Fantasy football advice, Week 15: Who to start/sit for Raiders vs. Chiefs
Can the Chiefs get revenge and turn their recent poor fortune around?
Three weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs in what had to be one of the season’s biggest upsets, giving the Raiders their first win of the year. That kicked off a three-game losing streak for the Chiefs, while the Raiders have won two of three. Still, the Chiefs are the only one of these two teams who come into their Week 15 rematch with anything to play for.
The Raiders come into Sunday basically healthy from a fantasy perspective. The Chiefs do, too, with one glaring exception — running back Jamaal Charles missed multiple practices this week with knee and ankle issues. Coach Andy Reid, though, has spoken confidently on Charles’ chances of playing Sunday.
Oakland will travel to Kansas City for Sunday’s game, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let’s look at the fantasy considerations:
Start ‘em?: It looks like Latavius Murray is settling in as Oakland’s top running back. He’s not a sure thing, but he wouldn’t be a bad choice as a flex play, and he’s even more interesting in dynasty formats.
Sit ‘em: He had a big Week 14, but before that, Derek Carr has a long stretch of awful games, and now goes against a very good Kansas City pass defense. He isn’t close to fantasy-usable. … Murray’s rise really renders Darren McFadden useless for fantasy. … James Jones, Andre Holmes and Mychal Rivera are far too up-and-down to use in fantasy unless you literally have no other option. … Sebastian Janikowski has put up six or more fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. In the other, though, he had zero, and that’s always on the table with him, more than with most kickers. … The Raiders’ defense is coming off its only good game of the year; would you be willing to bet on another?
Start ‘em: You have to assume Jamaal Charles will play Sunday, and if he does, he’s in your lineup. … The Chiefs’ defense is better than it’s played of late, and Oakland tends to be a generous offense.
Start ‘em?: If the worst happens, and Charles is out Sunday, Knile Davis becomes a great option. Hope you have Charles handcuffed. … Travis Kelce has his best game in five weeks in Week 14, and looks even better if Charles misses, but he also has one-point downside.
Sit ‘em: The best fantasy game of the season for Alex Smith was 21 fantasy points, all the way back in Week 4; over the season, he’s barely averaging 15 a game. … Dwayne Bowe has done absolutely nothing. … Cairo Santos has been in the bottom tier of kickers all year.
Start in every league: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City defense
Start if you’re desperate: Latavius Murray, Knile Davis, Travis Kelce
Bench: Derek Carr, Darren McFadden, James Jones, Andre Holmes, Mychal Rivera, Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland defense, Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Cairo Santos