Joe Flacco— Ravens at Lions
A Baltimore football team has not won in Detroit since the Colts beat the Lions 10-9 in 1980. While that streak may last for another few years, Flacco has a favorable match-up. He has thrown for a score in eight consecutive games and has Dennis Pitta back. The Lions are ranked 25th against the pass, allowing more than 250 yards per game in the air. With Pitta back, there is more receiving space for Ray Rice, who has not been a factor in the passing game up until last Sunday. With Pitta and Rice being able to complement his downfield game, the Lions will not be able to defend Flacco. He will throw for at least a couple of touchdowns and 260 yards.
Steven Jackson— Falcons vs. Redskins
Jackson was supposed to lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl. While that will not happen, he does have a favorable match-up against the Redskins in Week 15. Jackson has averaged 20 touches and 80 yards in his last three games. Couple that with the fact that the Redskins allow a league-high 19 rushing scores, and this has the makings of a solid fantasy afternoon for Jackson.
Donald Brown— Colts vs. Houston
The Colts have to get balance in their offense; they will focus on running the ball this week. The Houston run defense has started to wear down, allowing an average of 122 yards on the ground in their last four games. They are allowing just below five yards per carry. Brown averaged eight yards a carry in Week Nine against Houston. Brown will score in a “run first” Colts offensive game-plan Sunday.
Jarrett Boykin— Packers at Cowboys
The Cowboys are allowing 298 yards per game through the air and have given up ten scoring throws in their last three games. Any receiver facing them should have a good fantasy day. Even with Matt Flynn still at quarterback, the Packers should pile up the passing yards. Boykin will see his share of passes thrown his way and will score.
Emmanuel Sanders— Steelers vs. Bengals
Sanders has been very productive as of late— in his last three games he has 16 receptions and has scored in each of them. The Bengals’ pass defense has been tough this year, but has allowed six scoring throws and an average of 275 passing yards a game in their last three contests. Sanders will score Sunday.
Brent Celek—Eagles at Vikings
Nick Foles effectively spreads the ball around to his receivers. With that, you really are not able to count on any one Eagles receiver to be a consistent fantasy scorer. Still, Celek has a nice match-up ahead of him. The Vikings have allowed 26 receptions and four touchdowns to the tight end in their last four games. While Celek does get limited snaps, he is in there when they get near the goal-line and Foles is finding the open receiver.