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Bench Manning in the finals?


Here we are fantasy fans, the fantasy football championship game and the final fantasy article of the season. You've stuck with it all season and you've made it to the mountain top and now it is time to snatch that first place trophy and hold it high above your head in all your glory. Read on young grasshoppers, and follow me to the finish line!

Start 'em

##### Sit 'em

Peyton Manning: I am actually ranking Manning outside of my top 12, which means I don't see him worth playing as even a low-end QB1 this weekend. The Jets are #1 against the pass, they are #1 in passing TDs allowed, and they have Darrelle Revis to shut down Reggie Wayne.

Eli Manning: The other Manning brother faces the Panthers this weekend and as bad as their record is, their pass defense is 4th in the NFL. I'm not a real fan of the Giants offense and I think they will find more points via the run than they will from the pass, so I am going to pass on Eli and Peyton this weekend.

DeAngelo Williams: Williams left late in the first quarter with a left ankle sprain and there is no word on his status for this week. Now there is speculation that the Panthers may let Williams walk when his contract is up after the 2010 season… don't be surprised to see Jonathan Stewart finish out the season.

Knowshon Moreno:Moreno hasn't been the fantasy back I had hoped he would be; he is in a Denver offense we are so used to making average RBs look like Pro Bowl backs. It goes to show that a head coach can make a huge difference and this week Moreno faces the Eagles' 10th-ranked run defense. His 3.9 YPC, 6 TDs, and 4 fumbles give me enough reason to sit him to finish off the fantasy season.

Reggie Wayne:I don't like Wayne at all this weekend because of Revis and the rest of the Jets secondary. I wouldn't expect more than WR3 stats from Wayne this weekend and I bet you have better options either on the bench or on your waiver wire right now.

Mike Wallace:Wallace had 79 yards receiving and two touchdowns last week, which means people will want to play him this weekend hoping for more of the same. The problem with Wallace is that he only gets targeted 4.5 times a game and you can't count on numbers from a guy that hardly gets thrown to.

Jeremy Shockey:Hopefully you still don't own Shockey, but I know some of you do because I get emails all the time asking if Shockey should be started. Shockey didn't play last week and hasn't scored since week six, which means you should let him be someone else's headache from now on.

New York Jets defense: As down as I am with Manning and Wayne, I don't think the Colts will lose this one. They are bound to score some points and the more they score, the worse the Jets defense will do this weekend.

Question of the Week

Q: I read your articles on the website and love them! It invited me to contact you with questions or comments, and since I made it to the league finals, here is my question:

Roster is: Brees, Barber, Tomlinson, V. Jackson, Crabtree, Foschi TE, SF defense and Gostkowksi K.

Have benched Reggie Wayne for fear of Colts sitting and had Shockey but picked up Dave Thomas on the bench as well. Shockey may play instead but has not performed well in the last half of the season for me or NO. I chose to play Foschi against KC coming off a career game and a weak opponent.

Play Wayne? In lieu of whom? Go three WR and one RB or stick with Barber and Tomlinson? Trade one RB or the other for our wonder boy Harrison (available) who plays again at home against Oakland????

Your thoughts are appreciated. Have fun in Rio Rancho.....sister city in the Sandia Heights. THANKS!!!! (Paul in Angel Fire, NM)

A:Congrats on making it to the league finals and thank you for reading the article!

No, I wouldn't play Reggie Wayne this weekend. Revis is sure to be on him and I have the same concerns about the Colts sitting their stars if they get up early on the Jets. Instead, I'd play Jackson and Crabtree over Wayne.

At TE... Are Jermichael Finley, Bo Scaife, or Kevin Boss available over Shockey or Foschi? Try snagging Jerome Harrison off waivers and cut Foschi loose for him. If you can get Harrison, play Tomlinson and Harrison at RB and Crabtree and Jackson at WR.

Let me just say that I truly appreciate all the readers and people who email with their questions and comments. Good luck this week and make sure you let me know how you finished the season.

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