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Well, I think it’s official. From this point forward, all Thursday Night Football should be played only on Saturdays. In what could arguably be called two of the best prime time games of the season, Washington, powered by the vengeance of DeSean Jackson and Mark Sanchez’s mediocrity, was able to deal a striking blow to the Eagles playoff hopes. (While I wouldn’t be surprised at the Cowboys losing two in a row during December, nye, one could almost expect it, the odds are still not with them.) And in Santa Clara, the 49ers looked like the three-time AFC Championship game team we all knew and loved before this season… for about two quarters. Unfortunately for them, the last two quarters, they looked like something you’d normally find due east of San Francisco. Oakland, for all of you unfamiliar with California geography. And with that, the Chargers came back, 21 points down at the half, to win in overtime and keep their playoff hopes alive. So when it comes down to it, Thursday Night Football, Saturday Edition, on the NFL Network, CBS Edition (not acronymed enough to be honest) ended up being two close back-and-forth games, with one ending up in overtime, and plenty of entertainment value (touchdowns) to boot. I’d call that a successful night of football. This is it, all is lost. The world is ending…

Week 16 Rankings have been updated for today’s games for all your roster needs. You can check them out here.

 

Eagles – 24, Washington Football Team – 27

Robert Griffin – 16/23, 220 YDS, 1 INT and 5 CAR, 11 YDS. I just realized “RG3’s Trail of Tears” would have been a fantastic fantasy football team name. Filed, for 2015.

Darrel Young – 2 CAR, 2 YDS, 2 TD and 1 REC, 3 YDS. Can you imagine, as an Alfred Morris (21 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD) owner, if you lost your fantasy championship to Darrel Young? That’s how super villains are created…

Mark Sanchez – 37/50, 374 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT and 5 CAR, 22 YDS. Before he met Mark Sanchez, Riley Cooper (5 REC, 53 YDS, 2 TD) assumed people of Hispanic descent only took things instead of giving them.

LeSean McCoy – 22 CAR, 88 YDS, 1 TD and 3 REC, 28 YDS. LeSean McCoy, despite Chip Kelly’s best efforts, continues to exist.

Darren Sproles – 4 CAR, 24 YDS and 6 REC, 43 YDS. Sproles is hard to find guys. Did you know that? He’s like the change in your couch.

Zach Ertz – 15 REC, 115 YDS. Zack was putting the Ertz on ’em! Hunh? HUNH? That’s right.

 

Chargers – 38, 49ers – 35 (OT)

Philip Rivers – 33/54, 356 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT. In other news, Philip Rivers has petitioned the league to force a certain receiver to change his last name to “Inwoman”.

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Antonio Gates – 7 REC, 92 YDS, 2 TD. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t the Niners have been aware of Gates this game? At, like, you know, some point?

Dontrelle Inman – 7 REC, 79 YDS. Deep leagues might want to take notice here. He was undrafted back in 2011, but the Chargers like him, and there could be WR-3 potential next season.

Colin Kaepernick – 15/24, 114 YDS, 1 TD and 7 CAR, 151 YDS, 1 TD, 1 FUM. He’s excited about the imminent arrival of Josh Daniels maybe? I have no idea what happened here.

Frank Gore – 26 CAR, 158 YDS, 1 TD. Frank Gore, still alive and still good at football.

 

  1. Goose says:
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    Yo Jay,
    Happy ‘ship week… Two last minute calls to make…

    – Pierre Thomas, Jonas Gray or Danny Amendola in latebreaking PPR FLEX spot?

    – Go with STL D vs NYG or take CAR vs the Cleveland Manziels – I’ve been riding the Rams lately & lovong it but feeling nervous here bc I’m rolling w ODBJ against them & need a big game from him… Its like I’ll be rooting against myself at this crucial stage. What to do, what to do…?

    Thx man!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Goose: Happy ship week! (Needs actual ships, with lasers.) Going Thomas there. And then going Rams there, but… I understand your predicament. The Panthers aren’t a huge step down, so I’d just say flip a coin.

  2. Jacob says:
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    Who should I start?
    K. Benjamin or Sammy Watkins?
    Defense:
    Rams or lions?
    Lions or Seattle?

    Also, even if Murray starts, would you start randle instead?

    Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jacob: Benjamin and the Rams then the Seahawks. Hard to say, but I’d probably stick with Murray.

  3. Nimrod says:
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    Yep, I had Morris and 6 to 12 more points would have been great. I also thought the Eagles might have let Morris and the Redskins score and save there timeouts for a drive at the end of the game to tie it. Kelly will 2nd guess his decision there.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nimrod: Yeah, it was a bad coaching decision there. I think Chip Kelly is a bit overrated, but someone on the sideline has to be telling him about the clock if he doesn’t see it. (To be fair, we’re not sure if Alfred Morris was told not to get a touchdown there either.)

  4. timq says:
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    Championship weekend and my team is falling apart.
    RB – Do I start Doug Martin over Murray even if Murray plays (I have Randle as an option as well)
    WR – Do I start Baldwin over Hilton even if he plays (I also have Sanu and James Jones)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @timq: I think you have to go Murray there. And yeah, I don’t think Hilton will play, so Baldwin is where you have to go.

  5. Nimrod says:
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    Jay, you have 4 of my players ranked within 8 spots of each in the PPR format. Douglass-37, Moncrief-38,Landry-43 and Hill-45. I can play 3 of these guys. I’m thinking you have Hill ranked lower because of Denver’s run Defense. I also think Denver may run Anderson more because of Peyton being slowed up using the clock. However Hill will get his chances. Moncrief and Douglass are rated higher because of perceived playing opportunities. Landry should get 10 points or so. What thoughts do you have and really what do you see as the points differential between the 4. I think Moncrief has the best chance for a big game. Agree? Basically who do I sit? Sorry for so long of a post but playing for big $.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nimrod: I would take a mix there, since they are clumped as close as can be. I might go Douglass, Moncrief and Hill there.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Jay: so i guess the idea is this is the decoy Julio week then?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Mantis Toboggan MD: That’s what seems to be the general consensus. I’m still nervous about the entire situation.

          • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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            @Jay: me too, money leagues up in the air, only good news all the players will be done by mid day games.

  6. Nick says:
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    I have difficult WR spots in both of my championship match-ups.

    In one league, I need to choose two people out of Julio Jones, Kelvin Benjamin, and Alshon Jeffrey.

    In another, I need one out of Alshon Jeffrey, Josh Gordon, and Harry Douglas (assuming Jones doesn’t start).

    Jay Cutler getting benched and the Jones injury really took what were easy choices and threw them into disarray.

    Pretty stuck, so I appreciate any advice.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I’d go Benjamin and Douglas.

      • Nick says:
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        @Jay:

        Thank you! Just for clarification, is that Douglas regardless or only if Jones doesn’t play?

        • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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          @Nick: he’s still got julio ranked (unlike hilton) so i’m assuming (mentioned above) that he’s thinking either this is the julio decoy week, or simply that douglas steals his snaps.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Nick: Mantis is right, I think even if Julio starts, I’m not sure what kind of impact he’ll have.

          • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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            @Jay: not an easy job, making those advice decisions say I.

  7. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr
    Qb brees wr calvin beckham evans rb lacy murray te olsen flex p manning
    K tucker def NE
    Bn blount herron randle gordon a williams det

    Drop blount for gray pt cruiser charles johnson amendola marquess wilson sanu bailey douglas

    Pick a def Detroit or NE

    Pick a kicker tucker hauschka barth

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: for Douglass. And Tucker.

  8. Exactly says:
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    Need to start one and worried about Julio – start Julio, Herron, Harry Douglas, Mike Wallace or Landry?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Douglas and Landry.

  9. Toby says:
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    Yo Jay, big decision to make. Would I be crazy to start Moncreif over Sanders? Hilton is out and Sanders is struggling, sick and playing against one of the top rated D’s in the league.

    My other starting WRs are Evans and Stills. I also have Charles Johnson and Harry Douglas on the bench.

    Thanks!!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Toby: You wouldn’t, no. I think Moncreif is the guy along with Allen and Fleener there.

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Assuming Hilton out and Julio in, pick 2 in standard w/ 5pt bonus at 100yds–Roddy, Harry or Moncrief?

  11. Stanman says:
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    Now that Blount will not be playing today, who do you like better out of these three? Gray, f-jax, or Herron.

  12. guidedbyvoices says:
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    Jay….ppr h2h….Jeffery or Stewart?

  13. Wilsonian says:
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    1) Julio is in. Play Stills or Julio?

    2) Moncrief or FJax if Hilton sits?

    0.5 PPR – 3 pts @ 85 yds rec/100 yds rush – 6 pts @ 135/150.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: or do I play Julio and put Stills at the flex, benching Hilton, FJax, and Moncrief?

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Wilsonian: moncrief easy if hilton sits. he’s got julio ranked (unlike hilton) so i’m assuming he thinks either julio decoy week or douglas steals his snaps eventually.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Mantis Toboggan MD: I’m thinking of benching Julio for Stills and Moncrief at flex. Makes sense?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Wilsonian: It’s tough, Julio could go off on your bench. How much risk is there? I’m personally doing it here and there, but if that’s your only team in a championship, I’d be cautious.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Jay: yup, only team. Those are my options. I hate not playing Julio. He’s a monster, but might be a decoy. I can’t decide. I wish he was just out.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @Wilsonian: Honestly, I might just ride with who you got. I might go with Julio afterall…

  14. Big Nate says:
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    Championship Sunday…D Martin, Shane Vereen or Vincent Jackson at flex?

    • Big Nate says:
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      @Big Nate: and this is a .5 PPR

      • Big Nate says:
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        @Jay: thanks! Good luck ya’ll.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Big Nate: Good luck to you as well!

  15. Bryan says:
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    Gotta start Julio right?

    Rams or Ravens D?…thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: Depends who you got. I’m sensing decoy, but he’s still a top-40 guy with the cloud…

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    a very good argument could be made that parkey had more to do with PHI loss (and me losing 7 pts i might end up needed for decent money) than sanchize’s fumble/pick. The holder may have been to blame on the first one of course. See you moved up Moncrief, now we just gotta hope either Hilton stays out, or Moncrief out performs the other choices i’m soon to step past the decision tree’d path of c.johnson/matthews, even with Hilton in (why wayne is still playing is pretty damn stupid, of course playing an injured Hilton would be even stupider)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: Yeah, but I like giving Nacho a harder time. Parkey didn’t do his best, but to be fair, the conditions weren’t great for the kicking game.

      Yeah, I finally settled on him being the guy there.

      Good luck!

  17. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    also, can you imagine just how good the rest of somebody’s team must be if s/he is starting morris still at this point, with all those TD’s WAS idiot coaches take away from him?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: Yeah, it’s a good point. Same with Gore, I wonder how many championship teams had him?

  18. Nimrod says:
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    Julio over Douglass?

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Nimrod: he’s saying the opposite.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nimrod: Douglass.

  19. Poo Poo Platter says:
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    Worried about Julio being a decoy. Start him, Harry Douglas, Charles Johnson, or Latavius Murray in the flex (PPR)?

    Thanks!

  20. Kevin says:
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    Gray, Vereen, or Andre Williams PPR

    Should I still roll with Harry Douglas or look for a better option in the FA’s like amendola, greg jennings, larry fitz

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kevin: Williams. Douglas should be fine there.

  21. Jason Morgan says:
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    Julio Jones or Josh Gordon in standard?

  22. Bryan says:
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    I’d have to play Moncrief or Douglas if I sit Julio…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan: Moncrief

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: on both kicks they kept mentioning that the wind was “negligible”, although that snapper (ex-RAMS punter Donnie Jones) didn’t help [email protected]Jay:

    • Nimrod says:
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      Moncrief is a boom or bust play. Late game still gives us options.

  23. SMLV1 says:
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    Andre johnson or Jarvis Landry standard league

  24. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 ppr, going into the 4pm games I’m up about 25 pts. My opponent has ODB, D. Murray, A. Williams and the NYG DST left to play. I have Dez, CJ Anderson and either Mason or Hill. Like you, I had Mason higher and he’s in the lineup for now. Does it change at all given all the Giants my opponent has? I.e. should I be hedging against a big NYG win by switching to Hill?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: This sounds like it came out close. You made how the right decisions though…

  25. goodfold2 says:
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    so, after scoring 397.96 more pts than this opp (i averaged about 156 per week, and was BY FAR the best team, as the 2nd best during first 13 weeks had about 15 pts per week less, and 3rd place was a long way behind him), he has to start tannehill (who of course more than doubled his 22.55 average in this league). Other than A.Brown every body on my team pretty massively underperformed. I don’t feel as bad as i could since, this opp had his best week of the entire season by 18 pts and beat me by nearly 100 pts (till today i was the only person to beat anyone by more than 80 all year, and i did it 4 times). I also didn’t have any injury concerns in this league (except when charles was hurt early in the year) so my normal scores very easily could have been met and the current state of my team isn’t deceptively different than the team that scored all those pts. Evans/Moncrief/DET/Bell (PIT)/Charles/Luck/Parkey/owen daniels (ah yes i could’ve grabbed clay of course) all sucked.
    And for at least the 5th time this year, Walrus gave Charles the ball 14 or less times in a game they were losing most of. I would yell out GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED WALRUS (and it ain’t a fat juicy fish)!, but i’m in KC and don’t want to get lynched.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: so that’s a 2nd/3rd/5th place in my higher than negligible amount money leagues this year. gross.

      For next year, i’m serious about starting as many leagues either free/small money/bigger money (leaguesafe of course) that have during all 13 season weeks all teams play all teams with your score, to thin down the insane amount of luck in this game (we could vote on whether or not playoffs would be H2H matches). I would think i could get a lot of interest in leagues like that. At least then the teams that make the playoffs are really the best teams.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: so if you were the best team in a week you’d be 11-0, and the worst team would be 0-11. None of this worst team only gets one loss, and best team gets the same amount of wins as if the 2nd worst team played the worst team, as it is now.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @goodfold2: Not a bad idea at all…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: Honestly though, Andy Reid doesn’t really utilize all that well sometimes, and I wonder why. That being said, tough loss. The situation itself seems almost inescapable, so I’m with you, can’t feel terrible about it.

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