We did it! Semi-finals in most leagues, maybe quarters in some, but we are still alive! A big congrats to all of you because whether you follow some of our advice or not, it is ultimately your decision what you do with your team. You have directed them to the promise land, and only a few weeks separate you from immortality (and cash prizes). A lot of big performances to enjoy (or hate) in week 14 (MJD and Tony Romo to name a couple) and a few more key guys went down due to injuries (Greg Jennings). The important thing is, staying alive. Surviving. At this point in the season that is all we need to do. One game at a time. There is no bigger game of your season at this point than the one ahead of you in week 15, and so with that said, let's get to some thoughts about the week that was and what lies ahead.
Note 1: Injuries
Greg Jennings unfortunately will not help anyone win a championship this season. Aaron Rodgersâ€™ favorite target will miss 2-3 weeks (aka the regular season) with a knee injury. I donâ€™t think this will slow Rodgers down much; the Packers have one of the deeper receiving corps in the league, but if you have Jennings and are thin at receiver try and add James Jones or possibly Donald Driver. James Jones has the younger legs, the more athletic and playmaking ability at this point, but Driver has the experience and Rodgersâ€™ trust. It could go either way but I like Jones ahead of Driver.
In Dallas, breakout star DeMarco Murray went down with a broken ankle and he will be done for the year. Felix Jones looked VERY good in relief (funny what a little motivation will do for a guy when his job has been taken away) so if he was dropped to the waivers for whatever reason, go get him. There arenâ€™t many running backs at this point to pick up, other than the injury guys like Jones or Barber, but a possible start for a desperate situation could be Chris Ivory if Mark Ingram has to sit again. He led the Saints in carries last week and Minnesota could be down quick and early against the Saints.
Note 2: Finishing Strong
I am a big fan at looking at the last few games of a season to find some up and comers for next season. Itâ€™s never too early to look ahead and maybe you should write a few names down in your notebook so you donâ€™t forget these feelings while they are fresh in your mind. Ryan Mathews, Marshawn Lynch, Roy Helu, Antonio Brown, Percy Harvin, Golden Tate/Doug Baldwin, and Titus Young are some example of guys Iâ€™m continuing to watch closely and more could pop up as we go. Things sometimes start to click for guys late in a season, and they often parlay that over into successful seasons the following year. Something to think about, especially if you arenâ€™t fortunate enough to be playing for something until the very end. Itâ€™s never too early to look towards next season.
Note 3: Anybody going to sit?
Look, handcuff your guys. I have said it for a few weeks now. Every report coming out about the Packers suggest that they are going for the undefeated season. Now, that isnâ€™t to say they wonâ€™t sit people down, Aaron Rodgers, when they get out to a big lead. Unfortunately, I donâ€™t see a whole lot of 4th quarter action against the Chiefs this week but you gotta roll with your guys and hope for the best. It looks like every other team is fighting for something, so we shouldnâ€™t have to worry much in the way of players resting before the playoffs this year.
Note 4: Rule number 76, NO EXCUSES PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION
It's game time. Don't hold back now. Let your studs run wild, play the best possible match ups when necessary and let the chips falls. Your title is in sight, go get it!
Waivers for week 15 (taking match ups into account)