While I always say that Sunday Night Football is tacitly known as the premier match-up of the weekend, I wasn’t necessarily wanting to lead-off my first recap of Sunday’s games with it, but if the Cowboys and Giants continue the long NFC East tradition of having memorable derp-offs, I have very little choice in the matter. In a game that featured two interceptions and two fumbles (and that was just the Cowboys!), Run DMC being his usual “Run for two feet then drop DMC”, coaching you’d expect from the Princeton ginger Jason Garrett and a guy with the last name McAdoo, well, you’d be hard pressed to follow all that up with a fascinating and suspenseful last two minutes. But they did. After an “interesting” (to be kind) play-action call at the one-yard line (I’m assuming even Pete Carroll would call a run play there) with just about 1:40 left in the game that failed with an intentional throw out of bounds by Eli Manning, the Cowboys quickly drove down the field in just 88 seconds, scoring the go ahead touchdown shown above. On that score, Romo was able to connect with Jason Witten after dropping a bad snap, which seems like the most Romo thing ever. Unless it ended up being an interception. Good hustle Cowboys and Giants… I can’t wait to see what the derp looks like when the Eagles and Washington get involved. Especially Washington. They were born in the derp. Molded by it…

Here’s what else I saw in Week 1 (with bonus first week knee-jerk reactions!)…

Davante Adams – 4 REC, 59 YDS. Already heralded as the next coming of Jerry Rice by many, his non-Jordy debut was a bit lackluster. Randall Cobb (5 REC, 38 YDS, 1 TD) and this year’s Week 1 overreaction pick-up James Jones (4 REC, 51 YDS, 2 TD’s) seemed equally lackluster as well. I wasn’t quite sure if the Packers were really hurting a bit from Jordy Nelson’s absence (solid analysis) or if the Bears finally figured out this offseason that a functioning defense is actually something a team needs (more solid analysis). I’ve come to the conclusion that it could have been a little bit of both (the most solid analysis ever in the history of man).

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Odell Beckham Jr. – 5 REC, 44 YDS. I just want to say, I blame OBJ for the 20 minute loading time at the start of Madden 16. Regardless, Eli Manning (20/36, 193 YDS and 1 CAR, 8 YDS) knows he can let Beckham make routine plays, right? They don’t all have to be impossible catches…

John Brown – 4 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD. Oh, hey, John Brown, on my bench I see…

Dez Bryant – 5 REC, 48 YDS. After going in and out of the game from dehydration (sounds like me with Madden and a hangover), he finally left the game permanently after suffering a foot injury. He was diagnosed with a broken bone in his right foot, sidelining Bryant four-to-six weeks. Coincidentally, the teams I own him on have been diagnosed as completely broken as well. Terrence Williams (5 REC, 60 YDS) becomes the de facto number one receiver on the team with Cole Beasley (4 REC, 49 YDS) gaining even more grit.

Marques Colston – 3 REC, 29 YDS. Marques Colston isn’t dead yet?

Kirk Cousins – 21/31, 196 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT and 2 CAR, -1 YDS, 1 FUM. Turns out, Cousins kinda sucks too.

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Jay Cutler – 18/36, 225 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT and 4 CAR, 31 YDS. Ended a potential game-winning drive with an interception. Tony Romo approved of this.

Andre Ellington – 12 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD and 1 REC, 7 YDS. Ellington was diagnosed with a PCL injury in his knee, the same injury that has Breshad Perriman currently sidelined. Until Ellington returns, the Cardinals will go with a Johnson & Johnson approach (that’s mine, you can’t have it). And, for those of you wondering, I’d rather go with David than Chris, but I could be wrong. I might end up not going with either of them. For what it’s worth, Bruce Arians has already named Chris Johnson (10 CAR, 37 YDS) the team’s “lead dog”, which leads me to question why Johnson has to be a dog. There might be a timetable on Ellington this week, and Carson Palmer (19/32, 307 YDS, 3 TD’s and 3 CAR, 14 YDS) was quoted saying “It’s hopefully a day-to-day thing with Andre… I thought it was a lot more serious with the way he down.” If only his medical credentials matched his optimism…

Larry Fitzgerald – 6 REC, 87 YDS. If only Sean Peyton knew of some way to create additional incentive for his defense to stop things like this from happening…

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 15/24, 179 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 CAR, -1 YDS. CAN YOU FEEL THE FITZMAGIC? Honestly though, this concept of the Jets competence confuses and INFURIATES me. Nothing makes sense anymore…

Nick Foles – 18/27, 297 YDS, 1 TD. Nick Foles played basketball AND baseball folks. I believe a gauntlet has been laid down.

Jimmy Graham – 6 REC, 51 YDS, 1 TD. Genuinely surprised broadcasters don’t refer to Graham’s touchdowns as slam dunks.

T.Y. Hilton – 7 REC, 88 YDS. Didn’t return after suffering a left knee bruise late in the third quarter. The preliminary tests were negative, but we might know more later today. Sadly, Andre Johnson (4 REC, 24 YDS) and Frank Gore (8 CAR, 31 YDS and 2 REC, 0 YDS) were actually healthy, but I’m sure if they took tests on that, they would also be negative (I can only hope). Donte Moncrief (6 REC, 46 YDS) steps into the number two role, but I’d really hope to see Phillip Dorsett (2 REC, 45 YDS, 1 FUM) take that role, despite looking a tad bit terrible against the Bills. To be fair though, they all look terrible against the Bills

Brian Hoyer – 18/34, 236 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT. Hoyer the Destroyer (of successful Texans drives) didn’t last long this year, as the epoch of Ryan Mallett (8/13, 98 YDS, 1 TD) has begun. May god help us all.

DeSean Jackson – Jackson was visibly angry on the sideline (though, no gang-signs were flashed), after pulling his hamstring. We’ll hopefully know more later today, but for now, Jordan Reed (7 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD) and Pierre Garçon (6 REC, 74 YDS) will be the main beneficiaries, with Andre Roberts (3 REC, 36 YDS) and Ryan Grant (1 REC, 15 YDS) seeing extra snaps, but still remaining essentially useless.

Calvin Johnson – 2 REC, 39 YDS. This guy Megatron, I like to call him Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, because he was nonexistent all day.

Never forget.

Never forget.

Travis Kelce – 6 REC, 106 YDS, 2 TD. From what all the endless FanDuel and DraftKing updates told me, Kelce has now obtained god status and we must sacrifice our souls as penance. Or something like that, I have no idea. I’m still recovering from the whiplash of endless Daily Fantasy plugs yesterday. Speaking of which, if you’d like to play Daily Fantasy… oh god. The world will never be the same.

Andrew Luck – 26/49, 243 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT and 4 CAR, 20 YDS. Not sure what is more confusing to Luck at this point, the Bills defense or fire. It’s a caveman joke people.

Peyton Manning – 24/40, 175 YDS, 1 INT. In a game where 95% of the action took place entirely between the 30-yard lines, I have to admit, Manning looked pretty terrible. If this is early-season Manning, Week 12 through Week 17 are going to look brutal. But don’t worry, his forehead was made for butting rams, so I’m fairly sure he can find a job doing that.

Quite simply the Brownsiest thing ever.

Quite simply the Brownsiest thing ever.

Johnny Manziel – 13/24, 182 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT and 5 CAR, 35 YDS, 2 FUM. This game was kind of like a reverse ugly duckling. Maziel started out as this beautiful and graceful swan but got uglier and uglier with each possession. Orders for sadness are really taxing the Factory’s capacity right now…

Marcus Mariota – 13/16, 209 YDS, 4 TD and 2 CAR, 6 YDS. I don’t want to be too hasty, but I think it’s pretty fair to say at this point that Mariota is probably the greatest QB of all time.

Brandon Marshall – 6 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD. After Tashaun Gipson made an interception, Marshall immediately stripped the ball (audio) and recovered the fumble, pretty much revealing the type of day the Browns were going to have. It’s nice that the Jets finally get to feel what it’s like to beat up on a criminally incompetent team. Usually, they are on the receiving end of that.

Darren McFadden – 6 CAR, 16 YDS and 1 REC, 19 YDS. He’s only 28? Okay, but his body is an unhealthy 52…

Alfred Morris – 25 CAR, 121 YDS. This is what happens when the Dolphins tackle roughly as well as an actual marine mammal with stubby flippers.

Latavius Murray – 11 CAR, 44 YDS. Murray and Amari Cooper (5 REC, 47 YDS) were a bit underwhelming, but that’s what happens when you get McGloin’ed. I’m expecting big things from them still, but I think we all have to remember that the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio. Baby steps.

Preston Parker – 2 REC, 26 YDS. Once again, never trust a man with two last names.

Isaiah Pead – 2 CAR, 3 YDS, 1 FUM. Isaiah Pead the bed. (Sorry, had to.)

Joseph Randle – 16 CAR, 65 YDS and 3 REC, 42 YDS. Randle ran as if he was carrying a package of underwear. ALLEGEDLY.

Allen Robinson – 1 REC, 27 YDS. He briefly left the game in the first half from a knee injury, but returned and played throughout the second half, where he essentially left the game completely, catching just one out of six total targets. Two of them were in the red zone though, and Joe Norman is an above average corner, so his match-up in Week 2 against the Dolphins might be a bit easier.

Aaron Rodgers – 18/23, 189 YDS, 3 TD’s and 8 CAR, 35 YDS. I have to say, with Tom Clements calling the plays now, it gives me a bit more faith that Rodgers can thrive just a bit more. And now that I think about it, if Clements really is calling the plays, it kinda makes me wonder if Mike McCarthy is now holding onto an IHOP menu during to game to figure out his post-game meal.

Tony Romo – 36/45, 356 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT and 1 CAR, -1 YDS. Had himself quite the Buccaneers era Brad Johnson type of game.

Matthew Stafford – 19/30, 246 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT and 1 CAR, -1 YDS. Did an amazing job of Staffording the game away I’d say.

I’m happy to present J.J. Watt in full uniform and pads while deep in the forest chopping wood… because he forgot to pack a pair of jeans and a flannel.

Andre Williams – 6 CAR, 14 YDS. I’m going run BACKWARDS is always a bold strategy.

Russell Wilson – 32/41, 251 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT and 8 CAR, 31 YDS. Guess he doesn’t have a special water for better decision making…

Jameis Winston – 16/33, 210 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT and 6 CAR, 18 YDS. Did you know that Winston is the second Tampa Bay rookie quarterback to throw a pick six on his first attempt? I’m not the biggest fan of trivia overlays, but that one had so much synergy with what it means to be a Buccaneer. It’s fair to say that Winston’s debut was a bit shakey, as a lot of his throws were ill-advised. But, to be fair, Winston is used to forcing things into tight places and getting away with it…

 

Final Thought

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  1. Dom B says:
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    With tony romo having dez Bryant out for a couple weeks is he still a QB1. Also should I try to trade Tony Romo and Legartte Blount for Andrew Luck. Also is Eli Manning or Tony Romo better start next few weeks without dez. Also ROY Tony Romo or Andrew Luck

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Yes, I’d say so, but his numbers will suffer a bit. But I do like that trade for Luck.

  2. Alex says:
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    Morning Jay!
    Great recap. Question for you….thinking of dropping Josh Hill for either Ladarius Green or another QB, maybe Marcus Mariota or Alex Smith. Already have Tannehill and Eifert. What say you? Thx much.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Alex: Thanks! Probably for Green.

  3. Clyde Prompto says:
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    “HURR, BUT MARIOTA’S TOO NICE AND QUIET AND NON-RAPEY TO PLAY IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBAW LEEG.” Also, I appreciate you including totally useless Isiah Pead stats specifically to facilitate a pee pee joke. RAZZBALL is #1!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Of course, the temptation was just way too strong there.

  4. Pete says:
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    I hope your future recaps involves more players. Maybe Grey spoiled us with his awesome baseball recaps.

    Yes, I know. The bar is high.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pete: What’s a good number for you?

      • wjessereid says:
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        Every player on every roster seems reasonable:-/

        • Pete says:
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          There is no magic number. It’s more about subtance. A lot of big contributors were overlooked. Eifert, Hopkins, etc. Under performers like Johnson and Doug Martin were disregarded.

          Just some constructive criticism. It’s your blog. Do as you see fit. I look forward to razzball posts and have high expectations. That’s a good thing. Right?

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Pete: Of course it’s a good thing. If there’s a player you want to specifically talk about, that’s what the comment section is for.

            I believe in today’s round-ups, Grey talked about five more players than me, I think? (That’s just a quick count.)

            Take for account that 15-20ish players contribute fantasy-wise in each baseball game (depending on bullpen usage), whereas about 10-ish players do for each football game. And that doesn’t include all the pregame content this site hosts on Sundays as well.

            I’m very content driven during the season, but as I’m sure Grey would say too, we simply can’t talk about everyone…

  5. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Hilarious recap Jay!

    Replacing TY Hilton – James Jones or Donte Moncrief?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Thanks! Tough one, I like Moncrief (and Dorsett as well), but it’s no secret now that Rodgers loves Jones in the end zone. Double digit touchdowns last time they were together. I think Jones is going to be an overreaction add by many, but for Hilton, Bryant, and Jackson owners, I’d go for it.

  6. wjessereid says:
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    Have Moncrief and Dorsett on my bench. Johnson looked terrible yesterday and Moncrief was getting looks in the end zone. Would he emerge as Luck’s go to in the absence of Hilton? Had a huge game last year in a similar situation.

    • Jay

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      @wjessereid: Yeah, I think Dorsett has a bit higher ceiling, but Moncrief is probably the beneficiary, at least next week. But next week is a tough matchup for their receivers, I’m kidna avoiding for now.

  7. Curt C. says:
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    His Carson Palmer and Kendall Wright for my Alfred Morris and Jameis Winston????……I have Leveon Bell.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Curt C.: Hold, I’d rather have the Morris side.

  8. Amuells says:
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    Would you drop Funchess for Brandon Coleman?

  9. p says:
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    Hey Jay,

    With Dez out, I have a few options (not great ones) with the waiver wire (14-team PPR league)…WR Dorsett and Lockett…..also, I can put my current flex (D Hopkins) in Dez’ place and replace Hopkins with one of my current bench players (David Johnson, Spiller if he is even playing next week), or another RB on the wire, Dion Lewis, Benny Cunningham.

    Btw, using razzball for my draft and week 1 rankings, I have the highest points this week (even before Julio Jones has played tonight), with Sankey and Woodhead as my primary backs…Hopkins, Romo, Kelce…everyone did work! Thanks as always.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @p: Good to hear! I’d go for Lewis based on your roster.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @p: this is a nice story but i doubt with those 2 having to start every week you’ll be the best team in your league.

  10. Blake says:
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    Jay,

    some questions from the first week.

    Tannehil – didn’t seem like he wanted to throw it down the field. I am worried that he will be 200 to 250 and 1 touchdown each week. should I pickup Mariotta in his place? seems like the titans will throw a lot

    Allen Robinson – his quiet week was just because he got injured? any other info?

    Greg Olsen – WTF??!?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Blake: Tannehill looked really bad, you’re right. But he looked better in the fourth quarter, finding Landry a bunch. Hold for now. No new info yet, I’ll try to update when I can. And yeah, Olsen… literally every expert had him ranked top-5 this Sunday. Football man.

      • 2qbn says:
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        @Jay: As a Fin fan and holder of Tanne, the O really did start off slow. The lack of running game in 1st half was mostly the reason. You could tell Albert was rusty. But the 2nd half was better for Miller and they played better because of it. Also, no Parker. Once he starts getting in the mix you are going to see this offense play much better. Jags on the menu

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          Jay says:
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          @2qbn: yeah, I watched a lot of this game and agree completely.

  11. Brad K says:
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    I’m in a half-ppr league, and assuming Ellington is going to be out for a while, which of these guys do you recommend picking up?
    K. Wright
    T. Williams
    C. Beasley
    B. Coleman
    D. Moncrief

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Williams.

    • Brad K says:
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      @Brad K: Also, RB’s on the wire include Benjamin Cunningham and obviously the Johnsons of Arizona

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Brad K: Yeah, I think I’m staying away from that situation in Arizona right now.

  12. Wilsonian says:
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    Gotta make some knee jerk moves here, who are you dropping and who are you picking up:

    My jackasses – DMC, Wheaton, D.Freeman

    FAs – K. Wright, Moncrief, Harvin,Stevie, Sankey, Woodhead, David Johnson, L.Green, J.Reed

    I’m looking at Green and Reed because Olsen just looked lost yesterday. I was all excited about him when I drafted him, and I know I’m not dropping him, but would it be smart to roster one of those other guys just in case he does continue to suck donkey balls?

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing – 6 point bonus at 135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing

    • Jay

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      @Wilsonian: I’m willing to give Olsen some slack, but I do like Woodhead for Freeman and possibly Wright for Wheaton. If you really want to, DMC hasn’t changed at all, I think I’d want Johnson, Green, Reed, and possibly Moncrief over him.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: Woodhead and Wright were my first reactions. I’m OK dumping DMC (my other backs are Forte, McCoy, Yeldon, Jennings).

        So Wheaton for Wright. Freeman for Woodhead. Then DMC for who? I think Olsen will probably be alright, but I wouldn’t mind having a good fall back, just in case. And I think Moncrief has a good chance to be electric. Damn Week 1 moves!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: I know, and I fall into the same trap of micro’ing too much, but there’s a lot of confirmation going on here with DMC (who still looked really really slow) and Randle have a solid night. I think Moncrief is a solid option here.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Jay: I may give him a shot. I have Julio, Evans, A.Rob, Garcon, and Wright. A.Rob didn’t win me over after Week 1, so I wouldn’t mind another explosive player like Moncrief could be, even with Hilton healthy. See ya DMC!

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Jay: thank you sir, you too! At least I still have a shot tonight. I have Ryan and Jones. My opponent has AP and M.Bryant. I have an almost 2 point lead.

                • Jay

                  Jay says:
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                  @Wilsonian: That’s close, but I think you have the edge here.

  13. DT2 says:
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    0.25 ppr and points for returns. 14-team league.

    QB – Rodgers
    WR – Cooks
    WR – Allen
    WR – Robinson
    RB – Lacy
    RB – Woodhead
    TE – Eifert
    W/R/T – Charles Johnson
    K – Scobee
    DEF – St. Louis

    BN – David Johnson
    BN – Helu
    BN – Ladarius Green
    BN – Moncrief
    BN – Hankerson
    BN – Stedman Bailey

    I had an excellent week, even my bench crushed it. Should I sell high on any of these guys? Who should I target for trades? Do you think Bryant owners are willing to sell since he could miss half the season?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DT2: I like Allen this year, but he’s your best sell high candidate. I wouldn’t mind try to trade him for Bryant straight up, but I don’t think the other owner would do it. Wait a week, see if that owner struggles to replace him, then jump for it.

  14. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Jay! Would you drop Eddie Royal for Dorsett? Also, Khirby Robinson or Fred Jax? Thanks!

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      Jay says:
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      @Jerry: I would hold on Khiry, but I’m fine with the Royal for Dorsett move.

  15. phil says:
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    What went wrong with Watkins?

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      Jay says:
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      @phil: “With the way the Bills are setting their offense up, good luck on predicting which wide receiver will shine from one week to the next,” Buscaglia said. “This week, it was Percy Harvin. Next week, it could be [Sammy] Watkins, and the week after that, maybe it’s Charles Clay, or Robert Woods.”

      I think that’s football speak for “Sammy Watkins was game-planned against, so we didn’t go there.”

    • Jensen says:
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      @phil: He got drafted by the Bills.

  16. chris says:
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    Giants won by having a Great Defensive line and good offensive line. It’s that simple.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @chris: But they can be soooooooooo stupid sometimes…

  17. Mark says:
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    Eifert or Witten ROS?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mark: Witten.

  18. Scott says:
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    Sunuvabenches for this week: Sankey and Stevie Johnson. Congrats to your Chargers, btw.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Thanks! And it’ll be interesting to see how Johnson plays out. I think he’s a better Royal… and this game was with Allen getting 15 receptions.

  19. Scott says:
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    DeAndre Hopkins saved my bacon in a couple of leagues this weekend.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: You just made me hungry for bacon. WTF.

  20. Scott says:
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    With Dez out would you take TWill over DGB?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Williams

  21. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    I dont know how much of the bears packers game you watched, but it looked like their down field passing attack just doesnt exist anymore after jordy went down. Any chance that they’ll give janis a shot? Hes the only receiver on the roster with jordy’s skill set to get separation and downfield speed.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I love Janis and called him a sleeper in the offseason, but you’re right, their deep game was nonexistent. Let’s give them a little more time to adapt and Cobb to get healthy to reassess. For what it’s worth, they brought Jones in specifically because Rodgers wasn’t 100% comfortable with their options…

  22. adam says:
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    pick up harvin,terence williams,dorsett,or Coleman at WR
    standard league
    thx

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      Jay says:
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      @adam: All very close right now, but I have to go Williams, then Colman or Dorsett (coin flip.)

  23. adam says:
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    please rank Eifert,ASJ,.Ebron for WW pickup
    10 team standard

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @adam: ASJ, Eifert, Ebron. All very close though.

  24. WillisReed says:
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    Decided to stream QB this year, then everyone else decided to carry 2.

    Went with Cutler this week, looking at Marriota, Flacco or Dalton this week.

    Flacco looked awful but so did Oakland’s D. I like Mariotta against a Browns D that made Fitzpatrick look like a decent QB and I think Daltonhas the most weapons to work with.

    Thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @WillisReed: yeah, leaning Mariota right now. Cleveland’s defense looked a bit lost.

  25. WillisReed says:
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    Decided to stream QB this year, then everyone else decided to carry 2.

    Went with Cutler this week, looking at Marriota, Flacco or Dalton this week.

    Flacco looked awful but so did Oakland’s D. I like Mariotta against a Browns D that made Fitzpatrick look like a decent QB and I think Dalton has the most weapons to work with.

    Thoughts?

    • WillisReed says:
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      My bad on the double post.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @WillisReed: no worries, the comment system lags sometimes.

  26. Nick says:
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    Hey Jay, not the best start to week 1, I’m up 73-59, I have AP & DeMarco, he has Matt Ryan, Wallace & Parkey…think I have it, so long that my RBs dont get hurt…

    I also have Ty Hilton & Moncrief will not be on waivers after Wednesday…what do I bid on him with $100 FAAB budget & just a 10-team league? I think I have to put up at least $15 to snag him to holdover with Ty while he is out…

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: Actually I’m thinking I should go bigger on Moncreif since my WRs are Ty, Amari Cooper, Markus Wheaton, Garcon, R White & Charles Johnson…what you think? I will be dropping Andre Williams

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Nick: Actually, knowing this, I wouldn’t spend any money. I think Garcon, with Jackson’s hamstring, will fill-in just fine.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: Gonna be close, but yeah, I’d give the edge to you right now. 15 sounds reasonable, so I’d probably go as high as 17.

      • Nick says:
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        @Jay: So wait Jay, should I make a move for Moncreif with a $ bid or hold? Take a look at my full roster below to get a better idea of needs….I do not think I will get Moncreif for $0 so thinking a bid of $16-$17, but is it worth it especially if Ty not out long?

        Was thinking maybe grab a backup QB to Peyton, but know its a little early to panic..10 team league keep in mind;

        QB- Peyton
        RB- AP/DeMarco
        WR- Ty, Amari Cooper, Wheaton,
        Flex- Joseph Randle
        TE- Bennett
        Bench- Garcon, Charles Johnson, Roddy White, O Daniels, Sankey & A Williams

        QBs available are BridgeWater, Mariota, A Smith, Foles, Dalton, T Taylor
        WRs outside of Moncrief available are T Benjamin & T Austin which I’m not interested in either…
        RBs available are M Reece, Cunningham, D Lewis or D Johnson

        Thanks Jay!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Nick: I read about your options afterwards. I don’t think you need Moncrief. Maybe a 5-10 bid is fine, but you already have a guy who can fill that hole in Garcon.

          • Nick says:
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            @Jay: Thanks Jay…for week 2 then, do you go Amari Cooper (vs. tough Ravens D) & Markus Wheaton (v. SF) at wr1/2 & Garcon at wr3? Or sub in Roddy White or Charles Johnson somewhere?

            My WR core sounds weak (& obviously is for 10 team) but RBs make up for it with AP & Demarco with J Randle flexing

            If I do not get Moncreif for a minimal amount as you mentioned, would you target a backup QB to Peyton based on who I noted available above? still dropping A Williams (or Owen Daniels)..

            • Nick says:
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              @Nick: Sorry for yet another separate post but I just noticed Ladarius Green is available…should I drop O Daniels for Green as my backup to Martellus?

              • Nick says:
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                @Nick: & Cook & Ebron are the other 2 TEs of note on WW to give you perspective of depth in 10 team

              • Jay

                Jay says:
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                @Nick: yes on this, and I’m probably running Garcon out.

                • Nick says:
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                  @Jay: What would you make your bid on Green & if I’m bidding on Moncreif as well, how do I work my FAAB money? Don’t want to blow load on both players but also do not want to miss out on both..

                  Do you have any recommendations on ways to determine player value? Maybe a website that helps as a reference?

                  I’m thinking of going up to $16 on Moncrief (although I expect to be outbid, even with $100 max budget) & for Green, maybe like $12? Green has less value for me as I probably will not bench Martellus Bennett much & at flex, its stiff competition with J Randle in there. But I think less people will be gunning for Ladarius opposed to Donte

                  • Jay

                    Jay says:
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                    @Nick: I haven’t found one in my time, no. Just so many variables. I can shoot from the hip and say your numbers are reasonable. Just from reading your roster, the budget, your own values, I’d probably be in the same area.

  27. Grant says:
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    Being a Cedar Falls resident and UNI alum, I couldn’t help but draft David Johnson everywhere, and now hopefully that pays off big time, he is a beast, shouldn’t be long before they realize they don’t even need Ellington.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Grant: Yeah, I think David Johnson is the guy to own here.

  28. Rice says:
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    Can start 2 RB, 2WR, 2 Flex…

    Lost my WR2 in Desean Jackson this week.

    Have Eddie Royal (underwhelming week 1 to say the least) and Mike Wallace as replacements.

    Drop Zach Ertz for WR depth (have Jordan Reed)? Available WR’s are: Donte Moncrief, Cecil Shorts, Allen Hurns. (If yes, please rank for waiver priority purposes)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Rice: I think Mike Wallace might do the trick, but I don’t think you need Ertz. I’d rather have Moncrief, then Hurns, then Shorts there.

      • Rice says:
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        @Jay: Thanks! Where does Brian Quick fall into this conversation? And is Royal droppable?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Rice: still meh to me. I’d like to see Royal at full health. Not a must own, but I would try to hang on.

  29. Chicken Dinner says:
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    If I haven’t been a Giants fan for 30+ years I’d say that was one of the worst losses of all-time

  30. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Hey Bills, nice win.

    Congradu [email protected]#%&*! THROW THE BALL TO WATKINS!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: The AFC East is now all 1-0, something that hasn’t been done since 2002. And that has nothing to do with Sammy Watkins.

  31. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 10 team ppt league. I have the #1 waiver claim. Someone in my league wants me to pickup James Jones for him. I’m thinking of picking him up and trading jones to the manager that’s interested in him. He has Jordan Matthews which I could use on my team. Anyway I could deal Eifert and Jones for Jordan Matthews. Should I do this deal? Who do I drop to pick up jones?
    10 team ppr league

    qb Ryan Tannehil
    wr andre johnson
    wr mike evans
    rb marshawn lynch
    rb lamar miller
    te rob gronkowski
    w/r/t jarvis landry

    k cody parkey

    def jets

    bn ameer abdullah
    bn carlos hyde
    bn allen robinson
    bn carson palmer
    bn tyler eifert

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: i think Palmer is still droppable. Or you could just drop your k or def to make temporary room for the trade…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Jay: Thanks man! So you think this is a trade I must do?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryan: i think you should take advantage of it, yeah.

  32. ashtray says:
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    Keep seeing that now is a good time to sell on Sankey. I’m wondering what WRs I should target in potential trades… any thoughts?

    • ashtray says:
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      @ashtray: … also any potential RBs with a shaky start to buy low on?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @ashtray: maybe Miller? I think any smart team will wait a few more weeks before making wholesale moves, so it might be tough.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ashtray: I think Robinson can be had. Around that range.

      • ashtray says:
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        @Jay: Smokey Robinson?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @ashtray: you might need to add another piece for Allen, but it could be done maybe.

  33. Big League Choo says:
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    10 team standard league start only, lost Dez would you lose brandon coleman or vereen for….(2 wrs 1 flex)

    Terrance williams, James Jones, Pierre Garcon, Philip Dorsett

    Other wrs Jeffery, Decker, Stevie Johnson, Coleman
    Rbs Lynch, J Stewart, D. Martin, Blount, Vereen

  34. Clos says:
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    Whuddup Jay so with Dez getting injured do you think I should drop colston for Terrance Williams, James Jones, eifert, moncrief or dorsett? A ton of people have probably asked but can’t read all the comments right now.. Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clos: every question is team specific, so no worries. I’m going for Williams.

  35. Slimbo says:
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    Keeper league…Drop Carr or Dorsett for James Jones, Moncrief or Terrance Williams?

    David Johnson and Chris Johnson are also available

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Slimbo: Probably for Williams if you need him.

  36. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Stafford or Rivers?
    and
    how much would you spend on Chris Johnson? 14$?

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Moscowitz: Rivers. And it depends, so many variables. If that’s a 100 FAAB budget and more than a 12-team league, I’m fine with it.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Jay: Its a 100 FAAB budget but 8 teams. Btw, i meant David Johnson, not chris johnson. Still fine with 14 bucks?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Moscowitz: I’d go lower then. Maybe like five bucks if you really need him. In an 8 team league… you probably don’t.

  37. Potent Skittles says:
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    I’m in panic mode. I lost Bryant and Ellington yesterday.
    Can I replace Ellington with Sankey (I have Foster on the bench).

    What should I do about Bryant. My other receiver is Julio, Abdullah in my Flex.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Potent Skittles: Try to pick up Williams if he’s out there. But if Julio and Ameer can be started in place of him, I think you’re okay.

      • Potent Skittles says:
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        @Jay:

        Hmm,

        Looks like Beasley and Stevie are available. I’m leaning Stevie. Should I drop Josh hill for one of them? I currently have Sefarian Jenkins starting (very happy with that from yesterday, but he was on my bench in my other league in place of Olsen…ouch.)

  38. Bill Lee says:
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    i have to replace bryant, hilton, desean jackson.
    what a cluster fock.

    i hate fantasy football.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bill Lee: Yeah, that is not good man. What size league? You could probably make due with guys like Beasley, Williams, Stevie Johnson, Garcon, etc…

      • Bill Lee says:
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        @Jay: 12 team league. three WR starters. i got Allen Hurns, Mike Wallace, Devante Parker, and Phillip Dorsett left that will be available. just not sure how much playing time Parker and Dorsett are going to get next week. will attempt a waiver on Beasley. has the look of a Wes Welker type.

        the pisser is Julio should have been mine. was told the start time of the draft via email but the night before i saw an hour later listed on the league page. when i logged on we were on Round 6 or 7. was auto drafted Dez, but Julio was who i was targeting.

        that is my sad story. oh well. ill enjoy the challenge.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Bill Lee: To be fair, Julio has injury question marks as well, at least as much as Julio. I think Parker and Dorsett might do something this week. The other Colt wideouts have Revis island to deal with.

          • Bill Lee says:
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            @Jay: yep, already got Dorsett in my starting line up if Hilton cant go. im thinking Revis will be on Moncrief not on old man Johnson. Dorseet could have the opportunity for some big plays in three receiver sets. thats the plan anyway.

  39. shookonespart2 says:
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    lost dez…. would you deal brandon marshall/frank gore for AJ green to shore up my WR1 issue? current team looks like this:

    ryan
    forsett
    morris
    gore
    dez
    jeffery
    marshall
    james jones
    m. bryant
    m. bennet
    d. freeman
    s. ridley (ir slot)
    c artis payne

    id be rolling with only forsett/ morris at rb, but feel the need to take the risk otherwise i’ll be out of the race by playoff time (dez expected back week 8)

    • shookonespart2 says:
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      @shookonespart2: oh i also have pierre garcon… not really a monumental piece but with djax out startable

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @shookonespart2: Try holding for one more week and see what Garcon can do for you.

  40. Pleasant Odor says:
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    PPR league question…

    Currently I am starting:
    WR – matthews, megatron
    RB – charles, morris
    TE – donnell
    flex 1 – jeffrey
    flex 2 – agholor
    bench – foster, spiller, john brown, joique bell, coleman, blount

    bell worth dropping for any of the weekly waiver guys (Moncrief, james jones, chris johnson, garcon, lockett, david johnson )

    and which TE to replace donnell (l.green/ ASJ/Jordan Reed)

    Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pleasant Odor: I’d go with Reed and then Green. Bell for Garcon, but you don’t really need to right now.

      • Pleasant Odor says:
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        I forgot to mention Ertz….would you rank ertz above reed/green/asj?

        Thanks

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Pleasant Odor: Not right now. All three looked more involved.

  41. Taco Tuesday says:
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    I have a 1/2 point PPR league question

    Bench of J. Randle, Foster, Mathews, Vereen, R. White, McFadden and my TE is daniels

    Would you replace any of my bench for Moncrief, L. Green, J. Jones, Chris Johnson, ASJ, Jordan Reed Heath Miller, Mariotta (starter is Ryan), David Johnson, Lockett)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Probably Johnson for DMC, but I think your bench is okay for now. I’d want Green over Daniels though.

  42. Tone DEF says:
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    What are my odds? I’m down by 11. I have Matty Ice, Jordan Matthews, and Tevin playing tonight. My opponent has Julio and Hyde.

    QB throwing TDs are 4 pts.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tone DEF: Chances are okay, but still a slight climb because of the Ryan-Julio connection.

  43. Stan Lee says:
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    I have a bench of Matt Jones, Allen Robinson, John Brown, Mike Wallace, Joique Bell

    Would you drop any for James Jones, Moncrief, Chris Johnson, Brandon Coleman, Jordan Reed (starter is Witten), Steve Johnson

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I think your bench is fine right now. If you need WR depth, Jones for Moncrief or the other Jones isn’t crazy.

  44. Mike says:
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    14 team PPR start ONLY 2 RBs. I lost Dez and I’m not optimistic about his 4-6 time table as a 5th metatarsal jones fracture is notoriously difficult to heal (Durant, MJD, Julio).

    Give: Spiller and D. Johnson
    Receive: Davante Adams and Abdullah

    Would you make this deal with the ellington owner?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: I’d want the Adams side, and it’s not close.

  45. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 teamer where i’m trying to move Donnell for a RB upgrade (even if this means a current backup, as long as better than Helu), was worried yesterday that mccoy got grabbed but he was later dropped for mcgloin.
    QB KC 1/ RG 3
    RB AP, Morris, Sims, Michael, Helu
    WR Garcon, Agholor, D-Jax, Roberts
    TE ASJ, Reed, Donnell

    1 flex (can be TE), start 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 QB.
    Should i just drop Helu for one of Blue, Powell, Ballard, Oliver, Ballard, Ridley, West
    2. or drop Helu for one of McCoy/Oswelier?
    Probably could just wait too, at least to see if i can get anything for Donnell, but still have only gotten clown offers.

  46. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    that’s looking just like the bradford at STL. Seems just as lack of worried each time he walks off too.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: Yeah, that line is offering zero time and he’s not doing much with the ball when he does have time.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Jay: can anybody even remember the last time ATL’s D looked that good? Gotta be over 10 years.

        PPR 1 pt per league, stick with Heath or try to grab one of Owen Sunny D, Green, Cook, Fells (ARI)? Gates is still out there, but i don’t have anybody good to drop to stash Gates. Maybe D.Freeman later if he stops getting used, but he’s looked ok tonight so far, just not much use.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: Yeah, it’s taken me by surprise. I think heath is fine there in a PPR. But yeah, I think Freeman is a safe drop when you’re ready.

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @Jay: in the freeman league i have forte/ellington/jennings/vereen/spiller and freeman, with 2 RB slots and 1 flex.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Crapshoot Kershaw: Even with Ellington out for a while, I feel like you have enough coverage.

              • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                @Jay: ellington news is whole lot better than last night’s version was.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: and for god’s sake please double team julio, in all my julio leagues i’ll win easy, but in my biggest money league i need to fade him getting another 13 pts, and he’s 3 yds off of his 100 yd 6 pt bonus. full PPR. Also own Roddy in like 4 leagues since he was so damn cheap everywhere this year, had to start him with evans likely out.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Crapshoot Kershaw: Matt Ryan can solve this pretty well judging from that interception.

            • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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              @Jay: was that the 2nd missed jenkins pick? or was it somebody else in the first quarter?

                • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                  @Jay: problem is they both hit him in the wrong spot, the hands.

                    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                      @Jay: there’s also other guys with similar value to freeman laying around out there if when gates comes back i can get one of sims/denard rob/dunbar (return yds)/rainey (.1 pts per return yd league)/k.robinson and even d.williams (but he’ll be gone in a few days for sure). This team is probably better off with k.robinson as spiller handcuff for a RB spot this deep once i don’t need 2 TE’s.

  47. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    they appear to be using miles freakin austin over agholor, which sucks. If matthews goes out maybe that’ll help.

  48. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    this whole game makes you wonder how many holds/illegal blocks are routinely not called in most games.

      • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        @Jay: and matthews just chucked the game away more than parkey (don’t spread him) did.

          • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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            @Jay: i have a chance to win in every league i think, need peterson to have at least average (but not great) week, and hyde/walsh to be average.

              • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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                @Jay: yikes, in dynasty go with franks/locker/lambo/bullock over walsh, i heard he was awful in preseason, but that was just gross, entire angle of kick was bad, not a shank. 4 Pts for 30-39, 5 for 40 -49, 6 for 50 and up, with -4 for under 20 yd missed, -3 for 20-29 missed, -2 for 30-39 missed, -1 for 40-49 missed. -1 for missed extra pts. So i basically can’t be trucking with guys who miss often. Walsh didn’t used to, but his head is messed up currently.

  49. goodfold2 says:
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    MIN’s insane AP usage is scaring the hell out of me. 4 carries out of 8 for the team, and 12 passes attempted? this is a 0-0 game here, they aren’t losing.
    anyway, was probably gonna have to drop bush anyway, now i really am. 2 different standard leagues
    one have
    RB l.bell/jennings/crowell/spiller/bush
    WR/TE(same thing in this league), gronk/cooks/allen/t.williams/royal/cruz
    what’s best order of say top 4 for waiver adds? (gotta think d.williams is best having l.bell, but only since he actually looked good, like he was 4 years younger). d.will/c.john/d.john/cunningham/d.lewis/dunbar/k.robinson/j.robinson/reece/
    k.williams/starks. other than D.Will it’s possible k.robinson could have more value for this team if spiller doesn’t come back or gets hurt yet again. It’s looking like at least 8 of those have more value than bush currently, even as bench stash.

    2. we start 3 RB with 2 flexes (could be TE and i have 3 of those, including gates) and i have hyde/ingram/mccoy/sankey/k.davis/bush. options are: j.robinson/j.allen/dunbar/reece/cunningham/k.robinson/k.williams (BUF)/michael/starks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: I think I would go Williams then Lewis there. Hold on 2, don’t see much there.

      This game tonight is terrible. Jesus.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: wow, really, injured bush better than j-rob, who could easily start if gore gets more hurt (already hurt and played with it), or allen/starks (one injury from starter), k.rob (pretty much is spiller when spiller’s hurt) or the johnson’s (ARI). Easy to agree Cunningham/Reece don’t have much future value. Dunbar even as a pass catching only guy could too. In league 1. i could have option to stash bush in IR spot if he’s ruled out before wednesday morning (and he was carted off, so good chance of that) and add somebody first before even worrying about whether or not he has value when back.

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          @goodfold2: game is completely awful. now these twits are claiming AP has a history of not being good at SF, without considering how few SF players are probably even the same since he last played them.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @goodfold2: yeah, Dilfer and Berman are a horrible crew.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @goodfold2: David Johnson might be worth the switch.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Jay: powell is around in both too, i didn’t realize he was actually used a fair amount, although i don’t know how often NYJ will have that much gametime with a lead.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @goodfold2: They were competant, so I’d say, more times than last year.

  50. dom says:
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    hey jay fun read

    shallow 8 team, 2 running back, PPR league. first time doing fantasy football, drafted a bunch of RB.

    week 1 i started jamal charles, jeremy hill, jonathan stewart.
    benched were tj yeldon, Isaiah crowell, shane vereen, tevin coleman.

    my weakest position is TE (Jordan Cameron). A dude is looking to trade me Jason Witten for a RB. which of those guys should I be willing to move? Best TE on the wire is Delanie Walker or Tyler Eifert. Your thoughts? Thanks a lot

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @dom: I would actually hold, I don’t think you need a TE. If Cameron is not your cup of tea, yeah, Maybe a Coleman for Witten is okay, but I’d rather just own Walker over Cameron. Go with Delanie.

      • dom says:
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        @Jay: thanks. in your preseason rankings it looks like you excluded Denver’s kicker, who put up 18 points last week. Drop Cody Parkey for him?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @dom: Yes.

      • Dom says:
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        @Jay: agree with the hold, am curious to see how Cameron plays against Jax this week, although now he’s asking me which RB would I give up for jimmy graham? Would be a big enough upgrade no?

  51. Ron says:
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    10-team PPR league I’m trying to fill out the back end of my roster. Can you please pick the top 3 of these?

    Boldin, D. Parker, Ellington, CJ2K, Moncrief, Spiller, Hillman, David Johnson, Quick

    Thanks!

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