Before we get to the weekend roundup there are some important bits of information you need to pay close attention to!!  First, I will announce the winner of the Pay The Fan team tonight on Twitter @ChetRazzball and in the comments of the Podcast Contest post.  So there’s still time to get your Podcast name entered (and remember, only one per contestant).

Secondly, we are still adding teams to the Commenter Leagues every day so do your thing in the comments there.  Also we have a Fantasy Football newbie league started up by Razzball great, New Zealand Steve, so if you are still a little shaky on your fantasy football feet give Steve a shout at sglyon [at] gmail [dot] com and get in his league!

Now here is some football stuff that went on in football land:

If you own Arian Foster in a dynasty league or drafted him early this season, you must have been living right or you’re into some stanky voodoo, because Ben Tate ended his season a little prematurely with a junked up ankle and Steve Slaton coughed up the ball yet again.  And you know how coach Kubiak can’t stand that ball coughing, unless it’s the turn your head variety.  This set of events leaves Arian sitting in the cat bird seat or looking like the cat who just ate the canary or just a cat you want to own this season. I’ve updated the Top 100 and you’ll notice he has shot up the rankings.

This could also help Slaton in the long run, but the fact that he fumbled 9 times last season (losing 5) and Kubiak’s utter disdain for anything resembling a fumble, he is on a short leash (so in this metaphor, rather than a cat, Slaton is a dog).  I still see Slaton as a more than capable receiver and third down back while Foster will be the goal line, early down back.

Ryan Mathews: Mathews showed a good burst and vision and all those things you need when running with a football.  He also had three pass targets and caught two of them.  If he can get 30+ receptions, which under Norv Turner is a good possibility as long as he isn’t completely incompetent, his value goes up significantly.  I only have him at 10 receptions right now, with the thinking that he didn’t catch much in college and Sproles is there to catch a bunch, but I could easily see that 10 going up to 30 as long as he continues to get some receptions and 3rd down work in preseason.

Jerome Harrison: With Hardesty out and listed as the 4th string back, Harrison looks to be getting the shot he deserves.  He didn’t have a huge game against the Packers, but got in on a 4 yard touchdown which once again proves he can work in short yardage.  It’s still not his job to lose, but it could be his to win.

Legedu Naanee: Rivers hit him with a beautiful touchdown pass and targeted him early.  It is looking like Floyd and Naanee will be the 1 and 2 and Rivers is too good to keep from connecting with whoever is out there.  Add that to the very good chance that Vincent Jackson won’t be playing with the Chargers this season and we have some receivers sleepless in San Diego.

Lynell Hamilton: Lynell is not well after he tore his ACL, but now Pierre will not have to share his goal line wares.   I could go on rhyming, but I’ve lost my timing, whoops.  The Saints are looking for another power back so who knows how this will play out, but for now P.T.’s mojo is rising.

Major Wright: I’m not an IDP guru, but I did see rookie safety Major Wright tackling Bolts in bunches.  It looks likely that he will end up starting and could accumulate a goodly amount of tackles.

Dwayne Jarrett: It was looking like the Subway guy was on his way to taking a back seat to Brandon LaFell, but Jarrett has had a strong camp and looks to have finally “got it” according to Carolina beat writers.  This doesn’t mean you need to run out and draft him, but this does mean you need to temper expectations for LaFell since he’s LaFalling in the rankings.

Mike Williams: Yes, Mike Williams will be the Buccaneers starting receiver, but I’m referring to the other Mike Williams, the one in Seattle who was a bit of a fatty and a loser in Detroit (took after Matt Millen).  He has been getting a lot of training camp praise and then had a nice preseason game, so with the sorry supply of receivers up that way, he needs to be monitored.

Johnny Knox: Yes Devin Aromashodu had the numbers against the Chargers, but Johnny Knox got the start and made two nice grabs from Cutler on the first series before sitting for the rest of the game.  The Aroma got a ton of work against the 2nd and 3rd teamers and looked good, but Knox is the man until further notice.  Devin Hester didn’t do much and it’s hard not to see him being moved to the slot at some point, but for now, he’s the starter out wide.

C.J. Spiller: Spiller owners, much like Foster owners, must have had their voodoo dolls out in force during the Bills first preseason game because both Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson left with injurie.  Jackson could miss the first regular season game and Lynch most of the preseason.  This of course helps Spiller gain a foothold on the job if he plays well, but I’m only inching him up the rankings for now.  Lynch and Jackson aren’t going anywhere and have enough experience that they aren’t going to lose a ton by sitting on the sidelines.

Anthony Dixon: Glen Coffee was summoned to a higher calling by Tim Tebow, so Anthony Dixon is now Frank Gore’s back up.  And he solidified that position with a big preseason game going for 122 total yards and looked good in doing so.

Torry Holt: He has taken a trip to IR which will probably end his illustrious career and will also give youngster Brandon Tate a chance to get into the action.  Tate is extremely fast and good at what he does, but there is a lot of competition for receptions in New England.  Keep him on your radar for now.

Cedric Benson: For all the T. Old and Chad Johnson talk, there is little doubt that the offensive line, Cedric Benson and the defense are what will keep the Bengals in the hunt.  I doubted Ced Ben last season and he proved me wrong over and over.  If he hadn’t been injured, his season could have easily been 1500 yards rushing with 8 or 9 TDs. That puts him in the top 10 for RBs. He looked fine in his first preseason game and got into the end zone which was what held him back some last year. Don’t be afraid to draft him at his forgiving ADP.

Jermaine Gresham: Besides having a kick ass last name he looked very capable in his first pro-type game last night.  He made some nice catches and looked good after the catch.  If the Bengals use him like they should, he will become fantasy relevant this season.

  1. Trevor says:
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    what do u think of my draft? We start 2 qbs and i sat back while people took Alex smith in the 4th round.

    QB: garrad, hassleback, matt moore
    WR: Calvin Johnson, Dwyane Bowe, Meachem, JacobY Jones, D.Avery, deon Butler
    RB: Mojo, Jamaal Charles, Ben tate, brandon jackson
    TE: jermicheal Finley
    WR/RB: Beanie Wells
    QB/WR/RB: Cedric Benson

    I had a d’oh moment taking Ben tate instead of donald brown and now I find out that Tate probably is hurt severly so Im happy about that…missed a possible stud for an injured player.

  2. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Trevor: Would have been nice to get at least one top 12 QB. Tate is droppable now. Any QB’s left at all?

  3. Trevor says:
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    no i planned on grabbing rosenfels near the end but someone beat me to it…theres absolutely nothing though and I would have liked one as well but i couldnt pay the premium…garrard and hasslebeck did not finish far outside the top scorers at all though…i believe garrard and mojo were equals in the scoring system

  4. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Trevor: garrard always scores more than people think he does. I like him as a #2 this season.

  5. Trevor says:
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    I have a feeling about Carolina this season. They could be a very strong team and they looked it last season when they took down the giants as well as destroying the vikings. Matt Moore could be decent for me spot starting.

  6. Trevor says:
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    I really wanted matt Cassel and almost took him where Finley was but I saw Finley as a much larger advantage to own week to week if i was already giving up qbs.

  7. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Trevor: Agreed. Finley is a stud. I also agree that Matt Moore will be worth spot starts. I worry about Hass’ health as well.

  8. wws26 says:
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    Doc,

    I’m deseparate for my 4th keeper in a ppr league. It’s between welker and sidney rice. At least welker has been practing. Rumors have it Rice is just holding out. Whadday say Doc? I’m leaning towards Welker.

  9. Giacomo says:
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    Would you trade Calvin Johnson (3rd) and DeAngelo Williams (5th) for MJD (17th)? Keeper rounds are in parenthesis. 0.5 per reception league.

  10. Giacomo says:
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    Oh and remaining keeper options are Colston and Austin in 17th and McCoy in the 7th.

  11. Turd Ferguson says:
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    In a dynasty rookie/FA draft, where do Foster and Knox slot in among the rookies?

    I’d make that trade, Giacomo.

  12. Trevor says:
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    I’d like to let you know that there is a very good chance that zach miller does not do all that much this season. I personally think the TE to own is dustin Keller

  13. Jim Parkey says:
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    I agree with your assessment of Major Wright’s performance. He looks like he could be the real deal for the Bears. I also have agreed with your assessment of Cutler’s upside this year. HOWEVER, I was quite dismayed by the Bears’ O-line play in the 1st exhibition game. If we don’t see improvement these next couple games, should we be re-examining our Cutler expectations a bit?

  14. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jim Parkey: I believe he can still have the numbers with the inevitable bad O-line play. The injury risk of course goes up, but that’s a risk all the time. Martz’s offense, if played well, gets the ball out fast, and has RBs ready as safety valves. I think he can succeed fantasy-wise, even with the bad o-line.

    @wws26: I really like Rice unless it’s PPR.

    @Giacomo: If you can still keep Colston, Austin, and McCoy and get MJD with a 17th round keeper I think it’s works for you.

    @Turd Ferguson: Foster and Knox should go pretty high. Matthews, Best, Spiller, Bryant are they only guys that pop into my mind I would take ahead of them. Could be missing a couple, but around there.

  15. herschel says:
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    @Doc: i have the 6th pick in a 12 team ppr league where ray rice is being kept. assuming top 5 in some order will be cj, ap, mjd, aj and gore. where does that leave me at 6? sjax (i had him last year, and although i know he has beast like tendencies, he can be painful to watch on stl), rodgers (too early for a qb here?), turner (too early in a ppr?), moss or fitz (headcase playing for a contract and solid wr with a new qb and loss of boldin), field (any wildcards?). all in all, im not a fan of this pick.

    any thoughts would be appreciated.

  16. Doc

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    @herschel: I know what you are saying. I am a big SJax fan, but that team can cause you to pause. I can see wanting to get Rodgers there since you just don’t feel comfortable with anyone there, but I do think grabbing a top WR is a good idea. By the time it gets back to you, you might be into the second tier of WRs. I feel like you can find more usable and possibly top RBs in the 2/3/4 rounds. In ppr I have Fitz/Wayne/Moss/White/Austin all pretty close. I would look at them even though it seems high. A top WR in ppr is imperative.

  17. Hen says:
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    PPR 12 team mock draft, 7th pick:

    1. Frank Gore RB
    2. Reggie Wayne WR
    3. Jamaal Charles RB
    4. Matt Forte RB
    5. Hines Ward WR
    6. Jay Cutler QB
    7. Santana Moss WR
    8. Kellen Winslow TE
    9. Ben Roethlisberger QB
    10. Kenny Britt WR
    11. Laurence Maroney RB
    12. Derrick Ward RB
    13. Steve Slaton RB
    14. Malcolm Floyd WR
    15. Giants D/ST
    16. Lawrence Tynes K

    This was my first mock draft of the year, and it’s only my 2nd year playing fantasy football. I used your rankings to help guide me and plan to use them on draft day too.

    Can you please tell me what picks you like, dislike, and what you might do different? Thanks!

  18. Doc

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    @Hen: Looks solid. Starting to worry about Ward. Looked pretty bad the other day and has had bad camp buzz. I’m hoping Britt comes along. He has the ability, but has been pretty stupid lately. Otherwise I like the PPR value for all your guys.

  19. Pete says:
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    We had an auction draft for the first time in our 12 man league. Can you tell me what you think of my team? I definitely feel like I could use some WR help; should I pick up one of these guys and if I do, who should I drop?

    QB – Aaron Rodgers
    WR – Percy Harvin
    WR – Santana Moss
    WR – Joshua Cribbs
    RB – Adrian Peterson
    RB – Marion Barber
    TE – Jermichael Finely
    K – David Akers
    DEF – Baltimore
    BN – Brett Favre
    BN – Donovan McNabb
    BN – Justin Forsett
    BN – Mario Manningham
    BN – Mike Williams (TB)
    BN – Arian Foster

    Some WR’s who are available for me to pick up include:
    Anthony Gonzalez
    Golden Tate
    Dexter McCluster
    Kevin Walter
    Patrick Crayton
    James Jones
    Davone Bess
    Ted Ginn Jr.
    Justin Gage
    Devin Thomas
    Chaz Schillens
    Earl Doucett

  20. the FF Pleeb says:
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    Will the Tier’s be updated. Looks like the current one is a couple months old? Your tiers will be one of my biggest tools in my draft in 2 weeks.

  21. Fletch says:
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    are you here Doc? Got a question for you regarding my 12 team Dynasty draft. I am on the clock now. Debating between A. Foster or Harvin. I only have Bowe as my WR and I already have Rice and McCoy has my backs. Decisions….

  22. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @the FF Pleeb: They should be updated now.

    @Fletch: In Dynasty I like Harvin. Foster is still a question mark.

  23. Doc

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    @Pete: Is this a ppr or return yardage league?

  24. Pete says:
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    This is a return yardage league, 50 yds/1pt (2 pt bonus at 125 & 3 point bonus at 150)

  25. Doc

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    @Pete: I would try McCluster. If he catches on as a return man and the slot he could do something for you.

  26. doc, tell me what you think of my team. i was unhappy with my draft so ive been trading ever since…but i think i’ve found my happy place.

    QB – Carson Palmer, Ben Rothlisberger, Josh Freeman
    RB – Chris Johnson, Michael Turner, Arian Foster, Leon Washington
    WR – Donald Driver, Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Legedu Naanee, Golden Tate
    TE – Dustin Keller
    K-Mason Crosby
    DEF – Dallas, New Orleans

    let me know what you think

  27. Doc

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    @davis jones: I rather not have 3 QBs, Don’t see the need for Freeman. Not a fan of Palmer, but hopefully Ben can give you an upgrade there. RBs are strong. If you have 2 WR slots i think you can get by, but 3 would make it very difficult. I also don’t like to carry 2 D’s. I would drop NO and Freeman for RB and WR fliers.

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