Adam Ronis, Staff Writer November 10, 2012
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C.J. Spiller is averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Photo Credit: Fuller Visuals

We start two RBs, two WRs and a flex in a PPR league. I have Ray Rice, Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Mike Wallace, James Jones, and Stevie Johnson.  I have a trade offer of C.J. Spiller for DeMarco Murray. Do I do it?

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Spiller? How can you not? He’s quick, explosive and picks up yards in chunks. So why would someone want to trade him for an injured player? Perception can be a bad thing sometimes. Many think of Spiller and then say he’s in a timeshare with Fred Jackson and it hurts Spiller. It doesn’t help because it takes away touches from Spiller, but it’s not as bad as the average person thinks. Of course, coaching decisions often impact a player, and the lack of touches for Spiller in Week 9 against a very good Texans defense was appalling. The game was 7-6 at the half, yet Jackson and Spiller combined for three carries in the second half. Spiller had 11 touches for 102 yards last week. He is a running back that makes the most out of every touch and can still produce without a heavy workload. Spiller is averaging 7.2 yards per carry and has 78 carries for 562 yards and four TDs and 24 catches for 236 yards with a TD. Spiller has at least 13 points in a PPR league in six of eight games and at least 20 points in three games. He has done that without getting more than 15 carries in any game and his season-high is 18 touches. Spiller is coming off a game where he had six carries and his owner may be frustrated. The ceiling for Spiller is enormous, especially if the Bills give him 18-20 touches per week. As unappealing as the timeshare is for Spiller, he ranks sixth in points per game in PPR formats for running backs. I would be doing whatever I can to trade for Spiller right now because the price tag won’t be high, and he can blow up the rest of the season. There’s no doubt I would trade Murray for Spiller. Murray is still injured and each week we hear that he’s close to a return and he’s still not practicing yet. Murray has briefly appeared in individual drills. There’s some talk he could return in Week 11, but it’s tough to count on that. Murray also plays in an offense that doesn’t run the ball much near the goal line. Murray has one rushing TD in five games this season and just two last season.

Need a flex play after Week 9 injuries. Would you start Jacquizz Rodgers, Shane Vereen, or Emmanuel Sanders in a PPR league?

This is setting up to be a nice week for Sanders. Antonio Brown is likely not going to play Monday night against the Chiefs because of a high ankle sprain. All signs point to him being out. Sanders steps into Brown’s role as a starting wide receiver and he’s been efficient as the Steelers’ third wide receiver. Sanders has been targeted 38 times and caught 24 passes for 302 yards and one TD. Sanders gets a good matchup against the Chiefs, who have allowed 17 passing TDs and 30 points per game. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will not take it easy on the team that fired him as coach. The Steelers passing attack is playing well and Sanders will play a bigger role this week. Sanders makes a nice play as a WR3 if you have injuries or bye week issues.

I have Aaron Rodgers on a bye this week. Who would you roll with this week from Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Jake Locker, and Sam Bradford?

Obviously, we want stats for our Fantasy teams and we haven’t received great stats from Tannehill, who has played very well from an NFL perspective. While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III get all of the hype among rookies, Tannehill has played well in their shadows. He has not turned the ball over since Week 4. In the last four games, including one where he left early with injury, Tannehill only has two TD passes. Tannehill is coming off a very good game against a bad Colts defense. He went 22 of 38 for 290 yards and one TD. Tannehill gets another great matchup at home against the Titans this week. The Titans have been one of the worst defenses and their tackling is atrocious. The Titans rank 27th against the pass, allowing an average of 273.4 yards per game and 20 passing TDs. This is a matchup Tannehill will exploit and he’s an excellent bye week fill-in.

I listen to the RotoExperts every morning on the way to work and it’s a great show. Need some QB advice this week. Michael Vick or Tony Romo? I’m at the point where I might just take out my lucky coin and give it a toss. Let me know what you think.

Both quarterbacks have failed to live up to preseason expectations as both rank outside the Top 15 in points per game at the position. Vick hasn’t been awful from a Fantasy perspective, but more was expected. The offensive line for the Eagles is a mess with four starters out due to injury. Last week against an inept Saints defense was a big litmus test for Vick and he passed for 272 yards with one TD and one INT while rushing for 53 yards on six carries. Considering the Saints were one of the worst teams against the pass and entered allowing 15 passing TDs, it was a disappointing Fantasy game. Vick still can get 40-50 rushing yards and that helps, but with just 10 TDs and nine INTs and five lost fumbles, he’s hurting those leagues that get negative points in those areas. The offensive line isn’t helping, but Vick is making a lot of bad reads and throws. He’s not identifying the blitzes. He’s also taking a pounding and he’s always been a risk to get injured. The Cowboys rank fifth against the pass and have allowed seven passing TDs. The yards have been there for Romo, but the passing TDs have not. Romo has passed for 2,394 yards, but just 10 TDs and 13 INTs. Romo has just two multiple-TD games. The Eagles are struggling defensively and haven’t been able to put any pressure on quarterbacks with just 11 sacks. If I am going to pick one this week, go with Romo.

Do I start Malcom Floyd or Jeremy Maclin in a PPR league?

While the Cowboys rank fifth against the pass, they have allowed some big individual games against wide receivers. Still, it’s very difficult to count on Maclin right now. Part of the problem is the Eagles struggles offensively. Four starting offensive linemen being out doesn’t help Michael Vick have the time to look downfield for Maclin, making him a dicey play. Floyd is a big-play deep threat and the No. 1 threat on the Chargers. He has 33 catches for 509 yards and two TDs. He has at least eight points in PPR formats in seven of eight games. Floyd gets a very favorable matchup against the Buccaneers, who rank last against the pass allowing an average of 321.1 yards per game and 38 plays of 20 yards or more via the pass. Start Floyd.

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