Week 15 Fantasy Football Start/Sit/Grab/Drop

It's playoff time! This is the most important week for you of the year, so welcome to Start/Sit/Grab/Drop for Week 15, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify players to grab from waivers and disappointing players you can safely drop.

START


Jared Goff (QB - LAR) vs NYJ


Goff has been a hard QB to predict in fantasy. In good matchups, he fails to get things going and, in bad matchups, he finds a way to get things done. This week at home against the New York Jets is one of those rare weeks where I believe Goff will take advantage of his matchup. The Jets allow 22.3 FPPG to the QB position and they just got cooked by Russell Wilson last week, so I expect more of the same this week against Goff and the Rams. The Jets are better against the run than they are against the pass, so Jared Goff should put up good numbers against their porous secondary.


Other QBs to start:


Philip Rivers - IND (vs HOU)

Jalen Hurts - PHI (@ ARI)



JK Dobbins (RB - BAL) vs JAX


JK Dobbins seems to have established himself as the top dog in the Baltimore Ravens’ running back committee. You can rely on him to get 12-15 touches a game, which is more than enough in this elite run offense. Next up for Dobbins is a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose defense allows 22.9 FPPG to RBs and just gave up over 200 yards and 2 TDs to Derrick Henry. Dobbins will be set up to feast this week and could easily wind up in the endzone, so start him with confidence against the Jags.


Other RBs to start:


Cam Akers - LAR (vs NYJ)

Melvin Gordon III - DEN (vs BUF)

JD McKissic - WAS (vs SEA)



TY Hilton (WR - IND) vs HOU


Saying TY Hilton has been on fire of late is a bit of an understatement. Over his last three games, Hilton has a statline of 23/17/277/4. Those are some WR1 numbers if I’ve ever seen any. Now, I’m not saying TY Hilton is a WR1 ROS or anything like that, but he has another juicy matchup this week against the Houston Texans, who give up 25.6 FPPG to WRs. They’re a team Hilton has dominated his whole career, so you could start him this week with absolutely zero reservations. He will take care of business in Houston and help you reach the finals.


Other WRs to start:


Brandon Aiyuk - SF (@ DAL)

Corey Davis - TEN (vs DET)

Darnell Mooney - CHI (@ MIN)



Jordan Reed (TE - SF) @ DAL


Reed should be performing better than he has been. We all know how talented he is when he’s healthy, but he just hasn’t become one of Mullens’ favorite targets. That being said, Reed is seeing more targets than fellow TE Ross Dwelley, so at least he’s the leader at the position on his team. A matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is a dream come true for any offensive players in 2020. Their defense gives up 7.3 FPPG to TEs, so Reed is in a great spot for those looking for a good TE streamer.


Other TEs to start:


Jared Cook - NO (vs KC)

Logan Thomas - WAS (vs SEA)

SIT


Deshaun Watson (QB - HOU) @ IND


Watson really struggled against the Chicago Bears and their elite defense this past week. Sure, missing his top weapon in Brandin Cooks certainly didn’t help, but it was tough sledding for Deshaun Watson out there as Khalil Mack was causing havoc all game. Next up is another less than ideal matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, a defense that gives up just 15.9 FPPG to the QB position. If Cooks misses another game, it’ll be really difficult to view Watson as a QB1 this week. It might be hard to pivot away from Watson, but you need to make these tough decisions in the playoffs.


Other QBs to sit:


Kirk Cousins - MIN (vs CHI)

Baker Mayfield - CLE (@ NYG)



Ezekiel Elliott (RB - DAL) vs SF


Elliott has been one of the most frustrating players in fantasy this season and I’m at the point where I could safely mark him down as one of my sits of the week. Since Dak Prescott’s injury, the only player who has remained fantasy relevant on the Cowboys is Amari Cooper. Elliott has fallen down the fantasy ladder considerably and is now more of a low-end RB2 than the elite RB1 he was earlier in the season. Since Week 5, Elliott has only scored more than 10 points twice in Half PPR leagues. Two times! With a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers who allow just 15.1 FPPG to RBs up next, you could safely sit Elliott this week if you have a better option.


Other RBs to sit:


Ronald Jones II - TB (@ ATL)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - KC (@ NO)

James Conner - PIT (@ CIN)



Tyler Lockett (WR - SEA) @ WAS


While Tyler Lockett hasn’t burned your fantasy team with his bust games, they sure haven’t helped. Since Week 7, where he torched the Arizona Cardinals for 200 yards and 3 TDs, Lockett has only scored 1 TD and hasn’t eclipsed more than 67 yards in any game. Those are certainly not high-end WR2 numbers. You start Lockett each and every week in the hopes that he has a boom game, but it’s pretty much been all bust lately. A matchup with the Washington Football Team is next on the schedule for the Seahawks and they give up just 19.8 FPPG to WRs, so Lockett is in a prime position to bust once again.


Other WRs to sit:


Robby Anderson - CAR (@ GB)

Keke Coutee - HOU (@ IND)

DJ Chark Jr. - JAX (@ BAL)



Dallas Goedert (TE - PHI) @ ARI


Last year, you started any TE that played Arizona because they almost always gave up a TD. This year? Things couldn’t be any different. The Cardinals allow just 5.6 FPPG to TEs, which is bad news for Dallas Goedert. The Philadelphia Eagles TE is already losing some targets with the return of Zach Ertz and a matchup against the Cards is one of the worst. On top of all that, Jalen Hurts seems to target Philly’s WRs more than their TEs, so Goedert is in a rough spot this week and should be avoided.


Other TEs to sit:


Trey Burton - IND (vs HOU)

Hayden Hurst - ATL (vs TB)

GRAB


Jalen Hurts (QB - PHI) @ ARI


If you had the cojones to start Jalen Hurts against the New Orleans Saints this week, even in a 2QB league, then I applaud you. Hurts only threw for 167 yards and 1 TD, but it was his rushing stats that jumped off the page. He had 18 attempts for 106 yards, which is Lamar Jackson level rushing production for a QB. If Hurts was able to have a game like that against the best defense in the league, imagine what he could do against the Arizona Cardinals. Hurts should be the priority pickup this week for those looking for a QB streamer and could even lead you to a fantasy championship as his Week 16 opponent is the lowly Dallas Cowboys.


Other players to grab from waivers:


Quarterbacks (QB)


Mitch Trubisky - CHI (@ MIN)

Philip Rivers - IND (vs HOU)


Running Backs (RB)


Phillip Lindsay - DEN (vs BUF)

DeAndre Washington/Lynn Bowden Jr. - MIA (vs NE) *Bowden has RB/WR eligibility*

Jeff Wilson Jr. - SF (@ DAL)


Wide Receivers (WR)


Tim Patrick - DEN (vs BUF)

Laviska Shenault Jr. - JAX (@ BAL)

Chad Hansen - HOU (@ IND)


Tight Ends (TE)


Jordan Reed - SF (@ DAL)

Irv Smith Jr. - MIN (vs CHI)


Defense/Special Teams (DST)


Tennessee Titans - vs DET

Buffalo Bills - @ DEN

Minnesota Vikings - vs CHI

DROP


Giovani Bernard (RB - CIN)


Just a few weeks ago, I made Giovani Bernard one of my starts of the week against the Miami Dolphins. Boy was I wrong. Bernard is at the point where he’s not even startable, nevermind one of the best players to start on a given week. Even with Joe Mixon out, Gio hasn’t capitalized on his opportunities. The Bengals offense is a complete mess and all players, including WRs Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, should be avoided. Bernard has shown that he’s not on the fantasy radar for multiple weeks now and could safely be cut for one of the players in my grab section.


Other players to drop:


Carson Wentz (QB - PHI)

Darius Slayton (WR - NYG)

Tyler Higbee (TE - LAR)


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