Monday Night Football is all about the narrative, whatever that narrative might be.  What story could we blatantly exacerbate that builds up what was already a notable game between two playoff bound teams in the Saints and the Seahawks you ask?  Well why not talk about the shorties on the field, right?  Where’s T-Pain when you need him?  I ask because Russell Wilson needs an auto-tuned ballad rapped about his abilities to play bigger than he really is.  Tonight’s matchup was all about featuring the little guy as RW3 was pitted against DB9 in a battle that would ultimately clear the argument: who really was the world’s tallest midget QB?  I keed, of course.  I’m just blathering about pointless conjecture.  I don’t care how tall you are at QB, I just want you to ball dawg.  Russell Wilson proved tonight that not every short QB from Seattle played like Rick Mirer as he went for 310 passing yards on 22/30 to go with 47 yards rushing and 3 passing TDs.  Now I got a weird look when I put @DangerRussWilson #3 in the weekly rankings but maybe I’ve been too clued into what he’s been doing of late and y’all have not.  I just don’t know.   What I do know is coming into week 13, he’d been on fire and I couldn’t ignore that given he was at home in a marquee matchup on Monday Night Football.  Minus his bye week, RW3 has been a top 10 QB over the last 4 weeks heading into MNF and he kept that trend, finishing 2nd in scoring by ESPN standards.  Moving forward, the only worry I have is a letdown game in week 15 if the Seahawks triumph against the 49ers in San Fran but the road to a decent end to the year seems well within reach.  I had him ranked as the 6th best QB heading into the year.  He was 8th heading into MNF after everyone else had played.  Something tells me that call wasn’t too far off now like many may have perceived.  Don’t worry, I made up for it by putting Robert Griffin, III 5th, of course.  Neverthewho!  Here’s what else I saw in the game for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Jimmy GrahamWas pretty much the Saints offense on the night with 3/42/1 on 9 targets.  Hey, it was a perfect storm with the ‘hawks coming off bye and playing at home so there’s not much else to be said.  The 9 targets were a good sign.  Not sure what the snap count was but at least we greedy fantasy football peeps know this loss makes NO playing the year out that much more important for them in terms of playoffs.  So go selfish us!

Zach MillerDoing his best to star in ‘Whose Line Is it Anyways’, Miller did his best Graham impersonation with a 5/86/1 line for the night.  It’s that time of year where you start looking for help via under the radar production.  Either Wilson has just figured out Miller ain’t a bad receiving TE or the offense is featuring him more.  Either way, minus a week 10 gaffe, Miller has been floating around the playable TE perimeter over the last few weeks.  I’m still not picking him up anywhere but I will say I’ve circled him for a Thinking Forward piece for next week due to this output.  Stay tuned!

Drew BreesNow I’m not patting myself on the back just yet but I said he was a SELL for his stretch run and tonight’s stats were a good example of why: 23/38 for 147, a passing TD and a fumble.  Fun stat for the night, Brees has averaged 15.3 FPPG in his 6 road games this year including MNF.  Home games?  Well that’s a healthy 26.8.  Two of three games on the road to round out the playoffs and the home game is Carolina.  It ain’t easy owning D-Breezy.

Marshawn LynchUgh, the 2 TDs saved a mediocre rushing performance against the Vikings in week 11 but no such luck this time around.  Lynch finished the night as the second leading rusher…behind RW3 with 45 yards on the ground and finished with 49 total.  Not something I’m going to get overly concerned with and I do think he shows up against the 49ers next week but for those who missed out on the playoffs because of this output, feel free to give him a sideline salute.

Percy Harvin – Well there isn’t much to say about the Saints for fantasy tonight now is there?  Might as well check in on the medically challenged for the year.  They’re giving Harvin a cortisone shot, hoping it helps him play out the regular season but don’t be surprised you feel like taking shots after hearing he won’t be playing until the playoffs.  The ‘hawks just won a playoff spot and it’s gonna be hard for any other NFC team to tie them for the best record down the stretch as their closest competitors – Saints & Panthers – play each other twice down the stretch.

Doug BaldwinWas apprehensive calling him a buy with Harvin coming back.  Had 4/77/1 on the night.  Welp…

Mark IngramThings that you can’t predict: Ingram leading the Saints in both rushing yards and rushing attempts.  Granted, it was an ugly night on the ground and all around for the Saints but Ingram was in the game as early as the 2nd quarter so this wasn’t junk time hand off.  The Saints just might think Ingram is legit again.  I’m scared, y’all.

Alex TanneyIf Brandon Weeden is concussed too much to play this Sunday, this guy is gonna be starting for the Browns.  That’s cool and all.  I’m pretty sure Weeden could do the same after about 4 hours of editing too, though.  Alex probably gets the burger against Mike and Larry either way.

  1. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I know it’s early but I’ve gotta ask. I’m thinking of starting Cook over Cameron regardless of who is under center. The Cards can’t stop TEs and Jared Cooked them game one. (see what I did there) What do you think? Start Cook regardless, if Tanney starts or go with Cameron all day?

    • Belicheat ALWAYS keys-in on the offense’s best player. That player is CLEARLY Josh Gordon. I’d expect a big day from Cameron.

      • @James R: Or wait, I think they play the Pats the following week. Scratch that.

        • the imp says:
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          @James R: Browns do get Pats in week 14. Glad to be a Gordon owner with a bye, as your idea that they’ll key on Josh is a good one.

    • the imp says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I like that matchup for Cook. Also looking at L. Green, who played 91% of the snaps in 2TE sets with Gates, and who might be available in your league. I know Green has a good matchup week 15 (Broncos), but don’t know who he is playing this week.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sounds about right. I’d do that

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Sky: Gates owner snatched Green a while ago. So, Cook or Cameron?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cook in week 14

  2. The Fridge says:
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    Trick-shot Tanney went to college at D3 Monmouth College. Crazy story if he makes it…kid can play.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m looking forward to a TD pass to Gordon from his knees off the top of the stadium personally

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Believe it is. Looks like no trick shots for any of us…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: looks like that guy should’ve always had the CLE (or a starting gig somewhere) job.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @goodfold2: youtube has a funny way of doing that. Field will prove or disprove it.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Sky: i’m half kidding.

  3. Matthew says:
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    Sky!!!

    7-6. Top 4 make Playoffs. I am in 4th. 3-7 are 7-6, I have more PTS for than 5-7. Obviously I HAVE to win week 14 as one of the 7-6 teams is going against the 1-12 team whose given up. I have a winnable yet tough match up. Do you have any suggestions because the Bree’s situation is scaring me .

    QB – Bree’s
    WR -Decker
    WR – Hilton
    WR – Colston
    RB – Charles
    RB – Vereen
    TE – Witten
    B – Fleener
    B – Stacy
    B – Spiller
    B – Bell

    DROPPING BUFF SEF FOR MIKE WALLACE

    K – Goskowski

    DEF – Denver

    I’m gonna start Vereen over Stacey due to matchup. Good idea?

    If I get Wallave, would you start him over Colston? I am gonna drop Harvin for Baldwin or another WR.

    I dunno who to start but I feel Vereen against CLE is a better matchup than Stacy’s matchup.

    All I need is the W and I am in. Haha. Easier said than done.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Matthew!

      Don’t know what to say about Brees because I don’t know what your options are.

      I wouldn’t call it dumb but Stacy just gained 76 yards against a tough defense last week. In a PPR I could see it. Might be a moot point in standard as Vereen doesn’t score all that many TDs.

      I’d start a lot of players over Colston at this point. Wallace is just one of them. Might be a bit rash to do that with Harvin but there’s only three weeks left so go to town.

      • Matthew says:
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        @Sky: Yeah I am tossing Harvin. Options include anybody from Palmerr, Big Ben, McCown, guys like like that. Alex Smith. Most wire guys. I think Bree’s could bounce back.

        Would you start Ladanuous Green over Witten or Fleener over both? I’m scared. HAHAH

        • Sky

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          Brees is fine but the matchups and two away games in the playoffs are worrisome. I’m starting rankings now and think I have him below a couple of guys this week, maybe even McCown.

          Not over Fleener but over Witten I could fathom it.

  4. CL says:
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    Would rather roster Miles Austin or Doug Baldwin in a PPR? Also, are you holding Ellington (I have Mendy too)?

    Playoffs all around! 11-2 (1st), 8-5 (3rd), and 9-4 (1st)! Your consultation may have helped here and there…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As always, asking me if you should drop someone isn’t the question: who are you picking up if you drop Ellington? That’s more important.

      Probably Baldwin. They’re both fringe starters for most teams though.

      Haha, glad I could help a little!

      • CL says:
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        @Sky: As far as Ellington, I don’t know. Possibly a DEF looking ahead? I’m streaming (Thanks Meejami DEF this week), and am going to try to claim Oakland, but maybe I look ahead and see who’s got a good schedule, dropping Ellington for them.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sure, if you’re not gonna start him any time soon, that makes sense. Go for it.

          • CL says:
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            @Sky: Thanks. And you’ve helped a lot, if not simply for the conversations about moves, and not “tell me what to do” kinds of things.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, thanks CL. The kind words are really appreciated.

  5. Gbbb says:
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    If pitta plays this week is he worth an add and even starting over Cameron?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want to know more about his expected snapcount before I do that. Without information on how he’ll be used, I’d hold unless you have dead weight on your roster you can drop besides Cam.

  6. SetPhaserstoDL says:
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    Roddy White or Eric Decker? Two guys who are recently experiencing some success and I’m both unsure about. Upside is there with both guys but I’m leaning toward White currently. Of course I had Decker benched this past week so I didn’t reap any of the benefits of that monster game.

    • Cram It says:
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      @SetPhaserstoDL: Deckers success far surpasses Roddy White’s one game success.

      • CL says:
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        @Cram It: Owning both too, this sums it nicely. Decker Over White every time for me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t know the matchups for either at this point but I’ll say Decker if only because Manning might have ‘relocated’ him. If Orange Julius is back, I’d re-evaluate though.

  7. Grant says:
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    Down by 27 going into last night, I had Wilson and SEA kicker, he had Brees, didn’t think anyway I would win. Ended up winning, which also took me from 3rd place to 1st place, due to my awesome week of scoring 144 points. Now I got that first round bye, and feeling good for the championship.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nice

      • @Sky: BTW, I finished in 1st, too, so, as a byproduct, your 12% has been absolved.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sweet!

  8. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Does anyone else notice that if the Seahawks would have survived a hiccup against the Jekyll & Hyde-like Colts we SHOULD have been talking about them going undefeated? The media sure doesn’t because all we keep hearing about & seeing Sundays is the greatness & awe of the 2 loss Broncos and Peyton Manning. It’s amazing how great defense is ignored these days for the flash of offense in the sports media.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Clint (aka Pablo Death): If, schmiff. Who wants to talk about the almost undefeated season of a one-loss team, regardless of who it is? I agree, I’d rather hear about great defense than great offense, but I don’t watch ESPN, so I’m just saying, I don’t think anyone needs to take notice of the “almost undefeated one-loss record” in week 13.

    • Sky

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      As a PNW’er I’m used to it. It’s not just ignoring defense, they just ignore the PNW in general in terms of how things get covered. This is a December 19th issue from 2005 when the ‘hawks made the SB:

      http://i.ebayimg.com/t/December-19-2005-Shaun-Alexander-Sports-Illustrated-/04/!B949vDg!mk~$%28KGrHqZ,!igEzN%29Pgcf1BM7Dtjy3bg~~0_12.JPG

      To be fair, I don’t think they’ve played their best ball until the last few weeks and their first win of the year was 12-7 while Denver’s was 49 to 27 on primetime television but overall, it’s a thing the media does. Same thing when the Sonics were good. Nobody really talked about them much.

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        @Sky: Seeing that cover, noticed the Texas vs USC in the corner, now that was a football game, before the media(ESPN) decieded they needed to make the SEC the best conference. ESPN is for suckers and idiots

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          ESPN is to sports what MTV is to music videos.

          • Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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            @Sky:

            My bro & I go back and forth over Green Bay’s Ted Thompson’s refusal to engage in any sort of free agent activity & his overrated draft prowess and my first example of a fine balance (until they jumped the shark recently w/the Harvin trade) is the Seahawks. I kept looking at that game last night picking out who was a draftee and who was a B or C level free agent that fit the right need for them & helped their defense get to the level it is, not to mention the offensive contributors they added (hard to believe Giocomini was a Packer once & Thompson could have had Lynch for a song). I wish Thompson would at least dip into the kiddie end of the free agent pool like they have to seal the holes he claims the draft does but he still has to fix annually, it seems.

            The thing that shocks me about the media coverage is that Denver isn’t exactly the media center of the world yet they get pub simply because Peyton arrived. Just like JJ Watt was a good story coming out of Houston last year, the media should be paying more attention to Wilson than they have, not restarting the annual Manning hype machine.

            • Sky

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              Yeah, it’s a tough line to draw. I do think when your core is good, you don’t have to dabble all that much but taking advantage of good/cheap trades or FAs is important. The Harvin trade makes a lot of sense for the offense overall but they’re getting the bad end of what Harvin is right now and it’s something they’re gonna have to contend with through his entire career. Though honestly, a big target for Wilson would be nice. We could really use a big/physical wideout or even a TE a la Graham. Feels like Wilson is throwing to guys that are his height half the time.

              A Peyton led team is always a media darling. Indy isn’t a social hub either but when he was there, it mattered. I don’t mind that so much but there are plenty of good teams that should be noticed and noted (Carolina is getting snubbed even worse if you ask me) but sports media is just that: zero to do with the sport and all to do with the story/media.

  9. Toby says:
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    I’m in a 6-way tie for 3rd place heading into the final weekend of my 12-team standard Yahoo league. Please help me pick a WR2. Last week I rolled out Boykin who returned the favor by putting up a fat goose egg (luckily I got bailed out to the tune of 162 points on the backs of Peyton, Charles, Murray, Jeffrey and Ben Tate). Who would be your #1 and #2 choices for WR2 this week:

    Shorts
    Boykin
    James Jones
    Golden Tate
    Hartline
    Cordarelle Patterson

    Thanks! You guys are the best!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks for the kind words Toby but without matchups and having not started rankings, I’m flying blind here. I’ll say Shorts and Boykin for now

  10. Tom says:
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    Is Turbin the SEA back up RB worth picking up now as SEA seems to have it all sewn up..Do u see him getting lots of touches TY as always

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Seattle is still playing for homefield advantage through out the playoffs. I wouldn’t say they’ve sewn everything up. Turbin is the change of pace back. Real backup is Christine Michael but they’re keeping the kid fresh. Depending on record, either might be interesting week 16 or 17 but I wouldn’t bank on it.

      • Tom says:
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        @Sky:

        Thanks so much as always for taking the time

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob Tom. Best of luck!

  11. Zandy says:
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    I know it’s early but I have to set my usual waiver claims – you like tb vs buff or oak @ jets?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      OAK

      • Zandy says:
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        @Sky: thanks man. Are you tempted at all by Hou at jax on thurs night?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Not overtly. HOU is probably top 10 by default but they don’t adjust well in the second half.

          • Zandy says:
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            @Sky: thanks, oak it is then!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Word

  12. The Wickler says:
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    Thoughts on Jordan Cameron, Ladarius Green or Heath Miller? .5PPR

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haven’t done rankings and matchups matter. On the surface, I’d say Miller for his high floor.

    • the imp says:
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      @The Wickler: Heath vs. MIA and Ladarius vs. NYG are both pretty good matchups. Over the last 3 games, they’ve scored about the same (PPR), but Heath gets 50% more targets and his value isn’t TD dependent. I like them both over Cameron this week. Green will get another plus matchup in week 15 too (Broncos).

  13. JashFath

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    Sad story. I lost this week, officially getting eliminated from the playoffs. I lost by 11 points. I started Reed because he said “he would DEFINITELY play” on Friday. So I dropped Zack Miller (who I picked up as insurance for Reed) because there was no doubt that Reed would play Sunday night. Reed lied and didn’t play, Miller scores 13. And to add salt on the wound, I was going against Eric Decker, who I have always been a fan of since college, and have owned for the last 2 seasons…. Someone remove all sharp objects from my condo.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Damn man I feel for ya. Tough week to have it all go wrong

    • Cram It says:
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      @JashFath: I’m with you on the Reed thing. Didn’t have a backup plan because he was definitely going to play and since everyone hits waivers at 1:00, I didn’t have a replacement after finding out last second he was inactive. Lesson learned!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Cram It: the reed thing seriously sucked. I could’ve played green instead had his “headache” been reported earlier. Still scored 146 in espn non-PPR without anything from TE. (peterson/jeffery/mccown/allen)

  14. anthony says:
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    @sky: wr2 steve smith cecil shorts steve johnson or edelman ?

    @ flex any of the wrs listed above or sproles ??

    playoff time need help bad !!

    Reply

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Matchups matter and I haven’t done rankings yet. Without that info, Shorts/Edelman

      • anthony says:
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        @Sky:
        wr2 steve smith @ no
        steve johnson @ tb
        sproles vs car
        shorts vs hou
        edelman vs cle

        ps havent been high on both steves all season. thoughts ?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Edelman/Shorts still

          Steves have been matchup plays, never a must start.

  15. Sniff Test says:
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    Sorry for a ranking question this early in the week, but I have a waiver deadline and could really use some advice. I have a WR/TE slot that has been in flux for most of the year. Boykin has been occupying it lately, but last week’s zero makes me nervous for the playoffs…especially since hearing Rogers could be done for. I have Doug Baldwin as an alternative but SF on the road does not seem ideal. I have also been eying Ladarius Green as well as Ace Sanders to fill in for this week. It is a ppr league. Do you have any recommendations out of these guys for week 14? By the way, much thanks to the advice on this site. It helped turn a team that was on the outside looking into a number 4 seed. I have won 5 of my last 6 after starting 2-5.

    • Sky

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      Initial reaction is I still like Boykin there. He’s only really had two bad weeks since starting. Just happens one of them was recent enough for it to sting.

      And I’m glad to hear it! Always good to hear the success stories. Thanks Mr. Test!

  16. Brown L says:
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    Lots of TE questions, so why not another…

    Who do you prefer ROS, Clay or Ertz? Looks like Ertz has nice matchups down the stretch, but Clay is getting mad targets in the red zone. Both have tough matchups this week (Pit & Det, respectively), so I’m probably giving Cameron one last chance against the Pats. What do you think?

    • Sky

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      ROS is basically 3 games. You have to have faith that the Dolphins keep getting into the RZ to be much into Clay. I don’t think Philbin can be trusted: the offense is too up and down. Ertz is just a matchups play. Wouldn’t play him week 14 but I would week 15/16 over Clay most likely. Cam over both makes sense.

  17. Pavel says:
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    Need some help with who to start this week
    Pick 1:
    Luck (vs. Cin) or Dalton (vs. Ind)
    Pick 1:
    Fleener TE (vs. Cin) or Reed (vs. KC)
    pick 3
    Vereen (vs. Cle), Andre Brown (vs. SD), Spiller (vs. TB), MCcoy (vs. Det)
    And for the tough one of the Defenses
    Carolina (vs NO) or Buffalo (vs TB)

    I’m having a tough decision since all my running backs play unfavorable matchups. Same goes for Caroline defense (although Seattle did stop NO just yesterday)..What do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Luck but through gritted teeth

      Fleener (don’t trust Reed’s health)

      I’d sit Spiller

      CAR

    • Cram It says:
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      @Pavel: You can’t make ANY lineup decisions yourself can you? Haha. I’d wait for rankings on Thursday to answer all of these.

      • pavel says:
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        @Cram It: I picked my wide receivers and kicker..haha

  18. Scott says:
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    Sky

    First week of the playoffs, options at QB include

    Foles vs DET or Luck at CIN.

    Free agent options include Alex Smith at WAS, Carson Palmer vs STL, or Jay Cutler vs DAL.

    Your thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: Foles by a light year

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not trying to be a jerk but honest question: how could you honestly think of sitting Foles for any of those guys given what he’s done as a starter?

      • Prez says:
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        @Sky: nobody believes foles… Haha

        • Sky

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          Clearly!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Sky: i can’t wait to draft foles next year, he could be undervalued come draft day, like wilson/roethlisberger this year.

            • Sky

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              Debatable. Pretty sure if he keeps at a reasonable clip he’s gonna be a top 8 QB

  19. Matt says:
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    Hey Sky, I know its early for keepers but which 3 players would you keep for next year in a 14 team ppr league?

    Megatron
    Gronkowski
    Andrew Luck
    Frank Gore
    Jordy Nelson
    Shane Vereen

    I also get to keep zac stacy as a my 4th keeper because he is a rookie

    • Sky

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      Good problems to have. I have to say the top three, though. Can’t give up on Luck in a keeper.

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    Got another TE question for you: who do you like this week and who do you like the rest of the way between:

    Housler vs. STL (followed by TEN, SEA)
    Cook vs. ARI (NO, TB)
    Green vs. NYG (DEN, OAK)
    Wright vs. BUF ( SF, STL)
    Zach Miller vs. SF (NYG, ARI)
    Also, Ertz, Myers, Lewis, etc.

    I currently own Housler but his schedule is brutal going forward. I am think of dropping him for either Cook or Green. My other option is to keep Housler but add one of the above by dropping Golden Tate, Cordarelle Patterson, Boykin or James Jones. What do you think I should do? And which of those WR are the most droppable?

    Thanks again!

    • Sky

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      Since you’re talking ROS and not just playing matchups – which I strongly suggest – I’ll say Green. I’d play Cook this week. After that, Ertz and Green I like. The others are hit/miss meh.

      • Toby says:
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        @Sky: Thanks, Sky. What about the WRs? Who would you drop? My current thinking is to drop Housler for Cook for this week but also drop one of the WRs for Green since I have a glut of middling WRs (Shorts, Tate, Patterson, Boykin, Jones, Hartline). Does that make sense? Sorry to keep bothering you with questions, but… I got questions.

        • Sky

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          Honestly, I’m kinda surprised you’d think of holding onto Housler. He hasn’t done much at all. Drop for Cook for this week. You can drop Tate for Green, I guess. None of those options are must starts down the stretch though.

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: 1. Sky, do you mean Z Ertz or Z Miller here? It looks like Zach Miller has two pretty good matchups week 15 and 16 (@NYG, ARI).
        2. To backup Reed (@ATL, DAL, if healthy) for week 15/16 would you go Heath Miller (CIN, @GB) or play matchups with Green/Zach Miller?

        • Sky

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          Ertz. Neither do I trust, of course, but I like the upside of Ertz more.

          2. Confused why it’s one or choosing between 2. I’d think Green/Z. Miller and their matchups would be more enticing.

          • the imp says:
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            @Sky: It is easy to cause confusion when I try to steal Toby’s question to ask my own.
            I am enamored of the security of Heath’s role and targets and thus am considering owning him as a potential ROS backstop for Reed. Your answer makes it clear that you’d rather roster a matchup play behind Reed (or maybe move on from Reed altogether?). I’m looking week 15 since I am lucky enough to have a bye.

            • Sky

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              Yeah TEs are pretty much you either have a guy you start every week or you don’t position. Without a healthy Reed, you don’t and Miller I wouldn’t put in that category. He’s a safe, low ceiling play every week. Would rather play matchups.

              • the imp says:
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                @Sky: Gotcha. Thanks. Hope to learn more about Reed sooner than later cause I could use that roster spot to try to boost up my WR corps. Gordon makes the rest of the bunch look REALLY bad.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Reed is proving that his Aaron Hernandez comp was accurate so far. Seems like a guy that is never gonna play a full season and every injury will lead to one or two more missed games than expected. Frustrating but he’s probably gonna be a top 10 guy next year…

  21. fd says:
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    Next week only:

    Brady or Foles?
    Jackson or Andre Brown?
    G. Graham, Ladarius Green, or Tony Gonzalez?

    ty!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Matchups matter and I haven’t even ranked for this week yet. You’re getting a blind response, just a fair warning:

      Foles

      Brown

      Green

      • fd says:
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        @Sky:

        Brady vs. CLE / Foles vs. DET

        Jackson at GB / Brown at SD

        Graham at JAC / Gonzales at ATL / Green vs. NYG

        Playoffs man, can’t go in blind!! ;) ty again

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, you said next week. It’s already this week, FWIW :)

          Foles/Brown/Green for upside (Gonzalez can’t play the Falcons, BTW).

          Keep in mind we do rankings on Thursday. Could change when actual ranking process starts.

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    Playoffs start Week 15 for us as only 4 teams make them. I’m trying to have the best overall squad to ensure that I have my bases covered in case shizz happens. Here’s my team:

    QB – Stafford
    WR – Green, Dez, Gordon
    RB – Forte, Vereen
    TE – Graham
    W/R – Gio
    W/R/T – CJ?K
    BN – Garcon, Decker, Harvin, Reed, D.Brown, Rainey

    0.5 PPR. RW3 is available. I’d like him as a backup to Stafford as insurance. He’s definitely the best QB available, along with Rivers, but I like RW3 better. Would you drop either Harvin or Reed for him? Those are the drops, but they’re still question marks due to health. Reed won’t be playing over Graham any time soon, and Harvin probably wouldn’t play over the other guys at WR or in my flex spots because I’m not sure he could be trusted in a playoff spot. But Wilson would be great as a backup if Stafford happens to go down.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wilsonian: Weren’t you supposed to drop Reed or Brown the last two weeks? ;) I’d drop Harvin. He’s not cracking your lineup unless in an extreme circumstance.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Cram It: I was, but that was to get Vereen off of IR. I decided to leave him on IR because I didn’t need him for the win. Then when Ridley was benched I figured to just can him. I’m thinking Harvin is the drop, too. Reed may make the lineup if he’s healthy and something happens to Graham. Harvin would need 3 or 4 guys to get hurt before he cracks the lineup. Oh, and he’d need to be healthy, too.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilsonian: Right. Think you’re overmanaging here, contemplating keeping a 3rd bench WR at this stage.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Can drop Harvin but I still don’t think you’re starting Wilson over Matthews the rest of the way. Pretty moot move.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky: I wouldn’t be starting him barring an injury. I’m just trying to lock up an error-proof-ish lineup in case Stafford gets hurt or something, then I won’t be scrambling for a backup. Don’t think Harvin cracks the lineup at all, unless something insanely drastic happens to a lot of my roster. Wilson has a shot if Stafford goes down.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha. Yeah sure go for it.

  23. J-FOH says:
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    I hate this game, where is my roto baseball?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It hates you too. Some hobbit on the baseball side plays with your rotoballs just the way you like it.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: yes i read you and grey and your weird hobbit balls fantasy or whatever that was, I thought that thing was about to take a bondage turn but nope you dorks and your rings. Baseball is the whip in the hands of the dominatrix that is baseball….it beats my ass and I keep coming back more, humbled, every single year with a boner in my pants

        • J-FOH says:
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          @J-FOH: oops i meant fantasy baseball is the whip and baseball is the dominatrix

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Well you’ll be able to let your boner out in March, I think.

    • Cram It says:
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      @J-FOH: Amen. Can we get a fantasy Caribbean Winter League going?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: please can we, I love football but it frustrates me like a handless man with jock itch….. I was eyeing my daughters wiffle ball bat the other day wondering if I could get a game started on the col-de-sac with the neighborhood kids, I have a baseball problem and I’m not afraid to admit it.

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: FFB’s all luck. There’s no rhyme or reason to it and it’s not fun to manage. If you’re in a deep league, you better have drafted a good healthy team because there’s nothing out there to save you. It’s not fun.

          I carry an Easton aluminum bat behind my drivers seat and stop short when I’m driving, in hopes I get a reason to take some swings.

          • Prez says:
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            @Cram It: *All fantasy sports are luck.

            • Prez says:
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              But football is definitely the worst of them all. I cant tell you how many years ive had most points and not even made the playoffs. This year could go the same way, we will see.

              • Cram It says:
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                @Prez: Fantasy Bass Fishing is NOT luck Prez. You better recognize!

                I know that all too well. And friggin’ girls make the playoffs. Girls!!!! I wonder if there are FFB roto leagues? Or is that not true enough to the real game?

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Cram It: I’ve done it and it was alright, you just need to do it as points based roto

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  There’s some forms of roto. It’s actually a draft it and forget it style. It sets your roster for you weekly based on best points scored. But that’s not involving enough to get excited for.

                  Me, I think the two sides could be blended. People hate H2H baseball but football players love the H2H format. If we could marry the two by doing category wins rather than points, I think it would be a nice change and more reflective of how good/bad a lineup is. Just because someone scores 4 TDs wouldn’t make your team automatically win. You could still lose the passing yards category, the receiving yards and the rushing yards and Fumble/INT category. Defense would have to be a longer conversation. I’d assume TO/Sack/total points/scores (TD/safety)/ and the last one would be hard…and I’d want to figure out where to squeeze in things like blocked FGs but they’re too rare for an H2H category setting like the one year I played H2H baseball and someone had CG SHOs…you got one this week? Well good for you, you just won that cat. Stupid.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: lets do it next year, I’m game for a beta league

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Cool we can discuss. I’m game

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: it could be set up as roto in the season, h2h for the playoffs. I’m joining a 30 man dynasty baseball that works that way till end of august. playoffs are entire month of sep.

                • Prez says:
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                  @Cram It: im down for a FBF league! Sign me up…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Luck is a correlative to size of league. 12 team leagues should have 3 flex spots and 1 superflex spot (ie can start a QB). Drafting the best team in a 10 or 12 team means nothing in a regular set up. All it takes is one injury to a stud and without some waiver wire magic, you’re SOL because its best ball. The healthiest stud team wins. But pepper your league with required starting roster depth and it removes a lot of the luck factor because it’s not about ‘making the right lineup decision’ it’s about having the best/deepest team. Playing your 4th RB in your 2nd flex spot and he’s Zac Stacy rather than having to bench him because you already have AP and Morris is just flat out stupid and doesn’t show ability to manage/draft whatsoever.

                Yeah, I’ll probably write some posts about league setups/preferences over the off-season. Like in February. You know, when no one is reading.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: after the influence of you and the twitterverse this year I have thought of a new format for mine, QB,WR,RB, TE, flex,flex,flex,flex, flex? or would it be better to dump the TE all together or just go 1 QB, 1 super flex and 6 flex and call it a day?

                  • Sky

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                    only one WR? I’d prefer 2 if you’re going that route. 6 flex with that setup (QB/2WR/RB/TE) which includes a superflex in the 6 would make sense to me. Still like having at least 2 of RB and WR, though, personally.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: I like only one so there is no excuse at all not to show up for the bye weeks. I can’t even count how many times I had not even a WR2 and 5 kick ass RB’s because of injury and my good fortune of adding the right back up RB. If a WR gets hurt the next best guy is owned but in RB it’s usually a scramble to get the add. I have never had a season where I didn’t have a glut of solid RB’s at the end. Then you have some teams that loss a QB, Packers, and make the whole passing corps useless. I guess I like the ability to play as many RB’s as you want, as long as the scoring doesn’t over inflate them like standard leagues.

                    • Sky

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                      That’s where you have to keep in mind you’re setting up a league for everyone, though, and not just yourself. 1 WR and 1 RB just makes it less likely reasonable trades happen. Sure, everyone gets to start whomever they want but then at that point, why make trades? Plus, I like the validity of picking up a Boykin-type player. Validity of those types are moot in that league setup except out of extreme need. Having 2 WR doesn’t remove the validity of your RB hoarding but it doesn’t make the league RB-centric either. Still would prefer a 2 minimum WR/RB personally. Just not seeing a good balance with the 1/1/1/1/Flex6 setup.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: gotcha, the RB hoarding is also keeping people away from others. Like i said, rarely does a WR come break out off the bench mid year when every year a back up RB blows up when the starter goes down. That being said, how the f**k did I get Ben Tate in my league….morons.

                    • Sky

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                      Well, the flip side of that argument would be Keenan Allen, but I agree its much more rare that it happens. Usually a WR breakout happens early in the year and its from a guy that’s universally drafted for upside. Very few Mike James/Zac Stacy/Rashad Jennings drafters.

                      WHen did you pick him up?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: I actually drafted Allen in a league, I watched him burn my ass in college.

                      I got Stacy the week before he was named starter in a couple of leagues.

                    • Sky

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                      I drafted Allen in a couple of leagues that got hit by injuries early so I had to let him go since he wasn’t seeing the field pre-Malcom injury. I got in on Cooper in most leagues too before he went off because I remembered the Foles/Cooper connection from 2012.

  24. Aero says:
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    What to think of Roddy White’s performance? Add him over Colston, Amendola, or Percy?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Add him over any. Probably Percy, don’t think he’s gonna be used much until the playoffs with this new ‘flareup’.

      • Aero says:
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        @Sky: Yeah, now they’re saying Percy had another procedure last week, but will probably get some work in on Thursday… whatever that means.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Exactly. Probably a real playoff player to watch but not a fake playoff one

  25. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Just thought I would state I won, but had to watch all the games with SJax on the bench and then Decker go for 42. I had those two guys on the bench that’s how deep my team is and still not making the playoffs lost out on a tie. Embarrassing.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      What a way to go out…damn that sucks.

  26. Cram It says:
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    Defense:
    St Louis @ Arizona
    or
    Oakland @ NYJ

    If it’s close, I’m not gonna worry about it, but I’ve got a waiver I can burn if you like one a lot better. And don’t give me that “I haven’t done rankings yet” crap ;)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hard to not go against Geno at this point. Kid has been terrible of late. I’d give OAK a go.

  27. Zandy says:
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    Figured I’d revisit rb roulette with you
    Standard league
    I own: Stacy Rainey Mathews jstew ogre shonn bolden
    Fa’s: Cunningham pierce McGahee Helu Blount todman Starks Knile
    Any swaps interesting to you?

    I basically only start 2 rbs bc I flex Keenan Allen
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not seeing anyone you’re starting over the group you have. Guess you could pick up McGahee over Jstew or Ogre…not making any waves here though.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Sky: do you think it’s worth handcuffing Cunningham?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Nah. He’s good but don’t blow that Chicago game out of proportion. Same team gave up 100+ to Ray Rice who’s been terrible all year.

  28. Radio Flyer says:
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    Sky,

    I know u haven’t done your rankings yet but I wanna pick up a DST for this week off the waiver wire (I have CAR who plays @NO). Who do u like in Week 14?

    OAK @New York jets
    NO vs. Carolina
    PIT vs. Miami
    TB vs. buffalo
    SD vs. New York giants

    Leaning toward Oakland based on the widely recommended strategy of streaming against the Jets, but the two times I’ve done that, I’ve been burned so I’m a bit weary. I’d be more comfortable if they were playing in Oakland. I’m tempted to pick up the Saints since they’ve been money at home, especially during primetime. I know the Panthers are on a roll but I could see the Carolina offense sputtering against a pissed off Saints team and hostile crowd. This is the first round of my playoffs so I’m trying to get every edge I can. What are your initial thoughts?

    Thanks for all the great advice.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      OAK. Hard to see how the Jets turn around that mess to get on point any time soon.

      CAR will be ok but I don’t expect a huge week from them.

      • Radio Flyer says:
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        @Sky: Thanks. How would u rank the rest of the DSTs? Just in case someone else snags Oakland.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Probably TB/NO/PIT/SD

  29. Brett says:
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    Sky
    Need to make waiver claims in a Ppr league green or Carlson? Also rank in a Ppr Edelman white decker Nelson Bernard Rainey.

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Matchups matter and since I haven’t ranked I don’t have something right off the bat for you. I’ll say Carlson for known looks. I need some clarification on what your last question is. ROS or for this week? And why are we comparing 6 guys that don’t play the same position?

  30. goodfold2 says:
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    see you are high on OAK for def this week. I’ve got 3 leagues that need this week defense (2 CAR’s and one streamer).
    1.rank top 3 due to having some of these teams open in some leagues, not in others.
    HOU @JAX
    OAK @NYJ
    BAL vs MIN
    TB vs BUF
    BUF @ TB
    NYJ vs OAK
    2. who is the drop in this CAR league for one of those defenses?
    fitz/rodgers
    charles/bush/vereen/j.bell/miller (only start 2, no flex)
    d-jax/nelson/dola/floyd/crabtree/
    v.davis/bennett
    i’m guessing miller?
    3. same question as in 2. different CAR league
    rodgers/fitz
    a.brown/vereen/moreno/ball/sproles/miller (1 pt per 10 return yard league) (play 2 RB but have flex here)
    allen/jeffery/j.jones (BAL, big time return yard dude)/sanders (play only 2 WR’s)
    gronk

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @goodfold2:

      As you know, rankings come out on Thursday

      1) OAK/BAL/TB/HOU/BUF/NYJ

      2) ‘dola

      3) sanders

  31. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    4. best QB this week
    fitz @DEN (probably good here, lots of throwing)
    keenum vs JAX
    eli @SD (hard to trust eli, but great matchup here)
    mcglovin @NYJ
    smith @WAS,
    rank best 3 since these are from numerous leagues.

  32. L-Boogie says:
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    Mashing together a bunch of prior posts, please rank top 3 for this week:
    StL @ Ari
    Hou @ Jax
    TB vs Buf
    Buf @ TB
    Pitt vs Miami

    Also, would it be crazy to drop Gates for Green at this point?

    Thanks dude.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @L-Boogie: don’t drop gates yet. i know sky has TB over PIT.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @L-Boogie: TB/HOU/STL

      Yes, it would be crazy…don’t do it!

  33. Shadow says:
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    Speaking of this weeks best D’s, which one would you rate the highest. Ravens vs Vikings or Raiders at the Jets. I know you like the home teams best, though the Jets are well, the Jets. Thanks

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Shadow: BAL is simply better defense. And even though MIN’s offense isn’t quite as bad as NYJ, they aren’t good and don’t know which QB they’ll have this week. Home field is extra bonus for BAL.

    • Shadow says:
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      @Shadow: Seems like I always think of one more thing to ask you about so here goes. Considering Luck has been down on his luck and having a lousy matchup with Cinci this week, would you consider J. Cook against Arizona a better play than Fleener at Cinci? Again thanks for all your help

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Shadow: i know sky still had fleener higher than other “good” TE’s (read: in better situations than cook’s, as far as usage) this week; i’m guessing that trumps cook’s good matchup.

      • Sky

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        @Shadow: OAK for me simply because Jets have been terrible. I’d go Cook but it’s a gamble. Just the matchup is too hard to pass over.

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