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FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 15

Fantasy FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 15

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1 Comment Rick S says Joe Flacco needs to pick apart the Lions defensive backs in the passing game. Get a good lead and then use a balance of running and passing to burn up the cloc

Quarterback

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.

Running Back

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.

Wide Receiver

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.

Tight End

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.

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Kurt Backert

About Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son. More from Kurt Backert
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Rick S
Rick S

Joe Flacco needs to pick apart the Lions defensive backs in the passing game. Get a good lead and then use a balance of running and passing to burn up the clock while still aggressively putting points on the board.

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