Don’t worry, I’m not going to recommend that you listen to the Run DMC cover of the classic Aerosmith song in your Adidas jump suit this weekend [Jay’s Note: Awww, I’m already dressed up for it!], but I’m going to recommend that you start Raiders’ running back, Darren McFadden.

It’s disgusting to read, I get it.  How many times have we bought into McFadden only to be let down in the past?  If you can tally up the times, please let me know.  However, the matchup this week against the Browns is too good to pass up.  Since Tony Sparano has taken over as head coach of the Raiders, he’s made it a point to run the ball with McFadden.  McFadden has a total of 34 touches (six catches) for 141 yards and one touchdown in his two games under Sparano.

Meanwhile, Maurice Jones-Drew has just seven carries in those contests, so there’s no feeling that he’ll vulture McFadden.  The Browns, for whatever reason, are horrible against the run.  On the year, they’ve given up seven touchdowns to running backs, and they are coming off a game in which they were gashed by Denard Robinson.  Yes, they made a Jaguars running back actually look good.

You can’t trust McFadden to stay healthy for the entire season, but his matchup against the Browns is as good as it gets, and he’s our start of the week for Week 8.

 

Start ‘Em

Jerick McKinnon, Vikings: McKinnon was in serious consideration for start of the week this week, but can you think of a catchy headline for him?  Yeah, me either.  The Vikings running back has been impressive so far since he took over the starting job from Matt Asiata, but he hasn’t had his breakout game yet.  That changes this week, as he goes up against a putrid Tampa Bay run defense.  Your last chance to buy low on McKinnon is now, and once the Vikings wrap up four quarters on Sunday, the window will be shut.

Other RBs to start: Shane Vereen, Andre Ellington, Ben Tate, Travaris Cadet (PPR), Joique Bell

Dwayne Allen, Colts: Allen isn’t a sexy name, but there aren’t many of those at tight end this year.  However, Allen has at least three receptions in all but one game, and he has a score in five of seven games this year.  Allen goes up against a Steelers defense that has struggled all season against opposing tight ends.  Allen is available in far too many leagues, and he should be viewed as a top seven option this week.

Other TEs to start: Zach Ertz, Owen Daniels, Charles Clay

Eric Decker, Jets: I’m of the belief that Percy Harvin’s arrival actually elevates Decker’s value and production with the Jets.  Entering the year, I was down on Decker like many were, and his hamstring has been an issue early in the season.  But with 10 days rest, I expect Decker to be 100 percent fine and for him to continue to produce.  Buffalo has been poor against No. 1 receivers this season, and Decker will continue to be a solid No. 2 wide receiver going forward.

Other WRs to start: Golden Tate, Sammy Watkins, Michael Floyd, Davante Adams

Carson Palmer, Cardinals: Did I break a rule by having him here two weeks in a row?  If I did, my bad, but the matchup against the Eagles is too good to pass up.  He’s shown no issues with his nerve issue, and he should post another 20-plus point performance this weekend against the Eagles.  He’s a top 10 QB the rest of the season, folks.

Other QBs to start: Ryan Tannehill, Kyle Orton, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford

 

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler, Bears: It truly kills me to say this, but if you have better options, you can bench Cutler this week.  The Bears travel to New England this weekend, and while the Pats’ lone pass rusher Chandler Jones will miss the game, Cutler’s offensive line will make the rest of the New England front seven look formidable.  Don’t forget about Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis in the secondary, too.  More than likely you’re running Cutler out there Sunday, but if you have a Ryan Tannehill or Palmer, you should consider benching the Bears’ QB.

Other QBs to sit: Nick Foles, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco

Denard Robinson, Jaguars: Robinson could be OK going forward, but do you want to trust a Jaguars running back in Week 8 of the season?  It’s a minus matchup for the former Michigan Wolverine, as the Dolphins have held running backs in check all year.  Robinson’s previous six games were nothing to write home about, so make him show you that he can do it again before you buy in.

Other RBS to sit: Zac Stacy, Steven Jackson, Alfred Morris, Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown, Gio Bernard

Mohammed Sanu, Bengals: Again, sorry for the repeat here.  I expect A.J. Green to play this week, which is a good and bad thing for Sanu.  The volume will go down some, but it could provide more opportunities.  However, if Green doesn’t play, Sanu has to go against Jimmy Smith.  After seeing what I saw last week from the Bengals offense, I’m not ready to trust Sanu or any Bengals player really.  He’s a low-end flex this week based on potential volume.

Other WRs to sit: Torrey Smith, Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald, DeSean Jackson, Terrance Williams

Martellus Bennett, Bears: Some trends need to be paid attention to, even if you can’t explain them.  For some reason, Bennett disappears after September.  We can’t explain it, but it happens.  In September, Bennett had 29 receptions on 37 targets in four games.  In three October games, Bennett has 12 receptions on 21 targets.  He has no more than 58 yards receiving over the past three games, and he hasn’t found the end zone since Week 3.  It’ll continue this week, as well as Week 10, Week 11 and so on.

Other TEs to bench: Heath Miller, Jordan Reed, Gavin Escobar, Jason Witten, Delanie Walker, Travis Kelce

 

  1. mcBlunty says:
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    in a bit of bye week and injury hell, with megatron likely out and the news of owen daniels now out at least 2 weeks i need a 2nd flex spot fill in i currently have asiata, or i could grab benny cunningham, rainey, nicks, landry, john brown, r woods, charles clay

    full point ppr, thanks

    • @mcBlunty: I like Charles Clay a lot this week. Not so much next week tho. Out of the rest of those, I go Cunningham then Landry.

  2. Allan says:
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    So start tannehill or stafford? And ertz over kelce?

    • @Allan: I would. I think Stafford will be OK, but Tannehill will be a little better. Ertz has the matchup over Kelce. Burned the cards twice last year.

  3. Jason says:
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    Hey man! I have a trade proposal offered to me. I give Lamar Miller and receive Alfred Morris and Terrance Williams. My rbs are: LeVeon, Lamar, Bishop, Ronnie. My wrs: Antonio brown, Emmanuel sanders, mike Evans, Reggie Wayne, Vjax, and ODB. Thoughts?

    • @Jason: i wouldn’t do it. The QB mess in Washington is killing Alf. I like Miller way more than him rest of season. Williams is the most Td dependent player of the year not named Antone Smith. I’d hold.

  4. SludgeFeast says:
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    Thanks for the info, gonna go Tannehill over Newton!

    However, should I start Vereen over Lamar Miller?

  5. Dom B. says:
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    My roster would you trade Alfred Morris and Terrance William for Lamar Miller

    Starters:
    QB – Philip Rivers – Chargers
    RB – Giovani Bernard – Bengals
    RB – Alfred Morris – Redskins
    WR – Dez Bryant – Cowboys
    WR – Jordy Nelson – Packers
    WR – Michael Floyd – Cardinals
    TE – Travis Kelce – Chiefs
    PK – Dan Bailey – Cowboys
    DEF – Buffalo Bills – Bills

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Zac Stacy – Rams
    WR – Dwayne Bowe – Chiefs
    WR – Brian Hartline – Dolphins
    WR – Andre Holmes – Raiders
    WR – Terrance Williams – Cowboys
    TE – Jared Cook – Rams

    • Beats by Ray says:
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      @Dom B.: So its pretty much a swap for Morris and Miller as Terrance will be a fill in for your top receivers. I definitely would not do it as Miller has a better ROS outlook.

      • Beats by Ray says:
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        @Beats by Ray: Yeah I mis-read, Take miller.

  6. ashtray says:
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    Received this trade in my 12 team standard keep 2 league

    Give: Tre Mason
    7th round pick

    Get: Phillip Rivers
    10th round pick

    My current roster:

    QB- Cutler
    Tannehill

    WR- Green
    White
    Crabtree
    Wayne
    Hunter
    Danard Robinson (WR/RB)

    RB-Lacy
    Leveon Bell
    Mason
    Ingram
    Robinson (WR/RB)

    TE-Cameron

    K-Parkey

    DEF-HOU

    I’m only 3-4 in 9th place and my WRs are terrible causing a 3 game losing streak. Four teams make the playoffs out of 12. So should I just tank it and not lose the better draft pick or is this upgrade at QB enough to make it worthwhile?

    • @ashtray: I think it’s too early to tank, depending on how many teams are 7-0, 6-1, 5-2. Rivers is an obvious upgrade, and even though he’s faced cupcake teams so far, I think it’s legit. He will give you more consistency than Cutler, albeit by a little. I’m OK with making the deal, but you should trade one of the QBs for a WR if possible.

  7. Bry says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I play in a dynasty half-PPR league, and at 6-1 I’d like to shore up my roster while I make my push for the playoffs. I have a lot of RB depth both young and old, but my WRs are on the older side. I’ve been trotting out Brandon Marshall, T.Y. Hilton and Roddy White. I was recently able to land VJax via trade. I was thinking of trading for Randall Cobb with a team who is out of it this year and the owner is firm on receiving a 2015 1st round pick (rookies only) and Brandon Oliver. Do you think it’s a good idea to make this trade or should I ride it out with my current WRs?

    Thanks for your help!

    • @Bry: I like the deal. I always try to win now in keeper and dynasty leagues. If you trott cobb, Hilton, marshall out each week, you’re set. Sounds like you have the Rb depth, too.

  8. Kyle says:
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    PPR: Robinson, Mike Evans, Kendall Wright, or James Jones?

  9. Sammy says:
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    Considering if aj sits, do I start Percy harvin or Greg Jennings in ppr league?

    Also have Trent Richardson do I start him this week if he plays or should I gamble on Jonas gray instead? Again it’s a ppr league

    Appreciate the help love your work

    • @Sammy: thanks for the kind words, Sammy. Not a fan of either option, but I lean Harvin in this instance. Also, if T-Rich plays, play him over Gray. You know the Colts use him. You don’t know with Gray yet.

  10. Frank White says:
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    Sup Mike.. I need a RB to fill a hole. Reddick or Jonas Gray??

    • @Frank White: riddick for sure in Ppr. I lean his way slightly over Gray in standard because of uncertainty with Pats.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah PPR… Thanks Man!!

  11. Ryno says:
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    Would you drop Crowell to pick up Gray or Sims? I’m 5-2 and trying to grab a lottery ticket for the rest of the season

    Thanks

    • @Ryno I think Cro is still the best stash here with Tate’s injury history. I go Gray (standard) and Sims (ppr) after him, tho.

  12. Di Ro says:
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    I really want to start Lacy this week, but I already have Ellington, J Bell at RB and D. Thomas, Marshall at WR and Benjamin at Flex.

    Would you start Lacy over any of those guys?

    • @Di Ro: benjamin is the only consideration for me, but I still roll with the rookie.

  13. DILinator says:
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    OK, here are a few sit/start questions jumping off of your recommendations…

    -PPR league, McKinnon or McCoy? I know, never sit your studs, but I think it’s at least a consideration given the respective matchups!

    -Carson Palmer or Matthew Stafford? Both have nice matchups this week!

    -Four “meh” options for my last two WR spots in a PPR league… Percy Harvin, Greg Jennings, Mike Evans, or Jarvis Landry? Yeah, I know that’s not good, so tell Green to hurry up and get healthy! ;)

    Thanks for the advice!

    • @DILinator: Id find a way to get McKinnon in. I’d play McCoy, but would be OK with olaying McKinnon over him. Arizona run D is tough.

      Palmer over stafford. He should be able to get the third Td against Eagles.

      This week I’ll go Harvin and Evans. Evans should score. Harvin is a risk, but so are the others.

  14. BR808 says:
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    Ok Here’s my current situation. RB’s are:

    Ellington
    Forsett
    Sankey
    A Williams

    Available are

    DMC
    Ingram
    Cadet

    I’m picking up DMC but should I also pick up Ingram or Cadet? Thanks

    • @BR808: is it a ppr league? If ppr, drop Williams and Sankey for DMC and Cadet. Standard same thing, but Ingram instead.

  15. Phil says:
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    Trade offer I have D Martin they want to give me Edelman?

    • @Phil: do it. I think Tampa goes to Sims more and more as the season winds down.

  16. Steven says:
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    Jeffery or Sanu?

  17. Kevin says:
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    1PPR pick two out of Vereen, Ingram, and Wallace

  18. Kevin says:
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    Yes Mike Wallace. Thanks

  19. Jason says:
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    Howdy. How do you feel about my Antonio brown and Lamar for his Randall Cobb and Jamaal Charles?

  20. dartos says:
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    In a 10 team ppr I was offered Brees & Sankey for Cutler & J. Bell. I still have Ellington, vereen, & Bryce Brown. I’m in the fence. What do you think?

  21. Lane Meyer says:
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    Start Romo or Palmer this week?

    For Flex in non-PPR, Michael Floyd, Darren MCFadden, or Kelvin Benjamin?

    Thanks.

  22. Phil says:
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    Just for week 8.. Jets D ,KC D or TB D ?

  23. Superfly says:
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    Good afternoon Mike, I need another set of eyes to look at my team..my Rb’s having killing me as of late…I am in a 12 team ppr..Starting 1 qb, 2rb’s, 2 wr’s, 1 te and 1 flex….Starters Qb Ryan or Palmer Rb’s Lacey, Morris Wr’s A. Brown, J. Nelson Te Kelce Flex A. Jeffery My Bench is Rb’s B. Brown, J Starks, A. Smith and T. Gerhardt Wr’s B. Quick and A. Boldin……..What would you do with group to make it stronger….Package any of these for trade??? Any advice would be appreciated and Enjoy reading your column……..

    • @Superfly: I appreciate the kind words. Love writing it. That’s tough with Lacy and Alf. Not a fan of either, but I love your top three wrs. Best thing you could do is package alf and quick for a Bradshaw type rb. Or, if you really wanted, package one of your top WRs and alf for a better back if someone needs WRs depth. You seem to have plenty of it.

  24. Bryan says:
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    Pick two of these players to start this weekend…. 1/2 pt PPR

    • Bryan says:
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      @Bryan: hit return too quick LOL
      Bowe, LaFell, Colston, or Adams (GB)

      Thanks for advice

  25. Dom B says:
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    My roster who to drop for a TE for week 9 delaine on bye me picking up Larry Donnell

    Starters:
    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Russell Wilson – Seahawks
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Doug Martin – Buccaneers
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets

  26. Dom B says:
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    My roster would you trade Russell Wilson and doug martin for Reggie Bush I can pick up Joe flacco for backup
    Starters:
    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Russell Wilson – Seahawks
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Doug Martin – Buccaneers
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets

  27. Dom B says:
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    My roster Good trade I accpeted I send Russell Wilson Roddy White and Doug Martin for AJ Green, Matt Asiata and Kendall Wright and I can pick up Joe Flacco for Aaron bye week
    Starters:
    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Russell Wilson – Seahawks
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Doug Martin – Buccaneers
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets

  28. Dom B says:
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    ROS Matt Asiata, Steven Jackson, Anotonie Smith, Ben Cuttingham, Chris Johnson, or Mid mainly for week 9 who to start in order please

    • @Dom B: I go Cunningham jackson asiata Johnson MJD smith. Don’t like any.

  29. LaughinBones says:
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    Trade away Vereen, FJax, and K. Wright for Megatron? My team (.5ppr):

    Romo
    Forte, Lacy, Joique, Vereen, FJax, Khiry
    Antonio, Keenan, Wright, Randle
    Ertz

    Tried to get Ryan Mathews, too, but he wouldn’t budge. Also Vereen and Khiry are my only backs not on bye next week, so I’d have to pick up a scrub and essentially chalk that one up as a loss.

  30. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    harbor or gilmore at TE, lost owen d.

  31. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    need a WR 2 and a flex out of landry (both punt and kick returns)/patterson/wright/ivory/mason/j.jones (OAK). rankings say mason and j.jones (OAK), but i don’t know if that undervalues landry’s return yardage
    .1 pts per return yard full pt PPR here.

  32. John Rambo Jr says:
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    Giovani Bernard or LeSean McCoy?

    Anyway you would start S. Watkins or K. Benjamin ahead of Gio/ McCoy in a the Flex position this week? I gambled and used 1 RB spot on Hillman already.

    Different league…Alshon Jeffery or M. Wallace as my WR2?

    Thanks in advance,

    JRJ

    • @John Rambo Jr: McCoy over Gio.

      McCoy, Watkins, benjamin, Gio is my rankings

      Then I go Alshon. Less Td dependent than Wallace to me

  33. landon says:
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    Tate or Ellington…standard

  34. Switched at 4:20 says:
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    Last minute second-guessing:
    – Brady v Chi
    – Romo v Was

    I have Brady in the lineup. With Vereen ailing, I think he may have to do more than Romo. Your thoughts?

  35. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Waterloo.. I grabbed Charles Clay cause Donnell is out. Should i pickup Crockett Gillmore instead?? His notes talk so highly on him and the OC loves using TE’s.. idk

    • Frank White says:
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      Or Clay Harbor?

        • Frank White says:
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          Thanks Bro!!

          • Frank White says:
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            You mean Charles Clay right, not Clay Harbor..?

  36. Kirk C. says:
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    Would you start Run DMC over Lacey for this week?

  37. Sportive Tricks says:
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    I understand being cautious about Denard Robinson after the guy had one nice game, and I am also keeping him on the bench in both of my leagues today. That said, I did pick him up in both of those leagues and I don’t know why everyone else isn’t pooping their pants with excitement because even if he’s just okay going forward but keeps the starting gig . . . he is eligible at WR in Yahoo! leagues. I would GLADLY have the consistent production of a mediocre to bad RB instead of the spotty performance I get from the lesser WRs on my roster.

    If we find out today that he is the featured back, go nuts, people.

    • @Sportive Tricks: I’m tempering expectations as well, and I don’t fully buy in. That said, I have three shares of him on my bench. I’d rather take a shot and let him do it than not buy in at all.

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Michael Waterloo:

        Over 100 yards again today. He’s cemented himself in one of my WR spots.

  38. Nikko Respeto says:
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    My Brown for his Gio and Terrance Williams. My receivers are deep with: sanders, brown, ODB, wayne, VJAX and Mike Evans. My rbs: LeVeon bell, Sankey, Hillman, lamar miller. Thoughts?

  39. Dom B says:
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    Good trade me send Eddie Lacy and AJ Green for his Lesean McCoy and Odell Beckham I already accepted better for me

  40. Dom B says:
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    gio injured do i send bio and dez for his antonio brown and lamar miller

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