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Get it? Andrew Hawkins?  Hawkin’?  Eagles?  So much pun, so little time.  The truth of the matter is it’s playoff time and we all know you’re most likely a strong enough team or else you wouldn’t be here.  But injuries can always happen.  It’s why I carry around a first aid kit where ever I go and have learned to make splints out of those umbrella sticks found in mojitos.  When I come to a bar, I come prepared!  Just ask the Eagles if you don’t believe that injuries can strike at any time.  Michael Vick has been singing that Foreigner song since about week 10 and looks to be out for the rest of the season while Bryce Brown has show more LeSean than LeSean since McCoy got his bell rung week 11.  Injuries can change a team quickly so as you prep for your first week of the playoffs – or if you’re a really eager consolation bracket player – its time we look at some great week 15 plays that could pay huge dividends but are probably not much of a concern for week 14.  With the season ending injury to Mohamed Sanu declared this week, the person who gets sloppy WR seconds from AJ Green should fall to the small, speedy Andrew against an Eagles secondary that hasn’t given up less than 300 yards passing in its last two games through the air and have been atrocious in general against the pass since they fired ‘the problem’ over the bye week in defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.  I think the Eagles have 99 problems but the defensive coach ain’t Juan and it shows.  So if you’re struggling at WR3 or just really like wide receivers that are barely tall enough to ride roller coasters, Andrew could be your guy.  In other thinking forward ideas for week 15 for 2012 fantasy football…

Benjamin Watson – Once you take your team to Brown town, it’s sometimes hard to escape.  I know and I get that but hear me out.  The Redskins are terrible at defending opposing TE; just ask Martellus Bennett after dropping a TD and 82 yards on them if they know what Brown town looks like.  He’s proven that given a match up to exploit – 80 yards on 6 receptions vs the Raiders – Benjamin can get the job done.  If you’re still bouncing between TEs while missing your beloved Gronk, you might want to practice your Mr. Miyagi impersonation.  Wats-on for week 15, Wats-off for week 16.  Actually Broncos are terrible vs opposing TEs too.  You might just Watson the rest of your season.

Alshon Jeffrey - Hi all.  Sky doesn’t let me talk very much but this is his gut talking.  Do you remember when Alshon started the season and there was all this hype and optimism about him?  And then do you remember when he had that big first game and everyone was all like ‘yeah man he’s gonna be awesome!’ and then reality set in and then he broke his arm?  Did you know guts speak in italics?  And that we occasionally upset ourselves on purpose just to give you bad gas?  Woah, that’s quite enough, guts.  I will give my guts this, that Green Bay game could have major playoff implications so I don’t see anyone sitting.  If Marshall starts getting double-teamed and if Bennett is still dinged, Jeffrey might just sneak into being a worthwhile add but it would take quite a pair of balls to rely on him during the playoffs.  Hey!  Or guts, I guess.  You hungry?  Want a hot pocket?  Yes please.

Justin Forsett – So I’m not saying this to be cruel but I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked about Ben Tate recently.  It’s ‘Should I pick him up?’, or ‘Would you trade for him?’ or ‘Do you think he’s a ‘T’ or an ‘A’ guy?’.  That last one really has me worried, honestly but at the same time extremely curious.  But the reality is that Tate is still fairly well owned (63%/33% over in ESPN and yahoo leagues, respectively) for a guy with only 3 rushing attempts last weekend.  Meanwhile, Forsett matched Arian Foster for carries with 14 and actually led the team in rushing yards against a mediocre Titans rush defense in week 13.  Well the cool thing is, the Texans get the Titans again in week 15.  Main difference?  Houston might have basically clinched their division.  Look, I’ve already warned all you Foster owners about his mileage early this year.  I’ve also told you that I’m thinking forward about things because that’s what the title says.  So I’m pulling out my magic 8 ball to see what Forsett might get to do against the 5th worst fantasy points against rushing defense if he sees a load increase.  Answer cloudy, please come back later. Hrm, let’s try again.  Answer unattainable without credit card information and a $500 cash advancement.  Well you heard the ball, pay up!  In all seriousness, he’s less than 2% owned in both yahoo and ESPN leagues right now and if you see another 14 carry performance out of him that actually nets him a touchdown in week 14, you’re gonna have to fight everyone else for him to get in on week 15.  Besides, do you really need Brandon Lloyd now after he’s done nothing on your bench for the last 6 weeks?  Exactly.

 

 

  1. jacquizzical says:
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    I have to choose from some less than desirable flex2 options this week. Would you go with David Wilson, Michael Turner, Denario Alexander or Tony Scheffler?

    • EEE256 says:
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      @jacquizzical: Turner. Carolina bad against the run. Alexander would be the other guy i’d consider from that group but he plays Pit who is good against the pass even with Ike Taylor out

  2. Hans says:
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    I’m a worried foster-holder and trying to pickup Forsett. Who should I drop?

    QB – Romo, Kaepernick
    RB – Foster, Sproles, Moreno, Reece, Ballard
    WR – Marshall, AJohnson, Wallace, Maclin, Crabtree
    TE – HMiller
    K – Graham
    DEF – Houston, Cleveland

    Or should I just stick with these guys….?

    Thanks!

    • EEE256 says:
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      @Hans: @Hans: Drop Reece. He’s hurt and Mcfadden is back

  3. HP2 says:
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    Need WR help need to to start 3 out of these 4
    Julio Jones
    Torrey Smith
    Danario Alexander
    Chris Givens
    Also thinking of picking up Forsett to keep him from the Foster holder from picking him up possibly face him in playoffs my only players that I can possibly drop for him are QB’s I have Aaron Rodgers
    Joe Flacco
    Sam Bradford
    Collin Kaepernic
    Is this a good strategy or should I just stay with what I have my RB’s I have to start are
    Trent Richardson
    Chris Johnson
    Reggie Bush

    • EEE256 says:
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      @HP2: I’d drop Flacco

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @HP2: I’d start the first 3 WRs you listed; don’t need any of those three QBs if you have Rodgers, honestly. Can drop Flacco or even Bradford.

  4. southwick says:
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    I am screwed and need help, so I will finally be that guy asking for help in the comments section.
    QB: P Manning
    RB: AP, Mathews, Wells, McCoy, Wilson (NYG).
    WR: Cruz, Alexander, Maclin, Britt, Amendola, Givens
    TE: Rudolph, V. Davis
    12 team standard scoring 2WR 1 Flex

    Right now I am going with: AP & Mathews/Cruz & Alexander/Rudolph/Flex: Givens

    Only viable RB on waivers is Bell. Am I screwed, would you adjust this roster? Drop Davis and grab Clark? Playoffs start next week, if I win this week I am in.

    Save me!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @southwick: Hey ‘that guy’, no problem!

      Can’t argue with that set up. If you’re feeling frisky, you could drop Davis for Bell and put him in over Mathews but he’s a gamble in terms of touches. Ugly matchup for Ryan vs the Steelers and he’s not exactly performing at a high level.

  5. Rocky says:
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    Sky,

    Digging the new format…

    Need some early week help in advance of the rankings. Been riding the Texans D all season but can’t trust them in Round 1 of the playoffs vs. the Pats. It is slim pickin’s in free agency. Please help me decide whether to choose one team from this pool of defensive dreck as a matchup play this week or ride the Texans after all. Thanks so much in advance!

    StL @ Buf
    GB vs. Det
    Min vs. Chi
    Indy vs. Ten
    Jax vs. NYJ

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Rocky: Awesome, I really like it too!

      Ooph, that’s tough. I completely understand your Texans Def concerns given their recent issues. I’d go with Minnesota. I think you see a different team out there than last time they met up. My second call would be STL but F-Jax/Spiller are a hard combo to stop.

  6. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    Runningback dilema… i can start 2 of the 3. I have Richardson vs KC / Chris Johnson vs Indy / Ray Rice vs Washingon. What do you think? Thinking the rice matchup and his recent split time makes him the odd man out.

    • Cheeeeeeze says:
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      @Cheeeeeeze: non-PPR league too.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Cheeeeeeze: I see where you’re coming from but I’d have to sit CJ in that case. They just lost an offensive tackle last game too. Wish Harbaugh weren’t such an idiot, though, regarding Ray Ray.

  7. Dingbat says:
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    Somehow, my team is in 1st place in my (PPR) league with a 10-3 record, despite losing almost my entire team to injuries at some point or another. Our league’s playoffs start in week 15, and I’m already guaranteed a spot, so winning this week is not a priority.

    My team has Harvin, Amendola, McCoy, MJD, Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and Cecil Shorts. Am I screwed or what?

    I managed to pick up Ahmad Bradshaw, so I just need to start one additional RB if McCoy and MJD never come back. I just dropped Reese for Dwyer, but other available RBs include DeAngelo Williams, Beanie Wells, LaRod Stevens-Howling, Vick Ballard, and Joique Bell. Are any of these guys worth grabbing over Dwyer for weeks 15 and 16?

    Also, if Harvin ends up done for the season, who of the following would be good for a WR/TE spot?
    - Denarius Moore
    - Josh Gordon
    - Darrius Heyward-Bey
    - Kendall Wright
    - Kenny Britt
    - Chris Givens
    - Kyle Rudolph

    Or should I play matchups with Benjamin Watson in week 15 and Marcedes Lewis in week 16?

    Thanks!

  8. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Yikes! You have almost the same team as me but the injuries were too much and I missed out on the playoffs.

    Dwyer is being given the chance to be ‘the’ guy with a run heavy offense until Big Ben comes back. He makes the most sense to me. Don’t trust Big Ben even when he comes back at this point.

    Gordon has two great matchups in a row to start the playoffs. I’d roll with him this week and week 15 at least.

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Sky: Thanks!

      The difference might be that I also have Matt Ryan, Randall Cobb, and Jimmy Graham. Or maybe I just got luckier than you did.

      It’s a 2QB league, and I also picked up Russell Wilson. Do you think he’s more trustworthy than Big Ben for the next few weeks?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Dingbat: SHow off! Ha, yeah, that’s probably it. Just had one of those years. They happen from time to time. First time I ever played I had the 3rd most points and finished 8th and thought to myself ‘I’m never playing this crappy game again!’

        I love Big Ben in real life football but I don’t trust him for fake football. I remember him last year with the busted up ankle playing. Looked like he needed that thing in a little red wagon to move but instead he stumped around. For all those reasons, I’d prefer Wilson there.

        • Dingbat says:
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          @Sky: @Sky: Ha – For what it’s worth, I had McCoy and Graham as keepers. My team last year also had Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown, Marshall, CJ2000, Sproles (the league counts return yardage, so he was even better), Ryan Mathews, Stafford, and Rodgers. It was beyond ridiculous.

          I’ve got the opposite view of Big Ben — hate him in real life, but he’s always done well for my fantasy teams. I got him as a huge 6th-round bargain this year (2-QB league) and was happy with the results as long as he stayed on the field. I think I’ve just been lucky enough to miss his bad years.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Dingbat: Sorry, clarification on Big Ben. He’s missed so much time over the last two years. That coupled with the o-line not improving makes it hard for me to get behind him as a keeper. Fantasy-wise, he’s fine. Loved him this year where he went in drafts. Just don’t trust him to play healthy enough at a position that’s harder to fill in for if your big guy goes down.

  9. FillyP says:
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    Sup Sky? Non-PPR, 10 team. Got the #2 spot locked up for the playoffs.

    1) McFadden or Dwyer for FLEX this week?

    2) WR has been a pain in my ass all year. I have: Garcon, Maclin, D. Alexander, Fitz, Harvin, Gordon. Would you drop any of the following – Fitz, Harvin (injury) or Maclin for: Golden Taint, Givens, N. Washington, or Hawkins?

    3) Hold on MJD? Owens, Ballard, D. Will, and Rodgers are available.

    4) Drop Seahawks D/ST for any of the following: Pats (Waiver), Bengals, Chargers?

    Danke!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @FillyP: Yo FillyP, nice!

      1) I trust McFadden less than Dwyer at this time. Jonathan for me.

      2) Hrm, since you’re in the playoffs, I’d give leave it for this week. Maclin for Tate looks good for a week 15 matchup against Buffalo if you really need him.

      3) I’d still hold. None of those guys are gonna change week 14 for you.

      4) Hrm, Seattle faces the Cardinals…the team that finished with 2 field goals against a Jets team that turned the ball over 4 times. I think I’d keep them at least for this week.

  10. Principle Blackman says:
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    I’m pretty sure Justin Forsett and the Texans are playing the Colts in week 15. After their matchup against NE this Sunday, the Texans play the Colts, Vikings and Colts again.

    I have a question regarding my WRs. Harvin’s bum ankle has been giving me fits. Obviously Megatron is a must start, but who are my best options for WR2 & WR3? PPR, 10yrds/point, with bonuses at 75, 125 and 160 yards receiving.

    My Wrs:
    Harvin, v his ankle
    Moore, v Den
    Heyward-Bey, v Den
    Tate, v Ari
    LLoyd, v Hou

    Or I can drop one of these clowns (I don’t know who) for an available FA: Andrew Hawins, Kendall Wright or Emanuel Sanders.

    Also, would you think about starting Knowshon Moreno against a non-existant Raiders Run-D, or would you roll with the proven studs: Charles @ Cle and Lynch v Ari? PPRA/PPR, same bonuses for rushing yards as for receiving yards above.

    Thanks a million, Sky. I’m getting used to the new look of the site, and it is running much smoother.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Principle Blackman: dah…all it takes is one accidental scrolldown when trying to review weeks and I get completely messed up. Good catch.

      Pray like mad Harvin goes of course but if not:

      Tate & drop Lloyd for Wright. Through all the injuries to Gronk/Hernandez/Edelman, he’s done nothing. He’s an easy guy to toss out.

      Oh man, that’s a great problem to have. I have Moreno slightly above Lynch in the rankings this week but I say you go with the guy you know there. Charles & Lynch it is.

      Hey that’s great news. Yeah, love the new layout myself. Other than minor quibbles (i.e., some don’t like the ‘tell me more’ links), it’s been well received. Definitely a step up in my opinion.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Sky:
        In light of Harvin landing on the IR, I guess I’ll be dropping Harvin for Wright. Should I still drop Lloyd? For Hawkins?

  11. southwick says:
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    Would it be crazy to drop Maclin for Golden Tate? Esp. if Rice is actually concussed?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @southwick: Not crazy either way. Saw that Rice play go down live. I’m surprised if Sidney remembers Saturday, let alone the game winning touchdown. Tate has 4 TDs in his last 4 games and Foles – good or not – isn’t really looking Maclin’s way all that much.

  12. Lambeau Leap says:
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    Lucky enough to have a BYE for Week 14, so looking ahead to Week 15, I want to see if I should make a move preemptively while the others worry about this week.

    I have the Seahawks D/ST right now. With the suspensions and a trip @BUF next week, should I keep rolling with them or take a chance on someone else. Top candidates are SD (@ CAR), MIA (vs. JAC), or TEN (vs. NYJ).

    Any thoughts? Thanks!

    PS – Love the redesign. I’m on here daily during baseball, but, unfortunately not as often for football…how long has it looked like this?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Lambeau Leap: Nice!

      Honestly, I don’t like those others plays all that much. Could maybe put SD in the same bracket as Seattle but they’re still a good team and Fitz isn’t exactly the best QB out there. Spiller/F-Jax all day wouldn’t surprise me.

      Your name is Lambeau Leap and you’re over on the baseball side all the time? I keed, the whole site switched things up together on Monday morning of this week. Glad it’s a thumbs up, I’m digging it myself.

      • Lambeau Leap says:
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        @Sky: Thanks!

        I’m inclined to stick with SEA even with the suspensions, due to lack of other good options. Thanks for reinforcing that plan!

        As a Wisconsin guy, I use “Bernie Brewer” as my name on the baseball side and “Lambeau Leap” over here. Gotta change with the seasons!

        Thanks again!!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, agreed. Have Braun in a keeper so go Brewers!

          Agree, AZ has been shite on the offensive side. Still a good team to go against defensively

  13. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Good Afternoon Sky.

    How goes your many playoff aspiration teams?

    Ive got 2 questions regarding 2 different leagues both 12 team non ppr leagues.

    Team 1. Ive made the Playoffs and have a bye week this week but with Amendola/Jordy Nelson going down I am a little week at WR.

    Who do you like out of this list for Week 15. Miles Austin (vs Pit) Sidney Rice (@Buf) Donnie Avery (@ Hou)

    2. Im in a Win and Im in situation and need the best of the best from the Waiver Wire for Week 14.

    Who do you like this week out of Golden Tate, Antonio Brown, Donny Avery, Mike Thomas, Kendall Wright.

    Thanks as always. And Best of Luck to you in your Playoffs.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dynamite Dan: I’ve landed myself one this year. It was a 6-7 team that had the second most points. Toughest year I’ve had in a long time in terms of injuries/bad matchups. But one is still good!

      Team 1: Do you only need one? I’d have to say Miles because of history. If I were a gambling man, I’d take Sidney, though.

      Team 2: Avery, though I’d take Tate if Sidney’s declared out this week.

      Thanks and good luck in return!

  14. Jonah says:
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    This blog in quite entertaining and is really going to help me out this week. I am one of those enthusiastic consolation bracket fantasy players, and I really appreciate the advice. I don’t know what to do with Foster, and I have Greg Jennings on my bench. Any advice on who I should play?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jonah: Awesome, thanks for the kind words!

      If you have to choose between those two (assuming this is a flex question), I’d still have to go Foster at this time. Would still pick up Forsett if you could, though.

  15. Matt says:
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    Would you drop Tate for Forsett? You think Forsett is the better handcuff for Foster…or should I try to own both?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Depends who you’re dropping for him but I could see doing that just in case one or the other is running the table weeks 15 and/or 16

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