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Week 12: Audibles- Holiday Shopping

Week 12 Audibles Holiday Shopping Made Easy

The leaves are turning color and folks are gearing up for the dreaded holiday shopping. Here in fantasy land, owners are dealing with injuries and the latest breakout players. It’s a good thing that you don’t have to camp out on your waiver wire to get the early bird deals.

I mean how much fun would it be if you had to miss Thanksgiving at home with your family to get a deal on a fantasy player for your team? The sad truth is that people feel that way about electronics. They will spend all day in a tent waiting for the doors of a big box retailer so they can score a 40″ Dynex LCD television for $199.00.  What the hell is a Dynex anyway?

I picture conversations like this for years to come… Do you remember Dad’s last Thanksgiving?

Oh wait that was the year that you camped out for Black Friday? What did you end up getting? Ummm, I bought a TV. It was a Sony right? Well it has Sony guts…

The bad thing about this time of year is that we tend to forget what’s really important with the buzz of the latest Iphone4s, the low price of mega screens, and door buster gift cards. I think you know where I am headed with this. The thing that matters the most this time of year is football.  

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Dwayne Bowe owners rejoice as you will not have to suffer after this week. Kyle Orton is a substantial upgrade over Tyler Palko. I am sure many owners like myself who considered selling Bowe are liking this move. Orton is a very capable quarterback who can get the ball downfield more than 15 yards. While I won’t say that he will save the day, Bowe’s value is on the rise. If you had an injury concern at quarterback, look no further than Orton as the Chiefs will have to throw early and often to stay in games the last couple of weeks. The Week 13 match up  against the Chicago Bears is a decent one. Chicago ranks 18th in points given up to opposing quarterbacks.

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Chris Johnson has been the most disappointing fantasy player to date. I don’t think many will argue this point. However, this is the week you will be glad to own him. The Tampa Bay defense has been absolutely torched as of late by speedy backs. This is the week that Johnson breaks out and I mean really goes bananas. Tampa ranks 31st in points given up to backs. Start him with confidence and also remember all the weeks that he hurt you. If he doesn’t do it this week, you can write him off. I’m looking forward to watching this scenario for once this season.

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One of my loyal followers asked me about the value of Kevin Smith last week. I was absolutely dumb founded and dismissed him as being irrelevant. My mistake as I hadn’t seen him run well in two seasons. I couldn’t remember Smith having that kind of burst or vision. It’s hard to imagine that after one week my opinion would change much, but it has. Going forward it won’t be like this every week because no one gets to play Carolina every week. I did like seeing him back in action and expect that he could continue getting enough touches while Jahvid Best is out which now seems to be indefinite. Smith now has the starting gig. It’s an all gravy situation.

Another one that merits mention is the play of Bengals wideout Jerome Simpson, who is usually overshadowed by A.J. Green. In Green’s absence the second year man from Coastal Carolina caught seven balls for 152 yards.

Should A. J. Green play this week against Cleveland, Simpson will again be the main target as Joe Haden has been fantastic at shutting down receivers. Simpson is starting to show the kind of skills that made him a 2nd round pick. While I haven’t forgotten that a cloud hangs over his head from the six pound marijuana find in his home earlier this year, he is safe until the investigation concludes. My thought is that we will have to wait until next year to find out his fate.
 

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Josh Cribbs has been on a roll finding the end zone three of the last four weeks. The most impressive thing about this is that Colt McCoy went to him last week with the game on the line. He isn’t getting the bulk of the catches but has converted three TD’s out of 13 receptions. Cribbs is becoming a nice red zone target.

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The Miami Dolphins’ defense has been stuffing opponents the last three weeks and has scored the third most points (39) behind only the Detroit Lions (43), and Chicago Bears (43). If you would have asked me to rank Miami based on my perception of the last three weeks, I would have put them someplace around 18. Pretty funny as that is the number of points that they gave up in the last three weeks.  Thursday, Miami gave the Cowboys a break and allowed 20 points. The next three weeks with Oakland, Philadelphia, and Buffalo on the schedule makes an attractive grab.

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Donald Brown could be a really big play versus a Carolina Panthers’ defense that is dead last in points given up to running backs. The question looms whether Joseph Addai can play or if Delone Carter takes away some valuable carries. I would love to see what Brown could do with 20 carries.

I think he gets the ball a few more times this week. I’ll say 17 carries, 85 yards and a TD this week. Don’t let folks tell you how Carter is the one with potential, Brown makes the most of the carries. He simply has outplayed Carter every single time. As of this article Addai practices but remains questionable.

So whether you were looking for a LED TV or a one week running back add, you can still score big in your league. Thanks for the read folks!

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