Week 15 Fantasy Football Projections: Second-Tier QBs Who'll Play at Elite Level

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks for an open receiver against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 2, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Andy Dalton is still considered a second-tier QB, but he has produced a few fantasy football friendly performances this year. Dalton has had 300-plus yards with at least three touchdown passes in a game three times this season.

He'll produce another one in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

The Eagles did snap their eight-game losing streak in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they have still allowed an average of 275 yards and just under three touchdown passes per game in the last four weeks.

Dalton will be extra focused coming off a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and the Eagles' secondary figure to have issues containing A.J. Green. He wasn't a factor against the Cowboys, with only three receptions.

He won't have another subpar game, and Dalton will be the beneficiary. If you don't have a stud at QB, Dalton could come up big for you.


Sam Bradford Can Spike the Vikes

The Minnesota Vikings haven't been getting great pressure on the quarterback this season. They pressured Jay Cutler a little better in Week 14 than they did in Week 12, but the Chicago Bears don't have an especially great offense.

The Vikings corners will be tested on the outside, as the Bears exposed them in one-on-one coverage late. You'd better believe Jeff Fisher and his staff will test Antoine Winfield and A.J. Jefferson on the outside.

Jefferson suffered a concussion, per ESPN Twin Cities. The team already had issues with depth in the secondary. This will only help Sam Bradford have success in the passing game.

Though he isn't as good of an option as Dalton, if you have some injuries at the QB spot, or just a guy you don't trust, this would be a good week to give Bradford a look.


Everybody Passes on the Saints, So Will Josh Freeman

The Saints have been lit up through the air all year. They have allowed more than 3,700 yards passing in 13 games this season.

Freeman hasn't gotten a ton of love for his play this year. Quietly, he has produced 3,003 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes this season. In the teams' first matchup, Freeman went for 420 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be on the road, but the Saints don't cover receivers well at home or away.

Freeman will have a big day.


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