Week 15 fantasy football sleepers who need to be in your lineups

by KFFL Staff on December 12, 2013 @ 06:50:37 PDT

 

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In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 11 through Week 14, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Though Terrelle Pryor will retain spot duty for the remainder of 2013, it's McGloin's gig under center. He's attempted at least 30 passes in each of his last four games and accumulated 245-plus aerial yards in each of his past three. The numbers are skewed from the Chiefs having faced Peyton Manning twice, but Philip Rivers also torched them, too. KC's defense benefitted from snowy conditions and a dismantled Washington Redskins club. Expect Oakland to put up more of a fight, which may involve plenty of garbage-time tosses.

Chiefs vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
32
4
25.3
23
39
59.0
335.3
2.50
0.75
2.3.
6.8
0.00
0.25
1.8

Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

If Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) can't suit up Sunday, Flynn has a chance to build on his quietly efficient Week 14 (24-for-32, 258 yards, one score). The Cowboys, having just been torched on Monday night, have offered little resistance against slingers. They will have trouble defending Green Bay's weapons similarly to how they couldn't stop Chicago's and so many others.

Cowboys vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
27
3
22.7
20
32
63.5
259.0
2.00
0.33
1.7
5.0
0.33
0.00
1.0

Running back

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Look for the Colts to pound the ball early and often against Houston this week. Brown has taken the lion's share of the carries in recent weeks and hasn't looked back. He was stymied last week by a tough Cincinnati Bengals run defense, but that will hardly be of concern against a Houston group that has given up 168.3 offensive yards to the position per game in the last month.

Texans vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
30
4
24.0
24.8
119.0
4.8
1.00
5.50
49.5
9.0
0.50
0.00

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans

The Titans should make both Cards backs easily playable options, but Ellington has more appeal because of his pass-receiving skills. The Tennessee has given up nearly eight catches per outing to enemy RBs, and their fairly strong defensive backfield should force Carson Palmer into a lot of checkdown situations.

Titans vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
29
4
23.8
23.0
105.3
4.6
1.25
7.75
63.5
8.2
0.25
0.00

UPDATE - Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears

Chicago doesn't give up much in the way of receiving points to running backs, but with Willis McGahee (concussion, knee) looking like he'll be inactive for Week 15, Ogbonnaya will be in line for RB1 duties. The way Chicago has been gashed on the ground suggests even Ogbonnaya is capable of 100 total yards and possible a trip to paydirt. Consider him a low-end play or a fill-in if someone like Adrian Peterson (foot) cannot go this week.

Bears vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
31
4
25.0
31.3
191.0
6.1
1.00
2.50
11.3
4.5
0.00
0.00

NEW - Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills

Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) is iffy for Week 15. Even if he goes, Todman should receive something close to the average of 9.5 utilizations he's handled over the last two weeks, during which he's averaged a meager 3.8 yards per tote but notched one receiving score. The playmaker could save your flex spot for the semifinals; the Bills have yielded the third-higheste yards-per-carry average to tailbacks.

Bills vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
26
3
23.0
27.3
143.0
5.2
1.67
3.67
9.0
2.5
0.00
0.00

WRs and TEs

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