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Welcome to week 8 all of you ghost and gobinly Razzballers. The scariest thing for us fake footballers (besides Todd Haley) is a sub .500 record and a rancid mass of undead bye week players.  So I thought I would take a stab at some possible trade targets (not mass murderer targets).  But before we get there we need 2 more to fill our last Razzball FanDuel League and if you haven’t entered our weekly contest then you oughta.

There are only 5-6 games remaining to make a push to get into the fake playoffs for reals.  So I thought this would be a good time to start looking for short term trade targets.  If you are wallowing toward the bottom of your league it’s probably not worth waiting on any kind of sleeper.  We need points, and yesterday.  So I thought I would look at weeks 9 through 13 and see if we can find some players to target for the short term.

Rushing Defenses:

Ryan Mathews: This schmohawk goes against the idea that we want guys that will produce fast and often, but he probably can be had on the cheap unless he goes off today.  But he does have a little less value since he hasn’t had his bye yet.  Our teams that need to come from behind don’t need our players lazying around on the bench.

Felix Jones: With the loss of Tony Romo, the Cowboys will run a bit more, but Jones’ value goes up even more with Kitna at the helm.  He doesn’t have the elusiveness in the pocket of Romo and will need to check down quite a bit, which will help Jones.  Plus as you can see up there a ways, he has a nice schedule.

Darren McFadden: I think he has elite ability that transcends matchups, but he also has injury history, a bye coming up and a tough schedule.  If you need to win now, I can see trading him for a player with better matchups with his bye gone.

Ryan Torain: If there will ever be a better time to sell high on a player I sure can’t foresee it.  Torain should have at least a passable game against Detroit’s poor rush defense and then have a bye and then a stretch of tough matchups.  Add to that his injury history and I am ready to sell, sell, sell.

Jamaal Charles: Both Chiefs running backs have value with their nice schedule, but you know who I like.  JC Superstar will have a lot of room to run during the next few weeks and when he has room to run he keeps on running.

Pass Defenses:

Matthew Stafford: We’ve talked a lot about Romo replacements, but as far as upside goes, Stafford is the man. He is risky no doubt, but with his schedule and the possibility that Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson blow up while the defense keeps them passing, we could see some big games.

Santonio Holmes: He has yet to really get in synch with Sanchez, but he is the best receiver on the team and they have a nice schedule coming up.  He should be had for cheap.

Calvin Johnson: For the same reasons I like Stafford I like Megatron.  He won’t be had for cheap, but he’s worth putting a few offers out there.

Santana Moss: His trade value isn’t as high as it really should be.  He has been steady this season, but with a bye coming up and a tough schedule you might be best served to grab someone who can help you more.

Eli Manning: He’s been playing well and his schedule has him poised to play well some more.  His perceived value will always be a little lower than most mid level #1’s so he might be had at a good price.

Mike Williams (SEA): I am not a fan, but am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt since he is getting so many targets, but I just don’t see him keeping it up with his upcoming schedule.  If you can get any value for him I’d give it a shot.

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  1. Doug says:
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    Fitzpatrick or Mcnabb this week? I think Fitzpatrick has more upside, but I kind of feel that McNabb is due for a big week against the Lions.

  2. Edmund says:
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    hey doc,
    -i need 1 out of m. williams (sea), davone bess, and nate burleson…I’m already starting R. moss and s. holmes.
    -RB i’m starting lynch and the other spot should i go Benson over Moreno?
    -And out of those guys who should I flex?
    thanks

  3. DSimms says:
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    Any reason I should start Owen Daniels over Zach Miller this week? That Questionable label has me worried.

  4. Colin says:
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    Donald Brown or LeGarrette Blount? Both have silly, just silly matchups. ARZ a little worse against the run vs. HOU, but not by much. I can’t go wrong with either one I think, so whom would you go with to maximize the points?

  5. Andrew says:
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    I don’t know if anyone else finds this annoying, but I hate that the comments on all the posts rarely relate to the article itself. It seems like there should be a separate area for everyone to ask random questions and to keep the comments here related to the post.

  6. timmy riggins says:
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    Hey, whod you start as WR3 and FLEX (wr/rb/te) in 10 team .5PPR league

    Crabtree, L.Evans, Woodhead, D.Ward, C.Ivory, O.Daniels, M.Hart

    Also, do you like V.Davis more than Daniels this week even though hes questionable, flew to London, and has Troy Smith as QB

    Thanks

  7. Ted Soffel says:
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    LOVE the Bill Cosby reference, thanks!

  8. Chris says:
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    Need 1. Non-ppr
    Ronnie Brown
    Ricky Williams
    Crabtree
    Blount
    Lee Evans

  9. Kurt says:
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    with DeAngelo out, I need to pick a flex between Santonio Holmes, Donald Driver or Kellen Winslow. Any ideas from anyone?

  10. Dentist says:
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    I feel obliged to recognize the Cosby reference. Well done.

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Doug: Yeah, I’d feel better with McNabb

    @Edmund: I like Bess, Benson, Moreno

    @DSimms: It looks like he will go, but if he doesn’t you can switch OD in since he plays Monday night.

    @Colin: I’m leaning Brown.

    @timmy riggins: Not loving those choices! I’m leaning Evans, Woodhead. I’d still roll with Davis.

    @Chris: Brown

    @Kurt: Holmes

    @Dentist: Hah, thanks.

  12. papafrog says:
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    @Doc: Doc, please pick 3 … Zach Miller, Hines Ward, Dwayne Bowe, Lee Evans. PPR league. Thanks in advance!

  13. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @papafrog: Ward, Bowe, Miller

  14. Adam says:
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    Lose Michael bush for James jones? I’m deeper at RB but in no risk of missing the playoffs, so long-term/playoff value is most important to me

  15. johnny o says:
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    standard (non ppr). need to start 3 WR plus 1 flex
    G Jennings
    S Moss
    B Lloyd
    C Johnson
    Felix Jones
    F Jackson.
    I’m leaning towards Moss, Lloyd, Calvin, Felix (flex) and benching Jennings vs Revis

  16. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Adam: Go for it

    @johnny o: I’d go with what you are thinking there

  17. herschel says:
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    @Doc: checked earlier in the week, but just wanted to double check before finalizing lineup. PPR league flex play, davone bess or cedric benson. with joseph not playing for cinci, im leaning towards bess.

    thanks.

  18. Wilsonian says:
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    I asked this earlier in the week, but I wanna see if your opinion has changed.

    0.5 PPR, 45 return yards for a point

    My lineup looks like this:

    RB: Torain
    RB: Moreno
    W/R: Williams (TB)
    BN: Dez
    BN: Beanie
    BN: Blount

    Leave as is or change anything?

  19. Doug says:
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    1 flex:

    Christopher Ivory, CJ spiller, Braylon Edwards, Crabtree

  20. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    NonPPR Bess or Crayton

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: cool, thanks…that’s kind of what I thought. Not digging Moreno’s weak hamstring and the rain in England.

  22. Calogero says:
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    Flex in non-PPR:

    Shonn Greene
    Mike Hart
    Wes Welker

  23. Doug says:
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    1 RB

    Christopher Ivory, Mike Hart, CJ Spiller?

  24. Chris says:
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    Ronnie Brown or Ochocinco
    Non-ppr

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    Williams (SEA) or Colston? 0.5 PPR

  26. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Chris: RB

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Wilsonian: Colston

  28. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    James Jones or LeGarrette “pass me the” Blount at the flex? Or should I just leave Greg Jennings in there?

  29. Wilsonian says:
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    With Williams out, would you play the Daily Show over Lynch, Benson or Britt? Also 0.5 PPR

  30. Nonstoptalk says:
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    Need to start 3 of the following in .5 PPR….

    Knowshon Moreno
    Fred Jackson
    Ricky Williams
    Ronnie Brown
    Donald Brown
    Mike Hart

    Thanks.

  31. Doc

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    @Wilsonian: I would over Benson

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Tough. I like Blount’s upside, but not sure how many looks he’ll get. Jennings is on Revis Island. I’m leaning Blount.

  32. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Nonstoptalk: Ronnie, Donald, FJax

  33. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: thanks Doc, definitely appreciate the last second help.

    Good luck to everyone today! May you not end up like I have lately, and lose to the only team that could beat you that week!

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Wilsonian: No problem. Hope it works out this week!

    And Good luck to all. Have a fun day of Halloweening and fake footballin!

  35. Calogero says:
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    Can someone confirm that this is terrible luck:

    My opponent has Jonathan Stewart and Donald Brown. Last week, his best RB was Thomas Jones. Without injuries to Addai and DeAngelo, he’d be starting TJ, Mathews and Deon Branch at flex. Now I might lose.

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Calogero: It’s nice when it happens to you, but annoying when its your opponent! That DWilly injury helped me in one league this week for sure.

  37. Chubbs says:
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    Am i crazy to start Crayton over Welker in ppr

  38. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Chubbs: It’s really close. I’m giving Welker one more shot.

  39. johnny o says:
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    To all the fantasy teams that lost to Chris Johnsons last minute TD run vs the Jags on monday night…. I am giving away Chris Johnson Voodoo Dolls

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @johnny o: I’ll take a Todd Haley voodoo doll

  41. Doug says:
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    Beanie, Crayton or Mike Williams (sea) in my flex? non-ppr scoring.

  42. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Wow, this week is sucking so far!

  43. Calogero says:
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    @Doc:
    You’re right. Terrible week. I’m getting beat by Dan Carpenter pretty much single-handedly.

  44. Calogero says:
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    @Doc:

    I went into halftime with 10.2 points from Austin and 8.9 points from Torain. “Alright, looking good,” 2:30 p.m. Calogero said…

    1.5 points combined so far in the 2nd half. Insult to injury, I got to watch Keiland Williams waltz in for 6 of Torain’s points. Those are Torain’s points, give them back.

  45. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Carpenter 19 Sjax Torain 13 nice….,…..

  46. Nick says:
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    @Doc: So Dallas failed for me this week. If you recall, I dumped Baltimore in favor of using Dallas going forward. Someone had picked up & dropped Baltimore already so should I

    1) use my waiver claim (4/10) to grab Baltimore going forward
    2) Pickup Tampa, Detroit, Seattle, Atlanta or
    3) Streaming D in a 10-team league…

  47. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Also, drop H. Miller (I have Cooley) for Blount? My bench RB is weak with Greene & D. Brown. Starting McCoy, Torain, R. Brown.

  48. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Calogero: That dude has hit 10 FGs in the last 2 games! Sucks that Torain didn’t make it through that game to sell high on him.

    @Nick: yeah, they kicked my ass too. I think in a 10 team league it’s worth streaming. Baltimore showed some chinks in the armor against the Bills. I’d drop Cooley for Blount. I think Miller might be a little safer. Cooley keeps getting hurt during games.

  49. Wilsonian says:
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    We play 3 WRs, 2 RBs, and 1 flex W/R. I have White, Wayne, Marshall, Boldin, Colston, Williams (SEA) for my WRs. I have CJ, DMC, Best, Hillis, Moreno for my backs. Would you drop Williams for Blount, the law firm, Williams (TB) or MSW? I’m leaning Blount, but wanted some advice. It’s a 0.5 PPR. Thanks!

  50. Rookie Season says:
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    I know it’s kind of early to pick Week 9 Defenses, but now’s the time to hit the WW.

    Minn v.AZ, Atl v.TB, Buffv.Chi, NO @Car, Indy@Phi, Cincy v.Pit, Car v.NO, Hou v.SD, TB @Atl, Cle v NE.

    I like Minn and maybe Cle.

  51. Trade proposed by a buddy of mine:

    I get:
    Dwayne Bowe
    Dez Bryant
    Burner Turner

    Give:
    Pierre Garcon
    Malcom Floyd (will he ever play again??)
    Run DMC.

    I’m trying to find a reason not to accept bc my friend is a scumbucket, but it looks pretty solid.

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