Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

180 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Ponder passed for 131 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions, at St. Louis in Week 15. The Vikings owned the game on the ground, so Ponder and the passing game didn't have to do much. He has just two touchdown passes in his past four games.

RBAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

110 rush yards, 3 rec, 34 rec yards

Peterson continues to creep closer to Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, as he rushed 24 times for 212 yards and a touchdown at St. Louis in Week 15. The Texans, meanwhile, have given up a league-low three rushing touchdowns this season. Not even Houston can slow Peterson right now, however.

RBToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

11 rush yards

Gerhart had five carries for minus-five yards at St. Louis in Week 15. He's a No. 1 pick in Bizarro leagues after that performance. He's not worth starting in regular fantasy play, however.

WRJerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson

3 rec, 48 yards

Simpson led the Vikings with four catches for just 27 yards in Week 15 at St. Louis. Despite being one of the Vikings' main receiving threats, he's still not someone to rely on in fantasy play.

WRMichael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

2 rec, 23 yards

Jenkins caught just one pass for 11 yards at St. Louis in Week 15. He's averaging 16 receiving yards over his past four games. That's nothing to get excited about.

TEKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Rudolph caught three passes for just 22 yards at St. Louis in Week 15. He's due for another good week, and the Texans are not very good against opposing tight ends.

KBlair Walsh

Blair Walsh

PAT, 2 FGs

Walsh kicked five field goals, including three from 50 yards or further, to go with three extra points in Week 15. Walsh didn't have any field goals in his two previous games, so it's a crapshoot each week.

DEFENSE

INT, 4 Sacks

The Vikings had four sacks and an interception return for a touchdown at St. Louis in Week 15. They also forced a fumble. Minnesota should have a tough time stopping Arian Foster and Co., so look elsewhere for a fantasy defense.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

240 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Schaub passed for 261 yards and a touchdown against the Colts in Week 15. He has just one touchdown pass in his last two games, and fantasy owners have to be getting restless. At least he's averaging more than 250 passing yards over his past four games.

RBArian Foster

Arian Foster

105 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 34 rec yards

Foster rushed 27 times for 165 yards in Week 15 against the Colts. He also caught a pair of passes for four yards. This week, the top two picks of your 2013 fantasy football drafts will be facing off. Foster will look to grab some of the spotlight in a big week.

RBBen Tate

Ben Tate

10 rush yards

Tate had just five carries for 13 yards in Week 15 against Indianapolis. Until Arian Foster gets hurt, Tate's fantasy value is relatively limited.

WRAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

7 rec, 115 yards, rec TD

Johnson caught 11 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Colts. Johnson has delivered a very good season and has more than 700 receiving yards in his past five games alone.

WRKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 30 yards

Walter caught two passes for 11 yards in Week 15 against Indianapolis. He hasn't done much in recent weeks, and fantasy owners should steer clear of him in Week 16.

TEOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Daniels caught four passes for 40 yards against the Colts Sunday. He hasn't scored in three games, but he remains a very good fantasy tight end with six touchdown catches on the season.

KShayne Graham

Shayne Graham

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Graham made four of his five field goals against the Colts in Week 15, along with a pair of extra points. That was Graham's biggest day of the season from a fantasy perspective, and he still ranks among the top 10 fantasy kickers in the league.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Texans' defense/special teams scored a touchdown against the Colts on a blocked punt return and also registered five sacks on the day in Week 15. The unit has delivered eight above-average fantasy games this season. Keep it active against the Vikings, despite the presence of Adrian Peterson.

 
 
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