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2018 Fantasy Football Week 15 Reactions

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Aligning with the theme of the season, Week 15 was filled with inconsistency and injuries. Odell Beckham Jr. missed another game, Keenan Allen exited Thursday’s contest early and did not record a catch, and Aaron Jones left after one quarter.

There were also many “dud” performances. Rob Gronkowski and Adam Thielen caught only two passes apiece, George Kittle caught just three, and JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown each caught four.

So, with championship week on the horizon, the teams preparing to do battle are more-than-likely not the two best teams in the league. That’s fantasy football, baby. Let’s get into our 2018 Fantasy Football Week 15 Reactions.


2018 Fantasy Football Week 15 Reactions

1. What’s happened to the Los Angeles Rams?

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The LA Rams have looked shaky for three straight games now, losing 30-23 to the Philadelphia Eagles on a night where they only had 13 points after three quarters and Jared Goff was noticeably off. Goff now has one touchdown and seven interceptions in his past three games.

There are certainly a number of factors in play here. Vic Fangio and Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinators of the Bears and Eagles, are two intelligent coaches who were able to scheme against the Rams 11 personnel and zone run scheme. However, Jared Goff can’t buy a good throw right now. A lot of his interceptions have come when targeting Josh Reynolds, Cooper Kupp‘s replacement. Their timing is off. Kupp, described as LA’s “first pitch strike” by Dan Orlovsky on Twitter, is certainly a big reason why the LA offense hasn’t been able to find their groove. And, Sean McVay has been out-coached in two straight games.

With easy victories upcoming against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, the Rams have two weeks to figure something out. I’ll trust that Sean McVay can design a new offense, but Jared Goff has to be better. I’d look for better options as my fantasy quarterback in the championship game.

2. Is Rob Gronkowski going to retire?

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Rob Gronkowski has been terrible this year. With just three touchdowns on the year, Gronk is on pace for one of his worst years ever. The Steelers were able to completely eliminate him on Sunday without paying too much attention to him. In the past, he would’ve capitalized on that. He certainly did 364 days ago, when Steelers safety Sean Davis failed miserably to stop Gronk late game. Remembering what happened last year makes this year look that much worse.

It feels like Rob Gronkowski has never been healthy over his nine-year career. He’s dealt with leg injuries, arm injuries, back injuries, and concussions. Rob Gronkowski is not a healthy person. From a medical standpoint, it certainly makes sense to stop playing. If he does come back next year, I will not draft him and neither should you.

3. Can Dalvin Cook be in championship lineups?

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Yes! With Kevin Stefanski calling plays, Dalvin Cook looks like the workhorse back everybody expected back in the summer. Cook had 20 total touches on Sunday against the Dolphins, totaling 163 yards and two scores. Mike Zimmer fired former OC John DeFilippo early last week and promoted Stefanski with the intent of establishing the run, which is exactly what he did.

Cook is up to 4.75 yards per carry running behind a bad Minnesota Vikings o-line. In three games last year before tearing his ACL, he was very good and has shown flashes this year. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on next year. But as for this year, Week 16’s opponent, the Detroit Lions, allow the 12th most points to backs. I love Dalvin Cook this week!

4. Is Derrick Henry finally a key part of Tennessee’s offense?

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Similar to Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry is finally shining down in Nashville. Over the past two games, Henry has 50 carries which he has taken for 408 yards and six touchdowns. In Sunday’s 17-0 win over the New York Giants, Henry saw 33 carries. That’s more than any other back has had all year. Ever since he came out of Alabama, Henry’s talent has been obvious. He can truck almost anybody but is also very quick and agile.

Henry has struggled to find a role in the offense this year, often losing a significant amount of touches to Dion Lewis. But now, it looks like Henry’s offense. Tennessee is 8-6 and fighting for a wild card spot, so I highly doubt they’d go away from what’s working this week. They play the Washington Redskins on Saturday night football this week. Henry is a top-20 option with all the injuries.

5. Why are the San Francisco 49ers winning?

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This isn’t directly related to fantasy football, but it needs to be discussed; why are the San Francisco 49ers winning football games? They had a clear path to clear No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa, defensive end out of Ohio State, and now possess the fourth overall pick with their 26-23 OT win over the Seahawks. It’s not a ridiculous difference, but the player they take there will not be as good as Nick Bosa.

Matt Breida was injured once again on Sunday after totaling 96 yards on 22 touches. If you’re looking for a San Francisco back, Jeff Wilson Jr. is your guy. Hopefully not, though, because they play the stingy Chicago Bears defense.

 


Kyle Shanahan is still an extraordinary coach and I’m excited to see what they can do next year. Don’t be surprised if San Francisco gives Chicago and the LA Rams, their Week 17 opponent, tough games to close out an injury-filled year.


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About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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