I’m not gonna lie to you, this is being typed drunk.  How drunk you ask?  Well my man Chip Kelly has finally gone from Pinocchio to real boy and most of the next game I had to write up while trying to read the keys through nacho vomit, if that gives you any indication.  TMI?  Prolly, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that my alma mater’s former coach put on a bit of a ‘yes we can’ response to the ‘you can’t do that in the NFL’ response to the naysayers tonight and I celebrated…maybe a bit too much.  How many fingers am I holding up?  Yes, yes imaginary reader I’ll admit it looks a bit blurred but no more then the Eagles offense did tonight.  What I do see is one finger.  Namely the middle.  Because that’s what I expect to see from all of you after I tell you to be cautious of your Eagles components, in particular Michael Vick.  I’m not a person who always aims for the negative but let me be the developer to your photographer here and point out that – as glorious as Vick’s night was – he spent more time limping then holding his arm up in victory.  Vick took a lot of shots tonight and that needs to NOT go unnoticed.  Chip’s never been kind to his QBs in terms of abuse received and for all that is great about Vick, his stats tonight (15/25 for 203 yards passing with 2 touchdowns, 9 for 54 yards and a TD on the ground) might be a swan song.  I saw a lot of limping and a lot f big hits tonight.  Now I’m not here to tell you to sell right off the bat but just be weary that the guy you drafted as a potential QB1 – and Vick really is that – just might be injured too soon to pan out.  Next week is San Diego at home and though I do expect a different play out from the Eagles sideline, it’s good to note that Vick is awesome when healthy but unsellable when dead.  In other news from Monday Night Football for 2013 Fantasy Football…

LeSean McCoyRe-read what I typed about Vick then add it to this post plus 31 carries.  Yikes…if you remember, I’m the guy that told you not to buy in too heavily into Foster coming into the year after a heavy touches year and here’s Shady showing up trying to challenge for 500 carries on the year.  What I’m trying to say is that the stats (31/184/1) are very Shady.

Robert Griffin, III – When I say RG3, the ‘R’ might stand for ‘Rusty’ for a while.  He started off looking like a guy who just got his first preseason action.  Too bad this was game 1 of the season.  He slowly gained his sea-legs over time.  I’m not looking to sell at this point, I’m marking this down as a live and learn experience for a guy just coming off of injury.

DeSean JacksonI was really wondering who’d step up and fill the Maclin void tonight.  Apparently DJax did a good job of that with his 7/104/1 night.  I actually liked him more then Maclin coming into the season and so far the volume has suited him well.  Even if Vick goes down, I don’t see a huge downgrade for Jackson moving forward.

Leonard Hankerson – Had a 5/80/2 night as the Redskins played from behind all night.  Good night yes, but night I’m willing to buy into big time no.  He was still third behind guys in terms of targets on the night and by the end, RGIII would’ve thrown to your mom if she was open.  And she is.  That was an innuendo about her legs.  OOHHH!  Where’d Andrew Dice Clay come from to type that?

Brent CelekI called him a top 12 TE play this week for the rankings.  He went for 56 yards on 2 receptions and a touchdown.  I’m pretty sure no one saw him on the field in the second half.  I’m not  going to pat myself on the back for this one but I’m also not going to concede that it was a terrible call because of the numbers.  Basically, I’m gonna sit on the fence.  And it hurts.  Why pickets?  Do you know how hard it is to get splinters out of your sphincter?

Pierre GarconHad 7 catches for 64 yards on 11 targets.  The 11 targets led the team.  So did the 7 receptions.  Yes, I still love Peter Waiter if he can stay healthy.

Alfred MorrisHad a messy night – 2 fumbles – but there were no Shanahanigens as he finished the night with the most rushes for his team and tacked on a decent but frustrating night with 54 total yards and a touchdown.  Hrm, Peter Waiter, The Butler…this is a regular team that prides itself on service.  Hopefully weren’t not all sitting at the bar in The Shining here.  They always say your credit is fine in there…

Arian FosterHad 90 yards on 24 total touches.  Of that, he had 57 yards on the ground.  Of those touches, 18 were carries and those went for 57 yards.  That’s good for a 3.2 YPC.  Yep.

Andre JohnsonI keep thinking the other shoe is going to drop and Andre keeps proving there’s more then one AJ in the top 10 WRs this year.  After going 12 for 146 and his typical non-touchdown night I yield on my hatred.  Texans know how to use him.  Just wish they knew his number in the Redzone…

Owen Daniels – I called him unsexy at TE this off-season.  So of course he scores 2 TDs the first game…of course.  I wouldn’t get involved.  To put another way, if someone out there is Owen, I’m not payin.

Philip Rivers The good was the 4 TDs.  The bad was the INT.  The reality is he still only had 195 passing yards and was harassed plenty in the backfield tonight.  He’ll have good matchups here and there but my dream of Rivers having a good year rests solely of that O-Line and for now I’ll have to Ron Burgundy that idea.  F’ you San Diego!

Ryan MathewsLooked better then expected but also wasn’t what you wanted.  How’s THAT for a dichotomy?  In reality, the TD catch early on saved a night of futility for Fantasy owners but I’m not willing to put the second ‘t’ in ‘quitted’ yet on this guy.

Matt SchaubWent for three touchdowns and 346 yards but Texas – much like plenty of gay porn films – was playing from behind.  I don’t expect these numbers moving forward.

Vincent Brown – Yep, caught a touchdown and it was a beauty.  Cheers!  But only had 13 yards on 2 receptions total.  Jeers!  I still like Brown moving forward but it look like he’s got a bit to learn before he’s start worthy.

DeAndre HopkinsWent for 66 on 5 catches.  Most of his stats were posted when the Texans thought they weren’t going to win.  Wish I could say he was an integral part of the offense but he’s probably a second half bloomer at best at this point.

Eddie RoyalI have no words about this.  It broke twitter and I need to collect myself.

  1. Rodney says:
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    You put McCoy at #20 overall and he looks like #1. Own it and move on.

    • qwe says:
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      @Rodney: Yeah…Those seasons where Foster was getting loads of carries sure were some poor fantasy seasons! McCoy isn’t anywhere near as worn down as Foster at this point.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah…not sure what site you’re trying to flame but I put him in my top 10 and I put him as 5th for this week. Learn how to read and move on.

      • Andrew "Swisher Sweets" Danielson says:
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        @Sky: He’s showing as #18 on your 2013 preseason rankings. Please educate the readers of your site how #18 and “top 10” are the same.

        • Pope says:
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          Step 1: Find post titled – Updated Overall Rankings: Bell-y Aches
          Step 2: Click on Please blog, may I have some more? (It’s in a red box at the bottom of the intro)
          Step 3: Scroll down to where it says 2013 Preseason rankings
          Step 4: Click on PPR tab (because that’s what most of us play around here, and if you read the site regularly, you know that these are the most up-to-date and accurate rankings, also, the RCL leagues are all PPR)
          Step 5: Find LeSean McCoy ranked #6 overall
          Step 6: Grab a book, such as Goodnight Moon , and attempt to read it (that was my first book, it taught me well)
          http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/51/Goodnightmoon.jpg/250px-Goodnightmoon.jpg

          • Andrew "Swisher Sweets" Danielson says:
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            @Pope: Step 7: Suck my dick, in your mom’s basement.

          • Prezi says:
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            Oh shit, gay guy fight!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I updated the standard side multiple times. It wouldn’t take. PPR I had him 6th and even my regular rankings I never had him any lower then 12th overall. Not my software and I couldn’t get it to just be PPR. Only so much I can do

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: don’t tease people pope, we aren’t catholics; the reading step should be first, otherwise how will he know what he’s “reading”. Gotta get the Chris Walken version.

            • Pope says:
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              @goodfold2: Ah shit that’s my bad

  2. Debo says:
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    Please Rank
    Leonard Hankerson
    Marlon Brown
    Doug Baldwin
    Jerome Simpson

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Brown/Baldwin/Hankerson/Simpson

  3. Birdog says:
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    Would you drop either Pierre Thomas or Kenny Britt to grab Julian Edelman, or just hold? I’m light on WRs in my 12 team league (Welker, Wallace, Sanders, Britt) and think that Edelman could have a pretty solid/consistent year with Brady feeding him the ball, especially when you consider Amendola’s injury risk. Too early to make a move, hungover Sky?

    • Hold on Pierre. Gronk looms.

      • Birdog says:
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        @James R: That’s a good point.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, I don’t trust either guy to produce on a weekly basis but I’ll let PT go there. That said, I don’t trust Edelman to keep up this much production when Gronk returns.

  4. Frank White says:
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    Morning Bro… So I had A really good week, 213 points, but I have MJD and Bowe. I’m kicking myself for not picking Desean J instead of Bowe and Bush instead of MJD!! I hope it gets better but ther’s always trades… Anyway, how do you see Giovani, meaning is he worth an MJD trade or a Daryl Richardson trade or leave it alone?? Do you even think I should give up on MJD n Bowe?? I feel that MJD plays for the worst team and every team is going to go after the run cause they can’t pass.. Ya know

    • MJD > GIO at this point. Will stay that way for at least the first half, especially if Chad Henny, godsend, swoops in.

      • Henne*

    • btd says:
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      @Frank White: I always say getting Bush is a good thing… But if you get blocked or rejected, MGD can wash away the tears.

      MJD will be up against some packed boxes, but Short and Blackmon will stretch the field a little when both are on the field. Yeah, he’s getting older. Yeah, his team is turrible. If you can upgrade at any position at a reasonable cost, do it. But don’t gut your second half payoff for one week of disappointment.

  5. Frank White says:
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    Should I try to pickup one of these guys off waivers, Julian Edelman, Hamkerson, Kearse or anybody in mind would be on a buy list??

    • Hart-on for Hartline. Check the waivers. Otherwise, Edelman.

  6. ThE sHiT says:
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    I have the number one waiver priority. My running backs are Spiller, Trent Richardson, Reggie Bush, Bradshaw, Ivory and Bryce Brown. My sole TE is Cook. Who would you prefer to have, Julius Thomas or Joique Bell? We start 2 RBs, 1 Flex, 1 TE. Thanks!

    • Well, you’re obviously fine at TE. Take Joique and stream Cook on his bye week. :)

      • the imp says:
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        @James R: I agree completely with James. The second TE is not needed.

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @ThE sHiT: this pickup would be more to use as trade bait and insurance

      • Still Joique for the same reason. Bush’s thumb was facing in the wrong direction!

  7. reilljt0 says:
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    Hey Sky,

    I have David Wilson and Ahmad Bradshaw as my starting RB’s… Ouch. Need to grab someone with upside off the wire… Here are my RB options:

    Battle, De’Rel Scott, Sherman, Kendall Hunter, Blount… Then McGahee, Turner, or Jacobs could be signed by the Giants. Thoughts?

    • reilljt0 says:
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      @reilljt0: Or I could also go for Vereen’s replacement: Bolden or Washington

      • Those options blow. Definitely Bolden and, while you’re at it, trade whatever stud QB you have for a season-saving upgrade at RB.

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      @reilljt0: Don’t drop Wilson. He’ll still be in the mix somewhere along the line, prolly even this week… But I’m getting in the McGahee line at the moment. Scott isn’t the answer. Jacobs knows the system, so that’s a plus. But I dont’ recall if he’s a decent blocker or not… Turner, no thanks.

      Battle, Sherman, Hunter = meh. Blount may get some extra touches this week.

  8. I really need to start my own FF blog. :(

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @James R: You already have Cinemassacre!

  9. AP says:
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    I don’t have a question, I just came here to say that I started David Wilson. Lamar Miller, Eric Decker, and Kyle Rudolf on my fantasy team (that’s 2 points for 4 players, bee tee dub)……AND I STILL FREAKING WON! Wooo-Hooo!!! It’s nice when the 2nd lowest scoring team of the week just happens to be playing the lowest scoring team in the week. I also appreciate Alfred Morris, Calvin Johnson, and Russell Wilson not doing much of anything to hurt me too bad.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @AP: Haha, nice!

  10. Mike says:
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    Jordan Cameron or Julius Thomas ROS??
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • JT

    • btd says:
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      @Mike: Cameron has my vote. Less competition. But JT looks like a real threat. Except blocking, that dude was horrible!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mike: Cameron for the reasons that btd said.

  11. Mike says:
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    Rough start for my team….if I have Julius Thomas ,would u trade Gronk this week before he plays(in case he looks bad) for a top 20/30 player?
    I have David Wilson,dez( hurt) ,romo(hurt) ,spiller etc
    Thinking of trying to steal a top 10 WR or RB

    • Wouldn’t hurt to dangle it out there. I’d be surprised if you get a bite for that price-tag. Try a package trade, maybe.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mike: If you can fill a need, go for it.

  12. daniel says:
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    Sup sky. Good stuff.. do you answer idp questions too? Got this extremely deep idp dynasty. Do you think d.j. Hayden will develop into a solid cb for fantasy purposes?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @daniel: Sorry man, still learning the IDP ropes. Hit up @KevKumpf on twitter or try and hit him up on his week 1 IDP rankings post.

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      @daniel: He is a risk. But also is good player. For an “extremely deep” league Id take a chance if I had the room prolly next year you will know for sure tho.

  13. Willy says:
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    Morning Sky!

    H2H 10 Team…

    My DEF is the Rams this week against the Falcons… I’m thinking about streaming. on the waiver there is:

    1. Cowboys @ KC
    2. Chargers @ Eagles
    3. Panthers @ Bills
    4. Dolphins @ Colts

    Any of the above for worth pursuing and dropping the Rams for this week? Thanks!

    • Panthers. Manuel looked good, but he IS a rookie bound to make rookie mistakes. And, did you SEE the Eagles offense last night?!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Willy: Panthers looked really good against Seattle…I’ll give them a shot. Cowboys second behind them for their ball-stripping.

  14. the imp says:
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    Morning Sky,

    So it is Vick that gets Sky’s injury curse this year. Given your track record with calling Murray’s injury last year, I am taking some heed (though both are easy targets?).

    To move Vick I’m looking to trade with the BigBen OR the Cam/Freeman (less optomistically) owners. I’m looking for WR as I can’t go for an RB due to roster limits and their TE are either too good or bad to target.

    Here are my two assessments in a 12 team PPR (3WR start):
    1) BigBen’s owner has Green/Nelson/Brown/Sanders/Rice. I see it that Brown is enough (but maybe too much to him), but Sanders is not. Do you agree?
    2) Cam’s owner has VJax/MAustin/LMoore/Jennings/DHB. I can’t decide if LMoore is enough. I’d prefer MAustin, of course, but can’t see him trading his second best WR. I’m very leary of Jennings. Do you agree?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @the imp:

      You’re not getting a big enough return on Vick to do that, in my book. And I’d really hate to be right about this one! Last night’s game was fun to watch.

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: OK I’ll look higher than Austin and ABrown. So you’d expect/target a top 15 WR in return? Top 24?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @the imp: Yeah, I’d want a top 15. Vick looked like a top 5 QB last night. Take advantage of that.

          • the imp says:
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            @Sky: Last question so I can let you get back to enjoying your Chip Kelley induced hangover….
            To make a run at AJGreen, which WR of my current WRs do you think I’d want to/have to package with Vick: Cobb/Amendola/Nicks/Gordon? Would you make this move with RG3 as my other QB?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Depends how high he is on Vick. Start with Gordon/Vick. If not, I’d make it Nicks bur I’m lower on him then others.

  15. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    I’m in a pretty deep league and I’m looking for which backup RB has the best shot at being a starter. A 3down plus goal line starter. Whether through ineffectiveness or injury.

    Currently I have C.Michaels and D.Scott
    Available are Dunbar. Peed. Redman. Dwyer. Hunter. R.Jennings. K.Davis.
    I was thinking Dunbar since Murray is known as being injury prone and Pead because he could potentially take the job with good play.

    My RBs are TRich, Wilson, J.Bell, B.Brown. Uhoh…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: Your RBs will be fine. Dunbar and Hunter make the most sense to me.

  16. Dingbat says:
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    In my PPR league, we need to start 2RBs, and the guy with Shane Vereen has RBs of CJ2K, Daniel Thomas, and the Law Firm. I’ve got Le’Veon Bell and Daryl Richardson as potential trade bait. Is it worth offering either to him, or do we think that Vereen’s week 1 performance is unlikely to be repeated this season?

    • Alex says:
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      @Dingbat:

      Vereen broke his hand, gonna be out like 3ish weeks. So if you trade for him he should come at a discount. Especially since he’s not the starter to begin with, so this gives Ridley a serious opportunity to get back into Belichick’s good books.

      When he comes back I imagine Vereen will still be valuable bc of his pass catching, but you’d still be trading for an injured player without the starting role. I’d target him only if you could get him for cheap.

      • I’d offer L. Bell for him in a heartbeat. Pittsburgh’s line couldn’t open a hole to save their lives. In fact, I have Bell, too. I’m gonna try that same trade in my league. Thanks for the idea.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dingbat: So you’re trying to trade Bell for Vereen? Vereen’s hurt and will be out at least 4 weeks. I don’t like when they don’t give a time table. I’d be leery of trading for a hurt player in that scenario.

  17. Tbone says:
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    My Wilson for Ridley in a 1/2 PPR with yardage bonuses at 100?
    Have Vereen.

    • Wilson is reverting back to a timeshare. Ridley will see that bonus more than Wilson. Pull the trigger.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Tbone: Hold for now.

      • On 2nd thought, agree w/ Sky. Didn’t see the 1/2 ppr. Ridley aint catching anything but glares from his coach.

  18. Frank White says:
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    Hey, Do you do a buy sell post on the football side??

      • Frank White says:
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        What day?

        • Frank White says:
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          I’m in a 3 WR League as starters and I have 4 Backs, Doug Martin, MJD, Sproles and Daryl Richardson & mr WR’s are Demarious T, Bowe and Nicks.. Would you trade Richardson and Kenny Britt for Wes Welker??

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I wouldn’t.

            • Frank White says:
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              What about Richardson, Givens n Pierre Thomas for Hartline & Fred Jackson??

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                No

                • Frank White says:
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                  Why not?? You don’t think I should grab a top receiver?? r you think Daryl is worth more for a higher ranked receiver??

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Frank White: How is trading for Hartline getting you a top end receiver? Givens is good, so is Hartline. You’re barely moving up there AND giving away a starting RB for a timeshare at best RB and just throwing in PT to boot. Makes zero sense. That’s why.

                    • Frank White says:
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                      K I understand.. Thanks for the help

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      No prob and good luck this week.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Wednesday

  19. Brick says:
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    Thanks Sky, great read as always.

    What a weird week, eh?
    Philip Rivers played well, and a ton of Running Backs did nothing, and there were like 6 safeties. Everyone seemed kinda off.

    Better flex play this week (in a non-ppr), Sproles or Hartline?

    Also, Would you rather roll with Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Celek, dickson, or z. miller till Gronk comes back? I think Celek might have the better match up this week.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Brick: Thanks!

      Completely agree. Wouldn’t have called this week 1 in a million years. How about the 28-2 KC vs Jags game? That’s the first game ever to end 28-2

      Haven’t really reviewed week 2 matchups yet but I’ll say Sproles

      Yeah, either Celek or Allen. I’ll say Celek and hope for more Redzone gold

      • Aero says:
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        @Sky: Can I piggy back a question here? In addition to those TE’s listed, where would you put Dallas Clark? He had a ton of targets last week (12), but just didn’t find the end zone.

        • Sky

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          @Aero: in a PPR, Clark would have the highest floor. Could give him a go over those two, just don’t expect many fireworks

          • Aero says:
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            @Sky: Not a PPR, but I need to do some filler until Gronk comes back. I played Ed Dickson last week, but he barely got a look from Flacco.