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  • Brandon 11:24 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks – Week 6: Roster Decisions and Trade Talk 

    With Ask the Geeks questions coming in at a record pace, I was worried that if we didn’t get a post out today we’d be buried this weekend! Remember, you can ask the geeks here or simply leave your questions as comments on our posts and we’ll try our best to respond to them as soon as possible.

    Adam asks…

    Hey guys – Doing great here so far. I’m 4-1 due in part to your advice. Here’s my dilemma this week (I think it’s a good one to have). Who do I sit? I need to sit one of these flex guys:

    Kevin Smith, Vincent Jackson, Tim Hightower, DeSean Jackson, Eddie Royal

    Thanks!

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    • Pierre Garcon 11:58 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Should owners still be booking flights aboard the “French Connection” (Peyton-to-Pierre) this season or should I be dropped this week for Antonio Bryant, who then, would be subsequently started in the flex this week instead of Edward Royal?

      • Matt 5:26 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t be too thrilled with having Garcon or Bryant on my roster right now, but if you have to have one, I think Bryant’s the better bet. His team is terrible, but at least he’s guaranteed to start, whereas Garcon will spend most of his time on the bench if Gonzalez can perform right away once he returns.

    • e-roc 1:06 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      IMO, MJD is a bust vs. all the preseason fantasy hype, especially for a guy who’s flying solo on his team.

      Q1: Would you start Donnie Avery over Steve Smith (NYG) this week? I will be starting Steve Smith (CAR) and TJ Whosyomama.

      Q2: Do I start Thomas Jones (NYJ) or Kevin Smith (DET)?

      • Matt 5:33 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Three weeks from now, I don’t think anyone will be calling Jones-Drew a bust. Next three opponents: Rams, Titans, Chiefs. That’s a fantasy feast waiting to happen.

        Q1: No, stick with both Smiths. New Orleans has looked great thus far against the pass, but that’s no reason to bench one of the top fantasy WRs for a borderline WR3.

        Q2: I hate to say it as a Bills fan, but start Jones against Buffalo because they’re terrible against the run. Terrible in general, actually…… /wrists

        • e-roc 7:53 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the good advice… hope your wrists are still intact…

    • Brad 2:04 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey thanks for the advice! Now a guy wants DeAngelo W and I’m asking for Cutler, Addai and Cotchery, offering C Henne and Nate Wash as well. Low-ball I know.

      • Matt 5:34 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        What. Are. You. Doing.

        First rule of fantasy football trades: Do NOT be the guy who trades a first-tier player for a bunch of second- and third-tier players.

        Second rule of fantasy football trades: Do NOT be the guy who gives away a healthy first-round draft pick just because he had a slow start.

        • Squish 5:26 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Well, Cotchery was a first tier guy in the making…

          Ofcourse now he’s injured (again) and Edwards is starting for him. Things went a bit sour there. I wouldn’t touch him with a 12 foot stick at this point.

          I actually think Nate Washington may end up with a better year and could end up a WR3 before seasons end.

          Avoid that trade at all costs!

        • Brad 5:24 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Ohh, got it. This is my 3rd year at FF. Not a rook I know, but no expert. I’ll keep my studs. Thanks!

    • Glory Hog 2:33 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      2 Questions:

      Pick 1 RB to start out of this group: Mike Bell, Mewelde Moore, James Harrison

      Pick 1 FLEX player to start out of this group: Brent Celek, Percy Harvin, or 1 of the backs above.

      • Matt 5:54 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Question 1: No.

        Just kidding. But ugh. It’s either Bell or Moore, but it all depends on the health of their respective starters. Hard to know for sure until Sunday morning.

        Question 2: Celek’s a great start this week, which I can’t say about the rest of those guys.

    • lax 2:33 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have McGahee, Slaton, and Morris. I can only start two. Which two sounds good to you guys?

      • Matt 5:22 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        McGahee is a gigantic question mark right now after two straight terrible weeks. I wouldn’t start him over my grandmother against the Vikings.

    • Adam 2:55 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who should I start at TE Brent Celek or Greg Olsen?

    • Glory Hog 5:01 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Celek

    • Jones 7:57 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Steve Smith (NYG) or Donald Driver?

      • Brandon 10:32 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’s close, but I’d stick with Steve Smith, even with the tough match-up this weekend.

    • james 8:42 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Olsen or Shiancoe?

      • Brandon 10:34 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Shiancoe, who has been a bit more consistent so far this year.

    • wolf 9:37 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who will have the better game.. MSW vs Rams or S.Smith (NYG) vs NO… i love smith’s performance so far, but I have a good feeling about MSW for this game…

      • Brandon 10:35 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m leaning towards Sims-Walker as well, but I find it hard to bench Steve Smith against anyone at this point. Who are your other receivers that prevent you from starting both?

        • Wolf 6:40 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Randy Moss is my other main play (hopefully everyone is right about their deep game this weekend!) – with Welker and Hines Ward picking up my flex spots… my WRs are my strongest side i think (considering its a high PPR league).

    • Ken 1:05 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hey again,

      first, thanks for all the advice. Im having a hard time figuring out my flex spot this week. I’m not really getting a gut feeling and I can find logical reasons for each one.

      For my flex I can play Johnny Knox, Jeremy Maclin or Steve Breaston. Also, now with Pierre Thomas’s health in question, Mike Bell might wind up being a viable flex. Any thoughts on this one?

      -Maclin’s coming off a great week and is facing the raiders. I’m guessing Nmandi will focus on DeSean. Seems like a good oppurtunity for Maclin to be productive again.
      – Knox is obviously the better receiver then Maclin in the long run, but he’s up against Atlanta whose pass defense has been solid this season.
      – Breaston isn’t likely to have any huge games, but this year he’s been good at making consistent points and I probably won’t have to worry about a goose egg.
      – and then of course, if pierre is limited Bell could get some work, and as a goal line carrier has a good chance of putting up a decent number.

      So I’m a little torn. I’m leaning towards Maclin or Knox for the chance at a big game. But I have trouble trusting maclin for obvious reasons, and i dont have a good feeling about knox in atlanta.

      Thanks guys.

      • Brandon 10:39 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Maclin if you’re up for the high-risk, high-reward play. McNabb was on fire last week and hopefully it carries forward into this week as well. If you want to go a bit safer though, Breason is a decent play and is good for 6-10 points or so.

        • Ken 1:49 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          thanks man. i should prob play it safe, have had a bad couple of weeks. (started sims walker last week to say the least) But maclins too tempting hah

      • Squish 5:30 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Knox has been knocked down a couple ticks recently in the return game. That usually means he’ll get more time at WR.

        Breaston is just getting back from injury which is never trustworthy. However, Arizona will pass a lot as usually and he’ll get plenty of looks.

        Maclin looks good right now but it may have been a fluke. i don’t see the eagles passing too much this week thanks to a great matchup on the ground. I think Maclin may get a long ball or two thrown his way but otherwise it’s just going to be a ground based offense this week.

        I’d put the choice at either Knox or Breaston. Breaston should be better long term but my Knox may have the better day. If you need safe, go with Breaston.

    • Mal 2:26 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need to pick up someone off the waiver to replace megatron or have as a backup in case

      Available names

      Caldwell
      Breaston
      Northcutt
      Devery Henderson

      Also, who do I dump

      Garcon (picked him up purely for his match up in wk7 vs the rams as my main 3 WR somehow ALL have wk7 byes!! )
      Todd Heap (consistent, J Finley is my starter this week though)

      CHEERS

      • Brandon 10:41 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Steve Breaston out of that group. Feel free to drop Northcutt who has no value once Calvin Johnson returns anyways.

        • Mal 10:46 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon but Caldwell, Breaston, Northcutt, Henderson are free agents (apart from breaston who is on waivers til sun morn) not in my team atm. So I need to pick one of them and drop either Garcon or Todd Heap. I’ll go for Breaston on waiver but in the mean time who do you like out of Caldwell Northcutt and Henderson this week?

        • Brandon 7:55 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree with Mal, go with Northcutt, but only while Calvin Johnson is out.

      • Squish 4:59 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I actually like Northcutt as long as Megatron is out. I wouldn’t be against picking him up and dropping him once CJ starts again.

        Caldwell is a reasonable play but he’s just not a big enough factor in that offense to be considered viable this week. Henderson is the same.

        I’d go with Northcut this week if I were you especially in a PPR league. He may only be good for one or two starts but quite honestly the Lions have to throw to someone and he’s the only receiver they have left.

    • Glory Hog 11:59 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Last one for the week:

      Starting “D” in a league that doesn’t punish or reward points allowed:
      Packers or Steelers?
      Packers have been better in my league so far, but now polamalu is back, but they play the Lions and Browns respectively.
      Thanks

      • Squish 5:03 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I had the exact same decision in one league. I’m going with GB this week. The way I see it, the Lions are ripe for the picking. If Megatron is out watch out! I’ll be surprised if GB doesn’t pick up a DTD this week. They should blitz like crazy and force plenty of INTs and nobody is better at returning them than the GB DBs.

        Pittsburgh is almost as good of a play except that I don’t think Cleveland will pass the ball enough to create as many TOs as GB against Detroit. I’d wait on Pittsburgh another week to see how Polamalu is really doing. As long as he is still shaky, Pittsburgh should be far more conservative on defense.

        Start GB with moderate confidence.

      • Brandon 7:57 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        While I like both defenses, I’d go with the Steelers, but Squish makes some compelling arguments 🙂

        • Squish 4:26 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hope he listened 😉

          5 sacks, 3 INTS. Too bad none went back for a TD. Guess that was my bad.

        • Glory Hog 2:34 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I did listen, started Green Bay, I still lost though because the guy I was playing had Aaron Rodgers, Thomas Jones and Deangelo Williams

    • Glory Hog 12:17 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      sorry, couldn’t stay away.
      I have: Randy Moss, A. Johnson, B. Celek, Harvin at receiver and Gore, Coffee, M. Bush, Harrison, M. Bell, M. Moore at running back. Should I trade Randy Moss for Brandon Jacobs? Should I trade Randy Moss for Steve Slaton? Should I trade Randy Moss for Jonathan Stewart or Cadillac Williams?
      thanks

      • mark 10:13 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        no to all of the above

      • Squish 5:05 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Definitely no to all of them. You may want to try Harvin for Slaton though. It’s technically doable and your team should come out way ahead.

      • Brandon 7:58 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, keep Moss…I see big things for him in the second half of the season.

    • meany1413 2:25 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hey guys
      just wondering who you guys think i should start this weekend jeremy shockey or dustin keller and reggie bush or lesean mccoy?
      thanks

      • Squish 5:11 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t like Shockey as an option anymore. He had one good game and nothing after. Besides the Giants have been good against TEs this season. I’d play Keller.

        Bush or Mccoy is a tough one. The answer depends on everyone’s status tomorrow. If Pierre Thomas or Mike Bell are out for NO, play Bush. Otherwise play McCoy. Word is Westbrook is still limited and the matchup is alreayd great for the Eagle’s RBs. In all likelihood, they will both have a field day.

      • Brandon 8:00 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Keller, as the Bills haven’t shown they can contain the tight end position so far this year. At running back, go with McCoy against a bad Raiders defense.

    • Steve 4:22 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m curious to your thoughts on Pierre Thomas now that his health is in question this weekend. I have him starting right now but I have LT on my bench. Would you play Tomlinson over Thomas?

      • Squish 5:23 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think NO will run much against NYG. SD shouldn’t run much against Denver either however. Play Pierre Thomas if he starts. Tonlinson needs another game of decent stats again to prove his worth. Denver is not the place to start.

    • DJ 9:22 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      For tight end would you play Chris Cooley or Visanthe Shiancoe this weekend?

    • Ed 10:02 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Start Reggie bush, Leon Washington or correll buckhalter?

      • Squish 5:20 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d have to say Bush there. Washington has a decent upside but I think NO will use Bush frequently as a receiver this week and he has the ever present possibility of a return TD.

      • Brandon 8:02 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to disagree with Squish there. I like Leon Washington against the Bills…but it’s a pretty close decision between he and Reggie Bush.

        • Squish 4:27 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It appears Wasington was the correct play. The Bush receiver gameplan turns out to have come to the wrong city. Ray Rice went off as a receiver this week. Glad I own him in 75% of my teams.

    • DJ 10:03 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Cooley or Shiancoe?

      • Squish 5:18 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Definitely Cooley this week. He should have plenty of red zone targets and is targeted more to beging with. He should have a great game this week.

      • Brandon 8:00 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Just like I said above…Cooley

    • JK 10:56 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok, big question. do i play devery henderson or hakeem nick?

      • Squish 5:17 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d play Nicks. He is really coming around and with the Saints D, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Manning pass to him more often because his top priorities are covered. Henderson needs to prove he’s worth starting again and with Moore likely to return he has even less chance.

        At worst, Nicks should catch at least one long ball. At best, he’ll be a frequent redzone target. He has a much bigger upside.

      • Brandon 8:03 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Nicks for sure.

    • Mal 6:47 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Garrard or Cutler?
      Warner or Hasslebeck?

      CHEERS!

    • Bribo 8:10 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      WR – 3 out of 4: G. Jennings, B. Marshall, Sims-Walker, S. Smith (NYG). Have to sit one, but moving any of them to the bench is painful. Please help. Thx.

      • Bribo 8:19 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, I COULD start all 4, but then I’d have to sit either Hasselbeck or Brady. Argh!

        • Brandon 8:34 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, don’t sit Hasselbeck or Brady! It’s hard to do it based on his performance lately, but you might think about benching Brandon Marshall today against a stingy Chargers pass defense. If you want him in there though, Smith would be my second choice, as his quarterback isn’t at full health and the Saints pass defense is decent. Good luck!

    • Jake 10:35 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      McCoy against a dismal Oakland rush defense or Morris, the apparent #1 back in New England against a good Titans rush defense? Also, do you think I should throw Torry Holt in the mix against his former team? I would have to bench either Welker, Sims-Walker, or Ward to do so, so I’m not too hot on the idea. What do you think?

      • Brandon 12:19 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t bench any of those receivers for Holt. As for your running back, go with Sammy Morris, who should get a lot of carries in the wet/windy conditions today.

    • Andy 11:03 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need to bench either Chris Johnson or Ray Rice….who do you think is a better RB this week ?

      • Andy 11:14 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Is Calvin Johnson out this week?

        • Brandon 12:16 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, Calvin Johnson is a no-go for this week. As for who to bench, I’d sit Ray Rice against a tough Vikings defense. Chris Johnson will be used heavily today in the sloppy conditions.

      • Brandon 9:01 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Chris Johnson did alright, but Rice went off! Who did you end up starting?

  • Brandon 9:28 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink
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    Jets’ wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will miss this weekend’s game with the Bills, so make sure you bench him and put in an alternate. On a side note, this seems like an unfortunate time for an injury for Cotchery, with Braylon Edwards now in town and quickly becoming one of Sanchez’s favorite targets. I’m sure Jerricho wants to get out there as soon as possible so he doesn’t become forgotten/expendable.

     
    • Ravi 10:54 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Also its probably important to note Rashard Mendenhall missed practice with Flu-like symptoms. they say the choice between Parker/Mendenhall will be a game time decision.

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