In 1983, David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear. Years later, he walked through the Great Wall of China. Year after year, he dazzled audiences with his mastery of illusion, sleight of hand, and showmanship. I have watched every television special, seen him live nearly 10 times, and have learned several of his secrets over the years. David Copperfield is the reason magic has become what it is today. But sadly, when magic is at the height of its popularity in what seems to be the era of the street magician and cutting edge in your face magic, he has appeared to disappear.

A good magician learns how to blend into the crowd, how to merge into the background. Employing a very old concept known as the “black art principle”, magicians have fooled laymen since the late 1800s. The “black art principle” says that anything painted black cannot be seen when placed against a black background. [Jay’s Note: Dat’s raycess.] David Copperfield is still alive and well. He still performs regularly at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and if you are out that way, I highly recommend seeing his show. But what’s even more amazing than his show is Musha Cay. Musha what? Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay are over 700 acres of secluded luxury hidden among the outer islands of the Exumas (Bahamas). For those interested in vacationing there, it will only cost you $39,0000 a day. But that is for up to 12 people, so it’s really just $3250 a person. When you win your league you might want to give this place a consideration. Or how about a destination draft?

Okay, enough of the nonsense. While David isn’t making things disappear perhaps his best magic trick is his ability to put together the most unexpected fantasy football lineups using players from the waiver wire and outscore any team of studs. Here’s a look at the lineup he chose for last week which combined for 172.88 fantasy points in Yahoo! half point leagues.

QB: Derek Carr (26.48)
RB: Theo Riddick (16.60)
RB: Antone Smith (14.90)
WR: Andre Holmes (26.10)
WR: Brandon LaFell (23.70)
TE: Jace Amaro (17.80)
FL: Robert Woods (19.30)
K: Mike Nugent (15.00)
DST: Tennessee Titans (13)

But how man of these juggernauts should you be willing to roster?

Antone Smith scores big touchdowns. That sounds like a tee shirt or a bumper sticker. Despite his limited touches Smith now has a touchdown in 5 of his 6 games this season. He is the 13th highest scoring running back in my ESPN PPR league and, as of yesterday, is owned in under 30% of Yahoo! leagues. This needs to change. The scary thing about Smith is his usage. We just don’t know how he is going to be used, but with 2 rushing and 3 receiving touchdowns and 5 plays of over 20 yards, Atlanta has to find a way get him more involved. If you have a guy on your bench that is expendable, I would consider swapping him out with Smith.

Theo Riddick got a shot at passing down reps last week with Reggie Bush out. On 3 carries he tallied 6 yards, but in the air he had 5 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Those are some decent numbers. With Reggie expected back soon and lingering hamstring issues, I’m taking a pass on the chronicles of Riddick.

Brandon LaFell on the other hand is someone that has gotten my attention over the last few weeks. This week he had 4 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. In week 4 he caught 4 of 6 targets for 119 yards and a touchdown. If it wasn’t for the stinker in week 5 against the Bengals where the Patriots scored 43 points I think everyone would be LeFalling all over LaFell. I think there is some opportunity for Brandon in New England, but with all the other options that Tom Brady has I think he is more of a deep league option. I will continue to keep an eye on him to see if this changes.

Perhaps you missed it, but Andre Holmes had 2 touchdowns last week against the Chargers. Am I excited? Not incredibly. Has he peaked my interest? Well he did make it to this list, so I guess he has. He seems more like a boom or bust type of player to me and is still behind James Jones as the goto receiver in Oakland. He goes up against Arizona this weekend who has given up its share of big plays in the secondary.

Last week I mentioned that Jace Amaro was the tight end to be owned for the New York Jets. That meant if you had to own a New York Jets tight end. I wouldn’t own either of them. There are just too many other options for me to roster Amaro. And way to go Mike Nugent on securing your team a tie by missing that chip shot field goal at the end of overtime.

Who needs studs? Not me!!! I’ll be back next week with another list of “losers” that will make you a winner…

  1. The don says:
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    Which two tee’s would you start jordan reed, Delanie walker or jordan cameron

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @The don: Walker and Cameron

  2. Ryno says:
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    Hi

    I have an alright WR crew (A Brown, B Marshall, G Tate, Sanders and Maclin), but am thin at RB; besides Forte I have McKinnon, Pierce, and Ingram (lost S Ridley and Moreno)

    Would you play Starks over Pierce… thinking of playing Pierce as my RB2 as the rest have horrible matchups

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ryno: I’d go with McKinnon. Then Ingram if he plays. And then I have Pierce over Starks with the way teams have been running on Atlanta.

  3. ertzy says:
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    my spiller for rivers? I have lacy murray ball Oliver mckinnon ivory Ingram. 2 qb league I have Romo and cutler thoughts? keeper league

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @ertzy: Sure. I’d do that deal. Spiller hasn’t been that great this season and Rivers would be your best QB.

  4. thesportsguy says:
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    Filling in back end of my roster y dropping Donald Brown.

    Current RB are Murray, SJax, and J. Hill

    Options
    Bolden
    J Randle
    Mason
    Gerhardt
    J Thompson

    • malamoney

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      @thesportsguy: Here’s how I rank them: Bolden, Gerhart, Mason, Randle and then Thompson. But I hate Gerhart so I’d probably skip right over him. I actually own Storm Johnson.

  5. friar says:
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    I have a very good “problem” — I somehow have three RB1s on my roster: Charles, L. Bell, and GioB. The “problem” is that I’m unsure how to approach handcuffing these three. Amazingly, all three handcuffs (Davis, Blount, and Hill) are available, but I’m not keen on using three roster spots on guys relegated to backup roles.

    I’ve gone back and forth between a few different approaches to take, but can’t seem to make up my mind which one is best:
    (A) Suck it up and roster all three handcuffs. Who needs upside guys when I’ve got three studs. Lock ’em up and eliminate the injury risk.
    (B) Roster a handcuff only if he has the upside to be usable even without an injury. Right now, that seems to be only Hill.
    (C) Roster a handcuff only if the stud in front of him is an injury risk. This makes sense, but I have no idea which of my three RBs is most likely to get hurt.
    (D) Don’t bother with handcuffs. My team is strong enough that I can withstand an RB injury, so use the bench to get valuable assets I can eventually play or trade to make my team stronger.

    What’s your advice?

    12-team, non-ppr
    QB: Ryan
    RB: Charles, L. Bell, Bernard, Mathews (hurt), Ball (hurt)
    WR: Dez, Megatron (hurt), Hopkins, T. Smith, Malcom Floyd, Patterson
    TE: Olsen, Donnell

    • malamoney

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      @friar: I don’t see anyone on your roster that I’d drop to pick up one of the handcuffs. Maybe Floyd. You cannot roster all 3 handcuffs. So which one has the most upside? I think Hill. Although I am Gio owner and don’t own Hill. However he is not available. I would if he did. Not because I’m afraid Gio will get hurt, but because I think he would be a solid replacement if he did. The same has to be said for Knile Davis who has shown this year what he can do. I guess if I were going to roster a handcuff I’d pick Davis because Charles has already been injured. Injuries lead to other injuries. Especially when a player is playing at less than 100%. With all of that said, with your RBs you could withstand losing one of them and keep on trucking along. Especially if Mathews returns as a solid starter. Good luck.

      • friar says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks for the advice! I’ve been rolling along without handcuffs so far, so it’s nice to get confirmation that I’m not an idiot for doing so (…not yet anyway).

        I actually just received a trade offer in this league that I’d love your opinion on: I’d give up Bell to receive FJax and Gordon. My impulse is to hold with what I’ve got (if it ain’t broke…), but I’m not sure if I’m stubbornly holding onto my current starters at the expense of potential upgrades. What do you think? Is that enough of a haul to part with an RB1?

        • malamoney

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          @friar: I’d hold. Bell is a bonafide stud. You might only get a few games out of Gordon. And who knows how he will be when he gets back. Don’t get me wrong, I have in stashed in both of my leagues, but it only cost me FAAB dollars to get him. Not a stud RB. If you were going to move an RB1 right now you want a WR1 right now. Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, etc… But personally I’d love to have 3 RB1s out there every week. If Mathews comes back strong I’d try and package him and one of your receivers for a better receiver.

  6. Vin Sully 1988 says:
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    I have 4 studs at WR in Brown, Jordy, Benjamin and Sanders. I’m hurting at RB and just claimed Crowell off waivers, somebody offered me Ben Tate for Sanders should I take that trade and have the Starting RB in Cleaveland? (PPR LEAGUE)

    My RBs are
    Mccoy
    Vereen
    Sankey

    • malamoney

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      @Vin Sully 1988: That is a fair trade and will definitely help you. I’d make that trade, but I might throw a few offers out there first and see if you can do any better while you are at it.

  7. Andre says:
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    Have two trade questions. 12team PPR league…my league setting are kinda goofy:

    Rushing Yards: 10 yards per point; 2 points at 100 yards; 2 points at 200 yards
    Rushing Touchdowns 6
    Receptions 1
    Reception Yards 10 yards per point; 1 points at 100 yards; 2 points at 200 yards
    Reception Touchdowns 6
    Return Touchdowns 6

    I was offered two separate trades. 1) my Oliver and Benjamin for Foster. And 2). Brandon Cooks and Ertz for my Odell Beckham and Jordan Reed. Do I make both? I’m sitting in 2nd place at 6-0. My team as is:

    QB: Wilson
    WR: Nelson
    WR: Harvin
    RB: Forte
    RB: Oliver
    TE: Donnell
    Flex: Benjamin

    Bench: J. Gordon, ODB, Jr., Reed, Alfred Morris, Malcom Floyd.

    Thanks for the help!

    • malamoney

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      @Andre: I am going back and forth on this one. At first I did not think I would not make either of those trades. I’d rather have Oliver and Kelvin Benjamin than Foster. It’s close though. Oliver looks great in his 2 games and Benjamin is a beast. However…when Gordon returns, one of your starting WR are expendable. That includes Benjamin. And I’d rather have Foster than Oliver. If I am convinced that Foster is healthy, then I would make that trade.

      The second trade is almost 6 of one, half dozen of another. Beckham has great upside now with Cruz out. Reed and Ertz kinda cancel each other out. Remember there’s a reason you are 6-0.

  8. hello says:
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    Was offered E. Sanders and A. Morris for J. Nelson….
    Im 5-1 and have scored 2nd most pts, but havent had a rb all season, would you make this trade? Heres last weeks lineup, ppr (highest scoring team)
    Rodgers
    Nelson
    Crabtree
    Sanky
    Oliver
    Olsen
    Sanu
    Novak
    Niners

    Bench
    Gordon
    Megatron
    Richardson
    Rainey
    Alex Smith
    Had Ridley

    So maybe i have something now in Oliver and Morris isnt a lock each week…. help a brother out!

    • malamoney

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      @hello: What up brother!

      I am leaning towards no. In my ESPN PPR league Alf is the 20th highest scoring RB with 65 points, sandwiched between Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy. Two more guys that have been shitting the bed so far this season. Morris has 3 rushing TDs and 2 are against Jacksonville and the other against the Giants who have given up the 2nd most rushing TDs (tied at 7). And he has yet to break 100 yards rushing in a game. I’m not high on Alf this year.

      Jordy leads my league with 136.2 points and Sanders has 84. That’s a difference of 52 points which is a little shy of what Morris has produced. Any time I make a trade I always want the best player in the deal and that is Nelson by a long shot. The exception to that rule is when you desperately need a player at another position (as is the case).

      It’s true that you are very weak at RB, but if you are willing to deal Nelson, you should be able to get a better RB in return. If MegaTron were healthy I’d be more comfortable moving Nelson, but he’s not. I will say this, on paper this isn’t a horrible trade for you since you do need a RB1. I’m not sure Morris is an RB1, but he’s close. I really like Oliver, but when Mathews returns his role will be reduced leaving you even weaker.

      Can you make a play for McCoy or Lacy?

      • hello says:
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        @malamoney: thanks for the response, I just needed another set of unbiased eyes on it, I was leaning against it and would rather move a balky Calvin than Jordy
        Good Luck

        • hello says:
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          @hello: if you could get Foster or Le’Veon Bell for jordy would you?

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            @hello: Bell yes. Foster no.

  9. Nikko Respeto says:
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    How do you feel about my Reggie Wayne and Reggie Bush for his Lamar Miller? My WRs are: A. Brown, E. Sanders, S. Smith, O. Beckham, M. Wheaton, R. Wayne and V. Jackson. My RBs are: L. Bell, B. Sankey, R. Bush, and R. Hillman.

    • malamoney

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      @Nikko Respeto: With Moreno out for the season, I’d make that move considering how strong the rest of your receivers are. You almost might want to see if you can get the Lacy owner to move him for a similar deal. Either way you definitely need another running back and you could do a lot worse than Miller.

  10. Braun Weasleys says:
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    Who would you rather have out of anotone smith, khiry robinson or cunningham?

    I own khiry,

    Was offered cunningham

    Smith is a free agent

    16 team league and I need the best ROS rb here,

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

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      @Braun Weasleys: I love what Smith has been doing with his big plays, but his touches are unreliable. Robinson is behind Thomas and Ingram. I don’t know what is going on in St. Louis. I grabbed Cunningham last week as a speculative add to sit on my bench. He did get just over 50% of the snaps, but who knows what that means going forward. I guess I rank them Smith, Cunningham and then Robinson.

  11. Frank says:
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    Howdy! Keep or drop benny Cunningham ? I’d be looking at these names; its a bench/depth move in a 10 tm .20 ppr

    Available players, tre Mason, james white , Jonas gray, alfred blue, Jarvis Landry, Markus Wheaton , kenny Britt,

    • malamoney

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      @Frank: Tough call. Do you own Stacy? I picked up Cunningham last and to let him sit on my bench to see what he does. Tre Mason was a somewhat popular pickup this week. I don’t know who wins out. Or do they all lose due to a committee? James White is interesting. I picked him up before week 1 but dropped him soon after. Never know what they will do in New England. And if you have Foster, then I’d say Blue.

      • Frank says:
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        @malamoney:

        I’m not a stacy owner, I added Cunningham this AM as a depth move off the wire

        • Frank says:
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          My RB’s are gio bernard, ben Tate, ahmad Bradshaw, storm johnson, Braden Oliver, benny Cunningham & jeremy hill

          My WR’s: demaryius thomas, Crabtree, Kelvin benjsmin, cordarrelle patterson, Andrew Hawkins, Odell beckham jr

          • malamoney

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            @Frank: You’re in good shape. I’d hold onto Cunningham and see how things play out in St. Louis. He is just bench depth for you anyway. If he doesn’t pan out, it’s not like you were relying on him.

            • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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              @malamoney: wouldn’t he be better off with stacy/mason than stacy/cunningham?

              • malamoney

                malamoney says:
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                @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Why is Mason now the must own in St. Louis. I am not saying Cunningham is, but given his other RBs he can take a risk on owning any of them.

                • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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                  @malamoney: i thought you guys around here read each other, maybe not. i also did think he owned stacy.

            • Frank says:
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              @malamoney:

              Thanks , exactly just a bench/ depth if he doesn’t pan out then back to free agency not a big deal

  12. Danny says:
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    Hey guys I want to know if murray is worth trading for brown nd charles. Or I should trade him for miller nd bell. Or keep him for the rest of the season. Thank you

    • malamoney

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      @Danny: I would trade Murray for Antonio Brown and Charles right away. Which Miller? Lamar? I would likely also make that trade. Murray is the epitome of sell high right now. His workload is guaranteed to be reduced. Who are the rest of your running backs?

      • Danny says:
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        @malamoney:
        Forte nd randle. I was referring to Lamar miller.

        • Danny says:
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          @Danny: Do u think value wise murray for brown nd charles wuld be fair. Cus I don’t want anyone to veto that trade
          Also do u think nelson for forsett nd bradshaw is fair?
          I have hopkins, wayne, nd E royal.

          • malamoney

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            @Danny: That trade is very heavily tipped towards the Charles and Brown side. Murray, Charles, Forte and Bell are the RB studs this year. On any given weekend their top 4 ranks could be mixed up. Murray for Charles is a fair trade. Throw in Antonio Brown is is one of the top 5 wide receivers and I can imagine why someone would give both of them up for just Murray. Seems very lopsided to me. But if you can pull it off, more power to you!

            Nelson for Forsett and Bradshaw is fair. I’m not sure I’d make that trade. It depends on a lot of factors. First I would likely try and move Nelson in a 1 for 1 deal for a better running back like Bernard, McCoy or Foster. If I couldn’t do that it depends on the rest of my team. If you pull off the Murray trade, then no, you don’t need this trade. If you don’t, then having just Forte and Randle is not enough and this trade might make sense. Although I don’t like that it leaves you with just Hopkins, Wayne and Royal.

            If the Murray trade fails, I would trade Murray for Bell and Miller too.

  13. Blint says:
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    Hey
    I am looking ahead to week 9 when Stafford is on a bye
    Which QB should I pick up
    Hoyer, Alex Smith , Carr or Austin Davis?
    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Blint: Hoyer. They play against Tampa. Smith has the Jets, Carr has Seattle and Davis has San Fran. I’d take my shot against the sh!tty Bucs.

      • Blint says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thank you malamoney just picked him up :D

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Blint: No problem. Good luck!

  14. Braun Weasleys says:
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    Was offered lesean for bernard. 10 team ppr and I have Hill if bernard goes into a timeshare or gets injured

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Braun Weasleys: If it’s PPR, I am keeping Bernard. If it’s not, then it’s a fair trade which means I’d probably hold onto Bernard given how the two have played so far this season. Although McCoy looked much better last week that he has all season.

  15. zman10 says:
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    Hey man,

    Looking for some lineup help.. Here is my team below:

    QB: P. Mannning
    RB: T. Richardson
    RB: B. Sankey
    WR: A. Brown
    WR: B. Quick
    TE: V. Davis
    Flex: A. Holmes

    The only option i believe I’d start on my bench is Jerrick McKinnon.. Would you start him over anyone in my lineup now?

    Thanks

    • zman10 says:
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      @zman10: BTW it is a PPR league

    • malamoney

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      @zman10: I “might” start him over Sankey, but it would be close. And while I’d likely start Holmes, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t do much this weekend.

  16. Ryno says:
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    Was just offered P Rivers for my Sanders; I have Foles, and my WRs are A Brown, Marshall, G Tate, Maclin, and Patterson. Would you do the upgrade at QB?

    Thanks

    • malamoney

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      @Ryno: I’d probably do that since you have the depth at WR. Who is his other QB that he is willing to move Rivers without getting a QB in return?

      • Ryno says:
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        @malamoney: He has Wilson and that’s who he is playing. But his WRs aren’t that good; Quick, A Holmes, Shorts, Decker, Baldwin and Hawkins. He’s 2-4

  17. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR, I’ve got a clusterf*ck in the works for my RB2 this week.

    Who’s your pick of this crappy bunch, with news that McKinnon’s carries will probably be dropping?

    McKinnon @ BUF
    Ivory @ NE
    Bolden vs NYJ
    S. Johnson vs CLE

    I have zero faith in any of these guys right now…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Adam: McKinnon. He’s still the best back in Minnesota.

  18. Dom B says:
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    Good trade my rb Andre Ellington, Eddie Lacy, Fred Jax, Doug martin me send Fred jax and crabtree for his Rashad Jennings

    • malamoney

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      @Dom B: I’d rather have Fred Jackson and Crabtree

  19. Dom B says:
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    My WR Kelvin Benjamin, Roddy White, Michael Crabtree, Malcolm Floyd, TY Hilton RB Eddie Lacy, Andre Ellington, Fred Jax, and Doug Martin should I do this trade me send Eddie Lacy and Malcolm Floyd for his lesean McCoy and Branden lafell

    • malamoney

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      @Dom B: Yes. I’d take McCoy and LaFell in that deal.

  20. jb smoove says:
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    Who is demarco Murray’s handcuff?

    • malamoney

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      @jb smoove: Randle, but Dunbar is not too far behind.

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