Week 15 Fantasy Football Breakdown

Either your playoffs started last week or start today, this is a CRITICAL time in many fantasy football leagues across the nation & I’m sure there are people who are shaking in the boots this week about the slate of games coming up today. This doesn’t describe you? Stop reading now. If this is you, allow me to help YOU navigate through your lineup. Remember, don’t overthink it. Go down with the ship with players that have gotten you to the playoffs. If you lose, so be it, you can still sleep at night (but feel free to vent in the comment section). I much rather take my chances with my studs rather than go down with the ship with players I picked up on waivers who did nothing while the likes of Antonio Brown are accumulating points on my bench. That’s something I can’t live with and it’s a long long time until August for another fantasy football season. So let’s get started!

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Line: EVEN

MIN -5.5

Adrian Peterson – Does he need an explanation?

Kyle Rudolph – Bears don’t give up much to tight ends and I’m not expecting a 120 yard, 1 touchdown outing like Jordan Reed had last week, but Rudolph is capable of getting into the end zone.

Matt Forte – In a PPR, I like Forte more, but with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and the Vikings have given up some big games to this position.

Alshon Jeffery – I’m all in on Alshon this week. Look at the last couple games the Vikings have given up to WRs and you’ll know why.

Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars

Line: 48.5

JAC -3

Devonta Freeman – Falcons will definitely incorporate Freeman within the offense early, and if they do that, watch out. Freeman can have a huge game for fantasy owners.

Julio Jones – I believe we will see a angry Julio today (and I personally hope so) and I think he will go off. Besides, the Jags secondary has given up huge games to WR1’s this season. Nuff said.

Jacob Tamme – After the Hankerson experiment failed, Tamme was suddenly the number 2 option behind Julio. Also, the Jags aren’t very good at defending the tight end.

Blake Bortles – After seeing how the Falcons looked like last week against Cam Newton, you have to believe that Bortles can do the same especially with the weapons he possesses.

Denard Robinson – Because Atlanta stinks against the run and TJ Yeldon isn’t there to hold Denard Robinson back.

Both Allen’s – Maybe Ted Ginn’s performance last week against the Falcons was an anomaly. I’m not sure but I’m still taking a chance with both Allen’s this week.

Julius Thomas – Falcons aren’t very good at defending the tight end.

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

Line: 41.5

IND -1

DeAndre Hopkins – Because he has had some less than desirable games the past few weeks and is poised to torch the Colts and their suspect secondary.

This game is going to suck.

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

LINE: 48

CAR -4.5

Cam Newton – Because the Giants aren’t very good at defending against anybody.

Greg Olsen – His status is probable and he will be inserted in my lineup because the Giants are atrocious against TEs this season.

Odell Beckham Jr – Josh Norman does make me a little nervous. But hopefully the Giants will put him the slot more, similarly to how New Orleans used Brandin Cooks in Week 13, who went for 106 yards and a touchdown. Plus, you don’t sit Beckham. PLAY YOUR STUDS!

New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans

LINE: 48

NE -14

Tom Brady – No explanation needed.

Brandon Bolden – Expect him to get the bulk of the work this afternoon because the game will be out of hand by 2pm EST.

Rob Gronkowski – No explanation needed.

I don’t like anybody from the Titans. You can make a case for Mariota in garbage time, but I’m not.

Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins

LINE: 45

BUF -2.5

LeSean McCoy – Washington have been leaky against RBs this season.

Sammy Watkins – That suspect Washington defense is prime for a scorching by Watkins.

Jordan Reed – All in on Jordan Reed. Cousins seems to like this guy a lot as well.

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens

LINE: 41

KC -6.5

Kansas City Defense – Because Matt Schaub is a trainwreck.

Alex Smith – Ravens can be exploited in the passing game.

Jeremy Maclin – The Ravens have given up the second most fantasy points to WRs this season.

When you’re offense is ran by Schaub, I have little to no expectations for you.

Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks

LINE: 45

SEA -14

Seattle Defense – Poor Manziel.

Russell Wilson – You ride this train until the wheels fall off!

Doug Baldwin – See above.

Bryce Brown – Sorta risky, but the Browns run defense is so bad that its almost too good to pass up.

It’s going to be a very long day in Seattle for the Browns.

Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders

LINE: 47

GB -3.5

Aaron Rodgers – I fully expect Rodgers to have a huge game, seeing that he is back in his home state and went to school not far away from the Black Hole.

Eddie Lacy – He played pretty well last week against Dallas and the Raiders run defense can be exploited.

Randall Cobb – I have this inkling that Cobb will have a good week. I can’t explain it, call it woman’s intuition.

Derek Carr – Having struggled in the past few weeks, I think Carr will have a decent outing. Not a great one, but a decent one.

Amari Cooper – Carr has to throw to somebody and Cooper is his guy this week.

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers

LINE: 45

PIT -6

DeAngelo Williams – Don’t love this matchup, but I expect DeAngelo to lots of targets out of the backfield.

Antonio Brown – Play your studs!

Demaryius Thomas – Steelers secondary has been suspect and Thomas can have a long TD pass, similar to what AJ Green did last week.

Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers

LINE: 47

SD -2.5

Ryan Tannehill – Chargers defense isn’t very good and Tannehill has a plethora of weapons to choose from, which brings me to my next player.

Lamar Miller – I know he doesn’t get the touches blah blah blah, but the Chargers are so bad against the run.. there’s no reason to not go with Miller here.

Melvin Gordon – I think he will have a good game and maybe get in the end zone for the first time this season.

I anticipate no defense being played in this game, but I don’t like Phillip Rivers without Keenan Allen.

Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers

LINE: 41

CIN -6

AJ McCarron – Although he made two bonehead plays last week, he showed me something last week. So hey, why not.

Giovanni Bernard – Like him in a PPR, not to mention the Niners have struggled defending the run this season.

AJ Green – Because he’s a stud playing against a defense that has given up big plays to WRs.

Niners are a dumpster fire and the matchup isn’t favorable.

Sunday Night Football – Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles

LINE: 51

ARI -3.5

Carson Palmer – The matchup is magnificent and Palmer has been playing on a MVP caliber level this season.

Cardinals WRs – Philly pass D is porous and that’s being kind.

David Johnson – The workload is there and so is the matchup.

Nobody from the Eagles interest me enough. Cardinals defense is pretty stout.

Monday Night Football – Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints

LINE: 51.5

NO -2.5

There will virtually no defense being played in this game. Brees, Stafford, Cooks, Snead, Megatron, Golden Tate, Ben Watson, Eric Ebron are ALL good plays.

Visionary in Training Pick of Week 15: 

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald – As noted before, the Eagles are awful against the pass, particularly to WRs this season & Larry Fitzgerald has 11 TDs in seven career games against the Eagles.

 

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About Erica Blackburn

Hampton University graduate, Georgetown University graduate student. Associate Producer at SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Lover of all things reality sports and fantasy sports.