Like/Dislike: If RG3 starts for 'Skins, he starts for you


What we are talking about:

  • Tony Romo

    Fantasy gold this week

  • Eli Manning

    Can't trust him on road

  • The Shield

    Clean win for stable

Robert Griffin III is expected to play for the Redskins this week and if he's in Mike Shanahan's lineup, he's going to be in my lineup, too. Of course, I made the finals of our NFL AM League with Brandon Weeden, but that's not the point.

RG3 has been the top scorer in fantasy football when he's healthy, and he's either going to deliver a title or lose it for me. The same way the Redskins' playoff hopes rely on him, too.

And it's funny the way perception of Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has changed this season. Many of us were afraid to pick up Freddy Morris from the waiver wire (he started the season owned in just 30 percent of leagues) and not sure what to expect from Griffin early in the season.

Shanahan has broken the mold.

One thing the Shanahans have done well is to let RG3 be himself. Too often players are drafted and wedged into a system that doesn't fit them. Kind of the way Zooey Deschanel was passed off as a blonde in "Elf." It just doesn't work. And it nearly wrecked an enjoyable movie.

(Odds are you're in disbelief right now that it was Zooey in "Elf" and not some other actress, but it was her. And that proves my point.)

The Redskins didn't try to make Griffin into something he's not and have been rewarded for it this season. I don't know if you should compare the Redskins to "New Girl," but you get the point.

I guess the morale is to start RG3 this week.

All right, only one more week for me to really stretch an analogy so let's get to the fantasy football.

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And without further ado ...

Sam Bradford has at least 13 fantasy points in four consecutive games and he's coming off a monster game against the Vikings last week. The Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. In addition, they have allowed nine touchdown passes in three games.

So it makes sense why the majority of you have asked about Bradford this week. The matchup is fantastic. But how many times have you been burned by a mid-card quarterback with a great matchup? Brandon Weeden had a nice matchup last week against the Redskins and it nearly cost me. So don't overthink it and get cute.

Bradford is a great sleeper play. Or if you are in a two-quarterback league. But I would hate to look at Peyton's matchup and think Bradford is a must play because of the matchup. Then you will end up going against Rank's Law No. 43.

ImageRank's Law No. 43: Always play your studs. If your stud fails you, the blame falls squarely on his shoulders. But if you bench your stud, he goes off and you lose? Well, the blame goes on you. So you never want to kick yourself for something foolish.

I nearly made a grave mistake last week when I thought too much about the quarterback I wanted to play. Thankfully the Tennessee Titans and Seabass bailed me out. If you didn't read that story, be sure to check out the "Monday Nightmare." Thank you, Mark Sanchez!

The Jets dismissed all of this Mark Sanchez trade talk. Exactly. Who would even want the guy? At least with Sanchez in New York, Alex Rodriguez no longer has the worst contract in the Big Apple.

I should put this in the like column, but a moment of zen from Alex Rodriguez, courtesy Deadspin. Life is good again!

Josh Freeman must have ended the fantasy seasons of many enthusiasts last week. He couldn't even muster two points in a fantastic matchup (remember what I said above about Bradford?). But Freeman is enough of a stud that if you played him last week, don't blame yourself. This was on him. See, you're blameless and isn't that a nice feeling? If you're still playing with Freeman as your QB, well good. But realize the St. Louis Football Club has allowed one total touchdown pass in the last four games. And the unit is even better on the road.

Matt Schaub has a nice matchup and he has 10 touchdown passes with just two interceptions in his last four home games. There are just other quarterbacks out there who have better matchups that I like better.

When you look at the potential playoff teams, I would have to say Schaub hurts the Texans' chances in the AFC. As mentioned previously, I like the Broncos and Patriots in the AFC. The Texans need to prove something.

Ben Roethlisberger has also been on a roll lately with at least 19 fantasy points in back-to-back games. But the Bengals have clamped down on quarterbacks recently, as they have allowed a touchdown pass or less in six consecutive games. Roethlisberger has averaged just over 200 passing yards in his last six home games against the Bengals.

I don't care for Red Dalton much in this game as a fantasy guy, either. He's struggled throwing the ball at times recently, though he has masked those deficiencies with his legs. This game with the Steelers will be a low-scoring type of game.

ImageThe Bengals are the NFL team most in dire need of a Nike makeover. I would like to see the Bengals become the NFL version of Oregon with numerous combinations, and the stripes would provide the perfect blend. But they simply have the worst uniforms of anybody right now, though I don't mind the helmets like everybody else does. Don't mess with the Browns uniforms, make it happen with the Bengals.

Joe Flacco has fewer than 18 fantasy points in five straight games. The Giants were embarrassed by the Falcons, they won't get embarrassed again. Flacco has done nothing to earn your fantasy trust. And if he has a great game, let him do so from your team's waiver wire.

Carson Palmer is not a good play on the road, where he has seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. The Panthers have allowed a touchdown or less in nine consecutive home games against the AFC.

Ryan Tannehill had 22 fantasy points against the Jaguars, and he's a good sleeper. But he's not a guy I'm going to go with in my fantasy championship.

Eli Manning has one touchdown and six turnovers in his last four road games and fewer than 16 fantasy points in each of his last five roadies. Manning also has thrown for fewer than 300 passing yards in 14 straight road starts against the AFC.

Our man Kurt Warner is making it through his first year in fantasy football. And to be honest, he's not having too much fun. He can't comprehend how Eli Manning has more success than Romo on the field, but the Cowboys starting QB is the better fantasy start.

We all know the New York Giants are going to win the NFC East, right? There is no other possible way this can end. Well, I guess they could end up out of the playoffs. But there has been too much sunshine on my face for that to happen.

It's already started. A.J. Pierzynski has signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers. Hahaha, that's almost like having Josh Hamilton. But you know he's going to hit about .750 against the Angels.

LeSean McCoy is back this week for the Eagles, which seems kind of strange. Does Andy Reid want to have one last chance to ignore McCoy before he heads out the door? Now this ruins the value of both McCoy and Bryce Brown because we just don't know what they are going to do. It's too confusing.

I would start McCoy over Vick Ballard, Jonathan Dwyer and Jackie Battle. But I wouldn't flex him over some of the better receiver options out there. It's too much of a risk.

Where do we think Andy Reid will end up? A lot of people have drawn the connection to the San Diego Chargers. I don't really like the fit for San Diego. I would rather the Chargers go after Jim Mora, but he seems like he enjoys being at UCLA.

Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell have been good in recent weeks, but I can't trust them against the Chargers, who have actually been pretty good defensively on the road. Maybe the Chargers just don't like to play before a backdrop of navy blue empty seats at Jack Murphy Stadium. Yes, I still refer to it as Jack Murphy Stadium.

The biggest reason, of course, is because of Greg McElroy. He was a great spark plug, and I feel he will energize this team. But with a full week to prepare for McElroy, the Chargers should be able to keep them in check.

And really, if the Chargers don't shut these guys down, don't bother to fly back, Norv Turner. Actually, that might be sage advice. I talked last week about how Turner would be a great offensive coordinator for somebody. And if he is teamed with Alex Smith as a package deal, the Jets should be one of the teams in the mix, along with the Cardinals.

The best spot for Turner, I will contend for a while, is Baltimore. The terminology won't have to change too much, the Ravens would be much improved next season, and I would expect Rice would be a lot happier, too.

Danario Alexander probably nuked your fantasy team in Week 15. If you managed to survive as I did (thank you Titans D), there is no chance I would start him against the Jets. And specifically, Antonio Cromartie. You know he's going to be motivated to shut down the Chargers (great move, A.J. Smith!). And remember, Malcom Floyd is out for the season, too. As is Ryan Mathews.

Sometimes your fantasy team needs a little motivation. I'm going to drop Danario Alexander on Saturday night to send a message to the rest of Adam's Boutique. You want to score no points in the semifinals? Fine. You're not going to get a ring for us. What an utter disappointment.

ImageAlexander was going to be the weekend's biggest goat until John Cena ruined Dolph Ziggler's "money in the bank" cash-in attempt. So what was Cena's motivation for going after Ziggler? Was it because A.J. cost him a match? Then why does he have to ruin Ziggler's game? Cena is the guy who has to ruin it for other people when he doesn't get his own way. I hate guys like that.

ImageSPOILER There is one thing on "Homeland" I just can't buy. How did somebody just move Brody's truck to an open spot right next to the vice president's funeral? Secret Service wasn't concerned when they saw somebody pull up an SUV and take off running into the woods? Anybody happen to catch this on security tape? Nobody? There's a lot of implausible (expletive) on this show, but this was over the top.

ImageI'm not kidding around, nobody thinks twice about an SUV parked out on its own RIGHT NEXT to the funeral? I watch pro wrestling and even I find that (expletive) a little hard to take. Can you at least make it somewhat plausible. But now I'm just nitpicking. Oh yeah, SPOILER.

James Jones is an all-or-nothing player. The Packers went to him almost exclusively last week, but I can't see a back-to-back performance from him.

Marques Colston has scored fewer than 10 points in six consecutive games. Based on the number of tweets I get, he's not somebody I want to fool around with. Nobody wants to play Saints roulette with him, because nobody can be consistent.

I would start Colston over guys like T.Y. Hilton, Torrey Smith, Jeremy Maclin and Antonio Brown. I would even start him over Larry Fitzgerald.

We all know that since the entire world is going to bench Larry Fitzgerald, he's going to come out with a monster game. I'm thankful he's not in play for me this week. Because I would be compelled to play him because I'm a big dummy.

Miles Austin has had more than eight fantasy points only once in his last seven games. He's had only one touchdown in his last eight games. The Saints give up a ton of points to fantasy receivers, but I like Dez and Witten to do most of the damage.

Vernon Davis is only played in fantasy leagues because of his name. He's certainly not given chances because of his name recognition. That's for sure.

Congratulations to Brian Urlacher for this week's ill-advised comments. In case you missed it, Urlacher said he doesn't care about the media or the fans. And while you might want to give him the benefit of the doubt, he really should know better.

Funny, players always like to say sports are a business when they bail out to the highest bidder. Even Josh Hamilton going to the Angels is a bit like this. But if sports are a business, don't be surprised when fans voice their displeasure in your performance. We paid a lot of money to get into the stadium, so please, don't tell us how to act.

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