Fantasy Football Start/Sit Lineup Decisions Week 15
By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Week 14 is finished. Now it’s time to prepare for the semifinals. I’m feeling the pressure. However, I’m not afraid! Let’s figure out who to play after last week’s injury apocalypse. Speaking of which, were you hindered by the plethora of injuries? Fortunately, I wasn’t all that affected other than injuries that were pre-existing from before.
Quarterback Starts of the Week
Ryan Tannehill vs HOU – Tannehill is the man to play against a bad Texans secondary. He’s been on fire and even I’m taking my chances in a league where I am benching Rodgers for Tannehill.
Jameis Winston @ DET – Winston is the epitome of giving people highs and lows while playing. Furthermore, he’s playing in a dome against an exploitable Lions secondary.
Honorable Mention: Eli Manning vs MIA
Quarterback Sits of the Week
Jared Goff @ DAL – This may be a bit of a risk in benching him. However, “Jaroad” Goff tends to struggle mightily on the road. I anticipate Goff to be a high-end QB2 this week.
Josh Allen @ PIT – The dual threat quarterback has been decent, but the Steelers defense has been infuego! That means I’m not going to gamble on Josh Allen, especially since he’s been sacked 11 times the past three weeks.
Running Back Starts of the Week
Marlon Mack @ NO – I’m not rushing to start Mack. However, Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins were both placed on injured reserve by New Orleans, leaving gaps on the defensive line with the Colts solid offensive line. I’d place him on the high-end RB2 side this week.
Miles Sanders @ WAS – I’m aware Boston Scott may siphon some touches along Miles Sanders. However, Sanders is still the main back in the Eagles offense. Washington ranks about middle of the pack in rush defense and was just torn up by Aaron Jones for 16/134/1.
Running Back Sits of the Week
Aaron Jones vs CHI – Maybe I am over hyping the Bears defense, but Aaron Jones has been the definition of all in or all out. The Bears are seventh best against the run. I’m tempering expectations.
Joe Mixon vs NEP – Although Mixon has shined for owners as of late, this game has the potential for the Bengals to abandon the run early. With the Pats allowing only 12.9 points per game and being fourth against the run, you should be reluctant to start Mixon this week.
Wide Receiver Starts of the Week
Emmanuel Sanders vs ATL – Sanders is fully healthy and ready to dominate against a Falcons secondary who is now without Desmond Trufant. I place him as a WR2 with WR1 upside.
Darius Slayton vs MIA – Slayton has shown great flashes of skill, especially last week when Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard both suited up. He has picked apart struggling secondaries and should be in the mid‑range WR2 with WR1 TD potential against Miami.
Honorable Mentions: Dede Westbrook @ OAK
Wide Receiver Sits of the Week
Brandin Cooks @ DAL – This may come off as a no brainer, but I’ve still been hearing Cooks name being circulated every so often on some posts. He’s merely a dynasty stash as he hasn’t looked the same since his concussions. If you’re desperate, look at Marcus Johnson or Breshad Perriman over Cooks.
Tyler Boyd vs NEP – Stephon Gilmore will likely cover Boyd. I’m anticipating greatly reduced numbers as a result. Only play Boyd if you don’t have many other options.
Tight End Starts of the Week
Tyler Higbee @ DAL – In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Higbee has gone off for 14/223/1 on 19 targets the past two weeks. Gerald Everett is looking likely as a no-go again, placing Higbee on the TE1 radar.
David Njoku @ ARI – Last week didn’t show us much; however, Njoku was probably on a snap count. He is still a risky play but was a full participant this past Thursday. Arizona is awful guarding tight ends but there is still uncertainty surrounding Njoku’s playing time. Play him cautiously.
Honorable Mention: Kaden Smith vs MIA
Tight End Sit of the Week
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Defense Starts of the Week
CLE DST @ ARI – I picked on Arizona last week and I’ll do it again. Cleveland isn’t the Steelers defense. However, there are a lot of other matchups that have blowout potential tied to them beyond the common sense D/ST you should know to start. I anticipate Kyler Murray throwing a few more picks this week.
PHI DST @ WAS – I know it didn’t look promising last week with Eli still turning in a solid performance. However, Dwayne Haskins might be even worse given the lack of weapons, poor offensive line, and Guice being injured yet again. If you don’t have a viable starting defense, this should be the week to play the Eagles D/ST.
Defense Sits of the Week
DEN DST @ KC – Denver has proven to be pretty damn good defensively despite some injuries. However, it’s Pat Mahomes and a super high octane offense. Look elsewhere.
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