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For most we are one win away from the fantasy football Super Bowl. Stop pretending like you aren’t amped up and get ready for the most exciting week so far of your fantasy season. But for a moment, let’s take a look at some of the players that might have helped you get here last week…

Hidden Rupees Category 1: Best of the Rest (Weekly)

These are the players that are owned in less than approximately 85% of most leagues that were top performers based on last week’s stats.

Running Back: Andre Williams (28.5 SAV)

Last week the running back named Williams that was getting the most talk was Kerwynn Williams of the Arizona Cardinals. With Andre Ellington done for the season Stepfan Taylor was supposed to be the running back to take over. Everyone was surprised when Kerwynn was signed off the practice team and led the Cards that very same week with 19 carries for 100 yards. But enough of that Williams, let’s talk about another Williams. With Rashad Jennings questionable most of the week, Andre Williams was primed for a major role. And he did not disappoint rushing 24 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. Move over Williams sisters… Honorable Mention (Jonathan Stewart 23.45)

Wide Receiver: Jarius Wright (25.3 SAV)

If it’s not Wright it must be Wright. Last week this honor went to Kendall Wright, this week it goes to Jarius Wright. WHO? Jarius Wright. Never heard of him either? Not surprising. Aside from week 4, he hasn’t done much of anything. This past week was a different story. Jarius caught 4 of 5 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. And to top it off, he added a rushing attempt for another 23 yards. You spin me Wright round, baby – Wright round like a record, baby – Wright round round round… Honorable Mention (Chris Hogan 24.9)

Tight End: Mychal Rivera (25.35 SAV)

Mychal Rivera has been a Stats Machine favorite several times this season. What did he do to get noticed this week? Rivera was perfect, catching 7 or 7 targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. He has really become a factor in fantasy since week 8, but he’s just not consistent enough to be trusted. Oh yeah and there’s the fact that he’s on the Oakland Raiders. Hit or miss just isn’t a game I’m looking to play during the playoffs. Especially when he had 1 catch for 8 yards a few weeks ago against the same team he is playing this week. Thanks, but no thanks. Honorable Mention (Scott Chandler 23.95)


Hidden Rupees Category 2: Best of the Best (Weekly)

These are the best performing players based on last week’s stats regardless of percentage owned.

Running Back: Le’Veon Bell (49.25 SAV)

Do you Bell-ieve? The Stats Machine does. Le’Veon Bell is making Bell-ievers of us all. That’s what 26 carries for 185 yards and 2 trips to the end zone will do. And for those that aren’t impressed with his ground act, how about his receiving routine? Bell caught 6 of 9 targets for another 50 yards and another touchdown. That’s 3 end zone appearances! According to The Stats Machine this is the second best week for any player this season. The best week ever was Le’Veon Bell last week. Bell-ieve the hype! Honorable Mention (DeMarco Murray 45.65)

Wide Receiver: Julio Jones (43.55 SAV)

Are you jonesing for some more Julio? In the words of the great Busta Rhymes, “Gimme some more”. Quintorris Lopez Jones set a career high last week catching 11 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. This after setting his career high just the week before with 189 yards. Can he do it again this week? That all depends on his health, but I’d certainly love to see it happen. Apparently Jones is currently on pace to beat Calvin Johnson’s record of averaging 88 yards per game over the course of his career. Mr. Jones and me, we’re gonna be big stars… Honorable Mention (A.J. Green 40)

Tight End: Martellus Bennett (31.25 SAV)

For some reason every time I hear the name Bennett I think of the movie Commando. That flick was pretty badass for its time. “I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I’m very hungry!” Back to Martellus, who is also looking for a role in Martavius’s rumored sequel to Gladiator was targeted 15 times and caught 12 of them for 84 yards and a touchdown. He was quiet for a few weeks, but seems to have picked things back up the last two weeks. Just in time for the playoffs. Quoting Colonel John Matrix, “Let off some steam, Bennett”. Honorable Mention (Rob Gronkowski 29.5)

Here are the stats (Downloadable Excel)…

  1. Jeremy says:
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    Would you use Kenny Stills or Martavis Bryant as a 3rd WR this week?
    And as a flex, who do you think is better this week: Jeremy Hill or Latavius Murray??
    Tough choices here.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jeremy: Is this PPR?

      • Jeremy says:
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        @malamoney:
        Yep, PPR

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Jeremy: Leaning towards Bryant and Hill, but it’s a toss up between Bryant and Stills to be honest.

  2. Ben says:
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    I’m struggling with a roster decision in the first round of the playoffs in an 8 team 2QB family charity league. My current line up is as follows:
    Manning
    Flacco (I lost Cam)
    Hilton
    Beckham
    Gordon
    Foster
    Jennings
    Kelce
    Stewart
    Parkey
    Detroit D/ST

    Bench: Andre Williams, Alfred Blue, Lamar Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, Golden Tate. Do I need both handcuffs for Foster and Jennings, or should I drop Blue or Williams for Latavius Murray and play Murray over Jennings. The NYG backfield makes me nervous. Also, Manziel is available and although I like his upside over Flacco, his downside makes me hesitant to think of starting him over Flacco. Thoughts? Thank you.

    • malamoney

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      @Ben: No way I am starting Jennings this week. I just don’t trust that he will get the number of touches I’d want him to have during the playoffs. I might start Williams over him. I like Murray over Jennings too. Not sure you need both.

      If I were playing it safe I’d go with Flacco, but Manziel has the higher ceiling. I feel he will run for a TD this week too.

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: Forgot to mention this is standard scoring. Also, start Gordon or Hopkins?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Ben: I’d go with Gordon over Hopkins.

  3. Needhelp says:
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    Need to sit 2:

    Keenan allen
    Martavis bryant
    Dan Herron
    Doug Martin
    Kelvin Benjamin
    Reuben Randall

    I play in a 2 week matchup, and I have a size able lead (30 ish points) but have bad matchups week 2. Cant decide if I should go for upside (martavis bryant) or conservative..

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Needhelp: I’m sitting Martin and Randle…

  4. Nick says:
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    final call, K Allen or M Bryant WR3 standard league. Ive swapped Latavius for Rashad at my flex already…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: Keenan Allen by a little bit over Martavis. I feel like Allen gets more looks/targets and Martavis’s success relies on the one big play.

  5. Jason Morgan says:
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    Start one in a PPR league:

    1. Giovani Bernard who is now no longer the starter and hasn’t done squat since week 8
    2. Andre Williams. Jennings is back and is slated to start, but I question how much he will actually play. Why not let Williams handle the giants share?
    3. James Starks. Is Lacy 100%? What kind of time share do you see happening here? Enough for Starks to outperform Bernard and Williams in PPR?
    4. Branden Oliver. Is Mathews playing? How much will Donald Brown steal from Oliver?

    Thanks for your thoughts…

  6. Frank White says:
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    Sup Money… who do you like Suisham or Matt Bryant??

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Bryant, but really I don’t think it makes a difference. It’s kinda like walking into an empty men’s room and picking one of the 10 urinals to piss in…

  7. Dom B says:
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    Flex with Julio out Roddy White or Kelvin Benjamin or Fred Jackson

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: I’m leaning Roddy. Cam is out in Carolina and the Pittsburgh secondary isn’t that great. I am struggling with a similar decision myself.

  8. Ron says:
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    T. West, Kelce, Moncrief or Marquees Wilson?

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