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2014 In-Season Accuracy: 59.3% (4th out of 20 Experts, 61.9% Highest, 43.9% Lowest).

I hate to start off with yet another injury, but the loss of Paul Posluszny for the season with a torn pectoral muscle (along with the same injury to Brian Orakpo, do you guys even lift?), leaves the IDP world with yet another stud down for the count. I’ll talk replacements in a second, but I want to take a second to talk about the brilliance of Poz. He’s played on terrible teams for his entire career, yet he’s been an IDP stud ever since he cracked the starting lineup. And by terrible teams, I mean really, really terrible. Like his teams have never even been .500 and their winning percentage during his career is .305, including this year. This is yet another reason why playing in IDP leagues is fun, because even when you’re forced to watch Blake Bortles literally learn the game of football in front of your eyes, you still can enjoy a ball hawk linebacker destroying opposing RBs and giving your team valuable points. Get well soon Poz.

J.T. Thomas – With Poz down, the IDP world is turning its eyes to… Thomas apparently. Much like New England last week (more on that shortly), there are a lot of unknowns to sift through. Geno Hayes has had his (4-H club!) moments but doesn’t figure to dominate, so Thomas and Jeremiah George should fight over the scraps left behind by Poz. I’d rather avoid the situation entirely until we see how it pans out, but if you want to make a speculative move, I’d go with Thomas.

Dont’a Hightower/Jamie Collins – Wowie wow wow wow! There are apparently new sheriffs in town for the Pats. Albeit in a favorable matchup, Hightower and Collins combined for 26 tackles and a sack, with their tackle distribution favoring Hightower slightly. I’d be fine starting either of these guys moving forward, and if they’re somehow on the waiver wire, make a move now (especially Poz owners).

Vontaze Burfict – Here we go again. After barely being cleared to play following several head injuries, Burfict left the game early on Sunday with a cervical strain, which I thought was anatomically impossible for men, but apparently means “neck injury”. Combining that with his apparently joy in twisting ankles, I’m just about ready to bail on one of my favorite IDPs. Vincent Rey had a big week in Burfict’s absence, which he has been known to do, so I’d rather take my chances with him for a few weeks than deal with Burfict’s shenanigans, self-inflicted or otherwise.

Robert Quinn – A sack at last! A sack at last! Thank God Almighty a sack at last! While Quinn’s performance will obviously not have the lasting impact of MLK’s speech, Quinn’s owners certainly must have felt like they were dreaming when last year’s DL2 had his first startable game of the 2014 campaign. I’d like to say that this was the breakout that Quinn needed to get back on track, and it could be, but if you can get anything of value for him after his first sack, don’t hesitate to make the move.

Reshad Jones – One of Razzball’s own JFOH’s favorite IDPs, Jones has looked great since returning from injury in Week 6. His versatility allows him to excel against both run- and pass-happy teams, so he provides peace of mind that other DBs do not. Jones picked off Jay Cutler last week, and will travel to Jacksonville this week to face Bortles in the least hyped intra-state rivalry in the league. I’ve seen him on the waiver wire in some leagues, likely due to him missing the first month of the season. If that’s the case in your league, scoop him up and reap the benefits.


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  1. rich says:
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    What are your thoughts on Telvin Smith LB JAX? Everyone is saying he is the LB to own in JAX. Might not play every down, but may have a shot to. Kid possesses elite speed and elite big play ability

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @rich:

      On talent, I like him the best of their remaining options, but I’m not sure how much run he’ll get this week. In dynasty, he’s the guy to own, but I’m avoiding Jax LBs if at all possible this week.

  2. Bobby says:
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    How would you rank these RBs? ivory, miller, tate

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Bobby:

      Miller close over Tate. Ivory a decent margin behind them against the Bills tough D-Line.

  3. J-FOH says:
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    RIP for 2014 Mr Poluszny, I’ll admit, I cried a little, then I remembered I waivered Brandon Marshall last week. Last week me was seeing the future like it owned a DeLorean

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Where we’re going, we don’t need Kerry Rhodes…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: hahaha. Huge opening this week with marshall and weddle!!!

  4. Clint says:
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    I’ve been waiting to pounce on Quinn once I hear his compadre Chris Long returns which I thought was coming in the next few weeks but can’t seem to find any updates. You know anything Kevin? Where’s the best place to get IDP injury news from? Rotoworld sucks for it from what I see.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Clint:

      I hear you on IDP injury news, it’s rough out there. Typically I just search for news on individual players if it’s not one of the top guys, but Long information is definitely lacking. Because he was put on the short-term IR, he’s not eligible to return until at least Week 9, but I haven’t seen anything that says he’ll be ready to go at that point (or that he won’t for that matter).

      If Quinn is a free agent, he’s worth a speculative grab, provided you’re not dropping a no-doubt starter. Aaron Donald is playing out of his mind for a rookie, so that offers some protection, and assuming Long is back in the next 2-4 weeks, more help is on the way.

  5. Tom says:
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    Which one of these would you roll w/ this week?

    Rolando McClain vs colt McCoy & Redskins

    Barry church vs colt McCoy & Redskins

    Julius pepper @ New Orleans vs brees & co

    Curtis lofton vs Packers vs rodgers & co

    Haha Clinton Dix @ New Orleans vs brees & co

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Tom:

      I’d go Lofton this week.

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    guy’s offering barr and a 2nd round pick (but since this is in 20 man league dynasty that probably doesn’t exactly mean much) for…. LAVONTE DAVID, so i’m not missing anything about this right, only thing going at all for this is barr is younger.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Yeah don’t overthink it. If you have no shot at a title this year, I’d look at Barr and a 1st for David, but if you’re even close to contending, hold on to David.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: i was thinking even a first would only be enough if barr would eventually end up possibly as good as david. we right now (without even counting IR guys, which are numerous), have sucked 600 players out of possible players, and next year will only get cracks at new ones. david was basically who i got when i got screwed by comish forgetting error instead of watt (who i should’ve had right to draft at 28th overall), instead i still had my 4th round pick (80th).

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @goodfold2:

          Barr won’t ever be as good as David from an IDP perspective given his playing style. But if you’re in rebuilding mode, the depth might be more valuable than your stud. Ain’t nothing wrong with keeping David though.

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    j.jenkins just got dropped, i’m not missing some injury i can’t find, right? now with david/hightower/butler/riley jr i’ll be dropping riley for him.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Nope, Jenkins is still healthy and starting. Odd that he was dropped, but I’d definitely drop Riley for him.

  8. dave says:
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    Why does TJ Ward always appear high on these lists? He is a fantasy dud.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @dave:

      Ward is the rare DB who puts up more points in run defense than pass coverage. Because Denver has been ahead against everyone but Seattle (where Ward had 8 tackles), he’s been very disappointing so far. I still believe in him against the Pats next week, but he will likely be lower than I have him now against teams like Oakland and St. Louis.

  9. J-FOH says:
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    I almost streamed Anthony Barr, he has really been building a head of steam. Good rookie, I watched him a lot in college and am not as surprised as others. i went so far as to say the Texans would of been better off taking him or Mack this year with the first pick.

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    1.what’s up with j.jenkins (LB), i was able to grab him dropping riley jr. but he hasn’t done much.
    2. drop brockers (just nearly worthless this guy, remember back in like weeks 1-2 or so when you still ranked brockers?) for kelly/odrick/c.jones/starks/easley/c.walker/i.williams (all of these guys have been better than brockers and are ranked (at all) by fantasy pros. that’s order of the guys for fantasy pros for this week, their ROS ranks only go up to 44, and clearly DT guys aren’t mostly listed in that shallow of a list.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Jenkins’ stats have dropped off a bit, but he’s still getting the most snaps of any Miami LB, so he’s a better choice than Riley for the foreseeable future.

      DTs are tough, and really are as streamable as DBs for the most part. Kelly is probably my choice this week, but unless you have a top DT, there is no reason to show loyalty to any of them, even in dynasty.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: sounds 2nd DT spot will be weekly now. have donald too, but he’s actually good.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: holy crap, as i was dropping brockers for kelly,yahoo shows their mug shot pictures, and brockers completely looks just like him, in the beard, and tilt of his head, he almost modeled his whole look off the guy. only difference is the hair on top of brockers’ head.

  11. goodfold2 says:
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    with this lineup in dynasty i may have found a person to move donnell to. we only start 1 RB/2 WR/1 TE/ 1 non-QB flex. my roster being
    mccoy/RG3
    morris/helu/taliaferro/michael/peterson/sims (IR)
    garcon/d-jax/roberts/lee/t.austin
    reed/donnell/ASJ
    opp needs a TE badly and has beckham jr/evans/decker/prince amukamura (CB). CB is a very weak scoring position and prince is 4th best this year. my thinking is i could use an WR/CB upgrade. which of these sounds best
    1. donnell for amukamura
    2. donnell and taliaferro (opp could use RB) for amukamura and 1 of those WR
    3. donnell and sims for amukamura and a lesser one of those WR (whichever that is)
    4. donnell and t.austin for amukamura and a WR
    5. donnell/1 RB out of sims/taliaferro, austin for amukamura/2 of his WR
    i’ll be able to drop 1 of verner/brea-wilson if i can get this done.

    Question 1. would i be better off targeting D.Landry (NYJ) more than Amukamura. it seems Prince is top guy at super weak position, I have meriweather/bucannon now at S, and brea-wilson/verner at CB. seems jump in CB pts worth more than S.

    knowing what’s ranking for dynasty of decker/beckham/evans first would be useful.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: that’s wreh-wilson i meant.

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @goodfold2:

        It looks like there is a deal to be made here. From a WR value perspective, I would do whatever I can to get Evans (consensus #2 pick in rookie drafts this past year). OBJ has more upside than Decker, and given the Jets immediate QB situation I’d probably go with Beckham second.

        As for Amukamara, he should be a top CB for years if he can stay healthy. He’s not dominant enough to scare QBs from throwing his way, but he still has tackling and ball skills to put up stats. That’s the dream scenario. His immediate value is close to Landry’s but long-term I’d take Prince.

        So my approach would be to target Prince and Evans, and give up Donnell and whatever of Austin/Lorenzo/Sims it takes to get the deal done. Austin’s name might still have some luster on it from being a top pick last year, but I’ve seen nothing that indicates he’ll be a consistent fantasy starter. I’d start by offering Austin/Donnell for Prince/Evans and seeing how that goes. Good luck!

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