PFF’s fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 15

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PFF’s fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 15


Week 15, huh? Kudos to you. There’s no mistaking it — if you’re still gunning for real fantasy wins in Week 15, that means you’re in the hunt for the fantasy crown. And while we’d like to claim full credit for your successes here at PFF, the truth is that you set your lineup and you made your draft picks and, ultimately, you are responsible for your own success.

But we’d like to think we helped. Whether it’s our handy charts, our rankings or just our weekly advice, if you’re reading this now, you’ve probably been reading along for a while, and for that we thank you.

Anyway, this is our weekly cheat sheet, our weekly roundup of our advice. Below you’ll find five of our top bits of advice for Week 15, along with links back to their source materials. Below that is the rest of our advice for season-long leagues this week. And at the bottom is our DFS content from the week.

Congratulations on a successful season, and good luck in Week 15.

Season-long fantasy

Use Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill
(from Tyler Loechner’s breakout candidates)

You knew Hill’s work in the receiving game would have to increase after injuries to Giovani Bernard and A.J. Green, but he’s exceeded those expectations anyway, with 104 receiving yards on 11 catches the last three weeks. For comparison, he had nine receptions total through Week 11 of the season. After a big Week 14 and touchdowns in back-to-back games, now Hill draws a Pittsburgh team that has allowed the fifth-most points per opportunity to running backs on the season. He’s on the upswing.

Sit Detroit QB Matthew Stafford
(from Dan Schneier’s start/sit advice)

Stafford’s play has drawn praise this season, but that success has been more real-world than fantasy-centric. He has only eight touchdown passes in his last seven games, and only one game of 280 or more passing yards since Week 3. His two best games of late came against New Orleans and Washington, and those are two of the most amenable pass defenses in the league. This week, he and the Lions face the Giants, a defense that just slowed down the vaunted Dallas offense and has been one of the league’s top defenses of late, and Stafford is dealing with a finger injury. It’s hard to find many reasons to use him in Week 15.

Add Philadelphia TE Trey Burton
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s waiver wire check)

Obviously, this is for the deeper leagues only, but Burton had 10 targets last week and has caught the ball 12 times in the last two games. Considering the Philadelphia receiving corps of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham has been a combination of often hurt and even more often wildly disappointing, and with Darren Sproles banged up, it makes sense that Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense might lean on the tight ends. Zach Ertz is the obvious beneficiary, but Burton has seen his workload increase as well.

Stream Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor
(from Mike Castiglione’s look at QB streamers)

Ignore the questions about whether the job is really Taylor’s down the stretch and just look at what he has going for him Sunday. Taylor has his top weapon, WR Sammy Watkins, back nearly fully, after Watkins played 94.2 percent of snaps in Week 14 and scored a touchdown. On top of that, Taylor gets to face the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this year. Add in Taylor’s league-leading 468 QB rushing yards going against one of the league’s worst run defenses and he should be right back on track in Week 15.

Downgrade NY Jets WR Brandon Marshall
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s flex rankings)

You’d still choose Marshall as the most talented of the Jets receivers, but in the last two weeks, with Bryce Petty playing quarterback, Marshall has been out-targeted by rookie teammate Robby Anderson 23-13. Marshall hasn’t topped 70 receiving yards since Week 5 and only has one score in that time. He doesn’t appear to have nearly the rapport with Petty that Anderson does from their time together on the practice squad and the second string. It stings, considered the draft capital you likely expended to acquire Marshall this year, but he’s a fringe fantasy starter at best.

Daily fantasy

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  • L Garou

    Wow, the refereeing in the Bengal-Steeler game is a sight to behold!
    If ever there were an argument for games being controlled/rigged by the refs, this is a mighty fine one.
    $etting up a Ravens-Steelers $howdown maybe? (LOL)
    No wonder the masses are deserting. This ref crap and Colon K, well, do the math..
    It’s like watching CNN report on the election!
    I’m calling $henanigan$!!