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Exploit the Giants’, Bucs’ and Packers’ Defenses for Week 15

George Kurtz Staff Writer December 14, 2017 2:32PM EDT
  1. New York Giants: Yes, Nick Foles is not Carson Wentz but that doesn’t mean I’m shying away from him or the Eagles’ offense. All the usual suspects are still starts for me and Zach Ertz has cleared concussion protocol and should also be started this week. I do wonder if the loss of Wentz makes the Eagles rely more on the running game and Jay Ajayi. I still can’t start him this week, but I do wonder.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mohamed Sanu is a solid WR3 this week as the Bucs secondary really hasn’t been able to stop anyone.
  3. Green Bay Packers: The Packers secondary may be worse than the Bucs, which puts Devin Funchess in the must-start category. Jonathan Stewart is a flex consideration although he’s not going to score three TDs in a game again anytime soon. I’m not sold on Greg Olsen, Yes, the Packers are terrible versus WRs, but they are actually solid against TEs and Olsen hasn’t done a thing since returning from IR.
  4. Cleveland Browns: Say it with me, Alex Collins is a must-start. Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace are flex plays as well.    
  5. Chicago Bears: You may have to start Theo Riddick, but I don’t trust him or any Lions RB. You can put Eric Ebron in that category also. Show me another big game and I’ll think about starting him.


    Mohamed Sanu has been a steady Fantasy producer the last few weeks. Credit: AP Photo/David Goldman

  6. San Francisco 49ers: I’m not starting Marcus Mariota. He has regressed as a QB. Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker are starts but the running game is still a Fantasy owner’s worst nightmare, a committee.
  7. New York Jets: With Bryce Petty at QB for the Jets, the Saints may have the ball an awful lot in this one. If you have a Saints player and don’t start him here, then he probably shouldn’t be on your roster.
  8. New England Patriots: JuJu Smith-Schuster is back from suspension and is likely a start here, as there should be plenty of points put up on the board. Martavis Bryant sits, however.
  9. Kansas City Chiefs: There is not a hotter duo in the NFL right now than Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen. Hunter Henry is getting close to this category as well, as he is back to being a TE1. Tyrell Williams could be an interesting flex option as well, but he is big play dependent.
  10. Indianapolis Colts: Even with Trevor Siemian was playing poorly Demaryius Thomas was still a start. In this game, Emmanuel Sanders may be as well.
  11. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals looked like they were ready for the season to end last week. I don’t see Sunday going any better. I still prefer Latavius Murray over Jerick McKinnon but neither one is a must-start.
  12. Atlanta Falcons: Mike Evans wasn’t a must-start last week and he’s not this week either. It comes down to roster construction. Although the Bucs insist on starting Doug Martin over Peyton Barber, Fantasy owners shouldn’t do the same. If I had to start a TE, it would be J. Howard, but he’s not a TE1 this week.
  13. Carolina Panthers: Yes, I’m starting Aaron Rodgers and most likely Jordy Nelson this week. I do expect some rust but the only QBs that I would start over Rodgers are Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, and Ben Roethlisberger. A strong running game with Jamaal Williams helps with the rust but it could also lead to a fewer drop backs for Rodgers.
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers: Yes, Rob Gronkowski didn’t play Monday and that certainly played a part in how poorly the offense performed but something doesn’t look right with Tom Brady. You’re still starting him but his recent history during the Fantasy playoffs and a possible Achilles injury that isn’t allowing him to push off should give you cause for concern. Chris Hogan doesn’t start for me in this game unless I’m looking for high upside.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Kirk Cousins has slumped of late, but he still makes my Top 12 this week. Josh Doctson is a sit again, however, as he will see a bunch of Patrick Peterson. Washington did put Jordan Reed on IR this week ending that saga. Vernon Davis is a TE2 in this game.
  16. Buffalo Bills: You shouldn’t need me to tell you this, but Kenyan Drake is a must-start. He’s the only one outside of Jarvis Landry, though, who is.
  17. Dallas Cowboys: Amari Cooper is likely done for the year but I’m still willing to give Michael Crabtree another shot here. Marshawn Lynch is back as a RB2 but if the Raiders’ defense doesn’t show up, they won’t be able to run the ball much in the second half.
  18. Los Angeles Rams: Mike Davis comes in as a low-end RB2 for me in this game as he is the only must-start outside of Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham.
  19. Detroit Lions: Jordan Howard boys and girls, that’s it.
  20. Oakland Raiders: Dak Prescott rebounded last week and is back to being a low-end QB1. Alfred Morris is still the choice over Rod Smith but it’s getting closer and closer and game flow will determine who is the better start.
  21. Los Angeles Chargers: I still wouldn’t say Kareem Hunt is a must-start this week but it’s unlikely that you have much better on your roster. There are no Chiefs I’m dying to start this week outside of Travis Kelce.
  22. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles is playing much better of late and yes, he could be a replacement for Wentz, but you should be able to do better. Marquise Lee is a start for me and Dede Westbrook isn’t too far behind.
  23. Miami Dolphins: It’s just LeSean McCoy.
  24. Washington Redskins: Not even the great Larry Fitzgerald is a must-start here.
  25. Seattle Seahawks: Jared Goff is still a QB1 as the Hawks secondary is far from the lockdown unit they used to be. Robert Woods is scheduled to return here, which is good and bad. Yes, you can start him, but we can say the same about Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins. They can’t all have good games now, can they?
  26. Baltimore Ravens: That was 500-plus yards that Roethlisberger threw for last week versus this secondary. Antonio Brown didn’t catch all of them. The loss of Jimmy Smith may have really hurt this secondary. Josh Gordon is always a must-start and I’m not afraid to throw Corey Coleman in there as well.
  27. New Orleans Saints: With Petty at QB, I’m going to need to see how this offense performs before trusting any Jets.
  28. Denver Broncos: I can see going with Jack Doyle as your TE and you may have to start Y. Hilton, but I’m not expecting much this week from the Indy passing game. Frank Gore is a flex play.
  29. Tennessee Titans: As much as I like Jimmy Garoppolo, he’s only a start in leagues in which you can start two QBs. His favorite WR, though, Marquise Goodwin could be a low-end WR3 or a flex play.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: You likely have to start him, but Xavier Rhodes could shut down J. Green in this one. Giovani Bernard is dealing with a knee injury, but even if Joe Mixon doesn’t clear concussion protocol and Gio plays a full set of snaps, he’s nothing more than a flex play versus that Vikings defense. I’ll pass on Tyler Kroft this week.
  31. Philadelphia Eagles: The NYG really should give Wayne Gallman and Davis Webb a chance. Isn’t it more important to find out what you have for next season than this one? Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram start for me here.
  32. Jacksonville Jaguars: DeAndre Hopkins is a must-start, even with J. Yates as the starting QB.

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