Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) runs to the field as players are introduced before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXB1

Last week Brian Hoyer would have made this list had Trevor Siemian not had such a strong outing. This week Hoyer would not be denied, finishing as a top ten QB in week 4. He was no Matt Ryan, but he did throw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. That’s a whole two more yard than Julio Jones had receiving. As a matter of fact, Jones had more yards than all but five quarterbacks. I think HBO just inked a deal for a new show called Game of Jones. Julio Jones, Matt Jones, Jacoby Jones, Chipper Jones and James Earl Jones all battle it out for the right to have their way with one of Lolo Jones, Rashida Jones or Catherine Zeta Jones. My money’s on Darth Vader. Although I think Indiana Jones could at least make it entertaining. For those wondering, this will be a much better show than Keeping Up With The Joneses.

Here the lineup I’ve come up with for week four.

QB: Brian Hoyer (19.78, 5)
RB: John Kuhn (20.20, 0)
RB: Terrance West (17.3, 28)
WR: Dontrelle Inman (21.5, 2)
WR: Steve Smith Sr. (21.1, 63)
WR: Eddie Royal (20.6, 12)
TE: Hunter Henry (14.1, 30)
FL: Brian Quick (19.9, 0)
PK: Mike Nugent (19, 11)
DST: Buffalo (15, 43)

Brian Hoyer – I almost went with Joe Flacco here as he did score 2.24 more points than Hoyer, but Flacco is owned in 34 percent of leagues as compared to Hoyer’s five percent ownership. Not to mention, last week I predicted Brian Hoyer would earn this nod. I wouldn’t have the balls to actually start him, but he has been a top 12 QB the last two weeks, which are the only two weeks he’s started. Hey Jay Cutler, if you are reading this, and I know you frequent Razzball, retire…

John Kuhn – Big John Stud touched the ball five times and managed to score three touchdowns. I really have no desire to look up the stats, but that might be some sort of record. Probably not, but it’s still pretty impressive. The rest leaves much to be desired. Three carries for five yards and two receptions for seven more yards. Like I said, nothing to see here.

Terrance West – I considered entitling this post “Westbound and Up” as a little homage to my boy Kenny Powers, but when push came to shove I gave Hoyer the lede. Speaking of Kenny Powers, has anyone watched Vice Principals? I’m backed up on Netflix, so I haven’t had a chance. With Baltimore parting ways with Justin Forsett (again), it appears to be West’s job. Last week, as the starter, he carried the ball 21 times for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. However, Oakland is giving up 134.5 yards per game on average which is second worst in the league. I’d roster him, but I’d likely bench him. Although he is an intriguing option this week.

Dontrelle Inman – Inman’s numbers are skewed by a 57-yard touchdown. If you ignore that play he had 6 catches for 63 yards. That’s 9.3 points in half point PPR leagues. I’ll take my chances elsewhere. Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon are the only Chargers I’m willing to play. I guess I’d have to throw Philip Rivers into the mix as well.

Steve Smith Sr. – Just when you think he’s out, he pulls you right back in. In case you thought Steve was in a retirement home, I’m here to correct you. He has seen 11 targets and hauled in 8 of them in each of his last two games. Last week he caught 8 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Steve Smith Sr. is slippery. He’s going to have games like this, but he’s also going to mix in some stinkers. Personally I have no use for him.

Eddie Royal – Eddie money caught all 7 targets for 111 yards and a touchdown last week against the Lions. In years past I’d say he had value in PPR leagues, but in the first four games he only has 18 catches. That’s only 4.5 catches per game, and 48 yards. You can do better than 7 plus points with many other receivers. I’m just wondering, when Eddie roots for Eric Hosmer do they call him Kansas City Royal?

Hunter Henry – With four receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown Hunter had a nice game. But like I said earlier, there are only a few Chargers I’m willing to roster and Henry is not one of them. Besides, once Antonio Gates returns, his limited value plummets.

Brian Quick – I can “quickly” say I have no desire to own Brian.

Check your league and see if any team would have beaten this team which scored 188.48 points.

Last week I predicted Kyle Rudolph and Jordan Howard would make this list. As it turns out, I was right. Here’s why they are not actually listed above. When I made those predictions, their ownerships were much lower. Both saw significant upticks in ownership this past week rendering them mostly ineligible for this list. Their performances, however, were certainly good enough.

Here are my picks for next week:

QB: Trevor Siemian and Dak Prescott
RB: Terrence West and Matt Asiata
WR: Victor Cruz, Nelson Agholor and Sammie Coates
TE: Zach Ertz

 

 

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  1. cory says:
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    dak over hoyer this week?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @cory: Yes…

  2. Scott says:
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    So, to fill in for Brees, you’re saying Flacco first, and then Hoyer?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scott: The players highlighted in this post are players that performed very well last week that were most likely sitting on the waiver wire. It does not suggest that they will repeat this week…

  3. Brian says:
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    Your pick for this week is Asiata ? I seen that at the bottom of your story what does that mean ? Do you believe in this guy is he really going to play over McKinnon ? I may be confused ?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Brian: The picks at the bottom are my prediction for the players that will make it into this post next week. In order to be eligible for this post you need to have a low percent ownership. That rules out most likely candidates. I picked Asiata as I think he will find the end zone and will end up with enough points to outscore other RBs that are eligible for this post…

  4. Todd says:
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    Hey man how’s it goin? .5 ppr league, I know he hasn’t signed w/ a team yet but are you stashing karlos Williams who’s been reinstated by the NFL. If he’s in shape I’m sure there’s a RB needy team that could use him, right?

    If there are no talks about karlos Williams signing with a team by end of the week then maybe not?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Todd: Every potential RB lotto ticket is worth a stash if you have the bench space…

      • Todd says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thanks! Just read too that karlos Williams is expected to sign (re-sign) w/ bills by the end of the week. What’s his fantasy value on Buffalo? Clearly McCoy is the top dog , would this mean it would be the McCoy & Williams show?

  5. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Who do you like most as a TE streamer this week in a 14 team PPR with my starter on bye:

    Tye @ GB (assuming Donnell sits), V.Green vs. Atl (assuming he plays) or Doyle vs. Chi

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @JimmyJackJames: Probably Green if he plays. Atlanta is the worst against tight ends…

  6. Jeff says:
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    12 team, 2 player keeper w/ .5 ppr scoring. Need a lil help ROS player ranking: looking to fill QB position w/ Palmer out..I need to drop 1 of the following bench players to bring in my replacement QB.

    Hunter Henry is almost done w/ Gates coming back, but Tyrell Williams has sucked lately. Brown has started to get things going and Millers touches have gotta go up w/ White now on the IR for Chi.

    Thanks in advance,
    JRJ

    Tyrell Williams, SD
    Hunter Henry, SD
    John Brown, Card
    Derrick Henry, Ten
    Zach Miller, Chi
    Allen Hurns, Jax
    Michael Thomas, NO

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jeff: Henry. Regardless of what Williams has done, he’s a better option than Henry. And with Gates eventually coming back, Henry is demoted. All the rest of the guys are better than Henry…

  7. friar says:
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    My 12-team 0.5 ppr league has great RBs (arguably 4 RB1s), but is super weak at WR.

    RB: Bell, Anderson, Ingram, Crowell, Powell, Lewis (IR)
    WR: Hilton, Mathews, M. Thomas, Beasley, Woods

    Given that I can only play 3 RBs at a time (2 + a flex), I think it’s time to flip a RB for a WR. RB depth is always nice, but I figure I can give up one of my top 4 RBs without hurting my lineup too much (even during bye weeks) and, even if I get hit by injuries, Lewis should be coming back before too long to help. There are several teams with strong WRs and weak RBs, so I’m guessing that I should be able to find a trade partner for one of my top RBs, but I’m not quite sure who to target.

    I’ve listed below several WRs on teams where the owner has surplus WRs, a RB shortage, and a losing record. I’d love any recommendations you might have for RB-WR swaps you think I should propose. Thanks!

    Beckham
    Crabtree
    Demaryius
    Dez
    Edelman
    Green
    Kelvin
    Landry
    Marshall
    Marvin Jones

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @friar: Having depth on the bench is good, but not at the cost of your active lineup. At that point you are just throwing away points. See if you can do Crowell for Edelman. I doubt it, but then maybe bump up to Ingram. Aside from Beckham and Green, who I don’t think you’d be able to get, I really like Edelman (especially with Brady coming back) and Landry on that list…

  8. CMUTimmah says:
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    Sammie Coates – Activity increasing each week, Eli Rogers is on the shelf, and Marcus (Will) Wheaton looks like the ensign that Will was. I like him to be the deep threat they haven’t really had (thanks to pot head Bryant) since Wallace left. Added bonus, Coates looks like he can catch. Coates is the key to the passing game in Pitts. He takes the pressure off Ben to force feed Brown, and that actually means more plays, more looks and more yards across the board.

    Brice Butler – No Dez, the ball has to go to someone, and Cole Beasley isn’t going to win you games. Butler looks more of a fit to lead the WRs in Dallas. I don’t think he’s a star by any means, but I expect after Pitts exposed Cincy last week, and Dallas’ successful run game thus far, Butler is going to see a lot of single coverage that Dak is going to be coached to go after.

    DeAndre Washington- This is going to be the end of the Latavious bell cow era. Washington already more and more snaps each week, and he’ll be showcased this weekend. Murray has been extremely TD dependent thus far, washington looks to be more of a main ball carrier.

    Brian Hoyer – Call me crazy, but I think he’s already won the job in Chicago going forward. Cutler has been a city pariah in Chi-raq for a half decade now, and makes a nice chunk of change that Chicago would likely be happy to move away from. The season is almost a loss already, so I think Hoyer might be a sneaky solid QB2 from here on out.

    Zach Zenner – I see a possible Kuhn type outing here for Zenner. The Lions are playing a defense that has overachieved thus far, and are coming off an ugly showing against Chicago. I see some goal line carries coming in this game, and I don’t think they are dumb enough to run Riddick between the tackles in the red zone.

    CJ Uzomah – Eifert looks to be in the injury imp vortex, and Dallas is going to be overly fixated on stopping AJ Green. I think the middle of the field is going to be there for the TE that has benefited the most in Eifert’s absence. This is a home run call here, but I wouldn’t start him anywhere with comparable options with substantially higher floor.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Excellent analysis!!!

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo: and vice principals is pretty good some of the time.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Sinkhole Demayo: I will have to check it out. It’s in the queue…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo: Is your last name Jones? It appears to be Demayo…

  9. Systems Overload says:
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    Hey Malamoney! I’m in a mess and looking for some help. Slim pickings out there as a look for a servicable QB+TE in my 12 team PPR league. I’m grappling with who to cut bait with.
    QB-Bortles (bye)
    WR-B, Marshall, Cooks (bye), S. Smith Sr, Cobb, Decker, Terrelle Pryor
    RB- Gurley, Forte, Blount, Powell, S. Ware,D. Lewis (IR)
    TE- J. Thomas

    We start 2 WR, RB, and 1 flex. I burned my waiver claim for Decker earlier this week and I’m doubting if he can play effectively or at all for the remainder of the season. Ware’s workload will obviously be affected by the upcoming Charles return. What two players can I cut loose in your opinion? Thanks.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Systems Overload: Sorry for not getting back to you. I was out of town for a few days. The only guy I somewhat comfortable dropping is Decker since he might be out for the season. But until I have confirmation, I’m not very happy dropping him. However, you have plenty of depth at WR without him. Ware takes a huge hit with Charles returning, but he is the handcuff to own. Can you trade him to the Charles owner?

  10. Systems Overload says:
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    Julius Thomas is on a bye also. I need to pick up one of the following FA: J. James, R. Rodgers, Tye, and Uzomah.

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