Week 15 Rankings: Start Your Studs
If you are reading this hopefully, it's because your team is still alive and not because you're just a big fan of me and my rankings. But, if that is the case, thank you!
One constant debate that I know Fantasy owners have this late in the season is deciding whether to trust their struggling studs or go in a different direction. The side for trusting your stud is an obvious one; they are some of the best players in the game and can go off at any point. Another argument is, can you live with the decision to sit, say Mike Evans, and have him go off on your bench? Both are compelling arguments and make sense if you are deciding between Evans and say a sleeper in Tyrell Williams. However, what if you are deciding between Evans and a player that is ranked around him?
[caption id="attachment_261658" align="alignright" width="449"] Mike Evans is a stud in the past, but should you play him just because of his name? Photo Credit: John Bazemore/AP[/caption]
I am in one league in which I currently have Kirk Cousins, Mike Evans and Kareem Hunt on the bench. You may want to call me crazy, but I am sitting them for Blake Bortles, Marvin Jones, Jamaal Williams and Kenyan Drake. I obviously hit big off the waiver wire in that league, but if you made it this far, chances are you have as well. This late in the season we need to strip the names off and look at both recent production and matchups.
In the case of Mike Evans, he has a tough matchup as the Falcons have allowed the 15th most FPPG to WRs over the last month. He also has seen just 11 total targets in the last two games with Jameis Winston. If you have a Jones, Josh Gordon, or Demaryius Thomas, I would use them all over him this week. Yeah, you never want to get too cute, but you also don’t want to go down with a sinking ship. There is a balance and I think you have to find it.
This is a tough decision that I know I will be going back and forth on all week. I am sure you have a tough decision like this as well, and I just wanted to give you insight on how I come to decisions in these situations. As always, you can continue to check my updated rankings and ask me questions on Twitter (@MichaelFFlorio).