Duos ran wild in Week 14 for Fantasy players and pushed many of us through to the next round of the playoffs or to a money finish in DFS, as “stacking” is all the rage. Eli Manning was impeccable on Monday night, while Odell Beckham, Jr. was electrifying. Russell Wilson remained white-hot, while Doug Baldwin has been relentless on opposing defenses. And Blake Bortles’ star continues to rise while we try to determine which Allen busts out for a big week each and every week (last week was Allen Hurns).
And now, we will go deep into your rosters, rankings and waiver wires. We need these finds more than ever as we push through the Fantasy playoffs. It’s your Sneaky Plays for Week 15!
Matt Ryan vs. Jaguars – “Matty Ice” has been relatively cool for much of the Fantasy season, especially recently, as his last four games have resulted in eight turnovers and only five scores. But with Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman in great matchups against a Jaguars’ defense that struggles to cover anyone, we think Ryan has the opportunity for redemption. He has tallied at least 15 points in nine contests, and Jacksonville has allowed at least that same point total 10 times thus far. In a game expected to push towards a 50-point total, it’s likely that Ryan will account for a couple of those scores (even if an INT or two comes with it).
Honorable mentions in QB category: Philip Rivers vs. Dolphins, Alex Smith vs. Ravens
Danny Woodhead vs. Dolphins – The last four games have been a brutal stretch for Woodhead and the Chargers overall, but they have a soft landing against a Dolphins team ceding over 20 points per game to opposing backs. With the rash of injuries to the Chargers’ receiving options (Stevie Johnson is listed as doubtful), Woodhead remains a viable option in the passing game. This recommendation is strictly for PPR leagues, as there are not enough carries to boost his total in standard leagues. With both teams being eliminated from the playoffs and checked out on the season, it is likely that favors an increased offensive display.
Honorable mentions in RB category: Bilal Powell vs. Cowboys, Gio Bernard vs. Niners
Emmanuel Sanders vs. Steelers – When it comes to looking at sneaky plays, very often we are looking at players due for a rebound game and Sanders fits that criteria perfectly. After bottoming out last week with a two-catch, 17-yard performance, Sanders faces a Steelers defense that has allowed the most yards to receivers (2,509) in the NFL. Additionally, they rank in the bottom third of the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers as well as specifically covering the WR2 position. While everyone has concerns about Brock Osweiler, this game could surprise many with the amount of points that could be put up by both teams, and Steelers’ cornerback Antwon Blake will be a primary target of the young QB and Sanders.
Honorable mentions in WR category: Golden Tate vs. Saints, Kamar Aiken vs. Dolphins, Danny Amendola vs. Titans, Brandon LaFell vs. Titans, Lance Moore vs. Saints
Eric Ebron vs. Saints – Focusing specifically on matchups can be a slippery slope when the players you are targeting aren’t up for the challenge. Ebron was a sleeper pick in the offseason but he has not been featured anywhere near as much as some anticipated with just 52 total targets through 10 games played. However, his counterpart at tight end, Brandon Pettigrew, is on the shelf for the rest of the season, and Ebron enters a game that has all of the makings of a shootout. The Saints are likely to move the ball at home and, conversely, are the worst team in the NFL at defending the tight end. They have allowed the most receptions (81), the most yards (1,063) and 10 touchdowns to the position this season, setting up Ebron for a reward with an expected increase in targets.
Honorable mentions in TE category: Jordan Cameron vs. Chargers