Fantasy owners in Week 15 need to win, it's that simple. It’s the playoffs, whether the real deal or the consolation bracket and making sure players are active is key. At the wide receiver position, Odell Beckham Jr. and DeSean Jackson have already been ruled out. Tight ends Jordan Reed and Geoff Swaim won't play either.
Fantasy owners can't overlook kickers either. Graham Gano is out again, while Buffalo's Stephen Hauschka and Jacksonville's Josh Lambo are questionable. Honestly, if you have either you should just drop them and pick up another kicker to be safe. You do not want to, well, kick yourself over starting one that doesn't even play.
As always, check the inactive report before game time.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Dec. 16.
T.Y. Hilton (ankle), WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.
Hilton's owners should be a little nervous. He was questionable heading into Week 14, and those that trusted their WR1 were rewarded with nine receptions for 199 yards. The bottom line here is that if he’s active, start him. However, he’s going to be a game-time decision, so just be sure. At least the Colts play in the early window.
Doug Baldwin (hip), WR, Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.
Baldwin has been questionable for many weeks and he’s played some, but he did sit out Week 14. He has a better shot of playing this week, given that he did get in practice time. He has two touchdowns in the past three games he’s been active, but he needs the touchdown to have fantasy value. It is possible he finds it against the 49ers (allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers), but it’s hard to trust Baldwin as more than a WR3.
Marquise Goodwin (calf), WR, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
After missing time for a personal issue, Goodwin returned in Week 14. He had two receptions for 20 yards. During the week, Goodwin was added to the injury report with a calf injury, which is never a good sign. Then again, at this point Goodwin shouldn't be in anyone's fantasy lineup.
Dante Pettis (foot), WR, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Similar to Marquise Goodwin, Pettis was a late addition to the injury report. It does seem that he will be active in Week 15, but monitor his status. He’s scored four touchdowns in the past three weeks, capitalizing on Goodwin being out. However, even with Goodwin back in Week 14, Pettis found the end zone. Pettis is a WR3 if active, regardless of Goodwin’s status.
Allen Robinson (hip), WR, Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
With a full practice on Friday, Robinson will most likely be active for Week 15. He has had five receptions in each of the past two games and he hasn’t found the end zone since Week 10. The Green Bay Packers allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, so this is a great matchup. However, the Bears' offense is hard to predict. There are plenty of mouths to feed, and often their defense takes over. Robinson is a WR3 for Week 15.
Josh Doctson (concussion), WR, Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Doctson did travel to Jacksonville with the team, but he still needs to officially clear the concussion protocol. Doctson should see a lot of Jalen Ramsey, which doesn’t bode well for him. The quarterback situation in Washington is a mess, but Doctson is one of the few options for the Redskins. He’s a WR4 if active.
— 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.