Winter is coming. It’s semifinals week and the night is dark and full of terror. It’s time for you to grab you dragon glass dagger and slay your white walking dead opponent on you way to claiming the throne of Fantasy Football Champion. In this post I’ll go over questionable players to watch closely Sunday morning as well as some sneaky starts this week, who just might be available in your free agent pool depending on how many players are rostered in your league. Plus find my freshly updated week 15 rankings below!

Injury Report – Will try to update these periodically as more info comes out

Ezekiel Elliott (calf) – Questionable, expected to play. OUT

Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) – Questionable, trending toward playing. IN

Chase Edmonds (ankle) – Questionable, no practice Wednesday or Thursday, limited Friday

Evan Engram (calf) – Questionable, added to injury report Friday

DeVante Parker (hamstring) – Questionable, on track to play but tough match up. OUT

Jamison Crowder (calf) – Questionable, limited in Friday’s practice

Mike Gesicki (shoulder) – Questionable, has been active in practice this week. OUT

James Conner (quad) – Questionable, limited in practice this week but sounds like he’ll play Monday night

 

Sneaky Starts (Yahoo ownership %)

QB

Philip Rivers (44%) – Nine TDs in last four games, now facing terrible Texans defense

Gardner Minshew (12%) – More of a superflex play, never bet against The Stache

 

RB

Tony Pollard (30%) – Zeke is out, Pollard is must start

Leonard Fournette (76%) – Ronald Jones is out

Sony Michel (16%) – Damien Harris is out

James White (54%) – Damien Harris is out

Salvon Ahmed (29%) – If he plays; Myles Gaskin is out

 

WR

Lynn Bowden (26% )- Rookie coming off coming off a breakout with 9 targets last week, also eligible at RB if needed. Update: Both Parker and Grant are out, fire up Bowden.

Mack Hollins (0%) – Parker and Grant are out for Dolphins.

D.J. Chark (84%) – The Stache is back baby!

Emmanuel Sanders (50%) – Michael Thomas is out and Brees is back

Tre’Quan Smith (10%) – Michael Thomas is out and Brees is back

 

TE

Jared Cook (70%) – Michael Thomas is out and Brees is back

Cole Kmet (11%) – The rookie has seen 14 targets over the past two weeks with Trubisky under center

Adam Shaheen (0%) – With Gesicki out, Shaheen becomes a viable deep league option

 

Please feel free to ask any questions you might be pondering down in the comments section. 

Anyway, here’s my updated week 14 rankings which I’ll continue to update all the way until 1PM ET Sunday:

 

  1. Bing says:
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    Hurts or Rivers?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Rivers

  2. Steve says:
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    I’m in WR purgatory . . . rankings tell me to start Antonio Brown, T Boyd, T Higgins (very uninspiring group for the semifinals). Any insights about the following that might tempt you into a sneaky substitution (.5PPR) ~ L. Bowden, K. Bourne, T. Smith

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d actually go with Bowden over Higgins, the flex rankings are compiled by an algo…

      • Steve says:
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        thank you

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem

  3. Cheeeeze says:
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    Who has the higher upside this week and who should I start? My playoff opponent has already played josh jacobs, josh Allen, and buffalo defense so I’m going into today down by a lot. I need big games to catch up and deciding between: (no ppr)

    Murray & hurts @ qb
    Locket & dobbins @ flex
    Miami and AZ @ D

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Kyler, Dobbins, Miami. Good luck!

  4. Louis says:
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    Half ppr flex: emanuel sanders or mkissic?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sanders

  5. Chet says:
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    Thanks, DT! I need to choose a WR between Jefferson (vs CHI) and McLaurin (vs SEA). QB Smith is out and Haskins is in. Do you still like Jefferson over McLaurin?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Slight lean to Jefferson but it’s pretty much a coin flip, go with you guys if it says McLaurin. No problem, Chet!

  6. Ed says:
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    Hey DT!
    My last ppr flex spot is filled by Carson or Jefferson?
    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey Ed! Nice problem to have. I’d go with Carson. No problem!

  7. Frank says:
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    Half ppr

    1 – Thoughts on J Rob today vs BAL? He’s been pretty matchup prone. Need to decide between him, Taylor, Akers (need 2). Aaron Jones is my other RB. Haven’t benched J Rob all season. The Akers matchup might be too good to pass up.

    2 – TE.. had Jonnu all season and dropped him last week. Rode Gesicki the last 2 weeks. Have Higbee in lineup now but Irv, Kmet, and Gesicki are all available. Higbee really splits routes w Everett.. so are these other guys in a better spot? Leaning Irv… not sure if can rely on Gesicki if he plays.

    3 – I have 2 flex positions for – Lockett (prob gets one), Jeff Wilson, Coutee, Manny Sanders, Zeke, Gus.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I’d go with Taylor and JRob but obviously it’s really close. No issue benching JRob for Akers if that’s what your gut says

      2. I’d go Gesicki if he plays, Irv if he doesn’t. They’re all pretty crap shooty.

      3. Lockett and Zeke for me

      • Donkey Teeth

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        3. Check that, Zeke is out. I’d go Wilson. Or Pollard if you can grab him.

        • Frank says:
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          Haha! I was just coming back here. Thank you vm! Yea, i have Pollard. I just don’t know… yea he’s probably a big volume play now. Between him, Wilson, Coutee, Manny…. tough call. I also split this team… oh the joy of having partners.

  8. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Good morning!

    Half pt ppr – flex McLaurin or Dobbins?

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Morning, Jeff!

      I think Dobbins provides a little more floor and McLaurin a little more upside but slightly riskier. If you’re feeling pretty good about your matchup then I’d go with Dobbins.

      No problem.

      • Jeffrey Gilden says:
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        Thanks for that – makes sense.

        I have to make up the points that Davante didn’t get so probably leaning McLaurin’s ceiling. And concerned that Dobbins could yield goal line carries to Edwards.

        Enjoy the day, and thanks again.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem, good luck!

  9. Buster Moon says:
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    Conner or Bowden?

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      Conner. Do you own snell just in case he’s ruled out? Pretty sure he’s going to play but better to be safe…

  10. Smallwine says:
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    Probably screwed either way but which RB to start between either Zeke and T Pollard in full point PPR.

    Other RB is J Taylor to start. I also have D Johnson but doubtful he’s a better option. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with Taylor and David Johnson. Zeke over Pollard if you’re set on that, but they’re both risky…

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Check that, Zeke is out. Go Pollard.

  11. blanston says:
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    need a WR2 and flex, 16 team half-ppr–pick two: tyler boyd, pittman jr and mike gesicki (gesicki likely to play, i also have lynn bowden and james white ugh, k bourne on WW) tytysm!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Pittman and Bowden for me. No problem!

  12. Marcus over the top says:
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    Missed on qbs in 2qb lge this yr. Which two for today?

    Stafford, Tua, Haskins, McCoy/Jones?

    Also Gesicki or Irv Smith if Gesicki plays? Ppr

    Thx so much!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Stafford, tua and Gesicki. No problem!

  13. Mike says:
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    In half ppr with 1/25 return yard scoring, am I crazy for leaning coutee over mclaurin?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      A little crazy, I’d go with McLaurin…

  14. Marcus over the top says:
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    Standard lge flex

    Conner, Pittman, Lamb?

    Have Snell if Conner can’t go

    • Marcus over the top says:
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      Jus realized Sony Michel is also available

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Still Conner/Snell

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go with Conner since you have Snell as a fall back

  15. The Sportsguy says:
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    2nd place of 40:teams, get to play each player 1x all season

    Qb – this week, Brady or Rivers

    Week 16 choices would be Brady versus Det, Hurts versus Dal, Ben versus Colts, Trubisly vs Jags

    Week 17 will be Tannehikl

    So basically, Brady this week or save him for Det next week?

    Same league, Hollywood Brown today or Antonio Brown.? Would likely play the alternate in week 17

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Fun! Think I’d go Rivers this week, been debating bumping him ahead of Brady in my rankings and decided I will. And then I’d go with AB.

  16. Anthony says:
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    2 QB league and already in a hole from yesterday (bridgewater and Davis). Start Minshew or Ryan? Rankings say Ryan but upside feels like Minshew…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’m with you, take the gamble on Minshew

  17. Kevin says:
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    PPR. Fournette, James Conner, Gus Edwards, or Salvon Ahmed. Need one.

    Cheers,
    Kevin

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Do you have a back up for Conner? Snell? If not then I’d play it sage with Fournette.

      Good luck

      • kevin says:
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        I can add snell this morning. If so, should I roll out conner?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Yep

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Unless you can grab Pollard…he’s must start with Zeke out

  18. Kevin says:
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    Irv Smith or Gesicki? Also pick 2: Mostert Connor Keke. Half PPR

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gesicki if he plays. Mostert and Conner.

  19. Fizz says:
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    Pick 1 from Jonnu, Engram, kmet

    Pick 3 from Aiyuk Sanders Drake Dobbins

    Pick 1 from Goff or Brees (other guy has Kamara if that makes a difference)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m gambling on Engram in my league, sounds like he’ll play.

      Which Sanders? What’s the format?

      Goff.

      • Fizz says:
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        Thanks brother. Its Standard.

        Miles Sanders, Dobbins, Aiyuk and Drake. Pick 3.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I’d go with the RBs in standard, bench Aiyuk.

          No problem, good luck!

  20. Kevin Knitter says:
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    Half PPR

    Gesicki or Irv Smith Jr

    Pick 2: Mostert Connor (also have Snell) and Keke

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Answered above

  21. Anthony says:
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    Ryan or Minshew in 2QB league?

    Bowden or Coutee at flex (full PPR)?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      How do you feel about your matchup? Minshew for upside, Ryan for floor…

      Bowden for me.

  22. Russowl says:
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    I’m sure it’s a coin flip but in a league where the defensive settings are set to where you don’t lose points for points allowed would you prefer dolphins or browns defense

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Lean Dolphins but yeah…coin flip

  23. Comatose says:
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    Zeke is inactive. Pollard or Ahmed over Swift?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Pollard

  24. Russowl says:
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    Non-PPR 10 bonus points 100 Rushing or receiving yards manany Sanders, a brown, bowden jr.
    And for the first time a kicker question I have lutz .He has struggled since Brees has been out but he’s back So roll with him or pick up gay

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bowden and Gay

  25. Fizz says:
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    Whats your take on Brees? Why so low on him?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’m concerned he rushed back and isn’t close to 100%, plus no Michael Thomas

  26. Cj says:
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    Rivers or Mitch as my last minute QB?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Rivers

  27. Dave says:
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    I have an embarrasing amount of good RB options please help can only start 3 in PPR from – Cam Akers, Jonathan Taylor, Miles Sanders, JK Dobbins, and Tony Pollard

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nice! Taylor, Akers and Sanders for me

  28. Brian W says:
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    Good morning,

    Brady or Kyler Murray?

    PPR: Jared Cook, Irv Smith or Logan Thomas?

    PK: Matt Gay, Zuerlein or Succop?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Morning. Kyler, Thomas and Gay.

  29. Michael B says:
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    Hines or Mostert – PPR
    Pollard or Mostert – PPR
    Two out of McLaurin, Aiyuk, Diontae J – standard
    Dobbins or Swift – standard

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hines, Pollard, McLaurin, Aiyuk, Dobbins

  30. Wide Right says:
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    Chark, Boyd, or Higgins (Cleveland) at Flex?
    PPR league.. i am stumped. Boyd is against the Steelers. Chark is up against Balt, but Minshew is back and Baltimore gave up a big game to Higgins last week, and speaking of Higgins seems to have a decent matchup this week- but could play out to be a run-heavy 2nd half for the Browns.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go Chark with Minshew back

  31. Bobby’s world says:
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    Howdy Donkey!
    Could this be a trap game for Miami / Dolphins D? Miami has ruled out gesicki, jakeem grant , Parker & will be short handed I have a feeling belichick will key in on her rookie QB , watch cam rush for 80 or 100 yards . Thoughts on cards D facing rookie hurts in Arizona?

    Thanks man!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Bobby!
      Yeah it could be. I think it’ll be a close game with New England. But the Dolphins D has a knack for the big play so that’s why I’d go with them.
      No problem, good luck!

      • Bobby’s world says:
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        I’m currently down 72 to my 10

        He already had go:
        Ekeler 13 pts (flex)

        Robby Anderson (WR2), 4 pts

        Aaron Rodgers , 22 pts

        Aaron Jones, RB1, 33 pts.

        He still has left: kamara , Landry , claypool, Logan Thomas , Seattle D, succop,

        I still have: Brady , dalvin cook, Chubb, Hopkins, Ridley, tyreek hill, Miami D, colts kicker , flex I’m going w/ Dobbins

        My TE went yesterday, Tonyan w/ 10 pts

        Have a great day!

        • Donkey Teeth

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          You have hope! Same to you!

  32. Marcus over the top says:
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    Hurst or Irv? Ppr
    I’m also starting Justin Jefferson if that points needle even more to Hurst. Thx again!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I lean Hurst, no problem!

  33. otisP says:
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    Full point PPR, do you start Pollard over Lockett or Jeff Wilson in the flex?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I rank them Pollard, Lockett, Wilson.

      • otisP says:
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        Thank you!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem!

  34. Angel’s After Hours says:
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    PPR league- play 2 of these WR- A. Cooper, TY Hilton, JuJu

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      TY and JuJu

  35. Mosquito Control says:
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    Choose one: Tyler Lockett, Miles Sanders, JK Dobbins, Tony Pollard

    Thanks!!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sanders. No problem!

  36. Jeff says:
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    Kareem hunt, Clyde, Jeff wilson, and pollard. Half PPR. Which 2 would u start?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Pollard and Clyde

  37. Hurricane Katrina says:
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    Please help me win! Should I play Lynn Bowden, Gus Edwards, or Salvon Ahmed in the flex? Thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go Bowden. No problem!

  38. Angel’s After Hours says:
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    One more DT. Play 3 of the these RB’s. PPR
    J. Taylor, J.Robinson, Akers, Pollard

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d sit Pollard with those options

  39. BTON says:
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    Pollard over Miles Sanders or JK Dobbins?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      No I’d stick with Sanders and Dobbins, close though

  40. Mak says:
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    Pollard, Kareem hunt, Clyde, Jeff Wilson. Half PPR. Which 2 would u start?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Pollard and Clyde

  41. Dude At Dude’s says:
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    Chad Hansen or Sony Michel? .5 ppr newd ceiling play

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sony

  42. Roger that says:
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    Full ppr playoff time! Flex: Dobbins vs jags & Ingram is out. Or CEH @ New Orleans in the dome in what should be a very competitive game

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Dobbins for me

  43. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    hahahah, i was pissed and found it hard to believe in fact how literally everybody is ranking corey davis like 17 spots ahead of marv jones (i’d think marv’s floor is just super easily said to be better assuming staff infection played, i get that the ceiling MIGHT be higher on c.davis, but man TEN has a LOT of other entities for fantasy points and he’s not even the best WR on his own team), but then ONE play, BAM!. marv still might outscore c.davis but a 75 yarder TD sure looks good (esp in this league with bonus points to 40+ yard TD plays). didn’t have the option to play both of corey davis/marv jones anymore since i got lucky having added pollard (and j.wilson just in case mostert was out, which until about thurs/friday looked likely). also, very many of the FP rankers must’ve ranked before zeke got ruled out, since he’s FAR too low. they’re running pollard out there just like they would zeke when he was doing well before this year.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Ha yeah I’m not a huge believer in Marv but the targets are always there with Golladay out

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        and it does appear marv’s volume will have him win out, it doesn’t matter as of RIGHT now anyway i’m a projected 40 point favorite (breath held). yeah pollard is being used like pre 2020 zeke, so that’s nice. nice for next week too maybe.

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          man neither of TEN/DET can guard anybody, at all.

  44. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    holy crap, stefanski got over his prejudice against people who don’t have appendices (i know i’m mixing up appendix the body part and appendices in writing), hooper somehow already has 3 catches and it’s like like 2 minutes left in the game

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      NOT like 2 min left in the game

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