Here are the top stories I’ll be following in Week 15 with some insight on some of them.
Pittsburgh (8-5) at Atlanta (5-8)
Will Julio Jones play? It’s obviously a huge key for Matt Ryan’s ability to hang with the Steelers in a high-scoring game. Without Jones, they have no explosiveness in the passing game and Ryan will have to dink-and-dunk to Roddy White and Harry Douglas. That’s good news for White and Douglas, but bad news for Ryan.
Can Martavis Bryant keep it up and produce in a good matchup? Bryant is a week-to-week proposition, but the Falcon secondary can be vulnerable to big plays and he’ll get a good matchup with top corner Trufant on Antonio Brown all day.
Jacksonville (2-11) at Baltimore (8-5)
Can Blake Bortles survive behind his bad OL? The Ravens are vulnerable in the secondary, but to beat them you have to test them down the field, something that might be impossible for Bortles behind his bad OL. The Raven defensive front is still excellent and their pass rush has been back lately.
How do the Jags handle their backfield this week with Denard Robinson out for the season? Toby Gerhart will be the guy, but even without DT Haloti [...]
Here are all the storylines that I will be following in Week 14 along with some commentary and information on the matchups.
Pittsburgh (7-5) at Cincinnati (8-3-1)
Can Ben Roethlisberger play better against a solid secondary that has limited him to only 16.0 points a game against them in his last four games?
Is Heath Miller someone we can actually trust in the playoffs?
The Bengals has lacked an identity all year on offense and Andy Dalton is playing scared, so do they commit more to running Jeremy Hill, who needs volume, or do they continue to split the work (rushing and also receiving) with and Gio Bernard almost right down the middle?
Is Mohamed Sanu a must-bench now? He’s been a poor producer in three of his last four games. This is a good matchup, though, and he could easily come through and re-emerge as a viable play.
Indianapolis (8-4) at Cleveland (7-5)
Do the Colts give more opportunities to Trent Richardson? He has not been impactful at all the last two weeks and Dan Herron has been, but Herron has fumbled the last two weeks, and they have said that Trent is still their “starter” and will get chances.
Is Reggie Wayne someone to bail on [...]
Here is a list of 30 no-brainer starters for the fantasy playoffs. I would imagine that 95% of fantasy players (or more) should start these players the next 2-3 weeks (if healthy) no matter what. I did leave several high-end options off the list (like the Bear WRs) due to some recent issues and lack of production.
Note: These are listed by position, and in no particular order per position.
1 Andrew Luck
2 Aaron Rodgers
3 Tom Brady
4 Peyton Manning
5 Drew Brees
6 Le’Veon Bell
7 Jamaal Charles
8 Eddie Lacy
9 Arian Foster
10 Matt Forte
11 Justin Forsett
12 DeMarco Murray
13 LeSean McCoy
14 Marshawn Lynch
15 Demaryius Thomas
16 Antonio Brown
17 Dez Bryant
18 A.J. Green
19 Odell Beckham
20 Josh Gordon
21 Emmanuel Sanders
22 Randall Cobb
23 T.Y. Hilton
24 Julio Jones
25 Jordy Nelson
26 Calvin Johnson
27 Rob Gronkowski
28 Jimmy Graham
29 Greg Olsen
30 Julius Thomas
Let me add 5 more
31. Golden Tate
32. Coby Fleener (TE mandatory leagues)
33. Keenan Allen
34. Kelvin Benjamin
35. Alshon Jeffery
Here are 80 storylines I will be following in Week 13 along with some inside and info on the matchups.
San Diego (7-4) at Baltimore (7-4)
Does Keenan Allen stay hot? Allen is a top-20 WR the last four weeks in PPR with 27/287/2.
Can Philip Rivers and the passing game take advantage of what is a very favorable matchup? The Ravens are giving up the most points per game to QBs the last five weeks.
Does Ryan Mathews make it out of the game healthy against one of the nastiest run defenses in the league right now?
Does Branden Oliver continue to see a healthy number of snaps behind Ryan Mathews? Oliver played 27% of the snaps last week.
Is Owen Daniels unplayable? He has just 4/27 total his last two games.
Does Justin Forsett stay hot against a Charger run defense that has been much better lately and has held opposing RBs to fewer than 100 yards their last three games?
Is Bernard Pierce still the #2 behind Forsett and does he cement that role if he is?
Can Steve Smith back up a productive game with another one? He was quiet before scoring and coming through in Week 12.
Cleveland (7-4) at Buffalo (6-5)
Last week Isaiah Crowell [...]
Here are the top storylines I’ll be following in Week 11.
Kansas City (7-3) at Oakland (0-10)
Do the Raiders give more opportunities to Latavius Murray? His snaps and touches are on the rise and that’s expected to continue.
Does Mychal Rivera continue to step up and produce for fantasy owners? If so, he’ll likely settle in as a weekly starter if he hasn’t already.
Cleveland (6-4) at Atlanta (4-6)
Do the Browns continue to start and feature Isaiah Crowell or is this a complete week-to-week deal in terms of who starts and gets the best opportunity to run the ball.
Which RB do they use more in passing situations between Crowell and Terrance West? Previously, that was Ben Tate.
Obviously, what kind of impact does Josh Gordon have? He hasn’t played in a real regular season game since December, but on the other hand he should be fresh and healthy.
Who does the WR corps shape up with Gordon now in the mix? Andrew Hawkins will remain an integral part of the offense, so it’s really about the other guys like Taylor Gabriel, who has come on.
Do the Falcons give more opportunities now to Devonta Freeman with Antone Smith done for the season?
N.Y. Jets (2-8) at Buffalo [...]