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The semifinals are here. The question is are you still here or did your team get eliminated this final week of the regular season? Whether you’re going for a title or just playing consolation rounds, let’s scrape the last bits of meat off of the waiver wire’s bones.

Availability is based on ESPN leagues and FAAB off the $100 budget you’ve been nursing since September.

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (96%; $8) has scored four touchdowns in his last four games and has received at last 11 carries per outing. This week’s matchup with the Titans shows promise for another nice game from Powell. 

New York Giants RB David Wilson (60%; $5) has burst back on to the scene with his monster game against New Orleans. I’m just as impressed with his 100 yards rushing as I am with this 221 yards in the kick return game. Add to the mix Ahmad Bradshaw possibly having knee issues and a soft Atlanta run defense, this could be another big week for the rookie.

Washington QB Kirk Cousins (99.8%; $3) would be a good add in 2QB leagues. He’s really best suited as an insurance policy in larger leagues and the status of RGIII is unknown as of now.

Atlanta RB Jacquizz Rodgers (72%; $4) has been seeing more snaps than Michael Turner in the last couple games. With Atlanta all but wrapped up a bye, look for Rodgers to get into games while they rest Turner down the stretch.

Jacksonville RB Montell Owens (91%, $4) had a great first game as the lead back in Jacksonville. His outing of 91 yards and a touchdown is a nice performance but Jacksonville takes on Miami this week.

There’s not much out there for wide recievers, tight ends nor kickers so we’ll go straight to defenses.

Detroit’s DST (50%; $3) takes on an Arizona squad that hasn’t hit the end zone in two weeks and just got shellacked 58-0 at Seattle. We can’t recommend the Raiders even if they are playing the Chiefs this week.

There’s not a lot out there at this time of year and even with some of the injuries from last week, the replacements just don’t look viable if you’re trying to win a title

Leave questions and comments below and good luck in the semifinals.

21 Responses

  1. HP2 says:
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    Need to pickup a RB need help there right now I have
    Ballard
    Bell
    Hillman
    Howling
    Available on the waiver wire are
    Reece
    Owens
    Powell
    Wells
    Who should I drop and pickup then who should I start this week need 2 and no flex option in my league

    • EEE256 says:
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      @HP2:

      I’d pick up Owens. He’s getting the most carries of that group but be sure to check Jennings/MJD status. Miami also is a tough matchup. Howling & Hillman are dropable. I’d start Bell (going to get garbage time carries) and than it’s a toss up between Owens and Ballard. Both tough matchups and not great. Slight lean to Owens because Ballard got hurt this past week and Carter is the goaline back

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @HP2: Sorry about being slow to get back to everyone. Stomach viruses suck like missing out on the playoffs by three points.

      Owens is the pick. DMC looks to be back and the Arizona RBs are one big quagmire running behind their offensive line with three rookies starting. Add to that a poor QB starting this week (Lindley) and I’m thinking it’s going to be another miserable week for the Not-So-Angry Birds.

  2. HP2 says:
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    I am in a standard non PPR league also who would be the better start this week at QB
    Brady or Dalton

    • EEE256 says:
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      @HP2:
      Brady

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @HP2: Gotta go with Brady. Start your studs.

  3. Chris says:
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    Houston or Detroit DST?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Chris: Detroit. Arizona is a hot mess. I should know. I live 45 minutes from the stadium down here and can’t walk outside without having the urge to vomit from the stench this team is putting off.

      All sarcasm aside, Detroit, especially with Ryan Lindley starting at QB for Arizona this week.

    • jason says:
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      @Chris: Lions playing bad Ari offense. Go there. Ind will score in that Hou game. They’ll need to throw a lot too. Luck will give picks, and get crap-load of yards.

  4. jason says:
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    Had best overall team, now lost Bryant AND Harvin for year. Please help with
    - TE Bennett or Olsen. SD def pretty good lately. But Newton has exactly 2 guys to throw to, but even with this he’s getting few targets lately. NYG can/will have to throw a lot vs ATL, of course i’m likely already playing Wilson there. could also drop one to pick up Pitta, but his down games scare the crap out of me. At least Olsen and Bennett in PPR get at least 7 a game.
    - Way bigger problem with WR need 2 of either already owned Avery (probably good idea as they will need luck to likely throw another 50 or so balls in this game) or Kerley (even though he is ONLY good receiver left on NYJ they run about twice as much as pass lately); I’m about to pick up Hawkins. So 2 out of Hawkins/Kerley/Avery/Heyward-Bey (others on waivers). Oakland really spreads ball around too much and could even be winning in this game eliminating Palmer’s forte garbage time yards.
    Lighter note, Spiller and maybe Wilson become starters for this week, so I got that going for me. Seahawks def, or Mia, or even Lions. Hard to think Buf’s offense which did next to nothing at home last week vs above average STL would necessitate sitting SEA DEF.
    Thanks for any help. Win this week and at least make some more money.

    • jason says:
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      @jason: also, forgot, A.Roberts is on waiver also. Good matchup against bad Lions def; but don’t know if psychologically would want to let stew that i lost by putting in Lindley/Skelton WR. Roberts has been the only useful fantasy player (other than occasional LSHowling) post-Kolb.

    • EEE256 says:
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      @jason:
      I like Bennett over Olsen. NYG/ATL has shootout potential and Eli likes Bennett in RZ
      WR: Tough call. I’d go Avery with amount of targets he’s getting and Hawkins, although i dont like playing players on Thursdays. They seem to put up duds but he has best QB of that bunch and has been getting targets since returning. Heyward-Bey is to hit or miss (either gets a long TD or puts up an egg) and i dont trust Jets or AZ QB’s to start a WR on their teams.
      I’d go Seattle defense

      • jason says:
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        @EEE256: thanks, and i agree; now i see avery might be hurt (ribs) as well. If he’s out, would Kerley/Roberts (s#&t QB)/ or even Avant (this is PPR) be better. Avant bad matchup, unless Maclin sits? Would be taking 2/3 or WR’s from a thurs game. Bryant or Avery notwithstanding i’ve locked in Hawkins/Welker for 2 spots, anyway.

        • Murph says:
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          @jason:

          Agree Bennett his increase in redzone targets is directly related to Andre Brown’s injury and even more so if Bradshaw sits.

          Check out Sky’s weekly rankings post to help you with your WR nightmare as I really have no answers I don’t like any of them this week.

          Not big on Avery this week as the texans are vulnerable mainly against TE and slot receivers only so Hilton is the better play. Yeah Avery is getting targets but with only 8 receptions on 23 targets in the last two games you have to think Luck will start looking elsewhere. Hawkins is to be avoided on the short week and lack of reception totals hurts his PPR value. Avant is also a bad play, his production came mainly with the 51 pass attempts from Foles which will not happen against the bengals. I know this probably doesnt help you but would wait it out to see if Dez plays this week or look to the waiver wire.

          • Andrew Nordmeier

            Andrew Nordmeier says:
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            @Murph: And that thread made every point I could have.

  5. bluety says:
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    Rams Def or Bills Def no more waiver moves during playoff?
    Also do i play Britt or Givens this week? THanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @bluety: Rams for me. Go for Britt he’s actually either scoring TDs or hitting triple digit yards in his last three games…now if only he’d do both.

  6. Johnny Hammerstick says:
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    Need a couple of rec’s at WR an DEF:

    Pick 2: Bmarsh, DThomas, DAlexander

    Pick 1: Dolphins, Broncos, Jets, Rams

    Thanks bro, as always!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Johnny Hammerstick: Sorry about the slowness..darn stomach bugs and puking in bushes in public.

      I go for Marshall and Demarius at the WR and for defense I like the Broncos. Gotta love that new offensive coordinator smell in Baltimore and Joe Flacco doesn’t scream awesome QB.

  7. Murph says:
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    Stop blaming the stomach bug Andrew you’re just still sick after watching the Cardinal’s atrocious attempt at playing football on Sunday. I hear they are forfeiting the game against the Lions this week how many points does my defense get for that? hahaha

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