Hopefully you didn’t worry too much about Roddy White’s nagging injury and started him, because, well, he’s awesome.  And I think we can officially take Baltimore off the elite defense list.  Oh, and what the hell Michael Turner?  Ray Rice looked good, but of course should have had more work.  Joe Theisman and Matt Millen walk into a bar, and you can only hope it is a swinging steel bar.  Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco are fantasy twins or possibly Bert and Ernie.   I think they should do a sitcom.  Ryan ended up with a better fantasy game and ran his home record to 18-1, but they are pretty much on par with each other.  But we have a lot more football to go and here are some start/sit types that I just typed.

(Doc’s Note: We still need managers to join us in our Razzball FanDuel Leagues – One, Two, y Three.)



David Garrard: I am officially beating a dead horse.  Start him.

Shaun Hill: The Bills have a poor pass defense, but since teams can run on them so easily they usually go that route.  The Lions love to pass and pass they will.  Hill has shown he can get the job done.


Tom Brady: Since Moss left Brady’s fantasy numbers have taken a bit of a dive.  He’s still too good to put into the QB2 category, but he is now definitely on the low end of QB1 and can be benched against the right teams or if you have a better matchup play.  The Steelers aren’t the best pass defense in the league, but they get the job done.

Jon Kitna: It’s hard to know exactly how hard the Cowboys will play for their new coach, but even if they are really primed for this game, it will be hard to go on the road against one of the best pass defenses in the league.

Running Backs


Jahvid Best: Yes, he’s been a bit worthless lately, but did show signs last week of breaking out of his toe-funk. And now he gets the Buffalo Bills poor rush defense.  We know what he can do so starting him against the worst rush defense in the league sounds like a good idea.

Mike Goodson: With Jimmy Clausen at the helm you can’t expect huge numbers out of Goodson, but he does get work in both the rushing and passing game and gets to face the Bucs who give up 5 yards a carry.


Danny Woodhead/BenJarvus Green-Ellis: The Steelers have still only given up a long run of 14 yards.  Wha? That seems insane.  I can’t say I have any idea what the shortest long run given up in a season is, but that would be an interesting tidbit.  Since the Patriots running backs split time there really is little hope for either against the Steelers.

Peyton Hillis: The Jets have given up one touchdown to a running back and the only back to top 10 fantasy points was Adrian Peterson with 10.8.  Hillis is up there in the start your studs category and I think I’d be hard pressed to find too many teams he wouldn’t be a starter on, but they are out there, especially in 2 RB leagues.

Wide Receivers


Mike Sims Walker: He went all bat poo crazy on the Cowboys and now he gets the Texans, yet another piss poor pass defense found in Texas.  He’s still too risky to feel good about long term, but you have to start him against the Texans.  The same is true with Mike Thomas.  Start them all!

Mario Manningham: The guy kills the Cowboys as it is, but now he gets to be the #2 receiver since Steve Smith will be out this week.


Steve Smith (CAR): He gets Jimmy Clausen back and Aqib Talib covering him.  You can’t really ask for a crappier set of circumstances.

Dwayne Bowe: The Chiefs are going to run and run and run some more, while Champ Bailey takes care of Mr. Bowe who has never scored a touchdown against Denver.

Tight Ends


Marcedes Lewis: I hate that he has 7 touchdowns on 6 receptions, or something around that, but the guy gets into the endzone and Houston is horrible against tight ends.

Brandon Pettigrew: The Bills = not good against tight ends.


Greg Olsen: The Vikings give up an average 5.2 fantasy points a game to tight ends.  He continues to be waiver wire fodder.

  1. Lou says:

    I’m weighting Pettigrew vs. Shiancoe in a PPR? I’m not sure if the Bills giving up 8TDs to tight-ends is a trend or situational. 2 TDs each to Keller, Lewis, and Heap in consecutive weeks. Throw in a flukey TD
    to Greg Olsen and another to Gronkowski who is, or was, strictly a redzone target and the numbers seem situational. im not questioning your opinion at all. I’d just like to hear what think about Pettigrew vs. Shiancoe (PPR). by the way my opponent had Roddy so upside is a factor.

  2. Nick says:

    @Doc: Trade away Big Ben for Rice or McFadden to a Brady owner who is 4-5?

  3. Nick says:

    @Doc: I have Vick…last day to make a move on my backup QB. Couldn’t get AP…

  4. B-rude says:

    Standard League, return yards count.

    Doc, which of the 3 would you start this week? Goodson, Torain, Knowshon, Blount or Spiller (Now The Main Kick Returner)?

  5. buge hoobs says:

    I wasn’t even considering Mario this week, but now after reading your advice …

    10 man PPR. Pick three (2WR, 1FLEX)

    Nicks, TO, SMoss, Megatron, Maclin, Mario, MThomas

    Should I be considering him?

    I know, I know. Too many WRs. But it’s a stingy league where nobody will give up a RB in a trade. Not even a 2fer. So I’m hoarding WRs.

  6. Brett says:

    I am in 1st place but feel I need to make a move to keep myself there and get ready for the playoffs.
    Should I trade Schaub (or Roethlisberger) and Turner for Rivers and Randy Moss.
    I am very weak at WR and my other RB’s are Chris Johnson, Foster, and Bradshaw

    Thank you

  7. perdew says:

    freeman or schaub?

    my gut told me freeman last week and i was right. but both have tantalizing match ups. my concern is JAC rush D is almost as bad as their pass D so the texans might just let foster go crazy

  8. CL says:

    please pick my 3 starters:


    I thought Moreno was the odd man out, but your comment above regarding Hillis against Jets DEF has got me second guessing myself. But really, have you seen Hillis?! That man is a beast!


  9. joey says:

    what qb to start out of the 3? schaub, big ben, or cutler? thanks

  10. Matt Leinart says:

    What do you think of this trade?

    CJ + Fitz or Bradshaw + Megatron?

    Which side do you like? Is it a coin flip? I’m thinking about doing it (I’d be getting the CJohnson side) and would appreciate any feedback.


  11. Mr2Bits says:

    Would you lose Cutler for Goodson at this point as I have Vick and Ryan already? I’m very light at RB as PT is still injured and Moreno/Forte/Law firm are unreliable.

  12. Commish Cauda says:

    0.5ppr with bonuses for long TDs

    Manningham or Dez Bryant this week?

  13. NF says:

    Doc, did that guy claim his prize from Week 9? I would assume so because I didn’t get an email, but I’m just making sure.

  14. Wilsonian says:

    I’ve got Hillis firmly lodged in my RB2, with CJ2K in RB1 and McCoy in flex. Do you actually bench Hillis for Best this week? Best has been awful and his toe doesn’t seem to be 100% either. Should I really bench Hillis for him after his monster day, even if he is facing the NYJ?

  15. Wilsonian says:

    Also, different league – I have Bradshaw, Blount, Moreno, Torain and worthless Beanie. My QBs are Garrard and Cutler. Would you drop worthless Beanie to stash Fitzpatrick? I’m in 2nd and I won’t be playing Beanie barring a serious couple of injuries to my backs.

  16. Harley says:

    @ Doc: I’m looking for some late season deep sleepers at RB who would still be available on free agents in a 10 team league. Even if an injury has to happen for them, but with potential to be a top 15-20 RB. Spiller? Choice? Goodson? Ricky? James Davis? Derrick Ward?

    Also, Goodson or Blount for this week only…

  17. Howie says:

    @Doc: non-PPR– sit Hillis for Bradshaw?

  18. stumanji says:

    Manningham is already owned in all 3 of my leagues. WTF.

    In one league, he’s owned by the guy who drafted Brandon Jacobs 4th overall and also is still rostering Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum, and Victor Cruz. GIANTS HOMER MUCH?? Needless to say, his team is not good.

  19. Abe says:

    Hey Doc, I was offered Orton and Witten for Flacco and Tamme. I’m in 2nd place and will probably make the playoffs, and Orton has a sweet playoff sched (I also have Jay cutler). do it?

  20. Seth says:

    Ronnie Brown or Mike Goodson at FLEX? +1 PPR

  21. Tom Brady says:

    Sit Tom Brady? my guess is the Pats will not attempt to rush the ball. and Pitt is most vulnerable when they are spread out to cover the pass. sounds like a good day for Brady if you ask me.

  22. Harley says:

    @ Doc: Pick 1, .5 ppr league – Mike Williams (Sea), Wes Welker or Steve Smith (Car).

    Also, who would you drop to pick-up Mike Williams (Sea) – Kolb (2 qb league though and I think Vick prob gets hurt again), Reggie Bush or Michael Bush (I have McFadden and I think hes a great handcuff)?

    Thanks for your help

  23. DANgerous says:

    After this week, how do you feel about Vince young? He’s got a very favorable schedule through the stretch run, indy,hou,jax….just curious I’ve lost romo & Stafford,I’m rolling w/ JCut this week….thanks doc

  24. NoEmoJoe says:

    Need trade advice – I currently have Calvin J, Nicks, Lloyd, Ward, V Jax. And AP, Torain, Pierre T, Freddy J, M Bush at RB. I can start 3 WR, 2 RB and 1 flex. I need an RB for a WR.

    Would you trade Lloyd/Ward/Torain for MJD/Welker?

  25. brad says:

    Would y’all start Witten, Bowe or Woodhead?

  26. Joel says:

    Doc: if you were me, would you trade ARod and CJ to get Peyton and Arian? (The only thing holding me back is CJ’s week 14 matchup vs Foster’s)

  27. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Lou: The Bears have given up no TDs to TEs and yes those TD numbers are inflated a bit, but not all 8 of them are flukey. I think Pettigrew had more upside, but picking TEs is flukey no matter what. Their value depends so much on them getting into the end zone.

    @Nick: If they’ll do it, sure.

    @B-rude: Knowshon, Blount, Spiller

    @buge hoobs: Not over those guys

    @Brett: It’s not the best trade, if you needed to get into the playoffs I’d say go for it, but since you don’t I’d decline.

    @perdew: Kampman just went on IR. It’s looking even better for Schaub. I think you have to go with him.

    @CL: I’d still go with Hillis. He loses value against the JEts, but he still is a RB3/Flex.

    @joey: Schaub has more upside, but Ben is safer.

    @Matt Leinart: I’d lean CJ side

    @Mr2Bits: As long as you need him for this week, yes.

    @Commish Cauda: That’s tough. PPR leans Manningham, long TDs lean Dez. I think Manningham is the safer play.

    @NF: Nope, you’ll get an email soon.

    @Abe: Interesting. I’d go for it.

    @Wilsonian: Hillis is safer.

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, you might need the matchup help with Fitz.

    @Harley: I’d lean Blount and pick up Choice.

    @Howie: That’s tough, but I would.

    @stumanji: Yeah, same thing happened to me. Figured I could grab him somewhere.

    @Seth: Brown

    @Tom Brady: Of course you would say that!

    @Harley: I’d lean Welker. Wouldn’t want to drop any of those guys for Williams.

    @DANgerous: I think he’s worth a pickup.

    @NoEmoJoe: I’d rather get someone besides Welker there, but I could see making the trade.

  28. Jim Parkey says:

    Who would you drop – Mathews or M. Bush?

  29. Leroy says:

    Doc – which 2 would you pick in ppr this week… torrain, woodhead, donald brown, mike thomas?

  30. Sam Skinner says:

    Who’s the back to own in Ariz. going forward, Wells or Hightower?

  31. PB&J says:

    Should I start BJGE, Jacoby Jones or Jabar Gaffney in my flex spot this week?

  32. Black Beard says:

    Crabtree or Mike Williams (SEA) going forward? Non-PPR.

  33. dja says:

    would you rather start pettigrew or cooley this week?

  34. Joel says:

    Hey Doc, sorry to repeat the question, but: would you trade ARod and CJ to get Peyton and Foster?

  35. Randy says:

    Who would you rather have as a back-up TE for the rest of the year? (Tamme is my starter)
    Daniels, Celek, Heath Miller

  36. DenardDog says:


    Doc, how would you rank these 3 guys from week 11 on: Shonn Green, DeAngelo Williams and Beanie Wells? Most likely none of them would start over my Arian Foster and Cedric Benson.

  37. alvaro says:

    Im being offered Peyton and Knox for Roddy White and Dez Bryant

    My Qbs right now are Freeman and Cutler

    My WRs are Nicks Roddy Miles Austin and Dez Bryant

    The trade would make me choose btw Ricky W Johnny Knox Justin Forsett and Mike Hart each week for my Flex Position (my backs are Best and Rice)


  38. Joel says:

    Doc, I just realized there’s an ambiguity in #34 above — I’d be getting Peyton Manning in the deal (not Hillis)

  39. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Jim Parkey: Bush

    @Leroy: Thomas and Brown

    @Sam Skinner: It’s really up in the air, but I’d rather own Wells.

    @PB&J: I’d go with the upside of Jones.

    @Black Beard: Tough because we haven’t seen much of Troy Smith, but I like Crabtree.

    @dja: Peter Pettigrew

    @Joel: It’s very close. Foster has the hot hand right now. I could see doing it, but it’s not a lock.

    @Randy: Miller

    @DenardDog: Green, Wells, Williams

    @alvaro: That is tough. I don’t like the trade, but the upgrade at QB is huge. Anyway you could go Manning for White? Still not the best, but I like Dez.

  40. alvaro says:


    how bout dez and Roddy for Peyton and DOnald brown?

  41. Commish Cauda says:

    @Doc: Thanks…with Steve Smith out, choosing between Manningham or Dez is a lot tougher call.

    Maybe it’ll be easier if I put it this way…

    I can only start three. Who sits out of these four, (0.5ppr; bonuses for long TDs)?

    Dez Bryant
    Mike Williams (TB)
    DeSean Jackson

    Thanks again.

  42. Randy says:

    Could you rank these 3 for the rest of the year?
    Beanie, Portis, Fred Taylor

  43. Nick says:

    @Doc: Choose 1 WR 1 RB & 1 Flex, Blount, Torain, R. Brown, Greene Ward, T.O.

  44. NLFantasyBB says:

    I have a different take on Brady. NE won’t be able to run a lick on the Steelers and will probably implement the short passing game. I expect Brady to sit back in the shotgun and throw short passing routes to his multiple TEs, Welker, and backs.

  45. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Nick: Blount, TO, Ward

    @Randy: Like you have them

    @Commish Cauda: I think I’d sit Dez.

    @alvaro: I’d probably go ahead.

  46. Greenroom says:

    Need to start 2 RB and 1 Flex. League gets 0.3 points per reception.
    Starting Hillis, Best and Blount but Thomas Jones is also tempting. Should I stick with those 3 or swap in TJ? for whom?

  47. dk81 says:

    Of these 4 which one should I sit???Bryant,Knox,Steve Johnson, or Mike Thomas

  48. Nate says:

    Randy Moss or Fitz… I need reassurance!

  49. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Greenroom: I’d stick with them.

    @dk81: Hmm, I’d sit Knox.

    @Nate: Leaning Moss

  50. Zac says:

    Doc, I am up 7 in my ppr league, I have Cooley against DeSean Jackson to settle things tonight. Any shot Cooley blows up or Jackson doesn’t?

  51. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Zac: I like Cooley’s chances to have a good game, but also DJax’s. i think you can come out on top, but it could be close.

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