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    Fantasy football players should use Josh Freeman, Reggie Bush

    The Dolphins’ Reggie Bush has not been carrying the load recently, but the Jaguars’ defense should be a pick-me-up.
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    The Dolphins’ Reggie Bush has not been carrying the load recently, but the Jaguars’ defense should be a pick-me-up.

    I started Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in a first-round playoff game and won. If someone ever tries to tell me luck isn’t involved in fantasy football, I’m using that as my primary rebuttal.

    Weeden gave me just 10 fantasy points, but Aaron Hernandez’s big night against the Texans improbably propelled me into my league’s final four. I managed a 2-point win and my team of misfits (I’m also starting Josh Gordon, Jonathan Dwyer, and Knowshon Moreno) survived for another weekend.

    Obviously, my quarterback situation is delicate if I’m using Weeden. He’s no longer starting for me because I do believe in luck and I do believe my luck will run out if I keep inserting a Browns rookie quarterback into my lineup.


    Seattle’s Russell Wilson represents one option. He’s on my roster, while the likes of Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers loiter on the waiver wire. Think of me at noon on Sunday as I set my lineup and try not to mismanage this decision.

    Three up:

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    Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay: Freeman should have a big day in the Superdome against a Saints defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

    Lions defense: Detroit plays Arizona, which cannot move the ball. The Cardinals are coming off a 58-0 embarrassment against Seattle and have accumulated the fewest yards per game in the NFL.

    Reggie Bush, RB, Miami: As usual, Bush has heaped frustration onto his fantasy owners. After the season’s first two weeks, he was averaging 24 fantasy points per game. Since, he’s averaged just over 8. Bush has a favorable matchup against Jacksonville, though, and he’s worth starting. The Jaguars’ run defense allows 146 yards per game.

    Three down:

    Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis: The Texans have swallowed up most running backs, but the Patriots ran effectively against them on Monday night. That’s bad news for Ballard, who faces a Houston defense with something to prove.


    Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England: A 24-point fantasy effort against Houston will have Lloyd’s owners debating the worth of using him against San Francisco. I would bench him. Before facing the Texans, Lloyd had 19 fantasy points combined in New England’s previous four games.

    Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota: I’m not considering Ponder as a remedy for my quarterback problems because he’s lost his top wide receiver threat — Percy Harvin — for the season.

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