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

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

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

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

This week, there are plenty of pass catchers to target in trades. Without further ado, your week 7 buy lows and sell highs:

BUY LOW

Mario Manningham, WR, NYG- Mario Manningham was a guy that many fantasy gurus saw as a major sleeper coming into this year after the departure of Steve Smith. A special talent who flashed game-breaking ability last year, many people took him as early as the 4th and 5th rounds – a top 50 or 60 pick. However, his statistics have disappointed so far, and the emergence of Victor Cruz may have owners panicking. But the future is looking very promising: in two straight 5 catch, 56 yard games, Manningham has seen an astounding 18 targets compared to 15 for Cruz and 14 for Nicks. In Sunday’s game against the Bills, Manningham nearly had four touchdowns: he lost one on interference, one was ripped from his hands as he came to the ground, one was ruled down at the one yard line, and yet another was knocked away at the goal line. Running the best routes he has all year and maintaining a permanent role on the outside, try to steal Manningham away from an owner who only pays attention to box score statistics.

Dez Bryant, WR, DAL- Like Manningham, Dez Bryant usually never lasted until the 6th round in fantasy drafts – he was arguably the most highly touted breakout player before the season. But a plethora of problems emerged early in the season, such as his quad injury and well-documented conditioning struggles. But there is a reason Michael Irvin said Dez Bryant could be even better than him, and it’s because of his uber-elite athletic and on-field ability. The man is a physical freak on par with Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham and Jermichael Finley, possessing unfair speed and agility considering his strength and size. However, his stat lines haven’t caught up yet – something that will change very, very soon. He saw eight passes come his way against New England, and will see more single coverage due to the return of Miles Austin. Betting on Bryant being a top 16 guy the rest of the way will likely prove beneficial to your fantasy team.

Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA- It is important to point out that Daniel Thomas is not included in this article because he is a super talented player who has RB1 potential this year – it’s because his perceived value is much lower than his actual value. A rookie from Kansas State, the former Wildcat was one of the best and most well-rounded college football players in the country. His path into the NFL, however, has not been as smooth. He struggled severely in training camp and in the preseason, underperforming his way to a backup role behind Reggie Bush. But after two consecutive impressive showings in weeks 2 and 3, a nagging hamstring injury and 10 carries for Bush on Monday night versus the Jets may have owners frustrated once again. There’s a reason the Dolphins traded away multiple draft picks for Thomas, and it’s entirely possible he finishes the year as a solid RB2 with upside. Reggie Bush has proven time and time again he cannot handle a full workload and with the injury to Chad Henne, Thomas is locked in as the bell-cow back in South Beach.

Eric Decker, WR, DEN- After an injury filled rookie year, Eric Decker has been quite impressive for the first five weeks of the NFL season. Decker is a physical receiver who uses every bit of his 6’3” 220lb frame to attack the ball in the air and make plays after the catch. Tim Tebow proved last year that he is an aggressive downfield passer who can more than maintain the fantasy value of his receivers. It would not be a surprise to see Decker surpass 10 targets in most games – with Brandon Lloyd out of town, he has more than earned the attention and has very little competition for looks due to the many question marks that overshadow the other Broncos receivers. There is not a better time to pluck him away from an owner frustrated with his -4 yard performance on Sunday who is scared of having Tebow at the helm.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, STL- Josh McDaniels turned a talented but raw Brandon Lloyd from journeyman to waiver wire MVP (besides maybe Hillis) in just one year, to the tune of 77 catches, a league-leading 1448 yards, and 11 scores. Many owners just looking at the box scores from last year over-drafted Lloyd and took him as high as the second round this year. With Josh McDaniels bolting to St. Louis, it’s no wonder Lloyd has experienced a pedestrian season, only making 19 catches for a scoreless 283 yards thus far. But the weekend brought some exciting news – Lloyd was reunited with Josh McDaniels in St. Louis on Monday, immediately taking over as the number one wideout on a team more than desperate for a playmaker on the outside. Expecting last year’s elite production may be asking a little much, but with the accurate and talented Sam Bradford throwing to Lloyd, very productive WR2 numbers appear to be imminent.

 

SELL HIGH 

Josh Freeman, QB, TB- There is no way around it: if you drafted Freeman as your QB1 this year, you made a mistake. But this week’s fantastic fantasy and real life performance may be your ticket out of mediocrity. Save Mike Williams, Josh Freeman plays in an offense completely devoid of any playmakers – Winslow is a shell of his former self, and yet to score or eclipse 66 yards in a game. Preston Parker is a decent possession receiver who is physically unimpressive. Blount is hurt and always useless in the passing game. ‘Old Reliable’ Earnest Graham can’t make anyone miss. Arrelious Benn is coming off of an ACL tear, and even Mike Williams is having trouble separating from corners this year. There is no doubt Freeman has a bright future in the NFL and is already a solid real life quarterback – he just doesn’t possess the upside that is warranted in fantasy football. Trade him for someone like Big Ben and don’t look back.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL- It’s time for Mr. Gonzalez to take a bow. For years and years, he was the premier playmaker at the tight end position, setting records as well as precedents for basketball players to become revolutionary “Joker” tight ends i.e. Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. But even legendary things must come to an end – and for fantasy owners that time is now. After enjoying a renaissance start to 2011, Tony Gonzalez is poised to slow down. He cannot separate from linebackers anymore, and has shown no skill after the catch in two years. He hasn’t surpassed 60 yards in over a month, and the only thing that can save his fantasy day is a red zone score. The Falcons are also reverting to a seemingly ball control offense run through Michael Turner, which is similar to what the Jets did – ask Dustin Keller (3 catches for 58 yards and 0 scores on 7 targets the past two games combined) how that’s turned out. Let nostalgia get the best of someone else and respectfully relinquish Tony Gonzalez to another fantasy team.

Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL- Much like Gonzalez, Boldin’s football career has entered its final years. Owners have fond memories of number 81 on the Arizona Cardinals ferociously grabbing the ball out of midair and galloping over, through and past defenders for long gains and touchdowns. But everyone expecting his athleticism and after the catch ability to simply reappear are grasping at straws. Joe Flacco has not made the expected leap to QB1 yet, and the resurgence of Ray Rice ensures that this team will remain fairly conservative. When Baltimore does attack offenses through the air, it will be just as much to Ed Dickson/Dennis Pitta, Ray Rice, and Torrey Smith as it will be to Boldin. Looking as slow as ever, Boldin’s separation skills are long gone, and the 8 catch for 132 yards against Houston will possibly end up being season highs. Add to that he only has one touchdown on the year, and this low-upside WR3 is a prime “sell high” candidate.

Cedric Benson, RB, CIN- The suspension, now only reduced to one game, is the least of worries for Cedric Benson owners. Make no mistake – the writing is on the wall in Cincy, and it says that Bernard Scott is headed toward a bigger role in the offense. Benson has yet to bust for a big run of more than 40 yards, and is averaging less than 4 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Bernard Scott and passing down specialist Brian Leonard have combined for 12, 10, 16 touches in the past three weeks, respectively. Benson has only received 20 carries twice so far this year, and is a complete non-factor in the passing game as evidenced by his 5 total catches for a whopping 24 yards. Benson may be able to maintain low-end RB2 value as the year goes on, but with Bernard Scott looming in the background it’s not a good situation for this unexciting back. Move along.

 

KEEP BUYING- Roddy White, Darren McFadden, Larry Fitzgerald

KEEP SELLING- Shonn Greene, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Turner (just beware that he has attractive matchups coming up, so waiting for these to pass may not be a bad play if you want maximum value in return. But don’t be afraid to sell now!)

 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask questions here or hit me up on Twitter: @AsherMolk. Happy Trading!

  1. barker says:
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    is this trade vetoeable ?? it was vetoed in a 12 team league

    i give garcon j stew a hern for rivers tolbert heyward bey

    he has heath miller as his best TE and is in last place and he has tebow

    my team after trade rivers colston mike williams tb manningham rice cj2k graham decker bn schaub heyward bey tolbert lance moore felix fa pick up

    really need an answer cause im a little pissed

  2. Adam says:
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    Would u start decker over torain or battle in flex this week? Standard league..help!!

  3. Scott says:
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    Holmes or little this week in flex…Standard league
    Thanks!

  4. I have both Gonzalez and Freeman in my 14 team, non-PPR, $350 league. Phillip Rivers is our QB, and since his bye week is over, we’d like to shop Freeman for a RB since Felix Jones went down last week. We are now forced to start either Montario Hardesty or Pierre Thomas.

    What tier of RB do you think Freeman or both Freeman and Gonzalez can bring?

  5. JD says:
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    12-team 2 QB PPR-league

    I got:
    Fitzpatrick
    Chris Johnson

    I traded:
    Dalton
    Turner

    I’m sitting at 6-0 so I’m willing to wait and see if CJ2K turns it around and turner isn’t nearly as valuable in PPR leagues. Dalton was my #2 QB and fitz will take over that spot. Did I make a good deal?

  6. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @barker: In my opinion, the only trades that are vetoable are those that show evidence of collusion- otherwise, every trade should go through. If they veto a trade like that, then your league has a major problem- its incredibly fair.

  7. jake says:
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    I gave up G. Olsen, N. Washington and R. Torain for A.J. Green (I have V. Davis, megatron and Roddy White for my starting receivers/TE)

    Good deal or did I overpay?

  8. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Adam: I usually wait until later in the week to decide start and sits, but probably Torain.

  9. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Scott: Probably Holmes

  10. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Kevin R.: Shoot for the stars to start with. The most important thing in this situation is to find a team with a QB and TE need, preferably one thats near the bottom of the standings. Offer a couple trades for those teams’ best RBs, and if they say no, work your way down to some RB2s.

  11. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @JD: Lovely trade! Just remember that Turner may have a couple more decent games, but CJ’s upside and talent is way higher. Good work

  12. Rocky says:
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    Would you try and trade Marshall and Gonzalez for Dez and Spiller? I’m not fond of the Dolphins’ situation right now, and really like Dez’s potential.

  13. Asher Molk

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    @jake: Unless you have absolutely insane RB depth, I think you overpayed. The killer in that deal was probably Torain- he’s a potential RB2. RBs >>> WRs. Although Green has proven himself a WR2, he will still have some clunker games- he is after all a rookie receiver catching passes from a rookie QB.

  14. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Rocky: If you have a viable 2nd TE, its not a bad deal. Marshall will do just fine, but I agree Dez has more upside. Not bad at all

  15. Clueless says:
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    a trade was offered to me – I give Tolbert, Cruz and S Moss and get Jennings

    My other WR’s are Vjax, and DHB, my RB’s are Rice, Sproles and Greene

    I can go for N Washington or Little on Waivers and for RB’s on Waivers I can try for are Murray, Choice and Morris

    Should I take this trade and try for waivers to fill the 2 empty bench spots I would have?

  16. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Clueless: That sounds like a great situation for you- absolutely pull the trigger on that deal. Whenever you give 3 OK/decent players for one great one, its a win. I’d probably go for Greg Little off of waivers, but I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted Washington. And out of those three, go for Murray then Morris. If you end up getting Little or Washington, I’d try and package DHB and Greene for a better RB2.

  17. Jason says:
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    Hi, thanks for the site and thanks for this column. I got R. White for cheap. He didn’t do anything this past weekend, but my overall team pulled out a W. I think he’s a great addition.

    > I need some advice. Is targeting te hernadez, in a trade, a good move? If yes how? My opponent would want rb help. Is Battle for hernandez the way to go?

    Standard league with qb, wr, rb, te, w/r, w/r, w/r, k, def.

    Qb’s Romo, Ben, Tebow; Wr= R.White; Rb’s= peterson, gore, s. jax, d. thomas, j. battle, murray, grant; te= gresham, dickson (bye wk replacement); k= hanson; def= this wk dallas

  18. Clueless says:
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    Thanks for the quick response – I will pull the trigger and hope for the best on waivers

  19. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Jason: The only weakness to this very strong team is TE, and considering your depth at RB, that would be a fantastic deal for you. Hernandez is really a wide receiver on the field. He is the 2nd option behind Welker on the Patriots and never blocks- the dude is a stud. Great job getting White by the way, he will step it up. Also, I’d try and trade either Tebow or Ben for another WR, depth is always important.

  20. Jason says:
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    Asher, I’ve tried to shop Ben, but because he hasn’t put up the consistent numbers. No one is biting. Hopefully, tebow or ben will step up and I’ll pass them on. Damn the Bengals for letting Palmer loose.

    Are these players in order of target value? For example Manningham is the first to target low followed by the others?

  21. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: One of those two QBs will step it up enough in the coming weeks for you to get a decent WR in return for them. And no, they are in no particular order. If I had to put them in order, I’d probably say Dez, Lloyd, Manningham, Decker. But Lloyd and Manningham are very close.

  22. Jason says:
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    OK. Well, while reading your article, I opened another window and checked my league and found Manningham on waivers. Probably, his previous owner got too frustrated. So, I don’t need to trade to get him. Who should I drop? The kicker or Grant? I know your gonna say the kicker, but what do I do on Sunday? Grant?

  23. BAM says:
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    Hey man…I’m 3-3 right now in my big money league and though my team looks good on paper, I’m not consistently getting the results I’d hoped for. This is a 12-team, .5 PPR league, head to head league and my squad is:

    STARTERS:
    Cam Newton
    Frank Gore
    Peyton Hillis
    Shonn Greene
    Hakeem Nicks
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Steve Smith (CAR)
    Vernon Davis
    Rotating PK
    Rotating DEF

    BENCH:
    Eli Manning
    Kendall Hunter
    Montario Hardesty
    Ladainian Tomlinson
    Anquan Boldin
    Dallas Clark

    So, here’s the question…who can I target in trade and what pieces would you use to get that target?

    Thanks,

    BAM

  24. Asher Molk

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    @BAM: Your QB and WRs are more than elite- do not worry about Fitzgerald, he will step up. Your problem lies at RB, which sadly is the worst problem to have. If I was you, I would trade Greene and Boldin for any sort of RB2- in a PPR league, Greene is nearly worthless. Package those two for a good RB, or even field offers for Steve Smith- if you can get a good RB and a decent WR fill in, it may be worth it to pull the trigger. But Smith is very valuable- do not undersell him if you decide to trade him. Again, my first recommendation is packaging Greene and Boldin for an RB, preferably this week. Boldin is coming off of a great game.

  25. BAM says:
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    This just in…just got an offer of Law Firm and Santonio Holmes for Hakeem Nicks. My initial thought was “naw” but I can’t say I’m not intrigued. I think Santonio’s production will pick up as NYJ settles into their offense and I like Law Firm. BJE does scare though, with Kevin Faulk coming back, Vereen being mixed in later, Woodhead’s presence and, finally, Ridley already getting carries.

    Thoughts?

  26. Asher Molk

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    @BAM: Do NOT do that trade- I was considering putting Santonio Holmes on the sell high list, but he is such a great talent that I decided to wait. The problem is that Sanchez is so deficient that he cannot utilize Holmes’s talent- I believe he only got 4 targets last game. Nicks is a top notch WR1- only trade him if the offer is way too good to pass up, and thats not the case here.

  27. BAM says:
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    Thanks man…I was leaning toward not doing it and you’ve just confirmed that for me.

    Would you send Boldin for Law Firm, straight up?

  28. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @BAM: Honestly, I’d hold out on that one too. Boldin is still a low upside player, but he carries slightly more value in PPR leagues. Its the opposite for Green-Ellis- his value is near Shonn Greene levels because he never catches passes. I think you should keep trying to package two OK guys for one much better guy- that would be my main goal this week. Feel free to keep checking in and asking me about offers!

  29. BAM says:
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    Thanks man…much appreciated.

  30. surfmonger says:
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    I have torain, but don’t really want him. does he hold enough value to swing Lloyd or manningham?

  31. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @surfmonger: Hmm…that depends on who you [email protected]Jason: Wow! Jump on that, he needs to be your number 1 waiver selection. If its a really deep league, drop the kicker. But wouldn’t blame you for dropping Grant, he’s got precious little left.

  32. Asher Molk

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    @surfmonger: Hmm…who are the rest of your running backs? Shanahan loves him.

  33. Nick says:
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    Have a bit of a TE situation this week. I have both Jermichael Finley and Witten. Witten is a safe bet for 10+ points a week with a TD. Finley goes up against the Vikings cover 2 defense (the last time he went up against a cover 2 he scored 3 touchdowns). Who’s the better start this week?

  34. Asher Molk

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    @Nick: I usually wait until later in the week to decide start and sits. But I’d keep trotting Finley out there to be honest, his upside is huge. I’d be trying to trade either one of them to a TE needy team for RB or WR depth.

  35. and1mcgee says:
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    Jackie Battle or DeMarco Murray for a pickup? PPR league… I have McCoy on a Bye, (shit), Hightower on my bench (shit), and

    Also: Demarius Thomas or Greg Little in the same league? just a bench spot stash/flier.

    Lastly: Fred Davis or Jake Ballard for ppr leagues? I guess that’s kind of tough since Grossman might be out… Should I bring in Greg Olsen, or is Fred Davis the same ish? THANKS!

  36. Asher Molk

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    @and1mcgee: In PPR, definitely Murray, and Greg Little by a large margin. I’d probably still take Davis over Olsen, Davis is a more dynamic player although Olsen is no slouch.

  37. anthony says:
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    What do u think of Beanie straight up for Roddy white? I’m giving up beanie.
    Non ppr league.

    My other running backs r arian lesean grant battle
    Current recievers r megatron welker desean santana julio jones
    Should I even do it at all? I need beanie this week since leasean is on bye.
    Thanks a lot.

  38. Asher Molk

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    @anthony: Wouldn’t do that. Beanie is at the very least a borderline RB1 in non PPR, and RB depth is way more important than WR depth- you already have the top 2 WRs in fantasy, no reason to give up a very valuable player for more WRs- Desean as a WR3 is nearly unfair. If Lesean or Arian get hurt, you will be very happy you kept Beanie, especially if you can start him at flex.

  39. TD's n Beer says:
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    I’m considering offering a trade of Nate Washington for Eric Decker. Do you fill this would be a good move for my team. My WR are Nicks, Garcon, Marshall. 12 Team PPR.

    If he rejects would you offer up more and if so who? My RB’s are Mendenhall, Graham, T Daniels, and Best.

    Great column keep up the good work!

  40. Rich says:
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    14 team league. Weak WRs (Lloyd, Moss, Julio Jones, David Nelson, Doucet) are killing my team. We have RB depth (Gore, Wells, Mendenhall, Hardesty,
    Redman) and two QBs (Romo, Sanchez). We have two offers – Trade Lloyd/Romo for Nicks/Bradford and another deal to trade one of the starting RBs for Greg Jennings. I’d like to keep either Lloyd or Romo, so will probably counter with Romo/Jones or Sanchez/Lloyd in that one. In the other, which RB do you think would be fair to offer for Jennings: Gore, Mendy or Wells?

    Thanks!

  41. MrHappyTime says:
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    Rank these 3 RB’s for the rest of the year. Lynch, Benson, D. Thomas, Battle. I have to drop one, thanks!!

  42. JT says:
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    I can take Manningham from free agency, but I’d have to drop Reggie Wayne. Pull the trigger?

  43. Scott says:
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    Would u drop battle to pick up Murray ? Standard league..
    Help!

  44. Adam says:
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    Choosing btw torain or Murray for flex in standard league
    Thanks!!

  45. Van Haggard says:
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    Need a defense this week:
    Den @mia
    Sd @nyj
    Car vs was
    Oak vs kc
    Kc @oak
    Ari vs pit
    Cle vs sea
    Tb vs chi
    Sea @Cle
    Mia vs den
    ????

  46. surfmonger says:
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    ON paper, I like my team, but my record is 2-4

    Dead Mascot Babies
    M. Schaub, J. Freeman
    R. Rice, R. Mathews, M. Ingram, R. Torain, S. Ridley
    M. Wallace, V. Jackson, D. Nelson, Julio Jones, H. Douglas (injury sub)
    F. Davis
    kicker and DST, flavor of the week, sitting on Cowboys for both right now.

    sidenote: The team at the top of the league has Vick and Newton and wants to deal one. However, he wants a top RB or WR and I can’t bring myself to justify it. He’s in a much better position and as fair as the trade looks, it seems to favor him more than me (newton + decker for Wallace + QB). your thoughts on that?

  47. JT says:
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    I own and plan to start Hardesty this week to cover a bye week gap, but would I be better off with Ronnie Brown, Tolbert, or Morris?

  48. sit bits says:
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    Please analyze my team. What are my weaknesses? 12 team non-ppr.
    Cam Newton
    Mike Wallace, B.Marshall, Little
    Ray Rice, Daniel Thomas
    Witten
    (Flex) Torain
    BENCH- Decker, crabtree, best, jacobs, hunter

    K Dan Bailey
    NYG (bye), SD
    Patrick Willis (bye), James Laurinaitis

    Thanks!

  49. Mikey says:
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    RB1: Matthews
    RB2: Best, Hillis, Hightower and Tolbert.

    I need a WR bad as I’m understaffed.

    Hillis for Manningham? I doubt I could get Bryant for him. No one is interested in Hightower.

  50. Gavin says:
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    Is L. Moore for Manningham an insulting offer to a Giants fan?

  51. KeeblerMN says:
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    Do you start R. Wayne, E. Decker or J. Best (Concussion?) at flex this week?

  52. will says:
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    I need some trade help. My current team is:
    QB: Rothlisberger and Flacco
    RB: Foster, Gore, Matthews, Deangelo Williams and Kendall Hunter
    WR: Brandon Marshall, Mike Wallace, Heyward-Bey, Deion Branch, and Steve Johnson
    TE: Tony Gonzalez
    DEF: Lions
    K: Hanson

    Hunter, Heyward-Bey and Branch are my “rover” spots depending on who I need to fill slots each week. However I continue to struggle with my QB. A team in our league has Newton and Rodgers and is willing to trade Newton for an RB. I offered him Gore for Rodgers in the past, but should I consider trading a top notch RB for Newton? If so, who? Any other huge holes that I should try to fill?

  53. broadstreetbrawler says:
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    CJ2k and Garcon for Turner and dez Bryant – 1 ppr – is this a voidable trade?

  54. will says:
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    starting lineup is
    QB, WR,WR,WR,RB,RB,TE,K,DEF

  55. exactly says:
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    Asher,

    I’m in a deep 12-team IDP/PPR/2-Flex league. My team is:

    QB: Romo, Sanchez
    RB: Rice, Forte, Hillis, Greene, D. Carter, J. Harrison
    WR: S. Johnson, M. Thomas, DHB, L. Moore, Damian Williams, M. Clayton
    TE: Hernandez, Dickson
    etc.

    Hillis, Greene, and Mike Thomas are doing nothing for me. I’d love to trade up for a better WR…who would you target in 2-1 or 1-1 deals?

    A few guys I think I could pull are J. Nelson, Crabtree, maybe Dez Bryant…let me know what you think.

  56. Dan says:
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    I intend on trading Vernon Davis and Joesph Addai for Mendenhall. I think it’s safe to assume this is a good trade but I was wondering if maybe I add Sidney Rice, I could get a guy like Forte, Best, or Foster from him? Would this be a good trade since I have good WR and TE depth, and which of the backs should I trade for if I can? It’s an 8 team league with 3 starting RBs.

  57. HotCorner306 says:
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    @Molk…possibility of getting Gore for Schaub straight up. The only kicker is that Gore has a bye week Sunday and the guy who offered the trade is who I’m playing this week. Bit of a conundrum. I get Gore on a bye week, he gets Schaub against Tennessee D. My only viable RB is McFadden, the rest are waiver pickups (Lynch, Murray, Battle). Do I make the trade and risk getting beat this week for the long payoff?

  58. Shippity says:
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    Sigh. Freeman was an 8+ round ADP. How high do you think people drafted him to call him a mistake. I doubt anyone who frequents razzball or has a pulse. And who outside of a 2 QB league is going to pay anything to acquire him, much less give up Big Ben. Yikes.

  59. DavedandConfused says:
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    Trade Greene for D.Thomas? Not thrilled about either, but I got bye week issues next week.

  60. B.J. says:
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    @ Asher Molk

    Backup QB ROTW? Bradford or Sanchez?

  61. standuptriple says:
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    Non-PPR league, looking to upgrade at WR (2 start and 1 flex).
    I have: Stevie Johnson, B. Marshall (backups are Mike Thomas and James Jones). Would you drop either for Lloyd? If so, which one or does it matter much?

  62. Adam says:
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    Asher,

    What’s your take on this trade I just made in my league?

    I traded Schaub/DJax/Best for Vick/Benson/Heyward-Bey. Rest of my roster looks like this:

    RBs: Ray Rice, Ingram, Lynch
    WRs: Nicks, VJax, Little, Decker
    TE: Jimmy Graham
    QBs: Palmer, Tebow

  63. Mr2Bits says:
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    Would you lose Jacoby Ford for Crabtree in a PPR league?

  64. Renny says:
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    A Blount owner offered me Reggie Wayne for Earnest Graham. Shall I do it? Will Reggie come around?

  65. Big Ole TDs says:
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    @Mr2Bits:

    i’d do it. but, then again, i can’t stand Jacoby Ford.

  66. Alex says:
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    I need an upgrade at RB (2 starters, 1 flex spot). I have Gore, Greene, Battle, McGahee, Hightower. I’m thinking of dropping HT and trading away Greene.

    RBs I’d like to target are Mendenhall and Mathews.

    Would you pair
    Greene and McGahee for Mendenhall? Greene + Manningham for Mendenhall?
    or Greene and McGahee of Mathews? Greene + Manningham for Mathews?

    I can also offer Nelson (BUF)

  67. Big Ole TDs says:
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    @JD:

    in a PPR league, wow. i don’t know what the rest of your team looks like (starting QB, #1 RB (it wasn’t Turner, was it?), etc.), but just looking at it, i’d say you win.

  68. D Fresh says:
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    I picked up Rowdy Roddy for Bowe… ppr

    What do you think?

  69. Plainview says:
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    Mike Tolbert and Matt Cassel for Ahmad Bradshaw?

    I also have Brady and Tebow at QB and Mathews at RB. Bradshaw seems like a nice upgrade and his owner is QB challenged. I’m not buying into Cassel’s recent success but hate to lose my Mathews handcuff – what do you think?

  70. night ranger says:
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    I was offered Arian Foster for Cam Newton and Shonn Greene. Is that giving up too much to get Foster?

    I have Stafford/Tebow at QB, Rice/Forte at RB, and a gaping hole at flex that Foster would fill nicely, but I feel like I am giving up a lot.

  71. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    I’m looking to put a package together to get myself calvin johnson off of another guy in the league… I think I have the depth and talent to pull it off. I’m thinking of trying to package fitzgerald with someone to get calvin johnson and mario manningham (who he just picked up on waivers). here are my options:

    i have, steve smith (car), dez bryant, pettigrew, tebow, mcgahee, mark ingram, starks, carson palmer… i have other guys but just wouldn’t package them. these are the options… thoughts?

  72. AdamH says:
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    I need to pick up a WR and a K due to byes. My kicker is Gostkowski, who I’d rather not outright drop but I don’t think I have a choice. My other choices are Cutler or Freeman (my only 2 QB’s), Tashard Choice (handcuff scoop for my Demarco Murray), or CJ Spiller (handcuff for my Fred Jackson).

    Which 2 to drop?

    QB Freeman
    WR Wallace
    WR K Walter
    WR
    RB LT
    RB Ingram
    TE Finley
    W/R Demarco Murray
    K
    D Den

    B Fred Jackson
    B Andre Johnson
    B Jahvid Best
    B Tashard Choice
    B Cutler
    B Spiller
    B Gostkowski

  73. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    @Plainview: bradshaw is a much better handcuff then tolbert…. go for it celebrate with a beer!

  74. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    @AdamH: I’d drop a handcuff for a week… it’s worth the risk to drop them then pickem back up after the week. no one in your league has a reason to own your hancuffs until that starter gets hurt. But in my opinion, it’s a one week risk to take… I’d go with choice because he has more long term value to your team, if someone swooped him on a jackson injury, you’d be killed. but murray is just a temp fill-in in dallas…

  75. JT says:
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    @night ranger: I would take that. Sure, Netown’s great, but you’ve got two good backups, and well, Green compared to Foster is wow.

  76. exactly says:
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    Hillis and L. Moore for Tebow?

  77. dingbat says:
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    I’ve got a surplus of WRs and Owen Daniels as my TE, so I’m looking to make some trade offers. Here’s what I have:

    WR: Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, Steve Smith (CAR), Marques Colston
    TE: Owen Daniels, Jake Ballard

    Here are my potential partners:

    Team 1: Has Aaron Hernandez and Tony Gonzalez, but is pretty stocked with WRs. He’s 2-4 and facing a Bye week crunch this week, though, so I could try to pry Hernandez from him, maybe for Colston? Or Colston and Ballard?

    Team 2: Has Greg Olsen and Rob Gronkowski, and Fitz/Jordy/Hester as his WRs. I think I can pry Gronk away, but what do I need to offer?

    Team 3: Has Gates and Keller, is 1-5, has Bryant/Meachem as his WRs, and has a hole on his roster this week. Seems like the ideal trade partner, but do I want to jump in on Gates, or are other options safer?

    Team 4: Has Finley and Pettigrew, with Nicks/Knox/Bowe/Floyd as WRs. Not sure I really have what he’s looking for.

    Thoughts?

  78. FoReal says:
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    @exactly:

    wow. People thinking Tebow’s gonna throw up Cam numbers. And by throw up, i mean vomit.

  79. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    @dingbat: I’d try colston for pettigrew… you want to keep you starting WR’s cuz you don’t want to downgrade there

  80. Steve says:
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    Hey last week I asked if I should start Starks or Felix Jones and you told me to go Jones. I like the call and you can’t do anything about the kid getting hurt. However, I am at a whole this week at my Flex position.

    Do you think it’s worth me making a move to trade Starks for Murray?

    This is also a keeper league, and I thought Starks was amazing in the playoffs last year, so I took him late in the draft. Do you think he can be the future at RB for Greenbay or am I just blinded by his playoff run and holding on to him for no reason?

  81. Rags says:
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    I own McFadden, Hillis, Torain, and Battle.

    Would you offer Hillis for Daniel Thomas and M Bush? Or stand pat?

    I’d probably have to throw in one of my WRs (3-6) to make it happen. Meachem, D. Moore, Little or Demaryius Thomas. Meachem right? I’m set at WR1 and WR2 so I’m just looking for upside.

    Standard keeper league.

  82. Reggie says:
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    In a keeper league, a trade is going down involving Ray Rice for Jahvid Best, Andy Dalton, and a 5th round pick the next year. Am I wrong to think this is close to vetoable?

  83. ergot says:
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    PPR how about Sidney Rice and Fitzgerald for Forte?
    Thanks

  84. Steve says:
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    Besides the the problem with my flex that I posted above; I got other issues, especially this week. Another kid offered me Larry Fitz and Tebow for Hillis. What do you think of this trade?
    It’s a 12 man keeper league that i’m sitting at 2-4, fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Here’s my squad:

    QB: Ben Roesthlisberger
    WR: Antonio Brown
    WR: Jordy Nelson
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    RB: Marshawn Lynch
    TE: Fred Davis
    Flex: James Starks
    K: Jason Hanson
    DEF: Steelers

    Bench:
    RB: Peyton Hillis (Hurt)
    RB: Felix Jones (Hurt)
    WR: Desean Jackson (BYE)
    WR: David Nelson (BYE)
    QB: Sam Bradford

    Do you think the trade is a good one or do you think I hold off and play with my Steeler heavy lineup going to Arizona after they had a bye?

  85. DrunkWisconsin says:
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    @JD: You gave him a legit threat at QB for a coin toss on a “star” RB. Just hope he is not sitting at 5-1, or this might really come to bite you later along…@barker: Try pushing through the trade again, on a less busy email day…like late Friday afternoon or something.

  86. DrunkWisconsin says:
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    So what’s the deal with Julio Jones…is he a bust quite yet?

  87. Rags says:
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    @Gavin: Yes.

  88. bELIeve says:
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    I think ya got Boldin all wrong. He’s still the #1 option for Flacco, and will remain so all season. It’s simply feast or famine. If Flacco plays like the QB1 like he did last week or week 1, Boldin will be a WR1. He might not be what he used to be, but homeboy is still a stud in 2011.
    And I see Bernard Scott tanking hard when he gets the start.
    Just my 2 cents.

    Love the column man! One of the smartest on this site!

  89. Mike T. says:
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    Looking to bolster my WR spots by giving up one of my 3 stud RBs. I have Rice, Forte & Fjax and LFitz, bmarsh, little & d Alexander. Can start 2 RBs & 3 WR. What do you think of the following trade:
    Give up Fjax, LFitz & DMoore for Welker, AJohnson & torain.
    Also I’m in 1st place so can weather AJohnson being out another 2 weeks or so.

  90. Asher Molk

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    @TD’s n Beer: I wouldn’t have a problem offering Washington for Decker, especially in PPR. I believe Decker has more ability and will see quite a bit of targets from Tebow. If he rejects, maybe try Garcon but thats about all I would give for Decker.

  91. Asher Molk

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    @Rich: I actually think your team is very good for a 14 team league. You have a great QB and unbelievable RBs. If you can start an RB at flex, I honestly wouldn’t change your team. Definitely dont trade an RB or Romo for a WR- Sanchez is sincerely awful and RB depth is what wins leagues. But I would be fine with packaging Sanchez and probably Santana Moss for a better WR. Moss may be headed for a fall in production with Beck in there. Your team is actually very, very good. If you cannot start an RB at flex, then maybe Beanie or Gore- but they are both for real. If you trade them, make sure you get an elite WR1 and at the very least a bye week filler RB. But if you can play one at flex, I’d stand pat.

  92. Asher Molk

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    @MrHappyTime: Thomas, Benson, Battle, Lynch

  93. Asher Molk

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    @JT: Sounds like a shallow league. Drop a kicker for now if you can, but if it came down to it I’d much rather have Manningham than Wayne.

  94. Asher Molk

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    @Scott: Probably not. Murray’s role will be more temporary than Battle’s

  95. Asher Molk

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    @Adam: Torain

  96. Asher Molk

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    @Van Haggard: Id say San Diego, but fantasy defenses can be very tough to predict

  97. nick m. says:
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    12 team PPR(6pts all TDs). My RBs are pretty banged up. I’ve been offered his MJD/Dez Bryant for my Mathew Stafford/Aaron Hernandez. I have Romo and Tebow on the bench, as well as Gresham and not much else on the WW for TEs. Pull the trigger?

  98. Asher Molk

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    @surfmonger: Keep your team together. You have a fantastic corps of RBs, and you have an amazing 1-2 punch at WR. Schaub is a very low end QB1, but if theres one place where one can afford to struggle a bit, its at QB. Not worth it to give up elite WR or RB for another QB

  99. Asher Molk

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    @JT: If Jahvid Best is out, go Morris, but otherwise probably stick with Hardesty. Maybe Tolbert as well, he has a decent chance for a TD.

  100. Asher Molk

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    @sit bits: You have a very good team, but I’d say your one weakness is at RB2. Since its non-PPR, I’d feel very good about your team if you packaged Best and Little for an improved RB and played Thomas at your flex. Decker is a very good WR3.

  101. Asher Molk

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    @Mikey: Although Manningham is trending up and Hillis is heading down toward a flex play, RBs are still more valuable than WRs. I think your best play would be to package one of your weaker or overachieving WRs with Hillis for someone like Bryant.

  102. Asher Molk

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    @Gavin: Probably, but I’d be trying to get Manningham so maybe go for it. Good chance he says no, though.

  103. Asher Molk

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    @KeeblerMN: Best has the highest upside, but he’d be a risky play if he was active on Sunday, up to you if you want to roll the dice. Safer play would be Decker, and definitely Decker over Wayne if Best is inactive.

  104. Asher Molk

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    @will: Stand pat, I wouldnt make a trade for a QB. Big Ben will do just fine. Your team is fantastic everywhere else and at the very least decent at QB. This team is a winner, dont break it up.

  105. Asher Molk

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    @broadstreetbrawler: Not even close to vetoable. In my view, no trade is vetoable unless there is evidence of collusion. But again, that trade isn’t remotely vetoable anyway.

  106. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: Like all three of those guys. Dez is a fantastic trade target- he could easily be a WR1 this year. Dont give up too much for Nelson, although he is a very good WR3. Same goes for Crabtree, although he’s more of a lower WR3. Some good targets: Roddy White, Fitzgerald, Manningham, Dez, Lloyd, pretty much anyone mentioned in the buy lows. Package Greene with one of your lesser WRs and offer trades for those guys.

  107. Asher Molk

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    @Dan: That is a very good trade. But I highly, highly doubt you could land one of those guys just by adding in Sidney Rice. If you only want to add Rice, maybe target Daniel Thomas or Mark Ingram.

  108. Asher Molk

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    @HotCorner306: Absolutely make that trade. Great deal for you. Don’t worry about the one week payoff.

  109. Asher Molk

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    @Shippity: You would be very surprised how many people drafted Freeman as their QB1- happened in a couple leagues I’m in. Possible trade targets include people who lost Peyton Manning or even drafted McNabb and Grossman as their QBs- believe me, it happens. I’m not saying you can get a king’s ransom for Freeman, but its just that his perceived value is likely at its highest right now, and its greater than his real value. Its possible he could be the “throw-in” in a trade that helps land a stud RB or WR. Never be surprised by how people think.

  110. Asher Molk

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    @DavedandConfused: I’d do that deal if I was getting Thomas. Greene is an incredibly ordinary talent and doesn’t possess any passing game chops.

  111. Asher Molk

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    @B.J.: Bradford and its not close

  112. Asher Molk

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    @standuptriple: Drop Mike Thomas for Lloyd, and make sure he is your number 1 waiver wire selection.

  113. Asher Molk

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    @Adam: Sadly, I don’t like it. Schaub is not great, but Tebow has the chance to be a very good QB1. Benson is trending downward fast, and DJax is a borderline WR1. Vick is an upgrade, but definitely not worth the price you paid in my opinion.

  114. Asher Molk

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    @Mr2Bits: Definitely

  115. Asher Molk

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    @Renny: The only way he comes around is if Peyton comes back- those odds aren’t very good. Not impossible, but if you have any sort of need at RB, Graham is an asset in the coming weeks, especially in PPR leagues. But he clearly wants Graham- try and get more out of him than Wayne.

  116. Asher Molk

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    @Alex: I’d first offer Greene and Nelson for Mendy or Mathews. If (and probably when) that gets rejected, offer Nelson and McGahee. If that doesn’t work, then offer Greene and McGahee- just be sure to get another bye-week filler RB in return as well as Mathews/Mendy. But if it came down to it, I’d definitely trade away Greene or McGahee and Manningham for either Mathews or Mendy. RBs>WRs

  117. Asher Molk

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    @D Fresh: I like Rowdy more than Bowe, but unless this is like a 4 team league or something, you need to find a way to roster both. If you traded Bowe for White, thats very good too.

  118. Asher Molk

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    @Plainview: Absolutely do that trade. Gotta take risks to win fantasy leagues, and that risk is well worth the reward.

  119. Asher Molk

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    @night ranger: Do that deal in a heartbeat. You have at the very least 3 of the top 5 RBs in football.

  120. Asher Molk

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    @Cheeeeeeze: Wow, lots of options. If he has needs at QB, try Palmer and then Tebow when he says no. If he has needs at RB, try McGahee. But you have an incredible trio of WRs. It would be far from the worst thing in the world if you stood pat. Fitzgerald will definitely produce.

  121. Asher Molk

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    @AdamH: Drop Choice and Gostkowski- kickers are mostly the same. If you really really wanted to keep him, drop Spiller as well. But I advise option 1

  122. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: I wouldnt

  123. Asher Molk

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    @dingbat: Honestly, I don’t think its worth giving up a mid WR2 for a TE, especially since you have Daniels. I honestly think your best move is to not make a trade, unless you have some bench fodder you can give for Hernandez

  124. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Sorry about the Jones advice- he had more upside in a good matchup than Starks did. But I would keep Starks, especially in a keeper league. Starks’s role will probably expand as the year goes on, and he will only get a couple fewer (if any fewer) touches than Murray. Keep Starks, especially because he may be the feature back next year. Murray’s time in the sun will be temporary.

  125. Asher Molk

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    @Rags: I think I’d do that deal, especially since you own McFadden. Hillis is quickly becoming a mere flex option. He’ll probably have some good games, but I like Thomas more. Give either Demaryius or Meachem if you must. Really like how you are looking for upside!

  126. Shippity says:
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    Fair enough. I would agree with your comment implying that he’s still very near replacement level in 1-QB leagues and getting any value in return would be a good trade.

    I’ve heard rumors that Cruz was eating into Manningham because Mario was frustrating coaches by his inability to get up to speed with the playbook and constantly making route running mistakes. After hearing this of course it was Cruz who slipped and caused that pick 6 at the end of 2 weeks ago. That seemed more accidental than, a mental lapse though.

    As you pointed out, Manningham is still getting a ton of targets and of course has the physical ability, but do you have any way to qualify your comments on his improved route running and regaining the confidence of the coaching staff? The targets of course are the best indicator so don’t disagree with your analysis. Just wondering as I’m honestly interested in this situation. FWIW, I actually own Nicks in 2 leagues and neither of the other two – so don’t really have a bias one way or the other.

  127. Asher Molk

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    @Reggie: Yes, I think you are wrong to veto. The only trades that should be vetoed are ones in which there is evidence of collusion.

  128. Asher Molk

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    @ergot: Would hate to give up Fitzgerald, but Forte is arguably the best PPR player. I’d probably do it if I was getting Forte

  129. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Oh wow, take that deal! That is a steal for you. Buying Fitzgerald low is a fantastic idea, and if Tebow pans out you could keep him as a late round pick next year as your QB1. Pull the trigger

  130. Asher Molk

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    @DrunkWisconsin: Wouldn’t call him a bust yet, but its been quite a roller coaster ride hasn’t it? That system hasn’t worked out for them so far, and Julio has been injured. But he showed he’s a real talent with back to back 115+ yard games. I like him as a buy low, especially because you may be able to get him for very little. I just traded away Roy Helu and Meachem for him. I believe he’ll come back and produce, but don’t let expectations run wild.

  131. Asher Molk

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    @bELIeve: Thank you for your complement on the article and for your input! I am always willing to hear other points of view and opinions. I grew up in Arizona, and during the 2000s, Boldin was incredible- maybe the only WR more dangerous with the ball in his hands was T.O. But Boldin has definitely lost a step, that is evidenced by his statistics the past couple years. I think he would be more valuable if Flacco was a QB1, but he just isnt. I do like him, but he’s very inconsistent sometimes. He may be Flacco’s number one target, but not by much: Boldin has 39 targets, while Dickson has 35 and Rice 32. Boldin will not be a WR1, I can pretty much guarantee you that. But is it possible he ends up as a WR2? Absolutely. I just wouldn’t bet on it. Thanks again for your input, I sincerely appreciate it!

  132. Asher Molk

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    @Mike T.: Really like that trade for you, especially if you can’t start FJax at a flex position. Fitzgerald will still put up numbers, but getting Welker and Andre would be simply fantastic. Torain will be a fine backup RB.

  133. Asher Molk

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    @nick m.: Do that deal in a second! Love it, especially with your QB depth.

  134. SjBlunts says:
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    After receiving Larry Fitzgerald a couple days ago for Michael Turner, I have been offered 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. At QB I have Rivers/Romo, but do you think Tebow is worth holding on to?

    Oh, and my WRs are Bowe, Fitz, Bryant, and Colston. Thanks!

  135. Asher Molk

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    @Shippity: There is no doubt the coaching staff likes Cruz, but contrary to speculation about their frustrations with Manningham (which were probably true), Cruz hasn’t really eaten into Manningham’s snaps. Instead, they are putting all 3 WRs on the field at once. As evidenced by the target distribution, that has not hurt Manningham. On the issue of route running, Rotoworld.com (full of incredibly knowledgeable experts who watch game film too, check them out, Chet aka Doc writes for them somtimes) put it in their blurb about Manningham- its just information that I thought I’d share with everyone. I completely trust the guys over at Rotoworld with their analysis on that issue. Thank you for your input though, I value discussions like this!

  136. Asher Molk

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    @SjBlunts: If you can start Foster at flex, I would definitely go for it. Buying Fitzgerald low was a great move, but RBs>WRs. If I was you though, Id first try to give him Rivers and Bowe or Colston for Arian. You have the QB depth to do something like that. If it came down to it though, still yes to the Tebow and Fitz for Arian.

  137. Shippity says:
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    Excellent. The continued targets spoke for themselves, but it’s good to hear there’s qualitative evidence to back up his improvements. Cheers.

  138. Feeding the Abscess

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    Non PPR, 1 point per 15 return yard league:

    Is TB’s Mike Williams for Eric Decker a fair trade? I have Tebow and Eli as QBs, I’m thinking Tebow/Decker may score me some points with Eli and Nicks on a bye.

  139. Asher Molk

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    @Feeding the Abscess: Its definitely a fair trade, I wouldn’t say either side gets a huge edge there

  140. Jason says:
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    1 pt ppr. 14 team league

    I lack depth.

    He proposed Welker/spiller (he owns f. jackson, I don’t start spiller) for decker/ward.

    Fair?

    I need two starters for one to or 3 for 2 to make this work. He wants welker.

    Moveable pieces:
    He has decker, ward, wayne, nelson, finley, tate, macclin, clarke

    I only have welker, moore, s. rice , f. davis, spiller, cribbs, ballard, l. robinson, t. young

    Can you think of anything thats reasonable that will help my team? Or do I just ride welker and hope that a couple of these other scrubs hold their own?

    Any help is really appreciated

  141. Asher Molk

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    @Jason: I really, really wouldn’t move Welker- he has been a top 2 WR so far, and I don’t see him falling out of the top 5. Never trade an uber-elite player for a couple OK ones- itll come back to bite you. Besides, if you really wanted to trade Welker, you could get way, way more than that. Stay put for the time being.

  142. sit bits says:
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    What kind of better RB2 could I get in return for a Best/Little package?

  143. Asher Molk

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    @sit bits: That really depends on the people in your league and how they feel about their (and your) players. If its a PPR league, you should be able to get a very good RB1 for those two. If its standard, then I’d shoot for someone on the second tier at least, to start with.

  144. Cheeeeeze says:
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    @Asher Molk: he didn’t go for any of that. another thought is to upgrade at WR with andre johnson… my team can have a sold core (steve smith, fitzgerald, and wallace) for 3 weeks before one has a bye. then Johnson should be back. Is Dez Bryant for Johnson a fair looking deal? I just offered it up…

  145. Asher Molk

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    If you have a good record, that wouldn’t be a bad deal. Just don’t be disappointed if Bryant explodes

  146. AlexW says:
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    I see a little too much misplaced faith in Dez Bryant and Daniel Thomas, but other than that enjoyed your article. Especially considering it coincided with a trade I just completed yesterday, would be interested in getting your thoughts on it. Non-PPR league.

    I traded Tim Tebow, MJD, and Boldin for Brandon Lloyd and Chris Johnson. I can’t say I didn’t give up a decent amount but I would never start Tebow other than a bye week (A-Rod at QB), I have no faith in Boldin and agree with you he’s a sell high after last week, MJD is the one I had trouble letting go but although he’s reliable I’d rather have CJ moving forward.

    Thoughts?

  147. jake says:
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    @Asher Molk: my RB depth is actually pretty good; I have AP, Beanie, Best, D. Thomas and Battle. I wanted to ditch Torain because I’m sick of Shanahan’s antics lol I just hope Green can continue his solid production during my wr’s byes and be good insurance for Roddy who has concerned me a lil lately.

  148. jason says:
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    1 pt ppr league. Got witten & pettigrew, both pretty much giving the same production right now & after watching the lions/49ets game on NFL replay, its clear pettigrew is 1b to Megatrons 1a in terms of targets. I see Dallas spreading it out between Austin & bryant. Do I trade witten since he has the more marketable name?

  149. Asher Molk

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    @AlexW: You are more than entitled to your own opinion. Thank you for the feedback though, I sincerely appreciate it!
    As for your trade, I absolutely love it. Selling high on Boldin was a fantastic idea, especially dealing him for Lloyd, who figures to be a WR2 with upside going forward. I also like dealing MJD for CJ. There’s no doubt MJD has been simply stunning considering that terrible offense, but its early in the season and his knee could act up at any time. Its only a matter of time before CJ gets going, and if worst comes to worst, I definitely don’t see him doing any worse than MJD. Fantastic deal for you.

  150. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Drop Tate (not a Foster owner) for Battle or Murray as end of bench RB?

  151. Asher Molk

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    @jake: With your insane depth at RB, it surely isn’t a team killer- I’m just saying player for player you overpaid. Torain is a favorite of Shanahan’s going back to his days in Denver, but who knows what Shanahan’s flavor of the week will be at any given time. Green is an immensely talented WR who will continue to put up some big numbers- just know he is prone to his share of clunkers due to his situation. Great team, by the way.

  152. Spliff says:
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    Asher,
    Would you do this trade?
    get
    F.Gore
    Ed dickson
    Give
    R.Grownkowski
    T. Tebow

    12 team (PPR)
    Romo, white, Stevie, mcfadded, f jones(just grabbed Murray)
    There are no TE’s on the waivers. I just grabbed Ben Watson for the bye

  153. Asher Molk

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    @Spliff: If you have any sort of starting QB, I’d do that trade immediately.

  154. Dingbat says:
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    @Asher Molk: That makes sense, but I’m trying to deal from a position of depth. The league has 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1R/W, and 1 W/T spot, and since I’ve got:

    RB: Mendenhall
    RB: McFadden
    WR: Jackson
    WR: Wallace
    R/W: Beanie
    W/T: Smith

    That leaves Colston as the odd man out. I’ve offered him for Hernandez straight up, but I think it’s still worth doing if I throw in Daniels as well.

  155. griffin says:
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    should i trade fitz for rivers? its a ppr league and my other WR’s are andre johnson, steve smith & decker. my qb’s are eli manning & bradford. the roster spots are: qb, wr, wr, rb, rb, te, q/w/r/t, q/w/r/t….so i can play 2 even 3 qbs if i want. i feel like rivers & fitz are both about to greatly pick it up. is this a wash? what do I do here?

  156. Asher Molk

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    @Dingbat: Hmm…I did not know you had two flex spots, interesting. However, I still think you should not do the trade, and here is why: You clearly have fantastic depth- that is a major part of a winning fantasy team. You know that depth comes into play for two things besides trades: bye weeks and injuries. Speaking to those two things, the only players in your starting lineup who have had their byes are Beanie and VJax. Colston will keep you very competitive when your other elite guys go on bye as well. From an injury standpoint, every single player in your starting lineup besides Steve Smith and Mike Wallace have been injury prone guys. They have suffered from nagging hamstring and quad injuries recently (even Wallace sat out today’s practice with a leg injury, though its not thought to be serious), and the odds that one of them gets hurt again is pretty high. If this happens, you will be very happy that you have Colston to fill in for them. It would be very beneficial to get Hernandez, but I don’t think its worth the risk, especially considering you are probably high up in the standings. Sorry if this was too long!

  157. Chris says:
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    My buddy is offering me fred jackson and crabtree for either ray rice or mccoy. Should I do this trade? I know fjax is #1 right now, but mccoy and rice have constantly proven themselves. Thanks Asher, and I like your article, trade targets are not mentioned enough in blogs.

    Chris

  158. Asher Molk

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    @Chris: Thanks for the complement! And definitely do NOT give away Rice or McCoy. You have two top 5 RBs there, a combo likely to take you deep into your league playoffs. The person getting the better “1” in a 2 for 1 trade usually wins. Keep your phenomenal RBs.

  159. Asher Molk

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    @griffin: Wow…that is quite a league! In a league where you can start THAT many QBs, I think its worth it actually. And you are correct- they are both about to pick it up. I’d pull the trigger on that deal. Rivers will get you more points on a weekly basis than Fitz.

  160. friar says:
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    Would offering Hillis and Tony Gonzalez for Mendenhall be a savvy way to turn Gonzalez’s high value into an upgrade at RB, or is that just an insulting offer that will stall future negotiations?

    I also have Hernandez (and could plug Cook in at TE in a pinch if needed — e.g. this week) so I’d hardly be giving anything up in Gonzalez. The other guy is currently starting Clark at TE so he could use an upgrade, but at 0-6, he may have moved from the willing-to-take-a-risk phase into the apathetic-and-only-willing-to-make-a-trade-if-i’ll-be-the-clear-winner phase. Thoughts?

  161. Asher Molk

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    @friar: The side getting Mendenhall is the definite winner there, but I dont think its an insulting offer especially because he is starting Clark at TE. Definitely go for it!

  162. Chris says:
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    @Asher Molk:
    My point is that Fred Jackson is a top 5 rb also, and I would be picking up crabtree. do u see mccoy and rrice having a better season than fjax?

  163. Scott says:
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    Need to start 2 in standard league this week..decker,little,holmes,or Murray
    Thanks!!!

  164. Wilsonian says:
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    I traded Roddy for Cam in a league where I had Rivers because I needed a big play option for QB. While I love Rivers, I have an issue with him this season being mediocre. And I was becoming a little untrusting of White.

    My WRs are now: VJax, Smith (CAR), AJ Green, Holmes, Crabtree.

    Did I make a huge mistake? And if so, should I try to swing one of them, or do you think my WRs are OK as-is?

  165. Troy Marine says:
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    Would you trade Starks and Heyward-Bay for R. White?

  166. The Vaporizers says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the year? Cook or Kendricks?

  167. huckleberry says:
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    i’m hurtin in my runnin game. it sounded like you were high on danny thommo(v.DEN), as am i, but is my newly acquired jbattles (v.OAK) a better play this week?

  168. Asher Molk

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    @Chris: No doubt Fred Jackson has been amazing- I believe he’s the number 1 RB right now. But McCoy and Rice have done nearly as well and are better bets to finish the season stronger than Jackson. Crabtree is OK but he’s just a WR3 on a run-first team. Maybe if you can coax a better WR out of him, but I’m willing to bet on McCoy and Rice over FJax in the second half.

  169. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: Honestly, I think you made a giant mistake considering you had Rivers- you sold low and bought high. Rivers has proven that he’s going to put up numbers no matter what, same goes for Roddy White. It didn’t kill you because you have other great receivers, but once Rivers and White both heat up, you’ll probably regret it. I wouldn’t be afraid to trade Newton or Rivers away.

  170. Asher Molk

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    @Troy Marine: Definitely!

  171. Asher Molk

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    @The Vaporizers: Good question. I’m going to go ahead and say Cook- better chance he becomes the number 1B or 2 option on his team.

  172. Asher Molk

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    @huckleberry: I definitely think Thomas.

  173. Mungfisher says:
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    Yo Asher,

    Help me land Fitz. I have Rice, Mathews, F. Jax, Daniel THomas, Jackie Battle and Helu at RB and Mike Wallace, Steve Johnson, Marshall, Manningham and Doug Baldwin at WR. Fitz owner needs RB help (Turner, Lynch, Starks and Scott).

    What do you think it ought to take?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration of this matter.

  174. Asher Molk

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    @Scott: Probably Holmes and Murray.

  175. Asher Molk

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    @Mungfisher: No problem! I don’t really know the owner, so I don’t know exactly what he would go for. I’d start by pairing Battle with Manningham. If that gets rejected, than Battle with Steve Johnson. If he doesn’t like that, try Daniel Thomas with those two guys. If he doesn’t go for that, then maybe throw in Baldwin with any of those offers. But finally, if he says no to all that, you may be stuck and here’s why: I wouldn’t ever consider trading Ray Rice or Mathews, and you could probably get a lot more for FJax than just Fitz right now (although I think their real value is decently close, Jackson’s perceived value is way higher than Fitzgerald’s right now). Keep me updated, but those are the options I’d start with.

  176. Mungfisher says:
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    Thanks.

    Sounds like you like Marshall over Johnson the rest of the way. Is that the case? I’m thinking Johnson is preferable but not by much and was going to pair Marshall and Battle.

    I’ll let you know how it works out.

  177. D Fresh says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping d willy

    Manningham or Crabtree… ppr

  178. Asher Molk

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    @D Fresh: Manningham, but is there no one else you can drop?

  179. Asher Molk

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    @Mungfisher: Johnson and Marshall are pretty close, but I personally prefer Marshall because he has more gamebreaking and after the catch ability, although he is a head case. If you really preferred to keep Johnson I wouldn’t blame you.

  180. D Fresh says:
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    shonn greene
    ingram
    tolbert
    nate washington
    greg little, just dropped lance moore for him

  181. Asher Molk

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    @D Fresh: I’d probably drop Tolbert instead. And if I remember correctly, you dropped Bowe for Roddy White? I’d pick Bowe back up for Washington

  182. Super says:
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    Cam Newton and Mike Williams (TB) for Stafford and Dez Bryant….. Really want to get Dez Bryant…..

  183. Corey says:
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    Asher,

    What do you think of this trade (non-ppr):

    I give Ray Rice, Santonio and David Nelson
    I get Andre Johnson, Stevie Johnson, Daniel Thomas

    My other possible starters that I own are Big Ben, Jahvid Best (hurt), Nicks, White, Floyd.

    I give up a huge RB, but gain the possibility of a dominant WR corp, if healthy.

    Do I pull the trigger?

  184. D Fresh says:
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    no, that was a straight up trade in different league. yeah, i’m doing a little dance…

  185. Wilsonian says:
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    Yo! Thanks for the vote of confidence re: my White for Cam trade. Haha. I was kind of leaning that way after I did it. I’m actually a little pissed with that deal (and myself) now. So here’s my roster in totality (Bye weeks notwithstanding):

    QB: Cam
    WR: Smiff (CAR)
    WR: VJax
    WR: AJ Green
    RB: Forte
    RB: CJ
    TE: Finley
    W/R: Beanie
    BN: Holmes
    BN: Crabtree
    BN: Ingram
    BN: Lynch
    BN: Rivers
    BN: A-Her

    I’m actually a little inclined to try to sell Cam now. Which one of these would be a decent target:

    Fitz, Austin, DezB, Stevie, Bowe, Colston, Nicks, DJax?

    Thanks man.

  186. Asher Molk

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    @Super: Love it!

  187. Asher Molk

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    @Corey: I don’t think so. Elite RBs are way, way more important to have then elite receivers. Especially with Jahvid Best hurt, I doubt you can afford to give up Ray Rice, who is easily a top 5 RB. Nicks and White will do more than enough to carry your WR corps, and Santonio is a fine WR3. I wouldn’t do the deal.

  188. Asher Molk

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    @D Fresh: I would be dancing too

  189. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: I think all of those are fine trade targets, I’d put them in this order: Fitz, Nicks, Austin, DezB, DJax, Bowe, Colston, Stevie. There’s a drop off after Dez and after Djax there. I’d go for them in that order. It sounds like you learned from the experience, but luckily your team is fantastic- that trade won’t end up killing you.

  190. Eric says:
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    What do you think about this trade offer?

    I am offering:
    Andre Johnson/James Jones
    For
    Dez Bryan/Tony Gonzalez/Demarcus Murray

    I am 2-4 and I don’t know if I can wait for Johnson’s return. Kellen Winslow is my TE and he is terrible and I’m not sure about Murray.

  191. Asher Molk

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    @Eric: In your case, that would be a pretty good deal. When all is said and done, you’ll be happy you have Dez Bryant. But I would honestly try to look for another team that has a WR similar to Bryant but with a TE better than Gonzalez- he’ll probably end up being the biggest loser in Atlanta’s indefinite return to their run-first, ball control offense. But if it came down to it, its not bad for you at all. As you pointed out, you need to win now.

  192. Eric says:
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    Wow, you are quick. Okay, I will look for Roddy White or Fitzgerald with a good TE first and fall back on this one later. Thanks

  193. Asher Molk

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    @Eric: Really like that idea. Feel free to check in with any additional questions!

  194. Wilsonian says:
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    @Asher Molk: thanks man. My roster looks so good because it’s a small league (I’m 3-3 on the season, however). But I like it for the most part. I offered Cam to the guy with Welker, Nicks, and DJax for Welker. I’m assuming he turns it down, but hoping he might counter with Nicks. I may wait to see if anything comes down from that offer before doing anything else. I agree with you about Dez. I’m really liking him for the rest of the season and I actually think he may be better than Austin (and hopefully Roddy, too).

  195. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: Dez is a special, special talent- no doubt about it. I like the Cam for DJax move because you have Rivers, keep offering him for good WRs like that.

  196. Wilsonian says:
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    @Asher Molk: well I offered him for Welker first, assuming he’ll most likely counter with Nicks or DJax, if at all.

    My pops has Dez, and he may deal him for someone like Cam, but I’m going to see what I can do on the Welker, Nicks, DJax front first.

  197. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: Sounds good to me!

  198. Wilsonian says:
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    @Asher Molk: where would you put Maclin on that list?

  199. Eric says:
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    Well, I could offer Miles Austin and Finely for Andre Johnson. Finely is a better TE than Gonzalez. What are your thoughts on Miles Austin vs Dez Bryant?

  200. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: Probably right after Desean

  201. Asher Molk

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    @Eric: I probably like Austin slightly more than Dez- he and Romo have a serious connection and he’s more proven. Also, Finley is a fantastic ‘buy low’. I like that trade much, much more.

  202. Eric says:
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    Asher, you are the man.

    Last one. What are your thoughts on Andre Johnson for Gore and Pettigrew? My league requires two WR and 1RB and two flex spots. I have McFadden for RB, S.Smith and C.Johnson for WR and I need an upgrade at TE and Flex with Andre Johnson being out until whenever. It’s either this trade or Austin and Finely.

  203. Andy says:
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    trying to work a deal for foster, wanted to see your thoughts on a package of gore and crabtree for foster… is that too much to give up? Foster has a cake walk schedule for the rest of the season. Thanks!

  204. UltraStimp says:
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    Nice column…exactly what I was looking for.

    2-4 in a 12 team ppr league, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex
    RB: Gore, CJ2K, Mendenhall, D Thomas, Torrain, Battle, Murray
    WR: White, Bowe, Boldin, Williams (TB), DHB

    I believe I need an elite RB and Foster owner lacked RB depth, so he was my target. Offered CJ2K and Mendenhall for Foster, but got no bites. I hate Mendenhall in ppr, just doesn’t get enough targets, but I like Gore and CJ2K is ok. Should I offer more? I just don’t feel like I have any homerun hitters here. On a side note, I think your assessment of Murray may be a bit off. Jerry Jones loves that guy and would prolly keep starting him if he shows up in the next 3-4 weeks.

    Thanks for the help.

  205. Mgeezy says:
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    Yo

    Qb- stafford
    WR-Vincent Jackson
    WR-Nate Washington
    RB-cj2k
    RB-Steven jacks
    Te-Dallas Clark
    WR/RB/Te- A Hernandez
    WR/RB/Te-Percy

    Is it smart to trade Vincent Jackson and a Hernandez for Jimmy Graham and Eric decker? Or should I try to get more? Like add on Lloyd and/or magahee to the deal? PPR 1 point

  206. Asher Molk

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    @Eric: Thanks! I really think the Austin and Finley one is better value, but if you don’t have RB depth then I’d go with Gore and Pettigrew. Who are your RBs?

  207. Asher Molk

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    @Andy: Definitely not too much to give up for Foster, go for it

  208. Asher Molk

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    @UltraStimp: Thanks! You are very, very lucky he didn’t accept that trade- I think that is way too much to give up for Foster. CJ2k has had a rough start, but it is an awful idea to sell low. Mendenhall may not be great for PPR, but you’ve got a great team considering its a 12 team league. I really wouldn’t give two other RB1s for Foster even though hes great. I think a great idea would be packaging Mendenhall and Boldin or DHB for him. As for Murray, he has great measurables but I don’t think he as an NFL game, he’s kind of like Reggie Bush like that. He carries value for sure, and even more in PPR, but Jerry Jones has loved Felix Jones for longer than he has loved Murray. Expecting consistent RB2 production will likely prove disappointing. But I always welcome other points of views and I thank you for your input!

  209. Vince says:
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    I’m offered Cam Newton, Fred Jackson and Mike Williams (Tampa) for
    Eli Manning, CHRIS JOHNSON (Tenn) and Dwayne Bowe. Would you make the trade, a little fearful Cam may regress?

  210. Vince says:
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    Oh the trade in #209 is a PPR

  211. Asher Molk

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    @Mgeezy: Definitely not smart to make that trade. No doubt Graham is the best TE going, but Hernandez is the 2nd option in the passing game in New England- he is a fantastic TE1. But the downgrade from VJax to Decker is unacceptable. You’ve seen what Jackson can do when he’s healthy, his ceiling and floor are both way higher than Decker’s. Even if you get Lloyd (who I like), I still don’t know if its enough. Lean toward no on that too.

  212. Andy says:
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    I changed things up from my original deal and offered Wallace, Djax and Donald Brown for Foster, Boldin and Antonio Brown. The way I see it I would have:
    12 team standard but 6 pts for all tds:
    QB: Brady and Cutler
    RB: Rice Foster Gore Moreno Ricky
    WR: Austin Boldin Crabtree Brown and D.Thomas
    TE: Gates Pettigrew
    DST: Pitt and 49ers

    I think having three legit rbs is better that three legit wrs, especially because the drop off from djax to boldin is minimal for the gain i receive from wallace to foster.

    I love your input and by far the best site, especially because championships aren’t won in the draft they’re won during the moves made throughout the year.

  213. Asher Molk

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    @Andy: Thank you very much! You are definitely correct that great RBs are better than great WRs- that mind set will be very beneficial in the long run. But the one thing I disagree on is about the dropoff from DJax to Boldin- Its pretty big. DJax may be inconsistent, but when he explodes its worth it. Boldin just doesn’t possess the upside that DJax has: Desean is a high end, high upside WR2 while Boldin is a high end, low upside WR3. There are arguably 10 receivers between the two. If I were you, I’d maybe try DJax OR Wallace and Donald Brown, but probably not both. Feel free to ask any followup questions!

  214. Andy says:
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    Thanks Asher! i definatly see what your saying, i have another deal in the making to improve that wr hole…i plan on turning boldin into maclin with another league member, for some reason a couple people are really high on boldin. If i can pull the second move do you think i should follow through with this?

  215. Asher Molk

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    @Andy: If you can turn Boldin into Maclin, then by all means do that first trade. Just make sure he’ll for sure do it before you make the initial trade! Really like the deal now.

  216. Wilsonian says:
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    Hey man, got a response in my Cam dealings…

    Anyway, my original offer was Cam for Welker. He threw me a curveball and offered Big Ben/DJax for Cam/A-Her. Here’s my team again:

    QB: Cam
    WR: Smiff (CAR)
    WR: VJax
    WR: AJ Green
    RB: Forte
    RB: CJ
    TE: Finley
    W/R: Beanie
    BN: Holmes
    BN: Crabtree
    BN: Ingram
    BN: Lynch
    BN: Rivers
    BN: A-Her

    Do I do it? And if so, which TE do I pick up for next week: Clark, Ballard, Cook, Watson?

  217. Cheeeeeze says:
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    What do you think of starting pettigrew over finely this week? finely only has one huge game this year, and everything else has been weak…

  218. Steve says:
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    I appreciate the advice on the Tebow and Fitz for Hillis deal; I def think it’s gonna work out. And don’t appoligize for Felix getting hurt, there’s nothing u can do about that.

    I am at a whole at RB right now without Hillis though, so I am in talks for another trade. I would send Roesthlisberger and Marshawn Lynch for Hasselback and Daniel Thomas. Considering that I also have Tebow on the bench, do you think this is a good move? (Keeping in mind this is a keeper league where I can keep up to two players and Thomas was drafted late)

    Also fi I do this I also want to scoop up another QB for protection, both Sam Bradford and Joe Flacco are available in my league, which do you think is going to be more reliable for the long run this season?

  219. friar says:
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    There’s a guy in my league who’s off to a terrible start and I suspect might be eager to make a trade. He has Arian Foster, but his RB2 is Tashard Choice (with Tate and McCluster on the bench), so I suspect I might be able to lure Foster away if I can offer him two solid RBs. Trouble is, I’m having a hard time coming up with a suitable package.

    On my team, I have McFadden, Mathews, Hillis, Torain, and Ridley. Is there a pair of guys in there that I could offer for Foster that would make both our starting lineups better?

  220. Abe says:
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    I think I have a pretty good team in a standard espn 10-team league but still have room for improvement. I’m 5-1 but am facing a tough task this week with 5 of my starters on a bye. Anyway, my team is as follows:

    QB: Vick,
    RB: Gore,
    RB:Fred Jackson
    RB/WR: AJ Green or Stevie Johnson
    WR: Fitzgerald
    WR: Dez
    TE: Gates

    BN: Cassel, Greene, Dan Thomas, Stewart, Maurice Morris, Greg Little

    First off, what are your suggestions on who I should start to replace my RB and RB/WR positions? I just dropped Cruz to pick up Little, and Hardesty for Morris. Should I hope for Gates to play or should I drop somebody for a TE? (Keller is available). If so, who should I drop?

    More importantly, what kind moves do you think I can make to improve my team? I believe I have 4 wr’s that should be starting either as a 1 or 2 weekly, but only have 3 spots. I have two #1 rb’s and have no more room to play anybody else, including Thomas, who you believe has huge upside. A trade would open up a spot for me to pick up Keller.

  221. Rocky says:
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    Got a really perplexing trade offer (well for me at least). I have Mendenhall, D. thomas, Forte, Greene as my rb’s and A. Johnson. S. johnson, Crabtree, Little, and D. Williams as my wr’s. I was offered A. Peterson and Dez for Andre and Stevie Johnson along with Greene and Gronkowski. I still have Gates as my other TE btw. I am kind of tempted to take this since I will have the best rb trio in the league and I am still getting one wr back with upside.

  222. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: I think thats a pretty good deal. You might want to shop around Cam a little bit more if there are any QB needy teams, but this is a pretty good fall back option.

  223. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: And I’d go with Cook

  224. Asher Molk

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    @Cheeeeeze: I really think you gotta keep rolling Finley out there.

  225. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Considering its a keeper league, I’d pull the trigger- I have 0 faith in Marshawn Lynch. I’d probably pick up Flacco because he’s the safer option, but who knows what will happen if Bradford starts to figure out McDaniels’ offense with Brandon Lloyd there now

  226. Asher Molk

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    @friar: I’d try Hillis and Torain first, then if he says no I’d throw in Ridley.

  227. Asher Molk

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    @Abe: I think that you should start Gates, when he’s on the field he needs to be in fantasy lineups. I’d try and package Shonn Greene and AJ Green or Steve Johnson for an elite RB, that would be my number 1 recommendation

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    @Rocky: IF you can play an RB at flex, I’d do it- Mendy, Forte and AP will be nearly unbeatable. It’s probably worth the hit at WR, but I really like Dez, and if/when Thomas has another good game, you could probably deal him for another WR.

  229. Steve says:
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    Good looks on the advice kid and I’m glad were on the same page cause I already pulled the trigger and picked up Flacco before I read your post

  230. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Good stuff!

  231. Richard says:
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    10-team league:
    Current RB’s are MJD, Thomas, Best, Morris, Hightower, D. Brown (depth is clearly at a premium)
    TE’s are Graham, Finley (starting Graham for greater consistency)

    Not many teams in the league have any RB depth, but one does with CJ, Wells, Blount, Graham, Addai, Bush
    No TE to speak of

    Am I out of my mind trying Finley/Best (or Finley/Best/Morris, whatever) for CJ? If so, what might you suggest?

  232. Asher Molk

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    @Richard: Not even close to out of your mind. You need some help at the RB position especially in a shallower league. As long as you don’t give away MJD or Thomas (or Best if its PPR, if its standard he’s expendable for CJ), package one or two of them with Finley for CJ. Keep in mind he’s struggled and there’s always a risk he doesn’t turn it around completely, but he’s too talented with too good of an O-line to not succeed. I’m willing to bet quite a bit he’ll finish very strong. Really like your idea, he’s still a great buy low.

  233. Steve says:
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    Alright so after the Hillis and Roesthlisberger/Lynch trades I’m pretty happy with my team. However, I would like another running back to go along with AP. I’ve been in talks with this kid in my league for Mendenhall. Today he offered me Mendenhall and his 2012 6th round draft pick for Desean Jackson, Rob Gronkowski and my 2012 8th round draft pick. I know he didn’t play great yesterday and that is why this kid is willing to trade him today. Do you suggest I buy low here or do you think Mendenhall is gonna struggle the rest of the year?
    Keep in mind that I also have Fred Davis who I’m a big fan of and it’s only a two WR team

    If this trade goes through my team would now look like:

    QB: Tim Tebow
    WR: Larry Fitz
    WR: Jordy Nelson
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    RB: Rashard Mendenhall
    TE: Fred Davis
    WR/RB: Daniel Thomas
    K: Jason Hanson
    DEF: Pittsburgh

    Bench:
    WR: Antonio Brown
    RB: Felix Jones
    RB: James Starks
    QB: Joe Flacco
    QB: Matt Hasselback

  234. Rocky says:
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    I am looking for a solid flex option and thinking about going after Matthews since he had a mediocre day. Would you offer D. thomas and Gronkowski for him? I have Mendenhall, Greene, Forte as my other rb’s along with Gates as my TE.

  235. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Sorry to be getting back to you late! Here’s my take on the situation: When Mendenhall gets enough carries and his line blocks, he’s easily an RB1. The latter problem has been solved, but Big Ben has been asking for more spread formations, and he got his wish- not great for the run game. That said, I consider Mendenhall at the very least a high end RB2. He may have a few below average to average games, but he’s still the bellcow goal line back on a very good offense. They will count on him plenty. Losing Desean may hurt, but again, RBs>WRs. I agree with you on Fred Davis- I think he may be even better than Gronk anyway. Getting an upgrade in picks is great too- I think I’d do this trade if I was you.

  236. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: I love the idea of going after Mathews- you’ll see that in my next column. I’d probably keep Daniel Thomas over Shonn Greene, especially in a PPR league. Also, as you will see, I’d consider selling on Gates instead of Gronk, but that part is up to you. But if it came down to it, I’d give Thomas and Gronk for Mathews, definitely.

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