Though my lawyers have told me not to talk about this until the subject has been settled in court, I have decided that BenJarvus Green-Ellis is RB1 worthy this week, seeing him matched up against Jacksonville.  The Jaguars currently rank 3rd worst in total rushing yards allowed, only behind their opponent for the week in Cincy and of course, the downward spiral that is the Saints.  This isn’t a highlight reel call here, of course.  Anyone who has seen the acronym run knows he runs downhill and gains 3.5 YPC.  I know, boring.  He also had his first lost fumble of his NFL career last week.  If you think I don’t know how to talk someone up, you should see me hitting on the ladies at the bar!  Has anyone ever told you how knobby your knees are?  Where are you going?  That’s me, showing my game.  I think we’ll see BJGE motivated and hungry against a hapless rush defense and the great thing is you probably have him in your RB2 or Flex for the week.  Lucky you.  But back to the Saints…fantasy sports is much like being a shark.  When you smell blood in the water, you attack.  Not only are the Saints last in rush defense, they’re the 8th worst in pass defense.  For that reason, I have the two main WRs for Green Bay – Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson – in my top 10.  Seeing Jennings get 70 and a TD while Jordy catches a long bomb for another wouldn’t surprise me.  What does surprise me is Aaron Rodgers is the consensus #1 QB in rankings this week, yet the highest ranked GB wideout is Jordy at 12.  Some day, I’ll understand…someday.  In other calls that might surprise, Alex Smith is start-worthy in 12 team leagues this week in my book depending on who your actual starter is.  The Jets have lost Revis for the season and Alex is currently ranked 83rd overall in yahoo leagues.  If you are missing your Big Ben this week and he’s out there, I think he’s worth a start.  I also have Matthew Stafford in QB2 territory this week.  That is more of a concern of me not knowing if he’s healthy enough to play this week than it is me saying he’s not start-worthy.  That’s the curse and the joy of ranking these guys before the Thursday games.  Outside of that, I don’t think I have any more controversy to share.  Tight End is deep and even if I’m wrong, it’s still going to feel so right.  So with that, on with the rankings!

PS, I decided to not use the FLEX option this week.  I don’t feel it does as much justice as just answering those questions in the comments.  Ranking 150 of these guys in standard and in PPR weekly means you’re eventually trying to figure out where to put Joel Dreessen.  I wish that upon no man, woman, nor child.


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  1. barker says:
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    hello sky thank you for talking me off the trade ledge yesterday — any way i’m 0-3 and really having a hard time picking this week or any week for that matter

    so here it goes for my RB 2 slot i currently have t rich @ bal in there
    are any of these guys worth it over him CJ0k @ hou leshore MIN or f jax NE

    and the tough one is my flex i currently am rocking t gonz CAR
    options include colston @ gb f jax NE leshore MIN and of course CJ0k @ hou

    vernon davis over t gonz right — even with laron landry hawking him

    also sorry one more colston over either dez or desean

    i read the rankings just really unsure about trich and where to go with the flex

  2. Brian says:
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    PPR League, what do you think for my flex spot? Options are Cedric Benson at NO or Stevie Johnson at NE. I have Kenny Britt and Ben Tate too, but I want no parts of that game this week. I’m leaning Benson because of the matchup, I just want someone to validate me sitting Stevie.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d play Cedric there.

  3. Dom says:
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    trade help:

    12 team league, start 1 QB, 2 RB, and no flex player

    I give MDJ and Phillip River; I get Tom Brady and Kevin Smith

    My other running backs are: Frank Gore, Alfred Morris, and Mikel Leshoure

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d rather keep MJD.

  4. Beer Man says:
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    I’m proposing a trade for McCoy. I’m putting up M Wallace and T Richardson.

    Do you think it will help my team?

    I have
    Rodgers QB
    T Richardson RB
    B Tate RB
    D Richardson RB
    V Cruz WR
    M Wallace WR
    A Hawkins WR
    N WashingtonWR
    J Graham TE

    12 team PPR, QB, RB, WR, WR, Flex, TE, K, DST.
    Thanks for any pointers!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You don’t have any depth at the skill positions to make that trade.

  5. fallex says:
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    Really? You ranked Roy Helu? Even if he wasn’t IR’d, he’d been relegated to less than an afterthought by skeletor.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That update came in later than I had time to make adjustments for. I’ll update accordingly. Eventually they can’t have their second leading rusher on the team be their QB unless they want him on the IR as well.

  6. Jon says:
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    Pick 2 to start:

    Dez, Britt, or Bradshaw. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t trust Bradshaw this week, go Dez/Britt

  7. Wilsonian says:
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    You playing Andre over Bradshaw?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, don’t trust Bradshaw this week.

  8. CL3 says:
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    Good point about the flex rankings.

    You think the Seattle DEF is going to be flying high against STL, or is San Fran the safer play? I again, have both, because Seattle is getting more sacks etc… i.e. more points in my league.

    Also, flex 1pt PPR & return yardage, Denarious Moore or Jaquizz Rodgers?

    Chris Johnson to the bench, Ryan Williams to start, right?!

    Thanks man! Enjoy Ed Hocculi’s return from working out in his basement.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Honestly like the top three DEF this week equally, just didn’t have a way of saying that. Could go either way for me.

      I’d play Jacquizz there

      Yeah, I’d do that RE: Williams

      Ed’s gonna Hulk smash week 4!

  9. ZorntoLargent says:
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    Just dont understand Cobb near WR3 territory? Has rarely been on the field last 2 games. Would think a guy like Hankerson who is essentially Skins top WR this week v. a horrid TB secondary would get more love. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Against New Orleans? I think he’ll get some touches, even if it’s garbage time and at 36th, he’s sitting right next to Andre Dawkins. I’m not really making a huge world of difference when he was ranked 44th consensus.

      I have Pierre ranked 18th. If he can’t go, then Hankerson is the play for Washington but he was their WR1 last week and was maybe a WR3 in PPR formats. Not really huge on him. Cincy’s secondary wasn’t that great either and his line was just ok.

  10. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    In a “bit of a bind at TE this week. Lost Aaron Hernandez, have Heath Miller on bye, lost out on good waiver pick. 0.5 PPR for TE, please rank the following:

    Kellen Davis, CHI, plays @DAL on MNF – 3 catches this year
    Jeff Cumberland, NYJ, plays vs. SF – Dustin Keller ruled out
    Lance Kendricks, STL, plays vs. SEA – 7 targets last week
    Tony Moeaki, KC, plays vs. SD – Kevin Boss ruled out.
    Ed Dickson, BAL, plays Browns TNF – not Dennis Pitta but still plays CLE

    Yeah, not the best crop to pick from. But, let me know what you think. Thanks in advance!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Grab Moeaki. Not really hip on any of the others.

      • Far Beyond Driven says:
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        @Sky, looks like I took Boss news from last week; if Boss somehow does play this week (didn’t practice WED, at leas), do you still answer Moeaki? sorry for the piss poor pool of players you’re stuck evaluating!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, your FA pool is all your fault! Ha.

          They’re both stuck in two TE hell. Think Moeaki is on a worse team and so has a chance for more targets over the course of the game so it’s still Tony for me.

  11. Captain Kirk says:
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    so basically I’m F***ed. I have andre brown & Ahmad bradshaw. Who do I start? or do I put one in RB and the other in flex?

    • ZorntoLargent says:
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      @Captain Kirk, I’m in same position bro. Coughlin is calling Bradshaw the starter though and that’s who I’m going to roll with. Some see Browns role comparable to Jacobs the last few years, and though we really wont know until we see them together, if given the choice between Jacobs or Bradshaw last few years, I always went Ahmad…

      • Captain Kirk says:
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        @ZorntoLargent,

        yea man, i was leaning the same way. After watching brown tear it up last week, i know it was against the panthers, but i just feel like bradshaw really isn’t that good to be honest.

        all i can hope for is a TD from bradshaw to save the day.

  12. J says:
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    Despite your high ranking of RG3, you only have Pierre Garcon in your top 50 WRs. If he doesn’t play, where do you rank their other receivers like Hankerson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      RGIII only has 4 TD passes and 3 TDs on the ground. With Pierre Garcon out last week, the top receiving threat was Fred Davis with 7 receptions. Next closest was Hankerson with 4 catches for 55 yards. If Pierre isn’t ready to go, I’ll put Hankerson in WR3 territory but RGIII provides his own value.

  13. Tim says:
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    Need one for flex…tough call
    Maclin,Ryan Williams,or Andre brown?
    Standard league
    Thanks!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Williams is the clear cut starter with Beanie out. I’d rather go with the guaranteed touches.

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Picked up Hill in a couple leagues as an upside play to cover Roethlisberger’s bye. If it turns out Stafford’s playing this week, who has the highest floor among these FA that didn’t make your top 20: Cassel v SD, Kolb v MIA, or (gulp) Gabbert v CIN?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Well, we both know Blaine doesn’t even make the top 50. I’d lean Kolb then Cassel. Most of Matt’s nice surface numbers came during garbage time in week two. Week three he did jack squat against the Saints. How can you do that?

  15. Principle Blackman says:
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    I just completed a trade in my 12-team, 1pt PPR, PPRushAttempt, PPCompletion, Return Yardage league. I think I upgraded at RB while making a lateral move at WR. What do you think?

    I gave M Wallace and S Greene and I got R Matthews and B Lloyd.

    Here’s my roster now.
    QB Stafford
    RB Lynch
    RB JC Superstar
    WR Lloyd
    WR Harvin
    WR Cribbs (return yards are weighted enough that he is a must start)
    TE T Gonz
    Q/W/R/T Carson Palmer
    BN Matthews, Bradshaw, Andre Brown,
    BN Andrew Hawkins, Emanuel Sanders
    BN Cassel

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Trade looks good for you

  16. He Hate Me says:
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    ALF or Ced this week? I got DMC in my other RB spot and Demaryius at Flex.
    Also – Seattle or Arizona D this week and for the long run? I got to drop one for Bye weeks coming up…Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d play them how I ranked them.

  17. David says:
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    Potential trade: Bennett and J. Stewart for Brandon Lloyd and coby fleener. Brent celek is a FA.
    10 team PPT with 3 flex, 3wr and 2rb.
    My team: big Ben, Calvin Johnson, jordy, maclin, mjd, lynch, Finley, Bradshaw, shonn Greene, Kendall wright, hankerson, and ponder.

    • David says:
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      @David, also have boldin.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Probably overspending there, IMHO, but with Celek on the FA it could work out for you.

  18. Its My Vick In a Box says:
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    You taking McGahee over Bradshaw this week? Yahoo seems to like Bradshaw better but I guess they are thinking McGahee is Q

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think both are questionable but Willis has a firmer hold on the starting gig with regards to who is backing him up. Ahmad said he’s ready to play but Brown – we know – IS ready to play. I just wonder how much Ahmad will play. I have him and Brown in my top 40 overall.

    • Murph says:
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      @Its My Vick In a Box,

      Defensive matchups are about the same but there are two huge factors in this one.

      1. Severity of Injury: Bradshaw is coming back off a neck injury and missed an enire week. Mcgahee had a minor rib injury where he missed a few quarters. Its alot easier to protect a sore rib with a pad than an injured neck.

      2. Back up RB Performance: Wilson has been unipressive so far but with Andre Brown’s performance in week 3 he has at least earned 10-12 carries per game if not more if the Giants are up big in the second half. Moreno has looked poor for most of the season and John Fox is not going to put his trust in an unproven rookie Ronnie Hillman.

  19. Murph says:
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    We’ve go Ed Hochuli back sky!!!

    Need help setting my week 4 line up. Im good to go with Rice and Lych at RB1 and RB2 and am unfortunately stuck starting Micheal ReVickulous at QB with Big Ben on a bye, can you pick 2 WR and 1 Flex for me? Thanks (NON PPR)

    Steve Smith
    Larry Fitz
    Brandon Marshall
    Miles Austin
    Pierre Garcon
    Micheal Turner
    Donald Brown

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I did some pinky finger pull-ups in his honor this morning.

      Fitz/Smith. Normally I’d suggest Donald Brown but since he’s on bye, I have to say Marshall there even though I don’t like it. If I were second guessing myself, I’d say Turner.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        I was thinking the same, shooting for a 4-0 start. Thanks and good luck this week.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No problem, you too!

  20. Iceman says:
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    Can I drop Kevin Smith? Have Leshoure and other options…

    What about Cutler? Have Vick and guys like Locker, Ponder, Palmer are on waivers…

    Finally, have Pitta– can I drop Fred Davis?

    xo

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Most of these answers are me assuming you’re in a fairly regular league size so…

      Sure, no problem with you dropping Kevin. Seems like the Lions did last week without him knowing.

      Yeah, you can cut Cutler if that’s your FA pool.

      Yeah, no problem with Davis drop depending on who you’re picking up.

  21. harkrider says:
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    thoughts on this trade offer

    Alfred Morris and Julio Jones

    for

    Greg Jennings and Ryan Matthews

    My WR’s – Jones, Antonio Brown, Torrey Smith, Blackmon and Jeffries
    My RB’s – DeMarco Murray, Steven Jackson, Morris, Hillman

    Keep the trade as is, switch Morris and Jackson, or switch Jones and Brown.

    Which side if better for ROS? – 12 team non keeper league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like the Mathews side. If you can switch out Brown for Jones, all the better.

  22. Pokey Reese says:
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    How do you feel about this trade:

    Alfred Morris and Ogletree

    for

    Marques Colston and Denarius Moore

    My WR: Mike Wallace, Miles Austin, Vincent Jackson, Ogletree
    My Bench WR: Randall Cobb
    My RB: Ryan, Mathews, Trent Richardson, Jamaal Charles
    My bench RB: C.J. Spiller, Alfred Morris Peyton Hillis, Kevin Smith, Daryl Richardson, Bilal Powell

    I need to start 3 RBs and 4 WR— Mathews and Charles both have byes week 7 so this leaves RB impacted. However, Jackson, Austin, & Ogletree have byes week 5. The free agent pool at WR has no options since this is a 10 team 4 starting WR league.

    The catch is Denarius Moore also has a week 5 BYE. So, should I try to go after Brandon Lafell instead or is Moore’s ROS projections higher than Lafell that starting a scrub week 5 would be ok.

    If none of that makes sense then I’ll just accept your opinion on the trade alone.

    Thank you for your help and more than anything thank you for giving me something interesting to look forward to at work with all the great articles!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want the Colston side, bye weeks be damned. Think there’s more upside for that side.

  23. MikeGIII says:
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    In desperate need of RB help in a 14 team league with Spiller and Bush possibly out. Any deep RBs you recommend? Would you pick Ball or Hillman for a few points?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d be really surprised if you got anything from those guys. Hard to recommend, don’t know who is in your FA pool.

  24. The Fridge says:
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    I’m looking for some advice on a trade offer that I just received:

    I give: Mike Leshoure I get: Brandon Lloyd

    We start 2 RB, 2 WR and Flex. Current roster looks like this:

    QB – Matt Ryan
    RB – McCoy
    RB – Doug Martin
    FL – Trent Richardson
    WR – Dez Bryant
    WR – Malcolm Floyd
    TE – Pitta
    BE – Britt
    BE – Titus Young
    BE – Alfred Morris
    BE – Mikel Leshoure

    So the way that I see it, I’m giving up LeShoure to upgrade from Floyd / Britt to Brandon Lloyd….Good move?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d rather see if I could move Morris first but I’d like to get Lloyd for your team. Solid WR2.

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Sky, Believe me, I tried to sell Morris. Let’s just hope that Shanny keeps him in there a few more weeks to further drive his price up. I’m not counting on it thought.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, understand. Don’t know if I said it but I don’t mind the trade. Second week in the lineup for LeShoure might bring more trade value or less, just can’t ever tell.

          • The Fridge says:
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            @Sky, If I can get him to accept a deal to acquire Greg Jennings by sending Dez Bryant + Al Morris would you do that deal instead?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              You’re overspending. Not that I don’t like Jennings but he’s underperformed. Now Morris for Jennings straight up and skipping the Lloyd trade so you keep a good stable of RBs. That would be awesome.

  25. Art Vandelay says:
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    I see the comment above re: K. Smith, so I wanted to tag on to that to say do you think he’s droppable in a 12 team 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 flex league? I am hurting at RB, but it would basically come down to dropping either him or Kendall Hunter so I can actually pick up a defense for this week. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s tough. You have two guys who’ve been relegated fairly low on their team’s importance scale. I like Kevin Smith more but Detroit doesn’t feel the same. I’d hold Hunter.

  26. sickmangarner says:
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    Choose a FLEX in a 1 pt. PPR.

    LaFell
    Britt
    Alfred Morris
    Andre Brown

    Choosing LaFell over Morris last week cost me a win so I’m pissed at him (which makes no sense in Fantasy, but, well…)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, get pissed! I always try to go RB with flex. Even if he’s not PPR useful, I’d still roll with Morris.

  27. Joe says:
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    PPR:
    Leshoure or Malcom Floyd?
    Michael Bush or Dez Bryant?
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      RBs have more shots to get touches so I’ll always lean RB. I’d go LeShoure/Bush there.

  28. iMP says:
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    It seems to early to worry, and you can say as much, but with both Stewart and FJax looking suspect for now, would you drop either one to pick up Donald Brown (who got tossed onto waivers for being on bye?) to have a back to play in place of Murray next week? I don’t really like Brown because this is a PPR league and he doesn’t catch the ball for a team that likes to pass, but he is a starter.
    Thanks for the advice.

    • Sky

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      I definitely won’t toss F-Jax. Stewart/Brown is a tough one. I had them pretty close in my off-season rankings. Little maddening they’re not using Brown effectively at this time. I’d probably hold Stewart.

  29. dosattackaz says:
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    I’m having a hard time deciding who to start this week….

    TE: Romo’s BFF or Greg Olsen

    DEF: Arizona or Seattle

    WR: J. Maclin or Lance Moore?

    Thanks again!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Have Witten/Olsen 13/14 this week. Pretty much a toss-up but you can go Witten.

      DEF: I have Seattle ranked third this week so I’d play SEA

      WR: Maclin if he’s healthy enough to play. Have him and Moore ranked 26th and 30th, respectively.

  30. Prezii says:
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    Soo i want to play gates this week but i have no clue if he’ll suit up.. all i have is pitta as a back up and he plays tonight.. what to do? Keep gates in and pray for daylight or pull the smoove move and play pitta? I feel like pitta could have a gates-ish day at cleveland anyway but its risky..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, just go Pitta. Avoid the risk.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Sky, thanks man! Knowin my luck gates will be 100% and score 4 tds… But better safe than sorry i guess!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Just remember. No one expects the Dante Rosario inquisition!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Sky, haha!! This is true, this is true..

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Prezii, It’s hard to not know what you’re doing in fantasy when I can read your thoughts, oh and i agree with the Sky, Pitta will go 87 with a TD tonight!

  31. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Do like Flacco over Newton? I know what the rankings say, but my gut is telling me otherwise, ATL defense has been good aginst the pass.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d still lean Cam. His legs are a hard thing to devalue.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky, That was the only thing making me hesitate. After that ho-hum performance and throwing in the towel, or in his case over his head, maybe he will bounce back and be a bad ass.

        what about cam or Peyton this week?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d still hang my hat on Cam. Those running QBs warm the cockles of my heart.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky, try to avoid using the word COCKles whentalking about another man

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Would you prefer Dickles?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky, I like a nice cup of hot teabag

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  That’s pretty much what Pitta served up!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Psssh, who needs Cam’s feet when you’ve got Flaccos right? Ugh…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky, right now in my league Flacco is at 16.18…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah and he ran like a baby Gazelle being chased by a lion for 6 of that. Hard to predict for or against that

  32. iMP says:
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    Alright a bit off topic and general, but hopefully interesting enough for you or a reader as we try to figure out what to do with DSTs that are on bye:
    In my scoring system only 6 units (CHI, ARZ, SEA, GB, ATL, HOU) have (on average) significantly outperformed the “12th best” unit of any given week. That is, the 12th best DST of each week (varying by the week) is averaging about 14ppg and the six DST above are 3 or more points above that average. All the other units have an average right around or significantly below the 14 ppg that the random 12th DST averages. Is this baseline anywhere near the right mark? Does alleigance to any of the other DSTs during a bye week or bad matchup mean you are putting yourself (at minimum) at a risk of inconsistency or (at worst) a below average result?

  33. Velocity_X says:
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    14 Team 1PPR:

    QB: Romo (vs. CHI) or Smith (@ NYJ) – I haven’t started Smith yet, but Romo has looked weak lately which leaves me wondering.

    Flex: Hawkins or Denarius Moore – Moore is probably a steadier pick, but Hawkins has a ton of upside if he keeps getting those long receptions.. the risk is there though.

    I picked up Daniel Thomas on waivers, but he’ll likely stay benched since I am going with Michael Bush right now.

    I’m hoping to maximize my points because I am up against a tough opponent this week. Your thoughts are appreciated.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I have smith ranked over romo this week so I’d go smith

      I’d play Moore

  34. Hawks says:
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    Can I drop Rotheisberger for Dalton or Alex Smith? Current Vick owner and a little worried about his matchup against the giants and durability for the ROS. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t

  35. Is Denarius Moore worthy of a #1 waiver claim?

    • FYI. PPR League…also, would you consider starting Denarious Moore over Dez Bryant this week?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Prefer to still start Dez.

        Depends on needs. He’s good but I’d rather spend a #1 waiver on an RB if your waiver rankings don’t change every week.

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