With so many key injuries yesterday to Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Spencer Ware, Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, Vincent Jackson, Thomas Rawls, TJ Yeldon, and LeGarrette Blount for example, Week 15 is going to be tough for those who made it through to their league’s fantasy playoffs. But luckily, I’m here to help save your day and keep your chances alive at cashing in for winnings. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
NOTE: Heads up on Bryce Brown and DuJuan Harris for the Seahawks, as head coach Pete Carroll said they are competing for starting role. It is unknown at this point who might win the spot. Whoever does win job would be very much worthy of being grabbed on the waiver wire.
Quarterback, New York Jets (47% owned in Yahoo! leagues): In another solid matchup for Fitzpatrick and the Jets, Fitz throws for 263 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions (in fact, none in the past three games). He has now thrown for nine touchdowns and at least 260 yards in each of the past three games, and those are QB1 numbers, my friends. He shows no signs of slowing down with both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker healthy at the wide receiver position and Chris Ivory providing a solid run game week-in and week-out. He has a tougher matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, but will still be a solid QB1 for that matchup and beyond.
Quarterback, Buffalo Bills (55% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Taylor had a good game on Sunday against the Eagles with 268 yards passing, a touchdown, and 53 yards rushing as well. He threw his first interception in the past six games and has shown to be very good at decision making with the ball in his hands. He has run for at least 25 yards in the past three games. He has seven passing touchdowns over the same span, and at least 210 yards passing in each of those games. He is a weekly low-end QB1 and if that isn’t enough for you? He has a juicy matchup against Washington on Sunday.
Running Back, New Orleans Saints (42% owned in Yahoo! leagues): In a tightly-contested matchup the first week without Mark Ingram, Hightower controlled the majority of touches for Saints running backs, getting 28 rushing attempts. He didn’t do too much with it, running for 85 yards (3.04 yards per carry), but did have a rushing touchdown. He has a particularly easy rest of the season schedule facing Detroit, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. He is clearly the lead back for the Saints right now, and they’re showing that trust him as their three-down back. He is a mid-tier RB2 because of volume.
Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars (6% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Robinson looked extremely impressive on Sunday, taking over for TJ Yeldon after he went down with a knee injury. He had 75 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries and looked like the Denard Robinson of 2014. No status update has been given as of right now about Yeldon and his outlook for Week 15. If he was forced to sit, Robinson would be an immediate high-end RB2 given that he is facing the Falcons, who have given up 15 rushing touchdowns this year to running backs (tied with Detroit for most). With the passing attack of Jacksonville playing at such a high level, Robinson could be a great plug-and-play option in week 15.
Running Back, Washington Redskins (45% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Chris Thompson is dealing with a torn labrum in his shoulder and could be going to the IR soon potentially. Matt Jones has back-to-back games with 18 rushing attempts and has shown to be the most favored running back in Washington. He out-touched Alfred Morris in the run game 36-17, but Morris isn’t necessarily going away. Having said that, with Morris taking a back seat to Jones and DeSean Jackson possibly not playing Week 15, Jones could be in-line for 15+ rushing attempts and more looks in the pass game as he faces a Buffalo team that gave up 113 rushing yards and a touchdown between the three running backs of the Eagles in week 14. Jones is a low-end RB2 for week 15.
Running Back, New England Patriots (49% owned in Yahoo! leagues): White has 14 receptions in the past two games and has scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) over that span as well. LeGarrette Blount went down with a hip injury on Sunday and his test results are unknown at this time. He could miss Week 15, which would let White join a committee with Brandon Bolden facing the Titans (who gave up 160 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving with a touchdown to Jets’ running backs.) White is the preferred passing down option for running backs in New England and will continue to get looks with Dion Lewis out. If Blount does miss Week 15, White would be a low-end RB2 / high-end RB3 in PPR leagues.
Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks (37% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Lockett has 13 receptions on 14 targets with 194 yards and two touchdowns over the past two games. He is the number two target for the suddenly hot passing dynamo Russell Wilson. He has four touchdown receptions over the past four games and is averaging 70 yards per game. He has become more featured since Jimmy Graham went down for season with the knee injury and has shown no signs of slowing down anytime. Lockett deserves weekly low-end WR2 considering and has a terrific matchup against Cleveland in week 15.
Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (46% owned in Yahoo! leagues): After missing last week with a calf injury and probably recovering from his knee injury as well, Snead put up great numbers in week 14 with 122 yards on seven receptions with eight targets. He was tied for the second most targets (with Marques Colston,) just behind Ben Watson. He should continue to operate as the number two wide receiver and at worst, the number 3 target in a Saints offense that will have to throw a lot to try and stay in games because of their horrible defense. Snead is a weekly mid-tier WR3 with low-end WR2 upside. He faces Detroit this week and with Darius Slay probably covering Brandin Cooks, Snead could be in for another solid game.
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Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers (40% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Ginn has 200 receiving yards and four touchdowns on only seven receptions in the past two weeks. He has been playing extremely well as a deep threat over the past couple of games and with how well the Panthers are doing, Ginn is a weekly touchdown threat. He won’t get 10 receptions a game, but he very well could break off for a 50 yard touchdown at any time. He is very boom-or-bust, but given how well Cam Newton is playing, Ginn needs to be owned and treated as a high-risk, high-upside FLEX play going forward.
Tight End, Chicago Bears (20% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Zach Miller had a great game on Sunday against the Redskins, finishing with 85 yards receiving and a touchdown on five receptions. He has had at least five targets in four of the last five games he has played in, and has five touchdowns over the past six games. With Martellus Bennett out for the rest of the season, Miller is the unquestioned starter at the position and deserves weekly TE1 consideration in that offense.
Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers (28% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Miller came back in a big way this past weekend after missing week 13 with a rib injury. He caught all 10 of his targets for 66 yards, which is 16.6 points in PPR leagues (fifth most in week 14 for tight ends). With how Pittsburgh’s offense has been playing over the past few weeks with Big Ben back, Miller has done very well, having 32 receptions (6.4 receptions per game) and 288 yards (57.6 yards per game) over the past five games. Those type of numbers make him a weekly low-end TE1 in PPR leagues and could have more games like this down the stretch as nothing seems to be able to slow down the Steelers’ offense.