Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 15: Redskins vs. Falcons

Two teams that combined for 23 wins a year ago have combined for only six so far this season. It's been a disaster in Washington and in Atlanta, and the two face off Sunday to see whose disaster continues.

The 2012 versions of the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons took the first and fourth seeds in the NFC playoffs, respectively. The 2013 versions of the teams are currently holding on to the second and third draft picks in next year's NFL Draft ... except that the Redskins don't even have their 2014 first-round pick, with it going to St. Louis. Basically, 2013 has been a football disaster for both teams. They face off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Atlanta, and the teams have far more fantasy relevance than real-football relevance:


Start in every league: ...

Start if you're desperate: Kirk Cousins, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon

Bench: Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed, Kai Forbath, Defense/special teams

There just aren't any must-start Redskins right now, even if there are some guys whose owners aren't going to have much choice about. Sure, it's true that Cousins had a good game in his lone start a year ago, throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns (with an interception to go with it). But it's also true that he was a late-round rookie backup, and he has 275 passing yards for his career outside of that game. He'll start for Washington on Sunday, and the Falcons' defense is pretty awful, but fans need to pump the brakes on this "Cousins is definitely good" talk. There's as much disaster potential as there is success potential. ... After 260 rushing yards combined in Weeks 9 and 10, Morris slipped to 93 in Week 11, and has 52, 26, and 31 yards in the three games since. As the Washington season has gone from "rough" to "abysmal," Morris' production has slipped as well. He's got No. 1 upside, and the odds are good that anyone who owns Morris will be using him, but the simple truth is he's only a maybe right now. ... Much of what is true for Morris is also true for Garcon, whose production has gone into the tank in recent weeks, and he's slipped to No. 20 among fantasy wide receivers. Again, those that own him will probably have to use him, but be on the lookout for alternatives.

Griffin is listed here just as a reminder; he's fully droppable in all non-keeper leagues. ... Morris' and Garcon's struggles have brought them from no-doubters to some-doubters. Similarly, Washington's some-doubters -- namely Helu, Moss, and Robinson -- have slipped to can't-use guys. ... Until Reed makes it back on the field from his concussion, no one can really believe he'll play. It's helpful that this is a 1 p.m. matchup, but overall Reed can't be counted on. ... Without him, Paulsen has been very marginally productive of late, but overall, well, there's a reason he has been behind Reed and Fred Davis on depth charts. ... Forbath has been worth very little as a kicker this season, with only three multi-field goal games and only one with more than two. ... The Redskins' defense has been abysmal, and not even facing a struggling Atlanta team is going to help.


Start in every league: Steven Jackson, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez

Start if you're desperate: Matt Ryan, Harry Douglas

Bench: Jacquizz Rodgers, Matt Bryant, Defense/special teams

After consecutive big games in Weeks 12 and 13, Jackson was held out of the end zone Sunday, limiting him to only the seven fantasy points he earned with his rushing yards. Still, the Redskins are awful against opposing running backs, so Jackson ought to have a good chance at productivity. ... Now that White is healthy, he's the Falcons' wide receiver you want; he has 18 catches in his last two games against only eight for Douglas, and he has 217 yards in that time. ... Gonzalez has found some increased consistency of late; he had huge games and awful games earlier in the year, but has 7.5 points per game in his last four without ever scoring more than 10 or fewer than four. He's not the super-stud tight end he used to be, but he's still a fine play at a shallow position.

There were some undeniable struggles for Ryan earlier this season, with two touchdowns against seven interceptions and only 15 total fantasy points in Weeks 8 and 9. It probably isn't a coincidence, though, that those were two of the three games this year that Ryan played without both White and Julio Jones; he's been perfectly acceptable -- not spectacular, but acceptable -- otherwise. ... Douglas kept the Atlanta passing attack alive earlier this season, but since White has returned and been active, Douglas has faded back to sub-mediocrity, bottoming out with two catches for 20 yards in Week 14. It's a bad defense on the other side of the field, so Douglas could do some things, but he's exceptionally hard to count on now.

Rodgers hasn't had a fantasy-relevant game since Week 7. He's averaged 2.57 fantasy points per game since. Yuck. ... Bryant has missed two field goals in his last three, and hasn't made more than two in a game since Week 4. ... There is no unit in the league worse than the Falcons' defense. As much as Cousins is a question mark and could be generous with the ball, you can't rest your playoff hopes on this awful D/ST.

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