December 19, 2010 - 11:18 AM
It's Week 15, and in terms of the playoff picture, very little has been decided so far in the NFL. That's good news for fantasy owners, since no stars will see any changes in their normal playing time.
With that in mind, let's take a spin around the league.
If you're looking for a sleeper option at WR, consider the Browns' Mohamed Massaquoi. He's facing a Bengals' secondary that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to WRs over the past 10 weeks.
The switch from Donovan McNabb to Rex Grossman at QB for the Redskins makes me bail on Washington WR Santana Moss. I've got no faith in Grossman. At all.
I've talked often this season about Titans QB Kerry Collins, and this is the matchup he's waited for all season. He's coming off a great game against the Colts and gets fantasy greenlight known as the Texans' pass defense. Houston has allowed at least two passing touchdowns in all but two games. I also think Collins will throw to WR Kenny Britt, so I'd consider starting him.
Colts QB Peyton Manning has thrown for 300+ yards in his last four games against the Jaguars, which makes any of his receiving options viable plays today. That includes Austin Collie, should he be active. Keep an eye on whether he's playing and make a decision shortly before your lineup locks.
Kansas City faces a must-win game against St. Louis and I'm betting Matt Cassel plays. If he does, safely use WR Dwayne Bowe of the Chiefs. Again, watch the inactives list on Cassel. If he's out, Bowe becomes a very risky play.
The Bills have scored 20 points in six of their last seven games, are without Lee Evans and face a tough Miami defense. What does all that mean? For starters, I'd bench QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. I'd also consider benching WR Stevie Johnson, who has been pretty quiet since his three-TD game against the Bengals. The only sure-fire starters in this one are RBs Fred Jackson of the Bills and Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams of the Dolphins.
Tampa Bay favors the run over the pass, but I like Bucs QB Josh Freeman a lot today against the Lions.
I had a person on Twitter this morning ask me if they were crazy for benching Vikings RB Adrian Peterson for Raiders RB Darren McFadden and Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart. I said no, which goes to show just how much I like Stewart today.
The Eagles-Giants matchup is full of question marks in fantasy. To save time, here's who I'd start: Eagles -- QB Michael Vick, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Brandon Jacobs. Giants -- WR Hakeem Nicks, RB Brandon Jacobs.
Shut down former Bills RB Marshawn Lynch for the Seahawks today. Atlanta has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to RBs in the past 10 weeks.
It's easy in the Broncos-Raiders game. Start the RBs (Oakland's Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, Denver's Knowshon Moreno) and sit the rest. Oakland QB Jason Campbell is a sleeper candidate only, and with Broncos QB Tim Tebow making his first career start, the Denver receivers aren't worth risking, save only Brandon Lloyd.
Two good run defenses meet in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers host the Jets. I'd stay away from the New York runners (LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene) and start Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall with lowered expectations. My favorite play in this whole game is the Pittsburgh defense, even without Troy Polamalu.
Finally, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is out. Yuck. Sit Pack WR Donald Driver as a result.