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Every week, managers of fantasy football address multiple decisions to their rosters. My goal is to take my 12 years of fantasy sports experience and present an abstract view on fantasy news. Check back every week for “The Fantasy Coach” provide a player at each position that could surprise (“Flames”) or put tears in your eyes (“Lames”).

Week 15 Flames

QB: Matt Ryan vs. WAS

If you are in a pinch for a quarterback slot, consider giving Matt Ryan a shot. The Redskins organization is in major flux so start him to advance in your playoffs for the big bucks.

RB: Shane Vereen @ MIA

With Rob Gronkowski out with a torn ligament, a new weapon will have to become their stimulant. I expect Vereen to continue his breakout play, with Tom Brady frequently looking his way.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald @ TEN

Now this is the player we have come to love, with the type of hands that resemble two baseball gloves. The Cardinals are in the heat of the playoff chase and will look to get the ball to him in space.

TE: Dennis Pitta @ DET

At a disappointing and injury-prone position, Dennis Pitta has been cleared by his medical physician. Last week in his debut he showed his athletic skills, which set him apart from the other “run of the mills.”

DEF: Carolina vs. NYJ

At this point I’d go with any defense versus the Jets, even if it were to be the New York Mets. They have no explosion and are turnover prone; their win last week has been way overblown.

Week 15 Lames

QB: Tom Brady @ MIA

Brady always seems to play well versus the ‘Fins, but that doesn’t always translate to a fantasy win. Losing his top target will hurt his overall value, with minimal yards and touchdowns offered on the menu.

RB: Giovani Bernard @ PIT

Gio will have a tough time in this hard-hitting affair, so hopefully you have another running back to spare. The Steelers rarely give up the big play so his upside is one that is looking rather gray.

WR: Vincent Jackson vs. SF

VJax is as inconsistent as they come, and he is more on the side of being a bum. He is great against the poorly run teams, but will be shut down by San Fran’s defensive scheme.

TE: Jordan Reed @ ATL

His quarterback RGIII may be benched this week, something he can’t overcome despite his physique. At this point I don’t think you can start any of the ‘Skins, unless you don’t care about getting a win. 

DEF: New Orleans vs. STL

In a week where defensive matchups aren’t that great, you can go with the Saints and test your fate. The Rams offense last week was a complete mess, so hopefully New Orleans can reduce your Sunday stress.

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