Last week, I had the ALCS on the television as I was researching some fantasy fantasy football on my MacBook Pro, and something funny happened. My wife, who’s more of a Total Divas and House Hunters kind of viewer, looked up at the game and said “is that Philip Seymour Hoffman?” Without turning my head I knew exactly who she was talking about, and immediately starting laughing. While she knows that the inventor of the shart is no longer with us, I have to admit, the resemblance is a bit uncanny. And in case you haven’t figured it out, the Philip Seymour Hoffman impersonator I am referring to is none other than Buck Showalter…

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Here is a list of lesser owned players impersonating starters that would have won just about any head-to-head matchup in Yahoo! half point PPR leagues by combining for 148.74 points.

QB: Geno Smith (16.74)
RB: Stepfan Taylor (18.90)
RB: Denard Robinson (18.70)
WR: Stevie Johnson (16.40)
WR: Andrew Hawkins (14.50)
TE: Gavin Escobar (20)
FL: Tre Mason (14.5)
K: Cairo Santos (13)
DST: Jacksonville Jaguars (16)

But should you be rostering any of these guys or are they all just fakes?

Denard Robinson carried 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. This was the first time all season that a Jaguars running back put together a legitimate performance and as a result Jacksonville won their first game of the season. Before going down with an injury Toby Gerhart was just plain awful. Storm Johnson was supposed to step in and take Gerhart’s place, but in the last 2 weeks he has averaged just 2.3125 yards per carry. While he did manage to find the end zone in both of those weeks, Robinson has likely weathered “the storm” and emerged as the starter. I’d still like to see how things shake out, but I have no doubt that Denard will be scooped up in many leagues this week. With Gerhart still out, Robinson is definitely worth taking a flier on if you are in need at running back.

While Stepfan Taylor scored twice last Sunday, I wouldn’t rush out to pick him up. Unless of course you own Andre Ellington who is clearly the guy to own in Arizona.

But if you are need of some help at running back, I suggest you order the special enTRE of the week. Tre Mason is serving up an 18 carry, 85-yard dish with a side order of a touchdown. Sounds delicious. Confidence in Zac Stacy seems to have disappeared leaving the job to Mason. Stacy had a grand total of 0 carries last week. However, I wouldn’t count out Benjamin Cunningham quite yet who has now managed to score a touchdown in 3 consecutive games.

I have been one of Andrew Hawkins biggest fans all season in PPR formats. If you can look past the goose egg he put up in week 6, Hawkins has been great. Ignoring week 6, he has averaged 5.8 receptions and 76.4 yards per game. And while he has yet to catch a touchdown pass he has been putting up solid numbers in Cleveland. If he’s out there and you are in a PPR league, I suggest you see if you can find a spot for him on your roster if you are in need at wide receiver.

Stevie Johnson had a nice game Sunday night, but unless you are in a really deep league, I don’t think he brings much value to the table.

Who needs studs? Not me!!! I’ll be back next week with another list of lookalikes that will look a lot like a losing team.

  1. Jason says:
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    great read man. I grabbed Mason myself.

    just made a move to try and spark a 3-4 team. traded away DeMarco, Harvin, Vjax, and antone smith for Alshon, Lamar miller, Tate, and A Robinson (Jax).

    Team looks like this now:
    QB – Romo
    WR – Alshon
    Terrance Williams
    Brandon Lafell
    James Jones
    Robinson
    RB – Miller
    Reggie Bush
    Mason
    Tate
    randle
    TE – Julius

    thoughts?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason: Thanks! It’s a fair trade, but I don’t know how I feel about it. You gave up Murray (the best RB right now) in return for Tate and Miller. I think I’d rather start Murray and Bush than Tate and Miller. Alshon is definitely the best receiver involved, but I also like Vincent Jackson who I feel is right behind him. Better quarterback in Chicago (most of the time), but more hungry mouths to feed as well. So then you gave up Harvin and Smith for Robinson. I don’t like that. Overall the trade seems fair, but was I talk about it, I don’t think I would have made it. But that’s me and everyone needs a jumpstart every now and then. Good luck man!

  2. rich says:
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    What is your opinion on this trade. Trade away Vereen and Bradshaw for Julio Jones and Ingram.
    My team would look like this after the trade. I need a good wr in the worst way. I still have Lacy, Ellington, and CJ2k (in case of an ivory injury). I also think Ingram can return to the form that we saw weeks 1 and 2. Detroit was too tough of a matchup for the run last week. I expect him to get in the end zone this week against Green Bay at home. Ingram also has some attractive matchups coming up and especially in the playoffs as well. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @rich: Who are your other wide receivers and is the PPR?

  3. Dom B says:
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    Flex Doug Martin, Roddy White, Percy Harvin or Malcolm Floyd

    Better start for TE Zack Ertz or Delaine Walker

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: White, Martin, Harvin then Floyd.

      Ertz by a hair, but if Locker is back I am going with Walker.

  4. Zandy says:
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    who are some high upside WR3 or RB3 youd target via trade/pickup to help give some BOOM to a std league team?
    names like percy, keenan, baldwin, gore, mason, ingram are some examples but curious if you had any others
    Thanks man

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zandy: Off the top of my head I’d throw out Larry Fitzgerald, Reuben Randle, Kendall Wright, Cordarelle Patterson, Brian Quick, Sankey, Rainey, Steven Jackson… And don’t forget about Josh Gordon’s impending return. I will have a much better answer for you next week when I put out my second installment of “On Pace”. Not sure if you read the first one. Here’s a link so you can get an idea of what’s coming.

      http://football.razzball.com/pace-week-5-touch-donnell

  5. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Malamoney… I need a TE this week so i grabbed Clay. should I keep him or grab Clay Harbor, heath Miller, Chandler, Amero or Escobar??

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: What’s the good word Frank! Here’s how I rank them: Clay Harbor, Charles Clay, Scott Chandler, Heath Miller, Jace Amaro and then Escobar. But that’s just me…

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Brotha!!!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Frank White: Anytime!

  6. Zandy says:
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    would you send dixon & andre holmes for percy and hyde? std league

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zandy: In a vacuum I’d rather have Percy and Hyde. In reality it depends on the rest of your roster. Dixon is probably more startable for the next few weeks than Hyde. But if you are not starting either, I take the Harvin side. Either way I take the Harvin side.

  7. Brendan says:
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    Tried picking up Tre but the waivers weren’t in my favor. Snagged the Dolphins D though to cover for my wounded 49ers. Would you start Ingram, Forsett, or V JAX this week in the flex position? Half Point PPR. Forsett seems like the right choice but with trade rumors around Jackson he could go off this week. I’m interested to hear your opinion.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Brendan: I’m going with Forsett. Opposing running backs have scored a touchdown in the last 4 games against the Bengals and 5 out of 6 games on the season. I don’t know what is going on in Tampa. Does Jackson have the ability to go off, sure. But I am playing it safe with Forsett.

      • Brendan says:
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        @malamoney: Perfect. Just confirmed my thought. Now for the hard question: Drew Brees against a tough Packers Defense or Tom Brady?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Brendan: Brees by a tiny bit. But I own Brady so I am hoping he continues his strong trend. My points predictor has Brees between 17 and 20 and Brady between 15 and 18.

  8. Scott says:
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    holy crap. I actually thought they both were Seymour Hoffman until I saw the words

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scott: Hilarious!

  9. Jason Morgan says:
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    It’s a doppleganger! Very funny.

    Jerick McKinnon or Denard Robinson?

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