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Fantasy Football Week 15 Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Busted

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By: Joe Bond

Well the semis final week (in most leagues) went just as we planned right. I mean come on we all had Matt Asiata scoring three touchdowns on the day, Matt Flynn throwing four touchdowns and Shane Vereen only touching the ball five times. With all the unexpected scoring today, I’m going to bet there will be some teams with very very good players not making it to the championship game. I’m definitely close to that situation with guys like LeSean McCoy, Knowshon Moreno doing OK, but not giving me what got me this far. Even if I do lose, I’m still going to stand by my strategy of sticking with your studs in the playoffs. It’s because of that strategy, that I’m likely to win in another league, where even with a bad match-up ahead of him I played Zac Stacy and was rewarded with 20.5 fantasy points.

The Good

Jamaal Charles (RB – KC) – How do I not start with Charles? What an unbelievable performance he had, scoring five times total. Four of this touchdowns were the receiving kind, catching eight for 195 yards. He only had 20 rushing yards, but nobody really cares about that since he put up 51 fantasy points.

Nick Foles (QB – PHI) – Foles threw his second interception of the season Sunday, but still had a very productive day throwing for 428 yards and three touchdowns. This came in a surprising losing effort to the Vikings. If you are in your championship game next week with Foles, you should feel very fortunate since you have one of the best QBs in the NFL right now on your team.

Greg Jennings (WR – MIN) – Jennings was only started in 24.1% of ESPN leagues so this is another great example of just some of the players giving us some unexpected big games. He wound up catching 11 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. I knew the Eagles defense was bad, but when you allow Jennings to do that to you with Matt Cassell, you are really bad. Look out anybody facing A.J. Green next week, he is going to blow up playing the Eagles.

DeMarco Murray (RB – DAL) – Murray has been fantastic the last five weeks for the Cowboys scoring double digit fantasy points in all five. He had 20 points today, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown. If the Cowboys would decide not to abandon the run at times during the game, it would be interesting to see what Murray could do.

Honorable Mention: DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI), Matt Cassell (QB – MIN), Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – TEN), Dez Bryan (WR – DAL)

The Bad
Eli Manning (QB – NYG) – Its probably safe to say we all picked Eli to struggle this week against the Seahawks, but wow nobody could have expected this. He went 18 for 31, 156 yards and five interceptions while getting shutout. I have been on the “you can’t trust Eli at all’ train for a while this season, I’m just hoping the rest of you who weren’t, finally join me after this one, even next week against the Lions.

Matt Ryan (QB – ATL) – Matt Ryan couldn’t have had a much better match-up than he did Sunday against the Redskins. Even with that match-up he couldn’t do much with it only throwing for 210 yards and a touchdown. This was the last game you could have even thought of starting Ryan all season, with him facing the 49ers and Panthers the last two games. So if you were lucky enough to get past this week with Ryan as your QB, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Danny Woodhead (RB – SD) – I thought for sure that Woodhead would have a good game against the Broncos due to the Chargers having to pass a lot to keep up. Well the complete opposite happened and it was his running mate, Ryan Mathews that had the good game. He has disappointed quite a bit lately, and even in PPR leagues I don’t know if you can trust him.

Andre Johnson (WR – HOU) – The Texans were embarrassed today by the Colts and Johnson didn’t do his part to help. I know him having a bad game isn’t just on him, he had to be thrown the ball, but AJ usually can have good games even when the Texans play poor as a team. Sunday was not that type of game, catching four passes for just 18 yards.

Honorable Mention: Andre Brown (RB – DET), Harry Douglas (WR – ATL), Julius Thomas (TE – DEN), Alfred Morris (RB – WAS)

The Busted
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI) – Fitz missed overtime in the Cards win due to a concussion. Per usual he will have to pass the concussion protocol in order to play next week. It is a tough match-up for him against the Seahawks, especially in Seattle, but it will still be a blow to owners.

Victor Cruz (WR – NYG) – Cruz suffered a concussion in the third quarter Sunday against Seattle. He has been struggling lately, so this isn’t going to be a huge blow to fantasy owners, but if you were still needing to rely on him, it doesn’t appear likely he returns next week.

Donald Brown (RB – IND) – He left the game in the first quarter Sunday, with what is being called a stinger. Nothing else is being said about the injury besides that, so you will have to follow us on Twitter, or come back for the injury article later this week for updates.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the FantasySixPack.net website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year, including a top-5 in-season ranking for Football in 2019. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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