Dave B’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 15
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Week 15 of the NFL season is on the horizon – Fantasy Football semi-finals time for most of us. With a full slate of games on tap this week, who should we be looking at to guide us to the title? Dave B breaks down every Week 15 game in the weekly Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit.
Take a look, and let me know what you think!
Jacksonville at Atlanta 8:20 PM
As per usual, Maurice Jones-Drew is absolutely the only Jaguar that you would even think of using – period! For Atlanta, I like all of the usual suspects on National Television. Matt Ryan could start, a slowing Michael Turner can start with tempered expectations, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez are all good starts this week.
Dallas at Tampa Bay 8:20 PM
It’s an absolute dream matchup for the Cowboys this week. Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson are all fine plays. I am waiting on Miles Austin 1 more week. He scares me and is only a WR3 right now. Felix Jones is only a flex but if needed could be started. For Tampa Bay, everyone on the team scares me. Mike Williams, LeGarrette Blount and Josh Freeman are only emergency starts at this point of the season.
Miami at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Miami has Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush to consider – Anthony Fasano at Tight End if absolutely stuck. Stevie Johnson is the only Bill that I trust at this point of the season.
Seattle at Chicago 1:00 PM
Marshawn Lynch can’t be benched against anybody right now – start with confidence. Doug Baldwin has turned into an intriguing flex option as well for the Hawks. For the Bears, I may look at Marion Barber but only a gambling man/woman would start him!
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
It is not clear who will start at quarterback for the Titans but if it is Jake Locker and you are desperate, you could do a whole lot worse especially against a brutal Indianapolis defense. Chris Johnson has been maddening but I am starting him too – it’s Indy after all! Nate Washington and Damian Williams are also decent plays. For the Colts, Reggie Wayne is the only one to consider.
Green Bay at Kansas City 1:00 PM
The usual suspects for Green Bay – Rodgers, Jody Nelson and Jermichael Finely. With Greg Jennings out, James Jones should see more targets and is worth consideration at flex. I am still staying away from the Packers run game despite a good effort from Ryan Grant last week. Dwayne Bowe is the only Chief that is worth even mentioning.
Cincinnati at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Hmm – I am torn when thinking Andy Dalton. He has been good for 180 yards and a score for the last month or so but he is going against the Rams. If you are a river-boat gambler, he may be worth a shot! That means that AJ Green and Jermaine Gresham are good starts here too. Cedric Benson is fine – he gets a crack at the league’s worst run defense and the Bengals defense is fine here too. Steven Jackson and Brandon Lloyd are OK not great starts in Fantasy this week for St. Louis.
New Orleans at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Never bench Drew Brees, Marques Colston or Jimmy Graham. I like Lance Moore to score this week as well. Mark Ingram is risky but could score on a short touchdown and Darren Sproles, especially in PPR leagues is an OK play. If Adrian Peterson returns for the Vikings, he is a good play along with Percy Harvin. That’s it for Minnesota.
Washington at NY Giants 1:00 PM
If desperate, you could do far worse than Rex Grossman in what is sure to be a shootout. He, Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Roy Helu are all fine plays this week believe it or not! For the Giants, you have to continue to roll with Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz this week. Brandon Jacobs has emerged as a good flex. Jake Ballard is a sneaky Tight End play in this game as well.
Carolina at Houston 1:00 PM
Cam Newton is unbenchable even against Houston’s quality defense. Steve Smith is the only other Panther that I would trust at this point in time. For Houston, Arian Foster is automatic but is the only Texan in play this week. [ad-8469823]
Detroit at Oakland 4:05 PM
I like Matt Stafford in this game as well as Calvin Johnson. Kevin Smith, if he plays is a risky but intriguing option as well. The other Detroit running backs aren’t worth your time. Take a look at Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew this week as well – I will not blame you is you bench them however! For the Raiders, Michael Bush appears trustworthy but that’s about it.
New England at Denver 4:15 PM
Brady, Gronkowski, Welker and even Aaron Hernandez are as automatic as they come in Fantasy right now – Start obviously! Yes, I would start Tebow this week. Demaryius Thomas also gets the nod against a brutal Patriots defense. Heck, even Eric Decker may have an OK game. Not sold on Willis McGahee this week however!
NY Jets at Philadelphia 4:15 PM
You can’t bench Shonn Greene this week although I think the wheels will come off just a bit. Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress should be OK not great this week as well. I am staying away from Mark Sanchez although this may be his best week in a while. For the Eagles, the only absolute certainties in the lineup are Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are simply flex starters – too inconsistent to be in starter territory!
Cleveland at Arizona 4:15 PM
You shouldn’t be considering ANY Browns this week unless you are crazy or have been living on the moon this season. For the Cardinals, Beanie Wells should be productive against a brutal Browns run defense and Larry Fitzgerald is a Stud but could have a tough time against Cleveland’s good pass defense – start both!
Baltimore at San Diego 8:20 PM
The Ravens should find some room against San Diego’s average defense. Start Ray Rice and Torrey Smith this week. Consider Anquan Boldin and Ed Dickson but don’t expect huge numbers. For the Chargers, I think Philip Rivers is an OK play here. Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson should be fine as well. I am, however, a bit scared of the running game against the Baltimore defense. You may want to start Ryan Matthews but temper your expectations.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco 8:30 PM
If Big Ben plays (and I think he will) he has to be in your lineup along with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Rashard Mendenhall will have a very tough time against the 49ers insane run defense. For the 49ers, Frank Gore is an OK play along with Michael Crabtree – just OK though. Vernon Davis may be the only sure-fire Fantasy option for the 49ers in this game.
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