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Week 8: Who should I start?

Postby Marshmeller » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:49 pm

I am in a non-PPR league.
QB: Payton Manning
WR: Colston
RB: Morris
RB: Forte
TE: Gronk
WR/TE Flex:
WR/RB Flex:

My team:
QB: Payton Manning
RB: Morris, Forte, Greene-->Bench Warmers Stephens-Howling, Donald Brown-->Arian Foster is on a Bye Week
WR: Colston, Bowe, Maclin, Steve Smith, Brandon Lloyd
TE: Jason Witten and the Gronk

I need your advice on who to start in my other WR slot as well as my two flex positions.

Right now I am rolling with WR 2: Bowe, TE: Witten in the Flex WR/TE slow, and RB Shonn Greene in the WR/RB Flex spot 2

That leaves plenty of good player on the bench I am afraid and who knows what Greene and Witten will do this week as well as Bowe. What kind of advice on who to start do you have?
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Re: Week 8: Who should I start?

Postby zjk924 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:50 pm

Don't overestimate Greene just based on one good game. And don't let the Patriots fool you, either in that game- they're still a poor defensive team. Miami > Patriots in run defense, so Greene isn't that good, I'd say.

Conversely, I think Stephens-Howling is a bit risky, but I think could be a great RB for the flex spot.

As for WR, I'd stay away from Smith (I assume you're talking about Carolina's Steve Smith, haha), because a) Cam Newton isn't doing too well and b) Chicago defense, scary as hell. Maclin is an interesting start for the second flex position, but again is a bit risky. He and DJax pretty much split up receiving, but Falcons D is pretty tight.
But I'd go Bowe over Maclin- even with the risky QB situation, Oakland secondary is atrocious. I wouldn't start Lloyd because you're starting Gronk, and you want to hope for Gronk to dominate and no one else really getting anything... It's a risky mindset, I know, but I feel like that's the way to maximize upside. If you take 2 players on the same team (unless one of them is the kicker or the defense), you're essentially putting a cap on what the most points you can get from each of them is. The flipside, of course, is that you're hedging your bets and getting some insurance that at least ONE of them is going to do SOMETHING, but I myself don't like playing that conservatively... Besides, realistically, what are the chances of the Gronk getting shutdown and not getting anything??
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