We’re one week closer to the NFL Playoffs. Week 15 is here and it’s shaping up to be a wild one. Let’s get into it right now and take a look at my week 15 preview.
Here are my five biggest Fantasy Football storylines heading into Week 15
1. Tom Brady Catches a Pass
I know that this has nothing to do with an actual game, but I can’t not comment on the pass that was given to the Golden Boy Tom Brady this week. We told you how Tom Brady supports his friend Donald Trump. We told you about Donald Trump’s bigoted comments against Muslims. I think that the following tweet shows exactly how much work that this country still has to do in regards to race relations.
WHITE QB: I support the xenophobic racist. We are pals
PUBLIC: ha ha oh tom
BLACK QB: I dance when I'm happy
PUBLIC: THINK OF THE CHILDREN
— Spilly (@IAmSpilly) December 15, 2015
Think about it. There was more outrage for Cam Newton smiling and doing a little dance than Tom Brady gets for supporting a racist pig like Donald Trump. I compared Cam’s “Dab” to Travis Kelce’s “Quan” a few weeks back and wondered why there was no backlash on Kelce for dancing – yet Cam dancing seems to set people off. It was clear to me that race played a part in reactions and/or lack of reactions to those celebrations.
This situation is no different. How can this be be okay?
But this is a disgrace?
Why does Tom Brady get a pass for supporting such a hateful man? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I get that the topic of race relations makes many people uneasy, but screw it! We’ve come far in America on this subject, but there’s still a shitload of work that needs to be done to address injustices and inequalities. This Brady situation is a start. People should be outraged by this and no this is not the wussification of America. It’s about standing up for what’s right.
So just like Donald Trump is an Asshole, Tom Brady has added to his own legend of being an Asshole.
Join me in giving Trump and Brady the middle finger.
And now on to football…
2. Fantasy Goldmine
The Jaguars offense is en fuego right now. They’ve put up 39 and 51 points in consecutive weeks and this week they play the Falcons in what is setting up to be another big time offensive outburst from the Jags. Led by their QB Blake Bortles who has thrown 30 touchdowns while throwing for over 3,500 yards so far this season, the Jags are set up well for the future. They have a dynamic pair of WR’s with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Robinson has 66 receptions for 1,084 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Hurns has 51 receptions for 863 yards and eight touchdowns. Those are exceptional numbers for those two and they’ll only get better as time progresses. The Falcons won’t know what hit them when this week is over.
3. Seahawk Fever
Speaking of a team that is hitting on all cylinders right now, it ‘s the Seattle Seahawks. They’ve won four games in a row and they’ve been led by their offense. They’ve scored 35 points or more in their last three games, since Jimmy Graham was lost for the year. It’s been the Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin show and there’s no signs that those guys are going to stop producing anytime soon. They have an easy schedule and while they can’t win their division, they can head into the playoffs like a freight train and no one will want to play them.
4. Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham, Jr.
This week when the undefeated Panthers take on the Giants, you’ll see a battle between the irresistible force vs. the immovable object. It’s a defensive legend up against an offensive legend. It’s Josh Norman against Odell Beckham, Jr. Norman has held DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, TY Hilton, Dez Bryant and Julio Jones to a combined nine receptions for 89 yards (via @nflnetwork research). Holy hell, Batman!
Enter Odell Beckham, Jr. has 85 receptions for 1,320 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns on the season. Something will have to give and you’ll know that Beckham won the matchup if the Giants come out on top. Get ready ya’ll. This will be a thing of beauty.
5. NFC East – Who wants it more?
The NFC has been an absolute shit show all year long. With three weeks remaining in the season, anything can happen. For the sake of this post, I’m going to leave out Dallas from the equation of teams that could win the division. Technically, Dallas could win out and take the division title if the rest of the division imploded. The likelihood is slim, but there’s is the smallest chance that happens.
There’s currently a three way tie atop the East between Philly, New York and Washington.
Remaining Games: Bills, at Eagles, at Cowboys
Remaining Games: Panthers, at Vikings, Eagles
Remaining Games: Cardinals, Redskins, at Giants
Essentially, if any of these teams win out, they win the division. If not, it could end up coming down to the final week of the season when the Eagles play the Giants. In any event, you’ll want to buckle up for the ride ladies and gentlemen. It’s going to be a wild finish.
Daily Fantasy Sports
Each week I will give you my DFS value plays of the week for each position. I’ll supply you with their weekly salaries for both FanDuel and DraftKings, since the salaries are a bit different at each site. At the end of the day, the final decisions are yours to make. I’m just here to try to guide you in the right direction. Without further hesitation, please give a listen to my DFS value picks for Week 15:
Each week I will present what I think are the juiciest fantasy matchups at each position. I don’t want to keep you guys waiting, so let’s take a look at the juiciest matchups for Week 15:
Blake Bortles (JAX vs. ATL) – I touched on him earlier. Bortles is 288/501 for 3,524 yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with eight fumbles. He’s gonna eat this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ vs. DAL) – Fitzpatrick is my guy. He’s 267/445 for 3129 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has another juicy matchup this week against the Cowturds. I’m looking for another three touchdowns from him this week
Russell Wilson (SEA vs. CLE) – Russ is playing an elite level right now. On the season, he’s 264/384 for 3289 yards and 26 touchdowns. Cleveland doesn’t stand a chance this week. Wilson will have another four touchdowns this week.
Jarvis Landry (MIA vs. SD) – Landry is having a great year with 89 receptions for 920 yards and four touchdowns. The Chargers are struggling big time right now. It won’t get easier for them this week. I’m looking at 100+ yards and one touchdown for Landry this week.
Doug Baldwin (SEA vs. CLE) – Baldwin is a Fantasy monster right now. He benefits the most from no Jimmy Graham. He has 61 receptions for 860 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season, which 8 of them coming in his last three games. He’ll add another two this week against the Browns.
Jeremy Maclin (KC vs. BAL) – Maclin’s slow start is now behind him. He has 72 receptions for 935 yards with five touchdowns this year. Baltimore won’t have an answer for him this week.
Tim Hightower (NO vs. DET) – Hightower had one touchdown last week in his first start of the season. He has potential to put up huge numbers for the ROS. Get him into your lineups.
LeSean McCoy (BUF vs. WAS) – With his Super Bowl behind him now, Shady should be able to get back to business this week. On the season he has 193 carries for 866 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll have 100+ yards and one touchdown this week.
Darren McFadden (DAL vs. NYJ) – I have a weird feeling about this week’s Saturday night game. I don’t think that it’s going to go the way people expect it to go. I think McFadden has a big week against the Jets for 120+ yards and two touchdowns.
Eric Ebron (DET vs. NO) – Ebron has been a total after thought lately, but with Brandon Pettigrew being ruled out for the season, he should become valuable going forward and going up against a bad Saints D will only help him.
Julius Thomas (JAX vs. ATL) – Thomas is in a groove right now. He has four consecutive games with a touchdown and he will keep it going this week against a bad Falcons team.
New England (vs. TEN) – The Patriots are playing a bad Titans team and trying to get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Expect a big time defensive performance from Belichick’s boys.
Graham Gano (CAR vs. NYG) – There’s going to be a lot of points scored in this Giants/Panthers game. I’m calling it now. This will be the game of the week. Graham Gano is 26/31 in FGA’s all year for a grand total of 123 fantasy points. Look for 16+ Fantasy points from Gano this week.
Bust of the Week
TY Hilton (IND vs. HOU) – It’s been a forgettable year to date for the Colts and TY Hilton. I don’t think that the Colts will be able to get much going this week against the Texans. Look for Houston to completely shut down Hilton this week and move the Colts one step closer to missing the Playoffs.
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