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Week 15 preview

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Cowboys at Buccaneers

An afterthought two weeks ago, Cowboys RB Felix Jones averaged 6.6 yards per carry and had 137 total yards on 22 touches against the Giants last week. The Buccaneers have allowed 19 rushing TDs. Miles Austin, Laurent Robinson, and Dez Bryant are all good plays. Bryant could see a lot of Buccaneers top corner Aqib Talib. Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount is always a risk because when the team is trailing, he doesn’t play much.

Panthers at Texans

The tough Texans defense hasn’t allowed of fantasy production to QBs, but don’t let that deter you from starting Panthers QB Cam Newton. Texans RB Ben Tate is a solid flex play.

Dolphins at Bills

Dolphins RB Reggie Bush is running extremely well and has two consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Bills RB C.J. Spiller will have a tough time against an excellent run defense.

Titans at Colts

Titans RB Chris Johnson has become a matchup play. This is a favorable with the Colts 30th against the run having allowed 18 rushing TDs. If Titans QB Jake Locker plays, WR Nate Washington is a good play. Locker has a good rapport with Washington.

Bengals at Rams

Bengals RB Cedric Benson has looked good recently and thrives against bad defenses. The Rams rank last against the run. Bengals WR A.J. Green is an excellent start. The Bengals defense is very good, but Rams RB Steven Jackson has shown he can produce even in tough matchups making him a RB2. Rams WR Brandon Lloyd gets a slight downgrade if Kellen Clemens starts at QB for the Rams.

Seahawks at Bears

The Bears rank 10th against the run and have allowed seven rushing TDs. That shouldn’t stop you from playing Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch unless you clearly have superior options. Lynch has scored in nine consecutive games and has at least 22 touches in six straight games. Despite the mistakes by Marion Barber last week, he had a lot of touches and ran well. Barber is a solid RB2.

Saints at Vikings

If Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plays, he’s in your lineup. Vikings WR Percy Harvin has 38 receptions and five TDs the last five games and he gets some carries. He’s a must-start. Saints WR Lance Moore is playing as many snaps as the other WRs, but he’s a decent play in a deeper league if you need a WR. The Vikings secondary is decimated by injuries.

Packers at Chiefs

While Packers TE Jermichael Finley has been inconsistent, there are just a few tight ends to play over him. The injury to Greg Jennings could get Finley more targets. Packers WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones are sleepers. If Kyle Orton starts at QB, it is very good for Dwayne Bowe, who has still produced despite the ineptitude of Tyler Palko.

Redskins at Giants

Redskins WR Santana Moss is a good play against a Giants defense that is struggling against the pass. Jabar Gaffney is also a good play. Continue to roll with Redskins RB Roy Helu, who has three consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are all must-starts.

Lions at Raiders

Raiders RB Michael Bush hasn’t topped 80 yards rushing in three consecutive games but he has two TDs and 10 receptions in that span. He’s a good bet for more than 20 touches every week. Lions QB Matthew Stafford is a great start. Lions RB Kevin Smith is expected to play, but there’s risk. There’s always a chance he injures the ankle again and leaves the game early. I’d use him as a flex.

Browns at Cardinals

Cardinals RB Beanie Wells was stymied against a tough 49ers run defense last week. Against the Browns’ 31st ranked defense, Wells will thrive. The Cardinals defense is a good play.

Jets at Eagles

Jets RB Shonn Greene has at least 90 total yards in three consecutive games with four TDs.

Patriots at Broncos

Broncos QB Tim Tebow is making better throws and has a good matchup against the worst ranked team against the pass. He’s a Top 10 play. Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has 11 catches for 222 yards and three TDs the last two weeks and should exploit this matchup. As usual, roll with the Patriots.

Ravens at Chargers

Despite a daunting Ravens’ defense, it’s difficult to sit Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, who has 363 yards rushing on 55 carries the last three games.

Steelers at 49ers

If Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t play, downgrade the Steelers wide receivers. Rashard Mendenhall and Frank Gore both have tough matchups. They are not must-starts.

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