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Free Agent Forecast - Week 15
Paul Sandy
December 14, 2004

QUARTERBACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Billy Volek, Matt Hasselbeck and Brian Griese

1. Jon Kitna, Bengals

Last Week’s Stats

9 comp.

13 att.

126 yds.

1 TD

9 rush yds.

Breakout Performer

 

Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Although an MRI revealed no ligament damage, Palmer is expected to be listed as questionable against Buffalo. The Bills have a tough pass defense and got even a bit stronger last week with the return of Troy Vincent. It might be advisable to keep Kitna on your bench for Week 15, but a Week 16 match-up against the Giants could be good.

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BUF

NYG

@PHI

 

 


2. Drew Bledsoe, Bills

Last Week’s Stats

12 comp.

27 att.

100 yds.

1 TD

 

Breakout Performer

 

After throwing eight touchdowns in three games, Bledsoe cooled off considerably this week. But with a match-up in Week 15 against the Bengals, he could post some nice stats. Cincy has given up six passing touchdowns in their last three games.

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@CIN

@SF

PIT

 

 

One Week Wonders: None

RUNNING BACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Larry Johnson

1. Maurice Hicks, 49ers

Last Week’s Stats

34 car.

139 yds.

5 rec.

29 yds.

1 TD

Breakout Performer

Hicks has been recommended here three times before. With Kevan Barlow sidelined, he got his first start on Sunday. He racked up some big yardage both on the ground and through the air. Unfortunately, Hicks has the toughest remaining schedule of any RB. He’ll face the Redskins and Bills in what will be the fantasy playoffs for most leagues. Then he travels to New England to close the season against the defending Super Bowl champs. Still, he’s an adequate flex player or backup.

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WAS

BUF

@NE

 

 


2. Tatum Bell, Broncos

Last Week’s Stats

17 car.

123 yds.

1 rec.

-6 yds.

2 TDs

Breakout Performer

 

Bell was listed here last week and broke out in a big way on Sunday. The Broncos regular starter, Reuben Droughns, fumbled twice on the opening drive and was promptly benched. The rookie entered the game and showed some flashes of why Denver spent a second-round draft pick on him. If you have been relying on Droughns, Bell is a must-have free agent even though he is questionable with a shoulder injury.

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@KC

@TEN

IND

 

 


3. Garrison Hearst, Broncos

Last Week’s Stats

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

Breakout Performer

 

With Tatum Bell’s status up in the air, Garrison Hearst may also have some value for Reuben Droughns owners. Hearst would be the #2 RB if Bell sits, or worse is placed on IR.

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@KC

@TEN

IND

 

 


4. Zack Crockett, Raiders

Last Week’s Stats

5 car.

20 yds.

1 rec.

4 yds.

1 TD

Breakout Performer

 

If you made your fantasy playoffs, you likely have better options than Crockett. However, in the event that your regular starter can’t go, Crockett has an excellent chance to find the endzone in Week 15. He’s the Raiders goal-line and short-yardage back. The Raiders will face the Titans and figure to get at least one or two opportunities inside the five yard line.

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TEN

@KC

JAC

 

 

One Week Wonders: Obafemi Ayanbadejo

WIDE RECEIVERS

Obvious acquisitions: T.J. Houshmandzadeh

1. Joey Galloway, Buccaneers

Last Week’s Stats

5 rec.

78 yds.

2 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

Joey Galloway returned to action a couple weeks ago with little fanfare. But head coach Jon Gruden has given him plenty of opportunities to prove himself as the season winds down. Galloway has scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks and has a favorable match-up next week against the Saints. He missed some plays Sunday when he experienced some cramping, but is expected to be ready to go versus New Orleans. Start him as needed.

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NO

CAR

@ARZ

 

 


2. Eric Parker, Chargers

Last Week’s Stats

6 rec.

118 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

Keenan McCardell strained his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Bucs. With a playoff berth basically locked up, a couple weeks on the bench may be in order for McCardell. That would open the door for some quality fantasy production from Eric Parker, who posted an excellent stat line. Parker and the Chargers will face the Cleveland Browns in Week 15. He can certainly be used if you’re in a pinch.

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@CLE

@IND

KC

 

 


3. David Patten, Patriots

Last Week’s Stats

5 rec..

107 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

The return of Deion Branch may have caused some owners to sour on David Patten. If he’s available on your waiver wire, he’s worth an acquisition this week. Patten saw increased production when David Givens was a late scratch due to a leg injury. If Givens continues to experience tightness in his leg, Patten’s value will be sky high.

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@MIA

@NYJ

SF

 

 

One Week Wonders: Cedrick Wilson

TIGHT ENDS

Obvious Acquisitions: Todd Heap

1. Christian Fauria, Patriots

Last Week’s Stats

3 rec.

33 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

Christina Fauria got the starting nod in Week 14 because regular starter Daniel Graham was out with a rib injury. Fauria will continue to see action as long as Graham is out. Pats QB Tom Brady loves to throw to his TEs inside the redzone, so Graham is worth starting.

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@MIA

@NYJ

SF

 

 

One Week Wonders: None

Defense / Special Teams

Obvious Acquisitions: Carolina Panthers

1. Arizona Cardinals

Last Week’s Stats

31 PA

0 INTs

1 FR

1 sack

0 TDs

Breakout Performer

 

The Cardinals defense didn’t do anything particularly special Sunday against the 49ers. In fact, they got run over by unheralded running back Maurice Hicks. So why the recommendation? Arizona will face the Rams, who will likely start backup QB Chris Chandler again. That should mean plenty of sack opportunities and interceptions ( Chandler was picked off six times Sunday). If you play the match-ups, you’ll have a difficult time finding a better one-week team defense than Arizona.

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STL

@SEA

TAM

 

 

One Week Wonders: None