Week 16 had a lot of big scorers come from odd names: Brandon Jackson, Jabar Gaffney, Darren Sproles, and not Curtis Painter. Hopefully you sat your Colts except for Austin Collie and started only players who scored lots of points!

I know not everybody’s league is over, including the RCL leagues, so we’ll be going into as much detail about injuries and matchups for week 17 as we have for the whole season.

Our fantasy contest will be decided tonight and it looks like Guy and Asdrubal Bastardo will be vying for the prize. If Purple Jesus can score 23 or more points Mr. Bastardo can win at the wire.  Good luck to you both!

Here are my thoughts on Sunday’s games:

Jonathan Stewart and the Carolina Panthers punched the Giants in the mouth and then teabagged them after they were knocked out on the ground. If Stewart didn’t have D Willy to contend with he would be a top 10 back.  Williams and Stewart are only the sixth running back duo to go for a thousand yards a piece in the same year.  I’m guessing John Fox is kicking himself for sticking with Delhomme for so long, or at least he should be.

Peyton Manning: He kept his helmet on and sang “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!” while Caldwell ignored him and put in Curtis Painter to prove that our old timey surnames should determine our careers.

Jerome Harrison: He carried the ball 39 times which set a Browns’ record and had a touchdown and 148 yards. He will have some competition from James Davis next year, but he is every down material.  We’ll have to see how things play out in Cleveland, but he will be high in a lot of rankings this off season. Including ours.

Brandon Jackson: Jebus! What happened up in Green Bay? The Seahawks are making a run for worst team in the NFL. As I was needing Aaron Rodgers to throw for a few touchdowns instead he was handing off to Grant and Jackson. Oh fantasy football Gods, why are you so fickle?

Brandon Jacobs: He has gone from a bull to a steer (they have their junk snipped).  Ahmad Bradshaw is the better of the two and should be the one you want next year.

Laurence Maroney: This is why you don’t own Patriot running backs.  Maroney fumbles on the goal line and he’s done. Sammy Morris became the fantasy back for the rest of the game.  Another situation to just stay away from unless Belichick takes a leave of absence.

Mike Sims-Walker: He was only targeted three times.  Hrm?  He wasn’t on the injury report and the Jags needed to throw, so it doesn’t make much sense.  Maybe today was just a bad day for hyphenated fantasy players.

Wes Welker: He was hurt early in the season and missed 2 games and has 122 receptions, breaking his franchise record.  I think that’s an average of 36.5 receptions a game.  You may want to check my math.  The guy is a ppr monster.

Cedric Benson: His injury slowed down a huge fantasy season, but he helped a lot of teams this year and his 140 yards against the Chiefs wasn’t too bade. He should be good to go once again next season.  Bernard Scott will push him, but he should keep the starting job.  All this next year talk is making me sad.

Jamaal Charles: He had a tough matchup against a good Bengals’ defense and still totaled 124 yards. We were confident he could do it against weaker teams, but this game makes it easier to see him as an every week starter next season.  As my mom used to say, “he’s a keeper!”  She always loved my brother more!  Next week he should run over Denver.

Steve Smith: Eli Manning was horrid just like the rest of his team, but Smith was one of the few bright spots for the Giants. He will be high on many waiver wire pickups of the year lists.

Arian Foster: One week too late! Foster had 97 yards and a touchdown the week after being benched in the first quarter after fumbling. I don’t want to get into how stupid Kubiak is.  When you argue with fools, well, you know.  The Texans running backs are a mess going into the off season.

Justin Forsett: Once again he looked better than Julius Jones.  It’s too late for him this year, but he should pass Jones as the #1 back next year.  Now, if  Matt Hasselbeck can suck less.

Matt Hasselbeck: Yes, he’s thrown 4 interceptions, but that was against the Packers in the frozen tundra and what not; cut him some slack!  Wait, what’s that? He also threw 4 last week at home? Against the Bucs!? Oh, what’s up with that?

Ryan Grant: I haven’t been a Ryan Grant believer this season, but he went and showed me! His 97 yards and 2 touchdowns could have been much better if Brandon Jackson hadn’t vultured 3 TD’s!  I’m never going to think he is an elite back, but he gets the job done.  I’ll still be wary of him next year, but you can call me an idiot if you want.

Robert Meachem: Another waiver wire success this year.  He got into the end zone once again. He gets a TD every 4.75 catches. How he gets three quarters of a catch is a mystery, but Meachem is a TD magician.

Roddy White: He came on strong for the fantasy championship game with 139 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The Falcons will be back next year and White and Ryan will be had at good value.

Cadillac Williams: He ran for 148 total yards against a pitiful Saints run defense.  He still can play, but there is no clear winner in the Bucs backfield.  Josh Freeman has a chance to be a decent QB and could help Ward or Williams to some decent numbers next year, but both are such injury risks it will be impossible to recommend either.

Thomas Jones: He continues to put up numbers even with Shonn Greene cutting into his carries. The Jets offensive line should get a lot of credit for how well the 31 year old Jones has played this year, but Jones continues to stay healthy.  Greene had a nice game as well and it will be interesting to see how long Jones holds him off.

Quinton Ganther: He’s not very good.  If he even makes a starting roster next year I would be surprised.

Pierre Thomas: It finally looked like he might have a decent game, well, for him, he did, but he was injured and didn’t play in the second half. Sean Payton, Bill Belichick and Gary Kubiak are fantasy RB coolers.

  1. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Lets go AP! I want that mug!!

  2. stumanji says:

    Many thanks to the Razzballians for a season’s worth of advice and entertainment. Your pre-season rankings gave me solid core rosters and advice on pickups/drops and start/sit definitely helped with my successes. In my 3 leagues, my finishes are as follows (regular season/playoffs): 1st/1st, 1st/2nd, 2nd/3rd.

    Do you guys plan to post anything in the offseason?

  3. Doc

    Doc says:

    @stumanji: Congrats! I’m glad we could help! Yes, we will be posting all offseason. Hope you keep reading!

  4. stumanji says:

    @Doc: That’s great news. Happy holidays.

  5. Guy says:

    Awfully quiet in here today…

    Anyway, ive got a SB matchup in Week 17 (kinda sucks). Ive got Tom Brady but I feel I might have to bench him next week. Best options are VY @ Sea and A Smith @ Stl. Thoughts? (One rule difference is 1 point per completion and neg 1 per incompletion. Not sure if that affects your opinion.)

    Also…GO CHI D!!! Gotta get me a t-shirt!!!

  6. Portofino says:

    Ha I’m in the same boat as bastardo. 23 down with purple jesus left. Although I do have ryan longwell too

  7. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Guy: I think you have to stick with Brady. They don’t have the 3rd seed wrapped up.

  8. Cheddar says:

    My RB’s are mendenhall, P Thomas, Shone Greene. I am in the middle of the pack in a keeper league and not in the playoffs. I was not totally thinking about the playoffs contenders and picked up Harrison from the Browns thinking about next year as well as trying to finish above .500 for the season. Anyways I guess my waiver selection was ahead of one of the playoff participants and he got all pissy about it and complained to the commish, the commish did say he should have told us not to pick up anyone but said as long as I keep for next year its not a problem. Was this a bush move and should I drop Harrison so he can pick up for next week?

  9. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    @Cheddar: If it’s a keeper, then he should quit his bitchin’. You wanted to get Harrison as a keeper, and you did, no foul there.

  10. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Cheddar: I agree with Bastardo. If it wasn’t a keeper league it would be a different story.

  11. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Yeah!! AP got me that 23. Sonovabench beer mug is mine! That was crazy, AP had the 23 pts, then he fumbled in OT, but the 15 yards he gained before fumbling kept him at 23! Thanks Razzball for making that game that I had no previous interest in mean something

  12. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Congrats! It came down to the wire! Send me your address and which mug you want to doc at razzball dot com

  13. Howie says:

    @Doc: An idea for a future post (or series of)… a critique of your pre-season rankings, along with initial thoughts for next year’s pecking order (by position). I can’t recall anyone ever going back and assessing their pre-season guidance (probably because it is typically so crappy in retrospect) so that might be a novel approach and a good segue into laying groundwork for the next season.

    I enjoyed your thoughts and insight along the way…

  14. sal says:

    Yo guys… 21 questions… ALright my championship is this week and I got bit by the injury bug last week. Below is my current roster – Let me know what you guys think in regards to switching up as some people may not play. Any word on GBay players sitting?

    What about Bills D vs the colts back ups?

    And finally my opponent has brady so I think I may just add every possible replacement QB I can in case he doesnt start. I was thinking of going for Alex Smith, Vince Yong and Carson Palmer in that order.

    QB: Rodgers
    RB: SJAX (if he plays)
    RB: J Charles
    FLEX: J Harrison
    FLEX: Knowshon Moreno
    WR: Calvin Johnson
    WR: Greg Jennings
    WR: MSW
    TE: JFinley
    D: Cinn.
    K: Hartley

    Bench: P.Thomas, Greg Olsen, Hakeem Nicks, Josh Morgan, ARI D

    Thanks for the info!

  15. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Thanks, Doc, for the posts throughout the season. I, too, am kinda sad to see it reach an end. Fantasy Basketball just doesn’t cut it, and it seems a long time till spring training.

    A couple of comments – Ahmad Bradshaw, considering the circumstances, had a heck of a year. He had too ankle injuries, and a foot injury; was on crutches, and in a boot at different times of the year, and ran behind an OL which, for some mysterious reason, wasn’t the devastating run blocking force that it had been for the prior four years. As for Brandon Jacobs, my theory is that unless he gets momentum going into the secondary, he is an easy tackle. I am not so sure he had a bad season, as his running style only works with an OL that gives a strong initial push. As for Thomas Jones – any decent RB could run in back of the Jets OL – there are 4 former #1 picks on that line. He’s good, but in a terrific situation.

    I watched Matt Moore in two games – against the Vikings and the Giants – and he appears to be the real deal. I have always liked Fox as a coach, but agree that his decision to stay with Delhomme for so long not only cannot be justified, but likely cost them a playoff position. They look like a completely different team with a competant QB, for they unlock Steve Smith, and make that RB combo even more deadly.

    Question – any info on whether the Saints intend to play their starters for most if not all of the game Sunday?

    Again, thanks

  16. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Howie: Yeah, I’ll be looking at that while looking at next years projections. Thanks!

    @sal: I’m currently working on a playoff scenario/fantasy post. New England and Cincinnati are tough to figure, but the Packers will almost certainly rest their starters. The difference between the 3/4 seeds and the difference between 5/6 seeds aren’t that big.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I wouldn’t trust the Saints. I agree with your comments. I really see Shonn Greene being the man next year.

  17. Damion says:

    I ended up making the finals….My guys scored 147 points and beat the opposition by 55 pts.

    This week is the finale….a chance to go back to back…heres my lineup and give me info if you can

    Flex- Grant/wells/maybe pick up brandon jax

    Im not sure which way to go because of the possibility of being sat for the playoffs

  18. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Damion: You are doing ok except for Fitz and Jennings. Both could see decreased playing time, especially if Minnesota wins the early game. What backup WR’s do you have?

  19. Damion says:

    all I have is austin…..

  20. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Damion: Aromashodu would be a good pick up for this week. Who else do you have on the waiver wire?

  21. Damion says:

    james jones chris chambers

  22. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Damion: I’d look at Aromashodu and B Jackson. If it looks like the Packers or Cards plan on resting starters you can substitute in Jackson.

  23. Damion says:

    muhammad and maclin too

  24. Damion says:

    49ers or Jets D?

  25. Damion says:

    Just dropped carson palmer for aromashodu. who should I drop to pick up Brandon Jackson? m.turner, b.wells, maybe one of the jets or 49ers D?

  26. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Damion: I like Maclin about the same as Aroma and the 49ers D unless we know for sure the Bengals are sitting their starters.

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