You almost had me? You never had me – you never had your car… Granny shiftin’ not double clutchin’ like you should. You’re lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn’t blow the welds on the intake! You almost had me? Back in 1999, I bought a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. I had wanted one of these cars for a while because I knew they had potential to be very fast with just a few minor modifications. I didn’t know much about cars back then, but I was determined to learn. Over the course of the next two or three years, I gradually upgraded my DSM. During that time, I made a handful of great friends that helped me with the bigger projects that were beyond my scope of skills. I was able to up-install an Injen intake, upper intercooler pipe, turbo timer, boost controller, and even an A’PEXi Super AFC. But when it came to swapping out the stock T25 turbo with a 16G, or the wimpy side mounted intercooler with a GReddy front mounted intercooler, I had to rely on the expertise of GSXtreme (aka JM Fabrications). He had a GSX too. I was a pretty red color and it was fast. Real fast. There was something extremely rewarding (and fun) about putting time and effort into my car and then taking it to the quarter-mile track to evaluate the upgrades. Eventually I was able to drive that 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, all wheel drive car to a sub 13-second quarter mile (12.95). But the most satisfying reward was the ability to embarrass Mustangs on a routine basis. I lived in the Trenton, NJ area at the time, and on Sunday nights everyone would meet in the Best Buy parking lot on Route 1, just north of Philly. We’d admire each others’ rides, bullsh*t for a while, and then head to the side streets and race. It was fast and the furious before The Fast and The Furious was fast or furious. Fast forward fifteen years and I still have that car. With just 80,000 miles, it sits in my garage and is never driven, but I still have it. I should probably sell it, and would if I got a fair offer, but I am just not motivated to let it go.

This week’s fast and furious lineup is led by Oakland’s Derek Carr. Here is the rest of the squad:

POS Name Points Owned
QB Derek Carr 27.34 14%
RB Matt Jones 26.1 22%
RB Dion Lewis 20.8 34%
WR Michael Crabtree 21.6 23%
WR Travis Benjamin 31 13%
TE Crockett Gillmore 23.3 3%
FL Leonard Hankerson 16.7 4%
DST Kyle Brindza 16 1%
K Dallas Cowboys 19 9%

This lineup combined for 201.84 points! 200 points is some serious points. And look at the ownership on these guys. I bet you wished you submitted this lineup in your DraftKings tournament. Let’s a take a closer look at each of these players.

Derek Carr – I think this might have been Carr’s best performance ever. Considering last year was his first year in the NFL, that’s not saying much. Regardless, he threw for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns. Did I mention he plays for the Raiders? As far as I’m concerned he can stay on the waiver wire. This was a great week, but there are just too many better options in front him. Unless of course you own Tony Romo and are desperate.

Matt Jones – Jones could quite possibly be the real deal. He is a mixture of power and speed with the ability to catch passes. He’s got only one thing in his way. Alfred Morris. But not last week when he ran for 123 yards on 19 carries (6.47 YPC) and 2 touchdowns. Those are stud stats. While I do not expect Jones to catapult passed Morris on the depth chart just yet, he has certainly opened some eyes. A lot of eyes. In PPR leagues he should be owned. I know I’ve got my FAAB locked in as we speak. Actually by the time you read this he will hopefully be on my roster.

Dion Lewis – I’m really not sure how he is owned in only 34% of leagues. I grabbed him after his week 1 performance. I realize that owning a Patriots running back can be frustrating, but I think it’s clear that Lewis is worth that risk. Heck he fumbled again this week and Belichick sent him back out there. Even though he only carried the ball 7 times, he was still able to muster 40 yards (5.71 YPC) and a TD. However he also saw 9 targets, catching 6 for 98 yards. I said that Jones should be owned in PPR leagues. Well in PPR leagues, Neon Dion is a must own.

Michael Crabtree – Hey I remember this dude from a few years ago. After a terrible 2015 season it’s easy to understand Crabtree’s lack of ownership. The question is, with 9 catches for 111 yards and a score, how high will his ownership rise. I think he has potential, but I don’t think he will be consistent enough to start. He might be worth a stash if you have the roster spot to spare, but otherwise I’m going to need to see more.

Travis Benjamin – If you are having deja vu reading this name it’s because he was on this list last week. At the time I said I had no interest in owning him. I still don’t. Benjamin had 4 targets. He caught 3 of them for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. The week before he had 3 targets. Did I mention he’s a Cleveland Brown? As a red zone target he’s gotten my attention, but I know if I add him and start him, it will be the first week of several to follow in which none of his 4 targets end up as touchdowns.

Crockett Gillmore – Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Tight Ends. Gillmore led all tight ends in points this week, but that’s only because Gronk scored just one touchdown. Crockett caught 5 passes for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s worth adding to your watch list, but unless he shows us more in the coming weeks, that’s as close as he’s going to get to my roster. And since I own Eifert and Rudolph, he’s not even going to get that far.

Leonard Hankerson – Hank the tank. If he has time between catching 6 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown I think he’s going to go to Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond. I’ve got a hankering for not picking this guy up.

Kyle Brindza – I refuse to discuss kickers.

Cowboys DST – No thanks.

For sh*ts and giggles, here’s a real lineup of studs that better hope they didn’t own themselves in their personal fantasy leagues. Studs? How bout duds! Kyle Brindza outpointed every player on this list. Nuff said…

POS Name Points Owned
QB Andrew Luck 11.4 100%
RB Marshawn Lynch 7.7 100%
RB DeMarco Murray 8 100%
WR DeAndre Hopkins 7.8 100%
WR T.Y. Hilton 6.5 99%
TE Jimmy Graham 1.6 100%
FL Jeremy Hill 0.6 100%
DST Seattle 4 100%
K Dan Bailey 8 95%

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullsh*t. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.”

gsx

  1. Zandy says:
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    Last bench spot – taliaferro or Damien Williams?
    Not starting either this week even if Lamar sits

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zandy: Williams

  2. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Williams. I am thinking of grabbing him myself…

  3. William says:
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    Malamoney! I hope you are doing well. I got some solid players from the waiver wire this week. (Lewis and M. Jones) My question is who should I start this week? My team is as follows:

    QB-Rodgers
    RB1-Ingram
    RB2- ______ Lacy? M. Jones? D. Lewis?
    WR1- J. Matthews
    WR2-________ Cooper? Tate? Agholor?
    TE- Eifert
    F-________
    K- Tucker
    D-________ AZ or MIA?
    Bench: Lewis, M. Jones, Cooper, G. Tate, N. Agholor, Spiller, Stafford, T. Gurley

    I really appreciate your advice!

    William

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @William: Is this PPR? And is that Amari Cooper?

      • William says:
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        @malamoney:

        I apologize! It is a ten team standard league and that is Amari Cooper on my bench.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @William: No worries.

          RB2 = D. Lewis
          WR2 = Cooper
          FL = Jones

  4. Dom B says:
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    Who should I start this week and who is better roy Eli Manning or Phillip Rivers

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Eli this week (by a small margin) and Rivers rest of season…

  5. Dom B says:
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    Also if Witten does play who to start Jason Witten Or Crockett Gilmore

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Gillmore…

  6. Potent Skittles says:
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    I’m in NJ. How much for the car. Feel free to email me.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Potent Skittles: I live in Massachusetts now…

  7. huberto perez says:
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    hey wassup buddy im in a 10 team standard scoring league 6 pts for passing td ,rushing td,receiving td /and 1 point for every 10yds passing ,10yds rushing and 10 yds receiving also you get bonus 5 points if qb passes 400 yards in a game and 5 points for 200 rushing yds in a game and 5 points for 200 receiving yards in a game …….. is there any position my team is weak who would you drop here are players on waiver wire…. dalton,tyron taylor,mariota,kaepernick,d.carr,ryan matthews,david johnson,agholor,eddie royal,charles johnson,tyler lockett,funchess,richard matthews

    Russell Wilson
    Le’Veon Bell
    Jonathan Stewart
    Jordan Matthews
    Amari Cooper
    Allen Robinson
    Rob Gronkowski,
    Latavius Murray
    Brandon McManus,
    Jets D/ST D/ST
    Danny Woodhead,
    T.J. Yeldon,
    James Jones
    Eric Decker
    Crockett Gillmore,
    Bishop Sankey

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @huberto perez: I would not make any changes based on the waiver players you’ve mentioned…

  8. Josh says:
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    Half ppr 10 team
    qb- brady
    rb- lamar
    rb- woodhead
    wr- antonio
    wr- julio
    te- delanie
    flex- j. matthews

    bench- ellington
    bench- andre johnson
    bench- gates
    bench- sam bradford
    bench- david johnson

    Just got offered any of Hyde, Mccoy, or Hill for Brady straight up

    free agent qbs-tannehill, romo, tyrod, kaepernick, dalton, mariota

    should i pull the trigger on the deal and if so what running back and who to pick up? Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Josh: I have and love Brady, but I’d have to seriously consider taking Hyde and grabbing Tannehill. I need to know that Hyde is healthy and will be back out there this week though…

      • Josh says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks.

  9. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Dez/Agholor for Cooper

    Which side you want?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: If that’s Amari Cooper I am going to have to take him. I expect Dez to be out for at least 10 weeks. Maybe longer. And when he returns, who knows what we’ll get this year. Especially if the Cowboys are out of the hunt…

  10. Bean says:
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    Hey man!

    .5 PPR league , I added Starks this AM- mainly for depth & to block the Lacy owner.

    Would you hang onto Starks or drop to cuff my Lamar miller with either Damien Williams / Jonas gray?

    My RB’s ; hill, Lamar miller, Doug Martin, Matt jones , gore & Starks

    Available RB’s:
    Jonathan grimes, Dexter mccluster (RB/WR), terron ward (Tevin Coleman out), Dunbar, lamichael James, mike Davis (niners RB are banged up),

    Are you adding any of these WR’s to stash/ for depth: Cecil shorts, Tyler Lockett, Doug Baldwin, Allen hurns, marqise Lee, Cole Beasley, Marvin jones

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Bean: I’d rather have Starks over any of the Miami handcuffs any day of the week and twice on the day you are considering the move. Do not drop Starks for either of them even though you have Miller. Plus, I am not sure which (Williams or Gray) is the add. Leaning towards Williams, but I’m not sure that everyone agrees. I’d trade Starks to the Lacy owner before even thinking of dropping him.

      I don’t really like any of those WRs. At least I don’t see any reason to clog up a roster spot while they are all on the wire. Take one if and when you must, but until then you’re ok…

      • Bean says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thanks!
        I’m thinking of holding onto Starks.

        But if I do flip Starks to Lacy owner here is who Lacy owner has

        RB’s: Lacy, Ingram , Davonte Freeman, joique bell, Charles sims, denard Robinson

        WR’s: Larry Fitzgerald, Kendal wright, alshon Jeffery, Malcolm Floyd, desean Jackson, devante Parker.

        Te’s: kelce & witten

        My RB’s are mentioned above

        My WR’s: demaryius, Brandin cooks, Andre Johnson,,Terrence Williams, anquan boldin, Doug Baldwin, john brown

        My TE: richard Rodgers & stashing gates too.

        • malamoney

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          @Bean: You are all set at WR. But if you could get Freeman for Starks, that might be a good deal for both of you. Perhaps you could take a shot at packaging Starks and Terrence Williams for Ingram. It’s unlikely he accepts, but if you phrase in a way that explains his need to own Starks and Williams impending usage without Dez, it might help…

  11. friar says:
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    I’m in a 10-team 0.5 ppr league and, having missed out on Neon Dion, I’m trying to make up for my mistake by trading for him while his value is still sorta kinda low. I’ve identified several players on my bench who I think might have comparable trade value to Lewis at this point, but I’m unsure of which would be the best offer.

    How would you rank the following players ROS, and are there any that you would NOT want to give up in exchange for Dion Lewis?

    Moncrief, Abdullah, Decker, T. Williams, Freeman

    Based on my roster, I’d slightly prefer to trade RB-for-RB and keep my WRs, but I also suspect the other owner might be more suspicious of a trade offer if I’m suggesting a swap of two guys at the same position. If it helps, I’ve listed my full set of RBs and WRs below (I start 2 of each, plus a flex). Thanks!!

    RB: Anderson, Ingram, Stewart, Abdullah, Freeman, Mason
    WR: Demaryius, VJax, Moncrief, Decker, T. Williams

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @friar: I’m not sure now is a good time to trade for Lewis. With all of buzz around him being at top waiver pick, his value is pretty high. I think he is going to have value for most of the rest of the season, but I also think there will be a game where he is under-utilized in typical Belichick fashion. I’d try and trade for him right after that happens.

      Now that Decker is hurt, you need to hold onto your WRs.

  12. Braun Weasley's says:
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    Would you give up Allen Robinson and Doug Martin for Ty Hilton?

    I have leveon bell, Lamar Miller, Todd Gurley, duke Johnson, David Johnson at rb, no huge need for doug here

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Braun Weasley’s: Maybe. Hilton is an upgrade from Robinson, but not a huge one? Is this PPR and who are your other receivers?

      • Braun Weasleys says:
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        @malamoney:

        Not Ppr! Reg scoring, 12 team league.

        My wr’s are Aj green, Davante Adams, Allen Robinson and devin funchess.

        Also would you drop funch for rishard Matthews?

        Thanks!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Braun Weasleys: Without the chance to really do my homework, I’d probably make that move…

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