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  • Brandon 11:16 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink
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    Week 16 Defenses to Consider 

    Here’s a quick list of teams that are playing some of the worst offenses in the league this week and could be available in your league in case you were looking for a plug-in. We’ve included the percent owned in parenthesis, as well as highlighted our favorites in green:

    • Green Bay (96%) vs Seattle
    • Arizona (91%) vs St. Louis
    • New England (83%) vs Jacksonville
    • Cincinnati (81%) vs Kansas City
    • New York Giants (72%) vs Carolina
    • Indianapolis (71%) vs New York Jets
    • San Francisco (70%) vs Detroit
    • Dallas (65%) @ Washington
    • Atlanta (30%) vs Buffalo
    • Cleveland (18%) vs Oakland
     
    • Tommy 11:30 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I got GB!

      • Brandon 4:07 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        woot woot!

      • Tommy 6:45 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s my dilemma, heading into the finals…

        We have at QB:

        Jay Cutler vs. Minnesota
        Matt Moore @ NYG

        At running back, pick 4:
        Maurice Jones Drew @NE
        Jamaal Charles @Cincinnati
        Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Carolina
        Jerome Harrison vs. Oakland
        Quinton Ganther vs. Dallas
        Maurice Morris @SF

        At WR, pick 4:
        Vincent Jackson @Tennessee
        Devin Thomas vs. Dallas
        Chris Chambers @ Cincinnati
        Dwyane Bowe @ Cincinnati
        Mike Thomas @ NE
        Justin Gage vs. SD

        And also, do you think Brees will play this week? I’m playing him this week…

        Thanks a lot for your help.

        • Tommy 6:47 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          My bad, pick *3* WRs

        • Brandon 9:33 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          At quarterback, I think you have to go with Jay Cutler (even if he’s been pretty scary this season.) The Vikings haven’t been all that great lately against the pass, giving up three touchdowns to both Kurt Warner and Matt Moore in the past three weeks.

          At running back, I like MJD, Charles, Bradshaw (hope he gets a touchdown or two again) and Jerome Harrison, although he’s risky and there’s no way he’s having a week like he did last Sunday.

          At receiver, go with Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers (although you could easily put Bowe in here instead) and take the gamble on Justin Gage.

          As for Brees, I’m sure he’ll play most of the game. The team wants to erase the memory of that loss and there’s no way they’ll let themselves limp into the playoffs with two or three losses in the last three weeks of the season.

        • Brandon 11:53 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Wow Justin Gage…nice game! Hopefully you ignored my advice on that one, but otherwise, hopefully the other guys step it up.

        • Tommy 7:52 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Actually I didn’t even see this post and was pissed I didn’t get a response, just saw this now…

          I started Moore at QB.

          Started MJD, Charles, Harrison, and Bradshaw at RB…
          and Jackson, Chambers, and Gage at WR.

          I’m down 11, guy I’m playing has no players and I have Fred Davis and Danieal Manning. hopefully i win

    • TJ 1:30 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who would you guys play this week between GB & Arizona?

      • Brandon 4:07 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Green Bay gets my vote. Matt Hasselbeck is coming off one of his worst games of the season and the Packers will be looking to feast on any insecurities he has in Lambeau.

    • s 2 da a L 3:59 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I would go GB

    • nero 2:43 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why isn’t NO on the list?

      • Brandon 9:35 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Good catch…they probably should be. They’ve let up some points these past weeks but the last time they played Tampa Bay they whooped em’. If you have the Saints defense, don’t worry about swapping them out.

    • Squish 2:59 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well, it’s officially the first of two “fun” weeks when we get to guess which teams will play their starters and for how long. It’s my absolute most hated portion of the year when you have to throw your hard work out to dry.

      Lost a few last week, I think I have 4 championships, 4 semi-finals, and 3 third place games this week. Hopefully everything turns out better this week than last!

    • Joe 10:30 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have the Indianapolis and NYG defenses…… which one should i start. Also i have McCoy and Harrison for my RB2 spot……. which one should i start

      • Brandon 9:37 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the Giants on defense, as they still have something to play for. At running back, I think you want to roll the dice on Jerome Harrison and hope he can get at least a third of the numbers he put up last week. Good luck!

    • H-O-V 3:06 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have GB’s and SF’s D/ST…who should I play?

      • Shane 3:51 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Stick With GB, The Lions have been playing much better than the Seahawks as of late.

      • Brandon 9:37 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed, go with Green Bay.

  • Brandon 10:24 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 16: Championship Week 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week 16. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis. With your league championship in sight, I’ve simplified the list a bit this week, as I figure there is a lot less competition for the top waiver wire players this week. If you have any additional questions though, please feel free to ask away and I’ll try to get them before the end of the day so you can finalize your roster as soon as possible. Good luck!

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    • Mark 11:14 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Out of these 5 players I need to start 1 RB and 1 flex:
      Jamaal Charles, Rashard Mendenhall, Joseph Addai, Sidney Rice or Sims-Walker? Also which defense: Arizona or New Orleans?

      • Brandon 3:59 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Even though he plays a tough Bengals run defense, I think you have to go with Jamaal Charles in the running back spot, as he’s been on fire lately. In the flex spot, I’d go with Sidney Rice, who should put up big numbers on national television (Monday night) against the Bears. As for your defense, I like the Saints at home against Tampa Bay, a team that features a quarterback who single-handedly has 9 turnovers in the past three games.

    • PK 2:53 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      my lineup for my playoff game is set all down to my last flex spot: the choices are jamaal charles or jerome harrison.
      any suggestions?

      • Brandon 4:02 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start Jamaal Charles based on his consistency. I’ll take two straight 140+ yard and a touchdown games over Harrison’s last two (9 yards, then 286 yards/3 TD) even if Charles has a tougher match-up.

    • Sam 5:51 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok I have a huge dilema at my third reciever position. i have pierre garcon, josh cribbs, and michael crabtree. In my head I have made a case for all three players.. garcon has manning throwing, cribbs can take it to the barn, and crabtree is playing detroit… anybody have any suggestiions?

      • Brandon 9:48 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Crabtree is the safest play and should have a solid game against the Lions this week. Cribbs is too risky and probably won’t repeat last week’s performance and I’m a little scared of the Colts game plan this week.

    • TJ 12:57 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, wanted your thoughts before leaving for The Nightmare Before Christmas Travel begins. Here’s what I’ve got and some random thoughts (non-ppr):

      RB (2) : Sjax @Ari, Wells vs StL, Charles @ KC, Forsett @GB, F Jackson @ Atl
      Have SJax (struggling lately….) and Wells (good matchup) for now, Charles helped get me here but matchup not great @ Cin. Harrison available but too risky, I think.

      WR (2): Austin @ Was, Welker vs Jac, Ocho vs KC, SmithNYG vs Car, Sims-Walker @ NE
      Austin, and Welker (won last week despite him, Brady still seems banged up) for now. The others may rock….or not.

      TE: F Davis, J Finley, Shianco or Witten — I think one of the first two, not sure which one.
      D/ST: Have GB in there per your advice, in case you’re having second thoughts: ARI, Cin, Dal, Bal available
      K (it’s the money game, kickers count…..I need some FGs!): Hartley, Cundiff, Stover, Scobee, Feely, K Brown, Rackers, Mare.

      Thanks for your advice, hope to take the title this weekend. Will be checking in from 5000 miles away assuming my bro-in-law’s internet connection stays strong this week.
      Happy Holidays to All!

      • TJj 1:05 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry – Nugent, not Rackers.

      • TJ 4:32 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Falcons defense also available…

      • Brandon 10:02 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey TJ, you got some tough decisions at running back, but I can’t argue with Steven Jackson and Beanie Wells. At wide receiver, stick with Welker and Austin, but Ochocinco could also be primed for a solid game. At tight end, I’m not sure how you ended up with all those guys, but roll the dice on Finley, who has the most potential this week out of the crew. At defense, Arizona makes an enticing play and is probably worth a start, especially if Keith Null starts for the Rams again. Finally, at kicker, it’s always a crapshoot, but I like Garrett Hartley. Good luck!

        • TJ 9:21 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, Brandon. Kept Welker in there now, will stew over Ochocinco a little before game time.

          On the te’s only have 2 rostered (Finley & Shiancoe,), but all FAs are pretty safe to grab until tomorrow, hence the choices here. Good Luck to you too!

        • TJ 1:15 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hey Brandon, one more question for you – if I chicken out again at the last minute and pull Sjax (actually turned out to be a good move last week), wondering who you’d rank next: F Jackson @ Atl, Charles @ Cin or Harrison (just picked up) vs OAK?

    • Javier 3:05 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you start Ganther, Harrison or Morris over Addai as RB#2? How about any of them in the flex spot? My WRs are Randy Moss, SS (NYG), Sid Rice, Meachem and Britt.

      • Brandon 9:44 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would start Jerome Harrison over Addai, just because there is risk that Addai could be benched after a bit to keep him healthy for the playoffs. As for your flex spot, the only change I might consider is Maurice Morris over Kenny Britt.

    • aker 11:24 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You were right that Ganther wasn’t a no-brainer over Bradshaw in MNF. I managed to squeak into the championship game. I have the same dilemma this week, but I’ve added Harrison to the mix. (It should be obvious that I’ve had RB issues all season.) I’m now struggling between Bradshaw who has had back to back strong performances, and the one hit wonder up against Oakland. I think it’s safe to take Ganther off the table as between these three given the matchups?

      • Brandon 9:41 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I know it’s hard to sit Harrison after that insane game last week, but I’d go with Bradshaw this week. He’s got a decent match-up with the Panthers and has been getting the carries in the red zone lately. Good luck!

    • Lindsay 2:07 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      SO I made it through last wk just barely, and only because my opponent played Brady over Big Ben, but I am here. I am up against a team that I will likely lose against, but I at least want to put up a fight. So I need some help…

      Need 3 WRs Colston, Meacham, Smith(nyg), Collie, Evans, Bryant, Avery
      Need 2 RBs R. Williams, Forte, Ganther
      TE Celek or Davis
      Kicker Feely (i hope what he did last wk was a one time thing)
      DEF San Fran

      Also need a flex position out of those listed above. This is a PPR league. Thanks so much for all your help throughout the season!!!! Merry Christmas!

      • aaron Oetting 8:45 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        colston, smith, meacham

        r williams, ganther

        Davis!!

        collie

      • Brandon 9:46 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to agree with Aaron here on all of the picks!

    • bman 10:00 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Snelling isn’t startable at home against Buffalo?! Even if Turner plays and Norwood gets some touches, Snelling has done well in the past, and Buffalo is 32nd against the run.

      • Brandon 9:39 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Everyone’s startable depending on the options I guess. Who are your other running backs?

      • bman 10:12 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve got Thomas, Addai, Bradshaw and Moreno (went a little nuts on the waiver wire – why not?!) and could get Morris or Bush if I wanted. While Thomas has underproduced, the matchup is too good to let go I think, which is also why I’m looking at Snelling over the others.

    • Cris 12:31 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jerome Harrison or jamaal Charles for week 16… Help.. thanks!

      • Brandon 9:38 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jamaal Charles just for the consistency. There’s no telling what kind of numbers (or lack there of) that Harrison will put up this week in that offense.

    • ROB 2:21 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ok Big Decisions, Should I start Peyton Manning or Alex Smith and should I sit DeAngelo Williams for A.Bradshaw or Michael Bush. Please help. Thanks…..

    • Ehren 3:48 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Championship week for me and I rode P. Manning to this point but have to sit him. I now have to decide between Garrard and V. Young at QB. Once other thing to take into consideration is that I have Chris Johnson with Tenn. Fearful about Titans getting shut down and losing a lot of valuable points. Either way, over thinking this decision and need clarity.

    • Bob 10:08 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RB Should I start Morris or Ganther. And for WR, should I start Meachem or White

      • Michael 1:06 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        No brainer start Meachem Bress will definitly look for blood after losing to Dallas.
        A close call but I would start Morris the cowboys look to tough against the run as of lately I do not trust that O-line for the redskins.

    • otis 12:15 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK Bradshaw vs carolina or Hightower vs rams. I would normally go for Tim, but with wells in the mix and the threat that Tim won’t play much if they get up big I’m turning towards bradshaw.

      • Michael 1:11 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Start Bradshaw! Wells as of the last couple of weeks is getting hotter by the week and Hightower took a turn for the worse during the S.F. game. Bradshaw is now showing his explosive hard charging form again. He has come up big lately when given the opportunity and has made the best of it.

    • Michael 1:01 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need 3 WR Murphy, Evans, A. Bryant, Manningham, Cribbs, Morgan please

    • Mo 1:12 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m having some trouble

      I have so many good matchups this week that i dont know who to start

      [semifinals this week]

      I have 1 QB Slot, 3 WR Slots, 2 RB Slots, 1 TE slot, 1 Flex [QB/WR/RB/TE] spot, and 1 DEF spot

      I have:
      Kurt Warner vs STL
      Alex Smith vs DET

      Marques Colston vs TB
      Robert Meachem vs TB
      Michael Crabree vs DET
      Percy Harvin vs CHI

      Chris Johnson [already started, took up 1 RB spot]
      Beanie Wells vs STL
      DeAngelo Williams vs NYG [injured]
      Rashard Mendenhall vs BAL
      Jerome Harrison vs OAK

      Fred Davis vs DAL [only TE i have so have to start]

      Garrett Hartley vs TB

      SF DEF vs DET
      GB DEF vs SEA

    • Roland 4:03 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what to do. I have a Flex play. Not sure to use Meachem or Maurice Morris. All the research have them really close on the rankings. First time ever I’m in the Finals.

      • Roland 4:06 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Actually. here is what i have in general. people are saying Palmer sucks, and that Wayne is going to be rested…now i’m even more super confused. lol.

        QB : Carson Palmer / Garrard
        2 RB : Chris Johnson / Barber / Maurice Morris
        TE : Vernon Davis
        2 WR : Reggie Wayne / Desean Jackson / Meachem
        1 FLEX : Morris or Meachem? would you substitute Meachem for Wayne if he is resting?

    • Timmy 8:49 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got an RB problem not a lack of RB but a who to bank on for the chamionship? In my league we have 2 RB spots and @ flex spots
      i’ve got Rice, Barber, Beanie Wells, Jerome Harrison, Jerious Norwood(who i’d rather not play), and DeAngelo Williams is doubtful but i’ve got Jonathan Stweart too. the rest of my squad is set it’s just those spots i’m qustioning myself on.

      • Tw 5:29 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s the order as I see it:
        1-Wells
        2-Harrison
        3-Rice (vs pit or he’d be higher)
        4-Stewart (vs NYG)
        5-Barber (F Jones)

    • Tw 5:01 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Try managing these WK 16 STUDS: 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flx. (stndrd without 100 yard bonus’)
      Beanie Wells -ST
      M Bell -ST
      Jones Drew -FLX
      Ahmad Bradshaw -BNCH
      M Bush – BNCH

      Driver – ST
      Colston – ST
      Wayne – BNCH ;(
      S Smith NYG – BNCH
      J Morgan – BNCH

      • Tw 6:43 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m leaning towards Bradshaw over Bell,
        What do you think guys?

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