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Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag: Who’s the better flex start: George Kittle or Ito Smith?

Plus, top 5 favorite songs ever.

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Onto the mailbag:

Q: Need to start 3. It’s bad. Very bad. Tre’Quon Smith, Keelan Cole, Nelson Agholor, and Corey Davis

— Michael V.

Yikes. That is bad. Wow. What happened to the rest of your team? Are they all on byes? Did you draft Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, Odell Beckham and Larry Fitzgerald and now are trying desperately to save your season because literally all your best players are giving you goose egg? If that’s the case, throw in the towel. My first two picks in one league were Johnson and Jordan Howard and man was I cocky at the end of that draft. Now? I’ve kinda accepted the fact my team sucks and I’m going to die alone. It’s a reality we all must face at one point or another.

Back to your current predicament......... shit, I do not know what to say.

On the one hand I’m washing my hands forever of the Kiboshed Titans and that putrid offense, thus Corey Davis is out. But then that leaves you starting Tre’Quon Smith who, despite having a baller game last week, has only had seven targets this entire season and is facing a Ravens’ defense that’s allowed only 18 20+ yard pass plays (tied for sixth in the league) and zero 40+ yard pass plays (best in the league).

I trust this Ravens’ defense too much to risk relying on them giving up a big play to Smith in order for him to have any form of fantasy value. I’d say he’s the bench this week.

Best of luck man, let me know how this goes.

Q: Who should I start in a Flex spot: Kittle or Ito Smith?

— Joe B.


This might be mild recency bias since I just spent the whole morning writing about how the Giants’ defense struggles around the goal line and the Falcons only use Smith there but I also don’t love the matchup for Kittle as the Rams have been pretty strong against tight ends so far this season. They’ve given up the eighth most yards to the position but that’s inflated from the 180 they gave to Jared Cook in Week 1. Over the last four weeks, they’ve only given up 184 yards to tight ends. Plus, they still haven’t allowed a touchdown to a tight end. I’m betting Smith falls into the end zone for at least one score and that’ll be better than what Kittle gets ya.

Q: What are your five favorite songs...........EVER!

— Will G.

[cracks knuckles]

Let’s do this!

T5. A Star is Born from Disney’s Hercules/Happy by C2C

I have these at a tie because they’re the two songs that instantly make me happy no matter how I was feeling prior. After we were officially married, my wife and I walked—really danced—back up the aisle to A Star is Born. I dare anyone to listen to these two songs and come away feeling anything other than pure happiness.

4. November Rain by Guns N’ Roses

With possibly the greatest guitar solo ever, Slash is what makes this song so powerful and high on my list. Sure Axel is great in it but the amount of emotion that Slash puts into the solo in this song is amazing and a true display of his immense talent. Also, any song that’s climax involves the guitarist soloing atop a grand piano is an instant hit in my book.

3. Undisputed by Ludacris

This is my go-to hype song. Nothing gets me more ready to workout or just DO SHIT than blasting this top volume. Ludacris might also fall in my top 5 favorite rappers all time. Maybe on next week’s mailbag...

2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin


1. Highway to Hell by AC/DC

The perfect rock n’ roll song with the simplest, purest, greatest guitar riff ever. Get at me.

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