Steve Smith had been dragging his (NYG) all over the field.  It was slowing him down, but he finally bust a move so funky the aftermath looked a little like this: Y ) N G (   It was an ugly sight.  Smith is on pace to gain 47,005 yards and score 1,767 touchdowns, which would break a lot of records I’ll have to look up later.  Be happy you picked him up and keep starting him and hope he can keep getting 11 receptions, 134 yards, and 2 touchdowns every game!  The chances you can get value for him in a trade are nil so be happy you own him instead of Steve Smith (CAR).

Here are some other tidbits I noticed on Sunday:

Rashard Mendenhall: He was in the dog house and now he’s in the penthouse.  Actually, Razzballer, The People’s Champ saw him at Chick-fil-a the day before the game.  So maybe he was the fox in the hen house last night.  165 yards and 2 touchdowns isn’t chicken feed.

Darren McFadden: There are a few things in life I can’t abide, and one of them is a running back that I have on my fantasy team going against the worst rushing defense in the league getting stuffed like a chile pepper in a Tex-Mex cantina.  I know that JaMarcus Russell is God-awful, but give me a friggin break!

Calvin Johnson: 133 yards and no TD’s.  He’s the best wide receiver in the league and could do this every game if the Schwartz was with him, but he wants to run a balanced offense, pfflfbt!

Kenny Britt: The Titans had to throw a lot which means they lost, but also means Britt ended up with 100+ yards.  He’s not going to get that every week, but he has home run ability.

Peyton Manning: Four 300 yard games in a row to start the season. He’s a machine, but also the epitome of a goober. Mmm, a goober machine.

Justin Gage: One catch for 15 yards isn’t what I would call pro bowl resume material.  The Titans aren’t very good so they may have to throw a lot the rest of this season and it’s looking like Washington and Britt are going to get a lot of work.  I’ve had my vote in for Washington and I think I’ll stick with it.

Ronnie Brown: The Bills were steamrolled by the Henne led Dolphins.  Brown and Williams ran for over 200 yards.  While Henne handed it off or watched Brown hand it off.  Brown is too legit to quit.

Julius Jones: Start him at home.

Mohamed Massaquoi: He caught eight passes for 148 yards and looked good doing so. Pick him up.  Drop Gage and Holt and your whole stable of old/schmohawky wide receivers for him.

Mike Sims-Walker: He’s legitimate.  He’s also probably gone from your wire, but if you’re in a shallow league you may still be able to scoop him up with a net or even go all Last of the Mohicans on him.

Pierre Thomas: Back to back good games with no boo boo.  Get on the Thomas the Tank Engine choo choo.   Then something about a fat guy wearing a moo moo.  If Sean Payton is smart Mike Bell shouldn’t get a huge workload when he comes back.

Steve Slaton: After he fumbled yet again I was ready to tear up my autographed photo of the S.S. Fumbler, but then he had a reversal of fortune and had easy sailing through the calm Oakland defense.  I can’t say that Slaton is back since Oakland looked like they were waiting for the cops to pick up their coach and call the game. I may shop Slaton after this game, but I still wouldn’t give him up for some macaroni salad.

Marques Colston: He was shut down by Darrelle Revis. Don’t start your wide receivers against this guy.  Oh, the Jets play Miami next week, so nevermind.

Jerome Harrison: He had 152 total yards and should continue to see plenty of work with Jamal Lewis in the infirmary.

Austin Collie: He was the rookie who got the TD this week and he also got more receptions, but not more total yards, than Pierre Garcon.  There is no lock when it comes between those two.

Matt Forte: He ripped off some long runs against the Lions and has a bye week to heal up his little nicks and bruises.  He isn’t going to be unstoppable this year, but he is going to produce.

Ray Rice: 152 total yards isn’t too shabby.  He is the best player in the Raven’s backfield and I’d look to grab him.

Week 5 Byes: Bears, Packers, Saints, Chargers

  1. timSTi says:

    His Jay Cutler for my Reggie Wayne

    I have Kyle Orton and Matt Cassel for QB along with Wayne, Colston, Marshall, Sims-Walker, & N.Washington to file 3 WR spots. Wayne is too much to give for a mediocre upgrade in Cutler right? Can I feasibly win this league with the likes of Orton & Cassel??

  2. Matt B says:

    10 Team PPR
    I have to drop or trade my bottom 2 for bye week replacements (Rodgers & Gates). Which 2 or 3 jump out as my worst going forward:

    RB: C Benson, F Jackson, M Lynch, L Tomlinson, J Harrison, J Jones, J Addai
    WR: R Moss, D Jackson, J Cotchery, H Ward, P Harvin, J Knox

  3. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @timSTi: He won’t consider Colston or Marshall? Marshall would be ideal, but I would consider Colston as well. Wayne is too much, somebody will give you better value than that.

  4. Ian says:

    How do you like Celek once McNabb comes back? Do you think he stays in the top 5-7 for TEs?

  5. timSTi says:

    @mgeoffriau: Thanks for the quick reply. He has Aaron Rodgers too. Who would you rather target? Also is a Marshall + N.Washington for Cutler or Rodgers a solid offer?

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:

    t.e bye week fillin,lewis,shiancoe,boss,rosario,miller or pettigrew

  7. adamh says:

    Heres hoping that is the start of a new era in Pittsburgh, if only for my fantasy team…

  8. adamh says:

    Pick one for a Week 5 QB fill in: Hasselbeck v Jax, Cassel v Dall, Hill v Atl, Boller v Minny, Sanchez @ Miami, Collins v Indy, Anderson @ Buff…. putrid choices all the way around…

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Two questions – Will Willie Parker by Wally pipped by Mendenhall once he gets healthy again? And should Jamal Lewis be dropped into the FA bin?

    Feedback from Doc or anyone would be appreciated.

    And yeah, Doc, Revis is the new shut-down corner in the NFL

  10. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    BTW, does anyone know the current status of Crabtree’s negotiations? I have been holding on to him in a keeper league, but his holdout is getting old, and he is taking up a precious roster spot.

  11. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Matt B: If you have to, Addai (splitting carries) and Knox (possibly injured).

    @Ian: He had a good day with McNabb, I don’t expect a downgrade.

    @timSTi: I still like Rodgers more than Cutler, but it’s closer than it was at draft time. Tossing in Nate Washington is fine, in a 10 teamer you can probably pick up someone reasonably good if necessary for a thin week.

    @AL KOHOLIC: If that Miller is Heath, that’s who I’d take…his catches have gone 8, 3, 5, 8. Yardage and TD’s are inconsistent but that what you’ll get with waiver wire TE’s.

    @adamh: Collins, he’s had at least 1 TD every week, and over 200 yards in all but 1 week.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I think they’ll work Parker back into the mix, but I definitely don’t see him getting a lot of carries. 6-8 carries a game? More if he produces, less if he doesn’t.

    I’d hold Jamal Lewis until we get this week’s news on whether he’s expected to play anytime soon. If he’s doubtful for another week or two, cut him loose, Harrison was awfully productive for a bad Cleveland offense.

  12. Royo says:

    I managed to survive the SF Defense/Antonio Gates buzz saw this weekend. The guy also started Manningham, Lance Moore, Devin Hester, and Sproles. Ouch!

  13. Corey says:

    This sucks. I dropped Mendenhall last week because he wasn’t playing, and this week his 160 and 2 TDs. Awesome!

  14. CellaphaneMan says:

    Should I trade Steve Smith (NYG) for Larry Fitz? Here’s the deal Smith/Flacco for Fitz/Farve….what do you guys think…I know Smith has been tearing it up, but will Fitz finally get going? I’ve got Manning for my QB1 so Farve would be for BYE week or injury only…

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:

    trade question:

    i give steve smith (nyg) and ray rice
    i get roddy white and ryan grant

    i feel like this is a no brainer, but for some reason i feel like i might regret it too.

  16. Doc

    Doc says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I don’t think it is a no brainer. I believe Rice will equal Grant’s fantasy numbers this year, but I do like White more than Smith even though I think Smith will continue to play well. I think you win the trade, but barely.

  17. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: It looks like a no-brainer, but I’d be real careful. That’s one of those trades where it’s good to remember this isn’t fantasy baseball — player value can change much more quickly.

    If it were me, I’d contact the owner and say it’s pretty close but you’re just excited about Rice’s potential this year….blah, blah, blah….get a feel if he’s willing to improve the deal at all.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Doc: yeah i think it’s closer than it appears. the other guy agreed to wait til after tonight’s game to make sure grant doesn’t get injured.

    the positives i see swaying it in my favor are that (1) white’s bye week has already passed, (2) if he’s healthy (no guarantee), grant has less threat to his goal line carries, and (3) eli’s usual 2nd half slump.

    also, worth noting that rice is and grant would be my RB3 with only 2 starting RBs and no flex.

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @mgeoffriau: yeah i’ve already talked up my rice love. we keep 3 guys each season, and he’s wanting rice as a possible long-term keeper. i’ve already got brees, sjax, gore, and wayne on my roster, so it’s pretty hard to keep rice, even if he ended up with 1200 yards and 8 TDs, and the TDs are a stretch if willis is healthy.

  20. Salipp says:

    Oh wise one, what say you, Braylon (hands of stone) Edwards and D. (butterfingers) McFadden seen enough?

  21. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Salipp: We’ll see if Massaquoi can take the double team off Edwards. I’d hold for now.

    I don’t have a ton of hope for DMac, but I can’t let him go yet. I may end up holding him too long, but thems the breaks.

  22. Doc

    Doc says:

    Jenny Jones!!!! Darren McFadden (knee) will be out two to four weeks with a torn meniscus.

  23. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    From top_fantasy on twitter:

    ESPNews reports that Darren McFadden will miss 2-4 weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

    So much for trying to get any value out of him.

  24. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    On the plus side, at least I won’t be tempted to start him anymore.

  25. mrfootball says:

    Welcome to my nightmare
    Welcome to my breakdown
    I hope I didn’t scare you

    Steven Jackson – the yardage works but no TD’s are a big hurt – not even sure if the rams even made it to the RED ZONE – NUMBER ONE PICK RB

    Terrell Owens – only value is TouchDowns so he has no vlaue this is what happens when you take a wide out in a round first in a Run First no QB offense- he is the The Zodiac Killer of fantasy football teams ( T O ) NUMBER THREE PICK WR

    Santonio Holmes – he is going to some good weeks -but I need him to have a good week every week – still good value where I drafted him – NUMBER 4 PICK WR

    Tom Brady – needs some 3 or 4 touchdowns games out of him – I am sure they will come but there will be not enough – NUMBER 2 PICK QB

    Zach Miller – I don’t what to mention the name of his QB to give him any publicity (kind of like John Lennon killer you don’t want to give him any publicity) – here is a team that can’t run the ball – can’t get the ball to the wide outs and what is really sad can’t even get the ball to the tight end

    Cedric Benson – at least I know on draft day what I was getting and I got it in Abundance

    Derrick Ward – Ward, you were awfully hard on the Beaver and all fantasy owners – Kind of thought he could rush for 1000 yards and 6 TD’s – what he needs is Jerry Mathers to block for him

    Jerry Mathers Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave It to Beaver (1957 –1963), in which he played Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, the younger son of archetypal suburban couple June and Ward Cleaver

    Glen Coffee – elementary my dear Watson -The supposed explanation that Sherlock Holmes gave to his assistant, Dr. Watson, when explaining deductions he had made. Frank Gore always gets injuried and is over rated

    Carnell Williams – picked him up just in case – Derrick Ward sucked but now I ended up with two sucks for the price of one

    Steve Breaston – incomplete rating due to injury but he should turn out ok

    Trent Edwards – a one week fill in

    Pittsburgh – the hindenburg disaster

    Mark Bradley – What do you want for nothing? Rubber Biscuit?

  26. mrfootball says:


    Mohamed Massaquoi (WR) Cleveland


    The Browns took two receivers in the second round of this year’s draft, using their second pick in round two on Massaquoi. He has the potential to be a solid NFL starter. Massaquoi is a big, strong receiver with good athletic ability. He was plagued by drops in college, though, so he’ll need to improve on that if he hopes to become a starter. For now, he’ll be the No. 3 or 4 receive for the Browns.

    Fantasy Outlook:
    The Browns don’t throw a ton, so Massaquoi isn’t much of an option his rookie season. He could be worth a look in deeper leagues, but don’t expect anything more than 500-receivng yards.

    OR – Austin Collie
    (Ind – WR)

    OR – Nate Washington
    (Ten – WR)

  27. Bofum says:

    would you trade Calvin Johnson and Darren Sproles for David Garrard and Stephen Jackson

  28. Chris says:

    Forget that last one. How about Calvin Johnson & Darren Sproles for Stephen Jackson & D. Bowe?

  29. Doc

    Doc says:

    @mrfootball: Nate Washington

    @Chris: Like the SJax side

  30. Trevor says:

    I wouldnt write gage off yet. I feel my pro bowl prediction not quite following through but last year he put up his best numbers late in the season and I see alot of the same this year. Especially after vince young takes over at QB like he deserves.

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