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Start/Bench – Week 15

As we dig out of the rubble that was Week 14, one thing is for certain. The battle of attrition that has been the entire 2015 fantasy football season continues.

Many fantasy owners saw their seasons come crashing down with injuries to Thomas Rawls, Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert.

While many other owners suffered the same fate due to disappearing acts by the likes of Dez Bryant (thanks Matt Cassel) and Calvin Johnson.

If you somehow managed to survive and are still chasing the gold ring, congratulations to you my fantasy football loving brethren.

It only gets tougher from here on out. Hey, that’s why we love this crazy game. Enough chitchat. It’s the playoffs baby!

Let’s do this!

 

QUARTERBACK

STUDS

Tom Brady
Aaron Rodgers
Cam Newton
Carson Palmer
Drew Brees
Blake Bortles
Russell Wilson
Ben Roethlisberger

Take a Seat

Andy Dalton: A fractured thumb will sideline him for the rest of the fantasy season.

 

START

Matthew Stafford, DETROIT at New Orleans: It’s New Orleans. New Orleans has allowed 38 total touchdowns to quarterbacks this season. We start any and all quarterbacks that play against New Orleans. It’s that simple.

Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY at Baltimore: After seeing Russell Wilson roll over the Baltimore defense to the tune of 292 passing yards and five scores, we like Smith to have a big day. In his last six games Smith has nine total touchdowns and is averaging 40 rushing yards per game. We like that and we like this matchup.

Ryan Fitzpatrick at Dallas: The beat goes on as Fitzpatrick put up 286 total yards and three scores last week. Dallas is circling the drain and doesn’t have the secondary to contend with the dual threat of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

Tyrod Taylor, BUFFALO at Washington: Despite a horrible late-game interception, Taylor continues to produce with both his arm and legs. He rushed for 53 yards against Philadelphia and now has 371 rushing yards on the season with three scores. Washington has allowed at least two touchdowns to a quarterback nine times this year.

Derek Carr, OAKLAND vs. Green Bay: We like Carr’s chances to have a big week at home after leading Oakland over Denver a week ago. Throw out last week as the Dallas passing game is a wreck. Green Bay allowed Matthew Stafford to hang a pair of scores on them twice in a month’s time. Carr will easily do the same and possibly more at home this week.

 

BENCH

Marcus Mariota, TENNESSEE at New England: New England coach Bill Belichick is usually very good at confusing and shutting down rookie quarterbacks. We can’t count on another receiving touchdown for Mariota or even a viable fantasy performance on the road against New England.

Sam Bradford, PHILADELPHIA vs. Arizona: Philadelphia had a big win against Buffalo, but Bradford continues to do nothing fantasy-wise (he finished outside the Top 20 … again). With Arizona’s solid defense coming to town, he belongs on the bench.

Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Carolina: Manning had a nice game last week but this is a brutal matchup. Look for Josh Norman to shadow Odell Beckham Jr., forcing Manning to utilize his other options. The playoffs are no time to hope one of those other options can step up.

Brock Osweiler, DENVER at Pittsburgh: OK. We are officially off the ‘Brock Lobster’ bandwagon. Denver failed to score a touchdown last week against Oakland. Osweiler has two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in his last three starts. Ugh. There are much better options out there. If Peyton Manning were to somehow draw the start he is a bench option as well.

Philip Rivers, SAN DIEGO vs. Miami: San Diego has failed to score a touchdown in three of their last four games and is a horrible offense these days. Rivers has Antonio Gates and that is about it in the passing game. No reason to roll him out regardless of the opponent.

About Wally Spurlin

Wally Spurlin is a Fantasy Football Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Spurlin’s work has appeared in print publications, including the FSWA award winning 2014 USA Today Fantasy Football magazine as well as the 2015 edition. Wally is also a weekly co-host on the Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy pod cast on Fantasy Sharks Radio at Blog Talk Radio.Follow him on Twitter @WaltonSpurlin