There was a wide variety of projected outcomes for the early games on Sunday. Most of the games had a spread of less than a touchdown and then there were two games with home favorites of 20+ points. Nothing was really a surprise from the standpoint of the scoreboard, but there is always a lot of fantasy tidbits to break down. Going forward, I will be covering the early slate, while Donkey Teeth will be taking care of the later games. In this format, we both can focus on individual games instead of jumping around from player bullet point to player bullet point. We can start with one of the more exciting games for more than one position that took place in Minnesota.

Oakland Raiders Vs. Minnesota Vikings

The “nobody believes in us” edge is gone for for the Raiders as they have dropped two straight. To be honest, they didn’t stand a chance against this Minnesota Vikings defense with the pieces that they have. Josh Jacobs faced a negative games script from the beginning and only saw 10 touches. He turned those touches into 44 yards equaling 4.4 yards per carry which isn’t bad. Darren Waller was the story for the Oakland Raider’s offense. Waller caught 13 out of his 14 targets for 134 yards. That is elite volume and fantasy production without even scoring a touchdown. Waller has led the Raiders in targets in each of their first three games and that trend should continue. 

Dalvin Cook came into the game leading the league in rushing yards  and he didn’t give up that title this week carrying it 16 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. Dalvin’s cutting is probably the best in the league and he’s also helping in the passing game. He tied Adam Thielen with 5 targets and caught 4 of them for 33 yards. The passing game in Minnesota continues to be a non-factor as Cousins only attempted 21 passes for 174 yards. Adam Thielen lucked into a nice fantasy day with a 1 yard touchdown run on top of his touchdown reception, but Stefon Diggs put up a big stinker in a big smash spot against Oakland. 

Baltimore Ravens Vs. Kansas City Chiefs 

Lamar Jackson met an actual competitive NFL team in week 3, and it brought his production back to Earth. It could have been a completely disastrous day, but he avoided two ugly interceptions by his wide receivers having favorable position on the corner. Jackson ended up running one in late for a touchdown, so his fantasy day was somewhat salvageable. Mark Ingram had a monster day and his execution in the red zone was flawless. Ingram scored three touchdowns on 16 carries for 103 yards. Mark Andrews’s foot was clearly an issue on Sunday. Andrews caught three of his 7 targets for 15 yards. Marquise Brown didn’t have a great fantasy day, but his 9 targets were promising if you are debating whether you or not you should keep him in your lineup next week. 

Patrick Mahomes did what Patrick Mahomes does, so we don’t really need to get into it. Darrel Williams led the backfield with 9 carries and executed them for 62 yards. LeSean McCoy had the big fantasy day out of the backfield with a touchdown on the ground and a touchdown catch. Darwin Thompson didn’t figure much into this backfield. Mecole Hardman only caught two passes, but one of them was a massive 83 yard touchdown. Mecole Hardman was moving all around the line up scrimmage and sometimes into the backfield. He was clearly playing the Tyreek Hill role. Demarcus Robinson didn’t have the volume that we expect during the Hill injury, but he did have a nice touchdown catch. 

Detroit Lions Vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Kerryon Johnson is finding ways to stay in lineups while under performing from a football standpoint. It took him a few attempts to punch one in from 1 yard out and the 1.8 ypc is very concerning. We thought that he would be more involve in the passing game, but that just hasn’t been the case so far. Ty Johnson wasn’t much better during his attempts so Kerryon will remain safe in ownership of this backfield. Kenny Golladay had a quite day, which isn’t surprising to me. He was overrated coming into this season. He will have big games, but these weeks will be plentiful. Welcome back, Marvin Jones! I’ve missed you. Jones caught 6 of his 9 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. 

Miles Sanders did have a fumble on Sunday, the results were positive for the most part. Sanders caught two passes for 73 yards to lead the Eagles in receiving and averaged 4.1 ypc and led the Eagles in rushing attempts and yards. Jordan Howard clearly owns the goal line in the backfield, which is a problem for Sanders, but I think that Sanders is still a flex player. Nelson Agholor caught 8 catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Hopefully he plays more snaps going forward, even if Alshon and Jackson are healthy going forward. 

New York Jets Vs. New England Patriot

Tom Brady was his usual self throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Rex Burkhead should have been in your lineups with James White not available. Burkhead led the backfield with 6 catches and 11 carries and a touchdown. Josh Gordon started slow, but had a serviceable day with 6 catches for 83 yards and he led the Patriots in targets. If Phillip Dorsett is not owned in your league, you need to pick him up. Brady clearly likes him (7 targets) and Belicheck is drawing up plays for him to find pay dirt. Dorsett is a WR3 play every week. There really isn’t much to say about the Jets. They are useless from a fantasy standpoint until Sam Darnold returns. 

Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Buffalo Bills

Joe Mixon! He’s alive. He fell short of 100 all purpose yards, but he did find the end zone and fantasy relevance against a pretty good defense. I have a friend who is a really big Florida State fan and he never shuts up about Auden Tate. He took him with his last pick of our keeper draft this season, just because. Shout out to Josh, you had your big day, even though you dropped him. 

Frank Gore was a solid RB2 on Sunday averaging 5.2 yards per carry on his way to a touchdown on 76 rushing yards. Josh Allen had a solid day, but it definitely should have been bigger against this defense. Dawson Knox was a feel good story getting the touchdown and leading the Bills in receiving yards in front of his family. But, there wasn’t much else here. 

Miami Dolphins Vs. Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott just keeps smashing with 3 touchdowns and over 250 all-purpose yards. Don’t be in a rush to pick up Tony Pollard. His big day was based on the positive game script for the Cowboys in a weak match up. It would have been nice for Ezekiel Elliott to get a touchdown in such a tender match up. Amari Cooper did benefit from an easy day while Devin Smith couldn’t. Nobody on the Dolphins is playable except for Preston Williams and DeVante Parker in deeper leagues. You can confidently drop the entire Miami backfield.

Denver Broncos Vs. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones is living proof that you don’t need a bunch of yards to have a good fantasy day. Aaron Jones gained 19 yards on the ground, but punched in a couple of goal line touchdowns. Jamaal Williams led the backfield in carries and catches, so that is something to keep an eye on moving forward. MVS is becoming the every other week guy in Green Bay. MVS caught 6 of his 10 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown while more than doubling everyone on the team in targets. 

It was a Phillip Lindsay week for Denver. This continues the trend of analysts having zero idea what to do when ranking this backfield each week. Royce Freeman did have a better YPC performance and had a touchdown called back because of a penalty, but this was clearly Phillip Lindsay’s day from a volume standpoint. Emmanuel Sanders had his first quiet game of the season, but Courtland Sutton continues to be a nice surprise, even if he didn’t find the end zone. 

Atlanta Falcons Vs. Indianapolis Colts

Garbage time Matt Ryan continued to provide value for his fantasy owners to the tune of over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Devonta Freeman finally found some room for yardage, but was not able to punch it in for 6 points for his fantasy owners. Instead, they had to settle for 11 PPR points. Does anybody know where Calvin Ridley was on Sunday? If you find him, let him know that there are a bunch of fantasy football owners that are wondering the same thing. There was nothing to worry about from a Julio Jones standpoint. He now has scored a touchdown in his first three games. 

Jacoby Brissett is growing into quiet the quarterback with a 310 yard and 2 touchdown performance against a banged up Falcons defense. Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton were both able to overcome being banged up and found the end zone in a Colts win to go to 2-1. 

 

  1. patdaddy1985 says:
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    I am wondering about trading Davante Adams possibly for Godwin. I am worried about how much Rodgers is throwing to him. Should i shoot higher than Godwin? I know he didn’t have a great game either.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      If you’re going to trade Adams, I’d shoot higher. Maybe JuJu. I personally am not panicking.

      • Eric says:
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        Would you rather have Keenan Allen/Kupp or Adams ROS? And is it a pretty obvious difference for you?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Allen And Kupp for sure. Also one or the other

          • Eric says:
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            Oh sorry, I meant would you trade either of them in a 1 for 1 for Adams. Sorry about the miscomm

          • Charles Parton says:
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            I got offered keenan allen and cam Newton for davante and kyler and i already have winston. I think i am gonna do it

            • MB

              MB says:
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              I think you should

  2. RyGuy_4 says:
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    I have Diggs in two leagues…. I need to dump him. I already have a trade pending in one and probably need to look elsewhere in the other. The only problem is that I have C. Ridley as my WR3. Can I trust Ridley as a weekly WR2 going forward and look for trades for Diggs?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m not worried about Ridley. Totally agree that you should be selling Diggs

  3. Shouldidoit says:
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    Keeper league question: I know it’s early but I just don’t feel the firepower in the team this year. I don’t want to “give up” but moving some pieces around for future keepers could be in order.

    Would you trade: deshaun Watson (unkeepable) and devante Adams for Lamar Jackson ($2 to keep) and Terry McLaurin (won’t keep, too expensive)

    My wr’s would become emmanuel Sanders/Stefon Diggs/D.J. Chark. (I had AB as well, once he went awol i kind of figured it was a lost season)

    It’s a 2 qb league, Watson has been my saving grace as a $5 keeper for 2 years but the eligibility to keep is gone. I’d like to replace Watson with Goff I’m the above trade but idk of the other owner would do it.

    Thanks.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, I know the feeling of having a team that’s ok, but you just can’t make it pop. I think that’s a little too expensive for Lamar Jackson. I would try Deshaun Watson straight up. No need to overpay

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        MB – Why would this guy trade Lamar Jackson (able to be kept for $2) for an unkeepable Watson straight up?

        Am I missing something there?

        Even if you think Watson is a better than Jackson the rest of the year, it’s still a bad trade. The guy he is trying to trade with would have to believe Jackson is going to a 12-15 QB, in the QB1/2 bridge range for this trade to be at all an option. I doubt that is the case.

        If you’re trying to pry Jackson, you might have some like tossing Diggs or Chark into the mix instead of Adams. Adams included is a true punt of your season, and you said you didn’t want to “give up”.

  4. Billy says:
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    Would you use a # 1 waiver claim on Gallman or MVS ?

    Thanks

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      If you’re a Saquon owner, or absolutely need a starter the next 2 weeks, use it for Gallman. If not, hold it for something better.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, only Gallman if you’re a Saquon owner. But I think after having 2 good games out of 3, MVS isn’t the worst option. So I’d use it on MVS

  5. Cram It says:
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    I was going to make an FAAB play for Gallman first, Darrel Williams second. Would you drop any of these guys for one? I guess McLaurin?

    Mostert
    Alshon
    Dorsett
    Jamaal Williams
    McLaurin
    Burkhead

    • Cram It says:
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      Ugh I don’t want to lose McLaurin upside. Maybe Mostert? Maybe I’ll just stay put.

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        I would keep McLaurin, lose Mostert. That SF backfield is going to get weird when Coleman comes back. It’s already weird without him.

        • Cram It says:
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          It is weird. I dont think Coleman is back anytime soon, but that Wilson dude is getting the goal line work. I hate overreacting so early though. I think I’d rather save my money for when I need it.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d stay put unless you own Barkley

      • Cram It says:
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        Right on. Thank for talking me down.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Anytime man, hang in there!

  6. Gotime says:
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    1/2 PPR league. Would you trade away Chris Carson to the Penny owner to receive Josh Jacobs? My other RBs are McCaffery Chubb DMontgomery LatMurray

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah if you can, that’d be a great deal

  7. Gotime says:
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    1/2 PPR would you trade away Chris Carson to the Penny owner for Josh Jacobs? My other RBs McCaffery Chubb DMontgomery LatMurray

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      yes. I would 100% do this deal.

      Carson’s fumbles are a real problem at this point. Game script had some to do with it, but he was essentially benched.

      This pains me to say it, because I had Carson on a LOT of teams.

  8. Keeks says:
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    Full PPR

    Huge week 1, awful week 2, middling week 3. About to be 1-2.

    Roster is

    QB: Goff
    RBs: Leveon, Marlon Mack, Mixon, Gio
    WRs: Bobby Woods, Alshon, John Brown, Curtis Samuel, Mecole, Deebo, Golden Tate in waiting.
    TE: Delanie Walker

    I am plenty happy with my RB trio but stuck in the revolving door of mid to low receiver play. Woods has especially been a let down. Daniel Jones play however gives me some hope for Tate to be a nice contributor.

    *Question is, Would you trade Leveon and John Brown for Davante Adams and Devin Singletary?*

    Or continue trying to start the right duo of WRs with the 3 RBs each week?

    Thanks dude!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I think that I would grab Davante Adams whiles he’s cheap and his owners are panicking. I’d go for it

      • Keeks says:
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        Thanks for the input. You think sending him Leveon is cheap enough though?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          You can always try Mack first

  9. Nick says:
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    Hey bud, after losing Brown my WR core is down to Thielan/Godwin/Fuller starting with Scantling/McLaurin/D Samuel on my bench. Someone stupidly dropped Shepard before this weekend so now it’s going to be free for all on FAAB…I have $82 left, do I make big moves to solidify my WRs, with Brown still on my roster to drop? How much ya thinkin? Or do you prefer someone else that might be on waivers after this week?

    Secondly, I do need some bench depth for my RBs as I have Kamara, D Montgomery starting & Sanders in flex with only Lat Murray on bench. Would you drop D Samuel for another RB such as Gallman or Burkhead or even lesser options in 12team standard league, considering those guys will probably go for too much if I invest in Shepard…

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      You might want to hold out. Shepard had a great week, but Golden Tate comes back week 5. Tate and Shepard are very similar players.

      I think Thielan/Godwin/McLaurin with the ability to pick someone up is a better bet than wagering too much on Shepard.

      Burkhead only had value because James White was there for the birth of his kid. He goes back to basically worthless soon. Gallman is going to be a 3-4 week stop gap until Saquon is back. I’d hold here also.

      I mean, would you play either of them over top of Sanders in the flex? If you’re not picking up a guy that is going to be a starter or a platoon starter for sure, then why break the bank? Hold it for later when the long term injuries start rolling in.

      Patience in fantasy football is tough. You get 12 tries to upgrade your roster before playoffs. But the most patient owners typically are the ones that get all player needs fulfilled in the important weeks at the end of the year.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      No need to grab Shepard. I’d definitely put a chunk on Gallman with Barkley likely to miss half of the season. Yes I’d drop Samuel for him.

      • Nick says:
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        Thanks, interesting that Donkey posted he sees Shepard as potentially top 20 WR now…I guess my weakness is more so RB depth, huh?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          I think Tate’s return kills the upside. Different strokes for different folks

  10. Helmemakeatrade says:
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    Would you do this trade?

    Give: Stefon Diggs/ latavius Murray
    Get: Golden Tate/ Chris Thompson.

    My team: I own AP/ and the WR group is: adams/Diggs/Sanders/Chark.. the other owner owns Alvin Kamara and just had Saquon Barkley go down. Imagine they’re a little more motivated to cuff their other star rb (they didn’t cuff Saquon)

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep, get out of the Diggs business while you can!

  11. ERic says:
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    Haha I have a few more trade questions so I figured I should make my own post lol

    12 team yahoo league, 0.5PPR, 3WR/2RB/1TE/1Flex

    1) Keenan Allen + Carlos Hyde for Hopkins + Sony Michael (trying to buy low on Michael, sell a little high on Allen’s recent performance)

    2) Kupp + Carlos Hyde or Chris Thompson for Davante Adams
    2) Kupp + Aaron Jones for Davante Adams + Marlon Mack (kinda worried about Aaron Jones)
    2) Keenan Allen + Carlos Hyde for Davante Adams + Marlon Mack

    3) Aaron Jones + Carlos Hyde for David Johnson (again worried about Aaron Jones, although DJ hasn’t been getting the best workload

    4) So I’m kind of stuck w/ Kyler Murray/Goff in my league, how much (out of $100) FAAB is Daniel Jones worth? I guess same question for Wayne Gallman and Darryl Williams (although I’m sure you or another razzball writer will write about them soon)

    Thanks for your help! Haha I have some thoughts but I like to bounce them off of people

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hey Eric! No problem, glad to help

      1) yeah, I’d definitely do this if you can pull it off. Not big on Michel but swaps would be in your favor.
      2) no, I’d like to hang onto Kupp specifically. Him and Goff have a great connection.
      3) yep, I’d try to grab DJ
      4) I have no problem with a Goff/Murray combo, but our waiver wire and FAAB articles will be out tomorrow!

      • Eric says:
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        NICE! I’ll be on the lookout!

        Also, regarding high ankle sprains, how do players typically do after their recovery period? I know it’s hard to tell but is there a general trend like after ACL tear, may never be the same player again vs etc. Starting off 3-0 and I think my team is strong enough to hold onto to Barkley and make the playoffs if it’s going to help.

        • MB

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          Usually it’s only Achilles that are big concerns on if they’ll ever be the same player again

  12. miles proudfoot says:
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    Oh man, I got destroyed by the injury bug, babies, and well, whatever it is you call what Antonio Brown has been doing. I need to make some tough calls:

    1) Going forward, drop Goff or Murray?

    2) Is Njoku worth a hold? TE’s on wire are bare but Barkleys got my only IR spot.

    3) Could you rank Deebo, Pettis, Sutton, Westbrook?

    4) Latavius Murray worth waiting on or is he as valuable at this point as anyone I’d stream?

    Thank you!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yikes, sorry man!

      1) I’m keeping both. Neither is doing that bad. (Maybe we’ll just take the dive on Mahomes next year)
      2) I’d try and get Dissly
      3) Sutton, Westbrook, Pettis, Deebo
      4) probably worth more than anyone you could stream

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        Very helpful, thank you!

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Anytime

  13. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Is it worth keeping Antonio Brown or drop him for a waiver claim (e.g., Philip Dorsett)?

    Cam Newton was cut in my league. My backup QB is Josh Allen — would Newton be a significant upgrade or is his year likely to be if-fy or worse?

    • MB

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      I don’t have a good answer for you. He’s probably droppable, but I’d hate for him to be back in week 12. Latest is he enrolled in school again. I think Allen has the higher upside

  14. Trader says:
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    I drafted Connor instead of Cooks so clearly I need help! Ugh. ES offered Edelman for Samuel and Delanie. I have Waller so am tempted since I trust no Panther receivers. What day you?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep, take Edelman and be on your way

  15. Water boy says:
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    Hey man!! Love the headline!! Keep up the good stuff

    .5 ppr league, nobody in the league wants to trade & if they do it’s crap trades that are insulting that I get so I won’t mention trades today

    I just beat my brother in law, lol! Victory is mine now I’m 2-1 on the young season, I’m not getting Wayne Gallman I want him but the Barkley owner who just fell to 1-2 or a 0-3 team will end up with him.

    Let’s see who else you’d recommend adding:

    First off my RBs are DJ, cook, David Montgomery, Tevin Coleman, Chris Thompson, Mostert, Justin Jackson, Darrell Williams.

    My WRs are obj, thielen , Josh Gordon, Aj, green, MVS, John brown, Demarcus Robinson.

    My TE is Waller & hockenson on bench

    Thinking of dropping Mostert or Justin Jackson & see what Thompson does tonight if lays an egg then I’ll look to drop. Also thinking of dropping hockenson, Demarcus Robinson is good but worried about when Tyreek returns

    Available guys: Wayne galllman, Jeff Wilson who seems to be the red zone guy in SF, Jordan Howard, tony Pollard, CJ Prosise

    Available WRs: dionte Johnson, Auden Tate, Antonio brown (stash?)

    Available TEs: I only want one of these two as a stash Chris Herndon or Ben Watson both suspended

    Or back up QB, my starter is Russell Wilson. Available are dalton, Minshew, Daniel Jones , Brissett, rivers, Stafford

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks man! Yeah Wilson seems to be the red zone guy so that’s the only pick up that I would make. You can probably drop Justin Jackson for him

  16. Justin says:
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    Would u trade away either of Larry fitz or Robert woods for mixon? Half PPR

    • Justin says:
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      I was also offered the following in same league: my devonta freeman, Larry fitz, OJ Howard for his joe mixon and Tyler lockett. What u think?

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Yeah, I’d take it. You’re getting the 2 best players in the deal.

  17. eballs says:
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    Here’s the squad (10 team PPR)

    Goff, Zeke, Carson, Evans, Keenan Allen, Ekeler, Kupp, Shady, Scary Terry, Josh Allen, Hockensen
    IR: Hunter Henry

    I’m definitely worried about Carson going forward, but luckily I have decent RB depth, based on my lineup would to cut anyone for these free agents?

    Darrell Williams
    Pollard
    Burkhead
    Dissly
    Ebron
    Witten
    Knox

    • eballs says:
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      Add Jeff Wilson as a free agent too

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