Fantasy Football Week 15: Top Plays at Every Position
Fantasy football has a funny way of making everything important, or at least relevant, week to week. Heck, we actually care about the Minnesota Vikings' health. We weigh what a matchup at the Cleveland Browns might mean for the Chicago Bears and their evolving quarterback situation.
It is Week 15, the semifinals in standard fantasy football leagues, so the stakes are just about as high as they can be. We have all of the top plays, position by position, in a six-part slideshow like we have been every week for you here at Bleacher Report.
Best of luck winning one more game and qualifying for your fantasy football Super Bowl.
Quarterbacks: Jay Cutler Officially Returning, Packers Waiting on Aaron Rodgers
- Russell Wilson
- Tom Brady
- Andy Dalton
- Carson Palmer
- Matt Flynn
It is not quite understandable with the way Josh McCown played last time out, but the Bears and Marc Trestman are going back to the error- and injury-prone Jay Cutler at quarterback this Sunday. You have to credit Trestman for his intestinal fortitude.
Trestman's coaching qualities might be the reason this offense works no matter who is playing quarterback right now. Cutler tells the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer:
I think Trest for the last month really has a bead and a feel for what he likes to call, what we’re running well, what we feel comfortable with, what the offensive line likes in the running game.
If you want a third party on the quarterback decision, listen to wide receiver Brandon Marshall explain it to Wiederer:
There’s no one like (Cutler). Before the injury, he was playing at a high level—his best football ever. You could put him in any room in the NFL and he’s the smartest guy in the room. And his arm is unmatched. He’s our guy.
Cutler should also be the guy for anyone who was planning on starting McCown.
Start Packers QB vs. Dallas?
The Cowboys are the team McCown ripped last Sunday, and they happen to be the worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks by a wide margin. They cannot stop anyone. You probably shouldn't trust Matt Flynn in a standard league, though, if Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is ruled out later Friday. If Rodgers plays, he is a must-start in crunch time.
Other Manning One Giant Bust
Peyton Manning is going to shatter records. Eli Manning has merely shattered the confidence of his one-time fantasy faithful. You absolutely cannot consider Manning against the Seattle Seahawks, the No. 1 pass defense in football and the No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks.
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On the other side of the ball in East Rutherford, N.J., you should love Russell Wilson to rebound. The Giants are a lame-duck team now, so fully expect the Seahawks to rout them on the road. The Giants are solid against the run—tied for 10th in the NFL—so Wilson should do the damage through the air. Expect 225-plus yards and three touchdowns.
Wilson is among the quarterbacks we like three spots better than the consensus this week:
Like Him Less
Ryan Tannehill has put together a pretty decent stretch of games, and he is at home in a must-win game against the Patriots, but he still doesn't rate among the viable starting options in a standard league in our book. There are just too many to consider over him.
Tannehill is among the quarterbacks we like less than the masses below:
|1||Peyton Manning||Den||vs. SD||1||0|
|2||Drew Brees||NO||at StL||2||0|
|3||Matthew Stafford||Det||vs. Bal||5||+2|
|4||Philip Rivers||SD||at Den||6||+2|
|5||Russell Wilson||Sea||at NYG||8||+3|
|6||Cam Newton||Car||vs. NYJ||4||-2|
|7||Tom Brady||NE||at Mia||11||+4|
|8||Tony Romo||Dal||vs. GB||7||-1|
|9||Andrew Luck||Ind||vs. Hou||9||0|
|10||Nick Foles||Phi||at Min||3||-7|
|11||Matt Ryan||Atl||vs. Was||10||-1|
|12||Jay Cutler||Chi||at Cle||12||0|
|13||Colin Kaepernick||SF||at TB||15||+2|
|14||Ben Roethlisberger||Pit||vs. Cin||14||0|
|15||Andy Dalton||Cin||at Pit||19||+4|
|16||Joe Flacco||Bal||at Det||17||+1|
|17||Alex Smith||KC||at Oak||13||-4|
|18||Carson Palmer||Ari||at Ten||23||+5|
|19||Ryan Tannehill||Mia||vs. NE||16||-3|
|20||Kirk Cousins||Was||at Atl||21||+1|
|21||Jason Campbell||Cle||vs. Chi||18||-3|
|22||Matt Flynn||GB||at Dal||25||+3|
|23||EJ Manuel||Buf||at Jac||26||+3|
|24||Eli Manning||NYG||vs. Sea||30||+6|
|25||Case Keenum||Hou||at Ind||24||-1|
|26||Ryan Fitzpatrick||Ten||vs. Ari||27||+1|
|27||Mike Glennon||TB||vs. SF||33||+6|
|28||Kellen Clemens||StL||vs. NO||36||+8|
|29||Chad Henne||Jac||vs. Buf||32||+3|
|30||Matt Cassel||Min||vs. Phi||28||-2|
|31||Matt McGloin||Oak||vs. KC||29||-2|
|32||Geno Smith||NYJ||at Car||38||+6|
Running Backs: Adrian Peterson Will Be Too Limited to Trust Even If He Plays
- Andre Brown
- Bobby Rainey
- Fred Jackson
- Toby Gerhart
- Pierre Thomas
Adrian Peterson's status does not look good for Sunday. Regardless of whether he is on the right side of a game-time decision—if he is not ruled out before then—he figures to be too limited to help fantasy owners in crunch time.
Don't even bother looking into the matchup against the Eagles.
By the way, Toby Gerhart (hamstring) hasn't practiced up until Friday either. He and his backup, Matt Asiata, are too difficult to trust as well.
Pack's Back Against the Wall
The Packers need a victory to keep their flailing playoff hopes alive, so expect Eddie Lacy (ankle) to be active Sunday. If he plays, he is a start against the Cowboys defense that has given up the most points in fantasy against running backs. Dallas isn't stopping anything defensively, ranking fifth-worst against the run.
We're Not Sitting Titans' Johnson
You will find some fantasy analysts recommending to sit Chris Johnson, but not this one. The Tennessee Titans feature Johnson too much, and he has been scoring consistent fantasy numbers thanks to seven touchdowns in his past seven games. Sure, the Cardinals are the No. 1 team in fantasy against running backs and No. 3 against the run, but Johnson is almost certainly more intriguing than your alternatives.
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Add the Bills' C.J. Spiller to the group of backs who are too promising to sit. Spiller was bottled up against the Bucs, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are far less capable defensively. The Jags are the 11th-worst team against fantasy running backs and 27th against the run.
Spiller is among the backs we like more than 10 spots better than the masses below:
Like Him Less
The Giants' Andre Brown probably cannot be sat in most leagues, but he is facing a Seattle Seahawks defense that has been the sixth-best team in fantasy against running backs. You pound the ball against good defenses, but the Giants offensive line just isn't good enough to trust in getting Brown into the end zone.
Brown rates among the backs we like eight spots less than the consensus this week:
|Rank||Running Back||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Jamaal Charles||KC||at Oak||1||0|
|2||LeSean McCoy||Phi||at Min||2||0|
|3||Knowshon Moreno||Den||vs. SD||5||+2|
|4||Matt Forte||Chi||at Cle||3||-1|
|5||Marshawn Lynch||Sea||at NYG||6||+1|
|6||Eddie Lacy||GB||at Dal||7||+1|
|7||DeMarco Murray||Dal||vs. GB||4||-3|
|8||Shane Vereen||NE||at Mia||10||+2|
|9||Frank Gore||SF||at TB||15||+6|
|10||Zac Stacy||StL||vs. NO||8||-2|
|11||C.J. Spiller||Buf||at Jac||22||+11|
|12||Alfred Morris||Was||at Atl||9||-3|
|13||Chris Johnson||Ten||vs. Ari||24||+11|
|14||Reggie Bush||Det||vs. Bal||17||+3|
|15||Steven Jackson||Atl||vs. Was||14||-1|
|16||Ben Tate||Hou||at Ind||12||-4|
|17||Ray Rice||Bal||at Det||27||+10|
|18||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||vs. Cin||13||-5|
|19||Andre Brown||NYG||vs. Sea||11||-8|
|20||Giovani Bernard||Cin||at Pit||20||0|
|21||Chris Ivory||NYJ||at Car||38||+17|
|22||Darren Sproles||NO||at StL||37||+15|
|23||Rashard Mendenhall||Ari||at Ten||30||+7|
|24||Ryan Mathews||SD||at Den||16||-8|
|25||Rashad Jennings||Oak||vs. KC||21||-4|
|26||Daniel Thomas||Mia||vs. NE||39||+13|
|27||Danny Woodhead||SD||at Den||29||+2|
|28||Bobby Rainey||TB||vs. SF||18||-10|
|29||Stevan Ridley||NE||at Mia||40||+11|
|30||Maurice Jones-Drew||Jac||vs. Buf||23||-7|
|31||Montee Ball||Den||vs. SD||28||-3|
|32||Donald Brown||Ind||vs. Hou||31||-1|
|33||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||Cin||at Pit||34||+1|
|34||Fred Jackson||Buf||at Jac||25||-9|
|35||Toby Gerhart||Min||vs. Phi||19||-16|
|36||Joique Bell||Det||vs. Bal||33||-3|
|37||Trent Richardson||Ind||vs. Hou||47||+10|
|38||Pierre Thomas||NO||at StL||26||-12|
|39||LeGarrette Blount||NE||at Mia||49||+10|
|40||Lamar Miller||Mia||vs. NE||36||-4|
|41||Chris Ogbonnaya||Cle||vs. Chi||32||-9|
|42||DeAngelo Williams||Car||vs. NYJ||43||+1|
|43||Mike Tolbert||Car||vs. NYJ||50||+7|
|44||Bryce Brown||Phi||at Min||57||+13|
|45||Marcel Reece||Oak||vs. KC||46||+1|
|46||Matt Asiata||Min||vs. Phi||55||+9|
|47||Willis McGahee||Cle||vs. Chi||44||-3|
|48||Bernard Pierce||Bal||at Det||58||+10|
|49||Kendall Hunter||SF||at TB||67||+18|
|50||Robert Turbin||Sea||at NYG||62||+12|
|51||Jordan Todman||Jac||vs. Buf||41||-10|
|52||James Starks||GB||at Dal||45||-7|
|53||Knile Davis||KC||at Oak||66||+13|
|54||Shonn Greene||Ten||vs. Ari||52||-2|
|55||Roy Helu||Was||at Atl||56||+1|
|56||Benny Cunningham||StL||vs. NO||61||+5|
|57||Dennis Johnson||Hou||at Ind||60||+3|
|58||Peyton Hillis||NYG||vs. Sea||63||+5|
|59||Brandon Bolden||NE||at Mia||65||+6|
|60||Bilal Powell||NYJ||at Car||51||-9|
|61||Jacquizz Rodgers||Atl||vs. Was||54||-7|
|62||Mark Ingram||NO||at StL||53||-9|
|63||Michael Bush||Chi||at Cle||59||-4|
|64||Brian Leonard||TB||vs. SF||71||+7|
Wide Receivers: Some Might Like Vikes Targets This Week, but These Rankings Don't
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Anquan Boldin
- Steve Johnson
- Danny Amendola
- Kendall Wright
- Pierre Garcon
- Riley Cooper
- Cecil Shorts
- Harry Douglas
- T.Y. Hilton
Because of his shaky quarterback, we probably should debate this, but Josh Gordon's recent stretch has put him above even the likes of Calvin Johnson among wide receivers. Gordon will be slowed eventually, but you cannot start anyone over him right now.
We rank Gordon as the No. 1 wide receiver for the pivotal fantasy Week 15, and it wouldn't have mattered what matchup he was facing.
Do You Trust the Vikings Receivers?
We don't. Or, we shouldn't. Sure, the Philadelphia Eagles are easily the worst team in fantasy against wide receivers—and they won't have wintry conditions to help slow the opposing dome team down this week—but putting your crunch-time faith in Matt Cassel and the Minnesota Vikings receivers is just too tough to do.
Cordarrelle Patterson is talented, but he is raw. We rank Greg Jennings as the best start among the Vikings receivers, but even he is a sit in a standard two-receiver format. Don't overrate what we saw from the Vikings a week ago.
One Giant Mess
Eli Manning and the New York Giants receivers looked listless against a bad secondary in great conditions last week in San Diego. You have to absolutely hate them in a matchup in the cold Meadowlands against the Seattle Seahawks, who have the No. 1 pass defense and No. 1 team in fantasy against wide receivers. We haven't said this often in this lost Giants season, but sit even the likes of Victor Cruz—in addition to Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle—if you can afford to.
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Danny Amendola has been a bust even outside of injury in the second half of the season, but the loss of Rob Gronkowski (knee) figures to make Amendola a factor again underneath for Tom Brady and the Pats. Amendola reached the end zone after Gronk went down a week ago, a pretty good signal he will be a fantasy factor again.
Amendola is among the receivers we like more than eight spots better than the masses below:
Like Him Less
The move from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins raised some eyebrows, but it should not keep you from starting Pierre Garcon in standard leagues. Garcon is the best target the Redskins have, and Mike Shanahan is almost certain to justify his quarterback decision by letting Cousins rip this week.
Regardless, there is some uncertainty here. Garcon is among the receivers we like less than the consensus, even if he is still a start in standard leagues:
|Rank||Wide Receiver||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Josh Gordon||Cle||vs. Chi||2||+1|
|2||Calvin Johnson||Det||vs. Bal||1||-1|
|3||Dez Bryant||Dal||vs. GB||4||+1|
|4||A.J. Green||Cin||at Pit||7||+3|
|5||Demaryius Thomas||Den||vs. SD||3||-2|
|6||Antonio Brown||Pit||vs. Cin||11||+5|
|7||Brandon Marshall||Chi||at Cle||6||-1|
|8||Larry Fitzgerald||Ari||at Ten||17||+9|
|9||Alshon Jeffery||Chi||at Cle||5||-4|
|10||DeSean Jackson||Phi||at Min||10||0|
|11||Eric Decker||Den||vs. SD||9||-2|
|12||Andre Johnson||Hou||at Ind||8||-4|
|13||Marques Colston||NO||at StL||20||+7|
|14||Roddy White||Atl||vs. Was||14||0|
|15||Torrey Smith||Bal||at Det||16||+1|
|16||Jordy Nelson||GB||at Dal||13||-3|
|17||Vincent Jackson||TB||vs. SF||18||+1|
|18||Keenan Allen||SD||at Den||12||-6|
|19||Dwayne Bowe||KC||at Oak||24||+5|
|20||Julian Edelman||NE||at Mia||21||+1|
|21||Anquan Boldin||SF||at TB||30||+9|
|22||Mike Wallace||Mia||vs. NE||25||+3|
|23||Steve Johnson||Buf||at Jac||31||+8|
|24||Pierre Garcon||Was||at Atl||15||-9|
|25||Steve Smith||Car||vs. NYJ||26||+1|
|26||Danny Amendola||NE||at Mia||40||+14|
|27||Victor Cruz||NYG||vs. Sea||27||0|
|28||Kendall Wright||Ten||vs. Ari||37||+9|
|29||Riley Cooper||Phi||at Min||19||-10|
|30||Cecil Shorts||Jac||vs. Buf||22||-8|
|31||Brian Hartline||Mia||vs. NE||29||-2|
|32||Harry Douglas||Atl||vs. Was||23||-9|
|33||James Jones||GB||at Dal||34||+1|
|34||Greg Jennings||Min||vs. Phi||39||+5|
|35||Hakeem Nicks||NYG||vs. Sea||47||+12|
|36||Michael Floyd||Ari||at Ten||33||-3|
|37||Michael Crabtree||SF||at TB||36||-1|
|38||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||vs. Hou||28||-10|
|39||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||at Ind||45||+6|
|40||Miles Austin||Dal||vs. GB||69||+29|
|41||Rueben Randle||NYG||vs. Sea||56||+15|
|42||Kenbrell Thompkins||NE||at Mia||59||+17|
|43||Mohamed Sanu||Cin||at Pit||77||+34|
|44||Dexter McCluster||KC||at Oak||66||+22|
|45||Emmanuel Sanders||Pit||vs. Cin||41||-4|
|46||Golden Tate||Sea||at NYG||38||-8|
|47||Rod Streater||Oak||vs. KC||32||-15|
|48||Cordarrelle Patterson||Min||vs. Phi||35||-13|
|49||Marlon Brown||Bal||at Det||51||+2|
|50||Brandon LaFell||Car||vs. NYJ||43||-7|
|51||Doug Baldwin||Sea||at NYG||46||-5|
|52||Justin Hunter||Ten||vs. Ari||53||+1|
|53||Tavon Austin||StL||vs. NO||58||+5|
|54||LaVon Brazill||Ind||vs. Hou||70||+16|
|55||Andre Holmes||Oak||vs. KC||48||-7|
|56||Santonio Holmes||NYJ||at Car||76||+20|
|57||Ace Sanders||Jac||vs. Buf||44||-13|
|58||Jarrett Boykin||GB||at Dal||42||-16|
|59||Marvin Jones||Cin||at Pit||65||+6|
|60||Donnie Avery||KC||at Oak||82||+22|
|61||Nate Burleson||Det||vs. Bal||49||-12|
|62||Robert Woods||Buf||at Jac||72||+10|
|63||Terrance Williams||Dal||vs. GB||62||-1|
|64||Jerricho Cotchery||Pit||vs. Cin||55||-9|
|65||Chris Givens||StL||vs. NO||91||+26|
|66||Ted Ginn||Car||vs. NYJ||60||-6|
|67||Da'Rick Rogers||Ind||vs. Hou||50||-17|
|68||Tiquan Underwood||TB||vs. SF||63||-5|
|69||Jerome Simpson||Min||vs. Phi||61||-8|
|70||Jeremy Kerley||NYJ||at Car||57||-13|
|71||Lance Moore||NO||at StL||64||-7|
|72||Mike Brown||Jac||vs. Buf||71||-1|
|73||Santana Moss||Was||at Atl||99||+26|
|74||Kenny Stills||NO||at StL||80||+6|
|75||Andre Roberts||Ari||at Ten||83||+8|
|76||Vincent Brown||SD||at Den||79||+3|
|77||Greg Little||Cle||vs. Chi||89||+12|
|78||Nate Washington||Ten||vs. Ari||78||0|
|79||Kris Durham||Det||vs. Bal||73||-6|
|80||Darrius Heyward-Bey||Ind||vs. Hou||98||+18|
|81||Stephen Hill||NYJ||at Car||103||+22|
|82||Jason Avant||Phi||at Min||85||+3|
|83||Rishard Matthews||Mia||vs. NE||74||-9|
Tight Ends: Replacing a Rob Gronkowski Is Never Easy, but You Have Options Here
- Jason Witten
- Dennis Pitta
- Heath Miller
- Martellus Bennett
- Jared Cook
- Vernon Davis
- Greg Olsen
- Delanie Walker
- Charles Clay
- Garrett Graham
The tight end landscape has been ever-evolving this year. It has been hard to keep up.
Rob Gronkowski (back/arm) is out. Gronk is back. Gronk (knee) is out.
Jordan Reed is a hidden gem. He is a star. He is out with a concussion, and now he is shut down for the season.
Dennis Pitta (hip) is out for the season. He might be back. He is back. He scores, and now he's a solid start in fantasy crunch time.
Yeah, tight end has been a high-maintenance position in fantasy this year, to say the least.
Remember the Titan
Delanie Walker (concussion) has had his moments this season, and he gets the dream matchup for fantasy owners in Week 15. The Arizona Cardinals have been the worst team in fantasy against tight ends by a wide margin all season. Walker is probable after missing time with a concussion. The favorable matchup makes him a viable start here.
Pocket Pitta Against the Lions?
The Baltimore Ravens' Pitta returned with a touchdown a week ago, but it will require a small leap of faith to start him against the Detroit Lions this week. The Lions have allowed just one touchdown reception to tight ends all season: Tyler Eifert in Week 7. The targets, receptions and yards should be there, though, so we rank Pitta among the top 10 options still.
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Josh McCown has done some great things in Marc Trestman's offense, but he hadn't been as good with the tight end as Jay Cutler was early in the season. The move back to Cutler figures to be good news for Martellus Bennett owners.
We rank Bennett as a start this week and among the tight ends we like more than the masses below:
Like Him Less
Owen Daniels (leg) won't be activated off the Designated for Return IR, but Garrett Graham (hamstring) is no sure thing either. He missed practiced Thursday, according to the official NFL injury report, putting his status in doubt. He cannot be trusted in fantasy.
This Graham is among the tight ends we like less than the consensus this week:
|Rank||Tight End||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Jimmy Graham||NO||at StL||1||0|
|2||Julius Thomas||Den||vs. SD||2||0|
|3||Jason Witten||Dal||vs. GB||6||+3|
|4||Jordan Cameron||Cle||vs. Chi||4||0|
|5||Vernon Davis||SF||at TB||3||-2|
|6||Tony Gonzalez||Atl||vs. Was||7||+1|
|7||Greg Olsen||Car||vs. NYJ||5||-2|
|8||Antonio Gates||SD||at Den||9||+1|
|9||Dennis Pitta||Bal||at Det||11||+2|
|10||Heath Miller||Pit||vs. Cin||17||+7|
|11||Martellus Bennett||Chi||at Cle||14||+3|
|12||Delanie Walker||Ten||vs. Ari||10||-2|
|13||Charles Clay||Mia||vs. NE||8||-5|
|14||Coby Fleener||Ind||vs. Hou||13||-1|
|15||Jared Cook||StL||vs. NO||20||+5|
|16||Garrett Graham||Hou||at Ind||12||-4|
|17||Zach Miller||Sea||at NYG||25||+8|
|18||Zach Ertz||Phi||at Min||19||+1|
|19||Rob Housler||Ari||at Ten||29||+10|
|20||Tim Wright||TB||vs. SF||27||+7|
|21||Brandon Myers||NYG||vs. Sea||28||+7|
|22||Brent Celek||Phi||at Min||23||+1|
|23||Ladarius Green||SD||at Den||21||-2|
|24||Jermaine Gresham||Cin||at Pit||33||+9|
|25||Brandon Pettigrew||Det||vs. Bal||35||+10|
|26||Tyler Eifert||Cin||at Pit||30||+4|
|27||John Carlson||Min||vs. Phi||22||-5|
|28||Scott Chandler||Buf||at Jac||18||-10|
|29||Logan Paulsen||Was||at Atl||37||+8|
|30||Marcedes Lewis||Jac||vs. Buf||31||+1|
|31||Virgil Green||Den||vs. SD||34||+3|
|32||Jacob Tamme||Den||vs. SD||15||-17|
Defense/Special Teams: N.Y. Giants in for a Long Day Against Seattle Seahawks
- Baltimore Ravens
- Denver Broncos (whoops! Already played Thursday night)
- Atlanta Falcons
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Indianapolis Colts
- Chicago Bears
- Buffalo Bills
The streaming options seem to be really sketchy this week. This is not what streaming fantasy owners like to see in their semifinal week: bad matchups for the fringe defense/special teams units.
Instead, fantasy owners have to risk going off the grid to play a bad unit in a more favorable matchup, perhaps. To that, we say: Good luck!
Eli Manning, Watch Out for Ball 'Hawks
The Giants have been the worst team in fantasy against defense/special teams, and none other than the Seattle Seahawks come to town. Those that drafted the Seahawks defense and have ridden it out all year are sitting pretty here. This is a matchup made in heaven.
Packers-Cowboys Is Fantasy Gold, Save for D/STs
As bad as the Dallas Cowboys have been defensively, they are equally tough against opposing defensive units in fantasy (No. 2). It makes both the Green Bay Packers and Cowboys units too difficult to trust in crunch time, regardless of whether Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) suits up. We rank these units in the top 20, barely, but you shouldn't be looking here.
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The Baltimore Ravens were a huge disappointment in the snowy conditions at home, but the difficulty in finding streaming defensive options still makes them among the units we rank as a start in standard leagues.
Other fantasy analysts are not with us, apparently. The Ravens are among the defense/special teams we like more than the consensus this week:
Like Them Less
The Indianapolis Colts were absolutely ripped defensively a week ago, which is why even a favorable matchup against the Houston Texans make them a difficult unit to trust in fantasy crunch time. We are more inclined to advise you going with a defense-minded team like the Ravens over the Colts.
They are among the units we like less than the masses below:
|Rank||Defense and Special Teams||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Seattle Seahawks||Sea||at NYG||2||+1|
|2||Carolina Panthers||Car||vs. NYJ||1||-1|
|3||San Francisco 49ers||SF||at TB||4||+1|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||KC||at Oak||3||-1|
|5||Arizona Cardinals||Ari||at Ten||5||0|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals||Cin||at Pit||6||0|
|7||Baltimore Ravens||Bal||at Det||16||+9|
|8||New England Patriots||NE||at Mia||9||+1|
|9||New Orleans Saints||NO||at StL||8||-1|
|10||Denver Broncos||Den||vs. SD||18||+8|
|11||Philadelphia Eagles||Phi||at Min||10||-1|
|12||Atlanta Falcons||Atl||vs. Was||23||+11|
|13||Indianapolis Colts||Ind||vs. Hou||11||-2|
|14||Chicago Bears||Chi||at Cle||12||-2|
|15||Buffalo Bills||Buf||at Jac||7||-8|
|16||Pittsburgh Steelers||Pit||vs. Cin||20||+4|
|17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TB||vs. SF||21||+4|
|18||New York Jets||NYJ||at Car||28||+10|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||Dal||vs. GB||19||0|
|20||Green Bay Packers||GB||at Dal||29||+9|
Kickers: Stick with Options Like Justin Tucker in All Weeks
- Mason Crosby
- Phil Dawson
- Nick Novak (already played Thursday night)
- Blair Walsh
- Shaun Suisham
- Garrett Hartley
- Adam Vinatieri
- Alex Henery
- Matt Bryant
- David Akers
We have said for weeks you shouldn't need help choosing your kicker in fantasy lineups this time of year. We break down the best options for you anyway, just in case.
Goeth with the Raven
Justin Tucker hasn't missed a field goal since Week 2, so even though he was limited to three extra points last week, you should keep him active in all leagues. The Detroit Lions are the third-worst team in fantasy against kickers, and it will help Tucker is kicking in the dome this week.
Another Week to Sit SeaBass
Sebastian Janikowski has been a fantasy bust, even though the Raiders have showed some spunk this season. Against the Kansas City Chiefs, he is an awful play in crunch time. The Chiefs have given up the second-fewest points to kickers this season.
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The Green Bay Packers won't need to get Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) back to make Mason Crosby productive this week. The Dallas Cowboys cannot stop anyone defensively.
Crosby is among the kickers we like more than the masses below:
Like Him Less
The St. Louis Rams have allowed the fewest field goals in football this season (just 13), so New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley is a bit less of a sure thing this week. He is among the kickers we like less than the consensus:
|1||Stephen Gostkowski||NE||at Mia||1||0|
|2||Matt Prater||Den||vs. SD||2||0|
|3||Steven Hauschka||Sea||at NYG||3||0|
|4||Justin Tucker||Bal||at Det||5||+1|
|5||Mason Crosby||GB||at Dal||12||+7|
|6||Phil Dawson||SF||at TB||13||+7|
|7||Garrett Hartley||NO||at StL||4||-3|
|8||Adam Vinatieri||Ind||vs. Hou||6||-2|
|9||Dan Bailey||Dal||vs. GB||8||-1|
|10||Ryan Succop||KC||at Oak||10||0|
|11||Alex Henery||Phi||at Min||7||-4|
|12||Nick Novak||SD||at Den||16||+4|
|13||Matt Bryant||Atl||vs. Was||11||-2|
|14||Blair Walsh||Min||vs. Phi||19||+5|
|15||Shaun Suisham||Pit||vs. Cin||27||+12|
|16||David Akers||Det||vs. Bal||14||-2|
|17||Robbie Gould||Chi||at Cle||15||-2|
|18||Greg Zuerlein||StL||vs. NO||24||+6|
|19||Dan Carpenter||Buf||at Jac||9||-10|
|20||Sebastian Janikowski||Oak||vs. KC||20||0|
Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game. You can also listen to him on his podcast that he deprecatingly dubbed the Fantasy FatCast.
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