Ah fantasy playoff season, where the weak and lucky (myself) face off against the strong and lucky. Only 3 wins away from hoisting your Shiva and doing dirty, dirty things to it to spite your friends. How do you polish off these 3 wins? Ride your studs, stream a hot hand, and bench all but the best.
Marry: Shane Vereen*
*(If you’re in a PPR league) This one is a no-brainer.
He plays on the Patriots with a great QB1, Ridley sucks, and Blount is really a back-up in starter’s gear. Yeah they play the Browns, but they’ll squash out Gronk/Edelman leaving space for this monster. If you have any doubts at your RB or Flex spot for production, plug him and forget it.
Bang: Josh McCown/Jay Cutler
I banged McCown last week though still don’t trust him in full yet, but if I had to start him- especially in the playoffs- it’d be against the Cowboys and their near 300 yards/game given up to passers. If you have a passer on your team like Brees on your team that faces a really good Defense like Carolina, this is very much worth considering. It’s a stupid-obvious move in place of any QB not in the top-10, and a worthy proposition for any outside the top-5.
Kill: Antonio Gates
I’ll jump on the bandwagon for this. Gates is one of the greatest of all time, and still produces decent, but the sun is setting in San Diego. Ladarius Green is a great producer for the Bolts at TE, and with Gates hobbled only expects to see more targets his way. If I had Gates on my team, I wouldn’t throw him to the curb just yet (save that for next year’s draft) unless I had a top-10 option on my bench, but I’d be looking for a plan B just in case things go south in the next week or so if you don’t have that in your pocket.
Last week’s MBK:
M: Burleson – Swing and a big miss…
B: McCown – Bingo!
K: Texans – Watch them lose to the Jaguars in single digits again. Trust no one on that team, save maybe Andre.