There wasn’t much that the Cleveland Browns could do for your fantasy teams but we’ll get to that in a little bit. I’m talking about Marquise Brown and A.J. Brown, the pair of rookie wide receivers that played their way into triple digit receiving yards in week 1. A.J. Brown was probably the bigger surprise for the Tennessee Titans. For one, there wasn’t much buzz around him during the preseason. Also, nobody really believes in Marcus Mariota. A.J. Brown caught 3 of his for targets for 100 yards but wasn’t able to score a touchdown. HOLLYWOOD Marquise Brown did sneak through the secondary and score two touchdowns against the Dolphins. He caught 4 of his 5 targets for 147 yards. 

These two receivers combined for 9 targets and one of them played against the Miami Dolphins. If you didn’t hear, a bunch of the Dolphins asked for a trade after the game. Seriously. These are still NFL yards, catches and touchdowns, don’t get me wrong, but, we don’t want to react over the events of week 1. If I were to put in a claim for either one of them, which I probably won’t, it would be for Marquise Brown because Lamar Jackson is the real deal. I do want pieces of that offense, because despite playing against the Dolphins, he looked unbelievably poised as he spread the ball out to 8 different receivers. I really want a piece of DK  Metcalf. Metcalf caught 4 of his 6 targets for 89 yards. I believe that more opportunities will be the for Metcalf than the other two receivers. Metcalf led the Seahawk’s receivers in targets on Sunday and is still only owned in 63% of ESPN leagues and 37% of Yahoo leagues. There is a chance that he is out there in one of your leagues and he would probably be my #1 waiver claim if he is. 

Performance Checks

  • I guess that you have to pick up John Ross III off of the waiver wire. He’s a speed demon and he was targeted 12 times by Dalton. 
  • Other than a fumble by making one too many moves on a catch, Chris Carson looked like himself. Carson scored a touchdown on the ground and also caught one. He went for a really good value during draft season.
  • The Chargers really don’t need Melvin Gordon. Austin Ekeler was phenomenal catching the ball out of the backfield and Justin Jackson was a nice Robin. 
  • Keenan Allen’s ankle looks fine!
  • I was all over Jamison Crowder this week. Robby Anderson had a crappy match up and I figured Crowder would be fed often. One more yard and a touchdown would have been nice, but that would be greedy.
  • It wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up either Cole Beasley or John Brown.
  • Man, I wish I had more Marlon Mack. He was still so cheap after Andrew Luck retired and I didn’t pull the trigger enough. 
  • One more bad game out of Derrius Guice and you should be able to buy low on a player that has a ton of talent. He’s going to get it going, be patient. 
  • Miles Sanders will be fine as well. He will see more and more touches, I promise. 
  • James Conner will be fine. It’s kind of hard to figure out where he is at when the Steelers have been trailing the entire game. 
  • I knew Roethlisberger was going to stink without Antonio Brown, but not this bad.
  • Jameis Winston looked like a terrible quarterback on Sunday. His blocking wasn’t that bad. He had time to make good decisions and he most certainly did not. All three of his interceptions were very ugly interceptions. He looked worse than Mitch Trubisky did on Thursday night. Jameis is still a fantasy asset, it’s just going to be difficult to pick those spots. I don’t think it helped that Mike Evans was under the weather, but I don’t want him in my lineups against Carolina after watching Goff struggle against them at times. 
  • Chris Godwin and Ronald Jones were the highlights on Tampa Bay’s side of the ball. Although Godwin only caught 3 balls, he did catch a touchdown pass and a couple 15+ yard plays. Ronald Jones looked slick in between the tackles ripping off a few 8-10+ yard runs. 
  • Once Tevin Coleman left with an injury, Raheem Mostert looked like the best back on the field for the 49ers. He had great vision and looked like a closer. 
  • George Kittle was the only 49er with more than 3 targets. He had 10 targets in the passing game. 
  • Dante Pettis caught his only target for 7 yards. Deebo Samuel was on the field a lot more than Pettis was. 
  • I’ve been wrong about Sammy Watkins. Even before Tyreek Hill left with an injury, Watkins looked like the star that Buffalo drafted him to be. His price will likely be too high for me to poke around with trade offers but if you drafted him, good call so far. 
  • Leonard Fournette ran the ball well today but there weren’t any opportunities for him to push it over the goal line. 
  • D.J. Chark caught all 4 of his targets for 146 yards. I like Chark’s pedigree, and he caught a beautiful pass from Foles on the play that broke Fole’s collar bone. I’ll probably be putting some claims in for Chark. 
  • Gardner Minshew looked good filling in for Foles. Good enough that I can still believe in this passing game for fantasy assets like Westbrook and Chark in this offense. 
  • Christian McCaffrey should have went off the board first in your fantasy drafts and he showed why today. He does things that only a handful of players can but the offense is built around him and that gives him an advantage over everyone else. 
  • D.J. Moore was targeted 6 more times than Curtis Samuel. Let Curtis Samuel loose and you might win some games. I’m going to try and sneak Samuel into a few lineups against Tampa on Thursday. 
  • Todd Gurley was written off too early in the game by fanalysts. He looked like the bruiser that he is in the second half once he got in a groove and ended up averaging 6.9 yards per carry for the day.
  • Malcolm Brown had 3 fewer carries than Gurley but saw the red zone work and walked in two touchdowns. This is something to monitor going forward. Malcolm Brown is worth a waiver wire stab if he is available in your league. 
  • Cooper Kupp didn’t miss a beat catching 7 of his 10 targets for 46 yards. He will no doubt find more space in the weeks to come but Robert Woods is still the Jared Goff favorite. Kupp was left wide open a couple of times while Goff was trying to force the ball to Woods. 
  • Derrick Henry just keeps plodding his way along to fantasy points. Hooray. He averaged the same amount of yards per carry as Nick Chubb, who I thought played well. But, Henry is the one who punched one in and also caught a 75-yard touchdown pass. 
  • The Browns’ offensive line is going to have to improve a lot if Baker Mayfield is going to live up to what he’s capable of this year. It sounds like they have quite a bit of a mess going on behind the scenes when referring to the offensive line. That’s so Browns of them. Nothing will ever be easy in Cleveland. 
  • Odell Beckham looked to have good burst despite his sore hip and led the Browns with 11 targets. I don’t think there is anything to worry about in the OBJ camp. 
  • The boring guy in your fantasy league took Delanie Walker, started him, and got two touchdowns out of it. He/she wins.
  • Rudy and I were both going back and forth on whether or not to like Mark Andrews during draft season and it looks like he’s the real deal. Andrews led the Ravens with 8 targets, building on the chemistry that he built with Lamar Jackson last season.
  • Julio Jones continued his struggles against the Vikings secondary. Matt Ryan looked lethargic until garbage time, but those points still count! 
  • Kirk Cousins seriously only attempted to 10 passes in this game. I’m really glad that I avoided drafting this passing offense.
  • I drafted a ton of Dalvin Cook and it was a really good start. This offense is built around Dalvin Cook. Thank you for sucking, Kevin Stefanski.
  • Saquon Barkley fumbled the ball and the offense recovered. His very next carry, he took it for 59 yards down the side line. Barkley didn’t touch the ball a ton on Sunday, but when he did, he averaged 10.9 yards per carry. 
  • Evan Engram caught 11 of his 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown. He’s going to be a force in a bad offense. Or is it really a bad offense? *Checks notes and confirms that Eli Manning is still quarterback* Yes, this is a bad offense. 
  • I might have been wrong about Dak Prescott. Or the Giants might be really bad on defense. Or maybe both. I’m still leaning towards that I was probably wrong about Dak. He has weapons in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup and it looks like he knows how to use them. 
  • I wasn’t wrong about Kyler Murray! Murray played against a fantastic defensive line, and after looking like a 5’10 quarterback for 3 quarters, Kyler Murray balled out in the fourth quarter and led an 18 point comeback in the fourth quarter. That has to do a lot for his confidence. While Murray hasn’t ran the ball as effectively as I thought he would, he threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdown.
  • Larry Fitzgerald caught one of those touchdowns. Larry led the team in targets with 13 and turned 8 of them into 113 yards. 
  • Better days are ahead for Christian Kirk. Despite his lethargic stat line, he was still targeted 12 times by Murray. I have a feeling this won’t be the only game that Murray attempts more than 50 passes. 
  • David Johnson is back, folks! This offense fits him nicely. 
  • T.J. Hockensen is a baller! Those Iowa high asses are still no joke.
  • Arizona’s secondary is pretty bad and Kenny Golladay was just okay. I figure that this is a sign of things to come for him. Not a fan this year. 

  1. Nick says:
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    Malcom Brown over Justice Hill , or Jaylen Samuels ?
    DJ CHark over Trey Quinn / Metcalf / Keesean Johnson ?
    i loved the Chark in the pre-season …

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah man, Brown and Chark

      • Nick says:
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        Brown over hill is easy ,,,
        Chark , to backup my Westy-from-brooklyn … i like Keesean’s upside, Metcalf is a keep right now, so Drop Quinn…
        done

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Nice

  2. Snacks Zillion says:
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    I drafted Lamar Jackson late after Deshaun Watson in one of my leagues. Too early to sell high? He looked like an MVP. He was slinging it!!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I want to keep Jackson around, maybe you can sell Watson?

  3. toolshed says:
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    Would malcolm brown be your #1 claim this week if you needed rb depth. He seems like the clear #2 and may see 10+ carries a week since they want to limit TG’s workload. That knee could flare up any time. I asked a couple times about adding brown before week 1 but failed to pull the trigger. I’d have to use the #1 claim to get him. Is it worth it, fairly deep league.

    • toolshed says:
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      Every other rb you mentioned above is owned except mostert

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I think he’s worth the #1 claim if you need RB depth

  4. toolshed says:
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    Are you concerned about marvin Jones usage?. I thought he was undervalued in drafts and thought I got good value for him. I figured tate & riddick were gone, he was heavily targeted last year until he got hurt and targets would be there for him this year even with golloday. Jones was a no show until OT. Amendola & Hockensen were way more involved than I expected.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I’m concerned, I was high on him too. Yesterday was a smash spot and he disappointed

  5. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    12 team full PPR with return yards worth scrimmage yards. had i just gone with my gut over FP’s top 30 rankers i’d have played mack (or fitz) over samuel and maybe won (had a good chance at least). have to input waivers before tuesday night since aj green probably won’t be ruled out that quickly and i’d have to take him out of IR slot (unless the claims are put in before he loses his “out”)
    QB (1) goff, allen
    RB (2): k.johnson, barkley, gore (he’s an easy drop here), mack, CJA (handcuff), ogun, armstead
    WR (2): samuel, fitz, marv jones (really fun starting 2 DET guys today), edelman
    TE (1) henry
    IR (1): aj green

    best order for these claims, all dropping gore here (waivers weekly indexed by record, and i’m going to lose with a pretty ugly score, so good waiver claim i should have this week to start)
    m.brown, mclaurin, ross, renfrow, parker, chark

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      2. also hold ogun/armstead or attempt nabbing mostert, mal brown. ogun finally got in on the catches late in the game, but no rushes (esp bad for him if RJ2 actually did well), armstead only has value if fournette gets hurt, which he can easily be at any time.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d drop Gore for Brown and Marc Jones for Ross or Chark

  6. jason batteiger says:
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    12 team half PPR 2 QB dynasty. have these:
    QB: mahomes, rodgers, rosen (sounds like he’ll be playing quicker than i thought), haskins
    RB (2, 2 flexes as well, i have 6 good WR’s): michel, kamara, ekeler (might lose from playing boyd over him in one of the flexes), hyde, ingram, d.harris

    daily FAAB, but only 3 moves max a week, somebody tonight’ll be spending big on JAX’s new half year QB i’m certain, meanwhile do i drop hyde for: c.thompson, mal brown, burkhead (who i dropped expecting eventually d.harris is the backup long term to michel)

    only crowder and dola were FAAB’d just now today. possibly because you can’t drop anybody you started once they are locked, only open slots or BN guys. hyde is clearly a bench guy for me. the costs went crowder (15), dola (10). crowder is who i dropped a couple weeks ago or so during slow draft as he was my 7th WR (kept watkins though). those are very large bids for these guys in this league. QB’s WILL go for more, including the JAX guy shortly.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I’d drop Hyde and put a decent bid in for Brown. Don’t be skiddish on spending faab early

  7. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    wentz, aaron rodgers, i aslo put in a waiver claim for Lamar Jackson

    devnta freeman
    marlon mack
    tank cohen, jaylen samuels

    julio jones, cooper kupp, sammy watkins, djax, DJ Moore
    travis kelce

    Would you drop DL Morroe or Jaylen Samuaes for John Ross? Or is ross just a flash in the pan?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m definitely not dropping DJ Moore for him, you don’t need to carry 3 QBs!

  8. Gio says:
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    Missed AB and Gordon took the L this week. Give Conner for Mack and Ekeler? Half PPR.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah that’s a good 2 for 1. Especially if you have melvin

  9. Joel says:
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    I give Julio Jones for Chris Carson and Gallup. My RBs are D. Montgomery, Josh Jacobs, and Guice. My WRs are Julio, Juju, E. Sanders, and Kirk. Should I do it or hold? (PPR)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Tempting, but I’d hold

  10. Titus Agee says:
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    Thoughts on SKINs WR, McLaurin?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hard to argue against him. He led the team in targets as well as yards and catches. I still might like Trey Quinn more ROS. Tough to gauge.

  11. Mak says:
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    In half PPR, how would you rank these guys: Kalen ballage, Royce freeman, Malcolm Brown?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Freeman, Brown, Ballage

  12. Dave says:
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    PPR – Who do you think is the best add at WR/TE or in order of best if you can between – Marquise Brown, John Ross, Cole Beasley, Mclaurin, & Hockenson?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hockensen, Ross, Beasley, Brown, McLaurin

  13. Ron P says:
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    Soooooo….should I trade away Gurley/E. Sanders for K. Allen/Royce Freeman?

    .25 PPR Roster
    RBs: Gurley, Carson, Ekeler, J. White, D. Henderson
    WR: Julio, Kupp, E. Sanders, T. Williams, Tate, J. Washington
    TE: Engram, Delanie

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I want to see how Freeman does tonight, tough to project. Right now, I’d lean yes

  14. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Put in a claim for hockenson or hold oj Howard?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Not one to overreact but Hockensen

  15. Imp says:
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    Shallow bench 12 team PPR:
    I have Winston and am figuring out what to do about that:

    1) One option is to drop and stream for these options (In order % own:) Trubisky, JimmyG, JoshA, Stafford, Dalton, Minshew, etc). DO YOU LIKE ANY IF THESE ROS OVER WINSTON?

    2) Second option is to target owners with 2 good QBs to try and get Newton, Mayfield, Rodgers or Ryan after they had relatively bad weeks starting in front of Brady, Rivers, Prescott, and Kyler on those teams.
    If we like option 2, what is the most you’d give away from this 12 team PPR (2f, 3w, no flex) squad?

    D.J./Fournette/Gordon/Guice
    OBj/Woods/DJax/Kirk/MarvinJ/Pettis
    Engram
    Winston

    Thanks for the thoughts

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Winston will have good weeks but he will be unpredictable, I would stream based on matchups. Josh Allen comes to mind for week 2

  16. DiRo says:
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    Question for you regarding a dynasty league. I unfortunately drafted Luck, I am gonna hold onto as long as I can. But, my back up is Cousins. Would you trade either one of M Thomas or OBJ for Mayfield?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Depends how deep you are at wide receiver. I think that you can get Mayfield for cheaper than that

  17. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    14 team super flex standard (SUPER standard actually as rushing/receiving yards are only 15 per point, while QB throwing yards are normal). my 13th waiver (our waivers follow our last year reverse standings) will NOT get the new JAX QB here shortly (dropping tannehill, who was probably the best QB that might possibly get time this year, if mariota is yet again hurt or sucks yet again).
    QB goff, j.allen, tannehill
    RB (2) guice, coleman (only 2 IR slots here, i may shortly have 4 and d.walker starting again in regular flex), breida (good thing i already had him), gurley, mal brown, ballage
    WR (2) cooks, m-will, pettis, a.wilson, aj brown (glad to see him immediately doing well, i had drafted him off your guys’ lists but didn’t think he’d be doing much this early)
    TE (1) oj howard, d.walker
    1 regular flex
    1 super flex
    IR (2) aj green, n.harry (got him in late 1st round over metcalf for long term value)
    K: NO kicker
    DEF: MIN

    1. drop pettis for any of: mclaurin, parker, dola, chark, t.quinn (had him till i dropped for aj brown), boykin, k.johnson, snead

    2. 2. drop ballage for mostert/gio B? it’d seem longer term ballage is already in the same spot mostert is in shorter term though.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Drop pettis for Chark and Ballage for Mostert

  18. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    12 teamer with return yards worth half of scrimmage (so lockett usually worth more here, albeit he got no returns in week 1). PPR. waivers reset every week to inverse standings. was the 2nd worst week 1 team so i got the 2 to start.
    QB (1) ben (so i need another QB, quickly)
    RB (2): AAron, jacobs, both MIA guys, guice (have one IR slot which he’ll go in shortly, the yahoo kind where if a guy is just out he can go in it), pollard
    WR (2): adams, lockett, sutton, j.brown (well i sure was right about these latter 2, i wanted them for depth, they cost nothing, and both had great games)
    TE (1) kittle
    1 flex
    K: PHI kicker
    DEF: DAL (might go after KC @ OAK but DAL @ WAS pretty good too)

    so i suppose i can wait till guice gets IR’d to get the 2nd QB (keenum, dalton, j.allen, darnold, murray, mariota etc), but i had thought to drop pollard here for MVS (dropped recently for t-will before the GB game). now i’m thinking due to guice injury and MIA sucking that badly and sutton + j.brown both looking so good i’d rather drop pollard for RB depth more. options:

    1.
    if RB: RJ2, gio B, j-will (handcuff to AAron), ito, j.jackson, mostert
    if WR: MVS, ross, m.brown, mclaurin, dola, chark, metcalf, quinn

    2. for different PPR league, hold marv jones over all those non-MVS WR’s above if marv jones is yr 5th WR already?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d go with WR. I think MVS is the safest add. And Josh Allen or Kyler would be the QB that I would add.

      2) Right now, I’d rather have McLaurin. Hockensen and Amendola are killing MJJ’s value. If McLaurin gets scooped up before you, Chark.

  19. RyGuy_4 says:
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    Hey is Jordan Howard worth holding on to? I feel like I won’t ever play him and I could potentially use his spot for a younger player with a higher ceiling (M. Brown, M. Brown, J. Hill, etc)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I personally don’t think so. Miles led the team in carries and that’s not going to change. Sproles has 3rd downs

      • RyGuy_4 says:
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        That’s what my gut is telling me too. Thanks.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Anytime

  20. Jake says:
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    I need to claim one of these guys as a flex who should it be Waller or Chris Thompson PPR ?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Waller for me

  21. Winstonia says:
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    I’ve got Winston as QB in a 12-team standard (no PPR) league. Therefore there are lots of guys on the wire: Stafford, Keenum, Brady, Mariota, Murray, Dalton being the highest scoring. Would you drop Winston for one of them (Murray?) or hold?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Brady has so many weapons, he’s a no-brainer replacement for me

      • Winstonia says:
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        Thanks, certainly makes sense…

        A follow-up similar question, I’m also in a 10-team 2QB league and have Winston and Cousins… Would you hold those two, or drop and start any of the below instead?

        Keenum, Stafford, Mariota, Dalton, Minshew, Brisset, Carr

        • MB

          MB says:
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          I’d drop Cousins for Stafford. Like the Hockensen and Amendola vibe they have going on

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I’m comfortable w/ my RB depth in a .5 PPR league where we start 1 flex–Conner & A. Jones start, Breida/Coleman usually flexes (Coleman now to IR though), J. Hill and M. Gordon as bench stashes along w/ whichever 49er doesn’t start. And I’m also OK w/ Waller as my TE after last night.

    That said, would you burn #4 waiver priority on either Malcolm Brown or Hockenson? I doubt either will be available as FA after waivers run.

  23. MB

    MB says:
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    Yeah, I’d grab Hockensen

  24. Mak says:
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    how would you rank these TE in half PPR: Oj howard, mark andrews, darren waller, delanie walker, hockenson

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Waller, Andrews, Howard, Hockensen, Walker

  25. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    14 team PPR. keep 2. i had a.brown in the 4th and OJ howard in the 21st (last). last year i also had to attack RB in the 1st 2 rounds.
    QB (1): newton, jimmer G
    RB (2): (drafted ONE day before l.miller’s injury, last year drafted about 12 hours before mckinnon’s injury, drafted both in the 2nd round ), carson, d-will (KC), gio B, singletary, c.thompson, m.davis, ty mont (easy drop here)
    WR (3): AB, a.wilson, JJSS, j.brown, sutton (oh man of all the stuff i had go wrong in week 1 i’m SOOOOO happy i drafted j.brown and sutton pretty much everywhere on the cheap, a.wilson too)
    TE (1) oj howard
    1 flex

    i guess hold a.wilson (have 2 IR slots in case he misses time, yahoo so he just has to miss to fit into it for a day or 2), meanwhile, what’s best order of dropping ty mont:
    mclaurin, AP, mostert, chark, quinn, parker, dola, conley, k.johnson, boykin,

    also, how much FAAB here, i’m thinking 5 on the top end going gradually downward.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Wouldn’t spend more than 15%

      Chark, McLaurin, Mostert, Parker, Quinn

  26. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    .2 PPR (so pretty much standard, yeah i know it’s odd). rosters are large but max 6 RB and 6 WR. keep 6 and i didn’t keep j.howard/mccoy/drake this is why my RB are so weak for a 12’er. also we did non snake, next year back to snake. i had the 12th in all rounds and started with only michel as keeper. waivers in this league are weekly indexed to standings and i lost so i’m 5th to start this week.
    QB: (1) wentz, murray, dalton
    RB (2) michel, breida, singletary, ballage, henderson (clearly a drop), coleman
    WR (2) JJSS, julio, sutton, metcalf, c.davis (wow that was ugly, too early to drop maybe), j.brown
    TE (1): ertz, hooper
    3 flexes (R/W/T)
    K: JAX
    DEF: LAC, CAR
    1. assuming i should keep ballage (not a guaranteed non-drop but he is one step from a starter, and could be starter anyway, the way the last 3 MIA regimes have jerked around their best RB for years with drake/l.miller), what’s best order for dropping henderson: RJ2, c.thompson, mostert, ogun?

    2. is it too early to drop c.davis (i’m assuming my other guys are clear no drops for WR’s)for this group: mclaurin, ross, chark, quinn, crowder, aj brown, parker?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      RJ2, Mostert, Thompson, Ogun

      Drop Davis for Crowder

  27. big league choo says:
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    12 team standard keep 3

    Trade my Zeke/pollard for Chubb/kupp

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