Week 15 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers 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, Doug Baldwin is listed below as a "start" for Week 15. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 15 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

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

In other words, if you owned both Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall and Baldwin and started only two receivers, you should start Jones and Marshall -- and in turn, bench Baldwin.

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:

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)

Baldwin has (unexpectedly) become one of the most dominant fantasy wide receivers in the league. He has finished as a top-three fantasy receiver in three consecutive games and as a top-five performer in four of his past five. During that five-game stretch, he has a total of 30 receptions for 515 yards and nine touchdowns. (In his first eight games, he had a total of only 31/345/2.)

With a plus matchup, it's certainly possible that the good times continue to roll for Russell Wilson, Baldwin and Seattle's passing attack. The Browns have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (at DAL)

Decker has a minimum of 80 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season, which means that he has also scored eight or more fantasy points in every game this season. With 66 catches for 875 yards and nine touchdowns, Decker has scored the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers. The Cowboys have been excellent at limiting fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Decker and Brandon Marshall are both inside my top-12 fantasy receivers for this week.

WR - Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)

Since a four-game stretch with exactly three catches and no more than six targets per game, Maclin has a minimum of six catches and nine targets in three consecutive games. During that three-game span, Maclin has a total of 24/323/3 on his 30 targets. This week, Maclin and the Chiefs face a Ravens secondary that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

WR - John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)

Over his past nine games, Brown has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in eight games. In five of those nine games, he has finished as a top-15 fantasy receiver. Brown is set up for another big week as the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 15:

WR - Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. NYJ)

Since returning in Week 8, Bryant's fantasy usefulness has relied on whether or not he has scored. In his past seven games, Bryant has averaged 43.29 yards per game and has had two games with 12 yards or less including a nine-yard performance last week. Only the Vikings (nine) and Rams (10) have fewer passing touchdowns than the Cowboys (12) this season.

WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at PIT)

Since posting a 6/113 line on nine targets in the team's OT win versus the Patriots, Sanders has finished with less than 20 receiving yards in back-to-back games. In those two games, Sanders and Brock Osweiler have connected on only five of 14 targets. In addition, Sanders has 22 yards or less in four of his past six games. The Steelers have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Sanders is more of a flex option, than WR2, against his former team.

WR - Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)

Benjamin has tons of big-play ability, but he's been a boom-or-bust fantasy option over the past half-season. In his past eight games, Benjamin has double-digit fantasy points in three games and less than three fantasy points in four games. Facing the Seahawks, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, this week is shaping up to be a "bust" type of week for Benjamin.

WR - Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CHI)

Since beginning his NFL career with a four-game stat line of 25/419/2, Diggs has averaged 36.5 yards per game with no scores over his past six games. Over the past three weeks, Diggs has seen his production dip from 31 to 22 to 12 receiving yards and he has finished outside of the top-70 fantasy receivers in each of those games. Diggs did have 6/95/1 on a career-high 12 targets against the Bears in Week 8, but his cold stretch makes it unlikely that he repeats his early-season success in Week 15.

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