Two things were on my mind entering last night’s Thursday Night Football game: First, why are the Chargers wearing a new shade of blue? Second, what soul shattering way would the Chargers lose this week? And if there was a third thing, then I probably would have wondered which Chargers player would get the weekly season-ending injury. But let’s just handle the first two here since no one died last night, besides my liver. (Happens all the time.) So, these color rush uniforms… More like color FLUSH, amiright? Seriously, I’m glad the era of bulb televisions are over and done with, otherwise the Broncos jerseys would have burned a hole into the screen. And you mix in that blue from the Chargers, it’s almost as if someone threw crayons in the washer before the game. And then there was the actual game, which offered us your prototypical Chargers performance… middling at times, amazing at times, all of it masquerading as a vehicle to setup yet another heartbreaking loss in the fourth quarter. What would it be this time? A Rivers pick-six? Another bad snap on a field goal? An alien invasion? A fan rushing the field mid-pass during a game-winning TD with three seconds to go nullifying it all? Oddly, none of that happened. Instead, some field goals, some Hunter; Henry!, and a safety along with the Broncos kind of just fading in the fourth quarter from a combination of costly offensive holding penalties and incurring the penalty of Trevor Siemian holding their offense back. WORD PLAY. Call me, ladies.

C.J. Anderson10 CAR, 37 YDS, 3.7 AVG and 4 REC, 34 YDS, 8.5 AVG. That outfit makes Anderson look really fat. Oh, and for all the Devontae Booker (5 CAR, 46 YDS, 9.2 AVG and 2 REC, 7 YDS) hype, here’s the final running back snap count: Anderson – 57, Booker – 15 (out of 73 total). And keep in mind, CJA had another two huge runs taken back via holding calls too, so I’m not worried about that backfield after this game.

Travis Benjamin3 REC, 17 YDS. Your Cleveland is showing, Travis.

Philip Rivers18/29, 178 YDS, 6.1 AVG, 1 TD, 90.9 RTG. – So this means he should be expecting twins in about a nine months, right? He’s literally almost there- having a kid for each day of the year.

Trevor Siemian30/50, 230 YDS, 4.6 AVG, 1 TD, 77.9 RTG and 1 CAR, 1 YDS. The Trevor Siemian who is “Big Lots version of Alex Smith” is back, back again.

Demaryius Thomas5 REC, 35 YDS, 7.0 AVG. The old school color rush uniforms made the Broncos revert back to their ’80’s level ineptitude. That’s my working hypothosis as of now. (#Analysis.)

Melvin Gordon27 CAR, 94 YDS, 3.5 AVG. It’s nothing personal, but I sure would like for Melvin Gordon to get arrested for indecent exposure cause then we could start calling him “Flash” Gordon. I’m telling you guys, I know I was off by one year with Gordon, but he looks really really good over the course of a game. I’ve been buying for a while, and I think you should too.

 

 

Final Thought

I have waited all my life to see a successful onside kick after safety. Now, I can die content.

 

 

  1. Adam says:
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    Will fuller or Michael Thomas at flex???
    Standard league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: Fuller I’m feeling.

  2. Ht says:
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    Drop Antonio Gates Ppr league?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ht: Hold one more week, he was taking coverage away from Henry and still doesn’t look 100%.

  3. John says:
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    After this game where would you rank CJ the rest of the year among RBs?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @John: top-5, lower end.

  4. Dave says:
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    Need to pick 2 out of 3 (PPR) WR’s out of Jordan Matthews, Desean Jackson, Terrele Pryor? Leaning towards benching Desean.

    • Dave says:
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      @Dave: Also drop Pitta for Hunter Henry? Seems like Henry’s gonna stay a big part of the Charger offense.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Dave: I like Henry more now, but I hope you’re right. Coverage was heavy on Gates and he’s not 100% yet, so there’s that too.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: yeah, I like those two.

  5. Matt says:
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    Could you name a few WR I should look at for straight up trades for Blount ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt: I think anything between Travis Benjamin and Jarvis Landry is feasible, but I’d aim for that zone.

  6. Scott says:
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    I’ve been having Hunter Henry backing up Antonio Gates this season. Is it time to move on from Gates? Has the torch been passed? I need some WR from the wire.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Hold on Gates one more week if you can.

  7. Wilsonian says:
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    1) Need a replacement for Reed at TE this week, who is the pickup?

    Pitta
    Thomas
    Allen
    Jesse James

    2) Need to drop one for an IDP, who is the drop:

    Winston (we play two QBs and I have Wentz, Bortles, Ryan, and Winston)
    Bortles
    Wentz
    Coates
    McKinnon
    Jennings
    West

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 250 yards passing/85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing – 6 point bonus at 335 yards passing/135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing – 4 points per passing TD – 6 points per receiving/rushing TD

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Allen and probably Bortles. Though, if you want to still hang on, eesh, I guess Coates? I’d rather have Coates though.

  8. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Half Pt PPR – who do you like as a TE streamer on Sunday:

    Jesse James v Mia
    Clay v SF
    D.Allen v Hou

    Thanks!

  9. William Hung says:
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    If Riddick is no-go on Sunday, Dwayne Washington a viable RB option over DeAndre Washington?

    Thinking of using a streamer over Jennings since the Ravens run D is top 5

  10. TommyL says:
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    Hi Jay, which of these guys do you think I should play as my flex (PPR league): Coates, Meredith or Foster? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TommyL: Curious about Foster, but maybe Coates. I’d pay attention to reports on Foster and double check my rankings tomorrow.

    • robbyrobdu says:
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      @TommyL:

      Foster always comes in and plays well when we all think he is injured and he is a great pass catcher out of the backfield.

      I think Meredith is poised to explode however…you probably just used your #1 waiver claim on him…don’the miss a huge week because he isn’the a “Name”….yet

  11. Dan says:
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    Would it be crazy to Start Powell over Forte in a PPR league? Powell has outscore him 3 consecutive weeks, or do I avoid getting cute and stick with Forte?

    Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dan: A little crazy. I get it though, but I think you have to go Forte here.

  12. All about the Benjamins, but I thought Travis would be a true WR1 when Allen went down. Not seeing it. I know the lack of targets was more indicative of the slow pace but I wonder if Tyrell Williams is the better option? What about dropping him for Williams, or maybe Cameron Meredith or maybe RB depth with Devontae Booker? Great write Jay!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @madden_curser: He can be, but Rivers doesn’t force it. When I called Benjamin the Chargers WR1, I made sure to point out that the volume would be pretty spread out. I do like Williams still as a deep threat, kind of the Malcom Floyd of yester. I would hold for now though.

    • robbyrobdu says:
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      Meredith and Booker are WAY better owns ROS….how in the hell is Meredith even available after last week?

      Williams is by far the most talented WR on the roster, they didn’the really have to use him on Thursday but he will be a WR2 ROS IMHO…Rivers will start feeding him and he seems to have no problem against any coverage thus far….wait just read he is available too? Geez I hope this is a money league…how shallow is it tho?!?

  13. Hometown Heroes says:
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    12 team standard

    Would you trade Charles and Coates for J Howard and Cooks?

    I currently have David Johnson, Charles, Jennings, Ware and Powell at RB and Ty, Hopkins, Crabtree, Coates, Enunwa and Floyd at WR.

    Thanks!

  14. DT says:
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    hey jay.

    in a predicament. considering dropping snead in a ppr 2 qb league. currently have sanders, OBJ, and Jordy and WR. CJ, Michael, Bernard, and Riddick at RB. should I drop snead for jonathan stewart? he’s still on our waivers for some reason. wasn’t sure if sacrificing WR depth would be worth it for stew. or should I drop one of those RBs? Riddick? so hard dropping him especially in ppr. let me know! appreciate it

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DT: If he’s depth, yeah, I’d probably switch. Sucks though, would love to keep Snead there.

  15. Zandy says:
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    Yalso riddick missed practice but dwayne was back at practice… Still like holding Forsett over Dwayne?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Yeah, I think I want to see how they use him. If he’s getting RB1 snaps, there’s value there.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: Forsett > Dwayne Washington?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @William Hung: Sorry man, must have missed this. I think Forsett.

  16. Ciwa says:
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    I traded Melvin for OBJ. Hope to not regret this.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ciwa: That trade is something I would do every single time. I think you did well.

  17. Zandy says:
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    std league
    sending Cobb and Jstew too much for Amari?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Slightly, but if you’re desperate, it’s kinda fair. I think it’s just, if Cobb starts doing what he normally does, he’s at about the same value as Amari.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Jay: better for Marshall instead of Amari?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Zandy: That’s a good question. Damn man, if he were out there healthy the last few weeks, I’d say yes, and Fitz has been awful. Then again, with Decker gone, there’s only him and Enunwa. I’d… say no-ish.

          • Zandy says:
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            @Jay: thanks jay!
            ill hold then – i was just going off the ROS and getting aggressive

            • Zandy says:
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              @Zandy: cant help myself… just offered wentz + jstew for rodgers :/

              • Jay

                Jay says:
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                @Zandy: Aaron Rodgers? I think that’s a good deal for ya.

                • Zandy says:
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                  @Jay: yes on Aaron. He countered. See below

                  • Jay

                    Jay says:
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                    @Zandy: Will do!

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Zandy: Yeah, I don’t blame you.

  18. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    Half PPR

    can you rank Dixon, Deandre Washington, Dwayne Washington, Forsett, Jalen Richard?

    I’ve got Both Oaklands and Dixon rn, thinking bout Switching Deandre for Dwyane

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry: Sure! I’d say with PPR, Dixon, Wash, Forsett, Dwayne, Richard… I think I might hold there.

      • Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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        @Jay: Thanks Jay,

        Do you think Foster +Lamar Miller is too much to give up for McCoy?

  19. Joe Keogh says:
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    The most currently overused, and incorrectly used, word is “prototypical”. A prototype is the first model of something upon which subsequent models are derived. “Typical” is the correct word for the Chargers performance(s). I only mention this because all the moron sports commentators on radio and TV are using it daily in a monkey-hear, monkey-say aping.
    And Jay’s columns are too good for him to be falling into that trap! Remember the redundant “At this point in time…” that was heard hourly a few years back.
    *Fun drinking game: Take a shot each time you hear “red-shirt freshman” during a college football game. Apparently, plain, old, regular freshman don’t exist anymore. If you include the pregame blah-blah, you will be very drunk before the 2nd quarter.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Joe Keogh: Haha, well done. Probably the first quarter, but either way, we come out feeling like a cheap date.

  20. Callmejayp says:
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    Half ppr lost Theo for the week. So who would you u go with duke johnson, Powell, or Ken dixion

    • Callmejayp says:
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      or maybe drop one of those guys and pick up rainey or one of the lions backs? Washington was just dropped and will be available to pickup Sunday.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Callmejayp: Hmm, I’d hold here based on the names.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Callmejayp: Probably the Duke, but Bilal is intriguing too. I’d double check with my rankings tomorrow, but I think Duke might be ahead.

  21. Zandy says:
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    Would you send Wentz and Ingram for Rodgers and denagelo

    Wentz
    Hopkins Alshon
    Gurley Ingram
    Charles
    Graham

    Bench ware Cobb Floyd woods deandre + Jalen and Forsett

    • Zandy says:
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      @Zandy: oops forgot jstew

      • Zandy says:
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        Std league
        5pt pass TD
        1 pt bonus big plays 40yrd catch/pass

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Zandy: Wait, he was part of the deal?

        • Zandy says:
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          @Jay: @Jay: no. JStew is on my bench too

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Zandy: Oh, I gotcha.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Naw, that seems like a lot.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Jay: I’ll re-counter with Wentz JStew and one of Floyd, Forsett or deandre wash

        Since he owns riddick and latavius….

        Would you sent Wentz Ingram for latavius Rodgers?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Zandy: Nice, let me know how it turns out. And yeah, that seems fair too, that last one, but I like your re-counter.

          • Zandy says:
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            @Jay: he rejected the Floyd and Forsett offers but hasn’t rejected deandre offer yet… Hoping that he caves in!

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Zandy: Hmm, that means he’s at least thinking about it.

  22. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty land. reed out indef. bart no like, bad medicine. rankings say best add here is
    fiedor (HOU)/sims (MIA)/griffin (HOU)/gillmore/fells (actually last 2 aren’t in your rankings). why do you have the HOU guys ranked that way, snap counts maybe? guessing cameron is out if sims is that high

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, but some things may move around when I update them tomorrow.

  23. ryanoger says:
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    . 5 ppr keeper league

    Just got offered Carlos Hyde for my Mike Evans, thoughts?

    My team below:

    QB- Rodgers
    WR- Evans, Jordy
    RB- DeMarco, Tevin Coleman
    TE- Olsen
    FLEX-Landry
    BENCH-Fitz, Theo Riddick, Latavius, Alfred Morris, Cameron Meredith, Ladarius Green
    IR-Dion Lewis

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ryanoger: It’s okay, would rather have the Evans side though, but your RB situation could use an upgrade.

  24. ryanoger says:
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    I could counter with Evans for his Le’ Veon (which obvioulsy he won’t do), David Johnson, or Jordan Howard (if you think he’s legit)

    or take Carlos Hyde OR hold?

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      sorry meant to send the above as a reply to my first post…happy weekend man!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ryanoger: You could try for Johnson, but yeah, I don’t think its even then. If you go for Hyde, you should be able to finagle another player.

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Jay:

        What about Carlos Hyde and Jamaal Charles for my Evans if he doesn’t go for David Johnson?

        • ryanoger says:
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          @ryanoger:

          Or I could get Hyde and Sammy Watkins to make up for Evans at WR for next year…that why I could ride Jordy, Jarvis, and Fitz the rest of the way this year?

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @ryanoger: Hmm, don’t like that one as much.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @ryanoger: Yeah, that’s a good deal there for you, risky though.

  25. Oppo Taco says:
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    Randall Cobb and Tev Coleman or B marsh and D will. .5 PPR. Neither owner has Leveon. What side you want?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Hmm, Cobb side, but slightly.

  26. ryanoger says:
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    .5 ppr keeper league

    I give up Mike Evans for Carlos Hyde and Jordan Howard?

    thanks again man sorry to throw all these trade scenarios at you today…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ryanoger: Yeah, that’s a fair deal. And no worries! That’s what I’m here for.

  27. Fizz says:
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    Hey Jay, should I start hilton or cooks? And West or R. Mathews?
    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fizz: Thinking Cooks and Mathews there. Double check my updated rankings tomorrow though.

  28. William Hung says:
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    @Jay – couple of moves ahead of tomorrow’s games –
    1. Drop Kenny Britt for Kamar Aiken, Breshad Perriman, or Eli Rogers or hold? If Coates is out, is Rogers the best play of the 3?
    2. If Dwayne Washington is active, do I roll with him over DeAndre Washington? If Dwayne Washington is inactive, do I go Forsett over DeAndre Washington?

    • Jay

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      @William Hung: For Rogers. And yeah, he is.

      I think Washington. And based on my new rankings, I think I’m leaning Washington.

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