Three overtime games, no ties! I’m the least OCD person you’ll ever meet. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m a dirty person. Do I miss the laundry basket from time to time? Sure. But, the dishes get done, the rooms get cleaned, etc etc. One thing that I am OCD about is team records with ties in it. Thet say that ties are like kissing your sister but apparently there is a corner of the internet that is into that, but I haven’t found people that are into ties. Maybe I’m just not into 3rd columns. This could be one of the reasons that I never got into watching soccer or hockey. It makes me cringe when I see the standings. Don’t even ask me to look at the NFC or AFC North standings, woof. It makes the standings look messy and it upsets me that these teams couldn’t figure it out in 70 minutes. If one of the four teams that already has a tie in this young season ends up in another tie this season I will be beside myself. How do you figure out playoff scenarios for teams with TWO (2) ties? I don’t have to worry about it for now so there is no reason to get too stressed out about it. Let’s talk about some games, shall we?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Chicago Bears

I’ve found something worse than a tie. It’s driving 3 hours to watch your favorite team lose by 38 points. Mitch Trubisky had a career day on Sunday against Tampa Bay’s defense. Let’s not get carried away with picking up Mitch Trubisky on the waiver wire. Tampa Bay can’t generate a pass rush and the secondary literally has no idea what it’s doing. I can’t remember a play from yesterday where somebody wasn’t left completely wide open. Trubisky only completed 19 passes for an average of 18.6 yards per completion.

I do think that Matt Nagy is a good coach that is creating a great scheme for this offense. Nagy used a heavy dose of Tarik Cohen to exploit Tampa’s weaknesses of picking up running back passing routes. Cohen led the team in targets and rushes on Sunday. It was a slow day for Jordan Howard, but I wouldn’t look too much into it. Taylor Gabriel took full advantage of Anthony Miller’s absence and caught all 7 of his targets for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

On the Tampa side of the ball, there wasn’t too much to be excited about. It looks like the reign of Ryan Fitzpatrick has ended. Fitzpatrick is back to not being decisive in the pocket and making poor throws. I fully believe that Jameis Winston will be the starting quarterback when Tampa comes out of their bye week in week 6. I also think that Ronald Jones will become more and more involved in the this offense as the season goes on. Jones outpaced Peyton Barber by 3 carries on Sunday. Although it wasn’t an eye-popping performance from Jones, he had a couple of nice runs and it was much better than what we saw out of him in the preseason. Cameron Brate is back to being a top-20 tight end. Jameis threw his first touchdown of the season to Brate late in the game. O.J. Howard’s injury isn’t thought of as serious, but if he were to miss anytime, Cameron Brate is a top-10 TE play.

Baltimore Ravens Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

There was a lot to take away from Baltimore on the offensive side of the ball. The first thing is that Joe Flacco should continue to play as well as he’s playing. He loves targeting John Brown and his tight ends. He is a completely different quarterback when he has pieces around him. Another thing that I like about the Raven’s is their exotic play calling. The package where they bring in Lamar Jackson is fun and it’s also interesting to watch where they are lining up tight ends and running backs on any given play. Even though these plays don’t always work, it keeps the defense on it’s toes.

I’m not sure that Alex Collins will hold much value going forward. After his fumble around the goal line, he didn’t see very many snaps inside of Pittsburgh’s territory. Collins was still used in the second half and saw a handful more carries, but Javorius Allen looked better running the ball. Javorius Allen was on the field for the last two series when Baltimore was running the clock out. Buck may not be the most talented back in the league or maybe even on his own team, but he should see the vast majority of the goal line work going forward and that’s not a bad gig when you play in an offense that scores a moderate amount of points.

Pittsburgh just couldn’t get anything going. I think that not having Le’Veon Bell on the field is hurting them more than people realize. Seriously, we can stop pretending that slotting in James Conner is a reasonable replacement for Le’Veon Bell’s production. When you don’t have to scheme against one of the best running backs in football you can shift your focus to scheming against the best wide receiver in football. You’re never going to completely be able to take Antonio Brown out of the game, but by double teaming him all game and leaving it up to Vance McDonald and JuJu Smith-Schuster to pick up the slack, you can vastly limit the damage.

New Orleans Saints Vs. New York Giants

Speaking of limiting damage, there is not much that you can do to keep the Saints from scoring 30 points. Michael Thomas had a slow day at the office and that opened things up for Alvin Kamara to score three touchdowns. This offense will be even scarier with Mark Ingram returning next week. With the 1-2 punch back in the backfield next week, I don’t think we will see 12-15 catch games from Michael Thomas anymore but he will still be a WR1 play who will see big play and red zone opportunities each week.

I’m actually really happy with all of my Saquon Barkley shares. He has 3 touchdowns through the first four weeks and the game that he didn’t score a touchdown, he still caught 14 passes for 80-some yards. Whether it is healthy for the Giants or not, he is the center of this offense and that’s great for Barkley owners. Now is not the time to panic about Odell Beckham Jr. He wasn’t able to score on Sunday, but he still paced the team with 11 targets on Sterling Shephard’s break out day.

Cleveland Browns Vs. Oakland Raiders

There is a lot to unpack here and it’s a game that I will probably watch a couple of times on Game Pass. Baker Mayfield is the answer in Cleveland, that is clear. But, that doesn’t mean that he won’t be full of costly mistakes. After all, he is a rookie. Antonio Callaway saw nine targets and that should continue to happen while he works out his kinks. He is an explosive player and almost found the end zone in the 4th quarter. Jarvis Landry found the end zone but wasn’t able to do much else. This might be a good buy-low opportunity if you need a solid WR2. Nick Chubb is showing why the Browns took him in the second round. Chubb found the end zone twice and went for over 100 yards on 3 carries. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees 10 or more carries next week.

I made a mistake not taking Marshawn Lynch anywhere. He was so cheap for a volume back that can get you 15 fantasy points and not even score a touchdown. Amari Cooper is so hard to predict, but I don’t think that you can leave him out of your lineup anymore. He’s most likely going to see double digit targets every week. Jared Cook has been great for Derek Carr this year as well and deserves weekly TE1 consideration in all formats. Also, this is the second week in a row that Jordy Nelson has scored. He was probably in a lot of lineups this week and it paid off. I think now is the time to sell on Jordy if you can get any kind of worthwhile return, but otherwise I don’t think there is any way that you can sit him in 3-WR leagues or 12 team leagues with a flex spot.

Miami Dolphins Vs. New England Patriots

Since I was at a stadium yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to watch a bunch of games so we are going to wrap up after this fifth and final game. We need to talk about the Patriot’s backfield. Your chances of buying low on Sony Michel have passed. Sony carried the ball 25 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. Sony does have a cap on his value in PPR because James White will be handling most of the pass catching duties. Still, for what you probably paid for Michel in any format? Well worth it. With Rex Burkhead being out of the picture, the roles in this backfield are not left up to interpretation anymore. That means that you can comfortably put James White in your line up every week as well in PPR.

Josh Gordon caught both of his targets for 32 yards and I think that as the season continues, Gordon’s role will significantly grow. With Julian Edelman coming back next week, the odd man out has to be Chris Hogan. He was a waste of a speculative mid-round draft pick, but you can’t nail them all, otherwise fantasy football would get boring. I’m not sure what to tell you what to do with Rob Gronkowski. I didn’t draft him anywhere. I’m sure that he will be fine, but this is not the kind of start that owners were hoping for after spending a lot of draft capital.

The Miami Dolphins are wasting Kenyan Drake. Admittedly, I haven’t seen a ton of Dolphins games but giving Frank Gore more carries isn’t the answer. If you want to get the most out of a talented running back, multiple weeks of single digit carries isn’t the answer. It’s a shame to see Kenny Stills wasted by Ryan Tannehill. I still like Stills a lot, he and Albert Wilson paced the Dolphins with 6 targets a piece.

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  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    12 team .5 PPR…

    Does Cobb or Cole need to be rostered? Would you drop either, probably Cobb, for Hines, Westbrook, Chubb or Jones II? It’s a FLEX spot so positions don’t really matter

    Also have Carson who I’m hoping will have value. Just can’t see dropping him bc of the FAAB I spent last week. Ugh.

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @miles proudfoot: id drop Cole for either Chubb or Rojo!

  2. DiRo says:
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    Trade Kittle for Gordon?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @DiRo: josh Gordon? No

  3. buster moon says:
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    Trade J Cook for A Cooper? PPR

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @buster moon: depends on your roster but initially thinking no

  4. Flea flicker says:
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    Good afternoon man! I need some good vibes my way/ I need a Monday night miracle! I’m only up 9 points but I have Case Keenum, Royce Freeman, von Miller, Brandon McManus.

    My opponent has Emmanuel Sanders & Tyreek Hill.

    Sacks are 2 points each for defensive players so hopefully it’s a von Miller sack party!

    Looking ahead to week 5. Should I be worried with Keenan Allen? He’s been putting up WR3 #’s. If I can try to trade him what can I even get?

    My rbs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, Royce Freeman, brieda, ekeler, Ron Jones, Kerryon Johnson.

    My WRs Hilton who is looking to miss week 5, Q for week 6? Then Keenan Allen, amari Cooper, Sterling Shepard, kupp, Geronimo Allison, Tyler Boyd, Doug Baldwin.

    My TE ebron

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Flea flicker: I’d be patient with him, you’re deep enough to wait

  5. Jay says:
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    Thoughts on trade offer (8 team, PPR):

    Aaron Jones & Robert Woods for Le’Veon Bell & Kenny Stills

  6. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    MB, thanks for all the content.

    Due to a bye week pinch, I have to drop one of my bench WRs – 12 team half PPR – who do you pull the plug on:

    Stills
    Hogan
    Cole

    Thanks!

  7. aconcernedcitizen says:
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    couple q’s:
    bad start, 1-3. keeper league. 2 qb league:

    qb: rivers/ watson/ mariota
    rb: coleman, drake, mack, ekeler, duke johnson, its a mess – davis is on waviors…
    wr: AB, diggs, Jeffery, Baldwin, Enunwa
    TE: Kelce

    would you trade rivers for james white ?

    would you trade a $15 stefon diggs for Leveon bell and $50 CMC?

    i feel that i need a rb bad, and with my start should be thinking about whether I want to keep diggs or sell him now for a chance this year. Leveson and CMC owner 0-4 and selling.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes I would do both of those

  8. russowl says:
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    Doug Baldwin was dropped . Drop Jordy Nelson for him in a heartbeat right ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I would. I like Doug Baldwin’s upcoming schedule a lot

  9. Nick says:
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    one offered A.Rodgers for my TY hilton,,,

    i have DS Watson at starting QB

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m rolling with Watson

  10. G-man says:
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    My team is:
    QB: cam
    WRs: Thielen, demarious, John Brown, funchess, Edelman, Corey Davis, mike Williams
    RBs: McCaffrey, Howard, Dion Lewis, Kerryon Johnson, Ronald Jones
    TEs: Burton, Engram
    I got an offer of James Connor and James White for Thielen and Howard
    I feel like I need RB depth, but am I giving up too much? Are you as worried about Connor as I am about Howard after last week? Do I have enough depth at WR to cover losing Thielen?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Le’Veon Bell will be back week 8 so don’t take it

  11. JB2 says:
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    Calvin Ridley for James White?

  12. Corey says:
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    14 team dynasty SuperFlex PPR

    RBs: Hyde Michel Chubb Hines Ingram
    TEs: ASJ Delanie (IR)

    Offered Hines for Kyle Rudolph
    Like it?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      If you get Kyle Rudolph, definitely.

  13. mets3145 says:
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    which RBs should I be targeting with Fournette likely questionable – Yeldon, Davis, Freeman, Buck Allen, or Tarik Cohen

    • MB

      MB says:
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      1. Yeldon 2. Freeman

  14. Wide Right says:
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    Unexpected trade offer to me.. Rodgers and Vance McD for my Rudolph.. 12 team ppr.. I already have Cam and just started Dalton on his bye and got 31 pts.

    I do need to find a RB.. I have Dalvin, Drake, and Coleman.. maybe I could flip one of those QBs if I did the trade?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I don’t think I would. I’d rather just hold onto Rudolph

  15. Barker says:
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    12 team PPR

    I give ridley and yeldon
    I get goff and jordy nelson

    My qb russ wilson
    My other wr watkins hogan jeffry shepard callaway baldwin
    My other rbs kamara thompson mixon jalen richard

    Kid owns fournette and i need a qb

    Best qb on wire trubisky and mariota

    • Barker says:
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      @Barker: dalton also available

      Not much on wire at RB so yeldon is valuable especially to this kid

      I also desperately need any consistency or points at QB

      Maybe just offer yeldon for goff straight up?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Barker: I have no problem with it if you need a QB

  16. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    hockey hasn’t had ties for years now. i can’t watch soccer either, but it has nothing to do with ties. i’m fine with ties in season games. not soccer though.

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      @Better Call Limehouse: could have it so that if somebody was tied with somebody else for playoff spot where one of them had 2 ties the other 1 extra win the extra win wins (which might be what they already have in place)

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        @MB: yeah those at least aren’t used in playoffs though. now overtime is shorter and with less players (thus more action and scoring is more likely). more resembles an outdoor shorthanded basketball game (3-3, tons of fastbreaks)

  17. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    yep, about the 5th year (or is it 4 now) years in a row that MIA has no clue how to use their best RB’s. from l.miller getting less than 14 touches a game routinely (something a.reid is only 2nd worst at over last few years with charles/hunt, as in his case it’s not ALL the time) to collusion-if-it-occurred-in-a-fantasy-league-the-owner-would-be-kicked-out pro bowler ajayi trade dump, to now coffee cake getting under 5 touches a week twice in a row, no matter what idiot runs that team (and it might be 3 different sets of people they’ve been doing this for now) it goes on and on. in this game exactly it might’ve been more about just knowing they were losing though later in the 2nd half and making sure drake didn’t get hurt (that at least would make sense anyway)

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      @Better Call Limehouse: also coffee cake is a very effective pass catcher (look at last year’s stats, right) so it’s not like “well they were in comeback mode so he was taken out due to script” last year i remember a few high flying throwing games near end of season where he was getting tons of useful yards off catches alone. this is simply more MIA being MIA, regardless of who’s in charge, or how much coke they might be on.

        • Better Call Limehouse says:
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          @MB: they’re all on some sort of drug down there (or in the water) that really makes you use your RB’s in an inversely good way. it’s been too many different coaches, years, entire regimes.

  18. Jake says:
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    Would you trade Dalvin Cook for Robert Woods ? Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: I’m holding onto Dalvin Cook

  19. Jake says:
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    Should we be thinking ahead and stashing Deonte Foreman ? I would think that he takes over if he is healthy Miller looks so bad and the team seemed to like Foreman better before injury. The injury was according to Google has a 6 month full recovery and I believe we are well past that time frame.

    Thanks

    • MB

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      @Jake: not a bad idea for sure

  20. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m in a shallow 8 team league, and I have to drop some guys due to injuries, and general suckitude. I need an extra defensive player, I need a defense with the Bears on BYE. And I may need a TE depending on if Gronk can actually play on Thursday. Just tossing the roster out – who are the ones you’d drop first:

    QB: Mahomes
    WR: J.Jones
    WR: Alshon
    WR: Edelman
    RB: DJ
    RB: Aaron Jones
    TE: Gronk
    W/R: Kupp
    Q/W/R/T: Brees
    BN: Russ Wilson
    BN: Dalvin
    BN: Ajayi
    BN: Tevin Coleman
    BN: Emmanuel Sanders
    BN: Allen Robinson
    BN: Ridley

    K: Bryant

    DEF: Bears (do I drop for Carolina?)

    D: Darius Leonard
    D: Empty

    0.5 PPR – 6 points per rushing/receiving TD – 4 points per passing TD – 3 point bonus at 85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing/250 yards passing – 6 point bonus at 135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing/335 yards passing

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Wilsonian: that shallow? Coleman and Russell wilson

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @MB: that’s the way I was leaning – thanks for reassuring me, kinda thought I was insane for wanting to drop Russell. And yeah, it’s 8 teams, but we have large rosters to attempt to limit the available FAs, but there is still a lot out there.

  21. Jake says:
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    Would you trade Barkley for either of these 2 options.

    Odell & Woods
    Odell & Drake
    Or
    Straight up for Hopkins ???

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: nope, nope, nope.

  22. Chad B says:
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    Ppr league.
    Deal Baldwin for Dalvin?

    My other rbs are McCaffrey, McCoy, bernard, breida, henry
    My other wrs are Odell, hogan, Crabtree, marvin jones

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes, I would

  23. Brady says:
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    Is Agolar a must own in a 12 team .5 ppr league or would you be okay with dropping him for a speculative RB stash ? I can remember how he preformed with Alshon on field last year but I do kind of remember him preforming better with Foles oppose to Wentz . Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I’m ok with dropping him for a spec. RB

  24. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    I give john brown
    I get njoku

    My other wr baldwin k allen ridley corey davis gordon desean jackson
    My te blackhole of nothingness

    TE on wire ben watson (old) macdonald (had a farm) doyle brate (but does not help this week) hooper? (Basketball started already?) Jesse james

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I like it, I think Njoku is on the upswing

  25. JESSE LIBROT says:
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    Trade my juju for fournette? I’m 4-0 and other wrs are thielen, Corey Davis, ridley, Marvin Jones, Edelman. Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      You should be able to get more than that. I like the thinking though

  26. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    I give devonta freeman
    I get mccoy and jordan reed
    Dropping eifert

    My other RBs david johnson peterson derrick henry
    My te eiferts corpse

    Team is 0-4
    Not much on wire for TE and competing with other owners for scraps with number 10 waiver spot
    Basically would be hoping for a mccoy trade

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