Don’t cover Gronk. What’s the worst he can do? - Keith Butler.

“Don’t cover Gronk. What’s the worst he can do?” – Keith Butler.

Even though the pregame show lasted about as long as a soccer game does (with all the appropriate New England circle-jerking, including, but definitely not limited to the Dropkick Murphies performing), we were soon allowed to settle in and watch the first game of the 2015 regular season. Right from the start, the Patriots offense seemed fueled by their overwhelming whiteness, as if Bill Belichick knew that I wanted to experience what it’s like to eat an entire box of saltines while stuck in traffic outside of Boise, Idaho inside a Ford Fiesta listening to the White Stripes. Speaking of Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, I’d say (with my analytical prowess) they played a huge part of the Patriots eventual win. Well, almost as much as Josh Scobee (missing two field goals) and the Steelers secondary (who thought Gronk was overrated), both of which forced Mike Tomlin to go into his ‘Choke-A-B*itch” resting face for pretty much the entire night…

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Steelers – 21, Patriots – 28

Tom Brady – 25/32, 288 YDS, 4 TD. If Brady gets injured at all in the first four games of the season, I will start attending church again. Tag it.

Dion Lewis – 15 CAR, 69 YDS, 4 REC, 51 YDS, 1 FUM. Looked pretty good. Agile, good burst… and not Brandon Bolden. He did fumble near the goal line at the beginning of the fourth quarter (leading to a Gronk recovery and then a hat trick a few plays later), but I was pretty impressed. Which is now Bill Belichick’s cue to bury the f*cker. Tread cautiously friends.

Rob Gronkowski – 5 REC, 94 YDS, 3 TD. If Gronk keeps scoring, does that mean I’ll get herpes?

Julian Edelman – 11 REC, 97 YDS. Every year I don’t draft Edelman in my PPR league, I die a little inside.

Ben Roethlisberger – 26/38, 351 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT. I was a bit concerned when he walked off the field like someone followed him into the bathroom (or something), near the end of the third quarter after a hit, but he ended up waving off the medical staff. Otherwise, essentially the most Big Ben type game ever.

DeAngelo Williams – 21 CAR, 127 YDS. “We can rebuild DeAngelo Williams. We can make him stronger, faster, less useless.” – Todd Haley.

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Antonio Brown – 9 REC, 133 YDS, 1 TD. Antonio Brown’s success is a tribute to his hard work and dedication to the craft. Antonio Brown’s hair is a tribute to Tetris.

Darrius Heyward-Bey – 4 REC, 58 YDS. Ended up matching his completion totals from the entirety of last season in last night’s game. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry for the Steelers.

 

Final Thought

Sky is blue. Water is Wet. Scobee is Scobee. And Heyward-Bey still sucks in every possible way.

 

 

  1. TarmanGotHim says:
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    3 leagues my opponent owns Gronk
    3 other leagues my opponent owns Edleman

    Good start, H2H also.

    Anyhow. I am pretty stacked in all my leagues, except 2 at QB. I have Cam in one and have been offered Tannehill for Allen Robinson… I own Hill and Lynch at RB with Ivory, Joique Bell and Coleman on the bench, and Cobb, Adams, Landry, Garçon, Keenan Allen along with A Rob.

    Would you pull the trigger o aim higher. The guy who owns Brady owns Wilson. Maybe I can offer a Bell and A Rob or Cam and A Rob for Either or?

    What would you do?

    Other league I own Cam and Rivers so I feel a bit better.

    By the way, am I the only true Tannehill believer?

    Thanks Jay!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Fantastic start! I like Tannehill, but I like Robinson more. If Cam makes you uncomfortable, I’d just stream. I don’t like trading for quarterbacks to be honest.

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Jay: I completely understand. Thanks!!

        And I don’t, my opponent owns Gronk and Edleman, so I assume our sarcasm is on the same page. Lol. You’re the man Jay.

        One last q.

        I was
        Offered in that same league

        Wilson, Andre Johnson, Amare Cooper and McCoy

        For

        A Rob, Cobb, and Jeremy Hill

        If McCoy is healthy I actually like this offer. It’s a hard one to pass up.

        I own Lynch, Hill, Ivory, Bell, and Coleman at RB.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @TarmanGotHim: I’m actually okay with that offer. I think McCoy will be okay.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @TarmanGotHim: this is almost RW3 for free here. i’d worry about competitiveness of that league, or at least that one opp.
          Hill close to McCoy
          A-Rob has to be close to Cooper
          Cobb is likely > than AJ (but not as much as RW3 as a throw in)
          Sounding like your opp has somebody he drafted fairly late at QB and suddenly he’s happy with starting all the time like Bradford maybe, and now isn’t getting good offers for RW3.

  2. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 10 team ppr league. I was offered Julio Jones and Jordan Cameron for Gronk and Allen Robinson. Is this a good move for my team? if not, what do you suggest I do to improve my team?

    qb Ryan Tannehil
    wr andre johnson
    wr mike evans
    rb marshawn lynch
    rb lamar miller
    te rob gronkowski
    w/r/t jarvis landry

    k cody parkey

    def jets

    bn ameer abdullah
    bn carlos hyde
    bn allen robinson
    bn carson palmer
    bn tyler eifert

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: I think it’s fair, but your team composition doesn’t really need that trade. I would hold for now.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Jay: thanks man! So my team doesn’t really have any holes to fix?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryan: Pretty balanced to be honest, I think you’re okay for now.

  3. Blake says:
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    whaddya think Jay about my PPR draft, 10 team 6th pick overall (start 3 WR and 2 RB, no flex)

    1 Antonio brown
    2 CJ Anderson
    3 Lamar Miller
    4 C Hyde
    5 J Landry (missed greg olsen by 5 picks here)
    6 A Robinson
    7 M ryan
    8 N Agholor
    9 D woodhead
    10 P Garcon
    11 T Eifert
    12 Duke Johnson JR
    13 A Hurns
    14 Jordan Reed
    15 Hauschka
    16 Green Bay

    I basically stuck to your board. I wasn’t excited about WR’s this year and thought value could be had late so I went RB heavy at the front end. Might be able to do a trade. reached for landry because I really wanted him

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Blake: Love this lineup. Too bad you were a hair late on Olsen. I actually might want Reed over Eifert as time goes…

  4. Conktown Tinker says:
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    Am I crazy, or did the NFL put Aaron Hernandez in their post halftime Sunday Night Football promo??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Conktown Tinker: He’s the only guy the Steelers secondary had no trouble dealing with.

  5. Billy beeen says:
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    Would love to see article about looking ahead a few weeks for those of us in deeper leagues with IR slots. Who may be worth stashing for this year and maybe next year for keepers.

  6. Josh says:
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    Qb- Brady
    Rb- Lamar M
    Rb- Ellinggton
    Wr- Antonio
    Wr- Julio
    Te- Delanie
    Flex- J matthews
    D/st- dolphins
    k- Dan Carpenter

    Bench- Tannehill
    Bench- Bradford
    Bench- Yeldon
    Bench- Andre Johnson
    Bench- Gates

    Trade question
    My Gates Brady J Matt
    for Romo Hill

    If I accept can trade Romo for John Brown to another team

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Josh: I would hold here.

  7. Nightpandas says:
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    Morning Jay,

    10 team 2 QB league

    Qb’s are Smith and Bortles
    Rb’s are Lacy Peterson Charles Blue Mc Fadden

    Was offered T Taylor for McFadde, thoughts? Have tried for a better QB but no dice. Only guys on the wire are McCown and Hoyer

  8. shookonespart2 says:
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    i cant unload alred morris fast enough… the redskins suck, matt jones is good, and i have no idea why i drafted him in the first place..

    what level of rb or wr would you ship him for?
    i was hoping morris/freeman/james jones for jon stewart/gio bernard

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @shookonespart2: The trade is good for you, but I’m not sure why the other team would do it. Worth a shot maybe.

  9. Steve says:
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    What do you make of Amendola’s usage? Worth continuing to stash him in the hopes he gets more targets or is this about how he’ll be used? He only saw 3 targets (one of them overthrown)!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve: I’d say this is about how he’s going to be used. I could see games here and there where he’s useful, but probably a low-end depth piece…

  10. The Peacemaker says:
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    Terrible analysis. Hating on Brady for real? I’m a pats fan and all you bitches hate us cause you ain’t us! Only Brady can come out and throw 4 TD’s and 0 Int and still have people talking shit. Unbeleivable. Youre a bunch of fucking babies! Worst analysis for football on the Internet by the way. Huge disappointment compared to your fantasy baseball which is by far the best. Maybe Grey and Rudy should run the football side and let you take out the trash. Did I mention everything? Oh wait….. Suck my Dick!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Door’s on your left.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Peacemaker:have you found Grey and Rudy to like this shtick? Brady was ranked like 6th in QB’s round here.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @The Harrow: And ranked third this week…

  11. Jeremy says:
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    10 team PPR league.
    Need to plug in a flex! Pick one

    Keenan Allen
    Roddy White
    Devonta Freeman
    Duke Johnson Jr.
    Alfred Blue.

    I’ve got Allen in now…but I like Roddy’s mathcup and I’m just not sure what Alfred Blue will do or where Duke Johnson’s ceiling is this week…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jeremy: Roddy might still be recovering a bit… in a PPR, I think you have to go Allen here.

  12. 2qbn says:
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    The whiteness of the Pats O reminds me of the Boston Celtics. Coincidence?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @2qbn: Haha, probably not!

      • 2qbn says:
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        @Jay: I can take it further. What is the name of Boston’s most famous gangster? You guessed it. Whitey Bulger! This sh!t is deep.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @2qbn: Savage.

  13. 2qbn says:
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    By the way, to Pats fans, do you think the owner of the Pats could shell out a couple bucks to figure out this radio issue? Belichick wants us to believe they deal with this issue all the time. Sure thing, guy. I totally buy a supposed perfectionist like you to allow something like this to continue year after year, especially if it caused you a problem. Uh huh

    I wonder if someone at MIT could get a handle on this new technology called radio?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @2qbn: Issues at Gillette Stadium? Say it ain’t so!

  14. Will says:
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    Need some advice. I had a (keeper) 12-team auction draft, but forgot we played with 2 flexes. Thus, I ran out of money really early and am sorta screwed. Running the studs and scrubs team right now. My starting lineup at the moment:

    QB-Palmer
    RB-DeMarco Murray
    RB-Forte
    WR-Antonio Brown
    WR-Randall Cobb
    TE-Daniels
    Flex-Woodhead
    Flex-Terrance Williams

    The question: Do I trade DeMarco and Williams for Golden Tate, Doug Martin, and Big Ben?

    I’m trying to get some sort of 2-for-1 or 3-for-2 to beef up my flex while not taking too much of a hit. Good idea, or should I roll with the studs and try to waiver wire my way into some decent FLEX? Thanks! Love the analysis minus the Pats hate.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Will: I would hold on that trade. Roll with your guys this week and reanalyze. And to be fair, I spread the hate. Don’t think that Big Ben’s history was lost on my last few posts…

  15. jojo says:
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    is Wheaton droppable in 12-team now?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I would hold as depth.

  16. jojo says:
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    @Jay: ok thanks!

  17. ByeFelica says:
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    I have two questions flex /options

    Tevin Coleman or Melvin Gordon for RB2

    Allen Robinson, Joique Bell or Abdullah or Bishop Skanky for Flex

    Thanks Guys

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ByeFelica: Gordon and Robinson.

  18. itsfriday says:
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    12 team standard rules keeper league, i was proposed the following trade

    latavius murry, doug martin, golden tate for alshon jeffery, christine michael, and pierre garcon

    in a 12 team league it gives me good rb depth (forsett-jon stew-gore-martin-murray) but knocks my wr2 (jeffery) to golden tate…. which I’m thinking might not be all that bad with this lingering calf.

    this is my team right now:
    qb-big ben
    rb-forsett
    rb-stewart
    rb-gore
    wr-dez
    wr-alshon
    wr-brandon marshall
    bench: christine michael, james jones, pierre garcon, devante freeman, c artis-payne

    thank you

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @itsfriday: I know it’s tough because of Alshon’s injury status, but I would hold.

  19. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Jay! I was sloshed commenting last night. The Dion Lewis fumble hurt my heart. That’s my guy, we were going to build sand castles together, and get chowder in Cape Cod.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jay: Totally, I invested heavily in Markus Wheaton as a WR4-5. Little disappointed with his usage last night. Second and third receivers should have good days against the Pat’s secondary, because well they’re pretty bare at the position. No way DHB sees equal targets to Wheaton going forward. The good news is Wheaton had the snap count in his favor 66-43.

        I thought Malcolm Butler looked alright, containing Brown is a tough task and he was with him on most plays. He looks a little lost in zone coverage though, and got beat to the ball by Brown a bunch. I’m not sure I’m as down on Butler as I was going into last night. Wouldn’t shy away from starting any player against the Pat’s D either. Could be a very rough season on that side of the ball.

  20. jcg says:
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    12 team PPR.

    For upside bench stashes if you had to keep 2 from Sproles, Mike Floyd, Artis-Payne, J Robinson, Devante Parker, D Freeman

    Thanks Jay!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @jcg: Upside? Probably Floyd and Parker.

  21. Make it Wayne says:
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    Hey jay!

    Just drafted on wed what do you think of the team

    QB: tannehill

    RB1: Jeremy hill
    RB2: Lamar miller

    WR1: demaryius Thomas
    WR2: Brandin cooks
    WR3: Andre Johnson

    TE: Richard Rodgers

    Flex: Doug Martin

    D: Vikings D

    Kicker: Matt bryant

    Bench: Frank gore, john brown , Anquan boldin, Terrence Williams , Christine Michael , Tyler Lockett, Cameron Artis Payne, Matt jones & Antonio gates

    Would you add any of these on waivers:

    RB’s:
    Jonathan grimes, Benny Cunningham, Chris Johnson, Damien Williams (for Lamar miller), javorious Allen.

    WR’s:
    Leonard Hankerson , kamar Aiken , Allen hurns, greg Jennings, doug Baldwin, Kenny stills, tavon Austin, Philip Dorset, Robert woods

    • Make it Wayne says:
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      @Make it Wayne:

      If you say yes for an add who would be the drop(s)?

    • Make it Wayne says:
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      @Make it Wayne:

      Add Jonas gray in there for RB too (cuff for miller)

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Make it Wayne: i like the TE punt, but it appears your league the other owners draft D backups eh?

      • Make it Wayne says:
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        @The Harrow:

        I have gates when he returns after suspension, but I don’t mind streaming there . Yes multiple owners have a backup D & one owner has 3 defenses! Three!!

        Here’s the break down

        Team 1: Panthers & Packers D/st

        Team 2: Seahawks , Patriots & Lions D/st

        Team 3: Dolphins & Rams D/st

        Out of a 10 team league teams with 2 or 3 defenses adds up!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Make it Wayne: I think your bench is solid for now. I’d keep an eye on Hankerson. Otherwise, pretty good team.

      • Make it Wayne says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks Jay, I added hankerson to my watch list. I like the offense he’s on in ATL

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Make it Wayne: I do too, Smokey loves him as well.

  22. Dom B says:
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    Hey Jay I was wondering how do you even become a writer for Razzball I am interested in joining.

    • Dom B says:
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      @Dom B: nvm you don’t have to answer this

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Haha, honestly, I have no idea. Grey recruited me in some fashion about almost four years ago on the baseball side. All I can say is, if you’re still interested at the end of the season, email at [email protected] with a sample of your writing.

  23. Tom says:
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    who to drop when foster returns! d. johnson or woodhead.

    I can only keep 5

    stewart
    gordon
    blount
    woodhead
    d. johnson
    foster

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: Foster! Just kidding. Hmm, probably Johnson if it’s PPR, if not, then Woodhead.

  24. Dom B says:
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    Who is best flex start week 1 Keenan Allen, Steve Smith Sr., GIO Bernard, John Brown

    Also Better Week 1 starter and roy Eli Manning or Tony Romo

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Going Romo and Allen there.

  25. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i’d argue more for the floor (or average if all three of us are above the average) between us three when they came in late. shouldn’t be able to gain due to coming in late.

    So if a newbie comes in and all of the previous existing combatants are above average the newbie gets the average, but if any of us are below average the newbie should get the floor, otherwise why even enter until your odds to win go up simply by joining late. Gotta nix that.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, I’d probably just take the ESPN Pick ’em average. I’d rather err on the side of inclusion.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Jay: seeing as how we have 3 total not a bad idea.

  26. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    oh yeah, and in 14 teamer where QB’s are way overvalued both from super flex and scoring settings devaluing yards from scrimmage but not passing yds, if you already have foles/palmer/hoyer/sanchez, drop sanchez for mallett (recently dropped, which seems crazy since he should have that job at some point). gotta go with mallett (my waiver isn’t good though 13)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: wait a minute, should i grab g.smith here before mallett comes off waivers? so is order mallett/smith/sanchez?

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: fantasy pros has guys ranked like this: oswelier (he’s out there too)/geno/mallett/sanchez. So i can just grab one of those 3 or try to waiver mallett late tonight.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, I don’t really even like Sanchisey as a starter when Bradford does his yearly explosion.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Jay: so you agree with that exact ranking? i grabbed g.smith right away, since long term i knew he had to worth more than sanchez. nobody waivered mallett.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i’m hearing forehead already looks bad, so oswelier adds some value. but for me, having hoyer, maybe mallett has more, lots of points on this.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, with Manning, I know his arm strength is terrible at this point, but I’m not sold on him on being non-functioning… yet. I’d like to see how he fares in a regular season game tomorrow and go from there.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Jay: you mean good with staying with geno over mallett currently then?

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oh yeah, in that league there are no waivers except for just dropped players, so a player can be picked up midgame, it’s how i got sanchez last year.

  27. The Harrow says:
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    in PPR with .1 pts per return yd who’s best for RB #6 if i already have these: forte/spiller/ellington/jennings/vereen/freeman. due to return yds yahoo has vereen/jennings as actually my two worst RB’s, spiller as better than forte. keep freeman over any of
    d.robinson (839 return yds projected), or blue (about 50 projected pts worse than Jennings but could be a starter numerous times if/when foster gets hurt again. Freeman of course probably has better chance of starting than denard dog.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: we start 2 RB and 1 flex. sims/michael/d.williams also options.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: I think Coleman is the starter this Sunday, I’d keep an eye on the usage, but I’m not big on Freeman.

  28. kmda007 says:
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    Lockett (@Stl) worth a start over Colston (@Ari) this week?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kmda007: Naw, still going Colston there.

  29. What's a Drexl? says:
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    20 teamer with too many TE’s, got an offer, but i think i need the best WR most anyway. we only start 1 RB with a flex that can be TE, but we get fractions of pts for each rush attempt, and it’s half PPR. so a starting RB in flex is pretty useful. start 2 WR. Return yards 1 pt for every 10 as well, so those guys have big value.
    RB AP, Morris, Sims, Helu, Michael
    WR D-Jax, Agholor, Garcon, A.Roberts
    TE Donnell, Reed, Sefarian-Jenkins

    Offer is my ASJ + Agholor for M.Bryant + Spiller.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @What’s a Drexl?: Hold for now. This Spiller knee issue thing is worrying me a bit.

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