As we open the season, all of our NFL teams have the same goal— to play in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona on February 1. Our fantasy teams have the same goal— to play in our respective league’s Super Bowl whatever week (usually 16) that it falls on. For some of you, getting there will be difficult if not impossible. Others will find the road to be easy, and cruise through the season. For me, I fall in the latter when it comes to getting to the Super Bowl. That’s mainly because I live about 40 minutes north of University of Phoenix Stadium. Getting to the Super Bowl is easy for me, even if traffic sucks.

That’s what I’m here for. To help you navigate the journey from your starting point to your league’s Super Bowl. We’ll help you avoid the roadblocks of poor play, the detours of bye weeks, and the potholes of injuries. That said, let’s turn the key on the season and start giving some recommendations for players who can be picked up now to help you out in the long term.

Percentages are given as availability in NFL, ESPN and Yahoo leagues, respectively.

 

Quarterbacks

You might be in the market for a quarterback now if you have the banged-up Cam Newton (ribs) but more likely than not you want to get a leg up on the competition. Here’s who we would take for this week to help at this position.

Carson PalmerARI (85%,69%,49%)

Palmer is widely available and it’s surprising he isn’t picked up more often. Palmer is the only quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards with three different teams. He may need to throw for more than that to keep Arizona in some of its games. The risk you take with Palmer is his problem with interceptions. He was miserable with them in the first half of 2013. The light bulb came on about Week 8 and Arizona went to a shorter passing game with better success. It was how they won seven of their last nine last season to make a run at the playoffs.

Picking up Jared Veldheer at left tackle in the offseason should help with protection and running back Andre Ellington will probably bail out Palmer quite often if he finds himself under pressure.

For right now, I’d look at him as a bye-week fill in with his best matchups coming on Weeks 5-7 with Denver, Washington and Oakland on the menu then. Later in the season could be tougher with 5 NFC West games backloaded into the final seven weeks of the season.

Johnny Manziel—CLE (55,69, 53)

Manziel looks like a guy to stash away for now and wait until later in the season to unleash on your foes. The Cleveland offense sans Josh Gordon looks to be rather bleak right now. The top threat is tight end Jordan Cameron and I would expect to him to see plenty of double teams this season. No one really fears Miles Austin and his balky hamstrings. Ben Tate will take a punishing workload this season and the Browns look to try and win 10-7 games this season. He very well could vulture some rushing touchdowns once he gets in the game and that adds to his value.

Manziel is a guy that you’ll want to hang on to for now and save for later. Look for him to step in to the starter’s role in Week 5 if Brian Hoyer is ineffective. Manziel would open with Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and Oakland coming out of the Cleveland bye week. It could be promising so get him sooner rather than later. He can take carries away from Tate and the running backs.

Going Deeper: Derek Carr (more than 95% on all) was named the starting quarterback for Oakland late yesterday, but you’d have to be really desperate to even think of rostering him in anything but the deepest 2-QB leagues. Shaun Hill (more than 98% on all) is going to get his chances with Sam Bradford already done for the season. While he has a favorable Week 1 matchup against Minnesota, it is worth mentioning he has a game Week 3 against Dallas which could mean something if a key starter goes down early in the season.

 

Running Backs

Ahmad BradshawIND (93, 80, 76)

We saw Trent Richardson have a great 2012 then turn into a colossal turd in 2013 for not one, but two, teams. Bradshaw is a guy we like for now to add depth to your running back situation for the longer haul. Besides his wide availability, here’s what else we like.

If (when) T-Rich starts to run like T-Pain, Bradshaw will be counted on to tote the rock. The Colts play in a weak division and should be running the ball, especially in the second half of games to maintain leads. Bradshaw should be more reliable than Richardson this season and could play his way back into the lead back spot. Vick Ballard (torn Achilles) and Dan Herron are the only other backs on the roster. If Bradshaw stays healthy and Richardson falters he could be a nice addition to your roster.

Johnathan Grimes—HOU (99,96,92)

Grimes will compete with Alfred Blue for the job of backing up Arian Foster. Foster missed half of the season with an injury that required season-ending surgery. You never know if Foster is truly healthy or whether or not he can handle another year with a heavy workload. It has to be heavy since Houston doesn’t seem to have much on offense this season.

Remember that he had a solid game in the regular season finale for Houston in 2013 with 126 total yards of offense. He had 50 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added 76 yards on three receptions. He could be Foster Light and might be able to produce good results if given more touches.

Grimes is the handcuff Foster owners should have this season. Head out to the wire now and grab him before someone else does. If Foster falters, you have a good running back on a miserable team which screams out fantasy gold.

Going Deeper: Latavius Murray (more than 95% on each) of Oakland bears consideration since Darren McFadden finds a way to get hurt every season and Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t the same running back we saw four years ago in Jacksonville. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and a 4.38 40-yard dash, he just needs a chance to get on the field. With Carr under center, we know Oakland should be relying more on the run in 2014. Ka’Deem Carey of Chicago (more than 99% on each) looks like he could be the top backup to Matt Forte for the Bears. I’ve seen him play for the University of Arizona and even farther back at Canyon Del Oro HS in Tucson and he has been a stellar running back. Carey could bowl through defenders and threaten out of the backfield as well. Carey is a person to put a flag on now if you own Forte and the unthinkable happens. He should be a more natural fit to replace Forte instead of Shaun Draughn.

 

Wide Receiver

Cody Latimer in Denver (99,99,92) is listed fourth on the Broncos depth chart. Latime looks to be a piece of the Denver offense you can own for cheap right now and that value will go up if Wes Welker misses time with a concussion. It was no secret that the Broncos liked lining up in four-receiver sets last season. Latimer should be the fourth one and could give you a good replacement if you rolled the dice on  Gordon and lost.

John Brown of Arizona (95,94,92) has been the hit of training camp for the Cardinals. The third-round pick from tiny Pittsburg State in Kansas has been wowing people with his speed, quickness and ability to run routes. He sets up nicely to be the slot receiver in three wide-out sets with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd so he should get some looks. Palmer is going to pass a lot this season and Brown will certainly get his share of the action.

Going Deeper: Malcom Floyd of the Chargers (94,94,90) has made it all the way back from a scary, career-threatening neck injury. Reports out of San Diego say he’s willing to go over the middle for passes which is a good sign that he’s ready to go. It takes some pressure off Keenan Allen in the San Diego offense. Jordan Matthews of the Eagles (84,91,68) is only a rookie but he should be ready to go as the starting slot receiver in Philadelphia with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper on the outside. CBS projected him to have about 50 catches, 750 yards and five touchdowns this season which are solid number for a rookie wide out. He should make a good depth addition to your team and his Week 12 bye lets you get some help through rough weeks.

 

Tight End

Ladarius Green of San Diego (74,72,28) is a nice pick up with some serious upside. Antonio Gates is on the way down in his career arc and Green is his heir apparent. Green also has the benefit of a first-week matchup with Arizona who was hammered by tight ends last season. And that was with Karlos Dansby, Daryl Washington and Darnell Dockett. This could be the matchup to stream each week again this season and Green is the start of it.

Travis Kelce of the Chiefs (95,92,79) has been one of the surprise stories of the preseason. He led the Chiefs this preseason with 193 yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches. Alex Smith can’t always check down to Jamaal Charles and Sean McGrath got similar good production in this role last season. The Chiefs don’t have much at wide receiver after Dwayne Bowe so Kelce should see plenty of action.

Going Deeper: Levine Toilolo of Atlanta (98,99,99) is an interesting option at the tight end position. Tony Gonzalez retired and is now working in the broadcast booth for CBS . Toilolo is the next man up for the role and has a solid chance to contribute in the Falcons offense. Having a healthy Julio Jones helps the Falcons and if Steven Jackson can get back to being on his feet, Toilolo could be the forgotten man by defenses.

 

Kicker

Rookie Chandler Catonzaro of Arizona beat out 13-year veteran Jay Feely for the gig with the Cardinals. Arizona should move the ball up and down the field this season but when drives stall the Cat Man will get the call. He has the leg to be effective in fantasy and has flown under the radar the entire preseason.

Ryan Succop of wherever he lands. Succop was surprisingly cut by the Chiefs and has been linked to the Titans. Tennessee let Rob Bironas walk and wasn’t satisfied with either of its young kickers they had on the roster. Succop can get the job done and the Titans have a good chance of moving forward a little bit on offense before stalling out.

Going Deeper: Feely has the chops to play in the NFL but has some issue with missed field goals at big moments. While his fantasy team is called the Unemployed Kickers, he may not be one for much longer and could be a veteran fill in. The other choice here is whomever the Saints take as their kicker. They cut both Derek Dimke and Shayne Graham. New Orleans will pile up the points and someone has to kick extra points. They can’t go for two every time, could they?

 

Defense & Special Teams

Philadelphia’s DST (86,90,88) has a nice matchup against a young Jacksonville team and makes a nice streaming play for this week. Others we like are the Jets DST against Oakland and Oakland DST against the Jets. It has an over/under betting line of 39.5 which is one of the lowest ones this week.

In closing, this is the week where you don’t want to burn a high waiver wire priority (top 3) unless someone makes a huge mistake. You’ll want to save it for another week in season when something happens and you need to make a move. If you’re on the higher end of the priority (8 or above), then feel free to make moves since it won’t really impact your standings.

I’ll answer comments later in the evening on Tuesday since I am out west and work full-time days. I can also be found on Twitter @AndrewNordmeier and can sometimes get to that quicker than the comments on here. I don’t want to leave people hanging, you know. I can pull out my iPhone and tweet on lunch but I can’t get into the site to answer questions during the day. It’s the downside of working in a legal department.

  1. Randy says:
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    In a standard league, who makes a better WR stash between Latimer and Dobson? And the better TE2 between Green and Kelce? Lastly, in a 12-team league, I have Forte, Foster, Jennings, T-Rich, Ingram, and Bradshaw. I had dropped Dunbar for Bradshaw and Grimes for a kicker, but do I need to get rid of someone to get back Grimes? I need to keep it to 6 RBs… Thanks!

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @Randy: Dobson, Green and Id hold on the RBs.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Randy: Latimer (in light of the Welker suspension), Green because we know how much SD liked using Gates and has actual deep threats.

      12tm: T-Rich, the second he screws it up, so it’s not a move to make right this second. Ingram is the second option since the NO backfield will be crowded with him, Khiry, Pierre, Travis and whoever else they can scrounge up.

  2. Ron says:
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    If you could only choose 1, which player from the list below would you rather take a chance with?

    Latimer, Clay, Sanu, Wheaton or Baldwin

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @Ron: Wheaton

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ron: Latimer, in light of the Welker news.

  3. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop Sankey, L. Miller or Moreno? Need a kicker for week 1.

    • ABM says:
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      @SMLV1:

      Flip a coin and ditch a Miami RB

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @SMLV1: Lamar Miller. Moreno seems to be doing better for the start of the season and he would be much easier to get back than Moreno would be.

      • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: he also has a backup TE he could drop.

  4. ABM says:
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    Just got a weird trade offer. ESPN Standard Scoring
    I get Stafford and Jamaal
    He Gets Giovani Bernard and Andre Ellington
    This feels like the trap…

    • ABM says:
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      @ABM:
      Correction:
      I get Stafford and Jamaal
      He Get Foles: Gio or Ellington and Foles

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @ABM: It is a trap. RUN! Bernard and Ellington are two potential bellcow backs and all you’re getting back is one and a QB who throws a ton. I wouldn’t do it unless you are completely hosed at QB. Like starting Brian Hoyer hosed.

  5. mcBlunty says:
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    full point ppr league have been offered a trade where i get hopkins and ingram i would give fred jackson

    my current rbs are fotre, murray cjk, jackson, woodhead, andre williams, d freeman, current wr are jeffry, cobb, maclin, greg jennings and wheaton

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @mcBlunty:

      Don’t do it, man! I’m not big on Hopkins prospects in a Houston with offense with whats-his-name at quarterback. Jackson should get the ball quite a bit and Ingram will be in a crowded backfield (see comment above). If it were, Pierre Thomas, you might have something there.

  6. Michael says:
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    Hey 12 team league, standard format. 1 qb, 2 rb, 3 wr, flex, te, k and def. Have cutler, bush, mccoy, cobb, antonio brown, michael floyd, heath miller, novak and cinci. Flex most likely golden tate this week. Bench: piere thomas, khiry robinson, carson palmer, dwayne allen, woodhead, justin hunter and boykin. I have solid wideouts, you think I should trade one for a better rb? Any other thoughts? Thank you!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Michael: No. Stay with what you have since Pierre should get a good amount of touches for the Saints. It’s even better if you are in a PPR league there. Woodhead also provides the same kind of support.

      If you feel the need to do it, try to dangle Golden Tate out there and see what offers you get in return. There should be some interest for the guy opposite Megatron.

  7. Mike says:
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    Hey,
    0.5 pt PPR league — got Kyle Rudolph and Hartline offered to me for Tim Wright and Terrance Williams. I just dropped Eifert for Latimer (post Welker news) so I got no depth at TE. My other WRs are Julio, Garcon, Mike Wallace, and now Latimer (start two WRs and there are two flex spots which I have other options for). Thoughts? Thanks….

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike: Rudolph would help shore up the TE spot but I’m not big on anyone getting passes in Minnesota right now not named Patterson. Good move on Latimer.

      I wonder who you have to start at TE since you say you don’t have depth. If you have Graham, Gronk, Davis, Witten or Pitta you should be fine.

      • mike says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: thanks. meant I don’t have anyone else right now at TE outside of Wright….Rudolph could be a huge boost but hate the thought of losing Terrance (think Romo kills it this yr).

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @mike: Romo will have to throw it a ton since he plays for the Allas Cowboys.

          (See what we did there, no D in Dallas?)

          Romo might lead the league in passing attempts this season. I’d hang on to West.

  8. Comatose says:
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    Hey guys, what do you think of this trade?

    Alshon and Lamar Miller for Leveon Bell and Kelvin Benjamin

    For context, my standard, 12-team squad before trade. I’m really trying to sell high on Alshon and not feeling great about Lamar losing the job to Knowshon.
    QB- RGIII
    RB – Demarco
    RB – Mathews
    WR – Dez
    WR – Alshon
    WR – Cordarelle
    TE – Kelce
    Flex – Lamar Miller
    K – whatever
    DEF – whatever
    BN – Khiry
    BN – Mike Wallace
    BN – Stills
    BN – Randle
    BN – Rivers
    BN – Devonta Freeman
    BN – Celek

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      I wouldn’t do it. Keep Alshon for now and ride it out. You don’t have much you can flex except for Rueben Randle this week when the G-Men take on Detroit on MNF-Early Game.

      Benjamin is better served in dynasty formats than redraft now. Yes. he’s the big body in Carolina but Newton doesn’t really have much a passing option other than his running backs and TE Greg Olson.

      The other thing I’m not fond of is Bell. He will play this week but has Blount right there to vulture goal line and short-yardage plays. The other thing is he has that cloud of, um, suspension, yeah, that’s it, hanging over his head and you never know if or when it might hit. You’d be pissed if you sent away Alshon for a guy who’s suspended for at least four games.

      I like the bold strategy of using “whatever” on your K and DST. Go Catonzaro of ARI and the Eagles this week against the Jags.

      • Comatose says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: Thank you for talking me off the ledge.

        PS I rolled with “whatever” because I was too lazy to look at who my Kicker and Defense are. It’s Dawson and Pittsburgh.

  9. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Kicker from Denver McManus a super sleeper?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Not really. He’s only going to be a four-week guy and then cut loose. I don’t know much about him so I would prefer to have a known quantity or someone who has some preseason buzz about him.

      I’m still interested to see who the Saints go with and it looks like Shayne Graham who was with the team late last season. I’d go with Graham since that seems to be a good name to have in New Orleans.

  10. G says:
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    Half point PPR league. Vereen or Stacy as my number 2 RB? Unfortunately no flex league, so have to bench one since Mccoy is my number 1. Thanks in advance

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @G:
      IMO that’s a good duo to play match ups with shady.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @G: Play them week to week based on the matchups. This week, I like Stacy a little more than Vereen.

  11. Robert says:
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    Grimes or Moreno as a backup?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Robert:
      I’d say Moreno is the play there.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Robert: Moreno, unless you own Foster. Moreno seems to have gotten through his minor knee surgery and should be the lead back in Miami.

      • Btdrnks says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier:

        Except for the part where Moreno isn’t the lead back…

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Btdrnks: They have Miller listed first on the team’s website but this should change soon based on play.

  12. frankgrimes says:
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    Would you dump Welker? 12 teams
    my WR are Dez Julio Decker Hunter and Welker?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @frankgrimes: Not really. It depends on what else is out there. I’d rather stash him for 4 weeks because you know if you dump him someone will snap him up and do the exact same thing and hold on to him. I wouldn’t want to potentially serve Welker to the Peyton Manning owner on a silver platter.

  13. David says:
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    In a 12 Team Standard league, would you trade someone your MJD for Knowshon Moreno heads up? I have someone in my league “WhatWouldJonesDrew” and doesn’t want to change his name…and this is a possibility.

    I also have Gronkowski and unfortunately all TE’s got snagged up (except for Fleener and Dwayne Allen basically) and he already has Jimmy Graham and Kyle Rudolph as a backup. Would you stick with one of those or try to work a two player trade or just ride it out and see what’s left if/when gronk gets hurt again?

    Thanks!
    -Long time Razzball fan

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @David: Yes. Send MJD for Moreno now. I’ll wait

      I’d stick with the Indy tight ends for now. It’s only Week 1 and plenty will happen. Travis Kelce of Kansas City looks to be a good option if available and think about John Carlson in Arizona as a deeper option. Or Quarless from the Packers since Jermichael FInley is out of commission.

  14. Adam says:
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    Just finished draft tonigt… Interested in ur thoughts. Standard league, 10
    Team, qb, 2rb, 2wr, te, flex, def, k, 3IDP
    QB-Brees
    RB-Lacey, Mathews, Spilker, CJohnson, PThomas
    WR- Jeffery, Crabtree, Edelman, KWright, Randle, Watkins
    TE- reed
    def- broncos
    k- novak
    idp- chandler jones, bobby wagner, harrison smith

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Adam:

      QB: Love it
      RB: Nice bunch all the way around, even better if it was a PPR.
      WR: Half good (Alshon, Julian, Kendall) and half “meh” in Crabtree, Randle and Watkins
      TE: Not my favorite choice there but serviceable.
      DST: The thing to watch for is the potential to lose points by giving up garbage time points and yards but should be good with Von Miller back for 2014.
      K- As long as he doesn’t tear his ACL on the opening kickoff like Nate Kaeding did in 2011 he should be fine.
      IDP-Okay but not like it’s JJ Watt, Von Miller and Richard Sherman back there. Serviceable but not spectacular is the phrase here.

      Overall: Not bad but I’m not ready to place the order for the championship ring now.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: you know sherman isn’t a high ranked guy for IDP right, he doesn’t get targeted so he can’t get tackles or passes defended.

  15. 12-team PPR

    Kendall Wright (T.Y. Hilton)
    Pierre Garcon (Brian Hartline)

    Given the Welker suspension, would you boot Hartline off the bench for Cody Latimer?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @James R: Yes. I’m not thrilled with Ryan Tannehill (most sacks suffered last season) and if Welker gets his brains scrambled again, Latimer could have a real nice role in that offense.

  16. Zar says:
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    The San Francisco DST hit the waiver wires already…I feel like they were almost a no brainer over ST Louis, but with all the issues they have, I’m not sure. Pick up the SF DST, or hold?

    • Senator Tankerbell says:
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      @Zar: I think I’d rather have the Rams. They should be good for a ton of sacks this year.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Zar: Hold. They would be more of a stash now with Aldon Smith (9 games), NaVorro Bowman (6 games minimum–ACL) and Ray McDonald (looking at 6 minimum) all out for several weeks. They would be a nice waiver wire pick up around Week 7 depending on how they are doing. Their bye is Week 8 so that could be the time to swoop in and get them for the 2nd half when they have STL, NO, NYG, WSH, SEA, OAK, SEA, SD, ARI in the second half of the season.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: somebody else will certainly swoop in soon if you don’t, but as mentioned, with all those guys out STL is probably just better.

  17. Meximus says:
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    I’m in the first year of a 12 team keeper league… would you drop Sproles or Deangelo Williams to pick up Jerick McKinnon? I have Jeremy Hill and Knile Davis, along with Dobson, Jordan Matthrews and O Beckham. I also have Charles Clay backing up Jordan Cameroon at TE but I’m not sure if it’s worth dropping anyone now for McKinnon.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Meximus: No it’s not. Adrian Peterson has 2239 touches in seven NFL seasons which is more than 300 a year. He’s still running strong at this point in his career. I don’t think it’s wise to roster a guy who might get 40 carries this season in the first year of a keeper league.

      Dynasty, maybe if you own AP. Or it’s a real deep league with large rosters.

  18. allen says:
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    Whats up andrew!

    Thx for the wire read. I am trying to figure out what to do with my last bench spot. I play 12 team standard no flex (lame), start 2 RB and 3 WR. We have 6 bench spots. Lineup is the following…

    Stafford
    Lacy
    Ball
    V jackson
    T smith
    G tate
    Ertz
    Bailey
    NE

    Bn- gerhart, fred jackson, jordan reed, jordan matthews, brandin cooks, cody latimer

    My question is…first, hows this squad look? Im liking it except WR could be inconsistent.

    Would you drop jord matthews or latimer for another RB..such as- Blount, white, helu, cunningham, hillman?

    I have this feeling abouy helu this year..maybe hes a poor mans gio bernard for gruden?

    Thanks for the input, keep up the good work!

    • allen says:
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      @allen: grimes is also out there

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @allen: Hey Allen!

      I agree with your assessment of your team. You will get some streakiness out of the WR pool you have, especially your starters.

      I’d stay with that I have for now see how things go in the first three weeks until byes kick in and things get screwy.

      I’m not sure what to make of Helu. He could be a nice PPR option but the risk of Shanahanigans keeps me away. Ever since I got hosed over by a random Ryan Torain start a couple years ago, I don’t think I’ve owned a Washington RB.

  19. CL says:
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    Andrew: 12 team 1pt PPR…

    I have Cecil Shorts in flex currently. Is Latimer a better play here for a bit? He’s on the wire and my bench is currently Hartline, Devonta Freeman, Kelce, and Sproles… you dump any of them for Latimer, or hold?

    • allen says:
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      @CL: whos your starting TE? Id drop kelce…latimer is a sure fire hold right now to see if he blows up in the first few weeks

      • CL says:
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        @allen: I have Olsen, but can;t seem to drop Kelce… I just think Kelce is going to be good for PPR. For some reason I don’t trust Olsen……………….. I can be swayed, and yes, I see Kelce may be low man on totem pole here.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @CL: I’ll answer it all here.

          I would keep Olsen because of this phrase. “You don’t need to be the prettiest girl in the bar if you’re the only girl in the bar.” It sums up Carolina’s passing game this season and Olsen is the only chick there.

          I would get rid of Hartline for Latimer now. While has back to back 1.000 yard seasons (seriously, yes) Hartline can’t seem to find the end zone (10 TD in 76 games). Latimer has a better chance to find pay dirt and Hartline should be relatively easy to get back on waivers later.

          And keep Kelce. My pal who is a HUGE Chiefs fan is very high on him this season and he;s been pretty spot-on with his ideas.

          • CL says:
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            @Andrew Nordmeier: OK, I’ll hit on Olsen.

            I’ve owned Hartline in the past, and what you say makes sense… I’ve never really tried hard to play him. You pushed me off teh fence… he’s gone for upside in Latimer.

            I’ve got Kelce on all of my teams today.

            Good luck!

  20. Rags says:
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    16 team league with 10 man benches (something approaching a dynasty league but really more of a hard-core keeper). You’d trade Charles Clay for Wes Welker, right?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Rags: Yes I would. I’d rather have 12 of Welker than 16 of Clay and he would be more attractive trade bait in the future than Clay.

  21. Charles says:
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    I’m a huge fan of Razzball baseball daily and now I’ve turned over to Razzball football for the football season. So awesome.
    14 Team Non PPR (6 pts for all TDs, 1 pt per 50 passing yards, 1 pt per 20 rush/rec yards, fractional points count)
    We start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 Flex (RB/WR), 1 TE, 1 K, 1 Def
    9th Pick
    QB: C. Kaepernick, Big Ben (backup)
    RB: AP, J. Bell, F. Jackson, Ingram (depth), Khiry Robinson (depth), A. Williams (depth)
    WR: J. Nelson, V. Jax, Michael Floyd, G. Jennings (depth), C. Lattimer (depth), A. BUBBA Caldwell (depth)
    TE: Pitta
    K: McMannus (Till week 4 then streaming)
    Def: Detroit (Streaming)

    What do you think of my team? It’s crazy but you never know what will happen on draft day. AP fell to me at the 9th spot because QBs (Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Brady) were drafted in the top 6. Then CJ and D. Thomas followed by J. Charles at the 8th. In this league format I traditionally draft stationary QBs such as Romo, Matty Ice or Brady. But they were flying off the boards while I filled up my WR/RB spots.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Charles: Thanks for coming over the football side!

      AP at 9 is a steal and a nice cornerstone. Kaepernick might be needed more than last season because of the question marks on the SF DST in the first half of the season (injuries, suspensions).

      The starting WR are good and Lattimer is nice pick. Pitta should excel at TE this season with Kubiak as the OC in BAL. Streaming K/D is fine and good way to do it. Jackson will be a nice starter if he continues to get the red zone carries on what sizes up to be an awful Buffalo team.

      Overall, I like it but I’d hold off on scheduling your tickertape parade across the living room.

  22. Steve says:
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    Would u trade keenan Allen and Cameron for Julius Thomas?
    10 team standard
    Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Steve: Depends on both rosters but in vaccuum, yes. Cameron won’t be as effective this year without Josh Gordon and will see a lot more defensive attention. Keep in mind how we fell down after the first six weeks of the season last year. He had one touchdown after Week 7 ([email protected] 9-121-1) and was otherwise invisible.

      So now it’s Allen for Thomas in my mind and I still do it. Malcom Floyd is back and that should take pressure off of Allen…and targets.

      Do the deal, Steve!

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    Do you see any moves here with this roster:

    QB: Brady
    WR: Julio
    WR: Wright
    WR: Edelman
    RB: Forte
    RB: Vereen
    TE: Graham
    W/R: Bell
    Q/W/R/T: Ryan
    BN: Miller
    BN: Woodhead
    BN: SJax
    BN: Hartline
    BN: Wallace
    BN: Pitta

    FAs:

    RBs – Pierce, Greene, Ingram, McLuster, DMC, Hill, Bradshaw, Ivory, Grimes, West, Freeman
    WRs – Shorts, Latimer, Hawkins, Hunter, Streater, Dobson, Stills, Bowe

    0.5 PPR, 6 points per TD, 3 point bonus (85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing), 6 point bonus (135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing)

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Wilsonian: @Wilsonian: I have moves like Jagger…if he had broken legs.

      Keep an eye on Bradshaw for when TRich sucks.

      WR: Hartline for Latimer sounds good (see above comment)

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: would you lose Miller for Bradshaw now? I’ll probably join the Latimer bandwagon. Just in case.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Wilsonian: Not quite yet. Let’s see how Week 1 plays out.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Wilsonian: @Wilsonian: Not quite yet. Let’s see how Week 1 plays out.

  24. Mike says:
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    I dropped Tim Wright after I took him with my last pick, and picked up Kelce… should I be grabbing Wright again or jusr see how it plays out with Kelce having a big preseason? I have Kyle Rudolph as my TE

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      @Mike: also who would u rather own in a PPR league? Ellington or Ball?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Mike:

      See what Kelce does but monitor Wright (and Gronk’s health).

      PPR: Both are good but I like Ball better b/c of the short passing game of Denver.

  25. Pavan says:
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    hey man love to hear your feedback- 10 team 0.5 ppr, 6 pt passing td
    drafting 6th:
    QB Brady (7th)
    RB Martin (3rd)
    RB mathews (5th)
    WR J Jones (2)
    WR Andre Johnson (4)
    TE Graham (1)
    Flex/bench: J Bell (6), L Miller (8), Maclin (9), Decker (10), FJax (11)
    Lineup doesnt pop off the page, but i guess banking on big bounce back yrs from Brady and Martin, thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Pavan: They both should have good seasons. Brady should have a healthy Gronk and the addition of Mankins should only help Martin’s rushing totals.

      Not wild on Lamar Miller and haven’t been for years since he seems to get the Wally Pipp job every season. We get told that he’ll start and here comes Daniel Thomas to start and have 18 carries. Andre Johnson is someone I’m not high on since his quarterbacking situation disintegrated this offseason. Don’t expect totals like he had last season.

      Otherwise, it’s a solid but not spectacular lineup. See if you can find RBs Pierre Thomas and/or Danny Woodhead to bolster yourself at that position in PPR.

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