• Week 15 Hot Hands and Cold Shoulders: Who’s Going to Win Me My Championship

    by  • December 17, 2009 • Start or Sit • 9 Comments

    I hope this week matters to you. It certainly matters to me. I’ve made it this far in the playoffs, and I don’t plan to stop until I get a championship.

    There’s a theme this week out there. I’ve noticed it. It’s Jamaal Charles love. Try and find someone who hates him this week. Other than a plug for the Browns’ defense on Fantasy Joe, there’s nada. I don’t know if that spells disaster or certain victory, but I’m starting the little speedster either way.

    The Fifth Down hates on LaDainian Tomlinson and shares in the Jamaal Charles love. FF Xtreme picks Charles over Ryan Grant.

    I’m starting him over Steven Jackson, per the advice at Fantasy Joe as well. Matt Pitzer’s got some nice names that could win it for you this week, including Anquan Boldin and Knowshon Moreno, but Roddy White and Chad Ochocinco owners won’t be as happy with his dud selections. Both wide receivers enter into tough matchups against Darrelle Revis and the San Diego Chargers’ corners, respectively.

    I am not as worried about Randy Moss underwhelming this week after reading what Mr. NFL Films had to say about his efforts. If he says the game film shows him doing all the right things, I believe it. Moss doesn’t seem to have the same immaturity that hit him in Oakland and Minnesota. He knows the Pats have a good thing going, and I don’t think he’ll want to be the one that derails their chance at the playoffs this season.

    He’s ripe for an in-your-face day in Buffalo, as long as the weather works out. The opponent isn’t great on paper since Buffalo has been an interception machine and kept receivers out of the end zone, but those receivers were not a motivated Randy Moss.

    Can you trust your Colts tonight? At least for tonight’s game, The Hazean thinks so. I agree.

    If you need sleepers, I’m sure you know my affection for Alex Smith and Vince Young. Both are questionable this week and have less favorable matchups than last week, but you can roll with them if you must. I like VY more than Smith as long as VY plays.

    FF Toolbox is all over this week’s waiver wire grabs, but as I wrote earlier this week, I’m not feeling them. I think the Toolbox guys are right to be concerned about DeAngelo Williams and Vincent Jackson, as Williams faces a tough Minnesota run defense and Jackson faces the Bengals secondary, which has taken away their opponent’s top target each week.

    And as usual, there are plenty more start or sit articles where these came from over at FF Librarian.

    As you set your lineups this week, enjoy the musical stylings of one Michael Jackson. I think I’ve heard of him before. The song is appropriate: “This Is It”

    Michael Jackson – This Is It

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    • Heath

      Excuse me if I'm wrong but didn't S.Rice and C.Johnson get theirs vs Bengals secondary in back to back weeks. Plus doesn't SD clinch a playoff birth with a win… I think Jackson shows up this week.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      To each his own. That is a promising trend, but Cincy is still allowing the fourth fewest points on average to receivers this season (http://bit.ly/3Jy3s). San Diego has enough weapons to look elsewhere in the passing game if they so choose, and this game is also important to the Bengals, who are not only pushing towards the playoffs but also dealing with the loss of Chris Henry.

      But it's promising that Jackson finally came out of his recent slump last week. If I owned him, I'd probably still be starting him unless you were deep enough at receiver to have a better option this week.

    • Heath

      Jacob give me your opinion please, I need 2 out of these 5wrs in a non-ppr league where they award 1 pt every 20yds receiving and rushing. Welker, Megatron, V.Jackson, Nicks and A.Bryant. I'm leaning towards Welker and Jackson….Bryant could be a nice play vs Seattle though. Playing my brother to go the championship game next week… bragging rights are up for grabs.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      Non-PPR and 1 pt for every 20 yards? That's almost Bill Belichick-ian scoring. In that kind of system, I'd look for guys who will score. Vincent Jackson and Antonio Bryant would be my immediate first picks, but I think you have to play Welker unless the weather is just so terrible that the passing game is completely removed.

      So I'd say start Welker and take a chance on Bryant. Those two would be my picks. Jackson would be my sub if Welker's weather looks like it will keep him out of the action.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      Well, now that Welker's had a down game, I hope you went with Vincent Jackson and Antonio Bryant. Jackson's showing up after all.

    • Heath

      Went with the guys that got me there, Welker and Jackson. The game came down to Sunday night, I was down one and my brother had Longwell and I had Peterson.On to the championship for me, now I'll have decide between P.Manning or Farve this coming week.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      Congrats on the win. Tough call between Manning and Favre. Favre has the better matchup against Chicago but didn't inspire much confidence late in the game last night. Manning faces the top passing defense in the Jets and may sit early if they get a lead. I'd follow the news on Favre and Manning and make the call just before the games this weekend.

      My first thought would be to go with Manning. Favre could easily take the week off if Adrian Peterson tears apart the Chicago defense.

    • Heath

      Went with the guys that got me there, Welker and Jackson. The game came down to Sunday night, I was down one and my brother had Longwell and I had Peterson.On to the championship for me, now I'll have decide between P.Manning or Farve this coming week.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      Congrats on the win. Tough call between Manning and Favre. Favre has the better matchup against Chicago but didn't inspire much confidence late in the game last night. Manning faces the top passing defense in the Jets and may sit early if they get a lead. I'd follow the news on Favre and Manning and make the call just before the games this weekend.

      My first thought would be to go with Manning. Favre could easily take the week off if Adrian Peterson tears apart the Chicago defense.