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Week 15: Winter Wonderland

Apparently, cold temperatures and snowy conditions result in excessive scoring. Generally, fantasy owners are concerned with extreme weather conditions, but may be reevaluating their strategy. Despite four games receiving snowfall, there were 90 touchdowns scored in 14 games on Sunday, which is the most in NFL history. In addition to high scoring, several of these games had fantastic finishes.

With at least two snowy forecasts as well as other precipitation in the Week 15 forecast, take an extra look at the weather before setting your lineup. With weather concerns, injury question marks, as well as a soap opera unfolding in Washington, take a longer dive with me to see if any of these players can help you win your league!

Quarterback

Next to the Houston Texans,
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have been one of this season’s biggest disappointments. Despite being out of playoff contention, Ryan has improved in the second half of the season and appears more comfortable again with his favorite target, Roddy White. With a home game in the Georgia Dome against the lowly Washington Redskins’ secondary that allows the sixth-most points to opposing quarterbacks combined with Kirk Cousins leading the offense, Ryan should have a strong performance with ample time of possession.



Week 15 forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD


Running Back

Eddie Lacy’s
numbers have suffered with the demise of Green Bay’s offense. With the hopeful return of Aaron Rodgers and an attractive matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, Lacy will return to glory. Dallas allows the most points to opposing running backs. The Cowboys allow the most receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns to running backs, so look for Lacy to be targeted aerially as well. Keep an eye on his injury status as he has not practiced this week due to a sore ankle.

Week 15 forecast: 125 total yards, TD


Wide Receiver

Did you watch Monday Night Football? Did you see how Chicago Bears’ backup quarterback Josh McCown and his receiving corps shredded Dallas’ secondary all game? With rumors that Aaron Rodgers will return in Week 15, it is not too early to reconsider Green Bay’s receiving crew. With Jordy Nelson already a must-start in most leagues, I recommend James Jones as Rodgers’ second favorite target this weekend when Green Bay visits Dallas. Jones has played well in previous games against Dallas and the weather conditions should be favorable. Don’t forget about Jones, even if Matt Flynn continues starting.



Week 15 forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD

Tight End

Delanie Walker
missed Week 14 due to his Week 13 concussion. However, he passed concussion tests this week and plans to start in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals. Although the Cardinals defense has been exceptional this season, guarding tight ends has been a key weakness as they surrender the most points in the league to this position. If you need a replacement for Rob Gronkowski or another injured tight end, Walker will produce this weekend.


Week 15 forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD

Defense/Special Teams

The
Chicago Bears defense has been subpar at best this season and allows the most rushing yards in the league. Fortunately, they battle the Cleveland Browns in Week 15. The Browns are 28th in rushing yards. Hopefully you have a better option at defense, but grab Chicago if you are desperate. Beware that snow is in the forecast!

Week 15 forecast: 13 points

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Week 14 Results

QB – Joe Flacco

Week 14 Forecast: 225 passing yards, 2 TD

Week 14 Results: 245 passing yards, 22 rushing yards, 3 TD, 3 INT (good call)

RB – Rashard Mendenhall
Week 14 Forecast: 75 total yards, TD

Week 14 Results: 41 rushing yards, TD (good call)

WR – Nate Burleson
Week 14 Forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD

Week 14 Results: 18 receiving yards (bad call)

TE – Ladarius Green
Week 14 Forecast: 60 receiving yards, TD

Week 14 Results: 0 (bad call)

Defense/Special Teams – Oakland Raiders
Week 14 Forecast: 13 points

Week 14 Results: -1 points (bad call)

Good luck in Week 15!

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