It’s time to run to the waiver wire and put your claim in for Kansas City running back Knile Davis. Star running back and first-round pick Jamaal Charles left the loss at Denver in the first quarter with an ankle sprain and didn’t return. Davis took the field and had 79 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He added a pair of catches as well, and looked sharp. Davis could be a starter on some other running-back hungry teams and he should be on your fantasy roster this week. Charles (sprained ankle) looks to be questionable at best for this week against Miami. He’s been diagnosed with the dreaded high ankle sprain, and Davis should capitalize on it. The Dolphins are giving up 101 yards a game on the ground so the opportunity is there for Davis. The week after, it’s a Monday night tilt at New England (122.5 yards per game) for the Chiefs. Week 5 is a brutal matchup at San Francisco. We know how tough they are to run on, hunh Matt Forte? It wouldn’t make sense for the Chiefs to bring back Charles to get pounded into ground chuck before the team’s bye week on Week 6.

Jamaal Charles could be the 2014 equivalent of CJ Spiller with this injury and we all know how that turned out for the Bills. I can see Davis getting three starts including two of them with good matchups. There’s no real reason to rush Charles back before Week 7, and the Chiefs could be dead in the water by then anyways. Knile Davis is the pickup of the week for us and should have more staying power given his situation.

Let’s go through the other positions and get you some help on the waiver wire this week, starting with quarterbacks.

 

Quarterbacks

RGIII has done it again. He’s managed to hurt himself with a dislocated left ankle suffered when he was running away from Jacksonville defenders Sunday. The positive is that yesterday’s MRI revealed no break in his ankle. The negative is that RGIII should be smart and hang it up for the season. After the way Kirk Cousins looked in relief, there’s no need to rush him back.

Cousins (xx,yy,zz) looks like he should be the starter the rest of the way in Washington and makes for solid depth. He can also help you get through some rough bye weeks with good matchups. Weeks 7-9 feature games with Tennessee, Dallas and Minnesota before the Week 10 bye and Tampa waiting on the other side. You might have to take your lumps in the next couple of weeks with Philadelphia and the Giants before back-to-back games with Seattle and Arizona.

DeSean Jackson doesn’t appear to be banged up too badly so Cousins should have the weapons he needs to be effective. Pick him up now and reap the benefits later.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer (nerve, shoulder) is questionable against San Francisco but you wouldn’t dare pick up Drew Stanton unless you’re in a mega-deep league. It’s a little early, but you might want to stow away the name Blake Bortles in case Jacksonville continues to falter. They rely on their pass game since Toby Gerhart looks dreadful. Chad Henne isn’t getting it done so how long until Bortles gets his shot?

 

Running Backs

Bobby Rainey of the Buccaneers would be our choice for pickup of the week if not for Knile Davis. Rainey shined in place of the injured Doug Martin (knee) and romped on the Rams with 175 yards of total offense. Rainey also has the advantage of playing on Thursday when the Bucs take on an Atlanta team that has been torn up on the ground this season.

Rainey is the sure thing here, healthwise and should get a start on your team Thursday against the Falcons who have allowed a league-worst five rushing touchdowns already. It all looks good for Rainey right now.

Donald Brown of San Diego was signed by the team recently and now has a chance to shine after Ryan Mathews went down with a sprained MCL in his knee. Mathews will miss up to a month and Brown should be more of a true running back with Danny Woodhead being a bigger threat in the passing game.

Khiry Robinson of the Saints is also in line for more work after Mark Ingram broke his hand against Cleveland. He had 143 yards and three touchdowns so the opportunities are there for Robinson to pick up some of that slack. Pierre Thomas is still there too but is more of a factor in the passing game. I wouldn’t expect Robinson to be available but its worth a check.

Lamar Miller is worth mentioning with Knowshon Moreno down for at least a month with a dislocated elbow. The Fins also re-signed Daniel Thomas so this sounds like an RBBC situation at best.

Adrian Peterson looks like he will be active this week according to the team so the Matt Asiata love affair ends here.

 

Wide Receiver

Mohammed Sanu of the Bengals looks to be the primary receiver in Cincinnati should AJ Green miss any amount of time with his turf toe injury. Green is week to week at best right now and Sanu would be a nice addition to most rosters.

Andrew Hawkins of Cleveland has emerged as the top receiving option for the Browns with Josh Gordon suspended and Jordan Cameron (shoulder) out for the game against the Saints. Hawkins had 6-70-0 this week and should be better next week as rapport builds.

James Jones of Oakland has a very quiet two touchdowns in the first two weeks. He posted a 9-112-1 line this past week against Houston and could be a nice sleeper going forward. Oakland looks like it is going to be throwing a bunch and Jones is the biggest recipient of them.

 

Tight Ends

Owen Daniels of the Ravens double-vultured touchdowns from Dennis Pitta on Thursday night but isn’t more than a speculative add. Pitta’s still healthy and this was an odd week for these tight ends. Joe Flacco will throw to his tight ends often and Pitta will come around soon.

Kicker

Chandler Catonzaro of Arizona had a solid day with 4-of-4 field goals in the Cardinals win over the Giants. When you factor in a questionable quarterback situation and a tough matchup with the 49ers and it could be another day with multiple field goals for the rookie.

Cody Parkey of the Eagles had a good game on Monday night with three field goals and three extra points in Phialdelphia’s last second win. Parkey shows some promise and can help you find some stability at the position. You’re looking for it if you took Mike Nugent for Week 2 and watched him go 1-of-4 after a 5-of-6 performance on the opening week.

 

Defense & Special Teams

Look for the Colts DST this week as they take on a Jacksonville team that has problems moving the ball. The Indy defense gave up 30 points against the Eagles last night but should be vastly improved this week.

 

Final Thought

Don’t forget about the suspended guys who might be coming back as early as this week. Think of guys like Wes Welker for example. The key on that is to wait for the approval and get all of the names on the list to assess who is best for you and your team. We don’t have the approval on the deal as of press time but this is something to follow this week.

Leave your questions below and I’ll get to them late Tuesday. You can also follow me on Twitter @AndrewNordmeier.

  1. Nick says:
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    Its looking like Doug Martin is going to be back this Thursday against the Falcons, blowing up my opportunity for Rainey to start…I have Murray & Jennings @ RB & K. Davis at flex right now…

    Bench includes Rainey, Matthews, Bowe, Hyde, G. Jennings & Gates..

    I already asked Jay about Donald Brown who he is not high on at all..do you agree? If Doug Martin is definitely back, maybe drop Rainey for Brown? I dont really have a spot for him to start (I’d have to bench R. Jennings)…

    I also hate that I have Witten & now Gates (just picked up) at TE. Would you maybe try to get Gates in as flex and bench R. Jennings or K Davis?

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Nick: I’m not big on Brown either. I don’t know how well he could do in that offense and would think Woodhead is the much better option there.

      I’d still hang on to Rainey in case this is a longer term issue with Martin. I wouldn’t play Jennings this week against a tough Houston D that has allowed 20 points in two games. I’d consider flexing in Gates against Buffalo unless you can sell-high to a TE hungry team.

      DST: Go with the Colts. They looked bad against Philly last night bit I like them against a Jaguars team that looks lost.

  2. Nick says:
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    Also at Defense do you hold Arizona, or go grab Colts, Cleveland or Ravens for week 3?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Nick: i’d hold ARI, they were ranked top 5 preseason (which was a few weeks ago)

  3. Jagan says:
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    How much FAA budget I should use (League provides 500 dollars as the budget) for

    – Knile Davis
    -Bobby Rainey
    -Khiry Robinson
    -Donald Brown

    Regards

    Jagan

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Jagan:

      Knile 200, Rainey 150, Robinson 100, Brown 50 The order you have them is how you should pursue them. Knile could be a long-term gain while Rainey is potentially week to week, Robinson could have a four-week boost and Brown,well, is Brown.:

  4. jcg says:
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    Two best roster stashes? Crowell, Blue, Taliaferro, McKinnon, L Green

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @jcg: Blue (Arian could get hurt any time), Green (Gates had issues in the past with plantar fasicitis in his feet which caused him to miss time).

      Crowell’s value might not be there after the Browns’ bye in Week 4, Taliaferro looks to be a stretch with how well Pierce ran Thursday. McKinnon is a big crapshoot and I would want to get more clarity on the AP mess before I consider Jarick.

  5. fallex says:
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    Got hit with the fantasy triple whammy (JC, Knowshon, Mathews) last week. Who’s the best fill-in for this week and beyond? I’ve got the#1 WW pick, so I can get anybody (and maybe two?):

    K.Davis (KC)
    A.Bradshaw (IND)
    B.Rainey (TB)
    D.Williams (CAR)
    D.Brown (SD)

    Knile seems like the obvious pick, but Andy Reid seems determined to misuse his RB’s…

    • fallex says:
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      Oh, K.Robinson (NO) is available too…

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @fallex: Knile is the right choice. Then you potentially have both him and Charles for some easy matchups in the second half (STL, OAK x 2).

      Bradshaw would be next and looked good last night especially in the passing game. Khiry might not be available in most leagues; he was 98 % owned in ESPN leagues for example.

      D-Will has some appeal but his injury problem concerns me. Brown is too much of a wild card for now especially with bye weeks around the corner.

  6. CRice says:
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    Would you consider dropping names like Ahmad Bradshaw, Bernard Pierce, SJax, or Ivory to pickup Brown or Khiry or Rainey.

    So I guess I’m saying, please rank:

    Bradshaw
    Pierce
    SJax
    Ivory
    Donald Brown
    Khiry Robinson
    Rainey

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @CRice:
      1Bradshaw
      2 Rainey
      3 Khiry
      4 Pierce
      5 Ivory
      6 SJax
      7 Brown

      Why? Bradshaw should be the back in Indy since T-Rich is still looking awful. Rainey has value if Martin is out but that could be week-to-week at best. Khiry should get his chances with how the Saints pass game goes. Pierce is good but has some competition in Forsett. Ivory has his moments but the Jets can’t seem to commit to one starting running back. Sjax used to be good in St. Louis but isn’t with Atlanta. Brown is last by default.

  7. Bob says:
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    Hey, drop Jordan Matthews to add any of these;

    Antonio gates, Mohamed sanu, James jones, Brian quick, Andre Roberts, john brown, Marqise lee , Aaron Dobson or Malcolm Floyd. I’ll be second this week in the waiver order – waiver order changes from week to week based on record.

    My RB’s are (we start two there is no flex for RB which kinda sucks but oh well) lesean McCoy , Montee ball, Andre Ellington , Stevan Ridley, Ahmad Bradshaw & Chris ivory.

    My WR’s(we start 3, plus also there’s a WR/TE spot)
    Brandon Marshall, Crabtree, colston, Justin Hunter, Markus Wheaton, & Jordan Matthews

    My TE is Ertz & Travis kelce is on my bench as a backup

    QB is Matt Ryan, I don’t have a backup QB

    I plan on dropping the d I had, to pick up one of the following

    Colts D @ Jacksonville

    Saints D vs browns

    Bears D @ jets

    Ravens D @ browns

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bob: James Jones, who is suddenly performing well, should be your pick up. Matthews is better in dynasty formats than redrafts.

      Colts D would be the pickup for me there.

  8. Andy says:
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    Bradshaw and Davis are available on waivers. Which do I target? Does either player hold more future value than Hyde?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Andy: Davis. I can see Captain Checkdown using him more in the passing game than Luck will with Bradshaw.

      Hyde has a good amount of future value and would be big if Gore got hurt. For now, Gore is doing good so Davis is the answer.

  9. Da Bulls says:
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    Would you trade Victor Cruz to get DeSean Jackson in a 12 team PPR?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Da Bulls: I would say yes for now. Jackson should have a better chance at scoring big with Cousins under center. Cruz looked miserable and had a big case of the dropsies last week against Arizona. DJax should also find himself with favorable coverage situations that Cruz won’t because of the presence of other good receivers in Garcon, and to a lesser extent, Andre Roberts.

  10. Clint says:
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    My league is a 12 team, 4 keeper, 1.5pt/ppr league where we start a QB1 and have a QB/RB/WR/TE spot. I’ve been told, as the past scoring results seem to indicate, that since passing TD’s are 5pts compared to 6pts for other positions I should start a QB in that flex spot 95% of the time. Bearing that in mind, would you drop RG3 for Cousins, McCown, Wayne, or Bradshaw, or just hang onto him in the hopes he’ll get the job back for the stretch run (I’m #5 in waivers this week). My offense looks like this:

    QB: Newton
    RB: Montee Ball
    WR: Megatron, Cobb
    RB/WR/TE: Le’Veon Bell
    QB/RB/WR/TE: Romo
    Bench: Tannehill, Gio, Garcon, Wright

    With the depth I have, I think I have the flexibility to hang onto him but you guys are better at this than me so I’ll lean on your suggestions.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Clint: Get Cousins. RGIII should be out until the Skins bye week at a minimum and I doubt he gets the job back unless Cousins totally bombs out .

  11. Ziltoid says:
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    Would you drop joique bell or Terrance west in 12 team ppr for knile Davis?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Ziltoid: West. His value gets limited when Tate gets healthy after the bye.

  12. jim says:
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    PPR-Need to choose 6 this week to start among Roddy White, Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, TY Hilton, Alshon, James Jones, Woodhead, Knile Davis. 4 WR and 2 flex. Which two would you bench?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @jim: Sit both AZ WRs if Stanton starts.

  13. jcg says:
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    J Hill or J Bell for the rest of season?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @jcg: Hill

  14. Brett says:
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    100 budget minimum bid 0 what do you bid on Bradshaw 12 team ppr

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Brett: 15 because t rich sucks and he has little competition

  15. Moscowitz says:
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    42 of my 90$ for Davis?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      Yeah. High ankle sprains are a bitch.

  16. Chad Bowling says:
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    Do I drop Steven Jackson or Hilton to pick up Khiry Robinson, Knile Davis, Donald Brown or Bobby Rainey?

    My RBs are L. Bell, Mathews, Bush, J. Bell, Tate and Jackson
    My WRs are Garcon, T. Smith, Wallace, Wright, and Hilton

    Regular Scoring. Start 2 RB and 3 WR.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Chad Bowling: SJax goes for Knile

  17. Derek says:
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    Got offered joique bell and cam newton for my rg3 and leveon bell should i pull the trigger?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Derek: No. I’d hang onto Le’Veon.

  18. Sparty Scott says:
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    Please rank these TEs: Gates, Pitta, D. Walker, Kelce

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Sparty Scott: Pitta, Gates, Kelce, Delanie

  19. Chicken Dinner says:
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    AP owner. PPR

    My Michael Floyd for Wheaton/Asiata.

    My other WRs are Jordy/Cooks/Wallace

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: No I’d still hang onto Floyd. You should be able to get a better offer.

  20. Make it Wayne says:
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    Hey man,
    Would you keep or drop MJD , Darren McFadden ,Justin forsett, or malcom Floyd?

    My other RB’s are gio Bernard, Ahmad Bradshaw, toby gerhart, jeremy hill, Ben Tate, Terrance west

    My other WR are demaryius Thomas , Crabtree, cordarrelle patterson, Kelvin Benjamin , Markus Wheaton, & malcom Floyd.

    If yes here’s a few to look at and or stash.
    Andre Roberts, Stedman bailey, Chris givens, kenny stills, Aaron Dobson, kenbrel Thompkins, davante Adams, Allen Robinson , bobby Rainey, Benny Cunningham , jon Dwyer , Travis kelce, Ladarius green or Dwayne Allen . My main & only TE is Ertz.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Make it Wayne: McFadden for Rainey

  21. Brian says:
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    Drop Ryan Mathews for Knile Davis, even if I have Matt Forte, La’Veon Bell, and Alfred Morris (PPR league)?

    Or pick up Andrew Hawkins to supplement the suddenly weaker looking wide receiver corps of Alshon Jeffries, Victor Cruz, Pierre Garcon, and Terrance Williams?

    -Brian

  22. Mike G says:
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    Ok, quick question 14 man standard

    Rivers
    Ball, Bell, Forte, Ivory
    Jeffery, Wright, White, Evans
    Kelce, Cook
    Novak

    I have dropped a few players so that is why there isn’t to many.

    I got offered Keenan Allen for Chris Ivory. My waiver is 6 and they will trade me back Ivory if I pick up rainey. because they are number 7 That a good trade and deal or no?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike G: Do the deal and pick up Rainey…and then not give them Rainey.

  23. Ron says:
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    .5PPR – Kelce or Baldwin ROS?

  24. Nick says:
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    Hi Andrew, for a 10-team non-ppr, do you flex R. Jennings, Gates, Rainey or G. Jennings?

    I have Murray/K. Davis at RB, Witten at TE & Cobb/Edelman/Wallace at WR for starters in week3, THANKS!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: Also, Asiata is on waivers & I’m #5 of 10, do you try to grab him & drop one of my bench players of Rainey, Bowe, Hyde, G. Jennings, Matthews, Gates (Witten is my starting TE)…

  25. friar says:
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    Somehow, both Donald Brown and Woodhead are on the waiver wire after last night’s claims settled. I picked up Rainey and Khiry ahead of them, but now I’m wondering if I should also drop Rueben Randle/Justin Hunter for one or both of the SD backs. Thoughts?

    12-team non-PPR
    RB: L. Bell, Bernard, Rainey, K. Robinson, (Charles), (Mathews)
    WR: Welker, K. Benjamin, T. Smith, Randle, Hunter, (Gordon)

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @friar: Randle for Woodhead

  26. Commish Cauda says:
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    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Trade Cordarelle & Sproles FOR Demaryius Thomas & Hyde?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      No. Hold on to your two. Hyde’s value is better if Gore is not in the picture.

  27. Bobby says:
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    12-team .5PPR
    Got Garcon, Patterson, T. Williams, J. Hunter at WR & Stacy, Forsett, P. Thomas, K. Robinson, Ridley, C. Michael at RB
    Would you trade away Pierre Thomas & Garcon for Jordy Nelson?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Bobby: No. PT should have an expanded role with Ingram out and Garcon should still have a big impact in the WSH passing game.

      This smells of a sell-high on Jordy and I wouldn’t do it.

  28. Nick says:
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    I was offered Ridley/Cruz for my Edelman in a 10-team non-ppr…I’m leaning against it as I have plenty of RB depth & not much WR depth..what are your thoughts?

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: My depth is as follows; I have Cobb Edelman, Wallace, bowe & g Jennings at wr and Murray, Matthews, R Jennings. Rainey, k Davis, Hyde at rb & Witten/gates at TE..what do you think?! Trade or no?

      • Andrew Nordmeier

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        @Nick: No deal. I’d hold Edelman in PPR.

        • Nick says:
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          @Andrew Nordmeier: NON-PPR league…

          how about these counters;

          -Bowe/Davis for Cruz
          -Edelman/Rainey for Stacy/Cruz

  29. Pitta Please says:
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    Best start this week for my RB2 spot?

    Doug Martin (questionable) @ Atl
    Donald Brown @ Buf
    Bradshaw or Richardson @ Jax

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Pitta Please: Martin, if healthy, followed by Bradshaw then T-Rich then Brown

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