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Week 15: Fantasy Football Start 'Em

Former No. 1 Ranked Fantasy Football Player in the World Mark Deming breaks down his Start 'Em plays of the week!


*** Criteria for Start’em QBs is players $6,200 or less on DraftKings (DK). Criteria for Start’em WR/RB/TEs are players $5,400 or less on DK. Start’em is designed to accommodate both DFS and season-long players.

QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Don’t overlook Flacco’s gutsy performance (324-2-1) vs. New England on Monday Night Football. You should expect that wave to keep riding in Week 15. The Eagles defense ranks high from performances earlier in the season, but in reality, this defense is struggling. They've allowed an average of 28 PPG during a four-game losing streak. The Eagles' D has also allowed seven TD passes over that same stretch. Flacco is a safe bet for 200+/2 at a reasonable DK price of $5,700.

QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

You might find Dak ranked low in Week 15, but I say start the rookie QB. In the "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" world of Fantasy, owners are off Dak, although back-to-back road games vs. the Giants and Vikings is no walk in the park. This upcoming game against Tampa Bay presents a more favorable matchup for Prescott. He averages 21.8 DK points at home, and four of his five rushing TDs have come at home. I also like Dez to get right in this game, and Terrance Williams is playing well.

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Famous Jamies is hot, and the Bucs are riding high. They are winners of six straight in total and that includes four straight road games. Winston plays just as well in road games vs. home games. Unfortunately, the former Florida St. QB disappointed last week vs. the Saints with his lowest scoring day of the season. All the better to jump on board and play Winston vs. a Dallas team that ranks 28th vs. the pass and has allowed 21 TD passes to QBs.

RB Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons

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Last week with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu inactive, the Falcons leaned on Coleman in the offensive game plan. So look for Coleman to stay involved in Week 15 vs. the Fantasy-friendly 49ers. Did you know Coleman is averaging 14.8 DK points this year? The SF defense ranks dead last in total defense and vs. the rush. The Falcons will continue to develop plays that allow Coleman to get the ball in space and when he can catch the ball in open space, that's where he makes most of his big plays.

RB LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots

Blount was a key factor in the Pats’ Week 14 victory over the Ravens. He contributed 72 hard-earned rushing yards and 14.9 DK points. Blount's physical running style helps open up the play calling, and this keeps him involved through games, unlike Dion Lewis and James White. Head coach Bill Belichick loves to pound the rock late in the season and will continue to be the go-to RB for the Pats in Week 15 vs. a Denver squad that ranks 29th vs. the run.

WR Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots

In case you have been ignoring Patriots games, MM is the new rookie WR on the scene. Over a four-game stretch, Mitchell is averaging 17.8 DK PPG and hauled in four TDs. Many will be afraid of the no-fly zone but don't fear playing Mitchell. He has been Brady's go-to WR in the red zone as of late. Julian Edelman moves the chains, but Mitchell is the Pats WR with the most upside in Week 15.

WR Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

Double check his playing status but expect JM to be a leading contributor in Week 15 vs. the Ravens. Baltimore CB Jimmy Smith, a key cog in the secondary, will most likely miss the game. This opens the door for Matthews. JM is coming off eight catches off ten targets in Week 14, and along with Zach Ertz, Matthews will be the focal point of the offense. Expect the Eagles to be chasing the score and therefore throwing frequently. Matthews is a proven closer who powered through the final three weeks of the 2015 season with 21 grabs for 317 yards and four TDs.

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WR Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers

Not the sexiest name in Fantasy, yet Inman is one of the NFL's hottest WRs. Did you know Inman is averaging 19.6 DK PPG and has three TD receptions over the last three weeks? With NFL weather being an increased factor during the Fantasy playoffs, you can count on sunny San Diego to be Fantasy-friendly. Inman faces a Raiders secondary that ranks 27th vs. the pass and 30th in total defense. Inman hauled in 8 for 82 and a TD in a 2015 December game vs. the Raiders.

TE Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots

Last week Bennett showed Fantasy players an important step by demonstrating increased production and health. Bennett made an impressive TD catch and had his most productive Fantasy line since Week 10. With no Gronk and improved health Brady will need Bennett to step up vs. Denver. Three of Bennett's five TDs have come in road games, and the Broncos have allowed 66 TE receptions, 12th-most in the league. If you own Bennett and have been waiting for him to pay the bills, the time is now.

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