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Oh bother... who to start in playoffs RICH SHEPOSH FANTASY FOOTBALL


February 19. 2013 9:18PM
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What does Winnie the Pooh have to do with fantasy football?


In reality, not much. Author A.A. Milne never wrote a book called Winnie the Pooh and Cam Newton Too. But philosophically? … Ah. Now you're cookin' with honey.


There is a quote from our favorite stuffed bear about the value of patience that comes in handy this time of year: Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.


And that's relevant, how? You see, after months of patiently going with the flow of the season, we are here. We have arrived at the playoffs.


You lose now, and you're done until August. No one wants that. Well, your opponent does.


So, to make sure that doesn't happen, here are some suggestions for the ultimate lineup to help in Week 14. Obviously, if you have Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson or any other stud player, you'll start them. This is a start and sit list for those who don't have those guys.



QB: Eli Manning, Giants: It's hard to criticize Eli because even though he seems to define inconsistency, he somehow ends up winning the Super Bowl. Manning's looked pathetic at times and then he rises up and dominates against the NFC's best. This is one of those rise up weeks against the Saints.



Also consider -- Brandon Weeden, Browns: He's been improving and he plays the Chiefs at home. Avoid – Tony Romo, Cowboys: Cincy has shut down the last four QBs they've faced. And it's December. Romo doesn't like December.



RB: Doug Martin, Bucs: He's probably earned his way onto the stud list, but his value gets an extra boost because Tampa plays the mess that is the Eagles. If I had a farm, I'd bet it on Martin scoring at least two TDs.



Alfred Morris, Redskins: You've heard of RG3, but almost as important to Washington's success is AM1. The rookie out of Florida Atlantic is a tough runner. And he gets a Ravens D ranked 23rd against the run.



Also consider – Chris Johnson, Titans: The only worry is if the Colts jump out to a big lead, Johnson could be forgotten. Avoid -- Arian Foster, Texans: He may get a score, but with the playoffs sewed up, Houston's been limiting his carries.



WR: Julio Jones, Falcons: He's been good, but falls short of true superstar status. He's also got this weird thing going where his best games are on the road and on alternate weeks. In case you were wondering, Atlanta is in Carolina, and Jones had five catches for 48 yards last week.



Anquan Boldin, Ravens: For good or bad, Baltimore has become more of a passing offense. With Ray Rice around, that may not be a smart football decision, but it definitely helps Boldin's numbers. And you can throw against Washington.



Also consider – Josh Gordon, Browns: If Weeden has a good game, Gordon benefits. And Weeden should have a good game. Avoid -- Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: Sitting Fitzgerald should be understood by now.



TE: Heath Miller, Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger should be back at QB for the Steelers and that will help Miller. Even with Batch at QB, he has more value than many expected.



Also consider – Jared Cook, Titans: He's had his best games at the ends of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. And his stats have been heading up in recent days. Avoid – Vernon Davis, 49ers: Remember when he thought Colin Kaepernick was the right fit at QB? Davis has had four targets and two catches since then.



K: Rian Lindell, Bills: Seriously? Does it matter who your kicker is? Well, if you must have a pick, try Lindell. The Bills are at home and the Rams have a decent defense. Translation: Buffalo could move the ball, but end up with FG opportunities.



Also consider – Shaun Suisham, Steelers: With or without Ben, how often will the Steelers get into the end zone? Avoid – Nick Folk, Jets: Do you really have to ask why?



Defense: Browns: They've scored double-digit fantasy points in five of the last seven weeks. And Kansas City is not exactly an offensive juggernaut.



Also consider – Chargers: San Diego has been good for a defensive TD a week, and who knows how healthy Roethlisberger's going to be? Avoid – Texans: Monday night in New England. Unless there's Sam Adams and clam chowder involved, opposing teams usually don't like those words.


ONE FACT TO KNOW

Much has been made of Andrew Luck's great rookie year, but when you look at his stats, he's thrown 17 TD passes and 16 interceptions. Average that out over 16 games and you'll get 23 TD passes and 21 INTs.


Compare that to another rookie's numbers: 26 TD passes and 28 INTs. Those were Peyton Manning's stats in 1998.





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