The playoff push continues around the NFL as teams look to seal a trip to play football in January. Meanwhile those same contests will look to deliver some big time fantasy performances for us all to take advantage of on FanDuel as the 2016 NFL regular season comes to an end.
One of the NFL games we are keeping our eyes on this weekend features the Cleveland Browns traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. While this looks to be an interesting contest on paper but it should provide some solid fantasy performances. Two of those players who we expect big time fantasy performances from are Tyrod Taylor and Le’Sean McCoy.
Taylor will look to take advantage of a Browns defense that has struggled at times against opposing quarterbacks this season. Entering week 15 the Browns defense has allowed 3,400 yards passing to go with 30 touchdown passes to just eight interceptions.
Meanwhile McCoy gets a shot at the same Browns defense that has allowed 1,677 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns. McCoy enters this weekend scoring at least 19 fantasy points in three straight games while topping the 22 point mark in two of those games.
Starting Quarterback – Matt Ryan & Tyrod Taylor
This weekend the list of top options at the quarterback position is filled with some great choices. For us we like Taylor as our fantasy sleeper pick after a disappointing performance last week while we like Ryan as our top option under center. On the year Ryan has seven fantasy performances of at least 20 fantasy points leading up to his showdown with the San Francisco 49ers. Entering this weekend the 49ers have allowed 3,321 yards and 26 touchdown passes.
Quarterback Fantasy Bargain: Colin Kaepernick
Quarterback Fantasy Sleeper: Alex Smith
Starting Running Backs – LeSean McCoy & Le’Veon Bell
While McCoy gets a shot at a very bad Browns defense, Bell will look to put together another big time fantasy performance like last weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back has topped the 19 fantasy point mark in five straight games including putting together performances of 29.9, 30.1 and 49.8 over that stretch. Meanwhile Isaiah Crowell or Duke Johnson could be a nice fantasy sleeper against the same Bills team that allowed those 49.8 fantasy points to Bell just last weekend. Another option we like is to go with a trio of bargains at wide receiver to allow us to stack Bell or McCoy with David Johnson.
Running Back Bargain: Terrance West
Running Back Fantasy Sleeper: Duke Johnson Jr
Starting Wide Receiver – Taylor Gabriel, Tyreek Hill & Jordy Nelson
Now the wide receiver position is one of those slots where you will want to build around your FanDuel quarterback. In Atlanta not only does Ryan look like a great candidate, Gabriel looks to be his main target in week 15 with Julio Jones expected to miss the contest. Hill on the other hand is a threat to take any pass, run or return back for a touchdown. Then there is Nelson who continues to see fantasy production as Aaron Rodgers continues his current hot streak.
Wide Receiver Fantasy Bargain: Robert Woods & Steve Smith Jr
Wide Receiver Fantasy Sleeper: Paul Turner
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Starting Tight End – Ladarius Green
The Steelers tight end might be one of the best bounce back FanDuel candidates in week 15 after a less than stellar performance. Much of those struggles could be put on the weather as the Steelers turned to the ground game early limiting Green’s production. This week he gets a shot at a Cincinnati Bengals team allowing the fourth move fantasy points to the position.
Tight End Fantasy Sleeper: Garrett Celek
Starting Kicker – Dan Bailey
Week 15 won’t deliver us any crazy ideas at the kicker position as we continue to stick with kickers playing inside. This weekend that kicker will be Bailey who will look to help his Cowboys lock up the top spot in the NFC with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On the year Bailey has posted at least eight fantasy points in all but one game at AT&T stadium.
Other Kickers to consider include: Justin Tucker & Nick Novak
Defense – Atlanta Falcons
When we looked at the defensive slot we tossed around the Falcons, Bills and Green Bay Packers based on their upcoming matchup. For the Falcons they get a shot a 49ers team that ranks 4th in fewest offensive yards per game and seventh in points per game. Meanwhile the Bills get a shot a Browns team ranks second in fewest points allowed per game. Then you have the Packers defense that forced five interceptions last weekend.
Other Defenses to consider include: Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers & Houston Texans