Russell Wilson will have his best fantasy performance of the season against San Francisco this week.
My thinking: Up to this point in the season, Russell Wilson’s best fantasy performance came back in Week 10 against the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson logged 176 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and a season-high 92 rushing yards in that game, which resulted in a 26.2 fantasy point performance. He’s going to best that number this week against San Francisco. Ironically, Wilson’s second-best fantasy performance of the season came two weeks ago against this same San Francisco team, where he totaled 24.8 fantasy points. San Francisco’s defense hasn’t been all that sharp this season. It has allowed the third-most passing touchdowns (28) and is allowing an average of 19.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which ranks 25th in the NFL through 14 weeks. It’s a favorable matchup, so keep Wilson locked into your starting quarterback spot and hope he can catapult your team to the championship in Week 16.
My thinking: Raise your hand if you thought this was even remotely possible back in August. Aaron Rodgers is struggling, and Josh Allen is playing really well. Allen has totaled at least 20 fantasy points and is averaging 25.8 fantasy points per game over his last three games. Rodgers, on the other hand, has totaled fewer than 20 fantasy points in five of his previous seven games and is averaging 17.6 fantasy points per game over his last seven games. He has an incredibly tough matchup on the road against a Chicago defense that ranks second in fantasy points allowed per game (13.5) to opposing quarterback this season, whereas Allen has an attractive home matchup against a Detroit defense that ranks 19th in fantasy points allowed per game (17.6) to opposing quarterbacks. Expect Allen to outscore Rodgers in Week 15.
David Johnson will have 150 total yards, eight receptions and one touchdown against Atlanta this week.
My thinking: Sigh. For all the fantasy owners out there (myself included) who were expecting David Johnson to finish the year on a high note and propel their team to fantasy championships, all I can say is I feel your pain. He hasn’t been horrible, but he hasn’t transformed anyone’s team into a legitimate championship contender, either. With that said, if you’ve managed to squeak by and are still competing in your league’s playoffs, there is hope for Johnson this week against a horrid Atlanta defense. Over its last four games, Atlanta’s defense has given up an average of 122.5 rushing yards (27th) and 46.5 receiving yards (27th) per game to running backs. For the season, Atlanta ranks tied-27th in rushing touchdowns allowed (11), 32nd in receptions allowed per game (7.5), 30th in receiving yards allowed per game (59.3), and 30th in average points per reception (PPR) league points allowed per game (30.6) to opposing running backs. The stars have aligned perfectly for David Johnson to have one of his best fantasy performances of the season in Week 15, so fire him up into your starting lineup and enjoy a dominant performance out of your premier running back.
Joe Mixon will run for 125 rushing yards and score two touchdowns against Oakland this week.
My thinking: Even though the Cincinnati offense has been struggling lately, Joe Mixon has actually been playing quite well. In his last three games, Mixon is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 52 rushing attempts and has averaged 20.3 PPR fantasy points per game in those three games. He’s also caught 13 passes for 106 receiving yards in the last three games and gets to square off against an Oakland defense that ranks 31st in rushing yards allowed per game (123) and 21st in average PPR points allowed per game (25.9) to opposing running backs this season. He’s not quite a high-end RB1, but Mixon should be viewed as a solid, low-end RB1 for this week’s home matchup against Oakland and for the rest of the season.
Brandin Cooks will have 10 receptions, 160 receiving yards and a touchdown against Philadelphia this week.
My thinking: Brandin Cooks has one of the most favorable matchups this week against an awful Philadelphia defense. Philadelphia’s defense ranks 31st in receptions allowed per game (15), receiving yards allowed per game (198), and average PPR points allowed per game (40.6) to opposing wide receivers this season. Philadelphia has been decimated by injuries this season and is in no position to keep up with a high-powered Los Angeles offense that will look to bounce back in a big way after a forgettable performance last week against Chicago. Cooks has also played remarkably better at home than on the road this season. He’s averaging seven receptions, 108 receiving yards and 21.6 PPR points per game in six home games, compared to four receptions, 67 receiving yards and 13.3 PPR points per game in six road games. Expect a monster performance out of Cooks and the entire Los Angeles offense as they aim to get back on track for their impending playoff run in a few weeks.
DeAndre Hopkins will have 11 receptions for 150 receiving yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets this week.
My thinking: It’s only a matter of time before Hopkins pops off and has a monster fantasy performance. He’s been relatively quiet on the stat sheet as of late, as evidenced by his average of 14.2 PPR points per game over his last four games. However, Hopkins still ranks eighth among receivers with 256.4 PPR points for the season and gets to face a horrendous New York Jets secondary in Week 15. New York’s defense has yielded the third-most receptions per game (14.5), receiving yards per game (189.2), and average PPR points per game (40.8) to opposing wide receivers this season. It’s the juiciest of juicy matchups, so expect a monster performance out of your WR1 this week.