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Ok, I can already hear it.  Where were you last week when Carolina said Jonathan Stewart would be getting the majority of the carries going forward?  Well, first off, I was in my house streaming Helldriver while downing an IPA and clipping my toenails most likely.  The second thing I was doing was looking at the matchup he was going into.  The Chicago Bears are a difficult bunch to run the ball on and his end line last week on the ground – 42 yards on 17 carries – was probably not what his owners were looking for.  So we both know any owner out there worth their salt – which, BTW, comes from the times of the Roman Empire in which Roman Soldiers were literally paid in salt…what, everything has to be a joke with you?  How ’bout a little knowledge from time to time?  Yeah, I just did the dumb thing of breaking grammar conventions with dash marks to make you more intelligent.  You’re welcome – isn’t going to sell him cheaply.  What I’m doing here is telling you to B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E because J-Stew has quite the ending sched for the year.  We could easily be seeing a top 12 back ROS.  No I’m not exaggerating.  I’m pontificating and there’s a difference!  In other fantasy football news…

Buy

Darrius Heyward-Bey – I talked a bit about him in the Monday Morning Post but it is way down at the bottom so let me paraphrase for you: ‘…just add him while no one is looking’.  Yep, still fits.  As of this typing, he’s only 52% owned in yahoo leagues and 60% owned in ESPN leagues so you might be able to just nab him off waivers in some leagues.  Remember that Carson Palmer is still learning how to use DHB and Denarius Moore.  It looks like Carson has figured out Moore and is slowly working on Darrius (5 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown over the last two games).  I like him as a WR3 moving forward which means most have him on the bench in their league as WR depth.  Yeah, this isn’t a sexy buy call but what do you expect?  Have you seen their fans?  Also we’re getting to the half-way point of the season where we can’t rely on the first 8 weeks to evaluate whether a person is a buy or sell but rather what they look like they can do for the rest of the season.

Randall Cobb - Like the Stewart suggestion, you have to be aggressive and believe in the rest of the season at this point.  With Greg Jennings off to surgery, Cobb has time to develop even better chemistry with Rodgers.  Considering how much Jermichael Finley has disappeared this season, Cobb should still have a firm role in a potent offense the rest of the season even if Jennings comes back and eats into the receiving targets.

Santana Moss - I know, a never ending barrage of WR3 call outs going on here but facts are facts: RGIII likes to throw to him and that’s all you should really care about.  Well, that and his main competition for WR1 in Washington is out in Garcon.  I could easily be talking about Jeremy Kerley here as well but I don’t like picking up a receiver in which I don’t trust the QB if I can help it.  I mean, Mark Sanchez cut ties with Eva Longoria.  Would you trust a QB with that type of judgement?  That was very dirty of you, Sanchez.

SELL

Dwayne Bowe - This call is out there because of the talk of him being traded.  Hopes in the fantasy community might be high.  Higher than Kenny on his muchies run…Butternuts!  BTW, that’s from Half Baked.  BTW2.0, the audio is NSFW.  BTW2.1, why are you reading this at work?  You trying to get fired?  But back to the point, Dwayne might be a hot commodity going into the trade deadline and perhaps even after Thursday night’s game since Cassel, unlike Quinn, knows how to throw him the ball.  He’s not the WR2 you were looking for ROS but his value has held decently.  Don’t wait around to see if it stays that way.

Mikel LeShoure - We’re now 5 games into the Mikel show and I’m still as bored as I was after his first week.  He’s averaging 85 total yards a game and has 1 touchdown for good measure.  Plus, Joique Bell seems to be the receiving back between the two so his reception chances are limited in a pass-heavy offense.  Even worse?  He’s ranked 34th among RBs over the last 4 weeks in yahoo PPR leagues.  If someone out there still sees him as a true RB2, I’d make them raise their hands if they’re LeShoure.

Alex Green – The numbers: 76 carries for 219 yards, 0 touchdowns and a 2.9 ypc average.  There was a lot of hype coming into play when Alex was named the starter three weeks ago and I wasn’t all that interested and now you see why.  He needs a big game to hold his starting gig with Green Bay this weekend, IMHO, and I don’t see it happening.  He’s had good matchups like Jacksonville, mediocre ones like St. Louis and bad ones like Houston and hasn’t produced more than 3 ypc in any of those matchups.  Of course, if you do have him but can’t move him, you best have room for James Starks.  I know that sounded like a threat and it was…to your fantasy team.

Oh and for all of you, Happy Halloween and special question of the day: what’s your favorite horror flick?  I have to lean towards 28 Days Later.  If you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest it unless you don’t watch horror movies.  Then I suggest you go watch Steel Magnolias…ya wuss!

  1. Adam says:
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    I traded Witten for spiller….had graham as starting TE..
    U agree?
    Needed another RB
    Thanks

    • Kneely'sKnee says:
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      @Adam, Yes. Good trade for you. No brainer.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Perfect

  2. ChuckD says:
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    Vernon Davis and Geg Jennings just hit waivers. I can drop Donald Brown which would you pick up? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Do you actually need either or do you need RB depth

      • ChuckD says:
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        @Sky,

        No just saw the big names and was surprised

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @ChuckD, It’s that time of year. They are big names but if your team is doing fine and you don’t really have someone you can drop, it’s not worth it.

  3. Macgregor says:
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    Current RBs on my roster in a 10-team:

    Michael Turner
    Alfred Morris
    Dwyer
    Mendenhall
    MJD
    Fred Jackson
    Ronnie Hillman
    Joique Bell

    Which are worth packaging in a trade for Stewart (aside from the obvious)?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Unless the other owner doesn’t pay attention, you’ll need to send a starter in return. Try Turner.

      • Macgregor says:
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        @Sky, Yeah, that’s what I was thinking as well. I’ve got Pettigrew behind Graham and am going to try throwing him in with a lesser back first (dude’s a huge Lions fan).

        Turner for Stewart straight up? Pettigrew + Mendenhall or something?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, definitely try the junk trade first to see if he bites (I wouldn’t take it but I’m not him) and then move on to Turner straight up.

  4. jared says:
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    would you drop donald brown for johnathon stewart? also mean for ros not just this week. 14 team .5 ppr league

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yes.

    • Murph says:
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      @jared,

      Donald Brown lost a lot of value with Vick Ballard’s performace on Sunday although hard to do it looks like they are both droppable as they will most likely split carries ROS. Stewart has much more upside.

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    ROS PPR? Torrey Smith, titus Young, Darius heyward-Bey or Malcolm Floyd?

    FYI – you are 1 for 4 in the advice I have taken from you, one more mis-step and you are below the Mendoza Line and heading back to the minors…you know the place for amatuers

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Young/DHB/Floyd/Smith

      Oh, I know very well. Grey has already informed me if I don’t shape up, I’ll make silly amounts of money for giving bad advice elsewhere.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, Is Smith that questionable?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, nah, just when you throw it in as PPR, he’s not a big receptions guy. He disappears some games. Not overly high on Floyd/Smith really in a PPR setting.

  6. Ryan says:
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    28 Days Later, great movie. Haven’t seen that one in a long time. Rather enjoyed the sequel as well.

    For my football question: I’ve got the choice of AP @ Seahawks, R. Bush @ Colts, R. Jennings v Lions, and C. Johnson v Bears. Leaning towards starting the first 3. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oh I did too. One of my favorite cinematic moments is after Cillian Murphy goes Rambo in that mansion to save the girl. At the end he stands there dripping in blood, completely enraged looking and it’s hard to tell if he’s a monster or not. Great film.

      Man, what a great predicament to be in. I don’t mind the choices you’re making. If it’s PPR, Jennings definitely makes sense over Johnson.

      • Ryan says:
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        Hah yeah, not a bad group to choose from. Trying to not over over analyze here, but my playoff hopes could hinge upon winning this week. Going to be a close one I think. My opponent has Arian Foster, who is going to just steamroll Buffalo.

        • Sky

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          @Ryan, Yeah, completely understand. I think you’re making the right choice. If Texas is smart, Foster only gets about 15 touches and the supporting cast steps in. Might be a dream matchup on paper that goes for naught, don’t forget that part.

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league: drop P. Thomas or Dwyer for T. Young, K. Wright or Givens? My depth at both RB and WR is solid, but I like the dynasty value on those receivers. Start 2 RB, 2 WR and a flex. My RB are Foster, Rice, Forte, Tate, Thomas, Dwyer; WR are Smiff, Dez, Bowe, White, Lloyd.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, can drop PT for Young; would hold onto Dwyer. Titus a good play for this year and later.

  8. Murph says:
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    Crazy how Joique Bell is # 4 of all NFL RB’s in reception yards this year ahead of doug martin and DMC doesnt leave much for Leshoure in a pass happy offense.

    Quick Trade Question: ROS

    Austin for Andre Johnson?

    Murray for Jimmy Grahm?

    Current TE:
    Bennett
    Current RBs:
    Rice
    Lynch
    Stewart
    Donald Brown
    Murray

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Exactly. Plus Kevin Smith got into the mix a bit last week. Those relying on LeShoure this year might be disappointed come playoff time.

      Honestly rather have Austin but admittedly was down on Andre coming into the season.

      You have the depth to make that move for Graham. I’d make it.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Thanks

        On the Andre trade just speculating that the Texans will have to start throwing it more once teams force them to and to keep Foster healthy for the playoffs. He would be my #3 WR, but Kubiak is stubborn and would most likely make Foster run even if all 12 defenders were lined up in the box. Austin is a good asset as he is the model of consistency in a normally mercurial WR position

        • Sky

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          @Murph, Don’t mind him as a WR3 but think you’re just better off with Austin. Houston is going to run away with their division. If they aren’t 10-2 or at least 9-3 by December 2nd, something went terribly wrong. I look at him like I look at Jordy Nelson with regards to minor injuries: no reason to put a star out there to get hurt when you ‘know’ you’re making the playoffs.

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            @Sky,

            Hard to argue that point Sky I’ll hold even though its hard to believe Austin can keep the pace up.

            Who is afftected more in the Mike Thomas trade?

            Titus Young (Negatively)

            Cecil Shorts (Positively)

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob.

              Mike Thomas has zero fantasy effect in my mind. 13 receptions total on the year. He’s the WR4 in Detroit and was barely a part of the offense in Jacksonville.

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                Nice, Picked up “Catch of the Titus” this week over Cecil Shorts even though I was 9th on the waiver. Thanks again looking forward to the week 9 rankings.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  They’re on the stove top, being boiled up with a few hints and sprinkles of my musings as we type.

  9. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    Just how much do you like DHB? Current WR’s are Decker, Lloyd, Denarius Moore, and Lance Moore. Feel pretty set going forward, but the inconsistency of Lloyd and Lance Moore worry me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mark Geoffriau, I think DHB is in Lloyd (Brandon?) area but I think you can sell Brandon based on name/team and then pick up DHB and enjoy similar production. Nice set of receivers to have, though.

  10. Plainview says:
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    I have Ryan at QB and Freeman on the bench – I’d like to flip Freeman for a good RB – is Bush a fair trade? I tried for Mathews first and was rejected (didn’t expect him to accept) but he has Bush and I like his schedule at the end of the season. This owner has extra RBs but Flacco at QB so it seems like a good fit.

    • Plainview says:
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      @Plainview, Oh, and the best horror flick: Evil Dead 2

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Plainview, Yeah, I like Reggie. Go for it. No need to sit on backup QBs after bye when your starter is in the top 5 in my opinion. Go for it.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Plainview, ha, nice! Classic…love the Evil Dead series. Long live Bruce Campbell.

        • Ronkonkoma says:
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          @Sky, I was Ash Williams at a Halloween party last weekend… Chainsaw and boomstick in all its glory.

  11. willdogg says:
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    got to bench 1 (non-ppr, TD heavy)

    V.Jackson @ OAK
    M.Wallace @ NYG
    E.Decker @ CIN

    as for horror flick – “The Dentist”. Yes, its exactly what you’d think its like. Skweemish beware.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @willdogg, I faintly remember that movie…I’ll have to revisit it.

      Man, nice position to be in but I’d bench Wallace.

  12. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Favorite Horror Flick: Salad Fingers

    YouTube it…. Nightmares for days I tell you!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, haha, I’ve seen it. The feeling of rust…against my salad fingers…is almost orgasmic.

      It’s indeed something I’ve sent to friends to creep them the heck out.

  13. Zeke says:
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    Does Evil Dead 2 count as a horror flick?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Zeke, horror is a pretty broad styling. It can be comedic. Sometimes intentionally (ED2/3) or un (ED1).

      • Zeke says:
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        @Sky, Agreed. I’m glad you saw where I was going with that.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Zeke, Just watched netflix streamable ‘The Stuff’. Good horror comedy from 1985. Message was well done

          • Zeke says:
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            @Sky, Oh yeah. I vaguely remember that one. Have you seen that they made Evil Dead, the Musical? I normally avoid musicals like the plague, but this one has seating in a “splatter zone” and apparently gives Gwar shows a run for their money.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Zeke, Damn, that sounds awesome. I hate musicals on principle…well except for Little Shop of Horrors but I don’t see how that counts…

  14. Enjoy your writing; horror flicks not so much. ROS: Romo or Vick, and Maclin or Torrey Smith?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Steel Magnolias for you then! Vick & Smith.

  15. Its My Vick In a Box says:
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    I am in a 10 team PPR league and am receiver heavy. My RB consist of McGahee/DMac/ABradshaw/Mendenhall (just grabbed as backup off FA). We start 2 RB and flex.

    Current receivers are Roddy/AJohnson/Maclin/M Wallace/Floyd/Crabtree

    Would you move a receiver for JStew as he is riding his owners pine behing Rice and Foster? If so, who, Crabtree? Floyd?

    Thanks

    • Sky

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      @Its My Vick In a Box, Yeah, dive in on that. Start low and go from there. Honestly not a huge Maclin fan; he’d probably be the first off my team if he wanted a name in return.

  16. Bigg Mike says:
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    What are your thoughts on Josh Gordon and Titus Young ROS?? I have Josh Gordon but thinking of dropping him for Titus Young?? I know it might sound like a dumb question but last year I dropped Victor Cruz before he was the reciever he is now. Needless to say, that decision still haunts me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bigg Mike, Not dumb at all. I’m partial to Titus in both formats, moreso in PPR though.

    • Murph says:
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      @Bigg Mike,

      The difference between Cruz and Gordon is the QB thats throwing to them Brandon Weeden is not going to produce a Victor Cruz type like Eli Manning did. Josh Gordon has big play ability but in FFB you want to see targets, more targets equals more oportunity which is what Titus showed us last week. Its hard for Josh Gordon to produce a 100 yrd 2 TD game when he only has 2-4 passes thrown his way per game. Not saying Gordon won’t end with an impressive stat line this season its just hard to beleive he can keep up the pace dont blame you if you hold on to him.

  17. Dan says:
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    Pick 3 of 4 in a PPR league:

    Bush v. Colts
    Sproles v. Eagles
    Johnson v. Bears
    Spiller v. Texans

    Alternatively, would it make sense to sit both Johnson and Spiller in favor of either Bowe v. Chargers or LaFell v. Redskins?

    Thanks

    • Sky

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      @Dan, I’d go Bush/Sproles/Johnson there though Bowe is tempting as a CJ replacement.

  18. Nico says:
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    Would you trade Crabtree for J Stewart in a .5 PPR league? I think I’ve had crabtree on my bench for his 2 good games and in my lineup the other crappy ones and the boom-bust is frustrating. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Assuming Crabtree is your WR3/bench option most weeks, I’d say yes.

  19. Guss says:
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    Lance Moore or Titus Young?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oooh, toughie. With Graham back and Colston healthy, I think I trust Titus having a larger role but it’s close.

  20. iMP says:
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    My “changeup” horror favorites are Clockwork Orange and Reservoir Dogs. Not a big fan of the Freddie slash-um up types.

    But my fantasy football horror is that you’ll say to sell high on all of my players this year. First Murray, then Arian, then FJax, now Bowe. At least you changed your mind about Fred…and then I traded him. Oh well.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, I don’t think I’ve ever seen either of those movies listed as a horror…I’ll just take it to mean you don’t like horror films :)

      Well about those sells…Foster is more of a distrust of his health and that heavy workload more than anything. Murray…well, we’re now going on three weeks with dings and his running style leading to bumps and bruises were my sole concern. Bowe is more of a ‘see how much people buy into the hype before it goes away’ thing. He’s still decent but if Quinn retains his role, Bowe is going to suffer this year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oh and don’t get me wrong, big Kubrick/Tarrantino fan. Loved both movies.

      • iMP says:
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        @Sky, Don’t get me wrong either. Good sell calls and advice all season. Keep up the hard work.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, I didn’t take it the wrong way. Thanks for the support and glad you are enjoying it!

          • iMP says:
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            @Sky, Okay a real fake football question for you on Bowe. Do you think Bowe retains solid WR3 status even in his funk? I’m assuming we are not at the point where he behind a good 2ndary receiver like DHB or LMoore or other less talented #1 that have weak QBs. Hopefully he’ll end up being my 4th WR if Nicks and Amendola can heat up, so I may not need to count on him (if I can’t trade him…)

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Oh he’s not worthless, he’s just not a WR2 which is how many drafted him. The trade rumors coupled with a good matchup this week makes him a good sell if you can get him for the price of WR2 value. Definitely still worthy if he’s playing behind Nicks & Amendola.

  21. iMP says:
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    ….for DMC who saved my week last week…

  22. smegma says:
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    Chris Johnson for Fitzgerald? 3WR non-ppr league.

    My team:
    Stafford
    CJ/TRich (law firm/Spiller/R.Jennings/D.Brown)
    White/S.Smith/Gordon (Washington/Garcon)
    Witten (Rudolph)
    Tynes

    His team:
    Eli
    Mathews/Green (Murray/Mendy/J.Stew/Leshoure)
    Fitz/Hicks/Bowe (M.Williams/T.Young)
    Keller
    Zuerlein

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t see a good reason for you to make that move. Non-PPR really reduced Fitz’ value.

    • Murph says:
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      @smegma,

      Don’t give up CJ, try a BGE or Spiller combo with a lower receiver Gordon/Washington to get Fitz and J Stew.

  23. Benny says:
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    Could you rank the following for rest of season value in a PPR league? Cruz, Nicks, Wayne, and Marshall.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cruz/Marshall/Wayne/Nicks

  24. Prezii says:
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    Heyy buddy, happy halloween! I guess i got a treat becuz i have two trades.. which one should i take? i pretty much have to take one! Non ppr..

    Get lynch, peterson —- give martin, antonio brown, magahee

    Or

    Get peterson —- give magahee, antonio brown

    I have amendola comin off his bye.. so my WR looks like julio, cruz, james jones and ammy. 4 wideouts start.. i think im just so shocked im confused. Take the 3 for 2?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lynch and Peterson…wow. You jump on that and ravage it. Enjoy your championship run! Seriously, that first one would be a great trade.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, man he took it back… I knew i shoulda hopped on it but i didnt know which one and was busy and i was stressin of lynch’s schedule and martin just broke out and i…. Am makin excuses, im an idiot. I didnt have them for longer then 20 mins, he must have realized he was drunk…. But i sent him martin, antonio brown & gates for AP and gresham… Still good for me right? Id be rollin with gres at TE. Magahee, morris, AP for my backs… And julio, cruz, james jones and ammy at wideout. brees and homo at QB.

        I will forever be haunted by wat could have been.. :( although my league would have went CRAZYY, so maybe its for the better.. haha

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I hate to say it but you overpayed…not a huge dividing line between AP and Martin in terms of output so far. Not very high on Gresham overall either. Sorry to be a party pooper.

  25. not a trader says:
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    Horror movie= the exorcist. Possessed children are freaky as hell.

    Trade question: What do you think is fair for trent richardson? 10 person non ppr

    Hes willing to give up: bush, rashard jennings, titus young, leshourse, stevie johnson, colston. he also has lynch, cruz, graham, and eric decker and brees. He is in first place. Would i just be ensuring his win?

    I have: demaryius thomas, steve smith, t. rich, morris, fred jackson, murray (picked up after someone dropped him), boldin, antonio brown, and james jones. With brady. Im in 7th.

    He offered Colston, jennings, and hernandez for t rich and antonio brown. I feel a little weak at WR, but I’m not sure this is worth it or if there is even a counter-offer worth it. Thanks for the help, not big on trading so I need it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nice Horror flick call. Classic.

      That’s a horrible offer for T-Rich. I don’t see a good reason to trade T-Rich away for your team.

  26. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    What are your thoughts on mendenhall at this point? I have an important match-up that if I can win, will give me some breathing room.

    I have Gronk on the bye and Celek and Pittna are available, would you drop mendo? Or gamble. This is my PPR and IDP league and I have a strong defense.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not really high on him but there’s upside to be had in an RB you’re not going to find in a bye week filler at TE. I wouldn’t drop him.

  27. klin says:
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    I have kyle rudolph, I picked up keller but he’s on bye. Should I drop Rudolph? These are the tight ends available:

    dwayne allen, cook, myers, dressen, pitta, tamme, fasano, kellen davis, logan paulsen, clark.

    Is keller going to be good enough ROS for me to drop Rudolph? Do you think he’s done?

    Also, quick flex question: Rashard Jennings, Dez Bryant, Daniel Thomas, Andre Roberts, or Torrey Smith?

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like Rudolph more than Keller ROS. I’d just play Rudolph.

      Go Rashad at flex.

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