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I'm in a tough spot. I can't lose this week if I want to make it to the playoffs. I have Chris Ogbonnaya, Kevin Smith, Darren Mcfadden, and Ryan Mathews at RB. I only have two spots to start. It seems McFadden might come back this week, but with how well Bush is playing, I'm fearful that it might become a timeshare favoring Run DMC. Matthews has just been playing awful lately. I'm not sure whether to blame it on the offensive woes or him. Then Ogbonnaya has been playing well and Smith had an amazing game but McFadden and Mathews are clearly the more talented backs. Who do I play with only two spots? Also, at receiver, Earl Bennett with Caleb Hanie throwing him the ball or DeSean Jackson?
— Greg via email

I don't think you count on McFadden. The safe play is Mathews against Denver's poor rush defense, as well as Ogbonnaya, who faces a bad Browns run defense. That's the safe play I will recommend. But, if you're like me and willing to take a risk, I'd go with Kevin Smith against the Packers, who are giving up 135.7 yards from scrimmage to opposing backs the last four weeks. He could be in for another huge week in a high-scoring affair. It is a high-risk, high-reward play. As far as your receivers? Go with DeSean Jackson.

OK, I'm 7-4, in third place and looks like I'm heading to the playoffs thanks to you. This week is interesting. I have Greg Jennings as one of my wide receivers, then I also have Michel Crabtree, Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin. Who should I start? For my running back, I have Michael Turner, Maurice Jones-Drew, DeMarco Murray and LeGarrette Blount. Who should I start? As well, who should I start for my flex position?
— Daniel via email

I would go with either Boldin or Marshall, preferably Marshall, as he's the No. 1 receiver and QB Matt Moore looks for him. Ravens QB Joe Flacco will distribute it better to his other receivers, and Boldin can be boom or bust at times. As far as running back, go with Michael Turner and DeMarco Murray. Both Murray and MJD have similar matchups, but Murray is more explosive.

I could use some help setting my lineups this week, so here goes: Matty Ice (Matt Ryan) or Tim Tebow? L. Blount or W. McGahee for my No. 2 back to go along with Foster? Pick two: Brandon Marshall, Hakeem Nicks, Dwayne Bowe, Laurent Robinson at WR. Also I need to use either one of my RBs or WRs at my flex, any suggestions? Jason Witten or K2 (Kellen Winslow) at TE? Any help would be appreciated as I continue my quest for fantasy dominance and hopefully claim the championship.
— Kris via email

I would say Matt Ryan with the matchup and the team starting to open it up, as he has two games in a row over 300 yards and a great matchup here. He's the safer play and has upside this week with the Vikings giving up over three total TDs per game to opposing QBs the past four weeks.

It's a bit risky, but I like LeGarrette Blount more than I do Willis McGahee this week, but I like them both in terms of starters. I just like what I saw from Blount last week and feel he will break a few more as he looks strong and powerful and not worn down.

You have to go with Nicks and Bowe, but if you want to, substitute Robinson for him. I won't argue, but I like Bowe and his targets more so than L-Rob, but both make good plays.

I would toss McGahee in the flex, but it's a tough call leaving Robinson on the bench. Go with Witten and be safe with that pick. Kellen Winslow has a great matchup, but there's always risk with him, as his typical average is mediocre and Witten is posting No. 1 TE numbers more consistently than Winslow.

With Adrian Peterson likely out, do I settle for Mark Ingram off my bench or bid for Kevin Smith off the waiver wire? How long do you think Smith has the starting gig?
— Reed via email

You have to bid on Kevin Smith. Since there's no timetable set for Jahvid Best's return, he could secure the job the rest of the season. He's worth the gamble and could help you tremendously by gaining a potential high-end RB at this point in the season. Then again, he could flop, but what has Mark Ingram done this season? Put the bid in.

I guess it's a good problem to have. I'm currently in first place out of 16 people and my team is stacked, but so many options is not helping. We start 2RB, 2WR, and a flex. Its PPR. Here are my options: Vincent Jackson, Hakeem Nicks, Fred Jackson, Ray Rice, Kevin Smith, Andre Johnson, Laurent Robinson and Antonio Brown. You see my predicament. I'd start them all if I could.
— Matt via email

Go with Nicks, as he has a great matchup against the Saints and Andre Johnson has great history against the Jaguars.

Fred Jackson may not play, and even if he does, he's not 100 percent with his calf injury, so go Kevin Smith and Ray Rice.

As far as your flex, you can slot V-Jax there, but I would go with Laurent Robinson if Miles Austin doesn't play, and right now he's not expected to play.

Right now I have my 3 WRs set and 2 RBs. I need a flex. On my bench I have Run DMC (inj), DeAngelo Williams, Jonathon Stewart, Jacoby Ford (inj), Malcolm Floyd (inj) and Kendall Hunter.
— Frank via email

Darren McFadden is not likely to play this week and you don't want Ford, Floyd (foot) or Hunter, as they're either hurt or not playing well, or both. This boils down to which Panthers back to use. I would go with Jonathan Stewart, as the Colts are allowing nearly 50 receiving yards to opposing backs per game the past four. He's the better pass receiver and should have better opportunities.

I am looking to drop one of my bench players. Who would you rather have for the remainder of the season: Decker or Wayne? Or, since I play a new defense every week based on matchups, should I drop both and try to make sure I have the top DEF for the upcoming playoffs or use that spot for a speculative play?
— Scott via email

Wow, that's a great question. I would have to say Decker, as he's still getting it done and there's still a chance QB Tim Tebow can improve. It is what it is for Wayne, and no one knows which direction the team will take. Continue to spiral down or improve? That said, Wayne is quality depth for a spot play such as an injury fill-in. If you can, hold onto him unless you can't make waiver-wire moves after the playoffs start. If so, then yes, scope out a quality defense.


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