Just imagine, if there were multiple crows in a group, that piece would be murder on Jacksonville.  Oh hello there, didn’t notice you reading this.  Well, I am about as calm as a Buddhist cow right now, and the whole play-on-words stuff is just so much fun that I just wish I didn’t hock my banjo.  So, last week was good, if that’s why you’re here, just careful on the back. (I have wings back there that are a little premature and tender.)  One of these days, this whole spotlight on guys who aren’t getting enough starting love will take off, and I will tour the country on my tandem bicycle with my sidekick, Vito, who may or may not have been a “cleaner” before witness protection.  So this week, we turn Isaiah Crowell, the complimentary running back in Cleveland, who is an overzealous fart from Ben Tate away from fantasy woohoo-ness.  Even with Tate being healthy, I still recommend you find a spot for him.  I can’t type it all in one sentence, so you are going to have to stay and read some letters that form words, that form sentences, and then paragraphs.  What else are you doing?… Working. BWAHAHAH.

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So this week, Cleveland faces the fantasy windfall known as the Jaguars, who are giving up the second most fantasy points per game as a defense.  On top of that, they are giving up top-ten (in a bad way) fantasy points to opposing running backs.  These are good things my friends, like secret, over-exaggerated handshakes with strangers type stuff.  So a back-up as a flex option this week… really Smokey?  Yeah really!  Look at last week’s game: Tate out-touched Crowell 25-11, and when the Steelers were beaten into a pulp.  The series played seems to be two to start the half for Tate, and then a 1-1 split for Crowell to show the goods.  So the touches were 25-11, and the yardage was 78 for Tate and 77 for Crowell. Take away Tate’s goal line plunge, and the RB situation there looks closer than it actually appears. Crowell is just a more explosive player.  I mean in a game where Brian Hoyer completes a whopping eight passes in the game, this game was dominated by ball control.  Oh, and they are still playing Jax this week.

So let’s review:  We got the weak opponent.  The carry breakdown.  The only stale cracker of a fantasy that is showing for me, is that all-pro center Alex Mack is injured, and this may hamper the offensive line.  I don’t think that it will affect the running attack of the Browns versus a still winless Jaguars.  This game could be ugly early and be a run fest late.  So I prognosticate this, Browns go up three scores early in the 3rd quarter, Tate is rested and already close to 90 yards on the ground with a score.  Enter Crowell to the game to wear it down and get some cheap fantasy goodies, goodies that he will already be contributing throughout the game.  Crowell is the more dynamic player there hands down.  The key is this: while the Jaguars are in the litter box, Crowell grinds them down in the 4th quarter. You all like the sound of that? Yeah me too.

Smokey’s Says: 18 CAR, 84 YDS, and 2 TD’s.

  1. The don says:
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    Okay who gets my flex spot crowell jordan reed or cameron they all have sweet matchups

    • Smokey

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      @The don: if PPR Reed, non crowell

      • The don says:
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        It is a ppr….how bout starting rb mckinnon hillman or crowell?

        • Smokey

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          @The don: Hillman def higher ranked guy but all are in the same group, gamble go with Crowell.

  2. Ryno says:
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    Was just offered P Rivers for my Sanders; I have Foles, and my WRs are A Brown, Marshall, G Tate, Maclin, and Patterson. Would you do the upgrade at QB?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @Ryno: I like it for you with your depth

      • Ryno says:
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        @Smokey:

        Thanks

  3. friar says:
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    I’m excited to already have Crowell in a 12-team 0.5 ppr league! I’m short at RB (Crow is #3 behind Lacy and Stacy…ugh) and so was thinking of selling high on TY Hilton’s big week for some RB help. I’m planning to flip TY for Tate, locking up the Browns RB, which should be good for a start alongside Lacy each week.

    But, how likely do you think it is that Crowell just assumes the starting job (even without an injury, seems like he could just steal the starting role with how he’s been playing)? If I’m likely to just play Crowell each week anyway, I may as well skip the trade and keep Hilton. Whaddaya think?

    RB: Lacy, Stacy, Crowell
    WR: Julio, Michael Floyd, Hilton, Randle, A. Holmes, Beckham, Adams

    • Smokey

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      @friar: Tate and Crowell will both be a tandem with Clveland its just the system the run, value wise Tate is an injury risk. I like Crowell for the last 6 games of the year. I think you can keep Hilton and roll with what you have and you have the better option there IMO.

      • friar says:
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        @Smokey: Would you recommend I try to trade for a different RB (e.g. I could do Hilton, or maybe try Randle, for FJax), or do you think my 3 current RBs will be enough?

        For what it’s worth, I’m somehow 5-1 despite having whiffed on RB so far (although the success is partly thanks to riding a short-lived Asiata hot streak).

        • Smokey

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          @friar: Buying low on FJax with Spiller struggling seems like a better idea. You need someone in there with a little wow for starting every week, Lacy and Stacy have been blah and I only forsee Lacy giving you some value going forward

  4. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR, I’ve got a clusterf*ck in the works for my RB2 this week.

    Who’s your pick of this crappy bunch, with news that McKinnon’s carries will probably be dropping?

    McKinnon @ BUF
    Ivory @ NE
    Bolden vs NYJ
    S. Johnson vs CLE

    I have zero faith in any of these guys right now…

    • Smokey

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      @Adam: Ivory is one and then I think Storm runs for a bit this week and gets a cheap score

  5. Ralph Lifshitz

    ralph lifshitz says:
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    Vito wears a black shirt with a white tie and only eats hot capicola sammies.

    • Smokey

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      @ralph lifshitz: Nah man its a Sergio Tacchini tracksuit with velvet loafers and he likes egg noodles with ketchup

  6. mr glass says:
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    I was just offered calvin Johnson for my lacey & andre Holmes its a ppr, my backs would be Alfred morris & McKinnon after the trade, and right now my best WR is Golden Tate so its a no brainer to accept right

    • Smokey

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      @mr glass: I agree that it’s a no brainer, but your backs are blah before the trade and still ehh after it. I like Calvin for the last 8 games of the year and I think he outperforms Lacy so you have my blessing.

      • mr glass says:
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        I was just offered calvin Johnson for my lacey & andre Holmes its a ppr, my backs would be Alfred morris & McKinnon after the trade, and right now my best WR is Golden Tate so its a no brainer to accept right @Smokey: @Smokey: yeah my backs have failed me this year

        • Smokey

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          @mr glass: It happens to someone in every league I got but in a few, be first on guys you have a guess about and stockpile guys like Tre Mason and the like are good guessing points as long as you have the roster to drop someone who will never start for ya

  7. Phil says:
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    Flex start: please pick one. PPR. D.WALKER,J.HUNTER,J.LANDRY,STEVEN JACKSON ?

    • Smokey

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      @Phil: Delanie for me

  8. Ron says:
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    Non-ppr…who you dropping out of Hartline, G. Jennings, J. Matthews, Khiry and Storm?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ron: Jennings or Hartline

  9. Rsmith says:
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    Bernard or lesean ROS ppr league?

    • Smokey

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      @Rsmith: Lesean but it’s awfully close

  10. Dom B says:
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    Good trade my rb Andre Ellington, Eddie Lacy, Fred Jax, Doug martin me send Fred jax and crabtree for his Rashad Jennings

    • Smokey

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      @Dom B: think you have enough to wait for Rashad to get back, only fear is that with Spillers blahness Jackson may get alot of love

  11. Dom B says:
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    My WR Kelvin Benjamin, Roddy White, Michael Crabtree, Malcolm Floyd, TY Hilton RB Eddie Lacy, Andre Ellington, Fred Jax, and Doug Martin should I do this trade me send Eddie Lacy and Malcolm Floyd for his lesean McCoy and Branden lafell

    • Smokey

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      @Dom B: yes immediately

  12. Exactly says:
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    Already starting Tate and Cameron…would you go all in and start Crowell at flex or stick with Bradshaw? Also have hillman…thx.

    • Smokey

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      @Exactly: I have similar situation and I went with Bradshaw

  13. John Rambo Jr says:
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    Rank some receivers for the ROS…M. Wallace, G. Tate, C. Shorts, V. Jackson.
    I need to dump one and am having a tough time pulling the trigger. I’m leaning towards Golden, but really want to ride the Calvin injury out. Cecil /Vincent get a ton of looks and will be playing from behind, always. Wallace is the only receiver in Miami which leaves the Tate.

    Any thoughts on starting Reggie Bush in a flex ahead of any WR listed above?

    Thanks in advance,
    JRJ

    • Smokey

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      @John Rambo Jr: Tate, Wallace, v-jax,Shorts. All are or should be rostered. So of the lot I guess it’s shorts.

      I wouldn’t start bush but that’s just me.

  14. Dumbmutt says:
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    I need to drop someone and it seems like a battle between Reed or Crow. Don’t really want to go without kicker. Probably dropping Flacco next week. I dropped Crow last week and cried but no one picked him up this week. Could always flex Thomas start Reed.

    12 team .5 ppr Qb 2Rb 2Wr TE Flex
    Foles Flacco
    Forte Martin Sankey Crowell
    Nelson Wallace Crabtree Sanu Gordon
    Julius Reed
    Cleveland

    Thanks for the help.

    • Smokey

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      @Dumbmutt: Reed is the drop under normal circumstances but he is ur flex this week. So I’m guessing it’s crow as the drop. And fingers crossed that you can get him back.

  15. Oliver says:
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    I’m going with Lacy for RB1, but should I start Crowell over Bradshaw, Jeremy Hill, or Bernard Pierce?
    Should I start withe of those guys at Flex over Michael Floyd, Brandin Cooks, or James Jones?

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