5 fantasy matchups to exploit in Week 15
Welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.
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The goal of this column is to help you with those tricky decisions in year-long leagues, but also to help you narrow down your best options in daily fantasy leagues. You will see a mix of big-name players and fringe starters. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Tyrod Taylor at Redskins
Over the past three games, Taylor has shown why can be both a safe and explosive QB1 down the stretch. Taylor has scored 19, 29 and 26 fantasy points in standard leagues over that span. It’s no surprise that Taylor got hot when the Bills finally decided to use Sammy Watkins like a No. 1 wide receiver. The connection between these two players on passes that have traveled over 20 yards, matched up against a Redskins defense that is struggling to defend over the top, has me very excited about what Taylor can accomplish in Week 15.
Before we dive into Washington’s struggles in the back end, let’s take a look at what Taylor and Watkins have been able to accomplish over the past three weeks. The duo has connected for 348 yards and four touchdowns on 14 receptions. Over that span, Watkins has seen 23 of his 61 total targets on the season. The duo has done most of their damage over the top of coverage. Over this span, Watkins leads the NFL in targets (13), receptions (7), yards (283) and touchdowns (3) on passes that traveled at least 20 yards in the air.
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