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Kellen Clemens has little upside in Week 16
Clemens had 18 Fantasy points against the Saints with 158 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his best game since Week 10 against the Colts when he scored 19 points, and that's about the extent of his upside.
The Rams just don't have the weapons in the passing game for Clemens to post huge stats, and they are clearly a run-first team with Zac Stacy. Even though the Buccaneers have allowed seven quarterbacks to score more than 20 Fantasy points this season, we don't recommend using Clemens even in two-quarterback leagues this week.
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Ryan Griffin a possible sleeper option for Week 16
Griffin is coming off the best game of his career -- a six-catch, 62-yard performance in Week 15 against the Colts. He has one touchdown on the season (in Week 10) and has nine targets over his last two games.
Essentially an unknown, Griffin does have the advantage of playing in a system that has targeted a tight end seven or more times in all but four games this season. He's also playing against a Broncos team that has allowed a tight end to score in three of the last five.
Griffin carries significant risk in Week 16, but he could return some value for a desperate owner who is facing the loss of Jordan Cameron or even Zach Miller this Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers not expected to play Week 16
Rodgers has been able to practice recently, but has yet to be cleared by team doctors. Unless "something significantly changes" with the doctor, Rodgers will not play. He's missed the last six games due to a broken collarbone. Matt Flynn would start in his place.
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Kirk Cousins primed for big game?
Dallas has been the worst team against opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to average 25.43 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 30 passing touchdowns. That figure is second worst in the league. The first time the two teams met this season, Dallas actually held Washington without a passing touchdown, but that was with Robert Griffin III at quarterback.
Cousins has shown promise in his two career starts. He's thrown for over 300 yards in both games, and has tossed at least two touchdowns. Given how bad Dallas has been against quarterbacks this season, he's likely to reach those numbers in his third career start. At the same time, Cousins is clearly inexperienced, making him a huge risk. He's the perfect high-risk, high-reward bet for Week 16.
Brett Keisel considering playing elsewhere in 2014
"I feel like I can still play," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We will see what happens. I try not to think about it too much because I'm still here and still part of the team and still fighting with these guys. When the time comes I will sit down with my family and decide what is best."
Keisel has missed the last four games with a foot injury, but returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis and could play in Week 16 against Green Bay.
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Zach Miller has a great Week 16 matchup, but...
In his first game against the Cardinals this season, Miller caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Tight ends have scored 15 touchdowns over 14 games against the Cardinals, who have allowed a tight end to score in all but one of their last six.
If Miller can't go, backup tight end
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Cowboys DST facing strong matchup
Washington hasn't been an offensive juggernaut this season, averaging 21.8 points per game. They've allowed opposing defenses to average 12.14 Fantasy points per game against them. The team is also prone to turnovers. Washington has 27 fumbles, 40 sacks and 16 interceptions. All three of those figures rank above the league-average.
At the same time, the Cowboys have not been dependable on defense all season. The team allows 27.5 points per game, one of the higher figures in the league. They've allowed 30 passing touchdowns through 14 games. They haven't been much better against the run, giving up 15 rushing touchdowns. Though it's a good matchup, it's tough to consider the Cowboys DST a strong Fantasy start.
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Jason Witten looking at strong matchup
Washington has struggled to limit tight ends this season, allowing them to average 9.14 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 26 passing touchdowns. Of those 26 touchdowns, 10 have gone to opposing tight ends. The first time the teams met this season, Witten gained just 27 yards.
Witten has been on a bit of a roll recently. Over the last six touchdowns, Witten has scored five times. Witten also performs well against Washington. Over his career, Witten has scored six touchdowns and accumulated 1087 yards against Washington. He should be a strong play Week 16.
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Dez Bryant facing average matchup
Washington has been about middle of the pack against receivers this season, allowing them to average 21.71 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 26 passing touchdowns. The first time the two teams met this season, Bryant was limited to just 36 receiving yards.
That game was Bryant's second worst Fantasy performance of the season, so it's likely he'll show some improvement this time around. Bryant has been better as of late, scoring a touchdown in his last three games. In six career games against Washington, Bryant has 439 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage total is his second-highest against any opponent. Bryant is an elite Fantasy receiever. He's going to be a strong play against an average Washington defense.
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DeMarco Murray looking at a strong matchup
Washington has been one of the worst teams against running backs this season, allowing opposing rushers to average 22 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team leads the league with 21 rushing touchdowns allowed. The first time the two teams met this season, Murray was limited to 29 rushing yards, but did manage to score a touchdown. The team later punched in a second rushing touchdown, but it went to Joseph Randle.
Murray has been on a roll for the Cowboys in recent weeks. After scoring three rushing touchdowns Week 12, Murray has accumulated 280 rushing yards over his past two games. Washington hasn't shown anything to suggest they can stop that hot streak, which could lead to Murray having a big game. He's a strong start in most leagues.
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December 19, 2013
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