Fantasy Football stats, news, and opinions heading into NFL Week 9.

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Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

  • Want to shut-up the young, obnoxious Lions? Keep them from making plays.
  • WR Titus Young is still open.
  • Fantasy points are piling up for CB Chris Houston. QB Tim Tebow’s gift pick-6 has catapultedHouston into the Top 5 CB’s.
  • RB Adrian Peterson’s TD run is of the highlight variety, but I’m more impressed with his TD catch. As soon as the ball touches his hands, you can almost get inside his mind as he diagnoses his easiest way to the end zone.
  • How about the rebirth of TE Greg Olsen. Go-routes are typically reserved for elite tight ends only.
  • Defensive players need to lateral the ball more on turnovers. It’s the most exciting play in football.

 

Miami at Kansas City

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chiefs give up the eighth most fantasy points to running backs. Daniel Thomas’ injury gave way to Reggie Bush looking like more than just a scat back vs the Giants. Bush is a must-start if Thomas can’t go again.
  • WR Brandon Marshall hasn’t had a bad game all year, which is amazing considering his quarterbacks.
  • WR Brian Hartline hasn’t caught more than three balls and 31 receiving yards in his past four games (which includes and O-fer last week. Say, doesn’t that coincide with QB Matt Moore’s entrance?
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chiefs give up the third fewest fantasy points to kick/punt returners. Stock down RB Steve Slaton and WR Davone Bess.
  • LB Karlos Dansby, past three games: 20 Solos, 6 Assists, 1 Sack, 1 PD. That’s Top 10 LB production.
  • LB Kevin Burnett has been a disappointment, but his stats have been improving of late. Pick him up if you have roster room.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Dolphins give up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks. I want to crush Matt Cassel’s head so badly, but not this week.
  • RB Jackie Battle has received at least 16 rushes and 70 rushing yards since he became the lead back three games ago. Great for your depth, but it’s a problem if he’s your starter.
  • Rookie WR Jon Baldwin picked a primetime game to be noticed. Smart. I wonder how much production he’ll steal from WR Steve Breaston.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Dolphins have moved from 19th to 6th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. And you were concerned over Derrick Johnson’s slow start to the season. You could see #56 in the frame every time the play ended last week.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Dolphins give up the most fantasy points to cornerbacks. You could also see #24 on every play last week – that’s Brandon Flowers. Expect huge games from him and Brandon Carr.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Dolphins have moved from 6th to 15th in fantasy points given up to safeties. Stock down Kendrick Lewis and Jon McGraw.

 

Atlanta at Indianapolis

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Keep scrolling down, you’ll find Matt Ryan eventually on the quarterback rankings.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the third most fantasy points to running backs. Stock up Michael Turner, who’s made Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers irrelevant.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock up Roddy White and Harry Douglas. Try not to be tempted in starting a gimpy Julio Jones.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Colts have moved from 31st to 11th in fantasy points given up to cornerbacks. Stock up Brent Grimes. It should be interesting to see which receiver he covers – Reggie Wayne or Pierre Garcon.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Colts give up the second fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Thomas DeCoud and William Moore.
  • If RB Joseph Addai plays, RB Donald Brown and rookie RB Delone Carter are useless.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Falcons give up the sixth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Pat Angerer. Cut Kavell Conner, who averages 2.6 Solos per game not including his Week 4 fluky 14 Solo performance.

 

Tampa Bay at New Orleans

  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Saints have moved from 27th to 18th in fantasy points given up to running backs. If LeGarrette Blount plays, start him. If you own Blount, you must add his handcuff Kregg (b)Lumpkin ‘cause there is nobody else on the depth chart with Earnest Graham’s season-ending injury.
  • WR Dezmon Briscoe, Week 7: 6 Receptions, 10 Targets, 73 Receiving Yards, 1 TD. Each pass he and WR/returner Preston Parker receives is one less opportunity for Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Saints have moved from 4th to 16th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock down Kellen Winslow.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Saints have moved from 12th to 21st in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Week 1 was the last time you could trust any of the Buccaneers’ linebackers.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Saints give up the second most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Start Ronde Barber. I’d still avoid Aqib Talib and E.J. Biggers.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Saints give up the fourth most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Tanard Jackson and Sean Jones.
  • QB Drew Brees is tied for second in interceptions but he’s still a Top 5 fantasy QB (thanks to a bazillion yards and touchdowns).
  • RB Pierre Thomas has value even when rookie RB Mark Ingram returns. He’s provided serviceable stats in four out of the past five games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Buccaneers give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to kick/punt returners. No bonuses for RB Darren Sproles.
  • One play saved LB Jonathan Vilma’s Week 8. Feel fortunate, as he’s played like a LB3 all year.

 

NY Jets at Buffalo

 

Seattle at Dallas

  • At least QB Tavaris Jackson is capable of running a mediocre offense. QB Charlie Whitehurst needs to find a new career.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to running backs. Bench Marshawn Lynch. Consider RB Leon Washington if you get points for special team yardage.
  • WR Sidney Rice is averaging 4.8 Receptions, 8 Targets, and 73 Receiving Yards in five games played this year. Considering the circumstances, that’s good.
  • WR Mike Williams has 9 Receptions, 18 Targets, and 89 Receiving Yards for the entire season. That’s awful. Freaking TE Zach Miller has better stats.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Don’t even consider Miller.
  • LB Leroy Hill can’t be stopped. That’s now five consecutive with 5+ Solos.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the fourth most fantasy points to cornerbacks. Brandon Browner is a must-start. New starter Richard Sherman has played well the past two games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the third fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
  • Last week in the comments, someone wanted proof that QB Tony Romo sucks in primetime games. Here’s an old article, and take note of the picture. That was also a Seahawks-Cowboys game. Feel free to make updates.
  • Keep starting rookie RB DeMarco Murray regardless of RB Felix Jones’ status.
  • I suspect WR Laurent Robinson has been added in many leagues. Too many mouths to feed inDallas, so keep him on your bench.
  • Losing LB Sean Lee is a devastating blow to your fantasy team. Veteran linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking aren’t fantasy guys to target. Rather, rookie LB Bruce Carter is someone to keep a close eye on.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Seahawks have moved from 17th to 6th in fantasy points given up to safeties. Stock up Gerald Sensabaugh. Ignore Abram Elam.

 

Cleveland at Houston

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Texans give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Bench Colt McCoy.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Texans give up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs. Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are hurt, and Chris Ogbonnaya is ogbonnaya-wn. Sit ‘em all.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Texans have moved from 11th to 21st in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Rookie Greg Little is your best Browns receiver, but it’s a dangerous start.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Texans give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Bench Ben Watson and Evan Moore.
  • So that’s every offensive skill position to avoid. Think the Texans’ hiring of defensive coordinator Wade Philips was worth it?
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Texans give up the second most fantasy points to defensive tackles. Start Ahtyba Rubin and rookie Phil Taylor.
  • DB T.J. Ward had 1 Assist last week. So much for him breaking out of his early-season slumber.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock down Matt Schaub.
  • RB Arian Foster had 33 Rushes last week. If he’s healthy and the game is not a blowout, RB Ben Tate is not a fantasy option.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. If Andre Johnson plays, you have to start him despite the poor match-up. Bench Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Browns have moved from 32nd to 15th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock up Brian Cushing. Brooks Reed has 3+ Solos in four consecutive games, and a sack in back-to-back games. Cut Demeco Ryans in Re-Draft leagues.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Browns have moved from 9th to 25th in fantasy points given up to cornerbacks. Bench Jonathan Joseph.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the fifth most fantasy points to safeties. Troy Nolan took over for the injured Danieal Manning last week and totaled 5 Solos. I’m sure there are safer options. Glover Quin has been mediocre all year, so avoid him too.

 

San Francisco at Washington

  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Redskins have moved from 28th to 19th in fantasy points given up to quarterbacks. Alex Smith has thrown for 201 yards or fewer in all but one game. He’s a fantasy backup.
  • RB Frank Gore, past four games: 141 yards per game and a touchdown in every game.
  • Despite the lack of touchdowns, WR Michael Crabtree deserves to be started in most leagues.
  • Keep WR Braylon Edwards on the bench until he has a solid game.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Redskins give up the fewest fantasy points to kick/punt returners. Stock down Ted Ginn Jr.
  • Outside linebackers can be streaky. LB Aldon Smith is on fire, but I doubt the rookie can keep up this pace. Keep starting him until he cools off.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Redskins give up the second most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner.
  • I just saw the ‘Skins gave up 10 sacks last week. That’s a problem for everyone.
  • I just acquired RB Ryan Torain. He was cheap and I was in need of some depth. I don’t expect much.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: 49ers have moved from 16th to 6th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Fred Davis appears to be the only one immune to the recent offensive woes.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the second fewest fantasy points to linebackers. No way London Fletcher repeats his bombastic Week 8 performance. Stock down Ryan Kerrigan, Roger McIntosh, and Brian Orakpo as well.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Bench Deangelo Hall and Josh Wilson.

 

Cincinnati at Tennessee

  • The streak continues for rookie QB Andy Dalton – he’s alternated between -180 Passing Yards and +260 Passing Yards every week. He’s scheduled for a plus game vsTennessee.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs. Stock up Cedric Benson who returns from suspension.
  • Rookie WR A.J. Green has three consecutive games with a TD, and is now ranked inside the Top 10 for receivers.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the fifth most fantasy points to tight ends. Jermaine Gresham’s surprise injury is lingering, so keep him benched despite the good match-up.
  • Have you acknowledged your mistake of drafting LB Rey Maualuga so high?
  • DB Reggie Nelson refuses to go away.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bengals give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Bench Matt Hasselbeck.
  • Bizarro World of RB Javon Ringer getting more opportunities than a healthy RB Chris Johnson is suddenly not so bizarre.
  • LB Barrett Ruud, past four games: 25 Solos, 6 Assists, 1 Int, 2 PD.
  • CB Jason McCourty is not only a Top DB, but he’s a Top 5 IDPer.

 

Denver at Oakland

  • Despite the game film, QB Tim Tebow is still a fantasy option.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Raiders give up the sixth most fantasy points to running backs. Keep the one-handed Willis McGahee on your bench. Only start Knowshon Moreno is you’re desperate.
  • How exactly did WR Eric Decker stay on his feet?
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Raiders have moved from 10th to 20th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock down DJ Williams. Bench Joe Mays. Debate Von Miller, who finally had a game without a sack.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Raiders have moved from 16th to 7th in fantasy points given up to safeties. Start Brian Dawkins.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. You got balls if you’re starting a rusty Carson Palmer.
  • Signs point to Michael Bush getting 20+ carries with Darren McFadden injured. Rookie RB Taiwan Jones is an interesting flex option in 16-team leagues.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey, past four games: 22 Receptions, 39 Targets, 385 Receiving Yards, 1 TD. Keep starting him, which I can’t believe I’m writing. All other receivers should be nowhere near your lineup as they’ve all been struggling.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Broncos have moved from 24th to 5th in fantasy points given up to defensive ends. There aren’t any big names on the edges, but I wouldn’t fault you for gambling on Lamarr Houston.
  • LB Aaron Curry’s team change hasn’t adjusted his fantasy value. Cut him.
  • DB Tyvon Branch had his worst game of the season last week, but it wasn’t even that terrible (3 Solos, 6 Assists).

 

NY Giants at New England

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock up Eli Manning, despite the possibilities of being short-handed on offense.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the seventh most fantasy points to running backs. I wish we could get a straight answer about Ahmad Bradshaw’s foot ailment. If he’s active, I start him. Brandon Jacobs is a must-start either way.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Bad week for fantasy owners to lose Hakeem Nicks to injury. Stock up Mario Manningham and highlight film coordinator Victor Cruz.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock down Jusitn Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Patriots have moved from 24th to 14th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock up Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka. Stay away from rookies Jacquian Williams and Greg Jones.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the third most fantasy points to safeties. Stock up Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips.
  • You see the Pats’ rushing last week? Maybe they were trying to be scary for Halloween.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Giants have moved from 5th to 14th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Wes Welker, past two games: 12 Receptions, 84 Receiving Yards. He did score once, but those are down numbers for someone so elite. Clearly you still start him along with Deion Branch.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Giants give up the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Stock down Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Giants give up the sixth most fantasy points to defensive ends. Start Andre Carter.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Giants give up the third fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Start Jerod Mayo if he’s active. It’s very difficult to assess what a healthy Mayo means for Brandon Spikes. He’s been hot the past three games (21 Solos, 5 Assists, 1 PD), but Mayo is a tackling hog.

 

St. Louis at Arizona

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Sam Bradford’s high ankle sprain is still lingering. Hopefully you have better options.
  • RB Steven Jackson exploded, finally!
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Cardinals have moved from 13th to 4th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Brandon Lloyd is going to get a fat contract from a receiver needy team in 2012. I wouldn’t trust any other Rams’ receiver.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Cardinals have moved from 21st to 8th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. If you own a tight end from Detroit, Minnesota, or Carolina, consider rookie Lance Kendricks. Notice I left Jacksonville off bye week teams; Marcedes Lewis should be on the waiver wire.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the most fantasy points to defensive ends. Chris Long had his second solid game of the year last week. That’s one out of every three games. Juicy match-up will probably tempt you to start him, and I don’t blame you. Only use James Hall in the deepest of leagues.
  • DB Quintin Mikell has at least 5+ Solos in three consecutive games, and 5+ Solos in five out of seven games on the season.
  • It appears the Rams have found Mikell’s partner. 23-year old DB Darian Stewart has at least 4+ Solos in four consecutive games. Pick him up in all leagues.
  • Waaaahhhh. My foot hurts and I can’t throw the football. I understand if it were me, I’d be aching too. Difference is I’m not in prime physical condition as I’m a quality improvement coordinator. Kevin Kolb is a NFL quarterback.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the most fantasy points to running backs. Gutsy performance last week by Beanie Wells. Start him with confidence. LaRod Stephens-Howling is also an intriguing option. Send Alfonso Smith back to the free agent pool.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Rams have moved from 15th to 5th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Stock up Larry Fitzgerald. He always starts regardless of his quarterback. You should probably bench Early Doucet. Say, wasn’t Andre Roberts supposed to improve this year?
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to kick/punt returners. Stock down RB Stephens-Howling and CB Patrick Peterson, who’s still breaking tackles.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the third most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Calais Campbell.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the third most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Daryl Washington. Paris Lenon is an option if you’re thin at linebacker.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Rams have moved from 31st to 19th in fantasy points given up to safeties. Adrian Wilson has at least 5+ Solos plus PD’s in back-to-back games. Maybe the absence of Kerry Rhodes is givingWilson more chances.

 

Green Bay at San Diego

  • Examples of QB Aaron Rodgers’ greatness: (1) His least amount of passing yards in a game this season is 297. (2) His worst touchdown-to-turnover ratio in a game this season is +2.
  • RB’s Ryan Grant and James Starks have one touchdown combined on the season, and it happened in Week 1. Expect the lacking to continue.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the sixth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock down Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Bench James Jones and Donald Driver.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Chargers have moved from 11th to 26th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Bench Jermichael Finley. The name “Finley” has been inflated way past his actual season performance.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the most fantasy points to linebackers. Desmond Bishop has at least 5+ Solos every game this season. Start A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews.
  • Courtesy of Ira Kaufman: Give Norv Turner way to lose and he’ll find it.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chargers give up the third most fantasy points to cornerbacks. QB Philip Rivers is completing passes to the defense way too often. Good news for Charles Woodson and Sam Shields.
  • DB Charlie Peprah at least 4+ Solos plus PD’s in four consecutive games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Packers give up the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. See above, but don’t even think about benching Rivers. You’re forced to ride him out.
  • What was RB Fred Taylor’s nickname again? RB Ryan Mathews wants to borrow it.
  • Behavior is good, but these stats are no way to get a new contract WR Vincent Jackson.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Packers have moved from 16th to 26th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock down Donald Butler.

 

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Bench Joe Flacco.
  • RB Ray Rice’s third touchdown of Week 8 is a big relief for fantasy owners. Stretching the field sideways inside the five-yard line is typically a recipe for disaster, but he slipped his way in for the score.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the third fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Keep starting Anquan Boldin. He’s playing great. Bench rookie Torrey Smith.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the second most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Terrell Suggs.
  • The Ravens other linebackers have been putting up decent stats of late. LB Jarret Johnson, past four games: 16 Solos, 5 Assists, 2 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PD, 1 TD. Jameel McClain, past five games: 13 Solos, 6 Assists, 1 Sack, 2 FR, 1 Int, 2 PD, 1 TD.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock down Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the second fewest fantasy points to running backs. If you’re loaded at running back, bench Rashard Mendenhall. Otherwise, start him and pray.
  • According to stats, WR Mike Wallace is almost twice the receiver of Antonio Brown. Don’t believe the nonsensical pre-game chatter coming out of the Ravens secondary.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Bench Heath Miller.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Ravens have moved from 21st to 10th in fantasy points given up to defensive ends. Stock up Brett Keisel.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the fourth most fantasy points to linebackers. The Steelers and fantasy owners need James Harrison back, not just for him, but also for Lawrence Timmons. Also have a back-up plan for LaMarr Woodley.
  • DB Troy Polamalu didn’t get credit for the safety, but I prefer to see him make a game clinching decision as opposed to trying for the recovery. It reminded me of RB Brian Westbrook’s greatness.

 

Chicago at Philadelphia

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the fourth most fantasy points to running backs. Matt Forte on Monday night means no lead is safe.
  • WR Roy Williams scored a TD.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the fifth most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the seventh most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Michael Vick’s smile irritates me.
  • I’d like to see WR DeSean Jackson return punts so we can get him vs WR Devin Hester in a special teams showcase showdown.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the most fantasy points to tight ends. Brent Celek continues his come-back tour for all those who doubted him (me included, and I ain’t buying tickets).
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the fourth most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Jason Babin and Trent Cole.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Bench Jamar Chaney.

 

Vegas, NFL Spreads Week 9, Season Record 18-14-1

  • Tampa Bay (+8.5)  at  New Orleans
  • NY Giants (+9)  at  New England

 

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  1. Anthony says:
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    Mcgahee said he will play sunday. My question to you who is who to play @ Flex – Mcgahee, Lawfirm or David Nelson ?

  2. amscalone says:
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    just made this deal. someone please tell me i’m not an idiot. i’m 7-1, with over 150 more points than anyone in the league.

    Traded away: Freeman, Marshall, J. Stewart, Branch
    Received: Rivers, A. Hernandez, V. Cruz, Torain

    New Lineup:
    QB: Stafford
    QB: Rivers
    RB: Peterson
    RB: Rice
    RB: F. Jackson
    WR: Welker
    WR: Wallace
    WR: Boldin
    TE: Hernandez
    TE: Gonzalez
    Flex: J. Nelson

    Bench: Beck, M. Moore (who i’ll drop sometime this week), Torain, Ringer, M. Morris, Cruz, Dem. Thomas, Ballard

    Thanks.

  3. DetJB says:
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    1/2 point PPR.

    Start Julio Jones or Antonio Brown? Already starting Roddy White.
    Start Demarco Murray or Beanie Wells.
    Start Josh Freeman or Tim Tebow
    Start Aaron Hernandez or Jason Witten

    That’s all.

  4. Dylan says:
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    Start: OG , Starks or Moreno
    Start: J.Baldwin or Little

    Thanks

  5. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Anthony: BJGE

    @amscalone: even

    @DetJB: brown, beanie, freeman, witten

    @Dylan: starks, little

  6. schlitzy says:
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    Andre Johnson and McGahee too much to give for sproles? i have mike wallace and can play matchups with manningham/antonio brown for my #2 receiver (we only start 2). i am very thin at RB (demarco, stewart, tolbert, lynch, mcgahee, ringer)

  7. friar says:
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    Help! I’m in BIG trouble this week, with McFadden, Mathews, and Hillis all unlikely to play. I have Torain and Ringer on my bench and could pick up Grant, Barber, D. Brown, Scott, or Ball off the waiver wire. Which two guys should I go with this week while I wait for my starters to heal?

  8. zandercage says:
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    David Nelson or Jake Ballard at Flex? .5pt PPR league.

    Thanks!

  9. Rocky says:
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    In a league with 2 rb’s, flex, and 2 wr’s, would you start Forte, Murray, A. Brown, Crabtree, and Julio Jones while benching Mendenhall? I have D. Thomas on the bench as well.

  10. Robert says:
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    Hey thanks for the thoughts and last week. You were the only one advising Reggie Bush over Morris. I started him. It paid off.

    PPR League, start 2 RBs, 2WRs and a flex.
    Starting Rice at RB, have Jacobs, Reggie Bush, or Shonn Greene.
    At WR, have Welker, Colston and Bowe.

    Was thinking of Starting Rice and Green at RB and all three WRs at WR and Flex.

    Would you swap out either Jacobs or Reggie Bush in to the flex, and which WR would you bench?

  11. Public Enemy #1 says:
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    Joseph, thanks for the work you do for the site. My league was looking for an outside opinion on a trade. This trade occurred in a standard scoring league where we start 2 RBs and 3 Wrs:

    Team 1 Gets: MJD

    Team 2 Gets: Larry Fitzgerald

    The team giving up MJD would still have Mendenhall and SGreene at RB. Fitzgerald would replace NWashington in his lineup.
    The team giving up Fitzgerald would still have Wallace, Marshall and Crabtree at WR and Turner would replace DThomas/Ingram in his lineup.

    Thanks in advance for sharing your opinion on this deal.

  12. Megatron Lives says:
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    LaRon Landry or Jerod Mayo for this week and rest of the season?

  13. Drew Crew says:
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    Julio, Crabtree, or A. brown ppr?

  14. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Joseph,another great post….

    can I get your opinion on this trade?its a 10 team ppr keeper,and I really need a RB.I have Bradshaw,Sproles,Best,Thomas,Torain and Ogbannaya and my WR’s are Megatron,Marshall,Welker,Manningham and DHB.Between injuries and byes Im getting killed at RB.Dont know if I can rely on Bradshaw or Best ROS.

    anyway,I was offered Turner straight up for Welker.In a regular league I would probably do it,but….

    thnks.

  15. Stinkfinger says:
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    10 Man PPR league – Pick 1 in the flex …CJ500K, Mike Williams (TB), Crabtree, Fred Davis or Jordy?

  16. DW says:
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    I’m not drunk… yet… but I had this crazy idea of starting DHB over Roddy White this week. Thoughts?

  17. Colin says:
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    Hey Joe,

    In one of my flex/utility position, whom would you start? Breaston, D. Baldwin, Jermichael Finley or Tavaris Jackson?

  18. gino says:
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    I see you say to bench Finley. Is Jake Ballard a better option?

  19. timmy riggins says:
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    @Joseph Buccellato: hi would you start tebow or cassel? 6pts for throwing/passing/rushing TDS, 1pt for every 10yds rushing and 25yds passing.

    On phish spreadhseet. do you know how to DL .rar formatted shows? Im only able to DL the zip ones. Have a mac. If possible, Id greatly appreciate if you could teach or direct me to where i can learn how to do it.

    Thanks

  20. DW says:
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    Also, Tebow or Dalton?

  21. Brody says:
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    awesome stuff — information is stellar, and these columns are certain to net a new contract

  22. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @schlitzy: don’t do that deal

    @friar: Torain and Ringer

    @zandercage: nelson

    @Rocky: good, as long as julio is ok

  23. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @DW: if thats what your gut says, do it

    @Colin: hard to tell cause i dont know your scoring – i’d guess i start finley

    @gino: no, stay with finley

    @timmy riggins: cassel; re phish spreadsheet, post a message in phish.net forum – they’ll know

    @DW: tebow

    @Brody: big bucks coming

  24. Colin says:
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    Joe – 0.5 PPR, TD’s thrown 4 pts, INT thrown -2.

    I was thinking Finley as well. He’s gotta bust out some time, why not after a bye?

  25. danny says:
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    Pierre Thomas or Battle

    .75 PPR

  26. friar says:
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    With Hanson on bye this week, I need a kicker. The question, though, is whether Hanson’s good enough to justify holding onto in a 14-team league. My other option is to drop Jon Baldwin, my fourth WR (starting two each week) behind DJax, Manningham, and Washington. Thoughts?

  27. herschel says:
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    @joseph: ppr league, 2 questions:

    1 – wayne or baldwin (kc)
    2- two out of bjge, battle and cj

    All awful options, I know…..

    Thanks.

  28. m.g. kurkiewicz says:
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    which wr: moore – housh – j. baldwin

    which flex: little – jacobs – dhb

  29. Steve says:
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    another great post,

    BJGE or Manningham as my flex, standard non-ppr…thanks

  30. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Steve: manny

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