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Monday, December 15, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 15 WRAPUP

Harry Douglas:  A few days ago I suggested you pick up Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas who was slated to take the place of the injured Julio Jones in a terrific matchup against an awful Pittsburgh Steelers secondary.  In the past Douglas has performed like a near-WR 1 when Jones has been out and he did so again Sunday in catching 10 passes for 131 yards.  Jones is no lock to return for Week 16 either so if you picked up Douglas, hold him another few days. 

Johnny Manziel:  Johnny Football was a Johnny Flop Sunday in his first NFL start as he completed only 10-of-18 passes for 80 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.  Simply put, Manziel was horrific no matter how you look at it.  Heading into the game Manziel was just a speculative add but now he can be let go in all formats with the championship game on tap.

Le'Veon Bell:  With DeMarco Murray struggling Sunday night, it is now time to anoint Le'Veon Bell the favorite to be the 2014 fantasy football MVP.  Bell has been beyond ridiculous over the last month which continued Sunday in rushing for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries while also catching five balls for another 72 yards.  Right now no one is better regardless of the position he plays. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Stick a fork in Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who suffered a broken leg in the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.  Coming off a 6-touchdown game, Fitzpatrick had little chance of an encore as he went down early.  Rookie Tom Savage was ill prepared from that point on which means that those who own DeAndre Hopkins and Arian Foster could see a rough championship game. 

Jeremy Hill:  During the past week it was learned that Cincinnati Bengals OC Hue Jackson preferred to have rookie Jeremy Hill dominate carries and in turn phase out Giovani Bernard a bit.  Jackson obviously made the right call as Hill was unstoppable Sunday in rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries while also catching one pass for 4 more yards.  There is no reason for Jackson to deviate from his offensive plan right now which means Hill will be ridden heavily the rest of the way.  This is a clear RB 1 in all formats. 

Donte Moncrief:  Just a shockingly terrible game for Indianapolis Colts big-play WR Donte Moncrief as the speedy rookie failed to catch even one pass in the team's win over the Houston Texans.  Those who took a shot on Moncrief with Reggie Wayne hobbling got destroyed with this.  As great as Andrew Luck and the Colts offense is, Moncrief is too inconsistent to depend on. 

Greg Olsen:  Continuing with his career year, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen caught 10 passes for 110 yards in the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.  Whether it is Derek Anderson or Cam Newton throwing the passes, Olsen has been the best and most productive receiver on the Panthers this season by far. 

Aaron Rodgers:  Fantasy football owners of Aaron Rodgers had to be feeling pretty confident going into the playoff with the Green Bay Packers QB starting back at them when looking at their rosters.  However it is likely those owners are out of the chase of their league title after Rodgers had arguably his worst game as a pro Sunday in a loss to the Buffalo Bills.  Rodgers completed only 17-of-42 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions and zero touchdowns.  The Bills pass rush and ball-hawking secondary were all over Rodgers and the Packer receivers throughout.  Even the best of them have a bad day.  Just another reminder of how razor-thin the margin of error can be in this. 

Odell Beckham Jr.:  What can this guy do next?  The amazing rookie season of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. continued Sunday as he caught 12 passes for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team's win over the Washington Redskins.  Beckham Jr. did whatever he wanted in the game and is already challenging for top five status among all fantasy football wideouts.  While Antonio Brown, Calvin Johnson, and Demaryuis Thomas are all worthy of being picked ahead of him, I have a tough time figuring out why Beckham should not be the fourth wideout overall next season.

Mike Wallace:  For the first time this season, Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace passed the 100-yard plateau as he grabbed 5 passes for 104 yards and a score in a bad loss to the New England Patriots.  Wallace has done his job as a WR 3 this season but his contract is still completely unjustified. 

Peyton Manning:  The quiet finish for Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning continued Sunday as he threw only one touchdown in the win over the San Diego Chargers.  Overall Manning threw for 233 yards on 14-of-20 passing as the Broncos ran the ball heavily.  Manning has now thrown for 1 or fewer touchdowns in two of the team's last three games.  It is likely that many of his owners are already out of the playoffs as a result.

Antonio Gates:  Ageless San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates kept things going nicely Sunday in catching six passes for 54 yards and 1 touchdown Sunday against personal patsies the Denver Broncos.  Gates was effective at beating the Bronco defense down the middle of the field for most of the game and he has remained overall healthy this season which is always a challenge for him.  Continue using Gates as your prime tight end play.

Julius Thomas:  Things are getting beyond frustrating for the owners of Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas who finally made it back Sunday from his injured ankle but who played only limited snaps that resulted in one paltry catch for 30 yards.  Thomas clearly is not 100 percent and is a major liability to own right now if you are still active in your league.  Look for any other option for Week 16.

Dez Bryant:  It was the Dez Bryant show Sunday night as the big-play Dallas Cowboys wideout caught 6 passes for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.  Bryan and QB Tony Romo played pitch-and-catch throughout and will be a major duo again next week against the awful Indianapolis Colts secondary.


 

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