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Most would have undoubtedly considered the lineup I am about to throw at you to be ridiculous had I recommended it last week for last week’s matchups. I am certain my readership would have plummeted from fifteen to about five. Even though that’s an eighty percent decrease can I still use the word “plummet” considering how small the numbers are with which we are working? There are more than fifteen people in any of the men’s rooms at any given time at an NFL stadium during a game. Are those my followers? Are you sh!tting me? I love it! While most would have quickly clicked “unsubscribe to malamoney’s posts”, when they read the papers on Monday morning and saw the results, I’m not sure if they would have called me lucky, and lucky idiot, or just an idiot. Probably all three, which is technically the second option. Led by Alex Smith and Theo Riddick, the following lineup would have won just about any matchup in its path…

QB: Alex Smith (29.02 points, 21 percent)
RB: Theo Riddick (25.30 points, 35 percent)
RB: Jalen Richard (16.50 points, 1 percent)
WR: Will Fuller (19.20 points, 50 percent)
WR: Mohamed Sanu (18.50 points, 45 percent)
WR: Nelson Agholor (13.70 points, 4 percent)
TE: Jack Doyle (17 points, 1 percent)
FL: Mike Wallace (17.70 points, 35 percent)
K: Jason Myers (13 points, 1 percent)
DST: Miami (13 points, 3 percent)

Alex SmithAlex Smith is probably the most boring quarterback in fantasy football. The only thing more boring is his name. It might as well be Alex Boring. That would actually be less boring. Smith threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns. He even ran one in, totaling just over 29 points. How’s that for boring. Agent Smith is going to have some fantasy value this year as a matchup-based QB. Last year he was a top fifteen QB and I think he has a solid chance of repeating in 2016. A few more games like this and he’ll be pushing for top ten.

Theo Riddick – It didn’t take long for Riddick to confirm the fact that he’s going to play a reasonable role in the Lions offense and that he’s going to be a solid play in PPR leagues. On seven carries he tallied 45 yards and a touchdown. He also caught all five targets for 63 yards and another touchdown. Riddick is declaring himself a double threat, air and ground, and it’s just week one. He should be owned in every PPR league. However, I am taking Ameer Abdullah first.

Jalen Richard – When I first read this guy’s name I was certain he played basketball. I’m still not convinced otherwise. Even though he rushed for 84 yards and a score, I have no interest in him. Not unless his name is Latavius Murray or DeAndre Washington. Besides, if you take aways Jalen’s 75-yard touchdown run, his line would be two carries for nine yards. I’ll pass, but I’ll definitely be targeting him in my fantasy basketball draft.

Will Fuller – You roster will be fuller if you add Will Fuller. I guess that’s a true statement no matter who you add, but at least with Fuller you’d have yourself a solid bench player. If you guessed that DeAndre Hopkins was the Texans top receiver on Sunday you would have been wrong. That honor goes to Fuller, who led the team with 11 targets, catching five for 107 yards and a TD. Hopkins caught five for 54 and a score. Fuller was just under fifty percent owned, but that will not be the case next week.

Mohamed Sanu – I’d take five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown every week from my WR2. I think Sanu is going to get a lot of looks with Julio Jones‘ double team draws. Like Fuller, Mohamed is another guy I wouldn’t mind having on my bench.

Nelson Agholor – I don’t see much fantasy value here. I guess I’m not much of an agholoric. Anyone see what I was trying to do there?

Jack Doyle – His name makes him sound more like an associate of James Bond than a tight end in the NFL. Well, after week 1 every fantasy player now knows who he is. He’s the guy that caught three passes for 35 yards, two of which were end zone grabs. With 17 points he led all tight ends this week, making him the current top TE in fantasy football. Don’t worry, it won’t stay that way for long. Doyle is not even the tight end to own on his own team. That would be Dwayne Allen, who had four receptions for 53 yards and a score. Had they combined their week 1 stats they would have had quite the week. We could have called the hybrid Dwayne Doyle. That sounds better than Jack Allen.

Mike Wallace – Wallace led the Raven in targets with six, catching three for 91 yards and a touchdown dance. Nice numbers, but I’m not buying.

Take a look at the top scoring team in your league this week. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that that number is less than 182.92, which is how many points my aforementioned team scored this past week. Remember it’s about points not names. Starting next week I will not only show you an unlikely waiver wire team that would have kicked ass, but I will attempt to predict the players that will make the cut the following week. It’s easy for me to tell you who already did something, but I thought I’d step out of my comfort zone and test out my crystal ball. Without the benefit of a lot of stats, here are my very raw thoughts for next week.

QB: Matt Ryan/Joe Flacco
RB: Christine Michael
RB: James White
WR: Mohamed Sanu (repeat)
WR: Eli Rogers
WR: Steve Smith Sr.
TE: Charles Clay

riddikulus

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  1. Brian says:
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    I am hurting at TE I have Jarred Cook do I need to say more. I am considering dropping him for Celek due to the Ertz injury the other option is Jesse James. Is it safe to drop Cook since now ?

    • malamoney

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      @Brian: Needless to say no one was happy with Cook after week one. He’s not a great option at TE, but I need to see another week of him to make a final diagnosis. I’m leaning James over Cook however. Cook only saw two targets. James saw seven. Celek doesn’t interest me…

  2. G says:
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    Was offered Moncrief for my Roddick in my PPR league. I have Ingram, Woodhead, Ryan Mathews at RB remaining. I just lost Keenan Allen and have AJ, Landry, and now Diggs/Tavon as my third WR. Pull the trigger or try to make trade for better WR with another one if my RBs? Thanks in advance.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @G: How many at each position do you start?

      • G says:
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        @malamoney:

        3WR, 2RB, one flex

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @G: It’s a good deal. Riddick has nice value in PPR leagues. Here’s how I feel. You have to start 2 RB and you only have 3. If any of them get hurt, you have no backups. You have to start at least 3 WR. You will start AJ and Landry every week (except byes). I actually like Diggs as much on Moncrief. So I’m fine with starting Diggs on a weekly basis. So the question is “who is the better flex play between Riddick and Moncrief”. I think it’s Moncrief. But it’s damn close. Does the owner that offered you the trade have Abdullah?

          • G says:
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            @malamoney:

            He doesn’t have Abdullah unfortunately. I also forgot to mention that I also have vereen. Before the season this was a no brainer but Riddicks involvement in week one is making me ball at this.

            • G says:
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              @G:
              Balk*

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @G: Vereen means very little to me. Moncrief will end the season with more targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns. Riddick will have some rushing yards, but I’m not sure how many rushing TDs. I say take Moncrief…

              • G says:
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                @malamoney:

                Thanks man. Appreciate your responses and great work

                • malamoney

                  malamoney says:
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                  @G: Any time!

                • malamoney

                  malamoney says:
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                  @G: Follow me on twitter @malamoney for updates…

  3. Nick says:
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    Hey Malamoney! Hope you had a good summer. This year I’m in 2 leagues so I’ll be frequenting razzball posts for sure…

    Anyways, in my 10 team standard I drafted Barnidge with no backup. Week 1 was a brutal wake-up call as he dropped his only 2 targets..not much on waivers (Z Miller, J Cook, Graham, Rudolph, James) so probably hold for now, right? My bench of potential drops are S Smith, Vereen & T Taylor…

    Speaking of Taylor…he is my backup to Big Ben. Someone dropped Rivers already so thinking try to swap Taylor for Rivers once he clears waivers…other QBs available are Dalton, Flacco, Cutler, Fitzy..thoughts?
    Thanks!

    • malamoney

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      @Nick: I’d hold on Barnidge for now. Let’s see how he does with McCown, with whom he developed and repore last season.

      I give Rivers the slight edge over Taylor. Although losing Keenan Allen should lower his value a bit…

  4. Nick says:
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    Also for week 2 in my 12team standard, would you consider benching Freeman for Ware? I also have Ingram starting RB2 and Deangelo in my flex…& for WR, start Cobb or go with Marvin Jones, K Benjamin or Sanu?

    Thanks again boss!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: If Charles is out again in week 2 then I am going with Ware over Freeman. Sorry to all of you Freeman owners…

  5. Brian says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Pitta would you go Jessee James over him ?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Brian: If Pitta can get back to form, he and Flacco have always had a nice connection. However this was his first game back in like two years. I need to see more. Until I see more, I prefer James over Pitta. But Pitta could prove to be a solid waiver pickup this season if he emerges as the old Pitta…

  6. ferrisfaris says:
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    Christine Michael or Tevin Coleman. Who’s the better one to have right now and down the road?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @ferrisfaris: Leaving Coleman. I like Michael, but it’s Rawls job to lose. It looks like Freeman and Coleman are already in a committee. Coleman looked better in week 1. Still too early to tell either way though…

  7. Pollock drop says:
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    Freeman owner who missed the handcuff, ready to jump ship. Ina keeper league, would you deal:

    $49 dez, $4 Ajayi, $6 charle sims for $3 d. Freeman, $10 Stefon diggs, $6 Justin Forsett?

    Or

    $2 Jordan reed, $4 Ajayi, $6 sims for $3 freeman, $2 Dywane Allen, $2 Isaiah Crowell

    I kept freeman and watkins over my own gut due to their “value” ($3 freeman, $5 watkins) and passed on keeping a $33 lamar and $35 Brandin cooks. Obviously hindsight is 20:20 but man domo regret it.

    With those values in a keeper league, what type of player should I target with freeman. Everyone tells me “you’re overreacting”. Personally I think they are grossly under reacting. Did anyone watch freeman last 6 games last year and week 1 this year? No? Tevin Coleman routinely outplayed him. Coleman is the back to own, and this is coming from a freeman owner who has him for $3 in a keeper. I’m trying to unload now while there’s still value to be had..

    Freeman for Rawls?
    Freeman for dez?
    Freeman for what?

    • malamoney

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      @Pollock drop: The first trade just bores the shit out of me. In the second I’d take the Reed side.

      I agree that Coleman outplayed Freeman in game one. And let’s remember, Atlanta planned to give the ball to Coleman last year before injuries and whatnot. I’d still like to see how game 2 unfolds before declaring him the back to own in Atlanta.

      I’d like Rawls over Freeman. And I’d take Dez over Freeman. Figuring out what to expect for Freeman is tough. There are too many variables. Let’s face it. It Coleman outplays Freeman again this week, it’s safe to say you aren’t going to get much in return for Freeman. You could try for a guy like Marvin Jones, Stefon Diggs or Willie Snead perhaps, but that’s just me throwing some names out there…

  8. G-man says:
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    I am in a half PPR league and my WRs are Julio jones, Brandon Marshall, Jarvis landry, and Randall Cobb. My RBs are McCoy, Ingram, Ryan Mathews, gore, Crowell, Blount, and woodhead. My TEs are fleener and Ebron. Travis Benjamin is on the waiver wire right now and I was wondering which player (if any) should I drop for him?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @G-man: Probably Fleener…

  9. Tanner says:
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    I am hurting at the running back position (jeremy Hill) and have a deep receiving core. What do you think about Sammy Watkins health? Should I trade him for johnathon Stewart?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Tanner: Feels a little like you are selling low. Who are your other receivers?

      • Tanner says:
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        @malamoney:
        I have Mike Evans and odell with Vincent Jackson and Josh Gordon off the bench

        • Tanner says:
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          @Tanner: We do play a flex as well

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Tanner: And Hill is your only RB? Or he is your worst RB?

          • Tanner says:
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            @malamoney: he’s my worst, I have ameer Abdullah And Chris ivory

            • malamoney

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              @Tanner: Ivory is probably your worst. Either way, I don’t see myself giving up Watkins for Stewart. Aim higher. Maybe Ingram, Latavius or Forte…

              • Tanner says:
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                @malamoney: Okay so you’re not too Concerned with his health?

                • malamoney

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                  @Tanner: There is some concern, but I’m not raising the DefCon quite yet…

  10. Nightpandas says:
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    I am in a 12 team 2 qb league where I have no backup and there are no starting qb on the wire. Would you grab Mannion in this situation or is there someone to stash? Boykin?

    I would drop James provided Gronk is back. My qb are Tyrod and Fitz.

    • malamoney

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      @Nightpandas: Not only do you not have a backup, but your starters are subpar as well. Neither of those options interest me. I’d hold. You’ve got until week 10 when Tyrod has a bye. Hopefully someone will end up on the wire by then…

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @malamoney: yup, I have a couple of trade offers out as well as some guys have 4 qb on their rosters

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    Dumping any of the following for Riddick:

    JStew
    R.Jennings
    Hurns
    Yeldon

    0.5 PPR – 6 PTS per TD – 3 PT bonus for 85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing – 6 PT Bonus for 135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Wilsonian: Maybe Yeldon, but I’m not convinced…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @malamoney: he was really the only one I was possibly looking at, but I think I may have to give it another week. Thanks man.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Wilsonian: No problem…

  12. Drew says:
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    I really need RB help and I have 2 trade offers on the table, which would be better if any?

    Have: Forte, Duke Johnson, Coleman, Ware
    Julio, Baldwin, Dez,

    Dez for Rawls or Baldwin for Ingram

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Drew: Baldwin for Ingram. I want Ingram. But if you trade Baldwin then you’d have only Julio and Dez at WR?

  13. Magic says:
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    Dude – TE position has been apocalyptic so far (yes, only Week 1).

    I have Walford (disappointing last week) and Clay (Watkins shud help going forward?)

    James, Tamme, Doyle and Virgil Green available on our WW (12 team PPR).

    I tempted by James and Green – but not sure if they would be upgrades.
    Also, who best to start in wk 2 given matchups? I’m leaning Walford again – but tell me if I’m stupid …

    • malamoney

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      @Magic: I think you can swap Walford for James, but I don’t know how much of a difference it will be. Tough to make that call after only one week. I’m leading James in week 2 though…

  14. POINS POINTS POINTS says:
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    Im in a 12 team ppr yardage n scoring league would you drop chris thompson for shawn draughn, my other RB’s are forte, r. jennings, t.j. yeldon, crowell and b. powell. Would you drop vincent jackson for say steve smith from balt. or 1 of the SD WR. benjamin or t. williams ? my other WR are cooks, decker, cobb and marvin jones. Basically these 2 are on the bottom of my roster I think and these are a few of the free agents I might be able to get. I have the last waiver wire pick since i was the highest scoring team last week. So any of those 4 players worth a drop of either of my players. Thx for the help !

    • malamoney

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      @POINS POINTS POINTS: Thompson over Draughn. Jackson over Steve Smith, but Benjamin over Jackson. Although I like Jackson this year. With Allen out they might be shut down Benjamin. Tough call, but unlikely to hurt either way since we are discussing bench depth…

  15. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 14 team ppr league. Which trade do I accept?

    trade a) Gurley barnridge Marvin jones Chris hogan for Thomas Reed foster Coleman.

    Trade b ) aj green martellus bennett for damarius thomas tevin coleman jordan reed

    Really tempted to do this trade but I’m worried about the downgrade I take at te.

    qb andy dalton
    wr deandre hopkins
    wr keenan allen
    wr demaryius thomas
    rb danny woodhead
    rb giovani bernard
    te jordan reed
    w/r/t arian foster
    bn christine michael
    bn kamar aiken
    bn tevin coleman
    bn tajae sharpe
    bn rgiii
    bn michael thomas
    k steven hauschka
    def jets

    • malamoney

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      @Ryan: I might consider the first one, but definitely not the second trade. In both you are taking a big hit at TE. I’d probably hold on both…

  16. Steve says:
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    Better WR in standard scoring, Pryor or Tyrell Williams?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Steve: Leaning Pryor…

  17. smegma says:
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    Trade my Evans for his A.Robinson in non-ppr?

    • malamoney

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      @smegma: Sure. It’s pretty much even, but I like Robinson a smidge more…

  18. Beef Jerky says:
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    12 team 1pt ppr

    My Hopkins and Ameer for his Dez, AP and Hyde.

    Thoughts

    Rest of the team
    Cuz
    l. Murray
    Moncrief
    Diggs
    J.Reed
    J. Charles
    Forsett
    T.west
    C.west

    • malamoney

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      @Beef Jerky: While I hate giving up the Hopkins, you pretty much have to make that trade. The difference between AP and Hyde vs Ameer is much greater than the loss you get by downgrading from Hopkins to Dez…

      • Beef Jerky says:
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        @malamoney: Thank you sir!!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Beef Jerky: Good luck!

  19. Larry G. says:
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    0.5 ppr league, would you drop any of these guys for Sanu, Tevin Coleman, Pats D/ST, Ravens D/ST, or Victor Cruz?

    Clive Walford, Lockett, Rams D/ST

    • malamoney

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      @Larry G.: If Clive is your back up TE, he’d be the first one gone. I’d probably grab Coleman first. He has a good chance of taking the job from Freeman. I’m surprised he’s available. Personally I like the Patriots DST over Rams, but that’s just me. DST is also a matchup kind of thing on a week to week basis.

  20. DT says:
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    YO!

    James White, Matt Jones, or Duke Johnson Jr in 10 team ppr league?

    In same league, who would you go with if you had to start 3 this week: OBJ, Jordy, E. Sanders, G. Tate, W. Snead?

    • malamoney

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      @DT: James White. OBJ, Jordy and Snead.

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