All there is left to determine fantasy playoff spots is the terrible NFC East showdown tonight and whatever tiebreaker your league uses. I hope that the results have ended in your favor because I’m rooting for you and I want you to keep clicking in December.

As I combed through the scoreboards of the leagues that I play in, scoring seemed like it was a little bit lower than usual yesterday. Well, until Antonio Brown and James Conner stepped onto the field. By the way, the Steelers and the Chargers was the perfect night cap. For me, the night game always leaves a lasting impression for how the football week was.

Most of my Sunday afternoons are spent flipping back and forth from the red zone channel to games that have heavy implications for me personally. If I’m watching the red zone channel and Josh Allen pops up on full screen, you better believe that I’m flipping to see what the Panther and Bucs or the Bears and Giants are up to. Watching condensed games is pretty cool and I do that pretty often, but it doesn’t feel the same because I already know the results. My point is, the Sunday night game is the only game of the day that I can get lost in the game flow and the narratives. Let’s get to the results that stuck out in week 13.

  • Lamar Jackson is now 3-0 as the starter for the Baltimore Ravens. The numbers were not impressive this week from a fantasy standpoint, but the floor that his rushing yards provides is very intriguing. I’ll get to Kirk Cousins in more detail later but we saw his floor yesterday, it’s under 10 points. The coaching staff has enough designed runs in the playbook for fantasy owners to count on 75 yards on the ground on a regular basis. Lamar Jackson running the ball is the Raven’s best option on 3rd down if he can get outside of the pocket. He adds a dimension to the Ravens that Joe Flacco has never provided. The Ravens would be wise to keep Lamar Jackson at quarterback for the rest of the season. He’s their best hope at making noise in the playoffs and he offers a chance for fantasy players to squeeze a some relevance out of this Ravens offense when you add in Gus Edwards’ success.
  • Tevin Coleman’s stock has never been lower, especially from a dynasty standpoint. In case you haven’t been paying attention to the Falcons, Coleman has less than 40 total yards over the past two games. Earlier in the season, he was one of the biggest bargains in Dynasty. He had the starting job in Atlanta for the majority of the remainder of the season and he is a free agent next year. I don’t think there is a team that will sign Coleman to be a lead back after the shaky results that he has provided this season. At best, he might end up back in Atlanta splitting work with Devonta Freeman in 2019.
  • Kirk Cousins either wasn’t ready for the Patriots or the Patriots were very ready for him. Cousins didn’t handle pressure from the Patriots very well. Kirk was hitting check downs all game, because, well, that’s all he could do. I’m not concerned with Cousins going forward. ‘Winning the big game’ doesn’t matter at all for fantasy football. Seattle, Miami and Detroit is a pretty good playoff schedule for a fantasy quarterback and I think Thielen is fine going forward despite being slowed down over the past month.
  • I wasn’t expecting Rex Burkhead to be such a factor right away for the Patriots. This doesn’t bode well for Michel going forward, at least for the rest of this season. Bill showed that he had more confidence giving the ball to Develin than he does to Michel from the 1 yard line. This happened not once, but twice.
  • Tarik Cohen was a monster on Sunday. He led the Bears in targets and caught 12 passes for 156 yards. He finally found the end zone on the final play of regulation… By throwing a pass to Anthony Miller. Is there anything that he can’t do besides be tall?
  • If football had WAR what would Saquon Barkley’s WAR be? He exceeded expectations in regulation by going for over 100 all-purpose yards against a very good Bears defense. In overtime, Barkley ripped off a beautiful 29 yard run that put the Giants in Bears territory. This put the Giants in position to win the game with a field goal and a stop. If Barkley can play like he did against the Bears, there probably isn’t anyone left on the schedule for the Giants that can truly prevent Barkley from having a big day.
  • I recommended Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries filling in for Zach’s start/sit column on Saturday. They both scored and piled up some yardage. Godwin’s success likely comes from DeSean Jackson not playing, but Adam Humpries has really emerged as an every week fantasy football starter.
  • Jameis Winston has looked like a competent NFL starter in his past two starts. I think he could be a pretty good play against the Saints while the Buccaneers are riding the momentum of two wins in a row. Although the Saints have gotten better on defense, the still struggle against the pass more than the average defense. I’ve written it a couple of times lately but I think it bares repeating. Jameis Winston is not the answer at quarterback for the entirely of the fantasy playoffs. In week 15, the Bucs play the Ravens and in week 16, they play the Cowboys. These are big fades for a shaky quarterback who is still finding his footing.
  • Tyler Boyd is much more effective when A.J. Green is on the field. He caught 6 passes for 97 yards on Sunday. I think he is playable in the playoffs with a favorable schedule of LAC, Oakland, and Cleveland.
  • Case Keenum wasn’t a great recommendation but there is some good news from the Denver passing game. Courtland Sutton paced the Broncos with 7 targets and had 85 yards and a touchdown.
  • With Conner’s injury not believed to be serious, I think Jeff Wilson is the best waiver wire pick up for week 14. It doesn’t make sense for the 49ers to run out Matt Breida with an.aggravated ankle injury with the 49ers sitting at 2-10.

Thanks for popping by. I will be back later in the week for week 14 rankings.

  1. Jake says:
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    MB I got a bye week 14 since I won my division I am looking ahead to week 15 I currently have Cam as my QB and he will be home against a good Saints D I am considering picking up Josh Allen since he will be at home against Detroit that sounds like a better match up would you do add Allen and consider playing him over Cam ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Nope, I’d still roll with Cam

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    What do you think of picking up Allen Robinson off the waivers for Reynolds, Humphries, Coutee or Godwin? Thank you!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I would for Coutee!

  3. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team half PPR 2 QB dynasty. have:
    QB (2) rodgers (oh baby it’s about to get real now no more mccarthy, even with the mostly shouldn’t be starting yet WR’s gotta think rodgers improves now, for longer term even more), mahomes, rosen, driskel (dropped mullens for him this week, figure he’s got more of a long term shot than mullens anyway, and mullens had been horrible for 2/3 of his weeks, and all of the non OAK weeks)
    RB (2) both NO guys, michel, burkhead, ekeler, gus the bus
    WR (3) k.allen, thielen, boyd, edelman, d-jax, j.brown (these latter 2 got a LOT worse as the year went on, early in year i was FAR better at WR depth than RB)
    TE (1) ertz
    2 flexes (R/W/T)
    IR (2) m.lee, doyle
    team D TEN (had held JAX for nearly whole year, finally gave up hoping they’d move back to a top 8 fantasy D, now streaming)
    K: bryant (had dropped butker when bye, probably shouldn’t have)
    IDP (4 flexes): t.smith, d.jones (ATL, back and immediately kicking ass), j.adams, b.martinez

    drop j.brown and/or d-jax for any of pettis (or do we think he gets downgraded when goodwin/garcon back), MVS, ateman, z.jones (appears to have far more long term upside now than anybody has thought in a LONG time)

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: and happy butt fumble is back day. good lord is WAS stuck in the past with these trashy backups. if only somebody better was out there, hmmm.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: pettis added (or is soon) by somebody, what about MVS or zay jones? also i’m betting i either don’t have enough FAAB left for whoever bid/won on pettis just coming up here anyway. daily FAAB here. but only 3 moves per week too (have no idea why for football to have a rule like that)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: yeah, Zay Jones is definitely sneaky, worth the Djax drop in my opinion. And yup, I assume Kaep is retired. I mean, he has to be..

  4. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    anybody got any news on the most interesting part of the hunt video, EXACTLY who leaked this? similar to the rice video, these things were hidden for months, did the extortion amount get too big maybe? will it take like 20 years to learn this stuff, as this is the most curious of these things? it’s not news to learn professional athletes are doing stupid stuff, sometimes in public. in the rice example it was even more interesting as the video itself was far worse, and GODdell hid the existence of the video himself in that one. here it MIGHT be believable that the NFL/KC team actually hadn’t seen it (maybe). but why a tape made by the hotel in february, given to cops the day of the event, it wasn’t used by cops to press charges since they weren’t going to press it as a felony and i guess the woman didn’t press it either as a misdemeanor but just now gets released? that’s the story in this story.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @MB: and now we’re to believe that there were TWO other instances of him doing this kinda stuff since january and the NFL/KC as a team didn’t know the details, realllllllllly. and exactly why, just now, right before the playoffs is this stuff coming up, might it be:
        DAL (tons of pull, finally look like they’ll make playoffs)
        LAR (tons of pull)
        NE (kroft used to run GODdell, see his first scandal, the NE having an entire room of illegal tapes of other teams’ that GODdell went FAR out of his way to hide)
        paid somebody to hold this stuff down till just now, or always had the tapes and only needed to use them if/when KC did this well? if what i’m saying sounds crazy/conspiracy nutzo, well in what universe does it sound crazier than somebody with as much power as the NFL not knowing about this stuff till just now, 11 months after the fact?
        and they are “just now “investigating” it”
        per rotoworld:
        The NFL is investigating Hunt’s February altercation with a woman that led to his release from the Chiefs as well as a June incident with a man and a previously undisclosed incident from January”

  5. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    holy crap, in RCL’s the playoffs aren’t till week 15. but does that mean 6 teams make playoffs (1-2 seeds with byes) or 8? i figured it was the standard 13 week season, 6 make playoffs, 2 byes, week 17 not used.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Week 17 shouldn’t be used. Oversight by our friends At Fantrax

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @MB: ok, so i guess that gets fixed next year, but for this year do we have 8 playoff teams while starting in week 15 or 6 teams starting in week 15?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          I think 6

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            @MB: b-don thinks it’s 4. 4 is far too low for a 12 team league (but does sound perfect for a 10’er). if he’s right though, can we vote on what to do with playoffs for next year? (or really anyway).

            i’d prefer the old standby playoffs are weeks 14-16, 6 (with 1-2 seeds having 1st round byes) or 8, 6 taking preference for me.

            – i would take 6 starting in week 15 (like you think we have now) over 4 though. i wouldn’t mind 4 IF we were a “h2h everybody plays everybody each week” kinda deal as in that system the top 4 teams are ACTUALLY the best teams (no scheduling luck in “everybody plays everybody every week” h2h).

            – i know rudy used to set up votes for RCL stuff in baseball, and Viz (or maybe it was a different hockey guy at the time) for hockey RCL stuff, it’s probably best done either just after the season or very early during your offseason coverage, so you can cull the most total votes across the longest time period.

  6. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    rotoworld’s best line in a while on ivory:

    “Chris Ivory rushed six times for four yards in the Bills’ Week 13 loss to the Dolphins.

    Ivory’s most notable play was when he tripped on a blade of grass and fumbled in the second quarter. He is not even an exciting handcuff.”

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        @MB: yeah i do want to see that play. the rotoworld guys are really shining on WAS continually signing awful QB’s with kaep being intimated funnily.

  7. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    very oddly we have a LOT of good RB adds this week from injuries. even yesterday when PIT “announced” that conner was “fine” i would’ve laid 6-1 that he isn’t for this week for sure, i saw that PIT game; however i do find it lucky we aren’t getting jerked around till at least friday on the truth of the matter coming out (and PIT straight up pulled a LAA lie on this, less than 24 hours after saying somebody is fine he’s the exact opposite).
    this being the case for PPR redrafts how do these rank as adds:
    1. RB: samuels, jackson, wilson, burkhead (clearly burk is last here)

    2. what about these for PPR dynasty (where i lost kirk for year, and now it’s either start doctson all the time, or t.williams or j.brown (already having to start m.will) or one of: ellington, conley (somebody will waiver him before waiting on the watkins news if i don’t), T2 (TEN), ateman. this is a 16 teamer. i don’t need to drop any of j.brown/t.will/doctson to add one here.

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    RB – What happened to Coleman?! Should I grab Jackson or Wilson mentioned above for Coleman? I have a first round bye so looking towards weeks 15 and 16.

    WR – Allen Robinson is available. Drop Coutee for him?

    Thanks!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @miles proudfoot: it’s not just coleman, ito too.

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