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Cordarelle Patterson

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WEEK 15 OUTLOOK

GAME OF THE WEEK

Chargers at Broncos: Not only are these teams among the top four in offense, but they’re among the
bottom eight in defense.

GAME OF THE MEEK

Jets at Panthers: These teams rank among the bottom seven in
offense and offer few viable
options outside of Cam Newton.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

QB Matt Ryan, Falcons: Roddy White has re-emerged, and that’s big for Ryan, who should exploit a Redskins defense that has given up the sixth-most points to quarterbacks.

RB Alfred Morris, Redskins: Whoever the quarterback is, the Redskins will need to rely on their running game, and the Falcons have the third-worst run defense.

WR Andre Johnson, Texans: In his last five games against the Colts, he has a 90-yard game, three
100-yard games and a 200-yard game. He has six touchdowns
during that span.

PLAYERS OF THE MEEK

QB Andy Dalton, Bengals: He’s
coming off a 30-point game but faces the Steelers’ No. 7 pass
defense. The last time he scored 30 points, he followed it up with six.

RB Chris Johnson, Titans: Not only is he losing carries to Shonn Greene, but he’ll face a Cardinals defense that ranks third against the run.

WR Victor Cruz, Giants: In his last nine games, he has one 100-yard game and no touchdowns. The Seahawks have allowed the fewest points to wide receivers.

WEEK 14 PICKS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 172 yards,
TD, INT

RB DeMarco Murray: 146 yards

WR Torrey Smith: 1 catch, 11 yards, 2-point conversion

PLAYERS OF THE MEEK

QB Colin Kaepernick: 175 yards, TD, INT, 31 rushing yards

RB Zac Stacy: 25 yards, TD

WR Steve Smith: 6 catches,
49 yards, TD

The problem with writing a fantasy football column at this time of year is that your audience is fragmented. There are those who have advanced to the playoffs and those who haven’t.

The latter group has no use for you anymore.

You need to give them a reason to keep reading. Well, here it is: It’s never too early to plan for next season. And if you’re in a keeper or dynasty league, it’s time to start planning.

Here are three players who could offer great value in such leagues. If you’re in a redraft league, track them during the offseason. They’re not high-
end players yet, but they’re on their way.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: He’s a younger, less expensive version of Percy Harvin, and he finally is playing enough to show it. Two weeks ago, he had a 33-yard touchdown run. On Sunday, he had a 79-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Outside of Greg Jennings, Patterson doesn’t have a lot of proven competition on the team. The biggest concern is at quarterback. If the Vikings are able to upgrade the position, Patterson might be special next season.

TE Ladarius Green, Chargers: The 2012 fourth-round pick appears to be first in line to replace Antonio Gates when the 11-year veteran calls it a career, and he has the size (6-6, 240 pounds) and hands to handle the role. Before being shut out Sunday, he had nine catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns in his previous three games. Gates is under contract for two more seasons, but Green appears to be turning a corner in his development.

RB Christine Michael, Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch has two years left on his contract, so he figures to return next season. But the Seahawks will have to attend to the contracts of several big-name players during that time, and you have to wonder if they’ll keep a running back with cap hits of $7 million in 2014 and
$9 million in 2015. They thought enough of Michael to draft him in the second round, even with Lynch still productive. He’s a good dynasty-league stash.

Email: jagrest@suntimes.com

Twitter: @JeffreyA22



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