Fantasy Football IDP Start/Sit: Week 15 (2019)
We are certainly in the thick of things now. It’s Week 15 and the IDP fantasy playoffs are in full swing. Congratulations to all the teams still battling for that championship trophy, or whatever baubles their particular league may offer to the winner.
As the marathon season winds down the finish line is in sight and the months of weekly lineup decisions are nearly at an end. As we get one step closer to championship weekend let’s take a look at some top IDP Start/Sit options for Week 15.
Matt Ioannidis (DL – WAS)
Last week, the Giants’ meager pass rush took it to an Eagles’ offensive line that is showing some serious issues. They managed to sack Carson Wentz three times but were able to lay a hit on him a disturbing ten times. Ioannidis continued his breakout campaign last week by registering three solo tackles and a sack. He has now set a career-high with 8.5 sacks on the season as well as total tackles with 55 through 13 games. He leads the team with 27 total quarterback pressures and is currently a top-10 defensive lineman in balanced scoring formats. He is a must-start candidate this week.
Trey Flowers (DL – DET)
The Lions’ defense is finally getting a return on their investment as Flowers has shaken off his slow start to the season. In the first six games of 2019, he had a single sack and was credited with a paltry three quarterback hits. Last week, he posted three total tackles along with a sack in the loss to Minnesota. He now has put up at least one sack in five of the past six games and has been credited with 12 quarterback hits in that time. He will have ample opportunity to get after Jameis Winston (or Ryan Griffin) this week as the Buccaneers’ offense averages 39 pass attempts per game. They have allowed 41 sacks with defensive linemen accounting for 25.5.
Brandon Graham (DL – PHI)
This is a fine matchup for Graham to break out of the mini-slump he has been in. After a hot streak that saw him notch 7.5 sacks in a seven-game stretch, he has now gone two weeks without bringing the quarterback down. On the season, he is still a top-20 defensive lineman in balanced scoring formats but has been credited with just a single quarterback hit in the past two games. A trip to Washington is just the thing to get him back on track. The Redskins’ offense has allowed nine sacks in the past two games and 44 on the season. Defensive linemen have accounted for 25 sacks through 13 games and Graham will have a big Week 15 as Philadelphia battles for a playoff spot.
Donald Payne (LB – JAX)
When Myles Jack (knee) was declared inactive prior to Week 13 it was Payne that was called upon to fill in. He had a very productive game finishing with 13 total tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a sack. Prior to Week 14, Jack was placed on IR and once again the third-year linebacker out of Stetson stepped up. Last week, he put up a whopping 16 total tackles and looks to remain the man in the middle down the stretch for Jacksonville. He is in for another big game against a Raiders’ offense that averages 27.2 rushing attempts per game. There will be plenty of shifting going on with Jaguars’ linebackers this week now that Quincy Williams (hand) has been placed on IR. Payne figures to retain a big role but who lines up alongside him remains a bit of a mystery.
Devin Bush (LB – PIT)
While he is coming off one of his poorest outings of the season Bush has a great Week 15 matchup for a bounce-back game. Yes. It’s still a bit concerning that he continues to play less than 100% of the snaps, he checked in at roughly 75% last week, but the Bills’ offense has been fantasy gold for opposing linebackers. In their past four games, they have seen five different linebackers post at least 12 total tackles against them. Even on a reduced snap count, he is in line to post a huge Week 15 stat line in this more than favorable matchup.
Tavon Wilson (DB – DET)
The veteran safety has been a standout this season on a very disappointing Lions’ defense. He was called upon to take on a bigger role once Quandre Diggs was traded to Seattle and has answered the call. He has played at least 92% of the snaps since Week 9 and is coming off of an 11 total tackles game last week against Minnesota. Since Week 10 he has been putting up top-15 defensive backs totals in balanced scoring formats. This week he faces a Buccaneers’ offense that is a top unit in allowing production to opposing defensive backs.
Adrian Amos (DB – GB)
Early in the 2019 season, the veteran safety appeared to be on his way out as a viable IDP option in his first season with Green Bay. Through the first six games, he was sitting outside the top-20 in defensive backs scoring with just 29 total tackles, an interception and one pass defended. He has bounced back in a big way over his past seven games with 43 total tackles, a sack, and an interception. He is now sitting inside the top-24 defensive backs on the season in balanced scoring formats. In the Week 1 meeting between these NFC North rivals, he finished with five total tackles and a game-clinching late interception.
Jabaal Sheard (DL – IND)
A down 2019 campaign continued to limp along for Sheard last week as he had just an assisted tackle while playing 63% of the snaps. Perhaps he is still feeling the lingering effects of the knee issue that held him out early in the season but whatever the reason his numbers are miserable across the board. Through 10 games played, he is averaging just 2.1 tackles per game and has registered just 3.5 sacks. He has also managed a paltry seven quarterback hits on the season while playing an average of 54% of the snaps. Things will not improve this week against a strong Saints’ offensive line that is allowing an average of just 1.6 sacks per game this season.
Vic Beasley (DL – ATL)
Always a streaky IDP option the veteran defensive end has been streaking in a positive direction lately. Last week, in a very positive matchup against Carolina, he took care of business. He finished the game with four solo tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, as well as a tackle for a loss. He was the top-scoring defensive lineman in most balanced scoring formats for Week 14. Unfortunately, the matchup this week is a much tougher one against the 49ers’ offense. In their past three games, they have allowed just 1.5 sacks to opposing defensive linemen. There are better, more consistent, options to start this week.
Anthony Walker (LB – IND)
Last week was a bit rough on Walker as he managed to post just two solo and six total tackles in what was a decent matchup against Tampa Bay. That is par for the course when a player is second fiddle to a fantasy stud like Darius Leonard in the linebacking corps. He has had a fine season but will struggle again this week to make an IDP impact. The Saints’ offense has been among the stingiest in allowing production to opposing linebackers over their last five games. In that time, they have allowed an average of just 16.1 tackles per game and a total of two big plays to linebackers. He can safely be avoided this week in a very poor matchup.
Jerome Baker (LB – MIA)
Baker continues to lead the Dolphins’ linebackers in playing time having logged 100% of the snaps in six of the last eight games. The tackle production has been decent over the last four games, as he has averaged 7.7 total tackles. It’s the big play production that has been lacking as he has failed to register even one in that time. Things will not get better this week against a Giants’ offense that allows an average of just 47 total tackle opportunities per game to opposing defenses. They have also limited big plays to linebackers having given up just 4.5 in the past four games.
Tyrann Mathieu (DB – KC)
Mathieu has been on a bit of a hot streak lately after a slow start to his first season in Kansas City. In the past three games, he has put up 15 total tackles and added two interceptions. However, let’s keep in mind that over his first 10 games he averaged just 4.2 tackles per game and had a total of three big plays. The matchup this week is a tough one as well, with the Broncos’ offense offering up an average of just 47 tackle opportunities per game. In the past four games, they have been holding opposing defensive backs in check, giving up just 24 tackles per game to the position and four big plays.
Ronnie Harrison (DB – JAX)
He is on track to return this week after missing the last two games due to a concussion. He was struggling to produce in the three games prior to getting injured having posted just eight total tackles in that time. The entire Jaguars’ defense looked uninspired last week in a blowout loss to the Chargers and it’s not likely that he can spark this unit into playing much better. The matchup is a negative one against a Raiders’ offense that may be without rookie sensation Josh Jacobs (shoulder) at running back this week. There is no reason for the second-year safety to be in starting lineups in Week 15.