Welcome to week 13.  If you are still in the hunt this is probably a pretty big game, but don’t over think this shizz.  It is what it is.  You can only put your best players out there and then just let go.  It’s all very Zen.

I’m looking forward to the fine-filled Ravens/Steelers game.  One of the few events that I don’t need a fantasy stake to be completely into.  I’m also looking forward to seeing my man Jamaal Charles against the Broncos.  Those Chiefs/Broncos games are usually on the crazy side of sane. Of course the Jets/Patriots game on Monday Night has a lot of buildup and should be a good one as well.  I’d say all three of those are pick ems and should be fun to watch!  Good luck to everyone this week.  Throw your questions at me in the comments and I’ll get my Louisville Slugger out and go after them like they’re home intruders.

Make sure you join our Weekly QB/RB/WR Contest and/or our FanDuel Super League.

Here is an extremely informative diagram of several NFL player’s brains that has come to my attention.  Eli Manning’s is spot on.

Evan Silva with his always informative breakdown of each game is behind these here words.

Here are some of the key injuries for this week —

Early Games

Drew Stanton: He is your new Detroit Lions quarterback which is the opposite of good news for the Lions.  Stanton did ok against the Giants earlier in the season, but just ok and his track record is just plain bad. Last season in 3 ish games he had zero touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  It’s still hard to sit Calvin Johnson since Stanton’s only chance is to throw it up to the stud.

Adrian Peterson: He is listed as questionable but Frazier says he is probable.  Since this is an early game we’ll know if there is surprise changes.  Toby Gerhart may see a little more work, but I wouldn’t count on enough touches to be safe to start.

Percy Harvin: His migraines have kept him out of practice this week, but he has yet to miss a game because of migraines.  I’m a little worried about his lack of practice, but he has a good matchup so I’d still start him as long as he’s playing.

C.J. Spiller: He is back, but Fred Jackson is the guy.  If you are in a return yardage league he may be useful.

Brandon Marshall: His return isn’t all that helpful unless you are in a two QB league and need to start Henne.  Otherwise Marshall’s presence just makes Bess and Hartline riskier.

Mike Sims-Walker: He is out which makes Mike Thomas a decent flex play.  He should get around 10 targets.

Brian Westbrook: He practiced fully on Friday.  It’s looking like Westy and Dixon will be splitting carries depending on the situation.  Westy should be the guy in PPR and Dixon in non-PPR.

Pierre Thomas: There is a very slim chance he will go this week, but I wouldn’t bet on it.  Chris Ivory should have some value against a poor Bengals team.

Late Games

Ben Roethlisberger: It’s looking like his foot won’t be a huge factor, but it should be a Vick sponsored kind of fight that may be much more interesting in real football terms than fake football terms.

Antonio Gates: For some reason the Chargers site is listing him as out, but there have been no reports of that.  We should at least know if that is just an error before the early games. He came out of last week’s game better than he has in past games and looked good while he was out there.  I would have a late game backup just in case, but I have a feeling he will go.  Bajema could be a last minute guy who should be available, not that I like him much, just better than nothing.

Zach Miller: He should try to go once again, but I wouldn’t use him until he does instead of just tries.

Mike Tolbert: He has a bum finger which could hurt him in the passing game, but he should still be the main back and will also be the goal line back even with Ryan Mathews back.

Malcom Floyd: He should go, but is very risky.  I could see starting him if your choices are poor, but I would rather keep him on the bench until we see he is really back.

Mike Williams (SEA): He should play which will hurt Obomanu, but he also isn’t 100%.  This makes both a little less valuable this week.  Since Obo is healthy I would lean his way if given the choice.

Yes, this is where I learned that Tom Brady has a bald spot.  Carl is full of useful information.

  1. Howie says:
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    @Doc: How about Mike Hart tomorrow and beyond in non-PPR leagues?

  2. Mark says:
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    How do you compare Naanee, Danario, Mike Thomas and Manningham this week? Thanks!

  3. JackInTheBox says:
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    I think I’m going to start James Jones over Run DMC in my W/R spot. It’s non-ppr, I have Knowshon and S-Jax going as my RBs and Fitz/Dez as my WRs. The SD defense scares me and Jones could have had 2 touchdowns and a lot more yardage last week but barely missed some passes.

    What do you guys think of this play?

  4. Greg says:
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    Doc,

    A shot of whiskey is on its way. I take my fantasy VERY seriously. So I win and I get in…of these 4 players start 2, PPR league:

    Danario Alexander, Danny Amendola, Greg Jennings, Ochocinco.

    Conventional wisdom says Jennings and Amendola. But Jennings is a bit banged up…. your HONEST opinion my fantasy world revolves around it.

  5. Greg says:
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    Also in a different PPR league – Choice or Woodhead? mayb Choice bc Indy blows against the run? my first question is more impt if thats all the whiskey gets me :)

  6. scout says:
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    Hi Doc…Which one would you pick for my second RB spot— Westbrook, Brandon Jackson or Marshawn Lynch?
    Thanks

  7. scout says:
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    Sorry…Forgot…also have Blount.
    So Blount, Westbrook, Jackson or Lynch

  8. CL says:
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    Doc: Flacco or Cutler?

  9. Jeff says:
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    I’m starting Harvin over Randy Moss @ FLEX in my PPR, return yardage/IDP league (with Jennings and Fitz). Good move?

    Also, I have to pick one to start with JC. Ben-Green, Blount, J Stewart, or Westbrook. Leaning Ben-Green.

    Thanks from another Gore owner :P

  10. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I might be over-thinking but I have Westbrook in 12team Nonppr and not sure I’ll ever use him. Slightest maybe start week 14 over Sjax or Charles which doesn’t make sense though. I wanted to block the Gore owner. I was thinking of dropping Westy for Dixon but since I won’t use either should I pick up/stash ATL Defense for week 14? Want to plan for the worst If I don’t grab the BYE this week.

    TB @ WAS OAK @ JAC DEN @ ARI BUF @ CLE for week 14.

    NonPPR 12 Team 2RB/2WR/Flex

    Ben Cutler Romo
    Hillis Charles SJax Stewart Westbrook
    AJ Colston VJax

    What do I smell like to Edward Cullen? That AD making me hot—–>

  11. Gig says:
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    Fun with flex: McFadden, Wallace, Gerhart, Blount, or Westbrook?

    Gerhart is a no-brainer if AP is out. But if not, I’m leaning towards either DMac or Wall.

  12. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Howie: Hard to tell. A lot depends on Brown. Hart is worth a pickup, but his future is very cloudy right now.

    @Mark: I like all of them actually. Manningham is my clear favorite of that group though. After that I like DA’s upside, but Thomas and Naanee are safer.

    @JackInTheBox: I’ve really been back and forth on DMC this week. I like Jones a lot and have been recommending him over some pretty good plays, so I’m ok with that play, but I do like DMC’s upside.

    @Greg: I still feel good about Jennings. His injuries were more soreness than anything else thankfully. The others are pretty close. D.A. has the most risk/reward. Amendola his probably the safest. Ocho could be playing from behind which is the only time he does anything now. I’d probably agree with Amendola.

    @scout: PPR West, non-ppr Blount

    @CL: Cutler

    @Jeff: I like Harvin as long as he’s a go. I like Stewart there.

  13. nick m. says:
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    Please pick (1) for an RB slot and (1) for a Flex spot in a PPR – Reggie Bush, Westbrook, Blount, Austin, Sidney Rice, Ronnie Brown, Beanie Wells?

  14. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @MJD Took A Knee: I could see that. Your margin of error/injury becomes smaller, but that’s probably the move.

    @Gig: DMC

  15. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: Bush, Austin

  16. johnny o says:
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    Standard Scoring Money League: 2 RB 1 Flex Who do I start?
    Adrian Peterson
    Fred Jackson
    Felix Jones
    Rashard Mendenhall (2 TD Vs Baltimore Week 4)

  17. Slew says:
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    With Dez spraining his ankle and subsequent downgrading,would you play Garcon instead? non-ppr

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @johnny o: AP, Mendy, Jones

    @Slew: Yeah

  19. Doc

    Doc says:
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    *****John Clayton is reporting that Austin Collie WILL PLAY today ******

    If this is true downgrade Blair White

  20. 24hourjack says:
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    doc-can you help w/ two seperate flex plays….

    non PPR-Dez Bryant,Knox, Harvin or Blount?

    PPR-Jacobs or Knox?

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @24hourjack: Knox/Knox Who’s there?

  22. Doc

    Doc says:
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    *******Percy Harvin is INACTIVE*************

  23. nick m. says:
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    With Harvin inactive, does that make Rice a good start in PPR 3 WR leagues? And would you drop Blair White for Denario Alexander with the news that Collie should play?

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: Yes, yes

  25. Jeff says:
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    Chet your recommendation to join TWITTER was perhaps the best article you’ve written. Thanks for the updates.

    PPR choose TWO

    J Stewart
    Blount
    Ben-Green-Jarvis
    Randy Moss
    Westbrook

  26. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jeff: Glad it helped. Tough. Stewart/Westy

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ******Brandon Marshall is OUT********

    Upgrade Hartline and Bess a bit

  28. 24hourjack says:
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    damn it….so w/out Harvin my options at WR3(in a 3rd league) are Obomanu,Floyd or Naanee,what do y’think?

    non PPR

  29. AdamH says:
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    Doc,

    Tolbert or Fred Jackson? What you think?

  30. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    NonPPR start 3WR

    I have Roddy & Manningham starting should I sit Calvin for Sidney? If that is a bad question then just assume I was joking.

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @24hourjack: Tough. Naanee is safest. Floyd has the most upside. I’d go with Naanee.

    @AdamH: PPR Fred, Non Mike

  32. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @MJD Took A Knee: Hah, it makes sense, but we just haven’t seen Rice and Favre on the same page. I would feel safer with CJ

  33. Jeff says:
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    OK as a Birds fan I’m rolling the dice with Westbrook and his pass-catching ability. Thanks and good luck.

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    *********** Austin Collie will not play today against the Cowboys***************

    I trust Mort more than The Professor. Start White.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    Austin, Blair, or Westy in a flex 0.5 ppr spot?

    I’ve heard conflicting reports on Steve Smith. Is he in or out? If he’s in, what does this do to Boss? Start Shiancoe instead?

  36. bobbo says:
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    Need some advice for two leagues with same scoring:

    Start 2RB, 2WR, 1RB/WR flex, 1WR/TE flex
    1 PPR, 1pt per 10yd rush, 1pt per 20 yd rec, 5pts at 100yd rush/rec

    League 1:
    SJax, Forte, Benson, Jacobs, Westbrook, Andre (started), TO, Welker, TBB Mike Williams, Witten

    League 2:
    SJax, Turner, Ivory, Blount, Greene, Best, Wallace, TBB Mike Williams, Crabtree, Danario, Knox, SEA Mike Williams

  37. AdamH says:
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    Thanks.

    Bradshaw over both, right? 0.5 PPR.

  38. AdamH says:
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    @Wilsonian: Steve Smith is out.

  39. johnny o says:
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    4 pts per TD, 1 pt for 25 yds passing, 6 pt rushing TD
    Start Roth, Flacco, or Sanchez ?

  40. friar says:
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    Hey Doc, two last minute questions for you.

    1) I can pick two of BGE, Goodson, and Miles Austin. Who should I go with?

    2) I need to decide whether to chance it with Gates or play it safe with Boss. Since I have a sizable lead built up due to Vick, McCoy, and AJ, I’m planning to go conservative with Boss, but I’d love a second opinion.

    Thanks!

  41. AdamH says:
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    BTW, is it just me, or does anyone else have trouble with the weekly rankings on Sunday? I can’t get the page to work.

  42. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AdamH: Hmm, still close they way Fred has been playing in PPR, but yes.

    @bobbo: SJax/Fort/TO/Williams/Witten

    SJax/Turner/Williams/Knox/Ivory

  43. Wilsonian says:
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    @AdamH: that’s what I thought, but then I saw on the bottom line on ESPN saying that he was active. Not sure if they just missed the “in” in front of the “active” or what.

  44. Wilsonian says:
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    With Collie out, Austin, Blair, or Westy in a flex 0.5 ppr spot?

  45. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AdamH: Sorry about that. FantasyPros must be getting too much traffic on Sundays. I’ll see if it’s going to get better or if I should scrap it.

    @friar: Goodson/Austin/Boss

    @johnny o: Urgh, Sanchez has the best matchup, but I’d probably lean Flacco

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    @AdamH: just saw it again, ESPN is listing Steve Smith as “ACTIVE”.

  47. ClownBaby says:
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    Who’s flex-iest out of Garcon, Gerhart, Naanee and Keiland Williams?

  48. RAK says:
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    Doc-
    With Matthews back and Tolbert a little banged up should I start Fred Jackson instead? Maybe bump bradshaw(who is losing carries and goal line chances)?

    Thanks.

  49. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @RAK: I could see bumping Tolbert, especially in PPR

  50. RAK says:
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    Also Miles austin or mike wallace? Im leaning towards miles.

  51. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @RAK: Yeah, the wind is bad in Baltimore

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: that’s what I thought, but damn was that confusing. Thanks man, and good luck everyone today! That is, as long as you aren’t in one of my leagues and I’m battling you for a playoff spot.

  53. DJSatane says:
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    seems that weekly rankings applet craps out every sunday few hours before actual sunday games start.

  54. 24hourjack says:
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    AdamH……..yeah,the past 2-3 weeks I cant get it on sundays….not at all.

  55. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @DJSatane: @24hourjack: Sorry about that. I’ll probably go old school next week.

  56. Black Beard says:
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    D. Mason or Crabtree?

    K. Collins or Big Ben?

    Blount, K. Williams or Greene?

  57. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Black Beard: Mason/Ben/Greene

  58. Got a flex play Miles Austin or Jonathan Stewart? Thanks Doc!

  59. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Howard: Austin PPR, Stew Non

  60. Matt P says:
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    Would you even consider starting Thomas Jones over Calvin this week or am i just crazy?

  61. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Matt P: I would consider it, but I’d still go with CJ.

  62. herschel says:
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    @Doc: with marshall out, bess over choice at flex in PPR?

    thanks.

  63. SlimJim says:
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    Two questions:

    1. Welker or Mike Thomas?

    2. Goodson or BGE?

    Thanks!

  64. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @herschel: Yeah

  65. Wilsonian says:
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    With Dez hurting would you play Austin over him?

  66. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: 0.5 ppr

  67. Big Nate says:
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    Buzzer beater – Which Defense starts?

    Dolphins vs. Cleveland
    NYJ @ NE

  68. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Big Nate: Dolphins

    @Wilsonian: Close, but I could see going Austin

  69. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @SlimJim: Thomas/Goodson

  70. Howie says:
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    @Doc: WR question– Sidney or Santana for the remainder of the year in a non-PPR?

  71. nick m. says:
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    Mike Hart or Kellen Winslow in a PPR Flex position today?

    And who might you like more next week for the first week of the playoffs – SD Def at home vs. KC or NYJ vs. MIA?

  72. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Howie: Sidney

    @nick m.: Winslow, Jets

  73. Big Nate says:
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    @Doc: @CTBP_TheCrusade and I thank you!

  74. timmy riggins says:
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    @Doc: whod you start as flex, .5ppr…

    Blair White (no collie), felix jones, woodhead, BJGE,

    Thanks!

  75. D Magic says:
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    @ Doc

    Should I start Naanee or Hines Ward as my WR 3?

  76. Brian says:
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    With Williams playing, start Obomanu or Steve Smth (CAR)?

  77. ClownBaby says:
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    Quick late game ? – Big Mike, Blair White or Steve Smith?

  78. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @ClownBaby: I like White

  79. ClownBaby says:
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    sweet, that’s who I’ve got in there now. thanks!

  80. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Doc: That’ll teach us to doubt Run DMC again, even if it was probably a smart play.

  81. D Magic says:
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    @Doc

    Should I drop Keiland Williams for Javarris James?

  82. Wilsonian says:
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    0.5 PPR for the rest of the year (rank ’em):

    Cooley, Boss, Winslow, Dreessen/Daniels?

    Stewart, Choice, Lynch, Goodson, Best?

    Driver, Meachem, Armstrong, Bennett?

  83. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @JackInTheBox: Agreed

    @D Magic: I could see that, but if Starks is available I’d rather have him.

  84. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Drop B White, V Jax, or Ronnie Brown (I own R Wayne & Tamme) for Starks, Donald Driver (just dropped to waivers) or Lynch. Possibly switch up my entire team heading into last week in 3rd, winning by 5 this week to #2 but he still has Keller left, I’m done…

  85. Wilsonian says:
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    ***Dez Bryant done for season***

  86. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Forgot to mention, Westbrook could be another droppable as I don’t want any doubt in my lineup next week and into the playoffs if I get that far

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