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Week 15 Fantasy Insights

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson were featured performers in Week 15, the semi-finals for most fantasy football leagues. Hopefully they led your team to victory and a spot in next week's championship round.

Jacksonville at Atlanta

As expected, the Falcons ran over the Jaguars. Matt Ryan and the passing offense were dominant and only Tony Gonzalez disappointed his fantasy owners.

Roddy White has come up big just when fantasy owners needed it. He's averaging 25.9 ppg in the fantasy playoffs.

Maurice Jones-Drew is proving to be more durable than anyone expected at the start of the season.

Dallas at Tampa Bay

Tony Romo scored four times, three passing, once running and was the big points-scoring in Saturday's romp over Tampa Bay. He spread the wealth among his receivers with Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson all getting into the end zone.

As has been the case all season, when the Bucs fall behind, LeGarrette Blount disappears.

Miami at Buffalo

Bush had the best day of his career, rushing for 203 yards and a touchdown. He's been one of the biggest fantasy surprises all season...and that's not just because he's played every game.

C.J. Spiller got plenty of fantasy points, but he's not a consistent enough yard gainer to build an offense around. Boy, do those Bills miss Fred Jackson.

Ryan Fitzpatrick racked up a lot of late yardage after the score was 30-13.

Seattle at Chicago

Marshawn Lynch continues his dynamic play with a first quarter touchdown. He's scored in 10 consecutive games. He scored a second time, but didn't get many yards - just 42 on the ground.

Tarvaris Jackson was solid with 227 yards and one touchdown pass.

The Bears offense is all smoke and mirrors. Thank goodness they have a great defense. Today, neither worked.

Marion Barber failed to make an impact.

Carolina at Houston

Two early scores by the Panthers could take the Texans out of the run, run, run strategy. Not much first-half offense, but it was all Carolina's as they put up 21 first-half points.

Getting Steve Smith involved early opened up the running game for the Panthers who ran for 166 yards.

T.J. Yates finally showed his youth, throwing two interceptions against no touchdowns.

Arian Foster got his fantasy points, but the game was out of reach at the time.

Tennessee at Indianapolis

A dull half from Matt Hasselbeck, should end up allowing Jake Locker get some second-half playing time.

Locker came in and threw for 108 yards and a score. Look for the rookie to start the final games this season and could have borderline fantasy value.

Chris Johnson was a no-show, though he did get up for 100+ combined yards in a late garbage time push.

If you started Donald Brown you get an "A" for guts and it paid off as he ran for 161 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown.

Colts get their first win, Packers get their first loss...what were the odds?

Green Bay at Kansas City

When was the last game that Green Bay failed to score in the opening quarter? Answer; It's happened just three times this season, the last on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.

2011 Fantasy MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers was just 6-for-17 for 59 yards in the first half. Kyle Orton, on the other hand was 14-for-19 for 152 yards.

Rodgers ended up with a respectable total (235 yards and one TD rushing, one TD passing) when the Chiefs went prevent on the final Packers drive.

Apparently the double coverage on Greg Jennings was how the other receivers got open in the first 13 games. Jordy Nelson and James Jones combined for four catches and 46 yards.

New Orleans at Minnesota

Brees continues to roll through the league on his way to breaking Dan Marino's all-time single season passing mark of 5,084 yards. Brees had 247 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and finished with five touchdowns and 412 yards As is his custom, Brees spread his completions among nine receivers.

Peterson has one nice run of 39 yards in the first half, but obviously was not 100% healthy and Toby Gerhart got more than his usual workload.

Washington at New York Giants

The 2010 version of Eli Manning appeared today and he was simply ugly in the few minutes he was actually on the field. He began the day 0-for-5 and finished 23-for-40 for 257 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Most of the yardage came at garbage time.

Of course it didn't help that Hakeem Nicks dropped a sure touchdown pass in the first half, but that wouldn't have made a difference in the game outcome.

The Redskins dominated time of possession 35 minutes to 25 minutes - no wonder the Giants fantasy numbers were sub par.

The Washington offense didn't do much from a fantasy point of view - Helu ran for just 53 yards and Santana Moss caught two balls for 40 yards and a score. It was the Redskins defense that won this game.

Cincinnati at St. Louis

A.J. Green was unstoppable until he tripped over his own feet and injured his shoulder. He had four catches for 94 yards in the first half but did manage to return to the field and get his 100-yard bonus.

Cedric Benson had a slow start against the league's worst run defense, running for 21 yards on 11 first half carries. He finished with 76 yards and a touchdown, not get, but respectable fantasy numbers.

Kellen Clemens played about as well as could be expected, but that didn't make it any easier on Brandon Lloyd owners.

Detroit at Oakland

Welcome back to fantasy relevance Calvin Johnson. It's been five weeks since you were a big factor. Johnson posted a season-high 214 yards and two touchdowns.

It's not a coincidence that Megaton's return coincided with a huge game for Matthew Stafford (29-for-52 for 391 yards and four touchdowns).

The Lions really need a running game to balance their potent passing game and then they could be the New Orleans Saints...at least offensively.

Carson Palmer matched Stafford pass for pass, throwing for 367 yards.

Darrius Heyward-Bey was the Raiders' healthiest receiver. Hopefully you were paying attention and put him in your starting lineup as he caught eight balls for 155 yards and a score.

Cleveland at Arizona

Peyton Hillis was expected to be the primary weapon in the Browns offense and he was, rushing for 99 yards and a score.

Greg Little added 131 yards and a touchdown receiving and seemed to work well with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.

Fantasy owners had to be disappointed by Beanie Wells' 12 fantasy points against the 31st-ranked run defense.

John Skelton threw for 313 yards, but only 65 of them to Larry Fitzgerald.

New England at Denver

The Broncos took Rob Gronkowski away from the Patriots in the first half and Tom Brady simply went to Aaron Hernandez and surprise...Chad Ochocinco. The Pats scored 27 first-half points without their best touchdown maker being involved in the action.

Another 300-yard passing day for Brady. If not for the monster production from Brees this season in New Orleans, Brady would be getting a lot more press. Is that actually possible?

The Patriots 41-point output was way too much for Tim Tebow's pedestrian offense.

Tebow did, however, post solid fantasy numbers with 194 yards passing and 93 yards on the ground including two touchdowns.

New York Jets at Philadelphia

Michael Vick's sprint and dive into the end zone in the first half showed his ribs are much healthier.

LeSean McCoy's 18th, 19th and 20th touchdowns of the season continue to put an exclamation point on a great fantasy season for the mid-first round pick.

Shonn Greene ran well, just not enough after the team fell behind 28-0.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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