Eddie Lacy jump
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It’s Turkey Day. We are hours away from the start of the 13th week of the 2013 NFL season. Here’s a look of players that you should be thankful for.
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Five Turkeys
Antonio Brown
Dez Bryant
Calvin Johnson
Eddie Lacy
Tony Romo
Matthew Stafford
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Four Turkeys
Le’Veon Bell
Reggie Bush
Mason Crosby
DeMarco Murray
Jordy Nelson
Torrey Smith
Shaun Suisham
Jason Witten
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Three Turkeys
David Akers
Dan Bailey
Baltimore Ravens Defense
Jarrett Boykin
Nate Burleson
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Rashad Jennings
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense
Ray Rice
Ben Roethlisberger
Emmanuel Sanders
Rod Streater
Justin Tucker
Terrance Williams
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Two Turkeys
Joique Bell
Dallas Clark
Kris Durham
Joe Flacco
Matt Flynn
Sebastian Janikowski
Jacoby Jones
James Jones
Darren McFadden
Matt McGloin
Heath Miller
Brandon Pettigrew
Bernard Pierce
Marcel Reece
James Starks
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One Turkey
Miles Austin
Cole Beasley
Marlon Brown
Jerricho Cotchery
Detroit Lions Defense
Tandon Doss
Lance Dunbar
Jonathan Dwyer
Joseph Fauria
Green Bay Packers Defense
Oakland Raiders Defense
Andrew Quarless
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Drew Brees spiral
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We are hours away from the start of the 12th week of the 2013 NFL season as the New Orleans Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons. This is not quite the game the NFL Network expected when they scheduled it. It’s also the kickoff for the 12th week of the fantasy football season. Here’s a look of players that should be in your lineups tonight.
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Five Stars
Drew Brees
Jimmy Graham
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Four Stars
Harry Douglas
Tony Gonzalez
Garrett Hartley
Matt Ryan
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Three Stars
Marques Colston
Pierre Thomas
Roddy White
New Orleans Defense
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Two Stars
Matt Bryant
Steven Jackson
Lance Moore
Jacquizz Rodgers
Darren Sproles
Kenny Stills
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One Star
Mark Ingram
Darius Johnson
Robert Meachem
Antone Smith
Jason Snelling
Benjamin Watson
Atlanta Defense
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A-Rodg
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Aaron Rodgers owners got horrible news last night when their stud quarterback was knocked out of the game. Not only did it likely send them to a Week 9 loss, but now they have to pick up the pieces.
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Green Bay has already had their bye so odds are the Rodgers owner doesn’t have a quality backup quarterback. There are likely some decent options on the waiver wire, but now is the time to strike. Rather than make them use up their waiver wire budget or waiver priority to get a quarterback, send them yours and beef up your roster.
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I have Cam Newton and Eli Manning in one of my leagues. I lost Julio Jones and have been frustrated with Marques Colston. I dealt Eli for Aaron Dobson. I’d never use Eli over Cam. Dobson, however, could have some use when they come out of their bye. My trade partner doesn’t have to use his budget to get the likes of Nick Foles. He has the receiver depth to make the deal. It should be a win-win.
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There is a chance that you too can find a deal that works. Make a reasonable offer and see what happens.
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Buy Low on Eddie Lacy

27 September 2013

Eddie Lacy jump
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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy had 14 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. His score, along with a 31-yard reception, provided a solid fantasy debut. His 2.9 yard per carry average and lost fumble caused his fantasy owners to temper their expectations.
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His second game saw Lacy exit in the first quarter with a concussion. James Starks filled in and ran for 132 yards and  touchdown. He added four catches for 36 yards. Starks’ per yard average was  6.6. Lacy did have one carry for 10 yards, but that was an afterthought after he was knocked out for the game. Starks did his damage against the Washington Redskins, which should be factored in.
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The concussion forced Lacy to miss Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. For the second straight week the Packers lost a running back as Starks hurt his knee. Jonathan Franklin took over and ran for 103 yards and a touchdown. He added three catches for 23 yards. Franklin lost a costly fumble and got dinged up (hamstring) to end the game.
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Lacy, with 51 rushing yards, heads into the bye week trailing both Starks (187 yards) and Franklin (103 yards). Even Aaron Rodgers, with 34 yards, is nipping at his heels. Lacy is averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Starks (5.5 ypc) and Franklin (7.9 ypc) have been much more successful.
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That’s three games with three leading rushers, with Lacy by far having the lowest production in those games. Obviously in keeper leagues Lacy isn’t prime for the taking, but in re-draft leagues, this could be your shot.
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If his owner feels the running backs in Green Bay are interchangeable, you may be able to steal him away at a discount. Even if he is forced to miss one more game following the bye, you could be sitting pretty. Lacy is the most talented back in the trio. Strike now while the iron is hot.
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Evidently Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his fantasy owners as a tipping point. After his fourth straight mediocre performance, there are many fantasy owners making alternative plans for Week 15 as the Packers face the Chicago Bears in the Windy City. Is that a wise move?
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Since the Packers’ Week 10 Bye, Rodgers is averaging 228.5 passing yards per game. He has five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), but just as many turnovers (three interceptions, two lost fumbles) during the stretch. He’s averaging 18 yards per game on the ground, but that is hardly making up for his shortcomings. He has half as many picks in the last four games as he had all of last year.
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With Rodgers in that kind of funk, I can’t blame his owners for being disenchanted with the superstar. So what do you do?
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If you had a first round bye or had the rest of your team pick up Rodgers’ slack this week, it’s gut check time. Should you do the Discount Double Check or should you seek an alternative solution. Obviously, the caliber of your backup quarterback will determine whether or not you can even consider going another direction.
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I wouldn’t just haphazardly replace him with some flavor of the month. This is a player that has thrown 160 touchdown passes to 45 interceptions in the past 75 games. He’s also ran for 17 scores.
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Yes, the weather could be a factor in Chicago, but he’s used to it from playing his home games in Lambeau Field. According to Yahoo’s numbers, Rodgers has 40 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in the 19 games he’s played in when it was 40 degrees or below. Rodgers has 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 18 December starts.
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I can totally understand why you’d want to bench Rodgers given his play of late. If you do, just make sure you can deal with a big game that you left on your bench. He threw five touchdown passes on Christmas last year against Chicago. He threw four on December 26th, 2010 against the New York Giants. He threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns on December 20th against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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In relation to Rodgers, I go with the old adage. Dance with the partner you brought to the dance.
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Wide Receiver James Jones leads the Green Bay Packers with eight touchdown receptions. He’s third on the team in receptions (42) and yards (495) and is tied for second with 67 targets. He did not get a look last week and Greg Jennings is set to return. Is now the time to move on?
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Not so fast.
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Greg Jennings (groin) has made it through practice, but the risk of re-injuring it during a game is significantly greater. Plus, it will likely take some time to get in game shape.
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Besides, Jones is still capable of flashing that big-play ability. If he can get open, Aaron Rodgers will find him.
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Yes, it will be crowded for Jones in Green Bay with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jennings, and tight end Jermichael Finley. If you’re a defensive coordinator, Jones is probably the fourth or fifth option that you worry about.
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Jones could find himself in a mismatch and Rodgers will make them pay.
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The Packers have some solid matchups coming up. They face the Minnesota Vikings this week, who have not been the same team since Chris Cook went down. They also face the Vikings in Week 17 for leagues that play the full season out.
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In Week 14 when typical fantasy football playoffs kick off, the Packers do battle with the Detroit Lions. That figures to be a high-scoring affair. You’ll at least want to hold onto James until after that game.
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In Week 15 the Packers travel South to face the Chicago Bears. It’s debatable whether or not you want Jones on your roster for that game.
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In Week 16, the typical fantasy football championship week, the Packers face the Tennessee Titans. That game has some potential for the Packers’ passing game.
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At this point I would say that you don’t necessarily have to play James Jones, but he should at least be on a fantasy roster in most leagues.
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Is Jermichael Finley Back?

18 November 2012


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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley caught his touchdown pass since the season opener in the Packers’ Week 11 win over the Detroit Lions. Is he back?
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Not only did Finley snap his scoreless streak, he topped 40 yards for the first time since Week 4.
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Among his catches were a 20-yard touchdown and a 40-yard grab en route to three catches for 66 yards.
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It appears that the bye week came at the right time for Finley. He averaged 16.8 yards in his five prior games. You don’t have to be a fantasy expert to realize that wasn’t cutting it.
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Unfortunately, a lot of the fantasy owners that drafted Finley have dropped him already. Those that did hang on to Finley, likely had him on their bench.
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Before you consider Finley all the way back, keep in mind that he was playing the Lions. They have allowed six touchdown passes to tight ends this season.
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They have also allowed five different tight ends to top 60 yards this year.
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Finley has had a history of success against Detroit. He has four touchdowns in seven games.
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I’m not trying to say his performance was a fluke, but I’m asking you to temper your expectations.
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If Finley is available on your waiver wire, there is good reason to add him. For starters, Aaron Rodgers is easily one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
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Finley also has some solid matchups coming up. He faces the New York Giants, the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears, and the Tennessee Titans from Week 12-16.
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Perhaps he can salvage his season by finishing on a strong note.
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