Friday, December 15, 2017


Brock Osweiler fantasy football hero?  I had to see it to believe it Thursday night as the the much-belittled QB came off the bench for an injured Trevor Siemian and accounted for three scores in leading the team to their second straight win. 

-Speaking of Osweiler, he was shockingly good last night as he completed 12-of-17 passes for 194 yards with 2 TD and no INT.  He also added a rushing score as a cherry on top of the ice cream.  Yes the Indy defense is brutal but Osweiler looks poised and confident which likely will have him starting next week.

On the other side, Jacoby Brissett had his own rushing score but otherwise was predictably pedestrian in completing 17-of-30 passes for 158 yards.  Nothing to see here as Brissett never had any fantasy football value.

-The Broncos backfield has been one big pain in the neck for the fantasy football community all year given the three-headed monster of C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, and Jamaal Charles.  Well it was Anderson who stole the show as he rushed for 158 yards on 30 carries in the type of workhorse role his fantasy football owners have not seen enough of this season.  Anderson always has done his best work in December and could be worth using as a RB 2 next week.

When it comes to the Colts ground game, Frank Gore went bust as predicted as he rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries before leaving with injury.  It was easy to see a bad game coming from the ancient Gore after he got so many carries less than a week prior in the snow in Buffalo. 

-With regards to the receivers, Demaryuis Thomas caught five balls for 69 yards in a typical performance for him.  Thomas has always been good for his five catches and he scores about once every three games.  With a better QB Thomas is a WR 1 but he remains on the WR 2 radar for Week 16.  He was joined in the solid game department by Emmanuel Sanders who hauled in 7 balls for 68 yards but he left early with an ankle injury.  Sanders has endured a very injury-plagued year and he likely will be out Week 16.

On the Colts side, tight end Jack Doyle took advantage of the fact the Broncos defense tends to struggle holding down receivers from the position as he caught 7 balls for 47 yards.  Nothing spectacular but this is classic Doyle in terms of piling up the catches without many "wow" plays.  Also on the fast track at home, wideout T.Y. Hilton was solid in catching 5 balls for 41 yards.  Hilton has always been very good at home and awful on the road and he played true to that trend this season. 

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