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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
Pitta boosts Flacco's Fantasy value, but not enough to make him a starter. Flacco still has more turnovers (19) than touchdowns (18), and he hasn't thrown for 300 yards since Week 6.
The Lions rank in the middle of the pack defending quarterbacks, giving up 18.3 Fantasy points per game. In seven career games against NFC North opponents, Flacco has averaged 248 passing yards with 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He hasn't faced the Lions since 2009.
As is the case nearly every week, play Flacco only as a QB2.Analysis:
Despite the high ranking, the Texans have gotten burned by plenty of quarterbacks this season, allowing 23 touchdown passes while recording an NFL-low five interceptions. They've faced the Jaguars two of the last three weeks, which has certainly helped pad their stats, but against the Patriots in Week 13, they allowed 371 yards and two touchdowns to Tom Brady.
Luck himself had no trouble against the Texans in Week 9. In fact, from a Fantasy perspective, it was his third-best game of the season. He threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Granted, it was a more competitive game than the Texans have played in recent weeks, which required Luck to put up big numbers, but given Trent Richardson's struggles, the Colts are learning they have to rely on Luck's arm to win games.
Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both expect Luck to pick up where he left off, ranking him among their top-10 quarterbacks, but he's no lock. Nathan Zegura ranks him only 14th.Analysis:
Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in seven of his last nine games. He's been held to less than 20 Fantasy points just three times in his last nine games.
The Giants did have a run of games from Week 7 through Week 11 where they held quarterbacks to less than 10 Fantasy points over a four-game span. But quarterbacks have averaged 22 Fantasy points in the last three games against the Giants, so the defense is starting to have its problems again. Through the first six games this season, quarterbacks were averaging 27 Fantasy points per week against New York.
The 49ers were a tough matchup for Wilson, who has combined to total 23 Fantasy points in two games against the NFC West foe. The Giants won't be as difficult of a matchup, so consider Wilson a viable Fantasy start in all formats Week 15.Analysis:
But Campbell has to go up against a Bears defense in Week 15 that has allowed an opposing quarterback to score 20 points just once in the last four games. And only one quarterback in the last four has passed for more than 167 yards against Chicago. This is mainly due to Chicago's run defense, which is the worst in the league -- so passing isn't necessary in most instances.
To counter that, there's the "playing against his former team" element. Campbell spent 2012 with the Bears and could find a little extra motivation for this game. And for something a little more tangible, there's this -- Campbell has passed for multiple touchdowns in three of his last four non-concussed games. Also, he has Josh Gordon to throw to.
Still, this all adds up to Campbell being more of a top-16 option, not top-12. And with advancement in the playoffs on the line, Campbell may not be a risk worth taking this late in the season.
Generally speaking, the Colts have been middle-of-the-road against the pass. They've allowed 241.5 passing yards per game and have given up the 13th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. They've also failed to generate much of a pass rush over their last six games, averaging 1.5 sacks.
Still, averaging just 192.5 passing yards with two touchdowns to four interceptions over his last four games, Keenum is a risky start regardless of the matchup. Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Dave Richard ranks him the highest at 20th among quarterbacks.Analysis: