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Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em Week 15

Week 15 marks an important week for Fantasy Football owners as the playoff push is on for most fantasy leagues. Lucky for you, our fantasy writers have you covered with our Start ’em/Sit ’em for week 15. Best of luck to all the Fantasy owners out there as the season winds down!

Starts of the Week

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)- Aaron Rodgers is finally back after suffering what looked to be a season-ending injury in week 6. There are going to be a lot of questions regarding if Rodgers is a startable player in fantasy this week. The way I see it, there should be no debate. When on the field, Rodgers is always around the top three quarterbacks in fantasy. With the injuries this year, Rodgers instantly becomes one of, if not the best fantasy quarterback right now. When  Rodgers is on your fantasy roster, matchups should make no difference.Unless you have Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers should be starting in your lineup. (Brett)

Running Back:  Alex Collins (Baltimore Ravens)- Collins has become the number one offensive option for the Ravens. He has a four-game streak with at least one rushing touchdown, including a two-touchdown performance against the Lions. He has solidified himself as a legitimate RB2 option each week moving forward. I expect him to score at least once in week 15’s road matchup against the Cleveland Browns. (Nick)

Wide Receiver:  Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco 49ers)-  Goodwin has only scored one touchdown this season, but that is due in large part to the uncertainty at QB for the 49ers and their mostly poor play this season. With that said, Goodwin has emerged as the top receiver for the Niners and has had plenty of opportunities to put up impressive WR3 and flex fantasy numbers. Goodwin is coming off of his second 100+ yard receiving game of the season and continues to show his value. Start him with confidence in a solid home contest against the Tennessee Titans, a defense that QB Jimmy Garoppolo could break out against. (Nick)

Tight End: Jared Cook (Oakland Raiders)-  While he has been very inconsistent (as most tight ends have), Cook has been a very serviceable tight end this season. While he has only two touchdowns on the year, the veteran has racked up yards and receptions in games where he has played well.  Although there was a huge dip in production for a three-game stretch, Cook bounced back last week with possibly his best performance against the Chiefs. This week the Raiders get a home game against the Dallas Cowboys who have been pedestrian against tight ends. I see Cook building off that performance and being a reliable target often in this game, especially without Amari Cooper on the field. (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams:  New Orleans Saints- The Saints defense has allowed 20 or more points to opponents in four straight games. However, they are capable of forcing turnovers, giving them value in fantasy football. They have a favorable matchup against the New York Jets who are without starting QB Josh McCown. The Saints D/ST should be one of the top starts for week 15. (Nick)

 

Sits of the Week

Quarterback: Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)-  Andy Dalton has been playing well this season, especially in recent weeks. He had a bit of a drop off last week against the Chicago Bears but has been a great streaming option otherwise.  Dalton has a tough road matchup against the Minnesota Vikings who are one of the top defenses in the league and top teams in the league in general.  Those factors should make for a tough day for Dalton and the Bengals offense. I would consider starting either Nick Foles against the New York Giants or Blake Bortles against the Houston Texans. (Nick)

Running Back: DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans)-  DeMarco Murray has been very frustrating for fantasy owners in a season where the Titans decided to continually get Derrick Henry more touches. This has resulted in a huge drop off in production for Murray as he has become pretty much reliant on touchdowns. The Titans do draw a very juicy matchup this week against the 49ers who have been awful all season at stopping the run. Despite this, I still don’t think Murray is a good starting option in fantasy playoffs. Last week Murray ran for only 34 yards on 11 carries which is one of his worst performances of the year. (Brett)

Wide Receiver: Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings)-  Diggs has become a boom or bust that is a risk to start each week. The emergence of fellow receiver Adam Thielen has contributed to the speedy receiver’s inconsistencies and struggles.  Diggs seems to be the third option in recent weeks as well as tight end Kyle Rudolph has stepped up. I have found it hard to trust Diggs for a while now and feel that if you have good alternatives, you should strongly consider them. (Nick)

Tight End: Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys)-  After a very hot start to the season, Jason Witten has been very average as far as production out of the tight end slot. Witten does have two touchdowns in the last two games, but his yardage numbers have been mediocre with only one reception in each of those games. Although touchdowns are what makes or breaks a day for a tight end, that has been even more true for Witten this season. Although Oakland has struggled to stop tight ends, I don’t think Witten continues his touchdown streak this week. Although Jason Witten is a name that has been a staple in fantasy lineups for years, he is not a weekly start at tight end at this point. (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams: Los Angeles Rams-  Being one of the best units in fantasy this season, the Rams have entered that elite tier of fantasy defenses. They have put up massive numbers all season long and have been surprisingly consistent about it. Despite this, the Rams have shown to be pretty matchup dependent down the stretch. In the last four weeks, the Rams have faced off against three of the top-tier teams in the NFC. In these games, they have accumulated a combined two points. This week is another huge challenge for the LA defense as they head to Seattle in an away game against the Seahawks. Everyone knows how well the Seahawks play at home especially at this time in the season. I see Russel Wilson dominating the Rams defense this week in a game in which they will continue their current struggles. (Brett)

 

Authors: Nick Eberhardt And Brett Santos

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