Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles will be a Top 10 Fantasy QB
Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys and Blake Bortles, QB Jacksonville Jaguars
I have been writing in this column for a month that Prescott wasn’t startable and that he didn’t justify a roster spot. In five of his last seven games he has passed for fewer than 180 yards and he’s thrown just two total touchdowns over that span. Then, he went out in Week 14 and threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns. My fear is that one game against a poor New York Giants defense and a cushy matchup against a folding Oakland Raiders team might reinvigorate owners to start Prescott in the Fantasy playoffs. My response to that is that Blake Bortles has outscored Prescott by 23 points over the last four weeks and he has a better Week 15 matchup. If you are seriously considering Prescott against the Raiders then you have to cut him, claim Blake Bortles, and start him against the Texans. If that sounds ludicrous, you heard my point loud and clear. P.S. Blake Bortles is going to finish the 2017 Fantasy Football season as a Top 10 quarterback, as I predicted he would.
Rod Smith, RB Dallas Cowboys
Three weeks with a touchdown and still the only Fantasy relevant week was against the Giants. If you are playing this deep into your Fantasy season then Smith shouldn’t be a serious consideration to start regardless of a matchup against an Oakland Raiders team that mailed it in for Week 14.
Cincinnati Bengals Run Defense
The Bengals are the worst defense in rushing yards allowed (1,717 yards allowed). They are among the Top 10 in receiving yards allowed (630) to running backs and they are tied for eleventh in rushing touchdowns allowed. They also allow the third-fewest Fantasy points per week to wide receivers and have only allowed nine wide receiver touchdowns. Stefon Diggs is a sit consideration while Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon are both viable starts.
Kansas City Chiefs Pass Defense
The Chiefs rank fifth-worst in passing yards allowed per game (248.5) and worst in touchdowns allowed to wide receivers (16). The San Diego Chargers’ offense has been on fire, making Keenan Allen a must-start and Tyrell Williams a tantalizing Flex consideration. I can’t aggressively endorse Williams, but he does have big play ability in a friendly Week 15 matchup. “Don’t Be Fantasy Fooled” by Williams’ Week 14 breakout game. He was only targeted four times and the majority of his 132 receiving yards were from a 75-yard touchdown.
Mohamed Sanu, WR Atlanta Falcons
Sanu has scored double-digit Fantasy points in three of his last four games with a touchdown in two of them, and Week 15 he faces a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that ranks the worst in Fantasy points allowed to wide receivers (41.7). Julio Jones is going to get his, but Sanu has been getting his own recently with an extremely juicy matchup. He needs to be atop your Flex list considerations.
Jonathan Stewart, RB Carolina Panthers
Stewart has become a red zone darling after scoring a touchdown in three consecutive games. But, he hasn’t had more than 18 rushing attempts in a game and he has only two 100-yard rushing games and forty total receiving yards for the season. He is an intriguing DFS play because he should be a cheap option with red zone touchdown appeal, but in the Fantasy playoffs he is a “Don’t Be Fantasy Fooled” guy.
Theo Riddick, RB Detroit Lions
Riddick’s rushing attempts, receptions and total yards from scrimmage have all been at season highs the last two weeks, with Ameer Abdullah out due to injury, and the result has been back-to-back double-digit Fantasy scoring. Riddick has an intriguing skill set but with Abdullah back in the fold for Week 15 he returns to be an afterthought rather than a serious Flex option.
Mike Davis, RB Seattle Seahawks
Davis has 16 and 15 rushing attempts and 64 and 66 rushing yards respectively in back to back weeks. He faces a Los Angeles Rams run defense that ranks second-worst in rushing yards allowed and is tied for fourth in touchdowns allowed to running backs. Davis has scored seven Fantasy points or more in each of his three games this season and he has done it without scoring a touchdown. Davis is a running back that can be relied on to score at least seven Fantasy points against a Rams defense that is likely to allow at least 75 rushing yards and a touchdown. Davis is on pace for a 13-20 point performance while being owned in only 38 percent of Yahoo leagues.
J.D. McKissic, RB Seattle Seahawks
It’s difficult to praise two running backs in the same backfield in the same game but I did it once (Murray and McKinnon) already in this week’s column, so why not go for two? McKissic has scored at least eight Fantasy points in five consecutive games because of four receptions or more in four of those five games. Davis is the better play because the Rams are weaker against the run than the pass, but McKissic has a high floor with upside.
Isaiah Crowell, RB Cleveland Browns
In three of his last five games Crowell has 16 rushing attempts or more, and he’s rushed for 90 yards or more and scored 11 Fantasy points or more. In Week 15, Crowell faces a Ravens defense that is tied for fourth-worst in rushing touchdowns allowed to running backs and has allowed the seventh-most Fantasy points to running backs in the last four weeks. If the Browns’ Week 15 game plan has Crowell tote the rock 16 times or more you can expect 15 Fantasy points with upside for more.
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