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Fantasy Football 2013: Chargers at Broncos Week 15 Preview

San Diego Chargers (6-7) at Denver Broncos (11-2)

Thursday, December 12, 8:25 PM ET

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Kicking off the NFL’s Week 15 action, we have what looks like a pretty good game. The San Diego Chargers will be heading to Denver to take on the Broncos, with playoff positioning potentially on the line. The Chargers (6-7) easily took care of the Giants in Week 14, while the Broncos (11-2) notched yet another win over the Titans.
As you’d expect, there will be all sorts of notable fantasy players out on the field for this one. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the key contributors on both sides so that we can get an idea of what to expect on our rosters this week.

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers were up 21-0 on the Giants at the end of the first half, and that’s when Rivers did all his damage. He posted all three of his TD passes in the first two quarters, finishing with 259 yards in all. It was a nice bounce-back for him after a sub-par showing against Cincinnati last week. This matchup should be pretty good, so we fully expect Rivers to keep things rolling on Thursday.

Fantasy Football 2013: Chargers at Broncos Week 15 Preview

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Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: What else can we say about Manning that hasn’t already been said? The guy has been a machine this year, and he’s propelled countless fantasy teams into the playoffs in their leagues. He put up another great performance against the Titans, logging 397 yards and four touchdowns. Manning’s 39 completions in the game were a franchise record. The stats should keep rolling in this week; we’d expect nothing less.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers: Mathews had a great overall outing against the Giants, and he got a lot of work thanks to the huge lead the Chargers had built. He totaled 103 yards and a score on 29 carries, then added 32 more on three grabs. It was his fifth straight week with at least nine fantasy points. Mathews probably won’t get the workload that he got against the Giants this week--it’ll likely be a more pass-oriented attack--but should come away with some good overall numbers.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: Moreno has been the workhorse in the Broncos backfield thus far, but he wasn’t able to distinguish himself in Week 14. His stats (14 carries; 78 yards; one TD) were almost identical to backup RB Montee Ball (15 carries; 77 yards; one TD). It’s something of a disturbing trend, as this is Ball’s second big week in a row, but it’s difficult to tell if the reps will stick this way. Keep rolling with Moreno; even a timeshare is a great opportunity when it’s in the Denver backfield.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Allen has very quickly become one of the hottest receivers in fantasy this year. He came away with another big-points game against the Giants, racking up three receptions for 59 yards and two TDs. The reception total was something of a disappointment after 17 in his previous two outings, but the two scores more than made up for it. Keep Allen active in all leagues; he’s a no-duh start from here on out.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Like the Moreno-Ball dynamic, Thomas has been outperformed over the past couple of weeks by his fellow WR Eric Decker. In the Titans game, Thomas posted seven receptions for 88 yards and a score, but Decker managed eight grabs for 117 and a TD. Thomas will still get his looks--and has made double-digits in fantasy scoring for the past seven weeks--but his slice of pie apparently isn’t as big anymore.

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