Who are these guys? I’ll tell you exactly who they are. These guys are the players that no one else wants. The players that just sit on your waiver wire week after week, ignored for the trending players of the week. I bet more people picked up Thomas Rawls, James White and Dorial Green-Beckham last week than any of the following undesirable players. But that begs the question, what is your definition of “desirable”? Do you find 189.16 points desirable? If you don’t, I think you might need a new TI-84 and dose of reality. I currently sit in first place in the Razzball Writers league with a record of 9-1. Over those ten games I have averaged 133 points with a margin of victory of 26.8 points. 189.16 points is a little more than 56 points more than my weekly average. These half ass lineups that most of us wouldn’t consider starting even if we were told included players that were going to have a good week, are practically unbeatable.

POS Name Points Owned
QB
Kirk Cousins 28.96 33%
RB
Matt Jones 26.2 47%
RB
Andre Ellington 16.3 52%
WR
Doug Baldwin 22.9 24%
WR
Dwayne Harris 17.2 18%
TE
Zach Miller 25.2 1%
FL
Brent Celek 15.4 1%
K
Dustin Hopkins 18 3%
DST Chiefs 19 40%

Kirk Cousins – I’ve lost track of how many times Cousins has been featured in this series. Actually this is his third appearance. In his two previous I stated that I have no interest in owning him. Not even a four touchdown, 324 yard performance was able to change my stance on Cousins. He had a great game, but it came against the Saints. Their defense sucks. Especially against opposing quarterbacks in which they were giving up over 300 passing yards per game coming into this one. Kirk has had some good games, but there are just too many better options ahead of him.

Matt Jones – After week two’s big game in which he rushed for 123 yards and scored 2 touchdowns, Jones has all but disappeared from fantasy relevance. By week four I was over the disappointment of losing out on him on the waiver wire. Last week he carried the ball 11 times for 56 yards. He also had 3 catches for another 131 yards and a touchdown. That’s 187 yards from scrimmage. Do I wish I owned him now? Nope. I would never have started him last week and I don’t know when I would moving forward. The RB shituation in Washington is uninspiring. And let’s not forget which defense Jones faced last week.

Andre Ellington – I’m not sure if there has been a player that has disappointed me more than Ellington has over the last two seasons. He was supposed to be a PPR stud. Instead he is currently the handcuff to Chris Johnson. Really? On Sunday, the Duke of Ellington rushed for 61 yards on just 5 carries (12.2 YPC) and managed to find the end zone. On the season he is averaging 7.6 yards per carry over 29 carries. Why can’t CJ1K just go away and let Andre be a giant. I still like Ellington, but am leery of his week to week output.

Doug Baldwin – Is a bald win when a guy with no hair suddenly grows a full head of hair? Or is it when he finishes in first place in some sort of contest. Doug had just his second good game of the season. Two out of nine are not very good odds. Unless I am desperate, I am looking elsewhere.

Dwayne Harris – Harris does nothing for me. While he did catch 6 of 9 targets for 82 yards and a score, I just cannot endorse him. Even with Victor Cruz set to have season ending surgery, I don’t think you can rely on Harris’s lack of consistency.

Zach Miller – It was Miller time in Chicago last week. For a guy practically unowned across all leagues, he put up a heck of fantasy game last week. Miller caught all five of his targets for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. But it was his 87-yard score that made his stat line. Take that away and his numbers are pedestrian. And considering his spot in the depth chart behind a more talented Martellus Bennett, I think you can figure out what my advice is for Miller going forward.

Brent Celek – If only Celek and Ertz could merge into one player. Would it be Brent Ertz or Zach Celek? Celek caught 4 passes for 134 yards. That was 63 yards more than he had all season. Heck coming into this game he had only received 9 targets. Ertz is the tight end to own in Philly if someone is forcing you to roster a Eagle tight end. Otherwise, I am staying away. Ertz hasn’t found the end zone once this season.

Another week, another winning team scraped together off the waiver wire.

  1. Mike Schenk says:
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    Looking to trade for Shady to upgrade at RB. I managed to snag Romo of waivers. Would would trade dalton for shady?

    The guy I’m working with said he needs a qb or te. I also have Ben Watson on my bench I could offer as well.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Mike Schenk: I would give up Dalton for McCoy…

  2. G says:
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    Would you rather have Givens or Dobson as Bench WRs to keep an eye on for upside?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @G: Givens…

  3. Scooter G says:
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    I got two for you this morning if you dont mind.

    1. How would you rank this RBs ros in standard league? Forsett, Murray, Forte, DMC, C West, L Mccoy?

    2. Should I drop one of Duke Johnson, K Williams, CJ Anderson, or A Blue for Jay Ajayi?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scooter G: Forte, Murray, West, McCoy, Forsett and DMC. But in all honestly that will change on a weekly basis.

      Not unless you own Lamar Miller…

  4. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Are there any Defenses you would rather own than Denvers Ros? I know the clunker last week was also the offenses fault but they also have a tough schedule down the stretch @CHI, NE @ SD OAK @ PIT CIN SD.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: Probably not, but if I got stuck with Seattle or Arizona I wouldn’t be upset. I’m more a weekly streamer when it comes to defense…

  5. Zandy says:
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    HNervous about McManus? Do you stream kicker and if so what are the things you consider?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zandy: The over/under on the game. The kicker’s stats. Mostly how he fares in kicks over 40 yards…

      • Zandy says:
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        @malamoney: Higher over/under better for kickers despite higher implied TD expectation vs FG?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Zandy: The more points that are scored, the more points that have the opportunity to have been scored by a kicker. Just playing the odds here…

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @malamoney: also, whether or not you get TDs or FG’s a high scoring game the kickers have high floors. you might get a 7 EX pt game (like catanzaro a while back) but you won’t be getting many or any 0-3’s. Go look at NO’s kickers this year for something that looks scary with the downside on a week to week basis.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Zandy: i’m guessing he might even get better with forehead gone. dude plays for THE top DEF, with an offense just good enough to move the ball, ALSO in the best stadium for distance kicks. what more could you want. i couldn’t believe how many people weren’t aware of the TB guy being cut right before my drafts(barth) and i either got the baldwin brother from Usual Suspects in like 80% of my leagues in last round or even after.

      • malamoney

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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: I was actually going to give you a shout out and concede to you in this post regarding forehead’s demise, but the deadline was moved up last minute and I ran out of time to do it justice…

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @malamoney: good show.

  6. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Morning! Bye week hell in my PPR league…need 1 Flex WR for this week. Thoughts on who you like best for this week’s matchups & why? have these wonderful choices…thanks

    N Washington
    Green Beckham
    H Douglas
    T Ginn
    R Woods
    Roddy

    • malamoney

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      @JohnnyBeGood: You could honestly almost flip a coin between Washington, Ginn and Woods. I want to put Green-Beckham in the mix because his abilities are sick, but he hasn’t shown me anything yet. He has the highest potential upside. If I was forced to choose I I think I’d go with Woods. Of all the opposing defenses, NE is giving up the most receiving yards of this group…

  7. shookones says:
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    is there a cowboys rb worth owning past DMC? no way he stays healthy, but if he goes down I feel like this is RBBC here on out.

    what TE do you think has the best chance of ‘exploding’ the last 5-6 weeks?

    ertz, Charles clay, Vernon, any other waiver wire te you could dream up?

    thanks

    • malamoney

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      @shookones: Other than DMC, I have no interest in an Cowboys RB. If he goes down, I’d say Michael is the guy to own.

      Out of that group I like Clay the most. Ertz doesn’t score touchdowns and who wants VD? I like ASJ if he can get healthy. Perhaps someone in your league has given up on him. I’d also take a glance at Ebron and Fleener…

      • shookones says:
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        @malamoney: thanks. Christine Michael was cut yesterday in case you hadn’t heard the news.. so me and you both have as good of a chance getting that backup rb job as Christine does anymore.

        I agree ASJ has some big upside if he can get healthy, unfortunately I play with an ASJ truther and they’ve been holding him ever since week 2. perseverance right there.

        I admittedly keep getting sucked in to the thought of Vernon davis running deep. hes just so athletic, I like the fleener call though I may take a look there. monitor things.

        I currently have martellus, who is the most over-rated ‘safe’ TE out there. my personal opinion is after gronk, eifert, barnidge and olsen everyone is a toss up. [email protected]!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @shookones: Good luck…

  8. friar says:
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    I’m doing pretty well in my 12-team 0.5 ppr league (6-4), but with the trade deadline coming up, figured I’d explore some trades that might convert some of my depth into a stronger lineup. All the deals suggested below are hypothetical at this point – I’ve identified teams that have roster holes and might be willing to trade studs for depth, but I don’t know if any of these will actually be accepted. In general, I don’t feel like I NEED to make a trade, so I’ll probably only make a move if it clearly makes my team better (I realize that, with this philosophy, the other team may not often be interested).

    I’d love your opinion on which of these trade ideas you think I should offer up (sorry for the long list!), and/or any general guidance you have for what type of trade I should be looking to make at this point. Thanks!

    A) Give Snead + Ellington, get Martavis
    B) Give Starks + Golden Tate, get Brandon Marshall
    C) Give Tate, get Kelce
    D) Give Snead + Ellington, get Dez
    E) Give Starks, get Olsen
    F) Give Starks, get Hilton
    G) Give Starks + Snead, get Beckham Jr.

    Roster (start QB / 2RB / 2WR / TE / flex)
    QB: Palmer
    RB: Freeman, Gore, Starks, Anderson, Ellington, Crowell, Rawls
    WR: Julio, Robinson, Tate, Snead
    TE: Gillmore

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @friar: I would make everyone of those trades you suggested. But I guess that’s the point. If I could only pick one I’d take “G”

  9. Nick says:
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    Hey Malamoney…got a few week 11 starter questions. First up, pick 3 WR & a flex;

    -Amari Cooper @ Detroit
    -Ty Hilton @ ATL (with Hasselbeck)
    -Davante Adams @ MIN
    -Stevie Johnson v. KC
    -Jordan Matthews v. TB (with Sanchez, ugh)
    -Desean Jackson @ Carolina
    -Joique Bell vs. Oakland

    second question, at QB, do you start Tyrod vs. NE (I get the feeling he will not duplicate his 28 point effort earlier in the season vs. Big Bill), or Marcus Mariota @ Jags?

    third question, go with Gates vs. KC or Martellus Bennett vs. Denver for my TE spot?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: Cooper, Hilton and Johnson. Either Adams or Matthews at flex.

      Tyrod. Gates…

  10. J-FOH says:
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    Every time I go to add Ellington I smack myself and return to my seat. I don’t get it. I think the best case for ownership is handcuffing the old man in the hopes (and my prayers) he blows something out and Andre takes over. Am I the only who thinks he hasnt put on a pound since coming into the league. That guy needs to add some weight already with his pee wee football stature.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @J-FOH: I really just wish Johnson would disappear…

  11. Jack says:
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    Cousins or Sanchez?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jack: Cousins…

  12. IV says:
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    16 team league .5PPR

    Trade deadline is Friday and looking to sure up my team before then.

    My Current Team for reference:
    QB: Dalton
    RB: Ivory
    WR: Fitz
    TE: Gillmore
    WR/RB/TE: Woodhead
    WR/TE: Diggs
    K: Tucker
    D/ST: Panthers
    BN: Z Miller, Forte, Rams D, Cooks

    Could trade Dalton, Woodhead, Diggs for Palmer and Stevie Johnson. Thoughts?

    Dalton worries me ROS. I know I am giving up a lot, but I think Palmer is worth it and Johnson is the #1 WR in SD now with pass happy Rivers. Also I can pick up Andre Ellington for depth

    • malamoney

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      @IV: I’d rather have Dalton, Woodhead and Diggs. Johnson is going to see an uptick, but he will also draw heavy coverage. I’d likely own Ellington over Zach Miller. Did you just pick up Miller this week?

      • IV says:
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        @malamoney: I did just pick up Miller (my Bears colors were showing on that one). I swapped him for Ellington, I’ll probably hold on the trade. Thanks for the advice!

        If I can swap Dalton and Woodhead or Diggs for Palmer, would you like that better?

        • malamoney

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          @IV: Not really. I don’t think Palmer is worth that much more than Dalton on a weekly basis. With Forte’s future production level and injury concern uncertain, you need Woodhead on your roster. And I like Diggs.

          I would never have dropped Ellington for Miller. Heck, I wouldn’t have dropped anyone for Miller. But that’s just me…

  13. Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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    there’s fair good evidence that the RB scene over at ARI town is actually the inverse order it should be.

  14. Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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    it would be brech zrlek

  15. tentyme says:
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    hello there !! good afternoon. In a 1 point PPR league do I play Allen hurns in a very good matchup vs tenn. or plat lafell vs buf. not the best of matches. tenn. is bad vs the #2 wr the worst in the league I think. but N.E. lost 2 big parts of that passing offense so lafell will be needed more. This is for my flex position my main starting wr is Hopkins and Landry. Could ya help me out with a lil advice. The guy i’m playing has Bortles as his starter and It be nice to watch my guy on Thursday but it also be nice to watch my guy on monday lol i’m all sorts of turned around. Thx tom

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @tentyme: If it helps, I’m starting Hurns tonight…

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