Virtual Football Start You, Sit You Soccer Thursday Night: Week 15


It’s officially the best time of the year. Not only do we have the holidays coming up, but we also have NFL playoffs and, more importantly, fantasy playoffs. This year more than most, it seems like we NFL fans have to make it to the Good List because I don’t think we could ask for a better way to end 2021.

The NFL playoffs are wild. At AFC, we have 13/16 teams with at least six wins and are in the playoffs. Meanwhile, in NFC, we have a very heavy playoff picture with a few underrated teams fighting for that last spot.

As exciting as the NFL is, we’re officially into the fantasy playoff season. Whether your league begins the knockouts this week or next, there’s no better match to start Week 15. The Red Captain’s defense team heads to the West Coast to see if the storm hits. thunderstorms Justin Herbert can ignite their flames. Buckle up your seat belts, because we’re having a wild Thursday this week. As always, my name is Ellis Johnson and this is the RotoBaller Thursday Night Preview.

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Kansas City Chief @ Los Angeles Charger – 8:20 p.m. ET

Notable injury

Justin Herbert (QB, LAC): The aforementioned and unofficial King of Coast will face off against rivals in his division for the top spot. Despite my thunderstorm metaphor, Herbert was on fire. Seriously, this kid can play ball. Herbert has turned heads throughout the season and has managed to join the Mahomes conversation for dynastic leagues. Despite missing out on a contract worth half a billion dollars, Herbert did all he could to complete his assignment. He’s the only QB to have thrown more than 30 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and he hasn’t stopped yet. He’s QB3 next season brave cat and also ranked third in the number of touches. Despite the Sheriff’s plea to give a clinic last week, Herbert still works for Derek Carr looks more like a golf cart than a car. Start Herbert with confidence this week and watch one of the best games in the league on Thursday night.

Keenan Allen (WR, LAC): What is a superhero without his trusted companion? Based on my love for Herbert, Allen looks set to return this week. After going missing last week on the COVID list, Allen will be a key player in this offense against the Chiefs. Despite going missing last week, Allen is WR13 for the season, fifth in reception and sixth in goal in the position. Allen is Herbert’s rival and will see a lot of targets in this case. Since the Chiefs’ defensive change, they have left the sixth most fantasy points per game in the WR position for the past three weeks (20.3). Starting Allen as locked WR1, what I’m calling the Cake Shop* will open the door for Allen.

* Pie Shop: An Australian term (often used in Rugby League) to describe who will score a Challenge (or in this case, encounter) goal this week.

Austin Ekeler (RB, LAC): The amazing Austin Ekeler is unbelievable. If it’s not for Jonathan Taylor, people will lose their minds about Ekeler’s fantasy season. Currently RB2 of the season, Ekeler is outsourcing the third best defender with 28 fantasy points. In classic Ekeler style, he’s second in position in receptions, first in yards and first in touchdowns with seven. However, unlike previous seasons, Ekeler has successfully completed his task. With nine rushed touches and averaging 4.5 yards per take for a career-high 161 plunge, he’s become a machine. Ekeler is an extraordinary person, a player and a fantasy pick. Start him off as an elite RB1 against a rushing midfield Kansas City defense this week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams (RB, KC): I’m grouping these two because the match analysis applies to both. However, Edwards-Helaire is the one to start while Williams remains a “sure choice”. These two defenders have coexisted well since Edwards-Helaire’s return from injury, despite encounters. Edwards-Helaire is the lead, with 36 tries and eight goals in the last three. While Williams has remained effective for that length of time with 12 dashes and nine goals. The charger is allowing the eighth imaginary points to run again in the past three weeks and the Directors should consider to set up the run. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is having a two-touch performance and has been in double-digits per game since returning from injury. I will start him as a senior RB2 this week. Meanwhile, Williams will be looking to take advantage of the game and be a solid RB3 this week.

Travis Kelce (TE, KC): He’s the best, let’s start him. That seemed to be all the analysis needed for the imaginary weirdo that was Kelce. Even though he’s about to have a “downhill” week, Kelce is still an elite pick. Although temporarily dethroned by Mark Andrews for the top spot, Kelce is still 51 points ahead of third place TE. He has 22 fewer goals than the Kansas City head of target Tireek Hill and used as the only other receiving option for Patrick Mahomes. I’m going to take the week off last week and watch the best players in the league take on average defensive duties relative to the position.

Tireek Hill (WR, KC): Despite six fantasy under-10 games (including each of his most recent two weeks), Hill remains the fictional WR5 of the season. As expected, you get the big games with rapid expansion, followed by the midterm weeks. However, with nine or more goals in three-quarters of his games this year, his deck is safer than it used to be. Ironically, despite the captains looking like they’ve turned their season around, Hill has failed to break into the top four in his reception and double-digit fantasy scores over the past two weeks. This may be nothing, but it could well be the team’s new plan to win. If this trend repeats itself in the face of the Chargers, who are ranked fifth defensively against position, I could start to sweat if I rely on him for the fantasy playoffs. Regardless, this week you’re starting him as a WR1 for fantasy.

Patrick Mahomes II (QB, KC): To quote Jay-Z, six “must start” this week and Mahomes does not. I’m pretty confident that’s how the song plays out, at least for this week. Since Week 5, Mahomes has scored just over 20 fantasy points twice. Despite scoring 48 points before Raid, last week was not one of those two performances. However, things are not bad for Mahomes, he is still the QB4 of the season. However, this is largely down to his consistency and not the week’s winning performances associated with his name. This week, he faces the Chargers, who allowed the sixth-least fantasy score into the QB spot during the season. However, they have allowed as many 10ths in the past three weeks. Mahomes is still an imaginary QB1 and could have those giant weeks; however, I think he’s more of a mid-range QB1 than an elite pick.

Mike Williams (WR, LAC): After a fiery start to the year, Williams got caught in a thunderstorm. As a Charger, you would think this would be a good thing. At least it’s for Herbert and Allen. However, Williams was not so lucky. Having only scored one touchdown since Week 6, Williams has been a WR34 in that span. Last week without Allen, he had a solid game with six hits for 61 yards. He has always possessed great play and great catching ability, which makes it impossible for him to become a fantasy star every game. However, unless you think Kansas City is going to take the lead in this game and the Chargers are forced to throw, I just consider him a player with high upside potential this week.

Jalen Guyton (WR, LAC): Despite being crowned for 16 consecutive weeks in fantasy, it’s hard to trust Guyton with both Allen and Williams on the roster. As the team’s main deep shot pick, he is a burst or break player who plays high upside down. Personally, he’s not someone I want to lean on towards the end of this fantasy season.

Joshua Palmer (WR, LAC): Even though I’m “on the bench” this week, I want to put this boy in the spotlight of everyone’s reign. After rejecting Williams’ fifth year selection, the Chargers drafted Brampton, Ontario’s own Joshua Palmer in the third round. Since then, he has been praised by the staff and has had a solid rookie season. With Allen knocked out last week, Palmer led the team in goal count (seven), with five 66-yard receptions. He also picked a 12-yard score to open the game. While you can’t play him this week, he’s shown a great chemistry with Herbert, making him a very interesting part of the dynastic leagues and worth watching.

Jared Cook (TE, LAC): In his 13th season, the 34-year-old continues to find himself in this section of my articles. The big veterans are always a threat to score; However, during this season, he shared work with Donald Parham Jr. and has nothing to do with fantasy. So far, he’s been the TE18 of the season, and unless you’re in an 18-team league, I’ll look elsewhere this week.

We are warming to the end of the season. We hit both of our picks last week, leaving us 12-4 on the spread and 11-5 on Over/Under this season. I think this week is a harder match to predict; however, i like these lines where. In a key game with two solid defences, I’m glad the big attacking names kept the Over/Under ratio pretty high. As for the spread, a four-point line is never interesting. Both these teams are very hot but I have to side with the home team and get the points. If that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, here are my picks for this week:

Ellis’ Pick: Charger +4.0 (12-4), Under 51.5 (11-5)

Career achievements: Under (21-13), Over/Under (20-14)

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Britta Zeltmann

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