Andy Dalton (CIN): Dalton has been excellent all year long as a rookie QB, he has had only one game this season in which he has not thrown a TD. Despite a trio of games against Baltimore, Houston and Pittsburgh, Dalton did not commit a turnover. This week against the Rams Dalton should have little trouble moving the ball and putting up points. I expect Dalton to throw for 250+ with a pair of TD’s.
Shonn Greene (NYJ): I don’t have a whole lot of love for Greene after having him on my fantasy roster last year with no benefit. However, in his last two games Greene has 200+ yards and 4 scores. Going against Philly this wek looks like a great match up on paper and should provide another 80+ yard outing with a TD. This is Shonn Greene however, so I make no guarantees.
Felix Jones (DAL): Rookie RB Demarco Murray had stolen the lime light in Dallas for most of this season, but after suffering a season ending injury last weekend, the reigns now fall back on Felix. Felix rushed the ball 16 times for 106 yards after seeing Murray go out. This week Dallas plays The Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are on somewhat of a free fall and can not stop the run whatsoever; start Felix with confidence this weekend.
Marques Colston (NO): New Orleans plays the Vikings this weekend, a team that allows a very healthy amount of points to receivers, especially #2 receivers. Colston is technically the #1 WR in New Orleans, but with the emergence of TE Jimmy Graham who leads the team in receptions and yards, Colston is actually the #2 option for Drew Brees. Brees and co. should not have any trouble putting up points against the Vikings squad.
Santana Moss (WAS): The Redskins get to play back to back games against quality teams, but teams who allow a lot of yardage. The Giants have allowed 8 pass TDs in their last 3 games, pretty damn ugly. I expect Grossman to throw 2-3 TDs in this game with Moss catching one. Gaffney is also a strong play with all the yards that are likely to be given up
Anthony Fasano (MIA): Miami TE Fasano has become quite the threat when the Dolphins take to the air. Fasano is tied for the team lead in touchdowns with 4, and also has the teams biggest yards per catch number at 15.8 yards per reception, pretty impressive for a TE. Buffalo struggles defending TEs this season and should allow ample opportunity for Fasano to reel in some yards and a possible TD.
Michael Vick (PHI): Last week after coming back from a bruised rib Vick only attempted 2 runs. If you own Vick you know a lot of his value comes from his legs; he needs to rush more than 2 times to have his usual value. This weekend Vick gets the daunting secondary of Revis and the Jets limiting his passing abilities, and I still doubt his ribs health and his potential to run.
Frank Gore (SF): Frank Gore is undoubtedly a beast for games at a time, but this weekend I doubt will be one of his beast performances. A couple weeks ago Gore was shutdown by the Ravens defence, which is rather similar to the Pitts defence he will be playing this week. I love watching and cheering for Gore, but I just don’t see him having a big game against the Steelers.
Ryan Matthews (SD): Don’t expect a big game rushing for Matthews against the Ravens on Sunday. Matthews is a quick and crafty runner but will have truble breaking through the Ravens line. I imagine Matthews will have more of an impact in the passing game with the big Tolbert getting some carries.
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT): He will be running against the 49’ers… nuff said.
Steve Smith (CAR): After a blazing hot start to the season Smith has cooled his jets as of late; since the Panthers week 9 bye Smith has only one TD and one game over 100 yards receiving. I imagine Smith will stay cooled off for one more week as his Panthers head to Houston. Houston’s defence has done a 180 this year and has allowed only 5 pass TDs in its last 8 games, not much love to go around in this one.
Vincent Jackson (SD): The Ravens defence has only allowed one pass TD in its past 5 games, Jackson on the other hand is about as inconsistent of a top WR as there has been this year. Jackson will likely see a good amount of targets from Rivers, especially if they are playing from behind, but it will be very tough to convert on of those targets for a TD.
Vernon Davis (SF): There seems to be something wrong with Vernon this season. Last year he was an absolute beast at the TE position. This year however has been a different story. In his past 5 games, Davis has scored only 2 TDs; in his last 3 games he has no TDs and has not topped 40 freaking yards. He is going to have a hard time this weekend against Pittsburgh if he wants to turn things around.
Hope you enjoyed my Sit em / Start em Picks for Week 15 of the 2011-2012 season!
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