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Live Blog: Week 15

by Jeff Brubach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Week 15 has arrived, bringing new injuries, playing time concerns, and most importantly the fantasy playoffs. Wins are critical at this point in the season as fantasy title hopes hang on each touchdown, interception, and high ankle sprain. Today in the Rotoworld Live Blog, we will be following the Week 15 fantasy action live, recapping the scoring, injuries, backfield splits, target totals, and plenty more as the fantasy season winds down.

 

 

* That will mark the end of the Rotoworld Week 15 Live Blog. Thanks for reading along, and we will see you back here next week! * 

 

 

(7:52 PM): The Pittsburgh Steelers just hung on for a 34-27 win over the Denver Broncos, leaving just Sunday night and Monday night football on the schedule to wrap up Week 15.

 

(7:49 PM): Four running backs have received 20 or more carries so far this week. They are Devonta Freeman (25 att, 56 yds, TD), Latavius Murray (21 att, 78 yds), Todd Gurley (21 att, 48 yds, TD), and Alfred Blue (20 att, 107 yds).

 

(7:44 PM): The Cincinnati backfield was split fairly evenly today, with Gio Bernard handling 14 carries, and Jeremy Hill getting 19 chances. Bernard was more involved earlier in the game and Hill owned the goal line chances. Hill likely would've been less involved if the game was closer.

 

(7:34 PM): It's late in the day but Antonio Brown is not slowing down. Brown just scored another touchdown, giving him 181 yards and two scores and he has caught 15 of 17 targets today. Huge effort from Brown as the Steelers lead the Broncos 34-27.

 

(7:30 PM): No fantasy tight ends went over 100 yards this week up to this point, but Jordan Reed leads the position with seven catches for 84 yards and two scores. 

 

(7:24 PM): Three running backs have seen double-digit target totals so far this week and they are Shane Vereen (10 targ, 8 rec, 43 yds, TD), Denard Robinson (10 targ, 8 rec, 46 yds), and Devonta Freeman (10 targ, 7 rec, 45 yds).

 

(7:19 PM): The Danny Woodhead explosion continues as the San Diego running back just scored his fourth touchdown of the day. Woodhead has 60 total yards, one rushing score, and three receiving touchdowns today as the Chargers are thumping the Dolphins. Woodhead last scored a touchdown in Week 9 prior to today.

 

(7:15 PM): A.J. McCarron didn't have a huge day, but took care of the ball as the Bengals are easily handling San Francisco. McCarron is 15/21 passing for 192 yards and a touchdown, while the Bengals have 33 rushing attempts. Those attempts have racked up just 61 rushing yards, but the ineptitude of the 49ers' offense has allowed Cincinnati to maintain a big lead anyhow.

 

(7:10 PM): Mike Evans is still the Week 15 leader in targets after seeing 17 chances on Thursday night from Jameis Winston. However, Antonio Brown is creeping close, with 15 targets so far today. Brown has caught 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.

 

(7:02 PM): The Seattle Seahawks just wrapped up a win over Cleveland, and their running game was led by Christine Michael, who ran for 83 yards on 15 carries. Bryce Brown received just nine attempts on the day as the team ran for 182 yards on 36 tries.

 

(6:56 PM): Ronnie Hillman has led the Denver backfield today with 13 carries for 45 yards, with C.J. Anderson receiving four carries for 14 yards. Apparently Anderson was not as healthy as his caoches alluded to prior to the game today. Emmanuel Sanders has done the heavy lifting for the Broncos today, with 168 yards and a touchdown on nine catches against his former team.

 

(6:48 PM): Both the 49ers and Dolphins finally got on the score board. Jay Ajayi scored for Miami while Bruce Miller scored on a goal line carry for San Francisco. Both game are well out of hand but shutouts have now been avoided.

 

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(6:40 PM): The Steelers are trying to catch up with the Broncos, and Ben Roethlisberger just hit Antonio Brown with a touchdown pass to cut the Denver lead to seven. Brown now sits at 96 yards and a score on nine catches. Brown leads the Steelers with 10 targets today.

 

(6:35 PM): One-upping the 49ers are the Miami Dolphins, who are also scoreless and have managed 68 yards of total offense so far today. The team has 14 rushing yards on 12 carries in a terrible effort against a sub-par San Diego defense.

 

(6:28 PM): San Francisco is still scoreless today, and has just 112 total yards of offense against Cincinnati. Blaine Gabbert is 11/18 for 75 yards and two interceptions today. Just one 49ers player has more than two targets today, Anquan Boldin, and he has three catches for 12 yards. Travaris Cadet and Kendall Gaskins have handled the rushing duties since Draughn's injury.

 

(6:25 PM): Scoring now picking up in Oakland as Amari Cooper and James Jones both found the end zone. Cooper is having a nice day with 114 yards and two scores on five catches. Jones leads the Green Bay receivers with 45 yards today.

 

(6:21 PM): Seattle QB Russell Wilson just hit rookie Tyler Lockett for a touchdown, giving Wilson three passing scores on the day and 19 in his last five games. Wilson has thrown at least three scores in each of those five games while not throwing a single interception. Lockett's late-season surge continues, as he has five touchdowns in the last five weeks.

 

(6:17 PM): Through three quarters, Christine Michael is leading the Seattle backfield with 59 rushing yards on 11 carries. Bryce Brown has 18 yards on six attempts and Derrick Coleman has not touched the ball since the first quarter. Michael looks like the Seattle back to own right now as the fantasy playoffs wind down.

 

(6:11 PM): Nothing going on for Aaron Rodgers today, as he is 12/22 for 82 yards and has not thronw a touchdown pass. Interesting development in a game where the Green Bay running game hasn't done much (45 yards on 13 attempts).

 

(6:02 PM): New England's Stephen Gostkowski is the leading fantasy kicker of the week, making four of five field goal attempts with a long of 43. Gostkowski also added three extra points.

 

(5:51 PM): The Bengals quickly put up two scores on the 49ers, as Jeremy Hill scored his second short touchdown of the day and then Tyler Kroft caught a touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron after a San Francisco turnover. 21-0 lead for the Bengals. Hill and Gio Bernard should see lots of work in the second half.

 

(5:47 PM): Danny Woodhead now has three touchdowns in two quarters for San Diego as Philip Rivers just hooked him up with a second receiving score. Woodhead has 41 total yards with the hat trick. Dontrelle Inman is having a nice day after returning from a neck injury, as he has 78 yards on three catches.

 

(5:42 PM): Eddie Lacy has five rushing attempts on the day for eight yards. James Starks has three for 16, but lost a fumble and the fantasy world's nemesis John Kuhn has a touchdown on his only carry of the game. Lacy is nearly impossible to start right now and should be benched next week in the fantasy finals.

 

(5:35 PM): Ryan Tannehill's struggles continue, as is just 6/10 for 36 yards with two minutes left in the first half. Lamar Miller is the leading receiver for Miami and has 12 yards on two catches. 

 

(5:30 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * 49ers RB Shaun Draughn is questionable to return with a knee injury.

 

(5:27 PM): Danny Woodhead's production has slowed over the second half of the year, but he has two scores today to go with 25 total yards as San Diego is up early over Miami. Melvin Gordon has struggled so far with only 32 yards on 13 rushing attempts.

 

(5:22 PM): Christine Michael is leading the Seattle backfield through two quarters with 31 yards on five carries. Four carries, 14 yards for Bryce Brown and Derrick Coleman hasn't been involved since early in the first quarter.

 

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(5:16 PM): Brock Osweiler just scored a rushing touchdown to put Denver up 21-7 over Pittsburgh. C.J. Anderson got involved on the drive and has three carries for five for Ronnie Hillman. Emmanuel Sanders is off to a big start against his former team with six grabs for 116 yards and a touchdown.

 

(5:06 PM): No score between Cincinnati and San Francisco. 49ers RB Shaun Draughn has 38 yards on nine carries, while Gio Bernard has 21 yards on nine carries for the Bengals. No touches yet for Jeremy Hill.

 

(5:02 PM): Christine Michael and Bryce Brown were more involved on Seattle's second drive, each receiving multiple carries. We will make note of who leads the way on the next drive for the Seahawks.

 

(4:56 PM): Doug Baldwin has done it AGAIN. Three catches for 18 yards and two scores for Baldwin already today, giving him 13 on the season and 10 in the last four weeks. QB Russell Wilson is now at 18 touchdown passes in his last five games with almost three quarters left to play in this one. This duo is destroying the fantasy playoffs.

 

(4:48 PM): Brock Oweiler just hit Demaryius Thomas for a score as the Broncos tie the game against Pittsburgh. Osweiler is 6/8 for 84 yards so far. Ronnie Hillman is the only Denver back to receive carries so far, as C.J. Anderson has not had a touch up to this point.

 

(4:40 PM): The Russell Wilson-Doug Baldwin connection strikes yet again, as they hook up on a three-yard score. Derrick Coleman is leading the Seattle backfield with five carries, but has just 10 yards. Two attempts for Bryce Brown and no sign of Christine Michael yet.

 

(4:33 PM): John Kuhn scores the first touchdown for Green Bay. Of course.

 

(4:29 PM): Derrick Coleman gets the first carry for Seattle today. Bryce Brown and Christine Michael are expected to be involved as well. Updates to come.

 

(4:27 PM): Carolina kicker Graham Gano boots the Panthers to another win, and the undefeated season continues.

 

(4:22 PM): Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns just marched down the field on their opening drive at Seattle and Manziel hit Gary Barnidge for a touchdown. Isaiah Crowell was stuffed for 10 yards on five carries, but Manziel was 6/8 for 60 yards on the drive.

 

(4:18 PM): The New York Giants have come STORMING back against Carolina, with Odell Beckham Jr. catching a touchdown pass on fourth down to tie the game 35-35. Beckham has saved his day late in this one, and now has 76 yards and a score on six grabs. 1:46 left for Carolina.

 

(4:12 PM): The late games have started, and Latavius Murray is off to a nice start for Oakland with 24 yards on his first four carries. We will follow the Seattle backfield today as well during the late games.

 

(4:05 PM): It hasn't been pretty for Buffalo today, but Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins have had nice fantasy stat lines today. 111 yards and two scores for Watkins, and Taylor has 235 yards with two scores through the air and 79 rushing yards.

 

(4:00 PM): The Giants are trying to battle back against Carolina, as Eli Manning just hit Shane Vereen for a score, Manning's third of the day. Vereen has been busy out of the backfield with six grabs for 35 yards and the score.

 

(3:55 PM): Alfred Blue is leading the Houston backfield today with 17 carries for 100 yards. Blue was banged up last week and not involved for Houston, but has run well today. Chris Polk (four carries) and Jonathan Grimes (one carry) have barely been in the mix.

 

(3:47 PM): Interesting note from Baltimore. Buck Allen had an early fumble in this game and sits at just four carries for 18 yards and zero receptions on just one target. Terrance West has 46 total yards on nine touches to lead the Baltimore backfield.

 

(3:43 PM): Rashad Jennings is having a surprising day today against the Carolina defense. Jennings has 105 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in by far his best game of the season. The score was Jennings' first rushing touchdown since Week 1.

 

(3:38 PM): New England backfield update:

 

Joey Iosefa: 10 carries, 45 yds

Brandon Bolden: 9 carries, 36 yds, 2 rec, 18 yds

James White: 1 carry, six yds, 7 rec, 71 yds TD

 

(3:33 PM): Kirk Cousins is keeping pace with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater today, as Cousins just threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day and has a rushing score as well. Pierre Garcon on the receiving end of Cousins' latest score.

 

(3:30 PM): Amidst the fireworks between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman, tight end Will Tye just hauled in a short touchdown from Eli Manning. Manning hasn't done much today, with just 118 passing yards but does have two touchdown passes. Rashad Jennings has led the Giants backfield with 13 carries and has 59 rushing yards.

 

(3:23 PM): Teddy Bridgewater is having by far his best game of the season today, and just scored a rushing touchdown to put icing on a great day. Teddy has 227 yards, three passing scores, and the rushing touchdown today as Minnesota is pounding Chicago 31-10.

 

(3:15 PM): The undefeated season of the Carolina Panthers will continue, as Cam Newton just hit Tedd Ginn Jr. for a touchdown. Cam Newton has another ridiculous stat line today, with 286 passing yards and five touchdown passes to go with 66 rushing yards. Ginn has been targeted 11 times, and has five catches for 73 yards and a pair of scores. Cameron Artis-Payne is leading the Panthers backs with eight carries for 21 yards.

 

(3:10 PM): Still no catches for Odell Beckham Jr. today on three targets.

 

(3:06 PM): New England is splitting their backfield work now, as Joey Iosefa is at 38 yards on eight carries. Brandon Bolden also has eight carries and has run for 34 yards. James White is handling the receiving work like usual and has 71 yards and a score on seven grabs.

 

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(3:03 PM): Blake Bortles scores on a one-yard run, robbing Denard Robinson of a scoring chance. Robinson has 52 total yards today on 15 touches. No other Jacksonville running backs have received a carry today.

 

(3:01 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Adrian Peterson is back for Minnesota, but Alshon Jeffery is now questionable to return for Chicago with a hamstring injury. The injuries are piling up once again for fantasy owners this week.

 

(2:59 PM): Adrian Peterson has returned to the field for Minnesota.

 

(2:56 PM): The Buffalo collapse continues, as DeSean Jackson just scored on a 77-yard bomb to put him at 147 yards and a score on five catches. Washington leads Buffalo 28-3. Kirk Cousins is having a huge day with 259 passing yards, three touchdown passes, and a rushing score.

 

(2:53 PM): Zach Mettenberger, filling-in for the injured Marcus Mariota, just hit Delanie Walker for a score as Tennessee trails New England. That was Walker's first catch of the day.

 

(2:50 PM): In other injury news, Danny Amendola and Cecil Shorts are both out for the remainder of today.

 

(2:45 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * LeSean McCoy is now dealing with a leg injury. McCoy's return is questionable, according to reports out of Buffalo. Mike Gillislee and Karlos Williams are the best bets for carries now, but Buffalo will likely lean on Tyrod Taylor as they face a 21-0 deficit.

 

(2:42 PM): Teddy Bridgewater has thrown three touchdowns so far today as he just hit Stefon Diggs for a second time today. Diggs has two grabs for 48 yards and a pair of scores as the Vikings lead Chicago 24-7. Adrian Peterson has not returned to the game.

 

(2:37 PM): Odell Beckham Jr. has zero catches on two targets through one half today in his matchup with Carolina CB Josh Norman. Beckham dropped a sure touchdown early in the game and has not recovered up to this point.

 

(2:33 PM): Sunday Halftime Target Leaders:

 

Running Backs:

James White (8): 7 rec, 71 yds, TD

Shane Vereen (5): 3 rec, 18 yds

Devonta Freeman (5): 5 rec, 35 yds

Jerick McKinnon (4): 4 rec, 76 yds, TD

 

Wide Receivers:

Kamar Aiken (8): 6 rec, 117 yds, TD

Ted Ginn (8): 3 rec, 45 yds, TD

Julio Jones (8): 5 rec, 69 yds, TD

Jeremy Maclin (7): 5 rec, 34 yds, TD

Nate Washington (5): 3 rec, 18 yds

 

Tight Ends:

Julius Thomas (6): 3 rec, 37 yds

Jordan Reed (6): 6 rec, 74 yds, 2TD

Greg Olsen (5): 3 rec, 46 yds, TD

Travis Kelce (5): 4 rec, 37 yds

 

(2:27 PM): Houston just booted a field goal, leaving Buffalo as the only scoreless team today. The Bills have looked awful, and have just 93 total yards in the first half. Tyrod Taylor is 3/8 passing for 27 yards. Yikes.

 

(2:22 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Houston QB T.J. Yates is dealing with an injury, meaning Brandon Weeden will be up next for the Texans with Brian Hoyer already out due to a concussion.

 

(2:19 PM): Cam Newton looked dinged up briefly on the sideline, but returned to the game and hit Greg Olsen for a score. Newton has 85 yards and two touchdowns to go with a healthy 66 rushing yards in the first half. Cameron Artis-Payne has received the last few Carolina rushing attempts and is up to 16 yards on four attempts.

 

(2:15 PM): With Adrian Peterson out, Jerick McKinnon is having a great day. McKinnon has been a receiving machine and has 76 yards and a score on four grabs.

 

(2:10 PM): Julio Jones is having a nice day. Jones is up to 69 yards on five catches and just hauled in a touchdown. Devonta Freeman also doing receiving work for Atlanta with five catches for 35 yards so far.

 

(2:06 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Adrian Peterson appears to be dealing with a leg injury of some sort and is heading to the locker room. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will be getting more work.

 

(2:03 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Marcus Mariota is on the sideline for Tennessee. Zach Mettenberger is in, but no word on Mariota's status yet.

 

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(2:01 PM): Denard Robinson is receiving the workload we envisioned, but hasn't done much with 22 yards on seven carries. Robinson does have two catches, but for just one total yard.

 

(1:59 PM): Alshon Jeffery finally pops up in theChicago box score as his first catch went for a 10-yard score. Not much cooking so far for the Bears, but they trail Minnesota just 10-7.

 

(1:54 PM): Jordan Reed is having a monster day with six catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns with 8:47 still left in the second quarter against Buffalo. Redskins up 21-0.

 

(1:52 PM): Carolina backfield:

 

Mike Tolbert: 5 carries, 10 yds

Cameron Artis-Payne: 1 carry, -2 yds

Fozzy Whittaker: 1 carry, 2 yds

 

(1:49 PM): Kansas City is lighting up the scoreboard so far, with 21 points. Alex Smith just hit Jeremy Maclin for a touchdown and is 6/7 for 40 yards. Charcandrick West has 52 yards and a score on five carries and should be in line for tons of touches today with the Chiefs up 21-7 over the Ravens.

 

(1:46 PM): T.J. Yates filling-in at QB for Houston today, and is 3/5 for 22 yards with a pick. DeAndre Hopkins has been targeted on two of Yates' five throws, catching one pass for 10 yards.

 

(1:41 PM): Kirk Cousins is off to a hot start against Buffalo today. Cousins has 121 passing yards and a score, and just punched in a rushing touchdown as Washington has a 14-0 lead. DeSean Jackson has been Cousins' top target so far, catching all four of his targets for 70 yards.

 

(1:39 PM): Donte Moncrief was dealing with a foot injury all week but was active today and just found the end zone on a pass from Matt Hasselbeck, who is 7/11 for 70 yards.

 

(1:35 PM): The first Baltimore turnover came from Buck Allen and not Jimmy Clausen, as the Chiefs D/ST just scored on a fumble return for a touchdown.

 

(1:32 PM): Denard Robinson with three carries so far for Jacksonville although the Jaguars haven't gotten anything rolling on offense quite yet.

 

(1:25 PM): Cam Newton just hit Ted Ginn with a touchdown pass and added a long run on the Carolina drive. Mike Tolbert still leading the Panthers backfield with five carries for 10 yards, but Cameron Artis-Payne did receive a goal line carry. No sign of Whittaker yet.

 

(1:18 PM): Mike Tolbert received the first carry for Carolina today. The Panthers are about to get the ball back, so we will see if Fozzy Whittaker or Cameron Artis-Payne get involved.

 

(1:16 PM): New England scored on a Rob Gronkowski touchdown and the Patriots backfield has been all Brandon Bolden so far. Bolden has 19 yards on four carries and also caught a pass on the opening drive. One catch for James White so far.

 

(1:12 PM): Two quick scores from Washington and Kansas City as Charcandrick West and Jordan Reed found the end zone. Big start for West as he has 45 yards and the score early on.

 

(1:10 PM): Devonta Freeman gets the Sunday scoring started with a five-yard score. Julio Jones racked up 44 yards on the Atalnta opening drive.

 

(1:05 PM): Rough start to the day for Odell Beckham owners as he drops a potential touchdown pass from Eli Manning. Ouch.

 

(1:00 PM): Lots of interesting running back situations today. We will be staying on top of New England, Seattle, Carolina, Jacksonville among others.

 

(12:58 PM): More of a balanced schedule today in the NFL with five late games. Less early games means we will hopefully be able to look at each game more closely.