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Week 15 is upon us in the NFL, and we give you our weekly fantasy football start or sit advice.
Quarterback - Matthew Stafford, quarterback - The Lions head to New Orleans this week, in a game that features the Saints' 30th ranked pass defense trying to slow down Detroit's 10th ranked pass offense. The fact that this game is in New Orleans and not Detroit does cause a moment of hesitation, but Stafford should be able to put up a big day against the Saints.
Running back - Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers - It has been a rough rookie campaign for the Chargers' 15th overall draft choice, but he gets to tee off against a team that does not put the defense in "rush defense." The Miami Dolphins are allowing 131.5 yards on the ground per game this season, and Gordon, despite having not yet reached the 100 yards mark in a game should be able to put up some big numbers against Miami.
Wide receiver - Ted Ginn, Jr., Carolina Panthers - All Ginn does is catch touchdowns. Literally. That's all he does. He has two receptions last week for 120 yards - and two touchdowns. It is absolutely feast or famine with Ginn, and lately, it has been a lot of feast. Against the Giants this week, and with Carolina looking to continue their undefeated streak, Ginn should be able to put points up on the board for the Panthers and your fantasy team.
Tight end - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers - The Dolphins cannot stop the run and cannot guard tight ends. Gates is really quarterback Philip Rivers' only option in the passing game, and he should see plenty of targets. Gates will absolutely cause problems for Miami, and that should result in big points for you.
Quarterback - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans - Bill Belichick gets to scheme up all kinds of weird things to throw at a rookie quarterback this week, and it probably will not go well for Mariota. The Patriots, for all the focus on Tom Brady and the offense, actually have a pretty good defense, including the seventh ranked pass defense this season. Mariota is in for a long day against New England.
Running back - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants - Jennings benefitted from facing the Dolphins last week. Do not expect the same kind of results this week against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants list Jennings as their starter, but give plenty of opportunities to Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa. That will hurt Jennings' this week as the Panthers should continue to be stout against the run as they have all season.
Wide receiver - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts - Hilton misses Andrew Luck, with Matt Hasselbeck doing an okay job in getting the Colts' wide out the ball. This week, however, the Colts will likely see Johnathan Joseph on Hilton all game, and Joseph is among the league's elite cornerbacks. That does not bode well for Hilton.
Tight end - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings - The Bears have been really tough on tight ends all season, save for last week's performance against Jordan Reed. The will be looking to bounce back this week, shutting down one of the Minnesota Vikings' top offensive weapons. Rudolph has had a couple of good weeks as of late, but that could end this week against the Bears.