Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee
Since the AFL/NFL merger, only 14 quarterbacks have produced seasons in which they averaged greater than 9 yards per pass attempt on 200 or more throws. Tannehill is very likely to become No. 15. After Sunday’s mauling of Oakland, he’s averaging 9.8 yards per attempt on 203 attempts. After Tannehill’s 391-yard, three-score binge on Sunday, he’s now thrown multiple touchdown passes in six of his seven starts this season. He’s completing a ridiculous 73.4 percent of his throws and his passer-rating is now 118.5. Next week, he faces a Houston defense that was recently shredded by Drew Lock. So yeah, you can trust Tannehill in Week 15. Don’t leave him on the wire.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington
Washington starting running back Derrius Guice left the game in Green Bay early on Sunday with a reported MCL sprain. In his absence, Adrian Peterson handled a full workload for Washington, carrying 20 times for 76 yards and a short touchdown. Peterson isn’t quite the same electric runner who won three rushing crowns back in the day, but the man is averaging 4.4 yards per carry at age 34. Peterson is clearly set up for significant workloads in the week(s) ahead, while Guice is out. He has a date with Philadelphia next Sunday, which isn’t ideal, but Washington gets a friendlier matchup against the New York Giants in Week 16. Peterson needs to be rostered in most formats, considering the volume that’s likely to come his way.
Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis
With T.Y. Hilton sidelined over the past two weeks, Pascal has seen 19 targets, hauling in 12 balls for 183 yards and one score. He’s found the endzone five times this season and he’s also produced five games with 70 or more receiving yards. Most of the recent news on Hilton has been discouraging, so we have to continue to view Pascal as Indianapolis’ No. 1 receiving threat. Also, passing volume won’t be a concern in next week’s match up at New Orleans; so we need to view Pascal as a starting-quality receiver moving forward. He has size (6-foot-2) and red-zone appeal, as well.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee
Brown has produced 100-plus receiving yards in two of his last three games, emerging as Tennessee’s unrivaled No. 1 target. He was unstoppable in Sunday’s win at Oakland, delivering 153 yards and two scores on five catches. His big-play ability has been on display since the season-opener, in which he caught three balls for 100 yards. Brown is legit, and he’s going to make a serious run at a 1,000-yard season — he’s now up to 779, with a pair of games remaining against Houston’s user-friendly pass defense, which is giving up an average of 265 per game, and has also surrendered 28 touchdown passes so far this season.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago
Don’t look now, but the much maligned Chicago quarterback has thrown six touchdown passes in his last two games, and he ran early and often against Dallas on Thursday night, too. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he has one of the hottest wide receivers going right now in Allen Robinson. Trubisky has somewhat favorable match ups in Green Bay and Kansas City on the docket. Chicago may not win those games, but I’m expecting Trubisky to continue to play well.