Dec 15,2012

Vlog Times: Secret Weapons (Week 15)

Hey Fantasy Football Fans, I’m The Fantasy Football Girl and this is SECRET WEAPONS – the quick, time-saving show that shares all my shortcuts to victory, so you won’t still be agonizing over your lineup when you should be shopping for those last-minute holiday gifts! If you’re looking for game-changers, smart starts and stay aways, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll even throw in a couple of fun, football-related tidbits to send you out with a smile, so you’re ready to face the insanity awaiting you at the shopping mall. Oh and, when in doubt, just go with the gift certificate.

BUSTS, BOMBS, AND BONUSES
BUST: Brandon Gibson

When Danny Amendola is out of the lineup for the St. Louis Rams, you might think that Brandon Gibson picks up the slack in the possession receiver department. But even with Amendola missing all but a few snaps since Week 11, Gibson produced goose eggs in Weeks 12 and 13 before breaking his scoreless streak last Sunday by going 6 for 100 and a touchdown. Don’t expect Gibson to duplicate that performance this week vs. the Vikings. Amendola is eyeing his return and Chris Givens has been a much more consistent part of the offense. Givens has seen 20 more targets over the last four games than Gibson. Their names sounds the same, but their value is very different. Don’t trust Brandon Gibson in your fantasy playoffs!

BUSTS, BOMBS, AND BONUSES
BOMB: Jason Gordon

A bomb is a player I expect to go off on game day, and Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is an explosive talent! The rookie receiver is definitely going to do some damage against a struggling Washington secondary. The Redskins are the definition of a permissive defense, letting the other teams’ wide receivers run wild for about 26 fantasy points per game. Going into Week 15 Gordon was already hot, totaling 14 grabs for more than 200 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. He’s becoming more than just a big-play threat and as Brandon Weeden’s go-to-guy, Gordon has averaged more than 8 targets a game over the last month. Boom goes the Cleveland Brown.

BUSTS, BOMBS, AND BONUSES
BONUS: Bilal Powell (RB – NYJ )@ TEN

Monitor the health of Bilal Powell’s toe going into Monday Night Football, but the Jets running back has been a productive fantasy option for three out of the last four weeks. In that span, Powell has racked up four touchdowns. His yardage totals aren’t huge because he’s splitting carries with Shonn Greene, but he’s definitely got a nose for the end zone. This week, the Jets fly to Tennessee to face the Titans, who have let running backs score on them in five of their last six games. Only five teams in the NFL give up more total yards than the Titans, so I expect the Jets to have their chances in the red zone. If you’re in a pinch, Powell definitely has a shot at six!

ALDON SMITH: GIVING BACK ONE SACK AT A TIME

Remember when Brett Favre seemed to let Michael Strahan sack him to set the all-time record for QB takedowns in one season? What was up with that? Well, this year quarterbacks can be commended for holding still while Aldon Smith sacks them. For every sack the 49ers’ pass rusher gets, The Boys & Girls Club will receive about $5,000, courtesy of San Francisco’s sack-master himself. The Boys & Girls Club gives low-income kids a safe place to learn when they aren’t in school, so it’s definitely a good cause that Smith has chosen to support. The second-year linebacker already has 19 and a half sacks, well on his way to breaking the record of 22 and a half set by Strahan in 2001. Since the league starting recording sacks, no player has had more in their first two seasons than Smith. He’s got 33 and a half! Quarterbacks are feeling the pain but Smith is paying the price. The football gods like this kind of thing, so don’t be surprised if Smith gets those last three-and-a-half sacks he needs to break the record.

FORMER CHIEFS CHEERLEADER GETS A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E

Most NFL cheerleaders are knockouts, but how many could ACTUALLY knock you out? Well, a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader has recently gone from NFL to MMA. Her name is Rachel Wray and that’s Wray with a W, so don’t get her confused with the cooking show lady. This Rachel Wray is only serving up the smackdowns! When she started taking lessons at a local gym, a good workout is what she was looking for, but what she found was a new career. Wray triumphed in her amateur debut with a second-round TKO and her next fight is set for January 25 at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City. She practices Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai two hours a day, five nights a week and says her motivation is to inspire girls who want to fight but are afraid to try. Fans call her “Ray Wray” and watching clips from her first win, I can tell you this girl hits like another Ray Ray — Ray Lewis. The Chiefs might want to give her a look at linebacker…

Thanks so much for watching. This has been Secret Weapons and I’m The Fantasy Football Girl reminding you to always WIN BIG.

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