Fantasy Football thoughts and opinions heading into NFL Week 5.

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Bye: Baltimore, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington, Cleveland

 

Tennessee at Pittsburgh

  • QB Matt Hasslbeck to WR Damien Williams touchdown was one of the most unique corner-end zone routes I’ve ever seen. The ball seemed to travel in slow motion, allowing Williams time to get around the defender and make the catch.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Hasselbeck has been hot and LB James Harrison is out with a fractured face, but he’s still a dangerous fantasy start.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock down Williams, Nate Washington, and, ummm, who’s WR3 onTennessee?
  • Finally some life from TE Jared Cook. The catch was easy, but outrunning a defensive back down the sidelines is why fantasy owners drool over what could be.
  • DB Jordan Babineaux replaced an injured DB Chris Hope in Week 4 and responded with a pick-six. He’s only useful to exploit good fantasy match-ups while Hope is inactive.
  • CB Jason McCourty has 5 Solos+PD’s or more in every game this season. Add the turnovers and sacks, and we should become believers.
  • Buy low on QB Ben Roethlisberger.
  • I wish my “down” game could be 4 Receptions, 4 Targets, 77 Receiving Yards. That’s how good WR Mike Wallace has become.
  • In the “Two Minute Drill, Week 1” I stated “The only reason RB Isaac Redman belongs on your fantasy roster is if (1) you own RB Rashard Mendenhall, or (2) you’re a relative.” Time to add Redman, and it’s just in time for emergency bye week usage.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the second fewest fantasy points to linebackers. This ain’t the week to input new starter Larry Foote into your fantasy lineup.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Troy Polamalu.

 

Seattle at NY Giants

  • I’m trying to get tickets to this game. Any help? I’m looking in the $60 range. The cheapest I’ve seen is $90 in the nose-bleeds.
  • QB Tavaris Jackson, Week 4: 25/38, 319 Passing Yards, 16 Rushing Yards, 3 TD’s, 2 Int. Ignore.
  • RB Marshawn Lynch, season-to-date: 46 Rushes, 141 Rushing Yards, 3.1 Yards per Rush.
  • Rookie WR Doug Baldwin, Targets per week: 6, 2, 4, 6, total 18. Something to think about if you’re desperate.
  • TE Zach Miller got paid. He’s fine with his decision to go to Seattle. You’re the only one who’s upset.
  • CB Brandon Browner should be covering WR Hakeem Nicks. Big fantasy day for the both of them.
  • LB David Hawthorne, season-to-date: 2 lousy games, 1 good game, 1 game missed due to injury. If you wait a few games to make a decision, you’re going to be too late. I say hold… but don’t expect LB1 stats.
  • What was that I said about QB Eli Manning being a winner?
  • WR Victor Cruz is a great bye week replacement, but he shouldn’t be a mainstay in your starting lineup. WR Mario Manningham is a better player, despite losing snaps to him in Week 4.
  • Hello DE Osi Umenyiora.
  • LB Mathias Kiwanuka lost value in August when he was switched from DE to LB. Now his value is even lower with subpar fantasy stats.
  • DB Antrolle Rolle, season-to-date: 26 Solos (at least 6 Solos every game), 3 Assists, 1 FF, 1 Int, 2 PD. Start him every week until he cools off.

 

Cincinnati at Jacksonville

  • RB Cedric Benson is still not officially suspended, but it seems like he will be. Make sure you add RB Bernard Scott now.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jaguars give up the third (tied) fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Still start A.J. Green.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jaguars give up the most fantasy points to tight ends. It’s a great week to use Jermaine Gresham as your flex.
  • DB Reggie Nelson has been productive every game this season. But c’mon, it’s Reggie Nelson. This can’t possibly continue, can it?
  • Outside of Nelson, no Bengals’ player has produced more than 16 Solos on the season.
  • Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert has thrown for 335 yards in two games started. How are the receivers supposed to generate stats?
  • It gets worse in week 5. Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bengals give up the third (tied) fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
  • How many owners benched LB Paul Posluszny after three poor games? So he explodes in Week 4 and you are forced to get him active this weekend. Odds are he has another clunker. That’s the fantasy gods’ cruel sense of humor.
  • LB Daryl Smith, past three weeks, Solos: 5, 5, 6. Nothing special, but definitely serviceable.

 

New Orleans at Carolina

 

Oakland at Houston

 

Philadelphia at Buffalo

  • WR Josh Morgan’s TD sums up the Eagles’ season to date. Watch DB Asante Samuel refuse to make a tackle on the 5-yard line. As an Eagles’ fans, are you sick to your stomach watching one of your stars act so soft?
  • WR Andre Johnson wasn’t the only player who was shot. Watch OL Jason Peters get hit by a sniper on WR Jeremy Maclin’s game-ending fumble. He’ll miss time, and it’s a major blow to the Eagles’ offense.
  • TE Brent Celek is now getting outperformed by some guy named Clay Harbor. Celek is safe to cut.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bills give up the fewest fantasy points to defensive ends. With Trent Cole gone for multiple weeks, Jason Babin is going to get a ton of resistance.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bills give up the third fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Bench Jamar Chaney. You shouldn’t have to ask about the other linebackers.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the most fantasy points to running backs. C.J. Spiller isn’t getting touches, but he’s probably a better bye week option in 16-team leagues than the trash on the waiver wire.
  • Look for subpar stats from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Steve Johnson. RB Fred Jackson is going to gash the Eagles defense.
  • You won’t get too many gift fantasy points like DB Bryan Scott’s touchdown.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the fifth most fantasy points to safeties. Stock way up Scott, George Wilson, and Jarius Byrd.

 

Kansas City at Indianapolis

  • Stop-and-go, bobble, bobble, spin move, side-step, hurdle, touchdown. This isn’t the first time WR Dwayne Bowe’s touchdowns have some flair.
  • If you’re starting RB Jackie Battle, you’re 0-4. If you’ve addedBattle, you’re 1-3.
  • Can the Chiefs’ management stop this dumb Dexter McCluster experiment at RB and move him exclusively to WR?
  • I told you WR Steve Breaston will get some value.
  • LB Derrick Johnson doesn’t have a sack or turnover on the season. They’ll come.
  • Tambi Hali has quietly become one of the best fantasy 3-4 outside linebackers.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Stock down Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.
  • I own WR Reggie Wayne, and I’m cool with him so far. I haven’t needed him to win, so his lack of WR1 stats aren’t driving me nuts.
  • If your Dynasty team stinks, acquire RB Delone Carter.
  • Middle linebackers in the Tampa-2 drop deep into coverage. Weakside linebackers clean up close to the line of scrimmage. It explains LB Kavell Conner’s 14 Solo, 4 Assist Week 4 performance. QB Josh Freeman kept dumping it off, and Conner kept making tackles.

 

Arizona at Minnesota

  • QB Kevin Kolb’s stats have gone done every week. The lack of a WR2-4 could have something to do with it.
  • RB Beanie Wells wasn’t dominant last week. He was the recipient of three first-and-goals and was able to cash in each time. Good job for sure, but lots of good fortune too.
  • If someone cut LB Paris Lenon, pick him up if you have the room.
  • Maybe it’s age. Maybe it’s his bicep injury. But after four games, it appears DB Adrian Wilson is done as a fantasy force.
  • At least QB Donovan McNabb gets you 200+ yards passing every week and his not turning the ball over. It could be worse.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers. Maybe this will be the week Percy Harvin finally gets a receiving or rushing touchdown.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the third most fantasy points to linebackers. E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway have been disappointing, but they are must starts this week.
  • CB Antoine Winfield is banged up. Check his status Sunday morning.

 

Tampa Bay at San Francisco

 

NY Jets at New England

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Don’t believe head coach Rex Ryan’s “ground and pound” proclamation. He doesn’t have the personnel. Mark Sanchez will be throwing often against the Pats.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the third most fantasy points to running backs. Look for LaDainian Tomlinson to get numerous screens. I like him better than Shonn Greene this week. Regardless, start both.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock up Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, and Derrick Mason.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. You have to start David Harris, but expect a down week.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Eric Smith, and Jim Leonhard is a sneaky start despite his slow season.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. The only way you’re benching Tom Brady is if you own Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.
  • Don’t brush aside RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis just yet. He’s a proven vet.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Rumor has CB Darrelle Revis covering Wes Welker. Start Welker and deal with it.
  • LB Jerod Mayo gets bulldozed at the goal line, and now he’s out multiple weeks with a knee injury. LB Gary Guyton is a nice short term fantasy replacement.

 

San Diego at Denver

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock up Philip Rivers.
  • WR Vincent Jackson catch was incredibly, but it’s the extra effort to get in the end zone that fantasy owners like.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Start Malcolm Floyd, but ignore Patrick Crayton.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the third fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Antonio Gates replacement Randy McMichael disappointed in a good match-up last week, so no way you’re using him this week.
  • LB’s Takeo Spikes, Donald Butler, and Shaun Phillips have all been average. I’m still waiting for one to pull away as the stat leader.
  • What round did you draft WR Eric Decker?
  • RB Willis McGahee is the new lead back in Denver. Still roster RB Knowshon Moreno. These things can change quickly.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the second most fantasy points to linebackers. A healthy D.J. Williams and rookie Von Miller, who has sacks in three straight games, are must-starts.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the fourth most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Brian Dawkins and rookie Rahim Moore.

 

Green Bay at Atlanta

  • I want the Falcons to be competitive, but I don’t see how it’s possible for their defense to slow down QB Aaron Rodgers.
  • RB James Starks received his season high in rushing attempts in Week 4, but it was only 13. How valuable can he really be with that?
  • WR James Jones finally showed up last week, and you might be tempted to use him as a bye week replacement. Don’t do it.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Falcons give up the second most fantasy points to defensive tackles. B.J. Raji makes a good desperation start.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Falcons give up the most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Charles Woodson gets started every week. Start Sam Shields in 12-team leagues and Tramon Williams in deep leagues.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Falcons give up the second fewest fantasy points to safeties. Now we’ll see if Morgan Burnett can produce in a poor fantasy match-up.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Packers give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Anything less than 300 yards and 2 TD’s will be a downer for Matt Ryan owners.
  • RB Michael Turner won’t get you a ton of 100-yard games for the season, but he’ll find the end zone often.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Packers give up the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock up Roddy White and Julio Jones. Start Harry Douglas if you’re the owner of Dez Bryant, Anquan Boldin, Santana Moss, and Mike Sims-Walker.
  • I’d allow you to juggle knives over my baby (if I had one), on the condition that TE Tony Gonzalez was nearby. He’ll catch anything that goes astray.
  • The Falcons have four sacks for the season, and none by DE Ray Edwards. Where are you DE Jared Allen?

 

Chicago at Detroit

  • You’re a big fat fibber if you predicted the Bears commitment to RB Matt Forte and the run in Week 4.
  • I don’t get why WR Devin Hester can’t do this as a receiver.
  • DE Julius Peppers hasn’t had more than 2 Solos in any game this season. He’s paid for sacks, but how about three or four.
  • The best thing WR Roy Williams has done in the past five seasons is give WR Calvin Johnson his nickname. Megatron has two touchdowns in four straight games.
  • Get ready for some “Points Allowed” – the Bears are loaded at both poles.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock up Matthew Stafford.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Lack of a solid run game plus juicy match-up is great news for Brandon Pettigrew owners.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the second fewest fantasy points to defensive tackles. Ndamukong Suh’s struggles should continue.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the third most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the second fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Bench Chris Houston and Eric Wright.
  • No need to add LB Bobby Carpenter. His touchdown was athletic, but he’s just filling in for the injured LB Justin Durant.

 

Vegas, NFL Spreads Week 5, Season Record 9-5-1

  • Buffalo (+3) vs Philadelphia
  • NY Giants (-9.5) vs Seattle
  • NY Jets (+9.5) at New England
  • Oakland (+6) at Houston

 

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  1. Timmy riggins says:
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    Tweezer>bathtub gin>ghost or tube>theme from the bottom> divided sky

  2. ham curtains says:
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    Ppr got ridley, redman and Starks…I’m rolling redman and ridley good idea or bad idea? Also got vjax and Jennings starting at wr 3 got n wash, d Moore and mike Thomas going roll n wash correct move?

  3. superfly says:
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    So I got mcgahee greene and ridley 1 point ppr need to start one I was leaning mcgahee

  4. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Timmy riggins: Very tough. Tweezer (pre-1996) is the best song in that group. But Ghost has a tendency to wander, and Gin is great but it doesn’t rip. I’m a big Tube fan, and Theme jam explodes live. Throw in Sky (which never disappoints), and I’ll take choice #2.

    @ham curtains: I like Starks over Ridley. Vjax may not play. NWash 1, Moore 2, Thomas 3.

  5. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    I have a ton of phish boots. Hit me up anytime for downloadable show or individual song suggestions.

  6. Megatron Lives says:
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    Tackle Solo=1, Tackle Assist=0.5, Sack=2, Int=2, Fumble Force=1, Fumble Recover=1, Def TD=6, Safety=2, Pass Def=1, Block Kick=3, Return Yds=30yds/point, Return TD=6

    I have 3 spots for defense. Novorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Daryl Washington. I have Jerod Mayo on the bench. Since Mayo is out 6 weeks or much of the season, should I just drop him and pick up a sleeper for offense?

    I’m not sure if Washington is the best 3rd guy. Here are some players available going forward…Lardarius Webb, Yeremiah Bell, Bryan Scott, Ryan Kerrigan, Reggie Nelson, Daryl Smith, Mason Foster, LaRon Landry, Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes, Gary Guyton, Kavell Conner, Eric Weddle. I guess we have to consider this bye week too. You still like Chung, Landry, Foster? I might pick up Landry after the bye. Thanks!

  7. Richard says:
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    Hey joseph nice article again, just want to ask which would you choose, mendenhall or the package of denarius moore and ingram?

  8. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    couple questions:first,16 team ppr w/ four flex spots,could you rank these guys for ROS?

    Damian Williams,Scheffler,Pitta,Fells or Slaton

    also,10 team non ppr….Antonio Brown,McCluster,P. Parker,Cruz,Avant.

    thnks.

  9. One Man Wolfpack says:
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    Need WR Help/Have to start 3 (1 Point PPR/6 Point TD)
    PICK 3
    Jennings
    Colston
    Burress
    Knox
    Floyd
    Harry Douglas

  10. One Man Wolfpack says:
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    Trade Question (1 Point PPR-6 Point TD both passing & receiving)

    I Give: Fitzpatrick & Dez Bryant
    I Get: Cam Newton & Mario Manningham
    (Reggie Wayne also an option instead of MM but im higher on Giants passing game)

    Should I take the deal??

  11. atcdav says:
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    I have mccoy, cj1k and felix, holmes, decker, julio, manningham and dmoore

    i trade cj1k and holmes for ray rice and knox.

    the issue is I am 2-2, rice and felix on bye, so I probably lose this week to a divisional opponent. but then the bye issue is behind me. will cj get up to rice’s productivity in your opinion? will homles get going? I like holmes this week. it is now or never for him IMO.

  12. hideousmutants says:
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    Need help with Flex options in a 1 pt PPR. Here’s how I rank them:

    1. Manningham
    2. Redman
    3. Shonn Greene

    I go back and forth with redman/manningham. Also, does Mangold’s return bump Greene up enough to pass either guy?

  13. Brody says:
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    A+ stuff. A+.

  14. Mike says:
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    I need to choose two of these RB to start this week: Cedric Benson, Willis McGahee, or Isaac Redman. Who’re you going with?

  15. Nick says:
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    Hey all, so in my 10-team league I’m wondering if I should start to look for a backup QB to fill in on bad match-up days for Matt Shaub. He is the only QB I own and the rest of my squad looks like this…

    QB-Shaub
    RB- Forte & Best
    WR- C Johnson, Holmes, M Thomas
    TE- Gronk
    Flex- Starks
    BN-LT, Bradford, stewart, l moore, torain & Antonio Brown.

    Would you drop Bradford for Campbell, Freeman, Sanchez, McCoy? My guess is no….

    Also, Redman is on waivers, could you see dropping anyone on my team in order to maybe use him as flex this week. Im facing off against the 1st place team and I’m in second. (i think I will be ok cause he has andre johnson and v Jax)

  16. Nick says:
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    *correction, obviously Shaub isnt my only QB, I have Bradford on bench

  17. friar says:
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    Could I get your thoughts on a couple trade proposals? I’m trying to upgrade my WR shituation and have come up with a couple of proposal ideas. Could you tell me, for each trade (1) do you think it’s fair (i.e. has a chance of being accepted) and (2) which side gets the better value?

    A) Give Jahvid Best for Maclin and Graham
    B) Give McFadden for Roddy White OR Fitzgerald (which one should I target?)
    C) Give Tolbert for Maclin

    Thanks so so much!

  18. ernie says:
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    Who to start? Crabtree, Cruz or Nelson (BUF)?

  19. genghis chone says:
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    Thoughts on swapping Ben Tate for Colt McCoy? PPR, 2 QB league with 2 RB slots, 2 WR slots, RB/WR slot.
    QBs are Vick, Fitz, Grossman
    RBs are Forte, F. Jones, Hightower, Ingram, Tate, Scott, Redman
    WRs are Nicks, Bryant, J. Jones, D. Moore
    Thanks! Vick and Fitzpatrick both have week 7 byes, so that’s one thing that goes into my thought process here.

  20. Nick says:
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    Would you say Benson or Harvin is the better flex play this week? I’ve gone back and forth on them every week and just can’t decide which one I like more.

  21. abNormal says:
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    Even though Hasselbeck is a risky play this week….my other option is Big Ben, who would you prefer in said scenario? Thanks.

  22. bluety says:
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    My team Vick, CJ, Ingram and Ridley or Redman…. Nicks, Maclin, Decker, A. Brown and Plax. My TE is Witten. Should I trade Ridley and Witten for S. Jackson and Brandon Pettigrew? Thanks

  23. Lugs says:
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    I,m So confused
    Need 2-rb, 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-Flex

    S. Smith (car) vs NO
    S. Holmes @ NE
    J. Nelson @ ATL
    D. Nelson vsPhil

    S. Ridley vs NYJ
    BJGE vs NYJ
    J. Starks @ ATL
    B.Scott @ Jac

    D. Clark vs KC
    J. Gresham @ Jac

    Wow, you have a heavy workload above.
    Thank you for your time!

  24. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Megatron Lives: don’t drop mayo. chung is better than washington.

    @Richard: mendenhall

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Damian Williams. For 10 team, those guys stink, but Cruz.

  25. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Mike: mcgahee

    @Nick: drop antonio brown, braford, add redman freeman/sanchez. start redman over starks

    @friar: no chance = Give Jahvid Best for Maclin and Graham; fair = Give McFadden for Roddy White OR Fitzgerald; only if other owner is in need of RB = Give Tolbert for Maclin

  26. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @ernie: crabtree

    @genghis chone: i like

    @Nick: benson

    @abNormal: ben

    @bluety: sure, but the other owner won’t do it

    @Lugs:
    Need 2-rb, 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-Flex
    S. Smith (car) vs NO
    S. Holmes @ NE
    J. Nelson @ ATL
    S. Ridley vs NYJ or BJGE vs NYJ
    J. Starks @ ATL
    J. Gresham @ Jac

  27. principal blackman says:
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    Great read, as usual.

    Please rank the following Defensive Flex players for this week.

    Jason Pierre-Paul (vs SEA)
    George Wilson (vs PHI)
    Curtis Lofton (vs GB)

    Thanks

  28. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @principal blackman: lofton, jpp, wilson – all are great for week 5 though

  29. The Den says:
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    Hey Joe, for the record I’m 4 -1 (<—–Pun) Oh and I picked up Jackie Battle earlier this week. Appreciate your snide comment about Battle. Funny thing is smart, savvy fantasy owners saw an opportunity and picked him up. I will no longer read your post, as you have ZERO credibility.

  30. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @The Den: thumbs up. see you next week (you’ll be back to see what else I screw up).

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