Welcome to the 2011 Fantasy Playoffs. I know some larger leagues started theirs last week, but the format I like best allows four teams in, and that means Week 15 and 16. If you've made it this far, or you're a trooper and still playing in your league's consolation bracket, kudos to you.
At this point, all you need is your resources. So let's get at it.
Matthew Berry likes Tim Tebow and Andy Dalton this week. Really. ESPN Love/Hate For Week 15. He also says stay away from Gore and Mendenhall if you can. CBS' Dave Richard also gives his opinions on Start'Em Sit'Em.
Have a loaded roster and trying to decide which of your studs gets some playing time? CBS Sports Top 150 PPR plays
KFFL takes a look at the best WR plays for Week 15.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva's Matchups:
Dallas @ Tampa Bay
The collapsing Bucs defense has been trounced for an average of 35 points a game over the last five weeks, including last Sunday's 41-point embarrassment in Jacksonville. The Cowboys won't struggle to pour on points Saturday night. While Felix Jones was one of fantasy's biggest early-season disappointments, he couldn't have asked for a more favorable matchup in his return to Dallas' feature back job following DeMarco Murray's year-ending injury. Over their last seven games, the Bucs have been steamrolled for 1,219 yards and 14 TDs on 236 carries (5.17 YPC). Jones will be an every-down back against Tampa because his lone backup is 34-year-old Sammy Morris, who signed off the street Tuesday. Make room for Jones in your fantasy lineup this week.
The Bucs' offense has fallen off to the point that no player on the roster can be played confidently during fantasy semifinals week. LeGarrette Blount would be the best option, but he's squaring off with Dallas' top-eight run defense in a game Tampa Bay threatens to trail early. It's no secret that Blount is worthless when opponents force the Bucs into comeback mode, and it doesn't help that the 247-pound power back's production has gone in the gutter with 93 yards on his last 30 carries (3.1 YPC). Blount is never a terrible bet for a short touchdown, but he certainly has the look of an underwhelming RB2 Saturday night. The aforementioned Jones would be a more appealing bet.
Follow the jump to see who made the playoffs in the BTB leagues.
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|Road Warriors||10-4||Fergie3108||11-3||Ron Mexico's Pharmacy||12-2||Olivia's Daddy||12-2||Rackham||11-3|
|KD Wins. Always.||10-4||FantasyFootball101||8-6||Motherwell Manstars||11-3||El Diablo Vaquero 2||11-3||mindmuggaz fc||11-3|
|Magic||10-4||Static||8-6||Team Jamery||10-4||The Dynamic Duo||9-5||BEAST3N||11-3|
|The Hams||9-5||Ironmen||8-6||Ballz Deep||9-5||The Right Kind||8-6||Stellar Immortals||10-4|
Detroit RB Kevin Smith is starting, Big Ben returned to limited practice from his high ankle sprain and looks to be a go. Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselback are expected to start. Saints RB Mark Ingram is not expected to play. Patrick Willis is not going to play, so adjust your 49er defense accordingly.The Patriots list Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker and Deion Branch as questionable, but what's new about New England's injury report? Devin Hester rolled an ankle in practice and missed Friday's workout. Beanie Wells and Greg Olsen practiced fully and should start. QB Sam Brandford is out, and Kellen Clemens will get the start.
For more up-to-date injury news, stay glued to Rotoworld.com
As always, we open up the comment section for your lineup questions. Ask away.