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2013 Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 7

Week 6 saw some major news on the injury front, most notably from Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb.  The talented Packers receiver fractured his right fibula and will likely miss the next 6-8 weeks.  It is a big blow for fantasy owners, who probably used a third to fourth round pick to acquire the talented slot receiver.  At least he was hurt in game action though.  The Pittsburgh Steelers traded a conditional pick to the Arizona Cardinals for T Levi Brown in the hopes that he could stabilize their offensive line.  He hurt his triceps in warm-ups and the same injury that kept Brown out of action in 2012 is going to send him to the IR in 2013 before he even plays a down for the Steelers.

Still there are plenty of healthy players in the league.  If you are looking for some help with who to start and sit this week, here are some excellent choices.

Start of the Week

Bernard

Bernard has been seeing more touches by the week and could be due for a breakout performance against the Lions D.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard – Bernard has been an excellent addition to the Bengals offense.  He is gradually seeing more carries, as last week he tallied 15 rushes and seven receptions.  He currently ranks 12th among fantasy running backs, despite having only 60 rushing attempts on the season.  His ability to catch passes and score four touchdowns in six games has helped maintain his fantasy value.  It should only improve as the season progresses, as his workload is being increased by the week.

This week the Bengals travel to face the Detroit Lions.  The Lions are currently the 26th ranked running back defense and have allowed five rushing touchdowns to go along with three receiving touchdowns to running backs in their first six games.  I love Bernard to have a big week in Detroit.  He is a RB2 with RB1 upside in this fantastic matchup.

Players to Start

New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs – I hate chasing last week’s points, but the Giants running back tallied 22 carries for 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears.  Word out of New York is that RB David Wilson is likely to miss another 3-4 weeks with his neck injury.  The only concern is that Jacobs tweaked his hamstring last week, but with 11 days of rest, he should be set to resume practice this week.  He is a great flex option against the Minnesota Vikings, who allow the most points to fantasy running backs this season.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles – I may be jumping the gun on this one, but I do not see how QB Michael Vick starts this week.   Tampa Bay has a good defense and Foles threw for 296 yards, three touchdowns, no picks and rushed for another touchdown.  On deck are the Dallas Cowboys, who are the worst fantasy quarterback defense in the NFL.  I think the Eagles go with Foles for another week and at home in this matchup he has QB1 upside.  He is a great bye week replacement for New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, but you have to make sure he earns the start.  If not, Vick is also an excellent start in this matchup.

New York Giants QB Eli Manning – It is becoming increasingly hard to play him with all the interceptions and low touchdown numbers, but the Minnesota Vikings are the second worst fantasy quarterback defense in the NFL and the game is in New York.  I will not rate Manning as a QB1 this week, but he is a great QB2 that works as an injury replacement or a bye week substitute.  That is how far Manning has fallen this season.

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks is inconsistent and losing touches by the week to WR Reuben Randle.   The Vikings allow the eighth most fantasy points to wide receivers.  The theme of my Start / Sit article this week is starting your Giants if you have them.  I think this is the week they earn their first victory and I think their offensive players shine in this game.

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace – Wallace should benefit from an extra week of rest and goes against the second worst fantasy receiver defense in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills.  I look for him to have solid WR2 value this week with WR1 upside.  The Bills struggle to stop the deep pass, which is a Wallace specialty.

Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek – The Dallas Cowboys have given up the fifth most points to fantasy tight ends this year.  Head coach Chip Kelly explained Celek saw a decrease in snaps last week due to the Florida heat.   Celek is a boom / bust TE2 play this week, but he has a good matchup and is a solid gamble for a bye week fill-in to New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham.  If you need a flyer at tight end or have been using Celek as part of a committee, it could make sense to go with him this week.

Sit of the Week

Joe Flacco fantasy football quarterback

Ravens QB Joe Flacco rarely has big offensive games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is bad new for WR Torrey Smith.

Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith – I hate to put a player on this list that is the 14th ranked fantasy receiver.  That said, Smith has only one touchdown catch and is coming off a game where he had one reception for 12 yards.  The Ravens inability to pass protect and throw the ball has made things difficult for Smith.

I also went back and looked at his history in this matchup.  Last year, he had four receptions for 40 yards in two games against the Steelers.  The year before that he was held catch-less in his first game and had five catches for 71 yards and one touchdown.  Had it not been for the game winning touchdown, he would have finished with four receptions for 45 yards.  He just does not have good games against the Steelers and the Steelers are ninth against fantasy receivers this year.  Some of you will not be able to sit him, but if you have the depth at receiver, I would consider other options.  He is a boom / bust WR3 play against the Steelers this week.

Players to Sit

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin – Boldin has been very up and down this season and last week he caught only three passes for 28 yards and no touchdowns.  This week, he faces a Tennessee Titans D that is fifth against fantasy receivers.  I would keep Boldin on my bench again this week.

Jacksonville jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew – Jones-Drew has tallied 70 yards rushing in back-to-back games and scored a rushing touchdown against the Broncos last week.  This is not a good week to go with him though; the San Diego Chargers allow the fewest points to running backs.  He is moving up the running back rankings, but I would sit him this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell – The rookie did nothing against the Jets last week, tallying 16 rushing attempts for 34 yards.  The Jets are the third ranked fantasy running back defense, this week they take on the Baltimore Ravens and their second ranked fantasy running back defense.  I would sit Bell for another week.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith – The Houston Texans are a mess right now, but they still allow only the third fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks.   Smith also has not thrown a touchdown in two weeks and has not topped 250 yards passing in those contests.  I would sit Smith, even though the Texans are in free fall.   It is not an appealing fantasy player in a terrible matchup.

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford – Bradford had a great game last week, only because he threw three touchdowns and no interception.  In the yardage department, he was terrible going for only 117 yards.  The Rams go on the road to play a Carolina D that has allowed the second fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.  They have allowed only four touchdown passes in five games and registered eight interceptions.  I would leave Bradford parked on my bench this week; do not chase his three touchdown passes from last week.

Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham – I still think he will remain a borderline TE1 on an offense that loves to check down to the tight end.   I just do not expect him to produce that way this week against a Kansas City Chiefs D that is the toughest in the NFL against the tight end.  I would sit Graham this week and wait for an easier matchup.

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62 comments

  1. Hey Derek, Roy Helu is available as a free agent. is it time to get rid of Lamar Miller of Pierre Thomas and pick up Helu?

    Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. Tough call, Helu isn’t going to score 3 touchdowns per week, but if he keeps seeing 10 to 15 touches per week, he will have flex value. Miller is in a full blown time share with Thomas and if you are going to be playing a back in a timeshare, I’d rather have the Redskins back. Miller hasn’t seen double digit carries in 3 of his last 4 games, if that continues he isn’t going to be fantasy viable most weeks. I wouldn’t drop Thomas, he’s been very productive and seeing 10-12 touches per game. Good luck.

  2. Foles or cutler in one league and cutler or Rodgers in my other league?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jay – Thanks for the question. I’d go Cutler in your first league and Rogers in your second. I like Foles this week, but Cutler has a great matchup against the Skins and in your other league, Rodgers should never sit. Good luck.

  3. Derek, need help at my flex spot. I had brandon Jacobs in there however the news of a questionable tag for Monday night stinks. So I have Jacobs, Harry Douglas or jerome Simpson. I could also try and grab Michael cox or hillis Monday night but they prob aren’t good plays. Opinions?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jay – Thanks for the question. Not a good situation and Jacobs needs to be avoided with the news about his hamstring. I’d go with Douglas. With both White, Jones and Jackson out, Douglas and Gonzalez will be the main targets in the passing game. Douglas isn’t going to be a fantasy WR1, but at least he has WR3 value with some upside. Good luck.

  4. Derek,

    Now that Gronk has been cleared to play do I still start Kenbrelll Tompkins? Or should I start Jarrett Boykin instead? Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – With Amendola almost certainly out with a concussion this week, I still like Thompkins. Brady is going to have to throw to some of his receivers and Thompkins should still be a viable WR3 play.

  5. Hey Derek,
    Few questions from 3 different leagues. All PPR current starters in all CAPS.

    League 1: RB (need 2): A MORRIS, E LACY, R MATTHEWS(current flex), just picked up J Randle and his matchup looks juicy. What do u think?
    WR (need 1): V JAX, t Austin, Steve smith, j jones
    and I need a flex from a player listed above.

    League 2:
    RB (1): R MATTHEWS, green Ellis, j Rodgers, j randle. Matthews has awesome matchup but randle still intriguing.
    WR (1): H NICKS, J NELSON(current flex), s smith
    Also need a flex from players above.

    League 3:
    RB (2): RICE, T RICH, A MORRIS(flex), g Bernard
    WR (1): H NICKS, Ty, Bowe,
    And a flex from above players.

    Thanks for the help! 0-6 in that 1st league so kinda desperate. Thanks.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Bryan – Thanks for the question.

      League 1 – I’d go with Morris, Lacy and Matthews. Matthews is a little better than Randle, think the Chargers will be ahead early and running the ball a lot. At receiver, I’d go with V Jax. He has a great matchup against the Falcons.

      League 2 – I’d go Matthews again at running back. At receiver and flex, I’d go with Nicks and Nelson.

      League 3 – I’d go with Rice, Morris and Bernard as my running backs and flex. At receiver, I’d go with Nicks. It’s not that I don’t like Richardson anymore, but he is struggling a bit and I think the other three are better options. Good luck.

  6. Big Johnson Little Bush /

    Standard 10 team league.

    my lineup as it currently stands:
    QB: Tony Romo
    RB: Alfred Morris
    RB: Reggie Bush
    WR: Calvin Johnson
    WR: Larry Fitz****** (played)
    TE: Jordan Cameron
    FLEX: Deangelo Williams
    DEF: Chiefs
    K: Steven Hauschka

    Bench:
    QB: Philip Rivers, Michael Vick
    RB: Fred Jackson, Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Joique Bell
    WR: Terrance Williams

    I’m indecisive at QB. I know either will be a good option, but I don’t know whether to start Romo or Rivers. Romo has the better receiving options in what should be a high scoring game, but Rivers is against the Jags……

    Also… Williams, Jackson or Mathews in the Flex?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big Johnson Little Bush – Thanks for the question. I have Romo 2nd and Rivers 3rd, but in the consensus among all experts, Romo is 2nd and Rivers is 5th. I’d go Romo, Eagles are terrible against fantasy quarterbacks, he’s the better play. I’d go Williams in the flex, Rams are horrible against fantasy backs. Good luck.

  7. Which 2 WR should I start (Ppr league)
    1-Vincent Jackson — have him in right now
    2-Justin Blackmon–have him in right now
    3-Reggie Wayne
    4-Keenan Allen
    5-Mike Wallace
    6-Josh Gordon
    It is pretty hard to decide bc they are all great match ups and all are doing great right now

    • Derek Lofland /

      David – Thanks for the question. In standard leagues, my top two are Jackson and Blackmon. In PPR, it’s Wayne and Blackmon. There isn’t a bad option among those, but I would go Blackmon and Wayne in PPR. Good luck.

  8. Cassidy /

    My error- Need WR advice. Starting Calvin Johnson and DeSean Jackson. Need 1 other WR/TE from Alshon Jeffrey, Harry Douglas and Jordan Cameron. R. Randle not in equation for this team and league.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Cassidy – I was going to tell you to sit him out of those options anyway, so go Jeffery if Johnson starts and Jeffery and Cameron if Johnson does not. Good luck.

  9. Derek,

    I’m in a standard 10 man 1 qb 2 rb 2 wr 1 flx 1 te 1 defense
    Here is my team. Just wondering your thoughts on my best lineup: here is how I have it set so far.
    I’m considering startin randle over Powell or rice. Thanks in advance!

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    RB Ray Rice
    RB Eddie Lacy
    WR Victor Cruz
    WR Harry Douglas
    Flex Biali Powell
    TE Julius Thomas
    K Novak
    DEF Carolina

    Bench
    Roddy White
    Alshon Jeffery
    Eric Decker
    Jordan Reed
    Joesph Randle
    James Jones.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Brent – Thanks for the question. Start Rice, if you are sick of Powell’s poor games and don’t trust him against the Pats, Randle is just a few spots behind Powell in my rankings. That would make sense, but don’t sit Rice. Good luck.

  10. Cassidy /

    Derek:
    Need RB and WR Help on start sit
    RB – Moreno, Richardson (Trent), Levion Bell and Andre Ellington starting 2, Moreno for sure but who else?

    WR/TE – starting Megatron and Desean Jackson but need a third between Jeffrey, R. Randle, Jordan Cameron. If Megatron doesn’t play, then need 2 of the group.

    Thanks for input.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Cassidy – Thanks for the question. Bell and Ellington have poor matchups, I’d just go Richardson and hope for the best there. I’d go with Jeffery against a shaky Skins secondary, if Johnson doesn’t play then go with Cameron. Randle has a nice matchup, but very boom / bust, think the others are more certain to score points. Good luck.

  11. Gladiator /

    Hi Derek:
    I am in a standard 12 team league. My team is;
    QB: Luck
    WR: Reggie Wayne, Josh Gordon, James Jones, Justin Blackmon and Alshon Jeffries
    RB: Lynch, Demarco Murray, Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington
    TE: Jimmy Graham and Heath Miller
    DST: Bears
    K: Blair Walsh
    Is it worth dropping James Jones and picking up Panthers for this week? Bears don’t have a great match up this week and are on bye next week. Plus with too many of my players on bye next week I have to drop someone to pick a DST? Panthers play TB next week. What do you think?
    Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Gladiator – Thanks for the question. The Bears are the fifth ranked fantasy scoring defense this year and Washington was terrible against Dallas. I think that matchup is fine, I would keep them. Drop Heath Miller next week when Graham is back, assuming he is healthy. Jones is going to be much more involved in the passing game with Cobb out, I wouldn’t drop Jones. Good luck.

  12. Jay cutler or matt ryan?? i have foster(obvious must start) but at rb2 and flex i have a choice between deangelo williams, stevan ridley, and chris johnson. thoughts? Also im starting hakeem nicks and harry douglas(i had julio jones) but at wr3 i have a choice between austin pettis, vincent brown, dwayne bowe, and jarrett boykin. anyone stand out?
    Thanks your input always helps

    • Derek Lofland /

      Alex – Thanks for the question. I like Jay against the bad Redskins D. At your backs, I’d go with Williams and Johnson. Not a big fan of Ridley running inside against the Jets D. I’d play Vincent Brown, love his matchup against the Jags. Except for Boykin, who is unproven, the rest are all up and down, but he has the best chance to be up this week. Good luck.

  13. Derek,
    I think i have the best roster starting, however i want to see what you think. Would you sub in anyone on the Bench to start this week, im intrigued since i have Julio Jones what Harry Douglas will do this week as the #1 there, someone has to catch passes. also terrance williams i think is better than austin and eventually will surpass him but not sure on who to start. TY is a must play this week i think with what should be a shootout.

    QB- A.Luck
    RB – Spiller, D. Williams
    RB/WR – D. Woodhead
    WR – TY Hilton
    WR – K. Thompkins
    TE – J. Witten
    D/ST – Bengals
    K – Novak

    Bench
    RB – C. Johnson
    RB – R. Helu
    WR – T. Williams
    WR – H. Douglas
    TE – C. Fleener
    QB – N. Foles

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jeremy “Coach Shu” – Seeing this, I would definitely drop Fleener. You have Luck and Hilton already, I wouldn’t want to be playing all three most weeks. You’ll only need a back up tight end for one week when Witten has his bye.

      • Derek,
        thank you i dropped fleener and got Vikings playing over the bengals…
        is there any other roster moves you would do, or does the lineup thats in look the best to go with

        • Derek Lofland /

          Jeremy “Coach Shu” – Rest of the lineup looked good. Good luck.

          • Derek,
            with Gronk back, do you still like Thompkins over T. Williams or H. Douglas (white out now also)

          • Derek Lofland /

            Jeremy “Coach Shu” – I’m not a fan of Douglas playing the Bucs D with no White, Jones or Jackson and Williams is boom / bust with Austin back. I think Gronk will help ease coverage on Thompkins, could steal some touchdowns, but I think Thompkins is the best of those three. Also, keep in mind Gronk is still listed as questionable and even if he plays, he may be on a snap count. Good luck.

  14. Derek,

    I am in a standard league. Victor Cruz and Reggie Wayne are my WR 1 and 2. I am not sure who to play as my WR3 out of:

    Harry Douglas
    Vincent Brown
    Brian Hartline

    Also, I am looking to start TE Kyle Rudolph over Greg Olsen this week. Olsen is a little banged up and looked slow last week. I think Josh Freeman may have a big game dumping off to his tight end.

    • Derek Lofland /

      David – Thanks for the question. I’d play Vincent Brown against the Jaguars secondary. I have Olsen 9th and Rudolph 10th among fantasy tight ends, I couldn’t decide who would have the better game. If you are that confident in Rudolph, I always tell people to go with their gut. That’s a toss up to me. Good luck.

  15. I’m in a standard league this year and am learning the hard way how it differs from PPR in my other leagues. That said, I’m trying to stop the downward spiral…
    My RB are Richardon, Rice and Bernard. You only play 2 per week no flex. If top RB on waivers are Jacobs, Randle, and Tolbert (not much else beyond those) do I bother to bid on any of those over what I have in this Type of league? I am planning to play Rice and Bernard if not.
    My WR/TE are: Reggie Wayne, Amendola (out again I’m sure), Jordan Cameron, Greg Olsen, Heath Miller and DeAndre Hopkins. They have been awful lately. I would like to drop Hopkins and get another WR/TE option off waivers tonight at midnight (we play three per week) but again I’ve got only these options to choose from: Hartline, Martellius Bennnett, Lafell, Celek, Rudolph, Fauria, Boykin, Durham, M. Jones and Edelman. Which would you try for top three in order? I’m ok on QB, kicker and D. I appreciate you helping me out. Which 3 WR/TE would you play week 7? I’m doing well in my other PPR leagues, but this one is not going as planned…thanks again!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Julius – Thanks for the question. In standard leagues you have to value yards and touchdowns, some of those slot receivers and receiving backs hold a lot less value than a PPR. That said, you have three struggling running backs, so they would be disappointing you in ppr too. I hate to tell you to ditch Bernard, because he is a great handcuff, but if your season is going downhill and you need points, Jacobs would help you more in the short term. However, I don’t think you need three tight ends, so I would just drop Miller and play Cameron or Olsen every week. Pickup Jacobs. Hopkins is droppable given his QB situation, but none of these receivers are that great. The Bills secondary struggles a lot, so for this week, I would grab Hartline. Those other guys are either tight ends or receivers that are all over the place. Hartline isn’t great, but I feel he is more consistent. I feel like he is going to be a low WR3 to high WR4, which is more than Hopkins. As for my three plays, I’d go with Wayne, Cameron and Hartline if you get him. Otherwise, plug in Olsen instead of Hopkins. Good luck.

      • I have Giovanni Bernard, not Bernard Pierce. Still get Jacobs to play over Rice or Giovanni this week?

        • Derek Lofland /

          Julius – My bad, no I would play Rice and Bernard. Jacobs has a nice matchup, but those other two should be much better.

  16. Thanks Derek for your help thus far. I have a few questions about 4 leagues: if there is anyone in these leagues that I could get rid of please let me know (my area of weakness in each league)

    League 1: need 3 wrs, 2 rbs and flex

    Qb: Rivers, Ryan
    Rb: Lynch, Powell,Jacobs, McFadden , Rice
    Wr: Moore, Welker,Steve Smith (car), Jeffery
    Te: Finley or Cameron
    Flex: ?

    League 2: need 2 wr, 2 rb, flex

    Qb: Rivers, Brady
    Rb: Morris, Rice, Bell, McFadden
    Wr: Jennings, picked up K Allen, Bryant, Nicks
    Te: Finley, M Bennett
    Flex: ?

    League 3: 2wr, 2rbs and flex

    Qb: Stafford or Dalton
    Rb: Morris, Rice, Woodhead
    Wr: fitz, Shorts, Blackmon,Nicks, K Allen, Thompkins,
    Flex: ?
    Def: I have cincy should I pick up another def this week? If so who do I drop?

    League 4: 2qb, 3wr, 2rb, flex

    Qb: Ryan, Bradford, Smith
    Rb: Mjd, Jackson, Powell, J Charles, Foster
    Wr: Fitz, Boykin, Nicks, m Floyd, shorts
    Te: Gronk, J Thomas

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big d – Thanks for the question. I’d go Rivers against Jacksonville. I like Lynch and Rice for your backs. I’d go with Welker, Smith and Jeffery at your receivers seeing Moore is on bye. At flex, I would go with Jacobs. Tight end, I like both this week, but I like Cameron a little more.

      League 2 – I’d go Rivers again. At backs, I would go with Morris and Rice. At receiver, I’d go Bryant and Nicks. Tight end I like Finley. At the flex, I’d go with Keenan Allen. Not a big Bell fan as his touches are not high enough anymore and McFadden is one bye. Jennings is okay, but his QB situation is uncertain.

      League 3 – I’d go with Stafford at my quarterback. At running back, I’d go with Morris and Rice. At receiver, I’d go with Blackmon and Nicks. Don’t like Fitz with a bum hammy on a short week against Seattle. At your Flex, I’d go with Woodhead, the Jags are horrible at stopping running backs. Keep Cincy, they are not the greatest play this week, but I wouldn’t want to drop any of your players to pick up a better one and Stafford can be turnover prone.

      League 4 – I’d go with Ryan at quarterback. At running back, I’d go with Charles and Foster. Receivers, I’d go with Fitz, Nicks and Floyd. Shorts is likely out and I wouldn’t sit any of those guys for Boykins, who is a relative unknown. At flex, I’d go Jackson. Tight end, go with Thomas as he is too good to sit until Gronk shows he is not only playing, but can play well. Good luck.

  17. Should I start Gore and Lacy this week? Or instead start just one RB and then choose two from the following WR’s: VJax, Blackmon, or Decker. I’m leaning Lacy, Blackmon, VJax, but I am interested in your opinion (standard league). Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Pete – Thanks for the question. That’s a really tough call. You have four very playable options. I would tend to agree with you. Lacy is a slightly better start than Gore, Blackmon plays a horrible Chargers secondary and Jackson plays a horrible Falcons secondary. Gore has a nice matchup against the Titans, but he has only 3 touchdowns in 6 games and he’s only been over 100 yards twice. He has the least upside of the four options, so I would sit him. That said, they are all good plays. Good luck.

  18. Hey Derek, need help in both leagues this week…

    League 1- pick a qb: cutler or rg3. pick two rbs: f jax, Ridley and cj2k
    Pick two wrs: garçon, aj green, fitzy, Blackmon, Steve smith.
    Pick a flex out of who you did not use above. Also I have graham on bye and need a te. Which d would you drop to use the other for the rest of the season? Bears or niners. Any ideas on who to grab? Garrett graham is available?

    League 2 – pick three wrs: Welker, Steve smith, Jennings, sanders, James jones if he plays and Stevie Johnson. Pick a flex out of any wr left in league two, or I did add Joseph Randell and Brandon Jacobs is available? Who do you like better from those two?

    Thanks!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jamon – Thanks for the question. Love Cutler this week, Redskins D is not good. Marshall and Jeffery should do well in that matchup. At running back, I’d go with CJ2K and FJax. At receiver, I’d go with Blackmon and Green. I’d go Garcon at my flex. I didn’t choose Fitzy with a hamstring injury trying to turn it around on 4 days rest against Sherman. Ridley has a tough matchup against the Jets solid interior run defense. Garrett Graham is solid for the upcoming weeks, but has a horrible matchup against the Chiefs. Might want to explore other options. Bears are the 5th ranked fantasy D, where as the 49ers are 17th. I’d stick with the Bears.

      In the other league, I’d go with Welker, Steve Smith and James Jones. If Jones doesn’t play, go Jennings. I’d go with Brandon Jacobs in the flex. Good luck.

      • Fleener and celek are out there too. Also someone offered me Bennett for f jax? Should I sell while his value is high? Or just drop a d and grab a te?

        • Derek Lofland /

          Jamon – Bennett is a TE1 and I think he will maintain that value unless he suffers an injury. Jackson’s value is very high right now, Spiller could steal carries or Jackson could suffer an injury being over 30 years old. The risk in Jackson declining is much higher than Bennett declining. I think its a fair trade, as long as you have enough backs without Jackson.

          • My other backs are Ridley, cj2k and sproles. You think that’s solid? Especially since I also have cutler. I also play the guy offering me the trade this week, if that changes things.

          • Derek Lofland /

            Jamon – Those are three good backs, the only issue becomes if one is hurt. That said, you don’t want points on your bench and nothing at tight end. It’s a fair trade and they all come with risk. I’d do the trade, because Jackson is a high risk injury player and you could be without him anyway in a few weeks. Of the four, that is who you should be trading.

  19. Derek, is it bad that basically my whole team is the week 7 waiver pick ups? ha.. So out of Brandon Jacobs, Andre Ellington, Jerome simpson, Harry Douglas, Joseph Randle and Anquan Boldin i need a WR, RB and Flex. Im thinking randle RB, Jacobs Flex and Wr is a toss up. Thoughts?

    • One more question. Whats your feelings on Manningham, worth a grab?

      • Derek Lofland /

        Jay – I’m reading that he may not be back until Week 10. If you have the roster spot and can stash him, that’s fine, but I don’t think I’d waste the roster spot until we hear something about how he looks in practice.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jay – Thanks for the question. It is not ideal, but that happens sometimes. If you have a struggling or injured roster, that is how you upgrade. I think Randle and Jacobs are a good flex and RB start. At receiver, I would go with Douglas. I also think you can make an argument to do with Boldin too. Neither one of them have done anything in recent weeks and the Titans are fifth against fantasy receivers, where as the Bucs are 14th and have been vulnerable in recent weeks. If you want to go with the better player, go Boldin, go Douglas if you want to play the matchup. Good luck.

  20. Hey Derek,

    I’m in WR hell!

    I have Cobb and Roddy White out (safe to drop Cobb at this point??)

    Right now I am starting Kenbrelll Thompkins and Vincent Brown

    On the bench: Kris Durham Terrence Williams

    Not much available on the wire, any recommendations? Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. I know the feeling, I’ve been there all season in a league with Roddy White and Danny Amendola. Cobb is safe to drop, he’s on temporary IR and can’t comeback until Week 15. No guarantee he plays, so unless it’s a dynasty league, drop him. Boykins could be a short-term solution, seeing he will be playing the slot in Green Bay. Not sure who you have available there other than Boykins, because no one would have had him prior to this week. If you give me some names, I can let you know what I think. Good luck.

      • Thanks Derek, Boykins is available on the wire. Would you drop any of the other WR’s I have for him? If not, would you start Durham or Williams over Thompkins or Brown? Thanks

        • Also, would you start Vinatieri or Henery at kicker this week? Thx!

          • Derek Lofland /

            Matt – I’d go Henry, that figures to be a shootout and he should have a lot of opportunities. Good luck.

        • Derek Lofland /

          Matt – Boykins is a big unknown, Williams and Durham have been producing in recent weeks. I think I’d go with what you have for now. I see Williams overtaking Austin in Dallas and Durham is a big target that is benefiting from Burleson being injured. However, I’d start Brown and Thompkins this week. Good luck.

          • Thanks Derek, Unfortunately I have to drop one of these guys in order to pick up a kicker. Who would you drop from my roster?

            QB: Drew Brees, Nick Foles
            WR: Roddy White, Kenbrelll Thompkins, Vincent Brown, Kris Durham, Terrence Williams, Jarret Boykin, Marques Colston
            RB: Doug Martin, Gio Bernard, Lamar Miller, Pierre Thomas
            TE: Jordan Cameron, Antonio Gates

            Thanks!

          • Derek Lofland /

            Matt – I would drop one of the receivers. Durham has been solid, but his value will decline when Burleson returns. Boykin is a complete unknown, but Cobb can’t return until Week 15, so he has the potential to do well for longer. Toss up to be, you could drop either one. I’d lean toward dropping Durham. Good luck.

  21. Gladiator /

    Hi Derek:
    Is it worth getting Brandon Jacobs and dropping Ellington? Although doubt I will get him on waiver wire since I am third in my league currently.
    My other backs are Lynch, Chris Johnson and Demarco Murray.
    I have the following receivers – Reggie Wayne, Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffries and James Jones. Is it worth dropping one of these WRs and stashing Percy Harvin?
    Jimmy Graham is on bye – who do you prefer this week between Kyle Rudolph, Brent Celek and Heath Miller?
    Also Blair Walsh is my kicker right now – should I stick with him or get Mason Crosby (aleeady had bye week) or Alex Henery (has yet to have bye week)?
    Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Gladiator – Thanks for the question. I would not drop Ellington, I think he will have better value over the course of the season. I would not drop any of those receivers, they are all WR3 or better options. As you can see with Gronk, predicting players returning from injury can be problematic. I like Rudolph the best against the Giants. At kicker, Crosby is kicking better now, but he also plays outside and I am a fan of dome kickers. Also not sure what these injuries are going to do to the Packers offense, although with Rodgers they should be in good shape. I would say that is a latteral move and Walsh has already had his bye too. I’d lean Walsh; I think both are better options than Henry. Good luck.

  22. Hey Derek,

    Team who owns Murray is 1-5 and in desperation mode and wants to sell Murray for value now (also owns Wilson). I’m sitting at 4-2 and have some pretty nice depth to work with. He is at the bottom of my division and I just beat him last week for our last matchup of the season. Therefore, I think it would actually benefit me to help him catch up to the rest of the division, seeing as in he probably isn’t a true threat to the playoffs anyway at this point. Here is my team:

    QB: Brees/Vick

    RB: McCoy/MJD/Miller/Mathews/B.Brown

    WR: A.Johnson/Nelson/Gordon/S.Johnson

    TE: Cameron/Fleener

    He also owns guys like Amendola, Randle, Wallace. What should I offer him? Or should I stay put?

    Also, who would you start between MJD/Miller/Mathews this week?

    Thanks.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Bry – Thanks for the question. This is what Murray does, he is either injured, recovering from injury or waiting to be injured. I could see trading Fleener or Bryce Brown for him, but that isn’t going to get anything coming back. Anyone else is a viable fantasy weapon that you would rather have than an injured one.

      I’d even hold onto MJD, because he could be moved by the trade deadline and become more appealing. Matthews is the one that is a wild card, he is similar to Murray, I’m just waiting for him to get hurt. Problem is Matthews is healthy and playing well, so I’m not sure that makes sense. I think you are probably best staying put, unless you want to try selling Matthews high, but I’m not sure Murray is high. May want to package another player in there like Amendola for Fleener.

      As for the start question, I’d go Miller. Bills allow the third most rushing yards in the NFL. Good luck.

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