Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 15: Derek Carr, Alshon Jeffery, Greg Olsen & More

by Will Overton

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:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins vs. Arizona
The Washington Redskins season is over and it could be easy to say they’ll be mailing it in. However Kirk Cousins still has a pretty good reason to be going all out right now, and that’s his upcoming free agency. He is still looking to lock down a huge contract at the end of the season and certainly will still be looking for big numbers to pad his stats. The Cardinals have Patrick Peterson, but the secondary outside of him has been very bad and I expect Cousins to expose them this week in a pass heavy attack. Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

As the season progresses we spend an increasing amount of time debating the virtues of our kicker choices. No fantasy point can be left behind in the semi-finals, so let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  3. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tennessee
  4. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  5. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
  6. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  7. Jake Elliott – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  8. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Unless you have a truly elite option at defense there is no reason not to be streaming (and looking towards Week 16) at this point in the season. Let’s jump right into how our options rank:

  1. New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  3. Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  4. Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  5. Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
  6. Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  7. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Cincinnati Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15: C.J. Anderson, T.Y. Hilton, Demaryius Thomas & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Denver Broncos

Must Start:

  • None

 

Possible Start:

  • C.J. Anderson – Running Back – Everyone has been waiting for the Broncos to take a look at Devontae Booker, but instead they have turned back to Anderson (which does make sense, as they try to determine if he’s the long-term answer).  With a 3.9 yards/carry on the season it’s easy to say that he’s not a long-term solution and shouldn’t be considered for this week.  That said the Colts have been terrible against opposing running backs (5th most points per week), and with the opportunities being there he may be able to take advantage.  He’s not a must start, because the team could always turn to Booker, but there’s enough here to at least consider him. Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Playoff time is here and this is the week you have to have the best lineup possible for your team (obviously).  Who should we be trusting?  Who should we be skeptical about? To help answer those questions and give yourself the best opportunity, let’s get to breaking down the Top 50 Wide Receivers of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England
  2. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay
  4. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. NY Jets
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Minnesota
  6. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Cincinnati
  7. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Carolina
  8. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. LA Rams Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outside of Jordan Reed, who we’ve been without for much of the season anyway, it appears like we’ll be all hands on deck at the tight end position.  Considering the instability of many of the options that’s great news with fantasy titles hanging in the balance.  Who should we trust?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look at how the rankings shake out:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
  6. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season, all we can do is our best. I know that sounds silly, but the semifinals of the fantasy playoffs are not the time to get fancy and experiment. We simply need to make our rankings, stick with them and hope for the best. We have gotten this far after all, right? Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week with that in mind:

  1. Le”Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
  2. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  3. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
  4. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  5. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  6. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  7. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. LA Chargers
  8. Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo Read more

The Ditch List: Week 14 Fallout: Breaking Down Three Players It May Be Time To Cut Bait On

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Not every cut is created equal, and it’s going to depend on your league size/format in many cases.  That said there have been some obviously disappointing starts to the season and in the right circumstance three weeks is enough information to formulate a decision, cut bait and move on.  Let’s take a look at a few candidates that you should consider dropping:

 

Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tight End
After Brate “erupted” for 2 TD in Week 13 people wanted to point towards Jameis Winston’s return as a reason to believe that Brate would once again be the lead tight end.  That outlook changed real quick after Week 14:

  • O.J. Howard – 4 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD (6 targets)
  • Cameron Brate – 1 reception, 11 yards (1 target) Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the big news coming out of Week 14 was the loss of Carson Wentz, though Josh McCown was also lost for the season.  The potential return of Aaron Rodgers helps, but with many leagues moving into their semifinals the injuries are a significant blow.  Who are the actual good plays?  Is there a solid streaming option to target?  Let’s take a look at the rankings heading into Week 15:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  3. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
  4. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Green Bay
  6. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Arizona
  7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 14 Fallout: Blake Bortles, Rod Smith & More

by Will Overton

You should either already be in your playoffs or starting them this week. Either way, unless you are in a dynasty league you should be making waiver wire moves based solely on what is happening for that player this week, without worrying about the future. There is no more long term thinking, it’s win or go home time.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some options you can add that may be able to help you out this week:

 

Blake Bortles – QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
There may not be much more terrifying of a thought than using Blake Bortles in a playoff matchup, but that may be a reality you need to face. Week 14 saw Carson Wentz and Josh McCown say goodbye to the rest of their seasons and if you are scrambling for a QB, the options owned in less than 50% of leagues isn’t great. Read more