Good morning (or whatever time of day you are perusing) from beautiful Cincinnati Ohio! — home of Skyline Chili, The Ickey Shuffle, Greater’s Ice Cream, WKRP, Joe Morgan’s ego, Fountain Square and Pete Rose’s bookies. I have been driving for what seems like an Al Davis’ age and I sure hope they have a Starbucks here.  I mean, I know it’s a Chicago thing, but hopefully they’ve picked it up here as well.  Anyway, there are some good games on tap today and while I go look for my soy latte, here are some links to get you more informed than you ever possibly needed.

But before we get there, make sure you enter our weekly contest so you can win shizz.  I’ll try to get to questions, but if you guys can help each other out some, that would help me out.  And tomorrow I’ll be at Paul Brown Stadium.  I can’t wait to see the Browns play  What a Monday Night game!  And I sure hope i run into Stuart Scott so I can say redonkulous about 5,000 times in a row so he can know how it feels.  Oh, and maybe stare at him, but just a little askew.

I took Antonio Gates out of the tight end rankings after I heard Norv Turner has never played a Charger that he has labeled doubtful.  But of course it now looks like he will give it a try again and the last time he looked iffy and we didn’t start him, he caught a TD.  I suppose you can’t not play him if he goes, especially against the Texans, but only if you have a backup in place, in case he doesn’t.

As always I love the information Evan Silva chucks at us in his Matchups article.

Jeff Ratcliffe over at Pro Football Focus gives us some value players for this week’s games.  Always a good read.

Our friend Sara, the Fantasy Football Librarian, bestows upon us us her consensus start/sits.

Mike Tanier of The 5th Down looks at week 9 matchups.

According to Carl, Megatron Johnson is going to have a clam bake on Revis Island and check out what he wants to do with Mark Sanchez’s hair!

  1. D.A. says:
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    pick 2 out of: Felix, C. Taylor, Ivory (slim pickins, I know)

    pick 3 out of: Megatron, Carolina Smith, Ochocinco, Meachem

    .5 ppr for all positions.

  2. nate says:
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    Help me, Doc! I’m torn between two close calls and need a win:

    Kitna @ GB or
    Stafford home against Jets

    S.Smith CAR home against Saints or
    M.Williams TB @ ATL

    What say you, Obi Wan?
    Thanks!
    Nate

  3. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Ravens D over Chiefs Falcons still?

    Starting BEN over Cutler but still tempted to start Cutler. Bonus points over 300 passing 4point TD. Not sure if Cutler is worth the risk.

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    who do you like more,or should i say the least bad start,brandon jacobs at seattle or cedric benson vs the pitt def<thanks

  5. eltoo says:
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    who’s the better start (last flex position):

    Beanie @ min

    or

    Tolbert @ Hou

    Thanks Doc

  6. Neck Beard says:
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    Tell me I’m over thinking my WR3 spot…why do I want to play Seyi Ajirotutu over Steve Smith (Car) going against NO…or should I just go with the sure bet in my PPR league with Bess?

  7. p0rk burn says:
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    @D.A.: Ivory and Felix – but ugh. CJ, Smith, Ocho.

    @nate: Kitna. The Cowboys are going to fall behind and have no choice but throw it a million times. You’ll probably collect a few picks, too, but hopefully the garbage stats balance them out. I just don’t like throwing Stafford against the Jets. Mike Wiliams.

    @MJD Took A Knee: Baltimore – Miami is pretty putrid, but I can see going Atlanta because TB is the same (hey, we are talking stats only, calm down Mr. Morris).

    @MJD Took A Knee: Buffalo is pretty bad. I’m personally going with Cutler today.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Jacobs.

    @eltoo: Tolbert

    @Neck Beard: Remember, sometimes when you roll the dice you crap out. Go with Smith. Don’t get punked by the rookie nookie and Baltimore is still a solid D.

  8. Doc

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    @D.A.: Felix/Taylor sit Smith

    @nate: Kitna and Williams

    @MJD Took A Knee: I’m still with the Ravens and Ben

    @AL KOHOLIC: Tough, but I’m leaning jacobs

    @eltoo: Tolbert

    @Neck Beard: I’d lean Smith but I agree that is a tough spot.

  9. paulzone says:
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    tamme or gonzo this week?

  10. WillieMayesHayes says:
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    Beanie or M. Bush, for a Flex spot?

  11. SpiralArchitect says:
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    2 questions:
    Woodhead or BJGE (PPR – 7 per TD)?
    Favre, Stafford or Fitzpatrick?

  12. Commish Cauda says:
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    Kinda late to ask a trade question, but here goes…

    12-team, 0.5ppr, 1.0ppr for catches 40+, bonuses for long TDs

    Brady & Mike Williams (TB)*
    FOR
    Brees & DeSean Jackson

    *We can keep two players in 2011 that were drafted late/free agents in 2010. Mike Williams would cost a 5th rounder in 2011. All of the other players are NOT keeper eligible.

    Is it worth losing Williams as a keeper in 2011 for the QB upgrade?
    What do you think?

  13. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @paulzone – Tamme

    @williemayeshayes – Beanie

    @spiralarchitect – BJGE and Fitzpatrick

    @Commish Cauda – I wouldn’t risk losing Williams for 2011 in this deal

  14. Joel says:
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    hey guys: Sidney Rice was just cut. would you rather have him or Pierre Garcon ROS?

  15. Joel says:
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    TB Mike Williams or Garcon in the flex this week? Leaning Mike

  16. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Doc,

    How would you rank these TEs for owning the rest of the year:

    Tamme, Celek, M. Lewis, O. Daniels

    Thanks and good luck this week!

  17. Joel says:
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    pierre thhomas was just cut. is he worth owning?

  18. JackInTheBox says:
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    Hey guys, what do you think:

    Austin Collie, Robert Meachem or Fred Jackson in the W/R slot for a 12-team non-ppr?

  19. MikeD says:
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    Donald Brown or Jahvid Best, what do you think?

  20. bobbo says:
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    Who do you like better this week in a PPR: Blount or Ivory?

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @MikeD: Brown, PPR Best

    @bobbo: Blount

  22. G.O.B. says:
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    PPR, would you roll with Desean or Miles Austin today?

  23. bobbo says:
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    1PPR, 1pt per 10yd rush, 1pt per 20yd rec, +5 bonus at 100yds
    Start: 2RB, 3WR/TE, 1 Flex

    League 1:
    Turner, Best, Blount, Ivory, Mike Williams (TB), Mike Williams (SEA), Mike Wallace, Crayton

    League 2:
    Forte, Benson, Spiller, Andre Johnson, TO, Welker, Witten, Mike Williams (TB)

    Thanks!

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @G.O.B.: Desean

  25. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Doc: Thanks, Doc.

  26. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Gates and Daniels are out today. McMichael and Dreesen will be their replacements.

    Beanie is active

    Percy is active, but reports are that Sidney Rice actually looks better than him right now. Grab Rice, he could play next week.

  27. nick m. says:
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    Please pick 3 out of the folling in a PPR? Bowe, Maclin, Blount, Donald Brown, Ryan Matthews.

  28. Howie says:
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    Non-PPR…I’ve picked up Vincent Jackson as a stash. Should I make a move for Malcolm Floyd as well (and waiving Steve Carolina Smith)?

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Howie: I wouldn’t

    @nick m.: Maclin, Bowe, Blount

  30. Mateo says:
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    Who has a better game Maclin or Brandon Jacobs?

  31. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: Dont know if you saw my post. Any help with those starting lineups in my 2 leagues? Don’t like my options this week so much.

  32. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mateo: maclin

  33. Mateo says:
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    Brandon Jacobs or Ryan Matthews?

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mateo: Mathews

  35. nick m. says:
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    Would it be crazy to sub Patrick Crayton in for Austin for one week in a PPR?

  36. bobbo says:
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    Apologies for the double post but getting close to kickoff:

    1PPR, 1pt per 10yd rush, 1pt per 20yd rec, +5 bonus at 100yds
    Start: 2RB, 3WR/TE, 1 Flex

    League 1:
    Turner, Best, Blount, Ivory, Mike Williams (TB), Mike Williams (SEA), Mike Wallace, Crayton

    League 2:
    Forte, Benson, Spiller, Andre Johnson, TO, Welker, Witten, Mike Williams (TB)

    Thanks!

  37. Mateo says:
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    Thanks Doc

  38. Dan says:
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    That writeup by Evan Silva has me strongly contemplating starting Seyi, but my WR are Megatron, Maclin, Bowe, and Buc Williams. I start 3 and have one in the slot… but … I can’t bench one of those guys for him, right?

    In another league I could go Seyi over Green-Ellis or Blount, but that still seems like it isn’t the best idea…

    Thoughts?

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo:
    League 1:
    Turner, Blount, Mike Williams (TB), Mike Wallace, Crayton

    League 2:
    Forte, Benson, Andre Johnson, TO, Witten, Mike Williams (TB)

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dan: Stay with who you have

  41. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: not crazy, but I’d stick with Austin

  42. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: 1 more player to start in League 1….

  43. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo: Best

  44. Ian says:
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    Tutu with a 55 yd. TD reception! Ahahaha. I picked him up this AM and started him for Harvin. Wonderful start

  45. Joel says:
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    doc: two players hit waivers: Pierre T and Sid Rice. which should I drop Keller for? (I have Tamme)

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    Should I drop Keller for A-Her or Cooley or Pettigrew?

    Also, should I drop Blount to stash VJax? Blount is 6th on my depth chart.

  47. longbeachyo says:
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    Does anyone know if Shaun Hill is healthy enough to start next week or if they will actually start Drew Stanton??? Of course this is if Stafford is seriously hurt…

  48. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Man it kills me I didn’t pick up Tamme. I have Hernandez so it’s funny to complain but Tamme was so involved. And with Collie out again. Tamme is going to be ranked above Hernandez rest of season right?

  49. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I just know PFF will change the rankings for TE now. Look at what you’ve done Finley. The Eagles stink vs TE , Collie got hurt and Asante was on Garcon but Tamme looked great. What a fart season. Passed on Foster, dropped Williams TB.

    Where is Captain Hindsight when you need him.

  50. Damion says:
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    Once again I’m up by 11. The opponent has mendenhall. what are my odds? I also still have austin for the second half of this horrible game.

  51. Rookie Season says:
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    Would you rank these QBs as such going forward?
    Cassel, Bradford, Campbell

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    I love losing with an All-Pro lineup. Rivers, White, Boldin, Wayne, DMC, Hillis (yes even with his MONSTER day), McCoy, Keller, and Gostkowski.

    My only hope is that Pittsburgh has about 3-4 pick 6es all from Harrison and Timmons (we play IDPs) tomorrow night. Otherwise, me and the studs will be fighting for 3rd place.

    Guh…

  53. Howie says:
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    @Doc: How about now? That is, Floyd (or other contenders) for SS South?

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