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“The Amateur Ward” The Front Seven, Week 15 Linebacker/Defensive Line plays

For those wondering what happened to Saturday morning’s post, Finals happened as I’ve had 5 Finals since Monday, so yes, I’m tired as hell but continue writing to benefit fantasy football owners in the playoffs. This week, in the leagues I am in the playoffs, I am dedicating to my fellow writer Ron McCleese and his father-in-law to remind us all that life is beautiful and that we all should find our passion. It may have taken me a while to realize that fact, but as I’m writing this I realize what others are going through when loved ones pass. This week’s edition is a tad different as I’m tired as hell, but the purpose, as always is to help you all in your fantasy match ups. Due to be completely crunched, I will add last week’s recap after this is posted so as to keep everyone on schedule in the fantasy football playoffs.

Last Week’s Results

Luke Kuechly vs. DeAndre Levy- Kuechly took this one with 2 passes defensed and a stuff over Levy’s 2 sacks. Verdict: LOSS As Levy lost, I also lost my Championship Round.

Carlos Dunlap vs. Mario Williams- Super Mario had a decent day enroute to last week’s low-scoring victory over Dunlap 7.4-6 per ESPN MLFF FP. Verdict: WIN

Paul Worrilow vs. Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan won this high scoring affair with 2 sacks and a stuff, although Worrilow also had a nice day with 2 stuffs. Verdict WIN

Justin Smith vs. Geno Atkins- Justin Smith showed up to last week’s match, but that’s it as Atkins crushed him wih 2 stuffs and basically had 7x the points in MLFF leagues. Verdict: WIN

My predicted Battle of the Middle Class Championship was correct, as was my predicted winner: Kerrigan.

Cameron Heyward vs. Charles Johnson- This was one-sided now wasn’t it as Charles Johnson didn’t do anything on the field, while Heyward produced 4 tackles and a sack. At least the Panthers dominated the Aints! Verdict: WIN 

Playoff Implications and 1st Pick Implications

Kroy Biermann vs. Jason Worilds- This matchup has direct playoff implications for both teams. The NFC South sucks as a whole this season, yet the Falcons still manage to lead the division. The winner of this matchup could  have direct playoff implications for both teams. While both pass defenses suck, the Steelers do have the 9th ranked run defense, meaning the Falcons will be heavily reliant upon the pass. Biermann has been the Falcons leading pass rusher with 3.5 sacks, but they struggle to pressure opposing QBs as a whole as the Falcons rank last in total pass defense. Worilds and the Steelers rush defense, on the other hand are solid against the run, but, like the Falcons stink against the pass. ranking 22nd. In terms of IDP, this should be close, but the advantage goes to Biermann given the fact that Big Ben has been sacked 31 times. Biermann 10.5-9. Dennis Dunbar, your Steelers are going down! #FALCONSRISEUP. (Photo courtesy of

Telvin Smith vs. Khalil Mack- For those unfamiliar with Smith, get to know him as he has been ridiculous the past  3 weeks with 28 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Mack, on the other hand has been a disappointment as he has struggled by and large this season, including 6 tackles and 2 sacks the past 3 weeks. With both teams jockeying for the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, expect both defenses to give up a ton of points albeit the Raiders ranking 7th against the.pass. Yes, the Jaguars defense sucks. Period. However in this battle of 1st year linebackers, look for Smith to come out on top by at least 10 points as Mack has been very inconsistent, and Smith looks like an emerging stud for the Jags beside Posluszny (currently on the IR). (currently on the IR). The Raiders have proven stout versus the pass this season, ranking 9th, but Alex Smith doesn’t gamble is more conservative, limiting the upside of most Raiders defensive players in the pass.

Rivalry Renewed

Rolando McClain vs. Mychal Kendricks- The Cowboys will be looking to rebound after getting spanked on Thanksgiving Day by the Eagles 33-10. While both have been very consistent the past 3 weeks (25 tackles, 2 FR for Kendricks vs. 28 tackles for McClain), Kendricks looks to be the higher upside play here as he is more likely to produce the counting stats outside of a high tackle clip. McClain is a lock for 10+ tackles, but Kendricks could easily secure a sack or forced fumble versus a weaker Cowboys offensive line. With the Cowboys relying heavily upon Murray to move the ball, and the Eagles stuck with Mark Sanchez and his mediocre 313 pass yards the past 2 weeks, this could be a defensive match, especially if Romo struggles mightily like he did 2 weeks ago versus the Eagles with 199 pass yards and 2 interceptions. This week, Kendricks is a good bet to outpace McClain 19-15. (Photo courtesy of

Damontre Moore vs. Fletcher Cox- This isn’t a rivalry renewed, but it feels like it worth 2 divisional rivals facing off here. The Giants defense is 30th versus the run, facing the Redksins run offense, ranking 22nd. Cox, on the other hand will have a tough matchup stopping DeMarco Murray who leads the league in rush yards with 1606 yards and 9 TDs. Purely based on upside, for fantasy owners in the playoffs, it’s better to trust Moore this week as he will see more opportunities to make plays against a reeling Deadskins pass offense and Colt McCoy.

Low-Upside Matchup That Could Decide Fantasy Matchups

Terrance Knighton vs, Kawann Short- Yes, the Broncos have Peyton Manning, but he’s been stifled the past 2 weeks with 352 total pass yards, 2 TDs, 1 fumble, and 2 picks. The Chargers defense ranks 8th versus the pass, meaning the Broncos should be more reliant on C.J. Anderson than Manning to produce this week. With the Panthers coming off a spanking of the Saints last week (misspelling intentional) 41-10), they look like a sure bet for a W against the Bucs who can only pray for a top 3 pick in the 2015 Draft competing with the likes of the Jaguars, Raiders, and J-E-T-S. With playoff hopes on the line, look for Knighton to be harassing Philip Rivers all night long as the Broncos look to dominate the Chargers this week. Short has been a solid option most weeks at DT for fantasy purposes, but this week belongs to Knighton. (Photo courtesy of

College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff will feature Alabama and Oregon in the Championship Game, as Bama will dominate Ohio State (minus J.T. Barrett) and Oregon will prove too explosive for an inconsistent 1st half FSU team. If you want any other college football insight/advice I’m available at Please continue to tune to MLFS for great fantasy advice, and Ron. condolences  to you and your family in wake of this past week’s news. May all you MLFS readers prosper and dominate in your fantasy playoffs!




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I am a recent college graduate from a small liberal arts school in Atlanta, GA. I'm a sports junkie and a diehard Atlanta sports fan.

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  1. Ron McCleese

    December 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Ben great article and I really appreciate you dedicating it to me. Things have been crazy lately but Fantasy Football has been my escape when I have a chance to get away from everything else.

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