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The WN Fantasy Football Report: Week 13 Starts and Sits

Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Wayniacs! I hope you are set to enjoy your day of turkey and football! The NFL really hit it out of the park with their slate of games for Turkey Day. Three huge divisional rivalries with tons of highly relevant fantasy superstars.

This, for most, is the last week of the regular season. I am in three leagues. One league I have clinched and all I need to do is win in the other leagues and I am in the postseason there as well. So, if you are like me, Week 13 is, simply put, the first week of the playoffs. You win or go home. That means this week’s starting rosters are imperative.

We are a few experts short this week due to the holidays, but we still got you covered. Next week, we will be full strength for the playoff edition and looking back at our preseason predictions. But for now, let’s get you into the playoffs!

Week 13’s Starts and Sits

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Gobble, Gobble: Week 13 in the NFL

Week 13 means one big thing in the NFL. Yes, it is the last week of the fantasy football regular season, but more importantly we get three games on Thursday. It’s the most glorious day of the year for any hardcore NFL and food fan. You literally wake up, start eating food, turn on the Detroit Lions and don’t stop eating or watching football until your eyes shut. Unfortunately, that sometimes turns out to be 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Damn tryptophan-induced food comas.

This week, the scheduling gods have been very kind to us and we have a lot for which to be thankful. All three Turkey Day games are HUGE divisional match-ups with playoff implications on the line. Sunday nights matchup is for first place in the AFC West. And the Sunday 4 o’clocker may be a preview of the Super Bowl, pitting the two hottest teams in the NFL against each other. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

Continue on to see the Top 3 Story Lines of Week 13!

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The Sad Plight of Drew Brees

This past Monday Night Football pitted the New Orleans Saints against the Baltimore Ravens. What we saw was more of the same. The Saints horrendously hole-y defense couldn’t keep the other team from outscoring their potent offense. It was also yet another night that Drew Brees went off, as he tossed the pigskin for 420 yards and three touchdowns at an amazing 77-percent rate.

It was just another night for Drew Brees. Poor, poor Drew Brees. What amazes me most about Brees is how unheralded of a quarterback he seems to be. I know, I know, Brees is the savior of New Orleans, lifting them up to new heights in a time when they sorely needed it. And Brees is one of the most beloved and stand-up players in all of the NFL. He is also, however, very rarely brought up when the discussion arises about who is the Greatest QB of All Time?

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Brees suffers from what I like to call the Michael Jordan Syndrome. Jordan was the King of the NBA for 13 seasons from the mid-80s to the late 90s. During that time, some of the greatest players to suit up were on the court lighting up box scores for decades. Names like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and (as much as it pains me to say it) Patrick Ewing were playing second fiddle to His Airness. If you took Jordan out of the picture, these guys, amongst a bevy of others, all would have had more MVP Awards, probably a few more scoring titles and certainly more championships than the combined zero they accumulated during Jordan’s reign. That doesn’t make them any less part of the all-time NBA greats, but it clearly has removed them from any consideration for the G.O.A.T.

The same could be said for Brees. Throughout his entire career, he has seemed to be on the outside looking in amongst the league’s great quarterbacks. Brees’ career started off slowly with San Diego, but you wouldn’t even know he existed because the eyes of the NFL universe were watching Brett Favre break records and this young Peyton Manning kid come into his own. Then a certain Tom Brady stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe and the conversation of the best quarterback in football became a yearly battle between Brady and Manning. Then, Favre left Green Bay and this Aaron Rodgers kid blew up on the scene and Brees seemingly took yet another step back.

But why? Evaluate the numbers alone. There have been only 8, EIGHT, 5000-yard passing seasons in NFL history. Fifty percent of those belong to Brees, including the last three years in a row. He currently has 3,491 yards passing on the 2014 season. That’s an average of 317 yards per game and with five games left on the schedule, that puts him at 5,076 yards passing on the season. That’s four seasons in a row and over 20,000 yards passing in four years. That’s an entire career for a lot of quarterbacks! I know what you’re going to say: it’s a different NFL as it is now a passing league. That’s fine and all, but Brees has never fallen off and has clearly defined this passing age of football.

Brees is currently Top Five all-time in passes completed and attempted as well as passing yards and touchdowns. He has the seventh highest QB rating of all time as well. When you discuss statistical passing leaders, his name is in the same breath as Manning, Brady, Favre and Dan Marino, yet when the best QB conversation is mentioned, those four are usually brought up and Brees is not.

Again, I have to ask why? The knock against Marino was that he never won a championship, but he also did things through the air at a time when other quarterbacks stood by in awe. Well, Brees has one of those. By any chance, do you remember who he beat? True, you can make the argument that Brees doesn’t have any MVP Awards, but he does have a Super Bowl MVP Award. He also has a Comeback Player of the Year Award and TWO AP Offensive Player of the Year Awards. The 2009 season in which Brees led the Saints to the Super Bowl, he couldn’t even muster the MVP. Know why? Manning was wrapping up his fourth.

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Brees, like Marino, has a lot of excuses that could be made due to circumstances out of their control. Since Brees has come to New Orleans, like Marino, he has never had a reliable running game. Like Marino, he never had Hall of Fame receivers. They have both had very good receivers that they have made great. Seriously, you think Marques Colston is a number one receiver on any other team in the NFL? Robert Meachem? Devery Henderson? Lance Moore? Hell, Lance Moore can’t even get on the field in Pittsburgh behind two rookies and Meachem failed so badly when he left New Orleans, San Diego sent him back! Brady, on the other hand, was a clutch, game-managing QB until he broke records throwing to Randy Moss, who is one of the greatest receivers ever. Montana had the luxury of throwing to Jerry Rice who made Rich “The Cannon” Gannon (Go Blue Hens!) an NFL MVP. Manning? He has thrown the ball to two sure-fire Hall of Famers and probably two or three more along the way (Dallas Clark, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas all present possibilities). Elway was 0-for-3 in Super Bowls until the best running back of the late-90s and possibly the greatest tight end of all time came along. That doesn’t take anything away from the greatness of those quarterbacks, but it certainly helps.

Most of the places you look, whether it is an NFL Films piece, a horribly executed ESPN Top Five or anywhere on the glorious internet, when it comes down to greatest QBs of all time, the argument usually revolves around Manning, Brady, Favre, Marino, John Elway, Joe Montana and Unitas. Most Top Ten lists don’t even mention Brees, throwing the likes of Fran Tarkenton, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Roger Staubach and Terry Bradshaw into the mix. I’m not taking anything away from any of those guys (well maybe Bradshaw. Go ahead look at his numbers, talk about being in the right place at the right time and taking all of the glory). I’m not saying that they aren’t deserving. All I am saying is that it is time to give serious consideration to Drew Brees as the G.O.A.T of NFL QBs.

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The Wacky Week in Sports

What a week, folks! Some big names changed hands in major league baseball and made one of last season’s biggest disappointments a big threat to return to greatness. A record that barely lasted a week was broken yet again in college football. Kentucky’s two lines look unbeatable in college hoops. The Falcons somehow remain in first place with their amazing 4-7 record and Odell Beckham broke the internet with the most amazing catch anyone had ever seen.

Keep reading for the wacky week in sports!

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The WN Fantasy Football Report: Week 12 Starts & Sits

Last week I needed to go 3-0 across my fantasy leagues to stay in the playoff hunt. Two of those games I not only won, but won in convincing fashion as both were over 30-point victories. The third I lost and it wasn’t pretty. Not only did I lose by 17 points, I lost to the future Mrs. Wayniac. It didn’t hurt as much as I thought, it was more like when Anakin Skywalker betrayed Obi Won Kenobi and became more powerful. She was a novice for the 2013 season and picked my brain for every ounce of fantasy information I had. She then joined my league with Kid Robot and the apprentice has beaten the master. So congratulations, but just remember what happened to Darth Vader’s empire. They crumbled when the pressure was turned up. So, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb. I’m coming for you Shiny New Toys.

Well, if you listened to my starts and sits, you hopefully were able to win all of your games. Philip Rivers was my start of the week at QB and while he played mistake free football and still mustered 15 points, there is clearly something wrong with him. Whether Antonio Gates was right about the ribs or not, Rivers is not the same QB he was just a few weeks back. Mark Ingram continued to tear it up with another 17-point day. Roddy White was able to get in the end zone yet again and the Packers defense was the highest scoring defense of the week.

Mark Sanchez was able to salvage 23 points in garbage time after looking completely lost and miserable, giving more touchdowns to the Eagles, but it was still pretty smart to sit him. Ryan Mathews, Marques Colston, and the Eagles defense all under performed while Vernon Davis actually improved. Last week Davis had one catch for seven yards. This week he had one catch for eight yards.

This is the last week of byes. The good news is that it is the Steelers and the Panthers so their aren’t a ton of fantasy relevant superstars you need to worry about their absence. Still, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Kelvin Benjamin and Ben Roethlisberger need replacing. Who do you start this week? You know the Wayniac Nation has your answers!

Onward to Week 12’s Starts and Sits

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WATT HAPPENED? NFL Week 12 Top Story Lines

Yes, I am a die hard Houston Texans fan. Yes, I am extremely biased. But YES, J.J. Watt is the best player in the NFL. Watt scored another touchdown on the offensive side of the ball in what continues to be an MVP season in his fourth year. He already has a Defensive Player of the Year Award in his trophy case, and he may very well bring home another. His play has the Texans, not even a full year removed from a 2-14 season that ended with FOURTEEN consecutive losses, at .500 and in second place in the AFC South by just one game.

There have been some interesting moves off the field before Week 12 has even started. Adrian Peterson was suspended for the remainder of the season for not even attempting to cooperate with the NFL in regards to the child abuse accusations earlier this season. LeGarrette Blount was released by the Steelers for basically being a little cry baby. Seriously, the dude gets pulled over with Le’Veon Bell for being high as hell and doesn’t get released, he should be happy he still had a job. Instead, he threw a temper tantrum and stormed off the field because he wasn’t given any touches while Bell was setting Pittsburgh Steelers’ records rushing for over 200 yards. Ben Tate was released by the Cleveland Browns. As a Texans’ fan, I knew this was a bad deal. Tate had one good season, and it came running behind an offensive line that sent THREE players to the Pro Bowl. Other than that one year, Tate couldn’t stay healthy and any Texans’ faithful could tell you he wasn’t made to be a featured back. Lastly, Jason Avant was actually released by the Panthers for questioning their play calling at the end of the Falcons game. No one on the Panthers clearly reads Wayniac Nation, because I have been questioning how Ron Rivera has a job for awhile.

Continue on to Power Rankings and Games of the Week!

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The Wacky Week in Sports

Another week is in the books, folks. It’s hard to believe there are only six weeks left in the 2014 year. That means you are six weeks from the First Annual Wayniac Nation Wacky YEAR in Sports. I know, you can hardly contain yourself.

The MLB helped begin to wrap some stuff up as it’s year-end awards had one superstar doubling up on some shiny new hardware. College football saw some history, a few upsets and the return of a once Heisman hopeful. College hoops kicked off their season and Syracuse is undefeated! Six teams with at least seven wins saw action in the NFL on yet another crazy Sunday and Kobe Bryant proved that you can in fact miss shots you don’t take, and thousands of more that you do.

Continue on to this week’s wackiness