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Week Seventeen: Fantasy Super Bowl

Week 17, the last fantasy hurrah. While some leagues have finished up their season to avoid having to play studs that are rested for the playoffs, others are still looking to see how to fill the void. If you made it this far, congratulations! All of your hard work and ample time spent mocking has carried you to this point. Although most needed some luck to get to this point. The problem this week is not just finding the key match-ups but also to see who is going to play the whole game and which teams are really playing to win. The 1st thing you should do is see which players on your roster are healthy.

 

Last week was full of injuries to key players and if these individuals are playoff bound then they are not coming close to playing this week. Studs that are in the playoffs most likely will be rested as well. Chances are your not going to be able to make waiver moves so look to your bench and see which players are getting the nod.

 

This has been an interesting fantasy season. My season is complete as I’ve won championships in two leagues (Mako Shark 4), lost two conference championships and was bounced out of the 1st round in another league. Still I’m proud of how my season went as I’ve never won a championship in any of my leagues before and this year I’ve earned two and almost played for 2 others. I’ll spend the off season looking back at what went right and where I came up short so that I can improve on my 2007 season in ’08. Good luck to those who are still playing. For those who have completed their season, don’t wait until June to start your fantasy season back up because fantasy football is now a year round event.

 

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 14

WK 15

WK 16

3 WK AVE

+/-

1

Kurt Warner

20

19

27

22.00

+6

2

Peyton Manning

24

15

24

21.00

-1

3

Drew Brees

25

21

14

20.00

-1

4

Donovan McNabb

12

19

26

19.00

+17

5

Matt Hasselbeck

25

17

14

18.67

-1

6

Tom Brady

31

6

18

18.33

-1

7

David Garrard

17

17

21

18.33

-1

8

Ben Roethlisberger

14

17

23

18.00

+1

9

Tarvaris Jackson

13

12

29

18.00

+3

10

Jay Cutler

27

16

9

17.33

-2

11

Sage Rosenfels

19

18

14

17.00

-1

12

Tony Romo

22

8

16

15.33

-9

13

Shaun Hill

11

20

15

15.33

+9

14

Todd Collins

17

8

18

14.33

+9

15

Cleo Lemon

10

19

11

13.33

+9

16

Trent Edwards

20

7

11

12.67

-1

17

Brett Favre

18

15

5

12.67

+3

18

Chris Redman

19

-1

20

12.67

+7

19

Philip Rivers

15

10

12

12.33

E

20

Derek Anderson

14

6

14

11.33

-6

 

Removed From list:

Vince Young, Jon Kitna, Luke McCown

 

 

Kyle Boller, Eli Manning

 

Rank

RBs

WK 14

WK 15

WK 16

3 WK AVE

+/-

1

Ladainian Tomlinson

38

28

21

29.00

E

2

Aaron Stecker

17

35

25

25.67

+7

3

Jamal Lewis

31

24

22

25.67

+2

4

Clinton

Portis

20

23

29

24.00

+4

5

Brandon Jacobs

15

24

31

23.33

+16

6

Brian Westbrook

29

26

16

23.67

-3

7

Steven Jackson

18

30

21

23.00

-3

8

Fred Taylor

26

25

18

23.00

-1

9

Marion Barber

39

4

25

22.67

+6

10

Frank Gore

21

19

26

22.00

+1

11

Earnest Graham

31

26

6

21.00

-9

12

Ryan Grant

28

16

19

21.00

-6

13

Joseph Addai

30

17

10

19.00

E

14

LenDale White

27

14

14

18.33

E

15

Maurice Jones-Drew

8

16

27

17.00

+7

16

Kenny Watson

11

10

30

17.00

+7

17

Najeh Davenport

14

2

34

16.67

+7

18

Marshawn Lynch

14

12

22

16.00

+7

19

Adrian Peterson CHI

7

16

24

15.67

-1

20

Laurence Maroney

2

21

23

15.33

+6

 

Removed From list:

Willis McGahee, Justin Fargus

 

 

Willie Parker,

Chester Taylor, Fred Jackson

 

 

Adrian Peterson MIN

 

Rank

WRs

WK 14

WK 15

WK 16

3 WK AVE

+/-

1

Brandon Marshall

34

21

13

22.67

+1

2

Randy Moss

32

12

22

22.00

+2

3

Andre Johnson

23

20

20

21.00

-2

4

Marques Colston

30

25

4

19.67

-1

5

Jerricho Cotchery

17

11

29

19.00

+16

6

Anthony Gonzalez

31

21

4

18.67

-1

7

David Patten

27

17

11

18.33

+8

8

Anquan Boldin

0

14

41

18.33

+14

9

Steve Smith

10

15

28

17.67

+8

10

Reggie Wayne

12

10

30

17.33

E

11

Braylon Edwards

15

10

25

16.67

-2

12

Reggie Brown

14

13

20

15.67

+12

13

Jabar Gaffney

25

2

19

15.33

+12

14

Chris Chambers

19

10

17

15.33

+12

15

Roddy White

16

1

26

14.33

-2

16

Bobby Engram

15

17

11

14.33

-5

17

Larry Fitzgerald

19

10

13

14.00

+10

18

Greg Jennings

18

16

7

13.67

-12

19

Lee Evans

21

7

13

13.67

+9

20

Roydell Williams

6

25

9

13.33

-8

 

Removed From list:

Hines Ward, Torry Holt, Deion Branch

 

 

Shaun McDonald, Michael Jenkins

 

 

Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason

 

Rank

TEs

WK 14

WK 15

WK 16

3 WK AVE

+/-

1

Jason Witten

34

19

11

21.33

E

2

Tony Gonzalez

20

4

23

15.67

E

3

Vernon

Davis

9

15

12

12.00

+5

4

Tony Scheffler

7

23

5

11.67

E

5

Chris Cooley

14

5

10

9.67

-2

6

Chris Baker

7

14

8

9.67

+7

7

Dallas

Clark

2

1

25

9.33

-1

8

Donals Lee

17

7

1

8.33

-3

9

Kellen Winslow

7

4

14

8.33

+7

10

Owen Daniels

11

8

4

7.67

-3

11

Jerramy Stevens

0

0

23

7.67

+10

12

Antonio Gates

17

1

3

7.00

+3

13

Robert Royal

19

1

0

6.67

-4

14

Delanie Walker

12

3

4

6.33

-2

15

Randy McMichael

4

4

11

6.33

+5

16

Alex Smith

5

0

13

6.00

+6

17

Heath Miller

6

10

1

5.67

-3

18

Desmond Clark

6

1

9

5.33

-8

19

Billy Miller

4

6

6

5.33

+5

20

Ben Utecht

3

7

5

5.00

-3

 

Removed From list:

Marcedes Lewis, Zach Miller, Alge Crumpler

 

 

Rank

KRs

WK 14

WK 15

WK 16

3 WK AVE

+/-

1

Nate Kaeding

5

17

13

11.67

+11

2

Mason Crosby

10

22

1

11.00

-1

3

Shayne Graham

17

8

8

11.00

+6

4

Robbie Gould

11

9

11

10.33

-1

5

Rob Bironas

7

18

6

10.33

+5

6

John Kasay

9

11

8

9.33

+10

7

Josh Brown

12

4

12

9.33

+13

8

Jason Elam

13

11

3

9.00

-4

9

Josh Scobee

14

6

7

9.00

+4

10

Jason Hanson

10

2

15

9.00

+11

11

Ryan Longwell

13

10

3

8.67

-3

12

Stephen Gostkowski

12

9

4

8.33

-6

13

Shaun Suisham

6

13

6

8.33

-6

14

Matt Bryant

2

15

8

8.33

+1

15

Martin Gramatica

0

8

17

8.33

+7

16

Lawrence

Tynes

10

5

10

8.33

+7

17

Neil Rackers

3

6

14

7.67

+7

18

Mike Nugent

17

5

0

7.33

-16

19

Jeff Reed

9

2

11

7.33

+6

20

Nick Folk

4

7

10

7.00

-6

 

Removed From list:

Jay Feely, Rian Lindell, Kris Brown

 

 

Sebastian Janikowski, Phil Dawson

 

Rank

DEFs

WK 14

WK 15

WK 16

3 WK AVE

+/-

1

Buccaneers

10

32

12

18.00

+1

2

Chargers

12

23

18

17.67

-1

3

Seahawks

26

5

21

17.33

+3

4

Jaguars

22

11

19

17.33

+8

5

Patriots

10

22

15

15.67

+6

6

Colts

22

12

11

15.00

+1

7

Giants

10

6

29

15.00

+14

8

Bears

7

13

24

14.67

+9

9

Bills

26

6

11

14.33

-5

10

Packers

26

12

4

14.00

-1

11

Titans

15

10

17

14.00

+5

12

Vikings

25

10

3

12.67

-9

13

Eagles

10

18

7

11.67

E

14

Jets

6

14

13

11.00

-6

15

Browns

11

11

11

11.00

+7

16

Broncos

22

3

8

11.00

+4

17

Texans

19

10

3

10.67

-2

18

Redskins

9

9

14

10.67

+5

19

Saints

16

10

5

10.33

-9

20

Bengals

11

6

13

10.00

-1

 

Removed From list:

Panthers, Rams, Dolphins

 

 

The Golden Mug Award

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

Anquan Boldin-

162 yds 2TDs. Boldin has missed 5 games this year due to injury and has had the season his owners had hoped but week 16 he won a lot of games for many of his owners.

 

Honorable Mention

Najeh Davenport-

123 yds 1TD, 44 rec yds 1TD.

Davenport hasn’t been much of a factor for fantasy

owners as some drafted him late in hopes he would vulture TDs from Wille Parker. Some owners this week used

Davenport as nothing more then a RB3 or flex option and reaped the rewards when Parker was lost for the season. With Parker out,

Davenport will get the bulk of the carries.

 

The Urinal Cake Award

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

Adrian Peterson (MIN)

– 27 yds 0TD. 21 rec 0TD. Peterson came through in week 15 for his owners but let them down the following week. If his owners survived to advance, they could be in for a good game against

Denver.

 

Dishonorable Mention

Earnest Graham

– 21 yds 0TD. 11 rec yds 0TD. Graham had been the savior for some fantasy owners who picked him up early off the waiver wires. His performance in week 16 showed owners that rookies hit walls.

 

MATCH-UPS

The match-ups

I like this week for QBs:

Tarvaris Jackson

against the Broncos. I must admit I did not think he would have been a decent fantasy QB but over the last 6 weeks, his is the #10 fantasy QB in Shark Leagues. Better then QBs like

Derek Anderson,

Brett Favre,

Philip Rivers,

Jon Kitna,

Carson Palmer and

Eli Manning. With that kind of production you have to like his chances against

Denver with a playoff spot on the line.

Denver has not had the season they have hoped and miss the playoffs again this year. I wonder if

Jake Plummer is somewhere smiling.

Denver has given up 522 yds passing 2TDs and 1INT over the past 3 weeks.

 

Trent Edwards

against the Eagles. Although Edwards isn’t having the success like

Jackson is, he has a good match-up against an Eagles team that has given up 722 yds passing and 1TD with 4INTs. The scoring may be low but the yards are there as

Philadelphia is now 21st in the league with 221.4 passing yards per game allowed. This will be an interesting match-up as both teams would like to finish the season at 8-8.

 

The match-ups

I like this week for RBs:

Kolby Smith against the Jets. The Jets sit pretty with a top 5 pick in next years draft. They may already have packed it in for the year and some have said that there are players not happy with Mangini. Smith will look to end the year on a high note as

Larry Johnson will be back in 2008 to take back his starting spot. The Jets are 29th in the league with 140.2 yd rushing allowed per game and have given up 395 yds and 3TDs over the past 3 weeks.

 

Steven Jackson

against the Cardinals.

Jackson hasn’t helped many owners reach the playoffs but for those who had him stashed on the bench while riding other RBs like

Earnest Graham or

Ryan Grant has been able to use

Jackson during the fantasy playoffs. This week he faces

Arizona who have given up 256 yds and 3TDs over the past 3 weeks. The Cardinals are 28th in the league in points allowed with 25.3 points per game.

 

The match-ups

I don’t like this week for QBs:

JaMarcus Russell

against the Chargers. Russell had a rough outing in his 1st extended chance of playing time. This week he will face a hot chargers team that has won 5 in a row and wants to win the #3 seed in the playoffs.

San Diego has given up 572 yds and 2TDs with 9INTs over the past 3 weeks. SD is also 7th in the league in points against with 17.8 points allowed per game.

 

Shaun Hill

against the Browns. Yes, I said the Browns. Hill somewhat decent over the last few starts but is playing in cold

Cleveland. Despite being in the bottom of the league in defense, the bad weather has prevented QBs from posting goods stats.

Cleveland has allowed 522 yds passing with just 1TD and 4INTs over the past 3 weeks. The Browns want the playoffs bad and will play harder then the 49ers will.

 

The match-up

I don’t like this week for RBs:

Musa Smith

against the Steelers. Smith hasn’t done much all season and has battle injuries himself. The Steelers will be playing hard to avoid playing

Jacksonville in the 1st round of the playoffs. Over the past 3 weeks the Steelers have allowed 324 yds and 1TD.

Pittsburgh is 3rd in the league with just 16.1 points allowed per game. Smith may also split carries with

Mike Anderson as he did last week.

 

Travis Henry

/

Selvin Young against the Vikings. The Vikings have been playing well down the stretch to put them in the playoff picture. They have a chance if they can win this week. The Vikings have surrendered 238 yds and 3TDs over the past 3 weeks.

  Where has the

Denver running game been? Over the past 3 weeks Henry has averaged just 20.6 yds per game with 1TD and hasn’t had a 100 yd game since week 4. Young had a good game in week 14 when he ran for 156 yds but is only ave 66.3 yds over the past 3 weeks with 0TDs.

 

Week sixteen’s brew of choice was Amstel Light. As always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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