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With season over, it's time to look at free agents

What we are talking about:

  • Cam Newton

    My No. 1 going forward

  • Week 17 playoffs

    Please stop with this

  • Van Halen

    Need a true reunion

Free agency is going to be a hot topic going forward, with names like Marques Colston, Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson possibly changing locations. But all of that has been trumped by recent rumors that Katy Perry could be a free agent as she and husband Russell Brand have been seen sans wedding rings.

Rumors are also swirling that Brand is going to use the franchise exemption on Perry, so let's not get ahead of ourselves. But enough about that, who wants to talk some football?

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 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. My first "like" is my stat man, 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.

Sorry Aaron Rodgers, we had a lot of laughs this season, but there is no chance I would start you this week. Not with so many teams out there needing to win for playoff seeding. …

Rodgers is still a first-round pick for me. And he might crack my top five, but I'm going with Newton over him in fantasy drafts next year. I'm not sure if Rodgers could target double-digit rushing touchdowns, but it would be pretty cool if he could add some. …

Quarterbacks are going to be in high demand because of the dearth of trustworthy No. 1 running backs. I mean, how much can you trust Jamaal Charles or Adrian Peterson coming off their injuries? The Vikings don't sound confident that Peterson will return in time to start 2012. …

I really fear this is going to be the last of Peterson's effectiveness. And since he's one of my keepers for Rank's 11, I really have a decision to make. With him and Michael Turner, my once vaunted team looks really old. Kind of like the current version of the Los Angeles Lakers. …

ImageThis is easily the least enjoyable Lakers team I have seen in my lifetime. And I lived through the Sedale Threatt-Cedric Ceballos era, which was actually more enjoyable than people will be willing to give it credit for. …

It amazes me that NBA commissioner David Stern quashed that Chris Paul trade to the Lakers. Yet in Major League Baseball, the Oakland A's can give away a closer to the Red Sox for nothing. Bud Selig apparently is willing to look the other way when lopsided trades favor one of his favorite teams. …

But it should be noted that the Lakers were giving up a lot for Paul. The Red Sox gave up nothing. …

ImageThe only good thing about this season is that the Boston Celtics look terrible. Just absolutely awful. That gives some hope to America. Now if we can just figure out a way for the Heat to lose again this year. The Heat are putting up such big leads, even LeBron James can't choke them away. ...

Here are my quarterbacks to avoid starting at No. 13: Matt Moore, Rodgers, Mark Sanchez, Red Dalton, Kyle Orton, Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder. …

The Chiefs are going to beat the Broncos; the Raiders are going to beat the Chargers; the Bengals are going to beat the Ravens; the Titans are going to beat the Texans. So the first-round playoff games will be Ravens at Raiders, and the Bengals at Texans. Neither of those games interests me. …

ImageI can't trust Pierre Thomas this week, though I liked his end-zone celebration last week, pulling the bow out of his pants and putting it on the ball. Bob Papa and the other guy on NFL Sirius called it a disgusting act. Typically, I reserve the adjective "disgusting" for things like the Penn State scandal, but hey, if you feel that strongly about an end-zone celebration. …

Same thing goes for the whole Bill Maher stuff, too. I'm sure his joke hurt you to the core. But again, you've heard about the whole Penn State scandal, right? Let's be outraged about things that really matter. …

Like #shanahanigans. That is far more offensive than anything Bill Maher could ever have uttered. That said, I'm not starting Evan Royster even though the Skins finally parted ways with Ryan Torain. Not happening. …

The Patriots and Bill Belichick do a pretty good job of avoiding the heat, despite blatant running back shenanigans. The Patriots have too good of an offense to have no reliable fantasy running back. It could be BenJarvus Green-Ellis one week, Stevan Ridley the next. Yet we don't have the scorn. Maybe it's because the quarterback and tight ends give us so many points. …

Dre Johnson might return this week. Forgive me if I'm not excited. I'm done with this guy, and I'm not taking him next year, either. …

The most disappointing thing about Dre's injury is nobody on the Texans took his spot. At least the Cowboys had Robinson catching touchdowns in the wake of their injuries. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter barely registered anything. …

Most players in contract years go out of their way to surpass their previous numbers. I credit DeSean Jackson for taking it a different way by being completely awful. But watch, he has a monster game once many of your fantasy teams (and the Eagles' season) are done. …

Jackson lands in New England, right? That would make the most sense. Underachieving malcontent, but he still has a chance to right his career. I would only take a chance on Jackson if he plays for New England. …

The Cowboys have a huge game this week against the Giants. That doesn't scream of a big-time performance from Dez Bryant. In fact, he goes the other way this week. …

There was a report this week that the Cardinals will retain Kevin Kolb. Why? Larry Fitz was doing just fine with John Skelton, why mess that up? That defense is close to being elite, and there you can have an offense similar to the 49ers. …

Norv Turner is going to be out as coach of the Chargers. And while you don't want to see anybody unemployed, he will rebound as an offensive coordinator. The Jaguars, Jets and St. Louis FC should be lining up to add Turner. As much as a No. 1 receiver would help Gabbert, so would an experienced offensive coordinator. …

You know, there are rumors that A.J. Smith could land in St. Louis if he's disposed in San Diego. Wouldn't it be fitting to have him bring in Turner to be his coach? Though, that becomes unfunny for when the team moves back to Los Angeles. ...

I sure hoped Smith enjoyed watching Brees break Dan Marino's single-season yardage record with a nice strike to Darren Sproles. …

Guys who don't belong in the Pro Bowl: Oh wait, you mean other than Philip Rivers? Was this vote taken in 2010?


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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