I’m confused, I tell you.  Flat out, straight up consternated.  While everyone out there said Chris Johnson was done, I believed.  Then he underperformed vs the Lions who gave up 44 points.  Then he overperformed vs a Houston defense that normally doesn’t give up much on the ground.  Then he went back to being an Ostrich with it’s head in the sand vs the Vikings.  So what does he do tonight?  Of course, the unexpected vs the PIT defense.  Now I’m not going to say it was awe-inspiring, but 91 on 19 carries to go with 23 on 4 catches is definitely what the doctor ordered for those ailing from CJ2K deficiency.  I’ve heard you can get that vitamin supplement for that by eating more sweet potatoes, BTW.  Just sayin’.  In the end, I am starting this Thursday Night Football extravaganza with CJ because he just keeps confusing me.  On the one hand, he couldn’t punch it in from the one for a TD, unlike Jamie Harper whose end line of 2 rushes for 1 TD for 1 yard just flat out angers me as a Johnson owner.  On the other he still ended with that stat line.  What do I do?  I feel like I took what I thought were normal vicodin pills at a pharming party and ended up with horse tranquilizers and woke up in the backyard with both my socks on my hand and no shoes to be found…anywhere.  In the end, CJ lives in a church where he lives with voodoo dolls, and won’t give up the search for the ghosts in the halls.  Oh, you don’t understand what that meant?  Yeah me, neither.  Like I said, CJ truly is building a mystery.  I’m still on my buy low wagon for him but I’m not spending anymore than ConundrumJ2K is worth.  In other fantasy football news…

Ben Roethlisberger – I tried googling about his record-setting night as he overtook the Steelers all-time passing yards leader trophy from Bradshaw but I got to ‘Ben Roe’ and google said the second most researched term that started with that ended in ‘rape’.  That’s just…hrm.  Weird legacy going on there.  Outside of that not so enjoyable news to talk about, Big Ben did end the night with a solid statline going for 363 and a 1/1 TD to INT split.  Overall, it was a good night, just nothing to write home about.  Unless you’re from the 1800’s in which case people wrote home about everything.  Dear Mother, it has been a trying time with my freshly knitted socks given my boots have not been broken in.  My room at Devonshire is nowhere near as large as my room at home and I miss everyone terribly.  That’s you in the 1800’s which you read about on your smartphone.  Man, those phones can do everything!  Even take you back in time!  Seriously, though, the O-Line took a big hit tonight and it might be worrisome going forward.  Put that in your back pocket right next to your surrogate girlfriend.

Heath Miller – Almost…soooo close…Heath nearly gave his owners the TD I was expecting tonight.  He stilled ended with a solid 6 for 67 line, further proving he’s a big enough part of that offense to be considered a decent play, week in and week out at the TE position.

Kenny Britt – Had plenty of almosts of his own – two drops in the endzone, four overall for the night – but did cash in when it mattered.  Ok, it mattered the first four times too but whose counting?  Besides everyone, I mean.  He played like a bonehead out there, IMHO, but still got the ball enough to make it matter for fantasy purposes.  On the flipside…

Kendall Wright – Was actually thoroughly impressed with him out there.  One of his catches near the end of the first half  led to a field goal.  There was nothing spectacular about the play but his awareness coupled with a few moves put Tennessee up 6 at the half rather than 3.  And they won by 3 so it counts for something.  He was only third in targets on the night on the team with 8 but still had the most receptions with 6 for his 71 yards.  TEN will play from behind most of the year.  Even if Britt is back to full health, there’s still value here.

Rashard Mendenhall – Tomlin called me after the first half and asked if I had seen him.  I had not.  I put up the missing posters around the neighborhood just like he asked.  Ended the night with 6 carries on 6 yards and left some singing where have all the Mendenhalls gone.  Wow, two Lillith fair references in one post.  The worst part is, I can’t promise I’m done.  In all seriousness, it was stated Mendy had an Achilles injury.  No further news at this time can I give you.

Isaac Redman – Ran the ball well.  Ok, that’s after he caught a pass.  Led the Steelers in receiving yards with 105 and was second on the Steelers running chart with a whopping 14 yards on 5 carries.  Also left with a leg injury.  Can we stop talking about this running joke attack of Pittsburgh please?

Baron Batch – Fine, I guess we’ll cover one more.  Not gonna lie, thought he was Chris Rainey for a while.  That’s what happens when your team has a 2.5 YPC average on the night.  You all start looking the same to me.  I can neither confirm nor deny if Baron was actuallyCharlie Batch in disguies.  Whatever, he’s the RB that got a TD.  Consider this my Office Barbrady moment.  Nothing to see here, children, move along!

Mike Wallace – Only 4 targets but 2 receptions for 94 yards and a sweet TD for 82 yards.  Yeah, he’s not a PPR stud but he can score in under 60 minutes.  I don’t know if that bad pun or a bad compliment.  Let’s chalk it up as both and move on.

Antonio Brown – Led his team in targets with 10.  Then only got 20 yards on 4 receptions.  Nights like these make people think he’s a sell.  Nights like these remind me he has 59 targets in 5 games this year and that he’s a buy.  Nights like last night remind me that, much like Michael Turner, I had more than two beers.  And with that, I give you all in fantasy football that mattered to me last night.

  1. Ryan says:
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    I wrote a haiku in honor of Chris Johnson’s performance:

    Chris Johnson took what
    was available. Did not
    dance like a fairy.

    In all seriousness, it was nice to see him actually hitting the holes instead of looking for the big gain every time. Of course he’ll probably post a 15 carries for 23 yards next week, leaving me telling myself I’ll never trust him again (for the 12th time). Yes, I did draft CJ?K 2 years in a row.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      We should start a poetry corner! I’ll see if I can lay down some beatnik vibes.

      Yeah, I still think CJ will turn it around this year but it should (hopefully) be the last time he’s drafted anywhere near the top 3 rounds.

  2. Murph says:
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    From now on I recommend all posts be written in 1800’s format!!!

    No magic dust for Cook who is another player creating a mystery as to why the Titans don’t utalize him more early in the game…..The guy catches everything thrown to him and has enough athletic ability to beat most linebackers in route running.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, I thought I was boring enough! Dickens doesn’t have anything on me!

      I think all of his targets came in the first half because I’m pretty sure his end line was all by halftime. Maybe wrong. They’ve actually got some good receivers in general in TEN. Didn’t mention it but Washington had 10+ targets himself, just didn’t convert as much as others on the field. Overall, it’s not looking likely he finishes the year in the top 12 but Pitta/Bennett/Rudolph/Miller might. Weird TE year, my friend.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Always annoying and now boring? Maybe we can label you the CJ of FFB writing!!! Joking

        All targets did come in the first half but the majority of his big plays this year all TDs and the 25 yard catch last night have come late in the game. It’s like the titans are trying to be sneaky with him, hard to do that when the guy is 6′ 5″ 250 he’s not Wes Welker out there…Oh well im not complaining it’s my only weak point unlike alot of people who decided to go all in on Gronk or Graham and are now playing Vick Ballard or Howling as their RB2 this week.

        • Murph says:
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          @Sky,

          Correction on the Cook stat in first 6 games….sorry about that I was guessing

          16 receptions 203 yds and 2 TDs late in the 2nd and 4th quarter

          9 receptions 116 yds combined in the early 1st and 3rd quarter

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Interesting. It looks like their goal is to target their WRs to start the two halfs, hoping to open him up maybe. That is an odd split, in my mind.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! If I’m only good once every three weeks, I’ll take it.

          Well it could’ve been worse for the Gronk/Graham owners. They could’ve drafted CJ!

          • Ryan says:
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            I did both (!)
            Somehow I’m not in last place.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Ryan, Ha!

              • Murph says:
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                @Ryan,

                That was painful to read…hopefully they both pick it up for you.

                • Ryan says:
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                  @Murph,

                  Hah thanks. I’m doing okay so far. Gambled on AP, then grabbed Reggie Bush, Colston, Decker, and RGIII in the mid-rounds. If Gronk and CJ step it up I’ll be sitting very pretty.

                  • AndyM says:
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                    @Ryan,

                    Yeah looking good to me that team could be dangerous!!! Finally traded away Vick and Turner and now have a pretty dangerous lineup (non PPR) looking forward to seeing how they play in the upcoming weeks. Good luck this week and at least you had CJ instead of Mendenhall!!!

                    Ryan,Rice,Lynch,Murray,Marshall,Fitzgerald

                  • Murph says:
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                    @Ryan,

                    I didn’t have the heart to take AP ACL injurys are so scary he looks great though and your team does too. Hope the disapointing players turn it around for you. It doesnt help Gronks value that he is such a great run blocking TE.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Sky,

        Yeah, Washington had a lot of good looks up the middle, Hasselbeck just didn’t seem to have the arm to get it to him. They do have a pretty decent receiving corps and their remaining schedule isn’t particularly daunting. If Chris Johnson can maintain anything above mediocrity and Britt can stay healthy I think the Titans just might post a winning record for the remainder of the season.

        • Sky

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          That’s bold, but I could see it. Just really depends on how the OL plays for the rest of the season. CJ is only part of the blame for his stats. The QB situation going forward is probably another sticking point that might hurt. Hard to get a rhythm as a team flipping back and forth between injured QBs.

  3. farcus says:
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    having a tough time deciding between Mike Williams, Andrew Hawkins and Brandon Gibson for my WR3 spot in a PPR league this week.

    Hawkins has been getting the targets, and Cleveland’s D is pretty bad, Williams had a big game his last time out but KC’s defense has been ok against the pass, and Gibson is pretty much the last option left in StL and they’re up against a sieve-like Miami defense this week.

    I’ve changed my lineup like 6 times in the last 20 minutes (switching back and forth between Hawkins and Gibson.) What is a poor tinkerer to do?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Hawkins, personally.

  4. Murph says:
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    Probably not the post to bring this up but are you high on Vick Ballard? All the potential and opportunity is there, similar situation we had last year with Demarco Murray….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I still like Brown there ROS but even then, only as a FLEX. I don’t think Indy is committed enough to the run to give any RB there a full shot. Not down on him, just down on the Colts plans.

  5. Rags says:
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    With Gore, Martin, Mendy and Donald Brown as my RBs,
    and Megatron, Austin, Britt, Hartline, James Jones, and Hawkins (and Vincent Brown on my IR) as my WR.

    Would you do Megatron for Demarco Murray and Demaryius Thomas?

    I know I’m giving up my best player, but that’s a decent haul back. Would you just sit tight for now?

    What about Gore and Megatron for Jamaal Charles, Demaryius Thomas and David Wilson.

    Standard scoring, but it’s also a keeper league so JC can be kept for dirt cheap.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Package one makes sense. I’d probably do that deal. Package 2 just feels like you’re giving up too much.

  6. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Is it ok to drop Rivers in a 12 teamer if I have Big Ben? I have injuries and need to drop someone but don’t want to drop any of my RB or WR depth if I don’t have to. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d hate to do that but…if you have Big Ben you might be safe with it. Any chance you can try a trade first? Maybe a 2 for 1 upgrade involving Rivers? Just hate seeing him thrown out into the pool.

  7. Prezii says:
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    Brady quinn or russell wilson.. yes this is a real question! Haha stick with russel right?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, I’d roll Russell there. Brady Quinn, Medicine Woman has a great matchup but you see what I just called him? Yeah, you know how I feel about him now :)

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, yeah i was thinkin the same.. he and weeden are the only two out there in my 2 qber. thanks! Happy friday!!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Happy Friday indeed. Here’s to Russell Wilson meeting my top 12 expectations this week.

  8. stoopid says:
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    Pitta or Bennett this week and ROS? I’d have to drop Bennett, Titus, or Simpson for Pitta. 1/2 PPR. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Actually if you don’t need Simpson, could drop him. I think Pitta & Bennett finish the year in the top 10 for TE but the line between them will be thin. Maybe 8-10 range. If I had to choose, it would probably be Bennett for his redzone targets.

      • stoopid says:
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        @Sky, My WR’s are THIIINNNN… We start 3 & Flex. Brown, Maclin, Moore, Titus, & Simpson are my WR’s.. I don’t NEED Simpson, but i’m hoping to strike gold somewhere.

        So Pitta this week and Bennett ROS then?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          AH, gotcha. Yeah, bad matchup for Bennett this week vs SF but he’s ROS.

          • stoopid says:
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            @Sky, Last question. How do you rank Simpson, LaFell, Avery, & Titus ROS? Thanks for the info hombre!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              De nada!

              Tough. At this point, I have to go Titus/Avery/LaFell/Simpson. Not sure about Simpson’s injury issue or I’d have him above Avery, most likely.

  9. Lubey says:
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    Rivers, Bush, and Heath Miller for Stafford???

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If that’s Reggie Bush, way too much. If it’s Michael Bush, it’s reasonable if you have the depth to make up for no Miller/Bush.

  10. Thrilla says:
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    I claimed Atlanta from Waivers thinking Oakland at home was too good of a matchup to pass up. I have Arizona (BUF) too and can not decide who to start for the life of me.

    Which way do you lean and would you drop the one you’re not using this week? ATL has Bye next week and ARI is @MIN.

    Thanks man

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like both but would lean ATL. However, you can just drop them after this week since they’re on bye.

  11. Bean says:
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    Schaub or Brady this week? (Heavy Rain in SEA) Really tough to sit Brady but this week seems to be the exception.

    I have a lot of running backs and just picked up one more. Would you start Vick Ballard over any of these……..(PPR League)

    Bush, Morris, McGahee, Ridley

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Could see Schuab if the weathers bad. Playing @ SEA is tough enough anyway, adverse weather just makes it worse.

      If that’s Michael Bush, that’s the only one if play Ballard over from that list

  12. Mr2Bits says:
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    Sky : Eagles or Bucs D today? Eagles really F’d me last week with their 1 point contribution so I’m hesitant to hop back on that train.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Yeah but the Bucs might just run a train on you period. I’d still lean Philly.

  13. iMP says:
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    Agree with your take on Wright and wish I hadn’t given up on taking his solid performance to wait for Nicks. But….since I did wait, would you want Manningham, Barden, or Randle to be on the roster as an emergency backup if NIcks can’t go today? PPR. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @iMP, Ooooh, toughie. I’d go Manningham. Something tells me he’d like to show his previous team what they’re missing today.

  14. paulzone says:
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    which wr would you play today in a no ppr, 1.5 pts for every 10 rec yards league:

    denarius moore
    brandon lloyd
    jeremy maclin

    thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @paulzone, Could give Maclin a shot.

  15. paulzone says:
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    oh, and Luck or Stafford today – 6 pts for pass tds, 3 pt bonus for 300 yds, 1 pt for every 20 yds, -2 for int/fumbles…thanks again.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @paulzone, I think you’ll get lucky with Luck today.

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