Should I Start or Sit Jonnu Smith, Ian Thomas, or Noah Fant in Week 15?
Getting down to the wire, folks! If you’re reading this, you must still be alive in your fantasy playoffs. Congratulations! We all know that tight end has been dreadfully dreadful all season, and you might be desperate for a lottery ticket tight end for your Week 15 matchup. Well, look no further! (Who am I to tell you what to do? You can look wherever you want. Thanks for reading!) I didn’t have time to update our start or sit scoreboard from last week, but it will be included in tomorrow’s article. We’ll find out if I climbed out of my six-point hole!
Week 15 Start or Sit Picks
Start or Sit Jonnu Smith vs. Houston Texans Week 15
Bryan’s Take: Jonnu Smith was virtually invisible in weeks 12 and 13, but scored last week, giving him two, count em, TWO TDs on the year. There’s no doubt the Titans are clicking with Ryan Tannehill under center, but Jonnu is pretty far down their list of weapons. For the record, the Texans are awful against the pass, and have allowed 28 passing TDs this year. So, I’m predicting another big day for Tannehill. I just don’t think that translates into an uncharacteristic big day for Jonnu. It’s the playoffs. We’re looking for homerun hitters. This isn’t your guy. Sit Jonnu Smith in Week 15.
Erin’s Take: I always like fun, unique, interesting names, and Jonnu does not disappoint. I just wish his last name had more pizzazz. It would be great if he was this hulking, but cuddly, giant who could only say “Jonnu.” You know, like Hodor from Game of Thrones. That’s how I picture him anyway. Start Jonnu Smith in Week 15.
Start or Sit Ian Thomas vs. Seattle Seahawks Week 15
Bryan’s Take: A lot of Panthers fans think Ian Thomas has been under-utilized since being drafted last year. As a rookie, he made some noise, putting up 200 yards and 2 TDs in the Panthers final four games of 2018. With Greg Olsen out of the way, Thomas has another shot at making some noise. He already started last week, with a 5/57/1 line on 10 targets, trailing only Christian McCaffrey, who had 12. In their last four games, the Seahawks have given up TDs or 100+ yard games to TEs Kyle Rudolph, Zach Ertz, and Tyler Higbee. I expect Allen to continue looking Thomas’ way in a game where the Panthers are sure to be playing catch up. Start Ian Thomas in Week 15.
Erin’s Take: Ian Thomas doesn’t sound like a football player to me. He sounds like a middle-aged banker with a combover. I don’t know why, but hearing his name makes me picture Lewis from Revenge of the Nerds. Sit Ian Thomas in Week 15.
Start or Sit Noah Fant at Kansas City Chiefs Week 15
Bryan’s Take: Noah Fant has his second 100 yard, 1 TD performance of the year last week. There’s no question he is explosive, and that is exactly why the Broncos took him 20th overall in the 2019 NFL draft. As Drew Lock grows more comfortable as an NFL QB, there will be many more big days ahead for Fant. And this could be one of them! The Chiefs are fairly middle-of-the-road on defense but have only allowed a few scores to TEs this year. That said, Fant is a special talent, and the Broncos will be leaning on his field-stretching ability in this AFC West showdown. Start Noah Fant in Week 15.
Erin’s Take: I don’t know how anyone can see his name and not immediately think about Fanta soda. Specifically, orange Fanta, which is fitting given his team colors. You can “wanna Fanta,” but I don’t “want Fant” this week. Sit Noah Fant in Week 15.
Bryan: Noah Fant > Ian Thomas > Jonnu Smith
Erin: Jonnu Smith > Noah Fant > Ian Thomas
Check back as we keep score on who made the best calls for week 15, and come back tomorrow for more of Bryan and Erin’s Week 15 start/sit calls.