Fantasy Football Week 15 Starts, Sits: Advice For Toughest Lineup Decisions

Having trouble setting your lineup? We're here to help

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December 17, 2020

For some of you, the fantasy football playoffs have arrived. And wouldn’t it stink to bow out of the postseason after receiving a predictable dud from one of your players?

At this stage of the game, you need to make sure you identify which matchups to exploit and which to avoid. That’s easier said than done, but we’re here to help.

Who should you start? Who should you sit?

Here’s our Week 15 fantasy football start/sit advice:

STARTS:
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

The rookie running back has been an inconsistent fantasy player this season, but his role has increased over the last three weeks. In fact, Dobbins has scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games. We expect him to find similar success Sunday against a bad Jacksonville Jaguars defense.

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints
Hill somewhat struggled last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, but we expect him to have a big day against the Kansas City Chiefs. Assuming the game turns into a shootout, Hill, a dual-threat QB, should post start-worthy numbers.

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons
With Julio Jones unlikely to suit up, Gage should get plenty of work against a so-so Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary. If you need a WR3 or FLEX, give Gage a shot.

Irv Smith, TE, Minnesota Vikings
If Kyle Rudolph sits against the Chicago Bears, Smith becomes a must-start at fantasy’s shallowest position. We don’t think his 63-yard, touchdown performance last week was a fluke.

SITS:
David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
Inconsistent both in terms of availability and production, Johnson can’t be trusted against the Indianapolis Colts, who might have the best defense in football. At this point, he’s a matchup play.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
There was a time when you could bank on Ryan having a good day even against good defenses, as he would rack up considerable points in garbage time. Those days unfortunately are over, leaving Ryan a fringe starter, at best.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Parker dominated Stephon Gilmore last season but left the Dolphins’ Week 1 game against the Patriots this season due to an injury. As such, we still don’t know whether last season’s Week 17 performance was a fluke. Regardless, this is the kind of game Gilmore gets up for and proves how good he is. Don’t expect much from Parker in this contest.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos
We still think Fant has a bright future, but he currently is too difficult to trust. He seemingly always is hurt and hasn’t found the end zone since Week 2. Look elsewhere.

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