Ahhhhh Fantasy Football, how I loathe you. Gentlemen and four ladies, we’re living in a world where Larry Fitzgerald, Dion Lewis, and Tyrod Taylor have more points than early rounders like DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy, and the bane of my existence, C.J. Anderson. Speaking of Crunk Juice Anderson, can I vent for a minute? I can? Thanks! So I’ve been playing in a league with some of my former co-workers for about nine years now. [Jay’s Note: This sounds familiar, almost as if I’ve read about this somewhere] Over the years, the league has developed into a 14 team 0.5 ppr league with two keepers that can only be kept for a single year. For the first time in the league’s history, I missed the playoffs last year. Mostly due to a costly oversight on my part where I let Marshawn Lynch go as a first-round keeper for lesser players I perceived to be “better value”. Coming into this season, I found myself in a seemingly “better” situation with C.J. Anderson essentially free as a last-round keeper. I built a rather formidable squad on paper around Anderson drafting Antonio Brown, Peyton Manning, Jimmy Graham, and Lamar Miller. Not bad right? Well I’m 0-3, and the laughing stock of the league once again. Damn you Crunk Juice! Now, I’m not going to say all of those aforementioned lads are without fault this season, but none of them have sucked quite as bad as Anderson. So here’s the question I’ll pose for today: When is it time to move on from a player you heavily invested in? I’m not there yet with Anderson, but Ronnie Hillman is sitting on my bench and I wouldn’t be upset if Anderson missed a few games with an injury. Not wishing it on the guy, but it would make it easier to move on. Right? Anyway, we got byes this week and you might need to fill in a few spots, or maybe you own a sh*tbird or two you’re looking to dump. Well, not to worry, I have plenty of suggestions to fill your voids. Wait… what?

Karlos Williams (Yahoo 28% owned – ESPN 24% owned) – With the news that LeSean McCoy could potentially miss next week’s clash with the Giants, Karlos “the jackal” looks ready to explode onto the scene. McCoy’s still feeling the effects of his pre-season hamstring injury, and it’s almost a certainty that Williams will see an uptick in usage this week regardless of McCoy’s status. Over the first three weeks Williams has been far from a typical backup. Scoring double digit points and finding the endzone in each game. In fact, Williams currently ranks as the eleventh overall RB in our RCL formats. Expect Williams to be the most added player this week.

Michael Vick (Yahoo 3% owned – ESPN .6% owned) – PETA’s going to be busy the next couple of weeks. I guess it’s a pick your poison as a Steelers fan, cheer on a rapist or a convicted dog killer. The choice is yours! The Steelers kickoff the Week 4 slate as the winless Ravens and their whiny b*tch of coach come to town. I can’t tell you what this Vick-led Steelers offense will look like the next couple of weeks, but it’s safe to say this is the best situation Vick has had in quite some time. Defiantly worth a stream as a one week replacement for a Brady or any of the other injured signal callers.

Antonio Andrews (Yahoo 1% owned – ESPN .1% owned) – Out-touched Bishop Sankey 13-7, and looks like he could be a solid grab and stash as the Titans head into the bye. More of a target in deeper formats but isn’t a bad add if you’re looking for running back depth. I wouldn’t expect a ton going forward as the Tennessee offense is rather blah with a double side of meh.

Thomas Rawls (Yahoo 4% owned – ESPN .4% owned) – Do you own Beast Mode? Are you nervous about his balky hamstring and worried he could miss some time? Then go grab Rawls you knucklehead! I can’t say for sure if he’s related to Lou, or if Lou’s ghost does in fact go through the vocal booth walls. But I can say he did gain 104 yards on 16 carries, and looked capable of filling in for the man who’s here just so he won’t get fined. Keep an eye on Lynch’s status and add Rawls while you’re at it. If Lynch is inactive, get Rawls in all of your FanDuel lineups.

Alfred Blue (Yahoo 24% owned – ESPN 40.2% owned) – With Arian Foster’s Week 4 status still very much up in the air, it may not be such a bad idea to go back to the well again this week with Blue. After two poor weeks, Blue had been largely forgotten by fantasy players. So in what’s becoming an alarmingly all too familiar trend this season, Blue went off for 139 yards and a TD on 31 carries. This week Blue and the Texans face an Atlanta run defense that was continually abused by the Cowboys last week. I wouldn’t expect 140 yards and a TD again but 75-100 and a score is likely. Especially if Blue once again sees that volume of carries. Go ahead say it… You’re my boy Blue!

Marvin Jones (Yahoo 22% owned – ESPN 19.5% owned) – Over the past two weeks Jones has seen his role in the Bengals offense expanded seeing target totals of 5 and 8 respectively. After missing the entirety of the 2014 season, Jones is back and easily regaining the WR3 tag he wore in 2013. Right now, the Bungals offense is moving the needle and it’s worth owning any of the Red Rocket’s targets. Even if that bastard son of a motherless goat Tyler Eifert put up a putrid goose egg.

Lance Dunbar (Yahoo 17% owned – ESPN 13.2% owned) – Well It looks like Brandon Weeden is now to be known as Captain Checkdown king of the Fairy People. Hitting Dunbar on all 10 passing attempts that went Lance’s direction. To be fair Dunbar was split out wide a few times as a receiver so it wasn’t all screen passes, but that’s besides the point. Until Romo returns late in the season, Dunbar could be a PPR maven in the form of Weeden’s safety valve (or corroborator?).

 

 

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  1. guccimayne says:
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    Yoooo

    Carson Palmer or Cam Newton for week 4? I’m still hesitant if I should stick with Carson Palmer or not because he’s more consistent than cam so far…but cam seems to have more upside. I hate having two good QBs.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @guccimayne: I’ll go Cam against Tampa

  2. Ciwa says:
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    16 team,standard league
    Is it best to use my claim for Andrews or Rawls?
    I have L.Murray-Foster-Mcfadden-Tre Mason(that i want to drop) and i need some depth in RBs

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ciwa: I’d go Andrews, he should be more of a long term play

  3. dom says:
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    hey good stuff

    which of my disappointing RBs are droppable in 8 team PPR for Karlos Williams? (Or Blue or Dunbar since my waiver position is 8/8)

    Doug Martin, Matt Jones, Shane Vereen, TJ Yeldon, Jeremy Hill, Jonathan Stewart

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @dom: Drop Vereen for any of them.

  4. Pee wee herman says:
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    Howdy Ralph!

    I’m in a .5 PPR league who would you put in as my first priority?

    Available WR’s: Marvin jones, Kenny Britt, tavon Austin, Ted ginn jr, Jermaine kearse, Cecil shorts, Willie Snead, devin funchess.

    Available RB’s: Thomas Rawls, Antonio Andrews, Fred Jackson, James white, mike Tolbert, Damien williams, Jonas gray, theo riddick

    Available TE’s: Charles Clay, Ben Watson, Josh hill, Larry Donnell, Dwayne Allen,

    I’m also dropping Falcons D, what order would you put in the claims just in case I don’t get one of the D’s what’s the next plan. Out of these;

    Chiefs D (at Cincy)

    Colts D (vs jags)

    Eagles D (@ Washington)

    Redskins D (vs Eagles)

    Chargers D (vs Cleveland)

    If no Alshon & cutler Raiders D (@ Chicago)

    My RB’s: hill, gore, Lamar miller, Doug Martin, Matt jones

    My WR’s: demaryius Thomas, Alshon Jeffery, cooks, Andre Johnson, Terrence Williams, john brown, Doug Baldwin, and Allen hurns.

    My TE: Owen Daniels, richard Rodgers & stashing Antonio gates

    If I go with Marvin jones as my top priority

    Who to add next?

    Thanks !

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Pee wee herman: If you go for Marvin, drop Andre Johnson, unless you’ve already made a drop. I’d go Marvin Jones, Andrews, and then Kearse. I don’t see anyone else worth dropping an of your roster for.

      As for your D I’d go Colts, Chargers, Eagles, Chiefs, and Skins.

      Hope that answers your questions.

  5. Fella says:
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    Hey Ralph, have had a few replies on this one and am interested in your opinion.
    Who wins this trade in a .5 PPR 12-team league:
    AJ Green + Ameer + Dion Lewis for La’Veon and Cooks

    I have depth at receiver (AJ, Antonio + John Brown + Mike Evans, Phil Dorsett) and have Latavius + David Johnson at RB.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fella: Bell is the best player but adding a top 5 WR and two very usable RB’s is pretty attractive. I’d give the edge to the Green side. Ever so slight.

  6. WillisReid says:
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    Have Green Fitzgerald and Edelman and nothing else playable at WR with a WR/TE flex spot.

    Have Lacy Murray Ellington Karlos(who I used last week with nice dividends) and Spiller for backs.

    I’ve been trying to get Brandon Cooks, as I need some depth for bye weeks and possible injury. Offered Ellington, owner wanted Lacy, seems like we’re settling on Murray. Would you make that trade based on what I have? 10 team standard.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @WillisReid: Which Murrray? I’m assuming it’s Latavius. But with the WR/TE flex spot it seems to make sense to go after another top WR. Seems like a solid move. If it’s DeMarco (I assume it’s not) send him a fruit basket too for taking that pile of garbage off your hands.

      • WillisReid says:
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        Yeah it’s DeMarco. This guy has Cooks on the bench and the two have been pretty similar from a points standpoint. I may have to throw in a sweetner. This guy has Gore and Hill and Duke Johnson, so I can see why he’s noyt laughing in my face.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @WillisReid: I mean just sell him on the DeMarco resurgence. The guy was the top runner in football in a running offense. He’s getting the buy low.

          • WillisReid says:
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            If it doesn’t I’m going to try and sell high on Williams if he has a big game.

            Meanwhile what are your thoughts on Ginn(and Juice) and Hurns?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @WillisReid: sounds good!

              I’m more of a Hurns believer but maybe I’ve undersold Ginn. I think Hurns is the better player.

  7. ryan t says:
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    Great read. Tried to trade for Williams but he was having none of that.

    As a backup/potential starter to peyton Manning would you pickup Tyrod or Dalton?

    Do you like ebron or Bennett this week? I know Bennett is against Raiders but Clausen sucks.

    You think latavius Murray for Carson is a good trade? I receive Murray and have shit for rbs….hill Lewis gore.

    Thanks man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ryan t: I like Dalton for sure. That O looks very good.

      I like Bennett, the Raiders are tight end’s happy place. Like when Happy Gilmore had Julie Bowen on a bed in lacy lingerie with two pitchers of beer and his grandma in a Gene Simmons mask. IT’S THAT HAPPY!!!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Also that’s a great trade for you. Give that guy an OTPHJ

        • ryan t says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: hahaha I love that movie!! Thanks I will thank him happily ;)

      • ryan t says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: no one believes me but swear to god I looked at barnidge! Couldn’t bring myself to do it will pull trigger on martellus tho

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @ryan t: Yeah Smokey keeps telling me I should have featured Banridge this week but I didn’t think he had a ton of value.

  8. Mak says:
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    Brandon weeden or Vick for next week? I currently own weeden.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mak: Vick

  9. UltraKzilla says:
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    I’m considering dropping Boldin for DGB, thoughts?

    14tm .5 ppr start 3wr. I have D Thomas, AJ green, Boldin, Martavis and Rishard. Not much on the ww available and I have plenty rb for my flex.

    If I keep Boldin, start him or Matthews?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @UltraKzilla: I’d start Matthews, but is this a keeper or dynasty league? That’s the only way I’d drop Bolden for him. He has more value in a re-draft 2015 ppr league.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: him being DGB

        • UltraKzilla says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          Nope, regular redraft, thanks! I’m just weary/wary of the 49ers offense – I’ve also got Hyde.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @UltraKzilla: Boldin should see a ton of targets

  10. Sam says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Like everyone else, I need some advice. I’m in a 12 team PPR league, and here is my dilemma:
    Well equipped at RB (Charles, L Murray, Lewis, Stewart, Yeldon and newly-acquired Karlos Williams) and feeling thin at WR (Jeffery, Evans, ARob, Stevie, John Brown, Decker and Martavis) and I’m talking to another to an owner who has given up on J Hill on desperately needs some RBs, but is loaded at WR (Hopkins, Sanders, Allen, Maclin, Moncrief, Harvin).

    Offered him Lewis, Stewart and Johnson/Brown/Decker for Sanders and Hill. If, or more likely when, he says no, what would be another trade that would favor me and leave him feeling slightly better?

    • Sam says:
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      Oh, and I have Davante Adams too.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sam: Lewis, Stew, Evans for Sanders, Hill, and Moncrief.

  11. Dom B says:
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    Flex this week Jonathan Stewart or keenan allen or gio bernard or steve smith Sr or john brown

    Also best QB play this week Eli Manning or Phillip Rivers or I could pickup Tyrod Taylor or Andy Dalton.. can you list the qbs in order Who do I drop for who or keep team

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dom B: I’d rank them Steve Smith, Allen, and then Gio. Brown is meh. the other three are the ones I’d consider. Smith is the most consistent it seems, Allen is a crapshoot, and Stewart has a good matchup but still scares me.

      1. Dalton
      2. Rivers
      3. Taylor
      4. Manning

      That’s for this week

  12. Mak says:
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    weeden or vick for this week? i currently own weeden

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mak: VICK!!!!!!! I’m using him in a few leagues. That’s a loaded offense and will be even more so next week.

      • Mak says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: cool. btw i have jordan cameron as my only TE and his bye week is coming. who should i drop for someone like charles clay.

        rishard matthews, david johnson, sammy watkins, desean jackson.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mak: Is it wrong if I say drop Cameron for him? I think Clay is better.

  13. G-man says:
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    How do you rank these RBs ROS: M. Jones, K. Williams, D. Freeman, and R. Mathews. Do you think Mathews takes over RB duties in philly?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @G-man: Freeman, Mathews, Williams, Jones.

      I think they split duties in Philly depending upon who’s more effective that day. I’m a firm believer that Mathews was always a better fit for that system. Here’s the thing Mathews needs to stay healthy. Which more than likely won’t happen.

  14. Chunk says:
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    While big ben is out, ie can you rank these guys for the next 4-6 weeks?

    Flacco, Carr, Vick, Stafford

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chunk: Vick, Flacco, Stafford, Carr.

      I’m high on Vick right or wrong. They get Bryant back next week and they just got Bell back. Lots of weaponry.

  15. david says:
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    i got tj yeldon and cj anderson as my starters, who should i bench for karlos williams

    • david says:
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      @david: or pick jared cook?
      thanks

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @david: As in you could start Williams over Cook? Do that.

        Otherwise Williams over Anderson (shakes head, tears up)

  16. david says:
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    disregard that last comment

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @david: well shoot

  17. chuck says:
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    would you trade A.cooper for dez in 12 team ppr

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @chuck: Nope lol. Ones playing and the other’s going to have Weeden as his QB.

  18. Wacha wacha says:
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    Who do you prefer in a vacuum Ros? No ppr

    Julio Jones or m forte?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wacha wacha: Julio might be the top player in all of fantasy. I’m riding that till the wheels fall off.

  19. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Matt Jones, Lance Dunbar, Freeman, or Hill in ppr?

    Would you start any of the remaining or Maclin over tannehill in super flex?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kendrick Llama: First question do QB’s typically score more than RB’s and WR’s? If so keep Tanny if not play Freeman and Maclin.

  20. imp says:
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    Thanks for help last week. These Qs are for a 12 team PPR with short benches.

    1. Are you tempted to pull the Tanny plug for Taylor, Dalton or Bradford (Mariota available too, but on bye)? I’m worried about his bye next week too.
    2. Would you rank these bench RB4s: Vereen, KarlosWilliams, BSankey, ChrisJohnson, DukeJohn? (Playing behind LBell, Forsett, Blount–start 2 no flex)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @imp: 1. Red Rocket!
      2. Johnson, Williams, Duke, Vereen, Sankey

  21. e.j. says:
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    Hey Ralph

    Cam vs Tampa or Tyrod vs NYG for this week?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @e.j.: Cam

  22. Blurry face says:
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    Ppr league .

    What faab $100 bid would you place on?
    – Karlos Williams
    – lance Dunbar
    – clay
    – Rishard Matthews

    I’m looking to replace Baldwin and Gilmore .

    Would you drop spiller, Agholor for any of those above free agents ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Blurry face: Sure Agholar for any and Spiller for Williams.

      Williams – $11
      Matthews – $6
      Dunbar – $5
      Clay – $2

  23. Huey says:
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    16 team ppr, need to replace brady for the week…

    I have Foles, scooped him last round, obviously not doing anything special, so I’m ready to part…

    QB’s on the wire:
    Bortles
    Vick
    the McCowns
    Mallet
    Weeden
    aka, The Replacements….

    what do you think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Huey: Vick! I’m starting him as my Brady fill-in all over.

  24. Xs and os says:
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    1/2 point ppr

    Would you drop Vereen for Karlos Williams , Chris Johnson, Rishard Matthews ?

    My rbs are : ap, Ingram, j Randal, foster

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Xs and os: Yes I’d drop Vereen for any of them. Flip-flop Chris Johnson and Williams

  25. Bill Davis says:
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    0.5 ppr Would you drop any of these guys for Karlos Williams?
    Ellington
    Dion Lewis
    J. Cameron
    Vincent Jackson

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Bill Davis: Jackson, I wouldn’t even consider dropping Lewis in PPR

  26. Xs and os says:
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    Another 1/2 point ppr question .
    12 team league

    Looking for the best bench options

    I have rb- lacy, gore , Matt jones, j bell
    Wr- a brown, Cobb, Allen Robinson, John brown, Wallace
    Te- witten
    Would you j bell for any of the following?
    Rishard Matthews , clay, Marvin jones or Cruz?

    Thanks !

    • Xs and Os says:
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      or Kendall Wright?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Xs and os: Wallace for Matthews, Bell for Jones or Cruz

  27. Sam says:
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    I posted the trade of my Stewart, Lewis and Steve Johnson for his Sanders and J Hill earlier today, and we finallly came to an agreement. Tell me what you think of the trade and my roster in my 12 team PPR league now, please.
    I got Hopkins and Hill for Lewis, Stewart and Johnson, snagged Dunbar with my free spot (though he’s gone next week most likely as I need a Cam replacement and M Bryant is being reinstated) which leaves me looking like this:
    QB – Cam
    RB – Charles, L Murray, Hill, Yeldon, K Williams, Dunbar
    WR – Hop, Evans, Jeffery, ARob, Decker, J Brown, Adams, Bryant
    TE – Reed, Eifert
    K – J Brown
    DEF – Raiders (weekly matchup streaming)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sam: Yeah you certainly upgraded all around. Hopefully Hill out produces Lewis ROS

      • Sam says:
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        I’m not really banking on it, but I don’t think Hill is as bad as he’s been the last two weeks. The Bengals tend to flip-flop when it comes to their RBs, so it could go either way. I’m just totally sold on Hop and think Murray and Charles (along with my backups) will be fine at RB. Not too worried about losing Johnson and IMO Stewart isn’t much more valuable, if at all, than Hill.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Sam: No I hate Stewart. Those Panthers RB’s are always a pain in the azz.

          I think Hill will have his day.

      • Sam says:
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        Thanks for taking the time to answer, btw!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Sam: Thanks for taking the time to read.

  28. Ron says:
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    12-team .5PPR where we only start 1 RB and flex WR/RB and WR/TE – Got limited bench spots and trying to decide who gets the last 3 spots on the back of the bench.

    Starters: Brady, AP, K. Allen, A. Robinson, Cooks, Hyde
    Bench: Palmer, A. Johnson, Decker, Stewart, Eifert, Crowell, Woodhead

    Waivers: Dunbar, Marvin Jones, Reed

    Would you swap anyone on waivers with someone on my bench?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ron: No hold serve. The only one I’m contemplating is Dunbar over Stewart but can’t do it.

  29. Josh says:
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    Half ppr 10 team

    qb- brady
    
rb- lamar
    
rb- woodhead
    
wr- antonio

    wr- julio

    te- delanie
    
flex- j. matthews
    bench- ellington

    bench- andre johnson
    
bench- gates
    
bench- damien williams
    
bench- david johnson

    I need to make claims for a TE and QB this week

    Rank top 3 at each in order

    TE available- Reed, Cameron, Cook, Clay, R Rodgers Heath Miller

    Qb available- Dalton Tyrod Tannehill Carr Bradford

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Josh: Reed, Clay, Cameron

      Dalton, Tyrod, Tanney

  30. LT Murray IV

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    TYROD IS GOD

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Seriously he’s a chocolate vessel of the Holy Spirit.

  31. Afro says:
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    Currently have Julius Thomas on IR… Is it worth dropping him for Gates as they should both be back around the same time? Who holds more long term value?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Afro: That’s a toss up. I like Gates situation more. I’m totally unsure as to what Thomas is without Peyton

      • Afro says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks… May pick up Gates then…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Afro: Sounds good

  32. Burrito Man says:
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    PPR – Freeman or Abdullah??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Burrito Man: Freeman until Abdullah is getting that kind of volume.

  33. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Gilmore, Health Miller, or Clay ros? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: I still like Gilmore he’s a bit beat up though. Clay for next week

  34. The toad says:
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    Howdy man!

    Which TE for week 4

    Larry Donnell who faces giants D

    Charles Clay who faces Bills D

    Owen Daniels who faces Vikings D

    Richard Rodgers who faces 49ers D

    Dwayne Allen who faces Jags D

    Josh Hill who faces Cowboys D

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The toad: Clay against the Giants

  35. Jerry says:
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    Also, Marvin Jones or Dunbar as a flex play for ros?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: I’ll take that one on a week to week basis. Jones probably holds more value

  36. Dave says:
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    Would you trade Cooks and Garcon for Mike Evans in a PPR? Drafted Cooks in the 3rd round and I’m off to an 0-3 start so kinda fed up with him but is it a bad trade for me? My other WR’s are Calvin, Amari Cooper, Charles Johnson (who I might drop for Karlos Williams). If I do this 2 for 1 I’ll also have room to pickup Dorial-Green Beckham.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave: In PPR I’d take Cooks over Evans, let alone with Garcon thrown in. Evans is a great talent but both of those guys are going to get looks. McCown didn’t even look bad last week. Hold tight stay strong. I started 0-3 in the writer’s league last year and won the whole thing.

      Make the Charles Johnson for Karlos move though

  37. DT2 says:
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    Need to drop one of: Charles Johnson, Rueben Randle, Helu, and DeVante Parker. Thoughts? (0.25 ppr)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DT2: Helu

      • DT2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: He’s not worth stashing for a Latavius Murray injury?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @DT2: Sure you could say the same about Parker with Matthews and Landry, Randle with ODB and Cruz.

          Charles Johnson sucks you could drop him but I don’t feel like Helu has the immediate value.

          • DT2 says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Good point!

            A more general question, my league is 0.25 ppr + returns:

            QB Rodgers
            WR Robinson
            WR Allen
            WR Cooks
            RB Lacy
            RB Woodhead
            TE Eifert
            FLEX Moncrief

            BN C. Johnson
            BN R. Randle
            BN D. Johnson
            BN Dunbar
            BN Helu
            BN D. Parker

            It’s a 14-team league and everyone is paying attention so free agency is pretty well picked clean. Can you give me a few players that are worth targeting in trades for me? Teams so far don’t seem to be willing to move any big names, should I be going after smaller upside guys like Duke Johnson, Hillman, maybe Davante Adams? I’d love to hear some trade proposals!

            (This is my first fantasy season so I’m full of questions!)

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @DT2: I’d look at maybe at a Hillman or even see if maybe someone will move an underperforming player like a C.J Anderson.

              You have a good squad especially in a 14 teamer. BTW put Randle in your lineup.

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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks! Rueben Randle over Moncrief?

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Butterfield: I’ll take Moncrief

  38. Mike says:
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    Vick or Bradford this week? Its a 2 QB league and I already have TT.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mike: Vick

  39. Dom B says:
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    So I own Phillip Rivers and Eli Manning to I keel both or drop one for Tyrod or Dalton who to drop and who to start

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Drop Rivers for Dalton

  40. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    which of morton or happ you got going twice? you didn’t list either. SON has morton (going against me) going twice, espn team schedules has happ. After Monday i want to know if i can drop Happ. I know i can’t drop Peavy, which would be my other option.

  41. Dan says:
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    Drop Brees or rivers for Dalton? Too rash? Really tempted to stop the brees

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: Yeah what the hell drop Rivers for Dalton. Hold on Brees

  42. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Are tevin coleman and davante adams droppable ?

    My rbs d murray gore blount mathews m jones coleman
    My wrs cooks a robinson garcon adams

    Best available on wire karlos williams and marvin jones

    • Barker says:
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      @Barker: also available vereen crowell cj2k

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Barker: Scratch that hold Coleman and drop Vereen

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Barker: yes drop both and pick up karlos and marvin

  43. ferrisferris says:
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    Got offered Devonte Freeman and Brandin Cooks for Jeremy Hill and Michael Floyd (Ari). Struggling mightily since the loss off Dez. Scared Hill will be going off shortly on a run first offence.
    Your call?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ferrisferris: I like the Freeman side, it’s a risk with Hill but Cooks is an upgrade

  44. Mike says:
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    Hey buddy, in a 12 team league standard format.

    Play qb, 2 wr, 2 rb, flex, te, def and k.
    Have tyrod, tannehill, amari, Mike evans, james jones, jarvis landry, Jamaal charles, lamar miller, tj yeldon, karlos williams, Ronnie hilman, delanie walker, and eifert. Received an offer – dion Lewis for lamar miller straight up. What do u think? I’m thinking i should pull the trigger. Let me know, thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mike: Yeah do it

  45. joe says:
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    aiming for power
    conforto @phi and vs wash or
    souza vs MIA and TOR

    • joe says:
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      @joe: disregard, wrong thread

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @joe: Haha no worries

  46. Help says:
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    What week is It it finally acceptable to hit the panic button on certain players? Cj Anderson? Hill? Forsett? Miller? McCoy?

    It’s just awful out there!?

    That being said. In a 3 year keeper league (can only keep 3 players every year for years)

    Ty Hilton/Delanie walker or Martellus bennet/James jones?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Help: This season I want Bennett and Jones. Great week for Martellus “Wallace” Bennett

  47. Help says:
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    Same keeper league as above:: martavis Bryant for $4 and Forsett for a $50 aj green?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Help: I’d keep Bryant and Forsett. What’s the context of the prices? Is Forsett free?

  48. Shookonespart2 says:
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    Justin Forsett and pierre garcon for Jeremy hill

    Lamar miller and Brandon Marshall for hill and deandre Hopkins

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Shookonespart2: I like the forsett and garcon side, if they threw in another mid-grade WR it would be even.

      Like the Hill side in other deal

  49. Slimbo says:
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    Delanie walker droppable in a 8 teamer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Slimbo: Yes for sure

  50. friar says:
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    What are your thoughts on this potential trade in a 14-team non-ppr league? Who benefits here (A, B, both, neither)? Which side “wins” the trade? Is it close/fair? Thanks!

    Player A gets: Andrew Luck + Carlos Hyde
    Player B gets: Calvin Johnson + Dion Lewis

    Player A’s current roster:
    QB: Eli
    RB: L. Murray, Lewis, Dunbar, Hillman, Blue
    WR: Megatron, Cobb, VJax, A. Johnson, S. Johnson, R. Matthews

    Player B’s current roster:
    QB: Luck, Brady
    RB: Crank Juice, Hyde, Ellington, Sproles, Rawls
    WR: S. Smith, Moncrief, James Jones, Wallace, Hankerson

    • friar says:
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      @friar: Also, if it’s relevant, each team starts 2 RBs, 2WRs, and a flex (typically a WR for both teams thus far). Thanks so much!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @friar: I think Team B gets the bets of it and here’s why. He loses an RB but gains a pretty damn good one in Lewis. Sure it’s non-PPR but Lewis is going to get a ton of PT as long as he doesn’t fumble. He gives up Luck which is a secondary option. Brady’s bye is this week so he doesn’t need Luck. His WR corps goes from meh to very nice.

        Team A upgrades at QB but loses a lot at WR. His RB’s stay the same, depending upon how you view Lewis. I’m one of the biggest Lewis supporters around. I was touting him in the preseason

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the great analysis! I’m player B in this scenario and have been looking for a chance to get good value for my redundant QB all season. With Calvin’s slow start, this seemed like a good opportunity (and I’m also a Lewis fan, which is a plus!). Having gotten your insight on the assets involved here, I’m wondering if you have any hunch on the best time to propose this trade. I’m considering two options:

          1) Propose the trade this week before the weekend’s games (making sure it wouldn’t go through until next week, so I’m not stuck without a QB this week).
          2) Wait until after this weekend’s games to propose the trade. Short of an injury, I don’t expect there’s much that could happen in one weekend of play that will dramatically impact my assessment of these players, but the points people put up this weekend might affect their trade values, so I’m trying to gauge whether this deal will look more or less appealing to Player A after this weekend.

          Hyde plays GB this weekend. With the 49ers playing from behind, I’m worried he might do nothing, suggesting I should propose the trade this week before his value goes down. On the other hand, Calvin plays the Seahawks this week and might well struggle, adding to his slow start. Additionally, Luck has a pretty good shot of going off against the Jaguars on Sunday (and if Eli struggles against the Bills, that might make the other owner more desperate to trade for a QB).

          Do you think this proposal is likely to appear more or less appealing to Player A after this weekend’s games?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @friar: Scenario A would be ideal but getting the deal done is the goal. Luck has shoulder issue so maybe making the move now and grabbing Ww QB wouldn’t be the worst move

  51. Fleece says:
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    Would you drop Joique Bell for Davante Adams or Marvin Jones?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fleece: Marvin!

  52. Shookonespart2 says:
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    I am off to a 0-3 start.. Should I part with some of my players

    Was thinking of splitting lesean McCoy and aj green into Justin Forsett, Brandon Marshall, and James jones. I was also thinking of swapping Forsett for freeman in the deal. McCoy looks done. Aj looks great but I don’t think i get the deal done without giving him up. Also I missed the handcuff with Karlos and that scares me

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Shookonespart2: I like the deal make it

  53. Nick says:
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    Hey Ralph…I picked up T Taylor this week as my upcoming bye-week filler for Peyton Manning in week 7…question is, do I get ‘cute’ & start Taylor v. Giants this week over Manning against Viks? I think I’m going to stick with Manning but definitely deserves consideration…

    Also, what do you think about DeMarco for this week? If he is 100% healthy I think I have to roll out my 2nd round draft pick over Marvin Jones/Tre Mason/Roddy/Joique in a flex spot, right?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nick: Yeah stick with Manning and roll with DeMarco if he’s playing. If not go marvin

  54. Sherm says:
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    Would you drop Jordan Cameron for Clay straight up? Backup TE is Gates

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sherm: Yeah I was going back and forth on this yesterday and after rewatching the video that Jay posted in Tehol’s post of all Tyrod’s throws. It’s tough not to like Clay more. It’s a better offense and Clay was good in Miami. Why are we still hanging onto this Cameron thing?

      Long winded I know….pickup Clay

  55. ryanoger says:
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    .5 PPR keeper league

    QB-Aaron Rodgers
    WR-Jordan Matthews, Jarvis Landry
    RB- DeMarco Murray, Latavius Murray
    TE- Greg Olsen
    FLEX- Steve Smith
    Bench- Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls, Mike Evans, James Jones, Antonio Gates, Michael Crabtree
    IR- Jordy
    K-Tucker
    DEF- Broncos

    What is your take on stashing LaFell? And you think Cruz is worth the add? Or should I get Alfred Blue since I’m a little thin at RB with DeMarco banged up?

    Other FAs available I like- Rueben Randle, Antonio Andrews, Percy Harvin

    What move/moves should I make?

    Sorry, too many questions

    Thanks so much man!
    Ryan

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      Ronnie Hillman and Duke Johnson are also FAs (forgot to add them into the mix)

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @ryanoger: I say add Blue. He may not have the most long term upside but you need something this week if Demarco is out or limited.

        Cruz is worth an add but your WR are pretty damn deep. I would try and move a Steve Smith or a Evans. You have trade pieces for sure

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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          Who should I drop to add Blue? Crabtree or Powell?

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            @ryanoger:

            Or loose both and add Blue and Cruz?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @ryanoger: I’d actually drop Gates and then pick him back up in a week when Rawls or Powell become irrelevant. Two TE’s like back up QB’s are redundant

  56. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade steve smith for CJ Anderson. 10 man standard league.

    My Roster
    QB Phillip Rivers
    RB Leveon Bell
    RB Latavius Murray
    WR Julio Jones
    WR AJ Green
    TE Jason Witten
    Flex Keenan Allen
    Benah
    QB Eli Manning
    RB Jonathan Stewart
    RB Gio Bernard
    WR Steve Smith Sr
    WR John Brown
    TE Crockett Gilmore

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Holy cow Dom B my man, that’s a hell of a team. Sure make the trade, Smith is your WR4 and if Crunk Juice can find himself he’s a RB1.

  57. Dommattingly says:
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    QB: Flacco, and an IR Big Ben
    RBs: Lynch, Foster, Forsett, Taliaferro, Blount, Dion Lewis, and Dunbar
    WRs: Aj Green, Matthews, JBrown, DJax, Boldin, and Stevie Johnson

    Rivers is on the wire, but has a bad matchup this weekend vs CLE.
    I want to try and grab him, but would like to keep Flacco for this weeks matchup vs PIT.

    should I drop Boldin, Stevie, Taliaferro, Dunbar (who’s my only healthy RB with a solid mathcup this week) or Flacco?

    Sorry for the complicated question…Thanks or the help!!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dommattingly: Drop Flacco but choice is yours. I don’t hate the Rivers matchup and don’t love the Flacco one. Tehol agrees he has Rivers two spots higher than Flacco.

  58. Jimmclownsen says:
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    3 year keeper league:

    $30 Forsett and $4 James jones for $11 Abdullah and $60 cj Anderson..

    Which side Ya on? I have Marshall/ jeffery and Dez as my other big 3 wrs.. Martavis Bryant too..

    • Jimmclownsen says:
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      @Jimmclownsen: you could switch Abdullah for a $1 Matt jones but I think I’m leaning Abdullah myself.. What’s your take?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Jimmclownsen: I’d take the Anderson side but $60 is Steeeeeeep

  59. ryanoger says:
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    .5 ppr keeper league

    A guy in my league is looking for WR depth…my team is:

    QB-Aaron Rodgers
    WR-Jordan Matthews, Jarvis Landry
    RB- DeMarco Murray, Latavius Murray
    TE- Greg Olsen
    FLEX- Steve Smith
    Bench- Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls, Mike Evans, James Jones, Antonio Gates, Michael Crabtree
    IR- Jordy
    K-Tucker
    DEF- Broncos

    Should I look to trade him Steve Smith or Mike Evans for one of his RBs below?

    Jamaal Charles
    Joseph Randle
    Jonathan Stewart
    Woodhead
    Gurley

    Who should I give up and which RB should I try to get?

    thanks again man!
    best,
    Ryan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ryanoger: Well first off I’d hold Smith with the Perriman news. If you can move Evans for Charles, Randle, or Gurley do it. For Charles he’ll be asking for more than Evans but pairing him with a Murray might get it done.

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