Lots of cuts came down the pipe, but for all the crazy hub-bub they caused, none seemed that insane.  All I know is that we are so close to football I can taste it!!  Maybe because I am gnawing on a football, but that’s neither here no there.  Well, it is here, because I am gnawing on it while writing, but it for sure isn’t there, because that’s over there, not here.  Well, you get the picture.  I just had two auction drafts.  One 14 teamer with some Razzballians and another 16 teamer with IDP.  So I drafted for 7 hours today.  It’s amazing I can still count to 3 without help.

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Here are a few tidbits from around the league —

Matt Leinart: He got his wish; he will not be backing up Derek Anderson. The Texans are looking into kicking him in the tires and then letting him go.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh: He was cut.  Carroll is moving on, and fast.  He could end up with the Raiders or the Redskins.  Both would probably still put him in a low end WR slot for PPR leagues, so don’t drop him for nothing.

Justin Forsett: Julius Jones was released from the Seahawks so there isn’t as much holding Forsett back now.  Leon Washington will be splitting carries with him, but he will also be returning kicks and punts (take note return yardage leaguers), so I see Forsett getting at least over half of the work.  This helps those of you who got him early and watched his stock plummet!  It’s back baby!

Vincent Jackson: He now is out at least 6 weeks of the season.  I’m just avoiding him completely in drafts.  He’s not worth the headache.

Patrick Crayton: He’s a Charger now.  With no VJax he should be getting significant time, but I only see him as the #3 receiver and with Gates and Sproles that puts him down in the pecking order. He’ll have to show me something before I invest in him.

Mike Williams: Big Mike Williams or BMW as I like to call him is now the #1 receiver in Seattle.  It also doesn’t look like a Vincent Jackson deal will get done, so he is worth picking up in 12 team leagues.  The #1 designation is one I am giving him because Deion Branch is brittle.  Williams is a risky pick, but Hass has been hooking up with him during the preseason and there really isn’t anyone else to throw to.  The Seahawks are going to suck.

Darrelle Revis: Adam Schefter reports that Revis has agreed to a deal for ONE BILLION dollars (or thereabouts).  So start benching your #1 receivers who charter a plane to Revis Island.  The biggest impact for us fake footballers is when our receivers go up against him and if you reached to draft them.

Percy Harvin: He won’t be returning punts (Camarillo and Berrian will), but he will be returning kicks and will be the #1 receiver.  If you are in a return yardage league, you have to be looking at him lustily.  He could have a huge season.

Stephan Logan: Some more return yardage league news.  Logan was let go by the Steelers and picked up by the Lions who should use him in the return game, while Antonio Brown should take over return duty for the Steelers.

Max Hall: All reports are that Hall was the best QB in Cardinals camp this preseason.  That’s not huge praise with his competition, but if you are in a crazy QB starting league, he is worth keeping an eye on.  There is a decent chance he will get a chance this season. And if you are in a dynasty league, he’s worth a flier.

  1. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Cooley or Daniels week 1?

    …..Revis Island is back! J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

  2. Randy says:
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    I have Minnesota DEF. I don’t really want to play them against the Saints. Available are…
    Denver VS Jacksonville
    Cleveland VS Tampa
    Tampa VS Cleveland
    Atlanta VS Pittsburgh
    Carolina VS NYG
    Washington VS Dallas

    Should I pick one up for the week?

  3. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Doc. Does MoJo’s mystery knee issue scare you enough that you’d deal him along with Peyton, Cooley and Garcon for Gore, Brady, Gates and Massaquoi? I realize trading for Gore is not the best way to alleviate injury concerns, but what the hey.

  4. timsti says:
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    @Doc: Does further news about the Mike Williams in Seattle situation make you like him over Britt or Cotchery for bench depth in a 12tm .5ppr?

  5. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Got my draft tonight and was hoping for some new rankings sheets, were you able to complete these yet?

  6. Moe’s draft in MDM’s 16 team draft

    against the sports writters

    I was the wiiner of the chris Johnson Bidding – yes its a good thing but its also a bad thing since I wanted to draft 3 running backs

    First problem was now I Had to Draft Kevin Kolb since he has an upside and I could not afford to get one of the big boys

    Second Problem was that I now had to get 3 wide outs with an upside since I wanted to spend my money on 3 running backs – I had no problem drafting Justin Forsett – any running back that is going to catch 50 balls out of the back field is going to be a safe $23 pick up

    Ran out of money for IDP’s – I had to get the player I put up for bid for $1 so I put up players I liked with an upside instead of players that I really wanted to draft and all and all I have no complaints here – IDP’s scoring is weak in this league so even if you drafted studs I will be able to hang with the big boys IDP’s lineups here in this league

    Yea I wanted a better tight end but what do you want for a buck – I did end up with Jeremy Shockey who is my starting TightEnd and he looked really good in the pre-season against other teams 2nd units so Boss will be my backup

    D’Qwell Jackson not a bad back for a buckJ

    osh Freeman $2 – had to spend $2 for this bum – some managers in the draft felt there was a need to have 2 extra backups at QB – so I had to spend the big bucks on Freeman instead of spending a few extra Bucks on getting a better starting lineup

    CowboyMoeOrton(ACE) – mr football
    Budget $200
    1. (1) Chris Johnson $68
    2. (23) Kevin Kolb $21
    3. (27) Lawrence Tynes $1 – at least the kickers went cheap
    4. (56) Knowshon Moreno $25
    5. (63) Justin Forsett $23
    6. (82) Mike Wallace $15
    7. (102) Johnny Knox $15
    8. (114) Jeremy Maclin $18
    9. (155) Erik Coleman $1 – Defensive Back – good deal here could not afford to spend the $5 to get Pollard

    10. (203) Kevin Boss $3 – come on thats $2 too much
    11. (217) Josh Freeman $2 – come on thats $1 too much
    12. (219) Jeremy Shockey $1 – bench
    13. (234) Michael Boley $1 – Linebacker – missed some games last year still the numbers were nice – may become a beast

    14. (262) Jerod Mayo $1 – Linebacker
    15. (282) D’Qwell Jackson $1 – bench – the real beast if healthy
    16. (288) Josh Morgan $1 – bench
    17. (293) Osi Umenyiora $1 – Defensive Lineman
    18. (297) Derrick Harvey $1 – Defeensive Lineman
    19. (301) Patrick Crayton $1 – bench
    Total $

    sounds good to me – Justin Forsett: Julius Jones was released from the Seahawks so there isn’t as much holding Forsett back now.

    sounds good to me -Patrick Crayton: He’s a Charger now. With no VJax he should be getting significant time,

    all and all you can spend $12 to see a crappy2 hour movie or you can hang out with good people for 3 hours or so and do an auction draft

    It was nice to do a draft with you Doc – good solid league – tough draft
    good luck except the week you play me

  7. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc, who do you like as a first QB for a keeper league?

    Favre
    Flacco
    Cutler
    Manning
    Palmer

    or do I go RB

    Addai
    Thomas
    Mathews(prob not going to be avail)
    Forsett
    Brandon Jacobs

  8. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Nick: I’d wait until we know for sure Daniels is full go.

    @Randy: Yeah, I’d avoid the Saints at all costs. Some decent possibilities there. I would go with Denver just because they are good. i like the other matchups, but sometimes crappy offenses and crappy defenses can lead to big points.

    @timsti: Over Britt.

    @Mr2Bits: Which do you need PPR or Non?

    @mrfootball: Nice breakdown. I hate my team, but I do like my WRs. I thought they had more value than the big money backs, but I ended up shutout on RBs. Good luck this season!

    @Mr2Bits: Between Flacco and Cutler. Cutler higher risk reward so that’s where I go. If Mathews is there I like him the best. PT is close.

  9. Joe B says:
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    @Doc: Who do you like best as a RB3/FLEX in 1/2 PPR… Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Ricky Williams or Cadillac Williams?

  10. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Joe B: Tough one. I like Caddy against the Browns.

  11. Joe B says:
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    @Doc: How about for the whole year? Caddy still?

  12. Slam says:
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    Ricky Williams or Jerome Harrison?

    this week Ricky’s got the Bills and Harrison has the Bucs

    also

    Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy?

    JC vs SD and LsMc vs GB

  13. Joe B says:
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    @Doc: I’m curently drafting with a 12 hour window… I’m thinking Barber or Caddy for my FLEX… struggling with this one though. Caddy’s the starter in TB, but Barber is the goal-line guy and Felix Jones is an injury waiting to happen. Ugh… I’m confused.

  14. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Joe B: I’m going with barber for the season.

    @Slam: Jerome Harrison and JC

  15. Slam says:
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    Thanks man, those are the two I was leaning toward, Thomas Jones makes me nervous, but I still have faith in JC.

  16. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Doc:

    Need PPR league

  17. Donruss says:
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    Who do you like better as a RB3 in a PPR this week? Caddy vs the Browns or McFadden vs the Titans.

  18. WillieMayesHayes says:
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    Doc,
    M. Ryan @ Pitt or K. Kolb vs GB?
    Leaning towards Kolb, because it’s a home game.
    Also for a Flex spot in a PPR league, M. Floyd or Beanie Wells?
    Thank you.

  19. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    NonPPR in FLEX

    Caddy vs CLE
    Knox vs DET
    Gaffney @JAC

    I have Cadillac in right now but Knox has to get good yards and a TD in that game. I like Gaffney for a TD too but I might wait on him for now.

  20. Trevor

    Trevor says:
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    Hey Doc,

    Any chance you will be covering fantasy leagues that are pick-em and survivor? I mean it should go hand and hand with weekly start or sit as well.. Let me know!

  21. charlie batch says:
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    couple questions..

    Does naanee’s stock fall with craytons arrival?

    Who do you like more at this point, felix jones or forsett?

  22. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mr2Bits: http://football.razzball.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Razzball-Football-PPR-Tiers-3-version-1.htm

    @Donruss: Good one. I’m going with DMac.

    @WillieMayesHayes: Kolb/Wells

    @MJD Took A Knee: Yeah, that’s a tough one. I agree that Knox has a TD in him there. Caddy will get plenty of work. I usually go with RBs just because of the number of touches they’ll get and he has a good matchup.

    @Trevor: Yeah, we’ll be doing some pick-em type stuff. Survivor as in wins/losses?

    @charlie batch: I still like Naanee. There are a lot of mouths to feed now, but I like his TD ability. I like Jones, but it’s a tough call with his injury past. But his team will have a better offense no doubt.

  23. Trevor

    Trevor says:
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    Survivor as in picking one team each week that you think will win. The team you pick can only be used once in a season.

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Trevor: Probably won’t have any posts, but will always give my opinion!

  25. Trevor

    Trevor says:
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    okay sounds good. If you could pick a team for week 1 that you feel will definitely win. who would you choose. Keep in mind you can only use that team once.

    Thanks Doc.

    ps. i’m maybe thinking tennesee?

  26. @Doc – I hate my team – there is one good thing going for you – that others will have a much better chance of losing a star running back then a star wide reciever to injury so you don’t have those worries – I think if you just bid a dollar or two more you could have gotten one of those running backs that you wanted – in a deep 16 team league – those remaining dollars are only really good to get an IDP – the good offensive players seem to be way gone by that time

  27. raj says:
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    is it worth trading m. barber for gates? i have sproles as my number two and leon washington as my number three for the bye weeks – return yeardage counts and its half point per reception – i have zach miller as my starter

  28. Dominic says:
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    What do you think Doc, it sounds like a stupid question but in a PPR league for Week 1 should I start Ray Rice vs the stingy New York Jets or Beanie Wells against the weak Rams.

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @raj: I wouldn’t unless you get something for Miller. There really isn’t any reason to have both Gates and Miller.

    @Dominic: Gotta stick with Rice. Wells might be questionable as well, but even if he wasn’t I’d go with Rice.

  30. Professor Chaos says:
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    @Doc: Would you pick up a Derek Anderson or Vince Young as a spot start week one to start in place of Joe Flacco? Also, Matt Ryan or Matt Stafford in a different league? Both leagues are pretty standard scoring. Thanks!

  31. Doc

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    @Professor Chaos: I think you have to go with the safer Flacco. DA is an extremely high risk/reward play, but I think Flacco can keep the mistakes down. Ryan, the Steelers pass D hasn’t been great. Stafford needs to prove his consistency to me.

  32. dirtdog says:
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    Who scores more points…ppr league.. portis or donald brown?

  33. Calogero says:
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    I have to drop Hardesty – who should I pick up?

    1.Peyton Hillis (keep the speculative play on Cleveland’s running game)
    2.Rashad Jennings (take a flier on MJD’s possible replacement in case of injury)
    3. Tashard Choice (talented but buried deep)

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @dirtdog: Season or week 1?

    @Calogero: I like Choice.

  35. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Do you see any glaring holes with my 5 person keeper? RB were about as short as a midget prom. We are in a PPR league with one flex position. Please let me know what you think and whether I need to loose someone and look for a replacement.

    QB Ryan, Matt (QB ATL)
    RB Forte, Matt (RB CHI)
    RB Moreno, Knowshon (RB DEN)
    WR Johnson, Andre (WR HOU)
    WR Colston, Marques (WR NO)
    WR White, Roddy (WR ATL)
    RB-WR McFadden, Darren (RB OAK)
    RB-WR Thomas, Pierre (RB NO)
    TE Gonzalez, Tony (TE ATL)
    DST Bengals (DST CIN)
    RES Bironas, Rob (K TEN)
    RES McGahee, Willis (RB BAL)
    RES Cutler, Jay (QB CHI)
    RES Naanee, Legedu (WR SD)
    RES Miller, Zach (TE OAK)
    RES Cassel, Matt (QB KC)
    RES Hightower, Tim (RB ARI)

  36. Doc

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    @Mr2Bits: Looks good. I would hold with what you have. There are of course a few iffy guys, but that’s impossible to get around. I’d give these guys some time. Lots of upside.

  37. Mr2Bits says:
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    Thanks Doc. I was a little iffy on not grabbing a backup D but figure I can play a match-up out on the bye week. No real reach I would say as my last 4 rounds went Hightower, Naanee, McGahee and Kicker. Surprised McGahee is getting no respect.

    Lets just hope Bush doesn’t show up and blow DMac out of the water as I couldn’t handcuff him unless I took him in round 6 of 12

  38. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Looking at this weeks match-up which two are you starting?

    Hightower
    P. Thomas
    Moreno
    McFadden

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mr2Bits: Pierre Thomas. If Wells is questionable I like Hightower against the Rams, but if not I’ll go with Moreno as long as he is starting.

  40. Trevor says:
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    I think that the man who becomes the “#1” in Seattle is Deon Butler. No reason why other than I’ve heard he is dazzling and very very fast.

    What do you think of this draft for a 10 team league. I drafted out of the 2nd slot.

    QB: Eli Manning
    RB: Frank Gore,
    RB: Steven Jackson
    WR: Calvin Johnson
    WR: Anquan Boldin
    TE: Kellen Winslow
    W/T: Steve Smith(Car)
    W/R: Hakeem Nicks
    W/R:Ricky Williams
    BN:Big Ben Rossleberger
    BN: Zach Miller
    BN:Micheal Bush
    BN:Darren Mcfadden
    BN:Clinton Portis
    BN:Deon Butler

  41. dirtdog says:
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    Portis or Donald brown ….season total?

  42. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Would you grab any of these defenses for a match-up this week?

    Titans
    Browns
    Broncos
    Falcons
    Chargers

  43. James says:
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    Okay, this is my annual money league, 16-team jumbo mama. And it’s pretty weird. QB, RB, RB, WR/TE, WR/TE, WR/TE, K, and a single IDP. Touchdown-heavy: Rush TD = 6, Rec TD = 5, Pass TD = 4. 3 points each for 300+ passing/100+ rushing/100+ receiving, no other yardage bonuses, no penalty for fumble/INTs. ANY way:

    QB: Cutler (#85 overall pick)/Henne (#150)
    RB: Benson (#12), B. Wells (#44), M. Bush (#127), F. Jackson (#159)
    WR: C. Johnson (#21), Marshall (#53), S. Smith – Carolina (#76), S. Moss (#118), B. Edwards (#182)
    K: Lindell/J. Brown
    IDP: L. Woodley

    Matt Ryan/Stafford went super early, whom I actually went in favoring over Cutler. But as the 19th QB off the board in a league where turnovers don’t matter.. well, thought you’d be pleased. Also love my WR depth. Just not sure who to start this week next to Megatron (if that’s still his official nickname)

  44. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Yeah, nice value for Cutler in that scoring for sure. Great value on Marshall. He’s an every week start. And Smith seems to be healed. Love your WRs. I think you have to go with Wells against STL even if he is questionable.

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