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Razzball Nation!  I’m filling in for Sky this morning in the football recap, as Sky was called by Al Davis for a possible CB job opening.  That would be scary for multiple reasons!  Man Oakland was brutal.  Long live the Chiefs offense!  Jamaal Charles had a historic game (6th highest fantasy output in non-PPR since 1960), making the Raiders D look worse than some of those Raiders costumes.  The real Rocky Horror Picture Show was the pass D, as JC Superstar enlightened fantasy owners with 8 catches (on 8 targets) for 195 yards and 4 TDs.  Plus an extra 20 on the ground with a score there.  Straight video game numbers!  “RB screen, X, X, X!”  Actually that sounds like a porn title.  I’ll have to ask Tehol about that one.  Charles has been effing fantastic this year, and I think easily the fantasy MVP.  Sure you could argue Peyton Manning, but if you have JC and you’re somehow not waltzing through the playoffs than you only have yourself to blame!  Is he fantasy’s #1 pick next year?  I don’t see how you could resist.  If someone really wanted Adrian Peterson, I’d turn to them after that pick ala the 1,000-year old dude in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and go “he chose poorly…”  While some teams had their dreams melt away, others are marching into the finals with the rest of the week 15 happenings…

Alex Smith – Got credited with 4 of his 5 TDs even though they were forward hand-offs.  I coulda had four TDs!  Well, that would be a pretty bad game against Oakland…

Rashad Jennings – Dude’s been a monster his past 6 games.  Double-digits every week in .5 or more PPR.  Is there more than one point PPR leagues?  2-point PPR?  Would be crazy.  It was good for Ray Jay owners that he still got 23 carries in a 56-31 game.  Usually it’s like 3 carries and a goose egg and a thanks but no thanks.  Did that make any sense?  Neither do the Raiders!

Julian Edelman/Danny Amendola – The Patriots passing attack yesterday should be dubbed Attack of the Clones.  I can’t tell them apart!  13/139/1 for Edels 10/131 for Dolas.  Liked them both in this game.  Of course, I don’t have ranks to back it up!  Only LSD comments…

Mike Wallace – Big games in three of the last four now.  Gets a nice and juicy @BUF for the championship week.  Weather concerns pending, you gotta love him there.

Ryan Tannehill – Three TDs in two straight, multi-TDs in three straight.  He’s just plain bullying secondaries.  Hey-o!  The Dolphins rushing attack is Incognito and disappearing faster than Martin at a fraternity hell week.  Keep the passing going!  Huge upside QB2 in multi-QB leagues for the championship.

Jordan Todman – Big game!  Big win for my LSD lead!  Bills D is terrible.  Not quite turrible, but terrible.  109 on the ground and 4 for 44 in the air.  You can run on Tennessee, so injury-riddled teams heading into the finals can hope Maurice Jones-Drew gets held out again and Todman is a playoff miracle!

Robert Woods – Best game of the year and first TD since week 4.  Nothing big for fantasy right now, but I think he’ll be an interesting sleeper next year.  Especially since Stevie Johnson is fading into yesteryear.

Houston Texans – Could not be any worse.  Even Andre Johnson couldn’t rack up junk time points…

T.Y. Hilton – Nice bounce back for 8/78.  Four straight bad weeks before this one, but the Colts are @KC next week.  That game should be a masterpiece.  Brandon Flowers got temporarily hurt yesterday, but got back in the game and should smother Hilton like sauce on ribs.

Donald Brown – Mannnn… Got injured early in this one after starting hot.  Would’ve been a big game otherwise my Spidey sense tell me.  Instead, the corpse of Trent Richardson racked up 19 carries and caught a TD on a shovel pass.  Another set of Colts to avoid next week at Arrowhead.

Matt Asiata – Carne Asiata right off the grill!  Huge game fantasy-wise… You know you’re having a better fantasy day than real-life game when your rushing average (1.7) is roughly half of your TD total (3).  30 carries for 51 yards, but fell into the endzone with the Eagles defense, yes, turrible.  It sounds like both AP and Toby Gerhart will be back next week, so Carne Asiata will just be a one-week special.

Greg Jennings – Got confused and thought he was still playing for Green Bay.  Get your team right, Greg!  Been using too much Old Spice…  11/163 with a touch in the Eagles’ embarrassing loss.  Tough matchup next week at Cincy so I’m not ready to call him a championship play.

LeSean McCoy – Let us all down.  Dude a team with Peyton and McCoy probably killed this year only to crash in the playoffs.  I bet McCoy was wishing the Metrodome roof would collapse piling some snow in there so the field would be like last week!  He actually played fine, jut the Eagles were turrible.

DeSean Jackson – Nice time for the biggest game on the year.  He’s been a stud.  Top-10 WR next year?  I think he might just be…

Victor Cruz - Sprained his knee and got a concussion, which sounds like it will end his season.  Fantasy owners are thinking his season had already been done all year…

Timothy Wright – After ebbing with back-to-back TDs, he flowed with under 20 yards in the next three of four weeks, now ebbing again with TDs in the last 2.  The Rams are playing great D at home, so I don’t love him as your championship contending TE.

Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery – Best WR duo in the NFL.  Denver still gets the best trio award, but man, secondaries are gettin’ torn up!

Joe Haden – Got hurt and could miss next week.  Of course, the Browns play the Jets next week, so there is virtually no impact there.  Who would Haden even be on?  Jeremy Kerley?  Plaxico Burress?  Wayne Chrebet???!?!!?

Josh Gordon – Oh man did that last minute TD save owners!  The best WR in the league who’s name doesn’t start with “Mega” is probably the WR most responsible for fantasy glory given his discount.

Edwin Baker – Literally never heard of this guy who went 8 rushes for 38 and a score.  Sounds like he’s a British stage actor.  “Sir Baker’s Macbeth was mesmerizing!”  Yeah, you obviously want nothing to do with Browns RBs.

Kirk Cousins – Got a good matchup, we know he’s decent, played well.  381 yards and three touches.  Really ruined my Pierre Garcon sit call though… Probably my worst pick on the week.  Next week, the Skins get the historically bad Cowboys defense.  Obviously you love Garcon, but I think Cousins is a top-10 start at QB.

Cam Newton – Long live my Panthers!  Was a gutty game, but I think everyone knew we were winning.  Late in the 2nd quarter it looked like a hard tackle got his feet tangled up and hurt something, but he played just as good in the 2nd half and should be fine.

Sheldon Richardson – Who played the DT at RB this week?  Anyone?!  I haven’t played IDP in years, does he get the points in those formats?  If anything, Jets fans should be pumped they’re pulling a Fridge goal-line offense.

Justin Hunter/Damian Williams - Got scratched for violating team rules.  I’m guessing they were Riding Dirty.  As opposed to the Pats WR combo who are White and Nerdy.  Gave Michael Preston some run and he got two TDs.  The Red Zone announcer guy was gettin’ off hard that Preston went to some college called Heidelberg.  Sounds like a Meth kingpin college…

Kendall Wright – An effin’ beast.  I love Kendall Wright.  The Price is Wright!  The Wright Stuff!  Some other right pun!

Delaine Walker – Nice pick from me!  8/53/1.  Ryan Fitzpatrick loves his Walker…  Hah I guess FItz isn’t that old, but he seems like it with that beard!

Rashard Mendenhall – Another big pick!  LSD was tasty yesterday.  Mendy has been solid lately, but it all ends next week at Seattle…

Larry Fitzgerald – Listen, I understand having a receiver out there on the “hands team” on on-side kicks, but do teams learn nothing when starters get hurt on Special Teams?  Rob Gronkowski and that broken arm, ummmm I feel like there’s many more but I’m blanking, and now Fitz with a bad concussion.  Fitz owners have to be irate right now if they’re gonna miss him for the finals…

Eddie Lacy – Is the man.  I wish I had a Lacy JC backfield.  I would be a millionaire.

Matt Flynn – Pretty much anyone can look like an MVP against the Cowboys.  Sheesh Dallas D!  4 TDs in the surprise win.  Keeps the door open on the Aaron Rodgers watch.  Oh man, if Rodgers comes back this week and wins anyone a championship, he would be an American hero.  Well, he sorta already is.  Well maybe not, I should double check that…

Dez Bryant – 17 targets.  The Packers D didn’t stop the Cowboys, Dallas’ play-calling did.  11/153 and a touchdown that never should’ve been allowed.  Bryant pretty much caught through the defender.  He contorted his body like the liquid metal Terminator to get around him.

Zac Stacy – Had this one way wrong.  The Saints are ridiculous.  They just can’t do anything on the road.  Most disparaging home/road team I’ve ever seen.  The Rams more-or-less blew em out and the Saints have lost to the Jets on the road.  The Jets!  133 and a touch plus 10 through the air, and a decent matchup against the Bucs this week.  If you’ve been playing him, you ride him to the finals.

A.J. Green – 18 targets to outdo Dez.  But ended with only 9/93.  Blame it on the ginger!

BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Got disbarred.  Brutal game, but with the Bengals down big early, makes sense he was barely on the field for 4 total yards.

 

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  1. Had no choice but to start Pierre, anyhow, since I couldn’t possibly play Jordy Nelson.

    Unless Megatron puts up 59 tonight, I’m in the SB! Thanks again, for the ongoing consultation.

    The 3 biggest moves that made my season were:

    Picking Le’Veon Bell in the 10th.
    Picking Josh Gordon in the 11th.
    Trading Doug Martin and Tony Romo for Peyton Manning and Ryan Mathews.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James R: Yeah that was a nice stick-with-em. I was wrong on Garcon… Megatron stay quiet! Nice moves good sir!

  2. Yeshcheese says:
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    What’s up snitches!!!!! Super Bowl bound!!!

    Fat Eddie Lacy is a top 5 pick for me next year

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Yessir! Dude, literally just recorded the Podcast and we did a mock 2014 draft and the shit I got for taking Lacy 6th I think was unbelievable. Then Nick took Julio Jones 10th. Nick is off the rocker…. Off the John Rocker…

      • Mark says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Are the results of the mock draft going to be posted? That’s something I’d be very interested in seeing.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mark: sure thing! Will include in the pod post should be up around 3:30 est.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yeh, I’m more okay with Lacy there than Jones. It was a weird mock…

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Jay: Nick is nuts. It’s loading up now will be up in a few minutes

  3. Chris says:
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    What happened to Vereen? Did he fumble or something?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Nah was just really good defensive scheming, its why Edelman and Dola had good games

    • Mark says:
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      @Chris: the Dolphins game planned to stop him. Dolphins LBs are fast and were able to cover. They also blitzed a lot causing the Patriots to keep their RBs in to provide pass protection. The loss of Gronk was apparent.

  4. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    I’m gonna be unavailable for a few hours but will get to everyone’s comments this afternoon!

  5. the imp says:
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    LSD was on fire yesterday. I nearly got burned not playing Todman over Ellington, but Andre came through. Despite being assailed by a Bryant+DJax terrible twosome, I still have life tonight thanks to a balanced attack led by Cutler, Bailey and the Bills (no lie).

    In LSD, I noticed that you didn’t write anything about how Dennis Pitta will play so well that there is no way he can be outscored by Ray Rice and Justin Tucker by 8 or more points. If you go back and edit that in before tonight’s game, my team would be most appreciative.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @the imp: It was a pretty solid week! Glad you still got ya goods. Haha I’ll get on that edit right away!

  6. Grant says:
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    Was nervous going into yesterday. The Thomas twins did me no good on thursday night. But Gordons late touchdown saved me pretty much. I should be rolling this week but the cowboys don’t know how to keep running the ball. As long as Akers doesn’t outscore Megatron by 10 tonight I am in the finals. Just an early thought, I have Garcon on my bench, my other receivers are Gordon, Megatron, and Demarius Thomas…yeah I have the best possible receivers…what 3 of the 4 are you starting?

    • the imp says:
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      @Grant: Gordon is going to run wild on NYJ if past weeks are any indicator. Megatron at home against the hapless Giants is also a plus matchup. The last two are tougher. Garcon is going to have a very high floor with 5+ receptions all season on a one dimensional team that is going in another good matchip. DT is probably the more boom or bust ceiling play, depending on how you are matching up against your opponent.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Grant: Mannnn, what a team! Great decision to have. I think I’d go Gordon Mega and Pierre too, I’d almost always say DT over Garcon but with Dallas’ historically bad D it’s tough to sit him

  7. Wilsonian says:
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    So I was in first all season. Outscored the second place team by 350 points. Now, if Stafford doesn’t pull a 46 point night, I lose. Thanks to Decker and Vereen and Graham for completely failing to show up. And me leaving CJnoK and Garcon on the bench. Toss those two guys in and I need about 20 out of Stafford. If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have an effing Championship run under our belts…

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      Same boat for me. Some key players did nothing for me yesterday. Sucks for us.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @uncdrew: yup, cost me at least $75, too. Oh well. No sense in worrying about it. Now we just have next season to look forward to. That is unless Stafford tosses for about 400 and 5 TDs tonight…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wilsonian: Fantasy Football is the (un)luckiest of them all! It can be the devil

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Wilsonian: @uncdrew: Just to add to that rant, I had a solid team get 5th of 6th seed in 14-team $ league, I had most points against and 2nd most points heading in, in week 1 of playoffs scored second-highest points in the league only to be knocked out by highest scorer of course (3rd time that happened in the year – in a 14 teamer!), and my team has Jamaal Charles and I crushed everyone in points scored without even setting my line-up this week. Unreal.

  8. Jagan says:
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    Sky,

    I cant thank you enough for all your out-of-the box picks through out the fantasy season.This is the first year I am following razzball and I cant thank you enough in the way you think wayyyyyyyyy different than all other fantasy experts .

    Now i am almost (If CJ scores 15 and Stafford scores less than 24 ) in SB in 10 of my 13 leagues.
    I feel that the clutch pick-ups every week and start/sit decisions were all influenced for most part on your analysis.

    I will come up with all my q’s tomm for championship week.

    Jagan

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jagan: Thanks for reading! I’ll be sure Sky sees this

  9. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    If Cobb comes back for week 16 I now have a helluva log jam for my PPR league flex spot assuming my WR 1/2 (Megatron/Antonio) and RB 1/2 (Charles/MJD) are set:

    Tate vs Den
    Amendola @ Balt
    Crabtree vs. Atl
    Cobb vs Pitt
    Andre @ Det
    Cooper vs Chi

  10. Lay off of poor Alex Smith. One of those handoffs were 20 yards downfield.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James Rolfe: Haha you know it was a joke, I had Smith in the Writer’s League so I’m not complaining!

  11. SMLV1 says:
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    Nothing like getting beat by a team made of your scraps…. Mike Wallace, Steven Jackson and Ryan Matthews.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SMLV1: Haha oh man that’s brutal….

  12. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league, in the super bowl and have 1 drop to play with this week. I have Cutler at QB, who I’m fine with starting @ PHI, backed by Ryan, who I’m not fine with starting @ SF. I start Graham at TE with no backup. With my claim, should I prioritize a backup TE with dynasty value (Pitta or Clay), Todman (possible flex over Edelman this week?) or a QB insurance policy in case the weather in Philly sucks (Cousins v DAL, Campbell @ Jets, Tannehill @ BUF, Fitz @ JAX)? Std scoring, 6 pt pass TDs, no FA pickups, so Wed. waivers is it.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Steve Stevenson: Mmmm Cousins against that awful awful DAL D. I think he’d be my pickup

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    one to eventually get one of these right. seemed to pick the worst out of good QB group every week. this week thought about picking cousins/cutler/tannehill and picked worst one. week before it was Fitz in good matchup and he sucked. which of these for super bowl is best?
    tannehill @BUF
    Fitz @JAX
    Cousins vs DAL
    Cutler @PHI
    looks like some good ones here. Cousins might be best? your earlier comment seems to agree with that.

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Ray Rice: over/under 4 yds from scrimmage tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Haha, I’ll take the over, but marginally :)

  15. Mateo says:
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    I hope my team didn’t blow their load this week and still has something left for the championship.
    I’m talking to you guys…
    Charles
    Edelman
    Amendola
    D-Jax

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mateo: Haha I think you should be good my man!

  16. Mateo says:
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    And which D do you like for next week?
    Buff vs Mia
    Az vs Sea
    Dallas vs Was
    Clev vs Nyj

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mateo: Not in love with any of those, i think I’d go Browns. Any time!

      • Mateo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        My only other options would be Det vs NYG, Car vs NO or TB vs Stl

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          @Mateo: CLE is good really only due to being at home vs NYJ. CAR is an actually really good defense, esp at home (shame on your league for allowing a top 3 defense in fantasy and real life to be out there). DET also has good matchup. Gotta be CAR (they looked shitty @NO and are probably pissed off)

          • JB Gilpin

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            @goodfold2: Agree I like CAR there NO is awful on the road as we saw

  17. goodfold2 says:
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    just me or did pass defenses completely take this week off
    tannehil/brady/cousins/flynn/romo/foles/cassel/mcgloin/fitz all had at least 297 yards this week.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @goodfold2: Haha yup pass D was awful. Blame the new rules! Ha

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: that fat F over at espn halftime show just mentioned it was most pts scored on a single sunday ever in nfl history. my one fantasy team (even with clay and vereen starting instead of bush or v.davis, and cutler over cousins or tannehill) had 8 rushing/receiving TD’s and 3 throwing ones (none shared since i don’t have a CHI skill player) 5 were charles

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    1.have to drop mccown. already have luck. IND’s whole team is weird, either good enough to have him only throw a few times, or so bad teams are beating them by 30 and he throws the ball 45+ times. next week, rank top 2 or 3.
    luck @KC
    tannehill @BUF (should be very cold)
    fitzgerald @JAX
    cousins vs DAL
    finals so I could throw Luck away to grab 2 of these to protect myself if finals opp wants to improve from his a.smith, if he so thinks one of those others was better than smith.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @goodfold2: Man tough to like that Luck matchup… And love Cousins. I’ll go Cousins, Fitz, Tann, Luck, with latter two flip flopping depending on weather

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    2 14 teamer defense week 16 question. TB didn’t cut it week 15 after being gods for many weeks leading up to it.
    TB @STL
    BUF vsMIA
    PIT @GB
    DET vs NYG (this could be it, DET’s been ok fantasy wise lately, and we’ve seen how bad NYG offense is)
    NYJ vs CLE
    TEN @JAX

    • JB Gilpin

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      @goodfold2: Yeah STl tough at home. I indeed like DET in that matchup, I go them and Jets

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