Fantasy Football Week 15: Who to Start and Who to Sit
If the Mayans were wrong, then there are only three weeks of fantasy football left. You probably already know that the playoffs are here and that this is an important week.
I'm not going to be the first person (or last) to tell you that.
We have plenty to talk about since there is a game Thursday night between Cincinnati and Philadelphia, but first, we have to hand out some awards that were voted on by you, the fans.
Here is the 2012 WtSx2 All-Pro Team:
QB-Robert Griffin III (Washington), RB1-Doug Martin (Tampa Bay), RB2-Alfred Morris (Washington), WR1-Brandon Marshall (Chicago), WR2-Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville), Flex-Randall Cobb (Green Bay), TE-Brandon Myers (Oakland)
Congratulations gentlemen, your trophies will be send via FedEx when I get a chance.
There was another interesting result from a poll I posted last week. Apparently, 1.9 percent of my readers weren't in their league's playoffs, but just found me to be entertaining.
That's what makes me get of bed in the morning is you 1.9 percent-ers. You are truly special.
Now on to Week 15, where there seem to be more favorable matchups than usual. Here are your players that I like, and some I don't like for this week.
Andy Dalton (Cincinnati)
Dalton comes into Week 15 as the No. 10 quarterback in fantasy, so he is a fringe starter. However, on Thursday, the Bengals play in Philly.
Philly is No. 31 against fantasy quarterbacks. Dalton hasn't been as hot lately as he was about a month ago, but this should be a monster rebound game for him.
Breaking the 20-point barrier shouldn't be a problem for the "Red Rifle," so he can be played with confidence.
Matthew Stafford (Detroit)
Wow, how bad was Arizona last week? Despite giving up 58 points to the Seahawks, starting QB Russell Wilson was held to just eight points since Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle defense took care of the important stuff.
That isn't how the Lions roll, though, and are more inclined to keep passing throughout most of the game. Detroit isn't going to win 58-0, but it should be able to put up a lot of points.
Andrew Luck (Indianapolis)
Houston has been driving the struggle bus against top-flight quarterbacks this season. Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady have all gone well above the 20-point mark when playing the Texans.
Even Chad Henne did, too.
Luck is a top-flight quarterback and shouldn't have any problem having a big game.
Alfred Morris (Washington)
Even if Robert Griffin III plays this week against Cleveland, Morris should see an even more extended work load.
If RGIII doesn't play, the Redskins aren't likely to let Cousins air it out all day. Morris is a safe play due to the amount of carries he will see in Week 15.
Knowshon Moreno (Denver)
Knowshon should have a fine follow-up performance to his 22 points against Oakland.
I know he's taking on the Ravens this week, but believe it or not, Baltimore is ranked No. 23 against opposing fantasy records.
Darren McFadden (Oakland)
He's finally back, and should have a big game against the Chiefs. Don't give up on Run DMC quite yet.
Marques Colston and Lance Moore (New Orleans)
Tampa Bay is No. 32 against WR's, so play whatever guys you have on New Orleans or Tampa Bay. This one is going to be a shootout.
Danario Alexander (San Diego)
Four of his last five games have gone for double-digits. Plus, I told someone to not play him this week. I am truly sorry.
He's the only Charger that has value, so play him this week if you have a flex spot open.
Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville)
You know I couldn't leave my boy off of here. I don't care if he is concussed; he's worth the play.
Dallas Clark (Tampa Bay) and Brandon Myers (Oakland)
Clark plays against the Saints, and he's been decent lately, so it may be time for a breakout. Myers will take on the Chiefs and is set up nicely for a rebound game.
Don't expect enormous numbers out of these fellas, but if you don't have Aaron Hernandez, you would be hard pressed to find anyone better than these two.
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco)
Kaepernick has already passed Mark Sanchez in fantasy quarterback rankings this year. I'll give you 20 seconds to laugh at Sanchez.
Alright, are you back now? Good.
Kaepernick only had seven points against the Dolphins before breaking off a 50-yard garbage touchdown run, and probably won't get that again while taking on the Patriots this week.
I would only trust him for about 10-12 points this week; nothing special.
Nick Foles (Philadelphia)
Before you get all excited about his 31 points against Tampa, take a breath. Tampa is the worst team against fantasy QB's.
Cincy is No. 7, so I expect Foles to come back down to Earth this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo)
Against No. 2 ranked Seattle? I don't like that one bit. Even if the Seahawks are playing on the road.
Stevan Ridley (New England)
Even if he is the master of the garbage touchdown, I don't like him against the No. 1 ranked San Francisco defense.
C.J. Spiller (Buffalo)
He will see a huge workload, but against the Seahawks, it probably won't matter.
Ahmad Bradshaw (New York)
With as impressive as David Wilson was last week, the Giants would be more inclined to rest Bradshaw than risk further injury against Atlanta.
Even if he does play, he would be a risky start at best.
Hakeem Nicks (New York)
He's just been too inconsistent, and with a knee injury that has him marked as questionable, he can't be trusted.
If he starts, Atlanta is still ranked No. 3 against fantasy receivers.
Eric Decker (Denver)
I openly laughed at people before the season about people who drafted him. They ripped me in half.
Especially when he had a good five-week stretch. That was painful for me.
Now he's on a five-week span of being below-average at best. So now I can laugh again. Thank you, Eric.
Randall Cobb (Green Bay)
Although he's on the WtSx2 All-Pro Team, I don't trust him against Chicago. Especially with Greg Jennings in the lineup. He will see some targets, but not enough to make a huge fantasy impact.
Scott Chandler (Buffalo)
I already told you about Seattle. Its defense is good.
Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit)
Even though Stafford is in the "Start" section, I don't like his tight end. He left early against Green Bay, and may not even suit up against Arizona.
Tony Scheffler should be the Detroit tight end you want this week.
Well, there it is, friends. Another week down the drain, only two left after this. Hopefully I will see you for championship advice in Week 16. Until then, good luck, and don't forget to "Like" me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/koreybeckettBR because I like you, and you should like me.
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