Fantasy Stat Attack – Week 15

With Christmas just around the corner, I’m changing the format of this column slightly this week and giving you an early present for the festive period.

Everyone loves a bargain at this time of the year so here is a fantasy team that will not cost you the usual $18 million. I’m not even going to ask for $12 million… I could do a team for you for $10 million, but I’m not going to. This team is going to cost you just $8 million.

That’s right… this collection of $1 million bargains could end up getting your name into that draw to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

It probably won’t… but it could!

Quarterback                       Russell Wilson                  Seattle Seahawks                            $1m

The rookie quarterback was virtually given a week off during last weekend’s defeat of the Arizona Cardinals and that could be massive at this stage of the year. Wilson can hurt opponents with his arm and legs and has already mustered 162 NFL UK fantasy points this season. He will fancy his chances of putting up some decent points this week, even though he is facing an improving defense in the Buffalo Bills.

Running Back                     Doug Martin                      Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  $1m

The Muscle Hamster has seen his production slide just a little bit in recent weeks but he remains the second-ranked running back in NFL UK Fantasy Football with 216 points. With the New Orleans Saints struggling to stop every rusher in the NFL, Martin will be confident of putting up a big day in Week 15.

Running Back                     Trent Richardson             Cleveland Browns                           $1m

The Browns are much-improved this season and they look set to build their offense around impressive rookie running back Trent Richardson for years to come. Richardson scored 2 touchdowns last week and will be a key part of the attack facing the Washington Redskins this weekend.

Wide Receiver                  Randall Cobb                     Green Bay Packers                          $1m

The second-year wide receiver has been a revelation for the Packers this season and has quickly become a favourite target for Aaron Rodgers. Cobb can be used in a variety of ways by the Packers and is a genuine run-after-the-catch threat. With the offensive line woes of the Packers, look for Rodgers to keep getting the ball into the hands of this hot receiver quickly.

Wide Receiver                  Mike Williams                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  $1m

With so much attention paid to Vincent Jackson each weekend, Mike Williams is offered a fair amount of freedom for the Bucs and has been a relatively consistent performer this term. The Bucs have slowed offensively in recent weeks but they are still much-improved on their 2011 showing and Williams is back in the mix as a playmaking receiver.

Tight End                             Brandon Myers                 Oakland Raiders                               $1m

Held without a single fantasy point last weekend, Brandon Myers might be considered a risky fantasy selection. But he has enjoyed a career year with the Silver and Black and with Carson Palmer so often forced to play from behind, Myers is always worth consideration at just $1 million. He has scored a career-high 4 touchdowns this season and Myers should be a factor against Kansas City this weekend.

Kicker                                   Lawrence Tynes               New York Giants                              $1m

Lawrence Tynes remains good value at $1 million and is converting most of the chances that come his way this season. Despite their 52-point outburst against the New Orleans last week, the Giants have kicked too many field goals for Tom Coughlin’s liking this season. But that failure to turn red zone opportunities into touchdowns has made Tynes a valuable fantasy football proposition with 135 points in the NFL UK game this season.

Defense                               Detroit Lions                                                                                      $1m

I wouldn’t normally go anywhere near the Detroit Lions defense (132 points this season) but they are taking on the most mistake-prone, sieve-like offense in the NFL this week in the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are throwing interceptions in bunches and giving up sacks at an even more alarming rate. If there is one week when you would consider the Lions defense, this is it.