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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research got a big check this week from Joe Dyken at Fantasy Football Nerd.

Thank you, Joe.

Joe runs a league for experts in the fantasy football world, with the winner getting a check to the charity of his/her choice.

I'm happy to say that the Jimmy V Foundation was my choice this season. Last season is was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. That was my choice. too.

OK, that was a little bit of bragging. Sorry about that, guys.

But while last season I rode the Peyton Manning Express to the title, this season was much more difficult.

That's because on Draft Day 2014, I completely missed on my running back selections. I selected Shane Vereen, Rashad Jennings and Danny Woodhead at the draft.

I don't have to tell anyone who has owned these guys what a mistake that was. Woodhead fractured a fibula in Week 3 and was gone for the season. Jennings had a couple of good games early, but disappeared late in the season due to an ankle injury.

And picking any New England running back these days is sort of like playing Russian Roulette. Bill Belichick changes running backs more than underwear, and trying to get a line on what he's going to do each week is harder than understanding Kim Jong-un's thought process.

So my running back situation quickly turned into quicksand.

Fortunately, I was paying attention each week and managed to use the waiver wire to my advantage. I picked up both Branden Oliver and C.J. Anderson. Both backs had some very good weeks and Anderson in particular came up big during the fantasy playoffs.

My quarterback situation was solid behind Drew Brees. This wasn't his finest season -- he's thrown just 32 touchdowns versus 39 last year -- but he needs just 329 more yards to rack up another 5,000-yard passing season. It would be his fifth. Considering it's only been done eight times in the entire history of the NFL, that's quite an accomplishment.

I also had both Seattle and Detroit as my defense/special teams, so I was solid there.

But I won my second title on the great play of my receiving duo. That would be Antonio Brown of Pittsburgh and Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants.

Brown was my second-round draft choice and I was predicting big things from him right from the start. He didn't let me down. He's been the No. 1 receiver in all of fantasy with 122 receptions for 1,570 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Beckham Jr. wasn't my Week 1 starter (that was Roddy White), but after the Giants came back from their bye in Week 8, Beckham was a star on the field and in my starting lineup. Over the past eight games he's amassed 1,014 yards (126.7 ypg) and eight touchdowns. He posted eight receptions for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Championship Week. He's even making Eli Manning look good.

So here is a thank you to my "Killer Bees" - Beckham, Brown and Brees. The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research thanks you, too. Don't give up ... don't ever give up!"

If you would like to donate to the Foundation, then click here.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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