Fantasy Attack: Week 15
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It’s Week 15! If you’re reading this you’re in the fantasy playoffs. You’re not here for jibber jabber, you’re here for fantasy picks. Let’s get right to it.
Ryan Tannehill: Big doin’s in the AFC South. The Titans face the Texans two out of the last three weeks of the season. Tennessee has won six of their last seven games with Tannehill under center, and have finally found something resembling a competent offense. With Derrick Henry fighting off a hamstring injury, expect the Titans to throw the ball more against a secondary that gave up 30 fantasy points to Drew Lock last week.
Chris Carson: With Rashaad Penny having knee issues, Carson’s going to get more work this week against a Panthers defense that’s been pretty weak against the run all season. It’s not like Carson’s been lacking in work anyway, dude has double digit fantasy points in seven out of his last nine games.
Kenny Golladay: Tampa’s secondary is absolutely brutal against wide receivers. You might think that Detroit might not be able to take advantage of this matchup with Matthew Stafford out of commission & David Blough throwing the ball out there. It’s not ideal, but he’s still a touchdown machine and Tampa gives up a ton of points. Gonna be a high-scoring weird kinda game.
Chris Godwin: Let’s stay in that Lions/Bucs matchup for a second and make sure everybody’s aware of what’s going on with the Tampa receiving game. Namely, Mike Evans is out for the season and not around to take targets away from Godwin. Outside of a 30 point Week 12 he’s been relatively quiet since the Week 7 bye. That likely won’t continue.
New England Defense: They’re playing the Bengals. Even if they didn’t get that juicy footage of Zac Taylor on the sidelines to Bill Belichick, I think they’ll do pretty good for you folks that have already ridden them into the playoffs.
Aaron Rodgers: Say what you will about those Chicago Bears, but that defense has been shutting down quarterbacks all season. Rodgers just got under 15 points in Week 1, and the most any QB has gotten against the Bears all season is 23. Teddy Bridgewater, natch! Rodgers didn’t exactly take advantage of that Washington matchup last week, and he won’t help you much this week either.
Alvin Kamara: The Saints put up 46 points on the 49ers last week, and Kamara only accounted for a measly 25 rushing yards & 18 passing yards. Not great. Latavius Murray has actually been the more effective player in the New Orleans backfield for awhile now & if any running back is going to get some points on Monday night against Indy it’ll be him.
Julio Jones: Julio has really cooled off since his Week 9 bye and is facing off with a stout San Francisco secondary this week. The 49ers gave up a ton of points to the Saints last week, but that’s certainly the exception to the norm. The San Fran defense will clamp down this week & it’ll be a bad week to have ol’ Julio on your team.
Josh Allen: Allen’s had a pretty good season for the Bills, but down the stretch presents a difficult schedule. He already struggled against the Ravens last week, now he gets a Steelers defense that’s been getting good at the right time. Throw in a Patriots matchup next week and you don’t want to be anywhere near this guy.
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Patrick Laird (21% owned in Yahoo! leagues): I mean…it’s a starting running back. It’s Miami’s starting running back, but it’s something! He’s got a pretty good matchup this week too against a pathetic Giants defense. If you’re in a pinch, or looking for somebody nobody else in DFS will pick…why not?
David Njoku (37% owned in Yahoo! leagues): We all know it’s been a rough year for tight ends, so here’s a couple with some potential for the playoffs. Njoku has been injured most of the season and finally came back last week. He didn’t do a whole lot against the Bengals, but this week he faces off with the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona hasn’t covered any tight ends this year, so expect the Joker to return to viability this week.
Hayden Hurst (1% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Hurst was able to take advantage of opportunity in Week 14 with Mark Andrews injured early in the game. Andrews returned to practice on Tuesday, but the Ravens play on Thursday and one would expect him to take it a little easy against the Jets. Lamar Jackson will still be looking for tight ends to throw to, so it might be worth a shot.