Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week 15

Taylor SmithAnalyst IDecember 17, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The fantasy football season is coming down to the wire, and teams interested in resting players for the playoffs could mean trouble for your fantasy squad.

Not to fear, this week's helping of fantasy football risers and fallers should calm your nerves.

Don't expect any of the teams with solid playoff positioning to be resting anybody this week, so leave all your worrying for next week.


Frank Gore-RB-San Francisco 49ers

It's been an up-and-down year for Frank Gore, a player with a reputation as a steady, bruising back that will quietly put up some numbers.

After going MIA for a couple of weeks, Gore broke out in Monday night's win over the Cardinals, rushing for 167 yards on 25 carries with a score.

While he likely won't rack up that kind of yardage this weekend against Philadelphia, Gore is worthy of a start.

Knowshon Moreno-RB-Denver Broncos

Moreno has been the league's most consistent rookie running back all season long, and he's done it completely under the radar.

Against the Chiefs two weeks ago, he rushed for 86 yards with a pair of scores.

With a matchup against the Raiders this Sunday, expect Moreno to finally make some headlines.

Jamaal Charles-RB-Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs play the Browns in what could be one of the NFL all-time stinkers, but your fantasy team doesn't have to suffer. 

In case you missed it (which you probably did, because the Chiefs were playing the Bills), Charles racked up 143 yards on the ground with a touchdown last week.

While the Bills are the league's worst rush defense, the Browns aren't much of an improvement.

Don't be surprised if Charles runs wild again, so start him.

Laurence Maroney-RB-New England Patriots

Maroney is a tough call every week because of his lack of consistency.

However, he's racked up eight touchdowns so far this season, and against the aforementioned awful Bills' run defense this weekend, expect him to add to that total.

He's worth starting just for the near certainty that he'll be able to find pay dirt.

Anquan Boldin-WR-Arizona Cardinals

Boldin is considered a "riser" despite catching just five passes for 40 yards in Monday night's debacle at San Francisco.


Because the Cardinals travel to Detroit this weekend.

The Lions can't stop anybody, and if Larry Fitzgerald is limited or out with a knee injury, Boldin will see more footballs flying his way.

Not that you'd be benching him, anyway, but just be sure to keep him in the lineup.


Roddy White-WR-Atlanta Falcons

Attribute White's status as a "faller" this week to Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

Revis has made a name for himself this season, having shut down several of the league's top pass-catchers.

While he may not be assigned to White all day long Sunday, evidence has shown that it hasn't been a wise move to depend on a guy facing Revis.

Start Roddy White if you must, but don't expect him to light up the scoreboard.

Percy Harvin-WR-Minnesota Vikings

This has nothing to do with Harvin's migraines that kept him out of last week's game against the Bengals.

The Vikes will be facing the Panthers this weekend, a team that ranks sixth in the league against the pass.

If Harvin is able to play, it would be risky to expect much from him.

LaDanian Tomlinson-RB-San Diego Chargers

Tomlinson, while he's been getting into the end zone in short yardage situations on a consistent basis, has brought nothing to the table all season long in terms of yardage.

The way Philip Rivers and the Chargers throw the ball, I wouldn't put much stock into any running back out there.

A matchup with the Bengals doesn't help LT much, either.

LeSean McCoy-RB-Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy won't see the field much if Brian Westbrook returns this week, but even if he doesn't, it seems unlikely that McCoy will be able to do much damage.

He ran for just 28 yards on 10 carries last week against the Giants, and now will have to face the 49ers, another solid run defense.

I wouldn't play him.

Mike Bell-RB-New Orleans Saints

Bell was hurt last week, and, with how well Reggie Bush filled-in, it would be risky to trot Bell out there against the Cowboys Saturday night.

While he may get a few touches, he likely won't get enough to do much damage.

Sit him.


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