This was a poor fantasy week for a lot of players, but I’m going to try to focus on some of the big games and get some good karma going into tonight’s games!

Darren McFadden: That fantasy playoff schedule we were all waiting for sure started off with a bang for Run DMC.  When he gets into the open field he can’t be caught/stopped.  209 total yards and 3 touchdowns should help out a lot of playoff teams.  And I don’t see any reason he’ll stop anytime soon.

Tom Brady: This guy is made of kryptonite.  I enjoy watching great players play, but not when I expect them not to!  I stepped out of my house once yesterday and was pronounced dead for 3 minutes, while he throws for 2 touchdowns and 369 yards.

Jay Feely: A fake field goal run in for a touchdown and 5 field goals makes him the third leading scorer this week in ESPN scoring.  If you lost to Jay, my condolences.

Michael Turner: He’s one of the few living up to that early draft pick.  He’s back to being that touchdown machine. He has 10 touchdowns in his last 7 games.  His schedule for the fantasy playoffs is pretty good as well.  He’s going to be on a lot of championship teams.

Tim Hightower: The Denver Broncos have hit a new low getting blown out by the Cardinals.  Hightower added some insult to injury with 148 yards and 2 touchdowns which should be Beanie’s I tell ya!  I had Timmy in the waivering wire column last week, but he still may be available.  Don’t expect a game like this again though.

Alex Smith: I thought Smith could have a decent game against the Hawks, but I was hoping that Michael Crabtree would be the benefactor.  Sadly, no.  Smith isn’t going to lead you through the playoffs, but he could actually get the Niners in the playoffs!

DeSean Jackson: He averaged over half a football field per catch last night.  He’s lightening in a bottle and can go off anytime.  He may act like a fool for most of that time, but that doesn’t hurt us who are just mining his statistics.

Ryan Torain: He had 100 yards rushing in the first quarter and ended up with 172, but for some reason Shanny didn’t use him at the goal line or much in the second half.  He was a risky start coming off the hammy injury, but these things happen.  Oh and did you see how they lost that game?  Lordy.

Roman Harper: He was run down by a quarterback.

Marques Colston: He now has 7 touchdowns in his last 7 games after going scoreless in the first 6.  Did I tell you he’d come around?  No really, I can’t remember.  I’m Roman Harper old.

LeSean McCoy: He’s flying under the Vick radar, but continues to put up big numbers.  He’s now over 1350 yards and has 9 touchdowns.  He put up 149 on the Cowboys and is a top 5 pick next season in this offense.

Jonathan Stewart: He had 133 yards rushing, but of course Mike Goodson got the touchdown and is back in the picture.  But JStew is the main guy going forward.  They get the Cardinals next week and both will get their touches.

Rashad Jennings: He ripped off a huge TD run, but doesn’t get enough touches to be a safe play.  But he is worth a pickup in dynasty leagues.  He has long term ability.

Arrelious Benn: For us Mike Williams owners, Benn’s 122 yards is a kick in the gut because those are Buc’s yards!  He is going to make it harder to start Williams, but these guys are putting together a nice core for the future and maybe even this season if they are lucky.

Vincent Jackson: Malcom Floyd stole VJax’s touchdowns, but he looked healthy and came out of the game healthy.  He had one long gain called back as well.  I think he’ll come around these last couple games.

Ryan Mathews: He had one of the few decent games he’s ever had. He ended with 16 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown while his counterpart Mike Tolbert ended with 16 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.  That is what I call an even split.

Aaron Rodgers: Some bad news that we can’t overlook is ARodge’s concussion.  It screwed an uncountable number of fantasy teams along with the overarching affects to the rest of the offensive players.  This is his second concussion this year so they will be very careful with him.  Don’t count on him and maybe he’ll pleasantly surprise him.

  1. Isles Guru says:


    If Rodgers is out next week can I trust Big Ben against the Jets or do I need to go waiver wire hunting?

  2. Wilsonian says:

    Multiple questions re: the playoffs in my money league (0.5 PPR) for Week 15.

    1) Would you drop Buc Williams for VJax (Wayne, White, Colston are my starters and Boldin on the bench, so it’s just a bench spot)?

    2) Would you drop either Felix or JStew to block someone from picking up AZ Def (have Hillis, CJ, McCoy, DMC, as well and can only play 3, so it’s a bench spot – I also have NE Def in case Rodgers is out)?

    3) Would you play Winslow, Cooley or Gronk?

    4) Which three RBs do you play – Hillis, CJ, McCoy, DMC?

    5) Would you drop Felix, JStew, Buc Williams for Hightower?

    I think that’s it for now, but thanks in advance.

  3. CL says:


    My dilemma most of this season has been Moreno v. McFadden for my flex each week. Luckily, I had a playoff bye this past weekend, but it’s going to matter coming up. I have Jamaal Charles & Hillis in my two RB slots but they put up stinkers this week. I don’t want to get crazy here, but do I dare bench Charles or Hillis to get both Moreno & McFadden in?

    12 team PPR…

  4. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: for #4 in my post, it should say “Which three RBs do you play – Hillis, CJ, McCoy, DMC, JStew?”

  5. Titan says:

    Love the column Doc, but please stop pimping (dreaming about) Beanie. He’s a wuss and has done nothing to even warrant being on a fantasy roster at this point IMO.

  6. Sparts says:

    Hey Doc I have an odd question,

    I made the playoffs in my league by winning this week (by 2 points)and the person in fourth lost. We now have the same recored, which puts me in fourth by a total of one fantasy point on the year. His matchup is done and I have NYG D going tonight. Should I still play them? If they get minus points I may get bumped down, but if there is a stat correction and i don’t play them I could lose as well.

  7. DSimms says:

    Doc, im gonna drop some of my bench players that won’t be keepers in order to pick up players that could gain significant value over the off-season. Do you have any hunches? Im thinking Bernard Scott for one.

  8. Nick says:

    @Doc: Should I continue to roll with Atlanta into the playoffs in Seattle or would you rather

    Tampa Bay v Detroit – Don’t like TB for big points at home
    Carolina v Arizona
    Arizona @ Carolina
    Miami v Buffalo
    NE v Green Bay (hate hate hate Brady & NE but if Aarons out…)
    Dallas v Wash
    Minnesota v Chicago
    San Diego v San Fran


  9. Mr2Bits says:

    Doc : Im trying to plan my defense for the next two weeks and need your advice.

    Currently have
    Vikings v. Chicago then Phili.
    Falcons v. Seattle then NO

    Waiver Wire
    Chargers v. SF then Cinci

    I really like this weeks Falcons match-up and then the Chargers vs the Bengals. Whats your thoughts as I think I should lose the Vikings D at this point.


  10. nick m. says:

    Sid Rice or Andre Johnson tonight in PPR?

  11. Damion says:

    Down by 12 in the opening round of the playoffs. I have Ray Rice and my opponent has Manningham. what are the chances of me pulling this off?

  12. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Damion: Not horrible. I think you’ve got a chance.

    @nick m.: AJ

    @Mr2Bits: I agree

  13. Slew says:

    With Favre out do you still like Rice over Nicks?

  14. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Nick: If ARod is out I’d go with NE

    @DSimms: I have a post in the works. Taking me longer than I’d hoped, but I do like Scott.

    @Titan: Yeah, yeah

    @CL: I need to look a little closer at the matchups. Hit me up a little later.

    @Sparts: I’d probably roll with the Giants. Would kill yourself if you lost on a stat correction.

    @Isles Guru: He should be ok, not great. I’d see what is available.

  15. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Slew: Yeah, not sure if Nicks will be on a snap count and TJax through it to him even when he was covered.

  16. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: I posted a multi-parter (post #2), I know it’s pretty in-depth, but I’d definitely love some feedback. It’s in a league where I could away with $250, so I need some help. Much appreciated as always, man.

  17. Hennessey says:

    Baltimore using offensive linemen at tight end becase Dickson sucks at blocking? I wonder if they’re just figuring Houston’s pass D is so bad that they’ll be fine relying only on WRs to get the job done. Who knows.

  18. Hennessey says:

    Either way, I started McFadden so I’m still all giddy and glowing, and it shouldn’t matter if Dickson puts up a goose egg.

  19. Damion says:

    Is Manningham injured??? Only down by 5…..Doc!! Another cardiac comeback possible??? Holy crap! celek=0 m.williams=1.5 blount=4.8 austin=4.86…I might still pull this out!!

  20. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: also could include OD in my TE list, so Cooley, Winslow, Daniels, or Gronk for Week 15?

  21. MJD Took A Knee says:

    Took a chance on Dickson and that’s not looking good. But I picked up Daniels so hopefully I have a TE.

    4point TD bonus at 300+

    I have Ben vs NYJ or Cutler @MIN. Do I pick up Freeman vs DET Campbell vs DEN Collins vs HOU Palmer vs CLE

  22. Isles Guru says:

    Who do you like more in Week 15 (PPR):

    (1) Marshall vs. NYJ
    (2) S Rice vs. CHI
    (3) Brit vs. HOU

  23. The Vaporizers says:

    Hey Doc, Semi Final Round Defense Question.

    Who you like best?

    Arizona @ Carolina
    San Diego vs SF
    Carolina vs Arizona
    Giants vs Phil

    That order?

  24. Damion says:

    came all the way back to lose by .3 of a point.

  25. Damion says:

    lost by .2

  26. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Damion: ugh

    @The Vaporizers: I kind of have a bad feeling about the AZ/Car game. San Diego has a little momentum and are at home. Leaning that way.

    @Isles Guru: Britt

    @MJD Took A Knee: Yeah, Dickson is a Dick, son. Or something. I like OD. All three of those QBs have upside. Leaning Collins, but it’s a bit of a toss up.

    @Wilsonian: OD

    @Hennessey: Hope it didn’t matter. Dickson sucks one.

    I’d drop Buc, I wouldn’t drop them, Winslow, Hillis, CJ, and DMC, I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for him.

  27. Matt says:


    Ppr league that starts 2 rb, 3 wr and flex who do I go with?

    Shady McCoy
    Run DMC
    Roddy White
    D Bowe
    Pierre Garcon or

    Playing my bro for championship rights, give me my starting lineup for this week!

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