It is time for the fantasy football playoffs, and no more teams are on a bye. With that in mind, start and sit decisions have never been harder. The best resource to make those tough decisions? Well, I am glad you asked; my Week 14 PPR Rankings! Every week, I’ll be providing you with my personal rankings for every position, excluding defense and kicker, who will be ranked later in the week. Who’s positioned to do some damage this week? Who might not be the ideal player to start this week? We’ll answer all of that in the paragraphs ahead.
Week 15 Positional Notes
- Make sure to monitor Lamar Jackson’s ankle injury this week. You’re starting him if he plays, but if he cannot play, you’ll want to have a backup plan.
- Patrick Mahomes was extremely efficient against the Raiders last week, completing 20 of 24 passes. On the other hand, Las Vegas is the only defense he’s been able to succeed against as of late, making a Thursday Night matchup against the Chargers critical for his projection the rest of the season.
- I am officially worried about Dak Prescott. The Cowboys offense has ridden the struggle bus in back-to-back games, where Prescott hasn’t reached 12.5 points. Prescott hasn’t been the same since suffering a calf injury, and he’s a low-end QB1 at best right now.
- On the other hand, Justin Fields has ascended back into being a QB1, with over 19 fantasy points in each of his past three full games. As a clear dual-threat with 27 rush attempts in those three games, he’s someone you should feel comfortable inserting into your lineup, especially against a susceptible Vikings defense. He’s in the top-12 in my Week 15 PPR Rankings.
- If the Panthers continue to swap quarterbacks mid-game in some sort of rotation, Cam Newton is in trouble. I wouldn’t be starting him against a potent Bills defense.
- Tua Tagovailoa and Jimmy Garoppolo, with very favorable matchups this week, are the top streaming options.
- With Kareem Hunt likely out of the picture this week, Nick Chubb is likely to be the true bell cow this week, based on previous usage when Hunt has been out. He has a great matchup against the Raiders and could easily finish as THE RB1 this week.
- Joe Mixon has been splitting too much time with Samaje Perine, who is taking all the snaps in passing situations. This makes Mixon a boom-or-bust low-end RB1 reliant on touchdowns and rushing efficiency.
- Antonio Gibson could be impacted negatively for fantasy purposes if JD McKissic is back for Washington this week, and the same goes for James Conner if Chase Edmonds returns for Detroit this week.
- Practically the entire Dolphins’ backfield is on the COVID-19 list, which is troubling for fantasy projections. If Myles Gaskin and co. cannot play, I wouldn’t start any of the active running back; Miami’s offensive line is atrocious and they are one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the NFL.
- I’m worried about Aaron Jones, who played fewer snaps than AJ Dillon. Yes, he had over 20 fantasy points, but he needed two touchdowns to get there. Five rush attempts isn’t going to cut it.
- Facing the Texans and with the coaching staff clearly wanting to get him involved, this is a money spot for James Robinson. That’s why I’m high on him in my Week 15 PPR Rankings.
- Let’s see what happens with the Rams’ backfield if Darrell Henderson is back this week. I think we’re looking at more of a split between him and Sony Michel, but it’s a mystery at this point.
- Is Damien Harris healthy? The Patriots’ running back left their last game early with a hamstring injury. If he’s unable to play, Rhamondre Stevenson becomes a clear top-20 running back.
- After playing 81% of the team’s snaps on Sunday, keep an eye on Devin Singletary. He might be in line for more rushing attempts with a leading game script against the Panthers and Josh Allen’s rush attempts to likely become limited due to his foot injury.
- We continue to see Tyler Lockett outperform DK Metcalf. It’s a tough matchup for Metcalf, but he’s received eight targets in back-to-back games and had multiple very close calls that could have been touchdowns last week. A boom game is eventually coming.
- Deebo Samuel’s utilization is extremely concerning. He’s being used more as a rusher right now, and has seen just seven targets in his past three games. That is less than ideal, and the floor is very low if he cannot continue to score touchdowns at an absurd rate.
- Davis Mills loves targeting Brandin Cooks, and now Cooks faces a lackluster Jaguars secondary. You’re definitely looking to start him this week.
- Amon-Ra St.Brown, with back-to-back 12 target games, is starting to flourish. He’s becoming a target hog in the short passing game with D’Andre Swift out, and I don’t see that changing the rest of the way.
- Rashod Bateman becomes significantly more fantasy-relevant if Sammy Watkins misses any time due to injury. The same goes for Gabriel Davis in Buffalo if Emmanuel Sanders misses time with a knee injury.
- I guess Donovan Peoples-Jones is the clear WR1 with Jarvis Landry out, but he’s always going to be a deep threat who doesn’t see a massive target share; the targets likely go to the tight ends and running backs.
- Facing the Jets, this is a great spot for Mike Gesicki. His elite utilization is eventually going to turn into a boom game, and it could come this week against arguably the worst defense in the league. That’s why he’s a top-five tight end in my Week 15 PPR Rankings.
- With Austin Hooper and Jarvis Landry on the COVID-19 list, David Njoku is a player you should seriously considering starting if he’s back off the COVID-19 list from last week.
- With Gerald Everett splitting the snaps with Will Dissly again, his stock goes down significantly.
- John Bates and Ricky Seals-Jones were splitting the snaps on Sunday, but Bates was clearly ahead. Thus, even against the Eagles, who struggle mightily versus tight ends, it remains a wait-and-see approach in Washington.
Week 15 PPR Rankings
|21||Melvin Gordon III||DEN||CIN|
|43||Mark Ingram II||NO||TB|
|23||Michael Pittman Jr.||IND||NE|
|29||Amon-Ra St. Brown||DET||ARI|
|44||Allen Robinson II||CHI||MIN|
|46||Marvin Jones Jr.||JAX||HOU|
|53||Laviska Shenault Jr.||JAX||HOU|
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