Bobby Sylvester’s 2019 Week 15 Rankings (Start or Sit Answers)
We are now just hours away from the Ravens wiping the floor with the Jets to kick off the semi-finals for fantasy football leagues. That means it’s time to help you make your most challenging decisions so we can get you to the championship! If you aren’t reading it until Saturday or Sunday, don’t worry, I’ll continue to update it every few hours for you all. As always, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @bobbyfantasypro. Before we dive into the rankings, let me tell you about four start/sit options that I am especially opinionated about this week.
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): QB #7 vs ECR #12
It may feel disgusting based on how much Baker has disappointed this season, but this recommendation actually has little to do with Baker. If this were Sam Darnold, Derek Carr or Jacoby Brissett playing the Cardinals, I’d be telling you to start them instead. Baker has been bad, sure, but not bad enough that you can justify benching in what is quite literally the best matchup this millennium. The Cardinals are on pace to break the single-season fantasy points allowed record to quarterbacks. Yes, I’d play him over Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garroppolo this week in order to make the title game.
Marlon Mack (RB – IND): RB #14 vs ECR #24
“Wait, the guy playing the Saints great front seven!?” Yep, that’s the one. These Saints gave up 40+ points last week, as you know, but it wasn’t a fluke. No, I’m not saying the defense is overrated or anything like that. Rather, when half of your starting defense, including several of the best players, are all out with injuries, you can expect even the best defenses to fall to mediocre. I’m not saying Mack is going to smash or anything like that, but because of his volume and the great offensive line ahead of him, Mack returns to a high-end RB2 with a great floor for Week 15.
Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): RB #29 vs ECR #47
If you need to pick up a running back, I’d be willing to wager Thompson is available in your league. Yes, this has been the Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice, but did you expect anything different in killer matchups against run-funnel defenses like the Lions, Panthers and Packers the last three weeks? They get the opposite this week, in an Eagles team that you don’t want to run against, but you would be happy to pass against. With the game script likely being what it is, Thompson is a near-lock for 8 targets which should far enough to make him a solid RB3.
Danny Amendola (WR – DET): WR #40 vs ECR #54
Like Thompson above, if you need a streaming wideout, chances are high that you can still nab Amendola for this week. Marvin Jones has been ruled placed on injured reserve along with T.J. Hockenson and, as you know, Kerryon Johnson. Essentially, the only one Amendola will be competing with for targets is Kenny Golladay. Seeing that they’ll trail, you can bank on David Blough throwing 35+ passes once again. That should mean close to double-digit opportunities for Amendola against a Bucs secondary that we’ve been picking on all season.