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Another Sunday has come and gone. There were some really good games this week that we are goinig to talk about here in a second. I just want to take a second to tell you that if you are struggling badly or are hanging in there but need a boost, be sure to check out Rudy’s awesome season long or DFS football tools. Rudy’s formula is making some really great calls that have gone unnoticed in the rest of the industry. Along with us, let Rudy help you out for the rest of the season!

Let’s get to the games!

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Show of hands of people who started the Jaguars defense? Not me. Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, or banging your head repeatedly against the wall while listening to “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion for the rest of the season, which would you pick? Give me Celine Dion in a heartbeat. Leonard Fournette is a beast. I think this is his first game of more than 4.0 YPC but that doesn’t really matter because he’s putting up fantasy points at a fantastic rate. Piss poor quarterback play didn’t stop Antonio Brown from being the best wide receiver in the game but it’s really taking a toll on my man crush, Martavis Bryant. Le’Veon Bell couldn’t get it going on the ground, but he had a good PPR day, catching 10 passes.

New York Giants Vs. San Diego Chargers

The Giant’s season is officially over. On top of falling to 0-5, the Giants lost their 3 best receivers in one game. The most devastating of all, it looks like Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the rest of the year. At this point the Giants are going to be virtually unwatchable. Orleans Darkwa may have scored more fantasy points today, but Wayne Gallman saw the most touches and averaged over 5 yards per carry out of the backfield. He’s still the back that I would like to own going forward.

Philip Rivers had a putrid completion percentage, but he got the Chargers the win and helped his fantasy owners who had the faith to start him. I had him ranked in my top 10 quarterbacks this week, and I’m glad that I did. I hope nobody benched Melvin Gordon! The Chargers involved Gordon in the passing game and he found the end zone a couple of times through the air on top of over 100 rushing yards. Hunter Henry saw 8 targets today, including a couple in the end zone, one of which he converted. There is hope for Hunter Henry going forward.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles

At this point last year, we were all laughing at the 2016 quarterback class, even though it looked like Carson Wentz had some potential. It seems like Wentz is surpassing the expectations of even the most vigilant truthers of his talent. Wentz spread the ball out to 8 different receivers on Sunday. Legarrette Blount continues to see the bulk of the carries in the Philadelphia backfield and he’s busting out big runs too. He was one holding call away from a RB1 caliber outing. Carson Palmer is quietly putting together a really productive year. The only running back that is ownable in Arizona while we wait for David Johnson to come back is Andre Ellington.

Carolina Panthers Vs. Detroit Lions

Newly feminist quarterback Cam Newton is back to being one of the best quarterbacks in the game. I think that the emergence of Devin Funchess is a huge contributor to this. Let us not forget about the monster game that Ed Dickson had. I imagine that people who started Dickson in their DFS lineups as an afterthought were pretty profitable today. Matthew Stafford had some garbage time magic to save his fantasy day with a couple of second half touchdowns. Marvin Jones is staying relevant but I’m still weary for the rest of the season. Eric Ebron has still not been seen in weeks, search parties are starting give up.

Tennessee Titans Vs. Miami Dolphins

I gave up on Jay Cutler after last week, but Jay Cutler gave up on us years ago. Jay Cutler ripped off a magnificently terrible 92 yards against the same defense that rookie quarterback, DeShaun Watson completely dismantled only a week ago. The absence of a passing game isn’t doing Jay Ajayi any favors. Matt Cassel got a start today and Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job. This game was terrible, I don’t want to write about it anymore.

New York Jets Vs. Cleveland Browns

Speaking of horrible games, I introduce you to the 3-2 New York Jets! Elijah McGuire saw the bulk of the carries for the Jets and turned it into 20 yards. This backfield is ugly and I want no part of it. But, at least Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a start-worthy tight end when he is sober. I want as many pieces of ASJ as I can get in fantasy football. Isaiah Crowell had his best game of the season and still managed to look absolutely horrible. Deshone Kizer was benched for Kevin Hogan and it didn’t matter at all, but keep an eye on Ricardo Louis, he seems to be the receiver of choice in Cleveland with 8 targets this week.

Buffalo Bills Vs. Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green had an awesome day and a horrible day at this same time. Green was the main culprit of two turnovers but also had 189 yards and a touchdown. Joe Mixon has officially arrived! Joe Mixon was able to find the end zone on his way to 15 carries for 51 yards. I’m starting to feel like LeSean McCoy will never find the end zone again, what a shame. We need more than just yards, damnit! This offense wasn’t helped at all by losing Charles Clay. Brandon Tate, whom I’ve honestly never heard of, was able to find the end zone and Nick O’Leary, whom I’ve also never heard of, lead Buffalo receivers with six targets.

San Francisco 49ers Vs. Indianapolis Colts

This was actually a very exciting game if you pretend that the first half never happened. I’m loving the 10-minute overtime sessions so far. Brian Hoyer had one of the best 4th quarters that we’ve seen this season in a likely top-5 fantasy effort for the week. I must have missed what happened to Carlos Hyde. Either way, Matt Breida led the 49ers in carries this week. Pierre Garcon had a nice day and so did former Iowa Hawkeye, George Kittle.

Jacoby Brissett continues to hold his own as Andrew Luck’s replacement. He threw for over 300 yards and is making T.Y. Hilton great again. Andrew Luck time is on the horizon. Hopefully Hilton is here to stay. Marlon Mack had an excellent day against a terrible defense. This was the one week that he was usable and I doubt anybody started him. He may see an uptick in touches, but this was likely the best game that he’s going to put up this season.

Seattle Seahawks Vs. L.A. Rams

Todd Gurley ended up disappearing this week after all. That’s a bad call by me. I honestly thought that the Ram’s offense would do more here. I still love all of these pieces going forward, they are going to continue to put up a lot of points despite today’s outcome. The Seattle offense was just as ugly. Neither Thomas Rawls or Eddie Lacy were able to out-class each other in an even split of work load. I still like Thomas Rawls to come out of this on top, if he can stay healthy, but I don’t really want anything to do with this backfield.

Oakland Raiders Vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Raven’s backfield appears to still belong to Buck Allen. Oakland has a very bad defense so I think that today was probably peak Buck Allen performance and Alex Collins still had the longest run of the day for the Ravens. Mike Wallace averaged 44.3 yards per reception today. Call me crazy, but I don’t think that is sustainable. Either way, Wallace is having a pretty nice year. Michael Crabtree had a nice day as well, and old man Marshawn Lynch found the end zone as well.

Green Bay Packers Vs. Dallas Cowboys

This was the best game of the season so far, in my opinion. Aaron Jones was incredible and if I were the Packer’s, I’d hand him the starting job. You can still find plenty for Ty Montgomery to do. Ezekiel Elliott did all that he could to try and win it for the Cowboys and put up good numbers, despite not finding the end zone. I’m comfortable if Dez Bryant is my WR1. Despite what the media and fans think, he’s starting to put up some decent fantasy football scores. The Cole Beasley fan club had plenty to celebrate as he found the end zone twice. Welcome back, Davante Adams! What a great way to come back from a brutal injury. Not only did he lead the way for the Packer’s receivers, he also scored the best game winning touchdown that we have had this season.

 

 

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  1. Scott P says:
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    Ugly week for me. I lost my first game of the season by 8 points.I had OBJ, Clay and Davante Parker in my starting lineup. Parker was in because I lost Cook last week.

    I don’t want to play fantasy football any more…

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Scott P: yeah this season is really brutal. I lost a couple of matchups because of Parkers’s injury

  2. Justin says:
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    Great column. ROS Doug Martin or Cj Anderson? Thanks in advance.

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Justin: It’s neck and neck but I think I’d rather have CJA

  3. Halp

    Halp says:
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    Hey MB! Enjoyed the write-up. Need help on a tough decision. I’m down by 1.2 points with his defense (Vikings) still left to play, and my TE slot empty at the moment due to Gronk’s last second scratch. I didn’t pick up a TE yet because I have 5 players on a bye, and I don’t have anyone that I want to drop. I was kinda hoping to just get blown out so I didn’t have to make a tough choice, ha. My options are Aaron Jones (how can I drop him after that crazy game he just had), Jerrick McKinnon (who I think/hope could be their starter ROS), and also maybe Rob Kelley (who I’m getting the feeling he is going to be meh all year).

    Would you drop one of these guys and pick up Zack Miller to try to win the week, or play the long game and hold these guys? And which one would you drop. My other RB’s are McCoy, Abdullah, and James White. I’m currently 3-1 on the season.

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Halp: I have no problem dropping Kelly and trying to get the W. Go for it!

  4. Norm MacDonald says:
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    Half PPR–sell Gallman high for Martavis?

  5. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    I dropped Mack and Breida to grab Ellington and Mckinnon. (mostly because my other backs were gore and mcguire so that was all week 11 byes….)..

    Who would you rather have ROS: Mack, Breida, Ellington, McKinnon, Drake, McGuire….

    My weekly question….lost DJ and Cook….f- fantasy

    thanks

    TFD

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Mb: Is Will Fuller the real deal? My other WRs are Garcon, Hogan, Jeffery, Benjamin….worth waiving a useless running back to grab Fuller or would you rather have Mack or Breida? We start 2 Rbs 2 WRs, 1 Flex. My RB situation is dire at best as you know.. 12 tm, standard
        thanks

        TFD

  6. William Hung says:
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    Can I drop Amari Cooper now? Last season I hopped on the Allen Robinson hype train and this year I read how great Cooper is supposed to be. I’m done with it all.

    2 straight years of terrible WR picks. I need a new strategy

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @William Hung: I still wouldn’t. I’d rather have him ride pine than drop him

      • William Hung says:
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        @Mb: yeah I hear ya… it was a frustrated post. Seriously though, what’s wrong with him? He’s doing less than guys like Trent Taylor

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @William Hung: well before yesterday it was drops but his targets were way don’t yesterday, I’m assuming he just couldn’t get open against a really good ravens secondary

          • MB

            Mb says:
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            @Mb: down*

          • William Hung says:
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            @Mb: but Crabtree had no problem

              • William Hung says:
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                @Mb: wish i knew that before the draft

                  • William Hung says:
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                    @Mb: yeah but i went off of the player rankings for the draft. nobody had Crabtree > Cooper – not even here

  7. ImonFire says:
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    some interesting questions to consider…

    1) which TE would you look to grab as a Kelce replacement this week and ROS potential: ed dickerson, ASJ, or the cleveland browns rookie (can’t remember his name)

    2) Rishard Matthews/ Wendell smallwood/ Marshawn lynch for CJA/Martavis bryant/ jamaal charles

    3) Deshaun watson for matt ryan/alshon jeffery (keeper league, watson is $1, and i’m not a believer, i don’t think)

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @ImonFire: ASJ, CJA side, and I LOVE Watson, but I think you are getting good value for him

  8. oopsyepthx says:
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    wendell smallwood and rishard mattews for devin funcheess?

    wendell smallwood or wayne gallman

    thanks

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @oopsyepthx: I like the Funchess side and Gallman

  9. BigBenBlows says:
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    Sammy Watkins for james conner ? sounds like a lot to handcuff Bell (I own him) but the guy won’t give him up

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @BigBenBlows: yeah if you’re good at receiver I don’t mind it

  10. Jake says:
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    Is Mack worth burning my #1 waiver wire claim on ? I have been setting top the board for couple weeks now waiting on someone to emurge would you burn it on him ? Thanks

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Jake: yeah, Pagano came out and said Mack is going to get a bigger role, I wasn’t expecting that yet. He’s good.

  11. Rhys says:
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    12 team PPR sitting 4-1 after this week. Do you trade mixon and lynch for Ajayi? Other rb are fournette, Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy, and cowboys insurance duo. Thanks

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Rhys: no I wouldn’t, I don’t like Ajayi much ROS

  12. William Hung says:
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    can you rank these Waiver WRs ROS? I will be playing 2 of them and benching/trading Martavis and Amari, though trading will probably yield the same return. So I need guys who you think have the highest floor – I just need points and none of this 1.6 FPs BS from Cooper

    -Mike Wallace
    -JuJu Smith
    -Roger Lewis
    -Ricardo Louis
    -Maquise Goodwin
    -Cole Beasley
    -Robert Woods
    -Taylor Gabriel

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @William Hung: Ricardo Louis, Robert Woods, Cole Beasley, Mike Wallace, Ju Ju, Goodwin, Lewis, Gabriel

  13. Ron P says:
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    MB, what’s your view on these offers. Trying to get a few opinions.

    14 team .25PPR

    Trade #1 – Which side?
    A: Julio, Latavius, Hunter Henry
    or
    B: Freeman, Garcon, Cohen

    Trade #2 – Which side?
    A: Jordy, Latavius, Hunter Henry
    or
    B: Freeman, Garcon, Cohen

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Ron P: I like side A for both

      • Ron P says:
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        @Mb: Here is my team.

        QB: Cousins, Carr
        RB: Elliot, Powell, Latavius, David Johnson (IR)
        WR: Julio, Jordy, Michael Thomas, Crabtree, Theilen, Shephard
        TE: Reed, Henry, Olsen (IR)

        With my RB being weak and WR being strong would you do either deal for Freeman?

  14. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    tate’s been around for years, probably on his 3rd or more team by now. return guy, used to be a very good one back before they F’d the rules up and kick returners got a chance most of the time.

  15. Fizz says:
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    m being offered Alshon for D. Murray. I have the below roster. What do you think?

    QB: WIlson
    RB: Murray
    RB: Bell
    WR: K. Alllen
    WR: Diggs

    Bench
    WR: Marvin Jones
    RB: C. Johnson
    RB: Gallman
    RB: D. Johnson
    RB: Ekeler

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Fizz: I’d do it

  16. William Hung says:
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    Matt here is my potential W6 lineup:
    QB – Philip Rivers
    RB – Freeman, Kamara
    WR – Cooper, Crowder, Parker
    TE – Jenkins
    FLEX – ???
    K – Gano
    DEF – Streamer

    Bench:
    WR – Martavis
    RB – Rawls, Ty Mont, Gallman, Richard, Smallwood

    I’m thinking of doing the following:
    Drop Rawls and Richard for 2 of the following (In waiver order): Ricardo Louis, Mike Wallace, Roger Lewis, and JuJu

    I’m holding off on both Beasley and Woods since they are on BYE

    Also thinking of dropping Smallwood for Mack, but if Smallwood practices this week, I might hold Smallwood since I think he has a higher ceiling – unless you think Mack is a better player

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @William Hung: I think Mack is a better player than Smallwood.

      You know I’d hold onto Rawls but that’s up to you

      • William Hung says:
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        @Mb: So if I follow your advice, my WR/RBs will look like this:

        WR – Cooper, Bryant, Crowder, Parker, Louis/Wallace/Lewis/JuJu
        RB – Freeman, Ty Mont, Kamara (AP traded!!!), Gallman, Rawls, Mack

  17. Nick says:
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    Who would you go with @ TE for next week?

    J Cook v LAC
    Griffin v Cle
    Dickson v Phi
    Ebron @ NO
    Derby v NYG

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Nick: Grim, Griffin vs. CLE

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