Millions of fantasy football owners are gearing up for another critical week of postseason play.
But the up-and-down play of some of the NFL's best and brightest will force many owners to make some tough calls this weekend.
Here I'll provide advice on how to handle some notable fringe performers in Week 15.
*Fantasy scoring statistics and rankings according to NFL.com.
|Player||Week 15 Opp||Average Pts||Fantasy Play|
|Nick Foles, QB||at Vikings||21.3||Start|
|Jason Campbell, QB||Bears||17.5||Sit|
|Case Keenum, QB||at Colts||14.4||Sit|
|Andre Brown, RB||Seahawks||13.7||Start|
|Dennis Pitta, TE||at Lions||10.8||Start|
|Joique Bell, RB||Ravens||10.2||Sit|
|Pierre Garcon, WR||at Falcons||9.2||Sit|
|Pierre Thomas, RB||at Rams||8.9||Start|
|Harry Douglas, WR||Redskins||7.7||Start|
|James Jones, WR||at Cowboys||6.8||Start|
|Jared Cook, TE||Saints||6.4||Sit|
|Zach Ertz, TE||at Vikings||4.0||Start|
Fantasy stats according to NFL.com
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 15 Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Average Points: 21.3
No quarterback in the NFL this weekend will have a better matchup than Philadelphia's Nick Foles. The second-year signal-caller and the Eagles will square off against the reeling Vikings in Week 15.
Only the Dallas Cowboys have given up more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than Minnesota this season, and no team has been worse against opposing quarterbacks than the Vikings over the past four weeks.
Since the start of Week 11, Minnesota's defense has given up more than 1,150 yards and eight touchdowns through the air.
Don't be surprised if Foles scores a rushing touchdown in Week 15 either, as the Vikings surrendered one to Scott Tolzien in Week 12's tie with the Packers.
Fantasy Play: Start
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
Week 15 Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
Average Points: 9.2
Washington Redskins wideout Pierre Garcon hasn't caught a touchdown pass or scored more than 7.7 fantasy points since Week 10's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
And with Kirk Cousins set to replace Robert Griffin III under center in Week 15 against Atlanta, per ESPN NFL Nation reporter John Keim, that disappointing trend is sure to continue for Garcon and his fantasy owners.
Team source confirms NFL AM report that Kirk Cousins will start for the #Redskins against Atlanta Sunday.— John Keim (@john_keim) December 11, 2013
While the Falcons rank 20th in terms of fewest passing yards allowed this season, they've done a decent job at keeping opposing wide receivers under wraps when it comes to fantasy production. Atlanta has been particularly impressive over the past four weeks, allowing just one touchdown to an opposing wide receiver. Only Arizona has been better over that time.
Fantasy Play: Sit
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
Week 15 Opponent: St. Louis Rams
Average Points: 8.9
Which Pierre will fare better on the road in Week 15?
It's unlikely that Saints running back Pierre Thomas will break out the way he did against Dallas and the Chicago Bears earlier this season when New Orleans takes on the St. Louis Rams in Week 15. Nonetheless, Thomas is still a smart play given his versatility and the Rams' defensive woes.
St. Louis' defense is the fifth-worst against opposing running backs in 2013, surrendering over 1,900 total yards and 16 total touchdowns to opposing backs through 13 games.
Only Dallas, Minnesota, the Cleveland Browns and the Tennessee Titans have allowed more receiving yards to opposing running backs. That's noteworthy considering that Thomas has caught a career-high 64 passes coming into Week 15. Keep in mind that Thomas has caught at least four passes in every game since Week 9 and that when Drew Brees drops back to pass, he's targeting Thomas 13.5 percent of the time.
Fantasy Play: Start
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