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I don’t like to brag, but this lineup I’m about to present scored me 209.9 points last week. In the Razzball Writer’s League, which is obviously the best league in the RCL, the highest score was 152 points. The team with the most points on the season has 631.08 points in five weeks. Hopefully that puts a 209.9 point week into perspective. The best part about this lineup is that not one of these players is owned in more than fifty percent of leagues. That means you likely could have dropped your entire team last week and picked up this squad and CRUSHED your opponent’s hopes and dreams. I certainly am not recommending dropping your whole team, but the purpose of this weekly post is to show you that there is plenty of weekly potential sitting on your waiver wire…

QB: Marcus Mariota (30.52, 47)
RB: Cameron Artis-Payne (20.5, 23)
RB: Matt Asiata (17.6, 16)
WR: Sammie Coates (28.9, 37)
WR: Brandon LaFell (22.8, 4)
WR: Adam Thielen (22.2, 2)
TE: Jesse James (13.3, 23)
FL: Cameron Meredith (22.1, 4)
PK: Sebastian Janikowski (17, 14)
DST: Redskins (15, 23)

Marcus Mariota – How does a QB with just 163 yards passing make this list? Here’s how. He throws for three touchdowns, no interceptions and then runs the ball for 60 yards and a score. Mariota scored more fantasy points than Tom Brady. How dare he! Listen, Marcus hasn’t thrown for more than 271 yards in a game, he has only 7 touchdowns (including 3 last weekend against the Dolphins) and 5 interceptions. I think I’ll look elsewhere for a backup quarterback.

Cameron Artis-Payne – Cameron brought the pain on MNF, rushing 18 times for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. I’m still not sold. With Cam Newton not playing, I think this gave him more rushing opportunities. With Cam back in there, I expect less. And let’s not forget about Jonathan Stewart who might be in line to return this week.

Matt Asiata – Last week I picked Asiata to earn this honor and it looks like I hit the nail right on the head. If I remember correctly I think I even had a commenter question this prediction. The key to remember here is that this post utilizes players that are unowned in the vast majority of leagues. Once in a while I will pick a player with 60 or so percent ownership, but that’s only when I believe said player should be owned in many more leagues. Asiata had over 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown. And that’s the problem right there. His fantasy relevance is entirely dependent upon finding the end zone. That’s too volatile for my tastes.

Sammie Coates – Ladies and gentlemen, we have another winner. Along with Asiata, I predicted Coates to appear in this week’s lineup. It feels good to be right every once in a while. Especially twice! Sammie outperformed, at least from a fantasy perspective, every other wide receiver in the league by scoring 28.9 points. Catching 6 of 11 targets for 139 yards and 2 scores, he saw as many targets as Antonio Brown. Has Big Ben found a reliable number two? While I was a bit concerned over some of the dropped balls, I certainly think Coates needs to be owned.

Brandon LaFell – Now here’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. LaFell had 8 receptions for 68 yards for a whopping 8.5 yards per catch. If I’m being honest that kinda sucks. Unless you’re in a PPR league and those points per reception add up. Did I mention he also caught two touchdown passes? You can see why he made this list, but considering he was averaging just over 4 catches per game coming into last week, I’m going to take a pass on LaFell. I guess you can say LaFell has LaFallen.

Adam Thielen – I’m going to be honest here, I don’t think I’ve even heard of this guy before last week. However, catching 7 of 8 targets for 127 yards and touchdown is going to get everyone’s attention. At least mine when I write a post like this. With 20 receptions on the season, he has already matched the number of catches he had in 2014 and 2015 combined. I think I’m going to chalk this one up to being “just a good game for no name”. Next.

Jesse James – Most think of Jesse James as an American outlaw. He was a bank robber, a train robber and murderer from Missouri. I bet you didn’t realize he was also a tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seems appropriate he plays for a team called the “steelers” (despite the different spelling). Last week James caught 6 passes, one of which was a wide open touchdown. He now has a touchdown in three of his five games. Isn’t that all we ask of our tight end. Score me a touchdown. So far this season he’s a top 12 TE and I think he should be owned in way more than 23 percent of leagues.

Cameron Meredith – There’s an old saying “never trust a man with two first names”. How about a man with two first names when one, maybe both, of those names are women’s names? Cameron was shot out of cannon last week, seeing 12 targets and catching 9 of them for 130 yards and a touchdown. Shouldn’t those be Alshon Jeffery’s stats? This was a great game, and I think it’s time the Bears moved on from Cutler, but I’d have to see Meredith put up a few more strong games like this before I considered adding him to my official roster.

 

Here are my picks for next week:

QB: Ryan Tannehill and Alex Smith
RB: Wendell Smallwood, Spencer Ware and Jalen Richard
WR: Chris Conley, Tyler Lockett and Victor Cruz
TE: Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks

 

 

  1. omar says:
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    12 team 1pt PPR. Made some recent trades and am now real thin at RB.

    Roster:
    QB – Big Ben
    WR – A-Rob
    WR – Hopkins
    RB – Lamar Miller
    RB – Kenneth Dixon
    TE – Gronk
    FLX – Diggs
    BN – Tyrell Williams
    BN – Tyler Eifert
    BN – Dion Lewis
    BN – Enunwa

    Thinking about offering Gronk for Carlos Hyde and Barnidge. Drafted Gronk at the first turn, even though I didn’t feel good about it. Hyde has been a bell cow, and I’m intrigued by what he could do with Kaep potentially opening up running lanes for him. Barnidge would hold me over (and McCown will be back soon) until Eifert starts producing.

    Also thinking about moving Gronk for Jamaal Charles and Julius Thomas.

    Too much to give up? My other option would be to play the WW until Dion Lewis comes back, but we don’t know when that will be or how effective that will be. Just thinking if Eifert can give me anything close to Gronk, I could really use the RB upgrade.

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @omar: I’d move Gronk for a solid RB1 for sure. Both Hyde and Charles are good options. Swing a little higher and see what happens…

  2. What happens in Vegas... says:
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    With Forsett signing with the Lions, where do you rank him among RB’s now? Is he worthy of a big chunk of my FA dollars?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @What happens in Vegas…: A big chunk? No. But I’d probably be willing to spend between 5 and 10 percent of your original budget. In one of my competitive leagues he was won for $9. Our original budget was $100. It also depends on your needs an how bid crazy your league members are…

  3. Mike says:
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    Thoughts on Kelvin Benjamin vs Landry or Robinson ROS in a PPR. Got some trades I am not sure what to do with.

    Gut says Benjmain is gonna be HUUUUGE

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Mike: I rank them Robinson, Landry and then Benjamin…

  4. IrishGuy says:
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    10 man PPR just proposed to me

    (NOTE: Gio and Landry are on my bench)

    I give Allen Robinson, Jordan Howard, Gio, Larvis Landry

    Get Antonio Brown, K Benjamin, Yeldon, Fozzy

    • malamoney

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      @IrishGuy: I think I’d actually hold here. Yeldon and Fozzy are not really guys you can start. Yes Brown is the best player here and you’d be getting the best player, but Robinson and Landry are no slouches. Especially in PPR. Who are you starting that Landry is on your bench? Also, who are your starting RBs?

      • IrishGuy says:
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        @malamoney:

        Brady
        Johnson
        Zeke
        Robinson
        Edelman
        Melee
        Flex- Howard

        Bench
        Landry, Fuller, Beasley, Coates, Eifert, D James,

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @IrishGuy: Melee? I still don’t think I’d make that trade. You’ve got a good squad…

  5. Nick says:
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    I hope your wrong about A Smith, I’m going against him in both my leagues :(

    My 12 team standard league has a dumb setup with only 2 WR (all the rest normal 2RB, TE & flex) but also favors QB (which benefits me as I have Big Ben)..anyways, I have ODB & K Benjamin at WR, Freeman & Ingram at RB & Graham at TE. For flex do you go M Jones, T West, Ware, Coates, Cobb, Coleman or Hogan? I think I need to make a trade just reading my bench, haha

    • malamoney

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      @Nick: Jones or Cobb. But remember, even if I am right about Smith, that just means he is the QB with the most points out of the QB’s generally found on the waiver wire. That doesn’t mean he’s the top QB for the week…

  6. Randy says:
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    In a 12-team standard league, I have Rivers at QB. At RB (start 2 + flex), I have McCoy, Ingram, Gordon, Ware, Coleman, Dwayne Washington, and Dixon. Someone is offering me Russell Wilson for Ware or Coleman. Would you consider this move? Is it an upgrade for my QB? Rivers has been strong but sometimes falls off. Thanks!

    • malamoney

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      @Randy: It’s an upgrade, but barely. Not one I’d give up anyone of value for. Ware has value because we have yet to see Charles retake the thrown and Coleman is likely the better back in Atlanta…

  7. Buck says:
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    Howdy man.

    .5 ppr league

    My rbs David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Jordan Howard, Derrick Henry,andre Ellington

    My WRs (we start 3) Hopkins, Hilton, fuller, Shepard, hogan, Corey Coleman, Cameron Meredith. On the two IR slots I have moncrief & Watkins

    My TE is witten but also have Rudolph & Dwayne Allen

    Available RBs Smallwood, spiller, Alex Collins, paul Perkins, Dwayne Washington

    Available WRs; Davante Adams, Tyler Lockett, torrey smith, Agholor, DGB, Chris Conley, perriman.

    Available TEs: Jesse James, Julius Thomas, tamme

    What are your thoughts on trading my Shepard for jerrick McKinnon?

    Or what about my Shepard + Meredith for Doug Martin?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Buck: Howdy Buck. I’d probably do both of those deals. The Martin deal is better provided he’s healthy.

      By the way, I’d rather have Julius Thomas than Rudolph or Allen. I’d say ditch Allen…

      • Buck says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thanks!

        If I don’t get doug Martin what about another trade what are your thoughts trading my Cameron Meredith + Shepard for Doug Baldwin based on my team?

  8. Help says:
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    Need help, can get Coleman, Michael, Howard or CJ for Cooper, are any worth it? Have Landry, Alshon and maclin to go with Bell and Martin. Which should I take?

    • Help says:
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      @Help: and I need to win now 1-4 record

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Help: I’d want CJ or Michael…

  9. Peep says:
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    Forte, Kenneth Dixon, jacquizz Rodgers, devanta Parker for Amari cooper, Rawls, tevin coleman

    What do you think?

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Peep: The way I see it, that deal is really Forte and Parker for Cooper and Coleman. I think I want the Cooper side…

  10. Don Majikowski says:
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    PPR

    Start Travis Benjamin vs Broncos or Terrell Pryor vs Titans??

  11. Bluety says:
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    I have C. Palmer at QB. I have been offered D.Brees. I would have to give him my next year 5th round pick for Brees and his 8th round pick. Is this a move i should make.

    • malamoney

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      @Bluety: Personally I don’t think so. What would you do with Palmer? Sit him on the bench. Is this a keeper league? Look back at who you drafted in the 5th round and 8th round and see if you feel comfortable trading Palmer and your 5th round guy for Brees and your 8th round guy. It’s not a horrible move, but leaving Palmer on the bench seems to be wasting points. What will Brees get, 5 or 6 more points a week? Can you add Palmer to the deal and make it your 6th? I’m assuming he has another QB…

      • Bluety says:
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        @malamoney:
        Yes it is a keeper league and Brees would be a 12th round keeper next year. I would try and move c. Plamer

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Bluety: How many keepers? What round is Palmer. If you don’t move Palmer then you are you ok with just and extra 5 points a week?

  12. RonnieMatt says:
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    I need some WR depth but Im just not confident in WR’s as they are so hit or miss. I have La’veon, Lamar miller, CMike, and Howard at RB. I have edelman, demarious thomas, randall cobb, and John brown. Do you like edelman and mike for Mike evans or CMike and edelman for Jordy Nelson? My WR just have been as I expected so Im trying to consoloditae my RB assets for a true WR1. Standard points. I can also substitute Howard for mike in those trades if CMike is better ROS.

    • malamoney

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      @RonnieMatt: I’d probably move Howard over Michael, but I think I’d rather keep them. I’d rather have Edelman over Cobb. With Brady back Edelman’s value jumps. I guess I’d be ok with Cobb and Howard for either of those WRs…

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