If you’re still recovering from that Monday Night Football firefight, have no fear because you are not alone. Last week I described Week 14 as volatile. The Eagles upset over the Saints and the Browns trading scores with the Ravens proved that to be all too true. In the fantasy football Week 15 starts and sits, we have more of a relaxed schedule, at least on paper. A surprising guest appears on this list that hasn’t shown his face too often this season. He makes his fantasy sits debut in the very first section. Without further ado, let’s dive in.
Russell Wilson at WAS – I know I’m crazy for even mentioning one of the possible nominees for the 2020 MVP, but there is a good reason. The Washington Football Team’s defense has been on a tear lately, posting 22 sacks over their last seven games. Add in eight takeaways and three defensive touchdowns in their last four games and they pose a serious threat for even the best teams. This matchup terrifies me as a D.K. Metcalf owner and it should give you something to think about too. Washington’s defense is excellent and Seattle’s offense has been solid all year, so it’s really difficult to think about sitting Russell Wilson this week.
I get the dilemma seems illogical. Why sit Wilson or any member of this explosive Seattle offense even against a stout defense? You can call it a “gut feeling” here, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Washington over the last few weeks. They may not have what it takes to go far but damn do they make it interesting. Sit Wilson if your backup has a better matchup. If you start him, prepare yourself for what could be a nail-biting, low-scoring game.
Kenyan Drake vs. PHI – The fantasy football Week 15 starts and sits would not be complete if we didn’t discuss this immensely important game between the Eagles and Cardinals. Both teams are fighting for their playoff aspirations and the Eagles are riding high from that huge upset over the Saints. The bottom line here is clearly the Eagles can move the football and they did it against a great New Orleans defense. So what happens when their next game is against a much inferior defensive unit? They keep on rolling! Miles Sanders badly proved me wrong last week and he looks like he’s back to his old self. Jalen Hurts has breathed new life into this offense that stagnated under Carson Wentz.
I feel a shootout game brewing here. This has Kyler Murray vs. Jalen Hurts written all over it and with Sanders’ ability to run the ball in play again, it doesn’t leave a ton of time left for Kenyan Drake. Drake had such high expectations this season and he is arguably a huge bust. I don’t see him gaining more than 60 yards in this game. With or without a score, that might not be enough to win you this playoff matchup. Look elsewhere if you can.
Darius Slayton vs. CLE – For what seems like the first time ever, the Dallas Cowboys have been flexed OUT of a primetime television slot. Thankfully, the NFL replaced it with a legitimately intriguing game between the Giants and Browns. Surprisingly enough, the Browns are a good football team in 2020 and after the previous game with the Ravens, anything is possible for this team. Likewise, the Giants could still come out on top of the NFC East so they definitely have a lot to play for.
The Giants are not equal to the Ravens here. The Giants will not put up over 40 points on this Cleveland defense no matter who is playing quarterback. Furthermore, they won’t be able to contain Myles Garrett as much as the Ravens did and Baltimore has a quarterback who can freakishly evade the sack. This is why I cannot trust Darius Slayton this week. I fear starting him would be way too much of a risk for too little a reward and it’s not worth ponying up that dough. Find a better matchup at wide receiver this week.
Good luck in Week 15 of fantasy football! Are you halfway through your first two-week playoff matchup with a lead? Do you need any last-minute starts to bolster that lineup? Don’t miss out on the Fantasy Hour On Tap Week 15 preview episode when it drops!