Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 15

Fantasy Football Starts

The Fantasy Football playoffs are here! If you made the playoffs congratulations, if not thank you for continuing to read these articles. With most fantasy leagues being win or go home you want to make sure you play the guys that you can fully trust. Try avoiding injury risks, and pay attention to each of your players practice reports this week. An example from last week is Tee Higgins suiting up to play but being hurt in pre-game warmups.

He played one snap and gave you a zero for fantasy. That was one that nobody saw coming but getting a zero in a playoff matchup is hard to come back from. Good luck to everyone in their matchups this week!

Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 15

Quarterback Starts: Dak Prescott

Since Dak Prescott returned from his finger injury the Dallas Cowboys are averaging over 35 points per game.

That includes two 40-point games and a 54-point game against the Indianapolis Colts. Despite the Cowboy’s offense flourishing, Prescott has struggled with turnovers as of late, with eight interceptions since returning from an injury – that’s over one turnover per game. Prescott will look to eliminate those turnovers this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars are coming off a game where they scored 36 points against the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguar’s potential to score should give Prescott a high volume of pass attempts this week. The Cowboys offensive line ranks third in adjusted sack rate while the Jaguar’s defensive line ranks 31st in adjusted sack rate. This is one of the biggest mismatches of the week that Prescott will look to exploit.

Quarterback Sits: Jared Goff

Jared Goff was a start last week against the Minnesota Vikings, due to the matchup but also the fact that Goff was at home. Last week we covered Goff’s home and road splits, and those splits are why he is a sit this week.

Six fewer pass attempts and fifty fewer yards per game on the road compared to at home. Goff has a tough matchup this week against the New York Jets. The Jet’s defense ranks top 10 in the NFL in adjusted line yards and adjusted sack rate. Goff has a reputation and record of poor play in cold-weather games, the forecast for this game will be in the mid-30s.

Running Back Starts: J.K. Dobbins

JK Dobbins had his best game in Week 14, rushing for 120 yards on 15 carries which included two redzone carries. Dobbins played a team-high 43% of the running back snaps. Dobbins split the running back carries with Gus Edwards, Dobbins edged Edwards out 15 to 13.  The fact that Dobbins led the Ravens in carries is a great sign that he is finally healthy at this point in the season.

The Ravens always lean on the running game but with them possibly being on their third-string quarterback this week both Dobbins and Edwards will see plenty of work. Their matchup this week the Cleveland Browns allow 25 fantasy points per game to running backs.

Running Back Sits: Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley played just 31% of the snaps in week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles. This was due to the score but also Barkley being injured. He entered week 14 with an injury and tried to play through it. His status for Week 15 seems like he will be good to go but the injury concerns, the matchup, and the cold streak that he is currently on are why he is a sit this week.

Barkley hasn’t had 100 scrimmage yards or averaged 4.0 yards per carry in over a month.  In his last four games, he is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. In that same timespan, he is averaging 16 yards on four catches per game. Barkley has been inefficient as a rusher and has been uninvolved in the passing game. He was a sit in Week 13 against the Washington Commanders. He plays the Commanders again this week, not much has changed since last time. It is still a bad matchup and Barkley is still injured and not productive. If you made the playoffs Barkley is probably one of the reasons why you got there so you have to play him. But trusting him is a risk I can’t take in week 1 of the playoffs.

Wide Receiver Starts: Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk leads the San Francisco 49ers in catches, yards, and touchdowns despite a two-catch game in Week 14. Aiyuk had a four-game streak of 6+ catches and 80+ receiving yards earlier this season with Jimmy Garoppolo. With Garoppolo injured, in Bryce Purdy’s first start Aiyuk had 57 yards on three targets. Aiyuk was tied for third in targets in week 14, the 49ers held a huge lead for most of the game. In that game, Deebo Samuel suffered a high ankle sprain. He will definitely miss the week 15 game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are 31st in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.

Wide Receiver Sits: Mike Evans

Mike Evans has been in a slump as of late, he hasn’t gone over 60 yards in over a month and hasn’t scored a touchdown in over two months. This has coincided with Chris Godwin getting healthy, since Evans last game with a touchdown Godwin has more targets, catches, yards, and touchdowns than Mike Evans.

Not just Evans, but the entire Buccaneers offense has struggled this season. The Bucs haven’t crossed 20 points in over a month. The Buccaneers passing game is 30th and 31st in the NFL in touchdown percentage and YPA. The Cincinnati Bengals are top 10 in the NFL in targets and yards allowed to number-one wide receivers.

Tight End Starts: Juwan Johnson

Juwan Johnson is third on the New Orleans Saints in targets, catches, and yards and is first in receiving touchdowns. Johnson is third on the Saints in redzone targets and is first in redzone touchdowns. Johnson is still unknown to many and is only rostered in 17% of sleeper leagues. He is a great stream team candidate if you need help at tight end this week. Prior to Johnson’s last game against the San Francisco 49ers, Johnson had scored a touchdown in three straight games. He also had at least 40 yards in those games as well, which gives him a solid floor with high touchdown potential each week. Johnson had 43 yards and a redzone target in week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons, he will look to find the endzone against the worst tight end defense in the league this week.

Tight End Sits: Evan Engram

Evan Engram scored 39.2 fantasy points in Week 14 which made him TE1 last week. On the season Engram is TE4, but prior to that massive performance, Engram was TE15 on the season. His Week 14 performance bumped him up 11 spots in tight end scoring. 29% of his fantasy points came in week 14, those are numbers I just can’t trust in a playoff matchup. In the last month prior to last week, Engram had just nine catches for 48 yards across his last three games. The Dallas Cowboys allow just 38 yards per game to tight ends on the season. Don’t fall for the hype with Engram this week.