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They don’t call it the Charm City for nothing!

God, these teams are both terrible. At least that’s what I got from last night’s game. I remember when this matchup was good. Now it’s like watching a fight in the old age home between two withered, senile dudes in diapers. One thing’s for sure, The Ravens overcame a lot of adveristy last night, if adversity means the Steelers. And, to Pittsburgh’s credit, they all looked remarkably calm for being on a boat that’s sinking. For the complete recap of the game, I’ve compacted it into one sentence for each team, so as to limit your suffering: Ravens — Six trips inside the 20 and two TDs. (Thanks, no, we were just looking.) Steelers — Even by Todd Haley standards, that was some sh*t playcalling. (“HOW DO I FOOTBALL?”) But hey, you have to admit, Joe Flacco looked at least 2% more elite with that rugged beard.

 

Steelers – 6, Ravens – 26

Joe Flacco – 21/29, 166 YDS, 2 TD and 5 CAR, 3 YDS. Joe Flacco has only played 98 career games. Why do I feel like he’s been around for like 35 years? Oh, that’s right, he’s incredibly boring. They call that elite boring.

Ben Roethlisberger – 22/37, 217 YDS, 1 INT. Roethlisberger’s pick-up line didn’t work as well as he expected last night.

Benard Pierce – 22 CAR, 96 YDS and 1 REC, 7 YDS. Yes, he had a better night than Justin Forsett. I’ll wait a little bit longer before I eat crow, because I am in belief that three quarters of 3.0 average-yards-per-carry until garbage time against a terrible Steelers team isn’t really convincing of anything.

Justin Forsett – 8 CAR, 56 YDS and 4 REC, 16 YDS. While I’m on the Forsett bandwagon, that’s only in terms of this specific tandem. I was adamant that spending a top waiver wire claim, unless you had a black hole at the position, was probably over doing it, and I have to say that I’m not sure I want any part of the Ravens running game right now.

Le’Veon Bell – 11 CAR, 59 YDS and 5 REC, 48 YDS. Don’t worry, no matter how bad the Steelers are, the points will come. Hold steady here. Fact: Le’Veon Bell invented cashew butter.

Steve Smith – 6 REC, 71 YDS. He’s listed as Steve Smith Sr. More like Senior Steve Smith, amiright? (High-five.) Also, someone should probably get him a new hip today.

Dennis Pitta – 3 REC, 30 YDS. So… anybody else that started Pitta this week want to play leap frog with a dumpster right now?

Owen Daniels – 5 REC, 28 YDS, 2 TD. It IS the ghost of Owen Daniels! My 2007 fantasy team just got 16 points!

Torrey Smith – 1 REC, 10 YDS. Soooo, has someone formed a search party yet? (Told ya! Makes up for telling you to bench Pierce, right? RIGHT? Look, I’m always low on Smith, and really will choose any warm body to start over him. His production is too random for a team that doesn’t gain yardage in huge chunks… basically what his only purpose is. Little did I know that Flacco agrees with me… which makes me feel elite.)

Antonio Brown – 7 REC, 90 YDS and 2 CAR, 10 YDS. Look Antonio. Take care of your bullsh*t CTE problems on your own time. Daddies gotta eat!

Heath Miller – 4 REC, 35 YDS, 1 FUM. And this is why I passed on drafting Miller.

  1. The Zombeavers says:
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    Flacco told reporters after the game, “… while we celebrate this victory, be sure to remember Torrey Smith. He hasn’t been seen for two weeks – despite rumors he may have been playing today. He was a good friend… pray for his family that he may be found soon.”

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Zombeavers: Love it. I actually forgot to write a blurb for him because I had no idea he was still alive.

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    FIRST!!!!

    can we get a torrey smith mention? wow i had him everywhere last year and todays game gave me flashbacks I hope to never relive again

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Torrey a new one: Don’t worry, Tehol will figure out a way to mess it up.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Well, more like second, but yeah, I mentioned him. He didn’t help by being no where to be found on the box score…

  3. Ryan says:
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    Can we say that Steelers D made three spectacular hits that all got flagged and that this means football is gonna suck (if the refs, Goodell, and worry-wart busy-bodies have their way) ??

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Ryan: they’ve been doing that at least since Belichick made them change the rules in that SB where he told his secondary to just throw bruce/holt out of bounds and tug them to the ground, making for ugly awful game. Then over the years add “protecting the stars” against the kind of hits that happen when a football game breaks out, and furthering it to encompass any pocket touching of QB, whether with the ball or not, and now they seem to not call anything the receivers do to the secondary as long as it results in more passes being caught and here we are.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Well, while you might be right, it’s not like the NFL didn’t spend the entire preseason flagging everything. That being said, yeah, this is the way it will go it would seem.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Jay: that too. Hockey might be the only sport lately that’s found a happy medium that allows for more speed and offensive creativity while still allowing for reasonable defensive counterpunch to it.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @The Harrow: I wouldn’t know, but I can say that the NFL can be really myopic at times, in all aspects. Seems sorta obvious though now that I think of it.

  4. The Harrow says:
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    donnell is really lower than fauria/carlson/paul/rivera/paulsen? i have ASJ/Reed in dynasty with deep ass benches and for this week only need one of these humps. Yahoo projections and espn rankings for some reason love Donnell much more than any of those others. just curious about this and why.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: Might be the team, and it also might be Adrien Robinson getting most of the spotlight.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Jay: sorry, also wondering about why you are much lower on donnell than those others?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @The Harrow: He definitely be in the updated rankings. I usually have 35 TE’s, and I noticed it went to 30. Totally my fault here, but was probably part of it. The ranking UI is a little… lacking sometimes.

  5. Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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    Taliaferro or L.Murray
    1. ROS
    2. forever
    Somebody just dropped Woodhead too in .5 PPR with .5 per rush attempt. but i already have Peterson/Morris/Helu/Mason/Taliaferro and can only play 2 RB at a time.

  6. mike durkee says:
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    In a 10 team PPR 2QB league. Im lookin to improve my TE position. I feel im strong at WR, and im considering offering DEZ for J. THOMAS. I know it may be a little too much, but this is where i stand …J. Jones
    D.Bryant
    C. Paterson
    K. Benjamin
    J. Gordon
    B. Cooks

    I currently have D. Walker at TE. My draft strategy was to focus on L.Green from SD but Gates is not cooperating. Im also betting on Gordons suspension getting reduced. I picked him up a few days after the draft when i heard about the potential revamp of the policy.

    I have decent Ppr Rbs in Vareen, P. Thomas, and J. Bell. My qbs are Brees and A. Smith. Eventually I will look for another Qb, but TE is my concern.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

      • mike durkee says:
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        @Jay:
        Thx Jay. It just kills me leaving these young WR on the bench.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @mike durkee: I hear ya, but you’d be overpaying here.

  7. Zandy says:
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    In one of my leagues i have Pierce and Forsett. Are you trying to sell them both off this or hold?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: I’m not opposed to selling them if a deal is there.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Jay: thanks as always!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Zandy: Any time. Be sure to update me on the specifics if there’s a deal out there.

  8. Zandy says:
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    As soon as I sent that, I got a very weird proposal that I’d like to run by you…
    0.5 PPR

    My Montee and Josh Gordon for his Dez and Toby (or Joique if I preferred)

    Would leave me with
    RB: Rashad & Toby (or Joique)
    WR: Demaryius & Dez
    TE: Pitta
    Flex: Andre Johnson or Pierce/Pierre/Bradshaw

    Thoughts? I know you arent that high on Montee to im curious what you think…
    If you dont like it, would you counter with something built around Pierce for Toby or Joique?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: I’d take that and be happy to be honest. And I would want Bell over Gerhert.

  9. Charles says:
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    Should I drop Pitta and pickup D. Allen from Indy??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: Eh, I’d still like to hold here, as everyone knows I love Allen… I just think if you release Pitta now, he’ll be snagged up in no time. Let’s wait one more week and see what happens.

      • Charles says:
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        @Jay: Okay holding on. Thanks Jay.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Jay: It doesn’t concern you that Fleener saw more snaps and more targets week 1?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @malamoney: And Dwayne allen still out produced him by a large margin.

  10. mguy31 says:
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    Drop Jordan Reed to pick up Pierce?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @mguy31: I’m fine with that, depending on who’s at your TE right now.

  11. Gay 4 Jay says:
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    How do you rank McFadden for this week now that MJD is almost certainly out? RB2? RB3? Flex?
    Is he a better start in week 2 than either Bradshaw or Ivory?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Ehh, fringe flex depending on team config? I’d rather go Ivory or Bradshaw here. But yes, the rankings will reflect this tomorrow morning.

  12. Wilsonian says:
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    Now that we’ve seen Forsett not do a whole lot, are we waiting another week, or dumping him now (and by now, I mean Monday morning) for any of the following options:

    Bradshaw
    Miller
    SJax
    FJax
    Pierce
    Ingram
    Ivory

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus 85 yards rec/100 yards rushing – 6 point bonus 135 yards rec/150 yards rushing

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Wilsonian: I am probably taking any of those guys over Forsett.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @malamoney: I probably am, too. But I’d like to see who Jay would go with. I’m actually leaning Bradshaw. Think he’s got some real promise in Indy.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yeah, I’m with you, try out Bradshaw.

  13. Castro's Revolution says:
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    I have a solution for all the stupid offense protecting rules… get rid of forward progress. This will provide an incentive for a defensive player to wrap up and properly tackle a ballcarrier. If he can wrap him up and drag him bag a bunch of yards without having him touch the ground… then good job sir! And those negative yards will counter all the stupid penalty yards the offense is gaining now.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Castro’s Revolution: Any idea that stifles offense in any way is not allowed in today’s NFL.

  14. Charles says:
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    Jay, I picked up L. Murray from Oak off the waivers. Free stash. McFadden was dropped and will clear waivers tomorrow. Should I burn a #2 waiver on him and drop L. Murray? Here is rotoworld’s morning update on this situation. If you think McFadden is worth a pickup should I drop Khiry Robinson instead?

    “Raiders OC Greg Olson said both Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will get a chance at getting the running game going against the Texans.

    “We’ll start with Darren, and it probably will be more series-wise with Latavius and Darren,” Olson said. DMC is guaranteed to start, but that’s about it. The Raiders are likely going to give Murray a chance to show what he can do after he rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries (4.1 YPC) in the preseason. McFadden will be a shaky RB3/FLEX play. Murray is athletically-gifted. “

    • Charles says:
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      @Charles: Jay I forgot to mention that I also have Andre Williams too and I can drop him instead of Khiry Robinson.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Charles: Would rather have Khiry there.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: I wouldn’t burn it, no, but if he’s there as a free agent, then sure. It’s fine on Khiry, though, I like the upside there.

  15. Bryan says:
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    Flex Bradshaw, Joique or Benjamin this week?

    I have Benjamin penciled in.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: Joique.

  16. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Drop Forsett for Boykin or L. Murray? 0.5 ppr redraft, start 2RB/2WR/1Flex (W/R/T).

    RB: Ball, CJ2K, Hill, Bradshaw, S-Jax, D. Freeman, Forsett
    WR: Dez, Roddy, Benjamin
    TE: Gronk, Gates

  17. Robert says:
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    Hey – best speculative add out of these RBs in a PPR league? Trying to figure out who might payoff later in the season: Andre Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Roy Helu or Dexter McCluster?
    Haven’t seen any of them this year, just curious. Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Robert: McCluster.

  18. Dan says:
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    2 questions..

    Latavius Murray a decent stash?
    and if I own Jamaal Charles is Kniles Davis a must have if he’s on waivers?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dan: He’s okay for depth, sure. I don’t think you have to own Davis, no.

  19. CTapps says:
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    Trade question for ya…

    Half-point PPR Keeper league: I’ve been offered Antonio Brown and Knowshon for Lacy and Kendall Wright. (of maybe note, Brown’s a 6th round keeper next year, Lacy is a third-rounder).

    What do you think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @CTapps: I’d hold.

  20. Charles says:
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    Thanks for answering the question above regarding McFadden. Would you burn a #2 waiver claim on Devonta Freeman? 14 team non ppr, 6 pts for all TDs.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: In a 14-team league? I think so. I don’t think Steven Jackson is long for this world.

  21. Zandy says:
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    Thanks again for all your help – feel like the early part of the season is the hardest to identify values.

    In my other league… STD scoring
    Send Romo, Doug Martin, Terrence West and Rainey for A-Rog, Rashad and garbage

    Id have AP, Stacy and Rashad as my RBs and flex with Bradshaw, Ingram, Pierre, Shonn on my bench
    Do you like this trade more with me sending Doug or Stacy?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: I’d send Martin, and yeah, it’s a good trade for you.

  22. Commish Cauda says:
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    12-Team, 0.5PPR

    Start Locker over Brady this week?

    I own Marshawn Lynch. Drop Turbin for Shonn Greene, Jordan Matthews or Latavius Murray?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Commish Cauda: Brady. Let’s see how he does this weekend. Greene.

  23. Commish Cauda says:
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    12 team, 0.5 PPR, Super Flex w/1.0 PPR for receptions 40+ yards

    Drop Jordan Matthews for Brian Quick, Greg Jennings or Latavius Murray?

  24. Clay says:
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    Hey man, drop MJD for latavius Murray?

    My backs (we start 2, then have option of 3 w/ flex)

    Gio Bernard, Ahmad Bradshaw, Darren McFadden, Jeremy hill, Terrance west, justin forsett & toby gerhart.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clay: I’m okay with it, but it looks like you have some great depth already there.

  25. Sou Girls 1 Cup says:
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    You have any concerns about Allen v Sherman this weekend? I have him plugged in at my flex spot but am really considering sitting him for Darren Sproles/Hyde/Hartline or Fred Jackson.

    Also see you have Romo higher than Locker this week, that still stand or are you jumper on the locker wagon this week over a woeful Romo?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sou Girls 1 Cup: I have mild concerns, but I’m still starting him. I’m still on the fence. I’ll be updating my rankings late tonight and tomorrow as well. If you can, ask me as we get closer to Sunday. I have yet to re-watch the Titans game.

  26. SMLV1 says:
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    Getting a lot of backlash starting Stacy over Moreno this week. You still like Stacy this week?

    Still like Wright as my WR3 over Cruz and Wayne?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: I still like him, yes. I’m going Wright here… but it is close.

  27. the pillar & the stones says:
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    J. Hill or Hyde?
    PPR

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