December 23, 2004

Ask Spofi: Who should I start in my championship fantasy football game (more inside).

posted by jasonspaceman to navel gazing at 05:48 PM - 7 comments

I am in the finals in my first ever pay and keepers league. I have three running backs and only two positions. Who do I start? Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis, or Brian Westbrook? I think Martin should be a definite, but I am not sure about the other two. The Steelers play the Ravens, their only loss this year, at home. The Eagles play the Rams. Receptions are .5 points. Every ten reception and rushing yards are worth 1 point. I am concerned that Westbrook might not get the same amount of looks as usual as the D might focus on him without having TO on the field. On the flip side, I am worried about Bettis playing against the Ravens D. Good folks of SpoFi, I need your infinite wisdom so I can take home the pot.

posted by jasonspaceman at 05:48 PM on December 23, 2004

hmmm, I think this might help my decision,

posted by jasonspaceman at 07:57 AM on December 24, 2004

I'd say Westbrook; Baltimore is going to focus on taking away the run and making Big Ben pass. Westbrook's game should still be effective, even without T.O.

posted by dfleming at 06:07 PM on December 24, 2004

Every time I benched Bettis, or when I finally traded him, he seemed to run 100 yards and score two TDs. Still, factoring in the Ravens D, I'd sit him again.

posted by dusted at 07:30 PM on December 24, 2004

There were plenty of rumors of Westbrook not playing on Monday night. Reid says he is now, but the chances of seeing him for an entire game might be slim. The Eagles can't afford any injuries right now. Check Duce Staley's status tommorow and if Bettis will see significant time, I would probably go with him.

posted by YukonGold at 10:53 AM on December 25, 2004

i'd lean bettis, but those .5 reciptions are a huge plus in westbrook's favor.

posted by danostuporstar at 09:24 AM on December 26, 2004

It ended up that it didn't matter. I beat my opponent 147-126. My final line-up included Martin and Bettis (as well as Manning, Harrison, Burleson, Gonzalez, Lindell, and the Colts D. From all accounts, not a bad line-up for a 12 team league. I was 11th in the draft too. Everyone before me picked the name RB's. My first two picks were Manning and Harrison. Then Westbrook and Martin came in the picks after. Much better than my spofi league draft.

posted by jasonspaceman at 07:01 PM on December 26, 2004

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