Calvin Johnson continues pursuit of 2,000, Torrey Smith gets hurt in Week 15


A Baltimore receiver joins the concussion list while another joins a list of star receivers having horrible days.

Semi-finals are almost in the books for most fantasy leagues. If you started any of the good listed below, you aren't doing too bad. However, there were a high number of WR1 and WR2 players that were either hurt or finished well under 50 yards without a touchdown.

Such is the random, chaotic heartbreak of fantasy football. Hope it was worth it!

Megatron fights for a record, Torrey Smith starts fighting to get healthy, and Anquan Boldin was unsuccessful in fighting for a catch. Here's the biggest impacts for Week 15, leading into championship week:

The Good

James Jones against the Bears (ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A TOUCHDOWN)

Not the highest of profiles among the Green Bay receivers, James Jones scores the most touchdowns. He has four multi-TD games this season, more than any other player in the league. He added three touchdowns on Sunday against the Bears, giving him a career-high 12 this season.

Randall Cobb had one more target than Jones and finished with 115 yards, but he did not score and lost a fumble. Jones ended with 5 catches for 60 yards. You can start Jones against the Titans next week. They allow a lot of touchdown passes.

Brandon Lloyd against the 49ers (COMEBACK YARDS)

While the Patriots fell behind 31-3 to San Francisco, it was time for Tom Brady to start chuckin' it. Lloyd was targeted 16 times and caught 10 passes for 190 yards, though he did not score. Aaron Hernandez was targeted 19 times and finished with 10 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Lloyd jumps up to 840 yards on the year with a shot at 1,000. Wes Welker was targeted on nine times and had 56 yards.

You can start many Patriots against the Jaguars next week.

Michael Crabtree against the Patriots (CAREER-YEAR-TREE)

Yeah, that one was kinda weak.

Crabtree had 107 yards and two touchdowns against the Pats soft defense. That's 868 yards for Crabtree and seven touchdowns. He was targeted 12 times and finished with seven catches. The touchdowns are a career-high and he should have no problem finishing with career-highs across the board. Thanks, Colin Kaepernick!

Julio Jones against the Giants (JULIO-YEAH)

With Roddy White hurting, Jones caught all six of his targets and finished with 72 yards and two touchdowns. Jones goes over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and has a career-high nine touchdowns. Atlanta takes on the Lions in Week 15, a team that just got brutalized by the Cardinals.

Yes, the Arizona Cardinals.

Calvin Johnson update:

Megatron is so good that 121 yards and no touchdowns is almost a disappointment. Johnson now has 1,667 yards on the year. He is less than 200 yards shy of Jerry Rice's single-season record and 333 yards short of becoming the first 2,000-yard receiver.

The Falcons and Bears are difficult pass defenses, but both games are in Detroit. Johnson has the ability to make it happen. He has the ability to make it happen in a single week.

Honorable Mentions: Andre Johnson, Eric Decker, Stevie Johnson, Danny Amendola

The Bad

Hakeem Nicks against the Falcons (MIGHT HAVE NICKED YOUR PLAYOFF RUN)

Remaining on the injury report this week, Nicks was officially active. Unofficially, he wasn't that productive. Nicks received seven targets and caught three passes for 40 yards and no touchdowns. He had 10 catches for 199 yards in Week Two against the Bucs and really that is a massive part of his production this year. Otherwise, not that good.

Victor Cruz too (VICTOR CRUZ TOO)

While Cruz came out of the game momentarily, his three catches for 15 yards was mostly because nothing was working for the Giants. The Salsa Dance party has taken a break after his worst game of the year.

Demaryius Thomas against the Ravens (I GUESS BALTIMORE CAN STILL DO SOME THINGS RIGHT)

But not win, no. Because Baltimore has lost three in a row. On the bright side they did something no one else has been able to do this year: Shutdown Demaryius Thomas. He was held to four catches on nine targets for 13 yards.

Thomas helped get you this far and he also might have just put a stop to your fantasy choo-choo train.


It's been a great comeback year for Wayne, coming into Sunday with 1,220 yards, but the Texans shut him down unlike any other team has been able to do. He was targeted eight times and finished with three catches for 14 yards. You got to start him against the Chiefs next week right?

Yeah, you do.

Honorable Mentions: Anquan Boldin (0 catches), Malcom Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, Danario Alexander (0 catches)

The Injured

While Boldin was held without a catch because of defense and Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith was held to 1 catch for 14 yards and left with a concussion. I would not count on Torrey for championship week.

I hear these concussions are going around and not very good.

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