The big news at first sounded like a Willis Reed type of story.  Adrian Peterson was named the starter about 30 minutes before game time after hearing all week that he’d be a game time decision to even play.  In my head, I thought ‘ok, 5 to 10 touches; get his feet wet’.  Well, AP gave us a fantasy football flood of biblical proportions, all things considered, with 17 carries for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns.  I fully admit I didn’t think we’d see AP game one and freely admitted it over and over in the off-season and in the preseason.  But now here we are in-season and Adrian is sitting back in the top ten in scoring for running backs like December never happened.  If you have him and started him today, congrats!  I had him in two leagues and didn’t so go stupid me for ever betting against the Purple Jesus but it’s on like Diddy Kong the rest of the way out.  That said, I own and will continue to own Toby Gerhart until I can fully trust the situation and I can honestly tell you I don’t know how long that hesitation will last.  In other Fantasy Football news…

Michael Vick/Matthew StaffordCombined for 7 turnovers but both teams won.  See how quarterbacks lead teams to wins?  Yeah, I don’t either.  They were playing against teams that had no business having leads against them and yet both QBs put their teams in danger of losing.  But of course, this is a fantasy site so we only care about the stats…yeah, they sucked on the fantasy side too for where you had to draft them as Matt Cassel had a better end line than either.  I said I wasn’t buying a top 5 QB this year.  Thank you for proving my point today, Matt.  And thank you for almost proving my point by being ranked 6th, Vick.

Matt Ryan – Oh Matt, I got you nowhere in my leagues this year and yet knew this was what you’d do.  Do you need anything?  Backrub with sensual oils maybe?  I hope I didn’t weird you out in the hotel lobby.  Four total TDs with one as a rush.  I told you back in May I liked this kid.  Now I’m looking at my original line for him and wondering how I undercut him that much.  Yikes, maybe I shouldn’t have shown you that link…

Julio Jones – We had a Fantasy Face/Off between Julio and Roddy White to start the year.  It was close and I think the season will balance out in a similar fashion.  Julio had the TDs but the remaining lines between the two – 6 receptions apiece 106/87 yards and 9/8 targets respectively – were pretty straight across the board.  Enjoy your day, Julio owners, your draft love got instant karma which is much tastier than instant coffee and provides just as much buzz.

Robert Griffin, III – Wanna hear something crazy?  Fine, here.  Wanna hear something else crazy?  His stat line is what you wanted but what you should be glad to hear is he played that game with extreme poise.  RGIII did not look like a rookie out there.  He was calm and when flushed out of the pocket he made smart decisions with the ball and his feet.  I ranked him 11th among QBs this year.  I might’ve undercut him by a lot if he can play as intelligently as he did versus New Orleans for the rest of the year.

Michael Turner – Hey, remember when you were wondering why I had Michael ranked so low this year and ‘come on, Sky, he’s a solid and underrated RB2 play’?  You don’t?  Short term memory, I guess: 11 carries for 32 yards.  His team scored 40 points and that’s what you got.  Yeah, it’s only one week and he may give you something next week but I said it was a passing team now and he doesn’t catch passes so these weeks won’t be uncommon.  If you hate Shonn Greene I don’t know why you’d love Turner this year.  You guys are more confusing than my wife *wife walks in* and waaaaay less attractive, intelligent, sweet and kind!

Pierre Garcon– Four targets, four receptions for 109 yards receiving.  That line could’ve been much better as he left the game early with a foot problem.  I’m assuming an athlete’s foot issue.  Rub some tinactin on that and get back in there!  In either case, I ranked him as a low-end WR2 for this week in my weekly rankings.  It’s like I knew the Saints gave up the 3rd most passing yards last year, defensively.  Google, you’re my best friend.  In any event, I have a funny feeling I’m going to be writing his name a lot this year so someone’s going to have to teach me how to make that squirrelly mark on the bottom of the ‘c’ for future reference.

Michael Bush – We talked about Michael all week.  Loudon made a call on Tuesday in his rush strategy article, I made a call in my weekly rankings that he was a solid flex play, and then finished it off telling you to play him in the weekly FanDuel Freeroll.  Were you listening?  Did you start him?  Good, you owe me a beer and none of that Bud crap either, buddy/buddette.  JB – of podcast fame – and I text-talked about him during the game.  He said it was fluky and I said he’s the man from 5 and in.  Then Matt Forte scored on a 6 yard run…if only he’d been stopped at the 5, how good our day would’ve been!

Kevin Smith – Scored the game winning touchdown to finish off a 91 all-purpose yardage 2 TD day.  I love Kevin Smith when he’s healthy and not trying to re-live his glory days.  You can hate me all you want but you can’t make me like that movie.

Andrew Luck – He was just as impressive as Stafford and Vick, killing plenty of drives with his own 4 TOs but you got 300 yards passing and a passing TD.  Let’s just say you’re very thankful your league doesn’t calculate QB rating.  He was chucking the ball late as the Colts fell behind early.  This just might be your life as a Luck owner this year.  Lucky you!

Buffalo Defense – I’m calling them out because I just can’t fathom writing about Mark Sanchez,Stephen Hill, and Greene.  Some places had these guys in their top ten for defenses.  I think too many people stare at the touchdowns the defense scores and don’t actually look at what else they do.  They just gave up 41 points to that Jets offense.  Well I’m gonna go old school Verizon guy upside your head: are you looking now?  Good!

Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller – Combined for 184 yards rushing and a touchdown vs the Jets.  Unfortch for Jackson owners, 169 of those yards were Spiller’s as was the touchdown as Fred’s left knee went wrong and has an MRI scheduled for Monday.  This could be really bad news for Jackson owners and really good news for Spiller owners.  Of course, if you had both then you are probably having mixed emotions for which I suggest a mixed drink.  Alcohol fixes everything!

Jermichael Finley – Scored the first of just two offensive touchdowns by Green Bay IN Green Bay.  It feels weird typing that but it’s just further proof that San Fran’s defense is really special.  He also dropped enough passes to fuel the anger people have for him despite finishing the day as a top 10 scoring TE.  Just because he can be more doesn’t mean you should hate what you have.  That sounds like a bumper sticker.  I hate bumper stickers.

Chris Johnson/Maurice Jones-Drew – I paired them because people said MJD was a CJ rehash.  Looks like CJ is a CJ rehash – 11 rushes for 4 yards – and MJD is going to be fine with his 105 all-purpose yards and 23 touches.  We’ll be doing a buy/sell on Wednesday.  Guess which side of the / Johnson’s going to fall on.

Randall Cobb – All-purpose dynamo this week netting over 100 yards in returns while scoring a touchdown as well as reeling in 9 catches for 77 yards.  He was a preseason darling in sleeper circles and considering he did it against the top defensive team, there’s nothing to discredit what he did (though you could discredit him for the punt return TD that was sprung by a non-call block in the back).  Just remember he’s the WR3 and on a team that has Finley so quiet weeks are gonna happen.  Just enjoy the moment while it’s here.

Marshawn Lynch – Started and performed well, back spasms and all.  Totally blew up my Robert Turbin FanDuel Freeroll but hey, I gave you that Bush call.  Fine, I’ll give you your beer back.

Frank Gore– Scored a touchdown to go with 112 yards rushing on just 16 carries.  I’m pleasantly surprised to see him starting off well.  Just wish he’d done this game one for me last year when I drafted him nearly everywhere.  I see what you did there, Gore, and I’m not happy.

Stevan Ridley – Turning in an RB1 line when I thought he’d just get a few few goal line dives.  Well I’ll admit, with the Gore post above and the Turbin post more above, I’m eating some crow here.  Could someone pass the rooster sauce?  This isn’t going down well.

Peyton Manning– Proved the naysayers – and yes I am one of them – wrong for his first game.  Hard to go 19/26 for 253 yards and 2 TDs vs the Steelers.  I’d nod my head to him but worry he might try to do the same in return and re-injure himself.

Demaryius Thomas – The Steel Curtain has nothing on this kid.  Five recs, 110 receiving yards, and a 71 yard TD reception that looked too easy.  I still hold that Eric Decker is the one to own in Denver if you’re pursuing a Bronco receiver but Thomas surprised me tonight and by that I mean he jumped out of a dark room and said ‘boo!’.  I’m not gonna lie, a little dribble of pee came out.  That was a Peyton SNL skit reference for those of you too young to realize Eli isn’t the only Manning to star on there.  Gosh I’m old.

Heath Miller – Four recs on 7 targets to go with 50 yards and a touchdown.  It was clear that Ben was willing to get rid of the ball tonight as RBs, TEs, and Emmanuel Sanders were all highly involved in the passing game.  It looks like you might want to find out what a Heath Bar tastes like.  I’m foreshadowing my buy/sell/hold for Wednesday here, not suggesting you buy a candy bar you’ve probably never heard of.

Antonio Brown – Had two endzone shots swatted away as he finished with 4 catches for 74 yards and a TD goose egg yet again.  I’m still interested in what Brown can do for you and you should be too.

  1. Ringo says:
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    I am looking at 2 players on my 16 team WW that I am considering picking up. They are QB – Blaine Gabbert (JAC) and DEF – Cleveland Browns. Do they offer any real chance to continue their great play so far? It is a deep league so I am wondering if taking the risk is justified at this point.

    Standard Scoring. H2H. 16 Team League.

    QB – Michael Vick (3.40)
    RB – Arian Foster (1.1)
    RB – Kevin Smith (5.72)
    WR – Calvin Johnson (1.8)
    WR – Torrey Smith (6.89)
    TE – Marcedes Lewis (FA)
    FLEX – Rashad Jennings (7.104)
    K – Nate Kaeding (14.217)
    DEF – Pittsburgh Steelers (8.121)

    QB – Tim Tebow (13.200)
    RB – Ryan Williams (10.153)
    RB – Mikel LeShoure (11.161)
    WR – Justin Blackmon (9.136)
    WR – Michael Crabtree (11.168)

    Is it worth it to add QB – Blaine Gabbert (JAC) or DEF – Cleveland Browns for anyone I currently have on my roster? Rashad Jennings appears to be the only guy I am really comfortable dropping but with the way the NYJ offense looked Tebow could be expendable aswell. Make the respective moves?

    THANK YOU

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d grab Blaine and drop either Tebow/Jennings for him. I’d lean Tebow.

      • Ringo says:
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        @Sky, What about Dennis Pitta? He is putting up excellent numbers tonight. Can he do it all season? My TE is a joke anyways so he would probably rotate with Marcedes Lewis until one of them seized the job.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          TD catch was a bit of a fluke. Looks like him and Dickson will split TE looks this season. Can’t say either is a buy with confidence at this point

  2. iMP says:
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    Great info. Thanks.
    Calling out the Bills hurts as I was streaming them, but a trip to the waiver wire will be in their future.
    For a PPR team with Foster and only 4 total RBs allowed, I have Hillis and R. Williams as the incumbent RB3/4. I think both backs showed their floor this week (8-10 carries, 2-4 targets), but their teams are going to have to get better or their running mates will have to get hurt for them to improve. Dwyer and JStew are two other 10 touch RBs on the wire now. I am hopeful Tate will hit the wire once Arian dominates a couple more games. How would you rank the utility of Hillis, R.Williams, Dwyer, JStew and Tate right now?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @iMP, Hey thanks!

      I’d go Hillis/Stewart/Tate/Williams/Dwyer but I will admit, I loved the way Dwyer ran last night. Overall, those rankings factor in that the Steelers seem content to work through 4 RBs right now. If that changes and they start leaning on Dwyer more – like they should – he’d be closer to Tate.

      • iMP says:
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        @Sky,
        Thanks for the advice on the RBs. Follow up question:
        Though Titus Young got in trouble for his personal foul and Stafford played terribly, it was disconcerting that the Lions seemed to be exclusively in 2TE packages with Burleson as the WR2 during the second half. To trust Young as a playable WR4, I need him to get more snaps in 3WR sets so he can prove himself and take over for Burleson. I really want to sit on him for a few weeks to see if this happens, but it is tempting to jump ship to another WR that was getting better usage (like L. Moore, Jeffery, Ogletree or even Cobb) or on our waivers due to injury (D. Moore). What do you think?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          They’re all WR3s in my mind but I’d rank them like this at this time: Denarius/Lance/Jeffery/Cobb/Young/….Ogletree. Denarius – when healthy – will be a long bomb threat for Oakland. Lance gathered most of his stats as NO played come from behind; he’ll still be inconsistent. Jeffrey basically split targets again with Earl Bennett. Like him, just have to see more targets sliding his way and away from Bennett before I fully trust him. Cobb is intriguing but James Jones had 4/81/1TD because the 49ers defense is GOOD and Rodgers is a smart quarterback. He was hitting his 3rd and 4th option in their sets all day, giving Cobb and Jones their lines. Titus is a headcase, unfortunately, which limits him at this point. Not even gonna talk about Ogletree :)

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    12 team, PPR. I picked up Celek to play over Witten this week. I had dumped Crabtree to do so.

    Would you continue to carry both TEs, or dump one to get Crabtree back? I also have Titus Young & Amendola. We only start 2 WRs, and have no Flex.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Would try and see what Witten’s trade value is. Celek is extremely useful in PPR, just doesn’t have the same name recognition. Maybe try and package Witten and one of your WR for an upgrade.

  4. Mike says:
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    Best waiver RB pickup
    Dwyer (Pitt) or Morris ( wash)
    Do u like both ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Shannihanigans and Tomlinanigans…I do like both, they run hard and with a purpose. Right now, I’ll say Morris but I’d watch Dwyer like a hawk. He was the only one who really ran well for the Steelers last night.

  5. Chris says:
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    Argh – about Morris and the Shanahan problem. Is it really worth burning a waiver pick on this guy?

    Could he be valueless by Week 3?

    Having a hard time walking eyes-open into a Shanahan-RB situation.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Chris, If you’ve got a droppable guy, I’d burn the waiver pick. If your RB depth is suspect, it’s worth the risk, and if your depth is solid, you can and should start shopping Morris immediately for needs elsewhere.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I personally wouldn’t. It’s too hard to tell which RB Mike’s going to pull out of the hat from week to week.

  6. Brian says:
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    Cobb had 9 catches for 77 yards, but who’s counting

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Argh, edited but didn’t save. Obviously, I’m not counting.

  7. Razz says:
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    10 team league, .5 PPR and otherwise standard scoring.

    My RBs are Steven Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Donald Brown. Not loving what I’ve got obviously.

    Is it worth burning my #1 waiver on Spiller or Morris?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Spiller was great last year when Jackson went down. Keep your eyes on Fred’s knee issue, Spiller is worth the pickup if Fred isn’t healthy.

  8. pipa says:
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    I need to drop one of these guys. Can’t decide.

    Redman, Helu, Rodgers, Dwyer or Cobb.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d lean Helu; that backfield is too crowded to get much worth out of him right now.

  9. Wilsonian says:
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    Man, I really screwed the pooch dumping Spiller for a pickup of Ronnie Brown before yesterday. Now I’m scrambling to get another RB. I’m borderline suicidal. I already snagged Morris to go along with M.Bush and Wells on the bench to backup Forte and Bradshaw. After tonight’s game I’m dumping Brown, but who do I go for:

    Dwyer, D.Wilson, Mendenhall, Hunter, or Tate?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Put the razor down and step away!

      Dwyer/Tate/Wilson/Hunter/Mendenhall are how I’d rank them. Dwyer ran well last night. I think he earned a shot to get more carries next week. Love Tate but he should’ve gotten more opportunities last week. Was sad to see he didn’t and worried since he’s already a backup play.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky, I think I’ve decided not to a slit my wrists, but it’s a tough call. Could be the dumb move of the year. I tend to agree with your response here. I’m going for Dwyer and I’ll keep an eye on Mendy. Thanks.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cool, hope you have a better week and that Brown goes off for you at least!

  10. Skins2012 says:
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    CJ spiller trade targets at this point knowing Jackson is out at least a month? Just got offered Nicks. I have Welker, Marshall, Crabtree and Demaryius Thomas. I like the trade but I’m left thin with R. Bush and J. Charles at RB. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not a good trade for you at this time

  11. Breezy says:
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    @Sky

    Thoughts on any of the following for a week 2 TE pick up after their week 1 performances?

    Also am I giving up on Micheal Turner after that upsetting 11 carries for 30 yards? or am I holding strong hoping the falcons put him to use once defenses start scheming to stop the pass? ( I have been offered R Mathews SD for Turner, its tempting…)

    H Miller Pit
    M Lewis Jac
    J Tamme Den
    K Boss KC
    M Bennett NYG

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Take Mathews and run. At worst, you’re getting the higher upside player.

      I like Miller of that bunch. Tamme second.

  12. Eric H. says:
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    12-team PPR league I took LeSean McCoy, MJD and Jamaal Charles in the first three rounds and also grabbed C.J. Spiller, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jonathan Stewart. QB is Matty Ice. Starting WRs are Maclin and Colston. I can start a max of three RBs — two plus one in the flex. Should I immediately try to upgrade at WR? If so, what would you consider trying? Can you rank McCoy, MJD, Charles and Spiller going forward? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The way you named them is how I’d rank them. Spiller might sneak up above Charles, eventually, but it’s close. All and all, you have a really solid team. You may only start 2 RBs but it only takes one knee twist after you’ve traded from that pile and you are back to two awesome weekly plays rather than three. I like Maclin and Colston and now you get to play matchups with 4 RBs that should be top 20 at their position. I’d hold.

  13. Mike says:
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    Thoughts on Dexter Mccluster?
    Dwyer or Mccluster off of waivers?
    Standard league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Dwyer

  14. Hi, 10-team league. .5ppr. This is my team:

    QB – Cam Newton
    TE – Aaron Hernandez
    WR – Megatron,Maclin,Amendola,S.Rice,T.Young
    RB – Trent Richardson, D.Martin, Kevin Smith, David Wilson, Ryan Williams, Peyton Hillis, Dwyer, pierre thomas

    Little concerned with my teams start and am offered M.Colston for T.Richardson.

    I have mixed thoughts. T-Rich has huge upside but is a rookie on a terrible team and has injury concerns. Colston is very solid, lots of targets, he doesnt have the same upside, but again, he’s real solid.

    Would you hold/decline/accept AND WHY?

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You don’t have depth at RB to make that trade and it doesn’t make any sense for a team that already has Megatron/Maclin/and three quality WR3s in a PPR league. You don’t make that trade.

      • @Sky, thanks. forgot to mention, that theres a flex

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          All the more reason not to make that trade

  15. Mike says:
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    Mccluster,Ogletree,or A hawkins (cin) off of waivers
    Standard league
    Please rank
    Thanks!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hawkins mccluster ogletree

  16. Wilsonian says:
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    Cam is my starter. Have Romo as a backup. Would you deal Romo/Witten/DJax for Rivers/Gonzo/AJ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Kind of a push.

  17. robert says:
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    I know it is just one game, but is Fleener looking like a better TE than Fred Davis?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nope. Deeper PPR leagues should take note of him though. Top 20 TE this year with an outside chance at top 15

      • robert says:
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        @Sky, thanks

  18. Trevor says:
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    Actually I do remember arguing in favor of Turner and I feel you are talking to me with that post. Nevertheless I dont give a damn about his bad day. Fantasy is about 50-50 venture no matter what the scenario is, unless you are god awful at it. You will see Turner rush for over 1,000 yds by the end of the year and about 10 touchdowns. he might have some down weeks but he will be solid through the year. Just wait

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, alright. Hope it works out for you.

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