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- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 1:58 PM Flag
I wouldn't add Patterson. He does not run quality routes, can't separate from defenders, has a struggling QB, and isn't featured in the Vikes offense. I would add Vikes WR Chas Johnson ahead of CPat if I wanted a Minnesota WR.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 10:10 AM Flag
My guess is Jonas Gray's role in the gameplan took a nosedive with his oversleeping routine making Vereen an even more attractive play, but we are talking the Pats here, so predictions are perilous at best.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 10:05 AM Flag
Strong RBs weak WRs mean you slot Shoelace at WR. McCoy and Crowell at RB with Watkins, Shoelace and whichever tertiary player you like at WR3 (if "Jones" turns out to be Julio Jones, I would gamble that he finally produces above the WR3 numbers he's registered over the past 6 weeks).
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 9:57 AM Flag
2 of this week's more unpredictable options: Hill because we can't know the likely workload split with Bernard and Crowell because the coaches seem to change their minds on who is the primary ball carrier play to play. I would pray for sanity and start Crowell: wonderful matchup particularly given the likelihood Gordon's return draws safety help out of the box and into coverage, but "sanity" and the Browns' coaching staff are not synonyms. Good luck.
- Reply to co Nov 22, 2014 7:57 AMOl' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 9:45 AM Flag
While your rambles seem more mental masturbation than actually seeking input, if you are actually evaluating who to start take a hard look at the multiple resources who see Brees' decline in arm strength as the primary cause of Stills' underperformance. The most recent that I have read is FootballGuys Cian Fahey's "pushing the pocket" (subscription required but 3 free downloads). If you believe Stills now runs Cooks inside and shorter routes (&, if you do, I would ask why you believe Stills' fundamental role in the offense changes overnight) then Stills is a reasonable option, but on his customary deeper route patterns Stills remains the same longshot he has been all season.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 8:27 AM Flag
Hard to say. Stafford looks to be reprising his end of season swirl of the drain, but you can't deny his strength of schedule ROS. I'm with Matthew: I wouldn't spend a 1 on someone putting up poor numbers vs beatable competition particularly with his history of fading in production each year at crunch time.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 8:21 AM Flag
When you play in shallow formats like 10 teamers you overlook how solid most teams are by slightly overvaluing your players and undervaluing those rostered elsewhere. Your TE and QB deficiencies and the absence of a stud RB1 likely cost you on an otherwise strong roster on team 2, but team 1 is quite strong. Luck is the determinant most seasons in very shallow formats. May it be with you.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 22, 2014 8:05 AM Flag
MNF demonstrated why you don't rely on Tenn. Terrible team that, in critical situations, gives it up because it plays for nothing. So, it could not defend the run and yielded the yardage and scores when they made a difference. With Ryan and Bradley as opponents that likely recurs in the fantasy playoffs. I, too, looked at this strategy earlier this season and dropped the Titans when it was clear that this is a lost season.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 21, 2014 11:21 AM Flag
This dilemma extends to shallow leagues as well. The TE field sucks this season. Pray for Miller. Chip was emphatic earlier this week that he runs a 1 TE not a 2 TE offense and Celek is just dandy (which likely means this is Ertz breakout game).
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Nov 21, 2014 11:14 AM Flag
No. He's precisely the trap he was last season. J. Thomas went down with an injury to his ankle in week 14 of 2013 and Tamme sucked up targets (sound familiar?). With a week to gameplan with Orange Julius out, Bubba Caldwell played slot and picked up the workload while Tamme was bageled. A reprise in week 12 of 2014 likely limits Tamme in favor of Caldwell and Latimer. The "avoid" on Tamme's forehead isn't misplaced. Tamme is not skilled and presents no mismatch opportunities. With time to gameplan a savvy coach goes elsewhere.
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