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  • Brandon 9:47 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink

    Ask the Geeks – Week 13: Ochocinco's a Go? 

    With the first game of week 13 rapidly approaching, here is the first batch of questions. Hopefully our help can clinch a spot in your league’s playoffs…or a first round BYE if that’s an option! Either way, good luck and remember to get in any more of your questions here or leave them as comments on any of our posts and we’ll try to respond as quickly as we can.

    Rob asks…

    what is the deal with him? has he lost his connection with palmer? i am thinking about leaving him benched regardless of the defense he faces. what do you think of desean jackson’s injury and do you think avant is worth picking up in ppr league?

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    • DJ 10:14 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Kurt Warner, Matt Leinert and just picked up Alex Smith. Thoughts for this weekend. It looks like I need this win to make playoffs.

      • e-roc 8:10 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        My vote is actually for Alex Smith…. Call me crazy but the SF-SEA game could turn into a shootout… SEA has the 25th ranked pass defense… The only reason I’m not starting him is because my other QB is McNabb (ATL – 27th)

        • Squish 1:34 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree, Smith finally has some chemistry with the WRs and he has a great matchup.

    • Harold 3:21 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Avant over Driver this week?

      • e-roc 8:05 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m just a Commenter, so this is IMO – Driver is a beast and has great rapport with Rodgers. While the Ravens are excellent at stopping the run and creating QB pressure, I think you have to stick with Driver.

    • Fred 6:50 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guys, I need two recievers from; Fitzgerald, Ochocinco, Jennings, Garcon and Avery, and two running backs from Deangelo Williams, Addai, Maroney and Cadillac Williams. What do you think? its a PPR league

      • Matt 2:41 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Fitz is a must-start no matter what. Ocho said on Monday: “We would like to throw the ball 50 times.” I believe him. Detroit is dead last against the pass. Get him in there.

        DeAngelo Williams had one of his best games against the Bucs and should have another nice one this week. I fear the Titans now so I’d bench Addai in favor of Maroney, who’s been a touchdown machine lately.

    • e-roc 8:04 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Re: lil Steve Smith – While I think he’s a decent start, I don’t think he’ll produce more than 6 catches & 60 yards this time around. This is a very different Giants team from Week 2… The Defense isn’t going to create 3 & outs / turnovers to give Eli & Co. the opportunities they had in Week 2…

      That being said, I snagged Avant, Avery & Meachem in hopes of striking gold for the last quarter of the season…

    • matt 11:36 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      having a real tough time this week as I am one of those guys who is one win away from landing the wildcard spot.. that said I need to flex start one player from Ryan Grant, Kevin Walter, TJ Housh or Chris Jennings..

      • Matt 2:45 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t love any of your options but would have to go with Grant even though I don’t expect big things from him against the Ravens.

    • Kulprit 4:58 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need to pick 1:

      McCoy (vs ATL)
      Moreno (vs KC)
      Grant (vs BAL)

      I think I currently rank them in that order. My other starter is Ray Rice.

      • e-roc 9:18 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        1 vote for Moreno…

        • Squish 12:43 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          2 for Moreno. Too good a matchup to ignore!

      • Brandon 10:37 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        another vote for Moreno here!

    • Helplease 6:50 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys going head to head for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs this week. Feeling good got a shot but the person I’m playing has an absolutely stacked team. With that said I need a huge outing from my team. Below is my line up for the week. This is a PPR league.

      QB Donovan McNabb
      Eli Manning
      Alex Smith
      RB Maurice Jones-Drew
      Jason Snelling
      Kevin Smith
      WR Chris Chambers
      Santonio Holmes
      Mike Sims-Walker
      Michael Crabtree
      Jeremy Maclin
      TE Zach Miller
      Fred Davis
      K David Akers
      Def/ST Arizona Cardinals
      Philadelphia Eagles

      QB Donovan McNabb

      RB Maurice Jones-Drew
      Kevin Smith

      WR Santonio Holmes
      Mike Sims-Walker
      Jeremy Maclin

      TE Fred Davis

      K David Akers

      DE Philadelphia Eagles

      Basically I need a big game from Philly @ Atlanta. I was just curious as to who you guys would start and I was thinking of dropping a player like Chambers and picking up Avant and completely going all out on that game. I know it could back fire but what do you think ?

      Thanks for all the help and gl to all fighting for that playoff spot !

      • Helplease 6:51 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Top is team bottom is my line up *

        • Helplease 8:37 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Any one ?

        • Squish 1:41 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m okay with the lineup other than the WRs. I think Chambers, Maclin and MSW are your best bets. Holmes hasn’t done squat this year. My sources agree that Maclin, not Avant will be the main beneficiary of the DJ injury. MSW is obviously a must play. Chambers and Crabtree to most are on equal ground but for anyone who has watched them play, it’s clear that Chambers is a much bigger part of his offense than Crabtree. I love Chambers this week since he’s hot and is filling in for Bowe as “KC’s only offensive weapon”.

      • Brandon 10:50 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish here, the only change to make is Chambers instead of Holmes. Otherwise, you look pretty good (although Kevin Smith is never a sure thing!)

        • Helplease 12:23 pm on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks guys gl

    • Jone 12:36 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Howdy FFG, Would you drop Justin Forsett for Jamaal Charles? Justin Forsett might split carrie with J.J

      • ken 3:51 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At this point I’d say yea. They’re very similar backs and both have been on fire in the past two weeks. But as you said, one J.J. is back at best Forsett is going to be splitting. Charles is the feature back.

        Forsett does have a slightly more favorable schedule, but essentially they both have two great matchups and 3 so-so or bad matchups.

        Unfortunately for me I gotta stick with Forsett cuz Charles is already taken in my league. I originally had him on my roster but dropped after going 1 – 5 and needing every available roster spot. Boy am I regretting it now. They couldn’t have canned LJ earlier? lol

      • e-roc 9:27 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Jone, if you’re looking for a second opinion, I would stick it out with Forsett, depending on what your other options are.

        Forsett has proved to be an explosive runner with greater upside than Charles… JJ is also going to have to prove his worth since Forsett has done so well… and who knows, JJ’s injury-prone body might be back on the bench 10 mins after kick-off vs. SF.

    • Rob 12:36 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, in a jam…Turner is out again for me and so my options are Julius Jones or Chester Taylor. Thoughts?

      • Brandon 10:47 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, those are your only options? Julius Jones is the better play, with a banged up Justin Forsett ensuring that he’ll get more carries than Chester Taylor.

    • Kamaps 2:30 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I have a problem…too many skilled players. Please help me pick out my starters? I have 2 WR spots, 1 RB spot, and a RB/WR spot. The players I have are:

      RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB
      RB Rock Cartwright, Was

      WR Miles Austin, Dal
      WR Mike Sims-Walker, Jac
      WR Jason Avant, Phi
      WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin

      I have MJD and Cartwright filling up the RB and RB/WR spots, with Austin and Sims-Walker in my WR spots, but all of them are expected big #s and I don’t know who to play. I’m nervous about Cartwright against New Orleans and I’m nervous about Sims-Walker also, but Ochocinco hasn’t been producing, so I’m confused. Please help.

      • Brandon 10:44 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like MJD in the RB spot, with Ochocinco, Sims-Walker and Avant in the wide receiver and flex spots. I know Austin was big last week, but the other guys just have better match-ups this week. Good luck!

    • Bribo 4:22 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Two quick questions:
      1) Cutler has pissed on my season repeatedly. Should I trust him against StL, or go with Alex Smith vs. SEA?
      2) Why do all the “experts” seem hot on Rice but not on Harvin, hot on Avant but not on Maclin? Do they know something I don’t?

      • Kamaps 4:34 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Totally go with Alex Smith, SEA is one of the worst pass D’s. Ofcourse, Cutler has that impressive WR core to throw to, such as Devin Hester, D. Hester, Hester, and….oh, Devin Hester.

        • matt 11:52 am on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          what about olsen?? the kid is seeing around 10 targets a game and is a beast of a tight end… hes gonna have a huge game this week

      • Brandon 10:43 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure I consider myself necessarily an “expert”, but we do list Jeremy Maclin as one of our “hits” this week for what it’s worth. I think other guys are just talking about Avant because now he becomes a starter with DeSean Jackson out. Maclin was already starting, so his status doesn’t improve all that much.

        On Cutler, he’s been very aggravating and could be worth benching if you’re looking for a safer play with Smith. I like Cutler’s upside this week though and in one of my league’s I’m taking the chance on him with hopes that he can finally put it together.

    • Adam 4:41 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need 3 flex from this list:
      Jason Avant
      Justin Forsett
      Pierre Garcon
      Nate Burleson
      Tim Hightower
      Kevin Smith

      I’m thinking the first three (Avant, Garcon, Forsett). What do you guys think?


      • Brandon 10:38 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Forsett is beat up right now…go with Avant, Garcon and Burleson, all of whom have high upside.

  • Brandon 4:34 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink
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    Jamal Lewis done for the year? 

    For those of you struggling at the running back position (or those of you who have Jamal Lewis on your roster,) you might consider picking up Chris Jennings, who could very well be the new starting running back for the Cleveland Browns. Apparently Jamal Lewis suffered a concussion in last weeks game and could be calling it quits for the season (and therefor his career, since he mentioned he would retire after this season.) While Jerome Harrison was backing up Lewis early in the season, it’s been Jennings that has spelled Lewis recently and should be the first in line to get additional carries. This weekend the Browns play a San Diego team that while better recently, hasn’t been the greatest the league has to offer in terms of stopping the run, so Chris Jennings could be a possible RB2 or flex candidate.

    • lax 4:49 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you start Ricky Williams or Ray Rice this week?

      • Brandon 8:28 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, you can’t start them both? I’d go with Ricky Williams though, since he’s the Dolphins best weapon around the goalline. For the Ravens, against a tough Packers defense, you don’t know if they’ll stick in Willis McGahee to poach a touchdown.

    • e-roc 5:09 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you drop Kevin Smith for Chris Jennings? Gawd, that’s like trading a migraine for a hangover.

      • Brandon 8:29 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would stick with Smith. Jennings is untested and could end up being just as ineffective as Lewis was.

    • Shane 9:17 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Alright i have 5 receivers and need to start two.
      Donald Driver
      Steve Smith (Panthers)

      I know who i want to go with, i’m just looking for a second opinion and some reassurences.

      • Brandon 9:50 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like your top two guys there, Sims-Walker and Driver. Steve Smith is too risky at this point and Burleson/Crabtree don’t have as much potential this week.

    • Geoff 1:58 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RB2- Would you start Jerious Norwood, Chris Brown or Chris Jennings?

      • Matt 2:47 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d take a shot on Jennings since he’s looked good when given an opportunity.

      • Brandon 3:02 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Just keep an eye out on Jennings health. I read that he’s nursing a shoulder injury, so you want to make sure he’s playing before putting him into your line-up.

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