Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Just don’t cost me the season… At this point that’s all you really want from your kicker. Of course you want to maximize your production at the position, but minimizing the risk is also a priority. Let’s jump right into how our options rank:

  1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  4. Jason Myers – NY Jets – vs. Houston
  5. Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at NY Jets
  6. Aldrick Rosas – NY Giants – vs. Tennessee
  7. Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – at Indianapolis Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season it’s all about the match-ups. Maximize your production for this week while keeping a slight eye on the following week. Of course if you don’t win in Week 15, there is no next week so let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Houston Texans – at NY Jets
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. LA Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Washington
  5. Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  6. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  7. Washington Redskins – at Jacksonville Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The playoffs move forward to what should be the semi-finals unless for some reason your league is playing in week 17, which it arguably shouldn’t be. The stakes are high and we are here to try and help you make it to the finals, so let’s breakdown the Top 50 wide receivers of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans at NY Jets
  3. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints at Carolina
  4. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Miami
  5. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City
  6. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers at Chicago
  7. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15 (2018): Spencer Ware, Justin Jackson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are always tricky, but when you have three of them it’s impossible to completely avoid.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tomorrow’s games and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Jackson – Running Back
With Austin Ekeler  out and Melvin Gordon highly questionable (though time will tell), Jackson should be left to shoulder the load.  Obviously it’s possible that the Chargers lean more on Philip Rivers and the passing game, something that could look more likely after Jackson did little against the Bengals (35 total yards).  However the previous two weeks he looked like he could really surge: Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

If you earned yourself a bye during the regular season or made it through the first week of the playoffs, congratulations are in order (if not, there’s still DFS!). Just keep in mind that even if you make all the right decisions, there is still the chance you can run into Derrick Henry or suffer from the first down week of the season from Todd Gurley. What’s to be expected for the coming week?  Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Saquon Barkley – NY Giants – vs. Tennessee
  2. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Indianapolis
  3. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  5. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  6. Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Oakland
  7. Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – at Denver Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that injuries have helped to cripple the tight end position, and at this point you can count the dependable options basically on one hand.  The problem is what happens if you don’t have one of those elite options?  Let’s take a look at how things look for the coming week and who you should be trusting and who you should be ignoring:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Rams
  3. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  4. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Cincinnati
  5. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Dallas
  6. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  7. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Baltimore Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the fantasy playoffs underway, the decision on who to trust and who not to trust becomes paramount.  Do you continue to try and ride the big name, despite some questionable performances?  Or do you instead go with the favorable matchup despite it being a “lesser’ quarterback?  It’s a fine line, so let’s take a look at who we are willing to trust and who should be ignored for the coming week:

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City
  3. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  7. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at New York Jets Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 14 (2018): Digging Deep To Identify Options For Your Playoff Run (Marcus Murphy, Curtis Samuel & More)

by Will Overton

At this point in the season you aren’t really making moves to stash players. If you’re on the waiver wire you’re there because you are looking for a hole to fill, and most likely trying to find someone to start for the coming week. Keep that in mind as we dive into this week’s waiver wire report, as I’m highlighting players who I think could make decent plays this week based on increase in opportunity or upcoming matchup:

 

Derek Carr – QB, Oakland Raiders
Carr takes a lot of heat in the media and on social media, but I think he may get more heat than he deserves. He isn’t the best QB in the league and may not even in the top half of starting quarterbacks, but there are a whole lot worse out there. From a fantasy point of view he’s really coming on right now too with 8 TD and 0 INT in his last four games combined, including games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh. He is now set to square off with the Bengals and I have to think he’s probably good for at least another 250 and 2 TD. If you’re looking for someone to stream this week this is not a bad option at all. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: T.Y. Hilton, Justin Jackson, Sterling Shepard & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 14′s Sunday action I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?  Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

T.Y. Hilton – Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts
According to Ian Rapoport (via Twitter):

#Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) is officially a game-time decision after barely practicing this week, I’m told. But based on his history and the importance of the game, it would be a major surprise if he didn’t play.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2018

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Wide Receiver Edition: Week 14: Courtland Sutton, Tre’Quan Smith & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles
at Dallas

The Cowboys have been among the stingiest defenses against opposing wide receivers this season, allowing the third fewest points per week.  That alone would make Jeffrey a tough sell, though his recent performance makes it that much more difficult.  After scoring 4 TD over his first four games (he missed the first few games due to injury), things have quickly gone completely south. Read more