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Let there be football. No, for real y’all. There are a whole slew of games tomorrow/today. Can you believe it? And now we just wait for the inevitable end of the season! Why God why!!? Oh, live in the now. Carpe diem and all that. I hear ya. We have football and there was a slight chance we wouldn’t not too long ago. Let’s savor this m effer. I’m calling U-verse right now to re-up my RedZone package (yeah, yeah, that’s what she said). My ass groove is already firmly formed in the sofa so no extra work there. And I’m diligently (read: drunkenly) going through my teams and looking for players who currently aren’t signed or living to replace with others who are less near death.

I’ll be here for your questions in the comments so feel free to ask. And remember, no question is a dumb one. Evaluating matchups and talent is tough and getting a second opinion is always nice, even if you don’t go with it. Good luck everyone! Fake Football is back!

Below you will find some player updates and links, odd ends and odd beginnings, but before we get to the oddities make sure you sign up for our $250 FanDuel Freeroll. If you beat my team you get 5 bucks and if you are in the top 10 you get cash monies as well. And that is all for the low low price of free!

Marques Colston: He broke his collarbone instead of his knee, so that is a step in the right direction. It looks like he’ll be out 4-6 weeks which gives plenty of time for another Saints receiver to step up, but we all know how difficult that is to predict. The primary ball catchers are Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson, Jimbo “faux belt” Graham, Lance “holdin’ my groin” Moore, and Adrian Arrington.  My take is predicated on Moore’s crotchal region.   If Moore heals up quickly he is the #1 receiver is New Orleans, which, with the way they spread the ball around doesn’t always mean that much, but it means a little something.  And if Moore is out Meachem is the guy I want on my team. And that would give Henderson some value and maybe even Arrington. Henderson had a good week 1, but the Saints aren’t going to be playing from behind enough for him to get that many looks regularly. Jimmy Graham will continue to be a top 10 tight end, but like most tight ends his looks will be sporadic from week to week.

UPDATE: Randall Moss has been spied at Cafe Du Monde being interviewed by Anne Rice for her new novel, Interview with a Super Freak. Right now the rumor mill is in full churn that Moss may be headed to the Saints, but there has been no confirmation yet.  If he does end up there it’s about the best place for him fantasy wise. He probably wouldn’t be a WR1 or WR2, but would be a must pick up on the off chance that he actually tries.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter tweets: New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis on rumors of Randy Moss visiting Saints today: “Absolutely no truth to it. It’s a made-up story. Zero to it.”

Arian Foster: He is officially a game time decision, but he didn’t practice and all signs point to him sitting this one out. That is the scenario I would prepare for. Kubiak will want Derrick Ward in there for pass protection, but Ben Tate has shown he is the more explosive back. I think both can be useful for fantasy as a flex starter. Ward is the safer play, but Tate has more upside.

Miles Austin: He isn’t 100% and is slated to be covered by Darelle Revis, which does not bode well for him. Of course if Dez Bryant is abusing Cromartie we could easily see Revis switch off. I think Antonio Romo will have to throw a ton and will throw to whoever isn’t being covered by Revis. At this point your guess is as good as mine as to what will happen. This murky situation would be one to stay away from if you were smart, but I still like Dez cuz I’m dumb.

Matt Forte: With no Barbarian to bonk him over the head with his club at the goal line we should see Forte get goal line carries and pretty much get 20-30 looks in a decent matchup against a pass rushing front 7 in the Falcons. I like him a whole lot.

Knowshon Moreno: Coach Fox says it will be a “hot hand” situation between Moreno and Willis McGahee. So that isn’t very good news. It’s hard for me to believe that Moreno, even if his hands are literally on fire, will get goal line carries. This situation is one to stay away from if you can, but there is upside for the guy that gets the touches, whoever that is.

Steve Smith (PHI): Smith is going to be active for week 1 which sure isn’t what we all expected. He of course isn’t startable in any format this week, but I could see grabbing him in deeper leagues as a flier for the season.  For the most part it’s going to be really tough to know how he’ll fit into the offense until we see him out there. Jackson, Maclin, Celek, Avant  and McCoy all will be in the way of his looks to an extent.

Jamaal Charles: How can I have a week 1 preview without JC Superstar? Well, I guess I can’t because here he is. He is my #1 running back this week going against the horrible Bison rush defense. He has risen!

Braylon Edwards: I really can’t stand the guy, but with Michael Crabtree just getting back to practice he is the de facto #1 wide receiver. Vernon Davis is probably the true #1, but both get a horrid Seattle pass defense to go up against. Yes, Alex Smith is not that good, but he still will try to throw it to people.

Julius Thomas: The basketball player turned tight end could be a monster red zone target this season in Denver. Right now it’s hard to know just how much he’ll be used, but I bet we at least see him when they get inside the 20. Keep an eye on him.

Keiland Williams: There is no true goal line back in Detroit so we need to keep an eye on this Williams feller. He isn’t all that good, but if the Lions move the ball as well as they should and Williams gets goal line carries he has to be on the fantasy radar.

Kendall Hunter: Even though Hunter is Gore’s backup there is a good chance he’ll be the change of pace back and watching him in preseason run over and around and past defenders I could see him being very productive in whatever role he rolls with.

NFL Hot Links:

Evan Silva over at Rotoworld breaks down every game in his weekly mathup column. It’s always a good read.

Fantasy Pros is getting tons of sites to contribute their weekly rankings (ours as well) and has a ton of helpful info on their site. You can customize your week 1 cheat sheet here.

Here are a few things I wrote for FanDuel and Rotoworld: Passing Forecast, Rushing Forecast, and Targets and Touches.

Awful Announcing tells us what broadcasters we get to endure this week.

Mike Clay of Pro Football Focus takes a look at some offensive matchups for week 1.

Grantland goes a little NFL nuts with their NFL Preview.

The Fifth Down Blog takes a gander at this weeks NFL matchups.

My twitter friend Matt Waldman has a great blog called The Rookie Scouting Portfolio. He’s a student of the game and a great evaluator of talent. I really enjoy his interview series and his most recent one with Greg Cosell is great. While you’re there explore; there’s gold in them thar blog hills.

Ex-NFL scout Matt Williamson takes another look at Cam Newton and some other rookies.

GoAheadScore gives us their Start/Sits for the week.

Carl and Chuck Klosterman do something below here:

 

From Around The Web

  1. Randy says:
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    I have a new rule in my league. I can only add/drop 3 players per week. Seems like a decent number but with byes, injs, streaming D’s it could get tricky… I’m thinking to be safe I should always keep 1 in case something weird happens… Just wondering if you’ve had any experience with this?
    Thanks

  2. Randy says:
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    Also why was Randy Moss at Saints headquarters today?

  3. herschel says:
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    @Doc: are you buying into the moss to new orleans rumors? if he does sign with them, worth the add in 12 team leagues or let him be someone else’s headache?

  4. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Randy: I haven’t. But I would play it conservatively. I’ll update this post with my Moss musings for what that’s worth.

  5. joel says:
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    Doc:

    I have Tate, Brandon Jacobs and McGahee for my flex. non-ppr, 5 pts per td, 1 for each 20yds. Until today, i was heavily leaning jacobs. Now, withthe Den timesharenews v OAK, and if Arian’s out: who would you go with out of these guys? THANKS!

  6. joel says:
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    Doc:

    I have the Jets D. For some reason, i can’t stop thinking I may want to gamble on Cleveland tomorrow in Dalton’s first game, whereas the Cowboys are a pretty damn good offense. U have the Jets ranked ahead of Cleveland. Why? Is Dalton’s first game maybe just too good to pass up? THANKS!

  7. Doc

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    @joel: That is a cluster eff of a dilemma. Tate is too risky. I think Jacobs and McGahee will both make it into the end zone. I’m going to lean Jacobs because he looked good in preseason.

    @joel: I think Romo is going to get picked a few times because he’ll need to throw a lot. I could see the Bengals playing very conservatively.

  8. joel says:
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    THANKS DOC. Good Luck tomorrow!

  9. Howard says:
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    @Doc Hasselbeck or Collins to replace Manning? I like who Collins has to throw to!

  10. Howard says:
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    @Doc I might be able to swing a trade for Cam Newton. A little upside never hurt!

  11. Chris says:
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    Just got offered Aaron Rodgers for Drew Brees. What do you think?

  12. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @joel: Back atcha!

    @Howard: Give Collins a shot

    @Chris: Don’t like it

  13. Dominic says:
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    I have Ray Rice, Stephen Jackson and Shonn Greene I was thinking of starting Greene over Rice, I mean Pittsburgh is tough man. What do you think.

  14. Dgtheog says:
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    Doc,

    Olsen or Witten at TE?

    In terms of flex, Steve Johnson, Mike Tolbert, or D. Amendola? Im leaning toward Tolbert…but Amendola is gna get a lot of targets.

    Thanks!

  15. fred haase says:
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    I have similar problem to Dominick in my PPR league…not crazy about starting Mendenhall vs tough Baltimore D and pray for a couple of 2 yard TD’s(since that’s what his YPC avg will be). Thinking of going with Blount(weak Lions rush D-no Fairley yet), Hightower(Giants D-banged up), and Felix Jones. Felix is in a better offense than PIT for PPR purposes, Jets secondary is too strong to throw deep on so DAL will run more and throw short…). I think it boils down to between Blount, Mende and Felix on whom to sit. I see Felix as more of a HR possibility. Mende most consistent. Blount is facing the worst D, but the whole committee talk scares me. Wanted to get some thoughts…

  16. Howard says:
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    @Doc Non PPR flex: Austin, Breaston, A Brown, Little? Thanks! Normally Austin would be my WR1 but if he’s hobbling against Revis?

  17. Cole says:
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    I have Collie as my back-up receiver, but am really worried about his situation. Which would you add for depth. 1 PPR, 12 teams: Greg Little, Massaquoi, Sanders (I have Wallace already), Harry Douglas, or Benn? Thanks Doc!

  18. genghis chone says:
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    Flex slot: Felix Jones, Dez Bryant or Ben Tate (if Foster is out)? PPR

  19. Sean says:
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    Two quick flex questions
    1. 10 team .5 ppr 2rb 2wr 1 rb/wr flex I am torn between Dez Bryant, Reggie bush and felix jones in my flex spot. Am leaning towards jones n dez but bush will have no goal line vulture this week with daniel thomas hurting.

    2. 12 team .5 ppr 2rb 2wr 1 rb/wr flex debating bewteen percy harvin and brandon jacobs for flex. Leaning towards harvin b/c vikes should be playing catch up and who the hell else is Donovan gonna throw to bernard berrian..come on. However, Jacobs has had some nice games against the skins and he has looked good in the preseason. I could also put him in instead of felix jones but I a more likely to replace harvin instead if I do make a switch
    thought?

  20. Projectbass says:
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    Non-ppr league

    Would you trade Hightower and Steve Johnson for Mike Wallace and Fred Jackson?

    My team:
    QB- Ryan
    RBx2- JC, Greene
    WR/RB- Hightower
    WRx2- Roddy White, Steve Johnson
    WR/TE- Jered Cook
    TE- Dallas Clark

    Bench RB- Tolbert, McGahee, Ridley
    Bench WR- Sidney Rice, Austin Collie, Amendola
    Bench QB- Fitz

  21. We$ says:
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    2 questions.

    I drafted Peyton early. And ended up with Cutler as my backup. Not a good situation. But the guy who had Colston dropped Flacco for Henderson. I like Flacco alot for the year, but week 1?

    Non PPR. 5 points for passing TDs. -1 for INTs

    Qb: Flacco or Cutler.

    And also…

    Wr3: Steve Smith or Braylon Edwards.

    Thanks.

  22. djbooyah20 says:
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    Need to set the line-up Doc. What do you think? 2 WR, 2 RB, W/R,
    Roddy, VJax, BMarsh, Britt, Amendola
    DMC, Forte, Javhid, and Felix da Cat

    PPR League. I currently have Roddy, Jax, Marsh, and Forte and DMC. But Jacksonville is looking like a meaty match-up for Britt, and being a Pats fan I’m weary on whether or not BMarsh will get his looks or if Henne get him the ball.

    Your thoughts?

  23. Dirty mo pena says:
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    Doc – I’m struggling to fill my flex in a .5 ppr league. Choices are Mike Thomas, Amendola or Braylon. Thoughts? I’m leaning towards Amendola.

    Thanks!

  24. Fatz says:
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    Reggie Bush or Mendenhall? Scared to start Mendy this week, and I’m hearing a ton of hype about Bush this year. PPR league.

  25. uncle mowglie says:
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    Ben Tate over Fred Jackson n’ Kendall hunter right?

  26. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dirty mo pena: I liked Danny this week until I heard Nnamdi was covering the slot. I’m leaning Thomas, but it’s a tough one.

    @djbooyah20: I’m fully on board with your first thought.

    @Projectbass: I think Hightower will start off fast. Think you can get more for him after the season gets going.

    @genghis chone: Jones

    @Cole: Leaning Benn right now.

    @Howard: Think you have to risk Austin

    @fred haase: I think you’ve broken that down about right. Sit Mendy for higher risk/reward.

    @Dominic: Not crazy. I think Greene has more upside.

  27. Matty Suzuki says:
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    Hines Ward or Antonio Brown? Thanks !

  28. Daniel says:
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    Super tough calls at 3 positions to start Week 1 (non-ppr):

    Bradshaw or Blount at RB2 (no flex)?

    Play it safe with Aaron Hernandez or swing for the fences w/ Lance Kendricks?

    And basically which QB will F up more: Cam Newton or Kerry Collins (AZ or HOU D/ST)?

  29. Doc

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    @Fatz: I’m still leaning Mendy because I think he gets a TD, but in PPR it’s really close.

    @We$: Edwards and I’d get Flacco for sure. It’s really close this week. I’m leaning Flacco.

    @Sean: I’d go with Bush with no Thomas and Jones just because he’ll get his touches. Dez is high upside, but still risky. @Sean: Harvin will get a ton of work. Good start in PPR. Jacobs will have a better chance at a TD. Harvin for safety.

  30. Jeff says:
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    Two leagues, same problem:

    1 Point PPR start Moreno or Britt?

    .5 Point PPR start Moreno or Jacobs?

    Thanks for the help.

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Matty Suzuki: I think you have to go Ward.

    @Daniel: Blount, Kendricks, leaning Houston

  32. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jeff: Moreno on both. Like him in PPR still.

  33. Jeffito says:
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    1pt PPR league. I need to choose between 2 of these 3.

    1) K. Moreno
    2) B. Wells
    3) R. Bush

    Pretty sure I am gonna start Beanie, but I can’t seem to decide between the other 2.

  34. Dgtheog says:
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    Doc…u forgot about my post! Witten vs Jets or Olsen vs Cards?
    Also, in terms of Flex, not sure if i shld go Tolbert vs. Vikes, S. Johnson vs Chiefs, or Amendola vs Eagles. Im leaning toward Tolbert…

  35. Chris says:
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    Looks like Foster is out.

    Ward is the smart play here, right? Or do you think Tate will be getting around 50% carries even on Week 1?

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jeffito: I’d go Beanie/Bush

  37. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dgtheog: Witten and Tolbert

    @Chris: Ward is safer, but Tate is the home run pick. I’m leaning Tate.

  38. Chris says:
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    And who’s the better play at flex? .5 PPR

    Manningham @ WAS or Hightower vs NYG

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Chris: Close, but leaning Hightower

  40. PF says:
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    i need 2 for non-ppr. Harvin, Tate, Felix jones

  41. Jeffito says:
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    Thanks doc. WR question now. PPR league. Santana Moss or Amendola? I feel like Moss is safer….

  42. phorts says:
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    .5 PPR – Have Foster, Tate and Ward. Need Kicker. Start Tate or Ward? Also, Drop Ward or Delone Carter for a Kicker? AHH!

  43. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @PF: Tate/Jones

    @Jeffito: Moss

    @phorts: Really tough. I’m going with Tate as my home run hitter who may strike out and drop Ward.

  44. phorts says:
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    @Doc:

    Thanks man, that’s what i’ve been thinking all along so here goes!

  45. Chuck Norris says:
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    Tolbert, britt, or Wallace as flex. 1/2pt ppr?

  46. Tim says:
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    PPR flex spot – Tolbert, Knox, or Reggie Bush? Thanks!

  47. Los says:
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    Hey Doc, pick 2 out of 3: Mendenhall, Ahmad Bradshaw, Derrick Ward. Thanks!

  48. MKL says:
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    Julio Jones over Miles Austin in a no PPR league?

    Thanks Doc

  49. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Doc:16 team non ppr….pick two for flex spots.

    Roy Williams,Helu,Sims-Walker,Royal,Fassano,Avant.

    thnks.

  50. MKL says:
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    Julio Jones over Miles Austin in a non-PPR league?

    Thanks Doc

  51. Peter says:
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    Hey Doc,

    Felix or Kenny Britt in the Flex?

  52. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    @Oilcan Giuseppe: sorry….add E. Sanders and Cribbs to that list.

  53. PF says:
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    Thanks, man. i need two for a different lg. jacobs, manningham, felix jones

  54. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    10 team non ppr….Britt or Best at flex?

  55. Howie says:
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    @Doc: Drop DeMarco Murray (sleeper RB) for R. Moss in the chance something materializes?

  56. Los says:
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    Ahmad Bradshaw or Derrick Ward? Thanks Doc

  57. John H says:
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    Derrick Ward, Danny Amendola, Jared Cook, Aaron Hernandez, or Dexter McCluster in a PPR that gives bonus for return yards and TDs. Thanks doc.

  58. Doc

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    @Howie: I can see that. Both are fliers at this point.

    @Los: Bradshaw

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Best

    @PF: PPR Manningham, Non Jacobs, but very close.

  59. Howie says:
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    @Doc: Does a healthy Lance Moore have more rest-of-season non-PPR value than either Harvin or S. Moss?

  60. bobbo says:
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    Doc, can you help with the following rankings:
    (1ppr, 1pt per 10 rush, 1pt per 20 rec, +5 bonus at 100 rush/rec)

    League 1:
    RB (3): CJ2K, SJax, Felix, Bush
    WR (2): Marshall, Holmes, Dez Bryant

    League 2:
    RB (3): Forte, SJax, Wells, Mathews
    TE (1): Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks

  61. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @John H: Tough, Amendola with return yardage

  62. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo:
    League 1:
    RB (3): CJ2K, SJax, Felix, Bush
    WR (2): Holmes, Marshall, Dez Bryant

    League 2:
    RB (3): Forte, SJax, Wells, Mathews
    TE (1): Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks

    @Howie: I’d say it’s very close. Like Harvin a little more

  63. bobbo says:
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    Doc, one more league, sorry I missed it:
    (0.5 ppr, 1 pt for 10 rush or rec, +3 bonus at 100)
    (2RB, 2WR, 1 Flex, 1 TE)

    RB: Mendenhall, Felix, Tolbert, Derrick Ward
    WR: Lloyd, Manningham, Dez Bryant, Planixo, Braylon Edwards
    TE: TonyG, Jared Cook

    Thanks!

  64. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo: I’d go with the way you have it, except Cook over Gonzo

  65. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: Thanks again!

    You start Tolbert or Dez Bryant in the flex? (actually had Cook starting too, yay great minds!)

  66. joel says:
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    Doc, you still going jacobs over tate in non-ppr?

  67. Drew Crew says:
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    Tolbert, Tate, or Addai in ppr?

  68. Matt says:
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    Fred Jackson or Derrick Ward

    I know you have Jackson 2 spots ahead of Ward in your rankings as of Friday. Just wondering what you think. The way Foster ran on Indy I really like ward

  69. Doc

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    @joel: Close, Jacobs is safer.

    @bobbo: that is really close. Another upside (Bryant) vs. safety (Tolbert). Put to it I’d probably start Dez.

  70. Doc

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    @Drew Crew: Addai

  71. Doc

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    @Matt: I’d go with Ward

  72. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: Thanks for the advice. In the league where I have to choose Bryant vs. Tolbert, would the fact that I’m starting Felix Jones play into your decision at all? Also, Vick is my QB. Sway you either way?

  73. bobbo says:
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    One last question, in a league where I’ll probably be playing Santonio Holmes every week, would you have a problem with Dustin Keller as your starting TE? Other available options are Heap, Gresham, Shiancoe, Celek, Julius Thomas, Ben Watson.

    Scoring: 1pt per rec, 1pt per 20 yds rec, +5 at 100yds (fractional scoring)

  74. Doc

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    @bobbo: I’d still roll Bryant

  75. zaj says:
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    1 pt PPR, pick TWO:

    Moreno, Matthews, Benson, Tate

    Thanks!

  76. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo: I’d hold for now, but it could be a fluid situation if Derrick Mason is a factor.

  77. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    0.5 PPR w/BONUS FOR LONG TD

    PICK ONE FOR WR#3

    AUSTIN COLLIE
    GREG LITTLE
    ANTONIO BROWN

  78. Randy says:
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    Should I have a week 1 strategy for adding?
    Like if E Sanders has a big game and A Brown doesn’t…
    or Gibson better than Sims-Walker or guys like Benn, Douglas, etc..
    I guess what I’m asking is should I run to the wire if someone like these have big games or is wk 1 still too early to tell?
    Thanks

  79. ETMcgee says:
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    found my way over from baseball site, looks like i have a new reference source.

    .5ppr – pick 3 – F Jones, R Bush, F jackson, B Tate

  80. zaj says:
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    1 pt PPR, pick TWO plz:

    Moreno, Matthews, Benson, Tate

    Thanks!

  81. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @zaj: Moreno and Mathews

  82. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Good luck all!!!

  83. Ickey Shuffle says:
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    What up Doc, love the FF section of Razzball, it is carrying on the excellent coverage tradition from baseball.

    Using a bench spot for an upside play, who do you go with for the season? Roy Williams with the Bears or Randy Moss in N.O.?

  84. swingkungfu says:
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    i really messed up by not putting tolbert in, it seems. i’ve got felix jones in my line-up right now. is miles austin or mcgahee a better option instead?

  85. Derek says:
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    Miles Austin or Knowshon Moreno in .5 PPR?

  86. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Derek: Moreno

    @swingkungfu: I’d stick with Jones

    @Ickey Shuffle: I could see switching. Don’t really like either.

  87. m says:
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    was offered for Steve Smith-CAR

    mark ingram
    aj green
    benjarvus green ellis
    marshawn lynch
    peyton manning
    marques colston
    jets D

    Any takers?

  88. Cole says:
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    Follow up to this morning… WR depth pick-up Massaquoi or Benn. 1 PPR, 12 tm. Is either worth a waiver claim? We don’t reset each week and I’m currently at 3rd position.

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