It is officially December this weekend and we have come to the final week of most league’s regular season. Are you going to make the playoffs? This weekend will definitely tell the story on more than half of you as decisions you make in the next couple of days will likely put you in, or make you miss the playoffs. I hope this isn’t the last time for most of you, but how do you win the last matchup before the playoffs? It’s Hallamentary of course!
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Now that he’s officially the starter, how much do you love Colin Kaepernick? Oh, Colin Kaepernick, let me count the ways! I am a die hard 49er fan and Alex Smith hater so not much has made me happier than to see Kaepernick lead the Niners to victory and burst on to the fantasy scene. However, let’s keep our excitement in check. You can’t be starting him over the top guys obviously. Ryan, Peyton Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, or even RG3 should all be in your starting lineups over Kid K (yeah, I just made that up, shut up!). But Eli, Schaub, Ben if he returns, Luck, Stafford, Schaub, and Freeman? Well, you have a hell of a decision on your hands. Luckily for you, unlike Jim Harbaugh, the media isn’t chasing you around for your decision. Against the Rams, I think I like him over all of those guys, but I couldn’t fault you for not pulling the trigger. He has a cannon arm and fleet feet, and I believe barring injury you have seen the last of Alex Smith under center in San Francisco.
Was that the best it’s going to get for Bryce Brown? I told you that fantasy running backs in Philadelphia always put up points. And put up points he did in his debut to the tune of 178 yards and two scores on the ground. Is he a one week wonder? I am saying absolutely not! With the season lost in Philadelphia, I see no reason why the Eagles would rush Lesean McCoy back, and I think Brown is a great start the rest of the way. He should be a very good fantasy player down the stretch.
Greg Jennings is coming back this week, should you play him? It seems like forever since we’ve seen Jennings, but we have been all but assured that he will be in for the Pack this week. So, should he be in your lineup? Hell, if you have held on to him this long, you better play him now. It isn’t like they are rushing him back, the dude has been out for most of the season. Jennings is back, and if you don’t play him now, when are you ever going to play him?
RG3 vs Eli on Monday Night Football……Who you got? The prototypical pocket passer vs the “new” breed of quarterback. Both great real and fantasy quarterbacks and they will face off against each other on Monday night. Eli, Nicks, Cruz vs. Griffin and Garcon? And ????? Griffin’s value isn’t tied to the talent around him. Let’s face it, outside of Alfred Morris their ain’t a lot to go around in Washington. But this guy can put up three to four touchdowns in his sleep, and while I am a fan of Eli Manning in fantasy football, if I had to start one or the other I gotta go with Griffin.
What in the world can you expect from the Steelers RBs? Last week was such a cluster F of carries in Pittsburgh that the question begs, can you start any Steelers runner? The short answer is no. Even Chris Rainey got into the act last week, and while they turned the ball over seven times, they still should have given someone the ball and let them run with it. If I HAD to pick someone it would be Jonathan Dwyer, but PLEASE don’t let anyone in Pittsburgh grace your roster this Sunday.
Is Beanie Wells really viable? No matter what Rex Ryan might think, the Jets’ defense is the third worse against the run and you have to wonder even though he isn’t 100% healthy can he give you a good game again? I’m actually going to start Beanie again, even though I am very skeptical again. He is very, very talented, but he has already fallen short of what we expected. But in Week 13, I think I’m going to ride the Bean Train.
What can you expect from Mikel Leshoure? It has been a very up and down season for Leshoure, as he has rotated good yardage weeks from bad yardage weeks, but has mixed enough touchdowns in there to keep his owners happy. Last week wasn’t a good yardage week but he scored an early touchdown to keep everyone happy. The Colts have allowed over 120 yards a game on the ground and average giving up one rushing touchdown per game, so if you have Leshoure, I would start him with confidence.
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