Both Jared and RG-3 have been taken out. If I were Justin Tuck, I'd be worried...

Both Jared and RG-3 have fallen. If I were Justin Tuck, I’d be worried…

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Okay. Not really. And so it was, and so it shall be, which was proclaimed long ago when the Washington Football Team traded what would be Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, Greg Robinson, and Alec Ogletree for Robert Griffin III, and then a few days later, drafted his eventual successor in Kirk Cousins. Bible-speech aside, I have to say, maybe Mike Shannahan and company might have been better off just waiting, you know, until their sixth pick and drafting Ryan Tannehill. Sure, hindsight has that amazing 20/20 vision, but as I mentioned in yesterday’s podcast, this quarterback excursion seemed doomed to fail, even as far back to that aforementioned day when both RG-3 and Kirk Cousins were drafted. Obviously, the situation was exacerbated over time by injuries, stunted development, complete coaching failures, further coaching changes, system changes, ownership dysfunction, etc. etc. And this is a normal Monday for the franchise. So here we are and Kirk Cousins is now your Week 1 Starter in Washington. I would go on to establish some fantasy context, but I’m not sure there is any. Just further proof that Washington has now eclipsed the Raiders at being the Raiders. Truly… these are dark days in the District.

In case you guys haven’t noticed, Fantasy Basketball is warming up once again, and our RCLs are open! If you’d like to go keep J.B. Gilpin company for a bit, I ain’t gonna blame you. Afterall, I’m busy keeping his mom company…

  • That wasn’t the only quarterback news yesterday, as Tyrod Taylor was named the Week 1 starter for the Bills. Rex Ryan had originially considered it a battle between Taylor and Matt Cassel, but I’m sure that was before he knew who Matt Cassel was. Despite Tehol ranking him in his top-5 of all time greats in NFL history, I do think there’s something here. The Colts have traditionally had trouble containing quarterbacks with mobility, and I think Taylor could be a sneaky play if you’re streaming, and has enough athletic ability to break out if you have a spot for him.
  • In other Bills news, Fred Jackson was unceremoniously released. While many franchises have had to go through this, that still doesn’t mean it’s not a shame to see a fan favorite told to move on. True, there wasn’t a real role available for him as the preseason roster developed, but the Bills did give Jackson a lot of reps on Sunday for showcase. So, with this cut you could say he was at least given time to catch on with another team, but in today’s NFL, I prefer to remain jaded. It’s almost too easy. What’s next? I could see him with the Rams, or maybe the Cowboys, unless Jerry goes Jerry and…
  • The Raiders have cut Trent Richardson, which is usually the defining sign that it’s all over. But, as much as I was surprised that Jerry Jones let Johnny Manzial slip by in the draft (pretty sure Cowboys management placed him in a room with no phone or internet), I wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas could be a potential destination. However, with Richardson’s career one-yard-per-carry average, I calucalate that he would arrive in Dallas by roughly the year 2890.
  • Julius Thomas is now expected to miss 4-5 weeks due to an injured tendon in his finger. He’s going to seek a second opinion later today, but since this is the Jaguars, I wouldn’t expect much. Though, it could be worse… if this were the Browns, he’d be declared dead from that second opinion.
Jacksonville's general response to such things.

Jacksonville’s general response to such things. Something they share with Cleveland I suppose. 

  • T.Y. Hilton suffered what appears to be a concussion, which is odd, because they discovered the symptons a day later. Not really a bright side persay, but we’ll have to take a wait and see approach here before anything changes.
  • Devin Funchess appears to have reaggravated his hamstring injury. It didn’t seem serious, but if he continues to have issues, they would literally have no one to throw it to besides Greg Olsen. Honestly, if I were the Panthers, I’d just have Cam Newton throw it to himself on all pass plays.

 

 

  1. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Would you drop Freeman for McFadden? He’s gonna get scooped quickly so I’m so unsure on what to do.

  2. Adam says:
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    New-ish fantasy football guy – mostly play baseball/basketball.
    Interested in your thoughts on my team.

    Yahoo/0.5PPR/10 teams/1QB,2RB,3WR,Flex

    QB: CNewton
    RB: MGordon, JStewart
    WR: JJones, MEvans, DJackson
    TE: Gronk
    Flex: Yeldon
    K: CParkey
    DEF: Min
    Bench: AFoster, RWhite, MFloyd, TColeman, DFreeman, CPalmer

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: welcome to football! It’s an above average team, but the return of Foster will mean a lot.

  3. BambooLounge says:
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    Does Cousins add or detract any value from the Skins WR corps? I wound up with Garcon in two leagues already and am hoping for something better than last season obviously.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @BambooLounge: i think it adds some value, but he’s going to have some awful games with 3 interceptions. I’m higher on Garcon than most.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Jay: remember when you were wondering who your matthews of this year would be? last year garcon had to be the runner up, and you i think are higher relatively on him this year than last year (at least for PPR ranks).

  4. Gio says:
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    Half PPR keeper league, only keep 2 players. I am coming in with Cobb and L. Bell. Which scenario would you prefer to start your draft with?

    A) AJ Green and Lamar Miller

    B) Justin Forsett and Brandin Cooks

    C) Lesean McCoy and Brandin Cooks

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Gio:

      Not C.

      Just depends if you trust Forsett or not. I trust Forsett and there is a sleeper post about him on Razz as well.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Gio: I think the sexiest is probably McCoy and Cooks.

  5. Niceguybilly says:
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    Hey Jay
    Great read as always!
    Trade question for you. I’m in a two QB league where I’ve discovered over the years the only way to win is by having strong QB’s as the points are a little skewed towards them. I had the first pick and I used it on Luck which in conventional leagues is insane but in our league scoring it made it a no brainer.
    So I have starting
    QB- Luck
    Bradford
    RB- D. Murray
    L.Murray
    Sankey (in a wr/rb flex)
    and my bench includes
    Winston
    Gurley
    R. Mathews

    I’ve been offered Forte and Brees for Luck. No brainer, right? Why am I having a hard time then. Guess I’m a little worried about both of them due to age, coaching and personnel changes, etc. You opinion would be appreciated.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Niceguybilly: yeah, it’s a no brainer. There’s risk, but on paper, you have to take this.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Was thinking the same thing re: streaming Taylor. Currently have Palmer vNO slotted in there, and Flacco @Den is also available. What’s your play?

    Also, 0.5 PPR, start 2WR and a flex, drop Wheaton or Funchess? They’re my #4 & 5 WR.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I kinda like Taylor right now, but Palmer is close. And I’d want Wheaton over Funchess.

  7. e says:
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    Had a draft last night, 12 team PPR. Thoughts?

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    WR Antonio Brown 
    WR Keenan Allen
    WR Eddie Royal 
    RB Justin Forsett
    RB Todd Gurley 
    TE Travis Kelce
    FLEX Jonathan Stewart
    BN Joique Bell 
    BN Tevin Coleman
    BN Michael Floyd 
    BN Brandon Coleman 
    BN Breshad Perriman 

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @e: Bench is a little weak, and going with Gurley has some risk, but I like your WR’s and I think, overall, it’s a pretty balanced team.

  8. Commish Cauda says:
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    ***Drafting Tonight***

    Took over a team last minute in a 12-team, SuperFlex league. QB-heavy league where just about everyone starts a 2nd QB at Flex

    standard yards
    0.5ppr
    1.0 ppr for receptions over 40 yards
    4 pt passing TD
    4 pt rushing TD for QBs only
    6 pt TDs for everyone else
    Bonus points for TDs over 40 yards
    0.15 points per completion for QBs
    0.10 points per rushing attempt

    Picking 4th overall. Can keep up to two players. Who to keep?

    Russell Wilson in the 2nd
    Jordan Matthews in the 5th
    Carlos Hyde in the 6th

    BONUS QUESTION:
    At 4th overall, I’ll have my pick of RB (AP, Bell, Charles) or Antonio Brown because Luck and Rodgers will most likely go 1-2. If I keep Wilson in the 2nd round (no chance a QB of his caliber makes it to me at #21 overall), what do you recommend I do if Luck/Rodgers falls to me at #4? Play it safe and still go RB or have two stud QBs?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Commish Cauda: if Luck or Rodgers falls, nab them. I’d keep Wilson and Hyde.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @FrankGrimes: We’ll start plugging this league on Twitter Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Jay:
        I tried
        … looks like it’s a no go

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @FrankGrimes: I got a RCL update coming out tomorrow, maybe just push it back a few days. We’ll try our best.

  9. Dorian says:
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    Hey Jay! Thanks as always to you and the other guys at Razzball for the continual write ups.

    Got a question for you. In the league in which I’m just spending this season trying to rebuild my team, I wonder if you could help me out. I need to cut some players and I’m not exactly sure who I should. As I still need to hire a kicker, one defensive back, and a bench slot to rotate my defensive slots in and out, without worry.

    League is 20 teams, 6 Keepers. Starting Roster is QB/2RBs/3WRTEs/QBRBWRTE/K/2DB/2DL/2LB/6BN. Scoring is PPR/IDP/RYRDS/AllTDs6. Actually, scoring is little more complex than that, but it more or less is just flavouring.

    (*)- bye week
    QBs – Cam Newton(5), Johnny Manziel(11)
    RBs – Todd Gurley(6), T.J. Yeldon(8), Terrance West(11)
    WTs – Allen Robinson(8), Reuben Randle(11), Travis Kelce(9), Kenny Stills(5), Julius Thomas (8), Allen Hurns(8), Breshard Perriman(9), DeVante Parker(5), Dorial Green-Beckham(4), Chris Conley(9)
    LBs – Keenan Robinson(8), Eric Kendricks(5)
    DLs – Corey Liuget(10), Fletcher Cox(8)
    DBs – Tyvon Branch(9)

    As you can see from my roster, I’ve got a lot of talent that I really don’t want to dump. For nothing. I mean, look at those potential WRs. >_< I can't drop those. Just the possibilities of Dorial, Parker, Breshard, and Conley… Sorry, I'm drooling at the thought. The potential of those is just too great!

    Also, I realize Week 8 will be a problem, but I'll probably have made a trade of some kind by then. Usually do.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dorian: Thanks! Yeah, tough decisions here. I’d probably cut Manziel, Hurns, and Randle if you are going straight upside. Personally though, I’d personally go with Manziel, Perriman, and Hurns. Close though.

  10. Woody says:
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    I’m picking 2nd in a 10 team IDP league and was wondering what round I should start drafting defensive players? Appreciate the feedback!

    P.S. What’s the earliest you would draft J.J. Watt? Thanks again!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Woody: I just got done with my first IDP last night and got JJ Watt to lead off the second round. I’ve seen him go earlier. I think we started going for defensive players aroudn the fourth round I believe. I think Kevin would know way more about this though. http://football.razzball.com/author/kevin-kumpf

      • Woody says:
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        Muchas gracias, amigo!

        I’m a fantasy baseball nerd first and foremost who’s never actually been in a football league before, so I’m just trying to keep my head above water without getting it cut off haha! I’ll drop Kev a line and pick his brain :-)

        Keep it frosty, Jay.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Woody: Totally, and that’s what we’re here for!

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Woody: watt goes from where Jay said till maybe as late as 70th or so. Most others (only top ones) start to fall 30-50 picks later than Watt often from my drafts. Kevin said to wait till just after Jay’s tiers 7-8 before taking non top LB or top 3 DE’s.

  11. Barker says:
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    12 team full ppr 6 pt pass tds 40 yd tds pass run rec
    Qb rodgers wr calvin adams rb ingram spiller te bennett w/r/t charles johnson k hauscka def cle
    Bn bell Stevie johnson wheaton bush floyd knile davis

    1. (11) Aaron Rodgers QB
    2. (14) Calvin Johnson WR
    3. (35) Mark Ingram RB
    4. (38) Davante Adams WR
    5. (59) Martellus Bennett TE
    6. (62) C.J. Spiller RB
    7. (83) Charles Johnson WR
    8. (86) Joique Bell RB
    9. (107) Stevie Johnson WR
    10. (110) Markus Wheaton WR
    11. (131) Reggie Bush RB
    12. (134) Michael Floyd WR
    13. (155) Knile Davis RB
    14. (158) Steven Hauschka K
    15. (179) Cleveland

    How do you like the draft and would you Drop knile for chris johnson ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: I think you did okay. Love the Wheaton pick there. And no, I would hold on Kniles.

  12. Scott says:
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    Man, Tehol got a lot of flack for his Tyrod Taylor rank. Crow has been prepared. We’ll see if anyone has to eat up after Week 1.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Someone will!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Scott: he ranked him ahead of tannehill so i would think it takes longer than 1 good week to claim he won that. He also defended it with it not being his final ranks, so that rank may have looked more like a “bold” prediction.

  13. Bass! How low can you go? says:
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    Hi Jay, when do you expect to provide the weekly update for your .5 PPR rankings? I’m drafting tomorrow and would love to have your latest, greatest rankings. Thanks for all you guys do for us.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’ll be updating it tonight along with the projections because of LaFell and some other things like RGIII happening.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Rankings have been updated!

  14. Cole says:
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    12 tm ppr, my rb situation isn’t panning out like I hoped. I have Gordon, Crowell and freeman. Ugh. I have julio, Jordan Mathews, Edelman, Anquan, and S. Smith. I got offered latavius Murray for Mathews. I have Helu, who I like talent wise if Murray goes down. Pull the trigger? Thanks for the help!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Cole: Yeah, that seems a bit weak. You might have to there, and I’m okay with that trade.

  15. Barker says:
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    @Jay: 10 team league 1/2ppr trade question

    I give graham crowell garcon i get davante adams ryan mathews

    My rbs d murray gore blount coleman crowell
    My wr dez marshall robinson agholor garcon
    My replacement te olsen

    I have to drop someone eventually for a def and figured it would be crowell by the time the season starts.

    The kid also has cooks so i will try him instead of adams first but i dont think he will take it
    Are either trades even worth it or should i stand pat and see what happens the dude has russell as his qb and dwayne allen at TE and i am feeling shaky on graham at this point.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: I’d rather have Cooks than Adams, sure. But I still think you could net more for Graham there if Cooks isn’t available.

      • Barker says:
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        @Jay:
        I give graham marshall garcon i get adams / cooks

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Barker: Knowing that you have to shave a roster spot, it’s a good deal… but I hate to sound like a broken record, I think you could do a bit better. It’s so close at this point though, I think you take it.

          • Barker says:
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            @Jay: marshall / graham for aj green

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Barker: I like the Cooks deal better.

            • Barker says:
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              @Barker@Barker: its ten teams so most teams are set at te but they are dropping like flies and i would like to get something done before the season starts.

              The kid with green lost julius and jordy so maybe he bites on this marshall graham for aj green?

              Maybe graham for alshon ? But the dude with alshon has martellus.

              • Jay

                Jay says:
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                @Barker: I’m not touching Alshon for now… I think Cooks is your best bet, but there’s still time to swing something.

              • Barker says:
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                @Barker: last one i promise

                Graham marshall garcon for calvin eifert

                • Jay

                  Jay says:
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                  @Barker: I like Calvin, but I don’t think you need Eifert. I’d pass. And no worries! It’s what I’m here for.

  16. Ron says:
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    Jay, this is the first of many questions this coming season so first and foremost I want to thank you for your patience with me and the tens of thousands of others that come here for wise fantasy advice.

    Format: 12-team .5 PPR 2-keeper league.
    Roster Config: QB, RB, WR, WR, WR/RB, WR/TE, DEF, K (yes we can start 4 WR!)
    Keepers: Cooks (5th round) and Hyde (11th round)
    Key Keeper Rule: Anyone drafted in the first round the previous year cannot be a keeper

    Top 13 Available: AP, Lacy, Charles, Brown, Dez, Demayrius, Forte, Lynch, Megatron, AJ Green, Julio, Murray, McCoy
    Top 10 NOT Available: Bell, Beckham, C.JA, Gronk, Cobb, Hill, Forsett, Miller, Jeffery, Hilton

    Okay, now with all of that out of the way, I have the 4th pick in the first round and the 3rd pick in the second round.

    1) Based on my keepers (Cooks and Hyde) and the 13 players available, who are the top 4 in order that I should look to draft if they are there at my turn?

    2) After the top 13, is this the correct rank for these players – Gore, Andre Johnson, Keenan Allen, Alfred Morris, Allen Robinson, Amari Cooper, Golden Tate

    3) I know this is tough to answer cause we don’t know who will be available but if I go RB in the first round and in the second McCoy/Gore/Murray are available and Andre/Keenan/Allen are available, do I take the best RB or WR?

    4) Same question as #3 but switched for if I took a WR in the first round. With McCoy/Gore/Murray are available and Andre/Keenan/Allen are available in the second, do I take the best RB or WR?

    Thanks!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: I’d probably try to target any of Charles, Brown, Julio or Forte with the fourth pick. Hard to tell what’s going to happen in the second. I’m find with that ranking. I’d say go RB there, even in half PPR. Same. RB is just too thin.

  17. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    how’s this one look. standard with 3 pt TD’s for QB’s. TE and WR are the same, rosters 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 receiver, 1 flex, 1 kicker, 7 BN. drafted out of 5 slot. 12 team.
    QB Eli (8), Palmer (13)
    RB Bell (1), Spiller (5), Jennings (6), Crowell (9), Bush (12)
    WR Gronk (2,over Megatron by 1 pick, both fell late to 20th, co-manager liked Gronk more), Cooks (3), Allen (4), Cruz (7, reach here maybe, owner liked more than White, S.Smith, V-Jax, Wallace),T.Will (co-manager really likes him this year 10), Royal (11)
    K walsh (14)
    other than basically having my flex having to be receiver every week of course. RB left over out there are d.williams, ajayi, west (my own handcuff maybe), dave johnson, j.allen, gray, dunbar, helu, red dick, starks, j.white. any drops here?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: I think you can drop Palmer, but there’s really not much out there. I think West would work, yeah.

  18. Ron says:
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    Draft Kevin White in a .5PPR keeper league? If so, in what round?

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: Same question for Jordy Nelson. Thanks

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Ron: hard questions to gauge since it’ll be quite late probably. it’s also hard to have any kind of mocks for that kind of question.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: Probably last 10 rounds. Burning a bench spot on either White or Nelson isn’t a bad idea.

  19. KevO says:
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    Julius Thomas surgery is killing me. Picked up Charles Clay because that was all that was left on the WW. Would you drop Thomas for Ty mongomery? Or a handcuff like Starks or knife davis? Or mr glass handcuff Cameron artist Payne? Let me know! Thanks!

    • Jay

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      @KevO: Eh, I’m find holding for now. Unless you really need a WR.

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