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

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

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

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

Due to the bye weeks and other factors, there aren’t too many new “sell highs”, but I’d recommend to keep selling players from previous columns. Here we go:

BUY LOW 

Vincent Jackson, WR, SD- After coming on strong at the end of last year after his lengthy holdout, Vincent Jackson was often drafted as a WR1 in August fantasy drafts. However, he’s only scored in two games and topped 63 yards twice- not exactly top 12 wideout production. But there’s good news: his struggles are well justified. He had been previously hobbled due to nagging hamstring and abdominal injuries, which he even fought through against the Dolphins to the tune of 103 yards and a score. He has also faced some incredibly tough cornerback competition: his only clunkers have come against Antoine Winfield, Brandon Flowers, Champ Bailey, and of course Darrelle Revis who held him to one catch for 15 yards. It also hasn’t helped that Philip Rivers has looked far from his normal self. But the sledding gets much easier. Here are the pass defense rankings of his forthcoming opponents: 17th, 31st, 25th, 27th, 19th, 6th, and 30th. The (at least temporary) return of Antonio Gates and emergence of Ryan Mathews should help shift attention from the 6’5” 230lb beast of a wide receiver. Buy low now and expect WR1 production for the rest of the year.

Miles Austin, WR, DAL- Miles Austin owners must be getting very frustrated, and justifiably so. He exploded out of the gates with over 230 yds and 4 scores in his first two games, but was then shut down for nearly a month. So far, the wait has not been worth it: he has a pedestrian 9 catches for 90 scoreless yards in the two games since his return. Like Vincent Jackson, Miles Austin’s schedule gets a whole lot easier from here on out. He is not an injury concern either- the reason they rested him for so long was so that he could fully heal from his hamstring ailment. Austin and QB Tony Romo have proven they share undeniable chemistry, and his latest clunker against the Rams was a result of the Demarco Murray show. There is plenty of hype surrounding Dez Bryant, and rightfully so, but Austin is still the 1A to Bryant’s 1B. Fully healthy in a dynamic offense, Austin should be a solid top 10 WR option going forward.

Ryan Mathews, RB, SD- In the 2010 draft, the San Diego Chargers moved up to the early first round just to grab their RB of the future out of Fresno St. With expectations sky high in a dynamic offense, there’s no doubt about it: Mathews flopped. From a combination of unpolished skills in the blitz pickup/passing game, injuries, and Mike Tolbert, his rookie year proved to be quite a disappointment. Going into this year, he was frequently drafted in the 4th round in fantasy drafts. Personally, I avoided him that early in drafts due to the coaches’ apparent love affair with Tolbert. I’ve since been proven wrong- those who got that kind of value are on their way to fantasy playoff births. But after being in and out of the lineup with more nagging injuries and being held to 13 carries for 39 yards against the Jets along with not scoring in 3 weeks, owners may think they are seeing a repeat or 2010. They aren’t. The only real issue besides a few nagging injuries with Mathews were the concern about his role in the pass game and at the goal line- two huge factors for fantasy RBs. The coaching staff has shown faith in Mathews in the passing attack as evidenced by him catching nearly 4 passes per game, and he was even starting to get goal line work before the bye. With Tolbert there, a healthy Mathews is a top 7 RB. But if something were to happen to Tolbert, he’d catapult to the top 4 (and Tolbert has had his share of injury problems this year). There’s always a slight risk here, but the reward and upside is through the roof. His actual value is very, very high.

Julio Jones, WR, ATL- A mega-talented WR coming out of Alabama, Julio Jones showed everyone he is the real deal. After dazzling fantasy owners with two straight 100-plus yard performances, Julio Jones has missed two straight games with a hamstring injury. The Falcons are on bye this week and it’s possible many owners have forgotten just how special this receiver is. With Roddy White on the other side of the field, Jones will face single-coverage, which is simply unfair for opposing cornerbacks who cannot match up with his 6’3” 220lb frame. In the first four games of his career (not counting the game against the Packers when he hurt himself) Jones has averaged 85.5 yards a game, which amounts to a ridiculous 1,368 yards over the season. Even with Turner running the ball well, don’t be fooled- Turner’s increased role has probably been a result of Julio’s injury and the Falcons’ matchups against teams weak against the run. Don’t expect the Falcons to waste the player they traded 5 picks for – they see the same talent we do. Buy him before his owner realizes he’s too good to be traded.

SELL HIGH 

Demarco Murray, RB, DAL- If you had Demarco Murray in your fantasy lineup last week, odds are you came out with a victory. He is not in this column because he is a bad player who got lucky- he is simply here because I believe his perceived value is higher than his actual value. Murray flashed his ability on Sunday to the tune of 253 yards, a franchise record. But before we go anointing him the waiver wire pickup of the year, lets put some things in perspective: This St. Louis Rams “rush defense” is atrocious. They rank dead last in the NFL in that category, and are giving up…wait for it…over 183 rushing yards per game. You read that right. While Murray gets another crack at a terrible rush defense next week against the Eagles, Felix Jones will be coming back in the coming weeks and the Cowboys will have to face teams who actually tackle running backs before they burst into the secondary. It would be naïve to think that Felix would resume his every down role, but he will certainly take away from Murray’s value. Find someone in your league that watched him in college and who truly thinks he can do for the Cowboys what he did at Oklahoma. Again, Murray definitely has value- he’s pretty talented and has likely established a permanent role in this offense, but trying to turn him into someone like Ryan Mathews would be a recommended move.

Antonio Gates, TE, SD- Before you simply close your browser after seeing this “blasphemy”, hear me out. There is no doubt he has produced elite numbers year in and year out, and has an obvious rapport with Philip Rivers. Save Jimmy Graham, there may not be a better fantasy TE than Antonio Gates when he is on the field. But therein lies the problem: his foot injury is a serious, serious thing. Time and time again, he has suffered time-consuming and nagging setbacks with the injury. Gates himself has even admitted that his foot will never be completely healthy and that he is very prone to setbacks. Again, this injury is not something that simply heals with time, and it can strike at anytime. Taking risks is a huge part of playing fantasy football successfully- ask anyone who drafted perceived “injury risks” Matthew Stafford and Darren McFadden this year. But Gates’s injury is different and much more severe. Trading Gates is only a recommended move if you have a viable second TE. But if it turns out you have depth at the position, trading Gates for WR or RB depth may not be a bad decision. There’s always a chance that Gates doesn’t suffer any setbacks and he laughs all the way to the number 2 finish at TE this year, but its quite possibly not worth the risk if you can turn him into something substantial.

Plaxico Burress, WR, NYJ- After a 3-TD performance last week, don’t let the name fool you – Plaxico Burress is way past his prime. Averaging 34.7 yards per game, Plaxico isn’t someone you want to rely on weekly. He’s a poor bet for yardage and receptions and does little more than provide a red-zone target for Mark Sanchez. Obviously, many owners don’t view him as a great WR but if you can trade him for a struggling Percy Harvin or an up-and-coming Roy Helu or Greg Little – you have done very well. Trade him while you can because this production is nearly impossible to predict. There simply isn’t any upside here.

 

KEEP BUYING- Mario Manningham, Daniel Thomas, Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald, Darren McFadden (make sure you get Michael Bush though)

KEEP SELLING- Michael Turner, Shonn Greene, Anquan Boldin, Tony Gonzalez

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

  1. DP says:
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    Is mcgahee droppable for helu in a 10 team league. I have a hard time seeing mcgahee getting back his starting gig.

  2. MJL says:
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    Asher and Mike, what do you guys think about this trade?

    R. White & Starks for R. Mende & B. Lloyd?

    I have currently have
    WR: White, S. Johnson, Manningham, G. Little, L. Moore, N. Burleson
    RB: Starks, F. Jones, Ridley, M. Morris

  3. Fernando says:
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    10 team standard league scoring qb, wr, rb, te, w/r, w/r, w/r,k, def

    His team:
    qb Newton and Ryan, wr V. Cruz, Meacham, Burress, S. Breaston, rb Forte, R. Matthews, Mcgahee and K. Moreno, Tate, te Hernandez

    My team:
    qb Romo, Big Ben, Tebow; wr R.White and Manningham; rb Peterson, S. Jackson, F Gore, Murray, D. Thomas, Battle, M. Morris, te gresham

    May be able to get Hernandez with Murray and Gresham. There’s been communication. He’s willing to part with him.
    > How can I get R. Matthews involved? How low and high?

    > side question: I’m may never start M. Morris, should I drop for Helu?

  4. kyle says:
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    I Give. Jahvid Best and Desean Jackson. He Gives Dwayne Bowe. What You Think. Or Jahvid Best, Owen Daniels, Desean Jackson for Bowe and Cutler, Have sanchez/best at QB. Blount, Murray, Jacobs, Morris at RB

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    @Fernando: I don’t love trading away Murray for a TE, but I think you have the depth to do it- Hernandez is great. I’d like the deal a lot more if you could indeed get Mathews. If you could throw in pretty much anyone but Roddy White, Peterson, and Gore for Mathews I’d probably do it. And yes, drop Morris for Helu. Check in with any additional questions!

  6. barker says:
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    waiver wire question
    currently have claims dropping moore for helu gaffney and brown in that order

    would you drop lance moore and/or decker for

    helu antonio brown gaffney dezmon briscoe jenkins? lumpy alphonso smith

    my wrs colston garcon manningham williams tb decker moore
    my rbs rice cj2k hardesty jstew felix

  7. MJL says:
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    Help. Would u do this trade?

    R. White & Starks for R. Mende & B. Lloyd?

    I have currently have
    WR: White, S. Johnson, Manningham, G. Little, L. Moore, N. Burleson
    RB: Starks, F. Jones, Ridley, M. Morris

  8. BAM says:
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    Hey Asher,

    I got an offer today that I need your help in assessing. My current squad is:

    Newton/Manning
    Gore (Hunter)/Bradshaw (Jacobs)/Hillis (Hardesty)
    S.Smith (Car), Nicks, Fitzgerald
    V.Davis
    Rotating K/DEF

    I got an offer of Daniel Thomas/Percy Harvin for Hillis Hardesty. You told me before that Hillis is a sell candidate but are Thomas/Harvin enough considering that Hillis is still the best player on that team?

    This is a 12-team, .5 PPR league that counts return yardage…

    Thanks bro

  9. Super says:
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    Two Questions

    I just traded Cam Newton and Maclin for Stafford and Dez Bryant. I really wanted Bryant (Cowboy fan), but I think I gave away too much….. thoughts?

    I have these guys already in a H2H 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1K, 1DEF league…..

    QB – Stafford
    WR –Andre Johnson, Dez, Manningham, GLittle, Crabtree, and Mike Williams(TB)
    RB — McFadden, A.Foster, Mendenall and waiting on waiver-wire for Demarco Murray (I think he’s going to be good…)
    TE — Aaron Hernandez
    K —- Dan Bailey

    Advice to improve my team (4-3 after tons of trading) ???

  10. chuck says:
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    Hey Asher,

    I have been trying to trade for a rb but no takers. What should I offer to get a back? And what backs should I be targeting? Apete’s owner is willing to trade him, and Foster’s owner said he needs a WR, too. Also, is CJ2K still considered a buy low at this point? 14 team ppr

    QB: Eli, RB: Beanie, Daniel Thomas, Blount, Felix Jones WR: Roddy White, MIles Austin, AJ Green, Manningham, TE Gresham

    I have already sent offers for mathews and rundmc, but the owners don’t want to trade.

    THANKS!

  11. Super says:
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    Sweet, I got Demarco! I really do think he’s going to be good, don’t you? Last question for your expertise—– Would you trade Mendenall for Miles Austin?

  12. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Asher:I have a bunch of questions10 team non ppr,which is the best ww /pu ROS?….

    Crabtree,Gaffney or Antonio Brown

    also,which QB ROS?….

    Kolb,Sanchez,Smith,Painter,Cassel or Beck(some real winners,I know)

    Freeman would be a better option than any of these,right?

    finally,do you think Daniel Thomas will get his s**t together and have value going forward?….and would you still take him over Helu?

    thnks.

  13. Scott says:
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    Demetrius Thomas or victorncruz rest of the year? Standard league
    Help!

  14. Ryan says:
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    I have both torain and helu..need to drop one this week…who do u keep ? Standard league
    Thanks

  15. elwood blues says:
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    I’d like to get Mathews or Jones, but I have a problem at Best (jahvid that is.. not sure what to do with him.. and haven’t gotten any feelers on him since putting him on trading block)

    My roster right now:
    QB: Rivers
    RBs: SJax and Bradshaw
    WRs: Wallace, VJax, Harvin
    TE: Daniels

    Bench: Sanchez, Best, Helu, Ridley, Little.

    The guy who has Mathews is set at qb and has McCoy and Greene at RB, with Megatron, A.Brown, Meachem, Branch, Holmes at WR.

    The guy who has Jones is also set at qb, and has Beanie, Lynch, Benson and Scott at rb, and Fitz, Breaston, Ja.Jones, and Burleson at WR.

    See any combos that may work?

  16. timmy riggins says:
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    @Asher Molk: how are you still hating on greene? do you think him for miles austin is a fair offer? (I can add G.Little too). who do you like better as a .5ppr flier: braylon or brian leonard? thx

  17. jdubs says:
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    traded gates for sjax straight up in a keeper league.. pretty happy about that. Had pettigrew rocking the past few weeks!

  18. Andy says:
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    not sure if you remember me from last week but i traded wallace and djax for foster boldin and antonio brown. I was under the impression i could flip boldin for a better wr and now i have an offer on the table of

    Gore, Boldin and Gates for VJax Fitz and Deangalo.

    I would still have rice and foster as my backs and already have austin and pettigrew. I think this would be a great buy low with fitz and vjax and relative sell high with gore and gates… you think this move solidifies my team? Thanks for all you help!

  19. will says:
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    my team (QB – Vick and Newton, RB – Jackson, Hillis, Battle, McGehee, WR – Fitzgerald, Bowe, Steve Johnson, Colston, Green)

    I need a RB and I have WR to trade. Here is an option in a 10 team 3 keeper league.

    I give Newton and Fitzgerald for Rivers and Gore. Any thoughts?

  20. stumanji says:
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    My Manningham and Demaryius for his AJ Green? Call me crazy but I still like Manningham in PPR and Demaryius got 10 targets last week. Is AJ enough of an upgrade to pull the trigger. My other WRs are Wallace and Stevie Johnson.

  21. atherton32 says:
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    I’m going to offer Foster & Colston for MJD, Bradshaw, & VJax. Is this fair at all on the other side? He has Megatron, Best & Fred Jackson on his bench.

  22. will says:
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    Bowe or Fitzgerald and Newton for Rivers and Gore. As I posted earlier I need a RB.

    Should I do it? If so, which WR should I keep?

  23. exactly says:
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    in line with buying low, is this a good deal: s. greene and m. thomas for v. jackson?

  24. Blain Train says:
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    I just traded AJ Green & Jermaine Gresham for Miles Austin & Matt Ryan. Did I do okay?

    I have Tebow as my only other QB; I have Gates & Pettigrew at TE also.

  25. Heraldo says:
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    10 Team Non-PPR, Standard Scoring.

    I have an offer to trade Marshall for Tolbert. Should I?

    My Team:
    QB: Tebow/Hasselback
    RB: Forte, Hardesty, Helu, Hunter, Grant
    WR: Wallace, Bowe, Lloyd, Marshall, Harvin
    TE: Gates, Pettigrew

    I obviously need another running back and he needs another WR. Is this a worthwhile trade despite my obvious need?

  26. Plainview says:
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    Shonn Green and DeMarco Murray for Michael Turner?

  27. broadstreetbrawler says:
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    1 ppr – colston and mathews or fitz and turner?

  28. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @DP: He’ll probably get his starting job when he gets back, but its not a guarantee. If there’s quality on the waiver wire I wouldn’t have a problem with it

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    Asher Molk says:
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    @MJL: I like it!

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    Asher Molk says:
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    @kyle: I think thats a little much to give up for Bowe. Desean and Bowe are actually pretty close, and if/when Jahvid comes back you’ll want him

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    Asher Molk says:
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    @barker: I’d make Brown more of a priority than Gaffney. And I’d drop Lance Moore for either Helu or Brown, but probably not the rest of those guys

  32. TRADE says:
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    Whatup Asher!

    In my 12 team PPR league I offered my Flacco, Best, and Torain for Aaron Rodgers. What do you think? Do you think Best will come back and be good again this year?

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    @BAM: I think I’d pull the trigger on that, although its kinda close. Me and Mike think Percy is a good buy low, although risky- he’ll help since its a return yardage league. I think Hardesty takes value away from Hillis (although it seems like Hillis is a much better player). I still like Daniel Thomas, so I think its a decent deal

  34. exactly says:
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    Also any other buy lows? I really don’t see anyone giving up on ryan mathews after 1 slow week.

  35. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Super: I think that trade is pretty damn close. I like Dez a little more than Maclin, and Newton a little more than Stafford. I don’t think either party involved in that deal gave away too much. I do think Demarco can be good- thats not the issue. Its just that if you can get someone more proven and substantial for him I’d probably do it. Your team is super good, I don’t think I’d change anything else.

  36. Wilsonian says:
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    I appreciate the sound advice last week, although I didn’t get the win (thanks to the near blankings of VJax and Holmes). Now I’ve got some serious injury bugs running through my squad which forced me to drop Ingram and Lynch for some live bodies. Here’s my roster as it stands currently for Week 8:

    QB: Cam
    WR: VJax
    WR: Smiff (CAR)
    WR: AJ Green
    RB: CJ No K
    RB: JStew
    TE: A-Her
    W/R: Antonio Brown
    BN: Beanie
    BN: Blount
    BN: Forte
    BN: Holmes
    BN: Finley
    BN: Rivers

    Do you think I need to make any moves to my team? No one seems to need a QB, as I’ve offered up Cam and Rivers and no one is biting – I do get offers like Cruz for Cam, however. I do have these offers out: Rivers for DJax; Finley for Colston; JStew for Hillis.

    What do you think of those offers? Do I need to set my sights higher or do you think I can stand pat with my roster as-is?

  37. Asher Molk

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    @chuck: I’m beginning to shy away from CJ2K for now. He just doesn’t look like the same player, hold off on him. But if the AP and Foster owners are willing to deal, I’d do just about anything to get either of those guys. If you can give any of your WRs straight up for them I’d do it. I’d also package in pretty much any of your RBs for them too. They are that valuable. Feel free to follow up with me!

  38. Asher Molk

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    @Super: I really do think Demarco Murray can be good, that isn’t the issue. The issue is that he may not be able to stay healthy, he’ll likely be involved in some sort of committee approach when Felix gets back, and he doesn’t face the Rams every week. There’s a definite chance I’m wrong about all that, but if I could get him for a proven RB1 I’d probably do it. I’d probably want to keep Mendenhall- him and Austin are hovering around top 12 at their position, but RBs are more important to have than WRs.

  39. Asher Molk

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    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I’d probably rate them Crabtree, Brown and Gaffney far behind. Brown has some real upside if Ward keeps getting hurt or gets phased out of the starting lineup. The order of QBs I’d probably go Kolb, Sanchez, Smith, Cassel, Beck, Painter, but its a mish mosh- Freeman is better than all of those guys. And I do think Daniel Thomas will get something going, he’s still a good buy low. Reggie Bush isn’t an every down back.

  40. Asher Molk

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    @Scott: I’d lean Victor Cruz, but keep an eye on Thomas. Tebow targeted him a bunch.

  41. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Ryan: I’d highly recommend trying to find someone else to drop- who knows what Shanahan will do. But if you must, keep Torain for now.

  42. Asher Molk

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    @elwood blues: You don’t have too much to deal right now, but see if you can maybe sell Steven Jackson to him for Mathews. Wouldn’t recommend trading Wallace. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if you stood pat during the bye weeks/until Best gets healthy if you cannot get a deal. Keep me updated if you’d like!

  43. Asher Molk

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    @timmy riggins: Shonn Greene has looked a little better, but he’s faced two rush defenses ranked 20th or lower his past three games. He’s still not that talented and can only get what’s blocked. If Shonn Greene isn’t a starter of yours or you have better RBs, then I’d give him for Austin. And probably go Braylon if he plays- Leonard almost never gets the ball.

  44. Asher Molk

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    @jdubs: Not bad at all! RBs way more important than TEs

  45. Asher Molk

    Asher Molk says:
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    @Andy: As long as you have Ben Tate rostered as a handcuff to Foster, I think this is a pretty good deal. Don’t love giving away Gore (RBs are very important) but getting Fitz and VJax would be fantastic. The deal may be closer than you think, but I’d pull the trigger. And you’re welcome!

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    @will: You do desperately need a RB, thats for sure. But Rivers is proving to be such a downgrade from Newton, and I’d really want Newton in a keeper league. I’d recommend trying to find another deal.

  47. Asher Molk

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    @stumanji: I’d probably keep Manningham and Thomas. Thomas has upside, and I think a Manningham explosion is coming- he’s still the definite number 2 option in the passing game.

  48. Asher Molk

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    @atherton32: Wouldn’t do that if I was you. I cannot really ever imagining trading Arian Foster…he’s probably the most valuable player in fantasy football. Just make sure you have Ben Tate.

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    @will: Really don’t think you should be trading Newton if you can “keeper” him, but I’ll still say I’d rather have Fitz than Bowe, although the gap is seemingly closing between the two.

  50. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: If you have depth at RB, I really like that deal.

  51. Asher Molk

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    @Blain Train: You did absolutely fantastic. Well done.

  52. Asher Molk

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    @Heraldo: No. You really do need an RB, but I considered putting Tolbert on this list. He is the clear-cut number two to Mathews now. Definitely trade for a good RB, but aim higher.

  53. Asher Molk

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    @Plainview: This is interesting- I’ve had all three of these guys on my sell-highs. But Turner carries the most value of those guys. I’d lean yes if you have other good RBs

  54. atherton32 says:
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    @ashermolk The only reason I have thought about it is because I am struggling and my RB2 is Ingram. Plus this is a keeper league and I can’t keep Foster any longer. Still a bad idea?

  55. Asher Molk

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    @broadstreetbrawler: I like the Colston/Mathews side a little more

  56. Asher Molk

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    @TRADE: Hey there! There’s a very good possibility Jahvid comes back like he was playing, but Arian Foster and Aaron Rodgers are vying for the best fantasy football players on earth. Can rarely give up too much to get those guys. I like it.

  57. EWE25 says:
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    Would you trade A. Bradshaw for Jimmy Graham? 10 team standard league. No TE league (TE same as a WR spot) 1 qb, 2 rb, 3 wr, K, Def

    my squad:
    Qb: Manning, Big Ben
    Rb: R. Rice, F. Jackson, A. Bradshaw, W. McGahee, D. Thomas, R. Grant
    WR: L. Fitzgerald, H. Nicks, A. Boldin, O. Daniels, P. Harvin, N. Washington

  58. TV says:
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    Asher
    Rest of season, who do you like in a ppr?

    Demarco or DHB

    thanks

  59. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: I agree, but I’ve learned to never be surprised by how some people think. I really think even though he has good perceived value, he still may be underrated. Other guys that come to mind are Torain/Helu, Percy Harvin (if you can get him for very cheap), even Hillis may be underrated. My recommendation is to look at the buy lows from previous weeks and keep on buying, i.e. Manningham and Fitzgerald.

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    @Wilsonian: You still have an incredibly strong team. I wouldn’t give away Newton- he’s a top 5 QB. I know how you feel though, I’ve been suffering from the injury bug myself. I like all of those deals you just said- I’d especially be interested in trading away Finley since you have Hernandez. Standing pat wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if none of your deals went thru- again, your team is great.

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    @atherton32: I still think its a bad idea, here’s why: Although you cannot keep Foster anymore, I still don’t love the guys you are getting as keepers (maybe with the exception of VJax). Foster is the best RB in fantasy. If you have any shot at making the playoffs I’d keep him. But if you are at the bottom of the standings and you still want to trade Foster, you can get a much better deal than that in my opinion, and one in which you can get a very solid keeper.

  62. Asher Molk

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    @EWE25: If you can start an RB at flex, I wouldn’t do it since you don’t have to start a TE. But since you didn’t mention a flex, I think its a pretty fair deal. Jimmy Graham should have at least very good WR2 numbers by the end of the year. Just remember that RB depth is incredibly important, the deal doesn’t come without risk.

  63. Asher Molk

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    @TV: Probably Demarco because he’s an RB.

  64. Wilsonian says:
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    @Asher Molk: thanks! I’m just going to leave those deals hanging out there, see what happens. The injury bug has killed me, and I’m sitting at 3-4 and in next to last place, but a couple good weeks and I’m back in the race.

  65. stumanji says:
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    Trade DeMarco for Sproles in PPR?

  66. hideousmutants says:
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    Starting to get tired of waiting for Chris Johnson. I got him in a steal of a trade so he doesn’t mean as much to me as someone who drafted him. Would you trade Johnson to get Ryan Mathews?

  67. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: Wow, thats odd that 1 game below .500 is next to last- sounds like your still in it then. Injuries are the worst…but I really like your team and would be surprised if you didn’t finish quite strong.

  68. Asher Molk

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    @stumanji: I’d do that deal

  69. Asher Molk

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    @hideousmutants: At this point, definitely

  70. Michael says:
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    Advice – 10 team league, standard scoring. Starts 3 WRs (including TEs if wanted). Have Colt McCoy as QB. Trying to trade one of our WRs Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Hackim Nicks, Maclin and AJ Green.

    The guy wants Andre for Tebow. Should I pull the trigger?

  71. Michael says:
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    Related to thread above – Avail QBs in the pool are Dalton, Bradford, Palmer, Beck, Ponder and even Painter.

  72. sit bits says:
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    Who’s the best speculative add in a non-ppr league? Kendall Hunter, Stevan Ridley, or Delone Carter?

  73. Asher Molk

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    @Michael: Definitely not. You can get a better QB than that for Andre. Maybe AJ Green for Tebow. But shop around for the best available QB.

  74. Asher Molk

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    @Michael: Go get Bradford for sure

  75. Asher Molk

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    @sit bits: If you have Gore, then Hunter. If Addai doesn’t play again this week (seems unlikely) then Carter. Otherwise, I’d keep waiting on Ridley.

  76. atherton32 says:
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    @ashermolk THANKS for the advice

  77. Moss says:
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    @Asher

    Hey man, I got offered Vick + Palmer (so I have a backup if Vick goes down) for Romo + Pierre Thomas

    Current RBs are Foster + Tolbert but past Thomas my only bench RBs are Moreno/Ridley

    Would you accept?

  78. Ben says:
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    12 team PPR keeper league
    Is J. Charles worth stashing as a keeper? Do you see him coming back from this injury and being drafted in the first 2-3 rounds?

  79. Adam says:
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    Would u rather have Tate or torain rest of year?
    Skins backs are shaky?
    Thanks!!!

  80. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Ok – You are saying I should buy low on Julio Jones. He is on the wire in two of my leagues and I need to drop a WR to pick him up. Is Julio Jones worthy of a drop of Percy Harvin?

    What other WRs should I use for bait for Julio Jones?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

  81. Robert says:
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    Trade question
    12 team ppr league
    Start 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB, WR or TE)

    RBs: Rice, Hillis, Tolbert, Jacobs, Carter, Maurice Morris
    WRs: Welker, Colston, Jordy Nelson
    TEs: Jimmy Graham, Jake Ballard

    Trade offers: give Colston, Tolbert, Carter, get Nicks and Shonn Greene; give Nelson, Tolbert, Carter get Bowe and Greene; give Hillis and Nelson get Dez Bryant and Nate Burleson.

    I’m inclined to take one of the first two. What do you think?
    Thanks!

  82. Spliff says:
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    @Asher
    Would you trade away run DMC for Jimmy Graham and Hakeem nicks?
    12 team PPR
    My Team after the trade would be:
    Romo, R. White, S. Johnson, F. Gore, D. Murray/Felix Jones, Graham, Nicks

  83. Benny says:
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    Had this proposed to me in my PPR league: His Mendenhall for my Bradshaw. I feel like Mendy might be a good buy low candidate and his 2nd half schedule looks pretty good. Plus I worry about Jacobs stealing carries now that he’s healthy. My only bench RB is Battle, so if Mendenhall continues to blow, I’d have to keep rolling with him. Thoughs?

    Also – what do you think about trading for Stevie Johnson? He’s still got two games on Revis Island on tap. Do you think the rest of his schedule is good enough to make a move for him in leagues?

  84. jonnycat says:
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    I’m still trying to get Manningham. I’ve offered Pierre Garcon and Santonio Holmes for him. Is that too much? I already have Roddy White. I’m thinking Manningham might be more consistent than those other guys.

  85. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Have been holding Ridley and am intrigued to see how the Pats use him out of the bye this week, but someone just dropped Lynch, who has a starting job and two matchups against the Rams left (including wk 11, when I have Foster on bye). Make the move?

  86. Michael says:
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    Thanks for the advice

  87. Chris says:
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    Rest of season (+1 PPR): Santonio Holmes or Deion Branch?

  88. wws26 says:
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    ppr league. We can start 2 rb, 3 wr, and 1 flex. have DMC, Beanie, Battle, Hunter, and Scott @ rb. Lost JC for the year. have Wallace, Byrant, Manningham, Julio Jones, and Little at WR. Start Graham @ TE and Witten in my flex. Do I trade Byrant straight up for Mendenhall?

  89. BAM says:
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    Ok..so I just got a whopper of an offer and I’m not sure if I should take it. As you can tell, we move alot in this league, lol.

    My:
    Hillis/Hardesty/Fitzgerald/Plax

    His:
    D.Thomas/B.Lloyd/P.Harvin/Owen Daniels

    Thoughts?

  90. Steve says:
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    manningham or jenkins this week, and is hillis worth starting this weekend

  91. Jim Parkey says:
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    Concerned Stafford owner w/ no backup qb presently. Who do you like week 7 – Shaun Hill (if he starts) or R. Fitzpatrick? How about week 8 – Fitz (vs. NYJ) or Cutler (@ Eagles) (Det has a bye week 8).

    Thanks!

  92. Asher Molk

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    @Moss: Normally yes, but Pierre Thomas is beginning to regain some of his value, and since you are very thin at RB, I think you need to keep him.

  93. Asher Molk

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    @Ben: I don’t have too much information about his progress- for some people rehab takes longer than others. I think he’s definitely worth stashing in a keeper league just to see how he’s doing by the end of the year. Unless there is crazy value on the waiver wire, I’d stash him.

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    @Adam: If you have Arian, then Tate. But otherwise, keep Torain- he’s got some RB2 upside- a Shanahan favorite, and in line for most of the early down carries with Hightower done.

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    @Mike: I like Julio more than Harvin, but I’d try and find someone with less upside to drop than Harvin though. They both need to be rostered. But make sure you get Julio.

  96. Asher Molk

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    @Robert: The second one for sure. Like it a lot!

  97. Asher Molk

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    @Spliff: I wouldn’t. No doubt you are getting two studs, but you are giving away the most valuable thing in fantasy (especially in PPR): a top 3 RB who catches passes. McFadden may be scary with his injuries, but he should be back after the bye. Keep DMC.

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    @Benny: In non-PPR, I’d consider that trade. But Mendy doesn’t catch nearly as many passes as Bradshaw. I do like Mendy as a buy low, but keep Bradshaw since its PPR. As for Steve Johnson, I think he can put up decent WR2 stats the rest of the way. But you are correct- two meetings with Revis isn’t pretty. It all depends on what you’d give up for him.

  99. Asher Molk

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    @jonnycat: If its a league where you start 3 WRs, its probably a little much, if not decently fair. I like Manningham more than the other two guys, but Painter targets Garcon like crazy (although they are highly inconsistent), and I think Santonio will pick it up kind of soon. If you love Manningham go for it, but its not a steal.

  100. Asher Molk

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    @Michael: My pleasure!

  101. Asher Molk

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    @Chris: Gonna go with Santonio- more opportunity, more talent.

  102. Asher Molk

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    @wws26: I probably would- RB depth is vitally important. Dez could very easily be a WR1 the rest of the way, but RBs > WRs. See if you can trade Witten for another receiver, or package Bryant and Witten for an elite RB1.

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    @BAM: I don’t think you should take it. Thomas and Hillis are pretty close, and Fitzgerald is probably the best player in the deal. Getting rid of Plax would be nice, but I don’t think you’re getting enough in return for Fitz.

  104. Asher Molk

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    @Steve: Manningham by 1000 miles, and start Hillis if you have no better options.

  105. Asher Molk

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    @Jim Parkey: I’ll say Fitzpatrick for both. I’d want to see Shaun Hill get through a game and get back to speed first, and Fitzpatrick is way, way less likely to implode than Cutler. Fitzpatrick isn’t a dynamic option, but he’s pretty safe and low risk.

  106. Mike says:
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    Thanks – in regards to dropping Harvin for Jones.

    My WRs are:

    Mike Wallace
    Mike Williams (TB)
    Santonio Holmes
    Marques Colston
    Percy Harvin
    Mario Manningham

    If you recommend against dropping Harvin, who would I drop?

    Thanks!!!

    Mike.

  107. DKAS says:
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    Get Ahamad Bradshaw or Ryan matthews for giving Antonio Gates in .75 PPR league? My other tight ends are Fred Davis and A.Hernandez.

  108. AlexW says:
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    Nice article again, it’s becoming one of my favorites. Wanted to get some more input, I asked about a trade last week and have since made two others. I gave up a lot but feel like it was worth what I gained. Here we go…

    Traded MJD and Boldin for CJ2K and Brandon Lloyd. Then traded Antonio Gates and Nate Washington for Larry Fitzgerald. Then traded Chris Johnson and Wes Welker for Ray Rice. Team is now as follows:

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    WR Mike Wallace
    WR Larry Fitzgerald
    WR Brandon Lloyd
    RB Ray Rice
    RB Ahmad Bradshaw
    TE Jimmy Graham

    And unsurprisingly, a pretty empty bench :D Thoughts?

  109. Brian says:
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    Trying to trade for VJAX — my wideouts are Holmes, Manningham, Little, Washington. Thinking of a Holmes and Helu package for VJAX.

    If that fails, what do you think about a Holmes for Stevie Johnson trade for me?

  110. Andrew says:
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    Would you trade myself away Demarco Murray, Legarrete Blount. & Steve Breaston for Chris Johnson, & Jeremy Macklin?

  111. Cole says:
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    I have interest from an owner in jon stewart. I have rice, wells(hurt), stewart, battle, and helu. his only player i have interest in is dez. My WRs are wallace and stevie johnson. It’s a ppr league and i have been running 3 rb and 2 wr every week. Would you offer stewart for dez straight up rely on wells and battle to go with rice, or would you stand pat and keep my rb depth? I foresee running 3 wrs more often than i have been, plus i have a fill in for wallace’s bye in week 11. Any insight would be appriciated. Thanks!

  112. chuck says:
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    @Asher Molk:

    with all the injuries at rb – sjax for roddy white or mjd for roddy? ppr league so even though roddy has underperformed he still puts up decent points every week. pull the trigger or continue to target apete and foster? or do I trade white for mjd and target foster with austin or green and a back?

  113. barker says:
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    just accepted a trade thought it was a no brainer

    was offered my garcon and j stew for jennings and sid rice

    my rbs rice cj2k jstew hardesty helu felix
    my wrs colston garcon manningham wllliams tb decker
    it was on the table when i looked at the league and i jumped on it

    what do you think?

  114. genghis chone says:
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    Would you trade DeMarco Murray for Chris Johnson? What about Dez Bryant for Chris Johnson? PPR league. Thanks!

  115. Gorf says:
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    I’m about to get Roddy 1:1 for Shonn Greene from a very desperate imbalanced team and I’m laughing all the way to the bank

  116. Johnny Ringo says:
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    What do you think about a buy low for CJ2K? I’ll start lowish with something like Jackie Battle/Boldin. Thoughts? I’m short on RB since I lost Charles. Full PPR. 12 teams.
    My team:
    QB: Rodgers
    RB: Bradshaw
    WR: Stevie Johnson
    R/W: AJ Green
    R/W: Boldin
    TE: Gates
    K: Bryant
    Def: Ravens
    BN: Antonio Brown
    BN: B. Jacobs
    BN: Spiller
    BN: G. Little
    BN: T. Smith
    BN: Ben Watson (dropping after this week)

    I’m a little worried about CJ2K for the rest of the season but it’s hard to pass up a gamble on first round talent.

  117. paulzone says:
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    i was just offered blount and julio jones for bradshaw. would you do it with this team?

    qb: vick, cam, stafford
    rb: gore, bradshaw, murray, stark, battle
    wr: megatron, welker, antonio brown, floyd
    te: finley, gresham

    0.5 ppr…

  118. Wilsonian says:
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    Looks like I’m dealing Rivers for DJax (maybe a little different, but that’s probably the jist of it). Anyway, I would require a backup QB for next week as Cam will be on BYE. Who’s the better pickup:

    Tebow, Cutler, Freeman, Sanchez?

    Not a huge Tebow guy, but for some reason I’m leaning his way. What do you think?

  119. Atomic says:
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    Thanks for the great article. I just made a trade to get Fitzgerald for Starks and Dalton. I took your advice to go for the best possible trade, and it worked. I would have taken Manningham for Starks, but this was accepted. I’m psyched! :)

  120. Bluety says:
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    I have Vick, CJ, Mark Ingram, Steven Ridley, H. Nicks, J. Maclin, E. Decker, HDB, Plax, J. Witten.

    I have been offered RDMC, Bush, Matthew Standford, B. Jacobs or Vick, ingram, nicks and a nobody should i do this. Im currently 4-2? thanks

  121. Johnny Ringo says:
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    @AlexW:

    Dude what is that an 8 team league? lol. Your team is stacked.

  122. Kdog says:
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    10TM PPR Redraft 7-0 Lead League in scoring
    PPR
    1 Pt per 10 Yds Rush/Rec, 5 Pt Bonus @ 100Yds

    While i am undefeated, my RBs are horrible and injured. I have been offered Chris Johnson while i give up Larry Fitz.

    Think i keep riding my stud WR crew and Jimmy Graham and piece together my RBs or grab Chris Johnson?

    Here’s my current roster:

    QB Stafford
    WR Calvin
    WR H. Nicks
    WR Fitzgerald
    RB J.Best
    RB B.Wells
    TE J.Graham
    WR/RB Dez Bryant
    WR/RB/TE D.Heyward-Bey

    Bench: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Ingram, Addai, Tate, CJ Spiller, Jake Ballard

    So…ride it out or seek RB help?

  123. I’m currently in 1st place (6-1) in an 8 team PPR league. 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1W/R (flex), 1K, 1DEF & 7 bench positions.

    My team:
    QB – Romo, Rivers
    RB – Foster, Mathews, Gore, Wells, Murray
    WR – C. Johnson, Welker, R. White, S. Smith (Car.), Bryant
    TE – Hernandez
    K – Kasay
    DEF – NYJ, NYG

    Dropped Fred Davis to pickup NYG to cover my NYJ on bye.
    Dropped Daniel Thomas to pickup DeMarcus Murray.

    I know my bench is stacked, so I wonder if I should try to target any top players in 2-for-1 trades? Weeks 15 & 16 are the playoffs.

    RB’s I like are McCoy, Rice, C. Johnson, Peterson & F. Jackson.

  124. Asher Molk

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    @Mike: Wow, you are quite loaded at WR. In that case drop Harvin.

  125. Asher Molk

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    @DKAS: Absolutely. Preferably Mathews but still do it for Bradshaw.

  126. Asher Molk

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    @AlexW: Thanks a bunch! Your team is now really stacked. Keep in mind that one injury can put you in trouble, but if you can make it out of the bye weeks in a playoff spot and healthy, you have to be the favorite in your league. Giving up Welker and Chris Johnson MAY have been a little much for Ray Rice, but I don’t hate it. CJ isn’t getting it done, and its never a bad thing when you get Ray Rice. Liking your team, I don’t see any “sell highs” there. You did some exemplary “buying low” and “selling high”.

  127. Asher Molk

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    @Brian: Like the Holmes and Helu for VJax idea. As for Steve Johnson, he’s definitely been better than Holmes and he’s more consistent with a better QB. Its probably an upgrade, but keep in mind Holmes is too talented to continue this cold streak and Johnson has two meetings with Darrelle Revis coming up. Just something to keep in mind.

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    @Andrew: I think I would IF you have other good RBs and Murray and Blount are extra depth. Maclin is great- a high end WR2, but CJ is starting to worry me. But pull the trigger if Blount and Murray are just luxuries on your team- CJ could turn it around at any time.

  129. Asher Molk

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    @Cole: I’d probably pull the trigger on that, but there’s two things to keep in mind: if Deangelo Williams were to go down, Stewart would become a fantastic RB1 overnight, and RB depth is always more important than WR depth. That said, its never smart to count on an injury, and you need upside to win fantasy leagues- Stewart just doesn’t have it with Williams there, but Dez has it in spades. I think you can get by until Wells comes back. Do the trade.

  130. Asher Molk

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    @chuck: I’d continue to try and target AP and Foster, but if that falls through, pull the trigger on the MJD deal. He’s proven me wrong- he seems as healthy as ever and has proven to be matchup proof. Roddy is good, but RBs > WRs. Keep shopping for Foster and AP before making a final decision though.

  131. Asher Molk

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    @barker: Fantastic trade. You filled a hole at WR and got far and away the best player in that deal, well done.

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    @genghis chone: I’d probably pull the trigger on the Murray for CJ deal- just keep in mind that CJ has been struggling mightily and theres a chance it continues. As for Dez for CJ, I’d think a little harder on that. If you are desperate for an RB I’d do it, but those players’ values are becoming closer and closer by the week. CJ catches passes so he has more value in PPR, but I’m worried about him. Feel free to follow up with more questions/comments! I’d need to know your team before telling you a definite answer on the Dez Bryant one.

  133. Asher Molk

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    @Gorf: Beautiful!

  134. Asher Molk

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    @Johnny Ringo: I agree with you- I’m worried but he still has plenty of potential. And in a league where you lost Charles (my condolences), you probably need to take a gamble to regain an edge. I would definitely pull the trigger on Battle and Boldin for CJ. Its a plus that you’re in a PPR league too, as CJ is starting to catch more passes.

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    @paulzone: Definitely not. Like Julio, but Blount’s value takes a major hit in PPR, while Bradshaw catches over 3 passes per game. You have the two best WRs in fantasy- it almost doesn’t matter who is your WR3. Stand pat.

  136. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: I like that trade! For sure Tebow- I am not a Tebow believer in real life, he doesn’t have the accuracy, mechanics or fundamentals to be an NFL QB. But as you see with Newton, a running QB is incredibly valuable in fantasy. Get Tebow- he’s likely a QB1 the rest of the way, not to mention great insurance for Newton.

  137. genghis chone says:
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    @Asher Molk: Thanks for the feedback. 2 QB, PPR league, starting two RBs, two WRs and a RB/WR (along w/ a TE, some IDPs and a K).
    I grabbed some bye week replacements that I’m going to ditch but the skeleton of my team at the moment is:
    QB: Vick, Fitzpatrick, Beck
    RB: Forte, Murray, F. Jones, Tate, Ingram
    WR: Dez, Nicks, J. Jones, Little, DHB
    TE: Gronk
    As you can see, thin at RB (particularly this week, missing Forte) and a little deeper at WR. Just realized that I’m playing the guy I was thinking of trading with this week though, so I dunno. Might try to scrounge up an acceptable RB elsewhere, though I don’t think anyone’s going to bite on Little or DHB, and I’d just as soon keep Dez, Nicks and Julio Jones since I can play all of them.

  138. Asher Molk

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    @Atomic: You’re very welcome! I’m very glad my advice helped. I’ve learned never to be surprised at how people think, and that there is no harm in seeing if an inferior trade would go through before you offer the best you can. I appreciate the feedback!

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    @Bluety: This is one of the toughest questions I have come across. Honestly, I think I’d lean no on that trade. There is no doubt that CJ and Ingram haven’t been all they’ve hyped up to be, and its necessary to have good RBs to win. But the solution isn’t to give away Vick and Nicks in my opinion. Stafford is good, but he’s been struggling of late and doesn’t possess the upside of Vick. DMC is fantastic, but if you’re 4-2 with those guys, the only way for Ingram and CJ to go is up.

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    @Kdog: In your situation I’d probably say go for it. You need healthy RBs, and even though CJ is struggling he fits that description. Your receiving corps is beyond elite, and you can take a hit there to satisfy the most pressing need of all- RBs. CJ is catching more passes too, which should soften some of the blow.

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    @FlashPenguin: Holy crap, seems like most of the “top players” are on your team! My only recommendation would be to package some sort of combo (not all of them) of Steve Smith, Gore, Murray and maybe even Mathews for a top 5 RB, such as Rice, McFadden, or McCoy. Other than that, you are beyond set.

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    @genghis chone: In your case, I’d probably trade Dez for CJ then, but its not a sure win for you. But you need RBs to win, and CJ still has the upside. I’d also be more comfortable if J. Jones was Julio, not James. Its a risky trade, but one I’d highly consider.

  143. Fernando says:
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    10 team standard league; qb, wr, rb, te, w/r, w/r, w/r, k, def 6 bench

    My team:
    Qb Romo, Big Ben, Tebow;
    Wr R.White and Manningham;
    Rb Peterson, S. Jackson, F Gore, Murray, D. Thomas, Battle, Helu
    Te gresham

    An 0-6 opponent owns A. Foster. So I’ve been feeding his ear about giving up Foster and try to get something (spread his points out with multiple players). Even without winning a game he’s been a rock. However, he’s showing signs … So, I offered Ben, Jackson, and Murray for A. Foster. It was rejected and countered with Ben, Gore, and Jackson. Too much. Gore, White and Peterson are not part of this trade. With all that being said,

    > What do you think of this trade?
    > Counter with … ?
    > Thoughts and opinions? Please!

  144. Fernando says:
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    Update to my Note #145.
    I think I would trade Ben, Gore, and … anyone else lower than S. Jackson …
    Murray, D. Thomas, Battle, Helu

  145. GeorgeWomp says:
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    Hey Asher, still loving the trade article, again, we need more of these articles. I have a question:

    would you trade murray for colsten?

    Im in a 10 team league with 3wr, 2 rb, and a flex. my wrs are wallace, fitzy, lloyd, heyward-bey, greg little, david nelson. My rbs are rice, mccoy, murray, battle, and tolbert.

    Thanks Man,
    GerogeWomp

  146. Asher Molk

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    @Fernando: To be honest, I’d highly consider the Ben, Gore and Steven Jackson for Arian. Its tough to give too much for the best player in fantasy football. You have very little need for Ben, and giving Gore and Jackson for Foster is probably not too much. You’re lineup would be: Romo, White, Peterson, Gresham, Foster (with AP!), Manningham (explosion likely coming), and Murray or Thomas (who I expect to give RB2 production when all is said and done). Its ok if you really aren’t comfortable doing this deal, but if you could also squeeze a decent TE out of him I’d have a tough time saying no. What do you think?

  147. Super says:
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    Asher,

    Thanks for the advice. I feel much better about the Cam/Maclin for Stafford/Dez trade. Also, all your articles of buy/low-sell/high have been awesome. That’s the reason I picked up Manningham and McFadden. Keep up the awesome articles!

  148. Rocky says:
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    With McCoy, Mendenhall, Gore, Best, and Murray as my rb’s, I am trying to get an elite WR. I have Nicks and Marshall already but not entirely satisfied with Marshall’s performance thus far. Would you trade Mendenhall for Fitzgerald? Vincent Jackson, Miles Austin, Andre, and Dez were the other wideouts I targetted but their owners were ripping me off.

  149. Benny says:
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    In a .5 ppr with 1pt for every 20 return yds, do I start Steve Johnson or Antonio Brown? And let me just applaud you for the phenomenal job you’re doing in answering everyone’s questions in the comments. Great work!

  150. Wilsonian says:
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    @Asher Molk: hey man, just wanted to thank you for the excellent job you’re doing in responding to these comments and thanks for the advice. I liked the Rivers for DJax deal too, especially when I can snag Tebow as insurance.

    Anyway, one more for the road – who do you like this week: JStew, Lynch or Ingram?

    What about for the rest of the year?

    I’ve got Stew now, but I also have Cam and Smiff, so I don’t like having TOO many guys from one team.

  151. Matt says:
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    12 Team PPR League – 2 Divisions – (6 pt. Pass TDs) – Currently tied for first in my division. Start Qb,Rb,Rb,Wr,Wr,Te,D,K

    Current Roster Below (Starters have *)

    Qb

  152. Matt says:
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    12 Team PPR League – 2 Divisions – (6 pt. Pass TDs) – Currently tied for first in my division. Start Qb,Rb,Rb,Wr,Wr,Flex(Wr/Rb)Te,D,K

    Current Roster Below (Starters have *)

    Qb-*Cam, Romo
    Rb-*CJ2K, *D.Murray,*Ingram,Lynch,P.Thomas,LT
    Wr-*Megatron,*M.Austin,Harvin,M.Thomas(cutting)
    TE-*Graham
    D-Giants
    K-Novak

    Do I trade Cam,DeMarco Murray,Harvin, LT for Mendenhall,Fitzgerald,and Addai?

    Any and all input/advice is much appreciated.

  153. Chad says:
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    Asher,

    I just found your website and think I’m going to have to come back regularly! I have a trade offer that I’d like to run by you to get your opinion. I’m in a 12 man, non-PPR league that starts 2 RB and 3 WR.

    I have:
    RB: S Jackson, D Thomas, S Greene, C Benson
    WR: H Nicks, M Wallace, AJ Green, M Thomas, G Little

    He has:
    RB: R Mendenhall, M Tolbert, F Jones, S Ridley
    WR: R White, A Boldin, E Decker, P Parker

    He has been completely frustrated with White and Mendenhall and has offered me both of them for AJ Green and Cedric Benson. Am I crazy for thinking about it too much or do you think White and Mendenhall are busts?

  154. Anthony says:
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    @Asher Molk: Yo i just put in a waiver claim for Mike Williams ( TB WR ) There is also a kid looking for a running back and im going to see if i can grab colsten from him for one of my backs. Do you think I can competete and make the playoffs with this team assuming my waiver for Williams goes through?

    QB. Rodgers RB. Mendenhall RB. Matthews. Flex. Benjarvus Green Ellis WR. Miles Austin WR2. David Nelson TE. Gates. K Billy Cundiff. D. Packers
    Bench: Tebow, LT, Mcgahee, Best

    PS: What do u think is a fair trade for Colsten ? – he just had 2 huge weeks and the guy wants a RB sooooo

  155. Benny says:
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    Another quick question – who’d you rather have the rest of the year – Welker or Ausin. This would be in half-point PPR league.

  156. Matt p says:
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    Hows this for the worst/best trade of all time? A kid in my league who’s usually pretty savvy traded Rodgers, Foster and Tate for Forte, Blount, Earnest Graham, and Hernandez!! Granted the kid who trade away Rodgers had Cam Newton, McCoy, and Andre, but still, this has to be one of the dumbest trades ever, no matter which way you look at it. Now the other kids lineup is Rodgers, Foster, CJ2K, Welker, Dez, Roddy, and Vernon Davis. If he wins the league because of this trade i may never talk to that kid again. Any thoughts?

  157. Asher Molk

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    @GeorgeWomp: Absolutely I would. Murray’s value will never be higher, and the likelihood of him being a featured back when Felix gets back isnt great. Even if he does, I’m not expecting RB1 production. Colston looks healthy and aside from Jimmy Graham is Brees’s number one target, especially in the red zone. Colston will be at least a WR2 for the rest of the year if he remains healthy. I say go for it.

  158. Asher Molk

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    @Super: Thank you very much! Glad I could help, your team looks great

  159. Jamie M says:
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    PPR League- I offered Darren Sproles and Miles Austin for Arian Foster and AJ Green. I have a good chance for the playoffs and noticed AJ Greens schedule is very weak for the fantasy playoffs and Arian’s is a gift from heaven. This is a good trade for me, right?

  160. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: If you can play an RB at flex, I really don’t think I’d do it. RB depth is way more important than good WRs, and I think Mendenhall can be at least a low-end RB1 the rest of the way. So far, Kolb hasn’t looked a ton better than the “quarterbacks” that were throwing to Fitzgerald in 2010. Don’t get me wrong, Fitzgerald will finish as a WR1 when all is said and done, but I’d probably keep Mendy. Do you have a flex spot?

  161. Asher Molk

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    @Benny: Thanks, I appreciate it! I think its only responsible for me to answer everyone if I put up an article like this- I encourage questions. And good question: as you probably know, the great part about people like Antonio Brown in return yardage leagues is that they always get you some kind of points. Facing the 32nd ranked Patriots pass defense giving up a whopping 322 passing ypg in a likely shootout, I think Antonio Brown is a strong play. If Hines Ward ends up missing the game, I say go with Brown for sure. Steve Johnson is always a good option, but I think Brown has more upside. But again, if Hines Ward plays it becomes closer.

  162. Asher Molk

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    @Wilsonian: Its my pleasure! Your team is looking mighty fine. Well this one is pretty easy I believe: Stewart, because its not looking like Ingram or Lynch will even play. And don’t worry about starting too many guys on one team, its a myth that its bad for fantasy especially if those guys are your best options. Start Stewart with confidence.

  163. Asher Molk

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    @Matt: Cam Newton has proven to be a top 5 QB this year- I’d hate to trade him, but in this situation I think you are getting a good enough deal. With CJ2k struggling and Ingram injured, Mendenhall fills a much needed hole, and Fitzgerald is a good buy low still- I’m willing to bet plenty he’ll finish the season as a WR1. You still have Romo, and you get a major upgrade at WR and RB. I’d do it.

  164. Asher Molk

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    @Chad: Sounds fantastic, looking forward to having you as a reader! And wow, jump all over that deal. Benson is a low upside RB2 with no gamebreaking ability left, and although AJ Green has performed fantastic, I have no reason to believe that Roddy White will continue his slow season. This is an absolute steal for you, accept and don’t look back. The guy who is offering you this trade is a perfect example of an impatient owner- the exact kind of person who you target with buy lows and sell highs. Love the deal.

  165. Asher Molk

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    @Anthony: First of all, anytime Aaron Rodgers is on your team, you have a fantastic chance to win. I’d probably try and offer him BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He was in my sell high a few weeks back. Although its beginning to look like he’ll retain a decent role, its impossible to guarantee that, especially with Woodhead coming back and Ridley still lurking. I wouldn’t give him Mendy or Mathews though. And Best is due back after the bye next week, so he can be your flex again.

  166. Asher Molk

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    @Benny: Definitely Welker in a non PPR league, and more than definitely Welker in any sort of PPR league. It isn’t very close in my opinion, although Austin is still great.

  167. Asher Molk

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    @Matt p: Wow, getting Rodgers and the number 1 RB going forward (Foster) for pretty much Forte (who is simply amazing), a boom or bust RB2 with injury problems (Blount) and a good TE is quite a steal. Sadly, thats part of fantasy football- you hate when trades like that go through to other guys, but you’re jumping up and down if you get a steal like that. I’m 99% sure you’re not serious about literally never talking to him again, but either way fantasy is supposed to be something fun and competitive that brings friends together, not the opposite. Who knows- maybe one of his guys will get hurt or you’ll find a trade nearly as beneficial!

  168. Asher Molk

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    @Jamie M: Whenever you are getting Arian Foster, its a good trade for you. I love it.

  169. Jamie M says:
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    Thanks man. really agree with your buy lows and sell highs by the way. Also in the ppr, I made a Jahvid Best for Roddy White deal. His injury risk really scared me. My team, PPR:
    QB-Romo, Fitzpatrick
    RB- McCoy, Sproles, Best(trading), Benson, LT
    WR- Austin, Bowe, Boldin, Crabtree, Roddy(soon to be)
    TE- Witten

    I figured I would get Roddy for his great fantasy playoff stretch, and sell Austin now with sproles to get Arian. I really am banking on Roddy though…Should I be?

  170. Jamie M says:
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    ..and we can start 2 RB, 2 WR, and a flex

  171. Asher Molk

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    @Jamie M: That trade is actually pretty close. In a PPR league, Jahvid Best is a top 10 back and a great flex play. But I do agree with you that his injury history (especially with concussions) makes him a high risk player. Roddy White is the opposite- he has produced year in and year out, and there is little reason to think that will change, he has a very high floor. It makes it a lot better that you can start Roddy at flex though. Just don’t kick yourself if Best finishes strong after his return from the bye. But again, not a bad trade at all, especially if the one for Foster goes through. Liking your team.

  172. James Worthy says:
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    I’m trying to package two or three RBs for another top tier RB. I have A. Foster, Benson, Torain, Battle, D. Thomas, Ingram and M. Morris. Having 7 RBs in a 2 RB 1 Flex league isn’t ideal, but I can’t imagine dropping any except Morris if Best comes back healthy.

    Would you package Torain and Benson for Gore?
    Torain, Benson and Morris for Fred Jackson?

  173. Asher Molk

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    @James Worthy: I like both of those trades. You probably know this but I’ll say it anyway: the strategy you are employing will work best on a owner who maybe has only 1 good running back. For example, if a guy has Arian Foster but his RB2 is someone like Knowshon Moreno, he may go for something like this. And preferably look for someone close to the bottom of the standings. Happy trading, feel free to ask any follow up questions!

  174. PBurke5 says:
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    Help please. 12 team league, Romo’s my starting QB and Fitzpatrick is my backup. With Romo’s bye done, I offered an owner (who needs a QB) Fitzpatrick and Breaston for VJax. He countered Fitzpatrick and Lloyd for VJax.

    My other WR are Wallace and Steve Johnson. We start 3 WR, no flex.

    I feel like Lloyd could be in for a big second half, but this still seems like an upgrade at my WR3 spot. Thoughts?

  175. Rocky says:
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    Mendenhall, Gore, McCoy, Best, and Murray as my rb’s plus Nicks and Marshall as my wr. I was offered Gore for VJax straight up but not really tempted to do it that way. I like VJax but wonder if should offer Mendenhall and Little/Crabtree for VJax instead of Gore. 9ers are using Gore effectively this year and that’s my fav team too haha.

  176. Rocky says:
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    Mendenhall, Gore, McCoy, Best, and Murray as my rb’s plus Nicks and Marshall as my wr. I was offered Gore for VJax straight up but not really tempted to do it that way. I like VJax but wonder if should offer Mendenhall and Little/Crabtree for VJax instead of Gore. 9ers are using Gore effectively this year and that’s my fav team too haha. Oh and there is a flex in this league.

  177. Asher Molk

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    @PBurke5: I agree with you. Do the deal, VJax is an upgrade.

  178. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: Since there is a flex in this league, I’d stand pat. I believe I’ve explained how important RB depth is, so I’ll save you some reading! When you have very strong RBs and good WRs at your 1 and 2 spot, it really doesn’t matter too much who is at the third spot. Having a platoon of Crabtree and Little at your WR3 with 3 stud RBs in your lineup will be more than enough to form a winning squad.

  179. Rocky says:
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    Yeah thanks for the reassurance, just overreacting to a loss I had last week by 3 pts, hoping that Mendenhall would do better. I was offered Maclin for Murray as well, this deal is decent right? I just don’t like the corners Marshall is going to face later in the season so I am bit tentative.

  180. Asher Molk

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    @Rocky: I’d do that trade for sure. Just be aware that Murray may have another good game this week against a bad run defense, but Maclin is a high-end WR2 the rest of the way. I like it

  181. Matt p says:
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    Would you give up Fitzgerald and Santonio for Vincent, Julio, and Green-Ellis? The rest of my RBs are Rice, Mendenhall, Starks, Addai, Carter, and Best and my WRs are Calvin, Demaryius, Decker, and Little.

  182. Fernando says:
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    Hi Asher. Thanks for responding to all our questions. Personally, I can say this site has been very helpful. Well, update to my question #145 and your response #148. I spoke with another member of my league (my brother) and asked for his opinion on the possible trade (note #145). He surprised me by saying I should forget that trade and look at his team and work with him. His record (2-5) and lack of production from his qb’s (Rivers, Flacco) has him ready to do almost anything. So, throwing a dart in the dark, I told him trade me Bradshaw for Ben. He said he may do it.

    > Is this a fair deal? Which one would you go for #145 or this one? and any other thoughts? Thanks.

    His team
    qb Rivers, Flacco
    rb Rice, Bradshaw and Jacobs, Blount, B. Scott, K. Williams
    wr Colston, Bryant, Maclin
    te V. Davis, D. Keller

    Note #145 was about a trade proposal: A. Foster for Ben, Gore, and S. Jackson

  183. exactly says:
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    @asher: hillis is really pissing me off:

    trade hillis and mike thomas for s. holmes, demaryious and ridley?

    I like holmes’ upside with an easy jets passing sched coming up and cleveland’s sched is awful.

  184. Asher Molk

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    @Matt p: Its very close. RB depth is nice, but I fully expect Fitzgerald to do at least as well as VJax the rest of the way, probably better, and he’s less of an injury risk. Santonio will probably pick it up soon, and I think him and Julio are close as well. Having another RB is never a bad thing though…I’d lean no, but I don’t feel too strongly either way.

  185. Asher Molk

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    @Fernando: Honestly, I’d go get Arian- he is the fantasy football player with the most value. He has a ridiculous 286 receiving yards his past three games, showing how they are getting him more involved for the passing game as well as running behind the best line in football. Battle and Thomas will be perfectly fine backups for the two top RBs in fantasy- AP and Foster. Thats what I would do, at least! I’m very glad this site has been helpful to you

  186. Asher Molk

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    @exactly: I wouldn’t. Hardesty isn’t impressing, and while he may siphon some carries, Hillis will return as the primary runner and passing down RB (although he won’t play this week). RBs are the most important position, and while I like Santonio, its not enough to give away a probable RB2. I’d be frustrated too, though.

  187. Bluety says:
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    I have Vick, CJ, Mark Ingram, Steven Ridley, H. Nicks, J. Maclin, E. Decker, HDB, Plax, J. Witten.

    Would you trade Ridley, Redman and Nicks for Best, Morris and A. Johnson?

  188. Asher Molk

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    @Bluety: I would indeed. Best is coming back after next week’s bye, and even though Andre isn’t playing this week, its looking like he’ll return next week.

  189. Allen says:
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    My current WRs are Austin, S.Smith (CAR), AJ Green and Manningham and my TEs are Finley and Aaron Hernandez. In my league we start 2 WRs, 2 RBs and a WR/RB/TE flex position. Hernandez and AJ Green are keepers for next year because I got both of them late in the draft and would hate to give them up. Making Finley and Austin sort of expendable. Also don’t know if it is worth hanging on to both TEs because of injury concerns.

    I am one of those getting a little frustrated with M.Austin and has an opportunity to trade Austin and Finley for Andre Johnson. Am I giving up too much to get Andre?

  190. Eric from Kzoo says:
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    I am sitting at 6-1 with McFadden and F.Jackson as my running backs. would you give up Daniel Thomas and Michael Bush for Chris Johnson? My thoughts are I have the depth to take a chance. What do you think?

  191. Asher Molk

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    @Allen: I don’t think you are giving up too much- its pretty fair. The fact that you have Hernandez makes Finley more expendable. I’d probably do that deal.

  192. Asher Molk

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    @Eric from Kzoo: I would love it, but giving up Michael Bush is a very risky proposition since you have McFadden- you saw how brittle he is. But that said, you have to take risks to win fantasy leagues, and I think this may be worth it. Although I’ve become worried about him, CJ has the potential to absolutely explode still- just be aware that you may be kicking yourself if DMC goes down. Try and see if he will take another one of your bench RBs instead of Bush, but if not, still do the deal.

  193. Max Singh says:
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    I am trying to do something to save my suddenly very weak team. Following DMC injury all I have is this lineup

    QB. Romo, Tebow
    RB. DMC, Blount, Best (All hurt), KMoreno, DThomas, BScott (My starters :(
    WR. VJAX,Desean, Sidney, Trade processing( I get RegWayne for Harvin)
    TE. Owen and Jermichael

    Can i give away tebow and DJAX for Mike Vick, and then trade Romo for a better WR? Are Tebow an DJAX worth Vick?

    Thanks for ur help, sorry for the long question.

  194. Will says:
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    I’m trying to flip ingram and witten for a solid flex player… Any thoughts on shooting for Murray or CJ2K? or any other ideas? I just want a dependable 10 every week. Non ppr.

    I’d still have Gronk at TE, Foster and Mathews at RB, Jennings, Vjax, DHB, and Rice at WR

  195. Asher Molk

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    @Max Singh: No problem, sorry its taken me a while to respond. First of all, I don’t think it was a smart move giving Wayne for Harvin. But it looks like Blount is coming back and will be assuming 3rd down duties- a plus for him. As far as giving away Tebow and DJax for Vick, I’m totally for it. Vick is in for an absolute monster of a second half. Just make try to have a trade lined up for Romo before you execute it.

  196. Asher Molk

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    @Will: For now, I’d hold onto Ingram to see if he could play this week. Its always important to have RB depth, especially considering you have Mathews on your team who is likely to miss this week’s game. But I like the idea of trading Witten- try to get a solid WR for him, that would be my recommendation. My new article will be up soon, feel free to check in again with me there or on Twitter!

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