Instead of telling you how good and especially how horrible your players were yesterday (yeah, I’m looking at you Kyle Orton) I thought I would take a look at some pickups that might help us in the fantasy playoffs.

Tashard Choice: He ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and except for a ton of goal line carries that he couldn’t do anything with he looks like the better early down running back between himself and Felix Jones.  He should continue to see a goodly amount of work and if he happens to be available you pick him up.

Chris Ivory: With his 100 yard, 2 touchdown performance, he may have helped solidify his spot as the lead back even if Pierre Thomas actually some day in the future returns.

James Starks: Our man Rex has had Indigestion over JStar for awhile now and finally we get to see him in a game in which he took over the lead back responsibilities.  He had 18 carries for 73 yards which isn’t Barry Sanders-like, but it does show that he has the trust of the coaches to take the bulk of the carries and that is all we ask out of our waiver wire friends.

Jahvid Best: I had written him off for dead, but he looked healthy against the Bears totaling 97 yards on 10 touches.  If someone gave up on him you should scoop him up.

James Davis: He had 9 carries to Keiland Williams’ 5 and also 3 receptions to his 2, and outperformed him with 81 total yards.  This isn’t much of anything when talking about the pathetic Redskins, but as long as Torain is out, Davis looks like the lead back and he has more ability than any of the Redskins runners.

Tim Hightower: The only reason I bring him up is because it looks like Beanie has completely lost all favor with The Whiz.  Of course this could change next week, but the Cardinals do have a decent schedule against rush defenses and Hightower had 15 carries for 81 yards against the Rams.

Jonathan Stewart: I’m sure he’s not available, but if he is, you have to get him.  Even though Mike Goodson got a TD he only touched the ball 3 times.  Tyrell Sutton had more looks than him.  Stewart is the only guy to own in Carolina now.

Earl Bennett: Figuring out who will get the ball in Chicago gets tougher each week, but Bennett looked like the real deal with some tough catches yesterday.  I would feel pretty good about adding him in PPR.

Roy Williams: With a nice fantasy schedule coming up and Dez Bryant out for the season, Roy is going to get plenty of looks.

Ben Watson: 10 receptions, 100 yards and a touchdown from a tight end would have come in pretty handy if you were crazy enough to start him.  Trying to find the right tight end to help you in your fantasy playoffs seems like an impossible task.  He gets Buffalo next week who isn’t strong against tight ends.  You could do worse.

Brandon Pettigrew: Drew Stanton has targeted him the most in the two games he’s played this season.  It’s hard not to like a tight end who is leading his team in targets.  I’m guessing he is owned on many of your leagues, but tight ends not named Gates and Tamme are being dropped and picked up all over the place.

Seyi Ajirotutu: He had 8 targets, with many of them of the bombish variety, but only grabbed 2 for a few yards.  But with those targets it’s hard not to like his potential as long as VJax and Naanee are still gimpy.

Anthony Armstrong: He had ten targets, hauling in 6 for 97 yards and a touchdown.  He also has a pretty nice schedule coming up with TB, Dallas and Jacksonville.  I like him to not suck too bad.

  1. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Rookie Season: I like ATL. Carolina has been playing a little better, but Clausen still has more interceptions for TDs than TDs.

  2. Wilsonian says:
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    0.5 PPR for the rest of the year (rank ‘em):

    Cooley, Boss, Winslow, Dreessen/Daniels, Watson?

    Stewart, Choice, Lynch, Starks, Best?

    Driver, Meachem, Armstrong, Bennett?

  3. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: and would you play Watson over Cooley for this coming Week 14?

  4. Hi Doc, What do you think of Sidney Rice going forward? Basically looking for a flex play for the playoffs: Rice, Bennett or Meacham?

  5. I noticed Ivory on waivers. Would he be worth dropping Blount?

  6. Damion says:
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    I did it DOC! I made the playoffs!! whoo hoo! I went from irrelevant and left for dead at 3-6 and made the playoffs as a 3 Seed at 7-6. Now out of these TE’s, whom do you trust to have the most production ?
    1.)Boss, Celek, Dressen, OD, Shiancoe, Keller?
    2.) Would you keep 1 of these guys or 2 just in case??
    If so, which one or which 2?

  7. Nick says:
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    @Howard: NO! Did you see Blount this weekend? He ran all over Hotlanta’s Defense!

  8. Doc

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    @Wilsonian: I’d go with Cooley, Stewart and Armstrong.

    @Howard: Rice looks like he’ll continue to get targets. He’s too good not to.

    @Howard: No, Blount has a nice schedule.

    @Damion: Congrats! TEs are so tough, I would lean Celek. I would like to keep the Texans TE, just hard to know who that is.

  9. Damion says:
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    So get rid of Keller and Boss?

  10. Nick says:
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    @Doc: Best option at defense next week, Raiders in Jax, TB in Wash, Atlanta in Carolina or San Fran v. Seattle.

    Also dump Blair White for Starks, Ford Choice, or Driver (on waivers).

  11. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Is it ok to Drop Romo now?

  12. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: forgot Celek was out there, as well. Cooley or Celek, 0.5 PPR?

    Thanks as usual for the help. If Woodhead is under 18 points tonight, I lock up a playoff spot in my money league. Come on Jets D!!!

  13. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Doc. Choice, Ivory, and Starks are all available on waivers. I have Mike Goodson and (tear) Beanie Wells on my bench. How should I order my waiver claims, and is Beanie worth holding?

  14. Howard says:
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    @Nick Thanks, I missed that game!

  15. Nate says:
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    This question is for anyone and everyone.

    Should I cut bait with Joseph Addai? He’s mediocre to begin with, and as long as he’s been out I’m afraid he won’t even be mediocre when (if) he finally returns this season.

    Problem is, I lost Gore, couldn’t get Westbrook, and I really don’t want to go cutting bait with someone who may/probably will be a feature back when (if) he returns. It’s a PPR league too and he catches a goodly amount of passes.

    My other backs are Jonathan Stewart, Tashard Choice, Ronnie Brown, Beanie, Mike Goodson, LaGarrette Blount, CJ Spiller and Danny Woodhead (though for all intents and purposes Woodhead is more third WR/flex play on my team than he is ever actually used as a RB).

    I guess I should also consider cutting bait with Spiller. I think the Bills will give him more looks, and it’s a PPR + return yardage league, but he really hasn’t produced this season when given the chances.

    Waiver options include Ivory, Anthony Dixon, all Washington backs including Torain, Willis McGahee and Chester Taylor.

  16. Rookie Season says:
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    @Nate: I cut him this last weekend. It felt good. I held onto him for 8 weeks too many.

    @Doc: Playoffs time. Who should I roll with at QB? Bradford @NO, Campbell @Jax, Stanton vGB, Hasselback @SF, Troy Smith vSea, Collins vInd, Tavaris Jackson vNYG. I know, what a sad bunch for my playoff run.

  17. Doc

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    @Damion: Yeah. OD is practicing today so I could see grabbing him as a backup.

    @Wilsonian: Good luck! I would stick with Cooley.

    @Nick: ATL and I’d drop him for Choice then Starks.

    @MJD Took A Knee: I think so.

    @Clyde Prompto: I think those three are all very close, but I like Choice’s upside the most, then Starks for the opportunity and then Ivory because PT is SUPPOSED to be back this week. I’d drop Goodson for Choice and Beanie (it kills me to say it) for Starks.

    @Nate: I could see dropping him for Ivory.

    @Rookie Season: Yeah, those choices bring a tear to my eye. I’d say Bradford.

  18. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @Doc: Muchas gracias. I’ll be sure to pour one out for the Beanster if my claim goes through.

  19. Howie says:
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    @Doc: What do you think about Mendenhall for Megatron in a non-PPR the rest of the way ?

  20. TJ says:
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    Doc-
    Who to pick up @ RB between: Choice, Starks or Best, and and are any of the remaining two also worth having over LT for wk 14-16 playoffs?

    D/St for this week: Atl (@Car), Den (@Ari), SD, Sea

  21. TJ says:
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    @ Doc – Ivory & Dixon available too…

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: thanks Doc! Cooley it is (if I woulda played him this week instead of Boss, I’d almost be a lock to win this week). Come on Woodhead – CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE!!

  23. Doc

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    @Howie: I’d rather have Mendy

    @TJ: I’d go with Choice. I’d see how LT is used tonight, but I’d probably keep him.

  24. Howie says:
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    @Doc: 50/50 timeshare in Oakland the rest of the way with RunDMC and (we’ve got) Bush?

  25. Doc

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    @Howie: I don’t know about 50/50, but it does look like Bush will see more work. DMac’s schedule still makes him an easy start the rest of the way, but I could see Bush having some value with that schedule as well.

  26. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I think I should have purposely lost this week since now it looks like I face Vick and Desean @DAL. Going to feel great losing to the .500 regular season team. Just like in the NFL. Go RAMS

  27. Joel says:
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    Doc: Well, now that Bradshaw seems to be a stud again, it figures that Blount would begin to get screwed with. I just read that Morris is talking about taking goal line from him. So, next week, in the flex, non-ppr: Blount or Choice? I guess I’m leaning Choice now.

  28. Damion says:
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    OD or Watson?

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Joel: I don’t think that’s anything to worry about. Blount is their guy and he runs like a bull. Graham could see some short yardage, but Blount is better than Graham and will play better.

    @Damion: OD is he practices all week.

  30. Pat says:
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    Which DEF in week 14?

    OAK (@ JAC)
    DEN (@ ARI)
    CLE (@ BUF)
    TENN (vs. IND)
    IND (@ TEN).

  31. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m seriously gonna lose this week because CJ is pathetic and Woodhead is getting some BS tackles (we play IDPs). This is painful to watch. Now I have to win next week to get in the damn playoffs.

  32. Damion says:
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    any Defenses looking like a good grab this week??? I have san diego, but jets, 49ers, raiders, and broncos are available?? who looks good?

  33. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    Should I pick up Donald Driver on waiver or roll with Fitz? Any other WR recommendations this week?
    Thanks,
    B-Real

  34. Highlander says:
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    Who to start at flex this week:
    Harvin, Floyd, Torrain, Greene or Starks? ppr league
    Thanks Doc

  35. Lutefisk says:
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    Doc,
    Who do you like best (or more likely least worse) at flex this week? Benson, Bush (Raiders), or Garcon? Thanks.

  36. Matt says:
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    Doc,

    In H2h, 12-team league, nonPPR, who do you like better straight-up?

    Jonathon Stewart (Car) vs. the Atlanta defense.

    or

    James Starks (GB) vs. the Detroit defense.

    I’m torn because both showed great stuff last week. Only one slot, only get to play one in this critical playoff week. ARRRGH!

  37. rob says:
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    16 team league and fantasy playoffs start this week
    Start WR Blair White or WR Earl Bennett as 3rd WR

    Thanks

  38. B-Real says:
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    Doc,

    Giants, Broncos, or Packers for a defense this week?

    Thanks

  39. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    At TE?
    Dickson, Hernandez, or Celek? Or any other waiver possibilities?

    Thanks

  40. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: Celek, Packers

    @rob: I would say Bennett, but the weather looks crappy. White

    @Matt: Starks

    @Lutefisk: Garcon

    @Highlander: Floyd in PPR

    @B-Real: Close, but leaning Fitz

    @Damion: Jets

    @Pat: Denver

  41. B-Real says:
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    Doc,

    Big Ben or Sam Bradford?

    Thanks

  42. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: I’d lean Ben

  43. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    Earl Bennett or Fitz?
    Thanks

  44. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: Fitz

  45. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    Fitz, Manningham or Driver?
    Thanks

  46. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: Fitz

  47. B-Real says:
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    Even with a rookie QB and Champ covering him?

  48. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    Fitz or Manningham with your play-offs on the line?
    Thanks

  49. B-Real says:
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    Please

  50. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @B-Real: It looks like Nicks and Smith play so I’d go with Fitz

  51. B-Real says:
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    Doc,
    Celek or Boss?
    Thanks,
    Brett

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