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Alternate titles for today’s post included “Trick or Tyreek” in honor of Halloween, “Crowder? I Hardly Know Her” (used below), and “The Triple Lutz“. As you can see I chose neither of them. Once again I seem to have managed to stitch together a starting lineup, using waiver wire material, that would have beaten just about any team in your league or any other. You know the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, don’t do that. Unless you’ve actually read the book. The theme of this weeks seems to be players taking advantage of an opportunity given to them because another player was injured.

QB: Josh McCown (22.64, 3)
RB: Derrick Henry (17.7, 48)
RB: Mike Gillislee (16.9, 52)
WR: J.J. Nelson (23.9, 2)
WR: Jamison Crowder (21.2, 49)
WR: Tyreek Hill (19, 3)
TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz (12.8, 15)
FL: Mohamed Sanu (18.9, 53)
PK: Wil Lutz (16, 1)
DST: Chargers (13, 8)

Josh McCown – Back for his first start since he broke his left collarbone back in week 2 against the Ravens, McCown finished with a top ten QB day, throwing for 341 and two touchdowns. The Browns are terrible. They are the only winless team in the NFL. This likely means McCown will be throwing the ball a lot since they will be behind on the scoreboard. I still want no part of him. The only Brown I’m willing to play is Tyrelle Pryor who should see a boost with McCown back in action. Receiving the rare honorable mention is Dak Prescott. He scored more points than McCown with 28.28 points, but his ownership was much higher at 62 percent. With word that Prescott will remain the starter when Tony Homo returns, I think Prescott deserves a bump.

Derrick Henry – Both Henry and DeMarco Murray finished in the top seven running backs of week 8. Without looking one might think the Titans played the Niners. They did not. Henry saw some extra playing time last week when Murray left the game for a bit with a toe injury. Murray eventually returned, but not before Derrick was able to rush for 60 yards and a score on 16 carries. He also caught 4 passes for 37 yards, ending the day just shy of 100 yards from scrimmage. When Murray is healthy Henry is not much more than a handcuff, but if Murray were to miss any time, I’d be all over Henry. At a minimum, he should be owned.

Mike Gillislee – With LeSean McCoy sidelined with a bad hammy, Gillislee (and the skipper too) stepped up for the Bills. On just 12 carries he totaled 85 yards and a touchdown. Throw in three receptions and you have yourself a pretty decent performance from a backup. As long as McCoy is not suiting up, it should be Gillislee’s Island in Buffalo. But this one looks like it might just be a three hour tour.

J.J. Nelson – Is it just me or does his name sound like a mashup of 80’s band names? Or maybe I’m just thinking of J.J. Bullock. Am I officially the first writer to mention Jim J. Bullock in a Razzball post? Grey/Jay, can I get a ruling here please. With John Brown and Michael Floyd both dealing with injuries, Nelson made the most of his first start as a receiver for the Cardinals catching 8 of 12 targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns. As a matter of fact, the word is that Nelson is no longer just a fill-in and has earned himself a starting spot. Sounds like he should be owned to me. That’s what I’m getting from this.

Jamison Crowder – Crowd her? I hardly know her. When did that stop anyone after a few shots of Jamison? Just ask Billy Bush. Crowder was all the rage out of Washington after the first two weeks when he was the most targeted Redskins wide out. Since then he has cooled off, however he is still the top receiver on his team. He’s tied with DeSean Jackson in targets with 56, but leads in receptions with 40. He also leads the team with 4 touchdowns and 498 yards receiving. Under 50 percent owned seems a bit low.

Tyreek Hill – Who? Sounds like a spooky place to drive your car on Halloween. One of those hills where you can supposedly put your car in neutral and it will still drive up hill. I call bullsh!t. Hill caught 5 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. On the season he actually leads the Chiefs in touchdowns. I’m still not touching him with a five foot pole and one of you guys (or girls) pushing.

C.J. Fiedorowicz – Nailed it! Last week I predicted C.J. to win the tight end spot and, like I just said, I nailed it. Five catches for 43 yards and that touchdown we all crave from the TE position. Granted, it did come against the Lions, but that was the point. I’m not pushing Fiedorowicz, but I would like to point out that he does have a score in three of his last five games, during which he has averaged about 5 receptions on 7 targets for 50 yards (or so). So basically he’s averaging 13-14 points a game. Slow and steady.

Mohamed Sanu – Anytime a receiver catches 9 passes for 84 yards and scores a touchdown and is owned in less than 60 percent of leagues he’s nearly a lock for this post. Unfortunately Sanu’s use in the Falcons high powered offense is to unreliable to make him a reliable option at WR. More like Mohamed Sa-“no”.

Here are my picks for next week:

QB: Sam Bradford
RB: Tim Hightower, Charcandrick West
WR: Kenny Stills, Terrance Williams and Sammie Coates
TE: Richard Rodgers and Jason Witten

 

 

I hope everyone had a happy, and safe, Halloween. And remember, Hillary Clinton belongs in the next season of Orange is the New Black… [Jay’s Note: Hmm, only one of these candidates is actually orange… just saying.]

  1. flags fly forever says:
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    who is the safest drop in a dynasty? meredith, white, funchess or C thompson

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @flags fly forever: I’m thinking Funchess. He hasn’t done shit all season. James White’s value is going to take a hit once Dion Lewis gets back on the field, but until then, I think it’s got to be Funchess. Would you ever feel comfortable starting him?

  2. Hearing Travis Benjamin is seeking a second opinion on his knee. Tyrell Williams is available. Do I make that move? Last week Williams wasn’t great, but Titans & Dolphins coming up. If Benjamin goes down Tyrell will be the guy. It could be argued he has been as good or better than Benjamin, who relies on his speed & dealing w/PCL since week 6. What do you think malamoney?

    • @madden_curser: Maybe I should drop Benjamin for Sammy Watkins, drop Ameer Abdullah from my one IR spot, put Watkins on IR, then scoop up Tyrell Williams? Watkins could be available for the last week before the playoffs and a possible playoff wild card for me. I have 2 WR slots with Julio, Cooks, Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman & Travis Benjamin.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @madden_curser: I’m ok with taking Williams over Benjamin. Honestly I think both are not great options this year. When healthy, I am taking Benjamin though. Stashing Watkins could prove to be a smart move. I think Abdullah is done for the season…

  3. The Patriots have until Nov. 17 to activate Lewis from the PUP list. He is trending in the right direction. Is he worth a scoop & stash for the stretch run as a change-of-pace role over Matt Jones, who is injured and seems to have been kicked to the curb?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @madden_curser: I’d probably go Lewis over Jones…

  4. Greg says:
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    My wr’s: Jeffreys, Baldwin, Beasley, CColeman, KWright, JJ Nelsson.

    RB’s, Zeke, Forte, Howard

    Wondering who you would stash based on the above…SWatkins or JStarks? Yahoo, 12team, RCL, PPR….Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Greg: Probably Starks given his return is more imminent…

      • Greg says:
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        I agree on that, but I was thinking more on need and impact based on my roster. ..:) thanks, Greg

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Greg: Which WR do you regularly start? Do you ever start Coleman?

          • Greg says:
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            @malamoney: I am starting Coleman this week. …lately jeffries, baldwin, beasely….had Cobb but traded him for Forte …don’t trust cobb to stay healthy. ..

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @Greg: Still Starks, but maybe swap Wright with Watkins…

              • Greg says:
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                @malamoney: Agreed. Need Wright for bye week but I’ll stash next week. …thanks! !

  5. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Would you start Tim Hightower over Isiah Crowell or Latavius Murray this week at RB?

    I’m looking to the future and am in need of roster optimization advice ROS. I like Jay’s ROS rankings, but definitely gotta give props to what you’ve been able to do this season.

    I’ve got Zeke, Giovanni Bernard, Latavius Murray, Isiah Crowell, Rashad Jennings and now Tim Hightower at my RB slots (2 RBS and a flex spot in this league). My WR depth is lacking with Mike Evans, Brandon Marshall…and then Travis Benjamin and Davante Adams and that’s about it. Sammy Watkins is on the waiver wire, do you thinks it’s a good idea to drop any of my RB’s to pick him up for the late push?

    Would you start Kenny Stills, Terrance Williams, or Sammy Coates over any combination of Davante Adams, Latavius Murrary, or Isiah Crowell this week? I’m in a 5 way tie for 2nd place and any thing I can do to win this week pretty much separates me from the rest of the pack.

    Thanks in advance, great content all season!

    • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: Forgot to mention I stashed Alfred Morris out of fear Zeke may actually end up getting suspended for his domestic abuse issue.

      My gut is telling me to lose Rashad Jennings as he’ll probably never start on my roster and open up a streaming slot. Thoughts?

    • malamoney

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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: I would not start Hightower over Crowell or Murray.

      I have little faith in Rashad Jennings. The dude is always hurt. And unless Ingram fumbles again I don’t see Hightower really taking the lion’s share of the carries. Or at least not enough to feel comfortable starting him. I’d start Gio over him if Gio wasn’t on a bye.

      Watkins could be a nice stash. Maybe over Jennings or Hightower.

      I’d start Coates if Ben is back. Over Murray probably. I like Stills, but it could be Parker that has the big day.

  6. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Last question, would you start Cameron Brate (TE vs ATL) or Antonio Gates (vs TEN) this week? Saw Jay had Brate ranked higher this week, almost every other “expert” site has Gates getting the nod.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: Seriously close to a 50/50, but I’m leaning Brate. Atlanta gives up more TDs to opposing tight ends…

      • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks!

  7. Rondo says:
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    Who you rather own for the remainder of the season – Prosise or Hightower?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Rondo: Leaning Hightower…

  8. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Half PPR league – I’m offering Tate/McKinnon in two separate deals – one for Fitz and one for Michael Thomas.

    The alternative is I’ll likely be dropping McKinnon and they are both on my bench.

    Name value seems like a lot but I feel like the upgrade in WR is probably worth it – thoughts?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @JimmyJackJames: I doubt you get Fitz or Thomas, but it’s worth a try…

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