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Monday, December 14, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 14 WRAPUP

Jordan Reed:  Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is a terrific pass catching talent who only has to stay healthy to be a top five guy annually at the position.  He went off on Sunday by catching 9 balls for 120 yards and a TD in the team's win over the Chicago Bears.  Reed is now up to 7 receiving touchdowns on the season for the Redskins and other than Tyler Eifert, Greg Olsen, and Rob Gronkowski, arguably has been the best fantasy football tight end in the game. 

DeAngelo Williams:  Veteran back DeAngelo Williams continues to enjoy a comeback season in 2015 by playing well into December as he rushed for 76 yards on 23 carries and 2 touchdowns while also catching 2 balls for 15 more yards.  Williams has been everything the Pittsburgh Steelers could have asked for in place of the injured Le'Veon Bell and he continues to be well worth using as a RB 2 the last two weeks of the fantasy football season. 

Blake Bortles:  What a sophomore season being engineered from Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles as he completed 16-of-30 passes for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns Sunday, just a week after he tossed for five scores.  For the season now, Bortles has tossed 30 big touchdowns as he has taken the next step in his development to be a top ten fantasy football passer.  The Jags and Bortles seem primed to be very good for awhile too given the youth on the whole entire offense. 

Doug Baldwin:  Yet again Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin was big on Sunday as he caught 6 passes for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team's win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Baldwin has been the biggest beneficiary in the recent Russell Wilson binge, having gone for an insane 8 receiving scores during the last three weeks.  He is clearly taken another step in his own development and is right now performing almost like a WR 1. 

Golden Tate:  For the second season in a row, it has been Golden Tate and NOT Calvin Johnson who has been the most effective wideout for the Detroit Lions.  With Johnson looking like he has lost a step and who was invisible Sunday, Tate caught 9 balls for 60 yards and two touchdowns in the team's loss to the St. Louis Rams.  Tate has done his slot thing at a very good WR 2/3 level this season and he should be used as such going forward. 

Marques Colston:  It was a turn back the clock day for New Orleans Saints wideout Marques Colston who caught 6 passes for 36 yards and 2 touchdowns in the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Nice game for sure but Colston looked like toast for most of this season and can't be depended on even as a WR 3 in a crucial playoff game. 

Todd Gurley:  After a very quiet last month leading up to Sunday's game amid talk that maybe Todd Gurley was hitting the rookie wall or if he was hurt, the St. Louis Rams rookie rushed for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries, while also catching 2 passes for 7 more yards.  Gurley did hurt his knee late in the game but all signs suggest it was a minor deal and he should be able to go for Week 15.  No doubt the awful state of the Rams passing attack have made life difficult for Gurley lately but this is a good sign that he can be fully used again next week. 

Russell Wilson:  No one has been a more dominant fantasy football QB over the last month than the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson who went nuts again on Sunday by completing 23-of-32 passes for 292 yards and 5 touchdowns in the team's win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Wilson has been simply insane during that stretch, throwing for 16 touchdowns and no picks in the last four games.  With the Seahawks having lost both Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls out for the season with injury, Wilson is being asked to throw like never before and he is responding.  From a past critic of Wilson, even we will say the guy has been crazy good. 

A.J. Green:  Despite losing Andy Dalton to a broken thumb, A.J. Green didn't miss a beat with A.J. McCarron as he caught 6 passes for 132 yards and 1 TD.  Green went over 100 receiving yards in a game for the fifth time this season but he could be looking at a rough time the last two weeks with the green McCarron under center.  Something to watch for sure as Green's optimal value is with Dalton under center.  We have seen with top guys like Antonio Brown and Demaryuis Thomas this season how numbers can crater when a starting QB goes out. 

Brock Osweiler:  While he was trusted to throw the football all game long, Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler did not look good Sunday as he held onto the football way too long in taking constant hits and sacks, while also struggling with his passing.  Osweiler completed 35-of-51 passes for 398 yards but did not toss a single TD pass.  Once again Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryuis Thomas are being adversely affected by what is going on under center for Denver this season. 

 

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