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So, if you don’t know what to make of this year so far, join my club. I just started it, but looking at the numbers… yes, it appears the entire Earth is already a member. There are so many fascinating and ridiculous and unfortunate and just plain dumb things happening all around us this year, it’s no wonder that Wes Welker took a Molly. Wait a second… WHAT IF WE’RE ALL ON MOLLY? It’s almost as if Rust Cohle is writing my life at the moment. “Someone once told me, ‘Time is a flat circle.’ Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” Alright-alright-alright. I’ll be sure to tell my grand kids about that. In the meantime, I’ll have to seek out some kind of solution as how to grasp the events that this season has wrought upon us all. I hear whiskey is nice this time of the year…

 

Chagers – 22, Bills – 10

Philip Rivers – 18/25, 256 YDS, 2 TD and 2 CAR, 11 YDS. Yesterday’s victory bolo:

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Donald Brown – 31 CAR, 62 YDS and 5 CAR, 27 YDS. I still feel like I get to say I told you so here, seeing as how his YPG makes Trent Richardson look like, I don’t know, a somewhat (emphasis on somewhat) flex option… probably. Look for Brown to get the majority of carries from here on out (remember, Danny Woodhead was listed as the starter for a reason), but I wouldn’t expect gaudy RB1 numbers here. And keep an eye on Branden Oliver, especially in deep leagues.

Danny Woodhead – 1 CAR, 1 YDS. Suffered a severe high ankle sprain with a fractured fibular on the first drive of the game and will need season-ending surgery. Maybe if he rubs some grit into it, he’ll be fine?

Eddie Royal – 4 REC, 42 YDS, 2 TD. Would not be surprised if Royal takes over the role of Danny Woodhead for the rest of the season. Just without all the grit.

Keenan Allen – 2 REC, 17 YDS. Just be patient. Breathe. Breathe. AH, AH, breath…

Antonio Gates – 1 REC, 8 YDS. There are going to be days like this, especially after a game where he goes off. Defenses tend to focus on him a bit more, allowing bit-players like Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal to contribute.

E.J. Manuel – 23/39, 238 YDS,  TD and 5 CAR, 24 YDS. E.J. Moronuel… the derp runs deep with FSU quarterbacks, it seems.

Fred Jackson – 6 CAR, 34 YDS and 8 REC, 78 YDS, 1 TD. I find this tandem the worst in the NFL, only because you have to decide which back will the the most productive, and whichever one you go with, the other is the producer for that day.

C.J. Spiller – 10 CAR, 25 YDS and 3 REC, 37 YDS. Built to Spiller!

 

Cowboys – 34, Rams – 31

Tony Romo – 18/23, 217 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT and 3 CAR, 14 YDS. Roughing the Romo shouldn’t be a penalty, teams should get a bonus for that.

DeMarco Murray – 24 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD and 4 REC, 31 YDS, 1 FUM. DeMarco Murray continuing to do very DeMarco things! ETA for a DeMarco injury? Soonish.

Dez Bryant – 6 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD. Dez Bryant: Good at football.

Terrence Williams – 2 REC, 32 YDS, 1 TD. Terrence Williams sighting! I was getting worried, it’s been three weeks since I’ve seen him.

Austin Davis – 30/42, 327 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT and 2 CAR, -1 YDS. That Austin Davis pick-six late in the game was a tribute to Cowboys legend Tony Romo, who was in the stadium last night.

Zac Stacy – 12 CAR, 67 YDS and 5 REC, 54 YDS. Was present, if not spectacular. Cunningham continued to look good in spurts (eww), and Trey Watts proved he exists on the team, but Stacy still remains the lead back.

Brian Quick – 2 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD. He’s my new Kenny Stills, in that he’s a sleeper wide receiver that’ll not produce as soon as I say something positive about him. So drop him everywhere. Don’t do that.

 

Washington Football Team – 34, Eagles – 37

Nick Foles – 27/41, 325 YDS, 3 TD and 4 CAR, 12 YDS. Foles must’ve had a firm talking to by his mother before the game. Next Sunday, he’ll have to perfect his one-step drop with the collection of turnstiles that are going to be in front of him.

LeSean McCoy – 19 CAR, 22 YDS and 1 REC, 0 YDS. I know the OL was in shambles, but Shady did not look right after the big hit he took in the 1st half. He did leave briefly to be checked for a concussion, but the results were negative. Still, he just looked off, and that is my professional medical opinion. So probably don’t take me seriously.

Jeremy Maclin – 8 REC, 154 YDS, 1 TD. 900 yards of offense with none of it going to McCoy or Sproles? I call bullsh*t.

Kirk Cousins – 20/48, 427 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT and 3 CAR, 5 YDS.  Kirk Cousins could be the next Tony Romo with a little more polish!

DeSean Jackson – 5 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD. THE DJAX ATTAX. Now with more gang affiliations!

 

Texans – 17, Giants – 30

Eli Manning – 21/28, 234 YDS, 2 TD and 1 CAR, -1 YDS. Eli played better than Peyton yesterday. Then again, Eli was playing against a team nobody really knows anything about… so that probably helped.

Rashad Jennings – 34 CAR, 176 YDS, 1 TD. I don’t know if it’s because the Texans are awful, but Jennings might just be a beast.

Victor Cruz – 5 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD.  All it took for Cruz to breakthrough was to play a team that, to many, doesn’t even exist.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 20/34, 289 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT and 7 CAR, 34 YDS. Did you know that Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard? I’m surprised that no one ever mentions that.

Alfred Blue – 13 CAR, 78 YDS and 1 REC, 10 YDS. Did most of his damage on just a few runs, and while he is the official handcuff, there’s nothing here that motivates me to grab him from the waiver wire unless you own Arian Foster, is expected to be ready on Sunday. Which means he’s probably out 4-6 weeks.

 

Vikings – 9, Saints – 20

Drew Brees – 27/35, 293 YDS, 2 TD and 3 CAR, -2 YDS. STOP THROWING TO PEOPLE WHO AREN’T JIMMY GRAHAM.

Khiry Robinson – 18 CAR, 69 YDS. The Saints coaching staff said he was ready for the heavy workload, so maybe we need to get their definition of heavy and workload.

Jimmy Graham – 6 REC, 54 TDS. Did you know that Jimmy Graham used to play basketball? I’m surprised that no one ever mentions that.

Teddy Bridgewater – 12/20, 150 YDS and 6 CAR, 27 YDS. “Teddy Bridgewater pass incomplete to Matt Asiata for -5 yards.” That was an actual play. I’m going to let that sink in for a minute.

Matt Cassel – 5/10, 53 YDS and 1 CAR, 5 YDS. Fractured several bones in his foot and looks to be out indefinitely. The Cassel has be sieged. (Farts, leaves room.)

Matt Asiata – 12 CAR, 35 YDS and 3 REC, 27 YDS. Just going out on a limb here, but I think the Vikings really miss Adrian Peterson.

Jerick McKinnon – 2 CAR, -1 YDS and 2 REC, 9 YDS. Many have pointed to McKinnon being the more talented back. Maybe Patterson was standing behind him and they were actually pointing at him?

 

Titans – 7, Bengals – 33

Andy Dalton – 15/23, 169 YDS, 1 INT and 3 CAR, 3 YDS and 1 REC, 18 YDS, 1 TD. Strangely enough, got his only TD as receiver from a Mohamed Sanu pass, leading me to believe that perhaps they should make this switch a permanent thing.

Giovani Bernard – 14 CAR, 47 YDS, 2 TD and 1 REC, 7 YDS. Despite the two touchdowns, I continue to be kind of meh on Bernard. His best run was a 12-yard gain, and Jeremy Hill continues to be a factor.

A.J. Green – 6 REC, 102 YDS. Sooo, who is this guy’s doctor and how can the Chargers kidnap him?

Bishop Sankey – 10 CAR, 61 YDS and 1 REC, 9 YDS. Sankey finally emerged from wherever was hiding, and while Shonn Greene is still the primary back, if you still own Sankey, this is nothing but good news. If you have space, I’d try to get him back on your team as his role hopefully expands.

Kendall Wright – 5 REC, 44 YDS. I may have gotten this one wrong. He’s certainly still PPR viable, and I’ll withhold judgement for a bit longer, but I’m not liking what I’m seeing from this offense so far.

 

Ravens – 23, Browns – 21

Lorenzo Taliaferro – 18 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD. While Bernard Pierce is likely to be starting next Sunday, Taliaferro’s role has to expand with yesterday’s production, and he’s certainly worthy of a waiver wire add, league context withstanding of course.

Dennis Pitta – 3 REC, 12 YDS. You know it’s a bad injury when they need two separate carts to take Pitta off. He suffered a right hip dislocation, the same hip Pitta dislocated and fractured in 2013. He’ll undergo a MRI later today, but it looks likely that he’s done for the season. Owen Daniels is now the primary tight end, which makes me feel like I traveled back in time to 2009. WHY DO YOU TAKE OUR PLAYERS SO YOUNG, LORD?

Isiah Crowell – 11 CAR, 55 YDS, 1 TD. Cue everyone falling all over themselves to pick up Isaiah Crowell. Yes, he was more effective than West, but if everything stays on schedule, Ben Tate should be returning in Week 5, which complicates everything.

Terrence West – 12 CAR, 36 YDS, 1 TD and 2 REC, 5 YDS. Did the Browns just clone an extra Trent Richardson before the trade, or is that an entirely different person? I couldn’t tell yesterday.

Miles Austin – 6 CAR, 51 YDS, 1 TD. Hey, a Miles Austin sighting. Now I know for sure I traveled back in time to 2009.

 

Packers – 7, Lions – 19

Matthew Stafford – 22/34, 246 YDS, 2 INT and 6 CAR, 8 YDS. I could throw 34 passes just to Megatron against the Packers defense and do better than that.

Reggie Bush – 12 CAR, 61 YDS, 1 TD and 6 REC, 38 YDS. THIS LIONS OFFENSE, I CALL IT BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BECAUSE IT FEATURES A GRATUITOUS AMOUNT OF BUSH.

Aaron Rodgers – 16/27, 162 YDS, 1 TD. It’s so easy to blame Dom Capers, I’m going to keep doing it.

Eddie Lacy – 11 CAR, 36 YDS and 1 REC, 9 YDS. Who replaced Eddie Lacy with David Wilson? I’m not panicking yet, but I do feel concerned. Should you feel concerned that I’m concerned? Maybe. He has gone against three-straight good rushing defenses, so let’s see how he fares with the Chicago Bears, who will be playing on a short week.

Jordy Nelson – 5 REC, 59 YDS. Hey, where did all my Jordy points go?

 

 

Colts – 44, Jaguars – 17

Andrew Luck – 31/39, 370 YDS, 4 TD and 3 CAR, 15 YDS. Sooo, guess which quarterback faces off against the Jags next Sunday? Yeah, Philip Rivers is your must-start of week 4.

Ahmad Bradshaw – 9 CAR, 65 YDS and 2 REC, 18 YDS, 1 TD – Making me look prescient. Pretty is another ‘p’ word we can go with here.

Trent Richardson – 14 CAR, 57 YDS and 3 REC, 23 YDS. Had one run for 27 yards (yes… forward yards… these things happen against the Jags), and then proceeded to carry the ball 13 times for 30 yards for a 2.14 YPC. Sounds. About. Right.

Dwayne Allen – 4 REC, 43 YDS, 1 TD. I still think he’s the better tight end and would expect him to finish the year with better numbers, but Coby Fleener is still sticking around for some reason. I’m not quite sure what that reason is yet…

Hakeem Nicks – 4 REC, 50 YDS, 1 TD. What? Hakeem Nicks AND Touchdown in the same sentence, not bridged with the phrase ‘drops a sure’? WHAT WORLD IS THIS?

Blake Bortles – 14/24, 223 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT and 2 CAR, 30 YDS. THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THE BORT ERA…THEY CROSSED THE 50 YARD LINE!

Toby Gerhart – 9 CAR, 32 YDS and 2 REC, 31 YDS. Uhhh, yeah. Go home Toby, you’re drunk.

Allen Hurns – 1 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD. I feel like there should have been more than 3 targets here… but these are the Jaguars we’re talking about, so maybe we should feel lucky here.

 

Raiders – 9, Patriots – 16

Darren McFadden – 18 CAR, 59 YDS and 4 REC, 6 YDS. I can’t decide if McFadden is incredibly lucky to still be on the Raiders team, or incredibly unlucky…

Tom Brady – 24/37, 234 YDS, 1 TD and 3 CAR, -7 YDS. Hard for me to try and sink the Dreamboat, but something’s off. I can’t exactly pinpoint it, but I’m going to have to assume that he hasn’t been fulfilling his daily regiment of wearing Uggs for at least 21 hours.

Shane Vereen – 7 CAR, 20 YDS and 4 REC, 17 YDS. I’m getting a little tired waiting for Vereen to do something fantasy relevant.

Rob Gronkowski – 3 REC, 44 YDS, 1 TD. The strategy of using Gronk as little as possible to keep him healthy seems to be working so far.

 

49ers – 14, Cardinals – 23

Drew Stanton – 18/33, 244 YDS, 2 TD and 6 CAR, 16 YDS. The strategy of bombing it and hoping someone catches it appears to have finally worked. I’m still not quite sure how the 49ers lost to the Bears, and that feeling stayed with me after this game as well. Maybe there just not that good? Then again, the Cardinals are 3-0. WEIRD.

Andre Ellington – 18 CAR, 62 YDS and 3 REC, 13 YDS. If Andre Ellington needs a nickname, can I nominate Duke of Ellington?

Michael Floyd – 5 REC, 114 YDS. Raise your hand if this is the game you sat him. I count 498,654,112,564 hands. That feels like a correct number.

John Brown – 4 REC, 52 YDS, 2 TD. So, I feel like Larry Fitzgerald is now John Brown’s handcuff.

Larry Fitzgerald – 3 REC, 34 YDS. I get the profound feeling that Stanton is just trolling all Fitzgerald owners. New game: Guess what Larry Fitzgerald did that resulted in him no longer being part of the Cards offense… go!

Colin Kaepernick – 29/37, 245 YDS, 1 TD and 13 CAR, 54 YDS. A pretty up-and-down day for an up-and-down quarterback. Which makes him sound like he’s getting in some good glute workouts. I haven’t even thought about Week 4 rankings yet, but the Eagles match-up seems like a good one at the moment.

Michael Crabtree – 10 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD. His second straight 80-yard game and with a missing Vernon Davis, which pretty much makes him the number one option for Kaepernick.

 

Chiefs – 34, Dolphins – 15

Kniles Davis – 32 CAR, 132 YDS, 1 TD. 1 FUM. He actually fumbled twice, but only lost one… still, a pretty good day. Jamaal Charles looks set to return next week against New England, but you obviously have to hold here and see how everything plays out.

Justin McKnight – 6 REC, 64 YDS, 2 TD. It’s hard to prove, but I’m pretty sure both those touchdowns were vultured from Davis.

Lamar Miller – 15 CAR, 108 YDS and 4 REC, 24 YDS. Lamar did a good?

Brian Hartline – 3 REC, 25 YDS, 1 TD. Brian Hartline… outperforming Larry Fitzgerald for 2014. Let’s think about that for a minute.

 

Broncos – 20, Seahawks – 26

Russell Wilson – 24/34, 258 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT and 9 CAR, 40 YDS. If the Broncos had about 15-20 minutes, I think they really could have figured out how to stop Wilson’s running attack. “Go Hawks!”

Marshawn Lynch – 26 CAR, 88 YDS, 1 TD and 3 REC, 40 YDS, 1 TD. Is Seattle’s offense that good or is Denver’s defense that bad? Yes.

Peyton Manning – 31/49, 303 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT and 1 CAR, -1 YDS. Peyton’s going to murder everyone, Papa Johns-only diet for a month.

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“You ever get tired of throwing touchdowns?” “Not until February…”

Montee Ball – 14 CAR, 38 YDS and 2 REC, 6 YDS. Well, the Broncos’ running game definitely isn’t a huge waste of anyone’s time and an excuse to burn perfectly good downs. I mean, more like Monte “fumbling the ” Ball, amirght? Just sayin’

Demaryius Thomas – 4 REC, 31 YDS. So is throwing to your #1 receiver not a popular thing to do nowadays?

Wes Welker – 6 REC, 60 YDS. THIS GUY WES WELKER, LET ME TELL YA, I CALL HIM WHISKEY IN THE JAR BECAUSE HE TOOK MOLLY WITH HIM BUT DID NOT KNOW THE DANGER.

 

Steelers – 37, Panthers – 19

Ben Roethlisberger – 22/30, 196 YDS, 2 TD and 1 CAR, 1 YDS. Ben did good? Nightmare fuel for everyone!

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Le’Veon Bell – 21 CAR, 147 YDS and 2 REC, 10 YDS. LeGarrette Blount – 10 CAR, 118 YDS, 1 TD. Break out the Blount, then go to the Bell is pretty much how I spent college. Solid strategy here.

Antonio Brown – 10 REC, 90 YDS, 2 TD. Antonio Brown is going to lead the league in horizontal yards after the catch. Honestly, no one runs 45 yards sideways and backwards to gain three yards of forward progress like Brown does.

Heath Miller – 4 REC, 51 YDS. Heath Miller is the fastest stationary object in the league.

Cam Newton – 24/35, 250 YDS, 1 TD and 2 CAR, 7 YDS, 1 FUM. Obviously, we need him to injure some more ribs here. Obviously.

Jonathan Stewart – 5 CAR, 31 YDS. Remains the primary rushing option for the Panthers, which is a ridicolous concept. Every time I see him run, he looks like he wants to hit the pause button in the middle of the play to figure things out.

Kelvin Benjamin – 8 REC, 115 YDS, 1 TD. He’s apparently just a WR3 in even-numbered weeks and a WR1 in odd-numbered weeks. Protip: Next Sunday is Week 4.

Greg Olsen – 5 REC, 69 YDS, 1 TD. The GREG OLSEN WATCH CONTINUES. Now only 67 REC, 747 YDS, and 7 TD away from my projections!

  1. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    Wow….I won all of my leagues yesterday,my Eagles are 3-0 and You gave me a Built to Spill reference to start my day.
    Going fwd,in a non PPR,James Jones or Davante Adams?

    Thanks Jay.

  2. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    Jimmy Graham played basketball?….y’think that would have come up at som point,huh?

  3. Mike says:
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    Russell Wilson on bye next week…
    I’m stuck picking btw Bortles and bridge water…….want no part of Brady
    Who u got ?
    Thx!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: Uh, you’re not going to like it, but I’m going with Brady out of those choices.

  4. Nick says:
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    Hey Jay, bad week in fantasy…anyways, is John Brown, J. Matthews, Hester, Royal, Malcolm Floyd,Helu, Crowell, Sanu or Blue worth a pickup in a 10-team non-ppr? My roster looks like this;

    Rodgers,
    Cobb, Edelman, Wallace, G. Jennings,
    Murray, R. Jennings, K. Davis, Rainey, Matthews, Hyde, Asiata
    Gates & Witten

    Also, for defense week 4, do you like;

    Miami @ Oakland
    SD v. Jax
    NYG @ Washington (either defense)
    TB @ Pit (either defense)
    Colts v. Tenn

    THANKS!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: As of now, I’d hold, nothing really there to lose a claim on. Your depth is fine right now.

      Right now, I’m liking that SD defense.

  5. Allan says:
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    Got Rodgers, Lacy, and D. Thomas to anchor my team in a 14 team league so naturally I’m 0-3.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Allan: Yeah… thus the title. It’s been a strange year.

  6. Principal Blackman says:
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    Also, by some miracle, I managed to win in all three of my league this week. I’m waiting for the stat corrections that will change all of that to kick in. I’m still confused as to how Julio Jones got credited with a pass defended in my IDP league. Is he now a two-way player? I guess the Falcons D couldn’t get any worse.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Principal Blackman: He was on the hands team when Tampa Bay tried to hail mary right before the half believe, and got the deflection. To be honest, it should have been an interception when I saw it.

  7. Charles says:
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    Great read Jay. Been playing FFootball for over 10 years and I can’t figure it out this year. Injuries, RBBC, random acts of TDs, studs under performing and studs getting into domestic trouble. I’m 0 – 3. As a veteran, I’m not panicking. But it has been a difficult year thus far.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: It’s… been a weird year. I’m totally confused.

  8. Benny says:
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    I’ve been offered the following trade: Antonio Brown and Eddie Lacy for Lesean McCoy. I currently have McCoy here. Should I pull the trigger and trade him?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Benny: Who would Brown be replacing?

      • Benny says:
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        @Jay: It’s a 14 team league. We have to start 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, and then have 2 flex spots. Here is my current roster:

        RB’s: McCoy, Spiller, Hill, Fred Jackson
        WR’s: Floyd, Wayne, Garcon, J. Gordon

        Think I should do the trade?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Benny: In a vacuum, I would do it, but your roster config gives me hesitation. Your WR group is fine… and it doesn’t necessarily upgrade your RB’s. Hold for now.

  9. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Detroits D/ST, so far they’ve looked pretty good–looked better than my St Louis, which has seemed overrated.

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Jay: worth cutting the Rams for them?

  10. Spring Blake says:
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    Was just offered Cordarrelle Patterson for DeAndre Hopkins, I know Cordarelle gets a lot of love, but I’ve been loving hopkins so far, I also want nothing to do with anything involving Minnesota. Any reason not to hold here?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Spring Blake: For the reasons you state, it’s a bit lateral. I’d hold, only because I know the Vikings are bad, but I’m not sure what kind of level bad they are, which seems a step lower than Texans bad.

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Jay: Word, thanks Jay!

  11. Bryan says:
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    I traded Joique for Keenan Allen to flex. Good buy low?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: I like this trade.

  12. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Well, I own Pitta and Cameron in my 12 team ppr… Cameron is on bye next week and the wire for TE’s are really really thin. Fasano, Fleener, Tamme, Quarless… Im even thinking about leaving that position open because these guys are terrible. Any suggestions?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I’d probably drop Pitta and go with Fleener during the bye. Be sure to check my Thursday rankings on that though.

  13. TJ says:
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    My team is struggling.. I’ve benched so many points this season, probably more than I had all together last season..

    2 QB League. I have Brady/Newton.
    2 Flex Spots as well. It’s been a mess with PThomas, Gore, TWest, DHopkins & AHawkins.

    I have a Waiver Pick #1 this week and I need some help. The options aren’t extremely deep here. My choices are Bortles and Taliaferro.

    Which one you think? I’m leaning Bortles, but I have a hard time thinking I’m going to start Bortles over either of my team QBs.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TJ: Go Taliaferro here, I think his role will expand moving forward.

  14. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 10 team ppr league. I’m looking to upgrade my wr2. I am thinking of trading murray and patterson for stacy and bryant. Is this a good move or should I deal someone else?

    Qb Matthew Stafford
    Wr Jordy Nelson
    Wr Michael Floyd
    Rb Lesean McCoy
    Rb Demarco Murray
    Te Julius Thomas
    Wr/rb/te cordarrelle patterson
    Bn golden tate
    Bn Danny woodhead
    Bn fred jackson
    Bn kelvin benjamin
    Bn mike evans
    Bn josh gordon
    Bb jeremy hill

    Def bengals

    K phil dawson

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: I like that deal for you based on your team.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Jay: btw what do you also think of McCoy Thomas for Leveon Bell Graham?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryan: This trade I might do… I do like Graham and Bell better here.

  15. Bryan says:
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    Lost Pitta, would you feel comfortable rolling with Kelce or explore other options?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: I’m comfortable with Kelce here.

  16. Clint says:
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    2 questions:
    1) I saw Cousins breakdown all over the map yesterday from average fans on message boards (very scientific, I know) actually breaking down some of his mechanics. Some said he was overshooting terribly like the latter part of the game while others said he had touch on the ball and just needs better work w/the 1st team guys to tighten that up. Considering the coaching staff went Lady Gaga over him vs RG3, do you tend to believe the former or latter analysis? I missed the game so I didn’t see it at all to tell.

    2) Would you deal Gio for a slumping RB or WR? I snagged Ball/Tannehill for Foster/Crabtree last week & feel awesome about it now so I was wondering if I should see if I can snatch a guy like Lacy along with someone or maybe a slumping stud WR like D Thomas of the Broncos for Gio? I only have to start 1 RB in my 1.5pt/ppr league weekly & have Le’Veon Bell right now too to go along w/Montee as it is so Gio could give me a good return, I’d think.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clint: 1 – I live in DC, and inadvertently have to watch the 24/7 coverage. I see him as a high floor, low ceiling type of guy. His pocket presence is average, his reads are average, the accuracy is good at close and mid range, but his arm strength and down field presence is limited. Remember, this is still an area that only appreciates culture when they are eating it, and appreciates ethnicity when it’s providing a service, so a lot of this “anti-RG3” nonsense isn’t actually based on production or skill level, but because he’s seen through a different lens. And why KC1 is so readily embraced.

      That being said Cousins has the tools, but I don’t think he has the ceiling to utilize them to their fullest, and would be surprised if he ever got close to the top-10 QB discussion.

      2 – I like both those buy lows for you, but I’m iffy on that Ball/Tanne trade there. Not a season killer, but I would have rather had Foster and Crabtree, even with the risk. I’ve never been high on Ball.

  17. ashtray says:
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    Trade Rashad Jennings for Vincent Jackson OR Reggie Wayne?

    Can only play 2 RB and 4 WR in this league.

    My RBs:
    Jennings
    Murray
    Charles
    Kniles
    Chris Johnson
    Moreno

    My WRs:
    Julio Jones
    Andre Johnson
    Shorts
    Quick
    Reuben Randle
    Torrey Smith

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    That Blount/Bell line was pure gold. You might not want to keep that up, you might put Grey out of the funniest dude on Razzball job.

    Anyway, my WRs and RBs are looking so damn hit or miss (aside from the obvious monsters in Jones and Forte). See any moves to be had right now:

    WR: Jones
    WR: Edelman
    WR: Hilton
    RB: Forte
    RB: Rainey
    W/R: J.Bell
    BN: Wallace
    BN: Smith, Sr.
    BN: Wright
    BN: Vereen
    BN: Asiata

    Free Agents: Tate, Sankey, FJax, Moreno, Pierce, Ivory, Khiry, Forsett, Taliaferro, Crowell, Ingram, SJax, Blue; Hester (we do have return yards points), Hopkins, Quick, Hawkins, Floyd

    8 Team – 0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Thanks for the kind words, but I’m pretty sure Grey would hire a hitman if that ever happened. I would grab either Tate, Sankey or Taliaferro over Asiata. I don’t think he’s going to have enough of an impact to get into your starting lineup.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: in that order? And you’re welcome.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: Yeah, as much as I liked West early on, and the potential for Crowell is there, I think Tate gets first dibs when he gets back after the bye.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Jay: Thanks man, I appreciate it. I’ll try to snag Tate and hope for the best.

  19. BenJ says:
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    You, uh, forgot to mention Emmanuel Sanders… 11 catches for 149 yards. Yawn?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @BenJ: Can’t talk about everyone. He did well, but I thought the lack of anything from DT and the Wes Welker joke took precedence.

  20. Teddy Heater says:
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    Jay,
    Brotha, I feel ya on the injuries. I lost Charles, Matthews & RG3 last week and then the Fantasy Overlord took Pitta & Woodhead from me yesterday. If you have Marshall, Garcon or Stacy on your squad I’d be very careful cause if you’re rostered on “You Mad Bro” you may be lost for the season.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Yeah, I think I have a bunch of teams like that too. It’s easy to feel like we’re somehow the mark of death.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Jay: Thankfully I didn’t draft any of those guys in the Razzball leagues, just the money league that it counts in. SMH!

  21. Ron says:
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    .5PPR – Would you trade away Charles, K. Davis and Colston for Demayrius and Jordy?

    We only required to start 1 RB and can start 4WR. Rest of my team looks like this:
    QB: Rodgers
    RB: Stacy, Miller, West, Hyde, K. Davis
    WR: Megatron, Crabtree, Cruz, Cook, Wheaton
    TE: Cameron and Kelce

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: Yeah, I’m fine with this, though, I’d probably flip Crabtree for a strong RB in case something happens to Stacy.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: Not sure which of these you consider a strong RB but I have 2 questions:

        1) In what order would you go after these guys in a trade? Lacy, Morris, Ellington, Ball, Jennings
        2) What other strong RB’s should I be aiming to get for Crabtree?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ron: In that order, but flip Jennings and Ball.

          Depends on league context, but I might try for a Kniles Davis and change, maybe Ahmad Bradshaw and change.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Ron: you might not want to leave yourself with west/miller as starters, since they might not be in real life in about a month.

  22. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Drop K. Robinson, A. Bradshaw or K. Davis for any of these guys – F. Jackson, Taliaferro, Sankey, Asiata, Rainey or Greene?

    2. Drop K. Wright or R. Wayne for any of these guys – J. Matthews, Quick, Austin, Lockette, Malcom FLoyd, T. Williams, Hartline.

    10 Team standard redraft league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: 1. Hold. 2. Hold again.

  23. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Drop Spiller, Sproles or Bradshaw for any of these guys – F. Jackson, Taliaferro, L. Miller, S. Jackson, PT, J. Hill, Hyde, K. Robinson or Sankey?

    2. Rank the top 3 WRs -J. Hunter, T. Williams, J. Matthews, Shorts, Malcom FLoyd, Hawkins, Hartline, Jennings, M. Evans, Sanu and Lockette.

    • Jay

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      @SMLV1: Still hold, hate to be boring here.

      2. Hunter, Matthews, Williams, Hawkins, Floyd, Jennings, Sanu, Shorts, Lockette, Hartline, Evans.

  24. SMLV1 says:
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    Qb – Ryan
    WR – Nelson, Cruz, A. Johnson, Wright, Wayne and J. Gordon
    RB – Lacy, Stacy, Bradshaw, Davis and Robinson
    TE – Rudolph
    K- Parkey
    DEF- Streaming

    Is this Team ever gonna score over 80 Fantasy points! This is dreadful!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: I would like to say soon, or it could just be lava. This season is weird. But yeah, hold here, it’s a good team.

  25. Newleaf says:
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    Why does every razzball author feel the need to say “I told you so” with every half-right prediction that’s made? Most razzballers read frequently. I don’t even consider myself part of razzball nation and I read semi-frequently. I know when you guys are right; I know when you guys are wrong. The site is entertaining, but it’d be nice if you guys took a more humble approach with a call that’s gone right. There’s certainly calls that go wrong…should I beat those into the ground? It presents itself as an insecurity that’s very off-putting. Yes, you “told us so” on brown…but you failed to mention that you were so high on Matthews (an extremely brittle back with several disappointing seasons on his resumè) and many Razzballians who followed your rankings (and I’m assuming landed Matthews since you were higher than most) were in a pinch.

    And with Woodhead out, and the ALWAYS injured Matthews already out for a while, AND a cupcake run schedule…volume will make Brown worthwhile, and I’d bet he has some huge games along the way. Even if yesterday he was unproductive with regard to ypc.

    I’ll come back to tell you I told you so.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Newleaf: I can’t speak for the other contributors, but I’m just as hard on my misses, if not more, than my hits. Regular readers and commentators know this, which is why they keep coming back.

      If accuracy is your thing, there are websites that track mine, and you can refer to those to see how I fare. http://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/accuracy/ is the leading resource.

      In terms of Mathews, I mention him all the time in a self-depreciating manner. In terms of Brown, sure, I could be wrong. And seeing as I’ll probably admit I was wrong (if I am) before you can, you won’t have to bother. Doors on your left.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Newleaf: Grey and most other writers also make fun of themselves constantly about their wrong picks, or how they loved some guy three years before he was good. Jaywrong here, EACH WEEK AT THE TOP OF THE RANKINGS PAGE posts the info showing how he fairs vs other fantasy writers. that’s about as open about your own accuracy as anybody i’ve ever heard of is.

  26. goober gobber says:
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    So I got both R Matthews and Woodhead on my team. Had Woodhead as an injury backup… ha!

    I dont neeeeeed another RB, but now I am down to the one two I have starting and that makes me nervous.

    Blount and Shonn Green are available, as is J.Stewart.

    I figure Blount is the guy to put on my bench, but can also grab Stewart and hope that his injury is just one week…

    I can drop Woodhead and can drop K.Stills for Stewart to help give me some breathing room. My WR corps is doing OK so he is on my bench (behind Julio .Jones, Garcon, K.Wright, Sanu, S.Smith, and James Jones).

    That sound like a good plan? THanks for the help!

    • Jay

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      @goober gobber: I essentially own that duo in every league I’m in. It’s been a fascinating year.

      I would just go ahead and drop Woodhead for Blount, but hold on Stills.

  27. I got Jamaaled by a bear says:
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    So the curse has been lifted (temporarily) I actually won thanks to Knile Davis and Captain Kirk, RG3 and Charles getting hurt was the best thing to happen to me!

    Side note 2 QB league should I start trying to trade Brady and one of my WR to upgrade. I just don’t think he has the line or weapons this year to be a top QB.

    I was thinking I could package him and either Floyd, Sanders, Patterson, or Hilton to upgrade what do you think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @I got Jamaaled by a bear: Yeah, depending on who your other QB is to pair with KC1, I’d certainly trade Brady for those four.

  28. Tim says:
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    Hey jay

    I have two trade proposals I proposed
    Would you keep the proposals or cancel & hold onto what I have:

    Deal 1:
    I trade Malcom Floyd & I receive matt asiata

    Deal 2:
    I trade malcom floyd & I receive Khiry robinson.

    My RB’s are Gio bernard, Ben Tate, terrance west, jeremy hill , DMC, justin forsett, & Ahmad Bradshaw

    My WR’s; demaryius thomas, Crabtree, Kelvin benjamin , wheaton , cordarrelle patterson & malcom Floyd.

    I have an open spot on my roster because I dropped MJD on Sunday

    Who would you add; john brown, jordan Matthews, eddie royal, Stevie Johnson, kenny Britt or allen Robinson.

    Also another wire move, keep or drop forsett; if I drop forsett I’m looking into Lorenzo taliaferro , Joe McKnight, antone smith, or bishop Sankey.

    Lastly keep or drop Texans d who gave me a whooping negative 1 point
    Week 4 the Texans do however face bills in Houston.

    Here are a few defenses I’m looking at for week 4 if I drop texans-

    Lions D @ Ny Jets

    Steelers D home vs Bucs

    Chargers D home vs Jaguars

    Dolphins D @ Oakland

    Falcons D @ Minnesota

    Thanks man!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tim: I think you need WR’s more than RB’s there, so I would hold. Except I would do that Robinson one and then pick up Royal for that open spot.

      I’m liking that Lions matchup right now, but be sure to double check my rankings on Thursday.

      • Tim says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks for the response jay, if im not able to aquire Khiry robinson would you still add royal or look to the other WR’s?

  29. Matt says:
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    Uch Kyle Rudolph is out 6 weeks. Need to drop him should I replace him with Delanie Walker, Larry Donnelly, or Kelce? (PPR)

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt: I like Kelce the most.

  30. Gio says:
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    1/2 point PPR… Last week I traded away Forte for Dez and Foster. Of course Foster goes down. I managed to win this week (2-1). I have Lacy in addition to Foster. Do I hold on to both or pull the trigger if I can upgrade to a safer RB1 by packaging with one of my WR3 or WR4?

    WR: Dez/Green/Garcon/Crabtree/Floyd (AZ)
    RB: Lacy/Foster/Martin/Rainey

    • Jay

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      @Gio: It was still a good trade there, and Foster should be back… though there’s always risk with him. I wouldn’t mind trading Crabtree for a RB, but I’m okay with the depth right now. I’d like to see what happens when Martin comes back. If he is the bell cow, that solves your issues right there.

  31. Jack says:
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    Rank these for Week 4: Blount, McFadden, Richardson, D. Williams

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      Jay says:
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      @Jack: DMC, TRich, Blount, Williams.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Jay: i’m assuming if he’s healthy d.will moves to front of this schluby group?

  32. TJ says:
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    Frank Gore was dropped to waivers in my PPR league.
    Drop any of these for him:

    Taliaferro
    CJ2k
    Jeremy Hill

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TJ: Taliaferro. Though I like his upside, I think it’s a bit premature to give up on Gore.

  33. steve says:
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    im the guy who owns Bpierce, Dmartin and Gerhart, In a 14 team 3 rb league with a Superflex. Want to pursue some of the new QB and drop some or all of these guys. Will you list them in order of “promise” and advise? oh yeah, PPR.

    • steve says:
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      @steve:
      BTW – Im starting Sproles and Donald and whomever is healthy. Sux.

      • steve says:
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        @steve:
        Donald Brown.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @steve: Yeah, I mean, it’s an okay situation, but not ideal. Some dead weight there.

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      @steve: Ouch. I’d go Martin, Pierce, Gerhart here, but really, Pierce and Gerhart are droppable if you really need someone.

  34. Beachgirl says:
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    Hi Jay, love your articles and advice.
    Would you drop Ivory for Sankey? 10 team standard. Other RB lacy, ellington, j bell

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Beachgirl: Thanks! I think it’s still too soon to do that, but if he’s just sitting on your bench and not doing anything, I’m okay with that.

  35. TR says:
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    Hey would you do these trades?

    I give up Calvin Johnson & cutler for Rodgers & Cobb

    And

    I give up Lacy, Garçon, and Jordan Reed for Charles, Fitzgerald, and Gronkowski

    • Jay

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      @TR: I’d hold on the first one, and I’d do that second trade.

  36. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @jay:So I got an offer of Jay Cutler for Matt Forte…..Would you take that? I only have one QB so I’m kind of desperate.

    • Rick Dempsey says:
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      @Rick Dempsey: Or I could counter with offering DeMarco Murray…..WWJD?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Rick Dempsey: Is it a 2QB league? I’m assuming it is, but even then, I’m hesitant.

      • Rick Dempsey says:
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        @Jay: yeah it’s a 2QB league and my RB’s are Knowshon, D. Murray, M. Forte, A. Bradshaw…….. Minus Murray or Forte I think I’ll still be ok i guess. what would you say?

        • Jay

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          @Rick Dempsey: I’m okay with it, but I’d try to net a top-5 QB. Cutler is good, but I think you can do better. Maybe buy low on Aaron Rodgers here or Drew Brees.

  37. Matt Gus says:
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    2 questions:

    – Drop Brady for Cousins? Brady is not looking great and thinking he may just have gone over that cliff that Peyton was able to avoid in their old ages. Not a great receiving core, either.

    – I lack a true RB1 in one league (non-ppr) and while I was able to pick up Knile off waivers last week, I’m wondering if I try to scoop Charles from his owner. Would you offer Julio Jones for Charles?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt Gus: Well, Peyton’s arm diminishing arm strength is a bit noticeable this season. That being said, I’m holding for one more game on Brady.

      I would hold on Julio for now. I want to see how Charles responds with his ankle this Sunday.

  38. Vin Sully 1988 says:
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    I’m a Pitta owner and Was just offered Jason Witten for Knile Davis should I take that? Other RBs are Vereen, Ivory and Mccoy. Ppr league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Vin Sully 1988: I would hold and stream… what are some FA TE’s on the wire right now?

      • Vin Scully 1988 says:
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        @Jay: Dwayne Allen, Kelce and Niles Paul as well as the Rams Tight ends.

        • Jay

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          @Vin Scully 1988: All three of those guys are great options. I’d stream.

  39. mcBlunty says:
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    been offered A Boldin and T West for K Benjamin, full point ppr

  40. Dave says:
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    Would you trade Ertz and Blue to a Foster owner for Keenan Allen? I dont have any other TEs on my roster but i could pick up a Dwayne Allen or Larry Donnell off waivers.

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: Great buy-low here, I’d do it and aim for Allen.

  41. artzlab says:
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    should i offer vereen for keenan allen? i have forte, morris, bradshaw and l dunbar and antonio brown, mike floyd and k wright/stills/sanu. 14 team non ppr, 2 rb 2 wr 1 flex. we are both about to be 1-2, and play each other this week. love your write ups, and thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @artzlab: I like that deal for you. Thanks!

  42. DGrant says:
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    Jay sorry for adding another question for you to address but I’m desperate having exhausted my other fantasy outlets. Please help!

    12 team standard keeper league
    -I’m thin on RB’s with Dougie, Tate, Greene, Hyde
    -Just lost Pitta

    Should I use my #3 claim on Taliaferro? Or should I target Owen Daniels? Waiver is pretty thin at TE in my league but Niles and Donnell are still available. Thoughts moving forward on Daniels and what you’d do exactly given my situation?

    Thanks again man & love your insight!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DGrant: All good, it’s what I do.

      I would rather have Donnell, then Niles in that situation. Though, that is a thin RB corps. I’d go for Taliaferro, then see what I can stream at TE.

      • DGrant says:
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        @Jay: that’s exactly what I’m thinking but Donnels ceiling is fairly low isn’t it? And there are a number of people who are high on Daniels given the TE friendly offense…and week 2.

        So go ahead with my claim on Taliaferro & see what’s left to stream? Much appreciated thanks J

        • Jay

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          @DGrant: Well, Niles has a low ceiling too, until I see him a bit more. He’s always had ball control issues. It’s true though, Daniels could do something, despite being old news. Like I said, I would just stream the TE’s and play matchups.

  43. leetsgo says:
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    whats the take on J. Cameron? i feel like he’ll never be healthy.

    also, where do you rank Julian edelman at WR ros? i feel like he’s going a little bit unnoticed but continuallys delivers. that’s all you can ask for in this game (consistent 9-12 points a week).

    would you rather have t-rich or gerhart ros?

    pick a d/st to stream:
    pit vs TB (pit gets jags week 5 so it’d be a dual week pickup)
    dolphhins vs raiders
    detroit vs jets

    i feel like all could serve well. for some reason i dont feel comfortable with the dolphins, they let KC put up 34 last week.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @leetsgo: Yeah, certainly frustrating with Cameron. Despite the Patriots woes, I still like Edelman there.

      Can I pick neither? TRich at this point.

      I like that Detroit matchup, but the Steelers could take the edge here. Double check my Thursday rankings just in case.

  44. letsgo says:
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    take on J. Cameron? i fear this will be a season long injury….
    same with Cam, no rushes at all this year….

    where would you rank julian edelman at WR going forward? i feel like he gets snubbed when talking wr’s but tom brady loves him and targets the crap out of him (a la wes welker in the days)

    gerhart or t-rich ros?

    also, pick a d/st for this week:
    Pit vs TB (pit also plays jacksonville week 5 so this would serve two purposes)
    dolphins vs oak
    detroit vs the jets

    i’m skeptical on the dolphins they let kc put up 34

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      @letsgo: sorry i double posted!

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