Formula:

Rating = Amount of Talent (Individual + Team Support) + Opportunity

Tier I

Steven Jackson 19 (10+9) – I know how bad the Rams are but it doesn’t even matter. Jackson has failed to get in the end zone very often this season but don’t worry about that. He has been a relative “disappointment” but his time is coming. I lust Steven Jackson from here on out.

Calvin Johnson 18 (10+8) – Didn’t put up very good numbers in his first start coming back from the injury. You have to be buying him right now to have a strong season from here on out.

Anquan Boldin 16 (9+7) – He warmed up, was on the field, etc. Whisenhut scratched him from the lineup because of the field conditions in Chicago. Boldin was fired up about not getting to play. That should make him even more hungry from here on out.

Jason Witten 16 (8+8) – I really wish that he would play his way off this list since I own him in multiple leagues. There’s no reason Tony Romo shouldn’t be feeding him the rock. He has been such a great player for several seasons and there are no injury concerns, etc. to worry about. He should be comfortable buy going forward.

Tier II

T.J. Houshmandzadeh 15 (8+7) – Had a pretty good game on Sunday but has yet to put up the type of numbers we’re used to from him. The Seattle offense isn’t exactly prolific but their pass schedule is very soft going forward. I like him to turn it around.

Jamaal Charles 15 (8+7) – Larry Johnson was cut from the Kansas City Chiefs. There is a God, Yahweh, Vishnu, Buddha; whoever you want to thank for this divine intervention. In Charles first start this weekend the Chiefs failed to feed him the rock enough but I’m optimistic that he’ll get his soon enough. It sort of helps that he didn’t explode in his first start because he’s remained attainable.

Jerricho Cotchery 15 (8+7) – Had a nice game right before his bye week coming off the injury. I’d feel better about him if he wasn’t paired up with a rookie quarterback but it is what it is. You should be able to get him extremely cheap right now and he’ll make a very serviceable flex starter in 12 team from here on out.

Beanie Wells 15 (8+7) – At some point he should take at least some of the goal line work from Hightower. The Cardinals looked really good on Sunday running the football. I think there is a lot of upside here and I am very optimistic about Beanie.

Kevin Walter 15 (7+8) – in PPR. The Texans are a high powered offense and their passing game continues to be a strong source of Fantasy points. Walter is a poor man’s Wes Welker. In PPR that’s definitely a valuable asset to your team. Walter battled injuries earlier in the season but is getting more and more productive each week.

Tier III

Jerome Harrison 14 (8+6) – He will get his shot at some point this season and when he does you’ll want to own him (see Jamaal Charles).

Bernard Scott 14 (7+7) – Cedric Benson is getting a ridiculous amount of carries right now. He has shown no signs of breaking down but you have to wonder how he’s going to hold up late in the season. Scott is a really nice stash in case he goes down

Maurice Morris 14 (8+6) – Kevin Smith has alternated between dinged up and ineffective the last few weeks. Morris came in while Smith was injured and played very well. It seems very possible that he could win this starting job at some point for either reason.

Rashad Jennings 13 (8+5) – He carried the ball a few times on Sunday for the Jaguars and turned one of those opportunities in to a touchdown. MJD is a workhorse but much like Cedric Benson that excessive workload could catch up to him and lead to an injury.

Danny Ware 13 (7+6) – Bradshaw and Jacobs are both prime candidates for injury at some point this season. If either one goes down Ware will see a lot of action and will be immediate fantasy gold for you.

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  1. unstopabull says:
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    have MJD, Rice, Palmer starting. should I try and trade Mendenhall/Palmer for Brees/Portis? it appears that Brees has the easier schedule but is having Portis as my backup RB too iffy? Brees vs STL this week could help me out in a close head to head this week.
    Sell high on Mendy? what does everyone think? still in 1st and want to stay there.

  2. Jason says:
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    Finally was able to get AP owner to make me an offer.

    I give: Deangelo and Desean
    I get: AP and Devery Henderson

    My RBs would be CJ and AP, WRs would be R. Moss, Colston, and Steve Smith (NYG)

    I have to do this right? RIGHT?!

  3. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    argh, olsen is my TE all season. last week i make a trade for witten (didn’t give up anything major), and of course olsen goes ape shit this week.

  4. jesse says:
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    so i own philly d facing sd this week and i see buff d (@ tenn) on the waiver wire (to be claimed by tomorrow). 2 questions:

    1. to make room for buff, should i cut phi d, andre caldwell or larry johnson?

    2. am i completely crazy to be considering going to such lengths to nab the buff d?

  5. Ian says:
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    Do you like a Mendenhall for Boldin swap for me? I’d be getting Boldin. 10 team PPR. My other RBs are D Williams, Pierre Thomas, Jamaal Charles, McFadden and maybe Betts. I’m not thrilled with WR3 position so I’m looking to upgrade over Nicks/Royal

  6. Christopher says:
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    This may be apples for apples, but which RB do you prefer: R Brown or SJax?
    12-team non-PPR, my RBs are:
    MJD, Gore, Brown, McCoy, Charles, Greene

    My other option is to send Brown for a WR; here’s my current corps:
    DJax, Driver, Megatron, Cotchery, R White, Collie, Caldwell

  7. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    who would you rather have the rest of the way…Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady?

  8. Christopher says:
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    Week 10 advice. I need to choose between M. Ryan and A. Smith this week to start as my QB.
    I feel like Ryan is in the valley and Smith is on the uptick from a fantasy perspective AND I have VD at TE . This could be the deciding factor.
    I think it’s a flip of a coin but could use some reinforcement or perspective to go one or the other…

  9. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @unstopabull: I wouldn’t be selling Mendenhall to get Portis, regardless of the QB’s.

    @Jason: Man, if DeAngelo wasn’t just exploding the last few weeks it’d be a no brainer. I think it’s still the smart move, but just be prepared for some serious buyer’s remorse if DeAngelo continues his dominance.

    @jesse: Eh, you really want the Buffalo defense against Tennesee? Buffalo can’t stop the run at ALL — I’m expecting 12 short passes from Vince Young and a TON of Chris Johnson.

    @Ian: It’s not bad, but I think you may be overpaying just a bit. If Boldin were healthy it’d be great. Pittsburgh didn’t try to get FWP involved last night and I’d be playing Mendenhall as my RB2 over PT most weeks.

    @Christopher: SJax by a nose, but it’s pretty close. I wouldn’t swap Brown for a WR. I might try moving Gore to minimize injury risk.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Slight edge to Brady, Rodgers just doesn’t get any time to set and throw. He gets the stats anyway, but he’s more likely to get a shoulder pile drived into the turf.

    @Christopher: Chicago definitely looks easier to throw on than Carolina. I’d probably take the chance on Smith (but be ready to eat an interception or two, depending on how much of a penalty that is in your league).

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Christopher: brown,i would try to package mccoy and a wr for a better [email protected]Ian: boldin should come back with a vengence,and has a good playoff schedule,it would leave you weak behind your 2 solid rb`s but boost your wr,its a fair trade but i personally wouldnt do it,see what doc [email protected]jesse: statistics say otherwise but i think tenn wins that [email protected]ThePoonTycoon: yeah i got cute and benched my pitt def a few weeks ago and the 12 point difference cost me a [email protected]Jason:
    i would do that [email protected]unstopabull: i like thate for you

  11. matthole says:
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    @Drew: where do you rank j.charles? which RBs would you trade for him to “buy high on this sleeper”, ie ahead of/in the same class of which RBs for the rest of this year? Do you really see him more than a viable flex option on a CHAMPIONSHIP team???

  12. Christopher says:
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    in a 12 team PPR league. I have strong starting RBs: benson and AP (J. Charles, L. McCoy, B. Wells bench.). However, my QB situation is iffy: M. Ryan, A. Smith. Considering a trade for Favre and B Jacobs for Benson, and M. Ryan.

    Also, have VD at TE and WRs: megatron, DBowe, P. Harvin / Maclin. your thoughts? I’m thinking megatron gets back in form to the end, DBowe is helped by Chambers.

    Will TO step it up in the second half preparing for next season contract?

  13. Jo says:
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    Who do you like as my 3rd WR this week: Bess, Crayton, or Gage?

  14. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Dwayne Bowe for Marshawn Lynch?

  15. Dean says:
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    All these weeks of CJ as a sleeper and I’m finally going to try and make a play for him. Any thoughts on who to send in an offer?

    My Team:

    Cutler
    Fitzgerald
    Colsten
    Sims-Walker
    Ray Rice
    D Williams
    Celek
    Felx: Bowe/Slaton

    Bench:
    Moreno
    Bennet
    Moats
    Rashad Jennings
    Bernard Scott
    Chris Chambers
    Mike Bell

    Do you see any obvious combination that could land Calvin and not break up my core? Its a keeper league so the cost is likely higher. Thanks for any help.

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Dean: maybe test the waters on sims-walker and moreno. you could rotate in bowe/slaton as needed if he’d prefer. not sure i’d offer much more than that though considering fitz, colston, rice, and dangelo all could easily outperform calvin johnson over any given 8 game span.

    @jesse: as someone who picked up the 49ers D last week for a spot start, let me show you the -2 they gave me while facing the titans. i kinda think the titans have turned a corner. i don’t think they’ll make the playoffs or anything, but i could see them clawing back to 7-9 or something respectable.

  17. Guy says:
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    Better start this week in 0.5 PPR: Greene v Jax or Betts v Den?

  18. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @matthole: running back values fluctuate wildly; it is difficult to speculate about relative value. Could Jamaal Charles be a viable player on a “CHAMPIONSHP” team, as you put it? Well, like any good question, that depends. How many teams? PPR or non? How many Bench spots? Was it/is it a keeper league? What week do the playoffs start in? What is your record? Based on where you stand right now, how much risk can you take for upside? There are an infinite number of quandries which is why we like to talk about players in terms of how their value and production are/might be/should be changing relative to their acquisition cost.

  19. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Guy: Betts (as long as Portis isn’t going to be playing)

  20. Jo says:
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    @Guy: Betts will be a stud when Portis is out, but the matchup really sucks. But Greene is too unpredicable. At lease Betts is sure to have carries and will be getting some passes his way.

  21. matthole says:
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    @Drew: Nice digression; 10 team ppr; no flex……youd be confident starting charles as RB2 on a weekly basis?

    how about any league that only starts 2 RBs ppr or not?

  22. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    ***12-team league w/0.5ppr, (start QB/2RB/3WR/TE/K/D)***

    My RBs: Turner, Thomas Jones, Kevin Smith, McCoy
    My WRs: Sims-Walker, DeSean Jackson, Burleson, Malcom Floyd

    I’m 6-3 and leading my division. I’m looking to trade some of my RB depth for a stud WR.

    I can trade Thomas Jones & Burleson FOR Andre Johnson (or Colston) & Slaton

    #1) Can I afford to even trade Jones? (It would mean depending on Smith/McCoy/Slaton as my #2 RB the rest of the way)

    #2) If so, do I take AJ or Colston? (taking AJ means I would be starting Floyd this week; I am also going up against Brees this week, so Colston would yield some short term dividends)

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

    MJC

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole: colby supposed to be getting goal line carries(if any)and id need to see a commitment to give him 15+ touches before id trust him ,rb3 in 12 team and i wouldnt want to count on him there myself

  24. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    or trade #3:

    Tom Brady, Thomas Jones & Burleson
    FOR
    Aaron Rodgers, Boldin, Jamaal Charles, Kolby Smith & Ravens DEF

    (I also need a DEF after GB has f’kd me the last two weeks)

  25. matthole says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: couldnt agree more; yet he continually gets pimped out on a weekly basis as if there arent dozens of players to discuss….I feel like im reading the same article every week

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole: yeah i mean i own him also and lewis as total insurance and in case he does take off,but with the kc team i dont see big numbers on a weekly basis

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Interesting choices. i do like AJ a little more than Colston, but Colston is getting a ton of red zone looks. I would hate to lose the stability of Jones as your #2. Smith is the most stable after him and he’s had nagging injuries. But I do think AJ or Colston upgrades you more than losing Jones downgrades you. I like the first trade for you the most. I would choose AJ, but if you really are worried about this week going Colston wouldn’t kill you.

  28. Jo says:
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    @Doc: Who do you like as my 3rd WR this week: Ginn, Bess, Crayton, or Gage?

  29. matthole says:
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    @mgeoffriau: howd you rank in .5ppr: chambers, mike wallace, massaquoi, meachem, laverneous coles…..

    thanks

  30. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jo: I like Bess for his matchup.

  31. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Not a Chambers believer…Cassel hasn’t been cracking 200 yards with enough regularity. Massaquoi is a question mark with yet ANOTHER quarterback switch. At this point, I’d go Coles, Wallace, Massaquoi, Meachem, Chambers.

  32. Jo says:
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    @doc: I’m looking to get some value out of Jamaal charles (I have pierre, grant, and westbrook in my backfield) I need a WR this week so i’m looking to trade b4 he has his breakout game this weekend. What type of receiver can i go for? is greg jennings too much to ask?

  33. Nick says:
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    I have an extra defense now coming off one of them having a bye. Do I drop Seattle and grab someone like M Wallace…not much really available on waivers in 10-team. OR pickup another defense like Miami or Chicago to start over the NY Jets…

  34. Jo says:
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    @Nick: Jets are playing Jax so the matchup doesn’t get much better. You can always find good D on the wire if you need it so I’d drop your spare and pick up someone that could have future value. Maybe a backup running back that would be huge if the starter went down. or a WR in a similar situation…

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jo: hes a starting rb so thats worth something but i dont see getting jennings after his measly 6 carries sunday,try to package him with a wr for jennings maybe

  36. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Jo: Yes, Jennings is too much to ask. I would be more inclined to trade pierre or grant for a more desireable receiver. What if you tried to swap one of them for Marques Colston?

  37. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jo: Probably. You can try or add another piece.

  38. Sos says:
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    Breaston, Santana Moss, or Garcon from here on out? .5 ppr

  39. Sweep The Leg! says:
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    Just offered L. McCoy n Maclin for A. Bolden. Good trade? personally, I think Bolden will toss up nice numbers down the stretch and I like 15 – 17 (playoffs) schedule…

  40. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Would you start Devin Hester (vs. SF) over JStew (vs. ATL) as a flex? Both have good matchups, but I’m leaning towards Hester

  41. Charles says:
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    Need some help with a 3rd WR decision… Collie (vs. NE) Mike Thomas (vs NYJ) and Malcolm Floyd (vs Phi). I like Collie but he was a huge dud last week. Currently, I am going with Thomas but I’m open to subjestion.

  42. Charles says:
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    Correction: suggestion (duh!)

  43. Senz says:
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    megatron, DBowe, Bolden, P. Harvin. Which 3 should I start? Bolden or Harvin as my third?

  44. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Sos: Breaston

    @Sweep The Leg!: If it’s a one year league then yes, I like your end of it. Hate it if it’s Keeper.

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Yes, I’d go with Hester.

    @Charles: I like Thomas the most out of that bunch as well.

    @Senz: Megatron, Boldin, Harvin

  45. Chris Cooley Revival says:
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    I’ve been offered Steven Jackson for Vincent Jackson.

    10 team, h2h, non-PPR, 4th place (5-4), first in scoring

    My team:
    QB (start 2): Rivers/Rodgers/The Sanchize
    RB (start 2): Rice/Slaton/Moats/McCoy/D. Brown/Charles
    WR (start 3): Fitz/Vjax/Djax/S. Smith (car)
    Plus an RB/WR flex.

    I’ve been riding my WR core, but with Slaton’s murky situation (though I still think he takes the job back), do I make this move or try to package Djax with someone for an RB2?

  46. Teen says:
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    I’ve got 4 wrs, boldin, white, megatron and steve smith (nyg). Which one do I sit for week 10? I think smith has more point potential but I’m not sure if boldin will come out blazing or slump like last week.

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