Cowboys-vs-Eagles

Last week, I presupposed that a child named “Playoff Implications” grew up, joined the Army, and was promoted to “Major”. While that’s probably a sexy example of the word-play I bring to you all day long (and your mothers), if last week had major playoff implications, this week we have, um, general playoff implcations? Maybe Admiral? Sure, I don’t know Navy Maritime Ranks, or to be honest, much of anything, but I can say that without a doubt, we are in for some interesting football the next three weeks. With roughly 56 teams still in the hunt, the race to the finish line starts today. And wouldn’t you know it, the same could be said in Fantasy Football as well. Tie-in alert: FULL RED. Can the Dolphins stay alive by beating the Patriots? (HAHA.) What about the Texans in the same scenario against the Colts? (Eh, maybe.) The Chargers have a chance to take hold of the Wild Card if they beat the Broncos, led by a new found rushing attack to mask Chad Henne’s Peyton Manning’s waffling duck attack. And then there’s the two spotlight games, 49ers vs. Seahawks and Cowboys vs. Eagles. While it might be fun to see if Pete Carroll will run the score up past a 100 against San Francisco, there are some derptastic possibilities in a game featuring Tony Romo (example) and Mark Sanchez (example). And these two… strong in the derp they are…

Week 14 Rankings have been updated for today’s games for all your roster needs. You can check them out here.

 

Julio Jones “can barely run” and will only be a decoy. So you probably should keep that in mind when setting your line-ups. Against a Steelers secondary, I’m assuming this means at least 120 yards and a touchdown. That being said, I’d recommend starting Harry Douglas everywhere.

Montee Ball is officially out for the year and has been placed on the IR.

Reports have surfaced that Eddie Lacy and James Starks will be splitting the carries 50/50 for today. I’m stubborn with most of these things, so I’m still starting him everywhere.

The rankings still represent if Ryan Mathews does play, but it’s looking very doubtful that he does, so keep that in mind. Brandon Oliver will most likely be the guy.

 

 

  1. Blake says:
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    I won my playoff game last week but barely. I have the worst RB’s in the league. I have to decide between B Tate or T gerhart (14 team PPR league). Suggestions?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Blake: Ewww. Gerhart, but man, that’s depressing. Good luck on this one.

  2. Blake says:
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    also in my 10team standard league, I have to decide between 6 WR’s for 3 spots:

    D Thomas
    TY Hilton
    K Allen
    J Gordon
    M Evans
    D Hopkins

    D Thomas and TY are no brainers but what about the 3rd? K Allen goes up against some good corners in Denver (he get shut out when a shutdown corner is on him), J Gordon has J Manziel throwing in his 1st start and since it is 1st start there is no telling, M evans seems pretty steady, and D Hopkins is the new #1 but gets Davis in coverage but the QB has to throw a lot to him? suggestions?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Blake: Probably Gordon there, but Evans is okay as well.

  3. Randy says:
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    Who would you start at flex in a standard league out of Ingram, L Murray, J Matthews, and Harry Douglas (if Julio is out)? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Randy: Ingram.

  4. Brett says:
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    Ppr with reports that revis will be covering Landry would you play Landry or Jennings?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brett: Still sticking with Landry there.

  5. Wilsonian says:
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    So you told me in another thread to play Stills and Murray. Your rankings have FJax ahead of Murray. I’m really struggling with who to play. Julio really screwed me this week. Can you help explain to me why I should play who you’re recommending? Thanks man.

    Who is filling in (pick 2):

    Murray
    L.Miller
    FJax
    J.Matthews
    Stills
    LaFell
    M.Bryant

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: I like the upside there. My rankings represent the safest route. If someone asks me specifically, I’m assuming they want a bit of the risk and strat I might implement. If that helps shed some light.

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      I’m in a similar predicament here. Can’t decide who to play at my WR3 and Flex spot, and I have:

      M. Bryant
      K. Stills
      J. Hill
      L. Murray

      All have good matchups. In a PPR and can’t decide the best move here. HELP!

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Jeremy:

        And Harry Douglas is now an option w/ Julio Jones as a “decoy”. So conflicted.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Jeremy: the Douglas gamble could be worth it. Hill there. And probably Stills. It’s so tempting to choose two different guys… but at this very moment, that’s who I have.

  6. Jason Morgan says:
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    Hey Jay. Tough decisions this week (of all weeks!)…

    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…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason Morgan: That’s a tough group of names. I’d probably lean Williams there.

  7. Jason Morgan says:
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    Standard league:

    Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas or Keenan Allen. Can’t go by your rankings because the whole Julio Jones gate is really messing with ability to make rational decisions. Who does this to his owners at this point in the season…

    • Jason Morgan says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Or just go with Jonanthan Stewart and call it day?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Stewart is fine. So is Allen. Probably leaning RB.

  8. ryanoger says:
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    Should I flex Keenan or Latavius?

    .5 PPR league

    thanks jay!

    still feeling it from starting Tre this week…

  9. Dom B says:
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    Which RB Johnathan Stewart or Fred jax

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Fred.

  10. Principal Blackman says:
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    I need some help figuring out who to start between Blount and Herron as my RB 2 in my PPR/.5PPRush league. Number of touches has a significant effect on points. If Blount gets another 20 carries to Herron’s 8, that’s a six point difference just from touches.

    It feels like it was just yesterday that RB was my deepest position with Lynch, Ellington, Mathews and Robinson occupying the first four spots on my depth chart. Turns out RB is my derpest position and I’m up a creek.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Jay: that’s the way I was leaning too. Thanks for confirming.

  11. Adam says:
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    Flex decision, Eddie lacy or Kenny stills? Haven’t debated it til this morning with the 50/50 split talk.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: I’m still going Lacy there.

  12. Jeremy says:
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    Jay,
    Who does your gut say to start at WR3 and Flex in a PPR?

    H. Douglas
    M. Bryant
    K. Stills
    J. Hill
    L. Murray

    All have good matchups. In a PPR and can’t decide the best move here. HELP! Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jeremy: Douglas and Hill.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Jay:

        Damn, Harry got scooped up. Stills or Bryant?

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            @Jay: i’m liking that douglas is higher than stills. me feeling more comfortable like in julio owned leagues where i’m having to start harry D.

  13. Nick says:
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    Geez, I’m getting split decisions here…on one hand you & Malamoney are going Keenan Allen on the other hand Tehol, Waterloo & Ralph are going upside Martavis Bryant…NICO said safe play Allen, upside, Bryant….I don’t know what I need but Im facing Romo, Evans, AJ Green, Edelman, CJ Anderson & Lacy…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I’d go safe in this case. They have a solid team, but I don’t think it’s a match up you need to gamble with, depending on your guys of course.

      • Nick says:
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        @Jay: yep, I have ROdgers, Cobb, Beckham, D Murray, L Murray, Ingram & Reed

  14. Maver1ck says:
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    Flex play in a PPR league… Herron, Moncrief, or Stills ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Stills.

  15. Dirt dogs says:
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    Finals for big money… Who to start? Benjamin vs bugs or roddy white in a must win vs a weak steelers secondary

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dirt dogs: White for upside, Benjamin for safe points.

  16. Bren says:
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    So based on yahoo projections team I am facing is supposed to beat me by about 7 points. His team features Peyton, dt, AJ green, obj, forsett, fjax and Bennett lol. Don’t know how to approach this lol: should I aim for the skies or go with safe plays?

    Here’s my lineup std scoring and players in parenthesis are benched/to be considered

    1qb Sanchez (Eli)
    3 WR: Nelson, Jeffrey, evans, (gordon)?
    2 RB: Charles, joique (Ingram, hill, Crowell)
    1 te: kelce or reed?

    Thank you!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bren: I do like that setup, but Ingram is super close to Joique. Probably going Kelce there.

  17. matthew Funk says:
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    #2RB LATAVIUS MURRAY OR LAMAR MILLER?

  18. Pigs says:
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    .5 ppr

    Starting Charles and Joique at RB
    Dez and Antonio brown at WR

    Can’t decide between Gordon and Blount for flex which disturbs me. Im thinking Gordon for upside and the NE RB roulette issues

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pigs: You have it correct. And in this case, I’m going Gordon. I like Manziel there.

  19. Dom B says:
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    Roddy White or Kelvin Benjamin or Fred Jackson at flex

    • Dom B says:
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      @Dom B: Julio Jones not playing

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Dom B: yep, it’s great too, so we won’t have to worry about him taking snaps from roddy or harry D.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Leaning Jackson there.

  20. sniff test says:
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    I need help with a Flex… PPR, Charles Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Terrence West or Ryan Matthews?

    • sniff test says:
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      @sniff test: Colston is an option too

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @sniff test: Moncrief. Mathews won’t play today.

  21. Robert says:
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    Harry Douglas or Marquis Wilson?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Robert: Douglas.

  22. Pete says:
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    Start LaFell over Steve Smith Sr. in PPR?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pete: LaFell.

  23. Kevin says:
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    Andre Williams, Kelce, or J Reed
    PPR
    Pick 2

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kevin: Williams and Kelce.

  24. Ryan says:
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    Romo or rivers? Also which 1 u like for a flex, Allen, stills, matthews Harvin ,playing Hopkins, And Cobb already.half ppr. Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Romo by a hair, with Allen.

  25. Oliver says:
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    Ahhhh! Julio Jones is out. Do I put in Vincent Jackson or Mike Wallace to replace him?

    I also have Baldwin, Landry, and Harry Douglas.

    Thanks a million!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Oliver: above jay tells somebody to play harry d over stills, and stills is pretty high (this is in PPR). this is not reflected in rankings however, where julio HAS been moved down (44 spots), but “smells like” Harry D has not been moved up yet. We’ve all seen Harry D a few times go crazy (like at least 120 yds, and a bunch of catches) on Julio’s off days (last year, when he missed almost whole season). If this is for standard, answer isn’t as easy. Landry is also quite high for PPR (but he always is, since he’s short catch magnet)

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: I moved him up to 30 I think, but you are right on. I like Stills if you are playing it safe, but I just have this itch that Douglas will be the guy today at this point.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Oliver: I’d go Douglas.

  26. alex says:
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    Start Jordan Matthews or Josh Gordon in my flex? Non ppr league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @alex: Gordon.

  27. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    Hey jay….nonppr….flex….R. Jennings or G Tate?

    Thnks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Guidedbyvoices: Tough one… Jennings, but it’s close.

  28. Jim says:
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    Romo or Matt Ryan?
    Heath Miller or Jordan Cameron?

    Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jim: Romo, but it’s a coin flip. Cameron.

  29. Dimitri Aggelidakis says:
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    Flex spot question: Chris Johnson against his former team, D. Jack or D. Walker?

    Cutler or Romo?

    Packers at BUF, Jets at TEN, Panthers vs. TB, Texans at IND, or Chiefs vs. OAK?

  30. malamoney

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    What up Jay! Need a second opinion.

    Flex in a standard league, Rowdy Roddy White or Jon Stewart? With Jones out will they be able to key in on and shut down White (leaving Douglas to feast) or with Jones out will White get a shit ton of looks and put up a healthy dose of yards. Damn you Julio for making me do this…

    Gonna need another 12-pack of brewskis by the time this day is done…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @malamoney: White, but I think both get their fair share. You should probably send the Stat Machine over to Julio to heal him up. THE FUTURE IS HERE.

  31. The Gatekeeper says:
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    Crowell or L.Murray? .5ppr

  32. JoeO says:
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    I’ve got some tough calls this week.

    I need to pick two: Eddie lacy playing hurt, mark Ingram, or joique bell.

    Also Matt Ryan without julio or Mark Sanchez.

    Thanks for any help.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @JoeO: Ingram and Bell, (Lacy is right behind, so I won’t argue going Lacy with Bell) and I’m going Ryan. He still has some weapons.

  33. rak says:
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    Last minute decisions (.5 PPR)

    Lacy vs Sproles- Slim pickings but how concerned should I be over Lacy’s injury.

    Maclin vs Cobb vs Jeffrey – Seems like a toss up to me.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @rak: Going Lacy still with Cobb

      • rak says:
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        @Jay:

        Should have been more specific. Who should I sit for WR? I need to start 2.

  34. JoeO says:
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    Sounds good thanks jay.

  35. Barker says:
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    For rb2 1/2 ppr

    Blount lacy herron starks

    And drop reed for randle i own murray and greg olsen

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: Lacy and that’s an okay drop.

  36. Ryan says:
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    Not to get too far ahead of things (or count chickens before they’re hatched…damn chickens), but I need to look into DEF for week 16 championship game. I would like to pick up mine before the games start. OBVIOUSLY this is a bit far out, but who would you play out of these (options listed first):

    GB @ TB
    NYG @ STL
    TEN @ JAX

    I’m leaning Green Bay. There is also Houston vs. BAL.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: I’d go Packers there.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Jay: Sweet. That’s who I grabbed! haha.

  37. Dom B says:
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    So I’m losing by 9 I have LeSean McCoy and Alshon Jeffery and delaine walker he has payton manning Chris Johnson and Dan bailey and Martellus Bennett who will win

    • Dom B says:
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      @Dom B: actually down 13 with McCoy and Alshon Jeffery he has Dan bailey and Martellus Bennett

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Dom B: You should be okay.

  38. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    down to only the team where i’m the best team in league and it’s not close, yet due to DET D (so far)/luck/charles/evans i’m only a 67-33 yahoo projected favorite. I’m up just over 4 pts with DET D and J.Matthews vs D.Thomas’s 2nd half. I’d be real nice if DT didn’t get to 100 yds here (6 pt bonus), or at least got no TD’s. Really if Matthews just has a normal game i’ll probably be fine, but i’m 469.85 pts better than this team i’m facing, and average about 35 more than them per week. Opp isn’t even on pace to match their crummy average either (rodgers). Original Yahoo projections (and i usually get those in this particular league) had me winning by over 58 pts.
    also, there should be no doubt (if there was any anyway) that OBJ is the most influential waiver add this year.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: TO’s finally falling in tho…
        also i have parkey (i forgot), so really i would need 1.5 utter failures from this point on, plus DT to blow up (and he just picked up his bonus and a TD, so i might need a little help now)

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: of course if i can’t beat this team i’m playing i didn’t deserve to win, still would hurt tho…

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: and of course DT is only DEN player having a good day as well.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: what’s really the ugliest thing (other than if matthews and parkey get shut down) is that my opp’s team is such that he started j.jones (OAK), who had his best week since week 2. yuk.

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: ok,with that FG by DEN it’s very likely i’ll only need a total of 9.71 pts from parkey/matthews, so i’d be fairly epic fail. DET probably not gonna allow any more pts, and if they get lead could even add some pts.

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i heard matthews got hurt in one of the first 2 kickoffs (i wasn’t aware he did return duties),so now i only need 4.71 pts in the 2nd half from him and parkey, and now that he’s actually playing i gotta be at least the 73-27 favorite yahoo is giving me, now that PHI is moving the ball.

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: getting nervous, only need a FG or otherwise 2.71 pts somehow. when PHI was winning this looked easy.

                    • Jay

                      Jay says:
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                      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Honestly, I love these. It’s like a biography, but with fantasy football. Tales of love, war, loss, accomplishments…

                      Did you get that field goal though?

  39. Scott says:
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    Blasted raiders. Knocked Jamaal out of the game and me out of the playoffs.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Scott: he wasn’t even that injured he said, however, OAK wasn’t competing in the football game at all, and that is what ruined his owners (me too, but i was lucky to be playing against somebody who was projected to lose to me by 53 or so, so when i went 33 under my average score i still won by less than 2). i had this group, who all had pretty ugly weeks
      j.matthews 0 pts (got hurt i heard on 1 of first 2 kickoffs, and had 1 total target)
      charles (you know how bad, about 24.5 pts lower than my league’s projections)
      luck (straight up awful, 17 under)
      evans (more than 7 under, i’m suspecting this was mostly mccown’s fault, he also had 3 TO’s, mccown i mean)
      reed (7 pts under).
      i don’t follow those projections as an informative source, but all those guys were startable compared to my bench players.
      last week brees/peyton nuked a lot of people, including pretty much any NO position player owner. I lost barely having both ingram/jimmy G in one league (clearly the guy i played had a shitty week in that one, to barely win)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, lot of prime time guys that gave fits. Megatron, Rodgers, a bunch single-handily destroyed seasons.

  40. Ryan says:
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    WELP. Probably will lose this week because of Calvin Johnson having a bad game and Connor Barth having an awesome game. Crap.

    Let’s go Sanchez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Isn’t that such a weird sentence though? It should never exist.

  41. Dom B says:
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    So McCoy got 3 TDs vultured so do you think I could win I have Alshon Jeffery he has Martellus Bennett and I’m losing by 15 pts

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Dom B: that sounds bad. I saw yr earlier post and i didn’t want to give you the bad news when hope was more valid (or at least the proof of it’s invalidity was farther away, both temporally and conceptually). hope for bennett to go out on an opening kickoff (maybe he does return duties too, like j.matthews)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Depends. Alshon could have huge game, and so could Bennett. Not impossible, but not looking good.

  42. FrankGrimes says:
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    Julius Thomas can blow me

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @FrankGrimes: yeah, what the hell. i was playing against DT, so what, sanders and JT don’t exist this week?! DT ends up as guy to have a good game on entire offense. eh, anderson did ok, but not a great game.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @FrankGrimes: To be honest, he’s been MIA for a good while now. It’s frustrating as all fuck.

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