Fantasy Football Advice: Overcoming the Broncos' dud

There is no doubt that the Denver Broncos likely have more players owned by fantasy football squads than nearly every other team in the NFL, thanks to their prolific offense. And yet, so many of them were duds during the Thursday night match-up with the Chargers, that heavy favorites that owned the likes of Demaryius and Julius Thomas or Knowshon Moreno are now underdogs heading into today's games.
My advice? Don't do anything drastic because of it. You have to expect the occassional dud, even from the best players. You hate for it to come at an inopportune time like the fantasy playoffs, however. The bright side? The Broncos will be going full-tilt in Week 16. When they were on a roll earlier, many thought they might not be playing all their starters the week most fantasy championships are decided. If you can overcome this week's dud, you should get them back at full strength in the title game next week.
But right now, you've got to concentrate on this week. Here are the players I like, the ones I don't and a few sleepers that could make a difference in Week 15.

Start 'em if you got 'em
QB Russell Wilson. He looked human last week against the 49ers, but even with a coast-to-coast trip to New Jersey, he should be able to exploit the Giants so-so secondary and he's mobile enough to escape a pass rush that has been better in recent weeks.
RB Alfred Morris. The 'Skins running game hasn't been great lately, but a favorable match-up against the Atlanta Falcons and with Kirk Cousins starting, expect Washington to lean on the ground attack, giving Morris plenty of carries. Opportunity and a plus match-up, not to mention a very talented runner, is exactly what you want in the fantasy playoffs.
RB Andre Brown. Don't fear the match-up with the Seahawks. Power backs like Brown have been able to run on them, especially when Seattle is traveling. Brown will likely be the lone bright spot on the Giants offense.
RB Zac Stacy. The Rams rookie runner continues to grind out yards, and as improved as the Saints have been on defense, stopping the run still isn't a bright spot for them, giving up 4.4 yards per carry. Feel free to roll with Stacy.
WR Roddy White. He's back. After struggling most of the season with injuries, Roddy White has been putting up Roddy White type numbers the last few weeks.
Add to that a Washington defense/team that's in disarray and he should pay off nicely for those who have been patient with the Hot Rod and still made it to the playoffs.
WR Julian Edelman. Right now, he's on fire, and subtracting Rob Gronkowski from the mix should mean Tom Brady will look Edelman's way even more frequently. The only Patriots player who will likely get as many catches or targets is running back Shane Vereen.WR Riley Cooper. I'm going to keep beating this drum. Last week, the snow and a running game that couldn't be stopped held him in check (he still snagged 3 for 74 yards) against a bad Detroit secondary. This week, he's in a dome against Minnesota. Yes, please.TE Jordan Cameron. Don't be a dummy like I was last week and put him on your bench. It cost me a playoff match-up. With teams focused on trying to stop Josh Gordon (they can't) it's apparently opening things back up for Cameron. Chicago struggles big time on defense and won't have an answer for Gordon or Cameron.Scale 'em back
QB Jay Cutler. He's starting this week, but after Josh McCown has performed admirably all season and Cutler's impending status as a free agent, if he struggles at all against the Cleveland Browns, don't be shocked if he's pulled in favor of McCown, who is coming off a career game. I'd be hesitant to start Cutler this week.
RB C.J. Spiller. Perhaps you've been sitting on Spiller for weeks, eyeing a juicy match-up with the Jacksonville Jags in Week 15 and ready to unleash him on your unsuspecting opponent. Not so fast, slugger, these aren't the same Jags from the beginning of the season. Their coaching staff apparently decided to teach them how to play run defense during the bye week, and they've been solid ever since. They haven't allowed a TD from more than 5 yards out since then and Spiller hasn't proven trustworthy. I can't start him unless I'm a major underdog and don't have much choice otherwise.
RB Ray Rice. Don't be fooled by what LeSean McCoy did against them last week in the snow. Rice has been useful as of late, but minus that explosion from McCoy, the Lions have been rock-solid against the run. And they don't have to worry about the elements this week, back playing in the cozy confines of Ford Field Monday night.

Taking a flier
QB Kirk Cousins. If you had been rolling with RG3, or maybe Josh McCown, or were hoping to have Aaron Rodgers back by now, then Cousins might be the only realistic option on your waiver wire. I wouldn't expect gobs of yardage, but a couple TD passes isn't out of the realm against Atlanta's secondary.
RB Toby Gerhart. This guy is going to win someone a fantasy championship this season. With a huge workload expected of him with Adrian Peterson sidelined and against a pourous Philadelphia run defense, whoever picked up Gerhart on the waiver wire in your league could have themselves a winning lottery ticket.
RB Chris Ogbonnaya/Fozzy Whitaker. The Browns running game has been putrid this year. The Bears run defense might be even worse. Ogbonnaya will likely get the bulk of the work with Willis McGahee sidelined with a concussion. Buyer beware, however. It would shock no one (well, at least not me) if the Browns end up giving the bulk of the carries to Fozzy Whitaker instead of Ogbonnaya. Whitaker might be the deepest of deep sleepers.
WR T.Y. Hilton. Blew up against them earlier this season, but he's been a dud over the past month, meanwhile Da'Rick Rogers (Who? Exactly.) had a monster game last week that helped no one except Andrew Luck owners.
But he's in a dome and Houston is still susceptible.
I'd have to be desperate, but Hilton might actually do what you hoped he would've most of the season.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Lately, he's been getting more opportunity and had a breakout game last week, including a 79-yard TD. Again, the Eagles aren't exactly stalwarts on defense, and you have to expect the Vikings will be trying to get him the ball with AP not part of the game plan.
TE Delanie Walker. Remember me? He was really starting to come on a few weeks back, then got a concussion in week 13 after one 5-yard catch and was held out last week. He comes back against the worst team in football at stopping tight ends, the Arizona Cardinals. Expect him to boom today.

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