Last week The Dillon Panthers, my team in the Razzball Writers League, scored 168.64 points, making quick work of Jay’s team and elevating me to an astounding 6-0 record. Out of all the RCL’s, there are currently only thirteen undefeated teams remaining. Yours truly is fired up to be a member of that list and will look to keep rolling this week. But before we step ahead into the future, let’s jump in our DeLorean DMC-12 and go back in time to last weekend and see what lineup would have been strong enough to have knocked me out of the ranks of the unbeaten.

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When asked for a list of players that would have outscored 168.64 points, Biff Tannen opened his Gray’s Sports Almanac and muttered, “How about these buttheads” as he rattled off the following list of players. “Together they combined for 173.81 points. Now why don’t you make like a tree and get out of here.”

POS Name Points Owned
QB Bryan Hoyer 24.22 6
RB James Starks 24.2 19
RB Ronnie Hillman 13 58
WR Lance Moore 19.19 0
WR Stefon Diggs 16.4 6
TE Benjamin Watson 23.7 10
FL Torrey Smith 17.1 53
K Chris Boswell 17 1
DEF Saints 19 1


Bryan Hoyer
 – Hoyer was 24 of 36, throwing for 293 yards, 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions. On the season he has an 8:2 touchdown to interception ratio. Peyton Manning has less touchdowns (7) and more interceptions (4). Yet, unsurprisingly you should pick Manning over Hoyer 100 out of 100 times. What’s more is that you shouldn’t even own Hoyer unless you are in a very deep two quarterback league and one of your quarterbacks is on a bye. Even then, it would be a matchup based decision.

James Starks – Somewhere in Wisconsin Eddie Lacy is receiving a raven which reads “Starks is coming”. Lacy owners that do not own Starks have reason for concern. Or do they? Last season Lacy had nearly an identical crappy start and went on to finish with over 1200 yards rushing and 9 TDs. On 10 carries Starks rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown. That’s an average of over 11 yards per carry. He even had a receiving touchdown. While I wouldn’t get too excited about Starks, I certainly wouldn’t mind owning him right now. If I did, I would likely be trying to package him in a trade to the Lacy owner for an upgrade at another position. And if you can buy low on Lacy, I would be all for that as well.

Ronnie Hillman – Holy C.J. Anderson sucks batman! Preseason I wavered between Anderson and Joseph Randle as my pick for bust of the season, and ultimately went with Randle. I thought he might be a bust, but not this much of a bust. This has opened the door for Hillman. Last week he carried 20 times for 111 yards, marking his second 100+ rushing game of the season. In 67 carries Hillman has 323 yards. In 68 carries, Andersuck has 180! Hillman is the own in Denver. It’s all down hill for C.J.

Lance Moore – Lance makes this list mostly because his ownership is at 0 percent. While he did have 5 catches on 6 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown, I am not expecting any “moore” out of him than that. He is averaging just 4.7 targets, 3.1 receptions and 38 yards per game. Those stats sound about right for Lance. Next…

Stefon Diggs – Now this is a guy I can dig. I considered the title “Nice Diggs”, but then realized I could kill two birds with one stone with the chosen title. I was high on Diggs coming into last week as I had him in all of my DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. And it paid off with 7 catches on 9 targets for 129 yards. If only he could have scored a 6 pointer. He’s put together two nice games so far and I am interested to see where he goes from here. If you have room, I think he’s worth a stash.

Benjamin Watson – With 10 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown Watson is going to get a lot of attention this week among fantasy footballers. Every time he caught the ball I found myself annoyed that it wasn’t Brandin Cooks, whom I drafted to be my top wide receiver. Even with such an all star performance I have no interest in Watson. Next week it will be someone else in New Orleans with these numbers. Please let it be Cooks!

Torrey Smith – 96 yards and a touchdown sound like pretty good numbers. Most of us would be happy to get those stats from our flex. But when you take a closer look, Smith’s performance wasn’t much to get excited about. He only caught 3 of 6 targets, and one of those catches was a 76-yard touchdown. Take away that big play and you’re left with 2 catches for 20 yards. I think I just threw up a little. Anquan Boldin is the pass catcher I’m taking in San Fran.

Since I will never be promoting a kicker or DST, I am no longer going to be saying much about them in this post. Unless, of course, the kicker’s name is something like Mike Hunt or Ben Dover. In the meantime I hope you see that every week it is possible to find plenty of value on your waiver wire. Just look at this lineup that put together 1.21 Gigawatts jolting anyone that had the vision to start them into the winners circle and leaving their opponents saying “Great Scott!!!”

For those of you wondering why all the Back to the Future references, take a look at today’s date and do the math. October 21, 2015

  1. gmatt21 says:
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    MALONE!

    who wins this trade.
    My Rishard, Martavius, Theo FOR his Demarius Thomas

    I have
    WR:Julian edleman
    WR:Emmanuel Sanders
    RB:Leveon Bell
    RB: FORSETT
    FLEX: Martavius Bryant
    FLEX:Lamar Miller

    Bench:
    Moncrief
    Rishard Mathews
    Theo Riddick
    Charcandrick
    Karlos WIlliams

    • gmatt21 says:
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      @gmatt21:

      12 team PPR

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @gmatt21: You win by getting Demaryius. You are giving up two bench players and an ok starter for a stud…

  2. booya says:
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    Which side would you want in a 12 team dynasty league:
    Lacy & Jordan Matthews or Gurley & Crabtree?

    • booya says:
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      @booya: no ppr…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @booya: Lacy and Matthews…

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Doesn’t Manning have 10 picks?

    I’m dumping Manning everywhere. His arm strength is so bad I’m not sure he can be trusted as a starter even in 14 team leagues.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: He does indeed. Nice catch. I’m still taking Manning over Hoyer…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @malamoney: You think he turns it around?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: I think he ends the season in the top 15. In order to do that, he has to have a few solid games. I’m glad I don’t own him because I’d want to bench him, but I know that’s the week he blows up. You can’t trade him. Basically you are stuck with him. It’s a lose, lose, hope I get a small win situation…

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @malamoney: ah i see it’s referenced here. makes sense you don’t own him if you’re willing to assume he’ll regress back to previous seasons of greatness (or even just top 15 ness at this point). of course to catch even 15th he’d have to do quite a lot, as on average (just counting guys that are starters and likely to remain starters, so i’m counting hoyer/mccown, but not vick), he’s just better than cousins/foles/bridgewater at this point, worse than winston. this isn’t just 2-4 weeks of data we’re seeing from Forehead anymore. Actually depending on scoring systems in some he’s worse than cousins per game right now.

            • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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              @Crapshoot Kershaw: using two different league scoring systems right now
              1. standard league settings: 4 pt passing TD’s, only -1 per pick, -2 per fumble lost. no bonuses. tannehill is 15th with 17.39 per game. peyton 30th with 13.09 (only counting starters or guys that will be starting soon when healthy). Peyton would have to average 21.709 for remaining 10 games (+65.84% increase in production, on average), that’s to get to 15th assuming the score for 15th (whoever it is) hovers around what it is right now (no way of proving that without much more previous season data, but not a bad assumption, and need some kind of assumption to even attempt this analysis)

              2. 6 PT passing TD’s with.1 per completion, -.5 per sack against, -3 for picks, -2 for fumbles lost. 2/3/4 pt bonuses at 300/350/400 yards passing. brees is 15th QB with 20.15 pts per game. peyton 13.15. I am not using hasselbeck’s score here (slightly above brees in average, but he’s not a starter). here Peyton would have to average 26.365 per week (+100% average increase, he’d have to be exactly TWICE as good as he’s been across 6 weeks in final 10)

              3. 6 pt passing TD’s with 6 pt bonuses for getting 300+ yards passing. flacco is 15th with 24.11. peyton is 30th with 17.97. would need to average 30.205 (+68% increase per game on average in last 10 games compared to his first 6)

              I would show this for NFL.com league with less bonuses but .1 for completion and -.1 for incompletion, but NFL.com would make me get the average by hand for all players as they don’t show average scores per game. But in most leagues (you can come up with more if you like) Peyton simply needs to increase his production on average in his last 10 games by at least 65% to match 15th QB numbers, unless of course we have reason to think 15th QB numbers will shrink by end of season. So basicially the Peyton of weeks 2 and 3 would have to show up nearly every week for remaining 10 to do this. And if Peyton from all the other 4 games shows up any more he’d have to do even better in the other ones.

              • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                @Crapshoot Kershaw: thought you’d like using numbers to prove things, or maybe that’s only when it’s your points being made. I’d lay large money (to me) that there’s less than 25% chance that Manning ends season as 15th or better QB. But again, i’m only using stats so….

              • malamoney

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                @Crapshoot Kershaw: That’s some solid math there. Seriously, good stuff. Thanks for taking the time to lay that out. I’m still taking Peyton over Hoyer, but in reality, I’m not taking either…

  4. Dom B says:
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    Hey which DEF to stream this week

    Patriots @ NYJ

    Miami @ HOU

    Tampa @ Washington

    Washington @ Tampa

    Giants @ Dallas

    [email protected] NE

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Probably WAS or TB…

  5. Adam

    Adam says:
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    I was offered Devonta Freeman and Travis Benjamin for my Doug Martin and AJ Green. Worth it? I also have Alshon, Landry and Cobb at WR

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Adam: Who are your other RB?

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @malamoney: Lynch and Ivory, I had a great draft and bought Cobb and Lynch low lol. 14 team H2H.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Adam: I’d probably make that trade, but I’d not be happy about letting Green go…

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @malamoney: that’s what I’m having trouble with lol. Idt Freeman is going to be stopped though. You can’t stack the box against Julio and Ryan..

            Thanks for the help!

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @Adam: Good luck. Let me know what you decide…

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @Adam: I think Freeman will be the more consistent week in and week out player, and Green will have his ups and downs. But his ups might be huge…

              • Adam

                Adam says:
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                @malamoney: I’m going to do it. Outside of the massive Baltimore game, Green has been rather unspectacular. Plus, He faces Denver on championship week. I have other big game guys, so I think I’d rather just have the consistency.

                • malamoney

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                  @Adam: Do it!

  6. friar says:
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    In my 14-team non-ppr league, I ended up with both Brady and Luck. With a middling 3-3 team (and with both QBs now healthy), I think it’s time to find a way to trade one of these top QBs for an upgrade elsewhere. My impulse is to try to get a star player at another position even if that means packaging Brady or Luck with another player on my roster.

    I’ve identified three owners whose QB woes might make them amenable to a trade. Looking over the top players on each team, are there any targets here you’d recommend I go after?

    Team 1: Megatron, Cobb, L. Murray, D. Lewis
    Team 2: Julio, Robinson, Gronk
    Team 3: Freeman, Antonio Brown

    My current roster:
    QB: Brady, Luck
    RB: Hyde, Anderson, Ellington, Riddick
    WR: S. Smith, James Jones, Moncrief, Wallace, Aiken
    TE: Bennett, Cameron

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      @friar: There’s actually also a fourth potential trade partner, but because of his record (5-1) and QB (he’s got Peyton, and so might hold out hope that he’ll regain his old form) I suspect he’ll be less eager to make a trade. Still, his trade assets are appealing enough that I figured I should mention him as an option, and if you think there’s a package I could put together that might entice him to part with one of his 3 stud RBs, I’d be intrigued to hear your idea.

      Team 4: AP, Foster, Gurley, CJ?K, Hilton, Edelman, Martavis

      • malamoney

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        @friar: At 5-1 and I wouldn’t trade if I were him. Things are going good for him and Peyton hasn’t done squat. I expect Peyton to rebound. Not to top 5 form, but top 10 or at least top 15. In order to get there he needs to have some good games…

    • malamoney

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      @friar: I rather trade Luck. Brady is on a mission. Luck is trying too hard. I’d give up Luck for any on that list except maybe Murray, Lewis or Robinson. If it’s a PPR league I might do it for Lewis. I try the hardest for Freeman as you need an RB the most…

      • friar says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks! I doubt the Freeman owner would do Luck for Freeman straight up, so I’d need to include a second player (likely a RB or WR). Not knowing yet who he’d want, which of my RB/WRs do you think I should agree to package with Luck in a 2-for-1 if it nets me Freeman?

  7. sitdezplease says:
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    antonio brown and knile davis for arian foster and greg olsen?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @sitdezplease: Depends on the rest of your team. In a vaccum I’m taking Foster and Olsen…

  8. Scott says:
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    Great Scott!!!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scott: Great malamoney!!!

  9. Dom B says:
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    Hey who has better ROS value and who is a better start this week Jordan Reed or Julius Thomas

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Thomas this week and ROS. But not by much…

  10. Barker says:
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    12 team ppr 6 pt pass td

    Rodgers on bye have to drop someone

    My wr calvin moncreif martavis snead hurns
    My rbs ingram dion lewis duke riddick knile
    My tes bennett walker

    Drop snead hurns riddick or knile

    Don’t know if i can drop any of these rbs because wire is barren and the wrs are maybe to decent to drop i was leaning towards dropping snead but may also want to drop hurns

    And which qb to grab flacco @ari fitz @ NE cousins vs tb hoyer @ mia foles vs cle

    • malamoney

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      @Barker: You can’t drop Knile until we see how things shake out in KC between him and West. That leaves Snead or Hurns. This week I like Snead better, but ROS I like Hurns…

      How many players at each position do you start?

      • Barker says:
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        @malamoney: qb wr wr rb rb te flex k def bn bn bn bn bn bn

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Barker: Flacco or Fitz. Flip a coin…

  11. tentyme says:
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    quick question for ya I’m in a super flex league where its best to start 2 QB’S and Bortles in my league has been out scoring wilson on a weekly basis just about. Do I trust him going over seas or stick with wilson tonight vs san fran ? my other QB is brees. We give 4 points a passing TD 6 points for a rushing TD and minus 1 for a int and nothing for getting sacked. Thanks for the help !!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @tentyme: Definitely go with Wilson. San Fran is giving up the most passing yards per game (319) of any team. They are also giving up 1.8 passing touchdowns per game…

  12. Dom B says:
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    Better Flex start this week John Brown or Steve Smith

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Brown

  13. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    keep this quote handy
    “unsurprisingly you should pick Manning over Hoyer 100 out of 100 times. What’s more is that you shouldn’t even own Hoyer unless you are in a very deep two quarterback league and one of your quarterbacks is on a bye. Even then, it would be a matchup based decision”

    As this is a fence making statement against the ideas of some other writers around here. I’m not saying i disagree or agree with it entirely at all, but not one thing Forehead has done this year would make anybody pick him over many starters (at this point, you appear to be thinking he’ll regress to better like in his younger years).

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: and hoyer should be owned in ANY 12 team 2 QB league, as in leagues like that every starter should be owned. really any 10 too, as you need 3 starters in any 2 QB league, to protect yourself from byes, injuries, bad matchups and the like. I could see it being believable maybe in shallower 2 QB leagues, or in one where nobody else has a 3rd QB on their roster in a 10, but even then it’s close.

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