Meridian Star


December 3, 2013

Fantasy forecast: It’s time for fantasy playoffs

MERIDIAN — The fantasy playoffs are finally here!    

    Last Wednesday, I said I really liked Nate Burleson (WR/DET). That’s because he was averaging six catches for 80 yards a game before being hurt, and in his first game back he had seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. But, that is a small sample size after missing seven weeks. So, it was a gamble worth taking in the regular season, but not in the playoffs. Here, you want to play only your most sure players.

    I have started a twitter account just for this column: @Zach_ffootball. I will retweet lots of solid fantasy football info, and you can tweet me and ask questions like “would you recommend Garcon or Douglas as my second receiver this week?” I will do my best to respond to those, and some of them may end up here. So, follow me, tweet me your questions, and maybe some funny stuff as well. If you don’t use twitter, email me at


    Jay Cutler (CHI)- Available in about 50 percent of leagues. Make sure that he will be back and playing, but if so he gets the 26th, 32nd, and 15th ranked pass defenses the next three weeks. And, with the emergence of Alshon Jeffery to complement Brandon Marshall, he could put up some really big points. If he is not playing, look at Josh McCown who has been solid and is available in about 85 percent of leagues.

    Nick Foles (PHI)- I know I mention him a lot, but he hasn’t scored under 20 points since becoming the starter in Week 9. He is still available in about 30 percent of leagues, and gets the 21st and 30th ranked pass defenses the next two weeks.


    Honestly, there isn’t much help left on the waiver wire at running back. So, if you have a question about who to start then tweet or email me, and I’ll try to help you. Here is the one I have for you:

    Pierre Thomas (NO)- Not the best pure back, but in a PPR league he could be very valuable. The Saints play the Panthers  seventh best run defense twice in the next three weeks, but they do get the 29th ranked Rams defense in Week 14. He is available in about 35 percent of leagues.

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