Fantasy Football Week 15: 20 Start'Em, Sit'Em Calls for the Playoff Winner
Fantasy Football Week 15 is here...at least for some people.
Because you could be like me and have missed your fantasy football playoffs despite being second in the league in points.
Yeah, that really happened.
But even though I'm a little bitter about missing out on my league's playoffs, that doesn't mean I'm not willing to help out those fortunate people who have a lot of money at stake this weekend.
So without further ado, I present to you 20 start 'em sit'em locks who could take you one step closer to a fantasy football championship.
Let's get to it...
Note: Point projections are based on standard scoring: one point per 10 yards for running backs and wide receivers, one point per 25 yards for quarterbacks and six points for all touchdowns.
10. Start Em: Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kellen Winslow is never going to catch a ton of passes or even multiple touchdowns, but he's a solid tight end choice if you don't have an elite one already.
He's caught a touchdown in two of his last three and three of his last five games.
That's about all you can ask for out of the tight end position.
Projection: 40 yards receiving and one touchdown, 10 points
10. Sit Em: Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
I'm not even gonna bother looking up stats on Carson Palmer.
I already know that the guy threw two pick sixes last week and has looked like crap for most of the season.
Projection: 200 yards passing, one touchdown and three interceptions, 10 points
9. Start Em: Ronnie Brown And Ricky Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins
OK, I know Ronnie Brown's fantasy production has been incredibly frustrating, and Ricky Williams is only worth playing in certain leagues.
But this week the Miami Dolphins face the Buffalo Bills, who give up a league-worst 165.8 rushing yards per game.
If Brown and Williams both rush for more than 60 yards or so and each add a touchdown, it's hard to find something to complain about.
Projection: 60 yards and one touchdown, 12 points each
9. Sit Em: Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos
Welcome back to Earth, Kyle Orton.
The Broncos quarterback has zero touchdowns, three interceptions and 283 total passing yards in his last two games.
He's also got a bad matchup against the Raiders this week.
Sit that dude!
Projection: 180 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, 9 points
8. Start Em: Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
Did you see what DeSean Jackson did to the Dallas Cowboys last week?
Well, Santana Moss is Washington's version of Jackson, and he should have a decent day against Dallas.
After all, who else is Donovan McNabb gonna throw the ball, too?
Projection: 60 receiving yards and one touchdown, 13 points
8. Sit Em: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice should give about 1,456,723 fantasy football players their money back because he's been one of the most disappointing players so far this season.
Rice does catch a lot of passes, but he hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 5 and has scored just one touchdown since then.
He'll often crack 100 total yards, but he's only gotten into the end zone three times this season and plays a tough New Orleans defense this week.
Projection: 40 receiving yards and 50 rushing yards, 9 points
7. Start Em: Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins
Ryan Torain went nuts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, rushing for 172 yards on 24 carries.
And this week Torain's got another good matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, who gave up 149 yards to LeSean McCoy in Week 14.
I'm not expecting Torain to have that much success, but I think he'll get into the end zone this time around.
Projection: 80 yards rushing and one touchdown, 14 points
7. Sit Em: Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte has really struggled to get going in recent weeks.
He has just one 100-yard rushing performance and two touchdowns since Week 6, and his number of carries has dropped every week since Week 11.
Forte hasn't caught more than 2 passes since Week 9, which is a bad sign considering much of his value comes from his number of receptions.
Projection: 60 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards, 8 points
6. Start Em: Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rashad Jennings obviously isn't the No. 1 running back in Jacksonville, but he's racked up more than 210 rushing yards and three touchdowns over the team's last three games.
The Jaguars have transitioned to a more run-oriented team in recent weeks, and Jennings will be facing the Indianapolis Colts' 29th-ranked run defense, which gives up 141.1 yards per game.
Projection: 90 yards and one rushing touchdown, 15 points
6. Sit Em: Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams was a hot waiver wire pick-up early in the season, but he has just 16 catches in his last five games.
He's also coming off a one-catch performance against the Redskins and seems to be losing a considerable amount of catches to fellow rookie wide receiver Arrelious Benn.
I'd sit him the rest of the season.
Projections: 60 receiving yards, 6 points
5. Start Em: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
You should already be playing BenJarvus Green-Ellis on a consistent basis, but some people won't be.
Anyway, Green-Ellis has five touchdowns in his last four games, he gets the carries, and he could see an even bigger workload if the Packers don't have Aaron Rodgers this week and the Patriots are blowing them out.
Start him...or you shall pay.
Projection: 90 yards and one touchdown, 15 points
5. Sit Em: Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
Steve Johnson has blamed God for dropping game-winning passes more times than he's gotten into the end zone recently.
Johnson hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 11, and he's failed to top 68 receiving yards in his last three games.
He also doesn't have a great matchup against Miami this week.
Projection: 50 receiving yards, 5 points
4. Start Em: Tim Hightower, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Tim Hightower hadn't done much of note all season...until last week.
He rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos on just 18 carries.
And this week the Arizona Cardinals play the Carolina Panthers, who have given up three touchdowns to to an opposing running back in three straight weeks.
Play Hightower for sure!
Projection: 70 yards and two touchdowns, 19 points
4. Sit Em: Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay Packers
Donald Driver has caught just one touchdown pass since Week 4, and his season high for receiving yards in a game is 89.
Greg Jennings has also established himself as a touchdown hog, and Aaron Rodgers might not be playing this week.
Need I say more?
Projection: 40 receiving yards, 4 points
3. Start Em: Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates probably isn't playing this week, and Malcolm Floyd is clearly the Chargers' No. 1 target when Gates isn't on the field.
Floyd caught four passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14.
He'll undoubtedly get his looks this week.
Projection: 80 yards and two touchdowns, 20 points
3. Sit Em: Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Thomas Jones seems to be hitting that slump that running backs over 30 tend to hit.
Jones has just 123 rushing yards over his last three games, and he's failed to get into the end zone in six of the team's last seven contests.
With Jamaal Charles taking on a bigger role and Matt Cassel not 100-percent healthy, leave Jones out of your starting lineup.
Projection: 40 rushing yards, 4 points
2. Start Em: Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee Titans
I know what you're thinking: this is 2010, not 1997.
But Kerry Collins completed 28 of 39 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Colts last week.
So I'm guessing he'll have a pretty good game against Houston's horrific secondary this week as well.
Projection: 230 yards passing and two touchdowns, 21 points
2. Sit Em: Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Marshall did catch a touchdown pass last week, but it was just his second one on the season.
He hasn't topped 64 receiving yards since Week 6, he has just eight total catches in the last three games he's played in, and he seems to have absolutely no chemistry with Chad Henne.
Marshall is definitely not worth the risk.
Projection: 30 receiving yards, 3 points
1. Start Em: Jon Kitna, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Jon Kitna and the Dallas Cowboys play against the Washington Redskins this week, which is really a good enough reason on its own to start Kitna.
But he's also coming off a solid 242-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
Play Kitna. You won't regret it.
Projection: 280 passing yards and two touchdowns, 23 points
1. Sit Em: Randy Moss, WR, Tennessee Titans
Are people still even starting Randy Moss? Because they shouldn't be.
Moss was not even targeted last week for just the second time of his career.
He's been a joke in Tennessee, so this one's really a no-brainer.
Projection: 20 yards receiving, 2 points