The Stats Machine and I are still riding our Halloween highs. Pro tip: Don’t get low. Also, TSM would like to point out the following:

Based on average score per game, here are some lesser owned running backs in the top-25 TSM rankings. With an average score of 19.86 Jerick McKinnon is someone that should definitely own.I have him in both of my leagues. He is ranked ahead of the likes of Jamaal Charles (19.61), Eddie Lacy (18.41) and Lamar Miller (18.76). Ronnie Hillman comes in at number 18 with a score of 18.09 and is another guy TSM sees as a potential must own. The way he’s been running the ball and the way Montee “wasn’t running the” Ball makes me think Denver would be crazy to give the job back to Montee Ball-less. Other backs of note include Darren McFadden (17.26), Joique Bell (16.47), Shane Vereen (16.09) and Mark Ingram (15.33).

TSM would like you to keep Anquan Boldin (18.59) in mind when considering trades as a great player to try and get added into a deal. I doubt he’s available in your league, although it looks like he’s owned in only 76% of Yahoo! leagues. Right now he’s ranked ahead of Brandon Marshall (18.11), Roddy White (17.98) and Kelvin Benjamin (16.61). And as usual I’d like to give a shout out to my boy Andrew Hawkins (18.15).

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: Theo Riddick (25.7 SAV)

Vin Diesel starring as Theo Riddick had only 3 carries for 5 yards. So why on earth is he here? That would be his 8 catches on 12 targets for 74 yards and a score. In his previous game he had another 5 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. While Riddick doesn’t appear to be much of a threat on the ground, he has been quite the PPR back while Reggie Bush has been out. Honorable Mention: (Ronnie Hillman and Lorenzo Taliaferro)

Wide Receiver: Martavis Bryant (34.35 SAV)

No relation to Dez, but with 5 catches on 7 targets for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns Martavis put up Dez-like numbers. In the 2 games he has played for the Steelers Bryant has 7 receptions for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. Move over Dez. Well not quite, but he has certainly caught the attention of The Stats Machine. Honorable Mention: (Brandon LaFell)

Tight End: Heath Miller (29.4 SAV)

Anyone get any Heath bars this year while trick or treating? Me neither. But if you were one of the few that started Heath Miller last week you racked up a cool 7 receptions, 112 yards and a touchdown. Miller’s had one other good game this year. The rest are the reason he is lightly owned and rarely started. Honorable Mention: (Mychal RiveraTim Wright)

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: Arian Foster (38.4 SAV)

Now this is the Arian everyone has been so hoping to see for the last 2 years. With 20 rushes for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, Foster was a beast. But he wasn’t done there. Foster also had 4 catches for 22 more yards and another TD. Arian truly is a running back supremacist. Grab yourself a can of Foster’s and enjoy. Honorable Mention: (Eddie Lacy)

Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin (43.6 SAV)

Twelve receptions on 16 targets for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns! Holy Mac(lin)kerel. If you went up against Jeremy last week it must have felt like you had been hit by a Mac(lin) truck when you saw how many points he scored. Honorable Mention: (Emmanuel SandersAntonio BrownLarry Fitzgerald)

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (37.95 SAV)

Guess who’s back. Back again. Gronk is back. Tell a friend. Nine targets, nine catches. Gronkowski had 149 receiving yards and 3 touchdown catches. He looked practically unstoppable. He’s been getting healthier all season and at this point I think that only thing that can derail him from being the top tight end for the rest of the season is an injury. Honorable Mention: (Heath Miller)


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

Running Back:
Matt Forte (32.91)
DeMarco Murray (29.19)
Arian Foster (28.32)

Wide Receiver:
Antonio Brown (27.91)
Demaryius Thomas (26.47)
Jeremy Maclin (25.07)

Tight End:
Martellus Bennett (21.09)
Greg Olsen (20.78)
Julius Thomas (20.01)

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

These are the worst performing studs of the week.

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch

Sounds like an ugly situation in Seattle. Wonder where he’ll end up next season.

Wide Receiver: Julian Edelman

Dear Rob Gronkowski. Stop interfering with Edelman’s production.

Tight End: Greg Olsen

After several weeks at the top I’m giving Olsen a pass on this one.

Examine the stats yourself… (Downloadable Excel)

  1. Bae says:

    Flex Start: Charles Sims, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Bae: Beckham. I need to see how things shake out in Tampa for a week before I dive head first on Sims. My answer may be different next week.

  2. BraunWeasleys says:

    Need help with a trade offer I received!

    In a 16 team league non ppr

    Was offered c patt and joquie bell for my mackinnon. Ive made trades to get stacked wr’s buy buying low on allen and thomas but it’s left me thin and rb… Thanks Ball! Not sure who i’d drop here for c patt, not a huge fan with his supporting cast but who do you feel would be the better rb ros here? Any possible trade I could try? Everyones searching for rb’s

    Qb: rivers
    Wr: demarius thomas
    Wr: alshon jeffery
    Rb: mackinnon
    Rb: taliaferro
    Te: kelce
    Flex: keenan allen

    Bn: allen robinson
    Bn: montee ball
    Bn: alfred blue
    Bn: martavis bryant
    Bn: tre mason

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @BraunWeasleys: I think Bell and McKinnon are almost equal, but at this point I’d rather have McKinnon.

  3. Dom B says:

    Better spot start this week at QB Big Ben @ BAL Andy Dalton @JAX or Alex Smith @NYJ

    • Jimmy says:

      I’m flying high with a Jimmy Smith-less Balt secondary vs the new Pittsburgh version of Air Coryell. Big Ben is a big time passer with his new boytoy Bryant.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Dom B: Big Ben by a little over Dalton. Good luck!

  4. Clos says:

    QB Kaepernick
    QB Newton
    QB Rivers
    RB Bradshaw
    RB Miller
    RB Oliver
    WR Maclin
    WR A. Johnson
    WR K. Benjamin
    TE Graham
    TE Reed
    W/R Baldwin
    W/R Mason
    BN J. Gordon
    BN S. Smith
    BN Tate
    BN V. Davis
    Should I drop Johnson for Steve Smith or Mason for Steve Smith since rams are playing niners.
    Also put Reed on the bench for Davis?
    Need some help

    • Clos says:

      @Clos: sorry not drop Johnson just put him on the bench for smith

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Clos: I’d start Johnson over Smith. I’d start Smith over Mason. Reed over Davis.

  5. Dom B says:

    My roster should I trade TY Hilton and Kelvin for Antonio brown and he rejects that Kelvin and Crabtree for brown

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Dom B: No one in their right mind would give up Kelvin and Brown for Hilton. I would definitely trade Kelvin and Crabtree for Brown.

  6. mcBlunty says:

    deep league, 12 man, 3 flex spots, need 1 flex spot got a ton of guys on bye week, jonas grey or charles sims

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @mcBlunty: I’m leaning towards Gray. He had a great game last week. I’m a big fan of Sims, but he hasn’t even played a down yet this season. Gotta go with the known over the unknown, but I think my answer to this question could be different next week.

  7. Guru says:

    How do you become a razz ball writer for football

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Guru: Train, say your prayers, eat your vitamins, be true to yourself, be true to your country…be a real American.

  8. Mike says:

    Better to get in trade sanders or marshall? Team is 7-1 but need best wr2

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Mike: I’m leaning towards Sanders, but in standard scoring I can see the argument for Marshall. I prefer to have Peyton throwing my guy the ball over Cutler.

  9. Robert says:

    Taliaferro or Simms?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Robert: Taliaferro this week by a little bit. Sims rest of season.

      • Robert says:

        @malamoney: got it

  10. John Rambo Jr says:

    Our standard league only allows 3 Bench spots…w/all the Byes this week Fred Jackson appeared on the waiver wire. My Bench spots are full w/ G. Tate, A. Jeffery and Rashad Jennings occupying my bench.
    I stand at 6-2 and am beginning to think about the playoffs. While every week is important, I’m leaning towards dropping M. Wallace for Fred Jackson and taking a 0 for that spot this week. I’ll list the rest of my team below.
    My question: should I do this move or am I overthinking? I’ve been looking for quality RB help all season and I feel I can find a WR3/4 easy enough. I’m worried Jennings return will be lackluster, but cannot drop him. Thoughts?
    WR-M. Wallace
    TE-Julius T
    BE-A. Jeffery
    BE-G. Tate
    BE-R. Jennings

    Thanks in advance,

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @John Rambo Jr: I’d hold. No reason to drop Wallace for Jackson with the RBs you have. As long as Jennings returns healthy he should be fine. If you were really looking to upgrade at RB, I’d consider making a trade. Perhaps Wallace and an RB for a better RB.

      • John Rambo Jr says:


        After sleeping on the aforementioned idea, I agree w/ your thought process concerning Jennings…injury is worrisome tho
        This league is pretty lame in the trade dept. I’ve been making offers weekly to a couple different teams w/ no success. It’s either my trades being lopsided in my favor or they are pussies, tough to tell which is the case

        Thanks for the response

  11. Zandy says:

    Ros in std league martevius, moncrief, Hawkins, john brown?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Zandy: It’s a toss up between Hawkins and Martavis. If PPR, I’d definitely say Hawkins. But standard it’s real close. It will be interesting to see how Josh Gordon’s return impacts Hawkins.will his numbers go down because he gets less targets or up because defenses will have to focus on Gordon. On the other side Martavis has looked great in his first 2 games. I’ll give the slight edge to Hawkins.

  12. joe gaynes says:

    Pick one, non-PPR

    Baldwin, ODB, Randle


  13. Gio says:

    8 team half ppr…. Will have some bye week issues coming up as I have Dez, foster and l. Bell. I struggling with idea of staying put or trade away bye week players. I’m 5-3, in 3rd where four make playoffs. Would you pull the trigger on any of these deal?

    Give: foster, gore, Crabtree (my wr5)
    Receive: charles and hillman or miller

    Give: bell and Dez
    Receive: Ellington and d. Thomas

    Give: bell
    Receive: McCoy and Bennett (my TE is allen)

  14. Dom B says:

    Do you think I will win I have Big Ben, TY Hilton, Odell Beckham, Larry Donnell, Steven Hauska, And ravens d and I’m losing by 40 pts but he has Emanuel Sanders, Joe Flacco and Amad Bradshaw

  15. Nick says:

    so in my 10team non-ppr, the trade I offered this week (my Edelman for his K Allen) was JUST approved! Ha, go figure, Edelman is lighting up my bench and now he is shipped off for K Allen due to the upset of the CHargers in Miami….so did I still get the better end of this deal?

    Also, I can drop Dalton now, pickup Sims, T West, M Bryant, Landry or K Britt? I could definitely use WR help as I have Cobb, Allen, A Johnson, Cooks, Sanu & Beckham (& at RB I Have Murray, R Jennings, Ingram, McKinnon, & Matthews)…what would you do with those free agent options?

    • Nick says:

      @Nick: I Could also grab DOnnell as a backup to Witten for week 11….thats another option if you dont like any of the above…

  16. Dom B says:

    So the score is me with 45.5 pts while he has 86.9 pts. I have Big Ben, the ravens D, Odell Beckham Jr., Larry Donnell, TY Hilton while he has Joe Flacco and Amad Bradshaw. Do you think I will pull it off? Or lose?

  17. Nick says:

    Also defense for week 10;

    Ravens v Ten
    Dallas @J ax
    Lions vs Miami
    Pitt @ NYJ

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