Start/Sit Week 15
December 11, 2014 | Mike Braude
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Eli Manning vs. WAS
My streamer of the week is Eli Manning. Manning’s value has been buoyed by the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. and now he draws the most favorable matchup of all: the Redskins are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. In Week 4, the Giants faced the Redskins in Washington and Manning threw for four touchdowns.
Jamaal Charles vs. OAK
I know many are worried about Jamaal Charles’ health but you have to start him if he’s active – especially against the Raiders. If Charles is inactive, Knile Davis becomes a must-start. Over his last three games against the Raiders, Charles is averaging 34.5 fantasy points. The Raiders are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Chris Ivory at TEN
Chris Ivory’s weekly workload isn’t enough for consistent fantasy value but it is enough to have a solid day against the Titans. The Titans helped Andre Williams look like Adrian Peterson last week. Despite rushing for 2.93 yards per carry on 134 total carries before facing the Titans, Williams rushed 24 times for 131 yards (5.5 YPC) against the Titans. The Titans are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Isaiah Crowell vs. CIN
While Crowell isn’t seeing the workloads that we envisioned when Ben Tate was released, he’s still seeing enough volume to be productive. It appears he’s in an even timeshare with Terrance West but I’ll take the superior player. The Bengals were decimated on the ground last week by Le’Veon Bell and have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Dez Bryant at PHI
I know some are worried about Dez because of Tony Romo’s health but this is a great matchup for Dez owners. The Eagles have been dominated by outside physical receivers all season – this week should be no different. The Eagles are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Expect the Cowboys to feed Dez; he’s an elite option this week.
DeAndre Hopkins at IND
With Andre Johnson questionable coming off last week’s concussion, DeAndre Hopkins will be featured for the Texans. The Colts are favored by 6.5 points so one can expect the Texans to be playing from behind. We know Hopkins has a ton of upside when he receives consistent targets. If Vontae Davis is out, Hopkins has even more upside.
Marqise Lee at BAL
If you’re looking for a wide receiver to use from the free agent wire, Marqise Lee is your guy. Lee is an extremely talented player that has seen increased playing time over the past two weeks. The Jaguars are facing a Raven defense that is allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Lee is a solid dart throw during the fantasy playoffs.
Larry Donnell vs. WAS
With the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., Donnell has settled in as a low-end TE1. His matchup this week is simply too good to pass up. The last time Donnell faced the Redskins, he finished with seven catches for 54 yards and three touchdowns. The Redskins have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Colin Kaepernick at SEA
Over recent weeks, Colin Kaepernick has exposed himself as an untrustworthy starting option. This week he faces the Seahawks, who are allowing the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks.
Andre Williams vs. WAS
While I do like Andre Williams as a player, this is not the week to start him. Tom Coughlin said Jennings should be able to carry more of a full load this week. The Redskins are allowing the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Matt Asiata at DET
While his volume is promising, Asiata is dreadfully short on talent. In Jerick McKinnon’s absence Asiata has rushed 33 times for 106 yards (3.21 YPC) and caught seven passes for 15 yards. He doesn’t even warrant consideration against the Lions’ stout run defense.
Toby Gerhart at BAL
Despite Denard Robinson’s absence, Gerhart still isn’t a reliable option. Touches will likely be split between Gerhart, Jordan Todman, and Storm Johnson. The Ravens are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Doug Baldwin vs. SF
While he is the Seahawks’ No. 1 receiver, Baldwin cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups. The Seahawks passing attack simply spreads the ball around too much to trust any of their pass catchers. The 49ers are allowing the 5th fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
Anquan Boldin at SEA
Despite the fact that the 49ers have been a dumpster fire all season, Boldin has managed to put up consistent numbers. That said, this isn’t a week to trust him. The last time the 49ers faced the Seahawks Boldin had just three catches for 18 yards. The Seahawks are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Mike Wallace at NE
Without his seven touchdowns, Mike Wallace has had a disappointing season. He doesn’t have a game over 81 yards. Against the Patriots, Darrelle Revis will likely cover Wallace. Out of 113 qualifying cornerbacks, Revis is ranked No. 2 behind Chris Harris Jr. Considering Wallace couldn’t take advantage of the Ravens’ corners last week, I wouldn’t trust him against Revis.
Coby Fleener vs. HOU
Since Dwayne Allen’s injury, Fleener has been a big part of the Colts’ offensive attack. Unfortunately, the Texans are allowing the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.