Week 16 Playoff Sleepers and Start’ems for 2013
With everything on the line, this is the week to make sure all the right pieces are in their correct places. Last week was a total bummer, Semi-Finals were a complete bust. Tons of big name, reliable players simply forgot that they are paid to play football and produce productive numbers. Can you believe that we’re already this far? Can you believe that the season flew by that fast? Just one or two weeks left in our season and then its a waiting game filled with off-season antics and arrests.
With the trade deadlines long gone, teams are now forced to build through waivers which isn’t such a bad thing. The time is upon us to strengthen our benches and prepare for the worst. Nobody can predict the unpredictable and injuries can happen at any second of any game. Solidifying your bench is a must at this point in the game.
Week 15 Sleepers/Start’ems RECAP!
DA GOODZ! (Recommended starts that made us look good)
Philip Rivers SD @ Den – 12 of 20 for 166 yards 2TDs
Nick Foles Phi @ Min – 30 of 48 for 428 yards 3TDs and 1Int
Chad Henne Jac vs Buf – 21 of 36 for 237 yards 2TDs and 2Ints
Running Backs (Rec = Reception)
Zac Stacy STL vs NO – 28 carries for 133 yards 1TD and 1 rec 10 yards
Giovani Bernard Cin @ Pit – 13 carries for 33 yards 1TD and 2 rec 13 yards
Steven Jackson ATL vs Wash – 15 carries for 38 yards 2TDs and 4 rec 5 yards
Ben Tate Hou @ Indy – 16 carries for 72 yards and 3 rec 20 yards
Wide Receivers (Rec = Reception)
Julian Edelman NE @ Mia – 13 rec for 139 yards 1TD on 19 Targets
Pierre Garcon Wash @ ATL – 7 rec for 129 yards 1TD on 10 Targets
Keenan Allen SD @ Den – 2 rec for 29 yards 2TDs on 5 Targets
Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
- All Busts -
NOT so goodz! (Recommended starts that made us look bad)
QB Jason Campbell Cle vs Chi – 23 of 39 for 273 yards 1TD and 2Ints
QB Ben Roethlisberger Pit vs Cin – 20 of 25 for 191 yards 1TD and 1Int
QB Matt Ryan ATL vs Wash – 29 of 38 for 210 yards 1TD and 1Int
QB Joe Flacco Balt @ Det – 20 of 38 for 222 yards
RB Bobby Rainey TB vs SF – 11 carries for 27 yards and 1 rec 7 yards
RB Danny Woodhead SD @ Den – 9 carries for 29 yards and 1 rec 13 yards
RB Shane Vereen NE @ Mia – 2 carries for 13 yards and 3 rec 8 yards
WR Riley Cooper Phi @ Min – 4 rec for 29 yards on 7 Targets
WR Anquan Boldin SF @ TB – 3 rec for 43 yards on 8 Targets
WR Stevie Johnson Buf @ Jac – 1 rec for 4 yards on 3 Targets
WR Dwayne Bowe KC @ Oak – 3 rec for 24 yards on 4 Targets
WR Roddy White ATL vs Wash – 5 rec for 53 yards on 7 Targets
WR Harry Douglas ATL vs Wash – 5 rec for 37 yards on 7 Targets
WR Marlon Brown Balt @ Det – 4 rec for 31 yards on 6 Targets
TE Antonio Gates SD @ Den – 2 rec for 23 yards on 3 Targets
TE Jordan Cameron Cle vs Chi – 3 rec for 23 yards on 6 Targets
TE Logan Paulsen Wash @ ATL – 3 rec for 21 yards on 7 Targets
TE Brandon Myers NYG vs Sea – 3 rec for 37 yards on 3 Targets
TE Dennis Pitta Balt @ Det – 2 rec for 24 yards on 4 Targets
TE Charles Clay Mia vs NE – 1 rec for 6 yards on 2 Targets
WEEK 16 SLEEPERS and START’ems for 2013
Kirk Cousins Was vs Dal - With a dream match-up, Cousins is my MUST START QB of the Week! It’s a huge gamble but I’m taking that gamble over QBs such as Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson who have struggled over the past few weeks. Over the last 3 weeks, Dallas has seen Matt McGloin, Josh McCown and Matt Flynn. Their rancid defense has allowed that trio to go 71-of-105 (67.6 percent) for 902 yards with 8 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. Now it’s Cousins turn as he gets the Cowboys for the Redskins’ home finale. Cousins has gone over 300 yards in each of his 2 career starts and has 5 touchdowns, putting him on the borderline as a No.1 QB radar for this dream match-up.
Jay Cutler Chi @ Phi - Cutler started poorly Week 15, throwing 2 first-half interceptions, after missing 4 straight games. By the end he had 265 passing yards and 3 touchdowns as Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall dominated the Browns secondary. The Eagles give up the 9th-most standard Fantasy points to quarterbacks and just got shredded by Matt Cassel for 382 yards and 2 passing scores. Cutler has thrown multiple touchdowns in 6 of his 8 full games.
Colin Kaepernick SF vs ATL - Kaepernick completed 19 of 29 passes for 203 yards, while rushing for 39 yards on 7 carries. Kaepernick wasted little time getting San Francisco on the scoreboard, leading an 11-play, 62-yard scoring drive on the team’s first possession. It was Kaepernick’s 6th game this season with multiple touchdowns, but his 1st in 3 games. The Falcons have allowed 5 touchdowns to 3 interceptions over the past 3 weeks with opposing Quarterbacks throwing for 250-plus yards in 2 of those 3 games.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Ten @ Jac - Fitzpatrick led a furious 4th-quarter comeback Week 15, and it translated to monster numbers. Fitzpatrick finished 36 of 58 for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. One pick came in overtime, enabling Arizona to march for the winning field goal. But it was a huge Fantasy day for Fitzpatrick, who set season highs in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. Fitzpatrick came out on fire, hitting his first 8 throws. He was 12 of 15 for 116 yards and a touchdown at halftime. Fitzpatrick visits the Jaguars in Week 16. In Week 10, Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jags.
Chris Johnson Ten @ Jac - Johnson has continued to be a dominate force and produce weekly. If it’s not in the run game, it’s with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and for that reason he is my MUST START RB of the Week! CJ2K averaged under 4.0 yards per carry for the 4th straight game, but he again delivered in the passing game, catching his 4th touchdown this season. Johnson gained 40 yards on 13 carries. He was stopped for no gain or a loss 4 times in the first quarter alone. But he caught all 3 of his targets for 51 yards and the touchdown.
Ryan Mathews SD vs Oak - Mathews just barely set a new season high, finishing with 128 yards on 29 carries, besting his previous high by 1 yard. He received plenty of carries in the second half, with the Chargers nursing a lead out of halftime. His longest run of the night came at a good time, as he scampered 23 yards down the sideline for his lone touchdown, giving the Chargers a 24-10 lead in the third quarter. Mathews now has 1,000 yards rushing for the 2nd time in 3 years. He enters Week 16 against the Raiders with 1,013 yards on 236 carries, with 5 touchdowns.
DeAngelo Williams Car vs NO - Williams turned in another dominant performance as he scored his 1st receiving touchdown of the season Sunday against the Jets in Week 15. He finished the game with 168 yards of total offense, logging 81 yards on 15 carries (5.4 yards per carry) and 87 yards on 3 receptions with 1 touchdown in a 30-20 victory. Williams has rushed for 133 yards on 28 carries (4.8 yards per carry) over his last 2 games.
Frank Gore SF vs ATL - Frank “the tank” eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the season during a 33-14 win Week 15 at Tampa Bay. It was the 7th time in his career and 3rd straight season the veteran running back surpassed 1,000 rushing yards. Gore rushed for a team-high 86 yards on 22 carries Sunday against the Bucs. His longest rush went 13 yards. One of Gore’s best chances for a touchdown came on the opening drive. Gore was stopped for no gain on a first-down carry from the 4-yard line. One play later, Colin Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree for a 4-yard touchdown.
Other Running Backs with nice matchups – LeSean McCoy Phi vs Chi, Le’Veon Bell Pit @ GB, Knowshon Moreno Den @ Hou, Zac Stacy STL vs TB, Eddie Lacy GB vs Pit, Fred Jackson Buf vs Mia, Ray Rice Balt vs NE
Antonio Brown Pit @ GB – Brown continues to produce in his first season as the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger’s No.1 option for that he is my MUST START WR of the Week! Brown caught 5 passes for 66 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. He and the Redskins WR Pierre Garcon are the only receivers with at least 5 grabs in every game. With Pittsburgh throwing only 25 times, Brown saw 6 targets, tied for the team lead. Brown has 5 touchdown catches in his last 5 games. Up to 8 receiving touchdowns with 4 100-plus yard games on the season.
Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman NE @ Balt - Julian Edelman racked up his 3rd 100-yard game in the last 4, and played a massive role in the team’s plan. He was targeted 19 times and finished the game with 13 receptions for 139 yards and 1 total with career-highs in receptions and yards. Edelman scored for the 2nd straight game and 4th time in the last 4 weeks. Danny Amendola was targeted 14 times in the passing game, good for second on the team. He hauled in 10 of those receptions for 131 yards, both of which put him second on the team in the game. With no Rob Gronkowski, Amendola and Edelman have become and will remain Tom Brady‘s top weapons.
Pierre Garcon Was vs Dal - Garcon caught 7 passes for 129 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown grab. He and the Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only receivers with at least 5 grabs in every game. Over the last 3 weeks, Dallas has seen Matt McGloin, Josh McCown and Matt Flynn. Their rancid defense has allowed that trio to go 71-of-105 (67.6 percent) for 902 yards with 8 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. Now it’s Cousins turn as he gets the Cowboys for the Redskins’ home finale. Cousins has gone over 300 yards in each of his 2 career starts and has 5 touchdowns.
Kendall Wright Ten @ Jac - Wright ended up with a whopping 20 targets, catching 12 balls for 150 yards. Wright specializes in intermediate routes, as he showed by beating CB Patrick Peterson across the field for a 20-yard gain. Wright’s longest reception went 26 yards. With 85 catches, Wright has more catches in a season than any Titan since 2004. He has 54 receptions over his last 8 games, or 6.8 per game, and has drawn double-digit targets in 4 of those. He has two 100-yard games in his last 4 outings but remains at 2 touchdowns.
Other Wide Receivers with nice matchups – Anquan Boldin SF vs ATL, Michael Crabtree SF vs ATL, DeSean Jackson Phi vs Chi, Riley Cooper Phi vs Chi, Keenan Allen SD vs Oak, A.J Green Cin vs Min, Mike Wallace Mia @ Buf
Vernon Davis SF vs ATL - Vernon has been on a 5 game tear, making him my MUST START TE of the Week! Davis recorded his 52nd career receiving touchdown on a 52-yard touchdown catch during a 33-14 win Week 15 at Tampa Bay. Davis led the 49ers with 79 receiving yards on 5 catches. Davis, who was targeted 7 times, needs just 1 more touchdown in the final 2 games to tie his career high, which he set in 2009.
Greg Olsen Car vs NO - Olsen has been Cam Newton‘s No.1 target over the past 5 weeks. Greg has seen at least 7-plus targets in each of his last 5 games with 4 games with 8-plus targets and has been able to record 5-plus receptions in each of those 5 games. Olsen has recorded 50-plus yards in 3 of those 5 games including 2 80-plus games in the past 3 weeks. He has 2 touchdowns over that span but hasn’t found the endzone in the last 3 games.
Delanie Walker Ten @ Jac - Walker has 27 receptions and 3 touchdowns in his last 4 full games. Walker drew 3 end-zone targets on one third-quarter drive. After failing to secure the first two, he got wide open for a 1-yard score. It was his 6th touchdown catch, the most by a Titans tight end since Frank Wychek caught 6 in 1996. Walker drew 11 targets, 2nd most on the team behind WR Kendall Wright. He’ll look to stay hot Week 16 at Jacksonville.
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