Week 13 of the NFL season is officially in the books, and with that your fantasy playoffs are now set for a week 14 first round matchup. You are either in the circle looking to win that league title, or you are on the outside looking in trying to win the toilet bowl game in order to not finish with the shame of being dead last. If you are out, it has been fun; but if you listened to my advice all season and you made it to the show, read on so we can win that league title and get you one step closer to being one of the Champions of the World! Make sure you read very closely starting this week so you know who to start and who to sit in your playoff matchup.
Matt Schaub: Schaub was supposed to do great things this weekend against a Jaguars defense that is ranked 23rd against the pass. Instead, Schaub threw for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception after dislocating his non-throwing wing. That 2nd-round receiver named Andre Johnson just got a lot scarier to play down the stretch.
Jay Cutler:Cutler is still owned in 87% of fantasy leagues, which is just absurd since he hasn't thrown for more than 171 yards in the past three games and has a 1-1 TD-INT ratio (3 TDs and INTs) over that same span. This weekend he finished with 143 yards and a TD, but managed to not play pitch and catch with the defense.
Frank Gore:Gore is not one of my favorite fantasy running backs because he either breaks a long run during the game or he finishes with 2.2 YPC. On Sunday Gore finished with 25 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving and no TDs, hardly worth starting him for those stats.
Ray Rice:Rice found a way to be outscored by Willis McGahee again this week as he finished with 54 yards rushing, 17 yards receiving, and no TDs. McGahee vultured the rushing touchdown that should have gone to Rice and that is something that has been killing fantasy managers all season long with Rice.
Reggie Wayne:Wayne wasn't Peyton Manning's favorite receiver this weekend as he caught just four passes for 48 yards and no visits to the endzone. This isn't going to be typical for Wayne, but if the Colts lose just one game they are sure to sit their starters for the NFL playoffs.
Mike Sims-Walker:Because the passing game isn't the Jaguars strong suit, Sims-Walker is one of the more streaky fantasy WRs out there. This week he finished with just one catch for 12 yards and no scores, so he was a little disappointing to those who started him.
Greg Olsen:When your QB flops, you know almost for certain that anyone he was throwing to flopped also. That was the case for Olsen as he finished with the most awkward line ever of two receptions for one yard. Not even 1-yard per pass?
Pittsburgh Steelers defense: The old adage "any given Sunday" certainly applied on this Sunday as the Oakland Raiders scored 27 points and didn't allow a single interception against the Steelers. Pittsburgh was highly-ranked for week 13 because the Raiders offense is sputtering and their defense has been one that shut down the best of offenses in the past. Chalk this one up as a fluke as we head into the fantasy playoffs.
So you've all been asking for my weekly ratings to come back. This week I missed on four picks (Palmer, McCoy, Olsen, Kevin Smith, Fred Davis, and Eli Manning). That made me 10-16 on my picks for a 62.5% accuracy rating, still far better than the fantasy picks from the other guys out there. I've done some checking and the other big name sites are sporting a rating closer to the 47% area heading into the playoffs and I am above 75% on the season. Who you gonna trust?
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