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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 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

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Running Back Edition: Week 14: Jaylen Samuels, Jeff Wilson & 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:

 

Jaylen Samuels – Pittsburgh Steelers
at Oakland

After the initial thought was that James Conner’s ankle injury was minor word broke on Tuesday that he had actually suffered a sprained ankle and was already ruled out for Sunday.  That leaves everyone to wonder, who will be “the man”?  Popular belief is that Samuels will be the best option, and that’s likely, but does that mean he’s going to be a must start? Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kickers are often overlooked, but they have the potential to be difference makers if you choose wisely.  Who are the kickers who can help put you over-the-top in your playoff matchup?  Who is flying under-the-radar?  Let’s take a look at how things shake out for the coming week:

  1. Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
  5. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Chicago
  6. Mike Badgley – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Bret Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This week we get some intriguing matchups, with some surprising teams surging towards the top of the rankings (and some better defenses with some very difficult matchups).  With your fantasy playoffs hanging in the balance are you willing to gamble?  Let’s take a look at how we’d rank things:

  1. Denver Broncos – at San Francisco
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  3. Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  4. New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  5. Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Los Angeles Rams – at Chicago Read more