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Marrying a Kardashian, starting Bush, two things to dislike

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Marrying a Kardashian and playing Reggie Bush are two things not to like.


 

One of the biggest trending topics of the week was Kim Kardashian's divorce from that one guy. In fact, the Twitterverse was asking for suggestions on things longer than Kardashian's marriage. Here's one: How about the number of days since Reggie Bush first rushed for more than 100 yards in a game way back in 2006?

Maybe a better question would be: What was the bigger waste of money, Kim Kardashian's wedding or Reggie Bush's signing bonus? I was tempted to say the money spent on the house for Reggie Bush's parents. But that money at least landed a Heisman Trophy and a mythical national championship that had to be given back.

However it is rather coincidental that Kardashian and Bush became two of the most sought after free-agents in their respective sports - Kardashian in the tabloid world, and Bush on the fantasy waiver wire. I would pass on both of them. They might look attractive, but the closer you look, the less you like them.

With that out of the way, I am offering you my likes and dislikes for the coming fantasy week and more. That's right, Facebook won't give you a dislike button, but I certainly will. And this all will be presented to you in a random, meandering style, which has been glowingly referred to as "teenager on crack chic." Bolded names are my likes, and dislikes.

Too many disclaimers? You can always check the rankings, but that is a terrible way to waste the final hours of your work week.

And without further ado ...

Javon Ringer should be added to your team immediately. I'm not advising you to start him. He is currently No. 34 on my running back rankings. But he doubled CJHalfK's points last week and had a season-high 19 touches. In fact, he's had more fantasy points in the past two games than Johnson. Coach Mike Munchak said matchups will dictate when Ringer plays, which means he's a bad fake-and-bake away from being Mike Shanahan. …

Danny Thomas returned to practice and I like him against the Chiefs, who have allowed 138.7 rushing yards at home this season and the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs. If you have to choose between Thomas and Chiefs RB Jackie Battle, go with the latter. Throw out the stats; just look at the way Battle commands the field when he runs. He passes the eyeball test and gets the nod here. Battle is my No. 15 running back and moving up. …

LeGarrette Blount is looking at a good game, as the Saints have allowed 154.3 rushing yards per game in their last four. The Buccaneers also want to make Blount an every-down back with Earnest Graham gone, which is fantastic news. I have Blount as a slightly better start than Battle right now. …

My running back rankings, Nos. 14 through 18: Blount, Battle, Darren Sproles, Cedric Benson and Thomas. You want to know what's a trip? I have all five of those backs in my most important league, the Corona Football League. I didn't plan it that way; it just happened. I was setting my own roster, and when I went to go see what my rankings were for each guy, I about fell out of my chair. This is the second mind-bending thing that happened to me this week. Two kids asked me to evaluate a trade in two separate tweets, neither knowing the other was asking me. So funny. (And in case you care, they worked out a fair trade for both sides.) …

Mike Tolbert (who is my No. 13) is going to get all of the carries with pretty much every Chargers running back ailing. I think even Natrone Means, Chuck Muncie and Ronnie Harmon have been contacted about returning. But with a great matchup against the Packers, I'm riding high on this meathead putting up some fantasy points. …

And I say "meathead" in the most positive light. Kind of like the way UFC fighter Matt Mitrione is known as "Meathead." Mitrione is my favorite guy in the game right now, mostly because he enters the ring to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man." It seems so intimidating. Of course that didn't help Mitrione last week, when he suffered his first loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137. What a bummer. Hopefully Mitrione can recover from this, and it motivates him for the future. I would hate to see this be an example of a guy settling into the mid-card. Like Chris Johnson. …

And since we're talking about Skynyrd, it was too close to call on the best thing to come out of Jacksonville, a near dead-heat between Jack Youngblood and Lynyrd Skynyrd. But I do have to say that I added Sublime to my Lynyrd Skynyrd channel on Pandora Radio, and it has changed my life. You wouldn't think the two go together, but you would be wrong. How did my life exist before Pandora? …

One last thing: Listening to Sublime's version of "I Saw Red" featuring Gwen Stefani, followed by "Tuesday's Gone" from "Then and Now, Volume II," made for a great afternoon. …

Since you asked, one more music note before resuming our regular fantasy programming: Peter Frampton does a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Now this is the kind of cover I can get behind. …

Ray Rice has averaged 98 scrimmage yards in six of his last seven games, and he has topped 15 fantasy points in six of of his last seven, including his first-ever three-touchdown performance against the Cardinals last week. But what do you do about him against the Steelers? Well, he had 149 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns against them in Week 1. So you have to start him, but expect him to be closer to his previous average of around 80 yards and a touchdown. …

I receive a lot of comments, some of them even positive. One recurring thread is defenses. We don't talk about them, well, ever, but they can be the difference between winning and losing. If you're in a bind for defenses might I suggest the Falcons? Anybody playing against the Colts is a great choice. Also, the Chiefs have ranked among the top 10 defenses for consecutive weeks and are tied for second with 13 interceptions this year. Defenses have scored the fifth-most fantasy points against the Dolphins. The Raiders would be my third choice. …

The Cowboys defense is the one to grab above of all of them, though there's typically one honk in every league already playing them. …

Here are my rankings 6 through 12 of quarterbacks, starting with Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Matt Cassel, Tony Romo, Josh Freeman, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub. …

Ryan has exceeded 14 points in three of his last four games, and the Colts have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. …

Cassel has scored more than 13 points in three of his last four games, and the Dolphins have allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. …

The Seahawks have allowed just eight touchdown passes and rank 20th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. That's why Romo slips. …

One of the reasons we liked Freeman before the season was because he didn't turn the ball over. But he has thrown 10 interceptions so far. Still, Freeman has averaged 259 passing-yards in his last three games against the Saints, with five total touchdowns. More importantly, he has thrown 119 passes without a pick against them. …

Why is Big Ben so low? He's had one touchdown or fewer in his last eight games against the Ravens, including the playoffs. He's only a QB1 this week because of the byes. …

The Browns have allowed one or fewer TD passes in five of their last six games and they have given up the third-fewest points to quarterbacks this season, so Schaub is at the very bottom of the QB1 list. …

You're secretly relieved if you have Cam Newton, aren't you? Because every week it's like, "Should I play him or the elite QB he's backing up?" Make a trade this week. …

Chris Ogbonnaya had 61 scrimmage yards against the 49ers and should find some more open routes against the Texans. I have him as my No. 26 running back, so there are some better options, but I like that he gets tons of opportunities. …

Antonio Brown had a season-high 12.7 fantasy points against the Patriots and was tied for the NFL lead with 15 targets in Week 8. He has 24 targets in the last two games. …

Darrius Heyward-Bey has 32 targets in his last three games and more than 82 receiving yards in his last four, but how about mixing in a few more touchdowns here and there? He has one in his last 13 games. Still, he's the Raiders receiver to start. …

Speaking of targets, Michael Crabtree has 24 in the last two games. He has a tough matchup this week, so I put him only slightly behind Mario Manningham, but ahead of DHB, Sidney Rice and Brown. …

I have "Victory" Cruz ahead of all of those guys after his huge game against the Dolphins. In fact, he's my No. 1…

Aaron Hernandez is now the Patriots tight end to start. ...

I get it if you're concerned about Miles Austin. His targets have decreased in three consecutive games, and he has less than 40 receiving yards in five consecutive home games. But I'm looking past that, especially last week. Star receivers disappear against the Eagles. Austin has a nice game against the Seahawks, who have given up the 12th-most points to fantasy receivers. …

Steven Jackson has been putting up great fantasy performances since the bye. Or some might say since the ESPN the Magazine "body issue" he posed in. Look for his good run to continue, but please guys, stop using those L.A. uniforms. …

Speaking of L.A., good for MLB to force Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to sell the team. Somebody should have done that after former Los Angeles Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom died. The landscape of the NFL would have been so much different. Rosenbloom's son, Steve, still would be running the L.A. Rams playing their games at Hollywood Park in a stadium shared with the Los Angeles Oilers. …

Fred Jackson has gone four games against the Jets without a touchdown, but he breaks that streak. The Jets have given up the most rushing touchdowns (8). …

 
Chris Johnson, have a seat on the bench, please. Don't release him, as a lot of you are tempted to do right now (and I see that on Twitter), but place him on the bench. Johnson is the No. 24 running back in my current rankings, and he has a tough matchup against the Bengals. Here are some depressing stats for Johnson: He has one rushing touchdown in his last nine games and had only 5.1 fantasy points against the Colts last week. …

Sitting Johnson is like those bands who don't play fan favorites in concert. And I'm looking at you, Black Crowes. I was at a Jay Mohr show one time (as a fan, not opening for him; the hilarious Tom Segura opens for him) and when a lady yelled out for Jay to do his Tracy Morgan impersonation, he said he would, because it would be like the Black Crowes not playing "Remedy" in concert. But I saw the Black Crowes in concert at The Grove in Anaheim in 2007 (or 2008) and they didn't play "Remedy," so it does happen. And I have no idea what any of this means. But Pearl Jam, Black Crowes and all of you other bands who want to be too cool for school and only play deep album cuts, knock it off. Take a look at Paul McCartney and Elton John. They have a much longer and extensive catalog than you, but yet, they play "Hey Jude" and "Saturday's Alright (For Fighting)" in every show. So in a way, I guess I'm saying Johnson is like the Crowes' song, "Conspiracy." A great song, but I understand if it doesn't make the set list. …

BTW, you just know the second we all put CJHalfK out on the fantasy pasture, he shows some pride and has a big game. …

Any Colts running back. Don't do it. …

#shanahanigans …

Ryan Torain has less than three fantasy points in each of the last three games. The 49ers are brutal against running backs and haven't allowed a rushing touchdown this season. In fact, the 49ers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 consecutive games and allow the fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. Do you need more reasons to sit a Redskins running back? …

Speaking of San Francisco, what is the best TV show set in the city? "Charmed," "Full House," "Monk," "Nash Bridges" or "Party of Five?" Hash tag your response to me under #talkaboutit to @adamrank. Of course, the correct answer is "Too Close for Comfort," but I would love to hear your answers. …

And speaking of Jm J. Bullock, was his best role Monroe in "Too Close for Comfort" or Prince Valium in "Spaceballs?" …

That was all out of place for the dislikes. Let's move on. …

A number of the Rank Amateurs are talking up the matchup for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Giants allow 155.6 yards rushing per game and have yielded eight touchdowns in the past five. In fact, the Giants have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs. But do you really want to put your trust in Bill Belichick? No. So, is Kevin Faulk the play after leading the team in snaps against the Steelers? No, he was only in the game because the Patriots were losing. So don't play him either. I have Green-Ellis as my No. 20 running back but wouldn't be surprised to see Danny Woodhead get the majority of the carries. Or maybe it's Stevan Ridley time. Just when we're ready to move on from a player, Belichick is the kind of guy who will spring him back in there. …

Green-Ellis has scored fewer than seven points in three of his last five games. Seriously, this is more of a 'feeling' thing for me about the Law Firm. But when it comes to Belichick, things that seem too good to be true often are. …

We also don't talk a lot of kickers, mostly because nobody likes them. …

Peyton Hillis deserves to be on this list, still. Even if Hillis can play, the Texans have allowed the eighth-fewest points to fantasy running backs this season. …

Mark Sanchez has a pretty good matchup against the Bills, who have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. But Sanchez has averaged 128 passing yards in three games against the Bills, with three total touchdowns and five interceptions. This won't be a Sanchez game. …

The Jets are 0-2 coming off the bye under Rex Ryan. …

I have Carson Palmer at No. 14 this week despite the fact Denver has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Can we really expect Palmer to be up to speed this quickly? He won't be three-interception bad, like he was at Kansas City. I expect a conservative game plan against the Broncos to limit the mistakes and hold on to the win. They're playing Tim Tebow so don't expect the Raiders to take a lot of chances with Palmer. …

Jay Cutler has less than 280 passing yards in 13 consecutive road games and less than nine fantasy points in two of his last four games. And the Eagles allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. …

Ryan Fitzpatrick is averaging less than 155 passing yards in four career games against the Jets. …

Matt Hasselbeck has been a pleasant surprise, ranking 13th among quarterbacks. But this isn't the week to play him. The Bengals have allowed the fourth-fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks. …

Kevin Kolb has scored less than nine fantasy points in three of his last four games. St. Louis FC provides a favorable matchup, but do you really trust this guy? I thought Derek Anderson was a bad move, but Kolb is rocketing past it. …

Read me now, believe me later, but Darren McFadden is going to disappoint you in the second half of the season. He is missing games again. Between him and Ryan Mathews, it would be awesome to make one mega-running back who could at least stay healthy for what, eight games? …

Should you start Laurent Robinson? No. Yes, five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown is impressive, there is no denying. But it's only because the Eagles' superior corners were shutting down the Cowboys' big boys. Advise against. …

I don't like Mike Williams South, but he did have a season-high 13 targets in Week 6 against the Saints. Of course, he only caught six of them. …

Rashard Mendenhall has scored less than 10 fantasy points in five of seven games this season. The Ravens have allowed just two rushing touchdowns and the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs. …

Sometimes there are must-starts who you must not start, and Stevie Johnson is in that category. Though, we can argue if he is a must-start or not, but his prognosis isn't good. Johnson has had 11 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets in the past. But this season Darrelle Revis has allowed just 11 receptions for 193 yards and no touchdowns against him. Plus the Jets have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to receivers. Look for some better options, if you have them. …

Losing Ahmad Bradshaw is tough. I am not ready to commit to Brandon Jacobs just yet. …

Rob Gronkowski has not scored a touchdown in four consecutive games, and the Giants allow the second fewest points to tight ends. In other words, Gronkowski has seen his scoring go down since he parted ways with a porn star. …

And what about Joe Flacco? He has been terrible recently, with only one touchdown and four interceptions in his last four games. In fact, he's failed to reach 200 passing yards in three of his last four road games. …

Here is where real football can help you in fantasy football decisions. Like Romo last week, Flacco has been either brilliant against the Steelers or just dreadful. Flacco has averaged 256.3 yards with five touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 99.0 in three wins over them. But he has averaged 167.5 yards, with five touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 59.2 in six losses. …

So which is it? I like the Steelers to win this game. Flacco is 1-6 (including playoffs) against the Steelers when Roethlisberger is playing. And if the Ravens are losing, we are going to get bad Flacco. There is too much overwhelming evidence against him, so leave him on your bench. …

Terrell Suggs said this week that the world stops when the Steelers and Ravens play. If there's nothing thing I hate more, it's people who make general sweeping statements for America or the world, as is this case. Who does that? ...

 


 

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL.com Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL.com Fantasy has 35,000 followers, Fabiano has 40,000, me, I only have 13. So your odds are better that I will answer a question, just based on the raw numbers. So hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Be sure to catch the latest on the Dave Dameshek Football Program.

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