Happy Holidays everyone! First off I’d like to thank all of you for reading and supporting the site and all our hard working writers. Here’s a little holiday card for all of you loyal readers. It’s from the heart!

Those of you in your championship game this weekend might have some injury concerns for your players. I know I do. I have Vincent Jackson and Chris Johnson plaguing my lineup with their ills. I’ll take you through the up to the minute news but it won’t stay up to the minute so make sure you follow myself and others on Twitter so you don’t get screwed.

The best of luck to all your teams!

Vincent Jackson: Jackson has some groin troubles. Those are usually the troubles I tend to dislike and playing football while having them sounds tough. He is a game time decision and unfortunately game time is in the afternoon which makes it really tough to plan this one out. If you have Malcom Floyd I’d feel fine about just having him on your bench and waiting until we know VJax’s status or if you want to play it safe you can just go with Floyd in case VJax is slowed by the injury. If Floyd is gone you can pick up Vincent Brown and do the same but I wouldn’t start him unless Jackson is definitely out.

Felix Jones: Don’t start him. This is your championship game and you don’t want a zero. The Cowboys signed Chauncey Washington and Sammy Morris has shown he can handle himself in this offense. Jones hasn’t practiced and is questionable.  Unfortunately this is another afternoon game which screws us fake footballers royally. If Jones doesn’t go I’d feel fine with starting Morris as a flex play but if he does start I’d worry about starting either.

Chris Johnson: This guy has effed us over all season and now he’s giving us one last shot in the junk. His ankle injury most likely won’t keep him out but could limit him and Jamie Harper is set to get more work. Right now I have the choice between him and Sammy Morris. If I knew Jones wasn’t going I’d go with Morris but unless that somehow becomes official I’m going to stick with CJ as long as he starts. I’ve gone back and forth on this one but the possibility of Jones playing is too scary for me. If you have a good matchup for a bench player I could see sitting CJ but don’t play a scrub.

Ben Roethlisberger: Ben will sit this one out. This does hurt Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Since we haven’t seen Charlie Batch much of late I’m afraid of starting the receivers but it is a good matchup for them. I could easily see Wallace and Brown having some nice gains after the catch because they are both awesome in the open field so don’t sit them just for shizz and giggles.  This may limit Rashard Mendenhall’s TD potential but should up his carries a lot.

Marion Barber: The Barbarian is out and Khalil Bell, who I think is Superman’s dad, will get the start and every down work. His ability is sketchy but he should get a ton of work in the short passing game. I worry about him getting a touchdown but should get 5+receptions.

Mario Manningham: He is out. I think this helps Victor Cruz the most with Hakeem Nicks likely covered by Darelle Revis. With Jake Ballard also out this could make Travis Beckum a desperation play if you are desperate.

Anthony Fasano: He is out with a concussion. So you probably shouldn’t start him. I have a sneaky feeling about Charles Clay but I’m too much of a wuss to play him. I like Brent Celek and Dustin Keller’s matchups this week but if you were playing Fasano you probably don’t own them. Just don’t play Heath Miller!

Lance Moore: He was a late addition to the injury report with a hamstring injury. I would find other alternatives.

Kellen Clemens: Clemens will start for the Rams with Feeley and Bradford hurt. Start the Steelers D/ST.

James Starks: He practiced all week and should play. I’m a little worried that if the Seahawks win the Packers may only go with their starters for a half or so but I also think a half at least for Aaron Rodgers is still worth a start. Starks on the other hand, bleh.

Roy Helu: UPDATE: He is OUT. Evan Royster willget the start but Ryan Torain is also active so who knows how that will break down.

Ahmad Bradshaw: He is listed as probable and should play. He’s a flex at best and takes Brandon Jacobs down even further.

A.J. Green: He will play and has a good matchup. Hope that he doesn’t land on his shoulder again!

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  1. alldayLT says:

    kahlil bell or cj2k? .5 ppr

  2. JamieB says:

    ppr league, 1 rb 3 wr 1 flex….i have rice, r white, b marshall in for sure…leaves me with m wallace, s johnson, gaffney, f jones, helu and bradshaw. Not sure which two to go with of those. Starting wallace scares me without ben and jones and helu are both fighting injuries.

  3. Salty Balty says:

    Feeling you on CJ_K. Which two would you start, C. Johnson, K. Smith, C.J. Spiller, and/or Kahlil Bell?

  4. Nick says:

    Doc, sliding A Brown in at flex instead of f jones, u like Brown better than Holmes. 2 great matchups, leaning Holmes, now that i think about it.

  5. The Grinch If I Lose says:

    I need to fill a RB & RB/WR spot for the Title. So Much uncertainty … Which 2 … CJ0K, Helu, Felix, Kahlil “Jingle” Bell, Vjax,Maclin …. I’m stumped

  6. Richard says:

    MJD will be RB1. Who for RB2 & RB3 from W. McGahee, C. Benson, K. Smith & K. Bell?

    Also, with Roethlisberger out, bench M. Wallace for D. Heyward-Bey or L. Robinson, or is he still good with Batch?

  7. Random Collmenter says:

    Pick 2 (.5 PPR):
    Kevin Smith


  8. Marty Funkhouser says:


    1. Need to pick a WR and a FLEX from: Dez, Wallace (Big Ben out), Santana Moss, CJ1K, Kahlil Bell (Barber out), Lance Ball (if McGahee’s out).

    2. In a league where sacks count for 2 points, you still liking the Titans D over the Broncos D? The Titans’ performance against the Colts last week scares me.

  9. Howard says:

    @Doc All the best in the holiday season!
    I have a few playoffs going on with some decisions to make:
    1) L Robinson, A Brown or M Floyd?
    2) L Robinson, S Johnson or A Brown?
    3) L Robinson, D Thomas or M Wallace?

  10. Plainview says:

    Helu or Santonio Holmes

    Bowe or Cedric Benson

  11. Nick says:

    Damn it, now Helu is also questionable!! Doc help me please. To recap here is my WR & RB starters and bench. standard format 2 rb 3 wr 1 flex

    WR=Calvin Johnson, Laurent Robinson, D. Thomas
    RB=Helu & K Smith
    Flex= Antonio Brown OR Santonio Holmes?

    So I need a flex first off, as I mentioned in post 4.
    Also, with Helu on the edge, if he does not start, which do I start from the bench…..Jones (if he starts, would you consider him over Helu), Starks, Ball or S. Morris? Help me out Doc, one last time!

  12. Nick says:

    Ohh, one more thing..is Torrey Smith now a potential starting receiver with Boldin gone….he is now WR1 against a great Browns CBs…..is he worth a start for my championship over my WR options above in post 10???

  13. Nick says:

    Another option is to pickup Khalil Bell, Im going to do that now, so add him to my option at RB over Helu

  14. Vick is a Prick says:

    Pick my flex please

    Sammy Morris (if felix is out)
    Stevie Johnson (banged up with Champ)
    Julio Jones (I like him, but not much love on the rankings)

    Also thought on my Def options:
    Jets or Skins?


  15. Charles says:

    “Matt Mosley Co-host of ESPN 103.3 radio show reporting if the Giants beat the Jets, Felix Jones will not play a snap vs Eagles. Jets win, he’s 50-50.”

    Should I start Tebow over Romo for similar reasons (i.e. the game means very little to Dallas)?

  16. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Charles: I don’t think Romo will sit even if the Giants win but I can’t say that with 100% confidence. Tebow is pretty close to Romo this week and I could see going with him to play it safe.

    @Vick is a Prick: I’d lean Jones unless we know Felix is out. Skins

    @Nick: I’d lean Bell as the safest choice out of those with what we know right now. Too worried about Haden to move Smith ahead of them.

    @Plainview: I’d probably lean Helu and Benson in non PPR and Bowe in PPR

    @Howard: Floyd, Brown, DT

    @Marty Funkhouser: It’s closer with the 2 points for sacks but I have no faith in Gabbert. Orlovsky at least showed he can put drives together. Dez and CJ

    @Random Collmenter: Smith, CJ

    @Richard: McGahee, Smith, I’d stick with Wallace

    @The Grinch If I Lose: Yeah, no easy answers but I’d lean CJ, Bell

    @Nick: Close there but I’d go Holmes

    @Salty Balty: I’m liking Smith/Spiller

    @JamieB: Can I have an easier question please!? Hah, that’s tough. Gaffney feels like the safest play but the lowest ceiling. I’d lean Helu and Gaffney.

    @alldayLT: Bell but it’s close

  17. Robert says:

    Hey Josh…need help with a few of spots…

    1) Even without Big Ben, is there any way I start Santana Moss over Antonio Brown in a return yds league (1pt/10yds)?

    2) Gates, Kevin Smith, or SJax at flex?

    3) Is Vick or Tebow a clear-cut choice this week?

    4) WAS, PHI, or CHI defense in a return yds league (1pt/10yds)?


  18. Robert says:

    “Josh”? Crap. Copy and pasted from another article. Sorry about that, Chet.

  19. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @Doc/everyone else….thnks for all the free advice this yr.I spent more time than ever on this site and had my best yr yet.Still alive in 3/4 leagues(that other league is stupid and dumb and I didnt want to win it anyway).

    ….16 team non ppr,starting 2 TE’s.Fassano is out,so would you grab Fells,Sheffler or one of the backup MIA TE’s?

  20. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: or Travis Beckum is available.

  21. barker says:

    eli matt moore or dalton

    2 of jacobs jstew kevin smith maybe khalil bell? if on wire

    1 of torrey smith simpson decker

  22. Gamby says:

    Hi Doc,
    Thank2 s for all your help this year. I need some advice @ WR2 and RB2.
    Pick one in a PPR League De Thomas(DEN), L Robinson or Antonio Brown.
    For RB2 in PPR K Bell, Deangelo Wiilliams, S Morris? Please help, my daughters last Christmas gift depends on it. LOL

  23. paulzone says:

    1. Stafford or Cam?

    2. Moss or Antonio Brown?

    3. Saved the best for last. Which TWO rb’s (0.5 ppr/3pt bonus 100 yds):
    Gore, Bradshaw, P.Thomas, Ivory, Bell, Morris

    Thanks Doc for this year and good luck to you!

  24. hank says:

    Need to start one of the following: Felix Jones, Khalil Bell or Sammy Morris. This is 1.0 ppr league. Thanks.

  25. needhelp says:

    0.5 PPR Flex Position

    M Wallace
    S Moss
    F Jones
    L Robinson
    D Thomas

    Thanks Doc and Merry Christmas

  26. hideousmutants says:

    I’m asking all the razzball writers this question:

    Choose one:
    Chris johnson
    Kevin smith
    Cj spiller

  27. hideousmutants says:

    Forgot to mention its a ppr

  28. cowboy says:

    Lance Moore or Mike Wallace?? thanks

  29. zaj says:

    Merry Christmas Eve.

    1/2 pt PPR, start Spiller over Darren Sproles, Julio Jones, AJ Green, or Brandon Marshall?

    1 pt PPR, pick TWO: Nicks, Harvin, Khalil Bell?


  30. Doc

    Doc says:

    Roy Helu is OUT. Evan Royster will probably get a lot of the work but he’s very risky.

  31. Nick says:

    Doc, Sammy Morris or Santonio Holmes at flex? Last minute roster change with Helu and Felix outtt

  32. zaj says:

    1/2 pt PPR, start Spiller over Darren Sproles, Julio Jones, AJ Green, or Brandon Marshall?

    1 pt PPR, pick TWO: Nicks, Harvin, Khalil Bell?


  33. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Nick: I’d lean Holmes but Sammy has more upside

    @zaj: Harvin, Bell, I’d start Spiller over Sproles but it’s very close

  34. jeromeo says:

    one for the flex in a standard league: antonio brown, hillis, royster, battle, brandon lloyd, ingram/ivory (got both these NO RBs).

  35. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @Doc….16 team non ppr,w/out Helu would you start Grant or Royster?

  36. Nate says:

    Okay, Doc. Last start/sit of the year for me. Need one of these guys for my FLEX:

    Hakeem Nicks
    CJ Spiller
    Kevin Smith
    Kahlil Bell

    .5 PPR

    p.s. Thanks for a great year!

  37. JimParkey says:

    Start Floyd over Nicks?

  38. Vick the Prick says:

    Doc, I will owe you a whisky if you can help me out.

    Pick 3 non-ppr:
    Bell, Greene, Stevie Johnson, Julio Jones, Sam Morris, Ivory, Evan Royster.

    Thank big time for your help all season.

    Happy Holidays!!!

  39. Vick the Prick says:

    Almost forgot:

    Skins or Jet DEF?

  40. Brian says:

    Laurent Robinson, Stevie Johnson, Beanie Wells need 2 in a PPR

  41. CL says:

    K.Bell, Beanie, or Kevin Smith?

    1pt PPR

  42. Nate says:

    I’m dying out here, Doc!

  43. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Nate: Spiller. Good luck!

    @CL: Smith

  44. MKL says:

    Merry Christmas Doc,

    I need to decide 2 WR from Antonio Brown, Robinson and Miles. Do I roll the dice on 2 Dallas WR with Big Ben not playing??

  45. Doc

    Doc says:

    @MKL: I think I’d go with Brown over LRob.

  46. Cole says:

    grant or stewart– lost helu

  47. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Cole: Stew for sure

  48. Cole says:

    thanks man! i was freaking out there for a second. Happy holidays!

  49. DANgerous says:

    oy romo!!!!!! and AP!!! good by championship….
    Tell me theres a chance Brees sits?!?!?

  50. Nate says:

    I feel you, DANgerous. Also had AP and Romo going for me in the championship and, as you might imagine, I will not be taking home the title.

    Anyhow, thanks again, Doc, for all your advice this year. Whenever someone asks me “What’s a good fantasy football site?” Razzball is always the first place I mention.

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