Week 15: Start 'Em
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In need of a quarterback this week and still have Matt Ryan stashed deep away on your bench? Well, it might be time to give him a start. While Ryan is definitely having a down year, that is more to do with his receivers missing time with injuries. That being said, he has picked up his game over the past four weeks, averaging 265 yards passing per game and 1.25 touchdown passes. This week, Ryan faces the Redskins; if anyone watched them play last week, you can see that they have given up on the 2013 season and won't be putting up much of a fight. So if you're in need of a QB, look at Ryan.
Despite CJ Spiller getting all the fanfare, Fred Jackson has been the better fantasy running back this season and that includes all the games they split carries. No matter how hard the Bills try to marginalize him and make Spiller the go-to, Jackson just won't go away. Jackson leads the Bills with a career high seven total touchdowns and his value is even higher in point per reception leagues because he is a big factor catching passes out of the backfield with 41 receptions already. This week Jackson has a great match up vs. the lowly Jacksonville Jags and should have no problem scoring again. Fjax makes for a very good RB2 or flex.
Steven Jackson was brought in to Atlanta to help out with the running game. Unfortunately he got hurt in the second game of the season, missed some time and since he returned in week eight, he has been working to get back to game shape. Finally over the last three games, SJax has shown some of the abilities we came to know during his time in St. Louis. Over the past three games, he has rushed for 218 yards and three touchdowns. This week he faces the hapless Redskins, who last week got run all over by the Kansas City Chiefs to the tune of 193 yards and two touchdowns. If you need help at running back or even at flex, don't be afraid to give Sjax a look
Julian Edelman has been the forgotten man for the Patriots many times. He re-signed with the Patriots this off season when he couldn't get any other contracts, and he wasn't even guaranteed a roster spot. He made the team and over the first six weeks when Gronk and Amendola were injured, he averaged 10 targets per game. Those targets began to fall after week six and he took a little vacation between weeks eight and ten, but has gone back to being a beast the last three weeks. During that time he has caught 24 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. After only 13 games, Edelman has already put up better numbers in all categories than he put up in his entire career combined. With Gronk done for the season, Edelman will continue to be the man in New England, making him a great start this week.
The Dolphins spent big money to bring in Mike Wallace and retain Brian Hartline, but the receiver that leads the team in touchdown catches is none other than third year tight end Charles Clay. When the Dolphins have needed a first down or a big play in the red zone, Clay has been the guy. After only scoring five touchdowns in his first 18 games, Clay has now scored six touchdowns so far this season. Clay has been especially on fire the last two weeks, catching 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins face off vs. the Patriots, who last week got killed by tight end Jordan Cameron. So if you need a TE or flex start, Clay is your guy.