NFL Fantasy Player of the Week - Week 15
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - What a strange week for fantasy owners. With a berth in the finals on the line, many of the stars who had carried their teams to the playoffs, disappeared and left owners wondering what happened to their "unbeatable" lineup?
We're looking directly at you Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy, Jimmy Graham and Calvin Johnson.
One player, however, put on a display for the ages and likely single-handedly carried his fantasy owners to the championship round.
Alex Smith, Kansas City - When the Chiefs quarterback accepts the award for winning the position in Week 15, he had better thank his mercurial running back, Jamaal Charles, and the non-existent Oakland Raiders defense. Smith threw a lot of short passes that turned into long gainers thanks to his talented running back and the Raiders inability to tackle.
Nick Foles. Philadelphia - The bad news is that Foles coughed up an interception for the second consecutive game. Fortunately for fantasy owners, it was overshadowed by his passing for 428 yards and three scores worth 33 fantasy points.
Running Backs -
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City - He had already accumulated enough points at half-time to make fantasy owners smile. And even without playing a down in the fourth quarter he amassed 51 fantasy points on the strength of five touchdowns and 215 total yards (195 receiving).
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay - Lacy was dealing with a sore ankle all week, but you wouldn't have known it by the way he ran against the Cowboys. Even down 23 points at half-time, the Packers continued to use their talented back and he rewarded them and fantasy owners with 141 yards and a score on the ground and 30 more yards receiving. Not many backs get used as much as Lacy when their team is behind by three touchdowns, so this is a very good sign for his future fantasy value and his ability to be a consistent asset.
Wide Receivers -
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia - With the Eagles unable to stop the Minnesota offense, Nick Foles looked early and often to his best receiver who caught 10 of 16 targets for a position-leading 195 yards and one score.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota - There probably weren't many fantasy owners who started Jennings (10 percent in CBSSports leagues), but those that did were rewarded with a huge game - 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown. His apparent excellent working relationship with Matt Cassel makes him a viable option in Week 16.
Tight Ends -
Tim Wright, Tampa Bay - With Rob Gronkowski sidelined and Jimmy Graham and the Saints offense doing a disappearing act in St. Louis, Wright led the position with a pedestrian seven-catch, 82-yard, one-touchdown effort.
Justin Tucker, Baltimore - You couldn't possibly ask for more from your kicker than you got from Tucker in the Ravens' Monday night 18-16 win over Detroit. He went 6-of-6, including the game-winner from 61-yards away.
Defense/Special Teams -
Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks defense was missing a few pieces in the secondary, but it didn't matter on Sunday as they embarrassed the New York Giants offense. Seattle picked off Eli Manning five times and sacked him four times in holding New York to just 181 total yards in a 23-0 victory.
And the winner of the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week for Week 15 is ... Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles. There was little drama this weekend as the Chiefs running back scored four times in the game's first 24 minutes to run away from the competition. He's certainly no fluke with 1,221 yards rushing, 655 yards receiving and a league-leading 18 touchdowns this season. The question is whether he's done enough to earn the No. 1 overall selection for 2014?
12/17 10:26:13 ET