Week 15 Fantasy Heroes and Villains – Fantasy Playoffs Edition
It’s playoff time and with so much riding on the weekend’s games, it was vital for each fantasy owner to make the right line-up calls or it would have been one and done on the weekend.
Hopefully, you didn’t leave the likes of Dennis Pitta and James Jones on the bench, like one so-called expert in my league did.
Maybe you had the audacity to start Kirk Cousins and ride his coattails to the next round of the playoffs. Such line-up calls make or break a team’s season.
Let’s take a look at this week’s heroes and villains.
Russell Wilson: 39 Fantasy Points
Wilson continues to impress and will push RG3 for Rookie of the Year honours. He accounted for four touchdowns against the Bills. The quarterback finished with 14 of 23 for 205 yards with a touchdown pass and had 92 rush yards on nine carries. Seattle ran all over a hapless Buffalo defense, as it posted 50 points for the second straight game. Wilson rushed for first-half scores of 14, 25 and 13 yards to be Week 15′s scoring leader.
Drew Brees: 29 Fantasy Points
A man that has carried a team surrounded by scandal and without their usual head coach all year, Brees can be forgiven for the odd bad game, but more often than not he dominates. On Sunday vs Tampa Bay, he was at his usual best in the 41-0 rout. He completed 26 of 39 attempts for 307 yards and four touchdowns to all but diminish Tampa’s hopes of participating in the playoffs.
Adrian Peterson: 27 Fantasy Points
A man on a mission. Peterson is aiming to take the Vikings to the play-offs and to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing-yards record of 2,105. He’s now 294 yards shy of breaking that record and had two games to do it. On Sunday against the Rams, he ran for another 212 yards from 24 carries and had an 82 yard rushing touchdown.
Blair Walsh: 25 Fantasy Points
Its quite rare to have a kicker in our heroes and villains article, but Blair Walsh had a game to remember. Minnesota’s rookie kicker connected on five field goals (50, 38, 42, 53, and 51) and three extra points. An honourable mention must also go out to Sebastian Janikowski who also scored 20 Fantasy points and all of Oakland’s points in their 15-0 win over Kansas City.
Dennis Pitta: 24 Fantasy Points
With Cam Cameron fired last week, some predicted that we might see a different Baltimore offense. One player that benefited from the change was Dennis Pitta. Pitta exploded for his best fantasy day of the season finishing with seven receptions for 125 yards with two touchdowns.
Mark Sanchez: -1 Fantasy Point
Being a New York Giants fan, its only natural that I’m a Sanchez hater and its almost laughable that the Jets decided to offer him an extension on his contract in the offseason. Another terrible performance against the Tennessee Titans at home, as he threw away any chance the Jets had of making the playoffs. Completed only 13 of 28 for 131 yards for one touchdown and four interceptions.
Jamaal Charles: 2 Fantasy Points
Its either feast or famine with Charles as he continues to be the most unpredictable back in fantasy football. Coming off three straight games with at least 100 rushing yards, he was held to 10 yards on nine carries and had three receptions for 18 yards. All this against the Oakland Raiders……..
Doug Martin: 2 Fantasy Points
Martin picked a bad time to have his worst game of the season for fantasy owners. The Saints stifled Martin and the whole Tampa Bay offense holding them scoreless. Martin’s output: a dismal 16 rushing yards on nine carries and 3 receptions for 19 yards.
Matthew Stafford: 3 Fantasy Points
Another player that picked a bad time to have his worst game of the year. Against a team that had lost their last nine games going into Week 15, Stafford threw three interceptions and no touchdowns as the Lions got pummelled by Arizona 38-10.
Eli Manning: 2 Fantasy Points
After torching New Orleans last week, fantasy owners would have been confident in starting Manning this week. However, it was bad from the get go, as Manning was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game and it was all downhill from there, as the Giants were shut-out. Manning finished with 13 of 25 for 161 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
How did everyone go in the playoffs? Secure that all important playoff victory?