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THE FIRE SALE: Week 15 Playoff Starts

Up until this week, I ran a section called “I Hate Fantasy Football” in The Fire Sale where I picked a play or situation that stuck it to owners.

Last week we had by far the “I Hate Fantasy Football” situation of the 2017 season. The great Alvin Kamara scored six fantasy points on the Saints opening drive versus the Falcons. He’s on his way to another huge game. Then he gets a concussion. He’s done.

That’s a tough one to take. If you listened to me back in August, you selected Kamara late in the draft. If you picked him up on your own, you did the work. You deserve the payoff.

We can make all the right moves but at the end of the day fantasy playoffs comes down to some luck. Hopefully for Kamara owners, you either had a bye or still won the week. If you had the foresight to get the best player in the NFL, you deserve to win your league. I’m rooting for you.

Good luck to everyone who made their fantasy semifinals. Let’s see if I can find a few good starts for Week 15.

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Now, on with The Fire Sale

Below are the players I like for Week 15. Depending on your league, some players like Rod Smith may still be available on the waiver wire. It goes without saying that if I like a player enough to start, I’m also recommending you pick him up off waivers.

Week 15 Start ‘em

Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys

I gave out Dak last week and he delivered with his first 300-yard passing game of the year. My motto has always been if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Prescott gets another favorable matchup this week when he faces air, known as the Raiders pass defense. Fire him up again.

Blake Bortles, QB Jacksonville Jaguars

In his last seven games, Bortles has thrown for at least 259 yards five times and accounted for 10 touchdowns. In his last two games, Bortles is completing 71 percent of his passes for 577 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has the highest passer rating of any NFL quarterback in December. This week Bortles gets a Texans defense that gives up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

It’s hard to believe I’m saying this but if you’re hurting at quarterback, Blake Bortles can help you advance to the fantasy championships. I only care about winning.

Alex Collins, RB Baltimore Ravens

Collins has been a revelation for fantasy owners. In a tough matchup last week against the Steelers, he ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. In his last two games, Collins has scored over 20 points in PPR leagues. I loved Danny Woodhead over the final month of the season and added him in most leagues. I was wrong. Collins looks like a stud for not only the rest of this year but 2018 as well. Collins is a must-start this week against the Browns.

Kenyan Drake, RB Miami Dolphins

Like Collins, Drake may help many owners win a fantasy title. I said Collins looks like a stud. Drake may be even better. He’s making runs only a few backs on the planet can make. Fumbling and injuries have plagued Drake dating back to college but his talent is off the charts. He looks like a future star. It goes without saying Drake is a lock start versus the non-existent Bills rush defense. If Damien Williams returns and the Miami coaching staff stops feeding Drake, they should be fired the next day. Williams isn’t in the same hemisphere as Drake.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.