If you’re reading this, then you’re in your league’s championship game. Either that or you play in one of those weird leagues that end in Week 17, in which case I’ll still have rankings for you next week, but my thoughts here essentially still apply: Don’t get cute. You’re still playing because you have a dominant roster that has likely caught a few breaks here and there en route to a successful season. Remember who got you here, and don’t overthink things. That’s not to say that every lineup decision is going to be easy, but don’t let a good matchup for a guy like Justin Durant blur the fact that Bobby Wagner is still the correct play.

Here are a few things to watch for in Championship Week:


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J.J. Watt – The ultimate overthinking it move would be to bench Watt this week. Since breaking his hand, he’s put up three terrible weeks in a row by his standards, and he hasn’t really shown much improvement over that time. But if you survived those games and are still alive, that means you have a solid team to begin with. And Watt is playing in a must-win game against the #1 matchup for DEs this year by a long shot. Even with the injury, Watt’s ceiling in this game is enormous. If you’re still not convinced, think about this: Would you rather lose while playing Watt against an ideal matchup, or lose with Watt putting up a huge game on your bench? It’s a long offseason to regret a decision like that.

Kelvin Sheppard – There aren’t a lot of relevant players on waivers at this point in the season, but things have broken right for Sheppard over the last few weeks. Jelani Jenkins missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, and shouldn’t be 100% this week if he plays at all. In his absence, Sheppard put up a whopping 12 tackles. Koa Misi also went down with an injury on Sunday, and has been put on IR since then. This Miami team is depressing to watch, but Sheppard’s only real competition for stats at this point is Reshad Jones. You could do a lot worse at LB this week.

Charles Woodson – This may be the most important fantasy advice you read all week: Treasure the last two games of Charles Woodson’s career. He’s somehow managed to fly relatively under the radar for an all-world talent in his absurdly long and absurdly productive career, but an IDP owner since 1999 can tell you how fun it is to watch him play for your team. In the preseason I wrote that it would be insane to predict that Woodson would repeat his 2014 production, and while he’s slightly fallen off stats-wise, he’s still a no-doubt every week starter. His last two games come against Philip Rivers and Alex Smith, and if you don’t think he’s getting an interception in one of those games, well you clearly haven’t been watching for the last 16 years.

Speaking of farewells, it’s with mixed emotions that I announce that I won’t be doing IDP stuff for Razzball next year. Real life sometimes gets in the way of fantasy (annoying, I know), and it wouldn’t be fair for me to do this half-assed. I’ll still possibly be around Razzball from time to time, especially duringĀ Thrones season, and I’m out there on the Twitters, but I’m taking at least a year off of the weekly grind. In the spirit of the holidays, I want to thank Sky for giving me my first chance four years ago, Jay for not missing a beat since taking overĀ these last two years, Grey for running my undisputed favorite site on the Internet, the other Razzball writers for always making me smarter, and most importantly the readers who spend their valuable time reading my semi-coherent musings on individual defensive players. Hopefully this isn’t goodbye, just see you later, but for now I’m going back to being a full-time Razzball fan instead of a part-time Razzball writer. Happy holidays everyone, and good luck in those championship games!

  1. Smelly Pirate Hooker says:
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    Thanks a lot Kevin! Been reading these posts since I joined an IDP league, not going to be the same without my secret weapon. . . Happy Holidays and take care, thanks again!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Smelly Pirate Hooker:

      Thanks, and happy holidays to you as well!

  2. Billy beeen says:
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    Thanks King Kevin of the IDP. Happy trails!!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Billy beeen:

      Thank you!

  3. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    good work, is the new guy recommended by you or is that in the air still? doubt whoever it is ranks top 3 out of all the writers who are on FP though.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

      Still up in the air right now, but I’m sure whoever it is will make you forget all about me.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: last year you were ranked like 2nd out of 25 or so guys who’s ranks are at FP, so i seriously doubt that. could barely imagine how good that would be.

  4. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    why so low on hall and breeland this week. Hall now plays S and finally got a lot of snaps last week and did well with them. I’m guessing it’s something to do with maybe PHI not being a great matchup for DB’s? collins really moving on up in the world, bucannon too. At least Hall has put himself back into starting convo along with breeland/parker, whom i can play 2 of at any time. For next year it’ll be super that Hall/Parker could both be used at S as well as CB, very nice for any off day/injury to Collins/Bucannon.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oh yeah, if hall is doing this good he’s back starting next week over breeland. i’ll have 4 S’s, 2 at CB spots, 1 BN CB.

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        Late to the party here, but Breeland was matchup based. Hall I still don’t fully trust, just because I think he has a pretty short leash. He obviously delivered last night, but I’d be surprised if he held down the role heading into next season. He’s definitely a hold for you, and if he does start at safety, you’re in a great position, but I tend to think he’s more of a slot corner next year than a starting safety. We’ll see!

  5. Blake says:
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    why so high on dansby? I have sean lee so per your rankings I was thinking about dansby but wanted to know your reasoning

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Blake:

      Great matchup and he should see a ton of tackle opportunities, and he’s also fully healthy now so I love his ceiling. No real issue with Lee, but with McClain and Hitchens both seeing time,he has a little bit more competition.

  6. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    when k.robinson was first ruled active then not used i thought they were just phasing him back into snaps; now i’m starting to worry will compton has actually taken his job. this isn’t the case for next year, right? i traded minter for robinson since when healthy he’s better upside, and for this year it doesn’t matter i have kendricks/anthony/david manning it (none got hurt this week seemingly so they’re good to go next week too), and kwon alexander backup for next year as well. I could also trade one of these next year, but having 5 good LB isn’t a problem with our scoring system, seems one of better spots to have depth (along with RB, even as we can only start 2 it’s 5 yards per rushing yd with 1 pt PPR, and 15 receiving yards per pt, so flex should always be a RB if possible)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: since the bye (basically since robinson’s injury) compton’s averaged 12.63 pts. we have scoring for TFL, and solo tackles worth 2, assists 1.

      • Kevin Kumpf

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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        The LB situation in Washington will be interesting next year because Robinson is an unrestricted free agent, and Compton is restricted. I’ve found that trying to predict free agency can be a fool’s errand, but my guess would be that Robinson is in a different uniform next year, while Compton will be back.

        Regardless of where he’s at, I like Robinson a lot more than Compton, because he has a lot more three-down upside due to his athleticism. I know that your roster restrictions around Skins players makes him more appealing if he stays put, but I think he’s a hold for you either way. And given his injuries, he may stay in Washington at a discount.

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