Hello everyone, and welcome to Week 10! We are at the halfway point of the season for most teams (that may not be correct. Who knows? I don’t), and what a season it has been, huh? It’s been an up-and-down, absolutely hectic nine weeks of the NFL season. It may not even be the halfway point of the season, but it sure as hell feels like it! Anyway, it is Wednesday my dudes, so let’s get to it!

*Note*: All projections are based off of standard-scoring points, with the ranking given as the Pigskinonator ranking, not my personal rank.

 

 

Players I’m High On

Matthew Stafford vs. CLE: Proj: 18.18 pts (#3 QB)

I like Stafford this week against the funnel defense that is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns rank 1st against rush DVOA, while ranking as 28th against the pass. The Lions do not have a very consistent running game at all, and if they want to be successful against the Browns, they’re going to have to throw it early and often against this secondary.

Orleans Darkwa vs. SF: Proj: 8.98 pts (#13 RB)

I can’t give obvious plays, and while I think this is a pretty straightforward week for running backs, I don’t mind Darkwa this week. Sure, the Giants look god-awful, but the 49ers don’t look much better. This is a defense that ranks 23rd against the run, fresh off a week in which they allowed Adrian Peterson to run all over them, and have to travel across the country to face the Giants. It’s shaping up to be a good week potentially for Darkwa.

Stefon Diggs @ WAS: Proj: 3.96 pts (#58 WR)

First off, not sure why Diggs is so low, but I’m sure it’ll get updated either today or tomorrow for this week. Coming off the bye, this Minnesota Vikings squad has had two weeks to get ready for the Redskins, and should be looking to get the ball to Diggs as he’s had the time to fully heal. He should draw Breshaud Breeland for Washington, a matchup he can certainly beat. I’m into Diggs this week.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins @ TB: Proj: 5.31 pts (#11 TE)

First off, the matchup isn’t the best individually, as the Bucs aren’t as bad against TE’s specifically as they are just bad in general, but if you thought this take could get worse, let me just be the first to tell you that the Bucs defense isn’t playing very well these past few weeks. They just don’t look inspired, and who would honestly? If I had to listen to Jameis’ pre-game “hype” speeches, I wouldn’t want to play football either. Shoutout to Mike Evans. Anyway, I like ASJ this week as he gets to face off against his old team that ended on a huge sour note with him and Dirk Koetter. ASJ should be an active threat in the redzone once again this week.

Players I’m Not So High On

Kirk Cousins vs. MIN: Proj: 14 pts (#16 QB)

He is at home, which is a plus, but this Vikings defense again, just looks too good now that I really would just prefer starting another QB in his place this week, like Josh McCown or Jared Goff.

Chris Thompson vs. MIN: Proj: 7.54 pts (#28 HB)

While the Redskins got a very good win on Sunday against the Seahawks, Chris Thompson did not play very well, and now draws another tough matchup against a very stingy Vikings defense coming off of their bye. I’d rather find someone else.

Doug Baldwin @ ARI: Proj: 10.47 pts (#2 WR)

I’m not saying you should outright bench Doug Baldwin, but just be aware that there is some major cause for concern. First off, they are playing on a short week, which should hurt the offensive production for both teams, but it also doesn’t help Baldwin that he’ll likely be shadowed by Patrick Peterson, who is playing some amazing football this year. Just be aware.

 

Alright guys, that about does it for me. Good luck to everyone in Week 9, and as always I’ll see you guys tomorrow on the Razzblitz podcast and next Wednesday to do this all over again. If you have any questions, leave one below! Take it easy.

You Can Follow Zach on Twitter @razzball_zach.

  1. Big E Is A Creep says:
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    Mixon or Agholor for the rest of season in PPR?

  2. Bobby bouchay water boy says:
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    Greetings man! Man oh man already week 10! Two weeks until thanksgiving!

    Since we are late in the season I want to trim the fat on my team & tie up loose ends.

    .5 PPR, here’s my team & any recommendations for trades I should pursue would be great too

    QB Dak Prescott

    RB’s Gordon, hunt (bye), mcaffery, AP, Aaron jones, McKinnon, ekeler (Gordon’s cuff)

    WRs we start 3, can be 4 with flex: Keenan Allen, Baldwin, tyreek hill(bye), hogan (injured), fuller, Parker, Corey Davis

    TE jack Doyle

    1.) are you worried about Gordon’s foot? Or would you try to sell him ? If yes to sell Gordon which RB to target: McCoy, fournette? What about selling Gordon for a WR instead? AJ green, Michael Thomas? Or lastly What about selling for Gronk?

    2.) or sell my hunt? Or do you think the bye week will do Hunt wonders? Or atleast have the coaches see on tape if they are gonna win they need to feed hunt

    3.) do you think AP is sustainable or sell high ASAP? Who’s some good players that’ll help my squad that I could get if I sell high on AP

    4.) I was originally going to deal with an owner we had a deal in place , hand shake agreement but then he said last night he doesn’t feel like dealing AB. Which is fine but I’ll have to go back to the drawing board , which player(s) should I be buying into for playoff push?

    5.) would you deal AP for kamara?

    Thanks man!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Bobby bouchay water boy: First off, I think Gordon should be fine. If you do want to trade him though, I don’t have a problem with it. I’d rather prefer McCoy over Fournette, and A.J. Green over Michael Thomas. I don’t mind Gronk, but I’m okay with your TE if you want to pursue a RB or WR. I think this bye week will do Hunt wonders. I think he is sustainable as they are now evolving into a run-heavy offense with the loss of Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton under center. I would though trade AP for Kamara. And some players that you can buy low in that have great playoff schedules are: Derek Carr/Amari/Crabtree, Isaiah Crowell and Sterling Shepard. Honestly, your team is good, and you can get some of these guys, especially Crowell and Shepard for dirt cheap.

      • Bobby says:
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        @Zach:

        For Shepard who to offer? Corey Davis? Davis + fuller for Shepard? Thanks man!

        If I stand pat is that ok too?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Bobby: I don’t mind either Davis or Davis and fuller. Whatever can get you Shepard

  3. Jake says:
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    Baldwin will be lined up in the slot the majority of the time I dont believe that Peterson shadows slot receivers often. I am a huge Baldwin fan this week year 2015 played Arizona twice combined 180 yards and 1 TD year 2016 2 games combined 240 yards and 1 TD PLEASE do not be scared of Dougie B.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jake: Yeah we’ll have to see. He does shadow, but it tends to be a WR that doesn’t line up in the slot. As long as you’re aware that he could, especially if Lockett and/or Richardson don’t play on the short week after missing practice. But you make a good point.

  4. fudgemybudge says:
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    14 tm half ppr:
    RBs: L Bell, T Coleman, AP, L Murray, D Booker, A Morris
    WRs: Diggs, Alshon, C Davis

    Give AP & Alshon to get Julio?
    Thx.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @fudgemybudge: No, I wouldn’t

  5. Jedimasters says:
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    12 team standard league an owner is offering me Kelce + Cousins for Drake + Goff. This is a no brainer right considering I’m upgrading from Brate to Kelce? @Jay too since I like your input as always.

    QB: Brady
    RB: Gordon, McKinnon
    WR: Cooks, Parker, C. Davis
    TE: Brate
    Flex: Kamara
    Bench: Goff, Drake, Damien Williams, Woodhead, Burkhead, D. Adams, J. Doctson

    • Jake says:
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      @Jedimasters: I wish I was offered that trade it is definitely an upgrade for you without a doubt.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jedimasters: Yeah definitely pull that trigger

  6. The Shady KHunt says:
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    Hey Zach!

    Sending a trade to a Bell Owner. He wants a QB and TE.

    My QB is Brady/Goff
    TE is Engram
    Thinking about sending him Brady/Engram. Who else can I package Brady with to get Bell?

    My other players are Cooks Hopkins Gordon Powell Darkwa CJA MJJr Williams(Dolphins-RB) JCharles and Westbrook(IR)

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The Shady KHunt: I mean I wouldn’t trade Brady and Engram for Bell. But if you have to, I would think it’s better than giving up any of your other players

      • The Shady KHunt says:
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        @Zach: Thanks Zach, guess I’ll hold.

        Who would u pair the Lions D/ST with? Few that are available are KC, Eagles, Bears, then the rest of the streaming DEF’s.

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @The Shady KHunt: Bears! Look at their Week 15-16 schedule. Delicious.

      • Bobby Heflin says:
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        I disagree, I would trade brady and Engram for Bell in a heartbeat.

  7. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Zach,
    2 questions for you:

    What 3 WRs do you start in a 12 Team Points League with 1 pt PPR:
    J. Nelson
    K. Allen
    M. Lee
    R. Anderson

    And what 2 RBs do you start in same league:
    D. Murray
    A. Jones
    T. Cohen
    B. Powell
    T. Rawls
    K. Drake

    Rawls and Drake are currently FAs along with D. Henry. Man my team sucks!

    Thanks much Zach.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Yankee My Wanky!: Jordy and Keenan, Demarco and Jones. Thank you my man!

  8. Brent

    Brent says:
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    I’m fighting for a playoff spot after losing DJ and Dalvin Cook

    we start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs/TE, 1 Flex (WR/TE/RB)

    My RBs: Mack, Breida, Drake, McKinnon, Woodhead

    My Wrs: Engram, Hogan, Jeffery, Fuller, Olsen

    FAs available: Booker, Clement, Prosise, Crowder, Woods, Marquis Lee, Sanu, Doyle, Clay, Maclin, D.Thompson, T.Benjamin, Ivory, Yeldon, D.Williams, D.Washington

    Do you drop any of my current players for a FA? If so, which ones?

    Thanks!

    TFD

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Brent: P.S. I’m losing this week, the team I’m playing has Gordon, Gurley and Kamara….so I need to focus on guys for Week 11

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @Brent: P.S. P.S. Burkhead and Rod Smith are also available….

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Brent: I would drop Breida for Booker. There is a big big chance Booker will be the bell-cow or at least lead back in Denver before the season is done.

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @Zach: Would you hang onto Fuller over any of those receivers?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Brent: No

  9. Scott P says:
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    How does JuJu’s ranking get affected if Martavis is active this weekend? His big game last time was due to one huge play and Bryan being inactive. Plus, there is that whole Big Ben on the road thing.

    Due to the bye week, it’s either him or Devante Parker in my flex spot this week.

    • Zach

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      @Scott P: Yeah I’m not really sure. I’m trying to figure it out as well. As of now, I think you should still start JuJu. It’s a really really good matchup for him.

  10. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    12 team half PPR where i went from 2nd in points, tied for 1st in record (near tie in points) to literally doing the opposite game with winston (first week back from injury, ranked low, benched, he did great, next 2 weeks he’s ranked high, i play and he costs me probably around 40 points of guys i could’ve streamed). now 5-4 and in 5th in record, only barely 2nd in points (and NOT near 1st anymore).
    QB (1) winston/mccown
    RB (2) hunt/melgor/white/gore/mack
    WR (2) hill/hilton/cooks/shepard/doctson
    TE (1) rudolph
    1 flex
    IR olsen
    K nugent
    DEF PIT (shame how much their fantasy output isn’t close to their real life D skills, maybe it soon will be right when i was able to waiver them, turns out i’m sorta wrong, 8th best fantasy, 3rd best in real life after checking on it)

    drop doctson for another QB in order to rotate (fitz grabbed by somebody else, but probably only for this week): bortles/garrapolololo/keenum/brissett/cutler/bridgewater

  11. friar says:
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    I’m clinging by a thread in my 12-team 0.5 ppr league – I need to win out to have a chance at making the playoffs. I’m looking to make a trade to improve my team for the stretch run and, since I have both Dak and Cam at QB, was thinking of trying to flip Newton after his recent good game for an upgrade at RB or WR.

    Then, out of the blue, I received a trade offer: Julio Jones for Dak Prescott. My first reaction was that this is a gift and I should click accept immediately. But I also have some concerns. Is Cam Newton actually trustworthy as an every week starter? Plus, he’s got a bye next week, which is a pretty sizable portion of the 4 games remaining before playoffs. Then there’s Julio’s injury, which I’m not sure what to make of.

    What do you think? Should I snatch up this deal, make a counter offer (which might piss the other owner off and torpedo the initial trade), look to sell Cam, or hold pat? I can’t afford a single loss from here on out, so I need to optimize for winning all of my next four games (meaning consistency might actually be more important than upside). Thanks!

    Roster (start QB / 2RB / 2WR / TE / flex)
    QB: Prescott, Newton
    RB: Freeman, Miller, Lewis, Collins, Woodhead, Morris
    WR: Cooks, Nelson, Woods, C. Davis
    TE: Walker, Olsen (IR slot)

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @friar: I think you should snatch up the deal. Newton is fine as a QB starter

  12. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    ah you as well agree with me on:
    doyle vs PIT (PIT is 2nd vs TE’s in league, 5th overall in passing at FO)
    UNDER not over
    rudolph @ WAS (29th vs TE, 11th vs passing overall)

    i was quite surprised to find this wasn’t the norm in rankings. PIT is awful matchup for TE’s, and passing in general.

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