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Like/Dislike: Trade for Chris Johnson

What we are talking about:

  • Matt Ryan

    The No. 1 fantasy quarterback?

  • LeSean McCoy

    Enough with this feud

  • Stat corrections

    Pure evil

Apologies if the curtain is pulled back with this statement, but it turns out advertisers like to use attractive people to move products and services. If you need a moment to let it sink in, take your time.

But you have to feel bad for Priyanka Chopra (above) because nobody can make that jersey look good to fantasy football owners.

So what do we do with Chris Johnson?

It's a complex issue. I drafted CJ in one league. As a fantasy owner who operates out of spite, I want to deal Johnson for anybody who will take him. A lot of the members of "NFL Fantasy Live" often joke they wouldn't give up a bag of chips for Johnson. (Trust me, I've tried.) So he's relegated to the bench.

However, in the other leagues where I don't have Johnson, I'm attempting to deal for him. That's right, deal for him. If I have a backup who's just another guy, why not take a risk on a former first-round draft pick who might at some point be worth something?

Take a look at his playoff schedule. The Titans play the Colts in Week 14, the Jets in Week 15 and finish off with the Packers in Week 16 (aka Fantasy Championship Week). Johnson could do some damage in those weeks if he ever gets it together. So put those owners to the test and make them an offer this week. Or maybe wait until he does nothing against the Texans when fantasy owners are completely done with him.

And yeah, I guess she does do the jersey justice. At least somebody is.

All right, enough about that. Let's get to fantasy football. Check for the bold names, and as always, consult the rankings.

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

And without further ado ...

Cam Newton was ranked ahead of Joe Flacco this week. How did that work out? Seriously, I'm asking because I'm putting this together before the Thursday night game on NFL Network. As always, there's full disclosure because that's the kind of guy I am. I didn't like Flacco going into this game. ...

I had Flacco down for one touchdown pass this week. I'm honest, I won't go back and edit this later, even though I could. ...

Newton's a tough one, too. There are a lot of things going against Tony Romo this week, but I'm not sure if Newton is a better option. I'd almost rather have Christian Ponder in there over Newton, but you have to go with your stud. Or who you perceive as a stud. ...

Newton has just four total touchdowns and six turnovers this season. He's had fewer points compared to Ponder, Red Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Luck. In fact, in my league of record -- the Corona Football League with all of my childhood buddies from the 9-5-1 (just not my pal Charlie T.) -- I will move to Luck next week. ...

Looking to Week 5, Newton will play host to Seattle next week, but Luck has the Packers. Who would you start? ...

I tried to trade Newton to the team with Michael Vick but was turned down because, the owner said, he already had one Vick. The Eagles QB has nine turnovers this season. He hasn't been good against the Giants with one total touchdown and two turnovers in two games. The Giants are tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions. ...

The numbers for Michael Vick are bad. If you looked at a normal quarterback, the numbers would be a worrisome trend. But it's Michael "Freaking" Vick. How long do you think he's going to be healthy? Vick looked like he was in playing in Week 15 after the first series of the season. ...

Coach Andy Reid did Vick no favors with this "hey, we might turn to Nick Foles soon" sentiment. Wait, what? You want to turn to your rookie backup? First of all, as previously stated, Vick is going to give your backup a chance a play just because of his injury history. And unless you are just trying to set up the Cardinals for a trade two years down the road, there is no reason to try to sell us on Nick Foles. ...

Tony Romo has a tough matchup against the Bears, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Bears have allowed just two touchdown passes (tied for the fewest in the NFL). Romo has gone without a touchdown pass twice in his last five games, and he's made an interception in four consecutive games. ...

"But Rank, you love playing guys on Monday night." I do. But you know what's terrible? Hoping you are going to get a huge game from your stud on Monday night and he folds -- just like Rodgers did last week. At this moment in time, Freeman is starting ahead of Romo in one of my leagues. (If you're hyper to play somebody in the Monday night game, go with Gould, as noted at the bottom of the Likes.) ...

Best-case scenario for Romo: 214 passing yards, two touchdowns. Again, this is the best-case scenario. That puts him about 10th on my list of quarterbacks. But you can't bank on anything more than that. ...

Philip Rivers is a tough call this week, too. He looked awful against the Falcons last week (warning: that's who Cam Newton is playing), and when you start looking back to last year, your concerns are warranted. ...

The numbers say this is a good matchup for Rivers, as the Chiefs have allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. But he had an awful game against the Chiefs last year, four interceptions and the fumble which cost them (what we assume) was the game. I guess we shouldn't assume a field goal is automatic. In any event, it's tough to start Rivers. He's better than Kevin Kolb, Sam Bradford, Matt Cassel and Mark Sanchez this week. ...

BTW, the Chargers debacle should go on the reel for Norv Turner's coaching career. Not to worry, Norv. You'll eventually be the coach of the Dallas Cowboys one day because Troy Aikman will put in a good word for you with Jerry Jones. You laugh, but Wade Phillips once coached the Cowboys, too. ...

Ryan Mathews is going to need some more time to get comfortable in the Chargers offense again. Norv Turner said he wanted to limit Mathews, which shows the team rushed him back a bit too soon. ...

Matthew Stafford should start if you have him. But can somebody remind me why we were so high on him after one injury-free season. Should we not have expected this to happen to him again? ...

Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start against the Eagles, and he's been good with six touchdowns in his last five games. But this is a tough matchup against the Eagles. The Giants haven't scored a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games against the Eagles, who have allowed only one rushing touchdown in their last seven. Bradshaw has three total touchdowns in nine games against the Eagles, so I would take a pass. ...

Needless to say, Andre Brown should go on your bench, too. He's looked way too good to drop off your roster. The Giants have to get him back into the mix at some point this season. This is going to be a tough week for him. I do like him to end up with a better game against the Eagles, just because of his running style. But it would have to be a compelling case for him to get into my lineup. ...

ImageLeSean McCoy is going to have a good game; don't become alarmed when you see his name on this side of the ledger. But what's become alarming is his obsession with Osi Umenyiora. I like McCoy a lot, but you probably shouldn't engage with a multiple Super Bowl winner. (And yes, you can point out my pot shots about Eli Manning right here. Point taken.) ...

ImageBut McCoy's rants come off a lot like John Cena's promos on CM Punk. Punk is a champion. And when Cena talks about how Punk needs to beat him, well, he has. Punk beat you at Money in the Bank in 2011. Punk beat Cena after he unfairly beat a drunk Rey Mysterio, who had to win a tournament to get the title only to have to fight Cena that night after getting a champagne shower. Punk beats Cena all of the time. It's getting as ridiculous and one-sided as this McCoy and Umenyiora nonsense. ...

Hey Mike Shanahan, don't believe for a moment the signing of Ryan Grant went unnoticed. The #shanahanigans alert level just went from red to magenta. ...

Reggie Bush is a must-start guy when he's completely healthy. Now you have a built-in excuse to bench him against the Birds' tough defense. So his injury history actually helped you here, in a weird way. ...

Add Danny Thomas if you own Bush. But you don't start him against the Cardinals this week. Look for other options. Thomas has just two touchdowns in 201 career touches. The Cardinals have allowed only one rushing touchdown in five games. ...

If you've been waiting to drop Mark Ingram, go ahead. The Saints don't seem to have a use for him. He's a touchdown vulture, but nothing else about him is compelling. ...

Beanie Wells will be back on the Cardinals roster at some point. Just not your fantasy roster. No need to keep him around. Those toe injuries typically last. ...

You know things are bad when you play for a team starved for receivers, like the Cleveland Browns, and you're still headed for a reduced role. Greg Little gets a ton of targets. But it's just more opportunities to drop the football. ...

Somebody offered me Michael Crabtree for Little before the season started. I laughed it off, not because it was lopsided or one player was better compared to the other. But if I ever found myself involved in such a useless trade, it would be time for me to stop playing fantasy football. ...

Crabtree is owned in 90 percent of leagues, which is amazing when you think about it. He has started in about 20 percent of leagues. But the guy is consistently average. He's topped 100 receiving yards once in his last 18 games. It's not like there's a chance he could have a monster game because he never has monster games. ...

Brandon Marshall is interesting this week. Marshall was expected to do big things this year, but he currently ranks 26th among receivers. The Cowboys have not allowed a touchdown reception to any receiver this year and boast the fewest points allowed to receivers overall. So Marshall goes for, like, 220 receiving yards because we're all benching him, right? That would be fitting in this NFL season. ...

But as always, don't do something crazy like start Kenny Britt, Brian Hartline or Santana Moss over Marshall. Just temper your expectations, which is something fantasy owners are totally good at. ...

Malcom Floyd is another guy who concerns me greatly. People just assumed Floyd was going to step in for VJax this season, but he didn't do it in 2010 when VJax held out, and he's not going to do it this year, either. Floyd hasn't scored a touchdown in four of his last five games against the Chiefs, and the trend will continue this week. ...

Dez Bryant is a guy we want to be good. He looks like he should be good, but the production just isn't there. Dez is tied for 60th in fantasy points among receivers, which is what you wanted from your third- or fourth-round pick, right? He hasn't scored a touchdown in his last five games. This is a tough matchup for him on Monday. ...

But having one remaining player on Monday is the only real motivation for playing Dez this week. Understandable if you want to do it, but not something to be recommended. You don't want to have Dez on the bench the one week he goes off, but how many bad games do you want to suffer through while you hope he has one good one? Can't trust him this week. ...

Danny Amendola is a PPR dream, but don't start him against the Seahawks. This might be the worst possible matchup for the diminutive Amendola, given the sheer size of the Seahawks cornerbacks. ...

If you grabbed Golden Tate after his huge game on Monday night, don't pull the trigger on starting him. Tate plays the St. Louis FC this week, and it's not a favorable matchup for him. ...

ImageAnd it's time to address what happened on Monday night. Forget what you think about the call. But bad calls are a part of not only football, but they become lore. The Tuck Rule. The Holy Roller. Even Drew Pearson pushed off in the "Hail Mary." (And for expletive-out-loud, there has been only one "Hail Mary" in NFL history. Stop calling every desperation heave a "Hail Mary.") ...

ImageBut any talk of an asterisk is nonsense. Packers fans will care for a long time. It's similar to the way us Angels fans jeer Doug Eddings -- seven years after his blown call in the 2005 American League Championship Series. Ed Hochuli still gets ridden by Chargers fans for his blown call in Denver a few years back. This was a human issue. ...

Brent Celek has scored three touchdowns in 10 career games against the Giants. The Giants have done a great job against fantasy tight ends this year, as they have allowed the sixth-fewest points of any team to the position. He's not a terrible start because he has the sixth-most targets among tight ends. Overall, he's a dislike. ...

Ryan Succop wears No. 6, which to me is the worst number a kicker could possibly wear. Because the No. 6 implies a missed extra point. You could contend the number represents two made field goals. But if that's the case, go for No. 18 to imply six made field goals. ...

ImageOur Michael Fabiano lost in one of his leagues this week when a stat correction came down on Thursday for a game played over the weekend. This just doesn't seem right. Once the games are over on Tuesday, it's over. Or more to the point, you can't win or lose a game once the waiver wire has been decided, especially if your priority is based on wins and losses. ...

ImageOr should professional sports mimic fantasy and be able to reverse such outrages? If that's the case, the Chicago White Sox can send their 2005 World Series banner to Anaheim. But it would be bedlam. You can't have it. Fabiano should be able to bellyache all year while Steve Young and Trent Dilfer talk in their "Owen voices" about how the fantasy game they love will never be the same again.


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 70,000 followers, and Fabiano has 60,000. 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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