Some Week 15 fantasy football thoughts for the remaining games with a Star Wars theme because a Jedi strongly suggested we do just this. For those thinking daily fantasy, check out the above video which includes specific thoughts on Brandon Bolden, Tyler Lockett, Julio Jones, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Floyd.
"The force is strong with this one"
* DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green are dealing with quarterback changes in Houston and Cincinnati respectively, but both remain WR1 plays this week in tasty matchups. Heck, Hopkins hasn't had a viable QB all season and yet rank fifth in receiver points in PPR formats. T.J. Yates will start for the Texans. He's thrown three touchdowns all season. All went to Hopkins. In fact, Yates offers as much upside as possible among the bottom 10 QBs.
* Green just needs the ball in his hands and his legs will take care of the rest. With tight end Tyler Eifert (concussion) out, that shouldn't be a problem. Running back Jeremy Hill could benefit the most with McCarron's presence and a matchup against a 49ers defense allowing the most points to fantasy running backs.
* No sophomore slump, but a sophomore surge for Jacksonville's Blake Bortles. He scored at least 22 fantasy points in three straight games and at least two touchdown passes in eight off his last nine games. The matchup with Atlanta isn't stellar on paper; the Falcons allow the seventh fewest points to fantasy QBs this season. However, Atlanta has allowed 21.5 points per game over the last two weeks.
* Players I like more than normal this week: Jeremy Maclin, Michael Floyd, Tyler Lockett, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Zach Miller, Alex Smith, Eric Ebron, Denard Robinson, Brandon Bolden, Matt Jones
"These aren't the droids you're looking for"
* No Jonathan Stewart means a three-headed RB scenario for Carolina against the New York Giants. Cameron Artis-Payne might get the most rushes and Fozzy Whittaker likely receives the most work on passing downs. Yet burly Mike Tolbert is the best bet if desperate because he'll likely receive the goal line look along with 8-10 touches.
* No Thomas Rawls or Marshawn Lynch means complete uncertainty when projecting running back workload in Seattle. Bryce Brown appears the likely lead back option. He's talented enough to take advantage of a great opportunity in what should be a decisive Seahawks win against the Browns. He's also limited in enough areas to bounce around the league. Christine Michael is back in Seattle, but seeing as he was never able to carve out much of a role during his previous stint, don't get excited about this reunion. Ultimately, this should be another Russell Wilson game
*Players I like less than normal this week: Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill, Isaiah Crowell, DeMarco Murray, Javorius Allen, Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton, Jason Witten
"Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Many owners dealt with weak tight end play this season unless the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen or Delanie Walker are on their team. Those constantly looking for help just might find some from the mid-tier group this week.
Philadelphia's Zach Ertz is more interesting of late and now faces an Arizona defense that has allowed at least nine receptions and 138 yards to tight ends in two of the last three weeks.
Giants' Will Tye has at least a touchdown or 55 yards in four straight games. If Panthers cornerback Josh Norman follows Odell Beckham Jr. around, Eli Manning will seek help elsewhere.
Jacksonville has surrendered two touchdowns to tight ends in three of the last five games. That sounds like a great scenario for Atlanta's Jacob Tamme, though trusting the Falcons' offense isn't easy these days. Gut feeling says Matt Ryan and company put up some points in what should be a high-scoring game.