16 Players the Top Experts Like/Dislike: Week 15 (Fantasy Football)

Dec 15, 2018

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Mike Williams seemed to catch the Chiefs off guard and if you’re in the fantasy playoffs, it’s important for you to not get caught off guard by the two Saturday games this week. Now that you’re fully aware, we realize that there’s little time left to research lineup advice. With that in mind, we wanted to make sure you got the best advice possible, so we reached out to the most accurate experts in the industry to give their thoughts on a few players.

Using our weekly rankings, we identified players where our featured experts below had dissenting opinions on compared to the expert consensus. See why they like these players more and less than the consensus for week 15.

*All rankings are based on PPR scoring

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Jordan Howard (RB – CHI): vs. GB
Jared’s Rank: RB26 | Consensus Rank: RB32
“Howard has been mostly disappointing this season, but he’s coming off a 101-yard effort and has carried 16+ times in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s a good bet for another nice workload this Sunday with the Bears as 5.5-point home favorites against the Packers. Green Bay has allowed 4.6 yards per carry to RBs on the season and 4.8 over the last 5 weeks.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

Tevin Coleman (RB – ATL): vs. ARI
Justin’s Rank: RB19 | Consensus Rank: RB24
“Coleman has definitely been disappointing this year and it’s understandable that fantasy owners are worried about him splitting touches with Ito Smith. But the Falcons have lost five straight games, which is going to impact any rushing attack. In the Falcons’ last two wins, Coleman put up 82 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown against the Giants, then 156 yards and a pair of scores against the Redskins. With the Falcons favored by 10 points over the visiting Cardinals, who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs, Coleman should see a positive game script for the first time in a while.”
– Justin Boone (theScore)

Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): vs. NO
Justin’s Rank: WR21 | Consensus Rank: WR26
“Fantasy owners don’t seem to realize how well Samuel has been performing recently. He’s topped 80 yards in back to back games while receiving more targets than D.J. Moore during that stretch. Even now that Devin Funchess is back in the lineup, Samuel has been playing around 90 percent of the snaps the last two weeks, with Funchess seeing the field only 40 percent of the time. Samuel is also up to six touchdowns on the year, despite not playing until Week 5.”
– Justin Boone (theScore)

Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): at ATL
Pat’s Rank: WR19 | Consensus Rank: WR25
“Admittedly, this season has not been a suitable final chapter for Fitz if indeed he decides to retire at the end of the season. But with Christian Kirk out for the season, the Cardinals’ pass catchers are a ragtag collection of scrubs, save for their noble old warhorse. Fitz should get ample targets this week against a leaky Atlanta defense that’s been a target for fantasy owners all season, and even though I wish those targets were coming from a better quarterback, Fitz still has a pretty good chance to post at least WR-2 caliber numbers.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl)

Josh Reynolds (WR – LAR): vs. PHI
Nick’s Rank: WR22 | Consensus Rank: WR30
“Reynolds and the Rams are favored by roughly 12 points in Vegas’ game with the second-highest total (52.5) of the week. Over LAR’s last three games, Reynolds has been on the field for all but four snaps with an average depth of target of 11.7 and five red-zone opportunities (Robert Woods has six, Brandin Cooks has two). I expect the Rams to steamroll a vulnerable Eagles secondary after being embarrassed in Week 14. Reynolds is out there on nearly every play and gets RZ looks, making him a cheap avenue to exposure in a high-potential game.”
– Nick Mariano (RotoBaller)

Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): at IND
Pat’s Rank: QB7 | Consensus Rank: QB12
“Dak has been sharp ever since Amari Cooper arrived in Dallas, and the young QB has been especially on point lately, completing 77.9% of his passes over the last three weeks for 993 yards and six TDs. He hasn’t been running quite as often since Coop came aboard, but Dak still has that tool in his toolkit. I think he makes hay this week against an Indy defense that ranks 23rd in opponent passer rating.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl)

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): at IND
Sean’s Rank: QB5 | Consensus Rank: QB13
“Jackson is a great example of why it helps to base one’s rankings off of projections. Rushing stats are largely overlooked otherwise and give a QB a higher floor and ceiling. In a great matchup against the weak TB defense, it helps boost Lamar’s outlook even more. I’m not worried about Joe Flacco’s availability as he is likely going to steal some snaps in a game script that may see the Ravens trailing at some point (like Week 16 at the Chargers). As TD favorites over the Bucs, look for Lamar to get every snap under center and use the positive game script to have 10-15 designed run plays and any passing yards/TD will be icing on the cake.”
– Sean Koerner (The Action Network)

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Lamar Miller (RB – HOU): at NYJ
Dalton’s Rank: RB26 | Consensus Rank: RB14
“Miller’s gotten just 4.1 YPC with one score on the road this season, and he’s facing a Jets team that runs one of the slowest paces in the league on offense and has shut down opposing running backs over the past five weeks.”
– Dalton Del Don (Yahoo! Sports)

Aaron Jones (RB – GB): at CHI
Dalton’s Rank: RB23 | Consensus Rank: RB18
“Jones is great, but his usage remains unpredictable, and Sunday’s game script looks problematic with Green Bay near TD underdogs in Chicago. The Packers’ problems clearly weren’t fixed by Mike McCarthy’s firing, and a road trip against the league’s best defense isn’t likely the cure. Chicago enters with the first ranked run defense in DVOA and is allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year, including an NFL-low three rushing scores. You can do better at RB2 this week.”
– Dalton Del Don (Yahoo! Sports)

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): vs. CLE
Jared’s Rank: WR37 | Consensus Rank: WR24
“Sutton didn’t see much of a role change in Denver’s 1st game without Emmanuel Sanders last week. He still hasn’t topped 4 catches in a game all season and is reliant on big plays and TDs. That leaves him as a risky WR3.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

Kenny Golladay (WR – MIA): at BUF
Nick’s Rank: WR41 | Consensus Rank: WR27
“I hold Golladay himself in high esteem but his situation is an absolute disaster. Not only is Detroit’s offense sputtering on all cylinders without Marvin Jones Jr., Golden Tate and Kerryon Johnson, but Week 15 brings a date against Buffalo’s stout defense and shadow coverage from breakout DB Tre White. This is one of two games with a Vegas total under 40 points and a strong volume projection is the only thing keeping him near my top-40, though he’s failed to crack the top-50 in his two games.”
– Nick Mariano (RotoBaller)

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR): vs. NO
Pat’s Rank: WR34 | Consensus Rank: WR23
“I really like the kid, but Cam Newton’s throwing shoulder is ailing, and the distribution of targets in Carolina has become increasingly complicated, with Moore, Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, Devin Funchess, and Ian Thomas all vying for their sore-armed quarterback’s attention. I generally won’t discourage investments in Moore, but I’m not wildly confident that he’s going to pop this week.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl)

Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): vs. ARI
Mike’s Rank: QB18 | Consensus Rank: QB14
“He has a tough matchup on his hands here, as the Cardinals have still yet to allow a quarterback finish better than the No. 10 quarterback during any given week. Keep in mind they’ve played Philip Rivers, Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson. It’s not as tough as the matchup against the Ravens a few weeks ago when Ryan posted just 131 yards and one touchdown, but the Cardinals have allowed just two quarterbacks to throw for 260 yards and have allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than two touchdowns.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): at SF
Nick’s Rank: QB15 | Consensus Rank: QB10
“Wilson’s incredible touchdown rate has helped mask low passing volume all season long, but Week 14 showed just how low his floor can go. Seattle runs the ball 52% of the time, which is five percentage points higher than any other team with potential cyborg Chris Carson leading the stable. Tack on a hobbled (or out) Doug Baldwin hindering the WR corps and I highly doubt Wilson uncorks four TDs on 17 passes again.”
– Nick Mariano (RotoBaller)

Cameron Brate (TE – TB): at BAL
Jared’s Rank: TE14 | Consensus Rank: TE8
“Brate has been living on TDs, scoring 3 times on just 8 catches over the last 3 weeks. Regression will hit — likely this week in a tough spot for the Bucs offense in Baltimore.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

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