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Dec 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) celebrates what he thought was a 1st half TD but officials ruled he was down prior to the goal against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football – What We Learned in Week 15

1. Fantasy Football is A Cruel Sport We Subject Ourselves To

We need to give a quick check in on a few owners. Keenan Allen owners? How about Lamar Miller owners? Aaron Jones anybody. Eric Ebron? This season has been outrageous in terms of injuries in the fantasy playoffs. The unexpected as really become the norm throughout the playoffs so far. But we keep it real here on Crow Worthy, so let’s run the recap. On Kill, Marry, Chill my hits were. Robby Anderson, Aaron Rodgers, Kenny Stills, and Vance McDonald. On the DFS DraftKings article, we made some serious cash with…yikes it was a rough week for me  😢

2. Philip Rivers Making Babies

Is there anything that this guy can’t do? 313 passing yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night’s upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City. Can you trust him against the Baltimore defense though with your fantasy playoffs on the line? I think yout still can trust him as a low-end QB1. Rivers has thrown 2 touchdowns in all, but one game this year.

And how about Big Mike Williams if Keenan Allen misses more time? Here’s the scoop. With no Allen, I think Mike Williams is a WR2. His big body allows him to go up and win 50-50 balls even against good defensive backs. If Allen misses Williams should see an uptick in targets. 

Dec 13, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) catches a pass for a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

3. The Browns and Baker – Match Made In Heaven

So Baker Mayfield is probably going to be pretty good. Hot take? Seems more like an obvious one than anything else. The Browns are finally winning for the first time since iPhones became a thing. Now it’s important to keep in mind that Mayfield has not surpassed more than 14 fantasy points in three straight games and has compiled 4 touchdowns and 5 turnovers. But in Week 16 Mayfield gets the Hue Jackson Bengals back in Cleveland. At home against his old head coach, I just can’t see a scenario where the Mayfield and Co. don’t ball out. The last time these two teams faced each other, Mayfield threw for over 250 yards and four touchdowns. He’s a QB1 in Week 16. 

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

4. DeAndre Hopkins – Are You In Good Hands?

Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) catches a 14-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) defends at MetLife Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jets 29-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On a bummed ankle this guy is unstoppable. 10 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns over the Jets defense. Is he the best receiver in the NFL? And oh my god do you know who the Houston Texans play next week? The worst secondary in the NFL…the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be my number one wide receiver going into next week for sure. Demaryius Thomas saw eight targets in this game as well so he could have upside as WR3. The Texans throw a ton of bubble screens towards Thomas so he has a nice floor in PPR formats. His average ADOT in Week 15 was 4.5 yards. 

5. Derrick Henry – Mean Machine

33 rushes and 170 rushing yards for 2 touchdowns. I was telling ya’ll to buy into Henry last week’s recap and he delivered once again versus the Giants poor defense. If you have Henry he is playing too good to bench right now especially with the Redskins coming up next. The Redskins had allowed the most rushing yards to running backs (623) over the past four weeks before they faced Jacksonville.