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The Fire Sale – Week 15

You have to love fantasy playoffs, huh? You work your tail off all season to get to this point then guys like Andy Dalton and Thomas Rawls get injured early in their games.

If you survived and are still alive, it’s two more wins to the title. I’ll do what I can to get you there. I have two more “Fire Sales” left. This week, I’m going to focus on sneaky starts for the fantasy playoffs. Next week, I’ll close out the year with my hits and misses. Spoiler alert: Allen Hurns was my top hit of the year.

So, this week I’m going to expand my “Sneaky Starts” segment. It’s Week 15 and right now the most important thing is who to start in the playoffs. I’ll give you a few of my favorite “Sneaky Starts” this week for fantasy playoffs. You take it from there. Good luck.

Now on with “The Fire Sale …”

Sneaky Starts

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay – I said last week that I loved St. Louis because Detroit was coming off that tough emotional loss to Green Bay. However, St. Louis’ offense is still garbage and it puts a tired St. Louis defense in a lot of bad situations. I thought Tampa Bay felt the pressure last week against New Orleans. Not just the players but their conservative coaching staff. Expect a bounceback game from Winston this week.

A.J. McCarron, QB, Cincinnati – McCarron says he’s the next Tom Brady. I’m not ready to go that far but I do think he can roll San Francisco. San Francisco played a couple of tough games, but after that blowout at Cleveland, it’s time to hit the links. Cincinnati is vastly more talented than San Francisco all over the place. If you’re really desperate for a quarterback, I have a hunch McCarron throws two touchdown passes.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets – Powell has now scored at least 14 fantasy points in three of his last four games in points per reception leagues. Dallas allowed both James Starks and Eddie Lacy to have big games on Sunday. Dallas’ defense has played well this year but with the offense doing next to nothing, it’s wearing down. Powell should have another nice game in points per reception formats.

Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville – T.J. Yeldon has a sprained knee and his status for next week is uncertain as I write this column. Atlanta gives up a ton of fantasy points to opposing running backs. If Yeldon is out, I love Robinson as an RB2 this week. There have been a lot of running back injuries. If you’re hurting and need someone to start, Robinson could have a big game against Atlanta and in Week 16 against New Orleans.

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.