Hello Razzball readers! My name is Asher Molk, and I’m a new contributor here on Razzball. I’m going to be writing this column weekly, and I look forward to answering your questions and helping you guys win your leagues! 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 is @AsherMolk and his is @BraudeM

BUY LOW

 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK– No running back burst out of the gates like McFadden did, but after two scoreless games in which he didn’t even touch the ball 20 times, some people who look only at the box score might be starting to question his consistency and ability. Make no mistake- Run DMC is still easily a top five fantasy back. They fell behind early against the Patriots and had to abandon the run, and the Texans simply set out to stop him, watching as Jason Campbell threw two touchdowns against them. McFadden looked as fast and agile as ever, breaking tackles with ease. It’s important to note he had over 40 rushing yards called back due to penalties. Snatch him away from impatient owners while the opportunity is there.

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL– I have been a believer in Matt Ryan all year, and I am not stopping now. Again, it’s important to look at the context of his situation and struggles. The lockout has hurt few players more than Ryan: He was asked to transition from a ball control offense to a spread shotgun aerial attack and to get in sync with a new wide receiver- all in a mere 7 weeks. He has the coaching staff and weapons to turn it around and finish strong, he just needs more time to figure it out. I’m willing to bet he finishes the second half of the year as a top 7 QB. At this point, you may be able to acquire him for next to nothing.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT- It’s no secret that the Steelers’ offensive line has been utterly ineffective thus far, this is evidenced by the ridiculously low YPC by their running backs and Big Ben fleeing for his life when he drops back. However, the newly signed Max Starks and the rest of that O-line may have turned a corner against a tough Titans defense, dominating the point of attack throughout the contest. Even more promising is that Isaac Redman did nothing to make his case for a committee attack, being outplayed by 4th stringer Jonathan Dwyer. There’s no arguing he’s produced like a flex option thus far, but there is a chance that that’s all you would have to give up for him right now. Find a frustrated owner in your league and offer him someone like BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Shonn Greene or LeGarrette Blount. Chances are you won’t regret it. Mendy is still a first-round talent with goal line duties on a very well coached and improving team.

Phillip Rivers, QB, SD- After having more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (6) over the first five weeks, Rivers is definitely someone to target. Over the last three years, Rivers has never had less than 28 TDs, with an average of 30.67. There is no reason to believe that his current pace of 19 TDs will stand pat. One of the factors affecting Rivers has been the absence of Antonio Gates, who is due to return after the Chargers bye this week. Ryan Mathews should help open up the pass, as teams now have to worry about the best Chargers RB since LaDanian Tomlinson. Rivers has a history of finishing strong and there’s no reason to believe that will change this year.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG- Only averaging 57.2 rushing yards per game and 29.2 receiving yards per game, Ahmad Bradshaw hasn’t been the RB that owners saw last year. Owners expected Bradshaw to erupt against the Seahawks with Jacobs out, but he failed to capitalize with only 85 rushing yards and 3.4 YPC. The change in Bradshaw will come soon- Jacobs looks nowhere near healthy and Bradshaw will continue to see an uptick in touches. Bradshaw is very talented and with the Giants pass offense clicking there will be holes to run through. Look for an owner who doesn’t know his true value and swoop him up.

Roddy White, WR, ATL- After totaling only 352 receiving yards and 2 TDs, Roddy White’s start has been a fluke. When the Falcons figure out their passing attack, he’s going to put up the numbers you’re used to seeing. Roddy is a target monster, as evidenced by his 10 targets last week, and with his hamstring finally at full strength he should be able to finish the season as a top-5 WR.

SELL HIGH

Michael Turner, RB, ATL- In fantasy leagues, getting players with explosive talent and upside is what brings the trophies home. Michael Turner no longer fits that description. His stats look nice, but lets again contextualize the numbers. 32% of his 360 rushing yards came against the Eagles 30th ranked rush defense. The past 3 games, he’s averaged less than 2.8 yards per carry- the only things saving his fantasy outings are the touchdowns. Owners will remember how he broke down at the end of last year, and there is no reason to think that won’t happen again as he ages and as the Falcons continue their transition to a spread/no huddle offense system. If you can turn him into any of the “buy-lows”, you’ve done well.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE- Again, it’s easy to look at statistics and determine that BJGE can be a strong RB2. Granted, he has goal line carries and constantly faces a mere 6 defenders in the box, but don’t get carried away with big numbers without justification. He doesn’t have the passing game prowess or quicks that Woodhead brings (who has been injured, another reason for Green-Ellis’ production) or the dominant running ability of a Stevan Ridley. You will drive yourself crazy trying to figure out the workload Belichick gives him each week, and it will be quite a surprise if BJGE tops this performance. He will get the number of carries to produce from time to time, but there are too many factors to account for to keep expectations high for this averagely talented running back.

Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ- Many owners do not see why Shonn Greene isn’t succeeding- he was a top 65 draft pick, plays with a seemingly good offensive line, and sees the majority of the carries (including goal line duties) in a ball control offense. The situation and opportunity is there- problem is, the talent simply isn’t. After his superb showing in the playoffs a few years ago, it’s no wonder expectations were high. But those impressive performances have proven to be the exception, not the reality: he’s averaging 48 YPG and 3.3 YPC this season. He has shown time and time again he cannot create for himself, and at best get what’s blocked. With Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight looming in the background, Greene’s leash may be shorter than perceived. This is a running back who lacks any passing game skills and has shown no playmaking ability whatsoever- pass him along to the biggest Jets fan in your league.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA- After having his first game over 73 yards, now is the prime time to rid yourself of Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is yet to receive over 20 carries in a game and is a non factor in the passing game. Averaging only 64.4 yards from scrimmage, Lynch lacks the talent of a RB1 and nothing is going to change. This is Lynch’s ceiling and if you can find an owner in desperate need of a RB, now is the perfect time to sell.

Pierre Garcon, WR, IND- Garcon has been on fire lately, but don’t expect it to continue. Averaging an unsustainable 22.1 YPC, Garcon will fade sooner rather than later. Curtis Painter will have no reason to force the ball to Garcon once defenses stop inexplicably blowing coverage against him. With two straight big games, there isn’t going to any point in the year where Garcon’s value is higher. Sell him while you can still get something decent in return.

Again, feel free to shoot me a tweet @AsherMolk with any questions, I’ll be happy to answer!

  1. chris says:
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    my berger and stewart for his forte?

  2. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    Great column, keep up the good work

  3. Stink Nuggets says:
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    Thanks for the column. Taking your advice and looking for possible trade targets.

    What do you think of B.Marsh for Sproles in a ppr league? I’m weak on RB and still have Austin/Wallace/Cruz/Crabtree/J. Nelson

    Also, what do you think of Daniel Thomas for Mendenhall? The Mendy owner is pretty sad in the WR cat so I could also try to offer someone like Jordy Nelson. ppr.

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Stink Nuggets says:
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    For that last post I would offer Daniel Thomas b/c I’m stacked at RB. Still would be holding onto Forte/Best/Wells

  5. barker says:
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    12 team trade start 2 rb 3 wr 1 wrt

    i give eli jacobs ocho i get colston and garcon
    should i try to add spiller or campbell to the deal on his side

    my current WR dez meachem lance moore antonio brown ocho
    other RB rice cj2k jstew ridley
    my other QB schaub
    te graham hernandez

  6. Asher Molk

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    @StinkNugget I’d hold off on the Bmarsh deal…he still has plenty of value, Matt Moore isnt a big downgrade (may not be a downgrade at all) from Henne. If he threw in a decent WR I may consider but you’d be buying high on Sproles and selling low on Marshall…never a good idea.

    As for Daniel Thomas and Nelson for getting Mendy, I’d jump all over that. Usually, whoever gets the best player in the deal wins. Keep buying low!

  7. Rocky says:
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    Nice advice, been thinking about making a play for Ryan too. How about Fitzpatrick and Greene for Ryan and S. Rice?

  8. Asher Molk

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    @barker I’d probably do that trade because you are strong at RB but deficient at WR. Keep expectations for Colston in check, but getting rid of Ocho a great idea. I’d try to add Campbell on his end though. Pretty fair deal.

  9. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: I dont think I’d do that deal quite yet. My feelings on Greene are posted above, but hes still an RB. RB >>> WR. Sidney Rice is someone I’d be trying to sell high, not buy on. Try and trade away someone else besides Greene for Ryan- Fitzpatrick is a fine starter for the time being. But I like how you are trying to buy low

  10. Asher Molk

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    @chris: If berger is Ben Roethlisberger and you have any semblance of good backup QB, then do that deal in a heartbeat. Forte a top 5 guy. Is berger someone else?

  11. Jason says:
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    Roddy White is a great target. I’m stacked @ rb (peterson, gore, S. Jax, blount + graham, d. thomas, battle. I’ve got colston and s. moss @ wr. Owner may go for a rb trade (needs depth). How’s colston and d. thomas?

  12. James says:
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    Would u drop decker for bey or little? Worried with tebow..help!

  13. Asher Molk

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    @James: I’d hold off on that. Decker has proven value, and Tebow is actually pretty aggressive. That said, they should be owned- find someone else to drop.

  14. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: Id try and trade Blount and Graham first, I think Thomas has more value. Dont start with your best offer or the “most” you are willing to give up when trading. Who knows, the owner may be willing to do it for less. But I’d do Blount and Colston for White. Offer your worst guys and work your way up! If it came down to it, I’d probably still do Thomas and Colston for White though, you’re getting the best player in the deal.

  15. James says:
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    Thanks! Would u keep David Nelson or drop for bey or little? Have Nelson and decker on bench with Holmes aj green and Wallace

  16. Mike says:
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    Have Matt Ryan as backup..would u drop for tebow? Have romo starting..thanks!!

  17. Asher Molk

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    @James: I’d still keep David Nelson over those two as well- he has a concrete role in a short-intermediate passing offense. What I usually do is drop my kicker or defense during the week and pick up guys who need to be owned. Maybe you’ll make a trade and have room for everyone!

  18. Asher Molk

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    @Mike: DEFINITELY do not drop Matt Ryan. Drop someone else for Tebow though, he needs to be owned- even drop a kick or defense during the week to make room for him. Then I’d find a team/owner without a QB and trade any of those guys to him for WR or RB depth.

  19. cplat says:
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    Better pick Crabtree or Nelson? I like Crabtree with Josh gone, but Nelson is in a heavy airial attacking offense. By the way, IMO Redman actually looked pretty good giving it was against Tenn defense. He ran hard and fought for yards and showed ability to earn extra yards. Yes, Dwyer broke loose for a long run, but you and I could have made that run through that hole. Anyhow, good read keep it up. Thanks

  20. Brian says:
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    Nice article.

    I have #1 ww priority and probably picking up Tebow even though I have Brady and Ryan. I’m thin at RB since losing Charles (Blount, Starks, Ridley, Scott, Helu).

    I want to trade with a team that only has Freeman as his QB and has Felix Jones, Ahmad Bradshaw, Tolbert, and M. Bush as rbs.

    You think a package of Tebow and Starks would get me Felix?

  21. Anonymous says:
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    In 12 team standard league I have Tony Romo. Should I still use my waiver to pick up Tebow??

  22. Anonymous says:
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    Also who would you start this week? James Jones or Greg Little?

  23. Jason says:
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    A team in my league has an 0-5 start. His value players are foster, nicks, and hillis. The rest are scrubs, therefore he needs help at all positions. I have romo, big ben, and freeman for qb’s. I offered a trade of ben and blount for foster. He may reject and counter for ben and Gore or S. Jax. Between Gore and Steven Jackson, which would you let go?

  24. Asher Molk

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    @cplat: On Redman: I dont think he fell flat on his face, but the talent gap between him and Mendenhall is wide- thats all I’m saying. Thanks for the input though! This one is actually proving to be close…I’ll go ahead and say Nelson because Crabtree hasnt really shown much, but if your gut tells you Crabtree, then I wouldnt blame you.

  25. Anthony L says:
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    I’m trying to see who should I start this week.

    Non ppr. 2 rbs 1 flex 2wrEli or cam, both look like they can have good games.

    Arian foster, lesean mccoy ryan grant or j battle

    Calvin johnson wes welker desean jackson julio jones santana moss mario manningham
    I’m kinda lookin at cam over manning

    Rbs foster n mccoy

    Wrs megatron welker

    But flex is what’s just up in the air. What do u think?

    Thanks in advance!

  26. Asher Molk

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    @Brian: You have the right idea: still take Tebow, he is the best player on the wire. As far as the trade goes, I love it. But again, see if he will take less than Starks for Bradshaw or Felix (another fantastic buy low). Then build your way up. Dont lead with your best offer!

  27. Asher Molk

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    @Anonymous: Definitely still pick up Tebow- best player available. If you want to take a big risk, play Jones, but Little was given the starting job today- he might be the safer play.

    A quick note on Tebow: During the 3 games Tebow started last year, he was the top scoring fantasy QB. That obviously wont be the case, but snatch him up.

  28. Jason says:
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    I have Romo, Ben, and Freeman for qb’s (traded for Romo, because of inconsistent numbers every week). My question is, ” Would you drop freeman for tebow? I’m thinking if he blows up I’ll have trade bait. If not i can always cut him right?

  29. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: Id probably keep Gore- his has a mauling offensive line and an improved Alex Smith. He may have lost a step, but so has Jackson, who is in a far worse situation. Arian is arguably the No. 1 RB in fantasy going forward…if you get him, you pretty much win any trade. Just dont be stuck with Freeman as your starting QB.

  30. Asher Molk

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    @Anthony L: You’ve got it all correct. Start Cam until further notice- dude racks up passing yards AND is the team’s goal line back. Ridiculous. I’d go with Desean Jackson, hes always a threat for a long TD and can rack up the yards in a hurry. GREAT team by the way.

  31. Rocky says:
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    I got a tough decision here: I give up McGahee, Marshall, and Fitzpatrick for Romo and Mendenhall. I figure it’s a little steep but I still have Gore, McCoy, Best, S. Rice, Nicks, Bowe as other Rb/wr’s. Would you do it?

  32. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: I’d drop Freeman for Tebow, WAY higher upside. If you are torn on what to do and want to make a trade, drop your kicker or defense for Tebow and see if you make a trade during the week.

  33. Rocky says:
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    Oh and I get Ridley as well for kicks.

  34. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: Absolutely do that deal. McGahee’s productive days are numbered (hes got ZERO burst/speed left) and Romo is quite an upgrade over Fitzpatrick. RB depth wins championships. I also wouldnt be opposed to packaging S. Rice and Gore for an elite WR. With Ridley, you’re RB depth is fantastic.

  35. Anthony L says:
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    Thanks a lot. I stacked up early in the draft with rbs and wrs. Many ppl went with qb first. Kinda got lucky.

  36. Jason says:
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    Asher, I’m sure I’m speaking for everyone tonight who needed help, “Thanks for your advise and time.” Take Care

  37. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: Thanks man, really appreciate it, happy to help!

  38. Rocky says:
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    He changed the offer, Nicks and McGahee for his Romo and Mendenhall. I kind of like it. I was thinking of offering Gore as well and request his Andre Johnson?

  39. Stink Nuggets says:
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    Thanks Asherbro

    Is me trying to offer Grant/J.Nelson for Rivers laughable? I lost Peyton so would love to trade for a good QB1…and the dude would still have McNabb/Hasselbeck.

    Who would you offer to trade? My roster is as follows:

    ppr league

    QB: Eli Manning
    RB: Peterson
    WR: Wallace
    RB/WR: Austin
    RB/WR: B.Marsh
    TE: Daniels
    K: Rackers
    Def: Packers

    BN: Grant
    BN: Ingram
    BN: Ridley
    BN: M. Bush
    BN: J. Nelson
    BN: Cruz
    BN: Crabtree
    BN: F. Davis

    He has RB’s of Blount/Lynch/McCoy and WR’s of Boldin/Burress/Floyd/Henderson/Wayne.

    Wow seriously I laugh in my mind when people ask you this in depth of questions but this is the first time I’ve been really stumped. I see an opportunity since somehow I’m 2-3 but love my team. I have the most points scored against in the league. Thx in advance. If this question is too damn long and you don’t feel like answering it I can’t even blame you. Shitt.

  40. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: If you don’t have a great QB, then I’d do that deal IF you can turn gore or best into a great WR thats not Andre. Texans signing/trading for WRs today…a possible indication that his recovery isnt going smoothly. I would hesitate to give up Nicks, he’s an elite WR1, top 5 kind of guy. If your team consists of Marshall, Nicks, Bowe and Gore, Best and McCoy, almost doesnt matter who your QB is. I’d do that first deal you told me about, but that latest one is a little risky.

  41. Stink Nuggets says:
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    I was also thinking Grant/BMarsh but TBH I’m pretty high on Eli. Giants fan to the end and his ROS schedule couldn’t look better

  42. TE says:
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    Who do you like for rest of season in standard league – 12 team?

    Ben Watson or Jared Cook?

  43. Asher Molk

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    @Stink Nuggets: Your team is very good, no doubt about that- too bad you lost Peyton. His backup QBs arent great, so I doubt that trade offer has a chance- ask him if hes still high on Rivers though. Honestly, if Eli keeps putting up decent numbers with the breakouts of Ballard and Cruz, hes a fine QB with your elite WRs and AP. Stand pat, the “points against” will come down, and your playmakers will step up.

  44. Stink Nuggets says:
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    @TE:

    Personally I would take ppr=watson, standard=cook. Evan Moore steals RZ looks from Watson while Cook’s arrow is pointing up with Britt out

  45. Asher Molk

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    @TE: Jared Cook and its not close. People who have watched Cook compare his athletic ability to Jermichael Finley. With Britt done, his targets have nowhere to go but up. Watson has precious little left in the tank, and Evan Moore gets the goal line targets. Keep Cook.

  46. Rocky says:
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    Yeah your advice is top-notch my man, as soon as I submitted the comment I had doubts about the trade, you pushed me in the right direction, I appreciate it. Sorry to bother you again, but in my other league I am thinking of pursuing Roddy White. Giving up Gronkowski, Greene, and Stevie Johnson for Roddy and Bradshaw ( a reach), but thinking about settling for Roddy and Mike tolbert. I still have Gates as my TE.

  47. Asher Molk

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    @Stink Nuggets: Haha good insight Stink! But always go with the higher upside/playmaker. In this case, thats Cook. Thats what I believe at least.

  48. Stink Nuggets says:
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    Thanks brosephino! Great analysis and thanks for reading my long ass question. I personally love your ‘sell high’ idea since it’s what I love. Knew I was weak at RB so traded Meachem for Ingram straight up after 3 straight TD weeks. Saints WR’s outside of Colston/Graham = headache ;-)

  49. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: My pleasure! I’d probably do that trade for Roddy and Bradshaw, but definitely not for Tolbert. Tolbert is slowly being phased out of the offense as Ryan Mathew’s elite talent emerges. Keeping Gronk wouldnt be the worst thing, however, as Gates still isnt sure about his health. Again: for Roddy and Bradshaw, probably yes. For Roddy and Tolbert, definitely not.

  50. Stink Nuggets says:
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    And I agree on upside. Which is why I’m picking up Little this week before every D-Bag adds Avan/Parker/Garcon or something based on stats. I’m not going to bash DHB but he’s a perennial tease haha

  51. Asher Molk

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    @Stink Nuggets: FANTASTIC trade. RBs are always more important than WR. Thats an ideal “buy low/sell high” trade. Always happy to help. Give me a follow on twitter if you have one, I answer questions there too! @AsherMolk

  52. Asher Molk

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    @Stink Nuggets: Keep up that attitude and you’ll rack up the championships

  53. friar says:
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    In a 14 team league, I’m very strong at RB (McFadden, MJD, Best, Tolbert, M. Bush) but it comes at the expense of other positions. Someone’s offered me Maclin and Gronk for MJD (my TE is Pettigrew and my WRs are a rotation of Manningham, M. Thomas, N. Washington, and Heyward-Bey). My questions basically are:

    1) Should I make this trade? It balances my team out and fills two needs, but I don’t know if I’m getting fair value for MJD.

    2) The other guy also has Jimmy Graham. Should I counter with Maclin+Graham=MJD? Am I right to value Graham above Gronk?

    3) If you think trade #1 is a bad idea and trade #2 is unrealistic, I could probably do McFadden for Maclin and Graham. Would this be an improvement over the proposal in #1?

    Sorry for making this so complicated. Great column, and thanks for your dedicated responses.

  54. Asher Molk

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    @friar: This is a tough question. Ill start with this: definitely do not trade McFadden, we can throw that out right away. I’m sorry if this response is a little long, but here it goes: As I’ve stressed in other responses, RBs are more valuable than any other position, and good RBs and depth wins championships. That said, your lack of WRs is a little troubling, and Pettigrew isnt overwhelming. You are correct to value Graham over Gronk- he is Brees’ number one option. If I were you, I would do the following:

    1) Offer Jahvid Best for those two if its a non-PPR league.
    2) Offer MJD in a deal for Welker or Calvin Johnson, or try and get two good WRs for him.
    3) If this is a PPR league, do the deal for Maclin and Graham immediately.

    In 14 team leagues, RBs are at a premium. I wouldn’t be opposed to shopping MJD for better WRs though because his knee still worries me. But if you cannot get a better deal, Maclin and Graham are very good. Its very close though.

  55. friar says:
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    Thanks for the thorough advice, Asher. If I can probe your suggestions a little bit:

    1) Are you suggesting I offer Best for Maclin and Gronk or for Maclin and Graham (I actually already tried the latter, to no avail)?

    2) What tier of WR do you think I should target if I’m looking to trade MJD for 2 receivers?

    Thanks again!

  56. Asher Molk

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    I suggest you find an owner desperate for an RB (there will be at least a couple in a 14 team league…maybe a Charles owner?) and shoot for the stars at first- you could offer MJD and Bey for Welker or Calvin Johnson. If that fails, just keep sending out offers to RB-deficient owners that clearly favor you- maybe two top 15-20 guys for Best, and if that fails, for MJD. Just do not sell yourself short- MJD is a top-10 back, Best top 15. Make sure you get some very good WRs for either of them. Feel free to keep asking questions if new offers show up

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    @friar: I suggest you find an owner desperate for an RB (there will be at least a couple in a 14 team league…maybe a Charles owner?) and shoot for the stars at first- you could offer MJD and Bey for Welker or Calvin Johnson. If that fails, just keep sending out offers to RB-deficient owners that clearly favor you- maybe two top 15-20 guys for Best, and if that fails, for MJD. Just do not sell yourself short- MJD is a top-10 back, Best top 15. Make sure you get some very good WRs for either of them. Feel free to keep asking questions if new offers show up

  58. Rob says:
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    So wait… Trade Turner for Mendenhall? For reals?

  59. DFresh says:
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    Do I drop Boldin for Little? Boldin has not been so good this season…

  60. Rocky says:
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    I am doing well in one of my leagues but got a interesting offer. He offered Peterson, Gresham for Thomas, Gronkowski, and Steve Johnson. I am thinking of staying put since my other Wr’s are Andre, Crabtree, and Little, while other rb’s are Mendenhall, forte, ridley, Greene. I still have Gates as well.

  61. Rocky says:
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    Also, got offered Romo and Mendenhall for Bowe and McGahee. I have Nicks, Marshall, Crabtree, Little, S. Rice as other wr’s, along with McCoy, Best, Gore as rb’s. Since I have Fitzpatrick as qb, really thinking about pulling the trigger.

  62. Project badass says:
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    Non-ppr, non-keeper, waiver budget $200 ($114 left)

    I’m looking to pick up 2 FA’s for Gibson, and Clark. How much would you bid on Tebow, Delone Carter, Heyward-Bey, and James Jones?

    QB- Ryan, Fitz
    RBx2- Hightower, Daniel Thomas
    WR/RB- Tolbert
    WRx2- White, Stevie Johnson
    WR/TE- Rice
    TE- Fred Davis

    BN RB- Starks, McGahee, Hunter
    BN WR- Jordy Nelson, Gibson
    BN TE- Dallas Clark

  63. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    whats up Asher,great post.You cheered me up w/ your Bradshaw analysis.I grudgingly traded him away in a regular 10 team league,but I made a pretty good deal to get him in a ppr keeper league.

    anyway,couple questions.first….

    10 team non ppr,bye wk has left me w/ lousy options for my WR2 spot.I have Meachem and Boldin on my roster,or I could p/u James Jones,Breaston or DHB off waivers.Of those five WR’s,which would you go w/ for this wk?

    second,10 team ppr keeper….I still have Roy Helu on my roster.Do you think he will have any value this season?

    and finally,same league,could you rank these RB’s ROS for me?

    Hardesty,Donald Brown,Starks,Grant,D. Carter,Graham.

    thnks.

  64. TD's n Beer says:
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    Im trying to trade for Roddy, In a 12 team PPR. I am 3-2 the other guy is 2-3. Im thinking of offering Garcon and Marshall for White. Its tough to trade anyone in this league. No one wants to let go. Should I offer up anything else my RB’s are Best, Mendy, D.Thomas. other WR’s are Nicks and Washington.

    His depth is RB’s, Gore, Greene, Mathews. WR’s Austin, Lloyd, Harvin, Moore.

    If declined would you offer a second deal. Thanks, Love your column.

  65. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Asher,one more question….

    Daniel Thomas had two really productive games before he got hurt( something like 120 total yds each game).Is that the sort of thing we should expect from him going forward?

    thnks again.

  66. Megatron Lives says:
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    0.5PPR. Pick one for the rest of the way. Jordy Nelson or James Jones.

  67. nick m. says:
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    I have Romo and now Tebow on my bench – is it too much if I offer up Stafford and Felix Jones for McFadden? (12-team PPR, 6pts per TD – I need RB help and he certainly needs a QB…)

  68. Dirt says:
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    Better Fantasy Quarterback this year?

    Cam Newton or Matt Schaub?

  69. MrHappyTime says:
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    Start Dalton or Bradford in my 2 qb league for this week? Also would you drop Dalton for Cassel for next week?

  70. Adam says:
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    Would you trade Tebow and VJax for Stafford? My other WRs are DJax and Nicks.

  71. Gavin says:
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    Who’d you rather have as your bench WR going forward: Plax, James Jones, Doug Baldwin or Greg Little?

  72. Plainview says:
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    Who do you like better as a QB2 – Cassel or Tebow?

  73. Asher Molk

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    @Rob: If it were me, I’d do that trade. But since the person you’re trading with may think hes getting a steal, try to get another person besides Mendenhall. But its a good example of buying low and selling high.

  74. Asher Molk

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    @DFresh: Definitely not, find someone else to drop though, Little should be owned

  75. The Vaporizers says:
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    Percy Harvin or Brandon Marshall. Who you want the rest of the season?

  76. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: Having Peterson, Mendenhall and Forte as your RBs will probably win you that league. But I’d try and coax another WR out of him, especially since Andre is hurt right now. I’d offer up Greene for one of his WRs in that deal. Just beware that Gates’ injury isnt a temporary thing. If you can get any sort of decent WR, that deal is off the charts.

  77. Derrick says:
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    Shonne Greene and Garcon too much to give up for Mendenhall?

  78. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: If you are getting Mendy and Romo, do that trade immediately!

  79. Asher Molk

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    @Project badass: Sorry man, I have virtually no experience in free agent bidding leagues. I’d suggest hitting up my friend Mike Braude, his twitter is @BraudeM

  80. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Sorry, long question to follow. When the season started I was worried about Eli’s 2nd half, but now not as much. His post-bye stretch of MIA, @NE, @SF, PHI, @NO, GB looks good, but the playoff schedule–@DAL, WAS, @NYJ–is a little dicey.

    Guys like Tebow, Flacco and Freeman are available in trade, but there are also some decent FA options (with their playoff schedules and opponents during Eli’s bye week):
    Campbell – @GB, DET, @KC (KC wk 7)
    Sanchez – KC, @PHI, NYG (SD wk 7)
    Dalton – HOU, @STL, ARI (Bye wk 7)
    Cassel – @NYJ, GB, OAK (@OAK wk 7)
    Smith (what?!) – @ARI, PIT, @SEA (Bye wk 7)

    So my options are as follows: 1) Stick with Eli and pick up Campbell or Cassel for week 7, and maybe Campbell, Sanchez or Dalton as the playoffs approach; 2) try to package bench depth (someone like Cruz, Ridley, etc) for Tebow or Flacco; or 3) try to trade Eli, either in a package for a Romo-type or buying low on a Ryan or Roethlisberger.

    My question is, do you prefer option 1, 2 or 3? If 2, how aggressive would you be going after Tebow if you already hold Eli? If 3, how much (if any) of an upgrade is Romo over Eli?

  81. Asher Molk

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    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Nice! Honestly, I’d keep trotting Boldin out there. Emerging deep threats are going to start opening things up for him. DHB and Jones are very boom or bust. The only way I see Helu having real value is if Torain or Hightower goes down, but who knows with Mike Shanahan, I’d drop him for someone like Tebow or Little. Lastly:
    Starks, Grant, Hardesty, Graham, Carter, Brown.

  82. Asher Molk

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    @TD’s n Beer: I think that would be a very good trade for you. If he declines, you can try Lloyd and Garcon. Your team is very solid, so if he doesn’t want to do a deal, I wouldnt panic. Marshall has disappointed but I believe he’ll be just fine.

  83. Asher Molk

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    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I wouldnt expect 100YPG, but he is definitely the primary running back on that team with goal line carries, mid-low end RB2 with upside. Hes got value

  84. Asher Molk

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    @nick m.: If its 6pts per passing TD, Stafford carries quite a bit of value. See if you can give him Tebow, never lead with your best offer. But if it came down to it, I’d absolutely do that trade. McFadden is as good as it gets.

  85. Asher Molk

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    @Dirt: Newton, not close.

  86. Asher Molk

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    @MrHappyTime: Eek, I’d probably trot out Bradford there. GB’s pass defense hasnt been good. If Tebow is on the wire, drop Dalton for him.

  87. Asher Molk

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    @Adam: No, I wouldn’t. Tebow is startable in fantasy because of his running ability, was No. 1 scoring QB in fantasy when he started. Maybe Tebow and DJax u could do, but I’d honestly give Tebow a chance.

  88. Asher Molk

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    @Gavin: Little

  89. Asher Molk

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    @Plainview: Tebow by miles and miles

  90. Asher Molk

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    @Derrick: Not at all! Fantastic trade if your getting Mendy

  91. Terry says:
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    Mendy or Bradshaw? Who do you like better going forward?

  92. Asher Molk

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    @Steve Stevenson: All three of those options are pretty good. And yes, Romo is an upgrade over Eli. I wouldnt be opposed to packaging Eli and some bench depth in a deal for Romo, good idea- that would probably be my first choice. But trading for Tebow is also an option, just make sure you dont give up too much for him. And if you have to trot one of those guys out there, make it Campbell, hes been consistent. But try to offer the least you can to start out with when trying to acquire Ryan and Big Ben- you may be able to get them for less than you think. Never lead with your best offer. Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more if necessary

  93. Plainview says:
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    Who do you like as a flex play this week:

    Lance Moore
    Helu
    Avant
    Mike Thomas
    Jabar Gaffney
    Hines Ward

    I know, slim pickings . . .

  94. MattW says:
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    @Asher Molk: In a non-PPR league, deep league, I need WR help…would you trade Forte/Holmes for Mendenhall/Austin? If not how far off are the two value-wise?

    Great column! Thanks!

  95. Least Mode says:
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    Hey, Asher: I’ve got someone offering me Rivers for Romo straight up. What do you think? Romo is getting Austin back this week, but after the Jets game Rivers’ schedule looks tasty.

  96. Random Collmenter says:
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    I need WR help- I have calvin, but behind him is percy, david nelson, and greg little.

    thinking about packaging antonio gates + nelson for miles austin.

    my gates replacement has been gresham (and i could pick up cook off waivers).

    .5 PPR. you like this trade?

  97. Last Place says:
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    1-4 thusfar, need to make a change.

    Brady, Holmes, Wayne, McFadden, F. Jones, Clark/Ballard. Just picked up Tebow.

    Being offered Schaub/D. Jackson for Brady/Wayne. Should I take or sell Brady for a better WR and lower end QB1?

  98. Jay says:
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    Julio Jones and James Starks for Chris Johnson and Mario Mannigham?

  99. heluhelu says:
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    Someone just dropped Menenhall(8 man 1.5 ppr league). would u rank it Menenhall, Deangelo, Torain, Battle, Addai?

  100. Carl says:
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    I have Rodgers/Newton starting in a 2 QB league, with Schaub on the bench.
    I was just offered Gore for Schaub. At RB, I have Forte, McCoy starting with Torain, Hightower, Ingram on the bench.
    So Gore would likely take my flex spot currently held by Bowe/Green.

    Should I do the deal? I feel like it’s a no-brainer but I’m nervous about giving up my bye week fill in/Newton insurance. Standard scoring, 10 team H2H league. Many thanks!

  101. DKAS says:
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    Got a couple of trade offers to consider.

    Give Lance Moore for Mike Williams (TB)
    Give Big ben for James Starks (My other QB is Cam Newton).

  102. FUBAR says:
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    OK i need a lot of help. I lost peyton and traded away foster because i was impatient and needed some wins. I’m left with sproles and matthews as my rb’s. I have welker, j. nelson as my only two decent recievers with only spot start qb’s although i did aquire tebow. I guess what I need to know is where would you start and would trading welker for 2 players such as lesean mccoy and jeremy maclin a good place to start. thanks for any advice.

  103. Asher Molk

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    @Terry: Its kinda close, but I’ll say Mendy in non-PPR and Bradshaw in PPR.

  104. Asher Molk

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    @Plainview: Ill say Moore

  105. Asher Molk

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    @MattW: I definitely think you should keep Forte, hes a guy who I wouldnt be trading. Holmes will step it up. I love Mendy as a buy low and I think he will be fine, but Forte is a top 3 back right now. Holmes will step it up. Remember: good RBs > good WRs

  106. ham curtains says:
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    Who would you rather have going forward…grossman, Alex smith, painter, or say Campbell. I’m thinking Alex smith. Also ppr would you drop mike Thomas for hey-ward bey?

  107. ham curtains says:
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    Any chance ppr you would drop dustin keller for Fred Davis.

  108. exactly says:
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    Hey Asher, got 2 questions:

    1. rank heyward-bey, james jones, baldwin, little
    2. looking to trade greene for a better wr, who would you target?

    Thanks.

  109. Asher Molk

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    @Least Mode: Its close and almost a wash…but I’d stick with Romo. More weapons on a pass first team. Rivers will get his numbers, but he’s been struggling without Gates. With the emergence of Mathews in San Diego, I think Romo’s upside is greater. Cowboys will be counting on him all year.

  110. Asher Molk

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    @Random Collmenter: Love that trade. Gresham is no great shakes, but Gates is a very high risk right now, and usually the player getting the “1” in a 2 for 1 wins the deal. And yes, get Jared Cook.

  111. Asher Molk

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    @Last Place: I wouldn’t make that trade. Brady is a top 3 QB for the rest of the way- Schaub is borderline top 10. I’d try and trade Tebow for someone like Brandon Marshall, who is another buy low I’d like. Offer Tebow and Wayne to a QB needy team for a good WR.

  112. Asher Molk

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    @Jay: If you are getting CJ and Manningham, do it in a heartbeat.

  113. Asher Molk

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    @heluhelu: Yes, you have the right order. Get Mendy ASAP!

  114. Asher Molk

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    @Carl: Its definitely not a bad trade. But in 2QB leagues, you may be able to get more for Schaub. I’d recommend packaging him with Torain/Hightower or Ingram and going after an elite RB before settling for Gore. But keep the Gore for Schaub in the back of your mind.

  115. Asher Molk

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    @DKAS: Yes to getting Mike Williams TB. But I’d try and aim higher for Big Ben- package him with one of your weaker RBs, and offer a QB needy team that package in exchange for an elite RB.

  116. Asher Molk

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    @FUBAR: If you can give Welker for McCoy and Maclin, do it immediately. As far as the rest of your team goes, I’d stick with Tebow as ur QB for now- you have more pressing issues. You could package Sproles and one of your weaker WRs for a better RB- I’d target Mendenhall, Bradshaw and even Mathews if his owner is concerned about his injury. Whenever you package two decent players for a great one, its a win.

  117. Asher Molk

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    @ham curtains: Its close between Alex Smith and Campbell- both have been proven to be low upside, but safe plays so far. I’d hang onto Mike Thomas, he is the number one passing option on that team, even if thats not saying much. Who knows what will happen with Heyward-Bey when he reverts to his old ways and Schilens’ and Ford’s roles begin to grow. However, if you can find someone else to drop for Heyward-Bey, definitely go for it. He needs to be owned for now.

  118. Asher Molk

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    @ham curtains: In a heartbeat. Fred Davis is the 2nd passing option on that team, and very physically talented. Dont worry about Cooley. Keller is trending down.

  119. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: Little, Jones, Bey, Baldwin. Like the idea of trading Greene away for a WR. Targets I like: Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes, Steve Johnson and obviously Roddy White if you can get him. But just try and get some sort of RB in return, just in case.

  120. exactly says:
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    would you do greene and heyward-bey for s. holmes and little?

  121. Jared says:
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    In 1st place 4-1 but trying to take advantage of my RB situation before someone gets injured. At RB I have MJD, M. Turner, B. Wells, D. Thomas, R. Grant, and S. Ridley. I really need another WR but can’t get anyone to bite for a straight up swap for RB. Have an offer for Turner and R. Fitz for Cam. I have Rivers as my starter, thinking I could then flip Newton or Rivers and get an elite WR…but then I kinda like having the depth at RB. What do you think?

  122. ham curtains says:
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    Thanks for input one question Fred Davis over cook (ppr) right?

  123. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: I think thats a good deal, but try and get a filler RB in return (someone like Pierre Thomas or even the dreaded Marshawn Lynch- someone will a little opportunity).

  124. Asher Molk

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    @Jared: Only do a deal for Newton IF you have a trade already lined up to give away either Rivers or Newton. But Rivers is a more than adequate starter, he’ll get his when all is said and done. I do like the idea of trading Turner, however. Throw out a bunch of offers you would do for sure- look for a team without a QB and offer Fitz, Turner and one of your bench WRs for a WR1- maybe Vincent Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, or Roddy White. That would greatly improve your team.

  125. Adam says:
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    Little or decker? Help!! Have to make a waiver play tonite

  126. Asher Molk

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    @Adam: I’d go Little, especially in PPR.

  127. friar says:
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    @Asher Molk: Thanks for all the trade advice. I was able to find someone willing to give me Steven Jackson and DeSean Jackson for Best and Heyward-Bey. I should jump on this, right?

  128. Rocky says:
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    I just made a deal that gave me Romo, Mendenhall, Ridley for McGahee, S. Rice, and Bowe. I needed a qb since I dont really trust Fitzpatrick, but my other wr’s are Nicks, Crabtree, Marshall, Little. My other rb’s are Gore, McCoy, and Best. I figured I can try and trade a rb for an elite WR now, any suggestions? Oh and I got a deal right??

  129. Asher Molk

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    @friar: Definitely, very good deal for you, especially in non-PPR

  130. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: What a terrific trade! A quintessential example of buy low/sell high. If I were you, I’d try and trade Gore for a high upside WR1- maybe someone like Miles Austin or Vincent Jackson. You got a steal and have vastly improved your team…I can’t imagine another team in that league being much better than yours. Gore is good, but he’s lost a step for sure, sell high while you have the chance. You have the RBs to do it.

  131. Rocky says:
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    Maybe a Roddy White/Bradshaw for Gore/Marshall?

  132. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: Definitely

  133. charlie batch says:
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    just sold greene for mendy. heyooooo

  134. Asher Molk

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    @charlie batch: Beautifully done!

  135. DKAS says:
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    Thanks for the earlier response. love your idea for using ben and weaker RB for a good RB. my main RB is Mccoy, others are shone greene, hightower, mgahee, Ridley, J.Battle, Reggie Bush. Any creative ideas? and what tier of RB should I aim for?

  136. Cheeeeze says:
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    i’d like to trade vick for another qb (not good playoff matchups, poor team, and injuries are scaring me)… any ideas who i should target?

  137. Max says:
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    I have offered a trade prop. Giving away J.Best, O.Daniels, and Harvin for Ray Rice.

    My rbs go as Mcfadden,Blount,D.Thomas,Best, FelixJones(Yes, I had Charles). WRS are DJAX, VJAX, Harvin, Ward, and Crabtree. TE are finley,daniels.

    His rbs are Rice, Fred Jackson, Ryan Matthews. WR for him go as Andre J, BMarshall, AJ Green, Dez. TE are tony gonzo.

    Good deal for me? thanks can you give me some feedback?

  138. Asher Molk

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    @DKAS: I would shoot for the stars, at least to start with. First, you gotta find a trade target- who in your league needs a QB? Tell me their RBs if you’d like. I would target CJ, Mathews, McFadden, Mendy, even Beanie Wells. Who do the QB deficient teams in your league have at RB?

  139. Asher Molk

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    @Cheeeeze: Depends on the rest of your team. Vick’s upside and explosiveness is off the charts, but I dont blame you for wanting to trade him. However, you MUST get elite value for him. I’d try and trade for Rivers, Romo, Stafford along with an elite WR or RB. Whats the rest of your team look like?

  140. DKAS says:
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    It’s a 10 team ppr league so I’ve found 2 possible targets that are struggling with QB’s
    Team A has RBs Chris Johnson, J.Best, S. Jackson, lynch, starks, hardesty. he just initiated offer starks for Ben straight up, a bit low don’t you think?

    Team B has MJD, Mendenhall and Greenellis as their Rbs.

  141. Asher Molk

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    @DKAS: Definitely dont do it straight up for Starks. First, offer Big Ben and Hightower for Chris Johnson, for MJD, and for Mendy. I’d want them in that order. If they say no, step it up: Big Ben and Greene for each of those three. If they still say no, offer Big Ben and McGahee for them. If they are weak at QB, I’m confident one of those will get done!

  142. Rocky says:
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    With Gore,McCoy, Mendenhall, Best as my rb’s and Nicks, Crabtree, Little, Marshall as receivers, would you offer Gore for Steve Smith? All my other targets (Roddy, Miles, V-Jax) are impossible to get fairly, and the Steve Smith Owner is the only one willing to trade in some fashion.

  143. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: Absolutely. Steve Smith is in the same tier as those guys, ultra-talented with an aggressive, strong passer who targets him relentlessly.

  144. Asher Molk

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    @Max: That would be a fantastic trade for you. You’d be a weak at WR3, but with those RBs it wouldnt matter.

  145. Ryan says:
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    Decker or bey in standard league? Help!!!!

  146. Cracker Baggins says:
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    .5 PPR, non-keeper

    Look to trade with a team in need of a QB. I have Eli, Flacco, and Tebow in a 1 QB league. I was looking to pair Gore, Best, or Felix Jones with Eli or Flacco for Rice or Chris Johnson. What player would you target and who would you offer?

  147. Asher Molk

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    @Ryan: I’d still say Decker. Heyward-Bey has way more competition for targets, and has proven to be disappointing before. Decker’s value may prove to take a hit with Tebow, but keep in mind Tebow isnt tentative- he will throw the ball downfield to Decker and Lloyd. Both Bey and Decker will probably prove inconsistent, but stick with the guy who has a more concrete role in the offense- Decker.

  148. Clueless says:
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    Julio Jones just showed up on WW, he will be available on 10/15

    Would he be worth going after and if so who should I drop in order to make room?

    T Tebow

    Santana Moss
    Victor Cruz
    D. Heyward-Bey

    S Greene
    M Tolbert

  149. Asher Molk

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    @Clueless: Absolutely go after him. I’d drop Heyward Bey. He’s been disappointing in the past, and they have so many wide receivers to feed. Looking at your lineup though, I’d try and package Heyward Bey and Greene for an upgrade at WR or RB. That way, you would get a 2 for 1 in which you’d get a better player, and you wouldn’t have to drop anyone for Julio.

  150. Asher Molk

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    @Cracker Baggins: If its .5 PPR, don’t trade away Best. I’d start with Flacco and Gore for Rice- he would be my preferred target. Then keep building your way up if the owners of CJ and Rice say no to the initial offers. Of your running backs, I’d probably be most willing to trade Gore, and the QB I’d be most willing to trade would be Flacco. Try those offers first, and see if you get lucky. Feel free to follow up with any other questions!

  151. Big Nate says:
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    Mendenhall or Best for ROY?

  152. Asher Molk

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    @Big Nate: Thats a good question. I’d say Best in PPR, and Mendy in non-PPR.

  153. sjblunts says:
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    I’m in a standard league, with H2H scoring. Someone desperate at RB(Charles owner) from my league had offered Larry Fitzgerald for Michael Turner and Brandon Lloyd. Do you think this is a good trade for me? My roster set for week 6 goes:

    QB:Eli Manning
    RB1:LeSean McCoy
    RB2:Michael Turner
    RB/WR:Maurice Jones-Drew
    WR1:Dez Bryant
    WR2:Marques Colston
    TE:Jimmy Graham
    D:Texans
    K:Jason Hanson

    Bench:
    QB:P.Rivers/Tim Tebow
    RB:Peyton Hillis/James Starks
    WR:Dwayne Bowe/Brandon Lloyd
    D:Titans

    Thanks for any advice!

  154. Asher Molk

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    @sjblunts: Oh, absolutely go and get Fitzgerald, great trade for you! Keep in mind Turner may have two good games in these next weeks due to matchups, but he is already slowing down and I’m willing to bet that he has a pretty average second half, if not worse- so don’t regret trading him if he does well for a couple more games. Get on that trade immediately.

  155. Sjblunts says:
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    Alright thanks for the input. The only issue I have with this trade is the weak numbers Fitz has been putting up lately, and the inconsistent pass attempts to Fitz. Do you think Fitz and Kolb will eventually *click?

    Also, the dude who offered the trade has Mike Wallace also at WR. Do you think I should make a move for Wallace instead of Fitz?

    Thanks again!

  156. Asher Molk

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    @Sjblunts: The reason Fitz is a buy low is because he is struggling, he will undoubtedly recover. Kolb and Fitz havent had enough time to create a rhythm, not to mention that offensive line isnt that good- Fitz will put up numbers no matter what, as evidenced by last year. That said, Kolb really isnt that good- he needs weapons and a good line and he has neither besides Fitzgerald. Honestly, I’d go for Wallace at this point- Fitz has the toughest pass D schedule in the league for the rest of the year. But if he will only do it for Fitz, by all means do it still.

  157. Rocky says:
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    Alrite, I can’t seem to get a fair trade for an elite WR with Gore or Best as my rb’s to offer. I have McCoy and Mendenhall as well. I am thinking of taking a gamble and offering Best for B. LLoyd and a filler, since Lloyd just got put on the trading block. Or should I wait it out? I have Nicks, Little, Crabtree, Marshall as my receivers already.

  158. Sjblunts says:
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    Again thanks for the informative input Asher! You seem more than assured that Turner is going to have a mediocre season at best and I’ll take your advice on that.

    Another 2 scenarios I have going is a straight up trade revolving around Michael Turner or MJD for Andre Johnson (hamstring injury often linger). The good news is that I’m tied for first in my league so I have time for AJ to recover and get back into his groove but that would leave me with not much fire power at both WR and RB.

    The second scenario would be MJD/james Starks for DJax/Aaron Hernandez. I have no back up TE after Jimmy graham so maybe Hernandez would be a nice fill in during his bye.

    Which trade do you prefer?

  159. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: I dont think you should do that deal. Running backs are way more valuable than wide receivers, you should keep Best for now. Your team is very good- I’d stay put and wait until someone gets desperate for a RB, then you can get a WR1 for one of your RBs. My recommendation is staying put for the time being.

  160. Asher Molk

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    @Sjblunts: First off, I do believe that Turner will not have a great second half. But its not like he doesnt have value- its just that his perceived value is much greater than his actual value right now, thats what makes him a sell high. That said, if you are in first place, giving Turner for Andre Johnson is a fantastic trade for you- Lesean and MJD form an elite RB corps. Wouldnt trade MJD for him though. But to the MJD and Starks for Djax and Hernandez, thats a definite no. If I was in your situation, I’d do the Turner for Andre Johnson trade and stay pat. Your team is elite. I’d do the Turner for Andre trade before the Turner and Lloyd for Fitz if possible. Feel free to follow up with any more questions!

  161. eyyoitsmejerry says:
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    12 team std league

    Big Ben, Sanchez
    Matthews, Forte, Mendy, Redman, Ridley, Graham
    Mega, B.Marsh, Brown, Manningham, D. Moore
    Gresham, Cook

    It’s safe to drop Redman for a defense?

    I was offered Cam and a WR2 (Maclin, Washington, M wiliiams) for megatron. I’ve never valued QB’s all that much, but should I consider this (6 pt TDs and 1pt/25yds)? What if I countered Ben, Mega for Newton, Ray Rice (or gore or best)? Ray rice is probably asking too much. We get to start 3 rb’s and I know mendy will turn it around a bit but any of those 3 rb’s would be an upgrade and a hit at the wr position. I’m currently 4-0-1 but have only faced one team with a winning record. Your thoughts?

    I’m also trying to appeal to blounts owner with graham and sanchez for tebow. Would giving up Ben be too much for Tebow?

  162. Rocky says:
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    I am thinking of offering Gore, Crabtree, Gonzales for Ray Rice and Ben Watson. I have Gates on the bench already. But with Nicks, Little, Marshall as the only remaining wr’s is this trade good or just a lateral move?

  163. Asher Molk

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    @eyyoitsmejerry: I would definitely stand pat. Your team is absolutely elite, it must be the best team in the league. Do not trade Calvin Johnson- he could easily score 20 TDs. I also believe Big Ben will be fine- in a league where passing TDs are 6 pts, Tebow isnt as valuable because rushing TDs are worth the same as passing TDs. If I was in your position, I’d keep my team intact and watch the wins pile up. Also, don’t drop Redman for a defense- hamstrings can be tricky, and Redman is a valuable handcuff to Mendy. Be confident, your team is simply fantastic.

  164. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: If you can acquire Ray Rice for those guys, you’ve greatly improved your team. Go for it.

  165. dave says:
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    been offered c. johnson for stafford and i have newton on the bench, do it? should i try to get deion branch too?

  166. Marc says:
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    I’m thinking about offering Ahmad Bradshaw for Mendenhall. I know they are both on the “buy low” list but my reasoning is that once Jacobs returns to health, Bradshaw’s TD numbers will dip even more than they are. We only get rewarded 1pt for every 20yds rushing but 6pts for every TD. Add to this that I am a huge Steeler Fan (I know this should have no bearing on fantasy value) and their schedule going forward is not overly intimidating and it seems to make sense.

    What do you think?

  167. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    @Asher Molk: sorry, I fell asleep on this… I’d like to trade vick for something, but my team is absolutely stacked… as its an 8 team league (2qb’s)… I have forte, mcfadden, other qb’s: staffor/tebow, wr’s: fitzgerald/steve smith (car)/mike wallace/dez bryant. TE: Finely. My idea is to couple vick with someone else and upgrade another position for a similar guy with better playoff matchups so they don’t question my dumping vick and not bite… Thoughts?

  168. Brian says:
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    @Asher Molk: So I ended up getting Felix for Starks and Tebow. Pretty thrilled but now I lost Blount for who knows how long. I also lost Charles this year. So frustrating.

    I’m 1-4 and in a must win. I’m left with Felix, Ridley, Helu, and Scott as my rbs this week. Here’s my dilemma: Brady and Ryan are my QBs. One team has Foster, Forte, and DMC and I’m looking to trade Brady for one of these three.

    I’m leaning DMC and left with Ryan as my QB. I believe he can pick it up also. I can probably get Bradford from him too as a backup. Thoughts?

    Thank you for helping everyone out!

  169. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    @Brian: I did notice brady has amazing playoff matchups… that may win you the championship if you make playoffs. He has extra depth at RB, I’d go with his “extra” and try Ryan for Forte before you part with brady… Thats just my opinion, see what asher says too..

  170. BA says:
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    @Cheeeeeeze: Appreciate the advice, but I personally know the guy and he won’t settle for Ryan. He has Hasselbeck, Kolb, and Bradford. Don’t know if I want Bradford or Hasselbeck to pair with Ryan if I offer trade..

  171. Asher Molk

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    @dave: Absolutely do that trade, trading depth especially at QB for an elite skill position player is always optimal.

  172. Asher Molk

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    @Marc: In that scoring system, that trade makes plenty of sense. Go for it.

  173. Asher Molk

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    @Cheeeeeeze: In a 2QB league, having Vick and Stafford along with your ridiculously good WRs and RBs will win you the league. I know its scary having Vick sometimes, but hes easily a top 5 QB when healthy. And in case he gets hurt, you still have Tebow. I wouldn’t sweat the playoff matchups, either. Your team is looking mighty fine.

  174. Asher Molk

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    @Brian: First off, good trade! And although Brady is elite, I agree you must trade him for an elite RB and hope for the best with Ryan. If its non-ppr, I’d go with either Foster or DMC- choose whoever you like more, they are both immensely talented top 5 dudes. As far as a backup QB, I’d go Hasselbeck, he’s in a much better situation and is safer than Bradford. One last thought: Cheeeeze is correct that Brady has good playoff matchups, but at 1-4 you need to worry about actually getting to the playoffs. My advice is to make the trade.

  175. dave says:
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    @Asher Molk: should have specified, it’s for chris johnson not calvin, still good?

  176. Andy says:
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    Great site!
    Just offered mendy manninghamm and Julio for welker… I still have sjax gore mike Wallace austin and Brady …. Good deal or hold onto mendy? Thanks!

  177. Asher Molk

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    @dave: Absolutely, pull the trigger

  178. Asher Molk

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    @Andy: Welker is amazing, but thats way too high a price for him. Stand pat.

  179. FUBAR says:
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    trade proposal. offered turner, bowe, daniel thomas for welker, sproles, ryan matthews. Also would sproles and j.nelson for bradshaw be a good trade? i would get bradshaw

  180. Steve says:
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    For my flex play this week do you thnk I should start James Starks or Felix Jones.

    I love Starks’ matchup against The Rams, but he’s in a pass first offense and is still splitting carries with Ryan Grant. Felix Jones has had a bye to rest, but he is still saying that his shoulder is not 100%.

    What do you think?

  181. Asher Molk

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    @FUBAR: First trade is fantastic for you. Second trade is great if its non-ppr, decent if it is PPR and you have WR depth

  182. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Go with the more explosive Felix Jones in what figures to be a very high scoring game

  183. Rocky says:
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    Just got offered Bradhshaw for my D. Thomas. I run away with this right, or is something going on with Bradshaw I’m unaware about.

  184. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: Nothing going on with Bradshaw…run to the accept button on that trade! Super deal for you

  185. Bogus says:
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    What do you think of this deal? I get Rivers, Jennings, Tolbert and Julio Jones. They get Freeman, Austin, A. Hernandez, and Ingram. Thoughts??

  186. Asher Molk

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    @Bogus: If you need a starting QB and have good RBs, then I’m totally fine with it. Rivers is a major upgrade over Freeman

  187. Bogus says:
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    i already have Romo and Jimmy Graham. Was gonna get Rivers as trade bate with someone else. The guy that wants to trade with me needs a RB and a TE. I have R. Rice and Beanie as my 2 RBs. My WRs are Austin and Wallace. I use a 2 TE set, 1 of them as my flex. I just don’t have a solid #3 RB or WR other than maybe Hightower and Ingram. Was thinking I improve on WR with Jennings over Austin (potential nagging injury) and Tolbert and Ingram are about even. And I get JJ for Hernandez. Then, i can take Rivers or Romo and deal them for a backup QB and hot RB/WR. Thoughts?

  188. Brian says:
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    @Asher Molk: Man, so I ended up getting DMC and Felix gets hurt the week I trade for him. That’s 3rd RB to go down for me — JC, Blount, Felix. Looks like I’ll have to pick up DeMarco Murray now. Thoughts on him?

    With Campbell out and if the Raiders can’t find an upgrade over Boller soon, what do you think about DMC the rest of the way? Teams will most likely stack the box now.

    Down 10 with Holmes tonight too or I’m 1-5 haha.

  189. Asher Molk

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    @Bogus: If you already have Romo, I dont think I’d do that trade. Ingram’s value is trending upward- I’d much much rather have him than Tolbert. Only do it if you can find a decent RB for Rivers ahead of time…I wouldn’t view Austin as a nagging injury threat either, the reason they sat him out so long was to make sure he was 100% healed, and it looks like he is. You have a very good team, stay the course.

  190. Asher Molk

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    @Brian: Murray doesn’t possess the upside that Felix has, but hes definitely worth the number 1 waiver spot for you. Probably a flex option in the right matchups, at least. It is a possible concern for DMC, especially considering his injury history combined with the increased workload he will see. But I do really think he will be more than fine- he is a special talent. Hue Jackson knows what hes doing.

  191. FUBAR says:
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    Well I took your advice and packaged sproles and j. nelson for bradshaw, however I did not get bradshaw for his 30 pt performance and now hes on his bye. I have matthews, graham as rb’s and thinking of battle for my flex (already have him). I have weak wr depth and welker and manningham are on a bye. D. Moore and J. Jones are on my bench and I put in a claim for Greg Little and Torry Smith. should I see what happens with these guys or make some sort of move for a better wr? I’m 4-2 now playing the unbeaten. Any advice to any aspect of this is appreciated. Thank you.

  192. Asher Molk

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    @FUBAR: You have a strong enough team to be a solid contender, and your record reflects it. Manningham is trending upward, and the breakout is coming. I think he’ll be a WR2 soon. Welker is an elite WR1. Make Greg Little your waiver priority, and other than that I would stay put and see what happens. Your team looks more than solid.

  193. Sjblunts says:
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    After receiving Larry Fitzgerald a couple days ago for Michael Turner, I have been offered RB Arian Foster in exchange for Fitz and Tim tebow. Do you think this is a good trade? I’m close to pulling the trigger.

    My RBs remain as McCoy, MJD, Hillis, and Starks. McCoy is on bye, and the rest of my RBs are unreliable on a weekly basis. Also with the emergence of Colston, I believe the impact of losing Fitz will not be as bad. Also I have Rivers, Romo, and Manning at QB, but do you think Tebow will have a Cam Newton-like season going forward? Thanks!

  194. Sjblunts says:
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    Oh, and my WRs are Bowe, Fitz, Bryant, and Colston.

  195. FUBAR says:
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    AJ Green and LaGarrette Blount for Welker (I have Welker) 10 team standard (have welker, little and manningham – matthews, bradshaw and battle)

  196. Asher Molk

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    @Sjblunts: I think thats a decent trade for you- RBs are more important than WRs.

  197. Asher Molk

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    @FUBAR: Definitely not. Even if Blount was healthy, thats not a good trade. Keep your top 2 WR.

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