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Over the next two weeks of this rankings post, let’s celebrate and reflect on the biggest surprises and disappointments of the fantasy season so far. Since I am a “glass is half empty” kind of guy, we’ll start with the disappointments. By the way, I saw an article recently that said it might actually be better to be a “glass is half empty” person because you are more in tune with reality and more likely to seek a solution to whatever it is that you are being a “Debbie Downer” about. I’m going to reference that exact point next time someone says that I’m bringing the mood down, when in all actuality, I’m just trying to ruin their good time. Ask Zach, I do it to him all of the time.

 

 
Terrelle Pryor Sr. – I loved him coming into this season, but it’s probably just not going to happen this year. His best game so far this season was a game in which he only had 3 catches. He should have rode the momentum from that game and had another big week against the 49ers, but he didn’t, and therefore I have given up hope until he *clears throat* GOES FOR 100 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN AGAINST THE STRUGGLING EAGLES CORNERS! Maybe that will help.

Marshawn Lynch – This is one that Zach and I both faded this preseason. Just as we predicted, he’s not a work horse back that a lot of analysts thought he would be. Aside from two very useless weeks, he’s gaining yards when he carries the ball. Marshawn just hasn’t received more than 13 carries in a single game after Week 1.

Michael Thomas – I think he’s in for a big 2nd half of the season. He hasn’t been a player that you’re throwing on the bench, in fact, two of his five games have been pretty nice. I just expected him to be a top 5-8 receiver after Brandin Cooks was traded to New England. Julio Jones is another player who has been sort of lackluster that I can lump into this paragraph. Jones is on a decent pace yardage wise, but he has yet to find the end zone. I think that he has some nice games coming up and is a nice buy low candidate.

Amari Cooper – Yeah, we are all trying to figure it out. He just doesn’t look good. In two out of his three seasons, he’s had major issues with drops, but at least in his rookie season he garnered enough volume for it to be overlooked. Sort of like Mike Evans’ rookie season, except with half of the touchdowns. He’s not a red zone presence, so as fantasy owners we can’t shovel dirt over his inability to get open outside of the twenty. There was a little hope last week as Carr found him 5 times…… for 28 yards.

We’ll go positive next week!

  1. Jake says:
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    Martavias B was dropped in my 12 team league is worth burning my #1 waiver priority for ? I am fairly deep at wr so I doubt he would be but just wanted your thoughts on him ?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Jake: not if you’re deep at WR

  2. William Hung says:
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    I wish I didn’t fall for the preseason hype with Cooper… need to do better next season

    My WRs are a mess – after dropping Crowder – my crew is Cooper, Parker, Martavis, Louis, Wallace and Fowler. Need to start 3 and pray to the gods that Ty Montgomery is healthy enough to put up decent FPs out of my FLEX.

    So which 3 should I roll with this week? I’m guessing I gotta play Cooper, and wait for Parker’s status on Sunday morning.

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @William Hung: Cooper, Parker, Fowler. If Parker is out, Martavis.

  3. Wu Tanguay Clan says:
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    curious why you have Smallwood so low, looks like he’ll play against the Redskins this week. Last game he played he put up 14 points in a standard league, and Blount hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire.

    My flex options are Smallwood, Gore, Lee, and Tyrell Williams, if you think I should give someone else the slot. Thanks!

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Wu Tanguay Clan: I’d give it to Gore. Blount has actually been pretty good when he has the ball in his hands. I think Smallwood will compete for seconday touches at least this week. Just a guess, like Gore either way

  4. I need to free up a roster spot for a starting QB. Who would you drop in a 12 team non PPR with only four bench spots?

    Thielen (wait n see)
    Landry (solid esp with Parker down)
    Kamara (riskyish)
    Gillislee (The wind changes so quickly in NE, he could be a monster again at any time)
    Abduhllah (wait n see? still?)
    JAX (love the matchup this week against IND)
    SEA (solid, passed their bye)

  5. MB

    Mb says:
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    I’d drop Jax, no reason to carry 2 defenses

  6. Landisimo3 says:
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    Nice write up! 14 team / .5 ppr… I am 3-3 and lead the league in points by 45…. I have Zero 2nd RB … have been rolling with Stewart/Mack/Clement to pair w Kareem Hunt… I also go

    Mariota/Alex Smith
    Hunt
    RB??
    Jeffery
    Evans
    Allen flex
    Hooper/Witten
    Ravens

    Was just offered his Darkwa and Jon Brown for Jeffery.. I also get Woodhead back in a month hopefully .. What’ya think?? Thank you in advance

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Landisimo3: I’d personally ride it out to be honest. Everyone is weak somewhere in a 14 teamer

  7. SR says:
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    How would u rank these WRs ROS: D. Adams, K. Benjamin, D. Parker, D. Jackson? R they close?

    Would you trade D. Parker and J. Allen for Mixon? Would like to upgrade rb.

    Now Gurley, Martin, t. Coleman, Kamara, Allen
    WRs Baldwin, K. Allen, Adams, Benjamin, Parker, Jackson

    Thanks, Mb

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @SR: Benjamin in first by far followed by Adams Parker Jackson.

      Yes I would do that

  8. Tiny tim says:
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    Hey man! .5 PPR league would you look to pull off any of these trades?

    1.) deal tyreek hill to acquire Ertz (im trying fuller first as a sell high but he needs a WR this week with no sanders & he lost OBJ

    2.) deal my mcaffery to acquire brandin cooks

    3.) if the Cooks owner doesn’t budge who are stud worthy WR to acquire for CMC? Hilton? Demaryius? Crabtree? Larry Fitzgerald? Or a mega deal CMC + Baldwin or hill for a stud WR? Who to target with that package?

    4.) if no go to acquire Ertz looks like I’ll be streaming ROS. I added kroft this week but Pittsburgh shut down kelce week 6. I’d also consider kitties who gets Dallas off the bye , hey the backup QB will have to throw to someone maybe kittles will be the security blanket like Linus from snoopy & his blanket

    5.) are you benching Keenan Allen this week he gets Broncos D, although week 1 Allen did have a TD vs that Broncos D, same thing with Gordon- gotta start Gordon even in a tough matchup?

    6.) waiver based hold onto mike Williams who I got off waivers this AM or drop for either ginn, sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Beasley, Terrence Williams, or Bennie fowler .

    – my RBs Gordon, hunt, mcaffery Adrian Peterson, McKinnon, Aaron jones, Smallwood

    My WRs we start 3 could be up to 4 w/ flex: Keenan Allen, Baldwin, tyreek hill, hogan Parker, fuller, mike Williams

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Tiny tim: 1. Definitely yes

      2. Definitely yes.

      3. Hilton or Crabtree and as a package I’d try to grab Julio or Mike Evans

      4. I’d stream Kittle, he’s gonna be throwing

      5. No I’m pretty sure Keenan is historically fine against the Broncos, I’d roll him out

      6. Keep Mike Williams

  9. Mike says:
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    MB you the man. 12 team standard, knock on wood and with lots of luck, I’m 6-0. As such, looking to shore up my bench. I have fournette, hunt, kamara, Collins, stew and picked up ivory yesterday for handcuff. Should I drop stew for prosise, capture some potential upside? At wideout I have Thomas, fitz, garçon and Corey Davis (lost obj unfortunately). Not sure if I need to get another wideout and expect Davis to be solid after week 9 bye. Thoughts? Thank u!

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Mike: yeah you are deep at running back so that’s a great idea, good thinking!

  10. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    No Keenum in the rankings? Would you play Keenum or Bethard? 16 team league, I only carry 1 qb (stafford) and he’s on a bye. I’m 5-1 so not sweating it, but want to try for the best guy available.

    thanks

    TFD

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: I’ll get him in there. I’d start Beathard though, I personally am in a 16 team league. It should be a shoot out and Dallas’ D isn’t great

  11. Kendrick Llama says:
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    No D ranking for Miami?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: top 10. My rankings came out weird for D and kickers. Will fix

  12. Schwab says:
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    Keeper question. 8 team keep 9 players each year for as long as you want. Other team offered me Cooper and D. Henry for Michael Thomas. Thoughts?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Schwab: I’d keep Thomas. I think he has a fantastic career ahead of him

  13. wow. I have been debating between R.Wilson and A.Smith this week. Almost every ranking I have seen have them as basically a wash and most people I have been discussing with like Smith a bit more.

    Why do you have them so far apart?
    Smith had a meh week last week, but has been an overall better bet this season.

    Smith – 3 OK games, 3 great games
    Wilson – 3 bad games, 1 OK game, 1 great game

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Ogling Ogletree’s Tree’s: I presume that the bye helps Wilson. Having C.J. Prosise should help too. You’re never going to see me ranking Alex Smith that high, although I am surprised at how well he has played so far this season!

  14. Wide Right says:
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    I have been rolling with AZ on Defense.
    You seem to like this matchup, keep them or pick up Carolina?

    • Wide Right says:
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      @Wide Right: or Miami?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Wide Right: Miami is a good play

  15. Christian herman says:
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    Why so low on rishard Matthews?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Christian herman: 1 touchdown and has only score 10 fantasy points once. He’s fine as a flex play

  16. Wide Right says:
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    Ppr league..
    QB: Wilson, Winston, Cousins
    RB1: Gordon
    RB2: Beast
    WR1: Cooks
    WR2: Landry
    flex: is a mess Shepard, Watkins, Mack are best options.

    Trade Wilson for Howard or Hopkins to the guy who lost Rodgers? Which is better option? More likely?
    Thnx

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Wide Right: I’d definitely try for either one. I prefer Howard for your roster

  17. Bee says:
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    Ppr league my wr’s are davante Adams stefon diggs Doug Baldwin Willie Snead Josh doctson I see Sterling Sheppard and Kenny golladay on waivers who should I drop for Sheppard and/or golladay

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Bee: I would drop Snead for Shepherd

  18. Jake says:
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    Hey man who wins this trade Doug Martin and Cooks for Julio J and Hyde ? Thanks man

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Jake: Martin and Cooks but it’s close!

  19. The Shady KHunt says:
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    Hi MB,

    Need some roster help 0.5PPR scoring.

    My team right now
    WR’s : Cooks Hopkins Garcon Moncreif
    RB’s : Gordon CJA Cohen JC Powell
    TE : Engram Njoku(bye week 8 pick up for Engram)

    How are my bench players compared to these available WW? Please advise if I need to drop someone for one of these players.
    Crowell
    Maclin
    Marvin Jones
    Decker
    Kearse
    Ginn
    Murray
    Matthews
    Sanu

    Thanks! Appreciate your help!

  20. Big E Is a Creep says:
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    You guys are slipping. The Bills DEF isn’t included in the rankings.

      • MB

        Mb says:
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        @Mb: I’m gonna fix D and K after recordign

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @Mb: fixed!!!

  21. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    MB, good sir. How are you? I appreciated your advice last week. My team won. I am in a 0.5 PPR ten team league. Could you please help me with my line up for week 7? I appreciate it.

    QB1- Winston or Mariota? or Watson
    RB1-Freeman? Miller? Coleman? C. Thompson?
    RB2-Elliott? Miller? Coleman? Henry? C.Thompson?
    WR- C. Hogan? Hopkins? or John Brown?
    WR2-Hopkins or Hogan or John Brown?
    F-L. Miller? T. Coleman? D. C.Thompson? or John Brown?
    TE- D. Walker
    K-Bryant
    D-HOU? or MIN?

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