I’ve taken the strategery rankings through week 6 and used them to look at the rest of the fantasy season.  This first graph is the average rush defense ranking of each team’s next 9-10 opponents.  This gives an overall look at how tough the remaining schedule is for running backs.  I tend to look at the extremes because I am like X-games xtreme!  Or because the extremes can show up easier in actual on the field numbers. There are a lot of teams with schedules that are all over the place. So it’s not as if the tough schedules are without nice matchups here and there.

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You can see our man JC Superstar has a very nice stretch of games coming up, but then it falls off a bit . . . The rich keep getting richer with CJ2K’s nice schedule . . . Don’t throw Felix Jones on the scrap heap with his future matchups . . . Mendenhall’s team has some tough matchups, but the rush D’s they face aren’t that bad . . .

Now let’s take a look at the last 3 games of the fantasy season, or as I lovingly call them, the playoffs. I find this to be really helpful to those of you who are sitting pretty in your leagues.  If you are almost assured a spot in the playoffs! PLAYOFFS!? then look to target some of these guys.  Like our man Knowshon Moreno. Yes his injuries are a concern, but if he’s healthy come playoff time you have great matchups . . . Maurice-Jones Drew is hurting some teams right now, but if you can get in the playoffs, yowzah! . . . Ronnie Brown has a tough week 14, but if you can get to week 15/16, watchout! . . . Cedric Benson doesn’t look poised to help you too much in the playoffs, hope for a few nice games coming up and see what you can get . . . Like I mentioned up top JC Superstar has some great games coming up, but then his playoff matchups are tough . . .

  1. Andrew says:

    Trade Offer, Standard Flex League

    I give : Mcfadden, royal
    I Get: Hines Ward, Louis Murphey/MSW

    Pull the trigger? If so Which combo?

    *Rothlisberger is my qb.

  2. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    Would you rather have Moreno or Torain for the rest of the season? I just got a straight up offer sending Torain and getting Moreno. Would you pull the trigger?

  3. AdamH says:

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: I would.

    Doc, if you could, pick 2 to start this week (0.5PPR):

    Moreno v Oak
    Mathews v NE
    Torain @ Chi
    Lynch v Ari (long shot, figured Id throw him in there)


  4. Cole says:

    Very interesting article, Doc.
    Flex spot and WR spot, 1 ppr, pick 2
    Felix Jones
    J. Gafney
    Kenny Britt
    Thanks dude.

  5. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Jay Cutler was dropped in my league, and I’m sitting on the 4th of 10th waiver priority. I already have Orton and Flacco, but another 5-1 team had just picked up Josh Freeman prior to Cutler being dropped (he normally starts Schaub who is on a bye). My team is stacked, but is it worth me picking up Cutler just to keep him off that other team for the week?

  6. dingbat says:

    Great timing! I was just about to ask a question about trading RBs with the end of the season in mind. What do you think about trading Ricky Williams for Shonn Greene?

    The team with Greene could use help subbing in for players on bye weeks, and Ricky’s sitting on my bench this week. Greene seems to have the higher ceiling, but Ricky’s got those great matchups in weeks 15 & 16.

  7. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Follow up: If I do use my waiver priority for Cutler, it could potentially prevent me from dropping Marcedes Lewis for Owen Daniels next week since my waiver priority will drop to 10/10.

  8. dingbat says:

    @dingbat: Or should I try to target Moreno instead of Greene?

  9. The Vaporizers says:

    Doc, would you trade Ryan Torain for Knowshon Moreno? Im thinking about offering it, and I know the Moreno owner would do it since yahoo projects that Torain will out perform Moreno 114 – 86 for the rest of the season.

    Who do you like better? They both have injury risk.

  10. genghis chone says:

    Great article, I had kind of been hoping for something like this. My team is doing well (5-1) and I have a lot of depth, so I was wondering who you thought would be better as an end-of-bench stash: V-Jax (who I currently own), Tashard Choice, Deji Karim, Jonathan Stewart or Owen Daniels. I have a lot of WR depth at the moment (Andre Johnson, Nicks, Harvin, Knox, Britt, Tampa Williams), a good amount of depth at RB (CJ2K, Charles, Forte, Best, Torain), and only Zach Miller at TE. PPR, point per 25 return yards, we start 2 RB, 2 WR and a RB/WR flex. Thanks!

  11. Howie says:

    @Doc: Regarding Vincent Jackson in a non-PPR… is he worth adding for late season production if the drop candidates were Panther Smith, teammate Malcolm Floyd, or RunDMC?

  12. herschel says:

    @Doc: i have benson and crabtree to package for an upgrade at rb…who do you think i should be targeting for a playoff run for this pair (my other rbs are gore and jc).


  13. hideousmutants says:

    Quarterback dilemma:

    I have Big Ben, Flacco, Kolb. Am considering picking up Chiefs D for this weekend (my starting D is Tenn.)

    Don’t really feel the need to carry 3 QBs and Kolb’s future is fuzzy with Vick coming back. Is the bump from Tenn up to KC enough to warrant dropping him?

  14. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Colt’s just announced Dallas Clark’s season is over. He’s heading to the IR.

  15. Matt Leinart says:

    Well, Clark is officially done. At least we didn’t get some 4-8 week timeframe, so I could drop him without worries. Except of course for the worry that I just lost one of my supposed strengths. At least I’m not the Colts.

    Anyhow, I’ve got Moeaki for this week, and I just scooped up Daniels with Clark’s spot. I’ll have to pick one before week 9 and drop the other.

    My question is whether you’d prefer Cooley to either of them going forward. Of the three, I’m leaning Daniels.

    One other question: what are the odds that Tamme ends up being better than all of them? Indy drafted him because they thought he could fit in the versatile Clark role, and Peyton is still throwing the ball. He has to throw it to someone, and 3 of his boys are on the shelf. . .


  16. PepeSilvia says:

    Drop Manningham for Anthony Gonzalez?

  17. Calogero says:

    It’s funny that so many other commenters are doing the same thing I am. I offered Torain and Lance Moore for Knowshon. Lance Moore is my 5th receiver and Austin/Wallace/Welker are all past their bye, so he’ll never play. I figured maybe that inclusion could get the Knowshon owner past any worries that Portis could come back in a few weeks and cut into the workload.

  18. Ken Plane says:

    Doc – Start 2 of three, non-ppr – S. Smith(NYG), Ward, or Crayton.

  19. 24hourjack says:

    now that Clark is done,Im looking to buy low on Daniels during his bye week,but in order to make the trade work I will likely have to give up Harvin as part of the deal……..

    how much value do you see Harvin having for the next 11 wks?…..and would you trade Harvin straight up for Cedric Benson,since thats what it may amount to if we make the trade work……..


  20. Calogero says:

    @24hourjack: Wait, what? Would you trade Harvin to GET Benson?


    Benson is a top 10-15 RB. Unless you’re in a return-yardage league, Harvin is only a decent 2nd WR, but there are about 20 guys that are interchangeable as a 2nd WR, including guys who are probably free agents. Check the FA list right now and see if anyone could possibly put up numbers close to Benson – not happening.

  21. Wilsonian says:

    So I recently sent out an offer of DMC and Colston for Mendy. I’m not really expecting it to be accepted, but was maybe looking for some negotiations, so I’m debating at cancelling and not even attempting to try to get Mendy.

    The reason behind this is supported by this post. I have CJ, Best, Hillis, Moreno, DMC as my backs. According to your list, these guys are in the bottom 8 (or top 8 depending on how you want to look at it). Right now, I’ve got a pretty stacked team, and barring serious injury, I should be slated for a playoff run (I’m in 1st at 4-2 and tied with 2 others but leading in overall points), and those favorable matchups, look, er, favorable.

    And finally I get to a question, which is…based on this info, would it even be worth an attempt at acquiring Mendy? My WRs are also White, Marshall, Wayne, Boldin, Colston.

  22. TO for Prez says:

    Who should I start in my flex spot? Options: Torain, McFadden, Charles.

    (I already have CJ & McCoy in the RB1 & RB2 spots.

  23. Ken Plane says:


    So you are trying to trade an injured RB and a underperforming WR for a top 10 RB and you really are wondering why you did not receive any answer. WOW!!!!!

  24. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Andrew: It’s close, but I hate to give DMC up at this point.

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: Moreno is risky, but I think I’d risk getting him.

    @Cole: Jones and Gafney. Britt was in some kind of altercation at a bar and didn’t practice today. Not sure if he’ll play.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: If it doesn’t hurt your team I could see doing it.

    @AdamH: Tough, Moreno/Mathews

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Yeah, don’t hurt yourself just to get Cutler.

    @dingbat: I like both, but I’d lean Moreno right now.

    @The Vaporizers: I’d go for it.

    @genghis chone: I wouldn’t mind Owen Daniels with Miller’s QB situation in flux.

    @Howie: I’d hold for now and see if Floyd is going to be back next week.

    @herschel: I’d see if you can get Mendenhall.

    @Matt Leinart: It’s hard to tell. Tamme could do something, but it’s not assured by any means. I’d rather have the guys you mentioned. I’d probably lean Moeaki over Cooley since I see him getting better as the season goes on. Daniels #1 though.

    @PepeSilvia: Worth a shot

    @Ken Plane: Ward/Crayton

    @Wilsonian: Don’t take these numbers as gospel. A player like Mendy is in too good a situation to worry about. I doubt they would do that trade, but I would if I was getting Mendy.

    @TO for Prez: I’d lean Charles

  25. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Maclin, Miles Austin, Welker, Lance moore

    Start two?

  26. Hennessey says:

    This is great info, Doc. Any way you could put a permanent link to this somewhere on the home page for the rest of the season? Thanks.

  27. Hennessey says:

    Also, with Nicks not practicing today I’m hesitant to leave him in my lineup since he plays Monday night. Wayne’s on a buy, so my options in a 1 PPR league are Brandon Tate @SD or Danario Alexander @TB. I would have to drop Tate to grab Alexander. What do you think (assuming Nicks is too risky to start)?

  28. Matt says:

    Great stuff!

    Can you offer this playoff info for WR?

  29. Matt Leinart says:

    I have to sit 2 of these guys:

    MJD @ KC
    Bradshaw @ DAL
    Moreno vs OAK
    TJones vs Jax
    Torain @ CHI

    If Bouman is the QB, how close is MJD to being on the bench? I could see MJD and Torain with the fewest points this week.

  30. Hennessey says:

    Ok, one more (for now). With my RB depth of Gore, Foster, Charles, Bradshaw, McFadden and Torain — and only 3 available starting spots for RBs each week — would you trade Romo + Torain (who will probably never start and serves his purpose as trade bait) for Peyton Manning? I upgrade at QB, even if just slightly, and my other starters remain the same.

  31. Wilsonian says:

    @Ken Plane: If you read my whole post, you will notice that I wasn’t wondering why they hadn’t answered, I just sent it out last night around 11:00. For one, he needs a WR, as a few of his have an injury bug and one of his bench WRs is VJax, so he ain’t helpin’ right now. And like I said, I didn’t expect it to get accepted, I was only looking for maybe a negotiation starter.

    Also, the purpose of me posting that was to see if (based on the team I have now) it would be worth it to make a deal for Mendy, and assuming that I would have to pay more than I had originally offered. And I wanted to know Doc’s opinion on the situation, especially based on his graphs and statistics that are posted here.

    I appreciate the input, but before you try to make me look like a dumbass and like I don’t know what I’m doing, please read my whole post.

  32. herschel says:

    @Doc: my benson/crabtree for mjd? have some depth at wr with mega, roddy white and s moss.

  33. Plainville says:


    Need 2 RBs, 2 WRs and 1 RB/WR Flex. I have:

    RB1 LeSean McCoy
    RB2 MJD
    WR1 Roddy White
    WR2 Nicks
    Flex Marshawn Lynch


    Ryan Torain
    Santana Moss
    Mike Williams (TB)

    I have lost so much faith in MJD that Torain or Moss looks tempting. I always follow the play your studs rule but what do you think?

  34. Joel says:

    First off, CONGRATS ON YOUR SEASON TO DATE #5 RANKING on fantasypros! great job! Ok, lets get down to business: I can trade Bradshaw straight up to get JC Superstar, to the team I’m playing this week. Non-ppr. Pull the trigger? I’m heavily leaning twds it.

  35. Black Beard says:

    Hey Doc. Reggie Bush is eyeing a week 8 return; Bush and Vincent Jackson are on the wire. Non-ppr.

    Would you drop any of Tate, Greene, Donald Brown, Gaffney, Beanie Wells, or Roy Williams for V-Jax and/or Bush? Thanks Doc.

  36. Ken Plane says:


    Me thinks doth protests too much!!!

  37. Mr2Bits says:

    Doc : I saw on Schmidt smart he recommended sitting Britt. Would you play BJGE(the law firm) over him at a flex this week or let Britt ride?

  38. agarthered says:

    I have
    Steve Smith (car)
    Roy Williams

    i can only start 3, which 3 do i start this weekend?

  39. Doc

    Doc says:

    @tggq21: Maclin/Austin

    @Hennessey: Yea. Nicks says he will play. I think he will.

    @agarthered: I’m leaning toward sitting Roy

    @Mr2Bits: I’d go with The Firm.

    @Black Beard: In Non-PPR I don’t like Bush much. I would drop Tate for VJax.

    @Joel: Appreciate it. I’d go for it.

    @Plainville: Really tough, but I know what you are saying. I think I’d lean Torain with the QB sitch in Jax.

    @Hennessey: With Clark and Collie out I know Manning will be ok, but I can’t see him getting better numbers than eith them (but you never know!). I don’t know if the upgrade from Romo is big enough. But if Torain is just fodder it is an upgrade.

    @Matt Leinart: Jones/Torain

    @Matt: I’ll have QBs next which should be helpful for WRs.

  40. yuppy says:

    Freeman or Eli Manning

  41. Deanna says:

    I’m puzzled. You told plainville he should play Torain over MJD, but you told Matt Leinart he should play MJD over Torain. I have the same question. What should I do?

  42. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Deanna: Yeah, I’m on the fence there. I think MJD is safe to get plenty of work, but his QB situation is looking horrid. I would probably lean MJD, but Matt seemed to have a gut feeling with Torain and I think he needs to go with that when it’s close.

    @yuppy: I like Eli

  43. timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: 10 team .5ppr, 3WR,2rb, 1 flex (wr/rb/te)……..(my WRs: andre johnson, bmarsh, tree, bowe, woody
    RBs: Rice, mcfadden, felix jones, thomas jones, woody, ivory)

    I have both vernon davis and owen daniels and am offered one of them to Clarks owner…..what should it take for me to part with VD with all of these TE injuries…..would you offer bowe or crabtree and VD for Moss? Is that too much/little or fair, in my best interest?

    I also have Thomas Jones and he has JC….is offering thomas jones and VD for JC too much or is jones and daniels more reasonable for JC?

    How would you approach this?


  44. hideousmutants says:

    Pick one D for this week:


  45. timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: or just keep VD and hold tight too….thanks again

  46. Drew Crew says:

    which 2 do i start in a ppr league out of Welker, Gaffney, Moore, and Crayton.

  47. Gavin says:

    Need 2 WR slots to fill from the following:

    -Mike Williams (TB)
    -Mike Williams (Sea)
    -Woodhead (WR eligible)

    I’m leaning Crayton and Woodhead. Cheers.

  48. hideousmutants says:

    I’ve said this before but it bears repeating–your advice about twitter has made huge difference. Always hated it but I’m getting info faster than everyone in my league (Clark, Collie, Addai… That’s just this week).

    You should re-post that. It was great info!

  49. friar says:

    Doc, I need some advice. I’ve got Gates on my team and he’ll obviously start for me this weekend if he plays. However, even though people sound optimistic, he’s listed as questionable and might end up as a dreaded 4:00 game time decision. This gives me three choices.

    1. Plan for the worst and pick up a new tight end. If I learn by 1:00 that Gates will definitely play, then I start him, otherwise, I have a decent option to start in his place. If I go this route, I’d drop Kenny Britt and would likely pick up Lewis, Shockey, Heap, or Moeaki.

    2. Pick up a TE with a late game so that, if Gates is ruled out last minute, I at least don’t take a zero for the position. I’d again be dropping Britt and I’d pick up Boss, Lee, Gronkowski, McMichael, or Quarless. I’m not crazy about giving up Britt for such mediocre options, but this lets me make a game time decision on Gates.

    3. Don’t add another TE. I run the risk of taking a zero, but it’s sounding like Gates will play and I get to hold onto Britt (my fourth WR in a 10-team 0.5 PPR league that starts two WRs and flex). Plus, with TE being a low scoring position (Gates being a rare exception), it’s possible that the difference between a waiver wire fill-in and no one at all isn’t actually that significant.

    Which route should I go with this? And if I pick up a TE, who should it be? Thanks!

  50. Joel says:

    I have one last Q for the week. For the first time this season, I’m thinking I might rather have Brees rest of season then ARod. who would you take ros? If Brees, is it enough of a difference to pay a lower level running back plus arod for?

  51. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Joel: I would rather have Brees, but it’s too close to give up more than ARod.

    @friar: I would hedge on Gates going.

    @hideousmutants: Glad it helped!

    @Gavin: I agree

    @timmy riggins: I’d like to see a little more from Daniels before you shop VD.

    @Drew Crew: Leaning Welker and Crayton

    @hideousmutants: KC

  52. Joel says:

    thanks for everything, Doc. good luck this week!

  53. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Joel: Back atcha! I’ll need the luck with some of my craptastic teams!

  54. Hennessey says:

    @Doc: Ok, thanks. Yeah, Torain was just fodder. I made the deal and grabbed Hasselbeck for the spot start this week. Not great, but I can afford it for a week. Just wanted to let you know, in case you ever wonder what actually happens with the advice you give. I think the trade should turn out alright. Thanks again!

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