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November 1, 2017 @ 1:30 PM: Me: have Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson on my team. Decide to shop Prescott to a rival league member who was struggling with Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers as his QBs.

November 1, 2017 @ 1:52 PM: Trade is accepted to send Prescott to other team member.

November 1, 2017 @ 2:04 PM: Text exchange with another league member:

November 2, 2017 @ 4:12 PM: Reports: Watson was limited in practice due to a sore knee. “lol”

November 2, 2017 @ 4:53 PM: Early reports: Watson might have torn his ACL, season possibly over. “lol”

November 2, 2017 @ 5:27 PM: Reports confirmed. Watson has torn his ACL and is done for the season. “lol”

November 3, 2017 @ 3:00 PM: Trade is processed. “lol…”

 

Quarterbacks

Start:

Jared Goff, LAR, 44.2% owned: Goff is averaging 14 fantasy points per game and is facing off against the NY Giants who allow 18 fantasy points per game. Split the difference and you should expect a 16+ point game from Goff. The Giants secondary has allowed 14 passing TDs to 3 INTs.

Tom Savage, HOU, 8.8% owned: Everything old is new again! The Texans week 1 QB is now their QB for the rest of the year after Deshaun Watson’s season-ending ACL tear. Savage is no Shane Falco so you can’t rely on him on any other week — but this week? This week he gets the Colts and even I scored 15 fantasy points against the Colts last week. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are still huge receiving weapons and will help Savage still have a respectable fantasy week. If you’re in a deep 2-QB league and need a Brady replacement Savage might be a good flier.

Drew Stanton, ARI, 4.6%: Another emergency injury fill-in for the deepest of the deep, deep leagues. Here is what I said on Tuesday about Stanton: “Here’s the deal with Stanton — in his last two starts against his week 9 opponent, the 49ers, Stanton has thrown for a total of 368 yards and 4 TDs with 0 INTs. This year’s 49ers have allowed the 4th most passing yards. I’m not expecting HUGE numbers, but 200+ yards and 2 TD’s is a feasible deep league option.”

Sit:

Matt Ryan, ATL, 95.8%: I never thought I’d be listing Matt Ryan as a sit option after his MVP season but he’s averaging less fantasy points than guys named Eli Manning and Josh McCown and barely more than whose name sounds like a vacuum brand: Jacoby Brissett. The Panthers defense has been pretty stingy against the pass over the past 2 weeks averaging 3.5 fantasy points to the 2 QBs they faced. The Panthers have also allowed the 7th fewest passing yards this season.

Kirk Cousins, WAS, 91.8%: Before week 8’s 32 fantasy points allowed to da God Deshaun Watson the Seahawks were holding QBs to an average of 9.8 fantasy points. With no wide receiver stepping up for Washington and Jordan Reed suffering through another injury this week – I do not like that Kirk Cousin.

 

Running Backs

Start:

Kenyan Drake, MIA, 26.7%: Adios Ajayi! With Jay Ajayi’s trade to the Eagles, Drizzy should be stepping into the RB1 spot for the Dolphins. Good news: Drake knows the playbook and shouldn’t miss a beat; also good news: his opponent the Raiders, have allowed the 4th most rushing yards so far this season. Now that he’s RB1 he should show you a good time. Show you a good, show you a good, show you a good time. 

Orleans Darkwa, NYG, 17.8%: For better or worse Darkwa is the NY Giants starting RB as he lead the Giants in touches in week 6 and 7. Now, Darkwa and the G-Men get the LA Rams (I still keep writing St. Louis Rams) who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to RBs. Week 7 wasn’t a great week for Darkwa (9 rushes, 35 yards) but in the right situation he is capable of breakout games like week 6 against Denver (21 rushes, 117 yards.)

Andre Ellington, ARI, 4.1%: This week’s PPR darling, Ellington is ranked in the top 10 in receiving yards among RBs and is facing the team that has allowed the most receiving yards to RBs. Andre will still be stuck behind AP on the depth chart, but in passing situations Andre will still be the man. He is 2nd on the Cardinals in passing targets after all.

Sit:

Chris Thompson, WSH, 72.5%: The RB with the most receiving yards faces the defense that has allowed the least receiving yards to RBs. Chris Thompson’s worst fantasy game this year was when he faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 4 who have allowed the 4th fewest receiving yards to RBs with 0 TDs. Thompson had 1 fantasy point that week.

Frank Gore, IND, 52.6%: Come on. Wake up the owner in your league who is still starting Gore.

Jay Ajayi, PHI, 51%: On the flip side of the Ajayi trade coin I can’t recommend you start Ajayi this week. Few things working against him: he is new to the team so he might not be 100% familiar with their playbook; it wasn’t like Ajayi was exactly lighting the world on fire (averaging 8.4 points); Ajayi gets the Denver Broncos who have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards and is the only team who haven’t allowed a rushing TD. I think for the rest of season Ajayi will be better — but bench him in this one.

 

Wide Receivers

Start:

Marvin Jones, DET, 55.2%: I’m just saying you can’t do better. Tell me have you heard that lately? I’m just saying you can’t do better. And I’ll start hatin’ only if you make me. If you’re without Antonio Brown you need to throw Marvin into your lineup. In his last three weeks he has 11, 21 and 18 fantasy points in a row. Matthew Stafford should be chucking the pigskin all over the Packers who’ve allowed an average of 33 fantasy points to opposing WRs including a big 4-7 against the Saints in week 7. And since you picked him up since Antonio’s not around. 

Ted Ginn, NO, 35.6%: Ted Ginn has turned it on in a big way the past 3 weeks averaging 15 fantasy points. Ginn’s week 9 opponent, the Buccaneers, have allowed the 4th most passing yards to WRs this season. Ginn and Michael Thomas could go off in a big way with Drew Brees.

Marquise Goodwin, SF, 3.1%: With Pierre Garcon out for the year, time for Marquise Goodwin to step up as their WR1. Also benefiting Goodwin is the potential for Jimmy Garoppolo to eventually take over as starting QB for the 49ers. Garoppolo can’t be any worse than CJ Beathard.

Sit:

Alshon Jeffery, PHI, 82.3%: Alshon has alternated single-digit fantasy points with double-digit fantasy points every week. This week? He’s due for another single-digit fantasy week as he lines up against an extremely tough Broncos defense. Broncos have allowed the least receiving yards to WRs this season. When he faced off against the Redskins who have allowed the 4th fewest passing yards in week 7 he only scored 5 fantasy points.

Mohamed Sanu, ATL, 43.6%: Sanu has been doing a solid job as Julio Jones’s Robin, but will struggle against the Panthers defense in week 9. The Panthers have allowed the 5th fewest yards per game to wide receivers. The Panthers have also sacked the 2nd most QBs in the NFL leaving little time for Matt Ryan (see above) to get his passes off.

 

Tight Ends

Start:

AJ Derby, DEN, 1.9% starting: Second week in a row I’m telling you to start AJ Derby and third time this year! Last two weeks Derby has notched 10 fantasy points each and now he’ll get the Eagles who’ve allowed the 6th most fantasy points to opposing TEs. Another 10 point week is in store for Derby!

Sit:

Cameron Brate, TB, 72.9%: Don’t get me wrong, Brate is still better than most TEs out there, but he’s got a tough match-up on Sunday with the Saints allowing the 3rd fewest yards to opposing TEs. OJ Howard has also been swiping some of Brate’s targets and, for another week, Jameis Winston might not be 100%. There’s just a few things working against Brate that make me nervous to start him.

 

Defense/Special Teams

Start:

New Orleans Saints vs. TB: This ain’t your weird cousins Saints defense! They are actually in the top-10 in fantasy points scored. The Saints are also in the top-5 in INTs and top-10 for fumbles forced. The Saints are getting their takeaways where they can and if Jameis Winston can’t go — bump these Saints up another notch. They started from the bottom now the whole defense here. 

Sit:

Kansas City Chiefs vs. DAL: This game is going to be unbelievably fun to watch. The Teflon Don Ezekiel Elliott is STILL playing despite every lawyer in the country trying to shut him down and the score could easily be 53-49 somehow. Have fun watching this game — but not either defense.

 

Kickers

Start:

Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU, 22% starting: Ka’imi has been averaging 8.4 fantasy points on this year and now, without Deshaun Watson’s considerable talents, I could see the Texans offense stalling in the Red Zone or even in FG position leading to a big game from Ka’imi against the hapless, Luckless Colts.

Sit:

No one really stands out! Go nuts with kickers!

  1. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Superflex, 0.5 PPR–Savage, Stanton, Beathard or Alex Collins? Which of the QBs do you prefer going forward?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Savage based on weapons.

  2. Beef Jerky says:
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    12 team 1 ppr.
    Trade my Fournette for their Hopkins and Karama

    Rest of team:
    Jordy
    Kelvin
    Landry
    Pryor
    D. Martin
    Collins
    Darkwa
    Powell
    Rex

    Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Beef Jerky: Yea that ain’t bad.

  3. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    i got a happy version of the watson injury. a huge douchebag in my biggest money league (he’s such a douchebag that we had to change the trade veto rule, as at least the amount needed to veto would veto every one of his deals, since apparently at least that many people have personal hatreds towards this guy. me and the comish were the only people in the league willing to stick up for his right to make trades (no matter how much of a POS he is, i literally brought out the “even hitler should be able to make trades if he played fantasy” (assuming hitler was allowed into your league)), so we made the comish the only arbiter of trades (comish is good guy that everybody trusts)) had dak/watson and like 2 days before the injury traded dak away. not believing in metaphysical justice it is always nice to see that stuff happen to these guys though since it certainly happens to the decent people.

  4. Chucky says:
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    Is Pryor an acceptable 14 team bye week fill in, with the Crowder and Reed injuries? Brandon Coleman at home v the hapless Bucs is my other option?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chucky: I keep recommending Pryor and keep getting burnt — I don’t think Washington has a good day with their o-line injuries and WR /TE injuries. i’d try coleman.

  5. Scott says:
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    I lost DJ and have been rotating a bunch of rb’s who don’t do a whole lot. I have some guys like henry and morris who could be good if they get to play more. I have room for one stash on my bench. I am looking for upside and opportunity. Who would you stash out of these 3: Conner (pit), Washington (oak), booker. Bell has never played a full season and he’s being used a ton. Lynch is not the same guy. Booker has looked good when he gets the ball but he has Charles and Anderson in front of him. Thx

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Scott: For me its Washington, Booker, Conner

      Washington is closest to opportunity
      Booker is talented, but is double blocked.
      Conner is only blocked by Bell — but you can’t hope for injury.

  6. Fundle Bundle Life says:
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    realistically it’s only lawyers hired by the NFL, you know the company who’s own investigator said they have no case against him at all since the witness isn’t worth anything as a witness and all that. GODdell shut up his own investigator and even though it’s well known the NFLPA is really really stupid to sign whatever they signed, the evidence of the lead investigator you’d think would be pretty much the most relevant thing going if this goes to any kind of trial, assuming there’s any kind of discovery process in said trial.

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