Well the top guys of a week ago did not live up to their hype, did they?  Here are their stats from Week 2:

Javorius Allen – 5 Rec, 35 yards, 66 rush yards, 1 TD.

Kerwynn Williams – 22 rush yards.

Kenny Golladay – 1 Rec, 8 yards.

Tarik Cohen – 8 Rec, 55 yds, 13 rush yards, 1 fumble lost.

Nelson Agholor – 1 Rec, 9 yards, 1 TD.

Williams was quiet this week as the Cardinals looked bad against Indy and Chris Johnson definitely took carries. The whole Cardinals offense still doesn’t look right; let’s hope they get back on track Week 3 but Johnson & Ellington were on the field in overtime and that worries me. On the bright side: Williams is also their return man to add to his value. Don’t cut bait after one week…

Allen looked good on his TD run and is settling in as Woodhead light, which is a hoppy sardines-infused dark chocolate almond butter IPA with less calories. Flacco likes to throw so Allen should remain a flex play, although West is still the bellcow there.

Cohen could have looked better, but Howard was also terrible and the Bears simply got owned, so that Cohen salvaged some fantasy value is good to see. Cohen clearly benefits from being on the field for all the passing the Bears will do. So hold him if you added him last week because better days are coming.

Agholor salvaged some value catching a garbage time TD (though based on that score the Eagles actually had a chance to win (on a Hail Mary), so was it really in garbage time?)

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This Week’s Gold Medal Winners…

Chris Carson ($25) – The savviest of you (take the compliment!) added him for next to nothing last week; now this week he’s going to cost you. With Lacy’s inactivity (putting it anything but lightly) and Rawls ineffectiveness, Carson looks to be the go-to guy. Now if Seattle’s offense could just get it together, right? Because the 49ers are, how do you say, not good.

Derrick Henry ($23) – The Titans drafted him for a reason, he’s still a beast, though Murray is still clearly the starter. He’s more of a matchup/bye week starter, but if anything happens to Murray (like it did in Week 2) Henry should step right in and be an RB2.

Chris Thompson ($21) – He stepped in for Kelley and ran the ball ok and caught some nice passes (although a for sure TD drop does suck) and scored twice. For Rob Kelley owners the sad truth is he is about as valuable as Thompson is in the Redskins offense. We all had our chance to get Thompson last week for nothing…now it’s time to pay up.

Silver:

Rashard Higgins ($9) – A practice squad guy on the Browns? I’ve read he may be the Browns receiver to own, but I’d rather not have any Browns thank you very much. Kenny Britt is not the answer, Corey Coleman is hurt again, so Higgins very well may be the guy, but I wouldn’t go overboard on him.

Bronze:

Carson Wentz ($5) – The Eagles are pass first, have good weapons, and even if he fumbles a lot, he’s going to throw for a lot of yards. When even LeGarette Blount is catching passes you know Wentz is going to rack up the yardage. Wentz also has a favorable next few games: home versus the Giants, @Chargers, and home against Arizona. He’s my backup (and if I had Cam he’d be my starter… whaaa happened Cam?)

J.J. Nelson ($4) – He’s definitely talented, and speedy, and is in a mess of an offense. When John Brown is healthy, does Nelson see the field that much? Is John Brown ever really healthy? Can we get Larry Fitzgerald going first? I have a lot of questions, and unfortunately Nelson isn’t the answer. Of course if you need an injury fill-in you could do worse.

Samaje Perine ($4) – He’s only valuable if Rob Kelley is out. So if RB depth is tough in your league, go a few dollars more. If not, add him for a buck.

Chris Johnson ($4) – Johnson is going to get some carries, not sure he’s going to do much with them, but if you need/want to handcuff Kerwynn, then do it.

Jermaine Kearse ($4) – Is he the Jets #1? Do you want to start him? You shouldn’t, at least not until bye weeks. I’m leaving him out there, but you do you. Just don’t spend a lot.

$1 Bids: Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee; someone has to catch Garbage (Time) Blake Bortles touchdowns, and it was Hurns Week 2. Lee had an alright day and should be the future beneficiary of some TDs. Both guys are matchup/bye week guys.

James Conner, Steelers – if David Johnson can get hurt, LeVeon Bell can too. Why not own Bell’s clear backup before everyone else does?* (Note: Size of league dependent). Indy tight end Jack Doyle has a good matchup versus Cleveland and can fill-in in deeper leagues. Giants tight end Evan Engram is a decent play this week if needed at Philly, too.

Deonte Thompson, Bears, had 57 yards and a touchdown in true garbage time; I’d keep an eye on him but in deeper leagues he’s worth a speculative add. Matt Breida of the 49ers I like as pure speculation and because of Carlos Hyde’s health history; if you have depth make the add.

$2 DSTs: It’s again looking like identifying any defense playing the Bears, Jets, Browns and Colts is going to be pretty beneficial. So let’s keep doing that.  Miami goes to the Jets, Pittsburgh travels to Chicago, and the Browns and Colts play each other (I’m avoiding as I trust neither team). Also take a look at Tampa who may get a Vikings team sans Sam Bradford (It so fits Bradford is hurt, right after he looks awesome and gets Vikings fans excited…let me let them in on a little secret…he sucks).

A Final Thought: I don’t check my lineups during the Sunday games. I watch Redzone, so I keep track loosely in my head (which goes awry almost immediately) but I’m in too many leagues to worry about any one while watching. It’s made the experience much more satisfying as all I do is root for guys, not against them. This works unless of course you’re watching with a friend who is constantly checking his team. In this case, a loud bar is a good place to watch the games. Either way, I’m ecstatic football is back, and it’s already Week 3, so let’s party!

 

  1. Mike says:
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    I don’t need too much RB help, but was just offered Jordan Howard for martavis bryant. If I accepted, I’d probably flip Howard. Your thoughts?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Mike: I wasnt a huge Howard fan going into the season, but I’m not a big Bryant fan either. I’d rather have RB depth so I’d make the trade then wait for a great week from Howard then move him. Good luck!

  2. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    12 tm, standard, but we have to have 2 QBs, 2 Ks, 2 DSTs on the roster, so bench space is minimal.

    My RBs are: David Johnson, Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Dalvin Cook, Kerwynn Williams

    Do I drop K. Williams for Thompson? for James Connor? for Chris Johnson? for Ellington? For Kenyon Drake? All the top RB waiver guys are taken including Kamara and Perine….Prosise, Vereen, Thompson are all available, but it’s a standard league..

    Or do I sit tight with Williams and start Cook and Gore for a week or 2 until something else pops up or I can pull of a trade?

    Also, would you start Newton (against NO) or Wentz (against NYG) this week? I own both K.Benjamin and Jeffery for a stack either way.

    thanks

    TFD

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: id move Mack for Thompson. Williams I’d hold, but wouldn’t fault u too much if you dropped him for Thompson. I wouldn’t drop Williams for any of the other guys you mentioned. If it’s my team, I’m moving Mack for Thompson and holding Williams.
      I’d also start Wentz, cam looks bad

  3. Big E Is A Creep says:
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    You were down on Buck Allen last week. He ends up having a solid performance on Sunday (100+ total yards and a TD), and you say he didn’t live up to expectations?
    Did Buck fuck your girl? Why so down on the guy?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Big E Is A Creep: he just had such a bad run last year when he had the opportunity it soured me on him. I still like west better, but I like buck a little more now.

  4. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Phil,
    Thanks for the good information. I assume these values are based on $100 FAAB? We have $500 available, so I wanted to make sure so I could modify accordingly. I ended up landing Cohen last week in our 12 Team Points League with 1 pt PPR for $125. Probably overpaid, but oh well. I am in trouble with D. Murray looking like he’s banged up already. I also have Henry, so I may end up starting him instead.

    Thanks.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Yankee My Wanky!: I sat Henry this past week, but who could’ve seen Murray getting hurt. I think(hope) Henry gets the chance to start this season.

      You’re correct. $100 budget. I don’t see any issue with 125 on Cohen with 500 to spend especially 1 pt Ppr.

  5. Nick says:
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    I need a backup TE for Graham. Rank these guys and approximate highest bid you would go considering I blew alot of FAAB last week. Witten, Fleener, Ebron…

    For D, would you stick with Baltimore again or move toward a GB, Pitt or LAR?

    Lastly, do you prefer Higgins, Nelson, Hurns/M Lee or Kearse over Amendola/Garcon/Kupp?

  6. Phil B.

    Phil B. says:
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    Ebron, fleener, Witten. I’d go a buck on last two, 2-3 Ebron.

    In my leagues that I have the ravens I’m sticking with them. Bortles is terrible.

    Nope, I like those 3 better, though I wouldnt argue dropping Amendola for Higgins, Danny just never stays healthy, and Higgins has that unknown upside.

    • Nick says:
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      @Phil B.: DJ is definitely droppable at this point right? 10-team, no keepers. I’m 0-2 & need the roster space desperately with Graham hurtin…

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        @Nick: I’d try and see if a 2-0 team wants to take the chance on him, maybe for a WR3 or RB3. If not, you could cut him loose, but I’m holding him in the league I have him in.

        • Nick says:
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          @Phil B.: Thanks, also, Moncrief was recently dropped…any interest in him ?

  7. Jedimasters says:
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    Is Eifert droppable for any of these TEs in my 12 team standard league?

    ASJ
    B. Watson
    C. Brate
    A. Gates
    J. Thomas
    C. Clay
    Z. Miller

    Yeah it’s barren. And I’d hate to hold two TEs. But Eifert is made of glass.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Jedimasters: of that group Clay is my guy followed by Brate. I’m in the same situation in the Razzball writers league, having eifert and needing a backup. I would do what u can to hold him, but the cincy offense is garbage and you’re right, eifert is Mr glass.

  8. A.A. Ron Rodgers says:
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    Phil, when you’re coming up the FAAB bids for the guys above, is it based on a $100 budget or a $200 budget?

    Just as a fun aside, someone got goofy in my league last week and bid (and won) Kerwynn at $71 and Golloday at $32 ($200 total FAAB).

    • A.A. Ron Rodgers says:
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      @A.A. Ron Rodgers: Edit Tarik Cohen was $71, not Kerwynn.

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        @A.A. Ron Rodgers: it’s $100. Ive noticed a few leagues doing $200,and I’m all for more fake money to spend. The Cohen for 71 with 200 FAAB dollars isn’t terrible, as I lobbied for spending half overall budget in week 1. I wouldn’t have paid that much, but it’s not so bad. What did kerwynn go for?

        • Nick says:
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          @Phil B.: I got Kerwynn (not happy) for $17…so at least I did not overpay…Tarik went for $43 in my league.

          • Phil B.

            Phil B. says:
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            @Nick: wow nicely done on kerwynn. I’m surprised the disparity, my only assumption is a lot of people haven’t seen the Bears play. As a fan, I know they suck

      • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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        @A.A. Ron Rodgers: just assume everybody that ever mentions FAAB numbers are talking %’s. not only is $100 standard it’s quite simple to convert for any league type. exactly like the metric system.

  9. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    thompson was an add last week for deep leagues (i know i was happy to get him when i couldn’t get fowler). higgins is even higher waiver in those this week. yeah and after years of watching bradford the dude is simply not an athlete in his legs. he looks like he’s in shape, but his legs never were. in college he never had to move once as he had the best o-line in the NCAA at the time.

        • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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          @Phil B.: that’s an interesting thought on the less baseball more football; i do the exact opposite. and i think the reason why is football is so short (i completely understand the corollary argument). but here’s the thing, for me at least, football draft season is extremely stressful as somebody that literally ONLY pays ANY attention to football (and only NFL at that) from like aug 5th or so till SB. this is mostly due to the large amount of baseball leagues i’m in. then right when football drafts are done it’s hockey cram session time fantasy-wise. footballs are BY FAR the easiest to manage (16 weeks, one game per week, really only add players in 1 day per week burst except for weird mid-week injuries), so the opposite would make sense.

  10. wurst_law says:
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    Try to add Kearse or Higgins for Goodwin or Perriman?

    Lost ARob in a 14 team auction draft and I’m struggling at WR.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @wurst_law: that’s a killer. I’d go Higgins for Perriman first,then Goodwin. I’d rather have Goodwin than kearse

  11. RICE says:
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    Would you trade Terrance West for Mixon?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @RICE: sure, if you have the depth. Mixon will be more valuable come playoff time I’d bet. But for the next few weeks, West will be more valuable. It’s a need now vs need later. Kind of like trying to acquire David Johnson

  12. The Lost Vikings says:
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    Someone dropped mixon, would you blow all your faab on him?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @The Lost Vikings: I hope you did, cause I’d go half your remaining budget

  13. jal179 says:
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    12 team 0.5 ppr 2 keeper. I’m 0-2 and in desparate need of RB help with DJ out and Fat Rob overflowing his rib cage.

    Qb- Ryan
    RB1- Gurley
    RB2- Kelley
    WR1- TY
    Wr2- Keenan
    TE- Jimmy
    Flex- DJax
    bench– Carr, Ginn, Kupp, Rawls IR- DJ

    Is DJax + Rawls a fair offer to the Ingram owner who has Carson on his bench?

    Is Carr+ Djax an overpay for Crowell? This owner has Russell as his QB and no bench option.

    I am very limited in terms of trade partners and basically only have QB as an area of strength to deal from as RB is thin everyhwere.

    I have waiver 3 this week and am hoping to snag Kamara, CJ0K, Perine or Thompson.

    Any trade advice to save this dumpster fire appreciated

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @jal179: I like Fat Rob thats a good one. I don’t know about DJax as the centerpiece of any deal, at least until he has a good week. I’d through out the Ingram offer, see if he bites,if not, hopefully u get a counter u can work with. I think the Crowell trade is fair too. I definitely like the idea of moving a QB though I’d be good with moving Ryan and starting Carr, since Ryan works return a better haul. Go after the guy with Cam. Who did u add?

  14. Ice Up says:
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    Hey Phil,
    In a vacuum, do you like AJ Green, Mixon, & jordan Howard OR Gurley, TY Hilton, & Jarvis Landry?

    Thanks!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Ice Up: 2nd group, but it’s close. Landry looks like cutlers BFF this year.

  15. Barenrewn says:
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    Joe Mixon dropped to waivers. How much or what percentage of my FAAB should I bid on him? $100 budget. Thanks!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Barenrewn: I’d go 30 at least. He’s going to be more valuable later, but worth it.

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