The projected top 4 performers at RB, QB, and WR for Week 15
CHRIS JOHNSON (TEN): Though Johnson was far from exceptional last week he faces a far from exceptional defense this week. The Colts are 30th against the run, yielding an average of 144 yards per game and 18 rushing touchdowns on the season. Regardless of who is at quarterback, Johnson should have no problem incorporating himself into both the pass and run games. The Colts have all but given up and are collecting checks at this point. They start out with fire but it is easy to quench that fire once down. CJ2K is as good a start as you will get this week.
ARIAN FOSTER (HOU): Foster had a dud by his standards last week but like CJ gets a great match up this week against Carolina. The Panthers are 24th vs. the run, allowing 128 YPG with 15 scores on the year. The interior line for Carolina has been less impressive with each week and fits Foster’s strengths perfectly. Their secondary is underrated and should be able to make it a tougher game for Yates which means Foster will see plenty of touches.
FELIX JONES (DAL): The injury to Demarco Murray opens the door once again for Jones to display why he was expected to win the job in the first place. After an injury riddled season, Jones is finally healthy and faces the hapless Bucs. The Bucs are far form the Giants defensive front which allowed Jones a 100+ total yard day. Tampa has allowed 19 rushing scores on the season and are beyond vulnerable in the middle. The Bucs are down to second stringers and Haynesworth, who is not the greatest run stopper. The Bucs will also be without Aquib Talib, which means more EJ Biggers, leaving the linebackers to try and chase down Jones all day…Not happening for a defense ranked 28th against the run and flaming out.
BEANIE WELLS (ARI): The Browns are great at stopping the pass but absolutely miserable against the run, ranking 31st and allowing 150 YPG. Every team has been able to pound the rock against their front with success, despite the Browns knowing exactly has opposing offense are going to attack them. Add to that the fact Colt McCoy may not be available (as anemic as he has been) and the Browns should lose the possession battle by a large margin. Wells will have plenty of touches and no problem finding the end zone a few times.
MARQUES COLSTON (NO): The Minnesota secondary has been adept at getting torched this year, allowing 248 YPG passing and 26 touchdowns through the air. Brees and the Saints are coming off a sub par performance and nothing sparks Brees like not being at his best. Ponder has also been averaging a turnover once every 15 attempts so Brees is likely to have the ball in his hands way too long which means good things for Colston.
JORDY NELSON (GB): With Greg Jennings set to miss 2-6 weeks, Nelson becomes the big play receiver. Though the Chiefs are decent against the pass (10th) the last time they faced an offense like this was New England which ripped them for 34 points.
CALVIN JOHNSON (DET): Megatron has now gone 2 straight games without a score and faces Oakland’s 17th ranked secondary. The Raiders have allowed 23 scores through the air compared to only 14 on the ground. Though the Raiders have clamped down the last few games, the offense has been turnover prone and Detroit knows how to capitalize off turnovers. Stafford will ensure Megatron gets his targets, especially given the Raiders should have no problem stopping the run.
WES WELKER (NE): Welker has averaged double digit targets the last three games and faces a Denver team which is 16th vs. the pass. Denver has only been torched twice, both by gunslingers Stafford and Rodgers. Brady is next in line and should have no problem connecting with Welker as Gronkowski will be the primary focus. Welker has caught 3 scores in three games with no less than 85 yards in each.
TOM BRADY (NE): As stated above, Brady is the best quarterback the Broncos will have seen since Matt Stafford who threw for 3 scores and Aaron Rodger who threw for 4 scores. The Pats have had huge issues running the ball recently and will sling it around the field once again.
TONY ROMO (DAL): Romo draws the unlucky Bucs who allowed 7 turnovers last week, making Blaine Gabbert look like a decent NFL quarterback. Romo has been gaining confidence and has been letting it loose his last few games. The Bucs are a miserable 27th vs. the pass, allowing 22 touchdowns and a whopping 45 passes of 20+ yards this season. Now with Demarco Murray out, the emphasis will be on the pass to set up the run. Romo now has all his weapons back out wide so it will be easy pickings this week.
DREW BREES (NO): As state with the Colston pick, Brees has one of the best match ups this week and looks to bounce back after an average performance last week. Though he did get back on track the second half, Minnesota offers nothing close to the coverage abilities of the Titans. The Vikings have allowed 26 scores through the air and are ranked 26th in pass defense.
MATT STAFFORD (DET): Like Brees and Manning, Stafford also has one of the most favorable match ups which is why Megatron also landed on this list. After hitting a rough patch, Stafford put up 2 touchdowns against the Vikings last week and now faces the Raiders 17th ranked secondary.