My Week 15 list features under-the-radar players that are not being started in a majority of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. With that in mind, here are our top fantasy football sleepers for Week 15.
The Jaguars have one of the brightest futures of any team in football. That said, they’re proving their future is now, as they sit atop the AFC South division. While a large part of that is contingent with the stellar play from their young defense, quarterback Blake Bortles has bounced back a bit from an underwhelming 2016 campaign. Bortles has posted double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive contests and gets a beatable Houston secondary at home this weekend. With defenses scheming to stop Leonard Fournette, Marquise Lee and Dede Westbrook have had their ways with opposing secondaries. Bortles and the Jags passing attack will look to continue the hot streak this weekend at home, as Bortles will be a solid streaming option for fantasy owners.
After losing last week in Arizona, the Titans fell out of a tie in the AFC South with the now-leading Jaguars. This week will be a massive game for Tennessee to remain on pace with Jacksonville, when the team travels to San Francisco to take on Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers. While Marcus Mariota has been practicing this week, if he’s active he won’t be 100% after sustaining a hamstring and ankle injury last week. That said, fantasy owners can expect a heavy dosage of both Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray as the Titans look to expose an underwhelming San Francisco run defense. I fully expect Henry to get more touches than Murray and he’ll be a tremendous threat to find the end zone in Week 15. He should be considered a solid RB2 for this week’s fantasy playoffs.
With Carson Wentz no longer leading the Eagles offense, Head Coach Doug Pederson will have to get more creative in terms of divvying up the touches. Running Back Jay Ajayi will be a prime candidate to absorb more of a prominent role. While LeGarette Blount and Corey Clement are still competing for touches in the Philly backfield as well, Ajayi handled a larger workload in last week’s win over the Rams which should continue onto this week. He’ll have a ripe opportunity for 20 + touches and 100 + total yards against a Giants defense that ranks towards the bottom in almost every defensive metric. Fantasy owners should trust Ajayi as a RB2 / Flex option for Week 15.
You know its grim times in fantasy when a stud like Jordy Nelson has to be relegated to “sleeper” status. But, that’s exactly where we’re at with Nelson’s unfortunate fantasy stock. The go-to target for Aaron Rodgers in one of the league’s most potent offenses, Nelson’s value plummeted once Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. Nelson has failed to reach double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues, since Week 4 against the Bears. Obviously, he’s been a far cry from the elite WR commodity he has been for the last handful of seasons with Rodgers in the saddle for the Green Bay offense. However, this week the Pack are expected to get back their superstar quarterback and that immediately catapults Nelson into the WR1 conversation. Given the elite level of chemistry between Rodgers and Nelson, I wouldn’t be shocked to see fireworks this week in Carolina.
Ricky Seals-Jones bust onto the fantasy season out of nowhere in Week 11, hauling in three of his five targets for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The rookie followed that performance up with another stellar game in Week, when he recorded four receptions for 72 yards and another score. Since then, the former Texas A&M Aggie has cooled off, reeling in a combined three receptions for 64 yards across his last two contests. Despite the recent struggles, Seals-Jones has a promising matchup this weekend in the nation’s capital. Washington has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and the rookie should see an increased role, as Bruce Arians and the Cardinals offense looks to get him back on track.
New Orleans Saints
With Josh McCown done for the season after suffering a broken left hand in last week’s embarrassing loss to the Broncos, the Jets will be an easy target for fantasy owners to feast on down the homestretch this season. Bryce Petty is the next man up on the quarterback totem pole for the Jets, which is an unfortunate situation for the Gang Green skill players. The second-year signal-caller was largely ineffective during spot starts in his rookie season and doesn’t project to be much more competent this week against a legit New Orleans secondary.