Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/18/12
Pickups of the WeekDanny Amendola, WR, Rams (50.4 percent owned in ESPN standard 10-man leagues)Week 15 stats: 6 rec, 58 yards, 1 TD, 12 TargetsAmendola is back receiving a high amount of targets from Sam Bradford and faces a league-worst Buccaneers pass defense that was just demolished by Drew Brees and Nick Foles. The Aqib Talib-less secondary is just as horrible as you think it is.Sam Bradford, QB, Rams (38.2 percent)Week 15 stats: 35-55, 377 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INTWell yeah, you think I'm not gonna put Bradford on here after Amendola was just mentioned?Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons (0.4 percent)Week 15 stats: 3 rec, 83 yards, 3 TargetsAccording to ffchamps.com defensive tools, the Lions rank give up the second most fantasy points to No. 3 wide receivers. On the year they've given up touchdowns to Brandon Gibson, Michael Spurlock, Jarius Wright and allowed 100 yards to T.Y. Hilton. If there was ever a time to play Harry Douglas, this would be the week. He is a decent PPR flex play. Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore (29.8 percent)Week 15 stats: 7 rec, 125 yards, 2 TDs, 10 TargetsThe Pitta hate is unwarranted. Sure, he's had some unexpected blanks, but what tight end hasn't? If Torrey Smith can't go, expect Pitta to receive the lion's share of Flacco's targets.Rod Streater, WR, Raiders (2.0 percent)Week 15 stats: 5 rec, 62 yards, 6 TargetsDon't let his last stat line fool you as the Raiders were more run heavy on Sunday vs. the Chiefs as McFadden and company carried the ball 45 times, allowing Palmer only 29 pass attempts. Streater had 100 yards in week 14 and 96 and a touchdown in week 13 and will certainly see more looks against Carolina next week with Denarius Moore tied up with Chris Gamble.DefensesChargers D/ST (34.0 percent) vs. JetsThe Chargers defense is average at best, which is enough to ensure a few turnovers from Captain Buttfumble or whoever might replace him.Colts D/ST (3.5 percent) vs. Kansas CityA mere one week after being named AFC offensive player of the week, Brady Quinn is benched for 3rd stringer Ricky Stanzi, who is the only quarterback that hasn't sucked for the Chiefs yet. KickersShayne Graham (37.4 percent) and Josh Brown (1.1 percent) are both on stable offenses. Now is not the time to get cute with your kicker position, just ask a Connor Barth owner (zero points). In fact, sacrificing a waiver spot on a kicker this late in the year isn't a wise idea as some idiot in your league might drop good players just for the heck of it. It's best to have a better waiver priority in that case and wait until Saturday to pick up either Graham or Brown.Deep, LiterallyJoe Morgan, WR, Saints ( percent)Week 14 stats:   2 rec, 106 yards,         2 TargetsWeek 15 stats: 2 rec, 61 yards, 1 TD, 3 TargetsNothing but a hunch, but the Saints have been saying glowing things about Morgan since the preseason and it appears that Joe Morgan has supplanted Devery Henderson as Drew Brees' preferred fourth option. Up against a struggling Dallas secondary, Brees should look deep to Morgan at least once.How Are They Still Available?Bengals D/ST (50.6 percent)There's not a hotter defense right now and a top-3 play even with Roethlisberger back.Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks (27.3 percent)26 standard league points against Chicago. Not many can do that and logic says that the 49ers defense isn't much more of a threat than Chicago's. He is the beige knight that the entire city of Seattle has been waiting for.Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars (61.0 percent)Week 15 stats: 6 rec, 101 yards, 11 TargetsThe Patriots pass defense has one strong point and that's Aqib Talib who will most likely be matched up with Justin Blackmon, leaving Shorts to continue to rack up the yardage.T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts (51.1 percent)Week 15 stats: 3 rec, 78 yards, 1 TD, 6 TargetsHilton is just a deep threat, but being just a deep threat has allowed Hilton to rack up five touchdowns and three 100-yard games in the last seven weeks.Feel Free to DropAnybody that won't help you win (and couldn't help you lose) this week or next week as well if your league plays week 17.
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