This season the Eagles thought they had that famous combination, pairing LeGarette Blount and Darren Sproles (only to have Sproles break his arm and tear his ACL, brutal, and get replaced by another Lighting). The nickname for a running back combination, typically a larger, burlier back and a shiftier, quicker back has been passed down through the years. Beginning with the backfield of one Archie Manning, the original Thunder and Lighting were the Saints duo Chuck Muncie and Tony Galbreath, so dubbed by Hank Stram (I don’t remember this, uh, since I wasn’t born yet, so thanks NY Times, though the link is about the tough life of Muncie, worth the read, but come right back!).

In more recent years we’ve had CJ2K (more on him later) and LenDale White (I still remember winning leagues with White scoring 15 TDs back when leagues weren’t rewarding .1 for rushing & receiving yards and TDs were what won leagues) Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott(and later TJ Duckett), Tiki Barber and Ron (the Cocaine Train) Dayne and I’m sure I’m missing a bunch (so feel free to add your favorite).

A google search yields multiple teams are working on their own T&L this season including the Bears (Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen), the Dolphins (Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake), Atlanta (though I’m not really sure which is which), Cincinnati (Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard formed a piss poor T&L, just let Mixon be the number one already) and…wow, this is such a lazy way to refer to running back combinations so let’s all agree to never use the term Thunder and Lighting…except in the title of this post. But after that, no more, ok?

Onto the Values! At this point I’m going to assume you’ve spent at least half of a $100 budget (If you have more, add a few dollars to the bids, what do you have to lose?) So with that remaining Grant this week we’re spending it on:

Gold

No gold toilets for us this week, its porcelain all the way baby!

Silver

Wendell Smallwood ($19) – Is he the guy this week? OK, alright, but me, I’m looking at Corey Clement ($5). He had a nifty shift TD run and while LeGarrette Blount did score this looks like a time share and I’ll bet on upside for a lot cheaper. Hopefully the Eagles scrap the whole T&L thing and just let Clement take the rock.

Chris Johnson ($16) – Kerwynn Williams isn’t playing in Arizona (boo!) and while Johnson is not even close to what he was (it felt like he was running in slow motion, well not that slow, but no more video game speed) he is the lead back in AZ until David Johnson returns.

Bronze

Sterling Shepard ($6) – I’m glad he scored a TD cause he was robbed on one earlier and was due. He’s good and worth the depth for bye weeks, but Brandon Marshall has improved his stat line each week and there’s this other WR with crazy hair and weird Spiderman TD celebrations, he takes catches away from Shepard too. So let’s all not go cray-cray over him.

Bryce Butler ($6) – Can he be another weapon for Dak Prescott? Yes, yes he can, even if he had a second TD called down after a great catch. I wouldn’t go overboard but he looked good on Monday.

Geronimo Allison ($5) – He may have just had a big week or may be something; I’m taking a chance on him to see. Once Cobb comes back he probably will be droppable, but we’re playing for now!

Branden Oliver ($5) – He’s the clear backup to Gordon, who missed some of Sunday’s game. In deep leagues he’s worth more. Better to spend a little now and see if it bears fruit later, eh?

D’Onta Foreman ($4) – He looked good on Sunday making a couple of good catches as well as getting eight carries after getting 12 last week. He hasn’t scored yet, but he will, at least that’s what the Magic eight ball told me when I asked it. Well, it said “signs point to yes” so I’m taking it. Also, Lamar Miller is looking pretty average and a change might be coming.

Charles Clay ($4) – Now people are coming around. He’s a solid TE with a boring team and a boring name. If he was Chuck Terracotta he would’ve been a top ten rounder.

Eli Manning ($3) – He was dropped en masse (sounds so fancy) last week…and I’d leave him out there, but dang does he have so many talented receivers and if the Giants would just trade for Adrian Peterson they’d have a complete offense (and those that drafted AD wouldn’t be so dejected). Win win win!

Deshaun Watson ($3) – He looked good against the Pats but whether or not he deserves a spot on your team depends on his schedule. He has three straight home games against Tennessee, Kansas City and Cleveland before hitting the bye and then going to Seattle. So if you have Cam you could do worse, and definitely look to him as a spot start against the Browns (who just made Jacoby Brissett look like a Pro Bowler; Brissett goes to Seattle this week so I’m not paying for him; if you want him add him after next week).

Robby Anderson ($3) – Last week it was Kearse, this week back to Anderson. Why do you want to mess with the Jets receivers? And he’s an adult with a Y on the end of his name? Just don’t, unless 14 team or greater, ok?

Danny Amendola ($3) – He’s back from injury this week. That’s the best thing I can say about him. And he could have a big week if he did everything Tom Brady told him to, like clean his room, not drink tap water, mow the lawn, eat all his home grown GMO-free vegan organic vegetables, and then, just maybe, he’ll catch a couple of TD passes. Truth is Brady spreads it around too much for me to want Amendola.

Marcedes Lewis ($2) – Because he’s not scoring 3 TDs again this season however he can be serviceable. That is all I have to say about Marcedes.

$2 Defenses

That Baltimore team must have partied way too hard in London this past weekend, still I’m not liking the Jags at the Jets. Look to add the Packers against the Bears (though Thursday night division games can devolve into shitshows), Atlanta at home against Buffalo and New England at home against Carolina are all worth a couple bucks. I really want to like the Bengals in Cleveland but I just can’t. That’s a weird feeling, not wanting to start a defense against the Browns, I actually can’t remember the last time that happened. Huh.

Finally…

Dez Bryant is a beast, carrying half the Cardinals with him in the end zone; can he just be running back when Zeke gets suspended for real?

Really Finally…

Our leader here at Razzball Football Jay posted a great piece on the weekend’s political crossover and I highly recommend it. Good luck getting your adds this week!

 

 

  1. Nate says:
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    Need QB help thanks to Cam looking like 2015 Peyton.

    I’ve got Wentz. Would you stick with him or drop him for Tyrod, Smith, Watson, Kizer, Eli, Goff, Rivers? Go streaming? Try to trade for Luck?

    My inclination is try to trade for Luck and roll with Wentz in the meantime. But I guess I don’t know if I’m overrating Wentz, underrating Tyrod, or overlooking Watson/Kizer.

  2. David Szczapa says:
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    10-team keeper league. PPR format. My current starting lineup w/ keeper values:

    QB1: Wentz ($5)
    QB2: Taylor (11)
    RB1: Zeke (41)
    RB2: Riddick (1)
    WR1: Julio Jones (53)
    WR2: Fitzy (24)
    WR3: Tate (30)
    TE: Bennett (9)
    Flex1: Snead (16)
    Flex2: Matthews (1)
    DST: Giants

    Bench: Cam (12), Martavis (20), Gore (9), Forte (3), Powell (1), Lockett (1), Howard (6)
    Rookie: Samuel (5)

    Got $100 in faab and I think need to move to replace Forte. Don’t think Powell worth dropping yet. Which player do you think is a better option to move on which will land me into a solid #2 RB. Prosise, Smallwood, Oliver.

    Also, I’m losing patience w/ Lockett. I’m salivating on Gabriel who I think has no business being on waivers. There is also Anderson, Woods, Richardson available.

    What do you recommend on all this?

    • David Szczapa says:
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      ????

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        @Nate: sorry for [email protected]David Szczapa: sorry brother, I go smallwood, Oliver, and I’d pass on prosise. I could see bouncing lockett unless Baldwin is hurt for a while. Richardson is about the same. I’d hold, or go Anderson.

  3. Phil B.

    Phil B. says:
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    I’m not in on luck this year. I’m fine to go back to go next year, but this year I feel will be a waste for him. Really depends on what he costs.

    I like Wentz, not a ton this week, but for the rest of the season. Eli I would consider but personally I’d pass. the others I’d leave out there too. Tyrod will be a spot starter at best. I like Watson more that Kizer, neither more than Wentz.

    I like your plan, maybe the owner would even take cam for luck? Good luck!

    • Nate says:
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      @Phil B.: Thanks Phil. Can’t get myself to drop Cam yet. But I did that on week 4 of his MVP season and that mistake is still haunting me apparently haha

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        @Nate: I remember that year, guy in my league went undefeated after picking up cam. QB was his only missing piece. No one could touch him, it was nuts

  4. MrBigDraws says:
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    I swear I don’t want to be the spelling police but Lightning has an extra N in it… Nice article though!

    Thoughts on the Titans D this week?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @MrBigDraws: good catch! I kinda like thunder and lighting, it’s my new electric lighting company. I bet someone has already taken that name tho… And I’m not an electrician.
      Anyhoo, the titans have a favorable schedule for the next few weeks. I’d avoid them this week at Hou, but after that I’m looking their way @mia, home vs indy, and at Cleveland.

      • MrBigDraws says:
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        @Phil B.:
        Thanks. I know Watson is getting high praise after lighting (see what I did there) up NE but wouldn’t be surprised if they put up a dud this weekend. However, I ended up going with Kerry klugs advice and picked up the lions.

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          @MrBigDraws: lions not a bad call at all, they’ve looked good… But to me they’re still the lions and I just can’t yet.

  5. Jake says:
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    Should I use a top claim on Smallwood and drop Quiz I believe so but want your opinion. Thanks

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Jake: that’s what I would do. Quiz has an iffy to bad match up this week. I’m waiting to drop him until Sunday morning so no one can use him against me

  6. Mike says:
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    Hi Phil, u mind giving me some trade advice? I have desean, obj, Corey Davis and demaryus Thomas. Guy has offered me michael thomas and larry fitz for my d thomas and desean. Should I do it? At rb I have fournette, hunt, stewart, west, Carson and kamara. He has also offered me Crowell instead of fitz in above scenario. What do u think? I’m leaning towards doing the michael thomas and fitz trade. Thanks!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Mike: if still on the table take it! The two you’re getting will be better in my opinion. Really makes your team look good. And I say that being a Demaryus fan

  7. Mr Undecided says:
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    John Brown and Donte Moncrief are on waivers. 12 team ppr. Would you drop Cooper Kupp and Elijah Mcquire for them.
    Rb: Bell,Duke j, Buck A,T.coleman,kamara,d.henry

    WR:Hopkins,k.allen,D.parker,P.Garcon, Marvin Jones

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Mr Undecided: I wouldn’t. I like cupp and I don’t see John brown as much more than bye week filler. I’d hold Elijah for upside down the road

  8. eggman says:
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    I have Vernon Davis as my Jordan Reed backup. Worked well last week. Stick with that or pick up Charles Clay? .5 ppr Thanks!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @eggman: @eggman: eh, I’d roll with those two, and keep an eye out for good clay matchups. but TE had been a crap shoot so far

  9. Nick says:
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    what do you think of trading DJ for Maclin/Kamara? Its a 10-team standard & unfortunately went from champion last season with DJ to last place 0-3 start this season…

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Nick: I like it for Maclin. Kamara is a go to for me too, he’s a flex play already with upside. Goo luck, 0-3 is recoverable for sure. Good luck!

  10. fudgemybudge says:
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    10t standard
    Would you take Ajayi & McCaffrey for AB

    My team Inc:
    RB: D Cook, Mixon, Abdullah, D Henry
    WR: AB, Baldwin, TY, D Parker

    Thx

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @fudgemybudge: if u have a flex I’d do it. If only 2 RB then no. You should see if u can get a WR back for Mixon maybe as well. Let me know if you take it.

      • fudgemybudge says:
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        @Phil B.: yes .. starting 2 RB, 2 WR and 1 Flex.. will let you know

  11. JWRAY says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Burkhead for Smallwood…….ha head……wood…… anyway…..which do think will be more productive? I’m also debating on grabbing Watson and dropping Bradford. He just doesn’t seem to stay healthy and Watson would be my number 3 in a 2 QB start league. I’ve currently got Cousins and Winston.

    Thanks!!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @JWRAY: I’d do both. If u don’t need 3 QBs I’d look for RB or WR depth as opposed to another QB,but I’m a Watson fan

  12. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    lewis has had 3 TD’s total before that game since 2013. saw that somewhere, pretty F’ing gross.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: agreed. he’s the ultimate tease, for way too many years.

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