Start Em, Sit Em Week 15: MNF Must-Starts That Will Win Your Fantasy Playoffs

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 09:  Jake Locker #10 of the the Tennessee Titans looks to pass the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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While many fantasy owners are going to be disappointed when the New York Jets travel to face the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, a number will have at least one potential player going with a chance to put up big numbers and help advance their team through the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the three players we are projecting to have the highest scores in this upcoming contest. If these stars are available in your league and there is a spot to start them, give them a plug-and-play in your lineup.


Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

CJ2k clearly isn’t the elite RB of years past, but the 27-year-old is still effective and has the potential to put together some massive games statistically.

He hasn’t put up over 100 yards since a Week 10 shellacking against the Miami Dolphins, the last time the Titans matched up with an AFC East opponent. We think things will be similar against the Jets in prime time.

Johnson is going to get at least 20 carries against the Jets, a team that gives up 136.5 yards per game on the ground—the fourth-worst run-stopping unit in the league. Expect him to turn those attempts into big gains and potential scores, helping his opportunistic fantasy owners to a late victory.


Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets

It was just a few weeks ago that Edwards—then with the Seahawks—was trashing the Jets, and now we’re expecting him to be their most relevant fantasy performer.

He’s simply the only healthy and potentially productive WR on the roster, and there is no doubt that Gang Green will have to air it out on MNF.

Tennessee gives up over 250 yards per game via the pass, and its secondary is highly susceptible to aerial assaults. The 6’3” Edwards, who last caught a pass back in mid-October against the Patriots, is familiar with the Jets playbook after spending two seasons with the club in 2009 and 2010.

The controversial receiver is a huge red-zone threat and has 40 touchdowns over the course of his up-and-down career. Expect him to pick a No. 41 against the Titans.


Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

We know your fantasy playoff hopes aren’t amounting to much if you have a QB starting in this Monday Night Football contest. However, if you have to choose among Locker, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the former is clearly the best call.

Locker is finally healthy and getting his reps as the starter, with Matt Hasselbeck back on the bench where he belongs. Unfortunately, the Jets can’t seem to get that figured out, and have a nightmare scenario with the fans wanting Tebow on the field and Sanchez on the bench at the first sign of struggles.

Until that cloud stops hanging over the Jets’ signal-callers, they are a no-play in fantasy due to the unpredictable situation they are involved in.

Locker will certainly have his struggles, but he’s a threat with both his legs and his arm and should total up more points than both New York QBs in this matchup.