Because of the two games, I had to pass on my original gem of ‘Grains of Rice, Flacco Seagulls rain down on Bengals’.  Hrm, maybe I should be thankful for that.  In any case, I never thought up a second one because I was too busy writing this one.  Yes, it took me that long to get that first one out there.  My Mom always called me a bit slow, I always thought she was talking about my vegetable dicing speeds.  Well guess what, MOM, if you wanted me to be that fast you shoulda sent me to culinary school.  You know, like Bake Me A Steak University of Technology or something.  In the end, I did my best to provide a bountiful feast of fantasy football delights for you to dine on this Tuesday morning.  Yeah, it probably tastes bad a day after it’s been made but don’t worry, I salted and buttered the heck out of it.

Joe Flacco – Joe has been telling us he was a top end quarterback.  At least this game, he backed up his talk going for nearly 300 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes.  One thing I will say is that his pass to Pitta for the touchdown was one of those ‘no, no, no, no, YES!’ plays as he got nailed and rained a football down into Dennis’ hands in the middle of the endzone.  You’re not going to be successful on that play very often.  Let’s just say he was pretty good, a little lucky, the uptempo offense worked and he still has an uglier uni-brow than me.

Ray Rice – Well he didn’t touch the ball much with 10 rushes and 3 receptions for a combined 93 yards but I’m sure no one was complaining with his two touchdowns.  Oh you’re gonna make me feel good I had you over Arian Foster this year, Ray, I can tell.  XOXO.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Before the game escalated quickly, the Law Firm was looking like the back to own between the two, racking up over 50 yards total and a touchdown by the half.  For those who just look at the box score, this game was 17-10 Baltimore at the half.  The Law Firm might’ve given an even better line had the Bengals hung in there more.

Dennis Pitta – Nine targets for five receptions, 73 yards and a touchdown.  It was a good night to be Dennis Pitta.  It would be a bad night to put your FAAB bid out on him.  Go look at the TD he caught in Flacco’s blurb.  He doesn’t catch that, you have 4 receptions for 60-ish yards.  The truth is, both he and Ed Dickson saw plenty of looks last season and it was really hard to nail down who would perform, week to week.  Next week you’ll wanna pick up Ed.  Then you’ll own both and call him Bennifer or Brangelina because there’s really no good nickname to squeeze their two names in to.  And they’ll both be on your bench and make you own three TEs.  DON’T DO IT.

Anquan Boldin – Yeah, it wasn’t a catch but we have Grid Kids football refs out there so whatcha gonna do?  Boldin won’t have many games like this over the rest of the season but he proved he can still be useful, which is more than we can say for Brandon Weeden.  Yes I just took a potshot at the rookie who had nothing to do with this post.  He was terrible, go watch the footage.

Andrew Hawkins – Well, someone has to be the WR2 in Cincinnati why not Andrew?  Unlike Pitta, I’d be willing to throw down a few dollars on this man, especially in PPR leagues if you’re in need.  In other words, he’s not this year’s Victor Cruz but neither is Ogletree and people are clamoring to get him.  Andrew has the look of ‘quiet, solid production’ written all over him.  That’s what happens when they let me in the locker room after a game with a sharpie.

Torrey Smith – You thought you were in for an amazing night when he caught that 52 yard pass to start the game, didn’t you?  It’s obvious the Whigs are running this team, keeping the Torreys down!  That was historical political humor.  Hello?

Darren McFadden– Played like a top 10 wide receiver last night…which sucks if you play in a standard league and pretty frickin sweet if you’re in a PPR.  Thirteen recs for 86 yards to go with 15 rushes for 32 yards and no paydirt.  Oakland had one chance near the goal line but it was at the end of the second and a 4th and 1.  It’s clear their coach owns Sea Bass in fantasy this year.

Philip RiversWas solid and guided his team to a win.  Oh you’re here for fantasy stuff.  Yeah, he was just a’ight if you owned him but really amazing if you owned Nate Kaeding.  It’s clear why this game was played at 10 PM EST.  No one was going to watch it anyway.

Carson Palmer – Like his counterpart, solid but boring.  But I tabbed him as a bench QB so I don’t mind a little Raconteurs on my bench.  Steady as she goes, Palmer.

Malcom Floyd – Second on the team in targets for the night while catching their lone touchdown, showing Vernon Davis how it’s done.  That was the scoring highlight for San Diego.  Savor it.

Rod Streater – Under the radar sleeper coming into the game scored Oakland’s only touchdown during what the Raiders would call crunch time but with less than a minute left to play, fellas it was junk time.  Though he also tacked on the 2 point conversion, he fumbled earlier in the game, messing up a potential drive for points.  No word on if he cried afterwards.  Keep in mind Denarius Moore was inactive for this game before you go crazy about him.  In deeper leagues, I’m buying but don’t know where he fits in Oak-town when Denarius comes back.  Maybe near Lake Merritt.

  1. Prezii says:
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    A Lake Merritt reference? Thats something ya dont see everyday.. well, outside of the bay area… Dont feed the pelicans!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll admit, I googled. I have zero knowledge of the bay area.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, haha man im from here and I barely know about Lake Merritt.. its really not even a lake!! Its like a big swimming pool in the middle of the city..

  2. Plainview says:
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    I have Kevin Smith and Ogletree but would like to sell them asap – which WRs do you think would be reasonable to target for the two of them?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Kevin Smith is a low end RB2 or FLEX play. Could get a WR2 in return. Maybe get a Colston or a Lloyd with just Smith. Honestly, you’re not going to get much value tacking on Ogletree.

  3. ryan says:
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    would u drop Lafeil for Mccluster or Hawkins (cin)
    standard league
    seems they will get tons of catches..and if forced to start them at least will get u points?

  4. Tim says:
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    have a bad feeling about Ryan williams this year…would u drop him for Dwyer? Mccluster?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Id drop for Dwyer

  5. Angry Hippies says:
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    I was offered DMC and Big Ben for Matty Ice and Frank Gore. I have RG3 at QB and McCoy, Matthews, Ridley at my RB. Would DMC be enough of an upgrade to lose Ryan who I think may have a huge year?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wow that is tough. I’m a huge Ryan fan this year. I’ll just say the trade is fair but it’s hard to lean on a rookie QB after just one game. I’d hold.

  6. iMP says:
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    I’m third in line for the waiver wire for a 2RB/3WR/no flex PPR team. My top three moves are to drop R. Williams for JStew, drop T. Young for Cobb, or drop a crap DST for the Steelers. I am leaning toward prioritizing in this order, but if Jennings is out this week, I’ll need to play the WR this week (and Cobb would be due to pick up the slack). How would you rank these pick ups? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Your rankings are correct except I wouldn’t spend a waiver in a DEF

      • iMP says:
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        @Sky,
        Thanks for throwing in the comment about the DEF. I have to admit I’m torn on that. Our waiver order resets at the end of each week, but there could be something good leaking out after this first round of panic. I’m just getting annoyed with my bad luck streaming (and lots of our league streams and burns waivers to do so) so that is why I am tempted to panic myself and grab a solid DST (like PIT, DAL, or maybe GB) and try riding them for a few weeks for a change. Always appreciate your feedback and usually following it :)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, everyone has their style of play. Didn’t know about the reset. Assumed it held from week to week. With that, your 3rd priority doesn’t hold as much weight so I wouldn’t fault you for using it on a DEF.

          I typically land myself a solid defense when teams go on bye week. Currently, I’m eyeing Denver as a solid pick up. They looked good vs the Steelers. If Peyton stays healthy, they’re gonna be rushing the QB a lot this year. Even with their bad matchup @ATL, I’ll be playing them in a deep league of mine and holding to week 3 to see what I have.

          • iMP says:
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            @Sky,
            Alright one more question then I’ll put myself on moratorium to figure out the rest on my own. I am getting skittish about throwing back Young to claim Cobb. I could also throw back Locker (and maybe pick him or A Smith up again once my WRs settle out for Romo’s bye week). Am I selling Locker too short vs. Young (PPR)?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I’d prefer to hold Locker for now.

              • iMP says:
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                @Sky,
                Just a quick note to say that your advice helped me through the wire this week. I ended up getting JStewart (for Williams) and waited to pick up a D for free (Bengals for now…maybe the Broncos, though you are brave to use them against ATL and HOU in back to back weeks).
                Since I wasn’t down as far on the list b/c I skipped the D, I also upgraded Young to DHB (to use this week since Jennings sits) in the following round of waivers. Thanks.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Nice! Glad to help

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a non-PPR, I think I have a playoff-quality roster. We’re allowed to carry up to 6 RB (start only 2, no flex). Would you grab Best over either K. Hunter or J. Rodgers (my RB 5/6) and hope Best blows up in the 2nd half?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d hold for now

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Sky, Thanks. Same league, offer Roethlisberger and Wayne for Brees? Wayne would be replaced at WR3 by some combination of Britt, Collie and WW pickups.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sure; would be surprised if they bite, though.

          • Steve Stevenson says:
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            @Sky, Yeah, me too, but the dude’s WR corps is atrocious and half of them are already injured. He’s looking at Meachem as WR1 this week.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ouch. Don’t get me wrong, I like Meachem but he’s no WR1. Well, I tip my cap to you if you get Brees for that.

  8. Zeke says:
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    What are your thoughts on Hillis not getting the ball at the goal line on Sunday? Is Draughn worth a speculative add if I have an open bench spot? Very deep standard scoring league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Was a pretty surprised he didn’t get that touch but he wasn’t running the ball well that day. Hopefully it was a hiccup. In a deep league, I’ll consider Draughn but in all honesty, I don’t see him getting enough chances to take the gamble on him week to week, anyway.

      • Zeke says:
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        @Sky, It looks like the TD came toward the end of the game, so hopefully Draughn was just in there for garbage time during a blowout loss. At least that is what I am going to tell myself…..Thanks.

  9. Charles says:
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    @Sky

    Thanks for the insight…week 1 win by 30 points!!!

    Flex question Non PPR standard scoring. I hate slotting the flex with a WR but it looks like my only option with Turner falling victim to the “matty ice” success. 0 Redzone Carries week 1 :(

    1.Micheal Turner
    2.Miles Austin
    3.Pierre Garcon

    Also any thoughts on Flacco? Thinking about dropping big ben for him…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s awesome! Glad I could help.

      I’d go Garcon there. Seahawks secondary is pretty good and the Broncos are looking like an underrated DEF for this year.

      I could see making that move re: Big Ben but I’d hold, personally. That said, do you have anyone else worth chucking so you could have both on your bench to decide later?

      • Charles says:
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        @Sky,

        I agree I think Garcon could be a great asset to my team this year although he does have consistency problems.

        I’m a little hesitant to let go of Ben too because the pass attack for the steelers did look good and it looks like pass heavy offense will be sucessful in their division this year. The problem I face is I already have Vick as a QB 1 and the league I play in has a bench roster of 5 spots (yea I know pretty stupid and frustrating) so the only possible slots I have would be to drop Donald Brown or Cedric Benson both could be assets on bye weeks and late in the season if my other RB (Ray Rice and Marshawn Lynch break down) I just can’t justify keeping 3 QB’s on my roster.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I don’t know if I see consistency issues. He was RGIII’s go-to target until he got hurt. His game @NO could’ve been better than it was.

          I hear ya RE: bench spots. I think Flacco gets a test vs the Eagles this week. I wouldn’t fault you if you went for him, but I’d personally hold.

  10. Rob says:
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    I have top WW pick in a deep league and both Ogletree and Cobb (inexplicably a dude dropped him) are available.

    I am figuring Cobb over Ogletree but in a deep 20 team league both are worth burning the pick on.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cobb would be worth it in a deep league, Ogletree I’m not that hip on.

  11. Red Solocup says:
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    Hi Sky,
    For some unforseen reason, someone in my redraft league dropped kenny britt. We have 100 dollar cap to bid on waiver players. Am I crazy to think I should go all in on this guy or hold off – any advice on my bid? I like my team, dealt a few picks last year, so could use this depth at wr3/4 and/or flex.
    thanks!
    Red Solocup

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wow, little weird. What you currently have at WR would make my decision on how big to bid. His talent is worth it, his injury history at WR is not.

  12. E says:
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    Would you trade McGahee for A. Gates in a 12 team H2H?
    My other RBs are AP & R. Bush, my TE is currently Fred Davis.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re getting the better player but I don’t see how that helps your team. I’d want a two for two in that instance.

  13. JTR says:
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    Out of these available FA who do you like? Pick two:

    1. Ogletree
    2. S. Hill
    3. Curley
    4. Brandon Gibson

    Thanks!

    • JTR says:
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      @Sky, Also add:

      5. James Jones

      6. Donald Jones

      Thank you

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        James Jones above the other three, still not that hip on him. Not interested in Donald.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      S. Hill. Not really hip on any of the others but I’d rank them Ogletree/Gibson/Curley

  14. Wilsonian says:
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    Trying to decide who to play at WR, WR/RB, WR/RB/TE. I’ve got Jennings as the usual WR, but he may be out. Here’s my options for those three slots (0.5 PPR):

    DJax
    Jeffery
    DHB
    M.Bush
    A.Morris
    Witten

    Right now I have DJax, Jeffery, and Witten in. Forte is one of my starting RBs, so I don’t know if I should fall back on Bush to make sure I have the TD bases covered. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If you’re gonna own Morris, you might as well start him vs the Rams. Start him over Witten and keep the rest. Don’t know if I’d start Bush vs GB. Worried it becomes a bit of an air show vs the Packers.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky, I’ve gotta own him after losing Spiller like a moron. He was the best replacement available. I guess I’ll give him a shot over Witten. Thanks for the advice. I’m gonna need lots of help with this team.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          All it takes is one ankle twist by another guy’s starter and you’re right back in it. Football is fun and fickle like that. I won last year because I started Kahlil Bell and Evan Royster. Hang in there!

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Sky, thanks! I appreciate the comments and help!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob, thanks for reading!

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    You like Hawkins over Al Jeff?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Talent wise, no, but I think you get more consistency from Hawkins in 2012.

  16. Pete says:
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    Marcedes Lewis is…..One hit wonder or weekly Performer?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Blaine Gabbert throws to him sooooo…I think TE is deep enough not to spend too much time thinking about Marcedes this year.

  17. RG!!! says:
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    Looking for some trade advice. Im in need of a RB. Throwing around offers of Antonio Brown for Ridley or Greene-Ellis, or Stevie Johnson for Ridley or Greene-Ellis. Opinions? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      All trade scenarios would be fair, your choice on WR there. I have them ranked fairly close for the season.

      • RG!!! says:
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        @Sky, I’m leaning twoard’s dealing Stevie..would you rather have Ridley or Ellis?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d lean Ridley at this time. Worried how Bernard Scott will be used when he’s healthy.

  18. JTR says:
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    What do you think about Dwyer this week?

    Is he better than these options at FLEX? James Jones, Kendall Wright, D-Moore, or Crabtree

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d play him as a flex this week. I like him over those options for this week, yes.

  19. Charles says:
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    Sky,

    Why is everyone so high on Miles Austin this week? He didn’t look particularly good last week and was only targeted 4 times. Is Seattle’s D that bad or is everyone misreading this matchup? Maybe its time to sell while his value is so high?

    I currently have my active WRs ranked in this order
    1. B Marshall Chi
    2. S. Smith Car
    3. P. Garcon Wash
    4. M. Austin Dal

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like Austin, just not this week. Seattle secondary is good. I think Garcon’s upside is to be a top 20 WR but I think his and Austin’s value at worst are even. That said, I’d have the same rankings as you would of your team currently given Garcon’s targets in week 1. It’s clear RGIII really trusts him. Even if Miles performs well, Garcon has a chance to be his team’s WR1, something Miles will have to fight with Dez about if Dez stays healthy/sane.

      • Charles says:
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        @Sky,

        Thanks, your insight as usual helps make the many tough decisions of FF easier. Holding all and waiting to see how it plays out. Looks like my receivers could carry my team even though my first 4 picks were RB,RB,RB,QB haha.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, no prob. Glad we could help.

  20. Jack says:
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    What’s the chance Turner gets a bigger workload against Denver week 2?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They’ve said they’re splitting carries this season and he got 11 last Sunday. I think it’s more a question of how much production he will provide with his carries. I’m not huge on Turner this year so I don’t have any love stories for him here

      • Jack says:
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        @Sky,

        I understand your stance on turner but couldn’t this could be the week to play him? I don’t see the falcons trying to air it out and shot for shot with manning it’s what the steelers tried and you see how that worked for them. My thought the falcons will work long sustained drives to keep manning off the field 20-25 carries for turner is possible just not confident he is going to do much with them….As much as I want to I can’t give up on Turner I still see him as a high end flex option in non PPR formats

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think we’re comparing Big Ben to Matt Ryan and I don’t see either side backing down from a shoot out. My issue with Turner is his workload over the last few years plus his YPC since late last season. I don’t mind him as a flex play but he got drafted like an RB2

          • Jack says:
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            @Sky,

            Yea I’m just talking turner up to convince myself I didn’t waste a 6th round draft pick…should have read your top 10 RB post before drafting.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I think he could still have value I just didn’t like where he was going in drafts. 6th isn’t too bad but guys like Reggie Bush and Ahmad Bradshaw were getting drafted behind him. Couldn’t fathom it. I see him more like a Michael Bush role with a bit more upside

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