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  • Brandon 10:52 am on September 20, 2011 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 2: Thomas Jones or Dexter McCluster? 

    This week I’ve continued to tweak the format of the waiver wire list, so listen closely! I’ve organized it by position now, since that probably makes more sense when you’re trying to fill a particular position. In terms of the color coding, green is guys to target, yellow is guys to wait on (except in really deep leagues) and red is one-hit-wonders.

    Anyways, here’s the waiver wire advice for this week in Google Doc spreadsheet form if that’s the way you prefer to digest it: The Wire: Week 2.

    This week a common question I’m already seeing is who to target now that Jamaal Charles is out for the year: Dexter McCluster or Thomas Jones. It all depends on your league settings, but the most interesting and exciting guy to pick-up will be McCluster. If you’re into boring Shonn Greene-lite stats though, maybe T-Jones is your man…

    • e-roc 1:07 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      1) Should I drop Felix Jones or Reggie Bush for Daniel Thomas?
      2) Should I drop Jermaine Gresham for Scott Chandler?
      3) Should I drop Jacoby Ford for Dexter McCluster or Nate Washington?

      • Brandon 3:22 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        1. No
        2. Sure. They’re both in the same league, but Chandler seems to be Fitzpatrick’s main man in the red zone.
        3. Possibly. I’ve lost faith in Ford at this point (maybe too early, but I can’t spare the bench spot in my leagues) and would replace him with either of those guys.

        • e-roc 8:28 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Got it. Brandon, please rank the following FA WRs:
          – Dexter McCluster
          – Eric Decker
          – Nate Washington

          Thanks! (this is my existing order)

          • Brandon 10:18 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            I might switch Decker and McCluster, but otherwise it looks good.

            • e-roc 1:09 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink

              I ended up with Run DMC-KC b/c I was lower on the Waiver Wire totem pole.

              I also decided to stick with Gresham for better or worse since I do have Jimmy Graham as well.

      • Mal 10:03 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        SO- team BLITZED it this week. Gronkowski will not be leaving my flex spot for a while I think!

        I may need to punish myself for not picking up Foster’s handcuff so…

        With Hillis/Foster/Stewart and 2RBs to play each week

        do I..

        a) Try trade for Tate with a WR (current corps are VJax, Colston, Bryant, Henderson, Nelson)- if so who do I try to pitch with?

        b) Stick with Foster, have J Stew as my back up and peruse the waiver wire throughout the season. Ryan Grant will make for an open spot on my Bench…. he adds zero value anymore.


        • Brandon 10:20 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Can you get Willis McGahee? I wouldn’t try to trade for Tate at this point, as his owner will try to rip you off big time. I wouldn’t trade too much of your receiver depth either as you don’t have that much to begin with with Colston out. Keep Gronk in your flex spot, that’s for sure!

          • Mal 4:42 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            I have a whole bench of WRs now bar J Stew! Dumped Ryan Grant and Devone Bess for McCluster and Demarius Moore. It doesn’t do THAT much really. McCluster is a great flex play but with Gronk there hmmm! Willis is out of reach as his owner has Knowshon.

            I think Cam Newton is great trade bait right now (or a good QB play should you not be lucky enough to snare Tom Brady like myself!)

            With Gronk in the flex

            WR#1 VJax
            WR#2 Henderson/Bryant/McCluster(he is a WR on nfl.com unfort)??

            Moore will be on Revis Island no? and there are too many mouths to feed in greenbay for Nelson to ever be a viable starter. Performing too well to drop for now.

            • Brandon 12:01 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink

              Yeah Jordy Nelson’s one catch last week was VERY lucky. Buffalo receiver David Nelson could end up being the most valuable Nelson when the season is said and done, as he already has twice as many receptions and is obviously one of Fitzpatrick’s favorite targets.

              You have Cam Newton AND Tom Brady? Definitely trade Newton if you can get good value for him.

      • Brett 12:17 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply


        • Mal 6:12 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I was just making a general comment that he is great trade bait even if you’re set at QB. Unfortunately the person that played Eli Manning (and lost by 0.7) picked up Newton… good on him though! Eli is TERRIBLE!

    • jm 1:25 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      My team took a hit..rbs are hurting. I am wanting to trade and wanting to use Holmes and Hernandez as bait. I have good wr and J. Graham is my other TE. I am open to other offers..depending. What do you think??
      My Team:
      Big Ben/Kolb
      (Charles), F.Jones, Hightower and B.Jacobs
      Hernandez, J.Graham
      New England

      • Brandon 3:23 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I responded to this via e-mail I believe. The main idea was to maybe trade Graham instead of Hernandez and package him with Holmes for a solid RB upgrade…then supplement the TE position with a healthy guy until Hernandez returns.

    • David 5:29 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hey guys, first time visitor here and had a question that I was hoping to get some feed back on …

      now that Jamal Charles is out for the season I have the opportunity to either pick up T.Jones or McCluster … I was thinking of dropping pierre thomas, mark ingram (didn’t realize I drafted two saints players ugh!) or braylon edwards … I was curious if anyone would make a move with the options I have, and if so who would you drop and pick up? thanks guys (a lot of my friends are saying don’t move anyone but I don’t like having two saints rb’s on my bench)

      • Brandon 10:30 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, I almost like Thomas and Ingram more than both Jones and McCluster, although it’s close between Thomas and McCluster. If you have decent WR depth, ditch Edwards. He seems to be doing absolutely nothing in San Francisco and is hurt not as well. Maybe you can just trade Pierre Thomas for a different mediocre running back or something? Can you get Willis McGahee?

    • MR 5:44 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Quick question… receivers- Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith (Car), Kenny Britt, Dez Bryant, Lance Moore……
      RB’s- Ray Rice, Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Mathews and Michael Bush….. I was thinking of dropping Michael Bush to pick up Denarius Moore… i know i don’t really need more WR’s but it may payoff for trades in the future and it looks like he will be getting a lot more touches. Should I just stick with what I got?? What do you think??

      Thanks a lot!!

      • Brandon 10:34 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’d stick with what you have. Who knows if Moore is not just a one week wonder. When Lance Moore and Dez Bryant are back to their normal selves, you have plenty of depth at the position.

        • MR 12:41 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Cool thanks! …….Another question real quick, My QB’s are Matt Schaub and Mark Sanchez.. I was thinking of offering a trade for Rivers who is sittin on the bench of another guys team who is also real thin at wide receivers. So you think I should try to upgrade at QB and if so who do you think I should offer from my current list from above? Thanks a lot for your input! Appreciate it!

          • Brandon 1:57 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Maybe you could package Schaub and Dez Bryant for Rivers, but you’ll probably have to wait until Bryant is healthy and has a good game for that. I wouldn’t be in a rush to get rid of your top three guys, since they’re an awesome group to have.

    • Matt 12:16 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      For Week 3:
      Which 3 WR would you start out of Kenny Britt, Santana Moss, Jordy Nelson, Deion Branch, & Plaxico Burress.
      And who would you start as your TE, Fred Davis or Scott Chandler? RB’s Mike Tolbert, Ahmad Bradshaw, & Fred Jackson.
      I really appreciate this help. You’ve helped me win 2-0 match-up so far.
      Thanks a lot!

      • Brandon 12:05 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Nice, glad I could help someone! Check back in a day or so and I’ll get those guys on my player rankings for the week.

    • jm 10:20 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Drop D. Henderson and pick up David Nelson??

      • Brandon 12:02 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Nelson will be more consistent, but Henderson is the home run hitter. Depends on what you want I guess. I kind of prefer Henderson if you can deal with his low scoring weeks here and there.

    • jm 10:24 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Or drop henderson for burleson?? Going forward I think either Nelson or Burleson have more upside..what do you think Brandon??

      • Brandon 12:04 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        They’re all really close. Henderson has highest upside, but is the most inconsistent. Burleson is consistent but won’t score all that much. Nelson could get less yards, but will score more than Burleson. Is it a PPR league? Receiving TDs worth 6? Are you a gambling man? 🙂

        • Wolf 12:54 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I am in the same position. I own Nelson and Henderson and I’m trying to think of which one to play. Henderson vs Houston means another decent game with high points, but Nelson vs NE could be a home run (I am starting Fitzpatrick vs NE for sure)

        • jm 3:14 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          TDs are worth 6. Non PPR league–1 bonus point for each 20 yds, 3 bonus pts for 100 yds, and so on. I’m a competitive WOman, with unfortunate RBs and I will gamble. Tough week with JC out, F. Jones and Henandez hurt and Big Ben taking big hits. That O-line is pathetic. Hightower becoming a ?? in a Shanny offense and I opted for McGahee over the Chiefs backfield and drama..drama.. Anyway, speaking of gambles, Kolb over Big Ben this weekend??

    • Cubis 11:44 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      **** Current starters ****
      Josh Freeman, QB
      Maurice Jones-Drew, RB
      Fred Jackson, RB
      DeAngelo Williams, RB
      A.J. Green, WR
      Eric Decker, WR
      Jason Witten, TE

      Chargers, D/ST
      Josh Brown, K

      ***** Bench *****
      LeSean McCoy, RB
      Brandon Lloyd, WR
      Pierre Thomas, RB
      Brandon Jacobs, RB
      Willis McGahee, RB
      Thomas Jones, RB
      Jacoby Ford, WR

      Friend wants to trade Matthew Stafford for LeSean McCoy, but I’m thinking that’s a bad idea.

      He wants a RB so he said he’d consider other RB – QB trades.

      His QBs:
      Matthew Stafford (his current starter)
      Ben Roethlisberger
      Sam Bradford

      ESPN says McCoy is injured, but he’s been doing well. Should I leave him on the bench?

      • Brandon 12:12 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Get McCoy in your lineup over DeAngelo Williams ASAP! Don’t trade him for Stafford either unless you do some other deal that can upgrade your WR’s. Maybe Stafford and a good WR for McCoy and someone else (Jacoby Ford?) That way you upgrade at QB and WR and he gets his solid RB.

    • Shane 11:59 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      What do you think is Fair Trade Value on Brady right now?

      • Brandon 12:07 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hah, he’s worth a lot right now, but not sure I can answer based on your options there. depends on the players involved and what you need. Who’s your backup QB that you could trade Brady?

        • Shane 12:59 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I’m looking to snag Brady, but not for too high a price
          My Lineup:
          QB: Matthew Stafford
          WRs: Vincent Jackson, Calvin Johnson, Steve Smith (Car), Devery Henderson
          Rbs: Ray Rice, Frank Gore, James Starks, Shonn Greene, Ben Tate, Mark Ingram
          TEs: Rob Gronkowski, Jermicheal Finley
          DEF: PIT

          Any package you would put together to get him? is it even worth pursuing based on how Stafford is playing?

          • Brandon 1:59 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Wow, nice team there. Do you really need/want Brady? Stafford has been great. I guess you could package Stafford and one of your receivers for Brady, but I don’t see that being a great move.

            • Shane 2:39 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink

              Thanks, I just have a hard time sitting on a good team
              I always look to upgrade

    • The Don 12:19 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      tough choice should i go Hakeem Nicks/Mario manningham vs eagles
      or Devery henderson/Robert Meachem vs houston
      Giants are better recievers but bad match up
      Who gets the start

      • Brandon 12:23 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        How about Hakeem Nicks and Devery Henderson? Are you starting two players from the same team?

    • The Don 12:27 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yea i have all 4! why not mario is is because of Nnamdi?

      • Brandon 2:01 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        There is talk that Manningham got a minor concussion in the last game, so who knows what his status for this week will be. Nicks survived and should be good to go this week (he’s the better receiver to begin with.) As for Henderson and Meachem, for some reason I just like Henderson better, maybe because he always has the potential for an 80 yard TD or something.

    • SCOTTIE G 1:29 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have Rivers and Newton. I can trade Rivers for Jennings. My receivers are Bryant, Manningham, Amendola, Burleson and Mccluster. I need depth. Can i trade away Rivers for Jennings and have Newton fill his shoes. looks like i might get grossman as well…and have to part with burleson. thoughts?

      • Brandon 2:04 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Are you really in love with Newton enough to give up Philip Rivers, who is a proven commodity? What if you trade Newton for Jennings? I don’t see Newton throwing for 400 yards every week, but who knows. I just feel that Rivers is a top of the line starter and someone you should hang onto, while Newton could be someone that hits some growing pains sooner than later. Grossman as your backup isn’t terrible, but I’d probably drop Amendola, not Burleson.

        • SCOTTIE G 2:33 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I have:
          Danny Amendola, Dez Bryant, Matt Bryant, Nate Burleson, Montario Hardesty, Felix Jones, Mario Manningham, Dexter McCluster, Willis McGahee, Cam Newton, Packers , Adrian Peterson, Philip Rivers, Ben Tate, Jason Witten

          he has:
          Jahvid Best, Sam Bradford, Reggie Bush, Delone Carter, Cowboys , Jimmy Graham, Rex Grossman, Aaron Hernandez, Tim Hightower, Greg Jennings, Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Prater, Steve Smith, James Starks, Mike Wallace

          I want to get a #1WR and will package anything to make it work…maybe pick up best and jennings or something with mcgahee and rivers.

          thoughts? recommendations?

          thanks Brandon!

          • Brandon 2:47 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah Best and Jennings for McGahee and Rivers wouldn’t be too bad of a deal. You really have faith in Cam Newton, huh? He’s going to want some receivers in exchange though, plus you’ll want a backup quarterback. Maybe something like this:

            Rivers/McGahee/Manningham for Bradford/Best/Jennings

            • SCOTTIE G 2:50 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink

              I like it Brandon…I like it.

    • Neil 4:36 pm on September 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am in a 12-team league. My draft did not go so well (had to autodraft). I’m currently 0-2 and I am really hoping to change that this week.

      Jay Cutler, QB
      Tarvaris Jackson, QB
      Hakeem Nicks, WR
      Eric Decker, WR
      LeSean McCoy, RB
      Arian Foster, RB
      Jermichael Finley, TE
      Jordy Nelson, WR (W/T flex)
      Mason Crosby, K
      Detroit, DEF

      Mario Manningham, Beanie Wells, Visathe Shiancoe, Nate Burleson, Jon Kitna, New Orleans (def).

      This is my rookie year, and it being a 12 man league, things are spread pretty thin already.

      Do I need to trade for a better QB? If so, what would an “attractive” trade look like? Being a rookie, I am still pretty iffy on how to put together a good trade. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

      • Brandon 8:18 pm on September 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Do you start two quarterbacks? Are there any other QBs on free agency? Tarvaris Jackson is one of the worst QBs going right now. I’m in a couple 12 team leagues and there are still fairly decent backups available: Matt Hasselbeck, Chad Henne (inconsistent), Colt McCoy, etc.

        The Arian Foster pick is what hurt you, since the rest of your team is halfway decent. I assume there are better backup TE’s available too, since Visanthe Shiancoe is pretty lousy.

        • Neil 8:37 pm on September 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Gotta have 2 starting QBs, and no, there are absolutely NO free agent QBs left. Same with the TE situation.

    • Chase 5:34 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have
      QB Rivers
      RB Ray Rice
      RB Ben J Green-Ellis
      WR Jeremy Maclin
      WR Eric Decker
      WR Larry Fitzgerald
      TE Fred Davis
      D/ST San D
      K Alex Henery

      BE: RB Dexter Mcluster, RB Shaun Greene, WR Malcom Floyd, WR Deion Branch, WR Denarious Moore, QB Matt Ryan, and Texans D/ST

      Should I trade
      Rivers, Maclin, and Green-Ellis for Tom Brady?

      • Brandon 8:09 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t trade all that for Tom Brady. You have one of the top 5 QBs in the league already. If you were going to upgrade any position, I’d try to get a better RB2 or WR3. Don’t give that much up for Brady.

  • Brandon 9:16 am on September 19, 2011 Permalink
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    Jamaal Charles out for the year with torn ACL 

    Looks like the Chiefs superstar running back will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Thankfully I didn’t draft him in any of my leagues, but I’m sure plenty of our readers did. Hopefully everyone strongly considered my advice regarding Dexter McCluster last week!

    • jmac 10:10 am on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Okay…So I had/have both Charles and F. Jones..yep the curse continues. So who should I pick up or try to?? Thomas or McCluster??

      • Brandon 3:34 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I like Dexter McCluster, as I don’t see the team running all that much this year. They’ll be down early and throw a lot, where McCluster could be used. He seems to have fumbling issues though, so hopefully he can hold on to the ball. Jones will be the more consistent option, but he probably won’t score more than a couple points a week for your team. In the short term Willis McGahee has the most value, but if you’re looking for a season long option, gamble on McCluster.

    • jmac 10:29 am on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      McGahee is also available..the waiver wire vultures will be out so I need the best for now until I can propose a trade.

    • jmac 10:31 am on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      And I guess Tashard Choice…wow not enough bench space for all of these maybes..

      • Brandon 3:30 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Don’t bother with Choice. DeMarco Murray could be the best backup if Felix Jones misses time, but he’ll probably split carries with Choice.

  • Brandon 10:05 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink
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    I just picked up Chiefs RB/WR Dexter McCluster in a couple leagues. He got nine touches in week one (and it seems that’s about how many the team wants to get him each week) and besides his fumble, ended up with some decent numbers for those of you in PPR leagues. Due to his dual status in Yahoo leagues, he could make a decent bench guy to sub in wherever needed for when you’re in a bye week conundrum.

    • MR 1:47 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, i may have posted this in the wrong spot earlier……..I have Dallas Clark and Mercedes Lewis. Should I drop Lewis and pick up Fred Davis?

      • Brandon 3:06 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        At this point I like upside of Davis more than Lewis, so I’d say go for it!

    • e-roc 12:44 pm on September 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon – would you drop Jacoby Ford for DMc Jr?

  • Brandon 9:26 am on September 24, 2010 Permalink
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    For all of you infatuated with Kansas City Chiefs rookie RB/WR Dexter McCluster, Deadspin shares a video you’ll probably enjoy.

    Or you can just watch it here…

  • Matt 9:31 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Monday night recap: Morals of the (fantasy) story 

    Jets: Not that you drafted Sanchez anyway, but it’s clear that he doesn’t belong on anyone’s fantasy team. (Ever?) Rex Ryan had plenty of reasons to look depressed at the post-game conference, but weighing most on his mind had to be the reality that his quarterback just isn’t very good, and this is a league that rewards good quarterback play above all else – just look at last year’s Super Bowl teams.

    The Ravens defense, despite a secondary with major injury woes, is still a top-notch unit, but there’s nothing good to say fantasy-wise about a Jets offense that mustered only 176 total yards of offense. Owners of Greene, Tomlinson, Cotchery and Keller would be ill-served by trading them now (their value has nowhere to go but up) – but I’m not all that optimistic that things will improve all that much. Until opposing defenses have a reason to respect the quarterback, they’ll be able to focus on stopping the run, and the offense will become incredibly frustrating to watch – trust me, as a Bills fan, I’ve been there. (Still am there.)

    (More …)

    • Brandon 11:05 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that is one fast dude. Last night before the games they were showing the top speeds of running backs from Sunday’s games and Chris Johnson led the way, reaching 22 mph on his long touchdown run. I wonder how fast McCluster was going on this return?

    • The Don 11:20 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aite oh fantasy gods be honest
      Who should get the flex spot (Randy moss) on revis island or mike williams in denver?

      • Brandon 1:33 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Randy Moss on Revis Island for sure.

      • Matt 1:56 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Anquan Boldin did just fine on The Island this week. Doesn’t mean that Moss will do the same, but it also means that you can’t bench your top WR. I always harp on this point – you just don’t bench top talent like Moss. You spent a considerable amount of draft capital on him, don’t let him blow up on your bench.

        • Nero 5:08 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Randy Moss, but I got to disagree with Matt. I benched Boldin last week in favor of Naanee (wow, a whole 2% started him) and I won my first game by 2 points because of that decision – they had the same yardage, but Naanee got the TD that put me ahead for good. Every situation is different, but I benched my #1 WR (3rd round pick) for my 15th round selection … sometimes you gotta roll the dice.

          With that stated, I’d start Randy Moss … 😉

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