Fantasy Football: Week 15 Recap and Week 16 Preview

Graphic by Melanie Egan

By Jacob Denninger

Sports Columnist

Does anyone else get mad when they go 11-2 in the fantasy regular season and then lose in the first round of the playoffs because Le’Veon Bell gets 47 points in week 14? I sure do.

Week 15 Stars

-QBs: Drew Brees (NO): 29 Pts, 389 Yds, 4 TDs, 1 Int.

-RBs: Devonta Freeman (ATL): 30 Pts, 20 Rushes, 139 Yds, 3 TDs, 2 Rec, 16 Rec Yds, 1 Fum; LeSean McCoy (BUF): 28 Pts, 19 Rushes, 153 Yds, 2 TDs, 3 Rec, 16 Rec Yds.

-WRs: Brandin Cooks (NO): 30 Pts, 7 Rec, 186 Yds, 2 TDs; Ty Montgomery (GB): 28 Pts, 16 Rec, 162 Yds, 2 TDs.

-TEs: Dion Sims (MIA): 15 Pts, 4 Rec, 31 Yds, 2 TDs.

-D/STs: Dolphins D/ST (MIA): 21 Pts, 13 PA, 3 Sacks, 3 Int, 1 FR, 1 TD.

-Ks: Chris Boswell (PIT): 6/6 FGs, 0/0 XPs.

Week 15 Busts

-Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN: Eifert had just 1 catch for 9 yards and no fantasy points in week 15.

-Jordan Reed, TE, WSH: Reed scored no fantasy points in week 15 because he had only one catch for 6 yards before being ejected for throwing a punch.

-Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ: Marshall saw 11 targets last week, but only pulled in 1 catch for 16 yards and 1 fantasy point.

-Amari Cooper, WR, OAK: Cooper has just 1 catch for 28 yards, resulting in just 2 fantasy points last week.

-Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR: Benjamin had a nagging back injury last week and only got 2 fantasy points on 2 receptions for 20 yards.

-Matt Forte, RB, NYJ: Forte had just 2 fantasy points on 4 rushes for 21 yards as Bilal Powell dominated the backfield for the Jets last week.

-Todd Gurley, RB, LA: Gurley, a disappointment all season, had only 38 yards on 14 rushes for 3 fantasy points.

-Vikings D/ST, D/ST, MIN: The Vikings defense, stars of the early season, posted their second game with negative points this season. They had no sacks, interceptions, fumble recoveries, or touchdowns while allowing 34 points. The result was -4 fantasy points.

Week 16 Injury Concerns

-Lamar Miller, HOU, RB: Miller injured his ankle in the fourth quarter last week. He downplayed the injury as a “tweak,” but he did not practice Wednesday and remains questionable.

Week 16 Pickups

-Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF: Taylor, who is owned in under 65% of ESPN Leagues, has a good matchup at home against Miami this week.

-Blake Bortles, QB, JAX: Bortles is owned in under 55% of ESPN leagues and has a great matchup at home against Tennessee. Do you trust him after his performance in the last three games?

-Kenny Britt, WR, LA: Britt is the 17th best wide receiver in fantasy this year, but is owned in under 65% of ESPN leagues. With a great matchup at home against San Francisco, you should definitely pick up Britt if he is not owned in your league.

-Hunter Henry, TE, SD: Henry hasn’t been very good since weeks 4-6 when he scored over 10 points in 3 straight games, but he has been more consistent lately. He’s also available (owned in under 35% of ESPN leagues) and if you’re desperate for a tight end, it doesn’t hurt to get the guy playing Cleveland.

-Chargers D/ST, D/ST, SD: The Chargers are actually the 12th best defense this year and they’re playing Cleveland this week. If you need a defense, this one is probably available (under 60% ESPN ownership).

-Ks: Sebastian Janikowski, Caleb Sturgis, and Dustin Hopkins are all available, have good matchups, and are ranked 6th or better among fantasy kickers this season. All of these guys should be owned, but they’re not. Be the one in your leagues to change that.