Last week, I had success with Trent Richardson over Bishop Sankey selection, but unfortunately the wide receiver battle was a dud for both sides. That’s just fantasy football and sometimes, you we have to just deal. I could go on and on about what this game means, and how hard we take our losses, but I want to give you something that we should all know and accept: That no matter how much we think we know about a player, it all comes down to what his team does as a unit. Or in the case of the Rams secondary, what they didn’t do on MNF when they went with the “let’s leave them wide open and see if they drop the ball” approach. Just Shameful!

Note: All evaluations are based on 0.5 PPR, and ranks are from FantasyPros.com.

Anquan Boldin (82) vs. Brian Quick (71)

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Two foes who faced off on Monday night meet up in this week’s battle as they take on last year’s two Super Bowl participants. Boldin gets to travel to the mile high city and take on the surprisingly decent, at least on paper, Broncos pass defense. Now, let’s not get too much behind the big “D” of Denver. Besides Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson to a lesser extent, they haven’t faced any good passing quarterbacks. KC, NYJ, and ARI are not keeping coaches up at night scheming against their pass attack. Over the course of the season, Boldin has 32 catches on 45 targets for 397 yards and only 1 TD. One thing to note on Boldin is his YAC (Yards After Catch) sits at a ten year low of 3.1 yards.  Now, his QB is best when flushed out of the pocket when the defense breaks down, and with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming off the corners at him, we can potentially see that this weekend. To be honest, Boldin is a huge wild card this week, as is his competitor Brian Quick. He gets the fun of facing Seattle and their not nearly as good on the road defense, that is coming off a tough home loss to the Cowboys. On the year, he has been a tale of two WR’s. In three games against TB, MIN, and PHI, he had 9 targets in each contest with a total of 17 catches and 2 TD’s. But against SF and DAL, he managed only 8 targets with 3 catches and 1 touchdown. If this game was in Seattle, I would completely throw my hat at Boldin and close the book on this one, but I have to go with the experts this week and tip the cap towards Brian Quick. He has the size, upside and rapport with Austun Davis, who has looked good at times this year. Besides, Quick’s one of my favorite old school hip hop artistsWinner: Brian Quick

 

CJ Spiller (85) vs. Zac Stacy (86)

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What is going on right now? Weren’t these two guys suppose to be RB2’s? Why do I keep asking myself questions? Do these jeans make me look fat? No, your fat makes you look fat! Seriously though, this is a friggin’ mess with these two. I would prefer to say just bench them both until we know more about each situation, but this is the bye week portion of the season and we don’t get that luxury. They are both playing in what looks like a three-headed monster of a situation. But could we really call that a monster? Maybe this kind of monster. Stacy gets the Seahawks in St.Louis, who are giving up an average of 82.2 YPG and only 2 TD’s on the ground. Spiller on the other hand gets the Vikings, who have given up an average of 118.2 YPG with 6 TD’s on the ground. I was really impressed with rookie Tre Mason on Monday night, and think he is the future of the St.Louis backfield. I think the Rams know that too… at least I hope they do. The Bills were playing from behind last week and I’m viewing his usage issue as a one time problem. 15 touches give or take is his norm. On the year C.J. is averaging his lowest YPC since his rookie year, but will always be a passing threat when he can get out in space. This one is really not about the numbers but more with opportunity. The Seahawks can just crush the Rams and the Bills will be in it to win it and that makes me go the way of Spiller. The Vikings are not great, nor very good, and this may be a case where the Bills need to run a lot of the clock out to get the win. Winner: C.J. Spiller

 

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  1. Brian says:
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    I am thinking of trying to trade brandon cooks is a non ppr league. Would you trade him for either of the following names. Harvin, Wayne or Keenan Allen or would you hold here ?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brian: good question. I like harvin for upside but Seattle’s situations may create frustration. I hope/ think Allen can have a nice second half but as long as Floyd is healthy it will hurt him. His 28 catches on 42 targets worries me. and the 3.3 YAC, which is almost half of last year is not a good thing. Wayne is a no for me. I would hold, it’s a pretty lateral move and none of those guys is a significant upgrade. Allen is the only one with a higher ceiling but it’s just not looking good for him this year.

  2. Scott says:
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    I picked up some Tre. Keep him on the bench for now?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: yes

  3. CL says:
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    I dropped Stacy for Tre Mason is 2 PPR leagues during their game Monday night. He looked good. Then I dropped Stacy in my 3rd league via waiver claim today. To be fair, Stacy wasn’t playing much for me in any league.

    Too soon to go all in on Tre Mason?!

    /wait, I had Zac Stacy on all 3 of my teams?!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @CL: no, it’s a good call. If you weren’t using stacy anyway. I think come fantasy playoff time you’ll have the starter and a better waiver

  4. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    im in a 14 team ppr. which of these 3 should i play in my 2 flex spots. Hillman, Eddie Lacy, or Torrey Smith???

  5. Clint says:
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    Am I the only one amazed the Ravens haven’t called the Bills and asked if they can get Spiller for a 4th round pick or so by now? Or Jacksonville who originally flubbed drafting Spiller and could use a spark? I thought the NFL was making changes to make their trade deadlines easier and more interesting. Rather see CJ get out of there along w/Mike Williams at this point. Buffalo has no idea what they’re doing with that franchise, trading for and/or signing guys only to make them inactive later.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Clint: good call. I think Baltimore is good with what they got but after this year forsett is not the guy. Jax move I like alot. That would be a good safety valve for Bortles.

  6. Monty says:
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    Trade?… Ok 14 team ppr I would get E. Sanders and Antone Smith for P Harvin and B Oliver.
    My lineup is.
    Rivers
    A. Jeffrey
    JC
    Bush
    Bradshaw
    Beckham
    Hopkins

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Monty: I like it, sanders is the best player there

      • Monty says:
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        @J-FOH: He’s also offering hillman in place of Smith.
        Does that change your opinion about the trade?
        Thanks

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Monty: long term I think freeman gets the love in Atlanta and I would rather have Ball’s handcuff over Smith. Smith is a tough start regardless of the situation so yeah, I’d take Hillman

  7. Vin Sully 1988 says:
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    I have 4 studs at WR in Brown, Jordy, Benjamin and Sanders. I’m hurting at RB and just claimed Crowell off waivers, somebody offered me Ben Tate for Sanders should I take that trade and have the Starting RB in Cleaveland? (PPR LEAGUE)

    My RBs are
    Mccoy
    Vereen
    Sankey

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Vin Sully 1988: I’d try to move Benjamin first then but if you must trade Sanders i would want more than Tate. Is Tre Mason available?

  8. Luis says:
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    Great piece. It’s getting tougher to get a good player there at times. In a 10 team, standard league, would you drop Crabtree for: Cooks, Davante Adams, J. Hunter or Bolden? I’m starting to lose patience with Crabs. He just keeps languishing on my bench anyway, so I was thinking about picking someone up with some decent upside.

    Rest of WR’s and RB’s:
    Bryant, Sanders, V-Jax, Garcon, T. Williams and
    Forte, Sankey, Ball, Hyde and McKinnon

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Luis: Cooks for Crabs

  9. Dan says:
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    14-team PPR

    after my trade of most of my RB depth for Montee Ball and Victor Cruz and the precipitous fall of Asiata, I am left with an underperforming Lacy and a soon to be replaced Andre Williams as my only viable RBs. I have Gronk at TE and Kelce on the bench…was offered McFadden for Kelce. I do that, right? I am a little trigger-shy after the last one.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dan: I don’t like that deal, have you tried to move Gronk and use Kelce as your primary ?

      • Dan says:
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        @J-FOH: I have not but finding somebody who wants a Gronk is tough. The guy with the weakest starting TE (Clay Harbor) has RBs of Spiller, L Miller, Rainey, Joique B, and Tre Mason. I like the upside of Joique and Mason but is that worth it for Gronk?

        The guy looking for Kelce has LeVeon, B. Tate, Hillman, Stewart, McKinnon, and McFadden. Any suggestions?

  10. friar says:
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    Which side do you prefer in a 0.5 ppr league? Julio Jones for Roddy White + Andre Ellington. Thanks!

    • friar says:
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      @friar: Also, same league (12-team, 0.5 ppr), I’ve been starting Stacy. Which bench WR should I drop for Tre: R. Randle, A. Holmes, D. Adams, or Beckham?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @friar: adams

    • J-FOH says:
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      @friar: ellington side

  11. Nikko Respeto says:
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    How do you feel about my Reggie Wayne and Reggie Bush for his Lamar Miller? My WRs are: A. Brown, E. Sanders, S. Smith, O. Beckham, M. Wheaton, R. Wayne and V. Jackson. My RBs are: L. Bell, B. Sankey, R. Bush, and R. Hillman.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nikko Respeto: I actually do like it for you

  12. Braun Weasleys says:
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    Cunningham, khiry robinson, antone smith ROS ranking? Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Braun Weasleys: all of their values are going to be dependent on the starters ahead of them. When Ingram comes back Robinson goes back to being a top handcuff, Cunningham is in a three headed mess and Smith will never be the lead in Atlanta. With all that being said and the need for bye week plays I will say Smith first because he has the chance to break one in the few opps he gets, Robinson, then Cunningham. All should be taken with a grain of salt and I would be looking for someone who gets a chance to be primary.

  13. Rsmith says:
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    Am I giving too much up in Crabtree and bernard for lesean? Its a 10 team ppr

    I haven’t started crabtree the oast 2 weeks as I have

    Dez
    Sanu
    Colston
    Randle
    Beckham
    Wheaton
    Hawkin
    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rsmith: nah, It’s a good deal

  14. Boston baked bean says:
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    Howdy j-foh, I’m a ben Tate owner; would you look to make a trade w/ the owner who has Isaiah Crowell? Or hold?

    My RB’s are : Gio bernard , ben Tate, ahmad Bradshaw, jeremy hill, Braden Oliver, Storm Johnson , & benny Cunningham

    My WR’s: demaryius thomas, michael Crabtree, Kelvin benjamin, cordarrelle patterson, Andrew Hawkins


    His roster

    QB- luck

    RB1- le’veon bell
    RB2- forsett

    WR1- steve smith
    WR2- sanu
    WR3- Allen Robinson

    TE- larry donnell

    Flex- Crowell

    D- Browns

    Kicker- arizona kicker

    Bench- Jimmy graham, kaepernick, greg Jennings, antone smith, brandon bolden, brandon LaFell, miles austin, Stevie johnson, & rashad jennings on his ir spot.

    -if I were to do a deal were I get Crowell not sure who I trade, this owner did just lose cruz & Ridley.

  15. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR, I’ve got a clusterf*ck in the works for my RB2 this week.

    Who’s your pick of this crappy bunch, with news that McKinnon’s carries will probably be dropping?

    McKinnon @ BUF
    Ivory @ NE
    Bolden vs NYJ
    S. Johnson vs CLE

    I have zero faith in any of these guys for this week…

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