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Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Raiders vs Browns in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Cleveland Browns Week 15 matchup, including Hunter Renfrow, Nick Chubb and Derek Carr.
Fantasy football picks for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Cleveland Browns Week 15 matchup, including Hunter Renfrow, Nick Chubb and Derek Carr. / Chris Unger/GettyImages

The Cleveland Browns will look to keep up in a crowded AFC North division when they host the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 15 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns slated as 5.5-point home 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 AFC showdown.

Hunter Renfrow Fantasy

Start Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: The fantasy football playoffs are finally here and it's important to not put too much stock into defensive matchups. The Browns have been solid at defending opposing wide receivers, but there is no reason to bench Hunter Renfrow right now. The former Clemson standout has hauled in 30 receptions for 353 yards and 1 touchdown over the last three weeks. He is the clear-cut No. 1 target for quarterback Derek Carr and ranks No. 12 amongst all WRs in PPR scoring leagues. Renfrow's ability to create open spaces with his crisp route-running abilities makes him a must-start player moving forward.

Nick Chubb Fantasy

Start Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: Of course, fantasy managers rostering running back Nick Chubb are going to start him on Saturday. This is rather a recommendation to target him in daily fantasy markets and anywhere possible really. With Kareem Hunt sidelined with an ankle injury, Chubb is in line to see upwards of 20 touches against a Raiders' defense that is giving up the third-most PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs. The Browns know how important this game is for their chances of making the playoffs. Look for them to lean on Chubb given Las Vegas is allowing 125.3 rushing yards per game (No. 26 in NFL).

Derek Carr Fantasy

Sit Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders: This is tough because Derek Carr carried some fantasy teams on his back throughout the first couple weeks of the season. However, he has not played well over the last month. Carr is averaging under 14.0 fantasy points per game over the last four weeks and runs into an improving Cleveland secondary in Week 15. The Browns are allowing 215.0 passing yards per game this season (No. 7 in NFL) as well as just 10.0 yards per completion (T-No. 10 in NFL). Carr hasn't thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game since Week 10 and has given fantasy managers no reason to trust him. Keep Carr on the bench this week.

Baker Mayfield Fantasy

Sit Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Much like Carr, Baker Mayfield has not shined from a fantasy football perspective lately. This is a Browns team that has always been led by a great rushing attack, posting 143.5 yards on the ground per game (No. 4 in NFL) in 2021. That leaves little room for Mayfield to make an impact with his arm. The fourth-year pro is averaging a career-low 216.9 passing yards per game and has thrown just 13 touchdown passes across 12 starts. That is not going to cut it for fantasy managers in need of a streaming option this week. It'd be smart to look elsewhere.

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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.