After injuring his hamstring in Week 14, McCoy is a risky fantasy start for Week 15
For Week 15, most fantasy owners are playing in the semifinals for their league (or, perhaps the consolation bracket). Either way, those that are still reading this are playing for something, even if it’s to not finish in last place.
With three games already in the books, some fantasy owners are reeling after starting Keenan Allen (left the game with a hip injury, leaving fantasy owners with zero points) or Lamar Miller (left the game with an ankle injury, leaving fantasy owners with eight rushing yards). While that cannot be predicted, making sure your starters are at least active is something owners need to do.
For running backs, James Conner is doubtful, so make plans to be without him while Kerryon Johnson and Rashaad Penny have already been ruled out. The same goes for Carson Wentz. For the rest, be sure to check the inactive report before kickoff.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Dec. 16.
LeSean McCoy (hamstring), RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
McCoy suffered a hamstring injury early in Week 14 and sat out Wednesday’s practice. He returned for limited practices on Thursday and Friday and likely will play on Sunday. As fantasy owners have seen all year, players who return too soon from a hamstring injury can easily re-injure it. With only two touchdowns on the year, McCoy is a very risky fantasy start with so much at stake.
Matt Breida (ankle), RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Breida missed Week 14 after injuring his ankle enough in Week 13 to finally sit. He’s been dealing with the ankle injury all year, and he’s certainly not 100 percent. However, he has been putting in limited practices and most likely will try to play Sunday afternoon. He’s an RB2, as when he’s been healthy enough to get through a game, he’s put up decent numbers for fantasy owners. He’s obviously a risk for an in-game setback.
Chris Ivory (shoulder), RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Ivory is likely going to play, based on the full practice he was able to put in on Friday. However, if LeSean McCoy is active, Ivory will take a back seat. The likely scenario is that McCoy is active, so fantasy owners should leave Ivory on the bench. However, if McCoy aggravates his injury, Ivory will be the one getting the work. If McCoy is ruled out, Ivory is a low RB2.
Matthew Stafford (back), QB, Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Stafford has been playing through the back injury, and he will likely continue to do so. His performance has suffered (he’s had just two touchdown passes in the past four weeks), and against the Bills' tough defense, he is a low QB2 for Week 15. Fantasy owners who have been starting him can continue to do so, but you know what to expect at this point.
Joe Flacco (hip), QB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Flacco earned a questionable tag for another week. He hasn’t been active since Week 9, and Lamar Jackson has taken over. Flacco is not a fantasy option because he's just a backup and likely won't see much playing time unless Jackson gets hurt.
Ito Smith (knee/neck), RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
Tevin Coleman fantasy owners can hope that Smith sits, but it doesn’t look likely. This is one to keep an eye on, however, as he was downgraded for Friday’s practice. He was still limited, which is usually a good sign for Sunday availability. If Smith plays, both backs are RB3s. However, if Smith is out, Coleman skyrockets to RB2 territory.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.