Fantasy Football Week 15: NFL Player Breakdowns

Keet Bailey@@KeetBaileyCorrespondent IIDecember 14, 2010

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Many people will be searching for replacements for Aaron Rodgers, and maybe even Brett Favre. It’s possible that you are also finally excited that Felix Jones and Jonathan Stewart are starting to produce and you want to see if they’ll continue.

Well, look no further than our Week 15 Player Breakdowns by match up.

San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers (Thursday Night)

San Francisco 49ers

QB Alex Smith: Smith played very well against a bad Seattle secondary. Don’t expect him to repeat those numbers in Week 15. **

RB Brian Westbrook: Westbrook’s only real value in Week 15 is in PPR. **

RB Anthony Dixon: Dixon will be more of a goal line back with Frank Gore done for the season. There’s some value here. **

WR Michael Crabtree: Crabtree accounted for just one of Alex Smith’s 255 yards passing. I’d bench him this week. **

WR Josh Morgan: Morgan is still limited in value despite having a very respectable Week 13. **

TE Vernon Davis: With Alex Smith back, Davis should see more targets. Get him back in. ***

San Francisco Defense: I’m sitting the 49ers against Philip Rivers and Co. *

Key Note: Frank Gore has been placed on IR, effective Week 13.

San Diego Chargers

QB Philip Rivers: Look for Rivers to rebound against San Fran. ****

RB Ryan Mathews: I wouldn’t recommend starting Mathews in anything higher than the Flex. His 65 yards and a touchdown was encouraging though. ***

RB Mike Tolbert: Tolbert will keep seeing the carries, and has a good chance in the red zone. ***

WR Malcolm Floyd: Keep plugging Floyd in. He had a very good Week 14.  ****

WR Vincent Jackson: Jackson experienced no setbacks and should be a bigger factor in Week 15. Risk him at the Flex. ***

WR Legedu Naanee: I’ll pass on Naanee with Jackson and Floyd leading the charge. **

WR Seyi Ajirotutu: Tutu won’t see much time on the field with Jackson back. Time to bench. *

TE Antonio Gates: Gates sat out again. I’d be surprised if he sat out his fourth game this season. ***

San Diego Defense: SD’s defense has a favorable match up. ****

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB David Garrard: Garrard is just too inconsistent for fantasy. However, he has a favorable match up.***

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: There’s no reason to sit MJD. He hasn’t missed the 100 yard mark since Week 7. *****

WR Mike Sims-Walker: No thanks to MSW in any week. **

WR Mike Thomas: Thomas is a solid Flex play in PPR leagues. ***

TE Marcedes Lewis: The match up is nice for Lewis, but Garrard will struggle. ***

Jacksonville Defense: Keep the Jags' defense on the bench every week. *

Indianapolis Colts

QB Peyton Manning: Manning is back. Make sure he’s your starter from here on out. *****

RB Joseph Addai: I don’t think Addai comes back. If he does, however, he’s a Flex player at most. **

RB Donald Brown: Brown really doesn’t do much. He’s a potential Flex option in very deep leagues. **

RB Mike Hart: Hart is battling some nagging injuries. It may be best to sit him. **

RB Javarris James: James keeps getting red zone touches and touchdowns. There’s some value in touchdown only leagues. ***

WR Reggie Wayne: Keep plugging Wayne in. ****

WR Austin Collie: Collie could be cleared to play on Sunday, but don’t get too excited yet. **

WR Pierre Garcon: Garcon is a Flex option going forward. ***

WR Blair White: White has good Flex value with Collie out and in PPR. ***

TE Jacob Tamme: Tamme should continue to be plugged in. ***

Indianapolis Defense: I’m not crazy about starting the Colts' defense any week. *

Key Note: Dallas Clark is out for the season with a wrist injury. Anthony Gonzalez was placed on the IR.  

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

Houston Texans

QB Matt Schaub: Schaub has a favorable match up here. He’s a high end QB2 this week. *** 

RB Arian Foster: Give me Foster to have a big day. ****

WR Andre Johnson: Johnson maintains excellent fantasy value. ****

WR Kevin Walter: Inconsistency tells me to stay away from Walter. **

WR Jacoby Jones: Jones was very productive in Week 14. He could have deeper league Flex value, but it's still minimal. **

TE Owen Daniels: I’d pass on Daniels the rest of the season, unless he magically becomes 100 percent, which won’t happen. *

TE Joel Dreessen: Dreessen is a nice option when Daniels sits out, especially in PPR. ***

Texans Defense: I can’t start this defense so long as they continue to give up touchdown after touchdown. *

Tennessee Titans

QB Kerry Collins: If you need a QB2, Collins is your guy this week against a poor defense. ***

RB Chris Johnson: Johnson will continue his Week 13 efforts. ****

WR Randy Moss: I’d start benching Moss if you haven’t already. *

WR Kenny Britt: Britt was targeted eight times in Week 14, and should be a Flex option. ***

WR Nate Washington: Washington makes for a solid Flex with Collins back. ***

TE Bo Scaife: Scaife caught two touchdowns in Week 14. But I still wouldn’t recommend a start. **

Tennessee Defense: I’ll pass against Arian Foster and the Texans' offense. **

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions

QB Shaun Hill: Hill still hasn’t been practicing, but he could be a sleeper if he plays in Week 15. Look for Stanton to start, however. *

QB Drew Stanton: Stanton has low end QB2 value assuming he starts in Week 15. ***

RB Jahvid Best: Week 14 was a bit of a letdown. I wouldn’t start Best the rest of the season. **

RB Maurice Morris: Morris could have a solid game against a weak run defense. He’ll get in the end zone at least once. ***

WR Calvin Johnson: Megatron will rebound in Week 15. Johnson still has excellent value regardless of the quarterback. ****

WR Nate Burleson: I’d bench Burleson until Hill comes back. **

TE Brandon Pettigrew: I’d consider benching Pettigrew. Stanton seems to be looking more downfield than anything. ***

Detroit Defense: I’ll pass on this defense, although they shut down the Packers who were without Aaron Rodgers for most of the game. *

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Josh Freeman: He won’t light up the scoreboard, but the match up is very favorable. ***

RB Carnell Williams: Williams is only valuable in PPR leagues as a Flex, being the 3rd down back. **

RB LaGarette Blount: Blount is somewhat risky this week, but he seems to take advantage of run defenses that he shouldn’t do well against. ***

WR Mike Williams: Williams was shut down in Week 14. Look for him to rebound in Week 15. ****

WR Arrelious Benn: Benn had a very solid Week 14. But we want to see more consistency from the rookie. ***

TE Kellen Winslow: Winslow has been scoring as of late. But he’s too risky to play on a weekly basis. **

Tampa Bay Defense: They are a risky pick this week. Losing a few more starters on defense definitely doesn't help. **

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

QB Jake Delhomme: Delhomme’s fantasy value is virtually non-existent. *

RB Peyton Hillis: Hillis should have a solid day against a struggling Bengals run defense. ****

WR Mohamed Massaquoi: Mass is improving, but he’s too inconsistent to play in fantasy. *

WR Brian Robiskie: Robiskie finally caught a few passes. Don’t waste a roster spot on him though. *

TE Ben Watson: Despite Watson’s goose egg in Week 14, I still like him going forward. ***

Cleveland Defense: I won’t trust this defense the rest of the year. They’re just too inconsistent, although they haven’t given up more than around 26 points all season. **

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Carson Palmer: Palmer will turn the ball over, but he should be able to score a few times. ***

RB Cedric Benson: Benson has Flex value in Week 15, but he could explode. ***

WR Chad Ochocinco: Ochocinco has made a few plays in the last few weeks. He’s a decent Flex option.  ***

WR Terrell Owens: Owens is worth a start almost every week. He’s finding ways to score. ****

WR Jordan Shipley: Shipley’s value lies in PPR leagues. **

TE Jermaine Gresham: Gresham is inconsistent. There are better options. **

Cincinnati Defense: Cincinnati’s defense just isn’t playing well at all in 2010, but they get to go up against Jake Delhomme. ***

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick’s value has dropped quite a bit. He’s a mid-grade QB2 this week. ***

RB C.J. Spiller: Spiller may see an increased workload. But it’s not enough for a fantasy start. **

RB Fred Jackson: The Dolphins are playing well against the run. I’d consider benching or  Flex at the most. ***

WR Lee Evans: Evans will likely be shut down for the season with an ankle injury. *

WR Steve Johnson: Johnson has Flex value at the most going forward. ***

WR Donald Jones: Jones will see an increased workload with Lee Evans out. **

TE Shawn Nelson/Jonathan Stupar: Buffalo rarely targets tight ends. *

Buffalo Defense: No thanks to the Buffalo defense in any week. *

Miami Dolphins

QB Chad Henne: Henne could have a solid game, but judging by his last few weeks, I’ll pass on him. **

RB Ronnie Brown: Brown is good for about 50 yards a game. But the match up is favorable. ***

RB Ricky Williams: Williams could play well if given the carries. Buffalo can’t stop the run. ***

WR Brandon Marshall: Marshall should be sat with a struggling Henne. **

WR Davone Bess: Bess could have a solid day, but the QB play has been weak as of late. ***

TE Anthony Fasano: Fasano is very risky. **

Miami Defense: Miami’s defense is a nice sleeper this week against a struggling Bills offense going without Lee Evans. ***

Key Note: Brian Hartline has been placed on the IR.

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Washington Redskins

QB Donovan McNabb: He will turn the ball over, but he can still put points on the board. The match up is favorable as well. ***

RB Ryan Torain: Torain should be lined up in your Flex spot. ***

RB Keiland Williams: Williams will be more of a 3rd down back with Torain back. **

WR Santana Moss: I still like Santana Moss as a Flex option. ***

WR Anthony Armstrong: Armstrong has become a decent Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

TE Chris Cooley: Cooley isn’t a bad start most weeks. He’ll continue to see receptions. ***

Washington Defense: I’ll pass on Washington’s defense. *

Key Note: Clinton Portis has been placed on the IR, effective Week 12.

Dallas Cowboys

QB Jon Kitna: Kitna is a low end QB1 this week against a bad defense. ****

RB Felix Jones: Felix is making plays in the air and on the ground. I like him as a Flex back. ***

RB Marion Barber: There’s no reason to rush Barber back. He may sit again with Choice and Jones playing well enough. *

RB Tashard Choice: Choice is a deep league Flex player at the most. The match up is favorable, however. ***

WR Miles Austin: Austin will rebound this week against a banged up secondary in Washington. ****

WR Roy E. Williams: Williams should fare a bit better in Week 15, but he won’t do much. **

TE Jason Witten: Witten is a great option with Dez Bryant out. ****

Dallas Defense: Dallas just gives up way too many points. **

Key note: Dez Bryant is on the IR with a fractured right fibula.

New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens

New Orleans Saints

QB Drew Brees: Brees continues to be a great start, even against a tough defense. ****

RB Pierre Thomas: Thomas should be sat here. He won’t see a lot of touches, and faces a tough run defense. **

RB Reggie Bush: Bush was never valuable in fantasy as it is. I don’t see that changing. *

RB Chris Ivory: Ivory could be shut down in Week 15. ***

WR Marques Colston: Keep Colston in your WR2 spot at the least. ****

WR Lance Moore: I’d keep Lance in the Flex in PPR at the least. ***

WR Devery Henderson: Henderson finally made a few plays. The inconsistency is scary. **

WR Robert Meachem: Meachem is frustrating. One week he can score two touchdowns, the next he’ll be invisible. Start at your own risk. **

TE Jeremy Shockey: Jimmy Graham seems to be stealing the spotlight. I’ll pass on Shockey. **

TE Jimmy Graham: Graham is making a few plays here and there. Not a bad sleeper if you’re desperate for a TE. ***

New Orleans: Their defense is solid, but Baltimore can score points. Start at your own risk. ***

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco: This is a weak match up for Flacco, so I’d recommend him as a high end QB2 at the most. ***

RB Ray Rice: Rice should still be a solid RB2 against the Saints. ****

RB Willis McGahee: He’s terribly inconsistent. No thanks. *

WR Anquan Boldin: Boldin is still a solid start, and finds ways to make plays. ****

WR Derrick Mason: The match up isn’t as favorable and Mason could be a non-factor in this game. **

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh: He just doesn’t play a big enough role in the Baltimore offense to start in fantasy. **

TE Todd Heap: Heap could sit out in Week 15 as well. *

Baltimore Defense: This is a risky play against Drew Brees, but it will be a very intriguing match up. ***

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Michael Vick: Vick still is worth a play on a weekly basis. ****

RB LeSean McCoy: There’s just no reason to sit LeSean McCoy. ****

WR DeSean Jackson: Jackson is back at it after having 210 yards and a touchdown in Week 14. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin: Maclin is a Flex start at the least weekly. ***

TE Brent Celek: Celek just doesn’t have much value with Mike Vick in at QB. **

Philadelphia Defense: They will force a few turnovers, but could give up 25-30 points. I’d sit them this week. **

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning: No reason that Eli isn’t a low end QB1 with Hakeem Nicks back. He’ll still turn the ball over though. ***

RB Ahmad Bradshaw: Bradshaw will continue to get touches and make plays despite not being the starter.  ****

RB Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs is now the starter and is a solid Flex option. ****

WR Steve Smith: Smith should get back into the habit this week, but don’t expect huge numbers. ***

WR Hakeem Nicks: Nicks is back and worth a start in your WR2 slot at the least. ****

WR Mario Manningham: Time to get him on the bench, or at the Flex at the very most. He’ll be the third WR for the Giants going forward. **

WR Derek Hagan: His value goes down with Nicks AND Smith back. **

TE Kevin Boss: Boss is becoming a decent TE for Eli. Not a bad sleeper for the playoffs. ***

New York Defense: The NYG defense is strong, but I don’t know if they’ll hold the Eagles under 25-30 points. ***

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Denver Broncos

QB Kyle Orton: It may be time to sit Orton who’s been very ineffective the last two weeks.  **

RB Knowshon Moreno: Moreno is hot, and continues to produce. ****

WR Brandon Lloyd: While Orton struggles, Lloyd struggles. He’s degraded to a Flex player. ***

WR Jabar Gaffney: Gaffney is one of the top red zone targets in the league. However, he’s a Flex in deeper leagues at best. ***

WR Eddie Royal: Inconsistency makes him a limited option in fantasy football. **

TE Daniel Graham: Graham still isn’t worth a look in any format. *

Broncos Defense: If they can’t contain the Cardinals who started their third string rookie QB, then why should they be able to stop anybody else? *

Oakland Raiders

QB Jason Campbell: Campbell could have another 300 yard passing week, but he’s still a QB2 at most. ***

RB Darren McFadden: There’s no reason to sit McFadden in Week 15. None. ****

RB Michael Bush: Bush’s carries are inconsistent, but he can make plays in deeper leagues. ***

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: DHB shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

WR Louis Murphy: Murphy is worth a Flex start in PPR leagues. He’s the best receiver on the team. ***

WR Jacoby Ford: Ford could make a few plays this week against a struggling defense. ***

TE Zach Miller: Miller seems to be healthy again, so he’s safe to start.  ***

Oakland Defense: Oakland could have a big game, but Denver also has shown that they can score. **

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

Arizona Cardinals

QB John Skelton: The Cardinals scored 43 points and Skelton wasn’t a part of any of them. * 

RB Beanie Wells: Wells isn’t worth a start until he can produce a bit. **

RB Tim Hightower: Hightower exploded against a bad defense, and could have a solid week. Get him in the Flex. ***

WR Larry Fitzgerald: Keep faith in Fitzgerald. He’ll find ways to produce.  ****

WR Steve Breaston: Breaston is a nice Flex player, but the quarterback play is scary. ***

TE Ben Patrick: I’m not sure why I even let Patrick in this article.

Arizona Defense: No reason to start Arizona’s defense in any week.  *

Carolina Panthers

QB Jimmy Clausen: Pass. *

RB Jonathan Stewart: No reason to bench Stewart this week. He’s back. ****

RB Mike Goodson: Goodson’s sprained AC joint showed no signs of slowing him down. He’s still worth a Flex play. The Panthers have to run to win. ***

WR Steve Smith: When Jimmy Clausen is your QB, you don’t usually produce. **

WR David Gettis: No thanks to Gettis. **

TE Jeff King: Jeff King has almost no fantasy value. *

Carolina Defense: There’s never a reason to start the Panthers' defense. *

Key note: DeAngelo Williams went on the IR in Week 11.

Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan: Sitting Matt Ryan here would just be silly. ****

RB Michael Turner: Turner could rush for 500 yards in this game. OK, maybe not 500. But at least 450. ****

RB Jason Snelling: It’s hard to start a guy who’s lucky to see 10 touches a game. **

WR Roddy White: White is one of the top fantasy wideouts. Keep him in every week. ****

WR Michael Jenkins: Jenkins is worth a Flex play in deeper leagues at the most.  ***

TE Tony Gonzalez: Gonzalez scored in Week 14, and should get another this week. ***

Atlanta Defense: Seattle’s offense is better than Carolina’s, but this is still a good match up. ***

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck has been turnover prone lately, but he does get a good matchup against a mediocre secondary. ***

RB Marshawn Lynch: Lynch has Flex value at the most. **

RB Justin Forsett: Forsett has great ability, but doesn’t get the touches that he deserves. **

WR Mike Williams: Williams should be a go for Week 15, but be careful with him. **

WR Ben Obomanu: Obomanu is battling injuries as well, so he may be worth sitting. **

WR Brandon Stokley: Stokley could miss Sunday’s match up with a hamstring injury. **

WR Ruvell Martin: If Obomanu and Stokley don’t play, Martin could be a solid Flex player in very deep leagues. But don’t count on much.

TE Jon Carlson: Carlson has done nothing in 2010. He shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

Seattle Defense: No thanks to Seattle’s defense going forward. *

Key Note: Deon Butler is out for the season with a compound fracture in his right leg.

Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Matt Cassel: Cassel had an appendectomy in Week 14 and sat out. He is questionable for Week 15, but has a favorable match up if he does play. ***

QB Brodie Croyle: Croyle has no value if he starts. *

RB Jamaal Charles: Charles could be shut down again if Croyle starts. It’s easy to stack the box when you know the quarterback can’t make plays. ***

RB Thomas Jones: I’d sit Jones this week, as Charles should see most of the carries. **

WR Dwayne Bowe: Easy. If Cassel starts, start Bowe. If he doesn’t, bench Bowe. ***

WR Chris Chambers: I’d pass on the inconsistent Chambers. *

TE Tony Moeaki: Moeaki hasn’t done much in the fantasy world as of late. I’ll pass going forward. **

Kansas City Defense: They could shut down the Rams offense, but giving up 31 points to San Diego doesn’t help their case. *** 

St. Louis Rams

QB Sam Bradford: I’d consider benching Bradford against a much improved secondary. **

RB Steven Jackson: Jackson is a RB2 this week. He hasn’t found the end zone much this season. ****

WR Danny Amendola: Amendola’s value lies strictly in PPR leagues. ***

WR Brandon Gibson: Gibson has deep league Flex value. ***

WR Laurent Robinson: Robinson is starting to see more consistent targets. Deep Flex player at the very most. **

TE Billy Bajema: Bajema has red zone potential, but that’s about it. **

St. Louis Defense: If Croyle starts, St. Louis is my sleeper defense for the week. ***

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez: Sanchez has been terrible recently. No thanks. **

RB Shonn Greene: I’ll pass on Greene this week. **

RB LaDainian Tomlinson: Tomlinson is very risky against the Steelers. **

WR Santonio Holmes: Holmes can make plays, but I don’t see Sanchez having much time to throw. ***

WR Braylon Edwards: Edwards is a risky Flex player going forward. As long as Sanchez struggles, he won’t be much of a factor.  ***

WR Jerricho Cotchery: I’ll pass on Cotchery this week. *

TE Dustin Keller: Keller is a great player, but his value remains limited with Holmes in the lineup. **

New York Defense: They could be a good play this week, but Mendenhall and Big Ben are making plays. ***

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger: He didn’t score against the Bengals, but he made some nice throws. He’s a low end QB1 this week. ****

RB Rashard Mendenhall: Mendenhall could have a rough Week 15 against the Jets. ***

RB Mewelde Moore: Moore only really has value in very deep PPR leagues as a Flex. **

WR Hines Ward: Ward should still be a solid start. I believe Revis will be covering him, however. ****

WR Mike Wallace: Wallace is still making nice plays. It’ll be interesting to see if Cromartie can keep up with him downfield. ****

WR Emmanuel Sanders: Sanders should rebound with a few catches this week, but he’s a deep league Flex at the very most. **

TE Heath Miller: Value is limited with Miller, healthy or not. **

Pittsburgh Defense: There is no reason to bench Pittsburgh’s defense. *****

Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots (Sunday Night)

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay could lose Rodgers for Week 15 with a concussion. Plan to start another quarterback this week.  **

QB Matt Flynn: I wouldn’t advise replacing Rodgers with Flynn in your fantasy leagues. *

RB Brandon Jackson: Don’t expect much from Jackson in Week 15. **

RB James Starks: Starks is a sleeper pickup, but I’d bench him against the Patriots. **

WR Greg Jennings: Without Rodgers, Jennings could struggle. Be cautious. ***

WR Donald Driver: Driver is generally a solid Flex, but not with Flynn starting most likely. **

WR James Jones: With Driver back, Jones has limited value. ***

TE Andrew Quarless: Quarless is a sleeper with a young QB in the mix. I wouldn’t advise a start, though. **

Green Bay Defense: I’ll pass starting them against a hot Patriots team who just threw for almost 400 yards in 40 MPH winds. **

Key Note: Aaron Rodgers could be out with a concussion. Jermichael Finley is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Ryan Grant is done for the season.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady: There’s no reason to bench Tom Brady. ****

RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis: BJGE is scoring generally every week. I’d still play him. ***

RB/WR Danny Woodhead: Woodhead sees a good amount of touches. Not a bad Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

WR Deion Branch: Branch is a solid play this week. ***

WR Wes Welker: Welker has been great since Week 10. Nothing should change here. Especially in PPR. ****

WR Brandon Tate: I’d keep Tate on the bench until he sees more targets, but he does have big play ability.  **

TE Rob Gronkowski: Gronk should continue to be played. He’s a great red zone target. ***

TE Aaron Hernandez: I prefer Gronk to Hernandez, but Aaron could make a few nice catches this week.  **

Patriots Defense: I love this defense if, and only if, Matt Flynn does start. ****

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (Monday Night)

Chicago Bears

QB Jay Cutler: Cutler could get back on track this week. But he’ll still turn the ball over. ***

RB Matt Forte: I like Forte after Minnesota got torched by Giants runners. ***

RB Chester Taylor: He’s still limited in terms of overall value, despite scoring a couple recent touchdowns. **

WR Devin Hester: Just say no to Hester. *

WR Johnny Knox: Knox maintains a nice Flex play in all leagues. ***

WR Earl Bennett: Bennett seems to be making more plays with Hester struggling. Solid Flex player in most leagues going forward. ***

TE Greg Olsen: No thanks to Olsen, although Minnesota isn’t the greatest against opposing tight ends. **

Chicago Defense: They have a tough run defense, but they were just torched by Tom Brady. It’s a tough play this week against an under-achieving Minnesota offense. ***

Minnesota Vikings

QB Brett Favre: No thanks even if he does play. *

QB Tavaris Jackson: If Jackson gets another start, he could be a low end QB2 at the most. **

RB Adrian Peterson: He will produce against the Bears in some way, shape or form. ****

RB Toby Gerhart: Gerhart may still get a few rushes a game. But he’s not worth a start being a backup just yet. **

WR Percy Harvin: Harvin has a nice match up, but it’s tough to tell whether the migraines will bother him. He seems to be a gameday decision more often than not recently. ***

WR Sidney Rice: Rice could be huge in Week 15, especially if Harvin sits. ***

TE Visanthe Shiancoe: There’s limited value in Shiancoe the rest of the season. **

Minnesota Defense: They could make plays and get to the quarterback a few times, but it’s not going to be easy with their struggles in the secondary. **

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