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Welcome back everybody to this week’s edition of “Derp Imprints”, our recurring series at Razzball where we take a look at our favorite merchandise with Eli Manning’s dopey face printed on it. First, let’s gaze into Eli’s post-interception eyes on a nice t-shirt… *answers call from Jay* I’ve been informed that this will instead by another installment of Deep Impact, and also that I shouldn’t make fun of Eli since he can’t help the fact that he looks like that. For those of you who haven’t been following along, well why haven’t you been following along? Are you too good to read some fantasy advice?? How’d you wind up on this site to begin with then? Well while you’re here, might as well check out these recommendations for deep league starts and stashes that are less than 10% owned in Yahoo. Or, click the banner link to find out more about Marie Callender’s pot pies, if that’s something you would rather do with your free time. But before we jump into names, allow me to share a brief story that I promise is relevant to this week’s article.

Back in 2010, my brother lived in an apartment complex in downtown Charlotte near the Panthers’ stadium and practice facilities. Since it was so close, and the building was fairly nice, several Panthers players lived there at least during the season. Well, leading up to Week 9, my brother found himself sharing an elevator ride with Jonathan Stewart, who was set up to be the lead back that week with DeAngelo Williams banged up. Since he has no sense of appropriate behavior in most situations (it runs in the family), he says, “J-Stew, need you this week for fantasy, got a big game coming up.” Stewart, annoyed by hearing something along these lines for the 5,000th time, responds with, “I need myself this week… for my career.” What happened? Stewart left in the first quarter with a concussion, continuing his streak of disappointing fantasy players that carries on to this day. And with that, let’s jump into a very fitting first name…

 

Starters

Cameron Artis-Payne (RB, Carolina Panthers, 13% owned) – Am I breaking my own rules here? Yes, for three reasons: 1) I’m tired of writing about Chris Thompson every week (still only 7% owned and still should be on any deep PPR roster); 2) I wrote up CAP in the preseason and can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about being right on something; and 3) It’s my article and I’ll write about who I want, dammit. I thought my preseason call of CAP as the Stewart handcuff of choice looked bad when he was a healthy scratch for the first two weeks of the season, and thought it looked even worse when Fozzy Whittaker went for 100 yards stepping in for the inevitably injured Stewart. But, here come the reports that CAP will be used as the early-down back, with Fozzy relegated back to change-of-pace status. I don’t exactly understand the decision; after all, why use him as a change-of-pace one week after his pace proved to be a pretty effective one just a week ago? However, if it makes my preseason prediction correct, I’m all for it. The matchup against the Vikings is less than ideal, but aside from the aforementioned (and repeatedly mentioned in this space) Thompson, CAP is the only low-ownership back I’d roll the dice on this week. You aren’t getting 10-15 touches anywhere else in this ownership territory. So make like the lonely, lonely soul you are and take those touches where you can get them.

Kenny Britt (WR, Los Angeles Rams, 5% owned) – I’m breaking another rule of mine in this article: don’t start players who are catching passes from Case Keenum. Rules were meant to be broken, and of all the low-ownership receivers that I’m watching, Britt has the most favorable matchup and the second-most targets through the first two weeks (16, one behind Jeremy Kerley, who has a rough draw against the Seahawks this week). The Bucs’ pass defense has been shredded by the Falcons and Cardinals so far this season, and if Britt can get solid numbers against the Seahawks like he did in Week 2, I think he can put up a playable stat line this weekend if the early-season injury bug has hit you hard. Hold your nose while doing it, if you must, but start him if you’re hurting for options.

Hunter Henry (TE, San Diego Chargers, 1% owned) – Speaking of injury bugs, let’s take a look at the Chargers! Their stud receiver and best receiving RB are already done for the year *pauses while you get a fresh box of tissues*, and now Antonio Gates looks very questionable this week with a hamstring injury. Enter Hunter Henry, the 35th overall pick in the draft, All-American tight end at Arkansas, and owner of the most southern-sounding name since Wheeler Walker, Jr. This is a big roll of the dice, but Henry is a talented kid with a prime matchup against the Colts, and there just aren’t that many other options left for Philip Rivers to throw to. You’re not afraid to take a little risk, right? You, the man who sometimes only looks one way before crossing the street, and sometimes drinks TWO glasses of warm milk before bed instead of one, afraid of taking chances?! Keep living life on the edge and put Henry in the lineup.

 

Stash Targets

Ronnie Hillman (RB, Minnesota Vikings, 7% owned) – In standard formats, I’d avoid the rubble of the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings backfield if at all possible. There’s many possible outcomes, none of which would surprise me. Jerick McKinnon takes the reins and becomes an every-down back? Sure. Matt Asiata gets 20 carries a game, despite only averaging 2.7 ypc? Why not. Some time-share that renders all parties borderline useless? That’s probably what will happen. But in deeper leagues, you’ve got to get as many lottery tickets as you can, and with McKinnon and Asiata long gone, here’s the last ticket standing. The Vikings signed Hillman, the Broncos’ leading rusher last season, during the week to provide some depth. He’s worth a spot on the back of your roster since one of those possible outcomes I discussed before is Hillman emerging as the lead back when the dynamic duo of McKinnon/Asiata don’t get the job done.

Trey Burton (TE, Philadelphia Eagles, 1% owned) – Hey guys, remember that time when I briefly mentioned Burton while plugging Brent Celek as a start last week? *ducks to avoid thrown shoes* I may have been off the mark there. I didn’t expect Burton to get so heavily involved so soon with a veteran presence ahead of him, but I forgot that Celek is about five years past his expiration date. Burton is clearly the preferred pass catching tight end, and the team uses enough two tight end sets that being second on the depth chart won’t limit his opportunities as long as Zach Ertz is on the shelf. If you’ve got Ertz, or any of the other tight ends dropping like passes thrown to Kenny Stills, clear some space for Burton.

 

 

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  1. Big W says:
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    I have mckinnon and asiata on my bench this week to see how exactly things work out this week, then making a decision before next week to either start one of them or maybe trading one for help elsewhere. It’s a wait and see situation for sure.

    BTW, thanks for the write up… The Razzball team does a tremendous job all around.

    Cheers

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Big W: If you have the roster space to do so, that’s the best strategy right now. We should be able to get a feel this week for how they plan to approach it going forward, and you can manage the roster accordingly. My fear is getting stuck in a situation where, for example, McKinnon gets a majority of touches but doesn’t do much with them. Then what’s the move? Do you drop Asiata because he looks to be the odd man out, or hold because he could see increased carries the following week and miss out on a potentially better add after Week 3? You’d probably have to hold, but wouldn’t feel great about it. Overall, I don’t think any of these guys is particularly good, the offensive line scares me, Bradford as the QB who defenses are supposed to respect scares me, etc etc. But, any time you get the chance to gamble on getting a useful RB, especially in deep formats, you’ve got to take the chance and hope for the best.

      Also, thanks! These guys are great, I’m just happy they let me do my thing once a week.

  2. Jim-bob-cooter says:
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    dude i asked you about brent celery last we and you never responded to my comment so i started him. he’s such a bum (throws shoe)

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Jim-bob-cooter: I responded, but my response was to start Mr. Celery unless you gave me some names on your waiver wire that I thought were more compelling. You never responded to that response, so I throw my shoe at you, good sir! *throws your shoe back at you*

  3. Connor J Sullivan says:
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    As a Gates owner, who would you rather plug and play this week? Henry, Burton or Cook?

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Connor J Sullivan: Burton is safer since you have a good idea of what to expect after last week (a modest 5-7 targets most likely), Henry is the home run swing. I’d play either before Cook. If you think your matchup calls for a Hail Mary, go Henry. If you just want to avoid a goose egg, go Burton.

  4. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Burton for a squirtin. LMAOOOOOOO

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: In all seriousness, when I wrote it down I thought to myself, “I bet Tehol will laugh at this.”

  5. Mike says:
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    Felling the Britt!

    In a PPR would you start Britt over Duke or Beasley? Loving me Duke and his Miami homecoming but really need a safe 10-12 points in the flex.

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Mike: Tough call here, but if you’re looking for safe points I think Beasley is the play. I’m not scared of the Bears D and he’s been right in that 10-12 point range each of the first two weeks. Britt and Duke are higher risk, higher reward plays. Duke is the passing-down back (he’s played less than half of the team’s total snaps so far, and only about 14% of the rushing downs). With Kessler getting his first career start, I don’t expect there to be a lot of passing. He could rack up a good percentage of Kessler’s throws as a safety valve and put up his first useful line of the season, but it’s more likely the Browns use a heavy dose of Crowell instead. For what it’s worth, the Pigskinonator likes Duke, then Britt, then Beasley.

      • irishDude says:
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        @Alex Lee:

        Awesome thanks man you Rick!

        Also have Vereen as an option

        • Alex Lee

          Alex Lee says:
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          @irishDude: No sir, you Rick, assuming you’re the same guy as Mike but with a new username. I’d play Beasley over Vereen right now, but keep tabs on Rashad Jennings’ injury news leading up to the game. If there’s any indication that they’ll split carries again like they did last week, I’d definitely play Vereen.

  6. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Jennings for Parker in a standard league?

    I have Charles, D Johnson, McKinnon, Jennings, Ware
    Wr- Hopkins, Floyd, Crabtree

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Hometown Heroes: I think you need the RB depth more than the WR depth. Who knows what you have in McKinnon, or when Charles will be back (let alone what the split will look like with him and Ware when he does). Also, in standard formats Duke is a tough play since most of his value is receiving, and the Browns’ passing game is a huge red flag right now. I would hold Jennings until you have some clarity on the rest of your backfield.

  7. Chris says:
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    Thanks Alex!

    All opinions are welcome, please pick three for this week.

    Lacy @ Home vs det
    DeMarco Murray Vs Oakland
    McCoy vs Cards
    Charles Sims vs Rams

    Thanks!

    • Alex Lee

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      @Chris: Tough call. In standard formats I’d bench Sims with that Rams matchup, since the yards could be tough to come by. In PPR, toss-up between Sims and Lacy, leaning towards Lacy on the bench.

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks it is tough!

  8. Shkwstoppa says:
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    Would you deal away Crowell, forsett, and Dixon for rashad Jennings and cardinals d?

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Shkwstoppa: No. As a general rule I like to avoid trading for injured players unless I’m getting a good discount. Jennings hurt his hand last week and split touches pretty evenly with Shane Vereen. He’s going to play through it but right now I’d rather have healthy Crowell and Forsett.

  9. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    the line i read out of CAR management as to why the inactive guy is the starter is that fozzy plays special teams and CAP doesn’t, so making active 4 RB’s (tolbert FB) didn’t make sense when daily show was healthy (probably wanted to carry extra LB or DB’s maybe, often a good idea)

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