Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday weekend full of turkey, family, fun, football, and fantasy wins. Now that the tryptophan has hopefully worn off we can get down to brass tax in what really matters, the final week of the fantasy football regular season. Not for the faint of heart, playoff lives or made and broken in this very week. Many across the nation have their own dreams in their teams’ control, while many others will need help. To those who have the bye week or a playoff spot locked up, you must be our regulars on the site, congratulations. To the rest of you, the playoffs start right now. There are possible free agents that are available this week, there is plenty of news to help gain insight into the next week and there is a lot to watch and play for as we creep towards the end of this thing. Despite all the awesomeness to be thankful for over the weekend, there was football played. Here are some notable items from said football:
Note 1: Injuries
- Andre Brown: Broken leg and out for the season. Ahmad Bradshaw will probably regain the goal line role that Brown had stolen and David Wilson maybe gets another chance to make his mark. Bradshaw owners should be excited.
- Darren McFadden: Expected back this week. Marcel Reece, your work was truly admirable.
- Lesean Mccoy and Michael Vick: Both out tonight, status going forward unknown.
- Greg Jennings: Expected back next week. Cobb owners get more happy than sad. The game plan for the Giants last night was clearly to take Cobb away. Jennings will not cut into Cobb’s snaps, but probably the defensive attention paid to him. James Jones owners, sorry.
- Matt Forte: Ankle injury and is seriously in doubt for week 13 vs Seattle. Michael Bush owners rejoice. Two touchdowns after Forte went out, and Seattle has recently struggled a bit at stopping the run, especially on the road.
- Pierre Garcon: Looked good on turkey day and did not suffer any setbacks. Feel free to get Garcon back in lineups.
- Miles Austin: Hip and hamstring injuries forced him from the game and is highly questionable in week 13. Probably want to keep him on the bench when considering his history with injuries, and more specifically hamstring injuries.
Note2: Mike Wallace
- Charlie Batch?!??
Ahhh what to do, what to do? Trade deadline have not elapsed for all of us yet and so far those getting close to such a time, you may be wondering what to do with some of your first half starts. Those who have underperformed and have hopes of regaining some status, and those who may have over performed and could be solid trade assets for you stretch run. I’m going to do you all a solid and try and list some of these potential guys .Together, hopefully we can all make the most informed decision and while putting ourselves in the best possible position to win a title.
Look to make a move away from:
Tom Brady, NE: I was very high on Tom Terrific coming into this season. I thought he and Josh McDaniels would reunite their 2007 magic and Brady would finish as the season's number 1 fantasy player. Well, it hasn't gone that way. He has been very good, let's not go too far the other way with this, after all he is 5th in standard scoring. He does still carry the weight of his draft stock in the trade world. Brady faces Houston and San Fran in weeks 14 and 15 at home. Not only will he face great defenses, but there is also the possibility of terrible weather in New England. Ask Brady-Moss owners back in 07’ how those playoff performances turned out in the bad weather. If you are stacked everyone, rolling with Brady may be a good option. If you are looking for help, maybe grabbing a hot QB like a Josh Freeman and another great piece would be beneficial. Freeman has Phily at home, @NO and their historic defense, and then home against STL in weeks 14,15, 16. Just one idea of many possibilities
Stevan Ridley, NE: Ridley has been one of the great surprises this season. He has 5 games with at least 15 fantasy points, he runs for one of the most potent offenses in the league and he hasn’t gotten fewer than 15 carries since week 3. The worry I have is his week 14 and 15 schedule; Houston and San Fran at home. The at home is helpful but anytime you have a top 5 defense against your position it is not a great match up. Ridley has top 5 rushing defenses in 2 consecutive weeks through the playoffs. All of Ridley’s greatness will be for not if he puts up two stinkers. Running backs are hard to come by, so don’t just easily sell, but Ridley could bring back a nice package for somebody not considering the playoff schedule.
Frank Gore, SF: Frank Gore only has 3 single digit performances this year. That is outstandingly solid in this year of running backs. The reason I list Gore in this section however is his propensity to get worn down at the ends of seasons. The 49ers know they need Gore come playoff time which leads to mixing in more Kendall Hunter and possibly even Brandon Jacobs if need be. Gore hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in a game this late in the season since 2009. Like Ridley, Gore should be able to fetch a decent haul and could possibly net you somebody who may be more relied upon come playoff time.
Alfred Morris, WAS: It is not so much Morris’ schedule that worries me as much as it is the Washington offense the rest of the season. RG3 is really being exposed for the lack of weapons they have on offense to support he and Morris and they are becoming very predictable. He is a rookie who will be entering into the part of the season his body has never experienced before. He has only had 13 carries in each of the last two weeks and has not scored since week 6.