Week 15 fantasy feedback

» Just when you thought the Chiefs had rediscovered Jamaal Charles, he ends up with just 12 touches. Sigh.

» Here’s another name to remove from your list of “So Much Potential”: Matthew Stafford. His inconsistency is just too great and after four seasons doesn’t appear to be improving. Three interceptions today and fewer than four points. Not every week needs to be a 30-point bonanza, but it would be nice to have a measure of confidence that one week is going to look pretty similar to the last.

» Larry Fitzgerald had four catches for 22 yards, which has been right around his average for the past five weeks. Hopefully you had the presence of mind to bench him this week.

» Calvin Johnson — setter of records. Slayer of curses.

» Not sure that the bigger fantasy story was for the Seahawks today — another big day by the defense that included a pick six from Earl Thomas or Russell Wilson accounting for four total touchdowns and 39.40 points. Either way, fantasy owners have found a lot to like about the birds from the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks.

» Maybe last week’s 41-point performance had more to do with the Seattle Seahawks than the Arizona Cardinals. The Hawks are doing it again this week versus the Bills, scoring another defensive TD and posting 15 points thus far.

» If I haven’t already, let me take this time to officially retire the notion that Ryan Mathews is a potential fantasy stud. For years we’ve watched him deal with fumbles, injuries and a general lack of production. Maybe a lack of expectations is what he needs to get going. If that’s the case, Mathews can turn it up at any time. I no longer expect much from him.

» Lost in the shuffle was the big day Sam Bradford had, throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns. It’s not enough to suddenly make him a fantasy commodity, but it’s at least a nice footnote.

» Adrian Peterson. That is all.

» Drew Brees returned to fantasy studliness this week with four TD passes and no interceptions. Fantasy owners should rejoice…if they haven’t already been knocked out of the playoffs.

» In the first half of the season, it looked like Andre Johnson was done as a fantasy factor. In the second half of the season, he’s looked like his former self. He did it again Sunday with 11 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown.

» The positive for Trent Richardson was his two touchdowns. The negative was his 11 carries for 28 yards. He could be a hard guy to handicap next season. He finds the end zone at a high rate, but has a pretty mediocre yards per carry average. If he doesn’t get touches in volume, he’s a pretty mediocre option.

» Welcome back to fantasy relevance, James Jones. Apparently he was saving up his big game for the week after every fantasy owner in America had given up on him.

» After several weeks of Demaryius Thomas being the preferred target in Denver, it was Eric Decker who ruled the day today. Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards and a TD.

» Ray Rice finished the day with 15 total touches and just 4.10 fantasy points. File that under “Same as it ever was”.

» Josh Freeman against one of the league’s best defense seemed like a lock, right? If you meant “a lock to throw no touchdowns, four interceptions and lose a fumble”, you would have been correct!

» Despite the Broncos having a huge lead, it’s been a pretty quiet day for Peyton Manning, who has fewer than 12 fantasy points.

» Drew Brees has thrown four touchdown passes, which is a pretty good way to neutralize Doug Martin. Martin has just 16 yards on nine carries.

» Meanwhile, Domenik Hixon has more catches and yards than Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz combined.

» Without Ahmad Bradshaw, it was expected that David Wilson would see the bulk of the carries. No one would have expected Kregg Lumpkin to pick up five rushes for 40 yards. Keep an eye on this developing situation.

» A new offensive coordinator doesn’t seem to have brought a new game plan to Baltimore. Ray Rice has just five total touches for five yards.

» Chances are you aren’t starting a Jaguars RB, but if you did decide to roll with Montell Owens, you’re probably not happy that he has the same number of carries as Richard Murphy. If you don’t know who Richard Murphy is, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone.

» No sooner do we write something about Peterson…then he rips off an 82-yard TD run. It only takes one.

» So far, the Rams have kept Adrian Peterson in check. AD has been held to just eight yards on eight carries. But it’s also Adrian Peterson. All it takes is one big run.

» In the second half of the season, Andre Johnson has come alive. Early in this one, Johnson has 74 yards and a touchdown. He could be in for a big day.

» Matt Forte is off to a quick start with six carries for 37 yards. We’ll see if that continues. More importantly, we’ll see if he gets those oh-so-important goal line carries.

» Not a lot of surprises with this week’s inactives, but a couple of big names are missing — most notably Robert Griffin III and Jordy Nelson. Some of the other impact players not suiting up this week include Ahmad Bradshaw and James Starks. Despite fears to the contrary, Roddy White will play this week as will Danny Amendola. Plan accordingly.

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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