Hello again Razzball readers! I’ve really been enjoying contributing to Razzball so far and I look forward to answering more questions and helping more fantasy teams. Mike Braude and I will be working as a team and editing each other’s columns so feel free to ask either of us any questions; we’d love to help! And check us out on Twitter at @AsherMolk and @BraudeM

Buying low and selling high is quite simple: getting players whose actual value is more than their perceived value, and trading away players whose actual value is less than their perceived value. This works best on impatient owners who just look at box scores, and don’t actually watch players or pay attention to their situation.

Before we get started, there are a few common pieces of advice that I gave to many readers about trading and adding players. I’d like to share them with you:

  1. Trading away two decent/good players for one great player is almost always a great idea. Usually, the person getting the one player wins the deal. These kinds of deals are usually a great idea; it’s more beneficial to have the better player on your roster.
  2. NEVER lead with your best or final trade offer! Instead, start small, even offer deals they probably won’t do to start with. This doesn’t mean offer Mason Crosby for Ryan Mathews, but you never know what a person may say yes to, it’s often quite surprising. If you lead with your best offer, you have nowhere to go but down. Start by being a little optimistic…
  3. If there are quality players on your waiver wire that you want but you do not know whom to drop, let go of your kicker and/or defense for that player. You can always make a trade to make roster space, or make a game-time decision on whom you want to drop. A lot can happen in a week, and you don’t want to miss out on the next Miles Austin or Brandon Lloyd just because you think Sebastian Janikowski will average 1 more point per game than Olindo Mare.
  4. Target owners who are close to the bottom of the standings – they are probably the most willing to do a desperation move in order to shake up their team. Also, make sure to target players the owner is likely frustrated with.

A tweet I received gave me an interesting idea. This week, I did not see any significant buy lows or sell highs- many of them are the same that I mentioned in previous weeks. In this column, I’m going to do something unprecedented in the world of sports- I’m going to admit I was wrong. The following are guys that I said to buy or sell that you should stop buying or selling, respectively. Fantasy football is a game that must be reevaluated week to week. No one is correct all the time, and even though I backed up my opinions with evidence I’m not going to pretend I’m an exception from that rule. It is only right that I admit when I was wrong, and not let stubbornness impede important decisions.

STOP SELLING

Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL- I wrote about Anquan Boldin as a good sell high in week 7, right after he went for an 8-132-0 line against the Houston Texans. He must have heard about my column, because in the three games since then, he’s averaged 6 catches for 91 yards with one touchdown. He could’ve had more too- he drew three pass interference calls in the end zone against Arizona. There is no doubting he has lost a lot of explosion, but Torrey Smith’s presence has opened things up for him, and Flacco has shown an immense amount of trust in him. He’s a proven to be a WR2, with more value in PPR leagues. Trade him if its fair value, but I don’t think he qualifies as a sell high until further notice.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL- Like Boldin, I wrote about Tony Gonzalez in week 7. Since then I expected for him to slow down because of their reversion to a more ball control offense. But his targets have not dropped since then- he had 6 targets last week, which qualifies as the second least he’s had all year. There is not a receiver that Matt Ryan trusts more in the red zone than Gonzalez, and he has proven to be a late round steal as a TE1. I have been ragging on Gonzalez since the start of the season, but he has proved he has more left in the tank. He is a more than adequate option.

Demarco Murray, RB, DAL- I had a few detractors on this “sell high” when I wrote about Murray in week 8, and they turned out to be right. I had two issues with Murray: 1. He lacked the talent to keep up explosive production. 2. The backfield would become a committee upon Felix Jones’s return. But Murray has proven me wrong- he is a guy who knows where to run, and shows no hesitation when he chooses his hole. He has 30 carries for 213 yards since week 8, good for a 7.1 yard per carry average. He has played well enough that every indication is that Murray will continue as the lead back getting 15+ touches a game when Jones returns. In a fantastic situation, Murray will likely continue to produce- he has potentially fulfilled the role in an explosive offense that some had for Felix Jones when they drafted him this summer.

STOP BUYING

Desean Jackson, WR, PHI- As I wrote about last week, buying Desean Jackson is not for the faint of heart- to be fair, I did warn about his ultimate boom or colossal bust potential. But it’s gotten to a point where it’s probably time to stop buying, even after one week. Here’s why: Andy Reid has openly admitted that he uses Desean Jackson as a decoy much of the time to open up the field for Jeremy Maclin and Lesean McCoy. Unlike fellow deep threats Mike Wallace and Calvin Johnson, Jackson brings nothing else to the table. That hasn’t been a problem in the past, but the sample size has been large enough recently to conclude that teams are figuring out how to stop him with just one man sometimes. With the fantasy playoffs coming up, it’s tough to take such a big risk of a goose egg unless your lineup is already very strong. He is beginning to fall off the WR2 radar.

Philip Rivers, QB, SD- Clearly, there is something wrong with the usually Pro Bowl caliber quarterback. Whether it’s a mental block or a physical injury, it is time to stop pretending everything is OK. Rivers is somewhat of a gunslinger, but there is simply no excuse for the volume of turnovers he is churning out: 14 in 9 games (11 picks, 3 fumbles lost). He is still putting out decent yardage numbers, but until last week the touchdowns have not been there to outweigh the negative points of the turnovers- he ranks 11th in fantasy QB scoring. Gates’s return and Vincent Jackson finally getting 100% healthy will help, but there is no reason to believe he is suddenly going to stop giving the ball to the other team.

Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA- When Thomas is healthy, he’s proven to be effective (albeit in a small sample size). But that’s just it- hamstring injuries don’t just go away, as Peyton Hillis, Andre Johnson, and Miles Austin (when he was out earlier in the season- his recent injury was to his other hammy) have so painfully reminded fantasy owners. There are some people who can still perform when they are dinged up (Adrian Peterson comes to mind), but like Beanie Wells, Thomas isn’t close to the same player when he is hurting as evidenced by his 2.7 yards per carry since week 3. Add into the fact that Reggie Bush has stopped playing like Reggie Bush and actually shown some consistency (I still don’t like him as a buy, though) and Thomas is probably in for committee time if/when he returns.

I’m looking forward to answering more questions! Ask ‘em either here or on Twitter: @AsherMolk

  1. Anthony says:
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    Which 2 Wide Receivers would you use this week out of the 3 listed. Davie nelson @ Dallas, Mike Williams @ Hou, Gaffney @ Miami

  2. Pound Sand says:
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    so when Murray, Gonzo and Boldin suck again this week, do i start selling again? Seriously, what a joke this column is.haha

  3. schlitzy says:
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    Not a CJ owner. What are your thoughts on dropping ringer for jaquizz?

  4. AdamH says:
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    12 team keeper league (keep 3). I am 6-3 and tied for 1st with two others. I am going all out to win this season as I have already given up some picks for next season.

    My core team:
    QB – Brees, M.Ryan
    WR – R.White, S.Smith(CAR), S.Johnson
    RB – Foster, Sproles, Bradshaw, McGahee, B.Tate
    TE – Hernandez

    Would I be hurting my team too much by trying to trade for Adrian Peterson? His owner has passively talked to me about a package from me involving:

    Ryan, White, Bradshaw, McGahee, Hernandez

    for

    AP, Manningham, Flacco

    Good or bad this season? Thanks

  5. p0rk burn says:
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    @Pound Sand: You are either a troll or an idiot. Usually the two have a significant overlap. I think trying to sell Murray after a 230+ yard game is a great move. He went from no-name obscurity to instant star. Is he going to do that every game? No. Is he going to play some of the worst run defenses in the league every week? No. Obviously his value peaked after that game. However, he has shown that he will continue to contribute at a high level on the field. Revising projections based on that isn’t a joke, its the way the game works.

    The same goes for Boldin. Flacco hasn’t looked like a stellar QB for significant stretches of the season, but Boldin has salvaged value especially as of late. If things continue the way they have been it is unlikely you would get enough of a margin to make the trade worthwhile.

    You, sir, are the joke. Go read Yahoo! and stop wasting our time.

  6. Salty Balty says:
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    Two questions:

    (1) Start Chris Johnson or Michael Bush? Bush has looked great, but I’m concerned about the short week and Johnson has a good matchup. (Either one would be starting at Flex, I have Shady and Forte as my RBs).

    (2) Pick 2: Brandon Lloyd, Dez Bryant, or Julio Jones. I’m leaning toward Jones and Bryant. Non-ppr league.

    Thanks!

  7. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m coming up with an issue in that I have too many middle-of-the-road talents that I don’t know who to start.

    1) Do I start DJax, AJ Green, or Holmes? I’m leaning Green, but he’s up against Pitt, then again Pitt doesn’t look great at stopping the pass.

    2) I can start 2 of CJ, McGahee, Blount, Beanie. Who are you starting? I’m leaning CJ and Willis, but I could easily go another way.

  8. Clueless says:
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    Who should I start @ FLEX (PPR) – M Bush, A Brown, S Greene, L Robinson, J Ford – I’m thinking either Bush or Brown??

    My Starters are
    Stafford
    G Jennings
    V Jax
    R Rice
    D Sproles
    J Finley

    Thanks!

  9. Scott says:
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    Would you make this trade: Welker and Lynch for Murray, Helu, and Antonio Brown?

    I’d be getting Welker and Lynch.

    I have: Rice, Mendenhall, Best, Morris – Miles Austin, Stevie Johnson, Laurent Robinson

  10. super says:
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    Asher,

    Read your article and just wanted to say, “keep doing what you’re doing.” Because of your articles, my team has moved from mediocre to scary favorites to win my league.

    By the way, I just received Vick in a trade, giving away Stafford, wanted him all season and after last week’s letdown against the Bears, I got him. I’m hoping he takes the Me against the World attitude to close out the season……

    Question : Have some extra RBs on my roster, CJ (through a trade), Mendenhall (through a trade of Eli and Santana and Daniel Thomas) and D.Murray (waiver wired lotto winner). And just picked up Helu. My WRs are kind of weak, any trade ideas to get better WRs. Or what are my RBs worth? (I know you say RBs are more important than WRs.) — Right now I’m waiting on Andre Johnson to play and Dez is not doing that well for me. By the way, I traded for Manningham because of your advice and I feel confident with him the rest of the season.

  11. Pound Sand says:
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    @p0rk burn: wait…stop selling Boldin, Gonzo and Murray…they are actually good! Yeah…no shit!! Should we stop selling Gates too? only 12 for 169, 1TD in last 2 weeks!! who else!!? LMFAO!!!

  12. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Pound Sand: I’d sell Gates in a heart beat. Dude looks like walking death out there. Disagreeing with the articles is fine, but please don’t be an ass. Asher and everyone else on this site does this for free and they put a lot of time and thought into their work. Reevaluating situations week to week is what fantasy is all about and admitting you need to change your strategy is commendable. He could blindly go on saying the same thing and that would be foolish. Instead you are looking like the fool ripping into someone trying to help your fantasy teams. Let’s please end this topic now.

  13. Mungfisher says:
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    Would you trade Helu for Hillis? I have Rice, Mathews, FJax, Dan Thomas, Helu and Felix Jones at RB now. Looking to shore up my team for the playoffs.

  14. Jason says:
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    16 team (non-ppr) league – (QB/2RB/2WR/TE/Flex) 5 bench spots

    I have Stafford, Newton, Tebow

    Been trying to trade Stafford for weeks, best offer was Jordy Nelson straight up.

    Trying to move either Stafford or Tebow, but not sure who to target. I need an upgrade at RB and/or WR (already have Forte and Megatron), but my other WR/RB are crap (Wayne, S. Rice, Starks, Ingram).

    What RB/WR would you think I could target for Stafford or Tebow?

  15. 2ballsout says:
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    I traded DeMarco after his emergence a few weeks ago still feel VERY good about the deal.

    It’s all relative, depends on your needs, type of league (modified keeper in my case) etc etc etc

    So far, Asher has put out solid advice backed with some good logic/stats.

    Trading a guy who randomly blows up one week for a known commodity is almost always a good move. Especially if he just filling in for an injured player.

    Case in point: I got Denarious Moore off waivers after his one big week and got offers of decent flex plays (some with WR2 upside potential) for him. I turned them down, and you can guess how I feel about it now….

    Anyway, point being no need to bury Asher over the DeMarco Murray call, it made total sense at the time.

    At the sake of sounding like TMR, reducing your reliance on risky players and stocking up on reliable producers, week in and week out is the name of the game.

    Keep doing what you do Asher!

  16. Salty Balty says:
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    @Doc: Well said.

  17. Clem says:
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    Great Job on the articles. Look forward to reading them when they come out!

    Trade offered to me…

    I give: Demarco Murray
    I receive: P Rivers and R Helu

    I have Schaub at QB and I haven’t been enamored with his play. At RB, I have Rice, Blount, Maurice Morris, and Felix Jones. I start 2 RBs with the option of flexing a third. Is it enough of an upgrade at QB with Helu to give up Murray?

    Thanks for the help!

  18. Chris says:
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    I appreciate you being accountable for bad/wrong suggestions. Nobody is right all the time.

    Best expected plays this week:

    QB – Flacco @ SEA or Ryan vs NO?
    FLEX – Battle vs DEN, Lynch vs BAL, or Branch vs NYJ? (.5 PPR)

  19. Mike T. says:
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    what do you think about this trade in a 14tm ppr league:

    I get: Cam Newton, Dez Bryant & Daniel Thomas.
    I give: Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee & Jermichael Finley.

    My qb’s at the moment are Schaub & Tebow, rb’s are mcfadden, helu & OG and wr’s are Marshall, A. Brown & Little and my other TE is F. Davis.

  20. exactly says:
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    i lost salas and who knows what’s going on with DHB. Who has a better chance of producing ROS: Pettis, Jason Hill or Bennett?

  21. TJ says:
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    Great article.

    Wondering what you guys think about Jahvid Best finishing the season. He’s bench security for me, we start 2 non-, I have Rice, Bush&McFadden, Murray…. I was thinking of dropping him outright (no luck on trading him yet ) and picking up Tate as a bench lottery player in case Foster gets hurt (and unlike Best, Tate can be useful even now with Foster).

    I’d hate to drop Best only to see him come back and bite me in the playoffs, but he’s still not practicing and the Lions have brought back Kevin Smith…. and one more hit to the head might finish him.

    Anyone?

    H

  22. Rocky says:
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    Would you trade Forte, A. Johnson, and Gronk for A. Pete and Dez? I have Gates as my other TE, and I figure I can’t lose too much from using Dez instead of Andre, while there is no Marion Barber taking A. Pete’s td’s. Also, the guy was willing to trade Roddy White and A. Pete as well. My other rb’s are Mendenhall, Murray. D. thomas while other wr’s are Crabtree, A. Brown, Julio Jones, and D. Moore.

  23. TJ says:
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    Also – Helu is available, either him or Tate for Best?

  24. danny says:
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    I just traded Murray and Daniels for MJD and Witten in a keeper league! I say I sold high….. though Murray could be a top pick for the next few years.

  25. pigskinporker says:
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    1 pt ppr league, need to play 2 out of these 3: matty ice, helu, ryan mathews. QBs can play in our flex spot and I need one of the RB’s to play in my RB2 slot. Ryan is my 2nd QB. Leaning towards Matty Ice and Ryan Mathews, but unsure. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  26. Asher Molk

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    @Anthony: I’d go Nelson and Williams

  27. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Pound Sand: Thanks for all your “kind” words. There have been many players who I’ve recommended to buy or sell that have worked out beautifully- I thought it was only fair to point out guys I was wrong about just in case people thought they were still “buys” or “sells”. The NFL is a week-to-week league where sample sizes are small, and things change. No one is forcing you to read, comment on or even approve of these articles.

  28. Asher Molk

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    @schlitzy: I’d hold onto Ringer for at least the time being. Snelling is still there in Atlanta, but keep an eye on Rodgers.

  29. Asher Molk

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    @AdamH: I like the aggressiveness! AP is as good as it gets- you are definitely not giving up too much to get him. AP and Foster will likely be enough to carry you to the trophy. Do you start 2 or 3 WRs?

  30. Asher Molk

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    @Salty Balty: I think you got it right- Jones and Dez. Looks like Lloyd is going to face Joe Haden. And I’d go Michael Bush- he has starting talent even though he’s a backup and he’s in for a monster workload. Sit CJ for someone like Bush until CJ proves he’s over the hump (if that ever happens!)

  31. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: I’d definitely say Green out of that group. As for your RBs, a bunch of tough calls to be made. I’d probably go with the two guys you are leaning toward- definitely McGahee at least. CJ vs the Panthers is a good matchup for him.

  32. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Clueless: Definitely going Bush!

  33. zandercage says:
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    Hey Asher –

    How would you rank these guys this week –

    Laurent Robinson (vs BUF)
    Percy Harvin (vs GB)
    Antonio Brown (vs CIN)

    I may be splitting hairs, but seeing if I should pick up Robinson for my Flex spot this week (and beyond). I like Dallas’ schedule ROS, but may get similar production from Harvin or Brown by playing best matchups each week going forward.

    I start Wallace and Megatron in my WR slots.

    Thanks!

  34. Asher Molk

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    @Scott: If you don’t start a Flex player, definitely do that deal- you are getting the best player in that trade. But if you do start a flex spot, I’d probably try to get a little more for Murray and Helu, but even then its probably still a win for you getting Welker. Its about time to start trading depth for quality now that the bye weeks are coming to an end and playoffs are on the horizon.

  35. Asher Molk

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    @super: Very glad to hear I’ve helped, I appreciate the support! Its funny you mentioned that you traded for Vick- he was the only really good “buy low” I could think of this week. LOVE the deal you made- No QB besides Rodgers has Vick’s upside. As for your RB situation, you are correct in remembering that I said RBs are more important than WRs. But since you have so many RBs, I’d probably be targeting players like Roddy White, Maclin, Fitzgerald, Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe. For people like Murray and Mendy who have been on a role, you should get some good return. Please feel free to shoot me potential offers you are putting together!

  36. Asher Molk

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    @Mungfisher: At this point, I’d keep Helu. Hamstring injuries are incredibly prone to setbacks, which is exactly what happened to Hillis last week. Who knows when he is going to take the field again this year, if at all. Shanny’s words always need to be taken with a grain of salt, but he said that Torain is only going to enter the game when Helu needs a break. With dump-off machine John Beck at the Helm, Helu is going to get plenty of catches as well as carries.

  37. AdamH says:
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    @Asher Molk: Thanks for the advice. We start 2 RB/2 WR and 1 WR/RB.

  38. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: Normally, I would say you cannot get too much value for QBs since you only need one. But in a 16 team league, there must be at least 2 or 3 teams who need an upgrade. I’d probably be targeting guys like Jeremy Maclin, Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald, Colston, Mathews, Jonathan Stewart- aim high at first. Something I like to do is package players. Maybe in your case, package Stafford or Tebow with Sidney Rice or Ingram for an improved WR/RB. Sadly, I don’t think I can give you too many specific players to target because I don’t know what the other guys in your league or like, what their needs are, what place they are in, etc. Feel free to check back with potential offers!

  39. Asher Molk

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    @2ballsout: Don’t blame you for trading Demarco- odds are you probably got at least fair value for him, even if that trade took place today. I appreciate the support and faith, no one is right 100% of the time, nor is fantasy easily predictable. If it were, it wouldn’t be fun. Thanks for the understanding!

  40. Asher Molk

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    @Clem: At this point, I don’t think I would. Murray is proving to be the real deal. And although Schaub is nothing special, there is clearly something wrong with Rivers, and Schaub has outscored him thus far. I do think Rivers will finish stronger than Schaub, but thats no guarantee and even then he may not finish far ahead of him. I like Helu, but his situation is far inferior to Murray’s.

  41. Asher Molk

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    @Chris: Thanks, that’s what I was going for! Its only fair to be accountable. From what I’ve heard, Best isn’t going to play this week. And as far as your other guys go, I’d probably go Flacco and Branch although a strong case can be made for Battle even though he doesn’t catch too many passes.

  42. Jason says:
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    Thanks Asher!

    It’s been frustrating to say the least. I’ve been trying for several weeks to trade Stafford.

    I’ll post if any offers hit.

  43. Asher Molk

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    @Mike T.: Really, really like it. Cam Newton has proven to be as good as it gets, and I’m still a believer in Dez, especially now that Miles Austin is out. I think its a fantastic deal for you.

  44. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: I’m going to go out on a limb and say Pettis. Jason Hill isn’t an option, and Bennett has never, ever shown he can produce consistently. Not expecting that to change. Pettis is unproven, but he’ll be inserted into the slot, a place Bradford adores throwing to.

  45. Asher Molk

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    @TJ: Thanks! I agree with you in the sense that Best may not even come back and Tate must be rostered. But I think you need to find a way to keep both on your roster. Even if Best comes back and doesn’t start for you, there’s no point in dropping him so someone can pick him up and use him if he plays. Who else can you drop for him?

  46. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: No problem! If your league has a trade deadline and it gets down to the last second, I’d take Jordy Nelson for Stafford as a last resort for sure.

  47. Asher Molk

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    @TJ: Do you have any extra WRs, defenses or TEs you can drop?

  48. Asher Molk

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    @danny: Good job! Even if Murray is a top pick for years to come (I’m a little skeptical, but its possible), Witten is fantastic and if MJD’s knee holds up you did great.

  49. Asher Molk

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    @pigskinporker: I agree with you. QBs are consistent scorers and I’m not sitting Mathews when he’s healthy. Tough to see Helu on your bench though in a PPR league.

  50. TJ says:
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    @Asher Molk:

    Can’t see dropping anyone else for Tate – Rice, McFadden, M Bush, Murray, Best right now, we start 2. Best or Tate would be near the bottom of the bench, just a question of who I’d rather not play against down the stretch….

    So would you drop Best for Tate?

  51. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: I’d probably do that trade. I think at this point I’d take Dez over White- Dez is going to see a lot of targets now that Miles Austin is hurt. AP is as good as it gets.

  52. Asher Molk

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    @zandercage: Nice team! I’d go Brown, Robinson, then Harvin. Brown is playing at a high level, and although I like Harvin, I agree with you about Robinson- Romo has shown a clear trust in him. Harvin is going to get lots of attention from the Green Bay defenders even though I still like him.

  53. Asher Molk

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    @AdamH: My pleasure! Definitely go through with that trade.

  54. Asher Molk

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    @TJ: In that scenario, go ahead and do it. Thanks for reading!

  55. Robert says:
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    Hey – you have been great. You don’t pick anyone’s players, they do. You just give rational advice. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes wrong, but will say that your flex suggestions for me the last two weeks went against the consensus elsewhere and were right on (Reggie Bush 2 weeks ago, Brandon Jacobs last week), so thanks.

    Another flex question here:

    PPR League. 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE)
    Starting Rice and Reggie Bush at RB
    Starting Welker and Bowe at WR
    Jimmy Graham at TE.

    Flex options: Maurice Morris, Shonn Greene or Jake Ballard. I’m actually leaning Ballard based on his last 5 weeks (avg of abt 13 pts). What do you think?

  56. 2ballsout says:
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    Here’s a good one for you-WR2 slot for this week: Julio (v NO) or Stevie (v Dal). I’m leaning Julio as Dal has a decent pass D and NO’s is just average.

    Wish I could start Helu at WR after his 14 snags last week!

  57. barker says:
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    12 team trade already accepted looking for opinion

    i give johnson williams tb garcon i get vick harvin

    my other qb schaub
    my other rb rice j stew felix barber
    my other wr colston manningham decker ford

    im already trying to get BJGE for schaub from the last place owner who has hasselbeck at qb and turner bjge hillis mcgahee at rb

    should i maybe try for hillis if all else fails

  58. Benny says:
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    What do you think about Eli for the rest of the year? Can he keep up this play? Is his schedule too difficult fir that to happen? I’m wondering if I should make a trade for a better QB if Eli can’t sustain his success.

  59. JP says:
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    I was offered Fred Jackson and Aaron Hernandez for Calvin Johnson? Would you do this? My rb’s are Foster Helu and argh Daniel Thomas. Besides Johnson I have Brandon Marshall and Victor Cruz. 12 team 3 wr league…

  60. Jarret says:
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    here is my team,
    Drew brees
    Adrian Peterson
    Shonn Greene
    Hakeem Nicks
    Dwyane Bowe
    Marquas Colston
    Owen Daniels
    i have Darren McFadden on my bench waiting for return my league is setup 1 QB 2RB 2WR 1Wr/rb 1 te. i was wondering if itd be a good idea to trade one of my wide recievers for another running back for my flex is this a good idea and if so which receiver should i get rid of? please help. thanks

  61. cwz84 says:
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    Hey Asher,
    I’m in a 12-team league that starts 3 WR and 2 RB (no flex). My RB rotation consists of Peterson, Forte, and Mathews. It’s the main reason my team is 7-2. My QB is Eli/Tebow (whoever I feel like starting each given week). I am weak at WR with Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Deion Branch as my receivers (jon baldwin on my bench).

    Another owner in my league is hurting for RBs. He’s offered me his Drew Brees (or Cam Newton) and Stevie Johnson for my Forte and Eli.

    I can’t bear the thought of losing Forte, so I’ve tried to get him to do the deal with Mathews in place of Forte. But he won’t budge. Forte or no deal…I’m now considering standing pat since workhorse RBs are such a precious commodity and get hurt so frequently (I’m learning this the hard way in another league where I have McFadden).

    I’ve been content to go fishing on the waiver wire for WRs since you can always find someone decent (Jacoby Ford, Laurent Robinson are sitting on the wire right now). And my RB depth outside AD, Forte and Mathews is pretty abysmal with Helu and Moreno next in line. Is the WR and QB upgrade from this deal worthwhile or would I be depending too heavily on Mathews’ health and some pretty awful RB reserves?

    Thanks,
    Caleb

  62. ergot says:
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    great reads – thanks
    PPR flex spot Fitzgerald or Ryan Mathews? QB issues feeding Fitz and Mathews groin?
    Thanks

  63. Brian says:
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    Please evaluate my roster and who I can trade for improvements. 3-6 team with a whole lot of bad luck. Lost Charles and had to trade Brady for DMC and of course he gets hurt. sigh. I’ve been thinking the ones I am willing to trade to get me good value are Holmes, Blount, and Helu. You think I can get rid of Felix just based on name value?

    QB: Matt Ryan
    RBs: DeMarco, DMC, M.Bush, Blount, Helu, Felix
    WRs: Holmes, Manningham, D.Moore, Washington, L.Robinson
    TEs: Fred Davis, Owen Daniels

    Nice change up on the article too. Keep up the great work.

  64. Jarret says:
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    I got Dwyane Bowe, Marques Coltson, Hakeem Nicks. My running backs are Shonn Greene, Adrian Peterson, and Darren McFadden 2 rb and 2 wr league 1 flex should I trade 1 wr and Greene for a stub rb? And which wr should in trade away please help!!

  65. anthony says:
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    Hey Asher, just traded away julio Jones for written,
    This week I don’t know who start at flex,
    I have arian and lesean
    Calvin n welker

    I have beanie desean battle daniel thomas and harvin to decide from, I think its between desean and beanie, but don’t know who gets the start.
    Hope u can help.
    Non ppr standard

  66. zandercage says:
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    Thanks Asher. That helps.

    For RB’s I have Foster, Blount and Battle. Only need to start 2. Felix, CJ Spiller and Ben Tate on the bench. I am liking CAR’s schedule rest of the way. You like Jonathan Stewart as a buy low candidate even though he shares carries or can I sit tight? He’s been more involved in the offense of late.

    Thanks again!

  67. superfakeshake says:
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    what about the Peyton Hillis trade Asher? I traded for him and Percy Harvin and I sent MJD and Little. did I still get a good trade despite the injury?

  68. GeorgeWomp says:
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    Hey Asher, dont let the haters get to you, I along with plenty of other people love the article. In saying so, I wanted to know if you did have any players you would plan on targeting this week, as trade deadlines are coming up in my league.

    Thanks

  69. Super says:
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    would you trade McFadden and Andre Johnson for Adrian Peterson??? or is that too much?

    (I’m trying to team AP up with Arian Foster, already on my team..)

    Also, Mendenhall and Santanio Holmes/Manningham could probably get me what kind of WR????

  70. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Hey Asher – Brew here again. Another good read, and chin up my friend, because I sold both Boldin and Murray high and don’t regret it. But to be fair, I’ve also never liked DeSean Jackson as a fantasy asset, and it’s been pretty clear alll season that Rivers has lost something. Always enjoy the column though! A couple of questions again this week:

    1 point PPR league: Chris Johnson or Michael Bush? And, Sidney Rice, Michael Crabtree, or Percy Harvin? I’m leaning towards Harvin.

    Non-PPR: Brandon Lloyd, or anyone Joe Haden isn’t lined up against.

    As always your input is much appreciated. Cheers!

  71. Asher Molk

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    @Robert: Thank you! Hopefully I can go 3 for 3! I’m gonna go ahead and say Shonn Greene. No doubt Ballard has been on fire, but I think you still gotta play it old school and go RB here, especially one that is guaranteed a lot of carries. But if you feel really strongly about Ballard, then there’s no shame in going with your gut- just know that I think Greene is the preferred play.

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    @2ballsout: Agree- Helu has major upside. And I’m gonna agree with you here- Julio is the superior talent and I think he is the better choice.

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    @barker: I like it- buying Vick is a move I highly, highly recommend. Dude could be putting on an absolute show for the next few weeks. And I’d try to target McGahee in that trade you are talking about, but if all else fails then Hillis is definitely worth a shot.

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    @Benny: His schedule is very difficult, but Eli is showing no signs of slowing down. His success has gotten less praise than it deserves. Keep Eli rolling with confidence, no need to trade away RB/WR for another QB.

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    @JP: I think its technically a fair trade, but you need to get another WR if you are giving up Calvin. If you can substitute Hernandez for a WR2/3, then you should probably do it. Keep me updated if you’d like!

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    @Jarret: I like the idea of turning a WR into a quality RB. If I was you, I’d probably give Colston. But if you can’t, its OK- you have a very good team when McFadden comes back. See who Bowe or Nicks could land too- Nicks has a trip to Revis Island in week 16. Keep me posted

  77. Asher Molk

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    @cwz84: Hey there! Definitely, definitely keep your RBs. You have a fantastic group there, no reason to break it up for a QB. However, I wouldn’t be opposed to trading away Mathews for a WR1- thats probably the only deal I would make if I was you. Your QBs are more than adequate enough to provide a supporting cast for your RBs. See who Mathews can net you in the WR department, but other than that stand pat. Feel free to shoot me some ideas or offers you get!

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    @ergot: Thanks! I’m going Mathews. He’s going to play, and whenever I am stuck between choosing between an RB and a WR at flex, I usually go RB.

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    @Brian: Thank you very much! I’m going to start by commending you on still fielding a solid team even though you lost Charles- that’s nearly impossible to come back from in many cases. More good news- you have a lot of depth that can hopefully be traded for a big name player. Sadly, I doubt you will get much for Felix- the secret is out about Murray now. Here is what I would do if I was in your shoes: package any combo of the following- Blount, Daniels, Davis (not both TEs though), Robinson, maybe even Helu- for an elite WR, RB, or package Ryan with one or more of those guys for Vick. Let me know if you get any offers or have any follow up questions!

  80. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Hi Asher – Brew here. Great column yet again, dedicated weekly reader. Chin up friend, I traded both Boldin and Murray high and have no regrets about it. However, I have never liked Desean Jackson as a fantasy asset, and it’s been pretty clear all season that Philip Rivers IS is not as Philip Rivers was. With that said, another good read! Couple more questions for you:

    One point PPR league: Michael Bush or Chris Johnson? Also, pick one out of Sidney Rice, Michael Crabtree, and Percy Harvin as a WR3? I’m leaning towards Bush and Harvin, deadline quickly approaching with the Thursday night game…

    Non-PPR: Brandon Lloyd, or any other WW option in a 10 team standard league that’s NOT facing Joe Haden?

    With that said, I’d like to propose an addition the the Buy Low, Sell High column. I think finishing with a Don’t Buy, Don’t Sell (I call it Keeping the Faith) would really round out the weekly summary. As an example (and these are my opinions) this is what I would say:

    Don’t Buy: Peyton Hillis, Carson Palmer, Chris Johnson, Earl Bennett, Jacoby Ford, Marshawn Lynch, Laurent Robinson, Heath Miller, Philip Rivers, Reggie Bush,

    Don’t Sell: Tom Brady, Andre Johnson, Miles Austin, Mike Tolbert, Eli Manning, Michael Vick, Roddy White, Jimmy Graham, Mark Ingram

    Any thoughts/comments are always greatly appreciated. Cheers!

  81. Asher Molk

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    @Jarret: Love the idea. I would probably want to trade either Colston or Bowe first, but I wouldn’t rule out trading Nicks if he can get you the most return on your players- he faces Revis in week 16. Package them with Greene and see if anyone bites

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    @anthony: I hate to do this, but I’m going to recommend Jackson. The matchup doesn’t get any better, and he is really due. If he puts up a goose egg, then your team is so incredibly strong that it probably won’t matter too much. It would be Beanie 100%, but that knee is clearly hindering his on-field effectiveness. That said, I could never vote against playing an RB against the Eagles. In summary, I’m going to say Desean if you’re feeling risky, Beanie if you want to play it safe.

  83. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    @BrewFreeOrDie: Ignore this one Asher, sorry, didn’t mean to post it yet! See post 80.

  84. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    And by this one I mean post #70. Thanks!

  85. Asher Molk

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    @zandercage: Absolutely I like Jonathan Stewart as a buy. I think he can step into the RB2 range if Carolina gives him the carries he deserves, which I think is likely.

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    @superfakeshake: Sadly, I don’t think so- upgrading Little to Harvin is a definite win, but MJD to Hillis is a downgrade. Incredibly unfortunate that Hillis is out. I do think MJD’s production is in for a drop-off however.

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    @GeorgeWomp: I sincerely appreciate that, thank you! Here are guys I’d definitely be targeting for the playoff run: Vick, Dez Bryant (even more than before), Cedric Benson (only for his schedule), Jonathan Stewart, Patriots TEs, Andre Johnson. See if you can get your hands on any of those guys, and let me know if you’d like more names. I plan on focusing next week’s article on guys to target for the playoffs.

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    @Super: I think that’s too much for even AP. Love Andre down the stretch. And if you are giving up a high-end RB2 and a WR2/3 like Manningham or Holmes, I wouldn’t settle for anything less than a top 7 WR.

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    @BrewFreeOrDie: Thank you very much for your input! I just saw your next comment, and I’ll respond to that shortly. But for now- I’m going to say keep the faith with Lloyd, the other Rams WRs are not startable right now. And I’d go Bush and Harvin- you had it right. I definitely agree about Rivers- I just didn’t want people to get their hopes up after this week’s big performance at Green Bay, that’s all. He still didn’t look good.

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    @BrewFreeOrDie: Brew, this is an absolutely fantastic idea, I love it. I am always, always open to constructive criticism and suggestions. This will be in every column going forward towards the bottom near the “keep buying” and “keep selling” sections. I sincerely value your opinions and ideas, thanks for reading and for the great idea!

  91. Jarret says:
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    Hey it’s me again, I was wondering what running backs should I be targeting? I don’t wanna trade for one and then him have a terrible end of the year or something. Thanks

  92. Ryan says:
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    Thoughts on this?

    1 PPR

    We start 1 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 Flex

    QB – Ryan, Tebow
    WR – Andre, Welker, Steve Smith, Nelson
    RB – Forte, Sproles, Mathews, SJax, Helu
    TE – Witten

    Trade SJax and Sproles for Ray Rice? I’m currently 8-1 so basically have a playoff spot locked up. I think it’s time to trade some of my depth for upgrades, no?

  93. superfakeshake says:
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    love how you write the column AND answer comments. try getting that from the talented Mr. Roto. thanks Asher. keep doing what you’re doing.

  94. Chris says:
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    Got Mathews and Tolbert on a lot of teams apparently.

    Who’s the better play tonight, Mathews or Tolbert? (+0 PPR)

    Mathews or Helu? (+1 PPR)
    Tolbert, Jacobs, or Battle? (+.5 PPR)

  95. Alex says:
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    @Asher

    I’m struggling with WR. Should I do Foster for McGahee + Stevie Johnson? If not, is Foster for McGahee + Jennings good?

  96. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Asher – glad you liked the idea and looking forward to seeing it moving forward! In regard to Lloyd, I didn’t actually mean other Rams receivers (that’s a cesspool), I was more referring to other waiver wire options. Not that there’s anyone fantastic available (or anywhere near the talent of Lloyd), I’m just scared of what Joe Haden has done to WR1’s all year (he’s given up what, 1 TD in coverage? And only one game over 60 yards?) Only really viable options I’m seeing are Michael Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, and Early Doucet. Although I think in reading the names I just listed I think I answered my own question…

    Also, a challenge for you, if you will. How do you think these players will fare this week, fantasy wise (Which QB comes out on top?)

    Eli Manning @ SF
    Big Ben @ Cincy
    Tom Brady @ NYJ

    As always, many thanks!

  97. Asher Molk

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    @Jarret: Sadly, there is no such thing as a guarantee in fantasy- almost any RB is susceptible to injury or slow production. But some buy low targets I like: Jonathan Stewart, Cedric Benson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis. I’d also trade nearly anything to get Arian Foster on my team. Don’t be afraid to trade away some stud WRs for stud RBs- feel free to ask me any more questions

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    @Ryan: Absolutely. That trade is perfect for you. Now is about the time to trade depth for quality and gear up for the playoffs, do that in a heartbeat. You must be the heavy favorite to win in your league.

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    @superfakeshake: Thanks, I appreciate it! I will

  100. Asher Molk

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    @Chris: I’m going to go Mathews, Mathews, Battle. But couldn’t blame you if you wanted to get Helu in there.

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    @Alex: Trading away Arian Foster will only create problems, not solve them. I think you gotta try and trade someone else. Who else is on your team, and what’s your record?

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    @BrewFreeOrDie: Oh ok, and I think you answered your own question correctly! No doubt Haden has been a fantastic corner, but Lloyd is way, way better than any of those guys. As for your QB question, that’s a tough one. Brady put up 321 yards on the Jets earlier this year, and I think the Pats will be more than motivated facing their division rivals and coming off of a loss. I’m sticking with Tom Terrific. Thanks for the feedback and for reading!

  103. Trevor says:
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    I remember that awesome suggestion to buy on Hillis. At the time of reading that my thoughts were OGB is gonna take over when Hillis inevitably gets hurt again. I hope everyone else thought similar

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    @Trevor: You are more than entitled to your opinion. However, predicting injuries and staying away from injury prone players isn’t usually a good option in fantasy- for example, ask people who rolled the dice on Matthew Stafford how they are doing. You have to take risks in fantasy sometimes, and at the time Hillis was on track to play and in line for a monster workload. When Hillis has enough touches, he has proven he provides quality fantasy numbers. Ogbonnaya is a poor excuse for a starting NFL RB- he brings nothing to the table. He showed he cannot break a tackle or beat anyone with speed, as evidenced by his 2.9 yard per carry average while losing a fumble.

  105. James says:
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    @Asher – What do you think about this trade?

    I’d give Stafford and Stevie Johnson for Matt Forte, and we’d also swap first rd picks in next years draft (we keep our best 2 players).

    my team looks like this:
    QB’s: Stafford and Tebow
    WR: Lloyd, Johnson, Manningham, L. Moore, G. Little
    RB: Mendenhall, M. Morris, Ogbonnaya, F. Jones

  106. James says:
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    Also, I have Jamaal Charles as my other keeper. (and yes, I am already thinking about next year because I am not confident I will make the playoffs this year. I’m 4-5 w/ just about the least amount of points in my league)

  107. TrevorZ says:
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    got any middle of the pack qb’s that you’re starting over a struggling brady against the jets this week?

  108. TrevorZ says:
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    @james
    since your looking towards next year, i would make that trade, forte and charles as your keepers sounds pretty solid. Unless forte is next years CJ2K with his new contract

  109. The JMan says:
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    Hey, Asher —

    Hang in, bro. What you guys do — the FREE educated, fantasy football advice — is MUCH appreciated by the majority of the masses.

    And your acknowledging the advice that backfired? Beyond commendable.

    Keep it up.

    The JMan

  110. Jarret says:
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    hey i have bowe, colston, and nicks and jones i only need two wr’s you told me to get ride of colston for a running back and i want to know what running back to get. i want a dependable week to week guy please help thanks man.

  111. Alex says:
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    What do u think of trading away gates for colston and Daniels….. I also have Fred Davis

  112. bELIeve says:
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    Thanks for being a good sport my man! Here’s my week 10 dilemma:

    14 team ppr-3 wideout-no flex
    -Boldin @SEA
    -LMoore @ATL
    -DNelson @DAL
    -Washington @CAR
    -Branch @NYJ
    -AJ @TB (out; really cramping my style)

    Gimme a holler and let me know what ya think,
    @RustyAllDay

  113. Jarret says:
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    What running back should I be looking to trade for I have colston nicks bowe and j. Jones I only need two wide recievers what running back should I target that is consistant

  114. Asher Molk

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    @James: Fantastic trade for you- elite RBs that catch passes are the most valuable commodity in fantasy.

  115. Asher Molk

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    @TrevorZ: No, I’m starting Brady over everyone but Rodgers, Vick, Brees, Newton and maybe Romo.

  116. Asher Molk

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    @The JMan: Thank you very much! I really value that appreciation

  117. Asher Molk

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    @Alex: I’d do that trade if I were you

  118. Asher Molk

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    @bELIeve: Hmm…I’m gonna say Boldin, Moore, Washington

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    @Jarret: I believe you already asked this, but I’ll answer again. I’d package two out of Colston, Bowe and Julio with a weaker RB (I think you have Shonn Greene?) and target a team that is weak at WR but who has a very good RB. The only truly consistent guys are the elite ones like McCoy, Forte, Foster, etc. Target them at first.

  120. Steve says:
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    I just wanted to start off and say that ever since I started posting here, you’ve definitely helped givin my team more depth and made it overall much better. I’m also going to apologize in advance because this is about to be a pretty long post.

    Next Friday is the last day to trade in my league and I’m itching to make at least one or two more moves.

    It’s a 12 man keeper league and the first time anyone in my league has ever done one, so I really wanna solidify my team for the playoffs, but also set it up for success for next year. We only get to keep two ppl from our team and we take them two picks lower then when they were drafted; FA’s go 12th if you want to keep them.

    This one kid in my league has AJ Green and took him 12th in the draft. I don’t think he really understands the keeper aspect of the league and at the moment doesn’t plan on keeping him. Right now Green has the 7th most fantasy points of receivers in my league. I desperately want to trade for him because he’s been consistent and I think he’s going to be even better next year; and to take him 10th overall would be huge.

    The kid, however, is tough to trade with and I know you’re a big Larry Fitz fan, but I see equal if not more production from Green for the rest of the season. He also has no Flex option, so I offered him Fitz and Felix Jones for Green, but he didn’t bite.

    I know it might break your heart, but I’m thinking about offering Fitz and either Daniel Thomas or James Starks for AJ Green to get this deal done before Sunday.

    At RB I have: AP and Mendenhall; with Felix Jones, James Starks, and Daniel Thomas chillen on my bench.
    At WR I have: Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson; and either Manningham or Larry Fitz at Flex.

    The question remains if I do trade for Green, who is a better player to hold on to for the playoffs and to possibly keep next year alongside him: Daniel Thomas (Taken in 9th Round) or James Starks (Taken in 12th Round)

  121. Steve says:
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    To add to my extremely long post (I appoligize again); another kid offered me Jonathan Stewart and a 5th round pick for Mendenhall. I don’t like the trade by itself becuase then I just have a bunch of week RB2’s in Thomas, Starks, Jones, and Stewart.

    However, another kid has given up on this season and offered me Chris Johnson for a 5th rounder. Pretty much trading Mendenhall for Chris Johnson and Jonathan Stewart. What do you think, cause I’m not sure if I like it. If I can convince him to drop to a 4th for Mendy and give up a 6th for CJ; I might pull the trigger.

    Kid with Jonathan Stewart also has Carson Palmer, which I feel is a better back up to Tebow, incase he gets benched, then Hasselbeck. Prob can squeeze him out of the deal too, but I’m still iffy on the whole thing

  122. Brian says:
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    @Asher Molk: So I’ve been offered Eli and Mathews for DMC. Ryan is my QB. Thinking of countering with Felix or Helu for Eli haha. His RBs are Mathews, Ingram, BJGE. We’re in same division by the way.

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    @Steve: Glad I could help! And don’t worry about the length of the post. At this point, the keeper value of AJ Green makes him just as valuable than Fitz in that league, so I don’t think the trade is going to hurt you. I’d probably hold on to Daniel Thomas. And in that situation, I’d probably stick with Mendy, but the trade isnt terrible- I really like JStew though. Feel free to ask any follow up questions!

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    @Brian: Honestly, I’d probably do that deal. I don’t think when DMC gets back that it’ll be a timeshare, but its certainly possible. And I’m beginning to give up on Ryan…Eli has proven to be very good, although he has a tough playoff schedule.

  125. Jarret says:
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    hello i need a little help i have nicks and jones, which one should i start with nicks being injured. please help. thanks

  126. Asher Molk

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    @Jarret: I remember you saying you had Bowe, Colston, Nicks and Julio? I’d definitely start Bowe, and probably Colston

  127. Jarret says:
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    I mean as my flex, only 20 minutes left for you to answer but I’m going Julio in my flex.

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