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Remember a few weeks ago when I recounted my tale of  trading Dak Prescott because I had Deshaun Watson only to lose Deshaun Watson for the season? The QB I added was Tyrod Taylor. The Bills have one of the softest fantasy playoff schedules (Week 13: Patriots, Week 14: Colts, Week 15: Dolphins, Week 16: Patriots.) I like Nathan Peterman as a deep option and you’ll find him in my waiver column on Tuesday. And there will definitely be plenty of J. Peterman references. Teasers!

As always, if you’ve got league-specific questions, I’ve got league-specific answers down below…

Quarterbacks

Start:

Eli Manning, vs KC, 22.0% starting: Eli is a lock to win the emergency QB fill in award for this season. Eli is doing just enough to help as a back-up plan when oh, I don’t know, your starting QB’s coach decides to bench him out of nowhere. Yes, I’m starting Eli against the Chiefs this weekend. Eli still has Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard to dump passes off to. His 16 points against the 49ers last week is the watermark for what you can expect.

Blake Bortles, @ CLE, 13.4% starting: I’m not proud of this pick, but Bortles has a tasty match-up against the Cleveland Browns who have allowed 19 passing TDs to only 6 INT. Bortles has put up solid stats in his last 4 games averaging almost 15 fantasy points per game. Bortles isn’t as completely hopeless as people think he is — especially against the Browns who 4th worst in defending QBs.

Sit

Matthew Stafford, @ CHI, 53.2% starting: This Bears defense has been stingy against opposing QBs. They’ve allowed over 20 fantasy points to just 1 QB this year and it was Aaron Rodgers whose only fumble came over the summer when he let Olivia Munn slip through his fingers. The Bears held Drew Brees to 299 yards with 0 TDs for 11 fantasy points, Cam Newton to 211 passing yards with 0 TDs for 7 fantasy points and Ben Roethlisberger to 235 passing yards with 1 TD for 11 fantasy points. Stafford has risen above tough defenses before — but you can see him have a bit fewer than his 16.8 average fantasy points per week.

Matt Ryan, @ SEA, 51.4% starting: Matt Ryan who is 15th in average fantasy points scored among QBs heading into Seattle? Yes,I know Richard Sherman is done for the year, but this defense is still very good and could cause headaches for Ryan.

 

Running Backs

Start

Kenyan Drake, vs TB, 42.8% starting: Last week I told you to bench Kenyan Drake against a tough Carolina defense and Drake still went off for 82 yards and a rushing TD for 17 fantasy points. His week 11 opponent the Bucs have been awful at stopping the run all year and that can only mean one thing: a big game from Drake.

Jamaal Williams, vs. BAL, 39.0% starting: Williams is the only healthy RB in all of Wisconsin so based on quantity alone he is a viable flex option. His opponent, the Ravens have been defensively bi-polar this season: they have five games where their opposing RBs scored under 16 fantasy points and 4 games where they’ve allowed over 25 fantasy points to opposing RBs. I’d be happy with Jamaal grabbing you 18 fantasy points out of your flex spot which is doable.

Rex Burkhead, @ OAK, 19.2%: I had Burkhead as one of my adds in my Tuesday waiver article and now I’m doubling-down on that suggestion. Here is what I said earlier this week: You, the smarter owner, are going to look at the Patriots week 11 opponent, the Raiders, and see that they have allowed the 7th most receiving yards to RBs and know that Burkhead is the bigger threat.” Burkhead is in for a solid day of production. Here is what I always say about the totally not racist Tom Brady: start every speedy, ageless white pass-catcher on his offense.

Sit:

Tevin Coleman, @ SEA, 78.7%: I know y’all are eager to start Coleman without Devonta Freeman around, but temper your expectations in this one. When you face the Seahawks in Seattle you’re gonna have a bad time. They haven’t allowed over 100 yards rushing since week 3.

Adrian Peterson, @ HOU, 73.5% starting: AP faced another top-10 rush defense in week 10 and was held to 29 yards on 21 attempts for 2 fantasy points. The Broncos haven’t allowed a rushing TD since week 1. Full stop. Find an All Day all-ternative.

 

Wide Receivers

Start:

DeVante Parker, vs TB, 49.6% starting: DeVante’s week 11 opponent, the Buccaneers, have allowed the 4th most receiving yards to WRs. In DeVante’s last two weeks he has a pair of 12 fantasy point games. I think he can improve on that total with a solid 15 fantasy point game in your flex position.

Jeremy Maclin, @GB, 13.9%: Maclin has been one of two things this year: injured or a disappointment, but hot off his bye week, Maclin and the Ravens will head to Green Bay. The Packers have allowed over 30 fantasy points to WR in 7 of their 9 games this season. Maclin could feast on these cheeseheads.

Nelson Agholor, @ DAL, 21.7%: Agholor’s teammate, Alshon Jeffery, is injured, but expected to play. An ankle injury is something that could still definitely limit Jeffery, however. His week 11 opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, have allowed receiving TDs to WR s in 7 of their nine games this season. The math adds up for you to be an Algho-holic this week.

Sit:

Broncos WRs, vs CIN: These Bengals are averaging the fourth fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing WRs per game. With Brock Osweiler under center for the Broncos their passing attack is really going to struggle. Deep in the heart of Colorado, John Elway is trying on some shoulder pads…and I’ll have him listed as a start next week.

Keenan Allen, vs BUF, 70.6%: Allen is averaging a paltry 11.8 fantasy points per game this season. He hasn’t caught a TD pass since week 1. These Bills held Drew Brees, a far superior QB to Philip Rivers, to 184 passing yards last week. What don’t you get?

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Tight Ends

Start:

Tyler Kroft, @ DEN, 18.9% starting: This seems like it can’t be right, but the Denver Broncos have allowed the most receiving yards to opposing TEs. This is weird because they’ve allowed the fewest receiving yards to WRs. I’m not smart enough to understand this, except to tell you that Kroft had a rough week last week, but in the 4 weeks prior to that he averaged over 12 fantasy points per game including a 24 point explosion against another bottom-5 team in defending TEs: the Cleveland Browns. Start him with extreme prejudice!

Sit:

Charles Clay, @ LAC, 23.8% starting: The only TE I take issue with this week is Clay. He knows what he did.  He’s questionable as of Friday, but expected to play, but with a new QB and facing the Chargers who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing TEs: I’d avoid Clay if you’re looking for help.

 

Defense/Special Teams

Start:

New Orleans Saints D/ST vs. WSH, 34.5%: Washington’s Terrelle Pryor, Rob Kelley and Jordan Reed are out, their highest scoring WR Ryan Grant (wait, who?!) is in the league’s concussion protocol. Combine that with the fact that this surprising Saints defense is averaging 10 fantasy points per game this season and you have a great defensive option.

Sit:

Minnesota Vikings AND Los Angeles Rams D/ST: Don’t start either team in this game. Both teams are in the top 10 in total offense and who knows which side will bend. Grab the Saints as a fill in.

 

Kickers

Start:

Justin Tucker, @ GB, 46.2% starting: I know this is an impossible request, but don’t let his serial killer profile photo scare you away. Tucker has been an extremely solid and reliable kicker over his last five games averaging 12 fantasy points per game. He’ll get the packers who are allowing way too many points to fantasy kickers this year.

Sit:

Kai Forbath, vs LAR, 62.1% starting: Don’t know what BASEketball style insults this Rams special teams unit is throwing out to opposing kicking units but they are holding opponents to a 61.1% success rate on field goals. Sorry Kai, but something is going to be said about your mother in this one.

  1. Nightpandas says:
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    Looking for a flex play in a 16 team std league

    McKissic
    Rod Smith
    Corey Coleman
    Or get me a Mercedes off the wire

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: Gio Bernard an option too

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Nightpandas: I’m thinking Rod Smith.

  2. Eric says:
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    You sure about Bortles. Weather forecast looks bad.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Eric: Oof yea — looking like it’ll be a nasty one. I told myself I wouldn’t ever mention him again but Cutler could be another deep 2-QB option.

  3. Scott says:
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    If fournette is out, That leaves me with rod smith as my only rb i can use this week. Yeldon was added. Do I add ivory, Blount, Bernard, McKessic, lacy, ward, Ellington? Those are my choices. I hate to cut a player for them. Do I just wait to see if he plays or do I use rod smith. Btw I own morris and starting him. And who do i cut if fournette is out? My cuts would have to be doyle, smith, david johnson. I’ve held dj this long, cant cut him now. .5ppr. Thx

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Scott: I’d grab Ivory — I don’t think Fournette plays. And if you read the comment above — its supposed to be a nasty weather game so they’ll be running a lot in Jax/Cle

  4. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    Kerry! How are you? I am in a 0.5 PPR ten team league. Could you please help me with my line up for week 11? I appreciate it. My big questions are at flex and defense.

    QB1- Goff or Bortles?
    RB1-Freeman? Miller? Coleman? C. Thompson?
    RB2-Miller? Coleman? C.Thompson? D. Lewis? D. Freeman?
    WR- R. Woods? JuJu? Or Hopkins? WR2-Juju or R. Woods? or Hopkins?
    Flex-L. Miller? T. Coleman? C.Thompson? R. Woods? Hopkins? D. Lewis?
    TE- Hooper
    K-Elliott
    D-HOU? Or MIN? Or SD?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @William Trill Cauley-Stein:
      Goff
      Miller
      Coleman (lots of SEA injuries)
      WR: Hopkins
      Flex: Woods
      DEF: Texans

  5. Benny says:
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    Need any two of these four in a half-point PPR. Who ya got?

    Amari Cooper
    Devante Parker
    Keenan Allen
    Kenyan Drake

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Benny:
      Amari and Devante

  6. Normandy says:
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    Half PPR must-win week with McCaff on bye:
    Flex options:
    Clay
    Coleman
    Woodhead
    Keenan Cole
    Rod Smith

    Rank best to worst?

    • Normandy says:
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      @Normandy:
      Corey** Coleman, and it’s a 12-team half PPR

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Normandy:
      Woodhead
      Rod
      Clay
      Coleman
      Cole

  7. Steve Anus says:
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    you wouldn’t start borles OVER staff infection would you though, i was surprised to find staff (7th) vs bortles (15th). those are the razzball consensus numbers across 3 writers.

    2. clearly 2 of you guys have woodhead ranked as if he’s playing (off IR now) while jay’s, having come out earlier, have j.allen still being useful. 16 teamer with these options:
    QB flacco (or trubisky, but flacco is up against the 23rd against passing GB, trub the 10th DET)
    RB (2) j.will, drake (other options perine, j.allen)
    WR (3) doctson/evans/mart bryant (already played) (other options j.brown, t.will (LAC), m.will (LAC)
    TE (1) ertz
    1 flex
    so i’m guessing j.allen isn’t in the flex, according to FP after removing anybody ranked lower than 30th it’s a very close
    j.brown (105.6)
    perine (104)
    t.will (110.3)
    and i played mart bryant since (106.5), and j.brown is never safe to play really.
    j.allen does still rank higher (78) but i’d guess no small part of that is people doing the same thing as here, many of them coming out before woodhead ruled active.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Steve Anus:
      Go with Perine in the flex.

  8. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    well i mean, having fun with stats is cool and all (and BUF is the 13th vs passing) but “they held brees to 184 yards” (in a game that NO ran the ball straight up their ass for a dozen TD’s and never HAD to throw at all) is a little over the top. k.allen has done very little this year, i have no idea why (unless he’s been hurt all year)

  9. cdadare says:
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    Hey Double K, (I won’t post any silly SNL references again, sorry about that). Like many teams, I’m in a must win this week. 12 Team Yahoo league, PPR.

    WR’s (I’m starting 3 of the 4):
    M. Evans
    Crabtree
    D. Parker
    K. Allen

    Also, I wanted to know your thoughts on Doug Martin. CBS Sports Jamie Eisenberg (I apologize in advance) is high on Martin this week & thinks he due for a break out.

    I have Gordon & McKinnon starting (D. Murray is on the bench) & I think I’m good, but what do you think about Martin?

  10. Wide Right says:
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    Landry Cooks, Shep, and Parker.. I can only start 3.. who gets the bench?? Ppr league.

    Thanks

    • kenly0 says:
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      @Wide Right: Man, that’s a tough call. I’d probably go with Cooks

  11. Brent

    Brent says:
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    Ok, last minute decision time.

    I can start 3 of these, please help:

    Jeffery, Engram, marquis lee, woodhead, rod smith, tj yeldon (looking to drop smith for yeldon tonight…smart move?)

    Or I can grab crowder or corey Coleman or dede Westbrook or Lacy (would you drop smith for any of them? Or go for yeldon? Or keep smith?)

    Which 3 would you start?

    Thanks!

    TFD

    • kenly0 says:
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      @Brent: I’d pick up Crowder and play him with Engram and Yeldon. (if Fornette doesn’t play). Or, Woodhead if he plays

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @kenly0: Missed Yeldon and crowder on waivers, so I can start 3 of these:

        Woodhead, rod smith, emgram, jeffery, Lee

        Thanks

        Tfd

  12. kenly0 says:
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    1/2 PPR

    Need a RB and a flex

    D. Martin
    Abdullah
    Perine
    Doctson
    Lockett

    I’m leaning Doctson and Perine. I just got a feeling that their game is going to be high scoring. This from a Saints fan. Also, Lockett gets an extra point for every 25 return yards.

    TE

    H. Henry
    Brate
    Kroft

    D/ST

    Houston
    Arizona

    Full PPR

    Need WR and a flex

    Sanu
    Agholor
    Doctson fa
    Maclan fa
    Lockett fa
    Abdullah
    CJ Anderson fa

    Same thing here with Lockett getting the extra points for return yards. I’m leaning Sanu and Agholor. I’m a little worried about Sanu playing Seattle, but their secondary is banged up. Also, would you drop T. Montgomery for any of the fa’s?

    D/ST

    Minnesota
    Arizona

    You re my favorite razzball writer. So, don’t let me down. Lol. Just messing with you. Thanks for all you do.

  13. PaulZone says:
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    PPR League decisions:

    Darkwa or Woodhead?

    Chargers (vs Bilks/J Peterman) or Lions (@ Chi)?

    Thanks!

  14. Robert Heflin says:
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    I can start three WR this week, I am starting Hopkins and Hill. Should I start Diggs, Crowder or Demaryious Thomas.

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