Week Fifteen (15) Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em for the 2012-2013 Fantasy Football season by Koopafantasy.
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(CAR) Cam Newton vs. (SD) – Newton has been amazing for fantasy owners lately including scoring three touchdowns in week fourteen in a win over the Falcons, and should be able do something similar this coming weekend against the Chargers. The Chargers just allowed Big Ben, returning from substantial injuries to throw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns; I am expecting Newton to account for another three touchdowns in week fifteen.
(TB) Josh Freeman vs. (NO) – With less than 200 yards and two touchdowns last week against the struggling Eagles secondary, Freeman was quite the disappointment for those who started him, but should be much better against the Saints. The Saints were just ripped by Eli Manning and the Giants for four touchdowns and Freeman did put up 420 yards and three touchdowns against them earlier this season.
(KC) Jamaal Charles vs. (OAK) – Charles would have left week fourteen after the first couple plays and still satisfied fantasy owners as he took the a handoff on the opening possession 80 yards for a touchdown. Before the game was over he had doubled his yardage to finish with 165 total yards. He only has four touchdowns on the season but is amassing tons of yards; against the Raiders, one of the worst teams in the NFL at the moment Charles might be able to replicate the performance.
(BUF) C.J. Spiller vs. (SEA) – Fred Jackson has been confirmed as out for the season so it will be Spiller getting a full workload the rest of the season, and with such a dynamic skill set is a must start the rest of way despite his matchup. Spiller is easily the best offensive weapon the Bills have and they would be wise to use him as much as possible.
(PHI) Bryce Brown vs. (CIN) – Brown was a massive bust for fantasy owners last week after being a fantasy gold mine the two weeks prior; don’t give up on him yet though. Brown has very nice matchups against the Bengals, Redskins and Giants over the final three weeks and with LeSean McCoy unlikely to play again this season should see healthy workloads in each game.
(SD) Danario Alexander vs. (CAR) – After watching Danario score a pair of beauty touchdowns this past weekend against the Steelers, I won’t even be thinking of taking him out of my lineup the rest of the way. I had the pleasure of picking him up in several leagues and reaped the rewards once again in week fourteen and am expecting more in week fifteen against the Panthers.
(CLE) Josh Gordon vs. (WAS) – Despite only 86 yards last week Gordon saw a season high 12 targets, which bodes very well for anyone who want s to employ him in the next week or so. Against the Redskins Gordon has the potential for another 100-yard game with a score like he had just two weeks ago.
(TB) Mike Williams vs. (NO) – Vincent Jackson is a must start nearly every week and should be able to tear it up against the Saints, but don’t forget about Mike Williams whom has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and seven on the season. I am not expecting a homerun effort from Williams but I do think he can reel in 5 catches for 60 yards and a score.
(BAL) Dennis Pitta vs. (DEN) – Pitta is never a slam dunk as he is yet to have a back-to-back touchdown games this season and has a yardage high of 73, but he still has a very nice matchup against the Broncos this coming Sunday and could help out the many fantasy owners out there struggling to find a good tight end each week.
(DAL) Tony Romo vs. (PIT) – Last week I suggested sitting Rivers against the Steelers, a decision that proved to be wrong as he threw three touchdowns, but I am still very hesitant about Tony Romo in week fifteen. Not only are the Steelers a very tough defense, but also Dez Bryant might not be able to play due to a finger injury. Early reports stated Dez was possibly done for the season while newer ones state that Dez thinks he will play (athletes always say that). Even if Bryant does play how effective will he be with a seriously injured hand? This is shaping up to be a very tough game for Romo.
(WAS) Robert Griffin III vs. (CLE) – At the moment it is not even sure if RGIII will be able to play come Sunday against the browns after suffering a knee sprain in an exciting week fourteen win over the Ravens. While he will likely be the talk of the football world, it should be an open and shut close in the fantasy world; sit him. Much of Griffin’s effectiveness comes from his mobility and ability to run, a sprained knee might affect him there. Also, the Browns are terrible against the run so the Redskins should be able to find success running the ball. Finally, I would not be surprised if he was straight up unable to play or sat by the coach.
(SF) Frank Gore vs. (NE) – Back to back touchdown games and another 1000-yards season under the belt for one of my favorite running back Gore; congratulations! Now that is out of the way, time to get on the bench… The Patriots have been one of the best teams in fantasy against running backs, a mix of their improved defense and stellar offense that keeps other teams throwing to keep up. Despite Gore’s impressive play in 2012 I am not expecting much from him on Sunday.
(DET) Mikel Leshoure vs. (ARZ) – While he does have close to 700 yards rushing to go along with his seven touchdowns over his eleven games this season, I have some worries about Leshoure this coming weekend. First off, his 3.7 yards per carry is rather weak, while three of his seven touchdowns came in one game. This coming weekend he plays a terrible team with a decent defense in the Cardinals, and while not a terrible matchup obviously, I just think Leshoure has been a little underwhelming on the field and might struggle to gain yards (again, 3.7 ypc).
(CAR) DeAngelo Williams vs. (SD) – With over 100 total yards and a touchdown last week in the Panthers win over the Falcons, Williams was a nice play for small amount of owners who started him and might be a popular waiver add through the week. While he might be worth the waiver pick up I am not looking to add him to my starting line up. The Chargers do have a banged up defense at the moment but are still better against the run than the pass; I see Cam Newton doing most of the damage in this one while Williams is left with a stat line closer to 12 carries for 50-60 yards.
(TEN) Kenny Britt vs. (NYJ) – Even without Darrelle Revis the New York Jets are winning games lately and it can still be credited to the play of the defense. Cromartie has proved himself to be a shutdown corner at times, using his big body to disrupt the opposing teams top wide out. For the Titans that wide out is Kenny Britt, who is coming off his first 100-yard game of the season. I expect Britt to end up below 100 again without a touchdown in against the Jets.
(BUF) Stevie Johnson vs. (SEA) – The Seahawks have one of the best secondary units in the league and Johnson can’t seem to grab a touchdown while getting good yardage at the same time. Since the first three weeks of the season when Johnson scored 11, 11, and 12 points respectively, he has only broken double-digits twice. I would not be looking for Johnson even meet those numbers against the Seahawks.
(IND) T.Y. Hilton vs. (HOU) – The Houston have struggled against the pass a bit lately, and have been decimated twice by elite quarterbacks (Rodgers, Brady), but Luck is not an elite quarterback yet; case in point, last week. Luck was only able to throw one touchdown with two interceptions against the Titans last week and won’t be given an inch against a divisional opponent that is coming off an embarrassing loss and trying to secure the #1 seed in the conference.
(PIT) Antonio Brown vs. (DAL) – Brown had one of the rare touchdowns of his career last week against the Chargers, catching a 1-yard pass from Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter. Despite the touchdown, Brown still did not surpass ten fantasy points, something he has only done ONCE this season. Do not start Brown this week unless you are happy with what he has been giving you until this point.
(DET) Brandon Pettigrew vs. (ARZ) – I had trouble finding a tight end that struck me as someone people might want to avoid, so instead I will just remind people that Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew injured his ankle last weekend and is unlikely to play against the Cardinals. Make sure you find a replacement if you have been starting Pettigrew.