Jay went all Beatles in his ranks this week. I’m going all early 80’s MTV and say this is a Good Bye “Week” to You. Yes, this is a gift, not a problem. We got this bro! Have a beer and listen to me ramble for a minute. I can’t believe I remember watching this video when I was seven years old. I can’t believe I remember videos. I can’t believe I went to the “they don’t show videos anymore card”. Should I talk about my first portable audio cassette player that only had fast forward and weighed five pounds? No, it wasn’t a Sony, and therefore I can’t call it a Walkman. I turned 39 earlier this month and I have to say, I’m ready for my mid-life crisis car with T-tops. Last week I got back into form after that miserable Week 2. Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins both won their battles, and I rested easy for once. I take this very seriously, at least the analysis part, because I want to help you win your week. I’m working real hard to give you my best effort when it comes to the tough calls you have to make.

 All evaluations are based on .5 PPR and ranks are from Fantasy Pros

James Jones (72) vs. Justin Hunter (74)

For this week’s wide receiver one-on-one, I’m taking a stab at the surprise kid from Oakland against the “catch the damn ball cause you are better than this” Justin Hunter. Hunter came into this year with a lot of sleeper upside and was drafted all over the place, and rightfully so. He’s big (6’4″) and closed out the 2014 second half with two really nice games of 100+ yards and TD catches. The biggest problem is that he’s never had a real quarterback to help him along. Sorry fans of Jake Locker, he’s just not good enough to cut it in the NFL. On the year Hunter only has 8 catches on 21 targets for 126 yards and ZERO TD’s. On the other side of this we have James Jones (15 rec for 189 and 2 TD), who has been a nice grab by the Raiders and the new favorite target of David Carr. Back in Green Bay, where he spent the first seven years of his career, he put up really nice numbers in a crowded receiver corps, peaking in TD’s in 2012 (14) and yards in 2013 (817). To find an equivalent today, he was the Harry Douglas of the Packers, chipping in every week and performing when needed because of injuries. This week, Hunter gets the Colts and their solid pass D against WR’s, while Jones gets the Dolphins who on paper look good against the pass but have two red flags for me. The first is that Carr might be the best QB they are facing so far, don’t get mad at me Pats fan. Secondly, they have given up big games to Julian Edelman and Sammy Watkins. As we say on the baseball side… cust kayin’. Bottom line, I like Hunter’s size and ability to get after it, but I hate the Colts at home and the fact that they haven’t given up any big games to wide receivers. TE’s and RB’s is a different discussion. I think Jones gets to the endzone and that’s the difference maker for me. The season is young, and I ain’t buying the Dolphins secondary as being this good when they have been burned twice against the two best receivers they have faced. Jones will make it number three. WINNER: JAMES JONES.

 

Joique Bell (66) vs. Chris Ivory (75)

Here is one I didn’t think I would get to this early in the season, but the changes in the distribution in New York makes this one a battle. Going into the season, Bell was the favorite for the PPR format after putting up back to back 50+ reception seasons and scoring 8 on the ground last year. Ivory, on the other hand, was the talented back that no one has ever trusted as their primary back, even though he has never averaged less than 4.6 YPC in his career. He was a sleeper back in 2013 for Sky which reads to me like “Everybody Hates Chris”. Thanks for making me sad two years in a row Sky. This week, Bell gets the Jets and Ivory gets the Lions. Yup, an in-game battle here. The Jets and Lions are #1 and #2 for least number of rushing yards per game. They have both played the Packers and in those contests the flow of the game really gives us nothing to go on except that the Lions have a better pass D than the Jets. Hmm, will the Lions throw a lot this week? The one thing that bothers me is the Lions lost their defensive leader in the middle, Stephen Tulloch. How will that impact the rush D? With that being said, the Jets are the #2 rushing team in the league and Bell will always have to share with Reggie Bush, while Ivory only has old-and-done Chris Johnson to contend with. That’s the thing I can’t get behind. I see Ivory as the lead back in NY getting 20+ carries this week, and I’m not ready to bank on Bell getting 6 catches out of the backfield and 15+ carries. Last week, Ivory caught 4 balls out of the backfield for 50 yards and I’m hoping this is the start of things to come. He is averaging 4.4 YAFC (Yards After First Contact). Yeah, think about that one for a minute. Delicious… By a margin that is not as close as I thought before I started this, I got to give it up to Ivory. He is playing his way into relevance, and teetering on a high RB2 designation with a lot more to show us. Play Ivory with confidence and know that he will amass the most yards against the Lions of any running back up until this point. WINNER: CHRIS IVORY.

 

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  1. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Man picked up both him and bradshaw…I hope they lessen richardsons and cj2k roles and let these beasts get the bulk of the carries and catches.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @J-FOH: “if’s a big word to sane people.” you included it, so you aren’t on the hook for actually claiming he is.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

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    David Carr certainly looked better than Brady last week. This Pats fan is not mad at all about that analysis.

    That Ivory vs. Bell matchup almost makes my head explode. It’s just so tough to make the call on either. I want to disagree with you, because I have Bell all over the place, but Ivory has the better setup. The only way that Bell has the better game is if Reggie gets hurt.

    Who do you like better ROS?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: ivory as long as he doesn’t start fumbling. Bell’s TD’s were an anomaly last year

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: TD’s are pretty much an anomaly in general. There are very few backs you can count on for consistent TD numbers. (Hi Matt Forte). The one role I think Bell fits significantly better than Reggie does is goal line back. I also fully expect Reggie to get hurt soon opening up the door for Bell.

        I like Ivory but I’m seeing a few wretched games from this Jets offense hurting some of his value as the season goes on.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: you can still put people down for 5 for 10 when they are the lead. I think Ivory’s ability to break first contact will lead to more TD’s regardless of offense. Hoping for a Bush injury could end up killing you. It’s not like were talking about Arian Foster

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @J-FOH: He’s pretty close. Are you saying Reggie is durable?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: no, just not a fan of playing that game. Foster is one thing and steven jackson is old, but Gates wasn’t durable either last year and what happened?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @J-FOH: Yeah but we’re not talking about him taking the starting role. Bell is already getting most of the touches. I think last week was an outlier.

        • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: most of that forte stuff was back when m.bush was goal line back, he’s gone.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: Bush was only there in 2012 and 2013 and Forte had 5 and 9 TD’s. From 2009-2012 he had between 3-6 rushing TD’s.

  3. Adam says:
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    Really wish I didn’t drop James Jones after his turd of a week 1…

    Deep league, +1 PPR. Which 2 of these 3 WR would you start (at UTIL) IF Boykins is forced to sit this week?

    Allen Hurns @ SD
    Andre Holmes vs MIA
    Davante Adams @ CHI

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Adam: Hurns, in a deep league an endzone threat is your best bet.

  4. Adam says:
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    Also, I greatly enjoyed the Zoolander gif.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Adam: thanks, it sums up my approach to this hard work I do here

  5. Philsfan says:
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    would you start Ivory over Fred Jackson this week?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Philsfan: I give the edge to Ivory

  6. JJ says:
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    who to go with: K Wright, Forsett, E. Royal or J Kerley? thx

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JJ: It’s close but I think Kerley this week.

  7. J-FOH says:
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    Test

  8. de nachos says:
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    Somewhere I have a cassette tape of Patty Smyth singing that song on Howard. You are the Warrior, J-FOH. Cecil Shorts saw 8 targets in the second half from Bortles but Jordan Matthews will be against the. Niners’ vulnerable slot (that’s what she…never mind). Which one for +1 PPR?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: I like shorts very slightly better for more receptions with garbage time most likely. but i think Matthews has a better chance to score a TD. I hope that helps.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: I get retard strong when it comes down to it and fight like a banshee. so yes I am.

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: at 39 you are getting up there to be shooting at the walls of heartache, bang bang

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: I’m a glutton for pain and punishment

  9. Allan says:
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    Cutler or stafford?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Allan: stafford

      • Allan says:
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        @J-FOH: Same answer if megatron is held out or not 100%?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Allan: If Mega is out then Cutler, but not 100% is still better than everyone else

  10. Velocity_X says:
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    Serious bye week woes here.. In a PPR I am currently starting Brown and Gerhart at RB. I need to drop one WR and start two out of: Hunter, Douglas, and Royal. I could also consider picking up Stevie Johnson, though that’s not a very exciting prospect.

    I’ve been torn between Douglas and Hunter all season. Just haven’t seen Hunter perform at all. Douglas at least has a capable and pass-happy QB which gives him upside, even despite the numbers of mouths to feed.

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      Regarding Hunter, you also have to factor in the prospect that Locker isn’t going to play and you’ll have Whitehurst filing in. I figure that can’t hurt Hunter too much given what his numbers are already at.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Velocity_X: Hunter and Douglas

  11. de nachos says:
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    Donnell is gonna be the hot pick up, but can Eli sneak in and be a top 6 QB this season?

    Peyton Brees Luck Brady Rodgers…Eli? 2011 is calling.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: Meh, Dennell is nice and Cruz has had two nice back to back weeks regardless of what some other writers think

  12. Franks n beans says:
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    Great zoo lander gif!
    I like the scene where he’s in that mine & jumps out in all black lol.

    If Boykin is sitting this week add adams , I’m not sure if necessarily start him just for depth.

    I always like to add players before sunday or on Sunday players that may help out at some point, or if they do on Sunday & you just beat everyone by adding them before the big waiver wire rush.

    That being said here who’s available at RB/ WR/ and TE.

    RB: James Starks, Braden Oliver, MJD, dexter mccluster who’s listed at WR & RB, daniel thomas, darrin reaves.

    WR: steve Johnson, bowe, riley Cooper, kenbrel Thompkins, aaron Dobson, Lafell, andre Holmes, davante adams, jeremy kerely or denarius Moore.

    TE: Charles clay, eric ebron, austin Sefarian jenkins, Dwayne Allen, Ladarius green & brandon Myers.

    My RB’s are currently gio bernard, tate, ahmad Bradshaw, terrance west, jeremy hill, Gerhart, forsett & DMC.

    WR’s: demaryius thomas, Crabtree, Kelvin benjamin, cordarrelle patterson, wheaton & jordan Matthews.

    TE: Ertz

  13. J-FOH says:
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    Starks, Adams and Kerley, allen and jenkins

    I’d add Adams over Boykins

  14. The Harrow says:
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    in this sentence
    “With that being said, the Jets are the #2 rushing team in the league” i think you mean NYJ are 2# run D in league, because earlier you already said “The Jets and Lions are #1 and #2 for least number of rushing yards per game”, unless of course you orginally meant that NYJ and DET are top 2 run defenses and NYJ are 2nd best running team in league, but this 2nd thing seems wrong. Just left out the word defense in my first quoted line likely.

  15. Ron says:
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    .5PPR – which side you like in each of these trades?

    1) Megatron and Cruz or Demaryius and Jordy
    2) Megatron and Crabtree or Demaryius and Jordy

  16. Annie's Boobs says:
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    Would you drop Sproles, Khiry or Joique to pick up either Ryan Mathews or Knowshon?

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