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tl;dr start Derek Carr and Devonta Freeman, everywhere.

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Derek Carr is my pick for best play this week.
Derek Carr is my pick for best play this week.
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Last minute line-up questions? Trade opinion? Need a deep sleeper? Tweet me whenever, especially before game time @TheOrangePage.

The perfect lineup in standard scoring in week 9 would have looked like this:

Kirk Cousins (28 standard points)*, Jeremy Langford (29)*, Adrian Peterson (27)*, Antonio Brown (27)*, Michael Floyd (23), Brandin Cooks (22)*, Zach Miller (22), Cairo Santos (20), Chiefs D/ST


Those asterisks next to the (scores) are players that this column recommended as plays last week. So, hopefully you got those extra 133 standard points in your  lineup. If you held on to that lineup though... You're going to need some waiver wire replacements this week.

With shiesty for the second time this season I failed, I recommended a bad shiesty, well, two. However, I gave you Kirk Cousins.

My sleepers for you last week:

Kirk Cousins (28), Blake Bortles (15), Brian Hoyer (3/INJ), Matt Cassel (5), Sam Bradford (INJ), Joe Flacco (19), Landry Jones (INJ), Antonio Andrews (0), LeGarrette Blount (13), Alfred Blue (2), Charles Sims (2), Duke Johnson (2), Matt Jones (24), Ronnie Hillman (10), C.J. Anderson (0), Theo Riddick (2), Andre Ellington (14), Jay Ajayi (4), Tavon Austin (1), Brandin Cooks (22), Kamar Aiken (7), Pierre Garcon (1), Allen Hurns (12), Travis Benjamin (11), DeSean Jackson (4), Rishard Matthews (9), Dorial Green-Beckham (0), Nate Washington (3), Marvin Jones (4), Seth Roberts (0), Kenny Stills (0), Eric Ebron (2), Charles Clay (5), Richard Rodgers (9), Heath Miller (4), Crockett Gillmore (10), Julius Thomas (2), Vernon Davis (1).

If you pulled off waiver wire insertions of Cousins, Jones, Ellington, Cooks, Matthews and Gillmore you personally dismantled whatever team you went against.

I have no idea what I am doing...

League Play Waiver Wire:

My Week 10 QB recommendations: Kirk Cousins (28), Blake Bortles (15), Brian Hoyer (3), Matt Cassel (5), Sam Bradford (INJ), Joe Flacco (19), Landry Jones (INJ).

This week (week 11): Matt Hasselbeck, Marcus Mariota, Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler, Mark Sanchez 'This is insane' (in that you'll be flying by the seat of your pants, but hopefully in a good way): Case Keenum.

My Week 10 RB recommendations: Antonio Andrews (0), LeGarrette Blount (13), Alfred Blue (2), Charles Sims (2), Duke Johnson (2), Matt Jones (24), Ronnie Hillman (10), C.J. Anderson (0), Theo Riddick (2), Andre Ellington (14), Jay Ajayi (4).

This week (week 11): Darren Sproles, C.J. Anderson, Alfred Blue, Matt Jones 'This is insane': Shaun Draughn.

My Week 10 WR recommendations: Tavon Austin (1), Brandin Cooks (22), Kamar Aiken (7), Pierre Garcon (1), Allen Hurns (12), Travis Benjamin (11), DeSean Jackson (4), Rishard Matthews (9), Dorial Green-Beckhamm (0), Nate Washington (3), Marvin Jones (4), Seth Roberts (0), Kenny Stills (0).

This week (week 11): Devin Funchess, Chris Givens, Jordan Matthews, Danny Amendola, Doug BAldwin, Dontrelle Inman, Anquan Boldin, John Brown, Cecil Shorts 'This is insane': Cody Latimer.

My Week 10 TE recommendations: Eric Ebron (2), Charles Clay (5), Richard Rodgers (9), Heath Miller (4), Crockett Gillmore (10), Julius Thomas (2), Vernon Davis (1).

This week (week 11): Eric Ebron, Charles Clay, Jacob Tamme, Crockett Gillmore 'This is insane': Zach Ertz

My Week 10 K recommendation: Ryan Succop (5)

This week (week 11): Nick Novak

My Week 10 ST recommendations: Philadelphia Eagles (8)

This week (week 11): New York Jets

Both my defense and my kicker are 'insanes' this week by the way. However, they have great match-ups.

Get called shiesty this Monday and Tuesday:

The object of a shiesty is to pick up the guy on Saturday or Sunday, play him or not, but just make sure that you have him on your roster. This way during the games on Sunday or the next day on Monday someone in your league will think they're being slick and boom! He's not there, he's on your roster and he's available for DeAndre Hopkins or Devonta Freeman.

I failed you... You trusted me and I failed you. Wide receivers Seth Roberts and Kenny Stills were my recommended shiestys last week and neither of them did anything near shiesty. I expect Seth Roberts to have a week this week, but yeah, you can't just go around doubling down on a shiesty. That's not cool.

Eric Ebron is my shiesty this week, he is 13th in the NFL in targets in the week that he has played. He is also WR2 in Detroit for Matthew Stafford who is poised to explode all over the Oakland Raiders. However, I am going to assume that he might not be available in your league necessarily. I also love Darren Sproles (40% owned in Yahoo leagues). So, allow me to introduce Brian Quick, you'll remember quick as basically Superman last season prior to his injury. 

Also, monitor Darren McFadden's injury for the Dallas Cowboys, pick up running back Rod Smith if it seems like there is any chance that McFadden won't go.

Daily fantasy:

What fun is FanDuel if you don't get the satisfaction of grabbing someone on the cheap and watching him light up your scoreboard and wallet?

Go with these guys:

QB - Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, David Carr, Aaron Rodgers, MAtthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Matt Hasselbeck
RB - Devonta Freeman, DeMarco Murray, Charcandrick West, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Latavius Murray, Jeremy Langford, Lamar Miller, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Ivory, Darren McFadden 
WR - Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Evans, Dez Bryant, Jarvis Landry, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson, Randall Cobb, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Matthews, Stefon Diggs, Danny Amendola, Eric Decker
TE - Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Antonio Gates, Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Reed

Avoid these guys:

QB - Blaine Gabbert, T.J. Yates, Jay Cutler, Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins, Jameis Winston
RB - Eddie Lacy, Chris Thompson, Brandon Bolden, Jeremy Hill, Melvin Gordon, Shaun Draugh, Charles Sims, Andre Ellington
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Robert Woods, Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, Harry Douglas, Andre Johnson, Kenny Brit, James Jones, Jamison Crowder
TE - Owen Daniels, Brent Celek, Kyle Rudolph, Jared Cook, Jordan Cameron, Coby Fleener

Side note: You should have Derek Carr and Devonta Freeman in every one of your DFS lineups this week.

Broncos players:

Here are Brock Osweiler's target numbers from last week: Demaryius Thomas (7), Andre Caldwell, Owen Daniels, Vernon Davis, Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer (3), Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson (1).

If you're considering Osweiler you should go for it

That's an incredible amount of targets for Demaryius Thomas, especially if you consider that Osweiler basically only played a quarter. Keep in mind that at that point Emmanuel Sanders was out with an injury. I'd say if you're at the point where you're considering playing Osweiler as your quarterback you should go for it. The projected point differential between QB1 and QB20 this week is not a lot (11 points), so this is the week to do it. Thomas, Sanders, Hillman and I believe C.J. Anderson are all safe starts this week. I also have a feeling that Osweiler may differ to his comfort blanket (Latimer) and that is why I gave Latimer an 'insane' tag in my sleeper rankings. I'd bet on Latimer scoring a touchdown. Then there is also Caldwell's wildcard, this is a little nuts, but he's started 4 games for Denver and has scored 3 touchdowns in those games.

Start Brandon McManus and the Broncos defense/special teams.

Last week:

The Chiefs are a bit of a wild card, on the season they are the worst defense against fantasy wide receivers and mediocre against fantasy quarterbacks, but over the last four weeks they are fantasies best against wide receivers and quarterbacks. So, yeah... They're due? MHR's own Tim Lynch believes that this is Demaryius Thomas' breakout game. Despite the fact that his mother won't actually be able to attend the game.

My craziest DFS lineup this week:

Case Keenum, Devonta Freeman, Darren Sproles, Danny Amendola, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Rob Gronkowski, Blair Walsh and Seattle D/ST

Notes:

Among teams not on bye this week, rank over the last four weeks of play:

Five worst fantasy defenses to QBs (worst to fifth): Lions, Jets, Chargers, Dolphins, Raiders
Five best fantasy defenses to QB (best to fifth): Chiefs, Bears, Bengals, Seahawks, Cowboys 
Five worst fantasy defenses to RBs (worst to fifth): Dolphins, Raiders, Redskins, Broncos, 49ers
Five best fantasy defenses to RBs (best to fifth): Patriots, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Falcons, Vikings
Five worst fantasy defenses to WRs (worst to fifth): Ravens, Redskins, Eagles, Jets, Packers
Five best fantasy defenses to WRs (best to fifth): Rams, Broncos, Falcons, Bengals, Bears