Steve Slaton has had troubles fumbling all season.  Wait, he hasn’t had any trouble fumbling; he has perfected the craft which led to him being benched early on in yesterday’s win over Buffalo.  Instead of Kubiak giving Slaton a second chance and a vote of confidence, he gave him directions to the bench and a whatever the opposite of confidence is, apprehension, distrust, doubt, fear, uncertainty?  He was replaced by Ryan Moats who went on to have a huge game gaining 151 total yards and 3 touchdowns.  This was Buffalo.  This was the worst defense against the run in the league.  You are a Slaton owner and this was your day!  Kubiak, we want our day back!

Ryan Moats: Here is the guy who stole all your points.  Here is the guy that got to face the Bills.  And now you have to waste your high waiver priority on him, after what he did to you! If only you could see the indignation on my face!  So yeah, Moats will probably see more carries from here on out. How many completely depends on how Slaton responds to being benched. He really doesn’t have many chances left. Pick Moats up if you own Slaton, pick him up if you don’t, but be prepared for Slaton to win the job back.

Owen Daniels: Well, another tight end bites the dust.  He’s done for the season.  Dressen and Casey won’t pick up the slack so look for Kevin Walter to get more looks.  Daniels could have ended the season as the best fantasy tight end of the year. Single tear.

Jonathan Stewart: If you sat him because he is the backup and he was going against the #1 rushing defense in the league, well, I wouldn’t blame you.  We learned a few things from this game.  The Cardinals rushing defense is not the best in the league, Carolina must run the ball to win and keep the game out of Jake’s hands, and Stewart has reestablished himself as the goalline back. DeAngelo Williams was getting a lot of work around the goalline early in the season, but Stewart was in there on Sunday.  DDubyah is going to have to get his touchdowns the old fashioned way, by making 87 yard TD runs.

Maurice Jones-Drew: 8 carries, 177 yards, and 2 touch downs! 8 carries! That’s 22 yards a carry.  There’s not much to say.  Be glad you own him.

Chris Johnson: It looks like Vince Young might be the perfect quarterback for CJ. He’s not going to throw for 300 yards so CJ must get the ball, and why wouldn’t he? He is by far their best player and the offense should always go through him.  239 total yards and 2 touchdowns will go a long way to win your weekly matchup and it went a long way to getting the Titans their first win of the season.

Malcolm Floyd: He has replaced Chris Chambers and has a good shot at getting you a touchdown week in and week out with his ability to elevate.  I’d feel comfortable dropping a whole slew of borderline #3 wideouts for him.

Alex Smith: He didn’t embarrass himself against the Colts tough pass defense and has Davis and Crabtree and Gore, oh my. I like him at home against the Titans next week, but most of the stud QB’s will be ready to go.  Here are the QB’s on byes for week 9: Favre, Bulger, Fitzpatrick/Edwards, Anderson, Sanchez, and Russell! Favre is the only one who is really startable in a 10-12 team 1 QB league, so there is very good chance you won’t be scrounging for QB’s in week 9.

Devin Hester: He’s had back to back decent games.  I really expected Knox to take over that #1 wide receiver slot, but Hester is clutching onto it like David Spade onto his last shred of dignity.  If you could sell high, I would say do it, but I doubt you’ll get enough to let him go. I think he’ll continue to give you solid #3 WR numbers.

Miles Austin: He had a ton of targets and hauled in another touchdown.  He will continue to benefit from Romo and what seems to be a dearth of production from Williams and Witten.  He does have a rough schedule coming up and I could see selling high if there is a Cowboys fan willing to overpay, but all in all he should continue to produce.

Lee Evans: He is dead to me.

Matt Forte: 116 total yards and 2 touchdowns is a very good fantasy day, but when you can only have good fantasy days against the Lions and the Browns, you might want to worry.  I like Forte and the role he plays, but after watching the Bears offensive line continue to struggle, I think you have to toss him into the trade winds and see where he floats.

Steven Jackson: I got a lot of grief for having SJax so high in the rankings this year and I can’t say I wasn’t worried about his injury history and horrible, horrible team, but he continues to play well.  The TD’s are going to be tough for him to get, but he should get into the endzone more often in the second half of the season.

Aaron Rodgers: He was seen walking with a noticeable limp after the Favreageddon game.  That’s what apocalypses will do to you.  And that was his second.  Favre has beat him twice now. It happens. But Rodgers still is an awesome QB, I just hope his line can keep him from being decapitated.

  1. tenken says:
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    What are your thoughts of everyone’s favorite preseason sleeper tight end Greg Olsen? I keep on waiting for him to break out but it doesn’t look like it’s happening. Is he stuck with blocking duties to help out Chicago’s pass block?

  2. Howie says:
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    @Doc:
    What would you think of a Forte for Slaton trade? I’m thinking this might be my opportunity to rid myself of Forte and perhaps the Slaton owner might bite? Or would this be a bad deal for me if he agreed?

  3. Christopher says:
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    Like Howie above, I was eager to trade Forte. I got the Lynch owner to bite after Forte’s great showing v. CLE.

    Also like Howie, I’m wondering of Slaton is a good buy low guy right now. Thoughts?

  4. Dingo says:
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    Is Moats worth dropping Shonn Greene for?

  5. Doc says:
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    Right now both Moats and Slaton are speculative risks. My hunch is that Slaton gets the next start, but will have another short leash. Greene will continue to get carries no matter what so it depends on your needs. Moats has a higher ceiling because he could win the job outright but higher risk. I’m dropping extra te’s and d’s for him. I think buying low on Slaton is a good risk right now but still a risk. I Wouldnt give forte for him under these conditions.

  6. mgeoffriau

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    @tenken: Cutler’s just too happy throwing it downfield to wide receivers and defensive backs (snap!). Olsen will get the occasional TD, but I don’t see him consistently racking up enough yardage to put him in the upper tier of TE’s.

    @Howie: @Christopher: Hard to say if Slaton is a good buy-low…I can’t imagine that he’ll be benched much longer, but it’s also hard to see him getting the majority of carries that he’s been accustomed too. You already had Chris Brown stealing goal-line carries (even if he shouldn’t have been), and now Moats may steal carries when Kubiak believes the situation is too critical to risk a Slaton fumble? We’re halfway through the season — I’m looking to tighten up my roster at this point, not introduce more risks. Unless, of course, you feel you don’t have much of a chance anyway, and are willing to take the longshot on Slaton.

    @Dingo: Eh. It’s pretty close. Kubiak didn’t commit to any RB arrangement this morning, so nobody knows how Moats will be used next week. Greene is the first drop on your roster?

  7. DR says:
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    Hi Guys,

    I know this question has been asked repeatedly but what should I do with Eddie Royal. This guy is driving me INSANE! Should I hold or drop him like it’s hot and pick up Malcom Floyd? Please do not hesitate to share any devine wisdoms.

  8. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @DR: He’s not droppable yet in a 12 teamer…I know it’s frustrating though. He’s too talented to drop and too erratic to start. I think for now you have to hold him, and keep your fingers crossed they start finding ways for him to get involved. It’s not like the Broncos’ passing game was working for anyone else yesterday either, so there’s that, at least.

  9. Vince says:
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    Ok, I’m in trouble for week 9… AP has a bye, and Michael Bush too. I also have Donald Brown who didn’t play yesterday. McFadden is still out but he has a bye anyway. And I need to start TWO RBs out of these lol So I’m obviously looking to trade for a good RB. Would you give Reggie Wayne OR Roddy White + Michael Bush for Ronnie Brown (I also have Driver, Hester and Anthony Gonzalez at WR)? It’s a 12 team league btw.

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tenken: i think at this point you just gotta hold onto olsen and hope for the best. i was thisclose to pulling the trigger on a deal for owen daniels last week. glad i waited til after sunday to make my decision. but in most leagues, the wire doesn’t have anyone worth a damn, so you might as well just hope cutler and olsen put it together.

    as for yesterday, the cardinals D is dead to me. and so is MSW, whom i started over wayne due to the injury factor and the chance wayne might be limited or reinjure himself and give me only a quarter’s worth of stats. i figured MSW ate up the titans secondary a few weeks ago, why not do it again? it’s not like he’s been struggling (when he’s not suspended).

  11. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Vince: I would definitely do White + Bush for Ronnie. I don’t think I’d give up Wayne.

  12. adamh says:
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    Is Eddie Royal worth a #2 claim in a deep league?

    How about Willie Parker? Does the bye week freshen him up a bit or is he all done?

  13. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @adamh: Yeah, if his name was Schmeddy Goyal you’d have picked him up after the New England game…don’t let the unmet expectations thus far blind you to his potential. He’s still talented and while he clearly won’t match last year’s numbers, he’s probably a better risk than anyone else you’ll grab with that waiver (barring something completely unforeseen like Michael Turner breaking both ankles).

    Not so high on FWP…even when he’s healthy, I think the Steelers have made their move. He might get 5-8 carries a game, but it won’t be enough to make him valuable.

  14. adamh says:
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    He was just dropped so he’s only just become available. Thanks.

  15. Christopher says:
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    @mgeoffriau: “We’re halfway through the season — I’m looking to tighten up my roster at this point, not introduce more risks.”

    Good point. I’m happy to be getting Lynch and shipping Forte. I may try to package Lynch with, say, S Smith (NYG) and upgrade in either RB or WR. We’ll see!

    Thanks to you and Drew for all your work here!

  16. DR says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Thanks for your insight. One more question for you. Would you rather have Lance Moore or Malcom Floyd for the rest of the season in PPR?

  17. stumanji says:
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    Just traded Heath Miller (I also have Gates) to Daniels’ owner for Cotchery. I was trying to decide whether to ask for Cotchery or J.Charles, but went with the former based on your Sleeper Tiers.

    I guess I don’t really have a question, just wanted to share since I’m bored at work.

  18. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Christopher: You’re welcome! I tend to think of the fantasy football season as 2 halves — I spend the first half acquiring value and making sure I’m covered for injuries. Assuming I make it to the second half in a position to contend, I start paring down my roster and trying to maximize strength in my starting positions. Of course, every year is different and the plan never works out quite so neatly, but it’s a good filter for making decisions.

    @DR: I’d give the edge to Floyd right now, but it’s pretty speculative…we’re all assuming Chris Chambers was crap and that a decent WR opposite V-Jax will have success, but it’s not a sure thing. Either is a risk, but Floyd has more potential than Moore.

  19. Vince says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Thanks for your input! I already offered him my Driver + Bush for his Grant. I’m waiting for his response. Do you prefer this offer or the “White+Bush for his Ronnie Brown” offer?

  20. Ben says:
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    Adding on to DR’s question:

    Who would you want in a PPR — Moore, Floyd, or Mike Wallace?

    Thanks.

  21. Jo says:
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    Who do you like for the remainder of the season: Steve Smith (NYG) or Miles Austin? I just got proposed a trade for Smith

  22. stumanji says:
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    Who would you rather have for the remainder of the season: TJ Housh or Darnerien McCants?

  23. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @stumanji: I like that trade…no questions required, thoughts are welcome too!

    @Vince: I think I like the offer for Brown a little better actually. I think the difference between Grant and Brown is bigger than the difference between Driver and White.

    @Ben: Floyd, Moore, then Wallace. I do like Wallace, but I don’t see him getting enough targets after Holmes, Ward, and Miller in a PPR league.

    @Jo: Austin…I think he’s got a better situation. Eli’s worrying me and the WR situation in NY changes too often for my liking.

  24. Chris says:
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    I was offered Braylon Edwards & Anthony gonzolez for Greg olsen & Reggie bush. Who’s getting the better deal

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    so what’s the deal ith witten this year? i am looking to upgrade TE from olsen and i can perhaps get witten on the cheap for anthony gonzalez (had the roster spot so he’s been on my bench all season) and shonn greene. no brainer right? i have MSW and nicks as bench WRs and ryan grant as my #3 RB.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Chris: if you don’t need olsen at TE i’d take that deal. edwards has been better with the jets and gonzo should step into a good position to perform when he returns.

  27. Chris says:
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    Thanks. I’ve got Heath Miller so I think I’m just gonna ride him out.

  28. stumanji says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I would absolutely give up Gonzo and Greene for Witten.

  29. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Chris: Wow…lot of question marks in that trade. I guess devoid of context, I’d lean to the Edwards/Gonzalez side, but it depends mostly on the rosters involved.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Just traded for Witten myself so I’ve been watching this. Earlier in the year he was being held in a lot to block on passing downs. I think they are targeting him more now, but apparently yesterday he had a case of the drops (haven’t seen the looks/catches numbers yet to see how many). I still like him going forward.

  30. jamiesonmj says:
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    Scenario: The QBs in this trade would start for me every week; the WRs in this trade would not start for me every week.

    With that said, rate this trade: rivers/roddy for pmanning/bowe. Like I said, its more a ploy to get the QBs

  31. Christopher says:
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    Was thinking of proposing the following in 10-team PPR league:

    My Rice/Steve Smith (NYG) for his MJD

    RBs are: CJ, Rice, Lynch, Wells, Moreno
    WRs are: Austin, Rice, Collie, Smith, Nicks, Rice

    Thoughts?

  32. Sean says:
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    2 quick questions:

    1. What free agent TE’s should I look for in week 9? (i have shiancoe on bye)

    2. Who would you start at my flex in week 9? My options are: Felix Jones, B. Wells, J. Forsett, Mike Wallace

  33. John says:
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    just got this trade done My Beanie Wells, Kevin Smith for Calvin Johnson & Lance Moore

    And what do you think bout the value of TJ?

    im thinking of offering TJ for bradshaw

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @jamiesonmj: if roddy white isn’t a weekly play for you, i’d like to see your WRs and know the size of the league you’re in.

  35. denzik says:
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    @John: if you arent needing those rb`s then calvin when healthy is a top wr,id do that trade if you have another rb,but TJ for an injured bradshaw is questionable,might try and get slaton on the cheap and hope he regains his job

  36. denzik says:
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    @Sean: T.E fred davis washingtons new t.e,if finley for greenbay doesnt go then lee is a decent t.e.watson is always a T.D threat or heap.I would go with wells at flex

  37. denzik says:
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    @Christopher: MJD is a beast,if you pull that trade off then id move moreno or lynch for a top wr,maybe boldin,calvin if his owner is tired of his injury

  38. denzik says:
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    hey guys,i dont claim to be an expert,i just see a lot of unanswered questions out there and will offer my opinion,but im no docradomis

  39. Jo says:
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    What do you think about TO for Anthony Gonzalez? I already have 3 starters in Andre/Miles/Antonio Bryant. So I’m thinking I like A Gon for his upside…

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jo: It’s speculative, but I think it’s worth the risk.

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