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As an Eagles fan, it’s been a rough week for me.  The silver lining, however, is that the rest of the NFC East is also struggling.

Speaking of struggling, Chris Johnson hasn’t exactly been a lock in the RB position so far this year and it isn’t going to get any easier this week when the Chiefs come to town.  The artist formerly known as CJ2K has had a lot of negative things to say about fantasy football recently and since he is no longer receiving the goal-line carries, his ceiling has lowered substantially.  The Chiefs are one of the best teams against the run this year so if you have other options this week, use them.  Johnson’s schedule gets much easier after the Titans’ week 8 bye so don’t sell him for nothing, but if you can get decent value from someone willing to take a gamble, now might be the time to ship him off.

A.J. Green has also been struggling a bit so far this season.  After an incredible week 1, Green has been averaging less than 7 fantasy points per week in standard scoring leagues.  Although New England does not have Joe Haden caliber corners, he’ll still see double-coverage quite a bit which limits his upside this week.  Players like DeSean Jackson against the Giants and Josh Gordon against Buffalo could prove to be safer plays this week, but in most leagues, Green is still too talented to bench.

While we’re on the Cincinnati/New England game, Giovani Bernard is in an equally challenging matchup.  With BenJarvus Green-Ellis still a factor and the Patriots potentially getting two of their biggest offensive weapons back this week, Bernard will likely see similar numbers to last week.  He’s a much better start in PPR leagues this week, but in standard scoring leagues, there are stronger plays for sure.

One of those stronger plays is Eddie Lacy, who is back from a concussion and was a full participant in practice so far this week.  Against the Lions, Lacy should see plenty of action and makes a nice RB2 play this week.

Another decent RB2 play this week, at least based on the matchup, is Maurice Jones-Drew.  MJD hasn’t exactly been a reliable fantasy starter this week, but he’s going up against the Swiss cheese run defense in St. Louis this week.  Play him this week and then trade him away if you can.

At the QB position, both Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, who will be playing against each other this week, will be in tough matchups for reliable fantasy starts this week.  If you’re into sports betting, that’s a game to take the under on.  If you’re looking for a plug-in option, both Philip Rivers and Terrelle Pryor, who are also playing against each other this week, should make for decent fantasy plays.  Keep an eye on Pryor’s status, but it looks like he should play.

Need a sleeper?  With Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill both likely to miss this Monday’s game, Jeremy Kerley could have a huge day in a relatively easy matchup against Atlanta.  I’ve been wrong before (looking at you Ryan Broyles), but Kerley’s a nice flex option if you’re in a jam.

Finally, since fantasy owners may need to wait one more week for Rob Gronkowski’s return, Greg Olsen and Charles Clay are both in great matchups this week.  Olsen’s bye week was last week so he’s available in more leagues than you’d expect too.

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  1. gobiggreen says:
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    Bryce Brown going against the worst D in the league in NYG, or a starting Jason Snelling going up against a tough Jets D? I’m inclined to take Brown. Unforunately, its my best flex situation available.

    • gobiggreen says:
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      @gobiggreen: and as a follow up, what do you think of trading Brown for Andre Ellington? I’m banking on Mccoy missing time here for sure by keeping Brown, but I have to think it’s likely with Kelly’s offensive schemes. IF Brown steps in, I’ve got a hell of a RB1/2 in my flex spot.

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @gobiggreen: @gobiggreen: For your flex this week, I’d go with Snelling. I know the matchup is harder, but it’s McCoy’s show in Philly until something changes that. As for the trade, I think that partially depends on your other starters. If you have plenty of RBs and likely wouldn’t be starting either of them anyway, keep Brown, but if you could use the RB assistance right away or for upcoming bye weeks, it’d be worth looking into Ellington. I like Snelling more than Ellington this week, but not by a whole lot.

  2. Richie says:
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    Would you start Kerley over Chris Givens?

    Also, who do you like more: Carolina or Atlanta D/ST?

    • Loudon

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      @Richie: I actually would start Kerley over Givens this week. That being said, I’d take Atlanta’s Defense just because of the number of new faces the Jets will be dealing with this week, not to mention a few lingering injuries as well.

  3. Paul says:
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    Thanks for the advice, although it’s making it hard for to figure out what to do with Lacy and MJD!

    I’ve been getting a lot of interest in Lacy and I’m trying to figure out his value. In a .5 PPR league, would you rank my RBs like this: Forte > MJD > Lacy > Green-Ellis?

    How much value could I get out of Lacy? I need help in WR and I’ve been offered Stevie for him. Should I trade MJD instead and hope for the best with Lacy?

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Paul: MJD is hot garbage, I’d definitely roll with Lacy, whose role will grow with Starks out and J Franklin handling kickoff duties.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Paul: I wouldn’t be quite as down on MJD as yeshcheese, but I do think I’d rank Lacy over MJD rest of season even in a .5 PPR. You should be able to get more value for either RB, however, than Stevie. Stevie’s good, but RBs are much harder to come by. Maybe try to land Danny Amendola. He’s been out recently and could be huge moving forward considering how much trouble Brady has had with his receivers.

      • Paul says:
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        @Loudon:

        Sweet! Thanks guys. Do you think it’s likely that MJD gets traded to say, Chargers, that makes it worth holding on? I think at this point I’ll be trading MJD and seeing who I can get.

  4. Ron says:
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    Which side do you prefer in a Dynasty league?

    Side A: Steven Jackson, Hartline, Miles Austin
    Side B: Vincent Jackson, Lacey, Pryor

    Thanks.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Ron: In a dynasty league, V Jackson, Lacy, Pryor.

  5. Tim says:
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    Nicks or alshon Jeffery?
    Atl DST or Cleve DST this week?

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Tim: CLE Defense especially if Spiller is out. Could be wrong. ATL Def has played with a nice fire and will show up too

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Tim: I’d go with Nicks and Cleveland.

  6. E says:
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    Kerley over T. Williams? non-ppr

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @E: This week? Absolutely. Rest of season could be a different story.

  7. Grant says:
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    I have been streaming D all year, and it has worked pretty nicely. Somehow the Browns defense is available in my league, would you go them Vs Buffalo this week or take a gamble on the Falcons D?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Grant: I’d go with Cleveland, but honestly both are solid options this week.

  8. Leifer says:
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    hey should i trade ridley for sjax ??? ppr , thoughts are ridely is doing nothing n losing touches and sjax should have some what fresh legs after bye, please give thoughts

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Leifer: Avoid SJax. Ridley will get his.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Leifer: In a PPR, I think S Jax has more value in weeks that they both play. It depends on how much you need an RB right now. I don’t see Ridley’s value declining any more than it has so it might be best to keep him and see what your options are when Jackson is actually looking to return.

  9. Dingbat says:
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    Daryl Richardson’s not playing this week (he says), and I’ve got Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders on bye. That leaves me with:

    WR: Shorts
    WR: Kendall Wright
    WR/RB: Rashad Jennings

    Problem is, I’ve got to drop someone on my bench to pick up a kicker. Do I drop Bell, Sanders, Percy Harvin, or Daryl Richardson? Or do I risk losing this week and go without a kicker? I’m 3-1 and in first place, and last week Dan Bailey got me a whopping 3 points.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Dingbat: you might be dropping Jennings depending on how things shake out. But I’d dump harvin as well.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Dingbat: Richardson will play, he just isn’t starting. There’s definitely a big difference there. Unless there’s someone really great in the Free Agent market right now, I’d say stick with your team and keep your fingers crossed.

  10. chris L says:
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    what do you think about michael floyd? still worth a stash?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      I’m on fence bout this as well. I had high hopes for Mike at start of season but Palmer is Palmer and he sucks.
      So you basically going to be dropping him for someone other douche with a chance of upside.
      If its a shallow league dump his ass!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @chris L: I’ve been sitting on Floyd in one of my leagues because I think he still has a lot of upside and there isn’t anyone available I like more. If you see a player out there that you like, Floyd doesn’t have so much upside at this point that you’re going to regret dropping him, but he’s more likely to give you at least some kind of production week to week than a lot of players commonly seen as free agents.

  11. Rags says:
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    My Lacy and J. Rodgers for his Doug Martin and Bryce Brown. Standard scoring. No brainer, right?

    • Comatose says:
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      @Rags: Gotta say this is a no brainer even if you weren’t getting Brown. I’m no authority around here, but pull the trigger ASAP.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @Comatose: Agreed. TB may be a mess but you can bet they’ll be feeding the Hampster with carries

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Rags: Yes, no brainer.

  12. Brick says:
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    Guy in my league really trying to buy rivers from me,

    Rivers/MJD for Brandon Marshall isn’t giving up too much on my side right? I have kaep, charles, and sproles

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Brick: I think its very fair in real value. I wonder if you can do better with Hype value…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      you are getting the best player if you can survive losing the RB depth do it

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Brick: If he really wants Rivers, you may be able to get more from him, but as long as losing MJD doesn’t completely kill your RB depth, that seems like a good trade for you.

  13. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    PPR would you start Kerley over Bowe? It’s a super deep 16 team league and Bowe blows. Thanks.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      start Bowe

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Bowe hasn’t been great, but his upside is still greater than Kerley.

  14. Teddy Heater says:
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    I’m embarrassed to ask this, but with Martin on a bye week and the player pool thinner than an Olsen twin I need a little help, at my RB 2 (PPR) I can go with Pierce, Blount, Bolden, Hillman or Ogbonnaya?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      rough choices Id choose Hillman but go with your gut or search for another waiver play.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Personally, I’d go with Blount, but you could flip a coin with any of these guys this week.

  15. Anthony says:
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    If you had to pick one in a PPR league for the rest of the season, you’d pick which out of Mike Wallace, Cecil Shorts, or Steve Smith? Thanks man!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Smith

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Anthony: I’d go with Smith too. All three are decent options, but Smith is on the offense I have the most confidence in this year.

  16. Abe Froman says:
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    I have both Mannings for QB, RIce and Peterson and Lacy at RB in a 1QB, 2RB keeper. What do you think of my offer of Eli and Lacy for Forte? Every waiver RB I pick to spot start is an utter let down, like Daniel Thomas in week 4 and Turbin in week 3. I need a 3rd and do not expect too much of Lacy this season, especially after reading Sky’s last article. Thanks!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Abe Froman: I would doubt he accepts that deal. I think Lacy will be fine as a RB3 for you. There will be another RB that comes along on waivers at some point. Besides Sky has been wrong on Ivory Matin SJax haha it’s not a perfect science putting your opinion out there every week.

    • Loudon

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      @Abe Froman: The problem I have with keeper leagues is that once people start to get down, they’ll just focus on next year and sell off any older veterans that are performing well for next season’s youthful upside. I think Lacy has A LOT of potential both this year and in future seasons so if this were week 10 and my team was 3-7, I would take your deal in a heartbeat, but right now, Forte has far more value. Plus, he’s only 27 so chances are good he has at least another 2 years worth of excellent fantasy value in him.

  17. Principle Blackman says:
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    Who is my flex play this week out of these players—12 team, PPR: Snelling (vs NYJ), Clay (vs Bal), or Royal (@ Oak)? Thanks.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Royal for me

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Yeah, I have to go with Royal on this one too.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Loudon: are you the same guy as principal blackman?

  18. Hometown Hero says:
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    Should I make this deal in a 12 team 2 qb league: I give up Arian Foster and get Moreno and Jordan Cameron. I have Reggie Bush, Lacy and SJax and I have absolute trash at TE.

    • Loudon

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      @Hometown Hero: Absolutely not. If you need a TE that badly, see if you can sell SJax for Cameron straight up or something like that. Giving up Foster for that is nuts.

  19. Joe says:
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    Kerley or TY Hilton? With Wayne covered by Sherman, TY might get more looks?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll go TY there

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Joe: I would actually go Kerley, but it’s close enough where if you have a gut feeling, you should go with it.

  20. Percy Whipped says:
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    Hoyer or Cutler this week? ROS? (Just as a backup).

    • Loudon

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      @Percy Whipped: As a backup, I’d probably stick with Cutler. He’s just a more reliable fantasy play. I think Hoyer is talented and as far as fantasy football is concerned, they’re close ROS, but Cutler would still be my pick.

  21. DDT says:
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    I’m ready to dump D. Richardson for McGahee. Talk me down…

    • Bryan says:
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      @DDT: Add Zac Stacy he’s rumored to start this week.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @DDT: Honestly, I like McGahee both this week and ROS more. I’m in the minority on that, but especially with all the question marks surrounding Richardson this week, it’s worth a shot if you have enough depth and it’s not a keeper league.

  22. Bryan says:
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    Would give Demarco Murray and Roddy to get G Bernard and Fitz?

    • Grayson Lewis says:
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      @Bryan: That is tough. My trading philosophy is always: What gives me the best chance to succeed down the stretch. That in mind, the young legs of Gio are enticing; Roddy–while not currently healthy– could be huge down the stretch; and Fitz SHOULD be a consistent producer all year, though any signs of chronic muscle strains are scary. And that leaves us with Murray: Can you trust him to be healthy come playoff time?

      • Grayson Lewis says:
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        @Grayson Lewis: That being said, I think I like the Gio, Fitz side of it, especially if PPR.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Bryan: It’s really close, but I think Gio and Fitz have fewer question marks about their productivity this year so that’s my pick. Just don’t get mad when Roddy has the occasional 16+ fantasy points later this year.

  23. Baren says:
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    QB help for this week:

    Eli, Bradford, Pryor, or Wilson?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Baren: Eli would be my pick, but they’re all pretty close for me this week.

  24. Tim says:
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    Nicks or Jeffrey this week ??
    Standard league

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Tim: Nicks

  25. Benny says:
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    I’m in a 14 team league and my starting QB has been Carson Palmer (yikes). As you can imagine, I’m 1-3 but with even a competent QB I could be 3-1 easily. I need to trade for someone since literally every starter is rostered. Of the guys I have a shot of actually a cruising listed below, who would you go after. Keep in mind it would be a trade for the long run so the best ROS option is what I need regardless of this weeks matchup. Please rank them in order.

    Alex Smith
    Eli Manning
    T. Pryor
    A. Dalton
    R. Wilson
    M. Schaub

    • Loudon

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      @Benny: Wow. My top 3 would probably be Wilson, Eli, Pryor ROS. Hopefully you wouldn’t be giving up a fortune for any of these guys. Palmer isn’t great, but you don’t want to throw away a solid RB2 or WR2 for a medium upgrade in QB unless you have plenty of depth.

  26. JakeB says:
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    Challenging mtachup for Giovani Bernard? Patriots run defense in games Wilfork doesn’t play has been worst in NFL. Patriots getting weapons back means Cin to play more ball control. If this isn’t a good matchup for him, I don’t know what is?

    • Loudon

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      @JakeB: Half of Bernard’s value so far this season has been in the passing game. Bernard is still a decent start in most leagues, but I’m not jumping on the Gio bandwagon just yet.

  27. Grayson Lewis says:
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    Word is Zac Stacy may get the start for the Rams this weekend. I have Richardson on my bench and have seen very little that would ever inspire me to start him. Would it be worth dropping Richardson and picking up Stacy? Get ahead of the curve in case Stacy does break out with a solid game..

    • Loudon

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      @Grayson Lewis: I wouldn’t. Even if Stacy did break out with a good game this week, that wouldn’t mean Richardson was suddenly done. He’s banged up a bit which is likely why he may not start. Personally, I’d hang onto Richardson, but if you have someone else you could drop for Stacy, it might be worth the gamble just in case.

  28. FilthyRich says:
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    12-team league – I have weak RB/Flex this week, starting Foster/Dv Wilson and J Bell. Would you replace Bell or WIlson with Kerley for Flex? Or RObert Woods instead of Kerley? I’m thinking WOods may get more looks with Haden bottling up Stevie Jackson this week.

    • Loudon

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      @FilthyRich: I’d stick with your current lineup this week.

  29. DL says:
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    Should I start Stacy, Pead, or Richardson?

    Other guys available are Ellington, Hillman, BGE, Ogbonnaya, Battle

    I’m in some dire straits over here…
    Thanks

    • Loudon

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      @DL: In that bunch, I think BGE might be your best bet this week. Of the Rams bunch, I’d still go with Richardson, but they all come with question marks this week.

  30. Tim says:
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    Would u drop Jeffrey to pick up Edelman ?
    Standard league

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Tim: Probably not. I still like Edelman, but how he’ll be used with Amendola (and later Gronk) back is yet to be seen.

  31. JH says:
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    Kembrell THompkins or David Wilson at Flex?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @JH: Wilson.

  32. goodfold2 says:
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    what size leagues are pryor/rivers/olsen not owned in, exactly? I’m guessing 8 and 10’s.

    • Loudon

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      @goodfold2: All depends on the size of the bench. I’m in a 12-team league that only allows 4 bench spots. Backup QBs aren’t typically held for long once injuries start rolling in.

  33. Frank White says:
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    Hey whats up… Are you around right now?

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