Time to start thinking about the playoffs

col-BuddhaThree weeks and counting…

In most leagues, there are only three regular season games left before the playoffs roll around. The way this season has gone, you’re likely still in the hunt, but it’s a muddled group of teams who are all fighting for those last postseason berths.

That’s why these crunch time roster decisions are even more important ever. You can’t win it if you’re not in it, so it’s time to make that final push for glory and make these remaining games count.

By now, you know your team. You know whether or not you have a solid rotation of starters that you’re starting week in and week out or whether your team is going to need to take chances by plugging and playing upside starts to win ballgames for you. You’ve overcome a lot to get to this point. Injuries and draft busts have taken their toll, but you’re still competing and you still have a chance to come away with the prize.

This is why we play fantasy football. All of us. The competition, the comradery, the championships.
Follow me down the stretch and let’s take this ride to victory together.
Here are my Week 11 starts:

* Case Keenum – Keenum is number one with a bullet on my list of potential Tony Romo fill-ins this week. While other quarterbacks — Russell Wilson, RG3, Nick Foles — are set up for slightly better weeks, Keenum is the most likely to still be available. The Houston QB has done something in only three starts that seemingly no one in the Texans organization has ever thought to do. Get the 6 foot 3 inch, 230 pound Andre Johnson involved inside the red zone. Prior to Keenum taking over as starter in Week 7, Johnson had zero touchdowns on the year. Now he has five and counting. If nothing else, this shows that Case Keenum is making up for his lack of measurable physical abilities with intelligence and common sense. I’d start Keenum ahead of Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton and I wouldn’t be shocked if he outscored the likes of Cam Newton and Tom Brady, too.

* Andre Brown – There are a lot of obvious guys this week who have good matchups. Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Alfred Morris, Shady McCoy, Reggie Bush and so on. But you’re clearly already playing them. If you have Zac Stacy or DeMarco Murray, however, you’re looking for someone reliable to plug in while they are on bye. Brown is your man. You want reliability? Try this. Andre Brown has carried the football at least once in ten NFL games during his career. He has scored in eight of them. So, if you’re looking for a player with TD potential, that is what Brown can do for you. Another Andre factors heavily into the mix this week, too. Mr. Ellington from Arizona should have a very productive day in Jacksonville. I’d recommend playing both ahead of either Bills RB, Stevan Ridley and Maurice Jones-Drew.

* Percy Harvin –  With better options DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Riley Cooper looking absolutely unbenchable this week, the returning Harvin is my guy. And look who he’s coming back against. His old team, the Minnesota Vikings and their shabby pass defense. Ordinarily, I’m more conservative in these situations. I’d rather err on the side of caution than potentially hamstring my fantasy team by playing a limited player. But I don’t believe that Pete Carroll and the Seahawks would be rolling Harvin out one week ahead of their bye if he wasn’t ready to hit the ground running. Don’t look for much volume or many running plays, but there will be a package for Harvin that will put him in position to excel. And it only takes one play for this supremely talented athlete to post a big fantasy day. I would start him over Steve Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Cecil Shorts and Denarius Moore.

* Scott Chandler – Necessity can be a funny thing min fantasy football. It often even trumps talent. In this case, the fact that it appears Buffalo will be without their two top receiving options, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, should necessitate an elevated work rate for Chandler from his tight end position. Factor in that the Jets D is fourth worst in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to tight ends, and it totally makes sense. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Chandler targeted at least 10 times for 70 yards and a touchdown this Sunday. And let’s face it, a TE touchdown is what we’re all looking for. I prefer Chandler over Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Heath Miller and Charles Clay.
Just a reminder that the Jets, Cardinals, Packers and Texans should all be attractive streaming options at the D/ST position in Week 11.

Follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha) and good luck.

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