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 wide receiver 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.
Week 14’s loss to the Panthers was one to forget for the Chargers. Philip Rivers threw three picks and the team lost Melvin Gordon after sustaining a hip injury. If there’s a silver lining to it all, it’s that the team may have found a legitimate weapon moving forward. Third-year wide receiver Dontrelle Inman continued his hot streak, as he posted his third consecutive week with a score. Passing Travis Benjamin on the depth chart at receiver, Inman has solidified himself as the team’s No. 2 wideout behind Tyrell Williams. Inman is a solid bet to receive an uptick in targets this week, as the Chargers are likely to be without Gordon and rely even more on the passing game. Fantasy owners can deploy Inman with confidence, as a WR3 for this week.
Fantasy owners would have to revert to Week 10’s game at Washington to find the last time Stefon Diggs put up double-digit fantasy points. Since then, Diggs has failed to top 60 receiving yards with Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen carving out bigger roles in the passing game. This week, Diggs has a great opportunity to bounce back, as the Vikings host the Colts and their susceptible secondary. For those in PPR leagues especially, Diggs has a fantastic chance to get back into double digits and he’ll be a legitimate WR2/3 for this week.
While Larry Fitzgerald ranks as one of this season’s best fantasy receivers, especially in PPR leagues, its been a different story as of late. You’d have to go back to Week 5 to find the last time he scored a touchdown, and Week 10 to find the last time he put up double-digit fantasy points (in non-PPR leagues). There’ll be no excuses for ‘Fitz this week, after the team decided to cut Michael Floyd on the heels of his DUI. With J.J. Nelson expected to start alongside ‘Fitz this week, you can expect a massive number of targets to go Larry’s way. Throw in the fact that he gets the Saints lackluster secondary and it’s a great opportunity for Fitz to get back in good graces with fantasy owners.
It’s difficult to believe this is the same receiver as the first three weeks of the season. After Kelvin Benjamin recorded 4 TDs in his first 3 games, his production has dropped off a cliff. Benjamin has managed a pathetic 3 receptions for 29 yards in his last two games, as the Carolina offense continues to disappoint. This week, Benjamin and the Panthers will have to contend with Josh Norman and company as they head to the Nation’s capital for Monday Night Football. Washington will be in must-win mode and expect Norman to put the clamps on Benjamin for this one. Sit ’em!
After completing his four-game suspension for the use of PED’s, Alshon Jeffery will be back this week for the Bears as they host the Packers on Sunday. While this is a positive for the Bears, a lot has changed since Jeffery began his suspension. For starters, Matt Barkley has the reigns to the offense, a quarterback he likely has little to no chemistry with. Furthermore, the Chicago area has welcomed in winter weather, as Sunday projects to be about 2 degrees at Soldier Field. That makes for a combination I’d steer clear of this weekend, especially with Jeffery’s uncertainty coming back from an extended absence.
Like his counterpart Alshon Jeffery, Randall Cobb will also be exposed to the extreme weather conditions expected for Sunday’s tilt. While I still expect Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense to run efficiently, Cobb has fallen a victim of the team having too many mouths to feed. With Davante Adams emerging as the team’s No. 2 and Jordy Nelson remaining as Rodgers’ favorite target, it’s difficult to expect a level of consistency out of Cobb. As a fantasy owner in the playoffs, it’s a recipe for disaster to hope for the best from a player who has proven to be inconsistent, especially given the chilly conditions for Sunday.