It's imperative you start your best fantasy football players during the playoffs. Thankfully, some players with excellent matchups in Week 15 will yield huge points totals for owners hoping to win a championship.
While the fantasy playoffs are in full swing, NFL teams still have three weeks of regular-season football left to play before the postseason tournament begins.
Many of the games the next few weeks will carry significant playoff implications. It's the best time of the year for NFL fans, and it is also the time of year when the league's superstars rise up to play their best.
With that in mind, here's a look at a few players you might be waffling on who are guaranteed to put up massive fantasy totals in Week 15.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles finally threw an interception, and all it took was blizzard conditions to force him into his first pick of the 2013 season.
He still managed to rack up 19 fantasy points against the Detroit Lions in Week 14, thanks to one touchdown pass and an impressive rushing touchdown, during which he resembled a helicopter as he hurtled over the line of scrimmage.
Those 19 points were the fewest in five weeks for Foles, and he'll easily eclipse that number in Week 15 when the Eagles travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
Minnesota's secondary has been abused all season long, most recently giving up three touchdowns to Joe Flacco in the snow at Baltimore. The Vikings rank No. 31 in the league against fantasy quarterbacks, allowing 20.3 points per game.
This isn't going to end well for the home team, but Foles will have a big game for the Eagles, keeping Philly ahead of Dallas in the NFC East and making fantasy owners happy, happy, happy.
Projected Stats: 300 total yards, three touchdowns.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers struck gold when they selected Eddie Lacy out of Alabama in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. He's been the top rookie fantasy back this year, even though he's had to deal with some tough sledding with Aaron Rodgers out of the lineup.
It's safe to say the sledding won't be as tough in Week 15, however, as the Packers will be traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
Dallas features the worst fantasy run defense in the NFL, allowing 22.6 points per game, and Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined to score 33 points on Monday Night Football in Week 14.
The Chicago Bears didn't even punt once in that game—the second such occurrence this year for the Cowboys defense, as noted by Fox Sports: NFL:
The Bears didn't punt ONCE last night & scored on all 8 drives. Only 3 teams have gone a whole game w/o a punt...2 have been vs. Cowboys.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 10, 2013
Lacy hasn't hit the 20-point mark since Week 12, but he'll break that streak Sunday in Dallas.
Projected Stats: 150 total yards, two touchdowns.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are horrible. Just awful, really, on both sides of the ball. That's the only way to describe a team that lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars twice in three weeks.
However, veteran receiver Andre Johnson is still one of the league's most dynamic receivers, and he's managed to flourish despite the team's dismal 2013 campaign. Coming into Week 15, he's the No. 9 fantasy receiver, averaging 11.5 points per game.
This next game features a juicy matchup for Johnson's fantasy owners, too.
The Texans will be in Indianapolis to take on the Colts—a team that has struggled to defend the pass all year long (No. 26 against fantasy receivers).
Cincinnati's receivers put up 27 points in Week 14, and Johnson was prolific the last time the Colts and Texans met, back in Week 9. He hung 40 fantasy points on Indy's secondary, catching nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
Nobody should expect a repeat of that legendary performance, but Johnson will certainly have another big game.
Projected Stats: 10 catches, 140 total yards, two touchdowns.
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
To say 2013 has been a disappointment for Tony Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons would be an understatement of epic proportions.
The future Hall of Famer and GOAT (greatest of all time) waffled before the season about whether he wanted to play. But this team came within a single play of making it to the Super Bowl last season, and the lure of a championship overcame his fatigue.
Unfortunately, Atlanta's season has been utterly ruined from the start, thanks to a rash of injuries to key starters and a lack of depth behind them.
Gonzalez hasn't let the frustrating circumstances get him down, however. He's put together an impressive season, given the circumstances, catching 65 passes for 678 yards and six touchdowns. He comes into Week 15 as the No. 6 fantasy tight end of 2013, averaging 7.7 points per game.
Atlanta hosts Washington on Sunday, and Mike Shanahan's team is a complete wreck, having lost five games in a row. Washington's defense is a mess from top to bottom, and tight ends have found regular success this year (No. 26; 8.7 points per game).
Projected Stats: Eight catches, 105 yards, one touchdown.
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