Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 15. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

David Wilson NYG VS. ATL

This rookie tailback moved out of the Giants dog house quickly last weekend as he destroyed the Saints with his herculean effort and 3 TD performance. He’s great on special teams and after replacing Bradshaw at RB it’s evident this is the future in New York. His athleticism is off the charts incredible and I would be surprised if Coach Coughlin doesn’t try to ride his hot hand again in Atlanta. It’s not an easy place to play but the Falcons proved to have issues containing the edge against the Panthers last week. Wilson, who was once a handcuff, could definitely factor down the stretch of fantasy playoffs. Put him in play this week, but monitor Bradshaw’s injury as well to ensure he’s the guy getting the majority of carries.

Bilal Powell NYJ VS. TEN

Ahh yes, here I go with patting my own back. Powell, did me right with my projection of over 10 points as he found the end zone and gobbled up yards against the Jaguars last weekend. This week he’ll have more of chance to showcase his talents on Monday Night Football. The Titans don’t possess a strong defense, so this game could favor a ground oriented attack and one that Powell will use to capitalize on goal line carries again. Every season around playoffs someone steps up to make a name for themselves and help a team win, and Powell is that guy right now. Deploy him on out there with confidence, don’t sleep on this member of the mean green.


Nick Foles PHI VS. CIN

Here is to a hesitant endorsement of Foles as a sleeper this week. I’m not yet a believer in his ability to tear apart a Bengals D, that is very solid and let’s not forget this is only his 5th start. Foles should get you at least 15 points, so if you are in a pinch look his way. He’s a spot starter at QB for sleeping purposes of the playoffs, but I would hope you have better options at this point in a 1 QB league. If you have Freeman, you play him. But if you’re in a bind and can’t trust Flacco or Cutler anymore then Foles could be your guy.

Ryan Tannehill MIA VS. JAC

I’m loving Tannehill to bust onto the scene in this week’s matchup versus the Jags. The battle for Florida should go Miami’s way and there are fantasy options galore that could explode for both sides. This game could produce some silly numbers for fantasy implications. Do I think Tannehill can throw a good deep ball? Absolutely, and that’s where he’ll cash in this week. Look for a big time game for this former Aggie, home of Johnny Heisman.

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice SEA VS. BUF

Rice was quiet last weekend despite the Seahawks laying it on the Cardinals. This week he gets back into the fold at Buffalo. His chemistry with Russell Wilson is noticeable and the Seattle coaches are letting Wilson air it out much more. DangeRuss, as the Hawks fans call him, will be looking Sidney’s way more often now that he’s been green lighted to not just “not lose the game.” Finding ways to get Rice the football will go a long in helping him do that.

Davone Bess MIA VS. JAC

Bess or Hartline is the call. I’ll take Bess, he’s been targeted several times the last few weeks and is safer for getting at least 8 fantasy points. If he can find that elusive end zone it should be a 15 point day at least. I’ll go out and say 6 catches and 90 yards this week are definitely doable. Jags don’t possess much of test because Bess is the best bet. How’s that for alliteration?

Tight Ends

Anthony Fasano MIA VS. JAC

Fasano came up on the fantasy touchdown radar last week. I’m not saying there’s a trend developing, but I like him to score points and get targets down by the goal line again. He’s definitely a stretch, but I like his sleeper potential. Fasano isn’t a member from the Saprano’s, but he’ll murder defenses if they don’t guard him. How does that sound for an endorsement?

Craig StevensTEN VS. NYJ

Stevens is a deep sleeper option who will likely be more involved in the Titans offense with Jared Cook out for the remainder of the season. Stevens has quietly racked up 252 yards and one touchdown this season and Jake Locker loves attacking the middle of the field so the drop off from Cook shouldn’t be too steep.


Oakland Raiders OAK VS. KC

Raiders rank towards the very bottom in total defense. So why play them now? Look no further than the rule of thumb to play your KC Chiefs opposing defense. It’s sad to say, but I would like to thank Kansas City for making my job easier. Raiders are a strong sleeper play this weekend.