Start ’em Week 15
Hopefully you’re still in the playoff race, and that makes this week all the more important. This list should help you decide who to start this week to survive another round.
1. Andy Dalton – Dalton did not play very well against the Cowboys in week 14, but I expect a bounce back game this week on Thursday Night Football. The Bengals are in dire need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and the pressure moments like this are when Dalton shines. The Eagles may have gotten a win last week, but it does not mean they are a good team. OPPONENT – Philadelphia Eagles (4-9)
2. Philip Rivers – The Chargers pulled out a nice win against Pittsburgh last week, albeit a little too late. However, Rivers threw for 3 touchdowns and actually looked like a quality starting quarterback. San Diego will play hard for Norv Turner in his final days as coach, and against the Panthers, a huge game is always on the brink. OPPONENT – Carolina Panthers (4-9)
3. Ben Roethlisberger – Another quarterback from that fantastic 2004 draft class, Roethlisberger has never been a fantasy stud. He also lost to the lowly Chargers last week. So why do I think you should start Big Ben this week? He actually played well in his first game back from injury (285 yards and 3 touchdowns) and he gets to play the Cowboys in a very important game for both teams. OPPONENT – Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
1. David Wilson – The Giants first round pick out of Virginia Tech has been in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse for all of 2012 for some early season fumble troubles. This dog needed to be let out much earlier than week 14, as he ran all over the Saints en-route to a 3 touchdown performance. This week should be just as easy against a poor Atlanta rush defense. OPPONENT – Atlanta Falcons (11-2) Watch him torch the Saints last week:
2. Knowshon Moreno – Another first round cast-off has finally made an impact for the playoff-bound Broncos. He had 32 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders last week, and added another 48 yards in the passing game. The 32 carries should tell you a lot about who the Broncos are going to use from now on in their backfield, and I love the matchup against a Ravens defense that just let Alfred Morris tear them up. OPPONENT – Baltimore Ravens (9-4)
3. Shonn Greene – Recently, Greene has picked up his play, in large part due to the amount of touches he has been getting. In the past 2 weeks, Green has run the ball 44 times, and he has gained 181 yards and a touchdown over that span. Those are respectable fantasy numbers, and against a Titans defense ranked 27th in the league, they should continue to rise.
1. Mike Wallace – Wallace has had a down season this year by his standards, and he has almost been non-existent in recent weeks. The reason for that being Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich at QB. Last week when Ben was back, he had one of his best games of the year (7 catches, 112 yards, 1 touchdown). He should continue that hot streak against Dallas this week. OPPONENT – Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
2. Pierre Garcon – No matter who is playing quarterback for Washington this week, Garcon is a good play. He caught the game tying pass from Kirk Cousins last Sunday, proving he can mesh with both rookies. I like his matchup against the Browns this week; don’t be surprised if he finds the end zone… multiple times.
3. Eric Decker – After 3 weeks with just 8 receptions combined, Decker had 8 alone last week. Peyton is starting to look his way more often, and this is great news for Decker’s fantasy owners. He has the game breaking ability to score a long touchdown at any second, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he sneaks behind the Ravens secondary this week.