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Week 15

It’s playoff time and that means the top three QBs in fantasy points from last week were….any guesses? Culpepper, Manning and McNabb, right? Guess again. Try Volek, Griese, and Boller. That sounds more like an ambulance-chasing law firm than a trifecta of fantasy QB studs. Week 15 should return some of the studs to the top of the points list, but keep a close eye on the matchups. There’s a couple Drew Bennett’s out there just waiting to help you win the week.

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.

2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!



Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Detroit
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Dallas
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Baltimore


Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. Kansas City): Heard from the house of Jake Plummer on Monday night: “If Billy Volek can do it, so can’t I!”. Plummer’s right on target with this one. Not even a full beard can hold Plummer back from posting big numbers in Kansas City this week.

Brian Griese, Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans): Griese has posted two 300-yard passing games in three weeks and faces the Saints this week at home. Can you say, waiver wire steal?!?!?


Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants (vs. Pittsburgh): This is the definition of growing pains: 4-18, 27 yds, 0 TDs, 2 INTs. Things won’t get much easier against the Steelers this week.

Ken Dorsey, San Francisco (vs. Washington): Dorsey couldn’t crack the 200-yard passing mark last week against Arizona in a game that went into overtime. Expect more difficulties for Dorsey this week against a solid Redskins pass defense.


Running Backs

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Seattle
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Cleveland
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. N.Y. Jets
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Baltimore
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Pittsburgh
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. San Francisco
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Jacksonville
*Domanick Davis, Houston vs. Chicago

Removed from Studs list:
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore: Questionable, ankle


Corey Dillon, New England (vs. Miami): You want consistency? Dillon has not rushed for less than 79 yards in a game all season. Add that to his six TDs in the past four games and you got yourself a RB that you want in your lineup against Miami this week.

Willis McGahee, Buffalo (vs. Cincinnati): McGahee has rushed for 100+ yards in five of his last seven games and scored six TDs in the past three weeks. Buffalo travels to Cincy this week who are ranked 28th is rushing yards allowed. Expect more big things from McGahee this week.

Duce Staley, Pittsburgh (vs. N.Y. Giants): Staley has split time each of the past two weeks with Bettis carrying the ball for 17 & 16 times respectively. Expect Staley to post better numbers this week as he breaks a long one getting his second TD on the season.


Maurice Hicks, San Francisco (vs. Washington): Hicks had a big game last week on the ground (34-139, 1 TD), but he’s questionable this week with a rib injury. The Redskins rank 3rd in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed, so don’t expect another 100+ yards on the ground from Hicks.

William Green, Cleveland (vs. San Diego): Green has rushed for 20 yards on 23 carries in the last two games combined. This week he faces the Chargers who are #1 in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed. Another poor performance is on the horizon for the B.C. alum.

Nick Goings, Carolina (vs. Atlanta): Goings has four straight 100-yard rushing games, but they’ve come against dregs of the league in run defense. Hitting the century mark will be a tall task this week in Atlanta.


Wide Receivers

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Dallas
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Baltimore
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Chicago
Javon Walker, Green Bay vs. Jacksonville
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. Arizona
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Arizona
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Oakland
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina vs. Atlanta
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Baltimore
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay
Randy Moss, Minnesota vs. Detroit

Removed from Studs list:
-Hines Ward, Pittsburgh: too inconsistent
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville: ditto


Ashley Lelie, Denver (vs. Kansas City): “Hmm, it sure was exciting watching Drew Bennett put on a show last Monday night. I wonder if I had the chance, if I could do the same?”. Let’s find out, shall we?

Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans): Ho-hum, just another nine catches for 145 yards and a TD last week. Clayton had 4-61 the last time the Bucs faced the Saints, but I’m expecting those numbers to practically double this week.

Nate Burleson, Minnesota (vs. Detroit): Burleson has been very quiet as of late, but the return of Moss will be just what Burleson needs to bust open a big game. Expect at least 100+ yards receiving and a score.

Donald Driver, Green Bay (vs. Jacksonville): Driver and Walker have been alternating good games the past four weeks, but even though this would be Walker’s turn in the rotation, my gut tells me that Driver will play a big role in the Packers offensive attack this week even in chilly Green Bay.


Hines Ward, Pittsburgh (vs. N.Y. Giants): Ward has one, count ’em, one 100-yard receiving game on the season. He hasn’t had more than four receptions in six games. Since the Steelers keep winning, expect the same formula of run all day and pass only when necessary keeping Ward’s numbers to a minimum.

Brandon Lloyd, San Francisco (vs. Washington): Brandon, meet Fred Smoot. He’ll be your shadow for today’s game. Get used to seeing #21 in your face the entire afternoon. Enjoy your game.

Lee Evans, Buffalo (vs. Cincinnati): Evans has scored a TD in each of the past three games, but look for the passing numbers as a whole to be down this week keeping Evans in check and not worthy of a start.

T.J.Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati (vs. Buffalo): Palmer & Co. will have a tougher time passing the ball this week against the tough Bills defense, and if you think I just like to spell the name Houshmandzadeh, well, you’re right.


Tight Ends

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Denver
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Cleveland
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. Washington
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Carolina
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Philadelphia
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. New England


Todd Heap, Baltimore (vs. Indianapolis): Remember that guy that was one of the first three TEs selected in your draft? Well, he’s finally back and he caught two TD passes last week and could do even more damage against the Colts this week.

Doug Jolley, Oakland (vs. Tennessee): Jolley has been very quiet lately catching only two passes total in the past three games, but he should get more action this week against the Titans who folded up the tent on Monday night.


Christian Fauria, New England (vs. Miami): Don’t get too excited about the TD catch from last week. The Pats will run, run, then run some more this week in Miami keeping Fauria on the line for protection.

Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants (vs. Pittsburgh): See Eli Manning above.

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