The 49ers put defensive lineman Cornellius Carradine on injured reserve and signed guard Ryan Seymour from the Seahawks' practice squad. San Francisco also signed wideout Devon Wylie to its practice squad.
With the Texans coming to town in Week 15, the Colts DST faces a team in disarray -- one that just made a coaching change, can't decide on a quarterback and has given up the fourth-most Fantasy points to DSTs this season. Yet only one of Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura are willing to rank it as a top-12 option this week.
Why not? Two reasons. One, the Colts DST hasn't been all that productive, scoring double-digit Fantasy points in just one of its last six games -- and that includes two meetings with the Titans, one with the Rams and, yes, one with these same Texans. Two, the Texans have been decent offensively since Case Keenum became their starting quarterback in Week 7. As a team, they've thrown 16 interceptions, but Keenum is responsible for only four of them. They've averaged 20.6 points per game with Keenum under center compared to 16.2 with Matt Schaub under center.
Even though both Keenum and Schaub played in Week 14, the Texans are expected to go with Keenum in Week 15. Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns when he faced the Colts in Week 9.
Quite simply, the reward doesn't justify the risk with the Colts DST this week. Unless you play in an especially deep league, you can do better.
It's unclear as to which Bears receiver will get the Joe Haden treatment in Week 15, but even if it is Alshon Jeffery, there are enough reasons to keep the second-year wideout in your lineup for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Jeffery has scored double-digit Fantasy points in four of his last six games (in standard formats), with four touchdowns in that span, as well as his second 200-yard game of the season. He already has 1,193 receiving yards this year.
The Browns, meanwhile, have allowed 11 touchdowns to wide receivers over the last seven games. Julian Edelman, Cecil Shorts, and Antonio Brown all caught touchdowns with Haden covering them, and those 11 touchdowns have been spread out among 10 players -- which is a good sign for the Bears, who have both Jeffery and Brandon Marshall vying for targets.
Jeffery is a stellar option in both PPR and standard formats, and can be started in most Fantasy leagues.
Will history vs. Seattle help end Hakeem Nicks' scoring woes?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
It's quite amazing Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has played 12 games this season and he's still without a touchdown. He's even surpassed 100 yards three times, including Week 14 at San Diego, and still couldn't get a touchdown.
It only seems fitting then should Nicks break his scoring slump in Week 15 against the Seahawks, when he doesn't exactly have the most favorable matchup.
As you can imagine, wide receivers haven't had outstanding numbers against a very good Seattle defense. Wide receivers average just 110.2 receiving yards and 14.7 Fantasy points per week, which is the second-lowest average. Wide receivers have also totaled just eight touchdowns in 13 games and only five wide receivers have tallied at least 10 Fantasy points.
Though, Nicks' history against the Seahawks is interesting. He has played them twice, recording a touchdown in each game and averaging 96.5 receiving yards. It would be great if Nicks scored in a third straight game against Seattle, but he's been very unreliable for Fantasy owners in 2013, so you are taking a gamble by starting him Week 15.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was out with a foot injury when Pittsburgh visited Cincinnati in Week 2. He'll face the Bengals for the first time Week 15.
It's a tough matchup for the rookie, as Cincy gives up the 5th-fewest Fantasy points (12.8 per game) to opposing running backs. The Bengals allow 3.8 yards per carry and have not allowed a running back to score since Week 4. In fact, running backs have more lost fumbles (4) than touchdowns (3) vs. Cincy.
The great thing about Bell, other than his talent, is his workload. He's gotten at least 20 touches in six straight games and has no real competition for carries. Bell has 30 catches over his last seven games.
With several high-profile injuries in Week 14, the importance of owning your stud running back's handcuff/backup has never been more important. This is why Matt Forte owners should add Bears teammate Michael Bush.
Forget that Bush ran for 38 yards and scored a touchdown in a Week 14 blowout. Bush should be added as an insurance policy, for the same reason that an Adrian Peterson owner now has to scramble to beat other owners to add Toby Gerhart off the wire.
Bush isn't a Montee Ball-type complement, who will have value on his own. But he is close to being a must-add for the Forte owner, just in case disaster strikes between now and the Fantasy championship.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters Week 15 on a tear. He's tossed 11 touchdowns without an interception the past four weeks and has a franchise-record 3,724 passing yards through 13 games.
The Bengals arrive in Pittsburgh after giving up 326 passing yards and four touchdowns to the Colts' Andrew Luck. Still, Cincinnati gives up the 11th-fewest Fantasy points (17.4 per game) to opposing quarterbacks.
Cincy did a nice job against Big Ben in Week 2, holding him to 251 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception. In 19 career meetings, Roethlisberger has averaged 221 passing yards with 26 touchdowns (three rushing) and 21 turnovers.
Those aren't great numbers. But with Roethlisberger playing some of the best football of his 10-year career, start him Week 15 as a low-end QB1.
Victor Cruz ready to break out the salsa dance again?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Do you remember the last time Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz scored a touchdown? If you are having trouble, don't worry. It's been a long time.
In fact, Cruz heads into Week 15 vs. Seattle without doing his famous salsa-dance touchdown celebration since Week 4 against the Chiefs. Will Sunday finally put an end to Cruz's horrendous scoring slump? Fantasy owners can only hope so.
Though, as you can imagine, wide receivers haven't had outstanding numbers against a very good Seattle defense. Wide receivers average just 110.2 receiving yards and 14.7 Fantasy points per week, which is the second-lowest average. Wide receivers have also totaled just eight touchdowns in 13 games and only five wide receivers have tallied at least 10 Fantasy points.
Cruz was playing up to his potential very early in the season, but he's been quite disappointing over the last nine games. Besides failing to score a touchdown, he's surpassed 100 yards just once in that span.
Due to his struggles and tough matchup Week 15, no one would blame you for viewing Cruz as more of a No. 3 Fantasy receiver or flex option.
Bears running back Matt Forte is coming off another impressive performance -- perhaps his best of the season, from a pure yardage standpoint -- having run the ball 20 times for 102 yards and catching seven passes for 73 and a touchdown.
His Week 15 opponent, the Browns, have been about league average against running backs, but are coming off a game in which they allowed 218 rushing yards to Patriots backs, including 153 to Shane Vereen.
No other backs have come close to Vereen's totals, but four have gained at least 40 receiving yards against the Browns this year. So while Forte may not reach 100 rushing yards -- no running back has against the Browns this season -- he's still a good bet to gather plenty of total yards and possibly score.
A top-level talent at the position, Matt Forte should be started in most Fantasy formats.