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Four score and 7 quarters ago…

Considered by many to be the best time traveling movie ever made, Back to the Future is a must see film of the 80’s. Set in Hill Valley, California, Marty McFly accidentally travels back in time (to 1955) using a flux capacitor-powered DeLorean in an attempt to escape a band of angry Libyans. While there… well you know the rest. And if you don’t, shame on you!

Another time traveling masterpiece that gets much less attention, and in many ways is much more excellent, follows the wild adventures of Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted “Theodore” Logan as they travel back in time with the help of Rufus and his magical phone booth to solicit the help of historic personalities such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig van Beethoven and So-crates, to help them pass their history class assignment. That’s right, you guessed it. I’m talking about Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. This movie was so excellent, it even had a much less excellent sequel entitled Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Believe it or not, I saw this flick in the movie theaters. Shame on me? I was only 14 years old. But even more believe it or not, a third installment to this pseudo legendary saga is currently in the works. So buckle up folks and get ready for another excellent journey!

But what’s with all of this talk of time travel. Have I figured out a way to go back in the past and change the future? Unlikely. However if I had, I think that if Bill and Ted brought back the following players for your lineup last week that you’d immediately ask me to go back in time and change it. And then once the day’s games had ended, you’d ask me to go back and unchange it. This cast of slackers would likely have beaten any other head-to-head lineup in Yahoo! half point PPR leagues by scoring 175.1 points!

QB: Austin Davis (26)
RB: Branden Oliver (32.20)
RB: Antone Smith (16)
WR: Travis Benjamin (18.80)
WR: Mohamed Sanu (15.50)
TE: Tim Wright (17)
FL: Benny Cunningham (14.60)
K: Brandon McManus (13)
DST: Green Bay DST (22)

Can any of these dudes be trusted to roster?

In back to back games, Austin Davis has thrown for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. And while those games were against the Cowboys and Eagles, those numbers are hard to ignore. This past week, in his first start since being named the starter, he was second to only Peyton Manning in fantasy points scored. I’m not saying he should become your new starter, but if I had a guy like maybe Kirk Cousins on my bench I’d be looking to upgrade him with Austin Davis.

Get your free agent dollars ready for Branden Oliver as he will be one of this week’s most expensive roster additions. And deservedly so. Oliver rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown and with Donald Brown out with a concussion, he looks to be the starter in San Diego until Ryan Mathews returns. Mathews is expected to be out for at least another 2 weeks. That gives Oliver some time to prove that he deserves a role in the offense even when Mathews is back. I’ve heard a lot of Darren Sproles comparisons which is certainly not a bad thing. I’m grabbing Branden where I can.

Mohamed Sanu now has double digit fantasy points in his last 3 games and has scored a touchdown in 2 of them. He’s not a guy I would be starting (unless desperate), but I wouldn’t be adverse to having him on my bench over say Malcom FloydHarry Douglas or even Cecil Shorts III.

Even though Zac Stacy is expected to be “good to go” this Sunday, I’d still grab Cunningham if I owned Stacy. If I didn’t own Stacy and had someone I could drop, I’d consider adding Benny if I was light at running back. Seven carries for 47 yards and a touchdown and 3 catches for 24 more yards is not such a bad stat line.

Antone Smith now has double digit fantasy points in 3 of his 5 games and fell just short in a 4th. However his usage is unreliable and he’s someone I’d leave dangling on the waiver wire for someone else to pickup.

Who needs studs? Not me!!! See you next week with a new list of players that will turn anyone’s bogus journey into an excellent adventure. Be excellent to each other and don’t forget… San Dimas High School football rules!

  1. Randy says:
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    12-team standard, my RBs are Forte/Foster/Jennings/Ingram/Tate/T-Rich/Blue. WRs Dez, Andre J, Wallace, Rueben. TE Kelce. Need a backup TE this week and will drop a backup QB for him. But as WR/RB, would you drop any of the above to get a top waiver wire guys this week? Oliver, Andre Williams, Hillman, Hunter, Jags WRs all available. I have 9th priority, so could end up looking at 2nd tier options instead (CJ Anderson or someone). Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Randy: Personally I like Andre Williams (who I told everyone to pick up last week) over T-Rich and Blue. Even when Jennings returns, I think it’s going to be some sort of split which is about what T-Rich and Bradshaw have going now. And I might like him over Tate and Ingram too. If Jennings wasn’t coming back I’d definitely like him over Tate, but I guess now I’d give the edge to Tate.

      I’d take Oliver over Blue. I’d like him over T-Rich too if I knew how Mathews returning was going to impact his touches. But with the 9th priority, I doubt you are getting either Williams, Oliver or Hillman. At that point I’d need to find out a bit more about Anderson who has done rather little in his limited playing time.

      And with all of that said, as a Foster owner, I think you need to hold on to Blue. Foster looked great this weekend, but hamstrings are a b!tch.

  2. James says:
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    I have Stacy and the 11th position for waiver wire. My other RBs are Robinson and Matthews. Do you think that there is any chance that any of Oliver, Hillman, WIlliams, or Cunningham make it to me? Also, what order would you put them in for waiver claims?

    • malamoney

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      @James: I rank them Williams, Oliver, Hillman and Cunningham. I doubt the first 3 make it to you as they are all expected to start this weekend. Maybe Cunningham makes it since Stacy is considered “good to go” and you have Stacy which means the Stacy owner isn’t going to grab him before you. But obviously no guarantees. Perhaps CJ Anderson falls to you.

      Is that Denard or Khiry Robinson?

      • James says:
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        @malamoney: Khiry of course who is on a bye.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @James: Good luck!

  3. rids says:
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    Great stuff man. Ever since I read one of your fist post about Forsett, he’s been doing really good.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @rids: Thanks rids! Keep on reading…

  4. Justin says:
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    Keeper league, current WR/RB situation is:
    Ball, Jennings, Bradshaw, Vereen, Hyde
    Bryant, Sanders, Colston, Wheaton

    Dude offered me:

    Megatron, Wayne, and Stacy
    for
    Dez and E. Sanders

    Thoughts?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Justin: I’d pass. At this point I want Dez over Megatron. I also want Sanders over Wayne. Even long term I think I want Dez and Sanders. Then he’s throwing in a subpar running back who has yet to do anything this year and is also injured. No thanks. Your running back situation is pretty shitty, but I’d aim higher than Stacy.

  5. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy it’s me again we were just talking on the other blog.. I just read Andre Williams notes and it said Jennings will fully take over when He gets back after their bye week. So it sounds like Williams only has 2 wweeks.. I know I have Matthews already but are you sure grabbing Williams first is a better idea then grabbing Oliver.. They said Oliver is like a better sproles and probably will take woodheads spot.. Unlessyou think Matthews will take over alot more but I can Def use Williams too cause he’ll be an rb1 till he gets back.. What would you do if you had my team?? my teams on your other blog.. Sorry if I’m asking the same question twice but I just got that info… lol.. my bad dude but I got that high waiver and wanna use it right ya know. THANKS MAN!!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Ok, here’s my take. Both guys are going to be very startable over the next 2-3 weeks until Mathews and Jennings return. But when they do, I expect both Oliver and Williams to have a role in the offense. Jennings will be the starter, but there is no way he maintains the same workload he had in the first few weeks. It wouldn’t have been possible even if he didn’t get injured. With Woodhead out for the season and Brown concussed, Oliver will have a decent role in San Diego.

      If I had to take one I still think I would take Williams, but given that you own Mathews, it probably makes more sense for you to take Oliver. That way you are hedging your bets and will definitely have at least on guy that you can start out of the two. But be sure to put in a backup claim on Williams in case you don’t get Oliver.

      Like I said man, any time…

      • Frank White says:
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        Ahhh!!! LOL I’m so uncertain now. I def understand you but I fell like Williams is gonna kill it but your right,, Oliver too

  6. Fish & Friends says:
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    1/2 point ppr 14 team

    give Megatron, Ruben Randle, and Trent Richardson

    get Dez and Kelvin Benjamin?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Fish & Friends: Who are your other running backs?

  7. zach says:
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    12 team no ppr. I’m in 2nd place. My Adrian Peterson and Sammy Watkins for his Knowshon Moreno and Michael Floyd. My other receivers are Andre Johnson, Wes Welker, Brian Quick, and Backham Jr. What do you think?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @zach: If this is a redraft league I make this trade in a heartbeat. And if it’s not, I still think I make this trade. I do not expect Peterson to play this season which makes his droppable. Moreno should be back in the next few weeks which is much sooner than Peterson. I’d rather have Floyd than Watkins. This is a no-brainer.

      • zach says:
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        @malamoney: Ok cool. Unfortunately he cancelled it before I could accept but I might try and counter with something similar. Thanks for your help.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @zach: Any time…

  8. Hometown Heroes says:
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    I’m in a 2 qb keeper league, standard scoring where all tds count 6 pts. I’m sitting at 2-3 and have Romo, Locker and Orton as my qb’s(ouch). I have Demaryius, Wright and C Patterson at WR, Gronk & Kelce at TE and Moreno, Lacy, Stacy and Vareen at RB.

    I would give up Stacy(tough schedule), Kelce, Josh Gordon $1, and Orton for Foles, B Marshall, A Blue and Marvin Jones. Would you pull the trigger?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Hometown Heroes: No I would not. Alfred Blue and Marvin Jones are not going to crack your starting lineup. So now you are trading Stacy (a starting RB), Kelce (a top TE), $1 Josh Gordon (the stash of the season and great keeper) and Orton for Foles and Brandon Marshall. No thanks. If you are looking to upgrade at QB, you can try and move either Kelce or Gronk. Either should help you accomplish that. No need to trade half your team.

  9. Ryno says:
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    Looking at A William, and Oliver, but Moreno and R Mathews are on waivers too. Would you pick up ; 1) A Williams, R Mathews, Oliver then Moreno?

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ryno: Wow. Good question. I’m going Moreno, Williams, Mathews and then Oliver. But to be honest I’d be happy to get any of them on my squad. Moreno and Mathews are still out (expected back soon), but they are the certain starters on their team when all other running backs are healthy. Williams and Oliver are not. However I rank Williams ahead of Mathews because I like his role going forwards and Mathews has never wowed me. Good luck!

    • Zandy says:
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      @Ryno: mathews and moreno first then andre then oliver

  10. Ron says:
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    I already have Charles, Stacy, Miller, West, Hyde and K. Davis. Do I drop West/Hyde for any of the guys below?

    Hillman, Oliver, Benny C, Antone Smith

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ron: I’d drop West for Hillman or Oliver. Maybe Hyde too. Both are backups waiting for a chance. Oliver and Hillman are backups that have a chance.

  11. snafu says:
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    do i start cam newton, tony romo, or pick up eli manning/brian hoyer off of the waiver. i thought cams ankle would be a non-issue, boy did i blow that pick… and romo’s been great but at seattle…

    so, romo, newton, hoyer, eli?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @snafu: I rank them Eli, Romo, Newton and Hoyer with Netwon and Hoyer being interchangeable. The Eagles are giving up the 2nd most points to quarterbacks in my ESPN league. Seattle is a strong defense, but they haven’t been stingy to opposing quarterbacks.

  12. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Man Good morning… So I got Andre Williams and was thinking about benching Bush for him. 1 – Should I be nervous starting 3 Giants at once? Cruz, Donnell and Williams. 2 – I’d think I need another receiver and can sell a RB cause I’m pretty stacked. Should I trade Bush and Boldin for Wallace?? Wallace already had his bye and can replace all my receivers when their bye comes cause all I got is Boldin & James Jones

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: I would definitely be starting Williams if I had him this week. Even though he put up a goose egg last week, I still think Donnell is a must start. I am wondering if the presence of Odell Beckham Jr. interfered with his targets, but it will take more than a game to figure that one out. And Cruz seems to have bounced back to a must start after a slow start to the season. The Eagles give us points, so this is a good week to start some Giants. But I hear ya. It’s always risky starting 3 guys on the same time.

      I am not convinced that you are stacked at running back. DeMarco is your only true stud. After him you have Jackson who has his ups and downs and shares the load with C.J. Spiller. Ryan Mathews is still on his way back from an injury and will have Branden Oliver to contend with when he returns. Andre Williams is the man in NY until Rashad Jennings returns in a few weeks and then I see it as a 60/40 split in favor of Jennings. If Bush were healthy I would say absolutely no to the trade, but he is not. Joique Bell is also injured.

      Adding Wallace would give you 4 of the top 25 wide receivers. That’s great in a PPR, but I think Bush is your second best PPR running back. I’d probably hold onto him and use Williams and Murray for the next 2 weeks while Bush heals up. Then when Jennings returns you can figure things out between starting Bush, Williams and Mathews and maybe make a trade then.

  13. Frank White says:
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    Here’s my team again in a 12 team 3 receiver PPR
    Cam
    Antonio brown
    maclin
    cruz
    D Murray
    Fred Jackson
    donnell
    Andre Williams
    Carson Palmer
    ryan Mathews
    Reggie Bush
    miles Austin
    Anquan Boldin
    james jones

  14. Frank White says:
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    Thanks Brotha.. I hear ya I’m not stacked but just meant I have a good amount of quality RB’s but not great. Yeah i’ll hold until see the full picture like you said.. Do you like my team as a whole??

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Yep. I love Antonio Brown. Add in Maclin and Cruz and you have a very solid receiving corp. DeMarco Murray has been a beast. Despite is 1 fumble per game, he is on pace to break the single season rushing record. Probably the fumbling record too. Williams should be solid the next 2 weeks and after that you should have some decent choices. Short of last game Donnell has been great. Now you just need Cam to start kicking ass and taking names. What place are you in?

  15. Frank White says:
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    Its funny cause I started off 0-2 with a dif team. I traded Brees, Woodhead n Marshall for Murray n Antonio Brown. I had no QB so before Forsett was hot I traded Forsett n McFadden for Cam then Alfred Blue for Boldin. I’ve won since at 3-2.. Hey I picked up Palmer cause his first week he had 32 poinTS so if he’s back this week I’m gonna start him. Cam sucks when he can’t run. I gotta pray for Murray to stay healthy with all those carries.. Lol

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Sounds like some good trading. Murray’s workload will be reduced. The Cowboys have said as much.

  16. Tyler says:
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    Half ppr, trade Pierre Thomas for Gates?

    Also have Vereen, Mathews, Hillman, Gerhart at RB and Witten at TE. Between Gates, Witten, and my remaining RB I’d need to fill two RB, one TE, and one flex (TE-elig).

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Tyler: Ahhhhh… I think I’d rather have Thomas.

  17. C-Nug says:
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    I’m being offered Russell Wilson, but I’d have to give up Le’Veon Bell. It’s a half PPR league but everything else is standard ESPN. Through a serious of unfortunate events, Kirk Cousins is my starting QB and I’d rather not even say who my backup QB is. I’ve got Demarco Murray, Joique Bell, and Lamar Miller heading the rest of my backfield. Should I swim through a hurricane to get Wilson?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @C-Nug: I don’t think so. Le’Veon Bell is a stud and I’m not giving him up for Russell Wilson. Who else is on the wire?

      • C-Nug says:
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        @malamoney: Alex Smith and not much else.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @C-Nug: I just could not bring myself to give up Le’Veon Bell for Wilson. And I don’t think you can either. Joique Bell is banged up and while Lamar Miller is doing well, he will take a backseat to Moreno when he returns. What will that leave you with?

          While I don’t love Cousins, he’s had 3 good starts and 1 awful start. Could possibly trade Miller for an in between kind of guy like Eli Manning or Tony Romo?

  18. friar says:
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    I’m trying to pull off a trade for Dez Bryant without breaking up a very strong starting lineup and I’m hoping you can offer some advice.

    Dez’s owner is in desperate need of a RB, and I’m trying to turn some of my depth into an elite WR. I’m thinking of offering a bench WR and a bench RB in exchange for Dez, but have two questions for you:

    (1) What should my opening offer be?
    (2) In case of a counter-offer, is there any RB/WR pair on my bench that I SHOULDN’T give up for Dez?

    My current team (12-team league, non-ppr)…
    QB: Ryan
    RB (2): Charles, L. Bell
    WR (2): Megatron (when healthy), [pick one from bench]
    TE: Olsen
    Flex: Gio Bernard
    Bench RBs: Moreno, Mathews, Rainey, Anderson
    Bench WRs: Hopkins, T. Williams, Welker, T. Smith

    • malamoney

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      @friar: Until Moreno or Mathews are healthy and producing I don’t see how Dez’s owner would take either of them in a deal for Dez. And I’m sure he won’t even consider Rainey or Anderson. I wouldn’t accept any combination of your bench players for Bryant. I’d be looking for Bell, Charles or Gio or at least an RB1. If you can get him to take Moreno or Mathews and any of your bench receivers, do it immediately. But I don’t see it. I’m sure he could get a better deal from another owner.

      • friar says:
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        @malamoney: Yeah, this was probably wishful thinking on my part (although I’ll give it a try). If he asks for one of my top 3 RBs straight up for Dez, would you recommend I do it?

        • malamoney

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          @friar: I don’t think so. The 4 receivers on your bench are all borderline great players. They are not quite studs, but they can have easily have a stud week. If Megatron was healthy I would say definitely not. I find that in non-PPR leagues, stud running backs are vital. You somehow have 3 of them. Nice work. If this is a redraft league I might consider trading Megatron and one of your top RBs for Dez and a slightly lesser RB than the one you are giving up. Depends who he has. But if you don’t make any trades, I think your team is pretty good…

          • friar says:
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            @malamoney: Thanks for all the advice!

            The Dez owner has no RBs I’d trust (Sproles, Helu, MJD, McFadden). His RB wasteland (and unsurprising 1-4 record) is why I initially hoped he might sell Dez cheap for any serviceable RB, but it seems like there isn’t a workable deal to be had at this point (though I’ll revisit the possibility with him once Moreno/Mathews are back on the field).

            • friar says:
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              @friar: He came back with a surprising counter: Dez + Cordarrelle Patterson + Seahawks D for Moreno + Welker + T. Williams.

              No brainer accept, right? I’m currently streaming defenses, not that that’s really a significant factor in this deal.

              • malamoney

                malamoney says:
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                @friar: Absolutely! Take it like you stole something. And run…

  19. Jason Morgan says:
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    Pick two of Andre Williams, Ben Tate and Golden Tate for this week?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Williams and Golden Tate. With Megatron possibly out or at least hobbled, Golden has another chance at a lot of looks and a good day.

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