Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you’ll want in your lineup for Week 15. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch SEA VS. BUF

Beast Mode lit up the Seattle skies for 3 TDs on Sunday as the Hawks pummeled the Arizona Cardinals by a whopping score of 58 to zilch. So what should we expect for an encore to his beastly performance? More of the exact damn same is right. As the 8-5 Hawks continue to look and improve their playoff positioning in a chilly Buffalo they will lean on the legs of Beast Mode to get it done. Let it be known, the Bills won’t let the Seahawks walk all over them, but I’ll go with letting them run on them. Remember, Lynch was drafted 12 overall in the 2007 draft by the Bills and traded away like garbage at the beginning of the 2010 season for basically a 4th round pick. Will he be looking to exact some revenge? Absolutely, it’s Skittles time!

Chris Johnson TEN VS. NYJ

Dear CJ owners, if you advanced to your next playoff round despite his pedestrian effort in a salivating matchup last weekend versus the Colts then he’ll be making up for it this week. If you were eliminated due to his putrid performance there’s always next season. Now the Jets gave up over 15 fantasy points to the Jaguars 4th string running back last weekend, so that gives me goose bumps just thinking what CJ is capable of doing. It’s Monday Night Football and even though this matchup will lack significant viewership it promises to be advantageous for CJ owners.


Cam Newton CAR VS. SD

It’s Cam and he’s back. Yeah, that’s right, don’t call me “Can’t Newton” has his swag back in full effect and is doing fist pounds and that silly superman taunt again. After last week’s unexpectedly HUGE performance in dismantling division leader Atlanta, it’s the Chargers next up on Supermoan’s list. Since Carolina is not in the playoff hunt they are basically playing for their coach’s job, even though many speculate he’s already gone after the season. If Cam can continue to get 3 person blocks by Steve Smith, which paved the way to Cam’s 60 yard TD jaunt and summersault last week, then he’ll be fantasy gold. The Chargers have a formidable defense, but I expect rushing yards between 50 and 80 and him to be airing out the football all over the city dubbed by Ron Burgandy as a “Whale’s Vagina.” This will be the game the breaks Coach Norv Turner’s proverbial back for the Chargers. My bet is cam will be more superman than chump this weekend.

Tom Brady NE VS. SF

For all those fans who would like to entertain a debate for MVP of the NFL this season, we should all be able to agree that after Monday night’s drubbing by the Patriots over the Texans that Brady deserves to be atop the list. It’s a no brainer that he’s a start’em around fantasy playoff time, but I want to ensure that no owners are scared of the matchup versus one of the NFL’s most elite defenses. This Patriots offense is firing on nearly all cylinders right now. To that end, I don’t see this game even being that close either. Hernandez, Welker and Lloyd have stepped their games up and Brady is back to looking the part of the golden boy. Brady clocks in as the “panty-dropping” pick to click this week with a prediction of 3 TDs and 250 yards passing, maybe even a fist pump or two for good measure.

Wide Receivers

A.J. Green CIN VS. PHI

So Green is coming off his worst statistical game of the season on Sunday. It seemed like he was mentally off in la-la land as he uncharacteristically dropped passes and cost the Bengals an important game against the Cowboys. Well, insert another NFC East opponent in Week 15 and expect a bounce-back performance from him this weekend. Philly did a nice against the Bucs last week and Andy Reid’s team earned their first win since week 4, that’s baseball season folks. The Eagles secondary gives up over 20 fantasy points to opposing WRs and this matchup is juicy, making Green the “Bullet-Proof Tiger” pick of the week for 2 TDs and over 100 yards receiving.

Danario Alexander SD VS. CAR

Wake up fantasy owners! If Alexander is still on the waiver then pick him up, now. He’s been a beast and even in tough matchups against the Steelers last weekend, he breaks through with 2 TDs and has become the consensus #1 favorite target of Philip Rivers. Floyd and Gates are simple fodder compared to Alexander, who continues to get open. It doesn’t take much for him to haul in the big one either for fantasy glory. Carolina has been vulnerable to teams that can spread them out and this is another opportunity for that. I like a shootout on the west coast Sunday and especially for Alexander to have another big time game. Start him and remember his name next season when drafting in those upper-middle rounds.

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta BAL VS. DEN

Pitta found the end zone last weekend in the Battle of the Beltway. However, that still wasn’t enough to save the job of Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron this week. So in the wake of the firing and promoting of QBs coach Jim Caldwell I am endorsing Pitta. Flacco has been adamant about jump starting the no-huddle offense more and expect the Ravens to revert more towards the short passing game to keep Ray Rice more intricately involved. I think this could be the very change that sparks the Ravens down the stretch and Pitta will see the results. Denver is vulnerable versus the tight end position, as they are very solid in the secondary against receivers. The way to beat the Broncos D is the blue print for Ravens historic success. A ball controlled offense, centered around pounding it between the tackles with a heavy dosage of Rice, screens and shots down the middle of the field to the TE and slot receivers. Start Pitta with confidence this week.

Brandon Myers OAK VS. KC

Damn, Myers was an epic fail on the start’ems list last week. Fool me once, shame on me but this time it’ll be shame on the Chiefs. This game could be just straight ugly – I’ll go out on a limb and say a “Black-Out” might be in full effect and I’m not talking about the color of fans clothing either. Myers has big time play making potential. He nearly cost me and many a chance at playoff advancement, but I’m banking on a solid bounce-back this weekend.


Seattle Seahawks SEA VS. BUF

Did you see last weekend’s game versus Arizona? Seattle posted a shutout and limited the Cardinals to a total of 153 yards, averaging fantasy owners an unbelievable 40 points. Next up Buffalo, welcome the Bills to the Seahawks house of horrors. After breaking through a couple weeks ago in Chicago for a much needed road victory, I have an abnormal amount of confidence that Pete Carroll’s squad can go on the road against the Bills and do some damage. I like the chance for a pick 6, based on the number of times the Bills are likely to the throw the pigskin around. The Shermaninator is still at CB and surely doped up on copious amounts of Ritalin, just waiting to spaze out all over Buffalo’s receiving threats.