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.

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Lou
Lou
10 years ago

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

Jay
Jay
10 years ago

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.

Jay
Jay
10 years ago

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

barker
barker
10 years ago

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??

Trick dad
Trick dad
10 years ago

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

timSTi
timSTi
10 years ago

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?

timSTi
timSTi
10 years ago

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

elwood blues
elwood blues
10 years ago

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?

robert
robert
10 years ago

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.

Plainview
Plainview
10 years ago

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

Van Haggard
Van Haggard
10 years ago

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

theguarantee
theguarantee
10 years ago

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.

Kiss tha Baby
Kiss tha Baby
10 years ago

@ 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?

rascal
rascal
10 years ago

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?

CL
CL
10 years ago

Doc:

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…

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
10 years ago

Would you deal Finley for Jimbo straight up?

Howie
Howie
10 years ago

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

standuptriple
standuptriple
10 years ago

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?

Drew Crew
Drew Crew
10 years ago

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

Sawx10
Sawx10
10 years ago

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.

Plaxidental Discharge
Plaxidental Discharge
10 years ago

Hey,

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?

trick dad
trick dad
10 years ago

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

SDPete
SDPete
10 years ago

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?

Plainview
Plainview
10 years ago

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.

Eng
Eng
10 years ago

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?

Kevin
Kevin
10 years ago

in ppr, which side of the trade is better

bradshaw and reggie wayne for hightower and dez bryant

atherton32
atherton32
10 years ago

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

MACDADDY
MACDADDY
10 years ago

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.

Spicoli
Spicoli
10 years ago

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.

Kiss tha Baby
Kiss tha Baby
10 years ago

@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.

Eng
Eng
10 years ago

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

jamesmetsfan
jamesmetsfan
10 years ago

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

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

Timmy riggins
Timmy riggins
10 years ago

@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?

Thanks

joey
joey
10 years ago

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

Spaceball
Spaceball
10 years ago

Doc,

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!

DKAS
DKAS
10 years ago

.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.

Matt
10 years ago

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

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
10 years ago

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?

Marty Funkhouser
Marty Funkhouser
10 years ago

@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?

Anthony
Anthony
10 years ago

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

Eric from Kzoo
Eric from Kzoo
10 years ago

What’s up Doc?

I have been offered the following in a PPR league:
Percy Harvin, P. Hillis, E. Decker, D. Nelson
for
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?

exactly
exactly
10 years ago

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.

Thanks.