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.


Alex Smith KC VS. OAK

Alex is no surprise to fantasy owners. Oakland is a great matchup for him to exploit that secondary in a lost season for the silver and black. He’s more of QB #2, but he could be in store for a big day if and when they get up early. They looked very good against them earlier this season. If Jamaal Charles leaves some red zone targets to Smith then he’s got top 10 potential.

Kirk Cousins WAS VS. ATL

Only in quarterback 2 leagues would Cousins be considered. This Michigan State alum has a great matchup against the Falcons. He’s led this offense previously and he’ll have every opportunity to play himself into trade bait. Kirk could do work for your fantasy team in dual qb leagues.

Wide Receivers

Da’Rick Rogers IND VS. HOU

Busting onto the scene last weekend and sure to be a waiver wire darling is Rogers. QB, Andrew Luck is looking for open wide receivers and Houston’s season if effective wrapped up. The tale goes that you want to play against abysmal defenses for playoff glory. He’s got sleeper potential in the best way possible.

Marlon Brown BAL VS. DET

Marlon is becoming quick friends with Joe Flacco after they hooked up in the last minutes to keep their sights on the playoffs. Detroit can’t stop anyone – see the Eagles and Buccaneers for testimonials. Brown’s red zone appeal and ability to work out of the slot makes him a tremendous option and sleeper star.

Running Backs

Steven Jackson ATL VS. WAS

The oft injured Jackson this season has spent much more time in the training/rehab room in 2013. The result is a continued appearance on the Sits column. However, the matchup is just right against the Redskins. Look for big time output and a multiple TD game from Jackson by the end of the day.

Rashard Mendenhall AZ VS. TEN

Coming off a good week last week, Mendenhall is another great play against Tennessee. The Titans rank among the league’s best against the pass. Thus, the run is where they struggle and even less than 3 yards per carry Mendenhall could have a big day. Play your matchups and this is the perfect case. He’s a low-end flex option as a sleeper.

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta BAL VS. DET

Welcome back to the Ravens! He was greeted to a good game in his first action back last week. Detroit is solid, but they are also beatable down the middle. Look for Pitta to see more snaps and targets as a result. Ravens like 2 tight end packages and it’s not always easy to predict. This sleeper makes more sense if it’s all-in or bust. Flacco to Pitta for the win this week.

Andrew Quarless GB VS. DAL

This neck tattooed tight end for Green Bay is a strong and physical target for Green Bay. Playing Dallas is the ice cream on the cake. If Aaron Rodgers starts then this is an absolute no-brainer to start. However, even Matt Flynn had great success with Quarless last weekend too. No reason to suspect he’s going down with the Rodgers-less team. Green Bay is surely exploring all options for using Quarless on Sunday.


Philadelphia Eagles PHI VS. MIN

Eagles have put up 10 plus point weeks regularly the last few contests. Minnesota is towards the bottom of the barrel in terms of defense and offense. Take into account Peterson missing the game and Gerhart taking over as his replacement. Matt Cassel isn’t a proven commodity quite yet and some of his deep throws could result in touchdowns for the Philly D on Sunday.