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NFL Week 8: "Ask the Docs" Replies

Friday, October 24, 2014

You've got questions and we're here to dish out answers. Lot of great questions this week ranging from trade offers to starting decisions to wavier advice. We decided to go the Social Media route this year, so if you dropped us a question on our Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ pages, odds are good you got an answer! For the rest of you, we've compiled the questions and our responses to try to help the masses as well. Many of our replies will have components that are directly applicable to components on your team, so without further ado, let's get to it:

Need advice for a flex play. Starting Forte and JBell for my main RBs. Need to choose one of the following for flex: Tre Mason, Brandin Cooks, Zac Stacy, Dwayne Bowe
- Sergei via Facebook

Docs: Hi Sergei, as noted in our start/sit column, we don't like Bowe this week. Stacy looks to have lost the job to Mason, so he is out too. So it comes down to Mason or Cooks. Both Mason and Cooks have some fairly tough match-ups this week, and we consider them at similar levels of value for their respective positions; however, tie almost always goes to the RB, which means we lean to Mason. Watch the news closely though. If something were to leak regarding Stacy.


Coming here for trade advice. I give up Ryan Mathews and Josh Gordon for Lamar Miller and Dwayne Allen. The rest of my roster is as follows: Matt Ryan, Jeremy Macklin, AJ Green, Justin Forsett, Anthony Dixon, Vernon Davis, Randall Cobb, Cam Newton, Odell Beckham, Cecil Shorts and Monte Ball. Please advisegetting more meaningful carries, Cooks becomes a little safer option. But assuming things continue on their current trajectory, we go lean to Mason.
- Willie via Facebook

Docs: Hi Willie, we'd make the trade. Mathews is out and Oliver has ran well, while Gordan will have such limited time to help your team late. It's hard to step on the field in the NFL and immediately make an impact. The speed and talent is just that strong, even for a talent like Gordon. Meanwhile Miller has been a TD machine and has a good shot at posting another solid week this week. Allen is a key cog in an explosive Colts offense, so we see you getting more than giving up in this trade. We would make it and bring Miller and Allen to your roster.


DeSean Jax vs the Cowboys with McCoy at the helm or Jermaine Kearse vs Carolina?
- Travis via Twitter

Docs: We would go with DeSean Jackson. It's a risk, but he is an explosive, big play WR that can attract a new QB fighting for his job.


I have Bell, Murray and Bradshaw. Is McCoy too much to give for Rivers? Thanks...
- Scott via Twitter

Docs: The quick answer is yes. In almost all leagues, good RBs are worth more than good QBs and McCoy's stock is on the rise.


Please help - start Joe Flacco or Ryan Tannehill? Thank you.
- Robert via Twitter

Docs: Robert, Flacco has been hot, but we go with Tannehill here. The Jags D is just that bad against pass and run - Tannehill does both.


Trade Terrence Williams for Brandon Cooks?
- Ross via Twitter

Docs: We like the rookie Cooks, but you've got to hold onto Williams. Cowboys hot and Williams has more NFL experience.


Send RB Justin Forsett and get WR Michael Floyd? Half-PPR, rest of season. My other RB's are G. Bernard, A. Ellington, and J. Bell.
- Salvador via Twitter

Docs: We would shop Forsett around a little more. The RB landscape is bad, and Forsett is one of the better options out there.


Docs: For Week 8, which player should I put in my lineup: WR Sanu (CIN), RB Ronnie Hillman (DEN), or RB Tre Mason (STL).
- Leila via Facebook

Docs: Hi Leila, we would go with Hillman. He has ran well, and it's hard to not go with the hot hand right now. The Broncos offense is just so explosive, and they give Hillman better odds than not to post fantasy points. In fact, the field general Peyton Manning is a master at checking into situations that put his RB in the best possible position to have success - advantage Hillman. As for Sanu, at this point it's looking like A.J. Green may return this week, which will take targets away from Sanu. Mason's stock is rising, but not enough to justify starting him over Hillman at this point. Hope this helps and good luck!


Of my four start worthy wide receivers (AJ Green, Kelvin Benjamin, Doug Baldwin, and Torrey Smith), which one should take a seat on the bench this week. Thanks.
- Evan via Facebook

Docs: Evan, WRs are always tricky once you reach a point away from clear studs, as one single catch can make or break their game. Green may force the issue here if he is unable to go, so you are going to have to watch that closely all the way up to kickoff. If he is listed as "Questionable" or better, we play him. He is just too good and too talented to leave on your pine, even if he is not 100%. With Harvin gone, Baldwin stepped up in a big way, so you have to start him. That leaves Smith or Benjamin. Smith has been hot, but as noted in our start-sit column, this is looking to shape up into a week to consider other options over him. Benjamin doesn't have a great match-up either, but 6'5" / 240 lbs can help make some things happen even with a tough match-up. We lean slightly to Benjamin. So in summary, your line-up is set if Green cannot play, but if he can, we sit Smith. Hope this helps and good luck.


That's a wrap this week. Great interacting with everyone and good luck to everyone's teams this week. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our FootballDocs' Social Media pages and send us your fantasy football question: Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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