fantasy football

Do we trust Darren McFadden to carry the ball this week?

Yes, a Cleveland Brown is a good fantasy pick: Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who will face a weak passing defense.
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Yes, a Cleveland Brown is a good fantasy pick: Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who will face a weak passing defense.

I’m out of time. It’s Week 13, and in standard fantasy football leagues, this is the last week of the regular season. If I can pull off my third straight win, I’ll slip into the playoffs. If I lose, I’ll lose the tie-breaker (total points during the season).

One of the reasons I don’t have enough points is that — as I’ve mentioned before — I traded for Darren McFadden prior to games on the weekend of Oct. 14.

McFadden suffered a high ankle sprain Nov. 4 and hasn’t played since. I’ve kept him on my roster and, of course, now that I’m in a must-win situation, reports indicate he’ll play against the Browns Sunday. Do I go with McFadden or leave him on my bench?


I could fill my running back spots from two of the following: BenJarvus Green-Ellis of the Bengals, Jonathan Dwyer of the Steelers, Knowshon Moreno of the Broncos, and Vick Ballard of the Colts. All are starting this weekend.

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As Snoop said to Michael during a critical point on the television show “The Wire.” “Decision time, son.”

Three up:

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland: Weeden is a solid option because Oakland has allowed three passing touchdowns in each of its last three games.

Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia: In the spring of 2009, Brown was the top-rated high school football prospect in the country. Following tumultuous stints at Tennessee and Kansas State, he landed with the Eagles last spring as a seventh-round pick. On Monday night against Carolina, he received his first start since high school and finished with 178 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Remember this guy.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco: Kaepernick has 55 fantasy points in 2½ games. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is worth trusting.

Three down:


Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego: Against a Bengals defense that has allowed one touchdown pass in three weeks and in an atmosphere that seems conducive to losing, Rivers cannot be counted on to deliver points at such a critical position.

Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland: Myers has been a nice find, but don’t count on him against Cleveland: The Browns have allowed only a pair of tight end touchdowns this season.

Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh: You cannot keep Wallace in your lineup if Charlie Batch is the quarterback throwing him passes.

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