Welcome to the real world, where the Saints are 0-2 and 80’s pop music cries, waiting to be recognized once again.  Now, I am not one to go off on tangents or shed tears for the Saints at all, the team’s problem is and will be defense all year.  Khiry Robinson comes up after the broken wings of Mark Ingram, whose injury has given Khiry the uniform of youth.  And by that, I mean the starters pinny, that we as fantasy footballians covet from a late round pick.   It’s love, not because I wish the Saints offense was more black and white, but because they are a pass-happy bunch that grinds it at the goal line.  I get it, and I hope they don’t slow down and run to her (her being the end zone), early and often.  So if I had my way, I would sculpt the Saints playbook with my own hands, and include the versatile backs that they employ down in the shadows of Lake Pontchartrain.  So here’s what I foresee happening this week with Khiry, and why if you are in a bind with injuries or insecurities about roster spots, he may be a good bet to net you some positives this week.

First, let’s look at his opponent: the Vikings haven’t been in the news at all, or at least I haven’t heard a titter coming from the great Northwest.  The Vikings are a swirling news of badness right now.  They are like that one adverb that almost always or maybe never slips past you that ends in -ly.  Sneaky parts of speech.  Any the boo, go look at the spread for this game. It could be 18, but it’s currently 9.5, and I would still feel comfortable giving the Saints the “how’s your father” treatment, in gambling speak anyways. Two horrible road losses and the first home game with a high powered offense that likes sleeping in their own beds.  This game, as I see it, is going to be out of hand early, and not to be left out of that equation is the new goal line threat in Robinson.  He replaces the injured Ingram in that role, a role that Ingram has flourished early in the year, garnering 3 touchdowns from inside the 3-yard line, including 6 carries inside the team’s 10.  Enter Mr. Robinson.  He has the ability to pound the ball like, or just as effective as Ingram, but can also be a viable threat to spell Pierre Thomas.  This all means that in a blowout game, which I am predicting, and there are going to be a lot of run plays vis-à-vis Khiry Robinson.

So what can we expect game wise for Khiry?  He is the inside the 10 running back, spelling Pierre, and will be on some more plays because he is an excellent blocker.  So the game is going to dictate his usage, and the end of the game is going to be a run fest of time wasting and short third down throws for first downs to keep the chains moving.  It’s either that, or the Saints score 45 plus points and send the Vikings home whimpering.  Either way, it’s a win for fantasy owners because if you own a a Saints fantasy relevant player, you’re starting him, starting him with confidence and parading around in footie pajamas proclaiming your ownership of said player.  So stat wise there is going to be enough to go around.  Graham, Colston, Cooks all get theirs and Khiry gets you RB2 value, and I actually value him more than Thomas this week, at a basically “look what I found in roundd 12 or free in some cases” discount.  Since you made it to the end, google Mr. Mister’s album Welcome to the Real World, now go re-read first paragraph… face explode.

Stats of Goodness: 14 carries 64 yards 1 TD, 4 Catches 26 yds and 1 TD

  1. Nick says:
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    Hey Smokey, have a tough decision in my 10-team non-ppr league..

    at RB I’m locked in with Murray…then I have R. Jennings, K. Davis & Rainey (need a #2RB & flex)
    at WR I’m locked in with Cobb, Edelman & Wallace
    at TE I’m going Gates over Witten

    So the real decision is my #2RB & Flex..my bench options include Hyde, Bowe & G. Jennings (& Matthews) to which I believe they will all stay on my bench for week 3

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Nick: Rainey and Davis

      • Nick says:
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        @Smokey: It appears Charles practiced today, does that change your decision on Davis? Im very suprised Charles was practicing with a high ankle sprain, so who knows…

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Nick: yea I would change and go to Jennings.

  2. Matty says:
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    Khiry over Garçon in the flex?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Matty: hard to say unless you are locked in at WR and RB. Garcon’s numbers with Cousins are certainly interesting to say him sight unseen

  3. Jay_0321 says:
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    Thoughts on me trading Gordon, VJax and Martin for Lacy and BMarsh?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jay_0321: as long as you have enough depth post week 11 then yup

  4. archiballs says:
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    Who to start in the flex? Khiry, Bradshaw, or Vereen?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @archiballs: Khiry for me, but wouldn’t be mad if you went Bradshaw

  5. archiballs says:
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    Additionally, who to start as WR3: Cruz, Hopkins, or Hunter?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @archiballs: Gotta go Cruz as long as the Giants can stop the rush he will catch instead of drop this week

  6. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    A couple of questions…1.Cam vs Pitt or Manning vs Sea?
    Pick 3 of 4…Ellington vs SF, Gore vs Ari, Knile Davis vs MIA or bradshaw vs Jax…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: Cam, dont trust seattle enough to not not stop him if that makes any sense.

      Everyone but Gore for me, maybe I am crazy

  7. Allan says:
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    Smokey in a half point ppr I need to start 2 out of Ivory, Ellington, P. Thomas, and Knile Davis. Ivory has been killing me scorings td’s on my bench.

    • Smokey

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      @Allan: Ivory and Ellington, see alot of dump offs and check downs with them playin SF, no real bad plays here though, draw a circle on the ground write all 4 guys names down on separate sheets of paper what ever 2 fall in circle wins. Good luck let me know how you chose.

      • Allan says:
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        @Smokey: Hah well I picked up Rainey last minute and started him. That’s going just swimmingly. Only halftime but seeming like a really stupid move.

        • Smokey

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          @Allan: yea he had the dropsies

  8. Nate says:
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    I managed to pick up Khiry Robinson on waivers. With Ryan Mathews down, I need to make a decision for who to start this week. DeMarco Murray is locked in as my RB1, and I feel like I can’t take Darren Sproles out of the flex spot at this point, but the RB2 spot is open for any of Robinson, Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead or Shane Vereen. Robinson and Brown are likely to see the most snaps, and I feel like “God Dammit Donald” is not *really* in the conversation for who to start here. For me, it’s between Robinson and Vereen – both of whom have the potential to have an explosive game this week. Who would you lean toward?

    • Smokey

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      @Nate: Gotta be Robinson, think he is guaranteed a TD and 80 yrds easy.

  9. The Thumb says:
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    Khiry, Edelman, D. Brown, or Bush for flex. Non ppr

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @The Thumb: Khiry best odds out of them to get in endzone for me

  10. Mordacious Levator says:
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    c.michael or t.mason in dynasty?
    2. regular PPR, redraft. drop sankey or S-Jax for any of turbin/todman/c.anderson/d.robinson/d.williams/starks/blue/mckinon?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: Michael,

      keep Sankey, I think SJax has more value albeit little then those listed, keep an eye on Blue if you wanna be first when Foster crashes back to earth

  11. Chris says:
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    Hello Smokey,

    before the start of Week 2, another team dropped Antonio Gates.
    I picked him up eventhough I have Greg Olsen.
    Now, trying to trade Antonio Gates for a RB, specially since Ryan Matthews got injured plus I also missed on all the good waiver wire pick ups.
    My Starting RB at the moment are Murray, and Woddhead which I added this week.

    With trading Gates, the only offers are Fred Jackson or Trent Richardson. For this week I know you prefer Woodhead, but is any of the other RBs worth the trade for Gates for the upcoming games while Matthews comes back? I wouldn’t like to keep playing Woodhead as my #2 RB.

    Thanks for your input.

    • Smokey

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      @Chris: Gates for Jackson isnt awful, but I agree you want/hope for better. Woodhead should be decent this week or at least won’t score zero..

  12. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Smokey
    My league plays with a Head coach so if the Coach’s team wins I get a few points and a loss loses a few points… Which team do you like best to win this week?

    Bills (vs Wash)
    Cowboys (@ Rams)
    Bears (@Jets)
    Chargers (@Bills)
    Falcons (vs Bucs)

  13. Snake hips says:
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    Non-PPR

    Start Khiry at FLEX over the likes of?

    CJ2k
    Woodhead
    Mike Floyd
    Kendall wright

    • Smokey

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      @Snake hips: I just like Khiry’s odds of finding paydirt this week. Can’t trust Floyd or Wright right now given there offense

  14. Nutty professor says:
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    Hey bud
    Just seeing what you think of the starters I have currently set up / what changes you’d make & how it stacks up vs my opponent.

    * its .20 ppr & it’s 10 team h2h w/ ESPN.

    My team:
    QB- brady
    RB1- Gio bernard
    RB2- Ahmad Bradshaw
    WR1- demaryius thomas
    WR2- crabtree
    WR3- cordarrelle patterson
    TE- Ertz
    Flex- darren McFadden
    Defense- Texans D
    Kicker – slot open looking to add either Graham gano, Nick folk & Robbie Gould.

    Defensive player- looking to add either
    Antoine Cason Vs Big Ben & steelers
    Ryan Shazier vs Newton & panthers
    Willie young vs geno smith & jets
    Kyle fuller vs geno smith & jets
    Calvin Pryor vs cutler & bears
    CAlvin pace vs cutler & bears.

    My bench: MJD, forsett, terrance west, jeremy hill, gerhart, Ben Tate, Markus Wheaton, malcom floyd & Kelvin benjamin.
    —–
    Opponents team-
    QB- cutler
    RB1- vereen
    RB2- stephan taylor
    WR1- Dez bryant
    WR2- Keenan Allen
    WR3- Pierre gacon
    TE- julius Thomas
    Flex- maclin
    Defense- colts
    Kicker- vinatieri
    Defensive player- luke keuchly
    His bench In case a last sec swap.
    Jamaal Charles , Carlos Hyde, Matt Ryan, Ray rice, Jarrett Boykin, knowshon Moreno, Josh gordon, justin Hunter & jordan Reed.

    Thanks man have a great night!

    Also if you were me would you look to trade malcom floyd or wheaton to aquire Pierre Thomas ? Or hold, if I did do that Id have to drop a RB , drop candidates, forsett, MJD, McFadden.

    Next try to aquire Joique bell ? I like bell this season but I could look to part with cousins or romo, my main qb is brady, this guy just dealt rivers for bell & added EJ manuel – cousins or romo would be better options in my opinion, or would you try for Kelvin Benjamin for bell?

    Thanks again!

    • Smokey

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      @Nutty professor: Team looks decent, not a fan of the DMC.

      I added Tyvon Branch this week, se if he is avail we can both die together. I like Shaziwer out of dudes listed.

      Yes for Thomas

      Get Bell for backup QB. Bell>Thomas>DMC

      If I missed something re-comment.

  15. Khen says:
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    Standard league

    Still been switching back and forth between sproles and gates, what do you think?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Khen: Sproles for me

  16. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what’s up smokey? I’ve got to give up Joique and Emmanuel for Demaryius. no brainer right?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: What up! It is on the surface but what are your other parts?

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Smokey:

        since we’re only starting 2 WR in this 12 teamer, I feel I need to upgrade:

        QB – Luck
        WR – Crabtree
        WR – Sanders
        RB – Lesean
        RB – Ellington
        TE – Gronk
        Flex – Bell

        B – Benjamin
        B – Ridley
        B – Randle
        B – Hunter
        B – Gordon
        B – Donald Brown
        B – Donnell

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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            @Smokey: thanks homie

  17. Knicksfan says:
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    Hi Smokey,

    Need some advice.
    RB2: I can pick from Joique, Khiry, and Bradshaw.
    Flex: Travis Kelce, Khiry, Bradshaw, Joique, Hopkins, Wheaton.

    PPR. Appreciate your work!

    • Smokey

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      @Knicksfan: joique and khiry. But keep an eye on the injury stuff for bell.

  18. Chris says:
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    Which 3 do you start. 10Tm PPR

    Lacy
    Ellington
    Vereen
    Khiry

    Right now I have Ellington out. I think it’s the right move. I’m 0-2 and need to take a risk. Lacy and Ellington have tough matchups but I feel better about lacy. Vereen has a cake matchup but who know with Belichick. Khiry is just so intriguing.

    • Smokey

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      @Chris: yup

  19. Marc says:
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    would you start Khiry over Jeremy Hill who figures to see just as many touches? Also, Cincy’s WR core is pretty much depleted meaning a run heavy offense this week.

    • Smokey

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      @Marc: I have them ranked right next to each other. Hill in a few weeks is going to beast

  20. Gus says:
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    Smokey
    So K.Robinson or A . Bradshaw? 12 team non PRIVATE
    Thanks a ton

    • Gus says:
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      @Gus: non ppr damn auto correct

  21. ferrisferris says:
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    I think you’ re on crack. Bet you $20 Thomas puts up more points. And I ain’t no Roddy White.

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