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Week Fourteen: Playoff Time!

Week 14 is upon us. It seems like the season started just a few weeks ago. Now it is time for the playoffs for some teams and do or die for others. You need to play your hot hands, push all your chips to the center of the table and go all in.

 

It’s been a crazy fantasy season to say the least. More injuries and inconsistency from players then I’ve ever seen in one season. Still, I’ve been able to stay strong and make the playoffs in all my leagues. I have 2 playoff games in week 14 with the rest starting in week 15. My money league teams are both treating me well. I have the opportunity to clinch #1 seeds in both leagues with a win this week. Let’s be honest here, the only leagues we care about are our money leagues. It’s enjoyable to get wins in our shark leagues and our other online leagues but nothing beats getting into the playoffs and winning money! It gives us a greater sense of accomplishment because we feel the competition is greater and the stakes are higher.

 

When trying to decide who should be in your line-ups you need to look at who has been hot at each position over the last three weeks. You must also keep in mind injuries and opportunities.

 

The charts below are ranked according to Shark League PPR scoring.

 

 

 

Color Key:

COLD

AVERAGE

HOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

QBs

Wk 11

WK 12

WK 13

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Tom Brady

33

23

18

24.67

E

2

Tony Romo

25

14

26

21.67

+2

3

Vince Young

31

11

22

21.33

+2

4

Kurt Warner

16

28

13

19.00

-1

5

Drew Brees

15

27

14

18.67

+1

6

Derek Anderson

18

17

20

18.33

+5

7

Payton Manning

7

21

25

17.67

+9

8

David Garrard

16

17

19

17.33

+6

9

Matt Hasselbeck

22

14

14

16.67

-1

10

Jason Campbell

23

16

10

16.33

-3

11

Carson

Palmer

18

22

9

16.33

-1

12

Brett Favre

19

28

0

15.67

-10

13

Philip Rivers

17

21

9

15.67

+5

14

Jay Cutler

16

21

9

15.33

-2

15

Jon Kitna

18

13

15

15.33

-1

16

Rex Grossman

14

11

17

14.00

+3

17

Kyle Boller

15

12

15

14.00

+6

18

A. J. Feeley

7

23

11

13.67

+6

19

Eli Manning

18

12

10

13.33

-2

20

Ben Roethlisberger

11

7

21

13.00

-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

RBs

Wk 11

WK 12

WK 13

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Ladainian Tomlinson

29

21

38

29.33

+2

2

Chester

Taylor

44

22

18

28.00

E

3

Frank Gore

14

47

17

26.00

+1

4

Brian Westbrook

21

25

30

25.33

-3

5

Earnest Graham

20

19

30

23.00

+18

6

Jamal Lewis

26

27

20

24.33

+1

7

Steven Jackson

19

23

30

24.00

-1

8

Willis McGahee

24

16

31

23.67

+2

9

Justin Fargus

15

26

29

23.33

-1

10

Ryan Grant

13

28

24

21.67

-5

11

Kolby Smith

8

34

14

18.67

+9

12

Ron Dayne

17

12

22

17.00

+15

13

Joseph Addai

24

15

10

16.33

E

14

Thomas Jones

18

10

20

16.00

+12

15

Reggie Bush

25

10

12

15.67

-4

16

Fred Taylor

12

21

12

15.00

+1

17

Clinton

Portis

7

18

19

14.67

-3

18

Edgerrin James

16

13

15

14.67

+4

19

Marion Barber

8

24

12

14.67

+3

20

Maurice Morris

19

11

13

14.33

-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

WRs

Wk 11

WK 12

WK 13

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Terrell Owens

49

18

28

31.67

E

2

Randy Moss

46

9

13

22.67

+1

3

Chad

Johnson

16

40

14

23.33

+1

4

Larry Fitzgerald

23

36

0

19.67

-2

5

Greg Jennings

17

23

19

19.67

+4

6

Braylon Edwards

16

15

27

19.33

+15

7

Roddy White

6

22

30

19.33

+15

8

Reggie Wayne

11

17

29

19.00

E

9

Andre Johnson

24

6

26

18.67

+14

10

Hines Ward

6

17

32

18.33

+6

11

Torry Holt

18

10

25

17.67

+2

12

Donald Driver

13

24

13

16.67

+2

13

Derrick Mason

14

16

18

16.00

+11

14

Marques Colston

20

22

5

15.67

-9

15

Brandon Marshall

16

19

12

15.67

-5

16

Santana Moss

27

8

12

15.67

+10

17

Kevin Curtis

11

12

23

15.33

+10

18

Wes Welker

14

27

4

15.00

-12

19

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

22

13

9

14.67

-2

20

Bobby Engram

9

16

17

14.00

+5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

TEs

Wk 11

WK 12

WK 13

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Chris Cooley

22

21

15

19.33

+1

2

Kellen Winslow

11

26

8

15.00

-1

3

Antonio Gates

15

28

1

14.67

E

4

Dallas

Clark

4

15

25

14.67

+17

5

Jason Witten

14

15

12

13.67

+3

6

Owen Daniels

12

21

7

13.33

E

7

Tony Gonzalez

8

7

24

13.00

+12

8

Marcedes Lewis

7

10

15

10.67

+14

9

Donals Lee

21

2

6

9.67

-4

10

Tony Scheffler

6

19

2

9.00

-3

11

Vernon

Davis

9

16

2

9.00

+1

12

Zach Miller

6

7

14

9.00

+5

13

Desmond Clark

1

8

18

9.00

+10

14

Ben Utecht

5

13

7

8.33

E

15

Bo Scaife

8

8

9

8.33

+1

16

Alex Smith

14

7

2

7.67

-7

17

Alge Crumpler

5

4

13

7.33

+1

18

Chris Baker

13

6

3

7.33

+2

19

Jeremy Shockey

9

8

4

7.00

-15

20

Ben Watson

13

4

4

7.00

+4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

KRs

Wk 11

WK 12

WK 13

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Sebastian Janikowski

26

11

13

16.67

E

2

Robbie Gould

16

16

15

15.67

+2

3

Mike Nugent

14

5

19

12.67

+18

4

Josh Scobee

8

21

7

12.00

-3

5

Mason Crosby

9

13

14

12.00

+2

6

Phil Dawson

20

9

8

12.33

+2

7

Shaun Suisham

16

10

11

12.33

+2

8

Kris Brown

15

7

13

11.67

+1

9

Matt Bryant

7

17

10

11.33

+13

10

Jason Hanson

6

23

5

11.33

+1

11

Nick Folk

4

12

16

10.67

-7

12

Jason Elam

11

10

10

10.33

+12

13

Nate Kaeding

5

20

6

10.33

E

14

Ryan Longwell

11

13

6

10.00

-5

15

Rian Lindell

7

2

20

9.67

+12

16

Josh Brown

16

7

4

9.00

-1

17

Stephen Gostkowski

8

7

10

8.33

+11

18

Matt Stover

17

2

6

8.33

+8

19

Jeff Reed

14

3

6

7.67

-5

20

Lawrence

Tynes

12

7

3

7.33

-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

DEFs

Wk 11

WK 12

WK 13

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Vikings

13

33

17

21.00

+7

2

Buccaneers

25

17

11

17.67

-1

3

Dolphins

15

15

17

15.67

+10

4

Cardinals

24

4

18

15.33

E

5

Jets

16

7

21

14.67

+16

6

Patriots

21

15

7

14.33

-4

7

Seahawks

11

19

12

14.00

E

8

Chargers

4

15

22

13.67

-3

9

Rams

14

15

12

13.67

+8

10

49ers

13

18

8

13.00

+4

11

Saints

8

18

13

13.00

+9

12

Steelers

10

18

10

12.67

+6

13

Panthers

3

3

32

12.67

+9

14

Bengals

13

11

13

12.33

-5

15

Browns

21

12

4

12.33

-5

16

Cowboys

7

22

8

12.33

-5

17

Raiders

13

10

14

12.33

+2

18

Colts

13

13

9

11.67

-12

19

Bears

4

18

13

11.67

-7

20

Broncos

15

14

3

10.67

-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.

LaDainian Tomlinson

– 177 yds 2TDs, 20 rec yds. Tomlinson put in his best rushing performance since week 6 and he may have saved a few owners’ season. Unlike last year where teams owning LT were usually tops in their league or at least made the playoffs, some are finding it hard to squeak in. In 4 leagues I play in, 2 of the LT owner are on the bubble and the other 2 have missed the playoffs.

Honorable Mention

Adrian Peterson (MIN)

– 116 yds 2TDs, 10 rec yds. Peterson came back and produce well. Many did not know how much of a factor he would be but I’m glad I got him in the line-up when I did.

 

The Urinal Cake Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.

Antonio Gates

– 1 rec for -1 yds. What a horrible stat. After Gates played great last week with 105 yds and 2TDs he may have ended some owners playoff hopes.

Dishonorable Mention

Calvin Johnson

1 rec 17 yds. The next Moss? Rookie of the year? Matt Millan hit the jack pot? None of this is relevant yet. Calvin hasn’t been the receiver most people grabbed early in drafts. After a good week 12, he didn’t become a factor in week 13. With

Roy Williams out, teams will look to contain Johnson. Let’s see if he can step up and produce.

 

 

MATCH-UPS

The match-ups

I like this week for QBs:

Kellen Clemens

against the Browns- The match up is great every week. If a QB can take advantage of it, stats can be had by the truck load.

Cleveland has given up 704 yds passing in the last 3 games. An average of 235 yds a game and they have given up 5TDs the last 2 weeks with 5INTs.

 

Josh McCown

against the Packers- This may be McCown’s last start before the Russell era begins. The

Green bay defense hasn’t played well against the past in the last 3 weeks. They are giving up 791 yds over those 3 weeks or 264 yds per game. They have also surrendered 7TDs with 4INTs. This could be an upset game for the packers if

Brett Favre doesn’t play and the team is still thinking about last weeks lose to the Cowboys.

 

The match-ups

I like this week for RBs:

Ryan Grant

against the Raiders. Grant ran well last week against a good

Dallas defense and this week he gets the best run match-up in the league. Over the last 3 weeks

Oakland has given up 414 yds rushing and 7TDs. They are allowing 138 yds a game on the ground.

 

Clinton

Portis

against the Bears. I think Portis will be running angry and with hunger after an emotional week in

Miami. The last second lose to

Buffalo is also motivation to produce well this week. He gets a good match-up against a Bears defense that has been soft against the run the last 3 weeks. They are surrendering 405 yds rushing and 5TDs in those games giving up an average of 135 yds a game.

 

The match-ups

I don’t like this week for QBs:

Jay Cutler

against Chiefs. Cutler is currently the 12th fantasy QB. This week he faces a

Kansas city team that has been playing well on defense lately. Over the last 3 weeks, the Chiefs are allowing just 490 yds passing and 1TD and has 2INTs. That’s just 163 yds per game over that period.

 

 

Kyle Boller

against the Colts. Boller and company almost pulled off an upset defeat of the Patriots on Monday night. They get another tough match-up with

Indianapolis who have given up just 581 yds passing over the last 3 weeks with 4TDs and 3 INTs. They are allowing an average of 193 yds passing in those games.

 

The match-up

I don’t like this week for RBs:

Frank Gore

against the Vikings. After his 1st 100+ yd game in week 12, Gore was quiet against the Panther rushing for 58 yds. This week he faces a Viking team that has been playing very well. Over the last 3 weeks they have given up just 159 yds and 1TD. That’s only 53 yds rushing per those 3 games.

 

Kevin Jones

against the Cowboys. Jones should be mentioned for dishonorable mention as well with his 1 yds performance last week. He has had 3 poor games over the last 4 weeks. In the last 3 weeks

Dallas has given up only 192 yds rushing and 2TDs. They are averaging just 64 yds rushing against them since week 11.

 

Week thirteen’s brew of choice was Molson Ice. I haven’t had this beer in probably over a decade. Back when people where into the whole ice craze like Bud Ice. Remember the ad where

a penguin stalked Bud Ice drinkers and stole their beer while singing “Dooby-dooby-doo..”

Yeah, I know. Not the greats of commercials.

As always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

 

Good luck to everyone in the playoffs! (Unless your playing me)

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