Did anyone else have a case of the pandemic Mondays this week? Mine was brutal. I slept until around noon before feasting on a bowl of Lucky Charms with chocolate chips and whipped cream—don’t worry I had a nice big glass of cucumber, kale and celery juice too. Then, after the insulin injection, it was off to the couch for my early afternoon nap where I dreamt of a shirtless photo shoot with Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. I woke up just in time to inhale my Monday evening nachos and watch an episode of Game of Thrones before the Chiefs/Ravens game. Unfortunately for Baltimore, the Ravens defense never woke up from their own Monday afternoon nap; they looked like White Walkers out on the field as Patrick Mahomes went all Arya Stark on them with a line of 31/42 for 385 yards, 4 carries for 26 yards, 4 passing touchdowns and his 1st rushing touchdown—he now has 9 passing touchdowns on the year. Those who were thinking about dropping Mahomie below #2 in their rest of season QB rankings might want to reconsider. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Game of Thrones Spoiler Alert for this round up, fair warning!

Tyreek Hill – 5 catches for 77 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Every time I sit down to write a blurb about Reek, all I can think of is Ramsay Bolton eating that sausage in Game of Thrones Season 3. One of the best theatrical scenes in history. Fortunately, this Reek hasn’t been neutered, he’s an elite WR1 until further notice.  

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – 20 carries for 64 yards, 5 catches for 70 yards. CEH is a lot like Stannis Baratheon. Lots of lemmings think he’s the rightful king of RB1s. Don’t get me wrong, Clyde’s an RB1, but he’s no king. Pigskinonator agrees, projecting him as the #13 fantasy RB next week against the Patriots. Sign up for a free 7-day trial of all the fantasy football tools now!

Mecole Hardman – 4 catches for 81 yards and his 1st touchdown. A hard man is good to find! And the hardest man in Game of Thrones had to be Tyrion, that little man had quite the appetite. Mecole saw 6 targets in this game compared the measly 1 and 3 targets he saw in the first two weeks. The well endowed speedster was dropped in tons of leagues and he’s worth a roster spot in all 12 teamers—but not necessarily on your team.  

Travis Kelce – 6 catches for 87 yards. The Mountain, Kelce, won this faceoff with The Hound, Mark Andrews (3 catches for 22 yards), but it’s only a matter of years before The Hound prevails. Now’s a good time to think about buying Mandrews after two dud games, check out our Free Trade Analyzer to brainstorm up some dealios. 

Anthony Sherman – 1 catch for 5 yards and his 1st touchdown.  I’m not sure whether the fullback Sherman or the offensive tackle Eric Fisher (1 catch for 2 yards and his 1st touchdown) makes more sense as our Samwell Tarly. They’re both mostly worthless but when they do contribute, you love to see it.

Lamar Jackson – 15/28 for 97 yards, 9 carries for 83 yards and his 5th passing touchdown. Never doubt the Three-Eyed Raven. This was an ugly performance and makes two rough outings in a row. I doubt the LJax owner is in freak-out mode quite yet, but it never hurts to poke around for some league winning upside.  

Mark Ingram – 7 carries for 30 yards. Joffrey Baratheon over here is just warming the iron throne for the true king, J.K. Dobbins (1 carry for 6 yards, 4 catches for 38 yards) aka Jon Snow. I’m not all that interested in buying Ingram, but I’m all about Dobbins. There’s even a chance the rookie finds the waiver wire in your league after only 15 touches thru 3 weeks. Trust the workload will ramp up at some point.

Marquise Brown – 2 catches for 13 yards. Hollywood has to be Daenerys Targaryen because he’s sexy sexy and flat out fun to watch. One of these weeks Brown will walk into the fire and step out with some dragons. Basically, I’m buying any and every Raven after this slow start. 

  1. Kevin says:
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    12-team 0.5 PPR yahoo league

    Would you trade away your Josh Allen, Gallup, and Akers for someone’s Deshaun Watson, Kittle, Dobbins?

    Rook for rook in RBBCs, gallup for kittle (not equal), but hoping the Josh Allen name would pull? Deshaun owners be worried right? Played against KC, Bal, PIT though. lol.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah Kittle is the prize in that deal, I’d definitely want that side. Agree the rookies are a wash but I do prefer Dobbins. Allen and Watson are close to me but you have to at least lean Allen at this point. Not sure if it gets the job done for Kittle, but it’s a reasonable offer and he is banged up after all.

  2. desperate says:
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    considering this trade:
    2 qb league: current qbs: watson/ mayfield

    give: watson/ devonta freeman/carlos hyde/ DJ chark for cam newton/ kenyan drake

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Little bit of a QB downgrade but well worth it to land Drake imo

  3. Mel says:
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    In a 12 team ppr league and I have Chris Carson. Going to try and claim Carlos Hyde. My only other running backs on my roster are Zack Moss, Joshua Kelly, and JK Dobbins. If I can’t get Hyde, which of the 3 rbs, should I start this week? Thanks, Mel

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      if carson out probably kelley. moss’ status for week 4 not known yet.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Joey, I’d go Kelley.

  4. stevie says:
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    Need running backs bad, like everyone one else. Would you deal Michael Thomas for Nick Chubb? Also, I’m stuck with Josh Allen on my bench, I have Mahomes too. What back do you think would be a fair trade for Allen? Already tried the high-end, Kamera, Elliott, and no deal. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep, I’d do the Thomas of Chubb swap if I needed RB.

      For Allen it really depends how your league values QBs. On the high end you could try for Drake or Sanders maybe but that seems steep for a QB. I’d be happy to get someone like DJ or Gurley for him…

      No problem!

  5. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    12 team super flex PPR.
    QB: wentz, newtown, bridge
    RB (2): AAron, gaskin, scott, dillon, howard, d.lewis (henderson and m.davis were very expensive last week, somebody went 20 on henderson out of 100)
    WR (3): green, thielen, p-will, sims, hamler (he wasn’t expensive last week though)
    TE (1): kelce, goedert
    2 regular flexes
    1 super flex
    IR (3): l.bell, d.adams, duke
    team D (1): LAC (trying to get LAR for this week, but don’t ever pay much on these)

    1. so i got 2 wide open roster spots and sims to drop likely. best order of:
    b.hill, jimmer graham (goedert will likely switch spots with d.adams hopefully soon), pascal, j-wash, cord patterson (RB/WR here), penny (seems like a good stash), mcfarland, snell

    2. drop bridge for foles (this might be pricey for the one or 2 teams with no 3rd QB)

    • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      throw ward and perriman in there.

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        had that wrong, henderson (25) and m.davis (20).

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Perriman, Hill, Wash, Graham, Ward, Pascal, Penny, Snell/McFarland for me
      2. Meh, think I’d just hold on to Teddy

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        1. with cohen out you’d still have cord patt after snell/mcfarland? somebody’s going to get some extra rushes there.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          BDon and I were just discussing that on the pod and I agree CPatt is most likely the one. I have them all in the same range, wouldn’t argue with him over the Steelers…

          • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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            question for ya, used to yahoo far more than espn (which above is). i input all these claims before d.adams and duke johnson’s “out” tags changed to “doubtful” or “questionable”. however like yahoo, espn’s tags change around tues morning between 9-10 am eastern. i know in yahoo that these would still go through, do you know if they will if i don’t change anything in espn? i could switch goedert with one of duke or d.adams now, but if i brought them both up and goedert down i’d lose one open spot now. duke’s only around in case he finally gets healthy and used (in theory he’s a PPR asset obv). adams obv i want up eventually anyway and goedert down.

            • Donkey Teeth

              Donkey Teeth says:
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              Sorry, no idea…I’m fortunate to have no ESPN leagues for several years running

              • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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                fair enough.

                what about this one, got auto’d as the draft was aug 3rd, which i stupidly said i was fine with but then forgot about entirely till it was over. keep 2 (jacobs/aj brown) 12 team half PPR.
                QB: ben, jimmer garaplololololo
                RB (2): jacobs, fournette, hines, akers, b.hill, duke
                WR (2): aj brown, a-rob, shenault, m-will, MVS
                TE (1): cook, l.thomas
                flex (1)
                K: (1): SF kicker
                team d (1): BUF

                dropping duke for these, what’s best order: higgins, ward, hardman, j.wilson, tonyan (if he’s just worse than l.thomas this last one not needed; all seemingly better TE’s owned)

                2. drop jimmer g for foles? (seems foles will actually throw the ball, so should be done). all starting QB’s are owned here, some must have 3 of them.

                • Donkey Teeth

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                  1. Higgins, Hardman, Wilson, Ward
                  2. Foles

  6. steelworkers2 says:
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    10 team PPR, Ronald Jones II is a headache and I have an offer for Marquise Brown. Need a good WR3, would you take it?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah, I prefer Marquise

  7. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team PPR. start only 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 flex. best order of dropping:
    1. KJ for: AP, hyde (already have penny IR stashed), hill (KJ is RB 6, lost barkley)
    2. sims (even with same return yardage as scrimmage 10 yards per point) for jefferson, jeffery, p-will (already own parker), pascal (sims is WR 5)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. AP, Hyde, Hill seems like the right order to me
      2. I’m still buying P-Will, I think the breakout is coming. Then Jefferson, Pascal, Jeffery.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        2. not only that, if say parker got hurt (more than yet) p-will’s breakout would be mostly guaranteed, at least the targets anyway. the reverse is probably true too.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Yes, true.

  8. Dominic Brady says:
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    Okay Mostert is still on the wavier wire. Do I dump JK Dobbins or Antonio Gibson for him. Mixon is giving me nothing so need some RB help. Or should I hold with Gibson and Dobbins

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Tough. I think Dobbins will be very valuable in the 2nd half but at this point I guess swap him for Mostert and then see if you have space to grab Dobbins back in a couple weeks.

  9. scoboticus says:
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    Sam Tarly is whoever underperforms on your team. Mine this week was DJ Moore and Kenyan Drake. You had ONE JOB!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Haha, poor guy!

  10. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you take Hardman over G Tate or N Harry? Thanks!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      In addition, Isabella, Higgins, or Inman over Hardman, Tate or Harry?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Nah all those guys are a tier below for me

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s pretty fluid with those three, but yeah right now I’d want Hardman then Harry.

  11. Jason says:
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    I’ve been offered James Conner for my DK Metcalf. Admittedly, I am weak at RB. My other WR’s are Thomas, K. Allen, M. Brown, and Slayton (I can play up to 4 WR’s a week). The offer is tempting, but Conner’s health history makes me shy away. Your thoughts on Conner vs. Metcalf? Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s fair. I’m with you, I don’t trust Conner to stay healthy. But it makes sense for your team and if you’ve exhausted all other trade options then go for it.

  12. Ludicrous Speed says:
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    Who is the better hold in 12T half-ppr?
    Cam Akers or P Lindsay?
    Thx.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I think Akers but they’re both kind of dart throws right now.

      No problem

  13. Sir says:
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    Hi Mr Teeth,

    Should I trade Ridley and Montgomery for CMC and Chark in a 12 team, 1/2 pt PPR league?

    It’s starting 3 WR, 2 RB and a flex.
    I have Golladay, Ridley, Diggs, Jeffery, and Marvin Jones at WR.
    I have Cook, Ekeler, Montgomery, AP, Mattison, and Damien Harris at RB.

    Thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hi Sir,

      I don’t love that deal. I wouldn’t even consider it unless you’re 3-0…

      No problem!

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        i’d at least look at what happened with barkley last year’s same injury that CMC has now. barkley came back way too early and wasn’t good for at least an extra 5ish weeks. by the time he was back to himself it would’ve helped you for the playoffs, BUT you might’ve MISSED the playoffs if you just started barkley all 5 of those earlier weeks (which i’m assuming most barkley owners in fact did, and CMC owners would this year). i might do it if: i’m like 4-1 or 5-0 AND have somebody else to start over CMC if/when he comes back too early. d.harris or AP might count here, maybe.

        – nice to see the cook owner smart enough to have paid up for mattison, in all of my leagues that didn’t happen (i trusted rudy’s projections and own mattison basically everywhere, but don’t own cook anywhere, and usually waited longer than his projections said to, after pick 100)

      • Sir says:
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        I’m 2 and 1 and my opponent this week has Tannehill, Connor, and Juju so I’m good for this week as well. Does this make a difference for the trade?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Its a gamble. Any chance of getting someone other than Chark back?

          • Sir says:
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            His receivers are Chark, Deebo, Justin Jefferson, Godwin, Claypool, Berrios. He got wrecked with injuries. He has Carson also.

            • Donkey Teeth

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              See if he’ll do Godwin instead if Chark?

  14. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    supposedly if DEN beats NYJ this week gase might get canned. i don’t know if this is true or not, but suddenly we’re DEN fans for sure in case it is. i want to be able to add darnold and maybe herndon to the “got away from gase all stars” as soon as possible. plus own l.bell in some spots. plus owned drake back when he was screwed around with by gase, and l.miller years ago, and parker. and at least one r.anderson spot last year. and herndon last year. i’m probably forgetting some too.

  15. The Harrow says:
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    the worst part of this TEN/PIT early forced bye situation is that i’m betting aj brown never gets his “out” tag for this week at all in yahoo, even though he very likely would’ve gotten it later in week. so anybody with him in IR slot probably can’t even wait for that to add say a kicker (if owning boswell or gostko) or team D (if PIT or TEN) or anybody else if you knew you’d be able to wait for him to get that.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Counterpoint, now AJ Brown gets to use the bye to get healthy. Now we probably get an extra game than we would’ve from him.

      • The Harrow says:
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        oh yeah of course this is a net win for his owners on that front. he’ll only miss weeks 2-3 not 2-4. it’s just a bitch that now to fill in other spots we’ll have to make a drop we wouldn’t have had TEN just played week 4 (i’m basing that statement on his most recent reports before today being “he’s not progressing well”. but the fact that he just got announced to likely play week 5 probably means they were just withholding good news about him, and that he WOULD’VE played week 4 had they done it)

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Huh maybe so. Either way it’ll be good to get him back…

          • The Harrow says:
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            of course, i’m not not wanting to start him. i’m quite surprised that there’s ANY news about him being that TEN is off week 4 now and had NO good news before just now at all. and i wrote that wrong above, he’ll still miss weeks 2-4 BUT now he won’t miss the bye week he would’ve normally had, week 7. but yeah he’ll miss 2 weeks in total, assuming nothing else changes.

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              bad math again, 3 in total.

  16. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1. 20 team PPR. irv smith got dropped (done nothing yet, at just under 60% snaps for season now, but pretty sure last year it was a bit before he got usage too (albeit that was his rookie year)), drop everett for him? have hurst/everett

    2. 12 teamer PPR with full return yardage (lost barkley) 10 yards per point (hardman yet to face somebody who didn’t hit tons of touchbacks but i did play him over hines in week 3, almost won from it)
    QB: AAron, cousins (cousins good @ SEA matchup in week 5 when rodgers off)
    RB (2): AAron, hines, mont, AP, scott, j-will (appears dillon won’t get this work if AAron goes out)
    WR (2): parker, woods, hardman, harry, p-will
    TE (1): kelce
    1 flex
    IR (10): penny
    drop harry for any of these recently dropped guys or just not owned guys: landry, d-jax, cobb, shenault, perriman (could stash then add another), sims

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Sure
      2. Landry

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