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Don’t worry, this isn’t an American Literature class.  I won’t be quoting Ken Kesey to you and expecting you to get the reference.  Namely because I never read it, though I’m sure I should’ve after treating wikipedia like my personal cliff’s notes.  But it is a great way to introduce a guy that we here at Razzball have been all over since day one, nay day zero.  It all started a couple of weeks ago when I said ‘hey, you know the playoffs are starting soon.  Maybe you have an open spot on your bench for a possible upside play in light of the Willis McGehee injury’.  And thus, Razzball lust for Knowshon Moreno had begun.  Then our resident defensive pass/rush strategist Loudon said he seconds that E-Knowshon for this week’s matchup.  What I’m trying to tell you all is damn it feels good to be a gangster.  Knowshon finished a career night with 32 carries for 119 yards and his second touchdown of the season and his first as a starter for the Broncos.  He also chipped in 48 yards on 4 catches as Denver ground out the final 5 minutes of the game to avoid Raider garbage time heroes.  Sorry, you know that means Brandon Myers did nothing this week folks.  It’s how life goes sometimes.  This is one of those games where you don’t analyze the YPC too hard.  Circumstances dictated someone had to run the clock out at the end and Moreno was the guy.  In the end, I’m not going to tell you he looked amazing.  In Moreno, I did not see someone that could change the world at the tailback position.  I’ll simply say this: neither was McGehee and he was an RB2 before going down.  Unless you’re Rashad Jennings, being healthy and garnering 20 touches against a porous run defense should be enough to make you a worthy start.  So we here at Razzball hope you got in on this great Knowshon that we gave you before everyone was talking about him.  In other Thursday Night Football news for 2012 fantasy football…

Peyton Manning - If you were a Manning owner who missed the game and I told you he had 310 passing yards and the Broncos got to the redzone 6 times on the night, well it means you know me well enough for me to talk to you and that I’m setting you up for a letdown.  He finished the night with one touchdown, one interception, and plenty of red forehead which – coincidentally – is probably what developed on owners foreheads from multiple harsh facepalms as the night wore on.  Team was able to execute until they got within the 20 yard line and then it’s like the offensive coordinator lost the next play calls.  Or maybe they wanted Matt Prater to develop some confidence going into the playoffs.  Peyton is so magnanimous sometimes.

Rod Streater - Followed up his 3 catch, 96 yard, 1 touchdown performance vs the Browns with a 4 catch, 100 yard game against the tough secondary of the Broncos.  Next week he gets the Chiefs in what could end up being the biggest battle for futile supremacy the world has ever seen which makes another 100 yard game possible.  This week, you get to pick him up and put him on your bench because it was a Thursday game.  It’s life on easy Streat for you.

Carson Palmer – The number one definition over at urban dictionary for ‘Palmer’ is ‘Someone who’s on top of his game..No one can compete with him at everything he does..aka the champ..handsome charming and articulate.’.  I’d have to assume from that there are a lot of Raiders fans who only watch 4th quarters.  I personally like the second definition but for reasons not connected to what we’re talking about.  Carson actually finished the night with two scores and one of them didn’t happen in the 4th, to everyone’s amazement.  He finished the night with 273 passing yards, an INT and a higher QB rating than Peyton which clearly makes him the better player.  Stats don’t lie, people!

Eric Decker/Demaryius Thomas - Despite not catching a touchdown, both receivers put up reasonable numbers as Eric went for 88 yards on 8 receptions and Thomas went for 83 on 5.  It had been a while since ED got his fantasy score up and the first time in 3 games that DT didn’t have a TD.

Darren McFadden - Don’t look at the box score stats: 11 carries for 52 yards with 12 yards on 2 receptions and a touchdown.  The key to his night was an early 3rd quarter run that netted him 36 yards.  So 10 carries went for 16 yards and he would’ve had around 30 yards total to go with that TD.  Or as I’d put it, a flex play.  I wasn’t Darren anyone to start McFadden this week in the rankings and I still stand behind the reasoning.

Darrius Heyward-Bey - Step right up, DHB, and accept your prize!  What did I win?  You’ve won the Raiders junktime touchdown of the night, courtesy of Palmer but that’s not all!  In addition to your 6 fantasy points, we’re giving you 56 receiving yards to go with it on one reception for a grand total of 11.6 points when the game was over!  But I play in a PPR league Well then we’ll throw in another 0.5 points for good measure!  Truthfully, his run was pretty good though it took a lot of falling down on the Broncos part for it to happen.  He finished the night with 82 yards, 5 receptions and a dirty look from Myers as he lost out to Palmer’s Garbage time game.

39 Responses

  1. Plainview says:
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    DMC is evil incarnate. I did not start him for many obvious reasons although he would have been a good flex play, which is the only thing I considered him for. Nevertheless, I see what he is trying to do – he is trying to get me to start him next week (if I get there – big if thanks in large part to my wasted first round pick on DMC). How I hate him. If this POS is sitting there in the 10th round next year, I won’t draft him. Ok, I’m lying but that makes me hate him even more.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      DMC made many of his owners NWA this year. Let the hate flow, my friend.

  2. Hans says:
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    Thanks so much for the moreno call.
    I picked him up 2 weeks ago with $0 bid when nobody else was interested(obviously they don’t read razzball) and currently in my way to win playoff wk1. Ha

    I have one quick question.
    I’m still thinking about my WR3: Crabtree, Maclin, or Wallace.
    You put Crabtree highest, but does it change since now Wallace got his Ben back?

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Awesome!

      Actually I don’t trust big bens health. I’d stay Crabtree

  3. blunt master says:
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    QB pick 1
    Cam
    Dalton
    Big Ben

    Flex pick 1
    Mike Williams
    Mike Turner
    Shonn Greene

    thank you

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Cam/Turner. Can sub Williams if you need upside

  4. Matt says:
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    Well one positive to Myers single handedly killing my playoff hopes on Thursday night, is I’m free to do something else this weekend. See a movie, read a book, cry about how close I got this season, just to have my heart stomped on the final week of the regular season…This is what I get for trusting the Raiders to do anything right…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I feel ya. I rode the Palmer junk time train one week too long and missed the playoffs. Now I’m reading comments while putting on lipstick reminding myself I’m a pretty girl…we all have our coping mechanisms

  5. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    that is the best lede of all time… great book, too.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha thanks! Not gonna lie I was pretty happy myself with it

  6. FillyP says:
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    I want to stab Myers. Last week I dropped him for Dallas Clark based on the match-up. This week.. I started him. TE has been a wasteland for me since Gronk went down. I’m looking ahead, but – should I use a waiver claim to grab Rudolph for the final 2 weeks? I like his potential with Harvin gone. Other options: Chandler, Pitta, Clark, Lewis, Allen/Fleener, etc. Or hold Myers?

    Also, DMC sat on my bench last night. Got Dwyer in my FLEX. Raiders can kiss my ass.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rudolph officially becomes ‘the guy’ in the Vikings air attack. That’s definitely worth something. Go Kyle.

      Raiders of the Lost Playoffs. That’s pretty much what they’ve done to most fantasy owners this week.

  7. southwick says:
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    Got Hillman instead of Moreno, lost my bid for bryce brown. Was not near a comp when the Moreno starting call was made.

    I am starting Mathews as my #2 RB in a must win game. Cry for me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll be the Britney Spears to your Justin Timberlake.

  8. timmy riggins says:
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    Hi, why the poor ranking for S.Rice? he practiced fully yesterday. would you bench his as a WR3 (.5PPR) even if he suits up? Do you also trust Shorts to repeat his past production if he plays Or do you expect them both to be foggy? I have Megatron as WR1. And have Givens, Avery, Maclin as reserves. If Amendola Plays do you auto sit Givens? Whod you start as your WR2/3 from those aforementioned WRs. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @timmy riggins: Just got back with you on the other post. Sorry I didn’t see it faster.

  9. The G says:
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    Sky,

    PPR league…extra points for 40+yd rec/rush…

    Who do you start at Flex?…Fred Jackson, Michael Turner, or T.Y. Hilton? I have Ray Rice and CJ Spiller as my RB’s and Marques Colston and Julio Jones as my WR’s…

    Thanks a lot!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re not gonna get a 40 yard play out of him but I still like F-Jax over those two this week.

  10. Bob says:
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    @sky I have 2 wr slots in a standard league. Which 2 receivers should I start, Colston, greg Jennings, and Cobb

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      ooooh, that’s tough. I’ll take Cobb/Colston but I think you’ll find success in all three.

  11. prezii says:
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    Couple questions..

    Steve smith or miles austin? No ppr

    Cleveland or Jac Defense? (I know, desperate times called for desperate defenses)

    Pick three… Murray, ridley, leshoure, bryce breezy? Leave mikel on the bench right?

    Thanx man!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Prez,

      Austin is fine by me. Don’t like the rematch between Cam and ATL

      I’ll go Cleveland there. The Jags are tempting but even given good matchups this year, the defense has rarely delivered.

      Yeah, I’m leaving Mikel on the bench there even though I don’t expect much from Ridley. Hopefully NE gets him in 1st and goal a couple of times and he gets one in.

      • prezii says:
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        @Sky: i was leanin smith since i already have murray in that league. Think its safe to start both in the same lineup? My playoffs rely on the cowboys to get it done?? Ehhh.. haha

        Also, in another league i have finley and rudolph at TE. Gotta go with finley right?

        • prezii says:
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          Oops, wrong TE question… Too much football to tend to right now! Haha my real sitch i had was, gates or pettigrew? Im definitely leaning pettigrew, but i know soon as gates hits the bench, hes goes off rosario style and get 3 tds..

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I’m not high on either but I trust Rivers’ use of Gates more than I do Pettigrew in general. That said, no huge line drawn for me on those two

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          Sky says:
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          I don’t do the ‘I have too many from ‘x’ team’. Don’t know I trust Smith vs ATL so I’d go Austin.

          I don’t trust Finleys involvement. Rudolph is the man with Harvin out, I’d go Kyle

          • prezii says:
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            @Sky: alright man im rollin with austin.. obviously what im doibg isnt working as im losing my way outta the playoffs in both money leagues.

            Pettigrew or gates?? Non ppr

  12. Ryan says:
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    Who should I play for WR this week. Have Bowe roddy and Lloyd in,( they all cost me a bye this week) have Josh Gordon Donnie Avery and golden Tate on my bench do I play match up or go with the big names. Can start 3 WR and 3 RB with one flex spot. In for RB are Peterson Martin Ridley and sproles in at flex.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Lloyd isn’t a big name. I’d put Gordon in over him. Don’t trust Bowe’s situation and would put Avery in for him.

  13. mooseknuckles says:
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    Need help badly. First round of playoffs and i am behind big time thanks to the other guy having knowshon and meyers sucking thursday night. Who do you roll with, stafford or Freeman? Freeman has the best matchup but stafford has been lights out lately and his 2nd matchup with green bay last year makes him hard to go against. Please give me some sagely advice as i am in a hole and injuries late have killed me. Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I have Stafford at 4 and Freeman at 7 in this week’s rankings. I think you’ll have a hard time going wrong with either but it’s Stafford for me.

      • mooseknuckles says:
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        @Sky: thanks as always. It is awesome to have experts that respond to the readers like you and Grey. You guys have been a huge help and are always entertaining. Looking forward to the comments after today’s games. Hopefully Sanchez can provide a few more butt fumbles this week to read about.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @mooseknuckles: Hey, that’s really great to hear! I’ll pass on the kind words to Grey, too.

          I’m looking forward to it. I assume that’s the only reason Sexy Rexy put him back in the lineup.

  14. Matt says:
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    PPR League

    Current Roster:

    Brees
    Julio Jones
    Nicks
    Gore
    Leshoure
    POS Myers
    Turner

    With Nicks and Turner expected hurt, and not at 100% should I still stick with them or roll with someone off my bench?
    Wallace, Floyd, Gates,

    or I could claim Gordon or Stevie Johnson who’s also hurt, or Kendall Wright

    So stand pat, or make a change and where?

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Matt: I’d stand pat. Only other 2 WRs I’d want to go with would be Gordon or Johnson and they have their question marks too.

  15. Dave the Barber says:
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    Shyun,

    Steel Curtain or the Bills?

    Ya mans

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Is that my name in Welsh?

      I’d go with the men of Steel. Rams offense isn’t impressive but it’s not the Cardinals.

  16. Dave the Barber says:
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    Yeah, because the tongue in cheek hip hop reference guy knows Welsh.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I figure after Matisyahu and Cowboy Troy anything was possible

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