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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week 15

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

With week 15 right around the corner, fantasy owners that have gotten to this point will be looking for a player or two to pluck off of the waiver wire heading into their next playoff matchup. While week 15 probably will not provide much help, there could be players that fantasy owners may want to grab for insurance purposes. It's time once again to comb the waiver wire for last minute help. Good luck to all fantasy owners still alive in their leagues and go grab that last second waiver wire help before another owner in your league does.



Keepers

Marquess Wilson- Wide Receiver- Chicago Bears- Now that Brandon Marshall is officially done for the season, the Bears will need another wide out to step up and take his place. That receiver is none other than Marquess Wilson. Banged up earlier in the season, Wilson is ready to make his 2014 debut and just in the nick of time too. Both the Bears and fantasy owners could use the help. The Bears face the Saints in week 15 and fantasy owners could not ask for a better matchup and neither can Marquess Wilson.  The Saints are allowing almost 40 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and Cutler will need all the help he can get with Marshall out and Alshon Jefferey a little dinged up as well. Fantasy owners should expect Wilson to get his fair share of targets in this game and that could pay off huge for fantasy owners looking to make it to  their championship game next week.

Eli Manning- Quarterback- New York Giants- Sure Eli can be erratic and down right discouraging at times but with nothing on the line but pride for the GMen the last three weeks of the season, Manning has favorable matchups the rest of the way. Looking ahead to his week 15 tilt versus the Redskins, Eli looks like a quarterback fantasy owners could take a chance on if they are in need of a quarterback. The Washington defense is allowing the third most fantasy points per game to the quarterback and Eli torched the Redskins back in week four for over 37 fantasy points. The most he's had all season. Eli may be coming on for fantasy owners at the right time.

New York Giants D/ST- Averaging 7.5 fantasy points per game, the New York Giants face a Redskins team with more problems than anyone can count right now. With Robert Griffin III possibly slated to get the nod in week 15, the Giants defense becomes a favorable matchup for fantasy owners looking to stream a defense this week. Robert Griffin III is averaging 10.5 fantasy points per week this season in limited playing time but the Giants are only allowing 18.7 fantasy points per game to opposing signal callers this year. Fantasy owners looking for a defense off of their waiver wire may want to kick the tires on the second worst team from New York.

Sleepers

Kerwynn Williams- Running Back- Arizona Cardinals- With the running back by committee in full effect in Arizona, Kerwynn Williams could be a sleeper that nobody heard of until last week when he broke out with 100 yards on 19 carries. At this point, he may provide more value in standard formats than in PPR formats seeing how he had no targets in the passing game last week. He scored double digit fantasy points in his first start in week 14 versus a good Chiefs run defense and gets the Rams this week who allow over 20 fantasy points per game to the running back position.

Nate Washington- Wide Receiver- Tennessee Titans- With a beat up receiving corp in Tennessee, Nate Washington may have enough gas left for a few more fantasy worthy games. Washington and the Titans get a New York Jets defense allowing almost 38 fantasy points per game to wide receivers and Nate Washington has two double digit fantasy points games in the last four weeks. He's coming off of a game where he only saw three targets but the previous two games saw him get six targets and nine targets respectively.

Jeepers

Derek Hagan- Wide Receiver- Tennessee Titans- While Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter may not be around for the week 15 matchup versus the Jets, Derek Hagan will be but fantasy owners may find it difficult to trust him. Especially being it's playoff time. Hagan did receive seven targets in week 14 versus the Giants which was a season high for him. While the targets may be there for Derek Hagan, the trust factor probably won't be for fantasy owners.

Jordan Cameron- Tight End- Cleveland Browns- While some fantasy owners may want to give Jordan Cameron another shot with Johnny Manziel under center this week, trusting Cameron in a do or die week will be extremely difficult for fantasy owners to handle. Cameron received five targets in week 14 versus the Colts and gets a Bengals team allowing over 13 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. With the playoffs on the line this week, fantasy owners hopefully have another option other than Jordan Cameron.