2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I’m here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit article.

It’s Fantasy Football playoff time! Congratulations to everyone who made the playoffs, and sorry to everyone who didn’t. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is killing some team’s playoff hopes.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I’ll be here the rest of the way trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can’t entirely agree with.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Start-Sit

Start

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (ECR QB15)

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Tua Tagovailoa has been my go-to in this article as my start quarterback. He has done me very well so far this season as he hasn’t finished less than QB18 in any game that he has started.

From weeks 11-13 Tua is QB8 averaging just over 16.5 fantasy points during that span and has also completed over 8o% of his passes in two of those three games.

The Dolphins have struggled running the ball season long. As a team, they average 3.3 yards per carry which ranks last in all of the NFL.

This week could be even worse considering Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, and Philip Lindsay all are on the Covid-19 reserve list.

Malcolm Brown is eligible to come off injured reserve and Duke Johnson Jr was promoted from the practice squad. With the backfield in shambles, Tua and the passing game should see an uptick in attempts.

The Matchup – New York Jets

Not only have I targeted Tua Tagovailoa in this article, but I also target the awful New York Jets defense. The Jets defense ranks third-worst in the NFL allowing 22 fantasy points to the quarterback position.

The last time these two teams played Tua 27-33 for 273 two touchdowns and one interception for just over 18 fantasy points. I expect Tua to bring you top 12 QB upside this week.

I’m starting him over the likes of Joe Burrow and Russell Wilson this week because of the awesome matchup.

AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers (ECR RB23)

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AJ Dillon actually out-snapped Aaron Jones last week 35-29. Unfortunately for Dillon owners, Aaron Jones was the one to find the end zone and got all of the passing game work.

Dillon was still able to be productive carrying the ball 15 times for 71 yards averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

It seems to me that this backfield is going to be a split moving forward the rest of the season.

But I believe that this is one of the few backfields that are in a split, that both running backs could be high-end RB2’s moving forward, just because of how good, and how efficient this offense is.

The Matchup – Baltimore Ravens

The Packers are traveling to Baltimore to take on the banged-up Ravens defense. The matchup isn’t a great one considering the Ravens have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to the running back position.

Teams have also rushed the sixth-fewest times against the Ravens this season. I believe with a banged-up Aaron Rodgers they are going to go on the road and rely on Dillon and Jones and grind out a victory.

I’d start Dillon over Melvin Gordon and James Robinson this week.

K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (ECR WR41)

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Last week with Adam Theilen on the shelf with a high ankle sprain K.J. Osborn looked like the guy that we saw in the first two weeks of the season when he saw 15 targets and caught 12 of them.

He saw nine targets last week, while only catching three of them, but caught a long touchdown from Kirk Cousins that saved his week.

Osborn finished with 15.8 half-point PPR fantasy points and finished as the WR13 on the week. As long as Adam Theilen is out with injury I think you can plug Osborn in as your WR3 and feel pretty comfortable about it.

The Vikings seem to be in a close game every week, therefore they have to throw the whole game, so the volume should be there for Osborn each week.

The Matchup – Chicago Bears

Kirk Cousins in prime time scares me but doesn’t scare me when he is throwing against this poor Chicago Bears defense. The Bears defense allows the sixth-most fantasy to the wide receiver position this season.

Jaylon Johnson who is the Bears’ best cornerback will most definitely be covering Justin Jefferson. That leaves second-year cornerback Kindle Vildor who has just been awful this season.

Vildor has allowed a 71% completion percentage in his coverage which ranks 136th according to playerprofiler.com. Fire Osborn up in this matchup, and don’t think twice about it.

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (ECR TE17)

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Hunter Henry sure has cooled off compared to what he was doing earlier in the season. In weeks four through seven Henry was never seeing the volume you like from a TE1 as he only saw over five targets once.

But what Henry did do during that span was score a touchdown in each game, and has seven touchdowns this season.

Henry is coming off his worst game of the season in which he didn’t see a target in that weird weather game against the Buffalo Bills in which they threw it only three times as a team.

That game made it three straight weeks that Henry has failed to reach five half-point PPR fantasy points. That really doesn’t scare me off Henry this week, if anything that could mean he is due to find his way into the endzone.

The Matchup – Indianapolis Colts

New England is traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Saturday night in a battle of two playoff teams.


This game should be a very close game so rookie quarterback Mac Jones will have to make plays in the passing game this weekend, unlike the previous couple of games.

The Colts have allowed the second-most yards to the position and the fifth-most fantasy points.

Henry is a touchdown or bust kind of tight end, but maybe not in this matchup, but if he gets in the end zone it could pay off big in your playoff matchup.

Sit

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (ECR QB12)

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In the fantasy football community, you see the phrase “don’t sit your studs” especially during playoff time. I normally abide by those rules however, with Lamar Jackson being injured with a sprained ankle I am trying to stay far away from him this week.

Obviously, a lot of Jackson’s fantasy appeal comes from his legs. If one of Jackson’s legs is compromised and causes him to be a statue in the pocket I want no part of that.

Even before Jackson was injured he was struggling a little bit the last few weeks. Since Week 9 Jackson has failed to score 20 fantasy in each of his three games.

In weeks one through ten Jackson averaged just over 24 fantasy points and was Qb5 during that span. In Jackson’s last three games he is QB20 to put that in perspective.

The Matchup – Green Bay Packers

The matchup isn’t a good one either going against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, and their secondary is just getting healthier as well.

The Packers are also sixth in the league with 14 interceptions to opposing quarterbacks, and Jackson has thrown eight interceptions over his last four games.

If you can pick up Tua Tagovailoa for this week, I would rather start him over Jackson.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (ECR RB29)

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I was very down on Chuba Hubbard last week. The good news for his owners and the bad news for me was that he found the endzone to save his day.

But he only had ten carries for 33 yards and wasn’t involved in the passing game. In fact, he was also out-snapped by fellow running back Ameer Abdullah 38 to 25.

Hubbard just doesn’t have a safe enough floor for me to warrant starting him in my playoff matchup this week.

Hubbard has at least 15 touches in six games this season and has only finished with double-digit fantasy points three times. Abdullah also wasn’t in the picture earlier this season and it is clear he is the clear favorite in passing downs.

The Matchup – Buffalo Bills

The matchup favored Hubbard last week going against a poor Atlanta Falcons defense. But the opposite is true for this week’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have been one of the best defenses all season long. The Bills are middle of the pack this season against running backs, but the game script most likely won’t favor the Panthers, so I am out on Hubbard this week.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (ECR WR18)

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First things first I think that it is absolutely wild that Marquise Brown is ranked as a top 20 wide receiver this week, with a banged-up Lamar Jackson or Tyler Huntley throwing him the football.

Hollywood Brown started off the season extremely hot and we thought that he was going to have that breakout season. In weeks one through nine Brown was ranked as the WR5.

Since then, however, Brown is ranked as the WR30 and has regressed just as Lamar Jackson has in the past few games.

I just haven’t liked what I’ve seen from this Ravens offense these past few weeks and I cant trust Brown in a playoff matchup this week.

The Matchup – Green Bay Packers

We talked about above that the Green Bay Packers defense has been stingy so far this season. They have allowed the eighth fewest receptions to opposing running backs.

He also will be most likely matched up with rookie cornerback JJ Stokes who can match Brown with his speed and has impressed this season.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (ECR TE9)

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Dalton Schultz is another guy who started the season out very well. Through the first six weeks of the season, Shultz was TE4 in all of fantasy football.

During weeks eight through 14 he is still a tight end one but he has fallen down to TE12.

In the last two games, while all three main receivers have been healthy, Michael Gallup, Ceedee Lamb, and Amari Cooper Schultz didn’t give much production.

He has only seen eight targets over the past two games, catching six of them for only 47 yards and zero touchdowns for just over seven fantasy points in two games. Schultz is just someone I cant trust this week.

The Matchup – New York Giants

The matchup for the Cowboys and Schultz isn’t a tough one going against the New York Giants. The Giants aren’t bad against tight ends giving up the 13th most fantasy points to the position.

I just don’t see Schultz needing to be a big part of this offense when you have the wide receivers the Cowboys have.

The game script should favor more of the Cowboys running game than the passing game. I just don’t see much upside from Schultz this week or the rest of the season.



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