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Fantasy Football Week 15 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

The NFL season is nearing its end as Week 14 has come to a close on Monday night. With Week 15 on the horizon, there were a few wide receivers who had standout performances in fantasy football in Week 14.

Emmanuel Sanders continues to be a phenomenal trade acquisition for the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, Sanders hauled in seven passes for 157 yards and a touchdown as he led all wide receivers with 34.1 fantasy points.

On the other hand, A.J. Brown and Darius Slayton were two rookies who proved their worth in Week 14. Brown torched the Oakland Raiders for five receptions, 153 yards, and two touchdowns while Slayton had a nearly identical stat-line besides gaining an extra yard.

There is an abundance of wide receivers who are poised to perform well this week. All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

Given that information, here are the wide receivers to start and sit in your fantasy football lineups in Week 15.

WRs to Start in Week 15

Lions’ Kenny Golladay (vs. Buccaneers): Ever since Matthew Stafford was sidelined with a back injury, many have been skeptical of starting Kenny Golladay. But over the past two weeks, Golladay has built a decent rapport with David Blough as he’s combined for 43.6 points.

In addition, Golladay will see an uptick in targets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Marvin Jones heading to injured reserve. Tampa Bay’s defense has allowed 2,633 yards (most in the NFL) and 21 touchdowns to WRs (second-most in the NFL).

Browns’ Jarvis Landry (vs. Cardinals): Throughout the season, everyone has assumed that Odell Beckham Jr. was going to become the go-to wide receiver at some point. Instead, it has been Jarvis Landry who has been the Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver to own in fantasy.

The versatile pass-catcher will look to continue his impressive season against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15. The Cardinals’ defense has surrendered an average of 40 points per game to WRs (second-most in the NFL).

Giants’ Darius Slayton (vs. Dolphins): Slayton has been a bright spot in the New York Giants’ disappointing season in his first year in the NFL. The rookie fifth-round pick now has seven games of scoring 10 or more points thus far.

Even with Eli Manning throwing him the ball, Slayton should be started versus the hapless Miami Dolphins defense. Miami’s defense has given up 23 receiving touchdowns to WRs (most in the NFL).

Other WRs to Start: Jaguars’ DJ Chark (vs. Raiders), Colts’ Zach Pascal (vs. Saints), Redskins’ Terry McLaurin (vs. Eagles), Chargers’ Mike Williams (vs. Vikings)

WRs to Sit in Week 15

Bengals’ Tyler Boyd (vs. Patriots): Despite the Cincinnati Bengals having the worst record in the NFL, Tyler Boyd has remained relevant in fantasy. The versatile wideout has had nine games this season where he has contributed 12 or more points.

While Boyd has been a silver lining for the Bengals, it’s tough to believe he has much success against the New England Patriots in Week 15. New England’s defense has thwarted WRs to only three receiving touchdowns thus far (fewest in the NFL).

Any WR on the Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Bills): As of this moment, there is a decent chance that JuJu Smith-Schuster returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing the past couple of weeks due to injury. Smith-Schuster will join a rejuvenated receiving corps that includes James Washington and Diontae Johnson as well.

While the legend of Devlin Hodges has been fun, it’s tough to believe any of the wide receivers have a meaningful outing against the Buffalo Bills this week. Buffalo’s defense has contained opposing WRs to 28.5 points per game (fifth-fewest in the NFL).

Jets’ Robby Anderson (vs. Ravens): This past week, Robby Anderson was able to haul in seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown for the New York Jets. By doing so, Anderson now has three consecutive games where he has scored 17 or more points.

The speedy pass-catcher will have a tough time extending his recent streak versus the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. The Ravens’ defense has limited WRs to only eight receiving touchdowns (tied for third-fewest in the NFL).

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