I won my fantasy baseball league this year and am using the winnings to take my wife and two year old daughter to see Mickey Mouse. When asked what am I going to do now that I’ve won my league, I can honestly answer “I’m going to Disney World”. I am leaving Monday morning, so this post is being written Sunday evening as I half watch the Giants-Niners game, and half compose this writeup. That means I lose two games from which to select players, but I have a feeling it won’t be that hard. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

POS Name Points Owned
QB Josh McCown 35.48 6%
RB Thomas Rawls 22.9 47%
RB Theo Riddick 16 5%
WR Allen Hurns 20.1 55%
WR Jaelen Strong 18.3 1%
TE Gary Barnidge 23.9 50%
FL Willie Snead 17.1 42%
DST Tampa Bay 15 6%
K Travis Coons 15 1%

Josh McCown – Last week The Stats Machine named McCown the top QB performer of the week. Granted, Tom Brady was on a bye, but still, there’s plenty of quarterbacks you’d expect to always be ahead of him. This week he threw for 457 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. While he did have the luxury of overtime to reach 457 yards, that’s still quite the performance. Besides it’s not as if fantasy leagues don’t count overtime action. In the last three weeks he has averaged 384 yards per game and 2 touchdowns. That’s one hell of a three game stretch. But is it enough to consider adding him. Personally I just don’t think so. Unless you are in a two QB league, then you might want to think it over. But even then… Right now, with the right matchup, he seems like he might be a decent bye week fill-in at best.

Thomas Rawls – The fact that he is only 47% owned is a little baffling. With Lynch out for the second straight week, Rawls should have been picked up everywhere. Especially by Lynch owners. Those that picked him up (like me) and started him (like me) were rewarded with 169 yards rushing and a score. He now has two 100+ yard rushing games. Lynch has none. Keep rawlin, rawlin, rawlin, rawlin…

Theo Riddick – I’m not sure what’s going on in Detroit Rock City. Joique Bell is injured again and Ameer Abdullah has been just that, dull. It was actually Zach Zenner that lead the team in carries this week with ten. Riddick actually had no carries for an unsurprising 0 yards. He did however have 10 catches for 53 yards and touchdown. Nice numbers, but no thanks. I still believe Abdullah is the own here. At least I “think” so.

Allen Hurns – Even though he plays second fiddle to the other Allen (Robinson) in Jacksonville, Hurns is proving to be a valuable receiver in fantasy leagues. He made this list last week too. I picked him up last week. I was rewarded this week with 6 receptions, 116 yards and a touchdown. That’s two 116-yard games in a row. On the season he is averaging just over 7 targets per game and has a touchdown in the last three. I own him. You should too.

Jaelen Strong – I’m going be honest here, I don’t even know who this guy is. Here’s what I do know. This week, in his first NFL game, the ball was thrown to him twice. He caught both, each for touchdowns, one of which was a 42-yard hail mary before halftime. Strong’s target to touchdown rate is 1 to 1. I’m expecting this to be he Strong-est showing of the season.

Gary Barnidge – I’m not sure what to do about Barnidge. He made this list two weeks ago and I considered him for last week as well. Now here he is again. With 8 receptions, 139 yards and a touchdown, you’re going to start drawing attention. He has a touchdown in each of the last three games and over that span is averaging 106 yards in the air and touchdown. After this week he’s going to find himself inside the top five amongst tight ends for fantasy points scored. I think it’s time some of you to consider adding him. There’s a very good chance that he will help your team more than your current option. Unless your current option is Gronk, Eifert, Bennett and a few select others.

Willie Snead – Snead was a big waiver wire name last week. It seems the “experts” were right. Those that added Snead this week were rewarded with 6 catches for 141 yards. The only thing missing was a touchdown. In the Saints high powered offense, Snead is going to have plenty of opportunity to score points.

Tampa Bay DST – Whatever

Travis Coons – Nice day raccoon boy!

This group of hopefuls combined for 183.78 points. If your team scored more than that then your team is pretty good! By the way, I am now 5-0 in the Razzball Writers league and in sole possession of first place…

  1. Clint says:
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    Kinda surprised Bortles didn’t make your QB spot even though he did come in points-wise behind McCown. I bet his ownage was lower too because the world seems to be waking up to McCown again (I owned him in the Trestman days while Cutler sat). I really regret not starting Bortles over Matt Ryan in my Superflex spot of my ppr league last week.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Clint: Bortles wasn’t too far off, but McCown had him beat. Plus McCown has been doing well the last few weeks and with his ownership at 6%, he deserved the spotlight. It’s tough to make the move to start a guy like Bortles over Ryan. I wonder how well someone would do if they couldn’t see a players name and only his stats when making lineup decisions…

  2. Virinder says:
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    Start Hurns over one of: AJ Green, Cooks, Landry, Benjamin, or Garcon? Which are the top 3 for ROS??

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Virinder: I’d start him over Landry, Benjamin and Garcon. As for ROS, that’s a tough question as I think it comes down to weekly matchups. If forced to pick three I’d take Green, Cooks and Hurns…

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    If Forsett sits, 1) is Buck Allen @SF going to be on this list next week? 2) flex Hurns v HOU or Buck in standard scoring?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: He’ll have a good chance if Taliaferro doesn’t steal his goal line chances…

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @malamoney: no worries there, anymore.

  4. quimmy says:
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    Got offered in my 12 team PPR league Ingram and Bennet for my Lacy and Christine Michael. Torn on this one.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @quimmy: Who’s your current tight end?

      • quimmy says:
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        @malamoney: Tamme/Ertz

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @quimmy: It’s a decent deal. You get an upgrade at TE, but a slight downgrade at RB. I’d probably do that deal. Also depended on the rest of my running backs. I’ve got to assume that you are not relying on Christine Michael…

  5. Sean Don says:
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    I got a waiver wire queston for ya, i just dropped sproles in a 12 team 1.5 ppr league for bradshaw i have karlos, shady, duke, rawls, and gurley at rb. Bad move to drop sproles?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Sean Don: Tough call. Worth the chance I think…

  6. Wacha wacha says:
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    Better add in 10 team standard… C Michael or a Bradshaw?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Wacha wacha: I’d lean towards Bradshaw, but it’s really anyone’s guess at this point…

  7. Josh says:
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    Half PPR 10 team

    qb- brady
    rb-lamar
    rb- woodhead
    wr- antonio
    wr- julio
    te- gates
    flex- J matthews
    d/st- falcons
    k- crosby

    bench- ellington
    bench- andre johnson
    bench- hurns
    bench- delanie walker
    bench- knile davis

    Obviously i need rb help
    alfred morris and jonathan stewart are on waivers
    should i go after none, one or both
    and who should i drop for them

    • Josh says:
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      @Josh: ryan mathews is also available

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Josh: I’d say Mathews for Knile, but we don’t know how things are going to pan out in KC. Everything points to West being the lead back. If that’s the case I’d definitely want Mathews over him, but if he takes the lead I want Knile. If West is the guy in KC, I’d also want Morris over Davis…

  8. Scooter G says:
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    Hey

    10 team standard league. Who is the best add available for me based on my roster?

    R Matthews, A Bradshaw, A Andrews, Riddick
    Hurns, Snead,

    QB M Ryan
    RB Forte
    RB Hyde
    WR J Landry
    WR A Cooper
    Op Cutler
    Te Gronk
    D Den
    K Gould

    Bn A Robinson, G Tate, Moncrief, K Williams, Abdullah, C Michael, R Fitzpatrick

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scooter G: Mathews

  9. Jake says:
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    Just accepted Randall Cobb for Mark Ingram I believe it was a good decision just wanted your opinion ? My other backs are Gurly, Lacy,Abdulla ,Randall, Vareen and C Mike and Jones from Washington. I feel like I need to drop a back to pick up Starks for Lacy handcuff more so now then before who should I drop ?

    My wide receivers are loaded now Cobb, Odell Beckam, Eddlemen and Fitz I can start all 4

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jake: Sounds good to me. Especially since you can start all four. That’s one of a four-some.

      Probably Vereen or Jones…

  10. Steven says:
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    Congrats on the undefeated season. Truly impressive. Couple quick Q’s for ya.

    Woodhead or hurns ppr

    If hurns,
    Would you play woodhead over charcandrick in ppr?
    Note: 5 yards rushing is 1 point in my league. So, rushing is valuable.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Steven: Hurns and Charcandrick this week.

  11. Ohwhattodo says:
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    Charcandrick/Alfred Morris/Melvin Gordon for frank gore/Brandon Marshall/ Snead..

    Thanks!!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ohwhattodo: Depends on your needs.

  12. Pppphhh says:
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    Brandon Marshall frank gore and willie Snead for Melvin Gordon and mark Ingram?

    • Pppphhh says:
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      @Pppphhh: or same trade above but swap James jones for Brandon Marshall… Change the deal much?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Pppphhh: Not really. Who does that leave you with at WR?

        • hello! says:
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          @malamoney: i’m like an oil tycoon at the wr position. idk how i just got lucky. this is what im currently rostering:
          snead
          marshall
          james jones
          alshon jeffery
          dez bryant
          watkins
          martavis bryant.

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            @hello!: You’d be left with Jeffery (injured), Dez (injured), Watkins (injured). I think I’d hold…

  13. Mike says:
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    Would you start Snead tonight over any of D. Hopkins/Calvin Johnson/Brandon Marshall? I don’t want to get “cute” but my opponent this week is starting Brees and I was hoping to hedge. Thanks.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Mike: I would not…

  14. friar says:
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    In my 14-team non-ppr league, one owner is desperate for a TE and has put his (very good) RBs on the trading block to get a deal done. I’m not necessarily looking to trade away my one TE (Bennett), but for the opportunity to get a top RB, I felt like it’d be foolish to not at least make an offer.

    The other owner has AP, Foster, Gurley, and CJ?K as his top four RBs and he’s basically auctioning one of them off in exchange for the best offer that gets him a TE upgrade. Let me know if I shouldn’t do any of the proposed trades below (my impulse is that I would do any of these in a heartbeat if he was interested) or if there are any other trades you think I should offer that he might be more likely to accept.

    Trade 1: Bennett + Sproles = Chris Johnson
    Trade 2: Bennett + Ellington = AP or Foster or Gurley (I’d rank them in that order, but would settle for any one of them)

    In any trade scenario, I’d then pick up a TE off waivers (likely Walker or Cameron or Gillmore).

    My current roster:
    QB: Brady, Luck
    RB: Hyde, Anderson, Ellington, Sproles, Rawls
    WR: Moncrief, James Jones, Steve Smith, Wallace, Aiken
    TE: Bennett

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @friar: I wouldn’t do the first one, but would do the second one…

  15. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    one of ron shandler’s rules for leagues (these are joke rules, but generally good advice) is that winnings should most certainly be spent on the loved ones who’ve been somewhat ignored (that’s not an accusation against you in particular at all, just in general, and in some cases very much time) due to fantasy success.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: yikes, hurns only having 55% ownership shows many teams have either given up already or don’t really try to improve their rosters at all.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: in the 2 QB league you’d have to think about mccown being on your roster, i’d venture to guess unless maybe it’s an 8 team 2 QB league he’d have been owned already. even then really.

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