Travels and Turkeys sometimes get in the way of a good podcast or, hell, in this case, even a poor one. Luckily, our man Brandon stepped up to the plate with a letter to YOU, dear readers, in hopes of filling the void in your heart. You know that void. It can only be filled with middling fantasy advice from a 26 year old software salesman/softball hobbyist. Take it away, Brando:
Dear Sir or Madame,
If you find yourself reading this, that means you made the playoffs. Awesome Job! With only a week left in the regular season, you should be improving your playoff rosters. If you still have some work to do, by all means, throw everything at it this week. (But we aren’t talking about you at the moment.) As you begin preparing your roster for the playoffs, the first thing you need to look at is your own team and identify strengths and weaknesses. At this point, I recommend sacrificing upside for consistency. I would rather put a WR 2 out there that is guaranteeing me 10 points (Cecil Shorts) rather than someone that can win the matchup or go 0-fer on any given day (Mike Wallace). Head to the free agent pool and see what’s left. If you plan ahead this week, you can snag someone with a favorable matchup coming up in the later rounds in the playoffs. I feel the most value to gain here is in D/ST. I would not hesitate to have one, even two defenses on my bench for the playoffs if you can find the right matchups. Here are some defenses I like moving forward:
Buffalo D/ST owned in 9% of ESPN leagues
Week 14 @TB
Week 15 @JAX
Week 16 MIA
Rams D/ST owned in 71% of ESPN leagues (Tavon Magic Bonus Points)
Week 14 @ARI
Week 15 NO (sit obviously)
Week 16 TB
Indy D/ST owned in 27% of ESPN leages
Week 14 @CIN
Week 15 HOU
Week 16 @KC
Week 17 JAX (CHAMPIONSHIP)
As far as the skilled positions, I would make sure someone doesn’t have a roster spot just to be there. If he is on your team, have a week picked out that you know you are going to play him.
QB- I like Alex Smith as vanilla as he can be, but his matchups are favorable if you do not have a better option. With last weeks loss and this week’s game vs DEN, KC may not be able to coast to the finish line as previously anticipated. 14-@WAS 15-@OAK 16-IND 17-@SD I think all of those games consider an extra look at starting Smith.
Kill RGIII if you haven’t already
Carson Palmer has thrown 6 touchdowns and 1 INT since coming off a BYE in week 9, so there’s that. 241, 419, and 314 yds. His value will only continue to rise as he heads to Philly to drop another two dimes on em. 14-STL 15-@TEN
RB/WR- I feel like all we talk about are these goons, and no matter what I write, it’s going to change ten times by the time the time Week 14 rolls around. Look at the matchups and go with your gut. Don’t bet against Joe Haden or the SEA secondary.
Don’t make this too complicated. Don’t be too risky. Don’t rely 100% on the numbers. Go with your gut and don’t look back. That’s what winners do. If you do your best George W impression and come out guns a’blazin, they’re going to hang a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner behind you as you pilot a F-35 Thundercat onto the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Capt. Bro ‘Merica
Nice work, Brandon! The only way this could have been better would to have a picture of George W. Bush in a compromising position to top it all off! WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY? WE HAVE SUCH A PICTURE?
We’ll be back next week with another podcast. As always, hit us up on Twitter via @MasterJonBurr, @HeyDingis, & @captnbromerica. NOW, EAT.