When at the bottom, where else is there to go but up?  Well, I guess for the quitters, you can just wallow for a bit, which basically in one sentence just summed up the Cleveland Browns football team.  One look at the team and it’s obvious why they want Johnny Manziel at the helm.  Because he looks sorta good, but not McCown bad.  So it’s like dollar store loving in the 216.  Since we already established that the quarterback situation is an awful boxed lunch of fantasy uselessness, lets move onto a position that may be helpful for you.  One look at the Browns running back game and it’s pretty awful, but awful is where I come in point a finger and say: Hey, wait a minute!  It may look ugly now, but take a deeper look at the plight of the Browns foot patrol.  It’s supposedly led by Isiah Crowell.  Totally exciting right?  Well feast your eyes this week on someone different, Duke Johnson.  The rookie RB will be a fantasy sneak-a-saurus this week, and I am here to be your crossing guard in the game of life, where life is all about fantasy.

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So the Dawg-pound is a fantasy cesspool of waste, this we all know… But I noticed something that sorta worked in last week’s loss to the Raiders.  When they are trailing in games (which is going to happen again this week), they are actually a fantasy asset to the aiding of running back garbage stats.  Johnson is the passing-down back and seems to be easing his way into the early down work because of his abilities on passing downs.  Reminds me of a stunted Matt Jones.  Last week, he managed 6 catches for 43 yards that, for a game, is decent.  Throw away the ground work, because that is a work in progress.  He is the future of the Browns running back situation, whether you are Isaiah’s mom, aunt, or cousin and wanna convince yourself otherwise.  He is!  It is just a matter of submission by the coaching staff to actually give him a chance.  Insert some John Fogerty.  The Browns are going to be trailing in this game and are going to be most of the year, so when will now be then?  Soon…

So with the visit to San Diego, the Browns run game has a few things in their favor that make Duke a nice flex gamble or injury/bye week fill this week. The Chargers are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. [Jay’s Note: YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH.]  They are doing so to the tune of 128 yards per game on the ground and another 45 through the air. It gets better, since I and all chicks dig players that score; they have given up 5 total TD’s to opposition running backs.  Don’t get me wrong, he is no better than a RB3 in a PPR, but for those of you looking to strike gold or zig when others are zagging, he may be your cup of peyote tea. So with the Chargers looking to be up by at least two scores late in this game [Jay’s Note: I will allow this.] and the Browns playing catch up, I think this becomes the Duke coming out party.  Smokey Predicts: 10 rushes, 41 yards, 6 receptions, 38 yards, and 1 touch down.

 

 

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  1. Morgan Rothblat says:
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    Speaking of duke Johnson someone just offered me this trade what do you think? My freeman, james jones, Crowell, for his latavius Murray, duke Johnson, and v jax. Should I pull the trigger you think?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Morgan Rothblat: Id want the Murray side, he is easily the best long term bet player in that

  2. tony says:
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    start duke over spiller, sproles, gurley?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @tony: only ehh would be Sproles, think Eagles like mixing him in. If Murray is a no go then not over Sproles.

  3. justin says:
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    duke johnson or david johnson?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @justin: All relies on Ellington playing. If no then its a coin flip for me.

  4. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade steve smith for CJ Anderson. 10 man standard league.

    My Roster
    QB Phillip Rivers
    RB Leveon Bell
    RB Latavius Murray
    WR Julio Jones
    WR AJ Green
    TE Jason Witten
    Flex Keenan Allen
    Benah
    QB Eli Manning
    RB Jonathan Stewart
    RB Gio Bernard
    WR Steve Smith Sr
    WR John Brown
    TE Crockett Gilmore

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dom B: yea good gamble and you have the coverage at WR

  5. Comatose says:
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    Please rank ROS: Antonio Andrews, Karlos Williams, Rawls, Duke

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Comatose: Andrews, Williams, Duke, Rawls

  6. Butterfield says:
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    Would you trade Moncrief for Adams?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Butterfield: actually I read that way too fast… I’d want Moncrief.

  7. Blounts & fortes says:
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    With Cruz injury setback, u like Reuben randle over any of Wallace/ginn/hankerson? Seems like cam and ginn have chemistry and OC Shanahan has a hank time boner in his pants so actually leaning Wallace atm….

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Blounts & fortes: Over all of them. Bills are in bottom 3 of passing yards allowed

  8. Johnny Boy says:
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    Damn I think my friend started reading razzball, cause he picked up Duke and he just won fantasy baseball this year.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Johnny Boy: unfriend him

  9. Beans says:
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    What’s up Smoke? Few start/sit questions for you. These are all diff teams. Flaco or Carr? Woodhead or Karlos Williams? Den or Arizona defense? John brown or terrance Williams? And last is Ginn jr or sprolles? Or swap sprolles in for miller and Ginn at flex? All of these are PPR. As always thanks for your time.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Beans: Carr, Williams if McCoy no go, Zona, Brown, Ginn, no Ginn at Flex is ok

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