Chris Wesseling

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The Lottery Ticket

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Before the Week 13 Monday night bout with the Redskins, matchups guru Evan Silva touted explosive Giants rookie David Wilson as "one of the top late-season lottery ticket stashes in fantasy football." That ticket has already paid for any fantasy owners who plugged Wilson in versus the Saints as a flex option in standard-scoring league or even a RB2 in return-yardage formats.

 

The biggest homerun threat among the impressive group of rookie backs, Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff returns and 100 rushing yards in the same game. He also joined Maurice Jones-Drew as the only backs since 1950 with at least two rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return score in a single game.

 

The Giants are still awaiting the results of the battery of tests on Ahmad Bradshaw's injured knee. If Bradshaw is unable to go in Week 15, Wilson would have top-10 fantasy potential in an attractive matchup versus a Falcons defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing backs. Even if Bradshaw suits up, Wilson should be played as a boom-or-bust change-of-pace option with the possibility of taking on more carries if the starter's knee is aggravated during the game. Owned in just a third of Yahoo leagues, Wilson is the top choice on the waiver wire this week.

 

On to the players. Here is how I rank the top players at each position as we head into Week 15. Full write-ups of each player are below.

 

Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson
Sam Bradford
Brandon Weeden
Nick Foles
Kirk Cousins

Running Backs
David Wilson
Joique Bell
Bilal Powell 
Jacquizz Rodgers
Montell Owens
Alex Green
LaMichael James

Wide Receivers
Kenny Britt
Dwayne Harris
Kris Durham
Brandon Gibson
Rod Streater
Riley Cooper
Jon Baldwin

Tight Ends
Dennis Pitta
Tony Scheffler
Ben Watson
Clay Harbor

Team Defense
Lions
Bengals
Dolphins
Browns

Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson, Seahawks - The rookie of the year candidate is still owned in less than a third of Yahoo leagues despite outscoring Eli Manning over the past five weeks. Wilson travels to Buffalo in Week 15 to face a Bills defense allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to QBs.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Sam Bradford, Rams - Coach Jeff Fisher says Danny Amendola (heel) has a “much better chance” to play this week indoors versus the Vikings. In which case, Bradford would have all of his weapons back against a defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to QBs.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brandon Weeden, Browns - Should Robert Griffin III (knee) fail to suit up in Week 15, the rookie QB on the other sideline would be a better fantasy play than his own backup. With Josh Gordon emerging as a more consistent go-to receiver, Weeden is worth a look against a Redskins defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to QBs.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Nick Foles, Eagles - Don’t go overboard on Foles’ impressive 381-yard breakout game. The Eagles were forced to air it out against the league’s worst pass defense when the Bucs’ front seven shut down Bryce Brown by controlling the trenches. Look for Philly to go back to the run against a Bengals defense that is better exploited on the ground than through the air. Foles does have an attractive matchup versus the Redskins in Week 16.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Kirk Cousins, Redskins - Signals are mixed on Cousins’ chances of starting for Robert Griffin III (knee) this week. Cousins made a pair of impressive plays to send the game to overtime last week, but he’s going to be an underwhelming fantasy option on the road against a surging Browns defense if he’s under center on Sunday. Cleveland is allowing just 13 points per over the past three weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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