Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Texans vs Jaguars in Fantasy Football Playoffs
By Larry Rupp
A battle between two teams fighting for NFL draft position is set to take place in Week 15 as the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Houston Texans. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Jaguars slated as 3.5-point home favorites in a game that could come down to the fourth quarter.
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.
Brandin Cooks Fantasy
Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is back to being an every-week starter following his stellar performance in Week 14 (8 receptions, 101 yards). It was the third time this season he surpassed the 100-yard mark and his fifth game with double-digit targets. Cooks now gets to face a Jacksonville defense that has posted the second-worst pass defense DVOA rating and is allowing the 10th-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. With a spread set at just 3.5 points, Cooks is set to see targets up until the final whistle. His consistency makes him worth a start in the fantasy football playoffs.
Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST Fantasy
Start Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST: There are not going to be many times that the Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST is worth picking up, but Week 15 is one of them. Urban Meyers' defense is coming off one of its best games of the season in which it racked up 4 sacks and allowed only 20 points. This unit should have no trouble feasting on rookie quarterback Davis Mills, who has thrown 8 interceptions across nine games played. The Texans are mustering up just 264.2 total yards to go along with 13.6 points per game. Both of those marks rank dead last in the NFL and make Jacksonville a reliable streaming option on Sunday.
Royce Freeman Fantasy
Sit Royce Freeman, RB, Houston Texans: One of the more shocking Week 14 performances came from Texans' running back Royce Freeman. He finished as the No. 20 RB on the week after racking up 66 yards on a total of 17 touches (11 carries, 6 receptions). However, the return of veteran David Johnson should slide Freeman back to the No. 3 spot in this backfield. Johnson has seen double-digit carries in each of his last two games played and leads all current Houston RBs with 13 red zone touches on the season. Freeman's upside resides in his pass-catching abilities and that makes him a risky start this week. It'd be smart to keep him on the bench.
Marvin Jones Fantasy
Sit Marvin Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: The fantasy football playoffs are about starting your studs and wide receiver Marvin Jones has not been one of them. The 10th-year pro has not scored a touchdown since Week 6 and is only averaging 46.9 receiving yards per game this year. The Texans do not line up to be a tough matchup in any way, but it's hard to trust a WR on a Jaguars' offense that only averages 200.4 passing yards per game (No. 28 in NFL). Jones' lack of upside makes him nothing but a depth player at this point in the season.
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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.