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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 15
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/15/12 18:54
Dallas: Dez Bryant is Questionable but is expected to play despite his finger fracture. He will wear a special splint on his hand to protect the finger, but it could also hinder him in catching passes. Bryant has been on a tear of late and is hard to sit, but he's also a high risk play with the injury.

New York Giants: David Wilson will be the featured RB with Ahmad Bradshaw OUT with a knee sprain. Wilson is a borderline RB1 this week and could be a top 5 RB play with his matchup against an Atlanta run defense that allows 4.9 yards per carry and 7 rushing plays of 40+ yards. Hakeem Nicks is Probable and will be fine despite another week with concerns about his lingering knee injury.

Philadelphia: It was another tough night for RB Bryce Brown Thursday. Brown could be a guy whose style confused teams in his first two games, but quickly has been figured out by opponents now having film on him. LeSean McCoy stands a good chance of coming back week 16 and if he does, he likely takes back over as the featured RB. The Eagles say they will stay with Nick Foles at QB even though Michael Vick has been cleared to finally return to game action.

Washington: Robert Griffin III is Questionable and will be a true game time decision because of his knee sprain. RG3 practiced in limited fashion all week but didn't take any first team snaps. Even if he is active this week I'd be cautious expecting him to be his usual self as he won't be able to be the running QB he has been. Kirk Cousins would get the start if RG3 can't play.

Chicago: Jay Cutler is Probable despite neck and knee injuries and will start. WR Earl Bennett is OUT with a concussion. Backup RB Michael Bush is Questionable with a ribs injury and while likely to play, it's also likely he has a decreased role similar to the one he had last week. Expect Matt Forte to get plenty of touches with Bush limited. Kicker Robbie Gould was placed on injured reserve with a calf injury that happened in pre-game warm-ups before week 14's game. Olindo Mare was signed to take his place the rest of the season.

Detroit: TE Brandon Pettigrew is Doubtful with an ankle injury and won't play. Tony Scheffler steps in as the top TE and given the injuries the Lions have had at WR this season, Scheffler could see a lot of targets and be a fantasy sleeper play this week for those who lack a quality TE. With a great matchup against a demoralized Cardinals defense, Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Mikel Leshoure all make high quality plays this week with backup RB Joique Bell likely to be a solid RB3 or flex option as well.

Green Bay: WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and RB James Starks (knee) are both OUT. Alex Green starts at RB again. Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings and James Jones could dominate playing time at WR with Donald Driver Questionable with a thumb injury.

Minnesota: Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph are both Probable and both will be fine. AP is a freak and has clearly regained elite RB status. Rudolph looks to bounce back after being shut out last week. Christian Ponder is hard to trust to be reliable though, especially on the road.

Atlanta: Roddy White is a legitimate Questionable and considered a game time decision after not practicing at all this week because of a knee injury. Although he is expected to play, he likely will be limited some. Fellow WR Harry Douglas is also Questionable with a ribs injury but he is expected to play. The recent trend of RB Michael Turner ceding more playing time to Jacquizz Rodgers could continue this week. It's becoming clearer each game that Rodgers deserves a bigger offensive role.

Carolina: Jonathan Stewart is OUT with his ankle injuries. DeAngelo Williams will start and be the primary RB again in his place. It's possible Stewart may go to injured reserve next week with only two games left in the season after this week. Brandon LaFell is generously listed as Questionable with his toe injury and he is not expected to be play. Louis Murphy's hamstring injury is minor and he is Probable and likely will start in LaFell's place. Cam Newton has been fantasy's top scoring QB the last 3 games in standard scoring systems and while not a great matchup this week, he is a definite consideration as a top 5 fantasy QB play.

New Orleans: RB Chris Ivory is OUT week 15 with his hamstring injury. But given the unpredictable nature of how the Saints will use their RB's in any given game, it's hard to trust Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, or Mark Ingram as anything more than potential flex options. With a matchup against Tampa Bay's dead last ranked pass defense, this could be the week TE Jimmy Graham (who hasn't scored in the last 3 weeks) gets right back on track.

Tampa Bay: It's a great week to have Bucs on your fantasy roster. With a matchup against defensively challenged New Orleans this week, each of Josh Freeman, Doug Martin, and Vincent Jackson are strong fantasy plays. WR Mike Williams is also a good bet as a WR2. TE Dallas Clark is inconsistent but with a good matchup he is a borderline TE 1/2.

Arizona: Kevin Kolb was placed on injured reserve with his ribs injury. The Cardinals return to Ryan Lindley as their starting QB this week after John Skelton was horrible last week. They also signed former Patriots backup QB Brian Hoyer and Hoyer could start week 16 if Lindley looks no better than he did against the Jets in week 13. The QB situation has really hurt Larry Fitzgerald and Fitz can only be considered as a WR3, and only because his talent level is too much to make him lower than that. WR Early Doucet is OUT with a concussion. TE Rob Housler is Questionable with knee and ankle injuries and should be kept on fantasy benches.

St. Louis: Danny Amendola is Probable and is expected to start after missing the last few games with a foot injury. Amendola could be limited some though. How his return affects Chris Givens is unknown. Givens had taken over as the Rams top WR while Amendola was out.

San Francisco: Mario Manningham is Doubtful and won't play because of a shoulder injury. Randy Moss will start and the WR desperate may consider taking a chance on him as the 49ers face Moss's old team: New England. Moss is the type of ego guy who could really want to show up his former team. RB Brandon Jacobs has been suspended the last 3 games of the regular season for his publicly expressing his displeasure with the team has been using him (or more how they haven't been using him). LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon will be the backups to Frank Gore.

Seattle: Marshawn Lynch gets to finally face his former team and likely will go beast mode on them. Lynch should be a top 5 fantasy RB this week. WR Sidney Rice's foot injury was way overblown by blowhard coach Pete Carroll earlier in the week. Rice is Probable and will start without issue.

On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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