Week 15 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Matthew Stafford is listed below as a "start" for Week 15. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 15 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Tom Brady and Stafford, you should start Brady -- and in turn, bench Stafford.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 15:

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at NO)

In his first five games of the season, Stafford scored single-digit fantasy points three times and less than 14 fantasy points four times. Since then, however, he has scored a minimum of 15 fantasy points in seven of eight games. During that span, he has thrown 18 touchdowns and rushed for another and has averaged 20.76 fantasy points per contest.

Going into Week 15, no quarterback has a more favorable matchup than Stafford as the Saints allow an average of 24.07 fantasy points per game. As a comparison, the Jags are second (20.11/G). Although they have had some better outings recently, the Saints have allowed 302.7 passing yards and 3.22 passing touchdowns per game since Week 5.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)

One of the biggest surprises this season, Bortles has scored the sixth-most fantasy points this season and he's been a strong fantasy producer on a consistent basis. In 13 games, Bortles has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in eight games including each of his past three games.

With a minimum of 22 fantasy points in each of his last three games, Bortles has thrown a total of 10 touchdowns to only one interception and has rushed for another score. In addition, he has exceeded 320 passing yards in two of those games.

The matchup against the Falcons may not be great, as they have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but Bortles has played way too well to keep on your bench this week.

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at WAS)

With 371 rushing yards and three rushing scores this season, Taylor's rushing stats have accounted for 5.01 fantasy points per game, which helps to boost his weekly floor. In his past three games, however, Taylor has thrown for 256.67 yards per game with seven touchdowns and only one interception. Averaging 24.5 fantasy points over that three-game stretch, Taylor has finished as the weekly QB5, QB7 and QB13, respectively, and is inside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 15.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (at DAL)

Since Week 6, Fitzpatrick has finished the week as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in five games. In the other four games, he left one early due to injury and finished the week as fantasy's QB11, QB13 and QB17 in the rest. Excluding the game he didn't finish, Fitzpatrick has scored 20 touchdowns -- 18 passing and two rushing, averaged 269.88 passing yards and 21.0 rushing yards per game.

Even though the matchup isn't favorable as the Cowboys have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick and the team's passing offense has played well enough that he's at least a back-end TE1 for Week 15.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 15:

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. CAR)

Eli is coming off one of his best performances of the season with 337 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Dolphins on Monday night. With 27.28 fantasy points, Eli scored more fantasy points than every other quarterback except Russell Wilson last week. Given the matchup against the Panthers, who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Manning is ranked just outside my top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for the week.

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)

Leading the NFL in completions (359) and pass attempts (541), Rivers is averaging a career-high 305.8 passing yards per game this season. And while he has the 11th-most fantasy points on the year, it's been a disappointing stretch for Rivers and San Diego's offense.

With the exception of 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jags in Week 12, Rivers has thrown no touchdowns in three of his other four most recent games. In those non-Jacksonville games, Rivers has scored 5.92, 6.08 and 8.92 fantasy points, respectively.

QB - Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)

The Eagles have won back-to-back games and are tied for first place in the NFC Least, but Bradford has averaged only 11.7 fantasy points per game since Week 6. During that span, he has scored more than 15 fantasy points only once -- 15.7 in Week 9 (QB16). Against an Arizona defense that allows the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, now isn't the time to trust Bradford or any Eagles offensive player.

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