LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The second round of the fantasy playoffs are finished, and it was filled with huge performances and major player busts. Now that the semifinals are completed, a selection of people will head onto the Fantasy Football championship! But first, let us look at the Week 15 fantasy football leaders. Welcome back to Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Jalen Hurts = 37.82 Fantasy Points (STD)
Philadelphia rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts comes out on top of the fantasy football leader list. The rook had his first NFL starting debut last week and had an amazing game, upsetting the New Orleans Saints. However, Hurts had an even more impressive performance in his second start in Week 15. Despite the close loss to the Arizona Cardinals, 26-33, Jalen Hurts was responsible for four touchdowns in the contest. Hurts completed 24 of his 44 pass attempts for 338 yards and three touchdowns. The young QB also rushed 11 times for 63 yards and another touchdown. Hurts gave the Eagles a spark, moving the ball better than QB Carson Wentz did at any point of the season. The matchup looks juicy as Hurts and the Eagles will take on the Cowboys in Week 16. If you are heading to the fantasy football championship, Jalen Hurts is a QB1 and should be started. What a story.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 22.3
Lucas’ Projections = 24.5
Quarterback #2 – Josh Allen = 37.66 Fantasy Points (STD)
It is likely that Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen led fantasy teams to the championship this weekend, hauling in 37 fantasy points. The Bills QB had no issues racking up points over the Denver Broncos defense on Saturday’s matchup, bringing in an easy victory 48-19. Allen completed 28 of 40 passing attempts for 359 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the contest. He also rushed three times for 33 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The QB surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for passing yards this season and continues to push himself higher in the most valuable player discussion. It’s not rocket science, start Josh Allen for the championship in Week 16.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 22.6
Lucas’ Projections = 24.8
Quarterback #3 – Ryan Tannehill = 37.02 Fantasy Points (STD)
It’s crazy to think that the top three fantasy quarterbacks all had 37 fantasy points. Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill comes in third with 37.02 points. The QB had himself a day finishing with 273 yards and three touchdowns on 21 for 27 passing during the 25-46 victory over the Detroit Lions. Tannehill also added three carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Tannehill should be started in fantasy championships as he takes on the Green Bay Packers in Week 16.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 17.8
Lucas’ Projections = 23.2
Running back #1 – David Montgomery = 28.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery had a huge game in the Week 15 victory over the Vikings. Montgomery carried the ball a career-high 32 times or 146 yards and two touchdowns. The second-year RB looked fresh, as it took an army to bring him down. Montgomery now has five touchdowns and 434 rushing yards over his last four games, and this number will continue to expand as he will take on the Jaguars. Expect a ton of volume for the RB and a huge game.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 15.0
Lucas’ Projections = 24.7
Running back #2 – Tony Pollard = 25.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was ruled out of Sunday’s matchup due to a calf injury. This left the floor to RB Tony Pollard, and he made the most of his starting opportunity. Pollard ran the ball 12 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught the ball six times for 63 more yards, leading the team in targets in the passing game with nine. Pollard has a league-winning upside if Elliott remains out. If that does happen for Week 16, Pollard can be started with confidence as he takes on the Eagles next week.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 6.5
Lucas’ Projections = 14.2
Running back #3 – Derrick Henry = 23.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
As expected, Tennessee Titans running back legend, Herrick Henry made the fantasy leader list once again. ‘King Henry’ ran 147 yards and a score off 24 attempts during the easy victory over the Detroit Lions. Henry also caught both of his targets for five yards. If it were not for QB Ryan Tannehill scooping goal-line touchdowns, Henry would have had an even bigger game. It is December, and ‘Derrick Yeti’ has transformed. The RB has had 422 yards and three touchdowns since the beginning of the month, and in Week 16 he will be facing a weak Packers run defense. Start Derrick Henry, he should have another big game.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 18.2
Lucas’ Projections = 27.5
Wide receiver #1 – Calvin Ridley = 22.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
Calvin Ridley, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons leads the wide receivers in fantasy points this week. Ridley had himself a big day, catching 10 of his 14 targets for a career-high 163 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons seemed to have the game under control over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Tom Brady worked his magic and pulled out the W, 31-27. Despite the hard loss, Ridley appeared to be sensational, averaging 16.3 yards per reception. This is the WR’s third straight game with 100 yards receiving. The Falcons will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16, and the team will have to try and keep up with that high-octane offense if they want a chance in winning. Ridley is a must-start in all fantasy championships.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 10.4
Lucas’ Projections = 16
Wide receiver #2 – DeAndre Hopkins = 21 Fantasy Points (STD)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins keeps reminding the Texans how foolish they were to send him off to a new team. The Cardinals WR dominated in the Week 15 shootout against the Eagles. Hopkins caught nine of his 11 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown in the victory. It would be foolish not to start this star receiver. Hopkins and the Cardinals will take on the 49ers in Week 16.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 11.2
Lucas’ Projections = 12
Wide receiver #3 – Zach Pascal = 19.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
It was expected that Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton would have another huge game over the Houston Texans. However, it was a different Colts receiver this week. Zac Pascal had a strong performance in the Week 15 matchup, catching five passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Although this was a great fantasy performance, managers should not expect a replica in Week 16’s matchup over the Steelers. It would be a very risky move to start Pascal.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 4.3
Lucas’ Projections = 7.8
Tight end #1 – Darren Waller = 21 Fantasy Points (STD)
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller makes his way back on the fantasy leader list once again, bringing in 21 fantasy points for his fantasy owners. The tight end is nearly unstoppable and extremely difficult to guard, resulting in his big play performances this season. Waller caught nine passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in the Thursday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Even though the Raiders lost their starting QB, Derek Carr to a groin injury, Marcus Mariota performed well and sought out Waller throughout the overtime loss. Waller and the Raiders take on the Dolphins in Week 16, and this tight end is locked in.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 9.9
Lucas’ Projections = 15.5
Tight end #2 – Travis Kelce = 14.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had another solid performance in the Week 15 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Kelce caught eight of his 12 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown. Kelce continues to shine as he is one of Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target, alongside Tyreek Hill. Kelce has been extremely consistent this season and will look to keep the ball rolling in Week 16 as he and the Chiefs will take on the Atlanta Falcons. Start Travis Kelce in the fantasy football championship.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 13.3
Lucas’ Projections = 16.7
Tight end #3 – Noah Fant = 12.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant rewarded fantasy mangers that started him in Week 15. Fant has been banged up all season, which really put a damper on his highly projected fantasy impact this year. Those who started Fant in Week 15 were happy, as his performance paid off in the ugly loss over the Buffalo Bills. The second-year tight end caught eight passes, which was his season-high. He turned those completions into 68 yards and a touchdown in the contest. This was Fant’s first touchdown grab since Week 2. The Broncos will take on the Chargers in Week 16, and as Fant could be a decent TE1 option, knowing that the position is slim with star players.
Projected Points for Week 16 = 6.1
Lucas’ Projections = 10.4
Week 15 was a fun one! Now it is time for the final week, championship week. Congratulations to those who have made it to the end of the tunnel, and good luck in the big game!