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Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag: Time to trade Julio Jones?

Plus who should you should start in your flex this week.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Fake Teams’ fantasy football mailbag. It’s a quick mailbag today but still plenty of good questions.

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Onto the mailbag:

Q: I have Julio. Am I crazy for looking to move him at the deadline?
— Meg M.

No, you’re not. Don’t get me wrong, Julio is a fantasy star but he’s been a little to inconsistent for a WR1 for my liking, especially in standard leagues. He’s only had three games this season that he’s managed to score double digit fantasy points and his highest output was 15 points (ESPN standard). The Falcons offense could suddenly start clicking and he could turn it around but even then, he finished the 6th best fantasy receiver despite playing in that historic Falcons offense last year. I’m starting to cool off a lot on Julio.

Like I said, you’re not crazy for looking to move him. I’m not saying trade him no matter what, but if you can get a good return, especially players who are just breaking out, I think you pull the trigger. Maybe see if you can sneak in Alshon Jeffery or Marvin Jones or maybe even Kelvin Benjamin (though I’d wait and see what he does in Buffalo).

Q: Start McCaffery, Marvin Jones Jr., or Jerick McKinnon in my flex in my standard league?
— Wyatt M.

McCaffrey is facing the Dolphins; Jones facing the Browns; McKinnon facing the team from Washington. Now just on paper, you think the clear choice would be Marvin Jones since the Browns suck. But they’ve actually been pretty good this season limiting opposing wide receivers.

I’d go with McKinnon. He’s scored at least almost 20 points in three out of his last four games and has a pretty good matchup against Washington as they’ve allowed three top-six PPR performances to running backs. I know this is a for a standard league but still, the sentiment remains.

Q: Your hypetrain only has room for one Ram, who’d it be: Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp or Todd Gurley?
— Kristine T.


[stands up, walks away from computer and stares blankly into the abyss for hours]

Fine, if I have to pick one guy, it’s Cooper Kupp. There are just too many cup jokes that can be had with his name. Plus, Gurley has scorned me before and while I LOVE what I’ve seen out of Goff this season, we all know quarterbacks can come crashing back down to Earth at any moment.


I did not like answering that question.