Being that the kind people at Razzball have given me a soapbox, if you will, to share with you all the thoughts that swim within my head, I thought I’d take advantage of said opportunity to rant. If you can bear with me for a few sentences I promise to return to regularly scheduled programming and, as I do on a weekly basis, tender my slightly above average fantasy football advice. And when I say “average” I really mean “mediocre”. And when I say “mediocre” what I REALLY mean is “fvcking awesome”. Okay, so perhaps I’m reaching for the proverbial stars, but why not. After all, I could probably give you crap advice and many of you would still be happy. Stealing a quote from Negan, I could be inclined to say “I just slid my d*ck down your throat and you thanked me”. But that’s not how I roll.

Nintendo Classic. Have any of you purchased one at retail price? Seriously, WTFN! That stands for “what the fvck Nintendo”. I understand the limited quantity launch back on the 11th, but to not have the shelves overflowing on Black Friday seems like a giant blunder on the part of Nintendo. Can anyone say “underestimating consumer demand”. Unless it’s just their way of saying “fvck you” to their fans. And yes Jay, I am attempting to see how many times I can say the “f” word until you start censoring me. Am I allowed to talk to the boss in the middle of my post? Can I get a ruling on that please. [Jay’s Note: Uh, wait until to see how long the controller cord is. Then let’s talk.]

Nintendo Classic. I just started two paragraphs in a row with the same two word sentence. Is that even a legit sentence? My daughter was sick so we didn’t travel for Thanksgiving. At about 11:30pm while I was working on my MAME machine in the basement, I said “fvck it”, put down the orbital sander, got in the car and headed over to the Best Buy for their 1 AM opening. I waited on line for about 30 minutes and was in the store a few minutes after 1 AM. I promptly discovered that they did not have any Nintendo Classics. They weren’t sold out, they just didn’t have any for sale. Not one. Really?!?

I just can’t justify starting this paragraph like the previous two so here’s what I’m going to say. I don’t mind waiting for these things to eventually be available, but the angry person inside of me really wants one right now. The manager at Target said most days they get none in for sale, but some days they get a handful. According to him they have no way of knowing until early that morning and if I want one, I have to come wait on line outside the store at about 5 AM. But there is a very good chance that at 6:30ish he will come out and let me know that they didn’t get any on the truck that morning. That’s like putting a player in your lineup without knowing if he’s playing, and if he is, who he’s playing against.

It turns out there’s a website called brickseek.com that somehow has hooks into Target’s inventory tracking system and has been proven to be very accurate with respect to what is, and is not, in stock. The problem is that buy the time it shows they have any in stock, there are already more people than inventory waiting outside the door to gobble them up. I just wrote me a Node.JS script that runs every ten minutes and checks all of the Targets within 25 miles of my front door to see if any have more than zero in stock. If it finds any, it will both text and email me which stores and how many. From what I gather some Targets update their inventory shortly after 4 AM when they unload the truck. This means that if my script gets a hit, I would have time to piss, get in the car and drive over to be there for the 5 AM line. But do I really want to do that?

QB: Colin Kaepernick (34.14, 24)
RB: Tim Hightower (17.5, 57)
RB: Derrick Henry (12, 46)
WR: Tyreek Hill (28, 36)
WR: Taylor Gabriel (24.2, 6)
WR: Marquess Wilson (22.5, 1)
TE: Dion Sims (13.3, 0)
FL: Dontrelle Inman (20.9, 4)
PK: Matt Prater (12, 38)
DST: Bucaneers (19, 5)

Colin Kaepernick – Three weeks ago here is what I said about CK. “I think he’s going to be a sneaky play the rest of season with some big games and some not so good games. He does have top ten potential every week. As a person, however, I think he’s a sh*thead.” Well I’m saying it again this week. Unless you own one of the top five QBs, I think Kaepernick is a legit start every week. Last week he was the best QB in all of fantasy land.

Tim Hightower – Here is what I said about Hightower just last week. “I feel like it was only two weeks ago that I was telling everyone to pick up Hightower. Oh wait, that was two weeks ago when I said that. I hoped you listened.” If he is available in your league, PICK HIM THE FVCK UP!

Derrick Henry – Even though Henry greatly outperformed DeMarco Murray last week, Murray is still the guy to own by a long shot. Henry is simply the handcuff.

Tyreek Hill – This is now the third time in five weeks that Hill has made this list. Is anyone hearing me? In the last five weeks he has averaged 7.8 targets, 5.6 receptions and 60.6 yards. He also has three touchdowns during that span. Although one of them was a rushing score. Personally I think he needs a few more e’s in his name as Tyreeeeeeek is a bit cooler, but if he’s available in my league I’m probably picking him up. Jeremy Maclin who?

Taylor Gabriel – Apparently he is the Usain Bolt of the Atlanta Falcons. Dude is mad fast. He also has four touchdowns in his last four games. He’s starting to feel like a guy that I’ve got to consider starting.

Marquess Wilson – Who? Marquess is as good as mine. Anyone see what I did there? Wilson finished week 12 with 8 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. That’s big time WR1 numbers. Before last week he had one catch for 35 yards all season. I have no idea what to make of the receivers in Chicago. Especially with Matt Barkley or whoever they have playing at the QB position. I’m going to have see more out of Marquess before I consider grabbing him.

Dion Sims – I could have gone with Lance Kendricks here, but instead I opted for the guy that is owned in zero percent of leagues. And that’s all I’m going to say about him.

Dontrelle Inman – Inman finished with 6 receptions for 119 yards. It was his second 100 plus receiving game of the season. Both games, however, included a single reception for more than 50 yards. If his production relies on the long ball, then I’m not interested. Inman? More like Outman.

In case you were wondering, or were too lazy to do the common core math, these guys listed above combined for 203.54 points. Did anyone in your league top that?

Here are my picks for next week:

QB: Alex Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB: Bilal Powell
WR: Someone on the Bears
TE: Lance Kendricks and Coby Fleener

  1. Mike says:

    Right on with the Gabriel analysis. In my PPR that has 2 flex spot, I am thinking of going big on FAAB and starting him weekly. Dude is gonna win some people championships

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Mike: Or cost them the championship. But I like the way he is producing…

  2. Frank says:

    I am 6-6 in a 12 tm full ppr after starting 1-5. Need a win and a little help to clinch this week. I am out of faab $ – I lost Keenan, Sammy, and Rawls.. so you know what happened there. I got Marquise Wilson his morning for $0.. but Sims is out there. Debating whether to pick up Sims (we have IR spot) and drop Wilson. Here”s my roster, in order of depth / startingright now. We start 3 WR, 2 RB, TE, Flex W-R-T. My thinking is I would prob start all of my WRs over Wilson the rest of the way,.. this week and if I make the dance. And if that’s the case, the extra RB is better to have? Thx

    Ben, Luck
    Gurley, Howard, Kelley, Dixon
    Ty Will, Crowder, Tate, Warkins, Wilson
    Reed, Ebron

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Frank: Is that Ty Hilton? You got Warkins. He’s bad ass. I assume you mean Watkins. Why do you need a third tight end?

      • Frank says:

        @malamoney: Sims, as in Charles

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:

          @Frank: Sorry, got him confused with Dion Sims since he was briefly mentioned in this post. I’d kinda like to see what Wilson does this week, but I don’t have super high hopes…

  3. Chucky says:

    Week 13 win or be gone time. PPR Booker, Rawls or Bilal, who sits? PPR Gabriel, Malcolm, Floyd, JJ, need 2? Minny v Big D or Oakland v Bills?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Chucky: I’m thinking you go with Booker, Rawls, Gabriel and Malcolm. Leaning Minnesota…

  4. G says:

    Would you play kapoernick over Big Ben?

    Which 4 would you start in PPR among Diggs, Landry, Watkins, Moncrief, Parker, Malcolm Mitchell? Diggs and Moncrief seem like definites but have questions around all the rest.

    Thanks in advance

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @G: Probably not. Diggs, Landry, Watkins and Moncrief…

  5. Todd todson says:

    Ahoy good sir!

    I stream @ the Defense position which 1 for this week?

    – colts D (@ Jets)

    – Jets D (vs colts)

    – Buccaneers D (on the road on another coast at San Diego)

    – Chargers D (home hosting Winston /Evans & bucs)

    – Raiders D (home in the black hole hosting Tyrod/McCoy & bills)

    Dolphins D (on the road at Baltimore Kiko Alonso has looked good recently)

    Bengals D (home hosting Wentz & Eagles.)

    Giants D (on the road in Pittsburgh, this D has looked good & so has Pierre-paul but tough matchup vs Antonio brown/bell)

    Lastly: Jaguars D (home hosting semien & broncos O, I read semien has been limited in practice)


    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Todd todson: Ahoy! I’d go with the Dolphins. But if for some reason Luck does not play, then you have to go with the Jets. Unfortunately I think they play Monday night…

  6. Mobin Can't Hack It says:

    are you saying that they brought back the NES, AND it goes off the shelves faster now than in like 1985 too? i figured with yr old zelda avatar you still had yr old one (like myself, these things were built to last).
    and what is a MAME machine?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Mobin Can’t Hack It: A MAME machine is a software based emulator that plays thousands of old school (and newer) video games. For example they make an emulator that acts like the original Nintendo console. Then you download the games (as ROM files) and load them into the emulator and can play them on your computer. ROMs are the equivalent to what an MP3 is to a song. Basically the ripped the games into ROMs and then the you play the ROM/game using an emulator which is just a program smart enough to play the game. They make emulators for all of the video game consoles. All of them! MAME is kind of the catch all term used, but it actually stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Do a search for MAME and you will see tons of sites on the topic.

      So basically it all allows you to play all the old video games right on your computer. However, many (including myself) have taken it steps further. I got my hands on an old arcade machine/cabinet. It was some game that no longer worked. What you do is you gut it down to the bare cabinet and put your computer, monitor and everything inside of. Then you wire the arcade controls (buttons and joysticks) to the computer so you can control the computer and play the games arcade style. When you are done, you end up with an arcade machine that has thousands of games. I built one about 20 years ago and in the process of building another. Although I was single when I made the first. With a wife and daughter, my time is much more limited so I expected this build to take some time…

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:

        @malamoney: my friend did the same thing, and also in last 4 years got married/invented replicant human/got better job (read pays more but also gigantically time consuming) so his time is also lessened.

        so the MAME machine is what you were in line to buy, not an actual new NES?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:

          @Mobin Can’t Hack It: No, I am building the MAME machine. Trying to buy the new mini NES classic…

  7. ashtray says:

    My wife ran out first thing in the morning the day the NES came out to find out Target only had 10 of them in stock. A buddy of mine ran to Costco and got the last of 22 in stock. This shortage is ridiculous. And no I’m not about to spend $500 on one when my phone is loaded up with emulators and ROMs.

    Anywho, who do you like ROS:

    Marqise Lee

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @ashtray: Me neither. I would probably be willing to wait in line for an hour, or go to the store at an early morning hour, but I ain’t paying more than $59.99

      Honestly, I’m leaning Enunwa, but really my answer will change from week to week as my decision would be based on current matchups. None of these guys are players I want to have to start, but if I had to start one, it would be all about the matchup…

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