Well I hope your Week 14 match ups worked out! There were a few letdowns for sure (Mike Evans, we’re looking at you) and a few surprises. If you owned Carson Wentz, my condolences. If you owned him and somehow survived, congratulations! Its all about survival, which means if you need to blow your entire FAAB (which you should have done weeks ago) to block your opponent from getting the best waiver wire quarterback then you do it. Heck I found myself adding multiple tight ends on Sunday morning to block the Zach Ertz owner! Why not? Its all in time and these are just a few of the guys I feel best about going “all-in” with in the second round of the playoffs. Best of luck in Week 15!
|Quarterback||Opponent||Matchup rating vs. position||Comment|
|1. Ben Roethlisberger||VS NE||8th||Is there a hotter QB in the NFL right now? Maybe not. This is a huge game at home in Pittsburgh and Ben is on fire. He’s my top start of Week 15.|
|2. Tom Brady||@PIT||26th||
I want to downgrade Brady after Monday night but if you’ve made it this far, Brady remains a must start. This should be one heck of a game if this offense can get on track.
|3. Philip Rivers||@KC||5th||
The game is at Arrowhead so it’s not a perfect scenario but Rivers has been excellent of late throwing for 1,097 yards and 6 scores over his past three contests.
|4. Russell Wilson||VS. LAR||30th||
I’m not worried about the matchup rating. Last week’s opponent (JAX) was the 32nd rated opponent for opposing QB’s and Wilson still found a way to produce.
|5. Aaron Rodgers||@CAR||23rd||I don’t care if he’s playing against the 85′ Bears – if Rodgers is in you are starting him!|
|6. Dak Prescott||@OAK||10th||
Dak might be back! An 85-yard catch and run from Rod Smith didn’t hurt and hey it still counts! Big game coming up against a susceptible Oakland secondary.
|7. Cam Newton||VS GB||15th||DeShone Kizer did well against this defense in Week 14 – need I say more?|
|8. Matt Ryan||@TB||13th||
This one worries me a bit but the match up is pretty solid. He went for 317 yards and a score against this defense in Week 12, lets hope he improves on that mark.
With the Legion of Boom on the sidelines this Seattle secondary can be beat. They’ve given up at least one passing TD per game since Week 10 and I see no reason to think that streak ends this week.
|10. Derek Carr||VS DAL||11th||This is another risky pick but the match up make sense. With a 46 point over/under there should be some fireworks.|
||Opponent||Matchup rating vs. positon||Comment|
|1. Le’Veon Bell||VS NE||15th||The Patriots are in trouble once again on defense having just coughed up nearly 200-yards from scrimmage to Kenyon Drake. Le’Veon > Drake.|
|2. Todd Gurley||@ SEA||29th||Repeat after me: Match up proof!|
|3. Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram||VS NYJ||28th||
It’s not so much that I like the matchup vs. this defense as much as it is that I think this game gets completely out of hand with Josh McCown on the shelf.
|4. Kareem Hunt||VS LAC||6th||
It was great to see Hunt back on track albeit with a double-digit lead most of the game. This upcoming foe is even more generous than the last so let’s hope the play-calling stays favorable for the rookie rusher.
|5. LeSean McCoy||VS MIA||9th||
The Snow Bowl was a weird one but including that game, Shady has 463 yards from scrimmage over his past 4 contests. Solid matchup for one of the best backs of this generation.
|6. Jordan Howard||@ DET||4th||He went off unexpectedly last week in a not so great match up. Barring catastrophe, I just can’t see him failing in a match up this juicy given his volume.|
|7. Devonta Freeman||@ TB||11th||Freeman got going a bit this past Thursday night and should continue that success against one of the leagues softest run defenses.|
|8. Melvin Gordon||@ KC||23rd||
Gordon has posted double digit PPR outings every week dating back to Week 11. The Chiefs aren’t as stout against the run as their ranking currently indicates having yielded rushing scores in 7 of their last 8 games.
|9. Jamaal Williams||@ CAR||26th||
Not a great matchup on paper but Aaron Rodger should be back to loosen things up. The volume is there and this offense is elite when #12 is under center.
|10. Alfred Morris||@ OAK||12th||
Don’t be fooled by the box score, Alfred led the backfield in this contest. Expect similar volume in this enticing matchup including his dominance of redzone looks among running backs (he had 80% of these looks come his way in Week 14).
|11. Alex Collins||@ CLE||25th||
The Steelers were a worse matchup on paper than this week’s opponent and Collins is running hard! He may get a touchdown or two stolen from him but he’s the back to own in this lineup right now. With 5 touchdowns in 4 games along with his 120 yard explosion on Sunday Night Football I can’t keep him off this list!
|12. Christian McCaffrey||VS GB||5th||
The Browns RB duo combined for 180 total yards and a score vs this defense in Week 14. Jonathan Stewart could vulture the TD’s potentially but CMC should have nice value in Week 15 with such a nice match up.
||Opponent||Matchup rating vs. position||Comment|
|1. Julio Jones||@ TB||1st||He’s been up and down but last time he was up vs. these very same Bucs in Week 12 when he hung 253 and 2 touchdowns on them.|
|2. Antonio Brown||VS NE||5th||Even in the worst match up Brown continues to shine. This should be a shootout in Pittsburgh vs New England.|
|3. Keenan Allen||@ KC||2nd||
With 39 receptions over the last 4 contests I had to put Allen in one of the top 3 spots vs. such an inviting opponent. He didn’t do much when these teams met back in Week 3 but that was a different Chargers team then.
|4. Devin Funchess||VS GB||4th||
He’s played well against much tougher opponents the past two weeks compiling 119 yard and two scores total vs New Orleans and Minnesota. Against this foe he might match that two-game total in a single game!
|5. Jordy Nelson||@ CAR||12th||Jordy has been dying without Rodgers under center but if #12 is back in action expect him to lean on his favorite target while he shakes the rust off.|
|6. Dez Bryant||@ OAK||16th||
Touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and it looks like Dak is finally waking back up. Solid match up in a game with one of the week’s highest projected point totals at 46.
|7. Brandin Cooks/Chris Hogan||@ PIT||26th||
This one should be a shootout. No clue what the over/under will be if it ever makes the board but it should be in the high 40’s. After a let down Week 14, the Pats should come out swinging. You’ll want a piece.
|8. Doug Baldwin||VS LAR||25th||He had a brutal match up last week and still came through. This game has a 47.5 over/under and should be a shootout with Baldwin heavily involved.|
|9. Tyreek Hill||VS LAC||22nd||
When these two teams met back in Week 3 Tyreek went 5-for-77 and a score. I’d expect that to be on the low end as both offenses are hitting on all cylinders right now.
|10. DeAndre Hopkins||@ JAX||32nd||
The match up is almost as bad as his quarterback play (seriously though, we do hope Tom Savage is OK after a scary episode this past Sunday) yet despite all adversity Hopkins continues to shine. Fire him up, no matter what.
|11. A.J. Green||@ MIN||18th|
|12. Adam Thielen||VS CIN||31st||
Again, the match up isn’t great but Thielen has gotten you this far so if you own him, you’re starting him. The good news is Minnesota is a 10.5 underdog in this contest (as of this writing) so game flow should be favorable.
||Opponent||Matchup rating vs. position||Comment|
|1a. Zach Ertz||@ NYG||1st||
Losing Wentz is brutal but Nick Foles should be capable enough to get it to his tight end against the leagues leakiest defense against opposing tight ends. Its certainly a good match up to get on the same page.
|1b. Travis Kelce||VS LAC||27th||The league’s top tight scoring tight end is relatively match up proof.|
|2. Rob Gronkowski||@ PIT||30th||After New England’s underwhelming Week 14, expect Gronk to come out fired up in a huge AFC match up.|
|3. Jimmy Graham||VS LAR||26th||
How on earth he posted a 0 against the Jaguars last week is beyond me. After seeing what Trey Burton did against the Rams last week, I’m certainly encouraged that we’ll see a bounce back in Week 15.
|4. Ricky Seals-Jones||@ WAS||5th||
I always pick on Washington but it usually pays off. Seals-Jones had a down week in the first round of the playoffs but he’ll likely get rolling again vs. this uber generous defense for opposing tight ends.
|5. Evan Engram||VS PHI||13th||
He’s about the only Giant worth starting and has drawn no less than 6 targets every week dating back to Week 6. Not an amazing match up but you could do far worse.
|6. Jack Doyle||VS DEN||3rd||
He got it done even in a snow storm! Honestly, that’s probably about as far as Brissett could see in that blizzard in Buffalo last week. He’s actually tied for 1st on the team with 16 targets over the past 3 weeks and the matchup is excellent.
|7. Delanie Walker||@ SF||22nd||
20 receptions on 28 targets over the past four weeks isn’t bad at all. Given the risky matchups across the board at tight end this week Delanie seems to have a safe floor.
|8. Kyle Rudolph||VS CIN||23rd||The Bengals aren’t exactly soft vs. opposing tight ends but Rudolph needs to stay in lineups after posting four touchdowns in the last three games.|
|9. Hunter Henry||@ KC||28th||
Jared Cook went 5-for-75 with a score against these Chiefs in Week 14. Given Henry’s uptick in work and targets (20 over the last 3 weeks) I like him in this battle for AFC supremacy.
|10. Jesse James||VS NE||18th||
Huge game vs. New England and he’s coming off a 10 catch outing in Week 14. It’s slim pickings at tight end this week making James as good a bet as any.