Just for fun, here are some points againstBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning:
1. The Chargers have held opposing quarterbacks to two total touchdown passes over their last two games.
2. In Weeks 11 and 12, Manning threw three total touchdowns and averaged 16 Fantasy points per game.
3. In 10 career games against the Chargers, Manning has thrown just 22 touchdowns, against 18 interceptions.
4. Manning has -31 rushing yards on the season.
Manning has 74 more Fantasy points -- and 12 more passing touchdowns -- than the second-highest player in the game. He threw four touchdowns in Week 10 against the Chargers. He's thrown 33 career touchdowns (in 10 games) on Thursdays.
Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 28 red-zone rushing attempts, 15 more than committee partner Giovani Bernard. Green-Ellis is converting lately as he's scored three times in the past two games.
In Week 15 Green-Ellis visits a Steelers team that's yielded 14 rushing touchdowns, tied for sixth most. He was unable to score against them in Week 2 but produced 80 total yards on 23 touches.
Green-Ellis is averaging 16.6 carries over his last five games. Despite Bernard's often spectacular play, the Bengals continue to feed Green-Ellis, especially when they're ahead. Consider Green-Ellis a flex play who could pay off with another touchdown.
Ladarius Green still has some deep league Fantasy value
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
Chargers tight end Ladarius Green did not record a reception in Week 14, after a string of three games with eight or more Fantasy points (in standard leagues).
Green was undone by a series of poor circumstances -- Eddie Royal returned from a toe injury, and the Chargers had the game well in hand against the Giants, leading to a run-heavy strategy. While owners are abandoning Green in bunches, he still has some value in deeper leagues. Green has two touchdowns in his last three, and two games with 80 or more yards in his last four.
This isn't a call to start Green and expect 80 yards, but to at least consider who is getting picked up in his stead. The Broncos, Green's Thursday night opponent, gave up touchdowns in three consecutive games before Week 14, and that streak may have gone to four had Delanie Walker been healthy.
Green is a low-end, risky option in most formats. And while he can be dropped in shallower leagues, he's shown enough skill to be used in deeper (18-etam) formats against Denver.
Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal, playing through a toe injury in Week 14, caught just three passes for 13 yards against the Giants. Royal missed Week 13 and was not practicing Monday because of the injury.
Despite catching four passes for 87 yards in Week 12, Royal doesn't offer a team much in the way of Fantasy hope. With a quick Thursday night turnaround for Week 15, his value is further diminished. Throw in his stat line from his earlier game against the Broncos -- two catches for 36 yards in Week 15 -- and Royal becames even less attractive.
A healthy Royal may have been a different story. But as he struggles with this injury -- and with Ladarius Green in the mix (although coming off a one-target Week 14 game) -- Royal can be left on the bench in most formats.
Will Vernon Davis extend touchdown streak Week 15?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
49ers tight end Vernon Davis carries his four-game touchdown streak into Week 15 at Tampa Bay. If you take a look at Davis' stats this season, he's actually failed to score a touchdown in just three of 12 games, so the odds of him extending his scoring streak Sunday are favorable.
Tight ends haven't fared overly well against Tampa Bay. They have totaled just five touchdowns in 13 games and are averaging 7.5 Fantasy points per week. Tight ends are also averaging just 55.3 receiving yards, with Jimmy Graham being the only tight end to have surpassed 100 receiving yards against Tampa Bay. In fact, no tight end has reached double digits in Fantasy points in the last 11 games against the Bucs.
The numbers suggest Davis might not be in for the easiest matchup Week 15, but all you are really looking for is a touchdown and Davis has been very good at putting points on the board this season. You should continue to keep Davis active in all Fantasy formats.
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has four games with 50 or more receiving yards in his last six. His highest total in that run -- 62 yards on eight targets -- came in Week 10 against this Thursday's opponent, the Broncos.
Denver had allowed touchdowns in three consecutive games before Week 14, but the streak was snapped by the Titans on Sunday. However, the Titans were starting Visanthe Shiancoe, who was an emergency replacement for a concussed Delanie Walker. Since Week 8, the Broncos have allowed 75 or more yards in a game to a team's tight ends four times.
Gates' situation is complicated by the presence of Ladarius Green. While Green was held without a reception in Week 14, he had scored two touchdowns in his previous two games. His drop-off in stats may have been spurred on by a combination of Eddie Royal returning and a game that was not very close. Green, in short, didn't seem to have an effect on Gates' production.
Gates is a consistent source of single-digit Fantasy points from the tight end position. His upside -- he has two 100-yard games this season, four games with eight or more targets in his last six, and three touchdowns -- is what makes Gates an attractive option. It's probably best to figure he'll get 50 yards and then hope for more. He can be started as a low-end TE in most formats.
Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard turned nine touches into two touchdowns the first time he played the Steelers. He's poised for more success when he faces them Week 15 at Pittsburgh.
The Steelers just got toasted by Daniel Thomas of all people. Miami's plodder gained 105 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last week. For the season, Pittsburgh ranks 17th, allowing 17 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. The Steelers have yielded 13 rushing scores and 4.1 yards per carry.
Bernard is the only running back to catch a touchdown pass vs. Pittsburgh. Still splitting carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard nevertheless gained a season-high 148 yards from scrimmage last week vs. Indy. He's averaging 4.7 yards per carry this year and has 21 catches over his last five games.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been on a nice run lately -- 100 or more yards in two of his last three games, and two touchdowns in the one game with fewer than 100 yards. He now has five touchdowns and five 100-yard games on the season.
His Week 15 opponent, the Broncos, have allowed five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the last four games, with two receivers hitting the 100-yard mark. In Week 10, Allen was held to just 41 receiving yards against the Broncos, but he did lead the team in the category. Additionally, Allen had those two touchdowns last week, but was only targeted three times, as the Changers went run-heavy and Allen injured his shoulder, which he says will be fine for Thursday night.
Allen has done enough over the course of the season to earn a start in most formats on Thursday night against the Broncos. Keep an eye on his shoulder injury, though, as there could always be a complication.