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Despite my complaints last week about some of the opening matchups being akin to choking on benzos (the Bills versus Ravens game still brings me into a yawn-state right at this moment), this morning’s schedule brings a bit more to the table. Sorta. I mean, yes, there are the aforementioned Ravens going against the Browns, which seems like a good time to take a nap. The Chiefs and Texans don’t seem terribly exciting. Even the 49ers at Panthers game doesn’t really do it for me, and that’s the 49ers fault. The Titans and Lions? That’s a big nope. But it’s hard to knock a day that starts out with some good ‘ole AFC North derp, which I’m sure the Bengals and Steelers will be happy to provide, and provide in large quantities. It’s tough for me, as I’m sure those who have read this site for a few years know that I find the NFC East derp to be both most satisfying and very often exemplifying the perfect levels of schadenfreude, but I would say the AFC North is a close second in that regard. Sure, the Browns are the Browns, but the levels the other three teams go to when facing off against each other to make sure we laugh and cry, often at the same time, is to be commended.

Couple things to note before we get started: First, if you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check out our new weekly projections to help set your lineups. If you are doing some DFS today (I’ll be doing DFS to your mother, if you know what I mean. *Wink, wink* I actually have no idea what that means…), check out our new DFSbot. Also, for all of you in our RCLs, we’ll have an update out next week with standings. I know they’re important, but we’ve been busy creating and implementing all of these new tools that were just talked about, so hopefully that’ll make up for it. And as always, our updated rankings are available after the jump!

Note: Use the “Flex” tab if you need a more complete picture to decide your starts and sits. Use the “OP” tab for 2QB Leagues. And you can access our Half PPR and PPR rankings using the drop down box in the top left of our rankings when you select the RB, WR, TE, or Flex positions. Any and all questions will be answered below…

  1. Old Dirty says:
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    Can’t decide who to start between these players in a ppr….too close in the rankings
    Rb – ware
    Rb – Jennings
    Te – kelce
    Flex – Cobb
    Flex – walker
    Bench – Freeman, wood head
    Agree or change ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Old Dirty: I’m going to agree. But you’re right, all very close.

  2. Mike says:
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    Luck or dalton?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: Going Luck there.

  3. Con says:
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    TY or Maclin? Have to play one of them

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Con: Going Maclin there, but sorta close.

  4. Bobby's world says:
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    Howdy man!

    QB question!

    Which QB are you rolling w/ this week?

    Jameis Winston (Arizona)

    Matt Ryan (@ Oakland)

    Or Philip Rivers (home hosting jags)

    Thanks! I don’t usually roster 3 QBs, I mainly added Matt Ryan I like his week 3 matchup week 3 vs saints

  5. ryanoger says:
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    .5 ppr league

    Based on your rankings this is how I’m rolling this week:

    WR- Evans
    WR- Jordy
    RB- DeMarco
    RB- Latavius
    TE- Olsen
    FLEX- Fitz

    Bench: Woodhead, Jarvis

    Should I keep my lineup as is or would you toss in Woodhead or Jarvis over one of my starters this week? Thanks man!

    Happy Football Sunday!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ryanoger: I hate not having either Woody or Jarvis in there, but man, I do like the players you have in too. Tough but good problem to have I guess.

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Jay:

        Woodhead is who I want in there who is the first one to go if I slot him in there?

        thanks again man

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @ryanoger: I think you take out DeMarco. No worries man!

  6. Ryan says:
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    Good morning!

    Can’t decide on who to go with out of my flex options

    In a full ppr, I need to start 2 of these 4:

    Carlos Hyde, Stefon Diggs, Sterling Shepard and Emmanuel Sanders.

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Going Sanders and Shepard there.

  7. Andrew says:
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    Happy Sunday…. I am having a really tough time feeling confident starting D. Freeman even in my flex. Would you start Sanu, T. Williams(SD) or Crowell over him?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Andrew: Happy Sunday! Sanu would be the closest, and I personally might try Williams for the upside, but I’m not really taking Freeman out in the end here. They are all just too far apart.

  8. RD says:
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    Good morning!
    What two RB would you go with today?
    White
    Freeman
    Thompson
    Vereen
    Thanks for everything

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @RD: Going Freeman and Vereen there.

  9. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Jay! Why so low on Hogan for this week with Gronk out. In .5 ppr flex, u starting E Rogers or Hogan ? Thx man

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: It’s a fair point, but the shoulder issue bothers me a bit. Rogers is ahead enough where I’m going him.

  10. JJ what says:
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    Do I drop Coleman or Dorsett for Eli Rogers, ppr league?
    With decker, John brown, ty Hilton, and sharpe on the roster.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’d say Dorsett.

  11. Andrew says:
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    Thanks for the great input!! One more for you… with Gronk out do I go Rudolph, V. Green, V. Macdonald, Walford or Pitta?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Andrew: Any time! Hmm, going Rudolph there.

  12. Fizz says:
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    Who would you start at flex in standard. Sanders, d. Martin, r. Mathews, or abdullah. I was leaning towards sanders or martin but cant decide.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fizz: going Martin there.

  13. William Hung says:
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    @Jay – Matt Jones with the heavy downgrade. What’s your thought process on it? I am also debating between Victor Cruz, Gio Bernard, and Matt Jones in my FLEX spot. Bernard’s Week 1 usage was really confusing and I have no idea how the Bengals approach this game with the Steelers, while Matt Jones should be handling 15-20 carries against the Cowboys. Victor Cruz could easily match last week’s numbers against this ghost of a secondary from the Saints

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: I’ve been mulling thatthe Cowboys will win this easily.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: Alright, in @Jay I trust…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          That’s more than I can say sometimes!

  14. Fizz says:
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    Ppr. Need a flex. Freeman, sanders, abdullah, or sanu.

  15. WhiskeyTea says:
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    Hey man, in a 12 team standard league… Have to fill my wr2 spot and flex. Dez Bryant, Jordan Matthews and Arian Foster. Dez and Matthews make me nervous with rookie qbs but so does Arian… haha appreciate the help man!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Hmm, I’d meet in the middle then, dez and foster.

  16. ashtray says:
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    There’s a dude looking for WRs in exchange for RBs. Would you send Moncrief for Melvin Gordon?

    Current lineup in our 12 team standard league:

    RB:
    Bell
    David Johnson
    Jennings
    Matthews

    WR:
    Bryant
    Decker
    Baldwin
    Moncrief
    Michael Thomas
    Davante Parker

    Can start 2 RBs, 3 WRs, and 1 Flex.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, I kinda like that deal for you.

  17. T2green2 says:
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    Hey man – PPR league…. Who to start at flex?

    D Freeman
    A Foster
    Abdullah

    Can I squeeze in one more question? Hogan or Kerley moving forward in same leagiue

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Going Freeman there, but a little nervous. Thinking Hogan.

  18. JoeBoo says:
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    PPR RB2- J Hill or T Coleman?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Hill. Close though.

  19. James says:
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    What to do, what to do aaahhhhh.

    Pick one, rivers or Ryan?

    Pick 3 (PPR) Langford, d.murray, Yeldon, Abdullah, a.foster

    Pick 2 (PPR) d.bryant, barnidge, written.

    Thanks man

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Rivers, Langford. Yeldon, Abdullah, Bryant and Witten.

  20. Randy says:
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    In a 12-team standard, I’m trying to maximize the upside of the end of my bench. Have Rivers/Flacco; McCoy/Ingram/Ware/Coleman/Melvin Gordon/T-West; Antonio/Cobb/Josh Gordon/Tyrell Williams/Dorsett/Marvin Jones; Dwayne Allen. Top upside FAs are Jordan Howard, Dixon at RB; Parker, Funchess, Cruz, Perriman, Steve Smith at WR; several TEs available (Pitta, Jesse J, Virgil, Walford, Cook). Would you make any changes? We start 2RB/2WR + Flex.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Flacco over Rivers today, but the rest looks optimal.

  21. Randy says:
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    Who would you flex in a standard league between Ingram, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Randall Cobb, Tyrell Williams, Dorsett? Thank you!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’m feeling Cobb here.

  22. John says:
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    I have Eifert, Fleener and Ertz (Eifert fell to me late)
    I just got offered emmanuel Sanders for Eifert, I don’t specifically need a WR but is this a good trade just for value?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @John: Yes, no matter what, I’d do that, maybe flip Sanders to someone else or another WR. Love it.

  23. William Hung says:
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    @Jay – Someone dropped Devin Funchess, so is he someone to target in Week 3 waivers? My bench WRs are Corey Coleman, Victor Cruz, and Torrey Smith

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: i might do Smith for him if he has another lousy week.

  24. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there,
    Just trying to figure out which two should get the start: Demarco Murray, Abdullah, Freeman,or D. martin.
    Thanks for the last minute advice.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: I say Martin and Murray. Good luck!

  25. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Am I crazy to bench Dez, despite the positive reports this morning, until I see something out of him and Prescott? I’m looking at starting Will Fuller at WR2 and Ryan Mathews at Flex in a 1/2 PPR. With David Johnson and DeAngelo at RB I’m thinking I need floor more than ceiling this week.

    • William Hung says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Never bench your studs

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @William Hung: Understood, but IS Dez a stud without Romo? The data seems to say No.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: there isn’t that much data on that though, right?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: (i understand your point though, but I’m big on Dez)

  26. William Hung says:
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    So far my 4 1:00pm guys are putting up a donut – Green, Foster, Olsen, and Bernard… lets get after it boys!!!!

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: sonnavabench on Corey Coleman

        • William Hung says:
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          sonnavabench Matt Jones too

          • William Hung says:
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            @William Hung: sonnavabench TORREY SMITH!!!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @William Hung: Yeah, funny thing is FantasyPros told me he was out, so I couldn’t include him into my rankings.

          • William Hung says:
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            @Jay: they told you who was out?

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @William Hung: Yup. There is a system in the rankings mode where it alerts you to players who are out. So to move to the next page, you either have to force it through, or take the player out. I normally take the player out if it’s close to game time. I dunno, I emailed them, but hey are usually unhelpful, we’ll see.

  27. William Hung says:
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    Ddi not think the Dolphins would come out so flat – here’s to hoping Foster gets more involved in the passing game or else the Foster owners are screwed

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: It’s the Dolpins though, haha.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: dammit and Foster has a groin injury and questionable to return! I’m going to need Bernard and Woodhead to pick up the slack

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @William Hung: I think Woodhead will, we’ll see about Gio.

  28. Tehol Beddict says:
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    WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!!!!

    • William Hung says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: if only I could go back to 12:55pm EST and put in Matt Jones, Corey Coleman and Torrey Smith in my lineup

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @William Hung: Okay, so they got back to me and are going to fix the error. My only fear is that someone may have been hurt by it. But I guess there was nothing I could do.

  29. William Hung says:
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    Been watching Goal Line, but every time they show the Bengals in the Red Zone, it’s been a pass play to LaFell, WTF?!?!?!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: There was one for uzomah there I think, but yeah, both teams are kind of a mess in the redzone at the moment.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: just loft it up to Green and give him a chance to make a play

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @William Hung: You’d expect so, since there are about 10 pages of this in their 11-page playbook.

          • William Hung says:
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            @Jay: I’m facing Kelvin Benjamin, DeAngelo Williams, Ingram, Fuller and Barnidge with still Wilson, Baldwin, Floyd to play and their kicker and def… this week is not shaping up well for me

  30. Barry says:
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    Would you allow this trade? D. Thomas (Den) T. Gurley for
    A. Cooper Oak – and C Hyde.

    Thanks, I am of the opinion that the guy giving Gurley and Thomas are giving much more.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      He is, but it’s kinda close… I mean, with Semian having a hard time creating offense and with Gurely’s recent struggles, it’s not as crazy as it would have been before the season. Just something to think about.

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