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Why You Must Start Davante Adams and Other WR/TE Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for Week 15

Davante Adams

Davante Adams

The wide receiver fantasy landscape looked a little different in Week 14 in terms of players who had big games and those that didn’t. Or in the case of Julio Jones, didn’t play at all (and won't play in Week 15 either). Before I give some suggestion on which WRs to start and sit for Week 15, let’s take a quick look and see how my advice panned out last week.

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Good Calls...

Sit Allen Robinson (1.7 FP) – Another guy who has killed a lot of fantasy teams this year.

Sit Randall Cobb (3.3 FP) – Cobb’s best asset now is returning punts

Start Zach Ertz (11.2 FP) – Ertz is once again dominating at the end of the regular season like he did last year.

Bad Calls...

Start Doug Baldwin (4.6 FP) – Looks like the Seahawks’ offense is only good when they play at home.

Start Ladarius Green (2.5 FP) – If Big Ben is going to keep playing like he did in Buffalo, even Antonio Brown would be barely startable.

Wide Receivers


Davante Adams, GB (at CHI)

Adams has gone from bust to superstar in less than a calendar year. He ranks seventh in fantasy points among WRs, and his nine touchdowns are tied for the fourth most at the position. As long as Aaron Rodgers (calf) is out there, Adams needs to be in your starting lineup for a good matchup in Chicago.

Dontrelle Inman, SD (vs. OAK)
He’s done it for three weeks in a row, and last Sunday he parlayed his seven targets (19.4 percent target share) into his third double-digit fantasy point game in a row. He did it against Carolina, who is giving up the second-most points to WRs, but he’s got Oakland and Cleveland on deck, and he seems like the No. 2 option in a San Diego offense that could get a little more pass-heavy without Melvin Gordon.

Stefon Diggs, MIN (vs. IND)

The Diggs Roller Coaster has featured the highest of highs and lowest of lows this season, as he has surpassed 160 yards twice but also has been held below 40 yards twice. Nevertheless, many of his worst games have come when he has been banged up, and last week's three-catch, 55-yard performance had a lot to do with rising star cornerback Jalen Ramsey on the other side of the field. Now healthy and up against a beatable Colts secondary, Diggs is in line for another one of his big games.


Taylor Gabriel, ATL (vs. SF)

Gabriel has been a great weapon for the Falcons’ offense the past couple weeks with five touchdowns and at least 40 yards in his last six games. He’ll be facing an underwhelming 49ers secondary, which means he should have no problem getting open even with Jones out for a secpnd straight game. Gabriel has been performing like a high-end WR2, and this game will allow him to continue that consistency with WR1 upside.

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Brandin Cooks, NO (at ARI)
Cooks has been a boom-or-bust play this year, and with Drew Brees’ recent struggles (0 TD, 6 INTs in past two weeks), I’m

considering Cooks a flex option at best. Not only do the Cardinals have a great overall defense, Cooks will likely be shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Unless you do not have two other WRs with better matchups, better leave Cooks on the bench for this away game.

Allen Robinson, JAC (at HOU)

Robinson has been a WR2 at best during this forgettable season. The Texans’ pass rush and secondary are amongst the league’s best, mostly due to the breakout season cornerback A.J. Bouye is having. It’s highly unlikely that Blake Bortles and Robinson can recreate their 2015 magic, especially if Bouye spends considerable time shadowing Robinson. Just like with Brandin Cooks, Robinson belongs on the bench unless you don’t have another viable option.

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Terrelle Pryor, CLE (at BUF)

Pryor, whose worst game of the season (three targets, one catch, three yards) coincided with Robert Griffin III's return last week, has suddenly scored just one touchdown and tallied just one top-20 fantasy WR performance in the last seven games. Things don't figure to get any easier this week, as there is snow in the forecast and the Bills haven't allowed a wide receiver to record more than 80 yards since Doug Baldwin in Week 9.


Kelvin Benjamin, CAR (at WAS, Mon.)

Steadily trending down, Benjamin hit rock bottom last week, as he turned four targets into one reception for 11 yards and was benched in the fourth quarter. Since recording four touchdowns in the first four weeks of the season, he has found the end zone just one time has surpassed 80 yards just twice. Set to see a bunch of former teammate Josh Norman on Monday night, there is no way you can trust him in the fantasy playoffs, especially at such a deep position. He's untouchable even in deep leagues.

Tight Ends


Ladarius Green, PIT (at CIN)
Not every game will feature Big Ben throwing three interceptions and Le’Veon Bell touching the ball 42 times. Green’s six

targets (19.4 percent share) were actually second on the team behind Antonio Brown. If you don’t have a better option (Gronk owner), play Green. The Bengals give up the third-most fantasy points to the TE position.

Cameron Brate, TB (at DAL)

Brate hasn't been the most reliable tight end in fantasy, but he is worth a look when the matchup is favorable. That's the case this weekend in Dallas, as the Cowboys have allowed two touchdowns and an average of 9.9 fantasy points per contest to tight ends over the last four weeks. If you're in need, using Brate makes sense.

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Kyle Rudolph, MIN (vs. IND)

Rudolph had a late touchdown last week that saved him from posting a fourth straight poor stat line, but I would get him into your lineup ahead of an upcoming matchup against the Colts. Their defense has allowed an average of 8.7 fantasy points per game to tight ends, not to mention the third-most yards (882) to the position overall.


Zach Ertz, PHI (at BAL)

He’s becoming the dude in Philly, getting 13 targets (a whopping 28.3 percent target share) and hauling in 10 of his passes for 112 yards. The guy has 45 targets in his last four games. If you’re still hanging onto Jason Witten, Dennis Pitta or Coby Fleener, pick Ertz up and start him. Baltimore has a great TE defense, but the expected volume should even things out.


Coby Fleener, NO (at ARI)

In the last four weeks, Fleener has seen five, four, seven, and three targets. His snaps are all over the place, Josh Hill has returned from injury, and now the Saints are traveling to Arizona, a top-three defense against TEs in fantasy. Oh and Drew Brees has been playing bad football. Why risk it?

Dwayne Allen, IND (at MIN)

Allen followed up his three-touchdown performance in Week 13 with a big, fat goose egg in last week's loss to the Texans. If that weren't enough to keep him on the sidelines, also consider that Allen faces a Vikings defense that has allowed just two scores to tight ends. For a touchdown-dependent player such as Allen, that's bad news.

Dennis Pitta, BAL (vs. PHI)

Pitta has failed to score more than six fantasy points in all but two games this season (standard leagues), and an upcoming matchup against the Eagles isn't favorable on paper. While their defense is far worse on the road, Philadelphia has given up the fewest yards (338) and the third-fewest fantasy points (4.4 PPG) to tight ends overall.


Gary Barnidge, CLE (at BUF)

Barnidge has become all but unstartable in fantasy leagues at this point, posting more than six points just once in his last six games. He's also found the end zone just once after scoring nine times in 2015. While Buffalo hasn't been impenetrable against tight ends, the position has scored just three touchdowns against them this season.

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.