FFL: Week 15 Matchups
Originally Published: December 16, 2005By Scott Engel | ESPN Fantasy Games
Every week, we preview all of the upcoming games from a fantasy perspective. To help you with lineup decisions, we give you matchups to exploit, key starting choices and advice on whom to leave on your bench. Tampa Bay at New England: With the Weather Channel's website reporting only a 20 percent chance of precipitation, rookie RB Carnell Williams can continue to function effectively instead of having to deal with wintry conditions. Even if weather does become a factor, look for Williams to play a major role as the Buccaneers try to control the clock. He should end up with decent yardage totals against New England's 11th-ranked run defense. The Patriots might double team Joey Galloway, though, and he could have trouble breaking loose for a score. The Patriots are banged up on offense, with both Tom Brady and Corey Dillon being listed as questionable. If you have healthier alternatives of similar value, use them. Dillon played through his injuries last week, but Brady looks like a shaky option for Week 15. Start and Smile: Tampa Bay defense/special teams. Watch and Worry: The status of Tom Brady. Kansas City at New York Giants: The absences of DT William Joseph and MLB Antonio Pierce make the Giants even more vulnerable to a terrific Kansas City running game, and Larry Johnson should be good for more than one TD. Trent Green will use play-action passing effectively, and New York will not be able to contain Tony Gonzalez. This game features two elite tight ends in what could be a high-scoring affair, and Jeremy Shockey should be open often over the middle of the field. Eli Manning won't hesitate to throw often, and Plaxico Burress should be able to use his size and strength to beat the Kansas City CBs for at least one TD reception. Start and Smile: Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez, Eli Manning, Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress. Watch and Worry: Giants defense/special teams.
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