Fantasy Football Huddle: Last Minute Mailbag Lineup Advice

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Fantasy Football Huddle: Last Minute Mailbag Lineup Advice
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It's time for the week two edition of the Weekend Huddle where the answers to your lineup questions are revealed.

You'll notice one unique change this week.

Many questions will have the opinions of not just one, but all three of the co-owners of DLF. This change is designed to give you an idea of how tough or easy your question may be and give you some different perspectives to guide you towards a final decision.

Other sites usually go back and forth and beat around the bush with their answers, but we won't. You want advice, and we're going to give it to you. Will we be wrong sometimes? You bet! 

Will we be right more often that not? We sure hope so.

LINEUP QUESTIONS

From: smithwv
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 8-
PPR: No

Question:

For my third receiver spot, should I go with Eddie Royal, Michael Crabtree or T.O. Then at number 2 running back, Ronnie Brown, Matt Forte or the man of the week Brandon Jackson?

Answers:

Ken M: Definitely take a shot at Jackson vs. Buffalo.  Neither Royal nor Crabtree is terribly exciting, but I'd probably go with Crabs just because I think he and the SF offense will turn it around a bit, and I think he has a much higher ceiling this week than Royal.

Jeff: Would love to recommend T.O. here, but I can't.   BAL "D" is just too tough and CIN has too many options at WR to pick one against BAL.  49ers will be throwing a ton vs. N.O. and Crabtree is your best bet!  Forte is coming off a monster game, but won't put up similar numbers.  Jackson at home vs. a Poz-less BUF "D" is your play.

Ken K: I'm going to go against the grain a little here, but I actually think Owens and Jackson are your best bets. I don't trust Crabtree until he gains back the respect of his team and Jackson's play against Buffalo looks great on paper.


From: 11
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
Which WR should I start Lee Evans or Jabar Gaffney? Also who should I start as my 2nd RB? Spiller, Hightower or Wells?

Answers:

Ken M: Gaffney is the way to go, should have a much better day than Evans.  Wells is still too uncertain.  If you want to take a chance on upside, go with Spiller.  If you want more predictable production, go with Hightower.

Jeff: Gaffney is your choice.  Evans is the only WR threat and will be doubled all day.  Don't like Spiller against the Pack at all.  Go with the Hightower for one more week ... good PPR play too.

Ken K: Gaffney and Hightower for sure. I don't trust any Bills player right now.


From: Mike B
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
Please pick 2 to start: Jonathan Stewart, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jackson, Thomas Jones... thanks!

Answers:

Ken M: Jackson and Bradshaw.

Jeff: Jackson is a lock for your first play.  Want to say Stewart over Bradshaw as the Panthers will return to the running game this week.  But the PPR aspect and Matt Moore's poor play means you start Bradshaw until Stewart shows up.

Ken K: I like Jackson and Bradshaw as well, but I think Bradshaw is the clear lock there. The Colts defense made Arian Foster look like Barry Sanders last week! Jackson has a good matchup, but Bradshaw is the more talented player.


From: Robert Baity
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR:
IDP: Yes

Question:
Which one of these pairs would you start Arian Foster/Ray Rice or Arian Foster/Deangelo Williams or Ray Rice/Deangelo Williams?

Answers:

Ken M: Foster/Rice

Jeff: Great problem to have, congrats!  Don't know if you're PPR or not.  Never bench Rice and Foster is too hot.  Both of them have guaranteed touches.

Ken K: Foster and Rice are both must starts until further notice.


From: Tom Gorman
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes

Question:
I need to play two WR. Do I sit Randy Moss this weekend against Beavis Revis?  I will of course start Reggie Wayne. I could go with Malcom Floyd or Steve Breaston.

Answers:

Ken M: Play Wayne and Moss.

Jeff: Wayne starts obviously.  I'm sitting Moss myself this week for Brandon Jackson in my main league.  But you can't sit Moss for those other two.  Moss starts!

Ken K: I want to say Steve Breaston over Moss, but you can't do it. I expect the Patriots to make a statement in New York this week.


From: Andy Adams
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
I just picked up Brandon Jackson. I also have Matt Forte, Knowshon Moreno, and Cedric Benson. I like Jackson's match-up against the Bills. I can only have two in my starting lineup. Which of the other three backs do I start?

Answers:

Ken M: Definitely Forte and Jackson.

Jeff: Forte without a thought.  Bad matchup vs. Benson although he typically has good days vs. BAL.  Sit Moreno for sure as well.

Ken K: I'm on the same line as these two with Jackson and Forte as your two for this week.


From: John
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:
Best starting lineup for the following (need 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WR, TE, and WR/RB)

1) Kyle Orton or Matt Ryan
2) Mendenhall, Greene, J. Charles, Spiller
3) Colston, Gaffney, Mike Williams (TB), M. Wallace (Pit), Berrian
4) J. Finley and D. Keller (Gonna start Finley at TE, obviously)

Answers:

Ken M: Awfully close on the QB's, but I'd probably go Orton over Ryan as I think ATL will run more. Greene looks to be splitting time with LT, though he's still going to be a viable starter.  Until BUF gets its act together and shows us something, I'd be wary of Spiller.  So go with Mendy and Charles.  Colston and Gaffney.  And yes, Finley.

Jeff: Ryan.  Mendenhall and Charles.  Colston and Gaffney.  Finley, of course.

Ken K: I'm with Jeff on Matt Ryan against the Cardinals instead of Orton against Seattle. Mendenhall and Charles are the two RBs for sure. I'm going to suggest Colston and Mike Williams (TB). I like Gaffney, but I have a feeling on Williams this week.


From: Tom Goblirsch

League Type: Dynasty

Teams: 10PPR: No

IDP: Yes

Question:
Should I start Brandon Jackson or Jonathan Stewart?

Answers:

Jeff: Jackson and the guaranteed touches.  Stewart should bounce back this week but Jackson has a great matchup and is starting at home for the first time in a long while.

Ken M: Jackson

Ken K: Brandon Jackson


From: Rod
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:
Need a flex, options are R Brown, R Bush, M Crabtree or M Williams (TB).  What do you think?

Answers:

Jeff: Non PPR sends me to the RBs on this decision although I do like Williams this week.  Vikes have a tough run D.  I play Bush, absolutely solid on that pick if you also get return yardage.  Without return yardage, it's a toss up but I still play Bush.

Ken M: Close call between Bush and Brown, I'd probably go with Brown.

Ken K: In a non-PPR league, I think Ronnie Brown is still the choice, even against Minnesota.


From: Brian
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
Should I start Naanee or Mark Clayton over Mike Sims-Walker this week? A little background, I won my matchup last week, so I’m not panicking, and other WR’s are Austin, and Ward—I start 3 WR’s

Answers:

Jeff: I like Naanee at home.  Clayton is on the map now and will be shut down.  Not a Sims-Walker fan at all.  All are clear WR3s in my book.

Ken M: I'm not wild about MSW.  Clayton had a great start but something tells me STL will be running on OAK, I'd go with a fired up Chargers team at home, and start Naanee.

Ken K: I'll be on an island here, but I think Clayton is the easy start this week. He may be covered by Nnamdi, but I'd rather have a guy who seems to be his team's best passing game option here.


From: Armando
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
What do you make of Crabtree's situation thus far? What kind of WRs would you start over him at the moment?

Answers:

Jeff: Crabtree is a "show me" WR now.  Don't like his attitude, not wild about his QB and he hasn't shown anything to be excited about.  He's a WR3 at best in my book until he produces.

Ken M: I think he's got some great upside.  Too bad he's saddled with Smith at QB. I'd start quite a few over him, depends on who and situation.

Ken K: He's clearly a low-end WR2 at best right now, with probably twenty or so receivers being easy starts ahead of him right now. He's also a buy low option in dynasty leagues, as I think he'll eventually turn things around.


From: Jeff
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 16+
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
16 team, .5 pts per reception, 6 all tds. I own Randy Moss. Jets incoming. Do I even consider starting Legedu Naanee or Mike Williams (Seattle) over Moss?  It just sounds nuts, but Revis Island is lurking...

Also I need one for my flex. Jerome Harrison, Ricky Williams, Justin Forsett, or Brandon Jackson.  I'm leaning towards Jackson.

Answers:

Jeff: Jackson is a lock for your flex.  I hear you about Revis island but can't suggest starting a WR3 (they still are) over Moss here.

Ken M: Never bench your studs. It will pay off over the long haul. Revis may put some hurt on Moss this week, but you don't want to play too much of a guessing game with your studs each week.  Especially after the clinic NE put on last week. Start him.  And definitely start Jackson as well.

Ken K: Can't put it any better. Moss and Jackson here.


From: Jason Hillner
I am playing a usually high scoring team this week, so at my flex position, I need the most upside as opposed to the safest play; Finley, Caddy, Barber III or Hightower?

Answers:

Jeff:  PPR?  Caddy against TB is probably your play, guaranteed touches and young WRs.  Finley is intriguing if it's PPR for a big week, but GB could be up big against BUF early and the Packers will work the clock on the ground.  Go with Caddy.

Ken M: Caddy's a good choice here, but if it's a PPR league, I'd probably take a chance on Finley, especially if it's a 1.5 PPR for TE's.

Ken K: If you just want the best upside, you have to take a RB, and Williams is your guy.


From: Brian
Tom Brady against the Jets D or Mike Vick against the Lions? 6pts per TD pass.

Answers:

Jeff: This is the toughest one yet.  In two games last year, Brady averaged about 12 points with 6 per TD. Vick is starting and I would consider benching Brady for Vick this week.  If that fails, ready my "Resolutions" article and flame me!

Ken M: I'm differing with Jeff here and giving him a  dose of his own advice... stick with the hot, proven hand.  Part of the reason Vick was so sucessful last week is that GB didn't game plan for him,  and he brought an entirely different style of play than Kolb.  If Vick is the starter there, and it looks like he will be, then DET will game plan for him, and he won't be nearly as successful.  Take a deep breath, start Brady, and hope for the best!

Ken K: It's a really tough call, but I don't bench Brady for anyone not named Manning, Rodgers, or Brees.


From: Dan
I think i have good problem at running back, but who would be the 2 best to start, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Lesean Mccoy.

 

Answers:

Jeff: You think?  I still start Ray Rice and Foster.

Ken M: Foster and Rice for sure.

Ken K: Rice and Foster. No brainer.


From: Ben
I have Favre, Palmer, and just picked up Vick.  Start Vick try get something valuable for Favre?

Answers:

Jeff: Start Vick.  Vikings have no rhythm yet.  Not yet on Palmer.

Ken M: Definitely not Palmer vs BAL. I'm pretty leery of Favre.  So while I'm not wild about Vick, I think he's the best option there.

Ken K: Until the Vikings get their offense on track, Favre isn't a top option. I'd take Vick here and cross my fingers.


 

From: Anonymous

I’m a little scared starting Mike Sims-Walker again. I can’t take another goose egg. Do I bench him in favor of Legedu Naanee? I have Moss and Wayne as my other two WRs.

Jeff: It's too early yet to worry about another loss, but it's never fun to start 0-2.  I'm not a Sims-Walker fan myself, I'd start Naanee, but it's a toss up who will have the better game.

Ken K: Mike Thomas seems to be establishing himself as a good option for the Jags. I'd take Naanee over Sims-Walker this week.


From: Warhawks
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:
With Grant going down that messes up my easy pick at flex. This week do I go with Barber, Seneca Wallace, Naanee, or Vick? I would have to say Barber is on the bottom of this list for me personally. Also who would you go with as the 2 starters at DB: Terrell Thomas, Polamalu, Winfield?

Answers:

Jeff: You must be able to start (2) QBs?  Vick is the easy choice if so.  If not, Naanee.  Winfield is a good pick this week and I like the big play ability of Polamalu.

Ken M: Totally agree with Jeff.

Ken K: Polamalu and Vick here.


From: Warrior Poet
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
I have quite a quagmire here. Should I start Cedric Benson vs. Baltimore, or should I start Shonn Greene Vs The Patriots. Greene got virtually nothing but cough-ups against Bal, and New England is ranked 9th in rush-D.  Benson found paydirt late in last week's Game but did Manage 43 yds Vs the Pats, who are ranked higher in rush D than the 17th ranked Ravens. Both offenses looked pretty sad, what do I do here?

Answers:

Jeff: Tough choice indeed but I give the nod to Benson.  Benson somehow does some of his best work against BAL.  Greene is sharing carries and L.T. is likely to get more of them.  Benson is also slightly better in PPR, but not much.

Ken M: That is a close call but I'd go with Benson.  Until he gets hurt (and he will), he's a solid play, even against a tough Bal D.


From: Yeafiddler
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:
Should I start: Payton Hillis vs. KC, Jonathan Stewart vs. TB, or Cedric Benson vs. BAL in my RB 2 spot.

Also should I start any of those 3, Jacoby Jones vs. Was, Pierre Garcon vs. NYG, or Steve Breaston vs. ATL in my Flex spot.

ESPN is telling me to start Hillis (at 15 points) and Jones (at 13 points), I have faith in Jones, but I think I have more faith in J. Stewart or Benson than Hillis.

Thanks for the help

Answers:

Jeff: I like Stewart for your RB2, Benson if you have a gut feeling.  Not a chance for Hillis, not in my mind at least.  Wouldn't touch Jones here either.  Go with Garcon or Breaston, I prefer Garcon as long as he's healthy.

Ken M: I'd go Benson, even against that tough D.  Stewart is way more dynamic, but until we know for sure he gets more carries than he is now, is production is just too uncertain.  Benson may not get a lot of yards, but he'll probably cross the goal line in that game, and he's certainly get most of the carries.  Garconis your best bet of the WR's.

Ken K: I'd rank them in this order: Benson, Garcon, Stewart, Breaston, Hillis, Jones.


From: Matt
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 8-
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:
Pretty much the same problem as Dan with RBs: Rashard Mendenhall (@ TEN), Brandon Jackson (v. BUF), or Darren McFadden (v. StL)?

Thanks!

Jeff: Tough choice but I favor Jackson is a matchup that should find GB up by a ton and running a lot. Mendenhall is not a stud by my definition and TEN is traditionally relatively tough against the run.  McFadden has a juicy matchup is a bigger risk, but with a bigger potential reward.  I'd play Jackson unless you need a big game, in which case go with McFadden for one more week.

Ken K: I'd actually go with Mendenhall. The Packers throw a ton and the Steelers are going to need to rely on the run with Dixon at the helm.


From: JohnSmith
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 14
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:
Which one of the following would you start:

Cassel v. Cleveland
Vick v. Detroit
Orton v. Seattle

If I were to start Vick I would need to drop Cassel or Orton to pick him up.

Thanks! This site is awesome!

Jeff:  We're glad you like the site.  Tell others!  Vick vs. DET and I wouldn't lose any sleep.  Any of those three could do well, but I like the rushing yards that Vick should put up this week.

Ken K: My feelings on Matt Cassel are pretty well documented. I'd drop him for Michael Vick this week, especially since it's a keeper league and not a dynasty league.  And yes, this site IS awesome.


From: Riders4Ever
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 14
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:
I'm waiting for Big Ben's return from suspension, so this week should I start Favre vs the Dolphins or Vick@ The Lions?

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Passing, Rushing TDs are 6 points each.

Fumbles and Ints are -2 points each.

Jeff: I think Vick's rushing yards are too much to pass up this week.  I may actually sit Favre in my main league myself.  This is a tough choice but I roll the dice with Vick.  If Favre had looked better last week, I'd roll with Favre.  But he didn't.

Ken K: I like the return of Michael Vick as well. The Vikings (and Favre) really miss Sidney Rice right now.


From: Todd
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:
First off, this is the only time I have done this, and will ever do this, but I really need the help this week... I'm playing my rival in the league.

Need to Start 3 of the listed WR. (1pt per 10 yards, 6 for TD)

1. J. Knox
2. M. Massaquoi
3. M. Sims-Walker
4. M. Manningham
5. M. Clayton

Not the prettiest of a lineup, but I gotta do whats given to ya. Thank you for taking the time to review my question. Enjoy the rest of the season,

Answers:

Jeff: Hi, my name is Todd and I sought advice on a fantasy website.  Hi Todd.  Thanks for stopping by and asking. Nothing wrong with more information to chew on towards making a decision.  Pretty easy decision here with no PPR.  Knox, Sims-Walker and Clayton.  Good luck this week vs. your rival.  I lost to my rival in week 1 during our rivalry week.

Ken M: Todd, stop by anytime. More info is always better, even if you dont use our suggestions.  I'd sayKnox and Clayton for sure, and yeah, probably MSW in the third spot. Let us know if you win the rivalry game!

Ken K: Unfortunately, the schedule did you no favors this week. The Giants play late and Manningham would be a great play if Hakeem Nicks is out. Unfortunately, you can't wait to make sure. I'd go with Clayton, Knox and MSW here as well.


From: Wayne G
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:
I need to start 2 WRS out of:

Calvin Johnson vs Eagles
Steve Smith (CAR) vs Tampa
Hakeem Nicks @ Colts
Johnny Knox @ Cowboys
Percy Harvin vs Dolphins

Also need 2 RBs out of:

Ray Rice @ Bengals
Jahvid Best vs Eagles
Arian Foster @ Redskins
Pierre Thomas @ Niners
Matt Forte @ Cowboys

Need 1 RB/WR flex out of players not chosen for WR and RB slots.

Thanks

Answers

Jeff: With no PPR you need yards and TDs.  You have to roll with Calvin and Nicks.  Steve Smith is intriguing, but I'm not fond of Moore.  Your team is stacked, nice job ... and congrats on the championship! Ray Rice and Foster are your easy two choices this week.  For your flex, I'm going to mix it up and say to roll with Thomas @ Niners.  Forte' has been horrid in short yardage again and Taylor is likely to pick up goal line duties.  If this was PPR, I'd say Forte.

Ken M: Johnson and Smith at the WR spots, Rice and Foster at RB, Thomas at the Flex.  Thats a damn nice roster, buddy.

Ken K: I'd hate to see the rosters of your opponents in this league. Ouch. Rice, Foster, Thomas, Smith,and Calvin are your choices. I just don't like putting players who play late who aren't 100%. That takesNicks out for me.


From: Adrian
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 8-
PPR: Yes
IDP:

Question:
I have Steven Jackson, Brandon Jackson, and Cedric Benson for my RB's. Also I'm stumped weather or not to start Terrell Owens and Mark Clayton. Who should I start?

Answers:

Jeff: Not sure what you're really asking here.  I'd start T.O. over Clayton.  I also rank those RBs, in order: Steven Jackson, Brandon Jackson and Benson.

Ken M: Yeah, I think we need a little more info.

Ken K: Agree with Jeff on this one.


From: rdnk
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
Do I sit Ray Rice down to get LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster in my lineup. Which tight end would be a better start, Zach Miller for Oakland or Jermaine Gresham for cincy?

Thanks

Answers:

Jeff: I NEVER sit Ray Rice ... and neither should you.  Never sit a top 4 RB even if the matchup seems bad.  I like Miller this week more than Gresham.

Ken M: Definitely start Rice.  Miller is probably a better start than Gresham this week.

Ken K: I love Gresham, but not this week against Baltimore. Rice and Miller are your picks this week.


 

From: Levi Mcvey
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
Jahvid Best vs Philly, Mendy vs Tenn or Ronnie Brown Vs Minn at rb2  . I also have Reggie Bush Michael Bush, Jonathan Stewart and Felix Jones.

Answers:

Jeff: Tough choice. I'd like to start Jones but the Cowboys running game is murky at best.  Because it's PPR, I'd start Reggie this week.  If you aren't comfortable with that play, go with the guaranteed touches ofMendenhall.

Ken M: I'd start Mendy here.  Nice group of RB's there bud!

Ken K: Mendenhall. I have Bush as a sneaky play this week, but not over Mendenhall.


From: Madster
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: Yes

Question:
I need to start at least 2 of these:

Moss, Knox, Sims-Walker, Mike Wallace and Zach Miller (Oak).

I wouldn't question starting Moss against anybody but Revis, and all the others have so/so matchups, except Miller who is going against Stl.

Answers:

Jeff: I hear you about Moss, this is the ONLY week I'll sit him because I have Brandon Jackson going vs. BUF.  In your situation though, I wouldn't sit Moss in order to play Wallace or Miller.  I'd start Moss andKnox but without a lot of expectation.  If you don't want to start Moss roll with Knox and Sims-Walker.

Ken K: I like Moss and Knox here, too. Wallace is going to be big, but likely not until Roethlisberger returns.


From: Anthony McLean
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 14
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:
Didn't think i'd be benching my Rd.1 RB but would anyone sit Greene for Cadillac Williams this week?

Answers

Jeff:  Yes, I would.  I like the Caddy play this week and Greene is overrated, even more now with L.T. sure to get more touches.

Ken K: Caddilac plays well against Carolina and I need to see more from the Jets before I can suggest using Greene.


From: The Vich
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

QB - Ryan or McNabb?

RB - I need 2 - Arian Foster, Bradshaw, J. Best, J. Stewart?

WR - I need 3. S. Smtih(Car), D Jax, Royal, Dwayne Bowe?

Thanks guys, I love what you are doing out here this year!

Answers

Jeff: Thanks for the note, glad you're liking the site ... tell others.  QB - Ryan.  RB - Foster, Bradshaw.  WR -Smith, DJax and Bowe.

Ken K: Ryan, Foster, Bradshaw, Smith, Jackson and Royal over Bowe. I have Bowe as a sneaky play start this week, but I like Royal a little better.


From: CMac

League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

We only get .25 per reception not a full point. We start: QB,WR,WR,WR,RB,RB,TE,FLEX(W/R/T) My question is who should I start at the two RB position and the Flex position?

I have 4 RB's who I could start: Arian Foster, Jahvid Best, Darren McFadden, Matt Forte

Jeff: All RBs, in order.  Foster, McFadden and Forte'.

Ken K: Agreed.


From: alleversun

League Type: Keeper
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:

Portis, Jerome Harrison or Dez Bryant as my flex?

Answers:

Jeff: Because of the PPR, Bryant.

Ken K: Most didn't notice last week, but Bryant actually had more targets than Miles Austin for Dallas. They trust him and I expect he'll emerge quickly in PPR formats. I like him better than the others.


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From: ltsausage

League Type: Keeper
Teams: 14
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:

Which two RB's for this weekend?

Ray Rice (v. Bengals), DeAngelo Williams (v. Browns), Ahmad Bradshaw (v. Colts)

Which WR?

Dez Bryant (v. Bears) or Marques Colston (v. 49ers).

Thanks in advance. Love the site.

Answers:

Ken K: Rice for sure and I like Bradshaw in a matchup against a Sanders-less defense who was torched last week on the ground. Colston over Bryant this week. We love the site, too.  Heh.

Jeff: Thanks for the note, always nice to hear.  Visit our sponsors.  Rice and DWill without question.  Have to play Colston over Bryant.  Either Bryant or Bradshaw could post well this week, but you're other selections are high draft pick players and you have to start them.


 

From: Pntgvn2399
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:

I have a tough one here in a PPR league. I need to start 2 of the following WR’s.

Dwayne Bowe
Dez Bryant
Hakeem Nicks
Mike Williams (TB)

In another league that is also a PPR (this one is ugly) I need to start 3 of following WR’s.

Michael Crabtree
Johnny Knox
Steve Smith (Car)
Jordan Shipley
Mike Williams (TB)

Thanks much.

Answers:

Jeff: For the first question - Nicks is hurt and may not be at full speed.  I'd go with Bryant and Williams. Bowe is intriguing this week, but I'd wait until he finds chemistry with Cassel.  Second question - Knox,Williams and Smith.  Crabtree looks uninspired and Shipley's roll hasn't been fully developed yet.

Ken K: I find it almost nauseating that I'm agreeing this much with Jeff, but I do here again. You just can't start Nicks and take that chance of him being a late scratch or playing a series and being taken out.


From: 11
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

Marion Barber or Hightower as a number 2 back.

Answers:

Jeff:  Hightower, especially due to PPR.

Ken K: Hightower. Wells just isn't close to 100% yet.


From: AP

Questions:

Okay, so for week 2 should i start Marion Barber or DeAngelo Williams?

Answers:

Ken K: Williams for sure.

Jeff: No decision to be made there, MUST go with DWill.  Don't overthink things.


From: Mercs
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

Need to start 2 out of the following:

K. Moreno
J. Charles
A. Bradshaw
B. Jackson

Also, better start as a WR3:

D. Bowe
D. Bryant

Answers:

Ken K: I like Bradshaw and Charles here, along with Dez Bryant.

Jeff: Charles and Jackson.  I like Bowe to bounce back this week but Bryant doesn't need to bounce at all, go with Bryant.  We have to wait to see how Bowe responds before he gets into a lineup.


From: Steve

League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

Thanks in advance for any help. Who should I play at my flex spot this week? Been going back and forth on this...

Felix Jones
Mark Clayton
Mario Manningham
Jabar Gaffney
Brandon Lloyd

Answers

Jeff: With no PPR I'll take Jones and guaranteed touches.  Gaffney is intriguing but can't do it in a non-PPR situation.

Ken K: You're not going to be able to wait on Manningham, so I'd go with Gaffney.


From: David

I am in a standard scoring league where TD's are 6 pts but here's the rub, WR's don't get points (5) until a combined (Ru+Re) 80 yards, then it's 1 pt. per every 10 yds.  TE's get 7 points at 60 yds, then 1 pt. ever 10 yds.

We can start any combination of three receivers (WR or TE). I have these choices, Colston, Andre Johnson, Maclin, and Shiancoe.

I would think Johnson and Colston are no brainers... the question is between Maclin and Shiancoe, and I have Vick starting this week?

What do you think?

Answers

Jeff: I like Shiancoe this week.  He's a tough start over Maclin though.  It's a bit of a toss-up but I think you have to stick with Maclin.

Ken K: I learned years ago not to trust Vick's arm. I don't think prison has changed that much, so I'd go with Shiancoe. He was easily Favre's favorite target last week.


From:  Jason

I need to start 1 of the following RBs:

Greene vs NE

McFadden vs StL

Caddy @ Car

Answers:

Jeff: Love the Caddy matchup but you have to play the hot hand.  DMc will be looking to build upon a nice first week.  Start him against a suspect STL defense.

Ken K: I rank them Caddy, McFadden, Greene.  Who would have thought that last week?


From: Chad Anderson
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 14
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:
I have the following receivers, and I was curious as to who would I should start at the #3 WR spot. I am starting Jacoby Jones and Wes Welker.

Devery Henderson
Devone Bess
Mike Williams (SEA)
Brandon Lloyd

Answers:

Jeff: Henderson is feast or famine and if you need a big week, he's a good WR3 play.  But I'd go with Williams this week.  PPR does make Bess an interesting selection but Williams looked pretty good in week 1.  Start him and hope for the best.

Ken K: Call me crazy, but I actually think Williams, Welker and Bess are your best three.


From: bdynomite
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 8-
PPR: Yes
IDP: Yes

Question:
Need some help picking which four WRs to start this week. Was planning on Megatron, D-Jax, Jennings, and Dez. I also have Bowe, Garcon, MSW, and TB Williams. Should I be concerned about Calvin with Stafford out? Is Dez a better start then my other guys? I can also start Gresham? Thanks!

Answers

Jeff: Nope, you're fine with your plan.  The only question is Dez or Williams and I'd go with Dez.  Want to see one more week of Williams.  Dez is good either way in a PPR.

Ken K: I agree. You SHOULD be concerned about Calvin, but not enough to bench him.


From: Ryan Macnamara
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

1/2 PPR, 22 roster spot dynasty. You guys are geniuses. So glad I found this site...

1. Pick two of Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Mathews, Ahmad Bradshaw or Jonathan Stewart.
2. Pick two of Caddy Williams, LeSean McCoy, Addai, Pierre Thomas and Brandon Jackson
3. Pick one of Mike Williams (TB), Massaquoi, or Louis Murphy
4. Pick two of Mike Williams (TB), Johnny Knox, Dwayne Bowe, Legedu Naanee, Dez Bryant, Mike Thomas
5. Pick one of Eli Manning or Matt Ryan

Answers:

Jeff: Glad you love the site, tell others, visit our sponsors!

1.  Tough choice.    I'll get flamed for this but I start Mathews and Bradshaw who plays on Sunday night, 1/2 PPR makes him attractive.  Stewart could be good this week but I'd want the guaranteed touches that Bradshaw will get.  Mendy is a tough sit but I'd roll the dice.  Mathews is a lock.

2.  McCoy and Jackson.

3.  Mike Williams as the easy choice.

4.  Mike Williams and Bryant.  Bryant/Bowe/Naane are all VERY close.

5.  Eli on Sunday night!

Ken M: No, we're not, but we do play some on TV.

1. Mendy, Matthews

2. McCoy & Jackson

3. Mike TB Williams

4. Definitely Bryant and Williams.

5. Ryan

Ken K:

1. Mathews and Bradshaw

2. McCoy and Jackson

3. Mike Williams

4. Bryant and Mike Thomas

5. Eli Manning in a shootout


From: Hammertime

Start which two RB's in PPR league? Ryan Mathews, Piere Thomas, Brandon Jackson, or LaDanian Tomlinson. I'm thinking Jackson and Thomas. Thoughts?

Answers

Jeff:  Ryan Mathews and Jackson.

Ken M: Normally I'd say Mathews and Thomas.  but even not being much of a Jackson fan, he should get the other start opposite Matthews this week.  Indy is just too tasty an opponent.

Ken K: I think you go take Mathews and Thomas. Jackson has a great matchup, but the Saints offense is just as explosive and not so dependent on the pass.


From Al:

Three questions for a 2WR/2RB/1flex league:

1) WR1 is Brandon Marshall. Do I start Johnny Knox, Malcolm Floyd or Mike Williams (SEA) as my second? I am gravitating towards Floyd due to match-up

2) Chris Johnson and Matt Forte are my RBs. Should I play Jahvid Best / Fred Taylor as my flex? OR should I play another WR from above?

3) Chris Cooley or Jermichael Finley as TE?

For my other league that also gives points for punt return yardage & TDs, I am thinking of startingBrandon Tate over Sims-Walker and Johnny Knox.

Rationale is that I think that besides returns he has a shot as WR3 with Jets focused on Welker and Moss. What do you think?

Answers:

Jeff: 1)  Floyd would be my third choice but I'd go with your gut if you have that feeling.  If it's me, I probably start Knox against a suspect Dallas secondary, but he's playing in Big D.  2)  Best.  3)  Finleyhands down!

Ken M: 1) I'd go Floyd as I believe he will have a very good day.  Had a bunch of targets last week but a bad game in terrible conditions.  He'll definitely bounce back this week.  2) Jahvid has the Best upside there (see what I did there??)  3) Finley, not even close.

Ken K: Floyd, Finley, and Best there. For the second question, I'd still take Knox.  I think you may be overthinking it with Tate.  How many times will the Jets score?  That offense is awful.


From: gratefulydead3
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: Yes

Question:

I need to start 2 out of this group:

Johnny Knox @ DAL
Louis Murphy @ STL
Eddie Royal @ SEA
Mike Wallace @ TEN
Mike Williams (SEA) @ DEN

And do you think it would be worthwhile taking Forte out (I start Mendy, Foster, and Forte) so I can start 3 of these WRs? (I'm leaning towards no)

Answers

Ken K: No PPR, so I'd take Wallace and Knox.  I'd stick with Forte for sure.


From: fffan
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

I have a couple of positions I have questions about.

I will start with my rbs: I need two of Frank Gore, Arian Foster, and Bradshaw.

Next is my three wrs: I have Miles Austin, Hakeem Nicks, Dwayne Bowe, Malcom Floyd, Mike Williams(tb), Nate Washington, Legedu Naanee.

Answers:

Ken K: The analysis you sent us privately with these lineup questions is right on. You take Foster and Gorefor your RBs. You take Austin, Floyd, and Williams as your receivers.


From: Ryan C
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: Yes

Question:

I got a bunch of options here to fill 3 spots. 2 RB Spots I have to choose between Moreno, Greene, Stewart and M.Bush. Then for my flex I have the above RB's as well as Dez Bryant and Bowe. So who should I go with?

Thanks

Another Question:

Do I go with Keller or Scaife at TE this week and M.Bush, L.Robinson, L.Murphy or B.Hartline for my flex spot.

Thanks once again

Answers

Jeff:   Have to go with Moreno and Stewart, although I'm not wild about any of them.  Non PPR makes these tough choices, for the flex I probably go with Greene and hope for goal line opportunities.

Ken K: Moreno is an easy choice and I'd probably go with Stewart over Greene as well. Greene's value is probably the most in flux of any running back right now. I'd take Keller over Scaife and go with Murphy for your flex. Those ones are all "cross your fingers and hope" plays there. No sure things on the board.


 

From: msh0950
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: Yes

Question:

12 team league non-PPR scoring as follows: 1 pt/ 10 rec. yds  TD scoring as follows: 0-9 yds: 6 pts  10-30 yds: 9 pts 40+ yds: 12 pts.  We do not require a TE to be started, but you can start one in place of a WR.

I need to start 3 out of this group.  Who would you recommend this week?

Malcom Floyd
Steve Smith (NYG)
Dez Bryant
Mike Thomas
Mike Williams (SEA)
Mark Clayton
Zach Miller TE OAK

Thanks.

Answers

Jeff:  Smith, Bryant and Floyd.  Not crazy about the choices so say a prayer early Sunday AM.

Ken K: Smith, Bryant and Floyd for me, but Thomas is very close. Keep an eye on him this week.


From: Jeff
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

I have a bunch of uninspiring options from which to choose this week.  I need to choose two WRs from among Hakeem Nicks (he'd be automatic if not for ankle issues), Dwayne Bowe, Dez Bryant and Malcom Floyd.

I also need a flex player.  All of the above are under consideration, as are Jerome Harrison, Marion Barber and Chad Henne (yes, we can play QBs at flex).

Scoring system:
1 pt for every 15 yds rushing
1 pt for every 15 yds receiving
1 pt for every 35 yds passing
1 pt for every 3 receptions
6 pts for TDs, 4 pts for TD passes
-1 pt for INTs or fumbles lost

I'm seeing a lot of coin flips here.  Thanks for your input.

Answers

Jeff: Nicks and Bryant.  Nicks has to be in your lineup and he'll be starting.  Bryant is good in PPR.  Have to start Henne since you can start a second QB.  If you are against Henne, play Bowe.

Ken K: I'm still not 100% that Nicks is in, so that makes it tough. I'd go Bryant and Floyd to play it safe. Always take a QB for the second flex spot. Foolish not to, really.


From: Lee
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

Thanks for last week's advice. This week, I have one open WR spot left. Should I start Percy Harvin, Mark Clayton, Steve Breaston, or Jacoby Jones?

Answers

Jeff:  Breaston is a nice play this week, but I play Harvin.  If you get return yardage, Harvin is an easy play.

Ken K: I'm taking Breaston. Derek Anderson is a mess, but he does seem to have built some rapport with Breaston. I don't trust the Vikings right now.


From: John Shuttee
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

We combine TEs and WRs.  I am starting 2 of these this week,  First player is DeSean Jackson.  My second starter is between Mark Clayton, Johnny Knox and Tony Gonzalez. Keep going back & forth.  Who do you like?

Answers

Ken M: I think it's really between Clayton and Knox, and I think Clayton has a little more upside.

Jeff:  I need to see another week or two before I'm sold on Clayton.  Rams don't have any other options and defenses will now bracket Clayton after a good week.  Play Knox.

Ken K: I'd go with Clayton and roll the dice. Bradford is better than people may think.


From: Tsleeper
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

QB Tony Romo vs bears or Vick vs lions. RB I'm not playing Best against PHI, so I need two out of these three: Gore, McFadden, or Pierre Thomas. Also I have questionable TE's Who is better Brent Celek for PHI or Dustin Keller for NYJ?

Answers

Jeff:  Tough choice on the QBs.  I'd roll the dice on Vick this week.  Cowboys offense is not in synch yet.  Gore and DMc are locks for you.

Ken K: I'd still play Romo. That's why you drafted him. They should wake up at home this week. If not, they're in serious trouble. Gore and McFadden if M Bush is out as expected. Celek is automatic.


From: The Vich
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PR: Yes
IDP:

Question:

I need 2 - Turner the Burner, DeAngelo Williams, Jamaal Charles @ Clev?

Also - Vick or Matt Ryan?

Thanks,

Answers

Jeff:  Because it's PPR, DWill and Charles are your plays.  Turner is a tough sit.  I'd also play Vick over Ryan.

Ken K: I'd go with Ryan here, but I keep flip-flopping on that one. The Cardinals aren't that good on defense, so I'd take Turner and Charles and hope the Falcons have a good day.


 

From: DropkickFlutie
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

Which 2 WRs to start in a non-PPR league: R.Wayne, T.Owens, P. Harvin, M. Massaquoi?

Answers

Jeff: Wayne and Harvin

Ken K: Wayne and Owens for me. Baltimore is tough, but I want to see more from Minnesota and Harvin, specifically before recommending them.


From: Jackson
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

Brandon Jackson vs Bills or Hightower vs Falcons as my 2nd RB to Mendenhall.

Answers

Jeff: Easy play, Jackson!

Ken K: Yep, absolutely.


From: paul
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

I need to start one of these as my third reciever (have Miles Austin and Colston as 1 and 2);

A Collie, Naanee, Knox or Mike Williams (seattle)?

Thanks very much

Paul

Answers

Jeff: Collie is a great WR3 play this week.

Ken K: Collie is under the radar, but likely won't be for much longer. Hopefully he brings you a win late Sunday night!


From: J Reid
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

Pick two to start in flex positions

1.Heath Miller
2.Mario Manningham
3.Lee Evans
4.Devery Henderson
5.Todd Heap

I was thinking Heath Miller and either Mario Manningham or Todd Heap. I would love to read your thoughts.

Answers

Jeff: Yuck, any others to pick from?  I'd play Heap and Evans.  Evans should see a lot of targets, but it's going to be a long day for BUF.

Ken K: Ouch. Manningham is out due to the Nicks issue. Heap is dinged up as well. I'm thinking Henderson and Evans, but those are some really uninspiring options this week. Good luck!


From: Harris
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

I'm in a league where we get to start two running backs as well as an RB/WR/TE Flex. Which 3 of the following 4 Running Backs should I start?

Brandon Jackson, Pierre Thomas, Ahmad Bradshaw and Rashard Mendenhall.

I was thinking of sitting Thomas since the other 3 are going up against really shaky run defenses.

Answers

Jeff: TEN should be able to handle Mendenhall this week, but I'd start him over Thomas given the options.

Ken K: Jackson, Bradshaw, and Thomas for me this week. Those three together I like. You have two risk/reward plays and one player (Thomas) you know who will give you at least modest numbers.


From: rdnk
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

MATT RYAN VS ARIZONA OR M.VICK VS DETROIT?

Answers

Jeff: This is a popular question this week.  I play Vick, I think he'll get another 80+ rushing and he's throwing to CJ.  Only like Vick because of hte matchup.

Ken K: Matt Ryan. I expect a bounceback performance against Arizona. Just pick whoever you like better between me and Jeff.


 

From: Matt
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

I've been offered

Brandon Marshall
Vincent Jackson

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Hakeem Nicks

FOR

Randy Moss
Bernard Berrian
Vernon Davis

Do I do it?

Answers

Jeff: Yes!

Ken K: Marshall > Moss in a dynasty league, Vincent Jackson >>> Bernard Berrian, and Nicks


 

From : Hammertime

Start which two RB’s in PPR league? Ryan Mathews, Piere Thomas, Brandon Jackson, or Ladanian Tomlinson.

I’m thinking Jackson and Thomas.

Thoughts?

Answers

Jeff: I start Mathews and Jackson this week without a second thought.  Thomas could put up nice numbers this week but I still play Jackson over him.

Ken K: Mathews and Jackson. Don't let last week's performance from Mathews fool you.


From: Al

 

3 questions for a 2WR/2RB/1flex league:

1) WR1 is Brandon Marshall. Do I start Johnny Knox, Malcolm Floyd or Mike Williams (SEA) as my second? I am gravitating towards Floyd due to match-up

2) Chris Johnson and Matt Forte are my RBs. Should I play Jahvid Best / Fred Taylor as my flex? OR should I play another WR from above?

3) Chris Cooley or Jermichael Finley as TE?

For my other league that also gives points for punt return yardage & TDs, I am thinking of starting Brandon Tate over Sims-Walker and Johnny Knox. Rationale is that I think that besides returns he has a shot as WR3 with Jets focused on Welker and Moss. What do you think?

Answers

Jeff: 1)  I play Knox, but Floyd is very close ... don't be afraid to follow your gut.  2)  Play Best.  3)  Finley!


From: Jeremy

I have 3 questions:

1. Should I start M.Floyd vs Jax or TB M.Williams @ Car in a ppr format.

2. In a ppr league we start 1 qb/2 rb/2 wr/1 flex. My choices at qb are Cutler @ Dal, Palmer vs Bal or Orton vs Sea

3.In the same ppr league, I am going with Chris Johnson and Greg Jennings but cannot decide on my #2 rb,#2 wr & Flex. I have J.Stewart vs TB, Forset @ Den, P.Hillis vs KC, J.Knox @ Dal, Crabtree vs NO, Sims-Walker @ SD or E.Royal vs Sea. Please help

I’m thinkin of going with Orton, Stewart, Royal and Crabtree. Tell me if I’m nuts

Answers

Jeff: 1)  Williams  2)  Cutler 3)  Stewart and Royal are okay.  I have a sneaky suspicion about Knox this week.


From: Bob B

Considering the match ups who would you start between Eli and Brady?

Answers

Jeff: VERY close call.  I've recommended this being the one week to sit Brady, so I'll stick with it here.  Manning.


From: Eric

League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: Yes

Question:

Who should i start at QB?

Farve VS. Mia
Culter VS. DAL
Young VS. PIT

Answers

Jeff: I'll take Favre at home.


From: GridIronFavre
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

6 pts for all TDs, who do you with at QB this week:

Cutler @ DAL
Favre @ MIA
Orton @ SEA

I need a good game from my QB this week as I am playing one of the other good teams in the league.

Answers

Jeff: Favre at home!  Orton isn't a bad play either, but Favre at home is too tough to pass up.


From: Tim R
League Type: Redraft
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

Hakeem Nicks is a possible game time decision.  Would you automatically start one of these players in his place?

Malcolm Floyd
Austin Collie
Mark Clayton

Or is it worth keeping Nicks rostered, and dropping Clayton for Manningham in case he can't play?

These players are available on waiver wire:

Mario Manningham
Devery Henderson
Mike Williams (both)
Jabar Gaffney
Pierre Garcon (I dropped him for Collie.  Mistake?)

Answers

Jeff: I read Nicks is playing so keep him rostered but watch the injury report early tomorrow.  TB Williams must be owned and I think Gaffney and Garcon should both be owned as well.  Collie is a good pick up, dropping Garcon is tough to do but it's not 100% crazy.


From: mikey b
League Type: Keeper
Teams: 8-
PPR: Yes
IDP: No

Question:

Gimmie 1 outta these 3 for my second WR play behind hot toddy: MSW, Masaqoui, Mike Williams (TB)? Thanks and keep up the great insight!

Answers

Jeff: Williams all the way.   He's a great play vs. CAR this week.


From: Russ
League Type: Dynasty
Teams: 10
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

I have to start 3 of these WR's, P.Garcon, M. Williams (I got both of them), M.Crabtree, J.Knox, Mike Sims-Walker, or L.Murphy, Which three do I start??

Answer:

Ken K: Hmm. I think the non-PPR plays here are Garcon, Knox, and M Williams (TB). I need to see something from the others and Mike Williams (SEA) has a tough matchup this week.


From: Audra

League Type: Redraft
Teams: 12
PPR: No
IDP: No

Question:

I can play 2 RBs: Forte, Foster, Gore. Or I can play all three (RB/WR flex) and not play Gaffney? Thanks for the help.

Answer:

Ken K: Play all three in a non-PPR league. The Seahawks secondary isn't awful and you have a nice stable of backs there.

 

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