Start’em in Week 15
Darren McFadden (vs. Denver)
There’s something about McFadden exposing horrendous rush defenses and then playing doormat to average to good ones. Against defenses ranked 1st to 15th, Run DMF has TOTALED just 61 fantasy points — six games for an average of just over 10 — but against the bottom half of the league, he has totaled 131 fantasy points — five games for an average of just over 26 points per. Indianapolis, you ask? They’re 29th against the rush.
Jonathon Stewart (vs. Arizona)
Stewart is back and he’s rolling. His last two games against the 20th and 23rd rush defenses, respectively, produced a combined 190 yards rushing and a TD. This week he gets Arizona (30th).
Mike Goodson (vs. Arizona)
Three touchdowns in his past three games and he should have another against the Cardinals. Although he’s in a dual back system, Carolina isn’t relying much on Jimmy Clausen these days.
Jon Kitna (vs. Washington)
Seven total touchdowns in his past three games, Kitna, at home this week, gets the 29th ranked pass defense, and while opposing quarterbacks haven’t had consistent numbers against the Skins in the past six weeks (because as bad as they are against the pass, they’re equally as bad when facing the run), Dallas hasn’t been a run-first team this season.
Ronnie Brown (@ Buffalo)
Even though Brown hasn’t had a 90-yard rushing game this season, one of his best performances on the season was against the Bills in Week 1 (18 carries, 65 yards, TD) who still rank 32nd against the run.
Ricky Williams (@ Buffalo)
See Ricky run and run Ricky will.
Pierre Garcon (vs. Jacksonville)
He missed the matchup against the Jags earlier this season, but with three scores in the past two games, and going up against the 28th ranked pass defense, Garcon should have a solid game.
Malcom Floyd (vs. San Francisco)
Like Garcon, Floyd has found the endzone three times in the past two contests, even with Vincent Jackson returning to the lineup. My motto: if it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it and right now, Floyd is working.
Mike Williams (vs. Atlanta)
Just hear me out. Matt Hasselbeck is as reliable as Firestone circa four years ago, but just because I’m not on the quarterback’s bandwagon, doesn’t mean I can’t be on one of his wide receivers. Coming off a right ankle injury, Williams had back-to-back 100-yard outings – one of which was against the NFL’s fifth ranked pass defense in New Orleans – before going down. The weather isn’t supposed to be stellar in Seattle (surprised, right?), but the Seahawks will be losing and the fastest way to catch up is…to pass, especially to your favorite target.
New England D/ST (vs. Green Bay)
34 fantasy points in the past two games, as long as Aaron Rodgers isn’t starting, I’m all about New England.
Sit’em in Week 15
Alex Smith (@ San Diego)
Yes, they’re still in the NFC West (turtle) race. Yes, Smith is coming off a 255-yard three-TD performance against a horrendous looking Seattle team, but under the lights against the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense, Smith should find himself on your bench.
LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Pittsburgh)
No running on the Steelers.
Santonio Holmes (@ Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh isn’t so hot against the pass this season (giving up 233 yards per game), but this matchup has a little more than stats in it. Mark Sanchez couldn’t start for a JV high school team the way he’s been playing recently, but with Ike Taylor on the former Steelers’ Super Bowl MVP, I don’t think so.
Rashard Mendenhall (vs. New York Jets)
Two straight sub 60-yard performances, Week 15 will more than likely be his third. The Jets are third against the run and the weather somehow will reflect the battle between these two teams: rough and rugged (35 degrees and expected snow showers).
Brian Westbrook (vs. San Diego)
Two straight weeks of having two days off due to “veteran rest,” isn’t a great sign, even though he’s not injured. However, after a short week and facing the fourth ranked rush defense isn’t what you’re hoping for.
Seattle D/ST (vs. Atlanta)
Outside of the negative two point performance against the Giants in Week 9, the Seahawks have compiled 70 fantasy points in the five other home games this year. Very solid, however, when you struggle against the run and the team you’re facing excels in that same department, it should be a long day.
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Written by Al Buzzelli