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Newsletter 296 Week 15 Highlights & Lowlights

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter presented by Butcher Box, we recap all the Week 15 action, take an initial pass on injuries, and preview two Monday Night Football games. It's 12/20. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

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A lot of times I will start these Monday recaps with something like “that was a gross slate” but I can say with certainty that yesterday was the worst slate in over 27 years:

* Yesterday’s action, or lack thereof, was punctuated by a 9-0 Saints win over the Bucs where Leonard Fournette, Chris Godwin, and Mike Evans all left the game early with injuries. Marquez Callaway (6-112) and the Saints defense were the lone bright spots for fantasy.

* Myles Gaskin returned to the Dolphins lineup yesterday, which of course meant journeyman RB Duke Johnson (22-107-2;1-20) led the backfield. DeVante Parker and defensive end Christian Wilkins also scored TDs for Miami.

* After a shaky start, the Bills managed to pull away from the Panthers. Gabriel Davis (5-85-2) and Stefon Diggs (4-35-1) flipped projected stat lines and Devin Singletary (22-86-1) actually got to rush the ball a few times.

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* As someone who was sweating Titans-Steelers with some DFS action, this game was max pain. Julio Jones left the game early with zero production. Chase Claypool did nothing. Big Ben scored his first rushing TD in three years. D’Onta Foreman (22-108; 2-27) was solid, though.

* The Cardinals got smacked by the 2-11-1 Detroit Lions. Christian Kirk (9-94-1) salvaged his day, but otherwise Arizona was a mess. Rookie WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (8-90-1) continued his string of solid performances. He now has 10+ targets in three straight games. Oh, and Craig Reynolds (26-112) is legit.

* You know yesterday was drunk when Davis Mills, Brandin Cooks (7-102-2) and the Texans put up one of the biggest stat lines of the day. James Robinson (18-75-1; 3-13) also seems to be enjoying the post-Urban era in Jacksonville.

* I barely remember seeing the Cowboys-Giants game on RedZone yesterday. Zeke scored a TD, but still looks like the second best back on the team behind Tony Pollard (12-74). Dalton Schultz (8-67-1) led the team in receiving. Saquon Barkley (15-50) was less efficient than Devontae Booker (8-74).  

* Teddy Bridgewater got carted off the field in the 3rd quarter and the Broncos lost to the Bengals 15-10. It was a Tyler Boyd (5-96-1) game, much to the chagrin of anyone who rode Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins to the fantasy playoffs. 

* The Niners took care of business vs. the Falcons. Jeff Wilson Jr. (21-110-1; 2-9) had no problem filling in for Eli Mitchell. Russell Gage (8-91-1) did everyone who begrudgingly drafted him in best ball a solid.

* One of the only exciting games yesterday was the Packers 31-30 victory over the Ravens. Tyler Huntley looked awesome again (215 yards & 2 TDs passing; 13-73-2 rushing) and was dialed in to Mark Andrews (10-136-2). Aaron Rodgers tossed 3 TDs for the Packers.

 

🚑 THE INJURY WARD

 

Here are a few of the notable injuries that we will be monitoring throughout the week…

* Chris Godwin (knee), Leonard Fournette (hamstring), Mike Evans (hamstring), Joe Mixon (ankle), Teddy Bridgewater, Sterling Shepard (torn achilles), Pat Freiermuth (concussion), Julio Jones (hamstring)

 

🔮 MNF PREVIEW

 

Tonight we get not one, but two, Monday Night Football games.

The Browns host the Raiders as 3 point favorites in a game with a sad 41 point total.

The Raiders will once again be without Darren Waller. As far as the Browns, none of the players on the COVID list, including Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum, Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper, tested out and aren’t expected to play tonight. 

Then later in the evening the Bears host the Vikings as 6.5 point home underdogs in a game with a somewhat respectable 44.5 total. 

Adam Thielen is listed as questionable for the game, although he didn’t practice at all last week. Allen Robinson is on the COVID list and unlikely to play. 

Over on Sharp Football Analysis—part of the Rotopass network—Bryce Rossler likes the Vikings chances to put up points tonight:

Minnesota has averaged 30 PPG over their past six contests, and they are now confronted with a Bears team that has yielded 26 points or more in over half their games this year and five of its last seven. That aligns with their 27th ranking in defensive Total Points Saved/Game. All that to say – Vikings O25.5 (+100) looks appetizing, as much as I’ll hate myself for rooting for them.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Week 16 waiver adds and a rare Tuesday Night Football double header preview.

-PETE OVERZET 

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