For the past 13 weeks, I have presented you with fantasy football lineups that your league mates might set for you if you got drunk, passed out, and left your laptop open and logged in. While some were fitting you for a roman soldier helmet, others were laughing it up as they picked some of the shittiest options available for your lineup and changed your team name to something terribly immature. Well here’s another such group of players that appear to be a guaranteed one-way ticket to last place. But once again the joke’s on them as this lineup combined for 214.42 points in Yahoo! half point leagues and undoubtedly would have won any head-to-head match up.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (39.32)
RB: Tre Mason (35.90)
RB: Roy Helu Jr. (14.60)
WR: Donte Moncrief (27.50)
WR: Kenny Stills (24.70)
TE: Jordan Reed (16.80)
FL: Eddie Royal (16.60)
K: Connor Barth (17.00)
DST: Jacksonville Jaguars (22.00)

At this point in the season are any of these players actually worth rostering? You betcha!

You might be saying “what the funk is Tre Mason doing on this list”? Well, he is only owned in approximately 71% of Yahoo! leagues. Here’s what I will say about that. Before last week, that ownership percentage sounds about right as Mason was averaging 64 yards per game and had only scored 1 touchdown in those 7 games. Everything changed this week as Mason carried the ball 14 times for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding another 47 yards and a TD in the air. With the fantasy playoffs about to begin Mason might not be a guy you plan to start, but it’s advisable to at least get him on your bench and, at a minimum, keep your opponent from having the option of starting him against you.

Jordan Reed tied his career high with 9 catches on Sunday. How about this coincidence. Colt McCoy has a history of favoring his tight ends. Nearly 30% of his 792 career pass attempts have been targeted for a tight end. The biggest concern with Reed however is his health. But if he can stay on the field I like his chances of being a fantasy asset down the stretch. Especially in PPR leagues.

What do you get when you combine a Pittsburgh Penguin, a New Orleans Saint, a Los Angeles Laker and the pitcher with the most wins in the history of Major League Baseball? Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young! There has been a fair amount of chatter about Kenny Stills in the past 2 weeks. With Brandin Cooks out of the picture, Stills has shined. Over the past 3 weeks he has 17 receptions for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. The high powered Saints offense faces 4 teams in the bottom third of the league with respect to fantasy points given up to wide receivers.

Congratulations if you’ve made it to the playoffs. If you haven’t, but are still reading this post, thanks. Now it’s time to win the championships. Most likely you don’t need any of these players, but they might make a nice insurance policy on your bench should one of your mainstays falter or get injured. Good luck!

  1. Dom B says:
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    I have johnathan Stewart on the chance d Williams is out for a while with his hand injury… I also have Andre Ellington hurt so along side shady McCoy who to start at RB 2 if Ellington doesn’t play Fred Jax, J. Stewart, or drop Stewart for andre Williams if rashad doesn’t play thx

    • Dom B says:
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      Scatch out Andre Williams someone else picked him up

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Dom B: You snooze, you lose…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Fred Jackson

  2. Count de Monetball says:
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    With Greg Olsen cooling off since week 8, do you like him or Jordan Reed ROS? Yahoo! has Jordan with more points ROS…. Thoughts?

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Count de Monetball: btw, this is a 0.5 ppr league.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Count de Monetball: I’m sticking with Olsen. Reed’s ability to stay healthy concerns me, but if he does then he could outperform Olsen.

  3. Nick says:
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    Hey Malamoney, got the same question from earlier this week plus another;

    10-team NON-PPR
    1) start one at WR3: K Allen, M Bryant or M Sanu
    2) IF Jennings is out, pick a flex: A Williams, R Mathews, L Murray, J Reed or any of the WR above

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick:

      1) Allen by a little bit over the other two. Bryant seems to be a big play or nothing guy. Allen gets a bunch more targets. Plus Cincinnati has given up the least receiving touchdowns in the league. I’m kinda over Sanu.

      2) If Jennings is out then I’d probably go with Williams. I wanted to say Mathews but the Patriots have only given up 5 rushing TDs all season. That’s the second least. Tennessee has given up 13 and is allowing opposing running backs 141.5 yards per game.

  4. Scott says:
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    I actually need Kenny “Stills to Pay the Bills” as my other WRs were D-Rob (Yahoo) and Percy Harvin.

  5. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i finally found the best counterexample that really makes saying “New York Football Giants” sound so superfluous, it was right in front of my face (esp since i live here); it’s the fact that nobody i’ve yet read/heard of thinks they need to go out of their way to mention Arizona Cardinals as the Arizona “Football” Cardinals. But why not, if New York “Football” Giants is needed for clarity. Arizona Cardinals not only share a team mascot name with the St. Louis “Baseball” Cardinals, they also were an STL team, and it was more recently than 1958. They have the same colors as well, whereas NYG and SF Giants don’t at all. It would seem many more people would go out of their way to say Arizona “Football” Cardinals, or maybe St. Louis “Baseball” Cardinals, if in fact what is really going on here has anything to do with clarity. Left wondering just what is going on.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: There once was a baseball team named the New York Giants. Now there is a football team named the New York Giants.

      Was there ever a baseball team called the Arizona Cardinals? You are comparing apples to oranges pal…

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @malamoney: this is true.

  6. Wacha Wacha says:
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    2 Quick questions. 14 team standard league I was offered S Watkins for R Jennings would you accept?

    Question #2 R Jennings or A Ellington ros? Thanks!

    My team
    QB M Ryan
    RB Forte
    RB Murray
    WR D Thomas
    WR R White
    TE Gates
    D Bills
    K C Parker
    BN J Matthews C Patterson, D Hester (Legue awards 1 pt for every 10 kr/pr yards)
    Ellington, R Jennings, J Bell, J Locker, L Donnell

    • malamoney

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      @Wacha Wacha: It depends on the health of Jennings and Ellington. Let’s say they are both fine and play this weekend and the rest of the season. I’d consider making that deal. You are going to start Forte and Murray every week regardless of matchup. After that you’d have Ellington and Bell as insurance. Neither will likely be started, but what good does also having Jennings accomplish. Watkins would be your 3rd best WR and with Roddy’s bum ankle he could start for you at some point.

      I like Jennings a little bit more over Ellington rest of season. But that is if both are healthy to play the rest of the season. Otherwise I’d have to wait and see if they play this week to give you an answer.

  7. Barker says:
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    12 team ppr

    Qb cam wr gordon keenan rb lacy mason te bennett flex stills
    K vinatieri def SF
    Bn manziel mathews denard ellington baltimore

    1) i picked up manziel to watch this week and potentially start next week but he is not starting obv so now i have a free drop and was thinking to pick up tennesse because they have jax week 16 but would be carrying 3 def or i could go orton or fitzpatrick or moncrief there is not much on waivers
    2) i am having trouble with my rb2 and flex spots who would you go for in those spots mason mathews stills or ellington

    • Barker says:
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      Also available woods wayne clay bailey fitz adams doug martin

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Barker:

      1) I am in 2 leagues. In one I have 3 defenses and in the other I have 4 (will be dropping one tomorrow). I grabbed a few DSTs in the last 2 weeks to line up defenses for the playoff run. So clearly I am not against carrying 3 defenses. Baltimore and SF have you setup for weeks 14 and 15, but not 16. Tennessee has a nice matchup in week 16 against Jacksonville, but I am a little nervous about relying on them for the Super Bowl. However, Tennessee had a solid outing against Jacksonville back in week 6.

      I like Wayne the most of the other choices.

      2) Mason and Stills

  8. Tim says:
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    I need one final piece of advice. Am I crazy to consider starting Starks with Lacy, or go with Fjax, Gore or Blount as my rb2.

    My theory is none of the others have strong matchups so locking down the packers in what should be a rout might be safest option even though capped upside.
    Please help!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Tim: a lot of those games simply turn into 3 and outs, even if GB is up as much as you think. I wouldn’t play Starks hoping for some sort of floor safety.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Tim: Lacy and probably Fred Jackson. But I’d got with any of those 3 over Starks.

  9. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Qb brees wr calvin gordon beckham rb lacy murray te olsen flex p manning
    K tucker def detroit
    Bn evans fitz blount herron reed ivory

    I have a bye this week but wanted to drop fitz or ivory for NE def (nyj week 16) because detroit gets the bears on the road week 16

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Barker: Do it! You will not start Fitz. You will start NE in week 16 if you get there. I have already picked up NE in both of my leagues.

  10. Beats by Ray says:
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    I have Antonio Brown, B. Marshall, ODJ, and Josh Gordon, definitely playing Brown and ODJ but who would you start between Gordon and Marshall? Also pick one RB to start between Ellington, Boom, or J. Stewart… thanks man

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Beats by Ray: Gordon and Boom

  11. In a good spot but still want some input, need to figure out who to play this week in my two WR spots, two RB spots and my flex. PPR league.

    Choices are:
    WR: Marshall, Hilton, Odell Beckham Jr, Roddy White
    RB: forte, foresett, Anderson

    Any insight is appreciated and thanks dude!
    Turd

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: leave roddy out of that whole question, whether he plays or not.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Turd Ferguson:

      RB: Forte and Anderson
      WR: Beckham and Hilton
      FL: Marshall

  12. Jason Morgan says:
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    Just asked Jay this same question, but wanted your opinion as well.

    Given the current players statuses and their final opponents (week 15 and 16), can you rank the following RBs for the rest of the season.

    Ellington (injured?): @STL, SEA
    Crowell (Injured?): CIN, @CAR
    Mason: ARI, NYG
    Joique: MIN, @CHI
    Jennings (Injured?): WAS, @STL

    Basically I am trying to line up the best possible match ups for weeks 15 and 16 as this week really doesn’t matter much to me.

    Here’s how I see it. Joique has the best week 15 matchup and Mason has the best week 16 matchup, but can I really rank them higher than Ellington and Jennings? More importantly, could I consider dropping Ellington and/or Jennings for Bell and/or Mason to give myself the better statistical chances in week 15 and 16? Ellington hasn’t done squat since week 9. And where does Crowell fit into this mess?

    I have Forte who I will be starting regardless. With Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon and Julio Jones filling up my WR and Flex spots, I only need to start one other RB each week. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: If Bush is out then I’d go with Bell in week 15 and Mason in week 16. If Bush is not out then Jennings in week 15.

  13. Jon Evans says:
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    Very quick question. I am in good shape across all positions (famous last words, I know) but I’m struggling with who to start in my flex. PPR league with injuries reducing my flex options to either Joique or Kendall Wright. Bush is apparently coming back but that’s not scaring me away from Bell, but has Kendall found his stride? Is J Hunter’s absence a good or bad thing for Kendall (realizing targets will likely increase but so too will the defense’s attention on Kendall)? Love this site and appreciate any support provided.

    • malamoney

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      @Jon Evans: Bush returning bothers me. Without Bush in the mix the answer is Joique. Based on my formulas I’ve got Bell somewhere between 9 and 14 points and Wright between 7 and 11 points. Based on that alone I would go with Bell. What it ultimately comes down to is who will score a touchdown. The Giants have given up a league average of 20 passing touchdowns, including 8 to wide receivers in the last 6 games. In 12 games Tampa has given up 11 rushing touchdowns. That’s about 1 per game and implies that a Detroit runner will score one. But who will it be. Considering Riddick has none on the season and Bush is coming back from injury. That points at Bell. Do I expect Wright’s targets to increase? Sure do. Same for Delanie Walker. As tempted as I might be to start Wright, I’d have to go with Joique Bell.

  14. bringtheheat$20 says:
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    12 team standard format
    (Starting Roster)
    Tom Brady
    Mohamed Sanu
    Golden Tate
    Jamaal Charles
    Tre Mason
    Julius Thomas
    Donte Moncrief
    *Bench*
    R.Randle
    D.Jackson
    C.Hyde
    A.ellington
    With Ellington & D.jax’s status up in the air, do you got any advice on my lineup? Need a WIn to guarantee a playoff spot.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @bringtheheat$20: How you have it is right. Even if Ellington plays I’d still go with Mason this week. And Tate, Sanu and Moncrief are your best options at WR.

  15. Dom B says:
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    Most droppable player Larry Donnell, jordan reed, Roddy White

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Donnell

  16. Nick says:
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    Hey Malamoney, you still liking A Williams to take over my flex R Jennings spot, over R Mathews, Sanu, M Bryant, L Murray or J Reed. NON-PPR

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: Yes. If Jennings it out I like him over Mathews by a little bit.

      • Nick says:
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        @malamoney:so go R. Mathews at flex over A.Williams, Sanu, M Bryant, L Murray or J Reed? NON-PPR…

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Nick: Go with Williams if Jennings is out

          • Nick says:
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            @malamoney: R Jennings is back at practice..uh oh..now what?

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @Nick: If Jennings plays go with Mathews

  17. rainking99 says:
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    I need to pick a WR2, RB2 and Flex (standard scoring)

    Roddy @ GB
    Evans @ DET
    Miller vs BALT
    McKinnon vs NYJ
    Herron @ CLE
    Ivory @ MIN
    Andre Williams (if Jennings is out, I assume a lock for RB2)

    Thank you!

    • rainking99 says:
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      @rainking99:
      I see McKinnon is now out …..

      so I need to pick 3 of the remaining 6

      leaning Evans, Miller and Williams (or Herron)

      Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @rainking99: Heron, Evans and Williams if Jennings is out. Otherwise Heron, Evans and Miller.

  18. Dom B says:
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    So with Ellington down and out and same with deangelo Williams who would you start at RB 2 Johnathan Stewart or Fred Jackson

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Toss up. I think I’d go with Jackson.

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