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Poor Nate Burleson.  Just when you think he’s going to be a consistent fantasy producer, he goes and breaks his arm in a car crash.  That’s incredibly sad news for him and his fantasy owners, but those of us who have been keeping our fingers crossed for good things from Ryan Broyles have a lot to look forward to.  The Bears have not been particularly good covering wide receivers so far this year so look for Broyles to have a great day.  Calvin Johnson is, of course, a must start.

Continuing with receivers, Julian Edelman has been a little frustrating for non-PPR fantasy owners after his 21 point week 1 outing, but that should change against Atlanta this week.  For Sunday Night Football, Brady is going to want to put on a show, so with Amendola and Gronkowski still on the mend, Edelman is still a solid option and a great flex play this week.

If you’ve been watching Torrey Smith, you know he’s doing quite well for himself, he just hasn’t found the end zone yet.  That should change against Buffalo this week who has been one of the worst in covering wide receivers so far this year.  Look for Smith to have his best game so far this season with a score and a solid chance for 100+ yards.

On the negative side of things, Marques Colston, Larry Fitzgerald, and Cecil Shorts are all in tough matchups this week.  Obviously, all three are typically week-to-week starters so it’s hard to sit them, but if you find yourself with a lot of options, these are three guys that should be in consideration for your bench this week.

Of course, there’s far more to fantasy football than the wide receiver.  Look for Trent Richardson to have his first huge day of 2013 against Jacksonville.  With a full week of practice under his belt with his new team, Richardson is a weekly must start again from here on out.  There aren’t too many better ways to celebrate getting traded to a better team than a couple of touchdowns.

Frank Gore may be in a marital dispute with Jim Harbaugh currently, but those differences should be set aside when Gore goes runs all over the Rams.  I imagine he’ll get at least 15 carries for 85 yards and a score this week if not more.

C.J. Spiller, on the other hand, may have another rough day in front of him.  Apparently the issue he had with his quad in week 3 is nothing to be concerned with, but the Baltimore Run defense is.  David Wilson will have an uphill battle in Kansas City as well.  Both of them have so much potential week-to-week so they’re still worthy RB2 starts, but don’t count on them to save your week.

If you’re worried about Reggie Bush this week, don’t be.  Although that’s bad news for Joique Bell owners, Bush was apparently ready to go this weekend, but was held out as a precaution.  Chicago isn’t the easiest of matchups, but Bush is a dynamic runner who can make people miss so he’s bound to get one or two nice breakaways.

The QB position is a little different.  Most weeks, you’re going to see the same 10-12 guys at the top of the list regardless of their matchup, but Terrelle Pryor against Washington and Alex Smith against the Giants are two great matchups to exploit if you’re in a jam.  With a few concerns surrounding Michael Vick’s health after he was replaced at the end of last Thursday’s game, both Pryor and Smith would be safer choices.

The same is true for the TE position.  The same guys will always be listed at the top because there are less truly talented ones than the other positions, but anyone fed up with Jared Cook may want to consider Heath Miller this week.  His snap count was limited last week and he has a cake matchup in Minnesota coming up so if you’re in a jam and you weren’t lucky enough to grab Julius Thomas or Jordan Cameron earlier this season, Miller is a solid start this weekend.

72 Responses

  1. Hans says:
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    Who would you prefer, Pryor or A Smith?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Hans: I think Pryor has more upside, but Smith is going to be a safer week to week play. They’re close, but I’d probably take the gamble on Pryor.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Loudon: better be ready in case he isn’t ruled in or out till midday sun. if that happens hope somebody like tannehill who plays mon is still open.

  2. GT-OZ says:
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    I am in a TD scoring only league. I have Roddy White & can IR him for the next 4 weeks (1 of which is a bye). Should I do that to pick up Kembrell Thompkins, Cecil Shorts, Denarious Moore, Stephen Hill or even Antonio Gates. Only touchdown receptions / runs / passes count. I just don’t know how healthy White will be in the short term.

    • Loudon

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      @GT-OZ: I wouldn’t really count on White for at least the next two weeks so with the bye, that seems like a good option. For a TD only league, I think Gates is your best option. Thompkins looks good now, but with Gronk and Amendola on their way back, his value will diminish.

  3. Marc says:
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    Would you start Alex Smith over Kaep this week? And what about LeVeon Bell or Joique Bell at Flex when I have Reggie Bush?

    Standard scoring, 12 team league.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Marc: I can understand the appeal of Smith at NY, but I think Kaepernick has a higher ceiling and he’d still be my start. For the flex, it’s hard to judge LeVeon currently, but Bush seems ready and raring to go so I’d start LeVeon over Joique and take the gamble.

  4. Richie says:
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    Who do you like more this week? Chris Givens vs. SF or Stephen Hill @TEN?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Richie: Givens, but it’s pretty close.

  5. Chris says:
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    Hello Loudon,

    Please help with who to start:

    One of:
    Matt Ryan vs NE
    Andrew Luck vs JAX

    One of:
    Fred Jackson vs BAL
    Green-Ellis vs CLE
    Jacquizz Rodgers vs NE

    One of:
    Larry Fitzgerald vs TB (Revis)
    Miles Austin vs SD

    Many thanks,
    Chris

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Chris: Ryan, Jackson, Fitz

  6. Chris says:
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    Bradshaw or Powell this week?

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: non PPR league might i add

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @Chris: I like Powell a lot this week

  7. Willy says:
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    Broyles vs. Bears or Hartline @ Saints this week… so far everyone is telling me Hartline. What do you think?

    Another question: I have Vernon Davis and Tyler Eifert as my backup… should I drop Eifert and pick up Miller to back up Davis?

    And finally, you seem big on Terrelle Pryor this week… didn’t he get a concussion? He is available in my league, but my concern is that it wouldn’t be very safe to play him because of the concussion and the chance he doesn’t play. If he does play this week, would I be starting him over Russell Wilson or Rivers?

    Thanks!

    • willy says:
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      @Willy: Here’s the latest Yahoo note on Pryor and why I am hesitant to go get him for this week:

      New Player Note Wed, Sep 25
      Terrelle Pryor (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday.
      Advice: Pryor is still undergoing tests after leaving Monday night’s game late in the fourth quarter and hasn’t been cleared to practice. His status remains uncertain for Week 4. Matt Flynn will take all the first-team reps in his absence and is in line to make his first start. Pryor would be a strong QB2 option against the Redskins if he manages to avoid being held out.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Willy: Hatline is the safer choice, but I really like Broyles’ upside this week. If I were in your shoes, I’d still go Hartline though. I’d drop Eifert for Miller. Miller could be great for the rest of the year. Finally, my suggestions are obviously based on confirmation that they start. When I wrote this, Pryor’s concussion didn’t seem as serious as it seems now, but being held out of practice after a concussion is always precautionary. Keep an eye on his status. If he starts, I actually do like him over both Wilson and Rivers.

  8. CL says:
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    You like Heath Miller over Fleener moving forward, or do I need to give Fleener another week?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @CL: That’s a tough call. If I had to pick, I’d probably take Miller on the rest of season.

  9. Juice_0321 says:
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    KR points league non-PPR. Drop T.Y. for Broyles?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Juice_0321: No. I still like TY more on the season.

  10. Josh says:
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    With the uncertainty around Ray Rice.. do you start him at Flex? Or do you go with Kembrell, Broyles, or E. Sanders?

    • Josh says:
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      @Josh: .5 PPR League

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @Josh: Rice practiced today. Check his status, but he’s definitely the start assuming he plays.

  11. guidedbyvoices says:
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    10 tm ppr league….I need RB help.I have Morris,Ridley and Bell as my only RB’s.

    Megatron,Marshall and Decker as my top 3 WR’s plus Graham at TE.

    what do you think of trading Marshall straight up for Reggie Bush?

    thnks.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: How many RBs and WRs can you start? In a PPR, Marshall is obviously valuable and he’ll likely end up with a few more points than Bush on the season, but if you have to start 3 RBs or it’s 2 and 2 with a flex, having Bush could be a good decision for you assuming your WR 4 is at least serviceable.

  12. mcBlunty says:
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    DST question, currently have the NE pats, dont like the match up this week vs ATL, would you pick up Bal Ravens vs Buf Billls or Indi Colts vs Jax Jags, second question to go with this is who would you drop, even though i hate carrying 2 def i like NE long term, so would you drop Monte Ball (end of my bench) or Kyle Rudolph (i have gronk and cameron)

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @mcBlunty: Definitely the Colts if you can get them. Also, with the TEs you have, Rudolph can be dropped.

  13. Pavel says:
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    I’ve gotten off to a great start and I’m thinking there is some good leftovers on the wire (non ppr league, 10 team league). Should I try to make some 2-1 with this squad? If so, who should I target?

    QB: Luck
    Wr (start 2 only): J.Jones, Garcon, Colston, Shorts
    Rb: Spiller, Mccoy, C.Johnson, Sproles, Wilson, B.Brown
    TE: Cameron/Finley
    K:Hartley
    D: Chicago

    Thanks so much.

    • Loudon

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      @Pavel: Tough to say without seeing the other teams, but if you could ship Spiller and Colston for someone like Foster who has been underperforming so far, that could end up working out really well in the long run.

  14. Zandy says:
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    Sproles McGahee and Kenbrell for Doug Martin?

    Std league 12 team

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Zandy: 3 for 1 deals are rarely fair. If you are the one getting Martin, I’d say go for it, but not the other way.

  15. Frankenstein says:
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    16 team league/Standard PPR/Pass TDs: 6, Rush/Receiving TDs: 8

    I am sitting at 1-2 right now, and my roster is

    QB Palmer, Pryor
    RB McCoy, T Richardson, D Scott, Rainey
    WR Julio Jones, Andre Johnson, Josh Gordon, S Rice, B Gibson, Harvin
    TE Clay

    I was offered :

    Reggie Bush
    Bryce Brown
    Jay Cutler

    for

    Trent Richardson
    Josh Gordon

    Im not quite sure what to think of this trade…my QB shituation is a mess, but is Cutler worth gambling Richardson and Gordon for him, a handcuff, and an injury prone Reggie Bush?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Frankenstein: Please don’t do this deal. You have two better QBs than Cutler and you’d be trading away some top talent to get very little in return. I like Bush a lot, but you shouldn’t have to give up that much for the players you’re being offered. Maybe take Cutler and Gordon out of the mix and see if you can do that trade. Your QB situation is not a mess.

  16. aj greens hands says:
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    how do you like this trade?
    i give up Brandon Marshall and Ryan Mathews, in return i get Marshawn Lynch and Dwayne Bowe? Is it fair

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @aj greens hands: It’s an even trade. Assuming you have other WRs you like and wouldn’t have to rely on Bowe as a weekly starter, I think it could work out well for you. Mathews is still getting a lot of carries. He isn’t doing much with them, but he’s getting the rock so he’s not without value.

  17. Luis says:
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    I have both Ridley and Bowe. Together, they’re screwing me over like I owe them money. I need help picking a WR, a Flex for this week. Here are my choices:

    R. Randle, S. Hill, Heywayrd-Bey, and
    F. Jackson, McGahee,

    I need help bad.

    Thanks

    • Allen says:
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      @Luis: sounds like my excellent combo of kaep/spiller. Def flex jackson…wr flip a coin between randle/hill

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Luis: I’m with Allen except I wouldn’t flip a coin and I’d just start Hill.

  18. Luis says:
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    Also, would you drop Eifert for Miller at TE?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Luis: Yes, yes I would.

  19. tim says:
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    I know kickers are random BUT
    Sturgis at NO OR
    Dawson at STL
    been on the wrong side of picking kickers
    thx

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @tim: I’d go Dawson, but I apologize in advance if I’m wrong.

  20. Allen says:
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    Broyles over mike williams this week? Would have to drop mike will to get broyles. Standard league…also I am starting cutler over kaep. Overthinking? Or make sense for one week?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Allen: I like Kaepernick over Cutler this week, but if you have a gut feeling, go for it. As for Broyles, if you have to drop Williams for him, don’t bother. Williams has more value on the season as a whole. We don’t know how the new QB situation is going to play out in Tampa Bay yet. Williams could be the new #1 target. Who knows?

  21. Tim says:
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    Cam or Romo ROS?
    Cam or kapernick ROS?
    Thx

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Tim: Cam in both scenarios

  22. Kevin says:
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    PPR
    For my 3rd WR spot
    It’s between Hopkins, Alshon Jeffrey, and Dobson
    I know Hopkins is most appealing in regards to how he’s done compared to those other two but I don’t like him so much this week against those really good corners in Seattle. I almost want to lean Dobson for a potential really good game in a weaker atlanta secondary.
    Your thoughts?

    • Loudon

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      @Kevin: I think I’d still go Hopkins, but Jeffery would be my second choice. There are so many question marks in New England even when it comes to who will actually be on the field this week so Dobson’s tough to rely on, but he might have the highest ceiling if you’re looking to gamble.

  23. Zandy says:
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    Please rank the following ros in std league
    Bolden Ellington mcgahee

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Zandy: McGahee, Bolden, Ellington

  24. papajeansegura says:
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    Stephen Hill, Joique Bell, Lance Moore, or Bess for the flex spot? Leaning bell obviously but I could see how his points diminish this week

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @papajeansegura: Hill unless Bell is announced as the starter this week.

  25. Jiggy Nits says:
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    my demarco murray his cobb

    other rb: gio bernard, bernard pierce, t-rich, deangelo williams, knowshon

    other wr: josh gordon, colston, marshall, givens, deandre hopkins

    dont think i can do it even though its good value. what do you think?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: With those receivers, you don’t really need Cobb on your team. I don’t think Murray is going to have weeks like this past week all the time, but I think having depth at RB is far more valuable this season. I’d say don’t do it.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Loudon: Thanks!

  26. Steven says:
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    Would you trade Brady for Eli Manning and Victor Cruz?

    2QB other being Pryor/Tannehill

    Lost Jackson till week 7 and best receivers are Hartline,Shorts, Bowe,Hilton
    12 team league

    Thanks

    • Loudon

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      @Hans: @Steven: I can see that paying off for you. Brady definitely has more potential value than Manning, especially once Amendola and Gronkowski are back, but with Cruz packaged in, it’s worth doing.

  27. Jiggy Nits says:
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    One more thing. I’m streaming NO D/ST this week. Tennessee coming off waivers friday AM. Should I swap em out?

    I think they are really close- I kind of want to leave NO in because I’m working Sunday and off Monday night so I can increase their performance by cheering them, Colston and Hartley on in front of the TV monday night. What do you think?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Tennessee isn’t enough of an upgrade to be worth it. Plus, they play Kansas City, Seattle, and San Francisco after that so you’d be dropping them right away anyway.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Loudon: Thats great, thanks!

  28. Cdub00230 says:
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    Who would u play between Tom Brady and Terrelle Pryor as well as Steve Johnson (buf) or a. Bradshaw for flex.

    • Cdub00230 says:
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      @Cdub00230: in a standard league

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Cdub00230: I’d still play Brady with Johnson at flex.

  29. Danny B says:
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    im in a .5 ppr/ppc league so starting 3 rbs is what we do.
    whats my best 3 this week? foster, mathews, d.rich, gio bernard, mcgahee

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Danny B: Foster, Bernard, and Richardson (assuming he plays)

      • Danny B says:
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        @Loudon: Thanks this is what I went with. Hoepfully Bernard goes off on Sunday. Tonight I learned St Lou can not run block, or do anything for that matter haha

  30. Andi says:
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    For a standard league.

    TE: I have Vernon Davis, but if he doesn’t play, all I have is Kyle Rudolph. Are there any TEs under the radar that I should look out for as an alternative?

    RB2: Knowshon Moreno or Joique Bell?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Andi: Charles Clay is still somewhat under the radar, otherwise, you’re probably best to stick with Rudolph. I also like Moreno over Bell this week.

  31. Sergey says:
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    D. Wilson, Ellington or marlin brown for flex? Standard league.

    • Loudon

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      @Sergey: Wilson has the most upside, so he would be my start.

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