By the time you have read this, the most anticipated movie of the year, perhaps decade, will have been unleashed upon us. Instead of catching a midnight showing, I have opted for the Friday morning 11am viewing at the IMAX Theater in Jordan’s Furniture. Most of you are probably thinking “where the freak is that?”. So I’ll tell you. Up here in Natick, MA there is giant furniture store. The place is massive, filled with high quality home decor ranging from televisions to mattresses to sofas. But the best thing about this place is its IMAX theater. I’ve been to my share of movie theaters over the years and this place is the bees knees. Hands down. When I used to live five minutes away I’d go see whatever movie was playing, even if I had no interest. Each seat is crafted from Tempurpedic memory foam and is equipped with a butt kicker. A “butt kicker” is a built in speaker/subwoofer. The sound and screen size is amazing, leaving you immersed in the film. Apparently WIRED Magazine has selected this theater as one of the top 7 screens in the US to see Star Wars, The Force Awakens. Can’t wait!

Since returning from injury, Matt Forte has scored a touchdown in two of three games, averaging 15 carries, 57 rushing yards, 2.3 receptions and 18.6 yards receiving per game. Not quite Matt Forte-esque, but as long as he can get in the end zone, I’m ok with it. This week he faces off against Minnesota, the team against whom he injured his MCL in week 8. Before leaving that game in the 3rd quarter Forte had 41 yards rushing and 28 yards in the air on 4 receptions. Jeremy Langford finished up the game in Forte’s place, totaling 46 yards on the ground. While Langford certainly opened up some eyes during Forte’s three game absence and has earned a share of the position, the slight advantage still holds with Forte.

Let’s try some “back of a napkin” math here. The Vikings defense is allowing 96.6 yards rushing, 4.2 receptions and 35.2 receiving yards per game to opposing running backs. If Forte can make the most of his 60% share of the Bears RB timeshare, he’d be looking at 58 yards, 2-3 catches and 21 yards in the air. Those numbers seem to align rather well with his performance against Minnesota in week 8. I see the upside at about 65 yards, 4 receptions and 40 yards. If he can throw in a touchdown we’ll be in business.

I mentioned on Wednesday that I like Jeremy Hill this week. My rankings have the Niners at the bottom of the list when it comes to defending opposing running backs. They are giving up nearly 120 yards rushing and at least 1 touchdown per game. With 8 rushing touchdowns, Hill trails only Devonta Freeman (9) and Adrian Peterson (9). While those 8 scores did come in bunches, I still think he finds the end zone in this one. Call it a hunch, you can…

Another guy I’m taking a shot with is Eric Ebron. With Tyler Eifert out and most other reasonable options non-existent from the waiver wire, Ebron stuck out. The Saints have the softest defense to opposing tight ends, yielding a league high 81.8 yards and just under a touchdown per game. I’m hoping for a respectable performance this week. Heck who am I kidding, I hoping he blows the doors off this puppy. While I don’t expect that to happen, I’ll be happy with respectable.

Anyone else stashing Julian Edelman?

May the Forte be with you!

  1. Scooter G says:
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    Would you start Forte over 2 of these players this week? D Robinson, b brown, T hightower

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scooter G: It would be between Forte, Shoelace and Hightower. I will think about and get back to you later today…

  2. Jake says:
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    Would you start Hill over Lacy or hightower ? Also would you start Cooks or Lockett this week ?

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jake: Tough one there. I like Hightower’s matchup, but want to get Hill in the lineup. I think I go with Hill over Lacy because of matchups, but I’m glad I’m not actually in said predicament. Lacy has been all over the place. Tough call…

      Lockett

  3. Viktor Vaughn says:
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    Bryce Brown or Theo Riddick in a PPR league?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Viktor Vaughn: Leaning Riddick…

  4. Jake says:
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    If Eddlemen plays this week would you start him over Cobb or Fitzgerald ? I want to start him over Fitzgerald due to Fitz not finding the endzone what are your thoughts

    • malamoney

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      @Jake: I don’t think so, but I guess if he were to start that would be because he was physically able. But I don’t see that happening…

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Got bounced in the first round of my 10-tm dynasty playoffs so used waivers this week to stockpile talent for next year. There weren’t any enticing RB so I went with WR, and now I’ve got way more than I need. Most seasons I carry 3-4 WR on my roster, as we start 2 and a flex, and with standard scoring my flex has historically been a RB (though with Foster and Forte getting hurt and Hill sucking for most of the year, I had a WR there a lot this season). Now I have EIGHT WR. Obviously will see how things shake out in the offseason and figure out who to move then, but wanted to get your take on some of the young guys. Here’s my WR corps, with their ages:

    Megatron (30)
    Dez (27)
    K. Allen (23)
    Hurns (24)
    Lockett (23)
    DGB (22)
    Kevin White (22)
    Agholor (22)

    Will see what kind of RB I can get for Megatron at the beginning of next year, but do you think my young guys are enough for me to move Dez as well? Which of those young’uns are your favorite long-term prospects?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I think so. I like DGB the best. I was high on Agholor coming into the season, but this just isn’t his year…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @malamoney: i said it at the start of the year (when i drafted him 4th overall in a deep dynasty, just missing cooper) that he might be one of those WR that take 3 years to be good. it also might be kelly’s innovations holding him back.

  6. Jack says:
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    1. Torn between Barnidge (@ Seattle) or Gates (vs. Miami). PPR
    2. Flex – Martavis Bryant (vs. Den), Delanie Walker (@ NE), or Buck Allen (vs. KC) PPR
    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jack: Barnidge and Bryant…

  7. Steve says:
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    WR3 problems 0.5ppr semifinals: I have Devante Parker, picked up Inman, still on waivers: Nate Washington, Gacon, Diggs, Kearse, and Wheaton – Who should I start or pickup and start?

    Would you start Brandon Bolden over Charcandrick West or Tim Hightower?

    Gates or Reed?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Steve: No on Bolden. Reed. I’ll have to think more about the first question as all of those guys are equally uninviting…

  8. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man… Do you like Brandon Bolden or Marvin Jones at flex?? PPR

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: I guess Jones…

  9. Joe says:
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    Scraping bottom of the RB barrel in my PPR league due to injuries. I must start two of the following RBs and roster up to six. Which two should I start and which ones shouldn’t even be on my roster?

    Hightower, Draughn, Starks, Langford, Crowell, Mathews, Polk, B.Brown, Christine M.

    • malamoney

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      @Joe: Hightower and then either Starks or Brown with a touch of Langford. The uncertainty around Brown makes me nervous. The Lacy/Starks share is another unknown. And I think Forte gets the edge over Langford…

  10. John says:
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    Half PPR

    Bryce Brown or Bilal Powell

    Hurns or Kamar Aiken

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @John: Powell. Tough call. Leaning Aiken…

  11. samsonite says:
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    love your work.

    need to start 1 RB out of bryce brown, hillman, starks, abdullah or melvin gordon. thoughts?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @samsonite: Thanks. Wow, what a group. Either Starks or Brown…

  12. m1chael says:
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    .5 ppr league
    tampa took a dump on me so now I have to play catch up.
    pick 2 rbs
    Hightower
    Forte
    Draughn
    BBrown
    My wrs im sticking with is alshon julio and arob

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @m1chael: Hightower and Forte…

  13. Onemoretime says:
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    I’m an 8 point dog…. Pick 2.

    Alshon jeffery, sammy Watkins, tim Hightower

    Also. Josh brown or Matt prater at kicker.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Onemoretime: Jeffery and Hightower. Brown…

      • Onemoretime says:
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        @malamoney: thank you…

        Quick question and hate to bother you, but can you elaborate a little on why Hightower over Sammy? My opponent has the likes of ODB, Gronk, cam, Aj green, etc…

        I know ESPN projections mean nothing, but they have me as a 8 point underdog and my guys are definetely more boom or bust than his (Lamar miller, Freeman, bortles, etc) I feel as if I need upside to win this contest..

        Buffalo’s targets to Sammy can be so random, but I think he might have the upside factor vs Hightower. I’m truly lost on what to do. I appreciate your advice on Hightower. I could easily see him having a mark Ingram game of 80 yards and like 3 touchdowns or something crazy, which would be very hard for Sammy to outproduce.

        Thanks

        • malamoney

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          @Onemoretime: With 28 carries, Hightower seems to be the lead back in NO. This weeks he goes against Detroit. My stats have them ranked in the bottom 5 against opposing running backs, averaging 95 yards and a touchdown per game. I like Hightower’s chances of scoring a touchdown, which is the ultimate reason I have him over Watkins. If he can run for even just 65 yards and a score, you’re looking at 12.5 points in standard leagues. Watkins has really turned it on as of late, but I think his chances of scoring a TD are lower than Hightowers. All of this is not to say that Sammy won’t finish the day with 6 catches for 100 yards and a score. Here’s how I have them:

          Expected:
          Hightower: 70 yards and a touchdown = 13 points
          Watkins: 90 yards = 9 points

          Upside:
          Hightower: 90 yards and a touchdown = 15 points
          Watkins: 120 and a touchdown = 18 points

          If I’m playing it safe I take Hightower. If I think they fall somewhere in the middle of these projections, it’s pretty close. If you are hoping for upside, go Watkins. If this is a PPR, go Watkins…

          • Onemoretime says:
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            @malamoney: wow thanks for the in depth touch.. That really spells it out for me how you come to your conclusions. How did you build your model? Do you use a sites baseline projections then add multiplying factors of your own, etc… Or is yours bottom up your own? Very cool. Fwiw your draft model gave me, in my opinion, a top 3 draft out of 12 teams so thank you.

            Best of luck if you have teams alive. Still not sure if I’m going Hightower or Watkins. Guy had DMC and even tho he didn’t go crazy (11 pt’s) I was really hoping he’d have a harder time and lay a 4 or 5 pt game out there to give me some breathing room. I think I’m not a 10 point underdog so may need the upside.

            Thanks again.

  14. Dru says:
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    Need some help here… lost Stewart this week… having a tough debate between starting Whittaker or Melvin Gordon… half point PPR league… langford and fee jackson on waivers… your thoughts?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dru: Gordon hasn’t done shit. I’d go either Fozzy or Langford…

  15. Forkorspoon says:
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    Would you start Forte over either Ivory or DeA Williams? I already have Martin locked in and am thinking of Williams & Ivory before Forte due to his timeshare concerns.

    Also, how concerned would you be about starting Olsen this week with his recent injury concerns and Carolina lead in standings? I picked up Zach Miller just in case the choice was obvious and don’t want to get burned with a sub 5 point performance from Olsen should they choose to give him a light workload and/or rest him.

    • malamoney

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      @Forkorspoon: I might. They both have tough matchups. As tough as DeAngelo’s matchup is, I don’t think I could sit him. So I might go Forte over Ivory, but I expect them to yield similar results…

      • malamoney

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        @malamoney: Scratch the comment about Ivory having a touch matchup. I was looking at the wrong spreadsheet. I think I go Williams and Ivory, but I do feel some potential upside to Forte…

  16. BR808 says:
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    Sub man! Big matchup this week means big decisions. Pick 2 – Landry, Watkins, or Decker? Thanks for your time

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @BR808: Decker and Watkins…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Grey: You went to a screening?

      I loved movie and I am a die hard Star Wars nerd. Some minor flaws, but overall it was a great story. Lots of parallels to A New Hope, but that was fine with me. Some scenes gave me the chills. Namely Han Solo’s debut and when we see at the top of the mountain. Was that the location of the old Jedi Temple? Even C-3PO’s debut was well done. Very C-3PO-esque. Overall I give it a 9 and will be going to see it again in the next 2 weeks.

      Here are the answers I need. Who are Rey’s parents? And where did Snoke come from?

      • Grey

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        @malamoney: Yeah, I went to a screening at the WGA… Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams and a few other less notables… Luke has to be Rey’s dad, mom is up in the air now, I’d guess someone we don’t know yet that will get in the next movie in a big way… Like a Meryl Streep type guest star… Not sure on Snoke, he’s the big bad like in past films… I liked it a lot, thought it was my third favorite after Empire and A New Hope

        • malamoney

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          @Grey: I think he has to be her daughter too. Although a Kylo Ren/Rey (brother/sister) feud is more interesting than one between cousins. Either way I am pretty sure Kylo Ren had something to do with leaving Rey on Jakku. When he turned to the dark side and killed the young Jedi I think he protected her and left her in Jakku himself. Luke might not even know she was still alive. I’m not even sure who her mother is/was matters.

          The thing about Snoke for is that he seems pretty old. Does that mean he was lurking in the shadows all these years during Sidious’s reign? Is he Plagueis? If you haven’t listened to the Darth Plagueis book I recommend it. Great filler on Sidious’s rise to power. Either way it make me wonder where he was during the first 6 films.

          I could also see a set of prequels being done for these three new movies. Although the numbering would work. They would should the 30 years between ROTJ and The Force Awakens. At a minimum I hope they sanction official books at some point. Audiobooks are the shit!

          This is one of my top 3 as well. However, unlike many, I really liked Revenge of the Sith. I loved how it tied everything together. You knew what had to happen during the course of the movie, but watching it unfold after years of knowing what happens, was awesome. The Obi-wan/Anakin fight. The birth of Darth Vader. The purging of the Jedi. Can’t wait for more.

          How did you get to go to the screening? If I win the RCL do I get to go to the next one?

  17. Sam says:
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    I’m torn between starting Eric Ebron or Richard Rodgers? Are there any other TE streamers with alliterative names I can hinge my season on?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Sam: I’d probably go with Rodgers with the news of Ebron being sick and playing on Monday night…

  18. Onemoretime says:
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    Should we fade alshon or think of benching him due to his calf/illness or roll the dice? He’s been a decoy before but I’m not sure if this situation will be similar.

    I have to pick 2 between Sammy, alshon, and Tim Hightower. Didn’t know if the alshon news changed things. They say he’s playing 4 hours before game time so i suppose that’s optimistic?

    Thanks for all you guys do. Your spreadsheets were great I hope you do them again next year. Helped me do well in my draft.

  19. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy what’s up..! So if it were your team in a PPR, Lol, Rivers on Thursday or Cousins on Saturday night?? Also, Detroit or Miami defense?? Rivers @ Oak and Cousins @ PHI.. Det @ SF & Miami @ IND

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: What up Frank! Cousins and Detroit…

      • Frank White says:
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        Good looks Brotha!!! Have a Happy Holiday and good luck on the games

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Frank White: Right back atcha!

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