David Stern vetoed the 3-team deal sending Paul to Lakers. Trades aren't even vetoed in my Fantasy Football League
by Josh Kipnis
The owners of the NBA are cry-babies. We saw them whine and tear during the lockout, and now they think that’s the only way they can get what they want. They crawl up to Daddy (Commissioner David Stern), scrunch up their chubby little cheeks, and let him fix the problem in his little princess’ life.
Pappa Stern was protecting his kin this past Thursday when he vetoed a three-team trade that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers; Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the Hornets, and Pau Gasol to the Rockets.
It might be a tough play to make with the depth you have on your roster and injuries to the position, but if you are looking for New York Jets receivers Santonio Holmes or Plaxico Burress to be productive for your fantasy rosters in Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs, you might want to look the other way.
Kansas City is the eighth-best team against fantasy receivers this season, the second-best the last five weeks and the best the last three weeks. And it is thanks to the play of cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.
OK, this is a MASSIVE reach, but Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess, in PPR leagues, could come through big for you today against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles have allowed at least one passing touchdown to a receiver in every game since Week 8 and have allowed at least one receiver to get 95 or more yards in all but last week’s game against Seattle in that same time frame.
Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss has been back from his hand injury for two weeks now and been relatively quiet. That should change against the New England Patriots in Week 14.
Moss has games of 5.9 and 7.7 against the Seahawks and Jets in his first two games back — both top-11 defenses against fantasy receivers. Now the Redskins play host to the worst team against fantasy receivers in the league when the Patriots come to town.
It’s Week 14, we’re into the fantasy playoff season and you have an opportunity to sneak in a starting running back on the highest scoring team in the NFL. What a gift. Problem is: It’s Green Bay’s Ryan Grant and he will continue to be a non-factor against the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
James Starks is out with an ankle injury and it how often could you slide an experienced starting running back that is owned in just 40 percent of Yahoo leagues into his place? Not very often, and it’s still not worth it with Grant.
I am not usually the fantasy player that looks to the vulture, the goal line-back, but injuries and matchups have left me no choice as the fantasy playoffs start. And that combination might just have produced us a great play in Week 14 in the form of Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.
The Ravens are coming off a game in which their running backs torched the Browns to the tune of 292 rushing yards — Ray Rice had 204 of them on 29 carries and one score; Ricky Williams had 76 yards and a score on 16 more carries.
It pains me to write that Houston Texans receiver Jacoby Jones is a viable reach play in Week 14 against the host Cincinnati Bengals with Andre Johnson (hamstring) already ruled out and Kevin Walter (illness) a game-time decision.
Every time we think Jones has a good matchup or opportunity to be a sneaky play, he lets us down. And when we are least expecting it, he comes through.
You can’t count on Santonio Holmes. You never know what you’re going to get out of Plaxico Burress. The same can be said for tight end Dustin Keller, but he’s the one with the likelihood of success for the New York Jets in Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cardinals fans should feel pretty good that their team dodged a financial bullet
DALLAS, Texas — Let me start with this disclaimer: I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan. There I said it. It’s out there. The walls in my office are decked out with newspaper front pages of the Cardinals’ World Series victories and all things Redbird red. As I write this, a banner hangs over my shoulder with the St. Louis Cardinals logo and the 10 dates of their World Series titles (I haven’t taken it to a seamstress yet to get 2011 added. I need to put that on my to-do list.)