Fantasy starts and sits for Week 15

Jody Smith looks at the start and sit options for Week 15, with some advice on how to win in the fantasy playoffs.

| 2 years ago
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Fantasy starts and sits for Week 15

If you’re still playing in Week 15, congratulations on running the gauntlet and making into the fantasy playoffs. While these games are clearly the most important on the schedule, you don’t necessarily want to change what’s been working for 14 weeks.

In many cases, the pressure of being in “must win” mode causes fantasy owners to overthink things and make irrational lineup decisions. The best piece of advice might be to stick with who got you here- play your studs.

That’s not a foolproof plan, of course, but in the grand scheme of things. Treat this week like you treated Week 14, and most of the other preceding slates. Stick with your corp starters, attack any relevant waiver additions, and exploit favorable matchups- but no more than a normal, astute Pro Football Focus reader would do.

In short, keep doing what you’ve been doing. Don’t deviate from the successful formula that led you to the semi-finals. Preparation is vital, but don’t over think it. You got this.

To help, here are some start/sit tips to help you make decisions for players or matchups that you might be on the fence about. Good luck with your choices, and we hope to see you back here next week for the finals.




Matt Stafford, Lions (at New Orleans) – Stafford has exceeded 20 fantasy points in five straight games for Detroit, with multiple touchdown passes in four of the five games. For Week 15, The Lions travel to New Orleans to face PFF’s 31st-ranked pass rush and 32nd-ranked secondary.  This New Orleans defense has surrendered 15 touchdown passes in their last three home games.

As an added bonus, Calvin Johnson should see plenty of coverage from PFF’s lowest-ranked cornerback, Brandon Browner. This makes Stafford even more appealing, as the Detroit offense is at its best when these two are connecting frequently. With that in mind, a Stafford/Megatron stack has strong appeal in both season-long and daily formats.

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Jody Smith is a 25-year fantasy football veteran and was FantasyPro’s Most Accurate Expert in 2012. Follow him on twitter @JodySmithNFL.

  • Oscar Benjamin

    Great content as usual. I’m trying not to overthink this but who would you start between Brees and Stafford this weekend?

    • polfnikufesin


  • geo2209

    What’s your reasoning to sit [email protected]? Your colleague Dan Schneier at Matchups Machine lists Cobb as a top 5 play: “The talented slot man broke out of what felt like a season-long slump in Week 14, at least in PPR leagues. He saw 12 targets and caught eight of them for 81 yards receiving. He forced one missed tackle and racked up 52 yards after the catch. Cobb had seen just 19 targets in the three games prior to Week 14, and just 93 targets in the first 12 games of the season. McCarthy knows how to get Cobb into a position to succeed, and in this week, he will be able to take advantage of the best individual matchup he has seen all season.”
    Also, sit Delanie Walker, the 2nd best PFF graded TE and QBs favorite target? He’ll face NE LBs who got roasted by Ryan Griffin on more than a few plays vs Houston and the Pats lost S McCourty where Harmon is next man up (not as good as McCourty). While he probably won’t find the end zone I don’t see any reason why he won’t get his usual 7 catches for 80 yards, especially in a game where they will probably be behind and forced to throw in garbage time. The biggest risk is Belicheck scheming to take Delanie away with bracket coverage like he did with DHopkins but like you said, Mariota adds an extra threat with his legs (that Hoyer couldn’t do). That should keep them a bit more honest, not to mention Easley is now out and Freeny most likely out as well.

    • TheAswer

      Wow! I am truly impressed with your football knowledge! Maybe you should be the one dishing out the advice here! I was starting Cobb this week before I read your comments for the exact same reasons you listed why he should be started! If anything, you just confirmed me of my decision to start him! Thank you!

  • Dave Bianca

    Help!! Mike Evans, Dez Bryant, or Golden Tate?!

  • Antknee

    1 PPR w/3 point bonus at 100 yards. Rank these WR:
    Randall Cobb
    Martavis Bryant
    Deymaryius Thomas
    John Brown

    Danny Amendola

  • Kylelee4

    Love the article! I have 4 players you mention above: Hightower, Bolden, TY, and Lockett yet can only start 3-1 RB, 1 WR, 1 Flex (and that even means benching Crabtree, which I’m fine with due to his last 4-5 games of sub 50 yard games and few TDs). So which 3 to start? IMO Hightower for sure, but after that I’m torn. Pros and cons can be made for each player, but I’d lean Lockett and Bolden due to Hasselbeck banged up, Texans improved D as of late and Moncrief out (defense probably double TY all game) just wanna see what u think?