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On Second Thought…Week 15

What a crazy week. We haven’t seen that much snow since Informer topped the Billboard charts for seven consecutive weeks in 1992.

If horses that run good on bad tracks are called “mudders,” what should we call the guys who cut through the frozen tundras like a well-oiled Iditarod team? Mushers? Well there were a few of them this week. If you were fortunate enough to have LeSean McCoy,
Josh Gordon

or
Peyton Manning

, this weekend you know the definition of musher.

There were other mushers this week as well as some just had great games, even if it wasn’t in the snow, that you may be considering acquiring via waivers. These are the ones that I caution you against.


Jason Campbell

completed 29-of-44 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns in Week 14 against the New England Patriots. It was a great week as he made his first appearance since suffering a concussion in Week 12.

He looked sharp as he hit his favorite targets
Jordan Cameron

and
Josh Gordon

all day long. When you have two targets like that, it seems like you should do that every week. That is where the caution comes in with Campbell. It seems like next week would be a perfect matchup as he is facing a Chicago defense which hasn’t struck fear in to opposing teams for a few years now. Surprisingly the Bears, however, are starting to come around on defense, holding four of their last six opposing quarterbacks to less than 200 yards.

Ask
Tony Romo
,
who threw for 104 yards against the Bears on Monday night. After that, Campbell will be going to New York to face the Jets, who are always rough on opposing quarterbacks. These are not the weeks that you want to be experimenting with Campbell as your quarterback.


Andy Dalton

completed 24-of-35 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns plus 11 rushing yards and one touchdown in Cincinnati’s 42-28 win over Indianapolis.
Why wouldn’t you want to use him with numbers like that? It’s simple. He has not been consistently that good ever in his career.

He had played four of his last five games with a passer rating of 83.6 or lower. It was also his first game without throwing an interception since Week 7. He quite simply hadn’t been good lately, until this game.

The Bengals travel to Pittsburgh in Week 15, making Dalton a definite sit. There is a silver lining, though. If you have him on your bench you may want to keep him around in case you make it to championship week where Dalton will face the worst team in the league against quarterbacks, the Minnesota Vikings.


Shane Vereen

rushed three times for 9 yards and one touchdown and caught 12 passes for 153 yards in New England’s Week 14 win over Cleveland. With 17 targets he was completely unstoppable in the passing game. After
Rob Gronkowski

suffered an injury midway through the third quarter,
Tom Brady

started using Vereen left and right.

On one drive in the third quarter, Vereen accounted for all 72 yards of offense on two catches and a 6-yard rushing touchdown. Vereen is going to draw a ton of targets with Gronkowski out for the rest of the season. Most people would tell you to start him every week.

In a points per reception league I completely agree, but in a non-points per reception league I caution you as the Patriots are on the road against two tough defenses in Miami and Baltimore in Weeks 15 and 16. Again, in points per reception leagues you have to start him, but, in non-points per reception leagues, can you really count on 17 targets to garner you more than 100 yards? Probably not.


Marques Colston

caught nine balls for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night’s Week 14 win over Carolina and scored on a 6-yard pass from
Drew Brees

and then later connected on a 15-yard post route over the middle for his second touchdown.

He is
Marques Colston

and he has
Drew Brees

playing for him but I still want to warn you as Colston has scored just once in his previous 11 games and had just one 100-yard game all year. Do not let the big name on the back of his jersey, his quarterback’s jersey and the logo on the helmet fool you. Colston has been a poor play all year and this game was the exception to the rule.


Da’Rick Rogers

received six balls for 107 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati.
Where has he been all year? That is exactly the problem. Nobody knows. He is young and unproven and because of this he comes with risk, but last week’s usage confirms he may very well be someone to keep an eye on in the future for dynasty and keeper leagues.


Cordarrelle Patterson

caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s Week 14 loss to Baltimore. Bonus if your league counts return yards as he rattled off 111 of those as well.
Though he has a nice matchup next week at home against the very porous Philadelphia Eagles defense, he finishes the year during your fantasy championship against the Bengals in Cincinnati.


Charles Clay

was great for me at the beginning of the year but then had some rough weeks over the last month. I finally got sick of it and he went for 97 yards on seven catches with two touchdowns in Sunday’s Week 14 win at Pittsburgh.
I would have been upset if I wasn’t laughing at myself for the fact that I dropped Clay and picked up
Garrett Graham
,
then I didn’t start Graham because I went with my advice from last week and started
Ladarius Green
.
I don’t know how I pulled out the win this week but I did. No thanks to my tight end decision making.

With that in mind maybe you should start Clay since I am telling you not to as he is too sporadic to start during the playoffs. Clay faces New England and Buffalo over the next two weeks. Two teams that he played earlier this year and recorded games of five catches for 37 yards, and one catch for 7 yards, respectively.


Marlon Brown

caught seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore’s Week 14 win over Minnesota and with that got removed once again from milk cartons.
Both the catches and yardage were new season highs for a him. He had been held to three total receptions over the past three games. He is far too inconsistent to trust in the final two playoff games.


Andrew Quarless

had his best night this season catching six balls for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s Week 14 win over Atlanta.
Many are thinking that with Aaron Rodgers coming back and Quarless “coming around” that he’d make a great sleeper going forward. Nope. It’s that simple. This game was not just the best of the season for him it was the best of his career. Do you really expect him to pull a career game three weeks in a row?

Luke Willson caught three passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in the hard fought Week 14 battle against San Francisco.
He scored the first touchdown of his career on Sunday and is touted as a seriously athletic 6-foot-5 matchup problem. As with a few of the previously mentioned players, Willson has legitimate appeal in dynasty and keeper leagues but you do not want to go to him in the next two weeks with your season on the line.

If you have gotten this far, you most likely have more solid names on your bench than any of the above listed. Now that you are in the playoffs, stick with the players that got you there.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

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