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Fantasy Football Report: Week 15

With leagues already in playoff mode, it is important to make sure that you pay attention to who is playing. By that I mean,  make sure your current starters will actually be starting. Some teams will rest their players in order to gear them up for the playoffs and that can hurt you. So, for example, if you own Kurt Warner. The Cardinals have already clinched a playoff spot and during the last weeks of the season, Arizona may not want to risk injuring him so, they may bench him. In that case you would want to search your free agent pool for his backup (Matt Leinart). So look at your team and invest in their backups.

Addai cleared to play in Week 16

Colts RB Joseph Addai sat out Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. However, coach Tony Dungy and the team have cleared him to play and he will start this Thursday against Jacksonville.

Zach Miller Leaves Game

Oakland TE and leading receiver Zach Miller was helped off the field on Sunday after suffering an apparent neck injury. It is not considered serious and he is likely to play this Sunday.

Tarvaris Jackson Will Start

The Vikings have officially named QB Tarvaris Jackson the starter for their Week 16 game against Atlanta. Even if Gus Frerotte comes back healthy, he may have trouble wrestling the job away from Jackson.

Week 15 Top Performers

Andre Johnson (WR), Houston Texans: Johnson set the Texans franchise record for receiving yds in a game with 207 yds and a TD. He leads the NFL with 1,408 receiving yds.

  • Week 16 Outlook: The Texans face an Oakland defense more prone to giving up big rushing games than passing ones because they allow over 160 rush yds per game.

Dallas Clark (TE), Indianapolis Colts: Clark’s 142 yds in Week 15 were more than he had in the previous four weeks combined. He also scored his 5th TD of the year.

  • Week 16 Outlook: Clark isn’t likely to have another big game, especially against the Jaguars. Jacksonville only allows a little over 208 pass yds per contest.

Michael Turner (RB), Atlanta Falcons: Turner redeemed himself from his Week 2 performance against Tampa Bay (14 carries, 42 yds) with 152 yds and his league leading 15th TD against the Bucs on Sunday.

  • Week 16 Outlook: Turner looks like he will hit a huge speed bump in Minnesota. The Vikings allow less than 75 rush yds per game.

Week 15 Duds

Anquan Boldin (WR), Arizona Cardinals: Boldin couldn’t get things going on Sunday with 34 yds and failing to find the endzone for the third week in a row.

  • Week 16 Outlook: The Cardinals face a New England defense that has given up at least two passing TD’s in each of their past five games.

Kevin Walter (WR), Houston Texans: After 146 yds and a TD last week, Walter only caught two passes for eight yds.

  • Week 16 Outlook: Like I said above with Andre Johnson, Houston may want to run the ball more against Oakland. The Raiders surrender less than 200 yds passing each week.

Brian Westbrook (RB), Philadelphia Eagles: Westbrook failed to shine on Monday Night Football with 67 total yds and no TD.

  • Week 16 Outlook: Philadelphia goes up against a tough Redskins defense responsible for giving up less than 290 total yds per game.

Unexpected Stars

Sammy Morris (RB), New England Patriots: Sammy proved anyone can be a star against Oakland’s rush defense when he ran for 117 yds and a TD.

  • Week 16 Outlook: New England faces Arizona and the Cardinals give up an embarrassing 25.6 points per game but, the Patriots are vulnerable on defense as well. I personally predict a shootout.

Dennis Northcutt (WR), Jacksonville Jaguars: Out of nowhere, Northcutt had 127 yds and his first TD of the season.

  • Week 16 Outlook: This was Northcutt’s first 100-yd game of the season so don’t expect an encore. Besides, the Jags face the Colts and Indianapolis doesn’t give up a lot of passing offense (190.2 pass yds per game).

David Martin (TE), Miami Dolphins: Martin had a good game with 66 yds and a TD.

  • Week 16 Outlook: It looks to be a very good matchup for the Miami offense as they face Kansas City’s poor defense. The Chiefs give up over 397 total yds and over 27 points per game.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • The playoffs are in full swing baby. I won my first round matchup over our friend WickedPissaDude by a score of 125.24-98.88. Thank you Michael Turner.
  • Our friend Dev also advanced by beating SoB’s Chris 117.86-88.08.
  • Recent pickups include: Amani Toomer, Matt Leinart, Deion Branch, Neil Rackers, and Tarvaris Jackson

SoB League Semi-Finals

Now, I leave you with a look at our upcoming fantasy match-ups. Who has the edge?

SoB – KC vs. SoB – Pete

Shrink Dev Off vs. SoB – Dan

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One comment for “Fantasy Football Report: Week 15”

  1. Just thought that I should point out that I didn’t put the pics in at the bottom.

    I say this to inform you that my current roster will not look like that for my matchup.

    Also, KC just did this so he could intentionally show his “smack talk” that says he wants to start Tavaris Jackson. Shame shame KC.

    I also guarantee that if you start Jackson, he will have a great game against me and you will win.

    Posted by Pete | December 17, 2008, 9:53 am

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