I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got all fat and sassy. One more day until we all go back to work, but hey, at least there is a decent-sized slate for your Sunday viewing pleasure. Most trade deadlines have passed so you’re stuck with what you have besides the waiver wire. So fire up those line up questions! I know there are a few of you left out there!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. In times of division and uncertainty there are always positives. One of those things that we can be thankful for is the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner! Don’t forget, the Bears and the Lions kick off at 12:30 EDT on Thursday. Don’t miss out on those…. Jordan Howard… nevermind. Let’s get to those rankings.

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In my regular Monday post, I paid extra attention to some wide receiver adds that will be beneficial for weeks 14-16. There are a few out there, but for the most part, the ‘start your studs’ theory is the way that I like to go about things. Quarterback is an entirely different beast. I’ve written in the past about quarterback scoring being very bunched up near the middle of the position. So it a good idea to discover weekly outliers in the most important three weeks of the fantasy football season. 

The benefit in preparing for the playoffs around Thanksgiving is that these players that you are stashing likely wouldn’t be available in weeks 13 or 14. Staying ahead of your league-mates is half of the battle. People say fantasy football is luck driven and they are wrong for the most part. Luck has nothing to do with positioning yourself for success through studying probabilities. Believe it or not, there are some quarterbacks that still have low ownership that have very easy playoff schedules and you should adding them this week. 

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The New Orleans Saints’ offense was the story of this week. In a season of juiced up score boards, they are an even bigger exception to the standard over the past three weeks. Having pieces of this offense may be essential to a fantasy football playoff run if you don’t have Todd Gurley or Kareem Hunt. At this point, your trade deadline is probably a thing of the past, but you can most likely add Tre’quan Smith. Tre’quan is 13% owned in ESPN Leagues and 26% owned in Yahoo leagues. 

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We are two weeks away from the fantasy playoffs. I looked outside and saw snow on the ground this morning and it’s insane how time flies. Hopefully it slows down a little this week because I’m on vacation from my day job. Three vacation days for 9 straight days off? Talk about a steal. Anyways, this only affects you because my Monday column will come out around lunch time this week. I’ll be writing on Monday morning instead of Sunday night this week.

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Have you ever had such a bad fantasy week that you’ve asked your wife to murder you in your sleep? That was me last night. Turns out that she was glad to oblige and wanted it in writing. So I guess it’s a blessing that I’m here today. 

I was up 4 points in one league that I needed to make a move in. He had Evan Engram left and after being shut out for 3 and a half quarters, Engram beat me in one drive. In a league that a win would’ve put me in a good spot for a first round bye, I fell 5 Saquon Barkley points short of victory. The Giants had the ball at the two-yard line with over a minute to go. Let’s get to these rankings before I get upset all over again. 

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I’m bored with reviewing five or six games per week. I feel suffocated, you know? Why keep me tied down to just writing about half of Sunday’s games? It’s my Monday column, why not bring the realness. Like Marky Mark says in The Other Guys, “I’m a peacock, you gotta let me fly!” I want to go position by position and see how it flows.

So what are two fun categories to correctly identify each? Well, ‘Stars’ is easy. It’s clear and to the point. What could possibly categorize something so blind-siding and awful that it sucks the life right out of your fantasy team that stays with the astrology theme? There has to be something that’s, let’s say, related to the misery of being a Raiders fan. There literally can’t be anything worse. I’ve got it. Black holes. Now that we have that covered, let’s start with quarterbacks…

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I feel really bad for Dez Bryant. It’s the only human reaction to have when somebody has something happen to them that derails a dream or destiny, I suppose. Another part of me hates this because I wanted to be right about him being a non-factor for the Saints. That’s obviously the least important part of this whole Dez Bryant roller coaster. I hope that you didn’t sell out for the dream of early 2010’s Dez Bryant, but if you did, let me help you out in the comment section.

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Just four short weeks before the fantasy football playoffs. I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like I have a lot riding on this Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers for this week’s results. This week is one thing, but what about the fantasy playoffs?

Is it too early to start thinking about the most important three week run of the fantasy season? Hell no! Be Bill Belicheck, not Jason Garrett. Before we get to the rankings for week 10, I’m going to point out some favorable playoff schedules that I have noticed so far. That way, you can prepare some sneaky trades before your deadline or go on a hunt in the waiver wire to see what you can get while others are living week to week trying to survive bye week hell…

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It may not have been a huge week for wide receivers, but it was definitely a huge week for running backs. In the early games, we had a handful of running backs that were able to score twice. As I’m writing this very paragraph, Alvin Kamara scored his second touchdown of the game. As the weather gets colder in a large chunk of the country, we might see this more and more. The pass catching running back is so valuable, even in standard leagues. In a dynasty auction league, I got Christian McCaffery for dirt cheap just because it isn’t PPR. Granted, I’d appreciate the points for catches, but McCaffery is so dynamic that he can still win weeks for me. We have 5 games to get to this week and a lot to talk about.

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