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So, that was an interesting game. If you don’t like touchdowns that is. To be fair, we weren’t promised anything, and with Thursday Night Football hosting at least 485 blow-outs thus far, I guess last night’s game could be considered a welcome change of pace. Sort of like going from watching a giant monster truck crash into a mobile home to watching paint dry. Yeah, a lot like that. But hey, it’s not the Cardinals or Rams fault. They actaully seem to be quite similar; good defenses, less-than-stellar offenses, and, of course, there’s the injury bug. Sam Bradford is old news at this point, and Carson Palmer is, just, well, old I guess. Andre Ellington is a recent casualty. And, of course, Drew Stanton had his ankle implode in the third quarter, ushering in the age of Lindley. Ryan Lindley. Just think of it this way: we are living in a world where Lindley might possibly end up leading the number one seeded team through the playoffs. Yeah, note to Cardinals players… you can go ahead and schedule all those free weekends in January now…

 

Cardinals – 12, Rams – 6

This was Drew Stanton (12/20, 109 YDS and 2 CAR, 3 YDS) vs. Shaun Hill (20/39, 229 YDS, 1 INT.) Jesus wept.

Ryan Lindley – 4/10, 30 YDS. Somewhere, a CFL quarterback sits in a corner and weeps at the fact that Lindley is in the NFL. (To be fair, he does have the arm strength to stretch a defense horizontally, no offense Chad Henne.)

Kerwynn Williams – 15 CAR, 75 YDS and 2 REC, 11 YDS. Is it just me, or does he sound like a car dealership? Kerwynn Williams Ford and Pontiac. See! I had thought that Stepfan Taylor (14 CAR, 61 YDS) would get the first chance and they would go from there, but as of now, it looks like a true RBBC.

Ted Ginn Jr. – 1 REC, 4 YDS and 1 CAR, 3 YDS. That ridiculous… Ted Ginn hasn’t caught anything in three years.

Tre Mason – 13 CAR, 33 YDS.

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Kenny Britt – 5 REC, 65 YDS. Kenny Britt: Still the whitest sounding name ever.

  1. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Ugh.

    Trey Mason, baaaad choice. Should of went with Miller.

    I still have hope the rest of my team will come
    Through.

    2 of 4 leagues I did start ARZ DST.

    I said driving home from work “I hope the Rams get the ball back because I could get more points on a Hail Mary pick.”

    Anyways, I’m gonna ask this regardless of rankings.

    Desperation: start: Tannehill, Manziel (I have him starting right now), or Eli?

    Does Flacco have a big game against JAX?

    Thank you!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: Yup, I missed on that one, certainly. Manziel or Eli, since Washington is pretty terrible. Who knows with Flacco? Totally mystery. Elite mystery.

  2. Clint says:
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    This game was a true car wreck situation. Despite my yawning and groaning, I could not bring myself to turn it off and go to bed. Perhaps it was because I kept hoping for a Cardinals IR number update to see if all these “if only the Cardinals were healthy” claims made sense considering the Packers won the Super Bowl cleanly in 2010 despite 15 players on IR. Perhaps it was because I just can’t figure out if you truly need a great QB to win in the NFL in these days of no defense at all or if this game’s evidence you do (looking at you, Hill).

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clint: Yeah, it wasn’t the most boring game, but it certainly lacked some things. If a team has a great defense, the QB position becomes less important, but it’s hard to see either team having success without someone a bit better than Hill and Stanton/Lidley.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Clint: two less than top 20 QB’s add two top 6 D’s, and even further add THURSDAY GAME and i literally almost called the exact halftime score (i’m not gonna claim i had any idea which team would be winning at that point). whew, Mason bench worked out (unless of course Jimmy G can’t get at least 3 pts this week (hey, he hasn’t for 2 consecutive weeks going into this week).

  3. Robert says:
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    Hey – in a PPR, Ted Ginn crushed Tre Mason! Don’t go making fun of Teddy!

    Btw – looked at his stats and Mason is really not anywhere near RB2 this year. 1 good game in last 10 starts. That one game is almost half of the points he’s scored. Take that one out, and in 9 games his average is less than 8.3 points per game in a PPR league, and in 6 of those 9 games, Mason didn’t break in to double digits.

    There are better RBs on the waiver wire. Mason and Jonas Gray will be remembered for having had one amazing game, but not much else. Mason may start, but most of the time you are looking at 4-8 points in a PPR league.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Robert: I see him as a flex match-up play, and I felt good about this game. Nothing concrete, a feeling, and it didn’t work out. That’s fine. I do fell rotten about it. I still like him long term as well.

  4. Wilsonian says:
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    Damn you Rams Defense! Damn you! Why have you forsaken me?!

    Ok, now that I’m done being more overly dramatic than my 12 year old daughter, I have an actual question – who are you playing if Julio sits:

    Stills
    LaFell
    M.Bryant
    L.Murray
    L.Miller
    FJax
    SJax
    Charles Johnson
    Vereen
    Moncrief

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    For what it’s worth, I’m leaning Stills, FJax or Murray.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: At the moment, Murray, but Fred Jackson and Bryant are very close as well.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: so you’re thinking no on Stills, huh? Even against the atrocious Bears D?

        *Bears fan here…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: Yeah, I actually think Stills is the guy now.

  5. Scott says:
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    Thursday night games, killing fantasy football everywhere.

    • Grant says:
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      @Scott: Unless you are starting the Cardinals D, which gets me double digits, and playing against the guy with Mason. Then it didn’t kill my team, it greatly helped my team.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grant: i got ARI in my biggest money league. no worries (except we could’ve used more turnovers, but did like that pick with no seconds left)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: For the most part, yeah, it’s been a weird set of games they’ve had.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Safe to drop Andre Williams? The add would be someone to block my opponent.

  7. Allan says:
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    Jay need one wr and one flex out of hurns, marquise lee, marques wilson, and ryan mathews.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Allan: Lee, Mathews.

  8. Wilsonian says:
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    Dammit, Julio didn’t practice again. I’m guessing he plays, but how much of a decoy do you think he’s going to be? I almost don’t want to play him, just because I’m afraid he might not do a damn thing.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wilsonian: jesus, i didn’t even think about that possibility. unless we actually hear evidence for that i’ll simply go down with the ship if he plays. (but then again i have harry d and i’d assume ATL wouldn’t play him unless they’d really play him, but i don’t know that)

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @goodfold2: yeah, shitty way to think, huh? I’ve been burned with Jimmy Graham doing the same thing this season, already. So I’m a little worried it could happen with Jones. Leave him as a decoy and White, Hester, Douglas will explode. I’m kind of with you, though. Probably going down with the ship if he plays. Can’t leave him on the bench only to see him go off for 150 and a TD.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Wilsonian: oh no, it’s a good way to think, it’s better to try to set yourself up to win, regardless of what happens. i grabbed harry D in my julio leagues. and remember when i said “hearing evidence for that possibility

          from rotoworld:”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter said Julio Jones (hip, questionable) “can barely run” and would be a “decoy” if he does play.
          Ledbetter went on to say he does not think Jones will be active Week 15 against the Steelers. Jones’ playing status likely will not be determined until Sunday morning, but it appears Jones will be at far less than 100 percent even if he suits up. Jones is shaping up as a player to avoid even in an excellent matchup against the Steelers’ leaky secondary.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @goodfold2: yeah, I just saw that too. What really sucks for me is that my opponent grabbed Harry D Sunday night before I even realized Julio was hurt. So now I may get hurt because I can’t play Julio and then he’ll get all the points I should be getting from Harry. Looks like I’m throwing in a replacement. Either Stills, LaFell, Murray, L. Miller, or M. Bryant. Can’t decide.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Wilsonian: if a good chunk of julio’s stuff ends up in roddy’s hands (but i seem to remember harry D getting more of it sometimes at least) stills could end up with about the same amount of production (he has before)

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Wilsonian: no waiver leagues suck (i’m in a one that’s a dynasty)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yeah, at this point, he’s a complete decoy. Might be gamesmanship, but it’s hard to risk during playoff time.

  9. Clos says:
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    Hey Jay in the semis just wanted to know what you think about my lineup and if you’d make any switches
    QB Aaron rodgers
    RB forsett
    RB CJ Anderson
    WR Tate
    WR Calvin Johnson
    TE Julius Thomas
    W/R Ingram
    K Hauschka
    DEF Rams

    Bench: Russell Wilson, latavius Murray, Dan Herron, Larry donnell, Charles Johnson, Andrew Hawkins

    • Clos says:
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      @Clos: non ppr

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clos: Yeah, looks like the best setup.

  10. Duke says:
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    Jay, I can’t decide who to start out of Ben Roethlisberger or Matt Ryan in the semis here facing each other… is Julio’s availability the deciding factor?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Duke: I mean, not really, Ryan still has to throw to someone. I have him over Big Ben.

  11. Lopes says:
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    If you had to chose one for RB and one for flex in a standard league… Herron or Latavius Murray or Jordan Matthews?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Lopes: Probably Murray there.

  12. Nick says:
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    Hey Jay, at this point in my standard league, I’m benching Rashad for Latavius in my flex. Also, would you still plug Keenan Allen at WR3 or Martavis Bryant? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: Yeah, after thinking about it the whole week, I’m giving the nod to Allen. And I’m fine for the Murray move.

  13. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Better HC for this week?

    Giants vs Wash
    NO @ Chi

  14. Tom says:
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    non ppr start 1 RB and Flex

    L. Murry
    J. Hill
    Gordon
    Benjamin

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: Hill and Gordon.

  15. Jason Morgan says:
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    Who’s the running back to own on the Chargers this week in PPR leagues?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Looking more and more like Oliver, but it’s a game time decision.

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    after that rotoworld quote i posted above, i’m not starting julio. Is this an easy Harry D spot, or should i move Landry to WR #2 slot (10 return yards per pt and PPR here)
    and play any of these in flex
    Mathews/Blount/Ivory/M.Bryant?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: I’d go harry there. And probably Blount.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: harry D moving into role leaves no room for other needed player (i only need one to fill in for julio, we only play 2 WR with 1 flex). Harry D and Landry will either be WR #2/flex guys.

  17. Wilsonian says:
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    So now it looks like I have to be insane to start Julio. Who is filling in (pick 2):

    Murray
    L.Miller
    FJax
    J.Matthews
    Stills
    LaFell
    M.Bryant

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: one has to be a WR

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Wilsonian: stills or matthews for sure at the WR slot.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @goodfold2: @Jay: this is my problem here. I can’t decide really between Matthews, Stills, Murray, M.Bryant for those two positions. I’m probably looking too much into this and just need to set it. I just have a bad feeling it’ll be a 1st round knock out after dominating the league to a 12-2 record.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Wilsonian: i think stills and matthews are in a different tier than bryant since they have MUCH better floors, esp in PPR’s.

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