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Friends and Family Matters

The trade deadline has passed. Four of the six playoff spots have been clinched and the fifth has essentially been sewn up. Five teams are out of postseason contention.

On the surface, things appear to be slowing down in the 14-team Yahoo! Friends and Family League. Don't tell that to any of the four teams vying for the final playoff spot or the three battling for a first-round bye.

Without a doubt, there is plenty on the line in Week 13, the final leg of the expert league's regular season.

At 9-3, I enter with the No. 1 seed and Family Division lead, and RotoExperts' Scott Engel has clinched the Friends Division's top spot with an 8-3 record and the most points scored of any team on the season.

Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski, both 8-4, can overtake the Family division (and in turn, my first-round bye) if I lose this week. They'll need to win and also finish with a higher season point total than mine.

In the Friends Division, Michael Salfino is an unofficial lock for the playoffs. Behind him, four teams in the division are 6-6: John Hansen of FantasyGuru.com, Michael Blunda of Pro Football Weekly, Chris Liss of RotoWire and Dalton Del Don of Rotowire.

One team of that pack will make the playoffs. It'll likely take a Week 13 victory and then enough points on the season to win a tiebreaker.

Unpredictable and wide open, there's nothing slow about this finish.

Working the Wire
The following section catalogs the transactions made in the Friends and Family League following each week of the regular season. Every owner has a $100 free agent acquisition budget for the year to be used on players clearing waivers.

The move: Brandon Funston dropped Sammie Stroughter(notes) and added Jason Avant(notes) for $18.
The logic: With DeSean Jackson(notes) (concussion) out, Avant could come up huge for fantasy owners this week. He faces a Falcons' pass defense that has allowed a league-high 46 receptions of 20 yards or more this season. Over the past three weeks, Avant has averaged 5.7 catches and 92 yards per game with a score. There's really no downside here.

The move: Hansen dropped Andre Caldwell(notes) and added Kevin Walter(notes) for $14.
The logic: It's been a disappointing season overall for Walter, and this may be his last chance to salvage it. This week he lines up against the Jaguars, the team against which he last scored back in Week 3. Walter is coming off a season-high seven receptions in Week 12, and you know the Texans will test the Jaguars' 26th-ranked pass defense, so the situation sets up nicely for owners who have stood by Walter this long.

The move: Dalton Del Don dropped the New England defense and added Chris Jennings(notes).
The logic: This one's pretty simple. Jamal Lewis(notes) (concussion) is done, and Jennings has been seeing the most run of any back behind him in recent weeks. I still like Jerome Harrison(notes) enough to have made a speculative add on him, but going forward the Browns will understandably want to see what they have in Jennings heading into the offseason.

Other adds: Chicago defense, Tennessee defense, Malcom Floyd(notes), Robbie Gould(notes), Denver defense, Houston defense, Harrison, Alex Smith, Michael Jenkins(notes), Glen Coffee(notes), Tony Scheffler(notes), John Kasay(notes), Shayne Graham(notes), Mark Clayton(notes)

Other drops: Dallas defense, Matt Hasselbeck(notes), Nick Folk(notes), Dan Carpenter(notes), Sammy Morris(notes), Danny Ware(notes), Justin Fargas(notes), Davone Bess(notes), Lewis, Atlanta defense, Brandon Pettigrew(notes), Jason Elam(notes), Torry Holt(notes)

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