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Today is the day! For most of us still going our championship game is today. We still don’t know what the Colts are going to do with their starters and I have a feeling Caldwell isn’t exactly sure either, which makes them a little risky no matter what your world view is. The Colts did sign Drew Willy Wonka off the practice squad which leads many to think they could rest Peyton at some point so Willy would be the backup to Curtis Painter. I have been on the fence about the whole thing with a slight tilt toward playing it safe, but this news gives me even more reason to play it safe.  I’m sitting Colts unless my second choice is pretty bad, or ugly bad.

DeAngelo Williams: He didn’t practice at all this week and is listed as doubtful, but did make the trip to NY. The Giants rush defense has been decent recently, but an every down Jonathan Stewart has proven he belongs in your lineup, so make sure you check the comments for the most recent actives and inactives today.

Percy Harvin: He has practiced in full this week and seems to be better and should be back into your lineups as a #3 receiver.

Correll Buckhalter: He is listed as probable and should return against Philadelphia. This makes Knowshon Moreno less desirable and with Bucky coming off the injury it also makes him a no go for fantasy rosters.

Hines Ward: He is probable with his hamstring injury, but of course with this kind of injury you have to worry about him reaggravating it during the game, well, you don’t have to worry about it; it’s actually something you shouldn’t get an ulcer over, but if you have someone else of equal startability, go with him.

Zach Miller: He looked good to go earlier in the week, but has been limited in practice the last couple days. Who knows what that means for someone with two concussions this year. Stay away.

Michael Bush: Justin Fargas won’t go which upgrades Michael Bush. You won’t be starting him over Jason Snelling or any starting back for that matter, but if you were gambling on Arian Foster last week and are still playing this week, I’d make the switch.

Pierre Garcon: He’s out for this week.  Austin Collie should see a decent amount of looks with Wayne being covered by Revis.

Ahmad Bradshaw: He didn’t practice all week, but is listed as probable.  He grabbed 2 touchdowns last week, but of course isn’t a safe bet to do the same this week, but who is really? I’d feel good about starting him as a flex against a poor Panthers rush defense.

Derrick Ward: The Buc’s running back carousel keeps on a turnin’. Last week Ward seemed to take over the starting duties, but this week he was a late addition to the injury report. If he doesn’t go Caddy should get all the work and would make an ok play against a weak Saints’ rush defense.

Julius Jones: He is listed as questionable, but practiced fully on Friday. He probably ate a big Christmas breakfast. This takes Justin Forsett pretty far out of the startable category against a good Packers rush defense.  If he doesn’t go, that would push Forsett up into a flex possibility.

Eddie Royal: Not that it matters, but he is out. Royal has been a fantasy pauper this year. His status for next year is not looking good.

Fred Taylor: He had practiced in full early in the week, but then was limited on Thursday and Friday.  I was worried about him taking touches away from Maroney, but it’s looking less likely now.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: He did not practice and it looks like Brian Brohm will get the start.  This should give Fred Jackson a lot of work against a poor Falcons’ rush defense.

Michael Turner: For some reason he is listed as questionable, but they would have to be as batty as Al Davis to play him in a meaningless game. Get Jason Snelling into your lineup.

Brian Westbrook: He practiced all week and will play against the poor Denver run defense, but is on a snap count.  If Dusty Baker was coaching the Eagles I’d say start him, but in reality he needs to be on your bench.

Joe Nedney: He is out, and since he is a kicker this escaped me, so in case it did you as well and you own him there’s that.

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  1. chisox says:
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    Non-ppr I have Maurice Morris starting right now, with Ganther, Forsett and Sims Walker on the bench. If Julius Jones doesn’t play should I start Forsett instead of Morris? Ganther almost gave me a hearth attack last week. All I need is a safe 7-8 points, thanks

  2. Mike says:
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    Championship week!

    Need to start 2 RB, no flex… do I stick with Jamaal Charles and Beanie, or is this the week to get cute and switch one of them out for Jerome Harrison?

    Thanks in advance!

  3. Guy says:
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    Start Big Ben or Alex Smith over Peyton and/or Ochocinco/Hines over Wayne? Friggin Colts…

  4. Championship! says:
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    Mendenhall or Maroney?

  5. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @chisox: it looks like Jones is almost 100% going to start so you shouldn’t be faced with a tough decision. If somehow he’s inactive then yes I think Forsett’s a slightly better play. Maurice Morris should be good for the 7-8 you’re looking for with plenty of upside, however.

    @Mike: I really hate telling people to get cute…. I don’t trust Mangini. Is it PPR? If it is and you decide to get cute sit Beanie. If it’s non PPR sit Charles.

  6. Drew

    Drew says:
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    DeAngelo Williams is out for today’s game against the Giants

  7. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Guy: Roethlisberger

  8. mattg says:
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    Should i start harrison or snelling. I too, do not trust mangini, but matt ryan should be back so the falcons may pass more… i am in a non-PPR league. Thanks

  9. mattg says:
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    mcnabb or favre? leaning towards mcnabb for obviouis reasons

  10. money says:
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    Which 3 WR do i go with?
    Ward @ Bal, Driver @ Sea, Boldin @ St. Louis, and Roddy @ Buf
    It is a PPR league.

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @money: I’d sit Ward with his hammy issues.

    @mattg: McNabb

    @mattg: I’d stick with Snelling

  12. G says:
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    ppr league-last WR spot
    who do you like and why?
    Roddy White, Bess or Cotchery?

  13. G says:
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    thanks in advance

  14. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @G: I like White

  15. thetruth says:
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    @ Doc
    I’ve got Stewart and Johnson starting and need a flex from
    Bell, Forte, Foster, and McGahee?
    Thanks

  16. Fred says:
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    Doc – Exact Sit-Rep with Bush after I gambled with Foster last week. BUT…I played Foster over Bradshaw! Nevertheless still playing! But now what do you think…Bradshaw or Bush as a flex this champ week? I think its a coin flip but any comment would be appreciated. Thanks for everything this year guys and happy new one.

  17. sal says:
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    Yo guys,

    PPR – Should I start JChar? My other options are JMorgan. Moreno and Nicks. Im going with Charles.

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @thetruth: Tough, not a fan of any, but Forte is the only one who gets all the looks.

  19. Mike says:
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    Flex position in PPR: Snelling, Megatron, or Harvin? THanks

  20. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Fred: I like Bradshaw.

    @sal: I’d go with Charles as well.

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mike: I like Snelling

  22. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Rachel Nichols asked Peyton if he’d play through 4 quarters if the game was in doubt and he said, “I would certainly imagine so.”

  23. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Derrick Ward is active. Sit Caddy.***

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Julius Jones is active. Sit Forsett.***

  25. johnnypop says:
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    couple questions doc…
    finley or winslow
    pick 2 – jstew, sjax, beanie
    pick 2 – desean jackson, steve smith (car), jstew

    thank you!

  26. Howie says:
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    Playing for the Super Bowl ring today…

    I see from an earlier comment Big Ben over Alex Smith is the suggested start (despite Smith’s awesome matchup)?

    RBs– I have Beanie and Jerome H. plugged in… DeAngelo and Turner are hurt for me… but I’m currently leaving Jamaal on the bench. Non-PPR- does Jamaal crack the starting lineup over either/both of those guys?

    WRs– I have Carolina Smith and Driver in the lineup at the moment. Would either/both Megatron or Roddy be better starts (again, non-PPR).

    Thanks!

  27. Jo says:
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    jeremy maclin or antonio bryant in a ppr league?

  28. Art Vandelay says:
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    I know this has been discussed ad nauseum, but….would you start Josh Morgan over Reggie Wayne this week?

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @johnnypop: Finley, JStew, SJax, Desean, JStew

    @Howie: Yeah, I like Ben, but it’s close. I like Jamaal a little more than Harrison (another close one), I’d stick with Driver and Smith

    @Art Vandelay: With Manning’s talk this morning it’s close, but I like Morgan, barely.

  30. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jo: Bryant

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Jeremy Shockey is OUT***

  32. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Fargas is officially out***

  33. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Fred Taylor is active***

  34. nick m. says:
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    Please pick 2 of these 3 in a PPR – SJax, Snelling, Wells? And do you bench Wayne for Josh Morgan in a PPR…I know not to bench you studs but Revis has an amazing track list against the who’s who of WR’s this year and Wayne could also be benched…and Morgan is playing the lions?

  35. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: I like all 3, but just to be safe since SJax is in the late game and is questionable I’d go with Snelling and Wells. I’m going with Morgan, but I’m a little nervous about it!

  36. john says:
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    Crabtree, Sidney Rice, or Reggie Wayne?

  37. nick m. says:
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    Same here. What about Fred Davis over Dallas Clark in PPR? …I hate this much turnover in the champ game, but the Colts scare me.

  38. Drew

    Drew says:
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    ***Justin Fargas Inactive*** start Michael Bush!!!

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: I think I’d stick with Clark.

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @john: Rice

  41. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ****Steven Jackson will NOT play today!!!!!!!****

  42. Josh says:
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    FUCK!! I’m probably already going to lose anyway, but now I’ve gotta sub a WR out for SJax…Crabtree or Megatron?

  43. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Josh: umm…. Crabtree?

  44. Josh says:
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    yeah, that was my first inclination. I’m totally screwed anyway — down by 55 with Beanie, Witten, Crabtree and the Cards left to play vs. his AP and Niners D.

  45. Howie says:
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    Ouch… if I had started Roddy instead of Driver I would have won our Super Bowl. Should have also kept J. Harrison in there…but that one I can live with due to the unpredictability of the “Mangenius”.

  46. Howie says:
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    Double ouch… just saw where Harrison had 39 (not a typo) carries! I am firing myself as head coach of my team.

  47. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Howie: all you can do is make the best decision possible given the information at the time. unfortunately in football you’re dealing with a lot of incomplete puzzles. you can’t be right all the time.

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