2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

by Mike Bonni
2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

Welcome everyone to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit article. As you can tell the normal writer for this article is not doing it this week. He is on vacation. That lucky prick! So to replace him for this week they brought me back in. Yes, that's right! The agent of chaos is back and ready to guide you to those fantasy football playoff wins.

Week 15 is a very pivotal week in the playoffs and I'm hoping these Start-Sit decisions help you make the right calls in your lineups. Last time I did this I was wrong on some players like Mitchell Trubisky. Sorry guys I should have known better on that one. The good news is I hit on a few of the players in the sit column (Matt Ryan and Antonio Gibson) so hopefully, you guys didn't play them.

So fantasy football fans buckle in and welcome again to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit article.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

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Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs Arizona Cardinals

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ARI vs QB's: 21.5 points allowed per game

Last week Jalen Hurts was able to put up 19 fantasy points in his first game starting against the tough New Orleans defense. This week he gets a little bit easier of a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Jalen Hurts isn't the greatest passer (17/30 for one TD), but he makes up for it with his rushing ability (18/106). The good news for him is that he is going up against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have allowed the sixth-most yards to QB's rushing the ball which is Jalen Hurts' bread and butter.

It is going to be the battle of the former Oklahoma Sooner QBs, so both are going to want to showcase their abilities. I have a lot of faith in Jalen Hurts especially since he is a running QB. I expect him to have at least two scores, and hopefully, he can get more. He will also be stacking passing and rushing yards, so him scoring over 20+ fantasy points is a foregone conclusion. Feel confident in starting the young QB in a pivotal game. I would be starting him over Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, and Taysom Hill just to name a few.

J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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JAX vs RB's-
Season: 28.9 which is 4th highest
Last 5 Weeks: 30.4 which is 3rd highest
Last 3 Weeks:  35.6 which is the highest

I don't know about you guys, but it seems to me that J.K. Dobbins is trying his hardest to take over the starting running back gig in Baltimore and he just keeps getting shafted out of carries. He is clearly the better and more efficient running back between the three of them.

Since the Ravens' bye in Week 7, J.K. Dobbins has out-snapped Gus Edwards in every game but one (the Wednesday COVID game). Dobbins has three straight games with 13+ fantasy points and a TD. He also has four 10+ fantasy point games in his last six.

The only knock on J.K. Dobbins is that he hasn't had a target in the passing game since Week 11. This isn't the best news for PPR leagues, but I still have a lot of faith in Dobbins. He is going up against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league as you can see from the numbers above and I expect the Ravens to destroy them with their rushing. Let's just hope we see a lot of Dobbins this week.

I will be starting Dobbins over a multitude of big-name RB's including Ezekiel Elliott, who you will see later on in this article, and fellow rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Honorable Mention:

J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team vs Seattle Seahawks

SEA vs RB's: 24.1. 12th most points allowed

As long as Antonio Gibson is out this is an absolute smash play. If Antonio Gibson is playing I still would feel confident in starting McKissic in the flex. I would just like the play a whole lot more if Gibson is declared out. With Gibson out, J.D. McKissic ran the ball a season-high 11 times for 68 yards but only garnered four targets, catching two of them for 18 yards. He scored only 10 PPR points. There is good news though.

J.D. McKissic has had 10 or more targets in three of his last six games along with scoring 17+ fantasy points in those three games which we love to see.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys

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DAL vs WR's-
Season: 40.3 which is 8th in most points allowed
Last 5 Weeks: 34.6 which is 17th most
Last 3 Weeks: 28.9 26th most

This might be the easiest one I will ever put on here. Brandon Aiyuk's past two games have been absolutely amazing for fantasy players with games of 20 and 21 fantasy points. During those two games, he has received 25 targets while catching 15 of them for a combined 214 yards with one TD.

What a time for him to come alive for those who drafted him or picked him up off the waiver wire. There is more good news for Aiyuk. In his last five games, he has had at least 17+ fantasy points in those games while also getting 7+ targets in each game. I have him super high this week in a very tasty matchup. Start him confidently over better-known stars such as Diontae Johnson, Terry McLaurin, and Antonio Brown.

Honorable Mention:

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans

HOU vs WR's:
Season: 39.2 which is 10th most points allowed.

This is another easy one. Hilton has been absolutely amazing lately. To those that dropped him I am sorry to hear that and to those that picked him up, touche.

Three straight games with 18+ fantasy points, three straight games with 80+ receiving yards, and three straight games with at least one TD. He will be going up against a weak Houston Texans secondary, so start him guys, and don't feel worried about it.

Irv Smith, TE, Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

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CHI vs TE's
Season: 15.7 which is 5th most points allowed
Last 5 Weeks: 18.3 which is also 5th most
Last 3 Weeks: 19.9 which is 4th most

Super talented TE Irv Smith finally got to play with nobody stealing targets away from him from the Tight End spot. With Kyle Rudolph out, Smith caught all four of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. I would like to see him get more targets in this offense which could be a very good possibility against the Bears. They are not good against Tight Ends as you can see above.

This all depends on if Rudolph is playing or not. He hasn't practiced all week so it's not looking great for him playing. If he does play I'm thinking he will be playing in a limited fashion. If that is the case I will still be playing Smith. The only way I won't be playing him is if Rudolph practices anytime before Sunday. I will start Irv Smith over Zach Ertz and Lance Thomas just to name a few as long as Rudolph is out.

*Since Irv Smith might not be the starter this Sunday I will add another Tight End on here for you guys.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons

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ATL vs TE's:
Season: 15.3 which is 6th most points allowed
Last 5 Weeks: 16.2 which is 6th most
Last 3 Weeks: 10.7 which is 20th most

I feel like if you have Rob Gronkowski you are starting him no matter what. I guess you can say this one is a cop-out, but I do like him a lot this week against the Falcons because they allow 15.3 points to TE's on the season as you can see above. As of late, Gronk has been a little boom or bust with three games under seven fantasy points while also having three games over 13 fantasy points.

Last week Rob Gronkowski only scored 7 fantasy points. If this is anything like his past five games we should be seeing a boom fantasy day for Gronk.


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals

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CIN vs QB's
Season: 21.9 which is 14th least points allowed
Last 5 Weeks: 19.1 which is 11th least points allowed
Last 3 Weeks: 17.0 which is 7th least points allowed

The Bengals have been surprisingly good against QBs for some reason. It could be because they are always losing now that Joe Burrow is out. They are never in high-scoring games either so I feel like the QBs against them just take it easy. This is part of the reason why I don't like Big Ben this week. I also don't like that he has been struggling mightily.

Big Ben hasn't scored over 20 fantasy points since Week 10 which was against the Bengals (weird huh?). That was four, going on five weeks ago and they have been dealing with the weirdest schedule this year. They had an early bye so a lot of the players are tired or getting little ticky tacky injuries.

To show that the fatigue is really kicking in just look at Ben Roethlisberger and his average target distance. It is well under 10, it is actually in the 5's. That is super rough and it shows that he is fading a bit. Remember he came off Tommy John surgery.

It would be best to just avoid him this week. There are quite a few QBs out there that you can and should be starting instead. These players include Phillip Rivers, Jared Goff, and Jalen Hurts.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers

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SF vs RB's
Season: 19.9 which is 4th least points allowed
Last 5 Weeks: 22.7 which is 13th most points allowed
Last 3 Weeks: 16.8 which is 5th least points allowed

To start things off Zeke is questionable with a bruised calf, so that is part of the reason he is here. The other reason is the fact that he just hasn't been a good running back this year. He has only gone over 100 rushing yards once (Week 11 vs MIN) and hasn't scored a rushing touchdown since Week 5.

A few more things I don't like is that Elliott has played less than 70% of the snaps in seven of the last eight games. Since Week 6, Zeke has only scored 10+ fantasy points twice. This is just not acceptable for a guy of this caliber. Usually, he gets targets but that also isn't coming around because he has only had one game with 6+ targets since Week 6. Please fantasy owners, just bench him this week. Play J.K. Dobbins or J.D. McKissic instead. Hell, I would rather play Nyheim Hines too.

Honorable Mention:

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs New Orleans Saints

If you have no other options I wouldn't be freaking out that you have to play CEH. He should be okay this week but he won't be knocking anyone's socks off. He will not repeat what Miles Sanders did last week to the Saints either. Just temper your expectations with Clyde this week. CEH has been solid for the most part. In his last 5 games played he has scored 12+ fantasy points in three of those games. A good thing for Clyde Edwards-Helaire is that his targets are starting to go up and he is on an offense that loves to throw.

Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons

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ATL vs WR's
Season: 42.7 which is third most
Last 5 Weeks: 38.7 which is 10th most
Last 3 Weeks: 40.4 which is 9th most

This one is going to quick and simple. Some of you have been starting Antonio Brown these past few weeks hoping for a breakout game like I have been waiting for. I'm starting to think that this isn't going to happen. Don't get me wrong, Antonio Brown is still a good WR but you can tell he has lost a step a bit and still doesn't fully feel comfortable in the offense yet. He and Tom Brady keep missing on a lot of passes, mainly deep ones.

In five games played he has scored over 10 fantasy points just twice. He has only two games with more than six targets, not to mention his snaps look to be going down after the bye. I would suggest benching him this week. There are plenty of other players I would rather play like T.Y. Hilton and Brandon Aiyuk obviously. I would rather have Michael Pittman over him as well along with Sterling Shephard, Christian Kirk, and even Tee Higgins just to name a gaggle of players.

Honorable Mention:

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals

Last week against the Bills was his first game since Week 8 where he had less than 10 targets. He was only able to catch four of them for 40 yards which was good enough for eight fantasy points. Big Ben has been struggling lately throwing the ball and throw in the fact that Diontae Johnson is having drop issues this week, and I would suggest leaving him out of your lineups until he can gain some trust back. The Steelers seem to agree with me as well, considering James Washington ended up playing more than him last week.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team vs Seattle Seahawks

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SEA vs TE's
Season: 10.8 which is 8th least points allowed
Last 5 Weeks: 14.2 which is 7th most points allowed
Last 3 Weeks: 15.1 which is 9th most points allowed

Even though Logan Thomas has been absolutely killing it lately, he finds himself in the sit section. Thomas has had three straight games of 10+ fantasy points including 7+ targets the past two games. This is the week that I think it might all come crashing down. The Seahawks defense is playing well all of a sudden, which is super weird to say nowadays, but it is a true fact.

I would play Irv Smith over him for sure, but make sure Kyle Rudolph is out before you do something like that.

Honorable Mention:

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs Arizona Cardinals

This is a no-brainer I feel like. To those thinking of starting him this week please, don't do it. The Eagles are clearly not going to pay him and are thinking Dallas Goedert is their future TE. In his two games back from injury Zach Ertz has only gotten 7 targets while catching four of them for 39 yards. His snaps went up from 44% to 72% so if there is any silver lining it's the snap percentage going up. Dallas Goedert out-snapped, and still received more targets than him. He is the better play in this offense.

Well everyone that should do it for the 2020 Fantasy Football Start-Sit article. I hope you enjoyed the article when I do it. Dylan will be back next week for Week 16. So keep an eye out for that.

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