Here's a quick-hitting recap of key performances and news from the 15th week of the NFL season, complete with in-depth fantasy analysis.
Sorry Saints: In a pivotal week for many fantasy owners, the New Orleans offense suddenly deserted them. Most shocking was the performance of Drew Brees, who did not throw a TD pass and was intercepted once. Brees was pressured regularly, never got into a groove, and was also victimized by dropped passes. And just when it seemed like Reggie Bush had turned the corner to becoming a true star, he only totaled 33 yards from scrimmage. Devery Henderson caught only two passes for 20 yards. In a stunning loss to the Redskins, the Saints only mustered 10 points. While the performances of Brees, Bush and Henderson were certainly disappointing, if your team was able to survive and move on, you should not lose faith in those players. Look for New Orleans to make a major offensive statement next week against the Giants. This team simply has too many weapons on offense to deliver two stinkers in a row.
Miami meltdown: One week after shutting out the Patriots, the Dolphins were blanked by Buffalo. One can try to blame the unfavorable wet and windy conditions, but the usually mediocre J.P. Losman threw three touchdown passes in the same scenario. Joey Harrington was pressured often and never developed a good rhythm, and threw for only 20 yards and two interceptions. He was pulled for backup Cleo Lemon in the fourth quarter. Starting wide receivers Marty Booker and Chris Chambers did not catch any passes. Harrington has only two TD passes in his past three games and it is clear that you should avoid him and Chambers if you were able to advance in your playoffs. Chambers has no TD receptions in his past five games. Booker, however, had scored four times in the three games before Sunday, and could easily rebound in Week 16 against the Jets.