Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
Week 14 of the NFL season has commenced and we’re onto Week 15. If your Fantasy league playoffs didn’t start last week, then it should be starting this week. Once again, I’m here to help guide you into selecting a few players you might be overlooking. There are only three weeks left of the regular season and now it’s critical to choose the correct players. The key to this week is how teams have been surging lately, recent injuries, and poor matchups.
One of the common themes in this article you’ll notice is how well some players have been performing in place of their injured teammates. Due to injuries to players such as Greg Olsen and Mike Evans. Their replacements not only had successful Week 14 games, but they are in line for a successful Week 15, too.
Last week’s sleepers hindered on whether some teammates such as Dalvin Cook and Julio Jones are active. Both Russell Gage and Alexander Mattison saw a decrease in snaps due to those two superstars playing on Sunday. Below are the Week 14 Sleepers and their corresponding finishes.
The first one of our Week 15 Sleepers will be a rookie who has made a huge splash since taking over the starting job.
Drew Lock, @ Kansas City Chiefs
It appears that the Broncos and John Elway finally got a young QB to build around. Drew Lock has looked like the second-round draft pick he was selected to be. In his two combined starts he has totaled 443 passing yards with 5 TDs while throwing just two ints. He has done all that while having a 72.7% completion rate. On Sunday, he and Denver are looking to play the upset role and shock the Chiefs just like they did the Texans in Week 14. Lock has a higher ceiling than other signal-callers in a possible shootout game between AFC West rivals.
Mitchell Trubisky, @ Green Bay Packers
A resurgence of the former Tar Heel has this QB in an interesting position. It’s looking like Mitch will head into Green Bay with one of the hottest streaks since Week 12. He as accumulated 860 passing yards and seven passing TD’s, but he has thrown four ints. The underlining factor to his Fantasy relevance has been his rushing ability. Trubisky has 85 rushing yards on 21 carries and two rushing scores. In total he has 945 yards with nine TD’s and four turnovers. Against the Packers he is truly a Week 15 Sleeper with a floor of top 15 and a ceiling of top eight.
DeAndre Washington, vs Jacksonville Jaguars
This Raiders back did a solid job filling in for Rookie of the Year candidate, Josh Jacobs. Washington was RB10 in Week 14 and this week he can have repeat success. On Sunday, he finished with 20 touches (14 carries and 6 receptions) for a total of 96 yards and reached the end zone once. Jacksonville has been atrocious against the run, allowing 12 rushing TD’s the last five games. To add fuel to the fire, there have been five different 100-yard rushers the last five games as well. Jacobs is dealing with a fractured shoulder and his status for Week 15 will be up in the air again. If he is inactive then Washington needs to be started as either a Flex or RB2.
Kareem Hunt, @ Arizona Cardinals
Scoring in three straight games and five consecutive games with 11 or more touches has Hunt as a strong Week 15 Sleeper. The last two weeks, Hunt has finished better than fellow back Nick Chubb. In Week 14 Hunt was RB14 to Chubb’s RB20, then in Week 13 Hunt finished as RB15 as Chubb finished as RB33. During his three-game scoring streak, the former Kansas City Chiefs is the 14th best back. Arizona has allowed a TD and/or more than 70 rushing yards to six different RB’s the last seven weeks. Hunt is key sleeper because his PPR value and dual-threat ability makes him a safe top 15 back with top-five upside.
Breshad Perriman, @ Detroit Lions
One of the best opportunities in this receiver’s career. Tampa Bay wideout has been shut down for the season with a severe hamstring injury. Perriman will be stepping in alongside Chris Godwin. The former Ravens WR has stood out his last two contests. He has caught 11 of eight balls for 157 yards and one TD. That’s an average of five and a half targets while catching four of them racking up 78.5 receiving yards. The absence of Evans will leave nine available targets that Perriman will likely see more than half of those. Against Detroit, the Lions are on a five-game streak of allowing six different receivers to have more than 85 yards. He has a safe top 30 floor, but due to opportunity and opponent, he can finish in the top five.
Dede Westbrook, @ Oakland Raiders
Another opportunity in Jacksonville as their best WR, D.J. Chark, is down due to an ankle injury. It will be a fight for targets, but Westbrook has the best chance of seeing some vacated targets. On the season he has the second most targets and receptions of all Jaguars wideouts, behind Chark. Now that he is down there will be eight available targets on Sunday. Since his Week 10 bye week, the fewest amount of targets he has seen is six to coincide with his fewest receptions of just four. In their last three games, Oakland has surrendered three 85-plus yard performances. Based on volume, available targets, and positive matchup makes Westbrook a strong Week 15 Sleeper.
Ian Thomas, vs Seattle Seahawks
Due to Greg Olsen being out of the lineup, Thomas took full advantage of his chance. He finished with 10 targets which were second behind Christian McCaffrey‘s 12. To add to his outstanding performance he was third in yardage (57) and the only Panthers player who scored a receiving TD. Seattle’s Achilles Heel might be defending the TD position. As of late Tyler Higbee (TE5), Kyle Rudolph (TE6), Zach Ertz (TE2), and even Dallas Goedert (TE14) have found recent success against the Seahawks. Be warned, Thomas’s Fantasy upside hinges on Olsen’s availability.
Hayden Hurst, vs New York Jets
In a Thursday night matchup, teammate Mark Andrews might not be able to go due to a knee injury. If that is the case then Hurst will be the next man up. On Sunday against the Bills, he had his best game of the season while reaching the end zone once he had 73 yards in addition. It is no secret that Andrews has been the number one option for Lamar Jackson and with him out, Hurst can take over that role. In the last four out of six games, the Jets allowed 40 yards and/or a TD to opposing TEs.