Hello everybody and welcome to “Drape Impost”, Razzball’s weekly in-depth look at international tax policy for home décor. Let’s take a look at Norway, who charge an exorbitant 18% on imported tapestries… *answers call from Jay* I’ve been informed that this will actually be another Deep Impact article, and also that “Drape Impost” will be a podcast series on NPR this fall. Slight change to go over for those of you who have been reading regularly: I will no longer be limiting the “Start” section for running backs to less than 10% ownership in the interest of covering players who are actually worth starting. For running back starts, we’ll increase the population to look at low-owned guys who are more likely to already be on deep rosters but are unlikely to be every week plays. I’m figuring it out as I go, folks, and I will still cover backs under 10% ownership in the “Stash Target” section for all you players who are scouring the wire for adds. For those of you who haven’t been reading, you should try reading some time. It doesn’t even have to be about football, expand your horizons friends. Well, expand them after checking out these names, of course.

Starters

Terrance West (RB, Baltimore Ravens, 19% owned) – People who stashed Kenneth Dixon as I suggested back in the preseason, and fans of schadenfreude in general, have to enjoy what they’ve seen so far from the Ravens backfield. West (3.6 yards per carry) and Justin Forsett (3.16 yards per carry) have been largely ineffective while evenly splitting the carries, with Forsett chipping in more in the passing game (11 catches to West’s four). So why recommend any starts from this backfield? Well, John Harbaugh has hinted that he’ll be making changes to the running game, and I don’t see that many options aside from a) activating Javorius Allen and seeing if he can do better (spoiler alert: he can’t); b) forgoing the run altogether and having the elite Joe Flacco 60 times a game; c) somehow rewriting the rule book to give teams a point for every rushing attempt that goes for two yards or less; or d) picking one of the two backs in the time share to get more touches to get them in a “rhythm” (I don’t necessarily buy this theory, but it seems to be pretty popular among players and coaches; West himself just said that he needs more touches to be successful). If Harbaugh goes that route, I expect West to be the early down back as he has been slightly more successful running the ball, with Forsett used as the passing down and change-of-pace guy. This is all pure speculation, but I feel good enough about it to play West this week.

Terrance Williams and Brice Butler (WR, Dallas Cowboys, 7% and 1& owned, respectively) – Well, it appears that Dez Bryant and Tony Romo will be reunited sooner than expected. Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, that reunion will take place on the sidelines. Dez has a hairline fracture in his knee and while the full extent of the injury has not been disclosed, it sounds like he’s a longshot to play this week against the 49ers. Cole Beasley and Jason Witten can’t catch all the passes, much to the chagrin of Klan fantasy leagues, so I expect Williams and Butler to get involved. Williams caught four balls for 88 yards last week even with Dez on the field, showing signs of life for the first time this year. Looking at the six games that Dez missed last season, Williams averaged 3.5 catches for 68 yards per game as the de-facto number one receiver, which are playable numbers in deep leagues, especially with bye weeks starting. Butler is the higher-risk play who would move up to the starting lineup if Dez doesn’t suit up. He missed most of last season with injuries but was useful in the last two weeks of the season, averaging 4 catches for 67 yards. He’s the more explosive player of the two and is more likely to break off the big play, but Williams has twice as many targets so far this year and looks like he is beginning to establish some rapport with Dak Prescott. I’d play Williams first, but if he’s already been snatched up and you really need the help, roll the dice on Brice.

Cameron Brate (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9% owned) – When I was in middle school, I discovered what girls were and decided that they were way more important than schoolwork. During science class, while trying to pretend to be a badass, I was explaining to one girl that I had figured out that I couldn’t possibly fail the class because my grade average was a C through three quarters, and as a result, I didn’t even have to try the rest of the year (what a badass can’t believe she didn’t fall head over heels right then and there). The teacher overheard this story, and felt the need to stop the lesson to inform me in front of everyone that actually, grades are calculated based on average points for the year and not an average of the letters, so I could indeed fail the class. Hell, I could even get held back if I did poorly enough. What is the point of this story? That sometimes I am wrong, and sometimes I am wrong in embarrassingly public fashion. This, friends, is one of those times. I have been banging the drum for Austin Seferian-Jenkins hard this season, and like so many breathalyzers at 4 AM before, he blew it. He was released after yet another DUI, and Brate ran with the starting tight end job quickly to the tune of five catches, 46 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he got 10 targets and was a heavy part of the passing game. Sometimes, you don’t need to be the most talented guy at your position on the team, you just have to be smart enough to not drive drunk. Brate could be a solid play this week and going forward in the tight end wasteland. Pick him up and try to go easy on me in the comments.

Stash Target:

C.J. Spiller (RB, Seattle Seahawks, 6% owned) – I think that all people who are firmly on board the Christine Michael hype train are ones who have not been burned by him before. I will admit that he looked great this past week, but I’d like everybody to spare me the, “he had such a great preseason and training camp, too!” story. Every training camp of this guy’s career, he has been touted as the next big thing, and then he proceeded to blow every opportunity given to him. Maybe he will really put it all together and be an every-down workhorse now. But to me, the Spiller signing says that they at least want a passing down option, and with C.J. Prosise in a cast for the foreseeable future, he’s not the guy to take that role quite yet. Spiller has a big name value but his useful fantasy years are far in his rearview mirror by now; significantly further than the police are in ASJ’s. I wouldn’t clear roster space for him except for the deepest of leagues, but there is opportunity here for him to contribute if Thomas Rawls stays on the sideline and Michael turns back into a pumpkin, especially in PPR leagues.

Drop:

Kamar Aiken (WR, Baltimore Ravens, 25% owned) – This is a new addition to the weekly feature, where we’ll take a look at some droppable players that are owned in too many leagues. We’ll start this feature with a somewhat popular preseason sleeper, Kamar Aiken. I’m trying to figure out how a quarter of Yahoo leagues have this guy on a roster. Have that many people already given up on fantasy football after Week 3? His percentage of snaps has decreased from 53 percent to 34 percent, and has only 4 targets on the year. He’s as useless as a defensive scheme that puts single coverage on A.J. Green (I’m writing this during the first half of the Thursday night game and am pretty sure he’s going to break some records). Don’t even bother asking in the comments “would you drop Aiken for x?” because the answer is going to be yes (do feel free to ask me other questions in the comments though). Spiller? Pull the trigger. ASJ? Sure, as long as you’re going to be his sponsor, too. Clay Aiken? Is he still alive? If so, then make the move. Just wash your hands of this wasted draft pick and move on with your lives.

  1. Tony C says:
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    in a small 8 team league starting 2 QBs 2 RBs 2 WRs 2 Flex and 1 TE with a large 22 player roster I’m kicking around the idea of adding Wendell Smallwood. My team:
    QBs Brees Manning Cousins
    RBs Lamar, CJ Anderson, Crowell, Rawls, Dwayne Washington, Dixon, McKinnon, Yeldon, Booker
    WR Beckham, Hilton, DeSean Jackson, Snead, Shepard, Tyrell Williams and Moncreif
    TE Ebron
    K Gano
    DT New England

    Would u drop any of my RB or WR for Smallwood? Would u add a backup TE such as Miller, Henry, Brate, Or Dwayne Allen instead? Thanks and great work today!

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Tony C: Interesting setup. With an eight team league it’s good to go with a deep roster to keep it competitive. I’d hang onto the backs you have and pass on Smallwood. Doug Pederson just said earlier this week that he wants to give Mathews 20 touches a game as long as he’s healthy, and with the Eagles on bye this week that gives him a chance to heal up. Same with the tight ends, it seems there are plenty of solid options available to pick up on the wire in case Ebron gets hurt. If Yeldon has another bad week, maybe revisit it then.

  2. Stl says:
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    Someone dropped Tevin coleman in my 12 team ppr league.

    Who do I drop ?

    Tyrrell Williams,
    Kenneth Dixon,
    Michael Floyd,
    Jerick McKinnon,
    Arian Foster,
    Sammy Watkins

    Or do I stand pat?

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Stl: First of all, please check on your friend who dropped Coleman. Something is clearly wrong with him. Then, drop Tyrell for Coleman. Or, if you are hurting at receiver and deep at running back already, drop Dixon for him. In a vacuum I’d rather have Dixon than Tyrell because I think the opportunity is there for him to snatch the Ravens starting job when he comes back, but that may not fit your roster.

  3. Fleeced says:
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    12 team PPR

    I start one qb, and currently have Bortles and Carr. Should I swap one of them out for Dalton, Siemien or Prescott?

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Fleeced: I’d hold Bortles/Carr at least this week. I’m assuming Dalton can’t be added since he played yesterday, and he’s the only one of that trio I’d consider adding. If one of your two guys really struggles this week, I don’t see anything wrong with swapping one out for Dalton. I like Bortles slightly more rest of season if only because that Jags team is going to be playing from behind all season.

  4. Benny says:
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    Rank these guys rest of season. All three are on the waiver wire in a deep 14 team league and i can only pick up one.

    Duke Johnson
    Wendell Smallwood
    Paul Perkins

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Benny: I’d rank them the same way you did. Smallwood and Perkins are interesting stashes but the Duke already has a role right now that probably represents the ceiling of what the other guys’ best case scenario is.

  5. Wallah says:
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    What side of:

    $3 Devonta Freeman, $2 Isaiah Crowell, $8 devanta parker, $4 John brown
    For
    $2 Doug Martin, #$40 Thomas Rawls, $40 amari cooper

    We can keep 3 players/ year. I kept Freeman this year. Guy I’m trading has tevin Coleman and Rawls, I have Freeman and Christine Michael… Make sense for both of us to own an entire backfield? I wish I could own Atlantas backfield but guy won’t give up tevin… I’ve offered multiple times c-Mike for tevin (I think it’s fair) and get turned down.. Anyway, what do you think?

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Wallah: Interesting. Once you start bringing the dollar figures in it is tough to analyze because keeper auction values really warp the prices. Julio Jones went for $90 in my keeper auction draft because the guys bidding on him had such cheap players they could afford to splurge. $40 for Amari could be a great value, or could be awful, that depends on your league economics. I agree with you that you seem to be a really good trade match but I think he’s really overvaluing Coleman – the dude isn’t going to score three touchdowns every week. I would maybe offer him Michael and Parker or Brown if he needs the sweetener but wouldn’t go much further than that. If you’re still playing for this year, the trade you outlined is a tough deal to make, buying into that much injury risk with Martin/Rawls. If you have the depth at RB to go without those two for weeks, I could see rolling the dice because Cooper is the best player in the deal. But if you’re thin at the position already, I’d shoot for a smaller Michael/Coleman swap, or stand pat and just hope that Michael runs away with the job.

  6. Lion Liver says:
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    Who to play in my flex spot, no PPR, standard scoring…

    Deangelo Williams
    Terrance Williams
    Golden Tate

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Lion Liver: I’d go Tate, Terrance, DeAngelo, but don’t feel great about any of them to be honest. Last season DeAngelo was a non-factor when Bell was on the field. If you’re really down on Tate after how useless he’s been, I can’t blame you. I’ve got a couple shares and am pretty disappointed myself. I’d still start him over Terrance this week but if you want to swap them for your own mental well being, do it. Important caveat: I see that Marvin Jones was added as questionable to the injury report yesterday. Monitor that, if he’s going to miss the game or even on some limited snap count, you’ve got to play Tate no question.

      • Lion Liver says:
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        @Alex Lee: I also have Kevin White, CHI… maybe he’s the answer I am looking for? Otherwise I agree Tate is my guy and have to hope Stafford gets it to him this week.

  7. mcBlunty says:
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    2nd flex spot full ppr pick 1

    kevin white
    chris ivory
    gary barnidge
    quiny enunwa

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @mcBlunty: Sorry for some reason the site moved my response into it’s own comment. Or I did it myself because I’m an idiot. Either way, I’d go White, then Ivory.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Alex Lee: If Decker sits, I like Enunwa here. Then White, Then Ivory. Barnidge is out of the circle of trust in my eyes.

        • Alex Lee

          Alex Lee says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Enunwa definitely moves up with Decker out, but I still would avoid that Seahawks matchup and go with White. Couldn’t fault anyone for disagreeing with me there though.

  8. Don Majikowski says:
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    If this is your team, do you trade Demarco for BMarsh?? PPR
    I am hesitant to trade away RB depth, but we do have Tevin Coleman to slide in as our #3 back (back-up)

    QB Carr (Will be Brady)
    RB D Johnson
    RB Hyde
    RB/WR DeMarco (Marshall would slot in here)
    WR Alshon
    WR Cobb
    WR/TE Dorsett
    TE Martellus

    Bench
    Josh Gordon (WTF, couldn’t have went to rehab a month ago?)
    Corey Coleman
    Tevin Coleman
    Forsett
    Chris Johnson

    Also, do you think Martellus will become more of a force when Brady is back? I do

    • Alex Lee

      Alex Lee says:
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      @Don Majikowski: Don, big fan. Can’t believe they replaced you with that Favre scrub. I would make that deal in PPR, think this week could be the end of the buy low window on Marshall. Also, yes I think Marty B will be more involved with Brady in there, but if there’s any good tight ends on the wire, wouldn’t be a bad idea to lock one up in Gordon’s place.

  9. Alex Lee

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    I’d go White. He got 14 targets last week, looks like they’re trying to work him in more. I think he could have his first big game against the Lions. Won’t fault you if you go Ivory with that tasty matchup against Indy, but with the full PPR, I’d lean White.

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