Most people recognize O.J. Simpson as the guy that most likely killed his wife and her lover and got away with it. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit. Old school football fans know “The Juice” as the running back for the Buffalo Bills that became the first player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season back in 1973. While six other players have since accomplished that feat, Simpson remains the only player to have done so in a 14-game season. He also holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average, with 143.1 yards per game.

But how many of you remember him as T.D. Parker, the veteran running back that transitions from player to coach to help lead the California Bulls in HBO’s glorious sitcom from the late 80’s entitled “1st and Ten”? I don’t know about you but that show was awesome. Starring Delta Burke (in her prime), the show included many guest appearances from NFL legends such as Fran Tarkenton, Marcus Allen, John Matuszak, Brian Bosworth, John Riggins, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Eric Dickerson, Roger Craig, Jim Everett, Herschel Walker, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon, Ted Hendricks, Bubba Smith, and more! And let’s not forget about Leslie ‘Dr. Death’ Crunchner, played by none other than Donald Gibb who is best known for his role as Frederick Aloysius Palowakski (aka Ogre) in Revenge of the Nerds. Well done HBO. Well done.

And then there are those that think O.J. is just the douche bag running through the airport in those old Hertz commercials.

Just like the cast of 1st and Ten here is a motley crew of players that you’d never expect to succeed. However, combining for 184.8 points these guys would likely have won any head-to-head match-ups in half point Yahoo! leagues.

QB: Mike Glennon (18.10)
RB: Jeremy Hill (28.80)
RB: Bobby Rainey (12.60)
WR: Allen Hurns (26.70)
WR: Martavis Bryant (18.20)
TE: Chase Ford (15.10)
FL: Jarvis Landry (13.10)
K: Caleb Sturgis (13)
DST: Miami Dolphins (22)

But how many of these players are worth rostering now that the show has gone off the air?

Giovani Bernard who? While that was meant to be a joke, especially to his owners (me included), Jeremy Hill did not disappoint in Bernard’s absence with 24 carries for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. Well perhaps he did disappoint Bernard owners as he has proven his ability to be the man in Cincinnati. He is not going to take the job from Gio, but I do expect his level of participation to keep him very relevant in fantasy play. Jeremy spoke in class today and he said “I should be owned in nearly all formats”.

Can we finally stick a fork in Doug Martin? He sucks. And more importantly Bobby Rainey does not. In 81 carries this season he has averaged over 4.6 yards per carry. Martin has averaged a pathetic 2.9 per carry. He’s ineffective, injured and he sucks. Did I say he sucks already? My bad. Until Charles Sims is ready to play it should be Bobby’s World in Tampa. And when Sims does return, I still expect Rainey to have a role.

Allen Hurns made the first ever “Who Are These Guys” list after week 1. Since then he has been relatively quiet until last week catching 7 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite this valiant effort, like Marvelous Marvin Hagler, I have no interest in having Hurns on my team.

This makes it two weeks in a row for Martavis Bryant making this list. I hope you listened last week and added him to your team. In his 3 games played he now has 167 yards and 5 touchdowns. Unless you are in a very shallow league, I can’t imagine he is still available in your league. You snooze, you lose.

While the Dolphins are 1 point behind the Eagles for the most points for a DST, given their upcoming schedule, I cannot advocate running with them for the rest of the season. Besides, I’m more of a streaming defenses kinda guy. You may say I’m a streamer, But I’m not the only one…

Mike Glennon has been replaced by Josh McCown this week.

Who needs studs? Not me! I’ll be back next week with a new cast of HBO actors that will be sure to entertain your opponents.

  1. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    3 util spots: who should I start out of these bros: Rainey, Jeremy Hill (yes), Martavis Bryant (leaning yes), Shoelace (thinking I have to right?), Decker. So it kind of seems like Bryant vs. Decker, but leaning Martavis. Any input is appreciate, keep up the good work.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      .5 ppr if that changes anything.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: I’m going with Hill, Bryant and Rainey. I’d have a hard time not starting Bryant with the way he’s been playing. At least a hard time starting Decker over him. As for Rainey over Robinson, Atlanta is giving up the most points to opposing running backs. Good luck man!

  2. Don says:
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    Given staffords schedule, would you give up bradshaw to get him?

    Cutler is my qb and I have leveon, rainey and vereen as my other Rbs, ½ ppr

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Don: Nope. Cutler and Stafford are pretty much equal. Bradshaw is your second best running back.

  3. Dom B says:
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    Is Odell and F Jax for Eddie Lacy too much

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Nope. I’d take Lacy in the deal.

  4. Dom B says:
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    Should i give up Kelvin Benjamin for Megatron

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Sure

  5. Yager says:
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    Thanks for your insight. It has been released that the time table for Foles is 6-8 weeks, probably taking him out for the rest of the season. With that in mind, I have picked up Sanchez…. I am in a one QB league and hold; Newton, RGIII, and Sanchez, which one of them is dropable? And who would you be starting week 10? I am tempted to role out Sanchez, as I have been starting Cam and he has been amazingly frustrating, and RGIII is on a bye.

    ….Also Martavis Bryant or Mike Evans this week? Who would you trade from this group: Calvin Johnson, Alshon Jeffrey, Golden Tate, Mike Evans, Martavis Bryant, and Andre Holmes?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Yager: I hate to say it but RG3 is probably the drop of the 3. But that would be a hard move for me to make having not seen Sanchez start a game yet. Everyone keeps saying that he will do well in Chip Kelly’s offense, but I’ll believe it when I see it. With that said I did pick him up this week since I have Brady on a bye. However he was my second choice behind Kyle Orton. And I am still considering picking up Carr instead. I have to think that one over more. But I am interested to see what he can do.

      As for this week I would be starting Cam over Sanchez. And I’d probably do that every week for the rest of my fantasy football career.

      I’m going with Bryant and the supercharged Steelers’ offense over Evans and Glennon.

      As for who I’d trade it all depends on the trade. I’d trade any of them for the right deal.

      • Yager says:
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        @malamoney:
        Thanks for the response! That was my thinking, and Cam has his bye week 12. I should look at the matchups for RGIII and Sanchez in that regard, and make the decision from there…
        I have three running backs: McCoy, Bradshaw, and Denard Dog. Bradshaw is on a bye, but I wanted to package him and a reciever to upgrade at running back. The offers I have on the table are Bradshaw/Tate centered, as I do not trust having two recievers starting from one team week in and week out.
        The biggest question is do you think I can hold at running back, and quarterback with those three, and Cam at the helm?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Yager: What is the Bradshaw offer you have on the table? You are pretty stacked at receiver. If you can package Bradshaw and a receiver for an RB upgrade, that would be good.

          • Yager says:
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            @malamoney:
            An interesting one is Gio, but I worry Hill could shark carries once he returns with the way he is filling in….

  6. Joe says:
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    Nice Ogre reference.

    “Ogre, you asshole”

  7. friar says:
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    I agree that studs are overrated. However, somehow, through well-counseled pickups and timely trades, I’ve managed to amass a roster full of studs in a 12-team (non-ppr) league. I can now trot out Charles, L. Bell, and Gio/Hill as my RBs and Flex, and I’ve got Megatron and Dez as my WRs.

    This leaves me viewing my Ryan/Palmer QB platoon and Olsen at TE as my relative weaknesses. Specifically:
    – Ryan’s schedule is much better now, but his OL still sucks. Palmer has been consistent, but doesn’t seem to have the high ceiling of the elite fantasy QBs.
    – Olsen started out great, but has been near-useless with the demise of the Carolina offense, and Carolina now has the worst schedule for TEs going forward.

    These concerns, coupled with my iron-clad faith in my starters, makes me want to trade away depth for a top-3 option at QB and/or TE. It feels almost thankless to not just keep my current roster, but I’d hate to grow complacent if there’s an opportunity to improve.

    Would you recommend I trade away some of my bench players to upgrade my QB or TE?

    QB: Ryan, Palmer
    RB: Charles, L. Bell, Bernard, Hill, Mathews, Rainey, Gray
    WR: Megatron, Dez, Hopkins
    TE: Olsen, Donnell

    • malamoney

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      @friar: I think you are overreacting with regards to Olsen. He’s still a top 5 tight end and that makes you better than more than half the teams in your league at that position. Doesn’t make much sense to weaken another position to move up a few spots at TE.

      If you could move Mathews, Rainey or Gray or some combination of those players to get a better QB, I’d be all for that. Right now is the time to move Rainey as once Sims gets going and assumes a bigger role, Rainey will be less valuable. Maybe you can package Rainey and Ryan for someone like Brady, Wilson, Big Ben or Rivers?

      • friar says:
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        @malamoney: If I’m able to go bigger (e.g. Ryan + Mathews = Brees) would you recommend that as well, or would I be better off keeping Mathews on my bench?

        • malamoney

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          @friar: Yeah man. I don’t really see you starting Mathews anyway with the studs you have in front of him.

          • friar says:
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            @malamoney: Thanks for the help! I’ll shop around for QB upgrades and see what I can find.

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @friar: Keep me posted!

  8. BraunWeasleys says:
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    Got offered Trich for my Mason.

    In a deep 16 team league, only other rb’s are

    J bell
    Taliaferro
    Ball

    Just looking for someone with decent weekly stats, don’t know if I can risk hanging onto mason for his upside

    • malamoney

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      @BraunWeasleys: Almost a push there, but I’d lean towards Richardson. Especially after Bradshaw gets hurt.

  9. thesportsguy says:
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    First of all I have to play Eli this week thanks to Rivers Bye week:

    Need 2 of 3

    M. Floyd

  10. thesportsguy says:
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    First of all I have to play Eli this week thanks to Rivers Bye week:

    Need 2 of 3

    M. Floyd
    T. Smith
    R. Randle (see Eli comment above)
    Wheaton
    Landry

    and then after picking the two WR, I need one more at flex but also have SJax.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @thesportsguy: Wow. Throw those names in a hat and pick out 3. I’d actually go with Smith, Randle and Steven Jackson.

  11. Nick says:
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    In a 10-team non-ppr would you offer McKinnon for Garcon? How about Witten or Donnell for Ertz (he has amazingly easy schedule at end, I dont think Donnell will do it as he came from wires but maybe Witten)?

    Here is my roster:

    qB- Rodgers
    Rb-Murray, R Jennings, Ingram, McKinnon, Matthews
    WR-Cobb, K Allen, Beckham, M Bryant, A Johnson & Sanu
    TE-Witten & Donnell
    K-Crosby
    D-Ravens

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: I’m taking McKinnon until I hear that Peterson is back on the Vikings. And I’m going with Donnell over those 3 tight ends. Remember Ertz will also have Sanchez throwing him the ball.

      • Nick says:
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        @malamoney: Hmm, J-Foh seems to agree with McKinnon for Garcon as well as Witten for ERtz…..

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Nick: I think you need McKinnon more than you need Garcon. As for Witten for Ertz it’s a not a bad move, but it can go either way. It’s close.

  12. Dom B says:
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    Is Odell Beckham Jr a WR 1, 2, OR 3

  13. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    I’d say 2 and a half

  14. mcBlunty says:
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    been offered Adrian Peterson i would give Martavis Bryant, current WR are Calvin J, Mike Floyd, Josh Gordon, Kendall Wright, Rueben Randle, Kelvin Benjamin and Jon Brown, current RBs are Arian Foster with Blue Handcuff, Sims, Lamar Miler. Peyton is my QB and Gronk rounds off my squad at TE

    so i can obviously use a RB but is the risk worth the reward, i am 3-6 but still have a decent chance of making the playoffs

    • Zandy says:
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      @mcBlunty: id do it
      dont see you playing martavis over calvin, kelvin or gordon – plus with pit’s bye it makes your gordon wait time feel a week shorter
      if sims doesnt work out youre light on rbs – miller has been td dependent

    • malamoney

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      @mcBlunty: Sure. I tried to snag Peterson today, but was outbid. I don’t know if he is going to play, but if Martavis is going to sit on your bench, then I say go for it.

  15. Zandy says:
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    any waiver/FA moves to make for the dreaded std league – vomit vomit vomit
    WR: Wallace, Mike Floyd
    RB: Ingram, Mason
    Flex? prob sims or wright this week unless you like an FA
    TE: Gresham
    BN: AndreJohnson, Wright, Hawkins, McKinnon, Sims, Stacy, Gray, JCameron,

    Waivers/FA: Blount, PT, Devonta, CJ2k, Doug, Starks, Latavius, hyde, jstew bryce
    Britt, John Brown, Davante, Hurns, Landry, Stills, Moncrief, Riley Cooper

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zandy: Not really. I’d consider Hawkins at flex if he’s playing. Otherwise I think I’m leaning towards Wright.

  16. JoeBoo says:
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    PPR league:
    Mike Evans or Davante Adams?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @JoeBoo: Evans

  17. BraunWeasleys says:
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    Ppr league, which 2 wr’s to start?

    Sanu
    Mike evans
    Randle (vs seattle)
    Beckam jr (sherman covering him?)

  18. FMFDOC says:
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    I am almost embarrased to ask this question, but I will anyway because being a Steeler Fan I may be allowing emotion to overrule logic. I was able to obtain Brandon Marshall in a trade and pick up Martavis Bryant off waivers.

    My WR Corps is: D.Thomas/K.Benjamin/B.Marshall/M.Bryant.
    I can start 3. I bought low on Marshall and now I want to put him on the bench in favor of Bryant until I see something from him, and honestly, Bryant has become the “Boom Stick” for the Steelers. Ben is looking for him first in the Red Zone…

    Is this logical or should I do what every expert on the universe is doing and starting Marshall because of last year’s output? He hasn’t done anything to warrant his ranking this week. Help? Thanks, and I apologize if this is a ridiculous question!

    • malamoney

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      @FMFDOC: Dude, I’ve gotta say if I were in your position I’d very likely be starting Bryant. I know that’s going to get a lot of people saying I am crazy but here’s why. In standard leagues (ESPN) Marshall is averaging 9.5 points per game. And that includes me throwing out his week 3 stinker. In Bryant’s 3 games he is averaging 15.6

      I’m not sure if your league is PPR, but if so, Marshall is averaging 14 points compared to Bryant’s 19. In 8 games Marshall has 5 touchdowns, including 3 in one game. In 3 games Bryant has 5 as well.

      I don’t know man. You do the math.

      • FMFDOC says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thanks dude… at least I know I’m not crazy. I’m going to roll with Bryant until Marshall shows me something. I was able to acquire him on a bye week from a frustrated owner and the math looks good to me (and so does the Steelers schedule and Tomlin stating he wants to get Bryant more involved). Cheers and thanks!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @FMFDOC: Any time. Good luck!

  19. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i didn’t even know HBO had sitcoms. i didn’t have cable back then.

  20. rainking99 says:
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    I need to pick 1 of these 3 for Flex (standard scoring)…..Thanks!!!

    Ivory vs PIT (always a dud when I start him, scores big when I bench him)
    L. Miller @ DET (sore shoulder)
    Evans vs ATL (just picked up as FA after dropping R.Randle)

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @rainking99: Evans

  21. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on trading my Jordy for his Marshawn Lynch who you got ROS? Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @AJ: I’ve got Lynch over Jordy slightly in standard scoring, but Nelson in PPR. But it also matters what the rest of your roster looks like?

      • AJ says:
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        @malamoney: For RB i have Forte/Ben Tate and at WR i have Brown/Megatron/Nelson/Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin- standard league

        • malamoney

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          @AJ: Make the trade. You need Lynch more than you need Jordy and I have Lynch over Jordy in standard anyway.

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