Week 15 Recap: Trouble in Tampa
December 17, 2012 | Jeff
Sunday is nearly wrapped up and hopefully this week 15 recap finds you on the winning side of your playoff matchup. Let’s take a quick look at some great and not so great performances from Sunday, led by a team-wide disappearing act…
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman and company strolled into a very cushy week 15 matchup and promptly delivered hideous fantasy stat lines across the board. Doug Martin and Josh Freeman were the biggest culprits as they delivered punishing blows to fake football teams everywhere. The Saints held up their end of the bargain with 41 points, but the Bucs failed to show up at the worst possible time. Brutal games like this are tough to swallow in the fantasy playoffs.
Drew Brees: Brees pounded the Bucs on Sunday with 307 yards and a 4-pack of touchdown passes in his first interception free game since week 11. Brees travels to Dallas next week, which should pose a tougher test than the pitiful Tampa Bay secondary.
Russell Wilson: The Seattle rookie had a monster fantasy performance this week, with 92 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing. Wilson’s rushing output has increased over the last six games, which is a promising sign for the 2013 fantasy production of Wilson. The 49ers defense awaits Wilson next week.
Adrian Peterson: All-Day was at it once again on Sunday, racking up 212 yards rushing and recording his 8th straight game over 100 yards rushing. Peterson’s season total now stands at a ridiculous 1,812 yards with two games remaining. The Texans and Packers are up next on the chopping block for the best running back in the galaxy.
Arian Foster: Foster dropped his highest rushing total of the season (165 yards) just in time for the fantasy playoffs. What a gentleman. A running back battle awaits Foster next week as Houston takes on Minnesota.
Ryan Mathews: Mathews finally put an end to the punishment he has delivered to fantasy owners this year, by bowing out for the rest of the season with a broken collar bone. Mathews’ ADP will be interesting to track throughout the offseason as his name now makes fake footballers nauseous.
Ray Rice: Thanks to the Denver pummeling of the Ravens, Rice was underused (yet again) while Baltimore attempted to catch the Broncos through the air. The Ravens aren’t playing particularly well lately, but Rice should be ready to roll next week.
Jamaal Charles: After a five game stretch of terrific production, Charles fell victim to the offensive woes of the Chiefs, as he sent his fantasy owners home for the offseason with a horrendous week 15 performance (28 total yards). These types of games will still remain a possibility in 2013 if the Kansas City quarterback position is not improved.
Brandon Lloyd: After spending much of the season on the back burner of New England’s offense, Lloyd has finally delivered for the Patriots. 17 catches, 279 yards and a score for Lloyd over the last two weeks, who is laughing at you from your fantasy team’s bench.
Dennis Pitta: As the Ravens were getting dismantled by the Broncos, Pitta turned in a nice pile of garbage time fantasy points as he ended with a 7 catch, 125 yards, 2 touchdowns stat line. If Torrey Smith (concussion) misses week 16, Pitta may have a shot at a repeat.
Dez Bryant: Dez overcame his troublesome finger to catch 4 passes for 59 yards and a score. Dallas finishes up the season with two great matchups (NO, @WAS) so Dez should be able to salvage some value despite his injury status.