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Saturday 23rd Sep 2017

Happy holiday week, as we prep for Week 16 along with presents and family and all that stuff that makes the season a lot of fun.

I found Week 15 to be a frustrating one: the kind where all my gamble DFS picks did their job (thank you Danny Woodhead) while the obvious ones (thank you A.J. Green) let me down.

There were, though, a couple of running backs potentially worthy of some plays this coming cycle, or if you need to replace some broken parts in your season long contests.

Filling in for LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee turned four rushes into 81 yards and a score, also adding a couple of receptions, albeit in a losing manner for the Bills. A third-round pick in 2013, Gillislee only had six carries and a catch last year, so he is a small part of the offense, but one who could get some eyes in the coming week.

Jerick McKinnon came in to spell Adrian Peterson on Sunday to the tune of four catches for 76 yards and a score coupled with seven carries for just 10 yards, giving him sort of the other end of the offensive spectrum from Gillislee.

It is hard to recommend either of these guys for much unless you are really scrounging, suffering through weeks of Matt Jones and Melvin Gordon. 

On the other hand, with Thomas Rawls out and Marshawn Lynch still not ready, Christine Michael is a pretty safe pick, as the Seahawks are controlling the ball well and are on a roll. Michael got a modest 16 carries for 84 yards on Sunday against the Browns, and he is a pretty good bet to at least duplicate those totals next week.

Looking at a couple of receivers, Jordan Matthews had a big game after five questionable starts, posting 159 yards and a TD over eight receptions. Matthews had a good opening game (101 yards) and a good Week 9 against the Cowboys (133 yards and a score) but that is it. So, he might be interesting, but not consistent enough to depend upon this late in the year.

But, Baltimore's Kamar Aiken has indeed had an increasing role with the Ravens, culminating with his eight catches for 128 yards and a score. Aiken, a third year player, now has 62 catches from 105 targets, good for five scores and 802 yards. I think Aiken is here to stay.

As for quarterbacks, Brandon Weeden and Zach Mettenberger played pretty much like Jimmy Clausen, bagging a couple of hundred yards, throwing a couple of picks, and nabbing a couple of scores. These guys are all good flex picks if your league allows it, but otherwise I would pass.

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