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  • Matt 5:02 pm on December 19, 2007 Permalink  

    Teams that might bench their starters in week 16 

    Nothing’s more devastating in fantasy football than watching your stud player sit out a late-season game because his coach chose to rest him up for the playoffs. It’s as if they have no idea there are fantasy championships on the line, or that – unimaginable as it seems – they don’t really care. Peyton Manning sat out most of the week 16 game in ’05, and many owners still have yet to forgive him.

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    • Brandon 9:14 pm on December 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      As a Patriots fan, I’ll be VERY pissed off if the Patriots sit any of their starters if there’s even the slightest chance they could lose a game. If they are clearly going to win, then by all means, sit everyone…but until that point, I don’t want to see Brady’s ass touching that bench.

    • Matt 9:35 am on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Stop obsessing over Brady’s ass, you’re reminding me of Ron Jaworski.

    • Michael 1:01 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I actually believe Bill Belichick. The Pats have so much at stake — a perfect regular season, touchdown records, etc. — to sit these guys. They play well into the second half. I also think it is a mistake to bench players in these games at the end of the year to “rest” them for the playoffs. That did not work out too well for the 2005 Colts, as I remember. I think the best way to keep these guys sharp is to keep them in the action. They can rest during the bye week.

    • Matt 2:17 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Michael – normally I’d agree with you, but they’re playing the Dolphins. In Foxborough. I just can’t see them playing the starters after halftime if they’re up by three or more touchdowns.

    • Freddie Footballer 2:32 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Matt regarding the Patriots. I don’t see the Patriots playing much beyond halftime the next two weeks if the games are well in hand by the third quarter. I would guess that owners of Patriots should reduce the expected production from your Patriots by about 20%.


    • Brandon 4:33 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s hope Brady doesn’t reduce his last week’s production by 20%…or there’ll be some even angrier fantasy managers.

    • Danno 1:42 am on December 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      This week, it’ll be the Giants resting their guys. They’d be fools to play Jacobs this week with a banged up ankle. Say hello to 16-0.

  • Brandon 2:56 pm on December 19, 2007 Permalink  

    Studs and Duds: Week 16 

    Wow…I must say that last weekend did not exactly go according to plan. I promised everyone that my picks would be near perfect, but I guess I pulled an Anthony Smith in that regard, posting my worst record of the season. However, I can’t be completely to blame, as bad weather conditions in certain venues ruined the fantasy production of several players, such as Derek Anderson, while other players just seemed to take a vacation (Antonio Gates). I will take credit for a few picks though, such as suggesting Adrian Peterson would rebound with a big game and that Kurt Warner would also have a big day against the Saints. Kellen Clemens and Chris Redman also helped the cause with pretty poor performances (although I doubt anyone considered starting them in the first place). Anyways, with that anomaly of a week out of my (and hopefully the NFL’s) system, let’s get to the studs and duds of week 16…most likely the championship week in your league (hopefully you’re still in contention!)


    Ryan Grant (GB): Grant has been a machine this season since getting the start in week 6. He’s got four 100+ yard games under his belt and 6 touchdowns since then. Do you really think the Bears ’07 defense is going to slow him down all that much?

    Fred Taylor / Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX): Last weekend I hated on the Jaguars running game and they made me pay for it, especially Taylor who went for 147 yards and a score. This week I’m changing my tune a bit though as they play against what the Raiders claim is a run defense, but in all reality is just a bunch of guys standing there hoping a running back will run into them. Oakland has allowed 21 rushing touchdowns this season so far, which is the worst in the NFL…in case you were interested.

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