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The free-agent pool continues to get deeper

What we are talking about:

  • Eli Manning

    Nope, I never learn do I?

  • Rodgers or Brees

    Who are you going with?

  • Chris Jericho

    He's back, but to face who?

We declared Katy Perry as the free agent of the year for 2012, but now she has some competition from Zooey Deschanel, who is also joining the free-agent pool, as she officially filed for divorce from her husband. And this is good news for those of you who feel like you have a chance of landing a rock and/or movie star. That's not happening.

But you want to know what could happen?

You could be the winner of the Rank Amateurs in the NFL Playoff Challenge (click here to join). That's right; it's not too late to sign up for one last chance at fantasy glory. I have set up my own league so you can take me on. Not only will you have a chance for all of the prizes available from NFL.com, the winner of my league gets their choice of a copy of "1984" or "Cannonball Run."

Of course, some of you thought I meant "1984" the book, which is making me feel old because I meant the Van Halen album. But what the hell, the winner can choose the book.

With that all 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. 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.

Why are people surprised every year when Tom Brady loses a playoff game? I just don't get it. …

If you look at the AFC quarterbacks, Brady is clearly well above most of the competition. But then again, the last two playoff losses for the Patriots have come against Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco. …

The Patriots look like a huge risk to me, and it's because their defense has let them down too many times. I like the Steelers to go up there and beat them in the second round, so I'm staying away from the Patriots. …

That's the tricky part, because many of you are risking your team by taking a number of the Patriots on a bye this week. Again, this is where you have to be a prognosticator and a fantasy enthusiast. I don't like the Patriots, so I'm going to stay away. But if you think they can win, add them. …

ImageI have a real fear we are going to get a boring Super Bowl like the Giants vs. the Ravens or something similar. The whole year has kind of set up like that. …

What an amazing game where you want to avoid playing Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones and A.J. Green because you fear the Lions, Falcons and Bengals are going to be bounced in the first round. Which they are. …

Same deal with Arian Foster. I wouldn't play him because of the team's previous meeting in the regular season, but I can't see the Texans making a huge run. A first-round win against the Bengals who are mailing it in? Sure. A win at Baltimore in the second round? No. …

Excuse me, I'm still going to marvel that Megatron, Julio, A.J., and Foster are on the dislike side of the register. …

ImageSpeaking of Marvel, "The Avengers" movie is reshooting some scenes. A bunch of photos (Link) have Chris Evans running around without his Captain America mask. Dude, don't turn into Toby McGuire in "Spiderman 2" as he spent the whole damn movie with his mask off. We're there to see the superhero, not you. Well, I probably won't go. Outside of the Spiderman franchise, I don't read or watch Marvel. …

ImageI do have to say, why is Evans playing Captain America? He's also the Torch. Both are from the same universe, and it's conceivable they could interact. Is Hollywood that deprived of actors it couldn't find two different people to play the Torch and Captain America? It sickens me. ...

Tim Tebow's run as a fantasy relevant quarterback has come to an end, too. We will be sitting around watching a special on quarterback busts, and Tebow's name will come up. I'll be on the show saying, "People forget he won six games and led the Broncos to the playoffs." Nobody will believe me. …

Tebow said he was going to take John Elway's advice to throw more. Can somebody please tell Tim that Elway was just joking? Either that or Elway is participating in the new version of Punk'd. …

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Friday is #talkaboutit Friday. The question this week: Who will pull the upset in the first round? Many of you sided with the Broncos. I just don't see it. Tebowmania is still rolling, I suppose. Oh, and by the way, follow me already, won't you? …

ImagePunk'd is returning. Between "Punk'd" and "Beavis and Butthead," MTV is going so old-school, they might start playing music videos. Just kidding, that will never happen. I would like to see MTV casting the "Real World" with up-and-coming talents in the world instead of settling for attention-seeking tools who are more interested in fame than doing a job. I guess that's similar to the Jets' QB situation. …

A Jets quarterback recently ripped the team's selfish attitude, only it was rookie Greg McElroy and not the team's current starter. That figures. …

Former Jets player Kris Jenkins ripped Mark Sanchez for his lack of leadership (link), partly because he got caught up in the New York lifestyle, which included posing for GQ. I mean, is there anybody who lacks such self-awareness? Well, other than the cast of the Jersey Shore. …

Do you think Matt Schaub slips some Scotch into his Gatorade while watching T.J. Yates on the field? That can't be comfortable. I mean, it's the first time the franchise is in the playoffs and you aren't playing? …

Before you are quick to add Ray Rice to your team's lineup, realize the Ravens' second-round matchup will likely be against the Texans' stingy run defense. And Cam Cameron might forget to run the ball again. …

What's funny is you want to write off the Texans because of Yates, but Sanchez has been to consecutive championship games. …

Matt Ryan has turned up at some point, right? This guy has been added to the NFL's elite group of signal callers but has yet to earn it on the field. A win in New York would be a nice start. But it's not going to happen. …

There have been some teams who sneak into the playoffs to make a huge run. But not the Bengals. The future is bright in Cincinnati, but it's not like this team was tearing it up down the stretch. They got in almost by accident. …

ImageTurns out it was true, Turner and Smith are returning to San Diego. Well, the Chargers at least. I've seen this before, back when it was a movie called "Major League." …

Seriously, the Chargers hate winning, right? The bar was set awfully high when Marty Schottenheimer was fired after a 14-2 season. …

Do you think Smith watches the Saints' game, or does he not want to see his former players do well? But he probably can't watch any of the playoffs considering the high-volume of players he's given up on who are playing in the next two weeks: The Saints' guys, Wes Welker and Michael Turner. I guess we can count Manning, too. Your best bet to be a success in the NFL is to be drafted, and then released by Smith. I hope San Diego enjoys that continuity.


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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