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Lineup Advice: Week 15 – Review, Playoffs & Life Lesson

Are you in the playoffs and need a second opinion? I’ve got my tin hat on and ready to go down the rabbit-hole for each of your lineup questions.

Are you in the playoffs and need a second opinion? I've got my tin hat on and ready to go down the rabbit-hole for each of your lineup questions.


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Lineup Advice: Week 15 – Review, Playoffs & Life Lesson
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Ashley Moser
5 months ago

Once more into the breech!
1/2 pt. PPR
QB: Mahomes or Brady ( I seem to always pick the wrong week for who blows up)
RB: Barkley or Zeke
Which WR to fill last spot: Van Jefferson, Gallup, or Nuk

Last edited 5 months ago by Ashley Moser
Brian Chmiel
5 months ago

.5 ppr

Darrell Henderson vs DJM
Ertz vs Schultz

Mike Wendland
5 months ago

Made the playoffs in 3 of my 4 leagues, with my non-playoff team being a fresh startup where I unfortunately bombed 2 high picks. But I managed to stash some new talent and draft picks over the season, so next year could be better.
But back to one of the playoff teams:
Teddy vs CIN or Huntley vs GB (obviously only if Lamar is out) – I usually would be hesitant to plug backup QBs straight into the lineup, but I think Huntley already showed this year that he can competently operate the same offense as Lamar with decent passing stats and has some nice rushing upside too.
Also need one for a standard PPR Flex:
Goedert vs WFT or Pollard @NYG or Rashaad Penny @LAR? They all seem risky to me, but I’m slightly leaning Pollard, if he can manage at least one full practice this week.
Thanks and good luck in the playoffs!

Mike Wendland
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Thank you, Jeff!
Due to the recent turn of events I’m now forced to start Goedert in the TE spot, but gain an additional option for the Flex, where it’s now between Penny, Pollard and Jeff Wilson vs ATL. Wilson may not have shown much this year, but that may also due to him still rehabbing his knee for the first half of the season, and he’ll have a sizeable role in this game against a rather weak run defense too. What do you think?
Thank you.

Ed B
5 months ago

1 pt PPR

Rhamondre Stevenson, Pollard (if he plays), or Damien Harris (if Harrison plays)

William Morrison
5 months ago

Hi Jeff,

Happy Holidays to you and yours as well!

Which of these players would you *actually* trust in your flex positions to win the semis this week in 2QB non-PPR scoring: Metcalf, KJ Osborn, Aiyuk, Penny, Foreman, and Swift? I could see any blowing up and all totally collapsing. Any preferences?

William Morrison
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Thanks! I think I’m gonna go Penny, Foreman, and Aiyuk. Gotta start praying now!

Ryan Macnamara
5 months ago

1) PPR, pick one: Lamar Jackson or Russell Wilson. Tough one with Lamar going out early last week. Hawks are playing LA and they are always tough on Russ. Rough timing!
2) Pick 2 out of the following: Keenan Allen (covid / TNF), Zeke, Deebo Samuel (lingering injury), OBJ or Rashad Penny (ugh). Leaning Keenan if healthy on TNF vs KC, and Zeke. If keenan isnt ready I can pivot to, Deebo, but its scary. Thoughts?
3) PPR Superflex / 1.5 TE Premium, pick 2 out of the following: Taylor Heinicke, Damien Harris, Miles Sanders, Allen Robinson, Jared Cook and Cole Kmet
Thanks Jeff! 1st time I’ve asked for advice all season but its time with the playoffs here. Cheers!

Raul Uga
5 months ago

My deepest condolences. Thank you for reminding us about how precious life is and how to embrace every moment.

Jonas Holliday
5 months ago

1/2 Point PPR Start/Sit
QB: Tua/Fields
FLEX: AJ Dillon/DJ Moore

mike whitaker
5 months ago

QB Prescott or Cousins (traditional scoring)

WR Metcalf or Higgins (no ppr)

RB need to start 2 (ppr) Chubb, Najee Harris, Fournette

Thanks Jeff and Happy Holidays!

5 months ago

.5 PPR
I got 2 needs, it’s playoff time, I will pay extra.

#1 RB spot choose 1
Saquon vs DAL
Gibson vs Philly
Dillon vs BAL

Flex choose 2
Hollywood vs GB
Van Jefferson vs SEA
Aiyuk vs ATL
Jakobi Meyers vs IND
KJ Osborne vs CHI
Or the leftover RBs

I know, I’m asking alot..but I appreciate it

J Cakes
5 months ago

Tough choices this week for me…all TDs are 6pts

Burrow @ DEN
Fields vs. MIN (MNF) – leaning here for the upside and the fact that Burrow is on the road

Already starting


Fant vs. CIN – getting looks
Hock vs. ARI – if he comes back vs. a tough D

Have a lot invested in CIN and I’d hate to lay an egg vs. a tough DEN D

Steve Petersen
5 months ago

Thanks for the kind words Jeff, Happy holidays to you & your family.
Standard IDP
Dak or Tannehill
Starting Connor & J Williams
Need 3 Claypool, KJ Osborn, Boyd, J Reynolds, Tre Quan Smith, Jeudy, A Robinson o Freiermuth, Pat
Thanks & good luck in the play offs!

Jon Souliere
5 months ago

Just wanted to thank you for being vulnerable and sharing about your wife. As a father of an 8 month old, I don’t know what I would do without my wife. Your success as an entrepreneur and undoubtedly as a father is inspirational. God bless you this holiday season.
.5 PPR… James Robinson or DK? It sucks that they both suck. Leaning toward Robinson in hopes that the Texans D is more dysfunctional that Urban Meyer’s coaching.

5 months ago

PPR: I need 1- Metcalf, Barkley, Jacobs, Hollywood

Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Thanks for the reply, here is my full breakdown:
Mahomes, Godwin, Diggs, Jefferson, Gibson, Montgomery, Hockenson, Burrow and then Henderson, Barkley, Brown, Metcalf, Jacobs for the final spot.
Would you swap Gibson or Montgomery out for Barkley or Henderson (assuming he plays)?

Lee Angus
5 months ago

I don’t think Henderson gets off the Covid list in time to play this week, but if he does, would you play Henderson, Don’ta Foreman, or Rashaad Penny over Pitts in a PPR? Looking for the upside play as I consider myself a bit of an underdog this week. My heart says to chase the points with Penny, but my brain says chase the match-up with Foreman. Thanks!

Last edited 5 months ago by Lee Angus
5 months ago


Hey, Jeff. Thanks for all the help during the season! Wish you the absolutely best this holliday season.

My TNF question goes down to my LB room:

Would you start Kyzir White (vs. KC this TNF) instead of CJ Mosley (@MIA) and Jordan Hicks (@DET)? My other 2 starting LB are Darius Leonard (vs. NE) and Roquan Smith (vs. MIN). Consider that I’m already starting a LB/DB from Jets @ MIA with Quincy Williams in my DB spot.

The other question, now in the DB room, start 2 from the following: Budda Baker (@DET), Kamren Curl (@PHI) and Xavier McKinnie (@DAL).

The last D wave, already starting Matt Judon (@ IND). Should I keep praying for the sack streak to continue with Trey Hendrickson (@ DEN) ou should I go with Jonathan Greenard against that horrible of the Jaguars, @JAX?

On the offensive side, no Big doubts. But if Waller is able to go, would you bench Freiermuth for him?

Thanks for everything.

Kind regards,

Adam P
5 months ago

Thursday game
1/2 PPR

3rd WR troubles, my options are Mike Williams, Van Jefferson or Devonta Smith. I tend to look negatively towards Thursday games. Leaning toward Van Jefferson but it would be his 1st start on my team and my head is telling me to “dance with who brung ya” and go with William’s if healthy. Am I over thinking this one? I also have OBJ but he looks to be out.

Playoffs are underway and I’m a classic over manager. Lol


Tyler Schmidt
5 months ago

Hi Jeff,
We made the playoffs and I need to choose three of these four RBs. (0.35 PPR) Listed in my current order of prefernce:

  • A Jones @ Bal
  • M Gordon vs Cin
  • M Carter @ Mia
  • C Hubbard @ Buf

Thanks again for all your help this season!

Charles Day
Reply to  Tyler Schmidt
5 months ago

Isn’t Carter on IR?

Tyler Schmidt
Reply to  Charles Day
5 months ago

He won’t be on Sunday. Head coach already said he’s playing.

5 months ago

14 team PPR SF
With Lamar Jackson’s injury, what are your thoughts about these potential replacements for my SF spot (have Herbert at QB on TNF)? Other injury concerns include Conner and DJ Moore.
QB – Wentz (Saturday game) or Z. Wilson
RB – R. Stevenson (Sat) or R. Freeman
WR – DJ Moore, Mooney, J. Jones, Treadwell
Thank you in advance for any insights.

Kris H
5 months ago

TNF – 10 team: 0.5 PPR w/ all players getting 1pt per ten yards and 6pt TD.
WR: Need 3 of the 5: K Allen vs KCC, D Hopkins @ DET, C Lamb @ NYG, M Evans vs NOS and DJ Moore @ BUF. Allen, Lamb and Evans are my first thoughts with Moore and Hopkins both hurt. Really want to play DHop vs the Lions.
RB: Need 2 of the 4: E Mitchell vs ATL, J Robinson vs HOU, S Barkely vs DAL and S Michel vs SEA. Leaning Mitchell if healthy and Barkley but Robinson has a great match if he gets the ball.
QB: P Mahomes @ LAC or M Stafford vs SEA. Thinking Mahomes with the Rams having a COVID out break but like the match up for Stafford.
Thanks in advance

5 months ago

Half PPR Superflex, 2nd week of 1st round of playoffs. Down 75 going into week 2 so need a miracle.
Pick 3 for WR/WR/Flex: DK Metcalf, Devonta Smith, Mike Williams, Sutton, Pollard, Gaskin
Pick 1 for QB2: Cousins, Tua
Thanks Jeff!

Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Yeah had to sit JT and every other back on my roster was either hurt or on bye so Ekeler had to cover both rb spots. Didn’t help going against Kupp, Conner, and Chase. Thanks Jeff! Fingers crossed for 100 out of JT/Kittle/Ekeler alone this weekend.

Dan Harnack
5 months ago

CEH, Damien Harris, Elijah Mitchel or Javonte Williams in my Flex? I have Kamara and Mixon whom I assume are locks in my RB spots….

Ashvin Coomar
5 months ago

12 Team 1 pt. PPR
QB: Mahomes or Rodgers

5 months ago

QB question for the playoff run. PPR – I currently have Russell Wilson & Carson Wentz. Justin Fields is on the waiver wire. Should I drop one (which one) and pick him up for the rest of the way??

Jamie Horton
5 months ago

Hi Jeff,
12 team Superflex PPR – Finals Football!
Need to start 3 WR’s & 2 Flex
Chase, Waddle, Evans, Cooper, Freeman, Mitchell (if healthy)
I’m leaning toward starting all 4 WR’s and Mitchell over Freeman if he’s healthy
Thanks again for all your help getting me to this point

Stephen Atkinson
5 months ago

Hi Kemo,
Made my playoffs by the skin of my teeth (7 pts) after going with Hilliard over Penny and then getting my butt saved by Kupp on Mon nite. I hope my neighbor down the street doesn’t realize one of his goats is missing and was sacrificed to the fantasy gods before kickoff……

Playoff scoring is total points plus your weekly average and this is going to be a tough battle. Two of the other three teams have split the championship for the past five years. In it’s first season (2012), I won it all. It would be nice to see a different name at the top of the board in three weeks.

QB – Mahomes
RB – CEH, Jacobs
WR – Kupp, Waddle, and either Hollywood or Renfrow
Flex #1 – Whoever is left from Hollywood or Renfrow
Flex #2 – Here’s my problem – JRob or Penny, Hilliard, Marvin J

JRob got stuffed last week while Penny got passed the defensive line for two long scores vs Texans. Not sure what he will do versus the Rams. JRob is going against Texans this week but don’t know how much crazier things can get in Jax.
Any concerns if Lamar doesn’t start for Hollywood?
One game at a time…. Thanks for all of your help Kemo.

Dale Norwood
5 months ago


hard to believe I am asking this but Tyreek or Diggs as my WR2. It’s my Vampire league (I am the Vampire and have a 10-4 record and have stolen so many studs).

leaning Tyreek

Paul Lequeux
5 months ago

Happy Holidays Jeff to you and your family! Standard scoring league, Carson Wentz vs the Patriots or Russel Wilson vs the LA Rams. Wilson has struggled lately and against the Rams but I am not sure if Wentz going against the Patriots is my best bet. Any help would be great!

Tanner Norman
Reply to  Paul Lequeux
5 months ago

I had a question about the Chargers Wr situation this off-season. With Williams becoming a FA this off-season(I believe). He he were to leave who would you rather have between Guyton or Palmer. Look to take shot on a couple guys who’s situation could improve this off-season. Thanks.

Chris Madden
5 months ago

Need someone to replace OBJ: Jacoby Meyers, Penny, or Miles Sanders?

Chris Madden
Reply to  Chris Madden
5 months ago


Cristian Fillmore
5 months ago

week one of playoffs, .5 PPR need to pick 1
Waddle Vs Jets
J.Robinson Vs Houston
i am 50/50 here

5 months ago

.5 ppr
1 offensive flex position Sony Michel, Darell Williams, Craig Reynolds, or Rondale Moore

Garrett Sperlbaum
5 months ago

Hi Jeff –
In a tough playoff situation this week. DJ Moore is questionable and facing Buffalo’s tough Pass D, and I have the option of playing Mike Williams this evening instead. Superflex PPR. While I traditionally stick with my studs, the combo of Moore’s injury and tough matchup concern me. Who would you recommend?
Garrett S.

Garrett Sperlbaum
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Excellent Jeff, thanks very much for the feedback!!

Sean Riegel
5 months ago

Hey Jeff, first and foremost, I had no idea about your personal story (apologies for my ignorance). Much respect for you. That’s a whole level of strength and courage that I know nothing of. Appreciate you sharing, and wishing you the best this holiday season.
Full Point PPR
I’m the reigning champ, but pretty decimated by injuries.
Need one of the following for my flex spot, two of which are playing tonight: Mike Williams, Darrel Williams (KC), D’Onta Foreman, KJ Osborn.
Non-serious (I think) question… is there a world where Taysom Hill should be started over Mahomes this week? Asking for a friend…

Donald Crawford
5 months ago

Need 2 rb
Robinson foreman Ekler gordon j Williams
Need 2 wr
V Jefferson t mclaurn thielen c Patterson

Donald Crawford
Reply to  Donald Crawford
5 months ago

Have first round bye but still total points on the season is up for grabs

Stephen Atkinson
5 months ago

Back again Kemo,
Thanks for the previous advice. Unfortunately I just lost Waddle (my #2 WR) which changes things.
WR – Kupp, Hollywood, Renfro
Flex – JRob, and either Penny, Hilliard, Marvin J or Breida (or Sunday AM waiver miracle).
I need another goat….

Stephen Atkinson
Reply to  Stephen Atkinson
5 months ago

Also have RSJ as my #2 TE behind Gronk and can flex him here vs Phil DST but feel either Penny, Hilliard, or Marvin J would be my best bet.

I drafted Penny with my 1.04 and joked with you last week about him leading my team out of playoff purgatory in week 17 which looks good for him if he stays upright.

Stephen Atkinson
Reply to  Stephen Atkinson
5 months ago

Add Jamaal Williams to that group if he comes off the covid list.

Chad Gorick
5 months ago

Standard scoring
Jeff, thank you for sharing your story with your on-line family here. What a journey. Thank you for the reminder of what is important.
Much hand wringing here over Ekeler and how involved he will be tonight. My other starting options would be Chase Edmonds, D’Ernest, B Scott, a Detroit RB, a Houston RB or another SD RB.
You called it right with D Cook last week, looking for some more of that good Mojo. I’m running a team for my good friend who passed away in-season. No pressure!
Thanks again for sharing and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Chad Gorick
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Thanks Jeff. He left behind his wife, son and grandson and literally thousands of folks he mentored. A great guy, great competitor and probably the toughest trade negotiator I’ve ever met in fantasy!😊 He is missed. Thanks again.

James Richardson
5 months ago

Hello Jeff….I’m in the consolation bracket but overall winner takes the #1 Draft Pick so I need to stay focused. Its a 2QB league and I have Murray and Tannehill. Tannehill has been a major disappointment so I picked up Huntley just in case. So in the event that Llamar Jackson does not play Sunday should I go with Huntley over Tannehill? Thanks.!!

Last edited 5 months ago by James Richardson
Don Toenyan
5 months ago

Hi Jeff! Life teaches us something almost every day; thank you for sharing yours!
I’m in a 12 team, 1/2 point PPR, 17 YO dynasty league. I am currently the point and wins leader, so I have a #1 vs # 8 matchup for the first game of the playoffs (after several drought years). I need to start 2 RB, 2 WR and 2 flex. RBs: Henderson, JRob, J Williams & Patterson (RB in our league), WRs: D Johnson, Godwin, Cooper, Gallup, Cooks & V Jefferson. I am leaning towards: Patterson, Robinson, Johnson, Godwin, Williams and Cooper. I could be talked into a swap of Robinson/Williams and Cooks. Thoughts?
Good luck to everyone else on here!

James Richardson
5 months ago

– 1pt PPR…Mixon or Mike Williams (stack with Herbert)?

Will Finnegan
5 months ago

Full lineup Q
start a lineup this week or don’t?
Bc of your awesome help secured the 1st rd bye!
Ill be back next week over thinking my flex!

Thanks for everything!

5 months ago

PPR Start two: Mike Williams, Terry Mclaurin, DJ Moore

Jim Rees
5 months ago

Hey, Jeff!
Single QB, full point PPR. Starting Josh Allen, Kamara, Jefferson, Christian Kirk and Russell Gage. Need 1 TE and 1 Flex from the following:

  • Mike Davis at San Francisco
  • Chase Edmonds at Detroit
  • Craig Reynolds vs Arizona
  • Courtland Sutton vs Cincinnati
  • Dallas Goedert vs Washington
  • Dawson Knox vs Carolina
  • Ricky Seals-Jones at Philadelphia

Leaning using Goedert and Knox for the TE and Flex, but what are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance!

Jeffrey Dew
5 months ago

1/2 ppr
QB: Lamar or Tua
RB’s – need three: Chubb, Gibson, Jacobs, Michel, Dillon, Stevenson
TE: Gesicki or Freiermuth
Thank you!!

Patrick Hanley
5 months ago

Jeff, thank you for sharing your story in the intro & my condolences for your loss, can’t even imagine, you are a rock! Ok, it’s money time, so laying it all there, thanks in advance for your input. Need most help at RB & WR. (Standard scoring)

NOTE: it seems as if most of my players are day-to-day or with limited practice time, tough decisions!

SAT game implications
QB – Pick 1
* Lamar Jackson Hm vs GB
* Mac Jones @ Ind
(Obviously rolling out Lamar if healthy – key factor is, Jones plays Sat, Lamar on Sun)

SUN games
RB – Pick 2
* A Jones @ Bal
* AJ Dillon @ Bal
* D Swift Hm vs AZ
* Jamaal Williams Hm vs AZ
* M Sanders Hm vs Was
(Leaning Dillon & Swift but hate to bench Jones – he’s been limited or would feel better about rolling out both GB backs – so many options in both the Det & Phi backfields, hard to navigate)

WR – starting J Jefferson & need 1 more so Pick 1
* T Higgins Hm @ Den
* M Evans Hm Hm vs NO
* DJ Moore Hm @ Buf
* T McLaurin @ Phi
(It’s either Higgins or Evans in my opinion, almost a toss up – Higgins is on a roll but playing in Denver (weather?) while Evans has bad history vs NO but the upside of playing at home).

TE: Kelce. PK: Tucker. Defense: SF

My opponents lineup, if helpful in making the calls is: Hurts, Edwards-Helaire, Gibson, K Allen, J Chase, H Henry, Boswell, Patriots D

Kelce for me outperformed Edwards-Helaire & K Allen combined Thu so have some cushion.

Thank you, sorry so long but wanted to give you all the data! Good luck in your games as well ✌🏼

Patrick Hanley
Reply to  Patrick Hanley
5 months ago

At RB, leaning Dillon & Sanders at this point Jeff, looks like Swift is out.

Patrick Hanley
Reply to  Patrick Hanley
5 months ago

Now Jones back in mix at RB + Lamar not practicing again on Friday; will need to pull trigger on Mac Jones for Sat if needed. A merry go round!

Patrick Hanley
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
5 months ago

Thanks Jeff ✌🏼Planning to start Mac jones tonight if I don’t have more clarity on Lamar by then – agreed?

Finding it hard to bench Dillon, he’s been a grinder this time of year – if you have to choose Jones or Sanders to pair with him, who do you pick?

Much appreciation

Chad Gorick
5 months ago

Full PPR
Hey Jeff, I’ve got Chuba in the flex but that upcoming schedule for him is BRUTAL. Would you recommend Jeudy, R Higgins, Njoku, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Nico Collins or Royce Freeman…or still roll with Chuba for this week? Thanks.

5 months ago

No ppr. I played M.Williams, Helaire, and Kelce Thurs. Still Projected to lose by 7.
Have Chubb
Still need QB, WR, and Flex.
Hill, Hurts, or Lamar
Van Jefferson, Marquise Brown, Darnell Mooney or Michael Pittman
For flex have above WR’s and Rhamondre Stevenson, Hubbard. and on waver wire
Chase Edmunds, Christian Kirk, David Johnson

5 months ago

How bad is Josh Allen’s injury? Do I risk him getting reinjured or start Derek Carr?

5 months ago

PPR, .25 point per carry. 2 of 3. Gabriel Davis Ameer Abdullah, Duke Johnson. I’m leaning Davis since he starting – as long as Allen okays, and Duke Johnson since he’s the only healthy back. Don’t know how much game script might help Abdullah as best receiving back though

Reply to  sincityraider
5 months ago

Well, other backs just activated so that’s easy. Be easier if Williams is activated for Detroit

Stephen Atkinson
5 months ago

While I’m waiting for the covid dust to settle and see who is and isn’t playing and changing the three game days that have already been moved – how about a non-lineup question?
I posted this too late for an answer last week – What are your thoughts on Jaret Patterson? I spent valuable BB dollars on him at the start of the season, mostly as a replacement in case Gibson went out, and he’s barely played so far. I thought maybe if the WFT got knocked out early, they might rest Gibson and let Jaret have shot to show what he can do and be a playoff asset in case of injury to one of my other RB’s. Unless Gibson comes down with covid, I’m not sure he see’s more than a handful of carries during league playoffs. With Waddle possibly out, I might need to drop him or make another roster move to pick up a replacement. Your thoughts?

Clyde Aker
5 months ago

Howdy Jeff,
Made it to the final 4 in my guillotine league. Caught a break with Ekeler and Kelse last night, so looking solid so far this week. Need 2 of these 6 for my flex spots, needing the safest high floors, IMHO. Ppr. Barkley, Deebo, Zeke, AJones, ACooper, and Metcalf. How would you play it, sir?
Thanks for your help throughout the season, and Merry Christmas to all!

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