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Week 15: Crucial Semifinal Battles - 15 comments

By R.J. White

If you’re still playing for something more than pride in your fantasy league, chances are you’ve reached the semifinals. Congrats! You’ve probably outlasted at least two-thirds of your league en route to this point, which means there are a lot of jealous owners bitterly cursing you for being in the Final Four. While I’d wager that you in no way need help in setting your lineup at this point, we’re not going to abandon you at this point. Take a look at our suggestions below, and feel free to post specific queries in the comments section.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentScore
1Drew BreesNOat MIN100
2Tom BradyNEat DEN94
3Aaron RodgersGBat KC92
4Tony RomoDALat TB85
5Matthew StaffordDETat OAK79
6Cam NewtonCARat HOU78
7Matt RyanATLvs. JAC77
8Tim TebowDENvs. NE76
9Eli ManningNYGvs. WAS75
10Michael VickPHIvs. NYJ67
11Mark SanchezNYJat PHI64
12Philip RiversSDvs. BAL60
13Jake LockerTENat IND58
14Carson PalmerOAKvs. DET55
15Rex GrossmanWASat NYG55
16T.J. YatesHOUvs. CAR54
17Christian PonderMINvs. NO54
18Joe FlaccoBALat SD46
19Josh FreemanTBvs. DAL46
20Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. MIA46
21Andy DaltonCINat STL45
22Matt MooreMIAat BUF45
23Tarvaris JacksonSEAat CHI43
24Alex SmithSFvs. PIT42
25Ben RoethlisbergerPITat SF41
26Kyle OrtonKCvs. GB35
27Matt HasselbeckTENat IND34
28Dan OrlovskyINDvs. TEN31
29Seneca WallaceCLEat ARI28
30Blaine GabbertJACat ATL28
31Ricky StanziKCvs. GB27
32Caleb HanieCHIvs. SEA25
33Charlie BatchPITat SF25
34Colt McCoyCLEat ARI24
35Kevin KolbARIvs. CLE21

Start: Tim Tebow. He’s starting to learn how to beat teams the conventional way (with his arm), and the Patriots haven’t really done much against the pass this season.

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger. It’s too much of a risk for you to take a zero on Monday night. If your other options are truly pitiful, I can see picking up Batch and starting one on Monday night. I’m probably grabbing Locker or Yates on my Big Ben team (my other backup is the dinged up Matt Moore).

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentScore
1Arian FosterHOUvs. CAR100
2Maurice Jones-DrewJACat ATL91
3Ray RiceBALat SD90
4LeSean McCoyPHIvs. NYJ90
5Chris JohnsonTENat IND84
6Adrian PetersonMINvs. NO83
7Reggie BushMIAat BUF82
8Michael BushOAKvs. DET81
9Marshawn LynchSEAat CHI79
10Shonn GreeneNYJat PHI79
11Roy HeluWASat NYG79
12Felix JonesDALat TB72
13Beanie WellsARIvs. CLE68
14Cedric BensonCINat STL68
15Ryan MathewsSDvs. BAL67
16Ahmad BradshawNYGvs. WAS67
17Darren SprolesNOat MIN61
18Kevin SmithDETat OAK61
19Michael TurnerATLvs. JAC59
20Marion BarberCHIvs. SEA58
21Steven JacksonSTLvs. CIN57
22Ryan GrantGBat KC57
23Willis McGaheeDENvs. NE56
24Ben TateHOUvs. CAR56
25Brandon JacobsNYGvs. WAS55
26Rashard MendenhallPITat SF53
27Frank GoreSFvs. PIT52
28LeGarrette BlountTBvs. DAL52
29LaDainian TomlinsonNYJat PHI51
30C.J. SpillerBUFvs. MIA50
31Jonathan StewartCARat HOU50
32Donald BrownINDvs. TEN47
33DeAngelo WilliamsCARat HOU46
34BenJarvus Green-EllisNEat DEN45
35Pierre ThomasNOat MIN45
36James StarksGBat KC45
37Maurice MorrisDETat OAK45
38Dexter McClusterKCvs. GB40
39Mike TolbertSDvs. BAL39
40Peyton HillisCLEat ARI38
41Daniel ThomasMIAat BUF38
42Chris IvoryNOat MIN37
43John KuhnGBat KC37
44Evan RoysterWASat NYG35
45Khalil BellCHIvs. SEA34
46Kendall HunterSFvs. PIT32
47Montario HardestyCLEat ARI30
48Mark IngramNOat MIN29
49Lance BallDENvs. NE28
50Jackie BattleKCvs. GB28

Start: Roy Helu. He’s been excellent since ascending to the starting role, and as long as Mike Shenanihan doesn’t suddenly become enamored with Evan Royster (and don’t count that out), Helu should post another big number.

Sit: Frank Gore. He’s been playing at less than 100 percent, severely limiting his fantasy upside over the past month-plus. He draws a tough matchup with Pittsburgh this week, so look elsewhere.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentScore
1Calvin JohnsonDETat OAK92
2Roddy WhiteATLvs. JAC90
3Percy HarvinMINvs. NO90
4Jordy NelsonGBat KC88
5Wes WelkerNEat DEN88
6Marques ColstonNOat MIN87
7Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. CLE86
8Hakeem NicksNYGvs. WAS85
9Victor CruzNYGvs. WAS81
10A.J. GreenCINat STL77
11Dez BryantDALat TB75
12Mike WallacePITat SF73
13Miles AustinDALat TB71
14Julio JonesATLvs. JAC70
15Antonio BrownPITat SF69
16Steve JohnsonBUFvs. MIA67
17Vincent JacksonSDvs. BAL64
18Laurent RobinsonDALat TB63
19Damian WilliamsTENat IND63
20Steve SmithCARat HOU61
21Santana MossWASat NYG61
22Brandon LloydSTLvs. CIN60
23Demaryius ThomasDENvs. NE60
24Brandon MarshallMIAat BUF59
25Lance MooreNOat MIN59
26Nate WashingtonTENat IND59
27Dwayne BoweKCvs. GB58
28Michael CrabtreeSFvs. PIT57
29Pierre GarconINDvs. TEN57
30Mike WilliamsTBvs. DAL57
31Santonio HolmesNYJat PHI56
32Nate BurlesonDETat OAK56
33Torrey SmithBALat SD54
34Greg LittleCLEat ARI54
35Jabar GaffneyWASat NYG53
36Malcom FloydSDvs. BAL52
37James JonesGBat KC52
38Doug BaldwinSEAat CHI51
39Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. NYJ50
40Darrius Heyward-BayOAKvs. DET50
41Steve BreastonKCvs. GB50
42Reggie WayneINDvs. TEN49
43Donald DriverGBat KC48
44Titus YoungDETat OAK48
45Eric DeckerDENvs. NE48
46Anquan BoldinBALat SD46
47Jerome SimpsonCINat STL45
48Mario ManninghamNYGvs. WAS43
49Johnny KnoxCHIvs. SEA43
50DeSean JacksonPHIvs. NYJ42
51Andre RobertsARIvs. CLE42
52Plaxico BurressNYJat PHI40
53Golden TateSEAat CHI39
54Brad SmithBUFvs. MIA39
55Robert MeachemNOat MIN39
56Early DoucetARIvs. CLE38
57Kevin WalterHOUvs. CAR38
58Devin AromashoduMINvs. NO38
59Deion BranchNEat DEN36
60David NelsonBUFvs. MIA35
61Jacoby JonesHOUvs. CAR34
62Denarius MooreOAKvs. DET34
63Danario AlexanderSTLvs. CIN32
64Devin HesterCHIvs. SEA31
65Andre JohnsonHOUvs. CAR30
66Kyle WilliamsSFvs. PIT29
67Harry DouglasATLvs. JAC29
68Roy WilliamsCHIvs. SEA27
69Legedu NaaneeCARat HOU25
70Austin CollieINDvs. TEN25

Start: Demaryius Thomas. The popular waiver wire pickup has been developing a connection with the maturing Tebow, and he gets a great matchup to exploit. Double digit fantasy points seems certain.

Sit: Anquan Boldin. He hasn’t been asked to do much as the Ravens have stuck to the run in recent weeks, and his week-to-week production is far from guaranteed as a result.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentScore
1Rob GronkowskiNEat DEN100
2Tony GonzalezATLvs. JAC93
3Jimmy GrahamNOat MIN91
4Antonio GatesSDvs. BAL89
5Jermichael FinleyGBat KC72
6Jason WittenDALat TB59
7Kellen WinslowTBvs. DAL58
8Brandon PettigrewDETat OAK55
9Jake BallardNYGvs. WAS55
10Brent CelekPHIvs. NYJ53
11Dustin KellerNYJat PHI51
12Anthony FasanoMIAat BUF51
13Owen DanielsHOUvs. CAR48
14Dallas ClarkINDvs. TEN47
15Aaron HernandezNEat DEN46
16Vernon DavisSFvs. PIT45
17Ed DicksonBALat SD44
18Greg OlsenCARat HOU43
19Kevin BossOAKvs. DET43
20Jermaine GreshamCINat STL41
21Marcedes LewisJACat ATL41
22Todd HeapARIvs. CLE40
23Visanthe ShiancoeMINvs. NO39
24Jacob TammeINDvs. TEN35
25Logan PaulsenWASat NYG34
26Joel DreessenHOUvs. CAR32
27Evan MooreCLEat ARI31
28Tony SchefflerDETat OAK31
29Jared CookTENat IND29
30Dennis PittaBALat SD28

Start: Anthony Fasano. He’s started to emerge as a low-end TE1 over the last couple weeks, and he has a good matchup in place against the Bills. If you’re desperate, grab Fasano.

Sit: Greg Olsen. He was a TE1 early in the season, but Olsen’s been fairly quiet in the second half. With the playoffs on the line, I just don’t trust him, especially against a good defense.

RankKickersTeamOpponentScore
1David AkersSFvs. PIT59
2Sebastian JanikowskiOAKvs. DET53
3Dan BaileyDALat TB52
4John KasayNOat MIN51
5Stephen GostkowskiNEat DEN50
6Mason CrosbyGBat KC49
7Steven HauschkaSEAat CHI49
8Rob BironasTENat IND49
9Matt PraterDENvs. NE47
10Neil RackersHOUvs. CAR45
11Graham GanoWASat NYG45
12Robbie GouldCHIvs. SEA44
13Lawrence TynesNYGvs. WAS42
14Mike NugentCINat STL41
15Connor BarthTBvs. DAL41
16Dan CarpenterMIAat BUF40
17Nick NovakSDvs. BAL40
18Phil DawsonCLEat ARI38
19Matt BryantATLvs. JAC38
20Billy CundiffBALat SD36
21Olindo MareCARat HOU36
22Josh BrownSTLvs. CIN35
23Jason HansonDETat OAK33
24Alex HeneryPHIvs. NYJ33
25Ryan SuccopKCvs. GB30
26Nick FolkNYJat PHI30
27Shaun SuishamPITat SF30
28Jay FeelyARIvs. CLE28
29Dave RaynerBUFvs. MIA28
30Josh ScobeeJACat ATL28
31Ryan LongwellMINvs. NO28
32Adam VinatieriINDvs. TEN27

Start: Matt Prater. He showed last week he has length at home, and Denver figures to put a lot of points on the scoreboard against the Patriots.

Sit: Alex Henery. The rookie kicker has suffered as much as anyone because of the under-performing Eagles offense. Leave him on the wire.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentScore
1Baltimore RavensBALat SD76
2Chicago BearsCHIvs. SEA72
3Cincinnati BengalsCINat STL70
4Green Bay PackersGBat KC69
5Seattle SeahawksSEAat CHI67
6Detroit LionsDETat OAK66
7New York GiantsNYGvs. WAS61
8Tennessee TitansTENat IND60
9New Orleans SaintsNOat MIN59
10San Francisco 49ersSFvs. PIT59
11Philadelphia EaglesPHIvs. NYJ58
12New York JetsNYJat PHI58
13Cleveland BrownsCLEat ARI56
14Dallas CowboysDALat TB55
15Houston TexansHOUvs. CAR55
16Buffalo BillsBUFvs. MIA50
17Oakland RaidersOAKvs. DET48
18Arizona CardinalsARIvs. CLE47
19New England PatriotsNEat DEN47
20Pittsburgh SteelersPITat SF42
21Jacksonville JaguarsJACat ATL40
22Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. DAL37
23Atlanta FalconsATLvs. JAC35
24San Diego ChargersSDvs. BAL35
25Miami DolphinsMIAat BUF34
26Denver BroncosDENvs. NE34
27Washington RedskinsWASat NYG33
28Kansas City ChiefsKCvs. GB30
29St. Louis RamsSTLvs. CIN28
30Carolina PanthersCARat HOU24
31Minnesota VikingsMINvs. NO23
32Indianapolis ColtsINDvs. TEN19

Start: Seattle Seahawks. Coming off a good matchup against a bad Rams offense, the Seahawks now get to take their shots at Caleb Hanie and Marion Barber.

Sit: Denver Broncos. They’ve played very well since Tebow entered the lineup, but the Broncos D has the tough task of slowing down Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski this week. Pass.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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15 Responses to “Week 15: Crucial Semifinal Battles”

  1. mattk89 says:

    Stafford is ranked higher then Tebow but you say start Tebow, what should I do?

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    Start Stafford. We wouldn’t list the top guy at each position as the writeup for “Start”, since that would get pretty boring. The rankings indicate Tebow is a QB1 this week, but Stafford is obviously considered a better play. They grade out pretty close, so it’s probably like 60/40 that Stafford has the better game.

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  3. User avatar Ted Spencer says:

    Hi RJ … got Arizona and Tennessee DST’S … see that you like Tenn better … can you give me your take please? I like the ‘zona defense at home … the Browns ineptitude – especailly on the road … and Patrick Peterson running back kicks! What are you seeing that makes Tenn a better play? (you always see stuff I don’t!) thanks!

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  4. User avatar Ted Spencer says:

    Also … got Nelson, Nicks and Fitz in a 1 pt ppr … need two – who do you like? Does it depend on risk … Nelson would be the “swing for the fences” … or with Jennings out do you see Nelson getting more than his customary 4-6 targets?

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  5. User avatar Phantasman says:

    So, I’ve got crazy projected points this week, but historically when that happens – my team underperforms. I’m going up against the guy with the best recrord in the league. Here are the positions I would appreciate advice on (I’ve put asterics by the players that I’m leaning towards):

    WR’s (Need 2):

    Laurent Robinson *
    Miles Austin *
    Dwayne Bowe
    Pierre Garcon
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Johnny Knox

    Flex (Need 1)

    Michael Bush *
    Cedric Benson
    Toby Gerhart

    Team Defense:

    I dropped Seattle for NY Giants. However, Houston is available on the waiver wire (and, they have a great matchup next week..but that’s not the driver for the pickup..the matchup against Carolina is)

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  6. User avatar Phantasman says:

    Clarification: I do have Dwayne Bowe as my W/T Flex guy.

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  7. Inkjunie4u says:

    Im totally conflicted this week. Last week being my bye week my team did awesome, and thats throwing me off. Who do i play i have MJD, Michael Turner, and Reggie Bush. Turner needs a big game, but Bush is fighting for his first 1K season with a new coach this week.
    Then my weakest slot i have Eric Decker, Donald Driver, and an option to pick up Demaryius Thomas. Decker is due, Thomas has been getting the passes latley though. Then you have Driver which gets good points when the packers kill the other team and im expecting them to do so this week agains KC, not to mention Jennings is out until the playoffs.

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. fredizzle99 says:

    QB – Cam Newton vs. tough HOU D? Or Grossman vs. Easy NYG?
    RB – MJD against tough ATL D? Or Blount vs. Dallas?
    WR – Santana Moss vs. NYG? Or Demarius Thomas vs. NE?
    TE – Keller, Lewis, or Dreessen?
    Flex- MJD, Blount, Thomas, or Moss?
    DST – GB, SEA, or AZ?

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  9. Inkjunie4u says:

    CAM, MJD, Thomas, Keller, Blount, SEA.

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  10. Any suggestions??

    RB – Ryan Matthews or Ryan Grant (need 1)
    WR – Desean Jackson, Mike Williams (TB), Santana Moss, Mike Wallace, Boldin (need 2)
    W/R – one of the above

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  11. Plunger says:

    Who would you start in flex position, Mendenhall, Manningham, or Nate Washington? Semifinalist and hopefully Super Bowl bound.

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  12. rdj3385 says:

    Garcon, Gafney or Jacobs in the flex? The list says Garcon, and I am inclined to go with it, but damn I need the money! I feel like Jacobs will need to find the endzone to put up anything decent, but its still just as hard to go with Garcon with his huge ups and downs. I only throw Gafney in there in case someone has some great insight tending towards a big game for him. HELP!

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  13. TitsMcGahee says:

    Packers defense @ Kansas City, or Ravens Defense @ San Diego ??
    Orton is coming off the couch, and San Diego is surging. I am leaning Packers, what do you guys think?

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  14. uofiowaguy says:

    I have Roy Helu and Adrian Peterson who should I start?

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  15. uofiowaguy says:

    Anyone out there please help

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