Week 15 Sit or Starts

Justin Bruni
Ezekiel Ellott
LATimes -Michael Ainsworth – Associated Press

Week 15 Sit ‘Em

 

Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett hasn’t been booming for the Seahawks in recent weeks. He’s going to have another tough go of it this Sunday when the Seahawks travel to D.C. to take on the Football Team. Lockett has only recorded 14 catches in the past three weeks while totaling just 136 yds and no touchdowns. The Football Team has been impressive versus the passing attack. Their defense has limited opponents to just nine receiving touchdowns this season. That ranks them second in the NFL for passing touchdowns allowed.

Lockett could find some pass-catching volume, but the workload hasn’t been there for me to trust him. He could be due for a touchdown seeing that he hasn’t recorded one since Week 11, but this is not the spot to get right. I don’t think he will not find the endzone this week, his ceiling will be around four to five catches for a small chunk of yards. Lockett lacks the upside you’re seeking for a Week 15 playoff start!

Ezekiel Elliott

I can’t believe it’s actually come to this, but unfortunately, we have to bench Zeke in Week 15. There’s not a lot going for him this Sunday There’s the lack of production, the matchup against the 49ers, the rise of Tony Pollard, and the cherry on top; he’s questionable with a nagging calf injury. The writing is on the wall and it spells P-O-L-L-A-R-D in Week 15. Pollard stole a potential touchdown look from Zeke last week and has been earning more and more touches as the season churns on.

The 49ners have allowed the fifth-fewest amount of rushing yards and are tied for second-fewest rushing touchdowns allowed. Even if Elliott suits up, the efficiency won’t be there. Elliott hasn’t recorded a rushing touchdown since Dak Prescott left the lineup and has only recorded one 100-yard rushing game this season. He’s not going to magically explode against the 49ers, bench him! 

Tua Tagovailoa

The Dolphins are going to be in a tough position this week even while playing at home against the Patriots. Tua could be missing the likes of Davante Parker, Mike Gesecki, and Jakeem Grant. Myles Gaskin also appears to be out of the lineup as he tries to make his way back from the COVID Reserve list. The roster is going to be pretty thin against a stout passing defense in the New England Patriots. The Patriots have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position this season.

The Patriots Defense is also tied for third-fewest passing touchdowns against and interceptions, so expect a long day for Tua and the passing game. Tua could extend some plays with his legs to keep a few drives alive, but I’m just not sure who comes down with a touchdown for him. Tua desperately needs D. Parker or M. Gesecki back in the lineup, but even with them, this squad is going to be outgunned by a potent Patriots passing defense.  

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been streaky, to say the least, during the 2020 season. In Week 15, I’m projecting another miss! Clyde has struggled in his past two games and I don’t believe the matchup against the Saints on the road is going to be the “get right” spot. In his last two games, Edwards-Helaire has a combined total of 69 rushing yards on 27 attempts. He totaled the same production on 14 carries against the Raiders the week ahead of the last two matchups. It should be noted that he also scored two rushing touchdowns against the Raiders, you have to give the credit when it’s due. However, in the three weeks leading into the Raiders matchup in Week 11, Helaire only recorded a total of 81 rushing yards on 19 carries.

His production is all over the place and it appears he’ll be a touchdown-dependent option once again against the Saints. Edwards-Helaire has looked great at times but the Saints are different animals on the ground, they know how to attack the rush! They’ve allowed the third-fewest rushing yards to running backs and just five rushing touchdowns total all year; consider this matchup Death Valley for Edwards – Helaire, it’s a hard pass from me.  

 

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