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Trent Richardson entered like a Lion and came out a Liger in his first matchup against what is considered to be one of the most intimidating matchups for star Running Backs.  Some of you are going to tell me he didn’t do a great job because of his YPC.  Well I’m here to tell you he out-did Rice in that area 3.4 to 2.7.  And by the way, am I the only one who wants a YPC petting Zoo?  Is that too creepy to ask for?  People who are above 5 getting petted?  I’m sure some of you want to pet C.J. Spiller for other reasons but that is not the point.  In fact, I think I’ve forgotten the point.  Oh yes, Trent wasn’t necessarily impressive in the trenches this week but that is proof of being a good back: you find ways to get involved.  Though he scored a touchdown on his 14 carries for 47 yards, he also chipped in 4 receptions for 57.  I’m not gonna lay any math on ya, but that’s a good night for an RB2, let alone an RB1.  I originally had him in my top 20 on the year and I think it’s high time we recognize he’s of that caliber.  If someone wanted to buy him from me for, say Rice, Foster, McCoy, or MJD?  Yeah, I think I’d listen.  But just as nobody puts baby in the corner, no one drops a 16 point night on the Ravens defense and doesn’t deserve recognition and praise.  Richardson owners, we salute you.  In other fantasy football news…

Ray Rice - His night was just a’ight as he went for about 100 yards total.  In PPR leagues, he was a bit more useful as 47 of his yards came on 8 receptions.  Like the lede mentioned, it was tough sledding on the ground for Rice tonight.  So tough, he lost a touchdown to some unibrowed person who looked like a baby Gazelle as they scampered into the endzone.  No, that wasn’t some strange attempt to defame Tom Brady and his wife.  I have other attacks for that.

Joe Flacco - Was on his way to a useful but not over the top fantasy night until he scampered in on this 1 yard run.  Not saying he looked bad in any way but without that 6 point shimmy shake, he finishes the night with 16 points, not 22+.  The Browns sold out on the line of scrimmage for every play of that goal line drive, forcing Baltimore to make the QB create a play and of course he did.  Again, not taking away from the night but Flacco had 4 career rushing TDs coming into the night.  Anyone counting on 22 fantasy points based on a rushing touchdown is a bit touched in the head.  Not THAT head.  Jeez, buncha pervs.

Greg Little/Jordan Norwood – Led Cleveland with 10 targets apiece respectively.  They ended the night with the same amount of receptions as Trent.  I know, I’m asking a lot of you to remember what I said in the lede paragraph.  I figure if you’re going to read this while you’re at school or at work, you’re at least going to put some effort forth.  That poor rec to target ratio lies solely on the fact they’re Browns.  Ok, what I really mean is Brandon Weeden sailed a few and the WRs missed a few.  There is plenty of blame to go around and none of it is T-Rich’s.  Sorry Drew Carey, Cleveland does not Rock.

Torrey Smith/Anquan Boldin – This game was a tale of two halves.  Torrey completely owned the first half as he caught 4 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown en route to a 6 catch, 97 yard night.  Then when the rains started to pour, Anquan became em-Boldined going 125 of his 131 yards on 9 receptions.  Flacco can pretty much thank Anquan for his 1 yard touchdown as 60 of the team’s 89 yard drive were caught by his mitts.  Some might say it was a T&A show but I’d like to think we’re more highbrow than that.

Jacoby Jones - For those of you in deeper leagues that count return yards, Jones is looking like a decent add.  Though he only had 2 receptions, he was targeted 7 times on the night.  In a high pass offense, that’s a nice, under the radar night.  It’s never been about talent with Jacoby just more about whether or not he can catch the ball.  Maybe he becomes Stickoby Jones.  Trust me when I say, there are weirder things.

Dennis Pitta - Got two targets and with those said targets, got zero receptions.  You think that’s bad?  I have multiple targets on my back for saying he was a top ten Tight End this week.  How much does a Kevlar vest cost?

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  1. Mr2Bits says:
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    Really glad to see the tale of the over-performing players on Thursday night football continues. First it was Brown and his 30 point performance against me last week and now I get to start my week 50 points down thanks to Flacco and Boldin being besties last night

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ugly…hope Sunday plays out better

  2. Plainview says:
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    Played Pitta, sat Smith in favor of Cedric Benson at Flex – hope it pans out for me. Is this just a bump in the road for Pitta because they didn’t need him to beat Cleveland’s weak secondary or is there cause for concern going forward?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      There were a lot of long bombs thrown to Torrey and Jacoby during the night. I’m guessing they were trying to stretch the field. Worked in the first half just not in the second. I didn’t see anything to be concerned with. Neither TE was involved in the passing game tonight. Could’ve just been one of those nights.

  3. Plainview says:
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    Looking ahead to next week, who do you like better as a bye week fill-in at RB: Jaquizz (@WAS), Pierre Thomas (SD), Spiller (@SF), McCluster (BAL) or Lamar Miller (@CIN)?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      At this time, I’d say Jacquizz since we don’t know the health of F-Jax nor Spiller.

  4. 30 minutes before the game started last night I made a trade – I gave Jimmy Graham and Brandon Marshall and got Calvin Johnson and Aaron Hernandez. I’m thinking Hernandez returns sooner rather then later and has a lot of upside on his return.

    I had Pitta on my bench and felt really, really good with starting him and using him as my TE until Hernandez returns.

    Imagine how good I felt about that trade to wake up and see a big fat goose egg for Pitta – haha – I really hope Megatron BLOWS up this week to make up for the goose egg.

    I am still confident in Pitta it was just one of those things – gotta love Fantasy Football.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yep, one week at a time. Was having a conversation with Grey about fantasy football and he said ‘kinda like H2H baseball’. To which I responded ‘yeah, but you have to guess out of 16 games which ones Mark Reynolds is going to hit a HR’. Viva la football.

  5. Champ says:
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    Fair trade? WR Marshall for RB Ryan Matthews? Deep at WR and only have 3 solid RB non ppr

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d say it’s fair. Personally not a huge Mathews fan but if you’re stacked at WR and need one, he has great upside.

  6. The Wickler says:
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    Would you trade Michael Turner and Dez for Fitzy? .5 ppr

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I could see making that trade in a PPR.

  7. Prezii says:
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    Sooo pitters… Why dont you use lube next time you decide to f…. Yeah…

    Idp question.. need a DB this week!

    Deangelo Hall @ TB
    Dahl VS SEA
    Winfield @ DET
    Decoud VS CAR
    Micheal Griffin @ HOU
    Earl Thomas @ STL

    Whos got the best chance at a pick? Couple tackles wouldnt hurt either..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I didn’t hear the Pitta patta of Dennis’ feet when I dropped the soap in the shower.

      I’d go with DeCoud. Ball could be in the air all day on both sides.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, Hell yeah.. i was jumpin outta my seat when flacco rolled out at the goaline with pitta in the corner of the endzone… Only to find out pitta fell on his ass.. dirty!! But thanx ill swoop Day-Cooh up!

        Are you still starting leshoure over mcgahee? Willis looks like a full go and raiders d is terrible… Or turrible if charles barkley is reading..

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, it was both aggravating and entertaining seeing him do that weird high leg run he had going into the endzone. Looked like a kid who knew he was doing something wrong so he was trying to creep in.

          Still leaning towards Mikel, yeah. OAK is indeed turrible but Peyton runs that show. Might just have a rehash of week 1 and if lucky, a touchdown on top.

  8. E says:
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    Mcgahee or R. Bush for this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      McGahee

  9. Rags says:
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    With Britt a 50/50, what’s my play?

    I’ve got Hawkins in and I’d have to play Daryl Richardson in my flex (better if Sjax is out but still against Seattle.) It’s not PPR.

    I’ve got DHB, Emmanuel Sanders, and Donnie Avery I could drop for:
    Meachem, Kerley, Jared Cook, Myers (if he plays), James Jones, or Kendall Wright.

    Any of those guys better than D-Rich if SJax is out? Roll the dice with him anyway in the hopes SJax loses the hot hand? Any of them better than Hawkins?

    I’m leaning towards dropping Sanders and picking up Jones, because Jennings has looked a step slow.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I could see dropping DHB & Sanders for Jones & Wright but both of those depend on whether Jennings/Britt play on Sunday. I’d make these game day decisions. Hawkins has 4 receptions over the last two games, albeit with a touchdown in each. He’s not the secondary target for that offense like he was looking to be after game 1 of the season. Not really high on him.

  10. Derrick says:
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    In a 12-man, PPR, 3 year keeper league (can keep past the 3rd round and can only keep 3 total players) and here is my team….

    QB – Ryan, RGIII (can keep both)
    RB – Sproles, Martin, LeShoure, Morris and Gerhart (can keep all but Sproles)
    WR – Megatron, V. Cruz, A. Brown and Crabtree (can keep all but Megatron)
    TE – Graham (can’t keep)

    As you can see, this is a pretty good team. I am thinking about dealing a combo of LeShoure (might even do Martin) and RGII for McCoy. I think I can get this deal done. Do you like it?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d be more inclined to try Morris first before LeShoure. Not a bad deal, just think that would be my first attempt.

  11. McClapYoHandz says:
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    Need an honest assessment of my team if you have the time.

    QB: Rivers, Flacco
    WR: G. Jennings, J.Jones(ATL), T. Smith, Hawkins, Amendola
    RB: DMC, D. Sproles, Benson, Tate, Rodgers, Powell, Choice… (we have a huge bench this year)
    TE: Celek
    K:J. Tucker
    D: Pit, ATL

    Im currently 0-3 in my league due to horrid decision making on my part, I was possessed by Cpt. Suckage. I haven’t made any major moves since the draft and am thinking I should stay put but just not very sure. HALP!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Assuming it’s a PPR.

      Amendola is a nice WR3 if it’s a PPR. That should give you room to try and upgrade your flex (assuming you have one) with one of your three starting WR. Jennings has underperformed. Probably needs this weekend’s game to garner trade consideration but I’d like to see a partner for Benson as your flex.

      If there are any FA of interest, just ditch the PIT DEF unless you are playing in a huge league (and from your team, I don’t think you are).

      Overall, it’s a solid team with some key guys not performing up to the level you drafted them at. I’m sure Flacco/Amendola have had bigger weeks on your bench than in your lineup to date.

      • McClapYoHandz says:
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        @Sky,
        Yep my bench has been beast up to this point so far which is why I feel I should sit tight. I always forget to add in the league settings. It’s a standard 12 team keeper. We start 1qb, 3wr, 2rb, 1te, 1flex(R,W,T) 1K 1D. I’ve been switching out Benson, B. Tate for my flex although I myself trust Benson to be more consistent the B.Tate.

        I’l probably be dropping Pit with your recommendation. I had the thought but put it out of my mind because of past years.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha. With it not being PPR, Celek & Sproles take a bit of a hit as does Amendola’s weekly output expectations. They’re really good for PPR, just very spotty in standard formats. Sproles is a low end RB2/flex in your league setting while Celek probably goes to low-end starting TE. Again, not bad guys but their skillset isn’t to score you 10 TDs on the season.

          Overall, still a good team but those would be areas that are probably hurting you more than they’re helping.

  12. McClapYoHandz says:
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    Well the good news is we get to keep two minus our first round (DMC) and next year we are switching to PPR so I’m looking at keeping Sproles.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ah, nice! Yeah, not many standard leagues anymore. Just puts too much on TDs and takes away the value of a lot of wideouts. In any case, good luck this week. Hope those underperformers start playing as they should.

  13. EK says:
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    Which WR to flex:
    Hawkins @ JAC
    J. Simpson @ DET

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Give Dawkins a shot

  14. Lambeau Leap says:
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    Please help me pick 2 for my flex spots: LaFell, K. Wright, J. Rodgers, J. Simpson.

    Thanks!

    • Lambeau Leap says:
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      @Sky, it’s for a PPR league.

      Thanks again!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lafell and Rodgers

  15. Champ says:
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    Can I drop Big Ben for Phillip Rivers who just hit waivers? worried about the ROS potential of both. Thanks for your time

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Can’t really suggest that given how the season has started. Any chance you could drop someone other than Big Ben?

      • Champ says:
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        @Sky,
        Shallow Bench only 5 spots so not really Vick is my starter. rest of bench is darren sproles, mike wallace, reggie wayne and turner.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha. Tough call but I think I’d rather have Big Ben at this time.

  16. EK says:
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    Looking ahead to week 7 (Matt Ryan bye week):

    Pls rank:
    Cutler vs DET
    Freeman vs NO
    Locker @ BUF
    Palmer vs JAC

    Thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Right now, gotta go Freeman/Palmer/Locker/Cutler.

  17. Dave the Barber says:
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    Yo Sky,

    Should I start Palmer over Vick?
    Can’t call it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Dave, I agree with JB on both.

  18. Dave the Barber says:
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    Also … start one S.Jax, Spiller, M.Bush, A. Hawkins

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