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Week 15 Studs and Duds

A quick look back at week 15 fantasy football STUDS and Duds…

Week 15 Studs and Duds

Each week, the fantasy football guru Dave B brings you players you need to be paying attention to – Remember – fantasy football championships are often won by those who live eat and breath fantasy football.

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Fantasy Semi-Finals week is almost in the books! There were some typically outstanding performances this week – ones that undoubtedly took some Fantasy owners to the Championship game. Unfortunately, there were some brutal efforts – ones that likely sent some Fantasy owners packing at precisely the wrong time of the year.

Below is a list of all such performances in Dave B’s Week 15 Studs and Duds. I hope you had more Studs than Duds this week!

Studs of the Week:

Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees completed 32-of-40 passes for 412 yards and five touchdowns as the Saints dismantled the Vikings in Week 15 – an insane effort from one of this week’s Studs of the Week.

Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins – Reggie Bush rushed 25 times for 203 yards with a touchdown in the Dolphins’ 30-23 Week 15 win in Buffalo. Bush has been Hot and now receives Stud of the Week honours.

Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – Calvin Johnson exploded for a career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions to lead the Lions to a 28-27 comeback victory over the Raiders in Week 15. Unbelievable! That`s the Megatron that we love – the Studly one!

Other Studs:


Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford completed 29-of-52 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders in Week 15. What a comeback, what a Stud!

Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – Ryan completed 19-of-26 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns against Jacksonville. The 137.3 passer rating was the second-highest of his career. He was pulled in the third quarter of that game but still produced Stud numbers in his limited time on the field.

Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo completed 23 of 30 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s win against the Buccaneers. He also added one rushing touchdown in a truly Studly effort.

Honourable Mention: Tom Brady


LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – LeSean McCoy rushed 18 times for 102 yards with three touchdowns in the Eagles’ Week 15 blowout of the Jets and he didn`t even play in the fourth quarter! He was awesome on Sunday and should realistically have been Stud of the Week.

Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – Donald Brown rushed 16 times for 161 yards and one touchdown, and added one catch for two yards against the Titans in Week 15. Brown gets the nod as the most unlikely Stud this week.

Arian Foster – Houston Texans – Arian Foster rushed 16 times for 109 yards and a touchdown and added five receptions for 58 yards, but the Texans lost 28-13 to the Panthers in Week 15. He was the only thing working for the Texans on Sunday. 167 combined yards and a score makes Foster a Stud once again.

CJ Spiller – Buffalo Bills – C.J. Spiller rushed 12 times for 91 yards with a touchdown and added nine catches for 76 yards with a touchdown in the Bills’ Week 15 loss to the Dolphins. Spiller had quite a game – good enough for a place on the Stud list!

Honourable Mention: Maurice Jones-Drew, Felix Jones


Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – Roddy White exploded for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions to lead the Falcons to a 41-14 blowout victory over the Jaguars in Week 15. White did absolutely whatever he wanted on Thursday night and became the first WR Stud this week.

Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – Lance Moore caught five balls for 91 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints destroyed the Vikings in Week 15. If you get open for Drew Brees, he will make you a Stud.

Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – Brent Celek caught five passes for 156 yards with a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 15 blowout of the Jets – Stud!

Honourable Mention: Darrius Heyward-Bey, AJ Green, Greg Little, Aaron Hernandez

Duds of the Week:

Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – Jordy Nelson was held to just 29 yards on two receptions against the Chiefs in Week 15. With Greg Jennings OUT, a whole lot more was expected! I hate to say it but Nelson was an utter Dud on Sunday.

Wes Welker – New England Patriots – After posting 311 yards receiving with three touchdowns over his last three games, Patriots WR Wes Welker did not have the same kind of success in Week 15 against the Broncos. He was held to four catches for 41 yards in the 41-23 win. Welker is the most unlikely Dud this week. [ad-8469823]

Other Duds:


Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers completed 17-of-35 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown and added three rushes for 32 yards and a second score against the Chiefs in Week 15. Not terrible numbers but still a Dud for Mr. Rodgers.

Eli Manning – NY Giants – Eli Manning completed 23-of-40 passes for 257 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Giants’ crippling 23-10 Week 15 loss to the Redskins. I hope you weren’t depending on Manning this week!

Mark Sanchez – NY Jets – Mark Sanchez completed 15-of-26 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Jets’ Week 15 loss to the Eagles. He also lost a fumble in the game. Thanks to garbage time, his numbers weren`t horrific but there is still no doubting the fact that Sanchez is a Dud!


Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – Adrian Peterson rushed just 10 times for 60 yards in the Vikings’ Week 15 loss to New Orleans. It may be a bit unfair but when you declare yourself healthy, big things are expected!

LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LeGarrette Blount rushed for 21 yards on nine carries against the Cowboys in Week 15. Brutal effort once again for a player that should be a whole lot better. He’s a Dud – no question about it!

Roy Helu – Washington Redskins – Roy Helu rushed 23 times for 53 yards and added three catches for 16 yards in the Redskins’ Week 15 win over the Giants. In a game that the Skins dominated, one would have thought Helu would have been more involved!


Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – Percy Harvin rushed once for a loss of one and caught three passes for eight yards in the Vikings’ Week 15 loss to New Orleans. We knew that the return of Adrian Peterson would affect him but C`mon!

DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – DeSean Jackson was held to two catches for 28 yards in the Eagles’ Week 15 blowout of the Eagles. Revis Island strikes again! Still, Jackson is playing for a contract and with Duds like he has delivered this season, he may have burnt a bridge or two!

James Jones – Green Bay Packers – For those of you who were hoping that James Jones would step up in Greg Jennings’ absence, I am sorry. 2 catches for 17 yards lands Jones on the complete and utter Dud list!


By DaveB

Dave B has been a Fantasy Football writer for us for 10 years. A couch potato wannabe, Dave’s insights have been read by 10’s of people for years. He hope’s for world peace + global relaxation. Enjoy and remember only smoke things that are completely natural.