The Fantasy Football Playoffs have started, and every decision is important. Hopefully, you have a bye, but if you are reading this, it means you have start or sit questions. Looking at my Week 15 fantasy football questions and asking who should I start? It’s not just about the matchups. It’s also about who helped get me here and who is hot. Here are my Week 15 fantasy football rankings!
Start your studs will be said by a lot of people, I agree to an extent. You should have forgotten your preseason rankings a couple of months ago. You have almost an entire season to go off of. Make decisions based on that and not what you projected. Those who played their stud Austin Ekeler, are likely in the hole already. Let’s talk about studs you might want to sit on and some options to start over them.
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Updated Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: Who Should I Start?
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Starts of The Week
QB – Jordan Love, GB vs. TB (27th)
Any average quarterback against Tampa Bay gets a bump, and Jordan Love has been playing above average. They are allowing 19.2 points a game to fantasy quarterbacks. Desmond Ridder was QB2 in week 14 when facing them. Love had a down week last week due to some inefficiencies in the redzone. Prior to that, he finished as QB9, QB5, and QB7. Love is a strong start this week.
QB – Matthew Stafford, LAR @ WAS (31st)
Washington has been a great target all year and even worse since the trade deadline. They are another defense to target on a weekly basis. Stafford, Kupp, and Nacua are all starting to get healthy. The presence of Kyren Williams has been great as well. Look for Stafford and this offense to put up plenty of points this week. Expect a lot of Rams to be in the top 10 in each fantasy football positional category.
Honorable Mentions: Jake Browning vs. Vikings, Geno Smith vs. Eagles, Joe Flacco vs. Bears
RB – James Cook, BUF vs. DAL (3rd)
The Cowboys are not a great matchup for fantasy football running backs. That is probably why the current expert consensus rankings have James Cook as a low-end RB2 this week. I don’t love the matchup, but I did not like the matchups each of the last three weeks. During that span, Cook has been a top-12 running back each week and RB3 overall last week. Since the firing of Ken Dorsey, he has been on fire, and his opportunities have been around 18 touches a game. Let him Cook!
RB – Ezekiel Elliot, NE vs. KC (18th)
Ezekiel Elliot was a blast from the past last week with an overall RB1 finish. This makes back-to-back top-15 finishes, and with Stevenson out again, I expect another. Kansas City is not the best matchup, but volume is king, and they are feeding Zeke. Elliot has 11 receptions and 112 yards through the air over the last two games. Elliot eclipsed 100 total yards last week. He had 92 the week before. You will regret sitting Zeke this week.
Honorable Mentions: Ty Chandler vs. Bengals, Keaton Mitchell at Jaguars, D’Andre Swift at Seahawks
WR – Courtland Sutton, DEN at DET (24th)
Courtland Sutton is in a bit of a “slump,” and that includes two back-to-back top-20 weeks. Sutton has 10 receptions on the year and is the primary target for Denver in the red zone.
He is having a bounce-back season and is averaging over 13 points per reception of the week. The Denver Broncos are one of the hottest teams in football, and Sutton is a major reason why. He has a great matchup this week and has scored a touchdown in seven of his last eight games.
WR – Amari Cooper, CLE vs. CHI (14th)
Amari Cooper has been the apple of Joe Flacco’s eye. He received an almost 40% target share in Flacco’s first game before Cooper got hurt. Last week, Cooper received 14 targets, and he turned that into 7 receptions for 77 yards. Cooper is at home this week, and he gets a Chicago secondary that is vulnerable. Cooper has 57 receptions this year and only two for touchdowns. Cooper is due for a score, and his safe floor due to volume makes him a start this week.
Honorable Mentions: Jayden Reed vs. Buccaneers, Odell Beckham Jr. at Jaguars, Gabe Davis vs. Cowboys
TE – Isaiah Likely, BAL @ JAX (29th)
Isaiah Likely disappointed when he took over for Mark Andrews, but after the bye week, he was TE3. Likely has 13 targets in the last two weeks. He turned his seven targets into six receptions for 83 receiving yards and a touchdown last week. He walks into a pristine matchup and is a must-start this week. Jacksonville is allowing over 17 points a week to the position.
Honorable Mentions: Logan Thomas at Rams, Tucker Kraft vs. Buccaneers, Taysom Hill vs Giants
D/ST – Atlanta Falcons at CAR (4th)
Targeting bad offensive lines and bad quarterbacks is a great weekly strategy for streaming defenses. Carolina and Bryce Young have fit the bill every week this year. They are currently number 4 on the season for most fantasy points allowed to defense and specialist teams. At this point, they are allowing over 11 points per game to the position. I am targeting them each week for the fantasy football playoffs if I can.
Honorable Mentions: NYG at NO, NO vs. NYG, Miami at NYJ
Sits of The Week
QB – Baker Mayfield, TB at GB (7th)
Baker Mayfield has cooled off quite a bit and has only had 14 completions in each of the last two weeks. A rushing touchdown saved his week, or it would have been four straight outside the top-12.
Baker has thrown an interception in four of his last five games. He also has had sub-203 yards in three straight games. As far as rushing, he has 1 combined rushing yard over the last two weeks. Green Bay is 7th against the position. Sit Baker.
QB – Trevor Lawrence, JAX vs. BAL (3rd)
Trevor Lawrence is starting to play much better, and I am not completely fading him this week. But he is not inside my top-12 this week. Baltimore is a tough matchup, and Lawrence has been heavily reliant on passing touchdowns.
He has not rushed for over 20 yards since Week 7, and his banged-up ankle makes this unlikely. He has not thrown for over 275 yards since week 8. Last week he snuck inside the top-12
RB – Devin Singletary, HOU at TEN (16th)
The Titans have historically been a tough matchup. Singletary has been okay, finishing inside the top 22 in two of the last three weeks. But, this offense will not be as good under Davis Mills, and we have seen Dameon Pierce take back the leader of the committee. It is a full-blown committee, and Singeltary is not getting a lot of work in the receiving game. In the last two weeks, one reception for two yards.
RB – Antonio Gibson, WAS at LAR (7th)
Antonio Gibson gets a bump with Brian Robinson out, but this could be a trap. The team likes Chris Rodriguez, and we know they don’t exactly love Antonio Gibson.
Gibson put up double-digit points last week and in three of his last four games, His work in the receiving game makes him a flex-worthy play. But he hasn’t had over 40 yards rushing once in his season. Last week his 10 carries turned into 35 yards. I am not relying on him in this fantasy playoffs.
WR – Adam Thielen, CAR vs. ATL (4th)
Adam Thielen was awesome to start the season, but he has cooled off. Thielen has not scored over 10 fantasy points in three straight. He only has 18.2 points over the last three weeks combined. This offense is a mess, this team is a disaster, and Thielen is just unable to overcome that. He is also an older player, and it has been a long season. Atlanta is also a tough matchup, sitting Thielen if possible.
WR – Chris Godwin, TB at GB (8th)
Chris Godwin is WR38 on the year and has not finished inside the top-20 since Week 8. Last Week, Godwin turned 11 targets into 5 for 53. This was the first time he has gotten more than 7 targets since Week 8. Godwin had three receptions and zero receptions the two weeks prior. He is not someone you want to be relying on in the fantasy football playoffs. He has done nothing to help you get there.
TE – Pat Freiermuth, PIT at IND (24th)
Pat Freiermuth looked great the first week after the firing of Matt Canada. The last two weeks have not been great. They have had tough matchups, and Kenny Pickett got hurt, but you can’t start him confidently. In the last two weeks, Freiermuth has 5.9 and 6.8 points. Back-to-back 3 reception games and sub-20 yards performances are not very inspiring. Even in a plus matchup, I avoid the Muth.
D/ST – New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (15th)
The Miami Dolphins are not an offense you want to start any defense against. New York is a great play most weeks. Despite the issues they have had on offense, they have scored double-digit points in three games straight. The Dolphins are a big-play offense, and their ability to score points already puts you at a disadvantage. They are also not a team that is allowing a lot of sacks or turning them all over a lot.