Fantasy Football Must-Starts and Must-Sits for Week 10

At this point in the season, from a fantasy point of view, things are getting harder to decide.  So it’s about time I give you some advice to help sort out your starters from your bench players.  First off, here are my rankings at the 4 major positions for this week.  I have included ratings that I have found by combining the what the player’s rank would be if your draft was today, and some match-up analysis ratings.

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Okay, so I’m going to go through each match-up, and for each match-up I will have a must-start or must-sit and the rating for that player.  The ratings are from 0 to 60, 60 is absolutely insane, and 0 is terrible.  Most players are somewhere in between.  Anyone who I say has a must-start match-up should be started under all means.  A must-sit should not be started under any conditions.

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Must-Start

Image result for randall cobb Randall Cobb, WR, GB (43.5, WR11)

The Titans defense doesn’t have much against the Packers.  Their number 1 corner is Perrish Cox, and I think especially if the Titans offense presents a bit of a surprising challenge like they have several times this season, the Packers will rely on throwing to Nelson and Randall Cobb.  Nelson always gets a lot of points, but there would be a significant increase this week for Cobb, especially with the backfield lacking depth.

 

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Must-Start

Image result for devontae booker DeVontae Booker, RB, DEN (40.5, RB13)

C.J. Anderson is likely out for the season, and despite being the underdog in this match-up, the Saints pass rush is pathetically bad, and it will cost them.  The Broncos will take advantage of this, and it will be easier to get big time yardage from running the ball, possibly even more TDs.  This will be good for Booker, as he should get most of this backfield work.  So he should get you at least 10 points.  Trust me on this.

 

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Must-Start

Image result for quincy enunwa Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ (34.5, WR26)

With Eric Decker on IR, Enunwa has gotten a lot more work.  The Rams secondary isn’t great, so I would start both Enunwa and Brandon Marshall.  Trumaine Johnson is really the only reliable corner for the Rams, and he’ll be covering Marshall, making things even easier for Enunwa.  The Jets are in favor here, but they will have to pass.  Things will be tough because both teams have their weaknesses.  Enunwa will be a key factor in whether the Jets win or lose.

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Must-Start

Image result for carson wentz Carson Wentz, QB, PHI (36, QB12)

I know Wentz has struggled lately, but I just have a feeling that the Eagles will take advantage of the Falcons’ weaknesses at home, look like themselves from earlier this season, and take the win.  Wentz should have it relatively easy as the Falcons do lack depth on defense, and there will be match-ups that other Eagles players take advantage of.  Jordan Matthews will take advantage of the fact that the Falcons only have one strong  corner.  Zach Ertz will also take advantage of the defensive depth problems that could help Wentz.  So, this is definitely a good match-up for Eagles offensive players.  It’s all in the hands of Carson Wentz how well they do.

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Must-Start

 Jameis Winston, QB, TB (42.5, QB8)

This is like the ultimate must-start here.  The offense should improve with Doug Martin back, and the Bears defense may not be able to handle the offense.  Their pass rush is pathetic and the secondary is lacking depth and superstars.  After what he did last week, Mike Evans should be a major target too, and this is a great match-up for him too, because it could be a close game that’s decided by big plays if the Bucs defense lets their guard down too.  Either way, Winston should get involved in the action.

 

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Must-Sit

Image result for kirk cousins Kirk Cousins, QB, WSH (28.5, QB21)

This is really a tough match-up for Cousins.  He will be under a lot of pressure against a defense that has scored multiple TDs this season, and is one of the fantasy leaders defensively.  With that, it’s got to be hard for opposing QBs.  This entire offense will have a challenge, and it’s not any easier without Matt Jones at his best and DeSean Jackson or Josh Doctson even playing.  It’ll be hard or the Redskins to even win, even with a strong secondary of their own.

 

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Must-Start

 

  Spencer Ware, RB, KC (40, RB14)

Ware should come back strong this week, especially after what he’s done so far this year, most of it with Jamaal Charles active.  Charcandrick West may still get some backfield work, but he was semi-bust material last week, and Ware’s been awesome all year.  Ware might have earned the job for even when Charles is active.  I know the Panthers pass rush is a lot tougher than the secondary, but the Chiefs are lacking receiver depth with Jeremy Maclin out, so the Chiefs may have to run the ball.  Just the fact that he’s getting a heavier workload could be to his advantage.

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Must-Sit

Image result for allen robinson Allen Robinson, WR, JAX

I actually just traded for Robinson, because somebody wanted to sell him high, and I needed an extra receiver. I have three other good receivers to start though, OBJ, Brandon Marshall and Jarvis Landry.  Now that I did my research, I realized I need to take my own advice.  This Texans defense is very good, Robinson hasn’t lived up to his expectations, and is only at about the level of Allen Hurns this year, and the Jags have had a tough time against tough defenses.  The Texans have one of those defenses.

 

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Must-Start

 Image result for antonio gates Antonio Gates, TE, SD (43, TE5)

There aren’t many must start tight ends, but Gates is in a pretty good match-up for this week.  Gates should take advantage of a Dolphins defense that has it’s problems.  Hunter Henry is questionable, and Gates is back to full health.  I think the Chargers will win this game because they will tsake advantage of favorable positional match-ups, and Gates is favored in his match-up.

 

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Must-Sit

 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF (27, RB35)

Hyde is already questionable, and may be limited if he’s active.  The Cardinals defense is also very tough, so Hyde will have additional problems that the entire offense will face.  Even with the Cardinals slumping, this is a tough, unfavorable match-up.  Hyde is a bust for this week, whether he plays or not.

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 Must-Sit

Image result for jesse james steelers Jesse James, TE, PIT (27, TE20)

Image result for jason witten            Jason Witten, TE, PIT & DAL (32, TE16)

Both of thse tight ends are in a bad position.  James won’t get as heavy a workload with Ladarius Green returning, and the Cowboys have decent defense that can pressure him and his offense.  Witten is facing a pretty tough linebacker corps, along with a strong week for a lot of tight ends.  Witten’s value is going down solely because he’s not a Top 12 tight end.  He’s also getting older, so he can only do so much for your fantasy team.  Tight ends won’t be targeted much in this game, especially with Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant healthy for it.

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Must-Sit

Image result for christine michael Christine Michael, RB, SEA (28.5, RB32)

Michael has not been as good in the last couple of games, and the Patriots defense won’t let him bulldoze through.  C.J. Prosise is cutting into his workload, and soon Thomas Rawls will too.  He’s not the lock-in RB1 at this point.  Michael has a very tough match-up, his workload is shrinking, and he’s not a reliable option this Sunday.  Michael could soon become a drop candidate if he does not have another big game.

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Must-Start

 

 Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR (36.5, WR24)

        Victor Cruz, NYG, WR   (33, WR29)

OBJ has a good match-up, but he’s not the only Giants receiver that will get a fantasy workload.  Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz could be deciding factors in whether the Giants win or lose.  They have good match-ups has the secondary’s attention will be on OBJ, so all three receivers will put up a lot of points.  If you have OBJ, Shepard or Cruz, start your Giants receiver this week.

Okay, so this week is going to be a week of close match-ups.  But there shouldn’t be any tough decisions fantasy-wise if you start the must-starts, sit the must-sits, and go by my rating index at QB, RB, WR and TE.

 

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Week 14 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: Dominate Your Fantasy Playoffs

Get your team to the next round of the playoffs in no time.  I’ve mentioned below the players I am most confident about starting or letting ride the pine.  My starts and sits are below.
QB
Start
Carson Palmer
Palmer should be able to beat up the Vikings on Thursday Night.  The Vikings rush defense is still figuring itself out, and I saw a blowout coming last Thursday Night.  I would start Palmer any week, he just really stands out this week.  Still a must-start quarterback.  Why would you sit Carson Palmer this season if you have the option?!!
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick has a lock match-up over the Titans, and with the running game a little banged up, and with the Titans beginning to become a little more scary to face again, passing will be key to beat Tennessee.  The main reasons Ryan Fitzpatrick should be started is a) The Tennessee defense still needs lots of work and b) Fitzy might have a QB sneak or two himself to help the running game
Sit
Matt Ryan
The Falcons are just such an “early-season” team, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.  Matt Ryan has had what might be the worst second half of a season in his career. Well, maybe not.  This is how the Falcons typically are, even though last year was the opposite.  But I just can’t trust Matt Ryan anymore, especially when he’s trying to stop the undefeated Panthers on the road!!!  At home it might be different but this is a lock in Carolina’s favor.
Derek Carr
I just don’t trust him and the Raiders against a really good Broncos team.  This is a feast or famine team, a young, still developing quarterback, facing a tough, amazing, unstoppable Denver team.
RB
Start
Chris Ivory
Ivory is one of the only legitimate backs left on the Jets, and this lock match is time for him and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to shine, against a weakling, possibly worst in the league Titans defense.  Prove yourself as a star, Ivory.
Charcandrick West
West has been dealing with injuries, but expect him and backs Spencer Ware and Knile Davis to bounce back versus a practically empty Chargers front seven.  West has looked great in Jamaal Charles’ spot.
Isaiah Crowell
Crowell may not be on the best team but the Niners defense just plain out sucks, and expect Crowell to break free, even if NaVorro Bowman bothers him.  Crowell has emerged into a solid RB1 that could really help the Browns prevent too many struggles down the road, even if they’re long gone this season.
Sit
Latavius Murray
Murray has lived up to feast mode these past couple weeks, but it’s famine’s turn to work its magic on Murray, especially against the amazingly good Denver Broncos, who are very solid and consistent this season, and are also one of the healthiest football teams in the currently banged up NFL that’s missing many of its best superstars, and letting the less noticed guys like Murray get more.  But he’s really not. Guys like Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles and Le’ Veon Bell are.
Danny Woodhead
Woodhead, the team’s passing back has surprisingly led the Chargers horrible running game.  But they’re up against a powerhouse Chiefs rush D that will put full force into stopping Woodhead and fellow teammate Melvin Gordon.
Tevin Coleman
Coleman never fully emerged this season, but showed himself when Devonta Freeman was hurt.  But against this tough Carolina front seven, only Freeman is a good enough Falcons running back to overcome it.  The rest, like Coleman and Terron Ward, likely won’t be able to.
WR
Start
Tavon Austin
Austin had never had a breakout season until lovely old, injury filled, 2015.  This week should be a dominant week for Austin, as he faces a struggling, banged up Lions secondary, who are missing Ezekiel Ansah and Glover Quin, and are left with just James Ihedigbo.  Ihedigbo may bother him, but him and fellow teammate Wes Welker should overcome it.
Willie Snead
Snead and Brandin Cooks have struggled these past couple weeks, but even though the defense will likely blow the game, I think the offense has a chance to make an impact and really show that this team may be done, but if they improve their defense, they could have some serious potential, even with Mark Ingram now on IR.
Anquan Boldin
I know this isn’t necessarily a win for the 49ers, but veteran receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will not be prevented from having big games against an easy Browns defense.
Sit
Amari Cooper
Cooper is very similar to Latavius Murray.  I would just leave everyone on the Raiders to ride the pine.  It’s famine’s turn to control not just these players, but the faith of the entire Oakland Raiders team.  Last week they fared well, just couldn’t beat the red hot Kansas City Chiefs.
Charles Johnson
Johnson isn’t the WR1 anymore, but he shouldn’t have slipped away from the Cardinals D as easily as Stefon Diggs should’ve.  All these Vikings receivers were not good options, and should be avoided if possible.
Kendall Wright
Wright really just has a bad match-up against one of the best secondaries in the league when it’s healthy, which it now pretty much is.  Wright, along with Delanie Walker, should not expect to have big games today.
TE
Start
Charles Clay
Even though I think the Eagles will hold on in this game, it doesn’t mean Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay can’t take advantage of a weak Eagles secondary.  Clay, the former Dolphin, has been a key weapon for Tyrod Taylor this season.  Clay should overcome a beaten up Eagles secondary that has Nolan Carroll hurt, and despite Byron Maxwell’s presence, him and Watkins can still have big days.
Jared Cook
Like Tavon Austin, Cook has potential to have a breakout day.  The difference is, Cook might do better as long as he’s left unguarded as expected.  Both could make a big impact on your fantasy team’s playoff status.
Sit
Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph has began to bounce back, but the Vikings are just facing such an overpowered defense.  Rudolph still hasn’t fully emerged, and he shouldn’t have a day every week at this stage of his development.  Rudolph still needs to work on his consistency, and that won’t call for a good day in fantasy this week.
Ladarius Green
Green and Antonio Gates are facing a premier defense in the league, and don’t expect them to do much.  The Chargers alone have very low likelihood of winning this game.  If Gates will struggle, Green won’t be any better.  He likely will even do worse than Gates does.
DST
Start
Dolphins
I think Monday Night‘s grudge match will be a game of defense, with the Dolphins having the edge.  Both defenses, the Dolphins and Giants, should keep up the good work, but Miami has the edge, so the Giants won’t score as much, earning Miami some extra points for holding them to a certain amount.
Sit
Steelers
I just think Cincy is too good and I don’t think the Steelers are at any edge in this game.  This game will be such a shootout, even the Bengals defense will be bench-able, let alone the Steelers defense.  I didn’t want to have too little faith in Cincy, or too much in Pittsburgh.
K
Start
Brandon McManus
I’ll tell you right now, Denver will win this game in a blowout, but the defense, at some points, will give Denver a challenge, even if their own defense dominates.  That’s the perfect recipe for a great day from the kicking position.  In Denver’s case, that’s Brandon McManus.  McManus has had a great bounce back season, after being held to just kick offs after losing his job to Connor Barth last season.  He was meaningless in fantasy.  Now he’s back on fantasy owners’ radars.
Sit
Steven Hauschka
In this upset I picked in my picks, the Seahawks are left to rot.  Kicker Steven Hauschka will be held to just one extra point and not do any better.  Horrible situation here for any kicker, even a star like Hauschka.  Kickers are really just based on the match-up.   You have to go week by week with them.

Week 12: Match-up Breakdown

Week 12: Match-Up Breakdown

Week 12 is just hours away and this is the ultimate cheat sheet to a all of the games. Know what to watch for and you can even create a DFS lineup using this. Oh, and speaking of DFS, let’s start with my suggested lineup.

DFS Lineup

I know there are a lot of injuries, but Dalton and Johnson are now probable. DeMaryius Thomas did better with Brock Osweiler at QB than Manning, and A.J. Green is just plain out on fire.

Chris Johnson is also having a monster season, and Yeldon is facing a weak, banged up Chargers defense.
Vikings @ Falcons
Matt Ryan is looking to bounce back after the Vikings had a tough week. But the Falcons also lost last week, and to the Colts. Will A.P. bounce back and lead the Vikings to victory, or will Matt Ryan turn things around after countless recent struggles. Both of these teams are good, and are still easily playoff contenders, but have a lot of adversity to overcome.

How Can The Falcons Win?

First, you need to keep Adrian Peterson covered throughout the entire game. They need linebacker Paul Worrilow or Justin Durant to keep an eye on him, and prevent him
from reaching the end zone. Next, Matt Ryan’s o-line needs to provide better protection, allowing Matt Ryan to make up for the loss of Devonta Freeman by passing a lot to Julio Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Roddy White, who bounced back last game, and other targets. Reception TDs need to be scored. You also have to keep the young guns like Stefon Diggs under enough pressure to slow them down. But still don’t forget about veterans like Mike Wallace and Kyle Rudolph. Good luck, Falcons.

How Can The Vikings Win?

Good question. It’ll be difficult, but there are ways. First, you have to keep Matt Ryan under pressure. That is what teams have done to “break” Matt Ryan and defeat what would be a pretty darn good Falcons squad. Second, Adrian Peterson needs to get to the defense’s heads a little more. If they can’t do those two things, they will be disappointed as they lose to the Falcons and the Packers take the NFC North lead.
Saints @ Texans

The Texans are one of the hottest teams in football. DeAndre Hopkins is having a season for the record books, and after suffocating in a huge loss to Miami, the Texans have won their last three games, soon to be four. This is because the Saints are also struggling at the same time. They have lost their last two games to the Titans and Redskins. But seeking vengeance, the Saints have a chance, and of they lose, they’ll prove that they still have something left in the tank for the rest of the season.

How Can The Saints Win?

The Saints are clear underdogs, so they have to do several things to secure a win. First, Drew Brees needs to get rid of the ball fast so that J.J. Watt doesn’t have a chance to get his hands on Brees. Watt ties for the league lead with Ezekiel Ansah of the Lions in sacks (11.5). Ansah’s team played on Thanksgiving, so they’ve played twelve games and the Texans, only eleven. Second, the defense needs to do several things to step it up. They need strong double coverage on DeAndre Hopkins. They need to stop the run better, and can’t let the streaking Brian Hoyer slip away. Third, Mark Ingram can’t run the running game all alone. C.J. Spiller has a role on this team, and he needs to take responsibility for it, especially to help Ingram get past this strong rush defense.

How Can The Texans Win?

As long as the defense is on their best, and the offense keeps working their magic, there isn’t much else the Texans need to do. Is this their winning formula. Could continuing to play like this get them to the playoffs. However, even if they win, they can count this as almost, but not quite a trap game. They need to treat it like they’re facing Bart Starr’s Green Bay Packers, or Dan Marino’s 1970’s Dolphins, even Tom Brady’s 2007 Patriots. The Saints will try hard, but of the Texans do that, expect them to win by a nose.
Giants @ Redskins

This is a crucial division match-up. This could factor into deciding this cluttered NFC East division. If the Redskins win, they could have a serious chance at making the playoffs. If the Giants win, they will likely steal the division. So, let’s break down the match-up and discuss the keys to each team winning.

Giants

1. Don’t let DeSean Jackson go far. Through three games this year, he averages approximately 49 yards a game, and has one TD on the season (last week). Jackson is bringing back his Eagles days, and he’ll just get better again, not worse.

2. If Hakeem Nicks plays, use him heavily. DeAngelo Hall will be on OBJ, so Nicks won’t get as much defensive attention. Nicks couldn’t make the cut in Tennessee, but should be used as a starting WR2. Nicks was fighting to be the backup to Kendall Wright in Tennessee, but lost the fight to Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham, with Harry Douglas winning the WR3 role.
Redskins

1. Don’t just use Matt Jones. Jones will get serious defensive attention. Mix in the other running backs: Alfred Morris, Chris Thompson and Silas Redd. Morris had a stellar 2014, and hopefully he can pick up where he left off if they use him more.

2. Try and have a guard for everyone on the field. Don’t heavily focus the defense on stars like OBJ and Rashad Jennings. Also pay attention to Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, Rueben Randle, Hakeem Nicks, Dwayne Harris and Will Tye.
Rams @ Bengals

The Rams haven’t looked great these past couple games, and the Bengals have not lost during the day time. Their two losses are on Sunday and Monday Night, to the Texans and Cardinals. Can they continue history and beat the Rams? Let’s break down the keys to each team winning.

Bengals

1. Stop the run better. The Bengals D needs to find a way to limit Todd Gurley, especially in the red zone. Gurley has had a dominant rookie year so far and if the Bengals can’t have better rush defense, he’ll lead the Rams to victory.

2. The Bengals need to include everyone. Against a defense like the Rams, a mixed offensive game plan is the best approach.
Rams

1. Make sure receivers like A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are under pressure. Despite a weak secondary, they still should know how to apply pressure to the team. They also need to pressure Andy Dalton. That is the formula for Dalton to scramble, in which case he struggles to get the team very far.

2. Don’t put everything you got on Gurley. The Bengals will keep an eye on Todd Gurley. If you just go to him, you lose to a feast or famine rush D. If you mix it up and use Tavon Austin, Wes Welker and Jared Cook too, then you might be able to break through by confusing the defense. You need to change your plans.

Buccaneers @ Colts

The Colts surprisingly pulled a win out against the Bucs division rivals, the Falcons. Can they beat the not as good, but good for themselves Bucs? The Colts still have a shot at the AFC South, but they have to win this game.

Keys To A Win

Colts

1. Doug Martin has been red hot these past couple games, and so has Mike Evans. The Colts have to improve their defense. They have the players to do it, they just need to be on the same page as each other, or the defense isn’t functional.

2. TY Hilton and the other receivers need to take advantage of the empty secondary and score. Hilton just needs to keep doing what he’s doing, but Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Philip Dorsett and Dwayne Allen need to step it up, just do more.

Buccaneers

1. If Vincent Jackson and ASJ are out, tight ends Brandon Myers, Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker need to step it up. The Bucs don’t have many other options at receiver. The running game can’t win this game alone.

2. Apply enough pressure to the Colts defense to break them up and be able to break through. That could mean a big game for the entire offense. Otherwise this could be a huge disappointment. Whoever wins, this will be a blowout, especially based on the keys to each team winning.
Dolphins @ Jets

Both of these teams have been pretty bad lately, even though the Jets started the year at 4-1. However, the defense has lots of injuries and the Jets are just overall slumping. Can they get a home win vs. Miami and bring back the sensation of the early games? Here are the keys to the win for each team.

Jets

1. Keep an eye on Lamar Miller, Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi. This trip is all that’s really keeping the Dolphins in this thing. What’s left on the defense needs to provide good guard for the star players on the Miami offense.

2. The Jets need to be able to overcome the middle tier guys on the Dolphins defense, and the stars need to just overcome any defense. Guys like Tony Lippett and Brent Grimes can be stopped, especially by guys like Chris Ivory and Brandon Marshall. The Jets are very capable.

3. Although the stars on this team have it easy, use some sleepers too. Guys like Jeremy Kerley, Stevan Ridley and Jeff Cumberland may have no defensive attention at all.
Dolphins

1. The Dolphins rush defense is starting to lose its power. It needs to be as strong as it used to be. If guys like Ndamukong Suh and Olivier Vernon do their thing, and guys like C.J. Mosley and Tony Lippett step it up, they will stand by.

2. The offensive line has screwed up way too much. They had a three game freak of giving up safeties. Mike Pouncey and Ryan Tannehill must take the blame for this mess. Aren’t they both typically decent players?

3. The secondary needs to keep working their magic formula. Keep getting interceptions, maybe even a pick six. Reshad Jones and crew have done it all lately, and they need to continue to do so.
Chargers @ Jaguars

The Chargers are one of the worst teams in football, and have really showed it lately? Can the shocking Jaguars keep it up and get another win to make that 5-6?

Keys To A Win

Chargers

1. Step it up on rush defense. Don’t let T.J. Yeldon go anywhere. It’ll be difficult without Corey Liuget, but they need to find their next young star in their front seven.

2. Use Malcom Floyd like he’s Jerry Rice. Floyd needs to play a bigger role due to the Chargers’ injury woes at receiver. Stevie Johnson is the other good receiver left, so Floyd plays an important role for the rest of his last season.

Jaguars

1. Basically, make sure the Chargers do exactly what they’ve been doing. Because the Chargers SUCK!!! If you want to go the extra mile, go for 50+ points. This is a very easy game for the Jaguars, any game against the 2015 Chargers will be from here on out.
Raiders @ Titans

The Raiders have struggled recently, but the Titans just plain out suck. Can Marcus Mariota pull the upset in this home match?

Keys To A Win

Titans

1. Don’t let Amari Cooper score. This should be an easy one, as long as Jason McCourty has a breakout game. He is one of the great McCourty twins.

2. The o-line needs to keep the strong d-line away from Marcus Mariota. Marcus Mariota has had a good season. No pressure, no problem. That’s how Mariota has rolled during his time in the NFL.

Raiders

1. If Derek Carr is under pressure, he’ll have another sloppy week. The offensive line needs to have a field day and protect Carr well.

2. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree also need to break free from the defense. They also struggled greatly last week.
Bills @ Chiefs

This match-up is crucial to the AFC Wild Card Race. The winner will have a pretty nice shot at it. The losing team could very likely be out of contention. Will Rex Ryan and the Bills hold up, or will Andy Reid bring a surprise?

Keys To A Win

Bills

1. The Chiefs injuries have done plenty to help the Bills defense, but they need to keep an eye on those sleepers. Sleepers are capable of more than you think. Sleepers can win teams games. The Bills better be careful.

2. They have to overcome the rush defense. They have such a good running game, but the Chiefs’ rush defense is powerful, and they need to exceed their expectations to overcome it.

Chiefs

1. The young secondary has to watch out. The Bills have guys like Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay that can win them the game. They need to apply good guarding and Marcus Peters needs to keep up his strong rookie year.

2. The Chiefs cannot let injuries get to their heads. If it means heavily using sleepers like Albert Wilson and Spencer Ware, then they need to do so. If it means putting more work on Jeremy Maclin, they should. If it means starting Knile Davis, they should do so.
Steelers @ Seahawks

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks could be looking for playoff contention by winning this game, and so could Big Ben and the Steelers. Another tough game worth watching.

Keys To A Win

Steelers

1. The rush defense needs to be able to stomp on Marshawn Lynch’s handcuff, Thomas Rawls. Can Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier step it up to do so, along with Cameron Heyward and Alvin “Bud” Dupree?

2. Big Ben’s receivers, like Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller need to overcome Richard Sherman, Kam “Supreme” Chancellor and Earl Thomas III. 3 on 3. Steelers have got to win this battle.
Seahawks

1. Take advantage of the weak secondary. Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin need to have big games, along with the sleep receivers.

2. Win the battle I was talking about with the Steelers receivers.
Cardinals @ 49ers

The Cardinals are clear favorites, but can the 49ers win?

Keys To A Win

49ers

1. NaVorro Bowman and the rush D need to stop Chris Johnson and the rest of the run game. If the 49ers are being blown out, the Cardinals will run the football.

2. Patrick Peterson cannot get to Garrett Celek, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. Otherwise, the 49ers will be left with their sloppy run game, and they’ll be done.

Cardinals

1. Make sure the Niners continue to struggle, and do your thing!!!!

What Would My Playoff Challenge Lineup Be If I Played?

I know the NFL, so you might ask what I think about Playoff Challenge, knowing I did fantasy.  Here’s my say.

QB

My Favorite

Tom Brady

Worth It

Peyton Manning

Andrew Luck

Aaron Rodgers

Middle Ground

Tony Romo

Cam Newton

Russell Wilson

Bust

Joe Flacco

Top 3

1.Brady

2.Rodgers

3.Luck

RB

My Favorites

DeMarco Murray

Eddie Lacy

Worth It

Marshawn Lynch

Justin Forsett

Middle Ground

LeGarrette Blount

Trent Richardson

Jonathan Stewart

Shane Vereen

Bust

Dan Herron

Bernard Pierce

Lorenzo Taliaferro

Jonas Gray

Lance Dunbar

CJ Anderson

Juwan Thompson

James Starks

Robert Turbin

Christine Michael

Fozzy Whittaker

Joseph Randle

Top 5

1.Murray

2.Lacy

3.Lynch

4.Forsett

5.Stewart

WR

Favorites

Jordy Nelson

DeMaryius Thomas

Worth It

Emmanuel Sanders

TY Hilton

Randall Cobb

Dez Bryant

Middle Ground

Julian Edelman

Steve Smith

Torrey Smith

Kelvin Benjamin

Brandon LaFell

Wes Welker

Reggie Wayne

Bust

Hakeem Nicks

Donte Moncrief

Davante Adams

Jarrett Boykin

Cole Beasley

Terrance Williams

Philly Brown

Jerricho Cotchery

Doug Baldwin

Jermaine Kearse

Top 5

1.Nelson

2.Thomas

3.Bryant

4.Hilton

5.Cobb

TE

Favorite

Rob Gronkowski

Worth It

Julius Thomas

Greg Olsen

Jason Witten

Middle Ground

Dwayne Allen

Coby Fleener

Owen Daniels

Tim Wright

Bust

Richard Rodgers

Andrew Quarless

Brandon Bostick

Jack Doyle

Michael Hoomanawanuui

Luke Willson

Tony Moeaki

Cooper Helfet

Top 3

1.Gronkowski

2.Olsen

T3.Thomas

T3.Witten

K

Favorite

Stephen Gostkowski

Worth It

Adam Vinatieri

Steven Hauschka

Middle Ground

Justin Tucker

Mason Crosby

Dan Bailey

Bust

Graham Gano

Connor Barth

Brandon McManus

Top 3

1.Gostkowski

2.Hauschka

3.Vinatieri

DST

Favorite

Broncos

Worth It

Seahawks

Middle Ground

Panthers

Packers

Cowboys

Patriots

Ravens

Bust

Colts

Top 3

1.Broncos

2.Seahawks

T3.Patriots

T3.Panthers

T3.Ravens

Fantasy Football:2014 Recap

This league is what held me back from posting during a nearly empty November, and I tried to talk about it on the blog when I noticed my posting drought.  I just started posting again on weekends and vacations in December.  With this over, I can post a lot more for the upcoming year, the second on my blog.  But I decided to tell you about this fun league that held me back from posting.  I was in a frenzy in early September to quickly get together our league, I will plan ahead and try to post more about it and other stuff.  I had the draft the Saturday before the next day’s game day.  I quickly drafted and set my first lineup that morning.  Around Week 5 is when my posting drought began, as I started a balanced scorecard for my tough lineup decisions, and it took up hours and hours of my after school and weekend time, which slowed my blogging down.  I couldn’t ever finish my NFL in detail post, not to mention NBA and NHL, which I was going to do.  Also, after a good start, the weighted scoring slowed my team down, up until Saturday night on Week 11.  My brother was ahead of me, he didn’t even manage his team, my dad did it for him with my assistance.  Except when I played him, he set his own lineup then. We started using a quick computerized spreadsheet and soon after, yay, I started blogging again. Two people didn’t touch fantasy, one of them my brother, and one person tanking late. Next year, we’ll be mor prepared, my dad and brother will merge, and I might even ask some more people to join if some of last year’s players quit. So, happy 2015, and it’s been a great fantasy football and blogging year for me, and hopefully it’ll be the same for you. Also, I just noticed a typo that reminded me of something. I typed ben instead of been, and that’s the name of somebody I might ask to join, although he already has his own league, which may mean even more players in ours.