Did you see that punt return trick play by Chicago (that was called back for no apparent reason)?! Or that TD catch by Kevin Walter that pin-balled its way to him?! Or that 70 yard TD run by Run DMC?! Or that leaping TD grab by Larry Fitzgerald over two defenders? Or Tom Brady throwing 4 interceptions in one game (which happened to total the amount he threw all last season)!? And all that other stuff that was so awesome!!? Yeah, it was a fun Sunday in the NFL, as usual. Here are some fantasy related observations for you to chew on and spit out.

Wes Welker: Dubya Dubya had a fantasy day for the PPR ages. 20 targets, 16 receptions, 217 yards and 2 touchdowns are what PPR dreams are made of. That and scrappiness. This Patriots offense is too good and their defense is too bad for you not to covet their top players. And Welker will continue to be the go to guy.

Kenny Britt: All indications are that Kenny Britt tore a whole slew of CL’s. He’s most likely done for the season which is just craptastic news for you, his devoted fake football owner. Nate Washington has stepped up so far this season and if he’s available is a must add.

Michael Vick: (EDIT: It is now being reported that his hand is NOT broken and that he is day to day) He was getting the hell beat out of him and didn’t look good at all and then he broke his hand and left the game. It looks like he may be out until after their week 7 bye so Mike Kafka or Vince Young will be in line to start, but knowing Andy Reid he could easily throw Ron Jaworski out there for the heck of it.  Vince Young fits this offense better than Kafka right now. I’m leaning his way for upside, but it’s a bit of a crapshoot. There will be a whole lot of blah, blah, yackity, yackity about all of this and hopefully we’ll get some idea of what is going to happen, but we may not.

Stevan Ridley: I know there are some people out there still hanging onto Ridley and I commend you! It’s still early, but he showed some signs of life and I truly believe he’s going to keep getting work and is better than Green-Ellis. He was in the game during some critical moments of the game and didn’t disappoint. He had 7 carries for 44 yards and 1 reception for 8. Compare that to BJGE’s 9 carries for 16 yards and you have to scratch your chin and slide your glasses on to take a better look. And then realize that is a fact, Jack.

Cam Newton: I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed in his fantasy numbers, but in the middle of a torrential downpour he managed to not turn the ball over, run for a few yards and toss a touchdown. And not that it matters, but he did win. I’m still on the bandwagon. He’s not always going to be 100% accurate, but he’s going to move the ball and make shizz happen.

Torrey Smith: He really can only go down from here. His first three receptions were touchdowns, but each one decreased in yardage, and then he started catching balls that didn’t go for touchdowns and then he got hurt. He’s done.  Well, maybe not done, but don’t expect a three touchdown game for a long long time. This is a good start and hopefully it will lead to more snaps, but he’s still a work in progress. I’m not throwing a #1 waiver wire away on him.

Calvin Johnson: It’s hard not to believe Megatron is the best receiver in the league. He’s unstoppable. I suppose this Matthew Stafford fella helps him out, but he makes catches look easy that are not easy. Be happy that he’s on your team.

Frank Gore: Gore sprained his ankle and had to leave the Bengals game, but looked like crap on a stick before that anyway.  He says he might not be able to go next week so Kendall Hunter is a must pickup.

Jermichael Finley: JerMike went off for 3 touchdowns against the Bears. We knew it would happen, but didn’t know the exact date and time. He was my #1 TE in preseason and he remains my #1 TE now.  The only trouble is that Rodgers can give whoever he wants a big game and Finley might not get three touchdowns a game. That makes me sad.

Ryan Mathews: I try not to toot my horn too often (I hear it makes you go blind), but I believed this would be his breakout game and it was! Yeaaa me! He had 149 total yards and 2 touchdowns. He was given 25 touches compared to Tolbert’s 7 so it looks like we have a changing of the guard. I’m not tossing Tolbert out just yet though. Mathews is known for getting injured, but Mathews is the better player and has more upside.

Lance Moore: Finally my man Moore is healthy! He had 9 targets and caught each one for 88 yards and a touchdown. He fits this offense well and Brees trusts him probably more than any other receiver. They should continue to put up good PPR numbers together.

Jeremy Maclin: The Eagles are hurting right now and Maclin is a big loss with an injured hamstring. He couldn’t come back into the game and most likely will be out at least next week. Steve Smith should see an uptick and targets.

Darren Sproles: This guy just keeps putting up numbers. I admit I’ve been overlooking him. Of course now that I’m not he’ll put up a string of crap games, but maybe not. He’s averaging 7 receptions and 76 yards a game, including a couple touchdowns.  I’m not completely sold that he’ll keep up this kind of pace, but he’s looked very good so far.

Victor Cruz: Cruz had a huge game with Mario Manningham out and he did it against a stout pass defense. Three receptions for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at. And who sneezes at stuff anyway? With Manningham most likely back, Cruz will be relegated back to 3rd WR duty and that’s not what you want, but he’s worth a look see at least.

Sidney Rice: I love me some Sid Rice, but sadly he started the season hurt and on a team that is painful to watch due to their ineptitude slash horridness. Amazingly Rice came back this week and put up a decent stat line, going over 100 yards on 8 receptions. Tarvaris Jackson at least was smart enough to give him 10 targets. They won’t face the Cardinals’ poor pass defense every week, but if he keeps getting his targets he has the ability to be a useful fake football type player.

Early Waiver Wire Wonders to Wonder About:

QB: Vince Young, Mike Kafka, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Sanchez

RB: Kendall Hunter, Bernard Scott, Stevan Ridley,

WR: Nate Washington, Lance Moore, Denarius Moore, Eric Decker, Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Victor Cruz, Dane Sanzenbacher,

TE: Ed Dickson, Brandon Pettigrew, Scott Chandler

D/ST: Tampa Bay (at home vs. Indy), Minnesota (at KC)


  1. ringo says:

    So should I drop Deji Karim for Stevan Ridley in my 16 team league?

    RBs are Ray Rice/ Ahmad Bradshaw/ Beanie Wells/ Bernard Scott/ Deji Karim

    Thank You

  2. Doc

    Doc says:

    @ringo: I would

  3. ringo says:

    hey man thanks for all the info, advice, and direct help… i am pretty new to this site and just very happy since i found it… asking a question and getting a direct answer, let alone as quick as u guys do it is really sublime… god bless

  4. Quiet Desperator says:

    Look at this unbeatable team I drafted . . .

    QB Phillip Rivers
    WR Hakeem Nicks
    WR Dez Bryant
    WR Kenny Britt
    RB Adrian Peterson
    RB Tim Hightower
    FLEX Darren Sproles (return yardage counts)
    TE Jason Witten

    . . . I am now 0-3.

  5. TheRealTaz says:

    Any news on McFadden’s injury? Heard he was downplaying it. I own the guy, is Taiwan Jones worth an add? (Bush is owned.)

  6. Frank says:

    I dropped sidney but we’ll see if the sea-chickens will be able to put up numbers… =P

  7. jmkobus says:

    Thinking about accepting this trade
    I give Eli Manning and Wes Welker
    Rodgers, Hester, and LT.
    He has Tom Brady cause he drafted 2 QBs for some reason.
    But Hester and LT will be at best flex plays for me though.
    WR – Welker,Marshall, Wallace – Bess, Jacoby Ford, Amendola
    RB – Foster, Gore, Wells, Delone Carter
    Thinking about seeing if he will go for Marshal instead of Welker.

  8. Mike says:

    I have Marcedes Lewis and Fred Davis in a 12 team league. I also have Cedric Benson. Would you drop Lewis to pick up Bernard Scott for Benson’s suspension? I also have Austin Collie: would he be a better drop?

  9. trick dad says:

    drop sims-walker for ridley? rams offense seems too spread and unusable at this point.

  10. Wilsonian says:

    Wondering your opinion on what you would do here. It’s a 12 team 0.5 PPR (2 player keeper). I lost my big keeper in JC and we don’t have an IR spot, so he’s just a dead body on my roster. Anyway, here’s the team:

    QB: Ryan
    WR: Wayne
    WR: DJax
    WR: Meachem
    RB: FJax
    RB: LT
    TE: Davis
    W/R: Decker
    BN: Flacco
    BN: Moreno
    BN: Hunter
    BN: M.Thomas
    BN: AHer
    BN: JC – IR

    Is Moreno droppable for someone like Ridley, or should I hang on to him in hopes that the guy who played the last 3 or 4 games of the season last year shows up? Or do I NEED to trade a WR for an RB? If so, who would you deal?

  11. Wilsonian says:

    Oh, and I just want to bitch here:

    1) I sure am glad I kept CJ over DMC or McCoy.

    2) I sure am glad I played Starks yesterday.

  12. Project_badass says:


    Drop Collie, Gibson, McGahee, or Tolbert for Hunter, Ridley, Steve Smith (PHI), Victor Cruz or Torrey Smith?

    Drop Dallas Clark for Pettigrew?

  13. poop says:

    My team is

    s johnson
    aj green,moss.spiller,scott,e moore,ford,antonio brown,karim.

    DYnasty – 6 pts per passing td, stranded scoring otherwise.

    GOt offered big ben roddy white and bowe for stafford best and aj green


  14. genghis chone says:

    PPR, down 15 this week, with a RB/WR slot left. If he’s active, should I start Dez Bryant tonight? Also have Felix Jones and Tim Hightower.

  15. Matt says:

    I have Moreno and McGahee, any idea which will be the lead back and if either are droppable at this point. I’m a tad weak at RB, so I cant afford to drop a serviceable back but also can’t afford to keep both.

  16. Wilsonian says:

    Also, better backup to Jermichael: AHer or Keller?

  17. Angela Mia (Nests Are Best) says:

    Read this on my smart phone last night but it wouldn’t let me post. This made for a great bedtime read, just wanted to say thanks. I might still win my week but my opponent had Darren McFadden with epic points. Can’t be mad, he was a thing of beauty yesterday, no?

  18. Joel says:


    I have Tate in non-ppr. If u were me, would u trade mendy for Foster straight up?

  19. The Vaporizers says:

    Who do you want for the rest of the season? CJ Spiller or Stevan Ridley? I’m leaning Ridley since Fred Jackson has been tearing it up.

  20. Child Please says:

    .5 PPR

    1) Drop Lance Kendricks for Dickson?

    2) Drop Bess or Collie for LaFelle, Cruz, Steve Smith (PHI), or Torrey Smith?

    3) Drop Ringer or Lynch for Ridley?

  21. Turtle says:

    Who would you drop in a 12 team standard league: Brandon Gibson or MSW?

    On one hand, since I would only be using either one for a matchup play, I would lean towards whoever has more upside, which I tend to think is MSW. But I’ve owned him in the past and this seems vintage ‘him’ where he goes big for 3-4 games on the year and disappears for the rest. SSDD.


  22. Random Collmenter says:

    if britt is out, would you pick up lance moore or nate washington? thx.

  23. Mungfisher says:

    I’m thinking its time to trade McGahee. What level WR or QB do you think I can get in return? More from Moreno owner?

  24. Gavin says:

    12 team standard. 2 WR’s and a WR/TE flex spot. I have Fitz, Dez Bryant, Burress, McCluster and Brandon Gibson. Would you use a top waiver claim on Nate Washington? I don’t think he’s worth it as I think the latter 3 are probably in the same tier.

  25. Matt says:

    Is Pierre Thomas worth owning? I have Jones-Drew, Tolbert, Moreno, Megahee, and just picked up Kendall Hunter, and would never play more than 2 RB’s in a week? Thanks

  26. Doc

    Doc says:

    @TheRealTaz: So far it seems that he’ll be ok, but it’s worth monitoring.

    @Frank: Yeah, he’ll most likely be inconsistent.

    @jmkobus: I hate Hester with a fire from the bowels of the earth, but you need a QB.

    @Mike: Either would work. I’d drop Lewis for now.

    @trick dad: Yeah

    @Wilsonian: Ouch. That’s a tough call. I’d probably get Ridley since you need some home run picks right now.

    @Project_badass: I’d drop Collie for Hunter.

    @poop: Don’t like it for you at all.

    @genghis chone: YEah, I think Dez gives you the best shot at 15 if he’s active.

    @Matt: Moreno was supposedly still hurting, but it’s McGahee’s job right now. I can see dropping Moreno for the right guy.

    @Wilsonian: Close. Would lean Keller.

    @Angela Mia (Nests Are Best): He is a bad ass

  27. MJD Took A Knee says:

    12T NonPPR QB/2RB/2WR/TE/Flex

    QB: Stafford – Eli
    RB: AP – Gore – Starks – Ingram – McGahee
    WR: Wallace – Manningham – Burleson – L.Moore
    TE: Gronk

    I have a hatred of Burleson since I started him over Moore and I would have won by a point. But now after thinking I was good at RB it feels like a crapshoot. I would like to pick up K.Hunter or B.Scott but do you think it is a good idea to drop Burleson for one of them? (Using waiver#7) Burleson is not the black Wes Welker. Why did he have to say that so I end up starting him.

    Thank you again

  28. Jon says:

    Drop Moreno for Grant?

    My other RBs are Blount, D Thomas and B Scott

  29. Joel says:


    Should I trade mendy for Arian in my non-ppr, given that I have tate?

  30. theguarantee says:

    Looking to buy-low on Moreno. Is giving up Meachem in a 16-team .5 PPR league too much? I haven’t started Meach yet and probably won’t, especially once Colston comes back.

    And is trying to get Moreno completely useless at this point?

  31. okerix says:

    Got a crazy trade proposed to me:
    I give Maclin and FitzPatrick and I get Foster and Cutler

    my current team:
    QB: Romo, Fitzpatrick
    RB: Gore, Best, Tate, Wells, Tolbert
    WR: Bowe, M Williams (TB), Dez Bryant, Maclin
    TE: Finley

    I was leaning toward no because Fitz has been on fire and well Foster worrys me. Now news came out about Maclin hurting his Hammy so thinking about accepting it now. Can I survive on just those 3 WR’s?

  32. rascal says:

    somehow I am 1-2 with this team (start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 2 Flex)

    Stafford, Ryan
    DMC, Mendenhall, Ingram, Moreno, McGahee, Stewart
    LLoyd, Holmes, Steve Johnson, Manningham, Harvin

    I think I need to make a trade to improve my RBs…who should I target? I would target CJ but he scares me…or is that the point of buying low?

  33. schlitzy says:

    What are your thoughts on mendy as a trade target? Wallace for mendy if my other wide out is andre johnson (backed up with lance and denarius moore and dave nelson)?

  34. Joel says:

    Hey Doc,

    In my non-ppr league, i can trade Tate to get Foster. I have to do that right? I wasnt planning on starting tate this week vs steelers anyway. My other rbs are mendy, law firm, ingram, bernard scott and kendall hunter.

  35. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Matt: Probably not

    @Gavin: I’d drop Gibson for him

    @Mungfisher: Hard to say, but I’d target a team with thin RBs for sure. He at least seems safer than some RBs. And I’d probably go for someone like Ingram if possible.

    @Random Collmenter: Washington

    @Turtle: True, but I’d still drop Gibson.

    @Child Please: Drop Kendricks, Collie for Smith and Lynch for Ridley

    @The Vaporizers: Tough call, but I agree

    @Joel: I would

  36. Sam says:

    would you drop dallas clark for owen daniels?

  37. Derrick says:

    Schaub for Vick. Who wins?

  38. Ryan says:

    Trying to upgrade my wr in a 16 team league. Who do you think i need to pair with tate to get a guy like nicks or d jax?

    QB Vick
    RB Forte Bradshaw Tate Karim
    WR Boldin Nelson Ocho Moore
    TE Finley Davis

  39. cockyphoenix says:

    losing my patience with Clark. Is he really worth keeping at this point?

  40. Doc

    Doc says:

    @MJD Took A Knee: Tough call. I do think Burls ceiling is capped with Young showing well, but he is still in a great offense and will get targets. I worry that your WR bench will be too thin.

    @Jon: Yeah

    @okerix: I think it’s worth it. Fitz will have trouble once the weather gets crappier in Buffalo. Maclin should be ok, but with Tate and Foster you have a top 10 RB.

    @rascal: I think you need to give it a little more time. Sucks, I know.

    @theguarantee: It might be, but there’s always a chance. That would be fair if you want to give it a go. McGahee isn’t very good.

    @Joel: Yep

    @schlitzy: I think he’s an ok buy low, but don’t think giving up Wallace is buying low there.

  41. Randy says:

    Well I think I’m going to drop Kendricks. Hernandez is my starter. Hope he’s back soon. I’m deciding between Ed Dickson and James Casey. I’m leaning Casey. Texans play Pitt this week and I see Schaub throwing a lot.. but I can also see Dickson getting a lot against the Jets too.
    Any thoughts?

  42. Doc

    Doc says:

    @cockyphoenix: Mostly no

    @Ryan: Not seeing a good combo there without giving up Boldin, Bradshaw or Finley.

    @Derrick: The way Vick is getting beat up Schaub is safer, but it’s close.

    @Sam: Yeah

  43. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Randy: Dickson is safer. He’s been getting consistent targets.

  44. MVP says:

    10 Team, 1 PPR league. 6 pts per return TD and 1 pt for every 50 return yards

    Is it too early to drop DeAngelo Willams? Who should I drop him for: Decker, Denarius Moore, Meachum, Branch, Denario Alexander, Burleson, Antonio Brown.

    My RB and WR situation is:

    RB – Rice, Gore, Blount, Williams, Starks, Hunter

    WR – Nicks, Mike Williams (TB), Manningham


  45. BAM says:

    Hey Doc,

    I’m in a bind here. My team, on paper, looks good but not putting up the points I thought they would. I’m in a 12-team, .5 PPR league w/ 15 man rosters.

    QB – Cam Newton, Eli Manning
    RB – Gore/Hunter, Hillis/Hardesty, Ingram/Thomas
    WR – Roddy White, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith (Car), David Nelson
    TE – Dustin Keller
    K – Henery
    Def – Rotating

    It’s an understatement to say that Gore has disappointed thus far. Making it worse, my WR group, which was supposed to be my bread and butter, hasn’t put it all together for me yet. I’m holding out hope that Ingram will eventually step it up or that NO trades Thomas to Seattle or something so that he can produce.

    Anyway, would you recommend any trades/waiver moves or just sit tight?



  46. Anna says:

    now that jacoby ford is coming back,should i take him or keep d.moore

  47. DFresh says:

    Any worries of a Rex Grossman-like dump out of Grossman tonight? I’m up 8 and have to decide between Grossman and Romo against Hightower. All but decided on Grossman but him showing his true colors scares me almost as much as Romo getting knocked out.

  48. Lubey says:

    Hey Chet,

    1. Amendola or Nate Washington ROY, 1 PPR? My other receivers are Wallace, Manningham, Thomas and Collie.

    2. So in one of my leagues my team is up 3 points and I have the Cowboys D tonight. The guy Im playing has no one left. My roommate said it would “weasely” to bench my D but I thinks its a smart move. The Jets D got negative points yesterday so my thinking is that you never know. What do you think? Bench or play?


  49. Random Collmenter says:

    drop percy or david nelson for nate washington?

  50. Barker says:

    DEz or Fred davis tonight

  51. Johno says:

    Hey Doc,

    What do you think about Chris Johnson as a buy-low?

    I have Mendy, Best, Hightower, Megatron, Williams (TB), Boldin, Branch, Nate Washington.

    What about something involving Mendy for Chris Johnson?

  52. Random Collmenter says:

    .5 PPR league btw

  53. Timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: Hi, which OAK WR do you prefer for the remainder of the season: D.Moore or J.Ford? And Are both worth owning/stashing?


  54. Timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: 10-team,.5ppr (3WR+flex)

  55. robert says:

    @Doc- Who do you think is the better WR this season: Lloyd os Smith(Car)? Thinking about packaging one of them with Tate or Fred Jackson for MJD. Other team is in bad shape at WR.

  56. DDT says:


    I’ve been offered my choice of Miles Austin or S. Smith (CAR) for Fitz, who serves as my backup in a 2 QB league. My other WRs are V-Jax, Dez, B. Marshall, and Jordy Nelson. Do I make the trade? Which WR should I take?

  57. Doc

    Doc says:

    @DDT: Tough call. I like the trade, but his value is pretty high right now in a 2 QB league. I would want Austin there if you feel you are ok at QB.

    @robert: Close call there. But I think I like Smith.

    @Timmy riggins: I like Moore. In a 10 teamer I’d just keep Moore.

    @Johno: That would be fair. He is still a buy low, but he has looked bluh. I don’t think his skills have just gone away though.

    @Random Collmenter: I’d drop Nelson.

    @Lubey: I’d go with nate

    @Anna: I’m leaning Moore

    @BAM: I’d see if you can dump Hillis for another RB.

  58. Vinny M. says:

    Hey Doc. In a 10 team PPR. I have the following players

    WR’s- Bowe, Lloyd, Harvin, Ochocinco, McCluster(RB/WR if needed).
    RB’s-McFadden, F. Jackson, Green-Ellis.
    TE’s-Whitten, both Pats Gronkowski, Hernandez.
    QB’s-Brady, Fitzpatrick.

    *Available WRs-Meachem, Manningham, Decker, D. Nelson, M. Floyd.
    *Available RBs-B. Scott, E. Graham, P. Thomas.

    Please recommend if there are some basic Add/Drop transactions that makes sense.
    I greatly appreciate your time. Thank You!!!

  59. Vinny M. says:

    Hey Doc. In a 10 team PPR. I have the following players

    WR’s- Bowe, Lloyd, Harvin, Ochocinco, McCluster(RB/WR if needed).
    RB’s-McFadden, F. Jackson, Green-Ellis.
    TE’s-Whitten, both Pats Gronkowski, Hernandez.
    QB’s-Brady, Fitzpatrick.

    *Available WRs-Meachem, Manningham, Decker, D. Nelson, M. Floyd.
    *Available RBs-B. Scott, E. Graham, P. Thomas.

    Please recommend if there are some basic Add/Drop transactions that makes sense.
    I greatly appreciate your time. Thank You!!!

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