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Updated: Wed, Dec 11th 2019 10:30:06 pm

New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Thu. 12-12 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Game Time: Thursday, December 12th at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Ravens -14.5

New York Jets

Sam Darnold – The stat line for Darnold last week says 270 yards and two scores, but he took the ugliest possible route to those numbers. He only completed 55 percent of his passes against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. The easy part of the Jets schedule is over, and they get one of the tougher matchups in the league against Baltimore. There is no way that you can trust Darnold against the Ravens for Week 15.

Le’Veon Bell – He missed last week’s game with an illness, which seems pretty sketchy for a veteran like Bell. But I guess when your team is going nowhere what does he have to gain? He is dealing with a little controversy since he went bowling last Saturday and didn’t play Sunday, but he should be good to go this week. He complained about his role, but the offensive line stinks and his head coach doesn’t want him. You have to figure that Bell will be back on the field for Week 15, but the Ravens defense is tough to run against and, considering the awful year that he has had, you can’t possibly trust him.   If you must play him, Bell is only worth a flex spot.

Robby Anderson – It was his second straight 100 yard game as Anderson tortured the Dolphins terrible secondary in Week 14. He has completely taken over the target share on the team, and is the receiver to own on the team. It is quite a turn of events as Anderson was a complete afterthought for the first ten weeks of the season. He is white hot right now, but a matchup against the Ravens will certainly put out the fire. Anderson will be really hard to trust for Week 15.

Jamison Crowder – It is like as the season got easier on the Jets schedule, Crowder fell apart. He has just seven catches for 56 yards and no touchdowns in the last three weeks combined. He could have some value as the likely target when Sam Darnold has to check down 200 times against the Ravens this week, but you would have to be very gutsy to start Crowder.

Ryan Griffin – He had an ankle injury, but might be able to play in Week 15. He has really stuggled over the past three weeks, and against the Ravens there has to be better options at tight end than Griffin with bye weeks long over.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson – While Jackson didn’t dazzle on the ground this week or rack up huge pass yardage numbers, he still threw three touchdowns for another 20 fantasy point game. He has played three straight games against very good defenses, and now faces one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Jackson should have his way against the Jets through the air and running as well and he could be the top overall quarterback in Week 15.

Mark Ingram – With Lamar Jackson doing just about everything, that hasn’t left much for Ingram lately. He has only topped 60 rushing yards in one of the last five games, and has scored just twice in that span. He generally isn’t overly involved in the passing game, keeping his fantasy value dependent on him getting into the end zone. The Jets are really one of the best run defenses in football, and you can find a better option than Ingram for Week 15.

Marquise Brown – He has been a non-factor for most of the last month, and hasn’t topped 50 receiving yards since Week 10. He has had more than four catches just once since Week 2, and has basically become a non-factor in fantasy lately. The Ravens don’t throw much, and while Brown has the ability to make a big play, he just hasn’t made enough of them to be able to trust in fantasy. The Jets secondary is pretty bad, so if you have him on your roster and want to play him this is the week to do it, but it is a very risky proposition.

Mark Andrews – He has a thigh contusion which could possibly hold him out of the game on Thursday as the Ravens have a short turnaround in Week 15. If he does play he absolutely will be a start, as the Jets have a hard time stopping any team against the pass. He did practice Tuesday which is a good sign. He is definitely the receiver that Lamar Jackson trusts the most. If he can’t play, Hayden Hurst will probably be the guy to pivot to, but there should be other tight ends not on the Ravens that you can turn to.

Summary: The Ravens are kicking butt and taking names, while the Jets needed a bogus pass interference reversal to beat the lowly Dolphins. Who do you think is going to win this one? Yeah, this one should be over by halftime. Sam Darnold might be seeing ghosts, and the Jets defense will have no idea where Lamar Jackson is. This one should be a laugher.

Prediction: Ravens 34, Jets 16

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46

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Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Chiefs -9.5

Denver Broncos

Drew Lock – A week after being ok against the Chargers, Lock was pretty damn good in a blowout win over the Texans. Houston might not be the best pass defense in the league, but Lock threw for over 300 yards and had three touchdowns. It is still hard to trust the rookie from a fantasy perspective, but the Week 15 matchup will be a crucial one for how we view him down the stretch. If he succeeds against a soft Chiefs secondary, Lock could be a DFS play in the last two weeks against the lowly Lions and Raiders defenses. Stay away from Lock in Week 15 until you see if this performance was a fluke or not.

Phillip Lindsay – He did score a touchdown for the first time in a month, but Lindsay still hasn’t topped 70 rushing yards since November 3rd. Drew Lock has brought some life into the Denver offense, and it has helped Lindsay to an extent. He remains a very risky play as he isn’t a big target in the pass offense, and doesn’t score often. The Chiefs run defense is one of the weakest in the league, and in this case Lindsay is a reasonable target as your flex for Week 15.

Courtland Sutton – It was an odd game for the Broncos offense as rookie Drew Lock spread the ball around to ten different receivers. Sutton still had the most targets on the team, and remains a reliable option in all fantasy formats. The Chiefs are far from a strong pass defense, and Sutton remains firmly on the WR2 plateau for Week 15.

Noah Fant – The rookie left the game with a foot injury, but still had his best game of the season with four catches, 113 yards, and a touchdown. He is an incredibly tough guy to predict, and he has topped 50 receiving yards in just three of 13 games this season. Despite the easy matchup against the Chiefs, Fant is far too inconsistent to trust for the Week 15 game against the Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – He certainly hasn’t been the MVP from last season as Mahomes has one touchdown pass in three straight and four of the last five games. He only has thrown for over 300 yards once in the last five. Denver is no pushover in the pass defense department, and with Chris Harris blanketing Tyreek Hill , it is hard to think that Mahomes will rock this one for 300 yards or three touchdowns. You can roll him out in Week 15, but it isn’t a strong chance that he has a monster game.

LeSean McCoy – The Chiefs backfield is a mess right now with Darwin Thompson not doing much, Damien Williams continually injured, and LeSean McCoy being average at best. The Broncos run defense gives up a bunch of yards, but not many touchdowns, and right now the Chiefs offense doesn’t feature any back that is worth starting in any format. Don’t trust Williams, Thompson, or McCoy in your Week 15 matchups.

Tyreek Hill – The most dynamic receiver on the Chiefs has been in a bit of a funk since that monster game against the Titans back in Week 10. Hill has 11 catches for just over 110 yards in the last two weeks. It is understandable that he was held down by Stephon Gilmore of the Pats, and will face an equally tough test against Chris Harris of the Broncos in Week 15. Even against the best in the business, Hill is good enough to possibly break free and is worth a spot in your redraft starting lineups. He had three catches for 74 yards and a score the first time these two teams met and will be a WR2 on Sunday as well.

Travis Kelce – He will break 1,000 yards receiving in the upcoming game, and Kelce has topped 60 receiving yards in the last six consecutive games. He has seven catches in four of the last five, and has three touchdowns in the last six weeks. It is no secret that he is one of the best in the business, and the Chiefs tight end had six catches for 44 yards the first time they played Denver. The Broncos defense is very good, and while Kelce might not be the best DFS target he always remains a strong start in season long leagues.

Summary: Drew Lock has been a nice story through two weeks, but the Chiefs shouldn’t roll over like the Texans did. Patrick Mahomes clearly isn’t himself, which could come into play considering the Broncos are a tough, physical defense, but he should do enough to win this one. The Chiefs pass defense isn’t great, but it is better than Houston, and Kansas City has typically been a great team at home. This one will be close, but the Chiefs win.

Prediction: Chiefs 27, Broncos 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Lions +3.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston – He does have a small fracture in his thumb, but somehow it appears that Winston might try to play through this. Every Winston and Chris Godwin owner sure hopes he does as they get one of the bigger cupcake matchups of the year against the Lions. Detroit can’t stop an elderly person with a walker from thrashing their defense, they sure can’t stop Winston. If he plays he will be one of the top quarterback plays of the week, a must-start in redraft and a great DFS option for Week 15.

Ronald Jones – The running back situation continues to be the most frustrating thing in fantasy football, and at this point how can you trust anyone? The carries have been split almost 50/50 and no one is making the best of them. The Lions are a pretty bad run defense, so if you want to put whatever Tampa back that you have as your flex, go for it. But know that you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

Chris Godwin – With Mike Evans all but out for this week and maybe the season, Godwin is set up for major success. He had seven catches for 91 yards against a solid Colts defense that could focus most of their energy on him. He should destroy the Lions on Sunday, even if he faces off with Darius Slay a bunch. Detroit gives up over 276 yards per game through the air, along with two passing touchdowns per contest. Godwin should be a major factor in this one and should absolutely be able to top 100 receiving yards.

Justin Watson – Assuming Mike Evans remains out, Tampa still has veteran Breshad Perriman , but it was Watson who saw the most attention with eight targets which he turned into five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Against almost any other defense Watson would be an afterthought, but the Lions are so bad, perhaps he can give you some value. This would be more of an emergency situation in redraft or a dart throw in DFS and not someone to consider if you have a stable roster.

O.J. Howard  - Don’t look now but Howard has back to back games with over 60 receiving yards. Has he gotten back in good graces with his coaching staff? It appears to an extent as he has had 11 targets in the last two weeks. Howard wouldn’t be much of an option if the Bucs weren’t playing such a bad team and Mike Evans was healthy. But considering Evans was getting nine to twelve targets a game, some of them have to be distributed around, and after Chris Godwin , honestly Howard is the next most athletic option. He is a gamble in the fantasy playoffs, but he could pay off in a big way against Detroit.

Detroit Lions

David Blough – Well after a pretty solid showing on Thanksgiving against the Bears, Blough was unable to duplicate his magic. It was against a decent Vikings defense and on the road, but he had just 205 yards and one touchdown which came very late. He was never really someone you considered using in fantasy, but now the concern comes in if he is bad enough to hurt other player’s values. He gets the pathetic Bucs pass defense this week, so that worry may have just gone away.

Bo Scarbrough – He offers almost nothing in the pass game, and Scarbrough isn’t overly exciting running the ball either, he just runs hard. He had just 65 yards on the ground last week against a solid Minnesota run defense, but will face the best run defense in football this week in the Buccaneers. It is crazy how bad against the pass that Tampa is and how good against the run they are. Scarbrough will be lucky to get those same 65 yards on the ground this week and certainly should be left on your fantasy benches.

Kenny Golladay – While it wasn’t a giant effort for Golladay last Sunday, he broke the 1,000 yard plateau and also scored his tenth touchdown of the season. With David Blough really struggling, it will remain to see if he is so bad that it hurts Golladay’s fantasy value. He should have his way against the awful Tampa secondary who will have no answer for Golladay’s height and athleticism. Look for one of those classic Golladay six catch, 110 yard effort with a touchdown in Week 15.

Danny Amendola – With Marvin Jones done for the season, that will only mean more looks for Amendola. The Lions really don’t have any other reliable guy to throw to, especially with rookie T.J. Hockenson also done for the season. Outside of a two game stretch back in late October it has been a fantasy season to forget for Amendola, not that he is typically a big fantasy guy. He could have some flex value against a terrible Bucs defense, especially with a starting quarterback who very well could need to check down a lot considering he stinks and the team doesn’t have many other options.

Summary: Don’t look now, but Tampa Bay has won three games in a row! Jameis Winston has stopped throwing six interceptions per game, and the offense is firing on all cylinders. While their defense still stinks against the pass, that shouldn’t be much of an issue against Lions’ third stringer David Blough. Even without Mike Evans , the Bucs should put together plenty of offense in this one. Tampa should be able to go into Detroit and actually win this one by a fairly decent margin.

Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Lions 20

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Venue: LP Field(Nashville)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 50

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Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Titans -3

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – His two rushing touchdowns saved his game, but last week was far from a pretty one for Watson. He only completed 56 percent of his passes, and considering how far behind the team was, you would have thought he would do more in garbage time. Denver is a pretty stout defense though, and he will get a much easier go against the Titans. The Tennessee secondary has been destroyed by injuries, and even let Derek Carr put up some decent stats. This should be a high scoring game, and Watson should be a big part of it. He could easily have 300 yards and three touchdowns in this one.

Carlos Hyde – Considering the butt whipping that the Texans had laid on them, it was kind of astonishing that Hyde ran for 73 yards, his best total since Week 9. This week the Texans play Tennessee who allow just over 100 yards a game on the ground. This should be a high scoring game, but it should also be close which should keep Hyde in play for most of the game. It is hard to ever feel overly confident with Hyde in your starting lineup, but this actually looks like a game he could do very well in. Hyde has some RB2 value for Week 15.

DeAndre Hopkins – This guy is amazing. He has had a few less than stellar performances this season, but for the most part he is unstoppable. He had 120 yards and a touchdown last week against Denver, which was aided a little by the fact that the Texans were getting beaten so soundly. Hopkins should have an absolute field day this week against the Titans who don’t have a corner who could even consider sticking with Hopkins. As always he is a must-start in redraft formats, but he also looks like he will be one of the stronger DFS plays even with his high price tag.

Will Fuller – Will he play? Won’t he play? It seems like those questions surround Fuller every week. If he does play this is a great spot to use him, as the Titans secondary is very soft. If he doesn’t, is there confidence in anyone else? Kenny Stills is so erratic it isn’t funny. Keke Coutee had a solid game last week, but it was all garbage time and he has done nothing all year. And the tight ends are all hit or miss. Again, if Fuller plays, get him in there. If he doesn’t everyone else is such a crap shoot. Another receiver will have a big day for Houston besides Hopkins, who it will be, is anyone’s guess.

Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill – The magical season continues as Tannehill had multiple touchdowns for the fourth straight game, and six of the last seven. His huge heave to A.J. Brown was a thing of beauty considering the pressure he was under, and he ended up throwing for nearly 400 yards. He will need another big effort this week, but should get it against the Texans. Houston is one of the worst pass defenses in the league and have allowed a whopping 28 passing touchdowns in 13 games, including three to rookie Drew Lock last week. Tannehill should be considered a QB1 and should throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Derrick Henry – This guy just gets better by the week, and just had his fourth straight 100 yard game against the Raiders. Even better than that, Henry has now scored a touchdown in five straight games. While the Texans defense is slightly better against the run than the pass, they aren’t good against either. The Titans will need Henry to pace their offense, and to keep Deshaun Watson off the field some. This has all the feels of another 100 yard game for Henry and likely his 14th rushing touchdown of the season.

A.J. Brown – The rookie might be up and down, but man those ups are so damn tasty! Brown had five catches for 153 yards and two scores against the Raiders in Week 14, and he added a 13 yard carry for good measure. When he faces some bad defenses, good things tend to happen. Well, Brown is going to face another bad defense this week in Houston, and he has put himself on the WR3 radar for this one with his huge performance. The Titans will certainly throw the ball a lot, and while they do spread it around to literally everyone, Brown should be the go-to guy again. He will be a starter in redraft and a nice cheaper option in DFS games as well.

Summary: This one will be for the lead in the AFC South, and the Titans are coming off a big win while the Texans were just crushed by the Broncos. This one should be a ton of offense as neither team can stop the pass. Ryan Tannehill and Deshaun Watson should both have great afternoons and this one could come down to the final possession. While I usually favor the home team in divisional games, I just have a feeling the Texans are going to find a way to win this one.

Prediction: Texans 38, Titans 34

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46.5

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Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Giants -3.5

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick – There was almost enough Fitzmagic in him to pull off the win against the Jets, but when he lost two receivers to concussions, there wasn’t much that Fitzpatrick could do. The Dolphins kicked seven field goals on the day. If DeVante Parker isn’t back, that would likely take Fitz out of the discussion of quarterback streamers as his “weapons” at wide receiver would  be severely limited. The guy wants it more than anyone else, but if you have no one to throw to, how successful can you be even against a horrible defense like the Giants?

Patrick Laird – No one in the Dolphins backfield is exactly getting it done this year, but Laird actually wasn’t half bad in Week 14 against a tough Jets run defense. He had 48 yards on the ground, and coupled that with 38 receiving yards. He does have four catches in each of the last two games, and he has zero competition for carries going forward. He gets a great matchup against the Giants in Week 15, and if you want to see how good New York’s defense is they gave up 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and 69 receiving yards on Monday night to Boston Scott . Who? Exactly. Laird isn’t a great name but he is in a dynamite spot to score, especially if the Dolphins receiving corps is down a couple men.

DeVante Parker – If Parker is able to return from concussion, he will be one of the best receiver plays on the board. However, that appears that it might be a long shot. Check out the news and practice reports to see what his chances of playing are, but right now it seems he will miss the game.

Allen Hurns – If Parker is forced to miss the game, Hurns likely is the number one receiver given all of the injuries they have had. He is far from spectacular, but he could get you over in a week where Miami won’t have many options to throw to and they play a garbage defense. Hurns had five catches for 68 yards in the loss to the Jets, and while he isn’t a strong play, if you are looking at a really bad situation with injuries, he is a veteran that can offer you some stability and likely a ten fantasy point floor.

Isaiah Ford – When the Dolphins lost two receivers to head injuries against the Jets, they were forced to turn to Ford, and he paid off big dividends. Miami still lost the game, but Ford had six catches for 92 yards on a team leading nine targets. Sometimes when you get to the end of the fantasy football season you depend on, and win because of, guys you hadn’t even considered back in August when drafting. Ryan Fitzpatrick sure is going to throw against the Giants, and while this might be an emergency situation or a possible dart throw in DFS, Ford could be a guy who pays off in a solid way. Keep him in mind when making your fantasy lineups in Week 15.

Mike Gesicki – What in the world was that???? Going into a game against a subpar defense, and then having the Dolphins lose two receivers, how does Gesicki have one freaking catch??!?!?!? What a colossal disappointment! He will get a chance at redemption against the Giants who gave up a big game to Zach Ertz on Monday night, although Gesicki would sell his soul to be as good as Ertz. He is a risky guy to hang your season on considering his up and down production of late.

New York Giants

Eli Manning – The first half looked like Eli from the two Super Bowl runs, and then the second half we came back to reality with the Manning from the past two seasons. He finishes with 203 yards and two scores on the game, but it still wasn’t good. The weather wasn’t great, but the Eagles secondary also isn’t good, and the second half just tanked this game for him. If he is going to have a resurgence, and for a full game, it could come at the expense of the Dolphins who have allowed an embarrassing 31 passing touchdowns in 13 games. Eli is almost a guarantee to have two scores, but how many yards, and how many interceptions are always anyone’s guess. If you are a very risky person he could be a streamer for you at quarterback or a cheap DFS option that allows you to buy up some studs at the other positions.

Saquon Barkley – What a colossal disappointment. He had just nine fantasy points in Week 14, although the Eagles are a strong run defense, but this was a guy who was drafted either first or second back in August. The high ankle sprain seriously derailed his season, and he just hasn’t been the same guy since. If you are somehow still alive in your season long league, this could be the week Barkley finally pays off. The Dolphins defense is bad against the run, bad against the pass, bad with running backs coming out of the backfield, they are just bad. It is hard to imagine Barkley breaking out with a 150 yard total game, but he should at least find the end zone and have four or five catches with his 80 yards. If it is going to happen for him, this is the week to expect it. 

Darius Slayton – For not having much experience together, Slayton and Manning looked like they had a ten year career together…..at least in the first half. The Giants offense stalled, and Slayton didn’t catch a ball after halftime. This is the problem with trusting this team; you have no idea how much offense they may put together. However, against the Dolphins, the Giants should at least be able to score a few touchdowns, and obviously Slayton is their most dynamic weapon. It the gut it kind of feels like Slayton is being set up for a bust week, but he was great on Monday night and the Dolphins secondary is poor. On paper this is a fantastic spot to play Slayton.

Sterling Shepard – He was the second most targeted player on the team, but Shepard’s seven targets turned into just four catches and 28 yards. And this was against a below average Philly secondary. Sure, the weather wasn’t ideal, but it is December, what do you expect? The Giants just aren’t a great offense, and Eli is all but toast. Shepard will continue to get a good number of looks, but it is hard to imagine him topping more than say 60-70 yards. In PPR leagues he could have a safe 10-12 point floor against an abysmal Dolphins defense, but that might even be pushing it.

Golden Tate – He certainly was the odd man out with Eli Manning back under center and three healthy receivers. He is the one that Manning had the least experience with, and his skill set is limited. The Giants will be a decent offense against a bad Miami defense, but they aren’t going to light up the scoreboard. Don’t expect Tate to have more than four to six targets and he isn’t a strong play in any fantasy format.

Evan Engram – Waiting to see if he is going to play has become exhausting. Although you know that if Engram is active that he should be started in redraft formats, especially with Eli Manning back under center. The two got off to a scorching start the first two weeks of the year before Manning was benched. The Dolphins defense is awful and will have no answers for Engram.

Summary: It is the Battle For The Draft Pick as two pathetic teams face off against each other in Week 15. This one should be all set up for the Dolphins to win, but if they don’t have their big playmaker in DeVante Parker , they don’t have much else to turn to. Eli Manning looked decent for a half on Monday night against the Eagles, and should be able to do well against the awful Dolphins pass defense. Miami is at home, but the two or three best players on the field are all wearing blue. This one won’t be for the faint of heart. Watch at your own risk.

Prediction: Giants 27, Dolphins 23

Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 48

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Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Panthers +6

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – Something just doesn’t seem right with Russell Wilson . He hasn’t thrown for over 250 yards in a month, and he only has four passing touchdowns in the last four games combined. It certainly doesn’t help that Tyler Lockett is clearly compromised, but he just hasn’t been the magic man that we are accustomed to lately. He really looked pedestrian on Monday night, and doesn’t have an easy matchup this Sunday. It is still really hard to consider sitting Wilson, but if you have another quality quarterback that might be the best play. Wilson also is not a great DFS target against a Panthers secondary that has allowed only 16 passing touchdowns in 13 games this season.

Chris Carson – No one likes to see injuries, but Chris Carson owners certainly aren’t crying in their beers with news that Rashaad Penny will miss the rest of the season. Carson goes back to having no competition for carries and will continue to lead the Seahawks backfield as he has all season. It couldn’t come at a better time as the Seahawks play the Panthers who have allowed a mind blowing 24 rushing touchdowns this season in only 13 games. Carson could be the best play on the running back board and will be a slam dunk DFS play for Week 15.

Tyler Lockett – Something just isn’t right with Tyler Lockett . Since returning from that awful leg injury, he just hasn’t been the same guy. He had his best game since the injury last Sunday night, but even that was four catches for 43 yards. He just isn’t getting open nor having explosiveness. What do you do with a guy who helped you win all season who is crapping the bed now? The Panthers aren’t a bad pass defense, and if you have anything that resembles a decent option you have to consider putting Lockett on your bench this week.

D.K. Metcalf – This young man has been taking advantage of the opportunities given to him. With Lockett not being the same guy, Metcalf has busted out and been the lead receiver for Seattle. He has been targeted at least six times in five straight games, and has over 70 receiving yards in four of his last five games. The Panthers do have a couple of strong guys in their secondary, but right now it seems that Metcalf can’t be shut down for a whole game. He will be a supremely high WR3 option and could have snuck into the WR2 discussion. He will go over 75 yards and likely score in this one.

Jacob Hollister – He is no Will Dissly , but Hollister remains a decent option at tight end. He has struggled of late though, with three straight games with under 45 receiving yards. The Seahawks passing game hasn’t been the same in recent weeks, and it is hindering Hollister’s fantasy value. He has been targeted 18 times in the last three weeks, but the way things are going you likely can find a better option at tight end.

Carolina Panthers

Kyle Allen – After looking like an absolute bum for a number of weeks, Allen has bounced back some in the last three games. He had his third straight multi-touchdown game when he ran one in on Sunday. He has thrown over 250 yards in each of the last three as well, and is playing his best football right now. The Seahawks are fourth worst in the league in yards per game against the pass, but haven’t given up a ton of touchdowns. Allen isn’t someone to consider for fantasy purposes, but he has been playing well enough that his receivers stay in play.

Christian McCaffrey – The Beast may have been held out of the end zone for the second consecutive game, but McCaffrey caught double digit passes for the four time this season. His rushing totals have been down as he hasn’t topped 70 rushing yards since Week 10. He remains a fantasy beast and the MVP of fantasy football. If you can work him into your DFS lineups he is nearly always worth the price tag and you are an idiot if you ever consider benching him in season long leagues.

D.J. Moore – He has been one of the more consistent receivers in football since the beginning of November, and Moore keeps climbing the charts of fantasy wide receivers. Whether it be against bad defenses or good, he continues to get the job done. He had over 80 yards for the fifth time in the last six games, and his four catches was the first time he was under six since Week 8. Moore should be a low end WR1 against a Seahawks defense that gives up a lot in the passing game. Moore is a must start in season long and a nice DFS play this week.

Ian Thomas – As long as Greg Olsen is out with the concussion, Thomas should be fantasy relevant. He had the second most targets on the team with ten, and had 57 yards and a touchdown in the game. It might have been against a weak pass defense, but Thomas is showing what he is capable of. He is a very athletic guy with good hands, and will be a fantasy darling next year when Greg Olsen finally retires. The Seahawks are a pretty soft defense, and Thomas could be a nice tight end streamer for Week 15 as he could easily match his yards and catches from a week ago.

Summary: The Seahawks might have looked listless last Sunday night against the Rams, but they are a buttload better than the Panthers. Carolina has lost to the Redskins and Falcons in the last two weeks, and they were blown out by Atlanta. They have all but given up on the season, and the Seahawks still have a shot at the number one seed in the NFC. The Panthers might have a couple guys you consider for fantasy, but this game likely won’t be all that close.

Prediction: Seahawks 27, Panthers 17

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5

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Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread:  Packers -4.5

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky – The question becomes who is this guy playing quarterback for the Bears and where has he been all season? Trubisky followed up his three touchdown game on Thanksgiving with three through the air and one on the ground last week against the Cowboys. Is this the real Trubisky? He looked HORRIFIC against the Packers to open the season, and still remains someone hard to trust as your fantasy quarterback.

David Montgomery – He did leave the game with an injury, but should be fine to suit up on Sunday with the extra rest. It certainly seems like the improvements to the passing game have opened up running lanes for Montgomery who has had his best two game stretch of the season with back to back games with over 75 rushing yards. He now faces a Packers defense that really struggles to defend the run, and Montgomery remains a solid RB2 for Week 15.

Allen Robinson – It was probably the ugliest two touchdown game for any receiver in history, but nonetheless, Robinson did score twice. He has now scored in three straight weeks, and is having a phenomenal season. He opened the year with a seven catch, 102 yard game against the Packers, and will look to come close to those numbers again. Green Bay isn’t a bad defense, so he might not quite get there, but Robinson will be a no doubter WR2 in this one.

Anthony Miller – His usage was way down this past week, but he found his way into the end zone for the first time this season still giving you a 13 fantasy point day. Miller is white hot, and with a resurgent Mitch Trubisky, there is no way that you can sit this guy right now. He had no catches and a single target in the opening game of the season, but things have changed dramatically since then. Hell, they’ve changed dramatically in the last four weeks! You can lock Miller into your WR3 or flex spot for Week 15.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers – While the Packers still won last week, it wasn’t a huge game for Rodgers. He only threw the ball 28 times, and it was Aaron Jones who rocked this game out. He had just a single touchdown pass in Week 14, and comes back with a tough match against the Bears. Chicago is beatable to an extent, although Rodgers only threw for 203 yards in Week 1 against the Bears. If he is your starting quarterback you should play him again, but Rodgers will be a low end QB1 for Week 15.

Aaron Jones – It was a really huge Aaron Jones game against the Redskins in Week 14, but that was going against one of the worst run defenses in the league. The Redskins stink against the run and he nearly had 200 total yards with a touchdown. The Bears have a strong run defense, but they are still able to be run on some. Jones didn’t do much in the opening game against the Bears, and honestly he has struggled against even decent defenses. This doesn’t look like a great week to trust Jones to have 100 total yards.

Jamaal Williams – His entire fantasy value is tied to his involvement in the passing game, and had hasn’t had more than 80 total yards since Week 6. Williams has become totally touchdown dependent, and he hasn’t scored since Week 9. The Bears aren’t the best defense in the league, but he still should be enough to keep Williams held down. He is a flex play at best, and likely should be kept on your bench for Week 15.

Davante Adams – Week 14 wasn’t a big one for Adams as he had only four catches for 41 yards. As bad as the Redskins are, Quinton Dunbar and their secondary isn’t that bad. He will face another tough matchup against the Bears this Sunday. He didn’t do well against the Bears in Week 1, but Chicago has given up big games to Amari Cooper and Kenny Golladay in the last two weeks, and Adams should be able to get his in Week 15. Adams still has a chance to break 100 yards in Sunday’s game.

Summary: Personally, I still don’t believe in Mitch Trubisky. He can still put up some decent stats, but that doesn’t mean that he always helps his team win in actual football. The Packers are at home in December, and that almost always leads to victories. Aaron Rodgers is otherworldly when Green Bay really needs a game, and while the Bears defense is solid, it has its holes. This one will likely be close for a long time, but the Lambeau faithful will go home with their bellies full of beer and another Packers win.

Prediction: Packers 27, Bears 23

New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5

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New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Bengals +9.5

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – Are we seeing the end of the Patriots dynasty? The end of Tom Brady ’s dominance? He has thrown for under 220 yards in three of the last four games and now has one or fewer touchdown passes in seven of the last nine games. He does get a plus matchup against the Bengals in Week 15 thought, and if you are a quarterback streamer or in a DFS game you can do work than Brady.

Sony Michel – He has seriously just fallen apart and is has really fallen off the fantasy map. He has topped 50 rushing yards just once in the last five games, and he hasn’t scored since Week 7. Michel is only startable against the very worst run defenses, which Cincinnati is one of. They are the worst with 160 yards per game on the ground, and Michel is likely to luck into a rushing touchdown. Even against the worst run defense, Michel is still a risk. If you are ever going to play him, this is the week to do it.

Julian Edelman – This guy has somehow turned into the only reliable fantasy option on the Patriots anymore. He was targeted at least ten times for the eighth consecutive game, and clearly is the only receiver on the team that Tom Brady trusts. The Bengals pass defense isn’t as bad as you’d think it would be, but Edelman is still a reliable fantasy option. He is likely to have seven or eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown for the third straight game.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton – He might be better than Ryan Finley, but Dalton is still a very low end fantasy quarterback in any matchup. He had just a single touchdown against the weak Jets defense, and a game against one of the best pass defenses in the league certainly doesn’t lend itself to fantasy success. Do not even consider Dalton in any fantasy format in Week 15.

Joe Mixon – After being a total piece of crap for the first eight weeks of the season, Mixon has been a brand new guy since the Bengals bye week. He has topped 70 rushing yards in four of the last five weeks, and has scored a touchdown in three of the last four. Whether it being against a solid run defense or a bad one, Mixon has been getting it done. The Patriots are a strong defense, and the Bengals offense is going to really struggle to move the ball at all. Mixon is still a decent flex option, but won’t do much considering they won’t be able to throw much against New England.

Tyler Boyd – He had his third straight game with five catches, and has touchdowns in two of the last three games. Boyd has been the one consistent receiver on the Bengals offense for the entire 2019 season. However, it will be very hard to trust him in Week 15 as he plays the Patriots who are one of the best pass defenses. Stephon Gilmore will likely be all over Boyd as he is the only decent guy they have on the team and he should spend the week on your bench.

Summary: I mean now that the Patriots filmed the Bengals sideline last week, is there any doubt who is going to win this game? C’mon people, I’m not a Pats fan but do we really think they have to spy on the Bengals????  Bill Belicheck could tell Cincinnati every play they were about to run before they did it and the Patriots would still win by two touchdowns. This is the mismatch of the week.

Prediction: Patriots 312, Bengals 3……ok, ok. Patriots 34, Bengals 14

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 12-15 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 40

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Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Redskins +4.5

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – He does have back to back 300 yard games, but neither one of them are what you would call pretty. Wentz went toe to toe with Ryan Fitzpatrick two weeks ago, then needed all he could against the lowly Giants. It isn’t all his fault, all of his receivers are hurt, and he is very likely to be without Alshon Jeffery this week. He could be throwing to Greg Ward and perhaps YOU! The Eagles are all banged up at receiver and will likely be throwing a lot to tight ends. Washington actually has a pretty solid pass defense, so considering the injuries and Wentz latest struggles and you likely can find a better option to play at quarterback this week.

Miles Sanders – We are done talking about or waiting for Jordan Howard until we see him on the field. Sanders dealt with some cramping and dehydration on Monday night and that caused his numbers to be a little down, and it also allowed Boston Scott to get some good work in. Sanders wasn’t his best by far, but he still had ten fantasy points. The Redskins are one of the worst defenses in the NFL against the run, and as long as Sanders is healthy he is an absolute must-start in this Week 15 matchup. He will be a very strong RB2 even if he is sharing some of the workload.

Boston Scott – You are all excited about what he did on Monday night, but let’s face it, this isn’t a time to chase last week’s points. Scott was forced into action because Jordan Howard is never healthy, and Sanders had some cramping. He had only 23 carries the entire season, he isn’t going to all of a sudden eat into Sanders (who is the future of the franchise) workload because of some good plays against a terrible defense. Scott was a nice story for one week, but he won’t be a major factor, even against a bad Redskins run defense.

Greg Ward – There is nothing about this guy that is exciting, but it has been a war of attrition all season long at receiver for the Eagles, and this might be the worst off they have been. Ward might be the only legitimate receiver they have on Sunday, and at this point if Nelson Agholor is healthy you might even have to consider him. Ward had four catches on nine targets last week, and given the dearth of receivers for Philly, he might have to deal with Quinton Dunbar who is Washington’s best corners. Using Ward would only be in the most dire of emergencies.

Zach Ertz –He has been a whole different guy in the second half of the season, and with all of the injuries to the Eagles wide receivers, Ertz is their number one guy. He has had at least ten targets in five of the last six, and has topped 90 receiving yards in four of the last five. The Redskins defense actually isn’t that bad, but Ertz will get a ridiculous volume and eventually he will break out. Don’t be the least bit surprised if he ends up with at least seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in this one.

Dallas Goedert – He is only being included here because we are going under the assumption that Alshon Jeffery will not be around for this one. And whether Nelson Agholor is or not, he kinda stinks. Goedert has had a few strong games this season, but for the most part has been pretty touchdown dependent. He wasn’t a part of the offense really back in the opening week when they played, so we can’t look back at that. Goedert will likely be the third most targeted receiver after Ertz and Greg Ward . He is a bit of a shaky play against the Redskins, but given the lack of options to throw to, he could surprise you.

Washington Redskins

Dwayne Haskins – We are seeing very little improvement from week to week by Haskins, and that includes games against some of the league’s softest defenses. He has completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes in four straight games, and he has one touchdown against two interceptions over his last three games. You have to wonder if the Redskins will look to move on from him after only one season. They shouldn’t, but man this has been a disappointing rookie year. He is not even on the fantasy radar against Philadelphia.

Adrian Peterson – With Derrius Guice likely to miss the rest of the season with an MCL sprain, Peterson will be the guy going forward. He had 76 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown, and you can continue to expect him to get a similar workload this week. The Redskins love to run the ball, although unfortunately, Philly is a top five rushing defense. Even with that fact, Washington isn’t going to give up on running even if they fall behind (which they always do), so Peterson will still be a strong flex play as we head to Week 15.

Chris Thompson – The receiving corps is down to the bare bones, and without Derrius Guice to catch passes for the Redskins, Thompson had seven catches for 43 yards against the Packers. He did not get a carry, and even if he does this week, it will be fewer than five. Thompson has had a minimal role all season long, and even if he is slightly more involved this week, it won’t be by much. Last week appears to be an aberration, and he shouldn’t be in your fantasy lineups in any format.

Terry McLaurin – A lot of second half, and even fourth quarter, production saved McLaurin from having a second consecutive absolute disaster of a fantasy game. The Redskins pass game is a disaster with Dwayne Haskins under center, and as long as he is at quarterback McLaurin is a very risky fantasy play. The Eagles secondary is nothing special and just allowed Eli Manning to look like a competent quarterback for a half. McLaurin torched them back in Week 1, but that was with Case Keenum and a very different feel for the Redskins. McLaurin is a guy you plug in your flex and pray to everything and everybody that he finds a way to score a touchdown.

Summary: This will be a match between a team that stinks against a team trying to win the division that is running out of weapons. The Redskins are actually the better defensive team, but their offense revolves around the run, which is the one thing that Philly can stop. Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz will make a dynamic duo, and do enough of offense to win this NFC showdown on the road.

Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 16

Cleveland Browns vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 12-15 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 48

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Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Cardinals +2.5

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield – He has now failed to reach 200 passing yards in three of the last four games, and Mayfield has two total touchdowns in the last two weeks. What looked like a nice stretch for him has turned kind of sour again. However, the Cardinals are the cure for all that ails a pass defense, and Mayfield will be on the forefront of quarterback streamers for Week 15 and a strong DFS play against the worst pass defense in football. 

Nick Chubb – He had exactly 106 yards in two of the last three weeks, and Chubb remains a strong fantasy starter each and every week. His involvement in the pass offense has mostly disappeared with Kareem Hunt in the mix. Hunt should terrorize the lowly Cardinals defense though, and he will be a high end RB2 for the game in Week 15. Even with him sharing the backfield there is no reason to think that Chubb can’t top 100 rushing yards in this one.

Kareem Hunt – His value is really touchdown dependent as he has only topped 70 total yards once since returning from suspension. The good news for Hunt owners is that he has scored in three straight games, helping his value. He continues to sit in flex consideration, and has a pretty easy matchup against the Cardinals defense in Week 15.

Jarvis Landry – Another week, another ten plus fantasy points out of Landry. He had four catches for 76 yards against the Bengals, as he continues to be the top receiver on the Browns. Landry has always been a PPR stud, but right now he is getting it done in all formats, with at least 76 yards in four of the last five weeks. He hasn’t scored in two games, but that should certainly be remedied against the worst pass defense in football. Look for Landry to go over 100 yards in Week 15.

Odell Beckham – News came out over the weekend that he has been playing with a sports hernia, but that might not even explain the awful season that Beckham is having. He had just two more catches and less than 40 receiving yards last week, in what has become a fairly regular bust week for him. If he has any juice left in the tank this season, he should still do well against the Cardinals. Patrick Peterson will likely be all over him on Sunday, but Beckham should be able to get away from him enough to have a fantasy impact. Start Beckham with confidence in Week 15.

David Njoku – If you subscribe to the theory that any tight end can score against the Cardinals, here is your Week 15 edition. Vance McDonald of the Steelers had just one catch, and Njoku has missed most of the season. You can find a better option than him.

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray – He was slightly more competent against the Steelers last week, but Murray still failed to top 200 passing yards for the third straight game. His two passing touchdowns were nice, but he isn’t running enough to make up for his lack of passing yards. In his defense, Arizona has played three pretty strong defenses in a row, and Murray has looked like a rookie. He gets a little relief this week as the Browns defense is above average, but far from elite. He should be able to throw for about 240 yards and two touchdowns in this one and have a decent fantasy day.

Kenyan Drake – Don’t feel threatened by David Johnson ’s receiving touchdown, Drake is still the man in the Cardinals backfield. He still led the team in carries by a wide margin, but it has been a few weeks since he has done anything with it. The Browns run defense isn’t good at all, and just gave up a huge game to Joe Mixon last week. Now, Drake isn’t as good as Mixon, but he should be able to find some running lanes in this one. He will also need to be targeted more in the passing game than he has been lately, but Drake certainly will draw some flex consideration in Week 15.

Christian Kirk – It was good to see him get back on track as he had eight catches for 85 yards last week against a tough Steelers secondary. He will see plenty of Denzel Ward , as the Cardinals top corner should be assigned to Kirk most of the day. While Ward has the reputation of being one of the best in the NFL, he hasn’t had his best season. Kirk should be able to shake free some and be good for six catches and 75 yards. It is hard to predict him to get a touchdown since he has only scored in one game this year, but he seems overdue to find the end zone again.

Larry Fitzgerald – It feels like the gas in the tank is starting to get towards empty on Fitz and his 2019 season as he had just three catches for 20 yards last week against Pittsburgh. The Browns will give him a little relief, but the Cardinals offense just hasn’t been performing well enough for multiple receivers to be fantasy relevant. In fact, most weeks they are struggling to produce one guy you can count on for fantasy. Leave Fitzgerald on your bench for this one.

Summary: The Browns are having a disappointing season, and they aren’t that good, but they aren’t as bad as the Cardinals. It isn’t easy for a team to travel west, but the Cardinals are going to have no answers for Baker Mayfield to Jarvis Landry , as well as Odell Beckham should even thrive in this one. The Cardinals have been unable to run the ball, and Kyler Murray isn’t good enough yet to win a game on his own. This one will be close, but Cleveland takes it on the road.

Prediction: Browns 27, Cardinals 20

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: O.co Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 12-15 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 45.5

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Raiders -6.5

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew – It is amazing that he threw the ball 37 times, completed 65 percent of his passes, and only threw for 162 yards on Sunday. It appears that Minshew Magic might have died when the Jaguars stupidly turned to Nick Foles . But wait! There is still a chance! Minshew will face the awful Raiders pass defense that gave up nearly 400 yards through the air to Ryan Tannehill last week. It is sad to say Minshew isn’t as good as Tannehill (considering his career in Miami), but it is true. However, Minshew should be a lock for 275 yards and two scores in this one.

Leonard Fournette – Like the passing game, it has been a rough month for Fournette as well, as he hasn’t had a 100 yard game since Week 7. The good news for his fantasy owners is that he has been super involved in the passing game which has kept his value fairly high. The Raiders aren’t as bad against the run as they are with the pass, but they have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns on the season. Look for Fournette to continue to be the check down option of choice for Minshew to the tune of five catches to go with his 75 rushing yards and a touchdown in this one.

D.J. Chark – It was a slow burn for Chark as he didn’t have much in the way of stats until later in the game. The Jags certainly don’t look like a very inept offense right now, and Chark’s numbers have suffered for it. His final line last week didn’t turn out bad at all, and with a dynamite matchup against the lousy Raiders pass defense Chark is a must-play on Sunday. Assuming the ankle injury he left the game with is no big deal, he has a serious chance at his fourth 100 yard game of the season in this one.

Dede Westbrook – His value has decreased enough that he really is just a guy to consider in PPR leagues anymore as Westbrook hasn’t topped 70 receiving yards since Week 7. He does have 19 catches in the last three weeks, but that is only good for 154 yards, which is barely over 50 yards a game. He will get a game against one of the worst pass defenses in football, which makes Westbrook a low end WR3 or at worst a solid guy to have in your flex for Week 15.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr – Despite his team getting run out of the building in the second half last week, Carr’s stat line wasn’t that bad considering he threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Of course, that was against one of the worst secondaries in the league, and they didn’t have Adoree Jackson. That was Carr’s first multi-touchdown game since Week 9, and he has totally fallen off the fantasy map. There is a chance he could put together another decent fantasy game against the Jaguars who really aren’t very good, but he isn’t someone you are even thinking about playing unless you are in a two quarterback league.

DeAndre Washington Josh Jacobs fractured shoulder isn’t likely to be in good enough shape to play this week, which should leave Washington as the lead back for the Raiders again. He had a great game last week with 53 yards and a score on the ground and six catches for 43 more yards. He now faces a Jacksonville defense that couldn’t stop a toddler running through the offensive line. If you were lucky enough to pick up Washington on waivers this week, he is a must-play RB2 in this game.

Tyrell Williams – This pass offense is pretty bad, and even against a trash secondary like the Titans, Williams was unable to break 40 receiving yards. In fact he hasn’t topped that mark in four of the last five weeks and hasn’t had more than four catches since Week 2. The Jaguars defense is nothing special, but you can’t even consider using Williams anymore.

Darren Waller – After it looked like he was fading into fantasy oblivion, Waller has enjoyed a late season resurgence in the past couple of weeks. He had six catches for 73 yards, and while he did lose a fumble, that isn’t a bad game in 2019 for a tight end. Waller offers athleticism that few tight ends do right now, and is capable of big games down the stretch. He faces a Jaguar defense that allowed Hunter Henry to find the end zone last week, and it should be no surprise if Waller scores in Week 15.

Summary: This is a battle of one of the worst pass defenses in the league against one of the worst run defenses in the league. Both teams are trending down in a major way; it just comes down to which one is worse. The Raiders look to be without their prized rookie running back again, which is too bad since they are playing Jacksonville. This might be crazy but I have more faith in rookie Gardner Minshew than I do veteran David Carr. Both lack many weapons to throw to, but I am going to back the team with the best player on the field, and that is Leonard Fournette .

Prediction: Jaguars 23, Raiders 17

Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: StubHub Center(Carson)Sun. 12-15 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Chargers +2.5

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – His last game was a case of where real football undid fantasy football. The Vikings dismantled the Lions basically from the start, and while Cousins was being ultra-efficient in completing 80 percent of his passes, they just didn’t need to throw a lot. So, in a game against a trash defense, Cousins only threw for 242 yards and one touchdown. He certainly could have had more if the game script called for it. Well, it should this week as the Chargers are a better offense than Detroit, and Philip Rivers may have gotten some mojo back last week. The Chargers have Casey Hayward at corner, and then the rest of the defense is not very good. Cousins should top 265 yards and two scores and will be on the fringe of a starting fantasy quarterback this week.

Dalvin Cook – It wasn’t one of his huge games from the start of the year, but a couple of nagging injuries are clearly hindering Cook as he hasn’t averaged over four yards a carry since Week 8. He is still banging into the end zone on a nearly weekly basis, so his fantasy owners are not complaining. In fact he has run one in all but two games this season. He is still leading the league in rushing touchdowns even if his yardage totals have been slowed. The Vikings are also intelligently resting him some when games are out of hand, making Alexander Mattison a sneaky flex play. This one doesn’t look like it will be a blowout, so Cook should be looking at his usual 18-20 carries. He should top 75 yards and run for another touchdown against a middle of the road run defense.

Stefon Diggs – Who knows if or when Adam Thielen will ever be back? Every week we hear about optimism he will return this week, and every week he is inactive. Let’s just focus on Diggs. It was another great game for Diggs who racked up 92 yards on six catches, despite dealing with Lions stud corner Darius Slay . It will be a similar story in Week 15 as he will now be forced to deal with Casey Hayward who is one of the best corners in the league. Diggs is by far the most targeted receiver on the Vikings and should continue to be peppered with targets. He has had great games against some of the league’s best corners this year, so why can’t he do it again? Look for Diggs to top 70 receiving yards and likely find the end zone in this one as the one reliable target that Kirk Cousins has to throw to.

Kyle Rudolph – After scoring in five of the previous six weeks, Rudolph’s Week 14 was one of the bigger thuds of the year. He had just two catches on two targets for 11 yards on the day. He had been a little touchdown dependent coming into this one, so you knew that this was a possibility. The bigger issue is he was outperformed by rookie Irv Smith, which has to call Rudolph’s value into question for the rest of the season. Given the way that the Vikings spread the ball around to everyone, the tougher opponent, and a second tight end to have to deal with, that all adds up to not trusting Rudolph for the Week 15 game against the Chargers.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – Old Man Rivers turned back the hands of time in Week 14 in a massive effort where he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in only three quarters. The talent is still there, the skill players are still there, and I think that is the frustrating part for fantasy players who hung their hope on him. We will find out right away if this was one fluky week against a team going in the toilet or if Rivers can be trusted down the stretch. You shouldn’t have him as your starting fantasy quarterback this week, but if he has another solid game he will be a smash play in Week 16 against the lowly Raiders.

Melvin Gordon – He had a solid game with a rushing touchdown and five catches to go with it, but it is the timeshare with Ekeler that stunted him from having a huge day. Gordon is still getting the goal line work which is always good for fantasy value, and he is still the more involved back. However, the Vikings have allowed only five rushing touchdowns all season, and while Gordon is never a sit in redraft leagues, you can definitely find better value for the money in DFS contest.

Austin Ekeler – This guy does more with limited opportunities than anyone else in the league. Somehow he touched the ball just 12 times and had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the game. He was gashing the Jaguars on the ground and took a screen pass 84 yards for a touchdown. Jacksonville has figuratively waived the white flag on the season, so it won’t be so easy against a playoff hopeful Vikings team, but Ekeler just gets it done. He is a solid flex option in the Week 15 game and cross your fingers and hope he finds the end zone again.

Keenan Allen – His two game touchdown streak was snapped, but it still wasn’t a bad game for Allen, at least by his 2019 standards. He certainly hasn’t been the elite receiver we thought we were getting in August, or that he looked like in September. But the offense sputtered, and they have so many mouths to feed that they just aren’t forcing it to Allen. He still had 13 fantasy points last week, and should be around the same total this week. The Vikings have a reputation of a solid pass defense, but certainly haven’t been playing like it Xavier Rhodes , their best corner, also left last week’s game, so if he is unable to play the ceiling gets a little higher for Allen. He isn’t a great guy to count on for DFS, but continue to start him with tempered expectations in all season long formats.

Mike Williams – HE FINALLY SCORED!!! After 13 weeks of wondering when the heck this guy was going to find the end zone. The problem with Williams is that he doesn’t get a lot of targets, so he has to make the most of them when the ball is thrown his way. He has been doing a great job of that lately, and has a touchdown or 75 receiving yards or more in three straight weeks. Despite shutting down David Blough last week, the Vikings pass defense hasn’t had a great season, and if you have been counting on Williams this year, you can continue to do so. Using him in DFS might take a little more stomach for risk and guts. Use with caution.

Hunter Henry – Once a no doubt play at tight end, Henry has only had four catches in the last two weeks combined. He did have a touchdown to save his day, but without that he would have six fantasy points in the last two games. The Vikings have given up a bunch of yardage to tight ends, but only one touchdown this season. At this point you can’t stop using Henry if you have been trusting him since he returned. You certainly aren’t going to find someone with his upside on the waiver wire at this point. Cross your fingers, hold your breath, pray to whoever it is that you do that too, and hope that Henry can score again in Week 15.

Summary: The Chargers came into the year with high hopes, but they are tied for the bottom of the division, while the Vikings are right in the mix for a division title. When it comes to the last few weeks of the season, I tend to side with the team who needs the game more, even if they are on the road. Dalvin Cook is slowing some, but Alexander Mattison spells him here. Kirk Cousins has had a fine season, and Stefon Diggs is tough to stop. The Chargers will keep it close, but a late Philip Rivers turnover will cost them the game.

Prediction: Vikings 31, Chargers 23

Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sun. 12-15 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 4:25pm ET
Spread: 49ers -11

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – Despite losing Calvin Ridley in this one, Ryan still had another 300 yard game, his ninth in 13 games this season. He also had multiple touchdowns for the eighth time this year. He has had an amazing season and dominated the Panthers defense in Week 14. He catches the 49ers at the right time as they will be without pass rusher Dee Ford and top corner Richard Sherman . He will likely struggle with the Niners pass rush though, and this could easily be one of the worst games this year for Ryan. Despite what Drew Brees did to San Francisco last week, if you have a reasonable second option at quarterback, you might want to look away from Ryan in this one. 

Devonta Freeman – Freeman showed a pulse last week with 84 rushing yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season, but that was also against a very forgiving Panthers run defense. Now, the Niners run defense can be had, but they have only allowed seven rushing touchdowns in 13 games this year. Freeman is generally pretty involved in the passing game, which gives him boosted value, but this one doesn’t set up for him to be successful. The Falcons are likely to fall behind in this one, and might run the ball less than they’d like. Freeman is a flex play at best, and might even leave you frustrated if you start him at all.

Julio Jones – He was able to play in Week 14 against the Panthers, but it was a less than exciting five catches for 66 yards. Carolina’s secondary isn’t bad, and now the Falcons get a matchup against the tough 49ers. He will catch a break as Richard Sherman will miss the game with a hamstring injury, so Jones won’t be facing San Francisco’s best. He likely isn’t fully 100 percent, but it is December in the NFL, who is fully healthy? Even without Sherman, Jones won’t be a strong DFS target, but you always start him in redraft leagues especially with Calvin Ridley out.

Russell Gage – He had a couple fantasy relevant games when Julio Jones was banged up, and he will be asked to step up again with Calvin Ridley sidelined. Gage did next to nothing last week with just two catches for 17 yards, and against this dominant San Francisco pass defense, he isn’t someone to consider for fantasy purposes.

Austin Hooper – While Calvin Ridley gained from Hooper’s injury, Hooper is set to benefit from Ridley missing the rest of the year. He had a weak game in his first back from his knee injury, but that isn’t too concerning. He will face the tough Niners defense, but with just Hooper and Julio as reliable targets, Hooper should get enough catches in PPR leagues to be worth starting. Don’t expect a 100 yard game and a score, but Hooper’s floor should be ten fantasy points and he could score as many as 15.

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo – He has had some monster games this season, but perhaps none more important than the 349 yard, four touchdown game against the Saints last week. Garoppolo has been hot as blazes lately, completing at least 70 percent of his passes in six of the last seven games. He is still very inconsistent as a fantasy option, although a matchup against the hapless Falcons who will now also be without Desmond Trufant . Jimmy G did lose his center last week, but he should be a solid streaming option against the Falcons in Week 15.

Matt Breida – It was an encouraging outing for Breida as he was able to get through the game healthy after missing several weeks, and he had 54 yards rushing on the day. However, he had just six rushes and one catch as Raheem Mostert has taken over as the man in the backfield for now. You would have to be in a real dire situation to give Breida a start in Week 15.

Raheem Mostert – When the 49ers went through that tough gauntlet of games against Green Bay, Baltimore, and New Orleans, raise your hand if you had Raheem Mostert having four touchdowns in those three games. Put your hand down you big liar! Mostert looks incredible in the past few weeks, exploding through holes, and running hard. He still only had ten carries, but the game went in a way that San Francisco had to throw the ball a ton to keep up with New Orleans. The Niners should beat the Falcons fairly easily, and their run defense leaves plenty to be desired, Mostert should be a only mildly risky RB2 in this one coming off a two touchdown game.

Emmanuel Sanders  - Maybe he is finally healthy because Sanders looked like a brand new man last week against the Saints with 157 yards, a receiving touchdown, and he also threw a touchdown in that one. Sanders was getting open for decent gains all day, including the 75 yard touchdown. With Desmond Trufant out, the Falcons pass defense will be even softer than usual and Sanders will be a strong WR3 play with upside for more.

Deebo Samuel – The rookie has clearly impressed the coaching staff as he has been a solid part of the 49ers offense for a number of weeks now. The best part is that Kyle Shanahan is a great play caller and has some designed just to find a way to get Deebo with the ball in his hands in space. He should be a well targeted player again on Sunday, and with the Falcons pass defense allowing nearly 260 yards per game through the air, Samuel should certainly have some room to work. He will be a lower end WR3 or flex for Week 15.

George Kittle – This guy is just a beast and is definitely one of the more exciting players to watch, especially after the catch. His play on fourth down to set up the winning field goal was legendary as he dragged defenders for 20 yards down the field despite his facemask being held. Kittle finished the day with six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. He has hit six catches exactly in four of the last five weeks, and has scored in three of the last four. The Falcons certainly don’t have anyone who can contain him all day and he is a very viable starting tight end on Sunday.

Summary: The Falcons are slowly falling apart, well maybe not that slow, and now will be without Calvin Ridley in this game. The Niners defense is going to look to make a statement after being torched by Drew Brees last week. That won’t be easy with Richard Sherman and Dee Ford out, but San Francisco still has a number of playmakers. The subpar Falcons defense will be tortured by Raheem Mostert and George Kittle with a couple of wide receivers sprinkled in and the 49ers win this one fairly easily as they continue to try to get that number one overall seed in the NFC.

Prediction: 49ers 31, Falcons 13

Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Sun. 12-15 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 49

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Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Cowboys +1

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – He did have two touchdowns for the second straight game, but he also had multiple interceptions for the third time in five games. He played his second straight soft defense, but that won’t be the case on Sunday. The Cowboys pass has allowed only 17 pass touchdowns in 13 games, and Goff won’t have a very easy time. He also tends to be better at home, so with this one being in Big D, you should try to look in another direction from Goff this week.

Todd Gurley – The training wheels certainly have come off for Gurley in the last month, as he has had at least 19 carries in three of the last four games after having 23 carries in Week 14. He also has a rushing touchdown in three of the last four weeks. He hasn’t been as involved in the passing game as he has been in previous seasons, but right now Gurley is looking like he did in 2017. The Cowboys give up nearly 110 rushing yards a game and have surrendered 12 rushing touchdowns in 13 games. Gurley will be a solid RB2 for Week 15.

Brandin Cooks – He just hasn’t been the same since returning from concussion and is barely involved in the offense at all. Keep Cooks on your bench, and in all honesty he can be dropped in season long leagues.

Robert Woods – He finally found the end zone for the first time this season, and Woods continued his scorching hot play. He had seven catches for 98 yards, and it was the fourth straight game where he has topped 90 yards, after doing that just once in the first eight weeks of the year. He will have a tough matchup against whoever might guard him in the Cowboys secondary, but Woods is still at worst a WR3 in Week 15.

Cooper Kupp – He had a touchdown for the second straight week, but Kupp just hasn’t been the same guy. He was targeted 87 times in the first eight weeks, he has only been targeted 27 times in the last five games. He hasn’t had more than 65 yards since Week 8, and Kupp isn’t the same guy that he was early in the year. The Rams aren’t going to be able to move the ball as well against the Cowboys like he has the past couple of weeks. Kupp will be someone to start in season long leagues, but he won’t be a hot DFS commodity.

Tyler Higbee – It seemed like Higbee’s success two weeks ago was because the Cardinals were so bad against the tight end, but he had another huge game last Sunday night. He had seven catches for 116 yards against the Seahawks, making it his second straight 100 yard game. Jared Goff and the Rams do like to throw to the tight end, and Higbee is man right now. The Cowboys are pretty stiff against the tight end, but with the lack of production league wide at tight end right now, Higbee could still be a starter for you in Week 15.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – He may have thrown for 334 yards against the Bears, but the vast majority of that was in garbage time, and Prescott looked off all night long. He now has just three touchdowns in the last three weeks combined, although all three games were against solid defenses. Dallas will face a fourth straight good defense when they welcome the Rams to Dallas on Sunday, and while Prescott should be better than he was last Thursday, you might want to consider another option if he is your starting quarterback. The Rams have allowed 18 passing touchdowns this season, but they have been much better since the trade for Jalen Ramsey .

Ezekiel Elliott – Elliott’s production has been down since Week 10 when he was held in check by the Vikings and Lions back to back. He has topped 70 rushing yards in each of the last three games, but don’t we expect more from this guy? He was able to find the end zone twice last Thursday against the Bears, but he certainly has not been his usual explosive self. The whole Cowboys offense is in a bit of a funk right now, and a matchup against the Rams won’t help. Los Angeles does allow just over 100 yards a game on the ground, and have given up nine rushing touchdowns. While you always start Elliott in season long leagues, he won’t be a high confidence DFS play given the way he and his team have been playing.

Amari Cooper – Cooper had his second straight 80+ yard game, but the vast majority of it, and the touchdown, came when the game was out of reach. This guy certainly isn’t healthy, and he is certainly playing in pain. He is a bit of a risky play in Week 15, as he is not healthy and isn’t playing the full complement of snaps. He does have ten days to rest to get ready for this one, but there’s no denying he is not himself. He also will be matched up mostly with Jalen Ramsey who is one of the five best corners in the league. Cooper is usually money, but in his compromised state with less than ideal matchup there are scenarios where he could be, and should be on your bench.

Michael Gallup – It might have come late in the game, but Gallup still had his fourth 100 yard game of the season last week against the Bears. He now has topped 50 receiving yards in five straight games, although he hasn’t found the end zone in four weeks. The Rams secondary is a little beatable once you get past Jalen Ramsey , and while he might not be a DFS play, Gallup is certainly worth starting in season long leagues. There will be passing in this game, and Dallas will need Gallup to step up if they hope to win.

Summary: Geez, talk about two teams that need a game that are both incredibly hard to figure out! The Cowboys have been losing to teams they could beat, and the Rams either look unstoppable or like one of the worst teams in football. While these are two strong offensive teams, it will come down to which team’s defense plays best. The Rams have some big names, but I feel like overall Dallas is the better defense and they are at home. This one should be a very entertaining game, but the Cowboys end up with the win at the end.

Prediction: Cowboys 23, Rams 20

Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 12-15 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 36.5

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Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Game Time: Sunday, December 15th at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Steelers -2.5

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – It was a dreadful Sunday to forget for Allen in Week 14 against the Ravens. Although there isn’t much shame in that because Baltimore is just laying the wood to everyone right now. However, he didn’t even complete 50 percent of his passes and had just one touchdown. The assignment won’t get much easier this week as the Steelers are fifth best in defense by passing yards allowed, but they have surrendered 21 touchdowns this year. Unless you are really stuck at the position, Allen should be on your fantasy bench this week.

Devin Singletary – He has been showing some flashes of why fantasy players were so excited about him coming into the year, as Singletary ran for 89 yards and had a career high six catches last week against the Ravens. The schedule remains tough for him though, as the Steelers have only allowed five rushing touchdowns the entire season. He has become the focal point of the Bills offense lately though, and he could be your RB2 but would be best served as your flex.

John Brown - The wheels have fallen off and have gone bouncing down the road for Brown in 2019. He was the picture of consistency to start the year, but he has just eight catches total in the last three games, and hasn’t topped 40 receiving yards in any of them. He will get another tough task this week as he likely will be matched up against Joe Haden who is one of the better corners in football. Brown is still hard to take out of your starting season long lineups, but he certainly can be forgotten in DFS formats this week.

Cole Beasley – It wasn’t a staggering stat line, but Beasley did score for the third straight game and fourth time in the last five. He only had four catches for 29 yards against the Ravens though. The Bills still aren’t throwing the ball a ton, and it is hard to feel too confident about Beasley. However, he does have 23 targets in the last three weeks, so clearly Josh Allen is looking his way. He isn’t a sure thing to do well against a tough Steelers secondary, but in PPR leagues you could do worse than Beasley in your flex.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Devlin Hodges – It is hard to understand a game plan where your quarterback only throws it 19 times against the Cardinals, but that is what happened last week for Pittsburgh. Hodges completed nearly 85 percent of those passes, but it was for just 152 yards and a score. He will need all the duck calls, mojo, Juju, and a few prayers might not even hurt against a swarming Buffalo pass defense. You shouldn’t have to be told that Hodges doesn’t make for a good fantasy play this week.

James Conner – It has been reported that Conner is going to give it a go in Week 15 against the Bills. Here are two reasons not to trust Conner in your fantasy playoffs. He already tried to come back once from this injury and lasted about a quarter before being forced from the game again. Second, while the Bills defense isn’t the best against the run, they are pretty solid and a physical defense. That doesn’t exactly lend itself to a guy coming back from a tough injury to succeed. Even if you own Conner he won’t belong in your lineups.

Benny Snell – And now what becomes of Snell’s value if Conner does come back this week? Well, that’s an easy one, it goes away pretty much completely. He only had 104 yards total on the ground in the last two games combined, and wasn’t involved in the pass game barely at all. If you risk playing Snell, that means that Conner has to get hurt again, and he has to average more than the 2.6 yards per carry he did last week. You would have to be in the most dire of circumstances possible to roll Snell out in Week 15.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Smith-Schuster hasn’t played in a month, but he at least will try to gut it out in this one. Devlin Hodges has regressed some, Juju hasn’t had a good season at all, and the Bills are a top five fantasy pass defense. Does any of this add up to thoughts of him having a solid fantasy day? It shouldn’t. Even if he does try to give it a go, Smith-Schuster is too big of a risk to trust in your fantasy playoffs.

James Washington – He was out-produced by Diontae Johnson for the first time in a long time, but Washington remains the Steelers top receiver despite only having 33 yards last week. He was only targeted four times for the second consecutive week, but that was more a product of the inefficient passing game of the Steelers as it is an indictment of Washington’s ability. He is going to have a really hard time getting anything going this week as the Steelers face an amazing pass defense and this is a week he should be on your bench.

Summary: If you like offense, then don’t bother watching this Sunday night game as you will likely be sleeping by halftime. If you like hard-nosed, physical defense this is the game for you. Both teams have less than stellar offenses, but are two of the top defenses in the NFL. The Steelers need it badly, but I can’t trust a third string quarterback and likely a third string running back to beat Josh Allen . The Bills continue to prove they are legit when they go into Pittsburgh and win by a touchdown.

Prediction: Bills 20, Steelers 13

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Mon. 12-16 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 46

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Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
Game Time: Monday, December 16th at 8:15pm ET
Spread: Saints -9

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett – While his 251 yards and two touchdowns last week were nice, it still was a little less than you would have hoped for against the pathetic Buccaneers. He does get a bit of a pass as he doesn’t have many reliable options to throw to, but in the end, his value isn’t where it once was. Despite the fact the Saints pass defense was just mauled by Jimmy Garoppolo last week, they still are a pretty strong unit, and Brissett shouldn’t be trusted in fantasy games in Week 15.

Marlon Mack – The good news is that Mack got through last week’s game without aggravating his hand injury and even scored a touchdown against a tough Bucs run defense. The Saints are no slouches against the run either though, and Mack will have another tough game. New Orleans has allowed nine rushing touchdowns in the first 13 games, and while it isn’t an ideal matchup, use Mack as your RB2 in this Week 15 showdown.

Zach Pascal – He has been the main beneficiary to T.Y. Hilton ’s injury, and Pascal has put up two straight pretty strong games. He has 19 targets in the past two weeks, and is the go-to receiver right now for whatever that is worth. What it means for this week is that he is likely to see more Marcus Lattimore than any other receiver, and that isn’t a good thing. Pascal will likely struggle to get open against the Saints stud cornerback and should be kept on your fantasy benches this week.

Marcus Johnson – This is the Week 15 edition of “Don’t Chase Last Week’s Points!” Johnson blew up for 105 yards and a touchdown on just three catches. However, it was against one of the worst pass defenses in football, so keep that in mind if you think he can do it again. He has gotten more attention since T.Y. Hilton went down, but Johnson is not someone you can trust regularly, especially against a solid Saints pass defense.

Jack Doyle – What a colossal dud he put up at the worst possible time! Doyle should have rocked against the Bucs in the first round of the fantasy playoffs; instead he had just two catches for 27 yards. That is now two awful games out of three since Eric Ebron went on IR, and it is getting seriously hard to trust this guy. If you have been starting him, you at least have to check the wire to see if anyone better is out there before you trust him with a roster spot.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees really struggles against the Falcons for whatever reason, but he certainly doesn’t have trouble with the rest of the NFL. He went bananas on the top rated pass defense as Brees had six total touchdowns against the 49ers on Sunday. That kind of performance will be tough to duplicate, but he will face a Colts secondary that has allowed 22 passing touchdowns in 13 games. Brees is also generally better at home than he is on the road, and you can expect another big day from him. Sure, he won’t get those six touchdowns again, but it shouldn’t surprise you at all if he threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Alvin Kamara – It is getting to the point where you have to at least consider sitting Kamara. You might not do it, but the thought has to cross your mind. He has just four catches in each of the last two games, and only had 25 yards on the ground on 13 carries against the 49ers. He also hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 3, which is the only game he has scored in all season. The Colts are a far cry from the 49ers defense, but Kamara hasn’t been good against anyone except the Buccaneers and Seahawks this season. You gotta play him, but man is the confidence level at an all time low.

Michael Thomas – It was predicted here last week that not even the 49ers could shut down Thomas, and that indeed turned out to be true. He had another 11 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in the game. Who can stop this guy? Somehow the Falcons came the closest, but he is a no-doubter of a WR1 and a great DFS target against the Colts.

Tre’Quan Smith – This is a bit of a dart throw, but Smith is healthy and slowly becoming a little bit bigger part of the offense. He did have what looked to be the game winning touchdown on Sunday against the 49ers before George Kittle went all maniac and the Niners kicked a field goal to win it. Smith has some big play potential, and the Colts secondary isn’t that good. You’ll need him to score a touchdown to be fantasy relevant, but that might just be in the cards for him. He isn’t someone to start in redraft, but if you are looking for a bargain for a DFS tournament, Smith might help you pay up for studs at other roster spots.

Summary: The Colts have lost three straight and are the unfortunate team to have to go into New Orleans a week after they lost a heartbreaker to the 49ers last Sunday. Indianapolis has a pretty stout defense, but their offense is so banged up, especially at wide receiver. The Colts were a nice story to start the season, but they are starting to fade and Drew Brees plays great at home. Indianapolis will likely stay in this one for a half or three quarters, but in the end it will be Brees and Michael Thomas who take the win home.

Prediction: Saints 34, Colts 24

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