Driven Stronger: Demaryius Thomas to rebound


Last week we pegged Matt Forte as one of our Driven Stronger candidates, and even though he had far too few touches (in this humble writer's opinion), he still scored 16 fantasy points for his owners. Looking ahead to Week 15, whether the players below are hoping to bounce-back, face a great matchup or want to silence critics, each should have a little extra something to propel them to the tops of the fantasy ranks.

Quarterback -- Drew Brees

Brees was surprisingly held in check by the Panthers at home on Sunday, scoring just 12 fantasy points in standard leagues. With the Saints still very much alive for a playoff berth, expect Brees and co. to rally back in a big way against a Chicago defense that has been particularly generous to opposing offenses this season. Maybe they're in the holiday spirit?

Running back -- Tre Mason

Mason had an average game last week partly because he was facing a solid rushing defense, and partly because the Rams blew out the Redskins. Mason will look to rebound in the stat sheets when the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals come to St. Louis for Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals have been solid against the run, but on a short week it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rams lean on Mason early and often.

Running back -- LeSean McCoy

Not surprisingly, McCoy ran headlong into the buzzsaw that is the Seattle defense and posted his lowest rushing total in a month. However, next up on his slate is a matchup with the Cowboys, a team he gashed for a season-high 159 rushing yards when the two teams played on Thanksgiving Day. Look for Shady to bounce-back in a pretty big way when these two teams go head-to-head again (with the NFC East title basically on the line) on Sunday night.

Wide receiver -- Josh Gordon

They much talked about return of Gordon has gone quiet since he landed with a splashy 120 yards in his first game back. Gordon (and the entire Browns offense) suffered from quarterback Brian Hoyer's accuracy issues all afternoon, which led Gordon to a season-low 15 receiving yards on the day. Whether it's Hoyer or Johnny Manziel under center, look for Gordon to get back on track in Week 15.

Wide receiver -- Demaryius Thomas

Thomas had been on an insane stretch of fantasy scoring, averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game in the nine games since his Week 4 bye. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end which happened to Thomas' scoring streak in Week 14 when he caught just two passes for 11 receiving yards. Buffalo's defense is pretty stout, but the same cannot be said for Thomas' Week 15 opponent, the Chargers. Look for Thomas to get his fair share of wings on Sunday.

Tight end -- Jimmy Graham

Boy, I did not expect Graham to post a mere 2.5 fantasy points (on 11 targets) against the Panthers defense, one week after being held without a single target. So ... it can't happen three weeks in a row, right? Right? RIGHT!? Somebody console me here, as I'm counting on both Brees and Graham in the fantasy playoffs this week. He's had less than three fantasy points in three of the last four weeks, and I just can't see that happening again, not against the Bears. I can't.

Kicker -- Cody Parkey

Parkey was unable to even attempt a field goal last week as the Seattle defense smothered the Philadelphia offense and only allowed two short touchdowns. With the NFC East crown hanging in the balance this week, expect Parkey to rebound against his division rival Dallas Cowboys.

Defense/Special teams -- Kansas City Chiefs

The vaunted Chiefs defense has hit a rough streak over the last month, failing to score more than three fantasy points in each of their last four games. That could change this weekend when the Oakland Raiders come to Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders haven't been too generous to opposing defenses of late (and were responsible for one of those poor outings by the Chiefs), but road teams often struggle to handle the crowd noise and elements at Arrowhead, which could lead to a nice bounce-back game for the Chiefs D/ST.

-- Alex Gelhar is a fantasy and features writer at Follow him on Twitter @AlexGelhar.