Week 15 was so much simpler when we didn't think Josh Jacobs had a chance to play. DeAndre Washington was set to be the Start of the Week and Jacobs' managers knew they need to make alternative plans. One tweet from Ian Rapoport changed all of that. Then Jon Gruden spoke cautiously about Jacobs and now it feels like we know nothing. Here's how I'm handling it. 

The projections below still reflect Jacobs being out and Washington starting. They also show Washington as a top-12 back. That makes this very easy if you have both. If Jacobs is active, you start him. If not, you start Washington. If you only have one of them it gets more complicated. 

This is a 4:25 game on Sunday so you're going to need someone like Kareem Hunt, Raheem Mostert, or Marlon Mack on your bench to seriously consider waiting it out. If you can get Washington or Jacobs into a flex then you could also use Mike Williams, Zach Pascal, or Dede Westbrook as a backup plan. 

If you legitimately don't have any other top-35 running backs and Jacobs' status is legitimately up in the air at 1 p.m. Sunday it's going to be very difficult to start Jacobs or Washington. 

One player I'd have to start over the Raiders (unless I had both) would be Le'Veon Bell. Bell is a borderline No. 2 back on Thursday night against Baltimore, but in PPR Bell offers a much better floor. 

With the right information the Raiders starting running back could be a week-winner in season-long and DFS. The timing of when we get that information will be key. Just make sure you're prepared for any outcome. 

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 15 at this time. Here's what it means:

PHI Philadelphia • #23
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Chris Carson should dominate touches against the best matchup in Fantasy.
WAS Washington • #29
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Adrian Peterson is in play in non-PPR.
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Numbers to know
  • 19 - Even with Boston Scott stealing the show, Miles Sanders saw 19 touches. I'm starting him again against Washington.
  • 60 - Tackles broken by Chris Carson this season. That's the most in the NFL. 
  • 9 - Snaps for Sony Michel in Week 14. He's played 22 or fewer in four of his past five games.
  • 9.9 - Yards per target for Austin Ekeler this season. That's second-highest mark ever for a running back with at least 50 targets 
  • 5 - Patrick Laird has at least five targets in three of his past four games. He's a viable PPR starter this week.
  • 13 - Adrian Peterson has received 13 touches or more in seven games this season. He's scored at least eight non-PPR points in all but one of them.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
Projections powered by Sportsline
IND Indianapolis • #30
Age: 29 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC DEN -PK O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
13.1
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
817
REC
33
REYDS
187
TD
6
FPTS/G
12.2
LV Las Vegas • #8
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC OAK -6.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
12.7
RB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
RUYDS
1061
REC
18
REYDS
146
TD
7
FPTS/G
14.3
BAL Baltimore • #34
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -11 O/U 47
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
10.8
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
506
REC
46
REYDS
305
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.5
ARI Arizona • #37
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -9 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
34th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
900
REC
12
REYDS
76
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.1
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 15 Adds
MIA Miami • #31
Age: 31 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Ownership
47%
He's must-start if Jacobs is out.
TB Tampa Bay • #25
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Ownership
48%
Laird's target volume gives him a nice floor and his matchup helps his ceiling.
LV Las Vegas • #36
Age: 27 • Experience: 3 yrs.
YTD Stats
Ownership
22%
Thompson is a touchdown-dependent flex as long as Damien Williams is out.
Stashes
BAL Baltimore • #35
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Ownership
20%
Edwards is looking at 15-20 touches per game with goal-line opportunities if Ingram goes down.
DAL Dallas • #20
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Ownership
32%
Don't wait for an injury to try to stash Pollard.
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DFS Plays
Top Plays
SEA Seattle • #32
Age: 29 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Week 15 Prices
FanDuel
$7,400
DraftKings
$7,500
Everyone should play Carson in every lineup. The only risk is injury.
Contrarian Plays
TB Tampa Bay • #25
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Week 15 Prices
FanDuel
$5,500
DraftKings
$4,500
I don't want to fade DeAndre Washington, but where I'm looking to pivot, Laird will be my choice.
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Heath's Projections

Non-PPR Rank

PPR Rank

RB

FPTs

PPR FPTs

1

1

Christian McCaffrey

23.36

31.20

3

2

Saquon Barkley

18.09

22.21

11

3

Alvin Kamara

15.10

21.53

7

4

Leonard Fournette

15.90

21.45

2

5

Chris Carson

18.74

21.44

5

6

Dalvin Cook

16.73

20.19

6

7

Ezekiel Elliott

16.59

19.72

4

8

Derrick Henry

17.53

18.77

16

9

Austin Ekeler

13.00

18.56

9

10

DeAndre Washington

15.63

18.56

10

11

Todd Gurley

15.23

17.98

8

12

Nick Chubb

15.73

17.01

12

13

Miles Sanders

14.09

16.85

23

14

James White

11.80

16.83

14

15

Aaron Jones

13.82

16.67

13

16

Mark Ingram

13.88

16.19

15

17

Phillip Lindsay

13.26

15.82

25

18

Kareem Hunt

11.49

15.58

21

19

Kenyan Drake

12.16

15.57

20

20

Melvin Gordon

12.16

15.50

19

21

Joe Mixon

12.20

14.78

28

22

Patrick Laird

10.50

14.30

27

23

Le'Veon Bell

10.99

14.28

31

24

Devonta Freeman

9.85

14.03

29

25

Duke Johnson

10.21

14.03

24

26

Devin Singletary

11.69

13.77

17

27

Raheem Mostert

12.36

13.76

26

28

LeSean McCoy

11.04

13.71

18

29

Bo Scarbrough

12.23

13

36

30

Jamaal Williams

9.10

12.86

30

31

Ronald Jones

10.09

12.80

22

32

Adrian Peterson

12.11

12.54

33

33

James Conner

9.26

11.58

32

34

David Montgomery

9.49

11.14

39

35

Jalen Richard

8.15

10.82

37

36

Alexander Mattison

8.74

10.72

41

37

Darwin Thompson

7.47

10.65

34

38

Carlos Hyde

9.25

10.29

40

39

Latavius Murray

8.08

10.05

49

40

Tarik Cohen

5.41

10.00

38

41

Sony Michel

8.66

9.20

35

42

Marlon Mack

9.12

9.12

50

43

Nyheim Hines

5.12

8.39

47

44

Royce Freeman

6

8.31

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