Seeing Green: With a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will be looking to rebound from his 4.40 point performance against the Cowboys last week. Sure, it was his second straight disappointing stat line, but good things come to those who wait. The Eagles are tied for allowing the second-most touchdown passes (25) to opponents this season and are coming off a game which saw Vincent Jackson post them up for 131 yards and a score. As fantasy expert Adam Rank points out in his Week 15 Anxiety Meter, “Aside from the fact you never bench your studs, realize Green has scored at least eight fantasy points in five consecutive road games.” In fact, he’s only dipped below eight points three times all season. The goodness doesn’t just stop with Green. Quarterback Andy Dalton should find success connecting with his favorite wideout as well. The Eagles have allowed at least two touchdown passes to opposing quarterbacks since Week 8.
Lions pride: Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has 120 receptions for 2,106 yards in his last 16 games. The 2,106 receiving yards are the most over any 16-game stretch since 1960. Johnson is currently 302 yards short of Jerry Rice’s single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards set in 1995. However, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson doesn’t believe Megatron is the best wideout in the NFL. “(Johnson is) second in my book behind Larry Fitzgerald,” Peterson told Detroit reporters during a conference call, via the Detroit Free Press. “But he’s doing great things for the Detroit Lions team, and he’s definitely making big plays for those guys as well.” Of course, Peterson also tooted his own horn, stating “I think I am the best cornerback in the league right now…I think I’m doing everything that I need to do to keep my name in consideration of the best cornerback.” For a player on a team which was just blown out 58-0, motivating Johnson might not be a great idea. The veteran receiver hasn’t totaled less than 118 yards his last six games, racking up four touchdowns during that span.
Blue man: Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reported that New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was held out of Thursday’s practice with the knee sprain he suffered in a Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints. It looks like David Wilson will carry the load against the Atlanta Falcons, a team which has allowed the fifth-most rushing scores (14) to opposing backs. They are also giving up an average of 127 rushing yards per game. After rumbling for 100 yards and two scores last week, Wilson makes for a good spot start depending on your other options.
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