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9 Things We Learned: Week 15 (2019 Fantasy Football)

by David Zach | @DavidZach16 | Featured Writer
Dec 16, 2019

Julio Jones dominated the 49ers en route to a huge upset on Sunday.

In one of the highest-scoring weeks of the year, there were some outstanding fantasy performances in week 15. Congratulations to all who made it into their championships! As we close in on what is commonly the final week of fantasy, let’s take one final look at what we learned going into the most important week of all.

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Julio Jones came through in the clutch as the Falcons manage another monumental upset win.
What a time for Julio to end his touchdown drought. In the dead heat of fantasy playoffs, he garnered an outrageous 20 targets to compile a 13-134-2 line against the 49ers. Unless you saw a massive output from your fantasy opponent, he very well likely won your week. What we learned is that touchdown regression is still one of the most reliable factors across the season.

Kenyan Drake explodes for four scores and 146 yards.
With four straight weeks going under 12 points, many may have not started Drake this week. Two major boom weeks and four somewhat disappointing weeks are a far cry from what you like to see on a regular basis. The one thing we can take away that has been steady is his lead running back role. The volume has been consistent, the production has not; although he did once again look incredible and get heavy red zone looks.

The gap between target share and production equalizes for Jamison Crowder.
Crowder has seen healthy targets all year long with Darnold in the lineup, and recently, those targets had not translated to much. Those who follow target share knew it was only a matter of time before things got back to clicking again. 11-6-90-2 was his final line which included a mesmerizing tip-toe catch in the end zone. As long as there is a negative game script to go with him, his average of nine targets per game over the last three has continued promise.

Coming of age: Miles Sanders puts on a clinic against the Redskins.
Totaling 172 yards and two scores with 25 touches, the rookie Sanders hit his brightest performance in the absence of teammate Jordan Howard. Perhaps most impressive was his work as a receiver, manipulating coverages to find ways to get open. Should Howard return, it would put a major dent in Sanders’s value. Otherwise, all signs point to a healthy workload every week he remains out.

Breshad Perriman shines with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined.
Fantasy teams took yet another brutal injury-hit on Sunday as Godwin was carted off the field. With Evans and Godwin both out, the man who stepped up most looked to be Perriman. 5-133-3 is clearly not sustainable, but anyone who is seeing heavy looks in one of the pass-heaviest offenses in the league is worth a roster spot and could be a good filler if your team has been plagued by injury.

Chris Carson is back to being the man in Seattle with Rashaad Penny out for the year.
24 carries, 133 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Sounds awfully similar to a trend Carson was setting earlier this year before his fumbles and Penny’s ascendance. With Penny now out for the year, nothing is left standing in his way. Expect 20+ carries a game, heavy red-zone usage, and Carson sticking to RB1 status for the remainder of the year.

Ryan Tannehill’s favorite option A.J. Brown is sending folks to their fantasy championship.
As the Tannehill glory days continue, the main benefactor has been Brown. A week after putting up 31 half-PPR fantasy points, he doubled down on his reliability with 21 points on Sunday. He gets the Saints next week in what is sure to be another passing catch-up game script. You can safely fire him up across all leagues in your championship weeks.

Patrick Laird quietly keeps seeing his snaps increase.
Despite a lack of production this week, Laird has seen healthy usage in the past three weeks. Most recently, he received 12 carries and five targets. The fantasy results were not there like the weeks prior and the Dolphins’ offensive line is a mess, but even still Laird could show some flex appeal in deep PPR leagues.

Sterling Shepard’s 11 targets dominate the Giants’ receiving group.
He missed out on the touchdowns, but Shepard absolutely trumped the next closest in targets who happened to be Golden Tate with four. Turning those looks into nine catches for 111 yards is extremely promising going forward. With decent matchups in weeks 16 and 17, he has earned a spot on most rosters given that type of volume. Be on the lookout for the status of Evan Engram as that could affect his target share.

Thanks for reading and stay golden!

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David Zach is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from David, check out his archive and follow him @DavidZach16.

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