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Brian Bellows. Who the h-e-double hockey sticks is Brian Bellows? He was the first round pick (2nd overall) for the Minnesota North Stars in 1982 who went on to become the franchise’s all time leading goal scorer by putting 342 pucks in the net. And it is Neal Broten, a member of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team, that won gold in Lake Placid, who holds the record for points (796) and assists (547). But perhaps the most famous and my favorite North Star is Mike Modano, the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL (sorry Dino Ciccarelli fans). In 26 seasons, the North Stars of Minnesota played 2062 regular season games and made the NHL playoffs 17 times, including 2 losing Stanley Cup appearances. In 1993 they said goodbye to Bloomington, Minnesota and its fans and moved to Dallas, Texas rebranding themselves as the Dallas Stars. Poor attendance during a string of losing seasons, an inability to reach an agreement on a new arena, and a sexual harassment suit against team owner, Norm Green, are the primary reasons given for the team’s departure. There were actually plans of moving to Los Angeles and becoming the L.A. Stars, but apparently The Walt Disney Company was already in talks with the NHL to bring the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to the league.

As a lifelong New York Islanders fan I know what it is like to root for a team that almost never wins. While the Islanders were highly successful in the early 80s winning 4 consecutive Stanley Cups, I was born in 1977 and was too young to appreciate the glory years. The only thing worse for a fan than repeated losing seasons and failure to reach the playoffs is having your team close up shop and relocate hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Perhaps the North Stars were just a few stars short of success and while the following fantasy football lineup would very likely get you relocated to a fantasy sports psychiatric facility, some of the Minnesotan players listed might not have been able to keep the team in state, but they would certainly have helped you win any head-to-head matchup last week with the 184.08 points they put out.

QB: Teddy Bridgewater (23.38)
RB: Jerrick McKinnon (15.70)
RB: Matt Asiata (29.50)
WR: Jarius Wright (17.20)
WR: Andre Holmes (15.90)
TE: Larry Donnell (26.90)
FL: Jeremy Ross (13.50)
K: Randy Bullock (16)
DST: Eagles (26)

But who of this list should you be willing to have on your roster?

If Matt Asiata is still on your waiver wire please invite me to play in your league next year. And once I join my first suggestion to the league would be to double the buy-in. Taking over for Adrian Beat-his-son (if you say that fast it actually sounds like Peterson, strange) Asiata has not disappointed fantasy owners. And this week was no exception as he rushed for 78 yards on 20 carries and scored 3 rushing touchdowns and now has 4 touchdowns in 3 games. I am not counting the first game of the season since he was not yet in the mix. Asiata has 12 catches on 18 targets and is currently the 8th highest fantasy scoring running back in Yahoo! leagues.

What about Jerrick McKinnon? Should his 18 carries for 135 yards impress you? Absolutely. When the AP news broke it was Asiata that became the instant must have, but those that were smart and had the roster spot to spare also grabbed McKinnon who at the time should have been cheap. McKinnon is explosive. His one knock is pass protection. That’s a big knock, but he’s working on it. And the fact that last week’s workload was split nearly evenly between him and Asiata says a lot. McKinnon is the future running back for Minnesota and he will be the hot waiver wire add this week.

And our third Minnesota star of the day is… Teddy Bridgewater. While he had a nice day completing 63.3% of his attempts for 317 yards and no interceptions, I am not running out to pick him up. But I will watch as his story unfolds. He didn’t throw any touchdown passes, but he did have a 13-yard touchdown run. Hey Tom Brady, you’re on the hot seat pal. Teddy is ready to kick you to the waiver wire. I am just itching to press “submit”.

Last and certainly not least is Larry Donnell. And if you just said “Larry who” once again please invite me to join your league. He gave every fantasy owner that started him last week an early gift scoring 3 touchdowns on Thursday night. It’s a great feeling going into Sunday’s games with the kind of lead Donnell bestowed upon those that have been riding his wave. Donnell is a must own, plain and simple.

Unless I have one of the top defenses, I am more of a DST streamer kind of guy. With Cincy on a bye I streamed Miami. Go me! After a monster weekend against against the 49ers, the Eagles DST finds themselves as the highest scoring DST across nearly all leagues. That’s hard to ignore. Check your match ups and see if the Eagles are perhaps a better option that your current flavor of the week.

Who needs studs? Not me. See you again next week with a new lineup of players that would make any opponent happy to see going into Sunday’s games.

This post was approved by Jesse “the body” Ventura (former Governor of Minnesota).

DUAiTAF

  1. Spammer Jay says:
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    thanks for the great info. After watching the Green Bay game it seemed like they could not stop the run at all. McKinnon seems like a great option for tomorrow assuming his ankle is ok.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Spammer Jay: Agreed. I just picked him up in my 12-team league. Pretty happy about it. Green Bay is dead last in the league giving up 176 yards per game. They have also allowed 5 rushing touchdowns. Two other teams (Titans and Giants) have also given up 5, but only Atlanta has given up more at 9.

  2. Spammer Jay says:
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    Drop Olsen for Donnell ? 10 teams , non PPR.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Spammer Jay: I wouldn’t do that. As good as Donnell has been, Olsen is still the start over him in PPR and non-PPR leagues.

  3. Jerick says:
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    Wouldja start me over Michael Floyd as a flex?

    • Jerick says:
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      @Jerick: @Jerick:

      Or Eddie Royal vs. the Jets?

    • Jason Morgan says:
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      @Jerick: I rank them Floyd, McKinnon and then Royal. However, my points predictor is saying Floyd (12 points), Royal (16 points) and McKinnon (14 points). But the predictor is a nasty beast. Green Bay has is dead last in the league giving up 176 yards per game. I might take a risk and start McKinnon, but the safe play is Floyd.

  4. cubjet says:
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    Would you drop justin hunter for andrew holmes?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @cubjet: Probably not. But I could change my mind in a week or two.

  5. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there,
    I ‘m trying to decide if I should pick up McKinnon or one of the three headed RB beast that is Ravens. Any thoughts on who is the long term (this year) keeper?

    Thanks in advance

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Rest of season I rank them Forsett, McKinnon, Taliaferro and Pierce…

  6. friar says:
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    The Megatron owner has expressed a willingness to sell Calvin if he can get 2 useful WRs in exchange. Since I could really use a stud WR, which two of my current guys would you recommend I offer up in a trade? 12-team, non-ppr. Thanks!

    K. Benjamin, D. Hopkins, T. Williams, W. Welker (also T. Smith, but I doubt he would get a deal done)

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @friar: I would trade any 2 of those 4 to get Megatron. I’d prefer to hold onto Kelvin Benjamin though. I rank them as follows: Benjamin, Williams, Hopkins and Welker. Good luck!

  7. Braun Weasleys says:
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    Was offered ellington for my asiata and khiry. Khiry is usless after this week with ingram back after the bye. Just not too sure how to look at asiata. He won’t get major yards and relies on td’s in an inconsistent offence. Also expecting mcckinnon to get close to half the carries soon
    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Braun Weasleys: Take Ellington. And I agree on McKinnon.

  8. Andre says:
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    Malamoney! Waiver wire question for you. I have an open spot and was thinking of grabbing one of Odell Beckham Jr, Marvin Jones, or Andrew Hawkins.

    I’m in a 12 team PPR league. I was leaning towards Hawkins but that would give me 3 Browns on my bench (Crowell & Gordon). Which one would be the better bet?

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Andre: Andre! What up.

      Hawkins for sure. I have been high on him all season. I have him on both of my teams and have started him regularly. In PPR he is great. I have Gordon as well.

  9. Chicagifornia says:
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    Nice article. Looking to McKinon as a Flex tonight. 10 team, yahoo standard scoring (3 WR, 2 RB, 1 Flex)

    Are any of these guys better options? Toby Gerhart (v. Pit), Joique Bell (v. Buf), Knile Davis (@ SF), & Golden Tate (v. Buf)

    Appreciate the input

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Chicagifornia: Thanks!

      I think McKinnon is your start. Green Bay is the worst team in the league against the run. It’s a tough group to choose from as they are all pretty close though. For what it’s worth I punched them into my points predictor and here’s what it spit out.

      McKinnon (12.6), Gerhart (11.2), Golden Tate (9.3), Knile Davis (8.9) and Joique Bell (7.2)

      • Chicagifornia says:
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        @malamoney:

        Sounds good. They’re calling for rain, so hoping that will force both teams to run more. A little worried about Ponder starting and the Vikes trailing by a bunch, but I need some upside this week

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Chicagifornia: Ponder starting would be bad news. Keep your ear to the streets…

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