Fantasy Takeaways from Week 15
Hopefully you either had, or weren’t playing against, Jamaal Charles this week because he absolutely steamrolled everything in his site. Assuming you’re still alive in the fantasy playoffs, pay close attention to these thee important takeaways from Sunday’s action.
Andy Reid is a Mastermind
In case there was any doubt, Jamaal Charles is the best fantasy football player on the planet right now. His 51 point performance on Sunday was one for the ages, and he certainly deserves NFL MVP consideration now as well. But why has Charles all of a sudden flipped the switch in 2013? It’s easy: Andy Reid. Reid’s backs have always possessed a dangerous combination of power, speed, and hands which makes them virtually impossible to game plan against. Like Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy before him, Jamaal Charles fits that mold perfectly. His stats this season are unheard of: 246 carries for 1,181 yards and 11 touchdowns, plus 65 catches for 655 yards and seven touchdowns. He has a chance to become the first player in NFL history with 10 rushing touchdowns and 10 receiving touchdowns in the same season. “You’re welcome, Jamaal” says Andy Reid.
That title applies to the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals. New Orleans is just 3-4 away from the Superdome while still unbeaten at home. Think they would like a home playoff game? But more specifically, Jimmy Graham posted his second worst performance of the season yesterday: 2 catches for 25 yards in St. Louis. His worst game of the year came against the Patriots in New England where he was held to zeros across the board. While Graham has put up an unbelievable season no doubt, he’s far from automatic when playing on the road. Similarly, Cincinnati struggled on the road last night too. While the Bengals are a cool 7-0 in Cincy, their 2-5 road record suggest that they are not a complete football team. Each team has one more road game this year, so be careful.
Here’s a list of the top 9 fantasy quarterbacks from Sunday and their fantasy points scored:
1. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (40)
2. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (39)
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans (38)
4. Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers (33)
5. Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings (32)
6. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (30)
7. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (27)
8. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (25)
9. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills (24)
This comes on a week when Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Cam Newton all disappointed. Why do we try to predict fantasy football again?