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Week Sixteen: Eliminations

Week 15 of the playoff saw some unexpected events that cost some fantasy owners wins or gave them to others. If you’ve been winning with

Tony Romo

,

Terrell Owens,

Tom Brady,

Antonio Gates or

Plaxico Burress, chances are your team was sent home. Even people that have relied on the Steelers Defense,

Jeremy Shockey and

Tony Gonzalez were left out in the cold. It was players like

Aaron Stecker,

Tony Scheffler and

Roydell Williams who carried teams into the next round. Just to give you an example, in my main money league where I had the #2 seed, every top seeded team lost. Unlike in years pass, the owners of the big studs are not dominating the fantasy playoffs.

Brian Westbrook’s unselfishness cost one owner in my league the chance to advance. It’s been a crazy, bizarre season.

 

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 13

WK 14

WK 15

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Peyton Manning

25

24

15

21.33

+1

2

Drew Brees

14

25

21

20.00

+1

3

Tony Romo

26

22

8

18.67

+1

4

Matt Hasselbeck

14

25

17

18.67

+4

5

Tom Brady

18

31

6

18.33

-4

6

David Garrard

19

17

17

17.67

+1

7

Kurt Warner

13

20

19

17.33

-2

8

Jay Cutler

9

27

16

17.33

-2

9

Ben Roethlisberger

21

14

17

17.33

+4

10

Sage Rosenfels

13

19

18

16.67

+11

11

Vince Young

22

4

19

15.00

+6

12

Tarvaris Jackson

18

13

12

14.33

E

13

Jon Kitna

15

12

16

14.33

+1

14

Derek Anderson

20

14

6

13.33

-5

15

Trent Edwards

12

20

7

13.00

+7

16

Luke McCown

23

14

0

12.33

+3

17

Kyle Boller

15

10

10

11.67

+1

18

Eli Manning

10

13

12

11.67

+2

19

Philip Rivers

9

15

10

11.33

-8

20

Brett Favre

0

18

15

11.00

-10

 

Removed From list:

Carson

Palmer, Kellen Clemens

 

Rank

RBs

WK 13

WK 14

WK 15

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Ladainian Tomlinson

38

38

28

34.67

E

2

Earnest Graham

30

31

26

29.00

+2

3

Brian Westbrook

30

29

26

28.33

E

4

Steven Jackson

30

18

30

26.00

+4

5

Jamal Lewis

20

31

24

25.00

+1

6

Ryan Grant

24

28

16

22.67

-1

7

Fred Taylor

12

26

25

21.00

+5

8

Clinton

Portis

19

20

23

20.67

+5

9

Aaron Stecker

9

17

35

20.33

+12

10

Willis McGahee

31

12

16

19.67

+1

11

Frank Gore

17

21

19

19.00

-9

12

Justin Fargus

29

8

20

19.00

-3

13

Joseph Addai

10

30

17

19.00

+1

14

LenDale White

15

27

14

18.67

+8

15

Marion Barber

12

39

4

18.33

-8

16

Adrian Peterson MIN

28

2

25

18.33

E

17

Willie Parker

15

22

14

17.00

+2

18

Adrian Peterson CHI

25

7

16

16.00

+1

19

Chester

Taylor

18

22

5

15.00

-9

20

Fred Jackson

21

15

8

14.67

E

 

Removed From list:

Kevin Jones, Koby Smith, Rudi Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

WRs

WK 13

WK 14

WK 15

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Andre Johnson

26

23

20

23.00

+9

2

Brandon Marshall

12

34

21

22.33

E

3

Marques Colston

5

30

25

20.00

+5

4

Randy Moss

13

32

12

19.00

+7

5

Anthony Gonzalez

3

31

21

18.33

+12

6

Greg Jennings

19

18

16

17.67

-2

7

Hines Ward

32

8

13

17.67

E

8

Torry Holt

25

17

11

17.67

+6

9

Braylon Edwards

27

15

10

17.33

-3

10

Reggie Wayne

29

12

10

17.00

-5

11

Bobby Engram

17

15

17

16.33

+7

12

Roydell Williams

18

6

25

16.33

+9

13

Roddy White

30

16

1

15.67

-12

14

Deion Branch

9

14

21

14.67

+6

15

David Patten

0

27

17

14.67

+7

16

Shaun McDonald

11

17

15

14.33

+7

17

Steve Smith

16

10

15

13.67

+7

18

Michael Jenkins

15

23

1

13.00

+8

19

Derrick Mason

18

6

14

12.67

+6

20

Plaxico Burress

6

26

6

12.67

-8

 

Removed From list:

Chad

Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker

 

 

Jabar Gaffney, Terrell Owens, Donald Driver

 

Rank

TEs

WK 13

WK 14

WK 15

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Jason Witten

12

34

19

21.67

E

2

Tony Gonzalez

24

20

4

16.00

E

3

Chris Cooley

15

14

5

11.33

E

4

Tony Scheffler

2

7

23

10.67

+6

5

Donals Lee

6

17

7

10.00

+8

6

Dallas

Clark

25

2

1

9.33

-1

7

Owen Daniels

7

11

8

8.67

E

8

Vernon

Davis

2

9

15

8.67

+3

9

Robert Royal

6

19

1

8.67

+3

10

Desmond Clark

18

6

1

8.33

-2

11

Marcedes Lewis

15

5

5

8.33

-2

12

Delanie Walker

9

12

3

8.00

+4

13

Chris Baker

3

7

14

8.00

+8

14

Heath Miller

7

6

10

7.67

+8

15

Antonio Gates

1

17

1

6.33

-11

16

Kellen Winslow

8

7

4

6.33

-10

17

Ben Utecht

7

3

7

5.67

-3

18

Zach Miller

14

1

2

5.67

-3

19

Alge Crumpler

13

4

0

5.67

-2

20

Randy McMichael

9

4

4

5.67

+4

 

Removed From list:

Bo Scaife, Jeff King, Leonard Pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

KRs

WK 13

WK 14

WK 15

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Mason Crosby

14

10

22

15.33

+4

2

Mike Nugent

19

17

5

13.67

+1

3

Robbie Gould

15

11

9

11.67

-3

4

Jason Elam

10

13

11

11.33

+2

5

Rian Lindell

20

11

0

10.33

+2

6

Stephen Gostkowski

10

12

9

10.33

+6

7

Shaun Suisham

11

6

13

10.00

+6

8

Ryan Longwell

6

13

10

9.67

+1

9

Shayne Graham

4

17

8

9.67

+5

10

Rob Bironas

4

7

18

9.67

+11

11

Jay Feely

12

7

10

9.67

+11

12

Nate Kaeding

6

5

17

9.33

-2

13

Josh Scobee

7

14

6

9.00

-11

14

Nick Folk

16

4

7

9.00

-6

15

Matt Bryant

10

2

15

9.00

-4

16

John Kasay

7

9

11

9.00

+3

17

Kris Brown

13

4

9

8.67

E

18

Phil Dawson

8

8

9

8.33

-2

19

Sebastian Janikowski

13

1

9

7.67

-4

20

Josh Brown

4

12

4

6.67

-1

 

Removed From list:

Jason Hanson, Olindo Mare,

Davis Akers

 

Rank

DEFs

WK 13

WK 14

WK 15

3 WK AVE

+/–

1

Chargers

22

12

23

19.00

+2

2

Buccaneers

11

10

32

17.67

+8

3

Vikings

17

25

10

17.33

-2

4

Bills

14

26

6

15.33

+2

5

Panthers

32

2

11

15.00

+7

6

Seahawks

12

26

5

14.33

-4

7

Colts

9

22

12

14.33

-2

8

Jets

21

6

14

13.67

+8

9

Packers

2

26

12

13.33

+4

10

Saints

13

16

10

13.00

-6

11

Patriots

7

10

22

13.00

+6

12

Jaguars

5

22

11

12.67

-4

13

Eagles

8

10

18

12.00

+8

14

Rams

12

14

9

11.67

-7

15

Texans

6

19

10

11.67

+5

16

Titans

10

15

10

11.67

+6

17

Bears

13

7

13

11.00

-6

18

Dolphins

17

3

10

10.00

-4

19

Bengals

13

11

6

10.00

-4

20

Broncos

3

22

3

9.33

-11

 

Removed From list:

Cowboys, 49ers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden Mug Award

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

Darren Sproles

– 122 yds 2TDs. In some leagues he has been a flex for leagues that award points for KR/PR guys. If you had him, he gave you super points. Heading into the game he had 5 rushing yards on the year.

Honorable Mention

Aaron Stecker

– 95 yds 2Tds 46 rec yds. If you’ve played Fantasy Football for awhile, Stecker is a waiver gem most people grab late in the year. He’s been on the Saints for awhile and when someone goes down, he’s there to cash in. If you had him as a handcuff to

Reggie Bush then you were happy you did.

 

The Urinal Cake Award

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

Pittsburgh

Defense

– 1INT. That’s all they came up with in a match-up that looked like a defensive battle. Many owners were burned on that one.

 

Dishonorable Mention

Kevin Jones

– 16 yds 0TD. After being productive in weeks 7-10, Jones has been inconsistent with one good games on weeks 12 and 14 followed by bad games on week 11, 13 and 15. As well as he ran on the Cowboys, it’s disappointing that he disappeared the next week.

 

MATCH-UPS

The match-ups

I like this week for QBs:

Carson

Palmer

against the Browns. Misary loves company and the last thing the Bengals want is to be the last place Bungals of old. They will play this game to keep

Cleveland out of the playoffs.

Cleveland has played better against the past over the last 3 weeks only giving up about 193 yds passing per game with 2TDs and 3INTs.

 

Donovan McNabb

against the Saints. Just when you go to bench McNabb, he’ll have a good game. McNabb will look to have a great game this week as the Saints have allowed 281 yds passing per game over the last 3 weeks with 7TDs and 3INTs to

Luke McCown,

Chris Redman and

Kurt Warner. The Eagles would play spoiler to the Saints playoff hopes if they win. However, a Saints loss could mean the Giants might clinch a playoff spot which won’t make the Philly fans very happy.

 

The match-ups

I like this week for RBs:

Fred Taylor

/

Maurice Jones-Drew against the Raiders. When your in the playoff hunt you want a team you can dominate with your best offensive position. After

Ryan Grant ran 156 yds on

Oakland in week 14, Taylor and Drew will want to do the same. The Raiders have given up 103 yds rushing per game over the past 3 weeks with 1TD.

 

Ryan Grant

against the Bears. The Bears Defense hasn’t been top notch and the team is struggling. For all the early talks about

Green Bay’s ack of a running game, Grant has stepped in and played well.

Chicago has allowed 108 yds rushing per game over the past 3 weeks with 5TDs.

 

The match-ups

I don’t like this week for QBs:

Shaun Hill

against the Buccaneers. Hill was productive over last week but face a Bucs team that shredded the Falcons while holding

Chris Redman to 34 yds passing. The Bucs also have allowed just 140 yds passing per game over the past 3 weeks but have given up 5TDs with only 2INTs. It seems

Tampa will come up big again on defense making it a long day for Hill.

 

Kyle Boller

against the Seahawks. It doesn’t matter whether Boller starts or if Troy Smith comes in because the Ravens passing offense is mediocre. Although

Seattle is giving up 255 yds passing per game over the last 3 weeks with 4TDs allowed, it is the 9INTs that are the big stat.

 

The match-up

I don’t like this week for RBs:

Adrian Peterson

(CHI) against the Packers.

Chicago hasn’t been able to do two key things which got them to the Super Bowl last year. That’s stop everyone on defense and run the ball. Peterson has only averaged 43 yds on the ground over the past 3 weeks with 0TDs. Green Bay has allowed only 2 RBs to run over 100 yds this season and has given up just 1TD over the past 3 weeks.

 

Aaron Stecker

against the Eagles. Stecker has played well last week but this game could be a shoot out leaving the Saints the abandon the run and go to the air. The Eagles have allowed just 82 rushing yds per game over the last 3 weeks with only 2TDs.

 

Week fifteen’s brew of choice was Beck’s. As always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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