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What we're talking about:

  • Philip Rivers

    Please, don't go. We need you.

  • Joe Flacco

    Great matchup, bad projections.

  • Lakers basketball

    Paul deal too good to be true.

The Yasmine Bleeth Principle has been in the news recently. What's that, you ask? Allow me to explain.

Years ago, Yasmine Bleeth was the hottest chick on the planet, or at least the best looking on "Baywatch" as the discerning eye favored her over Pamela Anderson. (And looking back, that still holds up.)

Yasmine had a huge money offer from Playboy to pose in its magazine, but she always turned them down. Admirable? Sure. But still a mistake. Fast forward a couple of years, and she was busted for drugs and her mug shot on The Smoking Gun made her a punchline. Now we can debate if she would have squandered that Playboy money to fuel her parties, but it also serves as a warning to strike while the iron is hot. (And for all her morals, Yasmine still appeared in the hilarious-yet-crude "BASEketball." And did I mentioned  she starred in "Baywatch?")

The most recent victim is Pat Hill, who refused big-time offers after he made Fresno State relevant. Hill was fired this week. The lesson here, stay in school. Oh, and strike while the iron is hot. You never know when it's your time; make the most of it.

And in this week's column we celebrate those who do just that.

With all that out of the way, I am offering you my likes and dislikes for the coming fantasy week and more. That's right, Facebook won't give you a dislike button, but I certainly will. And this all will be presented to you in a random, meandering style, which has been glowingly referred to as "teenager on crack chic." Bolded names are my likes, and dislikes. As tradition, my very first "like" is the man I can't do without, stat guru, Bill "Sudsy" Sudell.

Too many disclaimers? You can always check the rankings, but that is a terrible way to waste the final hours of your work week.

I really like Joe Flacco's matchup, but I fear Ray Rice and Ricky Williams will get the majority of the attempts. Flacco has just six touchdowns in his last nine games, and we could be looking at a game where he has around 10 to 14 attempts, which could kill his fantasy stats. He's still a better option than Mark Sanchez, Christian Ponder, Kevin Kolb, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. …

I fear the same thing from Matt Ryan, too. The matchup is so great for Turner and the Falcons' ground game, there might not be enough opportunity for Ryan to air out the ball. Ryan had just 163 passing yards and a touchdown in their earlier meeting. …

I still have Roddy White as a must-start this week, because you have to in the playoffs, but I had to downgrade Julio Jones and Harry Douglas because these Birds won't fly. …

Fitzpatrick has topped 15 fantasy points only once in his last nine games. He started off so hot, but he's cooled off terribly. …

Michael Vick is my No. 12 quarterback this week (see across), but I really don't like him much this week. He's been hurt, and the Eagles have been in a funk. If you made the playoffs without him, you likely have better options. …

I like what Matt Moore has done for the Dolphins, but hope they don't fall for the same thing the Panthers did a few years ago. Who am I kidding? Peyton Manning starts for the Dolphins next year. …

You know you need to sit Beanie Wells this week, right? Beanie doesn't fall into the category of guys you have to start week-in and week-out. …

I appreciate everybody who has stayed with me through the #occupyredskinspark and #shanahanigans era. I refuse to rank Roy Helu out of principle. But I don't think poorly on anybody who defies this order by playing him with these great matchups. It's fantasy; winning comes first, principles second. But don't say I didn't warn you. …

ImageSpeaking of principles, one of my loyal followers is considering benching all of his starters this week. I find it hilarious, and I admire the gumption. And while I don't believe in karma, I do believe in fantasy gods and they can't like that at all. But the comic in me loves it. …

I'm avoiding the Raiders' receivers, but if forced to rank them, I go Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bay and Chaz Schilens. …

What happened to David Nelson? Oh well, at least he got the girl, but his fall from fantasy relevance has been great. …

You got a glimpse why a guy like Eric Decker is such a risk with his performance last week. That streak with Tebow ended rather abruptly. Imagine, Tebow finds his throwing stride and Decker isn't there to reap the benefits. I would've never believed it. …

If you're tempted to start Pierre Garcon this week, can I kindly ask you to not do so? Garcon got a couple of gift, garbage-time scores against a bad pass defense. The Ravens won't let that fly. …

The NFL should have flexed the schedule so the Colts finish the season against the Ravens. Would have been fitting for them to clinch 0-16 in Baltimore? …

ImageI do feel for the Baltimore fans and want to see them stick it to the Colts, but part of me cringes because the fans who lost the team were so willing to embrace the former Browns. I can sorta forgive it, because the Browns got their team back. But that's why I won't accept the Vikings, Jags or Bills in L.A. …

I can't wait to have Brandon Lloyd on my team next year. But I'm not trusting him in the playoffs when Tom Brandstater is the quarterback. I would feel bad about this, but this only greases the skids for the Rams' return to L.A. …

ImageIs the Angels' signing of Albert Pujols some elaborate plan to engineer a sign-and-trade to send him back to St. Louis for the Rams? I'd take that. But a decade of Pujols is a long time. He'd better keep the same, uh, workout regimen if you catch my drift. …

Albert Haynesworth called. He said the Angels spent too much money on Pujols. …

ImageI guess this means I won't be able to get any more $5 tickets from Del Taco anymore. Honestly, I have thoughts of Mo Vaughn running through my mind. The Angels should move to the first-base dugout and fill it with foam balls. I remember the Mo Vaughn era way too well. We didn't win until he left.…

Great tweet: The Eagles liked this move on Facebook. And it's a good point. These high-priced teams have fallen flat recently with the Eagles, Phillies, Miami Heat and the Red Sox. …

ImageAnd don't put Pujols in the same class as LeBron James. That only would be true if Pujols quit on the Cardinals in the playoffs, struck out in the ninth inning of Game 7 and then announced his decision on ESPN. Oh, and then you'd have to consider that Pujols grew up in St. Louis. He delivered a championship to St. Louis; now he gets his guaranteed money in the O.C. …

You can't bench Steve Smith but he's scored less than eight points in three of his last four games. More disturbing, he hasn't scored a touchdown in seven of his last nine against the Falcons. …

Keep DeSean Jackson on your bench and pick your reason why. He's scored fewer than nine points in six consecutive games, averaging 4.72 points and scoring no touchdowns. …

There is a reason why the Packers always find these obscure backs instead of going with Ryan Grant. I like the matchup, but I'm not playing him against the Raiders. Not in the playoffs. …

Image This is a complete joke that the NBA called off this trade. So every team in the league is allowed to construct 'Super Teams.' But when your marquee franchise does it, the deal gets called off? The BCS seems legitimate in comparison. Free Chris Paul! …

I can't trust Kevin Smith even if he plays. His injury looked severe, and it would be better to stay away than to start him and watch him get hurt again. I know, that makes me a fantasy chicken. But I'll take my chances elsewhere. …

Plaxico Burress is nothing more than a low-end No. 3 receiver because he's all-or-nothing in the red zone. …

I'd also avoid Dwayne Bowe who figures to be locked up by Darrelle Revis and his own quarterback, Tyler Palko. Just one of those reasons would be enough to sit him. …

I don't have the guts to play Nate Burleson, but I wish I did with the way the Saints threw triple coverage on Megatron. And if they didn't call push-offs? Burleson would be a genius play, but I'm too chicken to do it. …

Tight ends to avoid this week: Ed Dickson, Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreessen and Jake Ballard. …

Marion Barber will not have the production many are expecting. The Broncos have not allowed a rushing TD in five games. Plus Kahlil Bell does the things Matt Forte does, and he's in the mix, too. …

I'd still start Barber over Donald Brown, Jon Stewart, Pierre Thomas, and DeAngelo Williams. If you need a crazy flex play, go with Ricky Williams …

I'd also play Mike Tolbert over those guys, too. And the Chargers are going to end up making the playoffs, aren't they? That will be enough to save Norv Turner's job, to start the cycle all over again. …

ImageAdding coaches should be the next step in fantasy football. For instance, you draft a coach and if his team wins, you get six points. And you're docked six points when his team loses. Imagine the waiver wire claims for Turner in December. Well, if he still has a job. But we need to make this idea happen in fantasy. If only I knew somebody who works in the NFL.com fantasy department.


For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 37,000 followers, and Fabiano has 40,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Also be sure to catch the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program."

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