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Predicting studs & duds for NFL Week 15

Jackson is all kinds of awesome to watch in action on the field, and he routinely amazes with plays like this. Provided he starts in Week 15, he has a very friendly matchup on his home turf against the Buccaneers. While the Ravens attempt to fight for a playoff slot, Jackson should thrive against the Bucs that are surrendering the 27th-most overall yards and nearly 30 points on average per game. Meanwhile, the Ravens’ defense might just force some turnovers, which could leave Jackson some short-field opportunities.

Dud: Trey Burton, tight end, Chicago Bears

The old notion that Burton would take on a “Travis Kelce” role in head coach Matt Nagy’s offense needs to be flushed down the toilet for good. Burton had two splashy games this season, but has for the most part delivered coal. He was invisible in Week 13 and last week, he just managed to catch two receptions for 22 yards. Burton next faces the Packers, whose defense has given up the second-fewest fantasy points to the tight end position. Let that fun fact soak in while Burton plays Mr. Invisible again on Sunday.

Stud: Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

This much-anticipated AFC West showdown between the Chargers and the Chiefs should produce tons of studs. In particular, we will spotlight Allen, who has scored in his last five games. The Chiefs are generously surrendering the most passing yards per game in the league. This comes on top of giving away 25 passing touchdowns. All of this leads to quarterback Philip Rivers, as well as Allen, having a huge game as the Chargers attempt to upset the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Dud: Mark Ingram, running back, New Orleans Saints

Ingram and the Saints have secured first place in the NFC South. But they still have to square off with the Panthers for the first time this season. This puts Ingram against a defense that has given up only eight rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs. Meanwhile, the Panthers have been ultra-generous through the air and have allowed 28 passing touchdowns. This seems better for Alvin Kamara’s outlook, rather than Ingram’s. It is also worth noting that Carolina has yielded the seventh-fewest rushing yards all season.

Stud: David Njoku, tight end, Cleveland Browns

Njoku has had his ups and downs all season. Though in Week 15, Njoku has a golden opportunity to shine playing against the Broncos. For those who last watched the Broncos’ defense in action, it absolutely had no answer for San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle in Week 14. Kittle sliced and diced Denver, catching 7-of-9 targets for 210 yards and one amazing 85-yard touchdown. If Njoku and quarterback Baker Mayfield can get a similar rhythm going, watch out Denver.

Dud: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, New England Patriots

Gilmore last got burned multiple times when the Patriots surprisingly fell in Miami to the Dolphins. And another tough road matchup is on tap for Gilmore when the Patriots head to Pittsburgh. Gilmore and New England’s secondary are going to be very challenged containing the likes of Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The latter just had himself a heck of a game when after he turned eight catches into 130 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders. At the very least, Gilmore will have his hands very full trying to corral Pittsburgh’s offense.

Stud: Doug Martin, running back, Oakland Raiders

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