Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 15











-   Week 15 –

Each week, the FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT will not include players that are locks for your starting rosters, just the ones that are considered “fringe” starters and may be outside the TOP 10 at each position.

They are the ones that you may have on the bench or ones that you can find on the waiver wire. Either way, they are the players we think will have a big game for you this week and players that have a tough row to hoe. They are the ones you want to start and players you need to bench. This week we will talk about 6 players that will help or hurt your team in week 15, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play.  As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Double Chocolate BBQ Potato Chip Cookies.


Lets get to it.




Week 15

Peyton ManningLeSean McCoyCalvin JohnsonJimmy Graham
Cam NewtonJamaal CharlesJosh GordonJulius Thomas
Nick FolesKnowshon MorenoDeSean JacksonCharles Clay
Drew BreesDeMarco MurrayDemaryius ThomasJason Witten
Matthew StaffordMarshawn LynchAlshon JefferyGreg Olsen
Matt RyanMatt ForteDez BryantVernon Davis
Josh McCownEddie LacyAndre JohnsonTony Gonzalez
Philip RiversZac StacyEric DeckerDelanie Walker
Tom BradyChris JohnsonAntonio BrownAntonio Gates
Russell WilsonFrank GoreA.J. GreenJordan Cameron



 - WEEK 15 -


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Thursday, Dec. 12

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, 8:25 


Sunday, Dec. 15

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons, 1

Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns, 1

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1

Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings, 1

Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants, 1

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams, 4:25

San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans, 4:25

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers, 4:05

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, 4:05

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25



Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30


Monday, Dec. 16

Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions, 8:40 




Here is a handy NFL Schedule Grid you can refer to throughout the season…

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For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your starting skill positions, over 20 from your QB, more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense. This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.

Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…


QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt





Matt Ryan vs WAS


from fftoolbox:
In need of a quarterback this week and still have Matt Ryan stashed deep away on your bench? Well, it might be time to give him a start. While Ryan is definitely having a down year, that is more to do with his receivers missing time with injuries. That being said, he has picked up his game over the past four weeks, averaging 265 yards passing per game and 1.25 touchdown passes. This week, Ryan faces the Redskins; if anyone watched them play last week, you can see that they have given up on the 2013 season and won’t be putting up much of a fight. So if you’re in need of a QB, look at Ryan.
from rotoworld:
Matt Ryan completed 20-of-35 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Falcons’ Week 14 loss to Green Bay. Ryan played a better game than the stats and result indicate; he wasn’t helped by six drops from his receivers, headlined by slot man Harry Douglas’ most glaring mistakes. Ryan will be a better fantasy bet and quality low-end QB1 option when the Falcons face the left-for-dead Redskins defense in Week 15
from cbssports:
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for multiple scores for just the second time in seven games in a favorable matchup last week, could be in for an even bigger performance Week 15 against Washington. With questions about their head coach and starting quarterback, the Redskins are in disarray, coming off a 45-10 shellacking against the Chiefs in which they appeared disinterested. And just in terms of statistics, they’ve had a hard time stopping the pass, giving up the sixth-most yards of any team. They’ve allowed the second-highest quarterback rating and the sixth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks. Granted, the Chiefs’ Alex Smith wasn’t particularly productive against him last week, but that’s because their defense and special teams ensured he didn’t have to be. The Falcons have no choice but to lean on Ryan. Ryan has been an iffy start in Fantasy since star wide receiver Julio Jones went down, but this week, he’s borderline advisable. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all have him in their top 12 quarterbacks for this week, with Dave ranking him as high as eighth


FANFOOD Says: Start him over other QBs like Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck and Tony Romo.




Charles Clay vs NE


from fftoolbox:
The Dolphins spent big money to bring in Mike Wallace and retain Brian Hartline, but the receiver that leads the team in touchdown catches is none other than third year tight end Charles Clay. When the Dolphins have needed a first down or a big play in the red zone, Clay has been the guy. After only scoring five touchdowns in his first 18 games, Clay has now scored six touchdowns so far this season. Clay has been especially on fire the last two weeks, catching 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins face off vs. the Patriots, who last week got killed by tight end Jordan Cameron. So if you need a TE or flex start, Clay is your guy.
from cbssports:
Dolphins blossoming tight end Charles Clay, who struggled so mightily in the preseason that he was already considered by some to be a bust, is on the verge of setting team marks for players at that position, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Clay needs 13 receptions and 113 yards in his last three games to catch the record-setting Randy McMichael, who caught 73 passes for 791 yards in 2004. Clay is on a roll with 14 receptions for 177 yards and two scores in his last two games. He leads the team with seven touchdowns this season.
from rotoworld:
Charles Clay caught seven passes for 97 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday’s Week 14 win at Pittsburgh. Clay went toe-to-toe with Troy Polamalu and won. His first touchdown came on a goal-line play in which he started inside, blocked and then leaked out for an easy 6-yarder. His second score came on a simple out pattern in which he pulled a Houdini on two tacklers and coasted up the sideline for a 12-yard score. The red-hot Clay will be a TE1 candidate in the Week 15 game against the Patriots. He has 14 catches, 177 yards and two touchdowns across the last two weeks and is now averaging 52.1 yards per game on the season.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over TEs like Antonio Gates, Jordan Cameron and Delanie Walker.



Trent Richardson vs HOU


from rotoworld:
Richardson is coming off probably his best game as a Colt. He played 25-of-61 snaps, compared to 32 snaps for “starter” Donald Brown. Richardson was in the game when the Colts were actually “in the game” before getting blown out late by the Bengals. Richardson turned his 11 touches into 88 total yards and did a ton of damage as a receiver. Meanwhile, Brown totaled 29 yards on eight touches. The Texans have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs, and they’ve mailed it in. Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off his best game of 2013 against this Houston defense. I’d personally play Richardson over Brown this week as a flex option.
from cbssports:
Given coach Chuck Pagano’s stated perference for Donald Brown earlier this month, Colts running back Trent Richardson is a long shot to get more than a handful of carries against the Texans in Week 15. And he’s even more of a long shot to do anything with whatever he gets. Richardson has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in 10 of his 11 games with the Colts. He has averaged 2.5 over during a six-game stretch in which he has gotten no more than eight carries. He has gotten more involved in the passing game in recent weeks, catching five balls for 68 yards at Cincinnati in Week 14, but as a rusher, he’s a non-factor. So even though he has what appears to be a favorable matchup Week 15 against the Texans –who rank 21st against the run, allowing 118.5 yards per game, and have given up the 11th-most Fantsay points to running backs — you wouldn’t want to use him in Fantasy. Of the three Fantasy Football analysts,
from bleacherreport:
Richardson showed a mild pulse in Week 14, totaling 88 yards from scrimmage. The bulk of his damage came in the passing game however, and Donald Brown remains the team’s starter heading in to Week 15 against the Texans. Richardson totaled 53 yards in his last meeting with Houston, which included a then season-high 33 yards receiving. Richardson hasn’t scored since September
from KFFL:
Despite his recent struggles, the Indianapolis Colts have said they would look long-term with RB Trent Richardson instead of focusing on the negatives at the moment. “Wait until he has the rest of this season, wait until he has an off-season with us, goes through a training camp with us,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We’ve just got to keep it real. It’s not an easy thing for anybody, let alone Trent who came in with all the hype that comes from being the third overall pick. He won’t make any excuses. And we won’t make any excuses for him. But reality is reality. It’s not an easy thing.”


FANFOOD Says: I know it sounds crazy, but you drafted him in the first round for a reason, and this could be it. START him over RBs like Darren Sproles, Joique Bell and Giovani Bernard.









Chris Ivory @ CAR


from fftoolbox:
Despite moving ahead of Bilal Powell on the Jets’ depth chart, Chris Ivory has struggled to put up meaningful fantasy numbers. Over the last three games, Ivory has averaged just 60 yards per game, with his lone touchdown coming last week. Ivory and the Jets’ running game will face their biggest test of the season in week 15, as the Panthers boast the league’s best run defense — allowing just under 80 yards per game on the ground. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a Flex option this week.
from rotoworld:
Chris Ivory had 18 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s Week 14 win over the Raiders. Ivory got the majority of carries over Bilal Powell again this week and was the clear-cut preferred option on early downs. He broke multiple tackles and showed good yards after contact on his 15-yard touchdown, but was otherwise limited to short runs inside. Ivory will be just a low-end RB2/FLEX option in Week 15 against the Panthers. He’s averaging 57.3 rushing yards and has one touchdown over his last three games.
from cbssports:
Jets running back Chris Ivory contributed his third rushing touchdown during a 37-27 win Week 14 vs. Oakland. Ivory had a team-high 76 rushing yards on 18 carries in the win. Ivory got off to a quick start, rushing for 20 yards on his first three carries on the team’s opening drive. Though, he quieted down after that, finishing with just 34 rushing yards on seven carries in the first half. Ivory wasn’t making much noise in the second half either until he bullied his way in for a 15-yard score with 8:58 remaining, which sealed the win for New York. Ivory broke at least four tackles in what turned into a great individual effort, which came two plays after Geno Smith extended the drive with a 32-yard scramble on 3rd-and-5. All three of Ivory’s touchdowns have come in the last five games, and it’s his highest season total since recording five rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2010 with the Saints. The Jets are back in action Week 15 at Carolina.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of RBs like the aforementioned T-Rich, Fred Jackson, and Montee Ball.




T.Y. Hilton vs HOU


from fantasysharks:
Continues to be inconsistent, but is capable of going off like he did in the previous meeting with the Texans, when he caught seven passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns. After that performance, he is probably worth running out there again, though the Texans have typically been good against the pass and may be a little more prepared for him this time.
from rotoworld:
Coach Chuck Pagano said getting T.Y. Hilton “going again” is a priority. Hilton hasn’t topped 44 yards since Week 10 and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 9. A breakout game in Week 15 should surprise no one. The Colts want to get him the ball, the emergence of Da’Rick Rogers/LaVon Brazill will help and he gets to play inside on Indy’s fast track against the Texans.
from cbssports:
After three straight games with less than 50 receiving yards, Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton hit a new low last week at Cincinnati, catching two passes for 7 yards. And it’s not like the Colts’ passing game as a whole struggled. Hilton was outperformed by relative no-names Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill, who combined to catch all four of Andrew Luck’s touchdown passes. The casual fan might assume Hilton’s struggles began when the Colts lost Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL in Week 7, but that’s not true. Hilton’s best game of the season came in the Colts’ first game without Wayne. He caught seven passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns Week 9 at the Texans. And wouldn’t you know he’s facing those same Texans at home in Week 15? Granted, he’s not guaranteed a repeat performance. Statistically, the Texans have fared well against the pass this season, allowing the second-fewest yards through the air, and have surrendered the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to wide receivers. But maybe the Colts will go back to what worked in that Week 9 matchup. For what it’s worth, Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank Hilton tops among Colts wide receivers this week, ahead of Rogers. He’s a risky start, of course, but now’s a decent time to gamble on him.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of WRs like James Jones, Golden Tate and Michael Crabtree.




Anquan Boldin @ TB


from fantasysharks:
Has come on again, though faces a tough matchup this week as he could see plenty of Revis this week (Though who knows if the Bucs will consider Crabtree the bigger threat).
from rotoworld:
Anquan Boldin caught six passes for 93 yards in San Francisco’s Week 14 win over the Seahawks. Michael Crabtree had trouble finding daylight against Seattle’s suffocating coverage, but Boldin is used to not being able to separate. He made a number of contested catches. Boldin has now cleared 90 yards in each of his past three games after failing to do so between Weeks 5-11. He’ll be a mid-range WR3 against Darrelle Revis and the Bucs in Week 15.
from cbssports:
49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin will be the next receiver taking a trip to Revis Island, as a showdown is looming with Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis Week 15. Fantasy owners are hopeful, however, Boldin doesn’t get stuck there. Boldin has been pretty good for Fantasy owners lately, managing at least nine Fantasy points in four straight games. He’s averaging 12.5 Fantasy points per week in that span. Despite Revis’ presence in the secondary, wide receivers have fared well against Tampa Bay this season. They are averaging 160.5 receiving yards and 22.9 Fantasy points per week. Wide receivers have also totaled 16 touchdowns in 13 games.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of WRs like Jordy Nelson, Danny Amendola and Mike Wallace.





FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week




vs MIN



from rotoballer:
The Eagles defense hasn’t been anything special this year, and has gotten burned by many teams throughout the season. But in Week 15 they have a solid matchup against a Vikings team that is inconsistent on offense. The centerpiece of the Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson, was forced to leave Sunday’s game with a foot injury. If he’s forced to miss the Week 15 game, the Eagles defense becomes even more of a sleeper. They are widely available in most fantasy leagues, still available on 92% of Yahoo league waiver wires, and can make for a solid defense pickup and start versus the Vikings. If you’re streaming defenses week to week, or are stuck with a horrible matchup, don’t be afraid to roll the dice with Philadelphia.
from bruno boys:
The Philadelphia Eagles defense gets a bad rap, but they have actually been effective lately with at least 10 fantasy points in the past two games. In Week 15 they face a Minnesota Vikings team allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season. The Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills also have very enticing matchups, but both defenses have struggled recently and are difficult to trust right now.
The Eagles prevailed over the Detroit Lions early Sunday in what could easily have passed for a reenactment of the Battle of Hoth in the Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. It wasn’t a pretty game but if you discount the two touchdown returns by Jeremy Ross, the Eagles dominated defensively. They caused (with assistance from mother nature) a ridiculous seven fumbles (three lost) and held the Lions to only 228 offensive yards and eight offensive points. They’ve had similar success in each of their last four games. In that span they’ve forced 10 turnovers and have gotten to the quarterback 10 times, all while allowing only 17.5 points per game. This week they have the luck of coming up against the Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings. The Purple People Eaters are in a state of flux, and though the Ravens couldn’t contain them last week, you can bet that Matt Cassel will struggle against Trent Cole, Fletcher Cox and the rest of the Eagles’ persistent pass rush.

from thefakefootball:
I think we can safely write off the Vikings’ fourth quarter offensive explosion in Baltimore as an aberration, or something close to it. That two-minute burst could also be a warning to those rolling with the Eagles’ defense this week that Matt Cassel has weapons at his disposal, including rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who looks like he’ll make a career of torturing defenses. Philly’s defense has vastly improved since September. They now sport the game’s sixth best run defense, according to Pro Football Focus, though their secondary is a bottom-10 unit. The Eagles edge rushers have gotten much more consistent pressure on the passer the past few weeks — a potential boon against Cassel, our No. 1 streaming defense target one short year ago.
from rotoworld:
You’re obviously not starting the Eagles over solid top 10 options, but Philly is the team you want to target if you’ve streamed all season. The Eagles have posted double-digit fantasy points in each of their last two games, while the Vikings could be without their top weapon, Adrian Peterson.




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CBS Sports Weekly Projections

Fantasyomatic week 15 Projections

Week 15 Fact Sheet










Double Chocolate BBQ Potato Chip Cookies


This cookie is chewy, chocolatey, honey goodness with the sweet and savory spices of a mesquite BBQ potato chip. Each bite tastes delightfully different and it’s like a party in your mouth. Like, when you go to a party and the brownies and the BBQ potato chips are sitting pretty close to each other on the table and you really want both and you don’t have a whole lot of patience to enjoy your sweet and your savory one at a time, so you shove a brownie into your mouth while you’re still finishing chewing up those chips you shoveled in by the handful only moments earlier.



1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
2 Tbsp. Honey
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Cup Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Cup Dark or Semisweet Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Hickory BBQ Potato Chips




Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugars until creamy.

Add vanilla, egg, and honey and mix thoroughly, then slowly add cocoa powder.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the wet mixture with your mixer going.

Stir in chocolate chips and BBQ Potato Chips.

On a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or Parchment Paper, drop dough by the tablespoon about 2 inches apart. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes.

Allow to cool for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.



Makes 2 Dozen

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