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What do I know? Heading into Week 15

I play when I want to play

This Randy Moss quote will follow him the rest of his Hall of Fame career. Sure he’ll get the accolades he so richly deserves due to his immense talent but the bottom line is he lacks heart. He has never grasped the concept that professional football is a team game. His latest transgressions occurred after Bill Belichick decided to send him home because he was late for a team meeting last week. The Carolina Panthers game plan was to

help whoever was covering Moss early in the game with a safety. Then, once he was frustrated, they no longer needed to.

“We stayed on top of him,” Panthers safety Chris Harris said after the game. “We were not going to let him catch a deep pass. That’s his game. If he can’t get it going, he gets out of synch.” “We knew he was going to shut it down,” Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble added after intercepting a pass intended for Randy, “He’d just give up a lot — slow down, he’s not going deep, not trying to run a route. You can tell by his body language. I know everyone who plays against him, they can sense that. Once you get into him in the beginning of the game, he shuts it down a little bit.” Harris echoed Gamble’s sentiments

“You get physical with him, and I don’t want to say he quits, but he kind of doesn’t run the routes the way they’re supposed to be run”. Moss’ final stat line on the day, one catch, one fumble and two drops.

Coach Belichick will have his hands full the next few weeks trying to eke every ounce of motivation he can out of Randy. If I’m his fantasy owner, I’d be leery of starting him during the playoffs, especially against stronger pass defenses.

AFC Championship Preview

Or as I like to call it, the Two Teams I’d Love to See Play but that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Initially, I wanted to see a re-match of last year’s opponents but one of those teams is falling far short of expectations. Given that, I have revised my wish list to include a team on an amazing run versus a very hot team. That game will be the Indianapolis Colts hosting the San Diego Chargers.

The Colts, as most are aware, have just set the all-time record for consecutive regular season wins at 22 games. Now I am one to believe they won’t go undefeated this year, especially considering they will likely be resting their starters possibly beginning this Thursday night.

The Chargers are the next hottest AFC team, winning 8 straight games. LaDainian Tomlinson has found his mojo. Their lack of a balanced offense was the major reason they struggled early on this season. The defense has rallied since that time as well and is making the plays that were expected of them. What is the most intriguing about this match-up though is the fact that the Chargers have had the Colts number the past few years. Here are the results from their last five meetings…

2008 playoff, at

San Diego: Chargers 23-17 (OT)

2008 regular season, at

San Diego: Colts 23-20

2007 playoffs, at

Indianapolis: Chargers 28-24

2007 regular season, at

San Diego: Chargers 23-21

2005 regular season, at

Indianapolis: Chargers 26-17

I think that of all the contenders in the AFC, the Chargers are the team that will give the Colts the best game. Simple as that.

Don’t Get Cute

If I had one piece of advice to give now that the fantasy playoffs are here, this would be it. In other words, start your studs. Now by studs I mean the guys who have performed well enough to lead your team into the playoffs, not necessarily the guys you drafted back in August. Some of those guys may very well qualify for that designation unless there are extenuating circumstances that have affected their scoring potential. For example, DeAngelo Williams has been a fantasy star for much of the season, ranking as the sixth best running back in my performance (PPR) league.

However, the Panthers are being led by a backup quarterback and are playing without both of their starting tackles now that second-year right tackle Jeff Otah has joined Pro-Bowler Jordan Gross on injured reserve. Coupled with the fact that DeAngelo plays against the stout, fourth-ranked Vikings run defense this week, I would strongly consider letting him sit this one out if I had other options. Another example is the aforementioned Randy Moss. Sure, there’s always the chance that the team (and specifically Brady) rallies around the embattled receiver and feeds him the ball early and often against

Buffalo. But the Bills pass defense is ranked fifth in the league and is coming off a four interception game against the Chiefs.

Now I know the Pats aren’t the Chiefs but it shows that the Bills pass defense is on top of their game and this game is being played in cold and usually windy

Buffalo. I would check the weather reports closely in this one and if there’s any hint of windy conditions (currently projected at 8-9 mph), strongly consider benching Randy Moss. The bottom line is you don’t want to lose with guys you haven’t counted on much during the fantasy season. It will be a long off-season if one of your studs goes off and he’s sitting on your bench.

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