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Fantasy Football Week #15

Week #14 is in the books and fantasy football teams are looking forward to week #15. There is a lot to discuss this week so let’s jump right in to the action.

The Panthers are the only undefeated team in the NFL. Several teams that dominated the early part of the year are starting to show signs of weakness like the Packers, Broncos, and Bengals. Keep this is in mind when you are finalizing your roosters this week. It matters who is strong now, not who was strong.

Bye Week

No byes for the rest of the season. You are in the clear and can relax about starting a player on a bye week.

Mismatches

Jets vs. Cowboys, Chiefs vs. Ravens, Vikings vs. Bears, Patriots vs. Titans, Panthers vs. Giants, Seahawks vs. Browns, Bengals vs. 49ers, and the Cardinals vs. Eagles,

At this point in the season there is a lot of data available. Start your best players based on 14 games of data. Take a hard look at what teams are hot right now. The Seahawks, Cardinals, Panthers, and Steelers are all peaking at the right time.

Quarterbacks

Carr is ranked 5th this week going against the Packers. The Raiders are a team that can be good or can be horrible. Carr has scored 13 fantasy points in each of the last two games. I am not saying that you should not start him, just take a hard look at quarterbacks you have available.

Big Ben is ranked 11th in several polls this week. He is going against a stout Bronco’s defense that is the best in the league, however the Steelers are on the rise and Big Ben has a lot of weapons. Don’t hesitate to start him.

The rest of the quarterback rankings look pretty solid. Focus on how many points players have scored in the last three games.

Running Backs

Gurley should be ranked higher in the RB polls. He is a no brainer starter against the Bucs who are allowing 120.5 yards per game. He did sit out practices earlier in the week, but he should be ready to go this weekend.

Williams is part of the most productive fantasy backfield this season, but he is going against the strongest defense against the rush, the Broncos at 3.2 yards/rush. I am not saying to sit Williams, but look at who you have available. Passing will be the key weapon of the Steeler’s this week and I expect only mediocre points from Williams.

Tight Ends

Gronk’s knee injuries are behind him and will feast on the weak Eagle’s defense. A #1 ranking may be based more on his past production, but he will have a good weekend of fantasy point’s production.

Olsen is ranked #2 this week. He is listed as questionable so if you plan to start him delay finalizing your rooster as long as possible in case he gets listed as injured. He is going against a Giant’s defense that has given up the 3rd most fantasy points to TE’s so if he is healthy this could be a good points weekend for him.

Walker is ranked 4th this week in the polls. He has the most catches for TEs in the league, but it is not adding up to a lot of fantasy points. Take a hard look at who you have available. Walker is not an automatic start even though he is having the best season of his career at 31.

Wide Receivers

Brown is perhaps the best receiver in the NFL, but he will have a tough week against the Bronco’s stout defense. If you look at Brown’s point’s production this year it has been up and down like a roller coaster. I am going against the grain and marking Brown down as a possible bench prospect. Chris Harris Jr. will be guarding Brown all day and Big Ben will need to toss the ball around to his other three good WRs.

Fitzgerald is banged up and really hasn’t produced awesome fantasy points since week #3. He is ranked #4 in most polls, but I would only start him if you have to because his last few weeks of point’s production have been weak.

Baldwin is ranked 11th in the polls even though he is going against the porous Brown’s defense. Baldwin has scored 26, 21, and 32 points over the last three weeks. The Seahawk’s offense is starting to wake up. In my opinion I think Baldwin should be ranked #1 and is a must start this week.

Defenses

The Steeler’s defense is ranked #1 for the first time this season. If you would have told be that they would be ranked #1 for a week at the beginning of the season I would not have believed you. The young Steeler’s defense is getting better every week and has scored 22 and 14 points over the last two weeks. Last week’s three interception effort against a second string quarterback has to have the Steeler’s defense smelling blood in the water against Osweiler this week.

The Bronco’s defense is the best in the NFL, but this week they are going against a Steeler’s offense that may be the hottest in the league right now. The Broncos defense scored a lot of points for fantasy team owners in the beginning of the season, but did a horrible job last week against the Raider’s mediocre offense. Consider looking elsewhere for your starting defense this week.

Conclusion

We are starting into week #15 games. The playoff picture is starting crystal clear. Start thinking trading and picking up players on the waiver wire that will be in the playoffs. At this point it is obvious the Bengals, Broncos, Cardinals, and Panthers are going to be in the playoffs. The Packers and Vikings are battling for the have moved to In fact in most divisions the playoff picture already complete. There is a good race going in the wild card positions. Start getting aggressive by trading for players that will be in the playoffs.

Good luck and kick some ass this week in your league!

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