Someone give the guy a cigarette and get it over with…

So much gum chewing. Someone just give the guy a cigarette and get it over with…

The season is now in full swing, with the first Sunday of football for 2015 season bringing us a fantastic slate of games. Do you want action? Do you want drama? Do you want romance? I WANT ALL OF THESE THINGS. Well, then I present to you the Browns versus the Jets. Haha, just kidding… but this is Week 1… I wouldn’t have really minded that being the premier match-up… well, for at least a few minutes. Honestly, what can you say about Jets that would excite anyone? And what can you say about that Browns that hasn’t already been said about Iraq? Nada, to use a parlance of our times. But there are some actual marquee match-ups this Sunday morning, including, but not limited to the Bears hosting the Packers, the newly revamped Bills facing off against the Colts, and a battle of cats between the Panthers and Jaguars. Then there’s an interesting NFC West match-up involving the Seahawks and Rams, which I’m sure will include Pete Carroll smacking his jaw like a guy who just did coke after being clean for 20 years…

Our rankings have been updated for today’s games and can be found here.

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  • I wouldn’t drop Lamar Miller just yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how Jonas Gray actually does on a team that doesn’t send him to the corner. I’m not saying he’s that “game against the Colts” type of guy, as I could have probably gotten 200 yards against that defense last season, but depth is depth is depth. Is depth, if you didn’t catch that.
  • C.J. Spiller has broken his hype train once again (by landing his knee on said train), and this knee issue is concerning to say the least, as he’s a “50/50” for Week 2. As a message to all the first time owners of Spiller out there that was looking for a buy-low on draft day… welcome brothers! Let’s swim together in this pool of tears and broken souls. After party is hosted by JaMarcus Russell.
  • Ameer Abudullah is expected to get a bulk of the work later today, even with the return of Joique Bell. I’m leaning towards the always popular “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but there’s no doubt that if given the chance, Abudullah can be a top producer.
  • An AFC pro director (he’s so pro guys) told Albert Breer, of NFL Network, that Peyton Manning‘s arm strength looks “significantly diminished”. In other news, water is wet, sky is blue. I still think he can produce good numbers this season, but it’s no secret that his arm strength is breaking down pretty rapidly, and today’s game will illuminate how well he’s feeling. There’s also this… so let’s just see what happens.

  • I have the sneaking suspicion that Alshon Jeffrey might be out there just as a decoy… but he could also have a 100-yard game, we just have no idea. I do like Eddie Royal a lot today still (especiall in PPR Leagues), but in terms of Jeffrey, I think you just have to go with that famous old mantra: start your studs…

 

Early Games

 
 

  1. Randy says:
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    Can you rank these potential groups of bench stashes in a standard league for ROS based on breakout potential? 1) Josh Robinson, Karlos Williams, David Johnson, Matt Jones, and Duke Johnson. 2) Brian Quick, Brandon Coleman, Green-Beckham, Devante Parker, Stevie Johnson. and 3) Mariotta (3rd QB behind Big Ben/Eli) vs. Vernon Davis (backup TE behind Eifert). Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Randy: I like the second group the best.

  2. Blake says:
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    tyler eifert or Jordan reed in a PPR league? who would you start? I know the rankings say tyler but wont Jordan be a target monster since he is healthy, relatively new starting QB?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Blake: I don’t like Reed’s match-up against he Dolphins this week, but I do agree that if he can stay healthy, there’s a good chance he does well.

  3. Comatose says:
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    My backs are Hill, L. Murray, Morris, Abdullah, Sankey, Michael and Freeman. Standard scoring. Drop one for Matt Jones?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Comatose: I’d drop Freeman.

  4. Peter says:
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    V. Davis or J. Jones @ flex?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Peter: Davis. Unless that’s Julio Jones and not James Jones.

  5. superfly says:
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    Hi Jay, What are your thoughts on Davante Parker this season??? Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @superfly: A solid bench piece that can help at your WR3 in a lot of matchups this year.

  6. Wilsonian says:
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    Who are you starting in my flex:

    Evans (who may not play)
    Yeldon
    DMC
    Garcon
    Boldin
    Rashad Jennings

    0.5 PPR – 6 points per TD – 3 point bonus at 85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing – 6 point bonus at 135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: I know it sucks, but I’m probably still going Evans out of that group, unless I hear something at game time. If that’s the case, go Yeldon.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: the problem is that Evans is the late game. So I have to pretty much make up the Yeldon/Evans decision before the early games. I heard Evans is optimistic about playing, but that’s all I’ve got so far.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Jay: I’m rolling the dice on him. If he doesn’t go, I have some backup plans. Thanks man. Good luck everyone today!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: nm, just got word. Yeldon it is.

  7. Kneely says:
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    PPR league. Pick 2 – A. Hurns, D. Lewis, R. Mathews

    • Kneely says:
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      @Kneely: Lewis already played this week, so I’m looking for the better 2 long term options.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Hurns and Lewis.

  8. Whiskey T says:
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    Standard 12 team non ppr…. Who do I flex? Decker, woodhead, McFadden, Sankey, or cj2k?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Decker.

  9. Allan says:
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    Jay I play in several leagues but one happens to be pretty shallow so there’s a lot of talent to decide between. It’s a half point ppr and we start 2 rb 3 wr and a flex. My rbs are Lesean McCoy, Mark Ingram, Latavious Murray, and Andre Ellington. My wrs are Julio Jones, Jordan Matthews, Amari Cooper, Mike Evans, and Davante Adams. I’m kinda leaning toward sitting Evans and McCoy in case they tweak a hamstring early and get pulled. What do you think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      It’s frustrating, but I think you have to start your studs.

  10. Chris says:
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    Thanks Jay!

    Who do you like better today PPR league, Doug Martin vs Ten or Hyde vs Min.

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Leaning Hyde, but it’s really close.

  11. Chris says:
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    One more Jay sorry about the seperate posts!

    Plz pick two:

    John Brown
    Torrey Smith
    Mike Wallace

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      No worries, it’s what I’m here for. Brown and Wallace

  12. Michael says:
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    .5 ppr. Tyler Lockett or Pierre Garçon for my flex? Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Garcon

  13. Couch Lombardi says:
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    Jay: Appreciate your work. In a PPR setting I am staring at Sammy Watkins in my Flex. Would I be wise to pick up and start Benny Cunningham instead?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Thanks! And I’m sticking with Watkins there.

  14. Couch Lombardi says:
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    Another dilemma for you, Jay: Start Ingram, Ellington, Allen Robinson, or Charles Johnson at Flex in a PPR setting?

  15. Captain K says:
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    @JAY i’m pumped for fantasy football to get started.

    My question involves Mike Evans. He has been nursing this hamstring issue & I know he is “optimistic” he will play. Even if he does, how effective will he be? All fantasy pundits state if active you must start him. I fell for that before last year with calvin johnson & got a 1 catch for 8 yards performance.

    I’m leaning toward sitting Evans & starting Allen Hurns……thoughts on that logic?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Captain K: me too! Yeah, i understand the thought process. And it sucks, but I’m leaning Evans here. However, going Hurns isn’t wrong. I’d base it off the rest of your team and if you can take the risk.

  16. little king says:
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    Calvin Johnson and Emmanuel Sanders in the WR slots

    do I start TY in my flex? he’s most likely got a touch matchup with Stephon Gilmore

    or do something sneakier with Agholor, Stevie Johnson, or Hankerson in that position?

  17. BambooLounge says:
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    I own Lamar Miller in my most competitive league (.5 ppr). Other RBs: J. Charles/K. Davis/D. Woodhead/C. Simms.

    Would you drop Charles Simms for Jonas Gray?

  18. Rainy says:
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    .5 PPR League, 14-team, who to drop for a kicker:

    Tyrod Taylor, Pierre Garcon, Marvin Jones, Tyler Lockett, Duke Johnson.

    It should be noted that I already have two other QBs – Bradford and Bridgewater – but I do like collecting upside (which Tyrod certainly has).

    Would really appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Rainy: Johnson… but three QB’s is a bit much. I’m fine droppi g Taylor if you need to.

  19. shookonespart2 says:
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    start 2 of the following:

    alfred morris/frank gore/ brandon marshall/ james jones/ pierre garcon

    which 2 would you start? should be a close matchup with my opponent so im going for highest floor not ceiling

    • shookonespart2 says:
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      @shookonespart2: or i could start 3 of the above and sit alshon jeffery with the news he may be on a ‘pitch count’

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @shookonespart2: I’m still taking the risk. I don’t want to, but I sorta have to

  20. stoopid says:
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    Hey Jay, happy opening day.

    Unfortunately need 2 RB’s & a FLEX from these 4 schmohawks in a 12 team PPR:

    A.Morris, TJ Yeldon, J.Randle, & K.Wright.

    Only other options are D.Parker, C.Sims, or K.Williams. Have a lot of hopeful upside on my bench and will massively be relying on my QB & WRs (Luck, Julio, OBJ, VJAX) this year!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @stoopid: it’s here! I’d go with tour first three.

  21. SMLV1 says:
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    Start 2 – Doug Martin, Andre Ellington, Melvin Gordon, Alfred Morris, Isaiah Crowell.

    Standard League Scoring

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: Ellington and Morris.

  22. DutchDaulton10 says:
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    Obviously, concerned with Alshon Jeffrey..start Agholor instead in what should be a shootout in ATL? Or is this getting too cute?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DutchDaulton10: Maybe too cute. It depends on your other starters. How much risk do you want? I’m still leaning Alhon, but Aggy isn’t a terrible idea.

      • DutchDaulton10 says:
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        @Jay: thanks..supposedly Alston is on a ‘pitch count”. Could be mind-games but no one knows..Appreciate it!

  23. Michael says:
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    Looks like Evans is out, so I have two options: Brandon Coleman or Tyler Lockett? Thanks

  24. docs says:
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    Late question
    pick 2 ppr. hurns,watkins,marvin jones, rashad jennings,coleman

    pick a d packers vs bears, bengals, vs raiders, niners vs vikings

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @docs: Hurns and Watkins. Bengals.

  25. Pete says:
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    would you go with J. Randle or Cunningham in the flex slot in a PPR league?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pete: Randle.

      • Pete says:
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        @Jay: thanks. And would you go with Roddy White over Cunningham as flex in PPR?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Pete: That one is a bit more iffy. Still going with White there though.

  26. Jordan73 says:
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    PPR league, I’m starting Randall Cobb despite the injury concerns which leaves Jarvis Landry on the bench. My question is, should I put Landry in at Flex instead of C.J. Anderson?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jordan73: I think you still have to go Anderson there.

  27. Fizz says:
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    Kelce or d. Walker at TE?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fizz: Kelce.

  28. Barker says:
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    Graham or olsen 1/2 ppr

    I know it says olsen but its tough to sit graham

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: Olsen because of match-up, but yeah, tough one.

  29. Pete says:
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    D. Walker or L. Donnell in PPR?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pete: Walker.

  30. Dave says:
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    Someone in my PPR league just dropped Duke Johnson I should deff drop Vernon for him right? (Already have Eifert).

    My current RB’s are Lacy, Hyde, Joique Bell, and Tevin Coleman.

    THanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: Sure, that’s fine.

  31. Dom B says:
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    Should I play John brown over Keenan Allen

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: nope.

  32. Chris says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Who do you like better at my flex…..

    Terrance Williams-Darren McFadden?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chris: Williams.

  33. Matt says:
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    Hi I’m in a 1/2 PPR league, I was offered Alshon Jeffery and Andre Ellington for Dez Bryant. Which side do you like better?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt: Jeffery side, but I understand why he’s doing that. I’m weary of Jeffery’s injury, but getting Ellington offsets that.

  34. ryanoger says:
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    Joique Bell or Steve Smith .5 PPR league at my flex today?

    thanks jay!

    best,
    Ryan

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ryanoger: Tough one. Going Smith there.

      • Ryanoger says:
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        @Jay:

        With James Jones doing as well as he is today should I use my number 1 waiver on him or too early to tell?

        Thanks man!

        I was leaning Smith too with Mike Evans out Iit was down between those two…

        Best
        Ryan

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryanoger: Yeah, it’s something I’ll be thinking about. If you are weak at WR depth, might be worth it.

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