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The end of Week 14 signifies the start of the fantasy playoffs for everybody now. I missed the playoffs in one league, but actually managed to make it in another. As for those still in a championship race, be sure to be alert this week as the NFL not only has a Thursday night game (Colts @ Jaguars), but also a Saturday night game as well (Dallas @ New Orleans). You Peyton Manning and Drew Brees owners should make sure that your stud QB’s are all set and ready to go.
At the start of last week, it looked like the Houston RB would just miss a game with a shoulder injury that lead to numbness in his arm and hand. Instead, the Texans shut him down for the rest of the season. Slaton was a disappointment this season with only 437 rush yds in 11 games.
St. Louis QB Kyle Boller was a late scratch from Sunday’s game against Tennessee with a thigh injury that was acting up during pre-game warm ups. Rookie QB Keith Null started in his place and then proceeded to throw five interceptions.
Jacksonville’s breakout WR Mike Sims-Walker has been missing practice over the past few weeks with a calf injury and he sat out of practice again on Monday. This explains his poor production over the last three weeks where he had just six receptions for 64 yds.
Manning made the Eagles’ defense look foolish by throwing for 391 yds with 3 TD and no interceptions.
Manning may have more trouble this week against Washington’s defense which has allowed over 200 yds passing in a game only four times this season.
This is basically just the “Chris Johnson Section”. All he did last Sunday was rush for 117 yds and 2 TD. He also added 69 receiving yds and a receiving TD. This was Johnson’s eight straight 100-yd game.
It’s Chris Johnson! He can do whatever he wants. He is facing a decent Miami rush defense, but Johnson always finds a way.
Marshall entered the history books against the Colts as he caught an NFL record 21 passes and in the end he had 200 yds and 2 TD on the day.
Marshall clearly proved that he is one of the elite receivers in football with that performance. This week you should expect another solid game against Oakland. Marshall had 67 yds and a score in their last meeting and the Raiders have allowed an average of 250 pass yds over their last three games.
Clark only had five catches for 43 yds. Oh sorry, three of those receptions went for touchdowns.
The Colts are going for 14-0 against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has a bottom 10 pass defense, so just expect more bloodshed from Peyton Manning and Co.
Bironas was picture perfect on Sunday, going 4/4 on field goals and 5/5 on extra points.
Those four field goals were a single game high this season for Bironas. The Titans should give him a couple of chances against Miami this week.
The 49ers forced seven turnovers (five fumble recoveries, two interceptions) against Arizona on Monday night. They racked up four sacks and a blocked kick.
You can’t expect that to happen again, especially this week against Philadelphia. The Eagles have won four in a row, averaging over 32 points per game in that time.
Warner didn’t find the endzone once on Monday and he threw two interceptions to boot.
No worries this week as the Cardinals get an early Christmas present in the form of the Detroit Lions. The Lions allow over 270 pass yds per game which is by far the worst in the NFL.
Despite being the #2 rusher in the NFL, Jackson put together his worst game of the season against Tennessee with 47 rush yds and no scores.
If that was his worst week, then it can only get better from here. Jackson really is the only source of offense on the Rams. Houston is more vulnerable to the run than the Titans, so you should see a better game from Jackson.
Fitzgerald caught two passes for 22 yds with no scores, by far his worst game of the season. He also suffered a sprained knee during the game, but was able to return.
Fitzgerald should be just fine for a game against the lowly Lions. This has “bounce-back performance” written all over it.
Winslow has been enjoying moderate success lately thanks in part to QB Josh Freeman looking his way. That wasn’t the case this week as Winslow had four catches for 26 yds.
Winslow still had nine targets in the game, so Josh Freeman is still looking in his direction. Things could turn around against Seattle. The Seahawks have given up at least 250 pass yds in each of their last five games.
Miami didn’t give him a lot of chances, and when they did, Carpenter missed a field goal. In total, he was 1/2 on field goals and 2/2 on extra points.
It was only Carpenter’s second missed field goal on the season, so I think we can cut him a break since he had made his last 17. The Titans can be beat through the air, but they have a very good rush defense. If Miami fails to pound the ball into the endzone, then Carpenter will shine.
One of fantasy football’s biggest surprises this season, the Saints defense gave up 23 points to Atlanta and managed to get just one sack and one interception.
The Saints bottom 10 pass defense gets to meet Tony Romo and the Cowboys in what is looking like a real threat to the perfect season. Romo has the skills to tear apart this defense, so New Orleans will be allowing a lot of point this week. Whether they win or not is not important in the fantasy realm.
The Washington backfield has seen three featured backs this season. Ganther is #4 and he ended up with a great line against Oakland with 93 total yds and two scores.
Ganther will find it difficult to gain yardage against the Giants, but like last week, he could find the endzone again. The Giants have allowed 17 rushing TD this season, which is 29th in the league.
The Ravens ran the ball 40 times against the Lions and McGahee had 12 rushes for 76 yds and 2 TD.
McGahee has scored a TD in three straight games (4 total). The Ravens should continue to run the ball into the ground against Chicago. The Bears defense has allowed 135+ rush yds in four straight games.
The Redskins had an all-around good day against Oakland with Campbell coming away with 222 yds and 2 TD.
The Giants are giving up an average 32 points per game since Week 6. In that time they have allowed 270 pass yds per game. With Jason Campbell on a roll lately (7 TD, 3 INT in last three games), I think he is a wise start this week.
Still filling in for Matt Ryan (turf toe), Redman turned in a respectable performance against the undefeated Saints by throwing for 303 yds and a TD.
No word yet on Matt Ryan’s availability for this week’s game against the Jets. No matter who the Qb is, they won’t do much against the New York Jets, who own the NFL’s best pass defense with 160 pass yds allowed per game.
Davis caught three passes for 50 yds and 2 TD.
Don’t look now, but Davis has scored a TD in three straight games. He is a solid play against a weak Giants defense.