We’re gearing up for week 15 and week 2 of the fantasy playoffs and there a few injuries across the board that could cause some serious anxiety in owners. Particularly Aaron Rodgers, who is not likely to start despite what most reports may say, and his effect on Greg Jennings specifically. Rodgers has a concussion, his second of the season, and with the new league rules there is almost no chance he will play leaving the less used Matt Flynn in. Most owners who have Rodgers probably suffered an early out in the playoffs, but for those of you riding Jennings it will be a gamble to play him. New England will look to shut Jennings down as he is now Green Bay’s best player, though Flynn is a capable player Bill Belichick is known for keying in on the strengths of opposing teams and shutting them down. Jennings will be a big gamble this week.
Another question mark is on Megatron, Calvin Johnson, who is also dealing with a back up quarterback. Though Stanton has delivered a strike to Johnson a few games back, last week was terrible and though he faces a slightly more modest defense in Tampa Bay Johnson is still an iffy play until Shaun Hill returns, which may be a week too late for some fantasy owners.
Ben Roethlisberger injured is ankle on broken foot, and now let’s go play the Jets who are angry about their loss to the Dolphins which also included an embarrassing moment that got us national attention and our strength coach suspended. Hmmm…the Jets might be angry in this one Big Ben might suffer a bit. The match up is already not good with Roethlisberger hurting his planter foot further along with the struggles the offensive line has had, but now with a motivated, angry and embarrassed Jets team coming in it could be a hard hitting low scoring game. In other words look for better options if you can.
Roethlisberger also effects another fantasy player who most owners may be sporting in Mike Wallace. With the possibility of Darrell Revis on him to compliment Roethlisberger’s limited mobility and throwing motions Wallace will be a tough player to start if you have other options. Bad timing guys.
And the list goes on to include Brandon Lloyd who owners have come to covet over this season due to his almost universal availability on waiver wires and his consistent play throughout the season leading them into the playoffs. However, it seems a ton of that was due to Josh McDaniels and his inability to stop calling passing plays. Now the Denver offense, especially through the air is struggling, and so is Lloyd and his owners. Lloyd not only will have problems with the struggling offense, but will also have to deal with Nnamdi Asomugha on him all game.
Ok it’s not all bad match ups out there.
Jonathan Stewart – If you’ve held on to him or picked him up late, this is the week to run him. He has a great match up at Arizona and looks to get the majority of the touches at running back. Next week is a different matter however.
Darren McFadden – If last week didn’t prove anything to you, this week should. Denver is done for the season and the Raiders are looking to kick their division rival while they’re down.
LeGarrette Blount – Even after a not so shiny outing last week, Blount has a great match up this week and could capitalize on a somewhat inept Lions team.
Kerry Collins – Houston has continued to be bad all year against the pass. If you need to recover from Roethlisberger or Rodgers, Collins has a lot of upside in this one.
Matt Schaub – Schaub has a good record, at least fantasy wise, against divisioanl teams, and he’ll have what looks like a healthy Owne Daniels back which should give him a reliable second option to Andre Johnson.
Roddy White – White has been kind of bland as of late, he has gone without a TD in the last 4 games after grabbing 7 in the first 10 games. Against Seattle, White has a great opportunity to bounce back.
Brandon Marshall – He looked healthy against the Jets, though his numbers didn’t suggest much, but he was facing a tough secondary in New York with a struggling QB. That being said, Marshall faces the lowly Bills and has a chance to post great numbers at just the right time.
Owen Daniels – As stated above, Daniels appears to be healthy and playing to the form he was at last season before his injury. He’s had steady production against the Titans in the past, averaging 61 yards and 6 receptions over the last 3 games he’s played against them.
Jacob Tamme – Tamme has been steady in Dallas Clark’s absence, he faces the Jaguars this week, who the Colts always seem to dominate in, fantasy terms at least. He should be a solid play.
Good luck to all this weekend.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.