What’s up Razzicans! If you are still here, you are either still playing or just can’t let us go. If it’s the latter, then all I can say is watch this and don’t take it personal. I’m kidding, glad to have you. We’re doing something a little different this week to close out the 2014 fantasy season. I’m also writing this post with my pants on for once. (It’s about as awkward as that one time I wore boxers to gym class during wrestling week.) Here is the breakdown, I’m covering the NFC games and my boy Ralph is covering the AFC later today. I’m gonna gloss over the players that should be usable and play the whole game or at least have some level of relevance.
Chicago Bears – Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery are no brainers. I think the Bears try to go out with a W and these are two studs I’m playing. I actually like Jay Cutler this week as he torched the Vikings the last time out with 330 yards and 3 TD’s. The 2 picks are a staple with him so be aware. I don’t like Martellus Bennett this week and would look elsewhere for the TE spot.
Minnesota Vikings – I’m loving Teddy Bridgewater and Charles Johnson this week. Matt Asiata, Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright are fringe guys for me. Of those three I like Wright as my sleeper and put him up as a flex play if you are in a bind.
New Orleans Saints – They are eliminated from the playoffs and any time that happens it’s hard to predict what playing time will be like. I can only assume Drew Brees plays the first half and after that I have no idea. The only players I’m good with are Kenny Stills in PPR formats and Mark Ingram getting a lot of touches with the PT cruiser out. Khiry Robinson could be a sleeper in all this but only for the most desperate of owners. Nick Toon has high risk high reward for me as well. Could be a sneaky play as Brees attempted to go deep to him last week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Evans hasn’t broke 50 yards receiving since November 16th but has 4 TD’s over that span. I like him to close out the season with lots of opportunity against the favorable to oppossing wide receiver’s Saints. Vincent Jackson is also a healthy play with double digit potential. Doug Martin could be a sneaky play this week as the Bucs try to end on a high note.
Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White are definite plays. Harry Douglas can be a flex for the those hurting to fill the spot. With Steven Jackson on the shelf I like Devonta Freeman to be the best bet to get points out of the backfield. That’s a sleeper alert for your pleasure.
Detroit Lions – Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford, Joique Bell and Reggie Bush are all good to go. Bush came back strong last week as he got 7 targets out of the backfield and 7 carries. Against the Packers look for the veteran Bush to get 15 touches and be a must start. Play this game straight like it’s any other week with the NFC North title on the line.
St. Louis Rams – I’m not touching any Rams this week, not even with your team. The Seahawks are on a mission and you better get off the track. OK, maybe that was a bit dramatic. Jared Cook is actually a decent play with the Seahwks giving up middle of the road numbers to TE’s this year. Tre Mason shouldn’t be counted on for anymore than 7 points with a slight chance for upside in garbage time.
Seattle Seahawks – Uncle Pete doesn’t want to take his foot off the gas this week. If they get up big, we can expect to see starters taking a seat as they control their own destiny. With that being said, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are must plays with Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson upside flex plays against the 8th worst Rams.
Dallas Cowboys – Here is one I don’t like. The chances of them improving their position would require the Seahawks and Cardinals to both lose. I think Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are all suspect plays. Easily could be a situation where they only play the first half. The only Cowboy I’m liking this week is Joseph Randle.
Washington Redskins – Should I just call them that team from the district? I have no idea what to expect from them and their starters. For all I know Snyder calls in a flop to improve draft spot. I would play Alfred Morris and most likely no one else. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon can be expected to at least play a half, after that is anyone’s guess.
Philadelphia Eagles – I can’t believe they didn’t make the playoffs while the Panthers and Falcons battle it out for the South title. Yikes! According to Chip Kelly, Mark Sanchez is the starter and they are playing to win and not evaluate what they have. Sorry Matt Barkley fans. That’s just coach speak to me. LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Zach Ertz and Sanchez are all starts here. Jordan Matthews has been dealing with a knee injury and I’d look elsewhere to fill his sot on your roster. I have Chris Polk penciled in as a flex sleeper this week .
NY Giants – Odell Beckham Jr is a must start from here til eternity. Damn, he is a lot of fun to own. Eli Manning and Andre Williams are good to go too. I’m not really feeling Larry Donnell with TE being the one position the Eagles can defend.
Arizona Cardinals – This is a total mess of an offense right now and I wouldn’t touch any of them with confidence. If I’m deciding between the backfield for upside I’ll take Kerwynn Williams over Stepfan Taylor.
San Francisco 49ers – Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick are the only two plays and I can’t really say that with too much confidence. I like the Niners as much as I like the IRS, politicians and E$PN fantasy baseball rankings. See you all for spring training.
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