By: Dominick Petrillo
If you made it this far into the season, congratulations.
Playoff sleepers are the most important players of the year to get correct. You do not want to pick the new hot player only to have them cost you your chance at a championship. Thanks, Ty Johnson. And you do not want to miss out on that one guy who may win you a week. Thank you, T.Y. Hilton. This means choosing the right guy is the key to success. So, let us find those diamonds for this week at the WR and RB position for Week 15.
Mecole Hardman| Kansas City Chiefs| vs. New Orleans Saints– We saw against Miami that it only takes one play for Hardman to make a difference.
On a team with Tyreek Hill on it, Hardman is the one they call the jet. This shows you how fast he is.
New Orleans struggled last week against Philadelphia. A team with far fewer weapons than the Chiefs. If they want to win, they are going to not only have to shut down Hill, but also Travis Kelce. This will leave opportunity for Hardman to make a play or two downfield. This is all we can expect from a sleeper and I trust a sleeper with Patrick Mahomes at QB more than most.
T.Y. Hilton| Indianapolis Colts| vs. Houston Texans– We all have heard the stat, but it is worth saying again. In 16 career games against Houston coming into this season, Hilton had 85 catches for 1,520 yards and 10 TD. It was just two weeks ago when he added another two TD to this total against his favorite opponent. Now he gets to face them at home.
Hilton, after disappointing for the past two years is finally getting back into form. After two Td against Houston, he followed it up last week with two more against Las Vegas. He and Philip Rivers are finding a connection and it is time we trusted it. At least for one week in a great matchup.
DeShaun Watson is great. His team is not. They will be down early in this one. This means a lot of throwing which will lead to a lot of incompletions and therefore a lot of possessions for both teams. See where I am going with this? Indianapolis on offense has the fourth-fastest pace of play in the NFL this season. They want to move the ball up-tempo. They have also failed to score 21 points only once since their bye in Week 7.
The Colts are going to score in this one. Hilton is going to be a beneficiary of the offense and makes a great sleeper to get you into your championship game in Week 16. Did you hear me. Week 16. Not Week 17.
Boston Scott| Philadelphia Eagles| vs. Arizona Cardinals– Doug Peterson finally realized he needed to run the ball last week against the Saints. Although the Saints had not given up a 100-yard rusher in 55 games, Philadelphia was able to get two players over the threshold. This week the Eagles take on the Arizona Cardinals. A team that is much easier to run on.
Hassan Reddick had a monster game last week. A franchise record five sacks and three forced fumbles helped the cardinals beat the Giants while only giving up seven points. It will be different this week.
Jalen Hurts has given Philadelphia life in the final month of the season. Miles Sanders will continue to get run but if Peterson wants to save his job, he will need to help out Hurts by running even more. This means more work for Boston Scott as well.
He has been serviceable in the past. Both last season and early this season, Scott has made some good plays. Plays which allow him to continue to get work both in the run game and the pass game.
This is not a high-volume play. He only had four touches last week against the Saints. But against a mediocre run defense in Arizona, mor opportunity may be coming. If it does, there is a chance he scores a Td in the desert. If he does, he makes your week. He would not be in consideration for an RB slot, but if you are a big underdog heading into the afternoon games, he might be the high risk, high reward flex you need.
DeAndre Washington| Miami Dolphins| VS. New England Patriots– We saw last week that Washington will be the first and second down back with Miles Gaskin being on the COVID. Gaskin will again be out this week and a game against New England in Miami looms for Washington. A New England team who is coming off a game in which they allowed 150 yards to Cam Akers.
Miami has a solid offensive line. Despite starting three rookies, the line is holding up well this season. This is good as Tue has been able to remain upright and able to get the ball to his running backs.
If there is one thing, we know it is Miami wants to run a lot. They also love to run when at the goal line. This means even better things for Washington. Jordan Howard is not there to steal these carries the way he was for others earlier in the season. Patrick Laird is the third-down back, but he will not get many of the goal line carries either. Washington will be the man down close as well as in between the 20’s. Finally, a Miami back we can trust. Unlike Scott, whom should only be started in a desperate flex situation, Washington is a comfortable start as an RB 2 this week. His volume and TD potential make a possible week winner.