2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 15 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

By Kevin Lewis

*For Seasonal and Daily Leagues

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WR Charles Johnson @DET($6600): Johnson has clearly established himself as the Vikings number one WR. Not that it says much with Cordarrelle “yes I am still in the NFL” Patterson and Greg “I was hot a long time ago” Jennings, but that’s not relevant here. Over his last four games, Johnson has turned 30 targets into 15 catches for 283 yards and two scores. There is a strong chance Minnesota will be playing catch up all game and there is really nobody to threaten Johnson’s opportunities. It’s scary relying on him because of a relatively erratic QB but I actually believe  his floor is pretty high this week all things considered.

TE Jimmy Graham @CHI($6900) I know, I know. If you had any exposure to Graham in the last two weeks, you’re sick to your stomach. The simple fact that I have to write him here underscores that. He has just four fantasy points in his last two games. Two games ago he had zero targets, but last week he had 11 and still did nothing so who really knows? If he can’t do it against the Bears, all hope might be lost. I’m being a little dramatic but not really.

QB Mark Sanchez vsDAL($7500): Don’t let last week get you down about Sanchez. I know that he had 96 yards passing and all but over the last three years a healthy Seattle defense has throttled a lot of people. The Dallas Cowboys aren’t the Seattle Seahawks. On Thanksgiving, the Eagles put up 33 points on 464 yards. I think his floor is reasonable in a game that should feature a lot of points.

RB Chris Johnson @TEN: Titans have the worst run defense in football. Chris Johnson has had this game circled on the calendar the minute he signed with the Jets. Hopefully for me and the rest who choose to play him, 1+1=2.

Marquess Wilson $4,500 vs NO:  Minimum priced starting WR with immense talents playing in a game featuring one of the highest over unders of the week. He should be an overqualified WR3 this week.

WR Donte Moncrief vs HOU($5700) If Reggie Wayne sits, Moncrief instantly becomes a potential WR2 against the most generous fantasy defense when it comes to WRs in the NFL.

TE Jordan Cameron vs CIN($5100): I feel Johnny Manziel boosts everyone’s value upon his insertion into the starting lineup. That includes Cameron who is barely above minimum price on Fanduel.

WR Kenny Stills @CHI($6100): I know he came off a disappointing week but the opportunity and matchup is still ideal for Stills. His price point on Fanduel hasn’t moved so that is also fair. Stills makes for a good play everywhere against Chicago’s piss poor secondary.

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QB Colin Kaepernick @SEA($6800)- I have no idea why he’s still on your roster but now is not the time to get fancy. He’s going up against arguably the best defense in football and one that has had his number at that. He scored a whopping ONE point against the Seahawks on Thanksgiving.

QB Ryan Tannehill @NE($8000)- New England in December. He’s throwing the ball against a secondary that just finished shutting down Philip Rivers. He averages 213 yards and 0.5 passing touchdowns in his trips to NE over the last two years. I’d avoid.

RB Ryan Mathews vs DEN($7600)- He hasn’t touched the ball more than 15 times in any of the last three games and the Broncos are one of the better run defenses in football. If you’re going to start him, you’re heavily reliant on the possibility of him scoring more than one touchdown.

RB Lamar Miller @NE($6700)- The Dolphins use him scarcely for whatever reason and the Patriots defense hasn’t allowed a rushing TD since the beginning of November. I’m not sure I’m listing him here to tell you to sit him more than I’m listing him here to tell folks to temper their expectations.

RB Frank Gore @SEA($5300)- This one is pretty simple. San Fran is playing the Seahawks in Seattle, and Gore looks like he’s finished. Add in a struggling San Francisco offensive line and you have a perfect recipe for a guy to avoid.

WR DeAndre Hopkins @IND($7300)- The Colts struggle stopping the run. Vontae Davis is going to play in this game, and he is one of the premiere CBs in the league. Add in that Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t particularly good and Hopkins is a guy you sit if you have a choice or one you start quite nervously.

TE Coby Fleener vs HOU($6300)- Dwayne Allen is back. That means the Fleener party is over. Avoid him.

TE Mychal Rivera @KC($5600)- The Chiefs give up the least yards and receptions per game to tight ends in the league. Rivera is nothing but a Hail Mary play at best.

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FantasySavvy 2012: Week 8 Player Rankings

Quarterbacks

  1. Peyton Manning vs NO
  2. Drew Brees @ DEN
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs JAC
  4. RG3 @ PIT
  5. Tom Brady vs STL (London)
  6. Ben Roethlisberger vs WAS
  7. Tony Romo vs NYG
  8. Michael Vick vs ATL
  9. Eli Manning @ DAL
  10. Matt Ryan @ PHI
  11. Andrew Luck @ TEN
  12. Phillip Rivers @ CLE
  13. Cam Newton @ CHI
  14. Jay Cutler vs CAR
  15. Sam Bradford vs NE
  16. Matt Hasselbeck vs IND
  17. Brandon Weeden vs SD
  18. Matthew Stafford vs SEA
  19. Carson Palmer @ KC
  20. Mark Sanchez vs MIA
  21. Ryan Tannehill @ NYJ
  22. Russell Wilson @ DET
  23. Alex Smith @ ARI
  24. John Skelton vs SF
  25. Chad Henne @ GB
  26. Brady Quinn vs OAK

Running Backs

  1. LeSean McCoy vs ATL
  2. Jamaal Charles vs OAK
  3. Chris Johnson vs IND
  4. Matt Forte vs CAR
  5. Alfred Morris @ PIT
  6. Willis McGahee vs NO
  7. Frank Gore @ ARI
  8. Marshawn Lynch @ DET
  9. Darren McFadden @ KC
  10. Ryan Mathews @ CLE
  11. Reggie Bush @ NYJ
  12. Darren Sproles @ DEN
  13. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DAL
  14. Stevan Ridley vs STL
  15. Trent Richardson vs SD
  16. Jonathan Dwyer vs WAS
  17. Michael Turner @ PHI
  18. Shonn Greene vs MIA
  19. Rashad Jennings @ GB
  20. Mikel LeShoure vs SEA
  21. Jonathan Stewart @ CHI
  22. Steven Jackson vs NE
  23. Felix Jones vs NYG
  24. Daryl Richardson vs NE
  25. Donald Brown @ TEN *questionable
  26. Pierre Thomas @ DEN
  27. Alex Green vs JAX
  28. LaRod Stephens-Howling vs SF
  29. Phillip Tanner vs NYG
  30. Vick Ballard @ TEN
  31. Shane Vereen vs STL
  32. Kendall Hunter @ ARI
  33. Danny Woodhead vs STL
  34. Michael Bush vs CAR
  35. Andre Brown @ DAL
  36. James Starks vs JAC
  37. Montario Hardesty vs SD
  38. William Powell vs SF
  39. David Wilson @ DAL
  40. Mark Ingram @ DEN

Wide Receivers

  1. Demaryius Thomas vs NO
  2. Marques Colston @ DEN
  3. Victor Cruz @ DAL
  4. Reggie Wayne @ TEN
  5. Mike Wallace @ WAS
  6. Brandon Marshall vs CAR
  7. Eric Decker vs NO
  8. Roddy White @ PHI
  9. Randall Cobb vs JAC
  10. Dez Byrant vs NYG
  11. Calvin Johnson vs SEA
  12. Jeremy Maclin vs ATL
  13. Wes Welker vs STL
  14. Julio Jones @ PHI
  15. Lance Moore @ DEN
  16. Jordy Nelson *questionable
  17. Brandon Lloyd vs STL
  18. Desean Jackson vs ATL
  19. Antonio Brown vs WAS
  20. Larry Fitzgerald vs SF
  21. Miles Austin vs NYG
  22. Denarius Moore vs KC
  23. Kenny Britt vs IND
  24. James Jones vs JAC
  25. Hakeem Nicks @ DAL
  26. Dwayne Bowe vs OAK
  27. Josh Gordon vs SD
  28. Jeremy Kerley vs MIA
  29. Brian Hartline vs NYJ
  30. Malcolm Floyd @ CLE
  31. Michael Crabtree @ ARI
  32. Andre Roberts vs SF
  33. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ KC
  34. Nate Washington vs IND
  35. Santana Moss vs PIT
  36. Greg Little vs SD
  37. Stephen Hill vs MIA
  38. Brandon Stokley vs NO
  39. Chris Givens vs NE
  40. Davonne Bess @ NYJ
  41. Donnie Avery @ TEN
  42. Brandon Gibson vs NE
  43. Leonard Hankerson vs PIT
  44. Robert Meachem @ CLE
  45. Kendall Wright vs IND
  46. Cecil Shorts @ GB
  47. Devery Henderson @ DEN
  48. Titus Young vs SEA
  49. Emmanuel Sanders vs WAS
  50. Brandon LaFell @ CHI
  51. Justin Blackmon @ GB
  52. Ryan Broyles vs SEA
  53. Domenik Hixon @ DAL
  54. Jon Baldwin vs OAK
  55. Josh Morgan vs WAS

Tight Ends

  1. Antonio Gates @ CLE
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs STL
  3. Jimmy Graham @ DEN *questionable
  4. Jason Witten vs NYG
  5. Heath Miller vs WAS
  6. Tony Gonzalez @ PHI
  7. Brent Celek vs ATL
  8. Dustin Keller vs MIA
  9. Martellus Bennett @ DAL
  10. Vernon Davis @ ARI
  11. Joel Dreessen vs NO
  12. Jacob Tamme vs NO
  13. Brandon Pettigrew vs SEA
  14. Jermicael Finley vs STL
  15. Greg Olsen @ CHI
  16. Brandon Myers @ KC
  17. Jared Cook vs IND
  18. Dwayne Allen @ TEN
  19. Coby Fleener @ TEN
  20. Anthony Fasano @ NYJ

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 5 Player Rankings

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers @ IND
  2. Matt Ryan @ KC
  3. Drew Brees vs SD
  4. Tom Brady vs DEN
  5. Peyton Manning vs NE
  6. Phillip Rivers @ NO
  7. RG3 vs ATL
  8. Cam Newton vs SEA
  9. Eli Manning vs CLE
  10. Joe Flacco at KC
  11. Andrew Luck vs GB
  12. Ben Roethlisberger vs PHI
  13. Jay Cutler @ JAC
  14. Andy Dalton vs MIA
  15. Michael Vick @ PIT
  16. Matt Schaub @ NYJ
  17. Christian Ponder vs KC
  18. Alex Smith vs BUF
  19. Ryan Tannehill @ CIN
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ SF
  21. Matt Hasselbeck @ MIN
  22. Brandon Weeden @ NYG
  23. Matt Cassel vs BAL
  24. Russell Wilson @ CAR
  25. Mark Sanchez vs HOU
  26. Blaine Gabbert vs CHI
  27. Tim Tebow vs HOU

Running Backs

  1. Marshawn Lynch @ CAR
  2. Adrian Peterson vs TEN
  3. Ray Rice @ KC
  4. Matt Forte @ JAC
  5. Arian Foster @ NYJ
  6. LeSean McCoy @ PIT
  7. Jamaal Charles vs BAL
  8. Ryan Mathews @ NO
  9. Alfred Morris vs ATL
  10. Reggie Bush @ CIN
  11. Maurice Jones-Drew vs CHI
  12. Frank Gore vs BUF
  13. Trent Richardson @ NYG
  14. Willis McGahee @ NE
  15. Stevan Ridley vs DEN
  16. Darren Sproles vs SD
  17. Cedric Benson @ IND
  18. Michael Turner @ WAS
  19. Ahmad Bradshaw vs CLE
  20. Brandon Bolden vs GB
  21. Chris Johnson @ MIN
  22. Donald Brown vs GB
  23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs MIA
  24. Rashad Mendehall vs PHI
  25. Fred Jackson @ SF
  26. C.J. Spiller @ SF
  27. Andre Brown vs CLE
  28. DeAngelo Williams vs SEA
  29. Jonathan Stewart vs SEA
  30. Shonn Greene vs HOU
  31. Ben Tate @ NYJ
  32. Michael Bush @ JAC
  33. Kendall Hunter vs Buffalo
  34. Pierre Thomas vs SD
  35. Issac Redman vs PHI
  36. Jaquizz Rodgers @ WAS
  37. Mark Ingram vs SD
  38. Danny Woodhead vs DEN
  39. Chris Rainey vs PHI
  40. Mike Tolbert vs SEA
  41. Daniel Thomas @ CIN
  42. Knoshon Moreno @ NE
  43. Dexter McCluster vs BAL
  44. Toby Gerhart vs TEN
  45. Bilal Powell vs HOU
  46. Jonathan Dwyer vs PHI
  47. Lamar Miller @ CIN
  48. David Wilson vs CLE
  49. Vick Ballard vs GB
  50. Joe McKnight vs HOU

Wide Receivers

  1. Roddy White @ WAS
  2. A.J. Green vs MIA
  3. Percy Harvin vs TEN
  4. Wes Welker vs DEN
  5. Julio Jones @ WAS
  6. Victor Cruz vs CLE
  7. Jordy Nelson @ IND
  8. Demaryius Thomas @ NE
  9. Eric Decker @ NE
  10. Brandon Marshall @ JAC
  11. Andre Johnson @ NYJ
  12. Brandon Lloyd vs DEN
  13. Marques Colston vs SD
  14. Mike Wallace vs PHI
  15. Antonio Brown vs PHI
  16. Dwayne Bowe vs BAL
  17. Reggie Wayne vs GB
  18. Steve Smith vs SEA
  19. Jeremy Maclin @ PIT
  20. Torrey Smith @ KC
  21. DeSean Jackson @ PIT
  22. Steve Johnson @ SF
  23. Brian Hartline @ CIN
  24. Malcolm Floyd @ NO
  25. James Jones @ IND
  26. Domenik Hixon vs CLE
  27. Pierre Garcon vs ATL
  28. Michael Crabtree vs BUF
  29. Andrew Hawkins vs MIA
  30. Nate Washington @ MIN
  31. Anquan Boldin @ KC
  32. Randall Cobb @ IND
  33. Sidney Rice @ CAR
  34. Greg Little @ NYJ
  35. Donnie Avery vs GB
  36. T.Y. Hilton vs GB
  37. Justin Blackmon vs CHI
  38. Jeremy Kerley vs HOU
  39. Brandon LaFell vs SEA
  40. Jerome Simpson vs TEN
  41. Leonard Hankerson vs ATL
  42. Donald Jones @ SF
  43. Jon Baldwin vs BAL
  44. Emmanuel Sanders vs PHI
  45. Davonne Bess @ CIN
  46. Brandon Stokley @ NE
  47. Kendall Wright @ MIN
  48. Santana Moss vs ATL
  49. Joseph Morgan vs SD
  50. Randy Moss vs BUF
  51. Mario Manningham vs BUF
  52. Robert Meachem @ NO
  53. Josh Gordon @ NYG
  54. Josh Morgan vs ATL
  55. Jason Avant @ PIT
  56. Cecil Shorts vs CHI
  57. Golden Tate @ CAR

Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs SD
  2. Tony Gonzalez @ WAS
  3. Rob Gronkowski vs DEN
  4. Antonio Gates @ NO
  5. Vernon Davis vs BUF
  6. Owen Daniels @ NYJ
  7. Kyle Rudolph vs TEN
  8. Dennis Pitta @ KC
  9. Greg Olsen vs SEA
  10. Brent Celek @ PIT
  11. Scott Chandler @ SF
  12. Jacob Tamme @ NE
  13. Jermichael Finley @ IND
  14. Heath Miller vs PHI
  15. Martellus Bennett vs CLE
  16. Fred Davis vs ATL
  17. Jermaine Gresham vs MIA
  18. Jared Cook @ MIN
  19. Marcedes Lewis vs CHI
  20. Tony Moeaki vs BAL
  21. Jordan Cameron @ NYG