High hopes for Jamaal Charles heading into Week 15
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will look to keep his recent success going on the road against the Raiders in Week 15.
Charles rushed for a season-high 151 on 19 carries on a snowy FedEx Field in Week 14 against the Redskins. He has rushed for at least 90 yards in four of his last five games, totaling 528 yards and four touchdowns on the ground over that span. He rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and caught five passes for 50 yards in his previous meeting against the Raiders in Week 6.
Charles will face an Oakland defense that has allowed 105.9 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 12th this season. Opposing running backs have scored 17.08 Fantasy points per game this season against the Raiders.
Charles has arguably been the best Fantasy back this season, so it would be foolish to keep him on your bench. All of our Fantasy experts have him ranked either first or second this week against the Raiders.
Cam Newton ready to bounce back against lowly Jets
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will be seeking a bounce-back performance in Week 15 against the Jets.
For the third time in five games, Newton was held under 200 passing yards in Week 14 against the Saints. He was limited to 160 yards and one touchdown in a 31-13 loss to New Orleans. He has averaged 195 passing yards over that five-game stretch.
Newton will face a New York defense that has permitted 254.9 yards through the air this season, which is the ninth most allowed in the league this season. Opposing quarterbacks have scored 20.85 Fantasy points per game this season against the Jets.
This is the perfect matchup to get Newton back on track. All our Fantasy experts have him ranked in the Top 5 this week. Consider him a must-start Fantasy option for Week 15.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has thrown for multiple touchdowns in each of his last four games. He'll look to keep that trend going heading into Sunday's contest against the Raiders in Week 15.
Smith completed 14 of 20 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns on a snowy FedEx Field field against the Redskins in Week 14. His 20 pass attempts were a season-low, so we expect Smith's numbers to look better in Week 15. The Raiders have allowed 250.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 23rd this season. Opposing quarterbacks have scored 21.15 Fantasy points per game this season against the Raiders, which is the fifth most allowed this season.
Smith was held out of the end zone in his previous meeting this season against the Raiders, but we expect him do better this time around. Still, the 29-year-old has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game this season, so we're not expecting a breakout game either. Consider him a low-end starting option for Week 15.
Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin will look to stay sharp, although he may lose some snaps heading into a difficult matchup in Week 15 against the Chiefs.
McGloin threw for multiple touchdowns for the second time this season in Week 14 against the Jets. He's been named the starter but the Raiders have not ruled out using Terrelle Pryor in a few drives as part of the gameplan.
McGloin will face a Kansas City defense that has allowed 244.6 passing yards per game, which ranks 19th in the league. Opposing quarterbacks have scored 18.00 Fantasy points per game against the Chiefs this season. McGloin should not be viewed as a reliable option for Week 15.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith snapped out of his offensive funk last week against the Raiders, but he may not have what it takes to keep things going in a difficult matchup against the Panthers in Week 15.
Smith completed 16 of 25 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Week 14 against Oakland. He'll face a Carolina defense that has allowed only 216.8 passing yards per game, which is the fifth fewest allowed this season. Opposing quarterbacks have scored 12.08 Fantasy points per game against the Panthers this season.
Smith has only thrown for multiple touchdowns twice this season and has been way too unreliable to trust. Fantasy owners should avoid Smith for Week 14.
The Broncos inactive list for Week 15 against the Chargers is heavy with injured players Thursday, as wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion), defensive back Champ Bailey (foot), running back C.J. Anderson (illness) and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe (illness) were all unable to play Thursday.
Additionally, quarterback Zac Dysert and offensive linemen Chris Kuper and J.D. Walton were not in uniform for the game.
Johnny Patrick lone injured Chargers player inactive
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
Chargers defensive back Johnny Patrick (ankle) is the only player on the injured list unable to play in Thursday's game against the Broncos in Week 15.
Defensive linemen Lawrence Guy (toe), Sean Lissemore (toe) and Corey Liuget (knee) along with defensive back Shareece Wright (foot) and linebacker Jarret Johnson (hand) were all able to play through their issues.
The Broncos defense is mostly in good shape health-wise, with just two injured players unable to take the field in Week 15 against the Chargers. Among those listed on the injury report, defensive lineman Malik Jackson and defensive backs Omar Bolden (shoulder), David Bruton (shoulder) and Mike Adams (thumb) are all active for Thursday's game.
Broncos offensive role players Joel Dreessen (knee) and Trindon Holliday (shoulder) are both active for Week 15 against the Chargers Thursday, as expected. Both players were considered probable for the game after getting through the week in practice.