Week 15 Fantasy Headlines:
R. White, Cruz, Rice, Martin & Other Studs Disappoint A. Peterson Marches Closer to 2K Yards M. Ryan & J. Jones Help Falcons Blank Big Blue Cousins Lifts Redskins With a 300-Yard Game Kaepernick Burns Patriots With 4 TD Passes Freeman, Martin and Bucs Offense Bomb Big Time R. Wilson Runs For Three Scores Another 50-Point Outing For the Seahawks Lions Crash & Burn Against the Cardinals A. Rodgers Bounces Back; Bombs the Bears Chiefs Fail To Score On NFL's Worst Defense Another 100-Yard Game for K. Moreno
Game Summaries & Fantasy Commentary:
Thursday Night Game:
Fantasy Focus -- Cincinnati Bengals: BenJarvus Green-Ellis (25-106-1 rushing and 0-0-0 receiving), who notched his fourth 100-yard rushing game in the last five weeks, was the lone bright spot on a Cincinnati offense that looked out of synch most of the evening.
Andy Dalton (13/27 for 127-1-0 passing and 8-18-1 rushing) failed to exploit a sagging Philadelphia Eagles secondary, struggling with his accuracy and looking tentative at times. Dalton also was sacked six times by an Eagles defense that gave us a long-overdue display of its true pass-rushing prowess. The "Red Rifle" salvaged his lackluster fantasy outing with a rushing touchdown.
A.J. Green (6-57-1 on 10 targets) caught Dalton's only scoring strike of the evening -- it was Green's first end-zone visit since Week 11 -- and the two just missed hooking up again on a potential touchdown grab. By the way, Green was the only Bengals receiver to catch a pass. Jermaine Gresham (6-63-0 on nine targets) topped the team in receiving yards. He and Dalton also just missed hooking up on a touchdown reception; Gresham made the catch in the end zone late in the game but couldn't get both feet down in bounds. Andrew Hawkins was targeted just one time while Marvin Jones received four looks.
On defense, Cincinnati allowed 13 offensive points, amassed one sack, one interception and four recovered fumbles (one was returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Wallace Gilberry).
Fantasy Tip: I suspect some of the struggling Cincinnati fantasy stars were looking past the Eagles to their big Week 16 AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Unfortunately, that matchup against the Steelers looks like a tough one for Dalton, Green, Green-Ellis and Gresham. When the two teams squared off back in Week 7, the Steelers easily contained all...