Our Week 15 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 15 quarterback starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
Derek Carr’s Week 14 performance was marred by harsh weather conditions and a nagging pinky injury. Amari Cooper’s baffling miscue where he appeared to lose the ball in flight on a would-be 72-yard TD certainly didn’t help Carr’s statline, as Carr posted a mere 5 fantasy points. On the bright side, Carr will have a total of 10 days to rest up and return to sunny California conditions for this week’s matchup in San Diego. Facing a Chargers defense that ranks 25th against the pass, allowing 261 passing yards a game, Carr should be able to return to elite company at the quarterback position. I expect Cooper and Michael Crabtree to both return to form as well, which stabilizes Carr’s outlook and floor for this week’s matchup.
Russell Wilson’s 2016 season has been full of ups and downs. After getting off to a meandering start to the season, Wilson averaged 26 fantasy points between Weeks 9 through 11, only to take a step back over the last three weeks, posting a 13 point average over that time frame. Last week in particular, Wilson had a day for fantasy owners to forget. In a blowout loss to the Packers, Wilson tossed five interceptions, although a lot of the blame could be placed on his receivers shoulders. This week, however, has the outlook of a different story for Wilson and the Seahawks. Welcoming in a turbulent Rams team fresh off the (necessary) firing of Head Coach Jeff Fisher, the Seahawks will look to capitalize. I fully expect Wilson to remain focused on taking care of business this week in what should be a blowout victory.
Coming off his third game of the season in which he threw 3 + interceptions, Philip Rivers will look to get back on track this week at home vs. a vulnerable Raiders secondary. With Melvin Gordon highly unlikely to play this week, the Chargers will dial-up an even more pass-happy offense than usual. Rivers will have a terrific chance at posting something resembling a 300-2 + passing line, as Mike McCoy fights to keep his head coaching job. Rivers and the Chargers will do everything they can to keep pace with the Raiders in this one, don’t be shocked if he attempts 45 + passes on Sunday.
Matthew Stafford has been nothing short of spectacular in life after Calvin Johnson. He’s led countless 4th quarter comebacks this season, as the Lions are in the driver’s seat of the NFC North. However, that position could be compromised when Detroit heads to the Meadowlands to take on the surging Giants defense, coming off a dominating performance over the Cowboys last Sunday Night. To add insult to injury, literally, Stafford will have to contend with torn ligaments in his middle finger. This one has all the makings of an underwhelming performance from the Lions and their signal-caller. Staff’ won’t be a recommended option for fantasy owners in Week 15.
For the second consecutive week, Dak Prescott failed to impress, as the Giants swept the season series from the Cowboys on Sunday Night. This week the Cowboys will return home, but it doesn’t get any easier as they’ll face one of the hottest teams in the league. The Bucs have won five straight games and the biggest reason they’ve been able to turn things around, is the improvements they’ve made on the defensive side of the ball. They made Drew Brees look like Drew Henson last week and they’ll be ready to prove they can hang with the top team in the NFC this week in Dallas. Fantasy owners shouldn’t be banking on Prescott to right the ship this week. Sit ’em!
It takes an unique brand of a quarterback to turn Allen Robinson into a pumpkin in terms of fantasy production. Yet, that’s exactly what Blake Bortles has managed to do with the highly talented Robinson. Bortles has been nothing short of erratic this season, taking major steps back from the strides he made in his sophomore season. With Gus Bradley most likely to get canned in the off-season, the new Jaguars brass will surely bring in additional competition for Bortles at the quarterback position. In the meantime, owners should not be considering Bortles in any capacity for the fantasy playoffs.