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Quarterbacks

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Matthew Stafford: We’ve yet to see Stafford in his second season.  Will we see something like his 400 yard, 5 touchdown performance against Cleveland last season or his 4 interception game against Green Bay?  I’m figuring somewhere in between which is good enough for a decent fantasy game.  The Redskins pass defense isn’t quite as poor as their numbers, but they also aren’t all that good.

Jon Kitna: Jacksonville has faced some tough quarterbacks this year and done a extremely poor job in defending them.  They have given up over 2 TDs a game through the air and with Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, and Felix Jones all there to help him along in his transition to fantasy goodness.

Sit

Sam Bradford: Carolina has been tough on quarterbacks this season and I feel like there are some pretty good waiver wire options at QB this week who I would play over Old Sam Bradford.

Vince Young: It looks like he will play in San Diego, but I’m not overly optimistic that he can play well.  The Chargers hadn’t faced a good quarterback all season until Tom Brady, so I saw their numbers as being a little skewed.  But they played Brady well and are living up to their high pass defense ranking.

Running Backs

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Beanie Wells: Tampa Bay has given up the second most yards per game on the ground and the most yards per carry.  Beanie should get the majority of the carries after Tim Hightower’s fumblitis last game.  This is his time to shine!

Marshawn Lynch: Lynch is going to continue to be the Seahawks workhorse and get 25 carries a game.  You can’t really expect that from many backs in this day and age.  The Raiders are still porous against the run and give up 5 yards a carry and 138 yards a game rushing.  The offensive line isn’t going to be a great asset, but he’ll still get his and all the goal line carries.

Sit

Chris Ivory: Even though Reggie Bush doesn’t look like he’ll be back for this week, there isn’t much hope for Ivory.  The Steelers give up the second fewest rushing TDs, yards per carry and total rushing yards in the league and those numbers aren’t fluky. Just ask Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Michael Turner, Peyton Hillis, and Ronnie Brown.  They have yet to give up a run over 14 yards! The loss of Aaron Smith will be really tough, but I think they will continue to play solid rush defense.

Brandon Jackson: He has been coming on as of late and coach McCarthy says he’s going to get him more involved, which makes it a bad time for the Packers to face the Jets. The Jets are near the top in all of the rushing categories and should be able to keep BJax bottled up.

Wide Receivers

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Dez Bryant: The Jaguars have given up 28 receptions over 20 yards and 9 over 40, bot tops in the league.  Kitna seemed to like Dez and I could easily see Bryant taking a screen pass to the house, as the youngsters like to call it.

Pierre Garcon: There is no doubt Garcon will get his targets this week against the Texans.  With Dallas Clark and Austin Collie both out (don’t name your kisd after Texas cities I guess), it’ll pretty much be the Wayne and Garcon show.  Anthony Gonzalez says he will play and they have Blair White, but right now those two are canceling each other out.  Garcon will get his.

Sit

Mike Wallace: He always seems good for a long touchdown, but this will be one of his tougher weeks to get that done.  The Saints pass defense has been surprisingly stout this season and have given up 6 passing TDs in 7 games.  They also aren’t giving up the big play and have allowed only 15 receptions over 20 yards.

Any Rams Receiver: Poor Old Sam Bradford, well, not poor or old, but I feel sorry for him in the football sense.  If he had one solid receiver his life would be a lot easier.  Danario has potential, but his knees are going to give him fits.  Danny is a scrapper no doubt and would be a great piece in a real group of receivers. All those other guys have potential and maybe, just maybe will turn into something, but not this week against Carolina.  Ever since Hakeem Nicks went off for 3 TDs in the first week against them, the Panthers have been shutting down wide receivers.

Tight Ends

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Tony Moeaki: The Bills have given up 2 touchdowns a game to tight ends in their last 3 games!  That’s a bunch.  Moeaki is due.

Kellen Winslow: The Cardinals have given up 4 touchdowns in their last 4 games to tight ends.  Winslow still looks like he has a little gas left in the tank.

Sit

Marcedes Lewis: The Cowboys have only given up 17 receptions to tight ends all season and only 1 touchdown.

Andrew Quarless: I was ready to give him some fantasy love, but he just didn’t look ready to really contribute last week.  He has more big play ability than Donald Lee, but Lee is still getting work and looked effective doing so against the Vikings.

Defenses

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is a horrible week for defenses across the board.  I don’t love TB this week, but they do get Max Hall who did not look competent last week.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Don’t be afraid to start the Steelers this week.  Yes, the Saints can still move the ball well, but Drew Brees hasn’t been as sharp when his running game isn’t working and it won’t work that well against the Steelers.

From Around The Web

  1. Jason Maynard says:
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    Doc, Jacoby Jones is sitting out there still on the wire… Im solid at WR not counting the Miles Austin blues. :( Does your Jedi intuition tell you to stash JJ for the 2nd half? Thanks as always!

  2. Matt Leinart says:
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    I shouldn’t have looked at this post.

    I have one of your “sits” in my lineup (Wallace over Britt and TB Williams) and one of your “starts” on my bench (I have Daniels over Moeaki). Now I have something to chew on until Sunday. . .

  3. trey says:
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    hey @Doc

    cant believe im asking this but Stafford over Brees vs the steelers?

    set me straight

  4. Black Beard says:
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    2QB league with Garrard as my only option this week and Cutler on a bye (also have Ben)…trade Vincent Jackson for Ryan Fitzpatrick?

  5. Calogero says:
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    I have Wallace set to start right now, and I’m also a little leary about his hit-or-miss potential leaning towards miss this week. My other options aren’t great for this week however.

    Would you rather go with Wallace or Welker or Lance Moore?

  6. stumanji says:
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    Bowe vs Buffalo or Colston vs Pit?

  7. B.J. says:
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    Pulled off 2 trades in the last 24 hours. The first was my Hillis for his Flacco and the second was my Torain and Sanchez for his SJax.

    My roster now looks like this:
    QB- Flacco RB- Gore, Foster
    WR- Colston, Jennings, Megatron Flex- SJax
    TE- Gates D- NO K- Gostkowski
    Bench- J. Best,S. Holmes, O. Daniels, J. Kitna (only for week 8), Cutler (drafted as my starting QB), KC D, Empty spot for the flavor of the week.

    What do you think of my team now? and can I win my league with this squad or should I make a move or two?

  8. The Juiceman612 says:
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    non-PPR 10-team league: Steve Smith (CAR) vs. STL or Dez Bryant vs. JAC?

    I realize Bryant has the favorable matchup vs JAC, but Dallas also has Austin, Williams, Witten. Thoughts??

  9. Mike says:
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    Josh Freeman or Matt Stafford this week and backup from here on out?

    Lablounte, Stewart, or Mathews at flex?

  10. Rookie Season says:
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    I do have Tampa Def v AZ right now. There is a chance to get the Jets on the WW before Sunday. Should I drop TB, try to get the Jets, and keep them for the rest of the season? Or should I continue with a new def matchup every week like I’ve been doing? Jets seem a little overrated, but Revis is getting to be 100%. Thanks!

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    Who do I start? 0.5 PPR

    This is my current lineup for the week:

    RB: Torain
    RB: Moreno
    Flex W/R: Mike (TB)
    BN: Dez
    BN: Beanie
    BN: Blount

    Thanks!

  12. genghis chone says:
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    PPR, point per 25 return yards
    Need to fill a RB/WR slot and a WR slot.
    Best, Torain or Jonathan Stewart?
    Britt, Harvin or Tampa Mike?

  13. Dave says:
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    Lost Romo, picked up Kitna & Stafford – just got trade offer of Lynch and Best for Schaub and Caddy. Am I giving too much? My other RBs are CJ, Foster, Moreno.

  14. Clark Kent says:
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    Who’s the better start at QB, Fitzgerald (Bills) or Stafford (Det) this week? Thanks!

  15. nostrathomas says:
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    Pick three RB for me

    Lynch, Mathews, Blount, D. Brown (I have Hart too in case)

  16. trick dad says:
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    who should i start this week out of the following? Freeman, Stafford, Kitna, Fitzpatrick, Cassel, Favre (25 PassYD=1, TD=6, Int=-2)

  17. Suck It Cutler says:
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    @ Doc: Cutler is my lone QB. Rest of team is Mendenhall, A. Foster, Bradshaw, R. Wayne, A. Boldin, Z. Miller. I have been offered Roethlisburger & Kenny Brit for Mendenhall.

    Would you do it?

  18. SpiralArchitect says:
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    I have been offered Welker, Megatron and Michael Bush in a PPR League for Randy Moss and Marshawn Lynch.

    Is this a no-brainer?

  19. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jason Maynard: I like him. He should be healthy now.

    @Matt Leinart: I can see going Daniels there.

    @trey: It’s tempting, but I’m sticking with Brees.

    @Black Beard: Interesting. I could see doing it just in case Fitz keeps this up and for this week.

    @Calogero: I like Wallace’s upside more than those guys.

    @stumanji: Bowe

    @B.J.: I think you have a nice group there.

    @The Juiceman612: Yeah, that’s close. I like Smith just a little more.

    @Mike: Stafford, Stewart (if Williams doesn’t go)

    @Rookie Season: I can see going with the Jets with Revis back and try to ride them for a while.

    @Wilsonian: I’d stick with that lineup

    @genghis chone: Torain, Williams

    @Dave: I like the trade, but not sure it ends up making your team better.

    @Clark Kent: Stafford

    @nostrathomas: Lynch, Mathews, Brown

    @trick dad: I like Kitna, but Stafford has a bit more risk reward.

  20. Doc

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    @Suck It Cutler: I don’t like it. Do you think you could get another RB instead of Britt?

    @SpiralArchitect: Nah. If he upgrades your starters I could see doing it, but Welker and Bush have lost a lot of value.

  21. Black Beard says:
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    @Doc: That’s about where V-Jax’s value sits doesn’t it? I think I might go V-Jax + sweetener (Crabtree, D. Brown, Blount?) for Eli Manning. Have a feeling that will get turned down. What do you think?

  22. Harley says:
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    @ Doc: 2 qb league, I have Brady, Flacco and Stafford. I’m in 1st place playing the team in 2nd place this week (so a win is big b/c 1st place regular season gets money and we award home field advantage 4 points in playoffs). Flacco is on a bye, so I’m starting Brady and Stafford.

    I just got offered Ryan Mathews for Stafford from the team that had Romo. We start 2 rbs, I have Best, McFadden, Donald Brown, Blount and Michael Bush. I have faith in Mathews upside, but do I do the deal?

    I can ask for Kitna in return too, or else I have to pickup and start Troy Smith vs. Denver, Tarvaris Jackson @ NE or Derek Anderson vs TB. Thoughts?

  23. Black Beard says:
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    @Black Beard: Nuts. Forgot Eli was on a bye. Nevermind.

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Black Beard: I think its worth a shot.

    @Harley: i think Stafford has a chance to have a lot of value in a 2QB league. I am on the fence about Mathews. It’s not a horrible trade with your starters, but if he has a good game on Sunday you could get more for him.

  25. Derrick says:
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    I have a guy that is trying to move Rice and he says he wants a QB upgrade (he has Palmer and Cutler)…

    I am thinking about offering him Schaub (my only QB), Best and Gaffney for Rice and Palmer.

    Good move? Would he even entertain this offer?

  26. SpiralArchitect says:
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    @Doc: Does it change anything in the Welker, Megatron, Bush – Moss, Lynch trade if I have Foster, Torain, BJGE and Hillis at RB already.

    MY WRs would be Welker, Braylon, Megatron and Fitzgerald.

  27. Matt says:
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    Doc I need your help!

    Got a trade offer of Mike Williams (seattle), Larry Fitzgerald, and Ronnie Brown for Lesean McCoy…Do I do it? Thanks for your help!

  28. Hitts1 says:
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    Have Roddy on bye this week and playing a first place team. Need to choose between K Britt with a touch matchup or rookie one-week wonder D Gettis as my flex. Which one do I start?

  29. Matt P says:
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    Should I start Dez or Britt as my WR2 this week? Or should i start both and bench Lynch at the flex?

  30. Hutch says:
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    this week –

    Brady vs MIN or Palmer vs MIA? Leaning Palmer.

    Wells vs TB or Torain @ DET? Leaning Torain.

  31. Hey doc who would you start as a fill in. Blount or the law firm? Thanks

  32. dirtyd says:
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    Which 2 to start: .5 PPR and 20yrds/point Returns

    Bowe
    Dez Bryant
    Mike Williams TB
    Mike Williams SEA
    M Lynch
    R Mathews

    Thinking Bowe and MW/TB

  33. Joe B says:
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    @Doc: Not sure if I should play RBs in my FLEX spots this week… Both of these are in PPR leagues… who should I play this week?

    Need 3 WR and a FLEX (WR/RB)
    T Owens
    M Colston
    S Moss
    S Smith (Car)
    R Torain

    Need 2 WR and a FLEX (WR/RB)
    C Johnson
    L Fitzgerald
    S Moss
    T Jones (KC)

  34. dingbat says:
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    Worth using my #1 Waiver priority (in a 16-team league) to pick up Jonathan Stewart and drop Michael Bush? Or should I pick up a freebie in Blount?

  35. Christopher says:
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    Doc,
    Like the Wells recommendation. Would you star him over JC v. BUF?

  36. Christopher says:
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    Doc,
    Sorry for the follow-up. That Wells-or-JC question is for my PPR league, where I have MJD and Foster as well.
    Was planning on going with Foster and JC until I read your post.
    Now leaning Foster/Wells. Sound good, given MJD’s struggles (though he did hang 19 on the KC defense last week).

  37. Joel says:
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    Doc: TD-heavy league. My RBs are now Gore, SJax, Bradshaw and BJacobs, wrs are Nicks, Boldin, Hines, Garcon and B Lloyd. my 3 rbs are killing me, because none of them score tds. I can trade Nicks for McFadden. what do you think?

  38. cb23 says:
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    Wattup doc I’m in sort of a bind here most of my team is on a bye this week I have roddy white as my number one and he’s out so now I need to get my lineup ready out of these players in a ppr league with a flex who would u start marshawn lynch, sjax, L blount, Michael bush, Chris ivory for Rb and for wr I have Brandon Lloyd, h ward, James Jones, santonio holmes, heath miller, cooley, and could pick up jacoby Jones wat do u think please let me know thank you

  39. trick dad says:
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    @Joel – You can get more for Nicks, but hold him. I’d trade Boldin for a Mcfadden or Mendenhall…

  40. TonyD says:
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    Should I start Dez Bryant against Jacksonville or Blair White against Houston?

  41. nick m. says:
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    Which side do you like in a PPR?
    I get: Desean Jackson, Tony Gonzalez, Chad Henne
    I give: Terrell Owens, Santonio Holmes, Donovan McNabb, Heath Miller

    If I accept I’d have DJax, Miles Austin, Mike X Williams, and Kenny Britt for 3 WR slots.

  42. Christopher says:
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    @TonyD: Don’t know what Doc will say, but Dez at JAX is tastier than Blair @ HOU.

  43. Isles Guru says:
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    Who to start in PPR?

    Red Hot Brit against tough against the pass Chargers D or
    Crabtree against Denver

  44. Mike says:
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    So we like Dez Bryant this week… start him over SEA Williams in a non-PPR? Thanks!

  45. SDPete says:
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    Hey Doc, do you like your “sit” recommendation for Wallace more than your “start” rec for Moeaki? Trying to pick between them, and it seems like Moeaki has been meh since you started recommending him. I’m also leaning Rams DST over my Bolts DST (because of the ST part). Any opinion?

  46. Damion says:
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    kellar or Daniels?
    bush or blount??? long term

  47. MP says:
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    Need 2 WR and a Flex:

    Greg Jennings
    Randy Moss
    Pierre Garcon
    Marshawn Lynch
    Jonathon Stewart (only if D Will doesn’t go).

  48. Black Beard says:
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    Doc, how about Blount and Garrard for Kitna?

  49. djbooyah20 says:
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    In a pickle with Byes and Injuries! Romo down and out..Who to start, Kitna, Moore, Bradford, Henne, Fitzpatrick, Mark Sanchez?

    Choose 2 WR: BMarsh, Eddie Royal, Lance Moore, Patrick Crayton, Gonzo, Burleson, Blair White, Stevie Johnson, Lee Evans?

    Also at RB choose 3: MJD, McFadden, Lynch, and Felix Jones. Can you start opposing RBs and fair well??

    Picked up TB Def this week on NYG bye..I need a prayer.

  50. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @MP: Leaning Moss/Garcon, but Garcon didn’t practice today so keep an eye on that. And Lynch.

    @Damion: Keller/Blount

    @SDPete: I like Wallace more. Pretty thin TE matchups this week.

    @Mike: I do like Dez in non ppr.

    @Isles Guru: Britt

    @nick m.: I’d go for it.

    @TonyD: Dez all the way.

    @cb23: Lynch and SJax, Lloyd, Ward and Holmes and Cooley

    @Joel: I think McFadden may have scored the majority of his TDs last week. I’d try for Turner.

    @Christopher: I’d go with Foster/JC. The Bills are just too bad at run defense and even though he is splitting carries this is a week you have to play him.

    @dingbat: How are those guys on the wire in a 16 team league!? That’ a tough call since both aren’t assured touches. For this week I would lean JStew, but Blount has a little more upside if he can win the job outright.

    @Joe B: I’d sit Colston and Fitz

    @dirtyd: Wow, that is painful. With the return yards I am leaning Britt and Bowe.

    @Ryanjones: Blount

    @Hutch: Torain and Brady. I could be wrong about Palmer, but I need one more week out of him.

    @Matt P: I’d lean Britt.

    @Hitts1: Britt

    @Derrick: I don’t like it for you. I still have doubts about Palmer.

    @Matt: I’d take the Ronnie Brown side if it upgrades starters and the players dropped are of little value.

    @SpiralArchitect: It’s pretty fair. I could see doing it.

  51. bfeels says:
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    Who do you sit in this group? H Ward, S Smith (car), M Williams (tb) Thanks!

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: I know this was an older post (it was #11) but would anything change if you learned it was 45 return yards for a point?

  53. Slam says:
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    is it worth buying low on shonn greene?

    I was thinking about offering: J Charles, A Bradshaw, or L McCoy for him…Still sitting on Rice, wouldn’t consider that trade.

    I’m just thinking about it as a speculation on LDT getting injured/slowing down, and all these byes I have this week.

  54. Joel says:
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    Doc, follow up to #38 above — I offered Boldin and Lloyd for Mcfadden. hasn’t been acted on yet by counterparty. Is that too much?

  55. Slim says:
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    Hey Doc, gotta trade offer in a keeper league where i get Roy Williams and Chris Ivory for giving away Blount (he has huge keeper potential in this deep league since he was picked in the last round) what’d you think?

  56. yuppie says:
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    bowe or dez bryant or r. williams for my flex ppr league thanks

  57. kleptobum says:
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    Been negotiating trades with a league-mate who is hurting at WR while I have a load of depth at the position (Brandon Marshall and Andre Johnson are my regular starters). Do either of these trades make sense for me:
    I give Percy Harvin to get Felix Jones , or
    I give Maclin (mine) to get Beanie Wells?
    (He has said he would take both trades)
    The RBs in these cases would basically be in my Flex spot behind Michael Turner and Jamaal Charles.
    Thanks!

  58. swingkungfu says:
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    i was actually going to ask you if i should start dez bryant this week since boldin is out and i’ve got crabtree against denver in london with second-hand smith throwing the ball. i went out and acquired hawk williams and figure to start him. i assume he’ll be more of a safe start than bryant. any reason you see to switch them up?

  59. Ken Plane says:
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    Doc – Have trade offer of Ronnie Brown for my Chris Cooley. I have Owen Daniels as my reserve and Brown would be my RB3, Mendy, MJD(bye – week 9) and Stewart.

  60. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bfeels: Smith

    @Wilsonian: I could see upping Dez there, but I think I’d stick with what you have.

    @Slam: Not for any of those guys. I could see buying low on him, but a lot lower.

    @Joel: I don’t love it.

    @Slim: I’d stick with Blount.

    @yuppie: Bowe

    @swingkungfu: I like Dez’s upside more.

    @kleptobum: I think either is fair, but it just seems like you could get more for them.

  61. So So says:
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    On a bye week Got Pat Creighton Ricky Williams Or Dez Bryant for my Flex

  62. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @So So: I like Dez

  63. bfeels says:
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    I like your position ranking gadget you added – think you should keep it!

  64. Lance says:
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    Doc, your thoughts on lineup- available this week:
    QB: Fitzpatrick, Stafford, Kitna (lost Romo and had traded Orton day before)
    RB: Gore, Foster, Mendy
    WR: Wallace, St. Johnson, A. Gonzalez

    Non-PPR, standard scoring league: 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1RB/WR

    My thoughts are:
    QB: Kitna (Stafford is so tempting, and KC shut down P. Manning)
    RB: Gore, Foster
    WR: Johnson, Gonzalez
    Flex: Mendy

    What do you think? Thanks!

  65. Doc

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    @Lance: I’m leaning Wallace over A Gonz. I just don’t know how he’ll be used his first game back. I’m also going with Stafford for his upside. I like Kitna and have him ranked ahead of Stafford because I think he is a little safer, but I just don’t want to miss out on a big game.

  66. Lance says:
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    Thanks Doc! I am so glad to hear you say that about both Wallace and Stafford. That is what I started with and allowed some opinions to sway me. I just can’t see sitting Stafford, even if it is his first game back. Besides, I feel like gambling a little.

  67. Jess says:
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    Hi,
    Need some help here…

    should we make some change here?
    drop branch for Roy williams or someone else?

    QB fitzgerald
    RB S Jax
    RB Lynch
    WR Reggie Wayne
    WR D Branch
    WR Anthony Gonz
    TE Witten
    Flex Dustin Keller
    K Folk
    DST Jets

    BN Green Ellis
    BN Vick
    BN Blount
    BN Maclin

    Injured Austin Collie

    some Free Agents avail-

    Lance Moore
    Roy Williams
    Hart
    Sproles
    M Barber
    Sims Walker

  68. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jess: I think you are good with what you have.

  69. Overpaid Felons says:
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    Doc, I ned to sit one of these guys? Which one?

    K.Britt, D.Bowe, S.Smith (CAR), M.Wallace.

    Thanks for your help!!

  70. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Overpaid Felons: Tough. I’m leaning toward sitting Wallace, but I like all of them.

  71. Overpaid Felons says:
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    Yahoo is ranking SD as top 3 def for this week. Should I start Chargers over Redskins?

  72. Hitts1 says:
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    Best or J Stewart today?

  73. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Hitts1: Stew in non-ppr, Best in ppr

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