|Bengals(-6.5) over Ravens|
|Ravens have everything to play for here and the Bengals don't. The looser team wins these kind of games in my experience.|
|Packers(-3) over Bears|
| Aaron Rodgers returns just in time to save the Packers mediocre season.
| Patriots over Bills(+8)
|The Pats always beat the Bills, right?|
|Eagles over Cowboys(+7)|
|It seems like a cake walk for Philly with Romo out, but this is the NFC East we're talking about. Nothing is certain.|
|Last Week: 4 - 0 (2 - 2 vs spread)
Season: 34 - 25 - 1 (25 - 33 - 2 vs spread)
Month: December 2013
Frank’s Week 16 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
It’s been a tough year for Torrey. The trade of Anquan Boldin, the early season injury to Dennis Pitta, and the lack of other credible receiving threats has put all the pressure (and coverage) on Smith as the #1 receiver. But despite seeing tougher coverage Smith has still topped 1,000 yards receiving and remains one of the true deep threats in the game.
Smith will likely draw Aqib Talib this week, and he is quite adept at shutting down top receivers. But Smith has battled against some of the best corners in the league this year (Haden, Taylor) and I think he will get behind the physical Talib for a big play or two.
When the clock strikes zero I like Torrey Smith to have over 80 yards receiving and at least one touchdown.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Talk about being snake bitten. Steven Jackson left the Rams to go a playoff contender. In the off season it seemed as if a marriage between Jackson and the Falcons was a match made in heaven.
Fast forward to the regular season and Jackson has battled injuries that caused him to miss 5 games and limit his overall effectiveness. Jackson had been finding his groove as of late but this week he goes up against the 49ers defense which has found its mean streak again.
It’s championship week for most fantasy leagues and if I were starting Jackson this week I would consider other options. I think his opportunities will be limited by the 49ers defense and by situation, as I think Atlanta will be playing from behind in this contest.
Call it clairvoyance but I don’t see any more than 50 yards on the ground from Jackson and he likely won’t find the end zone.
|Panthers(-3.5) over Saints|
|NFC South is on the line here. Panthers D slows down the Saints this time around.|
|Cowboys(-3) over Redskins|
| Hard to imagine them rebounding from such a difficult loss against the Packers, but they will. The Redskins are a cure for most teams ills.
| Eagles over Bears(+3)
|In a battle that will be a close affair give me the QB that doesn't turn the football over. Nick Foles out duels Jay Cutler in this one.|
|Patriots(+2.5) over Ravens|
|Comes down to a FG again. Only this time Gostkowski boots it through late for a Pats Win.|
|Last Week: 1 - 3 (4 - 0 vs spread)
Season: 30 - 25 - 1 (23 - 31 - 2 vs spread)
Well, we are almost at the finish line now.
This week 2 Guys take a look at their own disappointing fantasy seasons and how they came to pass.
After the gripe session, Frank and Evan tackle the idea of benching great players with tough match ups and their answers might surprise you.
Lastly, 2 Guys wish all their listeners Happy Holidays and promise to return with the latest and greatest fantasy football news in 2014.
- Chief for a Day
- 5 touchdowns. Hopefully you had Jamaal Charles in your line ups for Week 15 as he ran wild for 5 touchdowns (4 through the air) and 195 yards receiving. There isn’t much to say about Charles performance other than to make sure he’s your line up next week against Indy.
- Sad Tale of the Tight End
- It was a bad day for some marquee TEs who had shined recently. Jimmy Graham, Charles Clay, and Cameron Jordan all were held under 30 yards receiving. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for guys that were becoming somewhat dependable in your fantasy line up. If you survive these poor performances you can play these guys next week but sometimes you don’t get a second chance when marquee players fail you.
- Crabtree lives
- Michael Crabtree found the end zone for the first time this season and it couldn’t have come at a better time for fantasy owners. His 45 yards receiving left a little to be desired but things will only get better for Crabtree going forward. If you survived this weekend keep him in your line up for the rest of the way.
- No show for Knowshon
- After weeks of being one of the highest producing RBs in the game, Knowshon hit the skids at the worst time. It appears Montee Ball has overtaken Moreno in terms of goal line carries and even more recently even in sub packages with 3 wide receivers or more. At this point Denver still has an explosive offense but it’s unclear if Moreno will get the touches necessary to be a fantasy factor down the stretch. My best guess is keep in him in your line up but diminish your expectations.
- No Defense
- Look for the Rams defense as a good play next week against the Buccaneers at home as well as the Jaguars at home against Tennessee. At this point in the season you’ve got to take a chance somewhere in your line up to generate points and these defenses could be your ticket to the championship in Week 16.
Frank’s Week 15 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins
Charles Clay has been having quite a year so far. His 2 touchdowns last week raised his total to 6 on the season. In addition he has already amassed 678 yards receiving as well. This week the Dolphins face division rival New England whose secondary, outside of Aquib Talib, can be vulnerable against the pass.
Call it South Beach magic, but I like to find the endzone at least once in this contest and go over 70 yards receiving before it’s all over.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Josh McCown has looked so good in his 5 starts (13 touchdowns, 1 interception) that it’s hard to imagine Cutler coming back and doing much better. Not to mention Cutler faces a formidable Cleveland defense that had Tom Brady befuddled for most of the game last week before Brady led a miraculous 4th quarter comeback.
So how does this play out?
The way I see Cutler throws at least 2 interceptions and doesn’t top 250 yards passing. He might throw a td as well, but don’t expect too much from him since he is starting his first game in over a month.
|Seahawks(-7) over Giants|
|Giants looked like they may have packed it in for the season last week in San Diego.|
|Cowboys over Packers(+7)|
| Both teams are desperate for a win to stay in their respective divisional races but, without Rodgers under center for the Packers, the Cowboys steal this one late.
| Saints over Rams(+6.5)
|This is a trickier game than it looks like but the Saints will still win it.|
|Lions over Ravens(+6)|
|Do or die for both teams but I like Megatron to be the difference in a close game.|
|Last Week: 2 - 2 (2 - 2 vs spread)
Season: 29 - 22 - 1 (19 - 31 - 2 vs spread)
2 Guys dig into a tough slate of injuries that happened in Week 14 and tell you what you can do to mitigate them heading into Week 15.
Evan weighs in on TE replacements for Gronkowski and what can you expect next week.
Frank and Evan look at players who are still on waivers and who could help you make an impact in the fantasy playoffs.
Lastly, 2 Guys encourage you to ask questions on your line up and congratulate all owners who made the playoffs.
- Gronked out
- Rob Gronkowski’s torn ACL is the kind of thing that destroys a fantasy season. In what was the first week of the playoffs in many leagues or the last week of the regular season in others, Gronkowski’s injury has sent a shockwave through the fantasy world. Trying to replace him is next to impossible. Hopefully, you have a good back up at your disposal or you can hit the waivers for guys like Brandon Myers or Timothy Wright.
- Peterson Snowballed Owners
- Adrian Peterson left the field with an injury to his foot that is not considered serious. Of course, Peterson has already made headlines for complaining about the lousy Baltimore fans at the game on Sunday. Fantasy owners will be happy to know that Peterson says he will play Sunday against the Eagles. Just watch his status as the week progresses.
- Torrey Story
- Sure, Torrey Smith’s numbers have been less than impressive this year (including last week’s 11 yard performance) but this week the Ravens visit the Vikings in the friendly confines of the Metrodome. Smith has faced tough conditions and tough defenses all year but this week he will face neither. Look for a big game from him this week against the Vikes.
- Feat of Clay
- No ice, no problem for Charles Clay. Clay went for 2 touchdowns and 97 yards in frigid conditions in Pittsburgh to keep the Dolphins slim playoff hopes alive as well as give fantasy owners a huge boost in their playoff match ups. Next week Clay faces a wounded Patriot defense and will look to build on his success from recent weeks.
- Pitta Bread
- Dennis Pitta may have returned just in time for fantasy owners looking for an additional options at TE. If you picked him up last week go ahead and start him for the rest of the season. If you are still allowed to put in waiver claims go ahead and try to pick him up. He appeared to have lost no chemistry with QB Joe Flacco.
Frank’s Week 14 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Remember when the Cowboys drafted Martellus Bennett to be that twin force at TE with Jason Witten? Well as you know Bennett never really found his footing in Dallas and he is now on his second team in 2 years (Giants in 2012, Bears in 2013) since leaving the Cowboys at the end of the 2011 season.
What does it all mean?
Revenge is a dish best served cold and it will be quite chilly in the Windy City on Monday Night when Martellus Bennett shows his former team what could have been. Have him in your line up as he finds the end zone at least once and tops 60 yards receiving.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Kudos to Michael Crabtree for returning from an achilles injury months ahead of schedule. The bad news is this week the 49ers outstanding wideout faces the league’s best cornerback in Richard Sherman and one of the best defenses in the Seattle Seahawks.
Sure, Crabtree has potential for a big play or two against the Seahawks, but he is a risky play in just his second week back in a tough divisional match up. If you are in desperate need consider playing him but start looking for better options as he is likely to be held under 50 yards receiving and held out of the endzone as well.