hold him on your bench. Julian Edelman took Amendola’s place and finished with 13 receptions…for a robust 78 yards.

The point is, Brady and the Patriots look nothing like the teams of years gone by. Edelman remains a solid fantasy play while Amendola is out. And let’s be honest, who is surprised that Amendola got hurt?

Running back Shane Vereen (broken wrist) is out at least 8 weeks with hand surgery. Vereen has been placed on DTR-IR and can’t return until Week 11 at the earliest. New England has a bye on Week 10. It puts extra pressure on Stevan Ridley to actually hold on to the ball.

Roddy White (high ankle sprain) has been seen in practice this week but has been limited. He outright missed practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable at best. Consider putting another player in if you can afford to do so. White turned in a 1-catch, 15-yard stinker last week and he might do the same again. High ankle sprains usually take several weeks before things feel back to normal.

Add to this the sudden injury to Julio Jones (knee) that caused him to miss practice on Wednesday. Jones doesn’t seem to be a serious injury while White will be a problem for his owners. And Matt Ryan. Be prepared if Matt Ryan doesn’t post his usual great numbers. It could also mean an uptick for Tony Gonzalez.

Dez Bryant (ankle) and Tony Romo (ribs) both participated in practice the last two days. Bryant told the Dallas News that his foot feels great. Romo told the same newspaper that his bruised ribs are causing nothing more than normal soreness. Romo is expected to play.

Don’t be intimidated by the Kansas City defense and use Romo and Bryant as you usually would. Kansas City held a punchless Jacksonville team off of the scoreboard last week. The Jaguars’ offense did nothing and the Cowboys will do much, much better.

Jamaal Charles (quad) is expected to play against Dallas. His injury is not severe and he’s always a solid play. Reggie Bush (groin, thumb) is not having his workload limited. He looks to be a great start against Arizona.

Arizona has several injuries of its own to deal with this week. Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) is expected to start barring a setback. Taking on the Lions who limited Adrian Peterson to 17 yards on his final 17 carries makes him someone to sit unless you HAVE to play him. Tight end Rob Housler (high ankle sprain) is likely to miss the game with Detroit. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was limited in practice by a hamstring injury. He should play against Detroit but you’ll want to check his status on Sunday to just make sure he’s a go. Andre Roberts (quad) was a full participant in practice. Robert caught 8 balls for 97 yards last week and has sneaky value in PPR leagues. He’s one to look for if you want a little boost in your receiving corps.

Blaine Gabbert (thumb) is out and Chad Henne is going to start. It’s Oakland against Jacksonville. Moving on.

Le’Veon Bell is expected to miss another month with a Lisfranc injury. Hopefully he can come back from it since the Pittsburgh backfield is a hot mess. LaRod Stephens-Howling (ACL) is done for the year. Center Maurkice Pouncey (ACL) is also gone for the season so the blocking will suffer. Isaac Redman starts for now and Johnathan Dwyer backs him up. They play against a Cincinnati team that allowed 2.7 yards per carry to Matt Forte of the Bears last week. It’s time to sit the Steelers running backs.

This last injury isn’t so much of an injury as it is a disease. Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks is expected to make his return this week after dealing with MRSA. The Bucs’ facility had to be cleaned and sterilized after an MRSA outbreak. Nicks’ return should allow Doug Martin more lanes to run through and give Josh Freeman more time to throw.

59 Responses

  1. Grant says:
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    Andrew! Quick question: Hartline or Marlon Brown in the flex this coming weekend?

    Thanks man!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Grant: Brown. Hartline isn’t consistent enough and Cleveland showed it can be beat through the air.

  2. Fabuloso says:
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    How much should I bid on Ahmad Bradshaw? Someone dropped him on Wednesday and the waiver period is up tomorrow morning. I have $100 to spend on waiver claims for the whole year. League is ppr.

    Thanks in advance.

    • If Ballard is really on IR (like someone mentioned) Brad is worth some buX.

    • hooverviille says:
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      @Fabuloso: Depends how big the league is homey..
      8 teamer- $5, ppr 7
      10 teamer – $30, ppr 34
      12 teamer – $38-42, ppr 45+
      - tough to get a starting RB in those deeper leagues. Plus with Ballard done for the year, its all Bradshaw (& Donald Brown- vom).

      • hooverviille says:
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        @hooverviille: Oh didn’t see you labeled it PPR. Thinking about it more, I’d go higher-I’d bid 44 in a 10 teamer ppr, & 50-55 in a 12 teamer

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @hooverviille: I think Hooverville is on the right track here. The risk you run is that Bradshaw’s rickety feet might break down as he keeps running on turf which he will do most of the second half. I’d go about 28 and see what happens.

  3. Principle Blackman says:
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    In the wake the news of Vick Ballard’s torn ACL, would you start Bradshaw or Hartline at the flex spot? 12-team, ppr.

    • Pete says:
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      @Principle Blackman: I had the same question earlier; I’m probably rolling with Hartline this weekend. I’m sure it’ll backfire, but I still want to see Bradshaw actually get a full workload once before I start to trust him.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Hartline for me there. Miami only allowed 47 rushing yards to Cleveland in the opener.

  4. 12 team ppr, I got Reggie Bush and The Muscle Hamster starting.

    Lamar Miller is backing them up, and doing a shitty job.

    WIth Ballard out, trade Lamar for Bradshaw straight-up?

    Would you do it?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @James R: No. Bradshaw is likely to suffer a flare up of his ongoing foot issues by running on turf. The AFC South takes on the NFC West so there will be more games it will be tough to run in.

      Miller sucked in his first game, no arguing that. But I think he has nowhere to go but up and Miami plays late season games that should be run-heavy.

  5. mcBlunty says:
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    full point ppr, would you trade desean jackson and frank gore for victor cruz and either moreno or f jax

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @mcBlunty: I would say no. Jackson looks like he might have a decent season in this new speed offense. I think you’d be taking a step backward giving up DeSean and Gore for Cruz and a 2nd stringer.

  6. Matt says:
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    I lost Shane Vereen, who was my weekly flex. Who is the better play this week, Joique Bell or Andre Roberts?

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: Or Pierre Thomas

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Matt: roberts

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Matt: Andre Roberts. Caught 8-96 last week against the Rams and Fitz might not play (hammy).

    • btd says:
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      @Matt: Bell.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @btd: Might lean a little more towards Bell since Fitz is reportedly going to play as of this morning.

  7. Frank says:
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    Flex play question: cook or sproles in my flex?? 12 team ppr. I already have Cameron in TE and r-rich and sjax in my rb’s. thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Frank: Sproles. I don’t like Cook’s chances against Atlanta.

  8. Hank says:
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    Who wins this trade

    Amendola and alfred Morris for Vincent Jackson and David Wilson

    Head to head with one flex

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Hank: Depends on rosters. But what I have to work with I would say…

      VJax-Wilson Amendola has a good quarterback throwing to him and is much better than Josh Freeman. Morris doesn’t really have anyone looking over his shoulder in Washington. Both running backs are susceptible to having their coaches pull crap so it comes down to the WRs. Ahealthy VJax beats an injured Amendola.

      • Hank says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier:
        I have Martin and McCoy as my other rbs and I’m thin on wr especially with amendolas injury. The other guy was thin on rbs. Is Ahmed Bradshaw worth a waiver claim? Id be dropping an extra def.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Hank: Absolutely!

  9. Mike says:
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    Would u drop josh Gordon and pick up Andre Roberts or Michael Floyd on waivers?
    Standard league

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Mike: floyd’s better than roberts. but i’m not advocating dropping a possible #1 WR who comes back next week.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike: No. Gordon should be the best target for Weeden in Cleveland so I would hang on to him. Additionally, I like Roberts over Floyd even moreso in PPR.

  10. Mike says:
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    David Wilson,joque bell,Myles Austin or randle in flex???
    Thx

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike: Randle. Bell might have a hard time getting the ball out of Reggie Bush’s hands. Austin would be my second choice as Dallas should perform well against Kansas City.

      Not big on Wilson since the Manning Bowl has throw, throw, throw written all over it.

  11. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Is Donald brown worth a pick up? I lost vareen and the available rbs are pretty thin. Or would I be better off picking up bolden?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bitchesbeshoppach: Yes he is. I’d take a guy who is likely to get more playing time as the season goes on because of Bradshaw’s ever-present potential for foot injuries.

  12. John-Dub says:
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    Ridley and Thompkins projected 22 points turned out to be 8.. looking at an 0-2 start now. should I hang on or move on???

    Liking Doug Baldwin and/or Andre Roberts off the wire right now and letting somebody else roll the dice on the rookie, what do you think?

    My other wides are Bowe/Garcon/Hilton
    My other RB are Alf Morris and Darryl Richardson

    • Zandy says:
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      @John-Dub: I’d take Roberts for sure. But I also own kenbrell and am pulling out my hair

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @Zandy: I agree on Roberts. And Kenbrell has made me reach for the Pepto. And the Rogaine.

  13. Zandy says:
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    Chris ivory, montee ball, Bernard pierce ros?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Zandy: Ball. Has the best chance of getting into the end zone based on the team he’s on. Ivory second and Pierce third.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: Steve Johnson tyhilton or kenbrell for ball?

  14. JoeBoo says:
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    Hakeen Nicks or Steve Smith? 12 team PPR

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @JoeBoo: Nicks. The Denver- Giants game should be an air assault. Smith will get his in Buffalo but I think that game will be won more on the ground.

  15. Eezy says:
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    Marlon Brown or Brandon Myers? Nonppr 16 team

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Eezy: Brown. He should have plenty of chances to catch passes. I’d start Myers as well depending on your other options at TE.

  16. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My team
    RGIII, R.Wilson
    Forte, Miller, M.Bush, K.Davis, B.Bolden
    Dez, G.Tate, Hankerson, J.Gordon, Patterson
    Cameron, F.Davis

    Trade Cameron/RGII for Joique/R.Randle/Pryor ?
    or
    Cameron for D.Wilson?
    or
    Hold

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Winner, winner.

      Hold on the first offer. Go on the second one.

      You shouldn’t be trading for Pryor. I don’t think Bell will have the consistent workload worthy of anything more than a passing fancy flex play.

      If you can send Cameron out and get Wilson, I like that as a sell-high move. Too many owners are bailing out on Wilson after a bad game. Cameron will see his numbers drop when Gordon comes back from his suspension.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: Thanks. Just a bit hesitant with the fumbles. Coughlin has no problem benching him. Also, Davis seems like he may be losing snaps to Reed. ALSO, am I being too impatient with Miller?

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Chicken Dinner: Yeah. it’s just one game for iller and CLE did a lot to upgrade its D in the offseason.

          Everyone fumbles. I won’t worry about it too much.

  17. The 12th Man says:
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    Do you see any sense in starting Lance Moore@TB over Frank Gore@SEA in a PPR league this week?

    My thinking is that Revis island will be in full effect blanketing Colston all day, therefore leaving Moore wide ass open.

    Your thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @The 12th Man: I get the logic behind it and I agree with the logic.

      But last week Moore should have gone bananas against Atlanta based on last year’s performance…and he did damn near nothing. And there’s the time factor.

      But I think the 49ers will be running the ball a bit and Gore would make the better start.

  18. RICK says:
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    Should I drop Kenbrell for Ryan Broyles, Streater, or Doug Baldwin?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @RICK: None of those three no.

  19. Zandy says:
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    Trade my Lamar miller for Chris ivory and montee ball? Non ppr

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Zandy: Not likely. Ivory looks to be passed by an unsexy, but effective, Bilal Powell. Denver is RBBC and we know that when Miller puts it all together he’ll be the guy in Miami.

  20. Big League Choo says:
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    would you start marlon brown or reuben randle in a ppr league

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Big League Choo: Randle. Despite being a WR3 on the Giants there will be plenty of targets to go around this afternoon.

  21. Oz says:
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    Which 2 guys to start? Mike Wallace, TY Hilton, Lamar Miller, Givens, Ruben Randle. No PPR

    2nd league. Which 1 to start? DeAngello williams, Steve Smith, TY Hilton, or Ahmad Bradshaw. 0.5 PPR.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Oz: League 1: Hilton and Randle

      League 2: DeAngelo over Bradshaw based on the matchup. Miami was tough on the run shut down Trent Richardson of the Browns in Week 1.

  22. Gbbb says:
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    Fort flex in my ppr league, would you go with shorts, Bernard, or deangelo?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Gbbb: DeAngelo. Buffalo has difficulty stopping the run.

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