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Kellen Clemens no Fantasy play against Saints
A matchup against a team with a prolific offense generally favors the opposing quarterback in Fantasy football. One might think that
The numbers, however, dispute that contention. The Saints have been lights-out against the pass. They rank third in yards allowed through the air (2,591) and fifth in passing touchdowns surrendered (15). Opposing teams have generally opted to take advantage of their mediocre run defense and keep Brees off the field.
Clemens doesn't rate as a serviceable Fantasy quarterback in a favorable matchup, let alone the one that awaits him in Week 15. The Rams once again don't boast the receiving weapons to make any quarterback look good. And in six starts this season, he has yet to throw for more than 247 yards and has passed for two touchdowns just once. Clemens is averaging a mere 22 passes a game with five scores and five picks.
Bottom line? Don't even dream of sticking this guy in your Fantasy lineups. It is, after all, the playoffs.
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Marshawn Lynch's numbers a little bit low since bye week
Fantasy owners hope the pre-bye Lynch shows up Week 15 at N.Y. Giants, especially since there are plenty of key semifinal matchups in Fantasy leagues this week.
Running backs are averaging 76.7 rushing yards, 50.5 receiving yards and 16 Fantasy points per week, which is the 12th lowest average. However, running backs have performed pretty well against the Giants lately. In the last five weeks, running backs are averaging 82 rushing yards, 61 receiving yards and 18 Fantasy points per game. Running backs also have four touchdowns (three rushing) over the last four games.
Lynch's numbers the last few weeks might not be as strong as we would like, but he scored a touchdown Week 14 and has four rushing touchdowns in his last four games. You have relied on him all season, so there's no point in taking him out of Fantasy lineups now.
Report: Wes Welker already red-lighted for Thursday game
Welker, who sustained the concussion against the Titans on Sunday, has 73 catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns, but just one score in his last five games.
Charles Clay closing in on Miami receiving marks
Clay needs 13 receptions and 113 yards in his last three games to catch the record-setting Randy McMichael, who caught 73 passes for 791 yards in 2004. Clay is on a roll with 14 receptions for 177 yards and two scores in his last two games. He leads the team with seven touchdowns this season.
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Matchup can't save Redskins DST
After giving up 45 points to the Chiefs last week, the
Of course, what hurt the Redskins DST in Week 14 wasn't so much the defense, which limited the Chiefs to 347 years, but every other facet. Washington allowed two touchdowns on special teams and couldn't get anything going offensively.
The switch from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week probably won't help much. In fact, it could result in more turnovers, which would mean another long afternoon for the Redskins defense.
Given the team's shortage of sacks and takeaways in recent weeks, the Redskins DST doesn't offer enough upside to be worth your while even against the Falcons.
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Drew Brees should take advantage of Rams on Sunday
The stars - or at least the stats - are aligning just right for
The Rams have been giving up long aerial gains all year. It's no wonder that they rank third in the NFL in pass attempts against, but 22nd in yards yielded through the air and 30th in net yards allowed per pass play (7.1).
That leads to a perfect scenario for Brees, who ranks second behind Peyton Manning in passing yards with 4,107 and is as accurate deep as any quarterback in the NFL. He also ranks second behind Philip Rivers in completing 68 percent of his throws.
Brees regained his mojo Sunday against Carolina after a down game at Seattle. He threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns against the Panthers, who boast a far superior pass defense to the Rams. All three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank Brees second this week among NFL quarterbacks. He is, of course, an automatic start and should rack up plenty of points in Week 15.
Report: Redskins will start Kirk Cousins over RG3 in Week 15
There has been speculation since Sunday about the prospect of coach Mike Shanahan starting Cousins over Griffin Week 15. The team has not confirmed its quarterback plans for the game, but several reports this morning state the game plan has Cousins starting.
Cousins replaced Griffin in last week's loss to Kansas City, completing seven of 16 pass attempts for 59 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Griffin did not play the entire fourth quarter during a snowy game, completing 12 of his 26 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Report: Brandon Jacobs placed on IR
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Conditions ripe for Torrey Smith
The Lions give up the 2nd-most Fantasy points (27.3 per game) to opposing wideouts. They've allowed receivers to catch 17 touchdowns, tied for the most. Wideouts average a league-high 16.1 yards per catch vs. Detroit.
Smith is a big-play threat who averages 17.5 yards per catch. The fast track at Ford Field suits him perfectly. The Ravens will have to keep up with Detroit, which ranks second in total yards (409.4) and sixth in scoring (26.6), and Smith is their top weapon.
Roll with Smith as a high-end WR2.
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Coby Fleener could have a productive day
That includes Week 9 at the Texans, when he made the most of his five targets by gaining 64 yards on three catches. He's a good bet for better numbers with the Texans coming to town in Week 15.
Though the Texans rank second against the pass, allowing 183.6 yards per game, they've allowed the eighth-most Fantasy points to tight ends this season -- and that's with them facing only three notable ones all season. Not surprisingly, the last two of those three crushed them. The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 13, and the 49ers' Vernon Davis had three catches for 88 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 5.
Given the number of targets he's gotten in recent weeks, Fleener has become fairly notable himself. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all have him in their top 10 tight ends for this week, with Dave slotting him fourth.
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December 10, 2013
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