Fantasy Football 2012: Week 15 Thursday Night Preview

By Adam Pfeifer
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For those who are still surviving, round 2 of your fantasy playoffs kicks off tonight. The Cincinnati Bengals visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.

In the NFL, this contest holds tremendous value for the Bengals, who are looking to land a Wild Card spot. For the Eagles? Ehh, not so much. They are just hoping they don’t get embarrassed on national television. However, from a fantasy perspective, owners will be glued to this game as if it were actually relevant.


Andy Dalton – “Red Dalton” is a very nice start in this game. While he has been a bit shaky over the last few weeks, this matchup against an inept Eagles secondary is too good to pass up. These Birds are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and haven’t intercepted a pass since Week 6. During that span, they have also surrendered 18 touchdown passes. Unless you have an elite option, I love Dalton here.

A.J. Green – He’s A.J. Green. He’s very, very good. Don’t let last week’s tough game scare you. You’re starting him.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis – The Law Firm has quietly been one of the most efficient runners over the past four weeks, rushing for 437 total yards. During that same span, the Eagles have been allowing 134 rushing yards per game. Sound like a good matchup? You do the math. BJGE will get all of the touches and is a great option on Thursday night.

Bengals D/ST – Cincinnati leads the entire league in sacks (42). The Eagles, meanwhile, are allowing 41 so far this year, which ranks third-worst. Look for Geno Atkins and company to get after rookie quarterback Nick Foles early and often.


Bryce Brown – Brown will again get the start, as LeSean McCoy has been ruled out with a concussion. After a game where he carried the ball 12 times for six yards, I expect Brown to bounce back, but not much. The Bengals run defense has allowed just 76.8 yards per game and one touchdown over the last four weeks. What can Brown do for you? Well, not much, if you ask me.

Jeremy Maclin – Maclin, who was dealing with a groin injury, is probable for Thursday night. He exploded in Week 14, catching nine balls for 104 yards and a score. It’s a fair matchup, as this Cincinnati secondary has allowed 23 receptions for 320 yards and a score to wideouts over the last two contests. Maclin is worth a shot this week but only as a WR3.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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