Drew Brees QB NO owners rejoice! The guy has turned it on during the fantasy playoffs and is single handedly carrying teams further into the post-season. Let’s take a look at who shined in the semifinals this week
Week 15 Fantasy Football Studs:
1. Drew Brees QB NO 412 passing/5TDs/0 INTs, when you get 40 points out of your QB you can sit back, crack a beer and look forward to the ‘ship.
2. Calvin Johnson WR DET 9 rec/214 yards/2 TDs, Megatron follows up a stinker with an awesome performance
3. CJ Spiller RB BUF 167 total yards/9 rec/2 TDs, career game for the Jackson RB BUF replacement.
4. Matthew Stafford QB DET 391 passing/4 TDs/0 INTs/1 FL, huge day for teams that pair the two Detroit studs
5. Roddy White WR ATL 10 rec/135 yards/2 TDs, such a huge week from a guy who was drafted early
6. LeSean McCoy RB PHI 97 total yards/3 TDs, should be a top 5 pick next year
7. Reggie Bush RB MIA 209 total yards/1 TD, I bet that Pizza Hut pizza you traded him for doesn’t taste so good anymore
8. Ryan Mathews RB SD 109 total yards/2 TDs
9. Aaron Hernandez TE NE 9 rec/145 total yards/1 TD, he was the TE of choice for Brady this week
10. Brent Celek TE PHI 5 rec/156 yards/1 TD, Vick’s go-to man on Sunday
Honoroable Mention: Lance Moore WR NO, Donald Brown RB IND, Tim Tebow QB DEN, Tom Brady QB NE, Darrius Heyward-Bey WR OAK, Tony Romo QB DAL
Week 15 Fantasy Duds:
1. Johnny Knox WR CHI 1 rec/15 yards/1 FL, had surgery on his broken back this week. get well soon.
2. Eli Manning QB NYG 257 passing/0 TD/3 INT, laid an egg on the biggest game of the year for the G-Men
3. Andy Dalton QB CIN 179 passing/0 TD/1 INT, just as bad as Manning, handed Cam Newton QB CAR the ROY this week for sure
4. LeGarrette Blount RB TB 21 yards/0 TD, his season stats say he’s an OK player but why does he seem to suck every single week?
5. Percy Harvin WR MIN 3 rec/7 total yards
6. Tony Gonzales TE ATL 1 rec/14 yards, Roddy White was getting all the touches
7. Jordy Nelson 2 rec/29 yards/0 TD, the whole world wants him to be more but he really is just an exceptional WR3
8. Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 330 passing/0 TD/3 INT/1 FL, SF Defense made the injured QB look terrible
9. Kevin Smith RB DET 46 total yards
10. Antonio Gates TE SD 2 rec/31 yards, no longer elite in my mind. 2nd tier next year
If you’ve made it this far, there’s little chance you’ll be messing with your lineup now. These guys are at best flex options as there was no huge injury worth jumping on a waiver wire add this week.
Must Add: Kevin Walter WR HOU (worth a WR3 spot with Johnson WR HOU out again) Kahlil Bell RB CHI, Lance Ball RB DEN (be sure to check the injury reports before starting either guy, if McGahee RB DEN is healthy don’t even bother)
Must Drop: Johnny Knox WR CHI
Championship Words of Wisdom:
If a player is questionable heading into gametime and you have a healthy viable alternative, go with the sure thing. There’s nothing worse than starting a player who records a big fat ZERO in the points column during the championship. Sure it may come back to bite you in some cases, but believe me it is not worth the chance.
Check the injury report and twitter before gametime. John Clayton is one of many analysts that tweets about all the major injured players. If you’re serious about fantasy football, you’re already following them but here they are anyway: @ClaytonESPN, @mortreport, @fftoolbox, @MatthewBerryTMR, @HookTSB (had to sneak my twitter in there. I don’t tweet much before games but you should be following me anyway). If I’m leaving any out, feel free to add in the comments section of this article.
Don’t listen to the idiots at Yahoo! Fantasy Sports. They are wrong more often than they are right, and usually their “advice” is no brainer stuff. Next year I’ll be writing sit-em/start-em articles and responding to sit-em/start-em questions via twitter. If I do you wrong, feel free to bring the hate but my track record is pretty solid.
Good luck, next week will be my last article of the season.