There’s nothing left to say. You all know it by now.
If you managed to avoid the Derrick Henry and/or Amari Coopers of the world, you’re still here.
If you roster Darius Leonard or Bobby Wagner, you’re still here.
Week 15 is officially “you have a realistic chance to win it all” week- as long as you’re still out here.
There’s no more drama, triumph or heartbreak left. You just set them then forget them. And when I say forget them I mean you obsess about them all week. Every day. Every time you have your phone out and dial up the Rotoworld app. Then refresh just in case.
You’re loved ones want you to reconnect with the world, embrace life…but you? You’re still out here.
If you’ve been out here with us this season, thanks again for stopping in. My greatest gift this holiday season?
A fantasy football trophy in every Fantasy Six Pack-ers…wherever you put them trophies.
Now let’s get to it quick while you’re still out here.
Week 14 Infirmary
Ezekiel Ansah/Da’Shawn Hand, DE/DT, Detroit Lions (Shoulder/Knee)
Ansah is three weeks away from free agency. The Lions are already out of contention. Read more about DE Romeo Okwara in the waiver pick-up section by scrolling down.
Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland Browns (Concussion)
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 10, 2018
Hope. Thanks Gregg. The Browns play on Saturday, so you’ll know whether he’s your guy in time. Keenum on the road is one thing; but a chance to showcase on in primetime for the other guy they could have taken (Denver Broncos EDGE Bradley Chubb, picked one pick after Ward in the NFL draft) would be something to bank on.
CB T.J. Carrie would continue to get a bump if Ward sits. Carrie continues to be a shallow league play with 27 tackles (19 solo), six PDs, a FF and a FR since taking on a starting role in week 9.
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Arizona Cardinals (IR-Knee)
Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic shares that Steve Wilks is ready to rotate younger players here at season’s end. Bump DL Benson Mayowa ROS, but there isn’t a clear cut winner here worth picking up.
Sidney Jones/Jordan Hicks, CB/DB, Philadelphia Eagles (Hamstring/Calf)
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Hicks remains out with a calf injury with S Nathan Gerry continuing to get reps. Gerry is as deep of a play as there is for the fantasy semi-finals.
As for Sidney Jones, scroll down for our analysis on CB Rasul Douglas and S Corey Graham.
Matt Milano, LB, Buffalo Bills (IR-Fibula)
It’s over. After following up on the promise of his rookie year, Matt Milano departs until next season. It looks like LB Corey Thompson is his depth chart fill-in. I have no clue who he is, but if you summon the confidence to pick him up this week, strength be with you.
Maurice Hurst, DL, Oakland Raiders (Ankle)
Hurst was inactive on Sunday, so continue to monitor your Roto____ for updates if you’ve been sticking with him. The Raiders visit the Bengals in week 15. DL P.J. Hall filled in for him against the Steelers and has 1 assisted tackle. Buh?
Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs (Heel)
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsNFL) December 11, 2018
Sigh. Would you start him? For the home run? Would there be a snap count? So many questions. Have until Thursday to find out. Another classic “So you’re saying there’s a chance” Lloyd Christmas scenario. Please get out here Mr. Berry. Football misses you.
2018 Fantasy Football Week 15 IDP Waivers
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Previously, on the IDP…
Here’s a quick rundown of past suggestions. Click the link to take you back for full analysis.
|14||DT Grady Jarett, CB B.W. Webb, LB Gerald Hodges, DT/DE Denico Autry, LB L.J. Fort, LB Mychal Kendricks, LB Austin Calitro, DB Justin Simmons, S Darian Stewart, LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., LB Nick Vigil, DT Zach Kerr, CB Terrance Mitchell, CB TJ Carrie, S Isiah Johnson, S Jordan Whitehead|
|13||DT Maurice Hurst, DE Arden Key, DL Montravius Adams, DL Dean Lowry, LB Foyesade Oluokun, LB Deion Jones, LB Elijah Lee, S Jquiski Tartt, LB Preston Smith, S Xavier Woods, DT Rodney Gunter, DB Tre Flowers.|
|12||DB Corey Graham, S Jordan Whitehead, DE Darius Philon, DT Denico Autry, DE Tyquan Lewis, LB Foyesade Oluokun, LB Samson Ebukam, LB Malik Jefferson, LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., S Anthony Harris, DE Sam Hubbard.|
|11||LB Deion Jones, LB Kyler Fackrell, LB Jatavis Brown, S Jeff Heath, CB Bryce Callahan, DE Carl Nassib, LB Alex Anzalone.|
|10||DE Sam Hubbard, DE Breeland Speaks, SS Su’a Cravens, LB Tanner Vallejo, LB Denzel Rice, CB TJ Carrie, S Bradley McDouglad, S Tedric Thompson, LB Leighton Vander Esche, CB Fabian Moreau, CB Greg Stroman, S TJ McDonald, DE Jack Crawford, CB Bashaud Breeland. |
|9||CB Raul Douglas, DE Sam Hubbard, DE Allen Bailey, S Justin Reid, DE Matt Ionnadis, DE Ronald Blair III, DE BJ Hill.|
— Culture Building SZN Ethan (@EthanGSN) December 2, 2018
- Some linebackers to scour the waiver for are Tahir Whitehead (LB Oakland Raiders, Y! 10% ESPN 22%) and Antony Walker (LB Indianapolis Colts, Y! 6%, ESPN 12%) as they are far too under-owned.
- Olivier Vernon (LB New York Giants, Y! 4% ESPN 2%) is at home against Mariota and the Titans and has come on the past two weeks with ten tackles (nine solo), 3.5 sacks, 1 PD and 1 FF.
- If you’re looking for pass rush Denico Autry (DL Indianapolis Colts, Y! 2% ESPN 6%) ) had two sacks on Sunday and has been on the IDP radar here for over a month. He’s at home against Dak possibly without Zack Martin this week and mouth-breathin’ Eli next week.
- Jurrell Casey (DL Tennessee Titans, Y! 9% ESPN 42%) has also come on recently and has the Giants weak o-line this week, followed by the rapidly deteriorating Washington Redskins in the Fantasy Super Bowl. Over his past three games, Casey has 15 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three TFLs, and 4 QB hits.
Romeo Okwara, DL, Detroit Lions (Y! 2% ESPN 0%)
Remaining Schedule: @BUF, MIN, @GB
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As mentioned above, the Lions may be without the services of DE Ziggy Ansah and DL Da’Shawn Hand. This re-opens the door to Romeo Okwara, the Gettleman/Giants cast-off that has been a rare bright spot during a rough season in Motor City.
Ansah’s return to the lineup forced Okwara into around 60% of defensive snaps, a number that was approaching 90% before Ansah’s return. When seeing a full compliment of snaps Okwara had 6.5 sacks.
— Matt Schauf (@SchaufDS) December 10, 2018
It’s so damn hard thing to predict how a Lions road game in Buffalo will go down. We do know that Josh Allen is elusive but also takes off from the pocket rather easily. The Jets putrid pass rush generated three sacks last week against Allen and the Bills.
Okwara is a deep dive, but earlier in the season before Ansah’s return, he went on a tear of four straight games with a sack, five in total. Okwara is capable of recording sacks and few tackles for your IDP semi-final.
Rasul Douglas, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Y! 0% ESPN 0%)
Remaining Schedule: @LAR, HOU, @WAS
Eagles defenders: 90 tackles
Nigel Bradham 14 tackles
Malcolm Jenkins 10
Corey Graham 10
Rasul Douglas 9
Kamu Grugier-Hill 8#IDPHits
— Matt Schauf (@SchaufDS) December 10, 2018
Philadelphia’s secondary has been ravaged all season by the injury reaper. Continuously thinning out, the Eagles are being targeted on the air and the ground. This is leading to a high-floor CB/S duo emerging for IDP purposes in CB Rasul Douglas and S Corey Graham.
Watch: Rasul Douglas steps in front of Amari Cooper At goal line
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) December 9, 2018
Rasul Douglas stepped into a starter role only weeks ago but he’s staying active around the ball and is a constant target for QBs. Add to this Sidney Jones’ injury Sunday and Douglas is going to stay active for IDPers.
He has 24 Solo tackles, 3 TFLs, an INT, and a PD over his four starts. With a visit to an angry Rams team for SNF, he’s sure to get picked on no matter who he’s covering. Opportunity for points will be there.
Corey Graham, S, Philadelphia Eages (Y! 1% ESPN 0%)
— DIE-HARD ? Fans (@Eaglesfans9) December 9, 2018
Douglas and Corey Graham were both on the field for all 99 defensive snaps of the Eagles week 15 loss at the Cowboys. Graham made some horrible decisions that factored into Amari Cooper’s final stat line; nevertheless, the Rams may be without C John Sullivan and Jared Goff looked spooked beyond a reasonable doubt on SNF.
The Eagles can bring pressure as they got to Dak last week leaving Graham to hover and have some INT potential as he grabbed his first of the season this Sunday. Graham is a huge role of the dice in the fantasy semi-finals, but if you’re in a tough spot, he can get you to a certain mid-floor.
Haason Reddick, LB, Arizona Cardinals (Y! 3% ESPN 3%)
Remaining Schedule: @ATL, LAR, @SEA
Embed from Getty ImagesIs it possible that mid-season trade rumors and the label of first round bust have caused Arizona Cardinals LB Haason Reddick to emerge as a playable asset in the fantasy semi-finals?
With LB Gerald Hodges and his absurd Yahoo! projection the preferred pick up last week (including yours truly’s…yikes!), little attention was paid to Haason Reddick.
The 2017 first rounder stuffed that stat sheet as the Lions blew the birds out of their desert cage on Sunday. With ten solo tackles (11 total) and 2 TFLs, Reddick hounded the ball all day.
Per @PFF “LB Haason Reddick had his best game of the season. He earned a 80.3 overall grade against the Lions. Reddick flew to the football as he made 10 tackles, 9 of which were stops. He allowed 4 of 5 passes thrown his way to be caught for only 28 yards.”
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) December 11, 2018
Reddick has played every defensive snap for the Cardinals over his past three games, recording at least 8 tackles in two.
On the road in Atlanta against a very upset Falcon’s team, the week 15 script could be the sequel to week 14; the Cardinals should go down big early creating opportunities for Reddick to stack tackles. Atlanta is the 10th most giving team to linebackers this season.
Kendall Fuller, CB, Kansas City Chiefs (Y! 2% ESPN 30%)
Remaining Schedule: LAC, @SEA, OAK
— The Chiefs Report (@thechiefsreport) December 10, 2018
Kendall Fuller will either become a part of obscure NFL trivia, or he’ll do as his brother Kyle did, and continue ball hawking.
The other gift uncle Andy Reid unwrapped in the Alex Smith trade (3rd Rd pick), Fuller has 15 tackles (12 Solo), a FF, and three PDs over the past two weeks. He was everywhere on Sunday.
Fuller has Phillip Rivers and the Chargers on TNF this week, in which should be a tight back and forth match up to settle the division.
The Chargers are not the best matchup as Phillip Rivers continues his MVP run, and Fuller had shallow stat line in week 1 against him with six tackles (three solo, three assists). Yet with all that’s happened to the Chiefs off the field in recent weeks, their defense and secondary played well this week.
Fuller is another shallow league play, but as a playmaker, he could come up huge under the bright lights of primetime.
Ronnie Harrison, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (Y! 1%, ESPN 1%)
Remaining Schedule: WAS, @MIA, @HOU
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 7, 2018
A rookie third-round pick out of Bama, Harrison has been a stand out on the field and as an IDP over his first two NFL starts.
Harrison’s snap count since the Jaguars week 9 bye: 4, 2, 4, 76 (100%), 60 (100%). He’s here to stay and judging by his impact in place of S Barry Church, the Jaguars may be inclined to see what they have in Harrison.
In what could be a transformative offseason, the Jaguars will be pressed to determine whether they want to keep veteran/well-paid safeties Barry Church ($6.25mil Cap Hit, $0 Dead Cap) and Tashaun Gipson ($9mil Cap Hit, $800k post June 1st Dead Cap). Releasing them both would save around $15mil.
Harrison recorded his first sack of the season in his first start and followed it up with an INT off Marcus Mariota on TNF. Across his two starts Harrison has eight tackles (seven solo), one sack, 1 INT, a TFL, and a PD.
The rookie is primed to play amongst an elite secondary against the electrifying Redskins QB duo of Butt Fumble/Russel Wilson Scout Team Step-In at QB. The Giants just annihilated them in D.C.; given their last home performance against Andrew Luck, the Jags defense will come to play and Harrison figures on playing a big role.
Same drill as last week. Hit it out of the park. Start your studs and take risks when deciding between two players that are too close to call.
Good luck in the Semis, Six-Packers.
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