Andy Dalton
So week one is done and in the books.  We now know what every player and team will do every week from here on out.  You don’t even need me to give my input on this week, to be honest.  Go look back at those first few games, extrapolate and boom: profit.  If only the world worked that way.  I mean, John Kuhn gonna have a 16 TD year, right?  Right…well there is one thing I think we can hang our hat on from year to year: my penis.  I’m sorry, that was lewd.  And kind of painful.  You didn’t tell me it was a beer helmet with two full tallboys!  No, what we can hang our hats on are stats: specifically home/road splits.  And with that, we’re here to discuss Andy Dalton, aka the Red Rocket.  What, you’ve never heard of someone calling him the Red Rocket?  Clearly you read nothing of what I wrote last year, then.  It’s alright, I didn’t either so all is forgiven.  Dalton’s splits over the last couple of years have shown he’s a vastly better play at home than on the road.  Looking specifically at last year, he had a 20:9 TD to INT ratio compared with a 13:11 line on the road as well as a +17.5 QB rating swing when enjoying the Cincy confines.  Of course, splits only tell half the tale.  Who is he facing, you ask?  The Atlanta Failcons.  You see it?  See what I did there?  Now Atlanta isn’t the same team as last year so pointing out they gave up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QBs last year isn’t saying much.  But they did give up half of the mark of the beast to Drew Brees last weekend with 333 passing yards and I don’t see a reason to think they’ll slow down Dalton this weekend.  Welcome to Gingernnati, snitches!  I’m all over this red head this week like Hermione Granger on Ronald Weasley.  The fact that he’s priced outside of the top 10 QBs on DraftKings at $7,500 is quite baffling to me to say the least but I’m not gonna complain.  With that, let’s move on.  Here are Razzball’s picks for the week 2 slate for DraftKings 2014 Fantasy Football season…

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Jake Locker, QB: $7,100 – Analysis in two words: Dallas.  Cowboys.  I’d give him a roll if you could have a secondary QB but most likely this is gonna be a grind down game but it doesn’t hurt to get a piece of the Titans pie via Locker.  He has a good shot at a 300 yard game if somehow Dallas can stop the run so he’s on my radar but I like Dalton too much to make him my QB play this week unless I’m priced down to him.

Russell Wilson, QB: $7,100 – Nick and I talked pretty extensively on the #32in32in32 tour that the ‘hawks would pass more this year.  And then they throttled the Packers at home.  So.  What.  That was at home.  I think we see a bit more of an aerial attack on the road from this team, especially against a Chargers defense not much improved in their secondary after giving up 300+ yards to Palmer on Monday.  Again, I’m still going Red Rocket but if you wanna go…uh…black bullet?  Hrm, I got nothin here.  Just consider him an option.  Moving on…

A.J. Green, WR: $8,200 – Can’t give a QB and not give a pairing.  Nope, wouldn’t be prudent.  Not like you needed any motivation to start the second-highest priced WR on the board but hey, I’ll take obvious when I can get it.

Justin Hunter, WR: $4,300 – Carson McCullers would say The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.  My question in this situation is what body part is a Happy Hunter?  The boobs?  Works for me!  Oh and analysis is still: Dallas.  Cowboys.

Eric Decker, WR: $5,300 – When Decker isn’t priced like a mid-tier TE will be the day I don’t roll with him.  Last week he was inches from a TD.  BTW, those inches were created by Michael Vick not being able to throw to a guy wide open at the back of the endzone.  All this to say, his 5/74 would’ve been a bit more recognized had it been 6/80/1.  He’s still the man in the land of the New York Jest passing attack and you can’t tell me you don’t think they’ll have to do it often vs the Packers.  A 100 yard receiving game should be in store here.

Jordy Nelson, WR: $6,600 – Green Bay is gonna play angry and I’ll take the little angry white guy who’s stretching the field.  I expect a bounceback game for all things Green Bay and I want the most likely Red Zone target for Rodgers to get in on it.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR: $6,200 – But…but…one catch!  Exactly, which makes him a perfect tourney play.  We’re already one week in and people are figuratively sh!tting their pants over a bad Fitz showing.  Well, some people literally, but I still think that’s just an incontinence issue plain and simple.  Think AZ will have to throw and that Ellington will be a slight non-factor, leaving more room for Larry to work his PPR magic.

Brandin Cooks, WR: $5,300 – Enjoyed the ride last week and he’s getting priced for me to jump right back in for week two.  Keep in mind that Toon and Stills were inactive for week one which greatly affected his targets most likely but I still think we have a Darren Sproles+25 reception year on our hands.  Remember, DK is a full point per reception and last week he scored 7 points from his recs alone.  Yes, that means he had 7 receptions.  Sheesh, I have to do the math for you too?  Ridic…

Jamaal Charles, RB: $7,400 – Might be the cheapest you see Charles for the rest of the year.  I don’t know what Andy Reid was doing week one.  No one did.  Let’s just assume he fixes it for week two and we get our huge amounts of touches for Jamaal for this week.

Shonn Greene, RB: $3,300 – Uh, if he’s not 50%+ owned on Sunday, the world doesn’t get how this works.  Great matchup and a likely 100 yard day for Shonn makes his price worth it because Dallas.  You saw last week’s game, right?  Defense is a mess, y’all.  Don’t fight it, ride it.  There’s zero PPR upside here which is definitely a downer but he could also go for 100 and score 2 TDs.  No reason to go sexy at RB when servicable could get you the same stats.  BTW, ‘Not Sexy But Serviceable’ would make for a great Ron Jeremy biography title.

Isaiah Crowell, RB: $3,300 – Surprise!  Ben Tate got hurt.  We all knew it would happen, I just don’t think we thought week one would begin our Tate faith testing.  Clearly you’ll need to keep your eyes on the health of Ben but Crowell did score two touchdowns last week and until Josh Gordon is back, this team ain’t gonna be slanging it.  Ground and pound for days!  Low’ish upside without getting involved in the passing game but it looks like he gets the goal line tugs so keep apprised.  You might have something to Crowell about come Sunday.

Larry Donnell, TE: $3,000 – Recency bias, you say.  You’re right, his first week vs Detroit definitely makes this call a bit more comfortable for me but you wanna know what makes me even more comfortable?  That Arizona still yielded 10 targets to Gates.  Yes, this is the same team that couldn’t stop TEs last year.  It’s a punt play with upside.  Abuse it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DST: $3,200 – This is just me doin the math: Vegas says 0/u is 38, the lowest line so far.  They also say TB is a -4.  So they should win 21-17.  The only question is will the Rams offense from week one show up and make one of those three TB TDs a defensive one?  I’ll take that chance, given the price.

Jacksonville Jaguars, DST: $2,500 – Yeah, I’m just cray now.  But this is the squad that held the Eagles down for quite a while in Philly last weekend.  I’m gonna say that was much more their defense than it was the Eagles sputtering and I just don’t trust Washington to put it all together at this point.  Remember, when others jig, I Jaguar.

  1. KK says:
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    So I currently have Andre Ellington and Dwyer in a ppr league (Dwyer the obvious handcuff). Worth it to drop Dwyer for Cunningham?

    • KK says:
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      @KK: or for Wheaton? I also could drop hill sankey Woodhead… Instead? Full point ppr.

      • KK says:
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        @KK: my three wideouts are Megatron Michael Floyd and Wright (two have byes week 9 and we play 2WR)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @KK: week 9 is 8 weeks away. You really shouldn’t be thinking about it. I’d drop Dwyer for Wheaton.

          • KK says:
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            @Sky: would you drop for Cunningham or hold? If not I’ll just grab Wheaton

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @KK: Confused…didn’t you just ask me this and didn’t I say to pick up Wheaton?

              • KK says:
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                @Sky: yeah, but Wheaton was just grabbed as well. Sorry sky…

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  No worries, just thought I’d missed something. I’d rather hold Dwyer there.

  2. Steve says:
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    Fjax or Vereen ROS?
    10 team standard

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Steve: Vereen

  3. Steve says:
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    Decker or Keenan Allen ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Steve: Decker

  4. Principal Blackman says:
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    Great Carson McCullers reference, or greatest Carson McCullers reference? I’m leaning towards greatest.

  5. Allan says:
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    Starting Dalton is strictly a dfs play right? If Ive got Rodgers and Dalton on my own team Im starting Rodgers correct? Thanks Sky.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Allan: Definitely. Just a cost thing. Think they’ll both finish top 5 if not top 3 this week.

  6. Principal Blackman says:
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    Actual fantasy football question: Kelvin Benjamin is available in one of my leagues. My other WRs are Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace, Edelman, Tate, and Gordon. Should I drop one of them to make room for him? I want to add him but I don’t see any obvious drop candidates. My RBs are Lynch, Ellington, Gerhart, CJ?K, and Bush, so I’m a little bit overloaded at RB, but again, I don’t see any obvious drops. 12-team PPR/.5PPRA, start 3 WRs and 2 RBs. The flex is super, so I have a QB plugged in there. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Hold for now. Like his spot but think you have a better setup for now on your bench. Don’t think he goes Megatron on us.

  7. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Sky!!! Who do you like at flex this week? I ask so early cause B-More plays Thursday.. Justin Forsett, Fred Jackson, Boykin, Nicks, or Woodhead??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Morning Frank. Matchups matter but I think your best setup for the week would be Forsett given he looks to see some lead back carries but you’ll have to watch it closely. I’d go with F-Jax after that.

  8. Frank White says:
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    Do you think I should drop Phil Dawson for Matt Bryant?

  9. Frank White says:
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    Sorry one more question.. I’m my 12 team 3 WR PPR I got..
    Brees
    Barandon Marshall
    Cruz
    Maclin
    Mathews
    Bush
    Rudolph
    Forsett
    Fred Jackson
    Woodhead
    McFadden
    Clay
    Boykin
    Nicks
    I was wondering if I should trade Brees, Cruz n Fred Jackson for Demarco Murray, Wallace and Bell(DET)? I have a feeling Cruz is gonna be a bust and My RB’s aren’t the best. I can always grab Big Ben from waivers. You like??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: I actually don’t mind that trade but I’m probably in the minority. You’re probably gonna want to stream QBs ROS with this move.

      • Frank White says:
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        Actually he wants to do the trade except leave Fred Jackso an Bell out of it.. So it would Be Brees n Cruz for Murray and Wallace.. Still like??

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Frank White: Bell was the part that made the most sense for you, to me given you have Bush. It’s fair, I’m a tad worried about the Giants passing game this year at this point. Still would do it but again: minority.

          • Frank White says:
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            Thanks Brotha!!

              • Frank White says:
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                Actually, Locker, Big Ben ad Flacco are available.. Does that help anymore?? I don’t want to b stuck with Cruz if he’s a bust especially wth my RB situation ya know.. If you tell me to Pull the trigger I will.. What would you do if it were your team?? Lol

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Frank White: I said you’d be streaming QB ROS. Doesn’t really change that, just reflects the concept.

                  I said I would do the trade…twice…not sure what else you need.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: Flacco or Falco ROS?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @J-FOH: Gotta go Falco. Dat hair…

                  • Frank White says:
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                    I’m just busting balls.. You know me.. Lol. Also I didn’t know if you liked those qb’s better

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Frank White: Ha, none of them are Brees. They’re stream worthy, though, unless a stream of good matchups arise. Big Ben is stable for most weeks but you can make weekly moves and compete, IMHO.

  10. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Week 1…Bust
    Week 2…lets get that money..heres the team

    Dalton
    A.J.
    Jordy
    Decker
    J.Charles
    S.Greene
    Ertz
    D.Carpenter
    Tampa

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Heres the decision i can take cobb over jordy …if i swap out jordy for cobb it would save me $300 and allow me to take Michael Floyd over Decker.

      So to simplify i can go:
      Jordy/Decker or Edelman
      or
      Cobb/Decker or Floyd

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Also would you rather have brandon marshall this week, cobb or jordy

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Also A.P. or Charles

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: Like what you have already but wouldn’t mind squeezing Floyd in. I’d make that adjustment.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Sky: Thanks

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: Avi change mid-comment. Well played.

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @Sky: Ha…cant have mex patrolling the football section

  11. great whites says:
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    Should I start r.white, kelvin benjamin, or b.cooks? Vs d.brees in a standard league , thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @great whites: I’d go Cooks there if and only if the other WRs are still out that I talked about above. If not, I’d go Kelvin if Cam is back. White 3rd there for me

  12. Nikko says:
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    Hello! I am in a standard 14 man league with the following team:
    QB – Matt Ryan – Falcons
    RB – Jamaal Charles – Chiefs
    RB – Bishop Sankey – Titans
    RB – DeAngelo Williams – Panthers
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Mike Evans – Buccaneers
    TE – Rob Gronkowski – Patriots
    PK – Justin Tucker – Ravens
    DEF – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers

    Bench:
    RB – Jeremy Hill – Bengals
    RB – Justin Forscet – Ravens
    RB – Danny Woodhead – Chargers
    WR – Jerricho Cotchery – Panthers
    WR – Brian Hartline – Dolphins
    WR – Markus Wheaton – Steelers
    TE – Jared Cook – Rams

    I was offered: CJ 81, spiller and Ertz for Charles, Gronk and Crabtree. What do you think?

    Also I was offered Forte and Julius for Gronk and Charles

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Nikko: Morning, I’d say no to both.

  13. Antonio Brown's Karate Kick says:
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    Drop Sankey for Ahmad Bradshaw? PPR league

  14. smegma says:
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    Drop Nicks for Forsett?

    I have McCoy/MJD (Ellington/Jennings/Hyde) with Jordy/Julio/Crab (M.Floyd/Shorts/Nicks).

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @smegma: Go for it

      • smegma says:
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        @Sky: Thanks – Pierce or Forsett?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @smegma: Forsett

  15. SportiveTricks says:
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    Oh hey Sky, I miss ya man,

    Anyway, I have an offer on the table: his Andre Johnson for my Shane Vereen in a full point PPR.

    Ugh, 2012 me would jump at this, but 2014 me thinks Johnson is fantasy fool’s gold and that Vereen could become a Brady-binky and get the majority of the run plays. My WR corps is without a clear number 1, I just don’t think Johnson changes that and I want depth at RB (Vereen is my first guy off the bench behind D. Murray and Z. Stacy right now).

    Thanks man!! Miss you!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @SportiveTricks: Ah, thanks man. Makin me blush…

      I think you’re on point. I’d hold Vereen there.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Sky:

        You are the man, thanks!

  16. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Better stash-

    Latimer or Marvin Jones?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Jones; Latimer still might battle to establish a role in that backfield once he returns

  17. Mike says:
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    Victor Cruz vs Arizona
    Or
    Patterson vs Patriots?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mike: Patterson

  18. Oppo Taco says:
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    Unfortunately have to start two of these guys this week : randle vAri, Ingram @cle, pierce vsPIT, Lamar miller @buffalo, [email protected]

  19. Crice21 says:
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    Drop McFadden or L. Miller for Forsett or Bradshaw?

    Or both for both?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Crice21: McFadden for Forsett

      • Crice21 says:
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        @Sky: You are the man, thank you

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Word, no problem

  20. Hans says:
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    Sky, how do you rank these guys for the season?

    Hill, Ivory, Forsett

    And

    Randle, Wheaton, Jordan Mathews

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Think you have the RBs ranked appropriately. Wheaton, Randle, Mathews.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Sky: What about Wheaton vs Matthews in dynasty?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Matthews

  21. Jpburgh says:
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    First time post but I’ve been struggling with a waiver pickup. Should I use first waiver pickup on Terrence west and drop Jordan Matthews in a .5 ppr. Stacked at wr and have Stacy, Martin, p Thomas and L miller. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go for it

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Non-PPR, in what order are you adding Ivory, Bradshaw and Greene for ROS (esp. the next few wks with Tate hurt) value? I’m dropping Rice. Start 2RB and a RB/WR, I have Forte, Foster, Tate, Miller, Hill and Michael (it’s a dynasty). Would like to hold onto Michael, but would you also dump him if it means adding a second out of the above? What if it’s for a lower-tier RB flier for this season, like Crowell or Taliaferro?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Greene, Bradshaw, Ivory. In dynasty, I’d hold onto Michael still or at least trade him to get some value back.

      Taliaferro has the most likely chance at getting a heavy workload. I’d lean his way.

  23. Dung says:
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    Pick one in the flex/10 man PPR

    Edleman, Cord Patterson or Ellington (Bell and Vereen my other two RBs)

    thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dung: Patterson

  24. steve says:
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    Fjax,ingram or Moreno ROS?
    10 team standard
    thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @steve: Moreno

  25. steve says:
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    Brady or Carson Palmer ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @steve: Brady…doubt you actually have to make this choice, though.

  26. Ron says:
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    In a .5PPR league Baldwin is the lowest guy on the totem pole. Below is the list of available WR.

    Malcom Floyd, Hester, Avery, Sanu.

    Would you drop Baldwin for one of these guys?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ron: If you can stream and need a WR for this week, I like Sanu. Don’t like him ROS, though.

  27. Ron says:
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    Trade Pierre Thomas for Lacy in non-ppr?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ron: Get a first rounder for a 10th rounder? Sounds like a good deal for you. Sounds like a trade that shouldn’t/won’t happen, though.

  28. Dave says:
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    Sky why so low on Keenan? I’ve seen some of your replies on him and was just curious? With that in mind Golden Tate or Keenan Allen ROS in a PPR?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dave: I don’t mind Keenan, just think SD has become a run team. Opportunities are limited and a majority of his output down the stretch last year was too TD dependent to make him a solid WR2 from week to week. I foresee a lot of 3/40/0 games in his future. Think if you’re trying to shop Keenan, you can do better than Tate at this point. Not huge on him either.

  29. Bilbo says:
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    Sky, need some help…

    Standard League,
    Trade Terrance West for Carlos Hyde?

    I have Gore and Isaiah Crowel, who I believe is a better long-term hold than West. I know it’s a gamble seeing as West will be the starter for the next month.
    Your thoughts?
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bilbo: It’s a reasonable gamble and shores you up in San Fran. Gore didn’t look good this weekend, worries me.

  30. kisses says:
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    H2H PPR. I’ve got options and would love some advice on where to place some players:

    2 RB Slots – Stacy (@TB), Jennings (Ari), Mathews (Sea), or Forsett (Pit, Thurs)
    2 WR Slots (Megatron is a lock already) – Hilton (Phi, Mon), Wallace (@Buf), Streater (Hou), Marqise (@Wsh), or Wheaton (@Bal, Thurs)
    1 FLEX – Any of the above not already slotted

    Also, going back and forth between Rudolph (NE) and Gates (Sea) for TE.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @kisses: Jennings/Forsett

      Hilton/Wallace

      Mathews

      Rudolph

      • kisses says:
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        @Sky: I just moved Gates+Hartline for West+Wright. Should that change anything above?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @kisses: West over Mathews

  31. James A says:
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    12 team PPR league, who should I start in my 2 Flex positions

    Maclin
    Forsett
    Steve Smith- BAL
    Terrance West

    Choose two