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Do The Superbowl Shuffle?

As any fantasy football player will tell you the "Superbowl" of fantasy leagues takes place, depending on the league, anywhere from week 15 to week 17 of the NFL's regular season. In my CBS Sportsline league the Superbowl game is this week (NFL week 16). Were I not in the championship game of one of my leagues I obviously wouldn't be writing this post....

Due to the extended NFL schedule this holiday weekend I find that I have three players playing on Sunday and Monday while my opponent's team has all played. It's mostly a stalemate at this point as I have Larry Johnson vs. his Shaun Alexander. Since his whole team has played he's up 25 points going into the Sunday and Monday games. Right now this is who I have playing.

Tom Brady (QB New England)
Cedric Houston (RB New York Jets)
Derrick Mason (WR Baltimore)

If Tom Brady has a two or three TD day I'll probably win on his stats alone, but one must always prepare for the worst. As luck would have it I have two comparable reserves that play on Sunday and Monday.

Michael Bennett (RB Minnesota)
David Givens (WR New England)

Since neither the starters nor the reserves games have yet begun I can switch either (or both) of my starting RB or WR slots.

So if you were in my situation, and you that close to the championship, which WR and RB would you play, and why?

Update: I decided to stay with my initial lineup and was rewarded with an 18 point game from Derrick Mason (one of his best of the season). With a top QB and a RB facing only a 7 point deficit victory is tantalizingly close... Assuming Brady plays Monday sticking with my initial instincts appears to have been the right call.

Comments (10)

Ironically enough, I'm also... (Below threshold)
Mark Erikson:

Ironically enough, I'm also in the championship game in my Yahoo league, and I've also got Brady and Givens.

For most of the year, Givens was merely okay. Decent number of catches, decent yards, but only one touchdown. Branch seemed to get a lot more action. Last week, though, Givens and Brady were hooking up like crazy. I'm betting they'll do it again versus the Jets.

As for the running backs? Tough call. New England's got a slightly better run defense, and has been doing well in the last few games. Baltimore's run defense isn't bad either. Both backs have had a couple of 80+ yard games recently, and both have had several catches. The main difference I can see is that Bennett has had 3 touchdowns in the last 4 weeks, and Houston has only had 1. I'd give the edge to Bennett.

Good luck in your game. I'm currently behind in mine 120-113, and we've both got a WR and a RB left to play... but I've got Brady left, too. I'm feeling pretty good :)

I would swap them both out.... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

I would swap them both out. Cedric Houston plays for the Jets. 'Nuff said. You also can't count on Kyle Boller to get the ball anywhere near his receivers.

I'd go with David Givens at... (Below threshold)

I'd go with David Givens at WR as the Pats are still playing hungry and will likely rely on Tom Brady's arm to propel them forth.

I'd probably go with Michael Bennett despite my skepticism regarding his Fantasy Football performance any given Sunday as the Jets seem unlikely to me to ground it out this week.

But what do I know? I picked up Randy Moss with my first pick in our league thinking Norv Turner and Kerry Collins would be throwing lots of deep balls in Oakland.

Now I'm just waiting for the 1st draft choice next year.

Will Houston get all the ca... (Below threshold)

Will Houston get all the carries? They platoon Bennett and he's playing Baltimore. Then again Houston's playing the Pats.

I would definitely play Giv... (Below threshold)
Brian the Adequate:

I would definitely play Givens as I am counting on Dion(sp?) Branch in my semi final game and my opponent has Tom Brady. This means given my normal luck, Brady and Givens will hook up for 5 touchdowns.

Mason had a great week last... (Below threshold)

Mason had a great week last week; go with who's hot.
Bennett, Baltimore's run def is not as good as it looked last weekend, as opposed to NE.

Just my opinion.
Good luck

I happen to have Givens and... (Below threshold)

I happen to have Givens and Bennett on my team as well. I will be playing Givens tomorrow, but left Bennett on the bench. He has not been consistent even when he gets the start. I've got to believe that Houston will get at least 60-70 yards on the ground and if they shut down the ground game, he's their safety valve pass target. The twofer of Brady and Givens is putting all your eggs in one basket, but it is the super bowl--you gotta' give the rock to the best players and let them go at it.

Hah, keep wishing for Brady... (Below threshold)
Captain Ned:

Hah, keep wishing for Brady all you want. NE's seed in the playoffs is pretty well locked; there's no way they can get a bye seed, so Brady & the rest of the crew will play a series or two and then ride the pine. Sucks for me too, I need points from Dillon to win and suspect I'll be screwed as well.

'As any fantasy football pl... (Below threshold)

'As any fantasy football player '

Could there be anything more pathetic than to describe yourself as a fantasy fottball 'player'?

Kevin, looks like you made ... (Below threshold)
Mark Erikson:

Kevin, looks like you made the right calls after all. Bennett got zilch, and Givens had only a couple of catches.

I managed to pull off the win. Brady had 30 points, Dillon had 18, Givens had 4, and Vinatieri had 7 (yes, I was absurdly New England-heavy this week - but it worked!).

Hope your results were as good :)






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