Fantasy Football Week 15 Start Em, Sit Em Advice, Player Projections, and Roster Q&A

I am skipping an introduction this week because I’m too mad at fantasy football.

In my league of 14 teams, I finished right in the middle of the pack in terms of points…but because I had the third most points scored on me, I missed the playoffs…by a lot.

I finished second to last.

Lame.

Sometimes, fantasy football goes that way. I will spare you my three heart-breaking losses of the year because, quite frankly, we all have them…and nobody else cares.

Jerod’s thoughts:

Nobody cares Jon except for certain other people in that same league who finished in first place with an 11-2 record despite only scoring the 6th-most points but having by far the least points scored against.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!]

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Let’s get to this week.

Once again, “Start Em” guys are QBs/TEs outside of the Top 12 and RBs/WRs outside of the Top 25. “Sit Em Guys” include QBs/TEs that are in the Top 12 and RBs/WRs that are in the Top 25. Why? Because if you have a guy in the top 20…you should be thinking about starting him anyway. I’m not going to sit here and tell you “enlightening” information like, “LeSean McCoy is going to score points this week!”

Fantasy Football Week 15 Start em, Sit em QBs

Start Em QB: Tim Tebow (at NE)

He’s tied for 18th among QBs…AND HE’S ONLY PLAYED EIGHT GAMES!

If you don’t believe in Tebow yet (and by that, I mean in terms of fantasy football), you probably never will.

Tebow will be playing against the New England Patriots and their league-worst defense. It should also be mentioned that for the first time all year, John Fox was complimentary of Tebow’s passing this past week. He admitted that Tebow is improving a lot, and they will be able to start trusting him more and more in the passing game. This is great news for Tebow-owners.

Will The Broncos win this week? I’m not sure, but that doesn’t matter for your fantasy team.

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Tebow will go crazy like he did two weeks ago against Minnesota. New England’s pass defense is ranked dead last in the league. Start Tebow with confidence.

Tim Tebow fantasy football Week 15 projection: 260 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT; 80 rushing yards, 1 TD

Other Start Em QBs for Week 15:

  • Tony Romo – Tampa Bay is ranked 27th in the league against the pass, and Romo finally has four legitimate receiving weapons now that Miles Austin is back. Add this to the fact that they just lost DeMarco Murray, and I expect Romo to be the #1 QB of Week 15.
  • Matt Stafford – Playing against Oakland (Carson Palmer…you can LOL right now). They are awful.
  • Andy Dalton – Love his matchup against St. Louis. Cincinnati needs a win right now, and Dalton and AJ Green should make beautiful music in the dome on Sunday.

Sit Em QB: Mark Sanchez (at Philadelphia)

Mark Sanchez is, unbelievably, the 10th ranked QB in all of fantasy right now. Don’t be fooled though.

Sanchez has padded his stats against poor pass defenses. He put up at least 17 points against Dallas, Oakland, Miami, New England, and Buffalo. None of those teams are ranked in the top 14 in the league against the pass. Against Baltimore, Jacksonville, Denver, and Washington, he failed to break THIRTEEN.

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The Eagles aren’t a great pass defense, but they are ranked 12th in the league. The way you beat the Eagles is on the ground.
Once you factor Shonn Greene’s resurgence into the picture, Sanchez is a must-sit in week 15.

Mark Sanchez fantasy football Week 15 projection: 180 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Other Sit Em QBs for Week 15:

  • Alex Smith – I really hope you weren’t planning on starting him. He’s been terrible lately, AND he’s playing the Steelers. Good luck with that, Mr. Smith.
  • Matt Ryan – He’s the most hit or miss QB in fantasy. He could very well have a big game, especially if Julio Jones stops dropping the ball, but I think he’s a miss this week. Jacksonville has the 4th best defense in the league against the pass, and both teams are playing off of a short week on Thursday night. Stay away from Matty-Ice this week.

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-15-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

Jon, you picking Tebow as your start ’em QB this week is the most predictable choice of 2011. It’s also correct.

Picking Sanchez as the sit ’em QB though? Boy, I don’t know. I certainly do not agree that he a “must sit”. Do you really trust Philly and its defense that much? Even if Shonn Greene does the heavy lifting, the Jets still like to pass in the red zone.  I don’t love Sanchez, and he’s certainly not a “must start” by any means, but he does have 7 TDs over the last three games. I don’t care who they are against, that’s good. Let’s put it this way: you could do worse.

Fantasy Football Week 15 Start em, Sit em RBs

Start Em RB: Ryan Grant (at Kansas City)

After losing Greg Jennings last week, I have the feeling that Green Bay will start playing a little bit more conservatively late in games. Fortunately for them, Ryan Grant appears to be peaking at the right time.

It always takes a while to fully recover from injury, and Grant appeared to be at top form last week.

Look for Green Bay to start shortening games in the second half as the season ends. They will definitely start this week against Kansas City and their atrocious run defense.

Ryan Grant fantasy football Week 15 projection: 150 total yards, 1 TD

Other Start Em RBs for Week 15:

  • Shonn Greene AND LaDainian Tomlinson – Don’t be freaked out that they might steal each other’s points…BOTH players should be good for more then 10 this week against Philadelphia.
  • Chris Johnson – Against Indianapolis in a game that really doesn’t matter? (Tennessee is basically out of the playoffs at this point) Come on…I think we all know that this is the type of game that Chris Johnson will EXPLODE in.

Sit Em RB: Rashard Mendenhall (v San Francisco)

I will let Jerod confirm this one by explaining to you once again how impossible it is to run on San Francisco.

Rashard Mendenhall Projections: 60 total yards

Other Sit Em RBs for Week 15:

  • Ryan Mathews – Tough matchup against Baltimore. San Diego will have to air it out to beat the Ravens.
  • DeAngelo Williams – Houston is great against the run as well. I actually like Jonathan Stewart a little bit this week – he’s the Panthers’ threat to catch the ball out of the backfield – but stay away from DeAngelo Williams in Week 15.

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-15-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

Wow, I pretty much agree with everything here. I’m not as high on Grant as you are, but I certainly think he’s worthy of playing for the exact reasons you explained.

As for Mendenhall, San Francisco still has not allowed 1,000 total rushing yards this year – they give up just 70.5 rushing yards per game – and have not allowed a single rushing touchdown. Sure, that second stat is a bit fluky (everyone else has allowed at least five) but you can’t even be in a position to have it unless your run D is awesome. I would sit Mendy too. If he scores, oh well. Can you really be upset with yourself?

Other running backs who simply have to be in your starting lineups because of their matchups:

  • Felix Jones – yes, Felix Jones. Dallas is playing Tampa Bay, a team that has essentially quit on the season and can’t stop anyone.
  • Cedric Benson – the Rams can’t stop anyone from running either.
  • Roy Helu – He’s on fire, has Shanahan’s trust, and gets to face a Giants’ D that rushes the passer but barely passes the rushers.
  • Arian Foster and Ben Tate – Carolina’s run D is that bad.
  • Beanie Wells – Cleveland can defend the pass, at least statistically, in large part because they can’t defend the run.

Fantasy Football Week 15 Start em, Sit em WRs

Start Em WR: Demaryius Thomas (v NE)

New England, as I covered before, is just atrocious against the pass. World-renowned Patriots fan Bill Simmons even thinks that Julian Edelman is their BEST defensive back.

Thomas has quickly become Tebow’s favorite target in the end zone ever since he returned from injury. Look for Thomas to have a BIG day again in Week 15.

Demaryius Thomas fantasy football Week 15 projection: 8 catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs

Bonus Start Em WR: James Jones (at KC)

Usually, I only give you one guy that I’m super strong on, but I felt that this was too important to skip over.

The Greg Jennings injury will not hurt the Packers too badly; they will just spread around the points a little more. Look for James Jones (and Jordy Nelson) to have a huge day in Jennings’ absence.

James Jones fantasy football Week 15 projection: 6 catches for 120 yards and 1 TD

Other Start Em WRs for Week 15:

  • AJ Green – Big day for the Cincinnati passing game on the turf in St. Louis. I expect AJ to catch AT LEAST two bombs in this game.
  • EVERY wide receiver for the Saints and Vikings playing in Minnesota this week – Both teams are terrible against the pass…both teams have tons of speed…both teams are playing inside. Yay, free points.

Sit Em WR: Roddy White (v JAX)

I hate his matchup, and I hate his QB this week. The only receiver I like for the Falcons this week against Jacksonville is Tony Gonzalez. I would stay away from Roddy AND Julio Jones actually, but Roddy is the guy that’s ranked in the top fifteen, so that is why he is my sit ’em wide receiver for Week 15.

Roddy White fantasy football Week 15 projection: 4 catches, 50 yards, 0 TD

Other Sit Em WRs for Week 15:

  • Michael Crabtree – Won’t do much against the Steelers this week.
  • DeSean Jackson – Revis Island.

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-15-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

I was going to say that’s scary how much we are agreeing this week, but then I got down to Roddy White and realized that we do disagree on something. I’m not a huge fan of White’s upside this week, but I do like his consistency. Look at those last three games (all with TDs). That’s tough to sit in the playoffs.

Let me say this about Demaryius Thomas though: be careful. He is still a rookie with questionable hands. And if he hadn’t caught that late TD from Tebow, all people would be talking about regarding him is all the drops early in the game. Can he handle the pressure of a game this big? I like him. He has explosive potential because of his talent and the matchup. Just be careful.

Other guys I particularly like this week include:

  • Mike Williams of Tampa – Dallas’ secondary is pretty poor.
  • Nate Washington and Damian Williams against Indianapolis.
  • Antonio Brown‘s underrated consistency against San Francisco.
  • Laurent Robinson – I know that Dallas has all of its weapons back, but they did last week too and he exploded again. He’s not flash in the pan. Romo loves him.

Fantasy Football Week 15 Start em, Sit em TEs

Start Em Tight End: Jermichael Finley (at KC)

The irony here is that if you have Jermichael Finley, you probably didn’t advance in your fantasy playoffs after his goose egg from last week. However, I think he will get much more involved in the passing attack now that Greg Jennings is out, and he should have his typical explosive day that he gets once a month.

Jermichael Finley fantasy football Week 15 projection: 95 yards, 2 TDs

(Yes, everybody, I’m well aware that I predicted at least three receiving TDs for the Packers after I said they would run the ball more. I don’t care. I expect all of the throwing to be done in the first half, and then Grant to dominate in the second.)

Sit Em Tight End: Vernon Davis (at PIT)

As you well know, I’m pretty high on the Steelers’ pass defense. This game will be ugly one way or the other, and nobody on the 49ers (outside of their running backs) will have a big game offensively.

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-15-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

What, no “other guys” to start and sit? Come on Jon! This is Week 15!

By the way, I agree on both Finley and Davis. You’d have to have balls of steel to start Finley this week, but those who made it this far probably do.

A couple of other names to consider:

  • I know that Aaron Hernandez no longer gets the red zone looks in New England, but there is still value in a tight end who catches 4-5 balls per week and gets 50-70 yards. Plus, he’s due for a TD one of these days right?
  • Jake Ballard continues to be a solid under-the-radar selection. He should be as well this weekend against Washington.

Guys not to consider:

  • Dallas Clark caught one ball last week in his return to lineup. Don’t be seduced by the name.
  • Marcedes Lewis has some yardage potential, but I just don’t see many scoring chances for anyone other than MJD against the Falcons.

Fantasy Football Week 15 Start em, Sit em Defenses

Start Em Defense: Chicago (v SEA)

They are playing with their backs against the wall, and pretty much have to hold their opponents scoreless. Fortunately for them, they are playing against Seattle. Look for the Bears to contain the Beast and dominate the Seahawks.

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Also, whenever their backs are up against the wall, Devin Hester seems to do something crazy, which helps the Bears D/ST unit. 
Da Bears will play well this week.

Chicago Bears D/ST fantasy football Week 15 projection: 10 or fewer points, 2+ turnovers, 2+ sacks, 1 TD

Sit Em Defense: Denver (v NE)

I love Denver’s offense this week, in part because I think the New England offense will have their way with the Broncos.

You can’t stop Rob Gronkowski…even with OLBs as good as Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.

I will be cheering for Denver to pull it off again this week, but once again it looks like Tim Tebow will have to carry the load.

Denver Broncos D/ST fantasy football Week 15 projection: 24 or more points, 1 turnover, 2 sacks

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-15-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

Okay, now I forgive you for not doing the “other” tight ends. You stepped up with some D/ST analysis! And I like both picks.

Also consider that Seattle gave up two return TDs to Ted Ginn back in Week 1. While their special teams may now be better, Hester is Hester. He offers lots of upside for Bears owners.

And as for the Broncos, you’re exactly right. Miller and Dumervil are rushing OLBs, not coverage guys. Gronk will dominate, and Welker should find plenty of success too.

Other D/STs to consider:

  • Seattle’s D is criminally underrated. Facing Caleb Hanie, they too should be able to get the scoring to a minimum.
  • Cincinnati playing at St. Louis is a no-brainer. So is Tennessee at Indy.

D/STs to stay away from:

  • Baltimore is excellent, but they are facing a San Diego offense that is starting to click. If I had Seattle or Cincy, I’d play them over the Ravens, who face a desperate Chargers team that literally almost never loses in December.

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There you go. 2,500 words of fantasy analysis for Week 15, which should have you all ready to make every lineup decision facing you for Week 15.

Wait…what’s that? You still have questions? Well of course be our guest and pop on down to the comment section below. We’ll take good care of you, as well as be here on Sunday morning for our weekly live chat to make sure you are ready to win your playoff matchup.

Good luck in Week 15 everyone!



About Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn grew up in Indianapolis, IN and as such, is a diehard Pacers, Colts, and Cubs fans. When it comes to college, he cheers for Notre Dame football fan and Purdue basketball. Yes, this sounds shady, but since he grew up without cable, he learned to love Notre Dame - the only team on TV. Glenn "The Big Dog" Robinson was at Purdue when Jon was in his formative years, so he latched onto them as well. Did that make him a fair-weather fan at the time? Sure. Give him a break...he was 8...and he has stayed with those teams ever since. Currently, he lives in Charleston, SC with his wife who grew up in Cleveland. Although he is no longer physically in the Midwest, his heart will always be there. Jon goes by the name "Twitch" because he has Tourette's Syndrome. Hit him up on his twitter @jwtwitch.

Comments

  1. I have to fill 2 wr 2 rb and 1 flex

    Cruz

    T. Smith

    Lloyd

    Maclin

    Decker

    L. Mccoy

    M. Bush

    B. Jacobs

  2. I need 2rb 2 wr and 1 flex. Touchdown league.

    Cruz

    R. Smith

    Lloyd

    Decker

    Maclin

    Mccoy

    M. Bush

    What do u think?

  3. Who would u play at flex

    Lloyd

    Decker

    Maclin

    Jacobs

    • Well, Maclin's injury woes make him difficult to trust. Lloyd will be catching passing from Kellen Clemens. Jacobs is tempting, though Bradshaw being back limits his touches. But Decker has been very inconsistent, even with a strong matchup.

      I think the upside is Decker. If he scored twice, I would not be surprised. But he hasn't done much lately. I'd go with Lloyd, who has continued to produce despite St. Louis' terrible offensive woes.

  4. Hey guys thanks for the fantasy help this year. Lets get this win in the playoffs.
    QB: Stafford or Ryan
    Pick 3 WR: Roddy White, FItzgerald, Mike Williams, and Brandon Marshall
    Pick 2 Running Backs: Adrian Peterson, Beanie Wells, Felix Jones, Ryan Mathews, and Jacobs
    Pick 1 TE: Winslow or Pettigrew

  5. QB: Fitzpatrick or Palmer? Yates and Grossman are available on the waiver wire

  6. RB dilemma again.

    Pick 3 (I'm starting a flex): Ray Rice, Ryan Mathews (playing each other), Felix Jones, LeGarrette Blount (playing each other), Michael Bush vs. Detroit. I'm thinking Rice, Felix, and Mathews (my thinking is Baltimore might stuff Mathews at the line but he'll be able to catch dump off passes and make plays in space); I could also see starting Bush over Mathews but Bush has had an underwhelming 3.2 ypc lately and with Palmer playing as bad as he's been..

    Also– QB, am I overthinking this? I am considering starting Jake Locker (@Colts) over Rivers (vs. Balt). My thinking is Rivers flounders when he doesn't get adequate pass protection and his O-line is shit and won't be able to contain Suggs. Locker can make plays with both arms and feet.

    • Rice for sure; Bush for sure; and I'd go with Jones next. I like your thinking w/ Mathews, but I also like the Ravens defense, and Mathews isn't exactly built for a physical game. The potential for injury scares me with him.

      I would not start Locker of Rivers. I see why you might, but I just couldn't. Locker is still a rookie making an NFL road start. Rivers has been playing better, and San Diego is at home. Baltimore doesn't always play well on the west coast (remember the Seattle game this year). In Week 2 I might get cute and do something like this. Not in Week 15.

  7. So this column has left me even more confused than I already was about who to start this week. The only position I'm sure of is QB and that's because you don't sit Aaron Rodgers.

    This is a PPR League and I've listed the people I am currently starting First
    3 WR: R. White, L. Robinson, Colston, Manningham
    2 RB: SJax, Beanie, Bradshaw, Tolbert, R. Grant
    1 TE: Witten, A. Hernandez
    WR/RB/TE Flex: currently starting Bradshaw here but have considered Hernandez, Grant or Manningham instead.

    Thanks so much for the advice!

    • What? No! We don't want to confuse you more!

      But at least you aren't confused on Rodgers. We're off to a good start!

      WR: White, Robinson, Colston (I have no faith in Manningham…not sure Eli does either now)
      RB: Tough call…I'd go with Grant for the upside and Jackson because he's all STL has and catches passes
      TE: Witten, no question
      Flex: Hernandez, because he's the safest to catch 4-5 balls and give you some value. Hard to trust Bradshaw right now.

  8. Let's do it Joe!

    QB: Stafford
    WR: Fitz, White, Marshall
    RB: Peterson (if he plays), Felix; Mathews if AP is out
    TE: Winslow

  9. Ok so I know you like Felix Jones, but would you still start him over McGahee? Also at WR, I’ve got Smith (CAR), DeSean Jackson, Brandon Lloyd and Demaryius Thomas. Which 3 do you think? And last question Greg Olsen or Brandon Pettigrew at TE? Thanks! Made it to the playoffs in both my leagues and now I want to bring it home!

    • Over McGahee? No. McGahee is a stud. Felix just has a good matchup. Big difference.

      WR: I'd sit DJax. Bad matchup and bad attitude. I don't like it.

      TE: Olsen.

      Get the W!

  10. Jerod,

    Do you go with Michael Bush or Reggie Bush at RB (already have CJ and Rice going).

    Also, which 2 WR would you go with (in standard format) from Austin, LoRo, Gaffney, and Boldin.

    Finally, Steelers D or 49ers D? Probably a coin toss…

    Thanks bro!

    • I would go with Michael. Detroit can be run on. And I still just don't trust Reggie Bush, even against Buffalo.

      WR: LRob and Gaffney…can you really trust Austin and Boldin right now? Gotta go with who you can trust, and who got you here.

      D: 49ers. PIT may be playing w/out their QB or with an injured one.

  11. Jerod thanks for all the great advice this season, very big help! Back to the well again this week to look for your take on a few things. PPR League: Tebow or Rivers? And Antonio Brown or L. Robinson? Pretty confident in rolling with Tebow but can't decide between the WR's. Hearing now Ben might be out for Monday (though I doubt it) and not sure I want to chance Brown without him. But on the other hand I can really see Robinson finishing with 2 grabs for 40 yards as Romo leans more on Dez & Miles. Your take? Thanks again!

  12. I won the first round last week and now I'm in the semifinals in my 14-team PPR league. Thanks! Similar question to last week. Should I roll with Rex Grossman again at QB? Now way I'm starting Alex Smith against PIT. Dalton, Locker, Yates, Skelton are also available on the wire. Are any of them better choices than Rex? Who would you choose as WR2 – Santonio Holmes or Nate Burelson? And would you choose Damian Williams over Holmes or Burleson at the FLEX? I know some of Williams' value is tied to Nate Washington so I'll monitor his injury. Finally, at RB2 would you roll with Tolbert, DAW, Jackie Battle or Kendall Hunter? Thanks again.

    • Nice! Well done stan.

      Yes, I like Rex out of all those guys. In fact, don't be shocked if he's top 10 this week. I actually consider him, dare I say it, safe.

      I now need to get as far away from that sentence as possible.

      WR: Holmes. Burleson too up and down, couldn't even make himself useful v Minnesota. I would go with Williams over Burleson, regardless of Washington.

      RB2: Oh boy…tough. I'd go DAW, not because I want to, but as lesser of four evils (but still with potential)

  13. Made the playoffs, then won my game by 4 points because I started Seattles D! Thanks Jerod, you hooked it up brother.

    This week I have major issues again, like I always do.

    WR: AJ Green, V. Jackson, Jabar Gaffeny, and James Jones; I dont like the match up with V. Jackson against Bal, so who do I start.

    RB: Ryan Mathews (I know), Hillis (I KNOW), Kevin Smith (AHHHH), McFadden (see the patern yet), and Tony Gerhart….. I am leaning towards Hillis and Smith with Mathews as the flex. Thoughts???? Should I go with a WR instead?

    Def: Cini and Seattle, who do I pick? I am leaning towards Cini but love the match up against the Bears.

    Thanks Jerod.

    • Hell yes! Great to hear John.

      WR: AJ and Gaffney – while I like Jones' potential he is just too volatile. Green and Gaffney are consistent producers.

      RB: Wow…struggles at RB. I don't think you can trust Smith to play a full game, certainly not this late in the year…but Hillis can't even be trusted to get carries in games when healthy. So I'd play Mathews for sure, hope like hell on Smith, play Hillis if Smith is out, and then play Jones at flex. His upside is high and it's not like your alternative is a sure thing.

      Flip a coin on those D's. Cincy is probably safer because St. Louis sucks, but I do think Seattle has more upside because of a better return game and special teams, like their punt return TD last week. Depends on what you want. Considering your RB woes, I'd be tempted to go for the upside pick and roll Seattle out there since their downside is low w/ Hanie and Barber in.

  14. what defense pitts at sf seattle at chicago or tenn at indy, other question is for flex non ppr Harvin,antonio Brown or ryan matthews i got all day in lineup as rb slot dont know if starting harvin would be good idea or not i am leaning brown but dont know with all pressure i have this week

    • I would play Seattle. They have the best combo of good D/matchup. At flex, I would go with Brown. He has been remarkably consistent, and the way to beat SF is through the air. If Ben is out though, and Ponder plays, I'd go with Harvin.

  15. YaY advice from guy who finished 2nd to last LOL…why would you ever sit Roddy after 3 weeks in a row with a TD against much better corners (joseph and gamble)? C'mon

    • Haha.

      BTW, is this Christian Watford? If so, hell of a shot Saturday night.

      Give Jon credit for being honest. His team was much better than it performed. Those are the occasional whims of fantasy football.

  16. Brady Brady says:

    Please help

    QB : Brady

    2RB’s : Lynch, Sjax, Ben Tate, Gerheart

    3WR’s/2WR’s-1TE. : Roddy White, Stevie Johnson, Antonio Brown, Denarius Thomas, Kellen Winslow, Damian Williams

    Dst : Seattle

    anyone I could try to pick that would help? I might lose this week. The guy I’m playing has Vick, Gronkowski, Le Sean McCoy, macghee, Wallace, Cincinnati Dst

    This 1st playoff might get brutal.

    Thanks

    • RB: Lynch and SJax…I like Tate a lot, but can't play a second-teamer over those two guys.
      WR/TE: White, Brown, …and Demaryius Thomas if you mean him, but if you mean Denarius Moore then I'd say go with Stevie J.

      You'd have to tell me who is out there. I'll say that I don't LOVE your team, but I do think Brady has a big game, and your WRs have sneaky potential.

      • Brady Brady says:

        Actually I did mean Demaryius Thomas …..

        Yeah I just lost Forte. Gerheart got me lotsa points last week, but now he is back on the bench. Lets see how it goes.

        Thanks for the help this season.

  17. I am into semifinals even with J Finley :) Here is my lineup
    QB: Romo
    WR: R.White,S.Smith,L.Rob,V.Cruz
    RB: R.Helu,R.Grant,M.Barber,M.Morris(lost D.Murray,M.Forte)
    TE: J Finley ( Other available TE Marcedes Lewis,J.Gresham,B.Pettigrew, G.Olsen,K.Winslow,D.Clark. Among these If not to start, who is worth for bench spot on my roster)
    DEF: Greenbay,Tennesse

    Need 2 WR, 2RB, 1 Flex(WR/RB), 1 TE, 1 DEF

    Thanks for your help

    • RB Helu and Grant (without a doubt, at least to me)
      WR Cruz and LRob – yes, it seems crazy, but dance with who brung ya, as they say. Those two have been the most consistent even if they don't have the name value.
      Flex White/Smith/White/Smith/White/Smith…I'll go Roddy. He's been more consistent than Smith.
      TE Finley – I'll go with Jon on this one.
      DEF Tennessee v Indy – GreenBay giving up late points with game decided worries me.

  18. I don't know which receivers to start this week. I can play three and I've got Antonio Brown, Laurent Robinson, Miles Austin, Percy Harvin, Victor Cruz, and Steve Smith.

    And at RB: Blount or Barber?

  19. Hey guys,

    Need to beat my roommate this week and I need advice! Standard league

    Qb- Cam or Romo
    Wr- Smith(car), Nicks, Julio, Marshall, (Floyd or Torrey Smith or Gaffney all FA)
    Rb- Greene, Helu, Gore, K Smith
    Def- Seattle or Dallas

    I'm leaning towards Romo, Smith(car), Nicks, Julio, Greene, K Smith, Seattle, but I'm not sure on on Kevin Smith or Julio or Seattle over Dallas.

    Thanks as always for the advice and good luck in your leagues.

  20. Damn, all good choices. That's a good problem to have! My philosophy is "dance with who brung ya" so I'd go with the guys who have been the healthiest and most consistent: that means LRob and Cruz are automatics. I would start Harvin IF Ponder starts. If not, I'd play Brown IF Ben starts. If not, roll with Smith.

    At RB, Blount.

  21. John Mostacci says:

    Need 2 RBs 1 Flex 2 Wrs STD
    RB1 Turner
    RB2 R Bush
    Bench Blount
    Flex Helu
    JWR1 Nelson
    WR2 Cruz
    Flex? L ROB
    Flex ? Marshall
    Flex ? Julio Jones
    THANKS JMOST

  22. John Mostacci says:

    Brady or Stafford
    Play 2 RBs 1 Flex 2 WRs
    Benson -1
    Helu -2
    Barber -Bench
    Flex Wells -3
    VJAC -1
    L ROB -2
    ((K. Smith, Bowe TB Williams) Drop one for [A Brown or Gerhart ] ????

    • I like Brady this week. I think he has a point to prove, and when a great player has a point to prove, great things usually happen. But you could argue for either.

      RB Helu, Barber
      WR LRob, VJax
      Flex – Williams (I would drop Bowe for Brown though. KC's passing game just doesn't produce touchdowns, and Brown has been very consistent.)

  23. Totally disagree on benching Matt Ryan. Jac's secondary is depleted (see Phil River's murderball, week 13). Also, short week = worn rb = pass heavy.

    • I will say that I don't share Jon's dislike of Ryan. I don't think he's a GREAT play, but he is a safe play, especially with Julio Jones now apparently fully healthy.

  24. This is my championship game! So any help is appreciated.
    RB are Foster, Barber, Grant, Kevin Smith, Gerhart
    WR L. Robinson, Miles Austin, Colston, Lloyd and Brown
    I have to start 2 RB's and WR's and a Flex. Work you magic and thanks. Great call on Brown las week. With all the bad vibes going at TB I was kinda leaning toward starting both Robinson and Miles but that seems risky… so may brown with the week 49 pass D.

    • We've got your back!

      RB: Foster, Grant
      WR: LRob, Colston
      Flex: Brown – I love his consistency, and I'd like to see Miles have a breakout game before I play him.

  25. Tough choices
    QB Ryan, Big Ben, Dalton or Grossman. really torn here because of match ups
    RB good with McCoy and Greene have M Morris in the wing
    WR Mega, Laurent, Moss or Demaryius start 3
    TE going with Finley over Hernandez
    Def Seattle
    K Novak

    Thanks for all the good advice this year!

    • QB: Ryan – he's safe, playing at home, JAX D is not as strong as it was early in the year, and Julio is healthy
      WR: Mega, LRob, Demaryius – tough to S Moss, but I would in this case.
      TE: Go Finley, he has big upside…but personally, I'd play Hernandez. I think he's safer, and he's due for a TD at some point…right???

      Good luck Rick!

      • thanks for the advice
        Ryan being steady tonight
        Hernandez is so overdue but his routes don't seem as crisp or get the separation he had at the beginning of the season.

    • Thank you for advising Hernandez. He put me in my championship game!

      • Yes! These are my favorite comments to get. So glad it worked out. I had him in a couple of my lineups too. I definitely practiced what I preached there. Sometimes you just get a feeling about a guy…

  26. krazyjhawk says:

    Good morning everybody,

    I have been slowly creeping down in my league due to under performance. this week is a must score… and score a lot week for me of I am out of contention. Here is how my lineup sits, let me know what changes you would make.

    QB- Romo
    WR- Megatron, Mike Wallace, Laurent Robinson
    RB- Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush
    TE- Aaron Hernandez
    DEF- Green Bay

    On my bench I have

    QB- Stafford, Matt Ryan
    RB Mendenhall
    WR- Malcom Floyd, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Early Doucet
    DEF- Denver

    • Hey jhawk!

      I would change nothing. You could argue Stafford for Romo, but Romo has plenty of upside against Tampa, so that's a coin flip. Otherwise, your choices are pretty clear and you made them all.

      Get the W!

  27. Stafford or Ryan?
    Winslow or Pettigrew?
    Pick one : Mathews, Wells or Felix?

  28. Couple of different scenarios here:

    NON-PPR

    Who do I start at flex:

    Wells
    Grant
    DeSean Jackson
    Spiller
    L. Robinson

    AND THEN WHICH DEFENSE:

    STEELERS OR
    FALCONS

    Thanks!

    • I'd play LRob. I can't quit him. He's so consistent. If I went down playing him, I'd be okay with it, because he gives no indication that he should be benched. Good matchup too.

      On D, I like the Falcons v Jax. Steelers won't have Harrison and Atlanta is good at home and facing a crappy rookie QB.

  29. Been following you guys on Twitter for two years now, love the advice. I am in playoffs and torn about my team. Would appreciate any advice you can give on who to start.

    WR: Vincent Jackson, Steve Smith, Anquan Boldin, Dwayne Bowe, Demaryius Thomas (picked him up on your recc!). I have 3 WR slots and the flex spot.

    RB: Ryan Mathews, AP, Deangelo Williams, Beanie Wells, Toby Gerhart (picked him up when AP went down). I have two RB slots and the flex.

    TE: Aaron Hernadnez or Brandon Pettigrew

    DEF: Tennessee or Philly.

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks guys!