2020 Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 15


With the NFL season entering Week 15, don't take any chances and risk losing your playoff matchup.

It has all come down to this. With first-round byes completed, it is now "win or go home". Records are meaningless. Previous stats are meaningless. Play your best options and don't be cute. It's about advancing to the championship week. Don't take shortcuts. Start your best options, and hope your team has what it takes.

Who to start, and who to sit this week in fantasy football:

Start 'Em

QB: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: at Cardinals

The Eagles rookie took down the Saints in Week 14 during his first career start and will be looking to do more of the same against a Cardinals team that has lost three of its last four games. Jalen Hurts' ability to be multi-dimensional raises his floor in Week 15 against a stingy Cardinals defense. He's an excellent streamer this week for your offense.

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. Texans

Jonathan Taylor put up the best outing of his rookie season on Sunday against the Raiders, running for 120 yards and two rushing touchdowns, as well as hauling in two catches for 15 yards, topping out at 30.5 points. In Week 15 he faces a Texans defense, currently allowing the second-most points to opposing running backs.

WR: Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
Opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

It is not yet known which quarterback will be leading Washington in Week 15 against the Seahawks, regardless, Terry McLaurin is a more-than-reliable WR2. The Seahawks have the NFL's worst pass defense, allowing more points to opposing receivers than any other squad. Washington will need to throw the ball to keep pace with Russell Wilson, and McLaurin should easily surpass the 20-point threshold on Sunday.

TE: Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: vs. Panthers

Don't look now, but Packers tight end Robert Tonyan has been on a tear over the last month. Tonyan has hauled in at least four catches in each of the matchups and has found the end zone in every game. He now faces a Panthers defense allowing the sixth-most points to opposing tight ends.

Sit 'Em

QB: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Colts

It is time to bench Deshaun Watson. It is no fault of his own. He's been spectacular during an abysmal season for the Texans, but his arsenal has been completed decimated and he cannot do it by himself against a stout Colts defense. Will Fuller is out for the year, Brandin Cooks is a question mark, and the team has been mathematically eliminated from the postseason. Find another option.

RB: Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: at Washington

Chris Carson has battled injuries all season long and now heads to the nation's capital to face the third-best run defense in the NFL. Between all of the mouths to feed in Seattle's backfield, he cannot be relied upon in Week 15.

WR: DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Opponent: vs. Patriots

If you started DeVante Parker in Week 14, you got just as many fantasy points as everyone who left him on their bench. Zero. Parker left the game against the Chiefs after injuring his hamstring in the first half and did not return. Against a tough Patriots secondary in Week 15, it isn't worth trotting out an injured Parker and risking being eliminated from the playoffs

TE: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: at Cardinals

It appears that Zach Ertz's tenure with the Eagles is all about done and the team is transitioning into having Dallas Goedert be the number one option. Ertz has been a major disappointment for managers this year. With just two outings in double figures, he has been one of the biggest busts in fantasy football in 2020. Don't start him in Week 15. Release him.

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