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The pit of despair known as my NFL season continued to rear its ugly head once again on Sunday and had me questioning why I don’t just stay in bed all day on Sundays. Maybe I could take my family out to lunch or help more around the house. There is an outdoor ice skating rink right by my house. I haven’t skated in years. Watching Tampa pop up on the red zone channel never does anything but make me sad and angry. Then watching players that I shouldn’t have benched go off for touchdown after touchdown after touchdown continues to take its toll. Being on the brink of elimination is a helpless feeling. Watching Kirk Cousins pull his pants down and defecate all over your two-quarterback league team is the culmination of all of my sadness.

I’m still alive in a couple of leagues. I must push through for the people! You all must push through for me. Avenge Me! Avenge my decision to play Ted Ginn Jr. over Rod Smith this week. Help me forget I use all of my transactions and FAAB like they will never run out. Let’s bring home titles for the brand! Between Zach, Jay, Rudy, myself, and the rest of the contributors at this superior fantasy football blogging establishment, we will give you the edge that you need to bring home another title.

From a pure football perspective, Sunday had a lot of exhilarating football. The blizzard game in Buffalo had the group chat between a few of the Razzball writers and myself on the edge of our seats. The Browns blew a game in such a disgusting fashion that Hue Jackson made Jeff Fisher look like Bill Belicheck. The Seahawks came back to make the game against the Jaguars watchable just past the two-minute warning. And then, a Seahawks player got a beer thrown on him and he tried to climb into the seats. That was… interesting. The “over” got obliterated in one of the better games that we’ve seen this season between the Eagles and the Rams. Let’s talk about the fantasy impact from this week and how it affects the rest of the playoff season going forward.

  • Carson Wentz might have torn his ACL and that would be horrible for an already dire landscape for the rest of the 2017. He has been such a treat to watch this year while being a touchdown machine. If this was the last game of Carson’s breakthrough sophomore season, he went out on a good note finding the end zone 4 times through the air.
  • Josh McCown was a terrible recommendation for a 15-point floor. Even if the injury didn’t happen, it sure looked like he wasn’t going to get there. The Jets have the ability to look like a competent offense one week, then a complete disaster the next.
  • Adam Thielen has 6 straight games with at least 50 receiving yards. It seems like he’s good for at least one big catch per game. He did have a couple of drops in the end zone today, but he was able to make up for it with a late touchdown catch.
  • Jordan Howard followed up two bad games with a monster game on Sunday against a less than stellar Bengals rushing defense. A matchup with the Lions is on the horizon for Howard next week, so we should see more of the same from him as long as the Bears can avoid falling to a big deficit early in the game.
  • Marquise Goodwin has been excellent while Jimmy Garappolo has been starting for the 49ers. Last week, Goodwin went for 99 yards and he followed it up this week with his 2nd 100-yard receiving game of this season. That’s two more than Mike Evans has. Goodwin’s yardage has been a nice surprise, but he only has one touchdown on the season.
  • Speaking of Mike Evans, he has 4 catches for 58 yards in the past two weeks.
  • Cameron Brate brought in one pass for 11 yards on Sunday. O.J. Howard found the end zone and caught 4 balls for 54 yards. I expect Brate to bounce back nicely next Monday night against Atlanta, but it has to be brought to your attention that O.J. Howard has at least 3 catches and 50 receiving yards in 3 out of the last 4 games. He also has two touchdowns in that span and he might be worth a flyer pickup at a terrible tight end position. He’s owned in under 10% of ESPN leagues.
  • Kizer might be bad at football at this point in his career, but his fantasy value is increasing. He threw a horrible interception in the 4th quarter that was reminiscent of Nathan Peterman’s previous start against the Chargers. But, Kizer did throw 3 touchdown passes. With Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman on the field, Kizer has some real threats that can break big plays at any time.
  • A lot of snow is really good for running backs, ask Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy. We are well into December, so let’s keep this in mind while setting lineups over the next couple of weeks.
  • I’m really bummed out that we only have one more week of Rod Smith until he disappears into the oblivion when Ezekial Elliott returns. Rod Smith has 4 touchdowns in the past three games while Alfred Morris only has one.
  • Wayne Gallman out-touched Orleans Darkwa 19 to 12. I can’t believe it took this long. Oh wait, yes I can, Ben McAdoo was coaching this team up until this week.
  • I failed to realize that you should start Trey Burton when Zach Ertz is inactive. I doubt that this applies now that Wentz will probably miss the rest of the year. While we’re on the subject, don’t give up on your Eagles receivers just because Wentz is hurt, but I can’t say that it shouldn’t be a factor in your decision if it’s a close call.
  • Cooper Kupp is great, but the Rams really miss Robert Woods.
  • Stan Son made a great call on Kareem Hunt on the Razzblitz podcast this week. I hope that it helped some Razzballers because I have been pretty anti-Kareem Hunt lately. Not because I don’t think Hunt is in the top half of talented starting backs in the league, but because Andy Reid has a tendency to abandon giving the ball to one of his best players.
  • Peyton Barber averaged 4.8 yards per carry on Sunday and Doug Martin averaged 2.6 yards per carry. Doug Martin also fumbled. Peyton Barber did not fumble.
  • I expected a lot more out of Tion Green today.
  • Eric Ebron hasn’t had more than 4 catches in a game since week 2 until he had 10 catches today. I can’t beat myself up to bad for not sniffing this performance out.
  • Derrick Henry is the only offensive weapon that the Titans have. Mariota is trash.
  • Jonathan Stewart had the same amount of touchdowns today as he had all season coming into the game. Jonathan Stewart scored 3 touchdowns. What the hell.
  • Alex Smith didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Raiders. ALEX SMITH IS AN AVERAGE NFL QUARTERBACK! LISTEN TO ME!
  • Blake Bortles is playing really good. I’m not kidding in the slightest. Bortles has a cupcake schedule the rest of the way with the Texans and 49ers on the horizon.
  • Dede Westbrook plays the same cupcake schedule mentioned above. He has some snaps under his belt and is starting to break out. I think that he warrants flex consideration for most rosters. A lot of people think he is going to be a star and I have liked what I have seen thus far, especially what he did on Sunday.
  • Speaking of the Texans, I propose that a portion of the dead money on NFL salary caps be donated to DeAndre Hopkins because you cannot pay this man enough money to do the things that he does with the quarterbacks that he is given. I can’t wait to see DeShaun Watson back throwing to him next season. We will definitely see more games like this from Hopkins next year.

I’ll see you in the comment section!

 

  1. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dynasty league, std scoring, need help at TE. I’m rolling into the semis next week with Brate and Olsen, both of whom have a pretty reasonable risk of doing nothing again in wk 15. Hold, or drop one of them for a low-end type (Cook, S. Anderson and V. Davis are best available)?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: i think Brate bounces back. I’d rather play a quarterback’s favorite redzone target than any of the names listed.

        • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: from below i DON’T trust brate, however, with those options:
          olsen (yet to see him even be used)
          cook (was about to think he pulled a patented VD-mail-it in end of season type run there till last week, something’s been wrong with him after he came back from that injury, and really carr yuck just carr yuck)
          VD- pulling the old (round the whole world jet) mailed that season in like other times he’s done
          s.anderson (going into last week i’d have said anderson over brate and it’s not close, but yates… bunch of drops in week 14… and now gets JAX)

  2. Zach

    Zach says:
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    Hi Matt!!!

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Zach: afternoon, Zach.

  3. brian says:
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    MB, your 1st graph is gold lol! that perfectly describes my playoff week too. ha ha.

    In a PPR i’m down 3.6. I have gostkowski going and he has parker. what are the odds i can pull this out?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @brian: thanks man, it was a rough fantasy day lol. I think you’ve got it. I find it highly unlikely Parker outscores Gostkowski. But you never know, football be footballin’

  4. Steve says:
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    Who to replace Wentz?

    A. Smith
    Marty Ice
    Keenum
    Bortles
    Dalton
    Garoppolo
    Trubisky

    Thanks

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Steve: very likely keenum, independent of much better matchups. or bortles.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Steve: I honestly think it’s Bortles

  5. CL says:
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    Lost Rodgers, traded Hunt for Wentz. Snuck into 6th spot of playoffs at 6-7. It looks safe to say I’ll win. Lost Wentz… who we picking up out of the trash bin?

    Foles, Flacco, Cutler, Dalton?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @CL: Foles for sure. At least that trash doesn’t stink yet.

  6. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    12 team standard dynasty in which players can be added all the time (waivers only for dropped guys). i can drop a bench guy for a week 15 QB right now
    roster:
    QB wentz
    RB (1) howard/drake/mckinnon/mack/darkwa/AAron jones
    WR (2) hopkins/thielen/m.thomas/hilton/jeffery
    TE (1) cook
    1 WR/RB flex
    1 WR/TE flex
    K boswell
    DEF MIN
    IR ware/meredith/dixon
    drop darkwa or jones for which of these QB’s for week 15 in case wentz is out:
    flacco @ CLE
    trubisky @ DET
    foles @ NYG
    gabbert @ WAS
    brissett vs DEN
    semian @ IND
    or i could wait for wentz to be ruled out and IR stash him. from above sounds like foles.

  7. mattgggggg says:
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    PPR
    BURKHEAD or HOGAN???

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @mattgggggg: sorry I missed this dude

  8. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    brate’s been getting more and more outsnapped all year, it’s why nobody (nice enough to not insert accurate adjective here) picked up brate after just seeing him get 2 TD’s. he had 1 catch each week for 4 str weeks before that. 1 lucky week doesn’t bear nearly as much weight as snap counts and that 5 out of the last 6 weeks (4 out of 5 before yesterday) he’s had less than 13 yards, less than 2 catches, less than 5 targets in each of those weeks.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron: well don’t forget Jameis didn’t play for 3 straight weeks and Brate is a favorite of his. 1st game back, two redzone touchdowns to Brate, not by accident either

      • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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        @Unbreakable_MB: that’s fine (and certainly a previous history of that), but if that’s the narrative, he didn’t throw it once to brate even near the end zone last week (i went and checked the box scores just now). evans had some, got a pass inter, and a bunch of runs, in addition to 2 TD throws to others not mentioned (howard got a red zone TD)

        • MB

          Unbreakable_MB says:
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          @For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron: yeah one to Howard and one to an OL. It’s all based on what’s available on your waiver wire. At this point? I’d rather play Howard than Brate for upside. But I’d rather play Brate than an Anderson, ASJ such and such in that tier.

          • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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            @Unbreakable_MB: ASJ i already was done with last week (unless r.anderson actually missed it), s.anderson i was ALL about last week (esp before fuller was ruled back). savage going out didn’t help that though.

  9. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    deep ass PPR league, after having k.wright all year i dropped him for t.taylor SF, as i was scared to start parker (or wright) any more. but for first time in a LONG time inman’s targets all seemingly went to wright. drop taylor for wright? 20 team league.

    2. also, with the PHI QB change, and HOU only targeting s.anderson half as much as last week (12 to 6) with fuller back, as an ertz owner, drop s.anderson for burton or no?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo: yeah I’d grab Wright again. And yes. Burton seems to pick right up where Ertz leaves off so I’d do it. I don’t think Foles murders your tight end position, either.

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        @Unbreakable_MB: could also attempt to drop b.marshall for wright here, and hold taylor
        QB staff/bortles
        RB (2) collins/drake/gurley/forte/m.davis/b.marshall
        WR (3) hill/crabtree/parker/taylor
        TE (1) ertz/s.anderson
        1 flex
        but if perine is hurt marshall’s role could go up. so taylor or marshall dropped for wright? wish we had no trade deadline, i could easily trade from RB depth for WR (i already did that weeks ago for parker flipping morris)

        • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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          @Sinkhole Demayo: also, CHI is arguably the worst team to attempt to navigate just WTF they are doing with snap counts and usage in general for WR’s this year. d.thompson had led them in snaps and was doing well when he got cut for no reason at all (that we’ve heard about), somebody else also got cut i can’t remember who. mcbride looked great then he gets phased out etc. wright’s role cut (up till week 14) when inman arrived etc.

          • MB

            Unbreakable_MB says:
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            @Sinkhole Demayo: yeah Taylor is probably the correct drop. But you’re totally right about the unpredictability of the Bears offense

  10. The Harrow says:
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    man it’s weird to see NE look this bad. esp with MIA’s 28th ranked (FO, objective rankings) D looking like a top 5 type thus far.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @The Harrow: New England always has a game in the division that they mail in every year. This was that.

  11. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    NO, NO COFFEE CAKE INJURY, AHHHHH

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo: doesn’t look bad, he’s running off of own power. at first i thought it was a leg thing.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo: surprisingly positive outcome during a dire injury year

  12. Nightpandas says:
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    Early qb thoughts this week ?

    16 team std: roll with Smith or Kizer or go to the wire for Foles or Cutler

    12 team std: roll with Cousins or Carr (shivers) or go to the wire for Jimmy G or Foles

    Same league better ww grab: Gallman, K Williams or Rod Smith or Kearse

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Nightpandas: I think that it’s foles for both, then I’d go Gallman

  13. Brian says:
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    Should I stick with Alf Morris this week or go with Derrick Henry ? Thanks

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Brian: Derrick Henry

  14. Brian says:
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    Would you play Burkhead and Dez over AJ Green this week I can play 2 of the 3 and was leaning Burk and Dez since AJ is against the Vikings is this a bad choice ? Thanks man

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Brian: I’d play Green and Burkhead. Green has a higher floor even in a tough matchup. And Burkhead is getting all of the redzone opportunities so you cant sit him

  15. Brian says:
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    MB fitzgerald is an option as well would you play him over Green ? Or would your decision be the same Green and Burkhead ? Thanks for the help I really need it this week got a tough matchup to get to the championship round.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Brian: really don’t want to steer you wrong here. I still like AJ Green slightly more in standard but I think it’s Fitzgerald in PPR. If I were going to bench Green for anyone you’ve told me it’d be Fitz

  16. Pink Doves says:
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    Have a tough call at QB in the semi’s in what looks to be a close match up on paper.

    Dak vs Oak or Ryan vs TB??

    Also on DST. Buff vs Miami, Zona vs Wash or Wash vs Zona?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Pink Doves: I think Ryan vs. TB is the way to go. Zone vs. WSH, also

  17. Mike in Busan says:
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    I got Rodgers; I got Keenum.
    Who do I start in this game?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Mike in Busan: Rodgers for sure

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