Scheduling from hell

Frank Gore

Don’t be Karl Malone or Marv Levy. We all know that second place is the first loser, especially in fantasy leagues. 

If you’re drooling over your dominant regular-season record and not prepping for the playoffs, you’re making a big mistake. Now is the time to add defenses, protect yourself with handcuffs and examine matchups.

Here are teams with the worst schedules for fantasy production in Weeks 15 and 16.

Sorry, St. Louis
The Rams host the Bengals in Week 15 and then travel to Pittsburgh in Week 16. Yikes. Owners riding Steven Jackson need to explore other options and Brandon Lloyd deserves a downgrade as well.
          
Frankly, trouble
Frank Gore’s role in the passing game has been reduced to nil. His burst is also gone. And in the fantasy playoffs, he’ll face the dominant run defenses of the Steelers and Seahawks. Also, Vernon Davis will be asked to block more than catch in these spots.       

Lynch mob
Marshawn Lynch’s surprising run of exceptional play is about to end. He has no chance in Chicago come Week 15 and he’ll get swallowed up by the Niners in Week 16.

Top NFL picks

Donald Brown
]RB, Colts
Right now, Brown is simply a better player than Joseph Addai. He’ll lead Indy in
carries going forward.   

Riley Cooper
WR,?Eagles
Jeremy Maclin remains
sidelined. Vince Young has targeted Cooper 16 times in the last two games.

Maurice Morris
RB, Lions
With Kevin Smith (ankle)?in doubt, Morris will get plenty of checkdowns once again this week.



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