|Don’t be deterred by the fact that Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t starting; let him carry the ball for you.|
Fantasy Football advice: Pay first, play later
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Before you decide whether or not you should have Randy Moss in your lineup, before you choose between Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings, and before you try to decipher which Redskins running back to play, there’s something important you need to do first.
Make sure you pay your commissioner the league dues.
Don’t make your commissioner chase you for money. I recently heard that someone in one of my leagues still hasn’t paid from last year and I’m stunned. Your commissioner listens to everyone whine all season. Your commissioner schedules the draft around everyone else’s needs. Your commissioner pays for the website in advance.
Your commissioner does this so everyone else in the league can do nothing else but set their lineup and talk a little trash. So do the right thing: Pay up.
Now, on to those aforementioned decisions:
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville: Jennings will start against the Vikings, but are you telling me that if Jones-Drew comes in during the second quarter and rips off 50 yards and a score, he’s not going to be the lead back by the third quarter?
Roy Helu, RB, Washington: Helu is listed as the second-stringer, behind Evan Royster. I don’t think this will last. You can drive yourself mad trying to figure out Mike Shanahan’s running back rotations, but Helu looked like a keeper late last season when, over a three-game span, he carried 73 times for 334 yards and two touchdowns.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit: Now in his second season, Young is ready to haul in passes with regularity the way he did at Boise State. A good opportunity awaits him at home against a weak St. Louis defense.
Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco: Moss, recently declared a starter, was terrible two years ago and sat out last season. If Niners quarterback Alex Smith thought he had it rough when tight end Vernon Davis didn’t get the ball enough, wait until he has Moss in his face.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco: The San Francisco backfield is going to be crowded when Brandon Jacobs gets healthy and LaMichael James is allowed to make plays. Gore has always carried the workload, but with new wide receiver weapons as well (not only Moss but Mario Manningham), he’s not likely to have a starter’s impact as the season unfolds.
Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland: Richardson, a heralded rookie from Alabama, is playing behind a rookie quarterback who is throwing to questionable receivers. And, he’s facing a decent Eagles defense.
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