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You’d probably think this was a hard fought game if you glanced at the score. And you’d be partly right, say 19% of the game was hard fought? 18%? With the Packers leading at the half 31-7, Monday Night Football fulfilled, certainly, my expectations, and it looked like we were all set to enjoy some Matt Flynn time. DENIED. Why? Because Dom Capers, that’s why. The Falcons went on to score 30 points and bring the game to 37-43. With a stop necessary, the Falcons went into Mike Smith’s patented “Swanson Hungry Man Beef Pot Roast dinner” defense, allowing a 12-yard run to Aaron Rodgers, and then a 41-yard run to James Starks, which essentially ended the game with 01:37 left. It can be said that the Falcons competed hard, but it’s probably more important to point out that with a 5-8 record, they are still in first place. Jesus.

 

Falcons – 37, Packers – 43

Aaron Rodgers – 24/36, 327 YDS, 3 TD and 5 CAR, 28 YDS. This is Aaron Rodgers’ world and we’re just living in his closet.

Eddie Lacy – 13 CAR, 73 YDS, 1 TD and 5 REC, 33 YDS, 1 TD. If Eddie Lacy ran at me, I’d pee my pants and fall down. Which means I have something in common with Atlanta’s defense.

Jordy Nelson – 8 REC, 146 YDS, 2 TD. Jordy Nelson is like a football rainbow.

Matt Ryan – 24/39, 375 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT and 2 CAR, 23 YDS. If Matt Ryan was a CEO, I would say he was the CEO of Blockbuster.

Julio Jones – 11 REC, 259 YDS, 1 TD. Julio Jones isn’t terrible. That’s for sure.

 

  1. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 PPR, start 2RB, 2WR and a Flex, need to decide whether to flex Mason vAri Thursday night. My RB1/2 are Forsett vJax and Anderson @SD, so they’re definitely playing. My WR2 is either Benjamin vTB or Roddy vPit, and I’m leaning toward flexing the other one. Would you play Mason over one of them?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I might do Benjamin. Flex Mason for now, but double check my rankings Thursday morning.

  2. Clint says:
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    As a Packer fan, I struggle with whether this was a sign our defense isn’t nearly what we hoped it was or whether Capers went totally into prevent mode like Kiffin did in Chicago last Thursday night. I’ll never understand the latter if that’s what it was. I’ve heard countless former defensive analysts talk about how fun it is to play more free & loose when you have a big lead and just pin your ears back & blitz over & over. Seems like in today’s NFL, outside of a few remaining gamblers like Jim Haslett, defensive coordinators have lost their guts to attack anymore even in clearly dominating scores like last night/Thursday.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clint: Probably half and half. It pays to play it safe in the NFL.

  3. Wilsonian says:
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    Wow, so I had 1st place locked up and our Playoffs start this week. All I could hope for was my team to stay healthy and of course Julio gets hurt in a game that didn’t matter to me. Not to mention he scored like 9 billion points, so even if he plays this week, he’ll probably have 3 points. I honestly had 265 points this week (Brady, Ryan, Julio, TY, Forte, CJ, and the Rams) which was completely unnecessary. I hope my squad didn’t blow their, uh, wad this week and see an early round knockout in Week 15.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: If only he could have carried over some of those points…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: now it’s sounding like he’s done for the season, too. Special Press conference tonight. F U C K.

        • Scott says:
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          @Wilsonian: Cue Harry Douglas

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Cameron(@CIN) Clay(@NE) Rudolph(@DET)?

    I’d wait until your rankings but Cameron is on the waiver wire so I’d have to make a claim.

  5. Alex says:
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    All I needed in last nights game was for Julio and Matty Ice not to score 65 Points against me, not too much to ask for seeing how the game was being played in Lambeau……. needless to say I’m out of the playoffs.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Alex: Ugh, sorry to hear that man. That was a train wreck of garbage time.

  6. Scott says:
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    Better Jags receiver this week, Marqise Lee or Denard Robinson?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Leaning Lee, but not so sure at this point.

  7. Dom B. says:
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    Who is my RB 2 ROS Johnathan Stewart or Fred jackson

  8. Zandy says:
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    hey man
    0.5 ppr with 2pts @100 rec & 4 pts @ 150 rec
    Need 3
    Stills @ Chi
    Wallace @ NE
    Charles Johnson @ Det
    Andre J (if plays) @ Indy
    Torrey (if plays) vs. Jax
    Marqise Lee @ Bal
    Marquess Wilson vs NO
    Nate Washington vs Jets

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Stills.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Jay: thanks jay – who are the other 2?
        I have AndreJ, Torrey, Stills, Wallace rostered so seeing if theres anyone I need to waiver based on your choices for the 3 WRs to start

        • Zandy says:
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          add Colston as an option – didnt realize he out-targetted Stills last week

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Zandy: Yeah, I think they know Stills is getting more targets, so defenses will adjust.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Zandy: Probably Johnson and Smith, depending on their health, like you said.

          • Zandy says:
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            @Jay: andre – not charles just to make sure

            thanks!

  9. Nick says:
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    Morning Jay, so last night proved important as I do not have to have a rematch of this past week (won 124-93 against CumSoHardIPhilRivers) as I would have had to play him again this week (1st round of 10-team league playoffs) if Julio didn’t go off & kick Mr. Rivers team out the top 4.

    Now on to the 1st week of playoffs, you suggested M Bryant (over K Allen & others) as WR3 & at flex, either Rashad or Andre based on injury reports. Just want to confirm you agree that Keenan will get shut down again (this time by Denver) therefore making M Bryant the best upside player heading into playoffs @WR3. I have another question but first my roster for week 15;

    QB-Rodgers
    RB-D Murray & Ingram
    WR-Cobb, Beckham, M Bryant (or other options below)
    Flex- R Jennings or A Williams (based on injury report)
    TE-Witten or Reed? Which one?
    D-STL (Detroit on bench)
    K-Tucker
    Bench-R Mathews, K Allen, L Murray, & one of the NYG RBs & a TE not chosen above

    My questions include confirming my WR3 & flex, as well as choosing a TE this week. Witten has killed me of late but Reed has only 1 good performance so that might be chasing points…to put in perspective, for week 15 I’m going against Cam Newton(Romo on his bench), Evans, Green, Edelman, Lacy, Anderson & nobody else worth mentioning other than Philly D (tough matchup at the moment but the beginning of the season was terrible for this guy)

    What are your thoughts & thanks as always!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: Also, my waiver wire has the following WRs if you think there is a better option than M Bryant or K Allen for next week;

      D. Adams, Woods, Decker, Sanu (I dropped him), M Lee, Hurns, Bailey, Cooper, Douglas or Britt…

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Nick: I’d hold there.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: Sounds like my team’s name.

      As of now, I think the Chargers will actually show up against Denver… but Bryant still feels safer there. Rashad is a huge risk, but he can help if healthy. Just something we’re going to have to watch. Witten has been terrible, but I still trust him a bit over Reed.

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 PPR, I have a couple roster spots to play with on the wire. My starting lineup won’t be affected regardless of who I pick up (I could grab Hillman or J. Thompson as CJ Anderson insurance, I guess, or Spiller as a wk16 spec pickup), so I’m thinking about blocking my opponent. He is weakest this week at DST (MIN @Det), Flex (Moncrief vHou) and TE (Witten @Phi)–otherwise his team is loaded. Best available options at those positions are:

    DST – CAR vTB, TEN vNYJ
    Flex – M. Wilson vNO, Charles Johnson @Det, M. Bryant @Atl, maybe Douglas vPit if Julio sits
    TE – Donnell vWas, Cook vAri

    So, how would you prioritize waiver claims to block him (or would you grab a DEN RB instead)? He has the top claim of the playoff teams so should get his first choice, but hopefully I can snake one or two of his targets.

  11. Tom says:
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    Does Johnny help Gordon? Gordon or Benjamin at flex

    non ppr

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom:

      Who would you drop Kelce or reed
      Play Matt Ryan over Sanchez
      Also would panthers be good stream vs TB

      Thanks,

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Tom: Reed, Ryan and then maybe, depending on your other options.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: I think he does, yes.

  12. Stanman says:
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    Could you pick 2 of these RBs for next week: Mathews, Herron, Fjax, Blount, and Doug Martin

    And also which WR is better for next week: k. Benjamin or k. Allen?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Stanman: martin would not be a choice there

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Stanman: Mathews, Herron. Benjamin as of now. I’m still thinking about Allen and where I want to rank him.

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    drop ivory or reed or both for any of these: moncrief/lee/c.johnson (MIN). PPR. ivory is RB #6, reed is backing up delanie, and main reason i had him was mccoy was supposed to use reed a lot, and i was worried about TEN’s overall offense more than WAS. Now with 4 teams left, and i’m back to solidly being the 2nd best team (but facing the best, and he’s best by a bit), i won’t need to worry about anybody wanting reed as they’ve all got solid TE’s. but me taking away a WR upgrade for some of them is a good thing. this guy could actually start for me next week possibly if julio is out (he looked ok standing on sidelines)
    2. different league. i have best team by a long shot, but reed is my best TE, and i have rudolph (now 3 weeks of barely being targeted in offense that was supposed to feature TE’s) and wayne to drop. what is adding order for these. PPR league. moncrief/c.johnson/lee/steadman/wilson (CHI)/garcon (im assuming d-jax is back next week otherwise garcon would be higher)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: the harry D would also be a choice in both spots.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I might actually go Harry then, tough to make what’s going on with Julio’s hip.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Jay: question in the harry D answer, if julio actually is out m.bryant this week or Harry to start? i also have gordon and landry (with his juicy return yards) already playing

  14. Wilsonian says:
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    Damn, now it sounds like Cam has two fractures in his back. That has to hurt Benjamin a bit if Cam is out, right? Looks like I’ll be picking up two WRs for this week now, who am I grabbing:

    Harry D
    M. Bryant
    C. Johnson
    Stedman
    Moncrief
    Smiff, Sr.

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec

    • Random Dude says:
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      @Wilsonian: Benjamin did fine with Anderson at QB in the beginning of the year. Cam can’t throw the ball well anyway.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Random Dude: sucks with Julio already down. Thinking I’m grabbing the Harry D anyway.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Wilsonian: i doubt julio’s actually down.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Just saw this, about the car accident. Yeah, the Benjamin thing is worrisome. Probably Harry D and then Bryant.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: I have Julio, TY, Benjamin, Stills, LaFell, J. Matthews, M. Bryant for 4 spots (my opponent beat me to Harry D).

        One of those spots could could be taken up by L. Miller or L. Murray.

        It’s just looking worse for me after I’ve been dominating all season. I’m 12-2 and really don’t want to get knocked out by the guy who only made it in by winning his last game.

  15. Nick says:
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    Hey man, worth it to grab Starks as a block to my opponent for this upcoming playoff matchup (He has Lacy & he recently grabbed M Wilson – I assume as fill-in for flex if Lacy is out…moving his Reggie Bush to RB2 & he has CJ Anderson at RB1 — very light at RB)

    I have STL & Detroit defense (was holding detroit grabbed off waivers 2 days ago as a blocK). My roster looks like this if you think holding Detroit is advised (especially since 1 of the playoff teams has Carolina & NYG, other has Philly & last one has NE/Colts).

    My Roster:
    QB-Rodgers
    RB-D Murray & Ingram
    WR-Cobb, Beckham, M Bryant
    Flex- R Jennings or A Williams (based on injury reports)
    TE- Reed
    D-STL
    K-Tucker
    Bench-R Mathews, K Allen, L Murray, Witten, Detroit

    Maybe he plans to use Wilson from Chicago if Lacy doesnt go? Or maybe he grabs Starks and plays him against me….what to do, what to do…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I’d flip a coin and drop a defense. The Packers might not have to play much meaningful football at the end as well…

      • Nick says:
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        @Jay: what about dropping Reed? Since you advised Witten for next week, might as well free up space that way and keep Detroit out of anyones hands…

        • Nick says:
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          @Nick: F*CK, he grabbed Starks, knew I should have pulled the trigger.

  16. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    ROS question, in a standard league, what is order of allen/stills/moncrief with wayne probably getting shut down? i’m assuming moncrief moves up, but i don’t know how much.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Jay: ok, so moncrief didn’t go up enough to supplant stills.

  17. Nick says:
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    Alright Lacy appears fine so no big deal losing Starks to my opponent. quick question; in a standard 10-team should I roll out Lat Murray over R Jennings/A Williams, if Jennings is not 100% again?

  18. Steve says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Just dropped the Vikings for the Jets (ugh). Would you play the Broncos instead? Pick the Vikes back up? Roll with the J-E-T-S?

    Thanks

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

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