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THE FIRE SALE: Week 13 Going Up and Coming Down

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Now we move onto Christmas or if you’re me, you’ve been celebrating Christmas since September.

That’s right, I said Christmas. I’m so looking forward to this year. I was promised by our current president that I could say Merry Christmas again. No longer do I have to degrade myself by saying, “Happy Holidays.” I can throw out all the “Merry Christmases” I want and no one can do a damn thing about it.

I remember during the presidential campaign I saw a video of an old lady saying she was voting for Donald Trump. When asked why, she said, “I want to be able to say Merry Christmas again.” I’ve always said old people should be allowed to vote and drive. I want old people who can barely remember their name deciding the future of our country and driving into my house.

Merry Christmas everyone. Man, that feels good.

This will be my final week of the original Fire Sale format. Next week fantasy playoffs start. I’ll be changing things around to help those who made the playoffs. If you followed my advice all year, I figure you’re probably fighting to get that final playoff spot. You’re welcome.

You can follow my crazy ramblings and fantasy observations on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy. I never sleep and I respond to every tweet. Hit me up with fantasy questions or just to tell me I’m a remarkable human being.

Now, on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Case Keenum, QB Vikings

Keenum continues to play well. On Thanksgiving against the Lions, he threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a score. In his last four games, Keenum has thrown for at least 280 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Shockingly, Keenum could get benched at any second. Am I the only one who remembers Teddy Bridgewater not being very good? I get that Bridgewater suffered an awful injury and it’s nice to see him back but the Vikings already have a quarterback. It’s not like Keenum is replacing a legend. People talk about Bridgewater like he’s Joe Montana.

Bridgewater has started two seasons for the Vikings. In his first year, he threw 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In his second year, Bridgewater threw 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

It’s not just the numbers either. I have eyes. Bridgewater is an average quarterback. I know a guy who may be the biggest Vikings fan on the planet. I’ve never seen him or one of his two kids not wearing a Vikings jersey. I swear, he has a jersey of every player. I talked to him and he laughed at Bridgewater starting. He called him a check down Charlie like Alex Smith. Guess what? He’s exactly right.

Kenyan Drake, RB Dolphins

A few weeks ago after Drake and Damien Williams split touches against the Raiders, I had Williams as my Waiver Wire Pickup of the Week. Most other fantasy writers suggested Drake because he had the better rushing stats but I pointed out Williams will play more in the passing game and in the red zone.

To no one’s surprise, I was right and the other analysts were wrong. Williams ended up being the better fantasy player but now he’s out with a shoulder injury. Drake gained 47 yards and scored a touchdown last week against the Patriots after Williams got hurt. He’ll now handle most of the touches in the Dolphins backfield.

I’m not a big believer in Drake being an every-down NFL running back but he’s really all Miami has for the rest of the season if Williams is out. Drake should help owners during fantasy playoffs.

Samaje Perine, RB Redskins

I wrote the following on Sept. 13 when I had Perine Going Up:

Perine may not have much fantasy value today but he’s the kind of player that can help owners win a fantasy title. Hey, I’m trying to get you ahead of the curve.

Samaje Perine, Alvin Kamara, Rex Burkhead. I don’t think I’ve been wrong all year. Oh wait…

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and