Congratulations if you’ve reached the fantasy football playoffs, and if your playoffs haven’t started yet, hopefully you’re ready for next week. Continuing the Christmas theme for fun ranks in the week 15 fantasy football ladder, Nicole and I went on a Christmas lights walk this past weekend. After a hugely disappointing show at Richmond Raceway the week before, we had been watching fun Christmas light shows online. So this week I’m presenting the top 10 I’ve found. You may have found/seen others, so please share if you have.
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2022 Week 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers
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POSSIBLE START: Desmond Ridder, ATL — In his first game?! Are you mad?! Well, let’s consider Ridder the bishop because his ability grants him a Daniel Jones-like fantasy perspective. He can run, but he won’t take off every time. Ridder is actually a good pocket passer, and a play of 225 yards with 1-2 touchdowns is doable, even against the Saints, and then an additional 40 yards on the floor with hopes for a quick touchdown gives Ridder ground and head. And that advantage would be on the fringes of QB1.
POSSIBLE START: Gus Edwards, BAL – Tyler Huntley sounds likely for Week 15, but it won’t change the Ravens’ game plan to run, run and run some more. Yes, the Steelers’ defense is vulnerable, but 28 combined tries for JK Dobbins and Edwards is enough volume to make Edwards a decent flyer against the Browns and their lack of run defense.
HAIL MARY START: Cam Akers, LAR – This is why I drafted Akers in rounds 4-5 – miss the playoffs and win my consolation round on his shoulders! It’s still extremely tricky to trust that offense, the broken offensive line, Sean McVay, or even Akers himself. Still, Akers gets a cheap matchup (Packers) and is RB10 for the last two weeks.
POSSIBLE START: Alec Pierce, IND – It was a long wait from Pierce’s third double-digit result to his fourth (six games), but he returned to relevance in Week 13 with 8-4-86-1 against the Cowboys. As mentioned in disclaimers, I’m leaning slightly towards Pierce over Parris Campbell as Pierce is the potential future No. 2 pick for the Colts. Campbell is a free agent — yes, he’s that old — and Pierce has the bigger game and higher touchdown potential, especially against the porous Vikings defense.
POSSIBLE START: Elijah Moore, NYJ – With Corey Davis out, Moore moves up the target stock pecking order, and boy is the matchup ripe for a big game. For the year, the Raiders are the only team worse against slot receivers, and as of Week 8 they’ve “jumped” to 27th place while the Lions are last dead. As long as the weather stays outside the 30 degree mark and there is no precipitation, cheer for Moore in week 15.
HAIL MARY START: Chris Moore, HOU — Speaking of moops (Seinfeld fans understand), if Nico Collins stays sidelined, you can take a flyer on Moore if you’re skinny at wide receiver. No matter what the Texans do as quarterbacks, the Chiefs are a cheap matchup for wideouts, especially as they push their opponents to keep up. Moore has been a WR37 at 8.6 FPPG since week 7 and is now pushing for team leadership at reception yards (sad I know).
HAIL MARY START: Dawson Knox, BUF – If you’re on Yahoo, the answer is Jeff Driskel, who the team listed as a close finish last year and gave him credit for it this year. Knox has missed a lot more than it has hit this year, especially compared to 2021, but the Bills meet the Dolphins in Week 15. This is another “watch the weather” game, but when things aren’t bad, the Dolphins are seventh tight end APA, which isn’t on par with the Cardinals or Seahawks, but features Gabe Davis, who is mostly disappointing, and the Frustrations surrounding Isaiah McKenzie (they signed Cole Beasley), Knox is worth a start.
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Best Christmas Light Shows
As mentioned, this week I’m featuring the top 10 I’ve found. You may have found/seen others, so please share if you have.
- Carol of the Bells — Big ups for instrument timing.
- Holly Merry Christmas — Fun song, fun lights, including a screen with the snowman (Burl Ives).
- Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa — Snoop Dogg Christmas Music?!
- Pirates of the Caribbean — I don’t care that it’s not a Christmas carol… I love this theme and the lights are great.
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy — Pretty cool, even though it’s techno-y/dubstep. Imagine the electricity bill too!
- Star Wars Christmas — Another one that isn’t Christmas music, but who’s complaining?
- Christmas light show — Compilation with a good mix and lightbulb vocals.
- Everything I want for Christmas — The singing of the trees and bulbs is fun.
- Little drummer — Don’t mind this version of Little Dummer Boy, although it’s also dubstep.
- The best time of the year — Loses a bit of its novelty if you’ve already seen this house, but still impressive job of building it originally and then finishing that. Can I still take a photo?
More Star Wars lights!
A 32 minute show!
Another LONG show (almost an hour)
Another song of the bells
Cool drone shot of a large field/grove, but not Christmassy… I guess.
Week 15 Fantasy Football Projections
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Week 15 fantasy football rankings
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- SF/SEA — The substitutes performed poorly and the 49ers’ defense was great. kenwalker could end up as RB1 but has a near zero bottom. Filed where I risk it, but your call on this side/risk.
- BAL/CLE – Weather: Slight concerns as of now (low 30s with some wind), but no real “must-sits”, but value was already placed on passing options.
- MIA/BUF — Weather: Possible snow showers that will downgrade decent passing. However, you are not doing a bench press Josh Allen, Stefan Diggs and Tyreek Hill. The others in the passing game are up for discussion…if it snows. jeff wilson is back for the time being, moving Raheem Mostert something down.
- PHI/CHI — Weather: Almost no worries; only under 30 temps. Dallas Goedert in for now, which is a downgrade to De Vonta Smith.
- DET/NYJ – Weather: No real concern as a top 30s… other than fade the heck out Jared Goff outside. Also, D’Andre Swift has no injury designation (so far) and has only seen that twice (week 1 and 13 when he had big games). Updated for Zach Wilsonhurt most jets.
- NO/NS — Rhamondre Stevenson sounds like he could play and is back at it Damien Harriswhat the rankings reflect.
- CIN/TB — It is risky to wait for it Tea Higgins even with his practice (Tyler Boyd also) given 1) last week and 2) it’s a 4pm game.
- NYG/WSH — Saquon Barkley Practicing, but still few backup options for Sunday Night Football, and the commanders’ defense is strong.
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