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Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag: Can you trust Cameron Brate rest of the season?

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Plus, which middling running back do you start?

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Onto the mailbag:

Q: Would you drop Olsen to add Brate for the rest of the season?

— Vincent T.

Yea, I’d make that move. Olsen is still producing from time to time but I think the offense is moving away from him and the emphasis is rightfully being placed on Christian McCaffrey and their young receivers, D.J. Moore especially WHAT UP!, and Olsen is no longer the driving engine for that offense.

Meanwhile in Tampa, we all know the love connection Jameis Winston and Cameron Brate have, especially when it comes to scoring touchdowns. Added bonus: Buccaneers have the 12th easiest remaining schedule for tight ends. I’m starting Brate in one of my leagues and feel confident in him rest of season.

Q: Jordon Howard, Dion Lewis or Carlos Hyde in Std league?

— @RK_Colorado

Yikes. That’s tough. If it were any other running back than Jordan Howard, I’d pick him in a heartbeat. The Giants have been far from good at stopping the run since trading away Damion Harrison to the Lions but do you really feel comfortable trusting Howard to give you any kind of production even with a good matchup? I’m not sure. You’re hoping that he can fall into the end zone which he certainly could, but I think it’s going to be a big Tarik Cohen day rather than a Howard day.

Between Lewis and Hyde, the matchup says Lewis given that the Jets have given up the 10th most points to opposing backs the last four weeks. This could be a game where we see the Titans’ two-headed rushing attack finally show something and I wouldn’t be surprised if both Lewis and Derrick Henry end up with a decent fantasy stat line this weekend.

So Lewis is my pick.

Q: in honor of it being the 10-year anniversary of Step Brothers, 1. what actors would you want casted in a sequel if for whatever reason it had to be a non-will Ferrell/John C Reilly sequel? 2. What pro athletes would you cast?

— Will G.

I refuse to recast it with new actors since that is just straight blasphemous and I thought better of you Will than to ask such a silly question. But the pro athlete question is a good one.

On the one hand you could do a pairing were you force bitter rivals to play exactly that: bitter rivals who begrudgingly become best friends. Credit where credit is due, my friend John when Will initially asked this question immediately said Kevin Durant and Draymond Green which I don’t know if there’s a better answer than that. Football-wise, let’s get Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy starring in the reboot. I can get behind that awkward tension.

You could also look for more hilarious, camera friendly stars like the always movie ready Gronk who would thrive in a Will Ferrell dumb comedy. But I think his talents are much better served for the Mark Walhburg buddy cop movie that the two of them are just literally destined to do. I guess that would be Good Guys just with Gronk instead of Will Ferrell. So ok, casted a different Ferrell movie. Still works.

What I do know is that I’m casting Ben Roethlisberger as Derek Huff because there’s nothing I’d love to see more than that dude get punched in the fucking face. (Excuse my language but you know I’m right.)


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