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No Brady or Tebow this week, how will any of our fantasy teams survive?  Considering how many weapons Brady has at his disposal, having The Patriots on bye does cut the number of eligible fantasy receivers approximately in half, but there is still plenty of talent available if you look hard enough.  No, I’m not talking about Cecil Shorts this time, although he did have eight catches for 116 yards against The Packers just last week.

What team in the NFL is the absolute worst at covering the pass this year?  If you said anything but The Saints, you clearly haven’t been watching much football this year which might explain why you’re doing so poorly in fantasy football.  The Saints are giving up approximately 700 passing yards per game.  Ok, maybe it’s not that high, but it’s still high.  This means it might finally be the week for Michael Vick to bust loose a bit.  That is, assuming he keeps his starting job through the rest of this week.  There are reports that The Eagles will likely start Nick Foles this week, but despite a stalled offense against Atlanta, at least he didn’t turn the ball over.  This means that if Vick’s a go, he should be a go for your fantasy team as well.  The same goes for DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

The Chiefs are also faced with a relatively easy matchup this week.  I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying you should start Matt Cassel, but Dwayne Bowe should absolutely be in your starting lineup.  After three disappointing weeks in a row (4 if you include the bye week), Bowe should be back over the century mark in yardage with a score against The Chargers.  Brandon Weeden didn’t do all that well against them last weekend, but is he on your Fantasy team?  I didn’t think so.

If you’ve been as frustrated with Cam Newton and Steve Smith as I have this year, this might finally be your week as well.  The Redskins have a talented offense this year, but their defense is a lot more pedestrian.  Look for Newton to finally hook up with Smith for a TD this week and possibly find LaFell as well.  I don’t think 3 all-purpose TDs would be too much to ask from Newton this week even though he has only done that one other time this season.

The worst game for QBs and WRs this week is the Vikings/Seahawks game.  Neither Christian Ponder nor Russel Wilson are all that attractive of an option at QB and with both teams touting excellent pass coverage, we will likely see two teams with less than 400 combined yards through the air.  Yes, it was nice to see Sidney Rice catch a TD pass again this past week and Percy Harvin has been one of the most reliable WRs this year, but don’t count on either of them for too much action this Sunday.

The Giants are also in a tough spot this week facing The Steelers.  RGIII only managed 177 yards and a TD against them last weekend and although Eli Manning may be the more experienced QB, and let’s be honest, better QB for now, The Steelers still present him with an enormous challenge.  I would never tell you to bench Victor Cruz, but just go into this game knowing his matchup is more challenging than usual.  He did, after all, only catch 2 passes for 23 yards last week.

Finally, The Falcons made The Eagles look almost foolishly bad this past weekend and I doubt The Cowboys will fare much better.  Jason Witten may still have a pretty decent day, but I think you can safely say he won’t be catching 18 passes for 167 yards again.  In fact, you can safely say that about almost everyone in the NFL.  Still, don’t look for Miles Austin or Dez Bryant to catch for more than 75 yards this Sunday night.  Their chances of a TD are also diminished.

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  1. Johnny Hammersticks says:
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    You may remember this issue from last week, in a 2 QB league (it’s actually 1 qb and 1 “option player”)

    Need to choose out of the following:

    Luck vs MIA
    Romo @ ATL

    Demarius Thomas @ CIN
    Brandon Marshall @ TEN
    Percy Harvin @ SEA

    So can start both qb’s, or 1 qb and all 3 wr’s.

    Thoughts?

    • Loudon

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      @Johnny Hammersticks, I would start both QBs with Thomas and Marshall. Harvin’s got a rough matchup and as I believe I said last week, you ALWAYS start a QB in an option slot.

      • Johnny Hammersticks says:
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        @Loudon, Thanks, I ended up losing but I had Foster on bye.

        At RB, would you go Jennings, Leshoure, Ballard (or even Tate)?

        Leaning towards Jennings based on what I saw last week, and likely going to dump Ballard.

        Let me know what you think.

        • Loudon

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          @Johnny Hammersticks, I talk about all three of those guys in the article that will be posted tomorrow, but Leshoure is easily my favorite of those three options. Jennings’ matchup is a pretty tough one this weekend actually. I might play the wait and see game this weekend with Ballard just in case, but only if you have an available bench spot.

  2. DiRo says:
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    I was offered Cruz for my McGahee in an overall points league with 3 WR, 2RB, 1 TE and no flex spot. What do you think, good trade for my teams needs?

    I feel like I need to shore up my WR core, but here is my team;
    QB – Luck, Rivers
    RB – Run DMC, McGahee, Woodhead, Stephens-Howling
    WR – Harvin, Maclin, K Wright, LaFell, G Jennings
    TE – Gresham, Finley

    • DiRo says:
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      forgot to add that I have A. Boldin also at WR.

    • Loudon

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      @DiRo, The Broncos’ schedule is absolute cake for the rest of the year. This means McGahee will likely improve upon his already decent numbers. The Giants also have two tough weeks followed by a bye week. 4 weeks ago I would have said this trade was good for you, now I’m not so sure. I’d pass on this one, but I think your head’s in the right place looking for another WR. Maybe shop one of your TEs for a #2 or 3 WR option?

  3. Murph says:
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    Just to clarify this is the same seattle defense that just gave up 130yrds and a TD to Wes Welker and 100 yrds and 2 TDs to Titus Young? Looks like the oversized seahawks secondary has trouble covering small shifty receivers which fits Percy Harvin’s profile.

    • Loudon

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      @Murph, Greg Jennings is the exact same height and I think most people would argue he has a more talented QB throwing the ball to him than Christian Ponder. Jennings caught 6 passes for 35 total yards and no TD against Seattle. I’m not saying Harvin will be without targets, I just wouldn’t count on him for a huge day.

      • Murph says:
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        @Loudon,

        Greg Jennings was dealing with his groin injury and had a sure TD overturned by the replacement refs. Jennings also rarely plays in the slot. I agree not a huge day on the horizon but I don’t think the matchup alone is a reason to sit harvin this week.

        • Loudon

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          @Murph, If I wrote articles telling you to bench Josh Cribbs, no one would read them. I never said to bench Harvin, but I did say you shouldn’t count on him to receive a lot of action. A good rule of thumb is if a player is in a bad matchup, you drop them down 1 spot in your positional rankings. If Harvin was your WR2, make him your flex play this week. If he was your WR1, drop him to your WR2. If he was already just a flex, maybe then you can bench him. All depends on the strength of the rest of your team. Matchups are never the end-all, but they can definitely temper expectations for certain would-be studs.

          • Murph says:
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            @Loudon,

            Understood, I just know there were going to be several harvin owners that were going to come back on Monday and complain because they benched him for Cecil shorts or Brandon lafell. I will say you have one of the most difficult columns to write in regards to matchups they are the hardest to project. So many factors

            • Loudon

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              @Murph, Luckily I don’t have any angry Harvin owners to deal with today. Hopefully they didn’t start LaFell instead though.

              • Murph says:
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                @Loudon,

                Great call, although that Seattle defense does look shaky to say the least. Not making excuses for the performance but when you can run the ball that effectively why pass at all? Ham string injury didn’t help either

                • Loudon

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                  @Murph, All very true. AP’s performance would have been talked about a lot more had Martin not gone crazy.

                  • Murph says:
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                    @Loudon,

                    Crazy might be an understatement I had to sit painfully through that game as I saw my 47 point lead disapear before my eyes. I’m guessing the raiders are most likely going to be featured on the week 10 run defensive matchups? That was an embarrassing performance by Oakland

  4. In a 12 team IDP PPR league where we can start 2 qbs, my qbs are flacco and locker and reports are saying locker might be out until week 12…what do you think of this trade:

    mjd cobb and nate wash for dalton torrey smith and george wilson (db)

    My other rbs are rice, cj, donald brown, stephens-howling and tate
    Other wrs are harvin, a. brown, britt, crabtree, avery

    Thanks!

    • Loudon

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      @exactly, That’s a solid team you’ve got there for a 12 team. You have plenty of RB talent so giving away MJD isn’t terrible. Smith’s schedule gets pretty difficult from here on out so that might hurt you a bit though. Maybe see if you can drop the Washington and Wilson part of the deal? Otherwise, unless there’s any half decent QB option left on the waiver wire, this might be the best thing for your team as a whole.

      • @Loudon,

        Yeah, the only reason I need Wilson in the deal is because I need to pick up a K and a DL this week and we only get 2 waiver picks…and Louis Delmas is my current DB and I hate him…or i just stick with Delmas?

        • Loudon

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          @exactly, Even in a 12 team league, you should be able to find a better option than Delmas in Free Agency.

          Bernard Pollard, Eric Weddle, Roman Harper, William Moore, Ed Reed, Thomas DeCoud, Morgan Burnett, Jairus Byrd? Any of those guys available?

  5. Hey Loudon,

    I have another guy interested in cobb – would you do any of these:

    cobb for mike williams (TB) and Dumervil?
    cobb for mike williams and Larry Foote?

    • Loudon

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      @exactly, I still think you could find an IDP in free agency. I was under the impression you needed a Safety since both Delmas and Wilson fit the bill, but don’t sell off top WRs just for an IDP, even if you might not play that WR every week. Mike Williams is too inconsistent to give Cobb up for.

  6. Mike says:
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    Richardson for B. Marshall, who comes out on top?

    • Loudon

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      @Mike, Whoever gets Richardson wins this one, but mainly because there are far more startable WRs than there are RBs. If the person who has Richardson also has Foster and AP or something like that, it’s a good trade.

  7. Mike says:
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    Trent that is

  8. Tom says:
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    I was offered two trades:

    Send Arian Foster.
    Receive Doug Martin and Mike Williams

    or

    Send Trent Richardson, Cle RB
    Receive Matthew Stafford, Det QB & Brandon Lloyd, NE WR

    My record is 5-2 (3rd Place) 12 team PPR w 2RB, 3 WR and a flex. My team:Arian Foster, Philip Rivers, Trent Richardson, A.J. Green, Brian Hartline, Donnie Avery, Greg Olsen, Darren McFadden, Isaac Redman, Davone Bess, Jared Cook, Andrew Hawkins, Brandon Gibson, Christian Ponder, Joique Bell, Chris Givens, Montario Hardesty, Toby Gerhart.

    Any thoughts?

    • Loudon

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      @Tom, That’s an incredibly good team. How you managed to get Foster, DMC, Richardson, AND Green all on the same team is beyond me, but kudos for doing so.

      As for the trades, your one glaring weakness seems to be at the QB position so I really like the Richardson for Stafford and Lloyd deal for you. Richardson’s bye week is next week so you wouldn’t be able to use him there and with Foster and DMC past bye weeks, you can survive without him anyway. Then you can drop Ponder or Rivers for the next hot waiver wire option unless you think you could shop one of them for anything.

  9. Tom says:
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    Correction record is 5-3

  10. Tom says:
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    @Loudon, Thanks!

    Auction league and I did stars and scrubs.
    After the top 4 guys, there is a significant drop-off.
    Many dollar players

    Thanks again,

    Tom

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Tom, Even with an Auction league it’s impressive. Stars and scrubs is definitely the way to go assuming you can get scrubs with upside which you clearly did. Well played.

  11. Murph says:
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    Haha crazy might be an understatement and I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness that astonishing performance with what I thought was a safe 40 point lead going into that game. Truely unbelievable and heartbreaking at the same time. I guess Oakland will most likely be a feature on next weeks “run defense matchups” ? Very embarrassing for the raiders.

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