2023 IDP Football Week 15 Start-Sit

by Alex Michael
2023 IDP Football Week 15 Start Sit

Let's go! Moving on from last week's successes, we're going to keep it nice and straightforward as we close in on playoff season in fantasy football. For some of you the playoffs have arrived, so we need to keep focused. So without further ado, let's get your 2023 IDP Football Week 15 Start-Sit advice!

Your 2023 IDP Football Week 15 Start-Sits lie in the paragraphs within this article. Unless the situation requires it, it's likely that the IDP Start-Sits in this series won't contain the most obvious choices and should give plenty of food for thought.

Here we'll review some stats and analysis of previous weeks as well as a look into team dynamics and team set-up. Set a weekly reminder and keep an eye out on the Fantasy Six Pack website for the upload each week, and while you're there, sign up to be a member and join our IDP Discord channel to stay up to date with all the latest IDP info, including live responses from the whole of the Fantasy Six Pack IDP Team.

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2023 IDP Football Week 15 Start-Sit

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Linebackers to Start

Germaine Pratt, Cincinnati Bengals

Germaine Pratt is on fire right now. In the last two matchups, Pratt has racked up 22 tackles and half a sack. This week against the Vikings promises to be a good opportunity for Pratt to continue his run of form.

The Vikings ran the ball 30 times as they beat the Las Vegas Raiders 3-0 in Week 14. That equated to 10 tackles and a sack for Robert Spillane who will be playing in an almost identical role to Germaine Pratt in Week 15. With Alexander Mattison announced as out for this week, Ty Chandler will lead the backfield for the Vikings.

For added spice, Pratt seems to have an "in-house" battle with teammate Logan Wilson to see who can lead in tackles each week. Pratt is 1-1-1 in the last three weeks with fewer defensive snaps, so watch this space, especially now that Brian O'Neill has been announced as out, leaving the Vikings without their starting right tackle.

Azeez Al-Shaair, Tennessee Titans

Azeez Al-Shaair has been phenomenal this season. After trading San Francisco for Tennessee in the offseason, Al-Shaair has already surpassed his best season in the NFL with 124 tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery.

After hitting double-digit tackles in the last two weeks, Al-Shaair will be in a prime position to keep chalking up the numbers against a depleted Houston Texans offense. With Stroud still in concussion protocol and question marks over Nico Collins' health, it should mean the Texans lean on the run a lot more opening up plenty of opportunities for Al-Shaair to continue the hot streak.

Linebackers to Sit

Jordyn Brooks, Seattle Seahawks

It really pains me to say this as a diehard Jordyn Brooks fan. Brooks has been quiet in the last couple of weeks and was saved in Week 13 with a sack. This week against Philadelphia is a risky play to start Brooks considering the Eagles have been reluctant to run the ball in recent weeks.

The only thing that may save this week for Brooks is if the Eagles decide to run the ball with Jalen Hurts. However, given that Hurts has been injured in the close-out of the two last seasons, the Eagles are likely to protect their star quarterback.

Defensive Linemen to Start

Daron Payne, Washington Commanders

After coming off a bye in Week 14, Daron Payne should be primed and ready to have a solid week working the inside against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. Last week the Ravens and the Rams put up a great game of football for neutral fans, but it did lead to a couple of sacks on Stafford.

Both of those sacks came from defensive tackles and that may have been a direct result of the damage to offensive tackle Rob Havenstein who picked up a hip injury mid-game. If Havenstein misses the Week 15 matchup against the Commanders, Payne will have some fun on Sunday.

Bradley Chubb, Miami Dolphins

After moving from the Denver Broncos last season, Chubb has had ups and downs in fantasy production, and it could be argued that he has become somewhat matchup-dependent. This week the Dolphins need a win, Tua Tagovailoa continues to disappoint, and Tyreek Hill is not practicing for the Dolphins at the time of writing (Thursday evening).

The Dolphins could spend a lot more time on defense and there aren't many matchups that suit edge-rushers than going up against Zach Wilson. Wilson was sacked four times in Week 14, two of which came via Jonathan Greenard. In Wilson's last start for the Jets (in Week 11), Wilson was sacked 2.5 times by Leonard Floyd, also an edge-rusher.  This should be a solid outing for Chubb.

Defensive Linemen to Sit

Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles

Josh Sweat has underwhelmed since the Eagles had their bye in Week 10. In the last four weeks, Sweat has only managed 12 total tackles, including assists which is not good enough form in the playoffs. Big risk play if you are starting Sweat this week. Sit.

Defensive Backs to Start

Deonte Banks, New York Giants

Deonte Banks had himself a day in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers. This week the Giants are up against Derek Carr and the New Orleans Saints who are struggling to field wide receivers at the moment.

We know Derek Carr likes to pass the ball, and first-round pick Deonte Banks will be looking to pick holes in Carr's relationship with his new receivers. After throwing an interception three weeks in a row and reducing the number of throws that he is making each week, this could lead to more run plays from the Saints with Banks dropping to a more shallow role and chipping with tackles on short-down plays. Feels like a good matchup for Banks who is in solid form.

Defensive Backs to Sit

Brian Branch, Detroit Lions

This is a tough inclusion as a huge fan of Brian Branch. Branch had his defensive snaps cut heavily in the Week 14 matchup against the Chicago Bears. After snagging another pick in Week 13, it was a surprise to see Branch play in only 37 defensive snaps, in comparison to Kerby Joseph, who was on the field for 70 snaps.

The Lions are up against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, who operate a similar style offense to the Lions' Week 14 opponents, the Bears. With the Broncos wide receiver corps continuing to underperform, it is unlikely that the Broncos will play with three-receiver sets, leaving Branch as the "odd man out" on defense.

Thanks for reading 2023 IDP Football Week 15 Start-Sit! If you have any questions or comments, please reach me at @DynastyGuruNFL on Twitter.

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