NFL Week 15 fantasy studs and duds

Miami Dolphins corner back Will Allen (25) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (96) chase Buffalo...

Miami Dolphins corner back Will Allen (25) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (96) chase Buffalo Biils' running back C.J. Spiller (28) as he scores a touchdown in the first quarter of their NFL football game in Orchard Park, New York December 18, 2011. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

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STUDS

Drew Brees, QB, NO

412 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, 4 rushing yards, 1 fumble lost, 34 points.

At this point, it would be shocking if he didn’t break Marino’s passing yardage record.

C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF

91 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 28 points.

Now that’s the type of the performance a former first rounder should give.

LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI

102 rushing yards, -5 receiving yards, 3 TDs,1 fumble lost, 26 points.

He’s usually more active in the passing game, but no complaints here.

Calvin Johnson, WR, DET

214 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 33 points.

Had two big catches on the last drive, including the game-winning score.

Lance Moore, WR, NO

91 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 21 points.

On any given Sunday, any Saints receiver could have a big fantasy total.

Brent Celek, TE, PHI

156 receiving yards, 1 TD, 21 points

That receiving total included a 73-yard catch on which he was stopped at the one-yard line.

Ryan Succup, K, KC

4 FGs, 1 PAT

Was a big part of unseatting the previously undefeated Packers.

Seattle Seahawks Defence

8 points allowed, 4 sacks, 4 INTs, 1 fumble recovered, 2 TDs, 30 fantasy points.

Playing against Caleb Hanie will make any team’s defence look good.

 

DUDS

Eli Manning, QB, NYG

The younger Manning and the Giants are notorious for choking away the ‘easy games.’ He threw three picks and had zero scores.

Percy Harvin, WR, MIN

The Saints were totally ready for his screen game and shut him down for seven measly total yards.

Johnny Knox, WR, CHI

Was carted off the field early in the game after suffering a brutal-looking back injury. Hopefully he’s alright.

DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI

Missed some time due to an elbow injury and only had 28 yards on two receptions against the Jets.

 

HOPE YOU STARTED

With his two TDs against Miami, C.J. Spiller doubled his season total. Also put up 164 total yards for the 30% of teams that started him in Yahoo! leagues.

The Colts just had to win one game and they did so with a very large thanks to Donald Brown, who tallied 160 yards on the ground plus a score.

WHEN I’M WRONG I SAY I’M WRONG

“Start Jake Ballard.”

Despite facing one of the weakest defences against opposing tight ends, Ballard was only targeted twice by Eli Manning, catching one for 15 yards.

ROB LONGLEY’S YOU BET

The public just can’t get enough of the sexy teams. By kickoff the Saints, which opened as 6½-point favourites over Minnesota, were bet all the way up to eight on Sunday morning making the Vikings a team the books needed badly. Minny kept it close for a while but a big second half allowed the Saints to cover at whatever price you got them ... Fun prognostications by informative sports gambling site, covers.com predicting the line for prospective Packers playoffs opponents. With Lambeau being the home field here’s what they came up with: vs. Atlanta (-11), vs. the Giants (-10½), vs. San Francisco (-11) and vs. New Orleans (-6½). Wonder how much the perception might change after Sunday’s stunner ... Bettors sure moved away from the Packers late on Sunday as Kansas City was bet down to 11½ from the original lines as high as 14. Might have something to do with the fact that prior to this one, home double-digit underdogs were 7-0 this season but the smart money was bang on ... Fighting to secure a first-round bye in the NFC, the 49ers are three-point favourites over Pittsburgh in the Monday nighter from an opener of minus-one. Word out of Vegas though is that the line could climb as high as five should Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger be unable to go ... Both the Patriots and the betting public weren’t phased by the hype around Broncos QB Tim Tebow and his big ATS winning streak.


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