This is the week everything goes your way.  None of your players will tweak, pull, break or molest any one or any body part.  Your quarterback, if up by 37 starting the 4th quarter, will not take off the gas and/or be allowed to rest.  Your running back will not be taken out for some over sized goal line oaf.  Your player’s coach will not care if your player pinched a loaf off in his car seat or slept during a team meeting.  Your defense won’t intercept the ball and run it back just to be tackled on the one yard line; they will dive over the goal line as if powered by Zeus.  MJD will not take a knee.  And each of your players will go for 5 TDs and 200-500 yards, including the kicker.

Say the preceding aloud and turn around 5 times and spit.  It’s just fun.

Carl’s pick this week is straight cash monies —

If you haven’t thrown your hat into the ring of our our Weekly QB/RB/WR Contest, you better get on it!  And try out a team at Fanduel because all that crap I said in the first paragraph? Yeah, that’s bull.

This week has been a tough one for me.  I can see a lot of possible breakout games, but at the same time many of those matchups worry me. Here are some obvious guys I like today and some injury thoughts —

Jamaal Charles: You don’t want the Chiefs trying to salt a game away if you are a JC Superstar believer.  So let’s see who they are playing, hmm, the Peyton Mannings.  Yeah, they won’t be salting anything away.  JC is in there on passing downs and they will need to pass often in the second half (or earlier).

Zach Miller: San Diego has been covering opposing wide receivers well, but as usual they aren’t covering tight ends. Michael Bush will see plenty of work, but with no Run DMC, Gradkowski will have one less receiver to check down to and he learned (he probably already knew) that Miller is solid (5 targets/5 receptions last week) and just like Gates on the other side, we should see Miller getting targets in the red zone.

Roddy White: If Houston wasn’t giving up counties of real estate through the air, the Browns would probably be considered the worst pass defense this season.  And you just can’t stop White.  Against the Niners he was held down for most of the game, but then just imposed his will in the 4th quarter to finish with over 100 yards.

Frank Gore: Alex Smith is a check down czar, but that might not be a bad idea against the Eagles who are the worst at defending running backs in the pass game according to Football Outsiders.  Add to that the Eagle’s poor rush D and you have a shot at a huge game.

Chris Cooley: The Packers have been sliding at defense and not in a good direction. They are really having trouble with tight ends and the last time I checked Cooley played that position.

Cedric Benson: Something ain’t right with Benson and the Bengals running game.  I felt good about him last week to break out, but he wasn’t able to even with a nice matchup.  Tampa Bay is another nice matchup, so you must start him, but I would hope upon hope that he has a nice game and then sell high.  He was running over people last season, but he was hurt and I’m starting to wonder if he will get that power back.

Injuries:

Austin Collie: It looked like he was going to be out, but now there is a chance he will play. It’s an early game so stay on top of this one.  If he goes it makes things murky with his injury.  You have to throw him out there if you are hurting at WR, and you can’t feel good about Pierre Garcon.  If Collie doesn’t go, it’s full go for Garcon, with a great chance at a good game.

Pierre Thomas: He’s out, but his backups get a nice matchup, but who to choose?  I think it pretty much comes down to PPR vs. non-PPR.  Betts in PPR, Ivory in non.

Donald Brown: He most likely won’t play and even Mike Hart is hurting, which makes Joseph Addai a very good start even against an improved Chiefs defense.

Jahvid Best: He’s got a nice matchup, but is listed as questionable.  He tweeted that he is itchin to get on the field, and as long as he does, he should do well against the Rams.

Jacoby Jones: He didn’t practice and should be out, but Andre Johnson should go.  This helps Kevin Walter of course, but you have to get AJ in there.  He’s too good and if he goes off you may punch yourself in the face.

  1. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Cedric Benson = the Adrian Beltre of football. I forgot where exactly I heard it a year ago (radio show possibly? I googled ‘Cedric Benson quote money’ and couldn’t find anything five pages deep and gave up), but Benson was quoted as “running for the money” in 2009. And if I am not mistaken, last year was a contract year for him. Just an interesting theory on why he could be sucking on suckitude.

  2. Starlin Castrated says:
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    I was just proposed a trade of Larry Fitzgerald for my Hakeem Nicks. My other receivers are Miles Austin, Andre Johnson, Lance Moore, and Danny Amendola. 0.5 PPR, 3 bonus points if you get 100 yards receiving. I’m thinking that I should veto the trade, as I’ll take the number 1 receiver with the competent QB over the one without. Or do you think I should accept the trade and hope that Larry Fitz’s natural abilities take over and lead to eventual awesomeness?

    schedule weeks 14-16
    NYG: @MIN, PHI, @GB
    ARI: DEN, @CAR, DAL

  3. Matt Leinart says:
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    Hey Doc,

    What do you think about this trade? I offered a QB + a WR around because I have depth at QB (Big Ben, Schaub, Favre) and WR (Nicks, Austin, Fitz, Crab, Harvin, Floyd) and could use a boost at RB (Foster, Torian, Beanie, and BenJarvis). We only start 2 WR + a flex so I don’t really need all 6 WRs. I’ve offered several combos, most including two out of Fitz, Austin, Torain and Schaub for top 10 RBs. One guy called Fitz a deal-breaker, and asked for Nicks + Schaub for Ray Rice and Mike Sims-Walker. I would immediately drop MSW for Hines Ward, who is on the wire. I should do it, right?

    I hesitate for two reasons. One, I can propbably only deal for one top back, and I would rather have CJ, AP, Gore, SJax, MJD or Mendy at this point. Two, I’m tied with my trade partner for first, and I don’t want to help him too much. Is Rice a big enough upgrade?

    Thanks.

  4. Bob from Germany says:
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    Someone can help me?

    My running backs are pretty good:

    All Day
    McCoy
    Bradshaw
    Hillis
    Beanie

    I really don’t know whom to play, need to pick 3 out of them.

    All Day is a lock. But I’m not completly sure about McCoy’s health (he has a night game too…). I’m tending to leave Bradshaw on the bench, but this was a mistake last week too.
    And i really think Beanie is going to have a decent game.

    Damn it, i really dont know whom to start….

  5. hideousmutants says:
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    Start Cin. or Tenn or pick up Carolina for a one-week spot start?

  6. Schlitzy says:
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    So if Collie goes, Walter over Garcon?

  7. bleong says:
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    Chris Ivory over Beanie Wells this week?

    Thanks Doc!

  8. Howard says:
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    Hey Doc, pick two: JC, Bradshaw, Beanie, JC’s handcuff? I’ve got a flex position for a third RB but am slotting Fitz in there with Clayton and Austin as my other WRs. Thanks!

  9. jeff says:
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    Should I start Fred Jackson over Rice, Forte, or Hillis?

  10. Slam says:
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    Bradshaw
    Charles
    Rice
    M. Bush
    McCoy

    Which 2 would you sit?

  11. SpiralArchitect says:
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    In a PPR league, T.O., Collie, Braylon or Cooley?

  12. Donruss says:
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    In a PPR league, looks like Andre Johnson is out so I need a flex in either RB-Beanie Wells or WR-Dez Bryant please.

  13. eltoo says:
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    Last flex spot, PPR league….

    Brandon Lloyd @ Bal
    Beanie Wells vs NO
    Santana Moss vs GB

    Leaning Beanie due to matchups, but theres always the chance the cardinals get blow out again and he won’t get touches

  14. In non-PPR

    1. Jacoby Jones, D. Hester, or Gaffney
    2. Dez Bryant, Crabtree, or Mason
    3. Bradshaw, JC Superstar, or Addi

  15. SpiralArchitect says:
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    @Donruss: What is your source on Andre Johnson? I cannot find anything supporting.

  16. Donruss says:
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    Just several blogs and such saying that even if he does play, his knee is still very iffy and I’m thinking he may not be very affective even if he does play.

  17. Donruss says:
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    @SpiralArchitect:

    OK, now just got word from Rotoworld about AJ. Here it is verbatim.
    Texans WR Andre Johnson is only one game away from tying Jerry Rice’s record of ten catch, 100+ yard receiving games. Analysis: Johnson currently has 14 career games in which he’s posted at least ten catches and 100 or more receiving yards. The league’s best wide receiver is still on track to play Week 5, and he should post a nice game against a mediocre Giants’ secondary.

  18. B.J. says:
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    @Doc,

    WR3 slot- start Colston against Philly or S. Holmes against the Vikes.
    I’ve got Megatron and Jennings as my 1 and 2

  19. Hugh says:
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    Doc,

    Someone in my league waived Steve Smith (Car). I can pick him up this morning. Should I grab him and waive McGahee, Aaron Hernandez, or Mike Wallace? Or should I just hang on to these guys instead?

    thanks

    Hugh

  20. Randy says:
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    My choices for my WR3… Johnny Knox, Mike Thomas, Jacoby Jones, and Steve Johnson. Knox is my #3 usually. I’m leaning towards Steve Johnson since Cutler is out, Jacoby probably won’t play and I just don’t trust the Jags passing game/forsee MJD having a big day and the Jags pass defense isn’t the greatest. Is Steve Johnson the way to go? Don’t know much about him.

  21. Kurt says:
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    who do you think would be better for my flex in a ppr league, Kellen Winslow or Santonio Holmes. Thanks for any insight

  22. Principal Blackman says:
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    If Collie plays, should I sit Garcon for Beanie or Crabstree?

  23. Hugh says:
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    Doc,

    Hillis or Torain at flex this week?

    thanks

    Hugh

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Bob from Germany: I think you have to go with your top 3 there.

    @hideousmutants: Cincy

    @Schlitzy: Looks like Collie is playing so I would lean Walter.

    @Howard: I’m leaning JC and Bradshaw

    @jeff: Tough. I could see starting him over Forte.

    @Slam: Wow, tough. All are good. I’d sit Bush and Bradshaw.

    @SpiralArchitect: Collie is a go so i think you have to with him.

    @Donruss: AJ is playing so I would go with him.

    @eltoo: Yeah, I like Beanie there, but Moss might be the safer play.

    @Chicago Mike: 3

    @B.J.: I’d lean Colston. I think Holmes need a little transition time.

    @Hugh: I’d drop McGahee

    @Randy: I’d try Johnson

    @Principal Blackman: Beanie

  25. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Hugh: I like Torain

  26. Steve Mc says:
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    Titans or Giants D? I am up against Schaub and A Johnson do you think I should go Titans because of this?

  27. nick m. says:
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    Can you pick 2 out of this group in a 14-team PPR: Maclin, Bowe, Ivory, Betts? Thanks.

  28. I need to start one from each.

    In non-PPR

    1. Jacoby Jones, D. Hester, or Gaffney
    2. Dez Bryant, Crabtree, or Mason
    3. Bradshaw, JC Superstar, or Addi

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Steve Mc: Don’t like either. Hope for sacks from the Giants D.

    @nick m.: Maclin/Betts

    @Chicago Mike: Gaffney/Mason/Addai

  30. Calogero says:
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    Pick 2 –

    Forte
    Greene
    Felix Jones
    Hightower

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Calogero: Forte/Jones

  32. herschel says:
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    @Doc: 12 team ppr, need a bye week replacement at flex:

    blount, housh or crabtree?

    much appreciated.

  33. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @herschel: Crabs

  34. herschel says:
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    @Doc: thanks….i feel like i have them by needing to start him…..

  35. PepeSilvia says:
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    flex (non-PPR): Betts or Garcon?

  36. johnny o says:
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    Non PPR

    Pick 1 for my #2 RB slot Fred Jackson or Felix Jones

    Pick 1 for my Flex spot Santana Moss, B Lloyd, Felix Jones, F Jackson

  37. Joel says:
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    Doc, out of Hillis,SJax, Bradshaw and Best, I’m sitting Hillis, right? I just read that everyone is active, but Hillis may have a decreased workload, right?

  38. Jason says:
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    PPR league, possibly limited Collie, Maclin or Bowe? Need 2.

  39. Howie says:
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    @Doc: My two squads are injury-prone… at just the RB position I’m attempting to decide between Best, McCoy, Mathews, and DMC (pick two of the three with DMC out) and Best, Hillis, and Bradshaw in the other (pick two).

    I’m tempted to lean toward sitting the guy on both teams with the injury most likely to be reaggravated? Since I’m not a doctor- but you are!- which injuries are most tenuous (i.e., which guy sits on each respective squad)?

    I could lament about having the injured Andre Johnson as one of my WRs…but this is a RB thread. :-)

    Thanks.

  40. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Doc: cool, thanks Doc.

  41. Dirtdog says:
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    Whos the best start this week?

    Andre Johnson
    Brandon Lloyd
    Donald Driver

  42. Anonymous says:
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    @Doc: Would I be insane to play Bush, Tolbert and Torain over DeAngelo, Bradshaw/Spiller/Greene/Hightower?

  43. Joel says:
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    thanks! good luck this week!

  44. G.O.B. says:
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    PPR, I need some advice on who to start today:

    We play 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 WR/TE, 1 WR/RB.

    I have Foster, McCoy, Bradshaw at RB, and Austin, Wayne, Desean Jackson, and Andre Johnson at WR.

    I was gonna sit AJ or McCoy because of injury, should I replace any of the other guys since they are playing now?

    Thanks.

  45. timmy riggins says:
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    @Doc: hi, whod you start in .5PPR

    ANDRE JOHNSON, bowe, crabtree, manningham,

    RAY RICE, thomas jones, ivory

    need to start 3 WRs, 2 RBs, and one flex….thanks

  46. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @G.O.B.: You have too many good players!! I’d sit Aj because of the injury

  47. timmy riggins says:
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    @Doc: thanks…whyd u ranke freeman over VY? (2 QB league)

    thanks

  48. G.O.B. says:
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    I snagged Austin in a trade, but all those other players I was able to draft thanks to your WR first strategy. Thanks for your help.

  49. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @timmy riggins: It’s close. Just like his upside. VY is the safer play.

  50. struggler says:
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    lance moore or michael bush for flex in a ppr?

  51. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I just want one week without an injury

  52. Howie says:
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    @: Yep, I’ve got Finley as well. I’m changing my team name to M*A*S*H

  53. Matt Leinart says:
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    Hey Doc,

    I hope I can repost this question. I think it got lost in the shuffle earlier today.

    What do you think about this trade? I offered a QB + a WR around because I have depth at QB (Big Ben, Schaub, Favre) and WR (Nicks, Austin, Fitz, Crab, Harvin, Floyd) and could use a boost at RB (Foster, Torian, Beanie, and BenJarvis). We only start 2 WR + a flex so I don’t really need all 6 WRs. I’ve offered several combos, most including two out of Fitz, Austin, Torain and Schaub for top 10 RBs. One guy called Fitz a deal-breaker, and asked for Nicks + Schaub for Ray Rice and Mike Sims-Walker. I would immediately drop MSW for Hines Ward, who is on the wire. I should do it, right?

    I hesitate for two reasons. One, I can probably only deal for one top back, and I would rather have CJ, AP, Gore, SJax, MJD or Mendy at this point. Two, I’m tied with my trade partner for first, and I don’t want to help him too much. Is Rice a big enough upgrade? I see that Hicks is off to a huge start today and Rice has had a good half.

    Thanks.

  54. Matt Leinart says:
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    One other thing:

    I’m new to being in a league with strangers. Would it be considered an act of douchebaggery to accept a trade while games are in progress if the guy you’re getting is looking especially good? That seems fair to me as long as they guys you’re sending haven’t left with injuries, right?

  55. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Nice dropped Mike Willams for Tate. Nothing going for me this year

  56. PepeSilvia says:
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    @Matt Leinart: I think that’s totally fair. The other guy always could’ve rescinded the offer once the guy he was giving up started to play well. If he’s willing to leave it out there I think you’re well within your rights to accept it.

  57. Howie says:
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    @Doc: Of course I dropped Mike Williams (TB) to pick up Lynch in both of my leagues. Question…non-PPR…drop Jennings and reclaim MWTB? DMC is the possibility in the other league- also non-PPR.

    Thoughts?

  58. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    At least Finley INJ makes it easy to use #1 for Hernandez.

  59. Randy says:
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    My team is dropping like flies… Just added Gronkowski due to Finley… Now trying to decide between Gibson and Robinson for Mark Clayton. Any advice?
    Thanks

  60. Randy says:
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    Someone already has Amendola.

  61. kleptobum says:
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    I’m proposing a trade (in a standard scoring league with bonuses for long TD runs/receptions) that would have me giving away Michael Turner and Brandon Marshall for Adrian Peterson and Beanie Wells (Beanie is basically an afterthought and if he does anything down the road it’s a bonus). My starters in these positions after the trade would look like this:
    RB: A. Peterson
    RB: J. Charles
    WR: Andre Johnson
    WR: Malcom Floyd
    WR/RB: One out of Harvin, Maclin, Spiller, Beanie

    My friends tell me that this trade isn’t in my favor, but I’m getting an upgrade at RB and I feel confident running Malcom Floyd as my #2 WR. Should I keep the trade proposal? Thanks!

  62. Calogero says:
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    Wow, after Week 4 when everything went wrong, Week 5 has pulled me off the ledge.

    The first play I saw all day was Jermichael getting hurt. Uh oh. His 0 and Lance Moore’s 0.8 suck, BUT I can’t even be that upset, because of Forte, Austin, Atlanta’s D, my spot play of Fitzgerald and the expanded role of Felix Jones. Outstanding.

    I probably won’t be so happy tomorrow afternoon when they announce how long Finley will miss (my uninformed guess is that we won’t see him until Week 11, after GBs bye). Aaron Hernandez is still out there, but I have the 9th waiver priority so I’ll need to take a look at a back-up plan. Anyway, hope everyone else is feeling as good as I am tonight….if not, well I was there last week and I’m here this week. So hang in there.

  63. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Matt Leinart: Love Rice. I’d do it.

    @kleptobum: I love AP, but it is quite a bit to give up.

    @Randy: I’d lean Gibson.

    @Calogero: Congrats! And wise words.

  64. Howie says:
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    @Doc: With Finley possibly out for a good bit, I snuck a peak at the TEs on my leagues scrap heap…non-PPR…Moeaki, Pettigrew, Shockey, Gresham, Heap, and H. Miller, Donald Lee, and Owen Daniels are the ones that jump out at me… which one of those all-stars would you add?

    On a related note a guy in my league is dangling Dallas Clark (even before this week and Clark’s 20 yd. performance today might work to my advantage) for a RB. My roster includes Best, DeAngelo, Mathews, DMC, L. McCoy, and Lynch. In what order would you reciprocate the dangle? I will attempt to exhaust this before adding one of the free agent TEs as I think Clark has more value and I would have to drop one of those guys (RBs) anyway…unless Finley is out for the year or an extended period.

    Thoughts?

  65. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Howie: I would see what the MRI results before you really decide what to do. If he’s gone for an extended period of time I’d go for Clark. If a game or two I think you can play matchups with those guys.

  66. Randy says:
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    Got a trade offer. His Andre Johnson for my Arian Foster.
    My other RB’s- Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush, CJ Spiller, Justin Forsett
    WR’s- Desean Jackson, Johnny Knox, Jacoby Jones, Steve Johnson, Brandon Gibson
    Should I take it?

  67. Howie says:
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    @Doc: Understood…however, even playing the “matchup game”, I will need to drop a RB (retaining Finley if he is only out a game or two)… Best, DeAngelo, Mathews, DMC, L. McCoy, and Lynch… in what order would you drop? I’m leaning toward DMC…but Lynch is purely speculative at this point, DeAngelo could get traded to a team which can block for him, and Best/Mathews/McCoy each seems to be better than the aforementioned three?

  68. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Howie: Yeah, it would be between DMC and Lynch. I would lean toward Lynch if you have to do that.

    @Randy: It’s a good trade, but I don’t think you should deplete your RBs like that. You can mix and match receivers easier than RBs.

  69. Randy says:
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    We do get 1 point for every 20 return yards so guys like Jacoby and Spiller are stronger if that makes any difference?

  70. Randy says:
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    Yeah i don’t think I’m going to do anything. Crazy day for me… Rodgers concussion, Foster knee, D Jackson knee, Finley leg, Clayton leg… All starters. I was 4-0 going into this week.

  71. swingkungfu says:
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    alright, clayton will meet the waivers as soon as he gets unlocked, so now i’m trying to figure out the best pick-up. here are some WR’s hanging out on the wire for my league:

    johnson(buf), britt, williams(tb), bess, tate, woodhead and gibson. crabtree is also out there cause i got a little impatient last week, but obviously tonight’s game has opened up that potential. i’m not exactly in need of a starter, since i’ll be slipping AJ back into my line-up.

  72. Bill says:
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    Luckily I dropped Jacoby Jones at the last minute for Amendola (PPR – no bench space because of so many byes) In another league I started Zach Miller in a flex spot in place of Malcom Floyd. Looked like a bad mistake until Miller made a big push right at the end to post some adequate numbers.

    Is it time to let Tolbert go? I could pick up Lynch or Fred Jackson from the wire.

  73. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @swingkungfu: Crabtree, Williams, then Britt

  74. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Bill: Tough with Mathews being so brittle, but i think Lynch has a better shot at being the main guy.

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