Each week, NFL.com Fantasy Editor Michael Fabiano provides fantasy football players with a very useful “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em” rundown, highlighting the best matchups at each position for that week. This week, as many fantasy owners head into the semi-finals of their playoffs, the Buccaneers-Saints game in New Orleans is going to draw a lot of eyeballs.
Fabiano breaks down his “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em” advice into the six typical fantasy lineup categories – quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and defense – and he leads each of those segments with one “Start of the Week.” This weekend, half of those highlighted starts come from the Bucs-Saints tilt.
Tampa Bay Josh Freeman is Fabiano’s “Start of the Week” at quarterback, a nod to the Saints’ troubles on defense and Freeman’s 420-yard performance against them in Week Seven. For similar reasons, Fabiano likes the Buccaneers’ Connor Barth at kicker, and he calls Barth a “top-notch” fantasy option at his position this season.
The Saints get in a “Start of the Week,” too, which isn’t surprising given that the first meeting between these two teams was a wild shootout featuring nearly 1,000 yards of combined offense. New Orleans’ Marques Colston is his top choice at wide receiver, which is a bolder pick given that Colston has not been a highly productive fantasy receiver in recent weeks.
Check out all of Fabiano’s “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em” advice to see where other Buccaneers and Saints rank in Week 15. Hint: Check out the “sleeper” category at the tight end position.