You’re just one win away from a championship appearance. You’re lineup obsession is stronger than ever as you attempt to mix and match everyday leading up to gameday. Worry no more. We’re here to help as we’ve been the entire season.
While you need to stick to your guns and play those fantasy studs who got you to where you are, it’s all about matchups at this point, as it often is. We’ll clear the air and help you out with your lineup enigmas with some players you should look to avoid in week 15.
QB, Eli Manning, New York Giants
Coming off a tremendous Monday Night performance in a win against Miami, I don’t see Eli carrying that same success into this week as his team attempts to hand Carolina their first loss of the season. Cam Newton gets all the buzz on that team, but the Panthers field one of the strongest defensive units in the game. With their front 7 and a guy like Josh Norman in the secondary, they cause fits for QBs every week.
Eli is known as an inconsistent QB, and while he’s been playing good football as of late, I don’t see him posting a good week 15 performance based on the matchup. Carolina gives up the 2nd least fantasy points to opposing QBs at only 12.5 per week. I know I’m not starting him this week with just one win away from a championship appearance.
RB, Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
After his huge performance this past week against San Francisco, Crowell emerged as the prized waiver wire pickup of the week and even appeared on our ‘Risers’ portion of this week’s “Risers and Fallers” installment. I really do like Crowell as a FLEX in fantasy football, but not this week as he matches up against a stout Seattle defense who are playing their best football of the year down the final stretch.
The Seahawks are the hottest team in the league right now (other than Carolina) and have been demolishing every team in their path these past few weeks. A defense that shut down Adrian Peterson, I think can handle a guy like Crowell.
WR, Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
As a whole, I’m not buying into the Steelers offense this week against a Denver defense who tends to shutdown opposing QBs and #1 WRs. Brown can go off on any given week and has really stepped up his game since Roethlisberger returned under center following early season inconsistencies. However, he faces a tough task of besting the tandem of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris come Sunday which many are unable to do.
I don’t think you can justify benching a guy like Antonio Brown down the final stretch, but just be advised the matchup he’s up against along with the overall inconsistencies on Pittsburgh’s offense. I don’t like Big Ben this week either in fantasy.
WR, Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Among all fantasy WRs, Mike Evans is up there with the most inconsistent so far this season. After a monster rookie season, many expected him to come back even stronger in his 2nd year. While he has been productive, he hasn’t played to the level many had expected. Last week he was held to just 39 yards against a New Orleans secondary who has been torched most of the season. He also hasn’t surpassed 65 receiving yards in the past four weeks.
This week he’ll likely be matched up against Trumaine Johnson, the same guy who shutdown Calvin Johnson and held him to just 9 yards on one catch. St. Louis also ranks 3rd in least fantasy points allowed to opposing WRs. Which Evans will show up this week? The guy who can go for 100+ yards and a TD, or be held to a pair of catches for 30 yards. That’s what you get from a hit or miss guy like Evans. He can’t be trusted heading into a deep playoff matchup.
TE, Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker has been the steadiest, most consistent performers week in and week out among TEs. He’s served as the security blanket to Marcus Mariota, along with your fantasy team. However, I really don’t like him in week 15 as he’s set to go up against a smart New England defense.
The Patriots hold opposing TEs to less than 5 fantasy points per week and do such a great job at shutting down opposing star players. They play a complex defensive scheme which makes it hard for opposing QBs to figure out, especially a rookie QB like Mariota. I think Mariota will struggle, which will be represented on Walker’s stat line as well.