Fantasy football Week 15 is upon us, which means round 2 of the playoffs for many. Sorry to all Robert Griffin III owners, looks like you will have to look at other options this week. If you are an unfortunate RG3 owner, take a look at my Top 15 Fantasy Football QBs for Week 15 piece, you may find some help in there.
Some of the games on the schedule this week scream shoot-out, and as you know, I try not to point out the obvious so let’s just get the easy ones out of the way now. Start Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Arian Foster, Bradon Marshall, etc… Let’s not waste each other’s time here, it’s Week 15, if you need me to tell you to start players of that caliber, then I really can’t believe you have made it this far in the first place.
Here’s some last-minute Fantasy football Week 15 start ‘em advice to help you make that final push towards fantasy football glory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman
Match-up favorable as the New Orleans Saints defense ranks dead last at defending the quarterback position and Freeman had the best game of his career against this same team back in Week 7, throwing for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns. This game has shootout written all over it.
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
New England Patriots defense is more than beatable, and Kaepernick will have to use both his arm and his legs if he wants to keep up with the Patriots offense. New England has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. A lousy game for Colin should still equal around 18-20 standard fantasy points so he’s a very viable start this week in my opinion.
New York Giants RB David Wilson
Ahmad Bradshaw is out so the rookie will get his shot to redeem his lousy season. Wilson flashed some upside in last weeks game against the Saints, rushing for 100 yards on only 13 carries and also scoring two touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons are vulnerable to the run, allowing the 7th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. If you need running back help, Wilson is the answer this week.
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno
Moreno is another back that has gotten a chance after his teams starting back, Willis McGahee went down with a season-ending MCL injury. He’s filled in nicely for McGahee, and has received a heavy workload, rushing the ball 72 times in the past three games. The Baltimore Ravens weak link on defense is defending the run, as they have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing backs, and they have allowed a rushing touchdown in each of their last two games. Moreno should see the end zone again in Week 15.
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon
Match-up against the Washington Redskins should make it easy like a Sunday morning for Gordon to connect with QB Brandon Weeden at least once. He’s the best play-maker on the Browns, and the Redskins have allowed the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Washington has also allowed more than 200 yards to opposing wide-outs seven times this season. That bodes well for a guy like Gordon, who has caught 14 balls the past two weeks. Start him if you need him.
Indianapolis Colts WR Donnie Avery
Sleeper potential in Avery this week against the Houston Texans. Colts will more than likely be playing behind in this one, which means more throws from QB Andrew Luck, who has targeted Donnie 31 times in the past three games. Texans also very suspect in the secondary, allowing the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Texans actually allowing the most fantasy points to receivers in the past five weeks, so Avery does hold some value.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones
I know this is more of an obvious call, and I hate wasting anyone’s time, but I’ve seen some actually talk about sitting Jones this week for other options. If you own Jones, he’s a must-start this week with the injury to Roddy White. Not too many teams are more favorable to wide receivers like the New York Giants are. Giants are vulnerable to the big play and have allowed the 8th-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. White has not been officially ruled out, but his knee issue has kept him out of practice all week, so Julio will be the top option for QB Matt Ryan.
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler
The Bills are missing some weapons on offense with RB Fred Jackson headed to the IR and WR Donald Jones dealing with a calf issue. Someone will have to pick up the slack, and I suspect Chandler is the best candidate for the task. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick loves to target Chandler in the red zone so if they get there, he should score. The match-up is not great however, as the Seattle Seahawks have allowed the 7th-fewest points to opposing tight ends. Still think Chandler gets it done tough, if you need tight end help look his way.
San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis
Been nothing but a big bust for his owners, but I suspect he breaks out against the Patriots. New England has been very generous to opposing tight ends, allowing the 2nd-most fantasy points this season. If you stuck with Davis this long, you might be rewarded handsomely for your patience this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Dallas Clark
Sleeper pick. Doesn’t put up huge numbers, but he has caught three touchdowns in the past five weeks. Clark also had his best game of the season against this same Saints defense back in Week 7 where he caught a touchdown and recorded 51 receiving yards. Saints allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in the past five weeks.
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