Week 14 was full of surprises, from outstanding performances to another week full of upsets. Players such as George Kittle, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, or even Derrick Henry could’ve won you your Fantasy playoff game. New England was the victim to a miracle in Miami, Cleveland is making a run for a Wild Card spot, and the Steelers are losing their grip on the AFC North. Let us shift our focus to the Week 15 Start_Sit article.
It is up in the air whether or not big name players like Melvin Gordon, James Conner, Kerryon Johnson, Odell Beckham Jr, Jordan Reed, and there were multiple players who are questionable heading into Week 15.
As we look ahead, there are a couple things to point out for this week. First, on Saturday, Houston and New York Jets face off and the Browns travel to Denver to take on the Broncos.
Second, look at some of the matchups for this week. New England vs Pittsburgh, Kansas City vs L.A Chargers, Dallas vs Indianapolis, Philadelphia vs L.A. Rams, and New Orleans vs Carolina. Those games will not only have an impact on your Fantasy games, but the playoff pictures.
Hopefully, those of you that chose to view my Week 14 Start_Sit are onto your semifinal games. Even if you’re out of your league’s playoffs, I hope you enjoy my Week 15 Start_Sit article.
Ben Roethlisberger, vs New England
Big Ben is battling a rib injury and I’m still willing to put him in my starting lineup. He is prone to throwing a couple interceptions, but his yardage makes up for it. Roethlisberger has more 280 passing yards in five straight weeks. It is unknown if RB, James Conner, will be healthy to play this week. If Conner is inactive, then Pittsburgh will have to rely on Ben even more this week.
Kirk Cousins, vs Miami Dolphins
Listen, I know Cousins has been a disappointment the last couple weeks, but he has a prime bounce back game in Week 15. Miami has given up two or more touchdowns in four straight games. The Dolphins have also allowed the last three QB’s they’ve played to have over 350 total yards. This is strictly an upside start, proceed with caution.
Nick Chubb, @ Denver Broncos
The tremendous rookie campaign continued in Week 14. He has five straight weeks with scoring a touchdown. Facing Denver is a favorable game for Chubb this week. Since the Broncos’ bye week, four different RB’s have over 95 total yards. The former Georgia Bulldog, has no competition in that backfield and don’t be surprised if he finishes with over 95 total yards.
Gus Edwards, vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 14, was Edwards’s worst start since he took over Baltimore’s starting RB role. The return of Kenneth Dixon has started to eat into Edwards’s carries. That isn’t as big of a deal as it may seem because of the Ravens’ run heavy offense. Over the last four weeks, three different backs have rushed for over 100 yards and have 140 or more total yards. Gus is a solid RB2 option against the Buccaneers.
Dante Pettis, vs Seattle Seahawks
Three consecutive games with reaching the end zone, entices me to start Pettis again this week. Only two weeks ago did these two NFC West rivals squared off. Pettis had a career game with 129 receiving yards on five catches and scoring two touchdowns. During this hot streak, I’d start the 49ers’s rookie as my Flex or my WR3.
Tyler Boyd, vs Oakland Raiders
Along side Joe Mixon, Boyd is the only other weapon for the Bengals. This past Sunday, Tyler Boyd had his worse game since Week 7, bit don’t expect that this week against a poor Raiders secondary. Coming out of their Week 7 bye week, Oakland has given up 10 touchdowns to receivers. Due to Jeff Driskel being under center, it does handicap Boyd’s upside. He is still a confident WR3 start.
Jared Cook, @ Cincinnati Bengals
In a thin position group, Cook is an every week TE1. Looking back over his last four games, he has over 100 receiving yards and/or a touchdown. During that span he has 29 targets. With a lack of options for Carr in Oakland, Cook becomes that go to target.
Ian Thomas, vs New Orleans Saints
Back-to-back productive games, makes this now starting TE a must Waiver Wire addition and a must start. Week 14 was his best game of the season and he could look to have repeat success on Monday. It is worth noting that Panthers’ QB, Cam Newton, is showing signs of a shoulder injury and could look for shorter passes. Thomas is a low end TE1 and could increase in rankings if other players at his position are out for Week 15.
Jacksonville Jaguars, vs Washington Redskins
An utter bust is the only way to describe Jacksonville’s defense. You can’t ignore how good this matchup is though. Washington was shutout in their Week 14 game against the Giants, heading into the fourth quarter. I have the utmost confidence starting this defense because of how terrible the Redskins team is.
Cleveland Browns, @ Denver Broncos
Winning three of their last four games, eyeing a Wild Card spot, and now they have a game against a struggling offense. Denver revolves around undrafted rookie, Phillip Lindsay, and that is it. You know, that the Browns will do everything in their power to stop him and force Denver to throw. On the season, the Browns lead the league with 38 takeaways. Cleveland is an upside start this week and a top 10 option.
Jameis Winston, @ Baltimore Ravens
The former Florida State Seminole is a risky start this week. Facing a tough defense that is allowing 18.5 per game is less than ideal. Three of his last four games, Winston has thrown for under 250 yards. Baltimore has only given up more than 212 passing yards once since their Week 10 bye week. I’m not sold on Winston, I think he is better off on your bench.
Ryan Tannehill, @ Minnesota Vikings
Another tough matchup for a QB this week. That 69 yard touchdown made Tannehill’s stat line look better than advertise. Prior to his Week 14 start, he had four straight games with under 205 passing yards. Minnesota’s defense is on a roll these past games. They’ve held six of the last seven under 207 passing yards. I recommend you sit Miami’s starting QB.
Adrian Peterson, @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Multiple injuries to the Washington offense has crippled the future hall of famer’s fantasy relevance. He has three straight games with under 13 carries and not to mention he has a tough game this week. Prior to Derrick Henry’s career game, the last 100 yard rusher was back in Week 7. Peterson should stay on your bench for Week 15.
Derrick Henry, @ New York Giants
Don’t get caught up in all the hoopla surrounding Henry from last week. He is still a bust and if you look back at his numbers it shows. That was his first game rushing over 59 yards all season. Due to his inabilities to be an effective pass catcher, it limits his Fantasy upside. Please don’t be smitten by just one game, it will prove to be a one hit wonder.
Larry Fitzgerald, @ Atlanta Falcons
It seems like the Arizona Cardinals are focusing on the offseason and until they improve as a team, I’m keep Fitz on my bench. He hasn’t surpassed 55 receiving yards since Week 8 and this game against the Falcons is no joke. Just a single opposing receiver has over 51 receiving yards since Week 10. It is tough to start any Arizona player in Fantasy for the rest of the season.
Kenny Golladay, @ Buffalo Bills
Golden Tate has been traded, Marvin Jones Jr. is on IR, and Kerryon Johnson is out with a knee injury. Those three injuries have forced Detroit’s opponents to key on Golladay. I’m not happy with this matchup he has on Sunday, too. Since Week 8, only one WR has over 49 receiving yards. There are too many negatives surrounding Golladay and it makes me want to sit him.
Dallas Goedert, vs Los Angeles Rams
If you’re looking for a streaming TE, go look somewhere else. This past Sunday was his best game since Week 3 and his inconsistent play is a recipe for disaster. There are rumors circulating about Philadelphia placing, Carson Wentz, on IR. It’s a risky play for a TE who has three of his last five games without a catch.
#Eagles QB Carson Wentz, dealing with a back issue, is not expected to play this week, sources say. Depending on the result, given the time of year, Wentz may not play again in 2018. The team is still gathering info on his health.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2018
Evan Engram, vs Tennessee Titans
The only reason Engram led the Giants in receiving because of Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence. He has still failed to have over four catches since Week 8 and that was the last he reached the end zone. OBJ is most likely set to return for Week 15 and that is bad news for Evan. Tennessee has been one of the best teams against the TE position, too. Only one TE has surpassed 43 receiving yards all season. Trust me on this one, Engram isn’t worth the risk and should be on your bench for Week 15.
Pittsburgh Steelers, vs New England Patriots
Is it worth putting Pittsburgh’s defense in your starting lineup after they just allowed 24 points to arguably one of the worst offenses in the NFL? The Steelers are in the midst of a three game losing streak and this could be their toughest game this season. New England has a fully healthy offense with Rob Gronkowski and Rex Burkhead back. It is a better option to look for a streaming option than start Pittsburgh’s defense.
Los Angeles Chargers, @ Kansas City Chiefs
Now that Joey Bosa is back it makes the Chargers’s defense better, but it may be futile this week. These two teams squared off in the first week of the season and Kansas City put 38 points on them. The only defensive stat L.A. had in that game was a sack. Kansas City just scored 27 points against the number one scoring defense, Baltimore Ravens. Any defense playing the Chiefs should sat due to Kansas City’s high flying offense.
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