Friday, November 21, 2014

Playoff Hunger Games

Here's your final Week 12 start/sit advice from guest writer Steve - enjoy!

Week 12. Not much more to say. The last week of having to plug and play for bye week absences. Your postseason picture is either murky or crystal clear. Some teams have clinched a playoff berth by now; others may have already been mathematically eliminated. Week 12 is usually when trade deadlines fall as well. Playoff byes are on the line. If you’re still doing research on who to play, that probably means you’re still heavily involved. So please, take these links and use them to the best of your ability. Your fantasy life may depend on it.

BYES: Panthers, Steelers

Roto Arcade’s Flames and Lames

Bruno Boys Start & Sit (goes to QB Start)

FF Toolbox Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em

The Onion Start/Sit (Sorry I have to include this now. Too funny not to.)

Consensus guys:

QB Start: Josh McCown, Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez, Colin Kaepernick

QB Sit: RG3, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Michael Vick

RB Start: Isaiah Crowell, Denard Robinson, LeSean McCoy, Trent Richardson

RB Sit: Jonas Gray, Alfred Morris, Lamar Miller, Fred Jackson

WR Start: Josh Gordon, Keenan Allen, Roddy White, Jordan Matthews

WR Sit: Michael Floyd, Brandon Lafell, DeSean Jackson, Golden Tate

TE Start: Colby Fleener, Larry Donnell, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

TE Sit: Kyle Rudolph, Owen Daniels, Julius Thomas

I leave out Kickers and D/ST from my posts to encourage you to visit Bob’s, so hopefully you’ve been checking them out.

Now… some general editorial content. Here on the east coast, the weather is taking a turn for the worst. Long gone are the days of comfortable, sunny Autumn Sundays for our teams’ players to bask in. As the fantasy playoffs approach, you’re going to start needing every point possible; whether you’re struggling to get in, or in the “win or go home” weeks once they start in a fortnight. The smart and successful fantasy player will take into account some nasty weather in the coming weeks and keep tabs on forecasts for notoriously bad climate teams; especially for quarterback plays. If there’s tons of snow on the ground you may think twice about your running back play (with the exception of LeSean McCoy in week 14 of last season). If it’s snowy/windy, maybe switch your kicker for one playing in a dome. For those doing this a long time this may seem like common sense but sometimes people just need a friendly reminder. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule, but odds are more often than not these will pan out.

May the odds ever be in your favor.

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