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Week 3 Blog: Around the League and Start/Sit Advice (Updated: Sunday AM)

Sept. 25

Here’s what we know so far:

Antonio Gates – Out
Miles Austin – Out
Mario Manningham – Out

Arian Foster – Questionable – I don’t believe you can safely start him in week 3
Dez Bryant – Questionable – I believe he’ll be going on Monday night but it’s a gamble
Felix Jones – Questionable – Either way, I would be looking elsewhere

Knowshon Moreno – Limited at best
Michale Crabtree – Limited

Michael Vick – Starting
Beanie Wells – Starting
Ben Tate – Appears to be Starting – He could make for a nice play in week 3

For all intents and purposes, this week, unless a player is definitely starting, I’d be sitting the entire lot.

Good luck this week!

Sept. 22

Really?  8 Lbs of weed?

I really believe that there are dark forces at play in Cincinnati.  I can’t put my finger on it exactly but something is amiss.  If you haven’t heard, Bengal receiver Jerome Simpson was detained after having 2.5 lbs. of California’s best shipped to his house where an unidentified woman accepted the shipment.  Upon further search, another 6 lbs. was found inside Simpson’s house.  Certainly, there is more to come from this story including a date-night with Commissioner Goodell and, in all likelihood, formal drug charges.  While it is possible that Simpson was simply stocking up for the 2011 Super Bowl celebration, law enforcement generally views such a large amount as a possible “intent to distribute” motive.  There’s no good scenario hear.  Too bad for one of DLF’s favorite sleepers this year.

To make matters worse for the Bengals, it appears that Cedric Benson has been suspended for three games, to start in week 4.  Benson may be a safe play in week 3 but it’s also possible that Cincinnati could suspend him for being a knuckle-head, but that remains to be seen.

One more quick Bengal’s note is that rookie A.J. Green popped up on the injury report with a toe issue.  No worries for week three however as Green will be good to go and has a great match-up vs. San Francisco.

Vick loos like a safe start in week three albeit riskier than in week two.  Concussion symptoms were relatively light and he’ll be motivated to stay on the field vs. Giants.  It’s pretty obvious that Vick just isn’t destined to finish a full season.  He’s not one that you can sit on a given week and you just have to hope week-to-week that he emerges in one piece to start the next week.  He’s just too dynamic to keep on the bench.

Dez Bryant owners have an interesting decision this week.  It certainly appears that Bryant won’t be anything better than questionable this week.  Making matters more complex is the fact that he plays on Monday night.  If Bryant is your WR1, you may be inclined to roll the dice but I would advise against it.  Unless you have another option  or can pick up Kevin Ogletree just in case, your best bet is to substitute Bryant now and check back Sunday AM for last minute updates.  All signs are pointing Dez sitting one more week.

On the “Worst Kept Secret” list, 2nd year running back James Starks is your RB1 in Green Bay.  Grant has obviously lost a step and isn’t nearly as accomplished out of the backfield as the younger Starks and, quite simply put, Starks runs with physicality and hunger with each carry.  Grant owners may want to approach Starks owners for possible trade scenarios.  Without injury to Starks, Grant will likely be an after-thought very quickly.

So much mediocrity within the running back group in 2011, it’s really killing many a fantasy team.  More than any previous year in my memory, this year has really been a have vs. have-not running back group.  I continue to expect Kendall Hunter to emerge at some point.  I know I have been harping on him quite a bit but I really do like this kid.

Just how good is Peyton Manning?  In the past there have been questions about the system, the offensive line, the receivers, etc. etc. in determining just what has led to the success enjoyed by Indianapolis in recent years.  Without Manning under center, it’s almost painful how bad and leaderless this team looks.  Manning IS just that good.  Austin Collie this week makes  a sneaky good start, as long as the Steelers don’t kill Kerry Collins.

Speaking of “killing”, DeAngelo Hall made waves this week in saying that he’s going after inured players, primarily Tony Romo.  Is this out of bounds for a player to say or completely expected.  For Hall, it’s completely expected.  And dare I say that for most in the NFL, it’s likely that injured players would be a target, especially at the quarterback position.  To say it to the media however is another story.  But we’ve come to expect this from the outspoken Hall.

I’m not high on receiver Hakeem Nicks this week.  A bit banged up and likely shadow by none other than the Eagle’s most recent million dollar man, Ashomougha, Nicks is going to find catches and yards tough to come by.  I don’t think you sit Nicks per our rule about benching studs, but hopefully you have a second good option to go with Nicks.

Speaking of not benching studs, I don’t want to see any more questions about possibly benching Chris Johnson.  Yes, he’s looked slow and yes he’s looked out of shape and disengaged, but the rest of his schedule is what dreams are made of.  This is the perfect opportunity to approach frustrated Johnson owners for a possible trade.  Look for Johnson to light it up this weekend.  He’s going to be motivated and has a tasty match-up vs. the Broncos.

For you IDP’ers out there, Casey Matthews is a safe drop now it would seem.  The Eagles have moved Jamar Chaney back into the middle and he should be an immediate starter in all IDP leagues.  Chaney is a thumper but not without good instincts and speed to the ball carrier.  I’m looking for double digit tackles this week vs. the Giants.  Not that he will be rostered in any IDP leagues, last year’s rookie sensation (at least in college) Aaron Curry has now lost his starting job.  This one stings a little bit for me because Curry is genuinely a great kid and easy to root for.  Maybe he’ll be able to salvage a career when he’s with a new team in 2012.

In Seattle, it appears that Sidney Rice will get his first start this week vs. Arizona.  Seattle is still looking for their first win and while this game could be close, I still expect that the defense will be hard pressed to stop the Cardinal’s passing attack.  Look for Fitzgerald to put on a clinic.

Hey, we told you Denarius Moore could play.

All Chargers should be in your lineup this week vs. the Chiefs.  This includes Ryan Mathews.  Mike Tolbert is banged up but not likely to miss any time but it’s likely that coach Norv Torner will be looking to establish Mathews and will give him plenty of touches.  I expect 100+ yards this week and at least one score.  Heck, let’s make that prediction for every offensive skill position player this week and see how close we get.

One last note, it looks like Steven Jackson may, again, be doubtful for Monday night.  So soon to be disappointed in SJax but he seems to break hearts every year.

Keep the questions coming all.

Sept. 20

Let me start by saying I expect much more out of myself when it comes to start/sit advice, especially when it comes to giving all of you suggestions or opinions.  Looking back on last week’s blog, my advice wasn’t over-the-top horrible – it seems I just couldn’t make a good pick for myself.  If I had to choose one or the other, I guess I’d much rather have it that way.  If not, you’d all be suggesting that I “keep my day job.”

Turning our attention to the week three, I’m struck by how fast the injuries are piling up.  Already we’ve had multiple bad injuries that have sidelined players for the year or at least a significant number of games.   Revisiting a discussion from the week one blog where I spoke on the shortened training camp schedule, could it be that all these hamstring, groin and tendon issues are related to less preparation?  I haven’t seen any studies yet on this year’s injury rate compared to last year, but it sure seems to have hit hard and fast.

Thus far, most QBs have weathered the storm pretty well but big name running backs and wide receivers are dropping like flies.  Following is a short list of just some of the players that have issues that bear watching or are done for the year:

Tony Romo, QB
Michael Vick, QB
Arian Foster, RB
Jamaal Charles, RB
Steven Jackson, RB
Rashad Jennings, RB
Knowshon Moreno, RB
Mikel Leshoure, RB
Ryan Williams, RB
Miles Austin, WR
Dez Bryant, WR
Sidney Rice, WR
Brandon LLoyd, WR
Michael Crabtree, WR
Jordan Shipley, WR
Lee Evans, WR
Aaron Hernandez, TE
Jon Beason, LB
Thomas Davis, LB
Jonathan Goff, LB

That list is just off the top of my head without much research.  There are a lot of early round fantasy selections in that group.  The Jamaal Charles injury is huge and likely removes from contention most teams that were relying on him, unless you have significant depth.  In fantasy where top running backs are hard to come by as is, losing one of the potential stars so early is very difficult to bounce back from.

Such is the NFL and fantasy.

I’m following quite a few interesting and intriguing stories this week.  Interesting to me at least.

In Kansas City, just how are they going to recover from losing Jamaal Charles?  Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones really have their hands full and should, in no way, be anything close to what Charles provides.  Just as impactful is the situation for Bowe owners, of which I am as well.  No Charles, no viable second receiver yet again, no Moeaki at tight end and Cassel at QB absolutely destroys Bowe’s value, at least in my mind.  Bowe is inconsistent as is but there is no reason that he won’t be tightly bracketed every Sunday from here on out.  The Chiefs simply don’t have any other weapons for the outcome to be something different.

The race for Andrew Luck is on.  I didn’t think that anyone could be as bad as the Seahawks this year and, realistically, I still don’t.  The Hawks are as bad a team as I have ever seen.  They’re completely inept in almost every phase from my point of view.  I was on record before the season began that Seattle would be Luck’s likely landing spot and nothing has changed my opinion.  I will say though that as bad as I though their offensive line play would be, they exceeded my already low expectations to the downside.  Things look up a bit with the Cardinals coming to town, but I still don’t expect it to be close.

And how bad is Indy?  Manning really is that important to the Colts and they may challenge the Hawks for the rights to get Lucky.  I hope you didn’t take Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne too early this year.   I bet NBC is calling for “do-overs” in getting the Sunday night game this week that features the Steelers visiting the Colts.  You know Big Ben is licking his lips this week but … not so fast fantasy geeks.  It’s quite possible that this game is out of reach quickly and Roethlisberger puts up only mediocre numbers.  That said, I’m still starting him.

The Lions?  Really?

Cam Newton.  Wow.  We took some heat for putting Newton at #6 in our fantasy rookie rankings.  The problem was that the top five picks were solid and everything that followed wasn’t.  We always will err on the side of NFL brass who take players highly.  They have teams of scouts and analysts that know these players inside and out and a quarterback taken at #1 overall has value.  In this draft, we clearly saw him as the sixth best rookie.  I am not one that has been overly down on Newton since being drafted, but I did fully believe that this year we had a massive collection of second round quarterbacks that were being overdrafted due to dire need.  Newton is rising to the top and made me eat my words that he couldn’t replicate those week one yardage totals.  I’m impressed Cam, truly.

Speaking of rookie quarterbacks, Cincy fans, Dalton actually looks pretty good.  And having both Dalton and Green producing early on, at least to some degree, must give you hope for the future.  I don’t want to hang a start on Dalton just yet, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  Green is all that he was billed as.

Chris Johnson looks slow, out of shape and the new coaching staff looks confused.  Somewhere Jeff Fisher is feeling validated.  Kenny Britt is looking rock solid and studly.  As long as he can stay out of jail, he’s going to be a great receiver for a long time.  If you’re deep at receiver, Britt may be a good sell high, especially if you have Jamaal Charles and need running back help.

When I was on SiriusXM’s Fantasy Drive show the first time in the preseason, I mentioned that Kendall Hunter could very well be the best back to come out of this class.  I’m standing by that assessment and believe that he truly is one play away.  I expect that he’s going to get a chance this year to show what he can do.

We have a Daniel Thomas sighting and it comes and the expense of Reggie Bush owners.  We were suggesting a sell high on Bush by week four.  We may have been off by three weeks.

Looking quickly at the waiver wire, you might find these recent producers out there depending on the depth of your league:

David Nelson, WR BUF
Denarius Moore, WR OAK
Eric Decker, WR DEN
Danario Alexander, WR STL
Devery Henderson, WR NO
Preston Parker, WR TB
Isaac Redman, RB PIT
Keiland Williams, RB DET
Scott Chandler, TE BUF
Tarvaris Jackson, QB SEA

Just kidding on Jackson, just seeing if you’re still with me.

If you have start/sit questions, fire away!

More soon….

Jeff Haverlack

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  1. Milwaukee's Best

    September 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Stafford over Romo ROS?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 8:06 am


      • Robert

        September 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        I would assume that ROS means rest of season…. but just a guess

  2. sclasclemski

    September 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I have pierre garcon in a salary/contract league and he’s for a decent amount of cap for 3 more seasons after this one…I was wondering if its worth stashing him still are cutting bait…or should I just try to ride it out for now?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

      I’d ride it out for now, but he’s not looking good. But it’s not like he’s lost his value for good. We all know what is at the heart of the issue.

  3. Ken

    September 21, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Can start 7 of the following, which 7 would you roll with
    must start 3 or 4 wr`s
    Mike Wallace(Pit – WR) @Ind
    Dez Bryant(Dal – WR) Was
    Jordy Nelson(GB – WR) @Chi
    Eric Decker(Den – WR) @Ten
    must start 2 or 3 rb`s
    LeGarrette Blount(TB – RB) Atl
    James Starks(GB – RB) @Chi
    Ben Tate(Hou – RB) @NO
    Cedric Benson(Cin – RB) SF
    must start 1 0r 2 te`s
    Jermichael Finley(GB – TE)@Chi
    Jimmy Graham(NO – TE) Hou
    Rob Gronkowski(NE – TE)@Buf

    • Josh

      September 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

      In no specific order:

      Ben Tate
      C. Benson
      wouldnt blame ya for going Starks or Blount though.

      Dez if he is healthy/if Romo is healthy..without Austin!
      Nelson..I am waiting another week on Decker

      Gronk is a no brainer for now

      • Josh

        September 21, 2011 at 7:52 am

        forgot to add..if no Dez..maybe Graham..that game might be a shootout..and with NOLA WRs hurting..Graham might have a breakout performance.

        • Josh

          September 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

          whoops..didnt see finley 🙂

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

      WR: Wallace, Bryant and Decker
      RB: Blount, Starks and Benson
      TE: Finley

      Note: If Foster is sitting, I’d roll with Tate over Starks

      • Ken

        September 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

        not sure I can bench Gronkowski for the 3rd week in a row.

        • DLF_Jeff

          September 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

          Tough call for sure but I still start Finley.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Looks like Tate is going to be starting … gotta get him in the lineup.

  4. Drew

    September 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

    What are your thoughts on Preston Parker, can’t find much on him anywhere, seems like at one point he had a solid pedigree being at FSU, worth a flier?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

      He’s a virtual unknown but worthy of a roster spot right now. You can’t expect too much from him but the TB passing game is looking for playmakers other than Mike Williams. Could be Briscoe, could be Parker. I’d move on Parker if you have a roster spot to burn. Decent size, decent speed and an opportunity. He’s worth a hold for a couple of weeks.

  5. Killa Cam

    September 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Do you trade away Ryan Mathews for Chris Johnson in dynasty?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

      1 for 1? Absolutely if you can get it. CJ isn’t dead. He got into camp late and doesn’t have his game back yet. His second game is against one of the better run defenses in the league but look at his remaining schedule. With the TEN passing game taking shape, CJ will be up and running quickly again.

      If you can get Johnson straight up for Mathews, I’d do that RIGHT NOW!

      • Killa Cam

        September 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

        And what if you had to throw in Harvin?

        • DLF_Jeff

          September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

          PPR league? If so, that’s too much for me. If it’s not a PPR league, it’s closer but I still don’t think I’d do it. I like CJ, but two young producing players like that is a bit to give up unless you’ve got really solid depth.

  6. Coach

    September 21, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I need 2 running backs, non ppr:

    Starks, Hightower, Green-Ellis, Foster

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Non-PPR makes this very interesting. I’d probably go with Starks and Hightower this week. Foster looks to be out for a week or two. Green-Ellis has been good for TDs thus far but I’d still prefer more touches and more yardage potential.

  7. Mac

    September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

    1/2 PPR, which do you like? 3 separate leagues. Thanks!!!
    1) Pick one: Matt Ryan or Cam Newton?
    2) Pick one: Blount, Starks or Beanie?
    3) Pick two: MJD, Britt, Dez, or Steve Smith (Car)?

    • Silky The Pimp

      September 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

      He’s a Cougar Fan, watch out!!!

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      1) Ryan
      2) Beanie
      3) MJD and Britt

  8. Camel

    September 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Curious on how you would rank these waiver moves. Dynasty .5 PPR, 22 roster. I have no idea how all these guys are still available.

    Victor Cruz
    Taiwon Jones
    Tashard Choice
    Jaquizz Rodgers
    Matt Flynn
    Deji Karim
    Vincent Brown
    Greg Salas
    Steve Smith (Phi)
    Denario Alexander
    Randy Moss
    Ryan Williams

    • Jeff Haverlack

      September 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Ryan Williams
      Matt Flynn
      Deji Karim
      Danario Alexander

  9. Denzy

    September 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    PPR league

    Who’s the odd man out? One will be RB2 and the other my flex play RB/WR:
    B.Tate, M.Tolbert, S.Johnson ?

    TE- F.Davis or D.Clark?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

      In this order this week:

      Johnson (His groin is not good)

      I’d still stick with Clark.

  10. DrR

    September 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    1/2 ppr

    QB: Freeman or Fitzpatrick, would go with Fitz if he weren’t facing NE

    2 WR: Wallace, Meachem, Jordy Nelson, Mike Thomas, Crabtree (Is he worth holding onto? his foot injury is starting to concern me)

    2 RB: McCoy, CJ, BGE, Tate

    TE: Witten (also have Clark)

    W/R/T: any unused above


    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

      QB: Tough call … Freeman. Johnson may be out
      WR: Wallace and Nelson for me. Yes, hang onto Crabtree.
      RB: McCoy and CJ. I won’t sit my studs but Tate looks good. Go with YOUR gut here.
      TE: Witten

      W/R/T: Get Tate in there if you can.

  11. Joel

    September 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    After being in the same Dynasty league for nearly 20 years, it is great to finally have a website devoted to our corner of fantasy football!

    Anyway – do either Greg Salas or Denario Alexander on the Rams have real long-term potential? I have Salas now and after watching him drop multiple passes in the last game am thinking of dumping him for Alexander, or just cutting bait on the Rams WRs altogether and taking a flyer somewhere else.

    Your thoughts?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Awesome! Thanks for the note, that’s exactly what we want to hear and why we are here!

      Salas looks overly slow and unengaged to me. Alexander has real potential but his knees are terrible. If I had to choose one it would be Alexander all day. He could be worth spot starts if you’re WR weak.

      Salas – If I had him, I’d drop him.

      • Joel

        September 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

        Thanks Jeff. I agree with you and tried to cut Salas for Alexander, but unfortunately at 2-0 I was one of the last people to have access to the waiver wire this week, and I lost out. Oh well, there’s always another project out there somewhere…

        Keep up the great work!

        Oh ya – I miss the “app-like” version of the website for iphone. It was very cool. Any intention of bringing this back?

  12. Justin

    September 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Pick 2 to start please.
    Fred Jackson
    Dez Bryant (Injured?)
    Willis McGahee
    Mark Ingram

    Also would you start Fred Davis instead of Vernon Davis this week?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:08 am

      PPR? Problem with Dez is that he plays on Mon night and it may be too much of a risk to play him if he’s questionable heading into Sunday. If it’s PPR and he’s going to play get him in there but I’m assuming he’s not going to play.

      I’d go with Jackson and Ingram.

  13. anthony

    September 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    ppr pick 2 for flex spots
    burleson v minny
    starks v bears
    j nelson v bears


    ppr second league–pick one

    s greene v oak
    meachem v houstan

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

      Starks and Nelson.

      Tough choice on the second. I’ll go with the guaranteed touches of Greene but I’m not impressed with him.

  14. Dave

    September 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    what’s up guys, dynasty/ppr, i have gates te and gresham and kendricks as backups. gresh and kendricks have been a bit underwhelming and i was thinking about moving one of them for delone carter to someone who’s reaching for a te. what are your thoughts and who do you think i should give up?

    also, i’m stacked at rb and was thinkin about moving moreno (who’ll probably continue to ride the pine with glass hammy’s) for kendall hunter, thoughts

    • Dave

      September 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      …and when i say moreno will ride the pine, i mean my bench, not the denver bench

      • JT

        September 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

        Just one guy’s opinion, but i think you should definitely trade one of the TEs. Delone Carter is worth the gamble. I would probably trade Kendricks before Gresham. It’s too early to make a verdict on Kendricks. I have him as well on my farm team. I like Gresham building a chemistry with Dalton long-term.

        Regarding Moreno, I wouldn’t trade him for Hunter. SF offense is a mess and they signed Gore to a long-term deal. Instead, trade Moreno for a draft pick if you can, or target a young upstart WR. McGahee is not going to be the long-term answer for Denver, so don’t underestimate Moreno’s value.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      September 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      I like Greshem’s skill set better than Kendrick’s but Kendrick’s does seem to be getting looks. I’d still keep Gresham as he’s more established and Dalton is just now beginning to settle down a bit. I think he’ll only get better from here. Move Kendricks if you can.

      I’m also no a fan of Moreno, haven’t been since his last year in college and am really down on him in the NFL. I love Hunter and think he could be the best in the 2011 draft in 3 years. If you’re loaded at RB … I’d be fine with you moving Moreno.

  15. Jay

    September 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    pick 2 wr with ausin injured: lloyd vs. ten, gibson vs. bal, collie vs. pitt, lance moore vs. hou, denarius moore vs. nyj, and andre roberts vs. sea?
    Thanks for the help!

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Lloyd as long as he’s playing. I’d role the dice on Moore playing more in week 3. If not, start Roberts and hope for the best.

  16. N.O.style

    September 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    12 Team keeper league; non-PPR. Scoring as follows QB: 1 pt for every 20 yds passing RB/WR/TE 1 pt for every 10 yds Touchdowns (QB/RB/WR/TE): 0-9 yds: 6 pts 10-39 yds: 9 pts 40+ yds: 12 pts. Field Goals: 0-39 yds: 3 pts 40-49 yds: 5 pts 50-59 yds: 10 pts 60+ yds: 12 pts Return Yards: 2 points for 40, and then 1 point for every 10 thereafter

    Start 1 QB, any combination of 5 (maximum of 3 RB’s and TE is not required), 1 K

    Who do you Recommend:

    QB: M. Ryan, K. Orton
    RB: R. Mendenhall, B. Wells
    WR: K. Britt, D. Bryant, S. Johnson (BUF), A.J. Green, E. Decker,
    K: J. Hanson

    As always thanks for your help.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

      QB: Ryan
      RB: Mendy, Wells
      WR: Britt, Green and Decker.

      If Bryant is playing I’d get him in for Decker. I think Green gets a score this week.

      Bryant plays on Monday night so check the latest news on Sunday and don’t risk it if he’s questionable.

  17. Albert

    September 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Check this out lil confuse here on who to start ppr second rb spot Willis mcgahee or reggie bush and at the flex Dustin Keller who will u start at those two spot?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

      I’d start Bush and hope he’s more involved. I’m assuming you have another TE starting already. I’d probably start Keller over McGahee being that it’s PPR. If Moreno doesn’t play, I’d lean toward McGahee.

  18. JT

    September 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Need some help on this week’s selection (PPR league).
    Pick two RBs from: Mendenhall, Matthews, Blount, Starks (leaning toward Mendenhall and Mathews).
    Pick four WR/TEs from: Nicks, Britt, Wayne, Hendersen, Witten, F.Davis, Keller (leaning toward Nicks, Britt, Witten, F.Davis).

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

      Mendy and probably Mathews for me although that Starks play is a close second … he’s really coming on. But Mathews vs. KC is too much to pass up for me.

      For me, I’d go with Nicks, Britt, Wayne and Witten. I know IND is bad but Wayne will get a lot of looks. But always go with your gut.

      I like that you put in who you are “leaning toward” as it gives me an idea of what your gut is saying. Colts play on Monday night.

  19. Michael

    September 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Need help filling in my WR3 spot in a .5 point PPR league. Wes Welker or Steve Smith (CAR)? Thanks!

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:20 am

      Welker every week. Smith has been really surprising this year though.

  20. Killa Cam

    September 22, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Daniel Thomas or Tim Hightower?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:21 am


  21. Robert Bobson

    September 22, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Standard scoring

    Pick one

    DWill vs Jac
    Jstew Vs Jac
    Harvin Vs Det
    Addai V pit

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

      PPR? If so, Harvin.

      If not, DWill. I think this may be his week.

  22. DougE_Fresh

    September 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I need some help in a 12-team standard league-

    Pick 3 RBs out of 4: Blount, Tate, Best, F. Jackson

    I’m also in a very competitive 13-team standard league and really need help with my RBs and FLEX because my team is in limbo at QB (Romo, Manning, McCoy)-

    Pick 3 out of the following: S. Greene, Tolbert, D. Branch, Burleson

    Thanks a lot

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Howdy Doug E. … we’re honored to have you. Slick Rick around? Loddy Doddy ….


      PPR league? If not, I’d sit Best in that group … if it is, I’d sit Blount.

      I’d sit Burlesonl

      • DougE_Fresh

        September 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

        Awesome. Also, is Tony Romo worth the risky play if he starts, or am I better off avoiding Eli and rolling the dice with Colt?

        • DLF_Jeff

          September 24, 2011 at 7:15 am

          It’s pretty risky to leave Romo in there, even more so if you don’t have Kitna backing up. If it’s me, I don’t risk leaving Romo in there as much as I want to.

          I’d start McCoy and be safe. It’s quite possible that you’d be giving up 10-15 points of production which hurts, but there’s nothing worse than needing points and seeing your last starter sitting or getting knocked out on Monday night.

  23. VADukes

    September 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Pick 1 WR out of the Group

    Dez vs WAS (MNF so not sure if I can wait on the game time decision)
    Denarius Moore vs NYJ
    Titus Young vs MIN
    Antonio Brown vs IND
    Austin Collie vs PIT

    • VADukes

      September 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

      .5 PPR league with otherwise standard scoring.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Yuck, do I have to?

      Watch the news on Dez as there is a big difference there. Maybe you’ll get lucky by Sunday AM.

      That said, I’d go with Collie

  24. Bigcsr67

    September 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Need a flex play for week 3. 1/2 ppr

    Devery Henderson vs Houston

    Marshawn Lynch vs. Arizona

    I am leaning Marshawn, but its hard to get too excited about any seattle player these days.

    Thanks fellas!

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Well … he finally has a chance this week so I think you’ree okay doing that. Tough to Henderson for Lynch but my gut says Lynch this week.

  25. Jay

    September 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    MWTB or tim hightower at flex?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      In either format, I’d go Hightower

  26. Phil

    September 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Nate Washington, Mike Thomas, or Denarius Moore?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      PPR, Thomas. Non PPR, Moore

  27. oz

    September 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    hightower blount mendy….pick 2

    santana moss deaon branch plexico burress denarius moore pick 1

    • Jeff Haverlack

      September 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      Hightower and Mendy
      Moss although Moore is intriguing this week.

  28. Jeremy

    September 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Who do you think has more dynasty value for these Cowboy WR’s? J.Holley or D.Harris

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm


  29. AK47s

    September 23, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I hear what you are saying about not benching studs, but here is my problem: Hakeem Nicks, Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Steve Smith. Smith, Welker and Wallace are 3, 4 and 5 for WR points right now… What to do????

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Great problem to have … sometimes you have to bench guys that are great producers. Sometimes having too many good players is very frustrating because invariably someone in your lineup is laying an egg while someone on your bench is blowing up. I’ve had Britt sitting two weeks now on one team while playing Bowe.

      For this week, in PPR, this is how I rate those WRs:


      I’d rank Nicks 2nd if not for the fact that I don’t expect Nicks to have a big game. I’m worried that PIT is going to be too far ahead to get Wallace many catches but I expect that he’ll be productive early until PIT starts nursing a lead.

  30. Benny Rodriguez

    September 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I am having a tough time with my QB situation. I drafted Peyton and Eli, hoping Peyton would com back. Now I have those 2 and Sexy Rexy on my roster. Should I drop one of them and pick up Dalton/Gabbert?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

      I’m assuming this is a dynasty league or is this redraft. In a dynasty league, both of those QBs should most certainly be rostered, but for THIS year, I don’t see them being that much better of an option than Grossman and Eli.

      Eli is not a big name but he usually starts heating up right around now. Not flashy at all but will keep you in games.

      Grossman is looking surprisingly good and has a decent Monday night match-up. If you’re looking at ONLY this year, I’d roll with what you’ve got for now.

      I wouldn’t drop Peyton just yet.

  31. nick

    September 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    hey guys need a little help…can start 4 as WR/TE/Flex…..Nicks and Jennings are definites in WR..who to start at TE and flex out of Finley, gronkowski, Harvin and Julio Jones…

    thanks guys

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

      This may be the toughest question yet. And I’ll tell you, I’m starting to turn in my thinking for this week as it relates to Gronkowski, I think he needs to be started.

      Julio Jones could have a good week but they just haven’t been getting him the ball so I wouldn’t start him until he shows. My first feeling is to start Gronk and Finley, but starting two TEs can be a bit risky and Finley isn’t the #1 in that offense.

      I’d start Gronkowski and Harvin this week as Gronk is getting a lot of looks, Hernandez is sitting this week and Harvin is the default choice for McNabb and should get a lot of receptions this week.

      If this is NOT a PPR league, I’d strongly consider Finley as I think he’s a better bet for a score.

  32. nick

    September 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    forgot to mention it is a 1 point PPR league

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

      Let’s stick with Gronk and Harvin then.

  33. Alan Bauerle

    September 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Hey man,

    Thanks for all ur advice. By any chance would u start Bernard Scott over Mike Turner or LeGarret Blount? He’s a playmaker and when given a small chance he’s more explosive than Benson. I’m in a dynasty ppr leagues. I pt per catch n 6 for td. 1 pt/10 yrds rush/recieving. Thanks any advice is appreciated.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Hey there, thanks for the comment.

      I’ve seen spots where Scott has looked capable but I wouldn’t even consider starting him over either of those options, not even for a second.

      That doesn’t mean that Scott isn’t going to produce, perhaps even more than Turner or Blount in a given week, but that’s like playing the hard ways on craps. It’s a fool’s bet that makes you feel great when it hits, but there’s a reason why it pays so much when it does.

      Don’t get too cute with that lineup and, in fact, I’d be moving Scott to the guy with Benson if you can soak him for a good player.

  34. Jeremy

    September 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I hate this. Romo/Kitna, or Sanchise? Help

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I hate it too … right there with you brother. My heart wants to go with Romo/Kitna but the biggest variable here is that Romo is likely to start but could be out in the first quarter. He could also start the entire game and go off … but too much risk for me.

      I am NOT excited about Sanchise this week but he’s performed admirably thus far. I’d get him in there and then know that you’re making the most logical decision rather than seeing your week go down in flames with your starter on the bench.

      That said, if Romo is declared out on Sunday AM, I’d start Kitna.

  35. PatsFan22

    September 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Hey Guys,

    Looking for advice on who to start this week – Austin Collie or Danario Alexander. Any advice would be great.


    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Alexander for me. That offensive line has been terrible and the Colts have no chemistry or rhythm right now. Collie and his three catches this year aren’t enough to pull the start over Alexander who is looking good right now … at least until he does his knee again.

  36. Brewii

    September 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Good morning Guys,

    Looking for advice on who to start at my flex position – PPR league (1.0 for RB/WR, 1.5 for TE) and we do factor in return yardage (0.04/KO return, 0.1/punt return):

    RB: Peterson, Sproles
    WR: Wallace, Jennings, S. Johnson
    TE: Fred Davis

    Flex Options:
    RB: Starks, Greene (also have Wells but concerned about his status)
    WR: Decker
    TE: Gonzalez

    • Brewii

      September 24, 2011 at 8:30 am

      That would be 0.04 pts/KO return yard and 0.1 pts/punt return yard.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      I’d go with Decker this week. Should get a lot of looks. Gonzo is intriguing but the big game last week put on the D’s map I believe.

  37. Duane

    September 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

    14 team league, 0.5 PPR, since Foster probably won’t play, I need 1 of the following: I.Redman, Spiller, Ringer, or I could pick up Karim or Hardesty off waivers.

    • Robert

      September 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      I go with Redman or Spiller this week.

  38. Hoosier

    September 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Pick one for me please! Probably a no-brainer, but I have been tormented by MSW for the last two years.

    Burelson or MSW

    And do you think Finley for Mathews is a good deal in a PPR. I have nothing at RB.


    ps. I guess the US mail “if it fits it ships” campaign is really working out!

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      I’d go with MSW this week. Before you move for a RB like Mathews check to see what else you might be offered. If Finley is what you have to move for a RB, so be it but you don’t want to do it just to do it without first checking to see what else might be available.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I take that back … go with Burleson.

  39. Robert

    September 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Need to pick two from:

    Tolbert, Bradshaw, M. Williams (TB), Mike Thomas, Burleson

    12 team 1 pt PPR league.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Bradshaw and Mike Williams … Williams has to break out this week at home vs. ATL. If it doesn’t feel good, you can roll with Thomas for the PPR.

  40. Robert

    September 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    In another 1pt PPR league I have to decide between:

    WoodHead, Meachem, P. Parker, Lafell, or Em Sanders, or D. Driver.

    I need one for my flex.

    Who has the best upside without a drop bottom floor?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      I love Woodhead in PPR. Meachem could outscore him, or get you 1 pt. Woodhead is dynamic and underappreciated.

  41. Jimmy

    September 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Need to pick two. Daniel Thomas, Dwayne Bowe, and David Nelson. Any thoughts?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      PPR? If so I’d go with Bowe and Nelson. If not, I’d go with Thomas and Nelson.

      • Jimmy

        September 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

        Thanks, kind of what I was leaning towards. Just would hate to see Bowe explode for 150 and 2 touchdowns like he is capable of.

  42. N.O.style

    September 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    N.O.style says:
    September 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    12 Team keeper league; non-PPR. Scoring as follows QB: 1 pt for every 20 yds passing RB/WR/TE 1 pt for every 10 yds Touchdowns (QB/RB/WR/TE): 0-9 yds: 6 pts 10-39 yds: 9 pts 40+ yds: 12 pts. Field Goals: 0-39 yds: 3 pts 40-49 yds: 5 pts 50-59 yds: 10 pts 60+ yds: 12 pts Return Yards: 2 points for 40, and then 1 point for every 10 thereafter

    Start 1 QB, any combination of 5 (maximum of 3 RB’s and TE is not required), 1 K

    Who do you Recommend:

    QB: M. Ryan, K. Orton
    RB: R. Mendenhall, B. Wells
    WR: K. Britt, D. Bryant, S. Johnson (BUF), A.J. Green, E. Decker,
    K: J. Hanson

    As always thanks for your help.
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

    DLF_Jeff says:
    September 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

    QB: Ryan
    RB: Mendy, Wells
    WR: Britt, Green and Decker.

    If Bryant is playing I’d get him in for Decker. I think Green gets a score this week.

    Bryant plays on Monday night so check the latest news on Sunday and don’t risk it if he’s questionable.

    So with Beanie and Dez both questionable, do I take a risk on one of them playing or should I start this lineup?
    Britt, S. Johnson, AJ Green, Decker.

    Decker does have the bonus of added return yards, just don’t know if I want to want to roll with him or risk Beanie or Dez starting.

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Johnson scares me this week with that groin, I’m going to suggest sitting him. Looks like Bryant is good to go. A b it risky being on Monday night but I think you’re okay in starting him.

  43. Trash

    September 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Cam V Jax or Vix V Giants(which he had a bad game last year and he’s sorta hurt

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm


      • Trash

        September 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

        Went with Vick…it was the right call….**it happens

  44. tripleaaaron

    September 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Have some injury issues so who do you start at flex in a PPR league?
    Ingram, Pierre Thomas, P Burress, Mike Thomas, Moreno, Lynch. Thanks!

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Not a great choice in the group but being PPR, I’d go with Mike Thomas this week. If that doesn’t float your boat, go with Ingram.

  45. Pntgvn2399

    September 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Having a tough time with this one here.. Need to start one in a PPR league..

    Peyton Hillis (strep throat)

    Mike Tolbert

    Dwayne Bowe

    Dez Bryant (no other Monday option if he doesn’t play)

    Eric Decker (please tell me I am crazy for even considering him)

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Watch the news on Hillis. If he’s starting, start him. You’re not crazy for looking at Decker. We’re starting him in our Experts league this week. He’ll get 8+ targets this week and at least 6 receptions, perhaps more.

  46. tripleaaaron

    September 25, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Just got word Peyton Hillis is now out, so Reggie Bush or Knowshon Moreno?

  47. Brett

    September 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Big Ben Or Josh Freeman?

  48. Alan

    September 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Steven Jackson, J-Stewart or Reggie Bush for my rb2 spot this week?

  49. buzzy

    September 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    1. Starks or Blount?
    2. matt Ryan or cam newton?


  50. buzzy

    September 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Forgot to ask
    1. Vernon Davis or Fred Davis today?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      September 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Davis … close tho

      • buzzy

        September 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

        Thanks Jeff, but they are both Davis. Haha

        • Jeff Haverlack

          September 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

          Now that’s funny. Sorry about that. Today is a good day for V.D. 🙂

  51. Billy

    September 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Cribbs, Jacoby Jones, or Walter .5 ppr, 1 pt for 25 return yards

  52. Steve

    September 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Brandon P, Cooley or Cook if you had to gamble with 1 of these for te this week?

  53. buzzy

    September 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Looks like BRitts hamstring is flaring up a bit, with that do you go steve smith (car) over britt today?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      September 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

      I haven’t see that today … he’s put in good practices. If you’ve heard something, Smith isn’t a bad replacement. I’m keeping BRitt in there.

  54. steied

    September 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    two QB league, have rivers in for sure but have to start either Grossman or Freeman???

    Also with Hillis out should i play hardesty or tolbert?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      September 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Freeman and Hardesty. Tolbert could be good and it’s a close call but I’ll take the guaranteed touches of Hardesty.

      • steied

        September 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

        thanks appreciate it. love the site!

  55. Phil

    September 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Jacobs are try and get lucky with either Beanie or S-Jax?

  56. Sensai_John_Kreese

    September 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    hey, is carson palmer a decent speculative add?

    • DLF_Jeff

      September 27, 2011 at 6:00 am


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