You made it to the championship game in your Fantasy Football league!!! I hate you Congratulations on this monumental achievement! I assume you’re reading this column to get some last minute advice on which players to drop for your big week ahead. Well the last thing I want to do after losing is allow me to do my best to make sure your roster is in order so you can drink your coffee.
This week sucked What an awesome week of NFL and Fantasy Football. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm 2? Conor McGregor vs. anyone? No thank you. Give me Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Josh Norman any day of the week. What an epic display of tomfoolery.
Losing in Fantasy Football the week before the championship game is a lot like going to a strip club for the first time (I’ve heard). You walk in and it’s the same feeling you had after your victory in Week 14. You’re immediately overwhelmed and have difficulty processing information, moving or speaking. What the $#@* is going on? It’s uncomfortable, but maybe kind of awesome? Maybe you shouldn’t be here. How did this happen? But, you are here and you have a couple of $14 adult beverages and now the confidence begins to emerge from within.
You start to carry yourself with a little bit of swagger and you walk around like you’re 2013 Jay-Z, emerging from the curtain for your first show on your Legends of Summer tour. It happens. He/She looks at you from across the room and smiles, maybe even waves, giving you that Danny Woodhead four touchdown feeling. They slowly walk over, ask you your name, put a hand on your shoulder and laugh at your horrible joke. You feel like you’re the king of the world, just like when Jordan Matthews caught a 78 yard touchdown Sunday night. You’ve now fully accepted your environment and begin to think you belong. “I think they actually like me”, you say to yourself. It’s your own personal True Detective scene where you’re Woody Harrelson and she’s Alexandra Daddario.
In the end, however, you had Eli Manning on your bench. You played against David Johnson and your opponent decided to make a last minute roster adjustment and start a Teddy Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs stack. When everything is said and done, the lights come on and you reflect on what just took place. Reality sets in and you realize all that happened was, you got overly excited about something that was never real to begin with and now you have to hand someone, you thought you liked, a handful of money that you probably should have used Christmas shopping for Nana or so I’ve heard!
Week 16 Players to Drop
As always, we’re playing by Talladega Nights rules here folks. If you ain’t first, you’re last!
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Remaining Opponents: I don’t know, I didn’t look
Argument for keeping Andrew Luck:
You lost a bet.
Argument for dropping Andrew Luck:
Luck is owned in roughly 70 percent of Fantasy leagues. He’s a player to drop. Drop him. It’s over. He’s not coming back. It’s okay.
The NFL’s version of Bigfoot had a lacerated spleen. Not even Jim Irsay is irresponsible enough to risk the future of the franchise. (Side note: Never before has anyone ever written the words, “Not even Jim Irsay is irresponsible enough to…”)
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
Remaining Opponents: Dallas Cowboys
Argument for keeping LeSean McCoy:
The year is 2087 and in the future, running backs no longer require knees in order to play professional football.
Argument for dropping LeSean McCoy:
I’ll give you a logical explanation below but the only reason you need is, LeSean McCoy is on my Fantasy Football team… along with Mark Ingram, Le’Veon Bell and Arian Foster.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a torn MCL, however he is currently listed as week to week.
The Buffalo Bills signed McCoy to a five year, 40 million dollar contract in the offseason. I’m not 100% sure what the currency exchange is in Buffalo but, if the U.S. Dollar is worth anything close to what it is in America then that’s an awful lot of cash they’re putting at risk considering they don’t have anything substantial to play for in 2015.
The Bills are currently 6-8 and on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture. They have a potential future stud in Karlos Williams at their disposal as well as former, “where are they now” trivia question, Mike Gillislee.
Granted, Rex Ryan is who he is and if any coach was going to go Dirk Diggler on us and let it all hang out to end the year, it’d be him, but someone within the Bills organization has to play the Jack Horner character and ensure the long term vision is the number one priority.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Remaining Opponents: @ Denver Broncos
Argument for keeping Giovani Bernard:
If you’re in a deep league or play in a dynasty or keeper format, you’re obviously not dropping Bernard given his upside, age and potential. The other argument for holding Gio; you’ve had some tough luck on the waiver wire or with injuries in general and he’s the best RB2 or flex option you have.
As of Monday evening, there are rumors about the playing status of A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert for Week 16. If one or both of them are out this week, then logic suggests Bernard will be heavily involved so, do your due diligence and keep yourself updated on the injury front before making this move.
When it comes to Fantasy Football, logic never always wins.
Argument for dropping Giovani Bernard:
The Denver Broncos Defense ranks in the Top 15 for fewest Fantasy points allowed to running backs this season and over the last four weeks, their ranking has improved, placing them sixth over that stretch.
It’s certainly possible Bernard breaks a long run or screen pass, as he’s capable of doing on any given play, but with just 32 Fantasy points over the last four weeks in standard scoring leagues, Gio is pulling a Black Eyed Peas and just completely failing to live up to what were, in retrospect, probably unrealistic expectations.
Attempting to predict anything Fantasy Football related damn near impossible takes an incredible amount of knowledge and skill so let’s use what we know and take a stroll down narrative street to throw a dart accurately predict how this week’s game plays out.
- AJ McCarron is the starting quarterback
- He has compared himself to Tom Brady.
- McCarron is not good and game film exists proving this.
- The Broncos defense has access to said film.
- The Broncos defense was embarrassed Sunday.
- The Broncos defense is very good.
- The Broncos defense is going to be pissed motivated.
- The chances of the Broncos winning probably increases if they focus on shutting down the run game and force not so good quarterback, AJ McCarron to beat them.
- There are legitimate playoff seeding ramifications at stake this weekend.
Honorable Mention Facts: AJ McCarron is married to Katherine Webb. Katherine Webb was once involved in the most awkward moment in Brent Musburger’s illustrious career. Easy Brent, easy…
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Bryce Brown, Seattle Seahawks
Remaining Opponents: St. Louis Rams
Argument for keeping Bryce Brown:
Brown hadn’t played football in over a year before Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, so his legs are certainly fresh.
Argument for dropping Bryce Brown:
Brown hadn’t played football in over a year before Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, for a reason.
According to Football Outsiders, the Browns rushing defense ranked 29th in the league heading into their contest Sunday. The St. Louis Rams rank seventh against the run on that same list. While I’m just as intrigued by Brown’s potential as any other dynasty player, Sunday’s game suggests Christine Michael is the lead back for Seattle, not Brown.
Michael received 11 of his 18 carries in the second half of Sunday’s game, suggesting he is the more trusted of the two backs. Fred Jackson will reportedly continue to see the snaps on third down, which leaves little room for Brown to excel.
What can Brown do for you?
DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
Remaining Opponents: Chip Kelly
Argument for keeping DeMarco Murray:
Darren Sproles and Ryan Matthews are mysteriously kidnapped over the next few days.
(Video contains adult language and hilariousness. Not safe for work.)
Argument for dropping DeMarco Murray:
Dennis Reynolds has a better shot of making the Philadelphia Eagles next year…
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Argument for dropping Odell Beckham Jr.:
He’s suspended and will not play this week.
You’re the league’s token troll monster and it would be hilarious to watch your league have a complete mental meltdown after you dropped him.
Argument for keeping Odell Beckham Jr.:
The NFL is incompetent and his suspension will most likely be overturned, you’ll then lose and your friends will taunt you forever, never allowing you to heal or move on. They will constantly remind you of your stupidity, sending you random Odell Beckham Jr. highlights, no matter the time of night. (This is assuming your friends are my friends)
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Remaining Opponents: @ New York Jets
Argument for keeping Danny Amendola:
You want to say you won a Fantasy Football championship with a white wide receiver on your team.
Argument for dropping Danny Amendola:
He’s most likely out for the remainder of the season.
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
Remaining Opponents: @ Oakland Raiders
Argument for keeping Ladarius Green:
You believe in things that have been rumored to be true but in fact are false, like always start tight ends against Oakland or when the woman you’re with says, “We don’t have to give each other gifts this year.”
Argument for dropping Ladarius Green:
Memo to the Fantasy Football Dynasty Community:
The Ladarius Green experiment appears to be over for 2015. Antonio Gates’ refusal to fade away means we’ll have to wait yet another year for Green’s greatness to be bestowed upon us. The Raiders are no longer the Meg Griffin of defenses against tight ends so even if Gates doesn’t play, this wouldn’t be the lock it was earlier in the season. On the year, the Raiders rank second for most Fantasy points given up to opposing tight ends but have been improving as of late, ranking ninth over the course of the last four weeks and 18th over the last two.
Green has just eight receptions over the last five games and saw just 58-percent of the snaps on Sunday against the hapless Snowflakes Dolphins.
Still not sold? Below is a quick rundown of players to drop that I have recommended along with the link to the full column in that week’s headline.
- Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
- Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
- Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
- DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
- Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
- Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
- Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
- Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears
- Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
- Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
- Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
- Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
- Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
- Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
- Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
- Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
- Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills
- Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
- Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
- C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
- C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints
- Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
- Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
- Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
- Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
- Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
- Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings
- Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins
- Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
- Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
- James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
- Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
- Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
- Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
- James White, RB, New England Patriots
- Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
- Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers
- Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
- Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers
- Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
- Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
- Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
- Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
- Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee Titans
- David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans
- Dexter McCluster, RB, Tennessee Titans
- Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
- Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
- Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
- Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos
- Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
- Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
- Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Vernon Davis, TE, Denver Broncos
- Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos
- Buffalo Bills, DST
- Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
- Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
- Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
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