What’s up Colts Nation!? This is it! This is my final fantasy football blog of the 2012 season. While it’s bittersweet for both you and I, you can still relive all of my blogs by clicking here.
One point to make quickly, if you’re still playing in your fantasy league right now, a meaningful game this is, then you must be in your league’s championship or “Super Bowl.” That does not apply to myself at 90% of the fantasy football playing population. However, with so much on the line this week, the most important decisions must be made now.
In last week’s blog, I talked about the importance for teams that are still striving for playoff spots and how important it is for them to perform. Now for this week, we have to take that into consideration, but we also must look at the teams that have “nothing” to play for and have their playoff positioning set. As we’ve seen in years past, this is the time when teams will typically rest their star players to have them ready for the playoffs.
Instead of doing my usual “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week as I’ve done throughout the year, I’m going to share some insights on who you should and shouldn’t start and why.
Tony Romo – This could be the biggest game of his career as he heads into Fed Ex Field to face off against RGIII and the Redskins. It’s this simple: the winner of the game wins the NFC East. Besides the fact Romo put up around 30 points on Thanksgiving in the first matchup between these two teams, I think this is the game where Romo shines and shows that he belongs. He has played so well throughout the month of December, not only this season, but in his career. I think he’ll put up huge fantasy points.
Adrian Peterson – Even though it’s unlikely he gets 207 yards and breaks Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, AP will have a huge day as his team’s playoff hopes are riding on his back just like his team has the entire year. It’s simple for the Vikings, win and you’re in. It makes it tough that they have to host the Green Bay Packers in their season finale. I’m not sure if they’ll win, or if AP will break the record, but I know that he will do whatever he can to assure both happen, and because of that you have to start him.
Now there aren’t many teams out there that have their positioning locked up, but there are a few. One of them being our very own Colts, but as Coach Pagano said earlier this week, I don’t foresee us resting any of our players. However, the Atlanta Falcons have the NFC’s No. 1 seed locked up heading into a home game against the Buccaneers, and they have a lot of big players in the fantasy world, so I would be hesitant about starting any of the Falcons players. As far as the AFC is concerned, the only teams whose position is locked in are the Wildcard teams. The Bengals have the sixth seed locked up, but they have a big game against the Ravens so I don’t foresee either team resting players.
That’s it for me for the fantasy football season; 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,
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Colts, Cowboys, Falcons, fantasy football, football, Tony Romo, Vikings
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Bruce Arians was back in his normal spot on Thursday afternoon.
There was the Colts offensive coordinator positioned just inside the Colts locker room as the media talked with him and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
Arians had been handling the head coaching media requirements for the past 12 weeks but he was back where he wanted to be on Thursday.
This week has not necessarily been more relaxed for Arians as come Sunday he will still be the under the watchful eye of head coach Chuck Pagano when calling the offensive plays.
“Anytime you’re calling plays, there’s a bigger bulls eye on your back, I’ve learned that through the years,” Arians said. “The game plan has always been the biggest part of the job. The other part is really kind of easy, but the game planning part takes all the time. Playing a team twice in three weeks is really difficult.”
Returning back to his offensive coordinator position full-time, Arians is looking forward to spending a little more time on the part of the game that made him the first phone call Pagano made upon being hired back in January.
“It’s easier now, there’s no doubt about that and it’s fun,” Arians said of the focus on the play calling. “It’s fun again to have Chuck (Pagano) back in the building and doing his thing.”
Arians and the offensive staff is preparing for the Texans defense again after a one-week break from assessing Houston film. Not much has changed from a schematic standpoint Arians said, with the focus remaining in the trenches with defensive tackle Antonio Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt.
“We’ve got to block 94 (Smith) and 99 (Watt), they’re the outstanding players. Their front is as good as anybody we’ve played and their secondary is good,” Arians said.
“Situationally, on third down and in the red zone, we failed a couple times in the red zone against them and fumbled the ball and got a touchdown called back that would have been huge points in that game. We had it to a six-point game in the fourth quarter and couldn’t pull this one out. Hopefully we’ll have that there and win it this time.”
Come Sunday, Arians will once again find himself down on the field sending in plays to quarterback Andrew Luck.
The title of interim head coach is gone and the red challenge flag will be missing from his back pocket, two things that make Arians very happy.
How much will Arians miss that red flag?
“That’s the biggest thing I’m glad to get rid of,” Arians said with a smile.
Tags: Andrew Luck, bruce arians, chuck pagano
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