Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week 16 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

Hey everybody. I’ve been getting a lot of love on the site and on Twitter. Looks like a pretty high percentage of us got into the playoffs, and a great amount of people are into the finals.

I know that in two of my leagues, the championship game will be played this weekend. In my expert league, It is me going up against Fans Fantasy Football. Later this week, I will post our lineups and let you guys help me decide what the best moves are for me.

In the league that Jordan and I are in, I failed to make the playoffs, but Jordan has surged and will be playing in the championship game against a fantasy newcomer. The championship round will last two weeks from week 16-17.

And my other league just wrapped up last week. This was the league where my two starting linebackers, Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte all went down in the last few weeks. I managed to end up 13-1 in the regular season, but only got third and won my money back.

Anyways, lots of exciting championship posts to look forward to this week. And I’ll be taking some polls and asking for feedback, so please stay tuned for that.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at the position rankings for Week 16, and good luck to everyone in the Championship game!
Week 16 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings
1.       Drew Brees
2.       Tom Brady
3.       Aaron Rodgers
4.       Cam Newton
5.       Matt Ryan
6.       Michael Vick
7.       Matthew Stafford
8.       Tony Romo
9.       Philip Rivers
10.   Tim Tebow
11.   Mark Sanchez
12.   Eli Manning
13.   Matt Moore
14.   Rex Grossman
15.   Ben Roethlisberger
16.   Andy Dalton
17.   Carson Palmer
18.   Joe Flacco
19.   Ryan Fitzpatrick
20.   John Skelton
21.   Kyle Orton
22.   T.J. Yates
23.   Alex Smith
24.   Christian Ponder
25.   Josh Freeman
Week 16 Fantasy Running Back Rankings
1.       Ray Rice
2.       Arian Foster
3.       Maurice Jones-Drew
4.       LeSean McCoy
5.       Adrian Peterson
6.       Ryan Mathews
7.       Rashard Mendenhall
8.       Michael Bush
9.       Frank Gore
10.   Reggie Bush
11.   Michael Turner
12.   Shonn Greene
13.   Chris Johnson
14.   Willis McGahee
15.   Cedric Benson
16.   Steven Jackson
17.   Felix Jones
18.   LeGarrette Blount
19.   Ahmad Bradshaw
20.   Roy Helu
21.   Beanie Wells
22.   Marshawn Lynch
23.   Darren Sproles
24.   C.J. Spiller
25.   BenJarvus Green-Ellis
26.   Kahlil Bell
27.   DeAngelo Williams
28.   Donald Brown
29.   Kevin Smith
30.   Peyton Hillis
31.   Brandon Jacobs
32.   Jonathan Stewart
33.   Mike Tolbert
34.   Chris Ivory
35.   Ryan Grant
36.   Jackie Battle
37.   Marion Barber
38.   Ricky Williams
39.   Pierre Thomas
40.   Ben Tate
41.   Lance Ball
42.   Toby Gerhart
43.   Thomas Jones
44.   LaDainian Tomlinson
45.   Stevan Ridley
46.   Evan Royster
47.   Daniel Thomas
48.   Sammy Morris
49.   Isaac Redman
50.   Kendall Hunter
Week 16 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings
1.       Roddy White
2.       Calvin Johnson
3.       Wes Welker
4.       Steve Smith
5.       Jordy Nelson
6.       Vincent Jackson
7.       Larry Fitzgerald
8.       Brandon Marshall
9.       Hakeem Nicks
10.   Marques Colston
11.   Mike Wallace
12.   A.J. Green
13.   Victor Cruz
14.   Miles Austin
15.   Antonio Brown
16.   Dez Bryant
17.   Julio Jones
18.   Santana Moss
19.   Dwayne Bowe
20.   Percy Harvin
21.   Jeremy Maclin
22.   Laurent Robinson
23.   DeSean Jackson
24.   Santonio Holmes
25.   Brandon Lloyd
26.   Steve Johnson
27.   Anquan Boldin
28.   Demaryius Thomas
29.   Michael Crabtree
30.   Mario Manningham
31.   Jabar Gaffney
32.   Nate Washington
33.   Lance Moore
34.   Darrius Heyward-Bey
35.   Pierre Garcon
36.   Plaxico Burress
37.   Torrey Smith
38.   Mike Williams
39.   James Jones
40.   Malcom Floyd
41.   Reggie Wayne
42.   Nate Burleson
43.   Denarius Moore
44.   Randall Cobb
45.   Eric Decker
46.   Donald Driver
47.   Doug Baldwin
48.   Greg Little
49.   Steve Breaston
50.   Titus Young
Week 16 Fantasy Tight End Rankings
1.       Rob Gronkowski
2.       Jimmy Graham
3.       Jermichael Finley
4.       Antonio Gates
5.       Tony Gonzalez
6.       Jason Witten
7.       Vernon Davis
8.       Aaron Hernandez
9.       Dustin Keller
10.   Owen Daniels
11.   Brandon Pettigrew
12.   Brent Celek
13.   Jermaine Gresham
14.   Anthony Fasano
15.   Greg Olsen
16.   Kellen Winslow
17.   Ed Dickson
18.   Heath Miller
19.   Jared Cook
20.   Marcedes Lewis
21.   Visanthe Shiancoe
22.   Jacob Tamme
23.   Scott Chandler
24.   Kevin Boss
25.   Evan Moore
Week 16 Fantasy Kicker Rankings
1.       David Akers
2.       Dan Bailey
3.       Stephen Gostkowski
4.       Mason Crosby
5.       John Kasay
6.       Sebastian Janikowski
7.       Nick Novak
8.       Jason Hanson
9.       Neil Rackers
10.   Billy Cundiff
11.   Mike Nugent
12.   Rob Bironas
13.   Lawrence Tynes
14.   Mike Bryant
15.   Dan Carpenter
16.   Nick Folk
17.   Alex Henery
18.   Connor Barth
19.   Robbie Gould
20.   Graham Gano
Week 16 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings
1.       Baltimore Ravens
2.       San Francisco 49ers
3.       Green Bay Packers
4.       Pittsburgh Steelers
5.       Houston Texans
6.       Seattle Seahawks
7.       Cincinnati Bengals
8.       Denver Broncos
9.       Tennessee Titans
10.   New York Jets
11.   Washington Redskins
12.   Oakland Raiders
13.   Arizona Cardinals
14.   Chicago Bears
15.   Kansas City Chiefs
16.   Jacksonville Jaguars
17.   Philadelphia Eagles
18.   Detroit Lions
19.   Dallas Cowboys
20.   Minnesota Vikings


  1. Thanks for the help all season. I made playoffs in all 3 leagues and I'm still in for 2 of them. Would have had the 3rd one too but Welker and Jordy Nelson decided to take it easy. So now I've got these 2 leagues left and it's crunchtime. I've got 3 line-up Q's this week that are critical.

    I've got Denver and Tennessee available to me. As of last week I felt good about Tennessee, unitl they back the only team to lose to Indy, so I'm not quite sure where to go with that one.

    Also, I've gotta pick 2 RB's out of Michael Bush, Ryan Mathews, and Steven Jackson. I'm thinking the first 2 since Jackson is up against Pittsburgh, but Bush has been luke warm lately.

    In my other league I've got Mendy, Helu, Jones and Blount. I was gonna roll out with Mandy and Helu, but you've actually got Helu listed lower than I thought you would have. Are you thinking he's a dud this week?

  2. Hey man,
    I made the post-season in both leagues because of your valuable advice throughout the season. As such, I could really use your help this week. Both are PPR leagues.
    League 1
    RB: Ray Rice, Kevin Smith, Mo Morris, Jonathan Stewart, Beanie Wells. I need 2. Ray Rice is a lock and I don’t like Beanie’s matchup this week. I like Kevin Smith the most for RB2 here.
    WR: Marques Colston, Laurent Robinson, Mike Williams (TB), Plax, Nate Washington, and Damian Williams. I need 3. I like Colston and Robinson but am unsure about the third. Thoughts?
    FLEX: any of the unused above- I like J. Stewart because of his matchup and he did well earlier in the year.

    League 2
    RB: LeSean McCoy, Mike Bush, Marshawn Lynch, Felix Jones, Frank Gore. I need 2. I have Bush and McCoy penciled in.
    WR: A.J. Green, VJax, Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall, Antonio Brown, Laurent Robinson. I need 3. I like Green, VJax and Cruz this week (Nicks on Revis Island, Big Ben hurt, etc.). What do you think?
    FLEX: all of the above plus Jimmy Graham (I have Gronk). I have Felix penciled in but I hear he has not practiced and is not ready. Any insight will be helpful.
    Thanks for everything this season and I hope to add some money to the tip jar!

  3. Hey there,

    Thanks for all your help this season! Need flex advice in non-ppr league....

    Need 1 flex - Kahlill Bell, Donald, Tolbert, Laurent, Barber


  4. Thanks for your help the last couple of weeks! Brees' took me to the title game next week!

    I just wanted get your thoughts on my roster and a waiver wire option. At this point the waiver wire funds go to the jackpot anyways so if I win... it is taking money out of one pocket and putting into another! (**Demarius Thomas)

    Here we go!
    QB - Brees @ Atl
    WR -
    WR -
    RB - AP @ Wash (only had 10 carries this week...)
    RB - Marshawn Lynch @ SF
    TE - Jimmy Graham @ Atl
    Flex W/R - Cedric Benson @ Ari

    WR Options
    -Nate Washington @ Jac
    -Antonio Brown @ Stl (is Big Ben Playing??)
    -Donald Driver @ Chi
    -Brandon Lloyd @ Pit
    -Mario Manningham @ NYJ
    **Demariyus Thomas is still out on the Waiver Wire @Buf

    ***Who would you start at the Widereceive option. Also, do you agree with my Flex Position starting Benson?

  5. Hmmm... Having trouble logging in to the Disqus server. This is Tyson, your resident Broncos fan. Been a crazy month. Here's how I fared in my 2 leagues, as well as a few questions.

    League #1 (0.5PPR, 1pt/15 rtn yds): Weird league. This is the league where I started playing FF last year and placed 10 of 12. This year, I was #2 in points and finished 9-4 at the end of our regular season. There were 3 other 9-4 teams, and due to all my losses being in my division, I ended up ranked 4th (of 10). First round of the playoffs, I lost by 10 points to a 7-6 team thanks to poor performances by Witten, Megatron, and Wallace. Last week, I won my consolation match by 90 points. So this week I'm playing for 5th place against a team that beat me twice during the season by a COMBINED 8 points. (FYI, all the 9-4 teams were eliminated and the championship is being played between a 7-6 team and a 6-7 team.) Obviously, this win would be sweet, since this guy is basically my nemesis.

    My current lineup is (bench in parenthesis): QB: Tebow; WR: Megatron, Wallace, D. Bryant (Garcon, N. Washington, D. Thomas); RB: Rice, Sproles (Morris); TE: Witten (Celek); K: Hanson; D/ST: SF (NYJ)

    Seriously considering benching Dez for D. Thomas. Dez has been a huge disappointment for me this year and rarely comes through when I need him, mostly due to Romo's love affair with Robinson. Tebow and Thomas have been on fire recently, and the matchup with the Bills is much more tempting to me than Dez vs. Philly (he had only 4.3 pts in their previous game). Similarly, Witten has been something of a letdown since I traded for him, and Dallas is more generous to TEs than Philly. Thoughts?

    League #2 (0.5PPR, 1pt/25 rtn yds): My new league that I started this year. Raced out to 7-3, then lost the last 3 games of the regular season, but still finished 4th of 10 overall. (Yep, same in both leagues.) Crushed my quarterfinal game and then beat the league's #2 scorer last week by 16. CHAMPIONSHIP, BABY! However, it is against the league's top scorer who put up 174 and 148 so far in his two playoff games.

    Here's the lineup: QB: Roethlisburger (Dalton); WR: Colston, Austin, A. Brown (D. Thomas, S. Holmes, A, Johnson); RB: McCoy, Spiller (SJax, F. Jones, K. Smith); TE: Witten; W/R/T Flex: Thomas; K: Hanson; D/ST: Chicago

    I'm a bit flummoxed this week. Big Ben's ankle scares me. I have Daltonas a backup, but Fitzpatrick, Yates, Grossman, and Moore are all available. WR and RB are a mess. I worry about Austin (same reason as Dez), and have a good feeling about Thomas, as mentioned above. I am really unsure of who to plug in for my RB2. Basically, I need to fill 3 slots (WR, RB, Flex) from the following guys: Austin, Thomas, Holmes, Spiller, SJax, Jones, and Smith. Also, I'm thinking Chicago is a bit of a risk. Of your top 10, only Seattle is available.

    This has to be my longest post of the season, but there's a lot of catching up here and more questions than I've had all year. I attribute my success and having fewer overall questions this season to your teachings, oh great one. :) Thanks so much and best of luck making a living of this in the future!


  6. If I win this week, I win my league. Here we go:

    QB: Cam
    RB: Spiller & Kahlil Bell
    WR: White & Wallace
    Flex: D. Thomas & Moss
    TE: Fasano
    D: Blitzburgh
    K: Barth
    Bench: McGahee, BJGE, Gerhart

    Questions at hand: 1) Does McGahee have a big game against a shite Bills D, or does he leave the game early...again? 2) Are the Bears committed to Bell as #1 RB? 3) Who do you start?

    Appreciate the advice as always.

  7. Well lost in my one league and missed the championship by one point. I will forever rue the day I switched out Seattles defense for the last minute..I guess two in a row was too much to ask for.. But on the bright side I got the first round bye in my other league and have another shot at the prize. So on to the questions

    Adrian Petersen, Ryan Matthews, Micheal Bush (need two)

    AJ Green or Jordy Nelson?

    Thanks for the help!

  8. Jabar Gaffney and Darius Heyward Bay are available out on the waiver wire....

  9. Alright championship is on the line here. Please help me optimize my lineup.

    Phillip Rivers
    Maurice Jones Drew
    Adrian Peterson
    Marques Colston
    Julio Jones
    Kevin Smith
    Jermichael Finley
    Dan Bailey

    Derrick Johnson
    San Fran Defense

    Beanie Wells
    Laurent Robinson
    Torrey Smith
    Dwayne Bowe
    Toby Gerhart
    Khalil Bell

    I see that you have Wells ahead of Smith and Robinson ahead of Jones... I get the Robinson ahead of Jones thing cuz you're into the 'pokes... but Wells has not exactly been killing it against decent defenses. Plus, he's injured.

    Thanks for your tips,


  10. Well, Championship game, here we go. Got most of my picks locked, but i need some help. 1 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex Spot between AJ Green, Colston, Nicks, Finley, Hernandez, Barber. Im thinking Colston gets the WR, to balance out Brees on the other team. Hernandez gets the TE, and pray he does better then gronk since gronk is on the other team. Then Green due to match up (assuming revis takes nicks). Thoughts?

    Thank you so much for helping me so far into my fantasy season, its been a ton of fun and im sure i will be back next year!

  11. This blog is legendary. With some advice from here I was able to get 1st place in the regular season, score the highest amount of points, and make it to the championship game. In both of my leagues.

    In one league I've got it completely locked down, I'm winning for sure. But my other league is where all the bragging rights are. I'm going up against a team that was doing pretty sucky, but turned it around in the end with some good trades. I lost Fred Jackson and DeMarco Murray and now I have a pretty good chance of losing. I'm trying to ride the secondary to win it all, but they're inconsistent.

    Here's my lineup:

    Qb: Arod - Will Arod be sitting the next game?
    Rb1: Frank Gore
    Rb2: Cj Spiller
    WR1: Miles Austin
    WR2: Demaryius Thomas
    TE: Dustin Keller -- Should I pick up Anthony Fasano against the Pats?
    W/R: Kevin Smith
    K: J. Kasay
    Def: Texans

    Eli Manning
    Donald Brown
    D. Heyward-Bey
    Santonio Holmes
    Laurent Robinson

    Anything you think I should change?

    Regardless of the outcome, it was a great season and a great blog to follow. I'm already looking forward to next season

  12. 1) I've got Denver one notch higher than the Titans this week. Either is a good play. Both are in my top ten. I'd go Denver.

    2) I agree with your RB assessment. Steven Jackson hasn’t done much lately, and the matchup isn’t too hot. I know that Bush has been a bit slower, but so has the team as a whole. Playing against the Chiefs, a pretty awful defense, should be pretty good for turning Bush around.

    3) Helu against the Vikings is a pretty average matchup. The thing that is a red flag for me is that it is starting to wreak of early in the season. Last week, the Redskins found Evan Royster, who I think is going to dig into Helu’s running load. We are right back to where we were earlier with Shanahan playing a shell game with his running backs. It is totally possible that Helu gets a lot of work, and plays well like always. But, it is also possible that they split carries.

    Helu is low on my list just as a gut call. Start him with confidence as you normally would. Philly has not been great against the run and Cowboys have something to prove, so Felix Jones is a good option as well. He is coming off back to back 100 yard games. No endzone though. Blount has a great matchup, but hasn’t been himself all season long, so he’s hard to trust.

  13. League 1)
    RB: I still like Wells more than Smith here. Smith had his one big game and then has been nothing but an injury risk. I also think that his matchup is a bit tougher than Wells matchup. Chargers haven’t given up a ton to running backs, and on top of that they are fighting for the AFC West and on a win streak. Wells has been more consistent all year. Both are rough matchups, but I have more faith in Wells.
    WR: For my third… damn this one is hard, too… I’d go with Plax. Giants have some definite holes in their secondary. Your Titans are up against a tough Jax secondary, so I sit on them. Williams is also against a hard matchup and has been awful this year. I think Plax is not only the most consistent third guy this week, he also has the most upside. Just hope that the Jets remember they are fighting for a wildcard and actually show up this week.
    Flex: I’m going to say, go with the gut here. I know that you like Kevin Smith and Stewart. I wouldn’t recommend a WR here (maybe Washington just because of PPR). But go with who you like. Stewart has a good matchup and a past with them. Smith has probably the higher PPR upside. I can really see going with either guy.

    League 2)
    RB: Bush and McCoy is how I’d go too
    WR: Damn this is a crazy WR lineup. I’ll agree with all of them. I have Marshall labeled as a bit of a sleeper this week, but you can’t argue with who you have now. If AJ Green proves to be hurt and doesn’t play, then I’d throw Marshall in.
    Flex: Felix not practicing is just precautionary. They only have 2 RBs on their roster and don’t want him getting hurt in practice. I think that with that WR lineup and Graham as a tight end, you have to go with one of them over an RB at Flex. Graham or Marshall get my nod. I’d probably roll with the two TEs actually.

    Thanks for all the questions this year. Its been fun working with you. Good luck this week!

  14. Happy to help! Congrats on still being here and alive in the playoffs!

    Robinson would be my flex. Even with Austin back, the man is not slowing down. He is who Romo wants to go to when they are in the red zone. Add to that the fact that Bryant and Austin will be drawing the two impressive Philly cornerbacks, and we could see Robinson getting some good numbers again this week.

  15. Sorry it too so long. I got you in your other post.

  16. I would keep your first league just like you have it now. No changes. I can see what you mean about Dez, especially since he will be facing Asomugha. His low score in their first matchup was largely due to him suffering an injury early in the first half. I have him high, and I trust him and Romo more than DThomas and Tebow, but go with the gut here, the rest of your lineup is solid enough for one gamble. Especially with your rationale.

    Celek beat our Witten by a large margin in their first matchup. I can see your though of switching them this week. Statistically, it would seem like the right move. I just have Witten higher because he is consistent and you know what you can get from him.

    In the second league. I think Roeth could be good. If you don’t like him, I’m loving Moore’s matchup against the Patriots. On top of their awful secondary, they just lost their best pass rusher. I would highly consider it.

    The rest of my lineup if I were you would look like this:
    WR: Colston, Austin, Brown
    RB: McCoy, F Jones
    Flex: Thomas or Spiller

    Again, if your gut is screaming Thomas, then do it. Championship week! No better time to go with it. I like F Jones based on the matchup, Philly has been weak against the run. Spiller is getting a lot of love and has looked good. So if you prefer to start him over F Jones, then by all means go for it.

    Best of luck to you this week. I hope it all works out for you. Let me know how it ends up. You’ve got some impressive teams, just a string of bad luck it looks like. That’s how the year has been for all of us.

  17. Thats what I like to hear!

    I have Bell above Barber in my rankings because I do think that he will be the #1 back in Chicago this week. Barber let them down in a big way two weeks ago and was punished for it. Bell showed up last week and performed well. I think he has the best week of the Bears' backs.
    After saying that though, I still think McGahee is the better RB play here. He is undoubtedly the best RB on their offense, an should see more time this week than last.

    I’d put in McGahee for Bell and leave the rest just the way you have it.

  18. Asshole Bengals killed me also last week in a few ways. I thought they were a lock. That one is my bad.

    Still alive in one league though, so let’s win it.

    I hope to God that Peterson shows up this week healthy and doesn’t screw my team like he did in Week 15. I have him high. I think he’s over the injury and gets back to work against a mediocre Redskins team. Mathews has a tougher matchup than Bush, but he has been performing better in past weeks.

    My rankings say Peterson and Mathews. But my gut is saying Peterson and Bush. I like Bush’s matchup a lot more than Mathews, and even though he has slowed down recently, he needs to be the catalyst for that offense. Against the chiefs, its possible.

    I have Nelson higher at WR. Green Bay was just pathetic last week. They were lazy. It won’t happen again. Try to read a little bit in the upcoming days, because now my concern is that since GB has the playoffs locked and are no longer in the hunt for the perfect season, they are more apt to bench their starters in the second half. Nelson’s stock goes way down if Rodgers sits at any point. Also pay attention to the AJ Green injury.
    I have them both higher. Nelson higher.

  19. Buh. This is tough. I'll pass on Heyward-Bey. Too inconsistent for my liking. I have him in one league and he always screws me over. Gaffney is interesting here. But I still like Thomas's upside.

  20. Ok cool, here's my roster then...

    Qb - staff
    RB Greene
    RB Bradshaw
    WR Calvin
    WR Marshall
    R/W Steve smith
    R/W Laurent
    TE graham
    K Rackers
    Def Seahawks

  21. You seem to already know what i'm going to say. I'm fine with every spot you have here except for Flex.

    Wells or Robinson would be my Flex. Wells has been hurt and underperforming, so I see why you don’t trust him. So let’s just count him out.

    My argument for Robinson is this. In the last seven weeks, even with Austin back, he has seven touchdowns. He is the best red zone target on the Cowboys offense. And the Eagles two great corners will be on Dez and Austin, opening up Robinson. He is risky as a number three receiver. He is not on the field as long as the other two WRs, but when Asomugha is on Dez, and Cromartie is on Austin, Romo will be looking for Robinson or Witten. I like that upside. Until he stops scoring, I will not stop endorsing Robinson.

  22. I have Finley over Hernandez. I know that GB sucked last week, but I doubt we'll see that again. Either TE you play is going to be great. Hernandez is picking up since Branch was out last week, if he is out again, then Hernandez is even better. But Finley is the big man with Jenning out. I know it didn't pay off last week, but I have to imagine that it will this week. I'd go Finley again there.

    I agree with Colston as your WR, leaving your Flex spot there. Nicks should be wrapped up with Revis all day long, so I can see you sitting him. Green would be my flex play, just as you said, but you have to watch out for his injury. Make sure he is good to go before you play him. If he is limited, then use your other tight end if possible.

    Glad you’ve enjoyed the season. Its been a pleasure working with you. Best of luck in your championship game. Make sure you stick around this week, because I’ll be asking for some feedback from readers. What I can improve on, what articles and features you’d like to see, how I can make the blog more popular. Etc. Good luck this week. Hope it all pays off!

  23. Thank you sir! Congrats on all the accomplishments. I’m happy to be able to say that I helped.

    This second team is very impressive seeing the injuries that you have had this year. But you’ve been able to pull it out this far. I think that you have to start Rodgers. Technically they don’t have home field advantage locked up, so Rodgers could play the whole game. On the other hand, they are a playoff lock, which is all that really matters, and they are no longer chasing perfection, so they could very well bench him after a half. Pay attention to that situation. I doubt that they will announce it or anything, so you just have to start him and cross your fingers really. Manning doesn’t have a brilliant matchup, so its hard to rely on him, especially after last week.

    I like your WRs and RBs, my other issue lies in Flex. I’m not as confident in Smith as most people are. To me, he is just a walking injury risk. He has one good game so far, he has a tough matchup, and he is coming off a series of injuries. I just don’t trust it. You do have good options on your bench here.

    Brown just had a great week, but the Texans are a tough matchup. I say no there.
    Heyward-Bey just had a great game, the matchup is OK, so he is doable. Very inconsistent though.
    Holmes looks nice against the Giants. They have been weak in the secondary all year long. The Jets are fighting for a playoff spot. Holmes has history playing the hero. I think he could be a good play this week.
    Robinson has seven TDs in the last seven games, even with Austin back. Bryant and Austin should be drawing the tough cornerback coverage, which could leave Robinson in for a big game. As a WR3, he is always a bit of a gamble since he’s not on the field as much as the other two, but the upside is pretty damn big.

    I would make it Holmes or Robinson. Both guys have the upside here and I think they are each better plays than Smith. Lots of people don’t like starting two WRs from the same team, but I say that fantasy is based on individual stats, so what does it really matter?

    If you are worried about this team and want the upside that comes along with high consistency, then I think you should go with Holmes here.

  24. Looks damn good to me! Good luck this week!

  25. who should i start for the final contest?
    Blount over McGahee (p)
    Maclin (p) over Demaryius Thomas and Jabar Gaffney
    need help here please, i want the
    prestigious trophy!
    thank for your help

  26. I think I'll go with Laurent Robinson then. Whenever I doubt him he does phenomenal. Holmes is consistent, but it's usually a 60 yards and a touchdown at best. I'm going to need some big numbers if I want to win this one.

    The other team is:

    Qb: Stafford
    Rb1: Beanie Wells
    Rb2: Mike Turner
    Wr1: Megatron
    Wr2: Colston
    W/R: A.J Green
    TE: Gates
    K: Novak
    Def: Lions

    Marshawn Lynch
    Eric Decker
    Malcolm Floyd
    2 other kickers

    I feel like his match ups are tougher than mine, but overall his team is looking stronger. Anything risky you think I should try?

  27. Kahlil Bell is also a FA, what do you think about him?

  28. Would you substitute any of the receivers for Bell??

  29. Happy to help. I like Blounts matchup more. But McGahee has been the better back so far. I probably lean Blount on this.
    And I have to agree with Maclin being the best WR option.

    I can see why you are asking for advice here. The bench guys you listed all have upside in their own ways. The key for the championship is to not overthink things. Go with the gut. I like where your head’s at with all of these picks.

  30. No doubt this is a very tough matchup. He has great guys. To beat him, you will need a little bit of luck, you need a couple of guys to go off for big games.

    Good news is that you do have that firepower. Robinson, Spiller and Thomas are all capable of putting up larger than normal numbers.

    If I were you, I wouldn’t go too crazy with substitutions. (Thinking about getting and starting Kahlil Bell is a little too outside the box for me). Calculated gambles are ok, like Robinson over Holmes as you pointed out. There’s just not enough evidence to make any other changes.

    You have a chance. You have your best lineup in. Lets just hope your guys blow up a bit.

  31. No. White and Wallace play, of course. Thomas has two great games in a row and Tebow has confidence with him, matchup is pretty good. Moss has been hot as well, Grossman is hitting him. Bell only has one good game, and it wasnt even that good. Their offense is anemic, Barber will likely carry more than Bell, there is very very little upside there.

  32. Ok...only one major (actually not toooo major) problem. I'm all set with:

    Autin, LaRo, Manningham (D. Moore if Mario isn't playing)
    Foster, CJ (I'm in a bind if he's hurt, but Munchak says he's fine)

    My issue is at DEF. I had Philly on my bench last week but even with how well they're clicking now, I'm not sure I want to play them against Dallas. So my other lottery options are KC (vs. Oakland) or Carolina (vs. Tampa Bay). Would you stay with Philly or roll with lesser options against more generous offenses?

  33. How high would you place Bell now that Barber has been declared out?

  34. Who would you start Nate Washington or Antonio Brown?

  35. Dallas is not the same team that they were when they got embarrassed by Philly last time. All of their WRs are healthy now, where last time they met, Austin and Dez were hurting. I think the Cowboys will be putting up more points this week than last time. They are starting to click a little.

    I thought a lot about putting the Panthers in my top 10 defenses for the first time I think ever this year, since the matchup is very good. But I just don’t think they can do that much. TB will run the ball, which Carolina is pretty bad at defending. I don’t see a lot of turnovers happening at all. They will have one of their better weeks I’d imagine, but nothing spectacular.

    Kansas City is the wildcard here, and I’m going to tell you to start them. They had a great effort last week, hopefully they wont come in too cocky about it though. Also, Palmer is a turnover machine. So many in just the half year he has been starting. KC should be able to get the ball a few times in this game. OAK has struggled lately.

  36. Still facing a tough Packers run defense, but I have to move him up. Probably around number 20, just because the experience isnt there, and they will be stacking the box since Hanie is crap. He does have good PPR potential. I'm actually going to be starting him in my Championship game this week.

    Good luck to both of us, I guess!

  37. I have brown quite a bit higher. The matchup is good, and after seeing Big Ben last week playing, I think that he will play again this week and I have more confidence in him against a pretty soft pass defense. I go Brown.

  38. Late Changes! Hey, still trying to decide what I want to do and also came up with another scenario.

    So...looks like Charlie Batch is going to start this week as Pitt is sitting Big Ben. Like adambones below, I was contemplating on who to start Nate Washington or Antonio Brown. Now do you think Washington is a better play?

    Scenario #2.... The guy I'm playing has Philip Rivers at QB and Ryan Matthews at RB. I went out on the waiver wire and Malcom Floyd WR and Nick Novak K are still floating out there. Does it make sense to get them and offset Rivers and Matthews production? I have NE Kicker currently.

    Here is my lineup vs his:

    Brees - QB
    A.Brown (or Washington/Floyd) -WR
    D. Thomas WR
    A. Peterson - RB
    M. Lynch - RB
    J. Graham - TE
    C. Benson - RB
    S. Goskowski - K
    Baltimore D

    P/ Rivers - QB
    S. Johnson - WR
    M. Colston - WR
    S. Jackson - RB
    L. McCoy - RB
    J. Finley - TE
    R. Mathews - RB
    R. Gould - K
    Chicago D

  39. You do have reason to start Washington. I think it makes more sense to do so. I think that starting Floyd and Novak though is overthinking things. They have a slight chance to do things, but I wouldnt make it. Your Kicker is good. And Washington is going to be a fine replacement if you decide to do that.

  40. haha i did it man, i won both leagues. It feels good carrying that trophy around everywhere. We literally made a trophy, and I just carry it around to bother the rest of the guys. Great season man, thanks for the help.