Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Saints vs Bucs in Week 15 Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 15 matchup, including Taysom Hill, Mike Evans and Ronald Jones.
Fantasy football picks for the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 15 matchup, including Taysom Hill, Mike Evans and Ronald Jones. / Sarah Stier/GettyImages
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The New Orleans Saints will attempt to earn a season sweep over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what is sure to be an exciting Sunday Night football showdown. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Buccaneers slated as heavy 11.5-point home favorites in a game oddsmakers expect to get out of hand quickly.

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 SNF clash.

Taysom Hill Fantasy

Start Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints: Quarterback Taysom Hill's rushing abilities have cemented him as a borderline QB1 option during the fantasy football playoffs. The Saints' starter ranks as the No. 3 QB in fantasy scoring over the last two weeks thanks to 2 rushing touchdowns and a total of 174 yards on the ground. Hill draws a great matchup on Sunday night as the Buccaneers have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Tampa Bay has also allowed the sixth-most rushing yards to the position (294). Even if this game turns into a blowout, Hill has proven that he will keep racking up yards until the final whistle.

Mike Evans Fantasy

Start Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It's safe to say that wide receiver Mike Evans is getting a bit overshadowed right now given fellow WR Chris Godwin has seen a whopping 32 targets over the last two weeks. However, he remains a rock-solid WR1 in fantasy football. Evans has posted at least 60 receiving yards and 1 touchdown in three of his his last five games played. His consistency is going to come in handy against a Saints defense that is allowing the sixth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing wideouts. After all, it's never a bad idea to start someone playing on an offense that averages a league-high 31.5 points per game.

Tre'Quan Smith Fantasy

Sit Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints: The Saints passing attack has taken a back seat since Hill became the starting QB and it has caused wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith's fantasy value to drop. The fourth-year pro has racked up a total of 79 receiving yards over the last three weeks and has scored just 2 touchdowns on the year. This doesn't line up to be a breakout performance for Smith as Tampa Bay has been dominant against the pass. In fact, the Buccaneers have posted Football Outsiders' fifth-best pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Smith is merely a depth player to keep stashed on the bench right now.

Ronald Jones Fantasy

Sit Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Fantasy managers may be tempted to start Ronald Jones in a FLEX spot this week with starter Leonard Fournette dealing with an ankle injury. That simply is not a good idea, though. Fournette remains on track to play and there is no reason to believe he will take on a lessened workload. Keep in mind that the Saints have also posted the best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL this season. Don't expect Jones to have a big day against a team that is giving up only 3.7 yards per carry (No. 1 in NFL).


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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. 

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