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So as the season winds down I slowly lose my mind.  Nowhere is this more evident than in me referencing a Grease song.  I haven’t even seen the dang thing and, no, I don’t have to.  There are only two musicals I’ll subject myself to.  One is Rocky Horror Picture Show and the other is Little Shop of Horrors.  Steve Martin as a rebellious, jet black-haired, sadistic dentist who talks like Elvis and rides a motorcycle…ok, that looks weird in type but I swear it’s good…or maybe you just had to be there.  Now bear with me as I try and get you revved up about a guy who has 7 carries and 31 yards on the season who, coincidentally, just got all those numbers in week 14.  Of course I’m talking about none other than DuJuan Harris, the recent signee of the Green Bay Packers.  First off, this is not a call that Alex Green will lose his starting job.  As my Bilal Powell pick a couple of weeks ago proved, you don’t have to be the starter to rack up the fantasy points you just have to have the right matchup and the right set up.  Secondly, to all those who say this could very well be a all for Ryan Grant, I’m not going to argue with you.  I’ll simply say he had 1 carry last week to Harris’ 7.  Grant might be relied on in the playoffs but I think they’re going to see what they have in their younger tandem first to round out the year and a matchup against the Titans in week 16 should give Harris a great chance to to be flex-worthy during a week in which plenty of good RBs have some tough matchups.  As always, a thinking forward piece is all about needs and I’m presenting you a potential upside play who – if he gets 10 or more carries vs the Bears in the coming weekend – might get on the radar of more people than you’d like.  Moreover, if Green Bay wins week 15, they’ll be in the driver’s seat for their division which could lead to more open shot for backups to get in.  To quote Morpheus, Harris is DuJuan.  In other 2012 fantasy football pickups for week 16…

Louis Murphy - I would be typing about Brandon LaFell here if he weren’t hurt (how’s that for a hedge?) but instead I’ll point out Murphy’s line against a tough Falcons secondary in week 14: 9 targets for 5 receptions and 36 yards…hrm, that’s not all too exciting.  But what IS exciting is Cam and company facing off against a Raiders team that has given up less than 20 points only once this season and that was to a team just as sad as they are in the Chiefs.  Again, I have no idea what injuries you’re dealing with or how deep your league is but since Louis is virtually unowned everywhere, he’s worth pointing out for a week 16 matchup if LaFell is a no go.

Clay Harbor – First things first, am I the only one who thinks Clay’s name sounds like it’s a part of Super Mario World?  After you take out Lemmy Koopa in Vanilla Dome, head through Twin Bridges to reach Clay Harbor.  But enough about my childhood, with Brent Celek officially declared out for the Thursday Night matchup this week, Clay is going to get a chance to shine against the Bengals, a team that gives up the 9th most fantasy points to opposing TEs.  Given the state of concussions on the Eagles and how long guys are being held out of the lineup because of them, you might just stash Clay on your bench for now and see how he performs.  If he performs well, a matchup against the worst team at defending opposing TEs – the Redskins – awaits him in week 16.  I can hear you drooling.  Could you stop, we’re talking about Tight Ends here and deep league call tight ends to boot.  You’re making me feel weird.

Kevin Elliott – This suggestion has all to do with whether or not the Jaguars are short Cecil Shorts for the remainder of the season and it’s really about volume moreso than it is about skill set.  The Jaguars face the Patriots in week 16 and their defense – though stout and playing at a very high level of late – is still a team that gets passed on throughout the game because how else are you going to keep up with Tom Brady and that offense?  Considering he received 10 targets against a good pass defense in the Jets, it’s clear Henne is willing to throw it his way.  This is a deep league call but you just never know what your week 16 lineup might look like if injuries occur.  Put him on your bench like Coughlin did to David Wilson after crying about football to begin the year and decide if you need him later when the time comes.

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  1. Schizer says:
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    Hey Sky,

    So I have a crapshoot at TE with Rudolph & Gates. Should I start one of them or pick up Bennett, Watson, or Clark to start this week?

    Also, at QB, roll with Kapaernick, Rivers, or Wilson?

    Thanks!

    • Schizer says:
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      @Schizer: PPR league, btw

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like Watson and Kaepernick there.

  2. Lambeau Leap says:
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    Need some help for my last 2 starting spots this week (PPR league): Heyward-Bey (vs. KC), B. Myers (vs. KC), A. Hawkins (vs. PHI), & A. Brown (vs. DAL).

    Leaning Brown and Hawkins at this point, avoiding the lowly Raiders, but I don’t want to miss another Myers garbage-time point explosion…

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Life of owning a Raider in 2012, there. The entire game should be garbage time but I think you’re making the right calls there unless you need upside. Then I’d throw Myers in over Brown, actually.

  3. Max says:
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    I have some serious decisions to make in a standard league this week for the privilege of going to the ‘ship:

    Bengals D or Jets D?

    I have Olsen at TE but he has a tough matchup and I’m considering picking up Pitta or D. Clark, any thoughts?

    Who would flex out of these 3 similar-level RBs? Turner, B. Powell, and D. Wilson

    Much appreciated!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Short weeks have effected offenses the most this year. Couple that with the fact the Eagles o-line is still porous and Cincy leads the NFL in sacks, it’s Bengals for me

      I’d go Pitta there at TE

      Against Tennessee, Powell has the best matchup and highest chance of being very involved in his offense. I’d roll with him.

      • Max says:
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        @Sky: I agree with the Thursday night theory. Now if Wilson starts for the injured Bradshaw, despite the matchup I would have to bench Powell right?

        Cheers

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Doubt Ahmad doesn’t play but yeah I’d go with Wilson there.

  4. The guarantee says:
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    Riley cooper or Louis Murphy/lafell if he plays…or roll out a two tight end set and flex schefler instead of either of those two?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oooooh, tough one. I don’t think any of them are major plays this week due to matchups but I like Scheffler there.

  5. CL says:
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    @Sky and all…

    With RGIII out most likely, do you like R-berger (@Dallas in dome) or Foles (@home vs. Cincy)? I picked them both up this morning just in case.

    Also, Bryce Brown or Sproles? PPR. Thanks.

    • CL says:
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      @CL: I see Sky’s comment about Cincy leading league in sacks… maybe I roll with R-berger @ Dallas… he just seems so immobile though…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        He is but Foles runs like that naturally. Don’t like Nick this week. TB was a matchup play. Terrible secondary/stout rush defense held Brown in check and forced Foles to pass into that sweet abyss all day.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s not most likely out…

      I’d rather have Mispelledberger if I had to choose between those two.

      Trust Sproles more, I’d go with him. Higher floor.

      • CL says:
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        @Sky: SO you might have hope for RGIII, and play him over R-berger or Foles?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He’s back and practicing. ‘Berger isn’t healthy either, RG3 would be the best start of those 3

          • CL says:
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            @Sky: Thanks for the info!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No problem, good luck this week!

            • Murph says:
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              @CL:

              RG3 looks good to go LCL sprains are painful but not exactly dangerous to play on. I wouldn’t expect much on the ground but he will have opportunities to score points in the air the only concern is that if they have success running the ball with Alfred Morris and take a big lead or fall way behind because of that terrible redskins secondary RG3 might not play through the first half.

              Big Ben isn’t a great option but he looked better thank ok against the chargers last week also keep in mind the cowboys have allowed 91 points combined in their last 3 home games (browns, redskins, eagles) safer play than RG3 in my opinion if reports surface that he is struggling or has a setback in practice.

  6. Ryan says:
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    Big decision..
    Do I start Bryce brown tom night..or start David Wilson ?
    Bradshaw has sprained knee but not ruled out yet…probably wont play but eagles play Thursday so have to make quick decision.
    Help!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Really hate Browns matchup this week. Give Wilson a go

    • Murph says:
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      @Ryan:

      The giants rarely release injury updates on their players so have a backup plan in case Bradshaw makes a miraculous recovery and is active Sunday

  7. Murph says:
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    A little tired of the David Wilson over hype…

    The guy did most of his damage in the kick return game which counts for about 0 in 99% of leagues. Take into account that he was playing against a terrible New Orleans run defense that has had trouble stopping anybody short of micheal turner and its really not that much to get excited about this year. Dynasty leagues and looking forward to next season sure Ill bye that but I wouldn’t feel so great knowing i was starting David Wilson in the semi or finals of my FFB playoffs…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No arguments here though there’s something to be said for seizing the moment. Knowshon’s big night came against a weak rushing team in Oakland but it’s no less real in my mind. Personally if Ahmad can’t go I see Wilson as a solid RB2 this week against a Falcons team that gives up the 7th most to opposing RBs.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky:

        Very true, Wilson does have upside so channel your inner Herm and “play to win the game” haha

        if this happened a few weeks ago no problem we could ride it out with little impact but not a move I would make with playoff survival on the line. I guess I’m just not sold and was more unimpressed with the previous 13 weeks than than one good week against the saints.

        • Sky

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          Ha! I think it just depends on the team. If you’re like me and backed into the playoffs, I think he’s a reasonable option. If he’s still out there, I’ll dive in on it but chances are, teams who’re still in it have plenty of RB options for this week so it’ll be a moot point. That said, Bryce Brown or Wilson if Ahmad’s out? Given Brown dropped a dookie against a tough rush D in the Buccs and has another tough test on a short week against Cincy, I’m surprised by how he’s still being ranked so high on the weeek by others on fantasy pros.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky:

            Tough call considering that Coughlin never releases injury updates and Bradshaw has been listed as missing 90% of practices the entire season. Atlanta’s run D is suspect but the Giants have always been a pass first team. You already know my views on Thursday night players but if there are any that have produced it’s the running backs. I know Tampa Run D is tough but think his stinker was due to the terrible Buc’s secondary, bad secondary minus Talib equals terrible secondary. Foles attempted 50+ passes compared to Brown’s 12 carries. Hard to produce on 12 carries unless your nickname is Beastmode and you are playing at home against Arizona. If I had to make the call in this particular situation im taking Brown but im not happy about it, I agree he’s ranked higher than he should be this week

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I agree about Coughlin uncertainty concerning injury reports. I’m for Wilson if Ahmad’s out so we might have an interesting little side convo come next Monday. Unless of course Bryce has another 12 yard clunker tomorrow, then we don’t even need to wait :)

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky: @Sky:

                6 yard clunker, worst performance of 10 or more carries since 1970. Still I like a bounce back and dont see Wilson breaking the 10 point barrier even in PPR scoring.

                Hey your the expert here im just a commentor with a gut feeling! Nothing to lose picking Brown over Wilson haha

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Well, I didn’t rank that way because of said Coughlin issues. I do have Bryce as a low end RB2 this week and Wilson as a low end flex. In either case, it’ll be fun!

  8. Chris says:
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    Are we going to see RG3 on the gridiron this weekend? Or should I start Carson Palmer this weekend?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Right now, it sounds like he’s out there. I’d put him as a low end QB1 option right now and wait to hear more.

  9. AB says:
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    PPR

    TE: Martellus Bennett or Greg Olsen (Nicks is one of my WR’s) – Pitta is on the wire.
    Flex: Danario Alexander or Knowshon Moreno

    Thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Pitta/Moreno…personally would want Danario over Nicks

  10. Johnny Hammerstick says:
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    Need a couple of rec’s at WR an DEF:

    Pick 2: Bmarsh, DThomas, DAlexander

    Pick 1: Dolphins, Broncos, Jets, Rams

    Thanks bro, as always!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Johnny Hammerstick: No problem

      WRs: Nice tough decision to have but I’d go with DT/BMarsh

      DEF: Jets

  11. davesworld23 says:
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    Would u play Leshoure or Mathews over Bryce Brown,. Also debating of using Nick’s in my flex over any of these RBs? For TE do u like Clark, pitta Watson or scheffler. My opponent does have Johnson

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I have them Brown 23/Mathews 25/LeShoure 27. I trust Brown’s workload more but I like Mathews’ matchup but between those 3, I’d lean Brown. I wouldn’t put Nicks in at flex over Brown, though it’s close. I always hedge towards RBs in flex when I’m not sure.

      I ranked those TE Pitta/Watson/Clark with no Scheffler ranking so Pitta.

      • davesworld23 says:
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        @Sky: thanks sir, Bryce will be my starting RB along with reggie B. so, Mathews over Nicks. I am rolling strong at the WR (CJ,AJ,Wayne)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob, good luck tonight/this week!

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