Jimmy Garoppolo (£8,400, 17.19 FPPG) & Deebo Samuel (£6,500, 10.04 FPPG) — ATL @ SF
It’s crunch time in the NFL’s race to the playoffs, and Jimmy G and his high-flying offence are on red-hot form.
Last week’s 48-46 victory over the Saints was a QB shootout, with Garoppolo throwing for four touchdowns and becoming the first Niners QB to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week since 2012.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel also got in the act last time out, connecting with Garoppolo for five passes and 76 yards. Garoppolo has averaged 22.01 fantasy points over his last four games, throwing four 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions in that time.
Samuel – who seems to have profited from the distraction caused by Emmanuel Sanders’ arrival in San Francisco earlier this season – has averaged 13.97 fantasy points over his last four games.
The pair should look to do the same on the road to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Going Big: The top player
Todd Gurley- RB (£7,600, 13.15 FPPG) — LAR @ DAL
It seems ludicrous that Todd Gurley, undoubtedly one of the most talented running backs in the NFL, is yet to rush for 100 yards this season, having done so six times in 2018 (you could go for seven if you count one extra for the 208 yards he rushed for against Denver). But don’t doubt him, he’s still a big-time player and will be crucial to the Rams’ final push for an NFC playoff spot.
Gurley proved as much last week, registering 23 carriers for 79 yards and a touchdown, as well as catching four passes for 34 yards.
Gurley is still very much a prime-time back and against the Cowboys, whose rush defence are below the league average, he can be relied upon to haul in some necessary points.
Terry McLaurin – (£6,000, 10.77 FPPG) — PHI @ WAS
Rookie receiver Terry McLaurin has proven himself to be a true rising star in the league and one of the better picks of the 2019 draft. Last week against the Packers, McLaurin caught 47 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, taking his fantasy point average over the past four games to 8.4.
McLaurin already has previous experience with Week 15 opponents Philadelphia Eagles — he torched them for 125 and a touchdown in Week 1.
So, at just £6,000, consider the rookie wideout to be a solid bargain pick that can free up space for some bigger picks.
Julio Jones (£7,500, 13.3 FPPG) — ATL @ SF
Julio Jones hasn’t scored a touchdown in nine games; it represents an obvious dip in form for somebody widely considered one of the most unstoppable receivers in the league. And, having failed to register 100+ yards in any of his past four games, Jones looks unlikely to change that against San Francisco on Sunday.
The Niners defence is ranked first against the pass and second overall. Although Jones has the talent to put together a monster game against any opponent, he doesn’t look to be as reliable as some of the other receivers on offer in Week 15.
New England Patriots (£5,000, 15.76) — NE @ CIN
A quick run through the stats should give a solid indication as to why picking the Patriots defence is a good idea this week: they’re the No. 1 ranked overall defence, lead the league in both interceptions made (21) and least points allowed (168), and rank fourth in fumbles forced — plus their opponents, the one-win Cincinnati Bengals, are the 25th ranked offence.
Despite the fact that the Patriots will be looking to end a two-game losing streak on Sunday, a phrase that didn’t seem possible earlier in the season, their defence still stands as a very solid pick.