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I wonder if Peyton Manning was going against himself in fantasy football last week? Less than 5 points from Peyton during the fantasy playoffs sounds like a fantasy football player’s worst nightmare. How many teams did the prince of Papa Johns let down? And why does he wear a helmet that’s 3 sizes too small? Speaking of 5 fantasy points, that’s the total number of combined points scored by LeSean McCoy and Alfred Morris. And while we’re putting together an all-star squad of undroppable players that scored less than 5 points, let’s add Demaryius ThomasJosh Gordon and Jimmy Graham, who combined for 8.6 points. You’re sh*tting me, right? Those six studs put up a grand total of 18.52 points!

The following list of players looks like the fantasy football version of the Bad News Bears. Or if you prefer ice hockey we can go with Emilio Estevez’s Mighty Ducks. But as you’ve likely learned from my previous 14 editions of “Who Are These Guys” these guys aren’t as shitty as they might appear. At least not last week. Except for Charles Johnson, they all scored more points by themselves than the aforementioned superstars combined. And at that, Johnson fell only a few fractions of a point short. Combined, this motley crew put up 195.46 points and would have won just about any head to head match-ups in Yahoo! half point leagues.

QB: Derek Carr (22.36)
RB: Andre Williams (22.20)
RB: Jonathan Stewart (21.50)
WR: Jarius Wright (22.60)
WR: Charles Johnson (18.30)
TE: Mychal Rivera (20.40)
FL: Jared Cook (20.10)
K: Josh Brown (21.00)
DST: New York Giants (27.00)

With the playoffs upon us can we rely on any of these players to help us take that final step? Well let me start by saying this. If you need to rely on any of these players you are likely in a bit of trouble. At this point in the season I just don’t like the odds of someone that’s still on the waiver wire being trustworthy enough to start when it matters the most. This isn’t bye week fill-in time, it’s the fantasy football funking playoffs! Even if you lost Brandon Marshall or Andre Ellington I really hope you have a better backup on your bench than the list above.

With that said, let me say a few kind words about these fantastic players of the week.

Andre Williams had a career day carrying the ball 24 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. So how is he not a “must add”? The problem is Rashad Jennings. Jennings is the starter for the Giants. He came into last week’s game with a bum ankle that gave Williams the chance to be the guy. Despite the outstanding performance, with Jennings in the mix, Williams will not have the opportunity to put up those kind of numbers. Is Jennings going to play? I’d think so. He only had 2 carries last week. He was expected to have a light load against the Titans, but two carries is practically shooting blanks. My guess at this point is that they will split carries, rendering Williams (and Jennings) unstartable. But if for some reason Rashad doesn’t play and your other option is Giovani Bernard, I’d certainly consider giving Williams a look.

Last week on The Daily Show Jon Stewart rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans. It was political mayhem. This week he gets Tampa Bay who has given up 12 rushing touchdowns in 13 games. With DeAngelo Williams out with a broken hand, Stewart will get another chance to guest host (to be aired on BET). As I said about Andre Williams, if my choices are between him and Giovani Bernard, I’m going with Jonathan Stewart. Damn you Giovani Bernard. And damn you too Jeremy Hill.

Mychal Rivera has quietly been one of the top fantasy tight ends since about week 8. Since then he has scored 60.7 points in standard leagues. During that same time Jimmy Graham has scored 67.9 points. While I’d obviously choose Graham over Rivera 10 out of 10 times, I’m just pointing out that Rivera has been no slouch. Last week he caught all 7 passes thrown to him for 109 yards and a touchdown. This week he faces the Chiefs against whom he had one catch for 8 yards in week 12. And then in week 16 he has to deal with the stingy Bills defense. I’m not touching Rivera with a 10 foot pole and you pushing.

The New York Football Giants DST plays the terrible Washington Redskins offense this week. While defenses are racking up points when they play Washington, I would be a little nervous about starting the Giants DST during the playofffs. The Giants DST is as bad as Eli Manning. But sometimes you have to play the hot hand. Or in this case, play against the cold hand.

It’s crunch time fellas. Good luck. Get ‘er done!

  1. Nick says:
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    Jennings is no longer on the injury report & NYG are reporting he is ready to return to the feature back. Per your reply from last week, you would go Jennings at flex & Allen at WR3 (over Martavis), leaving Lat Murray & R Mathews on my bench…correct? 10 team standard league

    & would you prefer Reed or Witten at TE?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: If Jennings is full go, then I am going with Jennings…

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Nick: reed. NYG bottom 2 vs TE’s.

  2. RePete says:
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    Trying to make it to the final week! Who do you like in a 12-team 0.5 PPR League?

    Flex: Benjamin vs TB or Hopkins @ IND
    TE: Dwayne Allen vs HOU or Zach Ertz vs DAL

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @RePete: Hopkins. Especially with Cam unlikely to play on Sunday. I’m leaning towards Ertz. Dallas is giving up the most points to opposing tight ends. Also, Fleener is going to get a chunk of Allen’s targets. Good luck!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @RePete: By the way. Were you Pete last year?

  3. Scott says:
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    Of course, those two WR are playing Detroit this weekend. No hope there!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scott: Detroit is giving up 251 receiving yards per game and has given up 18 receiving touchdowns in 13 games.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Agreed, but Scott said there was no hope against Detroit for wide receivers. I was just pointing out that they give up at least 1 receiving TD per game and enough yards to allow a WR a good fantasy game. I’d rather my WR be going up against another defense, but I wouldn’t say there is no hope…

  4. Nick says:
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    Detroit or St Louis this week? I been rolling out STL & grabbed Detroit last week. Was set on STL but then again, Detroit got 21 points against the Vikings last time around!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: No matter how many times you ask the same question the answer is going to be the same unless there has been some sort of crucial injury or something of that nature.

      • Nick says:
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        @malamoney: Sorry, only asked you once on december 6, & you said its tough to go against STL…forgot I asked..

        Reed or Witten at TE?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Nick: Mostly messing with you man. Reed.

          • Nick says:
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            @malamoney: Thanks man

  5. J-MoneyIV says:
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    .5 PPR
    have 3 leagues with this option:D Allen or Rivera?

    Would you rather Cook over both? He is available in one of the leagues

    • J-MoneyIV says:
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      Also, what are your thoughts on Garcon in a .5 PPR?

      I can either start Garcon @NYG or Landry @NE in my flex.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: This week I’d have to go with Cook. Rivera goes up against a tough KC defense. Allen will split with Fleener at best. Cook gets Arizona who has not been tough against tight ends. It’s really a tough call though.

  6. Teddy Heater says:
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    Love the write ups every week! In the words of Jigsaw “I Want to Play a Game”, Let’s call this game “odd man out”, I was lucky enough to get byes in 3 of 4 leagues so I was able to get things set up now just need some final tweaking and wanted to get your thoughts

    12 team 3 WR’s .5 PPR
    Evans @ Car and then need to pick 2 of the following
    Floyd V Den
    Moncrief V Hou
    Shoelace @ Bal
    Woods v GB

    12 Team 3 Wr’s .5 PPR
    ODB v Was & Evans @ Car need to pick 1
    Wallace @ NE
    Floyd v Den

    Forsett v Jax and need to pick 2
    Boom V Hous
    C Johnson @ Ten
    Stewart V TB

    10 Team 2WR 1pt PPR

    Pick 2
    ODB v Was
    Sanders @ SD
    Gordon v Cin
    Wallace @ NE

    Pick 3
    Charles V Oak
    Anderson @ SD
    Jennings v Was
    Stewart v TB
    Bush v Min

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Thanks man. Here’s how I’d SAW it up…

      Woods and Moncrief (Shoelace is out)
      Wallace
      Stewart and Boom
      ODB and Gordon
      Charles and Andeson

      Good luck!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @malamoney: Werd, nice lead in! Jennings or Stewart?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Teddy Heater: I’d have to go with Stewart. Reports are the Jennings is full go, but I’ve got to believe that Andre Williams is going to get his carries. Jennings is too fragile. Providing DeAngelo Williams is out, Stewart seems like the better option at this point.

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @malamoney: Thanks brotha! My Alma Mater is effing me, SMH! Mathews bitching out and shiz just got real! 12 team 3 WR .5 PPR. I had to move Woods to Shoelace’s spot and with Mathews bailing I’m left with the scraps, please review in case I’m missing something
            Brees @ Chi
            Evans @ Car
            Moncrief v Hou
            Woods v GB
            CJ And @ SD
            Boom v Hou
            Graham @ Chi
            Flex???? Pick 1 for the $$$$….

            Floyd V Den
            Gerhart @ Bal
            Lee @ Bal
            Pierce @ Jax
            Hawkins v Cin
            Tolbert v TB

            I’m leaning Floyd or Tolbert, whatcha got?

            • malamoney

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              @Teddy Heater: I’m leaning Lee or Hawkins actually. But that’s just me. Baltimore secondary is not very good. Since Gordon has come back Hawkins has seen a decline, but he’s still a threat. That’s all I got…

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @malamoney: Motha F****** Magic Money! Tip of the cap to you brotha! Pushing all my chips in!!! (PS. You can coin the term “Motha Fucking Magic Money” if you want!

                • malamoney

                  malamoney says:
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                  @Teddy Heater: You pushing all in like Johnny Chan in the final hand of the 1988 WSOP when he flopped the nut straight!?! See ya Eric Seidel…

  7. BEATS by Ray says:
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    Funny stuff Money, Peyton does have a big as head tho!
    Best D/ST play this weekend? Lions vs. Vikings, Rams vs. Cards or vice versa Cards @ Rams?
    Leaning towards Lions but Rams been on a roll. Help a brotha out…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @BEATS by Ray: Ha. Thanks!

      I’m going with the Rams for sure.

  8. Bob says:
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    Tough Call. Baltimore D or St Louis D.

    Jacksonville with no Denard Robinson Or the En Fuego St Louis D

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Bob: St. Louis

  9. Dom B says:
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    Which RB to own in Jax Storm Johnson or jordan todman

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Neither.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Dom B: do you actually have to pick one of these though?

  10. Timmy says:
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    smith sr, kerwyn williams or marquese wilson at flex

    allen, fleener or witten at TE

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Timmy: Smith Sr. and Fleener

  11. bringtheheat$20 says:
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    12 team standard format
    RB. j.charles
    RB.T.mason
    WR.Marquess Wilson
    WR.d.jax
    Flex. d.moncreif
    bench:
    M.sanu
    G.tate
    Kerwynn WIlliams
    *If d.jax is healthy do you like him starting? And if wayne is active do you like moncreif in the Flex?
    Thanks el duderino

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @bringtheheat$20: I like Tate over DJax with DJax in the flex. The dude abides…

  12. Frank White says:
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    Sup Money… Do you think I should start Fitzpatrick or Manziel with a healthy Cameron n Gordon?? Its playoffs and Cam is out. Thanks!!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Sup Frank. I guess Johnny Football. Neither are great options for the fantasy playoffs.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks.. yeah those are the only options besides McCown, RG3 or Derek Anderson

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Frank White: Oh man. May the schwartz be with you or something.

          • Frank White says:
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            LOL… Thanks

  13. friar says:
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    I’ve made it to the semis, mostly on the back of Eddie Lacy, only for him to maybe get hurt last week (while I had a bye, no less!). If he’s out, I have the option of picking up Starks, although I’m actually not sure if he’d be a better option against the Bills than some of the other guys on my roster. Which 2 of the following would you recommend playing this week in a 0.5 ppr league, assuming Lacy is out: Herron, JStew, Blount, L. Murray, [Starks]?

    If Starks doesn’t make the cut, should I still pick him up (dropping Reggie Wayne, my 4th WR)? Thanks!

    • malamoney

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      @friar: I rank Herron and Stewart ahead of Starks. Maybe Latavius too. I’d have to think about one. Maybe not.

      As for cutting Wayne. How many WR do you start? Who are they?

      • friar says:
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        @malamoney: My WRs are Julio, Beckham, Edelman, Wayne, and Adams. It’s 2 WR, 2 RB, and a flex (0.5 ppr), and I typically start Edelman as my flex (although I might bench him this week for Stewart because of the matchups). Wayne is my 4th WR and so I never really play him (Adams ranks behind him for now, but seems more worth holding onto since he has the upside — via injury — to become someone I might start, whereas Wayne is more of just a desperate fill-in).

        This week I was planning to start Julio and Beckham at WR, Lacy and Herron at RB, and Stewart at flex. If either Lacy or Julio can’t go this week, I’d promote Edelman into the lineup, and if they’re both hurt, then I was planning to also use either Latavius or Blount (or could cut Wayne for Starks).

        Does that seem about right?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @friar: I’d likely cut Adams over Wayne for Starks, but that’s just me. Edelman went 6 for 95 in week 1 against Miami. There was no Gronk that week, but still a decent showing in PPR formats without scoring a TD. It’s close between Edelman, Herron and Stewart…

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