Week 15 Fantasy Busts: Rhamondre Stevenson, Miles Sanders among risky players on the start-or-sit bubble

The goodbye weeks are over, so while having all active players at the table by week 15 is a good thing, there will be riskier traps to fall into. On the other hand, you should have enough options to avoid risky players on our Week 15 fantasy busts list, assuming you’re not decimated by COVID and injuries. We will set limit options to start, sit, like Rhamondre Stevenson and Miles Sanders, who have not been weekly studs and are in tough matchups, as well as Carson Wentz and Marquise Brown, who have recently calmed down. weeks.

As always, even perennial stars can flop in favorable matchups, but it’s hard to call superstars “flops” unless they’re less than 100 percent, really trending down, or having a particularly brutal showdown. Most of the time we stick to naming those in the start or sit bubble, not the ones who are just going to have a good but not great week or those who are in more than 90 percent of the exemption leads. . Sometimes you’re not deep enough to bench these players (or you may totally disagree with our assessments), but at least you will know who is at risk this week. There is nothing worse than being caught off guard by a failed fantasy.

Last week, we nailed it with Jets RBs Courtland Sutton, Derek Carr, Tyler Conklin, Noah Fant and the Panthers and Ravens defenders. Of course, we got a few guys wrong, like Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, and Jimmy Garoppolo, but we were more right than wrong at the end of the week, so hopefully we’ll start a hot streak while jumping into the fantasy playoffs. .

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 15 Fantasy Busts: Runners

Washington has one of the worst secondaries in the league, but quietly the front seven has been strong and their defense ranks 12th against the fantasy RBs. Sanders (ankle) could enter the matchup as “questionable,” so even if he does play, he will get beaten up and be on a committee with a combination of Jordan Howard, Boston Scott and Kenny Gainwell. There are too many red flags here to trust Sanders in the fantasy playoffs.

Buffalo has been more generous to running backs lately, but this is a great catch-up game for defense.

Regardless of whether Damien Harris (ankle) is back, Stevenson expects to get his fair share of tapping. It has occurred in that role, but the Colts have been strong against the race all year, allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to the RBs. If Harris plays, Stevenson has a low floor and low ceiling. If Harris is out, it’s a low-top, volume-based flex at best.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Fantasy Football busts from week 15: quarterbacks

Wentz has had many surprising successes this year, but against New England, we are not going to insert him into the rosters. In all likelihood this will turn into an intense battle on both sides, so expect a shortened game focused on defense. Even if the Colts try to pass, it will ultimately be a failed attempt in a showdown with the No. 2 defense against fantasy quarterbacks.

This was an ugly matchup for Kyler Murray, and Russ could be seeing some of the same danger against Aaron Donald and his friends. You could also have nightmares about how you hurt your hammer toe against Los Angeles.

He probably won’t need encouragement to keep Tannehill on his bench, but with the way the Steelers defense has been struggling lately, you might think he’s a good sleeper. He’s not necessarily wrong, but ultimately, Tannehill is a major risk in a winning or going home week. The Steelers are weaker against the run, and we all know Tennessee prefers to roll on the dirt and point its way to victory. Tannehill has averaged just 192.6 passing yards and 1.4 total touchdowns per game in his last five contests.

Since week 10, Marquise Brown is WR40 in the PPR leagues. Seriously. It’s no longer a mandatory start, especially considering that Lamar Jackson (ankle) could be out against the Packers. Tyler Huntley frequently targeted Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman en route to a decent day in Week 14, and Brown appears to be the stranger. After all, their production has suffered a sharp decline since Bateman joined the lineup. We hope he enjoyed his breakup earlier in the season, but it’s over and we don’t think he’ll bounce back in a neutral showdown with Green Bay.

Calling “decaf” a flop applies to the entire season. He’s not suddenly getting better against a likely comeback from Jalen Ramsey.

Pittman is the Colts’ number one receiver, and while that generally translates to decent volume, production can be spotty, even in favorable matchups. This is as bad as it sounds, and the last time he faced an elite passing defense (Buffalo), he was limited to two receptions for 23 yards. Take no chances.

Fant has produced like a low-end TE2 in recent weeks, and even in a favorable tight-end showdown against the Bengals, we’ve come to rely on virtually any Broncos pass receiver in this rancid passing offense led by Teddy Bridgewater. .

WFT somehow really covers the position well, so it will go bust again from the boom after the bye.

Conklin is always a candidate for a big play, and will occasionally have high-target games, but he’s by no means a consistent fantasy producer. Even without Adam Thielen (ankle), Conklin can’t be trusted against a Bears defense that allows the TEs the sixth fewest fantasy points.

Buffalo is an overwhelming matchup for any D / ST, and since Carolina only seems like an “elite” defense in easy matches, this is not the place to trust them. Buffalo could score 40 points here and no one would be surprised.

They have good numbers and the Bears have been giving in, but on the road in prime time against Justin Fields it seems like a big trap.

Baltimore is still owned by owners, so clearly there are owners who are thinking about starting the Ravens. That’s not a great idea against Green Bay’s dynamic offense, especially with injuries severely limiting Baltimore’s floor and ceiling (just four key points in the last six games).