StrategyDecember 4, 2007


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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 13

By Michael Stephens

It’s hard to believe how quickly the first 13 weeks of the season have passed. The fantasy playoffs will be starting in most leagues and every lineup decision is of galactic proportions. There is no “live to fight another day” attitude permitted here, just do whatever you have to do to win and move on! We are all two or three wins from fantasy glory and a single loss from season-ending defeat.

We have but a few basic tenants to consider when setting our playoff lineups:
Start your “studs” – They got you to this point, don’t bench them now.
Play the match-ups when necessary – If you are thin at a position and have to gamble, do so in way that maximizes your gains.
Lastly, Get lucky!

Coverage of all the week 13 games will be in the following article, along with start/sit considerations and injury updates. Now is the time to sit back and make all the right reads. It’s time to start the Tuesday Morning Quarterback!

Cowboys 37, Packers 27
We all wanted to believe that Green Bay could win this game, and though they were still in it until the end, it seems inevitable that the Cowboys will continue to win this kind of game all season long. Tony Romo threw 4 touchdowns (his lone interception was a dropped touchdown by Terrell Owens) and topped 300 yards for the sixth time this season. The dropped touchdown aside, TO still had a great game with 7 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown. He has now scored in seven straight games and is looking to make it very close to his lofty pre-season goals of 100 catches, 1600 yards, and 20 touchdowns. Marion Barber had a decent game, but it looks as though he is now only a real threat to score and gain most of his yards in garbage time as the Cowboys kill the clock at the end of games. This game cemented the fact that Julius Jones is only worth a start in the deepest of leagues. Patrick Crayton found pay dirt twice in this game and is a good sneaky play going forward alongside the obvious must-starts of Romo, Owens, and tight end Jason Witten.

Brett Favre played his worst game of the season and left with an injury, only to be replaced by Aaron Rodgers who had an impressive showing. The Packers did not scale the offense back at all for the talented third year quarterback and he looked really good in their spread offensive attack. Keeper leaguers finally got a glimpse of why this guy is worth carrying over as he will become fantasy relevant in Green Bay (or somewhere else) quite soon. Greg Jennings continues to catch touchdowns from whoever is throwing the ball and I actually like starting him over Donald Driver in all formats other than PPR, where they are virtual equals. Many who didn’t watch the game would discount Ryan Grant’s 107 yards on 15 touches and say that he got 62 of them on a long touchdown run. Grant has at least one play of over 20 yards in all six of his starts this season and seems to be able to rip off yardage in huge chunks when the offense creates mismatches with all of its formations. Grant showed a great burst and a knack for finding the end zone in this offense. Oh yeah, and he draws a Raiders defense that is allowing 154 yards and 2 touchdowns a game to running backs over the last six weeks. Ride Grant to the second round of the playoffs!

Titans 28, Texans 20
We finally have an important piece of news about a Tennessee Titans’ wide receiver! It appears that Vince Young has found a go to receiver that will make a worthy fantasy contributor, and in case you don’t know who I am talking about, make sure you look over Justin Gage’s numbers. He has at least 4 catches and 65 yards in his last 4 games and has found the end zone twice over that span. He is getting just over nine looks a game from Vince Young and is poised for another good game against a Chargers secondary that has allowed four 100-yard receivers in the last five games. I think he makes for a great sneaky play in deeper leagues and could be worth a look if you are desperate for pass catchers with high upside. Don’t be fooled by Roydell Williams’ first good game in two months as he will likely go the way of Brandon Jones and disappear again next week. LenDale White and Chris Brown are both worth looks in deeper leagues next week, but I wouldn’t count on anything big out of either one.

Matt Schaub made another cameo appearance in this game before leaving after 5 passing attempts with an injury. This guy has been getting hurt more frequently than Ahman Green, and that is saying something! Though he plays well when he is in the lineup and healthy, it is obvious that Schaub absolutely cannot be trusted as your quarterback in the fantasy playoffs. Luckily he was unable to sap the value out of Andre Johnson and Ron Dayne in this game, as both played very good games with Sage Rosenfels under center. Johnson looks to be fully healthy as he posted over 110 yards and a touchdown for the second time in three games. Look for him to be the focus of the offense against a tough Tampa Bay defense next week. Dayne proved that he is serviceable as your number two or three back, posting 111 total yards and a score on a pretty good Titans defense. I know I am pointing out the obvious here, but man is DeMeco Ryans an IDP beast!

Colts 28, Jaguars 25
Peyton Manning topped 280 yards and threw for 4 touchdowns in a close game that almost slipped away from the Colts. Reggie Wayne was on the receiving end of 9 passes (8 for catches) from Manning and made the most of them, gaining 158 yards and a touchdown. Be very careful with your expectations for Wayne this weekend as the Colts face a Ravens defense that held Randy Moss to 34 yards and a touchdown. Without a reliable receiving threat opposite Wayne, he will be the focus of the Ravens secondary that will have a healthy Samari Rolle lining up against him all game long. You still have to start him unless you own two receivers with great match-ups, but be sure to temper your expectations. Joseph Addai continued to stink it up with his fourth sub-par game (by his standards) and will find it hard to get on track against a Ravens team that has dominated against the run. If you are lucky enough to have a bye though, his last two fantasy games are against the Raiders and the Texans… music to any fantasy owner’s ears! Dallas Clark makes a decent play as Indy’s secondary target down the middle, but I wouldn’t expect 60 yards and two touchdowns this time around.

The Jaguars’ quarterback David Garrard finally threw an interception in this game, which has become more rare that watching a Cowboys game without seeing Jerry Jones jubilantly floating around the Cowboys sideline like an old man in a Cialis commercial. All jokes aside, we are seeing the emergence of Garrard as a worthy fantasy starter in deep leagues or leagues that start two quarterbacks. He has 743 passing yards and 5 touchdowns in his last three games, and he even threw in a two-point conversion on the ground against the Colts. His stellar play from under center is not translating to fantasy relevance in any of his receivers however – no Jaguars receiver is worth the risk of a start when you are in a must-win playoff game. Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor are both good flex options going forward, nothing better.

Chargers 24, Chiefs 10
The Chargers finally found a way to get the ball to the best player in the league and LaDainian Tomlinson rolled to 197 total yards and 2 touchdowns on 26 touches. At 7-5, the Chargers look to take control of a division that they should have been dominating all along. They will ride Tomlinson to an eventual playoff berth, which should pay huge dividends for your fantasy team going forward with Detroit, Denver, and Oakland coming up in weeks 15-17. Don’t forget to keep Michael Turner handcuffed securely to LT just in case. Phillip Rivers continued to stink it up and was unable to find any San Diego receiver more than two times in this game. No one other than Antonio Gates is to be trusted in this passing attack, and even he might disappoint you with with a big fat zero like he did this week (curse you Rivers).

The starting quarterback for the Chiefs seems to determine which receiver should be started for the Chiefs. Brodie Croyle prefers to throw to Dwayne Bowe (20 catches, 232 yards, 1 touchdown in his starts), while Damon Huard clearly favors Tony Gonzalez. If Croyle misses this weeks game with the Broncos, I look for Gonzalez to have another monster game. He has at least 8 catches and 100 yards (to go along with 3 touchdowns) in four of the last five games that Huard has started. Keep an eye on the starting quarterback and only risk starting Bowe if Croyle is able to go. Gonzalez is worth a start either way, but looks to produce much less if Huard is not under center. Larry Johnson has already been declared out for the Chief’s week 14 game with the Broncos, making rookie Kolby Smith a great start as your number two back against a defense that has given up 125 yards and a touchdown per game over the last 5 weeks.

Rams 28, Falcons 16
The Rams’ quarterback situation is further muddied after news that Gus Frerotte sprained his throwing shoulder at the end of this game. It is will likely he will miss a tasty week 14 match up versus the Bengals. Marc Bulger must pass a neuro-exam to be cleared to play, so Torry Holt owners need to keep a close eye on who will be running the offense on Sunday. If the Rams have to look to rookie third-string quarterback Brock Berlin, everyone not named Steven Jackson must be benched. Speaking of Jackson, he was able to amass 167 total yards and a touchdown against the Falcons and makes a solid play going forward now that he is healthy. If Bulger can start, Isaac Bruce and Holt are worth great plays, but otherwise I would not put my playoff fortune in the hands of the former University of Miami quarterback.

Roddy White posted another monster game by topping 100 yards and a touchdown for the third time in six weeks, and was thrown to a ridiculous 20 times by the quarterbacking tandem of Joey Harrington (11 targets for 5 catches and 78 yards) and Chris Redman (9 targets for 5 more catches, 62 yards and a score). There are rumors that head coach Bobby Petrino will give Redman the start next week and he should look to White early and often against the undersized and easy-to-beat Saints corner backs. Jerious Norwood made the most of his 8 carries and gained 5 times more yards than Warrick Dunn did with his 10 touches. Petrino will not stick to his word and feature Norwood over Dunn down the stretch though, and with Tampa Bay and Arizona on the schedule in weeks 15-16, he will not be able to do much even if he is given the starting gig. I would definitely hang onto him in deeper keeper and dynasty leagues, but he must be relegated to your bench for the rest of this season.

Jets 40, Dolphins 13
It is hard to imagine that the Jets scored 40 points in this game when no one on their offense had truly eye-popping numbers. Kellen Clemens turned in a pedestrian performance of 236 yards and a touchdown and the Jets spread 40 carries between Thomas Jones and Leon Washington. Jones gained 100 yards on 25 touches and found the end zone for the first time all season. He is a good bet to score his second and only other touchdown next week against a Browns defense that gives up lots of scores on the ground. Washington is worth nothing more than a flex start in deeper leagues despite his 68 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns against the Dolphins. He has managed to score 6 touchdowns this year (3 rushing, 3 kick returns), but has only topped 5 carries 3 times. Laveranues Coles is the only healthy starting receiver on this team and is worth of a look as your number three or four receiver next week. After week 14 it will be hard to justify starting any Jets.

Rookie John Beck turned the ball over 5 times and only threw for 177 yards while “helping” the Dolphins to 187 yards of total offense. No one on this team is worth starting, or even talking about for that matter. I had a very hard time generating two sentences about how putridly bad this team is and will be for the rest of the year. 0-16, here they come!

Vikings 42, Lions 10
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the Vikings can REALLY run the football. They are running so effectively that second-year quarterback Tavaris Jackson is quietly starting to look like a real NFL signal caller. Jackson threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns while the Vikings piled up 216 yards on the ground and three more scores. Adrian Peterson dazzled with 15 carries for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Chester Taylor added 70 yards and a score of his own against an anemic, struggling Lions defense. Sidney Rice scored for the third time in four games and is officially worth owning in deeper leagues. He could make for a great play in week 16 against the Redskins if you have TO or Moss likely seeing limited action by that point. Start Peterson as an obvious number one and go ahead and plug Taylor in as your number three back or flex player.

The Lions leading rusher (TJ Duckett in this case) was held to under 25 yards for the third time in four games, and the Detroit offense took a huge hit with the season ending knee injury to Roy Williams. Williams has been spotty this season due to the erratic play of quarterback John Kitna and the lack of a Lions running game, but was poised for a monster outing in this game before leaving with 5 catches for 85 yards early in the second quarter. Shaun McDonald becomes the number two receiver in the Detroit offense, but he does not have the proper physical abilities to fill the void at split end. Regardless, he will be worth starting as a number two or three receiver from here on out as Calvin Johnson will likely face double-teams early and often in the last four weeks of the season. I’d say the likelihood of the Lions winning ten games at this point is similar to that of Brady Quinn taking an NFL snap this season.

Seahawks 28, Eagles 24
Seattle dodged another huge bullet inside the red zone en route to their eighth win of the season when AJ Feeley threw his third pick of the game to Lofa Tatupu (who had a monster IDP performance with 11 tackles and 100 return yards). Matt Hasselbeck did just enough in the face of the Eagles’ blitzes to move the ball down the field on his way to 187 yards and 2 scores through the air. The ‘Hawks will continue to have to throw the ball effectively to win, and with two softer match ups coming against the Cardinals and Panthers you can look for him to continue throwing at least two touchdown passes a game. Nate Burleson and Bobby Engram both topped 60 yards and caught touchdowns in this game and proved that they hold similar value to Deion Branch. All are worth looks as number two or three receivers and are equal bets to top 70 yards and find pay dirt. Shaun Alexander looked decent in his return, and while I see Seattle running the ball a bit more often and more effectively, he will struggle to find yards against a slew of pretty stingy run defenses in Arizona, Carolina, and Baltimore. It will be very hard to start Maurice Morris now with Alexander getting the carries, but I would definitely hold on to him just in case.

AJ Feeley proved in this game that he is indeed talented, but also erratic. There are seven reasons (in the form of interceptions) that you should not even consider starting him in the weeks to come. Kevin Curtis had a nice game with 111 yards and a touchdown and looks to be worth starting so long as Feeley is under center. He has at least 69 yards in three games with Feeley as the quarterback and should be able to make a big play here and there against the Giants secondary next week, so consider him a solid number three receiver. Brian Westbrook had 207 all-purpose yards in this game and scored a touchdown to further cement his top-3 status for the season and is an obvious must-start. Forget I said anything about Greg Lewis last week. It was simply an illusion…

Bills 17, Redskins 16
In the most heart-wrenching outcome of the day, Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell kicked five field goals and the Bills’ defense mustered a safety to knock off the grief stricken Redskins just before the final whistle. Rookie running back Fred Jackson turned his 20 touches into 151 yards and looked very good against a decent Redskins defensive unit. Its too bad for his owners that he will likely be replaced by Marshawn Lynch for the Bills upcoming games with the Dolphins and Browns, though if you own Lynch you are probably rejoicing over this fact. The Bills are still very much alive in the playoff picture and should they choose (and stick with) one starting quarterback while running effectively and playing pretty good defense, they could be the surprise team in the AFC come January. Lee Evans’ value has plummeted this month but I would still consider using him as a number three receiver in the next two weeks against soft secondaries in Miami and Cleveland.

The Redskins lost their heroic bid to pick up a win in memory of slain teammate Sean Taylor when their head coach tried to call 2 timeouts on the same play, consequently making the game winning field goal attempt from 36 yards instead of 51. If you did not think so before hand, everyone should have come away from this game with the feeling that what happened to the Redskins organization and fans is clearly a tragedy. Under the circumstances, it was nearly as tragic to watch them lose this game this way. Clinton Portis was held to 50 yards on 25 carries but was able to score a touchdown. He should have a good game next week against the Bears’ surprisingly bad rush defense but will see a significant drop in production after that with the Giants, Vikings, and Cowboys coming up. Keep an eye on his injury status because he left the game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. The ‘Skins have a short week with the Bears coming to town on Thursday, so starting Portis could be a bit dicey. Chris Cooley is worth starting in all formats as he has 21 catches for 274 yards and two touchdowns in his last three games. I consider Santana Moss a high risk/reward player for the fantasy playoffs with some receiver-friendly match-ups against teams that look to stuff the run.

Panthers 31, 49ers 14
Vinny Testaverde threw a pair of short touchdowns to Panthers tight ends Jeff King and Dante Rosario, and the Panthers did just enough to win against the terrible 49ers. Steve Smith caught 8 of Testaverde’s 26 passes for 64 yards, but this sign of life from Smith should be taken lightly as the solid pass defenses of the Jaguars and Seahawks loom on the horizon. He has only one catch over 20 yards in the last 6 weeks and will not be a good bet to do so going forward. If you are in a 14-team league or are desperate with the loss of Roy Williams or DJ Hackett then I would start him as a number two or three receiver, but that is all. Starting a Panthers running back would be a needless risk in the fantasy playoffs so do not make that mistake.

The 49ers blurb might sound eerily like a replay of the Dolphins but it isn’t, I promise. San Francisco turned the ball over 6 times and only held possession for 21 minutes on their way to 195 total yards. Frank Gore accounted for 111 of these yards on 17 touches though even he should be avoided next week against the red-hot, run-stuffing Vikings. Arnaz Battle left the game with an apparent ankle sprain, which leaves us with a grand total of ZERO 49ers worth starting in week 14.

Cardinals 27, Browns 21 (according to the “rules” at least)
Arizona got a solid outing from Edgerrin James (24 carries, 114 yards) and another interception return for touchdown on their way to this very questionable “win”. Kurt Warner threw two touchdowns, but was only able to muster 169 yards through the air against an erratic Browns pass defense. This happened in large part because the Cardinals started the game without Pro-Bowler Larry Fitzgerald and then lost Anquan Boldin part of the way through the contest. Warner should not be considered a must-start with a banged up receiving corps, especially when you take into consideration that the Seahawks have only allowed seven passing touchdowns all season long. With Boldin and Fitzgerald listed as questionable for the week 14 against the Seahawks, Bryant Johnson makes for an intriguing start if you need a third receiver. Continue to start Karlos Dansby in IDP leagues as well.

In the tune-up for their ridiculously easy fantasy playoff schedule, the Browns did just enough to win only to be screwed by a blown call and an archaic rule from the back of the NFL rulebook. The blown call cost the Browns a win, and it also cost Kellen Winslow owners between 9 and 11 fantasy points! All that aside, Braylon Edwards had a great game with 7 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown for the Browns. Derrick Anderson topped 300 yards and threw two touchdown passes (one to Edwards and the other to Jamal Lewis of all people). Lewis was able to gain 86 total yards on 19 touches and he scored a touchdown for the fourth time in five games. All four Browns should be started with supreme confidence in weeks 14-16.

Raiders 34, Broncos 20
This was probably the most surprising result of the weekend, as many readers thought that Denver was going to roll over Oakland en route to an eventual playoff berth. Josh McCown threw three touchdown passes and Justin Fargas added 164 all-purpose yards and another score in an impressive Raiders win. Fargas has topped 89 total yards in five straight games and has added three touchdowns during the same span. He faces tough match-ups down the road though (Packers, Colts, and Jaguars) so he is only worth a starter as your number three back unless you are desperate. The Raiders dabbled with rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell for ten or eleven snaps, but it is unlikely that he will see any sustained action until the 2008 season. Hopefully he gets enough looks down the stretch for keeper leaguers to decide if it is worth holding onto him, but that is probably about it. I would not trust my season to any Raiders receiver. You shouldn’t either…

Anyone who started the Broncos D/ST found out the hard way that you can never take a divisional rivalry game too lightly when weighing the fantasy implications. Travis Henry only mustered 49 yards on one of the league’s worst run defenses, but was able to score his second and third touchdowns of the season. Still, he has not topped 65 yards since week 4 and could be suspended at any moment for his violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. He is worth owning just in case, but consider him a huge risk and a potentially wasted roster spot when you look back on your season. Selvin Young is likely out for the season with a myriad of injuries, so Andre Hall remains as a significant fantasy value down the stretch. Javon Walker made a cameo appearance with 1 catch for 7 yards. It is hard to imagine him developing enough of a rhythm with Jay Cutler to hold much value for the rest of the season. Other than stealing some looks from Brandon Stokley (3 catches, 102 yards), I don’t see how you can start him. Brandon Marshall is a must-start as your number two receiver but I consider Cutler an incredibly risky play for the fantasy playoffs.

Giants 21, Bears 16
Derrick Ward played the game of his life on Sunday and then he left the field with a broken leg that will end his 2007 season. Ward had 183 all-purpose yards and a touchdown filling in for the oft-injured Brandon Jacobs in a performance that kept the Giants wild card hopes in full swing. Jacobs should return from his hamstring injury this week against the Eagles but will likely lost thirty percent of his workload and a handful of goal line carries to Reuben Droughns. Start Jacobs (if healthy) as your number three back and pray that he stays healthy for his week 15 and 16 games against the Redskins and Bills so you will have a reliable number two back on a team fighting for the playoffs. This is a very valuable prospect and should not be taken lightly. Other than two impressive drives at the end of the game, Eli Manning continued his erratic play that is making Amani Toomer, Plaxico Burress, and Jeremy Shockey nothing more than flex starts most weeks. With a typically ferocious Eagles pass rush on the horizon, I would consider starting only Jacobs in deeper leagues unless you have nowhere else to turn.

For fear of being struck down by my own contradictions, Rex Grossman almost looked like a real NFL quarterback on this day. Grossman was hobbled by annoyingly conservative play-calling in the red zone, but was still able to amass 296 passing yards and a touchdown without turning the ball over once (that last part is crazy!). Desmond Clark and Bernard Berrian proved that they are both viable starts when Grossman is playing well and within the confines of the offense. The problem with this fact is the impossible nature of an accurate prediction of Rex’s performance before a game is played! All three are worth starts in deeper leagues because of the ridiculously high number of big plays that the Redskins give up in the passing game. The NFC North’s other Adrian Peterson showed some skills on his way to 149 total yards and is certainly worth a start as your number three running back on a Bears team that might be able to establish the run without the uninspiring, fat, and slow Cedric Benson taking hand offs.

Buccaneers 27, Saints 23
The younger McCown brother turned in a great performance for the Buccaneers en route to 313 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. McCown’s impressive field presence translated into a big game for Joey Galloway, who was able to catch 7 passes for 159 yards. With the Texans’ porous secondary on the docket next, I expect Galloway to continue his solid play and warrant a start as your number two receiver regardless of who is playing quarterback. Earnest Graham has 484 total yards and 4 touchdowns in his last four games and should continue to be a top-12 starter at running back for the remainder of the season with the Texans, Falcons and 49ers on the schedule. He is an absolute must-start going forward and will continue to impress as he makes his push for the Fantasy Hall of Fame.

The Saints really puked this game away with a horribly executed trick play and some shoddy clock management down the stretch. Still, Drew Brees threw multiple touchdowns for the sixth time in 7 games and will look to build on his 179 passing yards against a terrible Falcons team next week. Reggie Bush only gained 77 yards on his 16 touches, but should have a couple of solid outings coming up with Atlanta and Arizona on the schedule. Consider Reggie a number two or flex play and watch as he gets you good yardage totals and a touchdown this week. Marques Colston’s streak of five dominating games came to an end at the hands of a talented Buccaneers defense, but he should also get on track with the easy match-ups the Saints have coming up. Start all three with confidence and avoid all other Saints.

 
Steelers 24, Bengals 10
The Steelers weathered a self-imposed storm of turnovers and controlled the clock just enough to finish off a struggling Bengals offense in this one. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Hines ward and rushed for the Steelers’ other score as the Pittsburgh offense continued to miss receiver Santonio Holmes (who is likely out at least one more week). Tight end Heath Miller has just 6 catches for 66 yards in his last three games and is no longer starter material until we are able to see otherwise. Willie Parker looked pretty bad in gaining 87 yards and losing two fumbles on his 28 carries. The Steelers’ schedule does not bode well for a spike in Parker’s production as they face the Patriots, Jaguars, and Ravens in three of their last four games. He should have a good game against the Rams in week 16, but he might likely knock his owners out of the playoffs before that game happens. If you have a better option going forward, do not hesitate to bench him.

The Bengals fizzled after a great first drive as Carson Palmer was sailing the ball all over the place while throwing to well-covered receivers all game. Chad Johnson had 6 catches for 86 yards but could have done much more if Palmer could have gotten him the ball when open. Palmer’s erratic passing completely killed the already limited value (for last week that is) of TJ Houshmandzadeh and Chris Henry. All four of these Bengals should get on track and I look for a huge game from Henry. Cincinnati’s number three receiver should be considered as the best start of the group against a Rams team that has given up big games to opposing slot receivers. There is still a small ray of hope for Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson to turn in good games down the stretch of the Bengals easy post-season schedule, but they must stay on your bench this week unless you have nowhere else to turn. The Bengals running game has been too inconsistent lately to risk starting either back.

Patriots 27, Ravens 24
The Patriots were able to dodge another bullet on prime time TV, and if they are able to wriggle their way out of these types of situations in their roughest patch of the season, 16-0 might be a fact of life in four more weeks. Tom Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns against a healthier than usual Ravens secondary. He was unable to involve Wes Welker (3 receptions, 18 yards), Randy Moss (2 receptions, 34 yards, 1 touchdown), or Ben Watson (2 receptions, 24 yards) under the onslaught of pressure from Baltimore. The Patriots have another tough draw next week against the Steelers and their non-stop blitzing, but I would look for all three of Brady’s prime targets to improve on their performances. If you can survive week 14, the Pats draw the Jets and Dolphins. Just saying that makes you laugh out loud, doesn’t it?

The Ravens turned in a valiant performance in their “Super Bowl” of the 2007 season with strong showings by Kyle Boller and Willis McGahee. Boller threw for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game, but threw a terrible interception down the stretch when the Ravens were in field goal range with a chance to put the game out of reach. McGahee gained 159 yards on 34 touches against the vaunted Patriots defense and scored a touchdown in his seventh straight game. I look for him to continue his streak against the Colts and beyond until the Ravens’ week 17 tilt with the Steelers. Derrick Mason again surpassed the 6 reception and 60 yard marks while scoring his third touchdown of the season. He is on pace for 113 catches this year and will get plenty of looks from Boller as the Ravens continue to lack any other receiving threats.

That wraps up my coverage of the action from Week 13. It’s time to ice down that throwing arm and hit the research until Thursday. Hopefully you were able to get enough wins to make the playoffs and have some tasty pairings coming up. I wish you all luck and trust that you’ll still be in the hunt after next Monday. Feel free to PM me with any comments, questions or suggestions!

 
Michael Stephens is an avid fantasy sports enthusiast who writes for the Cafe. He hails from the Pacific Northwest and is a die-hard Seahawk fan to the core! You can find Michael in the Cafe's forums where he actively posts under the name of WaCougMBS.
 
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