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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Gridiron Challenge: Fantasy implications

By Mike Sando

SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL's decision to push back the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game to Monday did not buy fantasy players extra time.

I was considering going with the Vikings' Sidney Rice and the Giants' Lawrence Tynes in Week 15, but our ESPN.com Blog Network Gridiron Challenge league locked those players at the previously scheduled kickoff time.

I wound up going with Baltimore's Anquan Boldin against Houston and Seattle's Olindo Mare against San Francisco.

What to do at quarterback? Kyle Orton was in my lineup at one point, but his price tag would have forced a downgrade at receiver. New England's Deion Branch would have been my discount choice instead of Boldin if the Patriots weren't playing in frigid, blustery conditions at Chicago.

My final lineup: Sam Bradford and Michael Vick at quarterback, Michael Turner and Chris Johnson at running back, Brandon Lloyd and Boldin at receiver, Jacob Tamme at tight end, Mare at kicker and Denver's defense going against Arizona rookie John Skelton.

This means Branch, Rice and Tynes will have huge weeks, of course.