Hello again Razzball readers! I’ve really been enjoying contributing to Razzball so far and I look forward to answering more questions and helping more fantasy teams. Asher Molk and I will be working as a team and editing each other’s columns so feel free to ask either of us any questions; we’d love to help! And check us out on Twitter at @BraudeM and @AsherMolk.

This column will just include just the Thursday night game. I will release one later in the week that includes Sunday and Monday’s games.

Before you read my matchups column I would like to give you some advice:

Be sure all your players are active and ready to roll on game day. If your player is a game-time decision, check 30 minutes before game day – if he’s active, check what kind of role he is going to have in the game and make sure he’s not just an emergency option.

This article is written every Wednesday so it doesn’t always have perfect accuracy for who’s playing. I just wanted to go over those because getting a goose egg out of someone is detrimental to your team. Good luck in your fantasy leagues!

Philadelphia at Seattle

In Michael Vick’s absence, the Eagles have somehow managed to make their season even worse. Vince Young will draw the start again and has preformed adequately while filling in. He’ll be a borderline QB1 going against a team that ranks 20th in the league against the pass. LeSean McCoy is a game-time call but if he plays – he must be started, his 18.7 fantasy points a game (in standard leagues) makes him simply too valuable to bench – even though Seattle does a solid job of tackling ball carriers. Last week was the low-point in DeSean Jackson’s already horrid season. The talented but troubled wide receiver noticeably short-armed a would-be touchdown to shy away from a hit. This led to a well-deserved spot on Andy Reid’s bench. Still, in two games with Vick and Jeremy Maclin out – Jackson has 10 catches for 161 yards. If he comes back angry, there’s potential for a breakout game – especially if McCoy sits… he’s a high-end WR2 this week. With Maclin out, in a deep league you could start Riley Cooper but he’s just a WR4. Brent Celek has become a reliable tight end in the second half – in his first five games, Celek has 9 catches for 73 yards and 0 TD’s. In the following six games, he’s has 33 catches for 384 yards and two TD’s. He’s back on the radar as a borderline TE1 – start him if you’re desperate.

Tavaris Jackson has thrown for a touchdown in just five of his ten games… he’s thrown an interception in eight of those ten. With Sidney Rice out for the year, don’t even consider him an option. Averaging 26.5 carries in his last five games, Marshawn Lynch has become a solid RB2 and has attractive matchups in the next two weeks with the Eagles and Rams coming up. There’s no question he’ll get plenty of touches – confidently start him as a RB2. Ben Obomanu will start in the place of Rice but isn’t currently a fantasy option. The only Seahawks receiver I would feel comfortable playing is Doug Baldwin. He led all Seattle receivers with 10 targets last week and will work out of the slot, which is the receiver position the Eagles has struggled to defend most.

Feel free to ask questions you need answered for tonight!

  1. keld says:
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    Non-PPR, Jason Avant or Riley Cooper in FLEX spot?

    Hillis, Bradshaw/Jacobs, Deion Branch, Lance Moore, Nate Burleson options.

    season on the line :(

  2. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @keld: Gotta go Hillis, he’ll get a full complement of snaps and will be featured as the Browns best offensive player – you have to start him just based on touches. The other guys here aren’t sure options to the ball in their hands.

  3. McKee says:
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    Got a score prediction for tonight, Mike?

  4. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @McKee: Not my specialty but I’ll give it a try. I’m gonna say Seattle surprises the Eagles with their unmatched effort and steals a 21-20 victory.

  5. TV says:
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    in a PPR- start “dougie fresh” baldwin tonight or wait and start mo morris sunday? This talk of kevin smith playing worries me…

    thanks

  6. keld says:
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    Thanks Mike. I’ll be starting:

    QB: Vince Young
    RB: Mendenhall, Mathews
    WR: Lloyd, A. Brown
    Flex: Hillis
    TE: Finley
    DS/T: Redskins v. Jets
    K: Bailey

    Bench: Vick, Bradshaw, Jacobs, Maclin, Branch

    Need to pull out a W !! 4 game losing streak to slide into 8th place.

  7. im struggling with baldwin vs. cooper. what are your thoughts?

  8. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @TV: I would play Baldwin. I think the odds of Smith playing are about 60-40 in favor of him playing so I would go with the safe bet. Who do you have as a possible replacement on Sunday? Would it still be Mo Morris even if Smith plays?

  9. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @keld: That’s rough man, believe you have a chance!

  10. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @@stephenhebs: Baldwin – Jackson likes throwing to him and Baldwin is the best receiver he has. Cooper doesn’t have his typical high advantage against Seattle’s tall cornerbacks.

  11. keld says:
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    So my lineup looks right?

  12. TV says:
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    i would be able to roll with damian williams if kevin smith were to play sunday. So i guess the real question is damian williams or dougie baldwin?

  13. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @keld: Yes sir, you have to sit Jacobs. He won’t exceed 15 touches against Green Bay. It’s gonna be like last week against the Saints – the Giants will be forced to throw to keep up

  14. keld says:
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    Last one, I promise- what about if Bradshaw plays?

  15. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @TV: I like Baldwin more than Williams but not enough to start him tonight. I would wait and see because if Morris is starting he’s the best play in a PPR league. Williams isn’t too much of a drop off from Baldwin so I’d sit on and wait till we know more

  16. Mike Braude

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    @keld: I honestly don’t think that’s happening – Coughlin doesn’t let his players play without practicing, meaning Bradshaw must practice tomorrow. If he does go, I’d check how healthy he is before inserting him because playing injured against the league’s best team is usually not a recipe for fantasy production. But could be an option for replacing Hillis against the Ravens if deemed completely healthy.

  17. DAVE says:
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    Ok, I need to know, start McCoy or settle for Donald Brown? I have to make a decision in the next 45 minutes because I wont be near a computer…

    My gut says trust that McCoy will play and be effective

  18. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @DAVE: Definitely McCoy – he’s 100 times more talented. Donald Brown has no upside in his terrible offense. McCoy, as we’ve seen, has all the upside in the world

  19. Salty Balty says:
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    I know it’s not a question about tonight’s game but . . . if you had to pick two of these three for this week, who would you go with: P. Harvin, D. Bryant, and/or B. Lloyd? Leaning toward Bryant and Lloyd b/c of Harvin’s matchup with Champ Bailey, but Harvin looked great last week. Thanks man.

  20. James says:
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    Of Manningham, Little, and R. Cooper… who would you recommend starting this week?

  21. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @James: You don’t want to trust Vince Young tonight so go with Greg Little. Manningham has to worry about Nicks and Cruz so he’s only the third passing option on the Giants. Little will lead these three in targets so I would go with him

  22. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @Salty Balty: I’m really high on Lloyd – he draws a lot of targets, Bradford likes him and he’s extremely talented but you have to sit him against the 49ers defense, they’re the best in the NFL. Play Harvin and Dez. Harvin is averaging 11 touches a game with AP out so you’re not gonna want him on your bench. Good luck

  23. OhForPetesSake says:
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    Hey there Mike. How do you feel about Vince Young vs. Philip [email protected] this week? It seems like a close call to me, and I really don’t want to be relying on Philip Rivers to win the game for me Monday night.

  24. Timetoriseup says:
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    Hey Mike, similar question. Vince Young or matt moore?

  25. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @Timetoriseup: Hopefully you get this in time, I would play Vince Young

  26. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    @OhForPetesSake: It’s a very close call – I would play Rivers but it’s about 50/50 so it’s not a bad move either way

  27. OhForPetesSake says:
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    Thanks Mike. Gonna put VY in. Don’t have to deal with the stress of relying on Rivers to win for me on Monday.

  28. Randy04 says:
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    In a standard league, I plan on starting Foster and Murray at RB, and then two of the following at WR: Fitzgerald, Lloyd, and Marshall. Which two WRs would you start? And then, out of the remaining WR, Jonathan Stewart, or Kevin Smith, who would you start at flex? Incidentally, I’m most reluctant on Smith due to possibly not being 100% and/or not playing and it being the Sunday night game. Thanks for your help!

  29. Mike Braude

    Mike Braude says:
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    Here what I would do: Start Fitz and Marshall at WR – they’ve both been great. Then you’re left to pick a flex, I would go Stewart – he’s facing the Bucs awful run defense and should see a solid amount of touches. Lloyd is going against the 49ers league leading defense and Smith isn’t healthy. However if really good news comes up about Kevin Smith’s health then you have to consider playing him over Stewart. Smith looked absolutely fantastic on Thanksgiving before spraining his ankle

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