Happy Thursday to you all. Guest writer Jen is back with some thoughts for Week 15 plus the always helpful rankings and start/sit links. Enjoy this Thursday Night Football game and here's to some successful Week 15 prep!
So, if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve made it to the semifinals, right? I sure hope so, and if you did, congratulations! I managed to make it to the semis in both my competitive leagues. Remember last week I told you I was playing my little brother? I beat him mercilessly. The worst part for him? He lost to one of my sisters in our family league, so his fantasy seasons ended on one fine Sunday to his 2 big sisters. He also texted our other, eldest, non-fantasy football playing sister this right here: “I lost to Lauren and Jen in both fantasy leagues and I have never felt more emasculated in my entire life.” Poor kid, but I can’t help but laugh!
As always, football is a brutally violent sport, therefore some guys were injured:
Jamaal Charles (RB, KC) - Charles is dealing with an ankle and knee issue, and has yet to practice this week. Either this injury is more concerning than originally thought or the Chiefs are severely downplaying it. There is a good chance Charles will play Sunday, but if he doesn’t...hello there Knile Davis.
Eddie Lacy (RB, GB) - Lacy suffered a hip injury that forced him out of the game in the 4th quarter of Green Bay’s Falcon stomp. He practiced today, though he did “little to nothing.” I already picked up James Starks in both my competitive leagues, have you?
Julio Jones (WR, ATL) - 11 catches for a whopping 259 yards and a score is enough for anyone to be banged up, but Julio’s hip injury was so bad he couldn’t get back in the game Sunday. Though Coach Smith said there’s a “good chance” Julio plays Sunday, he has not registered a practice this week and is headed for the dreaded “game time decision” tag. Lucky for all you Julio owners the Falcons play at 1PM Sunday, so there should be some clarity by 12:30 PM.
Andre Johnson (WR, HOU) - Johnson took a really hard hit to the head last week, and his concussion has kept him watching practice from the sidelines. He is considered day-to-day, and is another guy I expect to be a gametime decision, if he isn’t ruled out before then. He will need to pass concussion protocol in order to practice, something he has not been able to do yet this week.
And now, your rankings links for week 15:
ESPN.com's Position Rankings Week 15 - Complete with ESPN.com’s top 4 experts over all positional ranks and their average rank.
Blindsidefootball.com's Week 15 Rankings - Links are by position, which is nice if you need to filter out those positions you don’t need rankings for.
Rotoworld.com's Week 15 Rankings - Not just rankings at Rotoworld, you also get analysis on each relevant player.
Some start/sit links to ensure you change your lineup 15 times before kick off:
Michael Fabiano's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 15 - One of my favorites, and he’s a Cowboys fan :)!
Jamey Eisenberg's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 15 - Jamey’s start of the week is a guy who recently returned to a place where he found a ton of success.
Jesse Nadelman's Start Sit Week 15 - This is the 2nd time I’m including Jesse’s column, he is really spot on!
Adam Pfeifer's Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Week 15 - It’s playoff time...trust him now more than ever, he knows what he is talking about!
numberFire.com's Start or Sit Week 15 - A site favorite over here, don’t sell yourself short by not checking out everything this site has to offer.
Armando Marsal's Week 15 Start Em, Sit Em - Armando’s got you covered, especially if you’re into DFS.
Last week’s sleepers were just about as hit or miss as I expected:
Andre Williams (RB, NYG) - Even though Rashad Jennings was active, if you were bold (or desperate) enough to start Williams then he rewarded you with 131 yards and a score, putting up 23 points in EPSN PPR leagues. I of course benched him, but that’s because I don’t listen to myself!
Marion Grice (RB, ARZ) - Did I say Marion Grice? I totally meant Kerwynn Williams, that was definitely a typo! In my defense, I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. Coach Arians has named Stepfan Taylor the “starter” again this week, but I’m sure most of you put in a waiver claim for Williams, just a week too late.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB, MIN) - So maybe I was a little too bold in my whole running-it-in-for-a-score-for-the-fans prediction, but he still went for over 300 yards and 2 scores (1 INT) against the once famous Jets defense. And just to keep myself honest, I predicted he would have his best fantasy output of the season, but he felt short and only notched his 3rd best game. Teddy doesn’t have another soft match up until week 17, when most leagues are over, which means Teddy time is over.
Carlos Hyde (RB, SF) - 2 carries for 4 yards? Against Oakland? Harbaugh what the? Frank Gore did nothing with his 12 carries (63 yards), why not give the rookie who’s shown some flash more touches? Things appear to be imploding in San Francisco, and I hope your fantasy team didn’t implode under the guise of Hyde. Hopefully you were too smart to listen to me on this one.
And now, I hesitantly give you my week 15 sleepers:
Chris Johnson (RB, NYJ) - I’m a sucker for revenge games, and with the exception of Trent Richardson, most players this season have found success in theirs. I’m so high on CJ?K this week that I picked him up off waivers and am playing him over Boom Herron, and am also DFSing him all over the place (stay away fellow FFLibrarian writers - don’t use him against me in our little weekly FanDuel contest!). I think Rex Ryan will make a concerted effort to get CJ a touchdown, who’s been in a nearly 50/50 split with Chris Ivory over the past few weeks.
Preston Parker (WR, NYG) - Again, it pains me on a personal level to mention Giants, but Odell Beckham, Jr. is so damn good that the Redkins’ defense will pay a ton of attention to him. This should leave some room open for Preston Parker, who I think has a good chance of getting himself a nice, short touchdown out of the slot. If the Redskins go as far as to double OBJ, then I really like Parker to catch a few balls.
Eric Ebron (TE, DET) - One of my top 3 favorite dancing machines Joseph Fauria was sadly sent to IR this week, making way for Ebron to be used as a red zone threat. The only Lion I see diminishing his value in the red zone this week is that bowling ball of a beast Joique Bell. Over the past 4 weeks Ebron has 11 catches for 96 yards. In each week he was just a touchdown away from double digit fantasy points, which is all you’re really asking for from a tight end in fantasy.
Jacoby Jones (WR, BAL) - Now, I know this is a very, very deep sleeper, but I have Jacoby on here for 2 reasons. First, there is a good chance deep threat receiver Torrey Smith doesn’t play this week, and in the last 3 games this season that Jones registered a catch, his average yards per reception are: 30, 17.5, & 18. I understand there are games he isn’t even targeted, or is only targeted once, but sometimes that’s all it takes. Flacco loves to throw the bomb, and Jacoby loves to run deep for them. Second reason I’m high on Jacoby? I’m a sucker for a good endzone dance, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about here, just check out any one of his classic endzone dances on YouTube.
Finally, 5 people on twitter that you should be following:
Joe Reddeman - He writes for our friends over at numberFire, so that should be reason enough. Follow his feed for all kinds of fantasy goodness.
Rob Gomes - Do you play DFS? If so, this guy is a DraftKings Millionaire! Follow him if you want to try to get rich!
The Fantasy Mate - Another DFS guru, but he writes all over, and his feed is also a place to go if you want some relevant fantasy information.
Molly Qerim - If you don’t know who Molly is, then you don’t have the NFL Network and I’m sorry for that. She’s not just an expert, she is a competitive fantasy player as well!
NFL Betting Odds - For my fellow deJENerates out there. If you like to put some money on it, check their feed before you do. And remember, odds are very useful in setting your lineups!
And as always, you can hit me up anytime!
That’s it for this week. I hope you’re still alive. I have 2 very big match ups this week. In my “friends” league, I’m rematching the guy who I knocked out of the semifinals last season, and his team is STACKED, so I have my work cut out for me. My only hope is that his Jamaal Charles will have a mediocre day, and that my Smokin’ Jay and Alshon Jeffery connect for 2 touchdowns. My “family” league is a little more interesting...the final four is myself, my sister, my cousin’s husband, and his brother. So of course I face off against the brother, and my sister faces off against the husband. If all goes well, it will be a sister vs. sister Super Bowl. It doesn’t get much more fun than that. Good luck to you all, and I hope to be back next week very upbeat and chipper instead of down and bitter!