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So maybe we got off on the wrong foot last week.  I can’t take all the blame, of course.  You’re the one who said you had a third leg because you put a sock on your woo-ha.  That’s the wrong foot with me every day of the week.  But what I mean by this is explaining what the funk ‘Thinking Forward’ means.  You’re in the playoffs so your lineup is already pretty good and so is your bench, most likely.  So all I’m trying to do is give you some ideas on future week pickups because you’ve already got your lineup set for this week and since this is the time I’d normally be telling you to buy/sell for trade purposes, I figured I might as well tell you what you can tuck away for the following week instead.  Ahem, I did say tuck it.  Couldja do so with said foot apparel right now?  It’s distracting…but now that we’ve got the premise set up, let’s take a giant leap forward into week 16.  For all intents and purposes, the Colts aren’t really playing for much down the stretch besides maybe trying to figure out how they can be 8-5 with such a terrible team on hand.  Oh wait, they play in the same division as the Jaguars, Texans and Titans and are 4-0 within it.  Yeah, that’ll do it.  I don’t know how they won earlier in the year vs the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos given the team we’ve seen over the last 5 weeks.  And before you get angry, Colts fans, this team’s point differential on the year is -3…yes, they’ve scored three less points than their opponents as a whole on the year and still have 8 wins to show for it.  That’s a fishy line if I’ve ever smelled one.  That’s just your upper lip!  I told you, Colts fans, don’t be angry.  Just realize there are 5 teams in the plus as of this typing that might not make the playoffs and be thankful.  All this to say, I don’t think the Chiefs are gonna have a tough week with Indy at home and think Knile Davis will have himself a solid fantasy day.  The Chiefs are the second best team in the AFC right now by record and the only way that even matters in terms of seeding is if Denver reels off 2 losses in the last 3 weeks and KC wins out, which makes it all the more likely we won’t see a huge amount of the starters in the game for the Chiefs on week 16 Sunday.  Am I telling you to be scared to start Jamaal Charles?  Hells to the no, children.  But I do think Davis has a sneaky shot at reproducing his week 14 line or better: 47 total yards on 12 touches and a TD.  Sure, its flexy sexy but nothing great but you never know when injuries might strike.  Just ask AP owners.  If your main RB goes down week 15 and you still manage to make the Shiva Bowl, having Knile on speed dial is a nice consolation prize in my book.  And with that, let’s move on.  Here are some other suggestions for week 16 pick ups for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Jason Campbell – At just 6% owned in Yahoo leagues as of this typing, I think its clear how under the radar Campbell has been for fantasy production.  And why shouldn’t he be?  He’s Jason Campbell.  As the November games against Cincy and Pittsburgh prove, you can’t 100% trust him but as his week 14 line shows – 391 yards passing with 3 TDs – he can perform given the right matchup and I dare say, the Jets are definitely an exploitable one.  Their secondary has been torched all year and I can’t see how that will change by week 16.  This is probably more for 2 QB leagues than it is one but maybe you’re sitting there with Shanahanigans on your hands and RG3 isn’t starting.  You’re now stuck playing the FA QB pool week to week.  It’s December and it’s cold outside.  Have some Campbell’s.  It’s good for you.

Ryan Tannehill – Wanna know who’s just 26% owned and has been QB7 over the last 4 weeks?  I’ll give you a hint: read the name that comes before the dash in this particular blurb.  Of course it’s Tannehill, or Tanny-Hill if you’re Gruden.  To be honest, I still don’t trust Philbin and his offensive ‘schemes’ but over the last 4 weeks here’s what I’ve liked about Ryan: 135.  That’s the amount of rushing yards he has during that span and what I was expecting more of coming into the season when I wrote about Ryan Tannehill and his rookie year in the off-season.  Those yards are always a nice 3 or 4 point cushion to start a stat-line with and with Ryan and company playing for their playoff lives most likely come week 16, he may have to come up big against the Buffalo Bills.  I’ll admittedly say this is an ‘if you’re in extreme need’ suggestion as I don’t like the idea of playing in cold weather Buffalo and think Miami just might run on them more than pass but still, I thought the stats deserved attention.

Rod Streater – It’s a tough thing to do but I believe I’ve managed to suggest at least three Raiders wideouts this year at some point or another which makes me feel really dirty.  But again, it’s all about the matchups.  Streater came up big against the terrible Jets secondary in week 14 so he may not be as easy of a grab as my other suggestions.  And also, he may have to contend with a Denarius Moore return before long.  But overall, both Streater and Holmes are a talented duo who seem to have a reasonable connection with McGloin and they face a Chargers secondary that’s giving up the 6th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers on the year.  And yes, in saying all of this, I’m doing a soft buy on Andre Holmes as well.  Please stop me before I suggest Jacob Ford.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST – Yet another one of those ‘over the last 4 weeks’ kinda deals.  They’ve been the #1 ranked defense during that stretch.  This call isn’t without its warts for sure but I can promise you none of them were caused by MRSA.  The Bucs have played better as the season has progressed and to be fair, their defense hasn’t really been the issue but the offense has put them in bad situations all year.  Of late, that has turned around and the stats have started to show up as they lead the league by a wide margin in interceptions over the last 4 weeks with 12 and they were already tough on the ground.  Despite facing the 8th most rushing attempts amongst NFL teams on the year, they’ve given up the 9th fewest yards.  With that, they get to face Zac Stacy and not much else in Saint Louis.  If that doesn’t excite you, well…good, it’s just a team defense.

  1. Zandy says:
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    Thoughts on a team that didn’t make the playoffs picking up Toby with their number 1 waiver? So messed up… Correct, this is not a dynasty league. ARGH

    • Cram It says:
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      @Zandy: He’s still playing, good to see. I used my waiver and I’m playing for a consolation.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not cool but not illegal either. Change league settings to teams out of the playoffs to 1) not have consolation brackets and 2) freeze their rosters.

      • George says:
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        @Sky: I dont see whats wrong with still making waiver claims if you lose in playoffs. Shouldnt you play till the end of the season and try to finish as high as possible?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s not illegal so I am not against it. Just don’t condone someone in 11th place nabbing Toby Gerhart from people who are actually playing for something. You can still play without taking away a guy via FA that could change the scope of the playoffs for the teams that actually made it. Just because you want to win 7th place doesn’t mean you should be grabbing every single fresh FA there is. My etiquette is I wait until Sunday morning. If they aren’t claimed by then, they’re free game.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: that being said, if the out of playoff teams had a reason to compete (say for draft positioning next year) they would really take away some of the luck that could go against the teams with the best records still left in playoffs. Why should the worst playoff teams get free rein to try to beat the higher seeded teams they play this week? what if a 6th seed picks up gerhart (and plays him due to having weak RB’s) and beats what is usually a better team in the playoffs, where it matters the most. What i’m sort of saying is that having teams no longer in competition grab useful players is sort of adding what we all want to the playoffs, making it closer to roto and taking at least some luck out of it. My rationale here being that the during the season there should be some sort of parity (having worst record have highest waiver claim each week); but once the playoffs start, i (at least) am of the opinion that the best teams should win as often as possible.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              If Toby Gerhart is the one missing piece from a 6th place team to beat a 1st place team then I think there’s enough parity in the league not to call one better than the other.

              And sorry, best record doesn’t equal best team. If that were the case, Kerry Collins and his 13-3 Titans team should’ve at least made the SB. It takes more luck than it does skill to be the #1 seed in fantasy football. Record does not equal a teams worth, just the worth of the matchups.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Sky: i agree with that completely, but often the 1st seed (who had a lot of luck, granted) is better overall than the bottom seed (at least on an average week); I don’t mean Gerhart as himself, just a what-if. Just don’t like the idea of low playoff seeds getting any benefits, enough luck in FF (agree with you 100%) to make the team that was the worst in the season be able to be the top waiver claim simply due to the really bad teams (out of playoffs, never got in etc) being locked out, when this problem could be nullified (to some extent) by giving people out of it something to play/pickup players for.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @goodfold2: another thing (weird but true) in two of my leagues the top 10 teams actually had points (total points, so really the best team) in decending order, so the 1st team really was better than 2nd, 2nd better than 3rd, and so on. 12 record was actually better than 11th, but every other one was in line. “their record was what it said it was” (in a true value sense, not the lombardy meaning)

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @goodfold2: shit i’m gonna get lynched. Lombardi. yep, there it is.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Sure, that’s what points leagues are for. I had the 2nd most points in one of my deeper leagues. Squeaked into the playoffs at 7-6 with the 6th place team. I deserve x player no more and no less than the next guy but I’m the one in. I think I should have the shot to win based on the important pickups for a given week over the 8th place team really wanting to win the NIT.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Yeah, I don’t think anyone would argue the #1 seed is better than the #12 seed. The problem is that’s not the conversation being had. You’re swaying back and forth with your arguments here. It’s ok for a consolation bracket 12th team to get an impact player when what they win doesn’t mean anything but the team that’s 6th who could’ve had a good team and drafted well but didn’t get the breaks the #1 seed did should get boned out of getting a good pick because 1st or 12th place team deserves it more? Sorry, that statement isn’t adding up.

                  I think you’re adding too much context of how your league is set up to the conversation; in the long run, I think it’s actually worse than just the standard muck that is waiver standings to give the worst team the best waiver. Take it for what it is. The consolation bracket shouldn’t be taking impact players from teams that are in the playoffs. And besides, should be playing with FAAB anyways. Waivers is an antiquated attempt to make things fair when we didn’t have online fantasy football.

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Sky: that actually isn’t how any of my leagues are, just want them to be. Do agree that FAAB is much better, actually becomes a resource of value leading to more strategy decisions. Although during the regular season I do find it good that the worser teams (if you are going to do waivers at all) get the first crack at players, since they are the ones usually with injuries that need them.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Sure, I see the validity of it. Just think it has its own problems.

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Zandy:

      Yeah, you need a stated rule in your league rules saying that teams that are no longer in the playoffs nor in a loser’s bracket can’t add players once eliminated. Put it in the league rules before next season — if it’s not in the rules now and the system allows it, not much you can do.

    • CL says:
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      @Zandy: I did it in my league!

      • CL says:
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        @CL: Oh, and I was #9 claim for the week! So boo hoo…

    • The Flayed Man says:
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      I’m having the opposite situation. I am in a dynasty league and I wanted to pick up some younger players for next year like Da’Rick Rodgers or David Wilson only to find my team locked due to not making the playoffs. So now the top 6 teams can bolster their rosters at will and everyone else must wait till next year.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Dynasty/keeper leagues shouldn’t lock moves for people that don’t make the playoffs. THat makes the rich get richer. Pretty dirty.

  2. The Thumb says:
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    I’ve been riding the McCown express in one league where I drafted RG3. With the Skins situation bring as messed up as it is would you drop Griffin despite the nice matchup? With the playmakers that Da Bears have I feel like it’s safer to make sure I have both guys in case Cutler is a late scratch…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Who are you dropping him for? Cutler?

  3. Gbbb says:
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    Streeter is playing KC this week

    • Streater, too!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Read the first paragraph…

  4. Jim Irsay's Butler says:
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    Have a really tough call this week at my FLEX spot… Spiller, woodhead, Donald brown or todman?

    • I say Woodhead. They’ll be playing from behind and he still plays on most passing downs.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Brown for now.

      • Jim Irsay's Butler says:
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        @Sky: I assume your thinking is colts have a good chance to win and therefore get the run game going, however my confidence in Donald as a player is skeptical at best (life long colts fan)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jim Irsay’s Butler: Colts just had their asses handed to them, are playing at home and against one of the worst teams in the league that just gave up 100 rushing yards to MJD. I think Brown has the best shot at a strong game out of that crew. Woodhead has been shaky of late.

          • Jim Irsay's Butler says:
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            @Sky: thanks alot!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob and good luck!

  5. Chris says:
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    10 team PPR 2QB (4 man bench)
    Play 2QB, 3WR, 2RB, 1TE, 2flex (RB,WR, TE), 2K, 2 DEF
    I have the bye this week.
    Looking ahead to weeks 16 and 17 ( BS, I know)

    Cam, Foles, Kap
    McCoy, Vereen, Andre Brown, Lacey, Rashad Jennings
    Jordy, Gordon, K. Wright, Shorts
    J.Thomas, Pitta
    Carolina, Tennessee

    1. Crabtree, Burleson on the WW
    Should I drop Shorts or Wright for either?
    Should I not worry about my WR and play PItta in one of the flex if I get WR injury?

    2. I am forced to stream QB’s in another league ( you’ve been a great help) and I am past the first round of playoffs. I have Cutler, but can i trust him ? MRyan, Campbell, Smith, Palmer, Tannehill all available. Who do you think You might be recommending for THIS week? :)
    On draft day, I never thought my playoff QB would end up a WW pickup!

    3. Last question…are you buying the Jacob Tamme replacement for Welker in tomorrow’s game? Another ppr team plays 2 TE and I was rolling with Pitta and Housler this week since J Reed ( on my bench) doesn’t seem to be playing anymore. Tamme is available.

    Wow, this got long, sorry. Don’t know how you find the time to respond to everyone but you always come through. Thanks for all your help.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: So #1 and #3 are questions for week 16 and 17 and question 2 is for this week?

      • Chris says:
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        @Cram It: question 1 is for weeks 16 and 17, this team on bye week 15. Question 2 and 3 are for this week. Thanks for getting through all that.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Chris: And the team you posted only applies to question 1? 2 is a different team and 3 is yet another team…oh I give up. Sky?

          • Chris says:
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            @Cram It: the 10 man ppr team I posted is on bye and that is question 1 about WR.’s. The other 2 questions are for another PPR team for THIS week. I need a streaming QB and I need 2 TE’s again. I guess I rambled on and didn’t explain it so good. Sorry, i think I need to buy you a drink!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Chris: It’s cool, I’m already drunk ;)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      1. How does dropping one WR for another solve the issue of WR injury risk? I’m confused.

      2. Smith for now

      3. Can pick up Tamme

  6. Scott says:
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    Sky

    With your call of streaming TB for a Week 16 defense on the road against STL, would you play any of these other matchups over TB?

    JAC vs TEN
    DET vs NYG
    MIA @ BUF

    Thanks

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Scott: DET

  7. Btdrnks says:
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    Ben Tate or Andre Brown this week?

    • Maximus Decimus Maridius says:
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      @Btdrnks: Tate. Browns matchup is BRUTAL

  8. CL says:
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    All:

    Please vote for my TE… PPR:
    Tamme tonight or Delanie Walker at 4pm Sunday?

    /weeping for Gronk

    • Nathan says:
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      @CL: i feel you, bro..

      –dreams of what could have been–

    • uncdrew says:
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      @CL:

      I wouldn’t start Tamme tonight. I don’t think he has much going on other than team meetings and Dexter reruns.

      • CL says:
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        @uncdrew: Ha! Sky reminded me of this too… brain farts ova here.

  9. ashtray says:
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    Made it to the playoffs but I have a few concerning positions. Here’s my current roster:

    QB-RG3
    WR-Green
    WR-Fitzgerald
    WR-Allen
    RB-Lacy
    RB-Morris
    W/R-Stacy
    TE-Graham
    K-Crosby
    DEF-CAR
    Rice
    Stevie Johnson
    Jordan Reed
    Cunningham
    Starks
    Rainey

    Just read 2 seconds ago that RG3 will not be starting. Available QBs are Cousins, Cutler, Palmer, Campbell, Tannehill, Fitzpatrick, Flacco, and McGloin. Who should I pick for this weekend?

    Also, should I drop Reed for Pitta? Or Tamme?

    Finally, should I drop anyone in order to pick up Daniel Thomas or Marcel Reece?

    Thanks

    • CL says:
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      @ashtray: Ooof. I think you’ve got to go Cutler and Pitta. I don’t see any reason to pick up Thomas or Reece… you aren’t going to play them, are you??

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      @ashtray: I’d go with Tannehill or Flacco. New England’s D has been notoriously bad this year. And Baltimore is playing Det. Flacco may throw some picks, but I think they’ll have to throw to stay in the game.

      I’d take Pitta over Reed.

      I’d drop Cunningham or Starks for Reece. Thomas has a nice match up against NE, but I’m not really sold on him.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cutler/Pitta/No

      • ashtray says:
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        @Sky: Should I cut RG3 for Cutler at this point or one of my useless WR/RBs (Rice,Cunningham,Johnson)?

        Thanks again.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cunningham

  10. need2win says:
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    PPR League – Need 3 out 4 for WR starters, so who sits?
    Steve Smith – Carolina home against the Jets
    Keenan Allen at Denver
    Alshon Jeffrey at Cleveland
    Desean Jackson at Minnesota

    • BTD says:
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      @need2win: Sit Steve Smith. Start the other 3.

    • Maximus Decimus Maridius says:
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      @need2win: you’re really not sure who to sit here?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Would you really start Steve Smith over any of those other three?

  11. anthony says:
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    @sky:

    russel wilson @ nyg or fitz vs ari ( pick 1 )

    pierre thomas @ stl or sproles @ stl boldin @ tb steve smith vs nyj ( pick 1 )

    —- 2qb league

    ivory @ car deangelo wil vs nyj or rainey vs sf ( pick 1 )

    witten vs gb or cameron vs chi ( pick 1 )

    2 flex options ( any of the guys listed above in extra slots )

    avery @ oak

    denarius moore vs kc

    • BTD says:
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      @anthony: wilson
      sproles
      tough one: d-wil
      witten
      pierre thomas and steve smith

      • anthony says:
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        @BTD: scratch that its two diff league steve smith and pierre thlmas are in first league — still need help @ flex

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @anthony: Witten DeAngelo

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      RW3/PT/Rainey/Cameron/Sproles/Smith

      • anthony says:
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        @Sky: sproles / smith are in first league — what options would use from where i said 2qb league in the extra flex spots ??

        • anthony says:
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          @anthony: basically 2 flex spots who to pick

          sproles witten deangelo willkams chris ivory denairus moore d avery [ pick 2 ]

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Already answered this.

  12. BTD says:
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    I’ve got 1 RB and 1 flex in question and a few middling players as options. Who to start?

    M. Ball vs SD
    Edelman @MIA
    J. Bell vs BALT (partially depends on Reggie, but Ravens are tough on the run)
    Todman vs BUF (how’s MJD?)
    Ivory @ CAR
    T-Rich vs HOU
    Blount @ MIA

    I’ve pretty much crossed Ivory, T-Rich and Blount off the list. The others are in the mix, IMO.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ball/Edelman

      • You can’t go Joique because he and Bush are both ‘questionable’ status and not playing until Monday night. Good option, but status up in the air.

  13. Spencer says:
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    I have a log jam at WR for my second round of the playoffs. I have an idea of what I want to do, but just looking for opinions. This league counts 1 point per 10 yards and 6 for TDs, also 1 point per 30 kick or punt return if that applies to one of these guys. I can start 3, who you got!? Leaning towards the first 3, but Allen seems like a sneaky good play…..

    Antonio Brown vs Cin
    Desean Jackson vs Min
    Eric Decker vs SD
    Keenan Allen vs Den
    Kendall Wright vs Ari

    • Maximus Decimus Maridius says:
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      @Spencer: I can see why you’re torn between decker and Allen. I think I’d go decker, but it’s close. One guy on Denver always puts off enough points to win a fantasy game all himself and if it’s decker this week you’ll be pissed that he’s on your bench.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Start the first two + Allen

  14. Mike says:
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    Better Gronk replacement for this week, Tamme or Pitta. I keep reading about how Tamme replaced Welker slot roll. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pitta ROS

      • uncdrew says:
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        @Sky:

        I had Gronk (traded Lynch for him in week 9) and now have the same decision as you. I’m going Pitta — partly because if Tamme stinks Thursday night you have 2.5 days to live with your crappy decision. :) I hate that feeling.

        But honestly, I like Pitta more.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Pitta was almost a consensus top 5 ranked TE before the season started. I’m really confused why so many people think he’s in the same boat as TE roulette…

  15. The replacements says:
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    Well I’m in the semi-finals and I just lost Gronk last week… And my team did pretty good without him at the beginning of the year but I had Finnley while he was out. So now that he’s done for the year who should I pick up?? Some guy just dropped Tony Gonzalez, Dennis Pitta is out there, or maybe a tamme if welker doesn’t go tomorrow are just some of the guys I’ve been eye balling. Just kinda lost on what to do so if you could tell me who you’d pick up or maybe give me some other guys that you think are sleepers for this week and I’ll check to see if they’re out there. Thanks!

    • Maximus Decimus Maridius says:
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      @The replacements: I think pitta is fairly safe, but I have a feeling Tamme is gonna go off on Thursday. I think he’s the high ceiling guy. Pitta might do 4-50-1, but I could see Tamme at 8-80-1. That’s just a guy feeling. In this situations if I think my opponent is better I go high ceiling, if I think I’m better I take the safe points.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pitta.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: starting to sound like those really long grey posts where he answers with the same player pickup. you need a monkey that only has to spell one word and hit send.

  16. Zandy says:
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    Thoughts on falcons d vs cousins and the skins? Or TB vs sf the better play?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cousins is a good player. TB

  17. Maximus Decimus Maridius says:
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    I’m desperate at QB for my week 15 playoff game. Who would you start if Cutlers out again:

    Eli vs Seattle
    Tannehill vs NE
    Campbell vs Chicago

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tannehill for now

  18. Scott says:
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    Struggling to choose a RB for this week. I have to pick two of the following: R. Mathews, G. Bernard, C.J. Spiller, and T. Gerhart.

    Mathews has been playing well and is hard to sit. However,
    I’m worried the Chargers could fall behind and get away from the run. I love Spiller’s upside but he is very boom or bust. Not sure about Gerhart and Bernard is difficult as well. Could really use some perspective.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

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      First two

  19. Frank says:
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    Hilton or Patterson for my WR2 spot? Just picked up Patterson and Hilton is playing HOU which he had a huge game against earlier in the year.

    and NO Def vs STL or TB Def vs SF?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hilton for now

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Frank: I think NO is @ STL. If NO was at home this would be a very easy answer. probably still say NO though, as STL defense is shit. Never mind, go TB, i just noticed NO is bad at running defense and TB is actually ranked higher now anyway. All this according to these lovely rankings. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teamdef

  20. guru says:
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    Help! Im in a pinch with a chance to advance to FF SuperBowl next week but now have injury issues to consider… need 2 RBs from these 4 in a 1/2 point PPR… Woodhead, Bush, J. Bell or Gerhart…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Bush/Gerhart for now

  21. Friar says:
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    Which defense do you like best for Week 16?

    StL vs TB
    Car vs NO
    Det vs NYG
    Ten @ Jac
    Cle @ NYJ

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Car should not be available. Pick them up.

      • Friar says:
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        @Sky: Just to clarify, I already have Carolina. Just wondering if I should pick up any of the other four now for Week 16 when Carolina plays the Saints, but it sounds like I should keep rolling with the Panthers. Thanks!

        • BTD says:
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          @Friar: Way to plan ahead. I would sit Car vs NO. I’d probably go with StL vs TB or Cle @ NYJ.

          • uncdrew says:
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            @BTD:

            I have Carolina DEF and will start them this week. But I just added Cleveland for next week. No way I start CAR against NO (just like I didn’t last week) and yes way I start almost anyone against NYJ.

            Add Cleveland now before the other 3 playoff teams in your league wise up.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              NO is a different team on the road. Go look at their splits. Not as bad of a matchup as you believe.

            • CL says:
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              @uncdrew: Carolina has been locked and loaded most of season for me. Even with low point total against NO last week I’ll be starting them again next week (if I make championship game… I plan to).

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @CL: @CL: CLE is now the 23rd ranked defense by advanced metrics. don’t F with them over the top 3 beast CAR. Only time to bench them was @NO.

  22. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Good stuff Sky! who’d you take going forward – Andre Holmes / Da’Rick Rodgers / Simpson? And would you drop Brandon Bolden for Knile?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Play matchups. I like Da’Rick this week, I’d drop Bolden and thanks!

  23. Considering Joique & Bell (both questionable against the Ravens on Monday night)

    Pick 2 Rbs to start:
    Le’Veon Bell
    Ryan Mathews
    Reggie Bush OR Joique Bell (whomever starts Monday night, and the real question is: Do I risk sitting the other runningbacks for a shot at Bush/Bell? What if neither play?
    Lamar Miller
    Chris Ivory

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      First two. Better matchups.

  24. Sorry, that first line should read “Joique and Bush”… (and PPR league)

  25. Robert says:
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    Probably over thinking things, but going against the Peyton owner this week in the playoffs, expecting he’ll go off tomorrow night.

    Here’s my question. 12 team PPR league. Need 2 RBs, 2 WRs and a flex. Have McCoy, Joique, Alfred Morris, Danny Woodhead for RBs, Andre Johnson, Antonio Brown and Fitz for WRs.

    McCoy is a lock for RB1. Debating Woodhead or Alf for RB2 – I always seem to make the wrong call here, sadly.

    Here’s where I think I might be over thinking.

    My thought is to start Woodhead at RB2. Then, if Peyton goes off, I go with the 3 WRs at WR and flex, figuring that gives me the most upside. If Peyton is contained, I go for certainty and start Andre and Antonio at WR, and put Alfred in to the Flex, figuring he is good for 8-12.

    Your thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rankings tomorrow. For now, I’d say start Woodhead

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Robert:

      Check the Alfred Morris stats for last 4 starts. Horrible. I almost consider dropping him. Certainly not starting him.

      • Robert says:
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        @uncdrew:
        2 of the last 4 have been for Alf (last 4 have been 9.3, 5.2, 14.3, 3.1) in a PPR, so about 8 ppg vs. Woodhead’s last 4 of 5.7, 23, 3.5, 19.4 or about 13 ppg.

        Wouldn’t drop Alf, at least in a 10 or 12 team league. He has the chance with Cousins to go off the last few weeks. Wish they threw the ball to him…

  26. Ryan says:
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    Wk 15 defense choices buffalo, jax, tenn, Atlanta and Philadelphia .
    Was thinking buffalo but now having 2nd thoughts

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Matchups/who the home team is matters. For now, Buffalo or Jax. Probably Jax. Rankings tomorrow.

  27. Jagan says:
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    Sky,

    In your previous article for week 15 you mentioned Bills as a defense to own.Do you still agree with that or Jaguars a good streaming option this week?

    Jagan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like them both on different levels. Jags have played much improved ball and are at home. I have them both as low end options this week but I’d lean towards home team at this point.

  28. Jagan says:
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    Sky,

    Should I start gerhart over Leveon Bell /Gore/Stacy ?

    I think I should not but just asking to confirm.

    I am playing in playoffs in multiple leagues and you certainly are the big reason for that.

    Jagan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Over Gore makes sense. I wouldn’t over the other two.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha! Seriously, our coach sucks. This team is officially out of control.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I blame Uncle Phil, he’s spoiling these kids

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Hrm, Uncle Phil was around for much longer than just this year…kids were fine prior to Kelly leaving. Coach hasn’t stepped up.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: The culture of glutony takes time to fully take over

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Sorry man, we’re not a top recruit school. You can try and make the UO the Florida Gators but it’s not there. It’s called when your stud cornerback does something stupid, even if it hurts the team, he gets booted off the squad because he’s a disruption to his teammates. It’s called kicking your starting QB off the team because of his off-field issues. It’s called accountability and demanding it. This is the coach that let the kids who complained about going to the Rose Bowl prior to the Arizona game to start. We’re gonna strongly disagree on this topic because I’ve seen what Kelly did when he was here and what this schlub hasn’t done in one season. Most successful programs probably have some sense of entitlement lurking underneath. It’s the coach’s job to make it clear that that kind of shit doesn’t fly. He hasn’t done that at all.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: Good case Sky Mason attorney at law. I was not aware of some of those things and I agree he hasn’t done his job. He needs to get bounced and soon. It sounds like if Kelly was in town you guys would be playing Florida State for the BCS and not Auburn. I thought you guys looked a little soft this year

                • Sky

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                  Well I don’t know if I would say that. Stanford stuffed Kelly a couple of times, too. But I don’t think we lose to Arizona and if we do, it’s not a laugher like it was. But the snowball BS and the talk before that AZ game is ridiculous. If I’m their coach, they don’t play the first quarter of that AZ game. If someone says they don’t care, I don’t start them.

                  Kelly has sat guys before for disciplinary reasons. I can’t remember the exact game or games but there was definitely no back talk like Colt Lyerla gave earlier in the year when he was being disciplined:

                  http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9679020/oregon-ducks-colt-lyerla-upset-coach-mark-helfrich-ambiguous-talk

                  New coach just doesn’t respond like a coach should. His status as the leader of this group got challenged a lot and he didn’t stand up to it. I think we need a new coach, personally. He knows how to run what Kelly gave him but he doesn’t know how to be an actual coach.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: you guys looked poor vs wazoo letting them hang around way too long

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Agree. Was probably one of the worst games I’ve seen from them in a while. We’ve had our ups and downs with regards to clicking. That offense is based on flow. No flow, we look bad. I’ve seen them do that for 2 quarters in a row plenty of times. The defense was frustrating, though. WSU’s offense shouldn’t have been good enough to hang that much on us.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I was listening to the heisman finalists yesterday and I really was disappointed we had no west coast representation and that’s because Mariota was not as good this year as last and that sucks….because he looked really good last year

                    • Sky

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                      He really tapered off at the end. Looked great at the start of the year. I’m glad he’s coming back but it’s a selfish glad. I worry once he’s gone our program is going to struggle.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: that and other Pac 12 teams are getting better. With Peterson now in Washington and my Bruins on the rise it takes some recruits away. SC always gets recruits. My boy Miles Jack won both Freshman Offensive and Defensive player of the year awards. I hope he gets to the Heisman one day.

                    • Sky

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                      Certainly a factor. But I worry about recruitment simply without Kelly and the issues I’ve seen.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: Is there anyone to keep the offense and run the team better than who is there?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Honestly haven’t looked into that far. Just how he’s handled player conduct has left a sour taste in my mouth.

  29. FillyP says:
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    Sup Sky? I made the playoffs in both money leagues, finishing 1st and 2nd place. Been a hell of a year for me in fantasy sports!

    Got a couple of lineup questions if you can indulge me –

    1) My starters – J. Nelson + Fitz + K. Wright, Murray + Brown, and Roddy in the FLEX. On my bench I’ve got Stacy, Streater, Gerhart, and Ogbonnaya. Should I swap anybody? Maybe Stacy for Brown or Roddy? 0.5 PPR

    2) DEF – Cards @ TEN, Buffalo @ JAX, or Chicago @ CLE ?

  30. BTD says:
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    Jax vs Buf
    Balt @ Det
    NO @ StL

    • BTD says:
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      @BTD: Which D?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rankings tomorrow. For now, Jax

  31. Dave says:
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    Hey sky which of these QB’s do I start need to pick 2 of these (4 per passing TD) – Rivers (@DEN), Big Ben (vs CIN), Cutler (@CLE)? I know all other sites say Rivers should be a shootout this week but last time he played Denver they tried to run the ball a lot and Rivers killed me what do you think?

    Also stick with Dan Bailey (vs GB) as my kicker or go with other option? ( There’s Vinatieri, Carpenter, Akers, Henery, Gould all out there)

    Thanks as always

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rankings tomorrow. For now: Rivers/Cutler/Carpenter

  32. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Is RGIII done for the year, hence, droppable?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, probably. As always, depends on who you’re picking up.

      • ashtray says:
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        @Sky: How about for Cousins? Palmer? Tannehill? Campbell? Fitzpatrick? Flacco?

  33. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Sound like guys that are matchup dependent. You starting any of them or looking at a backup? Not a time of year you really need a backup, just the best matchup.

    • ashtray says:
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      @Sky: If this is directed towards me, I’m not sure. I picked up Cutler but he’s not a lock to play. Playoffs are this week and next week. So basically I need the next best guy should Cutler be unable to go. I’m thinking Cousins because matchups in 15 & 16 are both nice. But then again I have no idea what I’m getting with this kid.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah it was. My bad. Gotcha. I’m still working on rankings. For now, Flacco/Tannehill are intriguing. I want to see what Cousins does before I’m picking him up to start.

  34. the imp says:
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    Need to backup/replace RG3. Would you cut RG3, Reed or Boykin to make room for Cutler (or Campbell type later if Cutler isn’t named the starter)?

    starters given current injury status: RG3/Forte,Gerhart/Gordon,’Dola,Hartline/Pitta/Bills/Bailey
    bench: MJD,Ellington/Boykin/JReed

    Thanks, Sky.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cut Reed for Cutler. Wait to find ut MJD’s status before you drop anyone else for another QB. He could be a drop w/hamstring issue. Boykin is fine as well.

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: Thanks. Was a hard choice…comes from having several players with murky week 15 and 16 outlooks. Lucky the non-playoff owners are staying of the wire for the most part to allow me to restock.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          As they should! And no problem.

  35. Moscowitz says:
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    Hilton vs. HOU or Patterson vs. PHI?

    Thanks

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Moscowitz:

      Also Stacy vs. NO or A. Brown vs. SEA?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Hilton/STacy for now. Rankings tomorrow.

  36. Joe G says:
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    Sky who would you start for this week? Danny woodhead, pierre Thomas, bobby rainey, darren sproles

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rankings tomorrow. For now, I’ll say Pierre

      • Matthew says:
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        @Sky: Damn really? Oy Bey. I own Stacy, Andre Brown, Pierre Thomas, Ray Rice, and Bobby Rainey and I planned on started Rainy and Stacy. Natchups for te most part are awful. Would you start Brown against SEA? Haha. Rankings can’t come soon enough Sky!!!

  37. brick says:
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    Worth dropping one of: Sproles, Ivory, R. Jennings, McCown, Kaep, M. Wallace for C. Patterson?

    The rest of my team is pretty locked in, with wallace (v NE) at flex.

    Seems like CP might be an interesting Flex this week, with AP out and the Vikings playing the Eagles. I’m leaning towards dropping sproles or ivory, since they both have somewhat limited roles and tough matchups next week (Car, Cle)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Probably Ivory. Like Patterson this week.

  38. Joe G says:
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    Tony González or Denis pitta for this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rankings tomorrow. For now, Pitta

  39. Matthew says:
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    In Playoffs:

    Would you start Streater over any of the following

    Better yet, choose 3:
    Allen
    Nelson
    Shorts
    Hartline
    Miller

    My WR corps is kinda week but my team otherwise I strong, web without AP I own Moreno, Vereen, Gore, Lamar Miller, and Ball.

    Also, would you start McCown over Wilson? If he does start. Wilson has the Giants.

    I’m opposed to streaming for the playoffs rather than putting in the best players in bad natchups.

    Another playoff question for another league
    Choose the best 3 WR to start:

    Decker
    Colston
    Hilton
    Streater
    Mike Wallace

    Again… My WR corps in this league isn’t particularly strong, but Hilton has a fantastic matchup as does Decker and Colston. If Colston and Decker stay hot, I have Charles and Vereen or Stacy at RB and Bree’s at QB, I could be looking into the Finals.

    Thanks!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rankings tomorrow so for now:

      Allen/Nelson/Shorts

      If McCown is starting, I think I’d take him over Wilson

      Decker/Hilton/Wallace

      Again, check tomorrow as you’re just getting a rough idea.

      • Matthew says:
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        @Sky: Haha, thanks my man. On break at work and couldn’t help myself. Damn Wallace @ NE over Colston?

        I’m just affraid Colston is back, he looks good, and would be affraid of losing a potential 100/1 type of line. Wallace is so boom or bust on a weekly basis it bugs me. Everytime he goes for 100ish/1 he’s in my bench, when I start him he tends to go for like 14 yards, hahah.

        Thanks boss!!

        • Sky

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          Colston has two good games and all the sudden everyone thinks he’s trustworthy. Count me out on that. Plus Saints away from home, rare you get big numbers. Drop about 10 PPG on the road vs home.

          Wallace plays NE and they may have to throw to keep up. Don’t know if they can get a large enough lead to run all day on them (which is doable, just uncommon).

  40. goodfold2 says:
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    vereen @MIA or the one who plays out of bush/j.bell vs BAL?
    v. davis @TB (who is good at TE’s, 7th best) or
    clay vs NE (19th vs TE’s)?
    opponent picked up my castoff amendola thinking he’ll get more targets with gronk out. Vereen of course would sort of be a hedge against dola points. could just wait till rankings, you may have Vereen higher anyway. PPR of course.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Working on rankings; Vereen makes the most sense to me.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: jesus even the bums over at espn have vereen higher than bush, barely.

  41. Ron says:
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    WHYYYYYYYY!?!?!

    Why did I trade Kaep for Aaron Rodgers 3 weeks ago thinking that Rodgers would be back by this week after my first round bye and I could ride with him to a championship?!

    Now I have Rodgers(no hope to return this week), McCown (who will prob be benched this week), Fitzpatrick (really?) and Cousins (REALLY?) on my team.

    Assuming Rodgers and McCown don’t play this week, who are the top two from the list below (Ugh!) that you think I should play at QB this week?

    Fitzpatrick
    Cousins
    Eli
    Glennon
    Henne
    Cassel
    McGloin
    Keenum

    Thanks.

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