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Fantasy Review: Week 15

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for well over a decade. Not only does he write the Bengals fantasy section, but he also does the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers fantasy sections, as well as the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz fantasy basketball sections in the NBA. Last season James finished with an 82 percent accuracy rating for fantasy predictions and will be here to answer any questions you may have about your specific team. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer.

Week 15 of the NFL season is in the books, and that means some of you won and are moving onto the finals while the rest lost and are looking to win the third place trophy in your league. Remember, just because you lost this weekend doesn't mean the season is over. You can still place in the top three and that is better than sitting in fourth place and on the outside looking in.


Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben set a new Steelers record by throwing for his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season Sunday. He also managed to pass his career high in passing yards for a season with 3,849. Roethlisberger joined just 10 other QBs by throwing for 500 yards in a single game. His 121.9 passer rating Sunday was the third highest of any QB with at least 500 yards in a game.

Aaron Rodgers: Not to be outdone, Rodgers threw for 383 yards, three TDs, and ran for 22 yards and another touchdown. Rodgers and Roethlisberger combined for close to 900 yards through the air and six touchdowns, but the game still had to be decided by the kicker.

Jerome Harrison: I know, I know, Jerome who? Harrison nearly broke an NFL record as he ran for 286 yards and three touchdowns. This was a career game for Harrison and I am going to see far too many owners rushing to the waiver wire to pick him up.

Maurice Jones-Drew: MJD was my preseason pick for fantasy MVP, and he lived up to that role this weekend as he ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, and then he racked up 30 yards via the air and another touchdown. He can do it all and I had complete faith in him heading into the final week.

Joshua Cribbs: Cribbs does nothing in the receiving game (3 yards), but his 305 return yards and two touchdowns made Cribbs a top three fantasy WR this weekend. Cribbs is this year's Devin Hester on special teams, but he can't be started because he won't run one back every week.

Vincent Jackson: Jackson has evolved into an elite WR in the NFL as well as the fantasy world. This weekend Jackson finished with 108 receiving yards and two touchdowns, making him the No. 1 fantasy WR for Week 15 and a top 10 fantasy WR for the season.

Dallas Clark: Clark is the best TE in fantasy football, this we all know. That is why I am not surprised at all to see him rack up 95 yards receiving and two touchdowns on Saturday.

New York Giants Defense: On Monday night the Giants defense came up big by allowing just 12 points while adding five sacks, three interceptions, and they even scored a defensive touchdown. If your defense scores, you will have a winner.


Brett Favre: Not only did Favre refuse to leave the game when the coach tried to pull him, but he also managed to give his owners just 224 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception on Sunday. If you've followed these articles you know I am not a Favre fan, but not even I expected this from him this weekend.

Tom Brady: Brady is usually money in fantasy leagues, but this weekend he found a way to throw just 11 completions for 115 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He has completed 54.5 percent of his passes in the last two weeks and that is not something I like to see heading into the fantasy championship game.

DeAngelo Williams: Williams finished with just 13 yards rushing and no touchdowns. Granted, he injured his ankle in the first quarter, but 13 yards and no scores is still a 1-point effort in the fantasy semifinals.

Quinton Ganther: After last week's 50-yard, two touchdown effort, fantasy owners put Ganther in their starting lineups this week hoping for a late season waiver wire stud. This week Ganther managed to run for a whopping 21 yards, had another 19 yards receiving, and scored on a one-yard run late in the third quarter.

Wes Welker: Welker fell victim to the same problems that plagued Brady this weekend. As a result, he finished with just 40 receiving yards and failed to find the endzone. New England hasn't locked anything up just yet, so I expect them both to play in Week 16.

Calvin Johnson: I warned people not to play Megatron this weekend and he proved me right as he put up just 35 yards receiving and didn't score a touchdown. Without a quarterback that can get the ball in tight spots accurately, Johnson's numbers will suffer and he won't be worth starting.

Visanthe Shiancoe: Shiancoe is actually No. 3 among TEs with nine touchdowns this season, but he only had 24 yards receiving and no scores this weekend. He has just seven catches in the last three weeks and isn't a great bet to start next week, even against the Bears.

Denver Broncos Defense: The Broncos not only lost to the Raiders in a rivalry game, but their defense was one of the biggest busts this weekend as they allowed 20 points while getting just one sack, one interception, and forcing one fumble. Not the stats I want to see from a top 3 projected defense for Week 15 by many people.

Ok, so how did I do? I went 12-for-16 this weekend and I will take that any day of the week compared to what the other sites get right. If you were lucky enough to make it to the fantasy finals then congratulations and make sure you check next week's article for your starters and sitters and email me with any questions you may have.

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