2012 Fantasy Football

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Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 9 Staff Ranks

posted by Jeff

It’s time for Week 9, which means it’s time to figure out how to replace Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene in your fantasy lineups! On a serious note, New England, San Francisco, and St. Louis are on bye in addition to the Jets, so be sure to dig deep into the rankings below to find the most suitable replacements. The fake football playoffs are lurking closer and no week can be wasted! As always, feel free to leave those questions/comments/concerns in the comments below…

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Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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  • I have J. Dwyer in a PPR 0.5. Been offered M. Ryan and Mendy, for J. Stew and Big Ben? Should I do it?

  • Rudolph or Olsen till AHern gets back?

    • I like Olsen this week

  • Would you challenge a trade that gives Anquan Boldin and O. Daniels for B. Lloyd and Dreesen or are my league mates just over-sensitive?

    • sounds like some oversensitivity to me

  • Deep league where we start 3 rb while I wait for demarco who better play this week ballard ingram or james starks ik scary situation thanks again

    • Ugh, Ballard

  • If you had a choice to trade rashad jennings for any of these who would you pick: Hakeem Nicks, Big Ben, MJD, Jamaal Charles, or trade Luck and Jennings for Newton. This is my team:
    qb: Luck
    rb: mcfadden
    rb: forte
    wr: cruz
    wr: Julio Jones
    TE: Rudolph/Hernandez
    Flex: R.Jennings
    Bench: Cobb,Spiller,Tsmith, Romo

    • I would dish him for either charles or big ben, depending on which position you want to upgrade most.

  • Would you give up Murray for James Jones? at RB I already have Rice, TRich, and JStew, but at WR I have only Marshall, Denarius, and Antoio Brown

    • I like the concept, but I would try to shoot a little higher than Jones. It sounds like Murray will be back next week.

  • Assuming Redman starts, do you think he’s a better desperation play than Daniel Thomas, Andre Brown, or Joique Bell?

    • I wouldn’t really assume Redman starts, and I prefer Bell over those.

    • Just saw the news out of Pitt. Ya, if he indeed starts go with Redman

  • Need to sit one in a 10 man PPR league: R. Bush, R. Jennings, Sproles? Thanks.
    AJ, Percy
    R. Rice
    Bench: A.Roberts, Romo, A. Brown, M.Bush

    • I would probably sit Jennings. Solid looking team though.

  • Traded Mcfadden for Matty Ice. I’m extremely deep at RB. Do you think I upgraded enough over Romo to justify giving up DMC?

    • Matty Ice is one of the best out there these days. If you truly are deep at RB, I’m cool with that.

  • Should I start josh morgan kendal wright or stokley leaning morgan agree ?

    • I wouldn’t argue with that. Either him or Wright despite Wright’s bad matchup.

  • Whoa, I have White and Wayne in a PPR. Should I try to trade one for Megatron?

    • I think they are all pretty close. Maybe Wayne, but like I said above, its close.

  • Thanks for fielding all these questions, Jeff.

    In a PPR, would you trade Wayne + Ballard for Megatron?

    Would you rather start Sproles or White in the flex?

    Also, for ROS, do you like Sproles over Mathews in PPR?

    • No problem.

      1. I don’t think Ballard has too much value these days with Brown returning, so I would probably do that deal, but its closer than it appears.
      2. I would start Roddy.
      3. No, but they are pretty close.

  • Would you trade the combo of Torrey Smith and Dwyer for any of the following?: A. Hernandez, M. Colsten, Steve Smith (Car) or Larry Fitzgerald. If yes, what order ROS? Thx in advance.

    • Ya, I might do that for Colston. I would order them Colston, Smith, Fitz, AHern

  • Hey fellas. Would you trade Decker and Witten for Spiller and Lance Moore? I can use Daniels at TE if I move Witten. 12 team non-PPR

    My roster
    qB- Rivers WR- Fitz, Bowe, Decker
    rB- Mathews, Forte Flex- SJax
    TE- Witten K- Prater D- Balt

    Bench- Luck, D. Richardson, DHB, O. Daniels, Daniel Thomas, Arizona D, N. Washington

    • I think the trade is ok based on the structure of your team. You will lose some at WR and TE, but you will definitely boost your flex. I think its even enough to do if you like Spiller.

  • Cutler over Big Ben this week?

    • nope

  • I have DMC, Lynch, Muscle Hamster, T. Rich, Jennings at RB. How do I sit two of these guys? And how am I only 5-3?

    • Holy crap, thats a nice pack of RBs!! I am guessing your ‘points against’ total is pretty high to be 5-3 with those backs. I would probably sit DMC and Jennings this week, but try and see if you can flip at least one of them to an RB hungry team for an upgrade elsehwere.

  • So Donald Brown got dropped in my league. I own Ballard. Don’t really have room for Brown (K. Hunter, D. Thomas (I own Bush), V. Ballard, Flacco (own VIck) and K. Wright on my bench). Should I pick him up? Who do I drop?

    • Tough spot there. It depends on how bad you need to play either of them, really. If you will need to play one of the Indy RB down the stretch, then drop Wright and make sure you have both. If they are just bench depth type of guys, I would just hang tight for the moment. It sounds as if they will split anyhow.

  • pick 2 out of these 3 in a .5 ppr…forte, charles, martin. Thank you!

    • Forte and Dougie

  • Going off my previous question—I put DMC and Martin on the block to see what kind of offers would come back. Someone threw out Vincent Jackson for DMC. Do you like this trade?

    • No, I would shoot a little higher at WR

  • I have kyle rudolph, I picked up keller but he’s on bye. Should I drop Rudolph? These are the tight ends available:

    dwayne allen, cook, myers, dressen, pitta, tamme, fasano, kellen davis, logan paulsen, clark.

    Is keller going to be good enough ROS for me to drop Rudolph? Do you think he’s done?

    Also, quick flex question: Rashard Jennings, Dez Bryant, Daniel Thomas, Andre Roberts, or Torrey Smith?


    • I don’t necessarily think Rudolph is done but I do like Keller more ROS. If you want a one week filler, I like Allen for this week alone. As for the flex, I would play Jennings.

  • who wins?

    cj2k/r. jennings/a. brown/s.smith



    • or just cj2k/jennings/smith for dmc

    • I think I would lean toward the CJ2K side in each due to what comes with him.

  • @Jeff: PPR league. was offered Brady/V-Jax for my Morris/Amendola/Romo. My other RBs are McCoy, Lynch, J-Stew and Green. Other WRs are Andre Johnson, Decker, Dez and Britt. Also have Rothlisberger at QB. Thoughts?

    • I think I would do it. It looks like you have enough depth at RB to lose Morris, and then you would be getting upgrades at WR and QB. Go for it.

  • Need an upside TE play – going against a guy who has Jimmy Graham. Tempted to play Dwayne Allen over Rudolph with Fleener being out and Rudolph facing Seattle — who do you think has more potential for big game?

    • I wouldn’t argue with going with Allen. Rudolph hasn’t done much in the last 2 weeks anyhow. Allen might have a chance for a solid day.

  • LOL about getting Greene into the lineup. He was just dropped in my PPR league. Would you drop Felix (as a Murray owner) to get him for RB depth (4th RB, can only carry four) or keep Felix?

    • Ya know, neither RB is very good, but if it’s just for depth, you will probably get more playable weeks from Greene, as Murray should be back by week 10. I’d probably pick him up.

  • 10 team PPR:
    Need 2 WR & Flex from the following: Wayne, Decker, Sproles, Maclin, Nicks, James Jones

    • I forgot to add Dwyer

    • I’d go Wayne, Decker, Maclin

  • In 0.5 PPR, go Sproles over Jennings? You guys have them very close.

    • Ya, very close. I side with Jennings.

  • Standard Scoring league:

    Who you flex this week?
    Felix, Green(GB), or Malcolm Floyd

    • Felix

    • On second though, Felix is a little banged up this week. Go with Green.

  • ROS which two backs do I keep, and which do I deal for an upgrade at WR? D.Mart, DMC, R. Mathews are my options. I like all of them, DMC has a nice schedule, but seems in the worst situation. I’d love some input, thanks in advance.

    • I would hesitantly say Martin. I do like Mathews and I agree with what you said about DMC. Tough call, but thats the way I’d lean

  • who wins?




    • Shady/Ben/Steve wins in a TKO

  • What do you think is fair for trent richardson? 10 person non ppr

    Hes willing to give up: bush, rashard jennings, titus young, leshourse, stevie johnson, colston. he also has lynch, cruz, graham, and eric decker and brees. He is in first place. Would i just be ensuring his win?

    I have: demaryius thomas, steve smith, t. rich, morris, fred jackson, murray (picked up after someone dropped him), boldin, antonio brown, and james jones. With brady. Im in 7th.

    He offered Colston, jennings, and hernandez for t rich and antonio brown. I feel a little weak at WR, but I’m not sure this is worth it or if there is even a counter-offer worth it. Thanks for the help, not big on trading so I need it.

    • I wouldn’t do the Colston/Jennings/Hern for TRich/Brown deal. TRich is a certified RB stud, so I would shoot really high. It looks like you’d need an RB and WR in return so maybe shoot a Leshoure/Cruz package. I don’t think your squad is too bad as is, but try to aim high if you want to deal Richardson.

  • Need a flex: Tony Gonzo or LeShoure. PPR for WR/TE, but not RBs. 10 pt rushing TD, 7 pt receiving. I know, effed up rules. Thanks in advance.

    • I would go TGonz with that scoring set up. I think you’d have to have Leshoure hit the endzone to even balance it out

  • Pettigrew or Gresham?

    • Pettigrew

  • Dexter McCluster-is he a viable start in a PPR league with 3RB/3WR/TE/Flex?

    He has RB eligibility and that position is obviously wicked shallow. Is it unreasonable to expect DEX to average 5 catches and 40 total yards ROS? I would take 9 points from my RB3 any week.

    • He is viable and I think he is a solid play with that roster set up ROS. The KC passing game isn’t exactly airing it out and he should collect the underneath passes plenty.

  • 16-team, 0.5PPR. Need a TE for the rest of the season.
    Dennis Pitta (rostered), Brandon Myers, Scott Chandler, Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks, Tony Moeaki, Ben Watson, Chris cooley, Zach Miller.

    • I like Pitta most of those

  • Heath Miller/ Dwayne Bowe/ Brian Hartline Flex? .5 PPR with 100 yard games bonus. Thanks!

    • Even with the KC suckfest that has been going on, I’d take Bowe

  • 1. Have Hartline, Heyward-Bey, S. Johnson for flex spot. Also have Felix Jones – would you chose over any of those WRs?

    2. Will Norv Turner keep using Brown on passing downs ROS? WTH?

    • 1. I would probably lean Hartline, especially so if PPR
      2. I, for one, think Norv Turner is an absolute idiot and have no idea why he uses his running backs that way. I imagine Mathews will begin to get more receiving work but that may be wishful thinking until Norv gets canned after the season.

  • Cj spiller, Fred Jackson and Denarious Moore for AP too much?
    Rbs are Arian and Mathews
    WRs are jordy, Percy, Julio

    • I would do that deal. You still have enough fire power at WR and Foster/AP/Mathews would be ridiculous. Go get it.

  • Felix Jones or broyles this week? Non ppr. Thanks!

    • Both are shaky options at best, but as long as Murray remains out, I would go with Felix. I really dislike him as a player, but at least you know Felix will get some touches. Without the TD grabs, Broyles hasnt done much the last 2 weeks.

  • I’m heard some of talk of D. Martins value dropping because of the loss of carl nicks. “With Carl Nicks left guard, Doug Martin has been averaging 4.5 ypc on the left 4.4 ypc in the middle and 3.2 ypc on the right side.”- Matthew berry

    thoughts about ranking at martin 10, ROS? thinking about selling high.

    • I think Martin is legit, even despite the loss of his best lineman. Martin’s involvement in the passing game should keep him rolling. 10 might be a shade high ROS, but it would obviously depend on your return package if you decide to jump ship. If you have decent depth at RB, I wouldn’t say its a terrible idea.

  • Should I trade my CJ2k for Jonathan Stewart?

    • This is a difficult call right now. I would say no right now, but I wouldn’t argue with you if you pulled the trigger…especially if D. Williams ends up getting traded.

  • Would you trade Sidney Rice and a 4th round pick for Andre Johnson and a 6th round pick? I need help with WR/WLEX and love AJ’s ROS.

    • Ya, I’d do that

  • I have two trades to ask about. 1 thats on the way…
    I get Aaron Hernandez and I gave Titus Young and Leshoure. Now I have a spot to pick up a kicker.

    Another trade I am considering is…
    I get Donald Brown and Jimmy Graham
    I give Percy Harvin and Brandon Pettigrew.

    I feel really bad about giving away a consistent player like Harvin but I was hurting in the TE position with Pettigrew. But now I have Hernandez and so maybe if I get this trade im looking at having Graham as TE and Hernandez as FLEX.

    My roster for QB/2RB/3WR/1TE/1FLEX
    QB: Ryan
    RB: McGahee, DMC, SJAX, Jennings
    WR: J. Jones, Harvin, D. Moore, T. Smith, Cobb, Maclin
    TE: Hernandez

    Thanks ALOT!

    • I would stick with Hernandez at TE and keep Harvin. You still have plenty of good options at your flex spot.

    • I agree with Jeff. I wouldn’t trade Harvin for Brown and Graham straight up, nevermind throwing Pettigrew in there. Also, I think DET passing game gets back on track anyway in the second half and Pettigrew has a better second half than first.

  • 14 Team PPR: Which defense would you start this week: Det, Pit, Phi, Was…..right now I have Det starting

    • I think you’ve got the right one

    • Do you think I could trade Alex Smith & Crabtree for a WR2? If so, who should I go for?

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