Gates looks unlikely to play for week 15

Antonio Gates owners had to deal with the news that he would not play in week 14.  With a short week, do not expect Gates to suit up in week 15 either.

Analysis: Coach Norv Turner said: “I always hold out hope with Antonio, but at some point you have to be realistic”.  You should have already picked up a tight end to play this week in place of Gates.  It is starting to look like Gates may not make an appearance during the fantasy playoffs.  Randy McMichael has not looked too impressive, so I wouldn’t just pencil him in your lineup unless you have no other option.

Consider benching Cedric Benson against the Steelers

Cedric Benson ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints in week 13.

Analysis: Fantasy owners had to be pleasantly surprised that Benson managed to find the end zone twice against a fairly solid Saints defense.  This weeks match up against the Steelers is even more difficult as they rank 1st in the league in rushing.  This season has been very up and down with Benson, and it looks like this week will be a down one.  Owners should consider benching him for a better option.

High/Low:  Expect a single digit game from Benson ranging from 3 to 7 points.

Antonio Gates reaches the end zone

Antonio Gates had 6 receptions for 73 yards and 1 TD in a week 13 loss against the Raiders.

Analysis: This marks the first time since October that Gates has recorded a TD.  A hobbled Gates proves once again that he is the best fantasy tight end in the league despite being severely limited by injuries.  If Gates can continue to deal with the pain, then he has to be in your lineups.  Owners who benched him this week learned a valuable lesson.

High/Low: Expect 6 to 15 points against Chiefs in week 14, assuming he plays.

Disappointing Outing from Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson managed just 53 yards rushing against the Jaguars.  Even with Kerry Collins as the starter, the Titans offense looks dreadful.

Analysis: Johnson and the Titans are playing their worst football of the season, just in time for the fantasy playoffs.  Ouch.  Will Johnson ever regain his form as the best back in football?  Next week the Titans play the Colts on Thursday Night Football. The Colts are known for being among the worst in the league at stopping the run.  Johnson has to produce against the Colts because after that the match-ups are no where near as easy.  Owners have to start him next week and hope he can post solid numbers.

High/Low: Expect Johnson to have 7 to 18 points against the Colts.

Bowe Will Dominant the Broncos

Kansas City WR Dwayne Bowe has had a touchdown in 7 straight games and will try to continue his hot streak against the Broncos.

Analysis: Bowe is obviously a must start receiver every week and will have a huge game against the Broncos poor secondary.  The Chiefs are coming into this game with something to prove after losing to the Broncos in week 10.  Bowe will be a huge part of their offense and will continue to be the hottest receiver in the NFL.

High/Low: Expect Bowe to have 20 to 30 points this week.