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Official bowlers, bird teams and FF advice for Week 13

Yesterday I opened my mailbox to find a copy of U.S. Bowler on top addressed to The Holladay Family (that's us). If you had told me 6 months ago - no, no 3 months ago - that we would be the recipients of U.S. Bowler magazine and that I would actually be somewhat interested in the contents (LeBron James was on the cover and oooh, tips on mastering the mental side of your bowling game), I would have laughed for a long time. I haven't really given a bowling update in awhile but for those interested, I pre-bowled with my team on Saturday since most of them will be out of town for our normal Wednesday league night this week, and I beat my average in 2 of the 3 games. I bowled two strikes in a row and a gutter ball all in the same game so I have some improvements to make still.

As for fantasy football, I lost two pretty close games last night and spent most of the evening willing Donald Driver to do more, and Jeremy Shockey to do less. In some leagues I have just one more game before the playoffs start, in others I have two and I'm still not sure how many playoff appearances I will make...

Remember - there are three games on Thursday so please get your lineups set by game time on Thursday (noon ET, I believe) and keep that in mind if you're in the FFLibrarian's Challenge on Let's get to today's links:
  • Lester's Legends' Get 'em or Don't Sweat 'em offers up a ruling on whether or not Week 12 superstars are worthy of adding to your roster as we go forward into playoffs.
  • Hatty Waiver Wire Guru's Week 13 video has a bunch of spot starters - and keep in mind that sometimes great fantasy defense includes grabbing guys off the waiver wire even if you don't need them (if you have the roster room).
  • FFGeekBlog's The Wire - I like seeing Pierre Thomas on this list since who knows if Reggie Bush will be back in full force next week. I'm going to pat myself on that back a bit here (mostly to feel better for some unfortunate calls I made with my teams this week) and note that in late October on Scott Engel's radio show I called the Pierre Thomas over Aaron Stecker bit. Not that I want Stecker to be on IR of course but Thomas put on a solid show last night and it felt good.
  • Football Jabber previews some of the Thanksgiving Day games in Turkeys, Lions and Cowboys oh my! - last night my husband and I were talking about this whole bird bowl thing with the Cardinals and Eagles playing and I realized that there are an impressive number of teams in the NFL with bird names - include the Falcons, Seahawks and Ravens and there are 5 whole birdy teams. Who knew birds could be that imposing of an animal? Actually, now that I think about it, I take it back since I have indeed been injured by a bird. A bird divebombed into my head when I was running by Lake Michigan in college. Its beak hit at the top of my ponytail and really kind of hurt. I have no clue why that bird just launched itself into my head (did my hair appear to be a nest on a moving target?!) but I confirm that a bird attack hurts.
  • Moving on from birds to KFFL's Sleepers for Week 13 and Busts for Week 13 - as a Scheffler fan I'm of course pleased to see him listed as a sleeper here, thanks to his recent quiet performances and pretty solid matchup against the Jets (tied for the 5th most receptions given up to opposing TEs in the league).
  • I consistently have a hard time remembering to include weekly rankings and projections on here - if this is something really helpful for you guys let me know and I'll focus on them a bit more. In the meantime...
  • If you're looking for some more waiver wire advice, there's quite a bit available. See what these guys have to say:
That's about it for today - I'll be back tomorrow with my normal bevy of links. Safe travels to those who are on the road or in the air over the next few days!


Matt said…
I'm not that big on projected fantasy points from individual sites, as they're rarely accurate. (I mean, how could they be. There's a lot of variables.) I like FantasyFootballNerd's composite, as it gives me a better idea of the consensus of performance than a single site could. I'm just happy when all (or most) of my starters are on "start" or "stud" lists...
Nice job on Pierre. It is cool when you put yourself out there and you're right.

I totally agree with the theory of picking up guys to block your opponents from getting them.

Thanks for including me in the links.

Have a great Turkey Day!
LJ said…
LMAO! Thanks for the linkage and the laugh on the bird attack!
Kyle said…
Love the links every week. Thanks for all you do.
Unknown said…
i admit this is the only site i go to for advice and links. i don't look anywhere else on a consistent basis. and this thanksgiving i will give thanks for you and your work! speaking of that, do i start cassel at home vs the steelers or ryan away with the chargers? thanks again!
Anonymous said…
My fantasy weakness:
Does anyone succumb to the temptation to picking up/starting players just cause the game is on TV and to make it more enjoyable to watch?
This has come back to haunt me many times:
Point in case is tomorrows awful game of Detroit/Tenn.
I am going to start one player just so this game will have relevance for me.
Usually I do this with an IDP player. I picked up Keith Bullock but my gut is telling me start Ernie Sims (who has had a lousy year).
Any thoughts or recommendations?
My mind tells me stay away from the game altogether and start Paul Posluvny (although hes dropped off lately and might've hit his rookie wall-cause this is really his first season).
PS You should seek out Dave Winfield for some birds of prey advice.
You guys are great - thanks for all the positive feedback. Matt, good to know the projections don't do much for you. Agreed that FFNerd is pretty awesome.

Potlicker, I think I'd go with Ryan over Cassel. I'm starting Cassel this week but over Thigpen - I think Ryan has a much sweeter matchup against a SD defense that gives up big passing yards.

Highlander, sorry to be so late in responding - here's hoping you had success with your Tgiving Day IDP picks.

Good luck today!

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