Podcastic Week 15 Start/Sit
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QB: Tom Brady
Brady gets a very favorable matchup against a Falcons team giving up the most fantasy points per game to QBs. He has tons of weapons and is still a solid QB so I would look for him to have a big day this week. I can see Brady as an easy QB1.
QB: Jalen Hurts (vs ARI)
Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to perhaps the biggest upset of the season. What was most impressive was his running ability. A QB with rushing upside is someone to consider starting on a weekly basis. He faces a Cardinals defense that showed signs of life against the Giants. However, his ability to extend plays will likely not yield the same result. Expect a solid QB1 performance out of Hurts this week.
Honarable Mention: Ben Roethlisberger (vs CIN)
QB: Philip Rivers (vs. Houston), ECR QB14
Other than a week 9 clunker vs. the Ravens, Rivers has been consistent over the last eight weeks, ranging from QB6-16. That is a stable floor with a decent ceiling for a streaming QB. Houston is fresh off giving a QB7 finish to Trubisky last week. Combine that with a T.Y. Hilton revival and Rivers looks to have some upside this week.
RB: David Montgomery
Montgomery has been on fire as of late. This has happened against some bad run defenses but he just looks explosive when you watch him. Over the last three games he has 39 carries for 288 yards and 3 TDs while receiving 14 targets securing 12 of them for 121 yards and 1TD! He should be able to find some running room against a middle of the pack rush defense for the Vikings.
RB: Gus Edwards (vs JAX)
Mark Ingram is no more. He saw 1 snap in the win against the Browns. Gus Edwards has been an effective runner this season. This week he should see an increased workload against a poor Jaguars defense in Week 15. 15 touches for around 100 yards and 1 TD definitely is not out of the question. Consider Edwards a RB2/FLEX play this week.
Honorable Mention: Jeff Wilson Jr (vs DAL) ECR RB37
RB: J.K. Dobbins (vs. Jacksonville) ECR RB17
The Jaguars allow the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs and the run defense appears to be getting worse. Over the last three games they have given up an average of 200 rushing yards/game. Meanwhile, the Ravens rushing offense is humming right now, with over 230 yards in each of the last two games. Gus Edwards is sticking around to put a cap on Dobbins upside, but I think the RB17 is his floor this week. If Dobbins can get two TDs, then you are looking at a RB1 this week.
WR: Terry McLaurin
F1 has had a couple of stinkers the past two weeks. I feel like he is set up for a bounce back game this week against a very beatable Seattle defense. The Seahawks can also put up plenty of points, so Washington may need to throw the ball a lot. Some may think it is a downgrade if Smith is out, but Haskins would hyper target Terry. McLaurin is an easy start for me this week!
WR: Christian Kirk (vs PHI) ECR WR51
This one is more of a gut feeling. Kirk has been limited in recent weeks. However, he has played on 84% of snaps or more the past 4 games. He goes against a banged up Eagles secondary in Week 15. This game could easily turn into a shootout, giving Kirk some additional targets and big play opportunities. If you are looking a big potential boom/bust WR3, Kirk could definitely be your guy this week!
Honorable Mention: Chad Hansen (vs IND) ECR WR48
WR: Brandon Aiyuk (at Dallas) ECR WR15
This one seems so obvious that I feel guilty picking it (and probably means it will blow up in my face). But I cannot pass up a WR that has four straight weeks of 9+ targets (and top fifteen finishes), has even less target competition with Deebo Samuel out, and is facing one of the worst pass defenses in the league (allowing the second-most fantasy points to WRs). If you are looking for a less obvious option, I also like JuJu Smith-Schuster (ECR WR24) at Cincinnati.
TE: Eric Ebron
Ebron has a great matchup against a Bengals team giving up a ton of points to the TE position. He has been solid so far this year and, prior to last week, had two 11 target games in a row. Ebron is a safe play this week at a position with tons of question marks..
TE: Jared Cook (vs KC)
Jared Cook has failed to live up to expectations in 2020. Most of this has come down to playing time. However, he played on 57% of snaps in Week 14 (his highest since Week 2). He has primarily been used on passing downs. Cook is a clear TD dependent TE for fantasy but should see plenty of opportunities this week as the Saints could be trailing once again. Consider him a stream worthy TE in Week 15.
Honorable Mention: Cole Kmet (vs MIN) ECR TE17
TE: Cole Kmet (at Minnesota) ECR TE16
If you are looking for TE help this week, why not take a chance on the young guy that is getting more involved in the offense (14 total targets the last two weeks)? All you need is a TD, and you have a TE1 for the week.
QB: Kirk Cousins
Cousins has another tough matchup after struggling with the Bucs last week. This week he gets a solid Bears defense that should bring the heat. Look for his struggles to continue.
QB: Taysom Hill (vs KC)
Taysom Hill struggled in Week 14 despite throwing for 2 TDs. He will be forced to throw the ball against the Chiefs in Week 15. This could limit his rushing upside as well. If the Chiefs can get pressure on Hill like the Eagles did last week, it could be a long day. Consider Hill a high end QB2 for Week 15 and consider other streaming options.
Honorable Mention: Deshaun Watson (vs IND) ECR QB10
RB: Ezekiel Elliott
Zeke has not been the same player for fantasy this season. That is mainly due to the Dak injury, but he has only surpassed 100 rushing yards once this season. Zeke also does not have a rushing TD since week 5 with only 1 receiving TD since then. He has been safe for fantasy in the past due to volume but the past three weeks has carry totals of 10, 18, and 12. I am not saying you have to sit Zeke but there are better options.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott (vs SF)
I will start off by saying the Ezekiel Elliott isn't a must sit. However, if you have a clear better option or someone in a good matchup, I would strongly consider that player over him. Zeke has battled injuries throughout the year and is currently dealing with a bruised thigh. He has played most the season with backup offensive lineman blocking for him. He faces a 49ers defense that has also been tough on RBs this year. Consider Zeke more of a FLEX play type of option this week.
Honorable Mention: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs NO) ECR RB22
RB: David Montgomery (at Minnesota) ECR RB12
I am sure that everyone who has Montgomery on their teams right now is loving him. He is probably a big reason why some people are still playing right now with three straight top six RB weeks. But it is important to note that those three games have been against Green Bay, Detroit, and Houston, three of the top four teams that give up the most fantasy points to RBs (average of 25 points/game). The Vikings are not a shutdown run defense like the Steelers, but they are certainly better than that trio (17.5 points/game).
WR: Adam Thielen
Thielen has a really tough matchup against the Bears this week and is not as explosive as his counterpart Justin Jefferson. With the struggles I see Cousins having this week, Thielen's fantasy outlook will take a hit.
WR: Chase Claypool (vs CIN)
It hasn't been pretty for the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver group in recent weeks. Most of the team has caught what I'll call "the dropsies". While Claypool hasn't been as bad as Diontae Johnson or Eric Ebron in terms of drops, he has lost some playing time. James Washington appears to be on the rise. Claypool has failed to score double digit points in 3 straight weeks. While the matchup may be good and tempting, resist the urge to play Claypool this week.
Honorable Mention: Marquise "Hollywood" Brown (vs JAX) ECR WR33
WR: Cooper Kupp (vs NY Jets) ECR WR14
The trend on Kupp looks clear this year. If he gets double-digit targets, he is probably a WR1. If not, he is most likely a WR3. The ridiculous positive TD rate that he had seen previously in his career is not holding up this year. As far as targets, over the last three weeks he has taken a clear backseat to Robert Woods (19 vs. 31 for Woods).
TE: Dallas Goedert
Goedert has been solid when healthy this year. He has a matchup against a Cardinals team that is good at limiting TEs. With Ertz getting healthier he could see more targets as well. I may look for another option at the position this week.
TE: Jordan Reed (vs DAL)
Jordan Reed has played on 51% of snaps or less since returning from IR. His production in recent weeks has been limited outside of a garbage time TD. Typically starting most players against the Cowboys defense is a good thing. However, Nick Mullens has been mediocre at best and the 49ers should be able to lean on the run. Consider Reed a TE2 this week.
Honorable Mention: Noah Fant (vs BUF) ECR TE11
TE: Hunter Henry (at Las Vegas) ECR TE6
Honestly, Henry should be fine this week. I just think he gets too much respect for a TE that only has three TDs this year. For all their issues on defense, the Raiders have been a top ten unit vs. TEs, allowing only 6.8 fantasy points per game and 4 TDs.