So for the first time this season I am displaced from my Carolina stomping ground for my weekly piece, surrounded by Redskins fans pumped up for this afternoon’s romp with the Bengals.  Unfortunately I’m not going to the game (I came up to see my beloved Brewers play the Nationals Friday and yesterday), but I have learned that saying anything negative about RGIII results in you looking foolish.  He’s the Chuck Norris of sports right now (sorry Matt Wieters, but you just couldn’t crack it).

Even at Nationals Park, where the Nats look like the team to beat in the NL, the RGIII spirit was in the air as I saw multiple jerseys and heard people talking about today’s game.  Luckily no one recognized me from Razzball nation or I would have been hounded for my call of benching him last week.  But hey, that’s what the internet is for.

Alas we look at last weeks’ picks starting with the benchers this time, where RGIII and Trent Richardson burned me with big games.  Don’t bet against the hype rookies anymore.  At least Brandon Lloyd didn’t deliver big numbers (although he was decent in a PPR with 8 catches for 60) and Jason Witten and Chris Johnson both had slow weeks as well.

On the flip side, Jonathan Dwyer was awful and cost me some ribbing on this week’s podcast, Donald Brown has yet to arrive (although I’m sticking with my love for him), and Randy Moss is on his blue moon more often than not and I got suckered in.  Curtis Brinkley didn’t have a huge game but helped you if you needed him and Brent Celek went absolutely off.

Here’s five guys not started in enough leagues and five guys started in too many leagues that should be benched, along with their % started in ESPN leagues and Yahoo leagues, respectively.  And remember, these picks are not suggestions for direct 1-for-1 swaps if you own players in both sections, but merely picks for guys not started enough and started too often.

I’ll be heading back towards NC before kickoff, so Sky will be answering most of your questions and might disagree with some of these picks…

Possible Starters

Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Cleveland (0.5%, 1%) With all the injuries to big name wideouts across the NFL, I actually had to scour the wire for a deep play and in two leagues I have Massaquoi in as my WR #3 and WR #4 (just so you know my teams aren’t that bad).  With Maclin out in both I am left picking a deep option, and I really like the Charlotte native (I grew up in Davidson, a suburb – he crushed my high school’s secondary) to put up solid numbers for a second straight week.  At home against a Buffalo secondary that has given up big numbers (remember Shaun Hill going off week 1 then disappearing?) with a running game looking solid behind T-Rich to keep the Browns multi-dimensional, I think Massaquoi leads the Browns in the passing game and scores his first TD on the year.  Solid last-gasp WR play that I’m relying on myself.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit (2.8%, 8%) A running back I wasn’t as high on as my podcast co-host Nick Capozzi, has now got me reconsidering weighing his early practice reps and a great matchup.  The Titans look absolutely terrible, and got gashed by a similar runner in week 1 by Stevan Ridley.  With Kevin Smith being the son of Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable, yet still an important part of that offense, I don’t see the Lions giving him multiple carries late in a game that should be a blowout.  The second half should see a lot of Leshoure as the Lions will want to see what they have.  Definitely flex play this week.

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore (20.5%, 39%) Reportedly one of Joe Flacco’s best friends off the field, Pitta is becoming Flacco’s best friend on the field as well.  With two huge weeks to start the season, I like him to continue his successful breakout season with a big day against the Patriots.  The Patriots haven’t given too much up to Tight Ends, but the Titans are terrible even with a talent like Jared Cook and the Cardinals don’t boast a threatening TE either.  With the saddening news of Torrey Smith losing a family member and Smith possibly sitting this one out, I like Pitta to embrace a pass-heavy approach I see the Ravens taking and get 80 yards and a score.

Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore (15.7%, 39%) As above, with Torrey Smith possibly out, Anquan Boldin looks like a strong play this week.  Even if Smith does play, I like the Ravens to really amp up their passing game against a Patriots team that I think does the same and spreads out their offense like their glory years.  I expect a shootout in this one, and even if Smith is in there, Boldin getting a lot of work.  Definite starter for me as your last WR or flexer.

Super Deep: Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (0.0%, 1%) Injuries are plaguing the Eagles receiving core with both Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper out this week.  Jason Avant has always been that supplemental receiver in that offense and I see him getting a lot of looks against the Cardinals.  The matchup is intimidating with the Eagles constantly staring into “The Red Zone,” but Vick has got to throw to someone, and with Jackson and Celek sure to bring a lot of attention, I like Avant for 6-7 catches and a super deep PPR-play this week.

 

Son of a Bench

Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay (70.6%, 50%) A lingering groin issue has got him questionable heading into Monday Night, but I wouldn’t want to be in the position of waiting until the last minute and starting a scrubbish Seahawks receiver if he’s a late inactive.  Add into the mix a tougher than I expected Seattle defense playing at home, and I think this could end up being a pretty low-scoring affair.  I would leave Jennings out and go with someone for sure playing in today’s games.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota (94.5%, 83%) It’s tough to bet against a guy like AP, but against the league’s best run defense and coming off a lackluster game against the Colts and I’m not too sure Peterson is a for sure start.  Don’t forget Jamaal Charles got his knee dinged and was taken out early last week, and Charles’ replaced ACL is 2 months further along than AP’s.  I have a feeling either it’s a low slow grind and Peterson has another 16 for 60-type day or he comes out early in a blowout and we see a lot of Gerhart getting garbage carries.  Either way, I’m not sold AP should be in every lineup.

Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans (73.9%, 71%) Colston is looking like he’ll be active today, but his foot issue is really eating into his performance.  I watched parts of week 1 and all of week 2’s game against my Panthers, and Colston just isn’t the same receiver right now.  The Saints are having all sorts of problems stretching the field, and against the Chiefs, I don’t think they necessarily will need to.  I see a lot of Graham and Sproles working the passing game and Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram pounding it out on the ground.  I would leave Colston out.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis (59.2%, 49%) A bum groin has got Jackson questionable heading into today’s action, and even if he’s active, it’s looking like Daryl Richardson is going to see a lot of work.  Jackson’s groin has been an issue before (I’m not sure if it’s the same side, but that would require me searching “groin” way too often), but I don’t see the Rams, who look like they might surprise and push for a playoff spot, taxing Jackson’s man-region too much at Chicago.  I would go with a different option like Leshoure.

Sky’s Shocker (JB semi-agrees): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay (97.4%, 96%) Sky is adamant in his rankings that Aaron Rodgers is outside of the top-10 this week, and I don’t really disagree.  Listen, you’re not benching Aaron Rodgers for Carson Palmer or Brandon Weeden or anything like that, but say you picked Rodgers and got a solid backup like Matt Ryan or RGIII, and I’d go with either one of those guys.  It’s a tough, tough Seahawks defense playing at home with a lot to prove on Monday Night against a Packers offense that hasn’t really gelled yet this year.  A lot of teams that drafted Rodgers probably don’t even have a backup yet, so you’re sticking with him and not picking up a scrub on your wire.  But if you did draft another QB high, this would be the week to bench Rodgers.  A special PS from co-author Sky: Any and all hate for this pick can be directed at Sky.  All hugs and kisses can be given to JB.  Unless you’re this girl.  You know what I’m sayin’.  Go ‘hawks indeed.

If you have any last second decisions, shoot some comments below (that Sky will be primarily fielding), or tweet me @jbgilpin. Good luck to everyone today in week 3!

  1. Wassup…need to choose a flex:

    Locker (Det), Daryl Richardson (@Chi – looks like s-jax is out), donald brown (Jac) or ben tate @Den?

    Leaning towards d brown…thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go D. Brown there too.

  2. mike says:
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    Mike wallace or dez bryant? I got romo qb..no ppr..mjd rice and charles rb with julio jones my other wr..should I sit charles for dez n wallace?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go Wallace, stay with Charles

  3. Ryan says:
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    Hey, need some help deciding on a flex for a PPR league:

    1 of Peyton Hillis, Andrew Hawkins, Mikel Leshoure or Greg Little.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d lean Hillis

  4. DP says:
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    D. Thomas or Antonio Brown in a .25 ppr?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      D.T.

  5. Prezii says:
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    Still feelin d brown over mcgahee for my flex??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      McGehee vs that HOU defense? Yeah, I’m still leaning Brown.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, yeah i know, its scary! Thanx for the quick response, im gonna roll with brown!

        Rudolph or pitta this week? Pitta, right?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, exactly. Yeah, Pitta

          • Prezii says:
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            @Sky, uno mas El Sky… Then when can ride imaginary horses til gametime.

            In the RCL im stuck with one spot and 3 servicable RBs.. d brown, morris and PT bruiser. Tough call here. When im in doubt, just brown it out?

            Thanx man!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I have my RB ranks in standard as 18 Morris, 19 Brown and 26 PT. Morris or Brown toss-up but I’d go either two honestly.

              • Prezii says:
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                @Sky, thank you sir! Good luck to you this week!!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  No prob and you too!

  6. BroncoFeld says:
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    Morning.

    I have colston in both leagues and Jennings in one, thus looking to go to my bench.

    Start Titus Young or Stephen Hill?

    Also, Alshon Jeffery or Jon Baldwin?

    Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re sitting both Colston and Jennings? I probably wouldn’t if those were my choices but if you’re gonna do it: Hill/Jeffery

      • Bronco-Feld says:
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        @Sky, Interesting. Both by leagues are no-ppr.

        Pick 2 of 3 (I already started LaFell psh)……Harvin, Colston, Jennings, or my bench, Young & Hill.

        Thanks.

        • Sky

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          Colston/Harvin

  7. Chillmodious says:
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    Need a flex play with Garçon ruled out. Bench options are not great in Titus Young and Jacquizz. I could drop one of those bench guys for Daryl Richardson or Brandon Gibson (ugh, Rams!) to play today. What would you have me do? (I’m thinking of dropping Jacquizz for Gibson, but totally unsure, which is why I’m asking you)

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t pick up Gibson. Tough spot, I’ve really waned on Titus so personally I’d pick up Richardson over him for a flex play today but I wouldn’t say it’s a great long term move. If you wanna hold, I’d start Rodgers.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Sky, Thanks for that. Very helpful. What if I were to drop Jacquizz AND Titus for Daryl Richardson and Gibson? I have this weird feeling about Gibson after watching him produce under the radar for the first two weeks and remembering his potency before he had that gruesome injury. Also, Richardson seems like a better handcuff than Jacquizz given SJax’s injury history and the presence of Snelling in Atlanta. Am I crazy?

        • Sky

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          I am not a huge Bradford fan so my opinion on Gibson is a bit skewed, I’ll fully admit. In ways, I could see Gibson over richardson for ROS but I still don’t think we’re talking game changing moves here.

          Turner has looked terrible since midway through last season; in standard, I’m not extremely high on Jacquizz but I still see the PPR potential given that ATL offense. He’s a mini-mini Sproles. Of course, Jahvid Best is Mini-Sproles when he’s healthy.

          S-Jax gets a bad rap. He’s missed two total games the last 3 seasons. He may or may not play/start today but he gets ragged on for health a little too much, IMHO.

          In closing, I could see Gibson over Young but I’m not huge on Daryl over Rodgers.

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Sky, Thank you! Your Bradford bias is my SJax bias–I drafted him in the first round a few years back (4 years ago?), which was the season that he missed like 7 straight weeks despite blogging for ESPN and telling his readers EVERY week that he was probably ready to play. I think I’ve subconsciously resented him for that ever since.

            I just dropped Titus for Gibson. If SJax is ruled out before gametime, I’m dropping Jacquizz for Daryl Richardson and flexing DR over Gibson. Otherwise, I’m playing Gibson.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Cool man, no worries. Good luck this week!

              • Chillmodious says:
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                @Sky, Much appreciated. Good luck to you too. (FWIW, I held off on D Rich and kept Jacquizz stashed; going with Gibson today)

                • Sky

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                  Sounds good, let’s bring on the foosball!

  8. Tim says:
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    Need to pick 1 WR and my FLEX in a non-ppr: D. Richardson (have Jackson but don’t picture him playing), Colston, Britt, and Redman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Richardson & Colston is how I’d play it.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Tim, jackson will suit up. Prolly not a full workload but richardson is looking like a bad idea and bears stuff the middle.

      • Prezii says:
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        With those options, id agree with sky and flex richardson. Hes ur best bet!

  9. Kurt says:
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    In a 16 team Ppr league need help with my flex spots. Need to pick 2 of eric decker, greg little and mikel leshoure. Also, am i crazy with starting oaklands myers at te over jared cook? Cook has done nothing and myers has been decent so far.

    • Sky

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      Locker’s done nothing, I don’t know if that’s Cook’s fault. Not crazy on that front, though; go Myers.

      I’d go Decker and LeShoure.

  10. jared says:
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    What do you think about dropping bess, t young, blackmon or mike williams for jerome Simpson in 14 team .5 ppr league. This is for later in season not this week.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d drop Young, personally.

  11. Jon says:
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    Flex spot – Britt or Gates?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      gates

  12. scott says:
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    I STILL don’t know what I should do with Jennings. The only possible replacement I have for him is DHB, who I don’t really trust.

    What do you say?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

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      I’d still play Jennings.

  13. Foozball addict says:
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    Ppr league, who should i start at the flex, leanord hankerson (garcon ruled out) or daryl richardson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hankerson

  14. Keter Ping says:
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    Ive got a few too many running backs and not enough openings. So, I have to start three this week… Whadya think?

    Ryan Mathews vs. Atl
    Jamaal Charles @ NO
    Peyton Hillis @ NO
    CJ Spiller @ Cle
    Trent Richardson vs. Buf
    Alfred Morris @ Ten
    Kevin Smith vs. Cin

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Spiller/Richardson/Smith

  15. Dave the Barber says:
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    Pick one for my flex, Alfred Morris, Mark Ingram, or Jamal Charles?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Have Charles/Morris at 18/19 in my rankings; I’d lean Charles.

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Sky, You’re not concerned about a possible blowout where KC abandons run?

        • Sky

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          Ingram is averaging 3.1 YPC. Charles can catch passes if it turns into a blowout. If it turns into a shootout, Charles can still play, Ingram becomes even more irrelevant.

          • Dave the Barber says:
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            @Sky, I agree with you on the Charles over Ingram sentiment but I wanna lean Morris over Charles. I feel like the Skins’ll run the rock a ton today because Cinci can’t stop play run D but they’re good against the pass, couple that with the fact that Garcon is out and I wanna go Morris over Charles. Waddaya think?

            • Sky

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              Ah, gotcha. Yeah, no problem with Morris. Like I said, 18/19. Very little of a line drawn. Sorry for the confusion.

              • Dave the Barber says:
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                @Sky, NBD, thanks for the input brother, preciate ya.

  16. Frank Stallone says:
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    Best option for WR3: Heyward-Bey, Meachem, or Mike Williams? It kind of feels like a coin flip.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, not high end plays. I’d lean DHB.

  17. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    non ppr flex spot:A. Brown,Amendola,Lloyd or K. Smith?

    ppr league(counting ret yds):1 WR and 1 W/R spot….Redman,D. Richardson,Nate Washington,Cribbs

    non ppr flex:Lloyd,Ogletree,DHB,wells or Redman?

    thnks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lloyd
      Washington/Cribbs
      Lloyd

  18. Dolabill says:
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    I’ve got a tough decision to make. I’ve got Steven Jackson Greg jennings and Colston. Would you sit Jackson for benson or Kevin smith. If you would, would you start the remaining players over Colston or jennings in a flex spot?

    QB Rodgers
    RB1 Reggie bush
    RB2 Steven Jackson
    WR1 Greg Jennings
    WR2 Steve Johnson
    WR3 lafell
    TE t Gonzales
    Flex1 Malcolm Floyd
    Flex2 Colston

    Bench benson
    Bench k smith

    Thanks!

    • Sky

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      I’d play Smith over Jennings, personally, even though he’s not been named the starter today. Hold on the rest.

      • Dolabill says:
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        You’d do smith over benson? Based on touches I would have gone the other way. But who knows, maybe the competition from mikel might bring some game outta smith (or he might just break himself trying)

        • Sky

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          SEA defense is good. TEN is not. Even with leShoure starting, I see Smith getting plenty of touches.

  19. Bootsy says:
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    WR3: Jennings, Maclin, Floyd, or (highly doubtful) Santonio Holmes?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I have Jennings 22 & Floyd 25. Both WR3 worthy this week but I’d give Floyd a shot for a TD.

  20. s-jax or ben tate?

    • Sky

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      S-Jax

  21. Murph says:
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    Good Morning Sky,

    Third time asking this question but just wondering if the answer has changed with maclin sitting out and the raiders secondary hurt by injuries (I heard that two safetys will be playing corner covering brown and wallace)

    Vick against AZ or Big Ben against Oak?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, with the injuries, I can easily say Big Ben is a better call now. Hopefully I’m right the third time! If I was right the first two times, though, I should get some kind of medal.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Thanks as always and good luck this week.

        • Sky

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          No prob. Hope I wrote my answers annoyingly for my fans!

  22. Norv Turner says:
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    PLEASE HELP! Do i start matthews over any of these guys? Alf, MJD, Steve Johnson, Mike Walace, Colston?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t believe in Mathews so I wouldn’t.

  23. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    w/ his uncertain situation,would you start Ogletree or McCluster ahead of Torey Smith?….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      McCluster

  24. Wilsonian says:
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    Leshoure is allegedly RB1 today. Not sure what that means for his touches.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, TEN is ranked at the bottom in rushing DEF. I think it means both Smith and him get to show what they’ve got.

  25. nick m. says:
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    Better keeper option in PPR this year and future? Ronnie Hillman or Ryan Williams?

    • Sky

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      Williams

  26. Nick says:
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    Would you drop the Pitt defense at this point for Arizona? Its the next best available & will probably be taken off free agents within 24 hrs so a quick answer as to weather Im panicing on Pitt D (10 team H2H league)

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick, Thanks for advice, in advance!

      • Nick says:
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        @Nick, just noticed Pitt is on bye week 4, think I will pull the trigger & not look back! Hopefully nobody picks them up till tmr morning when I can cut Pitt D…

        Lets go AZ defense, hopefully the past 3 weeks havent been a hoax

    • Sky

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      Yeah, I’d do that. I believe in streaming DEF anyway. At worst, you pick someone else up in a little bit.

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