Week 4 has worn me into dust. I’m literally ground into a fine powder. I’m going to miss some things in this round up I can assure you due to an addled brain, but I’ll do my best to take you around the league and point out some interesting fantasy tidbits I observed. Here we go!

Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers totally decimated the Broncos with 4 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and 408 yards passing. He was locked in and could do no wrong. He has too many weapons which makes it somewhat difficult to predict who will get the big games, but there are usually enough points to go around. He is playing on another level right now and with the talent around him it’s extremely difficult to stop them. I had Michael Vick up against him and thought I had a chance; sadly I didn’t. He kicked my ass into this pile of dust before you.

Matt Forte: This guy is on fire. 205 yards rushing is more than the Bears had all season to date. And I would not want to date such an anemic amount of yards. What kind of future would you have? He could be considered the best PPR running back in the league right now. Don’t hide that under a bushel basket.

Cam Newton: What did I say!? Huh? Why don’t you listen world!!!? This Cam Newton fella is how do you say, bad ass? Yeah, bad ass. He’s their frick frackin goal line back! He almost had his third 400 yard passing game of the season and did have his third 400 yard all purpose game. Just throw him out there, he’s going to score you points.

Beanie Wells: What did I say! Huh? Why don’t you listen world!!!? Oh wait, I told you he would go off last season. Just go back in time and read those old posts and come back here and we’ll be all good. Beanie ran hard and decisive and crushed defenders on a regular basis accumulating 3 touchdowns and 138 yards. Can he keep this up? 3 TDs a game? Um, no, duh. Don’t ask dumb questions alter ego. Selling high would be cool and all, but Beanie has a lot of baggage and it might be hard to do so. He’s not crap, so don’t sell him like he is.

Calvin Johnson: It must be some kind of a record to have 2 touchdowns in each of your first 4 games. Wait, it is. Well, it’s a tie with possibly the dumbest man on earth right now, Cris Carter. Megatron is unstoppable without the hyperbole that usually comes with that word.

Wes Welker: Dubya Dubya is a different kind of unstoppable, but unstoppable all the same. He’s averaging 10 receptions, 154 yards and over a touchdown a game. That is insane. Tom Brady didn’t even throw it to other receivers (much to all Gronk owner’s chagrin) and still they couldn’t stop Welker. He’s a top 5 receiver every week and probably higher.

Ryan Torain: Can this backfield get any stupider? Torain had 19 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown while Roy Helu and Tim Hightower both had 8 carries a piece. Shanahan said Hightower was banged up in practice for whatever that is worth. This is a three-back cluster eff right now. Torain did run strong, but he will be injured before you can say “Shanahan should lick a hot frying pan.” I’d pick up Torain if you have room. All three can be owned, sadly.

Stevan Ridley: Ridley had 10 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown while Benjarvus Green-Ellis had 16 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.  Ridley should have earned himself some more playing time, but it will still be difficult to tell who is going to get the work in a Belichick offense. The good news is that Ridley is talented enough to make good on limited carries. In good matchups he is worth a flex even in his current role. And thankfully his current role should expand from here on out.

Julio Jones: He had 17 targets and caught 11 of them for 127 yards. He’s the real deal and will continue to rival Roddy White each week for stats.  He caught a ton of short passes this week, but also has big play ability. That’s good news for him to be able to keep up the good fake football work.

Victor Cruz: Not sure what is going on here, but we know that Cruz played more than Mario Manningham and also doesn’t know when he’s been tackled. Manningham has been off so far this season and since Cruz took over in two receiver sets he needs to be owned. Don’t drop Manningham, but pick up Cruz.  Just add a couple spots to your bench. Nobody will notice.

Ben Roethlisberger: He’s on crutches and isn’t sure to play next week. He hasn’t been a fantasy starter this season anyway with that o-line, but without him Mike Wallace and company are brought down a big fat notch. I doubt he’ll be out long and I could see him playing next week, but it is worrisome.

Rashard Mendenhall: He has a hamstring injury (don’t we all?) and Isaac Redman is his backup. Redman will be worth a pickup, especially if Big Ben recovers soon.Oh and he scored a touchdown! But the Steelers do not look good at all.

Steve Smith: This guy owns the Bears (if only he did I bet he’d make better personnel decisions). He led all receivers with 181 yards receiving and except for the rain drenched game against Jacksonville is just on a complete tear. Enjoy a yummy Smiff Newton for dessert.

Andre Johnson: He went down as if he’d been bitten by that same turf creature that took out Jamaal Charles, but they are saying it’s hamstring related. There of course is a good chance we won’t see him next week, but that’s better than not seeing him all season. The only player I’d think about grabbing that might see more work is James Casey. I’ve given up on Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones.

Jared Cook: His day was saved by a huge 80 yard touchdown reception, but that’s what he can do. He broke a tackle and was gone. Lots of tight ends would have hit the dirt and stayed there. His upside is huge with Britt out. He needs to be owned on all your fake teams. All of them!

Dwayne Bowe: Sell, sell and then sell some more. This Chiefs team is bad and Bowe isn’t going to get as lucky as he has the last few weeks.

Jimmy Graham: The Reverend is quickly becoming Brees’ go to guy. He had 10 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown and leads all tight ends with 367 yards. There’s nothing wrong with Jimbo.

Eric Decker: He scored a couple more touchdowns today and had 10 targets to Brandon Lloyd’s 11. He is a must own in all formats if he happens to still be out there.Which he shouldn’t. And if he is get in a deeper more competitive league.

Hakeem Nicks: Hopefully you were able to grab him at a slight discount because he just went off and his price just got unreasonable. He had 10 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown and just needs to stay healthy to be a #1 receiver this season.

Tony Romo: I put him here at the bottom because I just heard Bob Costas wax poetically about him and I almost cut off my ears and fed them to my TV. He pretty much single handedly lost that game, but remember, this is fake football and he scored the 5th most fantasy points of any quarterback this week. He could have made fun of breast cancer awareness all week and he’d still be worth starting on your fantasy team. Trade for him. People are dumb.

  1. Lou says:

    Trying real hard to sell Bowe this week for a WR1. A few teams need a TE and i have 2 (Gronk, Daniels). Bowe+Gronk should bring me a top 5? Bowe+Daniels top 10? PPR

  2. Jay says:

    With Bowe a sell, would you trade Gore and Bowe for Cj2k and Harvin? I would be getting CJ. I already have McCoy, Best as other Rb’s along with Nicks, Marshall, L. Moore, S. Rice as WR’s. I think I am giving up a bit too much with Gore finally doing work.

  3. Jay says:

    Oh, change of plans, the guy offered Cj2k and Aj green for Gore, Bowe, and McGahee. Is that legit?

  4. barker says:

    14 team league trade 1.5 ppr / points for 40 yd rec /run and for 40 yd td
    in first place

    i give fred jackson i get austin miles

    my RBs mcfadden daniel thomas best deangelo williams michael bush
    my WRs welker santana moss bess rice

    i guess i need a wr but idk
    it seems fairly even but i should probably wait a week right??

  5. Trick dad says:

    Hurting at RB since losing JC. Trade mike wallace for desean jakcson and grant? 12 team non ppr
    Rbs- forte, hightower, redman, hunter, B scott
    WRs- maclin, d moore, l moore, d nelson

  6. timSTi says:

    Big Ben was killing me. I traded Ridley a 3rd rnder, & an 11th rnder for Matty Ryan & Beanie Wells.

    We keep 2 players sacrificing a draft pick and I have McCoy, Blount, & Starks all for late rounders to pick from so I doubt I would’ve kept Ridley.

    Decent move in a 12 tm .5ppr?

  7. timSTi says:

    Doc, just saw your response on twitter. Thanks homey. Disregard ^^^^

  8. elwood blues says:

    05 ppr league.. we start 2 rbs and 3 wrs, no flex.
    My rbs are Best, Bradshaw, S-Jax, Carter, Helu.
    My wrs are V-Jax,Wallace, Harvin.. followed by Knox and Alexander.

    I’d like to pick up Ridley, but who do I drop? Carter? Alexander, or does that leave me too thin at WRs. Do I pick up a WR (gaffney, robinson?? or stick with Alexander?) I am looking for bye week depth.

    Bye week depth.. or maybe I can pair Ridley with Harvin for a top flight WR… or RB?? Which do you think I need?

  9. robert says:

    My team is in 3rd place. Everything is solid except QB. I have Big Ben and Fitz for QB. Available on the wire are: Orton, Sanchez, Hasslebeck, Campbell, and Grossman. I know Fitz won’t last when it gets cold and Ben is being held back by his off. line. Would you dop Fritz for one of the waiver guys? I am trying to upgrade through trade without luck so far.

  10. Plainview says:

    Lost in one league because I started Brady instead of Cam Newton – sometimes I wonder why I play fake football.

  11. Van Haggard says:

    Someone just offered me Daniel Thomas for my Schaub. My starting QB is Newton. I need RB depth… but Thomas is hurt. Should I go ahead and take it? NON PPR league. Thanks

  12. theguarantee says:

    Rank these waiver wire QB’s for a spot start this week:

    Cassel @ Indy
    Sanchez @ NE
    A Smith v. Tampa
    Hasselbeck @ Pitt
    McNabb v. Zona
    Dalton v. Jax

    Will probably have Holmes, AJ Green and Crabtree all in my lineup if that is of relevance for those three respective QB’s.

  13. Kiss tha Baby says:

    @ Doc,

    I thought McCluster would show something this week, but Todd Haley the genius only gave him 7 carries. Should i drop McCluster for Ridley?

  14. rascal says:

    I am now 1-3 with Stafford, DMC, Mendenhall, McGahee, Ingram, JStew, Moreno, Lloyd, Steve Johnson, Holmes, Harvin, and Manningham (start QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 2 RB/WR). The only saving grace is that this is a 10 team league with 6 teams making the playoffs, so hope is still alive.

    I think I need to cut bait on Moreno and Manningham. With Mendenhall hurt I need to pick up RB depth. Fortunately, Torain, Ridley, and Redman are all available. Which ones should I pick up and how much of my waiver wire budget sould I spend on each?

  15. CL says:


    I need to pick up a WR, and was a little slow on the draw this morning; Would you pick up a guy like Heyward-Bey, Breaston, Morgan, or Walter, OR would you go for some rookie upside in Titus Young (I’d also say Little, but he has a bye)? Thanks…

  16. Wilsonian says:

    Would you deal Finley for Jimbo straight up?

  17. Howie says:

    @Doc: TE J. Cook over either Tony G. or Fred D. the rest of the way in a non-PPR? Thanks.

  18. standuptriple says:

    Somewhat of a piggyback on elwood’s question, non-ppr, 2RB, 2WR and 1 Flex. Thinking if Ridley should be on my team and for whom?
    RB: AP, Forte, SJax, Starks
    WR: Stevie Johnson, Marshall, Mike Thomas, Antonio Brown and David Nelson
    I cut Nelson right and don’t look back in anger? And with Marshall on the bye, who would you start this week?

  19. Drew Crew says:

    in ppr which side of the trade would you take
    Brandon Lloyd and Felix Jones Or
    Tolbert and Denarius ?

  20. Sawx10 says:

    Hey Doc,

    I have Cam Newton and Vick on the same team. Should I try and sell Newton for a RB or WR of just sit tight in case Vick gets hurt. Here is my team (PPR):

    QB: Vick, Newton. RB: Ray Rice, Arian Foster, James Starks, CJ Spiller, Roy Helu. WR: Brandon Marshall, Mike Thomas, Denarius Moore, Sidney Rice, Michael Jenkins, Danny Amendola, Harry Douglas. TE: Jimmy Graham.

  21. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Sawx10: Tough call. I’d like to keep Cam if you can for now.

    @Drew Crew: Jones side

    @standuptriple: Yep. And I’ll have to check out the matchups.

    @Howie: I’d hold onto Tony G to have a stable player and grab Cook for Davis for breakout potential.

    @Wilsonian: Close call. Both teams spread the ball out quite a bit so it could always be a bit of a guessing game. I’m taking Finley’s talent over Jimbo’s.

    @CL: I’d go for Young.

    @rascal: I’d grab Torain and Ridley. I’d try pretty hard to get both. 15-20% for each?

  22. Plaxidental Discharge says:


    10 man non ppr standard scoring league.

    I was counter-offered to recieve Mendenhall and Denarius Moore and give VJax and Ridley. Im hurting at RB depth with Mcfadden as my RB1 but Greene, Lynch, Ridley, M Bush and Brandon Jacobs as RB2 options.

    Its a 2RB, 2WR, 1RB/WR flex league and my receiving depth is Andre Johnson, VJax, Sidney Rice, and Julio Jones. Ill probably wait until i hear more about the hamstring injuries before making a decision.

    Do you have faith in Mendenhall from here on out? Should I accept this trade? Or should I make a better counter offer?

  23. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Kiss tha Baby: Yep

    @theguarantee: Sanchez then Hass

    @Van Haggard: Tough call there. I could see gong for it if you are hurting at RB, but maybe throw out a couple offers elsewhere first.

    @Plainview: It is frustrating.

    @robert: I wouldn’t, but stay diligent because I agree Fitz has a shelf life.

    @elwood blues: I’d drop Carter for Ridley and hold.

    @Trick dad: Don’t like Grant enough.

    @barker: If you can wait a week I would.

    @Jay: Fair, but legit

    @Lou: Might be aiming a little high, but go for it

  24. trick dad says:

    @Doc: thanks, what about my b. scott & maclin for his decker & s. greene

  25. Doc

    Doc says:

    @trick dad: Not horrible, but not really worth it.

  26. SDPete says:

    Doc, my team is dropping to the dreaded 0-4 after facing the high-scoring team for the 3rd week out of 4, so I’m looking to 2012 and beyond already. I have 2 “keeper” spots available in a pseudo-keeper league and after a trade will have Montario Hardesty, Jermaine Gresham and Denarious Moore for those 2 spots. Which 2 of those 3 do you think have better value for 2012? Same question for 2013?

  27. Plainview says:

    Have Brady and Cam Newton – should I try to move Newton for a WR/RB? I have: Mendenhall (bust), Mathews, Tolbert, Shonn Green (bust), Helu, Dez Bryant, Mike Thomas, Lance Moore and Nelson.

    I was really counting on Mendy having a big year. What level should I target – Lesean McCoy’s owner has bad QBs and RunDMC as RB1. On the other hand, maybe I should be holding onto Cam – let me know what you think.

  28. Eng says:

    Can I drop Kerry Collins? 2 QB league, I have Painter but not sure about his hold long term. Or should I drop Fred Davis instead?

  29. Kevin says:

    in ppr, which side of the trade is better

    bradshaw and reggie wayne for hightower and dez bryant

  30. atherton32 says:

    My team is in last place and I am looking for just something so I don’t get embarrassed. My 3 studs are Rivers, Roddy, and AFoster. Any great ideas for me. Is there multiple sleepers that I may be able to steal from others by dangling these names? Any help would be great. Thanks

  31. MACDADDY says:

    8 Team Standard league (TD=6 Pass TD=4)
    I have Romo and Bradford for QB’s
    Best of the Waiver wire points wise is Hasselback, Campbell, McCoy( Grossman,Sanchez, Orton also)

    Would you drop Bradford for one of the above or deal Beanie for Brady?
    Also have Best, Stark as RB’s 3 or 4.

  32. Spicoli says:

    Deal Smiff and a throw-in for Rice, right? Would leave me with no WR3 (start 2 plus a flex), but could work on dealing Beanie for someone, and my RB rotation would be Rice-Foster-Forte in a .5 PPR.

  33. Kiss tha Baby says:

    @Doc: let me re-phrase that.

    who is the droppable player here: Denarius Moore, Delone Carter, Roy Helu, Dexter McCluster.

    I’m thinking it’s carter.

  34. Eng says:

    Also, Doc, any chance Carson Palmer ends up with value?

  35. jamesmetsfan says:

    whats steve smith’s (car) value rest of season?

    would you trade smith and addai for Rice is a ppr league?

  36. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Eng: I don’t think so.

    @Kiss tha Baby: I’d lean Carter

    @Spicoli: Yep, Rice is a stud.

    @MACDADDY: I feel ok with Romo going forward, especially after the bye when he gets Austin back.

    @atherton32: I would try to trade Roddy for a couple high upside guys, but I don’t know what places you need the most help.

    @Kevin: It’s close. Depends on if you need Dez or Bradshaw more, but as is I’d lean Dez.

    @Eng: I’d drop Collins.

    @Plainview: I would if you can find the right trade partner. Big Ben’s owner possibly.

    @SDPete: Moore and Hardesty

  37. Doc

    Doc says:

    @jamesmetsfan: I like him a lot, but you’d have to do that.

  38. Timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: Hi, 10-team .5ppr w/flex, 6Pts td pass and run, 1pt every 25 passing, 1 for every 10 running/catching

    Would you trade cam and fjax for arod?


  39. joey says:

    i got jay cutler starting at qb and peyton on the bench but probably won’t play again, is it worth trading stevie johnson for killa cam?

    my wrs: fitz, jennings, stevie, aj green, mike thomas

    thanks my man

  40. Spaceball says:


    In PPR who should I pick up and play to replace Witten?

    V Shiancoe
    R McMichael
    T Heap
    J Shockey
    J Cook

    I know Cook has the most upside but he just hasn’t been getting it done. Plus without the fluke 80 yd TD last week, he would have been bad. Please help!

  41. DKAS says:

    .75 PPR league
    can start upto 3 rb or 4 WR. My wr are good with C.Johnson, B.Marshall, and A.J Green, Lance Moore, David Nelson, P. Burress (Lost Britt :-(
    Have Newton and Ben at QB.
    Have L.Mccoy as my top guy but 2nd rb is hurting with Shone Greene, Hightower, MChee, and Reggie Bush.
    Have Gates, Hernandez, Fred Davis at TE.
    Can bid for Torrain and Ridley on the waiver this week, do you think it’s worth it?

    Which one would you make the priority and who would you drop? i hate all my 2nd rbs.

  42. Matt says:

    Loving my Nicks/Welker combo right now…question is can they keep it up? Or should I trade them on the uber high note?

  43. Wilsonian says:

    Would you drop any of Ingram, Starks, DeAngelo, Keller (my backup to Finley), L.Moore (a backup to Roddy, VJax, Smiff, Holmes) for Ridley and/or Torain?

  44. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Matt: Welker won’t finish with a 152 yard per game average, but he’ll stay a top option. Same with Nicks, but his injury history is a little more concerning. I’d hold both unless the right deal were there.

    @DKAS: I’d drop Nelson and Bush for both.

    @Spaceball: Cook.

    @joey: Yep

    @Timmy riggins: Seems a bit steep. How expendable is FJax?

  45. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Doc: Pretty much the same question as Wilsonian… Which one of Ridley/Torain would you rather have, and who would you drop out of Lance Moore, Ingram, and Manningham to pick him up?

  46. Anthony says:

    Gates is my #1 TE but hes still out with injury. Should i really drop Dickson for Cook? Let me know asap plzzzzz

  47. Eric from Kzoo says:

    What’s up Doc?

    I have been offered the following in a PPR league:
    Percy Harvin, P. Hillis, E. Decker, D. Nelson
    Reggie Wayne, J. Best and Josh Freeman

    I typically like to issue the trade options to my opponents but this one is tempting. I see Decker/Harvin as an upgrade from Wayne at this point, Hillis is an upgrade from Best as well. Hillis and ongoing health issues are a concern for me but then again Best is always a step away from injury. Would are your thoughts on this offer?

  48. exactly says:

    Hey Doc,

    PPR league…trade Hillis and Mike Thomas for Brees?

    If I do this, I’ll have rice forte and greene at rb; s. johnson, amendola, moore and meachem at wr; and romo brees and sanchez at qb…we start a rb/wr flex and a qb/rb/wr/te flex so i can start brees and romo.


  49. mrfootball says:

    brother Doc who would you pick up off of waivers

    Ryan Torain or Stevan Ridley – any reason you like one over the other

  50. Sean says:

    Hey Doc,

    3-1 in my 12 team PPR league but I’m hurting due to injuries, byes and a weak bench.

    My usual starters:

    QB1-Romo, Flex (any position) – Big Ben, RB1 – McFadden, RB2 – F. Jones, WR1 – A. Johnson, WR2 – Welker, WR3 – M. Thomas, TE – A. Hernandez, D – Chargers, K – Kasey

    Bench – A. Brown, D. Moore, Woodhead, B. Jacobs, E. Graham, F. Davis

    With injuries to AJ, Hernandez and byes upcoming for Romo and Felix my week 5 prospects don’t look great.

    Is it totally asinine to consider trading off Welker while he is so hot?

  51. mrfootball says:

    trading off Welker while he is so hot?

    He will be hot the whole year

  52. d fresh says:

    j stew or ridley in a non-ppr td league, no points for yards below 100

  53. d fresh says:

    i have sjax, fjax, ingram, and j stew right now

  54. Doc

    Doc says:

    @mrfootball: When he cools down he’ll still be top 10.

    @d fresh: Interesting, but I’m still leaning JStew.

  55. d fresh says:

    cool thanks, doc.

    ridley should be nicknamed the riddler…

    it’s the riddle of obvious upside versus the opportunity for touches

    stoopid coaches and their RBBCs…
    they should stick to their ABCs and give me some easier fantasy points

  56. DeeMan says:

    Ok Doc,
    Would you drop Starks for Ridley?

  57. Doc

    Doc says:

    @DeeMan: I wouldn’t

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