Let’s get ready for a weird week of NFL action with some fantasy football predictions for Week 15...
1. Mac Jones is a top 7 quarterback.
Justification: After a lean into the running game, I would not be surprised if Belichick decides to go back into a pass-heavy scheme against an Indianapolis defense that has recently faced a few tough QBs (Tom Brady and Josh Allen) but A LOT of weak QBs (Davis Mills, Trevor Lawrence, Mike White, Josh Johnson). I see the Colts being tested this week.
2. Chase Claypool is a top 10 wide receiver.
Justification: After a week where he became public enemy No. 1 for his first down celebration in late previous seconds of the game vs. Minnesota, I think we see a very focused and driven Claypool this week. He has received at least eight targets in three of his last four weeks and he has over 80 receiving yards across that same three of four games.
3. Rob Gronkowski falls outside the top 15 tight ends.
Justification: The Saints’ defense against tight ends is no joke. They have allowed three TOTAL TDs all year to opposing tight ends and have only allowed two players to yield over 55 receiving yards. This comes in light of Gronk having four consecutive games with over 55 receiving yards, so something will have to give here.
4. Miles Sanders is a top 10 running back.
Justification: I’ve been burned by him quite a bit this year but there are a number of positive trends with Sanders. He has increased yardage and usage over the last few weeks, the Washington Football team is decimated with Covid-19, and when you look at the last few games of last season Sanders really stepped it up to a new level. The emergence of Jordan Howard and Boston Scott could cut into his carries but I think the Eagles see the reemergence here and will lean into it.
5. Miami vs. NYJ has an over/under of 41. Give me the over at 44 points.
Justification: Miami has scored at least 20 points in each of their last four games as part of a five-game win streak. Across their last two road games, the Jets are averaging 22 points. The matchup earlier this year was 41 points and both Zach Wilson and Tua Tagovailoa are both on the rise in terms of their output.