Welcome to the final installment of the Two Minute Drill, 2011. Thanks everyone for your support, and I look forward to providing you with more fake football knowledge in the future.

Looking for early results on stats? Check out my pre-season Rookie and Third-Season Player Production articles. Without analyzing the data, I’m sure there are no surprises, as always.

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Houston at Indianapolis

  • Dan Orlovsky vs T.J. Yates. Get pumped!
  • Forty seconds left in game, and the clock is stopped due to a defensive penalty. The Texans players are absolutely gassed, and Gary Kubiak refuses to call timeout. Bad coaching. Ah, he called one with 35 second left with the clock stopped. Made up for it.
  • The Texans are in trouble.

 

Oakland at Kansas City

  • Turnovers are killing QB Carson Palmer’s fantasy appeal.
  • RB Michael Bush will be 28-years old in the summer. If the Raiders slap the franchise tag on him, he has zero leverage. Oh, keep starting him.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Chiefs give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. What a wacky year for Darrius Heyward-Bey. It’s best he’s on your bench this week. Ignore everyone else.
  • LB Rolando McClain is as hot as they come. He’s putting his disappointing fantasy rookie season far, far behind him. Say, what ever happened to LB Kirk Morrison?
  • DB Tyvon Branch’s first 11 games produced zero clunkers, but his last three have been sub-par.
  • Peter King on Mad Dog Chris Russo’s show: How about the Week 17 flex game being QB Kyle Orton returning to Denver to attempt to knock the Broncos out of the playoffs. I love it!
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Raiders have moved from 22nd to 8th in fantasy points given up to wide receivers. Stock up Dwayne Bowe. Start Steve Breaston.
  • LB Tambi Hali has five consecutive fantasy worthy games.
  • The Chiefs’ secondary has played well in real life, but their fantasy stock has dried up.

 

Miami at New England

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Matt Moore is a good start.
  • RB Reggie Bush had 203 Rushing Yards last week and 406 Rushing Yards over his past three games (all are 100+ yard games). Read it again.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers (and it’s way ahead of number two). Stock up Brandon Marshall. Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are too junky to use.
  • TE Anthony Fasano has been fantasy useful in his past three games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the third fewest fantasy points to defensive ends. Take note OLB Cameron Wake owners.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Patriots give up the third most fantasy points to safeties. Just in time to spark a huge game for Yeremiah Bell.
  • The Lions mocked Tim Tebow by “Tebowing”. QB Tom Brady mocked him by going out his way to get rushing touchdowns last week. The first is blatant and immature. The latter is easily deny-able. You’re not fooling me Brady.
  • I heard WR Chad Ochocinco scored a TD, or was it just a dream?
  • Past 3 weeks, Points Allowed: Dolphins have moved from 10th to 20th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock down Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
  • Barring a miracle, LB Rob Ninko(poop)vich will end the season with more fantasy points than LB Jerod Mayo.
  • Does anyone remember the last time DB Patrick Chung played? How about LB Brandon Spikes?
  • Did you acknowledge Reggie Bush’s fantasy greatness yet? Please give him some respect.

 

Jacksonville at Tennessee

  • RB Maurice Jones-Drew is all you need to know on offense in Jacksonville. I hope we have more options in 2012.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Titans give up the second fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Paul Posluszny and Daryl Smith. Some guy named Russell Allen has played well over the past four weeks, but you have to ignore him considering the match-up.
  • If RB Chris Johnson is active, you start him unless your team is stacked.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jaguars give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock down Nate Washington. Bench everyone else.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jaguars give up the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends. Jared Cook deserves a look if you’re struggling at tight end.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jaguars give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Before his injury, Jason McCourty was you IDP MVP and now you want to bench him? Don’t do it.

 

Arizona at Cincinnati

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bengals give up the sixth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. You’re not starting any Cardinal QB.
  • Notice how RB Beanie Wellsgame logs look a lot like RB Shonn Greene and WR Vincent Jackson.
  • I know you’ve probably moved on, but TE Todd Heap is playing again and he’s seeing plenty of targets.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bengals give up the second fewest fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock down Calais Campbell.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bengals give up the sixth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Paris Lenon and Daryl Washington.
  • CB Richard Marshall hasn’t had a bad fantasy game since Week 5.
  • Last week’s barf-fest wasn’t what you needed from rookie QB Andy Dalton.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers. Start rookie A.J. Green and his separated shoulder. Ignore everyone else.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cardinals give up the seventh most fantasy points to linebackers. Thomas Howard is playing well. Still, it’ll take serious guts to start him. Stock up Rey Maualuga.

 

Denver at Buffalo

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bills give up the third most fantasy points to running backs. Start Willis McGahee if he’s active. If he’s out, roll with Lance Ball. And expect tons of rushing yards for QB Tim Tebow.
  • WR Eric Decker has been invisible over the past three games. Over that span, WR Demaryius Thomas has been on fire.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bills give up the fewest fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock down Elvis Dumervil, and OLB Von Miller to a degree.
  • Imagine all the fantasy points if LB’s Wesley Woodyard and Joe Mays were one player.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Broncos give up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Recent history suggests you’ve been eliminated from the fantasy playoffs if you own QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. But if you’ve mad it to Championship Week, think about using him.
  • RB C.J. Spiller’s fantasy playoff explosion will surely have him overdrafted by someone in 2012. All it takes is one owner.
  • Keep a roster spot saved for rookie LB Kelvin Sheppard next season.

 

St. Louis at Pittsburgh

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to running backs. Playing last week with no quarterback, Steven Jackson still had a productive game. It’s unlikely he can do it again.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Bench Brandon Lloyd.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Steelers give up the fourth most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Chris Long. Consider James Hall. However, a quarterback change from Pittsburgh would change everything.
  • LB Chris Chamberlain is still giving you at least four solos every game. But this is championship week, and you should find a player with bigger boom potential.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs. I expect RB Rashard Mendenhall to get at least 25 carries.
  • I can’t bench WR’s Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown even if QB Ben Roethlisberger misses the game.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Bench Heath Miller.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the fifth most fantasy points to defensive ends, and the third most fantasy points to linebackers. Whichever way you slice it, OLB’s James Harrison and Lamar Woodley are in for a good day. Start Lawrence Timmons, and consider James Farrior if you are thin at LB.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Rams give up the second fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Troy Polamalu. Bench Ryan Clark due to his lack of big plays.

 

NY Giants at NY Jets

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock down Eli Manning.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the sixth fewest fantasy points to running backs (despite last week’s explosion from LeSean McCoy). Stock down Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the third fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock down Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham.
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 11 Solos and 5 Assists to go along with a Sack last week. When was the last time a DE had those ridiculous tackles numbers in one game? He’s going to be the first DL drafted in 2012.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Michael Boley. Mathias Kiwanuka is a dangerous start, as he’s hasn’t had a big play since Week 9 and his tackle numbers are always nothing special.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Jets give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to safeties. Bench Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Giants give up the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stock up Mark Sanchez.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Giants give up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock up Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Giants have moved from 27th to 16th in fantasy points given up to linebackers. Stock up David Harris. Calvin Pace is an option.

 

Minnesota at Washington

  • So you psyched to get RB Adrian Peteson back, and he gives you 60 yards. He’ll do better this week.
  • See WR Percy Harvin’s stats last week? Yikes. The Saints even kept him in check with special team yardage.
  • Last week was officially the fantasy death of TE Visanthe Shiancoe’s career.
  • DE Jared Allen is going for the single-season sack record, and the coaches sat him. There are also whispers of the Vikings switching to the 3-4 next season. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wants out.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Redskins give up the second most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Vikings give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Another nice match-up for Rex Grossman. Hopefully the Redskins won’t be conservative like last week.
  • If rookie RB Roy Helu is active, start him.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Vikings give up the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stock up Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney.
  • I haven’t done the math, but the ‘skins linebackers probably have the most LB points in fantasy football. And three of them are youngsters.

 

Tampa Bay at Carolina

  • QB Josh Freeman is averaging 234 Passing Yards per game, and has 13 TD’s and 21 turnovers on the season. He’s definitely on the 2011 all-disappointment team.
  • So is WR Mike Willliams.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Panthers give up the second most fantasy points to running backs. Start LeGarrette Blount.
  • First round linebackers Von Miller, Ryan Kerrigan, and Aldon Smith have all out-produced third round pick Mason Foster. You should have expected this. But that was the rookie formula, and Foster will be a highly desireable commodity in 2012.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Buccaneers give up the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. More awesomeness for rookie Cam Newton.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Buccaneers give up the most fantasy points to running backs. Stock up Jonathan Stewart. Start DeAngelo Williams.
  • Steve Smith is on pace for a Top 5 WR finish.
  • TE Jeremy Shockey has a touchdown in consecutive games. He’s a lot better than some of the junk on the waiver wire.
  • James Anderson will finish the year as a LB1. You assumed that when you drafted him, yet nobody gives him credit outside the fantasy community.
  • If you frequent IDP places, you’ve already been told about LB Jordan Senn. We’ll see if he has a job next year. Jon Beason and Anderson are locks.

 

Cleveland at Baltimore

  • I’d have my agent send out feelers for back-up jobs if I were QB Colt McCoy.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs. Bench Peyton Hillis.
  • The more rookie WR Greg Little is in the highlights, the more likely someone over-drafts him next year.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Ravens give up the fourth most fantasy points to linebackers. D’Qwell Jackson will extend his top dog status. Chris Gocong has 7 Solos in consecutive games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Bench Joe Flacco.
  • RB Ray Rice is your hero.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Browns give up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Losing Anquan Boldin to injury actually helps you. Now you’re forced to bench him. I’d also bench rookie Torrey Smith.
  • LB Ray Lewis picked up where he left off.

 

San Diego at Detroit

 

Philadelphia at Dallas

  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the seventh fewest fantasy points to running backs. Stock down LeSean McCoy (imagine what the read-option would look like in Denver if they drafted him over Knowshon Moreno).
  • Current WR DeSean Jackson owners, how far does he have to fall in the 2012 fantasy draft before you pull the trigger?
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Cowboys give up the fifth most fantasy points to tight ends. Stock up Brent Celek.
  • Two reasons to be down on DB Kurt Coleman this week: (1) the Cowboys give up vey few points to safeties, and (2) he had one lousy solo tackle in his first meeting with the Cowboys.
  • What, you’re surpised RB Felix Jones is sore? With practice squader Chauncey Washington and recently signed Sammy Morris manning the backfield, I expect a ton of passes from QB Tony Romo.
  • WR Dez Bryant has one touchdown in five of his past six games. You have no right to be upset about his lack of catches and yards.
  • Start WR Laurent Robinson.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Eagles give up the sixth most fantasy points to linebackers. Stock up Demarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, and Sean Lee.

 

San Francisco at Seattle

  • RB Frank Gore started the year with three consecutive games under 60 rushing yards, then five consecutive games over 100 rushing yards, and then six consecutive games under 90 rushing yards. So no matter what he does in his final two games, he’ll have more sub-100 yard games then +100 yard games. Oh, he’ll be 29-years old in May.
  • The 49ers have finally given WR Kyle Williams some significant playing time.
  • Past 3 weeks, Points Allowed: Seahawks have moved from 3rd to 16th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. Stock down Vernon Davis.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Seahawks give up the sixth most fantasy points to defensive ends. Stock up Justin Smith. This should also translate to my new IDP-favorite, rookie OLB Aldon Smith.
  • Past 9 weeks, Points Allowed: Seahawks have moved from 4th to 23rd in fantasy points given up to linebackers. The trend includes a five-week stretch in the middle where things leveled out (average = 13), but it’s important to see where it started and where it is now. Stock down NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis/Larry Grant.
  • DB Dashon Goldson has one interception in six of his past eight games.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the fewest fantasy points to running backs. Marshawn Lynch has scored in 10 consecutive games. Something’s Got to Give. It’s disrespectful to bail on him considering you’ve rode him this far.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down David Hawthorne. Bench Leroy Hill. Leave K.J. Wright on waivers
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: 49ers give up the fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Brandon Browner, past four games: 13 Solos, 10 PD’s, 5 Ints, 1 TD. He’s not this good in real life, and he should be benched this week. Same with Richard Sherman.
  • There are some nice safety-combos throughout the league, but you could make the argument Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas is the best duo.

 

Chicago at Green Bay

  • We’re spared from watching QB Caleb Hanie Sunday night. Thank you.
  • Expect lots of RB Kahlil Bell.
  • How is WR Johny Knox not paralyzed?
  • I want to start DE Israel Idonije so badly this week. However, I can’t justify using a Week 16 waiver wire DE pick-up over guys who have been with me for many weeks.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Packers give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Packers give up the third fewest fantasy points to safeties. Bench Craig Steltz.
  • Don’t believe QB Aaron Rodgers will be fired up to avenge last week’s disappointing game. He’s kinda the best player in football. He doesn’t need any extra incentive to dominate.
  • Keep RB James Starks on your bench.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the third most fantasy points to tight ends. Stock up Jermichael Finley.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the second most fantasy points to defensive ends. This should translate to OLB Clay Matthews.
  • If LB Desmond Bishop is active, you must start him.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Bears give up the second fewest fantasy points to cornerbacks. Stock down Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams.
  • I searched the waiver wire for a LB Patrick Willis 4pm replacement in case he’s inactive again. Check out DB Charlie Peprah. The Bears give up good points to safeties, especially of late, and he’s had at least 6 Solos plus PD’s in three consecutive games.

 

Atlanta at New Orleans

  • QB Matt Ryan will be forced to pass in order to catch up. As long as he doesn’t throw picks, he’s in for a good fantasy day.
  • Finally some fantasy consistency from rookie WR Julio Jones.
  • Past 4 weeks, Points Allowed: Saints have moved from 14th to 26th in fantasy points given up to defensive ends. Bench John Abraham.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Saints give up the third fewest fantasy points to linebackers. Stock down Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Saints give up the fourth most fantasy points to safeties. Big ups to Ross Miles from ProFootballFocus. He helped solidfy my starting lineup with this nugget: Week 15 snaps: William Moore had 49/49, Thomas DeCoud 49, and James Sanders 0. I’m rolling with Moore.
  • QB Drew Brees could break the passing record throwing left-handed.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Falcons give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to running backs. Stock down Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram (if he’s active). Darren Sproles is recession-proof.
  • WR Marques Colston’s consistency is outstanding.
  • LB Jonathan Vilma has just one monster game on the season. Odds are you won’t be losing big points if you bench him.
  • Season-to-date, Points Allowed: Falcons give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to safeties. Stock down Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins.

 

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  1. Brody says:
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    awesome post — awesome season of posts

  2. eltoo says:
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    PPR league. Championship! I have some match ups I’m struggling with

    Pick one:
    Big Ben
    Tebow
    Orton

    Pick three:
    Nicks
    DHB
    Demaryius Thomas
    Antonio Brown
    Lance Moore

    Even if he starts I don’t trust big ben too much and I know you said you’re starting Brown regardless, but charlie batch is the anti-fantasy point. Nicks probably has the worst match ups so I’m thinking about sneaking DHB into my line up despite his inconsistency.

    I’m leaning:

    Tebow
    Thomas
    Moore
    DHB

    Thoughts? I’d be benching two guys I start week in and week out, but it’s the championship……you want to get nuts? let’s get nuts

  3. jon jon says:
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    Hey great stuff all season. Big thanks.

    Somehow made championship game on the back of receiving strength despite constant RB demolition. Lost Charles, Hightower, FJax, Best and Demarco this season.

    Final game, pick 2:
    Kalil Bell
    Hillis
    Kevin Smith
    Jackie Battle

    cheers

  4. Drew Crew says:
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    ppr, need 1 out of antonio brown, crabtree, lloyd, or malcom Floyd ?

  5. CL says:
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    Joe: Merry Christmas!

    L. Robinson (my pick) or Crabtree?

    Kevin Smith (my pick) or Beanie?

    10 team, 1 pt PPR, return yards.

    Thanks man!

  6. Zandercage says:
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    Hey Joseph –

    Big fan of your column. Great insight without taking it too serious.

    It’s championship week for me (standard scoring) –

    Pick ONE RB – L. Blount, CJ Spiller, J. Stewart or Felix Jones

    Pick ONE FLEX – one of the RBs not chosen above, Harvin or Antonio Brown

    Lastly – Wallace or Harvin?

    Thanks for your help!!!

  7. Nehocstu says:
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    Hey Joseph, hey;

    Love this kind of analysis. Opinions from many sources provide insight my mind’s computer can grind through and yield fantasy choice goodness!

    Two questions for you for my fantasy championship week (PPR):
    – Two of three (Nicks, Wallace, Laurent Robinson)
    – One of two (Reggie Bush, Ryan Mathews)

    As ever, thanks again and see you on the other side.

  8. principal blackman says:
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    Hey Joseph,

    I’m in a 14 team PPR plus return yardage league. This is actually my semi-final we play all 17 weeks.

    I have to start 3WRs and 2RBs. and I could use some advice:

    Nicks @ Jets
    Brown vs. Rams
    White @ Saints
    Marshall @ Pats

    McCoy @ Cowboys
    McGahee @ Bills
    Smith vs SD

    I’m leaning towards benching Nicks since he’ll be on Revis island. And I’m obviously starting McCoy, because he is awesome, but I’m torn between McGahee and Kevin Smith. I am leaning towards McGahee, but I’m not really confident about that pick.

    Any advice is welcome.

    And thanks.

  9. Chris says:
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    Thanks again for a great season’s worth of columns. I hope you return to Razzball next year, but if not, I’ll be sure to find and read your work elsewhere.

    I’m gonna keep my eye on the injury updates (Helu and Big Ben)….but in +1 PPR, who would you rather start at WR right now – Fitz or Wallace? And at the FLEX – Helu or K Bell? Thanks!

  10. Samohtm says:
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    I always look forward to reading your column, good stuff once again!! I have a question though, I have the following players and need to choose 2 WR and a flex in standard non ppr what is your opinion?… WR–Wallace, Fitz, Marshall, A. Brown, D. Thomas, Moss RB– D. Will, K. Bell …

    good matchups, bad matchups, good players, inconsistent players…ugh!!

    any help is appreciated….thanks and happy holidays.

  11. principal blackman says:
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    Also, Joseph, my options at TE are super duper slim thanks to a series of injuries and suspensions, and I need to choose between starting Jared Cook or Jeremy Shockey this week. Thanks.

  12. Colin says:
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    Joe merry Xmas.

    Are you recommending Blount against the same team that shut him down a few weeks ago? Newton should torch the Bucs defense thus taking Blount out if the picture early. Agree?

  13. Ozzie says:
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    S Jackson or D Williams?

    Also, if Fasano starts, is he a must start over Dickson, Boss, Cook, Shockey? If not healthy, who do start out of those guys? Thanks

  14. Random Collmenter says:
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    Right now my lineup is this (.5 PPR):

    Newton
    Megatron
    B Marshall
    McCoy
    CJ
    Finley
    Flex: Bowe

    My bench is:
    Antonio Brown
    Demariuyus Thomas
    Kevin Smith
    Blount

    Would u make any changes? I’ve been riding brown and Thomas the past few weeks, but I’m scared of brown sans roethlisberger and Bowe seems like a safer play than Thomas….

    Thanks!

  15. brosauce says:
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    ppr league start 3 wr and flex I got Rod White, Vincent jackson, Julio Jones, Jordy Nelson. Matt Ryan is my qb. Thinking of going Rod, Vincent and Julio. Is that to many falcons? Also I at flex I can put any of the above mentioned plus Jermicheal Finely…thoughts?

  16. Nick says:
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    A lot of decisions for me to make this week but this one stands out as my biggest. It’s championship week and I’m trying to decide whether or not to bench a hobbled Chris Johnson. The Jacksonville D has given up a rushing score in all but 4 games this season but at the same time Johnson is far from dependable when he’s hurt. I have Roy Helu and Kahlil Bell on the bench (starting a fully healthy Kevin Smith and Dwayne Bowe at flex) and need to make the decision by tomorrow. Helu goes up against a pretty good Vikings run D and Bell is far from a sure thing to rack up points. Thoughts?

  17. matt brunner says:
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    would you start an active (but banged up CJ2K) vs. JAC or a healthy Marshawn vs. the 49ers

    this call is killin me

  18. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    Trying to decide if I start McGahee (assuming he’s healthy) or Kahlil Bell? It’s a non-ppr league.

  19. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Brody: thanks – i’m so tired and i get fed up with this sh!+ at this time of year… but then the juices start flowing in the summer doldrums and they pull me back in. :-P

  20. hideousmutants says:
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    “Start Chris Johnson unless your team is stacked…”

    I could start Spiller, Kahlil Bell, or Kevin Smith over CJ.

    I’m worried that CJ starts and sucks and Munchak goes all backup on me.

    Would you still stick with CJ?

  21. hideousmutants says:
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    Also, I’m in a PPR

  22. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @eltoo:
    Pick one: Ben if active, then Tebow; Nicks, Antonio Brown, Lance Moore

    @jon jon: bell, smith

    @Drew Crew: very close – i flip coin between brown and floyd

    @CL: robinson and beanie

  23. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @brosauce: don’t worry about loading up on Falcons if they’re your best players

    @Nick: you’re nuts for starting smith over helu

    @matt brunner: CJ

    @Cheeeeeeze: willis

    @hideousmutants: i would stay with cj, but spiller is good option if injury concerns you

  24. Robert says:
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    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) WAS, PHI, or CHI defense in a return yds league (1pt/10yds)?

    Thanks!

  25. Robert says:
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    Also, I’m waffling on starting Vick…any way I start Tebow over him?

  26. fez says:
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    Nice advice on the Seattle D last week!

    I need 2 WRs and a flex from this pool of equal contenders:

    Santana Moss
    Jeremy Maclin
    Mike Wallace
    Laurent Robinson
    Kahlil Bell
    DeWill
    Sammy Morris

    I am thinking Moss, Maclin, and Bell. ?

  27. fez says:
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    forgot to mention it’s a .5 ppr league…..

  28. Cole says:
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    I got a lot of issues really could use your advice:

    .5 PPR

    Eli vs NyJ or Orton vs Oak

    Pick 2: Sproles vs Atl, K. Smith vs SD, Bell vs GB or CJ1K vs Jax

    Pick 2: Dez vs Philly, DHB vs KC or Wallace vs St.L

    Happy Holidays!

  29. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Robert:
    start moss, Gates, WAS

  30. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:
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    @Robert: no

    @fez: 2 WRs and a flex:
    Santana Moss
    Jeremy Maclin
    Mike Wallace

    @Cole: eli, sproles, cj, dez

  31. fez says:
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    Regarding Wallace, I’m not so sure. The Rams don’t give up a lot of points to QBs, so WRs have to suffer too. Plus he hasn’t done too much recently even with Ben. I’ll quote a comment I saw:

    These are the last 7 games of the “stud” Wallace

    70yds
    68yds, 1td
    54yds
    17yds
    38yds, 2td
    57yds
    66yds

    avg 52.86 y/g

    Antonio Brown has already limited his value and now there’s a grandpa with a noodle arm as QB

    Ergo, I think I’m going Bell. He’s got latestartedness going in his favor to boot, and I’ll be able to watch the Bears game in its entirety.

  32. fez says:
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    Now the question is Bell or Morris?

  33. qwerty says:
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    I have got some qestion for the last week in our league (I’m playing for teh 5th place):

    I need 1 QB: Matt Ryan @ NO or Tim Tebow @Buf
    I need 2 RB: Reggie Bush @ NE or CJ Spiller @ Den
    or Michael Turner @ NO
    I need 2 WR: Hakeem Nicks @ NYJ or Victor Cruz @ NJY
    or Steve Johnson @ Den or Brandon Loyd @ Pit
    I need 1 K: Janikowski @ KC or Akers @ Sea
    I need 1 DB: Roman Harper @ Atl or Earl Thomas @ SF
    I need 1 DL: Haloti Ngata @ Cle or Israel Idonije @ Pit
    or Calais Campbell @ Cin
    I need 1 LB: Sean Wheterspoon @ NO or Von MIller @ Buf
    or Terrel Suggs @ Cle

    Thanks for the answer!

  34. Colin says:
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    @Joseph Buccellato:

    Joe I’ll be honest I took your advice and inserted Blount. Then I saw Helu was inactive and replaced Blount with Royster. Yes the Panthers are 25th against the run but you had to have known Cam Newton would have torched the Bucs early thus taking him out of the game. That fumble he had certainly didn’t help. Please take me seriously next time.

    Just kidding. I’m up 57 points and he has Bell left tomorrow night, so I should be good to win our Championship. Your columns guided me well this year and I appreciate that. Look forward to your writeups next year. Thanks again.

  35. Henry says:
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    Lost my Championship game because I sat C-Campbell…….10 huge points on my bench lost by 6…wish I never read this column last week otherwise I start Campbell like I normally do started him the last 7 weeks in a row. Something that I gnaw at me for who knows how long.

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