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Well, you finally made it.  Or you kinda made it.  Still a week left and anything can happen until you get that asterisk next to your team name and unlike Barry Bonds, getting that asterisk next to it is a good thing.  This is gonna be a potpourri post of sorts and by that I don’t mean it’s gonna smell like the insert in a Good Housekeeping magazine.  I’m gonna touch on a few strategies as best I can.  Unlike other Fantasy Football machine-driven sites, I’m the hard drive, the mother brain, the encrypted file to this whole Razzball rankings game we got going on.  Which also leads me down paths some would fear to tread some weeks.  I have my moments of striking gold but also moments of hitting my neighbor’s sewage pipe so let’s not freak too much the funk out if you disagree with my musings.  But this is a DST post to end all DST posts so let’s not dawdle about.  Here’s some playoff strategies for your playoff run for 2013 Fantasy Football…

So you own a Top 5 Defense…

Here I’m gonna look over the playoff matchups and if you need a healthy alternative that’s relatively unowned, I’ll throw it out your way.  I’m adhering to yahoo’s current rankings for these team defenses, not total fantasy points just for clarity sake.  And just noting that I’m talking yahoo, keep in mind that’s also where the percentage owned numbers come from.  Also note I’m doing you a flavor and even throwing in week 17 matchups for those of you who are playing that as your championship week for some godforsaken reason (hint: don’t) because that’s how I roll.  And the final note here is I’m doing this research on Saturday before the week 12 games start so any rankings/points references will be based off of week 11.  Why?  Cuz I got a day job, bros, and this research takes a bit more than a buy/sell column does.  The best under-owned defense for each week will be noted below so you can play mix and match on your own time.  Or pocket pool, whatever your game of choice may be.

Kansas City Chiefs DST (@WAS, @OAK, IND, @SD) – See?  I told you writing this on Saturday was gonna make me look silly.  They may be droppable at this point given the difficulties they had against the Chargers.  At this time, I’m only really comfortable with trying them in Oakland due to injuries.  You may get a few TOs outta RG3 and company but you might also get tagged for 30+ points.  Possible weeks of concern: pretty much every single game remaining.  Stream away, gents and lady gents.

Cincinnati Bengals DST (IND, @PIT, MIN, BAL) – Probably one of the nicer stretches for a top end defense, Cincy gets 3 of their last 4 games at home which is pretty important for this defense as 74% of their fantasy points on the year have been scored at home.  Though it’s not too uncommon for defense to slip a bit on the road, that’s a bit egregious and they’ve actually played more road games than home games so far (6 to 5) so that home/away split is even more rubbernecking.  Possible weeks of concern: 15.

Seattle Seahawks DST (@SF, @NYG, ARI, STL) – The ‘hawks defense has been a mixed bag this year for fantasy owners.  On the one hand, they’ve only had one game with fewer than 9 points (an odd 2 point showing at home vs the Bucs) but on the other they haven’t blown the doors off anyone since a week 2 performance against the 49ers at home.  There’s something to be said for consistency, though, in that you’ve had zero concern to really sit them regardless of matchup.  The Seahawks are vying for the top seed in the NFC so unless every other contender falls of the map record-wise down the stretch, I have to say this might be the safest top defense in the final 4.  Possible weeks of concern: 14.

Carolina Panthers DST (@NO, NYJ, NO, ATL) – I think we all know which week is the concern here.  Sure, week 16 may be worrisome but the Saints offense loses about 10 points per game just by leaving the friendly dome they call home.  But lets not forget both of these teams are fighting for the top spot in their division and possible first round byes.  In either case, the Jets and the Falcons should be worm food for these guys.  Possible weeks of concern: 14 and 16.

Saint Louis Rams DST (@ARI, NO, TB, @SEA) – I can’t make this stuff up, guys.  According to yahoo rankings, this is your 5th best team defense on the year as of Saturday, November 23rd, 2013.  I’d add in the time stamp here to further the stupidity but I’ve got things that need to be done.  There’s a reason they’re only 58% owned.  I’d consider them at home against the Bucs and probably skip the rest.  And THIS is why you stream, kids.

San Francisco 49ers DST (SEA, @TB, ATL, @ARI) – Bonus track!  Sorry, couldn’t let the Rams thing happen…just couldn’t.  I’m a bit worried about the 49ers down the stretch, in all honesty.  Only game I’d start them with confidence in would be against the hapless Falcons at home.  Tampa Bay may not be the best team in football but they’re much improved and the 49ers are gonna have to prove something to me this weekend before I trust them against a ‘hawks team with Percy and a Cardinals team that might be fighting for their playoff lives.  Possible weeks of concern: 14, 15, and 17.

Defenses For Your Weeks Of Concern

Finally, let’s go over some of the team defenses to plug the gaps for you down the stretch.  You’re playoff bound, grab them now and set yourself up for success.  Since there’ll be repeats on this list no doubt, pardon me if I’m light on words and heavy on Gruden’ing you and saying ‘these guys’ a lot.  I’ll specifically be targeting teams that are under 50% owned.  That means I can’t even suggest the Bears if I wanted to because they’re 91% owned in yahoo leagues.  And let that be a firm reminder to you of how many abandoned leagues there are in fantasy football.  Be thankful you play with those who care.

Week 14

New York Jets DST (14% owned) – Their secondary is atrocious, they’re middle of the road in sacks and Geno continually puts them in bad spots defensively.  Why am I suggesting them, you ask?  Because they’re at home facing the Raiders who are either gonna be lead by McGloin or Pryor, neither of whom do I trust and the Jets should still be fighting for their playoff lives.  Intelligent or no, there is life here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST (24% owned) – Normally I go only with the home team but week 14 might be good for both in this matchup in Buffalo.  Bucs have woken up a bit and the Bills offense hasn’t exactly been the most intimidating force this year.  Picking up one or the other and hope for minimal scoring from both.

Buffalo Bills DST (21% owned) – See 1/4 inch above.  Really, normally I go with the home team but this is a tough set up for both teams and it could go either way.  Bills defense throttled the Jets week 11 at home so they have the slight edge for me if I had to choose between the two.

Week 15

Buffalo Bills DST (21% owned) – Yeah, it’s an away game.  But it’s in Jacksonville.  Could be in Botswana for all I care, I’d play them against the Jags.

Indianapolis Colts DST (43% owned) – I have nothing against Keenum (if Kubiak hasn’t already pulled and started him 5 times before this post even goes live) but Indy is in the playoff hunt, needs wins and is playing at home.

Philadelphia Eagles DST (7% owned) – Yeah, we’re scraping here for sure but it’s a team surging for the playoffs going against a Minnesota team that doesn’t even know who its QB is from week to week right now.  Pretty big gamble since it’s on the road but they’ve been decent since week 8…yeah, I’m not gonna oversell this one.  Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Week 16

New York Jets DST (14% owned) – Here these guys are again.  Home again, this time against the Browns.  You’ll know full well if they’re a viable option by their record and whether the New York Post says Rex Ryan should be fired after the season or have his contract extended RIGHT THE FRICK NOW.

Buffalo Bills DST (21% owned) – Why haven’t I just said to pick them up for their entire playoff push?  Good question.  Maybe I just like repeating myself.  At home and against a Miami-coached team by crazy-eyed egghead Philbin.  If for some insane reason the Dolphins are still in contention this game, Bills will play spoilers in a big way.

Miami Dolphins DST (14% owned) – Yeah, clearly I love the Bills defense at home just as much as I hate their offense in general.  The Dolphins offense has been shaky all year due to the issues I mentioned in the Bills blurb but the defense has been strong and a good stream here and there.  This could be one of those weeks.

Week 17

Miami Dolphins DST (14% owned) – Playing the Jets at home.  Game, set, blouses.  A little concerned the Jets get their run on but a Geno fumble here, a Geno pick-6 there and you’re looking pretty swag, my Razzball bros and bronettes.

New York Giants DST (28% owned) – Odd as it is to say, Giants are still in the playoff hunt.  Even odder as it is to say, the Redskins started out almost the same as them and are not, at least on the surface.  You just never know with the NFC (l)East but the Giants could be surging for a playoff spot, playing at home against a team that looks like a complete mess.  Gamble for sure but a team that has played much improved ball over the last few weeks heading into week 12.

And with that, I’m spent and can’t believe you read the whole thing.  It’s about team defenses for cripes’ sake.  That’s just silly.  But I’m glad you made it through with me.  Peace out and looking forward to thinking forward *pinkie to mouth* about week 15 with you next week.

  1. Robert says:
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    Pats look pretty safe down the stretch?

    • de nachos says:
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      @Robert: I think so, right?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Robert: yeah, good matchups down the stretch

  2. jeff says:
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    Thanks for amazing write up its why. RAZZ BALL IS the best Co out there 4 fantasy sports dominance. I picked up bills and indy 2 weeks ago anticipating your article. This week between the 2? Also miami, NE?

    Also u may want in an article to discuss picking up upcoming help like Cobb 4 playoffs.

    Also do i keep starting Garcon over typical waiver wire fodder like Randle or a TE like Fleener, graham, bennett, olsen, hausler, ladarius webb and co. (We play TE as receivers).

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      holy shit, i basically asked looking forward def question last night. damn son, you’se pertinent n’ shit. I see why even a cursory answer wasn’t given, as this wonderfulness was coming just over 24 hours later. Great.
      1.one league that is likely to make playoffs has CIN. set. there.
      2. 14 teamer stream time dump KC (that question from above bascially set similar things to what you did above, added a few worse others), got BUF to start. check
      3. CAR on my best and worst teams. Which of the 3 would you grab out of TB/NYJ/BUF if could get all 3. In my best league BAL was just dropped. I could get them for CAR’s worst week 14, BAL is vs MIN. a great matchup. is it 3a. better than those 3? thinking so. just noticed in worst league don’t care about next (14) week. makes me sad. 5-6th best team, but only 4 make playoffs in RCL’s.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @jeff: news (that I can find) says cobb says there’s no way he’s back by week 15, leaving at most week 16 comeback a possibility. But think about how useful a man could be if he says 2.5 weeks before that he can’t play by adding just another week (3.5 weeks till week 16, his now earliest date). unless he was told to say that for misinfo purposes.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: sorry the 2nd of these 2 should’ve been connected to jeff’s post, not the first.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @jeff: Thanks for the love, jeff! I’ll have rankings done tonight for the week and out tomorrow. Right now, I’d lean NE.

      I’m worried about Cobb’s injury and how long it’ll take him to get back into full swing. I don’t think he jumps back in and just starts playing full on. Might take until the playoffs to get going. And if the Packers have no shot at the playoffs? We may not even see him.

      There’s zero reason you should sit Garcon in my book.

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    if nicks AND d.moore don’t play this week, should I play
    wright @CAR (terrible matchup)
    crabtree vs STL (just back, bad situation)
    or drop one of these 4 people for waiver guys like
    edelman/patterson/j.jones/underwood (same bad matchup). didnt expect to have both nicks and moore still injured this week.

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      @goodfold2: obv would wait till up till nicks game time, as he still is probably 50/50 to play.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @goodfold2: Crabtree is practicing, I don’t think that means he plays one down this Sunday. James Jones is out there? I’d want him over Wright. Pick him up regardless for this week. Hold and hope one of the other two play. If not, can try Patterson if you’re in a PPR or Edelman. Underwood was a matchup play.

  4. Barker says:
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    10 team 1 qb 1 qb flex .5 ppr

    I give foles and andre brown i get aaron rodgers

    I am playing the kid this week and he is win and in pretty much and i have # 1 seed locked up ( week 15 is next matchup that matters ) and i would rather see this kid in the playoffs rather than the current 6 seed ( brady and romo on that team ) so i wouldnt care so much if i lost and this trade helps my opponent this week because he has stafford weeden and flynn currently and could use brown as well ( his rbs are l bell f jax woodhead rice)

    I have lynch and charles ryan mathews andre ellington and brown as rbs rg3 alex smith foles as qbs
    I originally offered smith and brown for rodgers

    I have olsen and he has cameron can i add these two make it better for me or is the trade good as foles and brown for a rodg

    Is this a good idea as rodgers will have a game under his belt before i need him and has decent week 15 and 16 matchups @ dal vs pitt and i am most likely not gonna use brown unless i get cute with lynch’s matchups and it turns into foles for rodgers and there is a chance the kid doesnt make the playoffs and i never see these guys again

    Any advice from sky and anybody is much appreciated and time sensitive
    Thank you all and happy thanksgiving

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Barker: Nick Foles has been a top 5 QB since becoming a starter. You’re overpaying by a million miles for a guy who isn’t even back from injury. No way you do that trade.

      I think you’re assuming way too much about Aaron Rodgers at the moment. He shouldn’t be going at that price. He’s a gamble down the stretch. Great RB depth isn’t only about starting/sitting, it’s about having the option if someone gets hurt.

      Enjoy dat turkey!

  5. ashtray says:
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    Who should I cut to pick up Palmer?

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

    I’m also thinking of swapping Graham for another TE. Haven’t heard anything about Reed yet. Here are the available dudes:
    Carlson
    Housler
    Fasano
    LAdarius Green
    Pettigrew

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @ashtray: You can drop Garrett Graham for him now and wait until you have more news on Reed. I’m thinking he’ll get cleared to play but you never know.

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        @Sky: In the event that Reed can’t go, who should I be dropping first?

        Thanks again.

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          Sky says:
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          @ashtray: Starks or Cunningham. Probably Starks.

  6. Chris says:
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    Hello Sky,
    Do you think I should drop Tony Ganzalez and add Coby Fleener?
    Fleener just became available after an owner dropped him.

    My QB is Andrew Luck.

    Thanks,

    • Sky

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      @Chris: No one else to drop? I don’t hate the idea, Fleener has a good matchup this week but if you’re holding onto a handcuff, that’s your stream option in my book.

  7. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    What’s your take on Baltimore’s schedule the rest of the way? Weeks 16 & 17 have me nervous (vs NE, @ Cin) but since I have the bye week 15 I at least don’t have to deal w/the Lions. Arizona, Dallas, Buffalo, and the aforementioned shocker Rams are all available to stream if I want to grab one as buffer.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Clint (aka Pablo Death): I wouldn’t want to be starting them during the playoffs. Too much chance for less than mediocre to occur. Cincy would be an ok play, though.

  8. CL says:
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    Given your blurbs about the “top” defenses… it may be OK to just set-it-and-forget-it with Carolina? As soon as I noodle with my def, I get burned.

    Anyway, I’m rolling with Meejami this week on my one team.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @CL: Carolina is just fine the rest of the way. Some people like having 2 DEF down the stretch. Just presenting some options.

  9. Streaming the Pats this week.
    Got the Bills for the playoffs
    :)

  10. L-Boogie says:
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    Drop Nicks for Burleson?

    I hope you say yes because I already did.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @L-Boogie: NO! I mean yes. And in reality, I do mean yes. Nicks is just messy this year.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Sky: Ahhhh!!! Too late! I only read the first word of your response and dropped Burleson to get Nicks back! Now what do I do?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! Keep playing hot WR potato until something sticks!

  11. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Damn it, I missed out on the Bills Defense in one of my leagues. So I settled with the Dolphins D. Assuming I get to the championship in this league (I’m a cocky b@stard) then the Dolphins will be playing the Jets at home week 17 (yeah the league I’m referring to has the championship game during the last week of the season).

    So quick running back question for ya Sky. I think I know your answer, but you are an enigma, so who knows…

    I’m a Knoshown owner and if he doesn’t play much the rest of the season I have MJD and LaVeon Bell to put in for him. I just picked up Montae Ball, but noticed that Benny Cunningham is still out there. Who would you rather have the rest of the season?

    Obviously they both have issues. Cunningham looks really good, but his playing time depends on Stacy’s health. A concussion may hold Stacy out this week against a good SF defense, so not a great matchup for Cunningham.

    Montae Ball uses butter as hand moisturizer and cannot hold onto the damn ball. I can see the Broncos going the safe route with Knowshon the rest of the season and resting him until the Playoffs.

    It’s hard to say what will happen in Denver. I guess I’ll hold onto Ball and hope for the best. I just picked up Cunningham and dropped my backup TE. So maybe all of this is a moot. Sorry for having you read all of this Sky. I’ll buy you a mojito soon to makeup for it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Shake N Bacon:

      Well I did have a new age phase, I’ll give you that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_sAHh9s08

      I heard Montee’s issue has been having to lotion up Peyton’s big head before games so it fits into his helmet. Cunningham is a one week play if he’s anything. Stacy is here to stay.

      Ha, no worries on the read. Cunningham pickup is fine with a backup TE on your roster. I just wouldn’t expect it to become much of anything ROS.

  12. Bryan says:
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    Carolina owner looking for a week 14 fill in..

    Jets home against Oakland
    Or
    Pitt home against Miami?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bryan: Jets

  13. Comatose says:
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    Hey Sky, happy holidays to you. Thanks for doing this post, I was able to snag the Bills D in a league where I clinched a bye already. Anyway, would you drop anyone from this roster for: Cunningham, Nicks, Crabtree?

    QB- RGIII
    RB-Knowshon
    RB-Stacy
    WR-Demariyus
    WR-Wallace
    TE-J. Graham
    FLEX-Rainey
    BENCH-Mathews, Ivory, Denis Johnson, Cordarelle, Jordan Reed

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Comatose: Back atcha, Coma!

      Ivory for Crabtree upside would be nice given you have Wallace at WR2.

  14. Doug says:
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    Pick 2 out of these 4 for a RB2 and FLEX in a 12-team league: Bernard, Vereen, R. Cooper, Burleson?

    Also, this is like comparing satsumas to clementines would you trust Rice Thursday night over Tate vs NE? I’m thinking about picking up Bilal Powell if he’s starting, since Ridley has basically made himself unstartable.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Doug: PPR or non?

      I’d play the matchup there and say Tate but as you know, they both have their warts.

  15. Tom Thumb says:
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    Is Roddy White droppable? Or does he resurrect this week?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Droppable for who?

      • Tom Thumb says:
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        @Cram It: let’s say an extra defense for playoffs such as NO

        • Cram It says:
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          @Tom Thumb: I have faith Roddy will be solid/not spectacular these next 3 weeks. But if he’s buried on your bench anyway, I’d say it’s okay to do that.

  16. Wilsonian says:
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    What kind of player would you drop for a defense? I’m looking at locking up Buffalo for week 16. Our playoffs are 15-16 and I have Carolina already, so they’re a lock for week 15, but I think I’d like to snag Buffalo for week 16. I could drop one of these guys to try to make sure that someone else doesn’t get them:

    Reed, Ridley, D.Brown

    I’m a lock for 1st place, so I’m in already.

  17. Jep says:
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    Sky, Happy Holidays and thanks for the needed article! 6-6 in 7th but 1st in points! The matchups were not in my favor. Top 4 make it to playoffs so looks like I’m out, but I’m still in play for top in points. Any different strategy going for most points or simply play your studs? Also, WR3: Percy or Riley? Flex: CJ or Vereen?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Happy tis the season to you too. Gotta love seasons like that.

      Play studs. Riley. Vereen if PPR.

  18. Aero says:
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    Who’s the better flex lotto ticket pickup: Patterson, Justin Hunter or Benny Cunningham? Neither of these guys need to play ( I have lots of WR depth with VJax, Allen, Amendola, Harvin, Colston and also Vereen & Powell on my bench with Murray, Forte, Stacy starting). Standard Scoring.

    Thanks. Have a good Thanksgiving, Sky, and all you other Razzball writers and commenters.

    • Sky

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      I’ll say Patterson. Would like to see Hunter hit two weeks in a row before I get too crazy about him. Benny is a fill in for this week only. Not a ROS play.

      Thanks Aero, you too!

  19. Eric says:
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    Hi Sky,

    Sorry to post this here, but I have a lineup question for you.

    If you had to bench one of the following, who would it be:

    Torrey Smith vs Pit
    T.Y. Hilton vs Ten
    Jarrett Boykin @ Det
    Nate Burleson vs GB

    I’m leaning toward Hilton, but your thoughts, please…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, don’t be sorry, that’s what we’re here for!

      That’s tough. I still think Hilton is a good volume play. I’d personally sit Boykin. He’s had back to back great 4th Qs and not much before. Hard to bank on that every week.

  20. Cram It says:
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    You going to have your rankings up tomorrow morning usual time? I’ll be traveling so wondering where you stand on Dallas D if you’ve thought about it yet. I’ve got SF, Dallas and Buffalo. First glance thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Sorry: Dallas vs Oakland
      SF vs STL
      Buff vs Atlanta

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yup, definitely will. I have started a bit, I really like Buffalo this week. STL is always a slog for San Fran for whatever reason. Will keep it close. Dallas as intriguing to me. Don’t think their floor is high enough to get that interested.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: I only have Buffalo in the mix because of your backing. They’ve had 2 double digit point efforts since week 3 so I don’t see them as a strong play. I don’t know what kind of style they play in real life so I have no opinion other than the cold hard fantasy numbers. Leaning Big D myself because I could again see them making something happen defensively.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          ATL offense has been pretty bad and they’re away from home. I could see your stance but it’s hard to get me behind a defense that ranks last in total yardage allowed. Also they’re pretty low on the sack totals on the year and BUF is tied for 9th in that stat. Too many things I like about Buffalo’s actual defense that I can’t say about the Cowboys.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: Alright you’ve convinced me. I’ll thank you later.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Or stab me…TBD!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Sky: I would never! I don’t like weapons. I prefer fists.

                That friggin’ Nerdballmagazine guy has Dallas #4

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Cram It: SB Nation has Buff at 3. Eh fuggit. With Dan Bailey and DeMarco, I could use some diversity. Buffalo it is!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ah interesting. Yeah, Dallas missing Sean Lee is something I factor in as well. They create a lot of havoc. Could see McGloin getting rattled but if he doesn’t, it’s an ugly day. BUF feels safer to me.

                  Great, just please not the face. I’m already tilting towards Lyle Lovett-levels over here.

                  • Aero says:
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                    @Sky: I think Sean Lee may still be a possible play. Wasn’t a full practice guy today, but was running on the sidelines.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Interesting. That would be a huge boost for Dallas both emotionally as well as actual defense. That said, none of the indications make him a probable go. I’d bank on him not being out there.

  21. Dave says:
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    So all the rankings that are out so far have EJ Manuel (vs ATL) wayyy lower than Big Ben (@BAL) just want to make sure I should go with EJ as you told me early in the week when you didn’t really start looking at week 13 yet.

    • Dave says:
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      @Dave: Sorry to ask again I just got a bit scared of starting him

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Not a worry. Both are gambles in my book. I’d rather take the easier matchup if I’m gambling.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still think EJ has the easier matchup and prefer him but I’m not enamored with either.

  22. Chris says:
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    Hey Sky,
    I’m Baaack with another loss :(
    I read the post above, and I also have the highest point total in my league by a 1000 and I’m in 6th place out of 8 teams! depressing.
    If I win this week I can still squeak into the playoffs.
    Main problem, what QB to claim off WW ?
    A Smith,Palmer,Fitzpatrick,Eli,Flynn,Weeden, EJ (I refuse to list keenham here!) leaning Palmer .
    Next problem…. My players are awesome so I must be starting the wrong ones. 8 team ppr
    Which 2 WR, 2RB 1Flex, 2TE do you like?

    DThomas W Welker K Allen A Jeffrey

    R Bush Forte Mccoy Knowshon

    J Reed ?? And Housler
    I Can get
    T Wright or the Philly or KC TIght ends from WW

    On a happier note, I’m doing better in my 10 team ppr.
    Would like your thoughts on remaining 2flex spots:
    Lacy, Vereen, Burleson, Shorts, R Jennings

    Love your sense of humor, I look forward to all of your articles.
    I am pretty sure Buffalo is available in all my leagues, gonna go get em.
    Thanks for all your responses and have a good Thanksgiving.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still working on rankings so these questions are probably best served up tomorrow morning. For right now:

      Fitz for me
      DT/Alshon
      McCoy/Bush/Forte
      Reed and Ertz

      The smaller the league, the more luck plays a role. 8 team leagues should require more flex spots. Doesn’t represent best team with your current setup, just who picked the best of the best week to week.

      Jennings/Lacy in the other league. Lacy may not have the biggest day but I like him for the most touches/opportunity to succeed.

      And thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoy the read. Good turkey day to you too and good luck!

  23. J-FOH says:
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    I f**king hate team defense….IDP for LIFE!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Take this rhetoric to Kevin’s post. We don’t like your kind ’round these parts.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: you mean well rounded football fans who understand and like to watch individual players on both sides of the ball as opposed to going yeah team…..what do you mean by “your kind”, don’t make me get gangsta in here

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Is IDP a new gang?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: yeah…sure, I’ll go with that. Individual Defensive Posse!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha! IDP tattooed on the knuckles…and JJ Watt riding a unicorn on your back for some strange reason.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: how little you know, JJ Watt is a one year stud, not a legend. I have BUTKUS across mine, BUT on one side with an eyeball and a tear drop and KUS and a heart on the other. My hands are a conversation starter.

                It’s actually Luke Kuechly riding Falkor the Luckdragon

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Haha, well done. One year wonder w/Watt? You’re joking right? Please say yes…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I like LBs. DL are too inconsistent for me to love

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Maybe some day Watt will change your mind.

  24. Zandy says:
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    So its a 12 team league and I just missed out on Buffalo….
    I currently have Cleveland…. (Not a great situation)
    I am fighting for a bye next week but if I win, I am in with the Bye
    The only DEF on the wire are:
    TB, MIA, NYG, SD, DET, OAK, WAS, MIN, JAX, ATL
    (Very very ugly)
    Are any of these worth stashing or dropping CLE for? Or am I better holding CLE, praying I get my BYE and then seeing if anyone makes a drop…

    a 2-10 team literally has 3 DEF on their roster… It’s beyond ridic

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That would be a good reason they’re 2-10…

      Matchups matter. Hard to answer without that. MIA/TB/NYG all could be of interest.

  25. David says:
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    Hey Sky! Thanks for all the hard work you’ve done with the posts.
    I just picked up the Bills, but I was wondering… if they lead the league in INTs and Sacks….how is it that they are at about middle-of-the-pack in the DST rankings? It just seems like they should be ranked higher.

    Also, please pick two WRs to start from these …. Cruz, garçon, Boykin, burleson, k. Allen (standard 10 team league) ….another one if I may…. j.reed, T. Gonzalez, or Olsen?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks David!

      I don’t see where I said they lead the league in either of those categories…not sure where that is coming from. If I did, my bad.

      Cruz/Garcon

      Reed

      Rankings out tomorrow, might change once I’ve reviewed but that’s a quick reaction to what you have.

  26. The imp says:
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    Agree on the Bills. Was going to grab them last week but didn’t have the guts to drop Nicks to carry them through a bye. Go get them if you can. I hope cram is right on Dallas as they are my consolation prize this week.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks and good luck!

  27. Brett says:
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    Ppr flex s jax b Tate Rainey? Tight end reed or Bennett?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still working on rankings which come out tomorrow. I’ll say Tate/Bennett for now.

  28. Nomaspantalones says:
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    Having wr troubles…with a lot of wrs to consider in a ppr…
    I have:
    demaryius thomas @kc
    decker @kc
    steve johnson atl
    burleson gb
    floyd @phi
    allen @cin
    wright @ind
    and hartline is on waivers

    I was thinking thomas and johnson and putting burleson at the flex, because I doubt ivory is going to outperform any of them…

    Also, it might sound like a crazy question, but Payton over McCown right?

    Thank you for any help you can give and happy thanksgiving.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Great problems to have: DT/Floyd/Wright is how I’d go. Burleson/SJ would be next up on my list along with Decker but he’s been very hit/miss. Hard to recommend with all those other options.

      Mr. No More Pants, I hope you have a good Turkey day too.

  29. marcus allen was good al says:
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    WK 14…. car @ no or hou @ jax

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      CAR is too good as a defense to sit them over Houston right now

  30. The imp says:
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    Sorry to not wait for rankings but with a turkey trot I may not have a chance to act before Oakland plays.
    Would you rather upgrade wr3 of Amendola/nicks with streater (at dal) or upgrade rg3 with dalton (at sd)? The worry with streater is that if I need a second te for Reed, I’ll have to drop Reed, nicks or Dola to roster the te. With dalton I can just drop Dalton for the emergency TE since they all play Sunday.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Streater…but that’s if he’s cleared to play of course. Might double check his status.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Dah misspoke. Saw Streater, read Moore. Don’t ask me how. I don’t even know.

      • The imp says:
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        @SkyThanks. Hopefully Reed makes it back, so I don’t have to sweat a drop later.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Agreed. Have Reed in plenty of leagues myself

  31. Mookiewilson says:
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    Who do you prefer as a WR3/4 for playoffs (week 14-16) Amendola or Harvin?
    Amendola (Cle, @Mia, @Bal)
    Harvin (@SF, @NYG, Ari)

    I have been streaming TE all year with little success and Cameron just got dropped so I’m thinking of dropping one of the 2 above for him. Amendola has been mostly on the bench and mostly useless. Been stashing Harvin and not sure what to expect.

    Thanks for the advice and the daily column!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Harvin has WR1 target potential. I’d take him.

  32. Randy says:
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    In a 10-team league I’ve got the Chiefs and Bills. The Jets are available. Would you drop the Chiefs for them or keep it as it stands?

    Also, this sounds crazy…but I have 7 RBs in a league where we start 2 and a flex…and I feel like I should drop one to get depth elsewhere, but am sure whoever I’d drop would get picked up and might come back to haunt me. What are your thoughts? I’ve got McCoy, Forte, Stacy, Miller, Tate, Ball, and Bryce Brown. Dropping one would let me backup another position for the playoffs, like maybe Palmer to backup Cam or Pitta to backup Vernon Davis.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You don’t need depth for positions that rarely get injuries. Can stream for matchups but I wouldn’t worry about permanent moves. Since you have the Bills, hold for now and see how KC looks this weekend before you make a move. You’re good either way for week 14

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