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Fantasy football Week 15 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Ryan

Make sure to set your fantasy football lineups for the semifinals.

Below are some good plays for this week, as well as some other NFL players you should consider avoiding based on matchups, injuries and trends.

If you need a streaming option or injury fill-in, check out Week 15 waiver wire pickups.

Who to Start

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans (QB): Tannehill completed 21 of 27 passes for 391 yards, three touchdowns and an interception last week in Oakland. He has quietly led the Titans to four straight wins and six in seven games. At 8-5, it makes you wonder where they would be if Marcus Mariota had been benched sooner. Tannehill is a QB1 this week as the Titans face off against the Texans in a battle for first place in the AFC South.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (RB): Lindsay scored at the beginning of the second half of Sunday’s upset win in Houston and finished the day with 16 rushes for 51 yards. Royce Freeman also found the end zone in Week 14, but Lindsay has been the dominant force out of the backfield from both a workload and production standpoint. He has at least nine rushing attempts in every game this year and is a borderline RB1 this week against a mediocre Chiefs run defense.

DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (RB): Washington took over the feature role for the Raiders last week with Josh Jacobs sidelined and had a season-high 14 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, and added six catches for 43 yards. Jacobs’ MRI showed positive signs, according to NFL Network, and it’s possible Jacobs could return this week. Washington is the preferred option over Jalen Richard if Jacobs sits once again, and he would likely put up RB2 production against Jacksonville.

DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders
Raiders running back DeAndre Washington celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Titans.Getty Images

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (WR): Not that you needed another reason to start Golladay in a nice matchup, but his stock rises even more amid the news that fellow receiver Marvin Jones is done for the season. He leads the league with 10 touchdowns on the season and has scored in back-to-back games. Golladay is a top play this week against Tampa’s porous secondary, which is giving up the most fantasy points to receivers this season.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (WR): D.J. Chark suffered an ankle injury late during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers and left the stadium in a walking boot. Head coach Doug Marrone characterized the situation as “week-to-week,” and with the Jaguars eliminated from playoff contention, it’s unlikely they push the young receiver to return quickly. In his absence, Westbrook should play a bigger role after putting up an anemic 6-25-0 stat line last week. Consider him a high-end WR3 if Chark sits.

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys (TE): Higbee comes into Week 15 with back-to-back 100-yard games. He caught seven passes on a season-high 11 attempts for 116 yards last week. Dallas is a more formidable adversary than Seattle and Arizona, but the Cowboys did allow 92 combined yards last week to Chicago tight ends, J.P. Holtz and Jesper Horsted.

Philadelphia Eagles D/ST at Washington Redskins: The Eagles defense disappointed for fantasy last week against the Giants, but did hold them to 17 points to secure the win. They should bounce back in another cupcake matchup this week versus a Redskins offensive line that ranks 27th in the NFL in sacks allowed per game.

Who to Sit

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (QB): Ryan falls outside of QB1 territory this week in a tough matchup against the 49ers defense. Even with the 48-46 Week 14 win in New Orleans, San Francisco is allowing the third-fewest points this season and ranks third in the NFL in sacks. Expect Ryan to be on his toes all game, especially behind the Falcons’ offensive line, which is 31st in quarterback hits allowed.

Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons (RB): Coleman’s workload has dwindled since Week 12 and he had a mere three rushes for six yards on Sunday. He was the team’s third option last week behind Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida, who had 10 and six rushing attempts, respectively. Coleman cannot be trusted for fantasy moving forward, even with the Falcons scheduled for Week 15.

Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills (RB): Snell split snaps with Jaylen Samuels last week and totaled an inefficient 41 yards on 16 carries in Arizona. His workload could change with feature back James Conner (shoulder) back at practice. Even if Conner sits again, Snell will be a low-end RB3/flex opposite a stingy Bills defense, which is second to New England in points allowed this season.

Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys (WR): Cooks has been a non-factor since returning from the concussion protocol in Week 12. He laid a goose egg last week with two targets for zero yards, while Rams receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp both scored. Sit Cooks this week against a decent Dallas defense.

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (WR): Sutton failed to take advantage of a weak Houston secondary last week and caught five of seven targets for 34 yards. He now faces the Chiefs, who are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this year. Expect the Kansas City pass rush to be all over rookie quarterback Drew Lock, which should eat into Sutton’s potential targets. He is a low-end WR2 this week.

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets (TE): Andrews suffered a leg contusion during Sunday’s win over the Bills. He was held to one catch on three targets for 14 yards, which is his worst fantasy performance all year. Temper expectations for an injured Andrews, who may struggle on short rest this Thursday versus a strong Jets defense that just shut down the Dolphins’ Mike Gesicki last week.

Chicago Bears D/ST at Green Bay Packers: Chicago has been middle-of-the-pack all year in terms of fantasy defensive stats and just lost linebacker Roquan Smith for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. They will have to fend off quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week, who is coming off of a four-touchdown performance in Week 14.