Week 3 is nigh!  The season goes so fast.  Pretty soon our season will be eating solid food, going off to college, getting DUI’s, forcibly fondling coeds and then getting locked out of its house.  So enjoy these fleeting moments.  I know I am.

Pierre Garcon: He has been ruled out for the game in Denver which gives Austin Collie a huge boost with Mr. Manning at the helm.  Champ Bailey is a game time decision, and if he doesn’t go, that makes Collie even better.  Dallas Clark also benefits, but you were going to start him anyway.

Jamaal Charles: The Niners rush D is tough, but they are tougher up the gut than on the edge.  There is a good chance we’ll see more JC Superstar this week.  I can’t sit him, but I also don’t have 20 top running backs on my roster like ya’ll seem to!

Ray Rice: Hopefully you grabbed Ray Rice from a crybaby, can’t stand any down week, weakling.  He’s too good to be held down for long and the Browns won’t be holding him down much.

Santana Moss: The guy has always been inconsistent, but he’s always had an inconsistent QB.  McNabb has turned him into a consistent WR2.  The Rams will have trouble with him, and Clinton Portis is hurting, so we might see even more of the passing game.

Beanie Wells: He had surgery without inviting us to see!  I really wanted to see Beanie get well, oh well.  He gets the Raiders today which is good, but we just don’t know how much he’ll be used.  His matchup is too good to ignore though.

Laurence Maroney: I’ve been stashing him this season and I’m hoping this is the day it pays off.  My mind told me that Bucky would get the work because he is the veteran, but I am starting to lean toward Maroney filling in for Moreno.  It has to be that way since their names are so similar.  He’s worth a flex.

Miles Austin: He’s my guy in my weekly leagues like FanDuel and Pay The Fan.  The Texans have given up 2.4 craptons of yards through the air and Dallas has thrown more than any other team.  Yes, they need to get back to running, but maybe wait until they play a team who doesn’t let you throw at will. Oh, and Austin is a frickin rock star receiver. He’s been targeted 26 times and caught 20 of those.  He’s on pace for 160 receptions.  That’s a lot.

Lesean McCoy: He leads all backs in yards after contact.  I can tell you that wasn’t the stat I envisioned him leading in at the beginning of the season.  That probably won’t keep up, but his fantasy goodness should.  I’ve mentioned it before, but Vick’s threat to run helps McCoy out a lot, as well as Vick’s love for the mid to long range passing game which keeps the safeties honest.  The Jags are a pretty horrid defense, so be glad you are down with Shady.

Adrian Peterson: If I could afford him in my daily leagues I would be starting him everywhere.  With Bernard Berrian trying to get cut and Percy Harvin just a hip check away from sitting, All Day should run for at least 3 hours.  Look for Shiancoe and AP to do a lot of damage since they are the only sure things in the Vikings offense.

Zach Miller: I touted him as the second coming of Kellen Winslow, but he has looked like the second coming of Daniel Fells.  Of course it isn’t really his fault, and in turn mine if you want, and I do.  Gradkowski looked the way of his receivers way too often last week when he came in.  I’m hoping a little film session might get him on the same page with Zach and I.

Aaron Hernandez: Cheese and crackers this guy is a beast.  Watching him YAC all over the place was a thing of beauty (bet you don’t hear that sentence too often).  And Tom Brady has yet to face an easy pass defense, which Buffalo is starting to look like.  Let’s take a look see at how AHer does. I think it will be good.

Michael Vick: It’s hard being a fantasy crazed lunatic like myself and a dog lover.  I just can’t forgive Vick for the images that have been tattooed in my brain of him doing all types of nastiness to my dog friends.  But, we can’t let emotions get in the way of fantasy!  If I did that I’d never own Jeremy Shockey! Oh wait, I will never own Jeremy Shockey.  Ass.

Blair White: He was called up from Triple A to replace Garcon.  I’d like to see him get a catch or two.  He was a walk on at Michigan State who made his way into a starting role his junior year and was an undrafted free agent for the Colts who is now going to see some time after injuries to Garcon and Gonzalez.  The Blair White Project continues.

Donald Brown: I was high on him going into the season, but the preseason swayed me a little, which is usually a bad thing, and it was. Brown outplayed Addai against the Giants and Coach Manning is never one to let loyalty get in the way of winning a ball game.  Add to that, a Denver team that is hurting in the secondary and a hurting Addai and there is a chance for a garbage time bonanza for Brown.

Ronnie Brown: I was just taking a look at his schedule, and no he’s not available for drinks on Thursday.  And yes he gets some pretty darn tough defenses this season, including the Jets today.  But, he has a pretty nice second half.  Well, a very nice last 5 games (not including the worthless 17th week), with the Bills, Oakland, Cleveland and Detroit to name 4.  Of course his knee may give out before then, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Demaryius Thomas: He was only in for 22 plays, but was targeted 9 times and caught 8 of them!  The dude was unstoppable.  And this was coming off a foot injury.  If he only gets 22 snaps again this week Josh McDaniels goes on my Todd Haley list.

  1. Hey Doc! says:
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    I know you’ve got your TE rankings, but in case your mind changes as it gets closer to game time… Miller @AZ, Lewis vs PHI, or Hernandez vs Buffalo? Thanks!

  2. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    I have Floyd, JC, Jacoby Jones, and Donald Brown available for my flex spot. Any reccomendations, Doc?

    Thanks

  3. Eldee says:
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    Flex question… Carolina Steve Smith (but Clausen’s his qb!), Fred Taylor (but he’s a Patriot rb!) or Laurence Maroney (but he’s Laurence Maroney!)

    Thanks in advance Doc (and everyone else!)

  4. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    NonPPR Flex spot

    Knox vs GB
    D.Brown @ DEN
    William TB vs PIT
    Hillis @ BAL

    Have Knox in now

  5. AnonymousCoward says:
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    Need help choosing my flex for .25 PPR:

    Bradshaw, Run DMC, H. Nicks.

    Whatcha think? Thanks.

  6. Fletch says:
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    Doc: I need to start 2 of these 3 in a PPR league… Naanee, Deon Butler and Amendola?

    Also, do I roll with Bradshaw or Tolbert?

  7. Stumanji says:
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    Do I flex Buckhalter or Beanie?

  8. Wilsonian says:
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    Dos of my leagues took a strong Moreno donkey punch this week…

    League 1 – flex option (0.5 ppr): Boldin, Demaryius, Run DMC, BJax?

    League 2 – rb option (0.5 ppr): Sproles, Beanie, or pick up Bucky for Sproles or Williams (TB)?

  9. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Ugh, my fantasy team has been great so far but my 1st pick, Greene is killin me, especially since im a Jet fan…do I still start him & R. Brown over Hightower for the week

  10. Howie says:
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    So…A. Hernandez > Cooley the rest of the season (non-PPR)?

  11. Mike says:
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    Bonjour, monsieur.

    After looking over my roster, I currently have every backup running back in professional football, along with several members of the 2010 NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks.

    For a PPR, who would you start at flex?
    Mike Tolbert
    Tim Hightower
    Laurence Maroney
    Hines Ward
    Johnny Knox

    And in my non-PPR:
    Tolbert vs. Jamaal Charles

    Thanks!

  12. paulzone says:
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    which wr (0.5 ppr):
    ward, royal, demaryius

    i have gonzo at TE. Would you pick up Hernandez or Keller instead. if yes, who would you drop out of: gonzo, holmes, royal, ward, demaryius

    thanks

  13. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Hey Doc!: Hernandez’s upside is calling me this morning.

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: I’m leaning Floyd

    @Eldee: Like Smith. Still did well with Moore.

    @MJD Took A Knee: I like Knox there too.

    @Fletch: Naanee and Butler and Bradshaw

    @Stumanji: Leaning Beanie

    @Wilsonian: DMC and Beanie

    @Nick: Tough. I’m going with Greene and Ronnie

    @Howie: I’d stick with Cooley.

    @Mike: Tolbert/JC

    @paulzone: I’ve gone back and forth on Ward vs. DT Ward is a little safer and DT has a higher upside. I usually go with upside.

  14. Chicago Mike says:
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    @Doc: I have Dallas D and do not want to start them agianst Hou. NE is avaliable, would you drop Matt Ryan (I have Cutler plus Orton is avaliable) or would you stick it out with Dallas?

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: thanks! You like DMC over Boldin, even though Boldin is against a weak Cleveland D? Also, you aren’t worried about Beanie being limited and Sproles possibly splitting carries between just Tolbert and no Matthews?

  16. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Wilsonian: Love DMC against Arizona who just got tore up by Atlanta. I am worried about Beanie. It’s a tough call.

    @Chicago Mike: I’d hate to srop Ryan, but would much rather have NE. Nobody else you could drop?

  17. Chicago Mike says:
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    @Doc: O yea and for my other team, Bradshaw, J. Addi, or JC Superstar?

  18. Peter says:
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    Hightower or Dez Bryant in the Flex?

  19. Chicago Mike says:
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    I could drop Michael Bush or V-jacks

  20. Chicago Mike says:
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    or hester or jacoby jones

  21. KVC

    cleaver596 says:
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    I need 1 RB, 2 WR and 1 Flex. 12 team ppr. with 5 bonus points for 100 yard games.

    Rb’s are Bradshaw, McFadden, or Ronnie Brown (leaning towards McFadden and Bradshaw).

    WR’s are Louis Murphy, Malcolm Floyd, Hines Ward or Mike Williams SEA. (leaning towards Ward and Floyd)

  22. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Are you going Hightower or Forte for a flex or would you recommend Mark Clayton in that flex over both?

    My other RB’s starting are DMac and Pierre Thomas

  23. paulzone says:
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    @Doc: can you opine on:

    have gonzo at TE. Would you pick up Hernandez or Keller instead. if yes, who would you drop out of: gonzo, holmes, royal, ward, demaryiu

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mr2Bits: Going with Forte. Hard to tell how much Beanie cuts in.

  25. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @paulzone: I’d drop Royal for Keller.

  26. timSTi says:
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    @Doc: 12tm .5 ppr I need to start 2 of these 5:

    Beanie Wells
    Ladanian Tomlinson
    Fred Taylor
    Correll Buckhalter
    Dwayne Bowe

  27. KVC

    cleaver596 says:
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    Hey Doc, one more question for ya. I need two RB in a league that counts return yards also. no-PPR. Ray Rice, Best, Pierre Thomas or Sproles. On any other team I would start Sproles and Thomas today with Mathews and Reggie Bush out. But I can’t sit Rice and Best has looked unbelievable so far. What do ya think?

  28. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @timSTi: LT/Wells

    @cleaver596: Gotta stick with Rice and Best

  29. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: I highly doubt I could do this after last week’s performance, but would you possibly bench Best, put DMC in his RB slot, and play Boldin? Or is the Best/DMC combo the way to go with Boldin on the bench?

  30. johnny o says:
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    start 3- 1 pt per 10 yds 6pt TD
    Hakeem
    G Jennings
    S Moss
    C Johnson

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Wilsonian: I wouldn’t

  32. Randy says:
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    Mark Clayton or Jacoby Jones?
    Do get 1 point for 20 return yards.

  33. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Randy: With the return yards I lean Jacoby

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @johnny o: Really tough. I’d sit Nicks

  35. sal says:
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    @Doc: Maroney or Meachem in ppr as a flex?

  36. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Would you go with the Skins or the Bengals DST today?

  37. bobbo says:
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    1PPR, 1pt per 20 yds, +5 bonus at 100 yds, pick 3:

    Finley, Sims-Walker, Demaryius, Clayton, Crabtree, Wallace

  38. Calogero says:
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    Demaryius (will he see the field enough to be a factor again?) or Knox (will he see a lot of coverage from Charles Woodson?) for my flex?

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @sal: Maroney

    @Mr2Bits: Bengals

    @bobbo: Finley, Sims Walker, DT

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Calogero: Doesn’t look like Woodson will be shadowing Knox. I’d go Knox.

  41. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: Nice, thats who I had active. How about another league, same scoring. Pick 1:

    Witten, Louis Murphy, TO, Mike Williams (TB variety)

  42. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo: Tough, going with Witten

  43. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: Nice to see we’re on the same page here. Figure it’ll be a shootout so he’s got a good shot at a lot of targets.

    1PPR, 1 pt per 10 yds, +5 bonus at 100, pick 3:

    League 1: SJax, Benson, Forte, Hightower, Portis
    League 2: SJax, Turner, Best, Hightower

  44. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo: SJax/Benson/Forte

    sit Hightower

  45. bobbo says:
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    @Doc: Thanks again. Looks like I don’t need to do any last minute tweaking! I hate tough decisions.

  46. bobbo says:
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    Damn I guess Charlie Batch likes Mike Wallace more than I thought…

  47. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Who would have started Hillis right? :sobbing:

  48. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @bobbo: Insane. 3 TDs in the first half for Batch! Didn’t see that coming.

    @MJD Took A Knee: Man that Browns o-line is pretty good, but I sure didn’t see this against the Ravens.

  49. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Drop Colston for Moore? man that draft pick is going to suck this year

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Sure glad I started Best and not Boldin…

    Guh…

  51. johnny o says:
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    Benched Hakeem for Santana….

  52. Hey Doc! says:
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    @MJD Took A Knee: My opponent started Hillis. And I know you’re not asking me, but don’t drop Colston for Moore. New Orleans receivers are impossible to predict, but if there’s one that’s likely to be the most consistent, it’s Colston. Moore could have 0 catches next week.

  53. ken plane says:
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    Doc – To be honest both Addai or D. Brown will not do much just because Peyton and the Colts just cannot or will not run the ball. Is it a better idea to stash F. Jackson or M. Bush and wait for the injury?

  54. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    @Hey Doc!: Wasn’t serious but I am still sore about picking Colston over Foster in the 4th round. Always took RB in 4th.

  55. Wilsonian says:
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    Thinking of losing Cooley for a bench WR (have Keller too)…which one: Santonio, Demaryius, Moore, Gaffney, Murphy,

  56. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Lol goodbye team. Andre & SJax down.

  57. Calogero says:
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    Wow, this was the ugliest week ever for a 2-0 team (sorry Houston).

    I felt pretty confident that by Week 4, one of the following would be a RB2/Flex-worthy player: Shonn Greene, Hightower, Felix Jones.

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. At least I didn’t spend a high pick on Greene…

    I felt pretty confident that a starting WR corps of Miles Austin and Welker would be good for 20-30 points if not more.

    6.5 combined. Roy Williams, Romo? Really?

    Oh well, at least one of the fliers I took early in the season will pan out…

    Bernard Scott, Tashard Choice, Demaryius Thomas still buried on their depth charts. Who wanted to pick up Peyton Hillis and BenJarvus when they were freely available on FA anyway last week and this week, respectively?

    Well hey, at least I still have a chance to win this week…

    ..if Forte, Finley and Knox combine for 60.72 MORE points than Driver and Gould.

    I might got 2-11.

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