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Judge…audience…people of the jury.  What we have here today in front of us is a case so vile…so heinous…so uncomfortably dramatized by the writer that we must bring it to light so that others might find a way to ease this poor man’s suffering.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been a stand-up RB2 for most of the year and his efforts have gone virtually ignored.  For every bright and shiny new running back toy we’ve found on the waiver wire, whether it was Bryce Brown or David Wilson, BJGE has been the rock that has guided his team to glory and what has he been given?  Has he received recognition?  Has he received acceptance?  Does he even receive many lede paragraphs?  No!  He goes about his business every week just like he did this week with 106 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to go over 100 yards rushing for the 4th time in 5 weeks.  Ladies and Gentleman of the jury I ask you, are those the numbers of a man who deserves such disregard?  If he were on your fantasy football team would you simply say ‘yeah, I benched him for Jonathan Dwyer this week, so what?’.  No, it’s high time we realize that Green-Ellis has been one of the most consistent backs to own this year and sing his praises.  And with that, the defense rests *Que good ‘ole Eric Clapton guitarin*.  Ok, that was fun now back to real fantasy talk.  I almost wrote a sleeper post about him in the off-season but got scared when I heard Bernard Scott would split touches with him.  I like my backs to be masters of their backfield domain and I rarely buy into the 50/50 or 60/40 splits if they’re announced ahead of time.  Coming into Thursday Night Football, BJGE was on the cusp of RB1 territory with the 14th most points by a Running Back on the season in PPR formats and has been the 7th best back in the same setting over the last 4 weeks.  Now I’m not telling you it’s been beautiful.  Far from it.  There were some rough weeks to start the year but those are all in the past now.  The Law Firm has been true to his moniker: fair, just and insanely boring unless you dramatize the crap out of it a la Dick Wolf.  In other 2012 fantasy football news from Thursday Night Football…

Nick Foles - I talked about him a lot last week.  Like I keeper talked about him.  I also yadda’ed to the third in there as well but let’s get to the snippet that’s pertinent for tonight’s game: Moving forward, my main concerns with Nick would be two things.  One, how quickly will he make adjustments.  It took him about 2 1/2 games to get his footing to perform over these last two games.  These last three games – one against a stingy Cincinnati secondary and another against a Redskins secondary that is easy to beat but man-handled him the first time the two teams played – will tell a story of how we can view Foles looking forward.  I think that was bigger than a snippet but smaller than a snausage.  Just so you know we’re on the same wave length, I’m not sure if I understand what I just said either.  What I will say is he was just a’ight tonight with 182 yards passing to go with one apiece of TD, INT, FMBL.  The interception was pretty bad: extremely telegraphed and extremely short, almost like he intended to hit a Bengal with the pass.  The fumble was originally awarded to Bryce but later was given to Foles because they can’t give it to the offensive line for letting someone get into the backfield before the ball is even handed off.  The flipside to the madness was a well-executed pass to Jeremy Maclin that got the Eagles into scoring territory for their only touchdown of the night.  For a short week, being a rookie and having very little help from his backfield mates, I’d say this Foles’ future breed went from Sarah Jessica Parker to Flea-Bitten Arabian.  Next Razzball Fantasy sports site: Equestrian.

A.J. Green - Green had 57 yards on 6 receptions and finally put his owners back in the red after a three week hiatus.  You know, I just got sick and tired of people telling me ‘all you do is score touchdowns’.  So over the last three weeks I recorded a psychobilly album, worked for an animal shelter and learned how to bake flan.  Sigh, is there nothing AJ can’t do?  He’s so dreamy.

Andy Dalton – Ugh, it was just a weird night for the Red Rocket.  The Tom Brady rule was about two centimeters from being into effect on both of his fumbles and the offensive play choices were a tad ridiculous.  I’m no coach but if my QB isn’t finding time to pass out of a 5 step drop, I’ll try a few slant passes and screens to get the defense to back off.  Instead, we were treated to one Dalton scramble after another as the only receiver to catch a pass from him was Green which means my Andrew Hawkins call last week went kapoof.  He still finished with an air/ground TD combo with 127 passing yards and 18 rushing.  I ranked him 6th this week and threw up in my mouth a little typing that.

Riley Cooper - Alice Cooper’s long lost rocking son has returned for a touchdown!  On 3 receptions for 20 yards.  So what is Cooper’s favorite hair metal band?  Motley Crue?  Ratt?  Winger?  I could go on forever with these but then we’d all whip out our zippos and start quoting power ballads and I don’t wanna go there.  Cooper has a good matchup next week vs the Redskins and might make you ask yourself ‘Is this love that I’m feelin?’.  Then again, so does Jason Avant and Maclin and I’m not gonna lie to you and say I know which one will.  Just remember that good matchups are like roses and every rose has it’s thorn…OH GAWD MAKE IT STOP!  I honestly can’t decide so I’ll set up a poll below for you to weigh in.  As we all know, it’s a pressing topic whereas this game was a depressing topic so let’s make the best of it, m’kay?
 

  1. Flipper Anderson says:
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    PPR TE dilemma:
    Vernon Davis is a VD on my lineup. I don’t feel comfortable with him on my roster this late in the playoffs.
    Wire options:
    Pitta, Tamme, Housler, Watson, Moeaki, Craig Stevens.
    Or roll the dice with Vern?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pittas a great plug and play option

  2. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I was thinking the same thing about BGE, which is why I gave him the start at my RB2 spot for the first week of the RCL playoffs.

    Well, that and I wasn’t sure whether Bradshaw will play on Sunday so I couldn’t risk having to start Powell (who may not play either).

    With 16.6 points for BGE, I’ll make no complaints about having to use him though. He’s just earned some consideration for a start in the championship next week if when I make it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Indeed. It’s amazing when you look back on the year and see what some guys have done. Granted, health plays a role and he’s been fine in that department. His consistency of late has been astonishing, though. No game in the last 5 has he not had 100 yards from the line of scrimmage.

  3. Murph says:
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    The “Bryce” was wrong sky…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Big time ugly. And that Foles fumble was really his. When they showed the replay, Foles is handing it off and Bryce closes his eyes before impact and doesn’t have his hands in a ready position. Owners should feel lucky that didn’t land on him too.

      Every time Bryce tried to bounce it outside, the Bengals were ready for it. He could’ve had a game saving TD plunge if Andy Reid weren’t such a dolt, though. Yet again, within the 5, they tried to throw on all three downs and ended with a FG. Actually, with penalties, I think they had about 5 chances at goal to go on that drive and still only came away with 3. Pretty stupid by Reid there.

      Now we’ll see if Bradshaw is healthy enough to not give Wilson owners a chance on Sunday.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky:

        Haha I thought I would be commenting on how Browns multiple TD game was due to Daltons poor play turing it over to give the eagles such a large amount of redzone opportunities

        Yes he had multiple goal line attempts and even though his YPC was yet again abysmal he should have added 2 TDs 1 rushing and 1 receiving to save his fantasy day but he really didn’t get much help from the o line. Seems like this happens once a year a fresh rookie gets to play due to and ingury and gives us a couple monster games and proceeds to disapear. #2011demarcomurray

        Still not on the Wilson bandwagon…keep this talk up and we might have to add you to Nick’s David Wilson hot tub (JB Gilpin’s podcast)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Hey as long as there’s a good drink in my hand, I’ll hop in…ha! Not a lover of Wilson really, it was more of a weekly call given matchup if he plays enough. I was really worried about Brown heading into Thursday but I couldn’t tell owners to sit him when you know he’s getting the majority of carries. That said, Brown got way too much accolades after his first game and especially after his first two. Feel like we’re comparing apples to apples with him and Wilson. They’re both talented but have much to learn.

  4. Giacomo says:
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    Sky – I was hoping you might be able to help me with my lineup. I have to start 2 RB, 2 WR and a flex in a PPR league. My options are as follows:

    Doug Martin
    Matt Forte
    Reggie Bush
    David Wilson
    Victor Cruz
    Reggie Wayne
    Eric Decker

    I am thinking that I want Cruz, Wayne and Martin for sure, so that leaves only 1 RB spot and 1 flex. With the news that David Wilson will carry the load, I thought he might be an interesting option against the Falcons. I also thought Reggie Bush against Jacksonville might make some sense. What do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tough call. I’ve tentatively moved Wilson up to around 19 for RBs on the week, right behind Bush. I could see sitting Forte or Bush for him, honestly, if I needed a spark but you’ve got a good set up either way in my book. All three remaining RBs are quality RB2 calls.

  5. cam says:
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    I need to start two in PPR: Torrey smith, dwyer, deangelo williams. Appreciate the help. Definitely my favorite fantasy site. Thanks for all the great info.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey that’s awesome to hear!

      I’d have to say Smith/Dwyer there.

  6. cam says:
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    one more question. if you could only pick one between dwyer and smith. who would you go with?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Dwyer

  7. cam says:
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    PPR including kick return stats. Amendola or Torrey Smith?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Amendola.

  8. Dave the Barber says:
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    Shyun,

    Where is today’s column?

    Anyway B, start 2,
    Gore, Morris, Run DMC,

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s being cooked in the back with Heisenberg as we speak.

      Morris & Gore for me.

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Sky: Interesting, no DMC against an inept KC D and Morris against a pretty tough Cleveland squad that’s gonna key on him since RGIII is out? Gimme some rationale.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Workload. Morris now becomes the guy on offense. Might see a huge day on the ground from the Redskins to protect Cousins. I don’t trust DMC in the slightest at this point, regardless of how good the matchup is.

          • Dave the Barber says:
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            @Sky: Fair enough. Good lookin out.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob, Dave, good luck this week.

  9. Nico says:
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    Sproles or Wilson in .5 PPR and .1 points per 10 return yards? Also, Amendola, Crabtree, or Garcon? I could use some upside since i started both Dalton and Brown Thursday. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sproles for regular, Wilson for upside. Garçon for regular, Crabtree for upside

  10. Dave the Barber says:
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    OK Sky here’s a harder one … I felt it was a no-brainer for most of the week but now I’m twisted … David Wilson or Moreno?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m Moreno there. Hope that doesn’t break your noodle

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Sky: UGH … you and I never agree.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          We might be married in another universe

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