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Arizona at Baltimore

Kevin Kolb cannot be trusted as a fantasy starter most weeks, especially against the Ravens defense. Coming off a terrible loss to the Jags, expect the Ravens to come out hungry against a reeling Cardinals offense missing their star running back… sit Kolb. The Cardinals have been quiet about Beanie Wells’ injury but there is reason to believe he will miss 1-2 weeks. He conceded Monday that it’s “badly swollen” – if he’s on your team, start searching for viable alternative. Considering the Cardinals are playing the Ravens, I’m not going to recommend any of the Cardinals RBs. Alfonso Smith is an undrafted free agent and backup talent at best; he will be splitting with LaRod Stephens-Howling and possibly Chester Taylor. Not only do none of these guys have special talent, but the touches won’t be there either. This could prove to be a tough matchup for Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals will struggle to run and pass, but he’s impossible to sit. On pace for 1,347 receiving yards, don’t over think this one- keep him in your fantasy lineups. Early Doucet continues to be the Cardinals only other notable WR – he’s drawing single coverage and has at least five receptions in three of the last four games. He’s worth WR3 consideration most weekly but I would stay away from him against the Ravens.

Joe Flacco continues to disappoint owners who were expecting a breakout season. He’s averaging only 6.7 yards per attempt and only completing 52 percent of his passes – both are the worst statistically in his four year career. After throwing for just 137 yards on 38 attempts last week, you can hopefully do better for your starting QB. But don’t feel to bad if he’s in your lineup- the Cardinals cannot defend the pass. After Terrell Suggs called out the Ravens’ coaching staff for not getting Ray Rice the ball enough against the Jags, I’m expecting a monster workload against the Cardinals. He remains one of the few true every down backs in the league – chalk last week up as a fluke, he’s still an RB1. Anquan Boldin continued to struggle to create separation against the Jags but salvaged his fantasy day with a TD. Boldin isn’t the WR he used to be and will continue to struggle – sell high while you still can. In this ball-control offense there isn’t enough attempts for Torrey Smith to have production. He’s a third or fourth option on a team that runs the ball often and struggles to get first downs – keep the deep-threat on your bench if you can. Ed Dickson is averaging 37.2 yards per game – he is not an option.

Minnesota at Carolina

Christian Ponder impressed in his first career start, throwing for 219 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions – also adding 31 yards on the ground. He should that he’s an obvious upgrade over Donovan McNabb but that doesn’t mean he’s a fantasy starter. With Adrian Peterson setting up the pass, there should be places to throw the ball. The Vikings, however, still need to work on their receivers’ effectiveness. As declared by Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson, Peterson is now playing “better than he has at any point in his life.” Currently, that notion is difficult to object. Health is the only thing that can hold AP back in this juicy matchup, so expect more RB1 number from the most violent runner in the league. Michael Jenkins took over as Ponder’s favorite target and caught three passes for a career-high 111 yards and a TD. A repeat of these number are extremely unlikely: not only does Michael Jenkins lack special talent but this is his first 100-yard performance in EIGHT years…. He’s worth monitoring but temper your expectations – he’s only broken 50 yards twice in 7 games this season. Devin Aromashodu led all Vikings WRs with 61 snaps but caught only one pass and can’t be counted on for fantasy production. The Ponder experiment has to excite Percy Harvin owners. With Bernard Berrian gone, he should be an every down player and it looks like Ponder can get him the ball. There have never been any questions about Harvin’s talent and if he gets the opportunity, he will produce. The Vikings have penciled him in for this week and if he can recover from his ailing ribs – he makes for an interesting buy-low. Visanthe Shiancoe pulled out a TD in Ponder’s first start and currently looks like a viable TE2 option – just don’t expect TE1 numbers with the presence of Kyle Rudolph.

Cam Newton continues to impress me with his abilities. He blows by defenses running and stands in the pocket delivering accurate throws on blitzes. Newton is a special talent that will change the way the quarterback position is played – if you’re lucky enough to have him as your QB, keep him rolling. Jonathan Stewart is beginning to separate himself from DeAngelo Williams in all facets of the game. Stewart has proven to be extremely talented whenever given the opportunity but Williams continues to steal attempts each week. Stewart maintains his value through goal-line carries and receptions and looks like a solid RB2/flex play in this matchup. Williams is becoming less valuable by the week and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change. Only 55 total yards a game with 1 TD on the season – he’s a low-end flex play at best… if you have other options, bench him. Steve Smith continues to prove his connection with Newton is not a fluke – already up to 818 yards on the season – you’d be hard pressed to find 4 better WRs in the league. The rotation of Legadu Naanee and Brandon LaFell continues to kill the fantasy value of all Carolina WRs not named Steve Smith. Greg Olsen is coming off a one catch, 4-yard performance – that may have been influenced by his turf toe, so I would advise to keep him on your bench until after this week’s game and their bye in week 9. Jeremy Shockey can’t be trusted – he hasn’t topped four catches or 60 yards in a game yet this season.

Jacksonville at Houston

After running on 64 percent of their plays last week, Blaine Gabbert is off the radar for fantasy owners – even in 2-QB leagues. He looked terrible last week; he has no pocket presence and no receivers. Coming off a win in last week’s RB battle against Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew will continue to see 20 or more touches per game. The Texans are above average against the run, but he’ll hopefully continue with his low-end RB1 production. Mike Thomas had one catch for 8 yards against the Ravens secondary and can’t be counted on for fantasy production. With only one touchdown and 44 yards per game average, Thomas is only a WR4 – going against Jonathan Joseph will make this matchup even more difficult. Jason Hill has had some fluky production – without his 74-yard touchdown, he averaging only 37 yards a game – don’t buy his production on this run-heavy offense. If Marcedes Lewis is still on your team, drop him – he’s waiver wire material.

With Andre Johnson possibly returning this week, things are looking up for Matt Schaub. Coming off a solid two TD performance against the Titans, expect borderline QB1 production in this one. Last week, Arian Foster reminded owners why he was the consensus number one pick before his hamstring injury. Showing prowess in all areas of the game, Foster broke out to the tune of 234 total yards and 3 TDs. Arguably the most valuable fantasy player going forward, Foster is an elite RB1 in all formats. After practicing on Wednesday, Andre Johnson’s status is up in the air. If he plays, he is impossible to sit – in this first three games (not counting the game against the Steelers that he was forced to leave) Andre averaged seven catches for 105 yards to go along with 2 TDs, there are few, if any, more complete receivers in the game. Coach Kubiak was optimistic about Andre’s status but the talented WR revealed that he felt “tugging”, never a good sign for an injured hamstring… Kevin Walter is droppable when Andre returns – being only the fourth option on offense, he’s not going to get enough targets to produce. Jacoby Jones once again failed to produce with Andre on the sidelines, don’t expect him to produce with Andre back… Owen Daniels is an interesting sell-high, he’s still going to have value but he isn’t the first option in the passing game with Andre returning – therefore, his production will decrease. This week however, he has an juicy matchup against a Jags defense that has struggled against quality tight ends – he’s a TE1.

Miami at N.Y. Giants

Looking like the headliners for the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes, the Miami Dolphins are still without a victory. Matt Moore has played three games, is averaging 189 yards a game with a 1-3 TD-to-INT ratio… for these reasons and many others – keep him benched. Daniel Thomas has been receiving plenty of touches but hasn’t been able to generate offense. He was held out of practice Wednesday and has struggled to produce at less than 100 percent. Unless he gets two straight days of practice under his belt, don’t expect a big game. The Giants will control this game and expecting production from Thomas is tough – he’s a risky RB2. If Thomas misses the game, Reggie Bush would provide a nice RB2/flex bye week plug-in. He’ll get around 18-20 touches against the Giants. The Dolphins will be playing from behind so Brandon Marshall should have a solid game – he’s a high-end WR2 in this one. Davone Bess had a team-high 12 targets last week, which led to 7 catches; this is fluky – Champ Bailey was all over Marshall last week leading to short dump-offs for Bess – he’s averaging only 46.7 yards a game, keep him benched. All other Dolphins pass-catchers are irrelevant and therefore not options in fantasy leagues.

The Dolphins pass defense has struggled, allowing 12 TDs with only two interceptions on the year. Although I do expect a regression soon – due to his inflated yards per attempt at 9.1 compared to his career average of 6.9 – Eli Manning has done surprisingly well this year. I would consider him a solid sell high, but he’ll put up solid QB1 numbers in this juicy matchup. Coming off a huge game before the bye week, Ahmad Bradshaw will continue to provide solid numbers even with the return of Brandon Jacobs – just temper your expectations, he’s not receiving 26 carries again. Coming off the injury, Jacobs isn’t someone you want in your lineup – averaging only 43.8 total yards per game, you’re betting on a TD… Hakeem Nicks continues to be the mega-talented WR owners drafted early, don’t expect it to stop now – he’s locked and loaded as a WR1 this week. After a tough start to the season, Mario Manningham is on the verge of breaking out. Worth looking at as a buy-low, Manningham had four near-touchdowns in his last game – the talent is there, the production is coming…. He’s a WR2 this week. During the bye week, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called out Victor Cruz for inconsistency. There’s no question he’s talented but inconsistency will be a problem considering he has to compete with other playmakers on this team. He’s the third passing-option on a balanced offense – he’s a boom-or-bust WR3 play against the Dolphins. Jake Ballard has continued to impress Giants coaches, showing he’s not just a blocker – let’s wait for him to receive more than five targets before calling him a fantasy starter. He’s a TE2.

New Orleans at St. Louis

Last week, the Saints provided fans with the first 60-point game in the 21st century. Drew Brees led the attack completing 31-of-35 passes for 325 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. You don’t need me to tell you to start in against the Rams… With Mark Ingram likely out, there will be more carries to go around at running back for Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Against the Rams defense that gave up 253 yards to DeMarco Murray last week, they are both solid RB2s. Thomas will pick up the bulk of Ingram’s carries – Sproles will continue to provide value through his passing-down role. After three straight solid showings, it’s obvious Marques Colston is back. Colston and Jimmy Graham are options 1A and 1B on the NFL’s second best passing offense. Averaging 341 passing yards a game; expect both to continue to produce very well at their respective positions and don’t let the big names fool you – Jimmy Graham is the best TE in football right now. Robert Meachem and Lance Moore can produce at any time in this pass-heavy offense but predicting their big games will be near impossible – keep them benched, you’ll need an injury for consistent production.

With Sam Bradford likely to sit again this week, the Rams offense takes a significant hit. Maybe the worst fantasy option in the league, A.J. Feeley belongs on the waiver wire. This game will be a blowout; the Saints are the far better team, which will lead to decreased production from Steven Jackson. He’s still worth a RB2 start but temper your expectations – this game will get out of hand in a hurry. After receiving a team-high 12 targets in his debut, Brandon Lloyd will need Bradford back to provide WR2 numbers – but should have WR3 value in a game filled with plenty of passing attempts. Keep all the other Rams pass-catchers out of your starting lineups.

Indianapolis at Tennessee

After three straight solid showings, Curtis Painter took a big step back against the Saints. At this point, not only does Painter have little to no value but one has to worry about his ability to get the ball to Colts pass-catchers. Joseph Addai sat out of practice Wednesday; it doesn’t look like he’s going to play this week. Don’t be fooled by Delone Carter’s solid showing last week, splitting carries with Donald Brown leaves both as undesirable options. Carter is the better bye week plug-in but splitting carries on an offense that struggles to move the ball in a recipe for disaster. After a solid Week 1 showing, Reggie Wayne has averaged 3.8 catches for 53 yards a game – without a touchdown. He must be benched until proven otherwise. Pierre Garcon has stepped up as the Colts most productive pass-catcher since the change to Painter. He led the team with six targets last week but can only be counted on as a WR3 in fantasy leagues. Austin Collie and Dallas Clark cannot be started – they both belong on the waiver wire.

Matt Hasselbeck’s season went down the drain when Kenny Britt went down. While he’s not a bad play in QB2 leagues, most owners can do better for a bye week plug-in. No longer in his prime with wide receivers who struggle to separate, Hasselbeck is not the QB you want in your starting lineup. Chris Johnson has continued to disappoint fantasy owners and I see no reason for it to end now. The Titans line hasn’t been good, but neither has Johnson – even Texans players claimed he wasn’t the same after last week’s blowout. Against a beatable Colts defense, I’m calling CJ a RB2 … The Colts secondary has been destroyed by big WRs the last few weeks, Nate Washington may not be big but he warrants WR3 value in this plus matchup. Damian Williams sat out the second half of last week’s loss with concussion-like symptoms – don’t both using him until he proves otherwise. I would love to recommend Jared Cook based on raw talent along but snaps and targets remain a serious concern; with only two targets last week, he’s a TE2.

Washington at Buffalo

John Beck impressed coach Mike Shanahan last week with a solid performance, but there’s no reason to get excited. With No. 1 receiver Santana Moss out, Beck will fail to provide even QB2 numbers – he’s a poor talent on a poor offense without the team’s best receiver… The Redskins backfield has been tough to predict all season and after Tim Hightower’s season-ending injury, this week provides us with another opportunity to guess. If last week is any indication, Roy Helu will start – last week he played 33 snaps compared to Ryan Torain’s measly 3 snaps… however last week the Redskins were playing catch-up and while I do expect them to fall behind in this one, it will not be that drastic. I believe Torain will get the early down work because Shanahan doesn’t believe Helu is an every down back. Helu will be in for passing downs and is a decent flex for PPR leagues, but give Torain the nod in non-PPR. Jabar Gaffney will attempt to fill Santana Moss’ void but has no after the catch ability and struggles to create separation – he’s a decent PPR WR3/flex but offers little upside in non-PPR. The biggest beneficiary of the injury is Fred Davis. He’s formed a nice rapport with Beck and should receive extra targets due to the injury… consider Davis a solid TE1.

Coming off the bye week, Ryan Fitzpatrick should continue his consistent low-end QB1 production. He makes good reads but doesn’t have the arm strength of an elite QB; expect more of the same. Averaging 5.7 per carry and scoring TDs in 5 straight games, Fred Jackson is for real. The Redskins have been mediocre against the run; he’s a RB1 this week. Since the injury to Donald Jones, C.J. Spiller has been included in the Bills offense as a WR. After catching five balls for 39 yards in Week 6, he looks like an intriguing flex play in PPR leagues – don’t be afraid to plug him in if you’re desperate. Scoring in four of six games this season, Stevie Johnson has been solid as a WR2 – expect more of the same from him. David Nelson has been up-and-down this season but overall has 60+ yards or a TD in all but one game – you could do worse for a WR3. Neither of the Bills TEs are options in fantasy leagues – leave them on the waiver wire.

Detroit at Denver

Matthew Stafford was limited in practice on Wednesday and looks about 50/50 to play this weekend. He’s a QB1 in their pass-heavy offense if he plays, but be prepared with other options. Shaun Hill is plenty capable as a backup and should be a high-end QB2 if Stafford doesn’t play. Hill averaged 260 yards passing and 1.6 TDs per game last year and should be effective against Denver. It’s been confirmed Jahvid Best will sit out till the Lions’ Week 9 bye, leaving Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams one more game to share the backfield. Once again, while splitting reps, neither will get the touches for fantasy consideration and neither has the talent to have a big game. Morris is the better bet but I wouldn’t want to rely on him against the Broncos run defense playing better than expected. With either 100+ yards or 2 TDs in each of his seven games this season, Calvin Johnson is unstoppable… Burleson has been anemic since the first two games of the season and with one yard receiving last week, he’s droppable. Titus Young has the talent to be a good WR one day but with only 28 total yards in the past two weeks, he can’t be relied on. Even with a sub-par performance last week, Brandon Pettigrew has emerged as the second-option on this pass-heavy offense; he’s a solid TE1 going against the Broncos this week.

Tim Tebow’s performance last week wasn’t pretty but in typical Tebow fashion, he got the job done. With two touchdowns through the air and 65 rushing yards, he managed a solid QB1 fantasy performance. The Broncos, hopefully, will do a much better job of putting Tebow in position to succeed. The Dolphins continued to blitz Tebow recognizing his inability to release the ball quickly. The Broncos should’ve countered with quick routes and screen passes – however they failed to do so. There are even rumors that the organization doesn’t want to see Tebow succeed – hopefully this week will dispel that notion… Either way, Tebow is the Broncos goal line back and finds ways to fill up the box score – he’ll maintain value in the long run. For this week he’s facing a much tougher Lions defense, he’s a low-end QB1. With Willis McGahee out for a month, Knowshon Moreno is expected to start. He’ll get some early down carries and will serve as the team’s third-down back – expect RB2 production. Lance Ball, the team’s power back, will take the short yardage and goal line work – leave him on your bench and see how the Broncos use him. The Broncos’ passing game is going to be inconsistent, leaving Eric Decker as an unreliable WR3. The Brandon Lloyd trade helped his value but I would prefer to see a rapport between Tebow and Decker before relying on him in fantasy leagues. Demaryius Thomas led the team with 10 targets and is an intriguing flier. He’s not going to have value immediately but may be the most talented WR on this roster and was Tebow’s favorite receiver against the Dolphins… keep an eye on him.

New England at Pittsburgh

In Tom Brady’s last four meetings with the Steelers, he has 9 TDs and only one interception – don’t over-think this one… the Patriots will spread the Steelers out and attack their cornerbacks; play your star QB. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been consistent and has a good chance to score weekly in this high-powered offense – he’s a RB2. Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley cannot be trusted – neither has consistent touches and both belong on fantasy benches this week. Averaging 131 receiving yards a game, Wes Welker has been fantastic this season – Brady and Welker possibly have the best chemistry of any QB/WR duo in the league; he’s an elite WR1 as usual… With Aaron Hernandez in the lineup, Deion Branch has come to life: averaging 91 yards per game through 4 with Hernandez, he’s an intriguing WR3 play in non-PPR and a solid WR3 in PPR. Even with his BiBi Jones drama, Rob Gronkowski is a TE1 – he has 5 TDs in six games and will continue to produce effectively. Aaron Hernandez is no slouch either with at least 5 catches in each game he’s played this year and TDs in three of four; he’s a TE1.

Ben Roethlisberger has enjoyed the Steelers move to more spread formations recently, to the tune of a 9:1 TD-to-INT ratio over his last three games. This week he’ll go against New England’s 32nd ranked pass defense – play him. Rashard Mendenhall struggled against the Cardinals last week but remains a low-end RB1 in this one. He is the unquestioned starter and we know he’s talented – he should get more chances this week against New England. Mike Wallace has scored in five of seven games this year and is an elite WR1 against the burnable Patriots defense. At 35 years old, Hines Ward has held the Steelers offense back all year – he’s slow and stops the explosive Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders from getting on the field. The question this week becomes will Ward play; I believe he will, but if he doesn’t Brown becomes a WR2 against the Patriots secondary in a shootout. Sanders moves up to a WR3 in a game that the Steelers will have to pass to keep up. However if Ward does play, Brown is only a WR3 and Sanders is merely a desperation play. Make sure you keep an eye on this situation. Even with two TDs in his last three games, Heath Miller is merely a TE2 – with these WRs, there are few plays drawn up for him.

Cleveland at San Francisco

The Browns emerged from the year’s least entertaining game last week with a win – that’s the only positive thing to take away from their performance. Colt McCoy is averaging 42 pass attempts per game, but has topped 215 yards just once – a terrible sign. Even with the emergence of Greg Little, McCoy is the lowest of the low-end QB2s, and you should try your best to not put him in lineups against a fantastic 49er defense. With Peyton Hillis set to return, the Browns may even scale back the pass attempts. Stay away. Speaking of Hillis, his return is a welcome sight for the Browns. Montario Hardesty failed to seize his opportunities – he couldn’t even garner 100 rushing yards on 33 carries. Hillis is a lower-end RB2 against this stellar run defense ranked 2nd in the NFL and Hardesty, who isn’t a fantasy option, caps his upside. Greg Little is the only Browns receiver who deserves a roster spot, and his after the catch abilities complement McCoy’s weak arm very nicely. The upside isn’t too high because of his situation and matchup, but roll him out there as a decent WR3 if you need to. No other Browns pass catcher is worth mentioning other than Evan Moore. A big, athletic TE who is a red zone monster, he would be an option as a fill-in TE play with Ben Watson likely inactive.

Arguably the biggest surprise of the NFL so far, the 49ers took a 5-1 record into their bye week. With Alex Smith doing enough to not lose games and their defense playing at an elite level, they have proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Smith has played better on the field than his stats show, but sadly that’s what matters in fantasy. He is a guy whose upside is 200 yards and a score or two against the number 1 ranked pass defense – leave him benched. Michael Crabtree has finally shown signs of life recently as a WR3, but he gets shutdown corner Joe Haden in this one. He received 15 targets against the Lions before the bye – he’ll be targeted which is sometimes enough, but it would be optimal to get another option in your lineup this week. Braylon Edwards is set to come back from his injury this week, but it’s a wait-and-see week for him. The only optimal part of the 49ers passing game is TE1 Vernon Davis. The box score has been a little sluggish for him this season, but he still saves fantasy performances with touchdowns. The future is bright however – with the emergence of Crabtree and Smith looking as steady as ever, he has a great matchup against a Browns team that has a strong pass D, but gives up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing TEs. This could be the first game where he combines a nice yardage total with a score. In this contest, the 49ers will rely heavily on the running game, which bodes well for the white-hot Frank Gore, who has three straight games with 125+ yards and a score. Although fantastic against the pass, Cleveland is slightly below average against the run, and Gore should see at least 20 touches. A mid-low end RB1, Gore needs to be in lineups and is a good bet for a score. Talented rookie Kendall Hunter has looked great, but has proven to be the backup to Gore. Keep him rostered, but he’ll only see 8-10 touches in this one barring an injury.

Cincinnati at Seattle

Coming off of a bye week, Cincinnati looks to continue their surprise season rolling against an injury-riddled Seattle Seahawks. The major headline coming out of Bengals headquarters is that Cedric Benson will serve his one-game suspension this week. This puts Bernard Scott on the fantasy radar as a possible RB2 during the bye weeks. Having consistently flashed more speed and playmaking ability than Benson, it will be intriguing to watch what Scott can do with a full workload – he’s succeeded in this endeavor before. Temper expectations because of the Seahawks elite run defense, but he’s a fine play this week. Andy Dalton has been a pleasant surprise as a rookie. Averaging 218 passing yards per game with a 7:5 TD-to-INT ratio, he’s proved more than capable of keeping this offense afloat. Despite this, he’s just a QB2 on a run-first team. Dalton’s competence has allowed AJ Green to show his superstar potential. Surprisingly consistent for a rookie, Green has only had two games in which he was held without a TD, but in one of them he still managed 118 receiving yards. Until Dalton begins to show he’s really a rookie, Green needs to be a fixture in lineups as a WR2/3. It’s not a good sign for Jerome Simpson that his coach was dissatisfied with his 6-101 performance against the Colts. He has flashed some ability with two 100+ yard games this year, but he hasn’t topped 44 yards in the other four. This passing offense only has enough volume to consistently feed one pass catcher, and that’s AJ Green. Simpson is a deep league bye week plug-in, only due to his inconsistency and his place in the coach’s doghouse. The last Bengals offense player worth mentioning is Jermaine Gresham. He’s been a decent TE2 with 3 TDs, but is only averaging 38.5 yards per game. Hopefully he isn’t your starting TE, but play him if your starter is on bye if you must. Just keep in mind he’s a low-upside play against a Seahawks team giving up only the 20th most fantasy points to tight ends.

To be perfectly honest, your fantasy roster would likely look a whole lot better if you didn’t own any Seattle Seahawks. Charlie Whitehurst has continued to confirm the notion that he does not have what it takes to be in the NFL even as a backup, as illustrated by his Jamarcus Russell-esque 12-30 for 97 yards and a pick against the Cleveland Browns last week. This makes Doug Baldwin and Mike Williams completely hands off, and Sidney Rice as desperate injury/bye week option who might be more likely to post a doughnut than catch a TD with check-down-machine Whitehurst likely taking the reigns. It doesn’t look like Tavaris Jackson is ready to return from his injury. Speaking of injuries, it looks like Marshawn Lynch is headed for a game-time decision, even if he does play, he may see a reduced role. Hopefully you don’t have to choose between Leon Washington and Justin Forsett, but if you must, go with Washington. He seems to be the lead back when Lynch is out, and got 11 touches (4 catches) for 49 yards last week. That said do not do your opponent the favor of starting any of these RBs. Zack Miller and Ben Obomanu are to be left on the waiver wires.

Dallas at Philadelphia

Get your Cowboys rolling in this one. Tony Romo may have disappointed last week if you just looked at the box score, but he was incredibly efficient without turning the ball over – it was just simply Demarco Murray’s day. He’s a perfectly fine QB1 this week, despite the Eagles pretty good pass defense and secondary – they’ve given up 11 TDs through the air, tied for 8th most in the league. The Eagles’ pass defense is still quite good, but that’s no reason to bench your Dallas WRs. Dez Bryant finally got it going in the second half last week, going for 5-90-1. There’s more than a decent chance he puts up top 10 receiver stats the rest of the way, and he can be considered a mid-low end WR1 this week as well. Miles Austin has been unexciting since his return from his 3-week absence. Not to worry though, he and Romo have fantastic chemistry, and he also has a very good chance to finish the year with top 10 WR numbers. Trot him out there in what has the chance to be a high scoring affair. Jason Witten is as consistent as they get. There has been only one game this year in which he hasn’t scored a TD or surpassed 100 receiving yards, and even in that game he caught 6 balls for 60 yards. Always Romo’s safety blanket, he is a high floor TE1, as usual. Last week’s hero Demarco Murray has another dream matchup with the Eagles rush defense, or at least their best imitation of rush defense. With defensive line injuries and sub-par linebackers, they constantly let opposing runners accelerate into the secondary for large gains. Only three teams have given up more fantasy points per game to opposing RBs than the Eagles. Expecting another 200-yard performance is obviously unreasonable, but if he gets the carries he could easily surpass 120. Get him in lineups – he’ll see a nice workload with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice nursing injuries.

Just like the Cowboys, all of your usual Philadelphia Eagles should be in lineups. Still an incredibly explosive option, Michael Vick is coming off a nice week of rest and is ready to go. His weapons are all there, and he will see a high volume of pass attempts due to the Cowboys’ number 1 ranked rush defense and the potential for a shootout. Always a good bet for a rushing score, he’s a top 3 QB option this week. Lesean McCoy will be facing a defense giving up under 70 rushing yards per game, but you’re never benching him. He is an integral part of the passing game, and always makes defenders miss. Ask his fantasy owners – he NEVER puts up a clunker. He has scored a TD in every single game so far this season, and been held under 80 rushing yards just once. He is easily one of the top 5 fantasy RBs. Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are both top 15 WR options this week against a middling Cowboys secondary. They may be ranked 14th against the pass, but that’s because of whom they have faced: St Louis, New York Jets, San Francisco, and Washington – not exactly a group of gunslingers. Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick are always burnable, and Terence Newman has seen better days. Jason Avant is only a PPR bye week filler, and Brent Celek doesn’t even belong on rosters.

San Diego at Kansas City

There have been speculations of injury, but whatever the case, Philip Rivers has clearly not been himself. Although he’s still averaging 285 passing yards per game, Rivers has a measly 7:9 TD to INT ratio. He has yet to throw for more than two TD passes in a game, and even multiple TDs in a game hasn’t happened since Week 2. He’s thrown two picks in four of the six games he’s played, and simply has not passed the eye test as of late either. It would probably be a good idea to start even someone like Tebow over him until he figures it out – he’s a low end QB1 or even borderline QB2 until further notice. Ryan Mathews will likely continue his breakout 2011 campaign against a 25th ranked Kansas City rush defense giving up upwards of 125 rushing yards per game. He has propelled himself to RB1 status due to his recent opportunities in the run game and at the scoring stripe. As for his counterpart Mike Tolbert, he has dropped to flex status this season. Although he still catches a few passes and may even get a goal line score here and there, it’s clear that Mathews is the alpha-dog in this backfield. He still contributes in the receiving game, but has gotten double digit carries just twice this year. That said, you could probably do worse as a flex option against a below average Kansas City defense. Just beware he has missed some practice this week and if he misses the game, Mathews becomes a top 5 option at RB. Vincent Jackson was Darrelle Revis’ latest victim last week, only catching one ball for 15 yards. An excellent buy low, he is a good bet to put up WR1 numbers from now to the end of the season – his schedule becomes dreamy. Even with Rivers’ struggles, Jackson will still get his. He also should be helped out by the return of Antonio Gates, who came back in style with 54 yards and a score. Who knows how long he will be healthy for this time, but whenever he’s on the field he needs to be in fantasy lineups. He is still one of the most dominant red zone threats in the game, and Rivers locks onto him whenever the Chargers are inside the opponent’s 20. Malcolm Floyd is nothing but a dicey, low-end WR3. Rivers simply isn’t playing well enough, and there are just too many mouths to feed in this offense. If you are crunched due to the bye weeks, go ahead and plug in him- but a sub-60 yard game is more than possible.

After losing their best offense player (Charles) and defensive player (Berry), the Chiefs were written off as one of the favorites for the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes. But they have shown they have heart, coming into this game on a three game winning streak. I was one of many people to write off Dwayne Bowe’s monster season to easy matchups, but I must now eat my words – the man can seriously play. With virtually no supporting cast until recently (and even now it’s not overwhelming), he has been a model of consistency: only one game without a TD or under 76 receiving yards. Even as the Chiefs only explosive offensive threat, defenses have failed in stopping him. Bowe is a must start until further notice and is a high end WR2, even against a Chargers defense giving up a mere 175 passing yards per game. Matt Cassel has found a rhythm in the past month, averaging 226 yards per game with a 5:2 TD to INT ratio during the three game winning streak. However, he is not a recommended option against a (as mentioned earlier) fantastic Chargers passing defense that ranks 3rd in the league against the pass. He always runs the risk of throwing 2+ interceptions and passing for under 180 yards – he’s a bye week filler at best. Steve Breaston has been the biggest beneficiary of Cassel’s recent success, averaging 4.3 catches for 68 yards per game and two scores during the winning streak. This success is unlikely to continue, but he can be considered a WR3 until the bye weeks pass or until he cools down – keep expectations low. Speaking of low expectations now is a perfect time to mention Dexter McCluster. Once considered to be the main beneficiary of Charles’s injury, he has fell on his face. Even during the recent hot streak, McCluster has rushed for a total of 72 yards on 21 carries. He can’t even salvage any value in PPR leagues, catching a grand total of five balls for 19 yards his past three games. Still scoreless on the season, his upside is 70 total yards – not the kind of stuff you want in your fantasy lineup. Desperation flex option is a generous title for him. Jackie Battle has emerged as the workhorse back in Charles’ absence. A nice story, this ex-special teamer has averaged 17.5 carries for 97.5 yards per game in the two games since being called upon as the starter. The Chargers weakening front seven let a player with a similar skill set (Shonn Greene) put up 112 yards against them last week, so this is a good excuse to lock Battle into lineups. He doesn’t possess the game-breaking ability of a prototypical NFL back, but he can get what’s blocked behind a mauling offensive line. He’s arguably a top 20 RB this week.

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  1. Benny says:

    Hey Mike – great post! Few quick hit questions for you:

    1. In half-point PPR league, do you like Welker or Austin for Rest of Season?
    2. In same half-point PPR league, do I start Stevie Johnson or Antonio Brown against the awful Pats secondary (we also get 1pt for every 20 return yds so Brown has a little extra value)
    3. And finally, what types of players are you seeing DeMarco Murray traded for? I want to sell high on him but really don’t know how high to aim. What type of receivers have you seen him moved for?

  2. TDK says:

    Wrong. Stephens-Howling is a dynamic player. Think Darren Sproles lite. He showed game breaking ability last week. If there is an Arizona RB to own if Wells misses time, it is Mr. Hyphen.

  3. Jeff says:

    Schuab or Eli manning this week?

  4. Jimmy the Greek says:

    You are wrong about Davone Bess. The Giants will pash-rush like crazy and Moore will not have time to find Marshall downfield, and will have to quickly find Bess for short gains often. Reggie Bush won’t do anything on the ground so Bess is the only realistic option for 1st downs, which will be few and far between.

  5. atcdav says:

    hey doc. looking for trade help. this redraft no TE league starts 1rb/4wr/te or 2 rbs and 3wr/te no te

    I have
    rb: Wells, ASmith, Hardesty, JStew, Battle
    wr: Calvin, SSMiff, AndreJ Manningham, Pettigrew

    Calvin, Pettigrew, SSMiff and JStew all have week 9 bye.

    Thinking give Calvin, Battle for McCCoy, Julio and hit ww for another WR, doug Baldwin dropped. not sure it will fly, it will for a lesser WR than Julio.

    Who would you target?

    One of the bottom teams had FJax Bowe ODaniels,AHern and Lost Moss

    Foster owner has no WRs best is Findley, Cook Ballard. what is a good trade for Foster?

  6. atcdav says:

    the Foster owner also has Tebow, FitzP and Big Ben, I am sitting on Freemasn, ASmith and Bradford

  7. Calmer Than You Are says:

    Hey guys. Great post.

    Start Rivers or Tebow in Week 8? Also, Manningham or Garcon?


  8. zandercage says:

    Damian Williams or Antonio Brown this week at Flex? Standard scoring. Thanks!

  9. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Benny: 1. Welker, there’s no one who’s been more consistent and I have a have time believing it will stop.
    2. If Ward is out I would definitely start Brown. The Steelers will be forced to throw and he’s the second-option in the passing offense – against a terrible secondary. It’s much closer if Ward plays – then I would Stevie Johnson.
    3. Don’t be afraid to offer him any deal that looks possible – I mean don’t be outrageous but give him DeMarco and a WR like Mike Williams TB and ask for Nicks. 2 for 1s are the best for improving your team – look for a team at the bottom of the standings that needs a 2 for 1. Good luck!

  10. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @TDK: Mr. Hyphen is a poor man’s Darren Sproles – I agree he does have some explosiveness but to call him a back to own is outrageous. He’s received 5 carries on the year before Wells’ injury last week and received 0 after… yes he caught a screen TD but he had two catches on the game and obviously isn’t a staple in their offense. Call him what you want but if you have him in your starting lineup against the Ravens – good luck to you sir

  11. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Jeff: Eli – they’ll pass more than the run-heavy Texans that will probably be with Andre

  12. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Jimmy the Greek: That’s an interesting perspective and I don’t disagree – Moore is a checkdown machine, however unless it’s a PPR league he’s not going to rackup yards or TDs, only catches. The Dolphins will struggle to move the ball against the Giants

  13. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Calmer Than You Are: Thanks man I appreciate it, I’m worried about Rivers – he’s taken a big step back this year, be it injury or his mentality he just doesn’t look right. I have to say Tebow. I like Garcon but I would play Manningham – the reason being I’m worried about the Colts ability to move the ball

  14. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @zandercage: Antonio Brown – if Ward is out he could be in for a monster game in a shootout with the pathetic Patriots secondary

  15. CL says:


    Start Harvin, or dump him for Delone Carter, Emmanuel Sanders or Plaxico for my flex this week?

    1 pt PPR, return yards.


  16. exactly says:

    looking for a speculative add for most future value, who would you go with between: ridley, lance ball, keiland williams, terrance austin?

  17. Fernando says:

    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.

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

  18. TDK says:

    “Not only do none of these guys have special talent, but the touches won’t be there either.”

  19. herschel says:

    @Mike: ppr league, need to start two of the following:

    battle vs sd
    bjge @ pit
    tate vs jax
    spiller vs wash
    sanders vs ne


  20. sit bits says:

    Who to start at my flex? Non-ppr… jacobs, daniel thomas, Delone carter?

  21. HotRod says:

    Hey Mike,

    Love the analysis…my QB on a Bye. Who do you like?

    Ponder @ Car
    Dalton @ Sea
    Alex Smith vs. Cle


  22. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @CL: I wouldn’t drop Harvin for any of those guys but Sanders will draw the start if Ward sits and would be a better play than Harvin in that scenario.

  23. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @exactly: Ridley the best bet of that group – he’s more talented than Green-Ellis and Woodhead… Belicheck just makes it tough for rookies to get a chance

  24. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Fernando: I think it’s a good trade for you. Arian Foster is the best bet for production out of any player in the league – losing Big Ben doesn’t hurt you cause you have the other two QBs, I’m not in love with SJax, he’s a huge injury risk and his offense falls behind and just downright sucks. Gore is a great player and it sucks to trade him but you’re getting back the best guy in the business. I would go ahead and do it.

  25. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @TDK: Special talent – sorry to offend you man, you’re allowed to have your opinion but obviously he’s not an option in fantasy leagues and doesn’t have the talent to run between the tackles. Not only do I believe this but obviously the Cardinals do too.

  26. Carl says:

    Similar to Hotrod, I need a bye week fill in at QB in a 2QB league.
    Best on the wire are guys like:

    Any help is much appreciated. I keep flip flopping on who to grab.

  27. Mungfisher says:

    So I’m 7-0. Starting TE, Winslow, is on a bye. I picked up Jared Cook to fill in but I have to drop somebody to pick up a kicker to have a legal roster. My only real drop options are Winslow, Helu or Tebow. (Vick, Tebow, Mathews, Rice, FJax, Dan Thomas, Battle, Helu, Mike Wallace, Steve Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Manningham, Winslow). Alternatively, I could drop Cook and take a goose-egg at the TE position. What do you recommend?

    Postscript: Trading two for one has been tried and tried with no takers. I think I’m blacklisted for trades in my league or something.

  28. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @herschel: Definitely Green-Ellis – he should get a good amount of carries and some redzone work. Second I would suggest Battle – the Chargers got killed last week on the ground by the Jets, Battle should be able to have a solid game.

  29. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @sit bits: I know you’re hesitant but I have to say Daniel Thomas. He’s going to get the touches and the Giants have been mediocre against the run. Jacobs is not an option coming off the injury – he’ll only get around 8-10 touches. Carter is a better bet than Jacobs, he’s just splitting carries with Donald Brown on a struggling offense – I’d go Thomas

  30. Jackie Chiles says:

    Great breakdown!

    Quick question: Which 2 of these 3 receivers this week? Hakeem Nicks, Vincent Jackson, AJ Green?

    Follow up: Is the odd man out worth playing over Matt Schaub at the flex?


  31. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @HotRod: Thanks man I appreciate it, hopefully you have Rodgers and that’s why your QB is on bye! I would take a flier on Ponder – the Panthers are giving up the third-most points at 26.1. They’ll be able to move the ball with Harvin and Peterson in the lineup. If you don’t like Ponder, go Dalton.

  32. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Carl: Just like I told HotRod: “hopefully you have Rodgers and that’s why your QB is on bye! I would take a flier on Ponder – the Panthers are giving up the third-most points at 26.1. They’ll be able to move the ball with Harvin and Peterson in the lineup. If you don’t like Ponder, go Dalton.” Beck is also an interesting flier that wasn’t included in the last question, I’d just be worried about having him in my lineup after the injuries to their two best offensive players: Santana Moss and Hightower… I’d go big or go home with the rookie Ponder!

  33. Jackie Battle says:

    Having difficulty choosing my WR3 this weekend off my roster:

    S. Rice
    E. Decker
    T. Smith

    Rice has a difficult matchup, Decker has Tebow, and T. Smith is a risky play with Joe “Flake-o”

    I was leaning toward T. Smith based off his upside – all other options on the waiver in my league are garbage.

  34. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Mungfisher: Damn my friend, this is a tough one. Because of the possible upside that Tebow and Helu provide, I would drop Winslow. You don’t want to take a goose-egg when the drop-off from Winslow to Cook is pretty small. Neither are TE1s, sounds like you have a fantastic team and you should be able to make up the lack of a good TE with all your other playmakers – good luck!

  35. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Jackie Chiles: Thanks man, for the flex it depends what kind of scoring you league has but in a standard league it’s tough for skill players to score as much as QBs. Good problem to have though, I would definitely start Nicks – second is much tougher but I’m going with the rookie. A.J. has been consistent and has 100+ yards or a TD in all but one of his games… going against the 49ers of course… VJax wouldn’t be a bad choice here either but I’m going with Green by a hair

  36. AL KOHOLIC says:

    loyd or nate washington going forward,seems like a no brainer but more hands involved in st. louis

  37. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Jackie Battle: This is a tough one – honestly I was going to recommend Rice but he’s just been awful with Whitehurst and it’s really tough to trust Decker because of Tebow. You’re right Smith, only because he’s against the Cardinals, is your best bet.

  38. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Got to go Lloyd – he has a change to form a real rapport with Bradford, Nate Washington doesn’t have the talent Lloyd does and isn’t really a WR1. Lloyd’s your guy.

  39. Lambent Larry says:

    Interesting FLEX call for you: Marques Colston or DeMarco Murray?

    Here’s the rub — I’ll also be starting Tony Romo (QB), Dez Bryant (WR2), and Jason Witten (TE). I love Murray’s matchup, but I’m a little leery of starting 4 players from the same offense.

    What say you?

  40. DB007 says:

    hey Mike,
    Love your blog, I am in a bind for RB1 since Run DMC is bye.
    I have MoMo and Ryan Torain…
    Need to start at least one RB.

    Which one do you suggest..?

  41. AL KOHOLIC says:

    [email protected]
    chiefs vs s.d
    titans vs indy
    pitt vs n.e
    for a def this week

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thanks,i thought so and have my waiver claim in,for loyd

  43. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Lambent Larry: I don’t agree with your theory but I would bench Dez Bryant, I love him but Colston has a much better matchup and you HAVE to have DeMarco Murray in your lineup. He’s coming off a 253 yard performance and facing the Eagles run defense – Bryant will be facing Asomugha or Asante Samuel.

  44. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Go with the Titans – going against the Colts who are coming off a monster defeat

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:

    cool,i have a few bums on my team i could drop instead of dropping the pitt def also

  46. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @DB007: Thanks man I really appreciate it. I have to suggest Torain – I know he’s been a bum but Shanahan doesn’t believe Helu can be an every-down back so I expect him to get a lot of early down work. MoMo is on a pass-heavy offense, splitting with Keiland Williams… go Torain.

  47. atcdav says:

    hey Mike #5 and 6 above got skipped. I wrote it to doc but could you give your opinion?


  48. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @atcdav: Sorry I thought you wanted Doc’s opinion but I would love to help. I would definitely offer that trade – yeah, it hurts to give away Calvin but McCoy is a top-5 player in the league and I love Julio’s upside – he could be a WR2 by the end of the year. If you want Foster, give him Calvin, JStew and Freeman for Big Ben and Foster. You’re not giving up too much for the best player in fantasy football and you get an upgrade at QB. You’ll still have Wells (Battle can back him up) and Foster at RB and Big Ben at QB and at WR you have Andre, Smiff and Manningham – sounds good to me

  49. Carl says:

    @Mike Braude:

    Thanks for the advice, and you guessed it, Rodgers on bye. Ive still got Cam starting though. I was wary of Beck too for those reasons, I think I’ll roll the dice on Ponder. If only Stafford was out, Id have grabbed Hill already and been done with it.

  50. fyodor says:


    Looks like Sanders will start if Hines Ward is out. Would you still go with Antonio Brown as a WR?

    Thanks for your help.

  51. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Carl: Yeah that would’ve been your best option – good thinking, many people don’t realize Hill was solid with Stafford out last year

  52. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @fyodor: Yeah I saw that today too and this would be my explanation – Antonio Brown already starts as the third receiver for the Steelers so instead of moving him up to WR2, the Steelers will leave Antonio Brown in the spots he’s used to playing and Sanders will fill in Ward’s role. Here are the fantasy implications – I think Ward will play so Brown will have his normal value but he has a plus matchup against the Patriots secondary and I think the game will be a shootout so there will be plenty of pass attempts to go around. I believe Brown is a solid WR3 either way – Sanders can only be started if Ward is out.

  53. Anthony says:

    Do you think Mike Williams has any value? My WR’s are looking kind of depleted right now … I only have Miles Austin and DAvid Nelson

  54. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    Depends which Mike Williams you’re referring to. Big Mike Williams on Seattle has no value for obvious reasons. The TB Mike Williams is still a WR3 – he’s targeted heavily but hasn’t been able to put it all together like he did last year

  55. fyodor says:


    Thanks for that thoughtful and thorough rundown. That kind of careful response is one of the reasons you’re building a following here.

    And you know you are.

    Best luck.

  56. Anthony says:

    TB Mike Williams – but hes got to be an upgrade over David Nelson no? I had a trade for roddy white but it fell thru =/

  57. herschel says:

    @Mike: ppr league wr help. who do you like to start for this week?

    harvin @ car
    breaston vs sd
    sanders vs ne (assuming ward doesnt play)
    d. baldwin vs cin


  58. atcdav says:

    doesnt matter who starts in Pit, Brown gets his targets, justs needs to start scoring

  59. 2ballsout says:

    Thinking of shipping Demarco and Dez for Matthews and Julio. I’m deep at WR (Stevie and big mike) and thin at RB (sjax and cj2.9ypc) Do I have your blessing?

    GREAT post BTW

  60. exactly says:

    Need to drop one guy: lance moore or mark clayton?

  61. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @fyodor: Thanks – really nice to read comments like this – best of luck to you too, I hope your team wins!

  62. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Anthony: Yeah he’s more valuable than David Nelson – he’s the first passing-option in his offense… that sucks man but there’s always more buy lows!

  63. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @herschel: I would start Harvin for sure, then Sanders if Ward is out. If Ward plays, Breaston is the best bet – he’ll be playing from behind against the Chargers. Good luck!

  64. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @2ballsout: Thanks man I really appreciate it, yeah that sounds like a good deal considering your teams depth. Mathews is fantastic and Julio will be very solid once he returns to the field – I like the move.

  65. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @exactly: Mark Clayton – with Alexander and Lloyd there, even when he does return he’s not going to have much value as a 3rd WR on a bad offense

  66. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Is Stephens-Howling a flex option in return yards leagues? 15 yards per point

  67. Brian says:

    Helu or Little for flex? I like Helu but freaking shanahan.

  68. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: Yeah he’s an option but against the Ravens you’re not gonna want him in your lineup.

  69. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Brian: Honestly I would go Helu – Little is held back by the terrible Browns offense, I wouldn’t want to rely on him

  70. Fernando says:

    Hi Mike. It helps to have a variety of view points. So, Thanks. Update to my question #17 and your response #24.
    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 trade would you go for #17 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 #17 was about a trade proposal: A. Foster for Ben, Gore, and S. Jackson

  71. DB007 says:

    @Mike Braude: Been burnt with Torain twice now….How am I suppose to buy in the Shanahanigans….I have Delone Carter available on Waiver should I drop MoMo and get Carter..?

  72. HotCorner306 says:

    @Braude…with the Stafford injury I’m forced with choosing between Schaub and Fitzpatrick to plug in just in case. Which one do you see having the more favorable matchup? Thanks homie.

  73. zandercage says:

    Drop Danario Alexander for Percy Harvin? Thanks!

  74. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Fernando: He doesn’t have a player of Foster’s stature but he does have Rice. Offer Big Ben (he needs a QB, you don’t) and Gore (solid but Rice is much better) for Rice. You benefit and so does he

  75. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @DB007: Yeah I would say Carter is a better bet than MoMo but sadly you have to stick with Torain this week. He’s just a much better bet for production this week than those two.

  76. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @HotCorner306: Stafford practiced with the first-team so you should be perfectly fine but I would go with Fitzpatrick if there’s any last minute setbacks

  77. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @zandercage: Yes! Do it now! Harvins going to be more involved in the offense going forward.

  78. Mungfisher says:

    So I ended up working a trade. Jackie Battle and Jared Cook for Fred Davis. I’m pleased. Resolved my roster issue and have a TE1 for the rest of the season and it only cost me my RB5 and backup TE.

  79. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:

    @Mungfisher: Nice work man, sounds like a good deal.

  80. Cousin Genghis says:

    Wondering if who I should be playing between Emmanuel Sanders and Brandon Jacobs this week, really want a win against the guy I’m playing

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