Holy crap! Now that was a coming out party.  With Shaun Hill at the lead I was lukewarm on Jahvid Best coming into this game.  I should have been jeffhot instead. 3 TDs, 232 yards, and 9 receptions for you PPRers is not bad, not bad at all.  Of course he gets to go to Minnesota and Green Bay in weeks 3 and 4, but his pass catching ability should keep him in your starting lineup all season.

I’m posting this and the Waivering Pickups post pretty close together, so make sure you check that out as well or Grey will beat me.  There was a ton of worthwhile news to report, or at least worthwhile to us fake football players.  Here is some of it —

Kyle Orton: He continues to play very well and he has plenty of targets to choose from.  Old Neck Beard just continues to win and is pushing his way up the fantasy ladder.  If Demaryius Thomas emerges like he should, he could have a true #1 with a great supporting cast in Royal, Gaffney and Lloyd.

Darren McFadden: He had another big day with 153 total yards.  He has taken a pretty strong hold on the #1 RB position.  Michael Bush will be eased back in, so we can probably feel good about starting Run DMC for the time being.

Jamaal Charles: The Chiefs won again and JC only had 12 touches.  He accumulated 76 yards on those touches while Thomas Jones had 23 touches for 88 yards.  So I guess I have to lower my expectations for JC.  It sucks, because with 20 touches he’d have 100 yards every game, but if Haley isn’t going to give them to him, I can’t make him. (Or can I?)

Matt Schaub: 497 yards is a noteworthy amount of yards to throw for.  Just 3 more and he would have hit that coveted 500 yard mark which opens a secret fantasy level that gives all your players 10,000 extra hit points.

Caddilac Williams: He had 27 carries for 51 yards.  Why did he have 27 carries?  Just think if JC Superstar had 27 carries?  He’d have cured cancer by now.  Earnest Graham will surely start to see more carries and once Kareem Huggins is healthy, he should see some more work as well.

Michael Vick: He lived up to the hype, but it was against the Lions.  There is a good chance he was a one week wonder as long as Kolb doesn’t just start next week by throwing 4 picks in 4 attempts.  There is a chance that a couple bad games will bring Vick back, but they are going to give Kolb his shot.

Jay Cutler: Yeah, he was my main draft target for a QB.  Yeah, I know he’s kicking ass.

Andre Johnson: Now that’s more like it.  His 12 receptions for 158 yards and a TD is why you invested a first round pick in him.  He came out of the game for a while with an ankle injury, but came back, and caught the game tying touchdown.

Clinton Portis: He had 13 carries for 33 yards.  Oh, and 2 TDs.  If you are playing with blind kittens, you may be able to “sell high,” but I’m guessing your opponent would have to literally be high.

Donovan McNabb: He just missed out on 2 TDs when Fred Davis and Santana Moss were both stopped near the goal line (which allowed Portis his TDs).  That would have given him a total of 3 TDs to go along with his 426 yards passing instead of one. I think the ineptitude of the rushing game will keep McNabb throwing the ball.

Mike Sims-Walker: He had a big game, over 100 yards and a TD, but it was mainly during garbage time.  But Mike Thomas didn’t have a big garbage time game so that says something.  With the right matchups MSW will be fine.  Hopefully you grabbed him on the cheap after his craptastic week 1.

Brent Celek: Michael Vick isn’t quite the Celek owners best friend, but Kolb will be back no matter what you say!  Keep Celek and start him next week.

LaDainian Tomlinson: Watching him run on the Patriots was bittersweet.  I loved watching him destroy teams in his prime, but he was horrid last season.  I know his offensive line was rotten, but he looked like a shell of his former self.  He had no burst.  It looked like he was running in pudding, then stopping to pull a spoon from his sock to strap on his feed bag.  But he truly has been a new man this season.  Can he keep that up?  I just don’t think so.  It’s a long season.  You will want to own Shonn Greene in the second half.

Brandon Jacobs: The opposite of LDT, Baby Jacobs had a little hissy.  This just elevates Ahmad Bradshaw even more.  (self promotion alert) Good thing I told you to grab him instead of Jacobs on draft day, huh?

Bernard Berrian: The guy is horrid. It’s like he doesn’t even want to play.  He muffs punts, doesn’t fight for passes, and does a disservice to all those with first and last names that start with the same letter.  His crappiness is almost forcing the Vikings to overpay for Vincent Jackson.

Zach Miller: Well, the Raiders QB problems are killing my man Miller. I’m man enough to know when I’ve been beaten.  Damn you Al Davis and your animated corpse!  I’m not ready to drop him, but if there are some nice options on waivers I could see going for it.  I don’t plan on digging my own grave, but Al Davis’? Sure.

  1. Derrick says:

    Is now a good time to trade McFadden? What kind of WR should I be targeting for him?

  2. Randy says:

    I have Mike Willliams (SEA) and Louis Murphy. Berrian and Housh are now on the waiver wire. Should I drop Williams and/or Murphy and pick one or both up?

  3. Kecia says:

    If you can figure out how to get Haley to play Jamaal, DO IT!

  4. Frustrated says:

    Hi Doc,

    Injuries to Turner and Mathews killed me this week. Not to a good start.

    Also, Bowe ruined me last week and now H Ward put up a stinker.

    Would you drop Bowe, H. Ward, for K. Walter or M. Clayton?

  5. dingbat says:

    I’ve got to give you a shout out for Jay Cutler. Using nothing but the Razzball Tiers sheets, I ended up with him in both of the leagues I play (one’s a 2-QB league where I paired him with Schaub), and he’s helped me to two 2-0 starts.

    Now that it’s time to consider cutting bait on Zach Miller, who would you advise picking up in a PPR league? Cooley, Winslow, Gresham, Olsen, and Keller are all available.

    Also, in my other league, is it worth holding on to Owen Daniels, or should I drop him for Dustin Keller?


  6. Plainville says:

    Would you drop Vince Young to put in a waiver claim on Orton – I have Kolb and Vick as well?

    Also, stick with Owen Daniels or look for another option?

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:

    is ray rice hurt?heard he hurt his shoulder.celek or keller

  8. money says:

    Drop Housh for L.Murphy?

  9. MJD Took A Knee says:

    Yeah Cutler has won me both weeks and I was only targeting him because of Razzball. So sweet to win week 2 and have everyone vote for the other guy to win.

    Week 3 my Flex needs help. Hillis @BAL Caddy vs PIT Williams TB vs PIT Knox vs GB

    Rest of Bench Ben & Vjax –

    Where is fantasy Vjax best landing spot?

  10. Wilsonian says:

    Do you like Bradford over Smith for a backup QB (have Cutler as a starter thanks to you and your rankings)?

    Also, what do you think about Donald Brown as a bench guy over Sproles? We are a 0.5 PPR league and Brown just hit waivers last night and I’m thinking about making a claim. We play 3 WRs, 2 RBs, and one WR/RB flex. Currently have Moreno and Bradshaw in, with Sproles and the injured Beanie on the bench.

  11. dingbat says:

    Also – Kevin Walter is available. Is he worth dropping Derrick Mason or Legedu Naanee for?

  12. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Who to drop for Demayrius Thomas?

    League 1:
    Anthony Dixon

    League 2:
    Ricky Williams
    Anthony Dixon

  13. PepeSilvia says:

    Ugh, I’ve got Miller at TE in one league and Carlson/Daniels in another.

    In the first league, I could exchange Miller for Keller, Pettigrew, Hernandez or Fred Davis.

    In the second league, I could lose Carlson for Pettigrew, Hernandez, Shockey, Marcedes Lewis or Fred Davis.

    What say you?

  14. EmporersMonkey says:

    Someone needs to put a goddamn bullet in Todd Haleys head, figuratively speaking of course.

  15. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    There’s something special about snaking Jay Cutler away from Chet in the draft and then watching Cutler lead you to a Week 2 victory over Chet.

  16. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Derrick: It could be. I think Bush will be the backup unless DMC regresses, but if you can get good value for him, sure. Maybe Steve Smith (CAR)

    @Randy: I wouldn’t, but I would look to drop Williams for DT or Walter or someone like that.

    @Kecia: Hey! I know you! I’ll give it my best!

    @Frustrated: You have to hold there. I now, it sucks!

    @Plainville: Still too early to drop Daniels, but he’s getting on a short leash. Yeah, I’d drop VY for Orton.

    @AL KOHOLIC: From what i’ve read he’s fine. Celek for now.

    @money: In non-ppr, sure

    @MJD Took A Knee: I think he would be fine in Minny. That’s tough. I’m leaning Knox right now.

    @Wilsonian: I think we need to see a little more from Smith before you make a move like that. . If you need a flex, stick with Sproles. If you need a high upside backup, go with Brown.

    @dingbat: I could see dropping naanee for Walter. TEs are always tough. I would hold OD for now. You could drop ZM for Winslow/Keller/Cooley. I would take a look at their matchups. All have about the same upside.

    @TheEvilEmpire: Amendola/Naanee

    @PepeSilvia: Keller/Hernandez

    @EmporersMonkey: figuratively

    @mgeoffriau: Yes, real special

  17. fyodor says:


    All things considered (non ppr) would you now prefer Malcom Floyd or Tampa Mike Williams?

  18. Lis Franc says:

    Scraping the dregs of the TE world (12-team style): Carlson vs. Olsen vs. Hernandez?

  19. Trevor

    trevor says:


    Brett Farve is killing my team.. i have big ben just dying to come back from this suspension… should i drop him or will he be back to normal soon?

  20. Calogero says:

    I have the #2 waiver priority and I’m considering putting in a claim for Demaryius. Is that crazy? I think he’ll be a very good player for a good passing offense with a weak schedule, and I’d hate to hold onto my #2 priority waiting for something else that never comes. Here’s my WR corps:


    I’d likely keep all of my WR and drop Tashard Choice. What are the odds I’ll regret using my waiver claim now as opposed to waiting for something better?

  21. Doc

    Doc says:

    @fyodor: Williams

    @Lis Franc: Hernandez

    @trevor: I’d hold

    @Calogero: I’d go for it. Too hard to calculate the odds.

  22. fyodor says:

    I believe. Thanks for your help.

  23. stumanji says:

    I’m still holding on Naanee.

    Also pissed that I dropped Demaryius before seeing him play a game.

  24. stumanji says:

    Trade Beanie to get Best? Best looked like the real deal against my Birds on Sunday. Obviously it’s selling low on Beanie and buying high on Best but I’m panicking a little after an 0-2 start.

  25. Doc

    Doc says:

    @stumanji: Yeah, i like Naanee. Just think that Rivers will spread the ball around a lot to Davis/Floyd/Sproles with Gates as the #1.

    I’d trade him, but I can’t see how anyone would do that trade.

  26. MJD Took A Knee says:

    Shoulda stuck with Bengals D. Hopefully I can grab them again WED. At least someone dropped Miami too

  27. Doc

    Doc says:

    @MJD Took A Knee: Yeah. I can’t stand picking D’s. Hopefully they’ll get more stable as the season goes on. Bengals get Clausen. Grab them back if you can.

  28. Hugh says:


    12 team Non-PPR (we start WR/WR, RB/RB, Flex – no TE). Would you trade BJax/Knox for Gates/Ricky Williams?

    I have AP/Best/Hillis/McGahee and AJ/Jacoby, Mike Wallace/Aromashadu (along with BJax/Knox)

    what do you think?



  29. Wilsonian says:

    Pick a D for Week 3…

    TB v. Pit; NE v. Buff; Cincy @ NC; ‘Zona v. Oak.

  30. Nate says:

    Kevin Walter, Peyton Hillis and Jason Snelling are all hanging out on waivers in my league. Right now I have my waiver priority set as the following:

    1. Peyton Hillis (drop Fred Taylor)
    2. Kevin Walter (drop Legedu Naanee)
    3. Jason Snelling (drop Legedu Naanee)

    Are any of those moves ill-advised? Should I hold on to Naanee and/or drop someone else?

    RBs are Frank Gore, Justin Forsett, CJ Spiller, Ricky Williams, Fred Taylor

    WRs are Miles Austin, Steve Smith (CAR), Mario Manningham, Legedu Naanee, Davone Bess, Derrick Mason.

    League is PPR + kick/punt returns.

  31. Nate says:

    And as an addendum to the above, should I just cut ties with Mason at this point? Boldin is clearly Flacco’s new BFF, and it looks like Flacco trusts Heap more as well. Mason has only been targeted three times in the first two games, so I doubt he’ll be giving me his usual value this year.

  32. AdamH says:

    @Calogero: I’d go for it. Too hard to calculate the odds.

    HA. Comment made me laugh out loud.

  33. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Nate: Looks like he’s been targeted 11 times. So he’s still up there. And he did grab a TD. He’s worth holding for the time being.

    @Wilsonian: Decent choices there. I’m liking the Bengals vs. Clausen

    @Hugh: Who is your TE now?

    @Nate: I think that works.

  34. Goose says:

    in a 10t ppr, would you drop Cadillac for Demaryius T? i already have McCoy, Bradshaw, McFad and Portis at RB. also have Colston, Jennings, Welker and Floyd at WR — we play 3 WR and a W/R/T flex. so really that spot is about who’ll be best upside/match-up guy on my bench. also available are: Snelling, Donald Brown, Forsett, Jacoby Jones, Gresham, Owen Daniels and Moeaki (i have Witten, so one of those last 3 would be as TE insurance). thanks for the advice!

  35. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: nice, thanks…I was kind of surprised to see these teams available for this coming week in a 12 team league. Especially when a bunch of these guys took defenses in the middle-ish rounds.

  36. Rookie Season says:

    My RBs might need some help: Addai, Moreno, Tolbert. Their production is going to drop in the near future. Addai (Brown), Moreno (Maroney), Tolbert (healthy Mathews). Anyone I should get off waivers? Fred Jackson, Rashad Jennings, Darren Sproles, Mike Goodson, Leon Washington, Ricky Williams, Brandon Jacobs :)

    I guess we’ll see how Garrett Hartley does tonight. Available: Mike Nugent, Matt Bryant, John Kasay, Josh Scobee

    Drop 3rd WR Derrick Mason for Manningham, Heyward-Bay, Galloway, Butler, Branch, Housh, or wait till Boldin has his annual injury.

    Can’t thank you enough, Doc!

  37. Black Beard says:

    Down by sixteen in a non-ppr league. Other team is done.

    Vernon Davis going tonight but start Lance Moore or Crabtree? Thanks.

  38. Big Nate says:

    I’ve been offered Brady for Cutler. No brainer, right? Now the harder question their better halves – Giselle Bundchen or Kristin Cavallari?

  39. Joe B says:

    @Doc: Who’s the better pick up for the next week and beyond in 1/2 PPR league… Louis Murphy or Kevin Walter?

  40. Gambler says:

    Which of these non-elite TE’s do you like for next week and rest of the year:

    Winslow (Pit)
    Keller (Mia)
    Miller (Ari)
    Gresham (Car)
    Hernandez (Buf)

  41. Gambler says:

    Also, would you drop Cadillac Williams who is my 6th RB and seems to have little upside for Snelling or Donald Brown? I have Michael Turner so would it be smart to get Snelling in case he gets injurred?

  42. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Goose: Tough to drop someone who gets 27 carries even when he doesn’t do much with them. I think you have to hold.

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, not everyone streams Ds, but I think it’s a good idea.

    @Rookie Season: I’d grab Ricky for a little insurance and hold Mason for now. yeah, if Hartley craps out again, drop him.

    @Black Beard: That’s tough with Crabtree not showing up last week, but he is their #1 and should at least get more targets than Moore. I’m leaning Crabtree.

    @Big Nate: Gotta go Kristin.

    @Joe B: Gotta go Walter in ppr

    @Gambler: Leaning Keller.

    @Gambler: If you feel good about your other RBs I’d get Snelling to back up Turner.

  43. Jon says:

    Which D do you like better: Tampa Bay (vs Pit), Arizona (vs. Oak) or Washington (vs. StL)

  44. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: huge fan of streaming Ds, I’m even tempted to do it where I have Pitt…also, tend to agree on the Kristin over Giselle…but I’m a Bears fan, so I gotta go with my boy Jay right now.

  45. DrPepper says:

    Kolb vs. Orton — who would you start?

  46. Jeff says:

    QB’s – Flacco, Burger

    WR’s – Moss, Welker, S. Smith (Car), Walter

    The guy with Rogers is willing to listen to offers. What should I start with for an offer and what would be the most I should trade for him? He has horrible WR’s.

    I was thinking of starter QB + WR for him, but don’t know who to start the offer with and if all my WR’s are expendable or not.

  47. heller says:

    Please help. Was blessed with having running backs- Best, Foster, Rice, and S. Jackson. Only have two slots. Who and how to choose who to play week 3 and on. Thanks.

  48. paulzone says:

    i think some owners are panicking with rice and mjd. i have two offers on the table for both, they offered them.

    trade 1: mjd, smith (nyg), vernon for pierre, djax, cooley

    trade 2: ray rice for brandon jackson, calvin johnson

    my team now:
    pierre, greene, addai, bjax
    djax, calvin, floyd, evans, williams (tb), vjax

    my team after:
    rice, mjd, addai, greene
    smith (nyg), floyd, evans, williams (tb), vjax

    should i make both trades and try to deal addai or greene for a better wr? only make one of trades? or hold?


  49. paulzone says:

    i was offered 2 different trades…

    trade 1: mjd, smith(nyg), vernon for pierre, djax, cooley

    trade 2: rice for bjax/calvin johnson

    my team now:
    pierre, greene, addai, bjax
    djax, calvin, floyd, williams(tb), evans, vjax

    my team if i take em:
    mjd, rice, addai, greene
    smith (nyg), floyd, williams(tb), evans, vjax

    i could then trade addai or greene for a better wr. accept both trades? one of them only? hold?


  50. AL KOHOLIC says:

    what the hey,is hartley out

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ok yahoo had the punter as getting the extra point

  52. MJD Took A Knee says:

    Sorta Hoping VJax doesn’t get moved so I can drop him and grab something for week 3 & 4. And why did I draft Colston over Foster in the 4th.

    If Vjax doesn’t get moved who do you like to pick up need RB depth if possible but mostly a flex player. 12Team NonPPR

    Current Team: Cutler Ben – AJ Colston Vjax Knox Williams TB – SJax Charles Cadillac Hillis – Finley

    RB: Donald Brown – Mike Tolbert – Jason Snelling – Javon Ringer – Keiland Williams – Bernard Scott – Marshawn Lynch – Kareem Huggins – Willis McGahee

    WR: Demaryius Thomas – Mark Clayton – Kevin Walter

  53. MJD Took A Knee says:

    Also have waiver #3 with #1&2 not that active. No one there is worth waiver grab right?

  54. Rookie Season says:

    Giants Def was good Week 1, but putrid yesterday. Should I panic? Indy, KC, Denver, Cleveland, NE, Chi, St Louis, Arizona, Carolina.


  55. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Jon: Tampa

    @DrPepper: I would lean Orton

    @Jeff: I wouldn’t want to have to start Walter. i think you’d have to give Smith/Berger for him. Flacco has the Browns next week. He should be better.

    @heller: I’d try to trade one. 2 of those guys on the bench is a waste. They are all very good so I think I’d put them on the block and go from there.

    @paulzone: I’d do both those trades. They aren’t slam dunks, but good. If you could get someone other than S. Smith (NYG) that would be cool, but it’s ok.

  56. Doc

    Doc says:

    @MJD Took A Knee: I want DT out of those, at least if I want to start someone soon.

    @Rookie Season: I need to look at the matchups, but i wouldn’t just play them every week.

  57. paulzone says:

    @Doc: thanks. who do you like better in denver, royal or thomas?

  58. Doc

    Doc says:

    @paulzone: I like both, but DT the most

  59. paulzone says:

    @Doc: on the trades, do you think santana moss is better than steve smith (nyg)?

  60. Black Beard says:

    2 TE league, non ppr. Trade Mark Clayton for Cooley?

  61. Black Beard says:

    @Black Beard: Got Vernon Davis @ TE1.

  62. Black Beard says:

    @Black Beard: Sorry scratch that, Davis and Cooley share bye weeks. Might shoot for Witten or Celek?

  63. zack neugut says:

    Standard scoring someone offered me ryan matthews and mike wallace (pitt) for knowshon moreno whatre youre thoughts. me and my co commish are so conflicted

  64. Hugh says:


    Here is my question again (we’re not required to have a TE at all, they play at WR or Flex):

    12 team Non-PPR (we start WR/WR, RB/RB, Flex). Would you trade BJax/Knox for Gates/Ricky Williams? Gates would play at WR.

    I have AP/Best/Hillis/McGahee and AJ/Jacoby/Mike Wallace/Aromashadu (along with BJax/Knox)

    what do you think?



  65. Alex says:

    I love you Doc!

    Dominating my PPR league with your awesome advice. I usually would take risky backs with my first two picks but I went Moss/Roddy/Quan Quan with my top 3, took Best with the 40th overall. Should’ve taken Forte over Percy with the next one but oh well. Went on to get Knowshown, Cutler in the 7th, missed out on Cooley/Zach, but took Carlson with the last pick of the draft.

    Spent the entire second half of the draft stashing backup RBs, because they’re the most valuable potential guys. Thanks Doc.

  66. Shelby says:

    Hey Doc,
    Non-ppr start 2WR and a Flex. I have Marshall, MSW, Wallace, Smith (NYG). Do I drop Smith for Demaryius Thomas?

  67. Doc

    Doc says:

    @paulzone: I do

    @Black Beard: Witten

    @zack neugut: Yeah, that’s tough. I’m liking Moreno a little more than Mathews now. I’d hold.

    @Hugh: I would make that trade.

    @Alex: Glad to help.

    @Shelby: I wouldn’t.

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