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Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Chiefs vs Saints

Isaiah De Los Santos
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has a great chance to bounce back in Week 15.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has a great chance to bounce back in Week 15. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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The NFL is in for a treat in Week 15 as two top teams, the Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) and New Orleans Saints (10-3), square off. It's expected to be a close matchup, as FanDuel Sportsbook only has the Chiefs as 3-point favorites.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 15 Chiefs-Saints showdown.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy

Start Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire is in need of a bounce-back game. CEH has averaged just 34.5 rushing yards in his last two games, which is enough to cause concern. Facing a defense that ranks second in fewest rushing yards per game doesn't scream "dream matchup", but this is the same defense that just allowed Miles Sanders to rush for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 attempts after two previous poor performances entering that game. New Orleans isn't as impenetrable as once thought, which makes Edwards-Helaire worth starting in one of your RB spots this week.

Jared Cook Fantasy

Start Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints: Jared Cook has emerged as a weapon for new starting quarterback Taysom Hill in the past two weeks. The veteran tight end has turned 9 targets into 6 receptions and 65 yards over his past two games while scoring a touchdown in back-to-back contests. Cook may be TD-dependent to be fantasy relevant, but he's proving to be an end zone target for Hill, so it's worth riding his added attention. Plus, he faces a Chiefs defense that is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to TEs (14.46) this season. He'll be an especially good play if Michael Thomas sits, as that would likely funnel a few extra targets to Cook.

Sammy Watkins Fantasy

Sit Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Sammy Watkins' ceiling is only so high on a crowded Chiefs offense. He's been unable to draw enough attention to be a consistent fantasy producer, averaging 5.3 targets over his last three games and failing to top even 8 fantasy points in that timespan. On an electric offense you'd think Watkins would have a bigger role, but he's clearly an afterthought. He's a solid depth piece, yet that's not even to warrant a start in the fantasy football playoffs.

Latavius Murray Fantasy

Sit Latavius Murray, RB, New Orleans Saints: Latavius Murray is on a downward trend as Alvin Kamara has reasserted his claim as the Saints' workhorse. Kamara played in less than 50% of the team's snaps in Weeks 11 and 12, which allowed Murray to average 17.0 opportunities (15.5 rushes plus 1.5 targets) during that two-game span. Those were both blowouts, though, and things seem to be back to normal now. Kamara is averaging 19.5 opportunities (13.0 rushes plus 6.5 targets) per game in the last two contests, as opposed to Murray's measly 6.0 opportunities (4.5 rushes plus 1.5 targets). With Murray in a clear backup role once again, he won't see enough touches to be fantasy relevant.


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