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Jameis Winston or Sam Darnold

Who Should I Start? - Week 15

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  Jameis WinstonJ. Winston
Jameis Winston
at DET, Sun 1pm EST
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
Sam Darnold
at BAL, Thu 8pm EST

Updated: Dec 11th, 2019
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ECR# 6# 29-
Best Rank# 3# 11-
Worst Rank# 10# 32-
Opponent at DET at BAL-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. QBs perform better than their average vs DETThis is a 1 star matchup. QBs perform worse than their average vs BAL-
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp18.816.9
Pass Yds224.6177.9
Pass TD1.60.7
Fantasy Points 
Season Total270.0164.9-
Avg Game20.816.5-
Avg Projection19.911.2-
Week 1437.718.1-
Injury Alert-
WeatherIndoor32 F, Clear-
Expert Ranks 
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Brad EvansB. Evans
Yahoo! Sports
18 m
Scott EngelS. Engel
37 m
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The Football Girl
42 m
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Yahoo! Sports
1 h
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
1 h
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
5 h
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
6 h
Brett TalleyB. Talley
Fantasy Alarm
8 h
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
8 h
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
9 h
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
10 h
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
12 h
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
12 h
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
13 h
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
13 h
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
15 h
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
15 h
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
15 h
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
16 h
Pierre CamusP. Camus
17 h
Dylan ChappineD. Chap...
White Wolf Sports
17 h
Zach BrunnerZ. Brunner
18 h
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
18 h
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
18 h
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
18 h
Bill DubielB. Dubiel
19 h
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
20 h
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
23 h
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
23 h
Site ProjectionsS. Proj...
1 d
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
1 d
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
2 d
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
2 d
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
3 d
  Jameis WinstonJ. Winston
Jameis Winston
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
Sam Darnold
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. SF
20/36, 194 pass yds, 1 td, 3 int
5 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
vs. BUF
28/41, 175 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
1 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at CAR
16/25, 208 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
4 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
vs. CLE
Week 3 vs. NYG
23/37, 380 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
4 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
at NE
Week 4 at LAR
28/41, 385 pass yds, 4 td, 1 int
1 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at NO
15/27, 204 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
3 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
at PHI
Week 6 vs. CAR
30/54, 400 pass yds, 1 td, 5 int
1 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
vs. DAL
23/32, 338 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
5 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 7BYE WEEK vs. NE
11/32, 86 pass yds, 0 td, 4 int
2 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at TEN
21/43, 301 pass yds, 2 td, 2 int
8 rush, 53 yds, 0 td
at JAC
21/30, 218 pass yds, 2 td, 3 int
1 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
Week 9 at SEA
29/44, 335 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
2 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
at MIA
27/39, 260 pass yds, 1 td, 1 int
2 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 10 vs. ARI
30/48, 358 pass yds, 1 td, 2 int
3 rush, 40 yds, 0 td
vs. NYG
19/30, 230 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
3 rush, 25 yds, 1 td
Week 11 vs. NO
30/51, 313 pass yds, 2 td, 4 int
2 rush, 23 yds, 0 td
at WAS
19/30, 293 pass yds, 4 td, 1 int
2 rush, -3 yds, 0 td
Week 12 at ATL
18/28, 313 pass yds, 3 td, 2 int
8 rush, 38 yds, 0 td
vs. OAK
20/29, 315 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
4 rush, 16 yds, 1 td
Week 13 at JAC
21/33, 268 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
6 rush, 20 yds, 0 td
at CIN
28/48, 239 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
2 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
Week 14 vs. IND
33/45, 456 pass yds, 4 td, 3 int
6 rush, 5 yds, 1 td
vs. MIA
20/36, 270 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
3 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
Week 15 at DET at BAL
Week 16 vs. HOU vs. PIT
Week 17 vs. ATL at BUF
  Jameis WinstonJ. Winston
Jameis Winston
at DET, Sun 1pm EST
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
Sam Darnold
at BAL, Thu 8pm EST
Pass Att38.832.7
Pass Cmp23.820.0
Pass Yards327.1221.9
Pass TDs1.91.0
Rush Attempts4.21.9
Rush Yards18.55.9
Rush TDs0.20.1
Fantasy Points19.911.2
  Jameis WinstonJ. Winston
Jameis Winston
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
Sam Darnold
2019 Points 
Week 110.113.0
Week 213.2
Week 326.5
Week 430.3
Week 517.5
Week 617.120.6
Week 7-2.7
Week 821.315.6
Week 920.213.5
Week 1020.321.7
Week 1118.826.4
Week 1226.328.2
Week 1310.710.5
Week 1437.718.1
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  Jameis WinstonJ. Winston
Jameis Winston
at DET, Sun 1pm EST
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
Sam Darnold
at BAL, Thu 8pm EST
Zach Brunner
There are some knocks against Jameis Winston this season, with him being careless with the football. Ultimately, the pros outweigh the cons, since he ranks as QB5 on the season. This is because Winston ranks top-three in passing yards, (4,185) and passing touchdowns (26). If we took away turnovers, Winston would be the top-scoring QB in passing fantasy points. The other knock against Winston this week is that he lost Mike Evans for the season and Winston has a hurt thumb that could keep him out. Winston hurt his thumb early in the game and actually did not play the first drive of the second half. He would come back into the game and pass for 179 more yards, so if he is active, there is zero worries on my end of reduced performance. While not having Evans obviously hurts, Winston still has Chris Godwin, he is using OJ Howard more, and both Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson have stepped up this season and proved to be fully serviceable for this offense. If that's not enough, Winston also faces the Detroit Lions, who gave up 25.9 and 19.7 points to Mitch Trubisky and 31.6 to Dak Prescott in three of their last five games. They rank as the sixth-worst in opposing passer rating (100.5) and give up the third-most passing yards per game (276.5). Winston is a must-start in fantasy. 
Mike Tagliere
 He just went through what might have been the easiest stretch of schedule among all quarterbacks where he played the Bengals, Raiders, Redskins, Giants, and Dolphins twice. He did his job for the most part, scoring 17-plus fantasy points on four separate occasions. Unfortunately, that ride has come to an end and we are able to deem Darnold as irrelevant in fantasy. The Ravens are the hottest team in football and have now gone 10 straight games without allowing a quarterback more than one touchdown. The only quarterback who's accomplished that feat against them was Patrick Mahomes, way back in Week 3. With the upgraded and healthy secondary, the Ravens are able to bring pressure up front, and that allowed them to pressure Josh Allen continuously last week, sacking him a season-high six times. Darnold has been pressured on 43.0 percent of his dropbacks this year, which ranks second-most to only Daniel Jones. This is not a week to consider Darnold and neither will Week 16 against the Steelers.
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