Wednesday, December 23, 2015


It was a banner day for yours truly but I hope it didn't come a week early.  It was no contest in the Fantasy Sports Boss 10-team PPR money league as I destroyed by opponent by a ridiculous score of 215-120.  It was beyond insane how good my team did, which included the 16-catch/2-TD day from Antonio Brown, 2 scores from a hobbled Drew Brees, my gem of a mid-season pickup David Johnson going off for 187 rushing yards and 3 scores, and with both Jordan Reed and even Demaryuis Thomas scoring twice.  It was a nice and relaxing week but of course my work is not done.

What was an interesting development is that the number 1 seed who came in with an 11-2 record went down in the other semi by TWO points to a team that was a wild card and snuck into the playoffs with a 6-7 record as the fifth seed.  This shows you that anyone can win in any given week and the latter team has now won two playoff games because he stuck with it.  Meanwhile the 11-2 league-leader saw A.J. Green catch one pass, while he also lost to injury over the last month Jonathan Stewart, Mark Ingram, and Jimmy Graham.  Clearly he couldn't overcome the injuries and it shows you as well that the most healthy team down the stretch can win it all.

So now we turn to the finals this week and already I am worrying about the torn plantar fascia Brees has in his foot.  Still he gutted it out last week and was excellent with his two scores.  Brees will try and play through it and he has a gem of a matchup against the awful Jacksonville Jaguars defense.  I have Kirk Cousins in reserve but I have decided to go all-in on Brees and the matchup as Cousins struggles on the road. 

In addition to the Brees issue, I am benching the clearly diminished Calvin Johnson who caught two passes total the last two weeks and will go with the red-hot Brandin Cooks to team with Brees.  Cooks will join Brown and Thomas to round out my wideouts.  At running back, Johnson is a lock in one spot but I have to decide whether to go with Peterson and his bum ankle this week when I have Matt Forte and Charcandrick West in reserve.  Both Forte and West outscored Peterson last week and West has a tempting matchup versus the Cleveland Browns.  Still I subscribe to the mantra of going with your best players and ultimately am prepared to go with Peterson.

Here is how things look right now in my matchup, with his opponent not having Tyler Eifert at tight end due to concussion problems. 


QB-Drew Brees
WR-Antonio Brown
WR=Demaryuis Thomas
WR-Brandin Cooks
RB-Adrian Peterson
RB-David Johnson
TE-Jordan Reed
K-Stephen Gostowski


QB-Tom Brady
WR-Eric Decker
WR-Allen Robinson
WR-Doug Baldwin
RB-Bilal Powell
RB-Danny Woodhead
TE-Zach Ertz
K-Graham Gano

So on paper I am favored to win by 20.00 but that means nothing.  How do you think I will do?  Would you do any changes?  Let me know. 



  1. Being such a huge favorite, I'd lean with a bit more safety instead of upside. Brees/AP could wind up with just a few plays before pulling out. Cousins road stats are mainly against top defenses, eagles cb are banged up. West should unload with ware out. Good luck

  2. James: not looking very good for Brees and right now I got Cousins in despite the road problems. Also Cooks will take a hit with Brees out but I have to go with him over Megatron who is like a Megawatt right now. Finally Forte is on my bench for sure as the Tampa defense is tough on the run and Jeremy Langford continues to split time. Only have to decide between West and AP.