Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Episode 38: First Aid (Week 15)

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On Monday's Week 15 edition of First Aid, the Helpers analyze Seattle/San Francisco and Detroit/Minnesota and give out fantasy value to the players in those contests. Plus weekly awards and a quick preview of Chicago/New Orleans tonight. Enjoy.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Helpers start out discussing the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions were a bit of a disappointment from a fantasy perspective. Matt Stafford was 17-of-28 for 153 yards and one touchdown. Calvin Johnson didn't jump off the stat sheet but he still led all Lions' receivers with 54 yards. Expect him to put up better numbers against the weaker Chicago Bears defense next week.

Running back Joique Bell managed to carry the ball 15 times for 62 yards. He made up some points in the receiving game. The return of Reggie Bush hasn't affected Bell's numbers in the slightest. Bell will remain a solid RB2 against Chicago next week. Golden Tate ended up with 38 yards and a touchdown. He'll also be a must start next week as well.

Field goal kicker Matt Prater had himself a field day with three field goals and one PAT. He remains a great fantasy option due to his accuracy and the fact that the Lions play all their home games in the comfort of a dome. Blair Walsh was the exact opposite of Prater, missing three field goals and only netting two fantasy points on two PATs.

Teddy Bridgewater finished with decent passing yardage as he went 31-for-41 for 315 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also the team's second leading rusher with three carries for 30 yards. He's nothing more than a QB3 though. Matt Asiata put together a strong day with 86 combined yards and a touchdown. As long as Jerick McKinnon is out, expect Asiata to remain a solid flex play. The Vikings play the Miami Dolphins next week, a team that's been solid overall against the run but has shown inconsistency at times.

Charles Johnson continued his emergence as the team's best receiver option with five receptions for 72 yards. Kyle Rudolph hauled in all 7 of his targets for 69 yards which was his highest receiving yard total of the season. Rudolph remains a boom or bust TE2. Veteran Greg Jennings scored the lone receiving touchdown for the Vikings and finished with 3 catches for 43 yards.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

In perhaps one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL currently, there was not a whole lot of fantasy points to go around in this physical battle between two top defenses. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scored 10 fantasy points, his lowest total since week 9 against Oakland. The best fantasy guy of the day was Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who ended up with 91 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

The 49ers were no better and they were bit by the injury bug hard. San Francisco lost two of its starting running backs in Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde to injury. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to struggle in the pocket after starting the game out promising. He finished with 9 fantasy points and has now finished in the single digits each of the last four weeks.

The defenses were really the stars of this game, even though they didn't compile big fantasy stats. San Francisco's defense finished with 10 fantasy points while Seattle's defense came in at 11 fantasy points. Both teams got after the quarterback and combined for 11 sacks. While there was no defensive scores, the 49ers nearly ran back a Russell Wilson interception at one point.


Last modified on Monday, 15 December 2014 02:40
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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