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Week 15 Bold Predictions (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Joshua Lefkowitz | @JLefkoNFL | Featured Writer
Dec 19, 2020

A 100-yard rushing game with a TD is certainly in the realm of possibilities for Melvin Gordon.

At this juncture of the season, taking everything game by game, matchup by matchup, is critical in staying focus on the main goal. You have fought and clawed your way to this point. All of your hard work and dedication is about to pay off.

Keep your eyes on the prize, you can almost touch it with your fingertips.

The time is now, let’s win Week 15 together.

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My Week 15 Bold Predictions

Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN) scores 20+ fantasy points.
Melvin Gordon’s first year in Denver has been a rocky one, yet at times he has shown why he was considered among the league’s best running backs at one point in his career. However, as of late, Gordon has been fairly impressive, racking up double-digit fantasy points in consecutive games. This trend will continue in Week 15 as the Broncos face a Buffalo Bills defense that has been crushed on the ground at times this year. A 100-yard rushing game capped off with a touchdown is most certainly in the realm of possibilities for Gordon in this favorable matchup.

Chase Claypool (WR – PIT) goes off for 100+ yards receiving.
Chase Claypool erupted onto the season this year, posting 40+ fantasy points in his fourth career game, indicating his big-play potential and ability to make magic happen on the field. However, since his breakout performance, Claypool has been held under 80 yards receiving in each game, despite mostly putting up double-digit fantasy points during this stretch. In a Week 15 matchup against division foes, the Steelers will look to their passing game to guide them to victory, with Claypool being a key factor to their success. Start Claypool with confidence as a WR3 with upside this week.

Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR) and Robert Woods (WR – LAR) are both WR1s this week.
The Rams are facing off against a historically awful New York Jets team. If there is one strong point of the Jets this season is their defensive unit’s ability to stop the run, which ranks 12th in the NFL. For the Rams to get off to an early lead, they will lean on their star WR duo of Kupp and Woods. Look for Jared Goff to feed the dynamic wideouts and pepper them with enough targets to lead both of them to fantasy glory this week. Woods and Kupp should be locked into all lineups regardless of matchup, but their potential this week is the ability for both of them to finish as WR1 in Week 15.

Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN) is a top-five QB this week.
Ever since taking over as the starting QB in Tennessee midway through the 2019 season, Ryan Tannehill has been on an absolute tear, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Tannehill has been the model of consistency this season with the ability to produce big fantasy numbers despite the Titans’ desire to run the ball as much as possible. Tannehill has a highly favorable matchup in Week 15 against a Detroit defense that has struggled against stopping the opponent’s passing attack. Although Derrick Henry will most definitely get fed this game, look for Tannehill to produce at a highly efficient mark once again, finding his way into the top-five fantasy quarterbacks for this week.

Devin Singletary (RB – BUF) scores his second touchdown of the season, posting double-digit numbers.
Singletary’s sophomore season has been very inconsistent. Splitting touches with rookie RB Zack Moss has not helped Singletary take the next step in his game. However, this is a perfect bounce-back opportunity for Singletary in a favorable matchup. Singletary has proven capable of handling a large workload, and if he could prove to be effective early, the Bills could look to him to carry the backfield in this contest. Singletary is a low-end RB3 with upside if Buffalo establishes the run as a means to control the clock and win the game.

Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE) continues his hot streak, finishes as a QB1.
Mayfield is on a bit of a resurgence as of late, which will continue in Week 15. The Giants will be without star corner back James Bradberry, which should open up the passing game for Mayfield and the Browns. Cleveland should dominate the game on the ground, establishing a hard-to-beat play-action attack that will give Mayfield ample opportunity to produce at a high-level. Although there may be a couple of better starting options this week, if Mayfield is on waivers and you are unsure about your starter at the moment, Mayfield has tremendous upside this week. Look for Mayfield to throw multiple touchdowns while throwing for over 250 passing yards.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS) is a WR1 this week.
In the last two weeks against tough defenses, McLaurin was unable to post productive fantasy numbers, failing to go over five points in back to back games. With Alex Smith set to miss the game and Dwayne Haskins taking over under center once again, this could benefit McLaurin in a big way. When Haskins started to begin the season, McLaurin was far and beyond his favorite target. In a matchup against a Seattle team that has gotten crushed by the passing game all season, Haskins will have to rely on McLaurin if Washington wants to stay competitive. As such, McLaurin will bounce back massively in Week 15, finishing as a WR1 once again. Never sit your studs, and McLaurin falls into that category.

Jared Cook (TE – NO) is a top-three tight end in Week 15.
Drew Brees is making his return from IR while Michael Thomas has been ruled out with an ankle injury. This opens up a great opportunity for Jared Cook to produce top-tier fantasy numbers for the tight end position. Cook will look to capitalize on the vacated targets left behind by Thomas’ injury, making Cook one of the best tight end options of the week.

Conclusion

You play to win the game, it’s as simple as that.

Don’t overthink your decisions, getting too carried away with who to start and who to sit can cost you the matchup.

Trust yourself, trust your team, have fun, and win the week.

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