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Week 5 Best Of Mailbag

1. Bye Week Help – QB / WR Help

2. Flex Help – LT, Keller, Grant, Lynch

3. Who To Start – Tolbert vs. Ingram

Message: Bye Week Help


Brady has a week 7 bye- too early to drop burelson and make a waiver claim on hasselback? (i have no back up qb) my other claims are for Jacoby jones, Jerome Simpson, Doug Baldwin and Brandon Lafell all dropping Davone Bess) i need a 3rd rec for week 5.


Hey Guy,

Yes, I would look to Hasselbeck as a pickup now, because he will at least give you someone to fall back on in the future. Week seven the Titans face off against the Texans in what is looking like a huge divisional game. Hasselbeck should get opportunities in that game, and that’s what you want when Brady is down for the bye week..

As for the receiver situation. Burleson has had a slow start, but I wouldn’t drop him for the players listed below. The Lions offense still presents good opportunity, and at some point, Johnson isn’t going to have a good game.

Anyway, Jacoby Jones just isn’t getting the targets (zero receptions in last two games) and with Schaub using his tight ends so well, I don’t expect him to see a big increase with Johnson out. Maybe Jones will hit a big play, but who knows when it will happen.

I don’t trust Jerome Simpson for as far as I can throw him and after his off the field issues, it’s clear that A.J. Greeen and Jermaine Gresham are the top targets in this offense, as Simpson seems to have fallen out of favor.

Baldwin has proven to be an active player in the Seahawks passing game, but Sindey Rice is the only option to consider off this team.

LaFell is an interesting receiver, but he fails to do much down the field, so I would stay away for now.

In the end, Burleson may not have a good start, but not much is going on at receiver for waiver wire help right now so stick to your guns. At least Stafford has shown the ability to get the football to Burleson in the end zone, last year and this preseason, so I expect him to start showing up soon.

– Sean

Message: Flex Help

Hi Sean,

Which one do you think I should start as a Flex. I have Grant, Lynch, Tomlinson or Tight End Dustin Keller?? I think I’ll be using Brandon Pettigrew as my Tight End.



Hey Scott,

Quick reply is LT in a PPR and Keller in Standard.

Ryan Grant is coming back from bruised kidney (good article on on the injury) and I would expect the Packers to use him in a RBBC with Starks this week.

Marshawn Lynch has had a horrible time finding space in the running game, and because he’s playing against the Giants in New York, I wouldn’t touch him in your situation. The Seahawks are a horrible road team, and should fall behind early, forcing them to pass.

As for Tomlinson, the Jets seem to want to run the football this week, but look for the Patriots to come out motivated to atone for the Jets beating them in the playoffs. New England should jump out to a lead, and force Mark Sanchez to throw. The Patriots have struggled against the pass and have had problems against running backs underneath, so Tomlinson should exploit them. That said, he’s a nice flex play in PPR leagues because you get the reception points, but not as good in standard.

As for Keller, I still like him over Pettigrew, but I can understand why you would want him in the lineup. Pettigrew has been hot of late, and the Lions are geared up for a big Monday Night game against the Bears. Chicago has struggled to stop tight ends from putting points up so Pettigrew should have a good game.

Keller will be active in the Jets offense as the Patriots gave up some easy receptions to Kevin Boss last week (four catches, 78 yards), so Keller should have a respectable game.

– Sean

Subject: RBs Week 5

Hey Sean,

I don’t know if you guys answer line-up questions, but I have found your information on draft and weekly rankings to be the best on the internet. I am in a touchdown heavy league. Aside McCoy, I don’t know if I should start Tolbert or Ingram. Both have easy matchups. Who scores (more) this week?


After Norv Turner announced that Ryan Mathews will see around 25 touches a week, I wouldn’t look to Tolbert at this time over Ingram.

Ingram has a great matchup against a Panthers defense that gave up over 200 yards rushing to Matt Forte and looked weak when trying to stop Chicago at the goal line.

Ingram is seeing all the short yardage work in New Orleans, so get Ingram in this week.

– Sean

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