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.
For most fantasy football leagues, Week 15 is semifinals week, and hopefully your team made it. For those few leagues that play through Week 17, this is the start of your fantasy postseason. Either way, all teams that are still alive need to make the right decisions.
That is especially the case at running back, as you don't want to be the owner who has a guy that goes off for 200-plus yards and/or four touchdowns sitting on your bench (or worse, the waiver wire). Sound familiar to anyone?
Fantasy owners of Patrick Mahomes may have been a little worried heading into Week 14. He had a tough matchup, and yet, managed to finish with the sixth-most fantasy points (depending on league scoring). Either way, he didn't lose you the week. At this point, it is safe to say that Mahomes is matchup-proof. He has another tough matchup in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night. The Chargers give up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but no one should even consider sitting Mahomes. He's the No.
The Week 15 waiver wire is filled with players that may help fantasy owners, but none are must-adds. By this point of the season, if you’re still playing, your roster should be stocked with players you are contemplating starting (or you don’t want your opponent to start against you).
By Week 14, most players are banged up in some way, but it's their fantasy owners who are feeling the pain. The good news is that many guys have been able to play through these injuries all season. That trend will likely continue through the end of the season.
A lot of success in fantasy football comes down to volume. Even if the players aren't producing, as long as the touches and targets remain then they should continue to be in your starting lineup.
That's becoming clear among wide receivers, especially when it comes to the top two over the last four weeks. Antonio Brown and Keenan Allen have far outdistanced the field in that span, doing so after getting off to slow (by their standards) starts.
The running back position has become a little more diverse in recent weeks in fantasy football. Some of the stud backs aren’t the only ones at the top of the leaderboard.
Todd Gurley continues his torrid pace, while Phillip Lindsay has multiple touchdowns in each of his last three games and Tarik Cohen may be one of the most important running backs to have on a roster during the fantasy playoffs.
Having a consistent quarterback is nice, but not necessary, as evidenced by Week 13's fantasy scoring. Here are just some of the names in the top 12 of scoring among QBs for Week 13 — Josh Allen, Nick Mullens, Derek Carr and Lamar Jackson. I'm sure everyone had these guys high on their draft boards entering this season.
The point is quarterbacks can be found, but with the fantasy playoffs upon us you need to make sure you start the right one.