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Whether it is the consolation bracket or the semi-finals in the playoffs, Week 15 is a week to remember in the postseason. Below are some players who can help you out as the season winds down.
Andrew Luck (vs. Houston): After two to three bad weeks for Luck, the Houston Texans defense is just what the second-year QB is looking for. He played really well last week against the Cincinnati Bengals outdoors and another contest outside could really help Luck with only a few games left in the regular season.
Shane Vereen (vs. Miami): Vereen may be the most important cog in the Patriots offense now that Rob Gronkowski is done for the season. Sure, Stevan Ridley and the other backs will be running the ball a ton, but Vereen is the best pass-catching back that the Pats have and will need him to take down a tough pass defense that the Miami Dolphins bring.
Roddy White (vs. Washington): Matt Ryan will be throwing against the Redskins from the get-go. White has done well of late and the Washington pass defense has really struggled. Start White with confidence in your playoff run.
Jordan Cameron (vs. Chicago): With all the QB injuries, Cameron has been up and down all season. Last week, Jason Campbell got the ball consistently to Cameron and he should be a top tight end against the Bears in Week 15.
Phil Dawson (vs. Tampa Bay): Dawson had four field goals last week against the Seahawks and the 49ers should be able to move the ball enough to give Dawson some chances.
Saints DEF (vs. St. Louis): St. Louis has nothing really to play for the rest of the season and the only real threat on offense is Zac Stacy. The Saints should have a field day against the Rams.
Tom Brady (vs. Miami): Dealing with the loss of Gronkowski wasn’t going to be an end all to this matchup since Brady only scored eight points against the Dolphins in Week 8 with a healthy Gronk. The Dolphins will play well against the pass, but it will be the run game that will help the Pats win this game.
Ray Rice (vs. Detroit): LeSean McCoy ran all over this defense in the snow, but before this contest the Lions really dominated against the run. With weather not likely playing a factor, Rice should be held in check in Week 15.
Victor Cruz (vs. Seattle): The Seahawks will be all over Eli Manning in this contest and he won’t be able to compose himself long enough to throw deep down the field. It may be a home game for the Giants, but don’t expect much out of this wideout.
Heath Miller (vs. Cincinnati): Miller has not really done much against the Bengals in his career and they have done well against the TE this season. Look to start someone else if you can.
Josh Brown (vs. Seattle): Brown has done well of late, but it will be tough for the Giants to get within field goal range against this Seahawks team that is vying for a No. 1 seed. Brown will not reach double digits in this game.
Ravens DEF (vs. Detroit): Detroit was absolutely outplayed against the Eagles in Week 14 and will try to do anything to stay in the hunt for a postseason berth, especially a top seed. The Ravens defense has struggled to keep points off the board of late and Calvin Johnson should be able to get open in the secondary.