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This time of the year players are nursing a lot of injuries and just about anyone can step up and win you your fantasy season, but nobody has given us a JC Superstar or Jerome Harrison kind of performance yet.  But we are on the lookout!

Derek Hagan: Our man Hakeem Nicks will be a no go for at least the next three weeks and after reading a little bit about compartmental leg syndrome, I can’t say he is a lock to be back in three weeks.  Steve Smith is out for next week, but could be back the week after.  Hagan will become the #2 receiver for next week at least and they get the Jaguars.  He’s worth a spot start if you are lean on receivers.

Blair White: I don’t believe Austin Collie will play next week, which makes White a good start.  And there is a chance they will be very careful with Collie and we could get a few weeks out of White.  Manning likes his hands in the slot (ewwww).

Tony Romo: He could be back for the fantasy playoffs, but it is no lock.  I could see pairing him with Kitna since the Cowboys have a nice playoff schedule.

Maurice Morris: Jahvid Best has dueling turf toe-itis and won’t go on Thursday.  Morris is no lock for a big game, but in PPR he is worth a flex play.

Cadillac Williams: Caddy seems to be excelling in the secondary roll now that LaGarrette Blount is getting the bulk of the carries.  If you are in a PPR league he’s worth checking out.

Beanie Wells: He can’t seem to stay healthy, but he still has top 10 running back ability.  Instead of grabbing a Mo Mo or the Cadillac Kid, get the Beanster on your team.  He could continue to aggravate injuries and do nothing, but his upside is much higher than anyone you are going to grab off the wire.

Pierre Thomas: See above.  He should be back for week 13 and has a decent schedule.

Keiland Williams: Clinton Portis lasted about a quarter and hurt his groin again.  That kind of self mutilation is not cool Clinton.  Ryan Torain looks like he is still hurting so Williams should get the start this week.  James Davis has been activated and he has upside, but he’s just too much of a question mark at this point to grab unless you are in a very deep league.

Mike Thomas: Mike Sims-Walker has a high ankle sprain and I’ve yet to hear a timetable on his return so this give Thomas a little more time as the #1 guy.  If he’s available he needs to be grabbed.

Brandon Gibson and Laurent Robinson: Here are two Rams receivers that could help some teams down the stretch, but you sure can’t rely on them.  Sam Bradford is just plain good and if one of these guys can step up, he’ll get him the ball.

Joel Dreessen: If Owen Daniels is out again, Dreessen draws a nice matchup against the Titans who are weak against tight ends.  He would just be a spot starter.

Jimmy Graham: If Payton has any clue (which he should) I think he’ll give Graham more work from here on out.  Of course that has yet to be seen, so he is still a risky play.

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  1. Damion says:
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    1.)I picked up dressen for week 12. what about Owen Daniels??? What are the odds he could come back and take the starter spot?
    2.) San Fran D or New Orleans D??

  2. emceeperiod says:
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    Is Kenny Britt a “see above”?

  3. Joel says:
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    Doc: Nicks!!! My wrs are Nicks, Boldin, Buc Williams, Knox and Blair white project. Non-ppr, td heavy. Q: would you rather have james Jones rostered than Knox or Blair White if you were me?

  4. emceeperiod says:
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    Got any projections for Rusty v Worst Pass Defense?

  5. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @emceeperiod: His injury was pretty bad. I’d like to see some progress. But he is worth keeping an eye on.

    @Joel: I like all of them. PPR?

    @Damion: Yeah, depends on if he plays or not. Really not sure of the odds right now. San Francisco

  6. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @emceeperiod: He should have an average game, which will be good for him. He has a gun, so I could actually see Moss getting a long pass, but I’m not going to count on it.

  7. Joel says:
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    doc: non-ppr. yds only 1 pt per 20, so real td heavy. peyton’s my qb.

  8. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Joel: I’d go with White

  9. Damion says:
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    @doc,

    I guess if I stick with dressen and daniels ends up getting the start I could pick him up….because I would up a creek without paddle since my other options : kellar and jimmy graham both play Thanksgiving. who you prefer out of those four this week????

  10. zack neugut says:
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    i have a huge matchup next week, im in 6th and playing the 7th place team and im not sure who to start. for qb i have brees and kitna playing each other so i figure ill go with brees.

    its 3 wr 2 rb and 1 wr/rb

    my receivers are: dez bryant, randy moss, mario manningham, michael crabtree, blair white, jabar gaffney
    my running backs are: knowshon moreno, ahmad bradshaw, LT, donald brown, beanie wells

    I have no clue who to play want to help me? im thinking dez randy manningham moreno bradshaw and LT but im really not sure. I really like LT next week after the greene fumble since i dont think greene will be playing much. anyways any advice on who to play would be much appreciated.

  11. Slim says:
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    i have santana moss, roddy white, mike wallace, and Mike williams (TB)and already made the playoffs should i drop Kenny britt for back up defense like Arizona, dallas, or miami based on their schedule?

  12. Gambler says:
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    Which RB do you like in the near future: Keiland Williams or Justin Forsett?

    Also which TE do you like: Tony Gonzalez, Pettigrew, Boss (no Nicks or Smith), or Dressen?

  13. Joel says:
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    Doc: in the scenario above, would you go with James Jones or Knox, ros?

  14. Howard says:
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    Doc, for the playoffs would you drop Best for Pierre Thomas?

  15. Kevin says:
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    Hey Doc, thanks for the help thus far. Got another for week 12.

    This is my current lineup:
    QB: Rodgers
    WR: Welker & DJax (Also have S Moss, S Rice, and Mike Thomas)
    RB: JC Superstar & SJax (Also have R Bush, F Jones)
    TE: Hernandez (NE’s TEs have been a mess. Should I grab another? Pettigrew, Watson, and Boss are all available)

    Need a W/R for flex. Also, do you think I should play Moss over Welker? Thomas has been pulling in the TDs as of late as well.

    Thanks again.

  16. charlie batch says:
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    in ppr, do you pick up Hagan or White?

  17. K says:
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    @ Doc & Everyone else: I have a trade on the table to get McFadden, but due to league rules I have to drop another RB. My choices are either Felix, PThomas, or M Bush. Bush obviously makes the most sense, but I’d like to have Darren’s backup as I head to the playoffs (just wrapped up 1st rd bye). Who would you drop?

  18. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Drop Gronkowski (I have Tamme) for White or Thomas? 10 team league…also I switched to streaming D and am at NO. Do i drop for San Fran v. Arizona, Minnesota v. Cleveland?

  19. Wilsonian says:
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    I have an issue with too many studs. I can’t figure out who to play this week. Doc, and anyone, help me set my roster for the week (it’s 0.5 PPR):

    QB: Rivers
    WR: White
    WR: Wayne
    WR: Colston
    RB: Hillis
    RB: CJ2K
    TE: Cooley
    W/R: DMC

    Bench: Big Ben; VJax; Buc Williams; Boldin; Felix; L. McCoy

    Any changes, substitutions, etc.? Thanks gentlemen.

  20. dingbat says:
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    Worth dropping Best for Donald Brown?

  21. mikey says:
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    need some help… i got roddy white,nicks, mike wallace, and ochocinco for wr… now that nicks will be out 3 weeks should i stick with remaining 3 or pick up branch, burleson, mike williams (sea) or derek hagan? thanks man

  22. demar says:
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    should i stick with new orleans defense or pick up eagle D… thanks my man

  23. hirsch says:
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    stick with shaincoe or make a move on kevin boss or heath miller?

  24. Steve Mc says:
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    Is Blair White worth using my FAAB budget on in a PPR league? I currently have the most money left to spend and don’t want it to go to waste.

  25. dentist says:
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    riddle me this…owen daniels or jimmy graham, rest of season

  26. Harley says:
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    @ Doc: I’m tired for 2nd place but own the tie-breaker bc I lead the league in points. I don’t really have a shot at finishing in 1st place bc I’m 2 games back with 2 to go, so I’m juggling getting the bye and setting myself up for the playoffs.

    Starting Line-up – 2qbs, 2rbs, 2wrs, 1te. I have Rodgers, Vick and Roethlisberger; Megatron, Dez Bryant, Sid Rice and Welker; Best, Shonn Greene, Torain, Keiland Williams and Woodhead; Gates.

    I’m clearly very, very weak at RB. I was offering McFadden, JC Superstar or Mendenhall for Dez Bryant. Would you do it? I kind of think Dez will be top 5 WR for rest of year.

    I am trying to trade Roethlisberger to replace Dez at WR, but not having any luck.

    Thoughts?

  27. sal says:
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    @Doc: Thoughts on throwing VJAX right in there?

  28. Madden says:
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    Doc,

    Is Mike Goodson for real? Goodson and FJax is sitting on waivers in my 10 team non ppr league. Who would you rather have between them for the remaining games?

  29. Nate says:
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    Should I still be holding on to Steve Smith (CAR), or should I cut my losses with a bad draft pick and move on? He’s an elite talent, but he hasn’t been producing at all, Carolina’s offense is poo, and Jimmy Claussen is extra poo. Should I hold him and hope something clicks, or should I drop him for someone on waivers that might help?

  30. timmy riggins says:
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    @Doc: was offered AP for my Roddy White, Colston, and Tolbert

    10 team league – we start 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 flex

    Id have Vick, CJ, JC, AP, V-jax, Bowe/Harvin, Gates……..take it or is it too much to give up and would only part with bowe/harvin instead of white or colston? The trade would be with the first place team (im in second)

    Thanks

  31. Wilsonian says:
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    Drop Torain for Mo Morris? 0.5 PPR

  32. Rookie Season says:
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    I have Vernon Davis, Brandon Jacobs, Joseph Addai, and Nate Burleson. Should I get a backup TE for Davis? Dropping Jacobs for Hoomanawanui, Graham, Boss, etc?

  33. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    12 team NonPPR 2WR/2RB/Flex

    Ben – Cutler – Romo
    AJ – Colston – Vjax
    Hillis – SJax – Charles – Torain – JStew

    Going to try and grab Mike Thomas to block anyone from grabbing him. But who should I drop? I already have a problem with who to start in Flex with Charles or VJax. I don’t think I could ever start Torain over anyone. JStew maybe week 15. Holding hope that Romo plays again.

    Who would you drop Torain – Romo – Cutler for Mike Thomas.

  34. kjwhitcomb says:
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    Hey Doc,

    Your advice has been spot on all year! Quick PPR line-up question:
    1 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex

    RB: SJax, Blount
    WR: Roddy White, Mike Wallace, Mike Williams (TB), Nate Burleson

    Been doing Jackson plus the web (WWW), but Burleson has been coming on strong and has the Pats. Do I stand pat or give Nate a try? If Burleson’s in, who’s out?

  35. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Looked at wire and Blair White / James Jones / Mike Thomas all unowned. How are those guys ranked ?

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Rookie Season: i think Davis will go. I’d probably just hold off unless we start hearing negative reports.

    @Wilsonian: sure

    @timmy riggins: I’d see how much you are helping that team. Does he have other RBs to fill in and are his 2 starting WRs that bad?

    @Nate: If you have someone decent on waivers I’d cut bait.

    @Madden: FJax

    @sal: Deoends on who you would sit, but I feel ok about starting him.

    @Harley: I’d take DMC with his nice schedule.

    @dentist: Graham.

    @Steve Mc: I’d grab him.

    @hirsch: probably stick with Shiancoe.

    @mikey: I’d stick with who you have.

    @dingbat: Not much upside with Brown right now. I would drop Best, but would rather have someone with a little more upside.

    @Wilsonian: Stick with that lineup.

    @Nick: I’d grab White and SanFran

    @K: P Thomas had another setback it seems. I could see dropping him.

    @charlie batch: White

    @Kevin: I’d play Moss ahead of Welker and S. Rice in the flex.

    @Howard: PT had a setback. I’d wait to hear how bad.

    @Joel: Knox

    @Damion: I’d stick with the Houston TEs.

    @Gambler: Pettigrew/Williams

    @zack neugut: I’d rather have Crabtree than Moss. But otherwise I like your thoughts.

  37. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Forgot to mention, Cleveland @ Carolina, NE @ Detroit & Minn @ Wash (messed up the last matchup)…still San Fran?

  38. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Also choose 1 RB to go w/ McCoy, Blount @ Baltimore, R Brown @ Oakland or K Williams v. Min (hes projected 17pts in Yahoo, not sure how…)

  39. batman the horse says:
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    Pick three starters from this fine selection of WR:

    Megatron v. NE
    Harvin @ WAS
    DJax @ Chi
    Mike Wallace @ BUF
    VJax @ IND

    Thanks!

  40. ArtVandelay says:
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    Nicks and R. Moss owner here who is suddenly hard up for WRs and the trade deadline is tomorrow. I’m deep at RB. Would you trade Bradshaw for Harvin or V Jax? Which one would you prefer? Thanks!

  41. Black Beard says:
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    Nicks owner. However, I have Wayne, Megatron and V-Jax to cover my three wide receiver spots plus Crabtree to play in a pinch.

    Do I trust V-Jax going forward and pickup the best available option this week (Goodson is on the wire, thinking about targeting him, and already own K. Williams) or do I focus on WR? Thanks.

  42. stumanji says:
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    Start 2 WR & 1 Flex (non-PPR): Wayne vs. SD, Bowe @ Sea, Colston @ Dal, Floyd @ Indy, VJax @ Indy, Moreno vs. StL, Keiland Williams vs. Min.

    Thanks, Doc.

  43. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Nick: Cleveland

    @Nick: Blount

    @batman the horse:
    Megatron v. NE
    DJax @ Chi
    Mike Wallace @ BUF

    @ArtVandelay: VJax

    @Black Beard: Go with best available

    @stumanji: Bowe/Moreno and someone else! That last WR is a tough choice. I’m leaning Wayne.

  44. Dakota says:
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    Anyone’s input is welcome (questions are for three separate teams):

    Gerrard or Cutler?

    Crabtree or Welker?

    Donald Brown, Cadillac or Keiland Williams @ flex?

    Woodhead, Forsett or Crabtree @ flex?

    Reggie Bush gonna play? Is he worth playing?

  45. stumanji says:
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    @Doc: Colston has a better matchup @ Dal, but I just don’t think I can sit Wayne.

    It’s crazy to me that out of all those WRs, Bowe is the only “must start.” A few months ago I wouldn’t have even wasted a waiver claim on him. In fact, he was basically a throw in to a trade I made to make it 2-for-2 (Bradshaw and Demaryius Thomas for Wayne). The dude has been playing out of his mind since then.

  46. zack neugut says:
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    you think crabtree is better than moss even against the houston defense?

  47. kjwhitcomb says:
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    Doc,

    Did I do something wrong? You skipped right over my post (#34). Hope I didn’t offend you; you’ve been getting me through the season. Here it is again:

    Hey Doc,

    Your advice has been spot on all year! Quick PPR line-up question:
    1 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex

    RB: SJax, Blount
    WR: Roddy White, Mike Wallace, Mike Williams (TB), Nate Burleson

    Been doing Jackson plus the web (WWW), but Burleson has been coming on strong and has the Pats. Do I stand pat or give Nate a try? If Burleson’s in, who’s out?

  48. BrooklynBill says:
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    Hey Doc,

    I lost Nicks this past week, so I grabbed Derek Hagan as well as Sidney Rice. Trying to figure out the best lineup with my new guys for this week, still not sure who to put in my flex spot either.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks!

    QB: Matt Ryan, Schaub
    RB: AP, Hillis, Brandon Jackson (pick 2)
    WR: Manningham, Hagan, Santana Moss, Sidney Rice (pick 2)
    TE: Tamme, Zach Miller
    K: Cundiff (Shayne Graham is still avail tho..)
    DEF: Cleveland

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. Damion says:
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    oakland D or SF D?

  50. BrooklynBill says:
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    Also, Blair White and Maurice Morris Are available in my league. Worthy of a replacement of one of the above guys in my lineup?

  51. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dakota: Cutler/Crabtree/Brown/Crabs

    @zack neugut: Moss could go off, but he sure hasn’t shown much and Crabtree has a nice matchup.

    @kjwhitcomb: Just missed it. I’d go SJax, Blount, Roddy, and Wallace.

  52. Damion says:
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    miles austin or mikey tb williams?
    jimmy graham boss or dressen?
    oak or sf D?

  53. dentist says:
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    one more for you–start vjackson this week at indy, or let him thaw some more and start crabtree vs cards instead? for all i know you’ve already answered this somewhere in the dense forest of this string. and by the way how are you getting to all of these questions? i think you have a twin brother taking on half of them. does he wear an eyepatch?

  54. zack neugut says:
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    And last question, i have the number 1 waiver, do you think with my team i should use it on hagan?

  55. hideousmutants says:
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    Have 6 really good guys to fill 2 RB, 2 WR and 1 Flex. Which one would you leave out in this group? I’m considering sitting Turner and starting Vjax at flex. Thoughts?

    Turner
    SJax
    JC
    Wayne
    Colston
    VJax

  56. Doc

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    @hideousmutants: I’d sit VJax until we see him at game speed.

    @dentist: I just switch the eyepatch back and forth. VJax and Crabtree are very close for me this week. VJax having more upside, Crabtree being a little safer. I’m leaning VJax.

    @zack neugut: I probably wouldn’t. Good chance this will be his best week of the season.

    @stumanji: Yeah, I have to give it to him. He is playing up to his potential.

    @Damion: If Daniels doesn’t go, Dreessen, if he does, Boss. Williams, SF

  57. hideousmutants says:
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    Nervous about starting Titans and have a gut feeling that Saints will come up big in prime time. Given the way this year has gone, I’m nervous about trusting my gut. What’s your call on Saints v. Titans?

  58. Doc

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    @hideousmutants: I’d probably lean Saints. Just more opportunity for points.

  59. Mike F says:
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    Terrell Owens, Lagaratte Blount, or Santonio Holmes at FLEX?

    Zach Miller (oak) or Kellen Winslow?

  60. Doc

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    @Mike F: I like Blount and Miller depending on health.

  61. swingkungfu says:
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    for my WR’s im gonna roll with AJ, dez and i have either boldin, buc williams or the returning vjax for the last spot. buc is of course safer, but does it really outweigh the potential upside of jackson? who would you reccomend?

  62. zack neugut says:
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    and should i be shopping bradshaw and if so who is a reasonable target to trade for

  63. Brett says:
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    Hernandez or H. Miller?

  64. Brett says:
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    M. Morris or L. Blount?
    Thanks

  65. zack neugut says:
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    and with bradshaw’s demotion he is still worth playing though?

  66. Gary says:
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    Who to start at my flex? Goodson, Harvin or Keiland Williams?

  67. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Gary: Tough. I like Harvin.

  68. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    Do you have any advice when it comes to Def.? Cleveland, S.F., Oakland are off the board. I have Miami left over from last week and Arizona looks like the best possible choice. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  69. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: I’d go Arizona, but they are pretty much a toss up

  70. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    who would you start at RB?
    Blount or Goodson?
    Thanks

  71. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: Blount

  72. B-Real says:
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    Also, would you go with H. Miller, K Boss or pick up the back-up for the Texans for a TE?..This is a must win for me this week..So again, thanks for your advice.

  73. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: I’m leaning Dreessen

  74. Murphy Brawler says:
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    Flex play this week: D. brown, B. white, or L. Blount?

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