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Jason Avant was the second best receiver for Philadelphia with 54 receiving yards, but as soon as Vick came out of the game, I knew it was curtains for my run of great sleeper picks.  That just means it’s time to start a new one!  Keep reading to find out who it will be.

After missing the last two weeks, it seems as though DeMarco Murray is ready for action once again and he’s in a fantastic matchup to kick things off.  Since it sounds like the Cowboys were playing it safe with Murray this past weekend by keeping him off the field for an extra week, expect big things from him once again.

Chris Johnson is also in a great matchup this week.  In fact, with a bunch of easy matchups for the rest of the season, Johnson might actually be someone you want to target in a trade.  Don’t sell the farm to get him, but if he’s already on your team, he’s a must start this week.

It can often be tough to have faith in two running backs from the same team, but Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are both great starts this week against a Redskins defense that has given up more fantasy points to the running back position than any other team in the league.  I’d probably take Woodhead slightly over Mathews if I had to pick between the two this week, but you can’t go wrong with either of them in this scenario.

Unfortunately for PPR fans, both Steven Jackson and Darren Sproles are in the opposite situation.  After terrible showings from both running backs last week, matchups against Carolina and The Jets respectively don’t leave much room for improvement.  They obviously still have plenty of potential, but if you have other options, you should seriously consider them.

Speaking of Carolina’s defense, as it turns out they cover the pass pretty well too which could spell trouble for Harry Douglas.  Douglas has been money in the bank ever since Julio Jones went down so he’s a hard man to sit, but receivers like Keenan Allen, Ted Ginn Jr., and Denarius Moore have far better matchups this week.

Another receiver with a great matchup this week is Marques Colston.  Colston has struggled the past few weeks, which has been incredibly frustrating for fantasy owners, but he should turn things around this week against the Jets.  The Jets have been pretty solid against the run, but the pass is a different story and The Saints are still targeting Colston plenty.

Unlike Colston, Danny Amendola should continue to disappoint fantasy owners this week with the Steelers coming to town.  Amendola still has value, but until he and Brady start playing like week 1 again, he needs to stay on your bench in almost all cases.  In fact, the only receiver of any variety I would start from the Patriots this week is Rob Gronkowski and even he has the potential to be disappointing (see: last week).

If you need a tight end, which you might if you were starting Davis, Thomas, or Pettigrew, Kyle Rudolph and Coby Fleener are decent options this week.  If those guys aren’t available, Tyler Eifert and Jared Cook are in pretty great matchups as well, but they should be considered desperation plays this week.

This brings me to my sleeper pick of the week.  Rod Streater hasn’t exactly been a reliable fantasy player this season, but he did get approximately one third of Terrelle Pryor’s total pass attempts thrown his way last week.  Now, against a terrible Philadelphia Eagles defense, I like Streater’s chances at having his best game of the season.

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  1. FillyP says:
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    Who should I pick up as a Flex filler (assuming Stacy is out) – Powell, Streater, LaFell, Jennings, D. Nelson, Royal..

    0.5 PPR. Thanks!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @FillyP: Probably Powell

  2. Brendan says:
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    Was offered TY Hilton for Jordan Reed? I own Graham if that makes any difference. I’m so torn right now, need some WR help badly.

    • Jorge V says:
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      @Brendan:

      Dude take the trade! You’ll always start Jimmy unless your using Reed as a Flex. Other than that take TY Hilton.

      • Brendan says:
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        @Jorge V: Thanks for the advice man. Took the deal, you’re right. Picked up Reed two weeks ago and turned him into Hilton so that’s a win in my book.

        • Loudon

          Loudon says:
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          @Brendan: Definitely a good deal for you.

  3. Chris says:
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    Hello Loudon+,

    Please help. I have so many unknowns:

    QB – Ryan or Luck
    RB – One of Fred Jackson, Chris Ivory, Jacquizz Rodgers or Green-Ellis
    Flex – Emmanuel Sanders, Ted Ginn Jr. or one of my above RBs
    TE – Tony Gonzalez or Kyle Rudolph
    K – Henery or Succop
    DEF – Tenessee or Indiana

    Sorry for listing all the positions, but I really need help.

    Many many thanks,
    Chris

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Chris: Luck, Jackson, Ivory, Gonzalez, Succop, Tennessee. Good luck this week!

  4. Dave says:
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    Do you think Locker will have a way better ROS than Big Ben thinking of maybe swinging Big Ben and one of my bench receivers like Denarius Moore for Locker, my other receivers are Dez, Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Marvin Jones, Dobson in a .5PPR. Should I do it?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Dave: If you could get a trade like that, I’d say go for it. I definitely like Locker more ROS. Their schedule is cake!

  5. Sniff Test says:
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    Streator over Kerley?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Sniff Test: This week, yeah.

  6. Bryan says:
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    Who do you like better going forward Rice or Trent Richardson?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Bryan: Rice

  7. Andy says:
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    Whould you trade L. McCoy to get Chris Johnson and Josh Gordon?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Andy: That depends on the rest of your team. Probably not, but if you really need receiver help, it’s not the worst deal you could make. Keep in mind Shonn Greene is still in Tennessee.

  8. J Money says:
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    .5 PPR
    Can only play 2 RBs.
    I have AP, Bush, Stacy, and just grabbed D Richardson.

    Since it is Detroit’s bye, I was planning on playing AP and Stacy, but this injury has me worried he may not play on Sunday.

    Should I pick up Stewart who seems like he will be playing Sunday v ATL over D Rich who is playing TEN?
    If you think I should pick up Stewart, Stewart v ATL or Stacy v TEN (if Stacy plays)

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @J Money: If you have Richardson, he’s a perfect insurance policy for Stacy. Don’t bother with Stewart.

  9. anthony says:
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    @loudon: Idp 2 qb league guy in first place really wants either my Reggie bush or Matt forte and is offering me 2 for ones and Chris Johnson is included in each. I am week at wr with shorts and Eddie royal – u think he budges if i counter and go after his demaryius Thomas and cj for like bush ?

    • Loudon

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      @anthony: If you could get Thomas and CJ for Bush, that’s a solid deal for you. I’m not so sure he’d take it, but with Denver on bye, it might be worth it for him this week.

  10. brian says:
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    Shoul I drop Doug Martin I hate to waste a roster spot on someone that may not return this season..

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @brian: Definitely not. It hurts to keep him on the bench, but he’s too talented to drop. I’m sure you could find someone to trade with who would offer solid value for his potential.

  11. Zandy says:
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    I have Sproles, Stacy, Lamar, Ellington, McGahee, shonn green….. My wrs are Calvin, Keenan Allen, Hilton, ssmith And sjohnson…

    Guy with AP is actively looking for an rb and some wr help. Would you make an offer for AP? If so what would it be?

    • Jorge V says:
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      @Zandy:

      try offering ellington or sproles and either hilton or S Smith

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Zandy: You’re not going to get AP unless you give up a lot. I’d say you could offer Sproles and Hilton, but I’m still not sure that would be enough. Maybe offer that and see what he counters with?

  12. Eddie says:
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    Drop Roddy White for Anquan Boldin?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Eddie: Probably not. Now that White is finally sitting out games, he should be 100% when he comes back which is far more valuable than Boldin.

  13. Matthew says:
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    Got offered Chrid Johnson and Blackman for Spiller and Mike Wallace

    I already have D Thomas, Alshon Jeffrey, Jordy Nelson among otters at WR. I have Moreno, Gore, Stacy and ALF at RB. I countered and got rejected.

    Should I have accepted this? I think I made a boo boo.

    Also, would you offer Wallace and Spiller for Dez Bryant?

    That would out me with Stafford at QB, Cool at TE whose my only weekly boom or bust, and Bryant Thomas and Nelson at WR?

    I really wanna get Spiller off the teams I own him on, he’s ridiculously frustrating.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Matthew: Take the first offer.MIA doesn’t know how to use Wallace. He can’t catch even if they did. Spiller, who knows if even plays this year. Even if he does it’s a definite time share. You’d be getting two upgrades. JMO

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: P.S. No one is giving Dez for those bums.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Matthew: I’m with Chicken Dinner. I’d take the first deal.

  14. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Is Spiller still a buy low or are we in complete avoidance mode?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I’d still buy low on him assuming it’s VERY low, but I don’t want him on my team.

  15. Jorge V says:
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    Who Would you start?
    WR: Torrey Smith vs Browns or Mike Wallace vs Bengals
    QB: T. Romo vs Vikings or RGIII vs Chargers

    I have TE Tony Gonzalez, should I pick up Coby Fleener and drop Mike Wallace? I am iffy on Gonzalez since he is always being DBL teamed each game until Rody White is back I hope.

    • Loudon

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      @Jorge V: I’d start Wallace personally, but Smith probably has more upside if he can break away from his shadow for one long grab. For QB, I’d start Romo. Do not drop Wallace for Fleener, or anyone. Stick with Gonzalez this week.

  16. Night pandas says:
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    Should I drop Amendola for D Moore (.5ppr)

    • Jorge V says:
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      @Night pandas:

      IF you can, Wait on Amendola until after the New England Bye week. Hopefully your not to desperate to wait, if not just do it. D Moore is a solid Flex/WR3 and seems to find the endzone alot.

    • Loudon

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      @Night pandas: I like Moore A LOT this week, but Amendola is a pretty big name to be dropping for him. If there’s anyone else you can afford to drop, do it, but Amendola should be much improved after the bye like Jorge V suggested.

  17. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My team:

    RGIII/Wilson
    Forte/Lamar/Ellington/Vereen/Ball
    Dez/Gordon/Keenan/T.Will/Tate

    Trade
    RGIII/Gordon/Ellington
    for
    Peyton/Spiller/Dobson

    PPR/ Peyton has 200 more points than RGIII with our QB settings

    • Loudon

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      @Chicken Dinner: Honestly, I wouldn’t. Yes, Peyton is great, but they have two games against KC still and Peyton’s on bye this week so you’re pretty much guaranteeing yourself a loss this week if you take it.

  18. Gbbb says:
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    Harrybdouglas or wright for wr3 in a .5 ppr?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Gbbb: Douglas

      • Gbbb says:
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        @Loudon: I just noticed the team I’m
        Playing this week is starting locker. I’m starting Matt Ryan. Would that influence the decision between wright and Douglas in any direction. In leaning Douglas still. Thought? Thanks

  19. Gbbb says:
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    Assuming Stacy is healthy, which two would you go with among Stacy, woodhead, and Ridley in a.5 ppr?

    • Jorge V says:
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      @Gbbb:

      I would go with Woodhead, but stacy is a good start as well since Titans 24th in rushing defense. Redskins D ranks among the worst in NFL both pass and rush.

      Hey you think you can help me on my question really quick?

      • Jorge V says:
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        Who Would you start?
        WR: Torrey Smith vs Browns or Mike Wallace vs Bengals
        QB: T. Romo vs Vikings or RGIII vs Chargers

        I have TE Tony Gonzalez, should I pick up Coby Fleener and drop Mike Wallace? I am iffy on Gonzalez since he is always being DBL teamed each game until Rody White is back I hope.
        @Jorge V:

        • Gbbb says:
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          @Jorge V: I saywallace becuse of matchup and unlike romo there. I would hold wallace

          • Gbbb says:
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            @Gbbb: I meant I like romo

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Gbbb: I’d go Woodhead and Ridley just because Stacy will likely not be 100% if he plays. Remember, this is a short week for him.

  20. zachgoody says:
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    reports say cj spiller is back, but…if there were a turn of events, should i start james starks or shonn greene? i’m also starting mike tolbert while frank gore is on a bye week…

  21. Cam L. says:
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    My team,
    QB- Romo, Matt Ryan, Brady, Rivers (eli on bye)
    RB- Le,veon Bell, Gio Bernard, Ryan Matthews (gore, bush on bye)
    WR- Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant (Welker on bye)
    TE- Reed, Witten (Davis on bye)
    FLEX- Big Ben, Flacco, Josh Mccown, Steve Smith, Keenan Allen, Terrence Williams
    I think i have a good team but in my league im 3-5… what am i doing wrong?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Cam L.: How many players can you start at each position? To me, unless you can start 3-4 QBs, It looks like you spent a little too much time drafting that position.

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