Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
There has been a lot of talk this week about how many big-name players let their fantasy teams down last weekend.
Calvin Johnson, Kyle Orton, Jamaal Charles and Anquan Boldin are four players on my TSN team alone that came up small on Sunday, while other owners were let down by the injured Aaron Rodgers, the held-in-check Adrian Peterson and the where-have-you-gone-now-that-it-matters Miles Austin.
With the holiday season in full swing, lets try to find some positives in the world of misery fantasy sports often creates for us.
I'm looking no further than the New Orleans Saints.
If you were in a championship game last year, there is a good chance you had either Drew Brees or Marques Colston on your team. If you are making another run this year, that probably holds true again.
The Saints were a statistical force to be reckoned with in 2009 on their march to the Super Bowl. They led all of football with 31.9 points and 403.8 yards per game in the regular season and are still impressing this season. New Orleans is currently third with 386.0 ypg and 25.4 ppg.
More importantly, the Saints are getting hot at the right time: fantasy playoff time. They have gone over 30 points in each of their last five games and aren't letting owners down when they have good matchups, say like, Boldin.
(Seriously, three catches versus the Texans defense. Cue Charlie Brown cry.)
Colston has especially paid off for owners who stuck with him after some early struggles. The wideout went the first six weeks without a touchdown catch, but has seven over the last seven games while notching at least 65 yards in all but one of those contests.
Brees, meanwhile, has been solid all year with 3,855 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes, and has certainly lived up to his status as one of the top- drafted fantasy quarterbacks this year. His RapidDraft ADP of 23.8 was second behind only Rodgers' 17.9.
LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD
Here are three players I'm loving for Week 15:
Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts - Peyton Manning shook off talks of declining skill last Thursday versus the Titans and Garcon was the recipient with six catches, 93 yards and both of his touchdown passes. The Colts draw the Jaguars' 28th-ranked pass defense this weekend and Austin Collie is still battling a concussion that could keep him out again this Sunday.
Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants - Boss is just about on par with his average career numbers with 30 catches and four touchdowns through 12 games and didn't make any noise the last time the Giants faced the Eagles (2 receptions, 22 yards). However, wide receiver Steve Smith is done for the year with a knee injury and the Eagles, who are without middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, are known to give up points against the TE.
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys - Jones is capable of both running the ball and making plays as a receiver and draws a good matchup this weekend at home versus the Redskins. Jones will yield some touches -- but hopefully not a touchdown -- to Tashard Choice, but could do very well out of a flex spot for owners. Jones' value may take a hit if Marion Barber returns this weekend from a sprained calf.
ONE FAST MOVE OR I'M GONE
Be wary of these three players for Week 15:
LaDainian Tomlinson/Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets - A slumping Jets offense against the top-ranked run defense in all of football. No thanks.
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers - Smith is playing not only to keep the Niners alive in the NFC West, but also for a place in football next year. The pending free agent threw three touchdown passes last weekend, but faces the Chargers' No. 1 ranked pass defense on a short week and we all know how San Diego (usually) does in December.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens - The Saints do a good job versus the pass and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been looking more and more towards Derrick Mason of late. After Boldin's disappointing effort versus the weak Texans secondary, he is not to be trusted.
BOY WITH A COIN
Here is my top sleeper pick for Week 15:
Mike Goodson, RB, Carolina Panthers - He did a great job filling in for Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, but now finds himself behind a healthy Stewart on the depth chart. Still, Carolina's strength is not its passing game and Goodson has scored in three straight weeks and is a nice check-down option in the passing game. Arizona's defense can't stop anybody and Goodson could be a great flex fill-in this Sunday.