Fantasy Football: Week 15 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em

Senior Fantasy Football Expert Mark Deming prepares you for the second week of the Fantasy Football postseason with his top starts and sits!

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal

Start ‘Em

QB Jimmy Garrappolo, San Francisco 49ers
  • Coming off an amazing road performance, throwing for 349 yards and four TDs, Garrappolo is ranked low in most national rankings but deserves to be in the top ten.
  • The 49ers’ offensive play calling has been evolving over the last month and should excel over the next two home games.
  • California weather home start while other QBs are facing questionable weather conditions
  • The Atlanta Falcons rank 29th overall at defending opposing quarterbacks in fantasy points.
QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
  • Another QB ranked in the teens by most, but I’d be firing up Goff in Week 15 against the Cowboys.
  • The Rams’ offense is more fluid than weeks ago, and Goff has multiple TD passes in back-to-back games.
  • Dallas is in disarray and their defense is vulnerable. The Vegas total is 49, indicating that this game should be loose and high scoring.

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RB Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers
  • Mostert is averaging 6 yards per carry.
  • Reports surfaced this week that head coach Kyle Shannhan is forced to feature Mostert because of his elevated play of late.
  • The Vegas implied point-total is 47. I believe this game will hit above that number. Expect offense in this game.
RB Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
  • Hunt continues to impress and has obtained double-digit PPR points in all five games since being suspended.
  • Mayfield definitely seeks out Hunt in the passing game.
  • I expect the battle of former Sooners (Mayfield and Murray) to be full of explosive and competitive plays. 
WR Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts
  • A WR that many didn’t know existed in September could be a fantasy closer in December. Pascal continues to use his size to post up defenders and make plays. 
  • Pascal has 19 targets over his last two games. 
  • The Saints have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs through 14 games.
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
  • After hitting his low in productivity with Haskins at QB, McLaurin finally hit pay dirt with a TD vs Green Bay last week. Expect upside from McLaurin over the next two games (both home games against shaky defenses in the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants). 
  • The Eagles’ defense, specifically their secondary is struggling. They have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts.
WR Robby Anderson, New York Jets
  • Some players have their time to shine and Robby Anderson loves to produce in December.
  • 22 targets, 14 receptions, and 218 receiving yards over the last two weeks don’t lie.
  • Roll the dice against Baltimore, as Anderson is too hot to sit.
TE Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
  • If you haven’t noticed, Higbee is killing it at the TE position over the last two weeks.
  • I anticipate the matchup against the Cowboys to involve many scoring plays. 
  • The Rams have involved and incorporated the TE as a major emphasis of late. 
  • Early reports out of LA indicate that Gerald Everett will be out for Week 15.

Sit ‘Em


After fielding many QBs questions this week, I’d prefer not to recommend many sits at the QB position in Week 15. If your team is competing in Week 15 and your debating marginal QBs to start, don’t overthink it. Not all fantasy teams are carried or anchored by the quarterback position. Look for a QB who can get 200 yards and 1-to-2 touchdowns. That is all you need to advance to the championship round.

RB Sony Michel, New England Patriots
  • Statistically, the numbers and data say insert Michel into your starting lineup against the Bengals due to the fact that he is being listed in the top 20 in many national Week 15 rankings.
  • The second-year back hasn’t achieved double-digit fantasy points since week 7. Ouch.
  • If you think Michel can buck the trend, so be it, but he’s been a total fantasy bust.
WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
  • This is a cautionary tale to make sure that Parker is full-go coming off his Week 14 concussion. 
  • The odds of wide receivers balling out just a week off a concussion is marginal. 
  • Parker may have helped carry your team over the last few weeks, but make sure you have evidence thats he’s active before playing him in pivotal Week 15.
TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Make sure you can live with the fact if you recently scooped TE O.J. Howard and start him, he may disappoint. Yes, the injury to Mike Evans opens the door for more opportunities, but Howard has been miss way more than hit this season. 
  • My advice is to check all the possible TE opportunities first before starting Howard in your lineup. The matchup against Detroit is hard to resist, but put in your research. Many fantasy players throw in the towel at TE at end of the year, don’t be one of them.


Below are some players you should consider starting that may not rank high this week:

  • Boston Scott
  • Darwin Thompson
  • Tevin Coleman
  • Cole Beasley
  • Anthony Miller
  • Curtis Samuel
  • Breshad Perrriman
  • Mecole Hardman
  • Kyle Rudolph
  • Hayden Hurst
  • Kaden Smith

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