One of my favorite scenes from Major League is when the Cleveland locals are reading the list of players on the Indian’s upcoming roster. Their reactions and comments are priceless.

If you entered week 2 with the following starting lineup, you would not only be laughed out of your league, but you’d probably be better off quitting fantasy football. Or perhaps not…

QB: Josh McGown (18.76 points)
RB: Knile Davis (25.50 points)
RB: Bobby Rainey (18.90 points)
WR: Mohamed Sanu (17.90 points)
WR: James Jones (19.70 points)
TE: Niles Paul (19.90 points)
FL: Owen Daniels (17.30 points)
K: Chandler Catanzaro (14 points)
DST: Washington Football Team (16 points)

Believe it or not, the preceding lineup, which combined for 167.96 fantasy points in Yahoo half-point PPR leagues, would likely have won any head-to-head matchup and would have made you look like a fantasy genius as Willie Mays Hayes slides safely into home plate on Jake Taylor’s surprise bunt.

But I think the big question is really “which of these players would I actually allow myself to own?” Because let’s face it, we all know this lineup is not going to have the same production next week. Or likely ever. So are any of these players worth stashing on your bench for a “Rainey” day? Depending on the size of your bench and if any of your core players have bye weeks coming up, absolutely.

Timing is everything. You’d have to be out of touch with reality if you play fantasy football and you weren’t making some sort of play at grabbing Knile Davis and/or Bobby Rainey this week if they are still available in your league. Anyone with a bye week in the next few weeks will find Davis a more than adequate fill-in if you don’t have a spare stud on your bench. With Jamaal Charles dealing with a high ankle sprain, Davis is going to be a valuable fantasy running back for several weeks. He might end up being the most valuable running back this season that was either not drafted, drafted solely as a handcuff or plucked off the waiver wire because someone else dropped them to pickup Justin Forsett. By the way, was it the “high” ankle sprain that gave Josh Gordon his second hand contact high? Was Charles’s ankle hanging out with Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount? Does putting “Le” in front of your first name mean you like to smoke marijuana?

It seems Bobby Rainey is getting mixed reviews. Some people see potential, others are already pushing him aside because most reports are saying Doug Martin will be ready to go on Thursday. I really like Rainey. I mean he’s not an every week starter, but let’s face it, neither is Martin. The muscle hamster should get back on his wheel and not come back until he’s ready to satisfy his owners. Till then the female readers with Bobby on their team are singing, “It’s rainey men, Hallelujah!”

I’m not high on McGown. While he is currently a top 10 fantasy scorer in Yahoo! leagues, anyone with more interceptions than touchdowns (even this early in the season) is on my “don’t bother with” list and will most certainly fall out of the top 10 quickly.

Depending on A.J. Green‘s status, Sanu can benefit from his absence and might be worth a look if you are looking. And don’t look now, but James Jones is less than a fantasy point behind Julio Jones.  While you’d have to be a Le’fantasy owner to take James over Julio, James is clearly the number 1 receiver in Oakland. Definitely take James over Mohamed though.

I don’t have high hopes for Niles, but will keep an eye on his chemistry with Kirk Cousins to see if there is anything there. In the meantime, I am sticking with the guy I drafted, Delanie “on pace for 16 touchdowns” Walker. Oh, and I don’t care about you Owen Daniels. There I said it.

Now go punch Vaughn in the face, help him up and go celebrate…

Here is my week 1 version which combined for 170.44 points.

QB: Jake Locker (20.04 points)
RB: Mark Ingram (18.60 points)
RB: Isaiah Crowell (15.20 points)
WR: Allen Hurns (25 points)
WR: Steve Smith Sr. (21.30 points)
TE: Dwayne Allen (14.40 points)
FL: Justin Forsett (16.90 points)
K: Mike Nugent (17 points)
DST: Minnesota Vikings (22 points)

Who needs studs? Not me!!! See you next week with a new list of players that would turn any fantasy owner from a zero to a hero in just a few quarters…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Sky: Indeed. Forgot I had that Twitter account though. I will have to start using it again…

      • JB smoove says:
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        @malamoney: yeah let’s get a few tweets out there.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @malamoney: Word, added you to my ‘Razzball Brethren’ list. Hopefully I can get a few more twit followers for ya

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Sky: Cool. I actually have a different twitter account I have been using for the last couple of years. But I plan to use this one going forward…

  1. Passive Aggressive says:
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    Would you start Rainey this week over Ellington or Stacy?

    • malamoney

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      @Passive Aggressive: Nope. I snagged Rainey off the wire today, but I will be benching him this week in favor of better options (Forte and Giovanni). I want to see what happens this week with him and Martin. I am hoping Martin continues his ineffectiveness…

  2. Nick says:
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    I was offered Ridley/Cruz for my Edelman in a 10-team non-ppr…I’m leaning against it as I have plenty of RB depth & not much WR depth..what are your thoughts?

    • malamoney

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      @Nick: What does said depth look like? Who would you have to drop to make room for getting the extra player. It doesn’t sound like the worst deal ever in a non-PPR league, but also not the greatest in a 10-team as there are likely several players currently putting up better numbers than Cruz on your waiver wire. I mean Cruz has to get better, right? But if I had all 3 of those guys on my team, I am starting Edelman and likely benching the other two…

      • Nick says:
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        @Jay: I have Cobb Edelman, Wallace, bowe & g Jennings at wr and Murray, Matthews, R Jennings. Rainey, k Davis, Hyde at rb & Witten/gates at TE..what do you think?! Trade or no??

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          @Nick: based on my Wr/rb/TE above, would you do that trade? The last person to post on razzball thinks Cruz for Edelman is a win and Ridley is a bonus however all other bloggers tell me to keep Edelman as I have a deep rb roster..what do you think??

        • malamoney

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          @Nick: Preseason I make that trade, but the way Cruz has looked I just couldn’t convince myself to pull the trigger…

        • malamoney

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          @Nick: @malamoney: @Nick: I will say that I had a hard time deciding on this one. There is a good chance that Cruz and Edelman end up the season close in stats in non-PPR. That makes Ridley a bonus. But what I have seen so far, Edelman is much more valuable than Cruz and Ridley may or may not start for you depending on the week.

          • Nick says:
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            @malamoney: I completely agree with you, considering my RB depth it doesnt seem like a trade for me, thanks!

  3. Grant says:
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    I had Dwayne Allen, and the Vikings D in week 1, but no one from week 2.

    • malamoney

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      @Grant: I had no players from either week on either of my two teams. I am now the soon-to-be proud owner of Bobby Rainey on one of them though. I put in a bid of $52 on Knile Davis ($100 budget), but he went for $76! And that wasn’t even the Jamaal Charles owner…

  4. JB smoove says:
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    So we start Davis this week? Other option is Vareen, but he seems to be picking splinters out of his ass.

    • malamoney

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      @JB smoove: Davis over Vereen in all formats this week. Vereen has great potential in PPR formats, but you never know what the heck Belichick is going to do in New England. He was on the field for 70% of the Patriot’s offensive snaps in week 1 and only 30% in week 2. However his usage was consistent. He got 7 carries in week 1 and 6 in week 2 and 2 targets each week.

      Knile will be the man in KC with a full workload.

    • malamoney

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      @JB smoove: Let Vereen keep picking those splinters on your bench…

    • malamoney

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      @JB smoove: Vereen also dealing with a shoulder injury…

  5. friar says:
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    Somehow, both Donald Brown and Woodhead are on the waiver wire after last night’s claims settled. I picked up Rainey and Khiry ahead of them, but now I’m wondering if I should also drop Rueben Randle/Justin Hunter for one or both of the SD backs. Thoughts?

    12-team non-PPR
    RB: L. Bell, Bernard, Rainey, K. Robinson, (Charles), (Mathews)
    WR: Welker, K. Benjamin, T. Smith, Randle, Hunter, (Gordon)

    • malamoney

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      @friar: I think in non-PPR formats Brown is the pick over Woodhead. Had this been PPR I would have been all over Woodhead. With Matthews out it still remains to be seen how they will be used, but Brown should get the touchdowns.

      Your running backs looks good. Bell and Bernard are two good guys to anchor the position and both Rainey and Robinson should be in line for increased roles. But adding Brown would give you another better than decent option.

      I was high on Hunter coming into the season, but he has done little to help me be happy with him and he is next to go on my team when the need arises. However, Randle hasn’t done much more. The only thing separating them 1 target, 2 receptions and a TD. It’s only 2 games in and I like the upside of Hunter over Randle.

      So if it’s me, I’m probably dropping Randle, who you could likely easily replace (or get back) for Brown. Then I’m looking to see how I might be able to improve my receiving corp…

  6. Chris says:
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    I have to… It’s McCown, not McGown. Unless there’s an inside joke that I missed, then I apologize.

    Enough of that though, great article, nice insight

    • malamoney

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      @Chris: The joke’s on me. Nice catch. At least I didn’t type McClown. Oh wait, that’s me. Thanks…

      • Chris says:
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        @malamoney:

        No problem. I do some DFS writing myself and nothing drives me more mad than when someone points out a spelling error or something like that. I didn’t want too…but I couldn’t resist. I was secretly hoping that it was a reference to McCown wearing a gown because he’s a sissy.

        Are we allowed to say sissy anymore? Or did I just get a 6 game suspension for Razzball commenting?

  7. Nick says:
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    Hey Seth, Im going to decline the Edelman for Ridley/Cruz deal in my 10team non-ppr, but I want to counter…here is my roster vs his roster, can you make a suggested trade I should propose which would strengthen my WR depth?

    My team;
    Rodgers
    Cobb, Wallace, Edelman, G. Jennings, Bowe
    Murray, R. Jennings, Matthews, Rainey, K Davis, Hyde
    Gates & Witten

    His team;
    Rivers
    Nelson, A Johnson, Cruz, Decker, Hopkins, J Jones
    McCoy, Stacy, West, Bell, Ridley, Ivory
    Olsen

    Whats are 1 or 2 counter offers you would suggest? Thanks again!

  8. malamoney

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    The only guys he has that will make your team better are McCoy and Stacy and we both know he’s not gonna trade you McCoy. That leaves Stacy.

    Don’t get me wrong, Jordy and Andre Johnson would make your team better, but you don’t need them with Cobb, Wallace and Edelman.

    I’d consider Edelman for Stacy, but in your case it would break up your big 3 receiving corp. After than I’m not sure you have the pieces to get Stacy. Perhaps Edelman and Rainey for Stacy and Cruz?

  9. Clubber Lane says:
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    The corny thing about Jake Taylors ‘Surprise bunt’ in Major League is that he (The batter) Gave the sign to the third base coach…Which is never done…But At that point it’s like screaming ‘Hey…THERE IS A PLAY ON’ And since there was a runner on third the only play would be a squeeze. SURPRISE!
    Sorry for typing the obvious.

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