Week 12 Late Hits
By Bob Stewart
The playoffs start in two weeks and hopefully you are assured of a berth in your league. If not, or if you are seeking an edge for the scoring title, hopefully we can help.
Slim pickings are left after the Thanksgiving games but there are some players that can help you.
QB – Vince Young is a good play, especially if you do not get penalized for turnovers. They will need to throw today and the Patriots D is not very tough. I would stay away from Matt Lienart against the Jags. They should run all day there. However, If you are going to use him he could get you a TD with Andre Johnson back – I would just want to see one game with them first. Andy Dalton is a safe play. Mark Sanchez makes me sick. I seriously have no idea why he is in the NFL. But today he can help you so use him if you need him.
RB – Peyton Hillis is back, Peyton Hillis is back! Don’t use him! No, for real. That team is a mess and will likely use all three RBs or one of them – but who? Toby Gerhart starts for Adrian Peterson but he is not good and they are playing a tough running D. I like DeAngelo Williams today and if you have been sitting Beanie Wells the last few weeks it could be a good day to dust him off. Shonn Greene is a solid play against Buffalo. Also, I am taking a chance on my own team with starting Chris Johnson over Brandon Jacobs at #3 RB. The Bucs are terrible against the run.
WR – Roll with Riley Cooper. Vince Young seems comfortable with him so I am too. Percy Harvin can have a big day with Peterson out. Looking for some major upside? Take a flier on TEN WR Damian Williams; a big TD could happen today. I like Plax today, and the WRs besides VJax in San Diego – he will be covered by Champ Bailey. Bailey is susceptible to get burned early but if not he is tight.
TE – Of course you’ll start Gronkowski but what about Hernandez – I’d say yes. The Eagles have been a bit better against the TE than expected as the season has progressed but can they cover two? I’d say no. Keller looks good in Buffalo, Celek looks great. In a PPR league I’d take a flier on V. Shiancoe with Peterson out. Total shot in the dark, go with Kevin Boss against the Bears.
Good luck. One more week until the Fantasy playoffs. Here we go.
MyCCP services, including access to the all important library database, has been disabled for the long holiday weekend. Students hoping to due research for their final papers will be unable to do so via CCP resources this weekend. This is due to the long term construction project. This weekend the work focuses on the Mint building and will affect much more that just the physical structure. According to a statement from CCP that is on the main website and was emailed to student’s CCP email address earlier this week (that address is not accessible now):
Please be advised that due to construction project and system maintenance needs, a COMPLETE power shut down of the entire MINT Building is being planned for the weekend of the Thanksgiving Break. There is a potential starting time of Friday, November 25 at 6 AM with the shutdown continuing through 6 PM Sunday, November 27 at which point all services will be fully restored. This shut down will affect all technology based services including email, web-based services, MyCCP, GoToMyPC, Banner, online grading, access controls and network based printing. Environmental services, heating, lighting, ventilation systems, refrigerators, desktop computers and all other electric driven office and classroom equipment will be off-line during this time period. Please prepare for this power outage as is appropriate, e.g., empty refrigerators and freezers; and shut-down desk top equipment including any single point UPS devices.
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By Bob Stewart
We have some major point production off this week. If you need some bye week help due to the Saint, Steeler and Texan players being you are not alone.
Grab Vince Young – why not? The Eagles QB is a good spot and Young is like a Tebow QB. Total junk points late is possible. Avoid Andy Dalton as his top target A.J. Green is out. Tavaris Jackson is not a bad play either
Go with Kendall Hunter here. Daniel Thomas and Cedric Benson are also good replacement starts. Need a real upshot? Go with Maurice Morris.
At WR: Denarius Moore was the pick up of the week and a good one (Next time I grab him I should remember to pull Plax from the lineup before the Thursday game! That’s gonna hurt). His linemate Heyward-Bey is okay. Go with Early Doucet in the late games
At TE: I love Celek this week. Young with check down without Maclin for sure. Of course you start Ballard against the Birds. Need more help? Greg Olsen and you could do worse than Ed Dickson too.
At DST: Patriots, Patriots, Patriots. They are average normally but are a great start this week with the Chiefs starting a new QB.
This is a press release from the Judith Stark Contest:
Are you taking courses at CCP this semester? Have people told you that some of your writing is pretty good? Submissions are now invited for the Fall 2011 Judith Stark Creative Writing Contest. There are cash prizes in four different categories. The deadline is Friday, December 9, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. Entry forms and Contest Guidelines can be found on the main campus at Room BR-21 or at NERC’s information desk. Those sites are where contestants will drop off their entries, too.
This competition used to solicit entries in just three genres — poetry, fiction, and scripts — but now, non-fiction is a contest category too. So, you don’t have to be a poet or a novelist to join this contest. A student may submit up to:
• 3 poems
• 2 pieces of short fiction or excerpts from novels (a total of no more than 30 pages)
• 2 pieces of nonfiction such as memoir or journalism (a total of no more than 30 pages)
• 2 stage plays, film-scripts or teleplays (a total of no more than 30 pages)
Again, students should submit three copies of each piece, making sure that none of them is identified with the writer’s name. All of the pieces entered will be submitted with an attached, completed entry form —all of this placed in an appropriate envelope. Judging of the entries will be done by creative writing faculty members in the days following December 9th. Winners will be announced at the end of the semester.
The Judith Stark Contest is a proud tradition that has been running every semester since the 1980s. Dozens of excellent writers have gained recognition through the contest. Submit entries yourself, and/or encourage other students whom you know to be good writers to submit entries.
Read the Contest Guidelines first. Then, if you still have a question, ask your English instructor or contact Professor Larry MacKenzie email@example.com
By Bob Stewart
Some big news for this week is that DeSean Jackson is out. He is benched because he missed a team meeting. You were going to start Maclin anyway but now you can start Avant. Upgrade the Cowboy receivers due to the Austin injury.
Do you need help at QB? See if Matt Cassel is available in your league. He should do well today. Pick him up if you have Big Ben or Flacco as your normal starter. John Beck has been benched but stay away from Rex Grossman. Stay away from that whole team.
At RB you could do worse than starting Ben Tate at #3 RB or flex. The Bucs give up a lot of FF pts to RBs so he could get 100 yards or a TD. Grab Reggie Bush if you need help.
At TE, take a look a Shiancoe. I picked him up in a league earlier this week as I was concerned with my starter Dustin Keller, who suffered a head injury in week 9. Now I have a decision to make there. If you have any questions at TE, either of those guys are good starts.
Due to weather issues, upgrade both the Ravens and Seahawks DST units. The Ravens are always up there but the Seahawks are a good flier for this week. A non-weather related upgrade would be the Rams.
Late Hits Week 9
By Bob Stewart
So in the last few articles I took the time to analyze the Redskins running game. It was worth it from a fantasy perspective because you if you can grab a starting RB in midseason you significantly improve your chances at making the playoffs. Well today Roy Helu is starting for the Redskins. That is about the 5th change at starter for them. I hereby swear off that team’s RBs as starters for fantasy. I don’t care if they run it 40 times for 200 yards and 3 TDs. I. Am. Out.
Some WRs I like today are Victor Cruz (NYG) who is a good play if you own Nicks. I am also going to recommend Jordy Nelson. I called him to go off in week two and he caught an 84 yard TD to close that game out. I like him today again.
At RB, go with Chris Ogbannaya (don’t worry, it’s not draft day so you don’t have to pronounce that name) for the Browns. I like Blount, Jacobs, and Battle. You may even want to pick up Javon Walker but not start him. Chris Johnson is rumored to be a possible cut before the end of the season.
At TE I love Brent Celek and Dustin Keller.
At DST raise your expectations for the Raiders and Falcon.
If you are looking for some weird situations to capitalize on, there is rain in California today, yes, even San Diego. The run and short pass games could benefit there. If you are desperate, and I mean desperate, pick up Taiwan Jones from Oakland (I grabbed him in one league but I am still looking at other situations to see if I will start him).
Good luck today.
This race will decide who will serve in the seven “At-Large” seats on the 17 seat Council. Unlike the ten District Council Members, these seven people represent all of us. The trick here is that a maximum of five candidates from one party can win. So despite the fact that Philadelphia voters are mostly registered as Democrat, two Republicans will be serving as well.
That is where you should use your vote. All five Democrats will win. There is simply no chance that the third place Republican will have more votes that the fifth place Democrat. The Republican candidates vary greatly in the views and experience. The Vanguard chose to endorse a mix of candidates.
Two candidates distinguish
themselves from the others in this race:
First, we endorse Republican Dennis O’Brien. His experience and bi-partisanship has served the citizens of Pennsylvania better than any other elected official. He has had no problem working hand in hand with Democrats on issues like education. In fact, at the debate, he was asked if the city was getting a 6th Democrat if he was elected. Further, he believes in making the City Council Budget Hearing public. To prove this was not an empty political campaign promise, he pointed out that as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives he simply made the budget of each office public information. He noted a profound change in the way many of those elected officials spent the public money.
Second, we believe Democrat Blondell Reynolds Brown best represents the interests of CCP. Her college degrees are in education, she shows a passion for youth and women’s issues, and like O’Brien, expressed particular concern for the students in Philadelphia Public schools. Also, Reynolds Brown has taken notice on environmental issues like green building and Marcellus Shale fracking which have proved to be important to the CCP student body and faculty.
After those two candidates there are a couple that are deserving of consideration.
The best of the rest would be Democrat Bill Green. He actually sued to keep the libraries open when Mayor Nutter was closing them due to budget short falls. He also introduced legislation to eliminate DROP for elected officials. The drawbacks on Green are his unwillingness to open the Council Budget Hearing and his connection to cetain Political Action Committees that have backed questionable Council Members in the past.
Since no other Democrat cared to participate in the non-partisan debate we can only cite two other candidates worthy of consideration.
Republican Al Taubenberger is a business minded person from Northeast Philadelphia. As President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, he is tuned in to the needs and desire of the business community. Creating a positive business environment can increase the number of available jobs and tax revenue for the City.
Republican David Oh, is a business and education minded candidate. He was a front runner for a spot but has retreated a bit in the last few months. Questions about his military record arose and Oh apologized though he insists he did nothing wrong. Unfortunately, he was guarded in his answers at the debate. The Vanguard is comfortable with Oh taking a seat on Council next year but simply cannot fully endorse a candidate who is not vocal enough about their views.
Philadelphia’s General Election is November 8, 2011. To find your polling place, get answers to your questions about voting or to report problems at polling places, call the non-partisan Committee of Seventy’s Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) on November 8.