FanNation Week 15 fantasy picks
You know the drill by now. Another week of NFL games means another challenge extended your way in FanNation's weekly fantasy contest. This week's head-to-head battle can be found here.
Week 14 was a dud for yours truly, mainly due to the trust placed in Drew Brees. Time to shake that one off ... and this lineup can get it done:
Even on his worst days, Luck racks up fantasy points -- i.e. last Sunday in Cleveland, when he threw two interceptions and fumbled for a Browns touchdown but still topped the 25-point mark on FanNation. In an earlier matchup with Houston, his Week 15 foe, Luck posted 370 yards and three touchdowns. The AFC South is Indianapolis' with a win, so Luck should have the ball in his hands plenty.
Roethlisberger is a week-to-week gamble (as are the Steelers in general). This Sunday, though, he draws an Atlanta defense allowing more passing yards than any other, and in a controlled dome environment. Big Ben is coming off a 350-yard, two-TD day in Cincinnati.
His division rival, Flacco, has a promising matchup himself: home against the 2-11 Jaguars. There should be some opportunities to stretch the field.
And then there's Johnny Football. From a fantasy standpoint alone, the sky is the limit on his potential because of his knack for scrambling and hitting big passing plays. One rushing TD and one deep ball to Josh Gordon puts any Manziel owners in business.
Forsett has been dealing with a knee injury, but he should be good to go vs. Jacksonville. His fantasy owners know that he has been surprisingly steady this season -- 1,080 yards rushing, eight touchdowns and 37 receptions. If the Ravens can open up an early lead on the Jaguars, they'll lean on Forsett to ice it.
Eddie Lacy's showing against Atlanta last Monday (106 total yards, two touchdowns) is reason enough to consider Bell, who has been an absolute fantasy monster of late. Bell went for 47.5 points last week on 235 yards and three touchdowns.
Charles and Anderson are both high-upside selections ... and both sat out Wednesday practice because of injury. Should they go in Week 15, Charles (vs. Oakland) and Anderson (at San Diego) could be in line for strong days. Anderson is worth extra consideration because of his cheap price tag.
In Benjamin's NFL debut against Tampa Bay, with Derek Anderson at the helm, the rookie caught six passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Anderson will be back under center Sunday, with the Bucs again the opponent. He should look Benjamin's way quite a bit.
Johnson has been more Megatron-ish the past two weeks, totaling 304 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The Lions did not have him on the field in an earlier win at Minnesota, their opponent this week.
White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas all are nursing injuries ahead of this week. If Jones can go, he's the clear play in the Atlanta receiving corps, having topped 400 yards in just the past two weeks. White or Douglas would be great options if Jones is out, as the Steelers' pass defense leaves plenty to be desired.
Still vanished a bit, along with his entire New Orleans team, in a loss to Carolina. A Monday night bounceback against Chicago's porous defense could be in the cards.