I hope your fantasy baseball seasons went well. Congratulations to Grey, Rudy, and Matt Truss on fantastic showings in the industry leagues. Now it’s time for playoff baseball and as I’m writing this, my Cubs are in a pinch. Football will prove to be a nice distraction if I get my heart broken this evening. The Bears and Buccaneers are on a bye this week and the Thursday night game is between the Patriots and the Colts. Here are my rankings for Week 5.

 

  1. Scott says:
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    Should I hold min defense. They have a tough matchup this week and also have the saints looming, but have az and the nyj sprinkled the next 2 weeks after this week.

    I also lost both of my tight ends, Howard and engram. Are they worth holding? .5ppr. Options this week are Hooper, watson and kroft. Who should I add, not sure if I will need them beyond this week but have to plan for a multi week add. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d just stream defenses I’d pick up Cam Brate who is on a buy this week but great for the long term. Kroft this week

  2. Fizz says:
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    Pick 2 for week 5:

    D. Cook
    R. Freeman
    T. Coleman
    E. Sanders
    J. White
    T. Taylor
    K. Coutee

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Dalvin and James white

  3. Fizz says:
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    Another Pick 2 please:

    K. Johnson
    S. Michel
    R. Freeman
    C. Kupp
    A. Jones
    K. Cole
    K. Coutee

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Sony Michel and Cooper Kupp

  4. Kcc26 says:
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    Julio Jones owner is 1-3 with McCoy and Henry as his only semi-viable RB starters in a 12 team. He wants 2 RB for Julio. My current RB are Zeke (not going anywhere), Freeman, Ingram, Thompson, and Lindsay. Which pair would you offer here (also keeping in mind that I’ll be reduced down to 3 backs myself)? Thanks!!!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d send Ingram and Lindsay

  5. Blaster says:
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    If I can only roster one – pick up Nyheim Hines or keep waiting on Marlon Mack?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hines. Negative game script = passing down back

  6. Dom says:
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    Would you trade James Connor for TJ Yeldon. Im thinking that Bell is coming back wee 8/9 and Fournette is always hurt. What do you think?

    • MB

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      @Dom: might as well. Conner is pretty meh

  7. Nightpandas says:
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    .5ppr 12 teams

    Got offered Larry Fitz for my Dion Lewis

    Start 3 wr 2 rb 2 flex

    My wr are Hilton Jones Jr Stills Watkins Kirk
    My rb are Elliot RFreeman Lewis Barber RJones MDavis Foreman

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      @Nightpandas: sorry start just one flex

  8. Keeks says:
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    Picked up Chubb this week because I own Hyde but need to activate Mixon. Who is the drop? Full PPR

    RB: David Johnson/Hyde/Cohen/Chubb/Mixon*
    WR: Mike Evans/Calvin Ridley/Mike williams/Godwin/Dede Westbrook/ Crabtree

    My gut tells me Hogan but I was super high on him post draft and actually think everyone coming back could help his value. Crab the only other that comes to mind bc of the potential of the others. Or maybe I was wrong to spend auction money on Chubb. Thoughts?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Keeks: yeah Hogan is useless now. Droppable

  9. Corey says:
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    14. Team PPR
    Michel is locked in need one more
    Hines
    Hyde
    Allen

    • Corey says:
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      @Corey:
      Mark Ingram is an option also

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Corey: Hines

  10. Teddy ball game says:
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    How insane is this a guy in my league going into yesterday had brees & Rodgers for Qb now this AM he just added Goff. It’s a 1 QB league. He also is rostering 3 TEs: kelce, Kittle & Jesse James. That’s insane right?

    I tried to get Goff off waivers this AM but this jabroni who’s hogging all the players got him

    I ended with Bortles but I only roster 1 QB

    – avail QBs:
    Stafford week 5 vs packers
    Carr @ chargers
    Flacco at browns

    Week 6 I want Winston who gets falcons

    My rbs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, Royce Freeman, brieda, Kerryon Johnson, Ron Jones

    My WRs are Hilton, Keenan Allen, amari Cooper, Sterling Shepard, Doug Baldwin, kupp, Geronimo Allison, Tyler Boyd

    My QB Bortles

    TE ebron

    Based on that stand pat or explore trades?

    If I dangle kupp out there what could I get ? Maybe Keenan + kupp for an elite talent?

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Teddy ball game: theoretically he’s trying to bait trades but at 2 positions? Awful strategy. Yes you could dangle Keenan and Kupp for an elite talent. I think Allen will get better so I’m not selling low.

      Also, I kinda like Jameis ROS

      • Teddy ball game says:
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        @MB:

        Thoughts on minor deal where I send my Baldwin to get Chris Thompson? Based on my team above

        Keenan + kupp for any of these: Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, OBJ, Antonio brown , juju DeAndre Hopkins

        Hopkins owner needs RB would you do DJ + Keenan + kupp for his Hopkins + lev bell?

        Thanks man!!

  11. Allan says:
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    Hey Matt IDP Dynasty league. 1 point tackles 2 point sacks 1 point forced fumbles. My DL are Donald, Ogunjobi, and Joseph. Would you drop any of those to pick up Trey Flowers? Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Allan: nah, I’d stay still

  12. Dave says:
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    Hey would you start Hines, Marvin Jones or Enunwa in the flex? (PPR)

    I could also put Hines in over Devonta Freeman in my rb2 spot and also start one of the WR’s in the flex.

    Basically picking 2 out of the above 4 names mentioned lol

    Thanks!

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Dave: Freeman and Hines!

  13. William Hung says:
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    @MB: Here is my projected Week 5 lineup:

    QB: Mariota
    RB: Yeldon, McCaffrey
    WR: Cooks, Diggs, Woods
    TE: Ebron
    FLEX: Baldwin
    K: Gano
    DEF: NE

    Bench:
    RB- Bernard, Royce Freeman
    WR- Brown, Taywan Taylor
    DEF- Da Bears
    IR- Fournette

    I feel like I need to hang on to the Bears D through this BYE because ROS I think they are a top 3 option. They don’t really play any scary offenses.

    One move I was wondering if I should make is dropping Bernard if Mixon is indeed back and picking up one of Winston, Gabriel, or Cohen with a look towards next week. Or do you think Bernard is worth a stash and can have value even with Mixon back?

    • MB

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      @William Hung: yeah I’m liking Jameis ROS with what Fitz was able to accomplish. I also like Cohen. You should hold onto the Bears D/ST. I’m not too high on Taywan Taylor.

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        @MB: I feel like Mariota should have a 20+ point game against the Buffalo D – am I crazy for thinking that?

        I usually like to save a spot to speculate on an upside stash, so that’s why I rolled Taylor for now, but if the smarter move is to go both Cohen and Winston then I’ll def do that. My league is shallow enough at 10 teams that there’s usually enough streaming talent as needed.

  14. Jumponit says:
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    Who would you pick:

    Pick 2 RB: Cook, Drake, Lewis, Chubb, A. Jones (not sure if I trust Cook or Drake…)

    Pick 2 WR: Brown, Allison, Coutee, Taywon Taylor

    Pick 1 Flex from above

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jumponit: Cook, Jones, Brown, Allison, Coutee

  15. Brian says:
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    16 team ppr h2h dynasty. start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 WR/RB/TE flex, 1 TE. roster is deshaun, big ben, tyrod, chad kelly, leveon, conner, james white, hyde, cja, tymont, jaylen samuels, julio, tyreek, alshon, baldwin, demaryius, geronimo, gronk, asj. looking to dump tyrod. any of these names jump at you?

    wr-pascal, david moore, kendrick bourne, tajae sharpe, robert foster, chris moore, shelton gibson, deandre carter, maurice harris, keenan reynolds, equanimeious st. brown, javon wims, richie james, austin carr

    te-swaim, akins, michael roberts, valles, jordan thomas, demetrius harris

    rb-mike boone, roc thomas, darius jackson, jeremiah jackson, juszcyzk, shaun wilson, buddy howell

    thanks MB!

    • brian says:
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      @Brian: turbin is out there too

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Brian: pascal jumps out. Could be useful

  16. Johnny Be Good says:
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    hey Guys, lost Jimmy G…

    Would you trade away Dion Lewis to get Big Ben?

    • Keeks says:
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      @Johnny Be Good: I also lost Jimmy G. Couldnt convince myself to give up a RB for a QB straight up. I would look for the teams with multiple QBs and just keep throwing deals at them with either WR for QB or multi player deal where you get a RB back if trading one away. (ended up getting someone to trade wentz for cobb)

      Past that, the usual waiver guys like Flacco, Dalton, Tannehill etc. aren’t really all that bad. Especially as fill in while you find a deal your comfortable with. Teams with multiple QBs have so little leverage, dont do something if it feels like a reach to you.

      • Johnny Be Good says:
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        @Keeks: Yea i hear ya….Owner of Big Ben has Mahomes, so obv doesnt need Ben but could use RB help.

        How about D Lewis for Ben & J Cook???

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          @Johnny Be Good: If you gotta give a RB I definitely like the idea of getting more back than just a QB. Cook always seems to perform in the extremes but cant be mad about his year so far.

  17. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello MB,
    Who would you start as RBs and Flex in a Yahoo 10 Team H2H League with 1 point PPR:

    Mixon
    Collins
    Coleman
    Bernard
    Hines
    Westbrook (Flex?)

    Thanks much MB.

  18. steve stevenson says:
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    1/2 PPR superflex league, sitting in 1st place. Chubb is my end of bench stash and if I make any moves this week he’d probably have to be the drop.

    1. With Brees’s wk 6 bye approaching, the only available QB are Rosen (@Min in wk 6) and Darnold (v Ind). Pick either of them up, or hold and see if anyone else gets dropped next week? My non-QB superflex options would be Godwin (@Atl), R. Jones (@Atl) or Reed (v Car).

    2. I’m not using high waiver priority on Buck Allen over Chubb, right? Ajayi/Breida/Jones are my RB2-4.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @steve stevenson: 1. Is grab Rosen, I like him.
      2. No you’re good

  19. Steve D. says:
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    Jamison Crowder or Christian Kirk in a 12 team Dynasty PPR?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Steve D.: Christian Kirk

  20. jiggy nits says:
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    sad 1-3 owner of fournette in half ppr

    just got offered tevin coleman and kerryon johnson for my fournette and yeldon. which side you like? thanks

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      @jiggy nits: As long as you have yeldon there isnt much reason to bail on Leonard.

      • jiggy nits says:
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        @Keeks: fair enough. i just figure im getting good return and i need wins. thanks

        • Keeks says:
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          @jiggy nits: Feel that, ive got a couple 1-3 teams out there. Dont let your situation dictate value though. Together Leonard and Yeldon kind of make 1 RB1, I’d rather be able to throw whichever of them is playing into my lineup than having the other 2 as more options.

          Remember Freeman back this week, hence why this guy is offering up Tevin. The Yeldon/Leonard package is a good one to use as trade bait, id just want more.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @jiggy nits: Coleman and Johnson

  21. nightpandas says:
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    got offered D Henry J Gordon and V Macdonald for my Drake and Jeffrey

    16 team std, 2wr, 2rb, 2flex

    wr: Baldwin, Jeffrey, Golloday, Calloway, Gabriel, Stills, Kirk
    rb: Conner, Bell, Drake, Hines, Foreman
    te: Howard (out potentially 4 weeks)

    best ww TE are Goeddert and Clay

    what ya think?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @nightpandas: keep Drake and Jeffery

  22. Andre says:
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    Sony Michel and Rashad Penny for Philip Lindsay and Chris Thompson.

    12tm half PPR. Which side do you like?

    • Keeks says:
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      @Andre: Thompson & Lindsay even though Michel probably best to have of the bunch. Is Penny even rosterable right now?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Andre: the Sony Michel side

  23. DiRo says:
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    In my keeper league(we only can keep 2 guys and have a cap of 3 years, this is my last year to keep DJ) with 0.5 PPR I just traded D Johnson/A Collins/A Jeffery for M Gordon/T Hill/S Sheppard

    My team;
    Mahomes
    Kamara, D Johnson, Collins, K Johnson, White
    Thielen, Jeffery, Ridley, Garçon, Dez(just stashed him)
    Kittle/Hooper
    Panthers
    Prater

    Thoughts?

    • Keeks says:
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      @DiRo: Really Really good trade imo. Melvin > DJ. Reek > Alshon. Collins at least = Shepard but is a RB which always helps.

      Keeping Kamara and Melvin for next year is nasty.

    • MB

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      @DiRo: yeah I really like it, nice job

  24. RICE says:
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    Hey MB!

    Three quick questions,as I could use some RB help.

    My RB’s: D. Cook, Mixon, Drake, Ekeler, J. Allen, R. Jones
    My WR’s: M. Thomas, Alshon, G. Allison, Fitz, Enunwa

    1) Is there any hope for Kenyon Drake this season? MIA seems defiant to use him.

    2) Is Jordan Howard a “buy low” candidate or are you worried the Bear’s new offense just doesn’t really involve him all that much?

    3) Trade analyzer seems to like me offering Alshon for Breida. You agree?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @RICE: 1) I’m definitely worried about Kenyan Drakes usage.

      2) I thought about it myself but ultimately decided against putting out offers. Tarik really emerged last week

      • MB

        MB says:
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        @MB: 3) yes I like Breida > Alshon

  25. Justin says:
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    should i roll out patty mahomes this week? playing the jags. waiver QBs include: bortles, stafford, alex smith. what you think?

    • MB

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      @Justin: I think the Chiefs will be creative so Mahomes should be fine

  26. James says:
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    Guy in my league wants to trade me Dalvin Cook for Tirek Cohen should I take it? half PPR and my backs right now are:

    Lindsay
    Yeldon
    Fournette
    Lynch
    Drake
    Cohen

    • MB

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      @James: absolfreakinlutely

  27. Jose says:
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    MB i just tarde my kareem hunt for marshawn lynch and Brandin cooks… did i make a mistake? Is a standard points league

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jose: nope, I think you got decent return as long as you can start both

  28. Jake says:
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    Would you trade Ertz and Kerryon for AJ Green ? I am lacking a true #1 WR and looking ahead the Bengals have a sweet schedule. I noticed that kerryon has a brutal schedule and is the coach isnt figuring out who his superior talent is. My other TE is Olsen which I expect back soon based on reports Brate is also on wire.

    Thanks

    • MB

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      @Jake: yeah, I’d do that trade

  29. Steve says:
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    TE mess. Have Doyle and Watson . Watson on bye Week 6. Holding Doyle to replace him but it’s looking iffy that Doyle we’ll be ready week 6. Should I drop both pickup Ricky seals jones and another player? Either wr Calloway, T. Taylor or rb Penny or Blue?
    Thanks! Rankings too!

    Steve

    • MB

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      @Steve: RSJ and Taylor

  30. miles proudfoot says:
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    Thanks for the rankings! Got a few questions today, thank you in advance!

    1) First time playing fantasy football, still trying to pick up some tips on strategy. Both my TE’s are out this week. Do I stream a mediocre to terrible TE for the week or leave the position open? May be a very close week and could easily lose.

    My drop options are Cobb, Cole, Allison, and Godwin.

    2) would you drop any of the aforementioned players for Jamaal Williams, Latavious Murray, RoJo, or Westbrook?

    3) start Cam or Marty Ice this week?

    thanks!

    • MB

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      @miles proudfoot: yes, stream TE this week then pick up Cameron Brate.

      I’m stashing Rojo

      Can’t go wrong either way but I lean Cam

  31. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    what’s best use of this roster spot (mack or hilton can be put into one IR slot)
    12 team half PPR.
    QB (1) RW3
    RB (2) mixon (yeah back again, this team actually did ok without him, only team i can say that about, and i own mixon in MANY leagues this year), gurley, michel, barber, RJ2
    WR (2) jeffery, landry, kupp, hilton, allison
    TE (1) rudolph
    1 flex
    IR (1) mack
    K bailey
    D (streamer) CAR (might keep them for a bit actually)
    options: RB: go back to mal brown (gurley HC), j.allen, morris (both these 2’s value would shoot up if injuries happen), penny
    WR: crowder, cole, kirk, TT (TEN),
    TE (backup): doyle, hurst, brate
    QB (backup): winston, mariota, bortles (actually bortles or mariota could be used over RW3 against LAR this week maybe)

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: seeing rankings, hell ya bortles is over RW3 this week.

  32. russowl says:
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    In a non ppr standard league with 10 pt bonus @ 100 rush or receiving yards . Would you start Jay Ajayi or Alshon Jeffery?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @russowl: Ajayi. I’m afraid Xavier Rhodes will cover Jeffery

  33. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Hey man, I’m part of a stupid contest here in Brazil whcih is very simple with 7 categories.

    Passing (Team)
    Rushing (Team)
    DST
    Kicker + XPT
    QB
    RB
    WR

    Categories are pretty simple.
    25 Pass Yrd = 1 Point
    10 Rush Yrd = 1 Point
    10 Receiving Yrd = 1 Point
    TD (any kind) = 6 Points
    Extra Point = 1 Point
    FG = 3 Points
    Sack = 1 Point
    Interception/Fumble/Safety = 2 Points
    No points given = 10 points
    2-9 points given = 6 points
    10-20 points given = 3 points

    It’s a little different of fantasy and the same strategies have hiccups, can you help me figue a team out for Sunday/Monday? Thanks

      • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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        @MB:

        Well, you just can’t repeat teams (you can repeat players from the same team). So, you can choose Brees and Kamara, but no rushing and passing from the Saints at the same time.
        No budget, anyone is fair game.

        • MB

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          Just go off the rankings then.

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