Readers, I am a hot little potato this morning. I decided to dabble in a little offshore gambling this past weekend as I sometimes do. You know what? My day was going pretty well. The Panthers covered in a pretty worry-free affair. The Cardinals marched down and scored a game winning touchdown on the final drive. I’m sitting at 2-0 thinking that there is no way that I am getting to 3-0 because I laid 7.5 points and took the Rams. All of a sudden, the Packers fumble the kick off with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. I have life! The Rams have the ball at the 20 and the best running back in football. The Packers best chance of getting the ball back is letting Gurley walk in the end zone and hope for a missed extra point. 

The first two plays were dumb reverses and now all of a sudden, it is 3rd down with just under a minute to go. The Rams snap it and toss the ball to Todd Gurley with blockers ahead of him. Gurley busts through the first ten yards, the play is looking good. Gurley is outrunning everybody and has a clear path to the end zone that he makes 10 out of 10 times. He stops. Right at the damn 5 or so yard line. My heart sinks. It’s the smartest football play he could’ve made. But C’MON GURLEY! Pad those stats and pad my wallet in the process. Team players aren’t good for fantasy or gambling, folks. I’ll take my fury out on these game review takes. 

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Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Minnesota Vikings

The London series is now closed for the 2018 season. The long night for the Jaguars secondary the previous night bit them against Carson Wentz and his passing attack. Wentz threw for 286 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jalen Ramsey did a great job against Alshon Jeffrey holding him to four catches for 35 yards. Wentz wasn’t able to find any of his receivers for touchdowns but he was able to hit Dallas Goedert, Wendell Smallwood, and Zach Ertz. Josh Adams led the Eagles backfield with 9 carries. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry so he is a name to watch going forward. 

The Jaguars were able to get some things done this week with Blake Bortles under center. Unfortunately, Carlos Hyde was invisible. Dede Westbrook only caught two of his 6 targets for 31 yards but he did score a touch down. T.J. Yeldon was the leading receiver and Blake Bortles was the leading rusher. Of course, this is believable because it is the Jaguars. Moncrief had his 3rd consecutive game as the WR1 for Jacksonville and he caught 4 passes for 54 yards. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon had a huge first half while running for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. I heard something during the broadcast that the Buccaneers were ranked 6th against the run this season. Well yeah, it’s pretty easy to not give up a ton of rushing yards when you are getting gashed through the air every game. The one time that they did play a top tier running back was in week one and Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns against them. Andy Dalton threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green were the main recipients, as expected. Boyd and Green combined for 214 yards and each had a touchdown. 

Jameis Winston might have started his final game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And there is nobody happier about it than me. Hey man, karma is a bitch sometimes. Jameis still somehow almost threw for 300 yards while throwing 4 interceptions. These interceptions weren’t the “ahh, the receiver ran the wrong route or it went off of his hands” type of interceptions. These were some of the ugliest interceptions that I’ve ever seen. I was shooting the shit with Rudy earlier this week and he pointed me in the direction of Neil O’Donnell’s interception in Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys. Yeah, Jameis’ were just as bad, if not worse than that one. The crazy thing is, Ryan Fitzpatrick brought the Buccaneers all the way back to tie the game after being down three scores. He’s quite the quarterback sometimes.

Mike Evans had a huge day with 179 yards and a touchdown. After being so frustrated with how underutilized he was and asking for a trade, DeSean Jackson saw 8 targets. He score a 60-yard touchdown but wasn’t able to do much else with his other two catches. Peyton Barber had his second good game in the past 3 weeks with 85 yards and a touchdown. O.J. Howard is also having quite the season and is becoming a set it and forget it type of tight end. 

New York Jets Vs. Chicago Bears

There wasn’t a lot of action here but there were some positives in the Bear’s offense. Mitch Trubisky didn’t have the easiest day but he was still able to brave the elements and throw for a couple of touchdown passes. It was also good to see him run for over 50 yards. He is secretly or maybe not-so-secretly a really good running quarterback. The Bears do a lot of designed quarterback runs on 3rd downs. Another great thing, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen were both able to have very good fantasy days out of the same backfield. They both did what they do best on Sunday. Trey Burton put up a dud and Taylor Gabriel was only able to gain 52 yards despite being second on the team in targets. 

The Jets couldn’t get anything going on the ground. Considering that they are a team without a stand-out wide receiver AND they are marching out a rookie quarterback every week, not being able to run the ball is pretty detrimental. Deontey Burnett (who I had to google during the game) led the Jets with 61 yards on four catches. Jermaine Kearse more than doubled anyone on the Jets with 10 targets, but he wasn’t able to do anything with it. 

Indianapolis Colts Vs. Oakland Raiders

I almost went an entire game without laughing out loud at the total fraud that is Doug Martin. He actually looked like an NFL running back while averaging 5.5 yards per carry but then he had a key fumble in the 4th quarter and all was lost. Jared Cook was the biggest beneficiary of the Amari Cooper trade. He caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Martavis Bryant didn’t do anything from the bench and Jordy Nelson caught 1 ball for 14 yards. Seth Roberts doesn’t do enough week to week at this point to be worth rostering. 

Jack Doyle is back, baby! Doyle went for 70 yards and a touchdown. But the big story from the pass catchers was the disappearance of T.Y. Hilton. He caught 1 ball for 34 yards. Andrew Luck still had a very solid week with 3 touchdowns. Marlon Mack continued his dominance of the Colts backfield. He looks just that, dominant. As long as he stays healthy, you can put him in your lineup with confidence. 

Washington Redskins Vs. New York Giants

Adrian Peterson was incredible again this week even with Chris Thompson back in the lineup. Peterson had a pair of touchdowns and fell just a yard short of 150 yards. Alex Smith game-managed his way to 178 yards and a touchdown pass to Peterson. There were not any receivers that crossed the 50 yard threshold for the Redskins.

If it weren’t for how awful Jameis Winston was on Sunday, I think Eli Manning would be taking a lot more heat for how terrible he was, once again. If it weren’t for Beckham and Barkley, this guy wouldn’t be able to do anything. Speaking of Beckham, he made one of the prettiest, errrr, incredible catches that he has made in his illustrious career. Saquon Barkley ended up being a PPR-monster again this week without even finding the end zone. Evan Engram had a terrible drop but I guess he made up for it? He caught the only Giants touchdown.

  1. Jake says:
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    Any hope for Golloday to bounce back after 2 down weeks ? He must have mad a move on Staffords wife to be getting this type of treatment this is a killer.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      It’s already hard enough being the 3rd receiver among 3 very strong receivers so no my hopes aren’t up

      • Jake says:
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        @MB: My hopes will be much higher if Tate gets traded sounds likely that he will before Tuesday.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @Jake: yeah that would make a world of difference

  2. Water boy says:
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    Howdy mb! .5 ppr league here tough loss on this week 8 lost 220- to my 86.

    Players on my team who let me down:
    – Winston
    – Hilton
    – Doug Baldwin

    It was just my luck I faced a juggernaut; opponent had d Watson, AP, Conner, Diggs, Jared cook & 16 points from kicker lutz

    Given my roster would you advise me to pull of a deal? I’m thinking of a 2 for 1 where I’m dealing 2 so I can consolidate or a 3 for 2.

    My RBs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, brieda, ekeler, kerryon, Chubb, Doug Martin

    My WRs are Hilton, Keenan Allen, amari Cooper, Sterling Shepard, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Boyd, Geronimo Allison, Chris Hogan, kupp.

    My TE Howard

    Thoughts on any of these ideas:

    1.) deal my DJ + kerryon to get CMC? Or substitute kerryon for chubb?

    2.) deal kerryon + chubb + Hilton to get AP + Diggs? Doable?

    3.) deal Hilton + Tyler Boyd to a WR needy team for his zeke? He is loaded at RB not so much WR: his rbs are Gurley, zeke, mixon, Carson, marlon Mack . His WRs are Crabtree, golladay, Landry, demaryius, Allen Robinson, keke, Goodwin. Or substitute Hilton for Keenan Allen? Or would losing Tyler Boyd kill me?

    4.) what about this blockbuster: I send DJ + kerryon + Keenan Allen + Tyler Boyd I get Antonio brown + Lamar Miller ? I will give anything to get my hands on AB.
    AB owner needs RB his rbs are yeldon, Lamar Miller, dalvin cook, tevin Coleman, jalen Richard . His WRs are AB, Michael Thomas, Alshon, DeSean Jackson, Watkins , tyrell Williams, Moncrief, Cobb. Or stand pat since the price may be steep

    5.) cmc owner will now be 2-6 he needs tons of help he has no WR I want I only want either his cmc , Jordan Howard, Aaron Jones or his backup QB cam newton. His rbs are cmc, Ron Jones, Jordan Howard, Aaron Jones , fournette, his WRs are jordy, kelvin Benjamin, Rob woods, funchess, Devante Parker.
    — now for a minor trade who to offer to get his Aaron jones? Chubb + a WR what about just Sterling Shepard?

    ** since I’m not winning lol drop Chris Hogan before this MNF locks to add Cole Beasley Or Corey Davis Or hold?

    Lastly are you a music guy? Which do you like better brand new, taking back Sunday, thrice , Thursday?

    Thanks & have a great week!

    • MB

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      Hey man! Yes I am, I personally liked Brand New the most back in the day. I would do trades 2,3, and 5. The other ones you are giving up too muc

  3. Mordacious Levator says:
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    this line is cherry picking
    “Team players aren’t good for fantasy or gambling, folks”. at least the gambling part anyway.

    what happens if you took GB and the points, then you could say the exact opposite and praise “team players”. then you might be praising gurley and being a “team player” as a good thing that MADE you money. (but neither are true in and of itself these ideas). gotta remember this sounds just like the blackjack player who screams at bad blackjack players who “took their card” ahead of them and then belittle the bad play of the bad blackjack player since it cost them money (that time). what about all the times the bad player’s actions CAUSED the good player to catch a GOOD card, you NEVER hear the good blackjack player THANKING the bad player for his/her bad play in those cases, although IF he thinks he’s in the right to make fun of the bad player’s actions when it costs him money he certainly should be thanking the bad player when it helps the good player. that’s why it’s a spurious IF in the first place (since i’ve never even heard of a good player who belittles the bad players think to do this at all; i’ve even asked them this many times and it NEVER occurs to them).

    i think i missed the playoffs in one league the time MJD (JAX RB) did this exact same thing late in a season once, he actually kneeled down though on like the 2 yard line.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Dude, relax, i wasn’t being serious. I’m not that simple minded lol

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @MB: fair enough, sorry to imagine otherwise, albeit there is a writer around here (not you) who nearly every week includes in an add/drop column players that just went to IR and are out all year, as if there’s ever been one person who:
        1. follows fantasy football enough to show up here for news/advice
        yet
        2. isn’t aware of their own players who just got IR’d and are out all year.

        when mentioned there that ownership % probably is indicative of dynasty leagues (thus they aren’t being dropped on purpose) or the kind of inactive owners who certainly don’t show up here for news/advice a flip answer about chromosomal prejudice was attempted to be hid behind. pretty clearly the articles are written needing a min amount of adds/drops and it sure is easy to list guys out all year as drops without having any useful reason (well not useful to anybody reading it anyway) to do so.

        so while it might be silly for me to believe the above might’ve been true it’s not all the way out there. also the mencken line comes to mind (nobody ever went broke underestimating….). in case it WAS true though i had to rip on it.

        • MB

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          Add/drop? We have waiver wire and I’ve never seen Kerry recommend a guy on IR. We have an injury column too that deals with that stuff. I’ll keep an eye out. Anyways, yeah I just let it fly in the intros. Sometimes I try and fail to be funny. The meat is in the game discussion.

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team half PPR 2 QB dynasty
    QB rodgers, mahomes (used a last year 1st rounder on him, so i didn’t get lucky, had to spend up), rosen, brock lobster
    RB (2) both NO guys (kamara i DID get lucky on, 3rd round (out of 3) pick last year), michel (1st rounder this year), ekeler, barner (dropped yeldon for him as a michel owner, JAX had bad matchup this week, bye next week, hyde’s in town and fournette probably back after that)
    WR (3) thielen, k.allen, d-jax, boyd, jordy, edleman, j.brown (BAL)
    TE (1) ertz
    2 R/W/T flexes
    IR (2) burkhead, m.lee
    K KC’s kicker
    DEF JAX
    4 IDP flexes: t.smith, b.martinez, r.jones, j.adams (can improve on j.adams probably)
    have both of ertz/JAX on bye this coming week, only 3 moves per week (very stupid rule for football leagues, it’s not like you can stream your way into any extra value here)
    guess drop barner and jordy for backup one week TE/DEF (best are herndon, swaim, one of the SEA guys, griffin (he was out sick in week 8, not injured), gesicki for TE’s, for DEF’s KC @ CLE and MIA vs NYJ, both pretty good)

    2. another idea, for some reason doyle isn’t owned, and i’m a pretty good fav next week even without a TE for next week, drop barner/jordy for doyle + best D (the D is projected to score more than the best week 9 TE).

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: only fear is that dropping barner leaves me with a total of 4 RB’s and best in FA are: mcguire (assuming he gets the powell work when back), cannon, booker, j.adams, montgomery, rid dick, gore and worse. daily FAAB so i can (should’ve last night actually) nab doyle here (or j.adams as i need some RB depth) in a few hours.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: this lack of barner usage is going to have me lose in a different league by like 3-6 points or so, could’ve played mostart (screwed over by SF’s coaches, dude averages like 6-7 yards per carry got TWO yesterday for 18) or goodwin over barner this week, goodwin i win. not over yet if barner can fall into the end zone though.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: or moncrief could’ve put him in and won.

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: good night, they like barner so little cord freaking (i’m not a WR but i play one on depth charts for about 5 or so years now) patterson can get RB carries (this done earlier in game too, not just the end of it)

    • MB

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      I love that team. You really have nailed the first round the last couple of years. Yeah you can safely drop both of them. I agree with the Doyle strategy if you are that comfortable

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @MB: yeah, 7-1 with 2nd most points (3rd FAR behind), i’ll be going this week with no TE (well you see who the best options were) and no 4th IDP flex, but did get KC DEF (@ CLE), doyle (now have 2 for real TE’s going forward) and improved from j.adams to woodyard (off bye too). still projected to win by a bit and can handle a loss anyway. can drop KC D for probably best RB (would love to fade adams PHI being added but that’s not bloody likely) after this week. got theilen by somebody who didn’t adjust to this being a 2 QB so i traded him mccown last year middle of season (right before thielen took off).

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    How would you rank Carolina, Denvr , Dallas defense for this week? SHould I drop Philly D for them (bye week) or try to hold and drop Cobb if necessary? Thanks!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @miles proudfoot: rudy’s got CAR D 1st this week. i’d think DEN is last of those.

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Yeah I’d say Carolina too but it’s hit or miss with Fitzpatrick. Could very well be like the Chicago game

  6. Patrick says:
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    In a PPR keeper league, would you rather have D’Onta Foreman or Elijah McGuire as a bench stash?

    And would you start Rivers this week vs SEA or stream Baker vs KC?

    • MB

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      @Patrick: McGuire. Looks like Miller is strengthening his hold on the Texans job and this week will be a big test as to whether Crowell can or can’t. Easy matchup. I’d play Rivers. Baker is pretty risky

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    In a 12-team standard, we start 2 RB, 2WR, and 1 Flex (along w/ other positions). I have M Gordon, McCaffrey, Peterson, Miller, Ekeler, and Ito at RB and Woods, John Brown, Amari Cooper, Tre’quan Smith, and Sutton at WR. I’ve been offered Hopkins for McCaffrey. Would you do it? I hate giving up RB depth and don’t fully trust AP/Miller each week, but, my WRs are arguably weaker. I’d love your thoughts. Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Randy: yeah, I’d definitely pull the trigger. I think it’s worth losing depth for. I think we can trust AP at this point

  8. friar says:
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    Are the Rams D/ST worth a roster spot right now? They’ve obviously been great, but their next four weeks are @NO, Sea, KC, Bye. I’m generally of the mindset that the top couple defenses each year can be worth rostering through a bye week or a bad matchup, but generally it’s not worth it to ever have more than one D/ST on the roster. I’d certainly rather not keep the Rams idle on my bench for 3 of the next 4 weeks, but before dropping the #1 D/ST in football, I just wanted to get a second opinion that I’m not crazy for doing so.

    • MB

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      this is a tough question. I guess it depends more on the depth of your bench and if you can actually afford to keep them there than going against carrying two D/Sts based on principle. Looking at their schedule, there really isn’t a plus match up until week 16. I guess the Bears in December could be based on weather. That’s 2 out of 3 good matchups in the fantasy playoffs. I’d hold if you can and stream until you are confident that you can drop them.

  9. Justin says:
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    with the tate news, who do u prefer more: kenny G or marvin jones? in half PPR and would you trade away lamar miller/kerryon or chubbs for either of them?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Marvin Jones is safest but I like them both a lot now. Yes, I would trade any one of those running backs for either Jones or Golladay as long as you can afford losing RB depth.

  10. Chad Bowling says:
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    Do I deal Wentz, Diggs and Kerryon for OBJ and Cam?

    other Rbs I have are Kamara, Mixon and Chubb

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes, I would do that in a heartbeat.

  11. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    super standard super flex league. peterman back in the saddle (i’ve had him and kelly at least twice each), super standard due to it being 15 rushing/receiving per point. 14 team dynasty
    QB (1) goff, allen, kessler
    RB (2) hyde (i didn’t need that trade at all), RJ2 (added late week after somebody else dropped him, clear drop now), gurley, coleman, breida, mal brown (handcuff)
    WR (2) green, cooks, parker (good luck finally on a WR), dez, m-will
    TE (1) howard, walker
    1 regular flex
    1 super flex
    IR (1) guice (at least next year i get this bump)
    K NO
    DEF MIN

    looks like coutee dropping RJ2 is my best 1st WW idea, after that peterman, then what’s best order of: moncreif, d.moore (SEA), j.adams (PHI), sharpe (all of the non QB’s dropping RJ2)

    • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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      @Mobin Can’t Hack It: where would mullins (SF QB, i’m seeing beat it hard might not play due to short week) slot there.

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Only usable in Superflex

        • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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          @MB: also due to byes, hyde stepping into the useless completely cliff, any QB would be playable here. funny since if dez looked as bad as AP last year he wouldn’t have even been held prekeepers. that slot could’ve probably been a boyd/kirk, or allison (GB’s looking worse when all those guys are healthy though), back in september that is.

          • MB

            MB says:
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            hindsight is 20/20

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I guess Moore because of the red zone love. But I agree on Coutee, still should be significant in HOU’s offense.
      s

  12. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    20 team redraft PPR
    QB luck/rosen (yuck, same bye, knew this during draft, but rosen was only likely starter left at time when i was drafting backup QB, still has value in case of injury though, there aren’t EVER starters out there, no QB max rule)
    RB (2) mixon, ekeler, ivory, drake, montgomery (hard to tell if that trade hurt or helps him, BAL’s always given far too much usage to javorius anyway; but if that’s done it could REALLY help him, take him back to last year or 2 years ago’s stats)
    WR (3) r.anderson, j.reynolds (one week fill in, albeit, the BEST, LUCKIEST i could’ve found, has little to no value with kupp expected back), grant (i’d think back soonish), sharpe, cobb, hopkins
    TE (1) doyle (dropping reynolds for some warm body or even zombie for this week)
    1 flex
    1. notcing peterman is playing this week likely, drop rosen for peterman or just hold the better backup here (it’s not like it’s likely i’d EVER bench luck for rosen though), albeit it’s really not likely my waiver gets a starter anyway. my only chance of winning this week would be here, not with no QB but my waiver is 13. i’m “2nd place” but a lot of that is the tiebreakers are determined by divisional record, i’m 3-1 in division (but 2 teams with more points than me in that division with worse records in division), 6 make playoffs, good news is i don’t play the other 2 good teams in division any more at all. i’m 6th best actual team (scoring), with a pretty good lead on 8th place and below.
    2. drop any like position for any of: j.adams (i want this guy on team but can’t easily find a drop unless gambling he’s worth more than ivory ROS), chark, pryor (BUF is so ugly though for WR’s, even if he “takes off for a BUF guy” what does that mean for a floor?)

    • MB

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      I’m not dropping Rosen for Peterman with Luck’s injury history. I’m holding off on Adams right now until the Eagle’s backfield become more clear unless there is an obviously affordable drop. I’m not touching Pryor or any Buffalo receivers for that matter. A waste of time in my opinion.

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