There isn’t a windfall of waiver wire gems out there this week, but we have to make due.  I tried to look to the matchups I thought would be useful for next week’s fantasy playoff games.  Take a gander.

Owen Daniels: OD looked very rusty, but he still was targeted a ton and had a much better game than most of the scrubs we’ve been throwing out there at tight end.  He’s a must pickup for the TE deprived going into a nice matchup against Tennessee who has been poor against TEs.

Louis Murphy: He had 11 targets against the Jags and got into the end zone. Oakland gets a Denver team at home that has taken a sabbatical from actual football.

Kenny Britt: Kenneth has a game under his belt and now gets the Texans coming off a Monday night game.  He had 8 targets last week and Collins is the guy that got him that crazy huge game earlier in the season.  He’s risky, but has a sky high ceiling.

Arrelious Benn: He’s not a no doubt start, but he has a lot of upside as the Lions come into Tampa Bay.  It will be tough to start him in a playoff game, but if you are hurting for receivers or are in a deep league, do what you do.

Kerry Collins: He’s a founding member of the AARP, but he still can get shizz done once in a while.  Last week was one of those whiles and this week it might be another while with Britt back against the Texans secondary.

Tim Hightower: After a big game against the Broncos he gets another easy matchup against the Panthers who just gave up 3 TDs to Mike Turner.  I don’t love his ability, but I love his opportunity and matchup.

Mike Goodson: It looked like Stewart was going to take all of the work away from him and he has taken a lot of it, but Goodson keeps doing his thing and they get the Cards poor rush defense next week.

Vincent Jackson: His numbers weren’t great in his first full game back, but if he is available I liked what I saw and I think he’ll get more targets next week against the Niners.

Javarris James: The Colts get the Jags in a big, real football game and we just saw Darren McFadden go bonzo bonkers on the Jags.  James had 17 carries last week and continues to find the endzone with 6 in his last 6 games.

Ryan Torain: It’s hard for me to foresee another effort like last week’s out of Torain, but he has earned himself the bulk of the carries and Dallas isn’t the Steel Curtain.

Lance Moore: He is consistently getting more targets than Meachem and gets a Ravens team that just had an overtime game on Monday night and who have trouble in their secondary.

Jon Kitna: I noticed that some people were still listing Kitna in their possible pickup questions.  He gets the Redskins this week and if you lost Rodgers (and Rodgers can’t go) he’s a decent fill in.

Kevin Ogletree: It would be nice to see him string some good games together, but he was getting a lot of targets from Kitna before he hurt his foot.  The x-rays were negative so if you feel like being risky choose Ogletree.

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Mike F
Mike F
11 years ago

Should I grab Gronkowski? Or roll with Winslow?

Penguin
Penguin
11 years ago

Hey Doc,

Just wanna say thank you for introducing me to FanDuel. The payoffs I’ve received from it so far this season have more than made up for my small losses in Pick ‘Em and Survival leagues.

– iltat

MJD Took A Knee
MJD Took A Knee
11 years ago

Didn’t realize how many were available. I think I read in the comments of the last post that you’re not liking ARI or CAR. TB I’m not sure of because I’ve heard of so many injuries. I could lean DAL or MIA for wk16 if I make it. I really hope McCoy plays since I have Hillis.

TB vs DET
CAR vs ARI
ARI @ CAR
MIA vs BUF
DAL vs WAS
MIN vs CHI
WAS @ DAL
OAK vs DEN
ATL @ SEA
BAL vs NO
IND vs JAC
CIN vs CLE
BUF @ MIA

Bumblin' n' Stumblin'
Bumblin' n' Stumblin'
11 years ago

Need help with my flex spot, LeGarrett Blount or J-Stew? I REALLY like J-Stew’s matchup. But then again the Bucs are playing for a playoff spot against the Lions, which means they will probably go up big and roll Blount (hehe). I can’t decide!

Mateo
Mateo
11 years ago

Do you like Tamme or OD this week?

Matt
Matt
11 years ago

Doc, I’m not sure if I can trust the steelers offense anymore (I have big ben, mike wallace, and mendy). I would’ve added ‘especially against the jets defense’ but that doesn’t mean too much after the past couple weeks.

I was thinking about dropping big ben and picking up, perhaps, jon kitna, matt cassel, hasselback, or campbell (if I do it, I think I’d lean more towards kitna vs. the skins)

Thoughts?

24hourjack
24hourjack
11 years ago

doc……..non PPR,I have Watson at TE right now,but I dont have a ton of confidence in him,even against the Bungles….anyway,should I drop him and grab A-Her,or Heap if he goes this week?….

Giacomo
Giacomo
11 years ago

Doc,
Thomas Jones vs STL or Mike Goodson vs ARZ or Donald Brown vs JAC? I also have Addai but I doubt he will be playing this week.

barker
barker
11 years ago

who to start in my RB W/R/T W/R/T and TE slots

felix vs WAS ronnie brown vs BUF goodson vs ARI hightower @ CAR choice vs WAS

lloyd @ OAK welker vs GB gaffney @ OAK mason vs NO

celek @ NYG boss vs PHI gronkowski vs GB

was thinking felix welker brown or hightower and boss

but there is a lot of good matchups in there and wanted an experts opinion
i know its early in the week but it is much appreciated as this is my only money league

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

Thanks for the advice, Doc.

If A-Rod is a GO, which Defense do you play:

NE
AZ
CAR
TB
MIAMI
DAL
OAK

Thanks a bajillion times. It’s me vs. my Pops this week in Round 1 of the ‘offs…he’s beaten me twice this year, if it happens a third time, it’s gonna be a real cold Christmas.

24hourjack
24hourjack
11 years ago

doc……..non PPR,would you drop Roy Williams to p/u Mike Williams(SEA),Louis Murphy,or Robert Meachem?

Potus
Potus
11 years ago

Orton & Kitna are on my roster. Collins and Freeman are available via FA. Who’s the best play week 15 and week 16.

I am thinking Freeman week 15 & Orton or Freeman week 16. Thoughts?

The Vaporizers
The Vaporizers
11 years ago

Good Morning Doc. Quick TE Semi Finals Question

Who you like best at TE this week?

Boss vs Philly
Shockey @ Bal
Mercedes Lewis @ Ind

And it is a 1 PPR league. I was thinking Boss. Thoughts?

Max
Max
11 years ago

DEF for this week (my only 2 options):

SF @ SD on a short week or MIN vs CHI?

Wish I could start SF’s DEF with confidence, but it just seems like such a bad matchup…the guy I’m playing has Rivers so it’d be nice to get the double bonus if SD gets shut down, but I have a hard time seeing it…

Max
Max
11 years ago

Also… Vincent Jackson vs SF or Sidney Rice vs CHI at flex this week? (different league)

Nick
Nick
11 years ago

@Doc: for flex do you like Choice, Ronnie Brown, vJax, Westbrook or Ward? Also do you start any of those bench WR’s in place of T.o. or should I expect a better game against Cleveland…

Probable Party Starter
Probable Party Starter
11 years ago

Can I just vent about how much I hate “run by committee”? Trying to decide my flex position in a non-PPR league. Tolbert has been automatic in that slot, but I don’t like the fact that Matthews is seeing more action and he faces an on-paper decent run D in SF. Option 2 would be another committee member in J. James. I’m loving the commentary above, but will he out-perform Tolbert? I’m also wondering which 2 WR deserve the start? Williams (TB), Nicks, Rice (MIN). Leaning on keeping Rice benched. Thoughts?

AdamH
AdamH
11 years ago

Stupid question, but stupider not to ask at this point. League semis- consider benching Cutler @ Minny in lieu of Campbell v Den or Collins v Hou?

Nick
Nick
11 years ago

Also, is Buffalo a sneaky defensive move…7 TO last 2 games, limiting teams in scores… or would you rather one of the D’s listed in everyones posts above

Jake
Jake
11 years ago

Kenny Britt or Mike Williams (SEA)? +1 PPR

russ99
russ99
11 years ago

So in a PPR LMoore, LMurphy, or JFord? They’d be on my bench but I own Jennings. Would any of these start over him if Rodgers is out?

herschel
herschel
11 years ago

@Doc: PPR league, drop Gronk or Celek for OD?

Thanks.

Nick
Nick
11 years ago

Scratch Buffalo & ignore posts above…stay with Atlanta against an injured Seattle team or go with Arizona against Carolina or Miami…

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

In response to my post about defenses above (#10), you could also include New Orleans into that mix, just noticed they were available. What’s your take on them against Baltimore in a short week?

Urs
Urs
11 years ago

Doc,

Two part question – Better D this week, New England or Miami? Drop Boss for Daniels or Z. Miller?

Thanks

Dracula
Dracula
11 years ago

Doc,

Daniels or Cooley?

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

Bored at work, so I’m going to help Doc out.

@Dracula: Daniels

@Urs: NE if ARod is out; Daniels

@Nick: Stay with ATL, the AZ/CAR game could be a crapshoot like that DET/CLE game last year

@herschel: Celek

@russ99: Moore

@Jake: Britt

@AdamH: If CHI/MIN is played outdoors, I would consider Collins, but it’s a tough call

Head’s starting to hurt, and obviously wait on the call from Doc, but these are the moves I would make.

keithr
keithr
11 years ago

palmer, campbell, collins or smith as QB2 (start 2)- yikes

pick up O. Daniels or Z. Miller as Gates insurance?

Mike
Mike
11 years ago

pick up Ryan Mathews or Ryan Torain? or both and drop Ivory

keithr
keithr
11 years ago

Also, pick 3

Welker, Fitz, Garcon, Floyd

cplat
11 years ago

Hey doc,
Need you to pick two for WR

Britt, Crabtree, Derrick Mason, Mike WIlliams, or Lance Moore?

Thanks

Joel
11 years ago

Doc: non ppr, td heavy, Torain or Blount in the flex? I’ve got to say I’m leaning Torain pretty heavily.

Damion
Damion
11 years ago

still bummed about losing in opening round by .19. All ray rice had to do was pick up 1 yard….instead he gets taken down for a loss. oh well.

vick or ryan?
mccoy ray rice blount or tolbert
floyd buc williams austin bowe??
OD or Celek
have akers at K
and picked up Zona for D
Going for 5th place. woo hoo….

Hitts1
Hitts1
11 years ago

Doc,

1st round of the playoffs this week . At 11-3, I ended up with the best record and the highest points scored in the league, but have to play a Wild Card team with only one less loss and just a few less points scored. (The other division winners barely had .500 records but get to play each other in round 1). So I need your help:

1. Pick one at flex: L Blount, F Jones, K Britt, or J Best?
2. Defense (Yeah, I know, but every point helps): Cowboys or maybe Cards/Panthers off of waiver wire?
3. Kicker (lol…same as above): Bironas or Janakowski?

stumanji
stumanji
11 years ago

If Rodgers can’t go, options are limited. Collins or Campbell?

/barfs

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

Another “if Rodgers can’t go” question…

Kitna, Cassell, Freeman, Collins?

stumanji
stumanji
11 years ago

Am I crazy to sit Mendenhall against the Jets? I would start Foster & Moreno at RB.

Wayne is entrenched at my WR1. Options for WR2 and Flex: Colston, Bowe, Floyd, VJax, Britt, Mendenhall, JStew.

Thoughts?

dc
dc
11 years ago

Kitna or Freeman? Both have really good matchups.

Gary
Gary
11 years ago

Wats up Doc? bet u havent heard that one !! I need one WR and a flex out of these 4: Holmes, Floyd , Torrain or Goodson? thanks

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

@Doc: yeah, that’s kind of what I figured about Dallas. Hearing rumors of sexy Rexy possibly getting the start for WAS.

captnkirk
captnkirk
11 years ago

Pick 3 – Wallace, Welker, Williams(TB), Floyd, Holmes or Garcon

Pick 2 – Peterson, Hillis, Blount, Stewart(Car) THANKS in advance!

herschel
herschel
11 years ago

@Doc: PPR flex help for this week:

S. Moss @ DAL
T. Choice vs WAS
D. Bess vs BUF
K. Britt vs HOU
M. Crabtree @ SD

Thanks.

captnkirk
captnkirk
11 years ago

Oh yeah Jason Witten or Vernon Davis – I know a good problem to have

Joel
11 years ago

Doc: survivor Q: DAL over WAS at home, or OAK over DEN at home?

Joe B
Joe B
11 years ago

@Doc: Who to play this week…? Did I mention that I love fantasy football playoff time? Which 4 do I play?

T Hightower (Can he do it again?)
R Torain (Will he get goal-line touches?)
G Jennings (No Rodgers?)
M Wallace (Revis Island?)
S Rice (Who’s the QB?)

Also… Winslow or Pettigrew at TE this week?

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

@captnkirk: you might be the only person in the world of fantasy football in leagues larger than 4 teams with a problem that nice. I hate TEs…I’m sure Daniels will let me down big time this weekend.