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Well, that got ugly fast. And I’m not just talking about this week’s JaguarsChargers game. That was an entirely different level of ugly. This week is why so many people have been adopting the zero RB strategy when drafting. They don’t want to risk taking a running back early because of the chance of injury, and they know they will be able to watch the waiver wire and read my handcuff report in order to get a running back or two during the season. If you play fantasy football, there is a good chance one of your running backs got hurt this week. If you drafted Adrian Peterson around the 2nd round or Danny Woodhead or Ameer Abdullah a few rounds later, this was not your week. If you went zero RB or waited a bit too long for running backs like I did in a few of my leagues, this is the week you were waiting for. As far as we know right now, though, Woodhead is the only back to go down who is definitely out for the year. The other two question marks are AP and Abdullah. Neither has a timetable for their return right now. Everyone else should be back in a couple weeks.

Anyway, let’s get to it…  LeVeon Bell

Note: Players with an attached “+” means they are currently injured or doubtful for the upcoming week’s game. Players with an attached “*” means they are under suspension.

American Football Conference
AFC East Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Patriots LeGarrette Blount Brandon Bolden James White D.J. Foster
Jets Matt Forte Bilal Powell Bilal Powell Troymaine Pope
Dolphins Arian Foster + Jay Ajayi Arian Foster Kenyan Drake
Bills LeSean McCoy Reggie Bush LeSean McCoy Mike Gillislee
AFC North Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Bengals Jeremy Hill Giovani Bernard Giovani Bernard Rex Burkhead
Ravens Justin Forsett Terrance West Justin Forsett Javorius Allen
Steelers Le’Veon Bell * DeAngelo Williams Le’Veon Bell * Fitzgerald Toussaint
Browns Isaiah Crowell Duke Johnson Jr. Duke Johnson Jr. George Atkinson
AFC South Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Texans Lamar Miller Alfred Blue Lamar Miller Jonathan Grimes
Jaguars T.J. Yeldon Chris Ivory T.J. Yeldon Denard Robinson
Colts Frank Gore Robert Turbin Josh Ferguson Josh Ferguson
Titans DeMarco Murray Derrick Henry DeMarco Murray Antonio Andrews
AFC West Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Chiefs Jamaal Charles + Spencer Ware Charcandrick West Knile Davis
Broncos C.J. Anderson Devontae Booker Devontae Booker Kapri Bibbs
Raiders Latavius Murray DeAndre Washington Latavius Murray Jalen Richard
Chargers Melvin Gordon Danny Woodhead + Danny Woodhead + Kenneth Farrow

New England Patriots: When I sat down to look over my notes for this game, I had these two points: “LeGarrette Blount is a bad man,” and “Who is D.J. Foster?” With Dion Lewis out, Blount is the main jawn in New England. James White was a popular pick for PPR leagues, but he hasn’t done much of anything in the first two weeks. White had six touches in both weeks, but he has been disappointing overall. And though he only played a handful of snaps, it is probably not great news for White that the Patriots are giving D.J. Foster a look in the backfield.

New York Jets: For the second week in a row, the Jets seemed determined to run their newly acquired, over 30 running back into the ground. Matt Forte got another 32 touches this week, even though he was playing on Thursday night on a short week. This is very discouraging news for Bilal Powell owners (like me), who were hoping for more of a split after Powell’s successful 2015. Powell only got two touches on Thursday night. Two. Mother. Fudfjkladlkdsing. Touches.

The only good news is that there is almost no chance that Forte can keep up this pace (I think). He is currently on pace for more than 470 touches this season. His career high is only 379 touches, and that was before he was, you know, on the other side of 30. The pace he is on now—though it is only after two games—would also put him at the second most touches for a running back in a season ever. Hold on to Powell for now, but for God’s sake don’t start him right now.

Miami Dolphins: As he is wont to do, Arian Foster left this game with an injury. He left in the 2nd quarter with a groin injury, didn’t return, and now it sounds like he may miss a week or two. Once he left the game, Jay Ajayi entered the game, but rookie Kenyan Drake also rotated into the game for a few touches. The final tally was Ajayi with nine touches and Drake with four, but Drake did snipe a touchdown. Ajayi is first up, but it looks like Drake will get some touches, too. The Dolphins were down big in the second half and spent most of it throwing, so neither got a ton of work. Ajayi is the play if you are desperate, but you better be very desperate.

Buffalo Bills: For the second week in a row, LeSean McCoy dominated the touches in Buffalo. He is their workhorse, and that isn’t changing unless there is an injury. Mike Gillislee caught a touchdown pass, but that was his only touch and is not something you can count on.

Cincinnati Bengals: The share was the same, with Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill each with 14. The production, however, was much different. Hill ran 11 times for 22 yards (read: two yards per carry). Bernard only averaged 3.4 YPC, but he added nine catches for 100 yards and a tuddy. This looks to be a full blown 50% split, with both guys being flex plays at best. If you have both and want/need to start one next week against Denver, it should be Bernard. Avoid either one if you can, though.

Baltimore Ravens: Ugh. Stay away from any of these running backs, if you can. Justin Forsett and Terrance West are splitting time, and neither has been particularly good. Forsett led the way in touches, with 17 to West’s 12.

Pittsburgh Steelers: More of the same from the Steelers. With Le’Veon Bell still out for another week, DeAngelo Williams is the workhorse. No one else is worth owning or stashing.

Cleveland Browns: Isaiah Crowell started and got the majority of the work, and his final stat line looks great: 18 carries, 133 yards, and a touchdown. Plus he added a catch for 15 yards. There is one caveat, though: 85 of those yards came on one long touchdown run. On one hand, it is great to see big play ability and the speed to break away. On the other hand, that means he averaged 2.8 YPC on his other 17 carries. Not great, but if the Browns are going to keep feeding him, then he can be a RB2 or flex play. Duke Johnson added seven touches, with four catches for 44 yards.

Houston Texans: The Texans brought in Lamar Miller to give him the rock, and they are giving him the rock. That is about all there is to say. Alfred Blue is the handcuff here, but he is an injury stash and nothing more.

Jacksonville Jaguars: If you started T.J. Yeldon this week, I hope it was at least in a PPR league. He went out and caught eight balls on Sunday…for a whopping 10 yards. Yes, he somehow managed to average 1.25 yards per catch. And for being such a great sport, he threw in 28 yards on seven carries. Yeldon was the guy with Chris Ivory still out with a mystery illness usually reserved for the NHL, but that is all he is: a guy. We aren’t sure when Ivory will be back because we still don’t even know what was wrong with him in the first place, but once he is Yeldon will be even less of a guy.

Indianapolis Colts: Frank Gore had an OK game, with 16 touches and a receiving touchdown. Josh Ferguson had seven touches, but they all came in the second half when the Colts were already losing. Robert Turbin vultured a goal-line touchdown and is your handcuff here, but it doesn’t look like he is going to get many touches unless Gore gets hurt or the Colts go up big early and want to chew clock.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans pulled out a win over the Lions on Sunday, and their two running backs were a big part of it. DeMarco Murray is still the clear starter and had a solid day, with 19 touches for 145 yards, including seven catches for 56 yards. Henry received 10 touches and gained 49 yards, and he looks like a solid handcuff option at this point. He has shown good playmaking ability and may continue to cut into this timeshare, and if Murray goes down then Henry instantly becomes a RB2/Flex option. His value is limited for now, but he is a great handcuff option if you are willing and able to watch and wait.

Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Ware was the darling of the handcuff report after week one. In week two, he was solid but not spectacular, while starting for Jamaal Charles, who was out again. The Texans were all over the Chiefs in this game, and they didn’t have much success. Hell, Alex Smith finished with negative points in most leagues. But Ware still managed to go over 100 yards on 12 touches. Charles may or may not return next week against the Jets, and Ware’s value will take a hit if he does. Monitor Charles’s status during the week and on Sunday morning. If he is out again, then Ware is a safe play. If he is back, Ware will lose touches but will likely still be involved. In the latter scenario, bench Ware if you have better options while we see how Charles looks.

Denver Broncos: Not much to see here except for Devontae Booker getting some touches as the Broncos ran the ball with a lead. It’s C.J. Anderson’s show. Booker is the handcuff, but he is not playable. Stash him only if you have the roster spots to spare.

Oakland Raiders: For the second week in a row, the Oakland backfield was frustratingly crowded. Latavius Murray put up decent points for his owners because he scored a rushing touchdown and caught six passes, but he only totaled eight rushes and 14 touches overall. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard combined for another 14 touches, with seven apiece, with Washington having much more success. Washington appears to be in the lead to be the handcuff at this point, but this looks like a full blown committee with Murray getting half the touches and a pile of guys getting the other half.

San Diego Chargers: You already know by now. Danny Woodhead tore his ACL and is done for the year. That is, of course, good news for Melvin Gordon owners and the worst kind of news for Danny Woodhead owners. The Chargers are signing former Titans and Chiefs RB Dexter McCluster as a Woodhead replacement:

But don’t think you can go grab McCluster and expect Woodhead production right off the bat:

You can grab and stash for now, but I wouldn’t go throwing McCluster right into your lineup.

National Football Conference
NFC East Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Giants Rashad Jennings Shane Vereen Shane Vereen Orleans Darkwa
Eagles Ryan Mathews Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Wendell Smallwood
Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott Alfred Morris Lance Dunbar Lance Dunbar
Washington Matt Jones Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Robert Kelley
NFC North Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Vikings Adrian Peterson + Jerick McKinnon Jerick McKinnon Matt Asiata
Packers Eddie Lacy James Starks James Starks Aaron Ripkowski
Lions Ameer Abdullah + Theo Riddick Theo Riddick Dwayne Washington
Bears Jeremy Langford Jordan Howard Ka’Deem Carey + Jordan Howard
NFC South Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
Buccaneers Doug Martin + Charles Sims Charles Sims Jacquizz Rodgers
Saints Mark Ingram Tim Hightower Travaris Cadet Tim Hightower
Panthers Jonathan Stewart + Fozzy Whittaker Fozzy Whittaker Cameron Artis-Payne
Falcons Devonta Freeman + Tevin Coleman Tevin Coleman Terron Ward
NFC West Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Third-Stringer
49ers Carlos Hyde Shaun Draughn Neither? Both? Mike Davis
Seahawks Christine Michael Thomas Rawls See above. C.J. Prosise +
Cardinals David Johnson Chris Johnson David Johnson Andre Ellington
Rams Todd Gurley Benny Cunningham Benny Cunningham Malcolm Brown

New York Giants: Shane Vereen received more touches than starter Rashad Jennings in this game, with 17 to Jennings’s 15. This game was unexpectedly low-scoring, and neither back produced a whole lot, but Jennings did get hurt. It sounds like Jennings is not going to miss any time, but this news could be promising for Vereen owners:

Vereen was already a playable flex option as the primary pass-catching back for the Giants, but he may have even more appeal going forward, at least in the short term. Monitor this one.

Philadelphia Eagles: While Ryan Mathews is the number one option in Philly, Darren Sproles was on the field for almost double the number of snaps (41 to 21). The Eagles came out on Monday night with a clear plan to spread out the Chicago defense and throw the ball, which partially explains the uptick in snaps for Sproles. The Eagles also got no push up front and had little success running the ball all night, which is the other reason. Mathews owners did get two touchdowns out of him, even though he only ran for 32 yards. Sproles didn’t do much with his snaps, with 40 yards on the ground and only two catches for eight yards.

Dallas Cowboys: Nothing new here.

Washington Team: Matt Jones had a decent day and got most of the touches, with Chris Thompson spelling him. Touches were 14 to 5. Thompson did catch three balls for 57 yards, though.

Minnesota Vikings: This is the big one. Not only has Adrian Peterson disappointed to start the year, but now he is hurt. Peterson tore his meniscus, but we don’t know how long he will be out. He is a freak of nature, leading some to predict he could return as early as next week. I think that is unlikely, and he will probably miss at least a couple weeks.

The Vikings beat reporter for the Star Tribune says McKinnon will be first up:

As [email protected] wrote yesterday, McKinnon should be your top priority on the waiver wire. Matt Asiata has some value now, too, but McKinnon feels like the better and safer play.

Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy owners can continue to enjoy another disappointing start to the season. James Starks handcuffers can continue to enjoy .4 yards per carry for a handful of touches, hopefully on your bench.

Detroit Lions: The Lions are yet another team that lost a running back over the weekend. Ameer Abdullah looked solid last week and was playing well this week, before leaving the game with a foot injury. X-Rays on his foot were negative, but he is reportedly going for a second opinion. His status is uncertain going forward, but we can assume that he will be out for at least a couple weeks, possibly longer. [Jay’s Note: This post was written before Abdullah went on the IR.]

That means Theo Riddick, who was already seeing more work this year, will be the guy. He will likely share the load with Dwayne Washington, however. Riddick is a great play if you have him, but if you don’t have him he is probably not available in your league. Washington is worth grabbing and stashing if you can get him after waivers (so you don’t waste your priority on him), but don’t play him this week.

Chicago Bears: If you missed Jeremy Langford on Monday night, that’s because he looked just as bad as the rest of the Bears. He did end up getting a touchdown after a pass interference penalty gave the Bears the ball at the one yard line, but the Bears offense looked rough all night and didn’t get much going on the ground. After pass-catcher Ka’Deem Carey went down with a hamstring injury, Jordan Howard entered the game and actually looked pretty good. If Langford continues to struggle, look for Howard to get some more chances. If you are in a deep league, add Howard to your watch list.

Carolina Panthers: Please, sit down. Are you sitting? Ok, you’re never going to believe this, but Jonathan Stewart got hurt. Yes, I’m serious. I know. It never happens. Anyway, Fozzy Whittaker (how fun is that to say? Fozzy Whittaker. Fozzy Whittaker. Fozzy…Ok, I’m done) stepped in and had a really solid game, and he appears to be the top handcuff option at this point.

But there’s a catch, and his name is Cameron Artis-Payne:

As he did in the past, CAP might leapfrog Whittaker on the depth chart next week, going from inactive to starter. But Stewart is going to be back in a week or two anyway (before he goes down again, of course), so my money is on Whittaker in the short term, especially since he had success running the ball this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Go and claim Charles Sims. Doug Martin left the game with a hamstring injury, and he went for a MRI on Tuesday. At the time I am writing this, those results are not known. Martin himself doesn’t seem to think it is serious, but hamstrings are known to be fickle beasts that can linger for several weeks.

New Orleans Saints: SaintsGiants was a pretty gross game, and none of the Saints running backs looked great. Mark Ingram is still the guy, and Travaris Cadet is nothing more than a change-of-pace pass catcher. Ingram should bounce back next week against the Falcons. Hightower is probably the first guy up as the handcuff here, but he is another guy who needs an injury to be relevant at all.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are still running a 50-50 split with Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, but it feels like things are starting to lean in Coleman’s direction. Even though Freeman was productive on Sunday, with over 90 yards and 5.5 YPC, it was Coleman who caught the only two balls out of the backfield and got most of the red zone touches. Both can be considered RB2s for right now, which is disappointing for Freeman owners who drafted him to be the RB1 that he was last year. If Coleman is still floating around for whatever reason in your league, grab him.

Seattle Seahawks: In what might go down as the ugliest game of the entire season, the Seahawks lost 9-3 to the Rams on Sunday. And the only thing more grotesque than the game as a whole was Thomas Rawls’s -1.0 YPC. Yes, that is a negative in front of the one. And no, it’s not a typo. Rawls actually rushed seven times for negative seven yards. And as an added bonus, he got hurt again and didn’t play in the second half, which might be the only reason he didn’t end the day at -15 yards.

Christine Michael, on the other hand, had another solid game, despite how awful the rest of the Seahawks looked on offense. Ahem:

It sounds like Rawls only suffered a contusion (macho way of saying “boo boo”) and should be fine. But he is, you know, bad at football right now.

San Francisco 49ers: Carlos Hyde and the 49ers didn’t put up great numbers on the ground against the Panthers on Sunday, but who does? They will usually put up better numbers, but probably not next week, when they face the Seahawks. Shaun Draughn added nine touches, but he also had no success.

Arizona Cardinals: Everybody panic!

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Ok, just kidding. Chris Johnson got more touches than David Johnson, but that’s only because the Cardinals blew the doors off the Buccaneers (Irrelevant Side Note: I am a really fast typer, but I pretty much have to come to a stop whenever I write Buccaneers. I usually end up with something like four Ns, and then I have to go take a break and come back to it). But anyway, DJ is still the guy and CJ is still a veteran handcuff watching the young buck do his thing.

Los Angeles Rams: Another disappointing week for Todd Gurley, but he did have to go up against the Seahawks pretty much by himself.

 

 

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  1. omar says:
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    12-team 1pt PPR league. Thoughts on this trade proposal:

    Give:
    Gronk
    Willie Snead

    Get:
    Julio

    Would grab Eifert off the WW, and stream TE’s until his return.

    Other WR’s on my squad:
    A-Rob
    Edelman
    Devante Parker
    Tyrell Williams
    Michael Thomas
    Chris Hogan

    Thanks

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @omar:

      I like it to be able to get Julio.

  2. JohnSaintJohn says:
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    I’m having a really tough time figuring this trade out, could I get your input?

    0.5 point PPR, start 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 Flex. I would trade Melvin Gordon and Corey Coleman for Gronkowski.

    My other RBs: CJ Anderson, DeMarco Murray, Jeremy Langford, Rashad Jennings
    My TE now is Dwayne Allen – I put in a claim for Zach Ertz but that’s not a sure thing.

    Would you do it? Gordon looks like he could be a breakout star, and now Woodhead is out. But Gronk is fiesta…

    Thanks in advance.

    • JohnSaintJohn says:
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      @JohnSaintJohn: Oh nice – I was able to pick up Ertz

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @JohnSaintJohn:

        Only thing to be careful with about Ertz is that he might be held out again, especially with a bye week coming up. If it were up to him, he would probably play, but the doctors may hold him out because they are concerned about what re-injuring that rib could do.

        And honestly, you have pretty good RB depth. I would make the deal for Gronk, even with Woodhead going down.

  3. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    10 team PPR in a small roster crunch…WRs are a challenge after losing Keenan Allen and Moncrief.

    Intending to put bids in for McKinnon, Washington, Dorsett.

    Potential drops: Moncrief, Sharpe, Lockett, Michael, Tyrell Williams.

    Who are you most likely to drop?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Sano Chance in Hell:

      Sharpe, Moncrief if you can’t have that empty roster spot for a month. And I don’t know if I would rush out to go get Dorsett.

  4. John says:
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    I just got a trade offer:

    I give brandin cooks + ryan matthews
    I get david johnson

    Even without cooks, I still have obj, j nelson, and travis benjamin as wr’s, so I think this is a good trade for me. What do you think?

    Thanks for your help

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @John:

      I like it. David Johnson looks great. If you can start DJ with those WRs, then you have the makings of a solid squad.

  5. STL says:
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    12 team PPR –

    Do you drop any of these guys for Dwayne Washington after the Abdullah news came out?

    Sanu
    Tyrell Williams
    Philip Dorsett
    Rashad Jennings

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @STL:

      Depends on the rest of your roster and how many WRs you have to start, I guess. I grabbed Washington in a couple leagues just because of the high ceiling. I’m not a huge Dorsett guy, but it sounds like he is going to get a shot now that Moncrief is out for at least a month.

      • STL says:
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        @mikeMaher:

        2 WR, 2 RB, and FLEX

        QB: Cousins
        RB: Arian Foster, Charles Sims, Gio Bernard, Rashad Jennings, Jerick McKinnon
        WR: Hopkins, Allen Robinson, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Michael Floyd, Sanu, Dorsett
        TE: Reed

        Tough spot. I probably need the RB help more than WR, but I don’t have anyone I want to drop. I already dropped my Kicker for Dorsett, so I’m going to have a couple decisions to make before Sunday.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @STL:

          Yeah, hard to say. You have a ton of WRs, including two guys you are probably going to start every week over the rest. You probably don’t need Benjamin AND Williams, so maybe cut Williams or maybe take the next couple days to see if you can swing a trade and send off a couple guys for an upgrade.

          • STL says:
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            @mikeMaher:

            Thanks for the advice!

  6. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Would you trade McKinnon and Crabtree for K Benjamin in a 12 team 2 qb standard scoring league with one flex.
    My team is as follows:
    Qb- cam and Brees
    RB-D Johnson, Ware, Charles, Jennings McKinnon
    WR- Hopkins, Floyd Crabtree Coates and Onawu
    TE- Gronk and Bennett

    Also what about Gronk and McKinnon for OBJ, Delanie and G Bernard?
    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Hometown Heroes:

      Thanks. Appreciate it.

      It feels weird to agree with all of these trades on here today, but I like both of those deals. K. Benjamin has looked like a beast. McKinnon is a nice handcuff/waiver pickup, but you already have better options at RB. Plus, we don’t REALLY know what we are going to get from McKinnon yet.

      Gronk is one of the rare elite TEs in the game, but OBJ would give you a great 1-2 of Hopkins and OBJ. I think I would make that deal, too.

  7. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Best ROS add

    Howard or CAP

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Chicken Dinner:

      Tough one. CAP’s value is tied to Jonathan Stewart’s health. Once Stewart is 100%, CAP is likely back to being inactive, unless he sets the world on fire the next two weeks. He has short-term value but ROS is a question mark

      Howard’s value is tied to Langford’s success. If Langford struggles, Howard could get his shot.

      Personally, I like Howard, but only if you have an extra roster spot and can afford to stash him for a few weeks. I think he has the bigger upside ROS, but if Langford comes around he could end up having little or no value at all.

  8. TTRA1N says:
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    Big trade offer for me. My Crowell for his Ingram PPR. I know everyone is saying Ingram but I’m skeptical. Ingram seems have lost 3rd down duties to Cadet and Saints don’t run the ball. Crowell is the number 5 over back right now. Thoughts?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @TTRA1N:

      I think I am one of the people who is going to tell you Ingram. I think the Saints and Ingram put up better numbers going forward. I’m not a huge Ingram guy overall, but I do like him more than Crowell.

      If you take away Crowell’s 85 yard touchdown run on Sunday, he rushed 17 times for 48 yards, which is 2.8 YPC. Then you have to factor in the Browns tax.

      I think you should sell high on Crowell and get Ingram. The Giants D looked much improved on Sunday, and they focused on stopping the run with their new additions to the defensive line.

      That being said, I do have one concern with Ingram. Look at this schedule for weeks 6 through 12: Panthers, Chiefs, Seahawks, 49ers, Broncos, Panthers, Rams. I still think I go with Ingram, though. The Browns are starting Cody Kessler at QB this week, and they are going to be terrible all year. The Saints are at least going to move the ball and score points.

  9. Jimmy says:
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    With the Vikings 2 years ago without AP the same thing was being said about McKinnon and Asiata. Asiata became the #1, out scoring McKinnon by almost 100pts. How likely is this to happen again? I picked up McKinnon but another team has Asiata, should I be trying hard to put a trade together?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Jimmy:

      It is certainly possible, but everyone who follows the team closely seems to agree that McKinnon is in for 65%+ of the workload. I think Asiata will get short yardage and goalline opportunities, so he may steal some touchdowns, but all signs point to McKinnon getting first crack at being the #1. Is your league PPR? The Vikings offense is likely to look different now that they have Sam Bradford, and if there is one thing Bradford loves to do, it’s check passes down to running backs like McKinnon in the flat.

      • Jimmy says:
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        @mikeMaher: No PPR. I was offer Cooper and Asiata for McCoy and McKinnon… I like the deal cuz my Qb is Carr. My other RBs are Murray, Martin, J Howard and S Vereen. i know i would be weak at RB but my top WR would be Beckham, Kelvin Benjamin and cooper. On the bench would be Fuller, Sharpe, Hurns and J Gordan…. What do you think brah?

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Jimmy:

          I like the value because Cooper is easily the best player in that deal. I don’t love the deal for you team just bc you have WR depth. Cooper is certainly an upgrade, but you do have good WR depth behind your top two.

          Do you think you would be able to send off some of your WR depth for a RB upgrade in your league? I do agree it would be hard to pass up getting Cooper to stack with Carr.

  10. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    ok, i was about to think that meant something about mccluster, but then i saw who you are quoting. ok, so in 12 team PPR where hopefully none of these ever have to start, which 2 out of forsett/ajayi/mccluster? also have cj anderson/l.murray/yeldon/d.lewis. used to have abdullah. missed dixon by about 20 minutes when i was waiting to learn about how hurt abdullah was.

    and my money is on some sort of outbreak of an STD on ivory, why else say nothing. they say when it’s shingles/chickenpox/flu or many other things, only ones they might not are ones he might be embarrassed about.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey:

      Yeah, I was thinking something similar about Ivory but didn’t want to speculate.

      As for those three guys, I think all three, unfortunately, have pretty low ceilings. Which I think you already, since that is why you are asking.

      I moved to South Florida in January, and I can tell you that they do not love Ajayi down here. If you remember, Ajayi was set to be the starter before the team went out and got Arian Foster, and this is also a new coaching staff that has no loyalty to Ajayi. I think that even if Foster goes down for the rest of the year, that backfield would be a committee with Ajayi getting less than 50% of total RB touches.

      In the short term, Forsett is probably your best bet, but only really because we know what he is: the number one guy in a timeshare situation. But the Ravens also cut Forsett at the end of the preseason and were not worried about losing him to someone else, so it’s not like they are in love with the guy enough to give him a full workload.

      McCluster might have the highest ceiling here, but he is also a bit of an unknown. He is reuniting with OC Ken Wisenhunt, and the hope is that he can step in and be a poor man’s Danny Woodhead. But can he? We don’t know. I expect the workload to shift more in Gordon’s favor now that Woodhead is down, but they will throw McCluster in there, especially on passing downs. And we also know that team is going to be passing a lot.

      If it’s me, I guess I roll the dice on McCluster in a PPR if I don’t need immediate help. You might want to also hit up Jay and ask him. He’s a Chargers fan and might have a better feel for that situation since he follows them closely.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @mikeMaher: it’s not libelous to say “i got my money on” it’s not as if i’m claiming that to be true in a legal sense.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey:

          Oh I know. I just thought about it briefly while writing as and was like “I wonder if he has AIDS?” But then I was like “Maybe I will just say nothing and link to an article that also says that they don’t know.”

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            @mikeMaher: doubt it’s AIDS (would think a sport where you often bleed on people would have rules making the existence of that a crime to be aware of having knowledge of HIV/AIDS and not putting out there, same as jobs where they test your blood, which the NFL also does in it’s drug tests i would think (or maybe they do piss))

  11. The Harrow says:
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    thought i was reading that wrong, i had forgotten there are TWO people with
    D.Washington as a name
    who are
    1. rookies
    AND
    2. RB’s

    seriously, it’s been hundreds of years, can we get the descendants of slaves in america some names of their own here? i know the ship has sailed on those reparations and all but at least make it so a damn PO or bail bondsman doesn’t have to go to the middle name of a guy to see who he’s doing the paperwork on when he gets at least 2 c.johnson’s or d.washington’s in a the same week. these people have long hard fought careers keeping all these guys in prison, at least save the tedium here.

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