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Justin Jackson – RB | Los Angeles Chargers
Melvin Gordon still has a chance to play in the Thursday night matchup but he won’t be 100% healthy if he plays. Melvin has participated in 2 limited practices in the last 3 weeks and would most likely have a limited role if he gets on the field. Since Austin Ekeler won’t be playing, Justin Jackson will get a decent amount of touches against a below average run defense. If Melvin doesn’t play Jackson would go from being a flex option to being a solid RB2.
Damian Williams – RB | Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs will be depending on Damian Williams to not only carry the ball but catch passed as well. They will be without Sammy Watkins and most likely Spencer Ware too. Tyreek Hill will be playing but he will be playing at less than 100%. The Chiefs are hoping Williams can have a Kareem Hunt type of game to help carry them with key players injured. Last week he scored on the ground and through the air showing he can produce when he gets the opportunity.
Kenneth Dixon – RB | Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have always wanted to run the ball and that remains the case with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Kenneth Dixon has gotten involved in the last couple weeks and had a productive day last week with 80 total yards and a touchdown. The Ravens have made it clear they plan to use Dixon more going forward and he showed he can catch the ball last week with a reception for 21 yards. He gets a matchup against the horrific Buccaneers defense this week giving him plenty of upside in week 15.
Chris Conley – WR | Kansas City Chiefs
For anyone who needs to dig pretty deep for a wide receiver this week, you could do worse than a guy who’s catching passes from Patrick Mahomes. With Sammy Watkins out and Tyreek Hill less than 100% this team will need their depth to step up and that includes Conley. He has 3 receiving touchdowns in the last 3 games, he hasn’t had many yards to go with the touchdowns but with more volume that should change in a potential shoot-out on Thursday night.
Dante Pettis – WR | San Francisco 49ers
It’s that time of year where rookie wide receivers make a splash and Dante Pettis has 4 touchdowns in the last 3 games. He’s also been targeted at least 6 times in the last 4 games showing consistency in his opportunities. Since week 12 he’s been their most productive wide receiver and with Pierre Garçon out of the lineup, he will continue to be involved. He gets a rematch against the Seattle Seahawks who he started his hot-streak against with over 120 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
Deep Tight End Options
Dallas Goedert – TE | Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles will most likely be without Carson Wentz this week. With Nick Foles at quarterback, the Eagles will most likely throw plenty of short passes which bodes well for Goedert. He’s actually been targeted at least 3 times in the last 4 weeks and last week that led to 44 yards and a touchdown. With some consistency in a short throw offense, he should continue to get involved against the Rams since Jeffery will be followed by Aqib Talib.
Vernon Davis – TE | Washington Redskins
The Redskins offense most likely won’t look very good on Sunday but Vernon Davis could get plenty of targets. Not only is Jordan Reed banged up but Josh Doctson is too. They don’t have many options and with Josh Johnson, at quarterback, they will most likely try to rely on conservative passes which usually includes tight ends. In a matchup against Jacksonville the Redskins will most likely avoid the cornerbacks and rely on Vernon Davis.
C.J. Uzomah – TE | Cincinnati Bengals
CJ Uzomah hasn’t done anything spectacular this year but he’s finding some consistency with at least 5 points in the last 4 weeks. That’s a somewhat high floor for a tight end and this week he gets a matchup against the Raiders who have given up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. He was targeted 12 times in week 12 and with a backup quarterback in the game that could easily happen again in week 15.