Losman got the start again last week for the injured Trent Edwards and salvaged a decent fantasy day despite some horrible overall stats. The plusses were a TD pass and a TD run which helped his scoring in many leagues. The minuses were 148 yards passing, 3 INTs and a critical fumble that lost the game for the Bills. That's who Losman is. He isn't very talented and he can't be trusted. This is a great matchup against a poor Denver pass defense that allows 233.3 yards a game. But Losman's lack of talent makes him far too risky to start in any league this week.
Lynch had a huge game in Week 15 against the Jets, rushing for 127 yards and catching three passes for 13 more. He lost a TD to Fred Jackson but was all over the field and that bodes well for this week. He has a cake matchup against a horrible Denver run defense that gives up 140.1 yards a game. Lynch is looking great if you need him for this big fantasy week.
Jackson had a rare productive fantasy game last week thanks to a bullish TD run and six receptions for 24 yards. Despite the fact he's on the field a lot, he has rarely contributed for fantasy owners. That makes him incredibly risky despite the very favorable matchup this week. At best, he could be a decent flex play in larger PPR leagues, but even there you hopefully have a more reliable option to use. Tread carefully with Jackson this week.
It was another lost weekend for Evans owners in Week 15. He caught only four passes for 22 yards as Losman's presence in the starting lineup destroyed his value. He has only seven receptions the past two games and hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 7. He has a great matchup against a defense-less Denver secondary so don't be surprised if Evans score this week. But if Losman continues to start, Evans is very risky so he's just an upside play this week and not a sure-fire starter.
Reed had a very Josh Reed-like game last week, catching four passes for 43 yards against the Jets. Reed continues to get 4-5 receptions a week for 40-50 yards most weeks. He's reliable if nothing else. But he lacks a high ceiling so even in PPR formats he isn't worth starting unless you're in dire straits at WR. But if you've gotten this far, hopefully that isn't the case.
Royal is emerging as a viable TE option in PPR leagues. He caught six passes again last week and has 17 receptions in the past three games. Losman lacks the talent to throw downfield consistently and that's helped Royal deliver some productive games of late. The matchup is a very good one this week so in larger PPR formats Royal isn't a bad reach.
Lindell had a productive game last week, converting a pair of FGs and scoring nine points in the loss to the Jets. He's had a rough season and hasn't been stellar of late (only four FGs the past three games), so he's not very trustworthy. This is a fine matchup, though, so he has a chance to do well if you're really desperate.
The Bills continue to slip further and further into fantasy obscurity. They rank 13th in the league in total defense and give up 21.9 points per game. But they lack a strong pass rush and struggle to make big plays. That doesn't bode well going on the road to Denver to face Jay Cutler and the Broncos' passing game. It's best to look elsewhere for your defense this week.
Cutler had one of his worst games of the season last week. He threw for only 172 yards and just one touchdown as he was completely stymied by the Panthers. It will be a smoother ride for Cutler this week as the Bills struggle against the pass, giving up 203.4 yards a game. The Broncos have major issues running the ball right now so look for them to throw it a ton. Cutler will come through against a weak secondary at home.
Bell was the latest starting Denver RB last week but he never got a chance to get going as he got only seven carries, losing several to P.J. Pope. The Broncos have a major committee in the backfield right now and there's no way to predict which way Mike Shanahan will turn. The Bills can be run on (114.1 yards a game), but the uncertainty in the Denver backfield makes all of their RBs highly suspect plays this week. Avoid them all if you can.
Pope was the most productive Denver RB last week, rushing for 51 yards and catching three passes, including a TD, in the loss to the Panthers. He's earning a role in the backfield given all of the team's injury issues but with Tatum Bell and Selvin Young still around, he's far too risky to trust in a critical fantasy week.
Young returned from his groin injury last week and got six carries, but rushed for only 19 yards. With three RBs now in the mix for the Broncos, it's impossible to trust Young will emerge as the most productive in any given week -- much less a week with huge fantasy implications Play it safe and look elsewhere for a starting RB this week.
Marshall came up small last week for the Broncos, catching five passes for only 48 yards. He's been inconsistent of late, but this is a prime matchup. The Jets were able to make plays all over the field last week against Buffalo with Laveraneus Coles and Jerricho Cotchery, so Marshall has a great chance to deliver for his fantasy owners. He hasn't really lived up to his preseason hype, but he could close out the year in a big way so he's a fine starter this week.
Royal was active last week but didn't deliver much in the way of yardage, catching six passes for 48 yards against Carolina. He has 17 receptions in his last three games, but he's been held under 50 yards receiving in the past two. The Bills have injury issues in the secondary and this shapes up to be a game which will see Denver throwing it a ton, so Royal is looking good as a WR3 with upside if you need him.
Scheffler killed his owners last week, tossing up a 0-reception game just when they were starting to believe he was coming around. He's been wildly inconsistent this season so despite his talent and upside, he's impossible to trust even when the matchup is good (and it's good this week). He could definitely come through this week, but he's not a lock by any means. So find a more productive option if you can and only roll with Scheffler if you're feeling lucky this week.
Prater struggled again last week, missing one of his two FG attempts against Carolina. He's made only four FGs the past three games so he's not a sure thing by any means. This is a great matchup and the Broncos have an excellent chance to score a lot of points, so Prater definitely has plenty of upside. If you can find a more productive option of late, go in that direction this week. But if you need Prater, he isn't a bad play.
The Broncos have done little defensively, but if Losman is the starter this week, they have chance to put up some mildly productive numbers. They will give up plenty of points and yards, however, so they lack a high ceiling. But 1-2 sacks and 1-2 takeaways are certainly possible. Hopefully, though, you have a better defense to rely on this week.