Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 15: Bears vs. Browns

Two teams with maybe the biggest surprise wide receivers face off Sunday. Jeffery and Gordon, Gordon and Jeffery.

The Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns have used a combined five starting quarterbacks this season. They have two really nice surprises at wide receiver. And that's the end of their similarities. The Bears, tied for the lead in the NFC North, travel to Cleveland for a 1 p.m. ET game Sunday against a Browns team that has lost seven of eight and is really only concerned with its draft spot. But oh, those wide receivers, and their fantasy value:


Start in every league: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Robbie Gould

Start if you're desperate: Martellus Bennett, Defense/special teams

Bench: ...

The Bears appear ready to start Cutler at quarterback on Sunday, ending Josh McCown's time at the helm. The two quarterbacks have combined for 244 fantasy points, which would be third in the NFL if they were one guy. If you can start the QB, go for it, but basically, wait until right before game time and start whichever one is announced. ... Forte had single-digit fantasy points twice in three weeks in Weeks 10-12, but has averaged 19 per game since, and is at 15.5 for the season overall. Even against a tough Cleveland run defense, he's a must-start. ... Marshall is the No. 4 fantasy wide receiver for the season, and Jeffery is No. 7, though they are only one total fantasy point apart -- Marshall is tied with Antonio Brown and A.J. Green in overall scoring, which is weird. The Browns have Joe Haden on defense, but with two elite wide receivers to defend, who knows how he gets deployed. Short any greater knowledge (and probably even if we had it), there's really no reason to bench either big-name Bears' receiver. ... Gould has been a top-10 fantasy kicker, and has made two or three field goals in seven of his last eight games.

Bennett has big-play potential, but he has only scored double-digit fantasy points once since Week 2; he really needs a touchdown to have value, though he does have five on the year and comes in as fantasy's No. 10 tight end. ... Chicago doesn't actually have a relevant player that is a must-bench in Week 15, though the Bears' defense comes close. The unit has totaled negative-1 fantasy points in its last three weeks, and has scored one or fewer points five different times this year. That said, the unit's biggest weakness is against the run, and the Browns were an awful rushing team before likely losing Willis McGahee for the year. You probably aren't using Chicago this week, but anyone who is can't really ask for a better setup.


Start in every league: Josh Gordon

Start if you're desperate: Jason Campbell, Chris Ogbonnaya, Jordan Cameron

Bench: Willis McGahee, Fozzy Whittaker, Edwin Baker, Davone Bess, Greg Little, Billy Cundiff, Defense/special teams

If you're in a two-team fantasy league in which you only start one receiver, you're probably still starting Gordon. On a per-game basis, he's easily been the best wide receiver in fantasy this year. Prorate his numbers for a full, 16-game season, and he's on pace for a 2,000-yard year. Now, okay, granted, he probably isn't this good. But still, he's a weekly must-start, and there isn't much debate.

Earlier this year, Campbell was passed over for the Cleveland starting job in favor of Brian Hoyer. Campbell has started five games since getting the job, though, and scored 20-plus fantasy points in three. His fourth start was the one where he got hurt, so Campbell's lone true black mark on the season was his one-touchdown, three-interception game in Week 11 against Cincinnati. He's got a lot of potential. ... Ogbonnaya was somewhat sidelined by the Browns after he ran into some fumbling issues, but with McGahee now hurt, and facing an awful Bears' run defense, he could find himself with some value Sunday, particularly in PPR. ... Cameron got back onto the good side of the ledger Sunday, with 18 fantasy points that was his best game since Week 3. That comes on the heels of 17 points over five games, so it's iffy, but he showed he wasn't done.

McGahee likely won't play Sunday, and Whittaker and Baker are so far from value it's criminal, even against a bad Chicago run defense. ... Bess and Little have combined for two double-digit fantasy games all season. ... Cundiff has only one double-digit fantasy day all season, and it was also the only game he's converted more than two field goals. He's missed five field goals, including three in his last three. ... The Browns' defense has scored only seven total points in its last three, and has averaged four fantasy points in the eight games since Week 5.

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