C.J. Spiller can’t catch a break man. Is there anyone else in the NFL as unlucky as Spiller? He’s like the Charlie Brown of professional football. When everyone else is getting chocolate bars and quarters on Halloween, C.J. is getting rocks. (Sad Trombone.) I’d like to tell you that I feel your pain, but I don’t. I avoided Spiller in drafts the way vegans avoid bacon. Which is the primary reason I don’t trust vegans, but anywho! Spiller is more than likely done for the foreseeable future and maybe the season. He was IR’ed with a designation to return, but his chances of returning from a separated shoulder are pretty slim. Just to make things that much more complicated, Fred Jackson decided to get hurt too, it’s a twofer! So now desperate fantasy owners are once again hitting the wavier wire to chase a third stringer promoted to the starting role. Enter Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

Each of the aforementioned runners has been discussed ad nauseam by industry experts over the last week. Some side with the Brown camp and his tremendous upside, others are keen on Dixon. Well who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who will be the chosen one in the Buffalo backfield? Here’s my take it’s going to be a week to week thing, and my money for week 8 is on Dixon to see the majority of work….so if you picked up Brown my reverse hex is on your side. Hexs, cruses, and spells aside, my persepctive is this; Dixon has been running with the ones all week, has been active and involved all season, and therefore is probably the safer option in Week 8.

Brown is the far more interesting back long term. He’s more explosive, exciting, and viable as a starter. The only real knock on Brown is his fumbling issues, which reared their ugly head at times in Illadelphia. I do have to admit, I have a soft spot for Brown after he racked up 347 yards and four TD’s in two games filling in for LeSean McCoy two years ago (helped me win in back to back weeks too!). So I’m well aware of what he can do. For what it’s worth, I expect Fred Jackson to miss the next three games and the bye, So there’s a minimum of three games for whomever the back is to show what he can do. At this point, Dixon is talking like he’s going to be the featured back. Earlier this week, he was quoted as saying  that he was looking forward to “getting back into that workhorse role”. Getting back? When? In College? So maybe Anthony Dixon is delusional, he also became Boobie Dixon at one point this week. So to recap he’s getting back to a non-existant “workhorse role” he never had and changed his name to Boobie. Some men just weren’t meant to lead. Long term I like Brown, for this week I like Dixon.

Jonas Gray – Around this time last week “The Hooded One” Bill Belichick had sullied the best laid plans of fantasy owners everywhere that used waiver priority and FAAB dollars on Brandon Boldin and Rookie James White. He instead decided to bestow the big back duties upon Jonas Gray a second year running back that he activated from the practice squad just hours before game time. The Norte Dame product only saw three touches but anyone that’s followed the Patriots backfield knows that game plan and scheme dictate usage. There’s going to be a game soon enough, where Gray gets 15-20 carries. In deeper leagues use the bench spot and stash him.

Charles Sims – Looking for an unheralded, widely available back, on the cusp of fantasy relevancy? Dumb question, of course you do! Well then check out Tampa Bay Rookie Charles Sims. The Buc’s third round pick returned to practice this week and looks set to be active for for their week 9 matchup with the Browns. The West Virgina/Houston (he transferred senior year) product wowed the Buc’s coaching staff in camp with his receiving ability out of the backfield. Unfortunately his pre-season was cut short with an ankle injury that required surgery. Now that he’s back I’d expect him to begin cutting into Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey‘s workload immediately. I’m not saying he’s going to be the featured back next week or even the week after, but if you told me that he’d be the starter in week 11 or 12 I wouldn’t be shocked. Add and stash him now.

 

Fuzzy Handcuffs 

These guys are fun, fun, fun! Not for everyday use but good to own, and a blast when they’re in the mix. We may wish for a bit more run but have to accept that they’re splitting time and getting the most of their opportunities. Most of these handsome devils could probably be studs if given the chance.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Indianapolis Colts Trent Richardson (14/5/4) (Questionable) Ahmad Bradshaw (10/3/3) Dan Herron
Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard (7/5/2) Jeremy Hill (4/1/0) Cedric Peerman
San Diego Chargers Ryan Matthews (injury) Branden Oliver (15/2/2) Donald Brown (injury) Ronnie Brown (1/1/1), Shaun Draughn
Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy (Bye) Darren Sproles (Bye) (Questionable) Chris Polk
Detroit Lions Joique Bell (18/5/2) Reggie Bush (4/6/5) (Questionable) Theo Riddick, George Winn
New York Jets Chris Ivory (21/4/4) Chris Johnson (13/3/2) Bilal Powell
Kansas City Cheifs Jamaal Charles (22/4/2) Knile Davis (10/1/1) De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight


Standard Issue Police

Whether you’re in the back of a squad car or sitting on the corner while the Po-Po search your whip, you’re going nowhere. Do you know why? Because those things are locked on your wrists with a death grip. Much like those cuffs, these running backs are firmly locked into their positions. Not for a lack of ability, but because the starters are firmly entrenched in their roles. These backs could have value on any given week but more than likely you’ll need an injury to make these guys startable.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Denver Broncos Montee Ball (injury) Ronnie Hillman (14/4/4) Juwan Thompson (6/0/0), C.J. Anderson,
New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram (10/3/2) Khiry Robinson (3/0/0), Pierre Thomas (6/4/4) (out) Travaris Cadet (0/9/6)
Cleveland Browns Ben Tate (16/2/1) Isaiah Crowell (7/2/1) Terrance West
Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson (3/3/3) (out) Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown C.J. Spiller
Tampa Bay Bucs Doug Martin (bye) Bobby Rainey (bye), Charles Sims Mike James
Tennessee Titans Shonn Greene (Injury) Bishop Sankey (16/1/0) Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington
Jacksonville Jaguars Toby Gerhart (Injury) Denard Robinson (22/1/0), Storm Johnson (6/0/0) , Jordan Todman
Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy (12/3/3) James Starks (7/1/1) John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris
New York Giants Rashad Jennings (injury) Andre Williams (18/3/0) Peyton Hillis (6/3/1)
Baltimore Ravens Justin Forsett (23/1/0) Bernard Pierce (8/1/0) Lorenzo Taliaferro
St. Louis Rams Tre Mason (18/0/0) Benny Cunningham (2/5/5) Zac Stacy
Houston Texans Arian Foster (20/6/4) Alfred Blue (5/1/1) Jonathan Grimes
Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell (12/8/8) LeGarrette Blount (7/1/1) Dri Archer
Washington Redskins Alfred Morris (18/0/0) Roy Helu (5/3/3) Silas Reed
San Francisco 49ers Frank Gore (9/1/0) Carlos Hyde (3/2/2)
Atlanta Falcons Steven Jackson (8/1/1) Antone Smith (3/2/2) Davonte Freeman (2/5/5) Jacquizz Rodgers

Duct Tape Cuffs

These are of the homemade variety, you’ll use them in a pinch (i.e the starting stud goes down) but they’re always in your drawer (wavier wire) ready to step in and do their job. It may be to the bare minimum degree but they can buy you some time.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon (19/4/2) Matt Asiata (6/2/1)
Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart (13/2/1) DeAngelo Williams(Injury), Darrin Reaves (Injury) Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whitiker (Injury)
New England Patriots Shane Vereen (11/8/5) Jonas Gray (3/0/0) Brandon Bolden, James White
Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden (14/8/4) Maurice Jones-Drew (3/0/0) Latavius Murray, Marcel Reese, Jamize Olawale
Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray (28/1/1) Joseph Randle (2/1/1) Lance Dunbar (3/0/0)
Miami Dolphins Lamar Miller (18/3/2) Daniel Thomas Damien Williams, LaMichael James
Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch (18/2/2) Robert Turbin (2/4/3) (Questionable) Christine Michael
Chicago Bears Matt Forte (12/7/6) Ka’Deem Carey Senorise Perry
Arizona Cardinals Andre Ellington (24/9/6) Stepfan Taylor (12/2/2) Robert Hughes

Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!

 

Don’t forget to send me all your Running Back Questions on twitter @ralphlifshitzbb.

  1. mguy31 says:
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    12 team standard

    I need to shake up my team a bit, would you drop Chris Johnson for the upside of Jonas Gray. Same question dropping Bernard Pierce for Sims? Johnson and Pierce are both on my bench obviously but you think the upside is better with Gray and Sims?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @mguy31: I’m not sure who are your starters?

      • mguy31 says:
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        My starters are LeSean McCoy, Tre Mason, Reggie Bush, and I am waiting on the return of Ryan Mathews.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’d hold until you know more about Mathews. I’d hold on Johnson. I think dropping Pierce for Gray is a good swap

  2. The don says:
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    Would you drop Bryce brown or cadet for smith?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @The don: Have you seen anything that 100% confirms that Smith is the starter? If so go for it with Cadet, I’d hold Bryce.

  3. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR and +3 bonus at 100 yds receiving or rushing…

    Who would you go with this week at FLEX? Andre Holmes @ CLE or Denard Robinson vs MIA

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Adam: I’d go Robinson, Holmes seems to have the lower floor.

  4. Superfly says:
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    Mr. Lifshitz, Would you trade B. Quick and Bryce Brown for M Ingram????? or even D. Sproles??? Thanks in advance for your opinion….

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Superfly: I’d want a bit more than Ingram. If Brown starts or sees a lot of work he could have Ingram’s value. Quick had two rough games against the Seahawks and the Niners. Two good defenses I wouldn’t read too much into it.

  5. Allan says:
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    Ralph would you start cadet over sankey or martin this week in a standard non ppr?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Allan:
      Last three games non-ppr Yahoo standard scoring Player A: 6-7-3; Player B: 5-8-7 ; Player C: 5-7-12. The first is Sankey, the second is Cadet, and the third is Martin. The production hasn’t been that different. Neither Martin or Sankey’s roles have gotten any better. The only player who’s situation improved was Cadet. Give him a shot, in Non-PPR I like him.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: PPR I like him more.

  6. Mike says:
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    Sims or Hyde a better upside stash?

    I have Gore, but also Lacy, Oliver, fjax, Starks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: I think Sims. Hyde is getting looks and touches and he’s been blah. I like Sims, if he’s the receiving threat they claim. He could be a PPR monster. He’s got an opportunity to take that job. Lovie’s regime drafted him, we know Smith is not a Martin fan, and Rainey is a third stringer. Seems to make sense to me.

  7. Sange76 says:
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    12 team .5 ppr keeper

    Qb cutler, kaep
    RB forte, r Jennings, d Robinson, j hill, a Dixon
    WR Julio, k benj, v jax, a Holmes
    TE witten, ertz
    Flex: any RB or WR
    D Philly and NE

    2 quickies: worth dropping anyone, prob NE d , for a pickup of Charles Sims?
    And trade offer in from a buddy: my Julio for aj green and jerrick McKinnon.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sange76: I like the trade if you have two RB slots.

      Sure go pickup Sims.

      • Sange76 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Yup, 2 RB, 2wr and a RB/WR flex…

        Thanks!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: I think that’s a better trade. It’s equally @Sange76: Thanks for reading

  8. Frank White says:
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    Sup Ralph… All my rb’s are hurt and on the bench except for Murray. I had to find a RB on waivers and it’s a complete Shit list. Bush isn’t playing so I grabbed Riddick.. He’s projected 9 and that’s a few points more then the rest. Do you think he’ll be a good play or find someone else??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Frank White: Frank White push the six or the Lexus LX….

      Yeah I like Riddick if there is no Bush. So no Gray on the wire? The Pats run well at home.

      • Frank White says:
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        Frank Whit the desperado, used to pimp the all black Eldorado!! Lol Yeah Gray is on the Wire.. He’s better? Is it true that he’s their main back? Where’s Vareen

        • Frank White says:
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          Also I got James Jones in for a bye week player.. Do you like him this week or someone like John Brown or Robert Woods??

          • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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            @Frank White: james over those 2.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Frank White: I think Gray is worth a shot. Riddick has the better matchup. The Falcons stink against running backs. I think Gray is their guy between the tackles. Vereen cannot run between the tackles. Bolden is a special Teamer and James White doesn’t actually exist. One of these days Gray will see a ton of carries could be tomorrow.

  9. Chuck Daylee says:
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    12 team ppr (1 point every 5 rushing yards). Who would you drop for Charles sims. My starters at rb are forte, vereen, tate.

    My bench is. Crowell, cunningham, bryce Brown, deangelo Williams, andre williams. You can start 4 rbs at a time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chuck Daylee: Cunningham

  10. Jason says:
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    Hey man! I have a trade proposal offered to me. I give Lamar Miller and receive Alfred Morris and Terrance Williams. My rbs are: LeVeon, Lamar, Bishop, Ronnie. My wrs: Antonio brown, Emmanuel sanders, mike Evans, Reggie Wayne, Vjax, and ODB. Thoughts?

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 PPR, start 2RB 2 WR 1R/W/T. Would you stash Sims over any of K. Davis, J. Hill (my RB5 & 6–I don’t own Charles or Gio) or Evans (my WR4)?

  12. Dom B. says:
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    My roster would you trade Alfred Morris and Terrance William for Lamar Miller

    Starters:
    QB – Philip Rivers – Chargers
    RB – Giovani Bernard – Bengals
    RB – Alfred Morris – Redskins
    WR – Dez Bryant – Cowboys
    WR – Jordy Nelson – Packers
    WR – Michael Floyd – Cardinals
    TE – Travis Kelce – Chiefs
    PK – Dan Bailey – Cowboys
    DEF – Buffalo Bills – Bills

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Zac Stacy – Rams
    WR – Dwayne Bowe – Chiefs
    WR – Brian Hartline – Dolphins
    WR – Andre Holmes – Raiders
    WR – Terrance Williams – Cowboys
    TE – Jared Cook – Rams

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Dom B.: You should talk to Jason up above.

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: this is great, they are in same league and like 2 comments away and just now found out about it.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @A Wesley Snipes Life: This is Amazing! Dom’s not reading me again!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B.: Yes but I told Jason to reject it…go to the top of the article and click the sad trombone…

  13. ashtray says:
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    Received this trade in my 12 team standard keep 2 league

    Give: Tre Mason
    7th round pick

    Get: Phillip Rivers
    10th round pick

    My current roster:

    QB- Cutler
    Tannehill

    WR- Green
    White
    Crabtree
    Wayne
    Hunter
    Danard Robinson (WR/RB)

    RB-Lacy
    Leveon Bell
    Mason
    Ingram
    Robinson (WR/RB)

    TE-Cameron

    K-Parkey

    DEF-HOU

    I’m only 3-4 in 9th place and my WRs are terrible causing a 3 game losing streak. Four teams make the playoffs out of 12. So should I just tank it and not lose the better draft pick or is this upgrade at QB enough to make it worthwhile?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @ashtray: Fight to the death! Yes do the deal. I’m not really sold on Tre

  14. BR808 says:
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    Ok Here’s my current situation. RB’s are:

    Ellington
    Forsett
    Sankey
    A Williams

    Available are

    DMC
    Ingram
    Cadet

    I’m picking up DMC but should I also pick up Ingram or Cadet? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @BR808: Yeah I like Ingram a lot. Maybe more than DMC.

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    just who are you dropping for mcglass? i’d rather drop a.will for ingram.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @goodfold2: Totes McGoats!

  16. Jason says:
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    Howdy. How do you feel about my Antonio brown and Lamar for his Randall Cobb and Jamaal Charles?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jason: It gives me a pants tent

  17. Dom B says:
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    My roster Good trade I accpeted I send Russell Wilson Roddy White and Doug Martin for AJ Green, Matt Asiata and Kendall Wright and I can pick up Joe Flacco for Aaron bye week
    Starters:
    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Russell Wilson – Seahawks
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Doug Martin – Buccaneers
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Yes you’re getting the best player and the only starter you’re giving up (White) you’re replacing with Green.

  18. Dom B says:
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    ROS Matt Asiata, Steven Jackson, Anotonie Smith, Ben Cuttingham, Chris Johnson, or MJD mainly for week 9 who to start in order please

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Benny Cunningham, Chris Johnson, Matt Asiata, MJD for week 9…Falcons are on a bye.

      If they give Antone Smith the starters job then ROS it ranks, Antone Smith, Benny Cunningham, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Matt Asiata, and MJD.

  19. Dom B says:
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    Good trade Me send Matt Asiata for his mike Evans

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Like that deal.

  20. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-tm Dynasty non-PPR, start 2WR and a flex (pretty much always a RB for me): give a 2015 1st rounder for Jeffery? Since it’s dynasty, the draft is only rookies and FAs (I got Benjamin at 9 and Hill at 19 this year). My WR are Dez, Allen and Roddy and my team is good enough to win this year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d do it. There’s a slim chance anyone you get in the first round of a league like that will net you Jeffery kind of points year after year. He’s also still young at 24.

  21. Dom B. says:
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    Flex mike Evans or Harvin

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B.: It’s risky but take a chance on Harvin. His upside is much higher tomorrow.

  22. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    ppr 14 team lg

    for my flex who should i start lacy or torrey smith??

  23. Dom B says:
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    better trade me send injured gio and dez for his lamar miller and antonio brown

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Yeah I like the Gio Dez side better

  24. Dom B says:
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    Is this a good trade I send Eddie Lacy and AJ Green for his Odell and Lesean McCoy

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: yeah that’s not a bad trade.

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