Fantasy football advice, Week 15: Who to start/sit for Packers vs. Bills
Both of these teams could make the playoffs. One of them certainly looks likely to do so.
One way or another, the Green Bay Packers, sitting at 10-3, look like a safe bet to make the NFC playoffs. The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, are 7-6, one of 12 AFC teams with a winning record. They need every win possible to try to make it into the playoffs. Sunday, they play one another.
The Packers could be without running back Eddie Lacy for Sunday, as he deals with a hip problem. The Bills, meanwhile, look basically healthy for Sunday’s game, at least as far as fantasy is concerned.
The Bills will host Sunday’s game, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let’s look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start ‘em: Sometimes, a discussion isn’t really warranted. That’s the case with Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, who are obvious must-starts. … Randall Cobb is also still a must-start, though with his touchdown production tailing off, there could at least be a conversation about that. … Mason Crosby has been a great kicker of late; since one fantasy point in Week 3, he’s averaged 10.5 fantasy points per game.
Start ‘em?: Pay attention to the injury reports regarding Eddie Lacy heading into Sunday. If he plays, even against a good run defense, you probably need to use him, and if he doesn’t, James Starks starts to look very interesting. … The Packers’ defense has struggled in its last three, but the Buffalo offense is no great shakes, so in a pinch, it’s a usable defense.
Sit ‘em: He’s been getting more use lately, but Andrew Quarless is still outside starting consideration.
Start ‘em?: If you can find a pattern in Kyle Orton‘s production this year, let me know. Still, he has a fairly high ceiling. … Fred Jackson hasn’t had a big game since Week 5, and he hasn’t gone for more than 11 fantasy points in a game since Week 3. He’s a mid-range flex at best. … Sammy Watkins finally got back to 10 fantasy points in Week 14, but he had three or fewer points in each of the four games before that; he’s a flex option. … Dan Carpenter is on the fringe of starting territory among kickers.
Sit ‘em: Neither Anthony Dixon nor Bryce Brown is worth anything for fantasy right now. … With Watkins performing again, Robert Woods and Chris Hogan are back to impossible to use. … Scott Chandler has alternated zero- and eight-point games in his last four. That’s unpredictable, but with too low a floor. … The Bills’ defense is elite, but the Green Bay offense is something of a deal-breaker for fantasy defenses.
Start in every league: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Mason Crosby
Start if you’re desperate: Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Green Bay defense, Kyle Orton, Fred Jackson, Sammy Watkins, Dan Carpenter
Bench: Andrew Quarless, Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan, Scott Chandler, Buffalo defense