I’ve made some changes to the Stats Machine (TSM) this week in hopes to present more accurate data. While this is a weekly post that highlights the previous week’s top performances, TSM also provides a year-to-date report to help you identify valuable players. Until now, this has been based on the players’ total score for the season. The problem with that is that it punishes players that have already had a bye, as they will have had one less game than players that have not. Until all teams have had their bye week, this list will be powered by each players’ average score per game. Got it? Good.

What else does TSM have to say? For those that think DeMarco Murray is the most valuable running back in fantasy football, TSM is here to correct you. That honor would belong to Matt Forte, who fell just shy of a three-peat as the top running back of the week. Believe it or not Darren McFadden is still not injured and quietly having a decent season, and would make a good bye week fill-in. If you can get an owner to sell a little low on Rashad Jennings before he returns from injury the Stats Machine says go for it!

Even though Jerick McKinnon technically played in all 7 Vikings games, he didn’t really play in the first 4. I have manually adjusted his games played to 4 to give a better representation of his performance while he has been a legitimate contributor. In doing so, it puts him in the top 10!

Demaryius Thomas has jumped to the top of the wide receiver pack after last week. With Peyton Manning throwing him the ball I guess that’s not hard to do. And as I will mention again later on, Golden Tate is now the 5th highest ranked wide receiver according to TSM. I wonder if he wants Megatron to return.

Greg Olsen has emerged as the tightest end while Clay Harbor deserves much more fantasy attention than he is getting.

Hidden Rupees Category 1: Best of the Rest (Weekly)

These are the players that are owned in less than approximately 85% of most leagues that were top performers based on last week’s stats.

Running Back: Chris Ivory (26.85 SAV)

According to Yahoo! Ivory is owned in about 77% of leagues. If you are in one of these leagues, own him. Last week he had 21 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown and caught all 4 passes thrown to him for another 18 yards. If the Jets dump Chris Johnson and sign a running back named Ed Ebony, these two could be known as Ebony and Ivory. It would be perfect harmony. Honorable Mention (Denard Robinson 21.75)

Wide Receiver: Doug Baldwin (29.75 SAV)

When a guy with no hair is victorious is that considered a bald win? If a guy with no hair catches 7 passes for 123 yards and touchdown is that considered a Doug Baldwin? Things might be looking up for Doug in Seattle with Percy Harvin banished to the Jets. Honorable Mention (Odell Beckham Jr22.8)

Tight End: Jermaine Gresham (22.6 SAV)

It would be germane to say with 10 receptions Gresham led all tight ends in catches last week. Honorable Mention: (Owen Daniels 21)

Hidden Rupees Category 1A: Best of the Rest (Year To Date)

Several commenters have have asked me who I see as solid RB2/RB3 and WR2/WR3 players. Here are the Stats Machine’s replies.

Running Back:
Jerick McKinnon (21.16)
Branden Oliver (19.6)
Fred Jackson (18.86)
Trent Richardson (17.41)
Darren McFadden (17.18)
Pierre Thomas (16.87)
Ronnie Hillman (16.81)
Mark Ingram (16.32)
Chris Ivory (15.31)

Wide Receiver:
Mohamed Sanu (20.23)
Anquan Boldin (18.59)
Rueben Randle (17.74)
Eric Decker (17.53)
DeAndre Hopkins (17.51)
Kendall Wright (17.41)
Andrew Hawkins (17.16)
James Jones (17.07)
Brian Quick (17.01)
Louis Murphy (16.9)

Tight End:
Clay Harbor (17.85)
Larry Donnell (16.39)
Dwayne Allen (15.4)
Jared Cook (14.95)
Heath Miller (14.91)
Travis Kelce (14.52)
Zach Ertz (14.44)

How is Jason Witten (14.65) owned in more leagues than most of these guys?


Hidden Rupees Category 2: Best of the Best (Weekly)

These are the best performing players based on last week’s stats regardless of percentage owned.

Running Back: Le’Veon Bell (34.75 SAV)

For whom the Le’Veon Bell tolls. For anyone that owns him, that’s who! Bell had 12 carries for 57 yards to go with 8 receptions on 8 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown. Ding freaking dong! When this guy joins the WWE I think we know what his entrance song will be. Ride the Lightning! Honorable Mention: (Matt Forte 32.25)

Wide Receiver: Golden Tate (36.15 SAV)

He’s not just good, he golden. With 10 catches on 13 targets for 154 yards and a TD with 85 yards after the catch Tate was spraying golden showers on opposing owners like it was his job. R Kelly who? Don’t look now but Golden Tate is the 5th best wide receiver according to the Stats Machine. Honorable Mention: (Sammy Watkins 35.65, Demaryius Thomas 35.3)

Tight End: Greg Olsen (23.35 SAV)

After 2 weeks of finishing as the 2nd best tight end of the week, this number 1 finish makes it two in a row. That’s 4 weeks in a row where he has been either number 1 or 2. That’s impressive and the reason why he’s the top ranked tight end in football. Eight catches on 8 targets for 105 yards will have a way of doing that for you. There’s a new sheriff in tight end town. Honorable Mention: (Jermaine Gresham 22.6)

Hidden Rupees Category 2A: Best of the Best (Year To Date)

Running Back:
Matt Forte (32.74)
DeMarco Murray (29.27)
Le’Veon Bell (27.49)
Arian Foster (26.64)
Andre Ellington (23.68)
Giovani Bernard (22.78)
Marshawn Lynch (22.69)
Jerick McKinnon (21.16)
Ahmad Bradshaw (20.11)
LeSean McCoy (19.79)
Rashad Jennings (19.73)

Wide Receiver:
Demaryius Thomas (26.97)
Antonio Brown (26.29)
Jordy Nelson (25.75)
Julio Jones (24.06)
Golden Tate (23.69)
Dez Bryant (22.64)
T.Y. Hilton (22.12)
Jeremy Maclin (21.98)
Randall Cobb (21.46)
Emmanuel Sanders (21.16)
Mohamed Sanu (20.23)
Julian Edelman (20.16)
Steve Smith Sr. (20.1)

Tight End:
Greg Olsen (22.41)
Julius Thomas (21.43)
Martellus Bennett (20.55)
Jimmy Graham (18.74)
Clay Harbor (17.85)
Antonio Gates (17)
Delanie Walker (16.97)
Rob Gronkowski
(16.77)
Larry Donnell (16.39)


“Keep Them Hidden” Rupees: Duds of the Studs (Weekly)

These are the worst performing studs of the week.

Running Back: Giovani Bernard (9.5)

I hate to see Gio here, but 7 carries for 17 yards is like a death sentence for your owners. The hit Vontae Davis laid on Bernard is probably what all of his owners wanted to do to him when saw how many (few) points he got them.


Wide Receiver: Alshon Jeffery (10.15)

The fact that I own both Bernard and Alshon and they are both listed here is likely why I lost last week. Two catches for 9 yards should be illegal. Thanks Alshon.

Tight End: Jimmy Graham (3.6)

I know he was “hurt”, but be started and was out there for 30 snaps, so he finds his name exactly where it belongs with the other duds. Two targets and 0 catches. Jimmy a break!

Want to examine the stats yourself? Go right ahead (Downloadable Excel)

  1. Frank White says:
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    Hey Malamoney.. I need a rb to fill a hole.. Reddick or Jonas Gray?? PPR

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: What’s going on Frank. With Bush doubtful to play I think Riddick is the safer choice. You never know what Belichik is going to do in New England. Gray could go off, but he could do nothing as well.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks buddy

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Frank White: No worries!

  2. Mguy31 says:
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    My team now is
    Luck
    Antonio brown, alshon, garçon
    McCoy, Mathews, mason, bush, sims

    Just got offered Brady, Calvin Johnson, and leveon bell for my luck, alshon, bush, and tre mason.

    12 team standard

    • malamoney

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      @Mguy31: I take that deal. You’re losing on the QB exchange, but you are getting one of the top 5 running backs and a potential top 5 receiver. I think the downgrade at QB is worth the upgrades you are getting. Bush is hurt and Tre Mason might be everyone’s flavor of the week, but he has yet to solidify himself as the clear cut guy in St. Louis. He might be that guy, but I’m definitely giving up Bush and Mason to get Bell.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Mguy31: i’m wondering about opp’s motivation for doing this.

  3. BP says:
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    I hope you’re deciding between “No” and “Counteroffer.” How many weeks do you expect Brady to best Luck in points? How many weeks is Johnson going to play? You finally have McCoy treating defenses the way he treats servers (leaving them high and dry), Mathews and Sims on the way, and Mason showing flashes. Staying put seems to be the move.

    • malamoney

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      @BP: I think Johnson will be a valuable asset in the second half of the season and is worth the risk. Brady doesn’t have to best Luck, he just needs to not be awful. And the upgrade of Bell over Bush and Mason seems like a no brainer.

  4. Ryno says:
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    Need a backup qb as I have ben, would you grab rg3 who is always disappointing or glennon ROS? Or trade morris as I’m stacked at RB; forte, Foster, tate, and Oliver? Thanks

    • malamoney

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      @Ryno: I’d want nothing to do with either RG3 or Glennon. If you can trade Morris for a decent QB I’d consider that option, but I wouldn’t trade him just for a backup. I’d sooner stream if I needed to.

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

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason: It’s a fair deal. Which side would I prefer? Cobb and Charles. But the Stats Machine says otherwise.

  6. Coach Ditka says:
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    I have tre mason & Bryce brown on my bench in a 14 team league, which one is better rest of season and would you trade either for roddy white, Doug Baldwin, Odell beck ham?

    • Coach Ditka says:
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      @Coach Ditka: standard scoring

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Coach Ditka: I’d say Tre Mason. Jackson is expected back at some point and you have Booby Dixon in the mix too. I’m still holding out hope for Cunningham in St. Louis, but right now Mason has the advantage.

      Depending on the rest of my roster I would trade either of them for any of those receivers if it filled a hole or made my team better.

  7. Principal Blackman says:
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    What do you think of Denard Robinson’s WR eligibility in Yahoo leagues?

    I picked him up in my PPR/.5PPRush/Return Yardage league, and I’m considering starting him over either Edelman (who alternates between awesome and empty from week to week) or Wallace (who has mostly been solid but unspectacular). Am I overthinking this? Should I just roll with the guys that have brought me this far and let Robinson ride the pine?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Principal Blackman: I would not start Robinson over either Edelman or Wallace.

  8. Peter says:
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    14 team league. Standard scorong.

    Start M Sanu or B Cooks?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Peter: Sanu

  9. Peter says:
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    Thanks.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Peter: Any time

  10. 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

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Floyd

  11. Bubbles says:
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    Should I drop witten for harbor. Allen is my other TE

    • malamoney

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      @Bubbles: While I would be extremely tempted to do so, I think you probably have to hold on that move. At least another week or two and see what happens. You’d probably get a lot of “why did you do that’s” if you made the move, but I don’t think it would be horrible.

  12. 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

    • malamoney

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      @Dom B: Nope. Bush and Martin are equal. So you are giving away Wilson.

  13. Finatix says:
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    Keeper league 12 teams 3 keepers

    My Bernard and garcon for his McCoy and Austin miles

    Thanks for your consideration.

    • malamoney

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      @Finatix: I’d want Bernard and Garçon. Austin isn’t startable.

  14. 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

    • malamoney

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      @Dom B: Ahhh. Asiata has limited value. I don’t see you starting Wright either. I like Green as long as he’s healthy. So basically you’re giving up Wilson, White and Martin for Green. It makes your starting lineup stronger, but weakens your bench. I’m ok with it, but I don’t love it. It all hinges on Green. Wilson is much better than Flacco.

  15. Dom B says:
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    Well I’m dropping wright for Larry Donnell and Matt Asiata for either Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, or Big Ben so im basically trading white for Green and do you still think it is good after this info also ROS Roddy or Green

    • malamoney

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      @Dom B: You are trading Wilson, White and Martin for Green, Donnell and a low end backup QB. Until Fred Jackson returns you won’t have a usable running back on your team. Does Martin have. To be included?

      Green over White for sure.

  16. Squid says:
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    Who do you think the better defense is for the rest of the year the Eagles or bills

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Squid: BUF is slightly better in real life stats, but it’s close enough that ROS schedules of both probably have a lot more to do with it, plus a good offense is always helpful for D’s, and PHI has much better version of that.

  17. Dom B says:
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    I have Eddie Lacy and Andre Ellington and I already accepted unfortunelaty hopefully gets vetoed and try to do another deal but I could add Ben cuttingham, Chris Johnson, or Johnathan Stewart until f jax comes back or trade for a RB

    • malamoney

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      @Dom B: it’s not a bad deal as long as you understand how it leaves your team.

  18. 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 also the for Thx help

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Steven Jackson

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @malamoney: of course this could change i’m guessing if either antone or benny start getting more play in offense, as they both are quite a bit better than S-Jax.

  19. Paul says:
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    Hey Malamoney,
    Standard league. This week I have currently have Julio Jones and Alshon Jeffrey as my WR’s and Lynch and J Bell as my RB’s. Ivory as my flex. My bench I have Sanu, Baldwin, Fitzgerald and James Jones. Anything u would change with regards to those positions?

    • malamoney

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      @Paul: Nope. That’s exactly how I’d roll. Buffalo is tough against the run, but I’d still go with Ivory. After Ivory I rank them exactly how you have them listed. Good luck!

  20. 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.

    • malamoney

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      @LaughinBones: You never want to chalk one up as a loss.

      Who’s on the waiver wire?

      That’s a lot to give up for an unhealthy Megatron, but I still might do it. I just don’t want to see your team handicapped next week. I need to see when FJax is coming back too.

      • LaughinBones says:
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        @malamoney:

        Week 9 matchup in parenthesis:
        Asiata (wsh)
        Rainey (@cle)
        Cunningham (@sf)
        Stacey (@sf)
        Blount (bal)
        Blue (phi)
        Taliaferro (@pit)
        Hyde (stl)
        Taylor (@dal)

        Some other notables are Cadet (@car), Juwan Thompson (@ne), D. Williams (no), and Charles Sims (@cle).

        • malamoney

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          @LaughinBones: Rest of season I rank them Hyde, Sims, Asiata, Cunningham, Cadet, Taliafero…

          For week 9 it’s a tough choice because I really need to see how things shake out with a few guys from above. I want to see what happens in NO with Cadet. And in Tampa with Sims/Rainey/Martin. And in St. Louis with Cunningham.

  21. Dom B. says:
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    Flex mike Evans or Percy Harvin

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B.: Harvin

  22. goodfold2 says:
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    20 team dynasty with huge benches, most of which i use for offense (this is also start 3 LB/2 DE/2 DT/ 2 CB/ 2 S), as well as 1 QB/ 1 RB/ 2 WR/ 1 TE / 1 K/ and 1 non QB flex. i’ll only list offense since i can’t drop any IDP’s right now (short bench and the ones i have are quite good). .1 pt per return yard plus .5 pt per reception and .5 pt per carry. .5 pt for completion/ -.5 for incompletion and .25 for pass attempt.
    mccoy/cousins/RG3
    morris/helu/peterson (literally chose this team to get first pick, and that happened)/taliaferro/c.michael/sims (IR)
    d-jax/garcon/roberts (returns)/Lee/T.Austin
    Reed/Donnell/ASJ
    I’ve been trying to trade Donnell for a while now since ASJ and Reed are healthy, might just drop Donnell soon for roster space (ASJ seems to have actual future upside). I got at best Rainey as trade offer for Donnell. I’m also going to drop Cousins for extra D player probably when McCoy looks good again or RG3 comes back healthy and decent. Do i drop Sims/Taliaferro or somebody else soon (assuming Sims comes off IR tomorrow), since i’m trying to waiver J.Jenkins (LB for MIA, he’s very highly ranked, and just dropped) dropping a different lesser LB, and yahoo won’t let me do that on early monday morning if sims is off IR by then. In this league Mallett is best free agent QB (or Clipboard Jesus if Mettenberger loses job back to him), so really don’t need to be gambling on just assuming McCoy is starter for sure till RG3 is back (that’s why i dropped somebody else to get McCoy, instead of Cousins, which would be obvious in redraft leagues)

  23. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Money.. 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?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Frank White: I like Harbor

  24. Kenny 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?

    • malamoney

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      @Kenny: Sure. Gio will help your team. I do love Brown though.

  25. 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

  26. Dom B says:
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    should i trade injured bio and dez for his lamar miller and antonio brown

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