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Although Stevan Ridley did score a TD against one of the best rush defenses in the league on Monday, he did so in the 4th quarter after The Patriots had already solidified a victory.  He also had 39 of his 72 yards on one drive in the 4th quarter.  Now he plays against The San Francisco 49ers who are also one of the best at guarding against the run.  The Patriots are still battling for the top spot in the AFC as well as a first round bye so they won’t be sitting Ridley just yet, but they might lessen his load a bit so if you’re looking for Ridley to extend his streak of 6 straight games with a TD, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Frank Gore owners are also in a bit of a difficult spot.  The Patriots are capable of being beat by the run, but if they play like they did on Monday night, Gore may not have many opportunities to beat them.  He only received the ball 12 times last week against Miami, in part thanks to Colin Kaepernick’s own legs and that was in a game San Francisco was mostly ahead.  Gore has scored in each of his past 2 games, but this matchup spells trouble.  Gore’s value is in whether he scores this week since the yardage will likely be limited.  He’s still a mid-grade RB2, but if you have a lot of options at RB, you should drop your expectations for Gore a bit.

Michael Turner owners who rolled the dice for his game in Carolina were rewarded with a TD, but not much else.  Yes, he has scored in each of the last four weeks, but against The Giants, that streak will likely come to an end.  If The Giants are going to lose to The Falcons, it’s going to be because of Matt Ryan and his plethora of talent to throw to.  Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers are sharing limited duties on the field and although Turner may have gotten a few people into the fantasy playoffs, he’s not going to keep you there.  Turner is a flex play at best this week.

Lastly on the bad side, Vick Ballard may finally meet his match in Houston this week.  With Donald Brown done for the season, many Ballard owners rejoiced, but in a must win game for most teams, Ballard is a low end flex play at best.  With 104 all-purpose yards and no touchdowns against one of the worst teams in the league and Delone Carter stealing the goal-line carries, Ballard’s value against one of the best defenses in the league is drastically limited.

There are a ton of great matchups for RBs this week, however.  Adrian Peterson against The Rams, Doug Martin against The Saints, Arian Foster against The Colts, Marshawn Lynch against The Bills, Jamaal Charles against The Raiders, Alfred Morris against The Browns, the list goes on.

Darren McFadden should finally be back to normal against a weak Chiefs defense this week and is likely for 100+ yards with a score.  Even Reggie Bush, who has consistently been disappointing for fantasy owners should see solid numbers when Jacksonville comes to town.

For those looking at the waiver wire, Joique Bell and David Wilson both have serious upside this week with question marks surrounding Mikel Leshoure and Ahmad Bradshaw.  Keep an eye on things with both The Lions and Giants this week, but they both have nice matchups for RBs if they start.

  1. FillyP says:
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    Given the news with Bradshaw today.. would you rather have Bilal Powell or Wilson in your line-up? Feel like if Wilson gets the start he could make for a mighty strong FLEX start this week. I currently have Dwyer in that spot, so I could drop any of the following for Wilson – B. Powell, Dwyer, B. Brown, Givens. Thoughts?

    • Loudon

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      @FillyP: I would drop Givens for Wilson assuming you don’t need depth at WR at this point in the season. Then, if Bradshaw doesn’t start, Wilson is a must start. Otherwise, Powell and Brown are both safer options.

      • FillyP says:
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        @Loudon:

        Eh. I’ve got D. Alexander, Garcon, and J. Gordon this week. Danario and Josh have tough match-ups against Jets and Broncos respectively. Maclin is the only other WR on my bench besides Givens.. who has a nice match-up next week. I could wait and see with Wilson, but I might miss my chance. Tough call.

        • FillyP says:
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          @FillyP:

          To clarify – tough match-ups next week for Danario and Josh. This week I’m pretty set on WR. There are some FA options left.. Tate, Avant, LaFell, Britt, Jeffery, B. Gibson. I think I’m going to move on dropping Givens for Wilson and just hope for the best if I make it to the finals next week!

        • Loudon

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          @FillyP: You could drop Powell who has less upside than Wilson for the short term. Powell plays SD next week which is another decent matchup, but he’s still playing 2nd fiddle in NY despite stealing the goal line carries.

          • FillyP says:
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            @Loudon:

            True. He did get 19 carries though and they face TEN this week. I’m very, very tempted to slot Powell in the FLEX over Dwyer if Wilson doesn’t get the start. This is driving me crazy, lol

            • FillyP says:
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              @FillyP:

              Dropped Powell for Wilson. At this point I have to take a chance.. going to keep Dwyer in my FLEX (over Brown) unless Bradshaw is out. Need to keep Givens for WR depth.

              • Loudon

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                @FillyP: I always say go with your gut. Sounds like you’re making the right calls for your team’s needs. Best of luck.

  2. ty says:
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    Delone Carter is now out next 2-3 weeks I’m guessing this slightly upgrades the Power Ballard?

    • Loudon

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      @ty: Slightly, yes, but Mewelde Moore and Deji Karim have been rumored to be playing a part in the run game for Indy as well this week so his value is still limited.

  3. george says:
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    I have too many good RBs now, always a good problem :). Assuming bradshaw is out, which three would you start:

    bryce brown, dwyer, murray, moreno, or wilson.

    This is the semi finals of my league, and I made it this far thanks to you guys!

    • Loudon

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      @george: IF Bradshaw is out, I’d say Brown, then Wilson, Moreno, Murray, and Dwyer. If Bradshaw plays, I’d drop both Bradshaw and Wilson below Murray.

  4. Kevin Davis says:
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    Who would you choose for 2 RB spots and a flex from below:

    Murray, Sproles, Ridley, Bush, McFadden, Wilson, Garcon or Decker

    • Loudon

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      @Kevin Davis: I would start McFadden and Murray with (Reggie?) Bush as my flex unless Bradshaw is officially ruled out. Then I would start Wilson over Bush.

  5. Tyler says:
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    Your advice has saved my butt for 3 weeks now. im in the semi finals for the playoffs and in dire need of advice. i have 3 wr slots and 2 rb slots with one flex spot. who should i start?
    WR: Julio jones, Anquan boldin, mike wallace, josh gordon and cecil shorts
    RB: bryce brown, shonn greene, knowshon moreno, or darren mcfadden.
    Thanks man your a beast!!

    • Loudon

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      @Tyler: Glad you’ve seen good results. Here’s who I’d start this week:

      WR: Jones, Wallace, Gordon (Shorts is a close 4th here in case something happens before Sunday)
      RB: Brown, McFadden
      Flex: Moreno

      Good luck!

  6. Mikey says:
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    With Ridley relegated to the bench, I need to decide between SJax and R. Bush in the semis. His 19 touches last week and a juicy home matchup versus the Jags has me leaning Reggie. Thoughts? Much obliged.

    • Loudon

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      @Mikey: They’re really close for me this week, but I’m going to side with you on this one and say Reggie.

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    My WR situation is atrocious. Start 2 in a .5 PPR: Hilton @ HOU, Blackmon @ MIA, Maclin (potentially hobbled) v CIN (Thurs.), Hawkins @ PHI (Thurs.), Avant v CIN (Thurs.), DHB v KC. Looking more for bankable points than a home run. Was leaning Hilton and Maclin till Maclin’s injury news came out.

    • Loudon

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      @Steve Stevenson: Maclin is listed as probable and although Cincy is solid against the pass, I still think he’s one of your better options. Hilton would be my #2 so I completely agree with your assessment. Blackmon’s my #3 should something turn south for Maclin.

  8. Greg says:
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    Head is spinning … need to make a decision for my flex spot for week 15 – Bryce Brown, Josh Gordon, Mike Wallace or David Wilson? Already Starting Wayne and Cruz in WR and AP and Rice at running back. Flip a coin? Spin the bottle ? …

    • Loudon

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      @Greg: That’s a nice dilemma to have. With that kind of a starting roster, I think you need to go for most likely to at least put up decent points. In this case, that’s Brown. If Bradshaw is ruled out, Wilson moves slightly ahead of Brown, but that probably won’t happen before Brown’s Thursday game.

  9. Pattio says:
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    I’m in big trouble. I need ONE for my flex: Shane Vereen, Beanie Wells, Brandon Gibson or Domenik Hixon? PPR league…

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Pattio: Honestly…Beanie Wells is your safest play for at least some points.

      • Pattio says:
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        @Loudon: @Loudon: What about Gibson? Had a big game last week, gets the Vikings porous pass D this week at home .. don’t forget it’s a PPR league and Wells doesn’t catch AT.ALL.

        • Loudon

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          @Pattio: The only response I have for that is Amendola. It looks like Danny boy is going to play which means all bets are off for Gibson. Chris Givens could end up with a better day than Gibson, it’s impossible to tell with that team. Gibson certainly has upside, especially in a PPR, but Wells isn’t playing Seattle this week and they aren’t going to lose 58-0 again so he’ll have an OK day.

  10. LP says:
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    I love the comments and replies so far. Hope you can help me too.

    WR’s: starting Cruz but need to decide between Cobb and Nicks.
    Defense: Jets or Bears –
    Thanks.

    • LP says:
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      @LP: PS.. do you really think B. Brown is going to have a bounce back game? He’s predicted 16+ in my league. I have him in but am kinda nervous. Grrr.

      • Loudon

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        @LP: I think Brown has a lot of potential tonight. Cincinnati is solid against the run, but they’re even better against the pass so The Eagles’ key to staying in the game tonight is running early and often. I wouldn’t expect 150+ yards and 2 TDs like he’s shown us before, but 80+ yards and a TD is still a decent fantasy play.

    • Loudon

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      @LP: I like Cobb over Nicks@LP: I like Cobb over Nicks and The Jets over The Bears.

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @Loudon: Weird repeat there, but you get the idea.

  11. Sam says:
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    Okay help please! Need to start a flex…either Randall Cobb knowshon Moreno, or David wilson. I have Moreno plugged for now. I don’t like cobs matchup and Wilson is still in the air for the spot with bradshaw and all.

    • Loudon

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      @Sam: The best part about your decision is you don’t have to make it until Sunday. I think Cobb will be just fine, but RBs are typically safer plays for at least a decent number of points. I would stick with Moreno for now and switch to Wilson if Bradshaw is ruled out.

  12. bluety says:
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    K.Britt or C.Givens
    Rams Def or Bills
    Thanks

    • Loudon

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      @bluety: I like Britt over Givens this week and I would absolutely play The Rams’ Defense over The Bills.

  13. Cody says:
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    So i need to fill 2 roster spots at flex and rb. The options: D. Wilson, Mcfadden, M. Forte, J. Gordon. I really cant believe I am debating sitting Forte but I think it may be wise this week. Forte has been really dissapointing but it is a .5 ppr so that saves his value a bit. I like Gordon and McFadden’s matchups, and if Wilson is named the starter I am really going to have a problem. Let me know what you think…

    • Loudon

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      @Cody: If Bradshaw is ruled OUT, I think you play Wilson, but even if Wilson is a starter and Bradshaw is active, I think it’s safer to roll with two of your other stellar options. There isn’t a wrong decision in your bunch, but I like Forte the best of your options followed by McFadden with Gordon a VERY close third. Forte got hurt in the 3rd quarter of the last Packers game and he still managed 80 yards.

  14. Johnny Hammerstick says:
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    Need a couple of rec’s at WR an DEF:

    Pick 2: Bmarsh, DThomas, DAlexander

    Pick 1: Dolphins, Broncos, Jets, Rams

    Thanks bro, as always!

    • Loudon

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      @Johnny Hammerstick: How do you have 4 DEFs? Still, nice options at WR. I’d take Thomas and Marshall with the Jets D. The Broncos D is far more talented, but The Jets matchup is a nice one for D/STs.

      • Loudon

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        @Loudon: I shouldn’t say they’re more talented. It’s more that they’ve been playing a lot better and have less injuries.

        • Jimmy Sticks says:
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          @Loudon:

          I have 3 D’s, I put in for Lions but the dude I’m playing has him. Rams was another option on waivers…I like the Jets call…for sure

  15. davesworld23 says:
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    I don’t really know what to do about my WRs. I limped in my playoffs, I have D.Moore, S.Rice Fitzgerald & C.Givens. I have a waiver out for Avant, Hawkins or Jeffries…. Lafell is out there but It’s hard to trust him to play the full game since they arnt playin for anything

    • Loudon

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      @davesworld23: No WR has been a bigger bummer than Fitz this year, but he’s still your #2 option behind Rice this week. Any of those waiver options are OK backups, but your current roster is still more likely to put up points this week. If you have to start 3, I’d put Moore a little ahead of Givens.

  16. davesworld23 says:
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    Just when I got Murray & DMC back I lose Percy & Bowe, not a huge loss but he was good for about 10 or more each week in PPR

    • Loudon

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      @davesworld23: Ouch, that’s too bad. At least both Murray and McFadden are decent options this week.

  17. Gary says:
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    Hey man good stuff in these articles; Got a couple tough choices I need an expert opinion on…

    Romo Vs. Pits
    Or
    Wilson Vs. Bills

    Hakeem Nicks Vs. ATL
    Or
    Dwyer Vs. Cowboys

    Thanks in advance!

    • Loudon

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      @Gary: Although Wilson has been decent in the 2nd half of this season, I would still play Romo. Bryant looks like he’ll be playing which was what really tipped the scale for me so if that goes the other way before Sunday, start Wilson instead.

      For your Flex option, I like Nicks’ upside more. Good luck!

  18. Sam says:
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    Last question and thaks for the insight very helpful!. Need to start a defense…Seattle or Detroit. Scooped Detroit after that destruction the hawks puit on the cards

    • Loudon

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      @Sam: Two very good options this week, but I would still lean toward Seattle slightly.

  19. Stubbs says:
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    B. Brown or B. Powell?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Stubbs: Brown, no contest.

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @Loudon: …I don’t think anyone saw that coming, but I hope the rest of your team excels this week.

  20. Rock On! says:
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    Standard 12 team league (non-ppr)

    Playing AP/Wilson and Wayne for sure. Need another WR and a flex.

    Options are: Ridley, Nicks, Gordon, M. Williams.

    • Loudon

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      @Rock On!: I like Nicks and Williams. Gordon would be a VERY close third.

      Ridley’s matchup is a tough one. I’m sure plenty would tell you to start him anyway, but I’m in the minority on this one I guess.

  21. Raidersalltheway says:
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    Who should I start in my flex, Randall Cobb or knowshone Moreno?

  22. eric says:
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    chris johnson or frank gore?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d say CJ.

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