Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Vikings vs Bears in Week 15 Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears Week 15 matchup, including Kirk Cousins, David Montgomery and Tyler Conklin.
Fantasy football picks for the Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears Week 15 matchup, including Kirk Cousins, David Montgomery and Tyler Conklin. / David Berding/GettyImages

The Minnesota Vikings will look to stay alive in the NFC Wild Card race when they take on the Chicago Bears in Week 15 Monday Night Football action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Vikings slated as 6.5-point road favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 15 MNF clash.

Kirk Cousins Fantasy

Start Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins ranks as the No. 8 quarterback in fantasy scoring through 14 weeks and has proven that he can be trusted enough to start every week. Meanwhile, Chicago has posted the 10th-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and is allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Keep in mind that Cousins has also thrown at least 2 touchdowns in each of his last six games. His consistency makes him a safe QB1 this week.

David Montgomery Fantasy

Start David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: It's important to start your studs in the fantasy football playoffs and running back David Montgomery fits that exact narrative in Week 15. The former Iowa State standout is averaging over 21.0 PPR fantasy points across his last two games. Montgomery should have no trouble keeping his success going against a Vikings' defense that is allowing 129.5 rushing yards per game this year (No. 27 in NFL). Minnesota is also giving up a whopping 4.7 yards per carry (T-No. 29 in NFL). Look for Chicago to wear out this defense with the ground game.

Tyler Conklin Fantasy

Sit Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Tight end Tyler Conklin was once a viable streaming option at the position, yet he has struggled to maintain that kind of fantasy value. He hauled in just 2 receptions last week for 20 yards and has not scored a touchdown since Week 10. This does not line up as a favorable matchup for the 26-year-old, either. The Bears are allowing the seventh-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing TEs, which includes just 4 receiving touchdowns. Cousins has shown a tendency to rely on his wide receivers in the biggest spots and that makes Conklin a player to keep on the bench.

Jakeem Grant Fantasy

Sit Jakeem Grant, WR, Chicago Bears: Fantasy managers may be tempted to start wide receiver Jakeem Grant this week given he has scored 3 touchdowns over his last two games played. However, the first-year Bear has played in over 50% of the offensive snaps just once this season. Darnell Mooney remains the top target on this offense and veteran Damiere Byrd posted a season-high 76 receiving yards in Week 15. That leaves Grant as a hit-or-miss WR3 in an offense that has posted the eighth-lowest passing play percentage in the league (53.9%).

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.