Welcome to the penultimate week for most Fantasy Football leagues and the Week 15 start or sit column! If you are still in it, this is most likely your semi-finals. One more win and you are on the way to your Fantasy Super Bowl!
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Whether for the season long player or the daily gamer, take a look at the Week 15 start or sit column below to help guide you on the tough decisions. You know to start Adrian Peterson, but is Lamar Miller a viable option in a daily tournament this week? The answer to this and many other questions are just ahead.
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 17, 2015
Stafford has thrown at least two touchdowns in six of his last eight games and was able to put up 245 yards and two TDs against a Rams team last week that has picked on QBs all year. Stafford’s streak includes a five TD day against Philadelphia, the last bad pass D the Lions faced. After faking it last week while shutting down Tampa Bay, New Orleans should be ready to give up another big day on the defensive side. Vegas agrees putting this game tied for the highest projected scoring at 50.5 points. Stafford should be an option for playoff teams that need a streaming QB this week. He’s also a very nice cash game option in the Daily Fantasy world.
Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers
In his last four games, Manning has thrown 297 yards or better in each and has nine total passing TDs. Last week alone he went for 337 and four scores. So, this means you start him again right? Nope, not against Carolina you don’t. Eli has actually been playing pretty well as of late, but I don’t like his chances against a defense that matches up well against the Giants. After shutting down Julio Jones for the most part, elite cover corner Josh Norman will attempt to blanket Odell Beckham Jr.. If he’s successful, the Giants are in big trouble. Eli has a history of imploding at times and I’m concerned this has the potential to be one of those games if his favorite target is taken away.
The studs all seem to have potential this week. Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and Carson Palmer all face bottom five pass defenses in Week 15. The one exception is Ben Roethlisberger who gets the Broncos. Denver has not allowed a 300 yard passer all season but I’m a little curious to see if the Steelers offense can crack the code. Atlanta’s pass D still looks tough on paper but just let Cam Newton shred them. I like Blake Bortles to expose them even more as Atlanta continues to self-destruct.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
I’m going out on a limb here since Hill has been bench worthy most of the season after you probably spent a second round pick for his services. However, he might just help you win your semi-finals if you are hurting at the RB position. He’s getting the 49ers that allow the most Fantasy points to running backs and does have double digit carries in five of the last seven games. With A.J McCarron set to drive the offense I’m guessing the Bengals dial up the run game and Hill. I understand if you stay away during the playoffs in season long leagues, I would too as long as there is a better option. However, if that option was Thomas Rawls or you are looking for a tournament play in daily games, Hill has some intrigue.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers
Miller was up here last week too and put up 89 yards and two scores with just 12 carries. It boggles the mind as to why Miami can’t figure out that he is the best player on their offense. He needs to be fed 20 carries a game which would open up Ryan Tannehill’s short passing game in the process. I’m guessing another look at game tape this week will remind Miami’s coaches that Miller needs touches. There is no better time than when he gets to face the Chargers and their ineffective run defense. If Miami dares to give him 20 carries, I would guess that Miller should be good for 100-plus yards, a couple catches and another score.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets
The Jets have allowed one rushing touchdown on the season. Yes, one… It makes sense that the Cowboys will lean on the run since they have Matt Cassel for a QB, but this Jets defense has been stout on the ground all season. Run DMC should be able to put up some production due to volume, but I don’t see anything near what you need out of him in the playoffs. Think 12 carries for 45 yards and a couple catches for another 15 or so.
Denard Robinson could be worthy of a spot start as long as T.J. Yeldon sits. Jacksonville has become one of the league’s better offenses and he should see some room against Atlanta. Chris Ivory playing Saturday night against a Dallas team that can’t generate points and can’t stop the run gives you a reason to put him in a cash game lineup, just to have a reason to watch football on Saturday. If you haven’t stopped using Denver running backs by now, it’s a miracle you are in the playoffs. Their role remains clear as mud, the offense sputtered last week, and Pittsburgh’s run D is no joke.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles
I could have put Larry Fitzgerald right here, but you already know to start him. Floyd has topped 100 yards and/or scored in six of his last seven games. He’s getting substantial looks every week now in the Cardinal’s offense and has been a WR1/2 for the entire second half of the year. He gets a plus matchup this week against the Eagles, the worst in Fantasy against receivers. They have a dubious streak going with six games in a row in which they’ve let a wide receiver score including 13 total TDs to wide outs during that stretch. Expect Floyd to get another 8-10 targets along with a good shot at breaking 100 with a score again.
Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
This looks like it should be a good week for Maclin facing Baltimore’s bottom dwelling defense. He’s gathered 24 catches over the last three weeks and scored three times as well. Maclin can be a little up and down, but with the Ravens struggling mightily this projects as an up game for the Chiefs passing offense.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
Not only does Hilton have to play against the Texans and their above average secondary, but he might have Charlie Whitehurst throwing him the ball. The Colts are a mess after losing Andrew Luck and then sucking the marrow out of Matt Hasselbeck. The 40 year old back up performed admirably considering the situation, but expecting him to do anything more than he has is a lot. If Hasselbeck is able to play this weekend, don’t expect much. And if it’s Whitehurst under center, expect even less. This all says avoid Colts receivers for the rest of this Fantasy season. Once Luck is recovered you may get a discount in next year’s draft but that isn’t going to help you in the semis. I view Hilton as a WR3 at best the rest of season.
Keeping throwing Doug Baldwin out there, he’s got another great matchup against Cleveland this week. Consider a stack with Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford in daily games. This is more of a cash game option since ownership will likely be too high to consider in tournaments. It’s too bad everyone knows the Saints stink on defense. Don’t think that Antonio Brown going against the league’s best pass defense means anything. Brown is matchup proof and the Steelers are playing lights out. He should still produce this week.
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions
He hasn’t topped 70 yards since Week 8, but I still like Watson. He’s attracted the attention of Drew Brees lately with eight or more targets in each of his last three games. The Lions defense allows the sixth most points to tight ends and has let in 10 TDs on the season. I’m thinking the stats catch up to the targets this week leading to somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-85 with a walk across the goal line.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are allowing just 43.6 yards per game to tight ends this season along with two TDs to the position. This is one of the few bright spots on this team. While Kelce has been a starter and a TE1, he’s failed to deliver what we expected based on his potential this year. It’s difficult to trust him week to week, particularly when facing a defense that has held tight ends in check for the most part. I would think this is a Maclin week while Kelce has a 3-40 sort of day.
Tyler Eifert is concussed and if he plays will have A.J. McCarron throwing the ball. Expect the Bengals to focus on the run, limiting Eifert’s upside. You are depending on him scoring if you use him. Delanie Walker has a tough matchup on paper again against the Patriots, but I believe he should still have opportunity to produce. The Titan’s game flow may dictate passing heavily and Walker should be targeted heavily, just like he is every week.
New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans
The Patriots defense always seems to perform but gets overshadowed by the offense. This year they are a back end starter level D on the year. The Pats lead the league in sacks and the Titans have allowed 44, good for second most in the NFL. Tennessee also has 25 giveaways on the year, third most in football. If the Patriots jump out to a lead I could see pressure, sacks, and turnovers all in the cards for the Titans.
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
I fear the Broncos may have finally met their match this season. First, their offense is struggling which is always going to make the job tougher for the defense. They also have to travel across the country to face arguably the hottest offense in the league in Pittsburgh. This just smells like a potential disaster game for the Broncos. If they do somehow shut down the Steelers offense and beat this team, the Broncos are real Super Bowl contenders, and I just don’t buy that.
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