What’s up Colts Nation? As the fantasy season begins to wind down, by default my time on this blog is limited. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, all I had to do to earn a spot in the playoffs is to win and I was in. Well long story short, I didn’t do that, instead I got blown out by one of the best teams in my league.
The good news is that I have another league that I’m in where my team made the playoffs. The bad news is that team Colts Fan Casey is eliminated from playoff contention. My other team, “Make it Wayne on These Throws,” finished the season with a 10-4 record which is the inverse of team Colts Fan Casey’s record.
So now let’s take a moment to look forward to this week’s games. Despite the HUGE playoff and postseason implications present in matchups across the NFL this weekend, there are a lot of favorable fantasy pairings as well.
I’m going to show you guys a look at my other team’s roster for this week’s playoff game. It’s shown below.
Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.
Week 15 Start em: He happens to be my starting QB, but I think Matt Stafford is your go-to guy this week as the Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals who are coming off a 58-0 loss at the hands of the Seahawks.
Week 15 Sit em: I’m going with Bears running back Matt Forte. He’s had a good season on the fantasy circuit, but I found an astounding stat saying he hasn’t scored a touchdown in the last four games against the Packers. Sit Mr. Forte.
Week 15 Random Thought: Don’t just base your starting lineup off of projections. Look at oppositions, trends, how teams handle the run vs. how they handle the pass. Look outside of the projections made by a bunch of pencil pushers. You know football now show it!
That’s it for me today; don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (Especially my tailgate videos)
Yours in Fantasy Football,
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Dwayne Allen isn’t used to losing.
When Allen entered the NFL in April he was coming off a 10-win season and an Orange Bowl appearance with the Clemson Tigers.
That the Colts are currently 9-4 and a game away from the playoffs doesn’t impact Allen’s joy of simply playing in the NFL. No matter the wins and losses, it’s the opportunity to play at the highest level that has the rookie tight end always smiling.
“I guess it’s exciting but I just like playing football. To be honest with you, the idea of me being in the NFL still hasn’t hit me,” Allen said “That’s probably why I’m not as excited as the other guys. They tell me all the time how hard it is to win in this league and how I should be excited right now, but I’m too busy worrying about what I did wrong and what I need to do better in the next game.”
In his rookie campaign, Allen has 37 catches for 446 yards and is a vital cog for a Colts offense that will be facing a Texans defense this weekend that leads the league on third down and has helped Houston to a +14 turnover differential.
The Colts are 3-3 on the road this season and Allen made it pretty clear what needs to happen if they want a winning record away from home at the end of the year.
“That’s been one of our problems on the road is holding onto the ball and giving it up to the opposition,” Allen said. “It’s going to be important for us to run the ball because in those games where we’ve had those turnovers, it’s been because we got behind and we’ve had to throw the ball a little bit more than we’d like to. If we get into a nice running groove, which we should, hopefully the ball won’t go up in the air as much or more than it needs to.”
When Allen joined the Colts back in late April he was quickly introduced to his teammates before realizing that life in the NFL begins with the same goal for every team.
The only guarantee in playing in the postseason begins with winning your division and it’s something that was talked about frequently leading up to the season.
“All the time. It’s one of our goals,” Allen said of the talk of winning the AFC South.
“The way that things happened, we are back in position and that’s our goal to win our division. Then it goes win the AFC and then win it all. But it starts with winning the division, and we have an opportunity this weekend so let’s go out and capture our first goal.”
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