I couldn’t have been more wrong about Dwayne Bowe this week.  I could have tried, but I wouldn’t have succeeded.  It didn’t help that Orton threw three touchdowns before the national anthem was over, but nonetheless, I sucked.  I liked him coming into the season and then he sucked and then he got an easy schedule and started playing well.  And 13 receptions, 186 yards and 2 touchdowns is playing pretty well.  His upcoming schedule isn’t great and he won’t be playing from that far behind so early in the game too often, so I think he makes a good sell high candidate.

David Garrard: While MJD was scoring touchdowns I was pretty sure my David Garrard love was going to come around to bite me on the ass, but a few rushing yards, a lot of passing yards and a very lucky Hail Mary touchdown helped cinch a good week.  Phew. I’m sure I’ll be dropping Garrard and he’ll go off again, but I just don’t trust him.

Knowshon Moreno: He got his first 100 yard rushing game, but what is more exciting is that he wasn’t injured and he has a nice playoff schedule.  He’s not going to go all JC Superstar on you, but he should be solid.

Jamaal Charles: The Chiefs fell behind quickly which meant JC would be in the game much more than Tom Jones and he ended up with a TD and 121 total yards.  Of course TJ didn’t get much work, but this doesn’t mean we won’t see the carries split, but that’s not to say Charles won’t continue to have big games.  You just can’t expect Haley to forget about his guy TJ.

Fred Jackson: I thought we would see more CJ Spiller against the Lions, but we didn’t and then he hurt his stringed ham. Then Freddy went all Kruger on the Lions with 170 total yards and 2 touchdowns.  Jackson should have some value with Spiller out, but his schedule isn’t full of Detroits. I don’t really see much reason to keep Spiller around unless you are in a dynasty league.

Rob Gronkowski: Three touchdowns is something you can’t just sweep under the rug and it looks like some of Aaron Hernandez’s drops (or all of them) have put A-Her deep into the dog house.  How this will play out long term is hard to know, but it looks like Belichick is now running his tight ends like his running backs.  But since Gronk would be getting endzone targets and midfield targets if this trend continues, he is very much worth a pick up, but you can’t rest the entirety of your hopes and dreams on his shoulders.

Kyle Orton: Orton started out hot and then just coasted and yes, Tim Tebow is a nuisance, but that’s always been true.  He’s not a lock week in and week out, but he does have a good schedule and I’d be glad to have him on my team.

Brandon Lloyd: How you go from journeyman scrub to superman stud is a bit perplexing, but he continues to play at an elite level and there’s no reason to think he’s going to fizzle out anytime soon.

Troy Smith: He threw for 356 yards and a touchdown and showed a cannon for an arm, especially on the run.  He didn’t always make the best decisions, but he did keep the offense moving.  Right now he is helping Crabtree, Davis and Gore.

Ahmad Bradshaw: He continues to pile up yardage, adding 135 total yards this week.  He didn’t get into the endzone, and Jacobs got a goal line carry, but didn’t convert.  I wouldn’t worry too much about him losing goal line looks.

Jacob Tamme: He aggravated his back injury and supposedly looked like The Walking Dead after the game.  He’ll be questionable next week.

Dez Bryant: Kitna has a little crush on Dez and for good reason.  The dude is a beast.  He’s startable weekly at this point and as long as the Dallas defense continues to suck, he should be able to put up decent numbers.

Steven Jackson: He do what he do and he does it well.  167 total yards and one of those precious touchdowns puts this at one of his elite games.  He always gives you decent numbers, but getting games like this make it easier to live through those non-TD games.

Tashard Choice: Drop him.  I kept hoping they’d get him more work, but it looks like Garrett was doing what he wanted on offense and will continue not to choose Choice.

Tom Brady: He went all Tom Brady and somehow kept his hair out of his eyes long enough to throw 3 touchdowns, run for another and rack up 350 yards passing.  He hadn’t topped 20 fantasy points in 6 weeks, but he was pumped up for this game.  He’s good, but I just don’t see big games like this being the norm for Brady the rest of the season.

Justin Forsett: Just when you are ready to give up on him he has a decent game.  He looked a lot better than Lynch and should continue to get touches, but you just can’t count on him week end and week out.  He has good upside and I would rather have him as a backup than some schmoes, but don’t drop a proven starter for him.

Mike Wallace: With Hines Ward going out, 60 Minutes played well and for 60 Minutes.  8 receptions, 136 yards and 2 touchdowns is right about where you want your receivers.

Felix Jones: He’s going to be inconsistent, but he has some good matchups and Jason Garrett likes him.  You aren’t always going to get a 71 yard touchdown, but it was no fluke; the guy is explosive.

Jon Kitna: Like I’ve said, he has had a little tough luck, but he has looked poised in the pocket and has some real playmakers catching the ball.  He also gets the Lions next week.

Shonn Greene: He had 2 more carries than LT and had a better overall game gaining 92 total yards.  Like last season it looks like he will be the guy in the stretch run.

  1. Wilsonian says:

    Ok, I’ve decided it’s either Best or Felix or FJax for me in a 0.5 PPR. I’m really fed up with Best and not performing whatsoever. He couldn’t even do anything against the worst run defense in the league.

    Would you drop Best for either Felix or FJax? Best is 5th on my depth chart, if that makes any difference, so it is just for a bench guy.

    Also, who would you rather have for the rest of the year, if you could have only one:

    VJax or Buc Williams? They would both be behind Roddy, Boldin, Wayne and Colston. It’s also a 0.5 PPR. Thanks again.

  2. Black Beard says:

    Thanks Doc. Any suggestion on what to do with Lynch? He sure has looked terrible the past couple of weeks.

  3. Nick says:

    @Doc: I know its early in the week but I have Tamme w/ no backup TE. Do I pull the trigger on Gronkowski (Hate to do it as a Jet fan)…or grab H Miller (I dropped last week but good matchup), Watson, Heap, Moeaki (best matchup nxt week), Z Miller on the wires. I can drop Tampa D as I have NO against Seattle next week so which TE will it be?

  4. primetime says:

    Man, Peyton Manning killed me this week.

    Doc, should I still roll with him next week against NE with all his receivers banged up? Or should I roll the dice with Freeman (vs SF), S Hill (vs DAL), or Kitna (vs DET)? Our QBs get 6pt for each TD so QBs are pretty important as well.


  5. Gambler says:

    Do you drop Ryan Matthews to get Greene?.. Greene looks like a must-add based on his potential, and all my other RB’s seem to have slightly more value than Matthews..

    Also do you think Kevin Boss might be a good at at TE? It seems he is getting more targets now that Steve Smith is out. Would you drop Pettigrew to add him?

  6. Tom Brady says:

    and your suggestiong to sit Tom Brady was way off. Note: never suggest to sit one of the all time great QBs in his prime. Just something you don’t do. Hopefully many readers didn’t follow along.

  7. Wilsonian says:

    So I asked yesterday about Keller, AHer or Winslow for the rest of the year. You said AHer, but then he vanished last night and now I’m not wanting to pick him up. So now the question is:

    Keller, Gronk, Winslow, Fasano, Gresham for the rest of the year?

  8. trick dad says:

    does mike goodson have any value going forward if stewart or williams comes back next week?

  9. Shippity says:


    Todd Haley after McDaniels presumably thanks him for leaving an average of 2 yards on the table every time he hands the ball to TJ over JC by quoting how JC has 760 yards on 127 carries for a 6.0 ypc average as compared to TJ’s 573 on 141 for 4.1 ypc this season, which isn’t a surprise to anyone except him considering their careers rates are a nearly identical 5.8 and 4.0 respectively.

  10. HotandBothered says:

    Doc : Would you drop D. Bess for Hartline? Caught a glimpse of the Dolphins game yesterday and Hartline is all over the place and getting targets like nobodies business.


  11. herschel says:

    Doc: which TE in a PPR league for the rest of the year? Gresham, Gronkowski, D. Walker, O. Daniels, Boss or Shockey?


  12. Calogero says:

    Why I hate fantasy football:

    This is the second consecutive year that I have 4-5 RB that are too good to drop all year, but never good enough to count on week to week. A few good games litter the vast ocean of failure and disappointment, and I get no consistent production…UNTIL I’m mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Then they are great.

    2009: Knowshon, J. Charles, McCoy, FJax
    2010: Forte, Felix Jones, Shonn Greene, Torain, Hightower

    All year I’ve been struggling to pick who to play out of all my options that are RB2/Flex at best. I have a feeling that from now through the fantasy playoffs, Greene, Jones and one of the other will be racking up points way more regularly.

    The worst part is that I took note of this last year and made sure I drafted RB early in hopes I’d have solid producers. Pick 11 – DeAngelo (since traded), 14 – Greene, and 38 – Forte.

    Yeah. I hate fantasy football.

  13. nostrathomas says:

    I benched Brady for Fitzpatrick and played Sims-Walker over Bowe. I am sick to my stomach. I’m still up ten and the other team has WAS DEF left. I just bought a Vick jersey.

  14. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Wilsonian: I like Jones’ upside a little more. I’d lean VJax.

    @Black Beard: His upside is pretty low with Forsett playing well. It all depends on who else is available, but I could see losing him.

    @Nick: I hate to go with the guy who just scored 3 touchdowns, but he does have the most upside if he has become the main guy there. Is that Z Miller Oak or Jax?

    @primetime: I think you have to look at it like Brady this week. Hard for Peyton to put up 2 clunkers and NE pass D isn’t great.

    @Gambler: Yeah, I’d lean Greene. I’d stick with Pettigrew.

    @Tom Brady: You are right. Now go get a haircut!

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, crazy how quickly AHer fell. I’d go with Gronk because whoever is getting work at the TE there is worth a lot.

    @Shippity: Hah, great pic.

    @HotandBothered: I’d stick with bess for now.

    @herschel: Gronk

    @Calogero: Grabbing the right RB is one of the toughest things to do. I can’t believe I don’t own Arian Foster when i was willing to reach for him.

    @nostrathomas: Ugh, damn MSW would have had a decent game if he hadn’t have hurt his foot. I think Vick will help you out.

  15. Nick says:

    @Doc: Z Miller from OAK…still grab Gronk? & Mike Williams is available as well but I don’t have any drop ables (exception McNabb when the playoff picture is more defined-I have Vick & Ben)

  16. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: thanks for the help. Somehow Jones is an FA in my league and it looks like I might have to drop Best for him – that dude just isn’t doing shizz.

    Snagged VJax by dropping Pitt so I could hang on to Buc Williams. I have GB at defense, and will probably just ride them out. Pitt really worries me with all their injuries. They just don’t look too strong fantasy-wise (no picks, fumble recoveries, no TDs – the things that actually get you points).

    Would you drop Keller straight up for Gronk? Or let Keller ride this week against HOU? My problem is I don’t have any droppable guys other than Keller.

  17. Derrick says:

    Any hope for Driver the rest of the way? Would you drop him for Meachem?

  18. genghis chone says:

    Would you trade Best or Forte for Moreno? PPR, starting 2 RBs and a RB/WR, I have Charles and CJ2K too. I also only really care about weeks 15 and 16 at this point. Thanks!

  19. Damion says:

    Im down by 26. I have vick, mccoy, and akers. He has maclin. What are my chances of pulling this off?

  20. tourinnc says:

    Congrats on the FanDual 8th place this week Doc. Looking at the big bucks. I am just trying to get into the money. This your second time. Congrats.

  21. tourinnc says:

    Sorry Doc. Congrats on sixth this week.

  22. Nick says:

    @Damion: probably already won. I already did w/ Vick/McCoy vs. MaClin

  23. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    Vick is probably the best player in the league, per game, no joke.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Damnit, Torain make for the second player that has unexpectedly laid a goose egg on me.

  25. Doc

    Doc says:

    @tourinnc: Thanks

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Hard to argue with that.

    @Anonymous: He was supposed to go but couldn’t get loosened up. Would have been nice to know that in time to get Williams in there!

  26. MR says:


    QB: Brady or Orton
    D: Giants or Raiders

  27. MR says:

    Hey. Doc got a couple of questions for this week.

    First at QB – would you go with Brady or Orton

    Second at D – you think Giants will bounce back from the Cowboy debacle or would it be wise to start the Raiders.

  28. Doc

    Doc says:

    @MR: Brady and Raiders if Asomugha plays, hard to go against Vick right now.

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