Fantasy Football 2014: Week 15 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Favorable Matchup Plays for Fantasy
December 10, 2014
We’re entering the second week of the fantasy playoffs in many leagues, so hopefully your team is still in the running. Even if you’re just going for the title in that consolation bracket, you should still keep up with the waiver wire and the matchup trends from around the league. Let’s check out some of the favorable situations from lower-end players out there as we head into the NFL’s Week 15.
New York Giants Defense: We’ll start out in New York with the Giants defense, as they’ve been a matchup dream over the past couple of weeks. They played Jacksonville on November 30 and promptly put up seven sacks, then iced Tennessee with eight sacks, two picks and a fumble recovery last week.
The Giants get the Redskins this week, and Washington is in full-on phone-it-in mode. After that, they’ll see St. Louis. They’re not a bad squad to ride through Week 16.
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Tennessee Titans Defense: Speaking of squads you can ride through Week 16, Tennessee is right up there as well. They’ve put up defensive touchdowns in two consecutive games, but the problem is they’ve also allowed at least 36 points in their last three straight.
The Titans will host the Jets this week, then head to Jacksonville after that. All three of those teams are fighting for draft position right now and can be found in the bargain bin of your fantasy league’s waiver wire.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: We won’t sugar-coat it: Moncrief is coming off a bad week. He got just four targets against Cleveland, his third consecutive outing with that exact number, and caught three balls for 33 yards.
Moncrief seems to have won out the No. 3 receiver job, so he needs to be picked up solely on that basis. He could find some room against Houston this week, especially if Reggie Wayne falters.
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Murray is an interesting play this week, as he’s coming off an 8.50-point fantasy performance. Prior to that, he ripped off 23.20 against Kansas City in his last outing.
Guess who Murray’s going up against this week? Yep, it’s the Chiefs, whose run defense has become a sieve lately. It appears Murray is the lead back in Oakland now and he should be on the starting rotation just about everywhere in fantasy.
Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets: Let’s go back to that Titans-Jets game for a moment and check out Johnson. He’s coming off a trio of decent performances, registering 6.20, 10.50 and 6.60 fantasy points in his last three outings respectively.
Johnson gets some extra juice here thanks to the fact he’s playing Tennessee this week. That’s less for him wanting “revenge” or whatever against his former team and more due to the Titans’ horrible run defense--and running the ball is the only thing the Jets are even kind of good at.
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