Fantasy Football Week 15: Start Matt Schaub, Sit AP, Who Else Makes List?
Week 15 of the NFL season means the playoffs are almost here, but in the case of fantasy football, it means the playoffs are here. This is the time of the year when there is no next week if you lose.
Bragging rights are on the line, money is up in the air and a chance at fantasy glory remains—that is if you were fortunate to make your league's playoffs.
This is also the point in the fantasy season when tough calls need to be made. Instead of running out your best guys on a weekly basis, it may be a better decision to start a player with a better matchup compared to one who does not.
It's hard to sit the players that got you this far but sometimes it's necessary to take a risk.
With that being said, here is your Week 15 start/sit list.
Start Kerry Collins
It's highly unlikely Collins has been in very many fantasy lineups this season, although this week he should find himself in quite a few.
The wily vet is coming off a three-touchdown game against Indianapolis and faces a even better matchup this week against Houston. Houston's pass defense is the worst in the league, which bodes well for the Titans' offense.
The Texans are going to have to load up the box to keep Chris Johnson from running wild; this will allow Collins a chance to pick on the Texan secondary.
Still don't trust Collins?
OK I get it. He's old, not mobile and it's Kerry freakin' Collins.
But remember he's stepped in multiple times this season and performed respectably. Add in the fact that Houston's offense is explosive, then this one has the potential to be a shootout.
Sit Eli Manning
New York isn't going to want to get in an up-and-down offensive shootout with the more explosive Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, the Giants are going to pound the ball with the one-two punch of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
Manning's last start against the Eagles was miserable; he threw for under 150 yards and turned the ball over four times. Yes, the Giants were on the road, but it hasn't mattered where Eli's played, he's been a turnover machine both at home and on the road.
Manning has thrown nine interceptions in the Giants' new digs this season. So while his yardage and TD numbers pass the eye test, the turnovers have held him back from being an elite fantasy QB.
Keep Eli on the bench this week, it's where he belongs.
Start Knowshon Moreno
If you haven't heard, Tim Tebow's getting the nod under center against the Oakland Raaaaaaaiders (Chris Berman voice). While I'm not particularly fond of Tebow's prospects of making it in the NFL, it does bode well for Moreno.
The Broncos' coaching staff is going to have to rely on Moreno to carry the load in this one if they have a shot at competing. While the Broncos are in the bottom four in rushing yards this season, they have improved of late; and it doesn't hurt that Denver's matched up against a Raider defense that is giving up 130-plus on the ground per contest.
Since Week 10, Moreno's had 15 points or more in ESPN standard scoring leagues. I don't see why that can't continue against Oakland even if Virgin Air is making its debut.
Sit Dwanye Bowe
Bowe's impressive play has ended with back-to-back terrible games in which he tallied a grand total of one catch for three yards. When Bowe is focused and brings his A game, he can be unstoppable.
But the last two games have been reminiscent of how Bowe started off the year—inconsistent. It doesn't help that Matt Cassel may miss his second straight game after having surgery to remove his appendix.
If Brodie Croyle ends up starting, there's no question Bowe should be on your bench. It's at least defensible to start Bowe if Cassel is in the lineup.
Either way, Bowe's a risky play this week.
Start Tony Gonzalez
The future Hall of Famer has had a modest season by his standards but has found the end zone two out of the past three weeks. Gonzalez's days of racking up big yardage numbers appear to be over, seeing as he's only cracked the 100-yard mark once this season.
Still, he remains a solid play this week. While I'm not promising a monster performance from Tony G, he is a safe play that has a great shot at finding the end zone.
In a year where there hasn't been any dominate tight ends—fantasy-wise—Gonzalez continues to be one of the better options at the tight end position.
Sit Calvin Johnson
With Drew Stanton set to start again for Detroit, Johnson remains a hit or miss option depending on whether or not he's able to come up with a deep ball.
Last week the Lions struggled horrifically throwing the football, and you can expect more of the same against Tampa Bay. Megatron has been one of the better fantasy wideouts this season, although he can't be trusted with Stanton starting.
It's hard to sit somebody with Johnson's ability, but just remember, he can only be successful if his quarterback is. And that's no certainty heading into Sunday's game.
Start Matt Schaub
Schaub proved last Monday how good he can be when he led the Texans back against Baltimore. But he followed his impressive second half with a pick six in overtime, showing us all why he has yet to become an elite QB.
Despite his inability to come up big when the Texans need him to, Schaub still remains a top fantasy QB. He's thrown for 300-plus in each of his last two games, and he has a great chance to make that number three.
The Titans are 26th in the NFL against the pass making this a prime opportunity for Schaub to put up another monstrous performance. With Andre Johnson healthier than he was earlier in the season, Schaub's performance has risen which isn't surprising.
Add in the fact that he has his tight end Owen Daniels back, and all of a sudden, we are reminded of how many talented pieces this offense has. Also keep in mind that Houston as a whole tends to finish the regular season strong, which makes this matchup even more enticing.
Schaub owners are going to enjoy a hefty amount of points come Sunday.
Sit Adrian Peterson
No, I'm not crazy. Trust me if you play Peterson this week, you will regret it.
Chicago boasts the league's second-best rush defense, and Minnesota is starting a rookie QB, who is far from ready from playing in the NFL.
That means the Bears are going to be able to have eight or nine guys in the box, consistently. Without Brett Favre or even Tarvaris Jackson behind center, the threat of stretching the defense isn't there for the Vikings.
Against the Giants last week, Peterson ran for just 26 yards on 14 carries. Expect a similar outcome in a game that the Vikings won't have the luxury of playing in the Metrodome; instead, this game will be played outside under frigid conditions.
Sitting AP isn't an easy thing to do, but it's necessary to do so this week unless you are thin at the running back position.