Week 15: Super Sleepers
Oh no the oompa Loompa is injured, so Jordan Todman might rock Buffalo. Zach Ertz went bust in Week 14 after a big Week 13 performance. This week he could torch Minnesota as they have issues covering the TE. Willis McGahee is doubtful. Chris Ogbonnaya will likely get the start, but Fozzy Whittaker could be the surprise back for Cleveland with his pass catching ability. Jason Campbell looked good in his return from concussion last week and despite the tough match-up vs. Chicago's pass denfense is playing at home. Eddie Lacy (ankle) could be a game-time decision this week if he does not suit up for practice Friday. Take a look at James Starks vs. a Dallas defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to RBs this season. Boom, there he is. Da'Rick Rogers dropped some serious fantasy points last week. I don't think its a fluke. The surging Jacksonville defense faces a struggling Buffalo offense this week at home.
Jason Campbell returned after a break to recover from his Week 12 concussion. With Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron on their games, Campbell threw 44 passes and completed 29 for nearly 400 yards with three scores. This week he faces the seventh-ranked Chicago defense vs. QBs (so he might not be at the top of your list), but things seem to be coming together in the Cleveland offense and Campbell's supporting cast has great play-making ability. Look for Campbell to be a low end QB1 this week in deeper leagues.
It looks like Willis McGahee will be sidelined this week and is listed as doubtful. That leaves Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker to handle rushing duties against a Chicago defense that has been giving up massive yardage to RBs. It appears that Ogbonnaya will be the starter, but Whittaker has the potential to be the surprise back this week for Cleveland. Whittaker will get looks in the passing game and has the ability to gain yardage after the catch. Look for Fozzy to grab some unexpected points this week in fantasy playoffs.
Maurice Jones-Drew (our Oompa Loompa friend) has been sidelined this week with a tweaked hamstring. MJD says he would like to start this weekend against Buffalo, but we won't hear anything until he attempts to practice on Friday. It appears that he will not be running at full speed by the weekend and even if he does start, so he could lose carries to Jordan Todman. Todman is a guy you should look at this week despite his limited practices with a shoulder injury. The team is likely keeping Todman rested for a potential start Sunday against a struggling Buffalo squad. Todman has great speed and should fill in nicely in Jacksonville's surging offense. Even if MJD starts, Todman might get you some needed fantasy points in deep leagues.
Eddie Lacy is nursing an ankle injury and is reported to be waiting until Friday to try practice. Even if Lacy practices on Friday, he could still get the questionable tag this week. If he does not suit up Friday, fantasy owners might have to wait until game time for news. Either way, James Starks is worth a look this week as Dallas has given up the most fantasy points to running backs on the season. If Lacy starts and is limited, Starks might also be of value given the match-up.
Injury Status: Out - Concussion
Da'Rick Rogers was activated from Indy's practice squad two weeks ago and after a disappointing first game, he went on to put up 107 yards and two TDs on six catches in his second game. Darrius Heyward-Bey has been struggling this season and now we have Rogers inserted into the mix with T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill. These three guys are talented and have the ability to put up huge numbers against opponents. This week I like Rogers against a tough Houston defense because Hilton and Brazill will potentially draw better coverage. This could leave Rogers with lots of targets.