Week 15 Fantasy Football Blog

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It’s the first week of our fantasy playoffs and it has come with more drama than any other week of football so far this season. If you can’t watch the games today, we have you covered with all of the scoring, turnovers, injuries, and action from all of the 1:00 and 4:00 pm games.

INACTIVES

Ty Johnson

Elijah Mitchell

D’Andre Swift

Jamaal Williams

Kareem Hunt

Carlos Hyde

Zack Moss

Alexander Mattison

Malcolm Brown

Emmanuel Sanders

Jaylen Waddle

Breshad Perriman

Sammy Watkins

Darren Waller

Lamar Jackson

4:00 pm ET

Bengals 15 - Broncos 10

Falcons 13 - 49ers 31

Packers - Ravens

(7:22) The Ravens are driving their way down the field and Andrews can’t get off the field after a big tackle. That’s not good. They had to use a timeout so Andrews was able to stay on the field and not miss a play. He remained in the game. On the eight-yard line, Huntley had a lot of open real estate and took advantage with another touchdown. They went for two to put the game away instead of tie (sound familiar?). They called a timeout after trying to get the Packers to jump offside.

The two-point conversion was no good and the Packers held on to win by one.

(7:16) The special teams for the Packers strikes again. They just took a delay of game penalty deep in their own territory. The punt was short, which will give the Ravens excellent field position.

(7:12) Lock has just under a minute but he takes a big sack for loss of nine yards. It’s third and 29 yards to go for a first down for the Broncos. The Hail Mary from Lock was out-of-bounds and the Bengals took the win.

(7:07) Tyler Huntley is showing off his legs in this matchup. He just got two first-downs with his wheels and has the Ravens on the Packers’ 13-yard line. Andrews’ reception got them on the three-yard line and Huntley again showcased his running ability with a rushing touchdown. The Ravens now trail only 31-24 with 4:47 left in the game.

The Bengals reached the two-minute warning with possession and the lead 15-10 over the Broncos. They are looking at third down and eight yards to go. Perine couldn’t get close to the first-down marker and they let the clock wind down as far as possible until they are forced to the punt.

INJURY UPDATE: Joe Mixon is getting his ankle looked at on the sideline.

(7:00) Green Bay had to settle for a field goal after Rodgers just plain missed Lazard in the back corner of the end zone. Mason Crosby’s 29-yard kick was good and the Packers lead 31-17 with 9:26 to go.

(6:56) The Falcons have the ball with 21 seconds left but they have no timeouts and no chance in the game.

(6:44) Marquez Valdes-Scantling got in the end zone on a diving play for a Packers’ touchdown. They have extended their lead by 11 over the Ravens 28-17.

(6:41) Allen Lazard just nearly made an incredible one-handed catch in the end zone but couldn’t hang on. He is also slow to get up and needs attention on the field.

The ruling on the Bengals-Broncos game is that Kareem was down by contact and it will be Bengals ball instead of the Broncos.

(6:35) Wild stuff in Denver… Lock tried to run and lost the ball with Bengals recovering… only to have the Bengals then lose the football and have the Broncos get it back. Wow! The play is under review, so we’ll see what the final verdict is. Crazy.

(6:23) Justin Tucker’s kick cut the Packers lead down to four points at 21-17.

(6:21) The Bengals wasted no time to answer with a 56-yard touchdown play from Joe Burrow to Tyler Boyd. They went for two but the attempt failed. The Bengals retook the lead 15-10 with 30 seconds left in the third.

(6:08) Lock stepped right into the offense and hit Tim Patrick on a 25-yard touchdown reception. The Broncos took the lead 10-9 over the Bengals with the first touchdown of the game between both teams.

INJURY UPDATE: Teddy Bridgewater is down on the filed and looks to be unconscious. He landed awkwardly on the shoulder and neck area and the Broncos are bringing out the cart and stabilizing board. Drew Lock will take over at quarterback.

(5:58) Both the Bengals and the Falcons are in the red zone. Samaje Perine was able to penetrate the Denver defense where Joe Mixon has struggled so far.

On third and goal, Ryan was forced to throw it away as the 49ers defense was in face. He was slow to get up. Koo went out for a field goal to put three points on the board cut the lead to 24-13.

McPherson also had to kick another field goal for the Bengals who could not convert in the end zone. Neither the Broncos nor the Bengals have scored a touchdown yet today but the Bengals lead 9-3.

(5:48) Jimmy Garoppolo and 49ers are charging down the field on the Falcons. They lead 17-10 and Jeff Wilson just added another score. The drive came on a Matt Ryan sack fumble.

(5:24) The Packers are in scoring position after a run by Aaron Rodgers and Dillon got them to the three-yard line. The trusty Rodgers-to-Adams combo strikes again. Davante Adams scored on a three yard pass from Rodgers to tie the game.

We finally had some scoring in the Bengals-Broncos… oh, no… never mind. McManus’ kick was wide right. Yuck. Hopefully, both teams will make some adjustments during halftime that is only ten seconds away. The game is tied 3-3. Oh, wait! I spoke (or typed) too soon. The Bengals were able to get into field goal position in those ten seconds and McPherson hit his second successful kick of the day. The Bengals have a 6-3 lead heading into the break.

(5:20) Deebo Samuel continues to slice and dice with a ten-yard rushing touchdown for the 49ers. They just took the lead 17-10 over the Falcons.

(5:15) Mark Andrews strikes again! Backup QB Tyler Huntley hit Andrews for another touchdown. The Ravens went up on the Packers 14-7.

(5:11) Wow! What a catch by Russell Gage! He went over the top of the 49ers defender for a Falcons touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Matt Ryan.

(5:03) A.J. Dillon tied up the Ravens 7-7 with a short touchdown. He has three carries for eight yards while Aaron Jones has two carries for six yards.
I haven’t forgotten about the Bengals and Broncos game… it’s still 3-3 with very little action.

(5:00) The 49ers got into the end zone with Kyle Juszczyk on a six-yard run. They lead the Falcons 10-3.

(4:49) Mark Andrews is having a fantastic day already but he capped off the Ravens’ drive with an incredible catch for a touchdown. He has 77 yards on four receptions and a touchdown in the first quarter so far.

(4:41) The Ravens held the Packers to a three-and-out and the Packers special teams struck again. After calling a fair catch, Devin Duvernay was drilled by Isaac Yiadom. The Ravens start their drive on Green Bay’s 45-yard line.

(4:40) The 49ers had to settle for a field goal from Robbie Gould to tie the game 3-3 with the Falcons.

(4:35) The Ravens went for it on fourth down but the Packers defense held on. Baltimore turned it over on downs to Aaron Rodgers who has yet to see the field. The Ravens opening drive chewed up 7:22 off the clock but they failed to come away with any points.

Another huge play to Kittle for a 28-yard game for the 49ers.

(4:31) Big play by George Kittle for a 25-yard gain. I should note that Hasty botched another kick.

(4:28) Younghoe Koo put three on the board for the Falcons. Two field goals aren’t super exciting, but that’s what we’ve got right now

(4:20) Evan McPherson tacked on his eighth 50-plus yard field goal of the year for the Bengals. They lead the Broncos in Denver 3-0.

(4:07) The action kicked off quickly with the Falcons getting into the red zone. TE Kyle Pitts was down just short of the goal line but Cordarrelle Patterson finished the job with a one-yard score to put the Falcons ahead of the 49ers on their first drive of the game that came off of a JaMycal Hasty fumble.

Just kidding. Upon further review, the touchdown was taken off the board. The Falcons are looking at fourth and goal. After some confusion, the Falcons were able to get the play off but the pass went right off Pitts’ fingertips. They will turn it over on downs and come away with nothing. Ouch.

1:00 pm ET Final Scores

Panthers 14 - Bills 31

Cardinals 12 - Lions 30

Jets 24 - Dolphins 31

Cowboys 21 - Giants 6

Titans 13 - Steelers 19

Texans 30 - Jaguars 16

(4:07) Um, I’m sorry, there is no way the Titans got that first down… ok, that was a very generous spot… but no! The Titans turned it over on downs and the Steelers will get the ball back and should hang on to win.

(4:02) Allen just threw his second touchdown to Davis to pad their lead over the Panthers. The Titans lost but then quickly recovered the football, but there was holding on the Titans anyway. But, most importantly, THE LIONS JUST BEAT THE CARDINALS. HOLY COW.

(4:00) Jake Fromm is in for Glennon and Colt McCoy is in for Murray.

(3:54) Brandin Cooks just scored a huge touchdown for the Texans on a 43-yard play. They lead the Jaguars 30-16 with just over two minutes left to go.

The Lions kicked another field goal to extend their lead 30-12 with 2:46 left to go in the game.

(3:45) Jets pick-six! The Jets just picked off Tagovailoa and tied the game 24-24.

Christian Kirk scored for the Cardinals who still trail 27-12 after the two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

A botched fumble on the Titans gave the ball back to the Steelers with a short field and three-point lead 16-13.

(3:40) The Panthers just cut the Bills lead down to ten with a touchdown reception by RB Ameer Abdullah. The Two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

(3:35) We had three turnovers. Prescott was sacked and the Giants recovered, Tannehill was picked off by the Steelers, and the Dolphins just turned the ball over on a weird direct snap that was supposed to be a punt.

INJURY UPDATE: Freiermuth has been ruled out with a concussion. That is his second concussion this month.

(3:31) Oh my, what looked like a touchdown reception by Antoine Wesley for the Cardinals was called incomplete on the field on fourth down. The play will be reviewed. It was close.

(3:28) The Jaguars kicked a field goal against the Texans. They trail 23-16.

(3:25) Defensive Tackle Christian Wilkins lined up as the fullback in Miami and he got a touchdown! It’s always fun seeing those guys get points even if it ruins our fantasy day. He leaped into the stands and may have had an issue getting back out of again, but help promptly came. The Dolphins lead 24-17 over the Jets.

(3:14) Lions lead by 21 again after a field goal. This is pretty amazing.

(3:08) The Lions' defense stood firm against the Cardinals and held them to a field goal. Meanwhile, the Steelers put their first touchdown on the board with a one-yard QB sneak from Ben Roethlisberger.

Allen just found Gabriel Davis deep in the end zone for a Bills touchdown. They are stretching their lead in the second half 24-8 against the Panthers.

INJURY UPDATE: Pat Freiermuth is down after taking a big hit. The Steelers medical team is attending to him on the field.

(2:55) Remember what I wrote about the Lions losing momentum? Just kidding! Detroit just picked off Kyler Murray and took it almost all the way home. The Lions are on the six-yard line. Jason Cabinda, former linebacker turned fullback, got the touchdown from Goff. Murray is on the sidelines shaking his head.

Duke Johnson just scored his second touchdown for Miami. Of course, he did. Sigh.

(2:46) Allen just made a nice run to pick up the first down. His foot certainly looks up to the task today.

The Texans kicked another field goal to extend their lead 23-10.

The momentum may be shifting to the Cardinals as the Lions just fumbled the football. They are missing both Swift and Williams but have been getting along in the run game up to that point.

(2:42) Coming out of halftime, the Giants kicked a field goal to add three points to their total. They still trail the Cowboys 15-6.

The Cardinals finally put points on the board from Matt Prater. I suppose this is a revenge game of sorts for Prater who spent many years as the kicker for Detroit.

(2:24) Ok, Lions! They added another touchdown to their shutout of the Cardinals from WR Josh Reynolds on a 22-yard play. They lead 17-0 with under 20 seconds to play in the first half.

(2:13) Allen was just picked off by Jeremy Chinn as they were driving down the field. Robby Anderson picked up 30 yards on a trick play and they are on the seven-yard line. Cam Newton took it in himself for a touchdown.

(2:09) The Cardinals went for it on fourth down but they didn’t get it. The Cowboys had to settle for a long field goal after Dak Prescott was sacked for a big loss. The Texans added three to their lead against the Jaguars 17-10 in the pouring rain of Jacksonville. The Dolphins had to settle for a field goal after Tua Tagovailoa was unable to convert in the red zone.

(1:56) Stefon Diggs just capped the Bills scoring drive off with an 11-yard touchdown as well as stealing a fan’s beer, crushing it, and spraying it all over the place. Does he know those are about $15 apiece?

(1:51) The Steelers just recovered a fumbled reception from Tannehill to Anthony Firkser. Pittsburgh took over inside the fifty-yard line.

(1:47) James Robinson finally has the freedom to play football now that Urban Meyer is gone. He just rushed in a short touchdown for the Jaguars. He also has 42 yards on eight carries.

(1:43) Speaking of another team with untrustworthy running backs, Duke Johnson just scored for the Dolphins. That’s correct. Duke Johnson. Not Myles Gaskin. Not Salvon Ahmed. Duke Johnson.

It’s also curious (or frightening) to note that the Cardinals have negative three passing yards and only six rushing yards so far in this game against the Lions.

(1:40) Wait… what is this? Did a running back actually run the ball for the Bills? He did! Devin Singletary scored on a 16-yard run and the Bills finally have points on the board against the Panthers who don’t have a kicker.

(1:35) Jared Goff is looking spry! He hit Amon-Ra St. Brown after evading pressure for a 37-yard touchdown against the Cardinals!

The Titans extended their lead by another three to make it 10-0 against the Steelers.

(1:30) Bye, bye, Tremon Smith! He returned the ensuing kick after the Jaguars' field goal 98 yards for a Texans touchdown. They lead Jacksonville 13-3 pending the extra point. I know that doesn’t do much for fantasy, but it was a fun play to watch!

(1:27) Good heavens! What on earth was that, Saquon Barkley? I have no words for this catch.

(1:22) The Jets added another three to their score to lead the Dolphins 10-0 in the first quarter.

Ryan Tannehill rushed in the touchdown for the Titans after McNichols left the field. They lead the Steelers 7-0.

The Jaguars had to settle for a field goal to cut the Texans' lead to 7-3.

(1:17) Oh boy, Dallas just picked off Mike Glennon but Chester Rogers just returned a 50-yard punt against the Titans against the Steelers.

Ezekiel Elliott was able to capitalize with a short-yardage touchdown for the Cowboys.

As predicted, The Panthers had to go for it on fourth down since they don’t have a kicker. The pass to Willie Snead was incomplete and Carolina came away with nothing.

INJURY UPDATE: Jeremy McNichols is down after a hard run for a Titans first down.

(1:15) The Lions were looking at fourth down and tried to draw the Cardinals offside after an eight-minute drive. They didn’t bite, and Detroit went for the 37-yard field goal to put three on the board.

(1:12) Ok, Jets! They are the first team to open up our scoring this Sunday with a touchdown by Braxton Berrios on a two-yard rush. Eddie Pineiro’s kick is good for the extra point.

Next up, the Texans! Davis Mills found Brandin Cooks for a 22-yard touchdown play on a 75-yard scoring drive. Of, course. We all thought it would be the Jets and the Texans to score touchdowns first in Week 15.

(1:10) Ouch! Josh Allen was sacked, but not just sacked… he was bent backward by the Panthers defense. He fumbled, but the Bills were able to recover. They were forced to punt, but Allen was able to get up and walk off on his own accord.

(12:58) So, this was not a good start for the Panthers. Their kicker, Zane Gonzalez, got hurt in pregame and they were having tryouts before the game started. It wasn’t pretty. The Panthers will likely have to go for two after every score.