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  • Brandon 8:37 pm on September 19, 2007 Permalink  

    Ask the Geeks: Week 3 (Part 1) 

    It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for time for the first of our bi-weekly column, Ask the Geeks. This week has proven to be a pretty busy week in the mail room, but keep them coming and we'll try to help you make some of those more difficult roster decisions.

    Robert asks: I have to choose between starting D. Branch or R. Curry. Who would you choose to start this week?

    Brandon's take: After Branch's coming out party last week (122 yards), you have to go with him. I actually have both receivers in one of my leagues and I consider Branch one of my "start every week unless injured" players. Curry is only an emergency starter. If he can put together a few good games (he might this week), he might be worth the third roster spot, but until then make sure Branch is in your lineup each week. The funny part is that Curry is playing Cleveland and Branch is playing Cincinnati… so both should have a good game.

    Matt's take: Branch, no question. They both have great matchups. The difference: Branch is the #1 receiver for Matt Hasselbeck, while Curry's the #2 receiver for a McClown.

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    • Robert 11:32 am on September 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the feedback on my question! I had the same exact thought… the only thing holding me back was that Curry was going up against the horrible Browns defense, then again Branch is going up against a horrible Cincinnati defense as well. There were some valid reasons why Curry didn’t have a good game last week though:

      He was being covered by 1 of 2 pro bowl cornerbacks (Bly and Bailey)
      The Raiders threw the ball a total of 16 times and only 8 were completed (McCown’s accuracy was horrid).

      Browns defensive secondary is no where near as good as Denver’s so they may throw more this week and Porter (#1 Receiver) hasn’t really seemed to be much of a threat, so in reality Curry is the #1 receiver in that offense. Judging from his performance at the end of last season (even though the Raiders sucked he put up good fantasy numbers) I think he has the potential good but you guys are right… I should wait on that :).

      Thanks guys and also… great site!

    • Robert 11:33 am on September 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm… I was trying to leave a list of reasons but wordpress stripped them out… heh… hopefully that still makes sense.

    • Matt 1:44 pm on September 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Robert. Sorry bout that, WordPress can be finicky sometimes.

    • Alison 11:30 pm on September 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the answer! I got Engram, may also get Jones, actually, but I’d have to dump Morency (one of the RBs sitting around doing nothing on my bench) No one got him off waivers so he’s still there.

      Anyway, Thanks for the advice.

  • Matt 1:51 pm on September 19, 2007 Permalink  

    Cut Your Losses: Players to drop, week 3 

    D.J. Hackett, WR, SEA: High ankle sprains are usually bad news (Michael Turner's recent quick return from one notwithstanding), and this one sounds worse than most. Hackett hasn't done anything to prove that he's worth holding onto for a month or longer. If you're really willing to wait that long for a receiver with upside, check to see if the Bengals' Chris Henry (suspension) is available.

    Jerious Norwood, RB, ATL: While he's got enough upside to hang on to in most 12-team leagues, he's a borderline drop in 10-team leagues. He splits carries with Warrick Dunn, and hasn't done enough with the carries he's gotten so far (3.3 YPC) to show he deserves the ball more often. (More …)

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