Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Championship/Superbowl week for leagues - Homework begins today

Firstly, if you are viewing this message with any interest at all other than anger about who is playing this week other than you, then you object of the contempt and congratulations on making the either the semi-finals or Super Bowl. I know you all have been living on the waiver wire for the last couple of days looking to make that one last acquisition that will put you over the top so before we get into some positions make sure you go through the checklist prior to setting your lineups and there are a couple of additions this week:

- Weather – most of east will be in the 20’s so chose accordingly. (watch out for Brady as in New England it will be cold but more over windy as well)

- Teams that are fighting for a playoff spot vs. those with nothing to play for – two things to consider here. They are going the ride the horse that’s getting things done (ie; if you’re considering a back in ‘shared time’ backfield like Tampa Bay, if Blount gets off to a start similar to last week Cadillac Williams may not get as many touches) Also, teams like the Broncos, Redskins, and Bills will be testing talent over the next two weeks

- Injuries – obviously this is first on your list since there are no ‘bye weeks’ left, and if Rogers is cleared to play that changes the dynamic of that game. Arian Foster will also play

- Wavier-wire availability – remember this is “FANTASY” football so there are no friends here, if there is an opportunity to pick up a player off waivers that has a great matchup and can pick you up an extra 7-10 points that can mean the difference between a championship and obscurity, so send him to the practice squad, nothing personal.

Now, let’s do what we can in regards to personnel, but it would behoove us to wait for the injury reports before setting the final lineups. During championship week it’s often not the cornerstones that win or lose the game for you because Peyton, Vick, and Brady are usually going to come through with their 30 points but if you’ve it this far you have first-rounder that’s at the helm and most likely, so does your opponent so they often cancel each other out and what makes the difference are the 2nd, 3rd, and flex spots so let’s look at some possibilities.
Michael Bush has had 40 carries over the last 3 weeks and the Raiders are going up against a bad run defense in the Colts, but he’ll be splitting time with a hot back in Run DMC so don’t look for him to get over 100 Yards for the game but he’ll get the rock inside the 10 so he may get you key points from an RB2 position.
Ben Jarvis-Green-Ellis – The law firm is the quintessential RB2 because he will never get you the 10points for going over the century mark but will be the go to guy inside the 5 to get the ball in the end zone, and in a game with bad, windy, weather for team that throws the ball as much as the Patriots do, the possibility of a PI call that puts them on the 1 or close are good odds for a free 6 points.
LeGarrett Blount – Another back that splits time, but inside the 10 he is going to be the call for the Bucs as they host a Seattle team that is 21st against the run and doesn’t travel well to begin with, going 2-5 on the road.
Let’s start with that and we’ll get to the individual positions and picks next. In the meantime chat live with other Fantasy Football Players in the Fantasy Football Chat Room.

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