Week 15: Fantasy Playoffs – Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

As a waiver wire QB, Russell Wilson could turn a lot of heads with some favorable fantasy playoff matchups

Quarterback
  • Josh Freeman (@ NO): Freeman hasn’t quite kept up with the red hot numbers he was posting back in midseason, but he has still managed to put up 20 passing TD’s to only four interceptions in his past nine games. To make things even better, Freeman had a career day against New Orleans in their matchup earlier this season, posting 420 yards, three TD’s, and zero int’s.
  • Russell Wilson (@ Buf): 10 TD’s and 1 interception in his last five games. Wilson has been hot, but keep in mind he is sure to transform into “game manager” in situations such as last week’s 58-0 blowout of Arizona. If Buffalo is able to compete in this game, Wilson will deliver.
  • Brandon Weeden (vs Was): Washington continues to struggle tremendously against the pass, as they have allowed seven passing touchdowns in the past three weeks.

Runningback

  • Marshawn Lynch (@ Buf): Despite how bad the Cardinals may be, Lynch is catching fire at the perfect time for his fantasy owners. The guy has seven touchdowns and five 100+ yard’ers in his last SEVEN games. He is absolutely killing it. Coming in against the third worst rushing defense in the league – Lynch should be in for a huge day.
  • David Wilson (@ Atl): This is a big one where you will have to monitor the injury to Ahmad Bradshaw’s knee. Wilson absolutely exploded last week against the Saints for over 300 all purpose yards, and three TD’s. This week’s matchup against the porous Atlanta run defense is almost just as tasty, and if Bradshaw is ruled out, Wilson will be the only serviceable back available.
  • Reggie Bush (vs Jax): I thought this stat was a typo when I read it. Jacksonville has allowed FIVE running backs to score 10+ points in the past THREE games. Absolutely outrageous.

Wide Receiver

  • Josh Gordon (vs Was): Gordon is finally coming back into the form that saw him rise to prominence back in midseason. In his past two games he has 14 catches for 202 yards, and a TD. This week, they face the Redskins horrid pass defense, and as Weeden’s favorite target, Gordon’s hot streak looks to continue.
  • Mike Wallace (@ Dal): Mendenhall is out, and thankfully for Mike Wallace owners, Big Ben is back in action. Wallace managed to put up more yardage (excluding the two TD’s he tacked on, as well) last week than in the previous four games combined while working with Leftwich/Batch. All signs point to this continuing against the Cowboys, who have allowed seven passing TD’s in the past five weeks.
  • Danario Alexander (vs Car): Continues to be the most trusted WR in the San Diego offense, and has gotten a TD or 100+ yards in four of the past five games. While not the best matchup against Carolina, they have still allowed three TD’s to WR’s over the past two weeks.

Tight End

  • Brandon Myers (vs KC): Coming off of his monster game two weeks ago, he was unfortunately resigned to blocking Denver’s incredible front seven last week, and only managed one catch for seven yards. That should change this week, against a far easier opponent in the Chiefs.
  • Dennis Pitta (vs Den): Has a touchdown in every game since week 10 against teams that aren’t Pittsburgh. This one is slightly a gamble however, as it remains to be seen how the new offensive coordinator will work Pitta into the system. However, it’s clear Flacco plays better at home, and trusts Pitta, especially in the redzone.

Team Defense

  • Detroit (@ Ari): The Cardinals are an absolute mess. This pick has nothing to do with the Lions, or their defense.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Nick Foles (vs Cin): Don’t buy in too heavily to the monster numbers Foles put up against Tampa, and their atrocious pass defense last week. The Bengals present a much tougher challenge for the rookie, and it is far too much of a gamble at this point in your fantasy season. Go with a better option
  • Jay Cutler (vs GB): Struggles tremendously against the Packers. In his past five matchups against Green Bay, averages just over 200 yards with six TD’s and 11 interceptions. Cutler’s neck is still shaky, the Bears are spiralling, and Green Bay knows how to shut down Brandon Marshall, the only guy Cutler likes to throw to.

Runningback

  • Michael Turner (vs NYG): He has only two 100+ yard games on the season, and would be an absolute bust if the Falcons didn’t give him goal line work. He hasn’t gotten 20+ carries since week 9, and the Giants have allowed one rushing TD at home in their past six games. Stay away.
  • Beanie Wells (vs Det): Stay away from the Cardinals. Beanie Wells, like Michael Turner, will provide ZERO value for your team if he fails to score, which is something the Cardinals clearly have tremendous difficulty doing.
  • Vick Ballard (@ Hou): Houston is going to rebound strong at home after being embarrassed in Foxborough. Even with his goal line poachers injured, Ballard will be in for a long day against the Texans.

Wide Receiver

  • Larry Fitzgerald (vs Det): Continues to ride this list while the Cardinals lack a serviceable QB.
  • Pierre Garcon (@ Cle): Regardless of what ends up happening with RG3, it’s clear that he won’t be 100%, won’t be running the ball often, and will lose alot of the escapability that makes him such a threat. Additionally, Garcon will be matched up against Joe Haden, who has shut down far better receivers such as Mike Wallace and Reggie Wayne already.
  • Jeremy Maclin (vs Cin): For the same reasons I don’t like Nick Foles. He will struggle to get Maclin the ball this week.

Tight End

  • Jason Witten (vs Pit): Has only one touchdown on the season, and the Steelers are the best team in the league at covering the tight end.
  • Jermichael Finley (@ Chi): One of those hit or miss players who tends to miss more often than not.

Team Defense

  • San Francisco (@ NE): This is the classic question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Unfortunately, regardless of how great this game might be watch, I wouldn’t want to gamble my fantasy playoffs on the outcome.
  • Pittsburgh (@ Dal): I have paid the price before when betting against Pittsburgh, but with even more injuries piling up on the defense and DeMarco Murray back in action, I think this will be a close.

 

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