You shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone. Because, in fact, all that glitters is not gold.

What the heck does all of that mean? Just because a chick is hot doesn’t mean that you are going to enjoy spending time with her the next day or the day after that. Take a look at the following lineup:

QB: Drew Brees
RB: Matt Forte
RB: Le’Veon Bell
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Alshon Jeffery
TE: Vernon Davis
FL: A.J. Green
K: Justin Tucker
DST: Seattle Seahawks

This team should be unbeatable. But it’s not. As a matter of fact the next lineup listed below which looks like it is probably the worst fantasy football lineup in the history of fantasy football and the owner that set it should be banished from the sport, combined for 157.54 points in Yahoo! half point leagues would have kicked the first team’s ass this week and probably any other team it played.

QB: Josh McCown (21.94)
RB: C.J. Anderson (24.30)
RB: Terrence West (15.40)
WR: Martavis Bryant (22.30)
WR: Preston Parker (17.40)
TE: Mychal Rivera (15.40)
FL: John Brown (15.80)
K: Brandon McManus (11)
DST: New York Jets (14)

But how many of these books you’ve judged by their covers are worth rostering for the rest of the season?

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Martavis Bryant is now officially a MUST OWN. This is his third week in a row on this list and I put him here this week for a reason. According to Yahoo! he is only owned in 62% of leagues. That number should be much closer to 100%. If you are somehow in one of the 38% of the leagues that he is available proceed directly to the waiver wire claim line. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Pick this guy the f-ck up! He now has 6 touchdowns, 14 receptions and 310 yards in his last and only 4 games this season. That makes him the most valuable wide receiver over the last month. Enough said.

All three running backs for Cleveland scored a touchdown last week. I wonder when the last time that happened was? There was a lot of talk surrounding West coming into this game and with 26 carries for 94 yards and touchdown, he is definitely the back I’d want to own out of the three. I actually dropped Tate last week to make room for bye week fill-ins.

Thank you very much C.J. Anderson for rendering Hillman useless last week. Just when I finally pull the trigger to start him, he rushes 6 times for 13 freaking yards! Meanwhile Anderson carried 13 times for 90 yards on the ground and had 4 receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in the air. What does this mean moving forward in Denver? Who knows. But if you have a spare roster spot I wouldn’t be afraid to use it to speculate on Anderson, but I am expecting last week to be more of an aberration than the norm.

Mychal Rivera has now put together 3 solid fantasy weeks in a row. Over that span he has 21 catches for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. While that’s no Martivis Bryant, it is top notch output from the tight end position. I actually like his schedule going forward and would consider adding Rivera if you don’t own one of the obvious tight end studs.

John Brown has been hit or miss all season. Four hits and 3 misses. It’s pretty tough to start a guy that’s hit or miss, so I’d say let this one be someone else’s miss.

That’s all I have for you this week. Who needs studs? Not me. I’ll be back next week with another lineup of players you never would have expected to like.

  1. JD says:
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    Ok, so in this vein of not needing studs…

    14-team, full PPR, i’m 6-4 and need another 2 wins out of last 3 games to make playoffs.

    RBs = Charles, j forest, a ellington
    WRs = cobb, r wayne, k wright, james jones, j brown
    TE = olsen, gates
    QBs = cam, smith

    A guy in my league is offering me martavis Bryant, Bryce brown, and andre Williams in exchange for Charles. I feel like this is a horrible idea, b/c Williams and brown seem like throwaways to me that i’d only use this week b/c forest has a bye. But Bryant would score me more points than any of my current WRs besides cobb, and probably more than Charles himself. Doesn’t seem like I’m getting enough for my first pick, but only a few games left in regular season, so maybe worth a risk?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @JD: Your first instinct was right–horrible idea.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @JD: I would not make that trade. You are giving up too much at running back, weakening the position for you. I don’t think the increase at WR outweighs the loss of Charles. I’d have no interest in Bryce Brown and little in Andre Williams. In Jennings’ absence Williams did very little. And Jennings is on the verge of returning thus reducing Williams’ role. I’d need a much more reliable running back in that deal to convince me to pull the trigger.

    • Barker says:
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      @JD: trade gates or olsen

  2. mguy31 says:
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    Trade my Gronk for Cobb striaght up? I have Mychael Rivera to plug into my tight end spot.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @mguy31: I think I’d rather have Gronk. Who are your other receivers?

      • mguy31 says:
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        It is a standard 12 team league.. Start 3 WR’s 2 Rb 1 Flex

        I have Brown, Alshon, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne, Davante Adams.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @mguy31: You don’t need Martavis. Definitely not at the price of the best tight end. Keep Gronk.

          • mguy31 says:
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            You mean Cobb?

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @mguy31: My bad. Got my comments crossed. While you could use Cobb, you need Gronk more. Unless you have Gronk, Graham or Julius Thomas you are handicapped at TE.

  3. Dom B says:
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    Would you start Seattle D facing Kansas or chargers D facing Oak

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Chargers

  4. Annie's Boobs says:
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    Malamoney, would you drop Hillman for Martavis? Latest has him out “at least 2-3 weeks” and I wonder if Ball reassert himself during that time.

    10-team .5 ppr starting 3Wr and 2RB no flex.
    RBs – Charles, Mathews, J Bell, Mason, Hillman, K. Davis
    WRS – Jordy, Emannuel, Alshon, Gordon
    TE – Gronk
    QBs – Cutler, Sanchez

    • malamoney

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      @Annie’s Boobs: In a vacuum, yes. As good as Martavis has been, I don’t see you starting him over any of your receivers. That’s a nice list of players you have there. But… I think I’d still make the move and then perhaps try and trade a receiver for either a replacement for Hillman for some help at QB.

  5. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Qb newton wr calvin cobb evans rb lacy west te olsen flex p manning
    K suisham def det
    Bn gordon fitz tate ivory reed murray

    Trade deadline friday and here are some last minute options

    Give cam cobb get luck and jordan matthews
    Give cam cobb get luck
    Give cam cobb get romo and dez
    Give cam Cobb ivory get romo dez
    Give cam cobb get brees bryant or odb
    Give cam cobb get brees

    I dont really want to give up cobb but feel i could get by with evans and fitz in the wr3 slot and romo dez package may make me too cowboy heavy

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Barker: Out of all of those options I like giving Cam and Cobb for Brees and Bryant. I’d make that deal for sure if I were you.

      • Barker says:
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        @malamoney: cam cobb for brady m bryant

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Barker: Who are your other receivers?

          • Barker says:
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            Calvin fitz evans gordon are my other receivers

            Looks like his final offer is cam cobb for brees crabtree or mike floyd

            I dont want floyd because i have fitz he has vjax who i could ask for but i have evans so basically it leaves brees and crabtree
            I think i may stand pat and hope cam gets healthy and/or plays better

            Maybe cam for romo straight up

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @Barker: I take Brees and Vincent Jackson for Cam and Cobb for sure! I don’t care if you have Evans.

  6. Dom B says:
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    Would trade odell Beckham Jr. for Lamar Miller and Golden Tate in a league with 1 flex two WR two rb

    My roster

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Who wouldn’t is what you should be asking. The best player in that deal is Golden Tate.

  7. Scott says:
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    roll with Michael Floyd this week, or drop him for James Jones, Kenny Britt, Harry Douglas, Doug Baldwin, Davante Adams, Jarvis Landry, John Brown?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scott: I’d stick with Floyd. Baldwin might be a better option this week, but Floyd is the better ROS player.

  8. Dom B says:
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    My roster would you trade Odell Beckham for Golden Tate and Rashad Jennings and who to drop if accepted

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Dom B says:
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      @Dom B: This one or lamar Miller

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: A few posts ago you asked if I would trade Beckham for Tate and Miller. I said Tate was the best player in the deal. That means I would trade Beckham for Tate and a turkey sandwich. You can insert any player for the turkey sandwich and I’d still accept the trade. If you asking whether I’d rather have Miller or Jennings, then my answer is Miller by a very little bit. I’d drop either Sims, Jackson, Walker or Harvin.

  9. friar says:
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    In my 12-team, 0.5 ppr league, I start 2 WRs and usually play a third as my flex (cuz, y’know, Ben Tate is terrible). Someone recently dropped Reggie Wayne and I’m trying to decide whether to pick him up. My WRs are Julio, ODB, Edelman, Sanu, and Adams, and I’d need to drop one of those 5 in order to pick up Wayne.

    Sanu feels similar to Wayne as the trusted #2 receiver on his team, but with just a maybe-gimpy Green between him and #1 targets, his upside seems higher (of course, Dalton sucks…). Edelman has been inconsistent, but coming off a big game and then a bye, I’d hate to drop him without seeing what he does this week, in case he goes back to being reliable (plus, 0.5 ppr is nice with him). Adams is the obvious guy to drop, but he’s also the only one of the three that I think has a chance to be a stud for me — an injury to Nelson or Cobb and Adams would become a must-start.

    Do you think Wayne is worth picking up? If so, who should I drop for him?

    • friar says:
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      @friar: I could also drop a RB or TE, but I’m reluctant to do so. RB is an area of weakness for me, so I’m loathe to drop a guy who has the chance to be a reliable upgrade if things break his way. And I have two TEs, but they both feel more valuable than Wayne to me (plus, one of them is scarily injury-prone).

      QB: Wilson
      RB: Lacy, Stewart, Tate, Gray, Peterson
      WR: Julio, Beckham, Edelman, Sanu, Adams
      TE: Reed, Kelce

    • malamoney

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      @friar: I’d probably drop Adams for Wayne. Wayne has a role right now. Adams is the 3rd guy in Green Bay. And he has been inconsistent. The Packers had a blowout last week and he had one catch. One catch! No way I’d even consider dropping Edelman in any PPR format. The bottom line is you probably aren’t going to start Adams or Wayne. Adams upside requires an injury. Wayne is Wayne.

      • friar says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks!

  10. Dom B says:
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    Hey got a trade accepted good or bad for me injured Lamar miller and Rashad Jennings for my Odell and Charles sims

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: What do you think? You should have asked for the non-injured Lamar Miller. Good trade for you though.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @malamoney: hehe.

  11. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    in a standard league where WR/TE are the same thing (except we can’t start 3 TE, we have 2 RB/ 2 WR or TE/ 1 RB or WR for starters), with this lineup
    romo/sanchize
    l.bell/hill/ivory/a.will/sims/peterson
    dez/j.graham/olsen/beckham/rudolph
    am i better off ROS with rudolph or one of matthews/rivera?

    2. PPR league where we start 3 WR/ 2 RB/ 1 TE/ no flex
    charles/l.bell/miller/mason/a.will
    drop a.will for any of
    b.brown/sims/p.thomas/gray/daily show?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: Until I see how Rudolph returns I’d have to say Matthews, but since it is likely you won’t start either of them, I’m not sure it matters.

      I consider dropping Williams for Pierre Thomas if he is going to play. He is a solid PPR performer when active. After that it’s a toss up between Williams and Sims. Sims is supposed to be the guy in Tampa soon and I expect they will hand him the reigns soon since their season is in the crapper.

  12. Jason Morgan says:
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    Would you trade Sanchez and Rainey for Eddie Lacy?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Yes, but who is your other QB?

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @malamoney: Brady

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Jason Morgan: Still a yes. With Brady you don’t need Sanchez and I expect Lacy to finish the season strong.

  13. Jason Morgan says:
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    One more. How about Giovani Bernard, McKinnon and Sanchez for DeMarco Murray?

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks man!

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    best of these in PPR ROS?
    sims/b.brown/gray/a.williams/p.thomas/daily show

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: this appears answered slightly above.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @goodfold2: If healthy, Thomas

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    dynasty. 20 team. deep benches. half PPR. start 1 QB/ 1 RB/ 2 WR/ 1 TE/ 1 regular flex (WR/RB/TE)/ 1 kicker/ 11 IDP starters. I’m WAS. also 10 return yards per pt.
    RG3/Mccoy
    Morris/Peterson/Helu/Taliaferro/Michael/Sims
    D-Jax/Garcon/Roberts/M.Lee/T.Austin
    Reed/Donnell/ASJ
    i got an offer for Kearse (SEA) and two 6th rounders (worth about nothing) for my Donnell? Since Sims got healthy i only have room for 2 IDP backups. I’m thinking i should be trading Donnell and a RB for a better WR (also to have room for another IDP backup, if needed). should i
    1. take offer as is
    2. try to get cruz for donnell and a RB (which one, Sims maybe? Taliaferro)
    3. keep donnell and reed and just drop ASJ for IDP room?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: 3 i don’t like as i want to get some value that i could use for donnell and think ASJ has long term value. I also don’t want 3 TE, but 2 are needed.

  16. Brett says:
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    Would you trade cj Anderson and garçon for Brandon Marshall in a Ppr league!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Brett: Yes and no. Depends on the rest of my roster.

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