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It feels weird making Montell Owens a suggestion.  I mean, he’s been the starter for Jacksonville for the last couple of weeks, there are no signs we see Maurice Jones-Drew at any point for the rest of the season and Rashad Jennings has done nothing to prove he deserves more than a bit role when he fully recovers from his concussion.  However, facts are facts.  Montell is still owned in only 27% of yahoo leagues and only 11% over at ESPN and I’ve never seen a starting RB I didn’t like.  Well, there’s Michael Turner but that’s for an entirely different post.  What I see is a flex play in a playoff week where anything goes.  The studs that got you to week 16 could be sitting in week 17.  I remember the one year I played the championship in week 17 because I accidentally didn’t set it correctly for week 16 before the season started.  I won because I picked up the 43 yards, 4 receptions and the touchdown Jerheme Urban brought to the table that week.  Don’t know who that is?  Good, you shouldn’t.  Welcome to what David Bowie no doubt was singing about.  Week 17 is all about the guys who don’t start typically but are going to get the snaps to prove they should at least make the team’s practice squad the next year.  So with that, let’s take a look at just a few more week 17 heroes  for 2012 fantasy football…

Harry Douglas – I know, what a sexy call, right?  I highly doubt Julio Jones and Roddy White are still around in the second half of this game and the Buccaneers secondary have seen the most fantasy points by opposing wide receivers on the season as of this typing.  I don’t care if McCown is back there throwing it, he could look like Peyton Manning by the end of the day with how well they defend the pass which in turn could make Douglas look like Marvin Harrison.

LaMichael James - There’s two scenarios where I think we see multiple carries for James in week 17.  The first one is that SF seals up their playoff fate by the end of week 16 and don’t need to run their starters out there.  The second one is that the game in week 17 still matters but because it’s against the woeful Cardinals, the game could be out of hand by the second quarter.  He has played a little bit over the last two weeks, garnering 17 touches for 76 yards.  Now tack on a few more touches to 20 and over 90 yards with a good shot at a touchdown and you have a possibly great flex play.

Michael Preston - Ehhhh, who is this guy?  Oh I know, he’s the one who filled in when Kendall Wright went down with a rib injury on Monday Night Football.  Now I can’t say for sure Kendall’s out for the year but given that the Titans have nothing to play for, I think Preston gets a chance to improve on his 3 catches for 42 yards from Monday night against a Jaguars defense that only looks good against opposing wide receivers because most games are done by the second half and everyone runs on them.  If the 17-14 snooze-fest that was MNF for week 15 shows anything, it’s that the Titans offense isn’t high-octane enough to pull away from anyone.  This whole game could be a fantasy paradise and Preston could have a large piece of that.

Tony Moeaki - At this point, I’ve mentioned Tony more often than I ever should so I’ll just say it’s a matchup call.  Dennis Pitta proved the Broncos can’t defend the TE.  Tony could prove it again.  Of course, Quinn has proven he can’t throw it so you’re probably not starting him.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Mark Ingram - Wow, I don’t know what to say here.  He’s 29% owned in yahoo leagues and…63% in ESPN leagues?  Major schism there.  So I guess I’m talking to yahoo owners.  Panthers give up the 7th most fantasy points to opposing RBs and Ingram flex-worthy for the last few weeks, especially when the matchup is right.  Well, welcome to the right matchup.  If he can go for 90 and a touchdown against a tough Buccs frontline, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t have another strong day against Carolina.

  1. Tony Stark says:
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    Re: Ingram owned in 63% of ESPN leagues and just 29% of Yahoo…. assuming this is because ESPN’s percentages are based off their standard fantasy scoring format whereas Yahoo’s percentages are based off all league formats.

    Or it could be simply because ESPN blowssss

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Tony Stark: I’ll take option two, please.

  2. Randall says:
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    I like Ben Tate a lot next week as well. Texans should rap up the #1 seed this week with a win over the Vikings.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Randall: Yeah, I hear ya on that. Week 17 is so wet and wild when it comes to who’ll get the time to score fantasy points. I’m sure the top 10 RBs/WRs are gonna have a lot of people saying ‘who’s that?’.

  3. Jacob says:
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    Would it be better to start Crabtree over Roddy White? I’m leaning towards Crabtree as it stands now.

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Jacob: I would go Roddy. Dont let one bad game fool you. Crabtree gets a tough Seahawks secondary.

  4. Plainview says:
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    Playing for the championship with a team I have no confidence in at this point – need to start 2RBs, 2WRs and a WR/RB Flex out of this group:

    Lynch
    DMC
    Leshoure
    Powell
    Montell Owens
    Cruz
    Torrey Smith
    Golden Tate
    Antonio Brown
    I’m leaning toward starting Lynch, DMC, Leshoure, Cruz and Brown -agree?

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Plainview: I like your current choices.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Plainview: Agree with your choices.

  5. Plainview says:
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    Related question – I have Jermaine Gresham at TE but could pick up any of these if they are a better play this week:

    Ben Watson
    Zach Miller
    Scott Chandler
    Jermichael Finley
    Dallas Clark
    Tony Scheffler

    Make a move?

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Plainview: Id roll with Gresham…Dallas CLark 2nd choice

    • Murph says:
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      @Plainview:

      Gresham for the safe play but Watson for the boom or bust potential if needed.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    My weekly survivor dilemma: use GB v Ten this week, or keep them in my pocket for wk 17 @ MIN?

    12 left in my pool, I’m the only one with GB left. Here are my best options this week and next:
    wk 16 – GB v Ten, CAR v Oak, Ind @ KC
    wk 17 – GB @ MIN, TEN v Jax, BUF v NYJ, WAS v Dal, SD v Oak

    I like all 3 options this week, but none in wk 17. I think the Packers are probably safest this week, and allow me to go against the pool, which will be all over the other 2 games. But even accounting for the annual crapshoot nature of week 17, I don’t really like any of those options. If GB still ends up having home field to play for next week, they may be the best option again, even on the road in a division matchup against AP. So, is GB worth saving for wk 17, or should I just burn them now?

    • Murph says:
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      @Steve Stevenson:

      Seattle last week? Gutsy but excellent call!!!

      Carolina is tempting but Play to survive….use greenbay at home against the titans playing on a short week rather than a conference game in Minnesota against a hungry AP. Week 17 is cloudy but Buffalo might be the best call against a jets team that has packed it in for the season.

  7. Colin says:
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    Just curious why you guys find ESPN blows? In baseball they have more players in the free agent pool and they have free phone support.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Is that you, Cowherd? Nothing to do with ESPN’s site, moreso that the reason Ingram is 63% owned is that he’s probably on about 80% of teams that were abandoned by week 4.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky:

        Great point How funny is it when you hear Berry say how shocked he is that Morris or Moreno are still available in ESPN leagues? Haha

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, exactly! I wonder how many leagues are simply dummy ones so that their fantasy guys have stuff to talk about. ‘Amazingly, Cecil Shorts is still just 61% owned (but in real league numbers, it’s closer to 95%).’

    • Murph says:
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      @Colin:

      Not sure anyone said those words exactly but yahoo standard scoring is preferable to true FFB enthusiasts due to their scoring system. Nothing wrong with ESPN I actually play in one ESPN league but with their format (non PPR and no partial points) makes it too reliant on TDs and a lot of matchups result in multiple ties throughout the year unless it is customized. . Doubt the free agent pool matters unless you play in a 20 team 4 QB league I’m not looking add Matt Lienhart to my teams anytime soon…

      • Colin says:
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        @Murph:

        Murph If you look closely I mentioned the baseball free agent pool not football. We shifted all our pools to ESPN because of this. I remember one year they didn’t have Votto and Gallardo in their list even though they were top prospects but ESPN did. As for the football scoring I am not sure what you mean, you can customize it just as much as Yahoo’s. We have scoring down to one decimal place. I guess it’s just a matter of taste. I do however find Yahoo fantasy sites more aesthetically pleasing.

        • Murph says:
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          @Colin:

          Yeah sorry I missed that I haven’t fallen into the madness of what is “fantasy baseball” I enjoy keeping my sanity at least 3/4 of the year haha. Everyone has their personal favorites its really comparing apples to apples in my opinion.

    • Murph says:
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      @Sky: @Colin:

      Not to mention their iPhone app is terrible

      • Colin says:
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        @Murph:

        Yes I agree as well as their iPad one.

        • Murph says:
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          @Colin:

          Lost a game this year simply because the app didn’t update my lineup or save the changes. I login directly online and deleted the app immediately after that.

  8. Murph says:
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    Desperation deep sleeper adds

    Jackie Battle/Curtis Brinkley RB San Diego

    Deveir Posey WR Houston

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like Christie Brinkley there

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky:

        Thank you sir sky and good luck to any consolidation or moral victory you are shooting for this week.

        Look at Posey for next year with the Texans giving up on Walter he is very talented and fearless on short crossing routes.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Actually have a great bounceback story. That team I kept lamenting that had the second most points but the first most points against finished 6-7 with the last playoff spot…is now in the championship. That team had Big Ben/Amendola/MJD/McCoy/Kolb(2QB league) all go down at various points in the season. I just beat the team that picked up not just Big Ben but Bryce Brown & Montell Owens. Those two RBs laid an egg and so in some small way, I have to thank McCoy and MJD for getting me to the finals :)

          Trusting Schaub to throw to more than one guy worries me is all I can say. First it was all Owen Daniels, all the time. Then it was all Andre Johnson all the time. I think he’ll be too streaky to trust unless they change QB or offensive game plans.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky:

            I experienced Murphy’s law last week (no pun intended haha) everything that could go wrong did but made the semis in 4 out of 5 and was the point leader on 3 not a bad year although I’m all about the bragging rights of winning but won’t have a championship title this year. Maybe I should use Andrew Nordmeiers strategy and play in 49 leagues next year guaranteed to win one right?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Oh my God, no kidding! I don’t know which number I’m more amazed of. The 49 leagues or the fact he made the championship in 23. Different strokes for different folks…I’m definitely not going that route next year, though. I’d go insane!

  9. FillyP says:
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    Well.. playing for 3rd place this week. Against someone I beat down just two weeks ago by over 50. But we both know how these things usually go. As always, need your expertise..

    1) QB. Right now I’ve got Cousins and RG3. Kirk looked more than competent and the Eagles are in shambles. *If* RG3 starts, I think I’ve got to roll the dice.. though a re-injury is always a concern. That said, who do you like this week: Cousins, Big Ben, Kaepernick, Wilson, or Bradford. No way in hell I’m putting my faith back in Freeman.

    2) D/ST. Continue to roll with the Seahawks at home vs the Niners? Or other options: Cincy @ Pit, San Diego @ NYJ, Atlanta @ DET, Indy @KC.

    3) FLEX – Dwyer, Owens, or D. Wilson?

    4) WR – I’ve got Garcon, Maclin, and B. Gibson starting. I don’t trust J. Gordon against Champ Bailey. Would you put in Danario vs NYJ for any of those 3? FA options: Streater, Avant, Hixon, Britt, Givens, Avery, LaFell.

    Thanks Sky. Shame we’re not talking Championship this week.. I know you’re inundated with fantasy stuff on a daily basis, but here’s a recap of my painful loss in the semis. Even the analysis thinks I got hosed! http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/392504/recap?week=15&mid1=8&mid2=4

    Thanks for all your help this season and happy holidays. Be safe and merry!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Freeman…ugh, he’s a rat bastard. DX failed at the worst possible time and Weeden failed Josh Gordon. Overthrew him for an easy TD bomb. Hard to make the Redskins secondary look good, but Brandon found a way.

      1) If he’s playing RG3 still has the biggest potential out of that crew. If you wanna play it safe, I’d rank it Big Ben/Bradford from the rest

      2) Indy is a gamble even if it’s the Chiefs. I think the ‘hawks at home still put up enough to be at or near a top 5 defense this week.

      3) Don’t love him but Owens is the guy there unless Jennings somehow gets a shot or MJD miraculously is the starter. I’m pretty sure Bradshaw is starting this week, limiting Wilson’s chances.

      4) I agree about Josh Gordon. He had a nice matchup last week but as mentioned, Weeden screwed the fantasy pooch for every Gordon owner. I think you’re making the right decision with those guys. I think the Jets get the win this week on the back of their defense and McElroy not butt-fumbling all over the place.

      Season’s greatings back! Go take the bronze!

  10. HP2 says:
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    In the semis this week a non ppr league need help in my scoring positions my
    WR need 3 out of these 5; Danario Alexander, Julio Jones, Cecil Shorts, Chris Givens, Torrey Smith, Jason Avant is available on waivers
    RB need 2 of these; Trent Richardson, Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, Justin Forsett
    Powell is available on waivers
    Johnson worries me cause it looks like the game plan is to throw the ball is this because of his contract?
    TE Brandon Myers, Antonio Gates

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      WR: First three

      RB: T-Rich/R-Bush

      I don’t see/understand the contract thing, RE: Johnson. He ran the ball 21 times last week. Think it has more to do with flow of the game and I’m pretty sure GB forces Locker to throw a lot this week. Would need another 80 mad dash from CJ to make his matchup work right, IMHO.

      TE: Myers

    • Murph says:
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      @HP2:

      Johnson’s production has nothing to do with his contract but more with the following:
      Poor offensive line play
      New offensive coordinator
      Defense allowing a lot of points
      Locker turning the ball over early in the game
      When the titans get behind early as they always do they can’t lean on the run so they have to stick to the passing game. He has carried the ball more than 20 times in only 5 games this year and has not logged a 30 yard carry game since 2010. Even with all these issues Johnson is capable of breaking the big run at anytime as seen on monday. Take away that 94 yard run and you are looking at 28 yards on 20 carries. A very risky but possibly rewarding start on any occasion. Don’t like him in Green Bay on a short week though stick with Sky’s picks.

  11. D Rich says:
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    Why does Grey not write for Football? He should be the main writer on here too. He’s a legend

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks for the words of encouragement.

  12. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    whats up senor IPA…I have a tough decision for my chumpionship game. I somehow won last week but now i have to decide between morris against Philly, which was his worst game or bush against Buffalo.

    Next question and this is the tough one, pick two of these guys to start. jennings vs ten, Blackmon vs the chowders, Moore vs cowboys, mike williams vs the rams, In the FA pool is hartline and bess vs the bills and Cooper and avant vs those skins. streater and britt are also available but don’t seem like very good ideas with the D’s they are going against. If possible just rank the top five.

    Please Obi Sky Kenobi, you are my only hope.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Jack, let’s see if I can help you in your pursuit of being a chumpion…

      I gotta go Morris there. Even if RG3’s back, I see them being conservative with his running game and getting the ball a lot to Morris, who had 30 touches last week. I think he’s in line for another big week, even though Bush’s matchup is nicer.

      Out of that bunch, I feel Moore/Blackmon are your best options. Those FA guys have great matchups but they’re FAs for a reason…think you have more consistency with the two I listed. Overall, I’d rank it Moore/Blackmon/Williams/Britt/Streater with Jennings a close 6th.

      Now pardon me, I’ve gotta go work on my light sabre skills.

      Recently have been switching up the beers just for fun. Had a Monkey Face Porter here recently, I think the company is Cascades but I can’t remember. Quite tasty, hadn’t really had a porter in a while.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: the Morris call is tough, at TE i’m choosing between Pitta and Daniels, any thoughts?

        then stay off the train

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I hear ya about Morris but he could’ve had 3 TDs last week. Plus there are plenty of times where the first go around of a matchup doesn’t pan out well and good teams/players respond to it. I’d put the redskins/Morris in the right camp for that.

          Daniels has been left out in the cold the last few weeks in terms of involvement in the offense. I’ll take Pitta there

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: losing gronk has made my end not so tight…I will win or die by the sky, morris starts. If I win I’m going to send you some good beer

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Hate when my end gets loose…here’s to a beer drenched celebration of a win!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      And I just realized I got edited to say ‘light sabre’ rather than ‘lightsaber’. Thanks autocorrect!

  13. Scott says:
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    How do you think out of beanie wells or montell Owens?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll take montell

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