2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Preview

by Richard Savill
2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Preview

I like 10-team leagues, even though I myself don't play in them anymore. With such leagues, there is flexibility, an extra bench spot option, and plenty of chances for waiver pickups. The whole strategy changes from want to plenty.

It also makes injuries less punitive for your league chances. It means if you owned Justin Jefferson, your season wasn't virtually over early in the season.

Next year, consider a 10-team league as a fun alternative to the 12 or 14-team redraft formats. Also, experiment with the scoring particulars. Freshening your fantasy playboards with stuff like this might regenerate the dynamism of the game.

It's the first week of the Saturday Games.

Good luck in Week 15!

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Week 14 Starts/Sits and Sleepers disclosure:
1. Best Start: Drake London Worst Start: Jared Goff Week: 68%
2. Best Sit: Jalen Guyton Worst Sit: Garrett Wilson Week: 33%
3. Best Sleeper: Tyler Lockett Worst Sleeper:  Marquez Valdes-Scantling Week: 24%

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The Games this Week

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A brief rundown of the games this weekend. Time to set those lineups and watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Jets (5-8) at Dolphins (9-4)

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The Dolphins' offense struggled throughout the night last Monday against the Titans, who had yet to secure a single win on the road with a 0-6 record. They managed to capitalize on Tyreek Hill's absence due to an ankle injury, amongst their own other great and unexpected offensive plays.

This injury, where Tyreek is now questionable for this game, comes at the most inopportune time for the fantasy playoffs. Tyreek will want to play through almost anything, seeking the goal of a 2000-yard season. At least, there's that to console owners. Check here for updates, as usual.

Zach Wilson Arriving?

Zach Wilson began the week with his coach facing the rumored predicament of whether he'd start. Really, there was no other choice. Trevor Siemian and Brett Rypien, in particular, had practically zero experience running this offense.

Then, something strange happened to the Texans. Zach Wilson looked effective against them. It's safe to say that, because of his ignominious benching, the pressure was off. For Wilson, everything to this point had gone to the dogs, and well, here were the dogs, and it wasn't so bad.

To state that Zach Wilson might be at a turning point is obviously too much of a leap. More testing is required, and the defense of the Dolphins is no joke.

Competitive Game?

The Dolphins need to make up ground for that last-minute victory by the Titans, and thus extra focus on beating the Jets becomes paramount. It's fair to say that the Jets can take chances to keep drives going, and fourth-down attempts inside the sticks are likely.

This makes the fantasy Jets more playable, with better upside than earlier in the season. As usual, your Dolphins are good starts, and for your fantasy playoffs. The Jets boast a tidy defense of their own and are tops against opposition receiving yardage. Exercising patience will eventually yield fantasy rewards as both defenses wear down later in the game.

Fun Fact: The Dolphins, at home against the Jets, following a loss at home, have not scored in the first quarter in the last four games in this scenario.

Vegas Line: Dolphins -9.5
Vegas OU: 37.0
Start: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins
Sit: Tua Tagovailoa, WR, Dolphins
Sleeper: Durham Smythe, TE, Dolphins
Pick Poll: Dolphins 95%
In the Booth: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Injury Update: Tyreek Hill Q | Raheem Mostert Q | De'Von Achane Q |

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Bears (5-8) at Browns (8-5)

The matchup itself reminds you of old-fashioned, pound-and-grind, non-family-friendly football. These teams are both in the top ten in rushing and, unfortunately, penalties. They have a similar stripe in many other regards to team strengths and weaknesses. It comes down to this: the running backs on both sides are safer fantasy starts than the receivers. Expect a fast clock in this game because of the ball control.
Vegas Line: Browns -3.0
Vegas OU:  38.0
Start: Jerome Ford, RB, Browns
Sit: Cole Kmet, TE, Bears
Sleeper: Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns
Pick Poll: Browns 84%
In the Booth: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Injury Update: DJ Moore Qep |

Buccaneers (6-7) at Packers (6-7)

These playoff-type games in the latter part of the season really give fantasy a boost. They keep the better players on the field longer with purpose. For those wondering how the "frozen tundra" of Green Bay is forecast for this game, the weather sites expect temperatures well above freezing. This makes all players fantasy-green. A game with a noticeable balance of attack for both sides. The Packers probably have the better fantasy starts, but your Bucs should be nearly as good.
Vegas Line: Packers -3.5
Vegas OU:  42.0
Start: Romeo Doubs, WR, Packers
Sit: Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
Sleeper: Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Packers
Pick Poll: Packers 78%
In the Booth: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Injury Update: Chris Godwin Qep | AJ Dillon Q | Aaron Jones Qep | Dontayvion Wicks Q | Christian Watson O |

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Falcons (6-7) at Panthers (1-12)

In six straight games, Bryce Young has thrown for less than 200 yards and made zero touchdown passes in his last three. The Panthers are letting Young loose, because why not? But when is that Heisman poise coming? Keep the faith. Maybe his breakout cometh. All things aside, this matchup has the strong scent of a trap game for the Falcons. Either way, the Panthers seem less risky for fantasy this week, according to the intangibles. And the Falcons? All are full fantasy go.
Vegas Line: Falcons -3/0
Vegas OU:  33.5
Start: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Panthers
Sit: Adam Thielen, WR, Panthers
Sleeper: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Panthers
Pick Poll: Falcons 93%
In the Booth: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Injury Update: None

Chiefs (8-5) at Patriots (3-10)

For two consecutive games, the Chiefs complained about late referee calls decided against them. Oh, how they forget the Super Bowl. The real question is, why aren't the Chiefs dominating enough to make late-game heroics necessary? For the Patriots, it's looking like dusk for Bill Belichick. Starting any of the Patriots remains a hard risk in your fantasy playoffs. For the Chiefs, you just have to put them out there and ride the wistful currents of an angry bounce-back game.
Vegas Line: Chiefs -8.0
Vegas OU:  37.0
Start: Rashee Rice, WR, Chiefs
Sit: Kadarius Toney, WR, Chiefs
Sleeper: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Patriots
Pick Poll: Chiefs 97%
In the Booth: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston
Injury Update: Isiah Pacheco O | Demario Douglas Qep | JuJu Smith-Schuster Q | Tyquan Thornton Q | DeVante Parker Q | Rhamondre Stevenson O |

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Giants (5-8) at Saints (6-7)

Tommy DeVito is the talk of the town. The local boy, from New Jersey, is getting big-time love from the fans. The quaintness of living at home in Italian style just adds to the charm. He could be the new regular starter for the Giants going forward. Three straight wins look good, but better stats remain waiting to catch up. All that said, outside of Saquon Barkley, other fantasy Giants are still tough to trust in your fantasy playoffs. The relevant Saints are all green for go.
Vegas Line: Saints -5.5
Vegas OU:  39.0
Start: Rashid Shaheed, WR, Saints
Sit: Derek Carr, QB, Saints
Sleeper: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Giants
Pick Poll: Saints 75%
In the Booth: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Injury Update: Chris Olave Qgtd | Jamaal Williams Qep | Darren Waller Qepltd |

Texans (7-6) at Titans (5-8)

Derrick Henry's record on the road pales in comparison to his record at home. However, on Monday night, he switched gears in Miami. For the Texans, Davis Mills will likely start and have to face the Titans without much of the main weaponry C.J. Stroud had. Our expectations for Mills and the remaining fantasy Texans leaves us with a feeling of deep hazard. Will Levis, despite an explosion on Monday, remains a sleeper QB at best. This is the one game this week where one should consider most fantasy participants risky.
Vegas Line: Titans -3.5
Vegas OU:  37.0
Start: Devin Singletary, RB, Texans
Sit: Robert Woods, WR, Texans
Sleeper: Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Titans
Pick Poll: Texans 63%
In the Booth: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Injury Update: Noah Brown Qep | C.J. Stroud Qnep | Davis Mills StQ | Nico Collins Qnep | Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Q | Kyle Philips O |

Late Sunday: Cowboys (10-3) at Bills (7-6)

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The Bills stayed within reach of a wildcard last week, but the win against the Chiefs came within a whisker of a turnaround. Another matter, which poignantly annoyed fantasy owners, was that Stefon Diggs had little involvement. I made the case last week that this team has matters that remain unplugged. The winning culture we saw in recent seasons has somehow escaped the Bills. They've turned from prime contenders to hopefuls.

They now confront the Cowboys, who certainly have fewer problems of cohesion than the Chiefs. They are off a win against the Eagles which looked rather perfunctory. The Cowboys continue to have their own playoff needs and pursuits. Neither side has anything to take lightly in this regard.

Is There Some Upside For The Bills?

It starts where it always starts, with Josh Allen. The Bills saw what the Cowboys could do to a mobile quarterback like Jalen Hurts. The Cowboys had contain on Hurts that few teams have had the ability to do this season. If there is any upside for the Bills, it is that their running game, with James Cook and company, gives them supreme play-action chances. It's so effective that Josh Allen checks the ball down only a handful of times during a game. With the Cowboys, that total might go up, but again, James Cook and Latavius Murray hunger for checkdowns.

Cozy Up By The Fantasy Fireplace

Because of the obvious implications for these teams in the real NFL playoffs, the play in this game should be open, offensive, and dynamic. Right from the start. Therefore, all your regular fantasy starters have a chance to light it up like a Christmas tree.

Good luck in your fantasy playoffs, as this game is where much of the battle of Week 15 takes place.

Fun Fact: This is just the seventh encounter between these two teams since 1993. The Bills have a 7-2 record at home following a win on the road against an NFC team that won their last game at home. The Cowboys, in reverse, are 3-9 on the road following a home victory, playing against an AFC team that won their last game on the road.

Vegas Line: Bills -2.0
Vegas OU: 50.0
Start: Josh Allen, QB, Bills
Sit: Jake Ferguson, TE, Cowboys
Sleeper: Gabe Davis, WR, Bills
Pick Poll: Cowboys 58%
In the Booth: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Injury Update: Rico Dowdle Q | Jalen Tolbert Q |

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Commanders (4-9) at Rams (6-7)

The Rams are just below the playoff line behind the Packers. They are the second of five teams at 6-7 vying for that last spot. This is a typical spoiler versus contender matchup, and the Rams are obviously wary of this. The Commanders remain the worst team versus receivers. All the relevant fantasy Rams are must-starts, and if you need to take risks in the flex, don't get cute with the third wide on the Rams. Only Sam Howell is in the fantasy green for the Commanders in this matchup, and the rest are dark red.
Vegas Line: Rams -6.5
Vegas OU: 50.5
Start: Puka Nacua, WR, Rams
Sit: Antonio Gibson, RB, Commanders
Sleeper: Curtis Samuel, WR, Commanders
Pick Poll: Rams 94%
In the Booth: Tom McCarthy, James Lofton, Jay Feely
Injury Update: Brian Robinson Jr. O | Tutu Atwell Qnep |

Forty-Niners (10-3) at Cardinals (3-10)

Is there such a thing as trap games with the Forty-Niners? The Cardinals will come to play, so the Niners won't look past them. Week 4 was a walk for the Niners against the Cardinals, 35-16. Can Kyler Murray change that? Maybe, but getting closer to winning isn't winning. That's probably what we'll see here. The Cardinals are fresh off the bye and looking to spoil someone. In a sense, this makes your fantasy Cardinals sleeper-type starts. Your Forty-Niners are, of course, start 'em².
Vegas Line: Forty-Niners -12.0
Vegas OU:  48.0
Start: Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
Sit: Marquise Brown, WR, Cardinals
Sleeper: Jauan Jennings, WR, Forty-Niners
Pick Poll: Forty-Niners 98%
In the Booth: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Injury Update: Marquise Brown Qep | Michael Wilson Qep | Elijah Mitchell O | Emari Demercado Q |

Feature Games

Sunday Night Football: Ravens (10-3) at Jaguars (8-5)

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The importance factor needle goes beyond 100 for this one.

The Jaguars find themselves trying to avoid a third straight loss. If they lose, then the Texans and Colts, depending on their results earlier in the day, will begin getting interested in a possible home playoff game.

Welcome to fright night in Duval.

Ravens AFC's Best?

When everyone else fell away from the top, the Ravens took control. More importantly to this success, the Ravens proved last week that they can play a run game, a pass game, and also a mixture of RPO with both systems. It's hard for defenses to prepare for them if they phase these things effectively.

In this game, the Ravens will again adjust to their opponent. The Jaguars are generally a traditional and orthodox offense of run and pass balance.

Fantasy Plus Matchup

Yes, it's generally an all-green fantasy matchup. I especially like Evan Engram for the Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence knows, just like we do, that Engram is on a hot streak.

Jay Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., and Isaiah Likely are all positive starts for the Ravens.

The running backs on both sides come into this game with no less fantasy upside.

Drama

This is the kind of game where high tension, in fantasy too, will be a part of the atmosphere. Prepare for a white knuckle ride in this game while waiting for the fantasy contributions to arrive. For some of the good starts, it will happen. For others, they'll miss the party. Yeah, it forecasts like one of those.

This game has the potential to be one of the best games of 2023, fantasy or not. This is because of the consequences of win versus loss in the overall playoff scenario in the AFC. In a game where every offensive possession has a distinctness of utter urgency, neither side will want to play it too tight.

If you like intense, every play matters football, this is the game for you.

Fun Fact: The Jaguars, playing at home, following two losses, first at home and then on the road, have lost their last six games straight up and last five against the spread.

Vegas Line:  Ravens -3.0
Vegas OU: 42.5
Start: Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars
Sit: Keaton Mitchell, RB, Ravens
Sleeper: Parker Washington, WR, Jaguars
Pick Poll: Ravens 83%
In the Booth: Mike Tirico, Chris Collinsworth
Injury Update: None

Monday Night Football

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Eagles (10-3) at Seahawks (6-7)

The two physical mutants from Ole Miss, DK Metcalf and A.J. Brown, don't meet up that often to play football against each other, so we might see a brother-versus-brother matchup. Both teams have been filling the loss column lately, and something has to give. Oddly, it feels like the Eagles are the team with the bigger slide. The Seahawks, having lost their last four, remain in contention, but just barely. Start your Eagles as normal, but be selective about your downfield Seahawks and temper expectations.
Vegas Line: Eagles -3.0
Vegas OU:  47.0
Start: A.J. Brown, WR, Eagles
Sit: Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles
Sleeper: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seahawks
Pick Poll: Eagles 89%
In the Booth: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Injury Update: Geno Smith Q |

In the Booth on Saturday and Sunday

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Saturday Games

NFL Network

1 PM ET Vikings at Bengals: Chris Rose, Jason McCourty
4:30 PM ET Steelers at Colts: Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner
8:15 PM ET Broncos at Lions: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

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CBS Early

Jets at Dolphins: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Buccaneers at Packers: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Texans at Titans: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

FOX Early

Chiefs at Patriots: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston
Giants at Saints: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Bears at Browns: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Falcons at Panthers: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

CBS Late

49ers at Cardinals: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Commanders at Rams: Tom McCarthy, James Lofton, Jay Feely

FOX Late

Cowboys at Bills: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen

Saturday Games

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Vikings (7-6) at Bengals (7-6)

A 3-0 win, the first in 16 years, didn't help Joshua Dobbs gain confidence with Kevin O'Connell last week. Nick Mullens will start. Jake Browning smiles in the sunshine following another fantasy-satisfactory performance against the Colts. The Bengals are mixing up their offense from earlier in the season, which is having a positive effect. Chase Brown is becoming a 1b in the backfield with 1a Joe Mixon. We're expecting Justin Jefferson to play in this battle of playoff hopefuls.
Vegas Line: Bengals -3.5
Vegas OU: 40.5
Start: Tanner Hudson, TE, Bengals
Sit: Jordan Addison, WR, Vikings
Sleeper: Chase Brown, RB, Bengals
Pick Poll: Bengals 84%
In the Booth: Chris Rose, Jason McCourty
Injury Update: Alexander Mattison O | Justin Jefferson Q |

Steelers (7-6) at Colts (7-6)

The lack of offense throughout the season is finally catching up with the Steelers. Mitch Trubisky seems to have similar effectiveness as Kenny Pickett. But the door hasn't closed on the Steelers because the defense continues to keep them alive. The Colts lost a battle with their brother city rivals, the Bengals last week, but they remain a dangerous opponent. The Steelers will try their firepower, but the Colts are better tooled. The fantasy Colts have better starts, and the Steelers have better sits.
Vegas Line: Colts -1.5
Vegas OU: 42.5
Start: Michael Pittman, WR, Colts
Sit: Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers
Sleeper: Josh Downs, WR, Colts
Pick Poll: Colts 74%
In the Booth: Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner
Injury Update: Jonathan Taylor O |
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Broncos (7-6) at Lions (9-4)

The Lions fell flat against the Bears last week and just can't make that solid final dash. This time, they'll paddle harder. Meanwhile, the Broncos are heading up steadily, which no one expected. Games with the Lions seldom get defensive, but with the Broncos in town, this game could take on a strange character. All players have big fantasy upside. The Broncos haven't had a nail-biting shootout since Week 2. Fire up Russell Wilson and Jared Goff in this one and get your playoffs rolling strong into Sunday!
Vegas Line: Lions -4.5
Vegas OU: 48.0
Start: Russell Wilson, QB, Broncos
Sit: Jameson Williams, WR, Lions
Sleeper: Samaje Perine, RB, Broncos
Pick Poll: Lions 75%
In the Booth: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Injury Update: Josh Reynolds Q |

© 2023 Richard Savill


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