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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 15 Start-Sit

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 15

December 12, 2013

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If you’re going to continue your march through the championship (or consolation) bracket in your fantasy football league, you’ll have to make some tough lineup decisions over the next couple of weeks. Now’s the time of year when matchups and weather patterns come into play, which can turn a normally reliable name into fantasy mush. With that in mind, here’s our Start-Sit list for Week 15.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 15 Start-Sit

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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: If you’re in need of a QB to help you through the second (or first, depending on your league) round of the playoffs, Smith might be worth a look. Even though he didn’t pass much last week (20 attempts) he still tossed a pair of touchdowns, which keeps a nice streak going for him (nine scores in the last four games). Smith gets a favorable matchup this weekend in Oakland.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Ellington creeps onto the low-end RB radar this week, heading into a game against the Titans. He tallied 63 yards and a TD against the Rams in Week 14, and is a good bet to keep that streak going. Tennessee isn’t spectacular against opposing running backs, and if Ellington can notch a big play or two, he’ll be worth your while.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Just about the only thing the New York Jets can do correctly (and consistently) this season is stop the run (more on that in a moment). The Panthers should have some success against them with relatively short, high-percentage throws, which favors involvement from Olsen. He got eight grabs on a dozen looks last week against the Saints, so it’s not hard to imagine more of the same this weekend.

Sit ‘Em:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The signs look good for Roethlisberger heading into Week 15: he’s tossed 11 touchdowns and no interceptions over his last four games and has been racking up the yardage. That said, he’s playing the Bengals this weekend, and Cincinnati normally gives him fits. In their last meeting, Roethlisberger managed 254 yards with one TD and one pick. There are a few better options out there at QB this week.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: Now, back to that Panthers-Jets game. With Jonathan Stewart out (torn MCL), Williams should get some extra looks against New York on Sunday. That said, the Jets are pretty darn good at stopping the run and will provide a formidable challenge for Williams to get anything going. Even with the extra touches, he probably won’t be able to tally enough fantasy points to be worth your time.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Most Jackson owners won’t be sitting him this weekend, regardless of what anyone says. That’s the right call, but there’s reason to be pessimistic about his fantasy output. He’ll be facing a very stingy 49ers defense that ranks among the top eight squads in the league in not allowing fantasy points to wide receivers. Jackson will likely snag a handful of catches, but won’t come away with a stat-line worth bragging about.

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