On to week 15! Finally, bye weeks are over! We have access to all our weapons, roll up your sleeves, it's time for the fantasy playoffs! Week 14 certainly brought the heat with Dalvin Cook rushing for over 200 yards proving having one healthy shoulder is all he needs. George Kittle had another insane stat line including over 150 yards. James Conner grabbed 2 more touchdowns to bring him to 2nd in the league in rushing touchdowns, only behind Jonathan Taylor. Now let’s cover who to keep an eye on as you set your lineups this week.

Fantasy Football Stock Watch Week 15

Quarterbacks 

Jalen Hurts - PHI  (Stock Up)

As of right now, all reports are looking like we will have Jalen Hurts back for week 15 and just in time. His rushing floor is too good to not start. Prior to his injury Hurts was averaging 57.9 rushing yards per game on the season. I love this match-up for Hurts, Washington’s defense has been up and down, a shadow of what we felt they could have been for 2021. The last rushing quarterback the Washington Football team faced was Cam Newton in week 11 and he had 46 rushing yards and a rushing TD amongst his stats.

Dak Prescott - DAL (Stock Down)

Things aren’t clicking for Dak Prescott. Fantasy wise at least. These last 2 weeks have been extremely underwhelming, managing just over 200 passing yards and a single touchdown in each. He’s also had a rough run of interceptions, 2 this weekend bringing his total to 10 for the season. We’ve also been missing Dak’s rushing upside this entire season. Sorry for the long list of negatives, but it’s playoffs, and no point in sugar-coating it. This weekend he faces the Giants which is the only thing that could save you by starting him. Fingers crossed.

Tua Tagovailoa - MIA (Hold)

Tua is back from his bye week and headed into a very fantasy-friendly match-up with the Jets. Add to that his receiving core is looking healthier while his running backs are looking less so. Tua’s only option will be to throw in this one giving him a steady floor that’s startable in 2 QB formats

Running Backs 

James Conner - AZ  (Stock Up)

Conner has had a brilliant season and if you’re lucky enough to have him, you likely drafted him at a bargain for the output you’ve seen. In their Monday night match-up, he went 9 for 9 on his catches and targets for 94 receiving yards. While he also picked up 31 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. This production shows no signs of slowing down and they take on Detroit this week. After losing to the Rams look for them to decimate the Lions.

Joe Mixon - CIN (Stock Down)

Mixon has struggled these last two weeks remaining under 60 rushing yards in each and this weekend he failed to get in the end zone, the first time that’s happened since week 3. The Broncos are a tough matchup as well so I’m not loving Mixon to right this slump in this game. You’re starting him of course, but it’s with tempered expectations.

Javonte Williams - DEN (Hold)

Williams has been on a high these past three weeks. This season we’ve seen Melvin Gordon reap the majority of benefits as the number one back, however, they were able to share work evenly this past weekend. Gordon is healthy enough he shouldn’t be held out of this game, but with the struggles the passing game has had, I like the running game to save them in this one.

Wide Receivers 

Hunter Renfrow - LV  (Stock Up)

Hunter Renfrow remains the top producer for the Raiders passing game with Waller sidelined. Renfrow has had over 100 receiving yards in his last 3 games, had at least 7 catches in 6 of the last 7 games and found the end zone in 3 of those games. As the Raiders will likely be playing from behind against the Browns, count on Derek Carr needing to air it out to keep up.

Marquise Brown  - BAL (Stock Down)

After Lamar went out Tyler Huntley took over and in their loss to the brown the two target leaders were Rasheed Bateman and Mark Andrew’s, leaving Marquise Brown behind. Brown’s been in a downward trend the last 4 weeks, not having a single touchdown and only averaging 46 yards per game in that stretch. Their upcoming matchup against the Packers will prove to be a tough one, so I’m not liking Brown’s odds for a bounce back.

Van Jefferson - LAR (Hold)

Stafford proved himself against the Cardinals. He will take that momentum into a fantastic match-up ahead against the Seahawks, who just allowed Davis Mills to throw for 331 yards against them. All wideouts should feast in this one. I’m high on the momentum that Van Jefferson has had lately. He’s had a touchdown in each of the last 4 weeks and has averaged 5.6 targets a game this season. The volume has been there and he’s hitting his stride with Stafford. Love him as a flex option in PPR formats and DFS as well.

Tight Ends

George Kittle - SF  (Stock Up)

I try to avoid the obvious in these but it’s so hard to not talk about the brilliance that Geroge Kittle has shown these last two weeks. Sunday he had 13 catches on 15 targets, 151 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown. The running game so depleted leaves the workload to be split amongst Debo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle. They face a weak Falcons defense this coming week and all signs point to another big game for Kittle. You are of course starting him in your playoffs, but I’m saying he’s worth the price in DFS as well.

Travis Kelce - KC (Stock Down)

This makes no sense but I have to call it out. Kelce hasn’t had a receiving touchdown in four weeks. He was saved in one of those weeks by a rushing touchdown. The last two weeks he’s had 27 receiving yards and 3 catches in each game. Defenses are forcing Mahomes to look elsewhere and this downward trend for Kelce is the result. It’s brutal heading into the fantasy playoffs, you can’t bench him at this stage of the game, but you can temper your expectations. This week he faces the Chargers, which in their last matchup, he had 104 receiving yards, but again, he was kept out of the end zone in that one.

Pat Freiermuth - PIT (Hold)

Things we can count on from the Steelers over the rest of the season, besides playing with my emotions, include Ben having to throw for over 300 yards for big comebacks, and Ben looking for Pat Freiermuth in the red zone. The last pass of the game was to Pat for the TD to close it out, the ball bounced out with the triple coverage he received, but I love how Ben clearly trusts him. This weekend against the Titans could be another catch-up game for the Steelers, and you can count on Pat seeing some red-zone looks.