Fantasy Football Week 15: Best Decisions You Can Make in Playoffs

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 08: Tight end Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammate quarterback Joe Flacco #5 after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won, 29-26. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Week 15 of the 2013 NFL season is here, but unfortunately not all fantasy teams have survived unscathed. The playoffs started last week in most leagues and a good amount of squads weren’t fortunate to have won.

If you were one of the owners to make it through the highest scoring week in NFL history with a victory, consider yourself lucky. It’s now time to turn your focus towards repeating that success and advancing to the championship.

Here is some advice and suggestions for this coming week in order to maximize the value of your lineup and have the most talent at your disposal.


Play the Waiver Wisely

This is a smart piece of weekly advice, but it holds just as true in Week 15 as it did back in Week 2. In fact, it may be even more important now, as you can use your position to wisely block an opponent from scoring a top talent—even if you have no plans to use that player.

For example, if your Week 15—or potential Week 16—rival usually starts Rob Gronkowski at the tight end spot, you should look into snagging Dennis Pitta or Delanie Walker, even if you start Jimmy Graham at TE.

Both of these players are solid talent at the position and would allow that owner to replace Gronk—who is on the IR with a torn ACL and MCL—without missing out on too many points.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts to the cheers of fan as he leaves the field with an injury in the 3rd quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (
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If you can block the opposing owner’s acquisition of these premier players, they would likely be stuck with a second-tier option that is touchdown dependent for any sort of production.

This method is completely ruthless, but it would put you in a much better position to win and advance to the championship.


Avoid Bad Matchups

This is another piece of weekly advice that holds true in the postseason. Make sure you analyze each one of your starters’ matchups and make sure that these are favorable to your chances of success.

For instance, Tony Romo is a much better play against the Green Bay Packers’ poor secondary than he was against the Chicago Bears in Week 14.

Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with head coach Jason Garrettduring the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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You should consider starting the Dallas Cowboys signal-caller over someone like Tom Brady, who lost one of his top receiving options just ahead of the New England Patriots matchup versus a tough Miami Dolphins defense

Weather is another factor you must take into account now that we are in the midst of December. There were a number of snow-impacted games this past Sunday, something that clearly impacted a handful of top fantasy options.

The Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles played with a half-foot of powder on the ground and it showed in the box score.

Lions star wideout Calvin Johnson compiled just three catches for 49 yards in the game, while DeSean Jackson—the Eagles’ elite speedster—was fortunate to have finished with four receptions and a score, as his man gave up on the touchdown play.

Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs with the ball after a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TOD
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If you see that the weather is looking frigid and snowy, you should certainly glance at your bench and see if there are any better options playing in a warm climate.

These are the type of adjustments that fantasy gurus and champions make. If you want to join their ranks, heed this advice and hope for the best.