Week 15 Upgrades/Downgradesby David Dodds and Clayton Gray, Exclusive to
The Cowboys had struggled a bit lately on offense, but Bledsoe had an excellent game against the Chiefs (332 passing yards and three TDs).
He brought his “A” game against the Colts. He draws favorable matchups the rest of the way so we expect his stellar stats to continue.
Green has been big over the last three weeks (916 passing yards and four TDs). The Chiefs will need every yard and point they can muster over the next three weeks as they face the Giants, Chargers, and Bengals to close out the regular season.
The TDs finally came for Hasselbeck as he threw four against the hapless 49ers. Seattle has another tune-up next week against the Titans before facing what could be a Super Bowl XL preview against the Colts in week 16.
Manning rolled up another 300+ yard day and tossed two TDs against a very good Jacksonville defense. This offense is indeed a machine.
Barber narrowly missed 200 total yards (124 rushing with 71 receiving), and he scored a TD.
After a few weeks of almost nothing, Barber produced 82 yards on 15 carries and caught two balls for 32 yards against the Chiefs. He should continue to get his share of looks out of the backfield.
He had twice the carries (16 to 8) and three times the rushing yardage (63 to 21) that Mike Anderson had.
Bennett has easily been out-producing Mewelde Moore lately as Moore seems to succumb to a new injury every week.
As the weather turns cold and dreary, Bettis starts to crank up. He had 101 yards and a pair of scores against the tough Bears defense.
He seems to be close to returning after missing several weeks. Cedric Houston played well Sunday, but Blaylock should at least get some touches.
Davis continues to throw up great numbers even though the rest of the Houston offense is struggling.
Dillon appears to be healthy again. The Patriots love to run when they have a lead, and their upcoming schedule is very easy.
Gado threw up 180 total yards and a long TD against the Lions. He continues to produce excellent numbers most weeks.
Houston had 74 yards and a TD against the Raiders in relief of Curtis Martin. With Martin out and Derrick Blaylock still not 100%, Houston should continue to get the majority of rushes over the remainder of the season.
Johnson is simply huge every week. It seems there is no opponent that can even slow him down.
The Bengals have really been relying upon Johnson lately, and he is responding well. Over the last three weeks, he has 402 total yards and five TDs. Only Larry Johnson has better numbers over that span.
With Brian Westbrook out, the Eagles turned to RBBC, but Moats was the most productive member of that committee. He averaged over 10 yards per carry and scored twice. He should definitely get more looks over the remainder of the season.
Portis put together a solid showing against the Cardinals as he eclipsed the 100-yard mark and scored a TD. Over the last three weeks, he is producing as a top ten fantasy RB.
Jamal Lewis did not play Sunday amid reports of some sort of hand injury and a feud with HC Brian Billick. Either way, Taylor stands to benefit from Lewis’ lack of playing time.
Williams was huge for the Buccaneers in their win against the Panthers as he ran for 112 yards and scored two TDs.
Boldin isn’t scoring many TDs, but he continues to put up good yardage totals. He now has three straight games with 100+ yards receiving.
Compared to his week 13 performance, Chambers was pedestrian against the Chargers. However, he still “managed” to catch eight balls for 121 yards and two TDs. Chambers is easily the top fantasy WR over the last three weeks.
Clayton caught seven passes for 105 yards and a TD. This rookie is really coming on down the stretch.
He continues to shine in the offense and seems to be the guy Hasselbeck looks for when he needs to make a play. Darrell Jackson is expected to move Joe Jurevicius out of the starting lineup starting next week. Bobby Engram will remain a starter. He has scored three TDs in the last three weeks.
Glenn has resumed his role as Dallas’ top WR. Over the last three weeks, Glenn has 13 catches for 231 and two TDs (plus another score on the ground).
Harrison had his highest receiving yardage of the season on Sunday as he totaled 137 (with two TDs) against the Jaguars. He and Peyton Manning are definitely on the same page right now.
He is slated to return to action in week 15. Said HC Mike Holmgren after the game on Sunday: "This week, it's business as usual for Darrell Jackson. He'll be active next week."
He did not have a huge game, but did score on a run. He also was targeted in the endzone, but the pass was defensed. Make no mistake about it though - Koren Robinson has emerged as the #1 WR in Minnesota.
David Garrard is looking his way a lot these days. He has 18 catches, 221 yards and 2 TDs over the last three weeks.
Gates continues to wow. He had an amazing 13 catches for 123 yards and a score against the Dolphins.
Attempting to keep pace with Gates (but falling a bit short), Shockey had an outstanding day against the Eagles as he caught 10 balls for 107 yards.
He had seven catches for 93 yards and a TD against the Chiefs. He has been extremely active in the offense lately, and we see that trend continuing.
Finally getting out of his funk, Feely booted four FGs (including the game-winner in overtime) to beat the Eagles.
We’re still not a big fan of the Jets offense, but Nugent has kicked nine out of ten FGs in his last three games.
He was expected to miss three weeks with a calf injury, but he only sat one game as he returned Sunday to go 2-for-2 on FGs against the Redskins.
Over the last three weeks, he has 8 FGs and 9 EPs. With the team likely to rest some of their starters, we see the offense stalling a bit more in the coming games which should lead to more opportunities for Vanderjagt.
The Dolphins are playing well right now. They have forced nine turnovers and collected 12 sacks in the last three weeks.
The Patriots defense has picked it up since the return of Richard Seymour. Plus they face relatively weak offenses (Tampa Bay, NY Jets, and Miami) to close the regular season.
The Seahawks have been the top fantasy defense over the last three weeks as they have allowed less than 265 yards and eight points per game. They have forced nine turnovers and accumulated 10 sacks. To top it off, they have scored three TDs. That is amazing production and should continue in week 15 against the Titans.
To quote Vikings CB Brian Williams, this unit is “jelling”. Over the last three weeks, they have forced 12 turnovers and sacked the QB seven times. They face Pittsburgh next week but close the regular season against terrible offenses (Baltimore and Chicago).
Brunell has simply produced terrible fantasy numbers lately. Over the last three weeks, he has averaged 157 passing yards and thrown for a total of two TDs with three INTs.
He has averaged less than 200 yards passing over the last three games. He has arguably the best WR in the game with Steve Smith but little else. And now with DeShaun Foster less than 100%, the passing game could continue to struggle.
Favre has been very quiet statistically lately. In his last three games, he has averaged 206 yards passing. He has been picked off five times and found the endzone only once.
He did run for a TD, but throwing five INTs is horrible.
Somehow, Garcia’s mediocre play (112 passing yards with no scores and no INTs) was the fault of Joey Harrington.
Tuiasosopo mustered a fourth quarter TD, but his overall stat line of 124 yards and two INTs makes us want to see Kerry Collins again.
He had just 8 carries to Tatum's 16. He was out-gained on the ground 3 to 1. Ron Dayne even finds the field sometimes. This is as bad of a RBBC as we have seen it all year.
After finally gaining the starting job, he gets injured. He came back into the game, but was ineffective. He was later benched for Stephen Davis and Nick Goings. For now that is enough to downgrade him.
There’s a reason Gordon has bounced around the league – he’s really not that good. Gordon will continue to play second fiddle, but this time the lead role belongs to Ryan Moats.
Last week, Gore went from “probably going to start” to “in the running to start” to two carries for five yards.
He is just the 27th best back over the last 3 weeks despite having some good matchups. Defenses are not afraid of Ryan Fitzpatrick and are working to eliminate Steven Jackson from the equation.
We’re officially washing our hands of this guy. Oh, and we’re using Lava soap too.
He was ineffective against a Jets defense that has been pounded lately. He also had just 14 carries. The QB play under Tuiasosopo was horrible on Sunday. If that continues, look for defenses to stack the line to halt Jordan.
He was healthy and active but did not touch the ball. He says his thumb was hurt and would not allow him to grip the ball. We aren’t so sure that’s the truth, the whole truth, or any of the truth. Regardless, an active goose egg deserves a big downgrade.
Martin has been lost for the season after electing to have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee now rather than wait until after the season.
It looks like Michael Bennett is again the favored son of HC Mike Tice. Of course the story is that Moore has an injured *fill in a different body part each week* and isn’t mentally ready to play. Regardless, Moore is definitely not a player that we can feel safe in starting.
He is still an elite back, but is struggling a bit with his injury. He gutted it out, but failed to score in the last two games. He has a very difficult schedule to finish the year.
Over the last three games, Bennett has 13 catches for 104 yards and no TDs. That’s just not going to get it done.
We still believe he is a great player, but he has a few things working against him. Eli Manning is regressing and has lost significant confidence to throw into coverage. Burress is being double-teamed on nearly every play as team's work to make Eli beat them other ways. Over the last three weeks, he is just the 39th best WR.
Does anyone still have him in a re-draft league?
Terry Glenn is out-producing Johnson right now.
The situation in Oakland is a complete mess. Now add a QB that looked awful. Moss is frustrated beyond words, but he seems content in just mailing this season in. Over the last three weeks, Moss is the 59th best WR - two spots below Ricky Proehl. Ouch.
Marvin Harrison has cranked it up a few notches lately, and Bryan Fletcher is getting more looks at TE. Clark has only six catches in his last three games.
Miller was huge for a while, but his production has really slacked off lately. He didn’t even have a catch against the Bears and hasn’t scored a TD in six games.
He has just six catches and 99 yards (with no scores) over the last three weeks. No one misses McNabb more than L.J. Smith.
He has just one field goal (and eight extra points) over the last three weeks.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick tossing INTs almost by the six pack, Wilkins’ scoring chances are few and far between. In the last three weeks, Wilkins has only five PATs and four FGs.
Dallas has slipped a bit recently and has only five forced turnovers and a five QB sacks over the last three weeks.
The Steelers are playing tough defense, but they are not getting to the QB with regularity (only six sacks in the last three weeks) and they are not forcing turnovers (only one in three games).