NFL training camps are in full swing with league-wide preseason action ready to commence later this week. Better still, the official start of the regular season is a little more than a month away, which means this is a perfect time to update Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board.
Most likely, if you're playing in Week 15, you are playing in your fantasy semifinals. You've survived the regular season and you are now just trying to win. In Week 14, some of the previously elite quarterbacks had rough fantasy outings Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson, in particular, may have cost fantasy owners a much-needed win. Always keep an eye on their matchups as even the best quarterbacks can struggle.
In Week 15, fantasy owners are looking to win to get into the fantasy championship (in most leagues, anyway). Start/sit decisions are even more important than ever, and with all of the injuries in Week 14, this is tougher than it has been. Not only do fantasy owners need to look at matchups but also opportunity. Some players not only have a chance to perform well, but can exceed expectations.
The transition from the Week 14 fantasy tight end rankings to the Week 15 edition is more than just an additional week. I will stop complaining about the lack of talent at TE this year and instead look ahead to the potential of next year.
With all of the injuries that occurred in Week 14, fantasy football owners need to look at flex players to fill their lineups. Last week, Raheem Mostert was listed as a decent flex play. He had 109 yards from scrimmage, a rushing touchdown, and a TD catch. Not a bad day for a flex player. He's ranked higher this week — RB19, flex ranking No. 27. Another flex option among RBs is Adrian Peterson.
To be fair, when I predicted last week that Jason Sanders was not going to score a touchdown again, that was true. However, if fantasy owners picked him up after his big game in Week 13, they were rewarded when he kicked SEVEN field goals in Week 14. Five were from under 40 yards, one was under 50 and one was over 50. That all added up to make him the kicker with the most fantasy points in Week 14. He's ranked No.
Both before and after I submit my weekly fantasy defense/special teams (DST) rankings, I like to read what a lot of other industry experts say about the various options out there. And I will apologize on behalf of some of my cohorts. Because some of it is really... let's go with the word bad.
Fantasy owners are most likely now in the playoffs, and likely are only reading this if they need to win. With all of the injuries in Week 14, fantasy owners are looking to the waiver wire, to try to find someone that can save their fantasy season. After Alshon Jeffery, Mike Evans, D.J. Chark Jr., Calvin Ridley, and Marvin Jones Jr. were all injured in Week 14, fantasy owners may be scrambling.
Fantasy owners who were relying on Saquon Barkley or Alvin Kamara to give them a win in Week 14 were disappointed. Both of those RB1s had rough weeks, and if their owners are still in the playoffs, they need to be realistic about those players. Kamara is ranked No. 16 this week, in the RB2 range. Barkley is ranked No. 11, which depending on the size of your league, is borderline RB1/2.
Go ahead and skip to the Week 15 fantasy quarterback rankings if you want. But I feel like today has been a day of both explaining things to people as well as my venting about a number of things, so this will be the last one before the day is over.