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The Fire Sale – Week 13

Before we get started this week I just want to applaud the officiating in the 49ers/Cardinals game. I feel when a crew is so bad that it leaves former officials speechless, it really says something.

I understand how hard it is to officiate games in the NFL. I know there’s going to be calls every week we disagree with in multiple games. That’s part of the NFL and it always will be. However, when a crew is as bad as the one that worked the 49ers/Cardinals game, something should be done. They just aren’t competent enough to work NFL games. They need more training. It’s as simple as that.

I also agree with Jeff Fisher. The Rams don’t have an issue with effort. They have an issue with coaching. Fisher has produced one really good team since the early 2000s. Think about that. One really good team in over 10 years. Fisher isn’t any better than Norv Turner and Wade Phillips over that span. How’s that for putting things into perspective?

By the way, I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

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Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

C.J. Anderson, RB Denver

Denver RB C.J. Anderson.

When I told everyone to draft Anderson in the top 5 this year I meant draft him and then save him until Week 12. I forgot that part. Anderson can only play after Week 10. So next year, draft Anderson and then stash him on your bench until mid-November.

Doug Baldwin, WR Seattle – So I made a $100 bet with a friend before the season. The bet was who would have a better fantasy year between Baldwin and Allen Hurns. I’ve been mocking him relentlessly all year. Uh, oh.

Hurns was nearly killed on Sunday because people who don’t know football think Blake Bortles is a good quarterback. In reality, Bortles has weapons most quarterbacks would kill for and he’s still average.

So Bortles almost got Hurns killed with one of his poor throws. As Hurns was being transported to the hospital, Baldwin was ripping something the Steelers call a defense for 145 yards and three touchdowns on six receptions. Baldwin now has 19 receptions for 339 yards and four scores over his last three games.

Baldwin has dangled the carrot in front of fantasy owners before only to disappear. This year could be different though because Seattle’s defense isn’t as good. TV keeps telling me this Seahawks defense is going to turn things around. When? The season is almost over. It is what it is at this point. Russell Wilson is going to have to score more points this year. That’s how Seattle is going to win.

Baldwin is still available in a good number of leagues. Meanwhile, Hurns is eating through a straw thanks to Bortles. It pays to play with a great quarterback.

Vance McDonald, TE San Francisco – You have to give Blaine Gabbert credit for salvaging a career that looked dead in the water. Gabbert may not be Joe Montana but he’s played okay since taking over for Colin Kaepernick.

One thing Gabbert really likes to do is throw to his tight ends. In his last two games with Gabbert under center, McDonald has caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. McDonald was only targeted 11 times in his previous eight games.

The tight end position is getting thin. Jimmy Graham is out for the year, Gronk is expected to miss at least two games and more people have seen Bigfoot than Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Now that Garrett Celek is injured, McDonald is a sneaky good pick up and start right now.

I know one guy who will be picking him up and that guy is me. Seriously, what can go wrong by trusting Blaine Gabbert during fantasy playoffs?

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