Andre the Giant showed up big this week and I don’t mean that in an ‘Andre the Giant is big’ pun sort of way.  Andre Brown plays for the New York Giants.  So ‘Andre the Giant’ is actually a preferred nomenclature and yes, that’s a Big Lebowski reference and yes that link is NSFW.  Have you not watched ‘The Big Lebowski’ yet?  Where have you been?  Have you ever met a stranger in the Alps?  But I digress, Andre had a super size me game for the Giants, going for 113 yards on 20 carries and 2 ground touchdowns, not to mention 3 catches for 17 yards for PPR enthusiasts.    I got to watch most of the game after the 1st quarter and I have to admit, he looked good.  Not Soul Glo good, but he passed the eye test.  He looked hungry and ready to take on the challenge ahead.  With all that I will say this: the Giants’ starting RB is still Ahmad Bradshaw but like magnets, starting RBs make me ask ‘how do they work?’.  Brown looked like a starting RB for most NFL teams tonight but so did Jackie Battle for a few games last year.  Simply put, I liked what I saw but I need to see more.  For Bradshaw owners, you might have found a Frankenstein that actually runs hard which is not good for the value of your Bradshaw for this season.  Overall, Bradshaw has proven brittle and his previous counterpart Brandon Jacobs thought himself a dancer.  If Andre shows he can consistently be the powerback in that lineup, it’s hard to say if it will hurt or help Bradshaw.  On the one hand, Ahmad loses goal line touches.  On the other hand, Ahmad should gain ground in the PPR leagues.  On the third hand…there is no third hand.  What did you think, I’m a mutant?  In other fantasy football news…

Ramses Barden – Chef Ramses showed up big for the Giants, slicing and dicing the Panthers secondary cooking up 9 passes for 138 yards on 10 targets while Hakeem Nicks was set to simmer.  Was that enough culinary puns for you in one sentence?  True story, I picked him up on two of my teams for tonight and was so busy answering questions I never actually got to put him in my line-up.  Life of a fantasy football fanatic, #firstworldproblems.  Nonetheless, I did mention him briefly in the off-season, saying he made the most sense to me as the WR3 in that offense and that he had a frame that reminded me of Plaxico.  Well, I think the Giants just might have received a reminder of what they had.  Of course, I think his night was more a product of…

Victor Cruz – Let’s face facts, the Panthers defense keyed in on him.  On 8 targets he cobbled together 6 catches for 42 yards but this game was over by the half.  Hard to fault him when the defense challenged Eli to throw it to someone else and like a good QB he did.  If you’re worried after this game, look back at week 2 and smile.  If you’re still worried, trade him to me and make me smile.  Still the WR1 in that offense.

Cam Newton – More like ‘Cam Neutered!’  That was me re-using a headline from earlier in the night before Brown scored his second TD.  Yes, you guys are my drawing board, I am merely giving you stick figures and occasionally drawing hoo-hoo dillies on them for my own amusement.  I had him as my top QB this week and he didn’t disappoint…my haters.  There was something in the air tonight and it wasn’t Phil Collins or an Eminem sample.  Cam couldn’t figure out that the Giants defense was all pass-rush and no rush defense/pass defense and the Giants figured out early that Cam couldn’t get that.  I had my Alanis Morrisette moment for the night.  You live and you learn.  Isn’t it ironic?  No, actually it’s coincidence…WTH Alanis?  I spent my youth trying to get my shizz straight on that.

Martellus BennettI swear the Giants only signed him expecting to see Tony Bennett puns in the NY headlines and lucked themselves into a good TE.  If he had signed in SF he would’ve had the 49er’s playing ‘I Left My Heart in San Fransisco’.  But the Giants lucked out and flew themselves to the moon nabbing Bennett who went for 6 receptions for 73 yards and a TD, proving that I was completely wrong about him coming into the season.  Three games in, I yield.  He’s a top 10 TE and I have no defense against him otherwise.  Even without the TDs, he’s got my world on a string.

Greg Olsen – The night of the awesome tight ends continues and we didn’t even need a sexual reference to make that statement true.  Olsen had himself a TD’less night but for PPR leagues that started him, it was still fruitful, going for 7 receptions for 98 yards.  He was probably the most exciting thing for Panther fans tonight unless they went home and watched a documentary about Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.  And that was my Dennis Miller impersonation for the day.  Good night everybody!

DeAngelo Williams – Looked good when he ran the ball.  He only ran it 11 times.  That’s what happens when your team stops Cruz but can’t stop Barden or Bennett.  Speaking as someone who saw him run tonight, he was primed for a good night, game permitting.  Permit denied, coming back in a week and a half for a chance at renewal.

Eli Manning – Had a good ‘real quarterback’ night.  But of course you came for fantasy eval and that critique reads as this: Curse you Manning!  He was alright, nabbing about 15 point fantasy points and not trying to top his brother by chucking 3 INT int he first quarter.  It was a clean but boring night from him.  Why am I talking about him again?  Oh right, quarterbacks make the world go round.

 

  1. So CG says:
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    Bennett helped my pretty shallow team in a deep 14 team, standard league.

    Could use help with picking a flex (pick one):
    S. Rice
    Leshoure (K Smith is my RB2)
    Witten
    K. Wright
    Hawkins
    Battle
    Hartline

    They’re all pretty weak…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah that’s tough. I’d go Witten, at least we know he’s a useful part on a good offense.

  2. Mike says:
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    wow, I read this for tips on fantasy football players and Im just not getting it anymore. I realize your a talented writer and pretty funny but your style has become annoying. I want info about the players. Your article has about 10% that and the rest is just you babbling on. Come on man, give us football!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, don’t know what to tell you Mike. Pretty sure I covered the major points and players of last night’s game and gave my opinion on the fallout from it. Sorry you find my writing annoying. Good luck this season and hope you find a site that works for you.

      • Murph says:
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        @Mike,

        Yea its just so annoying sky that you take the time to write your article and then answer every question regardless of how stupid or obvious the answer is…. Im joking actually this site is one of the best so good I don’t share it with the other team owners in my leauge. If you want boring Mike start your own site or read the nonsense espn writes

    • Its My Vick In a Box says:
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      @Mike, Why do you feel the need to come here, read his stories then insult him? Do everyone a favor and go to ESPN and listen to their retards if you want player advice (who all picked Carolina to beat the Giants last night and think Cam is a HOF’r). Razzball for both baseball and Football is the only site I have found that blends humor with deep player advice. Nowhere else will you find a site that talks about targets, prospects, player depth, gives trade advice and even gambling advice ALL FOR FREE. Predicting player outcome is as easy as hitting a hole in one. If you don’t like what you see, go elsewhere as they are not paying you to read the content.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Mike, OH SNAP SON! NO you didn’t! If you don’t like Sky you must HATE ME, Tehol Beddict! I ramble for days. Razzball is all about content. If you strictly want hard starts with no amusement or entertainment along with it I know of some good sites for that. all popular sites and writers get hate though so maybe this a good thing. I don’t even know anymore. Mike, I’m appalled.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Mike, someone started off 0-2! You mad mike?

  3. archibald says:
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    Who to start: Stevan Ridley or Jamal Charles? Percy Harvin or Larry Fitzgerald?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d roll Ridley and Fitz

      • archibald says:
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        @Sky, The follow up question would then be: Harvin or Charles in the Flex?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Go Charles

  4. Murph says:
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    Any thoughts on Steve Smith last night? Looks a little slower than normal and don’t know if he is going to have the speed to make it in the end zone at all this year. Is this the time to hold or sell? Looking to upgrade at running back due to Turner averaging as many DUIs per week as TDs. Other WRs are Brandon Marshall, Miles Austin, Pierre Garçon

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Murph, he looked fine to me last night. Cam just looked like a mess. That said, that’s quite the stable of WRs you have there. I wouldn’t mind moving Smith if I can get a good RB for him.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        10 team draft but yea I got lucky and picked up Austin and Garçon in the late rounds. What kind of value can I be expecting from smith? Low end RB1? Or RB2?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, that’s the range I’d aim for.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky,

            Thanks for babbling and being annoying haha

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, no prob! It’s what I do best

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky,

                Reference to the waste of space comment by Mike…you’re writing is informative as well as entertaining keep it up the majority of us appreciate it.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Oh I know. Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad you enjoy it. Good luck this week! I got to enjoy Andre Brown on two teams last night. It was glorious.

                  • Murph says:
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                    @Sky,

                    Me too picked him up solely on the fact that I played HS ball with him in 2004 it was a great homecoming for him. Good luck to you as well it’s nice to start the week with that kind of lead.

                    • Sky

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                      Oh wow, that’s awesome. So what position did you play? I was a wing but they always tried to put me in post. Drove me nuts. Could hit threes for days and used my size in other ways but they just kept trying to get me to sit down low.

                      Brown really looked hungry and ready to go in the two games he’s been out there. It’ll be interesting to see how Ahmad responds.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Sky, the glory days! you still got game or what? let’s hit the gym

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I like to think so. I play pick up with a bunch of college kids. Can hold my own for the most part. No Sergeant Murtaugh here. I am NOT too old fo dis shit. I rain threes for days and drop dimes like I’m Magic Johnson.

                    • Murph says:
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                      @Sky,

                      Safety which means I got a daily dose of what you saw last night (brown head hunting the secondary) he was close to the same size then and just as fast that equaled alot of painful practices.

                      I would give him a few more games before I get excited about Brown his performance was impressive but this is the Carolina defense that allowed Pierre Thomas over 100 yards in week 2 add the homecoming in and it’s a recipe for a 1 hit wonder. Let’s not forget Brown has been waived by 7 different teams and there is a reason for that. I hope I’m wrong but I would temper expectations until we see more from him. coughlin tends to give running backs he trusts carries and if Bradshaw is back next week that could be bad news for brown owners. Interesting either way.

                    • Sky

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                      Ha, don’t know how I misread that as basketball there. I was the guy with the good hands but slow feet and rail-thin frame, never could find my footing to get any playing time during football. Damn, the closest I’ve come to playing with a pro was my classmate being a recruit for Oregon State University as a QB. He never saw the field, though.

                      Trust me, I’m not annointing him in any way. I just realize Ahmad is a health risk and hasn’t really been a spectacular running back of late. If Brown has the starting job for the next 2 or 3 games and runs with it, there just might be trouble brewing was all. Can never tell with these types of deals what’s going to happen.

                      In any case, I hope you have yourself a stellar weekend and bring on the games!

                    • Murph says:
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                      @Sky,

                      Bring on the games!!! And keep dropping those threes on the college kids, can’t belive I’m taking NFL advice from a basketball player hahaha

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, I loved playing football growing up, just never had the frame to make it work out. Too slow to be a WR and too skinny to be a decent TE.

  5. geez says:
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    Do you drop edlemon for a. Collie in a ppr and I have to pick between heywardbay and m.Williams for wr2 in a one point ppr. Thans

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d pick up Collie there and I would start DHB

  6. Eddie says:
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    If Steven Jackson is out, I need a RB and a Flex from these guys. Who to start?

    Michael Bush
    Malcolm Floyd
    Justin Blackmon
    Mikel LeShoure
    Daryl Richardson

    Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Bush/Richardson

  7. howdy says:
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    Trade offer 10 team PPR league

    I would be trading Danny Amendola and Green- Ellis for Matt Forte?

    I have Ray Rice, D Martin, and Hillis as other backs.
    Stevie Johnson, Julio Jones, and Antonio Brown as recievers?

    Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Forte as your RB2 in a PPR…I’d make that trade.

  8. Eric says:
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    Great article, what do you think about this potential trade offer.

    PPR League

    QB – Romo
    RB – Rice
    RB – Spiller
    WR – Nicks
    WR – L.Fitz
    TE – Bennett
    Flex – T. Richardson

    Bench: Andre Brown, M. Floyd, R. Cobb,

    Trade: R.Rice for Andre Johnson, Jamal Charles & D. Amendola

    My Logic: A. Johnson would become my flex and T. Richardson/J. Charles will move and rotate to my 2nd RB opposite spiller. Amendola will be a matchup play until I see more. I see it as gaining depth but I hate to lose a workhorse like Ray Rice.

    Should I pull the trigger on this?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I would prefer the consistency of Ray Rice as my RB1 over that trade. Trade not for me.

    • Murph says:
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      @Eric,

      That strategy could come crashing down on you and kill your season if Charles and Johnson continue their trends for this year. Rice has a higher upside with added consistency. Your team is solid I would run with it as is; if anything you should focus on finding a strong back up for Romo

  9. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey, please pick two of these guys ROS.
    Titus Young, L.Robinson, S.Hill, R.Meachem, N.Washington.

    I tend to go with Young and Meachem.

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They’re all in WR4 territory but I’d go Washington/Hill/Young/Meachem/Robinson rankings-wise

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Sky, yes i know, i am starting austin, v.jackson and steve johnson. All those guys i mentioned above are bench options. I am just trying to solidify the bench. Thanks

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha. I’d personally go Washington/Hill. Upside plus steady.

  10. Rick Grimes says:
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    Hey Sky.

    Dude is offering me Andre Brown for Pitta in a 12 team league

    I have Witten and Rudolph sitting on my bench.

    I have no idea how to rate Andre Brown. Your thoughts would be appreciated

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take Brown there

  11. Prezii says:
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    Everywhere i look im seeing things that make me want to sit V Jax… All signs are pointing to him having a dud… how do you view him this week? You thinkin dud?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s always been a low WR2/high WR3 to me due to his inconsistencies so it’s hard for me to call him a dud. I have him ranked 25th this week for WRs in standard scoring. If you’re looking to him for WR1 numbers, I think you’ll be disappointed this week.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, yeah i dunno, my gut is saying he gets shut down. His matchup and inconsistent nature scare me but all i have to play over him are britt and hankerson.. pretty ris-kay options..

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, at least Vincent will get targeted plenty. I hear your risk call, but I think he’s a better WR3 option over those two.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Sky, i agree.. just gotta cross my fingers! Lafell was suppose to be my boom or bust guy and.. well, he busted. So i should play it safe. Thanks for your help muchacho!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, CAM busted last night. I’d blame him. No prob for the help, good luck this week!

  12. Wilsonian says:
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    I’ve run into an issue of Jennings being iffy and Nicks being out. So now I only have two WRs who are locks to start. My only two droppable guys are Mendenhall and Leshoure. I don’t particularly want to drop one of them, but I will if necessary. Do I cut one or hope for the best with Jennings?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Jennings will play on Monday night. I wouldn’t want to drop either of those guys right now.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky, Thanks. I hope he plays. The rest of my bench is Romo, Nicks, Bradshaw, and Forte. So it looks like I don’t have a drop at all, and I really didn’t want to drop Leshoure or Mendenhall anyway. Thanks for the annoying response. HA!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          ha, it’s what I do!

  13. Judge Dreddman says:
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    In a 10 team two-QB league I start Cam and Eli, and my 2 RB’s/Flex spots are filled by Richardson, Chris Johnson, Alfred Morris, and a scrapheap of Ingram/Stewart/Redman.

    I’ve been offered trades for Cam / Eli and Bennett (Pitta is my backup TE) for Rivers and Mathews / Doug Martin. I was thinking the best for me would be Eli and Bennett for Rivers and Mathews.

    Is this a deal you would do? Do you think that’s the best combination for me, or would you rather move Cam and/or get Martin back? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I am personally not hip on Mathews and his injury. He worries me this season so I probably would not do that trade. Eli & Bennett for Rivers and Martin might be good, though.

  14. iMP says:
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    Hey Sky,
    Have a situation like Wilsonian’s (#12), but with more leeway to bail. I have Cobb and Jennings lined up to start one on Monday. Cobb is officially probable and Jennings practiced Saturday and was listed as questionable. Which is more sensible to you?
    Plan A) Take my chances a Packer plays (with the upside hope Jennings plays).
    Plan B) Drop Cobb for another receiver (probably DHB or Hankerson) and bench Jennings.
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d start Jennings

      • iMP says:
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        @Sky, Thanks! Good luck this week.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Thanks you too!

          • iMP says:
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            @Sky, Okay I’m down four pts (PPR). Still start Jennings if he is active, right? The margin doesn’t matter?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, go Jennings.

  15. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    standard format Colston who is questionable or hawkins against that suspect Redskins pass D

    PPR DeSean or Antonio Brown?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tough, I’d lean Colston though.

      Maclin out, I like DeSean

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, me too, I need the W bad in my standard, i’m waiting for brown to have a better game,

        for flex in My PPR i’m starting Martin at Dallas right now, but i could play Brown over him, would you?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Martin is a receiving threat so I wouldn’t

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky, cool

            beer and nachos sunday just one day out.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, piled high of course.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky, Damn, i was right on hawkins this week, my gut is so smart and my brain is so dumb….you didn’t help in your logical conservative ways

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Yeah, but only two catches? He doesn’t get that TD and gets dropped when he catches it, you’re not looking at much. I have been told many times by my wife to stop being logical :)

  16. Eric says:
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    Great site,

    I have CJ Spiller along with Ray Rice and Trent Richardson and I hear Fred Jackson could be back in the next few weeks. Can you give me the players that I should try to trade Spiller for? Should I shoot for Matt Stafford or Matt Ryan or go for a RB?

    PPR League

    QB – Romo
    RB – Rice
    RB – Spiller
    WR – Nicks
    WR – L.Fitz
    TE – Bennett
    Flex/QB/RB/WR/TE – T. Richardson

    Bench: Andre Brown, M. Floyd, R. Cobb

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Can’t really give you players, per se, but he’s playing as a top 10 player. Who you can trade him for depends on your leaguemates. Try for a top 20 player, see if they bite.

  17. Schlitzy says:
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    Would you deal hillis for britt if you had spiller, Matthews and Martin and needed a wr2?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s pretty risky but if I needed high upside WR, I’d make that trade

  18. timmy riggins says:
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    hi, who’d you start as WR3, Donnie Avery or Sidney Rice? or even hankerson and why?

    Avery seems solid just concerned that Collie might take away his looks and Rice has a rookie QB vs a tough def. Hankerson is a wild-card

    .5ppr

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Garcon is out, I’d go Hankerson.

  19. Chris says:
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    Which 2 would you play? Miles Austin, Jordy Nelson or Chris Johnson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Miles & CJ

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