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Pierre Garcon working with new quarterback
Though he's been as highly targeted as ever,
The Redskins are turning to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins in an effort to get their offense going Week 15 at Atlanta, but judging by Cousins' inaccurate and inefficient fourth-quarter performance against the Chiefs last week, it might not make much of a difference.
For what it's worth, the matchup is a favorable one for Garcon. The Falcons rank 20th against the pass, allowing 245.8 yards per game, and have given up the third-most touchdown passes. With all the targets he gets, Garcon is a candidate to score any given week, but if you've been frustrated by his lack of production in recent weeks, this matchup, favorable as it may be, may not be enough to get him going.
Clearly, you could do much, much worse than him in Fantasy, particularly points-per-reception leagues, but of the three CBSSports.com Fantsay Football analysts, only Nathan Zegura is willing to include Garcon in his top 24 wide receivers for this week, ranking him 13th.
Jimmy Graham is top option again among Fantasy tight ends
There are certain skill position players whose production has eliminated all concern about upcoming matchups.
Never mind that Week 15 foe St. Louis ranks third in the NFL against opposing players at his position. Graham is an equal opportunity destroyer. He leads all pass-catchers wtih 14 touchdowns and tops the list among tight ends with 74 catches for 1,046 yards. And when Drew Brees and the Saints are even sniffing the red zone, he is generally the primary target.
Graham has been held down - comparatively speaking - in the last two weeks with nine catches for 100 yards. But he also scored three touchdowns in those games, so there is really no stopping him. He sits atop the rankings produced by all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers this week for a reason.
So just stick him in your lineups and watch the points add up. He could very well catapult your team into your league finals.
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Kirk Cousins risky despite matchup
Frustrated by their lack of scoring over the last four weeks, during which they have averaged 12.3 points,
They've picked a good time to ease him in. The Falcons rank 20th against the pass, surrendering 245.8 yards per game. They've also allowed the highest quarterback rating and the fourth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Then again, they stepped up against an inexperienced quarterback last week, sacking the Packers' Matt Flynn five times. Flynn still threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but the point is the Falcons won't just roll over for Cousins.
The Redskins as a whole are in disarray right now, with unrest at head coach as well as quarterback, so the environment isn't right for Cousins to succeed. Why take a chance on him at this crucial stage of the season?
Lions sign Cody Wilson
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Joique Bell worth consideration even if Reggie Bush plays
CBSSports.com's senior Fantasy experts rank the
Bell could have flex value even if Bush suits up. Bush has a calf injury that surprisingly kept him out Week 14. Bush said he expects to play Monday night against the Ravens, but we won't get a better idea until Detroit starts practice Thursday.
The Lions need to win to keep pace in the NFC North, thus they might use Bush at less than 100 percent. Bell would rotate in more often, serving as more than a change of pace.
Bell has scored in four of the last six games. In the last two, one with Bush, one without, Bell carried 42 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns while catching seven passes for 92 yards. He did lose two fumbles. Consider Bell a high-end RB2 if Bush doesn't play and a sneaky flex, especially in PPR leagues, even if he does.
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Bears have opportunity to make some noise
Their Week 15 opponent, the Browns, have been a pretty decent opponent for DSTs -- teams playing the Browns score about 12.4 Fantasy points per game, the sixth-most in the league. Only five DSTs this season have failed to get double-digit Fantasy points against the Browns.
Still, the Bears are erratic, and it looks like they'll be without Lance Briggs again this week. They can be left on the waiver wire in most standard formats.
Branden Albert remains sidelined
A knee injury that prevented
Joe Thomas, D'Qwell Jackson limited for Browns on Wednesday
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Broncos DST a bit unpredictable
They've failed to record a sack just once this season, but have managed only two interceptions in the last five games. And in that five-game span, opposing teams have scored 28 or more points three times against the DST.
In Week 10, the Broncos faced the Chargers (their opponent this Thursday night) and scored just eight Fantasy points. While the prospects will be a little better for Denver in Week 15 (a short turnaround, the Chargers having to play in the thin air with little preparation), it's not necessarily a recipe for a 20-point performance.
The Broncos are a decent low-end risk for Week 15, but there may be better options available on your waiver wire.
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Falcons DST could surprise again
That's notable because in Week 15 the Falcons will be facing a Redskins offense that just reached its lowest of lows against the Chiefs last week, scoring 10 points on 257 yards. Both would be season lows if the Redskins hadn't scored six points on 190 yards against the 49ers two weeks earlier.
In other words, Washington is in a bad state right now offensively, and though the switch to Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week is understandable given the circumstances, there's a chance it'll do more harm than good.
If you're a week-to-week type at DST and are struggling to find a decent option on the waiver wire this week, consider rolling the dice on the Falcons DST. It at least has some momentum right now.
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December 11, 2013
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