Brady faces the Atlanta Falcons, a great matchup for QBs, in Week 15
Fantasy owners in Week 15 are likely in the semifinals of their playoffs and want to win. Some of the matchups for this week are pretty tough. Fantasy owners need to look at their team and pick the best options of what they have. They should take a look at the waiver wire and see if there any players out there that they either want as options on their team or players that they don't want their opponent to play. Playing defense on the waiver wire is a strategy to employ at this point of the season, but just make sure your team is as strong as it can be.
START These QBs
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
This recommendation is based on the matchup. The Bucs face the Falcons, who allow the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. In the past four weeks, Brady has thrown 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He had two games with more than 300 yards and two games with less than 220 yards. It seems that Brady can take advantage of good matchups, and this is the perfect week to trust him with your fantasy team.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions
Tannehill had a great matchup in Week 14 against the Jaguars. He threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns, but the Jags only scored 10 points so Tannehill stopped throwing as much. The Titans face the Lions in Week 15, which is another great matchup. The Lions may be relying on Chase Daniel at quarterback as Matthew Stafford is dealing with a rib injury. The Titans' defense isn't great, and Daniel should be able to do enough to keep the Lions in the game – or at least enough to let Tannehill throw the ball enough to be a QB1.
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Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Without Will Fuller, Watson has struggled. He also didn't have Brandin Cooks in Week 14, although he should return in Week 15. In the past two weeks, Watson has one touchdown and one interception. He faces the Colts in Week 15, which is a tough matchup. The Colts give up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Watson was drafted as a QB1, but is more of a QB2 this week.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
Mayfield wasn't on the fantasy radar for the first half of the season. In the past two weeks, he's thrown for more than 300 yards in each game and six touchdowns to one interception. Mayfield has been on fire, but it has the potential to all come crashing down. The Browns face the Giants in Week 15, which is a tough matchup. The Giants were able to shut down Russell Wilson, although they did lapse a bit when playing against Kyler Murray last week. It will be hard to trust Mayfield as more than a QB2 this week.
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Evan Engram, New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns
The Giants struggled in Week 14 with Daniel Jones back at quarterback. Jones is not 100 percent healthy, as he was returning from a hamstring injury and now reportedly has an ankle injury. When Colt McCoy started in Week 13, the Giants defeated the Seahawks. McCoy targeted Engram more than anyone else on the team that game (eight targets). In Week 15, the Giants face the Browns, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Engram should be a TE1 this week.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Gronkowski has been hit or miss this season. He had a streak where he caught a touchdown three weeks in a row (Weeks 6-8). Then he had one reception for two yards in Week 9. He had one 100-yard game in Week 12, although that appears to be an outlier. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on Gronk getting 100 yards against the Falcons in Week 15, but he is a constant threat in the red zone and Tom Brady looks to throw him the ball against a team that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
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Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
Hooper missed Week 14 with a neck injury, but it seems like he will return in Week 15. However, the Browns face the Giants, a team that is in the top 10 of teams that allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Hooper, coming off an injury, in a game that has the potential to be low-scoring, is not a recommended fantasy option. He hasn't had more than three receptions in a game since Week 6.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
In the past three weeks, Schultz's receptions have been trending downward. He had three in Week 15 for 34 yards. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 11 and only has three on the season. The Cowboys face the 49ers, who allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The Cowboys' offense hasn’t been near as potent since Dak Prescott got hurt, but the offense still has some reliable fantasy options. Unfortunately, that won't extend to Schultz, at least not in Week 15.
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Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos (Sat.)
The Bills scored their first defensive touchdown in Week 14 against the Steelers on a pick-six. The Bills' defense has been good this season, but they may have been dropped and forgotten about during their Week 11 bye and some looming matchups. However, Buffalo faces the Broncos in Week 15. Drew Lock has struggled this season and the Denver running game isn't performing well either. Lock threw four interceptions in Week 14, so don't be surprised if the Bills do a little bit of picking and grinning of their own on Saturday.
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New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Saints DST has been great during a span of a few weeks in the middle of the season. However, in recent games against the Falcons and Eagles, they struggled a bit with no interceptions in either game. They also got to Matt Ryan three times in their win over Atlanta, but had trouble pressuring and containing Jalen Hurts this past Sunday. In Week 15, the Saints face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The good news is they are home, where they do play better. Prior to Week 14, Mahomes had only two interceptions (he did have three in Week 15). The Saints DST won't cost you in the semifinals but odds aren't they won't help you advance to the championship game either.
— 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.
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