Thursday Night Football - Week 15
Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles - 7:20pm CT on NFL Network
Andy Dalton – Dalton has not been as effective as of late, but this prime-time match-up against a weak Eagles team may be just the thing he needs to get his confidence and playoff hopes back on track. Over his last 5 games he has failed to throw for more than 230 yards, and has only thrown for 2 TD and 3 INT over his past 2 games.
Fantasy Call – The Eagles have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks, allowing 2 or more TD passes n 10 of their last 11 games. This is a good opportunity for Dalton to get it going and should throw for at least 2 TD, but don’t expect a 300 yard game in this one.
Nick Foles – Foles is coming off his best performance since being named the starter for the Eagles. He passed for 381 yards and threw 2 TD, while adding another rushing TD. Foles has also gone 3 straight games without throwing an interception. In his previous 4 games Foles failed to throw for more 251 yards, and his breakout game was against the porous Buccaneers.
Fantasy Call – Hopefully you don’t have to start Foles, but if you do don’t expect a repeat performance from last week. The Bengals are not the best defense, but Foles just does not have enough weapons to feel comfortable starting.
Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis – Green-Ellis was coming off of 3 straight 100-yard games heading into last week and was unable to keep the streak alive. He only had 12 carries against the Cowboys, but did run for 89 yards and added 13 yards receiving, so he did have over 100 total yards for another week. Green-Ellis failed to score a TD for the second week in a row.
Fantasy Call – Green-Ellis should be able to keep it going against a floundering Eagles defense. The fact that he only had 12 carries last week is a good sign for a bigger workload on this short week. There is a good chance the Law Firm finds the endzone in this one.
Bryce Brown – Brown came screeching back to Earth last week with 6 yards on 12 carries and 6 yards receiving. Brown had been on fire before shitting the bed this game. He should find more running room against the Bengals, but he is no longer the sure start he seemed to be heading into last week.
AJ Green – Green has now gone 3 straight games without a TD catch after catching a TD in each of his previous 9 games. Green has also been held to one 100-yard game in his last 7 games. Green will look to get back on track on the National spotlight this week.
Fantasy Call – Green should be chomping at the bit to get this game under way. He is desperately looking for a big game, and what better time than against a weak Eagles defense with the hold Nation watching. Don’t you dare bench him.
Andrew Hawkins – Hawkins is big play guy and got back on track last week with a TD, but failed to reach 50 yards. Hawkins has had 8 targets over each of the last 2 weeks and the Bengals seem like they are trying to work him into the offense more, to relieve some pressure from AJ Green.
Fantasy Call – Hawkins is really a hit ore miss guy and he has not had big explosion game, with his 86 yards on opening day remaining his high yardage total on the season. He could find more opportunities in this game, but you got to have guts and a decimated team to start him.
Mohamed Sanu – Sanu was placed on injured reserve and is done for the year.
Jeremy Maclin – Maclin had his best game in a long time, as he finished with 9 catches (season high) for 104 yards and a TD. Maclin saw 13 targets, which were the most he has seen since the 14 he had on opening day. Maclin has been terribly inconsistent this season, but with all the injuries on the Eagles offense he remains the number threat.
Fantasy Call – The Bengals are a much better pass defense then the Buccaneers that Maclin faced last week. Maclin should continue to see a lot of targets and the Eagles figure to be behind, so he could get a lot yards in garbage time of this game.
Riley Cooper – Cooper had 4 catches for 37 yards last week and was targeted 9 times. Cooper is not a real threat for Fantasy points.
Fantasy Call – PASS
Jason Avant – Avant is coming off a monster game with 7 catches for 133 yards on 12 targets. Avant is a veteran and it seemed that Foles felt more comfortable looking for him than for Riley Cooper. Avant has had these games before, but usually does not put these games up back to back.
Fantasy Call – If you have Avant and are thinking about this one I would pass. There are just too many factors working against him for you to feel confident that lightning will strike twice. He should see a decent amount of targets, but he is a risky play this week.
Jermaine Gresham – Gresham was held to 43 yards and without a TD last week, although he has scored a TD in 3 of his last 5 games. Gresham has had 4 catches in each of his last 3 games and has failed to reach 50 yards in any of those games. Gresham has only seen 17 targets over the past 3 weeks and has not been targeted more than 8 times in a game all season.
Fantasy Call – This is a good match-up for Gresham and he has a good chance to get back into the endzone this week. Don’t expect a 100-yard game, but he should be able break 60 yards and a good chance for a TD.
Brent Celek – Celek has been ruled out with a concussion.
Clay Harbor – Harbor filled in for the injured Brent Celek most of the game last week and finished with 6 catches for 52 yards and TD. That kind of production is what Celek owners had been looking for all season. Harbor will be the starter again this week.
Fantasy Call – Harbor is not a recommended starter this week. The short week and rookie quarterback with a suspect offensive line is not a good match-up.