Fantasy Football Week 15: Start’em / Sit’em
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Mike Evans, @CAR (73%, 13) – Despite shutting down the Saints last week, the Panthers have one of the least talented secondaries in the league. They are currently starting two 5th round picks, Josh Norman & Bene Benwikere, and their 3rd corner, Melvin White, is the worst CB in the league according to ProFootballFocus. I don’t think any of them will be able to keep Mike Evans out of the end zone this week.
Keenan Allen, DEN (71%, 12) – I think this is going to be a high scoring matchup for both squads and project Allen to have 15+ fantasy points.
Kelvin Benjamin, TB (64%, 11) – Derek Anderson is taking over at QB for the Panthers and despite plenty of flaws has a strong arm and throws a good deep ball. I think Anderson and Benjamin connect for a long score on Sunday.
DeAndre Hopkins, @IND (62%, 12) – #1WR Andre Johnson is questionable with concussion related symptoms which means Hopkins could get his first shot at being the man on Sunday. Both defenses have trouble stopping people, so there could be a lot of passes thrown with more than enough targets for Hopkins to eclipse 12 fantasy points.
Jordan Matthews, DAL (43%, 10) – Was shut down by the Seahawks last week, but that is nothing to be embarrassed about. Matthews played well against the Cowboys in their first meeting (4-51-1) and should put up a similar line this week.
Marques Colston, @CHI (42%, 10) – The Bears pass D is atrocious and has been leaving underneath receivers wide open all season. They do play the deep ball pretty well, which leads me to believe it will be Colston and not Kenny Stills who has the big game against the Bears on Monday night. They might both have big games actually, but I like Colston’s chances better based on the routes he has been running the last few weeks.
Donte Moncrief, HOU (42%, 9) – #2WR Reggie Wayne has a bad elbow and is questionable for Sunday. If he can’t go, Moncrief should move into the starting lineup and put up a useful fantasy line on Sunday. His snaps have been increasing the last four weeks and even if Wayne plays I think Moncrief is good for 10+ this week.
Marquess Wilson, NO (8%, 9) – Brandon Marshall is done for the season which means Wilson, a promising 2nd year player, will get a chance in the starting lineup. I imagine most defenses will pay extra attention to Alshon Jeffrey which should mean plenty of 1-1 coverage for Wilson to exploit. Whether he is good enough to take advantage of man coverage is another question, but the opportunity is there.
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Antonio Gates, DEN (71%, 11) – I’ve mentioned it a few times already, but I think this is going to be a high scoring game. Gates had 2 TDs the last time these teams met and I think he’ll find the end zone again this week.
Martellus Bennett, NO (71%, 11) – The Black Unicorn had a big game last week (12-84-1) but most of his stats were compiled in garbage time. With two of the worst defenses in the league matching up this Monday, the whole game could resemble garbage time.
Delanie Walker, NYJ (52%,9) – Both opening day starters at WR (Justin Hunter, Kendall Wright) could be out with injuries this week, which would make Walker a primary target on Sunday. The Jets have been generous to opposing TEs all season, giving up the 7th most fantasy points.
Jordan Cameron, CIN (24%, 7) – No one knows how Manziel will play this week, but I have a feeling that Cameron is going to be his favorite target. Just a hunch really.
Mychal Rivera, @KC (10%, 6) – Has been inconsistent, but is coming off his first career 100 yard game (107) and has 4 TDs in his last 6 games. David Carr seems to look his way often in the red zone.