Coaches’ Picks – Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 15

Start ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Deshaun Watson @ TEN – Truly a wizard, Watson is averaging 26.29 FPPG over his last 3. They travel to Nissan Stadium to take on the red hot Titans for the Battle of the AFC South. This game is the most likely shoot-out with the highest total on the slate, currently at 50 o/u. Pray he gets Will Fuller back for this one.

Jimmy Garoppolo vs ATL – Jimmy GQ unexpectedly went OFF against the Saints last week on the road for 349 yards and 4 TDs in an epic shoot-out. Now at home, he draws the Falcons who are 3rd in PA, giving up 22.1 FPPG on average to QBs.

Baker Mayfield @ ARI – I get it, Baker’s been bad the last two weeks, just barely scoring double digits; however, this week he draws the Arizona Cardinals, who are 1st in PA to QBs, averaging 24.2 FPPG. I’m fine firing up all your Browns this week.

*Jameis Winston @ DET – We’ll have to wait and see how this thumb injury affects Jameis’ status for Sunday, but if he does play, he’s in a smash spot against the Lions who are top 10 in PA to QBs, averaging 20.5 FPPG. The man who’s just as likely to throw a pick-6 as he is a touchdown has been electric for fantasy this year.

*Start of the Week – Ryan Tannehill vs HOU

*Long Shots of the Week – Eli Manning vs MIA, Drew Lock @ KC, Gardner Minshew @ OAK, David Blough vs TB

Running Backs


Todd Gurley II @ DAL – McVay has publicly said that he was an idiot for limiting Gurley earlier in the season, and it appears the training wheels are off. Gurley has 42 carries and 5 targets in his last two games with 2 touchdowns with no signs of slowing down as the Rams desperately push for the playoffs. We’ve seen in recent weeks teams can run on the Boys, so fire up Gurley in your fantasy playoffs, just like we did in 2017 and 2018.

Saquon Barkley vs MIA – If not now, then when? Miami gives up 21.9 FPPG to RBs and with Eli back and checking it down, Saquon should be able to carry us home. I feel like every big run he’s had this year has been negated by penalty and he’s only found the end zone 3 times this year, so, at some point we’ve got to see some positive regression go his way.

Leonard Fournette @ OAK – Coming off a down week, Fournette should make quick work of this Raiders defense that was just ravaged by Derrick “El Tractorcito” Henry on one leg. The Raiders have jumped to 8th in PA to RBs, giving up 20.8 FPPG.

Chris Carson @ CAR – If you’ve still got Chris Carson, then rejoice! Your time has come. Penny is no more, and he gets a dream match-up against the Panthers, who are 1st in the league in PA to opposing RBs, averaging 27.2 FPPG.

Phillip Lindsay @ KC – The surging Broncos head into Arrowhead to take on the Chiefs this Sunday. Kansas City is 3rd in PA to RBs, surrendering 23.9 FPPG. Lindsay handled 16 carries and caught both his targets last week in the rout of Houston for 55 yards and a tuddy.

*Starts of the Week – Derrick Henry vs HOU, Dalvin Cook @ LAC

*Long Shots of the Week – Kareem Hunt @ ARI, Ronald Jones @ DET, Patrick Laird @ NYG

Wide Receivers


Keenan Allen vs MIN – Keenan Allen has posted double digits 4 weeks in a row and has scored 2 touchdowns in that span, averaging nearly 9 targets per game. Minnesota is 9th in PA to WRs, giving up nearly 25 FPPG. I worry about Melvin Gordon in this one, because the Vikes are pretty solid up front, but I’d fire up Allen, Williams, and Henry.

Kenny Golladay vs TB – Marvin Jones was unexpectedly sent to IR, leaving Golladay as the last man standing in this Detroit passing attack. Look for Blough to feed him early and often against this retched Bucs secondary, giving up 31.4 FPPG to WRs, the most in the NFL.

AJ Brown vs HOU – AJ BROWN IS A GROWN ASS MAN. If you played him last week like I told you, you won everything. He caught 5 of 7 balls for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his first 13 games, he’s already matched Corey Davis’ career touchdowns (6), who was drafted in the first round in 2017. Yikes. Houston’s been getting lit up (23 FPA to WRs) and this game projects to shoot-out.

Jarvis Landry @ ARI – Juice has outscored teammate, OBJ, by nearly 50 ppr points tallying 69 rec for 995 yards and 5 TDs compared to Beckham’s 59/844/2. Arizona’s defense can’t stop anybody and are giving up 25.4 FPPG to opposing WRs.

Courtland Sutton @ KC – Drew Lock has been COOKIN’ since taking over as the starter in Week 13. With rookie TE Noah Fant questionable after getting his foot stomped last week, fire up Courtland Sutton in Arrowhead this weekend in a game where I believe the Broncos will cover a 9.5 point spread.

*Starts of the Week – DeAndre Hopkins @ TEN, Chris Godwin @ DET

*Long Shots of the Week – Mike Williams vs MIN, Chris Conley @ OAK, Darius Slayton vs MIA, Terry McLaurin vs PHI

Tight Ends


*Noah Fant @ KC – Fant exploded last week, catching 4 of 4 targets for 113 yards and a score. He exited in the 3rd quarter against the Texans after getting his foot stomped on. He is expected to suit up, but keep a close eye on him. If he plays, I’d fire him up again in a shoot-out with Kansas City.

*David Njoku @ ARI – Njoku suited up last week for the first time since Week 2. He was relatively quiet, only logging 20 snaps and catching 1 of 3 targets, but look for him to bounce back against the Flowchart Cardinals, who give up the most points in the league to Tight Ends.

OJ Howard @ DET – With Mike Evans done for the year, look for OJ Howard to step up and contribute. He’s seen 5 > 6 targets and gone for double digits in each of the last two. I like him in Detroit this weekend, while CB Darius Slay works to contain Chris Godwin.

*Starts of the Week – George Kittle vs ATL, Zach Ertz @ WAS

*Long Shots of the Week – Jack Doyle @ NO, Mike Gesicki @ NYG, Darren Fells @ TEN

D/ST


*Starts of the Week – Ravens vs Jets, Patriots vs Bengals, 49ers vs Falcons

*Long Shots of the Week – Giants vs Dolphins, Bills @ Steelers, Eagles @ WAS, Lions vs Bucs

Sit ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Kirk Cousins @ LAC – Captain “I love my wife” Cousins goes on the road against the Chargers 4th ranked pass defense. It’s playoff time, and I wouldn’t bank on Kirk putting up many points against the defense that just kept the Jaguars to 10 points last week. The Bolts give up an average of just 14.3 FPPG to QBs.

Aaron Rodgers vs CHI – Who would’ve thought Aaron Rodgers would be a boom/bust QB. This week he comes up against the defense that gives up the 5th fewest points to QB’s this season, at just 14.5 FPPG. I personally have Rodgers and I’m keeping him on the bench for this week’s fantasy playoff match-up.

Sam Darnold @ BAL – The Raven’s are still rolling and have been a black hole for opposing team’s fantasy points. I wouldn’t feel great about starting any Jet this week, but especially not Sam, who comes up against the defense that allows the 2nd fewest points to opposing QB’s this season, at just 13.1 FPPG. Those ghosts he was talking about back in week 7 might come back to haunt him this week.

Running Backs


Melvin Gordon vs MIN – You know we are deep in the simulation when an undrafted, 5’10 back is out producing Melvin Gordon. While Ekeler keeps meriting more touches, MG3 owners should also worry about his matchup against a tough Minnesota defense that ranks 9th in the league.  

Marlon Mack @ NO – Marlon came back last week to a nice TD against a tough Tampa Bay defense, but was a non-factor the rest of the game racking up merely 38 yards on 13 rushes and no targets. I see another difficult game for him this week against the 5th ranked rush defense in the league. Mack is currently on my ‘do not trust’ list. It is worth noting that the Saints lost Marcus Davenport for the season and will be without Sheldon Rankins.

James Conner vs BUF – I don’t care that you have been holding on to Conner waiting on him to come back. I’d keep him on the bench for this week’s matchup against the tough Buffalo defense that looks to clinch a playoff spot this week. I can see Conner being eased back into the offense and might not even be the Steeler RB with the most carries.

Joe Mixon vs NE – This is an easy sit in my opinion. Joe comes up against the Pat’s defense that has given up the fewest points to RB’s this season. Plus Bill and the gang have extra exclusive tape on the Bengals. On to Cincinnati indeed.

Wide Receivers


Stefon Diggs @ LAC – Stefon’s shoe game has been more consistent than him this season. This week he comes up against the Charger’s 4th ranked pass defense in the league that has shut down some great receivers this year. Cornerbacks Casey Hayward, as well as Desmond King and Trevor Williams, form a deadly three-headed snake that give up the 2nd fewest points to WR’s this season.

Robert Woods @ DAL – 2018’s season most consistent WR has been opposite of that this season, but has recently started to look alive in the last couple of weeks. I think he will draw the Byron Jones treatment this week leaving Kupp with the easier match-up against Awuzie and should get the lions share of the targets this week. Dallas comes into the match-up as the 7th ranked pass defense in the league.

Juju Smith-Schuster vs BUF – Juju is currently practicing in full for the Steelers this week and is on the way to be on the field against Buffalo after missing the last 3 games. He should be kept on the bench this week when he squares up against Tre’Davious White’s secondary that gives up the 4th fewest yards per game in the league.

Tyler Boyd vs NE – Another easy sit this week. Boyd comes up against my number one cornerback in the league, Stephon Gillmore, who comes into the match-up with some advantage, getting a sneak preview of the Bengal’s behind the scenes play-calling.

Tight Ends


Austin Hooper @ SF – Hooper came back last week in a match-up against Carolina and got a healthy 6 targets. The bad part is he only caught 2. This week he comes up against the defense that gives up the 3rd fewest points to TE’s this season. I’m not sure the absence of Ridley will help Hooper in this match-up, where they come up against the number one pass ranked defense in the league. BUT they did just get carved up by Jared Cook?

Jacob Hollister @ CAR – Hollister can be trusted as much as a 20+ year old guy that still wears Hollister in this week’s matchup. He comes up against the Carolina defense that gives up the 5th fewest points to TE’s this season and kept the above-mentioned Hooper to just 32 yards last week.

Jason Witten vs LAR – In the fantasy playoffs, you are looking for upside to push you through against other strong teams. Witten does not provide much, if any, upside this week against the Ram’s defense that just demolished Russ Wilson last week. I can see Dallas using Witten more as a blocker than a receiver this week.  

D/ST


Packers vs Bears

Texans @ Titans

Broncos @ Chiefs

Bears @ Packers