NFL Week 15 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
For most of us, it is all over in fantasy. Only the stacked teams -- or really lucky ones -- are left standing in the playoffs.
It is the time of the year to watch the ones with the embarrassment of riches face off for the right to play in the title games. And for some of the rest to complain about how our opponents always seem to have huge weeks against us.
Those remaining have one thing working against them, though: Tough decisions remain. They are going to be agonizing over sitting their trustworthy star (Cam Newton and Maurice Jones-Drew) in a bad matchup or starting that one-week wonder and hoping it pans out (Demaryius Thomas).
At least most of us are out of it and don't have to deal with any more fantasy pain. For those still tormented with the tough decisions, we have the Week 15 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
Notice we don't suggest whether to start or sit Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. It really backfired on this writer suggesting he sit last week. You geniuses got that one figured out, even if he is facing the 49ers and might be without Ben Roethlisberger.
Ignoring Brown, here are our other fearless recommendations by position:
While it is the most important position to get right in fantasy crunch time, it should be the one with the easiest decisions. The best fantasy teams tend to be led by the elite quarterbacks. You should be starting the likes of Newton, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and Matt Ryan as a matter of form. But if you're trying to get by with the scraps ...
Adrian Peterson might be making a comeback and is a start, if you don't have other great options. Otherwise, we do see a lot of elite backs facing bad matchups, but you still should be using LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew, Marshawn Lynch and Ryan Mathews in all leagues, regardless. As for the ones you might be making a decision on ...
This is by far the toughest position to peg week to week, particularly when the stakes are the highest. Guys like Calvin Johnson and Mike Wallace should be no-brainers, but they were no help last week. You should remain confident in the guys that have gotten you the most points over the course of the season. Going with the flavor of the week can set you back.
Save for the few elite options that always start, you probably want to just go with your regular guy at this position. Here are four guys that will surprise and four that will disappoint, though.
You should stick with your stud defenses in your fantasy postseason, but if you don't have one ...
You are unlikely to need to change your kicker, but here are three to consider and three to avoid, no explanations necessary ...
John Kasay, Saints
David Akers, 49ers