Opposing teams know Browns receiver Josh Gordon is coming, yet they still seem unable to stop him. He has 1,400 receiving yards this season, despite missing the first two games. He's averaging 14 targets, nine receptions, 193.5 yards, and has five total touchdowns over his last four games.
Enter the Bears, who have given up three touchdowns to wide receivers in their last two games, and seven in their last five. Antonio Brown had 196 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 3, which is essentially average for Gordon at this point.
There's always the threat of a down game, but that's been looming for weeks as Gordon just continues to rack up the numbers. He is elite at this point, and can be started in most Fantasy formats.
The Steelers DST has scored double-digit Fantasy points in four of its last five games entering Week 15 vs. Cincinnati. The unit has scored a touchdown in two of its past three, including Troy Polamalu's 19-yard interception return vs. Miami.
Pittsburgh will be looking for redemption Sunday night. In a 20-10 loss Week 2, the Steelers DST got no sacks or turnovers and finished with four Fantasy points against the Bengals.
Cincy's Andy Dalton is coming off a near-flawless performance vs. Indy, when he threw for 275 yards and accounted for four touchdowns without a turnover. But he's the same quarterback who's committed 19 turnovers this year.
The Bengals rank in the middle of the pack against DSTs, giving up 9.2 points per game. Consider the Steelers DST a viable starting option.
Though he appeared to have a tough matchup Week 14 at Cincinnati, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck turned in his best performance of the season, throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He's a good bet to defy the odds again in Week 15 against a Texans team that ranks second against the pass, allowing 183.6 yards per game.
Despite the high ranking, the Texans have gotten burned by plenty of quarterbacks this season, allowing 23 touchdown passes while recording an NFL-low five interceptions. They've faced the Jaguars two of the last three weeks, which has certainly helped pad their stats, but against the Patriots in Week 13, they allowed 371 yards and two touchdowns to Tom Brady.
Luck himself had no trouble against the Texans in Week 9. In fact, from a Fantasy perspective, it was his third-best game of the season. He threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Granted, it was a more competitive game than the Texans have played in recent weeks, which required Luck to put up big numbers, but given Trent Richardson's struggles, the Colts are learning they have to rely on Luck's arm to win games.
Steelers tight end Heath Miller plays the Bengals for the 16th time Sunday night. Over 15 previous meetings, Miller is averaging 3.3 catches for 31.5 yards with three touchdowns.
Miller was still rehabbing his knee when the teams played Week 2 in Cincinnati. He enters Week 15 on a four-game run in which he's caught 24 balls for 250 yards. On the down side, Miller hasn't scored since Week 7.
The Bengals allow the 9th-fewest Fantasy points (6.5 per game) to tight ends. Consider Miller a borderline TE1 in Week 15.
As a disastrous season winds down, the Texans DST doesn't get any sort of respite Week 15 at Indianapolis. The Colts don't have an explosive offense, ranking in the middle of the pack with an average of 24.1 points per game, but they're a fundamentally sound football team that rarely makes mistakes, tying with Kansas City and Dallas for the fewest giveaways.
As a result, the Colts have allowed the ninth-fewest Fantasy points to DSTs this season. In standard CBSSports.com leagues, the Bengals DST actually scored zero against them in a winning effort last week.
The Texans DST has scored double-digit Fantasy points only twice since Week 4, so outside of the most favorable matchups, which this one clearly isn't, you wouldn't want to use it in Fantasy. Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, only Jamey Eisenberg even bothers to rank it for Week 15.
Although he leads the team with nine touchdowns, Steelers receiver Jerricho Cotchery is barely better than a 50-50 bet to catch a scoring pass any given Sunday. He's done it in seven of 13 games, including Week 9 when he caught three at New England.
It's hard to trust Cotchery, even as a flex, because if he doesn't score you're left with measly stats. He averages 43.9 receiving yards overall and has drawn 22 targets (4.4 per game) in his last five outings.
The Steelers somehow remain alive for the playoffs entering Sunday night's game vs. Cincinnati. Cotchery, who has scored in five of the last six games, likely will keep playing ahead of rookie Markus Wheaton as the No. 3 receiver. Still, look elsewhere for your Week 15 flex.
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron snapped out of his recent slump with a nine-catch, 121-yard, one-touchdown game against the Patriots in Week 14. It was his first game with double-digit Fantasy points (standard scoring) since Week 7, and his second 100-yard game of the season.
The problem heading into Week 15 is one of trust, and how much an owner can have in Cameron. His coach built a reputation as being a tight end guru, and while Cameron's receiving totals had been low before this big performance, he was averaging eight targets a game over his previous three.
Cameron's Week 15 opponent, the Bears, have allowed two touchdowns over their last three games. They've allowed the third-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends, with 69.1 per game, and tend to have some trouble with the more offensive-minded of the group (Jason Witten scored, Kyle Rudolph scored, Jared Cook had 80 receiving yards, Jimmy Graham had 135 receiving yards, Jordan Reed had 134 receiving yards and a touchdown).
There's still risk involved with Cameron, but Week 14 proved that he is still capable of the big game. He makes for a stellar Rob Gronkowski fill-in and can be started in the majority of Fantasy formats.
Coming off a three-touchdown, 102-yard effort against New England in Week 13, Texans running back Ben Tate took a back seat in an unlikely shootout at Jacksonville last week, getting just four carries in the second half. But he has a chance for a bounce-back performance Week 15 at Indianapolis.
The Colts rank 29th against the run, allowing 130.6 yards per game. They gave up 147 yards and two touchdowns on a combined 29 carries to the Bengals' Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis last week. Tate didn't score a touchdown against them in Week 9, but he was at least a consistent part of the offense, picking up 81 yards on 22 carries.
Of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both like Tate's chances for a rebound this week, ranking him in their top 15 at running back. Nathan Zegura is a little more cautious, ranking him 21st.
Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker are interesting Week 15 options
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya has seen his production decrease steadily over the last four games, dropping from a season-high 69 rushing yards in Week 11 to eight yards in Week 14. The drop was likely hastened by fumbles in consecutive games (in Weeks 11 and 12).
Complicating Ogbonnaya's value in Week 15 is Willis McGahee's health and the presence of Fozzy Whittaker. The Browns have a dream matchup against the Bears, who have given up eight straight 100-yard games to running backs, with three backs running for 130 or more in the last four. And McGahee was concussed at the end of Sunday's game against New England.
While this would seem to open the door for Ogbonnaya, his recent production dip may point to an increased role for Whittaker. The Browns know what they have in Ogbonnaya; they have yet to give Whittaker more than nine touches in a game. And while Ogbannaya has pretty much doubled Whittaker's snap percentage, there's always the possibility that Whittaker slides into McGahee's role, while Ogbonnaya stays put in his.
The simplest way for events to play out would be for McGahee to play in Week 15. But if he's out, it becomes a logical move (to start Ogbonnaya) versus a huge upside gamble (starting Whittaker) against the league's most permissive run defense.