Best Fantasy Matchups of Week 15
Due to a family emergency, our friend Santino needed another guru to step up. The beautiful thing about us gurus is the brotherhood makes it easy to have each other back. One of the many great relationships built from sports and playing fantasy. The show must go on and we have selected 3 critical games that should be high scoring and fun to watch.
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 PM Kickoff, O/U 52 (Heinz Field)
How great is this game going to be? Over their last 5 meetings, the winning team has scored at least 27 points. With so many fantasy options in this game let’s state the obvious: you’re starting Tom Brady, Sony Michel, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Rob Gronkowski, Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers starting RB, Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster. The questionable plays are James White as his playing time has been cut in half over the last 6 weeks, but he does lead the team in receiving TD’S. For the Steelers, Vance McDonald hasn’t caught a TD in 3 straight weeks. As for the guy’s you’re starting this week, Tom Brady currently sits at 3,700 passing yards so odds are he will be over 4,000 by the end of this game. Last year Rob Gronkowski had 9 receptions for 168 yards. The year before that, 93 yards and a TD. Josh Gordon has either had 70 yards receiving or a TD in 5 straight games. This week, Gordon could accomplish both those feats. Julian Edelman has seen at least 7 targets in all but 1 game he has played in this year. He has also produced over 80 yards and a TD in 2 of his last 3 games. In this game last year, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and 2 TD’S. In Roethlisberger’s last 2 games, he has thrown for 281 & 282 yards with 2 TD’S in each game. (That’s including missing 4 possessions in the Raiders game.) There’s a chance Juju Smith-Schuster gets 100 receptions on the season after this game, he currently has 91. In this game last year, Antonio Brown had 2 catches for 24 yards. Last week Brown had 5 catches for 35 yards. Time will tell if one of the best WR’S in the game gets shut down for 2 straight weeks and 2 straight games against the Patriots. Hopefully, we have the “catch rule” figured out and we can enjoy this game without any ridiculous mishaps like last year.
Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams 8:20 PM Kickoff, O/U 54 (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)
The defending Super Bowl champions are on the brink of missing out on the postseason this year. The Eagles head to Los Angeles to battle the Rams in a rematch of a game played last year in which Carson Wentz tore his ACL. That was a 35-43 shootout where the Eagles came away victorious. The over/under might be a tad low, but no strong feel worth making it a play. The Philadelphia Eagles defense balled out for about 3.5 quarters last week against the Dallas Cowboys. The Los Angeles Rams are going to want to get their offense back on track after scoring 6 points against the Chicago Bears last week. With the Rams being at home, weather should not be an issue. Jared Goff only had 199 passing yards and 2 TD’S in that shootout last year. You’re starting Goff with confidence this week, although the Rams offense is crazy better when Cooper Kupp is on the field. Considering how bad the Eagles secondary is this season, Goff could have 30 TD passes on the year when this game is over. (Currently at 27.) Todd Gurley ran for 2 TD’S in this matchup last year. With 1 TD in this game, Gurley will have a combined 20 TD’S on the season (rushing and receiving combined). Over his last 9 games, Gurley has alternated rushing for over 100 yards with rushing for under 77 yards. This should be a great game for Gurley. After a 28-yard performance last week, trends show Gurley should run for over 100 yards. Considering the vulnerable Eagles secondary, you’re starting both Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks. Both WR’S have over 1,000 yards receiving and have gotten at least 5 targets each in 8 straight games. With news that Nick Foles will now be the QB for Philadelphia, I still think he’s starter material since this game should be high scoring. I’d leave all Eagles running backs on your bench. If you wanted to get cute in a PPR league, then maybe Darren Sproles. Obviously, Zach Ertz is your starter and he should be in for a big-time game. In weeks 1 and 2 when Foles was the starting QB, Ertz received 23 total targets! There’s nothing wrong with starting Alshon Jeffrey and Golden Tate this week. If I had to pick one, maybe lean with Tate as he could be matched up with Marcus Peters.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 8:15 PM Kickoff, O/U 52 (Bank of America Stadium)
Monday Night Football is a match-up of two teams in the NFC South. This battle looked a lot sexier before the Carolina Panthers lost their last 5 games. With the projected total being over 50, you can start both Cam Newton and Drew Brees. The downfall with Newton is that he has not scored a rushing TD in 6 straight games. Last week against the Browns ruined a streak of 11 consecutive games with multiple TD passes. Another downfall is that Newton has thrown 1 interception in 5 straight games. Brees hasn’t thrown for over 202 yards in 3 straight games. Brees does have 10 TD passes over his last 4 games. Brees has thrown an interception in 3 straight games. Hopefully, this is the game both QB’S can put up above average numbers. You’re starting each team’s RB with confidence. Alvin Kamara has 13 receptions over his last 2 games. He has been kept out of the end zone in 3 straight games as Kamara owners are frustrated with. His counterpart, Christian McCaffrey has scored multiple TD’S in 2 of his last 3 games. McCaffrey has 15 receptions over his last 2 games and has rushed for over 50 yards in 6 straight games. Devin Funchess can be kept on your bench if he hasn’t been dropped yet since he has gone 6 straight games without topping 44 receiving yards. The rookie out of Maryland, D.J. Moore is coming on strong the second half of the season. He has received at least 8 targets in 4 straight weeks and has over 67 yards in 3 of those 4 weeks. Curtis Samuel is probably worth consideration over Funchess as Samuel has over 80 receiving yards in back-to-back weeks. Saints WR Michael Thomas has not seen the end zone in 3 straight weeks. That’s more of the Saints offense being bad over their last 3 games. Thomas has 16 catches on 21 targets in just his last 2 games. In the 2 games against the Panthers, last season Thomas had 7-87-TD and 5-70-TD. You’re starting Thomas and hope he breaks out of his 3 game no TD streak, which is tied for his longest of the season. Sadly, it’s such a dart throw after that. Will Tre’Quan Smith be fantasy relevant after 2 straight weeks of 0 targets or can he get half the numbers he had against the Eagles when he went bonkers for 10-157-TD. Keith Kirkwood, a rookie out of Temple, has caught a TD in 2 of his last 3 games.
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