Curtis Brinkley, RB (SD)–With Ryan Mathews out with a broken collarbone, there will be a change in the Chargers backfield for the team’s final two games. Curtis Brinkley received six rushing attempts, compared to Jackie Battle’s three attempts after Mathews exited last week’s game, which could be an indication of which rusher the team favors moving forward. Sunday marked the first time since Week 3 that Brinkley was used in the offense, but he proved he could get the job done in both the rushing and passing games. He finished the game with six carries for 42 yards to go along with three catches on three targets for 14 yards. It is unlikely Brinkley will solely be used this week, considering both Battle and Ronnie Brown are still lurking, but if given enough touches, he is worth adding in all fantasy formats.
Danny Woodhead, RB (NE)–He may not be the biggest guy on the field, but when given the opportunity, Danny Woodhead take full advantage of his chances. On Sunday night, Woodhead rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries finding the endzone twice, while also being utilized in the passing game, hauling in five receptions for 23 yards. Teammate Stevan Ridley was benched after fumbling early in the second half in Sunday’s loss to the Niners, and there is a good chance his touches could be limited moving foward, considering the team’s depth at the running back position. If that is the case, Woodhead could be in line for a lot of touches this weekend when the Patriots take on the Jaguars, which should be a lopsided affair. Owners looking for help championship weekend should consider Woodhead a solid pickup this week as he will likely get the chance to repeat last weeks production.
Braylon Edwards, WR (NYJ)–The Jets passing game has been inconsistent all season long, but there may be hope from a familiar name in the final two weeks of the season. The Jets re-signed Braylon Edwards two weeks ago, and he may his first appearance with the team in last night’s loss to the Titans. He finished the game with three receptions on five targets for 47 yards, which was second-most on the team. With both Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller likely out next week, Edwards could be in line for an increased workload once again, which makes him a solid addition for those in desperate need at wide receiver. We all know he has the ability to make big plays downfield, so if Mark Sanchez can somehow get the ball in his hands, it could pay dividends to fantasy owners.
Leonard Hankerson, WR (WAS)–Despite only catching two balls in Week 15, Leonard Hankerson finished the game with two touchdowns in the Redskins win over the Browns. His two scores where the only receiving touchdowns by the Redskins receiving core, which had a solid day despite missing Robert Griffin throwing them the ball, who was out with a knee injury. Hankerson has shown flashes of becoming a solid fantasy player throughout the season, but has yet to perform on a consistent basis, so last week’s production could be may be hard to repeat. If Kirk Cousins is back under center in Week 16, it will increase Hankerson’s fantasy value, considering he care through for him last week. At most, he should be added to become a WR No.
Dennis Pitta, TE (BAL)–For whatever reason, Dennis Pitta is still owned in less than half of fantasy leagues through out most sites, which should change after his brilliant performance in Week 15. In last week’s loss to the Broncos, Pitta hauled in seven receptions on 10 targets for 125 yards while finding the endzone twice, ranking him the top tight end last week. He has now been targeted 16 times in the Ravens last two games, and it appears that the action should continue to go his way under the team’s new offensive coordinator. The Giants have been terrible against opposing tight ends, so those who are looking for a solid tight end for championship week should give Pitta a look as he has the chance of being a difference maker for any fantasy team.
Jeff Cumberland, TE (NYJ)–For the second time in three weeks, Jeff Cumberland was able to find the endzone, and now should start to find his way onto fantasy squads. With all the inconsistency at the tight end position, this season, it may be wise to go with the hot hand for championship week, and Cumberland has a good matchup in Week 16. There is a good chance that Dustin Keller will be out again next week, and as long as the Jets continue to look his way in the passing game, he could be a difference maker for looking needing help to bring home the gold.
Indianapolis Colts Defense/Special Teams–After failing to score in Week 15, the Chiefs have become an easy prey for those searching the waiver-wire for defensive help. This week the Chiefs face off against the Colts, who are owned in less than half of leagues across most sites, and are a excellent start this week. The Chiefs have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season, including an average of 15 fantasy points the last two weeks, so consider the Colts a good play for those needing a defensive group.
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