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Unlike a real champion, I’m mad and not going to re-trace my steps for this awesome open I wrote.  Friggin’ Word crashed when I went to save!  Typical.  It’s as if I was going against Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Calvin Johnson last night.  I just feel defeated.  Let’s just get into my picks:

Here’s five guys not started in enough leagues and five guys started in too many leagues that should be benched, along with their % started in ESPN leagues and Yahoo leagues, respectively.  And remember, these picks are not always suggestions for direct 1-for-1 swaps if you own players in both sections, but merely picks for guys not started enough and started too often.

Possible Starters

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco (19.3%, 23%) – Coming off a huge game beating NE in Foxboro, I actually think Sunday Night’s game against the vaunted Seahawks D will be a little more open on offense than most.  I like Kaepernick a lot as we’ve seen him score like a fantasy starter every start he’s had.  He’s both consistent and has high upside, I think is a top 5 or 6 QB this week.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle (8.1% 12%) – As stated above, I think the NFC West showdown is actually more open to offenses than most would think.  Plus there’s reports Justin Smith will likely miss this game, and that 49ers D is just not the same without him as we saw last Sunday Night.  Wilson has been a beast at home and is finally hitting his stride (literally) in the running game.  I could legit see him being your starter if you’ve made it this far with Tony Romo or Eli Manning.

Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis (47.4%, 32%) – It sure took the Colts long enough, but with Donald Brown now on IR, Ballard is the lead back for Indy.  With a good matchup going at the Chiefs, the Colts should win big and give Ballard a lot of work as the feature back.  Ballard had his first career 100-yard game last week against a tough Texans run D, and I see him eclipsing 100 yards again this week.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville (35.8%, 43%) – I feel that Shorts has been really underrated, putting up 100 yards or a TD in all but 1 start since week 7.  Now going against a shaky NE secondary in what should be a blow out.  Love him in junk time to rack up stats.  And I bet he can’t wait for Tebow to be his starting QB next year.

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore (24.0%, 25%) – Pitta has scored TDs in 3 of the last 4 Ravens games, and behind Torrey Smith, is Flacco’s favorite target.  Should be a lot of passing today against the Giants, and I think he is solid here.

 

Son Of A Bench

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (68.5%, 57%) – As stated above, I would start Russell Wilson over Manning.  Sure there’s some risk, but I think Wilson has both the better floor and high ceiling.  Manning has been dreadful, and I’m shocked is still started in so many leagues.  Get someone else.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati (79.4%. 61%) – I’ve become a big fan of the law firm and think he’ll be a great value pick next year, but this is not the week I’d want to trust him.  The Pittsburgh run D gives up the 4th least amount of points to opposing RBs and Green-Ellis had 18 carriers for 69 yards last time these teams faced off.  With the division on the line, I see Cincy going to the pass early and often.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (53.3%, 46%) – Although not started in half of fantasy leagues and probably not on very many championship rosters, I can’t believe Greene is started as often as he is.  With McElroy now the starting QB, it will be 8 in the box all day.  Not to mention other backs (Powell, McKnight) are getting in the mix.  Bench.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis (77.8%, 85%) – Very tough to bench your studs that got you to the championship, and at where Wayne fell, there’s a good chance he’s the WR2 or 3 for good teams, but I think he’s a bench today.  Wayne has faltered down the stretch and playing the Chiefs today, should be a cakewalk for the Colts.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona (67.3%, 54%) – In typical “beating a dead horse” fashion, say whaaaaaaaa with Fitzgerald’s percent startage numbers…  I just can’t believe it.  Although most teams he’s on are probably dead and not in the finals, so I guess that makes sense…

If you have any last second decisions, shoot some comments below or tweet me @jbgilpin. Good luck to everyone in Razzball Nation in the final today!

From Around The Web

  1. Randall says:
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    Ok last one: Ryan Grant or David Wilson (assuming Bradshaw plays)?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Randall: Ughhhhh painful! Ryan Grant. But I feel dirty about it, even with my Wilson hate.

  2. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Hey you take back that Fitzgerald comment! Namely because it hurts so…

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Sky: Haha sorry man! he should be benched in ALL leagues though…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I know…you’ll get to read my Fitz lament later in the week with an auction draft season recap

  3. Phil says:
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    Dwyer or Owens or L.James

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Phil: Dwyer. Best shot for a score.

      • Phil says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin:
        Just heard R.Grant is stating.
        So Grant or Dwyer ?

  4. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Reposting from Andrew’s post, as it’s more appropriate here: need a HR at QB to overcome a Roddy White-sized deficit. Highest ceiling: Big Ben v Cin, Wilson v SF or Bradford @TB?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: You may think I’m crazy but I think it’s Wilson. Could have a 22-28 300 yd 2 TD, plus 50 yd rushing 1 TD kind of game. Think tonight’s game could be epic and have more offense than people think. Plus no Justin Smith hurts the pass rush.

  5. Kevin says:
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    Garcon, Coulston or Deangelo Williams (if stewart is out)?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Gotta stick with Colston there. Saints should put up a big game vs. Dallas.

      • Kevin says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin: Do you fear that Colston has had six targets in the last two weeks? Garcon is typically RG3’s guy…

        • JB Gilpin

          Jonathan Gilpin says:
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          @Kevin: I do a bit, but Colston could have a Roddy White-esque return in what will be a big game.

          • Kevin says:
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            @Jonathan Gilpin: Yea I hear you. What’s your realistic expectation of D Williams if Stewart is out (which looks like he is)?

  6. Barker says:
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    Started t gonz and went against roddy last night in the finals

    For def New England or Green Bay
    For K tynes graham prater hartley zuerlein

    Pick three WR garçon Colston dez Jennings danario

    Ballard over cj2k or t rich ?
    Desperate for all the points I can get
    Thanks for all the advice this year and good luck in your finals

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Barker: Ugh thats sucks… I like NE D. Give me Prater as K. I leave out Jennings and Danario. Finally, I think you stick with your studs. Thanks for reading, good luck to you as well!

      • J Money says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin: @Jonathan Gilpin: it’s actually the same league, I just prefer to put my wideouts in my flex positions dude to the PPR. I currently have it set up the way you recommended but just wanted to be sure. Thanks!

  7. Phil says:
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    Just heard R.grant is starting .
    So Dwyer or Grant?

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Phil: Hmmmm that’s close. I might actually risk Grant there.

  8. rOBERT jOHN says:
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    Hi Jonathan,, Seahawks, Houston or Chargers defense??
    and a dumb question, S. Bradford or P. Manning?
    Thanks and Merry Xmas

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @rOBERT jOHN: Haha lets start with the dumb question… You gotta start Manning. Haha. I’d go Chargers D. Rookie QB on an inept offense going against them, gotta be excited.

  9. Dave the Barber says:
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    Ayo Son,
    The god is in a power position right now with Megatron and Matty Frat Boy Nickname both puttin up 29 son. But yo, even with all of the gods understanding he can’t come to choose between Run DMC or Goretex at the moment, so knowledge me god. I’m comin to get my culture cypher.

    DTB

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Dave the Barber: Culture cypher unnecessary, son! I think you know the answer. Gore will give you fantasy lore, Run DMC will make the championship flee. Good luck today!

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Jonathan Gilpin: I started DMC and won by four…

  10. J Money says:
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    .5 PPR
    Pick 2 WR:
    Steve Smith
    Pierre Garçon
    Steve Johnson
    I’m already starting Shorts and Marshall, just need to fill out my two flex positions.

    Pick 2 RB:
    Matt Forte
    Chris Johnson
    Steven Ridley
    Already leaning for Forte, just not sure about the second back.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @J Money: Leavin out Stevie. I know big game last week, but has been meh the rest of the year. Man that’s a tough one with that stable of back. These are 2 dif leagues right? You’d def want your flex to be one of those guys if not. I’d bench Ridley. I know great matchup on paper, but could be a random game for Vareen to get 20 touches or something.

  11. Giacomo says:
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    Last minute advice- the law firm against Pitt or McCoy against Washington . 1/2 pt per reception league.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Giacomo: McCoy. Brown in the mix hurts, but McCoy can score any time he touches.

  12. JohnRamboJr says:
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    Couple last minute questions…u stated in your article that u don’t care for R. Wayne today. I need to choose 3. Dez, Garçon, Cecil or Wayne. I could play all of them by using my flex position. RBs. Moreno, Martin, McFadden, Wilson. Leaning towards benching Moreno and Wilson. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,
    JRJ

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @JohnRamboJr: Well my feelings on Wilson are well documented. I don’t think you touch him there with those backs. Give me Moreno and Martin. And yea I like those other receivers more.

  13. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    ppr league….need 1 RB and 1 flex.

    Bradshaw,Sproles,Ridley,Lance Moore and James Jones.

    same league,Jimmy Graham or Heath Miller?

    also,non ppr flex….Ballard,Amendola or B. Lloyd?

    thnks,and thnks for the good advice all season.

    • JB Gilpin

      Jonathan Gilpin says:
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      @Oilcan Giuseppe: Since PPR def like Sproles. Give me him and Ridley. I think you gotta roll with Graham and hope at TE. I like Ballard in that flex question, should get tons of touches with effectiveness. Thanks for stopping by man, good luck today!

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