“Hey Jeff, I was thinking hard about taking Jamaal Charles this year, what do you think?”
“Oh I love Charles, and he does lots of good things, but I would take LeSean McCoy before him. I’d also grab Arian Foster, Ray Rice, heck even Aaron Rodgers before Charles, it just feels scary to me” It all seems so easy to say after the thought, but this was some advice I gave to some good friends of mine before the season started. Why go back to it now? Well, we can’t always be right, but heck I like to think I try my best. So even though I fell victim to Charles in one of my leagues, my advice to take Foster worked for me in another. It is the beautiful guessing game we play from August until December known as Fantasy Football.
All of the guessing and trying to be cute or smart are gone. This is it owners, either your playoffs start here (like in our own CCB League, with my squad taking on the blogmaster in round 1), or the week to decide if you even make the playoffs ( one league scenario of mine? Win by a certain amount of points, or win and hope for one loss ).
Yes owners, dance with who you brought, go big or go home, and all those other cute quotes are full steam ahead. Can you trust Marion Barber in place of your meal ticket, Matt Forte? Which C. J. Spiller shows up, 2 weeks ago dud, or last week’s good guy? Many a question, so many hard answers, and I am here to give you any help I can.
[ad 6]This week I have expanded my fields, trying to get the most of every position. I have taken it easy on all the crazy stats in exchange for a larger field of Starts and Sits to choose from. Keep in mind of course I can’t predict injuries or flat out quitters, but it is what I like, and I have been doing this thing long enough to know anything can happen on a given Sunday. So I reach out to all of my friends, owners and fantasy players, believe in the power of your team, believe in the man giving you the advice, but most of all feel free to believe in your superstitions Wear that lucky shirt, drink from that lucky cup, and for all that is holy, do not answer phone calls from your opponent! Good luck everyone, read and enjoy and talk about “playoffs?” (Sorry Jim Mora, it truly never gets old)!
Tom Brady, Patriots at Redskins:You don’t pull on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, and you never bench Tom Brady!
Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Vikings: Do or die time for the Lions, and the Viking defense is playing really bad right now.
Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Bills: It’s December after all. The return of Malcolm Floyd and a beatable schedule helps.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Raiders: Only Chuck Norris can out-play Aaron Rodgers, maybe?
Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Giants: Last week’s mess can only lead to better things you would think, plus this is usually a shootout. ‘Boys are 5-1 at home.
Michael Vick, Eagles at Dolphins: Somehow I see the Eagles winning this game too, but I don’t have faith in Vick finishing, Dolphins have gotten tough.
Dan Orlovsky, Colts at Ravens: Don’t laugh, some people thought his stats from last week were about to start a trend, they won’t!
Tim Tebow, Broncos vs. Bears: This is the most talented front 7 that he may have faced yet. Peppers, Urlacher and Briggs are a good showdown for Timmy.
Kevin Kolb, Cardinals vs. 49ers: Unless LaRod Stephens-Howling can do 70 yard screens all day, he is not worth it. 49ers have home field to play for still.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Texans: Something else I’m sure I said this pre-season: “The Texans will actually have a good defense this year” If only I was always this smart!
Roy Helu, Redskins vs. Patriots: He did it against the Jets, so he proves he can bring it. Even Mike Shanahan can’t screw up this depth chart.
Ray Rice, Ravens vs. Colts: So does 200 yards vs. the Browns translate to 300 vs. the Colts? It just might, and he is the guy to do it.
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks vs. Rams: Lynch vs. the 32nd ranked run defense? Even I believe in him now! Since when did he become the human highlight reel?
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Buccaneers: How do you say ” MJD ” in Pakistan? The new owner has to love this super stud. Defenders bounce off of him.
Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers vs. Browns: Ray Rice got them for over 200, so Rashard is good for at least 100 and a TD, right?
Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Saints: Yep, I went with 6 here. CJ2K is back, but maybe too late? Play him now and dazzle your friends!
Cedric Benson, Bengals vs. Texans: The Falcons ground game had nothing for them, so could the Bengals? Way too risky, unless you have to play him.
Kevin Smith, Lions vs. Vikings: As good as he can be, he just can’t stay on the field, and at this time of the year, that’s crucial.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs. 49ers: He has been playing better, but this is a dangerous match-up.
Marion Barber, Bears at Broncos: With the passing game struggling so badly, teams know to focus on the run, and Barber tends to break down.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Falcons: I knew last week he was a bad idea, seems like he always is when people get high on him.
Wide Receiver/ Tight End
Vincent Jackson, Chargers vs. Bills: He is just a huge target, and his QB is doing his usual December thing. This match-up is not scary.
Brandon Marshall, Dolphins vs. Eagles: Every week, one WR goes big against Philly, so why not Marshall?
Roddy White, Falcons at Panthers: Still a great WR, and he is coming on of late. “Rowdy” could go for a couple of TDs here.
Antonio Brown, Steelers vs. Browns: In a “Brown vs. Brown” match-up I choose Brown. Alright, enough of being clever, Haden will be busy with Wallace, so Brown should be active.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers at Cardinals: QB Alex Smith seems to trust him more lately, and if the Niners go far in these playoffs, they need a vertical pass game.
DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Dolphins: Let’s face it, if you are still using Jackson every week, you probably don’t need this article anymore.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Jets: The Jets are much better at home, and the QB play is still up in the air for the Chiefs.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. 49ers: If I don’t like the QB, how can I like the WR? Even if it is Fitz.
Miles Austin, Cowboys vs. Giants: If he finally does play, they will work him back slowly. The Cowboys have enough options still.
Lance Moore, Saints at Titans: 3 TDs in the last 2 games? This is typical Moore, who also trends with big let-downs. I think it’s let down time.
Well here it is friends. Good luck to everyone who is still alive or is going into the playoffs this week. If this is the end of your season, thank you so very much for joining me this season. I will have my year ending “Sharky Awards” coming up soon, so please continue to check my stuff out, and keep up with us here at www.CamelClutchBlog.com!
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