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Hi, Felix Jones or Rice for flex? And I need two of Lee Evans, Manningham, Hester, and Ward. 1/2 ppr..1 pt 15 yds receiving. Thanks. — Steve
You have to love Felix Jones this week. He faces Carolina, a poor rush defense, and he likely won’t be splitting time with Marion the Barbarian. Since he looks to be the better bet for a TD (remember, the Cowboys gave him an inside run near the goal-line for a TD last week), I’d make him the start over Rice, who’s losing playing time to Willis McGahee.
For your other choice, I worry that Mario Manningham’s big week was a bit of a mirage. Also, you have to take into account that the Giants should be playing with the lead all day Sunday and will likely turn to the running game and the possession-receiver skills of Steve Smith. That being said, the Bengals have a pair of great cornerbacks, and I’d generally try and avoid them if possible. That trumps the Giants’ potential gameplan, and I’d sit Hines Ward out of the three options. Good luck!
Hmm…2 weeks of losses (thanks Greg Jennings!), 185.38 points, and in 11th place in my 12 team league. Updates had to be made with my receivers. Please give me your feedback on my starters (included in e-mail). Thanks. — Gina
I’m fine with most of your starters, but the one change I feel you must make is to start Knowshon Moreno over Correll Buckhalter. Last week the Broncos already started transitioning Moreno into lead-back status, giving him 19 touches (17 carries, two catches) to Buckhalter’s 10 touches (nine carries, one catch). While it’s true Buckhalter has done more with his touches thus far, you definitely want to go with the guy that’s seeing two-thirds of the work in a committee, regardless of the other guy’s performance. In this case, that makes Moreno a better percentage play this week, if coach Josh McDaniels sticks to his script from Week 2.
OK, Cafe. Good luck in Week 3! Check back later tonight or early tomorrow for our Cafe Sunday Preview, and visit the Leftovers forum if you want to be involved in that column. Otherwise, you can e-mail us your fantasy questions at email@example.com all week. Have a great and fortuitous weekend!
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