ALL THE OMINOUS POINTS. That’s right folks, we made it. Another football season is about to begin, and, to add the cherry on top, I’m enjoying this new, drug addled Wes Welker. (All aboard the Cody Latimer train, amiright?) But we made it. We traveled through the black hole of what is the period immediately after the Super Bowl to the NFL Draft. Then, after the 10-year long period allotted for the draft, we were treated to free agent signings, Ray Rice trying to live up to all former Ravens named Ray, Josh Gorden being suspended not for smoking weed, but for being stupid, and about 99% of the league producing “best shape in their life” stories for our consumption. The 1% being Rob Gronkowski, because that physical state is not possible for him. And now, real games to fuel our fantasy games. It sounds so epic when I put it like that, not like +5 to magic missile to your touchdown amulet of wizardry. Which, to be honest, sounds like a pretty cool category to have. Regardless, with the season budding with excitement and hope, it is now time for me to begin releasing our weekly rankings, because the world needs rankings. Nay, the world demands it. To be really honest, what’s the point of writing about fantasy football if not to start arguments over subjective numerical values?

Note: These rankings are for this week’s slate of games only. These rankings are not cumulative, nor are they an indicator of any future value. They are based solely on this week’s performance in regards to fantasy football production. 


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  1. SMLV1 says:
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    You would rank Reed #8 and Rudolph #9! Been debating on which to start all week.

    Is it a toss up between Crosby, Walsh and McManus? Dropped L. Miller for McManus this week cause I needed a Kicker. Crosby and Walsh are still available.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: HOW DARE ME! Yeah, they are coin flip for me this weekend, but I do like STL’s defense a bit more than HOU’s.

      It is a toss-up with those guys clumped together like that. I’m going with Crosby here.

  2. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Bolton got dropped and cleared waivers. Would you rather own Boldon or Hartline ROS??

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Tarman Got Him: Shame, I was hoping it was Michael Bolton.

        Hartline, it’s not very close right now.

        • Tarman Got Him says:
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          @Jay: Haha I HAD to correct myself to backup and shit you’d give me haha. Perfect!! Can never doubt my Dolphins haha. Thanks.

  3. Ian from Boston says:
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    14 Team League, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 RB/WR/TE Flex, 1 QB. Zero PPR.

    How awful would it be to own Joique Bell AND Reggie Bush in this league? Specifically I currently own Joique and am considering trading Maclin for Bush.

    Lineup:

    Q: A. Luck
    RB: Z. Stacy
    RB: J. Bell
    WR: A. Green
    WR: M. Wallace
    TE: Z. Ertz
    Flex1: J. Maclin
    Flex2: B. Pierce

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ian from Boston: It’s not the end of the world… players are going to produce no matter how many you own from the same team. That being said, based on your roster, I would probably hold at the moment.

  4. Tyree says:
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    Stacy or Kendal wright ?

    Ppr , 1 pt

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tyree: Stacy, depending on roster config.

  5. jcg says:
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    No love for Torrey Smith against the Bengals?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @jcg: He’s a hit or miss guy, so I’m comfortable being sorta low on him.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Hey Man… Should I try trading Matthews or Bush for Vereen?? I’m leaning toward Matthews since they got 3 rb’s

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank White: If it’s Ryan Mathews, I’d hold.

    • Gay 4 Grey says:
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      @Tyree: Ha. Stacy.
      @Frank White: I’d try to deal Bush. I think Bell is a better fit for the Lions offense.

  7. Vinny says:
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    Hi Jay,

    10 team PPR league – Start 2qb, 3rb, 4wr, 1te. What you think?

    Foles
    Cutler
    D. Martin
    Vereen
    Joique Bell
    J Nelson
    Roddy White
    Michael Floyd
    J Edelman
    Z Ertz

    Thanks Jay!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Vinny: Like the 2-QB combo you have there, some risk at RB, but WR core looks good. Overall, a strong team.

  8. Adam says:
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    Couple of questions –
    Flex – Spiller (@Chi) or Wright (@KC)
    DEF – drop Den and pick up NYJ?
    Trade – what would you be willing to give up to get Cordelle? My team is below. Was thinking CJ2K + bench WR? Enough? Would you give up spiller if you had to?

    QB:Brees
    RB:Lacey, Mathews, Spiller, CJohnson, PThomas
    WR:Jeffery, Crabtree, Wright, Edleman, Randle, Watkins
    TE: Reed
    K: Novak
    DEF: Denver

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: Spiller, unless it’s PPR. Then Wright. I’m okay with that trade, but would not include Spiller.

      • Adam says:
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        @Jay: Thanks Jay – ok to drop Den for NYJ defense?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Adam: Yeah, I’m fine with it.

  9. Gay 4 Grey says:
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    Jay, I’m in a 10 team PPR league with return yards for offensive players.
    What do you think about my team?
    Also, I need to drop 2 players to add a K and DEF. Who gets the cut from my bench? I’m leaning toward Bradshaw and Austin.
    QB’s- Romo
    RB- J. Bell
    RB- B. Tate
    WR- A. Green
    WR- A. Brown
    WR- J. Nelson
    FLEX- M. Crabtree
    FLEX- T. Smith
    FLEX- P. Thomas
    TE’s- J. Graham
    Bench- J. Cutler, F. Jackson, T. Austin, D. Sproles, J. Boykin, A. Bradshaw, H. Miller

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Gay 4 Grey: Yeah, it’s a good team, especially in PPR. Like Austin in the return game… but yeah, those are the two guys you don’t need. Keep an eye on Bradshaw though…

      • Gay 4 Grey says:
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        @Jay: Miller is worth keeping as a backup TE? I’m expecting a solid year. That being said, aside from Graham’s bye week, I don’t see him ever starting, even as a flex.

        • Brian says:
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          @Gay 4 Grey: Drop H. Miller and Austin.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Gay 4 Grey: I do like Heath Miller this season, but he’s fine to drop too. (Though, there might be times when he does sneak in as a flex.)

  10. jon says:
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    Have ertz as my #5 wr in ppr 3 wife out league that doesn’t require a TE, my other wr are julio, cruz, edelman and Floyd. Start 3?

    Drop ertz for kelce, rudolph, Jon brown, Boldin, hartline, jennings, hunter Evans, wheaton

    Also have AP n Gio starting have Thomas as a back up keep or drop for sproles, Woodhead or mjd

    Looking at ros for bench need to make move be4 the 1st game

    Thnx

    • Gay 4 Grey says:
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      @jon: Hunter>Ertz…Hold with Thomas.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @jon: I’d hold for this week. I’m curious how Ertz will fair this weekend.

  11. Chris says:
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    Flex: Mark Ingram (@Atl) or Miles Austin (@Pit)?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chris: Ingram.

  12. Zandy says:
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    Half point PPR – need to drop one for a kicker
    Here’s the Squad
    QB – Cutler
    WR- Demaryius, Andre Johnson
    RB – Montee Ball, Pierre Thomas
    TE – Pitta
    Flex – Rashad Jennings
    BN – Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Lamar Miller, Kelvin Benjamin, Ahmad Bradshaw, Shonn Green, Andre Williams

    Assume it is out of Andre Williams, Ahmad or Shonn.. Who you dropping?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Yeah, let’s go with Williams here.

  13. Brian says:
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    Interesting: Bradshaw over Richardson.

    Thoughts on Lorenzo Taliaferro with the Ravens? With Rice out and Pierce sucking. I think he could be an interesting play this week (obviously in deeper leagues).

    In a 14 team H2H (4 bench). Start 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 W/T, and 1 W/R/T. I currently have 5 RBs and 6 WR rostered. But I didn’t draft a K and the clock is ticking for the kick-off. I have a feeling whoever I drop I won’t see again.

    So who would you drop for the season?
    McFadden, John Brown, Bradshaw, Cody Latimer, Sammy Watkins, Kenny Britt.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brian: I like Taliaferro, but I’m taking a wait ‘n see approach. I was very bullish on him in the pre-season rankings, even when Rice’s meaningless suspension length was announced.

      • Brian says:
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        @Jay: That makes sense. It’s too early and he’s too young to really rank in the top 40. I think Rice and Pierce will be on a short leash. And Taliaferro will vulture GL touches. From everything I’ve read, he’s a great fit for the Kubiak one-cut scheme and has had a solid camp/pre-season.

        I don’t doubt the Bradshaw ranking either. I had Richardson with really high expectations last year. I’m not lighting a match anywhere near that steamer…

        So who would you drop for a K?
        McFadden, John Brown, Bradshaw, Cody Latimer, Sammy Watkins, Kenny Britt.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Brian: I agree with everything you said on Talia. Yeah, I’m tired of Richardson, and people forgot about Bradshaw too quickly. Out of that bunch, probably Brown.

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            @Jay: I was afraid you were going to say that! ;)

  14. 740 says:
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    Great stuff Jay. Thanks for the read!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @740: Thanks!

  15. The People's Strudel says:
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    Jay,

    Great Week One Rankings. Razzball is top notch, per the usual. From what I’m seeing I assume you would rock Bennett over Green Week One?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The People’s Strudel: Yup. I’m expecting big things from Green, but Gates is still the guy right now. The transition will start to happen this season though…

  16. Matt Damon's Face in Good Will Hunting says:
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    Gonna do the thing we do here…

    Auction draft in a 12 team keeper league, starting lineup is 2 QB, 3 RB, 3 WR, 2 TE, 1 K

    Can only make 6 free agency pickups all year, so rosters are deep

    QB: Luck, Newton
    RB: Eddie’s Lacy Panties, Chris Johnson’s Grill-piece, Fred Jackson’s Kneecaps
    WR: Ken-doll Wright, D-Sean Jaxun, Gold’n Tate
    TE: Olsen, Gates

    Bench: Michael Vick, Woodhead, Sproles, Latavius Murray, McCluster, Maclin, Paul Richardson, Tavon Austin, John Brown, Dwayne Allen.

    I think I need a tier 2-ish WR to round out the starters. I’m not unhappy with the team

  17. Wilsonian says:
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    Do you see any moves here with this roster:

    QB: Brady
    WR: Julio
    WR: Wright
    WR: Edelman
    RB: Forte
    RB: Vereen
    TE: Graham
    W/R: Bell
    Q/W/R/T: Ryan
    BN: Miller
    BN: Woodhead
    BN: SJax
    BN: Latimer
    BN: Wallace
    BN: Pitta

    FAs:

    RBs – Pierce, Greene, Ingram, McLuster, DMC, Hill, Bradshaw, Ivory, Grimes, West, Freeman
    WRs – Shorts, Hartline, Hawkins, Hunter, Streater, Dobson, Stills, Bowe

    0.5 PPR, 6 points per TD, 3 point bonus (85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing), 6 point bonus (135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing)

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: thanks man. You like that lineup or see any swaps from the bench? I think I’m just rolling with it for this week.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilsonian: He said hold Wilson! Hold!

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Cram It: that was with roster moves, as in add or drop anyone. I meant lineup changes with what I have. That’s what I meant, Cram! That’s what I meant! Different question.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Wilsonian: Go Bears!!!

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Cram It: DA BEARS!!!!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: Yeah, while I like some of those names, I just don’t see a big upgrade anywhere yet.

  18. Dave says:
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    Someone in my league dropped Jordan Reed (Heath Miller also available), should I drop Terrance Williams for either one? Already have Kyle Rudolph but you can flex a 2nd TE in my league (PPR).

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: tough one, but I would hold for now.

  19. Eddie says:
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    What do you think about my team? 12 team PPR league:

    QB – Brady
    QB – Romo
    RB – Peterson
    RB – D. Murray
    RB/WR – Ryan Matthews
    WR – Crabtree
    WR- M. Floyd
    WR – K. Stills
    FLEX – Khiry Robinson
    TE – K. Rudolph
    K – Blair Walsh
    D – Rams

    BE – T. Austin
    BE – R. Randle
    BE – C. Clay

    I get to pick up 2 more bench spots as soon as the waiver wire opens up.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Eddie: Should be okay. The risk at RB is a little scary, so I would get some depth there asap.

      • Eddie says:
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        @Jay: Yeah i’m gonna pick up a couple from the waiver wire. ESPN wouldn’t let us fill our entire bench for some reason because of the positional maximums………………?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Eddie: I don’t play ESPN, but that sounds kinda weird.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Eddie: that means your comish put in certain roster maximums (like maybe 5 RB total). ask comish, it could be he didn’t intend it and it’s a default setting that he would fix.

  20. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr ret yards count sacks -1

    8th pick
    Qb newton 5
    Wr a brown 3
    Wr cobb 4
    Wr garcon 6
    Rb lacy 1
    Rb murray 2
    Te olsen 8
    Q/w/r/t griffin 7
    K bailey ( dropped hartline 13 for him )
    Def new england
    Bn r jennings 9 terrance williams 10 bradshaw 11 tannehill 12 freeman 14
    Fred jackson 16

    Would it be worth it to drop bradshaw or tannehill for palmer
    Also would it be worth it to try to trade murray for demaryius starting to think i made a mistake passing on thomas

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      @Barker: to over use also again what do you think also?

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        @Barker: plus regarding mussing up the draft i could / probably would have had d thomas and leveon bell instead of murray and antonio brown so which do you like better

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          @Barker: gates wheaton ladarius green greg jennings jordan matthews stills on wire any worth picking up for bradshaw

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Barker: I would hold based on your depth.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Barker: Thomas and Bell, but the gap is negligible.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Barker: It was a mistake and the guy with DT shouldn’t trade him to you for Murray, so there’s no point in crying about it now.

      • Barker says:
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        @Cram It: ya i know thanks for the tough love … The kid is rocking reggie bush and steven jackson with rice /pierce and pt cruiser backing them up and has calvin thomas marshall in his three wideout spots so there is a chance like lloyd in dumb and dumber

        I was thinking murray and t williams for thomas and pt cruiser

        • Cram It says:
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          @Barker: Sure, there’s a chance.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: I would hold on Bradshaw. I don’t think you need Thomas, I like your WR core.

  21. Big W says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Hope all is well with you!

    Anyway, a couple nights age we drafted… 12 team standard H2H yahoo. Here’s the squad in order they were drafted:

    1. (9) DeMarco Murray
    2. (16) Zac Stacy
    3. (33) Ryan Mathews – will be used in W/R/T
    4. (40) Victor Cruz
    5. (57) Kendall Wright
    6. (64) Reggie Wayne
    7. (81) Kyle Rudolph
    8. (88) Robert Griffin III
    9. (105) Justin Tucker
    10. (112) San Francisco
    11. (129) Darren Sproles – Bench players from this point on
    12. (136) Tavon Austin
    13. (153) Jordan Matthews
    14. (160) Rod Streater
    15. (177) Darren McFadden
    16. (184) Dwayne Allen
    17. (201) Eli Manning

    What do you think? Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!!

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      @Big W: this is how the scoring is done in this league:

      Passing Yards 25 yards per point
      Passing Touchdowns 4
      Interceptions -1
      Rushing Yards 10 yards per point
      Rushing Touchdowns 6
      Reception Yards 10 yards per point
      Reception Touchdowns 6
      Return Touchdowns 6
      2-Point Conversions 2
      Fumbles Lost -2
      Offensive Fumble Return TD 6
      Kickers League Value Yahoo Default Value
      Field Goals 0-19 Yards 3
      Field Goals 20-29 Yards 3
      Field Goals 30-39 Yards 3
      Field Goals 40-49 Yards 4
      Field Goals 50+ Yards 5
      Point After Attempt Made 1
      Defense/Special Teams League Value Yahoo Default Value
      Sack 1
      Interception 2
      Fumble Recovery 2
      Touchdown 6
      Safety 2
      Block Kick 2
      Kickoff and Punt Return Touchdowns 6
      Points Allowed 0 points 10
      Points Allowed 1-6 points 7
      Points Allowed 7-13 points 4
      Points Allowed 14-20 points 1
      Points Allowed 21-27 points 0
      Points Allowed 28-34 points -1
      Points Allowed 35+ points -4

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big W: Your QB stinks. And Victor Cruz as your WR1 stinks.

      • Big W says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks for the input Cram… RG3 was the best available in the 8th round… figured there’s lots of QB depth these days so if he doesn’t work out, then I can stream based on match ups. As for the receivers, yeah… i guess i could have taken my first receiver in the 2nd or 3rd round. In the past I’ve had success getting the best available RBs first, then receivers, then TE and then QB… We’ll see i guess… hopefully Sproles had a good first week on my bench so then i can package him and cruz for a better WR1…

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          @Big W: Streaming QB’s has never worked for me in the long run. But it can work. I think RG III is a dud.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Big W: Football is here, so all is good my friend. I like this team, but I’m not crazy about it, to be honest… only if it was PPR though. Depth is okay, but I don’t think you need Manning. I would grab another RB for depth.

  22. Barker says:
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    12 team full ppr
    6 th pick
    Qb newton 5
    Wr harvin 4
    Wr crabtree 6
    Rb lacy 1
    Rb ellington 2
    Te bennett 9
    W/r/t mathews3
    K dawson
    Def ari
    Bn kendall wright 7 reggie wayne 8 griffin 11 bradshaw 12 tim wright

    Kinda worried about this team def shoulda went wr in 2 or 3 round talk me off the ledge here

    • Jay

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      @Barker: Yeah, your WR core is risky… actually, there’s a lot of risk on the team. I like the depth though, and this team has the potential to explode, in a bad way or a good way. So just pray for health.

  23. Ryan says:
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    Last night I drafted for my 1o team ppr league. I drafted 6th. I think I pieced together a very competitive squad. My only regret was that I should’ve picked up dez bryant instead of demarco murray. Anyway I believe though there might be room for improvement. Do you see any specific areas I need to improve via trade or the waiver wire?

    Qb Matthew Stafford
    Wr Jordy Nelson
    Wr golden tate
    Wr Michael Floyd
    Rb Lesean McCoy
    Rb Demarco Murray
    Te Julius Thomas
    Wr/rb/te cordarrelle patterson
    Bn Danny woodhead
    Bn fred jackson
    Bn kelvin benjamin
    Bn mike evans
    Bn terrance west
    Bb jeremy hill

    Def bengals

    K phil dawson

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: The team is solid, but not spectacular. I would hold for the moment and see how things roll. Ask me again next week.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Jay: do you think my wr core is fine for the time being?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryan: Yeah, I actually like your WR’s a lot.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Jay: my bad this actually how our teams are set up if it makes any difference

            1 qb 2 wr 2 rb 1 flex 1 te 1 pk 1 def 6 bn spots

            • Jay

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              @Ryan: Doesn’t really change the dynamic for me.

  24. Frank White says:
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    My other team in 10 team PPR keeper is
    Stafford
    Cruz
    Crabtree
    Charles
    LeVeon Bell
    Julius Thomas
    Harvin
    M Bryant
    Rams D
    Blount
    Hillman
    Lamar Miller
    McFadden
    Amendola
    Decker
    Wallace
    Baldwin
    Gates
    This guy is giving us a hard time trading us Knile Davis..I want him cause of Charles injury and just for a Handcuff.. He countered trade and He wants Lamar Miller for Davis. Should I go for it?? They’re saying now that Miller and Moreno are both splitting caries and are both irrelevant to have and Moreno is slightly better to have.. Jump on that trade?

  25. Charles says:
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    Razzzzzballll!!!!!! So awesome to transition from your baseball daily to football daily. Quick question regarding defense rankings. Why is Detroit ranked #19 vs NYG and Eli at home? I’m streaming Def this year until one emerges and I plugged them in for week 1. TB is on my waivers and it’s the only one available in your top 10 rankings. I could make the swap if you think they are a better matchup vs Newton instead of Eli.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: Welcome to the football side! I honestly think Detroit’s defense is not improved, and gives me flashes of the Cowboy’s. I’ll let them prove me wrong in this case.

      • Charles says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks for the follow up. Should I swap out Detroit for Tampa?

        • Jay

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          @Charles: Yeah, totally.

  26. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Jay, quick question…

    I own Tom Brady as my main qb and have Cam Newton as my backup. I have always been a big Newton fan, but I was just offered Fred Jackson for Newton.

    News just came out that they are using CJ Spiller on kickoff returns… I take this trade, right?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I think you could do better, but I’m okay with it as it fills a possible need with excess.

  27. Jagan says:
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    Need 1 FLEX :.5 PPR league

    Mike Wallace / Terrance Williams / Frank Gore

    Regards

    Jagan

    • Jay

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      @Jagan: Probably playing it safe here and rolling with Gore.

  28. Clint says:
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    Wow, that’s some balls right there, Jay. Couple questions for a 1.5pt/rec league:

    1) Even with the rib issue, you’d sit Romo and start Newton alongise RG3 for my QB flex spot?
    2) With 1 RB, 2 WR’s, and 1 flex, you’d go with Bell over Foster and then go Megatron/Cobb/Crabtree for the last 3 spots? Blount stealing carries and Bell not being much of a pass catcher doesn’t scare you at all even for week 1?

    My offense in total looks like this:
    QB: Romo/RG3/Newton
    RB: Bell, Foster, Gio, Vereen
    WR: Megatron, Cobb, Crabtree, Wright, Torrey

    Starting roster spots include:
    QB
    QB/RB/WR/TE
    RB
    WR1, WR2
    RB/WR/TE

    Thanks as always!

    • Jay

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      @Clint: 1) It’s close, but yes. 2) I like that combo, and Blount doesn’t scare me too much.

  29. Jack says:
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    Ben Tate or Woodhead at flex – PPR

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jack: Tate slightly this week.

  30. Steve says:
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    Would u trade keenan Allen and Cameron to get J Thomas?
    I have Dt Thomas and Jeffrey as my starters
    Hunter and Decker on my bench
    Thanks!
    10 team standard

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve: I’d hold.

  31. Sou Girls, 1 Cup says:
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    Who do you have in your flex spot this week for a PPR league?

    Golden Tate
    Brian Hartline
    Danny Woodhead
    Darren Sproles
    Freed Jackson

    Non PPR league same question for flex spot?
    Le’Veon Bell
    Keenan Allen
    Jeremy Maclin
    Rashad Jennings

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sou Girls, 1 Cup: The rankings say Tate for PPR and Bell over Allen, though it’s close.

      • Sou Girls, 1 Cup says:
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        @Jay: Thanks…didn’t even see the flex tab…good addition.

  32. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Am I crazy to like Gates as a W/R/T flex early in the season in 0.5 PPR? I have Gronk at TE, so Gates is also an injury hedge. But the Chargers’ schedule prior to the bye doesn’t have a lot of defenses that scare me, other than SEA in wk 2. It looks like Green won ‘t be supplanting him for a bit, and the old man still pulled down 77/872/4 last year. I’m thinking I can get a good half-season out of him before wearing down or Green become issues.

    My other flex options are S-Jax, who is old, and a bunch of guys who may take some time to realize their value–Benjamin, J. Hill, Bradshaw, D. Freeman, and Latimer. Rankings above say S-Jax this week by a hair over Benjamin, with Gates 20 slots behind. But for the next month or two, starting Gates isn’t crazy, right?

    Dwayne Allen, who i also like, is available but I drafted Gates as a more reliable early-season option.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Yeah, and Gates performs very well in the first-half of the season. Love Allen, but there’s a lot of depth at TE.

  33. Steve D. says:
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    Knowshon Moreno or Terrence Williams out of the FLEX in a standard PPR?

  34. Bryan says:
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    Prater was dropped, would you stash him for a few weeks or just keep Matt Bryant all season?

    I would be dropping Benny Cunningham to make room.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: Naw, don’t worry about kickers. Bryant is fine.

  35. Steve Stevenson says:
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    DST streamers, don’t sleep on the Texans. This week v Was, given how the Skins have looked and Houston’s history of de-pantsing Jay Gruden’s offense, is a nice matchup, and is followed by @Oak, @NYG, vBuf. I’m riding the Watt/Clowney train through September and probably jumping off right before the week 5/6 DAL/IND games. Late season they also have a @Cle, vCin, vTen, @Jax stretch.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Yeah, I wouldn’t mind streaming them, but I’m picking up the Jets DEF all over the place.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Jay: Yeah I like the Jets this week, but they were actually scooped in my draft by another streamer before I was ready to grab a DST.

  36. Jagan says:
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    one more FLEX q:.5 PPR league

    Mike Wallace / Travis Kelce

    worried about Revis island for wallace

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jagan: I’m fine with Wallace there.

  37. VinScully1988 says:
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    Would you start Russell Wilson over Cam Newton this week?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @VinScully1988: My rankings say yes, but it’s close.

  38. sniff test says:
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    Can you provide any insight to your ranking of Olsen (30) over the likes of Reggie Wayne (51) and Kendall Wright (38) in PPR flex. I have Olsen in two leagues where I have a flex position…I was planning on starting Wayne and Wright over him until I read this. In one league, with Wayne, there is a 3 pt bonus for receivers that get over 100 yrds and 75 for TEs. The other league where I was going to play Wright, there is a 5pt bonus for 100 and 7 at 150 regardless of position. Do these yardage marks make a difference?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @sniff test: I’m obviously high on him, including the pre-season. I think, at least in the first week, Newton goes early and often to him. With these bonuses though, that makes the decision tougher, but it’s hard to figure out who would get over 100 yards. If it were my guess, I’d still stick with Olsen this week.

  39. J-FOH says:
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    Now that football started i can go back to making fun of the baseball only nerds on grey’s side of the site. I love football season

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: Represent!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: always!

  40. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Hi, I just drafted a 14team non PPR H2H league. With Spiller now returning kickoffs, should I be looking for anew RB2? How about the rest of the team? Thanks!

    QB Cam Newton
    RB Demarco Murray
    RB CJ Spiller
    WR Demaryius Thomas
    WR Kendall Wright
    Flex Mike Evans
    TE Ladarius Green
    Defense Jets
    Kicker Sebastian

    Bench: Ray Rice, Bradshaw, Amendola, Eli Manning

  41. Matt says:
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    The dilema: Start Ryan or Luck?

    Luck is consistently rated in the top 5 while Ryan is ranked higher in Week 1. Decesions.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt: I’m personally going Ryan here, but it’s close.

  42. Charles says:
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    14 Team non-ppr
    6 Pts per TD, 1 pt per 50 passing yards, 1 pt per 20 rush yards, fractional points count.

    I already have Kaepernick slotted in at Dallas but if Crabtree sits should I start Big Ben vs Cleveland over Kaepernick instead?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: I’m still going Kap there.

  43. vinodole says:
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    +37 vs ECR for Matthews for FLEX!! 20th overall!

    Arizona run D is no joke – what makes you think he’ll have a big week this week?

    Thanks Jay

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @vinodole: I think they’ll run early and often. I like Arizona’s D, but I think Mathews gets his.

  44. Dingbat says:
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    Welker was just dropped in my league, and I think I have room to stash him. Who’s worth dropping for him?

    Fred Jackson
    Greg Jennings
    Brian Hartline
    Justin Hunter
    Travis Kelce

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dingbat: Probably Hartline.

  45. kisses says:
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    I’m discussing trade options with a guy in my PPR league who is willing to part with Jimmy Graham. Problem is he wants Megatron in return. Per our conversations, the deal would is currently looking something like this:

    He sends — Jimmy Graham, Edelman, Gore
    I send — Megatron, Mike Wallace, Gates

    I would rather not lose Megatron, but i understand that Graham is probably on-par with Megatron in terms of PPR value.

    Just in case you see something else, here are some other pieces I have that I could include/replace: Hilton, Mathews, Marqise Lee, Streater, Hartline, McFadden

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kisses: Nope. Don’t do it. He’s basically trying to net the same thing, but upgrade his other positions.

      • kisses says:
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        @Jay: alright, thanks for helping me through the fog there. I did just turn around and swap McFadden for Wheaton so we’ll see how that goes.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @kisses: I like that trade for you.

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    Which side do you like:

    Stacy/Golden

    OR

    Vereen/Edelman

    0.5 PPR, 6 points per TD, 3 point bonus (85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing), 6 point bonus (135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Leaning Stacy side there.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: is it close? That’s the way I was leaning, but the guy now might not do it. I would be getting the Stacy side.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: I think it’s fair, but I’d want the Stacy side, like you.

  47. Nick says:
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    Hold Arizona defense or start streaming from week 1 with the Jets/Bears/Lions??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I’m streaming Jets everywhere this week.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Nick: i just dropped TB in one league for ARI (knowing they were ranked very high for whole season), and then saw rankings for this week. I’m def not grabbing CHI though and leaving 2 top 10 DEF’s out there (TB and ARI). NYJ are being grabbed in all my leagues too. If you can grab any of those and think all three are close, might want to make sure you don’t grab one you’d hate life with if you got stuck with, like DET or CHI.

  48. ADTrey says:
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    Would you trade Julio Jones for demariyus Thomas?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ADTrey: I mean, it’s fine, but isn’t it the same thing essentially? Sure, there’s risk with Jones, but it just seems very lateral.

      • ADTrey says:
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        Yeah I guess they are very similar, it helps both teams bye week situations though that’s why it was proposed

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @ADTrey: Yeah, I’m okay. I think Julio has the higher ceiling, but you have to think about his ankle too.

  49. DiRo says:
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    need to start 2 guys in a .5 ppr league; J Bell, Vereen, K Wright or Edelman

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DiRo: Vereen and Wright.

      • DiRo says:
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        @Jay: Thanks as always, the rankings helped me with my other decisions. I always find the first few weeks to be the toughest when it comes to playing match ups.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @DiRo: You’re not alone, as we don’t really have any data to work with, and last season’s seems so far away.

  50. Dan says:
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    Hey Jay.

    12 team non-ppr redraft with 2 keepers

    My league has a 3 year keeper max and I have Adrian Peterson in his 3rd year so this season I have to trade him. I want to trade him because i’m slightly worried of AP getting injured before I have the chance to trade him and losing him for nothing.

    Would you trade

    Ap for Jamaal Charles

    Ap/Andre Johnson for Calvin Johnson/Montee Ball

    My Roster

    Romo, AP, Forte, D Freeman, A Jeffrey, A Johnson, M Floyd, J Hunter, Mike Evans, C Latimer, Jordan Cameron, Kyle Rudolph

    I can also trade J Cameron for E Sanders.

    What would you do?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dan: Im’ okay with all those trades, but would probably go for Charles personally. And I would trade Cameron for Sanders.

  51. Drake's New Favorite Team says:
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    Trade my M. Ryan and V. Cruz for his Aaron Rodgers and Marquise Lee?

    PPR, 6 pts per Pass TD

    Current Squad

    QB Matt Ryan
    RB Eddie Lacy, GB
    RB Danny Woodhead, SD
    WR Julio Jones, Atl
    WR Vincent Jackson, TB
    WR Victor Cruz, NYG
    TE Jordan Cameron, Cle
    FLEX Jordan Reed, Wsh
    D/ST Jets D/ST
    K Dan Bailey

    Aaron Dobson
    Justin Hunter
    Kelvin Benjamin
    Ray Rice
    Christine Michael

  52. Snake Hips says:
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    Need to drop a player to pick up a kicker… 10 team non-PPR.

    P. Thomas, woodhead, K. Robinson, Blount, wright, hartline

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Snake Hips: Blount or Hartline, depending on depth.

  53. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a league that gives 5 pt bonus for 300 pass and 100 rush/rec yds, how much do you bump up guys like Brees and Peyton, who you know will hit it pretty much every week?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Yeah, all high level players would get a boost. These types of leagues, I would go stars/scrubs approach.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: almost all my money leagues are exactly like that, except with 6 pt bonuses. If you’re in snake draft pretty much can’t completely punt QB and get stuck with RG3 types. Ryan/Romo aren’t terrible to have though. Pretty much make sure you do have 1 top end RB and WR though, at least.

  54. Homer says:
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    10 Team keeper
    Stills vs Latimer as a WR #4 for the rest of the year

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Homer: I still believe in Stills.

  55. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    i’m guessing later PPR vs standard ranks come out (i mean a different week)?

  56. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    wow, i know you made these before ellington’s 4-6 week injury, but it looks mighty funny now. damn, 56 spots up in PPR. Bold predictions aren’t just once a year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Yeah, it’ll be adjusted later today. Chargers usually have trouble with backs like that, which is why I was so aggressive.

  57. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    AP not showing up in FLEX PPR ranks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Yeah, unfortunately, the Flex section auto-synchs with the rest of the rankings. I’m not sure on what their process is, but since everyone is held to the same restrictions, I’ll just have to go with it. To be fair, he’s not really a flex option at all. If he’s not your RB1, something’s wrong.

  58. Zandy says:
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    Sorry Jay a lot has changed since thurs.

    Be a boss and go kickerless or drop one of the following Kelvin Benjamin, Josh Gordon, Ahmad or Dwyer.. Who you dropping?
    Kelvin is my third WR in a two WR starting format

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: I think I answered this somewhere else. Hit me up again if I didn’t.

  59. bryan says:
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    when i asked you earlier, you said NYJ> Cincy’s D. But then you rank Cincy ahead of NYJ’s…. what changed? i dont get it?

    what would you say your confidence level of keenan allen outproducing marques colston week 1? 90%, 80%, 60%? I seem to be the only one who thinks colston’s having a bounceback year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @bryan: Yeah, my bad on that. I usually add the caveat of “wait for my rankings for the final word” to those types of questions. For what it’s worth, I’m streaming the Jets D everywhere.

      55%? I certainly think Colston can have a huge day against the Atlanta secondary. But Allen will get his as well.

      • bryan says:
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        thanks!. yea I love keenan allen this year but his start (pattirck peterson, richard shermon) to the year is rough. i think imma roll the dice on colston. I see drew brees slinging it around a lot.

        so to be clear, would you rather stream cincy vs baltimore than vs the jets? i feel like they’re the ‘safe play’ but the NYJ defense could give you one of those weeks where you win soley because of your defense! it could get ugly (either way) for the jets

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Yeah, I’m just surprised Cincy is a streaming option. Their defense should be owned. I certainly like them more, but that’s not knockin’ the Jets defense this week.

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