Week 14 explosion encouraging for Marques Colston owners
Colston, who had often disappointed his owners in 2013 pleased them greatly against a tough Carolina defense in Week 14 with season-bests in receptions (9), yards (125) and touchdowns (2). A third score was taken away when he was seemed down at the one-foot line.
It remains to be seen if that performance was a one-hit wonder or the start of a trend, but Colston has been far too consistent and productive over the years to understimate him. Despite several weak games, he still has 56 catches for 721 yards and four touchdowns this year.
Week 15 foe St. Louis is mediocre against the pass, but stingy in the red zone, ranking 22nd in the NFL in passing yards surrendered (3,234) but eighth in touchdowns given up through the air (19).
CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writer Jamey Eisenberg ranks Colston 12th among all NFL wideouts this week, but his two compatriots have him 20th and 21st, respectively. Either way, Colston is a strong second option or flex play against the Rams.
Nate Solder back, Aaron Dobson still out for Patriots
The only absence for the Patriots was wide receiver
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Bills DST ready for Jacksonville
Jacksonville has been generous to opposing defenses, allowing them to score 14.00 Fantasy points per game. The team has had a tough time preventing defenses from making big plays. Jacksonville ranks near the top of the league with 17 interceptions thrown. They have also allowed 40 sacks.
The Bills have allowed a fair share of points this season, giving up 25.7 per game, but have shown an ability to force turnovers. Buffalo has interception 18 passes this season. They have forced 44 sacks as well. The Bills are a strong play based on matchup, but there are likely more dependable defenses out there Week 15.
Rashad Jennings to return to starting role over Marcel Reece
Despite a 123-yard performance in which he scored on a 63-yard touchdown run in Week 14,
Jennings completed concussion protocol and practiced on Wednesday. Reece will assume his previous role as a contributing player based on down and distance, according to the Contra Costa Times.
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Scott Chandler looking at strong matchup Week 15
Jacksonville has been one of the worst teams in the league at defending tight ends, allowing them to average 10.15 Fantasy points per game. The team has allowed tight ends to average 67.15 receiving yards, fourth highest in the league. They have also given up nine touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Chandler is on pace for a career-high in both receptions and yardage, but has had trouble finding the end zone. After scoring six touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, Chandler has only scored twice this year. A big part of that has been the team's revolving door at quarterback. EJ Manuel is back, which bodes well for all of the team's skill position players, but he hasn't shown enough upside to make any receiver on the Bills a must-start Fantasy option yet.
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Steve Johnson facing strong matchup Week 15
Jacksonville has struggled to cover opposing wide receivers this season, allowing them to average 23.38 Fantasy points per game. Through 13 games, the team has allowed 25 passing touchdowns. While the team has been playing better as of late, they have allowed 300+ passing yards.
Johnson benefited from quarterback EJ Manuel's return Week 14. Though he was unable to score, Johnson was clearly Manuel's go-to receiver. Johnson hasn't been a consistent target this season, however, possibly due to inconsistent quarterback play. He's only gone over 100 receiving yards once. The matchup might be strong, but Johnson lacks the upside needed to be a Fantasy start Week 15.
Disappointing Paul Kruger admits to feeling pressure
Kruger was signed after recording nine sacks with Baltimore in 2012, including 7 1/2 in the last eight games, and adding 4 1/2 more in the playoffs to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl. But he had just two for the Browns before doubling that total in their Week 14 game in New England.
"Not only do I put high standards up for myself, but you come in with a high bar and you want to live up to those," he told the team website. "People have been great to me here and for me, I feel a personal responsibility to be a good player and to produce. So, yeah, there's definitely been some pressure I've felt."
Kruger, who has contributed 36 total tackles, went five games without a sack before registering two against the Patriots.
Kevin Zeitler finally a full practice participant
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Fred Jackson in favorable matchup Week 15
Jacksonville cannot stop opposing rushers, allowing them to go for 18.08 Fantasy points per game. The team has allowed 16 rushing touchdowns through 13 games. Opposing running back have averaged 102.92 yards per game against Jacksonville.
Jackson has been the most consistent runner of the Bills this season, but he's starting to lose carries to C.J. Spiller. Over the past three games, Spiller has received 11 more carries than Jackson. Jackson hasn't been able to do much with his reduced workload. In those three games, he's failed to average over four yards per carry. The matchup is strong, but it's tough to trust Jackson given the team's recent workload split.
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C.J. Spiller looking at strong matchup Week 15
Jacksonville has had a tough time stopping opposing rushers, allowing them to go for 18.08 Fantasy points per game. Through 13 games, the team has allowed 16 rushing touchdowns. Opposing running back have also averaged 102.92 yards per game against Jacksonville.
Spiller has been a Fantasy disappointment this season, but he's starting to get more work than Fred Jackson. Over the past three games, Spiller has 11 more carries than Jackson. The problem is, Spiller has done nothing with those carries in two games. He's had trouble breaking off big plays this season, while Jackson has been more of a consistent ball-carrier. Spiller remains a big risk, but the matchup is favorable Week 15.
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December 11, 2013
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