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  • Do your craziest fantasy victories match up with these? Dec 19, 2013 10:10 PM
    What are the most heart-pounding victories or most agonizing losses you've experienced playing fantasy football?

  • Who should take home fantasy awards? Dec 12, 2013 8:01 PM
    With the season winding down, it's time for readers to have their say in this year's fantasy football awards. Who should be the MVP? Biggest surprise? Biggest bust? Vote by sending John and email and give him a few reasons behind your selections.

  • How does your league handle gaffes? Dec 5, 2013 9:33 PM
    See what happened to John last week in one of his leagues and why being a fantasy football commissioner is an utterly thankless job.

  • Time to count our fantasy football blessings Nov 27, 2013 11:50 PM
    With Thanksgiving here, see what John is thankful for in his life, as well as in the world of fantasy football.

  • What’s with all the second guessing? Nov 22, 2013 12:18 AM
    “What was he thinking???” “Moron!” “Clown!” “IIIIdiot!” These are the kind of reactions we’re all accustomed to hearing after NFL coaches make tough, gutsy decisions that fail in a game’s key moment. What kills me is the second-guessing that goes on after the play fails. Then, everybody’s an expert. Case in point: Two weeks ago, Bears coach Marc Trestman decided to go for a first down on fourth-and-1 from the Lions’ 27-yard line in a 7-7 game in the second quarter. Michael Bush was stuffed for no gain and Detroit took over. Of course, we all remember the final score: Detroit 21, Bears 19. Those of you listening to the postgame on WSCR 670-AM may recall plenty of moaning and groaning about this decision. And why? Because it didn’t work. Obviously, if Bush picked up the yard, you wouldn’t have heard a peep. Trestman wasn’t any crazier for making that decision than he was making two other gutsy calls earlier in the season against the Bengals and Packers. Those plays both worked and Trestman was deemed a genius. Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways. Form an opinion of the call as it is happening and have the guts to stand behind that opinion whether the play succeeds or fails. For instance ... In 2009, when Pats coach Bill Belichick — leading 34-28 with 2:08 left in the game — went for a first down from his own 28-yard-line against Peyton Manning and the Colts, I thought, “Great call. New England’s defense is never going to stop Manning, and a first down here essentially ends the game.” Well, the play failed, Manning got the ball back and the Colts won. But before the play, my gut said it was the right decision. Just because it failed doesn’t mean Belichick was stupid for making that call. Ex-Bears linebacker and Panthers coach Ron Rivera went from being a conservative, play-it-by-the-book coach to one willing to pull out all the stops. His Panthers are 5-for-7 on fourth-and-1 plays since Rivera played it safe against the Bills in Week 2 and watched Buffalo score the winning TD with two seconds left. The change in philosophy has earned Rivera the nickname Riverboat Ron, a name he doesn’t particularly like but is obviously fitting. So what does all this have to do with fantasy football? Well, we’ve reached the point of the season where I think it’s OK to be your own Riverboat Ron, Maniac Marc or Wild Bill Belichick. While remembering that we never, ever, ever sit our studs, it’s OK to take some chances. Got a gut feeling about Eli Manning, Carson Palmer or Josh McCown? Go for it! Thinking Shane Vereen might have a huge day as New England tries to catch up to Denver this week? Take a shot! Have faith in Anquan Boldin, James Jones or Rueben Randle based on their easy-as-pie matchups? Run ’em out there! If your guy explodes — or even just outscores your regular starter — you can sit back and bask in the glow of your fantasy football genius. If things don’t work out, who cares? Nobody will be calling into a radio show screaming, “What was he thinking? Moron!” Have some fun and roll the dice during the last few weeks because the end is right around the corner. My teams: The auction-league team (6-5) prevailed 67-59 thanks to nice games from Matt Forte (14 points), Demaryius Thomas (8), Rob Gronkowski (8) and the Giants defense (9). The regular squad (4-7) got thumped 120-93. The issue there is total points for the season, and I’m 11 behind the final playoff qualifier. Good bets ŸBucs QB Mike Glennon at Detroit. Since Week 6, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Lions. ŸTexans QB Case Keenum and RB Ben Tate vs. Jacksonville. Don’t give up on Keenum yet. Yes, he was benched last week in the second half, but this should be a monster bounce-back effort against the woeful Jags. ŸSteelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Jerricho Cotchery at Cleveland. With Browns CB Joe Haden draped all over Antonio Brown, watch for Big Ben to find Cotchery at least six times for 75 yards. ŸGiants RB Andre Brown vs. Dallas. Running backs have feasted on the Cowboys. Brown let me down last week, but I expect 100 yards and at least 1 score Sunday. ŸRaiders RB Rashad Jennings vs. Tennessee. The Titans are tied with the Skins and Jaguars for most rushing scores allowed (15). ŸNiners RB Frank Gore at Washington. Aside from two dud games — one coming last week — Gore (873 YFS, 7 TDs) has been awfully solid. He’ll plow through the Skins and get you at least 16 points in standard leagues. ŸPackers RB Eddie Lacy vs. Minnesota. With Aaron Rodgers out, it’s been tough sledding for Lacy (2.63 ypc last two). Three of the last four teams’ feature backs to play the Vikings have had huge days, though, and Lacy will make it 4-for-5. ŸBroncos WR Eric Decker at New England. Peyton Manning is going to rediscover Decker (55 ypg, no TDs last three) this week. ŸRavens WR Torrey Smith vs. the Jets. New York is allowing the third-most points to WRs and TEs since Week 6. ŸTitans WR Kendall Wright at Oakland. Since Week 2, Wright is actually 19th in the NFL in receiving yards with 649. If he had just 3-4 more TDs (he has 1), he’d be on everybody’s mind. Not a bad play as a WR3 going forward. ŸGiants defense vs. Dallas. I see a pick-6 coming off the arm of Tony Romo. Bad bets ŸSkins QB Robert Griffin III vs. San Francisco. RG3 is 17th among QBs in average fantasy points since Week 3. Jim Harbaugh will have his Niners squad primed and ready for Monday Night Football. ŸChargers QB Philip Rivers and WR Keenan Allen vs. Kansas City. Rivers (6 TDs last five) has struggled of late and now must play at Arrowhead Stadium a week after the Chiefs suffered their first loss? No thank you. ŸColts QB Andrew Luck at Arizona. In five road games, Luck has just 7 TD passes (3 came in one game) and is averaging 224 passing yards. ŸBucs RB Bobby Rainey at Detroit. My guess is there’s no way you’re going to sit the hottest new name in fantasy. But know this: The Lions haven’t allowed a rushing score since Week 4. Rainey gets 95 yards from scrimmage but doesn’t find the end zone. ŸRavens RB Ray Rice vs. New York Jets. Hope you enjoyed that mini-resurgence against the Bears last week. We now return you to your regularly scheduled 36-yard game. ŸPatriots RB Stevan Ridley vs. Denver. Ridley’s streak of five straight games with a TD ends this week. ŸJets RB Chris Ivory at Baltimore. Only the Cardinals allow fewer fantasy points to RBs than the Ravens. ŸRaiders WR Denarius Moore vs. Tennessee. Moore’s banged up and questionable with a shoulder injury. He also has just 12 catches the last four games. Find another option. jdietz@dailyherald.com

  • Fantasy football stock watch: Romo to crash; Keenum a hot buy Nov 15, 2013 6:00 AM
    With the trade deadline approaching in most fantasy football leagues, John Dietz offers some advice on what to do with the one player he's most worried about down the stretch.

  • Bengals’ Jones a fantasy game-changer? Oct 31, 2013 8:42 PM
    Marvin Jones and Kenny Stills have been two of the hottest receivers in the NFL. See why John Dietz is concerned about their short-term fantasy value going forward.

  • Time for some of you to make a bold move Sep 19, 2013 10:33 PM
    Fantasy football owners being let down by Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Tony Romo or any other middling QB will want to check out the remedy proposed by John Dietz this week.

  • High-end trio provide reasons to fret Sep 13, 2013 5:30 AM
    After one week is it too early to panic? Too early to get excited? Fantasy football analyst John Dietz says no way on either account. He gets you ready for Week 2 with early observations.

  • Some bold fantasy predictions as Week 1 arrives Sep 6, 2013 7:02 AM
    Following the crowd is really no fun, so with Week 1 upon us, I thought I'd throw out my preseason Surprises and Busts at each position. These are bold and may even fly in the face of some of my rankings from just two weeks ago, but after some time to consider more information, let's see how close I can come to hitting these on the head.

  • A plan that may not be all that crazy Aug 28, 2013 11:40 AM
    Drafting wide receivers in fantasy drafts is always a crapshoot. John Dietz is here to wade through the carnage to help you get a better handle on who to take as your draft approaches.

  • Patience will pay off this year Aug 23, 2013 7:11 PM
    There are so many good quarterbacks in the NFL these days that fantasy football analyst John Dietz says not to waste an early pick on the top names. See what else he things about this year's signal-callers and who he says can help your team the most in the middle rounds of your drafts.

  • Fantasy focus: Securing two top RBs a must Aug 28, 2013 11:26 AM
    Fantasy football analyst John Dietz gets you ready for the upcoming season with a look at the running backs. Who's No. 1? No. 2? What strategy should you use for your draft? It's all included.

  • Vikings’ Peterson defied the odds and the skeptics Dec 28, 2012 5:30 AM
    Daily Herald readers voted and now the results are in. See who the winners were in the 2012 Fantasy Football awards.

  • Some fun ways to make the fantasy football season last and last Dec 20, 2012 7:18 PM
    The fantasy football season is over for 80 percent of you, but John Dietz takes a look at a few ways to keep the fun rolling into the latter parts of the season for everyone.

  • Cast your votes for Fantasy Football winners, losers Dec 14, 2012 5:30 AM
    It's time for Daily Herald readers to vote for the 2012 fantasy football awards. Who's the MVP? The Biggest Bust? Rookie of the Year? You decide ...

  • Will Eagles’ Brown fumble his big opportunity? Dec 6, 2012 10:46 AM
    Since LeSean McCoy has been lost due to a concussion, Eagles RB Bryce Brown has burst onto the scene the last two weeks. He looks to be a superstar in the making, but the rookie better learn to hang onto the ball, as John Dietz explains in this week's Fantasy Football column.

  • Tough decisions for Week 13 Fantasy Football Nov 29, 2012 2:27 PM
    Win and you’re in. Lose and it’s wait ’til next year. For many fantasy football owners, that pretty much says it all as we enter Week 13 of the NFL season. Most regular seasons end this week or next, so I’m sure most of you are over analyzing to the max, stressing out and losing sleep. The best advice I can give is to stick with the guys who got you this far and ride them for better or for worse.

  • Some fantasy football advice on drafting rookies Nov 21, 2012 10:55 AM
    It's been a brutal fantasy season for John Dietz's teams, but it might have turned out differently if he had selected a few rookies in later rounds. He takes a closer look at whether that strategy is time-tested to be solid, and he offers up another helping of Good Bets and Bad Bets in this week's fantasy football column.

  • Some perspective on Yahoo fantasy football outage Nov 15, 2012 7:08 PM
    When Yahoo's fantasy football website went down Sunday, it left many owners in the dark. Some were awfully upset that they couldn't make last-minute changes to their lineups and blamed the website for their loss. John Dietz gives his take on the situation, and puts most of the blame on the owners, not the site.

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