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2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

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For most leagues, a win in Week 15 will lead owners to the Championship game in Week 16. Start, sit, and roster decisions become more stressful and even more crucial in this week, making decisions harder and resulting in countless amounts of second-guessing. Breathe and remember what got you to this point.

I like to compare this to an exam I had one time in Law School. After endless amounts of studying and preparation, I opened the exam file and saw something rather unusual. The exam was one question and went something like this – What did you learn in this class? I began to stress, partly because I was in shock after reading the question, but mostly because I learned so much in the class, how could I even begin to answer the question in full.

This is similar to this point in the Fantasy playoffs. Throughout this football season, we have learned many things, what defense makes for a good match-up for this position, who plays better at home, who plays well in the snow (LeSean McCoy will forever be the snow game G.O.A.T), never bench my studs, and the list goes on and on.

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The main takeaway here is to not panic. Remember how you got this far. Don’t get cute with your lineup and start your studs, several studs have tough match-ups this week i.e. Todd Gurley vs the Seahawks, Leonard Fournette vs the Texans, and AJ Green vs the Vikings, but you are starting these guys anyways. Trust the trends and show us what you learned this Fantasy season.

But we won’t make you do it alone, kind of like an open book exam, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit preview.

You can also use the Start-Sit tool and check out our Week 15 Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

Starts

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers vs Carolina Panthers

He is the greatest quarterback in Fantasy. If he plays you start him, no question. Don’t worry about time off and getting back in a rhythm, he’s Aaron Rodgers and he is hungry to make the playoffs. No way you are benching this stud.

Start of the Week: Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills

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Drake now has “Back to Back” games with over 140 total yards and has touched the ball 26 or more times in both games. He is shaping up to be a Fantasy playoff “Legend.” If you have watched him play, he looks impressive, making tacklers miss, showing bursts of “Energy”, and busting long runs with frequency. The spin move he put on Patrick Chung against New England, oh my god, it was like someone mashed the spin move button on the “Controlla” playing Madden. Drake is quickly putting together highlight worthy tape for the “Cameras.”

Now he gets a golden match-up against the Bills who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Have no “Fear”, expect his yardage trend to continue and, if you want to be, if you want to be “Successful”, keep riding Drake in the Fantasy playoffs and imagine all the “Dreams Money can Buy” when you win the Fantasy championship. When I look back at all my starts and sits, this one may be the “Best I ever Had.” Okay is this getting to be “Too Much”? Is that 10 referenced Drake songs now? Sorry, I got a little carried away, “Take Care”.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers vs Green Bay Panthers

Funchess now has five games straight with either 86 or more yards, or a touchdown, and he has scored double digit Non-PPR Fantasy points in four games straight.

Up next is a game against the Packers who allow the third most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. In what should be a shootout with Aaron Rodger back and both teams fighting for the playoffs, start Funchess.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs Carolina Panthers

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On the other team is Packers’ wide receiver Jordy Nelson who has been miserable without Rodgers under center. However, he averages just over 14 Non-PPR Fantasy points in the games in which he and Aaron Rodgers both finished, this year. We know how dynamic this duo can be in Fantasy.

And up against a bottom third defense in Fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers, expect this duo to immediately get back on track. Start Nelson.

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals vs Washington Redskins

Seals-Jones cam alive in Week 11 and 12, but has slowly come back down to earth over the last two weeks. However, at a position that is as shallow and variant as the tight end position is, Seals-Jones makes for a solid start against the Redskins who allow the second most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Honorable Mention: Blake Bortles vs HOU; Mike Davis vs LAR; Sammy Watkins vs SEA; Ben Watson vs CLE

Sits

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers

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Still Fantasy’s third-best quarterback this year, Smith has been wildly inconsistent as of late and somewhat match-up dependent.

With the next game being against the Chargers who allow the third-fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, expect another disappointing game out of Smith.

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

Darkwa is coming off a disappointing game in which he averaged only 2.9 yards per carry. He has now failed to rush for over 32 yards in three straight games, while still receiving the majority of the backfield touches.

Up next is a match-up against the Eagles who allow the fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs, even after Todd Gurley obliterated them last week. Sit Darkwa with confidence.

Sit of the Week: Joe Mixon/Giovanni Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Minnesota Vikings

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Giovani Bernard has back to back games with 80 or more total yards and has looked electric running the ball. Problem is Mixon should return from a concussion had steal back work from Bernard.

Either way, neither of these running backs should be started against a Vikings defense that allows the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. With a shared workload and tough match-up, sit your Bengals’ running backs.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins

Benjamin was able to put up 38 yards and a touchdown in the blizzard last Sunday. However, Benjamin has still been very disappointing this year and now goes up against the Dolphins who just limited Brandin Cooks to one catch for 38 yards. Sit Benjamin.

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers vs Green Bay Packers

Olsen hasn’t looked the same in his first few games back from injury, failing to post more than 10 receiving yards since Week 12.

This is turning out to be a wait and see approach with Olsen and Newton getting on the same page. With a tough match-up against the Packers who allow the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends, owners should look elsewhere at the tight end position.

Honorable Mention: Jay Cutler vs BUF; Carlos Hyde vs TEN; Kenny Stills vs BUF; Tyler Kroft vs MIN


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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