I’m bored with reviewing five or six games per week. I feel suffocated, you know? Why keep me tied down to just writing about half of Sunday’s games? It’s my Monday column, why not bring the realness. Like Marky Mark says in The Other Guys, “I’m a peacock, you gotta let me fly!” I want to go position by position and see how it flows.

So what are two fun categories to correctly identify each? Well, ‘Stars’ is easy. It’s clear and to the point. What could possibly categorize something so blind-siding and awful that it sucks the life right out of your fantasy team that stays with the astrology theme? There has to be something that’s, let’s say, related to the misery of being a Raiders fan. There literally can’t be anything worse. I’ve got it. Black holes. Now that we have that covered, let’s start with quarterbacks…

Quarterbacks

Stars

The week 10 MVP for Sunday quarterbacks has to be Mitch Trubisky. Mitch only had 7 incompletions on his way to 355 yards and three touchdowns. Since struggling for the first three weeks of the season, Trubisky has only scored under 20 fantasy points one time since. This is his third game since week 4 with at least 30 fantasy points. You might be wondering if a title run is possible with Trubisky in your quarterback slot every week. I think the answer is absolutely. Trubisky is one of just a handful of quarterbacks that you can count on to get you points on the ground every week. Trubisky now has 3 rushing touchdowns this season and has 4 games with at least 47 rushing yards. Looking at the rest of the schedule, the only remaining challenge to the Bear’s passing game is next week against Minnesota.

Baker Mayfield found a way to be very efficient against the Falcons. He only threw 20 passes but was able to complete all but three of them. The important thing is that he found the end zone three times and didn’t turn the ball over. Getting rid of those rookie mistakes will be key for the Browns finishing strong. On the other side of the ball, Matt Ryan had a pretty good day. He did it in a different way. Ryan threw the ball 52 times for 330 yards and two touchdowns.

We had another game with two big performances from quarterbacks and it might not be the one that you were expecting. The Colts and Jaguars combined for 55 points and Blake Bortles and Andrew Luck both were big parts of the scoring. Andrew Luck came out on the winning side of things in big thanks to his fixation of throwing the ball to his tight ends. This was Andrew Luck’s 6th straight game with at least 3 touchdown passes. He’s locked in as a high end quarterback going forward. Blake Bortles, on the other hand, is like throwing darts but you have everything closed out but the 15’s and the bullseye. On Sunday, Bortles threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He spread the ball out nicely. Four Jaguars had at least 5 catches.

Black Holes

Ryan Fitzpatrick was a victim of the players around him letting him down. Granted, he did throw two interceptions and lose a fumble. But, Mike Evans dropped an easy touchdown, Cameron Brate dropped a bunch of important passes, and Jacquizz Rodgers lost one of the worst fumbles that I have ever seen. Tampa converted 60% of their 3rd downs on Sunday and spent what seems like the entire game in Redskin’s territory. They scored 3 points. It was the most frustrating game that I’ve watched as a fantasy football player.

In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton was an embarrassment without A.J. Green as a safety net. Tyler Boyd has really emerged as a threat in Cincinnati, but he was almost completely taken out of the game. The Bengals didn’t have a chance to run a lot of plays on offense. It was very similar to what Pittsburgh did against Carolina on Thursday. Drew Brees and the Saints controlled the ball and the clock while piling on points.

Running Backs

Stars

Nick Chubb is finally getting the opportunity to shine in Cleveland and is milking it for all that it’s worth. Chubb had the longest touchdown run in Cleveland Browns history taking one to the house from Atlanta’s 8-yard line. Chubb also caught a touchdown pass. Todd Gurley was also an unstoppable force, but you already knew that. LeSean McCoy scored his first two touchdowns of the season and this was easily his biggest game of the season. McCoy carried the ball 26 times for 113 yards and looked like his old self.

David Johnson had the perfect match up to make up some ground on making the most of a frustrating year. From a fantasy stand point, scoring two touchdowns is a big step in the right direction. So is gaining 183 all purpose yards. With his upcoming schedule, finishing as an RB1 is definitely still in the cards for him. There is a lot of season left. It’s probably too late for Leonard Fournette to pay the price that he was drafted at for this season. That doesn’t mean that he can’t provide productive Sundays for people who traded for him or weathered the hamstring storm. Fournette saw 23 carries and scored a touchdown on the ground. He also caught 5 passes including a 31 yard screen pass and a red zone touchdown catch later in the game. Fournette owners rejoice, he is back.

Black Holes

Joe Mixon didn’t get the opportunity to produce for the Bengals today. He only carried the ball 11 times. Fantasy owners still have to be upset with the output considering that a lot more was expected in a good match up. Tevin Coleman was another one that left owners who started him scratching their heads. Coleman carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards which is pretty normal. But, he is usually able to muster up more than 3 catches for 19 yards. Especially disappointing considering how many passes Matt Ryan completed.

The Bears running backs were both sub par on Sunday as well. Cohen was able to score a touchdown on the ground early on but wasn’t able to do much the rest of the game. It was definitely another frustrating week for Jordan Howard owners. The magic number for having a bad game must have been 11 carries because Howard took his 11 for a putrid 21 yards. That’s less than 2 yards per carry against the Detroit f*cking Lions for those of you that are keeping score at home. Guess how many carries Marlon Mack had? Nope not 11, it was 12. But that is somewhat of a conundrum considering his usage in previous weeks that he was healthy. Is this something to worry about going forward? It might be, but I’m not panicking just yet and am going to start him like usual next week against Tennessee.

Wide Receivers

Stars

Julio Jones is on a touchdown streak, I tell ya. He caught 7 balls for over 100 yards and scored his second touchdown of the season. Something that I didn’t expect on Sunday was Allen Robinson having the day that he had. But, he looked great on his way to a pile of yardage and two touchdowns. His first touchdown catch of the day was a thing of beauty and looked like it took a massive amount of concentration to complete. Concentration that I simply do not have without popping an Adderall.

The thing about Tyreek Hill is that he has been much more consistent this year. It’s not necessarily something that I was expecting with all of the weapons that Patrick Mahomes has around him. Hill doesn’t have a game this season without at least 50 receiving yards this season. That’s Antonio Brown level consistency. On top of that, this is Hill’s 3rd game this season with multiple touchdown receptions. He’s usually good for a couple rushing fantasy points each week as well. Moral of the story, Tyreek Hill can’t be and won’t be stopped on the football field.

Michael Thomas didn’t pile up yards on Sunday but he did catch two touchdown passes. Sometimes, you just take what you can get. Michael Thomas has proven himself to be one of the five best wide receivers in the league this season. Hey, would you look at that! Corey Davis has consecutive usable weeks in fantasy football. Corey Davis is seeing one of the largest target shares in the league this season so this production was bound to happen. On Sunday, he turned his 10 targets into 7 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Black Holes

This was supposed to be the monster Josh Gordon Week. Rob Gronkowski’s back is more messed up than a 45-year old construction worker’s back and he was matched up with Malcolm Butler. Surely, Tom Brady would make my dream come true. Four catches for 82 yards isn’t a terrible day, but it should have been much bigger. It just wasn’t the Patriot’s day. It was Veteran’s Day. I already mentioned that Tyler Boyd was a disappointment so on to Mike Evans. This was the second straight week that an opposing corner has gotten the better of him at the line of scrimmage all game. This week, it was Josh Norman. The icing on the cake? Evans dropped an easy touchdown in the 4th quarter. It’s like he was doing this on purpose to get Dirk Koetter fired. Which is fine, I guess.

We have a T.Y. Hilton problem on our hands. He just hasn’t had the big game yet this season. He led the Colts in targets in a game that Andrew Luck was absolutely on fire. 3 catches for 77 yards isn’t going to cut it for where he was drafted this season. With Andrew Luck under center, hopefully a couple big Hilton games are on the horizon.

Tight Ends

Stars

Eric Ebron and Zach Ertz

Black Holes

All other tight ends are useless. If I ruled fantasy football, I’d get rid of the position altogether. Add another kicker spot if you have to.

  1. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    yeah it’s nice that in a 16 team dynasty where last year somebody who had drafted him high got fed up and traded him to me on the cheap trubisky is doing this now. i mean the start of last year wasn’t that long ago in dynasty league terms, esp 16 teamers. and since my other QB is rosen (was bradford, need minimum ARI players) at first i didn’t mind the “oh yeah trubisky had a good game but……” well the category of what fits into that “but” are getting larger and larger, soit was like a bonus before, NOW it’s like i’m back to being a top 4 or so team with him on the roster in this league. breida/drake/hyde are of course another damn story of course. and this is a league where say j.will GB gets dropped by me and WW’d immediately so RB help isn’t shortly on the way (j.adams might be). hyde would probably also be WW’d immediately by somebody if/when i drop him too.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I’m not ready to throw in the towel on Hyde from a dynasty standpoint. No reason for the Jags to pay him next year

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @MB: right, yeah i’m not dropping, i have him in a standard 14 teamer and here a PPR 16 teamer. too deep to drop in either, i just added gallman in that 14 teamer that’s how deep that one is.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @MB: from what i read at least one of the evans missed end zone targets was thrown at his feet.

              • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                @MB: that’s what i’m saying they almost have to be talking about a different play here (maybe it was a different throw to another WR that did that and they mixed up evans in it), as they don’t usually make a call that sounds that much different from what you said.

  2. Gregarious says:
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    MB – so after starting the season 1-5, my team has come around. I’ll be 5-5 after this week, in a playoff spot, and putting up big points. Tempted to make one last move before the playoffs. My team in 0.5ppr:

    QB: Ryan
    RB: Kamara
    RB: CMC
    RB/WR: Chubb
    WR: Julio
    WR: Mike Evans
    WR/TE: Edelman
    TE: Burton

    I also have Dalvin Cook on the bench. Two trades I think I could pull off: Chubb and Evans for Nuk Hopkins….or Chubb and Burton for Kelce. Would you do either?? Preference for either?

    Thanks man

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Gregarious: yep, I doing it for Nuk. Good luck!

  3. Game of Jones says:
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    I’m an owner of DJ and it looks like he’s finally coming around. With my RBs finally showing up, do you think I should make a trade for a stud WR? Maybe DJ for Julio to complete my team name of “Game of Jones”. Currently 4-5.

    12team PPR, 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1Flex
    QB: Goff
    RB: DJ, AJones, Ingram, Cohen, Howard
    WR: TY, MJones, Sanders, Watkins
    TE: Doyle, Reed

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah that’s a fair trade. Looks like you could use a receiver

  4. Water boy says:
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    Howdy man! .5 ppr league I feel sick to my stomach what has transpired lol. I traded Chubb & Keenan Allen last week & received Mixon & Golladay. Looking at it now did I get screwed? Or still even ROS? Next caveat is that I did the deal because I had a player like Kupp on my WR core. Well now I’m minus Kupp

    Is it imperative now that I lost Kupp to trade for a WR? Thinking either Brandin cooks, Robert woods, Diggs. Anyone else to throw in there? Or is my WR depth still fine & instead of trading for one- add josh Reynolds , zay Jones, Anthony Miller off waivers?

    Or trade for deshaun Watson thinking of dealing away Brieda or Kerryon?

    My RBs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, Mixon, Kerryon, Brieda, ekeler, Elijah McGuire, donta foreman

    My WRs: Hilton, Golladay, amari Cooper, sterling Shepard, Baldwin, Tyler Boyd, Humphries, and lost Kupp

    QB is in need too I have Eli Manning who I streamed this week lol

    ** the Diggs owner has Golden Tate, Julio , cooks, Mike Williams, Taylor Gabriel & he has Matt Ryan & d Watson too

    Thanks man! Oh and since I made that trade I lost 2 straight where the guy I made the deal with has been winning

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Water boy: I like Mixon ROS. Hate how little Watson is throwing the ball but I’d probably do it. I still like the Mixon and Golladay side. I wouldnt rush to trade and see about adding Reynolds for now

      • Water boy says:
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        @MB: @MB:

        Gracias man! That’s why I’m ifffy on acquiring Watson but I like his upside. If I don’t get Watson top waiver QBs are mariota, Bortles, dak & Fitzpatrick. Even if I get either mariota, Bortles, Dak or Fitzpatrick would you still trade for Watson & play the matchups ROS /& stretch run?

        As of writing this Brieda who I was planning to trade to get Watson is having a monster MNF with 2 TDS so far. Sell Brieda in a different avenue instead of Watson?

        If no Watson then:

        1.) Brieda to get Kittle (he also has Kelce )

        2.) Brieda to get Alshon? I’m iffy there

        3.) Brieda to get Corey Davis

        I kind of want anything for Brieda I don’t trust him lol

  5. Jake says:
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    I’m down by 2 points my opponent has Kittle and I got Barkley what are my chances ? I’m not even going to watch I believe it’s going to be very close .

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      @Jake: if it ends up NOT being close it means you won easily i’ll say that for sure. i have both barkley + SF D left against nobody and am down 30.25 but we score big in this league, so i’m a (yahoo anyway projected for what that’s worth) 61% fav here. let’s get those 10 or so short barkley catches and 3-5 eli TO’s besides going. only TD’s to barkley and at least 100 yards rushed or caught and around 120 or more total (i don’t need ALL that stuff to happen, but if even some of it does i’ll coast)

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        @Better Call Limehouse: even in what i think is standard PPR yahoo barkley projected for like 27 something vs like 12.85 for kittle. and FP (top 30 guys for PPR flex) have barkley ranked 28 spots higher (and that’s with kittle being the TE 3)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I like Barkley’s chances here

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      @Jake: so SF’s D had barkley put up his worst season score by about 31% (14 to 20.10, and both of these are his last 2 games, not that i’m mad about a 20.10 so much, but that one was his worst till tonight), but SF still loses pretty much only from TO’s. but at same time SF puts up a garbage score themselves, yep, that’s how i lose by just a little (6.25).

  6. The Harrow says:
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    if anybody was wondering just how fat foreman got while hurt here’s the coaches quote (and this is a guy who routinely benches l.miller for blue for god’s sake so foreman must be quite bad right now)

    “He had a good year last year, but that was a long time ago”

    WOW, that’s a nasty one, esp since for a guy his age last year WASN’T that long ago.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @The Harrow: oh no, so much for that speculative add.. hahaha Hue the blame everybody but himself guy!

      • The Harrow says:
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        @MB: he needs to lose a bunch of weight and start going by donta (eric) foreman. never got how they tried putting a guy that small as venom, that made no sense. haven’t seen it yet but tom hardy makes a LOT more sense (unless he sounds british, in which case not). i sure hope that made that movie as realistic in it’s violence as logan was, the only well done x-men movie in that manner.

        – crizzap, seeing it’s not even R rated. MF’er! eh, i’m sure i’ll be pirating low grade hand taped versions for somebody shortly (i won’t ruin a decent movie with watching them like that but at some jobs i’m around those who want to).

  7. The Harrow says:
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    woah, dig it baby, if anybody thought CIN couldn’t get any worse, h-jax is back to curtail you of such notions.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: actually h-jax might be getting the PERFECT job, he’s being called a “special assistant”. so his tasks if he so chooses to accept them (and i’m sure he’ll take ANY check he can get from NFL teams at this stage)
      1. flak catcher. HE now does the after game media reports in which he’ll blame everybody BUT marvin lewis for CIN being truly awful ROS (well short of h-jax himself taking ANY credit for anything wrong with CIN; doubt there’s an NFL paygrade allowed for special assistants to the regional coach that’d pay enough for him to take credit at CIN if he wasn’t willing to take any credit for the mess at CLE)
      2. drinking buddy/sidekick. they are friends so he’ll sit an listen to lewis bitch about whatever he’s got going on while lewis picks up h-jax’s tab.

  8. Bobbybouche says:
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    I currently am holding chris carson for depth but seattle’s backfield is a nightmare for fanasy purposes. Should i put a faab on Rashad penny and drop carson for ros?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I don’t think you should drop Carson for Penny

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Bobbybouche: nightmare won’t get worse when you drop the leader of a committee for the 3rd or maybe 2nd place guy.

      what’s worse is stuff like this from the dude who threw a super bowl trying to look smart:
      “He looked just like the guy we thought he would look like when we drafted him”
      “I thought today he needed it so badly. He knows he’s a great player. He just hasn’t been able to demonstrate it.”
      these are completely backhanded compliments as the reason he didn’t “look like the guy they drafted” till then or wasn’t “able to demonstrate it yet” is simply because of pete not allowing it to happen till then.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: i.e. playing time, which is controlled by the coach.

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    Is Cobb a hold or drop him for Anthony Miller, Zay Jones, Westbrook, or Reynolds? Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Drop for Reynolds!

  10. What's a Drexl? says:
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    still the 3rd best team but now only 6-4 and if losing streak keeps up too much longer it’ll be two years in a row (out of 2) in this half PPR league where i was a top 2 or 3 team for the first 6-7 weeks then lose all the time to miss playoffs. last year it was mostly caused by KC’s midseason offensive swoon (i had hill and hunt then), this year a variety of stuff, but i’m still in ok shape if can dodge more bad luck (well kupp out so i did just get some actual injury luck outside of scheduling luck)
    QB RW3 (let’s get back to them needing to try to score points real quick in the 4th quarter and get RW3 running around again more)
    RB (2) mixon, gurley, michel, j.adams, barber, hamster (so i’m pretty set at RB here)
    WR (2) this was already my weakness BEFORE kupp went out: landry (not used like he has been his whole career anymore now, probably a bench some of the time and F everybody’s rankings about it), jeffery, hilton, t.smith
    TE (1) doyle
    1 flex
    IR (1) kupp

    got 1 roster hole and maybe t.smith to be dropped as well, and somebody else will prioritize penny anyway so little use trying, plus i need WR here, be happy to get even one of this list:
    best order: a.mill (CHI), godwin, reynolds, t.smith

    sidenote (and i’m serious since i think it’s too late for the writer to change what was written maybe at this point): how much action could i get betting that kupp will be on somebody’s “add/drop” column this week, i’ll lay 4-1 that he WILL be, bettors would have to take the other side.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d add Reynolds first and Godwin 2nd. If there is someone that has Kupp in there, point em out!

      • What's A Drexl? says:
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        @MB: i thought you were the football side editor now, yr certainly the most active guy around here (both writing and columns responded to including time after column is made esp). i did see tehol recently say jaywrong is still his personal editor. i thought that post i referenced would be out by now but it isn’t. i’ve read some of the time you guys make the posts a day or sometimes earlier than they are posted if that’s the case it couldn’t be changed by the writer and if that happened that’s the action i would take in those events (laying the 4-1).

        reynolds vs godwin is what i was flipping on since sunday as well, even if not being a kupp owner. i guess that means a.mill (CHI) 3rd. good god gabriel’s fallen to shit to make me think a.mill might’ve even gone first.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Me and Jay both do the editing. He’s really busy with his new venture which is why I handle most of it. They are all 3 pretty close. I’m adding Reynolds though.

          • What's A Drexl? says:
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            @MB: in all my leagues a.mill is being targeted 1st, which is good as in THIS league i got BOTH of j-rey and godwin (dropping t.smith and had the kupp opening). it also means i’m getting a.mill about nowhere which also sucks.

  11. Mordacious Levator says:
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    14 team PPR. start 3 WR (1 flex), have this
    RB (2) mixon, j.adams (interesting decision this week to start which 2 out of m.davis/adams/moncreif IF carson doesn’t play), m.davis, crowell, ty-mont
    WR (3) AB, baldwin, jeffery, goodwin, moncreif, humphries
    TE (1) doyle
    1 flex
    IR (2) mostart (only left here as we keep 2 and maybe he’s worth a last round keeper, also have AB as a 4th rounder, and other good values), burkhead

    1. i’m guessing do not drop a WR for any of: z.jones, reynolds, but maybe goodwin or humphries are droppable there.
    2. penny out there, but i’m at 6/100 left in FAAB, worth dropping anybody for him here (don’t think ty mont, as often as BAL decides to bench collins ty mont could be a starter down there). clearly it’s very likely somebody else just bids like 15 or something on penny anyway.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: 1. actually from what yr saying above i’m guessing you WOULD drop one of my WR for reynolds, just which first if so.

  12. Nightpandas says:
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    MB

    I’m 10-0 in a 12 team keep 3 std league

    Have already traded 2nd and 3rd rounder for next year

    Wondering if I should trade my first for JuJu or AJones/MBrown package or I’m good and just hold my first pick

    Start 2 wr 2 flex 2 rb 1qb 1te

    QB: Cam
    Wr: Thielen MThomas Sanders Godwin
    Rb: Gurley Kamara Shady McGuire Thompson MDavis
    Te: Doyle Engram
    Def: Chargers Ravens

    • MB

      MB says:
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      yikes man, hold your pick! I think you’re in really good shape.

  13. Buster Moon says:
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    Thoughts…..Veto-able trade?

    J. Howard and A. Robinson for Conner?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      No trade between two consenting teams should ever be vetoed

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