Fantasy football is coming down to that stressful portion of the year. We are approaching Week 15 of the NFL season. More importantly, the second round of fantasy football playoffs has started.
Congratulations, if you are reading this article, you are probably two wins away from crowning your squad as the champions of your league. I am ecstatic to be able to help you figure out who to start in fantasy football this week. Dealing with injuries in fantasy football is tough enough. Now add COVID-19 related absences to this formula and that creates an extremely challenging fantasy season. Pat yourself on the back, let’s buckle down, and allow me to assist in setting your semi-final line up!
QB Start: Justin Herbert LAC @ LV
These two teams matched up back in Week 9 and the Las Vegas Raiders took the first matchup 31-26. Justin Herbert threw for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns. Herbert also added 24 yards with his legs. Herbert has been amazing during his rookie year and could potentially take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year hardware. The Raiders defense has been in shambles the past couple of weeks that has resulted in the firing of Paul Guenther, their defensive coordinator. I could see this matchup being as high scoring as their first matchup and you could certainly do worse than the high floor that Herbert provides.
QB Sit: Russell Wilson SEA @ WAS
I understand you probably can’t bring yourself to bench Russell Wilson. I just want you to temper your expectations. This Washington Football Team defense has been looking stellar all season and especially these past couple of weeks. Washington only allows 206.3 passing yards per game and just think back to Week 13 when the New York Giants sacked Wilson 5 times and hurried him often. I think the Seahawks coaching staff will call plays that allow Wilson to get the ball out of his hand quickly. I just wouldn’t expect a repeat performance of his Week 14 stat line against the Jets.
RB Start: Cam Akers NYJ @ LAR
Welcome to the Cam Akers show. I don’t care that head coach Sean McVay has stated it is not Akers’ backfield and that he still wants to get Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown involved. This is now Cam Akers’ backfield and he gets a fantastic matchup in Week 15. Akers has received 50 carries in the past two weeks and is averaging 4.86 yards per run. The New York Jets allow an average of 112.8 rushing yards per game. I am extremely confident they allow more than their average this week. Add him and certainly start him if he is still available in your league for some insane reason.
RB Sit: Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ SF
It is safe to bench Elliott this week. I can understand feeling the need to start him against the Bengals last week, but I am still shocked he only managed to get 12 carries in a game where they were playing from ahead the majority of the game. Elliott hasn’t scored a rushing TD since week 5. Now bring in the beat-up 49ers defense, but here is the thing, they are a top ten defense when it comes to rushing yards allowed per game. Tony Pollard has also looked like a very efficient runner from their eye test and I am sure the Cowboys coaching staff feel very similarly.
WR Start: Brandon Aiyuk SF @ DAL
Deebo Samuel is unlikely to be back for the rest of the regular season, but honestly, I don’t think Aiyuk’s receiving value is dependent upon Samuel’s status. Aiyuk’s number of targets in the past four games that he has played is as follows, 16, nine, 14 & 10. He has scored less than 20 in just one of those games and that total was 19.7. Nothing about the Cowboys’ pass defense scares you and it should be another great day for Brandon Aiyuk.
WR Sit: Tyler Lockett SEA @ WAS
Tyler Lockett is a fantastic homerun threat that could single-handedly win you your fantasy matchup and he has done it twice this season. In a game where Wilson threw four touchdown passes, I was surprised that Lockett wasn’t a recipient of one. D.K. Metcalf is the top receiving threat and sadly, Lockett plays second fiddle. If you are looking for a high floor option this week, it isn’t Tyler Lockett.
TE Start: Dallas Goedert PHI @ ARZ
I wanted to see how Jalen Hurts being named the starter would affect Dallas Goedert’s value and the quick answer is that it may very well help it going forward. The ability to rush the ball will open up the passing game for Goedert and his fellow Eagle receiving mates. Goedert hasn’t caught less than four balls since the Eagles bye week in Week 9. Goedert is the future and I would be extremely surprised if Zach Ertz is a Philadelphia Eagle next year. The Arizona Cardinals defense is stout against tight ends, but I feel this game will be a high-scoring affair and there will be enough targets to go around to make a couple of Eagles’ receivers fantasy-relevant this week. Fire up Goedert.
TE Sit: Logan Thomas WAS vs. SEA
Logan Thomas has been one of the hottest tight end adds during the past couple of weeks and he has produced. Fast forward to Week 15 where we could have a Dwayne Haskins under center if Alex Smith is not ready to go with the calf strain that he suffered in their Week 14 matchup. Seattle is also the 10th best team against the tight end position in fantasy and their defense looks night and day from the defense they were running out there at the beginning of the season. Dwayne Haskins has been quite a disappointment and I think he needs a change of scenery. I am fading the entire Washington offense is Haskins is indeed under center.
Things are bound to change from the time that I write this article on Monday night until Thursday night when we kick off week 15 officially. Injuries and COVID-19 are apart of the game so be sure to follow me on Twitter @ScoDeeee. Feel free to bring your start/sit questions and be sure to check out all the other great content at allnysports.com. Good luck in week 15 and I will see you guys next week for our week 16 start/sit column.