Matthew Stafford just wrote a story he’ll be able to tell his grand kids.  Of course he won’t say it was against Cleveland, but still, he became the youngest quarterback to ever throw for 5 touchdowns in a game and he did it with a bad wing!  I don’t see Stafford now becoming a fantasy god with the schedule he has, but he’s going to keep Megatron relevant and hopefully make Detroit a contender at some point.

Mark Sanchez: Another rookie quarterback took the field on Sunday, but instead of giving his fans hope for a wonderful future he gave each one of them metaphorical Dirty Sanchez.

Bernard Scott: He ended up with a decent game in Oakland, helped by a 61 yard run.  I’d hold onto him as long as you can in case Benson reinjures himself.  His schedule is too good to lose him because you got nervous that you needed a third tight end to round out your team.

Beanie Wells: He’s still about even with Hightower in touches, but he showed that he deserves the goal line carries.  Hightower for some unknown reason got a goal line carry and was stuffed and then Beanie showed him how to do it. He actually showed him how to do it last week, but the Wiz must have been moving on down, moving on down the road when it happened.

Brandon Gibson: He only had 17 targets yesterday.  Huh? He caught 5 of them for 61 yards.  That’s not great, but opportunity is what fantasy players need before anything.  He’s worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Wes Welker: Dubya Dubya went crazy while Revis blanketed Moss all game.  Fifteen receptions for 192 yards doubles up what Heyward-Bey has for the whole year!  I know, the Heyward-Bey comparisons are too easy, but good lord does Al Davis suck at his job.

Kurt Warner: Of course he gets hurt while on pace for about 400 yards and 6 TD’s, but at least he didn’t pull a Ladell Betts on you.  Hopefully the Cardinals were just being cautious with Grandpa Warner and he’ll be back in there against the Titans next week.  His stretch run is too friggin good for us fake footballers!

Matt Leinart: I can’t say for sure what Leinart would do with a week of practice as the main man, but coming in for Warner he looked like a crappy version of Ryan Leaf.

Ladell Betts: All those start/sit questions I answered with “Ladell Betts,” you should ignore them when you go back in time to set your lineups. He quickly tore his MCL in the game and left with nary a fantasy point.  Well, he had help in tearing it, but tomato tomato (make sure you pronounce those differently). He should be done for the season setting up the great Rock Cartwright P.I. for the starting gig as long as Portis is out and he’s already been ruled out for next week.

Terrell Owens: Well, I didn’t see that coming.  Can he now become fantasy relevant again? Does his track record this year lead you to have any faith in him? Me either.  I can see feeling better about using him in that 3rd receiver spot, but don’t go nuts.

Marshawn Lynch: He says he will be back next week, but will we really notice? He has just been so unbelievably bluh that I am taking his Beast nickname and giving it to Steven Jackson until Lynch gets out of Least Mode.

Steven Jackson: The guy continues to be the best player on every surface he steps.

Ben Roethlisberger: The Steelers losing to the Chiefs is more amazing than Cincinnati losing to the Raiders, but that’s real football.  Big Ben had a huge fantasy game and has been great in fantasy this year, but he got concussed and it didn’t look too good.  Charlie Batch isn’t going to help Ward, Holmes, Wallace and Mendenhall lead your fantasy team.

Greg Jennings: Has he turned it around? Maybe.  Well, probably.  Perhaps.  Rodgers had more time to throw against the 49ers than he has for much of the season so if that keeps up Jennings will benefit.

Calvin Johnson: Here’s what you were paying for when you drafted him in the 2nd round! 7 catches, 161 yards and a TD should be his average!  He was a little gimpy during the game, but managed to still do what he can do.  Al Harris being done for the season should help him get a big helping of TD on TD.

Jermichael Finley: He was the most targeted Packer and the most targeted mashed up first name player on Sunday. If he’s on your waiver wire and you own some schmohawk like Jason Witten or Matt Spaeth, pick him up.

Brady Quinn: Three touchdowns in the first quarter is an amazing feat for a team that averages around 1.8 points per game.  He finally threw the ball farther than 5 yards and it paid off.  It will be interesting to see if he tries it against an average defense. I don’t have a ton of faith that he’ll be able to do much, but he could help somebody like Massoquoi become fantasy relevant.

Santana Moss: He’s consistently inconsistent.  Bench him unless he’s playing a ten man team.

Mike Bell: I think I mentioned how much I want Sean Payton to step in a turkey deep fryer, didn’t I? Bell is getting the goal line carries and killing Pierre Thomas’ fantasy value. Will it stay like this? I couldn’t say.  Seriously.

Jamaal Charles: The Razzball favorite did his thing even against the best rushing defense in the league. He is dynamic. Yes, Todd, that’s someone who can create in space, can catch the ball, return kicks, run off the edge, and so on and so forth.  Do you think maybe you should have played him more, earlier in the season? Do you think watching Larry Johnson average under 3 yards a carry should have made you want to gouge your eyes out?  It did me, Todd.  It did me.

Fred Jackson: Hard to tell if Lynch will be 100 percent, but I think Fred Jackson is showing that he is more explosive and actually a better start right now.  If he’s on the wire it is worth grabbing him.

Robert Meachem: He has 3 receptions in the last 2 games and 3 touchdowns.  Did he score 2 on one catch? Nah, one a piece, like normal.  Can you feel safe playing Meachem? Not at all! But he certainly is a red zone target when Colston is being shadowed by 10 people.

Monday Night Football: Talk about a fantasy showcase! Chris Johnson, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and some other schmos make up a great game to decide a lot of fantasy matchups this week.  I know I have a lot riding on tonight’s game.  Good luck everyone!

  1. MarkM says:
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    I need CJ to put up 15+ tonight in a non-PPR to put me into first at 8-2-1. Come on CJ!!!!!

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    T.O T.O T.O,yeah it would be nice to have him hot for the playoff run,

  3. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    [quote]If Finley’s on your waiver wire and you own some schmohawk like Jason Witten or Matt Spaeth, pick him up.[/quote]

    That line hurts. I didn’t draft a TE high, picked up Finley, then lost him to injury and traded Hester for Witten, figuring that’d solve my TE issues for the rest of the year. Now I’m wondering if I should pick up Finley again and play him over Witten.

  4. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    It seems that quote tags don’t work. Anyone recall how the quote blocks works?

  5. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Not sure how the quotes work.

    Yeah, it’s amazing how Witten is so run of the mill. You would think he’d throw a few gems in there, but he just hasn’t. I think it couldn’t hurt to play the matchup game with Finley and Witten if you have room.

  6. jamiesonmj says:
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    Im down 153-121 with AJ and CJ playing tonight… praying for a big game!

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mgeoffriau: yeah witten not getting 8 to 10 catches a week,no wander romo looks [email protected]jamiesonmj: i like your chances,T,D`S are never guaranteed but both those guys should get plenty of chances tonight,

  8. Dingo says:
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    In a league where QBs get 6 pts per TD and 1 pt per 50 yards passing, I’m worried about Peyton Manning sitting on the sidelines in week 16 and possibly even week 15. I’ve got bench room to stash a backup QB, but it’s a 2-QB league, so the pickings on the waiver wire are awfully slim. The QBs available include Henne, Campbell, Young, Bulger, Quinn, and a couple of other guys not worth mentioning. Given the end-of-year schedule you posted last week, I’m leaning toward Fitzpatrick or Bulger, but I’m having a hard time figuring out who the cream of the crap is here. Does anyone really stand out?

  9. Dingo says:
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    does this work?

  10. Dingo says:
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    hmm – I just tried doing a quote with “<" brackets instead of "[", and I think it worked:

    this is a quote

  11. Dingo says:
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    or maybe it didn’t.

  12. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Maybe blockquote?

    Something Dingo said.

  13. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    That’s it. The format is

    Quoted text.

    . Just take out the spaces, of course.

  14. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Well crap. Didn’t think it would interpret that as tags, but it’s smarter than me. The format for tags is , and the tag is for quoting is blockquote.

  15. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Worst string of comments ever. Format for tags is <.

  16. Atomic says:
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    Should I pick up Stafford or Alex Smith to start over Cutler in week 12 coming up?

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    i hate fantasy football.

    tied matchup. opposing team had already had all his players play. i only had nate kaeding still playing. chargers bust a late TD on 4th down. i’m thinking “oh my god, this is f’ing awesome, i’m gonna win by 1 point and get a step closer to locking up a 1st round playoff bye”. nate kaeding has extra point blocked, i get negative points and i lose, plummeting me to 4th in the league and only a 6-4 record despite being the #1 scoring team by almost 100 points in the league.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Dingo: i wouldn’t worry too much. i highly doubt the colts sit manning for a month between substantial regular season playing time and a playoff game against a team that’s in sync and has been playing every play like it was their last for 3-4 games now.

  19. Josh says:
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    yeah, no way Manning sits week 15, that’s unprecedented. in fact, I think only once in his career has he spent significant time on the bench in week 16, and that was the season they started like 13-0 and then lost in week 15.

  20. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: That’s brutal. If this is a money league you should send a bill to the Chargers.

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Wow, that is painful! Hope you didn’t kick a small mammal.

  22. Marvin N. says:
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    @MarkM – I’m in the same boat as you man, lol. I’m up 21 going into tonight with CJ left to play but my opponent has Schaub and AJ going…This is the money league and 1st place is on the line. Anyone think I can pull this one out?

  23. Doc

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    @Marvin N.: You have a good chance, but it could get pretty close.

    I have a lot of scenarios going tonight, but my my most painful is one where I am down 3.2 points and have Kyle Vanden Bosch going in my IDP league. I need him to make 4 tackles! I picked him up because he looked like he could have a decent 2nd half, but he gave me 2 points last week! If only Betts hadn’t gotten hurt!

  24. Doc

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    @Atomic: I’d give Smith a shot. Cutler doesn’t seem right.

  25. quimmy says:
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    .75 ppr league

    i am up 133 to 107. i have slaton going while my oppenent has cj. can slaton +26 trump cj or am i toast?

  26. Christopher says:
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    Sharing the commisserating…
    I’ve been playing the DEF carousel; so far so good this season.
    I went w/ CAR at home v. MIA.
    Hey, CAR held the juggernaut NO offense in check, should be no problem to handle a Brown-less MIA…
    WRONG!
    0 points from CAR’s DEF.
    I’m doen for the week and only behind by .19; anything – ANYTHING from CAR would have helped!
    My opponent has Jacoby Jones going tonight…here’s hoping he fumbles six times!!!!!

  27. daniel p says:
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    i have decent depth at rb and michael turner’s owner has a bit of an injury problem. in addition to turner, he owns benson, lynch, and the not injured but may as well be darren sproles. if i can get turner for a couple of guys i don’t really play, would that be a win?

  28. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @daniel p: Yeah, Turner’s high ankle sprain is a concern, but it’s a good risk.

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