I have to say, during yesterday’s “Dress Like an Empty Seat Day” game in San Francisco, it dawned on me that if you were to do it all over again, I’m pretty sure David Johnson would be your number one overall pick. I’D DRAFT HIM AT BIRTH SON. Obviously, that was literal, but even if you take it figuratively, and probably you’d still go Antonio Brown, but who else is there? And to be fair, I think there were probably more question marks with Johnson than that of Todd Gurley entering the season, but what we’ve seen here is a perfect storm of Bruce Arian’s random play-calling, a passing attack that thinks consistency is a dirty word, and an unwillingness by the other team to do something as fundamental to football as tackling. And all of these things were on full display last night, starting with a first quarter that convinced me the game would end in a 0-0 tie. Granted, I think it became a watchable game after three hours of CBS promotions, but even by Thursday Night Football standards, it was pretty terrible. Are you ready to whine and moan about the quality of the game and everything associated with it it but still watch it every week? These are the tough questions folks. That being said, Jeremy Kerley became a thing. So I guess it’s 2012 again.

John Brown – 1 REC, 11 YDS. That’s the Brown we all know and love…

Larry Fitzgerald – 6 REC, 81 YDS, 2 TD. It kinda makes you wonder how Ryan Fitzpatrick got the Fitzmagic label. I’d blame Buffalo, but I couldn’t find any evidence that anyone actually lives there.

Michael Floyd – 1 TGTS. What do you think is wrong with Michael Floyd? He’s in a contract year, and should be, you know, at least trying. Now he’s getting out-snapped by Jaron Brown… I think it’s time to move on.

Blaine Gabbert – 18/31, 162 YDS, 5.2 AVG, 1 TD, 2 INT, 56.1 RTG and 10 CAR, 70 YDS, 7.0 AVG, 1 TD. Guys, I’m starting to think this Gabbert guy isn’t very good.

David Johnson – 27 CAR, 157 YDS, 5.8 AVG, 2 TD and 3 REC, 28 YDS, 9.3 AVG. You might think you were being lulled to sleep (or death) by Phil Simms and Jim Nantz… and then… JOHNSON IS INSIDE OF YOU! I have to say, this new Arians strategy of just giving the ball to Johnson every snap is really paying off. And I’d just like to point out that Rudy’s projections are getting pretty close. Granted, it’s a finicky thing; projections, but the Pigskinator called for him getting 27 CAR, 127 YDS, 4.7 AVG, 1 TD and 5 REC, 27 YDS, 5.7 AVG. It also called him being the second highest scoring running back, which seems like a safe bet…

Drew Stanton – 11/28, 124 YDS, 2 TD, 77.1 RTG and 2 CAR, -2 YDS. You guys know anyone who started Drew “Two TDs” Stanton? You know, the alternate universe I most want to live in is the one where Carson Palmer has never had a single injury. I wonder, how are Keenan Allen’s ACLs in this universe? Made out of adamantium, that’s for sure.

 

Final Thought

kaepafro

I wanna see Kaepernick in a golf visor. That would be f*cking epic…

  1. Steve D. says:
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    FLEX Jeremy Hill @ DAL, Ken Dixon vs WAS or Ryan Mathews @ DET in PPR this week?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve D.: I’m feeling Hill right now. Depends on Mathews’ reports.

  2. Dave says:
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    Who to start at QB this week I have Cousins in a tough matchup but could drop Bilal Powell who I don’t need for Sieman or Derek Anderson. Which of the 3 you think I should start?

    Thanks Jay!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: I still think Cousins is a better option, but I’d have to go Siemian then if he’s healthy.

  3. Scott says:
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    Just when Brock looks like he’s gonna prove he’s the worst QB in the league, Blaine Gabbert shows up.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Misery loves company!

  4. Zandy says:
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    with wentz as QB, would you send dalton for hurns? std league

    my WRs are Hopkins Alshon Floyd Woods
    I only need to start 2 WRs for the most part

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: I’m fine with that trade.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Jay: sent Dalton for JStew…. Felt like too much value to pass up

  5. David says:
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    Just got offered Matt Jones for Barnidge. My gut tells me execute. In a 10-team keeper league. Starting roster week 5

    QB1 Cam
    QB2 Ben
    RB1 Elliott
    RB2 Powell
    WR1 Julio
    WR2 cooper
    WR3 Demaryious
    TE Barnidge
    Flex1 kelvin
    Flex2 Shepard

    Bench: Langford, Rainey, Perkins, Morris, Smallwood, woods, Rudolph

    Have wentz on my practice squad and will need to drop to activate. Who do you recommend as a drop? I’m thinking Langford

    Also, an owner dropped duke Johnson. Being in real need of a viable #2 RB as well as my lack of depth on my bench I’m looking to add.

    With all this being said how would you recommend to execute. Make the deal? Plus a top 3 list of droppables for Wentz and Duke Johnson. Or should I pass on any of these transactions. Except for wentz. Looking like Cams a sit.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @David: Yeah, I’d do that deal. Langford is an okay drop there, there’s no one really else there to drop, so…

      So make the deal, and I might go for Duke over Morris. I know he’s a handcuff, but I’m not sure how much value he’d have with starter snaps.

      • David says:
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        Thanks. I agree on Langford. I’m very hesitant to drop Morris because of how fragile my RB corp is and he has good averages w/ his touches. It is a FAAB league so rough % of FAAB would you say? I have 68/100 left. I’m anticipating he will be sought after but I don’t want to diminish my buying power so early.

        What are your thoughts on Perkins & Smallwood then?

        If my droppable list from your perspective at this point is:
        1. Langford
        2. Morris
        3. ????

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @David: Check with our FAAB guy, but I think you have the correct order there. I’d probably go small, Duke isn’t critical to your success.

        • David says:
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          OK new development. Trade partner is willing to deal with either Matt Jones or Howard.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @David: Oh, okay, nice!

  6. a bag of sand says:
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    10t ppr
    drop t coleman for k dixon or deandre washignton?

  7. Billy bob says:
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    Hey man! .5 ppr league my RBs are David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Jordan Howard, Derrick Henry & Dwayne Washington.

    Are you hanging onto Dwayne Washington or dropping him for any of these available RBs? Smallwood, Zenner, Joique bell, josh ferguson, mccluster, Gillislee, Paul Perkins, Rawls, Alfred Morris.

    Next, what’s going on with karlos Williams ? I heard he was reinstated but so far no team has signed him yet & the bills canceled their work out w/ Williams is he non fantasy relevant this season? I thought for sure a team like lions, panthers, would sign him due to their injuries or even the jags with them not being able to rush. He must be out of shape

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Billy bob: I’m holding out of those names. I think Williams is not relevant, yeah.

  8. William Hung says:
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    Dez is out Sunday – do I roll the dice with Brice Butler or stay with Chris Hogan – it’s a flip of the coin either way, but I was wondering where to roll. An angry Tom Brady always leads to a ton of production and Edelman + Gronk are looking to be less than 100%

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: Probably going Butler, but you make a good point there with Hogan. It’s close.

  9. Rami says:
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    0.5 PPR League
    Kelvin Benjamin and Terrance West for Antonio Brown

    Is this a fair trade? The league is trying to veto it and wanted an outside opinion

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah it’s fair in PPR, questionable at most, and I’d rather have Brown, but I don’t think it’s crazy.

  10. William Hung says:
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    Are podcasts out on Saturdays going forward? I need my fix!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: Not sure on this one, I have heavy allergies right now, and the quality would be terrible. We’ll see though.

  11. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Jay, PPR, whatcha think about Crowell and Hopkins for Demaryius Thomas, T Coleman and Hunter Henry?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PhilOssieB: I want the DT side, but it’s close.

  12. Brian says:
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    Am I crazy for thinking of playing D Washington over Lamar Miller. Minnesota is very tough against the run and I really believe that Washington could explode this weekend and possibly make Murray an after thought. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

    Ty

    • William Hung says:
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      @Brian: With the volume Miller gets, he’s going to get points with room for more. Washington is a lotto ticket like the other Washington was last week before he got hurt.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brian: A little bit, I think you still go with the star here. I would say though, if the rest of your team is steady, it might be worth the risk.

  13. William Hung says:
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    Here is my lineup for this week (pending a trade that might get vetoed):

    QB – Wentz
    RB – Matt Jones, DeAndre Washington
    WR – AJ Green, DeVante Parker, Randall Cobb
    TE – Greg Olsen
    FLEX – Chris Hogan
    K – McManus
    DEF – Minny

    The pending trade is me sending Wentz and Cobb for Stafford and Landry.

    Viable Bench – Charles Sims, Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings

    I feel like I am rolling out my optimal lineup right now unless Sims practices tomorrow. Sims over Matt Jones is my move and Hogan stays at the FLEX.

    Is it me or have an obscene amount of practice injuries happen the past 2 days?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: No clue why that would get a veto. Those seem good. And yeah, the injuries are piling up.

  14. Brian says:
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    Would you trade Djax and Howard for Hopkins ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brian: Yeah, I would.

  15. Shivdaddy says:
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    The only trade rule we have is no collusion, there is no voting on trades. 10 team league, standard scoring.

    The league commissioner and his dad made the following trade:

    Rams DST for Demarious Thomas

    I rose a stink and he changed it to

    Rams DST for Jarvis Landry

    I still think this trade is BS. Does anyone think this trade is legit?

    Please please give me some opinions guys!

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Shivdaddy: Lol, that actually is not legit.

      • Shivdaddy says:
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        @Jay:

        So the guy who traded FOR the D is out of Waiver Moves for the week, meaning he cant get a D unless he trades for one. I think the trade is still BS, although a tad better than previously thought.

        With that caveat is the trade ok?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Shivdaddy: I mean, look, I don’t think it’s super crazy, but I haven’t seen anything like that in all the leagues I’ve played in.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Jay: what he isn’t mentioning is the amount of crazy of anybody sane that would’ve come out in a competitive league had that been allowed.

  16. the imp says:
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    PPR trade from yesterday vetoed….
    my Crabtree/Gio/Ertz
    for Ingram/Brady/Graham
    Was uneven enough that I should just accept the veto fairly quietly?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @the imp: I think it’s close enough. It’s definitely not crazy.

      • the imp says:
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        @Jay: Waiting for the commish to explain. Would be first veto since we got rid of the autoveto for any two owners complaining. In our current system their is a button for them cats to put in their two cents. Part of the problem is our league thinks QB is more important than it is…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @the imp: Yeah, goofy stuff, I think it’s totally rational here for this deal to go through.

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @the imp: Vetoing trades is pathetic.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Chicken Dinner: in general but look just above first.

  17. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Jay! Witten or Pitta this weekend in a full point ppr? Also, should I roll with Fuller in my flex against Minny or go Gio or Dorsett instead? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jerry: Thinking Witten and Gio seems okay in PPR, Fuller otherwise I think.

  18. Alex Prado says:
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    tannehill vs Tennessee or Prescott vs Cinci….standard scoring for QB’s….I have prescott..tannehill is on the wire…I have nobody to drop but maybe Prescott which I don’t really want to…Brees is my other QB on a bye.

    • Alex Prado says:
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      @Alex Prado: Hoyer vs Indy is also on the wire

  19. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Half pt PPR – who you got ROS: Gates or Julius Thomas?

    Thanks!

  20. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in that deep as shit IDP 20 team dynasty, i’ve lost tons of CB’s in last 3 or so weeks (got breeland/hall in IR slots). x.howard MIA now out for year likely, benwikere cut by CAR, i had used verrett and flowers lately too and figured this would be your area of SD expertise. who’s playing CB at SD now other than hayward (owned)? gotta think this guy is being thrown at. i added clailborne DAL and maxwell MIA (the guy soooo bad he was benched, which is good since he’ll be thrown at). need a 3rd and thinking SD might be a good spot with it’s starters out.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: hayward had put up some sick point totals too but that was when he was least experienced starter, now he’s MOST likely.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, Hayward did okay actually. I think he’s interesting, but there are sure to be some growing pains.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Jay: i can’t get hayward, he’s owned, who you think is 2nd CB now with flowers still out and verrett out season.

  21. Standing With Kap says:
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    10 team Half PPR I got offer S. Sheppard for my R. Matthews. I have elliot, crowell, and riddick at RB. my WR are Baldwin, Pryor, Beasly, and Cobb. What do you think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Standing With Kap: Yeah, I think it’s fair and you could probably use Shep.

  22. Zandy says:
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    So my waiver worked and I got DWash… And now someone just dropped JStew….. Ugh wish I had that waiver right about now!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Man, a lot of talent laying out and about…

  23. Dan says:
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    Do you think Ryan Mathews has any actual chance at success this week, or would you rather take a chance on Bobby Rainey, Chris Thompson, Josh Ferguson, Asiata? This is a 12 team ppr league?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dan: Out of that group, I’m still probably going Mathews if the reports remain okay.

  24. Jerry says:
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    Jay, do you think Gates is worth a pickup? Reports are he may be back this week. I already have Witten and Pitta. Or just hold with those two guys? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jerry: I would pick him up now, yeah.

  25. Old Dirty says:
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    Make any swaps? Standard league

    Qb rivers
    Rb Miller
    Rb McCoy
    Wr ty Hilton
    Wr odb
    Wr Edelman
    Te witten
    Bench – e. Sanders, newton, Floyd, Tate, ware, duke johnson

    Free agents – Henry, sproles, Powell, Smallwood, Wallace, enunwa, t. Williams

    Thanks !

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Old Dirty: I would do Floyd for Enunwa.

  26. Old Dirty says:
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    Thoughts on my rb situation? Waiting on news on sims and Jennings

    12 man 1/2 point-keeper
    Qb Ryan
    Rb sims, freeman
    Wr ab, Evans
    Te witten
    Bench – Russell Wilson. Ware, Jennings, t. Benjamin. K. Benjamin, Sheppard

    We get a fine if we don’t start a RB. Wait till Sunday and drop ware if both are hurt ?
    I’ve been unsuccessful with trades.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Old Dirty: I have a similar situation, I think you should wait as long as you can, and if you have to, drop Jennings I think.

      • Old Dirty says:
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        @Jay:

        One owner has a lot of rbs (lacy, bell, forte, Crowell, Artemis-Payne, ivory) and only Edelman and Julio at Wr

        He needs a Te and has to drop someone because he has eifert and graham at Te

        Would you trade kelvin benjamin for lacy?
        K. Benjamin for Crowell

        Any ideas for a trade ? He won’t do Shepard for Crowell

        Thanks

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Old Dirty: Man, that seems like an overpay, but your roster could use that upgrade. Then again, I would have taken Shepard there, so this team may just be hard to deal with.

          • Old Dirty says:
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            @Jay:
            I agree on the overpay. His best offer was forte or Crowell and eifert for k. Benjamin .

            I’d have to drop Jennings or t. Benjamin to make that work .

            Worth it ? And who would you prefer forte or Crowell?

            • Old Dirty says:
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              @Old Dirty:

              Don’t mean to be a pain, but it looks like my question mighT have been missed. I was debating this trade and wanted your opinion . As always , thanks for
              All your help .

  27. Taco Bell says:
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    Greetings jay!

    .5 ppr league:

    WR question drop my Tajae sharpe for either; Sammie Coates, Inman, Terrence Williams, brice butler, agholor, or look to stash Corey Coleman?

    My WRs; Hopkins, ty Hilton, Shepard, fuller, Chris hogan, sharpe

    IR: moncrief
    IR: Watkins

    We start 3 WRs, also have a flex too

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Taco Bell: I’d pick up Butler to see if last week was legit.

  28. Who am I says:
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    In a 12 team 0.5 ppr league.

    1) would you rather have McCoy, Langford, and agholor or Forte, Fuller, and Bernard?

    2) would you rather have Murray and Brady or Forte, Howard, and Stafford?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Who am I: Forte side for 1 and Murray side on 2.

  29. Jeff says:
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    start marvin jones jr or pryor in ppr?

    • Jeff says:
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      @Jeff:
      the guy im playing also has pats D

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jeff: Going the Jones there. Pryor is intriguing though.

  30. The Harrow says:
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    14 team league where i’m 4-0. sounding like gates is going to play, assuming i can wait on this (both uzomah/rico rodgers don’t play early, nor does SD), have eifert in IR slot, and henry (which has worked out well so far), if gates does play dump henry for uzomah/rico/wick?

    2. also have t.smith to drop. could go the bench player route in any of coates/kearse/quick/lee (WR 6) or ivory/starks/gillislee (have mccoy)/the butler/zenner (RB 7, but i have CAP), or grab one of those above TE’s and hold henry in case gates does play, but gets hurt AGAIN, which would REALLY up henry’s value.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: I’d say maybe for Uzomah, but this may come gametime. Sometimes Gates just plays as a decoy if he’s not 100%.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: I’d do Smith for Ivory, just to see what happens.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Jay: so sounding like hold and play henry, drop smith for ivory. this is a situation where even if it hurts me this week it doesn’t matter as much.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @The Harrow: i do remember those awful gates decoy games, i owned him and started him during those before.

  31. William Hung says:
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    @Jay – Are you into metrics for football as Grey is for Baseball? Example, today over at Numberfire someone asked about starting Derek Anderson this week if they have Matthew Stafford. Numberfire stated that Anderson should be a good play this week and outperform Stafford based on a metric called NEP that measures efficiency. Wanted to know your thoughts on this as if my trade goes through, I’ll be getting Stafford.

    Should I roll with Stafford v. Eagles, or go with Derek Anderson as recommended by numberfire. Or go with Hoyer, who is another popular streamer this week.

      • William Hung says:
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        @What’s a Drexl?: So are you saying I need to find a replacement for Stafford this week? I took a look at the link and the Eagles are highly ranked so that supports the argument to bench him against the Eagles. Best available on my wire are: Brian Hoyer, Dax Prescott, Derek Anderson, and Paxton Lynch

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: Oh yeah, totally. I’ve always been a big analytics guy in both sports. Football is generally really erratic, but the exploration of it, and seeing the results is still pretty rewarding.

      In fact, Rudy’s Pigskinator is analytics based.

      That being said, I’m probably not trusting Anderson there.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: would you go Hoyer this week?

  32. Hammer toes says:
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    Huge trade on the table– I give Sheppard, Corey Coleman, Smallwood plus rd 1 pick for brees, kelce, Dez bryant rd 9 pick. I’m 3 1 and built to win this year. 16 team ppr keeper league. I will still have marshall, emmanual Sanders, Randall cobb and John brown at Wr. My only ‘weakness’ is at TE and qb– tyrod and ebron . I’m also loaded at rb. Would you pull the trigger? Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Hammer toes: I’d do it if you are going for it. Flags fly forever.

  33. Nick says:
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    Morning Jay – it looks like your boy Gates will attempt to play Sunday. I grabbed Henry to fill-in for Graham…do I snag R. Rogers now and play him or wait it out until Sunday to see if Gates sits? Its a 12-team with not much TE waiver depth (beyond Rogers, there is Tye, Green, Doyle, Clay)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: Wait one more day, he sometimes is used as a decoy if he’s not 100%.

  34. Pete says:
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    For flex in PPR I was hoping to play Sims but the situation looks risky. Would you play Powell, Ryan Mathews, or Smallwood? Or try and grab Rodgers as a fill in on Monday if Sims is out at game time?

    Also, are your rankings and Rudy’s rankings assuming 4 or 6 points for passing TD’s by QB’s?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pete: Maybe Mathews there. I believe they assume 4 point TDs, standard scoring all across.

  35. Joe t says:
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    Cam newton out who do I drop for a qb only keep 1 league

    Smallwood
    Lat Murray
    Corey Coleman
    Antonio gates
    Watkins
    Sims
    Terrance west

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Joe t: I’d say you’d have to drop Corey Coleman unless he was going to be your one keep.

      • Joe t says:
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        @Jay: I drafted him 9th round possible keeper

        • Jay

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          @Joe t: Then the only other name I can think of it Smallwood.

  36. Brian says:
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    Jay I’m considering trying to move Melvin Gordon i am very concerned over his past 2 games of below 50 yds without the tds owners would be in trouble. Im in need at wr can you give me a few you would try and target for Gordon. Ty ty

    • Jay

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      @Brian: I’d try for Hopkins, seems like a good match. Gotta go for that tier where you can get some potential at low cost.

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