Normally I lead these buys off with a play I think is glaringly clear but my call this week is based on how negative everyone seems to be about the New England Patriots and – in particular – Tom BradyMuch like Warren Buffet, my trade mantra has always been ‘be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful’.  Yes, I read things that aren’t Fantasy Football related from time to time.  I know, it surprises me too.  But what I’m trying to say about this scenario is it’s all negative right now for Brady and company.  Gronk, ‘dola, Sudfeld and Vereen are hurt.  The duo he’s left with at WR on the outside – Dropkins and Dropson – are having what many would call ‘issues’.  The lone bright spot so far seems to be Julian Edelman who averaged 6.0 yards per catch last Thursday night which is underwhelming even for a 3rd down passing back, let alone the guy who looks like he’s going to lead his team in receptions and yardage.  But I’m seeing some silver linings here and think with how pessimistic the world is about Brady and company, you could and should take advantage.  Though it’s not set in stone, week 3 has been marked as the return of Gronk.  That in and of itself will be a huge help for this team.  He may also get back Brandon Bolden who – though not as dynamic as Vereen – is definitely strides better then Blount as a secondary RB to have.  The third is we’ve been here before.  Remember when everyone was touting the Pats demise heading into 2011?  Moss was gone and all they had was Deion Branch and the rotting corpse of Ochocinco lining up out wide?  Yeah, Gronk and A-Hern went off, Welker was Welker and we didn’t really worry about those outside guys.  I’m not saying I can promise smooth sailing from here on out but I think Brady could be had for a backup QB at this point with all the negativity floating around.  That’s worth looking into in my book.  And if he doesn’t go off?  Well, your backup was Andy Dalton so…nothing to see here, move along.  In other buy/sell news for 2013 Fantasy Football…

BUY

Chris IvoryI know, I know, more unpopular suggestions.  But you don’t think I’m gonna let go of my Chris Ivory Fantasy just yet, do you?  I’m still on the bandwagon, even if that makes it seem like I’ve fallen off the wagon for doing so.  I just minced idioms, y’all!  He’s more talented than Powell, it’s just a question of whether or not the Jets will let that shine.  Unless he’s a firm believer like I am, I’d think the owner is willing to give up on Chris for peanuts at this point.  Maybe even the Family Circus.

Trent Richardson – I think I listed him last week.  *Rifles through notes and then realizes everything that has been done is on the internet*.  Well then, I didn’t.  And now I did.  Josh Gordon is back next week.  It’s like Rex Manning Day minus the chest hair.  The Browns offense will never be a high ceiling one but its few parts – Cam/T-Rich/Gordon – are pretty darn good.  With T-Rich starting slow, some owner out there might be antsy in the pantsy.  Take a chancey if he is.

Drew BreesHe’s finished two weeks outside of the top 20 for QB scoring now.  Guess how many weeks we’ve played?  Yup.  Guys like Drew always have a longer leash then say a guy like Sam Bradford but you never know how an owner will respond to one of their top picks crapping the bed on them, especially with how other QBs have started.  He’s still a top 3 QB even without the rushing ability that others seem to possess.  Yes, the owner probably needs to be dumb to do anything about this but you’re not above that are you?

Cam NewtonAll top QBs, all the time.  He’s frustrating his owners right now with back to back snorefests.  Keep in mind he did something similar to start the year last year and I told everyone to buy in.  It was probably a premature call…and this one might be too.  That Panthers offense looks terrible but in Newton we trust.  I mean, a QB in motion tends to stay in motion right?  I think I need to retake the everything grade, fantasy football has ruined me.

Rueben RandleThe problem with buy calls on impending injuries is you never know when they’re going to hit.  Randle actually caught a touchdown – ok he fumbled but he was targeted down there – on Sunday and Hakeem Nicks actually found a way to dislocate his finger on a pass thrown to him.  If there’s a man who could shatter into 1,000 pieces on a ball that hits him in the chest, it’s Nicks…never the less, you should go to New York and order a Rueben with all the fixings if his owners disgruntled after a lackluster effort vs the Broncos and speaking as an owner I can attest: I am.

Andre EllingtonThough Rashard’s been steady, it’s never a good sign when your head coach starts saying your backup can ‘carry the load’.  This could be a RBBC situation you’re stepping into but given Rashard’s health history, picking up AE if you have the bench space could prove to be prudent.  I don’t need prunes in my diet, I crap consumate ‘S’s twice a day!  That’s not what that word means…and gross…

Denard RobinsonDeep league alert!  Don’t know if you know this but the Jags have been terrible this year.  Like ‘dog ate my Costco-sized box of bubble yum and now looks like he’s processing playdough back there’ kinda terrible.  So terrible, fans are petitioning for Tim Tebow to join them.  It doesn’t get much lower, really…eh, why am I suggesting you pick him up?  Same reason I suggest picking up Pryor.  It ain’t real football, y’all, you take points where you can get them and the Jags just might try and see what their ‘Offensive Weapon’ can do sooner rather than later.  Plus it’ll put butts in seats, Khan, which is kinda how you keep your fanbase coming to the games (hint, hint).  If – ok who am I kidding – WHEN Henne and co. get obliterated in Seattle, the Jags should be looking to make some form of move and if it’s not to foggy London town, this is probably the next best thing for fantasy players.

SELL

Robert Griffin, III – I’ve seen two games now and what I’ve seen is a guy who is either 1) not fully healed from his knee issues or 2) he doesn’t fully trust that it is.  Neither are really that good for his value.  Even though the passing numbers have been there, most have come from junk time as he tries to keep pace with his defenses ability to be more open then Sharon Stone’s legs in Basic Instinct.  And the run game from him?  Non-existent.  This is a worry trade that he may not be healthy all year but the numbers still look good so you don’t have to sell too low.  I’d move on before you have to limp on.

  1. DDT says:
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    Sky, do you like Ellington more than D. Woodhead ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @DDT: Really different guys. Woodhead for consistency/low ceiling, Ellington for upside/potential starting RB. Basically, Woodhead is the answer. Ellington is more of a flier.

  2. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Gresham or G. Graham ROS?

    Also, still buying low on Wilson or has the floor too low to see the ceiling?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Different players. Gresham = consistency, Graham = RZ so Gresham but they’re not really comparable.

      Depends who’s selling him and for what. As long as I don’t need him now, I’m still willing to take a flier on him.

  3. Dsimms says:
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    would you trade Ridley for Lamar Miller and David Wilson?

    12 team non ppr keeper
    QB-Vick
    RB-McCoy, Ridley, Lacy, Helu
    WR-Fitz, Gordon, Hilton, Patterson, A roberts, Dropkins
    TE- J Graham

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dsimms: I would

  4. Jagan says:
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    Sky

    Should I pickup Marlon Brown and Drop chris Givens?

    My bench includes Josh Gordon / Cecil Shorts / Leveon Bell / Jason Starks

    Or do u want me to drop Bell.I am tired of that still being injured

    Thanks

    Jagan

    • I’d try to get some trade value from L. Bell before you drop him outright.. Are there any kool-aid-drinking Steelers fans in your league? That kool-aid is getting stale, quick.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jagan: Hold

  5. Allen says:
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    Well see about tom terrific! I’m not sold…so many other options at QB. But I see where your coming from.

    Best RB stash standard league as of right now?

    Pierre thomas
    Brandon bolden
    Andre ellington
    Isiah pead
    Jacquizz (would have to use waiver claim…I’m 5th would go back down to 12)
    Donald brown

    Thanks sky and long live james jones!!

    • Alen says:
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      @Allen: take pierre off that list he was just scooped up in my league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Allen: Ellington; Bolden is close, though. Just haven’t seen him utilized to say for sure.

  6. Nick says:
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    Qb – Brady, luck, Bradford
    RB – McCoy forte, Pierre, cj2k, Bryce, woodhead
    Wr- decker, Cecil, Gordon,
    TE- graham, cook

    I’m only keeping Bradford for this week. I offered the first trade in my ppr league, but if it fails, which of the others below would you try next?

    McCoy Cecil for dez b Tate
    McCoy for Wayne MHD
    McCoy for SJax and welker or Cobb
    McCoy Cecil for Marshall mendenhall

    The guy who owns aj and Calvin won’t budge.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Nick: The last one is ok, rest are pretty meh.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Nick:
      why would you trade McCoy? don’t get that and definitely not for SJax yikes

  7. Ian says:
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    Starks or Moreno in a standard league this week?

    Starks, Edelman, or CJ2K in a ppr?

    As a Vernon Davis owner, should I try and trade for Julius Thomas or Joedan Cameron? I have some nice bench depth in this league. Or wait it out with Vernon?

    • btd says:
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      @Ian: Moreno.

      CJ2K.

      Wait it out. I think VD could be selling low, while the others could be buying high.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ian: agree w/btd

  8. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    I’ve got RB woes and I’ve been trying to add the most valuable backups. Start 2QB, 3WR, 2RB, 2 WR/RB.

    My RBs are TRich, Wilson, Joique Bell, Starks, Snelling, Todman, Bryce Brown, Hunter

    Would you drop one of those for Ellington, Pead, Dunbar, Donald Brown, Jennings, Denard Robinson?

    Also would you start Snelling over Miles Austin or Chris Givens?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: can drop Hunter for Ellington. Both are fliers. I’d probably start Givens there. Don’t trust the ATL guys to figure out that Snelling should get the majority of carries.

  9. Zandy says:
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    Who should i trade for ivory? Any of these enough to do straight up?
    Marlon Brown
    Eddie Royal
    Kenbrell
    Assume hes not worth Hilton
    Nonppr league – thanks for all your help yesterday – ended up dropping cordarelle and woodhead for royal and ellington

    • btd says:
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      @Zandy: Hold unless you can get and use Hilton.

      • Zandy says:
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        @btd: I have those WRs, trying to trade to acquire Ivory – assume that means your view is trade anyone but Hilton for Ivory haha.
        My other Wrs are Calvin Johnson, Steve Johnson and Steve Smith so I do have depth..

        Sky what do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Zandy: Go for it. I’m lowest on Kenbrell. Start there. Then Brown. Then Royal.

  10. Ian says:
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    I need some advice for an 18-team league (a depth I’m brand new to). I’m loaded at QB, landing Kaepernick as my starter and Vick as my backup. It seems a shame to have so much talent on my bench each week so I’m looking for a way to flip Vick for an upgrade elsewhere (to someone without a good QB — this is an 18-team league, after all).

    I’m thinking of offering Vick and Ryan Mathews (currently my flex) for Jamaal Charles and Roethlisberger (0.5 PPR scoring).

    The RB upgrade is juicy, but would I be making a mistake to trade away an elite QB in a league where the top 3 QBs on the waiver wire are Gabbert, Sanchez, and Tebow?

    • btd says:
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      @Ian: Throw the trade out there. If Vick or Kaep get hurt, then whoever their backup is (Foles and ?) will be in the top 3 QB free agents…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ian: I’d take the RB upgrade there.

  11. Matty says:
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    I like Vick, but worried about health. Trade Vick for Brady? Or should I try for more??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Matty: You’re underselling Vick by a lot. That’s not a buy low.

  12. KD says:
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    ROS in a PPR league, MJD or D. Wilson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @KD: Tough. If MJD is healthy, it’s gotta be him, though.

  13. btd says:
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    14 teamer and need a plan B if Gronk is still out… Who’s a deep TE play this weekend?

    Chandler @ NYJ
    Z Miller vs Jags
    Graham @ Balt
    Walker vs SD
    Plus, is Housler going to be back @ NO?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @btd: Haven’t heard on Housler yet. Graham for me.

  14. Swiftysports says:
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    Hi
    Here is my line up for week 3

    QB : A, Smith KC
    WR : H, Nicks NYG
    WR : M, Brown Bal
    RB : A Foster HOU
    RB : J, Bell DET
    TE : J, Finley GB
    W/R/T : R, Wayne
    K : D, Bailey
    DEF : DET

    I DROP QB BEN for A, Smith
    My bench :
    Gates
    CJ Spiller
    T, Pryor
    M, Colston
    L, Fitz
    Ban, Ellis

    I knew I shoudl of drop Ben but Pryor was my pick for the first 2 weeks. and I put in A, Smith for week 3 . do you think I should of keep Ben Roe and trade something for him or was the pick up was good ?

      • Swiftysports says:
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        thank you

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob

  15. Chris says:
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    Jordan Cameron or Jared Cook at TE this weekend??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Chris: Rankings come out tomorrow, haven’t really looked at matchups yet and you didn’t provide them.

  16. Baren says:
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    Hey Sky,

    Sitting at 1-1 and been stashing Leveon Bell. Another owner just dropped Ryan Matthews. Would you pick up Matthews and drop Bell?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Baren: Um, you need a new league if people are dropping a starting RB. Pick him up.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Sky: @Sky: Unless there is money involved then it’s sit back and collect.

    • I would. Until Pittsburgh gets a new OC and/or a revamped O-line, Bell’s ceiling is gonna be R Mathews current numbers.

  17. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    In trying to trade for Richardson, do you think this is a fair offer?
    DeMarco Murray, Bernard Pierce and Andre Brown (he has David Wilson)

  18. Schizer says:
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    Need to pick 3 to start this week out of Cobb, Cruz, DeSean, Wayne, McFadden, Austin

    Love the articles!

    Thanks!

    • Schizer says:
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      @Schizer: PPR, btw

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Schizer: Thanks! Haven’t really looked at matchups, rankings come out tomorrow. I’ll say Cobb/Cruz/DMC for now.

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Sky: DJax been on fire

  19. John Stamos says:
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    Sooooo, I’m 0-2. Awesome.. T-Rich has been poop bc Norv is poop, MJD is hurt, Amendola is touching his groin, and I have the most points scored against me in the league. Therefore, I’m looking for a blockbuster to change the game. After being 1-4 last year, I made some moves and ended up 7-6, so I wanna start earlier this year. I have two trade thoughts that I’d appreciate your input on. The first seems like a stretch from my end, and the second is an upside/riskier trade.

    #1 – Matt Ryan/MJD/Stevie Johnson for Brady/Gore/Boldin (If they don’t go for Gore, Decker or Wayne?)

    #2 – Ryan/MJD/SJ for Cam/D Wilson/D Thomas

    Am I asking for too little in #2? J Bell better than D Wilson?

    I’m eating Greek yogurt right now.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @John Stamos: Ugh, I’m 0-2 in a lot of leagues right now. Never fun.

      1 – Feels like you’re giving up too much

      2 – That’s a lot of RBs to only get D-Wil in return. You are just giving up too much in these trades.

      Enjoy!

      • John Stamos says:
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        @Sky:

        Interesting… Would you not consider #1 an arguable upgrade in all 3 positions? Assuming Ryan/Brady finish with similar point totals, Gore gets more steady work with a better offense (and less chance for injury), and Bolding ROS is better than Stevie?

        Sorry I might not have been clear on trade #2, that’s Matt Ryan/MJD/Stevie Johnson for Cam/D Wil/D Thomas (or J Bell)… That is still too much. Perhaps just Matt Ryan and MJD for those 3 guys. The problem here is that team took Wilson in the first round…

        • John Stamos says:
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          @John Stamos: Demaryius Thomas*

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @John Stamos: Gore has not looked good at all this year. Even in a better offense, he’s not an upgrade over MJD, IMHO. He’s on my sell list higher then MJD at this time.

          Number 2 actually intrigues me if that’s Stevie. It’s a gamble but Cam has proven he can turn it around before. That ATL o-line worries me more and more every day…J. Bell is better now, but D-Wil has the clearer path to being a reliable start each week. I’d still want him over Bell.

          • John Stamos says:
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            @Sky: Glad to have your input on Gore. I missed both 49ers games this year, so I’m going off of box scores.

            I think the gamble might be worth it bc that would restock all of my key positions (if I can keep Stevie). My starting 5 would be:

            QB – Cam Newton
            RB – Richardson
            RB/WR – Stevie Johnson (without him it’s Andre Roberts)
            RB/WR – David Wilson
            WR – Demaryius Thomas

            Appreciate all the input.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Reasonable. If D-Wil takes off, you’re gonna be looking pretty good.

  20. stoopid says:
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    Better RB stash:

    Bolden
    Snelling
    F.Jones
    Jacobs
    Turbin (I own Lynch)
    Leshoure
    Bush
    Helu

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @stoopid: Snelling for immediate returns, Bolden for longer term.

  21. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    In my PPR league we start 2 RB, 2 WR and flex. I have gone with the following the first 2 weeks.

    Rice, Martin, Bryant, TY and Shorts.

    Here are my bench options. Randle, Hopkins, A. Roberts, Hartline, Moreno and Daniel Thomas.

    Would you drop any of the above to pick up Royal and/or Starks?

    I also happen to have both Romo and Russell Wilson in a 1 QB league. Having a hard to cutting bait with one this early.

    Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @malamoney: Hopkins in over Shorts for upside. Moreno in over Rice if he’s hurt this week. If not, hold on your RBs.

      I’d drop Roberts for Starks or Royal.

      Why do you need to cut bait?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Sky: Don’t need to cut bait, just thought that Rivers might be a option.

        Pick one, Starks or Royal?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @malamoney: Rivers is alright, still like those other two more, though.

  22. the imp says:
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    Hi Sky, this PPR team almost got the trade it needed:
    Current Starters: Vick//Forte, Foster//Cobb, Nicks, Gordon//Eifert
    Bench: RG3//Bradshaw, Pierce//Amendola
    The Graham owner almost went for Vick for Graham, but declined saying he was tempted until he mangaged to pick up Rivers from the wire (and dumping Wilson!?!?!).

    Would it be an overpay to go back with a sweetened 2:2 deal (he needs WR and RB help too) like:
    A. Vick+Bradshaw for Graham+Matthews
    OR
    B. Vick + Gordon for Graham+Hartline

    I’m worried about RG3 too….so it makes it riskier to go with an overpay.

  23. Hans says:
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    who do you prefer, newton or brady?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Hans: Have to say Newton because of his upside potential.

  24. bill says:
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    in a 16 person non-ppr league would you buy low on MJD right now and trade shane vereen for him? or just stay away completely