Week 15 of the season is here, and if you are still playing, you are just one step away from winning you fantasy football league. Week 14 must have gone very well for you if you are still playing, and Week 14 went quite well for A-Mac! Most of his picks for starts and sits were spot on, save for LeGarrette Blount being a sit and posting a 13-point performance against the Ravens top-ranked run defense. His two top picks of the week came on the defensive side of the ball, when suggest you start the Falcons defense and sit the Seattle Seahawk defense. Seattle went on to post a league-low total of -2 points in ESPN standard scoring leagues, but the Falcon were the best defense in fantasy last week, posting 26 points in similar leagues. Not only was Atlanta the top fantasy defense, but they were also tied for the third-best fantasy player of the week with Tom Brady and behind only Bilal Powell and Le’Veon Bell.
Some of you still playing may have gotten slammed with a case of the injury bug. Fantasy studs Julio Jones, Melvin Gordon, and Matt Stafford were held out last week or suffered significant injuries this past week. If you have anyone of those guys, it’s time to hit the waiver wire, and A-Mac has a few names for you. Here are A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 15!
A-Mac’s Week 15 Start Ems’
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 78.9% owned): After missing a few weeks to sickle cell anemia, Coleman scored his first double-digit fantasy performance since Week 7. Coleman’s uptick in usage could have been forced with Falcon receiver Julio Jones missing last week with a foot injury. If Jones misses Week 15 against the 49ers, look for Coleman to benefit alongside Devonta Freeman. San Francisco has allowed fantasy running backs to score at least 21 points in ten of their last 11 games.
Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego Chargers (ESPN 30.3% owned): On Sunday, Chargers stud running back Melvin Gordon went down with a hip injury after three carries. Gordon’s status is highly in doubt for Week 15 and beyond, but when he went down, Farrow filled in with solid 78 total yards on the day. If Gordon can’t go, the Chargers face the Oakland Raiders who have struggled against running backs, allowing six touchdowns to the position in the last for weeks.
Marquise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (ESPN 8% owned): I know I wrote about him in Week 8 and he did not come through for anyone, posting a big fat zero against the Titans, but things have improved for Lee recently. In the last four weeks, Lee has out-targeted supposed number one receiver Allen Robinson in three of those games, leading 39-to-24 in total targets in that span. The Jaguars face a Houston Texan secondary that has scuffled against receivers lately, allowing at least 20 points to the position in four of the last five weeks.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN 1.9% owned): This is sort of a “Hail Mary” pick. Perriman has been hampered by injuries his whole young career but has seen at least three targets from Joe Flacco in each of the last three weeks. The Ravens face the Philadelphia Eagles whose secondary has not been good containing receivers, allowing at least 26 fantasy points to the position in six of the last seven weeks.
Miami Dolphins D/ST (ESPN 43.9% owned): The obvious must-start defense is the Seattle Seahawks squad, who face the pathetic LA Rams, fresh of their five-turnover and two defensive touchdown performance to the Atlanta Falcons. If you don’t own Seattle, take a look at Miami who face Bryce Petty and the New York Jets. The Jets offense has turned the ball over 26 times this season, second in the NFL, and six of those have happened the last three games.
A-Mac’s Week 15 Sit Ems’
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts (ESPN 99.2% owned): Since missing Week 12 with a concussion, Luck has been great throwing six touchdowns in the two games since. This suggest to sit is all about the matchup, as the Colts visit the Minnesota Vikings and their third-ranked pass defense. The Vikings have been even tougher on quarterbacks lately, allowing just one passing touchdown in each of their last three games.
Mark Ingram. RB, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 97.8% owned): If you are still starting him this far in the playoffs, despite back-to-back single-digit point performances, then you are truly lucky to be playing in your league semifinals. I would look anywhere else for a back that doesn’t play in New Orleans who play Arizona who boasts a solid tenth-ranked run defense and hasn’t allowed a touchdown to the position in three weeks.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN 94.7% owned): After being feared lost for the season, reports are coming out that AJ Green will return to practice and potentially play Week 15 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even if he plays, I am not starting Green against the Steelers, who held a healthy Green to just two catches for 38 yards in their Week 2 game.
Denver Broncos D/ST (ESPN 98.1% owned): Yes the Broncos have the leagues top-ranked pass defense and third in overall yards allowed, but did you know their run defense is 29th in the NFL? While the Bronco defense always seems like a must-start, they play the New England Patriots who have put a hurting on fantasy defenses lately. In New England’s last four games, fantasy defenses are averaging -1.5 points a game, including Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens who registered one point against the Patriots despite their fourth place rank in total yards allowed.