Week 15 Picks, Ranks, Injuries, Player Notes
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Week 15 Rankings
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Week 15 Injury Report
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LV/CLE Postponed Until MONDAY
PHI/WAS Postponed Until TUESDAY
SEA/LAR Postponed Until TUESDAY
Austin Ekeler (Ankle) Likely IN
Michael Carter (ankle) Likely IN Week 15
Damien Harris (Hamstring) OUT
Leonard Fournette (Ankle) Likely IN
Aaron Jones (Knee) Likely IN
Alex Collins (COVID LIST) Likely OUT
Saquon Barkley (ankle) Likely IN
Alexander Mattison (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Chase Edmonds (Ankle) Likely IN
Darrell Henderson (COVID LIST) Likely IN
James Conner (Foot) Likely IN
Kareem Hunt (Ankle) OUT
Rex Burkhead (Groin) Likely OUT
Tevin Coleman (Concussion) Likely IN
Adrian Peterson (Back) QUESTIONABLE
Travis Homer (Calf) QUESTIONABLE
David Johnson (COVID LIST) Likely IN
Javonte Williams (leg) Likely IN
Jamaal Williams (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Carlos Hyde (concussion) OUT
Elijah Mitchell (Head/Knee) Likely OUT
Mark Ingram (COVID LIST) Likely IN
D’Andre Swift (shoulder) Likely OUT
Mike Boone (COVID LIST) Likely IN
JD McKissic (Head) QUESTIONABLE
Tony Pollard (Foot) Likely IN
Gio Bernard (Knee) OUT For Regular Season
Miles Sanders (Ankle) Likely IN
Jordan Howard (knee) Likely IN
Phillip Lindsay (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Myles Gaskin (COVID LIST) Likely IN
Salvon Ahmed (COVID LIST) Likely IN
Tyler Lockett (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Freddie Swain (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
D'Wayne Eskridge (foot) QUESTIONABLE
Jaylen Waddle (COVID LIST) Likely OUT
Allen Robinson (COVID LIST) Likely OUT
DeAndre Hopkins (Knee) Likely OUT FOR SEASON
Jarvis Landry (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Odell Beckham (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Quez Watkins (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Dez Fitzpatrick (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
D.J. Moore (Hamstring) Likely IN
Terry McLaurin (concussion) QUESTIONABLE
Emmanuel Sanders (Knee) Likely OUT
Kadarius Toney (quad/COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Marquise Goodwin (foot) QUESTIONABLE
Adam Thielen (Ankle) Likely OUT 1-3 Weeks
Anthony Schwartz (concussion) OUT
Elijah Moore (Quad) ON IR
Randall Cobb (Core) ON IR
AJ Brown (Chest) ON IR
Antonio Brown (FAKE VAX) OUT til Dec 26
Deonte Harris (DUI) OUT two more Games
Will Fuller (finger) ON IR
Bake Mayfield (COVID LIST) Likely OUT
Josh Allen (Toe) IN
Taylor Heinicke (Knee/COVID LIST) Likely OUT
Lamar Jackson (Ankle) Likely OUT
Jalen Hurts (Ankle) QUESTIONABLE
Daniel Jones (Neck) OUT
David Njoku (COVID LIST) Likely IN
Austin Hooper (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
Harrison Bryant (ANKLE) QUESTIONABLE
David Njoku (COVID LIST) QUESTIONABLE
T.J. Hockenson (hand) OUT FOR SEASON
Darren Waller (Knee) OUT
GALAXY BRAIN: Tony Pollard ($5,800 at NYG)
And you thought a buying window on Pollard was shut. Not so fast! Zeke is the second highest priced back on the main slate and while that may seem crazy, keep in mind that this is a shallower player pool than most weeks than to Saturday’s action and that Pollard obviously sat last week. Oh, and he’s the only active RB priced $6,500 or better that has a pretty green OPRK rank next to his name. So while he is pricy, I expect him to still draw at least some interest and that naturally takes people off of Pollard. As does Dak Prescott being in a good spot where so many of the top options at the QB position are banged up (you’d be surprised how impactful that Q can be next to their name when it comes to projecting popularity). Hell, even for those that are off other pieces in this offense … are they going to land on Pollard? After Corey Clement got 13 carries last week and offers another mouth to if not feed, at least worry about? In a price range that includes “LAR starting RB” in a good spot and AJ Dillon, who is defacto Pollard but with a role that seems to be trending toward the lead in Green Bay? My thinking is no, but that’s not the main reason I’m on him: it’s simply a benefit.
First of all: Zeke isn’t the pounder people want him to be. He has 9 red zone carries over his past 7 games which sounds find until you realize that 6 of them came against the Falcons in Week 10. In the other six games: 3 red zone carries. That doesn’t scream to me a team that is comfortable with their red zone package, thus leaving the door open for Pollard. But that’s not the main reason I’m on him: it’s simply a benefit.
Dallas is the 7th run heaviest first quarter offense in the NFL and as massive favorites, figure to walk into a positive game script sooner than later. But that’s not the main reason I’m on him: it’s simply a benefit.
How about this? The Giants are the 2nd worst per carry defense when opposing RBs run right, allowing 32.2% more YPC in those situations than the average team. Not that they are great when opponents go left (9th worst, 7.2% worse than league average), but the right side has proven to be especially troublesome. And guess what? Pollard is a print fest when running right. And Zeke … well, he’s not.
Pollard to the right: 6.2 yards per carry (43 carries for 266 yards)
Zeke to the right: 3.4 yards per carry (55 carries for 185 yards)
I like him for all formats. That includes this cant-imagine-it-gets-duplicated-fade-the public-perception GPP build that sounds good. Here on a Tuesday at least.
Week 15 Player Profiles
Since Week 6, the Broncos rank 6th in pressure rate when NOT blitzing: they can get after it without having to commit additional resources.
This season, Joe Burrow ranks 4th in fantasy points per pass attempt when not pressured, but falls to 12th when feeling the heat. And by the way, don’t box score chase with him. He was QB26 in Weeks 9-13 and got over 65% of his points last week in the fourth quarter. Those points still count, but realistically, he’s been held in check for 19 of the past 20 quarters and Denver is a top-10 deep ball defense in completion percentage, yards per attempt as well as yards per completion.
Darnell Mooney could be a playoff week winner in season long leagues. Since returning from their Week 7 bye, the Vikes have given up over 20 PPR points to four different WR1’s and is there really any question that Mooney Tunes is that in Chicago? He obviously carries risk, but considering Minnesota is bottom 5 in deep yards per attempt and deep TD rate, not to mention the worst defense against the slot on a per pass basis … there’s more upside than downside in this spot that could determine your playoff matchup!
WEEK 15 SPREAD PICKS
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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Oh, Prize Picks is giving away FREE MONEY on their site for TNF too. Just use Code “MMN” if you’re a new player and take advantage of the FREE MONEY.
Here are my customized projections for TNF at RB + WR. I was surprised there wasn’t a bigger gap between Hill and Allen.