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“I want to make sure that whatever team I go to, they’re going to get the best, in-shape 35-year-old guy they can get. If that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium, put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”Steve Smith, Charlotte radio station WFNZ-AM.

Soooo, that was graphic. And as if someone in the NFL head office was listening to him, even without the benefit of it being on video tape, it appears we’ll get to see Steve Smith’s best Duke Nukem impersonation this Sunday, as the scheduling gods have sent the Carolina Panthers to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (the shining two-by-two square mile gem of the area, or what I call the “safe-zone”. Haha, just kidding, it’s not that safe) to do mortal football combat with Smith and the rest of the Ravens. And probably Joe Flacco’s elite eyebrows. Those things have a license to kill. And, you know, check down.

Week 4 Rankings have been updated for today’s games. You can check them out here.

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That news gives me the Alfred Blues. Don’t worry, I’ll show myself out. Is Alfred Blue droppable? I guess? Let’s see what happens later today. And don’t forget, it’s not like Arian Foster is some kind of bastion of health, so even if you’re more of a jazz guy, doesn’t hurt to hold here if you have the roster space.

Doug Martin will get the “bulk of the carries” in Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Or so ESPN is reporting. It’s easy to forget (since I struggled to stay conscious during the second half) the egg that the Bucs laid the other week when they lost by a mere 89 points… but just as a refresher, Bobby Rainey lost two fumbles and looked bad doing it. While I assumed it was going to be the dreaded RBBC at this point and time, it appears that all distribution will go to Martin, at least for this game.

In other news that doesn’t really concern today’s footballness (it’s a word, I swear), Knowshon Moreno is expected to return to action in Week 6, which would be less than a month after he dislocated his elbow. I doubt I could stop crying in that amount of time if it happened to me, so kudos to him. Not so many kudos going to the Lamar Miller owners though, that’s for sure.

Also, it’s being reported that a trial is unlikely to start before the season ends for Adrian Peterson.

Logistics diminish the chances Peterson will play for Minnesota again this season. He has a constitutional right to a speedy trial, but there are mitigating circumstances. …Still, (Attorney William Lee) Hon said felony indictments in his county take three months to a year to resolve whether the case is plea bargained or goes to trial.

A plea deal is apparently his only chance to quickly return to the roster, but this new report dampens the chances of that happening. Still, if you have the roster spot, I’d hold until October 8th, and then it’s probably safe to drop him after that point.

UPDATE: Charlie Whitehurst is expected to start in place of the injured Jake Locker. Both Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall are expected to play today, and Vernon Davis is good to go for today’s afternoon game.

 

Early Games

Packers vs. Bears

Bills vs. Texans

Titans vs. Colts

Panthers vs. Ravens

Lions vs. Jets

Buccaneers vs. Steelers

Dolphins vs. Raiders

  1. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Looking for some outside perspective. In an 8 team league with a small bench (5 spots). Have both my TE and DST on a bye. On my bench I have Roddy White, Ellington, Montee Ball, Josh Gordon and Knile Davis. The only one I feel is potentially droppable is Davis since I also have Forte and Jennings. My TE is Cameron and DST is Cincy. I do not want to drop either. Do I drop Knile and pickup Delanie Walker or the Lions DST and take a goose egg in the other spot? Do you expect Cameron to be the stud he is supposed to be in a few weeks when he is 100%? I’ve got bye week problems yo!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @malamoney: It’s an 8 team league, and though the idea sucks, I’d drop both Davis (for a defense) and Cameron (for a TE). Goose eggs shouldn’t be an option.

  2. Frank White says:
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    Morning Jay… I know the rankings are up but just hear me out.. I have Cam, Bortles and Big Ben is on the wire vs TB. I keep wanting to throw Bortles in cause not only did he score 32 fantasy points, (PPR), in just 2 quarters of the game but They say he’s gonna be airing the ball out all game and using the read option a lot plus listed as a QB1.. I’m nervous but don’t you have to agree somehow that he might blow up?? Especially if I pickup Big Ben I would have to drop him. I have Palmer so it might just be for the week and I can’t have 3 QB’s on my bench. I already have 51 points already from Donnell n Cruz but that don’t mean anything I guess. I was 0-2 until I made that big trade and now 1-2 so I need this win. Did I give you any convincing on Bortles? Lol… By the time you answer Big Ben might be taken so it might be Bortles or Cam. Thanks Bud!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank White: I’m not that high on Bortles this week and he’s droppable.. Go Cam here.

  3. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    I checked the rankings and they didn’t look like they were updated to reflect Arian Fosters status today. If he is indeed playing, would you start him over Ahmad Bradshaw for my RB2?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: Weird, well, on my screen, he’s at 16, behind Steven Ridley. (Sometimes, it takes several hours for FP to update.) But no, I still have Bradshaw higher.

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Jay: okie. Yeah, I was leery to start him first game out t seeing if he’s healthy–especially not against a tough bills run defense.

        Thanks!

  4. Dom B says:
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    Hey Jay! Wondering who to start pick 2, I have kendal l wright, Roddy White, ty Hilton, and Michael crabtree which 2 should I start and for TE WITTEN OR DELAINE walker

    • Dom B says:
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      I also can get Owen Daniels for TE

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: I have Crabtree and Roddy.

  5. Drece says:
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    Carlos Hyde for Ryan Mathews ROS? Ppr keeper keeper league using 3 rbs. 14teAms.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Drece: I’d want Mathews, he’s only a few weeks away at this point.

  6. Kendrick Lamar says:
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    Currently starting Sankey because Ellington is on bye (Hill is too). Is it worth picking up ivory and starting him? I’d have to drop cinci D ( who I really like) or sankey

    • Kendrick Lamar says:
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      @Kendrick Lamar: guess I could also drop Bortles who’s my backup QB (dual QB league)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kendrick Lamar: Rolling with Sankey isn’t too crazy, but you could be leaving 4-6 points on the table.

  7. psssht says:
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    still drip blount over rainey to pickup a kicker? i own le’veon/doug

  8. Niner says:
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    Pick one: PPR Roddy or Cordarrelle? Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Niner: Patterson.

  9. Dom B says:
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    Hey thanks Jay! Also who to start Witten, Walker, or Daniels at TE

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: I have it Walker today in Standard leagues.

  10. Gay 4 Jay says:
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    Would you start K. Robinson over J. Bell, F. Jackson, K. Robinson, or P. Thomas in a PPR league?

  11. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Who should I start Asiata or Kelvin Benjamin? PPR League

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dan Pants: Benjamin, but dbl check the rankings

  12. Principal Blackman says:
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    Good day, Jay! Someone dropped Ryan Mathews in my PPR/.5PPRA league. We only start 2RBs because FLEX is super and you pretty much have to go QB there. My RBs are Lynch, Ellington, Bush, DeAngelo Williams, and Knile Davis. Do I drop Davis right now and snatch up Mathews, or do I hold until we see how Jamaal fares on Monday night? Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Go ahead and drop, Mathews is due back in a few weeks. To be honest, I don’t mind dropping Williams here instead.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Jay: Yeah, I wouldn’t mind either, but with Lynch and Ellington on bye, I need Williams to start this week. I guess I could just hold and then drop Williams after this week’s slate of games, but then I’d have to place a waiver claim on Mathews although with the number 3 priority, this might not be too much of an issue. Which way would you play it, just drop Davis, or hold and then drop Williams after today?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Principal Blackman: Go ahead and drop Davis if that’s the for sure way of getting Mathews.

  13. James says:
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    Need help with 2 good problems to have…

    Problem A: I have Murray and Forte. I’m really really really tempted to sit Murray for Donald Brown only because he’s due for a letdown and Brown’s 31 carries and so likely to be playing with a lead, while it’s not as likely for Murray.

    Problem B: I have Andrew Luck and Phillip Rivers. Luck has been lights-out AND has a great matchup. At the moment, I’m starting Rivers. What to do…?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @James: Go Murray, what you say is logical, but not enough to sway me. You know what I’m going to say, but to be honest, I think both produce top-5 numbers today. There’s an argument here that the Colts might be a closer game, thus requiring more offense than the Chargers, so there’s that.

      • James says:
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        @Jay:

        Your game-flow reasoning for option B contradicts your reasoning for starting Murray in option A.

        I hate this!

        • James says:
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          Plus, Tennessee is starting Charlie Whitehurst!

          And, ESPN’s projecting 10 more points for Rivers over Luck. I’d feel stupid if Luck bombs… :(

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @James: not feally. Olivers role will expand, especially if there’s garbage time.

          • James says:
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            Who is Oliver? You are confusing me.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @James: Brandon Oliver is Brown’s handcuff.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @James: you want to sit a guy who’s what, top 3 among RB’s, due to “likely coming down”. can you please join my leagues and play against me this coming week. you also want to not start the highest scoring person in FF in luck? if anybody else even thought of doing that i would think they were kidding… I’m guessing you are 3-0 and are worried about being 4-0 as if that’s some sort of burden. again please come be my opp, and yes do come up with reasons to bench both the top overall player (by about 30 pts) and another top 11 guy.

  14. Cs says:
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    Hi! Would you give up Hawkins and Crowell for Welker?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Cs: nope.

  15. mcBlunty says:
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    need a defense options are Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Phili, New Orleans, Atlanta

    • James says:
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      1 week? Pittsburgh.

      ROS? Buffalo.

      • James says:
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        Nevermind, just Buffalo.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @James: buf

  16. mcBlunty says:
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    one more, full ppr khiry or fred jax

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @mcBlunty: Jackson slightly.

  17. Kevin says:
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    Need to fill a RB and a Flex. PPR

    DeAngelo Williams, Sproles, Vereen, Allen Robinson, Decker, Nicks

    • James says:
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      Poor options this week. Sproles on the road against SF? No.
      Nicks a 3rd or 4th option for Luck in a game where they will be playing with a lead? No.
      Rookie Allen Robinson with rookie qb making his 1st start? No.
      A questionable Eric Decker’s 1st game with that bum QB, Geno Smith, in a run-first offense? No.
      Vereen? Maybe for ceiling if you are playing from behind, but you don’t know if Bellicheat will throw to him 10 times, or have him in for 10 snaps. No

      DeAngelo Williams upgraded to probable with Stewarts banged up knee? Yes.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kevin: Vereen and Sproles.

  18. Moose Out Front says:
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    Rather own Sankey or MJD?

    • James says:
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      @Moose Out Front:

      Assuming you mean a bench guy who will only play if your starters are hurt, then Sankey.

      Temporary plug, probably MJD but his ceiling isn’t close to what it was 2 years ago.

  19. Nick says:
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    Bortles or bridgewater? The best way to get points in my league is long tds so I’m leaning bortles.

    • James says:
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      Patterson could take a screen to the house, no problem.

      Don’t forget Bridgewater will get you some rushing-yard points.
      Bortles won’t.

      My question is…How are you down to THESE 2 guys as your best options? Anyone on waiver?

      • Nick says:
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        @James: it’s 1 pt for 50 yds pass and 25 yd rush or rec. you get 3-7 pts per td depending on yardage. It’s basically geno or ej or bortles or glen non or bridge or whitehurst. So I’m only considering rookies and glennon

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: Bridgewater, but it’s like pick your own poison.

  20. pssssht says:
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    tony romo> cam right?

    starting doug martin today at RB2 (over gerhart)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @pssssht: Today, yes on both.

  21. Annie's Boobs says:
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    Jay, would you drop Sproles, Khiry or Joique to pick up either Ryan Mathews or Knowshon?

  22. James says:
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    Definitely don’t drop Joique. Aside from that, we need more details…

    PPR league? or standard. Safe to drop Sproles in standard for either guy.

    Who are your starters?

    • Annie's Boobs says:
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      @James: 10-team .5 ppr; starters are Charles and Stacy with Bradshaw seeing time as necessary. Thanks for your insight.

      • James says:
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        @Annie’s Boobs: Unless you are starting Robinson, I’d drop him in a heartbeat for either player. Same for Sproles, given all the mouths to feed in Philly, especially how hard they are for Jordan Matthews, now.

        On a side note, as soon as Stacy has a big game, I’d try to trade him up. His schedule is absolutely BRUTAL and he doesn’t get the passing game looks. Those go to Bennie Cunningham kinda like what Woodhead did to Mathews for most of last year.

  23. Dom B says:
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    Hey Jay this is a long one tell me which team is better 1 or 2 Thanks!

    1. QB Aaron Rodgers. 2. QB Aaron Rodgers RB 1 Rashadd Jennings RB 1 Eddie Lacy
    RB 2 Reggie Bush RB 2 Andre Ellington
    WR 1 Dez Bryant. WR 1 Michael Crabtree
    WR 2 Michael Crabtree. WR 2 Roddy White
    Flex Percy Harvin. Flex Ben Tate, Fred Jackson, or ty

    • James says:
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      @Dom B:

      So….Team 1 is:

      QB Rodgers
      RB Lacy
      RB Jennings
      WR Dez
      WR Crabtree

      and Team 2 is:
      QB Rodgers
      RB Bush
      RB Ellington
      WR Roddy White
      WR Crabtree

      And…your flex players on both teams are PERCY, TATE, AND F-JAX???

      I would be starting Percy at flex considering the # of looks they give him. Spiller could steal all of F-Jax’s production on any given week. Tate for guaranteed 8 to 15 pts no more, no less.

      • James says:
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        Team 1 looks better, on paper. But Team 2 is probably outproducing Team 1, at the moment.

        That said, team 2 looks much more valuable in PPR with Ellington and Bush. Lacy is a better standard league RB.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: The formatting threw me for a loop. And where does the flex belong to? I have no idea how to rate either.

  24. Twhiskey says:
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    For ROS non ppr should I drop one of K Davis, Gerhart, or Blue (I have foster) for Sankey? It seems like he is inching closer and closer to that starting job… Thanks!

    • James says:
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      Kniles and Blue are both back to handcuff status. Kniles is the MUCH stronger handcuff.

      Gotta keep Gerhardt, who’s carries should go up even more with the rookie QB starting,so that makes Blue your man out.

      • James says:
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        Despite Gerhart’s resemblance to Judge Reinhold…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Twhiskey: Blue for Sankey.

  25. Bills Fan Will says:
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    Joique Bell against the stingy Jets, or roll with Blount against TB? 0.5 PPR. Thanks!

    • James says:
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      Joique Bell all day. No question.

      Blount only put up #’s last week because of garbage time. Pittsburgh is the Le’Veon Bell show save for 1 or 2 drives per game.

  26. Isaiah Crowell says:
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    Drop McKinnon for me?

  27. James says:
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    Jay, are you ALLOWING me to answer these, or am I stepping on your toes?

    Sky was cool with this, last year. Sometimes, I’ll just come in when I’m bored to offer my perspective on things. It won’t be a habit.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @James: This is a forum, all are welcome, except trolls and haters. Have fun and engage!

  28. jmanfoschow says:
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    Got a tough decision here at Flex. PPR.

    Sankey OR Taliaferro?

  29. Allan says:
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    Ivory, Kelce, K. Wright, or S. Greene at flex in a half point ppr?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Allan: Ivory.

  30. Frank White says:
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    They said Charles is playing.. Start Charles or Lamar Miller??

    • James says:
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      @Frank White: If your 1st round pick is playing, you start him. Especially over that steaming pile, Lamar Miller.

      Or could it be my Lamar hate bubbling over from last year…

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks

  31. Frank says:
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    Hey jay which WR are you rolling with this week

    Cordarrelle patterson Vs Falcons

    Kenny stills Vs Cowboys

    Kenbrel Thompkins / Dobson vs KC

    Bowe vs pats

    Jordan Matthews vs SF

    • James says:
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      @Frank: Start Cordarrelle!

      And drop any receiver playing on MNF this week not named Edelman. That offense finally blows! Yay! I hate NE.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank: Patterson.

  32. Dom B says:
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    Which team is better?

    QB Rodgers
    RB Lacy
    RB Ellington
    WR Dez
    WR Crabtree
    Flex Harvin

    and Team 2 is:
    QB Rodgers
    RB Bush
    RB Jennings
    WR Roddy White
    WR Crabtree
    Flex Ben Tate or fed Jackson or ty hilton

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Ah, I gotcha, much better. Team 1.

  33. Jason Morgan says:
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    Who wins in PPR? Alshon for Lacy? And Alshon for Le’Veon?

    • Dom B says:
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      BELL!!!!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason Morgan: RB’s on both, but it’s close.

  34. FilthyRich says:
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    Injuries a deep league and our waiver process (my 3-0 team gets lowest priority every day) hass put me in an RB bind thi week. Which would you start – Blue, MJD or Branden Oliver?

    • Dom B says:
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      Start Blue. MJD losing carries to McFadden, the Texans are easing foster back in so expect blue to get carries. Start Blue with confidence

  35. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    What’s up Jay….PPR flex….D Williams or P Thomas?

    Thanks.

    • Dom B says:
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      D. Williams he is getting all the carries, Stewart is inactive

  36. Dat Dude v4 says:
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    .5 ppr

    Kendall wright or Markus Wheaton

    Colts or Fins D. Sliding scale pts/yards 3 pt turnovers 1 pt sack

    • James says:
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      @Dat Dude v4: Gotta go Wheaton. Just think about who you want throwing to him. Roeth or Whitehurst?

    • Dom B says:
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      Kendall wright he got 10 targets last wk and start fins d playing against rookie Derek Carr never good.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dat Dude v4: I have Wheaton over Wright by one spot, so it’s a coin flip.

  37. friar says:
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    With Boykin inactive, does that make Davante Adams attractive enough that I should start him at flex ahead of TY Hilton (who might be banged up and faces the tough Titans pass defense), or is that crazy and totally overthinking things? 0.5 ppr. Thanks!

    • Dom B says:
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      @friar: Hilton

    • Jay

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      @friar: I’d still go Hilton here.

  38. Adam says:
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    Deep league, +1 PPR

    With Boykins out for GB, and Moore out for OAK…..

    Pick 2 —

    Allen Hurns @ SD
    Davante Adams @ CHI
    Andre Holmes vs MIA

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: Holmes, Hurns

  39. artzlab says:
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    Heavy context question here. i had morris on thursday and he had cousins, so I’m already up a bit. he’s starting carlos hyde, blount, cecil,keenan. i have forte ahmad antonio brown and k wright. start bridgewater over cam? my thought is that theres a chance cam gets broken early, and that bridge is throwing a lot against atl. we are both 1-2 so a win is huge. love your stuff, thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @artzlab: Thanks! I understand your logic, but I’m still going Cam here. I’m not sure what to expect from Bridge.

      • artzlab says:
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        @Jay: thanks for the quick reply, going with cam. keep up the good work.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @artzlab: Thanks again!

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