Tom Brady hoping to overcome late-game interception
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a late-game interception his last time out, will look to bounce back in a difficult road matchup against the Ravens in Week 16.
Despite falling short of a come-from-behind win, Brady still managed to pass for 364 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against Miami. He has thrown for at least 344 yards and two touchdowns in each of his last four games.
Unfortunately for Brady, he'll be facing a Baltimore defense that allowed 235 yards, including one touchdown and three interceptions to Matthew Stafford in Week 15. The Ravens have not allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 275 yards over the last eight games. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged only 16.57 Fantasy points per game this season.
Brady is in the midst of his best stretch of games this season, so it may be foolish to keep him on your bench. Consider him a solid starting option in most formats for Week 16.
Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has only failed to reach 10 yards receiving twice this season; last week against the Patriots, and Week 7 against the Bills. He will be looking to bounce back in Week 16, when the Dolphins look to avenge the earlier loss to the Bills.
Clay had just one reception for 7 yards when Miami lost to the Bills in Week 7, but he made it count, at least, scoring his third touchdown of the season. He has six overall on the season, and will be looking to add to that total, against a Bills' defense that has failed to cover tight ends well recently.
Of the eight touchdowns tight ends have scored against the Bills this season, four have come over the last four games. That bodes well for Clay, who has emerged as one of Ryan Tannehill's favorite targets. Each of our three Fantasy experts has Clay among the top-10 for tight ends, so consider him a solid option for Week 16.
Brian Hartline approaching second 1,000-yard season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline doesn't have the best track record against the Bills in his career, as he has yet to reach 70 yards in seven career games against the AFC East foe. He will try to end that streak in Week 16, when the Dolphins face the Bills in Buffalo Sunday.
Hartline has topped out at 69 yards against the Bills twice, including in a Week 7 matchup earlier this season. The Bills haven't exactly lit the world on fire against wide receivers this season, allowing 24.6 Fantasy points per game, however that number is just 15.0 in the last six games heading into Sunday.
Hartline is nearing his second straight 1,000-yard season, and could reach that milestone with 75 yards Sunday. Unfortunately, he has topped that total just three times this season, and not at all in his career against the Bills. He should be considered more of a low-end Fantasy option at this point.
Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace has finally found his stride over the last few weeks, a good sign for Miami as they battle for a playoff spot. He will look to keep it up in Week 16, when the Dolphins head to Buffalo to face the Bills Sunday.
Wallace has three touchdowns over the last four games, and is averaging 83.3 yards per game in that span. He had a solid performance against the Bills the last time these two teams faced off, hauling in five passes for 76 yards, who hopefully he can keep that up against a defense that allows the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
Given how poorly he started the season, Fantasy owners might be hesitant to trust Wallace in a big game. However, all three of our Fantasy experts have Wallace ranked in the top-25 for wide receivers for Week 16, so he can be considered a solid starting Fantays option.
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is looking to over come an knee injury and his rise in drops heading into Sunday's home game against the Giants in Week 16.
Johnson nearly cracked the 100-yard mark but did not look like his old self, as he had a couple of crucial drops in the second half that could have altered the outcome of Monday's loss to the Ravens in Week 15. He tallied 98 yards on six catches and 14 targets against Baltimore. He has 10 drops in 13 games this year and dropped 14 passes in 16 games last season.
The Giants have not allowed a 100-yard receiver since Week 11 against Green Bay (Jordy Nelson). Luckily for Johnson, the Giants have allowed three touchdowns to wide receivers over the last two games. Opposing wide receivers have scored 17.57 Fantasy points per game this season against the Giants.
Fantasy owners will have to keep an eye on Johnson's injury status leading up to the game. If he is active, he should be viewed as a must-start Fantasy option, especially for those playing in a championship game on Sunday.
The Dolphins haven't had both of their running backs healthy often in recent weeks, but when they have, it is pretty clear who the top option has been. Heading into Week 16 against the Bills, Lamar Miller has touched the ball at least 14 times in three of the last four games, with the lone exception coming when he left with a concussion.
Miller should once again be the team's first option out of the backfield Sunday, and he gets to work against a defense that has looked vulnerable recently. Over the last five games, the Bills have given up six rushing touchdowns to running backs, and are allowing 22.0 Fantasy points per game in that span.
Miller hasn't topped 10 Fantasy points in any of the last six games, so he clearly hasn't been the most productive option around. Still, running backs who get nearly 15 touches a game aren't falling from the sky nowadays, so he remains a viable low-end starting Fantasy option for Week 16.
The last time the Dolphins faced the Bills, in a Week 7 loss, the team was still trying to figure out exactly how they wanted to split the workload in the backfield. That week, it was Daniel Thomas getting the bigger share of the workload, finishing with 60 yards on 12 carries. Should Fantasy owners expect him to see a similar share in Week 16?
Thomas has played a solid role recently, scoring three times in the last four games. Unfortunately, he has also topped 10 carries just once in that span, as the team has proven more willing to get Lamar Miller involved in the offense.
Though both players have dealt with injuries recently, Thomas rushed the ball just five times in Week 15, with both active. Thomas seems entrenched as the change-of-pace back in Miami's offense, limiting his Fantasy utility to weeks when he finds the end zone. The Bills have allowed six touchdowns to running backs over the last five games, but Thomas' limited role makes him a risky play for Week 16.
Week 7 against the Bills proved to be a turning point for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as he put up the first three-touchdown game of his career, launching a stretch that has seen him toss multiple scores in six of the last nine games. He will look for continued success against the Bills in Week 16, in an important game for the Dolphins' playoff chances.
Tannehill has been exquisite in the last nine games, starting with that loss to the Bills. He has 18 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in that span, while passing for 249.3 yards per game and completing 62.2 percent of his passes. He does face a somewhat stiff test if he wants to avenge that earlier loss, as the Bills remain a top-10 defense in terms of Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.
Over the last six games, no quarterback has reached 20 Fantasy points against the Bills. Given the strength of the Bills' defense, Tannehill remains more of a low-end starting option, despite his recent success.
Reggie Bush could be in line for another monster game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Lions running back Reggie Bush will look to extend his scoring streak to three games heading into Sunday's home game against the Giants.
Bush, who returned from a one-week absence due to a calf injury, had 17 carries for 86 yards with a touchdown and caught two of four targets for 15 yards. He has scored in each of his last two games played. He's rushed for 203 yards on 37 carries and caught seven passes for 80 yards over that span.
Luckily for Bush, the Giants have allowed a rushing touchdown in four of the last five games. New York has allowed 107.4 yards per game on the ground this season. Opposing running backs have averaged 16.14 Fantasy points per game this season against the Giants.
There should be no reason to bench Bush this week. Consider him a must-start Fantasy option for Week 16.
Matthew Stafford still viewed as must-start option
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford may be in line for a bounce back performance in Week 16 against the Giants.
Stafford threw three second-half interceptions and a late-game touchdown against the Ravens in Week 15. He was limited to 235 yards in an 18-16 loss. 13 of Stafford's 17 interceptions have come at home this season. Stafford has still managed to average 329.4 passing yards through seven games at Ford Field.
The Giants have allowed only one 300-yard passer over the last nine games. New York has yielded 229.0 passing yards per game this season. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 18.57 Fantasy points per game this season against the Giants.
Our Fantasy experts still have Stafford ranked in their Top 5 for Week 16. Consider him a must-start Fantasy option against the Giants.