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Monday 23rd Oct 2017

Okay, here’s the deal.  I know we like to say NOCAYTBY (no one cares about your team but you) but I am in the championship game of a league that runs through Week 17 and I could use some help.  This is a rather unique league in that it is old school, scoring primarily touchdowns.  There is a nominal two point bonus for 300-yards passing and 100-yards rushing or receiving, but touchdowns are where it as at.  Even the defense scoring is limited, accruing only one point per sack or turnover.  The lineup is 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB/WR/TE), 1 K and 1 D.  It is irrelevant to the point at hand, but for what it is worth, this is a 16-team league, which does help explain why the team may look weaker than one would expect for a championship finalist.

QB: Carson Palmer or Tim Tebow: In a TD league, Tebow has been very consistent, garnering one or two every week.  To me, he is a sure bet to score that again, but is not a candidate to have a 4-TD game.  Palmer is higher risk but higher reward.  Ultimately, my suspicion is the final decision will revolve around the health of a couple of my key players soon to be discussed.  What do you think?

RB: Kahlil Bell, Chris Johnson, Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Saine: The big question here is Chris Johnson, but let’s save that for the flex, as Ahmad Bradshaw and Kahlil Bell seem like decent plays.  Bell had a strong game last week, save for a couple of fumbles, one of which was recovered for a TD.  He should get the rock again and is a good bet to score.  The Giants-Cowboys game is likely to be a shootout so Bradshaw should at least have multiple shots at pay dirt.  I don’t have the guts to do this, but if I was injured at RB and was forced to play Saine, I would be talking about how he would be a sneaky play, since the Packers are likely to protect Ryan Grant and James Starks.  Right now, my lean is Bell and Bradshaw, anyone disagree?

WR: Calvin Johnson, Miles Austin, Greg Little and Laurent Robinson: Megatron joins CJ2K as my stud injury risks.  Unless word comes out that Johnson is not playing, I think I have to start him.  Of the two Cowboy wideouts, I am tending towards Austin over Robinson, but can be convinced otherwise.  Little is out of the picture (which means he will have three end zone visits).  Would you go with Robinson over Austin?

TE: Jared Cook or Kellen Winslow: Houston is locked into the third seed, which only solidifies going with Cook, who has been fantastic the last two weeks.  But, feel free to convince me otherwise.

FLEX: Chris Johnson or Laurent Robinson: Unless you think I should go with Saine.  I suppose it is going to come down to the injury situation, but maybe not.  After all, it is a TD league and Johnson is not exactly a touchdown machine.  Here is where I need the most help, as part of me is considering doing the insane with Saine.

As alluded to above, my QB choice may depend upon who I choose at flex, deciding if the one or two scores I get from Tebow is the safe play, or if I need the upside of Palmer throwing to those speedy receivers.

D: Jacksonville or Tennessee: The Jags face the Colts while the Titans have the Texans.  The Jax matchup looks juicy, but they have had some sweet matchups and have done squat lately.  If the Texans sit their studs, Tennessee could be a good play, but early word is Arian Foster is going to play.

K: Shaun Suisham: Our rosters requirements only allow for three combined K and D so unless I dip into the waivers, Suisham is all I have.  I am actually okay with this, he should get ample chances to boot the pigskin versus the Browns and the early forecast is for rain, which could curtail the offense a bit.

Here is what my opponent has submitted for his early lineup.  Obviously, it is subject to change.

QB: Drew Brees

RB: Michael Turner, Mike Tolbert

WR: Marques Colston, Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith (CAR)

TE: Rob Gronkowski

K: Nick Folk

D: Buffalo Bills

Not bad, eh?  I am obviously hoping Sean Payton has a change in heart and chains Brees to the bench, but even then, I am facing some decent firepower at the skill positions.

I have scratched and clawed my way this far, please help me finish the job.


0 #14 Todd Zola 2012-01-02 02:45
2 down, 9 to go :cry:
0 #13 Todd Zola 2012-01-02 00:31
for those keeping score at home, I need 11 TD from Bradshaw and Austin :D
0 #12 Todd Zola 2011-12-31 20:27
I can still change it, but I just submitted

Palmer, Carson OAK QB
Bell, Kahlil CHI RB
Bradshaw, Ahmad NYG RB
Johnson, Chris TEN RB
Austin, Miles DAL WR
Johnson, Calvin DET WR
Cook, Jared TEN TE
Suisham, Shaun PIT PK
Jaguars, Jacksonville JAC Def
Submitted Sat Dec 31 3:26:17 p.m. ET 2011
0 #11 Todd Zola 2011-12-30 19:21
It's CJ2K or Laurent Robinson, assuming Megatron and Austin are the WR.
0 #10 Ryan Carey 2011-12-30 19:07
Well - cap's choice of Johnson has merit. As terrible as he has been - he has more raw talent than anyone else you have for the flex. I would take a chance on him over Saine on second thought.
0 #9 Steve Le Blanc 2011-12-30 18:56
I think the decision should be influenced by your opponent. If you think you'll needt to have a big week to have a chance, then take more risks ( ie Palmer ) if you think a solid week get's the job done then I'd be more inclined to go Tebow. I'm not saying to sit him per say, but the fact that Det has clinched should give u pause.
0 #8 Perry Van Hook 2011-12-30 18:18
I would play Tebow at QB
and Chris Johnson at Flex
0 #7 Todd Zola 2011-12-30 17:21
The QB and the Flex are the big decisions. I am leaning to Palmer just because I will likely need more than 2 TD and I don't care if he gets 0 and I lose.

Right now, flex is a coin flip.
0 #6 Ryan Carey 2011-12-30 17:12
Agree you have no choice but to roll with Megatron - he's the one player on your roster you play and accept what happens.

I'm going Jags D over Titans. Fine - Foster might not play - that just means Ben Tate gets to run wild. I think you go with the Jags here.

Flex is the toughest call - in a TD league - I guess Robinson is the best choice. Unless you don't like to play two guys from the same team. If so - then why not roll the dice with Saine.

Good Luck buddy.
0 #5 Ryan Carey 2011-12-30 17:05
Can't disagree with Palmer in a TD league - more upside as you state.

I agree with Bell and Bradshaw. Must win game means Bradshaw is on the field til the bitter end. Bell a must start as well.

I go Austin as well. He'll take advantage of that giant secondary.

Cook a no brainer for me - easy choice there.

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