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Chris Johnson is officially the most frustrating player in all of Fantasy Football.  In his first three games, he rushed for a total of 45 yards against decent, but not great run defenses.  So what does he do against the hardest defense he’s faced this year?  He carries the ball 25 times for 141 yards.  He didn’t even get all of those yards off of one break-away carry.  His longest run was 19 yards.  However, I wouldn’t trust him just yet.  In week 5, he faces an even more challenging defense in Minnesota who only let Mikel Leshoure get 26 yards last weekend.  The Titans may have figured a few things out this week, but Chris Johnson is still no more than a flex play this week.

C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson should also be avoided this week.  After accumulating just 62 yards on the ground combined against New England in week 4, this dynamic duo now has to do battle with the most difficult rush defense in the league, San Francisco.  We still don’t know how the carries will be split with both running backs available to The Bills so keep an eye on both players this weekend, but let them sit this one out on your bench.

Speaking of dynamic running duos, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart should also ride the pine for your fantasy teams this weekend.  It’s always hard to know what to do with a Carolina RB, but when faced with the rock-solid Seattle defense, the decision is much easier.  Don’t play either of them.  Cam Newton seems to have regained his ability to move forward so that just subtracts from their value even further.

Unfortunately for Carolina, Seattle should be able to run just fine against them.  Marshawn Lynch is in line for at least 100 yards and a score this weekend as Carolina has one of the worst run defenses in the entire league.  Start him as a RB1 with full confidence.

Disappointed with Ryan Mathews’ lack of a TD this season so far and Jackie Battle’s continued presence on the field?  Well this Sunday night should ease some of your concerns a bit.  Facing The Saints this week, Mathews should finally crack the century mark in rushing yards and may even break one for a score.  Battle still has value as well, but don’t use him as anything more than a flex play if you need him because this will be Mathews’ week to shine.

Were you lucky enough to score Alfred Morris in your fantasy league?  If so, the good times are bound to keep rolling when Mr. Ryan and his Falcons go to Washington.  Atlanta is in the bottom third of rush defenses and if Morris can put up over 100 yards and a score against Tampa Bay, he should have no problem doing the same against Atlanta.

Things should also finally get back to normal for Matt Forte owners this week.  Finally back from injury, Forte carried the ball 13 times for 52 yards against Dallas last week, but should see an increase in both numbers next week.  Somewhere to the tune of 17 carries for 90+ yards and a possible score sounds about right.  Michael Bush is always a threat for stealing goal-line carries, but you didn’t draft Forte for his TD scoring abilities anyway.

  1. Heraldo says:
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    How do you feel about Ryan Williams going against StL. Worthy of starting over MJD vs. Chi or am I over thinking it?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Heraldo, I like Ryan Williams this week, but La’Rod Stephens-Howling is going to steal some carries and he’s still not a proven stud. Go with MJD.

  2. Colin says:
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    Loudon,

    I got offered Romo and Sproles for Stafford. I could use the RB depth. Do you think this is a good time to buy low on Romo? Or will be running for his life all year. Hopefully the week off can do him some good?

    • Loudon

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      @Colin, I think this is a good deal for you if you need RB depth assuming you have a decent backup QB. The QB position is a tricky one this year and while I think Stafford will likely end up with more fantasy points, Romo is exceptionally talented and won’t be throwing 4 interceptions every week.

      • Colin says:
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        @Loudon, Thanks Loudon, I was leaning towards doing it, since we are in a PPR and Sproles a PPR beast and I think Romo has too much talent around him not to turn it around. Thanks for the advice.

      • Colin says:
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        @Loudon, I also get him number 3 waiver for my number 10 so that’s some icing on the cake.

  3. LT says:
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    Do I start SJax or Chris Johnson?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @LT, I have this same decision to make in one of my leagues. Currently I’m rolling with the hot hand in Chris Johnson as both are playing rough defenses and have big question marks over their heads. Less competition for carries in Tennessee.

  4. Dave the Barber says:
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    Peace God, Power equality,
    Yo, the god had enough knowledge, wisdom, and understanding to go ahead and cop the god Alfred Morris in the 16th round you knowledge? But now I’m comin to get my culture cypher god, the god got offered Mike Wallace for the younger god Morris yahmean? So know I’m coming to build with the Razzball gods to get y’alls understand of the situation. The god already holds CJ Spiller, Jamal Charles, SJAX, and M.Bush in his stables like wild Stallions god but his WRs are type C-Cypher with Megatron Don, Borderline Marshall, D. Hixon, and A. Hawkins. Should the god go head and make the suffer complete by hittin accept this offer or not? Peace to the Gods and the Earths. One.

    • Dave the Barber says:
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      @Dave the Barber, the god meant cypher* complete by hitting the “accept this trade” button, sorry for the confusion god.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Dave the Barber, I don’t think I would take that deal personally. Morris ran for 113 yards and a TD last week. He isn’t losing the starting job anytime soon. Mike Wallace is good, but you have solid receivers already and with Spiller and Bush losing value thanks to other RBs healing, Morris might be your #2 RB for the rest of the season.

      Also, this comes to mind: http://youtu.be/g0j2dVuhr6s?t=1m

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Loudon, God it is like that but it was more like this …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdNHS8b9C7I … anyways god, thank you god for poundin that knowledge in my brain. Understanding is the ability to be seein things clearly for what they are and not what they appear to be god. Peace and love god. Your wisdom is infinite god so Imma axe you one more thing god … The god thinks he’ll counter offer that Wallace trade with SJAX tho … what about that god? Or should I hold the god SJAX too?
        Peace god.

        • Loudon

          Loudon says:
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          @Dave the Barber, I think that deal could end up being better for you. SJAX has Richardson on his back these days anyway.

      • slappy says:
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        @Loudon,
        He already has Spiller, Charles, SJAX and M. Bush…His third WR is Hixon. Morris wouldn’t even start for him every week…why not take the huge upgrade from Hixon starting to Wallace starting? I call my brother son cause he shine like one

        • Loudon

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          @slappy, It’s all about value. Spiller’s not going to get the same points he got earlier this season, SJAX is often injured and is now battling with others for some playing time, M Bush has to deal with Forte on a weekly basis. As I see it, Morris is his 2nd most reliable RB at this moment. I agree that trading one or even 2 of those RBs for a higher grade WR is worth doing, but hold onto your top talent at each position when offering trades. Plus, WR is crazy deep. You can get 5-6 points from 10+ players in free agency on a weekly basis.

  5. slappy says:
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    where do you get your information on the Chargers RB’s? battle has been listed atop the Chargers most recent depth chart.

    • Loudon

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      @slappy, Battle and Mathews split carries last week. Mathews averaged 4.4 yards per carry, Battle averaged 2.6. I never said Mathews was higher on the depth chart, I just believe Mathews is the more talented RB. San Diego will go with whichever back is running better at the time. This week, my money’s on Ryan.

  6. slappy says:
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    Dave the Barber,
    You should take that deal. Then walk these dogs and represent Wu.

    • Dave the Barber says:
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      @slappy, yahmean god, but I was just tryna get the older god Loudon to sprinkle his light on the darkness god.

  7. Nico says:
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    I’m torn on this trade, I was wondering if you could weigh in. I have Romo and Dalton, along with Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Wallace, Dez Bryant, Danny Amendola and Michael Crabtree in .5 PPR (start 3 WR and 1 flex). Would you trade Romo and Fitzgerald for Matt Ryan? Thanks!

    • Loudon

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      @Nico, Matt Ryan has been crazy reliable this year, but if you have to start 3WRs, I’m not sure I’d give away quite that much. If you can trade Romo and Bryant or Amendola for Ryan, do it, but Fitzgerald is still one of the most talented WRs in the league and he’ll get plenty of points this year.

  8. george says:
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    Hey Loudon thanks for the advice.

    How do you feel about cedric benson? I have julio, t. smith, and welker starting at WR, and ridley and mathews at RB. Who would you plug in for a flex this week, benson or garcon?

    • george says:
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      Also, who do you think will replace williams after the injury?

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @george, No one you should bother having on your fantasy team. LaRod Stephens-Howling, who sat this week because of a hip injury is the most likely candidate, but early reports are that Williams’ injury isn’t overly serious. No concussion, just the shoulder. I would sit all Arizona RBs for a few weeks until the dust settles.

    • Loudon

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      @george, I like Benson. Against The Colts, he should do just fine. Atlanta’s corners are tough so Garcon will have his work cut out for him.

  9. george says:
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    Thanks for the reply Loudon. That was my initial reaction, i just havent been able to start garcon this season yet, so im getting antsy. One more question, rudoplh or gates at TE?

    • Loudon

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      @george, I would roll with Rudolph this week though because Gates has yet to see the endzone and against a defense that guards the TE well, there’s no reason to believe that will improve this week.

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