Cassel got back on track in Week 14, passing for 268 yards and a TD in the win over Seattle. He gets a tougher matchup this week as the Raiders that only gives up 193.9 passing yards a game. However, the Raiders were blistered through the air by San Diego last week and with Cassel playing well he certainly has a chance to do well this week. In small leagues, go with a better matchup if you have one, but in larger leagues Cassel is worth a gamble since the Patriots will throw it plenty.
Morris didn't do quite as well last week as expected but he scored for the second straight week and remains the No. 1 option on the ground for the Patriots. The Raiders can't stop the run, giving up 158.7 yards a game. So Morris has an excellent chance to post a big game. At the very least, he's a great bet to score again so he makes for a fine RB3 with plenty of RB2 upside.
Faulk rushed for only 16 yards last week but he remained a critical component in the passing game, catching five passes for 22 yards. He has 18 receptions in his past three games and Cassel will continue to look for him plenty this week. He's been a fine RB3 in PPR formats lately and there's no reason to sit him this week.
Jordan got a chance to play last week and looked good, rushing for 18 yards on four carries. Despite the tasty matchup he's the No. 3 RB and not the goal-line option so he's not worth reaching for this week. Keep him benched.
Moss had a quiet Week 14, catching only three passes for 56 yards. His upside might be limited this week as he'll see plenty of Oakland's elite CB Nnamdi Asomugha. The Patriots will likely move Moss around to get him as many favorable matchups as possible but he'll see enough of Asomugha to prevent him from having a huge game. He's tough to sit but if you start him don't expect the world this week.
Welker is three receptions away from reaching the 100-catch level for the second straight season. He had a huge game in Week 14, catching 12 passes for 134 yards. He still has only caught one TD this season but there's a strong chance that will change this week as the Patriots shy away from Asomugha and feed Welker plenty of passes again. He's looking great as usual so plug him into your starting lineup and enjoy the ride.
After killing many fantasy owners with a 1-catch dog of a game in Week 13, Gaffney rebounded with four receptions for 48 yards. He's been too hit or miss to trust in a key fantasy week so play it safe and keep him benched this week.
Watson remains Mr. Irrelevant in the Patriots' passing game. He's only caught one pass in each of the past three games and there's nothing to suggest his role is going to grow in stature anytime soon. Keep him benched.
Gostkowski delivered nicely for his fantasy owners last week, converting all three of his FG attempts. He's made six FGs in his past three games and is looking good for 2-3 again this week since the Patriots will have no trouble moving the ball. He's a strong starting option as usual.
Another game, another miserable fantasy performance for the Patriots' defense last week. They made Seneca Wallace look like Joe Montana and produced zero fantasy points before a sack and recovered fumble on the game's final play. They've been a major fantasy disappointment all season long and they are a poor starting option regardless of how good the matchup may look on paper. Look elsewhere in this playoff week.
Russell hopes to start this week suffering an ankle injury in the Week 14 loss to the Chargers. That means little to fantasy owners, however, as Russell has only seven TDs this season and hasn't reached the 200-yard level since Week 8. The Patriots will give up passing yardage, but Russell is way too risky to reach for in Week 15.
Fargas is running hard, and effectively, but he didn't get many chances last week, only getting 12 carries in the loss to the Chargers. He isn't a bad reach this week against a New England run defense that allows 107.8 yards a game. If the Raiders stay committed to the run, Fargas has a chance to deliver RB3 production. If you need him in that role, he's worth a look.
McFadden's rookie season has been a bust. He continues to be bothered by turf toe injuries on both feet and he rushed only once last week in the loss to San Diego. At this point of the season, there's no reason to start him because the injuries limit his upside and the Raiders still aren't using him properly in the passing game (only seven receptions the past three weeks). Keep him benched.
The Raiders continue to offer nothing at WR for fantasy owners. Curry caught only two passes last week and has only three receptions in his past three games. Even members of the Curry family aren't starting him this week.
The Raiders expect Lelie to return this week after missing the Week 14 game against San Diego with a head injury. Not that it matters. This passing game is brutal and the WRs here have done nothing all season long. Lelie has no business being in anyone's starting lineup this week.
Miller is the one true bright spot in the Oakland offense. He had another big game in Week 14, catching eight passes for 64 yards. With only one TD this season, he's best used in PPR leagues as he's caught 16 passes the past three games. Russell will target him plenty so he's worth a look if you don't mind the fact he won't score a touchdown again.
With the Raiders' offense scuffling, Janikowski has little fantasy upside. His big leg gives him mild potential but this isn't likely to be a game where he goes off. Play it safe and find another starter this week.
The Raiders have a solid pass defense, but they will be tested by the red-hot Cassel. They'll also struggle to stop the Patriots on the ground and New England is a good bet to put up some points since Oakland allows 23 per game. They are a poor starting option in every fantasy league this week.