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Quick Grades Week 15 (Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

by FantasyPros Staff | @fantasypros | Featured Writer
Dec 13, 2019
Start or Sit Grades

Happy Friday everyone! Lamar Jackson is coming off another dominating performance on Thursday Night Football. It is now time to look ahead to the full slate of games and make start/sit decisions. This article is for those of you who would love to sit down and read a detailed start/sit article for 90 minutes but just can’t carve out the time at this stage in your life. Instead, I’ll give you all the information without any of the words. Here is how it works: it’s quick-hitting advice with an overall grade and start/sit recommendation for every fantasy-relevant player based on four simple criteria: Matchup, expected volume, fantasy ability and surrounding talent.

Matchup
Unsurprisingly, Tyler Higbee had a big game last week because of his matchup against the Seahawks

Expected Volume
Latavius Murray piled up fantasy points when he had the bulk of the Saints workload

Fantasy Ability
Tom Brady is a superior real-life quarterback to Josh Allen, but QBs who can run are a fantasy cheat code

Surrounding Talent
It certainly doesn’t hurt Jameis Winston to have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to throw to

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The grades listed below range from 1 to 25 with overall grades made to mimic a school grade (1-100 with letter grades). The four grades will not add up to the overall grade since each position weights the four criteria differently. For instance, volume is king for running backs, but matchups are much more important for quarterbacks. The start/sit recommendations are for 12-team half-PPR, 1-QB leagues. Slight adjustments would be made for moderate rules changes. Additionally, I’ll name a start of the week, stream of the week and fade of the week at each position. Obviously the #1 player from each player is the top start so rather, start of the week refers to a player you wouldn’t always start. Stream of the week is a player you can typically pick up off the waivers if you are desperate for a fill-in so don’t be surprised if they are down at the bottom of a table since most useful players are already rostered. Fade of the week is the opposite of start of the week, as it is a player you would typically start, but shouldn’t this week because of matchup or game script. Because the tables are a screenshot of an excel table, I’ve added a quick search/find list at the bottom of the article in case you are looking for one or two immediate answers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @BobbyFantasyPro.

Quick Link to view the entire spreadsheet and search for players quickly at this link.

Running Backs

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Ronald Jones II (remember, this is a player you wouldn’t always feel comfortable starting, not the best player)
    • Stream of the Week: Patrick Laird (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Bo Scarbrough
  • Break in the chart is between RB40/RB41
  • Implied refers to how many points Vegas is projecting their team to score

Wide Receivers

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
      • If T.Y. Hilton is active, he would be a C+, Could Start
    • Start of the Week: Dede Westbrook
    • Stream of the Week: Danny Amendola (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Tyler Boyd
  • Break in the chart is between WR40/WR41

Quarterbacks

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Baker Mayfield
    • Stream of the Week: Gardner Minshew
    • Fade of the Week: Matt Ryan

Tight Ends

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Jack Doyle
    • Stream of the Week: O.J. Howard
    • Fade of the Week: Kyle Rudolph

Search, Find and Player Cards

Michael Thomas (WR – NO): 120, A+, Must Start
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 100, A+, Must Start
Chris Carson (RB – SEA): 100, A+, Must Start
George Kittle (TE – SF): 100, A+, Must Start
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI): 100, A+, Must Start
Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): 99, A+, Must Start
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU): 98, A+, Must Start
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC): 98, A+, Must Start
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): 96, A+, Must Start
Drew Brees (QB – NO): 95, A, Strong Start
Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): 95, A, Strong Start
Travis Kelce (TE – KC): 95, A, Must Start
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 94, A, Must Start
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): 94, A, Must Start
Chris Godwin (WR – TB): 93, A, Must Start
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 93, A, Must Start
Tyreek Hill (WR – KC): 93, A, Must Start
Darren Waller (TE – OAK): 92, A-, Must Start
Julian Edelman (WR – NE): 92, A-, Must Start
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): 91, A-, Must Start
Julio Jones (WR – ATL): 91, A-, Must Start
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): 90, A-, Must Start
Keenan Allen (WR – LAC): 89, B+, Must Start
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): 88, B+, Could Start
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 88, B+, Could Start
Allen Robinson (WR – CHI): 88, B+, Must Start
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): 88, B+, Could Start
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC): 88, B+, Must Start
D.J. Moore (WR – CAR): 88, B+, Must Start
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): 88, B+, Could Start
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 87, B+, Must Start
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 87, B+, Must Start
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): 86, B+, Could Start
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): 86, B+, Could Start
Devante Parker (WR – MIA): 86, B+, Must Start
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): 86, B+, Could Start
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 85, B, Strong Start
Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE): 85, B, Strong Start
Robert Woods (WR – LAR): 85, B, Strong Start
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 85, B, Strong Start
Gardner Minshew (QB – JAC): 85, B, Could Start
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): 84, B, Strong Start
Dede Westbrook (WR – JAC): 84, B, Strong Start
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): 84, B, Strong Start
Kenny Golladay (WR – DET): 84, B, Strong Start
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – MIA): 83, B, Could Start
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): 83, B, Strong Start
D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): 83, B, Strong Start
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – SF): 83, B, Strong Start
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): 83, B, Strong Start
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 83, B, Could Start
Hunter Henry (TE – LAC): 83, B, Strong Start
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 83, B, Could Start
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): 82, B-, Should Start
Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): 81, B-, Should Start
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): 81, B-, Could Start
Austin Hooper (TE – ATL): 81, B-, Should Start
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 81, B-, Strong Start
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): 80, B-, Should Start
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): 80, B-, Strong Start
Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): 79, B-, Should Start
Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN): 79, B-, Strong Start
John Brown (WR – BUF): 79, B-, Should Start
Jack Doyle (TE – IND): 79, B-, Should Start
Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI): 79, C+, Could Start
Golden Tate (WR – NYG): 79, C+, Could Start
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI): 79, C+, Should Start
Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): 79, C+, Could Start
Kyle Allen (QB – CAR): 78, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Philip Rivers (QB – LAC): 78, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Mitch Trubisky (QB – CHI): 78, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): 78, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG): 78, C+, Could Start
Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC): 78, C+, Should Start
Zach Pascal (WR – IND): 77, C+, Could Start
Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG): 77, C+, Could Start
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): 77, C+, Could Start
Danny Amendola (WR – DET): 77, C+, Could Start
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT): 77, C+, Could Start
Marlon Mack (RB – IND): 77, C+, Should Start
Devin Singletary (RB – BUF): 76, C+, Should Start
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 76, C+, Should Start
Eli Manning (QB – NYG): 76, C+, Shouldn’t Start
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): 76, C+, Shouldn’t Start
James Conner (RB – PIT): 76, C+, Should Start
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 76, C+, Should Start
Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): 76, C+, Could Start
David Montgomery (RB – CHI): 76, C, Could Start
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): 75, C, Could Start
James White (RB – NE): 75, C, Could Start
Will Fuller (WR – HOU): 75, C, Could Start
Jared Cook (TE – NO): 74, C, Could Start
James Washington (WR – PIT): 74, C, Could Start
Cole Beasley (WR – BUF): 74, C, Could Start
O.J. Howard (TE – TB): 74, C, Could Start
Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE): 74, C, Could Start
Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK): 73, C, Could Start
Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): 73, C, Could Start
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): 73, C, Could Start
Drew Lock (QB – DEN): 73, C, Shouldn’t Start
Anthony Miller (WR – CHI): 73, C, Could Start
Chris Conley (WR – JAC): 73, C, Could Start
Jared Goff (QB – LAR): 73, C, Shouldn’t Start
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): 73, C, Could Start
Allen Hurns (WR – MIA): 73, C, Could Start
Corey Davis (WR – TEN): 73, C, Could Start
Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): 73, C-, Could Start
Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): 72, C-, Could Start
Ian Thomas (TE – CAR): 72, C-, Could Start
Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): 72, C-, Could Start
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): 72, C-, Could Start
Noah Fant (TE – DEN): 71, C-, Could Start
Sony Michel (RB – NE): 71, C-, Could Start
Randall Cobb (WR – DAL): 71, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Jacob Hollister (TE – SEA): 71, C-, Could Start
Kenyan Drake (RB – ARI): 70, C-, Could Start
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
David Njoku (TE – CLE): 70, C-, Could Start
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN): 70, C-, Could Start
Greg Ward (WR – PHI): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Jakobi Meyers (WR – NE): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Patrick Laird (RB – MIA): 70, C-, Could Start
Russell Gage (WR – ATL): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Keelan Cole (WR – JAC): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Breshad Perriman (WR – TB): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Isaiah Ford (WR – MIA): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): 69, C-, Could Start
Derek Carr (QB – OAK): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Kenny Stills (WR – HOU): 68, D+, Crazy Start
Josh Gordon (WR – SEA): 68, D+, Crazy Start
Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Mohamed Sanu (WR – NE): 67, D+, Crazy Start
Royce Freeman (RB – DEN): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Bo Scarbrough (RB – DET): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Latavius Murray (RB – NO): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
David Blough (QB – DET): 66, D+, Crazy Start
Marcus Johnson (WR – IND): 66, D+, Crazy Start
Kelvin Harmon (WR – WAS): 65, D, Crazy Start
Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): 65, D, Crazy Start
T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND): 65, D, Crazy Start
DeAndre Washington (RB – OAK): 65, D, Crazy Start
Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Irv Smith Jr. (TE – MIN): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Keke Coutee (WR – HOU): 64, D, Crazy Start
Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR): 64, D, Crazy Start
Jason Witten (TE – DAL): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Kendrick Bourne (WR – SF): 63, D, Crazy Start
Ted Ginn (WR – NO): 63, D, Crazy Start
Justin Watson (WR – TB): 63, D, Crazy Start
Mike Boone (RB – MIN): 63, D, Crazy Start
Peyton Barber (RB – TB): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Matt Breida (RB – SF): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Darren Fells (TE – HOU): 61, D-, Crazy Start
John Ross (WR – CIN): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Boston Scott (RB – PHI): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Phillip Dorsett (WR – NE): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Duke Johnson (RB – HOU): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Kaden Smith (TE – SF): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Allen Lazard (WR – GB): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Nick O’Leary (TE – JAC): 58, F, Crazy Start
Alex Erickson (WR – CIN): 58, F, Crazy Start
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): 57, F, Crazy Start
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): 57, F, Crazy Start
Cameron Brate (TE – TB): 57, F, Crazy Start
Darwin Thompson (RB – KC): 57, F, Crazy Start
Dawson Knox (TE – BUF): 56, F, Crazy Start
Scott Miller (WR – TB): 56, F, Crazy Start
Jordan Akins (TE – HOU): 55, F, Crazy Start
Jalen Richard (RB – OAK): 55, F, Crazy Start
Damien Williams (RB – KC): 55, F, Crazy Start
Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): 54, F, Crazy Start
Dwayne Haskins (QB – WAS): 52, F, Crazy Start
Devlin Hodges (QB – PIT): 52, F, Crazy Start
David Johnson (RB – ARI): 51, F, Crazy Start
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN): 50, F, Crazy Start
J.D. McKissic (RB – DET): 47, F, Crazy Start

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