Well it’s that time of the year again. That time when you couldn’t care more about fantasy football, or you couldn’t care less about fantasy football. Which camp you currently find yourself in depends entirely on one thing – are you still alive in the playoffs? If you are not, then there is a high chance you have taken all apps off your homescreen, no longer check for news updates on your roster and can finally focus on your partner at the dinner table. However, if you are still in with a chance to win it all, then you are here for a reason. Because you crave it still. You need it as much as you ever did, and most likely you owned AJ Green, Melvin Gordon, Tyreek Hill, Emmanuel Sanders or any of the other slew of elite NFL players that may have gotten you to this place, but will get you no further. You need help. And as loathe as I am to advise anyone with what to do with their players during playoffs… I cannot sit idle without offering my thoughts. Take them with a pinch of salt however, as I am not infallible. Go with what you feel, as you want your success, or failure to be because of your hand and not mine. That being said, here are my Sit/Starts for Week 15 of the NFL.
Dak Prescott (at Indianapolis Colts)
Dak is back. And by back I mean potentially recapturing his rookie season form in which he helped to carry teams to their fantasy football championships. The addition of Amari Cooper has galvanised the Cowboys’ offense and the biggest benefactor (aside from Cooper himself) has been the man under center. Dak threw for a career high passing yards (455) against Philly, albeit against their patchwork secondary. With Cooper stretching the field, opponents can no longer crowd the box to stop Ezekiel Elliott which gives Prescott much more of his playbook to work with. Look for Dak to keep leading Dallas to the division title this week against the Colts.
Elijah McGuire (vs Houston Texans)
With Isaiah Crowell out it is up to McGuire to tote the rock for the Jets, at which he proved more than proficient last weekend tallying up 60 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against the Bills. Game script could move him out of favor however, as the Texans potent offense has the potential to have the Jets playing from behind. But if the stars align and you are in desperate need of a running back, you could do worse than snagging McGuire.
Darren Sproles (at Los Angeles Rams)
Sproles has finally returned for the Eagles after seeing a hamstring injury hold him out of any action since early September. With Corey Clement being placed on IR the potential is there for Sproles to re-establish himself again as a primary weapon for Carson Wentz. The Rams defensive front is scary and generates significant pressure so maybe Wentz will be looking for more quick screens or checkdowns to the little man.
DaeSean Hamilton (vs. Cleveland Browns)
With Emmanuel Sanders done for the season the Broncos have to look to what they have in order to provide any semblance of a strong finish to the season. What they have is Courtland Sutton, and DaeSean Hamilton. The latter, a rookie out of Penn State will look to be the WR2 for Denver’s last 2 regular season games against Cleveland and Oakland. Last week he gained 47 yards and a score off 7 targets – look for this stat line to improve.
Patrick Mahomes (vs Los Angeles Chargers)
I get it, you’re not going to listen to this pick. Nobody is sitting Mahomes during playoffs as most likely he was the reason many of you made it this far. But I’m willing to bet that that was the Mahomes with weapons. Gone is Kareem Hunt, Sammy Watkins is out this week, but most important – Tyreek Hill may not play in the Thursday night game. That would be the literal definition of a game-changer. Kelce can’t do it all himself, especially when the Chargers will look to shadow him with potential DROY Derwin James. So Chris Conley time anyone? Look, I know this seems ridiculous, but remember that the weaponless Chiefs will face the (actually quite good) Chargers in a hotly contested divisional matchup. If anyone can contain the wunderkind, it will be the Bolts, on a short week against a weakened Kansas City team.
Sony Michel (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Another hot take and another you’re sure to disregard if Michel is one of your only available options at running back. But if he isn’t the I would temper expectations against a Steelers defense that have been quietly solid against the run of late. With Big Ben going against the GOAT TB12 I expect to see this game turn into a matchup through the air as opposed to on the ground. 1st down work only (if that) for Michel this week.
Kenny Golladay (at Buffalo Bills)
Kenny, Kenny Golladay.. Come again another day. Poor Kenny Golladay – at one point this season it looked like Kenny Golladay was going to be the dark horse that carried your team into the playoffs and beyond. How times change. Last week Golladay posted under 55 yards again for the 6th time this season, with an eye-watering 5 yards of 4 targets. If you haven’t benched Golladay yet, please do so soon so that your playoff hopes don’t go the same direction as the Lions’.
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