It’s Sunday morning again.  The coffee is steaming in the mug.  The pre-game is chattering on and on and you are either excited for your fantasy playoffs or you just heard one of the chatter boxes mention (insert injured first round bust) and you start wondering if this whole fantasy football fad is all it’s cracked up to be.  Well, I hate to say it, but you are screwed like (insert a Tiger Woods acquaintance).  Next season you’ll draft the next Ray Rice, Brett Favre (who will be Brett Favre), Miles Austin, Sidney Rice, etc… Next year your computer won’t crash during the draft.  Next year you won’t get distracted by “the birth of your first child.”  Next year you’ll outscore the #1 seeded team again, but actually make the playoffs this time.  This year was a learning experience and with great suffering brings resolve and strength or some crap like that.

If you did make the playoffs things may be tense in your household this morning.  The cat for some reason is sleeping under the TV and he didn’t do that for the past thirteen Sundays, so you start throwing Lucky Charms at him.  Be nice!  Move the cat gently. Yes, he is trying to jinx you, but don’t stoop to his level!

There are many tough lineup decisions today.  I’ll take a look at some possible sleepers and busts for today and you should hit us up with your start/sit questions in the comments.  Also, all of the latest injury news will be updated in the comments as well. Good luck and let’s play some made up football!!!!

Sleeping Giants

Devin Thomas: According to Football Outsiders the Raiders are 32nd against #2 wide receivers. And unless there are more teams than I remember that isn’t very good.

Donovan McNabb: He won’t be floating in your free agent pool of course, but you may be worried about starting him in Giants Stadium; don’t be. Tony Romo almost put up 400 yards on them and McNabb threw 3 touchdowns in their first matchup. Oh, and he has DJax back.  I would feel good about starting DJax, Celek, and Maclin in that order.  McCoy is a little shakier, but is still worth a flex.

Mike Thomas: His name won’t get him much attention, but maybe he’ll take his lead from the snoringly named Chris Johnson. With Mike Sims-Walker out, Thomas should see a lot of looks and is worth a #3 receiver slot against a poor Miami secondary.

Quinton Ganther: I’ve been getting a lot of start/sit questions about Ganther and I can honestly say if he was playing against a halfway decent run defense I would tell you to drown him in the free agent pool, but in the last 6 games the Raiders are giving up 161 yards a game on the ground.  Ganther isn’t going to get 161 yards unless the event horizon starts in the Raiders’ locker room, but he’s worth a flex based solely on opportunity and matchup.

Kevin Boss: The Eagles are second to last in yards given up to tight ends. In their last matchup Boss had 70 yards and a TD. You shouldn’t play him over tight ends who get more targets, but he’s worth a shot if you are hurting at TE. Who’s the Boss? Um, I just told you.

Josh Morgan: He’s had 17 targets and 12 receptions in the last 2 games.  He is now the clear cut #2 receiver in an offense that has started throwing more than they probably should.  The Cardinals are giving up an average of 194 yards receiving to wide receivers in the last 7 games which is the worst in the NFL.

Busted Dreams

Kyle Orton: The Broncos have not felt good about using Orton besides in handing the ball off and throwing to Brandon Marshall.  The Colts are worse against the run so I expect a lot of running which should make Moreno and Buckhalter both starts, Moreno more than Bucky since he gets goal line carries.

Greg Olsen: With Devin Hester looking unlikely to play, Chuck Woodson could shadow Greg Olsen for the game.  Be wary of starting any Bear today. Unless it’s a real one.

Reggie Bush: Sean Payton doesn’t seem too keen on giving Reggie Bush much work.  He hasn’t had over 10 touches since week 3 and Payton didn’t like how Bush tip-toed out of bounds instead of lowering his head for a first down against Washington. Bush is looking like a real bust more and more.

Atlanta Running Backs: The Saints should have no trouble scoring on a horrible Falcons’ defense and Chris Redman will have to keep the ball in the air trying to dig out of a hole.  Coach Smith admitted that Jerious Norwood is still hip-hampered and Snelling hasn’t shown enough to warrant a start in a RBBC.

Fred Davis: The Raiders have given up a grand total of zero touchdowns to tight ends.  They are very tough on tight ends in the black hole.  Yeah, I said it.

Bernard Berrian: If Percy Harvin is out, it will be tempting to go with Berrian, but it looks like Leon Hall will cover B.B.  I foresee Purple Jesus returning this week and Berrian could be in the way of the second coming.

  1. AdamK says:
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    Sims-Walker needs a replacement at my wr2. I have Maclin (the foot worries me) and Britt (vs the Rams), right now I have Britt in, but Morgan and Devin Thomas are both available free agents (16 team league). How would you rank them?

  2. Titan says:
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    WR#2 replacement for Sims-Walker: Non-PPR
    Bess @ Jac
    or
    Walter vs. Sea

  3. eldee says:
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    Thanks for helping me make my triumphant return to the postseason in both leagues.

    Finley off waivers or Olsen? Todd Heap is also available if we really want to go crazy with matchups.

  4. john says:
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    McCoy, Sproles, Moats or Beanie to go w/Thomas Jones?

  5. Panic. Win and I’m in panic and MSW puts the evil on me. No real back up plan, so here’s what the wire looks like:
    Devin Thomas
    Kevin Walter
    Steve Breaston
    James Jones
    Louis Murphy
    Davon Bess
    Josh Morgan
    Your Thoughts?
    Thanks Man!

  6. notatigermistress says:
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    What’s up lunger… errr Doc?
    Have solidified a lame 5 thru 8 consolation playoff spot (starting next wk) but with a win, some help from Hesuz and outscoring an opponent by 45pts, I could see myself in the top 4… so yeah, I’m pretty much fuukt but hey, Bush was elected 2x…

    Non ppr
    Pick 1
    RB – STEWART, Bell, Forte
    Pick 2
    WR – Berrian, COTCHERY, Bess, AVANT (or waiver pick above?)

    + A flex from those remaining (currently BESS)

    Thanks in advance. Cap’d are my current picks*

  7. notatigermistress says:
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    Oh, and I’ve got Denver but starting the Pats… pretty much all I can do huh? Think they’ve got a fire burning under their asses yet?

  8. hideousmutants says:
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    Given the Falcons need to throw, I’m thinking of starting Roddy. Which two would you start on this list:

    Bolden, Roddy, Colston

  9. notatigermistress says:
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    @ Doc

    I just saw the forecast in Baltimore which looks like 43°F w/ rain around 1pm… would McGahee or Morris in NE off the wire be any better than those listed in my post above?

  10. nick m. says:
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    reports are coming out that boller may have to sit. while he is not good himself, the rookie #3 would be even worse and sjax may have absolutely no running room – if boller sits, would ganther, barber, or fred jackson be better plays? it is tough to sit a stud in the playoffs (i’m already considering benching megatron or wayne for meachem), but is it just a dumb idea period – i don’t wanna get too cute, but i also don’t want to stunt my teams output by going with the date that got me here…

  11. Jamba says:
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    “Randall Cunningham Avatar” thought RBush was a better play then Maroney in PPR. I don’t have a ton of confidence in Bush. Could you help me break the tie?

  12. JoeHorn says:
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    Gotta make a decision. PPR got to start a RB. I’ve got Forsett, Maroney and Ganther. What’s a guy to do?

  13. Brett says:
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    Word is Brady is playing, but all of the talking heads are flipping out b/c he is so banged up. Should I consider Alex Smith to hopefully get some solid points?

  14. Jordan73 says:
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    Two quick ones:

    T.O. or Kenny Britt
    SJax or Jamaal Charles

    I’m leaning towards T.O. And Charles but wouldn’t mind a second or third opinion.

  15. tourinct says:
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    Standard scoring.
    Need 2 RB, 2WR & Flex
    Maroney, Ganther, Forte, Kevin Smith, Wells
    Austin, Marshall, Megatron, Carolina Smith, Meachem

    Tough choices. Help.

  16. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ****Percy Harvin is Inactive****

  17. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @eldee: The Bears are also tough on TE’s but I like Finley more today

    @FireLovie: Tough call. If it’s ppr I like Bess, otherwise I like Walter

    @nick m.: I know how you feel with SJax. They really can’t stack the box more than they did at Chicago and he still got 100. I’d still go with him.

    @Jamba: Tough call, but Maroney could still see some goal line work so I’m going with him

    @JoeHorn: Ganther

    @Jordan73: TO and Charles

    @tourinct: Very tough RB situation there. I’d play a WR at flex for sure. Austin, Megatron, Meachem (hate to leave out Marshall!) and Smith and Ganther

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @john: McCoy

    @notatigermistress: Stewart, Avant, Bess

    @Brett: I think you have to stick with Brady at home.

  19. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ******Wow, after being listed as doubtful Mike Sims-Walker will play today****

    This hurts Mike Thomas for sure.

  20. Jimbo says:
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    PPR. Roddy, Sid Rice, Driver, Marshall. Pick 3. Does Harvin being out increase or decrease Rice’s value? Thanks!

  21. Doc

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    @hideousmutants: Very tough, I agree and I think White is a good risk to take.

  22. Mike says:
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    I have two spots between MJD, Rice and Charles. I really think Charles is going to have a huge day but I’m afraid I’m over-thinking. I need to start MJD and Rice, right?

  23. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jimbo: I think it helps him a little. I’d sit Driver out of those.

  24. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Michael Turner and Matt Ryan are OUT****

  25. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ****Mike Bell is inactive****

    Upgrade PT a lot, Bush a little.

  26. Drew says:
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    pick 1, .5/reception

    Benson, LT, Maroney, Ganther

  27. Drew says:
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    also, Britt or Roy Williams, .5/reception

    and Kaeding or Hartley?

  28. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Drew: LT, Roy, Kaeding

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mike: I worry a little about Charles’ fumbles and getting nicked up. Stick with your studs.

  30. Joe B says:
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    I need a flex for a 1/2 PPR… Mike Sims-Walker, Braylon Edwards, or Jerious Norwood???

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Joe B: MSW

  32. Matt B says:
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    Best DST start NEXT week:
    Texans DST @ STL
    Seahawks DST vs. TB

  33. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Matt B: Seahawks at home

  34. I need help. ANYONE. I made the playoffs in a TD only league. Didn’t even knew i made it till this AM. They let 8 teams in out of 12… and I’m 7.

    Barber or Chrs Brown TD only league. I lean towards Brown though SEA has a respectable run defense.

  35. Dave says:
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    Worried about Vince Young’s injury. Are any of these a better play? Palmer, Henne or Campbell.

    Razzball has been a big help all season.

    Thanks,
    Dave

  36. jex says:
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    standard scoring – Sims Walker or Forsett? MSW worries me and I think Forsett is guaranteed to get at least eight points.

  37. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dave: I’d stick with VY. It’s too hard to predict injuries.

  38. Nadingo says:
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    Need a flex in non-PPR: MSW, Snelling, or Antonio Bryant?

  39. Nadingo says:
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    scratch that — I actually need two out of those three.

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Nadingo: MSW and Snelling

  41. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    Just read that Forsett will be handling kickoff returns as well today, which could be a decent amount against Houston! I’m in a return yardage league, so do you advise Forsett or McCoy? I had McCoy in until I read that Forsett will be returning kicks… Thanks for your suggestions

  42. Lis Franc says:
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    PPR league (1 pt). Need a miracle from a schmohawk RB for my second RB slot: Barber, Ganther, Moats, J. Jones, or Forsett?

  43. Drew

    Drew says:
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    @Tyme: Forsett fo sho

  44. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Lis Franc: I think that Chargers game will be high scoring. Barber

  45. Is MSW going to produce? Thanks Doc.

  46. Doc, is it McCoy, Bush, or Maroney at Flex?

  47. nick m. says:
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    looking ahead, would you rather have the Texans D @ Miami week 16, or Raiders D @ Cleveland?

  48. Mattb says:
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    h2h
    Mike Sims-Walker (I guess is active now), Davone Bess, Kenny Britt, I need 2. Thanks Doc!

  49. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: Raiders

  50. Can we trust MSW or would you go with the for sure 6 points out of Walter or Bess?

  51. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @FireLovie: I like McCoy barely

  52. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mattb: Britt

    I’m a little worried about MSW. If you have a comparable back up it will be safer to go with him.

  53. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    0.5ppr

    MSW or Bess?

  54. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): If you feel like playing it safe I like Bess. I usually don’t so I would go with MSW. But it does bite me in the ass sometimes!

  55. Mattb says:
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    I could pick up Devin Thomas or insert Bess…

  56. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Sorry, Doc…looks like you answered my question about MSW while I was typing my initial question

    Like Britt, Bess seems to be the safer play than MSW

  57. sal says:
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    1 opt ppr Sims walker or Avery? Just saying bc Sims could re-injure himself by the third play of the game. Is it worth it?

  58. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mattb: I like Thomas

    @sal: I really don’t like Avery since he is hurting. I’d stick with MSW

  59. Doc, I’m going to go click on some ads now. Thanks for all your help.

  60. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @FireLovie: I’d go Walter

  61. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    ANDRE JOHNSON BABY!! WOOOOOOOO

  62. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Tyme: Huge start for Schaub and AJ.

  63. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Jeez, Ryan Grant 62 yard TD

  64. Mattb says:
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    Manning is killing me!!! Let Addai rush for that 1 yard TD! lol

  65. Mattb says:
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    Btw…any News on Steven Jackson??

  66. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Manning is killing me too, he won’t give the ball to Wayne! I don’t care if he is quadruple covered, get that fool the ball!! Now they are probably gonna bench all their starters…. great

  67. Jon says:
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    I don’t have to ask this but I am – Devin thomas or Vincent jackson this afternoon (ppr)?

  68. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mattb: Should be the same as every week. He should go.

    @Jon: VJax

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: I really thought he’d try to give Wayne more looks today

  69. Jon says:
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    devin thomas or kenny britt?

  70. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ***Steven Jackson is officially active***

  71. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jon: I like Britt unless we get bad news about VY

  72. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Reggie Bush with 2 TD’s today. He is driving me crazy!

  73. Doc

    Doc says:
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    ****Vince Young is officially ACTIVE****

  74. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    Jamaal Charles. No big deal.

  75. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    Watching the SEA and HOU game (don’t ask why), and Forsett is SO much better and more elusive than Jones. It boggles my mind why they keep going back to him…

  76. Mattb says:
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    What are the Saints doing??? Atlanta’s gonna pull this one off…why try to fake a field goal??

  77. Mattb says:
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    Wow…ok maybe not..

  78. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Tyme: Insane

    @Mattb: Looks like they will pull out another close one

  79. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    Chris Johnson, greatest fantasy season ever?

  80. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    CJ best fantasy season ever?

  81. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: If he breaks Faulks yards from scrimmage record it would look like it

  82. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Wow, Fred Davis with 2 TD’s. That’s a total of 2 given up by the Raiders this year! Geez!

  83. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    I am PISSED! I had Brady, Barber, Mendy, Rice, and Wayne. My starters picked a perfect week to crap on me. Not one of them in double digit points. Thank god Bironas is at least keeping my team on life support. I just can’t wait for baseball season to start. A fantasy sport that actually rewards good roster moves.

  84. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    I’m in a keeper league, and Ahmad Bradshaw was just dropped. I haven’t been following him much this season. This is also a return league (does he still return kicks or punts?). Bottom line is, what does Bradshaw’s long term value look like?

  85. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Tyme: How many keepers do you get? He has good value, but he also will continue to be in a RBBC. If he heals up well he should see a lot more work next season.

  86. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    We get to keep as many keepers as we want. He’ll be worth $5,312,500 next season, and out cap is $58,000,000. I could go into more detail if you want, but it would most likely come down to keeping him or Sproles for next year. Sproles Salary – $6,062,500.

  87. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    Well my girlfriend doesn’t know much about fantasy football so I figured I’d let you guys know what my season comes down to. I’m currently losing 132.44 – 130.36. I thought I had this thing locked up until Bironas took the field this afternoon (19 points… really?). So this comes down to Brent Celek. Will he put up 21 reception yards, or catch a TD? He only hasn’t done that once this year, so it’s looking pretty good for me… we’ll see how it turns out… In Celek we trust!

  88. weas says:
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    Your Busted Dreams section is pretty funny.

  89. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Tyme: Celek should be able to get that for you! Good luck!

    I think I like Sproles in a return yardage league. Bradshaw will have Ware and Jacobs to contend with and LT will probably break down at some point.

  90. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: yeah great post today,ive been busy(back to work) and gone all weekend but as always checked in for your latest news and advice,no offense,but im glad you didnt make our playoffs,your peaking

  91. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Tyme: There you go! Get it over with early Celek!

  92. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, wish I could have snuck in to the playoffs. Oh well!

  93. Cheese

    Tyme says:
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    Yep. Definitely feels good. Especially when the teams with the two highest point totals for the week are facing off. Good to come out on top. Now as long as Celek doesn’t fumble 3 times…

  94. Jimbo says:
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    Wow. I had Marshall, Clark, Ricky, Gathner and Bironas and still lost. 1 and done in the playoffs. Thanks for all the help guys. I won reg. season best record so that is something. Wouldn’t have made it that far without your help. Already looking forward to next year.

  95. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jimbo: Wow! Must have been up against some stiff competition!

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