Monday Morning Takeaways – Week 15
Dec 17, 2012
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Cincinnati 34, Philadelphia 13
In spite of the score, Andy Dalton has regressed over the past three weeks, thus hindering fantasy owners who thought they had unearthed a solid fantasy sleeper. In this game the second year signal caller struggled to accumulate a meager 127 yards and one touchdown pass. Up next for Dalton is stiff Pittsburgh pass defense. Hopefully you have better options.
Nick Foles is yet another rookie quarterback developing before our very eyes. However the production of the Philly passing game was severely hindered by seven Eagles turnovers. By game’s end Jeremy Maclin had emerged as the team’s leading wide receiver with 74 yards. Hard to rely on these paltry numbers with a fantasy championship in the balance.
So much for plug and play status of rookie Bryce Brown. In this game Brown contributed to the turnover woes of the Eagles with a fumble of his own that resulted in Bengals TD. With LeSean McCoy likely returning for the next two games, Brown will be relegated to a secondary role.
New York 0, Atlanta 34
Taking his first start at running back, David Wilson looked awesome early in this game picking up 44 yards on his first five carries. For some reason the Giants didn’t trust the rookie in a full-time role as newly signed Kregg Lumpkin nearly matched Wilson’s rushing attempts. Further inhibiting Wilson’s outing was the Giants falling behind 24-0 in the early third quarter. Wilson’s week 16 status is contingent on Ahmad Bradshaw’s return.
Michael Turner is a risky start every week due to his high dependency on touchdowns. However, we can’t argue with production as he just keeps doing it. Turner is a plug-and-pray in fantasy lineups next week against Detroit.
Green Bay 21, Chicago 13
With Greg Jennings locked down by Charles Tillman, it was James Jones prospering with three touchdowns along with Randell Cobb’s 115 yards. Jones has been a conundrum all season with very sporadic production. Do not feel bad if you sat him this week, and I wouldn’t blame you for sitting him next week.
Alex Green is the lead ball carrier in the Green Bay backfield with 13 rushing attempts. However, the RBBC is alive and well as Ryan Grant, DuJuan Harris and John Kuhn all took carries. No Packers runner is recommended.
Matt Forte proves he is a solid RB1 value when the Bears are absent Michael Bush. With a plus matchup forthcoming with the Arizona Cardinals, Forte is a solid RB1 so long as Bush remains hobbled.