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  • Matt 4:34 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink
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    Fantasy Outlook: Steelers @ Browns 

    It’s tempting to give the Browns a better shot to win this one that they probably deserve. After all, the Steelers are on a four-game slide that includes baffling losses to the Chiefs and Raiders, and they’ll be without two team captains (Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward). When you look at the game from the Browns’ perspective, your season’s effectively over, but at least you can spoil the playoff hopes of your long-time rival. They’ll show up to play (unlike most weeks).

    Still, it’s the frigging Browns. My money’s on Pittsburgh.

    From a fantasy perspective, Cleveland is generally a statistical bonanza for opposing players. They give up the second-most points to fantasy RBs and the tenth-most to QBs. Tight ends do particularly well against them (6th-most points) while they’re in the top half of the league in terms of defending against wide receivers. Heath Miller is a must-start, especially with Ward on the bench. Ben Roethlisberger is just a step below the elite QBs this week – I’d consider him a top-5 or -6 QB. Santonio Holmes had 104 yards against the Browns in week 6, and with Ward out he’ll likely be targeted more, so he’s an excellent start unless the weather limits the Steelers’ ability to go vertical. Rashard Mendenhall‘s ankle should be fine, and given the weather, he’ll get a ton of touches against that awful rush defense. He’s easily a top-10 back this week.

    The Steelers, on the other hand, remain a tough fantasy opponent, though less so in recent weeks. They’re second only to the Vikings at stopping the run, so don’t expect much from Jerome Harrison (just hope he doesn’t get hurt – the Browns have KC and OAK coming up on the schedule). I have zero faith in Brady Quinn on a sunny 70-degree day, so I wouldn’t start him in the snow if you held a gun to my head. Same for any of the Browns receivers – if you’re thinking about starting any of them, how the hell did you make your league’s playoffs? Evan Moore could be a sneaky TE play if you’re desperate, given that Quinn will probably be going to his check-down option quite a bit.

     
    • Tommy 6:09 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon or Matt, I need your help ASAP!!!!!

      For my RBs, pick 4 to start (3 RB spots, one W/R)
      1) MJD
      2) Jamaal Charles
      3) Quinton Ganther
      4) Chris Brown
      5) Jerome Harrison
      6) Ahmad Bradshaw

      For my WRs, pick my WR2 and WR3 spots…
      1) Nate Burleson
      2) Devin Thomas
      3) Chris Chambers
      4) Sammie Strougher

      Thanks so much!

      • Tommy 6:12 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, also: I have GB defense and Jay Cutler. Should I pickup another D or QB (available DEF: Miami, Oakland, KC, NYG; QB: Chris Redman, Matt Moore, Daunte Culpepper, Kellen Clemens)

      • e-roc 7:35 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        IMO (I’m just a commenter):

        RBs – MJD, Charles, Ganther
        WRs – Thomas, Chambers

        Bradshaw is a close 3rd… Good luck Tommy.

        • Tommy 7:55 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. I’m sticking with Burleson over Chambers, though. And there’s one more spot to be filled out of those RBs. You think it should be Bradshaw?

      • Matt 8:55 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry Tommy, was still driving home when your comment came in… my normal 25-minute commute took nearly two hours tonight.

        • Tommy 9:02 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It’s no problem, I wasn’t going to start Harrison anyway. Minus Harrison, can you give me an answer to my question? Thanks a lot!

      • Matt 9:16 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The RB choice is pretty clear – the first three you have listed are a tier or two above the other three. For WR, Burleson’s a solid WR2 against Houston. Devin Thomas is pretty exciting right now and I’d definitely say he’s worth a shot as a WR3.

        • Tommy 9:21 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks!

        • Tommy 9:21 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          And my WR1 is Vincent Jackson. Think he’ll have a good week?

    • Jason Picklesimer 7:22 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This week I’m looking at Colston, Fitzgereld at WRs, and McCoy, Maroney at RBs, with Meachem at flex. I have Celek at TE over Shockey. Bench is J. Stewart, Holmes, Steve Smith(NYG), I have the Jets D against Tampa, I benched Saints D over Atlanta, What do you guys think, right moves?

      • Tommy 7:26 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think Holmes is going to have a big week this week. Hines is put and Browns pass defense isn’t very good. I’d put him in over Meachem.

        Help me out on mine above!

      • Jason Picklesimer 8:05 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to pick up a back up quarterback for playoffs. I have Manning as my starter. Would Vince Young or Alex Smith or Jason Campbell, for rest of season? thanks

        • Tommy 8:07 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Vince Young has been great.

        • Brandon 8:33 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Alex Smith. The other guys are too risky, especially given Vince Young’s recent injury troubles at practice.

    • PM 8:18 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Mendenhall and Peterson are my two running backs so that makes good news for me.

      Can decide on QB though:
      Farve, Rivers or McNabb?
      I need to start two so I was thinking Rivers and Farve but as an Eagles fan I have faith that McNabb with destroy the struggling Giants. Opinions?

      • Brandon 8:33 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’ll probably end up that they all put up decent points, but I’m leaning towards McNabb and Rivers. The Bengals defense has been pretty good and I’m a bit worried about how Favre will fare against them.

    • beepdude 10:12 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who would you guys start this week out of Matt Forte (GB), Marshawn Lynch (KC), Terrell Owens (KC), or Ryan Moats (SEA) ? I made the playoffs this year after finishing dead last in my league last year. Thanks for the advice

      • Brandon 8:31 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Terrell Owens. The only other starter out of that group is Matt Forte and he has a bad match-up this week with Green Bay in town.

    • PM 1:28 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Holy crap, can you believe the Browns victory?

  • Brandon 3:46 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 14: Win or Go Home! 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for the upcoming games, listing players you want to make sure are in your lineup, as well as those you might consider shelving for the week (or at least lowering your expectations!) In most leagues out there this is the first week of the playoffs, so you absolutely need to win if you want to continue your journey towards that league championship. Hopefully a few of these hit and miss suggestions will help you make those tough roster decisions and if they don’t, please feel free to leave a comment with your specific situation. Good luck!

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    • Lindsay 6:25 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I was able to land myself in 3rd place in a 10 team league so I am in the playoffs, but without a bye this week. My RB position is seriously sad and getting worse each week it seems, so I need some help.
      My roster right now looks like this

      QB Romo, Orton
      WR Colston, Smith(nyg), Meacham, Collie, Avery, Bess Floyd
      RB R. Williams, Forte, Ganther
      DEF Jets

      I am thinking Romo at QB…Colston, Smith, and Meacham for WRs and maybe Williams and Ganther for my 2 RBs…I need a flex play…last wk I played Avery over Bess which wasn’t so great, but who could predict that. I am thinking Avery again this week. Please let me know what you think of my lineup and who I should switch out if any!! Thx for all your help!!!

      • Lindsay 6:26 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, I also have Evans, who I normally wouldn’t consider but he does have a good matchup in KC this week…

      • Brandon 8:36 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with your gut…Romo, Colston, Smith, Meachem, Williams, Ganther, Jets and Avery.

    • Trevor 9:14 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      so i have to pick 2 RB and 1 RB/WR :
      Forte, F. Jackson, Forsett, Wells, A. Byrant, S. Morris, Buckhalter???
      its a toughie and all of your opinions will help thanks

      • Brandon 8:22 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not high on him this week, but I guess you’ll want to throw Matt Forte in there, along with Fred Jackson and Correll Buckhalter (and hope he has another week like last week.)

    • Brandon Walsh 4:17 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      2 of these 4 RBs: Pierre Thomas, Marion Barber, Jonathan Stewart, Laurence Maroney
      1 of these 2 TEs: Greg Olsen, Tony Gonzalez

      • Brandon 6:37 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the PT Cruiser and Maroney. At tight end, go with Gonzo.

    • Coach Mike 4:33 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lost both Ronnie Brown and Slaton to IR so my (pathetic) RB choices are (need two):
      Forsett, Ganther, Beanie Wells, Chris Brown, Cadillac Williams,

      Help please….and wish me luck. Thanks

      • Brandon 6:32 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Quinton Ganther and Chris Brown are probably your best bets…good luck!

    • Ron 9:24 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Please help w/ Turner likely out – need 2 from J Stew, Bell, Snelling, Buckholter. Norwood. Also pains me but I need to bench one from Calvin, Meachem and Marshall…Thanks

      • Brandon 6:31 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At receiver, that’s a pretty tough decision, but I guess I’d bench Brandon Marshall against a solid Colts defense. In terms of your running backs, Correll Buckhalter and Jonathan Stewart are probably your best bets. Just hope that Stewart gets a touchdown and Buckhalter can take a few screen passes for solid yardage.

    • Not Barry Sanders 9:29 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yo B…my RB sitch is a mess…started Mendenhall – lost Portis, Westbrook AND now Slaton…so I need to choose 2 + a pick a flex (I may use a WR for flex but not sure) from this mess…Moats, Buckholter, Snelling, Felix Jones, Cartwright, Lynch & Fargas. Last week I used Correl vs KC and he cam up big – Lynch has same matchup and similar situation…Thanks for your help

      • Brandon 6:23 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wowsers that is a motley crew you have there. Depending on your receivers, you probably want one of them in the flex spot. If they’re not any good though, your top three running backs this week are probably Fargas, Buckhalter and Felix Jones (high risk, high reward.)

    • Ken 10:41 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson and Randy Moss for my WR. (4 team league)

      I’m considering benching Wayne and Jackson for Sidney Rice and Robert Meachem. Any thoughts on this decision?

      • Brandon 6:21 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Tough one there, as all of them are pretty solid options. It’s hard to bench Meachem while he’s so hot right now, so I’d probably plug him in for Vincent Jackson. As for Moss and Wayne, I think you have to keep them in over Sidney Rice just because of their potential.

    • Adam 9:02 am on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s fairly clear that you don’t know what you’re talkin’ about.

      • Matt 9:14 am on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        An excellent, well-reasoned argument.

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