Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Dec 2011

Ask the Scramble writers - Week 15!

It's fantasy football playoffs time, and your Scramble writers are here to help you make the crucial start/sit decision that helps your team advance. Post your questions below, or hit the mailbag at Scramble -et- FootballOutsiders -dit- com.

Due to Wednesday afternoon post team, questions posted here by Tuesday evening will be the ones that get answered in the column. If you have a question after then, hit the emailbag or post it in the column comments section.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 12 Dec 2011

1 reply , Last at 13 Dec 2011, 2:46pm by nick thunderdome

Re: Ask the Scramble writers - Week 15!
by nick thunderdome (not verified) :: Tue, 12/13/2011 - 2:46pm

Ok, I've got one for you guys.

I've byed into the semis of my league basically on the strength of Arian Foster, Cam Newton, the 49ers DST, and carefully watching the waiver wire. If I'm going to win this week it isn't going to be any different.

Choice #1: which DST to play? The scoring in my league is such that limiting yards and points is what's most valuable (30 point baseline for a shutout with under 200 yards given up going down to -8 for giving up 36+ points and 450+ yards with the usual scoring for DST TD, sacks, safeties, and interceptions). I've got the 49ers on roster but don't love the match up they've got with the Steelers. Waiver wire options are the Cardinals vs CLE, Dolphins @ BUF and Lions @ OAK. The Saints @ MIN are also available but I wasn't really considering them.

Choice #2: Mario Manningham vs WAS or Eric Decker vs NE's pathetic secondary (this is moot if Andre Johnson doesn't play - I'll start both). Denarius Thomas is also available on the waiver wire as is Donald Driver. .5 points per reception for WR.

Choice #3: My QB for the year has been Cam Newton but I've also got Tim Tebow on the bench. Cam Newton has a tough match up @ HOU while Tebow has a cake matchup vs NE. Scoring is 6 points per TD whether rushing, passing or receiving (hey, could be relevant - Newton has a 30+ yard reception on the year). As in most leagues, rushing yards count.

Love the column and thanks in advance for the advice.

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