Welcome to the Fantasy Football Rundown: a weekly article written by yours truly in which I give at least one sentence on every single fantasy relevant player for Week 15. Starts, sits, sleepers, busts, DFS plays, you name it, I talk about it here. Be warned, this is a beast of a piece. If you’re looking for a specific player, I recommend using your web browser’s search function to head straight to said player. Enjoy reading!
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns
Over/Under Points Scored: 38
Las Vegas Raiders
QB Derek Carr – It’s been some time since Carr was reliably testing the deep game but Cleveland’s scary-on-paper defensive front will be without DLs Malik McDowell and Takk McKinley, as well as rotational LB/DL Ifeadi Odenigbo. High-end QB2.
Update 12/17/21: The Cleveland Browns’ roster has been overtaken by COVID-19. The Raiders should score at will.
WR Hunter Renfrow – .5PPR’s WR6 since Week 9 and Browns slot CB Troy Hill is nursing an ankle injury while on the COVID-19/Reserve List. Locked-in WR1.
WRs Zay Jones and DeSean Jackson – Fantasy WR7s, splitting time as the downfield Henry Ruggs replacement. Consider both for DFS purposes as Cleveland will be without safety John Johnson II
WR Bryan Edwards – Not redraft relevant.
TEs Darren Waller and Foster Moreau – Moreau has flopped as a Waller (IT band/back) fill-in. Wait-and-see on Waller’s practice participation. Moreau would be a TE2 if Waller is inactive. Waller would immediately resume elite TE1 status.
RB Josh Jacobs – Now a dual threat back. Borderline RB1/2 in a tough matchup.
RB Jalen Richard – Primary passing game backup.
RB Peyton Barber – Preferred primary bellcow backup bench-stash.
QB Case Keenum – Baker Mayfield was put on the COVID-19/Reserve List on Wednesday. His odds of playing are extremely low. LV is just 23rd in pass defense NEFF, which is good for Keenum, but the backup passer will also be playing without T Jack Conklin (IR) and stud G Wyatt Teller (COVID-19/Reserve List).. Mid-tier QB2.
Update 12/17/21: Nick Mullens will start at QB for the Browns. Keenum has tested positive for COVID-19. This hurts all pass catchers.
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones – Jarvis Landry is on the COVID-19/Reserve List and Anthony Schwartz is in the league’s concussion protocol and unable to practice. DPJ will act as Cleveland’s version of a target hog. Expect eight or so targets this week. Mid-tier WR3.
WR Rashard Higgins – LV slot CB Nate Hobbs is nothing to write home about but Cleveland has begun moving on from Landry’s slot backup. Fantasy WR4.
WR/RB Demetric Felton – Not redraft relevant.
TEs David Njoku and Harrison Bryant – Njoku was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve List last Saturday and has yet to clear it. Austin Hooper was added to that list on Tuesday of Week 15. Bryant is nursing an ankle injury but was able to practice on Wednesday which makes him the most likely TE to act as the primary TE-pass catcher against the league’s second most TE-friendly defense. Vegas is allowing 14.5 .5PPR TE PPG this year. Bryant is suddenly a streaming TE1.
Update 12/17/21: Njoku has cleared the COVID-19 protocol and will play. Mullens is likely to lean on these two.
RB Nick Chubb – The Raiders are 25th in run defense NEFF which helps lessen the impact of losing two offensive line starters. With Kareem Hunt (ankle) out, Chubb is a safe top-15 play with easy RB1 upside.
D’Ernest Johnson – Fantasy relevant as he’s likely to be given 10 or so touches in this one.
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
Over/Under Points Scored: 45.5
New England Patriots
QB Mac Jones – High-floor QB2 vs. Indy’s bottom-3 defense in QB pressure rate.
WR Jakobi Meyers – IND slot CB Kenny Moore can keep Meyers from a markedly notable day. WR4 floor-play.
WR Kendrick Bourne – Not redraft relevant.
WR Nelson Agholor – Indy does a good job limiting the deep ball. Not redraft relevant.
TE Hunter Henry – Henry’s 10 end zone targets are T-6th among all WRs, RBs, and TEs and his 18 red zone targets are T-25th. Locked-in TE1.
RBs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson – Extreme weather and a nagging Harris hamstring injury skewed New England’s Week 13, pre-bye game. Looking at Weeks 11 and 12, Harris was splitting the lead rushing duties with Rhamondre Stevenson at a 50/50 clip with each man seeing small passing game usage. If Harris is active, both he and Stevenson are high-floor RB3s. If Harris is inactive, Stevenson would shoot up to the top-15 at least.
RB Brandon Bolden – A fantasy RB6.
QB Carson Wentz – The Pats’ pass defense boasts the league’s top NEFF score right now. Wentz is a high-floor QB2.
WR Michael Pittman – Borderline WR2/3 but Indy’s passing volume is never a sure thing, which makes Pittman’s floor a weekly fright.
WR Zach Pascal – Pascal is seeing steady snap shares, but with Ashton Dulin now cycling in as a backup for both Pascal T.Y. Hilton, Pascal’s volume can’t be trusted for redraft.
T.Y. Hilton – Boom/bust WR8.
WR Ashton Dulin – Just a part time player but has made noise over their last two games. Bench stash in 14-team leagues, especially dynasty.
TE Jack Doyle – Avoid.
RB Jonathan Taylor – No. 2 in total touches with 277. He’s the top ranked RB.
RB Nyheim Hines – Fantasy RB6.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Over/Under Points Scored: 44.5
QB Dak Prescott – No brainer QB1 play here. NYG will be without starting safety Xavier McKinney, starting CB Adoree Jackson, and fill-in slot SB Aaron Robinson (starter Darnay Holmes is on IR).
WR CeeDee Lamb – Lamb’s going to be running against NYG’s No. 3 slot CB. Top-5 WR.
WR Amari Cooper – Likely to go mano a mano with James Bradberry on the perimeter for much of the game. Cooper went 3-of-5 for 60 yards and 1 touchdown when the 2 teams met in Week 5 this year. A good improvement on the lackluster outings against the G-Men in 2021. A 30% slot rate will help him out and there will be little help over the top with both safeties out (Jabrill Peppers went on IR in October). Top-15 WR.
WR Michael Gallup – Given the aforementioned defensive absences for New York, expect Gallup to scream down the field all day. Now a back-end WR2.
TE Dalton Schultz – Locked-in TE1.
RBs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard – Zeke (knee) and Pollard (plantar fascia) are both expected to play. DT Austin Johnson (foot) is unlikely to play for NYG which is great for the Dallas backs. Zeke’s a high-end RB2, Pollard a high-end RB3.
New York Giants
QBs Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm – Glennon’s been so bad the Giants are considering giving Fromm snaps on Sunday. Avoid both.
WR Kenny Golladay – Just a fantasy WR5, potentially catching passes from their backup’s backup.
WR Sterling Shepard – Ditto.
WR Darius Slayton – The QBs can’t throw that far. Avoid.
TE Evan Engram – Fantasy TE2.
RB Saquon Barkley – Barkley’s limping through an ankle injury right now and the team has begun using Devontae Booker a bit more. Barkley’s now a back-end RB2. Booker’s a high-end RB4.
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Over/Under Points Scored: 41
QB Davis Mills – The Jags’ bookends Dawuane Smoot and Josh Allen are going to harass him all day. Fantasy QB3.
WR Brandin Cooks – Cooks went 5-of-7 for 123 yards against JAX in Week 1 and the team funneled targets to him last week for the first time since Week 9. Borderline WR2/3.
WR Nico Collins – Rookie Collins saw a career-high 10 targets last week after fighting for scraps all year. Not quite redraft relevant but should be rostered in 12-team formats.
RB Royce Freeman – Rex Burkhead is out (hip) so Freeman’s suddenly in line for 15 or more touches. The Jaguars are 24th in run defense NEFF and are likely to be without stud LB Myles Jack. Freeman’s a high-floor RB3.
RB David Johnson – Very risky for redraft.
QB Trevor Lawrence – Bounce back week. With play-action, downfield shot-caller OC Darrell Bevell taking over as head coach for the recently fired Urban Meyer, Lawrence is quietly in line for a big game against the league’s least talented defense. High-end QB2 with easy QB1 upside.
WR Laviska Shenault – Bevell knows how to use him. Shenault flies up to the fantasy WR3 ranks.
WR Marvin Jones Jr. – Messy Marv is likewise a fantasy WR3.
WR Laquon Treadwell – Fantasy WR6.
TE James O’Shaughnessy – Quietly a high-end TE2 with Meyer out and the Texans on deck.
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Over/Under Points Scored: 41.5
QB Ryan Tannehill – Pittsburgh has not been able to compensate for the losses (IR) of DLs Tyson Alualu, Demarcus Christmas, and Stephon Tuitt. High-floor QB2.
WR Julio Jones – Sans CB Joe Haden, it will be tough for PIT to cover Julio–when he’s on the field. Shaky floor/high-ceiling WR4.
WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – The inside/outside man should be able to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s porous slot coverage. Fantasy WR5.
WR Chester Rogers – Rogers has a good matchup but just isn’t seeing reasonable volume. DFS-only.
TE Geoff Swaim – Swaim is the No. 1 guy here. They’re giving him looks in scoring position. The presence of MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser are just too much for him to be reliable though.
RBs D’onta Foreman, Jeremy McNichols, and Dontrell Hilliard – Last week, Foreman played the fewest backfield snaps but was given a bigger workload than both McNichols and Hilliard. He’s the guy to bank on as a back-end RB3 but the other two are nebulous RB4s.
QB Ben Roethlisberger – Tennessee’s defensive strength is their defensive line. Pittsburgh’s offensive weakness is their offensive line. He’ll dish to the main guys but he’s likely to take a number of sacks. High-floor QB2.
WR Diontae Johnson – Double-digit targets in 10-of-12 games. Tennessee’s 35 .5PPR WR PPG are 2nd most in the NFL. Mid-tier WR1.
WR Chase Claypool – Locked-in WR2 in a fantastic matchup.
WR James Washington – Washington’s seeing regular time now as PIT restricts Claypool’s snap share a bit to keep his toe from having a setback. Fantasy WR5/great DFS play.
WR Ray-Ray McCloud – Tennessee’s slot coverage is friendly to opposing slot WRs. Fantasy WR5/great DFS play.
TE Pat Freiermuth – Locked-in TE1.
RB Najee Harris – The NFL’s Touch King remains a mid-to-high RB1.
RB Benny Snell Jr. – The most recent PIT RB to be elevated to the primary backup spot.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
Over/Under Points Scored: 43
New York Jets
QB Zach Wilson – Going to be a long day at the office for Wilson. The Jets opened as +8.5 point road underdogs. Borderline QB2/3.
WR Braxton Berrios – With Corey Davis and Elijah Moore on IR, Berrios did his strange low-snap/high-target thing, leading the team with 10. Fantasy WR5 in a brutal matchup.
WR Keelan Cole – Not redraft relevant.
WR Jamison Crowder – Fantasy WR6.
TE Ryan Griffen – Fantasy TE3.
RB Michael Carter – In the 4 full games Carter played between NYJ’s Week 6 bye week and his ankle injury in Week 11, the rookie back led the backfield in snap rate and was given more carries (55 to 20) and targets (29 to 25) than the rest of the Jets backs combined. Expect him to immediately return to that workload in an albeit tough matchup. Back-end RB2
RB Ty Johnson – Tevin Coleman will factor in here and there but Johnson should return to his rotational, pass catching role. Borderline RB4/5.
QB Tua Tagovailoa – COVID-19 has drastically reduced Tua’s pass catching corps but this is still a great matchup. High-end QB2.
WR DeVante Parker – WR Jaylen Waddle is out due to COVID-19 so Parker could push for 10 targets. High-end WR3.
WR Albert Wilson – WR6 DFS play.
TE Mike Gesicki – Without Waddle, Gesicki will hog slot snaps. Mid-to-high TE1.
TE Durham Smythe – Mostly just running routes without being given meaningful target totals.
RBs Malcolm Brown and Duke Johnson Jr. – These are the only two MIA RBs who aren’t on the COVID-19/Reserve List and Brown technically hasn’t been added to the active roster yet, although he is practicing. Mid-tier RB4s.
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles
Over/Under Points Scored: 43.5
Washington Football Team
QBs Garrett Gilbert, Jordan Ta’amu, and Kyle Shurmur – It’s unclear who will start. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen are both on the COVID-19/Reserve List.
WR Terry McLaurin – McLaurin’s expected to clear the concussion protocol in time for a date with stud CB Darius Slay. He’s a WR4.
WR DeAndre Carter – Best path to success might be via special teams.
WR Adam Humphries – Avonte Maddox is going to shut him down.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones – RSJ is back on the high-end TE2 streaming radar. Philly’s TE coverage is the worst in the NFL.
RB Antonio Gibson – J.D. McKissic (concussion) still isn’t practicing and with the QB situation as bad as it is, expect Gibson to be given all he can handle. Gibson’s a back-end RB1.
RBs Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams – The two men cycled in as backups last week. The former took more snaps but the latter scored.
QB Jalen Hurts – Hurts (ankle) should play this week. He remains an elite QB1.
WR DeVonta Smith – Smith’s had a tough time reliably producing but the target tree got smaller this week with Quez Watkins landing on the COVID-19/Reserve list and Washington will be without standout defenders, DL Matt Ioannidas and CB Kendall Fuller (COVID-19) as well. High-end WR3.
WR Jalen Reagor – Do not start him.
TE Dallas Goedert – Goedert dominated with ball-distributor Gardner Minshew under center last week but with Hurts trending towards playing, the talented tight end is back on the TE2 radar.
RB Miles Sanders – Without DLs Matt Ioannidas and Chase Young, Sanders should get passed the first line of defense with ease. Back-end RB2.
RBs Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell – Both backs should cycle in behind Sanders as fantasy RB4s.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
Over/Under Points Scored: 47.5
QB Kyler Murray — Detroit’s defense may actually be as bad as Houston’s. Murray’s the No.1 ranked fantasy QB. A note: Detroit’s QB pressure rate is bottom-5 in the NFL so it’s not a big deal this week but C Rodney Hudson was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve List this week and G Justin Pugh has recently fallen ill–although there is no confirmation as to what ails him. This could be an issue next week.
WR A.J.Green — With DeAndre Hopkins (leg) out, Green will operate as the team’s X-receiver, largely running routes of intermediate depth lined up on the perimeter. He’s a rock-solid WR2 this week.
WR Christian Kirk — Kirk’s target share should rise significantly with Hopkins again out for an extended period of time. He’ll have ample opportunities to score long balls, stretching the field from the slot. Fantasy WR2.
WR Rondale Moore — The backup slot receiver/line of scrimmage gadget man is a WR5 here. He offers DFS contrarian appeal.
WR Anton Wesley — Contrarian DFS play-only.
TE Zach Ertz — Fantasy TE1.
RB Chase Edmonds — James Conner (leg) is unlikely to play, which means Edmonds is going to handle bellcow duties against the league’s 3rd most RB-friendly team in fantasy (26.6 .5PPR RB PPG allowed). He’s an RB1.
RB Eno Benjamin — Now an RB5.
QB Jared Goff – Arizona has failed to update their injury report this week but various outlets have noted injuries for stud CB Robert Alfrod (pectoral) and three DLs including Corey Peters (knee). It would be a big boost to Goff and Co. if those two can’t go as the team is already sorely missing DL J.J. Watt. Goff is a back-end, high-floor QB2.
WR Josh Reynolds – The potential absence of Alford, mentioned above, would be huge for perimeter WR Reynolds. Currently a mid-tier WR4.
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown – ARSB is hot off consecutive 12-target outings, finishing as the WR11 in .5PPR points scored during that span. His matchup vs. Arizona’s talented slot CB Byron Murphy is likely to be the toughest bout of his young career. Borderline WR2/3.
WR Kalif Raymond – Inside/outside intermediate receiver Raymond is a back-end WR5.
TEs Shane Zylstra and Brock Wright – DET is trying to fill the hole left by T.J. Hockenson (IR) with a cast of misfits.
RBs Craig Reynolds, Godwin Igwebuike, and Jermar Jefferson – Dan Campbell asserted the backfield would feature a 3-man rotation last week, but promising rookie back Jefferson was cast aside, given just 5% of the snaps and 0 touches. Craig pulled a Dennis and demonstrated his value to the team though, taking 11 carries for an efficient 83 yards while catching 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards. Igwebuike, the expected passing game back, ran into brick walls (8 carries for 25 yards and 0 targets) and lost a fumble. We don’t yet know if the fumble will grant Jefferson more time but we can safely assume Reynolds isn’t going anywhere. Reynolds is a high-floor RB3. Igwebuike is an RB5. Jefferson is not startable in redraft this week.
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills
Over/Under Points Scored: 43.5
QBs Cam Newton and P.J. Walker – Walker has played meaningful snaps in all three of Newton’s CAR starts this year and Sam Darnold will return from IR any day now. No QB on this roster is a sure thing to handle a full QB workload. Avoid.
WR D.J. Moore – To Newton’s credit, he has stabilized Moore’s fantasy prospects but the dynamic receiver is now battling a hamstring injury and Buffalo’s defense (even without Tre’Davious White) is one of the league’s best. High-end WR3 with in-game volatility (due to the hammy).
WR Robby Anderson – Anderson likely peaked for 2021 last week. Bench stash him if you please but don’t start him.
WR Brandon Zylstra – The primary slot receiver is barely playing on 50% of snaps. Avoid.
TE Tommy Tremble – BUF locks down TEs.
RBs Chuba Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah – Buffalo is fantasy’s most unfriendly defense for opposing RBs. Touch-volume will fluctuate via game script. Both men are RB4s.
QB Josh Allen – Allen is playing with a foot sprain and LT Dion Dawkins was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve List on Friday. Still, one of the game’s best can only be dropped to the middle of the QB1 pack.
WR Stefon Diggs – Matchup drops him to high-end WR2 status but he has the talent and QB-WR connection to place in the top-12.
WR Cole Beasley – CAR starting slot CB A.J. Bouye is battling a foot injury and has registered back-to-back DNPs to start the week. The matchup doesn’t get much better with Bouye out though as Stephon Gilmore’s been asked to slide inside. Still, Beasley is featured vs. zone defense schemes. Back-end, high-floor WR3.
WR Gabe Davis – Emmanuel Sanders is out due to a knee sprain so Davis is a full time player right now. Brutal matchup but he’ll be getting downfield looks. Davis has improved his Yards per Route Run (Y/RR, PFF.com), 1.33 to 1.71 this year, indicating growth in his route running ability. Fantasy WR5 with strong DFS appeal.
TE Dawson Knox – Locked-in TE1 who may see an uptick in safety blanket usage with Allen battling the foot sprain.
RB Devin Singletary – The 1A at this point. Limited touches, tough matchup, great offense. Fantasy RB3.
RB Matt Breida – Explosive change-of-pace, 1B back. RB4 with likely capped upside.
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
Over/Under Points Scored: 43.5
QB Joe Burrow – Denver’s getting a much needed boost in the secondary with the return of stud slot CB Bryce Callahan but Burrow’s got the personnel to dish it. T Riley Reiff landing on the COVID-19/Reserve List is a bummer. Borderline QB1/2.
WR Ja’Marr Chase – Borderline WR1/2.
WR Tee Higgins – An every-week WR2 with a wonderfully high floor. He’s cleared 100 yards receiving in 3-straight games.
WR Tyler Boyd – As mentioned above, Callahan’s return kicks Boyd’s odds of success in the pants. Borderline WR4/5.
TE C.J. Uzomah – Not the right matchup for him.
RB Joe Mixon – As mentioned every week, DEN lost both of its talented run stopping ILBs earlier this year and replacement ILB Kenny Young is not practicing (concussion). Locked-in RB1.
RB Samaje Perine – RB5/primary bellcow backup.
QB Teddy Bridgewater – Denver CB Chidobe Awuzie is on the COVID-19/Reserve List, rotational CB Darius Phillips is now on IR, and rotational CB Vernon Hargreaves (illness) has also been unable to practice. Back-end QB2.
WR Jerry Jeudy – High-floor WR4 vs the underwhelming slot CB Mike Hilton.
WR Courtland Sutton – Given the aforementioned health issues in CIN’s secondary, it’s possible Sutton can have a decent game. Borderline WR4/5.
WR Tim Patrick – Ditto.
TEs Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam – The Bengals are No. 1 in .5PPR points allowed to opposing TEs since Week 10 (17.6). Both men are great DFS plays and are high-end TE2s for redraft with explosive upside.
RBs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams – Williams (knee) was downgraded to DNP on Thursday because, as Vic Fangio said “his leg kind of swelled up”. He is expected to play though. Both men are mid-tier RB2s.
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
Over/Under Points Scored: 46
QB Matt Ryan – The 49ers’ front-seven has serious injury issues but are a very deep, talented group. A fantasy QB3.
WR Russell Gage – De facto No. 1 WR here. WR4 floor play.
WR Tajae Sharpe – Not redraft relevant.
TE Kyle Pitts – Just a fantasy TE2.
RB Cordarrelle Patterson – Back to RB-centric usage. High-end RB2.
RB Mike Davis – Now a passing game back–fantasy RB4.
San Francisco 49ers
WR Deebo Samuel – RB Elijah Mitchell (concussion/knee irritation) has failed to practice this week and is highly likely to sit out. Samuel should maintain his nine-touch weekly workload, with the majority of it coming on carries. Locked-in WR1 in a fantastic matchup.
WR Brandon Aiyuk – Blow-up spot right here. Mid-tier WR1 with chunk-gain upside against ATL’s undermanned secondary.
WR Jauan Jennings – Injuries and lack of talent have drailed ATL’s attempt to cover the slot. Jennings has next to no floor but draws matchup-based DFS appeal.
TE George Kittle – The best all-around tight end in football. Elite TE1.
Jeff Wilson Jr. – Rush-only lead back. ATL’s 21st ranked NEFF run defense gets truck-sticked on a near-weekly basis, allowing 22.6 .5PPR RB PPG, 9th most in the league. Wilson’s a high-floor RB3 with a decent chance at a touchdown.
RB JaMycal Hasty – Sparringly used pass catching back. Fantasy RB5.
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
Over/Under Points Scored: 47.5
QB Russell Wilson – Tyler Lockett’s on the COVID-19/Reserve List and D.K. Metcalf failed to practice on Wednesday and Thursday with foot and back injuries. Near-countless LAR defenders have been placed on the COVID-19/Reserve List though. Back-end QB2 with talent-base upside.
WR Freddie Swain – Slot man Swain is suddenly a viable WR4. LAR is well into the double-digits with players placed on the COVID-19/Reserve List this week, including All-Pro slot CB Jalen Ramsey.
WR Dee Eskridge and Penny Hart – Both men are viable boom/bust DFS plays.
TE Gerald Everett – Likely to be featured with Lockett and Metcalf out. TE1.
TE Will Dissly – Could score here. TE2.
RB Rashaad Penny – Penny’s going to get all he can handle. Adrian Peterson’s health is improving but he’s completely washed and Alex Collins landed on the COVID-19/Reserve List this week. High-end RB2.
Los Angeles Rams
QB Matthew Stafford – LAR’s offensive line was largely spared by the COVID-19 outbreak and Seattle can’t stop the pass. Locked-in QB1.
WR Cooper Kupp – No. 1 WR in fantasy.
WR Van Jefferson Jr. – Odell Beckham’s on the COVID-19/Reserve List. Locked-in WR2.
WR Ben Skoronek – Contrarian DFS-play only.
TE Kendall Blanton – Tyler Higbee’s on the COVID-19/Reserve List. SEA is very bad against TEs. DFS option.
Sony Michel – Darrell Henderson Jr. is still on the COVID-19/Reserve List. Bellcow Michel time–mid-tier RB1.
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
Over/Under Points Scored: 43.5
Green Bay Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers – Locked-in QB1 against an injury plagued defense.
WR Davante Adams – Elite WR1.
WR Allen Lazard – WR5.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling – BAL’s 11% explosive pass play allowed rate (SharpFootballStats.com) is T-2nd most in the NFL. MVS is a DFS candidate.
TE Josiah Deguara – Ignore.
RB A.J. Dillon – Dillon’s going to be killing the clock as the Ravens are likely to be without Lamar Jackson and Aaron Jones was downgraded to a mid-week DNP (knee/illness). Locked-in RB2.
RB Aaron Jones – Back-end RB2 but the Pack might decide to rest him in-game.
QB Tyler Huntley – Top-24 QB.
WR Marquise Brown – Back-end WR2.
WR Rashod Bateman – WR3 who made big strides last week.
WR Sammy Watkins – Not redraft relevant.
WR Devin Duvernay – Not redraft relevant.
TE Mark Andrews – Elite TE1.
RB Devonta Freeman – High-floor RB2.
Sunday Night Football: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Over/Under Points Scored: 46.5
New Orleans Saints
QB Taysom Hill – Dominating opponents on the ground. Elite QB1.
WRs Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith – Borderline WR5/6s. Neither man is great and TB’s secondary health is improving. The Saints are massive -10.5 road underdogs though so volume could get them there. Contrarian DFS plays.
TE Nick Vannett – Fantasy TE2.
RB Alvin Kamara – Kamara doesn’t get the passing game work he needs to with Hill but he’s still getting the overall volume (Week 14: 27 carries, 5 targets). Top-5 fantasy RB5.
RB Mark Ingram – Bench stash.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Tom Brady – New Orleans’ 10% explosive pass play rate allowed is T-4th most in the NFL. Fire the cannons. Elite QB1.
WR Mike Evans – NOLA’s done a good job of limiting Evans in the past but his passing volume is great and it’s so hard to keep him out of the end zone. Top-12 WR.
WR Chris Godwin – Top-5 WR.
WR Breshad Perriman – Others will factor in but he’s done the most as of late. DFS-only.
TE Rob Gronkowski – Elite TE1.
RB Leonard Fournette – Elite RB1.
RB Ronald Jones – Must be rostered in 12-team leagues.