2017 NFL Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 15

The playoffs are afoot and you still may still have a few needs to fill.

You could be in need of a quarterback if you had Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL. You may also need streaming options for defenses, tight ends or flex spots in your lineup. You can never be too comfortable with your roster, since a guy on the waiver wire could have an unreal match-up this weekend. 

Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our weird MS Paint masterpiece of San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.

START’EM

  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers) – Garoppolo has been a breath of fresh air in San Francisco. In his two starts, he has passed for over 600 yards and defenses now need to respect the pass. They’ve been able to run the ball with running backs Carlos Hyde and Matt Brieda with a lot of success. The Niners face the Titans in the Bay Area this weekend and Tennessee has struggled against the pass this year. Garoppolo is a nice streaming option at QB if your regular starter has a bad match-up.
  • WR Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons) – Sanu has been a very solid fantasy wide receiver the last few weeks, so he may not be available on the waiver wire. If he is, you need to pick him up. He’s averaging seven targets a game over his last three games. Atlanta faces Tampa Bay this week and teams have been burning them all season.
  • RB Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins) – I picked Drake here two weeks in a row and he has been racking in the fantasy points on the ground and catching the ball. The Dolphins play the Bills this weekend and their defense has been pretty bad the last month. I’m throwing out last week’s game since the Bills played in a foot of snow. Drake is a must-start this weekend.
  • QB Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles) – Foles made a few nice passes after Wentz left with an injury last week. I expect him to make a lot of short passes to running backs and tight ends and occasionally try a pass deeper than 15 yards. The Falcons have allowed opposing quarterbacks to have success and his is a nice match-up in his first start of the season.
  • RB Kerwynn Williams (Arizona Cardinals) – I jumped on the Williams bandwagon early this season immediately after RB David Johnson broke his wrist…but it took Williams roughly ten weeks to become fantasy-relevant. As long as Adrian Peterson is out with a neck injury (keep your eye on injury reports), Williams will be a nice flex option against the Redskins.
  • New Orleans Saints Defense & Special Teams – It looks like the New York Jets will be starting QB Bryce Petty this week after Josh McCown’s season ended after breaking his hand. The Saints have been a solid fantasy defense for most of the season. They’ve had a couple bad match-ups in a row, but it’s time to pick them back up. I don’t trust Petty and the Saints should force a couple turnovers.
  • WR Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco 49ers) – Garoppolo has made Goodwin into a must-have fantasy wide receiver. He’s going to lead the team in receiving yards and most likely targets. They face the Titans poor secondary and Goodwin should have plenty of chances at fantasy points.
  • RB Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots) – As soon as I declared that I was on ‘team Dion Lewis’, Burkhead became a consistent fantasy player. He was the only Patriots running back to do anything against the Dolphins on Monday night. He has scored five touchdowns in the last four games…start him over Dion Lewis.
  • TE O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Most people still have Tampa Bay TE Cameron Brate on their fantasy team, but I’m telling you, Howard is the guy to own. When QB Jameis Winston is in the game, Howard is his #1 redzone target.
  • WR Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville Jaguars) – The Jags face the horrible Texans secondary this weekend. Westbrook is becoming a breakout star with sixteen catches over the last three games. Marquise Lee will get the most attention of Jacksonville’s wideouts and Westbrook should get some open looks.
  • QB Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars) – Yes, I’m actually including Blake freakin’ Bortles in this section. The Texans secondary is really THAT bad. I wouldn’t start him in a ten-team league, but if you’re in a 14+ team league, go for it.
  • RB Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – The Chiefs offense is getting hot again. Kareem Hunt is ‘the man’ in KC, but there should be plenty of touches to go around out of the backfield. West could be a good flex option in deeper league where he’s probably available.

SIT’EM

  • RB Ameed Abdullah (Detroit Lions) – I’ve pretty much been anti-Detroit Lions running back since about Week 3. I thought Theo Riddick might be a fantasy PPR flex option this season, but it just never panned out for him. Abdullah is now getting vultured by third-string RB Tion Green. It’s time to dump Abdullah.
  • WR Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh Steelers) – QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards last week and Bryant didn’t get much action. Rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is back from suspension this week, so Bryant will go back to garbage duty.
  • RB Bilal Powell (New York Jets) – With Petty as QB, teams will stack the box and focus on defending the run and pressuring the quarterback. Powell is already sharing carries with Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire, so he’s not very special right now. There are way better options out there in standard leagues.
  • Seattle Seahawks Defense & Special Teams – This is a week when streaming defenses is necessary. I’m sure fantasy owners have plugged Seattle in their lineup and haven’t messed with it until their bye week. Seattle faces the Rams this week and it’s a really bad match-up. I’d rather have the Redskins or the Saints as a streaming option this week.
  • RB Javorius Allen (Baltimore Ravens) – Allen may have about a quarter of the touches now that Danny Woodhead returned, but he did find the end zone twice last week. I don’t see this being the norm for him. Alex Collins and Woodhead are the two studs there and Allen will just be in there to spell them for rest.
  • TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers) – Kittle started out the year with a lot of success, but it looks like he may have lost his targets to veteran TE Garrett Celek since he missed a game or two with an injury. Celek is getting 2/3rds of the snaps and Kittle is barely seeing action. Dump Kittle and pick up a guy like Bucs TE O.J. Howard or Texans TE Stephen Anderson.
  • QB Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) – If for some reason you’re in the playoffs with Andy Dalton as your QB, you’re a freakin’ miracle worker. The Bengals face the Vikings this weekend and it could be a total shit show.
  • WR Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders) – I’m sure you drafted Cooper early in your draft, but it’s time to send him away. QB Derek Carr is having a lost year and Cooper is collateral damage. He’s a very talented receiver, but if he’s getting double-team’d every play, there’s not much he can do. There are better options out there right now.
  • RB Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons) Coleman is dealing with a concussion and may not be ready to play by Monday night. His role is already slashed when RB Devonta Freeman is healthy…and he’s healthy. I wouldn’t put all my eggs in that basket with the risk of him not playing on Monday.
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Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot ClicksGuyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.

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