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As owners of this dynamic duo already know, both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams have played well above their draft price nearly all year.  Vincent was the 24th WR off the board in yahoo leagues and Mike Williams was nothing more than an afterthought as the WR39.  It has been a perfect storm for fantasy relevance for these two.  One, Josh Freeman has bounced back from an abysmal year to become a top 12 QB again and secondly, Doug Martin has almost single-handedly won some of his owners weeks 8 and 9 for his fantasy owners and changed the dynamics of that offense immensely.  The third and most important part of all of this in my mind, however, has been the schedule.  The last few weeks has been like taking a mallet to a cream puff in terms of defensive resistance and to the Buccs credit, they have done a great job taking advantage of it as a team.  But I’m looking back and seeing the last few times Freeman was truly challenged by a secondary of any merit – namely week 1 and week 3 – and it makes me pause.  You see, week 1 they played the Panthers and although the team won, V-Jax only had 4 receptions for 47 yards while Williams caught only 2 passes for 12 yards but was saved by one of those receptions being a touchdown.  Turn around week 3 vs the Cowboys and the pair combined for 3 receptions and only 62 yards.  I guess what I’m trying to say is you either believe or don’t believe Buccs receivers are match up proof and I lean towards the nay side of things and it just so happens they get a rematch with the Panthers in week 11.  Don’t let the record fool you, the Panthers have been no slouch against WRs and QBs this season, giving up the 8th and 10th least fantasy points to those respective positions on a weekly basis for the season.  So pardon me while I go Willy Wonka on these guys and say you get nothing!  You lose!  Good day sir!  Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s look at the bright side of fantasy life.  Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey get a bigger bump than a lady with octuplets in my rankings this week as they take on New Orleans which also bodes well for pretty much every Raider including Carson Palmer.  You’ll also notice I didn’t learn my lesson from Anthony Fasano last week in the tight end rankings as I still say he’s a good start.  Something about a tight end whose name makes him sound like a hitman makes me root for him whenever I can.  And with that, lets get on with our week 11 rankings.

 

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  1. Benny says:
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    I’m in a ppr league that only starts 2 RB’s. I currently have Foster and Morris but was just offered R. Mathews for Greg Olsen straight up. Olsen is my starting TE and the best available replacement is Keller. Is the difference btwn Olsen and Keller insignificant where I should do the trade just to have Mathews on the bench as an injury insurance policy for my two starters? Or would you stand pat and not want Keller anywhere near your starting lineup every wk?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll take the RB depth and roll with Keller. He’s not that bad in a PPR league.

  2. Vargo says:
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    Who should I flex then?

    Williams or Larod Stephens-Howlings?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d give LaRod a shot

  3. Salty Balty says:
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    PPR league. Who do I start at flex Laurent R or Ingram?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a bold call, but I think Ingram’s out put vs that poor OAK defense will outweigh a decent PPR day from Laurent vs a stingy HOU def.

  4. Landry says:
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    Standard scoring league, 2WR, 2 RB, 1 Flex WR\RB
    WR Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, and Eric Dekker.
    RB Michael Turner, Green-Ellis, and Marcel Reese.

    Think I’ll play Dekker and Cobb at WR.
    Who should I play at RB and Flex?

    (e.g. Should I actually play Marcel Reese, over Green-Ellis or Turner this week? Should I play all 3 and bench Dez Bryant?)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Turner/Reece/Dez

  5. Desparate says:
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    In the hole… desparate..
    I have Brady and Carson Palmer. Would you consider playing Palmer over Brady this week?!!

    Palmer actually outscored Brady last week and afraid the Patriots might run more than pass…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Indy keeps pace enough that Brady still turns in a Brady-like line. I understand your hesitiation – Palmer has a great matchup – but I’d still go with Brady.

  6. GB packers says:
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    why does cobb drop from 14 to 35 when you go from standard to PPR rankings? i thought his usage is like a percy harvin light…wouldn’t that mean he gets a boost in PPR?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cuz the PPR section went fruity on me last night and I did my best to fix but apparently missed one. Sorry about that and thanks for the catch. It said I only had 50 ranked but then showed me 56. Something on their site got a little loopy.

  7. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    Non-PPR start 2 RB 3 WR 1 TE no flex. Holding onto 4th and final playoff spot in a tight race with 4 weeks left… Trade offer has me up all night:

    I receive: Brandon Marshall and Greg Olsen
    I trade away: Stevan Ridley and DeSean Jackson

    My TE’s this year (Cook, Gresham, Allen) have been criminal. My RB stable includes Ridley, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin, and Lady Murray DAL.

    I can argue this either way; upgrade WR and TE or keep the stable of RBs in tact because who knows what will happen the next 6 weeks.

    On a scale of 1-10: 1 being definitely don’t do it, 5 being “push” and 10 being “immediately accept” what should I do, wise one? Thanks for your advice!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d rather stay with your RBs, personally. Any chance Brandon Myers is an FA? Not a dreamboat TE by any stretch of the imagination but he’s been solid if unspectacular over the last few weeks. I’d rather play matchups at TE all year.

  8. Murph says:
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    Good morning Sky,

    FLEX ? Non PPR: Miles Austin, Jon Stewart

    TE ROS: Pettigrew, Celek (worth a hold just to see how much Foles targets him this week?)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Mornin Murph. Off to a meeting but here’s the quick and dirty:

      Flex: Austin
      TE ROS: Worth a hold for a week but I still like Pettigrew.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        haha thanks for the quick and dirty, much appreciated.

  9. Giacomo says:
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    Eric Decker, Reggie Bush, and Forte —> Which two would you start in a PPR league?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oooh, that’s tough. I’d give Decker/Forte the thumbs up. As much as I like the idea of Bush vs the Bills, I just don’t trust the team to use him appropriately.

  10. Art Vandelay says:
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    Still have confidence in R. Bush after last week’s debacle? I take it from these rankings that you’d still roll with him over Thomas, Stephens-Howling, and other long end RB2/Flex guys like that?

    Also, would I be crazy to start both Bush and Thomas over Donald Brown in a PPR league?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a faith call, for sure. I think after last week’s debacle and his tweet – I failed my fans – you could see a big week from him. I’d roll with him but realize there’s an essence of faith in it.

      Don’t mind going Bush & DT at all. Bills defense is just plain terrible and I could see both outproducing Brown

  11. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    better play this week – Bush or Thomas?

    • Murph says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate,

      I am in the same situation the matchup is too hard to ignore even with the lack of clarity in the backfield. I wish Philbin would just come out and name a starter. I want to believe that he is giving Thomas a shot at becoming the future RB with Bush’s free agency coming up but its too hard to tell.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still say Bush is the better play but I do like both overall.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, I have both in both my leagues. Its a double double handcuff….hmm that sounds kinky

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          As long as it involves consenting adults, there’s nothing wrong with that.

  12. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Currently running middle of the pack in my 10 team league. Need to make a big push the rest of the way.

    I have RG3 and Matt Ryan at QB. RB is good with McCoy and Richardson. Also fine at TE. No FLEX position.

    WR is my weakness with Colston/Torrey Smith/James Jones. There is another owner in the league with Vick and Rivers as his QB.

    Would it make sense for me to trade Ryan or RG3 for one of his WR? He has Megatron and V.Jackson. Am I giving up too much?

    • TheEvilEmpire says:
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      @TheEvilEmpire, non PPR by the way

      • TheEvilEmpire says:
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        @TheEvilEmpire, Maybe trade my RG3 + Owen Daniels for his Megatron + Jimmy Graham?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Can try that. Perhaps just RG3 for Calvin straight up would work too.

  13. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    Nightmare situation for my #2 RB… my only options are: Rashaad Jennings, Mendenhal, Ballard, Dwyer, Donald Brown, or Chris Ivory… No clue what to do here? Help!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ugh, that is a nightmare…not gonna lie, I’m obsessed with Ivory. Just wish NO was too. I’d give him a go but keep your eyes peeled for the inactives report for the Saints this weekend. If Sproles is ready, I’d have to believe one of the RBs gets inactivated and I don’t know which of the 3 it would be but I’d almost have to assume either Ivory or Pierre.

  14. FilthyRich says:
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    Considering a trade in standard non-PPR league (1 QB/2 RB/2 WR/1 TE / No Flex). I just lost Roethlisberger and my backups are A Smith and Foles. I have some RB depth (Forte, Ridley, Charles, Dwyer, Benson) so I would offer Charles and Foles for Josh Freeman and whoever the other owner wants to give us among his RBs (R. Bush, Ingram, Sproles, Redman and J Rodgers ). Is this a fair trade for both sides? If not what would make it better?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re trying a trade where the owner knows you’re vulnerable at a position. It’s really going to depend on what RB you get back if it’s fair but you’re the one in the bad spot. Fair just might not happen. I’d want Bush/Sproles/Ingram/Rodgers/Redman in that order.

  15. Principle Blackman says:
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    I’m planning on starting Megatron, Denarius Moore, and DHB at WR this weekend. Do you think it is unwise to start two WRs from the same team? The matchup against NO is just so juicy.

    If DHB can’t go I need to start one of Lloyd vs. Ind, Shorts @ Hou, or Cribbs @ Dal. 12-team PPR/Ret. Yardage w/ bonuses.

    Cribbs has actually been more valuable than Shorts, Lloyd, DHB and Moore on the season although most of that value came in the first 6 weeks of the season.

    I could also drop Shorts for Andre Roberts @ Atl.

    Thanks, as usual. And good luck this weekend.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ve never gotten the ‘I can’t play 2 or more from the same team’ idea. I have one team where I own Brees/Sproles/Graham and have been happy when all three are healthy. I’d go with DMoore & DHB no problem.

      The matchup says Lloyd, I’d roll with him. I’d be more inclined to drop Cribbs for Andre if you’re dropping anyone and I’d go with Andre then.

      No problem, hope you have a great weekend as well!

  16. Ben's Aorta says:
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    PPR Flex – pick one

    Felix, Steve Johnson, Bowe, Mike Williams

    Also, would you sell Cobb? Maybe bundle Cobb and one of these WR for a better WR? Thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Felix

      Depends on what I get in return. I like him Cobb but when Jennings comes back for fantasy playoffs, it’ll be hard for him to produce at the level he is.

  17. J says:
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    I know that this is a question about kickers, but I would appreciate your input regardless. You have Suisham as your #1 kicker, and I would like to know your rationale. You seem to be one of the only experts I have seen that has upgraded him rather than the opposite, most likely due to the Big Ben injury. Do you expect him to have many opportunities?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I see a really ugly game coming where the defenses on both sides show up. Think both teams play with a lot of emotion but have the game end something like 12-9. Lot of field goal attempts is what I’m seeing.

  18. Mike says:
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    If McFadden doesn’t play again this year….where do u rank Reece?
    Sounds crazy….but was thinking of trading Harvin in a deal to get Reece….
    Harvin has tough schedule going forward…was hurt….and if DMc is out…Reece could pile up the points….
    Is that crazy? I have DMC and Harvin….and looking to move them if possible….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      you should be able to get him for less than that. Too many ‘ifs’ to overspend like that. It’s not crazy but it’s fortune telling. Can’t give up Harvin because we think DMC may not play again this year.

  19. mooseknuckles says:
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    Ppr league question and need help for tonights game. In 2nd in my division and playing #1 this week. I have v jax, decker and andre johnson at wr. I have al morris, forte, bush and matthews at rb. I can start 2 rbs and 2 wr and 2 at flex. Which 1 do i bench? I figure its between bush or matthews. What do you think. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Decker & Andre then play all 4 of your RBs. I’m not that hip on the Buccaneers receivers this week.

  20. Madman says:
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    …I have Vick and Flacco. Want to upgrade at QB. I have DeMarco Murray as a keeper in the 3rd round next year. Should I trade him for Stafford? My other RBs are Rice, Martin, Brown and Rodgers.

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sure, I’d have no problem with that trade.

  21. Adam says:
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    One more
    Was going to play DHB at flex..hamstring and missed practice today
    Would u drop for Titus young or Avery ?
    Both have good matchups
    Not sure want to take risk in DHB playing well now

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want Young out of those two but I think DHB has a shot at being the better of the two ROS. I’d hold until Sunday at least to know what DHB looks like for starting this week.

  22. supra says:
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    1st place keeper team: one 2-8 team really wants MJD from me. I’m looking towards playoffs and really like his matchups, but need a WR3 upgrade over A.Roberts/Washington. He keeps pushing DMC on me…

    If I give Mojo/A.Roberts(and a pick?)
    for Mathews/Wayne

    Good move for wk 13-16?

    Mojo/A.Roberts(and a pick?)
    for DMC/Wayne?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Roberts is in the top 25 WRs in PPR leagues. Think you’re overlooking him a bit. I’d hold

      • supra says:
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        @Sky, Thanks… its not a PPR, 2pt bonus for 100yds though. But it sounds like you’re comfortable with Mojo come week 13, moreso than RM or DMC regardless of a WR upgrade to Wayne or Dez… true?

        Thanks!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob.

          So Roberts in a standard is ranked 21st. Dez 29th and Wayne 5th. The problem with the trade you’re thinking of is RM/DMC are just as much of a question mark in terms of production as MJD is and MJD has the highest ceiling amongst those guys at this point. I think I’d rather take my chances with him ROS than to do an upgrade at WR which would be tempting but not necssary.

  23. Benny says:
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    Which school of thought are you in:

    1. Brent Celek with become a much bigger part of the offense and will receive more targets now that he has an inexperienced rookie throwing him the ball.

    2. Brent Celek’s value is unchanged because the Eagles will keep him in to block even more now that they have a far less mobile QB starting.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t think the gameplan changes enough for a difference to be made. More Reid than the players involved

  24. Murph says:
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    Would you start Murray or Felix or neither if Murray practices Friday and is active for Sunday

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oopha…if Murray is really ready to start, I’d have to go with him depending on what else I have on the bench. I can’t imagine him out there unless he’s actually ready to play.

  25. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Lost Big Ben, but will still make the playoffs, and picked up FA QBs with good playoff matchups (like Bradford). Would you stick with matchups at QB, or give Rice for T. Richardson and Freeman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If you can get T-Rich & Freeman for Rice, I wouldn’t mind that. T-Rich looking like a top 5 RB ROS.

  26. Keter Ping says:
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    Rank for ROS: V-Jax, Welker, Wallace, Austin, Nicks

    I have to start 4 of theses guys… I’m nervous about Leftwich to Wallace so would you consider a package of two of theses hombres for an upgrade?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Welker/V-Jax/Austin/Nicks/Wallace

      Completely understand your concerns. Depends what the upgrade is and whose involved but I’d have no problem with a two for one that involved Wallace at this point.

  27. chazzz says:
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    Trade Austin for Decker?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t mind Decker there.

  28. Rocky says:
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    Sky,

    Dealing with major injury (Murray?, McFadden, Big Ben, A. Brown, Welker?, A. Hernandez?) and bye week (Harvin, Rudolph) issues this week. Is desperate need of some sage advice in one .5 PPR league where I am currently tied for the last playoff spot and am playing against the team against whom I am tied. Big week…

    Need 3 from this player pool:

    J. Charles, Daniel Thomas, J. Rodgers, J. Starks, Alex Green, E. Sanders

    Also, do you prefer Celek vs. WASH or D. Allen vs. NE this week?

    Thanks so much in advance!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Jamaal Charles/Daniel Thomas/J. Rodgers

      Dwayne Allen

  29. DANgerous says:
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    Bigger boom or bust this week. Woodhead (especially if welker can’t go) or Ingram(worried about sproles being back). Thanks Or last weeks advice I had asked bowe or jc. You said bowe and I switched it, then read its be raining so I switched back to jc at the last minute. Always gotta go with your gut! Thanks again in advance sky

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No problem and nice switch with JC. What a weird game that was…

      If Welker is a no go, Danny would likely get a few more targets in the passing game but overall, I’d lean Ingram.

  30. drew says:
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    With news that Garcon may play and is it near full speed, would you start him over Danario Alexander in ppr?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t trust his health, I’d still go Danario.

  31. Murph says:
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    I thought the dolphins were playing the bills not the bears….where did this defense come from?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      With all the encroachment penalties, I think the Bills have figured out when Tannehill is going to hike the ball. Either that or the Dolphins o-line is worthless. I refuse to give credit to the Bills in this situation, can you tell?

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Yeah I think you covered it all haha
        I’m just going to do a Hartline and throw my hands up…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Man, this should have been a fantasy gold mine tonight. Both offenses have looked terrible.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            Another offense falls victim to the short week. Shouldn’t have trouble with good headline for tonight’s article

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Murph, No trouble at all. Unfortch, I thought I was writing about a fantasy cornucopia and instead just got fantasy corncobb’ed.

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                Brian Flatlined and Reggie Bushwhacked….Terrible way to start the week

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  And Donald Jones was as bland as his name. Unless someone out there is a Bess owner, not much to go crazy about.

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