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Erickson: NFL Week 15 fantasy football start 'em or sit 'em

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass as Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (93) defends during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football semifinals are finally here. The start/sit decisions made this week will be crucial to whether fantasy managers will be moving onto championship weekend to get their chance at eternal glory.

The common mantra tossed around in Week 15 will be to “start your studs” or “play with the horses that got you there,” but it really depends on each individual roster. Remember: this is a weekly game, so don’t fall victim to feeling the need to start any player. Evaluate the situation and make the best call with the information at your disposal.

I'll also provide some guidance through sit/start questions across traditional 10- and 12-team leagues, along with deeper formats. So, without further ado, get ready for the 15th overall edition and second playoff edition of the 2020 PFF fantasy football start ‘em or sit ‘em.

QUARTERBACKS

START:  TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Many expected Tom Brady to come out firing after the team’s bye week, but his fantasy production was subpar, to say the least. He scored just 15.6 fantasy points while attempting a season-low 23 passes.

This will hardly be the case when he takes on the Atlanta Falcons, the quintessential “pass funnel” defense. Atlanta has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards to RBs this season, making this a game where Brady will have to take to the air to come away with a win on the road.

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