When he set season highs with 21 targets and 13 catches Week 14 at Jacksonville, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson also put together his fourth 100-yard game in the last six weeks -- a streak that started with arguably the best game of his career Week 9 against the Colts, when he caught nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
So then, his matchup in Week 15 is of special interest to Fantasy owners. He'll be visiting those same Colts.
The Colts rank a not-so-terrible 18th against the pass, allowing 241.5 yards per game, but in general, they've struggled against wide receivers, allowing the seventh-most Fantasy points to them. They surrendered 72 yards and a touchdown to the Bengals' A.J. Green last week and two touchdowns to the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald in Week 12.
Of course, the Texans have had turmoil at quarterback in recent weeks, but Johnson appears to be immunte to it. His monster performance in Week 9 came with Case Keenum under center, and Keenum is expected to start in Week 15. Clearly, you wouldn't want to bench Johnson for this one.
Brandon Myers looking to keep scoring streak alive
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Giants tight end Brandon Myers has been one of quarterback Eli Manning's favorite targets lately, as evidence by Myers recording a touchdown in three straight games.
It will certainly be a challenge for Myers to extend his touchdown streak to four games Week 15 vs. Seattle, but tight ends have had some success against the Seahawks recently. In fact, tight ends have totaled four touchdowns in the last five games against Seattle, including one in each of the last two games.
For the season, however, tight ends average just 48.2 receiving yards and 6.3 Fantasy points per week against Seattle. Tight ends have totaled just five touchdowns in 13 games and only three tight ends have managed at least 10 Fantasy points against Seattle.
Myers might be able to get another touchdown Week 15, but he doesn't have great upside because of the matchup. He's at best a No. 2 Fantasy tight end.
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has been a different player since the team's Week 8 bye. Prior to the break, Bennett had five games of six or more Fantasy points, with two double-digit games and four touchdowns.
Since the bye, however, Bennett has just one game with six or more points, and has scored just once. His Week 15 matchup against the Browns brings with it some hope, but so did his Week 13 matchup against the Vikings (when he finished with 14 total yards).
The Browns have allowed four touchdowns over the last four games to opposing tight ends, but haven't given up 50 yards to the position since Week 7. Additionally, the Browns have allowed their touchdowns in bunches; the eight touchdowns tight ends have scored against the Browns this season have come in just four games.
Bennett started the season strong, but has faded lately. Even with a somewhat promising matchup, he's still best left on the bench in most formats.
Had he stayed inbounds on the crazy final play vs. Miami, the Steelers' Antonio Brown would be the No. 4 Fantasy wideout. As it is he's No. 6 -- not bad for the 23rd receiver taken on average.
Brown ranks second with 90 catches, fourth with 1,240 receiving yards and tied for fifth with 132 targets. He's got four touchdowns in his past four games.
In Week 15 he faces a Bengals' defense that gives up the 12th-fewest Fantasy points (20.2 per game) to opposing receivers. But six of the 12 touchdowns Cincy has yielded to wideouts came in the past four games.
Brown caught six passes for a season-low 57 yards Week 2 at Cincinnati. That was before the Bengals lost top cornerback Leon Hall to a torn Achilles. Start Brown as a top-10 wideout Sunday.
Though Texans quarterback Case Keenum has been in hot water recently, getting relieved by Matt Schaub two of the last four weeks, he's expected to start Week 15 at Indianapolis. And if recent history is any indication, it's a good matchup for him. Making just his second career start, Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts in Week 9.
Generally speaking, the Colts have been middle-of-the-road against the pass. They've allowed 241.5 passing yards per game and have given up the 13th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. They've also failed to generate much of a pass rush over their last six games, averaging 1.5 sacks.
Still, averaging just 192.5 passing yards with two touchdowns to four interceptions over his last four games, Keenum is a risky start regardless of the matchup. Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Dave Richard ranks him the highest at 20th among quarterbacks.
Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle has managed more than three catches just twice this season and both of those games came during the first five weeks. Randle heads into Week 15 vs. Seattle without more than three catches in eight straight games.
What's really hurt Fantasy owners as of late is Randle's three-game scoreless streak. Fantasy owners could handle Randle's low-catch totals when he posted six touchdowns over a six-game span from Week 5 through Week 11. However, if Randle isn't scoring touchdowns, then he isn't a very productive Fantasy option.
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.
The Giants' offense continues to be inconsistent, so a tough matchup Week 15 is not an ideal time to rely on Randle. It's probably best to look toward other Fantasy options this week.