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NFL Week 4: "Ask the Docs" Replies

Friday, September 26, 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:

I'm having some serious running back issues, between Peterson and injuries. Looking at the free agents available in my league, is there any value in the Law Firm? I could seriously see the Chargers, Vikings, or Ravens showing some interest in Green-Ellis. What your take? Thanks!
- Nicholas via Facebook

Docs: Hi Nicholas, we feel your pain. RBs are hot commodities, and they are also more prone to injury than other positions by virtue of the loads of contact each time they carry the ball. It's been a bad year to have already lost RBs due to reasons completely not related to injuries - cause the injuries are coming. The Law Firm is an option, but hopefully you can scavenge some other options before taking a chance and roster slot on someone currently out of football. The big question is what kind of football shape Green-Ellis is in. That takes time and is very easy to lose quickly if not committed to the extreme rigor required to stay on top of things. The teams you mentioned all have RB issues, but they also have other RB options on their roster as well that are familiar with the offensive system and played through training camps. We would buy a lottery ticket with one of those RBs already available on their respective team's roster before reaching for a player out of football at this point. Again, the injuries are going to come, so keep a quick trigger on your waiver wire. Every year RB opportunities emerge in October with some rising to fantasy stud status. Keep a sharp eye on rookie RBs other folks in your league have given up on already as well. They can have a big payoff as just a little more time was needed to adjust to the NFL in September.


PPR league trade offered to me. Getting: Marshall, Sproles, Ivory. Giving up: Cobb and Lacy. Which side would you rather have?
- Brian via Twitter

Docs: Injury or not, we like Marshall as a long term upgrade. Not ready to give up on Lacy, but Sproles is solid. We'd take the trade.


Should I sit C. Patterson, or, K. Benjamin this week? M. Ball & G. Bernard on BYE. J. Nelson & J. Maclin are my starters.
- Mel via Twitter

Docs: Hi Mel - we would start Benjamin. He has a little better match-up for a fantasy WR and a more stable QB situation.


Andrew Luck or Matt Ryan this week?
- Jess via Facebook

Docs: Jess, we like them both this week, but we give the slight edge to Luck this week: Week 4 Quarterback Rankings.


K cousins, R Wayne, R Jennings for Flacco, D Bryant and L Bell?? Cousins is my 3rd QB behind Luck and Rodgers
- Shawn via Twitter

Docs: Hi Shawn, we would make the trade and off-load Cousins while he is hot. Bryant and Bell are two of the best in the game.


Trade Garcon for Andre Ellington & Larry Donnell? Had Kyle Rudolf now out for season...Thx!
- Always ATL via Twitter

Docs: As long as you have WR depth, we like adding Ellington to your team. Donnell is OK, but not the primary reason for the trade.


Keenan Allen has been #FantasyFootball garbage for me. Is he going to get better?
- DC Wolf via Twitter

Docs: This is the week Allen has to get better with a favorable match-up on tap. Hang in there and reevaluate after week 4.


I'm in a IDP Dynasty League that rolls over 15 players each year. One of the other nuts in the league posed this trade. I send to him Giovani Bernard and he sends me A. Bradshaw, k. Allen, and his first two round draft picks for next years draft. I'm leaning towards NO, but what is your advice?
- Bryant via Facebook

Docs: Hi Bryant - we're a couple of geeks that have done our tour of duty throughout the Southeast through the years. New Orleans is an awesome town and glad to see it continue to recover positively from Katrina. As for your question, we are actually leaning towards, yes, but it depends how good you feel about your bench relative to your starting requirements and league scoring setup. With 4 picks in the first 2 rounds of your draft next year (your 2 picks + the 2 picks from the team you are trading with), you would have the bulk of your starting roster (offensively) covered. Allen has been off to a slow start, but Antonio Gates won't be able to keep it up, and Allen will improve as the season wears on. In fact, we think this weekend he stands a very good chance of having a nice game. Bradshaw is old, but he is reliable and can at least hold his own and show up in your line-up with some production (it's the complete no-shows that crush your team in a given week). He isn't a long term prospect, but you never know, he may actually hang in there all year. No question you are losing some at your starting RB by giving up Bernard and starting Bradshaw in his place, but you aren't necessarily mortgaging the farm either, particularly if you have halfway decent options on your bench. Another thing that could be in your favor is if you only have to start 1 RB and a RB/WR flex is allowed. The could open the gates to your WR depth if that is in better shape. Overall, we would probably take the trade, provided we had halfway decent options on our bench. We like the challenge of navigating the waters of the line-up, and we really like the first 2 picks of next year's draft coupled to the other 2 players you are already getting in the deal. We don't know if you have ever had an "extra" pick in a draft from a trade before, but it is a huge advantage, particularly if it is a first or second round pick. If you have two picks in the first and second rounds in addition to your standard 2 picks allotted for your team, you can build a juggernaut. So there you go - it's our two cents worth. Having said all that, in the end it is YOUR team. So the most important thing is that YOU feel comfortable with your decision. If your gut says don't make the trade or you just don't like the idea, then we say go with works best for you. Hope this helps and good luck!


I'm confused on who to start in my flex. R. Cobb , C. Patterson, K.Davis or A. Bradshaw. Any advice?
- John via Twitter

Docs: Hi John, we like Cobb and Davis the best. If by chance Charles looks ready to take away touches, then Cobb; otherwise, Davis.


I need two WR. Watkins, Colston, Royal, Allen Robinson PPR League thanks...
- Big Smooth via Twitter

Docs: Big Smooth, we like Watkins for his explosive upside and Colston for the balance he brings as slow and steady option.


Brady is my QB1. Should i trade Roddy White and A. Dalton for Russell Wilson? My other WRs are AJ Green, M. Floyd and Antonio Brown
- Nick via Facebook

Docs: Hi Nick, we sit tight and not do anything just yet. Dalton's receiving corps have been wiped out with injuries, and even with that being the case, he has hung in there. Things can only get better for him, and we are not seeing a huge upgrade with Wilson. As for White, the Falcons passing offense is clicking on all cylinders. White is a staple in the offense, and with Gonzalez gone, the Falcons seem content to tossing even more balls to their WRs rather than force the issue with their TE. Advantage White. So in summary, we see you giving up too much with White and Dalton for Wilson.


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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