I had the audacity…nay, the paucity (not really a good word to use here but it kinda works)…better yet the ignorancy (not a really real word at all) to go and rank Frank Gore 22nd overall amongst fantasy running backs this week in my Weekly Rankings.  After finishing last week with a decent number and the complaining that he did in the days leading up to tonight, I should’ve known my ranking would come back to haunt me.  Mike Wallace did it, I had been warned.  Or was that the ghost of Gore from years past *faintly heard in the distance is Frank screeching I’m not dead yet!*.  Whatever the culprit, Gore dropped upon his fantasy owners a much needed boost for his believers, carrying the load for 153 yards on the ground on 20 carries with a touchdown and a lone, measly you’re not gonna lose your week because of it fumble on the night.  It was very much vintage Gore.  And that’s why I still strongly encourage the sell.  I used the word vintage for a reason, ya know.  Look, tonight’s game aside, he’s brought you 47 yards a game and only one TD.  Great for a flex but not so great if he’s one of your main backs you rely on from week to week.  I would use this game and last week’s 82 rushing yards vs a very inferior rushing opponent as a springboard to bigger and better things in your league.  As much as I love Gore, he’s just not the RB2 we were looking for.  In other news for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Sam BradfordI quipped at one point this was the Toilet Bowl: Kraepernick vs Crapford.  Only Sam lived up to the moniker the entire night.  I’m not gonna mince words here to spare my feelings or yours.  He looked terrible.  The Rams started the game off really well and should’ve been up 14-0 with the way they were playing.  But Bradford overthrew Pettis on his way to the endzone for a wide open touchdown – seriously, go find the replay.  Sure, Austin coulda run a better route but damn did Sam really just miss it – and the rest of the night was history.  The Rams never got anything going and Bradford made a lot of questionable throws.  It was like watching a guy try out this video of pick up lines at bar.  You wanna root for him but you know he’s doomed from the words ‘with great penis, comes great responsibility’.  He has a lot of tools surrounding him and the season’s not lost yet but he’s gonna need to CTRL+ALT+DEL this night and play better next week to regain his owner’s trust.

Colin Kaepernick A lot of hate was going around about Kaep this past week.  It’s one thing to get killed in Seattle but when you fail to out-produce Terrelle Pryor who faced the same Indy defense in Colts territory, you bring out the angry birds.  Angry birds boo in my world, BTW.  Well, it wasn’t a triumphant night by any stretch of the imagination – 15/23 for 167 passing yards and 2 passing TDs to go with a fumble and 11 rushing – but it was a step up from his recent play.  Moving forward, I still have him in my buy column and nothing from this night changed my mind.  

Daryl RichardsonI don’t know what the coaches were thinking.  I’m pretty sure I saw the same run play on every one of his 12 carries for 16 yards.  This offensive line is terrible.  The fact that coaches didn’t get him out in space with a screen pass or in the flat or SOMETHING…well, when I was ripping apart Bradford, realize part of that falls on the staff as well.  You can’t do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.  Much like trying to reason with my wife, that’s the definition of insanity.  Pretty sure Brian Schottenheimer failed at having proper sex 12 times with someone’s navel before realizing he wasn’t doing it right.

Anquan BoldinAfter taking a fantasy hiatus, Boldin returned to the spotlight with a 5/90/1 night.  He also drew at least one pass interference call.  Because he’s old and shouldn’t be treated like he’s the young dynamo WR in an offense.  Yo, SF, a little trade help here?  Tx.

Vernon DavisIt wasn’t a great night but for only catching 2 passes for 18 yards, that TD sure was sweet.  Always hard to gauge a player when he’s injured and says he’s ready to play.  Never sure if he’s Paul Pierce’ing you or Knights Of Ni’ing you.

Austin Pettis – Had 5 receptions for 59 yards on 9 targets.  Because Bradford has played so poorly of late, Pettis has become  a viable fantasy option.  I hate Bradford for this.  And I hate Pettis by association.  Meanwhile, Givens was held to 4/49 on 8 targets.  Yes, my love affair is done.

Bruce Miller – Apparently he exists.  And he plays football.  Who knew?

Jared CookWas tied for team targets at 9 but only reeled in 4 for 49.  I look back fondly on the first week when I gave him the Breaking Bad moniker of Captain Cook.  I was full on ready to move him to Heisenberg status if he kept rolling.  But here we are in week 4 and he still only has 2 TDs on the season.  Yo, Schotty, a little lower than the navel by week 5, ok?

  1. Frank White says:
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    Hey Bud… Do you think Pettis is a good pickup?? I have Givens though and I would have to use my waiver

    • Frank White says:
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      I doubt it but I had to ask.. lol

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Nah no need to use waiver on Pettis

  2. Frank White says:
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    I have Cam but he has a buy so who would you start this week, Geno or Flacco?? They’re both Proj around the same

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Geno

  3. Frank White says:
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    Also in my other league, should I start Bowe or Eddie Royal??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Royal

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks… I’m scared to bench Bowe cause I feel like the day I sit him he’s gonna breakout in crazy numbers.. Lol but I hear ya. Real quick, When I read about Royal on Yahoo they say he lacks Explosiveness and he’s only good for targets. Is that true??

        • “Good for targets” sounds pretty good to me.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He’s being targeted and thrown to by Rivers. He doesn’t need to be explosive if that’s the case

  4. Imran Faridi says:
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    Hey bud, someone in my league dropped gronk…should I put in a bid for him and stash him and possibly use my other peices as trade assets?

    Standard 10 team league. – I have Kaep, AP, Gio, Brandon Marshall, Dez, Jordan Cameron, ravens d and Matt Bryant as my starters, and on bench have Julius Thomas, Lamar miller, joique bell, josh Gordon and Reggie Wayne.

    I’m stacked at WR and tight end but need a backup Qb, especially after kaeps struggles. Any thoughts on picking up Gronk? Thanks, appreciate any advice.

    • willy says:
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      @Imran Faridi: If someone dropped Gronk then you have to put in a claim for him. If you don’t grab him, someone else will. It’s almost like winning the lottery! That’s just me though.

    • fitz says:
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      @Imran Faridi: who in the hell would drop Gronk, yikes.

      • Imran Faridi says:
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        @fitz: yea agreed fitz and willy, a lazy owner who kept him in his starting lineup past 3 weeks and then decided to drop him for health miller. Strange, guy doesn’t know what he’s doing. I’ll def try to pick him up but I’m 1-2 because Kaeps last 2 weeks. Need to get a nice second qb. Certainly have good trade peices.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      There’s rumors he’s out until week 8 now. It would be very hard to drop one of those guys for that. Think you’d need to make a 2-1 trade to make a move like that.

  5. the imp says:
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    Hope Brian Schottenheimer reads the blog. LOL.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As an owner of D-Rich, Bradford and Givens in various leagues…me too!

  6. Scott says:
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    Thoughts on Givens going forward? I know he was a sleeper for you and is possibly dealing with a knee injury.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still like him but he’s just a Wr4 until the Rams get their shizz together

  7. nick m. says:
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    I have been offered (his) Montee Ball for (my) Willis McGahee in a 14-team PPR league. My other RB’s are DeMarco Murray, T-Rich, Joique Bell, Ben Tate, and Brandon Bolden; so both either side of the trade would be bench depth – should I take Montee to see if he hits later in the season?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s worth the gamble if that’s the price

  8. Tim says:
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    Just got a trade offer
    I get cam newton and give up Lacy and Julius Thomas
    I have Gronk and Cameron.
    Can also pick up a guy like bolden or monte ball on waivers to replace Lacy on roster
    Would u do it?
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take Cam there. Pick up Bolden

    • the imp says:
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      @Tim: Personally, I think that is too much for Cam. A trade with JT OR Lacy would be in your favor slightly, but much closer to even. Depending on how much you believe in Cam and hate your current QB, you could counter with one of their targets and a much lower sweetner (or no second player at all). Of course, Sky might like this trade better than I do.

      • the imp says:
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        @the imp: ….and in a simultaneous post…he does…so there you go.

  9. Jared Cook or Heath Miller ROS

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still Cook for me

  10. Ron says:
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    The team below is what I am working with in a 12-team .5PPR and I am currently 1-2. Sad really. Think I need to make a QB change this week and possibly going forward.

    1) This week only: Vick or Pryor?
    2) Rest of season: Vick or Pryor?
    3) Would you trade either Hartline or Marlon Brown to get one of these QB’s?

    QB: Eli Manning
    RB: Forte
    WR: Dez Bryant
    WR: AJ Green
    RB/WR: G. Bernard
    WR/TE: Garcon
    DST: Ravens
    K: Prater

    BN: R. Mathews
    BN: D. Richardson
    BN: M. Austin
    BN: J. Gordon
    BN: B. Hartline
    BN: M. Brown
    BN: CIN Defense
    IR: S. Jax
    IR: S. Vereen

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Vick. Hard to believe you’d get either for those guys but it would have to be Hartline if you’re selling.

  11. the imp says:
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    I know this is a moving target due to Rice’s injury, but are Bowe or SSmith enough to get back in a trade for Pierce in order to avoid a zero at WR this week?
    My other RBs (start 2) are Forte, Foster, MJD.
    My WRs (start 3) are Gordon/Nicks/Cobb (bye)/Amendola (inj)
    The best free agent WRs are MBrown, MicFloyd and both OAK WRs

    • the imp says:
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      @the imp: Okay, just realizing SSmith is on bye. Obviously, won’t trade for him…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You don’t have anyone else you could just drop for Floyd?

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: This is the full team (1Q, 2R, 3W, no flex), short benches and all Pierce has the least value (excepting Fleener) ROS unless Rice doesn’t get better.

        Vick/RG3
        Forte/Foster/MJD/Pierce
        Cobb/Amendola/Gordon/Nicks
        Fleener

        A trade with a QB for Graham almost happened, but won’t until Rivers tanks a couple more games.
        I also thought about trading Pierce for a TE, but haven’t figured out a match.
        The best RBs on the wire are DRich(stuck on waivers after a late drop)……BJGE/McGahee/BBrown/HIlliman and Ball etc.
        So that is the sort of RB I’d be looking at to refill my RB4 spot once I don’t need the WR5.

        Would you take the zero or make the trade offer / waiver pickup?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d be fine with Drich as an RB4 if I could get him. Honestly you’re gonna have a hard time getting long term value from Pierce without more bad news on Rice.

          • the imp says:
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            @Sky: Yeah, I’d take D-rich too, but since waiver order is reverse order of record (and I’m 3-0 with the most pts right now) there is no guarantee he makes it to me. If Rice plays, I’d have a decent shot at getting Pierce back.
            Last year I took a zero while holding JStew as an RB4 and felt pretty stupid about it when his ROS value was tanking, and I eventually dropped him for SGreen on waivers. Playable RB3s seem to get dropped from time to time in my league (that is how I got MJD and Pierce this year too).
            So, If Rice is going to play Sunday, I think I probably have to drop Pierce for a temp WR5 and try to scrounge a usable RB4 back later. If Rice is out, I’m going to hold and probably start Pierce over Foster to get some upside for the zero I’m going to take.
            Sorry for the mini-novella. Does all this sound about right to you?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Wow prob wouldn’t sit Foster but I understand where you’re coming from

              • the imp says:
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                Hah…haven’t sat a healthy Foster in 3 years. Probably won’t on Sunday too…though HOU is going to struggle to find 3TDs. Whether to drop Pierce or not is the real question that I am thinking way to hard about. Off to distract myself with real data in my real job. Thanks for the advice.

                • Sky

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                  Haha, NP. Good luck!

                  • the imp says:
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                    @Sky: Now the globe think Gronk and Amendola play SNF. Sounds too good to be true, but would be the best way out for my time. At least the Pats are on the road this week. If they don’t make the flight we’ll know.

                    • Sky

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                      Nice and true. Good to hear about ‘dola. One league I have him, Gronk and SJax on my bench. I could use some good news!

  12. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    “Yo, Schotty, a little lower than the navel by week 5, ok?”

    that’s funny right there

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha thanks!

  13. Tim says:
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    Thanks…would u pick up Bolden on waivers over J franklin?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Boldens role is more defined so I would.

  14. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    So, when are the Rams gonna go the Brownie route, deal some parts, and gear up for the top offensive line and/or RB pick in next year’s draft already? Can’t believe a Jeff Fisher team looks this bad, especially when they played the ‘Niners so well just a year ago with mostly the same cast on defense.

    • Sky

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      I’d be surprised if they went the Browns route. Then again I was surprised when the Browns did it. To be fair, TNF makes some guys look really incompetent when they’re only mildly so but still…there was nothing redeemable about last night for them.

  15. Tim says:
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    Last one…Ellington is also on waivers……do u like bolden better?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yes

  16. Hans says:
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    Sky, where did you hear the week 8 rumors on Gronk? Can’t find that anywhere…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      On twitter. They’re unsubstantiated right now but he’s sounding doubtful for this Sunday at the very least

  17. Pops says:
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    Sky,

    PPR league flex. Start Royal or Holmes?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Royal

  18. Oppo Taco says:
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    Best flex play? Leveon bell, Brandon bolden or roddy white. .5ppr thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Bolden for me

  19. Tim says:
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    Rumors that Gronk is still not healthy….I have Cameron…….would u try to trade Gronk before he plays next week(in case he looks awful or not heathy)
    Might be able to get jordy Nelson or demarco Murray?
    Would u try it….or wait?
    Thanks

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Tim: Last one huh?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If you need either of those players I’d do it. But wouldn’t do it out of fear

  20. Jagan says:
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    Sky,
    For the rest of the year do you think i should drop Houston Defense and Pick Jets or Patriots?
    Regards
    Jagan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t think you should view defenses like that. They’re streamable. That’s why there’s that many good ones out there

  21. Jim Irsay's Butler says:
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    I really want to start Le’veon Bell over Darren Sproles this week. Sproles has somewhat let me down the last 2 weeks and I figure Bell is probably in line for some goal line opportunities against a weak Minny D…I have heard Bell is in line for somewhere in the range of 12-15 carries, what are your thoughts?

    • Sky

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      Minny’s weakness is really their secondary, though…

      • ONLY start Le’Veon over Sproles if you’re in a standard league.

        Pittsburgh can’t run the ball for sh*t.

  22. Frank White says:
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    Would you trade Bowe for Hopkins HOU??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yes

  23. Eddie says:
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    Drop Pead as quickly as I added him? A healthy scratch in a short week with Richardson not at 100% doesn’t bode well for his future workload.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, if there’s someone out there worthy of picking up, he’s droppable at this point. Looking like he’s clashing with coaches. Healthy scratches are never a good sign.

  24. mcBlunty says:
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    ROS full ppr, pick 2, k moreno, m ball or pierre thomas?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ugh…Moreno/PT

  25. btd says:
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    Just throwing this out there: Jake Long’s overrated.

    Wow, Gronk’d and BellyCheck’d… I few years back I swore off NE RB’s. I’ll have to review my policy on NE TE’s now. Nah!

    Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!