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With the end of Week 13, the fantasy football playoffs have officially begun (SoB league starts in Week 15). Hopefully you were lucky enough to make it. I unfortunately missed the playoffs in one league. Interestingly enough, if I had won just one more matchup, I would have made it to the 8th and final spot. I lost a close matchup 2 weeks ago by less than seven points. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
Already noted here at Sports of Boston, Giants WR Plaxico Burress recently thought it would be a good idea to carry a gun into a public place. He didn’t count on karma showing up and ended up shooting himself in the leg. ESPN.com reports that Burress was placed on injured reserve and suspended thus ending his regular and postseason play.
Deuce McCallister (Saints), Will Smith (Saints), Charles Grant (Saints), Kevin WIlliams (Vikings), Pat Williams (Vikings), and Bryan Pittman (Texans) were all given suspensions on Tuesday for testing positive for illegal substances used to cover up the use of steroids. All players will miss four games (the rest of the regular season) without pay.
Cowboys RB Marion Barber left last Thursday’s Thanksgiving day game against Seattle with a dislocated toe. Backup RB Tashard Choice replaced him. Barber is expected to start this Sunday.
Brian Westbrook (RB), Philadelphia Eagles: An amazing day for Westbrook included four total TD (2 rush, 2 receiving) and his first 100-yd rushing game (110 yds) since Week 8.
Mark Clayton (WR), Baltimore Ravens: Out of nowhere, Clayton hauled in five catches for a career high 164 yds and a TD.
DeAngelo Williams (RB), Carolina Panthers: Williams killed me in both of my leagues by rushing for 72 yds and 4 TD.
Peyton Manning (QB), Indianapolis Colts: The rocket-armed QB couldn’t do anything against Cleveland as he threw for 125 yds and 2 INT with zero TD.
Matt Cassel (QB), New England Patriots: Cassel’s hot streak ended brutally with 169 yds, zero TD and 2 INT. Added to his misery were two lost fumbles.
Philip Rivers (QB), San Diego Chargers: Rivers threw for only 140 yds and failed to find the end zone for the 2nd time in three weeks.
John Carlson (TE), Seattle Seahawks: Carlson proved to be a dependable receiver with 6 catches for 105 yds.
Amani Toomer (WR), New York GIants: Toomer stepped it up with five catches for 85 yds and he scored a TD for the 2nd week in a row.
Devin Hester (WR), Chicago Bears: The speedy Hester caught three passes for 67 yds and he scored his 3rd TD of the season.