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Have you ever had a new neighbor move in next door and throw a huge housewarming party? No big deal as long as they invite you to the party, right? But when you don’t get an invitation and they’re up into the wee hours of the morning blaring Garth Brooks, then there’s trouble-a-brewing. That’s pretty much what happened when Urban Meyer arrived in Jacksonville and decided to give Carlos Hyde 9 carries and James Robinson just 5 carries in week 1. As a James Robinson supporter, I have to admit I was a bit unsettled by the late-night Carlos Hyde music, and more than a little nervous about what the future might hold with Urban Meyer now living next door. But Robinson was on the field for twice as many snaps as Hyde in that week 1 contest, so no need to call in a noise complaint just yet. Robinson posted another disappointing fantasy line this week against Denver, but the silver lining here is that he out-touched Hyde 14 to 2. And don’t forget Denver has a very solid defense which limited Jonathan Taylor to just 51 rushing yards on 15 carries in week one. The Robinson owner is likely disenchanted by this poor early fantasy production from J-Rob, so put some feelers out there and see if you can take advantage of early-season frustration and impatience. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy football:

BUY

Saquon Barkley – Saquon almost took the lede this week after a crowd of angry Redditors told me Barkley stinks and they’d much rather have Joe Mixon after I ranked the Giants’ RB #9 last week in my rest of season rankings. Remember, this is a freak athlete who underwent ACL surgery less than 11 months ago. He’s not at full strength yet and should improve with each week of practice. Plus, the Giants’ offense just proved they aren’t complete garbage against a good Washington defense. Give me Saquon over Mixon 12 times out of 10.

Jonathan Taylor – The Colts’ schedule softens a bit moving forward after facing tough matchups against the Seahawks and Rams in the first two weeks. I may have overestimated Taylor’s workload when I ranked him in my top tier of RBs this preseason, but I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t finish among the top 10 fantasy running backs this year. And if Frank Reich stops inexplicably giving the ball to Marlon Mack, then the #1 overall upside is still within reach.

Alvin Kamara – I doubt the Kamara owner in your league is panicking after one terrible week. But hey, it never hurts to throw some chum out there and see if you can get anything on the hook.

Javonte Williams – The Broncos rookie continues to lead the way in the Denver backfield in the early going, and the buy-window continues to remain open as Melvin Gordon takes half the work. It’s only a matter of time before Williams erupts for 100 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

Sony Michel – As of this writing, it’s still to be determined how severe the Darrell Henderson rib injury is. Regardless, Michel looked sharp on his 10 carries filling in for Henderson late in the game. Even if the Rams’ top RB is ready to go in week 3, there’s a good chance Michel is a bigger part of the game plan moving forward.

Cordarrelle Patterson – It’s hard to ignore the role C-Patt has claimed in the Falcons offense through two weeks (14 carries and 8 targets), not to mention the fact that he just found the endzone twice this week. Consistent weekly production is possible, but not something I’m banking on as long as Mike Davis is healthy. Regardless, he’s a running back who can be slotted in at wide receiver on most platforms and if Davis were to get hurt there would be enormous value in that.

Michael Carter – The Jets rookie RB has been eased into the offense, but impressed in week 2 with 11 carries for 59 yards and 2 catches for 29 yards plus a couple carries down by the goal line. There’s a chance the talented youngster takes over this backfield moving forward and he has serious upside if he does. I’m betting on it.

JaMycal Hasty – In two weeks the 49ers have gone from 12 running backs down to one running back. Keep an eye out for news on the severity of Elijah Mitchell’s shoulder injury and Trey Sermon’s concussion when deciding how aggressive to pursue Hasty this week, if he’s available in your league. Also, if you have a deep bench or open IR slot, don’t forget to stash Shanahan favorite, Jeff Wilson, for his mid-season return. Edit: It’s been brought to my attention that Hasty go hurt late in the game as well and is dealing with an ankle injury himself. He’s still a buy until we know more but monitor this whole mess closely.

Alexander Mattison Dalvin Cook suffered a late ankle strain which limited him down the stretch in the Vikings’ tough fought battle in Arizona. It seems likely that he’ll be good to go for week 3 against Seattle, but you never know how something like this will feel the next day and thus Mattison should be added everywhere, just in case. The Vikes’ backup immediately leaps into RB2 discussion if Cook misses time.

Myles Gaskin – This is about as lukewarm of a buy suggestion as I’ll ever give, like when I told EverywhereBlair to invest in those dragon egg NFTs. Sorry, Blair! The Dolphins’ talented young QB is injured and Gaskin is splitting carries with BOTH Salvon Ahmed and Malcolm Brown. It’s not great! But there’s a chance he’ll be dropped in a bunch of leagues after this slow start and I’m fairly confident he’s the best option in the Dolphins backfield. I wouldn’t give up a lot to acquire Gaskin, but he’s certainly worth a roster spot still.

Emmanuel Sanders – The 14 targets over his first two weeks in Buffalo have only translated into 6 catches for 100 yards. But as long as the old man can stay on the field he should be able to threaten WR3 production as Josh Allen’s #2 option.

Henry Ruggs – The speedster is available in a surprising number of leagues, and not just shallow ones, after a lukewarm week one. But Ruggs still saw 5 targets in the opener and broke out this week with 5 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Make sure he’s owned in your league.

A.J. Green – The former superstar is proving his doubters wrong in the early going. Green has seen six targets from Murray in each of his first two games with the Cardinals, and he found the endzone this week. At age 33, he’s not the same player he once was, but in this offense, he can easily produce WR3 numbers and deserves a roster spot in all 12-team leagues at this point.

Laviska Shenault – It’s extremely difficult to turn 7 targets, 2 catches and 1 carry into -3 total yards, but that’s exactly what Shenault managed to do in week 2. Still, the volume is encouraging and Trevor Lawrence should start to hit his stride in the coming weeks. Shenault should grow with his young QB and deserves a roster spot in all but the shallowest leagues. 

Will Fuller – Even if Tua is going to miss time, Fuller still deserves a shout-out this week. Fuller missed week one serving the final portion of his 2019 PED suspension and missed week two due to a personal issue. He also missed the preseason will a foot injury so he may take a little patience, but there’s likely a wide-open buy window for this high upside WR.

Elijah Moore – After a disappointing week 1, Moore hauled in 4 of 8 targets for 47 yards this week. This was in spite of an absolutely brutal 4 interception performance from his fellow rookie QB, Zach Wilson. Don’t expect consistency from Moore, but there should be some big weeks in his future.

K.J. Osborn – It’s time to take note of the Vikings’ dark horse. Can the Minnesota offense sustain three fantasy wide receivers on a weekly basis? Doubtful. But the kid is still worthy of a roster spot in most formats considering his boom or bust potential. Plus, there’s very high upside if one of Jefferson or Thielen were to get banged up.

Trent Sherfield – Anyone else starting to get Dante Pettis vibes from Brandon Aiyuk? At least Aiyuk saw the field this week and got two targets as well, but it’s hard to ignore the rumblings that Sherfield (1 catch on 3 targets for 9 yards) is ahead of Aiyuk on the depth chart—I’ll be curious to see what the snap count breakdown looks like once they’re available. The unknown Sherfield is only a deep league flier for now, but keep the name on your radar.

Justin Fields – The Bears’ rookie didn’t have an impressive line in relief of Andy Dalton (knee) this week, and he almost blew the game, but he also didn’t have a full week to prep as the starter. On the positive side, he ran the ball 10 times. As a mobile QB whore, this has me giddy. If Dalton can’t go in week three, then it could be Fields’ coming-out party in Cleveland.

 

SELL

Tyler Lockett – The Seahawks receiver tops my list of sells for the second consecutive week. Again, don’t sell him for dragon egg NFTs, but someone in your league might be salivating over Lockett’s production these first two weeks and give you WR1 value in return for him. I’d accept a deal like that in a heartbeat. We saw Lockett start very strong in 2020 as well before fading—part of that was the high-level offensive shift for the Seahawks offense as a whole but Lockett had gone cold before that. You might be able to steal Saquon Barkley straight up.

Ezekiel Elliott – How many weeks am I allowed to list the same players down here in the sales department? I’ve removed Joe Mixon since he might be more reasonably valued this week after his poor showing against the Bears. But Zeke, he’s a much better sell this week than he was last week. The casual fantasy player may see the 97 total yards and a touchdown this week and think, “Vintage Zeke is back, I need that man-baby on my team!” But I’ll keep saying it: Tony Pollard isn’t going anywhere. Elliot doesn’t have the same explosion he used to and Pollard is in his prime with only 190 career carries on the odometer. Don’t misunderstand me, Zeke is still a fine RB2 in this great Cowboys’ offense where he’ll see plenty of scoring opportunities. But someone in your league likely values him as a bellcow first-rounder, which simply isn’t the case any longer. Cash in while the name value is still there.

  1. William Hung says:
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    Is James Conner droppable in 12 tm leagues for someone like Latavius Murray, Cordarrelle Patterson, and/or Michael Carter?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I’d grab Carter

  2. jason batteiger says:
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    thank you for not buying the rotoworld writer blurb that hinted (with no evidence of any kind mind you, at least so far) that fuller “might miss the whole year” (yikes!), somebody else around here did in fact run with that narrative. here is the rotoworld blurb when first reported that fuller is out week 2 from “personal issue”. that other guy needs to have a convo with the blurbstomp writer.

    https://www.nbcsportsedge.com/football/nfl/player/8079/will-fuller (the top one). coaches almost never say more than “player x is away from team on personal stuff” about when player x is back, this isn’t a new thing and doesn’t indicate anything about whether he’d be back week 3,4 or never. taking the coach not saying anything about it further to turn the paranoia switch up to 11 is irresponsible garbage likely done to get clicks.

    • William Hung says:
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      I’m still loving how last season the RW blurb writer clearly had a thing against David Montgomery and was trashing him every week till like W10 or something and then suddenly became his biggest fan.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        oh and will hung here (that’s so a porn name, albeit “will hanglow” would be more so) do you remember the name of the guy who was the d-mont hater and now flipped it around? something that gets lost (from soooo many damn names “reporting” this crap) is that we should remember the names of the writers who write the utter garbage (such as cameron wolfe on fuller 75ish hours ago) and know to just not trust what they type.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Ha I hadn’t even seen that blurb to be honest. Hopefully he’s good to go, the guy has so much potential!

      • jason batteiger says:
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        yeah and fuller was stupid cheap so i have him in numerous spots. yeah i remember that d-mont stuff last year, now that twat i’d easily believe has him higher than consensus.

        some other stuff that that pettis line brought up:

        – aiyuk, different than pettis, has sustained a period of looking VERY good, but something’s going on with either a disjunct between who they draft and who they want to play, that and/or the coaching clashes with WR’s.

        and then this that nobody i’ve seen bring up:
        – BAL: lost 4 players (3 RB’s, 1 DB) to major knee injuries in 10 days of practice (not games), something is up with some mix of: 1. their field they practice on, 2. how hard they push their guys compared to other teams IN practice, 3. their training regimens. that or they just are the (by far) most unlucky team just lately with major knee injures (but didn’t some other team like 1-2 years ago have similar issues with major knee injuries that it was the field conditions? was that team BAL back then too?)

        • jason batteiger says:
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          in super deep league(s) i had the yucky choice (made almost last sec) between hasty and moss (this is at RB 2, lost mostert, and already had TE 2 irish JAX guy at flex). went with moss which turned out good but only on the 2nd TD. hasty was getting a TON of catch work even before e.mitchel got shoulder taken out. sermon’s probably has an easier to determine time frame than the other 2 (albeit mitchell did finish the game).

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Nice work on Moss.

            Yeah SF backfield is a total mess.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Right on Aiyuk/Pettis, but the vibes are still there.

          Not sure on Baltimore but interesting thought.

          • jason batteiger says:
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            yeah the math is just too weird on those BAL injuries, but i doubt it’s a “we practice harder than all other teams” narrative going on there or training regimen issue; it’s too easy (in an occam sense) the field conditions are in play. wish i could remember the other team like 1-2 years ago that had similar (but even then it wasn’t 4 guys in 10 days only at practice bad). SF looks a lot like the moneyball trope (coach(es) don’t want to play the players the GM/owner intentionally wanted on roster etc). sermon too.

  3. RICE says:
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    Hey DT!

    10 Team / H2H / 0.5 PPR

    My Julio Jones for his James Robinson… you like?

    My RB’s: Ekeler/Carson/Javonte/Singleterry/Gainwell
    MY WR’s: Adams/Robinson/Deebo/Julio/Golliday/Shepard/Gallup

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yep, it’s fair and I give the lean to Robinson with the team you have.

      No problem!

      • RICE says:
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        Would you be on board with sending Julio for Saquan… or is that someone that should be avoided alltogether?

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I’m buying Saquon (see above!!). I’d want Saquon over Robinson if you can swing it.

  4. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Hello, 14 team half ppr league. My backs are garbage and in need of an improvement.

    In order to balance out the trade to make it somewhat even I was thinking of offering Russell Wilson, Godwin, Kelce and Ronald Jones for Stafford, Davante Adams, Antonio Gibson and Hockenson.

    My roster is
    Qb Wilson
    WR Ridley, Godwin, Pittman
    RB Ty’son, Singletary
    Flex Pollard

    Bench is Ronald Jones, Bryan Edwards, Kirk, Tony Jones

    Any input would be appreciated.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think that trade offer is worth a shot, I definitely like the Adams/Gibson side.

  5. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Sorry forgot Kelce at TE.

  6. Jon says:
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    10 Team League PPR

    Shenault and CEH for Saquon?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Saquon side for me

  7. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    20 teamer PPR:
    QB (1): murray, d.jones
    RB (2): ekeler, moss, j.patterson, dallas, j.jefferson (DET)
    WR (3): aj brown, gab davis, van jeff, fuller, guyton, d-rob (KC)
    TE (1): fant
    1 flex
    IR (10): c-sam, mostert, o’shaughnessy, penny, harry, hasty, d.evans

    1. drop which of d-rob/guyton for q.watkins (just dropped)

    2. drop which of the RB’s for felton (RB/WR, appears 3rd string at CLE and did very well week 2, including return yardage worth 1 pt per 50 yards)

    3. drop anybody else for maxx will (suddenly gets 7 targets at ARI and near 100 yards) and i eventually need another TE (depending on how long the JAX guy is out, but first 2 weeks i had backup TE’s in flex spots, akins in week 1, got beat in waivers to p.brown (good for me it turned out this week))

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I’d lose Guyton
      2. Would lose Jefferson unless it’s dynasty, then Dallas.
      3. Think I’d hold

  8. JC says:
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    Would you trade your M Gordon for one of Dionate, Deebo or Woods given my team and 1/2 PPR league? Or just keep RB depth. Here’s the squad:

    Kyler
    Gibson, Carson
    Adams, M Williams
    Fkex: J White
    Hock
    Bench: M Gordon, M Carter, Latavius
    Jakobi, OBJ, Claypool

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      i doubt you are getting any of them, for sure woods and dionte and deebo should’ve been higher ADP picks. 2 weeks of 50/50 usage shouldn’t have changed people’s minds on melgor. if you can get any of those that sounds good though.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        in not full PPR i’d have those deebo, dionte, woods order. probably dionte 1st if full PPR. big ben doesn’t have distance on throws anymore (this really hurts claypool of course in the short term)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      If you can get em sure. I rank them Diontae (assuming the knee is ok), Woods, Deebo.

      • JC says:
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        He is offering any of those three. So I think Dionate is the guy

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yeah there’s still some risk he could miss a little time with the knee injury but I agree, take him.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          oh he’s offering that makes sense (he must have bad RB issues, probably a mostert owner)

  9. Achilles says:
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    12 Team 1 PPR 0.2 PPC

    QB: Herbert
    RB: Zeke, Najee
    WR: Tyreek, Lockett, R Moore
    TE: Higbee
    Flex : J White
    Flex: M Pittman

    Bench:
    Goedert — Waddle – T Pollard, Mattison, T Jones, A Collins

    Waivers:
    J Fields, D Jones, K Cousins, Teddy B
    C Patterson (RB) , S Perine
    B Edwards, C Samuel, Cepheus

    I have 100% FAAB left. Ingram went for 52% last week. Who shall I add dropping A Collins? How much FAAB do you suggest for C Patterson? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Patterson, Cephus, Samuel, Edwards. Depends how bad you want him. I’d only go my 17% but if you want him, feel free to be aggressive….

      • Achilles says:
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        I couldn’t get Patterson ($48), Cephus ($2), or Justin Fields ($7) here. I think Curtis Samuel can be had next week.

        Who do you suggest replacing Alex Collins from Jacques Patrick, Kerryon Johnson, S Perine, McNichols, S Ahmed, Gio, Barber, Felton — Bryan Edwards, Van Jefferson, Slayton, Renfrow? 1 PPR 0.2 PPC

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    1 PPR Super Flex 1-1
    QB: Kyler, Teddy B
    RB: CEH , Javonte
    WR: Tyreek, Amari, C Kirk
    TE: Kittle
    Flex: Laviska

    Bench:
    Tua – Jeudy, Terrace Marshall— Dillon, RoJo, Tony Jones

    Waivers: $93 FAAB Left. Dropped S Michel for C Kirk last week.

    QB: D Mills, J Brissett
    S Michel, C Patterson (RB/WR), Z Moss
    E Sanders, Pascal, Osborn

    My RBs , WR3 and Flex are garbage. Who shall I drop and add from this group? How much FAAB to spend? Hurts to drop Sony Michel last week.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Marshall for one of Michel, Mills, Moss, Patterson, Sanders. FAAB is super league dependent, I hate giving FAAB advice. You know better than I do how aggressive you need to be if you want to land someone. I’d be pretty aggressive on Michel, maybe 20-30%.

      • Achilles says:
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        Dropped RoJo, T Jones, Terrace Marshall for S Michel ($23), C Patterson ($21), E Sanders ($0).

        QB: Kyler, Teddy B
        RB: CEH, Javonte
        WR: Tyreek, C Patt, C Kirk
        TE: Kittle
        Flex: Amari

        Bench: Tua — Juedy, Sanders, Laviska — S Michel, Dillon

        Agholor, Cephus, Pascal, Watkins, Renfrow etc are available in FA. Shall I drop Sanders to add J Brissett as Tua insurance (OR) Cedrick Wilson as Amari insurance for MNF?

  11. lindorphins says:
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    Is it time to drop RoJo is a 12-team redraft league? Guys like Mattison, Tony Jones, Dillon, Patterson are all owned, but I could replace him with McKissic or a stash like Hubbard. Thanks!

    • lindorphins says:
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      Should’ve mentioned, it’s a standard league.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Think I’d hold RoJo over those options but if something more interesting pops up I’m not against moving on.

  12. Jeff says:
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    Javonte williams or ceh ros ppr
    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      CEH for me

  13. JC says:
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    Which team do you prefer?
    Team A
    RB: A Jones, Gibson
    WR: M Williams, Claypool
    Flex: Carson

    Team B
    RB: Gibson, Carson
    WR: Adams, M Williams
    Flex: J White or M Gordon

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I prefer A

  14. JC says:
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    My team and questions below in 1/2 PPR league.

    Kyler
    Gibson, Carson
    Adams, Mike Williams
    Flex: J White, OBJ or M Gordon
    Hock
    Cards or Colts
    Koo
    IR: OBJ
    Bench: Latavius, Mike Carter, Claypool, Jakobi

    1. Need to drop one to activate OBJ likely a defense. Which gets cut?
    2. Who do you prefer at flex this week?
    3. Any swaps you would make from the WW?
    Cordarrelle, Moss, Osborn

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Lose Colts
      2. Melvin
      3. Jakobi for Cordarrelle or Moss

      • JC says:
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        Thank you. I was leaning White or now Claypool for flex but will likely give Melvin another go.

  15. Good Bob says:
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    12 team ppr
    I am good at WR (Diggs, Robinson, Samuels, Woods, Cooks, and a couple flyers) but need help at RB (Cook, Henderson, Jacobs, White) given Jacobs and Henderson injuries.

    Would you trade Woods and White for Clyde Edwards-Helaire? I tried some counter offers but no go. I am on the fence as it’s a steep price for a back that isn’t guaranteed success. However, it could pay dividends toward end of season given matchups.

    Thoughts?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yep I’d want CEH there

  16. Principal Blackman says:
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    Hey DT. Would you give Henderson to get McLaurin in 1/2ppr? I already have Jones, Taylor, and Gibson (Taylor and Gibson were keepers), so Henderson is kinda just excellent bench depth at the moment. After Hopkins and Woods, my next best WR is Tyler Boyd, so I feel like I would get a significant upgrade at that position without killing myself at RB. Henderson has scored better than Taylor and Gibson both in each of the first two weeks, but this should still be a slam dunk for me right?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yep I’d take Terry

  17. cable says:
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    non ppr..1pt per 10 yards rec ….6pt per TD Rec…… per 20 yrds passing… 4 pts passing TD

    I have A Jones (GB)

    would you do (give) J Allen & S Diggs for A Rodgers & D Adams (get)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want the Adams/Rodgers side but it’s very fair…

  18. Nathan says:
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    Always appreciate the buy/sell.

    Ive got Eckler and Chubb at RB with Damien Harris running the flex. Would you trade Harris for Robinson?

  19. Is now the time to make a play for Odell Beckham? I would propose to trade somebody like Robby Anderson for him.

  20. Hyun-Jin & Juice says:
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    12, team, 0.5PPR

    Would you look to add Patterson over any of my bench players? I was debating between either Beasley or Hines. Here’s my roster:

    QB- Murray
    RB – Swift
    RB- Robinson
    WR- Allen
    WR- Lockett
    WR- Sutton
    TE- Kelce
    Flex – Marvin Jones

    BN – Tannehill, James White, Hines, Zach Moss, Beasley

  21. H says:
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    Would you rather stash Carter or Sermon? Thank you

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