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After starting your studs (typically players ranked after week 5 in the top ~15 RBs, top ~ 10 WRs, top ~ 10 QBs, top ~3 TEs, top ~5
Defenses, and top...wait, no kicker is a fantasy football stud), the Docs will help you decide who to start and sit as we recommend
players in our fantasy football start sit column that are not clear studs and can step in with a big game for your team this week. Consequently, we will not
recommend who to start and sit with the top few players at each position in our weekly fantasy football start sit advice (given starts every week); however, we may occasionally recommend players ranked
15 - 25 overall due to some teams out there that will have multiple players at one position in this range but can only
start one. If we recommend such a player it does not mean we think they are not a stud, we are just trying to help those folks out there that may
be in such a situation. We also recommend players to bench, so our fantasy football start sit column is sometimes referred to as fantasy football start bench column. Additionally, we offer
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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice NFL Week 15
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - Despite a shredded offensive line, poorly suited offensive scheme, and rumors of a possible end of his career in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger has been delivering. Roethlisberger's fantasy numbers have been outstanding and have not been impacted by the weather. Cincinnati has given up some nice numbers to opposing passing attacks, so you should feel confident with Roethlisberger in Week 15.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Foles had an off week last week, as he posted very pedestrian fantasy numbers. Playing an epic blizzard had something to do with it, but some would point to his previous two weeks as being substandard. Let's face it, that's just greedy. But in fantasy, it seems the hunger for points can never fully be quenched. This week Foles gets to face a Vikings team that has all sorts of issues against the pass. Playing in the weather friendly conditions of the dome in Minnesota all but assures Foles of a nice fantasy start to help you continue on in your playoffs.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - Mathews has been posting some solid numbers in recent weeks. The last time he played Denver, it was a good fantasy start. The second time around shouldn't be much different. You can start Mathews this week in the Mile High City.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN - Johnson has been following a pattern of good Chris, bad Chris, good Chris, bad Chris . . . etc over the past 8 weeks. You guessed it! This week Johnson is scheduled for another "good Chris" week. The Cardinals have been a tougher defense against the run, but many of Johnson's best games have been in Nashville. He should be able to post another solid week.
Shane Vereen, RB, NE - Vereen is back and making a big impact. With Rob Gronkowski out of the offense, Vereen will get even more receptions. Start Vereen in non-PPR and REALY start him in PPR leagues.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA - Lynch struggled a little last week, but this week he should rebound. The 49ers are so tough against the run; you almost can't blame Lynch for a down performance. This week the Giants D will be given the task of slowing down Lynch.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL - Murray is getting hot just when you need him most. Coming off a big game last week, he should carry that momentum right into a very favorable match-up against Green Bay this week. The Green Bay rushing defense has officially run out of gas. They have been creeping up the charts in rush defense and are the #2 most favorable defense for a RB to face over the last 4 weeks. Start Murray without hesitation.
Starting Green Bay RB - Eddie Lacy is hampered by an ankle injury and most likely will be a game time decision. If he is unable to go, James Starks should be in line for the start. While the Green Bay RB situation has struggled this season, particularly once Aaron Rodgers became unavailable, the ground game should find some success this week against Dallas. The Cowboys are battered and bruised, and their wet tissue paper rushing defense is just not holding up. If in a pinch, we would toss the starting Green Bay RB in your fantasy line-up this week and play the odds.
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL - Jackson continues to get more healthy each week, and he is now running to prove he is worthy of being a feature back next season. Washington is in a tailspin right now, and the Falcons will use Jackson to break their will. With the Redskins sporting a league high 6 rushing TDs allowed over the last 4 weeks, Jackson's bruising frame should push those numbers even higher.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - The Falcons are no longer circling the drain. They are already at the waste treatment facility getting ready for a fresh start (2014 NFL Draft). Garcon is having a great season. He should find some success against the Falcons, even with the change at QB.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL - Smith had a horrible game last week and held to just one catch. This week the Lions are on tap, and the game won't be in the snow playing in the dome in Motown. Detroit's secondary has had issues all season, and the Ravens will look to exploit that this week. If you have Smith, get him in there.
Steve Smith, WR, CAR - The recipe for success when facing the Jets is pretty simple: beat them through the air. While the Jets are one of the best defenses against the run, they are one of the worst defenses against the pass. Smith finally found the endzone last week for the first time in seemingly forever, and he stands better than average odds of doing that again this week. Even if he doesn't get a TD, we still think Smith should be able to hold his own in your line-up given his circumstances.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN - Walker has been sidelined with a concussion, but he should be cleared to play this week. He has a great match-up against the Cardinals, who have really struggled against opposing TEs. Walker should deliver in Week 15.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Eli Manning, QB, NYG - Manning hasn't been playing all that well and now he is facing a Seattle team that is licking its wounds after a hurtful loss to the 49ers. The Seahawks will be ready to take advantage of Eli's occasional carelessness with the football. Manning is not one of your best choices to start in Week 15.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM - After flashing fantasy promise earlier in the season, Glennon is finally starting to show signs of being a rookie QB in the NFL. He has struggled in his past two games, and things don't get any better this week facing a very tough 49ers defense. Glennon should stay clear of any starting fantasy line-ups in Week 15.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX - Jones Drew has two issues this week. First, he is playing a tough Buffalo defense that stunts fantasy production in opposing RBs. Second, Jones-Drew is dealing with a hamstring injury. Even if Jones-Drew doesn't miss the game, you don't want to start him in Week 15.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - Even with Jonathan Stewart suffering a torn MCL last week and gone for the season, we would still not start Williams this week. We know there are many teams out there with questionable RB situations, but Williams is not your answer in Week 15. He still has to share carries with Mike Tolbert, and his QB is a constant threat to consume fantasy points on the ground that would have otherwise gone to a RB. On top of that, the Panthers face a very stingy and tough Jets defense. The Jets have been brutal against the run.
Michael Floyd, WR, ARI - Until last week, Floyd had been a bright spot on many fantasy rosters over the past few weeks. Unfortunately for those owners, this week should prove to be similar to last week. Playing on a gimpy ankle against a physical Tennessee secondary is not the kind of situation you are looking for when completing your starting fantasy line-up. Avoid Floyd in Week 15.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG - Nicks had a monster game last week with 135 receiving yards, but now that he has that out of his system, it should be business as usual for Nicks. That spells trouble in fantasy, as Nicks has been dreadful this season. We expect the Seahawks to introduce Nicks to a living hell on Sunday.
For an expanded list of players to help with weekly fantasy football start sit line-up decisions, be sure to check our our Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings, which are released every Thursday during the regular season.