In just four days I will be at Soldier Field watching my Buccaneers try to get to 3-1. I’ve known that I have been going to this game since the schedule came out. The only differences between then and now are that the Buccaneers are 2-1 when I thought they would be 0-3 coming into this game and I don’t know who will be starting at quarterback. It has to be Fitzpatrick, right? He has three straight 400 yard games and the beard of a Greek God.

If for whatever reason Dirk Koetter throws a curve ball and names Jameis the starter, the only performer that I would temper my expectations on would be O.J. Howard. Jameis has showed a tendency to target Cameron Brate heavily in the red zone. It’s not like we’ve seen a bunch of Howard in the red zone to this point being that both of his touchdowns have been long runs after the catch, but I think Jameis would drive the nail further into the red zone coffin. While I’m writing about the Bucs, my apologies for pushing you to draft Peyton Barber. I figured that the Bucs would lean on the running game in these first few weeks but that just hasn’t happened. I also didn’t know that he was so unreliable after first contact. Yeesh. However, I will take credit for Chris Godwin shares and Reid will too.

I have Mahomes a little lower this week. I don’t think he will have a bad game, I just think that Brees, Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan will crush it. Dalvin Cook is a question mark coming into Thursday’s game so that is something that you should monitor closely on Thursday afternoon. If he plays, he is start-able and if it’s Latavius Murray I’m at least considering him for my flex. The problem with last week was game-script unpredictability. He should have flourished. In the wide receiver category, I believe in Calvin Ridley as a WR2 going forward. Matt Ryan has obviously taking a liking to him in the last couple of weeks in the red zone.  In Rudy’s depth charts, he predicts Ridley’s snap count to be close to 70% for the rest of the season and I think that will continue to rise.

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  1. Tom Z says:
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    Would you trade Barkley for Mixon and Ingram in a 16 team PPR redraft league? Thanks

    My team

    QB-Fitzpatrick
    WR-A.Brown
    WR-Marvin Jones Jr.
    RB-Barkley
    RB-D.Lewis
    TE-Ertz
    Flex-John Brown
    Bench-Ekeler, Jamaal Williams, G.Allison, A.Miller, Winston, R.Jones II
    IR-Hurst
    K-D.Bailey
    Def-Seattle

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Tom Z: yes, if you don’t mind taking a loss this week

  2. Scott says:
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    Ok, I own Fitzpatrick as a backup to brees. Bye weeks are here and injuries starting to take their toll. Fitzpatrick is on my team as a defensive move so nobody would stream him against me. I can’t trade him b/c his role is unclear. How much longer do you expect him to be starting? I’d definitely like to use him if he’s playing when brees is on bye (wk 6). Do you think he has the job then? He has a tough test this week and I’m afraid if he doesn’t play well, he is a backup. And tb has their bye in week 5 so that’s an extra week for Winston to prep. Do I cut him or hold? that spot extra spot will be needed withint the next week or so. Thx

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Scott: if the Buccaneers beat the Bears and Fitz still plays well I think he plays week 6. If they are 2-2 going into the bye, I think they bring Jameis back

  3. Bob says:
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    I own mahomes and I also drafted wentz. I need rb help. Would you trade wentz for McCoy or kerryon Johnson? Johnson may be hard to get because it’s a keeper league. .5 ppr. I purposely avoided mccoy on draft day but now i need more rb depth asap. My guys are either hurt (freeman) or not getting it done (Henry). I also own Collins and his touches have been way less than I hoped. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Bob: I’d do it for either and I think you are getting a decent return, I’d try for Kerryon first

  4. Jake says:
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    Evan Ingram is out noticed you have him ranked high do you know something we don’t ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: I’ll fix it

  5. Jake says:
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    Would you consider Jamis W a must add if my only QB is Fitz ? The only others on waivers are Flacco , Manning , Kennum , Mariota and Mayfield.

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: the Bucs bye is week 5 so you’ll would be SOL next week. I’d add Flacco

  6. Comatose says:
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    Drop John Brown for Derrick Henry?

    He’s really my only option to drop- other bench guys include Mixon, Drake, Barber, Geronimo, Njoku (needed this week with Reed on bye). Other RBs are Hyde Conner Collins and Lynch

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Comatose: no Derrick Henry doesn’t have a path to success that I see. I’d add Conner though

  7. Steinbeck says:
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    My 12 team PPR q/2r/3w/no flex and some premiums for QB with short benches is

    Luc
    DavidJ/Lynch/Carson/McCoy
    Odell/Evans/Landry/JEffrey/Edelman
    OjHoward

    I’m tempted to drop Luck to take a risk on Mayfield upside. Would you make that move (or something similar) or should I stay with LUCK?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Honestly, go for it. You’ll get rushing yards too

  8. Donaldson says:
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    Pick 2 to stash
    Buck Allen
    Calvin Ridley
    Corey Davis
    Antonio Callaway

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ridley and Callaway

  9. Jumponit says:
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    I need help with my starters, 10 team std

    Pick 2 RB: Drake, Cook, Lewis, Smallwood, Mack
    Pick 2 WR: Hilton, DJax, Allison
    Pick 1 TE: James, Eifert

    Which ones would you start as flex?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jumponit: Drake, Cook, Hilton, Allison, Eifert with DJax in the flex

  10. Patrick says:
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    Would you trades Diggs and Jamaal Williams for Mark Ingram and Michael Crabtree in a PPR league?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Pretty even trade, yeah I’d do it because of the RB upgrade

  11. Joel says:
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    Mixon or Ingram for TY Hilton?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ingram for T.Y. Hilton

      • Joel says:
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        @MB: sorry poor phrasing. I would be giving away t.y. so you’d rather get mixon right?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Yes I’d want Mixon

  12. G-man says:
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    Would you drop Rex Burkhead for Ronald jones? I have McCaffrey, Howard, Dion Lewis, and Kerryon in my backfield so I can somewhat afford to sit and wait on a running back for good depth, but do you think jones will ever be relevant?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @G-man: yep! He has a better chance of being relevant than Burkhead haha

  13. Johnny says:
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    Better RB stash in PPR – Nick Chubb or Ronald Jones

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ronald Jones if he ever dresses

  14. Mike M says:
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    Opinions sought
    I Have both MAhomes and Brees – looking to trade one away. WHich?
    I need RB help in particular (for my sins I own Bell, Mixon, Penny and Barber. Which other RBs make fair trade for either of my QBs? (Ppr redraft 12 teams)
    Tks.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      You’ll get maximum value out of Mahomes. QB to RB trade value translation is tough. What are some options? I wouldn’t let him go for cheap

  15. steve stevenson says:
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    1/2 PPR, I typically flex Breida and have Barber and Clement (cuffing my Ajayi) on the bench. Would you drop Barber and/or Clement (if Ajayi is back this week) for Alf, R. Jones, J. Williams or any of the Colts backs?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d drop Clement for Alf

  16. fizz says:
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    Trade Drake and Ebron for R. Freeman and Ridley?

    My current RBs: Hunt, Cook, Coleman, Drake
    Current TE: Ertz and Ebron
    Current WR: Juju, Sanders, Godwin, Davis

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @fizz: oh yeah, with your depth that can only help you. I’d do that all day!

  17. Scott says:
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    Rivers is my qb. His bye is not until week 8. I own Howard and Cohen. Is Cohen droppable or does he have value as a handcuff? I can get Winston now or even a decent backup defense for next week when my Def (bears) are off wk5. I don’t have a lot of bench space to play with. The other drop I could make is Hogan whose value is on the decline with Edelman coming back and Gordon now in the mix. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Scott: yeah I’m not sure when Winston will start, that’s pretty speculative. Is Mayfield out there?

  18. Tin can says:
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    G’ morning MB! How goes it! Crazy we are already at week 4!

    .5 ppr league I didn’t have any pressing adds for this weeks waiver wire Wednesday however I dropped Jordan Wilkins & added Blount mainly as insurance for my Kerryon Johnson. My Q hold onto Blount or add a speculative add by adding Ronald Jones? Peyton Barber has been bad. Ron Jones has been a healthy scratch for 3 weeks week 4 the bucs get the bears then a bye week 5. Or drop Blount for one of these rbs who were dropped today: ty Montgomery or Theo riddick.

    My rbs: DJ, Melvin Gordon, Royce Freeman, Kerryon Johnson, brieda, ekeler, Blount
    My WRs Hilton, amari Cooper, Keenan Allen, Sterling Shepard, kupp, Geronimo Allison, Tyler Boyd, Doug Baldwin.
    My TE I have Ebron

    Secondly thinking of doing a trade if you advise it:

    Thoughts on any of these :

    1.) send my amari Cooper for Demaryius Thomas?

    2.) send my Kerryon Johnson + amari Cooper to get kelce- or try with just Kerryon first?

    3.) send my Hilton + kerryon + amari Cooper (or Royce Freeman) to get juju + Mark Ingram + kelce?

    4.) deal Hilton to get kelce?

    5.) give DJ one more week ? Or deal him straight up for hunt? Or McCaffrey if I can? I want to target CMC since he’s on a Bye

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      You’re deep enough at RB where I don’t think you have to handcuff. I’d spec add RoJo

      • Tin can says:
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        @MB:

        Thanks for the response man! Are you Doing any of the mentioned trades or standing pat?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @Tin can: I’d do #3 and if you can trade DJ for McCaffery absolutely do it. No I wouldn’t trade DJ for Hunt

  19. Steve says:
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    Dropped Burkhead. Have a roster spot open. Have Brees and te Watson. Both have byes wk 6. No bu for either. Should I pick up te Eifert, or qb Smith or Bortles?
    Thanks a lot!
    Appreciate your rankings!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Pick up Eifert he could go off against ATL this week and stream that week for QB

  20. Paul Zone says:
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    I was just offered Allen Robinson for Goedert who I just picked up. 12 team ppr and I’ve been streaminy my TE. Would you accept? Othe available TEs are Doyle or Hooper if I accept trade.

    Here’s my team:
    Brees/Wentz
    Fornette/Connor/Ingram/White/Mccoy/Yeldon
    Allen/Schuster/John Brown/Calloway
    Hooper/Goedert
    K: Bailey
    D: Browns

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hit accept for sure. That’s huge

  21. los locos says:
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    Was offered Kittle for J Goff?

    I have Ryan QB and Hooper TE now.

    QB can score a lot of points in our league, so not sure if this is a good trade for me or not. THoughts? Not sure if he should give me a little more or a next season draft pick.

    Ryan
    Cook
    Howard, J
    Adams
    Taylor M
    Golloday
    Hooper

    Bench
    Lewis
    Peterson
    Cohen
    Fitzgerald
    Godwin
    Moore DJ

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I know Beathard loves Kittle and Ryan can score big in good matchups. Still not worth it for me

  22. brian says:
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    Yo MB. i can’t see your rankings cause I’m behind my company’s firewall.

    So you ranking ben or deshaun higher this week?

    in a ppr, would you go with demaryius or allison. i can also choose alshon if he plays but he might be on snap count.

    1/2 pt ppr. need 1 rb, 2 wrs, and 2 flex from this group…fitzgerald, marvin jones, lockett, alex collins, buck allen, corey davis, carson, lindsay, cobb,

    thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @brian: oh no!

      Ben
      Alshon if he plays
      Collins, Fitz, Cobb, Carson in flex.

  23. B_Don

    B_Don says:
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    Who would win in a fight? Ditka or Fitzgerald?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ditka, easy.

  24. Jim says:
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    Would you start Mayfield over Luck this week in PPR league?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jim: higher upside for sure. I don’t mind it

  25. friar says:
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    I’m looking for some trade advice in my 12-team 0.5 ppr league. I drafted a team weak at RB but with enough WR talent to carry me to a 3-0 record thus far (and it helps that I’ve been able to find some bargain RBs who have put up numbers the first few weeks). Still, I’m worried that in order to go all the way, I’ll need to strengthen my RB corps, and I have some talented WRs currently on my bench, who might benefit my team more as trade chips for a starting lineup upgrade.

    One idea I had was to target (gulp!) LeVeon Bell. His owner is, unsurprisingly, 0-3 and might be open to a trade. With my strong start and existing roster, I’m well positioned to wait for Bell’s return, but I’m having a really hard time coming up with a fair offer. I don’t expect Bell to return before Week 11, so don’t want to pay too much, but my league is also one where trades are rare, and I don’t want to lowball the other owner and discourage future negotiations.

    Would John Brown + Ekeler for Bell be a fair/beneficial trade? Is there another package you’d suggest I open with instead?

    QB: Watson
    RB: Hyde, Bernard, Ekeler, Michel
    WR: Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Thielen, John Brown, Jeffery
    TE: Burton, Eifert

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @friar: depends what your trading partner thinks of Ekeler, wish he got more volume. I’d start with Alshon Jeffrey as to not offend

  26. wan5021 says:
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    trade Diggs 4 mixon?
    .5 per league.
    my wrs – hopkins, fuller, diggs, and Hill
    my rbs – cook, a. jones, bernard, and berkhart

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @wan5021: absolutely

  27. Fitzmagic! says:
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    Do you have any confidence in Jared Cook? Would you start him or Tyler Eifert?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Fitzmagic!: Eifert. Great matchup

  28. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    What up?! I hope you are doing well. I am in a ten team .5 PPR league. We do have big play bonuses in my league. Can you help me figure out who to start? I would really appreciate it.

    QB- Malhomes OR Goff

    RB- Fournette?

    RB2- L. Miller?

    WR1- M. Thomas

    WR2- Diggs

    Flex-B. Cooks? OR S. Watkins? T. Coleman? OR S.Michel, OR V. MacDonald

    TE-Rudolph OR V. MacDonald?

    K- Butker

    D- Seattle

  29. Nightmare! says:
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    In a 12 team non PPR league, would you drop Larry Fitz and grab Godwin?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Nightmare!: yikes, I’m not sure I’m giving up on Fitz just yet

  30. McLovin says:
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    Is it really that much of a difference between Keenum and Dalton. Keenum is my Cam back up I have planned for this week…Monday night home game vs. Chiefs. Dalton on the road … Just wondering if I really need to make the switch. Dalton is out there.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Theoretically, no. Keenum should be fine.

  31. McLovin says:
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    Sorry if this posts twice…not intended to. Is Dalton over Keenum that much of a difference. Keenum has been my back up to Cam for this match up…monday night at home vs. Chiefs. But Dalton has been decent despite the int last week even. I can make the move if it is that glaring of an upgrade.

  32. Fizz says:
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    Need two from this pool:
    Royce Freeman
    Sony Michel
    K. Cole
    C. Kupp
    K. Johnson
    J. Gordon

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Fizz: Sony and Johnson

  33. Fizz says:
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    Need 2 from this pool:
    Godwin
    Kupp
    Sammy Watkins
    C. Davis
    Jordy Nelson

    Also, worth dropping any of these guys to pick up John Kelly as a handcuff for Gurley?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Fizz: Godwin and Kupp

  34. Fizz says:
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    Now that Dalvin is for sure playing. Do I fire him up at flex? My other options are Brandon Cooks, Godwin, Royce Freeman, James White

  35. Jake says:
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    Same question as above on Dalvin my other options are Kerryon Johnson , Exkler and Godwin ?

    Thanks

  36. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Hey MB just got offered Le’veon Bell for my Cooper Kupp…. Do you take that deal?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes I’d do it

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