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Fantasy football: What's not to like about Jamaal Charles?

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What we are talking about:

  • Jamaal Charles

    Can he really be a top back?

  • Mike Wallace

    Don't hurry back soon

  • Mike Trout

    He's the best in the world

You hear people talk about the consensus top 10 in fantasy football, but who is the No. 1 guy? Aaron Rodgers two rushing touchdowns gave me a jolt, and you think about going with him first overall. I still tend to go running back in that spot.

But who's the best?

I like LeSean McCoy over Arian Foster. To me, it's kind of like choosing between Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie of NBC's "Community." It seems like everybody talks about Brie a lot, but for my money, I prefer Jacobs. And in terms of fantasy football, I like McCoy more than Foster (who is the Brie) in this example.

And to be honest, I have no problem with either one, and you end up a winner with either of them. But again, for me it's Jacobs ... oh yeah, and McCoy. Let's jump into my weekly likes and dislikes to get you ready for your draft.

A big nod to our esteem stat guy, Bill "Sudsy" Sudell for the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

Maurice Jones-Drew's stock continues to plunge worse than Facebook's stock. MJD was third among fantasy running backs and one of the few franchise backs left in the league. He's fallen to the second round in most drafts, and those numbers continue to fall daily. ...

MJD tried to assure our Marcas Grant everything is going to work out. But even if he does make it back, look at the history of holdout running backs in NFL history. Not a pretty picture. And even if it wasn't for the holdout, he's had to close to 1,000 carries since 2009, most in the NFL. ...

I don't understand his position. He signed a big-time deal with multiple years left. Sure, his next contract isn't going to be as big. No kidding. That's the way life works. Jim Brown never made the money you made, MJD. You signed a fair deal, you're among the league's best paid so honor your contract. ...

Reader Karen asked if it was cool to let your personal feelings get in the way of your fantasy team. Let me tell you, I went against my personal feelings and drafted Eli Manning last year. He killed me in the playoffs. So yeah, I will play favorites and avoid MJD. ...

Breaking news: Michael Vick was not hurt during the writing of this column. Wait, let me check ... nope, he made it through all right. I will always love Vick because we dominated fantasy football in 2010; but I can't take it anymore. I will explain. ...

Nobody causes more fantasy anxiety than Vick. Every time he runs, I'm afraid he's going to bruise his ribs. Every time he throws, I'm afraid he's going to hit a lineman's helmet. It's too much. This must be what it's like to root for Eli in real life. ...

And if you do want to take Vick, that's cool. I'm not going to do it. But be sure to get one of the elite backup quarterbacks available. You have to draft another quarterback almost immediately if you draft Vick. ...

Mike Wallace said he is going to return to Steelers' camp this week. Oh what's the rush? Take the weekend off, Mike. I'm sure you've been working out on your own. Seriously, I hate when I read stuff like that. 'Working out on their own' ranks up with 'he was kicking 70-yarders in warm-ups' as two football clichés I despise. ...

The whole notion of working out on your own is akin to being able to beat the computer on Madden or NCAA 13 (and my preference is the college game because it's cool to change jobs, though I've been the UNLV coach forever it seems in my current dynasty). The point is, things are a lot different when you face real opponents. ...

And if my anecdotal evidence doesn't get you to change your mind, think about this: Wallace has scored multiple touchdowns in only one of his last 23 games. He went without a touchdown in six of his last seventh, and finished with nine consecutive games without 100 receiving yards. And this is your third-round pick? Pass. ...

And yes, maybe I'm still bitter because of the way he pulled the "Kelly Leak" by stepping in front of Brown for this touchdown reception you can see right here. Brown is patronizing him with his congratulations, too. BTW, that was his only touchdown in seven games. He stepped in front of Brown to steal one. Wow. ...

That's a "Bad News Bears" reference, too. According to one commenter last week, only low-brow people enjoy movies like that or professional wrestling. (And no, it wasn't Damien Sandow.) ...

ImageBut I guess this a good time to get into SummerSlam. Which to me, was like paying $60 for a three-hour version of RAW. Oh wait, RAW is already three hours. And it's weird to say, but the right people won in SummerSlam. Brock Lesnar won. CM Punk retained the title. Daniel Bryan won. The only complaint was Alberto Del Rio didn't win. And as Brandon Stroud points out here, how is Del Rio the bad guy again? ...

ImageBut before we get too happy, I hope you all realize CM Punk will lose to the Rock at the Royal Rumble. And the Rock will hold the best for Wrestlemania and he will face the Rumble winner … John Cena. ...

ImageAnd Triple H is going to get his win back over Lesnar at Wrestlemania, too. I know we'd all like to see the Undertaker beat Lesnar, but come on, that's not happening. It will be Triple H. ...

ImageWe had a Fred Durst siting over the weekend at SummerSlam. Durst was sitting front row (how is this possible?), flipped the bird to the crowd and no we won't think about him again. Though, "Nookie" came on the Pandora recently and I dislike having to admit this, but it was a pretty cool tune at the time, musically. ...

Speaking of other disappointments, Miles Austin is down to the sixth round in fantasy drafts. I anticipate him tumbling in your drafts. If he's there in the seventh or even the eighth round, that's a pretty good value. ...

Maybe it's time for a version of fantasy myth busters; guys who you think are good players but there production is really lower than given credit for. ...

Myth: Crabtree can be good this year. Crabtree has only one multiple-TD game in 42 career games. He's not even worth a 12th round pick at this point. Myth busted. ...

Myth: Jeremy Maclin is the guy to own for the Eagles. Not so much. Did you know he's had only one touchdown in his last 12 home games? Myth busted. ...

Myth: The Packers are going to run the ball with Cedric Benson. Yeah, okay. Calls for the Packers to run the ball tend to fall flat like those New Year's resolutions. Sure, much like how your gym is filled with dudes in January, the Packers might even mean it for a while. But this team is going to air it out. Myth busted. ...

Myth: Anquan Boldin is a good fantasy value. The reality is, Boldin has had just one touchdown in his last eight games. And don't look now, he's going to be pushed out by Torrey Smith. Myth busted. ...

What's interesting to note, early in Week 3 of the preseason the Ravens tried to convince teams they could throw the ball, while the Packers tried to show they could run it. But when you're in Week 3 of the regular season, both will go back to what they do best. ...

Myth: Ben Roethlisberger is an elite fantasy quarterback. People always say this, but when I end up with Roethlisberger, I feel like ish. Big Ben finished 13th in fantasy points last year and had just a TD or less in 15 of his last 21 games. Plus, do you want him ruining the chemistry of your fantasy team? Myth busted. ...

Myth: Santana Moss might have some appeal with RG3. Please, don't do this. He's gone 18 consecutive games without 100 receiving yards. Moss always goes about four rounds earlier than he should in most drafts, probably because of his name appeal. You want a name to be familiar with when it comes to Moss? Mike Shanahan, his coach. Myth busted. ...

ImageThat leads to this week in #Shanahanigans: Alfred Morris started for the Redskins last week, and Evan Royster got the third-down looks. Do you still believe Roy Helu is a good pickup? He's not.

ImageSpeaking of bad coaching coaching, Big Brother 14 had one of the best concepts in years with former players serving as coaches. The past couple of seasons has featured too much scheming, too many alliance shifts and it seemed over-produced. The coaches at least mixed up the strategy. Putting the coaches in changed this from an epic season to an average season. ...

ImageDid you see Blair from the "Facts of Life" and Jeff Kent are going to be on the latest version of "Survivor?" Does this ever work out? If it was Jo from "Facts of Life," she might have a chance because she could fix anything. But if CBS is desperate to have minor celebrities on reality TV shows, how do I land a spot on "Big Brother?" ...

What happened to Matt Flynn during this quarterback competition? At the time of this writing, Russell Wilson has not been selected as the starter. But Wilson will be. Pete Carroll man, he just does things his own way. It's hard not to root for him. Well, unless you went to UCLA or root for an SEC school. Or Terrell Owens. Word out of Seattle is he's on the outs. ...

Wilson is like the anti-Tebow, he's a running quarterback who can actually throw the ball. Where's Wilson's photo spread in GQ? ...

I hate to sound like a broken record because first of all, it's such a dated reference. Seriously, kids today don't even remember when you would purchase and entire CD, let alone a record. So I hate to sound like a Taylor Swift song stuck on repeat, but please stop drafting Dre Johnson. He's still coming off the board in the second round. That's way too high. ...

ImageA note for those of you hosting fantasy draft parties this weekend: Please have your pizza order completed before everybody arrives. There's nothing worse than spending the first 45 minutes of your fantasy draft trying to figure out who wants what on their pizza. Sorry for those of you who like Hawaiian style or veggie (and I'm one of them), but we're only getting a few cheese pizzas and a couple of pepperonis. I feel bad that I even have to bring this up.


For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 45,000 followers, and Fabiano has 50,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook (oh wait, I told you to stop going to Facebook). Go instead to Google+. Also be sure to catch the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program."

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