World-Herald staff writers Cameron Carlow and Jake Anderson provide insight following Week 15′s NFL action.
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Matt Stafford, QB, Lions: Stafford threw for 246 yards and three interceptions against the Cardinals’ 4th-ranked passing defense. If you survived his poor outing, Stafford can only get better this week against the Falcons.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: Williams ran for 93 yards on Sunday — his first game of at least 70 rushing yards this season. His 22 carries were also a season high, but Mike Tolbert was used on the goal line and scored two touchdowns. Hoping for a season high two weeks in a row is never a good thing, so use Williams cautiously.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants: Manning has had an up-and-down season, and he had one of his worst weeks against the Falcons, finishing with 161 yards and two interceptions. He should rebound against the Ravens’ 22nd-ranked passing defense.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots: Woodhead, typically a receiving threat, saw plenty of chances as New England tried to recover from a 31-3 deficit. Starter Stevan Ridley had two fumbles (one lost), which may have played a factor, too. Don’t be confident starting Woodhead this week, though you can breathe a little easier if you’re in a PPR league.
Roddy White, WR, Falcons: White had just two receptions for 16 yards against the Giants and is dealing with a knee injury. Proceed with caution if you survived his rough outing.
Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: Cruz was another receiver who let fantasy owners down, finishing with three receptions for 15 yards. The Giants passing game had an off day, but Cruz should still be relied on as a No. 1 receiver going forward.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: It’s a good time to be a Peterson owner as the running back nears the regular-season rushing record of 2,105 yards held by Eric Dickerson. Peterson, who sits at 1,812 yards, has reached the 100-yard mark in his last eight games and has crossed 200 in two of the past three weeks.
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: Johnson scored for the first time in four games against the Colts and now has a good-looking matchup against the Vikings.
Heath Miller, TE, Steelers: Miller has scored two touchdowns in the past three weeks and finished with seven receptions for 92 yards against the Cowboys. He is getting plenty of looks just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
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Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: After breaking his right clavicle in the preseason, Mathews broke his left clavicle against the Panthers and is done for the season.
>> Also: Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens; Michael Bush, RB, Bears; Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
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Jackie Battle, RB, Chargers: Battle is the most logical choice to replace Mathews, though Curtis Brinkley saw more carries after Mathews’ injury on Sunday. Regardless, starting any of the three San Diego backs (Ronnie Brown is the third) is very risky, especially because Mathews failed to record a 100-yard game and only scored one touchdown as the main guy this season.
>> Also: Woodhead; Greg Little, WR, Browns; Leonard Hankerson, WR, Redskins; Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers