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So you need to find a temporary replacement for Aaron Rodgers huh?  Is no one safe anymore?  Luckily, there are some QBs with pretty solid matchups this week that might be available to you.  Jake Locker plays Jacksonville and we all know how great Jacksonville has been this year.  There’s also Eli Manning who plays against Oakland.  I’m not saying he’s gonna light up Oakland like Nick Foles did this past weekend, but I’ve done some research on this Eli guy and it turns out he has two Super Bowl rings so he should be competent enough.  Also, speaking of Foles, he’s still available in well over half of leagues out there and against a Green Bay team that has given up a lot of points this year and won’t have Aaron Rodgers to eat up the clock, Foles should have plenty of time to throw another 7 TDs, or at least maybe 3.

Unlike last week, many of the most reliable fantasy performers are in great to average matchups this week.  Chris Johnson against Jacksonville?  Uhh…yes please.  Adrian Peterson against Washington?  I mean, if the guy can drag two of Dallas’ defensive backs with him for a good five yards, I think he’ll be alright against one of the worst run defenses in the league this year.  Wes Welker against the Chargers?  I’ll just answer that with another must start…Peyton Manning.  Still, you didn’t need me to tell you to start those guys so let’s start with the good players in bad matchups.

Zac Stacy has been absolutely awesome the last few weeks and he crushed Tennessee this past weekend, but there’s also a big difference between Tennessee’s run defense and the Colts’ run defense.  Tennessee has given up more than 100 yards per game to running backs and allows more than 1 TD per game on the ground.  The Colts are significantly better than that.  I’m not saying Stacy isn’t a worthy start this week, but he’s in a tough matchup so don’t expect RB1 numbers from him again until he plays Chicago the following week.

The best RB duo in football, Arian Foster and Ben Tate, are also tough to rely on recently.  First of all, there are the injuries.  Foster is likely unable to play this week which would leave Tate to carry the load, but Tate has about as many broken ribs as he has good ones and that could catch up to him on any play.  As if that wasn’t enough, however, they’re playing a very well rested Arizona defense this week.  In short, keep an eye on their statuses, but this likely won’t be a good week for the Houston run game.

Frank Gore, Le’Veon Bell, and Ray Rice are all in rough matchups as well, but like Stacy, they’re still too talented to bench in most scenarios, but with guys like Maurice Jones-Drew facing the Tennessee defense I mentioned previously, they should at least slide down your personal weekly rankings a bit.

I’ve torn into the Tennessee defense quite a bit today, but to be honest, they’re quite good at covering the pass which makes Cecil Shorts’ value less than usual.  Plus, with Justin Blackmon on his way to rehab, all eyes are going to be on Shorts.  He was doing just fine before Blackmon got back originally, but he hasn’t played Tennessee yet this season so move him down your ranks.

Anquan Boldin is also in a tough spot against Carolina.  Boldin has been all kinds of frustrating for fantasy owners recently and with less than 6 fantasy points against Jacksonville in standard scoring leagues week 8, it’s hard to have much faith in him this week.

Unlike Boldin, Harry Douglas has been great for fantasy owners ever since Julio Jones went down.  However, with the possibility of Roddy White returning and a difficult matchup against Seattle after only catching three passes in Carolina, Douglas comes with plenty of question marks this week.  If White comes back as his usual self and can take enough attention away from Douglas, I still like his chances at a score, but only if White is more than just a banged up decoy this time.

If you’re looking for someone to start, however, there are plenty of great options.  Emmanuel Sanders, Greg Jennings, and Hakeem Nicks are all in fantastic matchups and worth a start despite being relatively hit or miss this season.  For tight ends, Jordan Reed is in a perfect situation for success as well.

Need some sleeper picks?  Garrett Graham and Tim Wright are in fantastic positions for big games.  Also, although he may not be a sleeper anymore after his big game last weekend, Jerricho Cotchery is in a great position for a repeat performance when Buffalo comes to town.

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  1. Bryan says:
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    Would you start Eli or Locker this week? I’m thinking titans lean on the run this week.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Bryan: I’d start Eli personally, but they’re both decent options. Borderline top 10 given their matchups.

    • Tom says:
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      @Bryan:

      Eli.
      If he doesn’t get the offense started this week against Oakland, the G-men should hang it up.

  2. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Graham and Wright are available in my league. Which do you like more in Week 10 as a Gronk replacement?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Clint (aka Pablo Death): I like Wright a little more this week personally, but that’s partially because I see him as having some extended value past this week. Plus, on some sites, he can be used as a WR as well which can be handy if you’re in a jam.

  3. Ralph says:
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    I have Gronk on a bye this week. Heath Miller is my backup. Should I drop him for Tim Wright?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Ralph: I think that’s the right call at this point.

  4. Fab Five says:
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    So I am sitting pretty in one of my leagues at 9-0 and I decided to make a trade offer to bolster my team since I have depth and it may have backfired. Prior to Monday nights game I offered Luck, Cruz and Gio for Rodgers and Welker. Immediately after Rodgers got hurt, the owner decided to accept the trade.

    It is a 12 team standard scoring league except for Pass TD’s are 6 pts. We start 1 QB, 3WR, 2RB and 1TE. My team will be the following after the trade goes thru tomorrow.
    QB – Rivers & Rodgers
    WR – AJ Green, Welker, Gordon, Harvin & Durham
    RB – McCoy, Lacy and Matthews
    TE – Graham
    K – Prater
    DEF – Ten & KC

    I am a little fearful of my chances going forward. There is a prize for best record in the regular season which I am 2 games ahead of 3 different teams with 4 weeks to go.

    What are your thoughts? Am I fretting over nothing?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Loudon

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      @Fab Five: Never leave a trade active when games are being played. Of course you learned that the hard way, but that’s definitely something to keep in mind going forward. The good news is that Rivers is an excellent backup option and the rest of your team is obviously stacked. I don’t think you have much to worry about. Still, best of luck the rest of the way.

  5. Kevin says:
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    PPR
    Which side?

    Decker Ellington and Mike James for Spiller Stevie Johnson and woodhead

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Kevin: That’s a fair deal. I’d probably lean slightly to the Spiller side just because both Ellington and James lose a little value after this week with the potential for other RBs coming back, but an argument could easily be made for either side.

  6. CL says:
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    Graham or Fleener? PPR.

    Also, NYG DEF, boom or bust this week? Or try to claim Cincy DEF instead?

    • Loudon

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      @CL: Graham, no question. I also really like the Giants’ D this week. They’re well rested and facing Oakland after two solid performances before their bye. Stick with the Giants.

      • CL says:
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        @Loudon: Like yer confidence. Thanks.

  7. Pete says:
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    Sitting at 8-1 and thinking playoffs. Should I give RG3 for Rodgers? I plucked Cutler as my backup.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Pete: I wouldn’t. There is still no timetable on Rodgers’ return and he could end up missing your first playoff game. Stick with the team you have unless you could trade Cutler for Rodgers instead.

  8. Mike Pouncey says:
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    Need to flip one of my rbs for a wr and a new left tackle. Rbs on the team are R. Rice, R. Bush, Z. Stacy, A. Ellington, L. Miller, S. Greene and J. Stewart. Wrs are A. Green, E. Sanders and M. Brown. Which RB would you consider offering up for Terrance Williams?

    • Loudon

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      @Mike Pouncey: I’d say Miller or Ellington would be the two most likely to work (and be worth trading). I’d try with Ellington first and if that didn’t work, Miller. You may also be able to get someone slightly more valuable ROS like Jordy Nelson for those guys. With Rodgers gone, there are some question marks for sure, but Nelson still has plenty of value.

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league, I’ve been holding Pierce as Rice’s handcuff/successor, but with the Ravens’ run game this year, is it even worth it? I’d be dropping him for a Flex play flier (Cooper, R. Jennings, etc), a one-week QB play (Locker?) or a DST stream for Seattle’s bye.

    • Loudon

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d say it’s worth holding onto Pierce still unless you REALLY need someone for this week and have no other options to drop. Jennings is probably the best play for this week assuming DMC doesn’t play.

  10. Todd says:
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    Aloha brudda!
    Im just about over RG3, he has been losing games for me all year. Is it time to start my backup Locker over him, at least this week against the jags?

    Also who has a better game this week in my flex Ryan Matthews or golden Tate?

    Mahalo Loudon!

    • Loudon

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      @Todd: I would still start RGIII over Locker this week. As for your flex, they’re both decent options this week, but I’d lean Tate just because you don’t know how quickly Denver could run up the score on San Diego, leaving Mathews fairly useless.

  11. Ed says:
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    I have Heath Miller. Should I cut him for Tim Wright or someone else? It’s a PPR league, 2 QB league and this is my lineup right now.
    QB – Romo, Stafford, Palmer
    RB – Lynch, S-Jax, R.Matthews, BJGE, Quizz Rodgers, Andre Brown
    WR – AJ Green, Decker, Allen, Stevie Johnson, Percy Harvin, Dobson
    TE- Miller
    Thanks

    • Loudon

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      @Ed: That’s a solid lineup. I think Miller and Wright are pretty close in a PPR league, but I like Wright’s upside moving forward so I’d say yes unless you think you could package Miller and Dobson or Johnson together for a little more of an upgrade at TE. Miller’s name recognition carries more value in fantasy football right now.

  12. slick_rick says:
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    riley cooper or MJD in the flex this week?

  13. brian says:
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    I own lynch chris johnson shonn greene and mike james. I got a trade offer wanting chris j for brandon marshall and chris obygawa or whatever the spelling is. My wide recievers are TY and Vjax adding marshall makes sence right non ppr league

    • Loudon

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      @brian: Assuming your RBs aren’t ONLY Greene and James when you make that deal, I like it.

  14. southwick says:
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    Okay, I have gotten myself into an odd situation:
    QB: R. Wilson
    WR: Dez, Jordy, TY, Harry Douglas
    RB: Bush, A. Morris, Ellington, L. Miller, Woodhead, S. Vereen.
    TE: J. Thomas & T. Wright.
    Def: KC

    Standard Scoring; 12 team; 2wr, 2rb, te/wr/rb flex.

    Okay, so the question. I am going to need a defense this week and would pref. to pick up Arizona. In fact I’d love to use Arizona the next two weeks as KC takes on Denver in week 11 while Arizona has Jax.

    The problem is …who do I drop? I don’t know if J. Thomas will be a healthy go and T. Wright I see potential in case Thomas drops off at the end of the year. I also have Vereen who I have been stashing. I have tried trade after trade to get around the bye week and no luck.

    I sit at 8-1, who do I drop to pick up a defense this week and a QB next week? My thoughts are Vereen or Wright.

    Help! (yes the 8-1 guy asking for help.)

    • Loudon

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      @southwick: Here’s my thought. Drop KC. After the bye, they play Denver, then San Diego, then Denver again. There’s a very good chance that you’ll be able to grab KC later if you really want them with that kind of schedule. Look at who KC has done well against. Jacksonville, Philly, NYG, Tennessee, Oakland, and Buffalo. The best record out of those teams is 4-4 right now. Sure, they play Washington and Oakland again later, but week 17 they play Indianapolis, a team that will likely be fighting for a playoff spot and has the potential to light up KC. I’d drop KC and see if you can pick them up again after week 11 or before week 14. If you’d rather not, then Wright’s the next best option.

  15. Buge Hoobs says:
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    ROS … ppr bench slot …
    Manningham or Marlon Brown?

    • Buge Hoobs says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: oops!
      or Heyward-Bey, too!

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @Buge Hoobs: Out of those 3, probably Heyward-Bey, but if you need a RB, Manningham.

  16. Chicken Dinner says:
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    McCoy or LeVeon/Gordon

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Or ….
      McCoy/Floyd or Gordon/Ellington/Vereen

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: I think McCoy for LeVeon and Gordon is fair if you’re in need of a WR, but I’d likely stick with the McCoy side of things in both deals.

  17. bluety says:
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    would you trade luck for s. jackson or mike james

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @bluety: Not unless you have a really strong backup QB option, but you could likely get better value for Luck than that. MAYBE S-Jax, definitely not Mike James.

  18. Matt says:
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    I’m hovering around playoffs. I need a win this week and bad. Should u trade Ridley and amendola for Alfred Morris….

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Matt: Well, that would certainly help you win this week, but both of the guys you’re trading away could end up being very valuable for the rest of the year. That isn’t to say Morris won’t be, but if you have plenty of WRs to fill those spots and won’t really need Amendola, then that’s a good move this week.

  19. Shawn says:
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    Trade help: Start 3 WR’s, 2RB’s, Flex
    My WR: Bryant, Gordon, Wright, Blackmon
    RB: McCoy, Stacy, Murray, L. Miller, L. Bell, M. Ball

    Bye Weeks are hurting me at WR. Had to drop B. Tate to pick up Wright last week since Blackmon got suspended. Now Gordon and Bryant are coming up on bye. Question is…should I deal L. Bell for A. Jeffery? Both have looked pretty good this year and it is a dynasty league so looking for this year and long term also. Thanks.

    • Shawn says:
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      I could also just flat out drop M. Ball for a guy like Brian Hartline or Mike Brown just to fill in and hold onto Bell.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Shawn: The fact it’s a dynasty league makes all of your decisions difficult, but if I were you, I’d look to trade Blackmon and maybe Murray for another solid WR1/2. Who knows what the future holds for Blackmon, but he’s a cancer to himself and you’d be better off letting someone else deal with him. You’re selling low on him now, obviously, but by packaging in a RB you don’t really need and the one who’s likely most at risk to lose his job next year, you could still get someone pretty decent.

  20. Steve D. says:
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    Need a FLEX option in a standard scoring league, but it’s not pretty. Pick one:

    WR Riley Cooper, PHI @ GB
    WR Harry Douglas, ATL vs. SEA
    RB Peyton Hillis, NYG vs OAK
    RB Andre Brown, NYG vs OAK
    RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR @ SF

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Steve D.: Out of that group, I’d probably take my chances with Cooper this week.

  21. Joe G says:
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    Would you trade Eric decker for cj spiller?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Joe G: Nope, not unless you really need RB help and have plenty of WR options available to you.

  22. Justin says:
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    Going a little crazy here.. been starring a trade for 2 days.There are moments it looks ok, and other times I snap to my senses. Would you trade Rice/Ellington/Ammendola for Hilton/L.Miller/Marvin Jones. Curent Rb core Rice/Bernard/Ridley/Ellington. Wr are D.Thomas K. Allen. Amendola. White. Brown(Jax) Randle. 12 team 1 pt ppr. Thanks in advance. Great worm as always

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: work*

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Justin: I can understand why you’d be going back and forth on this one. I’d personally lean on the side of taking the deal, but that’s really only because of the question marks around Ray Rice.

  23. zgoody says:
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    Keep the Colts Defense (vs St. Louis) or drop them for Miami Dolphins defense (vs Tampa Bay) for this week?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @zgoody: Keep the Colts!

  24. Jim says:
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    I’ve got two slots open for tomorrow and I can’t decide which of these three players would be best. Harry Douglas, Roddy White, and Kendall wright. Any insight is appreciated.

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