Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 16

If you are still reading this, congrats.  You have made it to your championship game.   The whole ball of wax is riding on this one.

Good luck.  We will be with you this entire off season as well.  We will give you off season homework, podcast, draft reviews as well as a whole new look to the site.   Big changes are afoot.

Here are some non-obvious match ups that we like this week.

QB Start ’em –

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  2. Alex Smith
  3. Kirk Cousins
  4. Philip Rivers
  5. Ben Roethlisberger

QB Sit ’em –

  1. Carson Palmer
  2. Matt Ryan
  3. Mike Glennon

RB Start ’em –

  1. Lesean McCoy
  2. Ryan Mathews
  3. Frank Gore 
  4. Reggie Bush
  5. Alfred Morris

RB Sit ’em –

  1. Stephen Jackson
  2. Bobby Rainey

WR Start ’em –

  1. DeSean Jackson
  2. Keenan Allen
  3. Pierre Garcon

WR Sit ’em –

  1. T.Y. Hilton
  2. Tavon Austin
  3. Hakeem Nicks

TE Start ’em –

  1. Greg Olsen
  2. Charles Clay

TE Sit ’em –

  1. John Carlson

Def Start ‘em –

  1. Cinncinati
  2. St. Louis
  3. NY Jets

Def Sit ‘em –

  1. Houston

Ron

2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 15

 

Trying a little different format for the playoffs.  Let us know what you think about it.   Had some technical difficulties last night, so we were unable to get this up sooner. All is well now. Good luck in the playoffs.

Here are some non-obvious match ups that we like this week.

QB Start ’em –

  1. Nick Foles – Ride the hot hand.  I see no reason why he won’t tear up the Vikings in the Metrodome.  The Vikings are tougher at home and still compete despite being out of it, but they don’t defend the pass very well.
  2. Russell Wilson – I love this match up.  Giants defense has been playing the run fairly well the second half of the season. This will give Wilson plenty of chances to make plays.
  3. Matt Stafford – He plays much better at home in the dome.  This game means a lot to the Lions in their quest for the NFC North.  If he doesn’t play well they don’t have a shot.  He plays well this week.
  4. Guys I want to start, but I don’t have the balls to start.  Kirk Cousins and Matt Flynn

QB Sit ’em –

  1. Eli Manning – In case you wanted to start the turnover machine known as Eli Manning against one of the best pass defenses, don’t.  It’s not a good move.  If they Giants have any success in this game, it will be on the ground.
  2. Mike  Glennon – Ya he is playing well as a Rookie, but against a touch 49er D, even at home, I don’t see it turning out well for Mr. Glennon
  3. Ryan Fitzpatrick – He is going to have all sorts of issues against the Cards front 7.  The line for the Titans is underachieving this year.  The Cards will exploit them.

RB Start ’em –

  1. CJ Spiller – the Jags are playing good football, but they are still weak against the run.  I think the Bills get the run game going this week.
  2. Eddie Lacy – The Cowboys run D is not good. Eddie Lacy is good, good and healthy.  Good for a big day in big D.

RB Sit ’em –

  1. Deangelo Williams – Coming off an injury and going against a tough Jets run D is not a match up to exploit this week. 
  2. Matt Asiata – Filling in for AP and Toby cant be easy and its not.  If you scored him on your waiver wire, cool that’s great.  No way in hell you start him.
  3. Jets running game – I don’t like the match up for Ivory and Powell here. If you have to start Ivory, it’s understandable.  Just not a great start in this man’s opinion

WR Start ’em –

  1.  Pierre Garcon – He and captain Kirk Cousins will hook up several times in this game.   I don’t like Atlanta’s secondary in coverage or tackling.  They might be the worst tackling secondary in the league. Lots of YAC for Garcon this week.
  2. Golden Tate – If the weather stays reasonable. I can see Tate having a WR3/flex time of day.
  3. Marques Colston – He has been playing very well as of late.  I like the match up vs the Rams secondary.  If Brees can get time, Colston will win his one on one matchups.

 

WR Sit ’em –

  1. Michael Crabree – He is still working his way back to form. In addition to that, his ankle is wonky this week.   That, and Revis could be on him most of the time.  
  2. Roddy White – I just don’t think he is healthy.  He might be getting old in front of our eyes.
  3. Tavon Austin – He just doesn’t get enough touches for me to make him a start on my team.  He is a homerun swing.

TE Start ’em –

  1. Martellus Bennett – Jay Culter strikes back.  Jay Cutler strikes with Bennett. Bennett exploits the middle of the field on a solid Browns Defense
  2. Charles Clay – Hard to believe but Clay is almost an every week start depending on your team. He should have a good day against a depleted Pats D.
  3. Jason Witten – His days of being in the fantasy elite are gone, but he is still solid and a good start against a slipping packers D.

TE Sit ’em –

  1. Zach Miller – Who knows what you are going to get out of him week to week?   He is dinged up this week, so stay away from him.

Def Start ‘em –

  1. Panthers
  2. Rams
  3. Chiefs
  4. Cards

Def Sit ‘em –

  1. Texans
  2. Falcons
  3. Raiders
  4. Ravens

Ron

2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 14 part 2

Sorry for the lack of detail this week.  Mike and I both had multiple personal things to attend to this week.

Here is Part 2…

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Good luck this week!  The playoffs are decided this week. If you are out of it, play spoiler and piss off your buddy.

Lions at Eagles

Sit ’em – RB Joique Bell:  He doesn’t have the success he had last week.  Desparation play.

Dolphins at Steelers

 Sit ’em – RB Lamar Miller: He played a little better than I thought he would last week.  It’s cold in Pittsburgh.  Not the best play this week.

Bills at Buccaneers

 Start ’em – RB Bobby Rainey:  Good flex start this week unless you have another guy you really like.  I think he can help this week.

Chiefs at Redskins

 Start ’em  – Chiefs Defense:  I don’t love this play this week, but i think they bounce back from 3 straight subpar games.   Not a dominate performance, but they play well.

Titans at Broncos

Start ’em – QB Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Think i am crazy?  Maybe.   Look at his stats the past few weeks.  He’s even more valuable if you don’t get penalized for turnovers.

Rams at Cardinals

 Start ’em – Rams Defense:  Not only do I like the way they have been playing, Carson Palmer is hurt. If he doesn’t play, Rams defense all the way. That rhymed.

Giants at Chargers

Start ’em – RB Danny Woodhead:I don’t think the Giants will be able to cover him out of the backfield.  Flex play.  

Seahawks at 49ers

 Sit ’em – TE Zach Miller:  He had a good game last week.  This is not a trend.  This is a one off.

Falcons at Packers

Start ’em – WR Jordy Nelson:  We love us some Jordy at the Art of Score.  We also love this match up.

Panthers at Saints

Start ’em – TE Greg Olson:  Saints sell out on the run and this leaves things open down the field.  

Cowboys at Bears

Start ’em – RB Demarco Murray: Say it with me… The Bears Defense cannot stop the run… again…

2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 14 part 1

I broke this up into 2 segments this week.  Lots of great games this week and lots of interesting fantasy matchups.

If you have questions or hate mail hit us up on Twitter ArtOfScore

Good luck this week!  The playoffs are decided this week. If you are out of it, play spoiler and piss off your buddy.

Texans at Jaguars

Start ‘em – WR Cecil Shorts:  He has been playing well lately he also caught the game winning TD in last week’s game.  He is a low level WR2 or flex, but he has some upside.  I don’t love him this week, but depending on your team, he is definitely worth a start.

Vikings at Ravens

Start ‘em – WR Torry Smith: Remember last week when I said to start A.P. even though it was obvious?  I noted that he would run for 200 yards.  Well guess what?  He ran for 211.   I don’t feel quite as strongly, but I do think Smith is a great start this week.  Not 200 yards good, but a WR1 for sure.  Again usually we stay away from the obvious start, but this one is a very good matchup.

Sit ‘em – Any Viking besides A.P.: Their QB play is so bad and inconsistent it makes start any of their TE’s and WR’s a total crapshoot.   Do not unless you absolutely have to.

Colts at Bengals

Start ‘em – RB Gio Bernard:  Is a flex play this week.  He only got 15 touches last week and 14 of those were on the ground.  I figure that they will get him involved in the passing game more because of Andy Dalton’s recent struggles.   As he has been all year, he is a good flex play.

Browns at Patriots

Start ‘em – WR Julian Edelman: This has boom or bust written all over it. He is worth more in a PPR.  Starting him would depend on how your starting lineup is constructed.  You don’t want too many boom or bust guys in your lineup unless you understand the risk.  He is a WR3/Flex start.  Do you want to go for the homerun in Edelman or do you want to take a more conservative approach? As you know from following Edelman all year, he is streaky.

Raiders at Jets

Start ‘em – Raiders Defense:  The Jets’ offense has set back the forward pass 50 years or so.  They are not playing well at all Chris Ivory is the only real guy you can start with any shred of confidence.  No matter who plays QB this is a good start.  Not only are the Jets bad at moving the ball, but the Raiders are near the top 10 is fantasy defense this year.  It’s a surprise I know, but those are the facts.

Part 2 tomorrow…

-Ron

 

2013 – Week 14 Waiver Add/Drop

It’s getting thin and most rosters are locking out soon.   This will be out last of the waiver wire pick ups section.  We will have thoughts moving forward more directed and dynasty and keeper as some of the younger players get looks for the teams that have fallen out of playoff contention.

As always look at our past waiver wire updates for players that still may be available in your league.

Next year, we will work on another format to keep track of previous weeks  waiver pickups  in a useful way for our readers.

Drops

You might want to consider dropping WR Percy Harvin.  I am not sure how much he is going to play and if he does, he probably isn’t worth the start.   This was a homerun swing type pick up, sometimes you win sometimes you lose.

You also might want to drop RB Brian Leonard.  He hasn’t gotten many touches since Bobby Rainey’s big game 2 weeks ago.  There isn’t much out there, but there isn’t any room on my team for a guy that doesn’t get the ball.

WR Michael Crabtree –we told you have him on your radar and pick him up the past few weeks.  If you did, you are sitting pretty with a nice WR3 with upside.  If you didn’t, you will have to battle the rest of the league for him.

WR Andre Holmes – He isn’t worth much in a redraft league at this point.  He is worth a flier in dynasty if you have the roster spot.   Pay close attention to him in the next few weeks.   Not a must pick up, but a guy to keep an eye on in dynasty

TE Ladarius Green – Well we told you to start him last week.  If you listened to us, you were rewarded.   He had a nice game.  He also played 91% of the offensive snaps.   That bodes well moving forward for him.  If he is still out there in your league, He is worth the pickup, especially if you are weak at TE.

Raiders Defense – We aren’t crazy.  They are playing the   Jets this week.  The Jets are playing some of the worst offensive football I have seen since the 1992 Seahawks.   This is a good match up play this week.  If you are looking for a little juice for this week’s game  and your playoff push, look to Oakland!

– Ron