The fantasy football playoffs are five weeks away for most leagues so it is crunch time for teams that are sitting right around .500 or below. When making trades, you’re taking bye weeks into consideration where you are lacking. If you play in a league with a cap on waiver wire transactions or faab , you are starting to be a little bit more conservative this time of year. Everything counts now. Every week is important in November. 

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Since it is a big news day, let’s fuse what would have been two posts into one. I’ll put my week 9 rankings at the bottom for your viewing pleasure. But, let’s talk about the trade deadline first. Things certainly heated up after lunch on the NFL trading circuit. We had a couple of major moves at the wide receiver position that has an impact on a lot of players. Demaryius Thomas was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans and Golden Tate was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We have to keep in mind that players going to a new team in the middle of the season may not hit the ground running. Look at Josh Gordon so far this season with the Patriots. He’s productive, but he’s not the WR1 that he has the potential of being with the Patriots down the line.

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Readers, I am a hot little potato this morning. I decided to dabble in a little offshore gambling this past weekend as I sometimes do. You know what? My day was going pretty well. The Panthers covered in a pretty worry-free affair. The Cardinals marched down and scored a game winning touchdown on the final drive. I’m sitting at 2-0 thinking that there is no way that I am getting to 3-0 because I laid 7.5 points and took the Rams. All of a sudden, the Packers fumble the kick off with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. I have life! The Rams have the ball at the 20 and the best running back in football. The Packers best chance of getting the ball back is letting Gurley walk in the end zone and hope for a missed extra point. 

The first two plays were dumb reverses and now all of a sudden, it is 3rd down with just under a minute to go. The Rams snap it and toss the ball to Todd Gurley with blockers ahead of him. Gurley busts through the first ten yards, the play is looking good. Gurley is outrunning everybody and has a clear path to the end zone that he makes 10 out of 10 times. He stops. Right at the damn 5 or so yard line. My heart sinks. It’s the smartest football play he could’ve made. But C’MON GURLEY! Pad those stats and pad my wallet in the process. Team players aren’t good for fantasy or gambling, folks. I’ll take my fury out on these game review takes. 

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Happy Halloween folks, can you guess who I am? If you guessed press conference Ryan Fitzpatrick you are absolutely correct. If you guessed low level Italian mobster who is a fan of lunch meats and cheeses that is also a good guess. It looks like a bunch of Jaguars players got arrested 12 hours before kickoff so start your Eagles! DeSean Jackson has also requested a trade so that is something to think about. He could see some extra love today from Jameis to boost his trade value. He has the option to get out of his contract at the end of the season so why not get as much as they can for him?

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OPE! As we say here in the Midwest. I almost forgot to turn in my week 8 rankings for your Wednesday morning viewing pleasure. I found time in between dipping fried foods in buttermilk ranch and harvesting corn and soybeans to give you what I have for this week. 

With the trade deadline coming up, weekly rankings could get rather interesting in the next couple of weeks. We already have Amari Cooper moving to Dallas from Oakland and that will be a wait and see kind of thing. At least he has a bye week to work with Prescott and learn the playbook. I view it right now as a pretty lateral move for fantasy football purposes. If the Jaguars want to become relevant again this season, don’t they need a quarterback upgrade? Is somebody willing to pay a hefty price for a Le’Veon Bell rental? We will find out after week 8. Here are this week’s rankings.

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I have witnessed one of the worst overtime games that I have ever seen. There was an interception, a fumbled punt, and a coach that doesn’t know the overtime rules. Jameis Winston threw an interception in Tampa Bay territory leaving the Browns with only about 15 yards to gain to give them a shot at a game-winning field goal. Tampa Bay held strong on defense and forced a punt. Jameis Winston then puts together a terrible 3 and out. Tampa punts the ball and strips Jabrill Peppers leaving the Buccaneers with the ball right around mid field. Jameis is able to complete a pass to DeSean Jackson to get inside the 40 setting up a 59-yard field goal attempt from a kicker who previously missed an extra point and a 40 yard field goal to win the game in regulation. One would think the Buccaneers coaching staff would go for it on 4th and long because the chances of Catanzaro making this kick are slim to none. NO! KICK IT! They did… He made it… What is life? Let’s get to some individual player tidbits from that dumb game.

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The big news this week was Carlos Hyde being traded to the Jaguars for a fifth round pick. Chances are that Nick Chubb was picked up immediately regardless of the format, but if you’re lucky, Duke Johnson Jr. might still be available. It sounds like Carlos Hyde won’t make his debut this week in a Jaguar’s uniform so T.J. Yeldon will be relevant for at least another week. With Marshawn Lynch being sidelined for the next month, Doug Martin is set to take over his touches. Consider this Doug Martin’s final chance to show that he can be a useful running back. We also have an early London game so make sure you have those line up decisions set on your Chargers and Titans players by 9:30 EST.

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We’re just short of halfway through the fantasy football season. We all kind’ve know where we stand in our league and what positions we need to improve. We can also tell where the roster has depth.

Depth is a beautiful thing in fantasy football and not something that you want to take for granted, especially not even halfway through the season. Far too often I see fantasy players trade depth away in a panic to patch up a different position to all of a sudden lose a player to injury the next week. Now all of a sudden a strength from a week ago has become a dire weakness.

I’m not advocating to be against trading, but take your time and explore all of your options. Know your worth kings and queens! A fair deal is a fair deal, but I’m against giving discounts because I feel like I can afford to.

That was a completely unplanned rant. Most are. Sometimes you just tap some keys until something semi-coherent comes out. I do not have needles to share with you, but what I do have are rankings for week 7. The Packers, Raiders, Steelers, and Seahawks are on vacation.

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We have a London game! It should mean earlier football but instead it is the same time as the other early games but unfortunately the NFL is putting this game at noon as well. We all will have to wait another week to get a bonus 3 and a half hours of football. Speaking of London, apparently the Jaguars becoming London’s official team is closer to becoming a reality according to their ownership. That seems like nothing but a sh*tshow. Jacksonville finally has a competitor to root for and NOW it’s time for this. Khan wants to keep the team based in Jacksonville while playing some or most of their home games at Wembley stadium. Who would want to sign there? That’s taking away a lot of what home field advantage has to offer. Does Blake Bortles really play that much better overseas? But, if we can get more 8:30 games I might not complain that much. 

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