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Knowshon Moreno is really coming on strong to end the season for Denver. And to think, he was the third-string running back at the start of the season. He has gotten at least 20 carries in four straight games and is averaging 27 touches per contest in that span. Moreno has also rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown in each of the last two weeks. Needless to say, he is a must-start the rest of the season. He’s one of those players that comes out of nowhere and puts a fantasy team over the hump in the playoffs, so continue to start him if you own him. Moreno should have another strong game in Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns.
It was announced today that LeSean McCoy will play this week against Washington. This sure puts a damper on things for Bryce Brown owners. It’s not known how much action McCoy will see and how the carries will be split, but it will be very hard to start Brown in Week 16. Even McCoy is a question mark as far as how he will do in his first game action in over a month. The Eagles do have a favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins run defense, but be careful with both backs as I’m not sure if either should be started this week.
Dez Bryant played through his broken finger and had another solid week, catching four passes for 59 yards and a score. He did have a few drops, and it was obvious that his hand is really bothering him, but he’s still gutting it out and playing at a fairly high level. Bryant will be in the lineup again in Week 16 against the terrible New Orleans pass defense and should be started in all formats. He may have his occasional drop, but there is no doubt that he has become the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver and top red zone target for quarterback Tony Romo. Get him back in your lineup if you took him out last week.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina
LaFell has been nursing a turf toe injury the past few weeks, but should be good to go this week. He played a minimal amount of snaps last week mostly because Carolina went up 31-0 so quickly in the game. LaFell should see a bunch more targets this weekend against Oakland and could find his way to pay dirt. Take a look if you are in dire need of a receiver for Week 16.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore
Pitta exploded in Week 15 for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He caught seven balls on 10 targets and has seen his number called a lot more over the last few weeks. It’s been a crap shoot over the season with tight end production, and Pitta has been no different. He could be very serviceable this week though against the New York Giants and is only owned in about 35 percent of fantasy leagues. Pitta might be a great play as he was last week, but keep in mind that he’s also capable of only a handful of points as well.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville
Blackmon has been getting a ton of work over the last couple weeks for the Jaguars, and even though he hasn’t found the end zone in that time, he’s still racking up the receptions, yards and targets. He has a great matchup this week against New England, and it’s safe to say that Jacksonville will be playing a lot of catch up in this one, meaning Blackmon should be busy once again. He has received 23 targets over the last two weeks and will be right around double-digit targets in Week 16. If he can score then he will have a huge day.
Lock of the Week
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England
Ridley had a horrible game last week against San Francisco, rushing just nine times for 23 yards and losing a fumble. This game was all wrong from the start for Ridley. It was raining fairly hard and he was going up against the best run defense in the NFL. Things will improve this week though as he gets Jacksonville. The Jaguars have allowed more than 100 yards on the ground nine times this season, and Sunday will be no different as Ridley should get back over 100 yards for the first time since Week 8.