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I’m nothing if not culturally irrelevant.  Leave it to me to bring up a white Canadian Reggae rapper from the early 90’s that was known best for a song that no one can sing along to because we have zero clue what the crazy Canuck was saying.  Lickeeboomboomdan?  Ickyvroomvroomman?  I have zero clue.  I’ve looked up the lyrics now that I live in the age of the intarwebs.  Still don’t care.  Dude was spitting fierce tourette’s jibberish if you ask me.  We get made fun of for Vanilla Ice, what about some accountability for this, Canada?  You’ve never bombed my great nation but you’ve still found ways to destroy my culture.  Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Nickelback…you guys have zero shame.  But of course I’m not here to add fuel to the inevitable Canada vs ‘Merica war, I’m here to talk fantasy football and so I’m picking probably the worst game on the day to pick my stud from.  Naturally.  In what can only be described as a snow bowl, the Eagles won 34-20 in a game that featured no FGs or XP attempts, 8 total fumbles, and Foles’ first INT of the year, it only makes sense that LeSean McCoy would go off against one of the best rushing defenses in the league.  Can’t throw the ball in the snow, eh?  Well, might as well run Shady 29 times for 217 yards and 2 TDs then.  Problem solved.  Though the weather let up a bit in the second half, it was still a fantasy $h!tshow for most of us who owned parts of these two teams.  Megatron?  Bupkis.  Stafford?  Lamesauce.  Riley Cooper?  Oh fudge (only I didn’t say fudge).  It was a game that ‘real football fans’ adore and we fake football fans loathe, especially on the first week of the playoffs.  This game could’ve sealed the fate for quite a few teams.  It’s a bitter pill to swallow because either way you’re gonna be mad.  What if Stafford, Megatron, et al went off on your bench?  Roshambo yourself.  But they stayed in your lineup and didn’t go off.  Another roshambo to oneself.  It was a can’t win scenario and unfortunately – unless you owned McCoy – probably won’t win because of it.  Well look at that, I’ve already depressed 75% of my readers in the first paragraph.  New record!  Well let’s get to some better news then shall we?  Here’s the rest of the fantasy goods from week 14 of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.

Rob Gronkowski – As of this typing, no official word but it’s almost a given Rob is out for the rest of the 2013 season, including the playoffs as it’s feared he has a torn ACL.  We usually call him Gronk.  Now we just call him ‘owski’.  Wait, did I say I was gonna cheer you up in the lead paragraph.  My bad.  *Makes balloon animal and gives lollipop*.

Andrew Luck – Playing from behind yet again by a bajilion points, only this time Andrew delivers.  Just like he hasn’t for about 3 weeks when given a similar set up, destroying one of my team’s chances for the playoffs.  I started Case Keenan over you…GO LUCK YOURSELF!

Josh Gordon – Only had 7/151/1 through the air but thankfully contributed 34 on the ground to make up for it.  Gordon, you’ve set the bar at 200 or bust.  You disappoint me, sir…in the most wonderful way.

Shane Vereen – Is it just me or is it odd a guy who was called a PPR stud has scored 3 times on the ground and only once through the air so far?  Ok, just me maybe.  Regardless, when Gronk went out Vereen went nuts: 12/153 through the air and 3/9/1 on the ground.  And while we’re on the topic of Gronk out, let’s take a quick assessment of the Pats I want to own in the passing game: Edelman and Vereen.  We’ll see how the targets shake out but I’m not excited to try and play Patriot roulette.  It’s like having a chatroulette with Grey.  He gets bored when Fantasy Baseball isn’t in full gear.  Clearly…

Jamaal Charles – Was a big part of the annihilation of the Shannys – 159 total yards and 2 TDs – as the ‘skins stadium looks much like my Sunday football party looked when I ate all the bean dip by the end of the first quarter.

Cordarrelle Patterson – Had 258 total yards on the day with 5/141/1 of that coming through the air.  Heading into Sunday Night Football, Patterson was the 3rd highest scoring wideout in PPR leagues.  I know it’s cliche to say ‘it’s been a weird week in the NFL’ but c’mon, I never use it and it actually applies this week!  Give it to me this once.

Da’Rick Rodgers – Went for 6/107/2 as Marvin Lewis will probably have his CBs practice tackling drills effective last night.  Now I’m not gonna take too much credit from Rodgers – plenty of tough catches – but the defense for Cincy was a real let down in the secondary.  That said, this is the man who was being given a shot along with LaVon Brazill (3/53/2) in DHB’s place.  Now DHB gets dropped even further down the depth chart due to their success and his drops.  Is there irony somewhere in there?  Maybe?  Someone needs to put a scratch and sniff irony sticker on things so we can tell if/when it is.  Oh and I am interested in Da’Rick if we’re talking fantasy for both real and deep league dynasty.

Jordan Cameron – Hey, I remember this guy.  Didn’t he used to be good?  I guess he is again…?  Went for 9/121/1 as it seems only one TE named Jordan can be startable at any time.  Watch out for a Reed return next week!  Or not…yeah, prolly not.

Marcel Reece – Rushed for over 100 on a team that hasn’t given up a 100 yard rushing game on the year, gaining 161 total yards – 123 on the ground – and a TD.  It would make sense on a day that Geno Smith didn’t turn the ball over 4 times that the Jets would give up their first 100 yard rusher.  Oh and randomly Terrelle Pryor was put in on one series in the first quarter and it wasn’t the one where Oakland was pinned at the one.  Why?  *Looks at Raiders record*  Needless to say, it was a weird week in the NFL…ok, I promise I’m done with that now!  Reece may see more touches for his performance today even when Rashad comes back but I wouldn’t worry about a timeshare.

Rod Streater – Andre Holmes had a few chances and was targeted heavily but it was Streater (7/130/1) who got to take full advantage of the Jets terrible secondary.  If I have to choose between the two Raider WRs, I still like Holmes but I’ve never NOT liked Streater…I know, it sounds like I’m hedging.  I’m not really.  But we’re talking Raiders WRs.  How many times have we been disappointed before?  You probably don’t wanna step in this mess if you’re still in the playoffs.

Adrian Peterson – Left the game with an ankle injury.  Then the cart came out.  Then he was seen jumping up and down trying to get ready.  Then he got on the cart…yeah, I don’t get it either.  He says he’ll be back.  Not sure the Vikings want to destroy their MVP/possible trade chip down the stretch.  If you’re worried or in need of RB help, you could do worse than Toby Gerhart (15/89/1 with a lost fumble).  BTW, if I’m not mistaken, this game changed leads about 4 times in the final 2 minutes.  It was a weird week in the NFL…seriously, I’m not even typing that anymore, who said that!

Jason Campbell – Yep.  Oh yeah.  For sure.  Uh huh.  This is my response to you when you ask ‘did Jason Campbell just outscore about every QB ranked higher than him this week?’  I don’t think I have to repeat myself but the answer is ‘yes’.  I’ve now talked about three Browns players.  That has to be a Sunday roundup record.

Bobby Rainey – Not gonna lie, I have a deep league team that I started Vereen and Rainey on and still have a major shot at losing despite another sweet Bobby statline: 127 rushing yards, 80 of which came on an opening TD run.  Rainey has performed well against mediocre to bad defenses and has been stuffed by one great rushing defense (today excluded of course).  So the Bucs have Rainey, James and Martin as a three-headed RB juggernaut for next year?  I’m scurred…regarding their fantasy values of course.  There’s no such thing as a 3-headed RB, silly.

Dennis Pitta – I didn’t think he’d be fantasy relevant the moment he touched the field.  After a 6/48/1 line on 11 targets, I was proven wrong.  He was rusty with quite a few dropped passes but the fact he was able to get open for said dropped passes is a good sign.  How many Gronk owners left him on waivers saying ‘when would I start this guy over Rob?  That would be stupid’.  Sorry I know, fresh wounds but still, I have a funny feeling its ‘a crapton’ being the answer.

Joique Bell – With Reggie Bush slipping in the tunnel on the way to the game and being shut down, it was time for Bell to shine and he did…or at least I think he did.  I couldn’t see him out there.  But I see his statline: 127 total yards and a TD.  Only thing that marred his day was what marred Detroit’s offense overall: fumbles.  Namely, 7 of them, 5 by Stafford alone.  I thought the cold only brought on shrinkage of balls…wouldn’t that make them easier to hold onto?  I’m not joique’ing, I want to know.

Montee Ball – A lot of people wondered why I had the Broncos receivers so low on the week.  Well, I really thought we’d see more ground and pound against a tough Titans secondary because Denver had the weapons to do it and because the Titans are Gawd-awful against the run.  I guess I should’ve known an angry ‘who says I can’t throw well in the cold’ Peyton would make a point to throw a TD to all 4 of his main guys.  But of course, I’m here to talk about Ball: 15/77/1 and 3/10 through the air.  I only put him 28th in standard because there was an off-chance that TEN made a game of it and kept the Broncos passing.  Well, best of both worlds happened and Ball went Full Montee for his owners.  I was not one of them and sadly stayed fully clothed all Sunday.

Knowshon Moreno – I don’t even know what to really say.  Moreno did his typical dual damage (78/1 on the ground 6/31 through the air) and Prater set an NFL record for a 64 yard FG.  It was a fantasy scoregasm in Denver and it deserves its own Sunday writeup to itself.

Giovani Bernard – Had nearly 150 total yards on offense (12/99 on the ground and 4/49 through the air) but didn’t score a TD so few will talk about him.  Except me.  I heart you Gio.  Even if Marvin Lewis hearted BJGE on the goal line more today.  But what does he know?  He still has the Red Rocket as his QB.

Justin Hunter – Sure, I suggested you last week and you drop a donut and then turn around and do this: 4/114/1.  Justin, you and I need to get on the same page.  Text me, we’ll do lunch.  Maybe talk about how Harvard-schooled Fitzpatrick still finds ways to make stupid-bad decisions.  I’m buying.  But I’m also broke.  How about Wendy’s?

Keenan Allen – Briefly left the game after his first touchdown but knew you were counting on him and returned to finish the game with 3/59/2.  In this same game, Hakeem Nicks went for 135 on 5 catches and ya know what?  Don’t even care.  I’d say I’ve grown numb to you but I called you overrated in the off-season and avoided you at all costs.  Now why couldn’t I have typed the same thing about Danny Amendola?  DAH!

Antonio Brown – A great day (5/137/1) that could’ve been greater if he knew what he was stepping in.  Nah, not making ‘Brown’ jokes.  Was talking about him stepping out on the sidelines on a potential game winning miracle play.  Meanwhile, Jacoby Jones returned a TD for the Ravens after the Tomlin jump that ruined a potential TD one week ago.  Have I mentioned it was a weird week in the NFL yet?  I have?  Multiple times, you say?  And now you’re about to boycott the site until I stop?  Got it.  That would just make a weird week in the NFL that much weirder, though…just sayin’.

Lamar Miller – Left the game with a concussion which cleared the way for Daniel Thomas – he’s back and healthy?!? – to go for 105 and a TD.  Before you get overly excited about DT, I’m just gonna point out he had a 55 yard run on which he was brought down from behind by a defensive lineman.  Think on that for a minute…now realize you’re still picking him up if you need an RB play but don’t get too excited.

Ryan Mathews – Had his 4th 100 yard rushing game on the year (29/103/1 and 3/32 through the air) and is on pace for about 1,200 total yards, 7 touchdowns and an inflated draft price in 2014 that I can’t endorse.

Jimmy Graham – Foot problems eh?  For a guy who’s playing hurt, it’s hard to tell: 5/56/2.  Next time I tell anyone tell sell Graham, I’ll be doing it so they sell them to me.

Marques Colston – There’s the guy I told you to buy a bajillion years ago!  Colston went for 9/125/2 on everyone who’s in 8th places bench.  Over the off-season, the Saints are probably gonna be deciding on whether to keep Colston or Moore.  They may even decide to dump or keep both but neither is likely.  I’d bank on Colston returning due to his history with Brees but if I’m buying a Saints WR next year, it’ll probably have to be Stills.  No, not motionless.  Who wants a motionless WR?  Kenny Stills.  Jeez…

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  1. George says:
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    Whats up Skye, I had mccoy allen and brown and made it to the final four! Question, should I use a waiver on Pitta, I have bennet starting at TE right now. Should I wait to see how he does tomorrow or do you think Pitta will be better during the playoffs stretch? G Graham is also on Waivers.

    Thanks for helping get me to the final four!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @George: Nice!

      I’d start Pitta over Bennett easily. He’s a primary target for Flacco. So so on Graham without Kubiak forcing the short passing game.

      • George says:
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        @Sky: What do you think about the impact on Tate with the firing of Cubiak? think they will go with Johnson instead?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Maybe, it’s hard to say. Maybe more timeshare/looking to the future

  2. Zandy says:
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    Thanks sky for all your help! Got this weeks victory clinched! You’re the man

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Zandy: Internet fist bump!

  3. Nathan says:
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    im up 31 in a ppr matchup with my opponent still having brandon marshall and dan bailey left to play. how safe am i??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Nathan: I’d use a full body condom…Brandon could go off.

  4. Chris says:
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    I Hit you up first thing Monday morning like clockwork, you make good sense in the most hilarious ways. I made it to the playoffs in all 3 of my leagues and am past the first round in one of them (the one where I have to stream a QB every week with your help. Crazy) couldn’t do it without you. I saw the weather in Philly and one minute before kickoff I sat Shady and put in Keenan Allen :( Allen came through but not for 40 + points and I hated myself all day. Fantasy football is masochistic! Already Looking forward to your rankings for this week.
    Oh, how about the fiasco performances by Wacko Flacco and Torrey Smith? Lost Jordan reed at game time and I grabbed Pitta, HE comes through! Crazy week indeed.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Chris: Thanks for the devotion and kind words, Chris! Guys like you are just as important as you’re the ones who keep the site going.

      That sounds like a scary yet triumphant weekend. In snow like that, all it takes is for one hole to open up and boom. Straight line running, hard to catch somebody. That weather seriously probably ruined a few fantasy teams for the year.

  5. Steve says:
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    There was one extra point attempt by Detroit; it was pathetic and unforgettable.
    They even called a timeout so the offensive line had time to try and clear space to kick.
    Philly even tried to return it for some points, but they didn’t know that the defense can’t score any points on the try.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Steve: Ah, I changed the channel back and forth a few times. I missed that one. Still, man that’s crazy.

  6. L-Boogie says:
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    All I need is 200 yards and 3 TDs from Brandon Marshall tonight and I move on. So pretty much a lock, right?

    • Cram It says:
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      @L-Boogie: I need that too! Plus 200 yards and 3 TD’s from DeMarco Murray. Yeahhhhh….

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Cram It: that’s actually possible vs a Bears D that allowed 211 to Peterson and like 215 to Stacy and Benny Cunningham the last few weeks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Cram It: @L-Boogie: You guys got this in the bag…well, a body bag anyway. Tag it and bag it!

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Sky: Actually, I hope Marshall doesn’t come anywhere near that. I’d rather get annihilated than lose by just a few points because I started Ladarius Green or the Texans D.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          They sounded good at the time. Who knew Kubiaks team would show up with zero bite on Thursday. Was sad to watch

          • L-Boogie says:
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            @Sky: I think the Houston D had more penalty yards than my QB had passing yards this week.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha! I wouldn’t doubt it

  7. Grayson Lewis says:
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    I always enjoy buffering my first hour of work on Monday, reading your articles and catching up on fantasy news.

    Anyways, I have all but clinched a spot in my league’s championship game (unless Forte scores 130 points). I have started RG3 all year; do not ask me how I made it this far. My pending championship opponent has Garcon as his WR1/2. With Alex Smith (recently picked up) on my bench, do I sit the reeling RG3 for the steady Smith? Or should I stick with RG3; not disrupt my team’s chemistry; do not potentially upset the fantasy gods; and meanwhile negate Garcon’s production?

    Thank you, in advance.

    • Grayson Lewis says:
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      @Grayson Lewis: If you account for said players’ matchups, I should mention: It is a two-week championship final.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grayson Lewis: Hey Grayson, thanks for reading and glad to hear you’re moving on to the big game.

        Are you saying you have to set your lineup for the two weeks on one stop? Like you can’t move RG3 or Alex Smith out once you start them? If so, what are the matchups? I could give you a better feel with that info.

        • Grayson Lewis says:
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          @Sky: No, our lineup can be changed each week. RG3 faces Atlanta and Dallas and Smith faces Oakland and Indy. He has also been starting Hartline as his WR3. My next logical add– if I decided to not use the aforementioned– would be Tannehill. This would also negate one of his player’s production. Tanny faces New England and Buffalo.I have my reservations about starting Tannehill, however.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            RG3 has the best matchups. I can’t really suggest with a good conscience playing it safe or starting your QB just to block Hartlines production. Not things I would do

            • Grayson Lewis says:
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              @Sky: I agree. I usually do not play such strategies, but RG3 has been downright awful for most of the year. But I have got this far with him, so I must continue the ride [crosses fingers].

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                He’s not playing at 100% for sure but given the defenses he’s the better gamble in my book

                • Grayson Lewis says:
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                  @Sky: There is news about RG3 and his starting job being in question. If he was to lose his starting role, would you then move to Smith? Or do you even consider Tannehill? At this point, even if RG3 does start, the fear of him being benched mid-game looms…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    If the Shannys are still in charge by Sunday, I’d roll w/Smith

  8. CL says:
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    Hi, Gronk Owner Here. Pretty bummed out. Drafted and held him in 2 leagues and traded for him in the 3rd league. Was pretty proud of myself. I think I jinxed it for us all. Sorry.

    I grabbed Garret Graham in one league I’m in 1st place, Graham & Pitta in the 2nd where playoffs start this week, and will be trying to claim Graham in the 3rd league (which may not matter this week if I lose tonight, round 1 of playoffs).

    Why Fantasy Gods, WHY?! Tell me it’ll be OK…?!

    • CL says:
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      @CL: What about Tamme as an add? He’ll fill slot role with Welker down?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @CL: The Pitta leagues you’ll still be good. Garret obviously is a bigger step down. I’m meh on Tamme. Think it’ll just be more Moreno in the flat.

        • CL says:
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          @Sky: Weeeelllllll, the one league I got Pitta you might say doesn’t matter as much.

          Looks like I roll with what I can get.

  9. Grant says:
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    Well I was comfortably not paying attention to anything yesterday because I had a bye so it was all enjoyable. Just thought I would let everyone know.

    • matt says:
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      @Grant: hopefully you’ll lose next week

      • matt says:
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        @matt: my best team was McKO’ed I’m down 127-70 with Murray & Alshon yet to play. Just glad it’s week 1 and not 2. Funny cuz my opponent hasn’t cracked 75 since week 2 and I’ve avgd 100+ all season

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @matt: nature of h2h vs roto.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Grant: #Humblebrag

  10. scottsteelers says:
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    Random way too early question but I’m not in playoffs and I’m bored. NEXT SEASON we keep 4 people. 2 wr 2rb and a flex. Keep 4. Half point per reception
    Cruz 9th
    Morris 10th
    Stacy 11th
    K.Allen 11th
    Vereen 11th
    Julius Thomas 11th
    Crabtree 11th
    If same rd they shuffle down one.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @scottsteelers: Those are some great problems to have. As of right now:

      Stacy/Allen/Crabtree/Vereen

      Think OJ is good, just not keeper good. Alf I want to hear if there’s no more Shannys and what that means for the offense before I recommit to him.

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Sky: yea Morris not playing 3rd down and never catching makes him only worthy if he gets a TD or 2. Which I’m not willing to bet on any longer. 110 yards is a good NFL game but when in translates to 11 points it blows.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          They did put him in the passing game more of late but overall I want to see what scheme comes in of/when the Shannys leave

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Sky: also I can’t get enougg of Stacy. But would it scare you a bit that 6 of his 16 games are vs Sea, San fran, Az?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He’s just really good. Gotta figure that the Rams will look better when he gets another QB under center besides Clemons. They’re a one trick team right now, easier to key in on him

  11. Tom Thumb says:
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    Great recap. I am stuck with a decision this week on burning my WW claim. I have saved the top claim all season, and now I am in the playoffs (first round bye). I am limping in to the playoffs, with AP and Bush. Fortunately, I also have Joquie Bell and Toby Gehart so I’m not too worried. However, now I have to fill 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 flex with some combo of Bush, Bell, AP, Gerhart, Roddy, Colston, Antonio Brown, Kendall Wright.

    What I am worried about is that I may have to burn my claim now. Pitta is out there and the most formidable team for me just lost Gronk. My TE is Jordan Cameron and I also have Ladarius Green. Do I:
    1. Burn the claim on Pitta to block the Gronk owner?
    2. Burn the claim on Marcel Reese for a flex play in case AP/Bush don’t play?
    3. Do nothing?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Thanks!

      You have two weeks left in the season, I don’t know when else you’re gonna spend it. I wouldn’t be picking up Pitta to block your opponent, I’d be doing it because he’s a more reliable fixture in his offense than Green/Cameron. Pitta might push a few teams over the top down the stretch.

  12. Dave says:
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    So I lost Gronk and AP on my bye week yesterday uch fantasy sucks sometimes…

    But I might as well go down swinging, who should I pickup as a Gronk replacement I’ll put their week 15 matchups because I might end up streaming. The options out there are – Charles Clay (vs NE), Garrett Graham/O. Daniels (@Indy), Heath Miller (vs CIN), Ladarius Green (@ DEN) there’s more options out there so if there’s any sleeper I didn’t mention please let me know its .5PPR.

    Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dave: Haven’t researched what those matchups mean yet. For now, Graham makes sense to me as the safest/lowest downside play. Green is the HR swing, though. Depends on what your lineup needs but its between those two for me.

      • Dave says:
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        @Sky: Well my team still might have a chance I have Dez, Antonio Brown, Keenan at WR and Lacy, Vereen, Gerhart, Gio, (and AP) at RB. QB’s are Rivers, Big Ben, Cutler (2QB league) so I probably can somehow still survive no? All that being said its better to go for safe since I still can rely on other studs right?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Makes sense. Safe it is for your scenario

  13. Dan says:
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    The snow ruined my fantasy season. Stafford and Burleson both putting up basically nothing. Really depressing to watch your season end because of Mother Nature instead of your own failure as a manager. Time to start mock-drafting for fantasy baseball!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Dah, I know. Painful way to go out. But now you’ll be super prepped!

  14. My 1st playoff opponent is looking very likely to be the AP owner. Which back should I claim for the cock-block?

    Toby Gerhardt or what’s-his-name? (5th guy on Jax RB depth chart)

    • scottsteelers says:
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      @James Rolfe: get kunta kinte… I mean Toby. He’s better

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think we know which one by that statement alone

      • @Sky: No Fozzy Bear with McGayGuy consussin?

        • And by ‘consussin'” I mean “concussin'”.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @James Rolfe: split reps w/Ogre most likely. Don’t know if I’d trust that scenario at this time of the year unless I’m desperate.

  15. anthony says:
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    @sky what are you expecting in tonights game ? high scoring ?? im down 10 pts and i have forte playing and he has bears defense – i think i might lose … sigh

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It should be high scoring. Neither defense is very good. Only concern would be a bad game from Romo.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: good call there. i called the DAL defense would score less than bailey (bailey won 4-1)

  16. brian says:
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    I have mcown and marshall she has romo and dallas kicker I am down by 9 do I get it done ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      *reads your horoscope*

      You’ll find the man of your dreams in a place you never thought he’d be…hrm, sorry looks like I’m not much help

  17. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Ben Tate. Ben rapeisburger

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ben Dover

  18. SMLV1 says:
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    Does J. Reed or MJD play another game this season?

    And are they worth holding onto?

    Got J. Graham at TE
    Morris, A. Brown, Stacy and Rainey as my other RBs.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As always, doesn’t matter if you’re dropping them, who are you picking up if you do

      • SMLV1 says:
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        @Sky: Pitta for backup TE. (One of the teams in playoffs has gronk)..Pitta only true TE option on wire.

        RB options Jackson, Vereen, D. Will( stewart done for year), ball, ivory, ogbo, and Gerhart (ap).

        Wr options- Rodgers, Nicks, M. Jones, Amendola, Shorts, Boykin and Crabtree.

        With 4 solid RBs, I prob don’t need mjd right? My WRs are Green, T. Smith, Allen and Douglas.

        See any upgrades for my team?

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SMLV1: crabtree could easily end up better than douglas now that white is back for real

  19. J-FOH says:
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    Wow, what a weird week, am I right? Great article Sky, I didn’t read it and I can only assume you wrote about the weather. I’m out of the playoffs everywhere, I can honestly say it’s been quite a transition this year from being a peanut gallery shit slinger to a writer. I’m glad to be here and can only warn those that think this is the norm be put on notice, Jack is coming back with a vengance and will only stop for old ladies and Zach Stacy. I have now turned my attention to baseball and am trying my hand at the fantasy throwdown thingy, have you ever played?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      This was my magnum opus for sure.

      I’m holding out hope in two leagues, lost w/a poor showing in one of my leagues but it wasn’t my best team anyways.

      I haven’t. I’m assuming its like daily fantasy leagues?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: it’s one on one. Custom settings. Can block one player with draft pick

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Odd. Either way I’ll have to give it a go at some point. I’ll have to buzz you when I do.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: player pool from 3 games only

  20. Ice up says:
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    Hey sky, which defensive player do you like for tonight’s game? Bare with me not a great list, I know:
    Major Wright, Tim Jennings, Julius peppers, or jon bostic

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t really play IDP much so take this with a grain of salt when I say Bostic

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ice up: Jennings or Peppers, If your league gives you close to nothing for PD’s then go Peppers

  21. Steve Stevenson says:
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    So if the Skins turn to Cousins and/or fire Shanahan, is that enough to make the abysmal Falcons D a top play next week? They were decent against the Pack.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nothing wrong with Cousins if he starts. I wouldn’t make that move

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: cousins was better than RG3 last year around this time of the year.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Don’t think ‘better than’ is the correct way to put it

  22. uncdrew says:
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    Probably good for us Antonio Brown owners that he stepped OB. Had he scored, I fear they would have reviewed and called Big Ben’s lateral a forward one.

    Instead, a late score adjustment gave us all about 50 receiving yards (5 points) tacked onto Antonio.

    Up 20 with Romo to his Jeffrey/Gould combo. I’m feeling good, but not great. Will be watching tonight and told the wife, kids and dogs to not be in the room.

  23. The Thumb says:
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    I’m up by 15 and he has Murray going tonight…please tell me I’ll be ok.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wish I could give you the thumbs up but I don’t think I can…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: that’s likely in worse shape than me. I really need CHI to score a lot vs this crap defense.

  24. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, 26.35 up with bailey vs DAL defense (it’s gonna be fun watching those monsters over at CHI tear them up); only thing i likely need to have happen is few to none romo throwing TD’s; long kicks (40 and up) couldn’t hurt either. anyhow if jeffery and bailey save me from brees/s.smith yesterday I would be alive in a different league. which 2 TE’s to replace Gronk. Rank in order. obv the 1st guy should be the best week 15, but have a 2nd def and gronk to drop.
    walker (vs ARI (great TE matchup) @JAX)
    pitta (@DET (bad TE matchup), vs NE)
    h.miller (vs CIN, @GB)
    housler (@TEN,@SEA)
    2. different league TE question week 15 only, grabbed green as reed backup (thank god i was on bye)
    myers vs SEA
    green @DEN (losing snaps, like you said if royal was back)
    ertz @MIN
    paulsen vs KC (this would be good as I’d benefit from Reed’s absence with him)

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      @goodfold2: sucks dez didn’t get in there, instead 1 lose an extra 6 and change.

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        @goodfold2: did (re)learn something else in this league. If you have to start 3 WR ALWAYS have a premium kick returner (return yard leagues) in reserve somewhere for injuries or weak results (nelson/floyd). I used to have j.jones and could’ve had patterson (i’m losing this week from patterson) but was busy getting backup QB’s to rodgers and/or backup RB’s. dropped jacoby when he got hurt and wasn’t first to get him back.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That really depends on league size/settings. Most of their value has little to do with return yardage

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: true, but it applies a lot if it’s the same scoring (1 pt per 10 return yards, same as scrimmage yards). There was 2-3 years in a row a few years back wherein sproles was simply most valuable player due (in no small part) to his returns.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @goodfold2: Yes but if you don’t make that a part of the initial conversation, I have no reference point. Hence league/size settings being a factor :) Sure, when you turn 1000 return yards into 100 points, it’ll always change the equation but I really think that’s poor league setup. You shouldn’t be getting that much for return yards.

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        @goodfold2: not dez, demarco.

  25. J-FOH says:
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    I think in FFB you should stop playing if you don’t make the playoffs. Locked out in the cold.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @J-FOH: nah, always have losers brackets, otherwise it’s too big of an advantage (or could be) to actually be the worst team, thus having the best waiver each playoff week. Let’s say Gerhart or Reece takes off for rest of season, and somebody with worst record (and weak RB’s) gets first crack at either of those, and then wins. If the truly terrible teams were playing for next year’s draft position they’d rightfully improve more than already playoff teams would.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @goodfold2: uh what?

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          @J-FOH: you’ve never heard of having losers brackets to determine next year’s non-playoff team draft order? It makes sure all the teams have a reason to care and it makes sure the worst seeded teams in the playoffs don’t get easy pickings of hot waiver pickups.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @goodfold2: I’ve had consolation rounds but never to determine next season. Always make it a random draft order for the next season.

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              @J-FOH: @J-FOH: i agree with random too, only would have it the way I mentioned to give incentives to out of it teams/make sure lowest playoff seeds don’t necessarily have best access to best injury replacements if/when that happens.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @goodfold2: I say f**k and let them have it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      For the most part, I agree. But if its Sunday morning and I’m playing the consolation bracket I call fair game

  26. goodfold2 says:
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    DAL def already lost 8 from starting 20 in last 2 drives. keep that up romo will have to actually play good to beat me. now winning by 8.05 (was losing when romo got that TD). need some long bailey kicks.

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      @goodfold2: If i’m right and DAL defense (now down to 8 from starting 20) ends up with 0-2 (if they can get 2 sacks) pts, i’ll need romo just not get around 14 more (has 15.55, damn shitty tackling on the witten one) in 2nd half. really just FG’s by bailey could easily win for me.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: just can’t allow one more romo TD. Opp is getting very lucky with those. No rushing TD’s when most of DAL’s yards are rushing.

  27. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    goddamn bums at the box score dept. are sleeping one off.

    • Can’t keep up with Monte Whiffin. Put him out to pasture with Dick LeBlow.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha

  28. goodfold2 says:
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    anybody needs a TE for week 15 look at bennett (i’m reaquiring, and playing over v.davis, who’s playing the very-good-at-TE-TB team). he’s against the worst in football at TE CLE team.

  29. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    when you say you’re not worried about a timeshare when roughshod comes back, I think you mean reece isn’t the starter at that point? After reading it once I thought the opposite and was about to pick up reece in a league or 2.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Rashad has done plenty to keep his starting job at this point.

  30. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    after BUF’s defense looked that bad which of these is best week 15?
    BUF @ JAX (BUF not good on road)
    TEN vs ARI
    TB vs SF
    NYG vs SEA (could be them, they’ve been very good fantasy wise in 6 out of last 7 weeks)
    DET vs BAL
    PIT vs CIN
    JAX vs BUF (pretty sick it could be them here, been ok or better in 3 out of last 4)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Usually the team on the left side of vs is the home team. If that’s the case, TB makes the most intriguing play. Been good recently

      • Aubrrey Plaza'z Pillow says:
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        @Sky: that convention is used here, and the only time the team on the left is on road it says “@”, so it can be read sequentially.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cool answer stands then

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