Start of the Week
Odell Beckham Jr. v. Washington Redskins #4 Weekly Rankings
You are going to have a tough time finding a hotter receiver in fantasy football than Giants first round draft selection Odell Beckham Jr. Since making his professional debut in week 5, Beckham ranks in the top-10 in the NFL in receptions and receiving yards, cementing himself as the odds-on favorite to win the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In week 15 Beckham has another owner-friendly matchup when the Washington Redskins travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants. Since week 6 of the regular season the Redskins secondary have played their best impression of swiss cheese defense, allowing double-digit receptions in 7 of their last 8 games.
Over the last month and a half Beckham Jr. has not only been one of the best rookie wideouts, but also one of the best wide receivers in all of football. Since week 9 Beckham Jr. is leading the NFL in targets (66), receptions (49), and receiving yards (723), out producing elite receiving talents like Julio Jones and Antonio Brown during that time span.
Beckham has established himself as the clear no. 1 option in the Giants passing game since making his debut. I do not see his hot streak coming to an end this week folks. Start Beckham with full confidence this week.
Donte Moncrief v. Houston Texans #27 Weekly Rankings
Since exploding onto the scene in week 8 against the Steelers, Moncrief has been unable to use the momentum from that game, and turn it into valuable playing time. However, with veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne battling numerous injuries, I have a feeling the Moncrief is about to make select-few fantasy owners very happy this weekend.
Like I mentioned a moment ago Moncrief is due to see an increased amount of playing time this weekend. Veteran Reggie Wayne has looked like a completely different receiver this season after trying to come back from ACL reconstruction surgery this offseason. Pair a gimpy knee with a torn tricep and the no. 2 receiver on the Colts all-time receiving leader has become a glorified decoy within the Colts offense.
Despite being relegated to the no. 4 spot on the depth chart for most of the season, Moncrief has started to carve out a bigger role within the Colts offense. Over the last month Moncrief ranks second on the team in yards (205) and touchdown receptions (2), despite playing 116 fewer snaps than starting receiver Reggie Wayne.
Moncrief also has the benefit of playing one of the worst secondaries in all of football. The Texans secondary has allowed the most fantasy points on a weekly basis to opposing wide receivers (26.5), and have given up over 100 combined receiving yards in every game this season. Giving up a touchdown reception has become as close to a guarantee as there is in fantasy football, as they have given up at least one touchdown reception to a wide receiver in twelve of thirteen games this season.
Normally I do not like to get cute when I am in the fantasy playoffs, but in this instance I think that Moncrief has the potential to post mid-level WR2 numbers this weekend. Some more food for thought, the last time the Colts matched up with the Texans allowed 15 receptions for 276 yards (season-high) and one touchdown. Look for Luck to feast on the Texans porus secondary early-and-often this weekend.
Keenan Allen v. Denver Broncos #26 Weekly Rankings
Hopefully search crews have kept an eye out for SOS signals in the San Diego area. These search crews are not due to the mudslides that are affecting many Californians, but too keep an eye out for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen as he was held captive on Revis Island last week against the Patriots.
Allen was held to just two receptions on three targets against Darrelle Revis last weekend. What does the second year wide receiver get now, just a matchup with arguably the most underrated cornerback in the NFL in Chris Harris Jr. Harris is currently the number one rated cornerback in football according to Pro Football Focus (22.3), and has a passer rating of 46.9 on passes thrown his direction this season. The Broncos recently rewarded Harris for his efforts with a new 5 year/$42.5 million contract, paying him in the top-12 in terms of average annual salary for cornerbacks.
Last time Allen faced off against the Broncos secondary he was able to avoid Harris’ coverage for most of the night, totaling 9 receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown. However, the touchdown reception was credited against Broncos rookie Bradley Roby, not Harris. While matched up against Harris, Allen was held in check for most of the night totaling just two catches for 15 yards.
Jordan Cameron v. Cincinnati Bengals #12 Weekly Rankings
It has been a tough year to be a skill-position player on the Browns offense this season. With Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon sidelined for most of the first-half of the season the Browns offense has failed to establish an offensive identity.
Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahann has tried to create a run-first mentality within the Browns offense, centered around rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. With Brian Hoyer officially benched in favor of the eccentric rookie Johnny Manziel I expect the Browns offense to be run-heavy once again this weekend.
At the start of the season the Bengals defense was one of the most vulnerable units in the league to the opposing tight ends, allowing double-digit fantasy points in four of the first six weeks of the season. However, as of late the Bengals defense has put the vice grip on opposing tight ends. Since week 8 the Bengals defense has allowed an average of two receptions for 15 yards per game to opposing tight ends, and has only allowed one touchdown in that time span.
With the tight end position being as thin as it is, it may be difficult for you too keep Cameron on your bench unless you have a serviceable backup. With that being said, with as good as the Bengals have been against tight ends, and the infusion of a rookie quarterback to the starting lineup, I see another frustrating week for fantasy owners.
Kyle Rudolph v. Detroit Lions #18 Weekly Rankings
When Norv Turner joined Mike Zimmer’s staff in Minnesota, a lot of fantasy owners (myself included) expected Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph to establish himself as one of the premier tight ends in all of football. However, Rudolph has once again struggled to stay on the field, this time due to a sports hernia injury that kept him sidelined until week 11 against the Bears.
Since Rudolph has returned to the Vikings lineup it is clear he is not 100% recovered from surgery. Due to the lack of explosiveness that Rudolph has shown since his return there has been intimations from Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner that the team could look to get Chase Ford more involved in the team’s offense