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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31482039 Pray for Newtown, CT Pray+for+Newtown%2C+CT Fantasy Football

Sports writers are often urged by their audience to "stay in their lane" and avoid topics outside the realm of athletics and competition.  Well, by acknowledging, remembering and reflecting on those lost in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, I believe I am staying in my lane, that of a person caring about the well being of another and showing sympathy in times of great loss.  To those families who lost a loved one, my heart goes out to you. - Ryan Fowler, Fantasy Editor FOXSports.com

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31479888 Dud - Ray Rice vs DEN Dud+-+Ray+Rice+vs+DEN Fantasy Football

Cam Cameron may be gone, but Ray Rice owners will not sleep well tonight if the running back's 12 carries for 38 yards (4.1 fantasy points) hurt their chances of advancing to Week 16.  Rice's effort snaps a streak of three straight games where he scored 14 fantasy points or more.  He now has five games this season where he's rushed for less than 50 yards. - Ryan Fowler.


RT @RayRice27 Fantasy football is FAKE compared to what the families in Newtown CT are going through

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31485141 Dud - Eli Manning vs ATL Dud+-+Eli+Manning+vs+ATL Fantasy Football

A week after Eli Manning lit up New Orleans for 52 points (with some assistance from David Wilson) and 30.2 fantasy points (second-most for Eli in 2012), owners had to feel pretty good heading into a critical game against Atlanta.  Instead, the Falcons (16.4 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks per game), shut down and shutout the Giants' offense.  Manning finished 13-25 for 161 yards with two interceptions for 2.4 fantasy points.  It marks the fourth time this season Manning has been held to six or fewer fantasy points. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31482797 Dud - Josh Freeman vs NO Dud+-+Josh+Freeman+vs+NO Fantasy Football

This game is a prime example of how fantasy football giveth and how fantasy football taketh away. 


Stay with me.


The New Orleans Saints' defense allows the most fantasy points to opposing QBs/RBs/WRs/TEs at over 84 fantasy points per game.  The Saints' defense continued that trend by allowing the New York Giants to rack up 52 game points in Week 14.  One week later, against a Buccaneers squad that has posted some solid offensive stats this season, New Orleans' defense flipped the proverbial script by shutting out Tampa Bay, 41-0.  Josh Freeman finished with 279 yards with five turnovers (-10 fantasy points).  If you are asking "What do I do about Dallas vs New Orleans in Week 16?"  My answer is simple: you start the Cowboys' offensive studs. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31482788 Stud - Dennis Pitta vs DEN Stud+-+Dennis+Pitta+vs+DEN Fantasy Football

With the shake-up to the Baltimore offense this past week, fantasy owners were playing with fire starting any member of the Ravens' offense.  However, one intriguing play was Dennis Pitta.  The Denver Broncos allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends heading into Week 15 at 9.9 fantasy points per game.  Pitta erupted for his best fantasy day of the season finishing with seven receptions for 125 yards with two touchdowns (24.5 FP).  It's the second time in the last three games Pitta has scored more than 10 fantasy points. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31483481 Stud - Kirk Cousins vs CLE Stud+-+Kirk+Cousins+vs+CLE Fantasy Football

With a NFC East division title still within reach, Kirk Cousins was thrust into the starting quarterback role with Robert Griffin III (knee), a fantasy stud at QB, watching from the sidelines.  Oh, and the game, on the road, where no matter the opponent, the degree of difficulty increases drastically.  All Cousins did was carve up the Browns' (winners of three straight) secondary to the tune of 329 yards with two touchdowns (one INT) in addition to 22 rushing yards as a two-fantasy-points, kick-in bonus for those who gambled on the rookie out of Michigan State.  He won't make us say RG3-who?, but the 25.4 fantasy points help provide the Redskins a chance to compete for the NFC East crown. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31482006 Stud - Blair Walsh vs STL Stud+-+Blair+Walsh+vs+STL Fantasy Football

It's not every week a kicker earns a nod in our fantasy football studs and duds gallery, but then again performances like Blair Walsh's are few and far between.  Minnesota's rookie kicker connected on five field goals (50, 38, 42, 53, and 51) and three extra points.  When you consider the fact Adrian Peterson scored 27.2 fantasy points, Walsh's 25 fantasy points are not to be ignored.  Plenty of quarterbacks and running backs failed to score 25 fantasy points in Week 15.  If you started Walsh, kudos to you. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31485134 Stud - Adrian Peterson vs STL Stud+-+Adrian+Peterson+vs+STL Fantasy Football

It hasn't even been a calendar year since Adrian Peterson shredded his knee on Christmas Eve 2011.  Fast forwarded to Week 15 2012, and ADP continued to close the gap between him and Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.  He finished with 24 carries for 212 yards with an 82-yard touchdown.  He finished with over 150 rushing yards and at least one touchdown for the third game in a row. Peterson has averaged 28 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks.  MVP?  I think so. - Ryan Fowler 

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31483477 Stud - James Jones vs CHI Stud+-+James+Jones+vs+CHI Fantasy Football

If only James Jones wasn't stuck behind Jordy Nelson (when healthy), Greg Jennings (when healthy) and Randall Cobb, what might have been this season?  Jones' three receptions on Sunday against the Bears, all touchdowns for 60 total yards.  He now has 12 TDs on the season to lead the NFL.  That is not a typo.  He has found the end zone more often than A.J. Green, Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Marshall.  Jones' only issue remains consistency because he's fourth in the wide receiver pecking order when the Packers' are at full strength.  - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 15 fantasy football studs and duds 31479902 Stud - Russell Wilson vs BUF Stud+-+Russell+Wilson+vs+BUF Fantasy Football

"Is Russell Wilson a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year?" -
@ZKalldin


The question was posed by one of my Twitter followers on Sunday afternoon and, at the moment, the question has legs.  Robert Griffin III seemed to have a strong grasp on the postseason accolade up until his knee injury forced him to the sideline in Week 15.  With that said, I still believe RG3 to have a slight lead on Wilson at the moment. 


Back to the fantasy football spin. 


Wilson posted one of the most amazing first-half fantasy performances in recent history when he accounted for four touchdowns against the Bills (in Toronto).  The quarterback finished 14-23 for 205 yards with a touchdown pass, those four rushing scores and 92 rush yards on nine carries.  The 41.4 fantasy points are a season high for the rookie out of Wisconsin.  Still, Wilson's a risky play against San Francisco in Week 16. - Ryan Fowler

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