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Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Buccaneers vs Falcons

Larry Rupp
Tom Brady's fantasy outlook paints him as a QB1 in Week 15.
Tom Brady's fantasy outlook paints him as a QB1 in Week 15. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) will look to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot when they take on a divisional opponent in the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) in Week 15 NFL action. The Buccaneers are 4-2 on the road this season and are 6-point favorites in this game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 15 Buccaneers-Falcons showdown.

Tom Brady Fantasy

Start Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady has built a reputation of playing well when everything is on the line. That time has come once again as the Buccaneers need to keep winning if they want to secure a spot in the playoffs this season. Brady has now thrown for multiple touchdowns in four straight games and draws a great matchup in Week 15. The Falcons' defense has given up the second-most passing yards (3,851) in the NFL and is tied for the fifth-most passing touchdowns (26) allowed this season. Look for Brady to make a statement this week and have a good day through the air.

Russell Gage Fantasy

Start Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Russell Gage's upside has a lot to do with the health of fellow wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones has missed practice this week due to an ongoing battle with a hamstring injury that could keep him out. Gage would be due for an uptick in targets as the No. 2 receiver if Jones sits. In fact, Gage has already seen an average of 8.0 targets per game over the past four weeks, signaling his rising role within the offense. The Falcons may have to pass the ball a lot on Sunday given the Tampa Bay's ability to shut down opposing rushing attacks. Given that, Gage has enough upside to be started in your FLEX spot.

Antonio Brown Fantasy

Sit Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Antonio Brown has become a reliable wide receiver for Brady since he joined the team back in Week 9, but he still isn't fantasy relevant. He has surpassed 50 receiving yards just twice in his five games played and has yet to score a touchdown. Finding ways to produce while playing alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin certainly isn't easy. While this looks like a favorable matchup for Brown, he hasn't shown anything that should make you feel comfortable starting him. He is a great depth piece to have right now, but that's all. He should stay on your bench.

Todd Gurley Fantasy

Sit Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Todd Gurley has really gone downhill this season and it doesn't look like it'll get better anytime soon. He has just 22 carries over his last three games for 61 yards and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 9. Plus, he is losing snaps and carries to backup running backs Ito Smith and Brian Hill. The matchup this week doesn't help, either. The Buccaneers are only giving up 80.9 rushing yards per game this season (fewest in the NFL). Gurley's early season success helped many fantasy football teams reach the playoffs, but his time as a starter has run out. It would be smart to bench him this week.


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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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