Weekly Matchups - Week 15 - Sunday Early Games
Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/17/10
Cleveland Browns (5-8) Browns Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Cincinnati Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th - TDs Allowed T-13th
Cincinnati Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 24th – TDs Allowed T-24th
Cleveland Offensive Cast
Jake Delhomme (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 93/149 – for 872 Yards & 2 TDs
Jake will be turning the team back over to Colt for the rest of the year. If for some strange reason he ended up on your team, drop him immediately.
Colt McCoy (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 81/127 – for 975 Yards & 3 TDs
McCoy is back, but the only reason why you should ever play him is if your league requires that you start a rookie.
Peyton Hillis (RB Week 15 Ranking #5) 2010 Season: 238 Carries for 1,070 Yards & 11 TDs || 57 Recs for 446 Yards & 2 TDs
Two weeks in a row without a TD for The Big Twinkie?!?! Unheard of!!! Hillis will get back on track this weekend though as he faces off against a Bengals D ranked 24th in both rushing yards allowed and TDs per game.
Josh Cribbs (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 18 Recs for 242 Yards & 1 TD
Cleveland receivers are not worth using whether it’s McCoy, Delhomme, Wallace, or Bernie Kosar running the show.
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 30 Recs for 408 Yards & 2 TDs
Chansi Stuckey (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 301 Yards & 0 TDs
Brian Robiskie (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 20 Recs for 158 Yards & 0 TDs
Ben Watson (TE Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 582 Yards & 3 TDs
Watson puts together a really nice game every once in awhile, but he’s completely unreliable and has more of a chance of hurting your fantasy team than helping it. With the Bengals tied for fifth-best in the league in allowing the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year, you might want to look elsewhere for some production.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) Bengals Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Cleveland Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 16th - TDs Allowed T-20th
Cleveland Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 23rd – TDs Allowed T-1st
Cincinnati Offensive Cast
Carson Palmer (QB Week 15 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 300/497 – for 3,187 yards & 21 TDs
Palmer started his new job at the local downtown Cincinnati Wendy’s this week, but the word on the street is that he still cares more about studying the playbook in his office than making sure that every burger comes out square. Earlier this year against the Browns, Palmer threw for 371 yards and two TDs in Cleveland en route to a 23-20 loss, so you can be sure that he’ll be doing everything he can this Sunday to make amends for the inter-state embarrassment.
Cedric Benson (RB Week 15 Ranking #18) 2010 Season: 245 Carries for 856 Yards & 6 TDs || 25 Recs for 166 Yards & 1 TD
Benson has put up more bad games than good this year, but he’s been a much better back at home than on the road. Against this Cleveland D in Cincinnati, I expect this to be one of his better ones.
Terrell Owens (WR Week 15 Ranking #4) 2010 Season: 72 Recs for 983 Yards & 9 TDs
Terrell Me-O Owens went absolutely ballistic in their first showdown to the tune of 10 catches, 222 yards and a 78-yard TD. Those numbers won’t be repeated this weekend, but then again, hell, they just might!
Chad Ochocinco (WR Week 15 Ranking #22) 2010 Season: 65 Recs for 795 Yards & 4 TDs
Schizocinco led the Bengals in yards once again last week and seems to have rebuilt his rapport with Palmer. If it continues to grow, Chad might be the one hauling in 10 catches for 222 yards this time around instead of T.O.
Jordan Shipley (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 47 Recs for 569 Yards & 2 TDs
Shipley should end up with a good 4-5 catches this week, but the only way he gets into your lineup is if you play in a 12 or 16-man league that uses a flex position.
Jermaine Gresham (TE Week 15 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 47 Recs for 409 yards & 3 TDs
The Browns are one of the worst teams in the league against tight ends, so even though he’s a rookie, Gresham should be able to be counted on for some decent stats this weekend.
Washington Redskins (5-8) Redskins Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Dallas Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 27th - TDs Allowed 31st
Dallas Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th – TDs Allowed T-17th
Washington Offensive Cast
Donovan McNabb (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 275/472 – for 3,377 Yards & 14 TDs
Shanahan and the Redskins have decided that Rex Grossman gives them a better chance to win than Donovan McNasty and will sit the former All-Pro for the remainder of the season. WOW! And some people used to call Shanahan a genius…
Rex Grossman (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 4/7 – for 44 Yards & 0 TDs
Rex will get a shot to show the Redskins’ brass what he’s made of against the Cowboys this week. Funny, I thought everyone already knew Grossman pretty much blows.
Ryan Torain (RB Week 15 Ranking #19) 2010 Season: 115 Carries for 563 Yards & 3 TDs || 10 Recs for 65 Yards & 1 TD
Did you all catch what Ryan did to that poor Tampa rush D last week (24 carries, 172 yards)? Holy crap! Every time I looked, Torain was trucking through the defensive line and making the Bucs secondary have to pull him down. He won’t beat the Cowboys front seven as easily, but you can bet the Redskins will be getting him the ball a ton this game.
Keiland Williams (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 61 Carries for 245 Yards & 3 TDs || 33 Recs for 245 Yards & 2 TDs
Keiland is back taking on the third-down RB duties with Torain looking good in his return last weekend. Don’t even think of playing him.
Santana Moss (WR Week 15 Ranking #17) 2010 Season: 71 Recs for 884 Yards & 4 TDs
It’s getting tough for wide receivers NOT to go off against the Cowboys this season, and even though Moss isn’t exactly the steadiest of plays, this weekend may be the best bet he’s had all year to put up some real nice fantasy numbers no matter who the QB is.
Anthony Armstrong (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 35 Recs for 672 Yards & 2 TDs
Armstrong had a few decent weeks this season, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to depend on him as any more than a flex in large leagues.
Chris Cooley (TE Week 15 Ranking #13) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 686 Yards & 2 TDs
Cooley has the most targets in the NFL for tight ends right now and is sure to make a huge splash one of these days. Strangely enough, Cooley just demanded that he should be getting more looks on offense from here on out, so expect Chris to get his wish seeing what he’s done in the past for this team.
Dallas Cowboys (4-9) Cowboys Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Washington Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 29th - TDs Allowed 15th
Washington Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 28th – TDs Allowed T-22nd
Dallas Offensive Cast
Jon Kitna (QB Week 15 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 172/261 – for 1,945 Yards & 13 TDs
Kitna threw for 242 yards and two TDs against Philly at home last game, so against a much worse pass D than the Eagles sport, you can expect at least that much this weekend at home against the Redskins, and possibly a whole lot more.
Felix Jones (RB Week 15 Ranking #23) 2010 Season: 146 Carries for 572 Yards & 1 TD || 44 Recs for 396 Yards & 1 TD
Felix has averaged over 20 touches a game the last few weeks which has led to him putting up 95.7 total yards/game in that time. These numbers look to continue on Sunday against a Redskins defense that has a tough time stopping, well, pretty much anything teams throw at them.
Tashard Choice (RB Week 15 Ranking #30) 2010 Season: 40 Carries for 154 Yards & 2 TDs || 10 Recs for 62 Yards & 0 TDs
Choice didn’t get nearly the love fantasy owners were expecting last week after he proved his worth the week before against the Colts. However, the Cowboys should have room enough to get him some good play this weekend against a poor Redskins front seven.
Marion Barber (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 102 Carries for 313 Yards & 3 TDs || 11 Recs for 49 Yards & 0 TDs
It’s iffy as to whether or not Barber will play this weekend. If he does give it a go, give him the 30-rank over Choice as he’ll still be the goal-line guy. If not, leave things as is.
Miles Austin (WR Week 15 Ranking #10) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 826 Yards & 5 TDs
With Dez Bryant going down for the year, Austin becomes the sole WR1 on this team and will demand a ton of targets because of it. He may have been held at bay last week against the Eagles, but Miles showed that the Redskins D isn’t nearly as good as them by putting up 146 yards and a TD on 10 catches during their first game this season.
Roy E. Williams (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 36 Recs for 525 Yards & 5 TDs
I was actually going to rank Roy this week until he pulled up lame. If he does end up playing, his groin will still limit him enough to be left on your bench.
Sam Hurd (WR Week 15 Ranking #41) 2010 Season: 8 Recs for 68 Yards & 0 TDs
It’s tough for me to put this guy in my rankings, but with Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree both out for the year and Williams likely to be sitting on the sidelines, Sam will be counted on quite a bit in this game. Against the Redskins pass D, even a no-name guy like Hurd can surprise with a nice fantasy showing.
Jason Witten (TE Week 15 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 72 Recs for 771 Yards & 6 TDs
Witten is a studly tight end, and Kitna is letting the world know it week by week. If Jason wasn’t the leader in TE receptions, second in targets, tied for fourth in TDs and second in overall fantasy points, I’d mark him below Tamme this week. However, he is, and will put up the stats this weekend to justify his ranking.
Houston Texans (5-8) Texans Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Tennessee Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 26th - TDs Allowed T-8th
Tennessee Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st – TDs Allowed T-8th
Houston Offensive Cast
Matt Schaub (QB Week 15 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 289/465 – for 3,482 Yards & 20 TDs
Schaub has been awesome for fantasy owners the past couple of weeks, though it might have something to do with Andre Johnson finally being healthy and stepping his game up to a different level. In a game that’s sure to get a ton of hype with Andre going up against Finnegan, you can be sure that Schaub will let the chips fall where they may and let ‘Dre take control of this game. In other words, he’s a good bet.
Arian Foster (RB Week 15 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 266 Carries for 1,330 Yards & 13 TDs || 54 Recs for 504 Yards & 2 TDs
Foster continues to dominate for his fantasy owners and now gets to face a Titans team he put up his second highest rushing and highest receiving totals against earlier in the season (143 yards on 30 carries, nine catches for 75 yards). Enjoy the love folks because it doesn’t get much better than this… until next week when he gets to play the Broncos of course.
Andre Johnson (WR Week 15 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 80 Recs for 1,158 Yards & 7 TDs
Andre vs. Cortland, Part II: The Rematch. To be honest, I don’t know if the Titans can afford to put Finnegan on him this weekend seeing that before their little Brouhaha a few weeks ago, ‘Dre was consistently making him look like a kindergartner out there. Finnegan or not, Johnson is going to light it up this weekend.
Kevin Walter (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 474 Yards & 4 TDs
Kinda tough to be putting a Kevin Walter in your lineup at this point in the season, don’t you think?
Jacoby Jones (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 327 Yards & 3 TDs
And that goes double for Jacoby, regardless of his TD catch last weekend.
Owen Daniels (TE Week 15 Ranking #4) 2010 Season: 21 Recs for 291 Yards & 0 TDs
Owen dropped his fair share of balls and didn't look quite in sync during his return last Monday night, but Schaub DID target him 11 times with Owen putting up 91 yards on five catches in the process. Looks like the Texans are committed to him over Joel Dreessen, too, as Dreessen was targeted just three times and came away with zero catches in the game.
Joel Dreessen (TE Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 27 Recs for 399 Yards & 4 TDs
Dreessen returns to afterthought status with Daniels back and playing well.
Tennessee Titans (5-8) Titans Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Houston Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd - TDs Allowed 32nd
Houston Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 6th – TDs Allowed T-17th
Tennessee Offensive Cast
Kerry Collins (QB Week 15 Ranking #12) 2010 Season: 104/178 – for 1,051 Yards & 8 TDs
Kerry Collins? Seriously?!?! Well, he had three TD passes last week against the Colts, so he’s definitely on a bit of a roll, but against a defense three times worse against the pass? You can bet on the old man putting up some nice numbers, especially with Kenny Britt coming back and Chris Johnson taking up a bunch of the defensive attention.
Chris Johnson (RB Week 15 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 258 Carries for 1,137 Yards & 10 TDs || 37 Recs for 187 Yards & 0 TDs
CJ2K hasn’t had nearly the year he and his fantasy owners were expecting, but this matchup against a very beatable Texans D should make for some nice stats this Sunday. Last week against the Colts, Johnson put up 179 total yards (111 rushing) with a TD. The upward trend should continue this Sunday.
Kenny Britt (WR Week 15 Ranking #19) 2010 Season: 27 Recs for 473 Yards & 7 TDs
Britt looked real good in his return to the field last week and was targeted a team-high eight times because of it. Against the worst pass D in the league this week, he stands to have himself a nice little game for your fantasy team.
Nate Washington (WR Week 15 Ranking #32) 2010 Season: 36 Recs for 592 Yards & 5 TDs
With Kenny Britt back, Nate will likely be facing off against the Texans second-best corner this Sunday. If that happens, Washington could be in for a very nice game against this woeful Houston pass D.
Randy Moss (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 27 Recs for 375 Yards & 5 TDs
The Mossman can’t even be thought of for your fantasy team at this point, especially with the return of Kenny Britt.
Justin Gage (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 19 Recs for 265 Yards & 0 TDs
Gage is always a good bet for 1-2 catches and 30 yards, if that floats your boat.
Bo Scaife (TE Week 15 Ranking #15) 2010 Season: 36 Recs for 318 Yards & 4 TDs
If Scaife wasn’t playing the worst pass D in the league… a team that gives up more points/game to tight ends that anyone else in the league this year, I would probably tell you to sit him. If you’re in a fix, though, let your instincts take control and play Scaife with confidence.
Jared Cook (TE Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 14 Recs for 165 Yards & 0 TDs
Scaife proved he's still the man last week, so unless you’re in a dynasty league, go ahead and drop Cook.
Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) Jaguars Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Indianapolis Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 8th - TDs Allowed T-10th
Indianapolis Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 29th – TDs Allowed T-26th
Jacksonville Offensive Cast
David Garrard (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 1790/290 – for 2,141 Yards & 20 TDs
The Jaguars will look to run the hell out of Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings in order to slow down the Colts offense. It’s a plan that has worked in the past, and did so in these teams' first meeting this year. With Garrard averaging just 149 yards passing and one TD a game over the last three weeks and Jones-Drew pretty much owning the Colts throughout his career, I’d suggest finding another QB to lead your fantasy squad this week.
Maurice Jones-Drew (RB Week 15 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 284 Carries for 1,278 Yards & 5 TDs || 32 Recs for 295 Yards & 2 TDs
MJD is on a freakin’ tear right now putting up over 100 yards on the ground in each of his last six games. He’s only scored in three of them, but that shouldn’t be a worry against the Colts as he had two TDs against them the last time they played (Week 4). In fact, in his nine career games against Indy, Jones-Drew has averaged 98.1 yards rushing and 1.2 total TDs while failing to cross the goal-line in just one of them.
Rashad Jennings (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 44 Carries for 306 Yards & 3 TDs || 11 Recs for 96 Yards & 0 TDs
Jennings looks like a great young back, but he’s not about to pass up MJD on the depth chart. Stash him in case of injury.
Mike Sims-Walker (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 38 Recs for 489 Yards & 5 TDs
Not only do the Jaguars want to run in this game, but Sims-Walker was held to zero catches in the first meeting, so you probably don’t want to take a chance here.
Mike Thomas (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 56 Recs for 649 Yards & 3 TDs
Thomas has been doing nothing lately, so against a stingy pass D like the Colts, the only way you can think about playing him is as a flex in PPR leagues.
Marcedes Lewis (TE Week 15 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 45 Recs for 574 Yards & 9 TDs
Again, I have to say it, but Lewis is huge (6’6”, 275 pounds)! He also happens to be one of the more fluid tight ends in the league, so in a depleted database to chose from, Marcedes might be your best option against a Colts D that has been allowing TEs to roam free the past few weeks.
Indianapolis Colts (7-6) Colts Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Jacksonville Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 28th - TDs Allowed T-27th
Jacksonville Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th – TDs Allowed T-26th
Indianapolis Offensive Cast
Peyton Manning (QB Week 15 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 378/569 – for 4,028 Yards & 26 TDs
The Colts haven’t been in a position like this for a long time, meaning they haven’t had to fight for their playoff life since as long as I can remember. The one man they depend on the most is Peyton Manning, and he’ll be the one pulling them up from mediocrity back into the light. The last time he threw for less than 300 yards against these Jaguars was early 2008 while averaging over two TDs against them during that span. Believe it, he’ll come alive this Sunday and show the football world what he’s made of again and by the way, in case you hadn’t noticed, Manning is now leading the NFL in passing yards (4,028) and has a chance of outdoing Dan Marino’s record of 5,084 yards in a season.
Donald Brown (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 106 Carries for 331 Yards & 1 TD || 19 Recs for 201 Yards & 0 TDs
Brown will get a decent amount of handoffs this game, but when you’re running the ball at a 3.1 YPC clip and don’t even get the goal-line carries, you’re hardly worth starting in the world of fantasy.
Javarris James (RB Week 15 Ranking #28) 2010 Season: 45 Carries for 112 Yards & 6 TDs || 9 Recs for 63 Yards & 0 TDs
Javarris has six touchdowns in his last six games, with three of them coming in the last two weeks alone. Coupled with the fact he got 17 carries last weekend and you’re looking at a pretty good fantasy play here. With Addai almost assuredly sitting out again, go ahead and take a chance on Edgerrin James’ cousin.
Joseph Addai (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 93 Carries for 406 Yards & 3 TDs || 18 Recs for 118 Yards & 0 TDs
Addai seemed like he was getting close to a return again, but it looks like he’ll be sitting out for at least one more week.
Mike Hart (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 43 Carries for 185 Yards & 1 TD || 6 Recs for 25 Yards & 0 TDs
Doesn’t look like Hart will make it back this week either.
Reggie Wayne (WR Week 15 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 94 Recs for 1,213 Yards & 5 TDs
Wayne had a monster game against Jacksonville the first time around going off for 15 catches and 196 yards. With Manning realizing his Colts are backed into a corner right now, I’m not sure it’s going to matter what the Jags do to slow him and Wayne down this Sunday. Their 28th-ranked pass D is simply overmatched.
Pierre Garcon (WR Week 15 Ranking #9) 2010 Season: 52 Recs for 627 Yards & 4 TDs
Manning has been passing the ball a ton lately, and I don’t expect the Colts to all of the sudden turn to the run at this point in the season. Garcon’s numbers have been steadily increasing since he was called out for his butterfingers problem over a month ago, culminating in a two-TD, 93-yard effort last week against the Titans. Both Pierre AND Wayne have a chance to put up WR1 numbers this weekend.
Austin Collie (WR Week 15 Ranking #35) 2010 Season: 50 Recs for 562 Yards & 6 TDs
Collie went through a full practice each day this week, which bodes well for his return this Sunday against the Jags. He might be eased back into things a bit as the Colts will definitely want to take caution with his concussion issues, but he could be another nice sleeper for fantasy owners this weekend.
Blair White (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 29 Recs for 268 Yards & 4 TDs
With Collie’s return, White will be stuck manning the WR4 position on the team. Stash him in case Collie goes down again.
Jacob Tamme (TE Week 15 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 46 Recs for 452 Yards & 3 TDs
Tamme will get his catches and targets this game no matter what, so with the Jags being the eighth worst defense in defending the tight end, you shouldn’t have any worries due to his lack of production the past couple of weeks.
Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) Chiefs Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
St. Louis Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st - TDs Allowed T-13th
St. Louis Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 12th – TDs Allowed T-3rd
Kansas City Offensive Cast
Matt Cassel (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 212/354 – for 2,503 Yards & 23 TDs
It looks like Cassel will be returning this week despite his ‘questionable’ tag, but the Chiefs probably won’t push him this game. Hold off playing him until at least next week.
Brodie Croyle (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 7/17 – for 40 Yards & 0 TDs
Croyle showed how good of a QB he is last week, which is to say, not very.
Jamaal Charles (RB Week 15 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 192 Carries for 1,177 Yards & 3 TDs || 36 Recs for 388 Yards & 1 TD
The Ostrich is the only running back in the top ten rushers this season to have fewer than 200 carries so far (192), and though the fact that he’s third in the league in rushing is astounding, his average of 6.1 yards/carry is even more insane. Expect at least 20 touches against the Rams this Sunday, which should be all he needs to make his fantasy owners happy.
Thomas Jones (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 190 Carries for 766 Yards & 5 TDs || 12 Recs for 108 Yards & 0 TDs
Jones just isn’t getting enough touches anymore to do any damage. Unless Charles gets injured, Jones will be useless for the remainder of the season.
Dwayne Bowe (WR Week 15 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 59 Recs for 888 Yards & 14 TDs
The fantasy-team killer struck again last weekend as Bowe was held to just one catch and three yards against the Chargers. The good thing heading into Week 15 is that he won’t have to face this week what he’s come up against the past two Sundays. Two weeks ago it was perennial All-Pro Champ Bailey on him, while last week it was the top ranked pass D in the league he had to deal with. The Rams won’t be able to throw either of them at Bowe.
Chris Chambers (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 14 Recs for 132 Yards & 1 TD
You’re almost as likely to see Chambers go without a catch in the game (five times this season) as you do with (eight times).
Dexter McCluster (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 17 Recs for 172 Yards & 1 TD
McCluster is an electric piece for the future, but his fantasy value at this point is nil.
Tony Moeaki (TE Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 38 Recs for 451 Yards & 3 TDs
Moeaki is a good young player, but you’ll want to hold off using him until next year.
St. Louis Rams (6-7) Rams Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Kansas City Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 22nd - TDs Allowed T-16th
Kansas City Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th – TDs Allowed T-10th
St. Louis Offensive Cast
Sam Bradford (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 286/474 – for 2,884 Yards & 17 TDs
If you had Rodgers and/or McNabb on your team and are in desperate need for a serviceable QB, Bradford could do the trick. Otherwise, he’s just not playing well enough right now to consider.
Steven Jackson (RB Week 15 Ranking #12) 2010 Season: 276 Carries for 1,081 Yards & 4 TDs || 34 Recs for 288 Yards & 0 TDs
The Beast went over 1,000 yards on the season last week for the sixth straight time in his career a feat not many running backs can lay claim to. The Chiefs rush D is right in the middle of the pack, so with Sam ‘The Ram’ Bradford struggling a bit as of late, I expect a good 25-plus carries en route to a nice game out of the big fella this Sunday.
Brandon Gibson (WR Week 15 Ranking #37) 2010 Season: 44 Recs for 492 Yards & 2 TDs
Bradford has gone through a bit of a rookie dry spell the last couple of weeks, but he’s too good to be held down for long. Gibson has been his main man lately leading the team in both catches and targets the last two games, so if Sam the Ram does happen to break out of his mini-slump, Gibson could be in for a nice little game.
Danny Amendola (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 68 Recs for 567 Yards & 3 TDs
Amendola is still a little too inconsistent to think about playing on your fantasy team, especially during a playoff week.
Danario Alexander (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 11 Recs for 193 Yards & 1 TD
Alexander has some real nice potential for the future with Sam Bradford as his QB, but like Amendola, you just can’t play him during the playoffs.
Laurent Robinson (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 27 Recs for 297 Yards & 1 TD
There are just too many receivers on this team for Laurent to sneak into fantasy lineups.
Daniel Fells (TE Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 277 Yards & 2 TDs
He looks to be pretty good, but he’s hardly worth playing at this point.
Buffalo Bills (3-10) Bills Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Miami Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 6th - TDs Allowed T-6th
Miami Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 7th – TDs Allowed T-6th
Buffalo Offensive Cast
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 221/378 – for 2,526 Yards & 21 TDs
The Dolphins are just too tough on defense to consider playing Fitz this week.
Fred Jackson (RB Week 15 Ranking: #25) 2010 Season: 181 Carries for 775 Yards & 5 TDs || 28 Recs for 191 yards & 2 TDs
Freddy went back up over 100 yards against the Browns last weekend, but the Dolphins defense is a whole different animal to contend with. He’ll get his fair share of touches in this one, but temper your expectations of FJax against a seventh-ranked Miami rush D that’s allowed just six rushing TDs on the season.
C.J. Spiller (RB Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 56 Carries for 232 Yards & 0 TDs || 20 Recs for 82 Yards & 1 TD
Spiller won’t be getting enough touches to do any damage with Jackson ahead of him and playing well.
Steve Johnson (WR Week 15 Ranking: #13) 2010 Season: 66 Recs for 874 Yards & 9 TDs
Ever since his embarrassing drop in the endzone in OT against Pittsburgh three weeks ago, Stevie J has pretty much fallen off the fantasy map. He’s still a touchdown waiting to happen, but the Dolphins don’t allow too many of those (15, sixth in the NFL) so temper your expectations a bit and find another third wide receiver if you can.
Lee Evans (WR Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 37 Recs for 578 Yards & 4 TDs
Evans has been placed on injured reserve, so go ahead and drop him from your team.
David Nelson (WR Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 28 Recs for 292 Yards & 2 TDs
Nelson is looking pretty good as a big 6’5” receiver, but you can’t play him just yet in a playoff situation.
Jonathan Stupar (TE Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 10 Recs for 104 Yards & 0 TDs
HOLY CRAP!!! Stupar caught THREE passes last week for 45 yards, nearly doubling his output on the season!
Miami Dolphins (7-6) Dolphins Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Buffalo Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 4th - TDs Allowed 25th
Buffalo Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd – TDs Allowed T-26th
Miami Offensive Cast
Chad Henne (QB Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 233/385 – for 2,676 Yards & 13 TDs
Henne won’t be too bad of a play this weekend if you’re in desperate need of a QB.
Ronnie Brown (RB Week 15 Ranking: #27) 2010 Season: 172 Carries for 644 Yards & 3 TDs || 23 Recs for 166 Yards & 0 TDs
Ronnie has been a huge bummer this year grabbing just three TDs and not once rushing for more than 85 yards or putting up 100 total yards in a game. If he’s going to do it, however, it will be against this awful Bills rush D (165.8 rush yards/game, last in the NFL). He might be worth a shot if you’re looking for the home run this fantasy playoff weekend.
Ricky Williams (RB Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 132 Carries for 578 Yards & 2 TDs || 12 Recs for 86 Yards & 1 TD
Ricky could see enough opportunities in this one to actually do some damage. If you’re looking for someone to take a chance on, Ricky might be your best bet this playoff weekend
Brandon Marshall (WR Week 15 Ranking: #20) 2010 Season: 60 Recs for 709 Yards & 2 TDs
Marshall had eight catches in his first game against Buffalo this season, and seeing that Henne finally found him for his second touchdown of the season last weekend, “Baby T.O.” may be looking to go on his yearly end-of-the-season roll right about now.
Davone Bess (WR Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 673 Yards & 3 TDs
Bess will be good for PPR leagues, but that’s about it this weekend with the Dolphins likely to run the rock all game.
Anthony Fasano (TE Week 15 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 467 Yards & 4 TDs
Fasano isn’t involved enough in the offense to be worth taking a chance on.
Detroit Lions (3-10) Lions Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Tampa Bay Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 11th - TDs Allowed T-20th
Tampa Bay Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 27th – TDs Allowed 14th
Detroit Offensive Cast
Drew Stanton (QB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 57/96 – for 528 Yards & 3 TDs
Tampa’s pass D is too good to consider using Stanton unless you’re in a major fix this weekend.
Jahvid Best (RB Week 15 Ranking #29) 2010 Season: 149 Carries for 485 Yards & 4 TDs || 51 Recs for 411 Yards & 1 TD
Best has been looking better the last couple of games, and against a Bucs D that just got torched for 172 yards on the ground by Ryan Torain, he might be worth a shot if you’re looking for a good flex option.
Maurice Morris (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 51 Carries for 184 Yards & 2 TDs || 18 Recs for 123 Yards & 0 TDs
Morris will be splitting carries with Best and isn’t worth using anymore because of it.
Calvin Johnson (WR Week 15 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 63 Recs for 916 Yards & 12 TDs
Megatron won’t have to deal with the Bucs top cover-corner (Aqib Talib) as he’s out for the season, so there’s hope for Calvin despite the Lions being down to their third-string QB, Drew Stanton. Stanton isn’t what you’d call an “elite” QB, but he’s not bad, and you can bet your ass he’ll be looking Johnson’s way a ton this game.
Nate Burleson (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 44 Recs for 507 Yards & 4 TDs
Burleson has been close to invisible the last few weeks. Don’t bother.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE Week 15 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 604 Yards & 3 TDs
The only thing between Pettigrew being an all-out fantasy stud or a complete and utter dud is Drew Stanton. The Lions third-string QB targeted the hell out of him earlier this year, but only threw the ball his way three times last week against the Packers. Tampa is pretty good against the pass and tight ends, so don’t cry if Brandon only gets three catches for 42 yards this game.
Tony Scheffler (TE Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 35 Recs for 295 Yards & 1 TD
With a third-string QB in there, you can’t really call on a second-string tight end.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) Buccaneers Schedule
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Detroit Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed 13th - TDs Allowed T-20th
Detroit Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed 22nd – TDs Allowed 29th
Tampa Bay Offensive Cast
Josh Freeman (QB Week 15 Ranking #13) 2010 Season: 228/390 – for 2,708 Yards & 17 TDs
The only game Freeman didn’t throw for a touchdown pass in this year was against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in Week 3. That said, he also hasn’t thrown for three TDs on the year, either. If you start him, you’re taking a bit of a gamble, but against the Lions down south in Tampa, where the weather runs warm and doesn’t affect the receivers or the passing game, you might do well in taking a chance on him.
LeGarrette Blount (RB Week 15 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 149 Carries for 667 Yards & 5 TDs || 2 Recs for 9 Yards & 0 TDs
What a great find this monster RB (6’0”, 247 pounds) has been for the Bucs this season. Blount has averaged 5.2 yards/carry at home so far this season and has done well against the lesser rush Ds in the league, so have confidence playing him as an RB2 with upside on your fantasy team this week.
Cadillac Williams (RB Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 113 Carries for 371 Yards & 2 TDs || 41 Recs for 307 Yards & 1 TD
Caddy is actually doing pretty well as the Bucs third-down back, but that’s far from being worth a fantasy play.
Mike Williams (WR Week 15 Ranking #15) 2010 Season: 52 Recs for 784 Yards & 7 TDs
Super-stud rookie Mike Williams was held to just one catch for 15 yards last week by DeAngelo Hall. Thank goodness the Lions don’t have anyone even close to that for him to have to worry about.
Arrelious Benn (WR Week 15 Ranking #39) 2010 Season: 21 Recs for 345 Yards & 2 TDs
The big rookie out of Illinois is starting to turn some heads down in Tampa. He was a well-known rookie coming into the season, but has been completely overshadowed by the play of fellow rookie Mike Williams for the greater part of the season. Last game, he came up with four catches for 122 yards and was one yard short of adding a TD to that line. With Tampa playing Detroit this weekend, Benn deserves a look.
Sammie Stroughter (WR Week 15 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 23 Recs for 238 Yards & 0 TDs
Sammie has been passed on the depth chart by Benn and isn’t worth a fantasy lick.
Kellen Winslow Jr. (TE Week 15 Ranking #12) 2010 Season: 52 Recs for 558 Yards & 3 TDs
Winslow has been a horse of a different color this whole season, but that’s exactly why he’s worth the risk this weekend against a porous Detroit pass D. Three touchdowns in the last five weeks is a LOT more than most TEs can claim to lately, so go ahead and take a chance on the ultra-talented Winslow Jr.