Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 15
Congratulations on making it to Week 15- the fantasy playoffs. Now isn’t the time to get cute and overthink lineups. However, knowing which players have favorable and rough matchups can help give you a big edge in a must-win matchup. Our Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 15 has the starts and fades you’ll need to maximize your postseason lineup.
Matthew Stafford (Rams) vs. Commanders
Matthew Stafford is currently one of the most in-form quarterbacks in fantasy football. Having accumulated 71.1 fantasy points in the last three weeks, he stands as the second-highest scorer in his position during this period. Notably, Stafford achieved this despite his top receivers and tight end facing injuries.
Stafford’s upcoming match against the Washington Commanders presents a favorable opportunity, as they have surrendered the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. While there’s a chance Stafford may be without Tutu Atwell and Tyler Higbee, having Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua should be sufficient for him to continue his strong performance streak.
Russell Wilson (Broncos) at Lions
Russell Wilson had another consistent performance last week, securing a safe floor game. Though his recent scores have tended closer to 15 fantasy points, this week’s matchup against the Detroit Lions offers potential upside.
Detroit has allowed the sixth-highest yards and the third-highest passing touchdowns in 2023. Previous quarterbacks facing the Lions have often exceeded 21 fantasy points, making Wilson a viable option for Week 15.
Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) vs. Jets
Tua Tagovailoa’s recent performance against the Jets in Week 12, coupled with his average of 16.3 fantasy points per game in three career meetings with the Jets, suggests caution for Week 15.
Also, with the uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill’s ankle injury and the Dolphins’ offensive line struggles, Tagovailoa faces a challenging matchup against the Jets, who boast the fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.
Trevor Lawrence (Jags) vs Ravens
While Trevor Lawrence has accumulated over 100 fantasy points in the last four weeks, caution is advised due to a challenging matchup against the Ravens.
Despite facing the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, Baltimore’s defense has been tested through high volume, allowing some fantasy success. Lawrence may face challenges if the Ravens dominate time of possession, potentially making him a risky fantasy quarterback for Week 15.
D’Andre Swift (Eagles) at Seahawks
D’Andre Swift, despite recent struggles, enters Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks with an opportunity for redemption. Swift, with only 17.3 PPR points in his last three games, aims for a healthier workload after limited touches in his previous two outings.
The Seahawks rank fifth in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, with nine running backs scoring at least 12.9 PPR points against them in the last seven games. This game presents a favorable setting for Swift to potentially break out.
Ty Chandler (Vikings) vs. Bengals
If Alexander Mattison is sidelined in Week 15, Ty Chandler becomes a viable option as a second-tier running back in all leagues. The Bengals have been lenient on running backs, allowing at least 15.9 PPR points in four of their last five games.
With a potential for 20-plus touches as the starter, Chandler, supported by new Minnesota starter Nick Mullens, offers promise. Especially with his recent involvement in the passing game.
James Conner (Cardinals) vs. 49ers
James Conner’s stellar performance this season is overshadowed by potential obstacles for Week 15. Despite consistent yards per game, Conner’s low touchdown rate and reduced receiving production pose concerns.
Facing the 49ers, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, and being two-touchdown underdogs, the Cardinals may shift away from utilizing Conner early on.
Kenneth Walker (Seahawks) vs. Eagles
Kenneth Walker faces a challenging matchup against the Eagles in Week 15. Despite a notable role in the passing game, Walker’s upside is capped by competition with Zach Charbonnet. The Eagles rank fourth in the fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, making Walker a flex option at best for Week 15.
Courtland Sutton (Broncos) at Lions
Courtland Sutton, a consistent touchdown contributor throughout the season, enters Week 15 against the Detroit Lions with a noteworthy track record. Despite a low reception total, Sutton has been a top-20 fantasy wide receiver over the past four weeks.
Also, the Broncos, facing the sixth-best matchup for wide receivers, are expected to pass more than usual. That increases Sutton’s chances for a strong performance.
Jayden Reed (Packers) vs. Buccaneers
Even with the potential return of Christian Watson, Jayden Reed remains a solid choice as a high-end No. 3 fantasy receiver. With impressive performances in five of his last seven games, Reed’s recent involvement (12 total touches) against the Giants positions him well against the Buccaneers, who rank fifth in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers.
Additionally, Romeo Doubs is worth considering as a No. 3 fantasy receiver in this matchup.
Adam Thielen (Panthers) at Falcons
Adam Thielen’s early-season success has dwindled since the Week 7 bye. Since then, he’s averaging 9.7 fantasy points per game. That ranks 34th among wide receivers.
With fewer targets and a matchup against the Falcons, who allow the third-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers, Thielen is a risky fantasy starter for Week 15.
Tee Higgins (Bengals) vs. Vikings
Tee Higgins, in his past two games, has shown limited production and faces a tough matchup against the Vikings. With just one touchdown this season and a challenging defensive opponent, Higgins is a questionable start, particularly in three-receiver leagues for Week 15.
Isaiah Likely (Ravens) at Jaguars
Isaiah Likely has demonstrated both a floor and ceiling in recent games. Likely’s involvement in the Ravens passing attack makes him a reliable option. Especially in a potentially high-scoring game against the Jaguars, who rank in the top eight for yards and touchdowns allowed to tight ends since Week 10.
Logan Thomas (Commanders) at Rams
For those seeking a streaming option, Logan Thomas emerges as a viable choice. Despite disappointing in the two games preceding Washington’s bye, Thomas is expected to see consistent targets against Los Angeles.
The Rams, ranking in the top three for yards, touchdowns, and fantasy points per game allowed to tight ends, provide a favorable matchup for Thomas. If Thomas is unavailable, Tucker Kraft of the Green Bay Packers is a deep option with a favorable matchup.
Cole Kmet (Bears) at Browns
Despite being the sixth-highest fantasy point earner among tight ends this season, Cole Kmet faces challenges in Week 15. The Bears have the second-worst matchup for tight ends. Also, the Browns have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Kmet’s sporadic fantasy points, coupled with strong performances by other healthy tight ends in favorable matchups, relegates him outside the top 12 for Week 15.