Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 Week 15 Notes and Observations
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 15 What We Learned
December 10, 2013
What We Learned from Week 15
It's Gonna be a race to the end. All the NFL teams should be playing at full strength through week 16, and that is great news for fantasy footballers. There is nothing worse than having your key players take the bench at half time of week 16 when your fantasy team is in the title match. And as Peyton Manning owners from his Colt years know, superstars can be benched when a team does not have to win. It does not look like there will be any problems with superstars getting benched this year thanks to the 49ers, Saints, Redskins, and Browns.
The biggest threat of a superstar week 16 letdown was coming from the Seahawks as they had a strong hold on home field advantage because of a 2 game lead (plus the tiebreaker) over the Saints heading into week 14. The vengeful 49ers decided to keep things interesting by defeating the Seahawks in San Francisco to give Seattle a second notch in the loss column. To follow up, the Saints held serve at home as they reminded the Panthers who the boss of the NFC South really is. The NFC is still up for grabs and that is great news for Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch owners.
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The team fantasy owners were worrying about in the AFC was the offensive powerhouse in Denver. Manning owners have experienced him taking the bench early in week 16 when he was with the Colts, and there was a possibility of that happening again this year. The Patriots were close to falling 2 games behind the Broncos in the loss column, but thanks to another Cleveland Brown blunder, Brady was able to keep pace with Manning. The Chiefs were also a team that looked like they could fall farther behind the Broncos as well, but they had a disgruntled Redskin squad to rebound against. The Chiefs were able to totally embarrass the Redskins and get back to their dominate defensive ways. Now the Broncos have two teams chasing them, and that is great news for all fantasy owners who have invested in the Broncos offense, especially Manning and Moreno owners.
The Fantasy Football Gods love Mother Nature's cold side. When fantasy owners looked at a weather map on Sunday, they must have thought it was going to be a low scoring day. Well, it was actually the very opposite. In fact, it was the highest scoring day in NFL history. There were a total of 90 touchdowns scored on Sunday, and that is exactly what fantasy owners want to see, well anyone who did not have Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, or Rob Gronkowski who ended up sitting on the bench watching all the scoring happen.
There was, however, one team that did not get the memo to score a lot of points on Sunday. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson must have forgotten to check their text messages as they both had very bad games in the Philadelphia snow storm. They should be able to rebound this week since they play at home in their dome against the Ravens.
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